Women's Wellness - MAY 2014

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elcome to May—the month that delightfully brings to mind our appreciation for mothers. As a mother to three young children, I have been blessed in my chosen role and daily rejoice in the smiles, hugs and “I love you’s” that come my way. I also count myself blessed to still have my own mother nearby to voice her wisdom, give generous hugs and provide the heart-warming support all children bask in. One of my deep desires for my children is that they mature into individuals that enjoy what they do every day of their lives and share their gifts in ways that help make the world a better place. They are fortunate to have a mother who is enabled by you all to do just that. As publisher of our local edition of Natural Awakenings, our go-to resource for natural health and sustainable living, I must voice my gratitude for the tremendous recent growth of this magazine made possible by all of you—our loyal readers, advertisers, distributors and contributors. This month we are printing more pages than ever before and are excited by the expanding possibilities. We also acknowledge that not one page would be possible without the business owners that both support the publication and play such vital roles in the larger Natural Awakenings natural living community. It makes our editorial content possible. Each reader’s story I hear of a life changed for the better because of an article they read here makes every effort worthwhile. If you see me out and about, I invite you to say hello and tell me your story; I would love to hear it. I rejoice in meeting you all and always welcome your input and feedback; let me know what you want to read in these pages. Have a joyful May—and remember to call your mother and other mothers you love,

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newsbriefs Group Mastermind Comes to Greenshire


reenshire Arts Consortium welcomes Jon Satin and Chris Pattay, The Possibility Coaches, to their team of experts, teachers and practitioners. Beginning on May 7 and running for six sessions through July 16, Group Mastermind is a program designed to provide participants with inspiration, accountability and support so they can achieve goals, create massive emotional shifts and obtain more positive results in any Jon Satin, Chris Pattay or all areas of life. “Participation in this program can lead to experiencing real personal growth,” Satin and Pattay say. “As your facilitators, we will assist you to rapidly get to the heart of what you really want in your life.” As The Possibility Coaches, Satin and Pattay have guided thousands of people over the last decade to become empowered. They bring a unique brand of relationship and life coaching with the intention of positively changing people’s lives. According to Satin and Pattay, “We look forward to collaborating with Greenshire Art Consortium. Like us, co-founders Arlene and Jim Curley are passionate about assisting people to holistically heal and thrive! Together, we intend to share our expertise.”




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Master Coach Releases Book, If Not Now, When?


ife Coach Atul Uchil, Ph.D., certified as a master coach practitioner and life mastery coach, will release his latest book, If Not Now, When?, on May 7. Through the story of the twists and turns of a wild trip to Thailand and a near-death experience, he reflects on his journey of finding peace of mind, as well as meaning, purpose and an awareness of what is important. Uchil’s last book, Remember Thou Art Mortal: The Chronicles of a Mending Heart, an account of his recovery from a healthy post-heart attack life through eating a natural diet, earned a 2013 ReaderViews’ Readers’ Choice Literary Award in the health and wellness category. This is the seventh book authored by the entrepreneur, who has three decades of experience in business management, coaching and public speaking. He spent 18 years in a variety of senior management roles at several large consulting organizations before founding his own business consulting companies. As an alumnus of the Certified Coaches Federation, Uchil conducts training and certification events in AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, PA and TN. For information, call 757-471-1083, email AUchil@Uchil-llc.com or visit BravoMotivation.com. See ad, page 7.

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newsbriefs The Art of Flow Breaks Code to Intentional Creation


reddie Zeringue, a transformational coach and facilitator for over 25 years, has announced the release of his long-awaited new book, The Art of Flow, available in print and digital form. Known for helping clients achieve breakthroughs in the areas of health, relationships, prosperity and personal well-being, he has distilled vital principles into The Art of Flow, marking a new direction in the transformational field. Zeringue, publisher of the Northeast Florida edition of Natural Awakenings magazine, says, “The point of the book is to bring people into a state of natural flow, where they are able to create their lives in a very dynamic way that overrides resistance and opens up space to let in the limitless bounty of creation. The Art of Flow goes beyond The Secret and other books in the field to transform how we see ourselves and each other, objectively analyzing great teachings from a new perspective and embracing the idea that we are ‘divine creators’.” Universally applicable and harmonizing with any individual’s personal beliefs or spiritual path, the essentials of the book are practical explanations of concepts we are all familiar with—things we’ve heard so often that we might assume we already know what’s at their core. Zeringue brings them into a new light, illuminating how they work together to dynamically create our lives. The mastery of these principles is profoundly life changing. The book is available on Amazon.com and ArtOfFlow.com, which features a free audio supplement available for download.

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atural Awakenings Publishing Corp. (NAPC) recently welcomed a group of new publishers that completed an April training program at corporate headquarters in Naples, Florida. The NAPC training staff spent several days with the entrepreneurs now launching new Natural Awakenings magazines in Chicago Western Suburbs; Rochester, New York; and Hawaii. Company CEO Sharon Bruckman launched the first edition of Natural Awakenings in 1994 and began franchising it in 1999. The company currently publishes 90 Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, with a collective readership exceeding 3.5 million. “Interest in naturally healthy living that’s good for people and the planet is now influencing mainstream America, thanks in part to our active and growing readership,” says Bruckman. “Natural Awakenings’ dedicated family of publishers, supported by loyal advertisers, connects readers with a wealth of national and local resources mapping out alternate routes to a healthier, happier, longer life.” For a list of locations where Natural Awakenings is publishing or to learn more about franchise opportunities, visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com or call 239530-1377.


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he fourth annual Cycle Bucks County, the premier one-day charity bicycle tour through Bucks County, has opened registration for the June 21 ride. Renowned for its beautiful course and ideal riding conditions, the event supports The Richard A. Reif Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital to honor the memory of Tara L. Riedley, who passed away suddenly and tragically from an undiagnosed heart condition in 2008. The Cycle Bucks County ride is organized by the Tara L. Riedley Foundation in association with the New HopeSolebury Community Association. “The ride was founded originally as a tribute to our daughter Tara, but through the work of so many in our community it has become so much more,” says Roger Riedley, director of the foundation and Tara’s father. “Cycle Bucks County is honored to support the Richard A. Reif Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital. What better way to support this cause than through a ride that is a fun, healthy and adventurous activity—something that Tara would have thoroughly enjoyed.” The event is for riders of all skill levels and includes four ride options: 10 miles for kids and families, 25 miles for cycling enthusiasts and 50- and 60-mile rides for serious cyclists. Registration includes a free T-shirt, food, children’s activities and a raffle with many great prizes. Individual registration is $50 for adults before May 31, $25 for junior riders (ages 12-17) and $5 for children under 12. Families can register together for the 10-mile family ride for $50. Location: New Hope-Solebury High School, 180 W. Bridge St., New Hope. For more information and registration, visit CycleBucksCounty.org. See ad, page 22.

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ai Maa, an international spiritual master and humanitarian leader, will be in Philadelphia for a series of events titled, “Serving from the Heart,” May 17 and 18. The weekend is part of the Passion Tour, a worldwide series of events which explores passion as the essential energy to fuel a life of purpose, alignment and fulfillment. A highlight of the weekend will be a free opportunity for hundreds to receive Darshan from Maa—a rare gift from an enlightened master. According to Maa, “If you wish to be alive, be passionate about life.” Through practical teachings and energetic activations and empowerments, each Passion Tour event offers a unique gateway to embodying passion and being fully alive. The public is welcome to attend four free events during the weekend, as well as a special teaching session with Sai Maa and her successor, Lucinda Hanover. Maa is an international spiritual master, healer and humanitarian leader who inspires people with her combination of Eastern spiritual wisdom and Western therapeutic knowledge. She founded Humanity In Unity, a nonprofit organization that provides food, clothing, clean water and medical care to children and families, and supports widows and orphans. Maa holds a Ph.D. in Spirituality from the Open International University and is certified in naturopathic, homeopathic and osteopathic therapies.

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Drinking Cow’s Milk While Nursing Linked to Infant Eczema


ew research has found that if a mother drinks cow’s milk during the period that she is breastfeeding, it raises her infant’s risk of experiencing skin allergies. The study, published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, followed 62 mothers and their infants from birth through 4 months of age. Researchers from Bangkok’s Mahidol University assembled the mothers and infants into two groups. Mothers in one group drank cow’s milk during the first four months of breastfeeding; the control group did not. Eight of the children with mothers drinking cow’s milk had skin allergies, versus two of the children in the control group. All of the mothers exclusively breastfed their infants throughout this period. An earlier study published in the British Medical Journal followed 124 mothers, 97 of which breastfed their babies. Of those that breastfed, 48 drank no milk or other dairy products and 49 drank milk. Infants in the milk-drinking group experienced 21 cases of eczema, while the no-milk group had only 11 cases. Overall, between the breastfed and non-breastfed infants, the breastfed infants had lower incidences of eczema regardless of the mother’s diet.


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Vitamin D No Help for Bone Mass or Hip Fractures

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a more meaningful way. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?” pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic and productive state. When the body

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ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.

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is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments. “Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense that surrender as strength and trust that the information received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully

understand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary as silent when the left lobe of her brain shut down due because deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that to a stroke was my ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, I must piece together and put into action before more of it heeding inner guidance took practice and a commitment bubbles up from within.” to dismantling reactive thought patterns and habits, plus The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., discerning between intuition and distracting chatter. combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As “Mind chatter generally creates fear, negativity the director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit and pressure to do something,” she explains. “Intuitive Method of Yoga, at the facility in Silver Springs, Florida, guidance is gentle, expansive and undemanding.” Hall Desai instructs on listening to the voice of intuition identibelieves in the Buddhist concept that mindfulness of the fied as prana in yogic tradition, body allows us to love fully. She which she characterizes as “the enfinds, “It brings healing, wisdom and ergy that enlivens and carries out all freedom.” balancing and life-giving processes She relates how she is led to in nature. direct a client’s attention to their own “It speaks through the body as body’s intuition, which works best sensations, impulses and urges,” when she is following her instincts, she says. “This ‘inner divining rod’ rather than thinking. “After one informs us what feelings, thoughts session, my client, who had been and actions are moving us into silently experiencing numerous feelalignment with our source and what ings in her stomach, asked me why is moving us out of alignment.” I had touched her abdomen. I was Quieting the mind and just intuitively led to that part of her strengthening the directives of prana body.” through meditation, yoga and beDr. Mona Lisa Schulz, also a ing in nature moves us away from Ph.D., medical intuitive and co-auwhat we tell ourselves and back to thor of All is Well, notes that everyone directly responding to its prompthas a connection to intuition. “We ings. “Absorbed in the present get a gut feeling and sadness in our moment and bodily sensations, heart from our inner intelligence we connect with inner guidance,” that we don’t know what to do with. explains Desai. “With practice, our While some individuals consult a Fearlessly following mind becomes a servant to inner practitioner, others listen to their intelligence. It can both direct our body’s intuitive language and reflect our intuition frees us to lives and make us sensitive to early on their insights and dreams—the symptoms suggesting oncoming illlanguage of soul,” says Schulz. “Intufully live an authentic ness,” she adds. ition can speak softly through sympand satisfying life. “There is growing interest in toms,” she observes. “Eventually, energy medicine and developing when disregarded, it can become a a deeper connection to the body’s intelligence through full-blown illness.” yoga and energy practices like qigong and tai chi because Biochemist and author of Secrets of Our Cells: Dispeople are tired of taking medications that don’t heal the covering Your Body’s Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barrett, root cause of health problems,” comments Dr. Sue Morter, Ph.D., is awed by the body’s cellular intelligence. “Our founder of Morter Health Center, near Indianapolis, cells are invisible, so we don’t think of ourselves as celIndiana, and the healing phenomenon she terms Energy lular beings. However, a deeper understanding of our Codes. A regular practice of any one of these disciplines constitution and that our cells speak to each other and expands sensory function to encompass internal recognicollaborate harmoniously could inspire us to befriend our tion and referencing of subtle information. body’s intelligence for life,” she says. “We might shift from Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal wanting to fix an ache or pain to understanding that our power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in cells are warning us of something.” pursuit of external sources of happiness. “Participants Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recomlearn to trust their gut more than the opinions of others, mends we rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has which turns up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” authored several books on intuition. She finds, “With intushe explains. ition, we have a personal compass and an ally in discern After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, ing what is authentic and true for us so that we won’t be Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she tugged and pulled in different directions when we make was certain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered decisions.” with feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful prompt Laurie McCammon, co-author of Enough: The Rise of ings. “Jill’s experience of her body as energy and her mind the Feminine and the Birth of the New Story, was relaxnatural awakenings

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enter a mind-body state of energetic receptive listening, where emotional intelligence is accessible. “These feelings and sensations are indicative of wholeness. From it, we have access to the eternal place of the fully healed soul, which whispers intuitively, nudging us toward what

ing and reflecting with two friends when intuition graced her with a message of information-laden energy: “I am enough. We are enough. I have enough. We have enough. Enough!” The experience inspired them to collaborate on an e-book celebrating the grassroots groundswell toward a major shift in the world. “I believe intuition is an aspect of The Grand Plan, which always moves us toward greater expansion, inclusion and an ever more mature and loving response to life,” says McCammon. Ute Arnold, founder, director and teacher of the Unergi School of Body-Psychotherapy, in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, describes several physical signatures of body intelligence that can foster improved self-care. “You feel more expansive, available and receptive—with a sense of a longer spine, a wider and deeper body and feet rooted in the Earth’s powerful energy,” explains the author of Touchback: A Self-Healing Journey with Body, Art and Nature, who also has a master’s degree in fine arts. “Expanded into a condition of soft relaxation, your mind stops talking; you

can heal our life, body and mind.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe.com for the recorded interviews.

INTUITION UNLEASHED Spend time with your feelings: Write down how you feel about your job, relationships, house, health and what’s going on in the world. Build and strengthen feeling receptors: Choose one feeling and spend the day with it. Notice every time you see that feeling expressed in yourself or someone else. Don’t judge it or form an opinion about it; just notice. Receive everything: Pay attention to what you are feeling. Don’t worry about what you will do with what you feel or your thoughts about those feelings. Just receive them. You can decide later what you want to do with them. Maintain a flexible “thermostat”: When you want to freak out or shut down, check in with your feelings instead. Be present, engaged and genuine. The feeling and associated intuition need your attention and the present is the time to attend to them. Source: Adapted from Born to Receive, by Amanda Owen

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n 1886, Dr. William Murrell stated in the British Medical Journal, “Massage is of such inestimable value in the treatment of many intractable diseases that it is regretted that so little is known about it in this country, and that it is so rarely employed as a therapeutic agent.” A 2013 survey by the American Massage Association (AMTA) showed that a majority of us are choosing massage therapy to treat such conditions as stress and pain management, according to Winona Bontrager, the association’s immediate past president. Of 1,007 adults surveyed, 75 percent opted for it within the previous year for stress or medical reasons, and 88 percent view massage as effective for pain relief. “A growing body of evidence shows that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions,” reports Bontrager, adding that massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness. Cody Landis, a licensed massage therapist and instructor at the Swedish Institute’s College of Health Sciences, in New York City, explains, “In the last

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An AMTA survey reported that 32 percent of positive respondents used massage to relieve stress, and numerous recent studies have confirmed this. Research from Harvard Medical School shows that massage reduces pain and anxiety while increasing sleep and quality of life among metastatic cancer patients. Boston Medical Center researchers saw similar results among 60 cancer patients that underwent port placement surgery; 20-minute massages before and after surgery reduced participants’ stress and anxiety. Australian researchers reporting in the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery found that massage reduced pain, anxiety and muscle tension following heart surgery

A study from Nashville’s Meharry Medical College of 43 HIV patients revealed that Swedish massage reduced their symptoms of depression. Lead researcher Russell Poland, Ph.D., a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, observes, “When we designed the study, we didn’t expect to see such a large effect of massage. We remain surprised.” The benefit was echoed by a University of California-Los Angeles study of 95 volunteers that displayed increases in their production of oxytocin hormone simultaneous with reductions in adrenocorticotropin hormone. Oxytocin is linked to compassion, empathy, maternal affection and social connection, while lowered adrenocorticotropin effects less stress.

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Researchers in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo studied 46 birthing women and determined that lumbar massage during labor reduced pain by 27 percent. In another study at Beijing’s Chinese PLA General Hospital, deep massage brought relief to 64 patients suffering from chronic low back pain. Relief was reported by a third of 110 headache patients in a Turkish medical school study. Dhaka Medical College Hospital, in Bangladesh, found similar results in a study of 500 headache sufferers, many of which had migraines. Research from the University of Miami’s School of Medicine showed that massage reduced arthritis pain and increased both grip strength and range of motion among 42 rheumatoid arthritis patients. Lead researcher Tiffany Field, Ph.D., director of Miami University’s Touch Research Institute, says, “We have known that massage therapy reduces substance P, [a neuropep-

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Thirty minutes of massage with trigger point reduced symptoms and improved function in a study of 21 carpal tunnel patients (Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies). Constipation: Massage therapy increased the average number of bowel movements among 33 hospitalized Korean children, as reported in the Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing. Dementia: Research from Spain’s Extremadura University on 120 institutionalized elderly adults diagnosed with dementia found massage therapy generally helped improve behavior and sleep. Migraines: Craniosacral massage reduced migraine occurrence in a study of 20 migraine sufferers from Iceland’s University of Akureyri, as published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. Osteoporosis: A study of 48 postmenopausal women receiving traditional Thai massage showed increased bone formation after just four weeks. The massage group’s serum P1NP levels—which assesses bone formation—increased by 15 percent, while the control group saw no increases (BMC Complementary & Alternative Medicine).

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Funny Tummy? Probiotic Foods Can Fix a Troubled Gut by Kathleen Barnes

Gas, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation—each of these digestive issues indicates an imbalance of “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria.


hronic digestive discomfort is distressingly common. More than 60 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), notes Dr. Mark Pimentel, director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, in Los Angeles, and author of A New IBS Solution. Many are too embarrassed to mention it to their doctor, so they suffer silently and learn to live with it.

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While digestive distress can visit most of us occasionally, regular bouts have increased due to high-stress lifestyles and unhealthy diets, according to Dr. Dustin James, a St. Louis, Missouri, gastroenterologist and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digestive Health. “Getting home late after a stressful day, eating a high-fat meal and then going to bed is a recipe for problems,” he says. James advises a food-free interlude of four to six hours before bedtime and notes that prescription and over-the-counter heartburn medications can actually worsen the problem over time. Pimentel, citing his own research, also suggests that even a minor case of food poisoning may unbalance digestive bacteria enough to cause problems for years. “We think food poisoning leads to bacterial overgrowth,” says Pimentel. In his clinical experience, James says about 10 percent of IBS cases can be connected to the food poisoning theory. Although such cases are typically treated with an antibi-

otic, rifaximin, many experts ironically attribute bacterial overgrowth to the use of antibiotics. All antibiotics, taken for any reason, indiscriminately kill both good and bad intestinal bacteria, ultimately creating unbalanced bacteria colonies in the digestive tract, says James. “There can be bad long-term effects,” he advises. James’ antibiotics theory is affirmed by a major Australian review of current research on the links between antibiotics and intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Sugar is another culprit as are antibiotics in dairy products and meats, which can also aggravate digestive problems. Sugar feeds the growth of unfriendly bacteria and yeast and antibiotics kill friendly bacteria, contributing to imbalances. The U.S. obesity epidemic has even been linked to digestive problems. In a study published in the

journal Frontiers of Public Health, researchers at the University of California-Berkeley warn against long-term exposure to antibiotics through their widespread use in the dairy and meat industries. One animal study from Washington University, in St. Louis, showed that intestinal bacteria tend to extract more nutrients—and more calories—from the same foods when eaten by obese animals than when ingested by thinner ones. This helps explain why obese people tend to stay obese without heroic measures.

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There is considerable agreement that probiotics—live bacteria such as those contained in fermented foods like quality yogurt—help rebalance beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and ease ailments that include IBS. Due to U.S. food regulations, yogurt is routinely pasteurized, which kills its probiotic benefits; conscientious suppliers then add active digestive microorganisms, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, back into their products. “Check yogurt labels for specific names of the species and a certification that it contains live cultures,” counsels Maria Marco, Ph.D., an assistant professor of food science at the University of California-Davis. Coconut yogurt may be preferred by those with dairy-free diets. Dairy is acid-forming and can be difficult to digest. Many fermented foods can provide the same probiotics to ease digestive woes and restore a healthy balance of the right bacteria. Sauerkraut, rich in Lactobacillus and other strains of healthy bacteria, is at the top of the list. It’s easy to make super-healthy sauerkraut at home with shredded organic cabbage and salt. Other fermented foods to put high on a natural probiotic list include: miso, kefir, tempeh, soft cheese, kimchi, sour pickles and sourdough bread. James recommends two daily servings of high-quality yogurt or other fermented foods to obtain the 2 to 5 billion live bacteria needed to restore gut health. “Every human is unique; try different products in search of what

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works,” he says. Probiotic supplements may be more effective for people with serious digestive distress that need higher bacterial counts and the product label may provide specifics of the bacteria and strains. “For example, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is a strain that has been proven to be effective against antibioticinduced diarrhea,” Marco explains. High-quality probiotics usually require refrigeration to keep the bacteria alive. In addition, there are many nonfermented foods, including certain juices, candies and energy bars, with specific strains of bacteria added that have probiotic effects.

Get To Know Your Microbiome by Wendy Warner


into a sterile surgical e have more field, skipping all those “bugs” in and vaginal bacteria. This on our bodmeans that that they ies than cells. For every are primarily colonized gene in our own genome, by skin bacteria as there are about 100 bacloved ones hold them terial genes. Studies have and care for them. This shown that the microbes change can often mean that live with us vastly differences in health impact our health—evlater in life. erything from our levels of Initially, our microinflammation to our brain biomes primarily trigger function to our risk for Dr. Wendy Warner genes to break down diabetes. These colonies of microbes that live in and on us are the nutrients in breast milk. Then, the microbiome starts triggering genes called our microbiome. that break down carbohydrates in It starts with our birth: we inherit our initial microbiome from our moth- plants. As time marches on and our diet changes, the microbiome starts ers. Babies who are born vaginally triggering different genes to match. leave the mostly bacteria-free uterus Kathleen Barnes is the author of a One point of importance is that eatand pick up bacteria from mom on wide variety of natural health books ing processed foods leads to a much the way out. These bacteria determine including 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health, smaller diversity of bugs. They don’t which types of colonies will settle in with Dr. Hyla Cass. Connect at have to work as hard to help us gather us over our lifetimes. Babies born by KathleenBarnes.com. nutrients from our food—perhaps C-section will leave mom and enter because there aren’t many nutrients New! Hear Dr. Phil on left in these foods. Unfortunately, this the Radio! Tune in to has a negative impact on the immune WNJC1360.com system and other areas of our health. Every Tuesday Thankfully, it doesn’t take much 9:00am to help regulate our microbiomes. First, change the diet to include more Large Selection of whole foods and less processed ones. Wheat Free & Gluten Free Second, introduce fermented foods and beverages. Just two to three table• Natural & Organic Groceries spoons of real sauerkraut or kimchi • Homeopathic Remedies or eight ounces of kombucha or kefir • Discounted Vitamins each day will do the trick.

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ultured foods, also known as fermented foods, have a healthy bacterium (also known as probiotics) that supports healthy digestion and strengthens the immune system. Popular cultured foods include sauerkraut and kombucha. Cultured drinks and foods can be consumed daily and can heal a damaged gut, restore intestinal lining, reduce inflammation and remove unwanted toxic waste from the colon. These healing foods can be bought at local health food stores and grocery markets or made at home. Water kefir is gluten and dairyfree and possibly one of the easiest cultured foods to make. It cleanses the intestines; is an excellent source of B-1, B-6 and B-12; and contains antifungal and antibiotic properties, minerals and vitamins. Water kefir also boosts the immune system, normalizes and resets metabolism and supports skin issues like eczema, psoriasis and acne. Enjoy this easy and beneficial way to introduce water kefir into the diet, by making it at home.

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Blend all sauce ingredients until smooth. Then, stir in vanilla and white pepper and set aside. Wash asparagus and trim off hard base of stalk by bending until it breaks. Peel stalk and place on a mandolin, adjusting the blade to the thinnest possible position and gently easing the asparagus through the metal blade. Place the slices of asparagus in a large glass bowl of filtered water with Himalayan pink salt. Let stand for 15 minutes. Pour olive oil into a glass jar. Add fresh chives, tarragon, thyme and sage, close the jar and let stand for 10 minutes. Slice the pear in half and then into thin pieces. Drain the asparagus by lifting it out of the water carefully so as not to break the strands, then pat dry. Place in a serving dish, crossing a few pieces horizontally over the others. Add pear pieces and peanut sauce, drizzle with infused olive oil and lemon juice, then garnish with chopped chives and a dash of cayenne. Recipe submitted by Kathleen Downey of Core Level Healing, from her book Healthy is Delicious: More Than a Cookbook. Connect at CoreLevelHealing.net. See listing, page 50.


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ne of the most comzymes are commonly found mon presentations in live food, such as bromein patients is poor lain and papain, the digestive digestion, often in those who enzymes found naturally have been worked up by in pineapple and papaya, many physicians, only to be respectively. Very few people told that nothing was wrong, complain of digestive issues or given the diagnosis of irwith fruits and vegetables, as ritable bowel syndrome or Mother Nature generally puts spastic colon. The first step to the correct enzymes into her curing the ailment is finding produce. However, once a where the problem is located. Dr. Andrew Lipton food is cooked, most of the Indigestion is a broad term enzymes are destroyed. that can imply anything from irritation of Some foods cannot be digested mouth, belching or burping, heartburn, by humans, so we use friendly, good bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation. bacteria, often called probiotics, to help From a natural point of view, indigestion us digest contents of our food that we can be summarized to be caused by three cannot digest on our own. Probiotic major factors: the inability to digest certain supplements are readily available, but foods, food allergies and food sensitivity. probiotics are also commonly found in We are born with the ability to diour diet. Any food naturally fermented gest many things by our body’s producwill likely have a large dose of benefition of enzymes, but sometimes as we cial bacteria, including yogurt, kefir, age, the enzyme production decreases— sauerkraut, kimchi, miso and tempeh, to or, genetically, we never had the ability name a few. at all. Milk is a classic example that most Food allergies are possible with children can digest, however many lose any food, including fruits and vegthat ability as a teenager, and countless etables. Allergy to a food can cause an people experience gas and bloating immediate reaction to lips, tongue and when consuming dairy products. Adding throat, and can sometimes be life threatthe enzyme lactase, found in Lactaid ening, as in peanut allergies in children. milk and other products, will virtually Allergy to food can also cause digestive eliminate symptoms in most patients. inflammation in the stomach, intestines, Every type of food has a type of and colon—all of which would delay enzyme that will aid its digestion. Enthe onset of symptoms to minutes,

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Women Winning with Weights by Daniele Hargenrader


dding weightlifting along with body weight resistance exercises to the usual cardio routine is just the thing to take that old workout routine to the next level. By including resistance training two to three times a week, women will burn more calories while at rest, increase confidence and strength in everyday situations and get the toned look we’re always after. Certified personal trainer and sports performance expert Scott Lynn, of Bristol, says, “Over the years I’ve consistently had women come to train with me and say that they don’t want to look like a bodybuilder, they just want to lose some fat and tone up. That is exactly what you’ll get when you start lifting weights and using resistance.” Here are three tips to follow when starting a new resistance training workout.

1. Go outside your comfort zone.

Don’t be afraid to go outside of the place we call our comfort zone; that’s where all the big changes happen. “When I started lifting weights I was nervous, but knew I needed a real change after having my first baby and the treadmill wasn’t cutting it anymore,” says Anna Senders, of Northeast Philadelphia. “Now, three years later, my body has transformed in so many ways. I would never think about going back to cardio only.”

and doing less repetitions not only saves precious time, but is also more beneficial for toning—adding muscle definition—as well as fat burning in the long run,” advises Lynn.

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3. Get some guidance.

Learning the basics from a certified personal trainer in the beginning can set us up for a lifetime of continuous improvements, whether continuing with a trainer or flying solo. “Before I started lifting, I wasn’t sure exactly what to do,” admits Senders. “After a few sessions with my trainer I had

Lifting weights and resistance training exercises should always be thought of in terms of quality over quantity. “Using heavier weights with proper form,

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Body Ease Fluid, Flexible Movement Can Be Ours

by Sarah Todd


ad habits are hard to break—and it’s even harder to eliminate those we are unaware of. Many people experience pain from unconscious physical patterns such as hunching over a computer keyboard or holding a musical instrument at an uncomfortable angle, but don’t know how to identify and change limiting positions. This calls for body movement re-education.

Alexander Technique

“Let’s say you’re a runner and didn’t realize that you were running in a lopsided way,” explains Alexander Technique practitioner Beret Arcaya, who has taught the practice in New York City for almost 30 years. Students learn to retrain their thinking, movements and posture for better natural alignment. “It helps you understand how you’re making an argument between yourself and gravity,” she says. Invented by Australian thespian F. Matthias Alexander at the end of the 19th century as a means of improving his onstage presence, the Alexander Technique is highly regarded by actors and entertainers, yet anyone can benefit from it, according to Arcaya. In typical one-on-one sessions, Alexander movement practitioners use a light, gentle touch and verbal instruction to show students how to realign their head, neck and upper back while standing in front of a mirror, which helps the rest of the body attain a more natural position. Next, students learn to move through routine activities like sitting, walking and bending in ways that replace damaging habits with easier


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movements. The technique is easily modified to meet individual needs, Arcaya says, citing a former student that suffered from hemophilia. “He could hardly bend his knees, and he had little mobility in one elbow; he was terribly stiff,” she recalls. While the technique couldn’t treat the disease, “It allowed him to skillfully use his remaining uninjured tissue.” One day, when he returned from a threemile walk with his young son, he was beaming. “‘I walked with a freedom and a lightness,’ he said, ‘I didn’t want to stop.’” A 2008 study in the medical journal BMJ found that patients with chronic back pain experienced longterm benefits from Alexander Technique exercises and lessons. People with Parkinson’s disease also improved their walking, speech, posture and balance through Alexander training, according to a 2002 study in Clinical Rehabilitation.

Feldenkrais Method

Others in need of movement reeducation use the method founded by physicist, electrical engineer and judo black belt holder Moshé Feldenkrais in the mid-20th century. Feldenkrais was familiar with the Alexander Technique, and the two methods share the same fundamental goal of helping students change harmful patterns through movement exploration, touch and dialogue. The Feldenkrais Method avoids concepts of “right” and “wrong”. Instead, the practitioner leads stu-


dents through gentle, slow-movement sequences, mostly on the floor, while asking questions about subtle details as they experience options. This sharpens sensory awareness of how to perform each movement with maximum ease. In one-on-one sessions, the student is passive while the practitioner’s hands suggest various non-habitual movements to widen his repertoire. It all increases flexibility, balance, fine motor skills and overall physical self-awareness. Feldenkrais stated, “What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains; to restore each person to their human dignity.” Seniors that practiced the Feldenkrais Method enhanced their balance and mobility, according to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It may also alleviate symptoms of nonclinical depression, according to a 2011 pilot study reported in the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.

Trager Approach

Another entry point to such a bodily reawakening is the Trager Approach, invented by Dr. Milton Trager, an athlete who suffered from a congenital spinal deformity. “The intention of the practitioner in a Trager session is to introduce the client to a series of playful and pleasurable sensations as the session unfolds,” says practitioner Martha Partridge, of New York City, who works primarily with people that have Parkinson’s disease. During tablework sessions, practitioners “bring awareness” of a specific movement by rocking, cradling and gently rotating a client’s body, Partridge explains. The feeling of effortless movement is further ingrained through a series of mental gymnastics, termed mentastics, that clients can do at home. The objective, says Partridge, is to help people have a sense of joy in everyday, common movement. All three bodywork techniques can help people banish bad habits for good. “Gradually, aches and pains will go away,” Arcaya says. “You can undo the imbalances that have done you wrong.” Then go forward, doing things right. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at SarahToddInk.com.

What Every Woman Needs to Know About Pelvic Floor Dysfunction by Julie Yunaksa


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Contraceptive Pill Chill Dangers Include Cancer, Strokes and Fatigue by Kathleen Barnes


or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of known


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human carcinogens,” says Sellman, “The gravity of this finding cannot be overstated: All estrogens used in HRT [hormone replacement therapy] and oral contraceptives have now been proven unequivocally to cause cancer.” Yet, regardless of the many downsides, The Pill remains the most common method of birth control worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with usage by 16 percent of married American women. Elsewhere, users include 29 percent of British women and 40 percent of women in France and the Netherlands.

risks that accompany the use of The Pill,” says Ross Pelton, a registered pharmacist, certified clinical nutritionist and author of The Pill Problem. Oral contraceptives deplete more bodily nutrients than any other class of drugs, says Pelton, who blogs regularly at NaturalPharmacist.net. However, he adds, women taking The Pill even as long as 10 years may not notice any obvious health problems. “Maybe she’ll first notice a lack of energy, but doesn’t connect the dots and realize that magnesium, B12 and numerous other nutrients involved in energy production are depleted,” he explains. The nutrient-depleting effects of The Pill were recognized as early as 1975 in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it carried no recommendations for replacing them. Some of these nutrients are essential for the production of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, including mood-elevating dopamine. An affected woman can become depressed, a condition closely linked to the use of The Pill, according to a German study published in 2013 in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The Pill’s steroidal hormones also reduce the body’s natural ac-

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Dangerous Downsides Mount n Birth defects n Blood clots n Cancer (breast, uterine and colon) n Cardiovascular disease n Decreased sexual desire

n Depression n Fatigue, low energy and anemia n Fluid retention and weight gain n Heart attack n High blood pressure n Migraine

n Osteoporosis n Sleep disorders n Stroke n Vaginal yeast infections n Weakened immune system

Sources: American Heart Association; University of Milan, Italy; Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research, Germany; Women’s College Research Institute, Canada; Columbia University, NY; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Parma, Italy; Wingate University, NC; Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, NJ; Institute of Health Sciences Research, Melbourne, Australia cumulations of disease-preventing antioxidants, increasing vulnerability to diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to Pelton. Women that decide to keep taking The Pill should add an array of specified supplements to counterbalance the nutrient loss, advises Pelton. Replacing nutrients should, in the long term, neutralize the negative effects of The Pill, even cancer and

blood clots, he assures. Better yet, say Sellman and Pelton, stop taking The Pill and switch to safer forms of contraception. It may take months or even years for the nutrient imbalances to be fully corrected, so start now.

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a naturopathic doctor and registered nurse in West Hollywood, California. She cautions against the potential risks of using estrogen patches, shots and vaginal rings, and recommends avoiding anything that contains estrogen. “Not using The Pill doesn’t mean you have to rely on withdrawal or the rhythm method, both of which are notoriously unreliable,” says Lucille, preferring what she terms “barrier methods”, like diaphragms, cervical caps and male and female condoms. She notes, “Cervical caps are just as effective as The Pill and you can put them in and leave them a little longer for a bit more spontaneity.” Female condoms are even more convenient, she explains: “They fit much like a diaphragm and they can be left in place as long as eight hours.” Instead of potentially toxic spermicides, Lucille recommends using lemon juice, which, she says, is equally effective.

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Essential Oils for Women’s Health by Jeffrey Rutstein


he way that we support our health and that of our children and families involves deliberate choice. One natural and powerful way to support and enhance one’s health is with the selective use of essential oils, which include many uses that focus specifically on women’s health problems. Essential oils are the distilled, concentrated oils from a plant, fruit or flower. Numerous scientific studies have shown that certain essential oils can relieve pain, help calm anxiety, reduce stress, ease depression and increase energy. Here are some of the top oils to have on hand for optimum women’s health. Clary sage. Massaged on the abdomen, it helps reduce the discomfort of menstrual cramps. Diffused in the air— especially when in combination with lavender and/or Roman chamomile— clary sage can reduce anxiety and pain levels for mothers in labor and delivery.

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FENG SHUI FASHIONISTA Dressing with Conscious Intention by Gail Condrick


aking up on the morning of a big presentation to secure city funding for a new park, you’re confident that you’ve done your homework: You’ve prepared handouts, memorized key points of an environmental impact study and lined up community supporters. Opening the closet presents a different kind of challenge: What’s the most effective way to dress?

Dressing Our Essence

Wardrobe consultants that apply the principles of feng shui to clothing believe the jacket we choose to wear carries as much impact as our words. Clothing pieces and accessories selected with conscious awareness and intention can bring us into harmony and balance, energize our life and transmit subconscious messages about our values. Feng shui clothing stylists believe the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—connect in an unending cycle of harmony that keeps the world in balance. Following an authentic and harmonious lifestyle connects us with this cycle and the environment in a more natural balance of human motion and planetary sustainability. As pioneering stylist Evana Maggiore observed in Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention, “I came to the conclusion that clothing is your body’s most intimate environment and energetically influences

your life in the same way that your home and business décors do. Body coloring and shape, style, personality, lifestyle, goals and clothing design can align perfectly with the colors, shapes, substances and energies of feng shui’s five elements. Because feng shui connects divine energy to physical form, I realized I could dress my client’s spirits, as well as their surfaces.” Fashion Feng Shui, Maggiore’s international corporate legacy, maintains that combining intention and the five elements with awareness of our personal style attracts what we desire. Holistic image and lifestyle consultant and lead trainer Andréa Dupont, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, states that the first step is discovering our “essence”, or primary element. “You can’t dress yourself until you know yourself. I ask clients, ‘If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?’ Once we establish an individual’s inner strengths and core element, the results can be life changing.”

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For Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, owner of Feng Shui Style, wardrobe consciousness shows respect for our individuality and the environment. “When I choose to dress in natural fibers such as cottons, leathers, silks or wools, or their vegan complements in manmade fibers, it represents the life force of plants and animals and builds qi, or energy,” says Medved. She suggests assembling an outfit embracing three of the five elements. “A water/wood/fire triad might be black, woven, silk trousers; an organic, cotton, floral print shirt; and a red, recycled wool jacket. Personalizing this with the surprise of grandmother’s yellow stone pin on the lapel adds creative flair and earth and metal elements.” Nature’s jewelry energizes and circulates qi.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Practicing the three basic tenets of sustainability together with principles of feng shui keeps our wardrobe and closet resonating with life. Consultants agree that a wardrobe representing the five elements allows endless possibilities

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of creative combinations and reduces the need for having to keep up with new fashion trends. Shopping for such treasures at consignment and thrift stores, plus estate sales, allows us to reuse and repurpose clothing, energizing our budgets, closets and attitudes. Recycling items that pack closets and no longer suit our needs frees space and energy to create a wardrobe that is authentically ours. The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui, by Gill Hale, also contains helpful advice for bringing out an intended inner message and making a statement. The color green conveys the wood element, or individuals that are public spirited and energetic. Red suggests fire, the color of inspiring leaders. Supportive and loyal earth personalities gravitate to khaki, while resolute, metal people may select grey. Natural communicators that view life holistically will be reflected in the water element of black. A feng shui philosophy provides guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world and in conscious awareness of life. Each choice expresses a stylistic living intention that will be noticed by the world. Gail Condrick is an archetypal consultant and Nia Technique faculty member. Connect at GaelaVisions.com.

The Germiest Places We Forget to Clean by Renata Myers


e avoid touching the really dirty things like the toilet and garbage can, but what about those less obviously grimy things in the home? Here are just some of the things we forget to clean. Purse The bottom of a woman’s purse can be a literal germ fest. We set our purses on restroom floors, checkout counters and in grocery store carts, then come home and plop the purse down on the kitchen table.

Lemons All those dirty hands at the grocery store have been caressing the lemons you take home. Before you squeeze the lemon over a salad or cooked fish, wash thoroughly. Renata Myers is the home cleaning expert and president of Pazeto Cleaning Service. For more information, call 267-388-7818 or visit PazetoService.com. See ad, page 3.

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THURSDAY, MAY 1 Stop Smoking with Hypnosis | Princeton, NJ 6:30-7:30pm. $49. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. Princeton YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Pl, Princeton. 908996-3311. HypnosisNJ.com. Lose Weight with Hypnosis | Princeton, NJ 7:30-8:30pm. $49. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. Princeton YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Pl, Princeton. 908-9963311. HypnosisNJ.com. Relaxation through Hypnosis | Princeton, NJ 8:30-9:15pm. $49. Reduce stress using creative visualization, imagery and hypnosis techniques. Achieve relaxation and improve quality of life without much effort or time. Princeton YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Pl, Princeton. 908-996-3311. HypnosisNJ.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 3 3-Week Stop Smoking Series | Flemington, NJ 9-10am. $99. Sessions held on Saturdays, May 3, 10 and 17. Stop smoking with the help of hypnosis. Series includes three hypnosis sessions, reinforcement CD, journaling and group support. Hypnosis Counseling Center, 28 Mine St, Flemington. 908-996-3311. HypnosisNJ.com. 3-Week Weight Loss Series | Flemington, NJ 10-11am. $99. Sessions held on Saturdays, May 3, 10 and 17. Lose weight with the help of hypnosis. Series includes three hypnosis sessions, reinforcement CD, journaling, group support and weight loss guidelines. Hypnosis Counseling Center, 28 Mine St, Flemington. 908-996-3311. HypnosisNJ.com. Clinic Days | Richboro 10am-1pm. $40. Try two natural therapies for help with addiction, pain management or seasonal allergies. Also on May 17. Vishala Spa, 981 2nd Street Pike, Richboro. 215-322-6035. Vishala-Spa.com. Sugar Blues Workshop | Eagleville 2-3:30pm. Constantly craving sweets and want to understand why? Join Ruth LoRegio, AADP certified health coach for a free workshop on how to gain control without deprivation. Art & Soul Yoga Studio, 1690 Valley Forge Rd, Eagleville. 215-527-9697. MyFoodNFitness.com.

MONDAY, MAY 5 Learn to Meditate | Chalfont 6:45-8:45pm. $139. 3-class series, held May 5, 12, 19. Learn powerful techniques to start meditating in the first class and get inspired to sit in meditation. Register for a series 14 days early for 25 percent off. Directions provided upon registration. 570-350-1281. LearnYogaWithPooja.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 8 Adding Vegetables to Your Day | Langhorne 6:30-8pm. $20. Join our Healthy Lifestyle Class to learn how to add more vegetables to the busy day. We

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FRIDAY, MAY 9 Balancing Your Hormones | Hamilton, NJ 7-8:30pm. Join Dr. Wendy Warner, board certified in gynecology and holistic and integrative medicine for a lecture and book signing. Learn the latest in supplements, bio-identical hormones, and lifestyle changes for every stage of a woman’s life. Copies of her book, Boosting Your Immunity For Dummies, will be available for purchase. Robert Wood Johnson Center for Wellness, 3100 Quakerbridge Rd, Hamilton. 609584-5900. Spring Mini Detox | Quakertown

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SATURDAY, MAY 10 Spring Native Plant Sale | New Hope 10am-4pm. Browse a premier selection of over 200 species of herbaceous and woody plants, available for purchase. Sale runs from May 10 through June 1, closed on Mondays. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924. bhwp.org. Mayfaire | Upper Black Eddy 11am-3pm. Enjoy children’s crafts, live music, delicious food, Maypole dancing, pony rides and more. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. 610-982-5606. RiverValleySchool.org.

SUNDAY, MAY 11 Mother’s Day Woodland Fairy Celebration | New Hope 1-2:30pm. Mbrs: $3/child, non-mbrs: $7/adult with child, $3/each addt’l child. Join us for a magical afternoon with mom, helping the Fairy Queen find her frog prince. Includes a story, art project and snack by the pond. Register by May 8. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924. bhwp.org.

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THURSDAY, MAY 15 Meditate How-To | Lansdale 6:30-8pm. $20. Learn about the meaning and stillness of a meditation practice and experience different types of meditation to enhance well-being. Register online. Green Street Luxuries, 617 W Main St, Lansdale. 267879-1554. GreenStreetLux.com. Learn to Meditate | Chalfont 6:45-8:45pm. $139. 3-class series, held May 15, 22, 29. Learn powerful techniques to start meditating in the first class and get inspired to sit in meditation. Register for a series 14 days early for 25 percent off. Directions

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savethedate The Passion Tour: Darshan with Sai Maa May 17—7:30-9:30pm Darshan is an intimate experience of divine presence through a moment with an enlightened master. Attendees will come up individually to Sai Maa to receive Darshan. Consciousness will rise to a higher level, awakening the pure divinity within where peace, love and joy reside. Registration is encouraged. Free

Location: Wyndham Hotel, 400 Arch St, Philadelphia 303-996-0123 Info@Sai-Maa.com SaiMaaPassionTour.com/Philadelphia Only do what your heart tells you. ~Princess Diana

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savethedate The Passion Tour: Serving from the Heart May 18—10am-3pm Join Sai Maa and her successor, Lucinda Hanover, for an exploration of living and leading with love. Step newly into leadership and contribution given by the unbounded expression of love and passion within. Receive teachings and energetic activations to heal what blocks your full expression of love with yourself and others, naturally lead and serve from the heart and awaken passion and love in every area of life. Register online. Cost: $99

Location: Wyndham Hotel, 400 Arch St, Philadelphia 303-996-0123 Info@Sai-Maa.com SaiMaaPassionTour.com/Philadelphia

SUNDAY, MAY 18 Lyme Disease Support Group | Langhorne 5pm. Lyme disease is a growing local problem. This group supports those with Lyme and works to educate the public. All are welcome. Middletown Municipal Building, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne. 215-741-5902. LowerBucksLymeGroup.org.

MONDAY, MAY 19 Women’s 4-Week Boot Camps | North Wales 5:45-6:45am. $199 for 12 sessions. Get results with a challenging, varied, low-cost workout in a small group setting led by a compassionate trainer. Runs May 19 through June 13, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. WholisticFitnessOnline.com

TUESDAY, MAY 20 Reiki Level 3 Training | Langhorne 6-9pm. An intensive program in which advanced theories and techniques of reiki are taught, great for those with or without the desire to eventually teach reiki. Second part held May 22; must pre-register. Rainbows of Healing, 123 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-8408003. RainbowsOfHealing.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 Natural Treatments for Women | Fairless Hills 6-8:30pm. Complimentary dinner at 6pm, followed by workshop 6:30-8:30pm. Demonstration and Q&A to follow. Call to RSVP. Gorman Optimal Health Solutions, 333 N Oxford Valley Rd, Fairless Hills. 215943-2584. Gorman-Health.com.

SATURDAY, MAY 24 Watershed Migration Event | Yardley 10am-3pm. Take a clean water walk along the Delaware River canal, learn about animals that depend on the watershed, cast a fishing line, paddle a kayak, make a craft, learn about reducing water pollution and more. Delaware Valley Canal State Park at Black Rock Rd, Yardley. 215-345-7577. BucksCCD.org.



Poetry Retreat | New Hope 9:30am-12pm. $10/mbrs, $15/non-mbrs. Join poet Susan Gerardi Bello for a morning of quiet reflection, nature walks and impromptu writing. All are welcome; must register by May 29. Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd, New Hope. 215-862-2924. bhwp.org. Spring Strut Dog Walk | Bristol 10am-1pm. $5 donation per dog. Join Bristol Borough Bark Park for a guided nature walk for dogs and their owners. Includes a pet-friendly vendor area with shopping and onsite microchipping is offered for pets. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-7851177. SilverLakeNatureCenter.org.

The best proof of love is trust. ~Joyce Brothers

Soular Power: A Women’s Retreat to Energize Your Mind, Body and Heart June 3-5 Escape to the shore before the summer crowds. Fill the days with inspiring workshops for mind and body, playful personal growth activities, peaceful beach walks, tai chi kung, and guided conversation with likeminded women. Guided by Linda Marrical, ABT, and Karin Marcus, PCC. Cost: $400

Location: Cape May Point, NJ 610-667-5247

savethedate Greenshire Arts Consortium Institute for Holistic Studies 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown 215-538-0976 Mondays Visit GreenshireArts.org Dragon’s Gate Tai Chi for details. 7-8:15pm Connect to your body with Preregister for programs. Fee sliding scale available. Ancient Movement Practices for overall health. All levels. Lyn Hicks. $15.

Thursdays, May 1 & 15 Meditation 6:30-8pm Facilitated meditation class. Meditate with others on a regular basis. Barbara Gordon. $10.

Tuesday, May 6 Metaphysics of Spirituality 6:30-8:30pm Discover aspects of a hidden world that will change your life. Rev. Arlene Curley. $20.

Friday, May 2 Women, Food, Wine: Celebrate the Flower of Life 7-9pm In the lower belly sits the svadhisthana chakra, a flower with six petals. Movement, practices and ritual help to open this flower. Lyn Hicks. $20.

Wednesday, May 7 Mastermind Group: 3-month course 7-9pm, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays Create massive shifts in this approach to self-empowerment where the energy of the group amplifies our intentions. Possibility Coaches. $397.

Saturday, May 3 Aging as a Spiritual Practice 9am-12pm Aging is a unique life transition. How can we find meaning that goes beyond the physical fact of aging? Barbara Gordon, M.A., LMFT. $40. Drumming Circle 6:30-8:30pm Experience the incredible power of group drumming with its variety of rhythms that bring us together as community. Val Hopkins. $20.

Thursday, May 8 Spiritual Empowerment 6:30-8:30pm Activate inner resources and develop innate powers to move beyond limiting beliefs. Rev. Tina Frazier. $20. Saturday, May 10 Concert/Kirtan 5pm concert, 7pm potluck Experience songs to inspire and awaken hearts. Felicia Rose is a singer/songwriter whose focus is writing and singing for the Divine. $20.

Tuesdays, May 13 & 27 Men’s Group 6:30-8pm Who are we as men in today’s society? What is our purpose in life, connection with others and ourselves? Jim Curley. $10. Saturday, May 24 Yoga and Drumming 2-4pm Join Suzie Liggett and Val Hopkins for rhythmic, movement-filled fun, where drum circle meets yoga mat. $20. Wednesday, May 28 Highly Sensitive People Support Group 6:30-8:30pm Are you highly sensitive or know people who are? Learn tools to integrate the positive self-image that comes with embracing one’s sensitivity. Rev. Tina Frazier. $20. Sunday, June 1 Rumi Poetry, Guitar Concert 4pm potluck, 5pm concert Rumi helps to deepen our capacity for welcoming the Inner Sun of our life journey. Michael London, guitarist, and Lisa DeVuono, poet. $20, plus appetizer.

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savethedate Cycle Bucks County June 21 The New Hope-Solebury Community Association and the Tara Riedley Foundation present the Fourth Annual Cycle Bucks County charity bike ride, a one-day bicycle tour designed to raise funds and community awareness for the Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital. The ride is open to all levels of cyclists and participants choose from different routes ranging in length from 10 to 60 miles. For more information, visit CycleBucksCounty.org. Cost: $55

Location: New Hope Solebury High School, 182 W Bridge St, New Hope 215-297-5743 The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion. ~Nadia Boulanger

savethedate Carrie Wiedemann 267-357-3525 CarrieWiedemann@hotmail.com 2014 Workshop Schedule May 17 Lifting Your Vibration as a Healer: Self Care 9am-4pm Open to the public. Massage therapists earn 6 CEUs. La Salle University Bucks County Center, 33 University Dr., Newtown. June 14 Bellabaci Method of Modern Cupping 9am-4pm Massage therapists earn 6 CEUs. La Salle University Bucks County Center, 33 University Dr., Newtown. August 9 Lifting Your Vibration as a Healer: Self Care 9am-4pm Open to the public. Massage therapists earn 6 CEUs. La Salle University Bucks County Center, 33 University Dr., Newtown. September 20 Senior Massage 9am-4pm Massage therapists earn 6 CEUs. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown. October 24-26 Nature’s Stones Fall Conference Learn energy healing with crystals and precious stones. Holy Family University, 1311 Bristol Pk., Bensalem.


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savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown 215-348-5755 SusanDuvalSeminars.com Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter with updates on seminars and trips. Saturday-Sunday, May 3-4 Chakra Balancing and Auric Cleansing Training 10am-6pm daily Learn from Allison Hayes, the Rock Girl, how to identify the 10 master chakras and 7 layers of the auric field, how they work and how to properly cleanse and balance them. On Sunday, practice on each other and receive certification. $225 for Saturday, $450 for both days. Doylestown. Friday, May 9 Love, Harmony and Getting Stuff! 6:30-9:30pm Dee Wallace, best known as the mom in the movie E.T., is an internationally known healer, channeler and clairaudient. Discover how to create, where blocks might be and how to access personal power to manifest. $55. Doylestown. Saturday, May 10 & Monday, May 12 Private Channeling Sessions 9am-9pm With Dee Wallace and her amazing channel, discover the blocks and limitations that can set you free. $250. Doylestown. Thursday, May 15 & Friday, May 16 Akashic Record Readings By appointment Robin Clare will unlock Akashic Records to discover why we were incarnated, what lessons we are intended to learn and how to fulfill our destiny. $125. Doylestown. Saturday, May 17 Spiritual Music, Sound Healing and Meditation 6:30-9:30pm Grammy-nominated musician David Young is renowned for playing two Renaissance flutes at once. Tonight, be bathed in healing music, interspersed with extraordinary stories about divine guidance and a group meditation. $30, or $25 for 2 or more. Doylestown. Wednesday, May 21 Akashic Record Clearings with SRT By appointment Rev. Susan Pie uses Spiritual Response Technique to lessen or clear DNA of discordant energies, freeing us from blocks to positive expression, outgrown beliefs and more. $150. Doylestown.

Sunday, May 25 Dowsing and the Pendulum 2-5pm The pendulum has been used for 7,000 years to find water, lost objects and help with all kinds of decisions. Learn with Rev. Robert Egby, a professional dowser. $40. Doylestown. Tuesday, May 27-Thursday, May 29 Private Channeling Sessions By appointment Rev. Terra Sonora of Sedona works with highly evolved celestial beings, master teacher spirits, the Christ Consciousness and the Energies of “ONE.” She will answer questions about health, family, career, relationships, spirit guides, angels and past lives. $85/$120/$160 for 30/45/60 minutes. Doylestown. Wednesday, May 28 Messages from the Angels 7-9pm Terra Sonora will channel her beloved angel guides to bring through an inspiring message to the group and give personal messages to everyone present. $40. New Britain. Thursday, May 29 Navigating the Interdimensional Realms 6-9:30pm Terra Sonora will help navigate the different levels of spirit guides and ascended masters to help understand the unseen worlds and align with beings of light from each realm. Come receive healing energy, attunements and guidance from these higher beings. $55. New Britain. Saturday, May 31 Reincarnation and Past Life Regression 10am-1pm Author of Children’s Past Lives and Return from Heaven, Carol Bowman has been a guest on Oprah and the subject of an ABC special. A past life therapist for 25 years, Bowman helps adults discover how past lives influence their health, psychological well-being and life purpose. Learn about reincarnation and be led through a past-life regression. $55. Doylestown. Sacred Journeys June 19-22: Crestone, CO Retreat July 12-18: Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini Aug 7-10: Mount Shasta, CA Retreat October: Machu Picchu & Peru

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sunday Gentle Yoga | Quakertown 8-9:15am. Slow and gentle practice is a great place for beginners, students recovering from illness or injury, those with limited range of movement, and prenatal and postnatal women. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Sunday Stroll | Bristol 2-3pm. Take a walk with a naturalist. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter.com. Reiki Share | Langhorne 2-4pm, Reiki share for practitioners; 4pm, Reiki experience for the community. Opportunity to share experiences with other local Reiki practitioners. Facilitated by Valarie Haag, ND, and Ian Haag, Usui Reiki Masters. Third Sunday. Free/donation to The Peace Center. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003. RainbowsOfHealing.com. Community Drum Circle | Langhorne 4:30-6pm. Join us for an open drum circle where we will make music and have fun. Bring any instruments desired; there will be plenty of instruments to share. Third Sunday. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003. RainbowsOfHealing.com. Val@RainbowsOfHealing.com.

monday Laughter Yoga | Ambler 10-11am. Laughter is the best medicine. Come practice laughter exercises with yoga breathing, which will leave participants energized, relaxed and happier. $5. The Resiliency Center, 602 S Bethlehem Pk, Ambler. TheResiliencyCenter.com. Tea & Play | Upper Black Eddy 10-11am. Enjoy a cup of tea with an early childhood teacher and learn about early childhood programs while little ones explore a nursery classroom. Children birth to age 4 are welcome. Call to register. First Monday. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. 610-982-5606. RiverValleySchool.org.

Yoga For Seniors | Collegeville 11:30am-12:15pm. Through a complete series of seated and standing postures, increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Release stress and gain mental clarity during breathing exercises. Chair support is offered to safely perform postures. Free to all eligible Medicare members. Collegeville Yoga Bar, 222 E Main St, Collegeville. 610-409-2696. CollegevilleYogaBar.com. Zumba Gold | Buckingham 2-3pm. Zumba Gold is the low-impact version of Zumba Dance Workout. Improve cardio, bone density, prevent osteoporosis and enhance ability to perform pain-free daily activities. Please RSVP. $9. Wagner Integrative Therapies, 411 Hyde Park, Buckingham. 215-230-8100. JAdamWagner.com. Free Acupuncture & NRT Demos | North Wales 5-7pm. Visit the women’s wellness center for a free acupuncture and/or nutrition response testing demo. Treating pain, migraines, allergies, hormonal issues, digestive disorders and more. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. WholisticFitnessOnline.com. 6-7:15pm. This beginner, hatha style class takes place in a relaxed and nurturing atmosphere. Those who are pregnant can enhance the bonding process with their baby, support the baby’s development and strengthen body, mind and spirit. $15. Collegeville Yoga Bar, 222 E Main St, #12, Collegeville. 610-409-2696. CollegevilleYogaBar.com. Mental Health Support Group | Doylestown 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals who suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown. 4TheMINDS.org. 4TheMINDS@gmail.com. Women’s Support and Lifestyle Group | Philadelphia 6:30-7:30pm. Change Your Perception, Change Your Life is a women’s support and healthy lifestyle group that includes health speakers and some classes; meets twice monthly with Nancy Pollack, MS, clinical therapist, health educator and women’s safety specialist. $20. Chestnut Hill Medical Offices, 331 F Shawmont Ave, Philadelphia. 215-482-0408.

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6-6:45am. This 45-minute boot camp class combines interval training with plyometrics, body weight and kettle bell exercises to improve strength and endurance. Also held on Thursdays. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. MoondogYoga.com. Info@MoondogYoga.com. Health Matters Radio Show 9am. Hosted by Dr. Phil Pappas of Earth Foods, featuring different guests and topics each week. Listen in at WNJCradio.com. Discount on Scrubs and Wraps | Lansdale 10am-8pm. 25 percent off scrubs and wraps. Get soft skin, detox and glow. Lansdale Massage Therapy and Wellness, 55 E Main St, Lansdale. 267-263-2697. Lansdale-Wellness.com. Free Yoga and Meditation for Veterans | Bristol 11am-12pm. Free class for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and their partners. Mats included. Also held on Thursdays, 12-1pm. Bristol YMCA, 400 Mill St, Bristol. 215-595-8963. MeghansFoundation.org. 2-8:30pm. Tuesdays are the day for servers to get rewarded and thanked for all that they do with a 20 percent discount on all regularly priced services. Mention this listing; by appointment only, unless “Walk-Ins Welcome” sign is displayed. Aster Massage Therapy, 373 E Main St, Collegeville. 484-269-0406. AsterMassage.com. AsterMassage@gmail.com. Free Thai Yoga Mini Sessions | North Wales 5-7pm. Experience profound relaxation with a free Thai yoga mini session. This ancient healing art is performed on a comfortable floor mat which gives the body full support. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. WholisticFitnessOnline.com. Vinyasa Flow | Quakertown 6-7:15pm. Vinyasa is a yoga practice focused on linking breath and movement. The importance of the breath is emphasized. All levels; drop-ins welcome. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267374-4046. MoondogYoga.com. Bucks Beekeepers Association | Plumsteadville 7pm. General meeting of the Bucks County Beekeepers Association. Second Tuesday. Plumsteadville Grange Hall, 5901 Old Easton Rd, Plumsteadville. BucksBeekeepers.com.

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Food Group | Langhorne 7-9pm. Join other like-minded foodies for this healthy eating potluck. Each month has a different theme, with talks about healthy food and clean living. Call to pre-register. First Tuesday. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. MedicineInBalance.com. Patti@MedicineInBalance.com.

wednesday Free Skin Analysis and Discounts | Lansdale 1-8pm. Come in for a free skin analysis and receive 15 percent off skin care. Call to schedule. Lansdale Massage Therapy and Wellness, 55 E Main St, Lansdale. 267-263-2697. Lansdale-Wellness.com. Zumba Gold | Buckingham 5:30-6:30pm. Zumba Gold is the low-impact version of Zumba Dance Workout. Improve cardio, bone density, prevent osteoporosis and enhance ability to perform pain-free daily activities. Please RSVP. $9. Wagner Integrative Therapies, 411 Hyde Park, Buckingham. 215-230-8100. JAdamWagner.com. Qi Gong | Richboro 6-7pm. $15/drop-in, $60/package of 5 classes. With Master Roberto Pena. Vishala Spa, 981 Second Street Pk, Richboro. 215-322-6035. Vishala-Spa.com. Quieting the Mind Playshop | Hatfield 6:30-7:45pm. Explore how to quiet the mind through gentle body movement, breath, self-awareness and expressing feelings. Get in touch with the deepest part of the self to access peace within, gain clarity and feel good. $20. Windward Farm Garden Retreat, 613 Fairhill Rd, Hatfield. 215-262-1419. A Circle of Women | Langhorne 6:30-8pm. A gathering of women of all ages and stages to commune, share, learn and explore. Each month has a different focus, with workshops, guest speakers, creativity and inner work. Pre-register by phone or email. Third Wednesday. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. MedicineInBalance.com. Patti@MedicineInBalance.com.

other voracious readers. An informal way to meet new friends, have fun and enjoy the camaraderie of sharing a passion for reading. Registration required. 610-3598632. GoldenSlipperSeniors.org.

healthy lifestyle. For children ages 2 through 6 and their caregivers. Third Friday. $5. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. MoondogYoga.com.

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5:30-6:45pm. Transition from the crazy week to a relaxing weekend with this class to soothe the body and soul, with teacher Sally Miller. Please call to register. $15. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. 215-741-1600. MedicineInBalance.com.

3-7pm. Treating women for hormonal imbalances, infertility, headaches, chronic pain, inflammatory diseases, digestive disorders, sleep disturbances and more. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. Medication-Free Alternatives | Fountainville 6pm. Learn about Neuro-Modulation Technique and other alternative therapies for allergies, pain syndromes, acute and chronic illnesses. Third Thursday. Integrative Health Care, 5055 Swamp Rd, Ste 203, Fountainville. Preregister: 215-230-4600. Prenatal Yoga Classes | Harleysville 6-7:15pm. Moms-to-be use yoga to prepare their bodies to bring new life into the world. Learn tools and techniques to strengthen the body for labor and delivery. Suitable for those new to yoga. $16. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pk, Harleysville. 215-740-1354. AnahataYogaWellness.com. All Levels Hatha | Collegeville 6-7:15pm. Hatha yoga is a slower practice that emphasizes posture alignment, enhancing muscle tone, flexibility and a peaceful mind. $15. Collegeville Yoga Bar, 222 E Main St, #12, Collegeville. 610-409-2696. CollegevilleYogaBar.com. Yoga | Bristol 7:30-9pm. For all ages and abilities. $8/mbrs, $10/ non-mbrs. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. SilverLakeNatureCenter.org. Ascension Class | Gilbertsville 7-9pm. Ascension class designed to move into becoming a channel of grace, the next step of intuitive development. First Thursday. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Rte 100, 2nd floor, Gilbertsville. 610-413-8191. InnerLightHC.com.


Intuition Class | Gilbertsville 7-9pm. Develop intuition with a spiritual community and share synchronicities. Develop intuitive muscle with an exercise and guided meditation. Drop-ins welcome. Second Wednesday. $5. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Rte 100, 2nd floor, Gilbertsville. 610-413-8191. InnerLightHC.com. Sound Healing Meditation | Skippack 7:30-9pm. A collection of sounds to effect and realign the subtle energies of the mind/body/spirit via vibration. Drums, flutes, didgeridoos and more create this healing experience. Register by phone or online. First and third Wednesday. Simply Be Well, 1246 Collegeville Rd, Skippack. 610-584-2439. SimplyBeWell.com.

thursday Free Yoga and Meditation for Veterans | Bristol 12-1pm. See Tuesday listing. Bristol YMCA, 400 Mill St, Bristol. 215-595-8963. MeghansFoundation.com. Slipper Book Club: Calling All Book Lovers | Philadelphia 1-2pm. Free program for book lovers who relish the opportunity to discuss and weigh in with friends or


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Yoga Makes Me Happy Hour | Quakertown 6-7pm. This class will challenge physical and mental stamina while linking movement with breath. Explore limits while learning to listen to the body’s needs. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. MoondogYoga.com. Info@MoondogYoga.com.

saturday Bird Walk | Bristol 7:30-9am. For all birding enthusiasts. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Beginner Integrative Yoga Class | Buckingham 8:30-9:45am. Integrative yoga will support the healing process, assist in alignment, refine and remind the body of its natural blue print. Please bring your own mat. $14. Wagner Integrative Therapies, 411 Hyde Park, Buckingham. 215-230-8100. JAdamWagner.com. Mixed Level Integrative Yoga Class | Buckingham 9:45-11am. Integrative yoga will support the healing process, assist in alignment, refine and remind the body of its natural blue print. Please bring your own mat. $14. Wagner Integrative Therapies, 411 Hyde Park, Buckingham. 215-230-8100. JAdamWagner.com. Hot Rockin’ Yoga | Quakertown 11am-12:15pm. Hot yoga is perfect for exploring poses deeper and detoxing the body. Some experience required. Second and fourth Saturday. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. MoondogYoga.com.

Guided Meditation | Gilbertsville 9:30-10:30am. Using guided visual imagery, learn to meditate to center oneself, relieve stress, lower blood pressure and create balance through mind, body and spirit. Drop-ins welcome. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Route 100, Gilbertsville. InnerLightHC.com. Community Yoga | Quakertown 9:30-10:45am. Experience the magic of yoga at a wallet-friendly price. Great for beginners or an addition to existing practice. $5. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. MoondogYoga.com. Info@ MoondogYoga.com. All Levels Vinyasa | Collegeville 9:30-10:45am. Vinyasa yoga is a dynamic sequence of postures that synchronizes movement with breath and integrates awareness and alignment, strength and flexibility. Includes sun salutations, standing, arm balancing, inverted and seated postures. $15. Collegeville Yoga Bar, 222 E Main St, #12, Collegeville. 610-4092696. CollegevilleYogaBar.com. Story Time Yoga | Quakertown 1:30-2:15pm. Join us for a seasonal story, songs, games and yoga poses that encourage literacy and a


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WAGNER INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES Jean-Paul Rouzier, L.Ac., LSMT 411 Hyde Park, Doylestown 215-230-8100 JAdamWagner.com

Wagner Integrative Therapies uses a team approach to healing. JP utilizes traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Acupressure and Cupping to effectively treat many types of chronic, debilitating pain and a wide variety of other conditions such as asthma, sleep disturbance, stress, anxiety, digestive issues and hormone imbalance. Our nationally certified team of specialists work together so you to get you better, faster. See ad on page 27.

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

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Our mission is simple: to make sustainable living and working accessible and affordable. We want to make healthy, responsible and beautiful building practices available to everyone. We pride ourselves on representing the finest manufacturers of sustainable building supplies. Visit us at our one-stop-shop and we will work with you to help you “go green” for any of your rooms. See ad on page 17.


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Get sparkling clean windows while being kind to our Earth. G r e e n N e i g h b o r Wi n d o w Cleaning uses the newest and cleanest technology to keep our Earth clean, while saving you time and money. 100% streak-free guarantee. Bonded and insured. Inside, outside, siding, residential, commercial. Honest and affordable. 10% off for Natural Awakenings readers. Restrictions apply. See ad, page 9.

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THE ORGANIC MATTRESS STORE 1075 Main St Hellertown, PA Mon-Sat, 9:30am-5:30pm

Celebrating our 10th Anniversary, doing business since 2004. Why an organic mattress? Remove toxic chemicals from the bedroom, naturally flame retardant, repels dust mites, mold and mildew, naturally regulates temperatures and improves spinal alignment. Say goodbye to toxic gases, allergies, night sweats and back pain with an environmentally friendly mattress. See ad on page 16.


RUTH LOREGIO, AADP CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH & NSCA Certified Personal Trainer 215-527-9697 Ruth@MyFoodNFitness.com

Wonder what to eat or how to exercise? Get empowered to make healthy lifestyle changes as we teach, guide and motivate you to lose weight, gain energy and take preventative care measures. Our health coaching and personal training programs are personalized so you can learn self-health management behaviors to make lasting change. Make your transformation in your own home, internet or phone. Our goal is to help you reach yours. See ad on page 45.

BOWMAN’S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE 1635 River Rd, New Hope, PA 215-862-2924


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The 134-acre Preserve features more than 800 species of native plants in a naturalistic setting. Explore miles of trails running through picturesque woodlands, meadows, and aquatic habitats. Diverse educational programs are offered year round.


Tired of being tired, gaining weight, fighting cravings, and losing mobility? Feel like your body is betraying you and won’t get you through your second half of life with ease? Ann’s been there, done that! She can guide you to opening your personal owner's manual so you can live the life you dream of. Sessions held live or by phone/Skype.

Adriana G. Moise, MD 99 N West End Blvd, Ste 110, Quakertown 215-804-2622 IntegrativePediatricsMD.com

Dr. Moise offers a blend of conventional medicine and natural scientifically proven alternative methods to optimize your child’s health. This approach recognizes and respects the ability of your child’s body to return to a state of balance and wellness. She provides consultations and treatment plans to address medical conditions using a natural, holistic, alternative approach. See ad on page 10.

PEACE VALLEY HOLISTIC CENTER 224 Old Limekiln Rd, Chalfont, PA 215-887-9901 PeaceValleyHolisticCenter.org

A place of well-being for parents, children with special needs, siblings and friends, with a focus on Autism. Helping families of children with special needs get the care and skills needed to handle life’s daily challenges.

HOLISTIC DENTISTRY DENTAL WELLNESS CENTRE Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 DentalWellnessCentre.com

Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad on page 33.


Dr. Beth Skovron 595 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville 215-822-3860

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

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

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

Dr. Jeffrey Rutstein REBUILD YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM Rose Orrell Holistic Health Practitioner 310-866-7151 Rose@PresentWellness.org PresentWellness.org

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


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Does your child struggle with ADD or ADHD? Anxiety or OCD issues, behavioral problems, or challenges at home? Autism or Aspergers? Change their future today. Easy, effortless, rapid, drug-free method to reduce symptoms and problems that many children (and their parents) struggle with. A simple, painless path to retraining their brains so that they can focus, be less impulsive, and be more flexible and adaptable in school and at home. Simple and painless. NJ Psychologist Lic.# 35SI00218300. See ad on page 17.



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

Narberth Family Medicine is a holistic, alternative medical practice, emphasizing interactive decision making between doctor and patient. Interactive decision making means that together with Dr. Lipton, you will decide on what course of action is best. Dr. Lipton spends 15-20 minutes, and up to 1 hour with a new patient. Be confident that your individual needs will be met. See ad on page 7.


301 Oxford Valley Rd, Yardley 267-685-6070 Info@RheumPA.com RheumPA.com

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


Michelle Rupp, VMD, CCRT AllGoodPetsRehabilitation.com 610-858-0623

Dr. Rupp has practiced veterinary acupuncture for 9 years and rehabilitation for 3 years. She believes that each pet is unique and customizes a plan for their individual needs. She provides compassionate and outstanding care to animals. Your pet deserves natural care too. See ad on page 40.

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

With 27 years of experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of New Jersey is a full-service counseling center, using both traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We regularly hold adult education seminars, and work with hospitals, fitness centers and individuals that want to improve their lives. We specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. The state of New Jersey and many Fortune 500 Corporations employ our programs. See ad on page 7.




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Ben & Michael Briggs 309 Gordon Drive, Lionville 610-363-7474 LionRx.com

Kelly Thomke, JourneyDance™ Guide Anahata Yoga, Harleysville Harmony Hill Gardens, Sellersville Moondog Yoga, Quakertown 215-534-4989 JourneyDance.com

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

Lionville specializes in both pharmaceuticals and natural/holistic remedies, providing an integrative approach to your health solution. Integrative therapy provides a safer and more effective course of treatment, with fewer adverse or toxic side effects. We are experts in the safety and effectiveness of traditional (allopathic) prescription drugs as well as natural/holistic (alternative) therapies. Family-owned and operated, since 1979. Phone consultations and U.S. shipping available. See ad on page 20.



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Method of Modern Cupping 267-357-3525 CarrieWiedemann@hotmail.com

Bellabaci is a modified version of ancient cupping therapy. Silicone cups use no heat yet provide the same benefits as traditional cupping. Can be used by therapists and individuals at home. Easy to learn technique. Aids smoothing of wrinkles and cellulite, relieves muscular pain, digestive disorders and many other varied stagnation in the body. Available for treatments, purchase, and practitioner training. See ad on page 22.

Do you have eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, dry, cracked, itchy and/or sensitive and allergy prone skin? Tired of using steroids and still not seeing results? Try a natural solution to your problem skin. All products are chemical free and are not only for medicinal uses, but are for people who want to use natural products that actually work. Purchase online or at Sandy Ridge Farm in Doylestown. Local pickup can be arranged. Now hiring independent consultants.

WAGNER INTEGRATIVE THERAPIES Kelly Seitchik, L.M.T. 411 Hyde Park, Doylestown 215-230-8100 JAdamWagner.com


Wagner Integrative Therapies has Alternative Pain Management & Health Solutions. Kelly specializes in Deep Tissue Massage, Chronic Migraine and Stress-Related Headache Relief, and has developed a systemic approach to Myofascial Pain Relief. Also offered: Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stone Therapy, Hydrotherapy, Paraffin Treatment, Aromatherapy and more. Visit our beautiful 3,000-square-foot facility. See ad on page 27.

SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER 1306 Bath Road, Bristol 215-785-1177 SilverLakeNatureCenter.org

Silver Lake Nature Center (SNLC) is the home of the area’s first Earthship, a carbon-zero structure built with recycled products, that heats and cools itself, that gathers its own water, recycles its own waste, and produces food. Education, recreation, research and advocacy.

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Kaitlynn Stupak, CD, Reiki Master 267-897-4277 HalfmoonHealingArts.com

Healing services offered include Reiki & reflexology which support relaxation and growth by soothing energetic blockages, releasing toxins, increasing vitality & enhancing well-being. Also offered are comprehensive, holistic-based childbirth education classes and labor doula services. Gain knowledge to improve your health & your birth.

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Kathleen Downey, CSC, has 7 years of training and 20 years of experience in private practice, since 1994. Uniquely combining psychotherapy with soul retrieval, past life therapy and nutrition, a truly empowering experience for clients. Author of bestseller, Healthy is Delicious: More than a Cookbook. Trainings and detox retreats with great results.

We work together with veterinarians and pet owners to customize prescriptions that address each pet’s unique needs. We prepare alternative medication forms including flavored liquids, solid treats, and transdermal creams to make medicines more palatable. Our formulations make administering medication safer, easier and more enjoyable for pets and their people. Serving pets, exotics, horses and zoo animals. See ad on page 35.

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

1- day HabitChange Workshop Workshop Objectives:

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Trust your dentist and be comfortable with your treatment plan, all in a dental office with a relaxing spa atmosphere. From the moment you open the doors, Heritage Dental’s friendly and courteous team will make you feel comfortable.

You no longer need to be nervous when you go to the dentist! Choose from Dr. Skovron’s wide range of holistic services: • Safe removal of mercury fillings • Non-surgical gum treatments • Tooth-colored restorations • ClearCorrect® “invisible” orthodontics • Bio-Compatible Implants • Holistic solutions for sleep apnea • Cerec® one-visit crowns • Cosmetic smile makeovers

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