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Air Care for Kids

Keeping the Home Front Allergy-Free

Water Rescue Our Role in the Coming Shortfall

NUTRITION UPGRADES Strategies for Better Health

Natural Remedies for Pet Allergies

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Contents 14 NUTRITION UPGRADES Five Strategies for Better Health



VS. ALLERGIES All the Right Moves


Keeping the Homefront Allergy-Free


Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis



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Empowered Light Holistic Expo Returns to Oaks


his spring’s Empowered Light Holistic Expo is just around the corner, running from 4 to 9 p.m., April 26; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 27 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 28, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Lobby A, in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Plenty of free parking is available. The expo’s focus is on holistic lifestyles, spiritual classes and personal development. “People feel stressed and distracted, and they are looking for more connection and answers,” says the expo’s founder, Sue Greenwald. “The expo offers new ideas, contacts and connection with others and, most of all, a community where people feel supported in a fun way.” The April expo features Brad Johnson, who will be presenting a channeled session with Adronis that includes Q&A, and a workshop on Cellular Body Regeneration. Also featured is John DeSouza The X-Man, former FBI Investigator, who will present A Paranormal Life and a workshop on Clear-Hearing. Empowered Light engages attendees with experiential classes, meditation and sound healing, as well as mini-treatments, such as reiki. Attendees can choose from more than 50 workshops and lectures. Guests can linger and shop in-between presentations with more than 150 holistic vendors. Interested vendors are encouraged to apply now for a space. Cost: General admission, $5-$20. Some presentations additional. Advance ticket purchases encouraged. For more information, call 484-459-3082, email or visit See ad, page 2.

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health briefs

Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Researchers at Iran’s Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences tested 80 patients with the condition, which involves chest pain linked to a lack of blood flow to the heart. The patients were given three one-gram doses a day of lemon balm powder or a placebo. After two months, the patients given the lemon balm had significant reductions of “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased workout capacity, a measure of heart function. 10

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A Harvard study was conducted on the diets of nearly 28,000 male health professionals spanning two decades between their 50s and 70s and published by the American Academy of Neurology. It found those that drank orange juice and ate leafy greens, berries and dark orange and red vegetables suffered significantly less memory loss than others. Subjects reported every four years and were examined for both thinking and memory skills. Those that ate about six servings of vegetables a day were a third less likely to develop poor thinking skills than those consuming two servings; those that drank orange juice every day were half as likely to develop poor thinking skills as those drinking one serving per month. Men that ate larger amounts of fruits and vegetables 20 years earlier were less likely to develop similar problems, whether or not they kept eating larger amounts of fruits and vegetables later.


Vegetables and Orange Juice Protect Memory

Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics Ginger, black pepper and holy basil, mainstays in traditional medicines as anti-inflammatories, also contain significant prebiotic potential that could help gut health, report researchers from India’s National Institute of Nutrition, in Hyderabad. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) showed significantly higher prebiotic activity, especially of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, when compared to the well-known prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS). Black pepper (Piper Nigrum) had prebiotic effects similar to FOS.

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Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity—increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.

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Light Pollution Disturbs Sleep Being exposed to high levels of artificial outdoor light at night contributes to insomnia and greater use of sleeping pills, reports a new study from South Korea’s Seoul National University College of Medicine. The researchers studied the records of 52,027 people without diagnosed sleep disorders—60 percent of them women—and correlated their sleeping pill use with their residential location relative to artificial outdoor light intensity. The brighter the outdoor lighting, the more likely were sleep issues and the greater and more frequent use of sleeping pills. The study joins other research that has shown that artificial nighttime lighting—outdoors and indoors—disrupts circadian rhythms, potentially leading to such metabolic and chronic diseases and conditions as cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression.

Pine Bark Soothes Prostate Benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH), a condition that affects half of men older than 60, is related to increased prostate gland size and a reduced flow of urine from the bladder. To test the effectiveness of the pine bark extract Pycnogenol on BPH, researchers from Italy’s D’Annuncio University divided 75 men with the condition into three groups: One was given 150 milligrams a day of Pycnogenol, another received standard non-drug management and the third was given conventional drug treatment. The researchers found that urination frequency, urgency, intermittency and nighttime occurrences significantly improved after 60 days of treatment among the pine bark extract group.


Rose Hip Reduces Cold Symptoms During the six months of Denmark’s frigid winter, 107 study volunteers took either two grams of liquid rose hip (marketed as Hyben Vital) or a placebo daily. University of Copenhagen researchers found that the rose hip group experienced 18 percent fewer colds, as well as significantly fewer symptoms such as coughing, headache, muscle stiffness and fatigue when they did get a cold.

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global briefs

Eco Fill-up

Earth’s Extremities on the Edge The North Pole and South Pole each have unique, pristine environments, virtually untouched by civilization, but a pair of federal studies cast doubt upon their future status. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in a study based on satellite data, warned that ancient glaciers in West Antarctica, thought to be more stable than those to the east, are “waking up” and beginning to dump ice into the sea, which could further contribute to rising sea levels.

A second NOAA study reported that glaciers at the top of the world are also thawing, melting and breaking down. According to that document, the Arctic is undergoing a period of “record and near-record warmth, unlike any period on record.” Lead Arctic NOAA researcher Emily Osborne announced at a major geoscience conference, “The Arctic is experiencing the most unprecedented transition in human history.”

Liquid Fuel Stores Solar Energy

Solar power is cheap and plentiful, but there has been no way to store it efficiently. Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenberg, Sweden, are developing a liquid molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that when exposed to sunlight, rearranges the bonds between its atoms into an energized new isomer. In this way, energy from the sun is captured between the isomer’s strong chemical bonds and stays there even when the molecule cools down to room temperature. When the energy is needed, the fluid is drawn through a catalyst that returns the molecule to its original form, releasing energy as heat. “The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” says Chalmers University nanomaterials scientist Kasper Moth-Poulsen. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase, which is greater than we dared hope for.” The hope is that this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, powering a building’s water heater, dishwasher, clothes dryer and more. The scientists claim the fluid can now hold 250 watt-hours of energy per kilogram, double the energy capacity of Tesla’s Powerwall batteries. Moth-Poulsen believes the technology could be available for commercial use within 10 years.

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Planet Earth Has a Flag

A new project by Oskar Pernefeldt, a graduate student at Beckmans College of Design, in Stockholm, Sweden, has designed a new flag for the entire planet to be used worldwide in a move toward unity. Its minimalist design shows seven rings intertwined on a deep, sea-blue background, forming a flower in the middle. Simple and contemporary, the flag evokes the Earth’s natural beauty. “The blue field represents water, which is essential for life,” writes Pernefeldt. “The flower’s outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet, and the blue surface could represent the universe.” The flag has yet to be adopted by any official government agencies. 12

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Bionic Leaf 2.0, a new, artificial photosynthesis system developed by a team headed by Harvard University scientists, takes in carbon dioxide, water and sunshine to create a sugary fuel. Solar energy splits up a water molecule, and bacteria turn hydrogen and carbon dioxide into liquid fuel, mainly isopropanol, which could be used someday to power a car. An improvement on their prior effort a year earlier, the new system has a catalyst made of cobalt and phosphorus, increasing the efficiency of the reaction to 10 percent. Normal photosynthesis in plants is just 1 percent efficient at converting solar energy to biomass. This technology has the potential to bring another type of solar energy to the planet, especially in the developing world.


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“Meditation-Induced Near-Death Experiences: a 3-Year Longitudinal Study,” published in Mindfulness, concludes that some Buddhist meditation practitioners can willfully induce near-death experiences (NDE). These profound psychological events typically occur in people close to actual or perceived death. The ability to willfully induce such experiences could help scientists better understand the phenomenon, which has been difficult to research. “The practice of using meditation to gain a better understanding of death is longstanding, particularly in Buddhism, where ancient texts exist to help spiritual practitioners prepare for or gain insight into the process of dying,” says study author William Van Gordon, of the University of Derby, in England. “Unlike regular near-death experiences, [12] participants were consciously aware of experiencing the meditation-induced NDE and retained control over its content and duration. Also, compared to regular forms of meditation, the meditation-induced NDE led to a five-fold increase in mystical experiences and a four-fold increase in feelings of non-attachment,” explains Van Gordon.

Oil companies have received federal permission to use seismic airguns to find oil and gas deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor during offshore oil exploration from New England to Florida. Repeated every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for days and weeks at a time, the airguns are so loud that they disturb, injure or kill marine mammals, sea turtles and other wildlife, harm commercial fisheries and disrupt coastal economies. The proposed testing could injure 138,000 whales and dolphins and disturb millions more, according to government estimates. Impacts include temporary and permanent hearing loss, disruption of mating and feeding, beach stranding and deaths. Whales and dolphins rely on their hearing to find food, communicate and reproduce. Airgun blasts can kill fish eggs and larvae, and scare away fish from important habitats. Catch rates of cod and haddock declined by 40-to-80 percent for thousands of miles following seismic surveys. Nonprofit environmental watchdog Oceana is working to halt the use of the devices and stop the expansion of dangerous offshore drilling that follows the seismic testing.

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Oceanic Blasts Harm Ecosystems

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Artificial Wood Resists Fire and Water

A new, lightweight synthetic wood has been created that is as strong as wood, but without its traditional vulnerability to fire and water, as reported by Shu-Hong Yu, a materials chemist at the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, and the author of a study published in Science Advances. It’s made of polymer resin and chitosan, a sugar polymer derived from the shells of shrimp and crabs. Adding human-made or natural fibers to the mix could also help. The new material does not require years to grow and repels water; samples soaked in water and a strong acid bath for 30 days scarcely weakened, while balsa wood lost two-thirds of its strength and 40 percent of its crush resistance. The new material is also difficult to ignite, and stopped burning when it was removed from the flame. Its porosity creates an air-trapping capacity that could make it suitable as an insulation for buildings, but eco-friendly alternatives to the polymer resins are needed to broaden interest in its utility. March 2019


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pringtime brings a desire to clean up our diets and refresh our plates. Here are five worthy strategies for upgrading nutrition and greeting the season with a renewed sense of well-being. n Ditch dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend more than $30 billion annually on weight-loss products. Despite this hefty investment, restrictive diets don’t work, says Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist based in northern California. Aamodt co-presented the Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health With a Self-Care Approach session at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) annual meeting last October in Washington, D.C. “Diets are not harmless,” Aamodt explains. “They create stress, persistent hunger, 14

trigger eating disorders such as binge eating and even make people fatter over time.” It’s better to take a kinder approach, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian and Aamodt’s co-presenter. Scritchfield is the author of Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out – and Never Say Diet Again. She teaches her clients to value their self-worth regardless of body size, practice mindful eating and focus on overall self-care: Think enjoyable physical activity, adequate sleep and positive self-talk. Mindful eating includes paying attention to thoughts and feelings that trigger eating such as hunger, but also stress, boredom and loneliness, says Californiabased registered dietitian Andrea Lieberstein, who wrote Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating. She encourages clients to identify voids in their lives and fill them

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n Learn how to cook and garden. The best

dietary upgrade starts in our own kitchens, where the cook controls the ingredients. Home cooking with fresh, whole foods is at the heart of feeding ourselves well. Processed food manufacturers would like us to equate cooking with drudgery or think that cooking takes too much time, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle, established a culinary medicine program that includes both cooking and gardening classes. Sethi says, “Eating is sacred; it’s our connection to the earth.” She also believes there is wisdom in the way food has been traditionally cooked. Sethi recommends a Mediterranean eating pattern for



with healthy relationships and pleasurable activities, rather than food. The “health at any size” philosophy is accepted by a growing number of health and nutrition experts, including Annie Kay, a registered dietitian and registered yoga therapist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She’s the author of Every Bite is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Kay injects compassion into her work, promoting stress reduction, conscious eating and finding peace for individuals to reach their natural weight.


its power to reduce depression and ward off chronic diseases. She also promotes the “herb and spice pharmacy” to reduce inflammation and treat and prevent disease. For example, she says, “Ginger and turmeric both act on the same biochemical pathways as antiinflammatory medicines.” Cooking and eating together as a family has multiple benefits, too, improving children’s nutrition, self-esteem and school performance. Best of all, says Sethi, “Family meals allow us to connect with the people we love.” Put away phones, turn off screens and truly tune in to each other. Connecting to the earth through gardening also improves our health, according to both Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, a registered dietitian and associate director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Diana Dyer, a Michigan-based organic farmer, registered dietitian and author of A Dietitian’s Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing. They promote gardening as a way to interact with nature, reduce stress and improve quality of life. With just a small patch of soil, home and community gardens provide a ready source of affordable, fresh and nutritious vegetables and herbs.

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~Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle. need not be totally off the table. Simply choose smaller portions and when possible, purchase local pasture-raised products produced without antibiotics and hormones. Organic food production introduces less fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and greenhouse gases into our environment. So, what’s best for the planet is best for us. Jay provides easy, plant-based and planet-friendly recipes at n Support gut health. Around 400

B.C., Hippocrates said, “Bad digestion is the root of all evil.” Fast forward through the centuries to today, and one of the hottest areas of research in health, medicine and nutrition revolves around the microbiome; more specifically, the community of microorganisms living in the gut. “Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut,” explains Sethi, which is why she advises,“Feed the bacteria in your gut real food.” Similarly, Teresa

Martin, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator based in Bend, Oregon, emphasizes the value of unprocessed, highfiber, organic plant foods to nourish gut bacteria and maintain microbial balance. Speaking at the same recent meeting, Martin described multiple ways gut bacteria influence our physical and mental health, including nutrient absorption, body weight and blood sugar control, bone density, inflammation and mood. Microbes in the colon digest and ferment plant fibers into short-chain fatty acids, which help ensure a thick, healthy, intestinal mucus lining. Martin notes, “When we don’t eat enough plants, we can’t make enough short-chain fatty acids,” which are key to gut-brain crosstalk and control of appetite and mood. Martin recommends eating 35 to 50 grams of fiber per day from food, not supplements. She also warns against “microbial assassins” such as antibiotics, processed meats, high-fat diets, refined carbohydrates, added sugars and artificial sweeteners, plus the emulsifiers polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose, which are commonly added to foods like ice cream and baked goods to improve texture and extend shelf life. All contribute to microbial imbalance, the loss of microbial diversity and leaky gut—the inability to keep offending food compounds like gluten and intact milk protein out of the bloodstream—leading to food intolerance, inflammation and autoimmune disorders.

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Registered dietitian Brenda Davis, of British Columbia, also recommends wholefood, plant-based diets to reverse Type 2 diabetes. She developed a “whole-grain hierarchy” to identify the most gut-friendly, least-processed grains, including cracked oats, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, sprouted grain, wheat berries and kamut. Along with beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, Davis says these foods nourish beneficial gut microbes and reduce inflammation. n Try intermittent fasting and smart meal timing. Allowing

the body at least 12 hours without food intake benefits gut microbial diversity, says Martin. Intermittent fasting, or eating patterns in which no or few calories are consumed between 12 to 16 hours, can protect against a variety of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, perhaps in part due to the effect on gut microbes. Dorothy Sears, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, studied the effect of intermittent fasting, or “time-restricted feeding”, on the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In a study of more than 2,300 breast cancer survivors, Sears discovered the women that fasted for at least 13 hours a day reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent, regardless of other dietary factors. Putting this into practice, if the last meal of the day ends at 6 p.m., the first meal of the next day would not begin before 7 a.m. In addition to this “prolonged nightly fasting,” Sears says that when we eat affects the way our bodies handle calories. She recommends eating during the first half of the day, when the sun is up and our enzyme and hormone systems are best able to handle calories, control blood sugar and body weight. Spring forward with these five tips and enjoy better health. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “food sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@ Tune into Food Sleuth Radio through iTunes, Stitcher and


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Quick Tips for Enjoying Good Food, Fast 1. Cook once, eat twice (or more). Smart, busy cooks use this wise, old home economics strategy. A big pot of soup, stew or chili makes many servings of easy-to-heat leftovers. Store extra servings in glass, never plastic, for quick, heat-and-serve meals. Add a side salad and fruit for dessert for a nourishing, fulfilling meal.

2. Master the omelet. Eggs, preferably free-range and organic, make fast, easy, affordable meals. Get creative with personalized omelet fillings. For example, in a tablespoon or more of olive oil, quickly sauté any combination of seasonal vegetables like potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, kale or spinach. When tender, slide vegetables into a bowl. Add a few more drops of olive oil to the pan and pour in beaten eggs. When eggs are almost set, top them with sautéed vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese. Cover the pan, set heat to low and when cheese is melted, it’s time to eat. For an alternative filling, try beans, avocado, cheese, onions or peppers with a side of salsa.

5. Experiment with helpful cookbooks. Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Ex-

press provides 404 seasonal dishes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Betty Crocker, the renowned classic teacher, shows beginning cooks how to make standard dishes from scratch. For delicious vegetarian meals, check out Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. And to enrich children’s taste buds, invite them into the kitchen with The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook: Food & Fun Around the World, by Deanna F. Cook.

6. Invest in a microplane grater or handheld rasp. Add a punch

of flavor and pizzazz with this versatile kitchen tool. Use it to add freshly grated garlic, ginger and turmeric; plus lemon, lime and orange zest.

7. Purge cupboards of packaged,

processed foods. Read ingredient labels to remove the big offenders: refined flours, sugar and substitutes, artificial colors and additives that harm gut microbes, including polysorbate 80 and carboxymethyl cellulose. 8. Stock up with grab-and-go snacks. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, nut but-

ters and plain yogurt (sweeten to taste with local honey, seasonal fruit and cinnamon) make satisfying, high-nutrient snacks.

9. Keep assorted organic herbal teas handy. Unsweetened herbal teas

make cozy companions during prolonged nighttime fasting. Staying well hydrated is key to mental performance and weight control, too. Thirst often masquerades as hunger, so drink water or tea first, then reassess appetite.

10. Put fun and pleasure back into eating. Host a potluck with

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Exercising regularly rope, treadmill routines, easonal allergies plague more than 26 creates a cumulative tennis and team sports million Americans, effect in the body, helps like volleyball or basketaccording to the Asthma ball seems to offer antispeed up metabolism and Allergy Foundation allergy benefits. Vitamin and improves immunity, C can also help. Researchof America, with numbers on the rise in recent ers from the Faculty of so you could find years. This is due in part Sports Science at Chuleven less allergies to a dramatic increase in alongkorn University, in occurring over time. Bangkok, Thailand, found the amount of airborne ~Stephanie Mansour, pollen, a possible byprodthat 70 percent of particiuct of climate change. pants that took a vitamin fitness expert Environmental and lifestyle C supplement and ran for stress, inadequate nutrition and weakened half an hour experienced decreased nasal immune systems are also factors, leaving congestion and sneezing. many feeling too miserable to engage in “Exercising regularly creates a cuphysical activities. mulative effect in the body, helps speed up Yet, research shows that exercise can metabolism and improves immunity, so you help ease allergy symptoms and lessen could find even less allergies occurring over severity. A survey of 2,000 allergy suffertime,” says Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert ers sponsored by the UK National Pollen and former allergy sufferer from Chicago. and Aerobiology Research Unit showed “I used to get allergy shots for a runny nose those that exercised the most had the and headaches during certain times of the mildest symptoms. year, but personally transformed my allergies through expanding my lungs and chest and More Exercise, balancing out my nervous system.” The American Academy of OtolarLess Discomfort Boosting heart rate through aerobic acyngic Allergy recommends gentler forms tivities such as running, walking, jumping of exercise, and cautions against vigorous

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workouts such as Crossfit or long runs that can be counterproductive and exacerbate allergy flare-ups. Mansour recommends yoga, Pilates, walking or weight training—especially when congestion is a factor.


Try Some Yoga Mansour, a certified yoga instructor, attests to the benefits of the practice. To ease the symptoms of allergies, she recommends yoga both for its physical effects and its breath benefits. “Yoga can also help bring equilibrium to the nervous system and help the body relax. When the body is in a healthy balance and relaxed, it’s more effective at warding off things like infection or allergies.” Registered nurse and yoga instructor Kristin Brien, of New York City, concurs. “A yoga practice trains and strengthens the vagal nerve, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system— rest and digest mode—and turns off the inflammatory response,” Brien says. “When we are under chronic stress, our nervous systems react as though our bodies are under constant threat, thus making some of us more susceptible to hypersensitive reactions to offending seasonal antigens like pollen and ragweed.” Yoga practitioners across the board recommend inverted poses such as the plow, shoulder stand and downward facing dog to relieve allergy-related congestion. While yoga can be beneficial, inverted poses should be avoided by anyone with high blood pressure, glaucoma or retinal issues due to increased pressure in the blood vessels of the head, and some experts emphasize that allergy sufferers and asthmatics should avoid hot yoga and other demanding forms during flare-ups. A gentle approach goes a long way. Ideally, Brien recommends asanas that anyone can do, including legs up the wall, supported bridge pose, supported reclined goddess pose and child’s pose.

Warm-Up No matter the type of exercise, warming up can play a key factor. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stretching before activity and boosting heart rate helps to maximize exercise and its symptom-reducing effects.

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or workout space can also optimize the benefits of exercise. Brien, an allergy sufferer and asthmatic, recommends using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce circulating allergens and also wiping down all surfaces, including yoga mats, floors, window sills and vents. During drier, colder times of the year, Mansour recommends using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and improve breathing. Exercise may not cure seasonal allergies, but it can lessen related symptoms, along with effecting a more balanced nervous system and better overall health. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at

Helpful Workout Tips Before and After:

n Use a nasal saline spray beforehand. n Change clothes and shower after outdoor exercise; wash workout clothing exposed to pollens.

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n Wraparound sunglasses to avoid allergens getting into eyes n A breathable mask to filter allergens during outdoor activity

Avoid Exercising:

n In the morning when pollen and mold counts are highest n When it’s warm, dry or windy outside n On busy roads where exhaust fumes can irritate bronchial and nasal passages n When tired, sick or under significant stress; all three states prompt the immune system to react more severely to allergens


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Natural Treatments for Allergies n Healing the gut: Pre and probiotics are at the foundation of good gut health. Eat more whole foods. Start eliminating highly processed and sugar-laden foods. Eliminate (at least temporarily) foods that are known to cause an allergic reaction, as well as alcohol, to reduce the continued damage to the gut lining. The amino acid L-glutamine can be used to help heal the gut lining.

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neezing, itchy eyes, runny nose— Many people suffer with seasonal allergies, and some suffer all yearround. An allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction, with the body overreacting to a substance that would otherwise be considered harmless. Symptoms vary, but may include sinus irritation, skin rash and breathing difficulty.

What is happening in the body? When exposed to the allergen, the body activates mast cells. If these cells determine that the substance is harmful, they will release histamines. At that point, the body will also attempt to remove the harmful substance through methods such as coughing and sneezing.

Why do some people have allergies? While it may not be clear as to why some

people get allergies worse than others, one theory involves gut health. When there is poor gut patency (leaky gut), more substances, such as undigested protein, fat, toxins and bacteria, are allowed into the blood stream through improper channels. The body sees these as foreign objects and creates an immune response so that the next time the body sees them, it responds accordingly, producing an allergic reaction.

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n Chiropractic care: The brain and nervous system control the whole body. The immune and respiratory systems rely on proper communication with the nervous system in order to function optimally. By removing any nerve interference through chiropractic adjustments, function of the respiratory and immune systems can be improved.

Many people are familiar with the overthe-counter remedies for allergies, such as Benadryl or Claritin, or prescribed medication, such as steroids. These may be effective at relieving the symptoms and may be necessary in certain cases, but they can cause some undesirable side effects. Natural remedies for allergies can be better tolerated by the body and include:

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n allergy is a dramatic overreaction of the immune system to environmental agents that are harmless to most people. Antibodies fight allergens with the release of histamines, and a runny nose, red eyes, sneezing, coughing, rash or hives can be the tangible result. Common around age 10, allergies often fade later in life, so children are often most sensitive to their causes. Outdoors, the problem could be pollen from trees or plants. Indoors, chemicals, dust mites, mold or pet dander are common culprits. An allergist can help identify them. Author of Clearing the Air One Nose at a Time: Caring for Your Personal Filter, pediatrician Hana Solomon, M.D., in Columbia, Missouri, focuses on a natural approach to prevent, rather than treat, symptoms. “Thirty years ago, we didn’t have specialty cleaning products,” she says. “Natural solutions work; sometimes just a cotton cloth and water are enough.” Frisco, Texas-based Urban Hydration uses vegan-friendly, cruelty- and glutenfree ingredients and herbal extracts to ensure their cleaning products don’t contain parabens, synthetics, polybeads and toxic chemicals. Their home and spa collections are kept as natural as possible without requiring refrigeration. Lemon extract 22

and coconut oil are key ingredients in their all-purpose spray, dishwashing solution and fabric refresher. Microscopic dust mites live in upholstery, carpets and mattresses. They are the cleanup crew for the millions of dead skin cells humans shed daily. “If a child is allergic to dust mites, get rid of the carpet. Hang blinds on the windows. Vacuum heat vents,” Solomon says. “Use allergen-free pillows, no down or feathers, and a mattress cover. Wash it and bedding once a week. Reduce the number of toys and stuffed animals in use, wash [them] frequently and store others. Go unscented.” Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, reviews mattresses for adults and babies at “Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) off-gas from the mattress and disrupt sleep, but also trigger allergy symptoms, asthma and hives,” she says. “An organic mattress is a better choice.” Natural fabrics are the best option for bed linens. Kathryn Kellogg, author of the Going Zero Waste blog in Vallejo, California, lists 17 sustainable and eco-friendly bedding brands. For her own use, she chose organic cotton sheets from a family-owned business (

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Pajamas are also important. Look for comfy organic fibers that wick moisture, are hypoallergenic and fire-resistant. Merino wool’s millions of tiny air pockets create a micro-climate to keep sleeping kids toasty in cold weather and cool in summer heat. Pallet furniture is trendy, but keep in mind that chemical residue or insecticides may remain in the porous wood, as well as E. coli or listeria from food transports. A safety checklist can be found at Tinyurl. com/PalletSafety. Often overlooked, indoor mold can live year-round in damp places like bathrooms. A DecoLife bath mat made of natural diatomaceous earth and resilient plant-fiber is antibacterial, non-slip and contains no colorants. It dries within three minutes to prevent mold or mildew from forming. Instead of dropping wet towels and washcloths into the hamper, hang them to dry and launder weekly. Lemon juice keeps faucets sparkly clean and fresh-smelling. Vinegar cleans glass shower doors. Ditch the old shower curtain; most are made with PVC and release chemicals into the air. Install a rain showerhead to avoid water spray, and use a fast-drying hemp or organic cotton curtain. Opt for natural flooring; bamboo and cork are both sturdy and sustainable, but have a large carbon footprint due to shipping distances. Linoleum, updated and colorful, is available with marbled, stone-like, flecked and woodgrain patterns. Antistatic and antibacterial, it withstands kids and pets, requiring only a mild cleanser and damp mop to stay clean. Pets are often blamed when a child develops allergies. It’s actually their dander that causes the reaction. Rather than giving Sparky away, use pet-friendly wipes on fur and feet to remove dander and allergens carried in from outdoors. The Daily Shep offers tips at Kids bring allergens into the house, too. Leave shoes outside the door, schedule an early bath and change to indoor garb for the evening. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will help clean the air. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at

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he teenage years seem to be a loosely defined bridge between childhood and adulthood. It is a time when adolescents start to gain new independence and responsibilities. That said, it can be overwhelming to grow into these new roles and prepare for the future. While it may not be intentional, I feel that society places pressure on teens to know what they want to do with their lives and have a plan on how to accomplish it. High schools’ focus on the future—rigorous academic schedules, career aptitude tests, standardized tests—is intended to help teens pursue their goals. As a young teen, however, I found it overwhelming to think about what I wanted to do with my life. It was exciting in all its possibility, but also intimidating to think I had to have it all figured out. Talking to my peers, I found that this fear of uncertainty is not uncommon. I thought that I had to have my mind made up on what career I wanted to pursue; turns out I was wrong. While it is good to have an idea of what field interests you, it is healthy to keep an open mind and investigate other options. I have not always known what career I wanted to pursue and have flipflopped between different ideas. In times of uncertainty I felt anxious that I had no specific path to follow, but I now realize that with uncertainty comes opportunity. In pursuing various interests, I have learned about many fields of study and appreciate how different subjects often intermingle. Having a wide array of information has not only increased my knowledge, but has also expanded my perspective. Taking courses in many different areas

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lthough climate change gets most of the attention, the international water crisis looms just as large. The World Economic Forum has ranked water scarcity as the top long-term environmental risk globally for the next decade; the United Nations reports that 1.2 billion people—a fifth of the world’s burgeoning population—live in regions of water scarcity; and as many as 700 million around the globe are already suffering from water deprivation. The U.S. is not in a water crisis—yet— but serious problems loom on the horizon in places like Southern California and the desert Southwest. Los Angeles and San Diego rely on mountain snow in the north to melt and replenish rivers and lakes. But record high temperatures and a shortfall of winter storms—problems aggravated by climate change—have greatly reduced available water supplies. In the Southwest, Colorado River reservoirs were at record lows last summer. As the region continues to use more water than can be replaced by rain and snow, places like

Phoenix may experience severe rationing, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Arizona’s Lake Mead, which supplies water to 22 million people, could run dry by 2021, report researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California at San Diego.

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“Fortunately, through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace,” says Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. Right now, we’re addressing a 21stcentury crisis with 20th-century tools. Leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters are responsible for the loss of 2.1 trillion gallons of water annually in the U.S., according to the American Water Works Association. And our lifestyles are extremely water-intensive. For instance, it takes 3,120 gallons of water to produce one

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smartphone; watering a 1,000-square-foot lawn even once uses 620 gallons of water. Here are some simple steps everyone can take. Doing them won’t crimp our lifestyles, but it will help us hold on to our finite and threatened fresh water supply: 4 Eat less meat. The water required to produce one quarter-pound hamburger is equivalent to 30 showers, according to One serving of poultry uses 90 gallons. 4 Track down water leaks, which typically waste 10 gallons daily. Common leak sites are faucets, shower heads, swimming pools, garden hoses and pipe joints. 4 Replace old, leaky toilets with efficient models bearing the WaterSense label, or simply put a brick in the toilet tank to reduce consumption with each flush. To check a toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and see if any of it transfers to the bowl without flushing. 4 Wash only full loads of laundry and use right-size load settings. Typically, the washing machine accounts for 15 to 40 percent of a household’s indoor water use. Consider a more water-efficient, front-loading washer. 4 Take shorter, five-minute showers with a low-flow showerhead (saving more than 10 gallons compared to the 10-minute version), turn off the water while brushing teeth and shave with a full basin rather than open taps. 4 Wash the car less often: The process uses as much as 150 gallons of water. Driving may not seem to have much to do with water use, but the Water Footprint Calculator ( reports, “Water is used in great quantities during fuel extraction, refining and production.” So taking public transportation, combining errands or joining a car pool will reduce our water footprint.


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hilippe Cousteau Jr., the 39-yearold grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, is continuing a rich family legacy of sharing the wonders of the natural world with a global audience. A diver, conservationist and environmental activist, the younger Cousteau has also become an inspirational speaker, writer, social entrepreneur and producer of myriad television and film projects. Now in his fifth season of hosting the Emmy-nominated series Xploration Awesome Planet, which airs on a number of outlets, Cousteau and his wife, Ashlan, also co-host the popular Travel Channel series Caribbean Pirate Treasure, a waterborne odyssey that explores pirate legends, shipwrecks and the lore of lost treasures. His previous work has examined the fragile future of sharks, tigers, rhinos and other species nearing collapse, and their critical places in the natural order. Like his grandfather and



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father before him—Philippe Sr. died in a plane crash six months before his son was born—Cousteau has embraced the mission of inspiring youth to take action for a sustainable planet, launching EarthEcho International in 2005 and authoring several children’s books.

How did your grandfather inspire you?

He was a captain in the French Navy during World War II when he and an engineer invented scuba diving. It revolutionized humanity in many ways because until then, we were limited in our ability to explore the ocean. He then went on to help create underwater cameras and lights and the means to do storytelling about this wonderful world that he was exploring. It was the first time for millions of people around the world to get a glimpse of what lived in the ocean. Ted Turner called him the “father of the environmental

movement” because over time, his stories led him to a deeper understanding of the changes that were happening in the oceans and inspired him to embark on a journey not just of exploration, but of conservation. Growing up with that legacy, I was very much inspired by his work. My father was also a big part of the early Cousteau Society, and was a major driver in the early days of the conservation ethic.

How did covering the 2010 BP oil disaster for news organizations and being among the first to dive into the historic spill shape your world view?

It was a transformative experience for me, and for the country. It was a much-needed reminder of the consequences of our addiction to oil. Seeing the spill firsthand was a horrific experience. While I was already engaged and committed to conservation, it really helped [me] to double down on the urgency that I feel on these issues, because I saw not only what it did to the environment, but what it did to the communities that rely on the environment—the fishermen, the tourism operators, other people. They were all shattered and devastated by that spill. It was a powerful reminder that when we talk about conservation, we are really talking about building a world where humans can thrive as much as nature.

What are your goals in reaching out to the next generation?

A focus on environmental education is something we’ve always been doing. EarthEcho International has become one of the leading environmental education groups in the U.S. My grandfather always recognized that young people are key to building society’s ethos of environmental sustainability. We have to start with young people to grow constituencies of the older people to understand and be able to connect the dots and to care about it. Xploration Awesome Planet is targeted to the teen and tween audience, and we also have a lot of adults that watch it. It’s a great example of a program that’s all about inspiring people to not just be a passive observer of the world around them, but to be an active participant, to get engaged.

How can parents build upon the foundational message of environmental responsibility that your work instills in kids?

They can treat their kids like the hearts and minds of these issues and recognize that they are more than vessels to be filled with information. We try to encourage them to be treated like they are agents of change, that they are creative, and give them the latitude, trust and empowerment to come up with their own ideas, to look at the world, be informed and inspired, so they can say, “Oh wow. This is an issue I really care about, and I am going to do something about it.”

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Making Meals From Mainly Scraps


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ood scraps are no It’s fun to challenge ing the plant, the fish, the longer relegated to animal and its life,” says yourself to create just making soup, something delicious out the co-author of Scraps, stock and sauces that hide Wilt & Weeds: Turning of something no one Wasted Food into Plenty. their true nature. Creative chefs are reawakening to would think edible, like Tama Matsuoka the possibilities of skins, my banana peel cake. Wong, forager and cocores, rinds and other author of Scraps, Wilt ~Lindsay-Jean Hard parts we’ve needlessly & Weeds, points to the been throwing away, with startling results. cultural relativism of cooking, noting that “Cooking with scraps is good for the our ancestors or other cultures may think planet and good for the pocketbook. Forty that modern Americans are throwing away percent of food produced goes uneaten, the best parts of our food. “Some of the unnecessarily filling the landfill with best flavor and nutrients can be found in hundreds of billions of dollars of food,” says vegetable, fruit and fish skins that often get Lindsay-Jean Hard, a chef in Ann Arbor, discarded,” says Matsuoka Wong. Michigan, and the author of Cooking With Both Scraps, Wilt & Weeds and CookScraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and ing with Scraps are intended as reference Stems into Delicious Meals. guides to provide inspiration to home chefs, Yet the real driving force behind Hard’s rather than rigid cookbooks to be followed unusual, scrap-based recipes is the joy of with precision. Matsuoka Wong suggests creativity and innovation. “It’s fun to chaltrying to work with the ingredients at hand, lenge yourself to create something delicious using substitutions as needed, instead of out of something no one would think edible, buying an ingredient just to follow a recipe. like my banana peel cake,” says Hard. Cooking from scraps requires a shift in Mads Refslund, a Danish chef living mindset about our food and a new mindfulin New York City, seeks nature in food by ness about our habits in the kitchen, says Matcooking and serving it on the plate. “In suoka Wong. “Before automatically throwing nature, there is no ugly, no trash, just cycles of something away or composting, pause and change. Using all the parts is a way of respect- think, what might I do with this?” she says. 28

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Hard suggests choosing one new ingredient at a time to work with, old bread being an easy one to start with. “Stale bread can easily be transformed into breadcrumbs and croutons that can add nice texture to a lot of dishes,” says Hard. “Nail a couple things you can make out of anything, like fried rice or frittatas, which are both very accepting of most any ingredient you add,” says Matsuoka Wong. Hard agrees that simple, hearty dishes like layered casseroles or tasty tempura can be great ways to clean out the odds and ends in the crisper. Sometimes the toughest ingredients can yield the tastiest meal. Hard admits to having been stumped by what to do with the non-fleshy part of artichoke leaves, which can be tough and bitter, until she developed a recipe for artichoke leaf nachos. Edible weeds, leaves, stalks and stems of all kinds, including celery, asparagus ends and carrot tops, make for great pesto, which is itself a versatile ingredient—great for sandwiches, dips, pastas and more—and it freezes well, Hard says. Fish scales can be fried and eaten like potato chips; they are a crunchy bar snack in Japan, notes Matsuoka Wong. Fish carcasses or shrimp shells can also be boiled down into stock for risotto or seafood chowder, suggests Hard. Fruit cores can be boiled into sweet syrup for cocktails or non-alcoholic refreshments, or distilled down into vinegars. Fruit peels can be crisped up into a healthy snack or boiled into a tea. Hard likes to infuse tequila with beet peels for a dramatic look and a little extra flavor. Fruit or vegetable tops such as pineapples, strawberries, cucumbers and leftover herbs can be used to infuse water or vinegar. Water from canned beans, known as aquafaba, is a great stand-in for egg whites to make everything from homemade vegan mayo to fudgy brownies. “Cooking with scraps shouldn’t be intimidating or overwhelming or feel like a chore: They’re just ingredients,” says Hard. “The more you cook using these recipes, the more familiar the concepts will become, and you’ll realize how easy it is to adapt them to make them your own.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at


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Banana Peel Cake With Brown Sugar Frosting For one, two-layer cake: Peels from 2 very ripe bananas, stem and very bottom discarded (see note) ½ cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for buttering the pans 1½ cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs, separated ½ cup buttermilk 1⅔ cups cake flour, (gluten-free if needed), plus more flour for flouring the pans 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp baking powder ½ tsp fine-grain sea salt For the frosting: ½ cup unsalted butter 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar ¼ cup milk, 2 percent or higher 1¾ to 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted Preheat oven to 350° F. Cut the banana peels into 1-inch pieces and place them in a small saucepan with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly, then drain the banana peels, reserving a cup of the cooking water.

You’re done when you pull out the whisk or beater and a soft peak is formed, but immediately collapses. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter and divide the batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through, until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake pulls out with dry crumbs rather than wet batter, about 25 minutes. Let the cakes cool completely in the pans.

Transfer the peels and the cup of cooking water to a tall, narrow container and purée with an immersion blender or a mini food processor until completely smooth.

When the cakes are cool, make the frosting. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in brown sugar and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in the milk, raise the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly until the mixture boils. Remove from the heat and let cool until lukewarm. Gradually whisk in one cup of the powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Add the remainder of it if the frosting is too loose. Use the frosting immediately as it will begin to thicken and stiffen as it sits.

Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing until incorporated, and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix in the banana peel mixture, then stir in the buttermilk until well combined.

To remove the cake from the pans, invert one cake pan on a serving plate, lift off the pan and peel off the parchment. Repeat for the second cake pan. Put one layer of the cake on a serving platter and spread about one third of the frosting evenly over the top. Set the other layer on top, and spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides.

In a medium-size bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients with the butter mixture and stir gently, just until combined.

Note: Banana peels contain some of the same proteins found in latex and could cause an allergic reaction. Those same proteins might also make your immersion blender feel slightly gummy to the touch. Rub the surface down with cooking oil before washing it.

Butter and flour the sides of two 8-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper. Butter and flour the pans again to coat the paper.

Put the egg whites in another bowl (make sure it’s dry) and whisk until soft peaks form, either by hand or with the whisk attachment on an electric mixer. If using an electric mixer, start slowly and gradually increase speed to medium-high.

Excerpted from Cooking With Scraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and Stems into Delicious Meals by Lindsay-Jean Hard. March 2019


Tips for Creating One-Pot Meals on a Budget by Lauren Panoff


ne-pot meals are chock full of benefits. They’re budget-friendly, versatile, easy to make and can be whipped up with just a few basic ingredients. In many cases, simply toss everything into one skillet, pan or slow cooker, and dinner (breakfast or lunch) practically takes care of itself. Read on for a few tips for creating delicious one-pot meals.

Make it plant-based

Looking to go meatless? There are tons of great options within fingertip reach. Tofu and tempeh are both affordable, refrigerated choices that are great mix-ins for dishes such as chili, soups or tacos. For other options, canned beans and bagged lentils are

nutritious, plant-based proteins that can be found at low prices year-round.

Use dry and canned pantry staples Stock up on plain dry grains, like rice, lentils, quinoa, barley and pasta, as well as canned goods like assorted beans, green beans and diced tomatoes. Mix in some vegetable broth, and all of these staples make great bases for soups, stews and casseroles. They also have long shelf lives and come at a minimal cost. Take advantage of sales on raw nuts and seeds for later use as well. These can be blended and used to make soups creamier or to simply add some crunch to a one-pot meal. A little goes a long way.


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wenty-five years As I dug deeper, I put health have ignited conago, the first the pieces together of troversy among sciengenetically moditists, consumers and even the relationship between governments. fied (GM) crop came to GMOs, gut health and market in the form of a Much of the research tomato engineered for a has been conducted in subsequent diseases. longer shelf life. Today, other countries—more ~Michelle Perro, pediatrician, as much as 80 percent of than 60 have banned author and executive director GMOs—and most food in the U.S. contains of GMO Science GMOs (as they are best studies have focused on known) and most of the world’s genetically the health effects of the glyphosate used engineered crops are treated with glyphosate on these crops, which the World Health herbicides, primarily Monsanto’s Roundup. Organization in 2015 declared a probable Unlike hybrids produced by convenhuman carcinogen. “Glyphosate adversely tional breeding, GMOs are created in a affects the mitochondria, neurotranslaboratory, often incorporating DNA from mitter production and hormones,” says other species, such as bacteria and viruses. Smith, whose recent documentary, Secret Researching the potential health effects Ingredients, presents stories of people that “must be our number one priority, because overcame chronic illnesses by eliminating GMO technology is replacing nature,” says GMOs from their diets. Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the Smith recently conducted a survey Institute for Responsible Technology, in published in the International Journal of Fairfield, Iowa. “The altered genomes are Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine passed on to future generations.” in which 3,256 respondents reported im Although U.S. regulators generally provement in a number of health problems regard these foods to be safe, the ubiquity after they switched to largely non-GMO of GMOs in the food chain and a lack of and organic diets. “Many of the conditions research on their long-term effect on human that improved in the survey participants are

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similar to the health issues found in lab animals fed GMOs or the associated herbicide Roundup,” he wrote. More than 85 percent reported improvement from digestive disorders. It is possible that glyphosate, which is antibiotic in nature, may disrupt the delicate balance of the microbiome, a community of microbes that inhabit the gut.

to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, infertility and gastrointestinal disorders,” he says. “It is impossible in the U.S. to just eliminate GMO foods from the diet, so eating organic is the only way to guarantee avoiding GMO foods. This automatically also reduces pesticides from the diet.”

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“Roundup can loosen the tight junctions between our cells,” explains Smith. “This can lead to leaky gut, which can contribute to inflammation and numerous diseases.” Dr. Akil Palanisamy, a Harvard-educated physician and author of The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease, concurs. “I do believe that the microbiome is crucial for health, and by switching to organic, we eliminate the potential microbiome-damaging effects of glyphosate.” Palanisamy, based in San Francisco, emphasizes glyphosate’s known ability to cause DNA damage and potentially induce cell death. “It may be a contributing factor

Dr. Michelle Perro, a pediatrician, author and executive director of GMO Science, in San Rafael, California, became involved when she came across research by plant biologist Dr. Arpad Pusztai, one of the first scientists to raise concerns about the safety of genetically modified foods. “I was able to correlate his findings with the change in children’s health that I was beginning to notice in my own practice,” says Perro. “As I dug deeper, I put the pieces together of the relationship between GMOs, gut health and subsequent diseases.” Perro has seen improved health in her patients once a cleaner diet is introduced. “Parents have the ability to help

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n Eat organic when possible, especially oats, wheat and other grains, soy, corn, beans and lentils. n Look for the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal on labels.

Advice From the Experts Dr. Akil Palanisamy:

n Sweat in a sauna or steam room 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a week to stimulate toxin release (infrared saunas are a good alternative for those that can’t tolerate the heat of traditional saunas). n Take 15-minute home baths with onequarter-cup of bentonite clay.

n Eat a variety of detoxifying foods like cruciferous vegetables, ground flaxseeds, parsley, beet greens (the leafy tops of beetroot), cilantro and chia seeds.

Dr. Michelle Perro (for children): n Eat as much organic foods as possible and eliminate processed foods from a child’s diet. n Don’t drink tap water; use a quality water filter. n Strive to eliminate pesticides in the child’s environment, including at schools, playdates and homes of relatives.

n Strive to have a daily bowel movement.

n Seek a foundation of nutritional medicine and individualized treatment strategies employing nutraceuticals, herbs, homeopathy and manipulative medicine.

n Add fiber to diet such as psyllium husk or fruit pectin.

n Consider an elimination diet, beginning with dairy and gluten.

n Drink lots of purified filtered water every day.

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n 2018 Journal of the American Medical Association study: n What’s Making our Children Sick?: How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It, by Dr. Michelle Perro and University of California San Francisco medical anthropologist Vincanne Adams; reverse chronic disorders plaguing their children, including asthma, eczema, food allergies and neurocognitive disorders such as autism and ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].” Palanisamy has also seen significant changes in his patients’ health when they heed his advice and avoid GMOs. “Often, they report improvement in digestion, mood, brain fog and energy levels.” The body is designed with the innate ability to heal, says Pero. “Chronic diseases can be reversed when organic nutrition is the foundation.” The Hartman Group’s Organic & Natural 2018 report reveals that 46 percent of American shoppers now seek GMO-free food. “The tipping point here in the United States has begun,” says Smith. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality, health and wellness and a composer. Connect at March 2019


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When Allergies Put the Bite on Pets by Sandra Murphy


pringtime doesn’t just mean warmer weather, colorful flowers and greening grass. It also brings seasonal allergies. For pets, it can be a miserable time of year, because dogs and cats are lower to the ground and pick up allergens on their fur. Grass, weeds, pollen, lawn chemicals, fertilizers and fleas can trigger reactions such as itchy skin, raw paws, sneezing fits and general discomfort. Due to the warmer temperatures of the past decade, flea allergies in dogs have risen 12 percent, while cats have seen a whopping 67 percent increase. Environmental allergies are also up 30 percent for dogs and 11 percent for cats, according to the 2018 State of Pet Health Report from the Banfield Pet Hospital, in Vancouver, Washington. The most common environmental allergens include dust mites, mold, fabric, feathers and cleaning solutions.

Symptoms A dog’s itching will often manifest between the toes, on the wrists, “armpits”, groin, legs, ears, eyes and back, just in front of the tail. In the quest for relief, dogs will lick, chew, pull out hair and scratch, often leaving bare spots or open wounds that 34

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may get infected. Cats will pull hair, scratch ears and develop a rash or bare spot on the stomach or inside the legs. In extreme cases, a veterinarian will give an injection to calm the itchiness before more damage is done. Owners can use that lull to investigate what is causing the allergy.

Fleas For fleas, there are more natural ways to end the cycle than using potentially toxic pet treatments. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is affordable, non-toxic and safe, made from fossils of marine life crushed into a superfine powder. Its deadly effect on insects stems from piercing their hard shells so they become dehydrated. It does not harm mammals. Be sure to buy food-grade DE, not the kind that’s designed for use in pools and gardens. Simply dust the dog to the skin with the powder and sprinkle it on bedding, rugs and carpets. Cats tend to have more favorite nap spots than dogs, so vacuum first to get rid of any flea eggs. Sprinkle the DE and leave it in place for a couple of weeks. Vacuum again. DE can be hard on regular vacuums, but a Shop-Vac is up to the task.

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4 A change in cleaning products. Use unscented, all-natural cleansers. Put the dog or cat in another room when vacuuming so they don’t breathe dust. A new cat litter can trigger allergic reactions. Look for unscented, dust-free litter. 4 Plastic bowls. Switch to stainless steel bowls for food and water. 4 Seasonal flowers and grasses. Pet-friendly wipes will remove excess pollen when the dog comes in after outdoor time. A twice-weekly bath during the worst of the season and weekly as blooming subsides will wash away pollens. An oatmeal shampoo is soothing; don’t use tea tree oil-based shampoos, which may further irritate skin. Be sure to dry the fur. Wet bedding can cause mold, another allergen.

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TACKLING TICKS A Multi-Layered Approach to Protecting Pooches


by Laura Weis

hawing temperatures and longer days are early harbingers of spring, but unfortunately so is the appearance of ticks and the diseases they carry. Ticks can be active anytime the temperature climbs above 45 degrees, which means that the month of March signals the beginning of consistent tick problems in Pennsylvania.

Understanding the Problem

All ticks feed on the blood of their host animals, and most go through four life stages and often prefer different host species for each stage. Ticks can sense their hosts’ body heat, breath and odor, as well as moisture, vibrations and even shadows. Ticks cannot jump or fly. They find potential host animals by attaching to grass or leaves with their hind legs, holding their front legs outstretched in a behavior called “questing”. When a promising host brushes past, they quickly climb aboard, attach and begin feeding. Although there are more than 25 species of ticks in the Commonwealth, just four species account for over 90 percent of the ticks submitted for identification.

*The American dog tick (Dermacentor variablis) is the most common species in this area, and as its name suggests, the preferred hosts for the adult tick are dogs. The immature forms can be found on small rodents and deer. This species of tick does not spread Lyme disease, but it does carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia and cause tick paralysis. *The blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis, also commonly called the deer tick) prefers brushy or wooded areas. It is the most common vector for Lyme disease in the eastern part of the United States. This tick lives for two years and prefers birds and small mammals during the larval and nymphal stages, and deer or bears as an adult, but will readily feed on humans or pets during any of those stages. Most people and dogs are infected with Lyme by the tick in the nymph stage, as it is less than two millimeters in size and difficult to detect. *The lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) is named for a white spot on the body of the adult female. This tick is an aggressive biter of humans and pets and spreads Rocky Mountain spotted fever and

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ehrlichiosis, but it is unlikely to transmit Lyme disease. The young forms of the lone star tick are found on both small and large animals, and the tick prefers shaded areas with tall grass and brushy undergrowth. *The ground hog tick (Ixodes cookei) prefers to feed on woodchucks, does not transmit Lyme disease and is not known to carry other diseases that affect pets or people. Ticks are tricky to identify. In Pennsylvania, residents can submit ticks to the local Penn State extension office for free identification—preserve the tick in alcohol in a small vial or jar. The University of Rhode Island maintains a useful website, Photos of ticks can be uploaded for identification, ticks can be submitted through this site for testing for most of the tick-borne diseases and there are regional maps of tick prevalence and risks.

Taking Control

Most tick prevention and elimination strategies focus on the use of pesticides, either in the environment or on a pet. While sometimes these chemicals in spot-on, oral or collar forms are a necessary compromise in tick-infested areas, a multi-layered approach to tick control can help to reduce reliance on harsh pesticides. Some forms of natural tick control for pets include collars, sprays and spoton products that use repellent herbs and essential oils. While not as effective as chemical methods, these products are a useful part of a multi-modal approach to tick prevention and control, and they have far fewer potential detrimental effects. Most ticks prefer shaded areas with taller grass, shrubs or forest margins. Tick exposure can be reduced by creating a mulch barrier of two to three feet at the edge of wooded areas or setting fence lines nine feet away from the edge of the woods. The tick population around a yard can also be controlled by keeping grasses short and eliminating brush piles and vegetative debris that create ideal nesting spaces for small rodents that carry ticks. Ticks dislike the odors of some strong-smelling plants. Integrating mint, rosemary, garlic, rue and wormwood


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The Path to Wealth How to Make a Dream Come True by May McCarthy

with gratitude, your beliefs will change and your subconscious can work with you to make those statements true.

Speak your goal statements aloud with emotion.

The practice of uttering your goal statements out loud anchors the meaning more fully internally. This practice helps to convince your subconscious that achieving your goals is possible. Ideas and thoughts that are in alignment with them will then become more noticeable.

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uccessful professional athletes, musicians and business men and women that have achieved their goals can often point to repetition as a key to their prosperity and success. Undergoing both physical and mental training on a daily basis are keys for them to perform at their highest levels. Keeping their goals at the forefront of their thoughts, talking about the outcomes that they want to achieve and mentally seeing themselves achieving their goals are essential components of a repetitive practice that reaps great rewards. Everyone can implement a similar success practice. Revisit goals daily to enable subconscious and spiritual intuition to illuminate possibilities in taking steps necessary to create the life that we

love. This repetitive practice will shift our beliefs so that goals will be achieved sooner. Motivational speaker and author Earl Nightingale writes, “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” To realize goals sooner, set aside 20 minutes and follow three simple steps each morning:

Write down your goals and be specific in describing the desired outcome.

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ake a moment to sense the space surrounding you. Imagine that your physical body is the nucleus within a cushion of unseen energy that radiates effortlessly from within. This cushion of energy around the physical body is called the auric field, or energy field, and some people believe that it is just as real as our physical form. The idea that we all have a bubble of energy surrounding us can be an abstract concept to grasp. However, some yogic lineages believe that a person’s energy field is quite real, and contains thousands of invisible energy pathways called nadis. The nadis work with the chakra system, both of which originate at the spine and flow outward into the auric field. As information comes to us from the outside world, it filters through the nadis and chakras, and is then redistributed back out into the world around us. I believe that when yoga postures are practiced mindfully, they can keep both the physical body and the energy body healthy. A good visual is to imagine the breath as the conductor of this process. As we hold postures that stretch the spine, we can breathe life into the muscles and tissues. Each breath we take as we settle into a posture invites fresh oxygen into our system. This combination of stretching and breathing also opens and clears out the energy pathways known as nadis and chakras.

Just as yoga postures promote proper flow of synovial fluid within the joints, they also help to promote proper energy flow throughout the body. Years ago, Guru Singh, a kundalini yoga teacher, gave me a cue during a class when he said, “stretch into your body glove.” I love the image of breathing vital life force energy into my auric field each time I reach, stretch and settle into a yoga posture. Sun Salutations have given me an opportunity to be creative with tapping into my auric field. With each sweep of my arms and torso, I imagine literally dusting off any stagnant energetic debris from around my body. I take up as much or as little space as I feel called to, and I envision breathing both oxygen and prana into my system. I invite you to have some fun during your next asana practice by exploring the feeling of becoming radiantly contained within a strong, bright aura. Namaste. Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, you can contact her at 732-596-7384, or visit

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FRIDAY, MARCH 1 First Friday Lecture w/ Elizabeth Joyce – 7-9pm. The Power of the Inner Soul: Becoming Masters of the Planet. In conjunction with Embracing Spiritual Frontiers. Talk, meditation and instructions on how to stay attuned and connected to spirit as we strive to understand events happening to us and to the world at large. RSVP or walk-in. Donation. The James Lorah House, 132 N Main St, Doylestown. 215-996-0646.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 3 Sacred Feminine Rhythms Intro Workshop – 10am-noon. This workshop is an exploration of the feminine and her cyclical nature, an investigation of similarities and discovering connections. As we travel the feminine wheel of life you will be invited to recognize your unique sacred rhythm using the Sacred Feminine Rhythms creative image along with conversation and a little movement. $30. Complete Wellness Quakertown, 519 W Broad St, Quakertown. 215-534-4989. EarthRhythmSacred

FRIDAY, MARCH 8 Glow Yoga Reggae Jam – 7:30-8:45pm. This will be a fun, Friday night yoga class under black lights with some funky reggae vibes. Safe glow paint will be available to make your body shine under the black lights. It is a donation class benefiting the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts scholarship fund. All donations are appreciated. Free. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510.

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Breakfast Benefits: Learn about Laser Treatment – 9am. Offered every third Saturday. 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.

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Malas & Meditation Workshop – 2-4:15pm. Create your very own mala to use and keep. A creative and mindful workshop, we will explore the meaning of a mala and learn how to use them in a meditation practice. Open your artistic side while finding a new meditation technique to enhance your existing practice, or to begin one. Materials included. $55. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@Whole WholeBodyYogaStudio. com/workshops.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Prenatal Yoga Certification – 3/21-3/24. Training includes anatomy and physiology; stages of labor and birth; learning over 35 asanas and asana modifications, and eight pranayamas for pregnancy; leading and sequencing a prenatal yoga class including language, visualization and hands-on assisting; strengthening the pelvic floor; pregnancy discomforts and use of asana and pranayama for relief and more. $700. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@ WholeBodyYoga


savethedate Amaya Victoria Weekend March 22-24 A weekend of healing events with spiritual teacher, channel and healer Amaya Victoria. Individual sessions available 3/22, 11am-4pm and 3/23, 10am-3pm. Three workshops are offered throughout the weekend. See this month’s news brief for more details.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Hello Yoga! Beginners Workshop – 10am-noon. This workshop introduces students to the foundations of yoga in a small group setting. Learn basic breathing techniques to calm the mind as well as postures to stretch, strengthen and stabilize the body. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354. Kathy@Anahata Healing Strategies After a Loss – 10am-noon. Experiencing a loss can be defined as emotional struggles following loss of loved one(s), pets, relationships, health, independence, retirement, divorce, etc. Begin this spring season of rebirth learning holistic healing grief strategies to not only survive but thrive. Facilitators: Eileen McIntosh/Kiki Peppard, Grief Reiki Energy Healers. Register in Advance. $40. Greenshire Institute, 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown. 215538-0976. Total Body Tune Up: Mobility for Performance – 2-4pm. A blend of yoga and corrective exercise principles combined with stretching and self-massage for myofascial release, designed to highlight joint mobility and stability. The results are immediate relief from chronic tension, increased power through a greater range of movement, increased strength and healthy, supple joints. Learn a simple, yet profound regimen for the whole body. $40. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. com.


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Pet First Aid – 7-9pm. Presented by Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care. Learn basic first aid care – burns, wounds, seizures, CPR and more. $25. Community School of New Hope Solebury, 180 W Bridge St, New Hope. Nancy Lawson, 215-297-0500. Register: ssreg. com/csnhs/classes/results.asp?string=pet+first+aid.

First Friday Lecture w/ Elizabeth Joyce – 7-9pm. The Power of the Inner Soul: Becoming Masters of the Planet. In conjunction with Embracing Spiritual Frontiers. Talk, meditation and instructions on how to stay attuned and connected to spirit as we strive to understand events happening to us and to the world at large. RSVP or walk-in. Donation. The James Lorah House, 132 N Main St, Doylestown. 215-996-0646.

Monthly Poetry, feat. Marie Kane – 6:30-8pm. Poetry is Not a Dirty Word meets the fourth Thursday of every month. Featured poet reading followed by open mic. Featured poet Marie Kane. Free. The Lahaska Bookshop, 162A Peddler’s Village, Rte 263 and Carousel Ln, Lahaska. 267-544-5131. Staff@Lahaska

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savethedate Holistic & Psychic Fair April 6-7 • 11am-5pm A day of fun and inspiration that benefits The Breathing Room and Lahaska SPCA. Psychic readings from Frank St James of The Psychic Detectives and BIO Channel, Celeste of the Fox Sisters, Nekara and Danielle, local psychics. Enjoy massage, bodywork and other holistic services. Call to book advance appointments.

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

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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@

Quest for Health Q&A Session – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Bruce Lipton says our bodies hear our thoughts, respond to our beliefs and create the health we think is possible. Do you want less pain, more energy, more clarity in your daily life? Bring your questions to our open Q&A sessions on the first and third Mondays of the month. $15. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Pipersville. Shirley Scranta, 215-795-8065. 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.


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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 wednesday Intuitive Medium Readings – In-person readings, afternoon and evening appointments available. Receive messages of love, guidance and support from deceased loved ones, guides and angels from an intuitive medium and certified intuitive life coach. East Norriton. Linda Harbaugh, 484-904-9268. Linda@

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.


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

Growing office in Doylestown, PA has ROOM SHARE/POSITION available for another Holistic practitioner. Flexible and open schedule. Split with minimal room charge. Excellent opportunity. Call Monika at 215-534-4513.



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

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.

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. At Anahata, we believe yoga should be available for everyone, every body, every fitness level and for every income level. Variations for all levels are offered. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354. Anahata First Friday Lecture w/ Elizabeth Joyce – 7-9pm. 1st Fri. The Power of the Inner Soul: Becoming Masters of the Planet. In conjunction with Embracing Spiritual Frontiers. Talk, meditation and instructions on how to stay attuned and connected to spirit as we strive to understand events happening to us and to the world at large. RSVP or walk-in. Donation. The James Lorah House, 132 N Main St, Doylestown. 215-996-0646. Elizabeth_Joyce.16@

saturday 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. Shiatsu Community Clinic – 9:15am-4:45pm. 1st Sat. Shiatsu sessions offered in supervised clinic setting. Each student will interview, assess energy and create individualized shiatsu session to balance the body. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton. Wear socks. No cell phones, no perfumes. $45. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Plumsteadville. Shirley Scranta, 215-795-8065.

March 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. DANCE


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 11.


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




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 8.


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 9.


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 20.


Beth Skovron, DDS 595 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville 215-822-3860 •

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

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.

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 37.


Bucks & Montgomery County, PA Edition

David DiGiallorenzo, DMD 184 W Main St, Collegeville 610-422-3120 •

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


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 27.


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 15.


6055C Kellers Church Rd, 2nd Floor, Pipersville 215-795-8065 • Celebrating 20 years as the area’s leading center for shiatsu massage training and treatment. Come visit our new space in Pipersville. New courses start regularly. See ad, page 11.


Center for Natural Healing Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown 484-767-8378


Dr Paul Bizzaro, DC 81 S Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589 •

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.

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 8.




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 21.


Visions of Reality 215-996-0646 • Modern-day psychic, mystic, author and master spiritual teacher/healer widely recognized for accurate predictions, mediumship and guidance for missing persons, dream analysis and past-life regression. See calendars for First Friday lectures and other events. Subscribe to Elizabeth Joyce YouTube channel. See ads, pages 25 and 39.


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.


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 31.


Joseph Carchedi, MD, ABIHM • 215-780-1898 Dr. Carchedi is a board-certified integrative holistic medicine physician who practices personalized functional medicine, getting to the root cause of every illness. He performs IV therapies and is a member of the American College of Nutrition. See ad, page 3.


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 15.


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

A fully organic, holistic, eco-friendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad, page 27.


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 35.

REIKI GWYNN WHITE WALKER MCGROGGAN Bucks, Montgomery, Berks Counties, PA 215-470-0176

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.

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