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Grace, Beauty, and Balance in the Fifth Grader. Every year in May, nearly 100 fifth grade students from our three Waldorf schools, plus a handful of other regional Waldorf schools, convene at Kimberton Waldorf School for the annual Greek Olympic Pentathlon.

outside their comfort zones and, with the support of their teammates, strive to bring glory to their city-state.

Grace, beauty, and balance were emphasized in the arts and culture of ancient Greece. Developmentally, the fifth grader is As soon as the weather allows, our fifth graders begin to experiencing ‘the Golden Age’ of childhood: he is physically at prepare for the games by learning the skills needed for each home in his body, gifted with balance, coordination, and event: the 50-yard dash, relay race, long jump, javelin, discus, natural grace. Most are not yet subject to the physical or and stand-up wrestling. The competition is co-ed; at this age emotional turmoil that can be experienced at the onset of (10-11 years) gender differences in muscular development is not adolescence. For this reason, the study of ancient yet pronounced. Greece, including its arts, architecture, society, gods, goddesses, and philosophy, are an important part of the fifth Similar to the games of ancient Greece, this day is about more grade curriculum. The Olympic Pentathlon event is another than just athletic prowess, though it is important for each exploration of that culture and an important supplement to athlete to do his or her very best. Mutual support, goodthe student’s classroom work. sportsmanship, sincere effort, and grace in form and technique are also important, and awards are made accordingly. Each In Waldorf schools, whatever the topic being taught, students participant arrives dressed in white, wearing a colored sash are given a chance to experience the fullness of the subject, which signifies to which Greek city-state he or she belongs. suitable to the age of the students. Students have been assigned to Athens, Thebes, Sparta, or Visual arts, music, drama, writing, poetry, movement, practical Corinth prior to arriving at the contest grounds. The children activities, field trips, independent research, student have teammates from each of the Waldorf schools – and presentations, and discussions flesh out the study of every throughout the day, cheering and supporting those belonging academic subject. By engaging students in their learning from to their city-state – connections are made and barriers broken. many different angles, Waldorf schools promote the All students train for and participate in each event, which call development of competence, confidence, and willingness to for the development of a variety of skills: speed and stamina engage. Graduates have the sense that while they may not for running; focus, grace, and form for throwing the javelin and know how to do something, they can certainly figure it out – discus; power and timing for the long jump; strength and whether on their own, or in collaboration. This foundation courage for wrestling. Throughout the training and during the proves invaluable, no matter what future direction a young course of the festival itself, students will be asked to step person chooses.

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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

10 6 eventbriefs 9 newsbriefs 15 INNOVATIVE 10 healthbriefs HIGH SCHOOL TEACHES 18 TEENAGERS 12 globalbriefs To Lead with Mindfulness 14 farmsandcsas 15 communityspotlight 17 LOVE YOURSELF

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22 healingways by Susan Burger 24 consciouseating 18 RETHINKING BREAST HEALTH 26 fitbody Natural Ways to Keep Breasts Smooth, Pain-Free and Firm, 28 healthykids while Reducing the Risk of Cancer by Lisa Marshall 33 calendarofevents 20 LYMPHATIC 36 ongoingcalendar


TREATMENTS for Women’s Health 38 communityresource and Beauty guide by Barbara Meza

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erving as publisher of Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery for nearly three years has been an amazing and rewarding experience for which I will always be grateful. Working with you has filled my heart and expanded my mind. As with any business venture, a candid evaluation of the current situation points to what’s necessary in order to keep growing. When I reached a point where I saw that in order to take the magazine to greater heights, I also realized that I’d need to accordingly make some big changes in my life. After assessing what would be best for our community of readers, I decided that it was time to open the door to another passionate and open-minded individual able to lead the charge. I’m pleased to share the good news that with this issue I am passing the torch on to a new publisher, Karen Meshkov, of Wyncote. Please join me in warmly welcoming her. Many of you have asked about my own future plans. At the moment, I plan to have a fun-filled fantastic summer with my family. Beyond that, I expect to play a different role in the holistic arena because once you’re “awakened”, there’s no turning back. With your steadfast support, this magazine is now poised to move to the next level of expanded service. Thank you for inviting us into your lives and infusing it with the energy and personality of the Bucks/Montgomery community. Thank you for how well you’ve loved us and for continuing to support Karen as you have me.

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eld in conjunction with the Joint American Homeopathic Conference, the Homeopathy Academy for Moms Live Workshop will be held from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m., May 9, at Loews Hotel, in Philadelphia. The event is designed specifically for moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers interested in fostering natural, holistic lifestyles for themselves and their families. Included in the day are two workshops, taught by renowned homeopathic instructors, which will increase attendees’ understanding, skill levels and confidence in using homeopathy at home. Attendees will also enjoy a holistic marketplace, full of exhibitors and vendors showcasing natural, holistic and homeopathic products and services. The event was created to bring the Homeopathy Academy for Moms webinar series—which has been joined by over 7,500 people—to Philadelphia in a live, in-person seminar. Light refreshments will be served. Location: Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St., Philadelphia. For more information, visit See ad, page 36.

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eidi Garis, owner of Tap Into Abundance Success Coaching, will host the Empowered You conference—an event to help women reconnect to their power and possibility and set them free to be the abundant, joyful women they desire to be—from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 4, at the Pearl S. Buck Cultural Center, in Perkasie. The conference is geared toward female business owners and professionals alike, to help them rediscover and embrace their female power. “I see so many women who are in touch with only a tiny fraction of their possibility, and I love helping them spread their wings and fly,” says Garis. “It is my passion to empower them to leave their old limiting stories behind and step into the full truth of themselves, so that they can be free to live the life they are meant to live, be the powerful women they were created to be and to embrace the abundant, joyful life they desire and deserve.” The Empowered You event offers a full day of inspiration, self-discovery, clarity, guided holistic energy-clearings and interactive strategies to empower the attendees from the inside out. All attendees will receive special gifts including several from renowned experts in the energy work field. Cost: $77 until May 5; $97 until June 1. Location: 520 Dublin Rd., Perkasie. For more information, call 215-453-1418, email or visit See ad, page 13.

Holistic Health Extravaganza Offers Knowledge and Shopping


iobhan Hutchinson, of Next Step Strategies, LLC, will host the Holistic Health Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 6, at the Newtown Administration Building, in Newtown. The event includes handmade, natural, green, locally made gifts and services, and introduces a variety of programs provided by the Newtown Parks and Recreation. “Shopping local, green and natural, while relaxing and learning about holistic health is a unique experience,� says Hutchinson. “Our vision is to introduce people to self-empowerment with natural health techniques such as massage, yoga, tai chi, reflexology and what Dr. Oz keeps referring to as the next frontier: energy medicine.� Event organizers are seeking professionals specializing in Ayurveda, foot detox baths, henna art, craniosacral therapy, massage, singing bowls, herbal teas, essential oils/ soaps, feng shui, aura photography, crystals, minerals and earth jewelry. Location: 100 Municipal Dr., Newtown. For more information, call 215-968-2800 x239 or visit NextStep See listing, page 33.

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r. Richard Bartlett and Melissa Joy Jonsson will offer Waking Up In The Matrix, a free introduction to Matrix Energetics, from 7 to 9 p.m., May 29, at the Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport. The introductory evening will be followed by a three-day seminar, from May 30 through 31. Courses offered will be Fun One + the Fundamentals Intensive seminar, in which students learn Richard Bartlett how to access the field of the heart, expand beyond limiting belief systems and get out of their own way by tapping into the powerful morphic field of Matrix Energetics. On June 1, ME Unplugged: Spatial Clairvoyance will be offered. Advanced courses will be held in Baltimore the following weekend, June 5 to 7, at The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel. Melissa Joy Jonsson Location: Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport, 9000 Bartram Ave., Philadelphia. For information or to register, call 800-269-9513, email or visit See ad, page 16.

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ore than 30 of the most popular and influential leading thought leaders, experts and authors from a wide variety of wellness fields will be sharing their knowledge, insights and remedies at The Real Truth About Health Conference, from May 22 to 31, at the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel and Conference Center, in Orlando. This free event is a partnership between the Hippocrates Institute, and Brian Clement, Ph.D., author of LifeForce and director of the Hippocrates Health Institute. Joining Clement as presenting authors at what organizers term the nation’s largest health, nutrition and environmental conference, will be Dr. T. Campbell, The China Study; Gary Null, Ph.D., The Healthy Vegetarian; Dr. Helene Caldicott, Crisis Without End; Robert Whitaker, Anatomy of an Epidemic; David Simon, Meatonomics; David Kirby, Animal Factory; Joel Fuhrman, The End of Diabetes; Jeffrey Smith, Seeds of Deception; and director of the film PlantPure Nation, Nelson Campbell, plus many others. “Our Natural Awakenings network of publishers is excited to help support this important event as a sponsor and exhibitor in Orlando,” says company CEO Sharon Bruckman. “We hope our readers will take advantage of this free conference by attending or registering online for these 10 days of empowering information and inspiration.” Those that cannot attend the conference can watch a live stream or a replay of the presentations on their computers. Location: 8101 World Center Dr., Orlando. For more information and to view the full schedule, visit Those interested in being vendors or other sponsorship opportunities, call 516-605-0459 by May 15. Hotel phone: 407238-8000. Also visit See ad, page 42.

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The workshop series will educate social workers, counselors and therapists in the art of hypnosis and its many benefits for themselves and their clients. In the series, held over the course of three evenings, attendees will learn the history of hypnosis, its myths and benefits and receive practical, hands-on experience and training. The course offers 7.5 clinical continuing education credits, but can also be taken by anyone with an interest in learning about hypnosis. Cost: $225. Location: 390 George St., New Brunswick, NJ. For more information, call 908-996-3311 or visit See ad, page 7.

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he Prancing Peacock, with studios in Yardley and Langhorne, offers prenatal and children’s yoga classes at its new Peacock Nest—a nurturing yoga community for expectant moms, moms, babies, children and teens to play, practice and learn together. The nest is located in the newly opened Langhorne Yoga and Wellness Center. This 7,700-square-foot “Wellness Castle” is a comprehensive wellness center, offering yoga and barre, Reiki, therapeutic massage, facials, fitness bootcamps and on-site psychotherapy. “The practice of prenatal yoga stretches and strengthens muscles, improves balance, opens areas of tightness, creates a sense of space in the body, and increases stamina—all beneficial for the changes of pregnancy, the process of labor and delivery and the demands of motherhood,” says Nest Director Kelly Corbitt. Classes offered include prenatal yoga, mommy and me classes, toddler yoga, children’s yoga, teen yoga, preteen yoga and meditation for kids. Series passes are available for discounts on multiple classes. Location: 139 Zimmerman Ln., Langhorne. For more information, call 267-6790791 or visit

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ollegeville Medical Center is seeking 25 people to participate in a 25-week massage study to evaluate therapeutic massage and how it benefits neck pain and other chronic pain-related issues. “Therapeutic massage therapy has much to offer to patients,” says Jim Evans, practice manager. “This study will gather evidence-based data on massage’s effectiveness for a variety of injuries and pain problems.” Previous studies have suggested that massage is safe and may have clinical benefits for treating chronic neck pain at least in the short term. Collegeville Medical is expanding this study to test massage’s effectiveness on headaches, back pain, poor circulation, neck or back stiffness, fatigue, sleep disorders, chronic pain, range of motion, depression and high blood pressure. The study is offered to qualified individuals after an assessment from the medical team, who agree to undergo a supervised massage profile at the start and end of the program and complete a weekly questionnaire recording the results.

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arvard Medical School researchers working at the Massachusetts General Hospital have determined that meditation can improve brain health. The researchers studied 16 volunteers that took part in an eight-week mindfulness meditation study at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. The participants conducted mindfulness meditation exercises for an average of 27 minutes a day. Before and after the trial, the subjects were given tests and magnetic resonance imaging of their brains. The researchers found that the practice of mindfulness meditation resulted in increased gray matter density in the hippocampus of the brain, an area associated with increased memory and learning capacity, plus a greater sense of compassion and introspection.

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any expectant mothers try to know about everything they put into and onto their bodies as multiple studies are finding that infants are exposed to toxins during pregnancy. A new study of 325 expectant mothers has determined that the baby’s exposure to toxins in the womb decreases when the mother’s weight gain during pregnancy approaches the guidelines recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2009. Women that are underweight at the start of pregnancy are advised to gain between 28 and 40 pounds, women of a healthy weight 25 to 35 pounds, overweight women 15 to 25 pounds and obese women 11 to 20 pounds. The researchers found that expectant mothers with a gestational weight that meets or exceeds the IOM guidelines gave birth to infants with reduced toxin levels. In their analysis of the umbilical cord blood of mothers from Spain, the researchers tested for 14 pesticides and 21 other environmental toxins, including seven polychlorobiphenyls (PCB). Other influencers such as age, education and fish consumption may also be relevant.

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The 2015 State of Green Business report ( BusinessReport), which assesses the environmental performances of companies worldwide, along with the trends to watch, is produced by GreenBiz, in partnership with Trucost. Collectively, companies have been nibbling at the edges of challenges such as climate change, food security, ecosystems preservation and resource efficiency. One measure of corporate engagement going forward will be proactive involvement on political issues that could accelerate the transition to a low-carbon and more sustainable economy. It remains to be seen whether companies can afford to sit on the sidelines, letting the political process unfold, or worse, play defense against changes that might roil their status quo. 2015 will be an interesting year on multiple fronts, especially with the launch of the new sustainable development goals at the United Nations (UN) in New York this fall, along with UN climate talks in Paris in December. Both will be tests of corporate engagement and resolve in driving the kinds of change many of their CEOs publicly call for. The reports’ findings of companies’ progress in greenhouse gas and emissions, air pollutants, water use and solid waste production are all leveling off or even declining.

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d n M a s o k ntgomery Counties c u B n i s A S C & s m r a F Looking for fresh, local, organic produce and meat to feed the whole family? Bucks and Montgomery counties are bursting with great options to buy from local farms and take part in community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, which benefit area farmers and families. Here are just a few of our area farms, featuring everything from organic produce and pastured chicken to medicinal herbs.

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Blooming Glen CSA 98 Moyer Rd, Perkasie 215-257-2566 Blooming Glen Farm offers over 75 different varieties of locally grown, heirloom and heritage, certified organic vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs. The farm’s produce is marketed through a 300-member CSA with on-farm pickup and delivery to Doylestown, and at the seasonal Headhouse Farmers’ Market on Sundays in Philadelphia, the Wrightstown Farmers’ Market on Saturdays and the Easton Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. CSA pick-up runs for 24 weeks from late May to early November.

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Frenchtown, NJ 908-996-0525 Featuring over 50 hand-crafted herbal products made with certified organic ingredients, Fields Without Fences offers culinary and medicinal plants as part of its new Medicinal Herb CSA program. Seasonal membership shares include certified organic dried medicinal and culinary herbs, tea blends, plant extracts, tinctures, salves, balms, infused oils and more. Shares are distributed four times a year; on-site farm pick-up or shipping are available.

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Hershberger Farm offers grass-fed or pastured, locally grown, heirloom and heritage, antibiotic and hormone-free, certified organic foods. Choice of whole or cut-up fresh, certified organic, pastured chicken. Chemical-free cut flowers available May to October. CSA runs 26 weeks and shares come in three sizes. Farm open Thursday and Friday, 5-9pm; Saturday, 2-6pm. Perkasie Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.

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Living Hope Farm offers certified naturally and locally grown, heirloom and heritage produce and grass-fed meats. No antibiotics, hormones, sprays or pesticides are used. Pastured eggs and meats, salmon, freshly baked breads, honey, cheese, jarred goods and soaps are also available. Weekly CSA pick-ups Tuesdays and Fridays, 2-7:30pm. Indoor, public market open Tuesdays and Fridays, 2-7pm. Roadside wagon stand open daily June through October.

Roots to River Farm 3211 N Sugan Rd, New Hope 215-833-5215 Roots to River is focused on organically growing over 250 heirloom varieties and producing year-round for farmers’ markets, restaurants and its CSA program. Available at Doylestown Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.

Tinicum CSA 1073 River Rd, Upper Black Eddy 215-630-2172 Tinicum CSA sits on the banks of the Delaware River, on the scenic PA side of the Frenchtown bridge. Farm membership includes a seasonal selection of vegetables, fruits, herbs and cut-your-own flowers. Locally grown, no-spray/pesticide free. CSA distribution May through November on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

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an meditation positively affect teenagers’ lives? At Tinicum Art and Science (TAS), high school students are learning to calm their minds, stabilize their inner worlds and tap into their creativity before entering the classroom. Encouraging a teenager’s non-judgmental awareness of themselves and their surroundings takes a safe and nurturing community that models compassion and requires active participation. Becoming more mindful helps adolescents better regulate how life circumstances impact their well-being. TAS began as a residential martial arts program in rural Bucks County and has evolved into a small, intensive high school with a classic liberal arts curriculum. TAS has been practicing meditation with adolescents in the Zen Buddhist tradition for over a decade. Founders Peter Ryan, principal, and Stephanie Kenney, assistant principal, are both black belts in Shim Gum Do. Disciplined training in this martial arts class, along with yoga, develop the intuitive practice of mindfulness while counting toward gym credits. The whole foods movement is

integral to Tinicum’s approach to health and education. The school mirrors the traditions of Zen Buddhism teaching by encouraging healthy food choices. Vegetarian lunches are made fresh daily with locally sourced produce. The curriculum at TAS emphasizes academic vigor focusing on experience, inquiry and collaboration. Arts and academics are balanced to encourage new perspectives. Students are exposed to significant works of literature, philosophy, fine art and history and asked to examine why and how particular works interrelate and resonate. Small class sizes create opportunities for students to engage in discussion and debate. TAS teachers are always available for conversation, inspiration and extra help. All students are support-

ed to meet academic expectations, and gifted students are provided advanced learning opportunities. Teachers encourage cross-disciplinary projects, in which multiple courses merge. Above all, community is valued. Students learn a great deal about how people work together, solve problems, set goals, change and grow. They also learn to accept themselves, while finding and following what inspires them.

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espite all we have been taught and grown to believe, there is nothing wrong with us. We don’t really need “fixing”. Instead, we should focus on letting go of the “shoulds” and dissolving the proverbial “boxes” we have lived in. We can transform, transmute and let go of what no longer serves us. As we love ourselves enough to do this, the underlying “me” that was always there emerges. The beauty of our feminine, our connected intuitive heart and our underlying passion becomes foremost as we release our old attachments and open to all possibilities. Michelangelo was said to have been asked, “How could you possibly sculpt such a beautiful statue of David from a huge hunk of granite?”

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He responded, “I just chipped away everything that wasn’t David.” These times insist that we chip away everything that isn’t real—everything that we have believed, which has caused us to alienate us from ourselves, each other, our humanity and sense of connection to all creation. One place we can start is to discard the idea that mind and body are separate. This erroneous belief has led to a way of being that is disconnected and damaging. Philip Shepherd, author of Radical Wholeness, notes, “There is no such thing as a mindless body. Its tissues are suffused with intelligence.” He goes on to say that there must be a “marriage of the unique insights of the head with the body’s genius. Until those divided parts of our mind are united and coordinated, we cannot experience

the unity of our being.” When we love ourselves enough, we can breathe, turning our focus inward, and uncover what has been there all along. We feel ourselves coming back into alignment in body, mind and spirit. There is a calm and peace in the present moment, and we can start to resonate with a new perspective. This process could be considered a deep, real and powerful, inward activism. We can love ourselves enough to stop sabotaging our happiness, acknowledge our gifts, trust our intuition, judge less and get “real”. We can “be the change”, take deliberate action, ask for help and support and do this together. Dr. Susan Burger is available for holistic life coaching, neuroemotional technique, chiropractic/natural health care and mind/ body stress transformation. Connect with her at 215-736-3803, DrB@LiveWithVital or LiveWith See ad, page 11.

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RETHINKING BREAST HEALTH Natural ways to keep breasts smooth, painfree and firm, while reducing the risk of cancer. by Lisa Marshall


e ’ve b e e n c o n d i t i o n e d to narrowly define breast health in terms of pink ribbon campaigns, cancer awareness marches and cold, steel mammography machines. Nearly 30 years after anticancer drug maker Imperial Chemical Industries (now AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals) established the first National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October 1985, many women have come to equate healthy breasts with cancer-free breasts, and assume the most important thing they can do is undergo regular screening. But amid this chorus, some women’s health advocates are striving to get a different message across: There are a host of steps women can take to not only fend off disease in the future, but keep their breasts in optimal condition today. “We need to change the conversation about our breasts from how to avoid breast cancer and detect it early to how to have healthy breasts and enjoy them,” says Dr. Christiane Northrup, an obstetrician and gynecologist from Yarmouth, Maine, and author of the new book Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being.

these ways, your breasts are deeply connected to your femininity, compassion and sensuality,” says Hawaiian Naturopathic Doctor Laurie Steelsmith, co-author of Natural Choices for Women’s Health. Because breasts are extremely sensitive to hormonal fluctuations throughout the body, they can also serve as a barometer of overall health. “If you’re having chronic breast symptoms, it can be your body’s wisdom saying, ‘Help. Something’s wrong.’ Women need to listen.” While some premenstrual swelling and tenderness is normal, exaggerated or persistent pain is often a sign of systemic estrogen dominance in relation to progesterone. It’s common in the years leading up to menopause, but can also hint at impaired thyroid function, because low levels of thyroid hormones have been shown to boost estrogen in breast tissue, advises Steelsmith. Large, fluid-filled cysts or fibrous lumps, while non-cancerous, can also be a reflection of overexposure to harmful chemicals and toxin buildup,

Healthy Breasts, Healthy Body

In adolescence, breast changes are the first to signal the arrival of womanhood. When she’s aroused, a woman’s nipples harden and change color. When a woman gives birth, her breasts fill with life-giving milk. “In all


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combined with poor lymph flow, notes Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan, an integrative physician in Greensboro, North Carolina. “If a woman has lumpy, bumpy breasts, they probably contain too many toxins, and those toxins are primarily estrogenic.” Addressing such symptoms is important not only to relieve discomfort, but also because excess estrogen can fuel future cancer risk, says Vaughan. Any new, suspicious lump should be evaluated by a professional. Also, severe breast tenderness combined with nipple discharge could be a sign of infection or a problem with the pituitary gland, so it should also be checked. But typically, subtle natural healthcare steps can go a long way toward restoring breast wellness. For nipple tenderness, Steelsmith recommends chaste-tree berry (175 milligrams [mg] of powdered extract or 40 drops daily). The herbal supplement mimics naturally occurring progesterone in the body, helping to counter estrogen dominance. Vitamin

E (400 to 800 international units [IU] per day) and evening primrose oil (1,500 mg twice a day) have also been shown to alleviate breast tenderness. For fibrous or cyst-filled breasts, Vaughan advises supplementing with iodine (up to 12.5 mg per day via kelp, seaweed or oral tablets) or applying an iodine solution to the breasts at night. A key constituent of thyroid hormones, iodine helps the liver convert unfriendly forms of estrogen into friendlier forms and flush toxins out of lymph nodes in the breast. Also, steer clear of chocolate and coffee, because caffeine is believed to interact with enzymes in the breast, exaggerating pain and lumpiness. Also consider ditching the bra, says Vaughan. Brassieres can constrict lymph nodes and hinder blood circulation in breasts, locking toxins in and aggravating fibrocystic symptoms. The link between bras and breast cancer risk remains hotly debated, with one 2014 U.S. National Cancer Institute study of 1,400 women concluding unequivocally that, “There’s no evidence that wearing a bra increases a woman’s risk of breast cancer,” while smaller studies from the United States, China, Venezuela, Scotland and Africa suggest a link. Vaughan, the founder of, says the science is compelling enough that she has chosen to keep her own bra use to a minimum and advises her patients to do the same. “Obviously, there are certain sports where you should wear a sports bra and there are certain dresses that only look right with a bra,” says Vaughan. At a minimum, avoid wearing a bra to bed and steer clear of underwires and overly tight bras that leave red marks. “This is not about guilt-tripping women into never wearing a bra. It’s about wearing a bra less.”

Beautiful Breasts Naturally Too small or too big, lopsided or riddled with stretch marks… it seems almost every woman has a complaint about the appearance of her breasts. That’s a problem, says Northrup, because, “Healthy breasts are breasts that are loved. We have to stop beating them up.” According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of women getting breast implants for cosmetic reasons ballooned from 212,500 in 2000 to 286,254 in 2014. Physicians—including Northrup—claim that modern implants don’t, in the majority of cases, promote disease like older silicone implants did. Yet even plastic surgeons warn that having implants should be fully thought out, and at some point they’ll probably have to come out. “They are manmade devices, and are not intended to be lifelong. At some point, you will probably have to have further surgery,” says Dr. Anureet Bajaj, an Oklahoma City plastic surgeon. Bajaj notes that implants can rupture, forming scar tissue and lending irregular shape to the breast. Often, as a woman ages and her body changes, the larger breasts she chose in her 20s no longer look right and may cause back and shoulder pain. In some cases, implants can also lead to loss of nipple sensitivity. For these and other reasons, 23,774 women— including actress Melissa Gilbert and model Victoria Beckham—had their implants removed in 2014, often following up with a breast lift (using their own tissue) to restore their shape. Vaughan sees breast implant removal as a wise and courageous choice to restore optimal breast health. Better yet, don’t get implants in the first place. “There are a lot of other things you can do to improve the appearance of your breasts,” she advises.

Vaughan recommends breastperking exercises like dumbbell bench presses and flys that tone the pectoral muscles beneath the breasts, making them more resilient and look larger. To prevent or reverse sagging, she again urges women to go brafree. “We have ligaments in the upper outer quadrant of our breasts called Cooper’s ligaments, and they’re responsible for holding our breasts up. Just like your muscles atrophy when you put your arm in a sling, your Cooper’s ligaments atrophy if you wear a bra all the time.” In one unpublished, yet highly publicized 2013 study, French Exercise Physiologist Jean-Denis Rouillon measured the busts of 330 women ages 18 to 35 over a period of 15 years and found those that regularly wore a bra had droopier breasts with lower nipples than those that didn’t. In another, smaller, Japanese study, researchers found that when women stopped wearing a bra for three months, their breasts perked up. Those worried about stretch marks also have options. They can be a sign of inadequate copper, which promotes collagen integrity and helps skin stretch without injury, says Steelsmith. If rapid weight gain is occurring due to adolescence, pregnancy or for other reasons, try taking copper supplements or applying a topical copper spray on the breasts. Remember to massage your breasts daily, not only as a “search and destroy mission” for early detection of cancerous lumps, says Northrup, but as a way to get waste products flowing out and loving energy flowing in. “It concerns me that women feel pressured to think of their breasts as two potentially pre-malignant lesions sitting on their chests,” Northrup says. “These are organs of nourishment and pleasure for both ourselves and others. We need to remember that, too.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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Lymphatic Treatments for Women’s Health and Beauty by Barbara Meza


ellness practitioners may incorporate many complementary modalities into treatments, yet two that demonstrate very profound client improvement are lymphatic drainage and cupping therapies.

Why Focus on the Lymphatic System?

The human body’s ability to take in nourishment as water, air, food or information, digest and assimilate that which is needed, and excrete the rest is nothing short of spectacular. In the course of life, injury, illness or stress occur and burden the normal processes of the body. Interference with digestion and circulation often leads to a cycle of congestion, inflammation and pain. The lymphatic system’s fluid role in the transport of nutrients and waste and immune function makes it a focal point of health. With support to reduce inflammation and release congestion, the pain will ease.

Lymphatic Drainage Therapy

Lymphatic drainage is a powerful technique employing a slow rhythmic touch and the application of gentle pressure approximating the weight of a nickel. The subtlety of the work is deceiving, as trapped fluids are circulated, reducing pain and congestion. The rhythmic motion of this technique is soothing and sedating to the nervous system. Deep relaxation offers relief from the chronic pain associated with Lyme disease and fibromyalgia and supports deep healing. Lymphatic drainage can be used to relieve many difficulties, including: scar treatment; swelling of the legs or arms, lymphedema—swelling caused by lymphatic system blockage—after mastectomy or traumatic injury; local, chronic inflammation of the respiratory tract including asthma, sinusitis; joint inflammation including arthritis, bursitis and tendonitis; headaches and migraines; tender, swollen lymph


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nodes; frequent infections; digestive issues; and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Cupping Therapies

Therapeutic cupping uses negative pressure to gently lift and separate tissues, stretch muscle and connective tissue, stimulate nerve endings, release adhesions and scar tissue, increase blood and lymph flow to the muscles and skin and sedate the nervous system. Facial rejuvenation cupping uses small cups to gently lift the skin and increase lymphatic drainage. The increased circulation plumps lines and wrinkles, softens scar tissue, reduces puffiness and rejuvenates the skin’s appearance. Tension held in the muscles of the jaw, tightness in the neck and sinus congestion are also relieved. Some of the benefits of cupping therapy include: improved circulation; reduced swelling; relief of chronic conditions such as acne, eczema and allergies; regeneration of healthy tissues and skin; reduced appearance of lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging; detoxification of the body; reduced appearance of varicose and spider veins; reduction of acute pain associated with sinusitis and headaches; and improved immune function.

Women’s Bodies, Women’s Health

Women’s bodies flow on a monthly cycle of hormonal fluctuations and menstruation, experience the major transformation that occurs during and after pregnancy—and again with the ripening of menopause. Through

these chapters of our life, we experience fluctuations of fluid, uncomfortable swelling of the abdomen and/ or extremities, hormonal induced headaches, stretch marks, scar tissue, cellulite and the lines and wrinkles associated with maturing skin. Lymphatic drainage opens the major waterways in the body, increasing the flow of stagnant fluids trapped in the abdomen, breast, arms and legs, and reducing the discomfort of premenstrual bloat or swelling associated with pregnancy. Whether looking for an immune system boost, support for springtime allergies, a surgery-free approach to younger looking skin or preparing for bathing suit season, consider a lymphatic drainage treatment. Experience feeling lighter and back “in the flow”. Barbara Meza, owner of Conscius Vita, in Yardley, and The Meandering Herbalist, is a licensed massage therapist, lymphatic drainage therapist, cupping therapist and holistic health practitioner, integrating the benefits of bodywork and complementary healing arts. Connect with her at 201-9787335, or TheMean See ad, page 31.

Triumph Over The ‘Big C’ by Lisa Marshall


hen Sandy Messonnier was diagnosed with breast cancer, she faced scary treatment decisions as doctors pressured her to consider all means available. “I was more afraid of the treatment than the cancer itself,” says Messonnier, 52, of Plano, Texas. “I kept feeling like I was being lumped into one big category of all women that got breast cancer, rather than treated as an individual.” With the help of her holistic veterinarian husband Shawn Messonnier, Sandy took a more measured approach, blending conventional and complementary medicine in an individualized protocol the couple describes in their book, Breast Choices for the Best Chances: Your Breasts, Your Life, and How You Can Win the Battle! After careful consideration, Sandy opted for two lumpectomies three weeks apart, instead of a mastectomy, to remove the small tumor. The second

one was done to clear up a few remaining cells indicated by a biopsy. Meanwhile, she took supplements including green tea and coriolus mushrooms to impede the spread of the cancer cells. Several tests helped determine if she needed chemotherapy and the optimum dose for some of her supplements. The results prompted her to decline chemotherapy and opt for a brief stint of radiation while taking the supplements quercetin and curcumin to help combat the fatigue and other side effects. Afterward, she cleansed her body with homeopathic mistletoe, herbal milk thistle and other detoxifying supplements. Then she began the work of keeping cancer at bay. “A lot of doctors never talk to you about what you are going to do after the poisoning [chemo], the burning and surgery,” she says. “Rather than taking a cancer-fighting drug, I chose to be more mindful of what I do with

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Giving Birth Naturally Conscious Choices Lead to Less Intervention by Meredith Montgomery

accompanied their first baby’s arrival. When actress Ricki Lake gave birth to her second child in her home bathtub with the assistance of a midwife, she felt empowered by doing it on her own terms. “Giving birth wasn’t an illness, something that needed to be numbed. It was something to be experienced,” she says. When women let their bodies naturally lead, labor can last as little as 20 minutes or as long as two weeks, and the spectrum of pain intensity is equally broad. A healthy prenatal lifestyle that prepares a mom-to-be for a natural physical, emotional and spiritual experience of childbirth is highly beneficial.

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came a profession and a abor and delivery Most births doctor-attended birth in is a natural process that can be enjoyed. should be viewed a hospital was promoted a safer alternative. By “It’s not something as a natural life as 1938, half of domestic to be afraid of,” says Mel Campbell, author process instead births took place in hospitals, and by 1960 it of The Yoga of Pregnanof a potential rose to 97 percent. Curcy. “It’s a wonderful and beautiful experience. medical emergency. rently, midwives attend less than 8 percent of We need to remember that the body is designed ~Abby Epstein, The births here, and fewer for giving birth.” Business of Being Born than 1 percent occur outside a hospital. Natural childbirth Natural labor and delivery in a uses few or no artificial medical inhospital is possible, but, “It’s hard to terventions such as drugs, continuous have an unmedicated birth in many fetal monitoring, forceps delivery or hospitals if you don’t know your rights, episiotomies (cuts to enlarge the vagiunderstand your physiology and have nal opening). According to the U.S. a doula by your side helping you avoid Centers for Disease Control (CDC), unnecessary interventions,” says Ina 32.7 percent of deliveries were by May Gaskin, a pioneering midwife and Cesarean section in 2013—most perauthor of Ina May’s Guide to Childformed in situations where a vaginal birth. Key factors to discuss include birth would have posed a relatively fetal monitoring, intravenous tubes and low risk to the health of mother and the option to eat or drink during labor. child. Entirely natural childbirth is now rare here compared with other Benefits of Home Births countries, but that wasn’t always the Women choose home births and case. homey birthing centers because they In 1900, 95 percent of all U.S. labor there more comfortably, feel births took place in the home; when more in control of the process and can more moved to hospitals here in the more easily avoid interventions. Many early 20th century, midwives still moms seek out a midwife’s services typically handled the delivery in other countries, sometimes without a doctor because they don’t want to repeat the conventional hospital experience that present. In America, obstetrics be-


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“Pregnancy’s not the time to overexert yourself; let go of the temptation to overachieve and instead practice breathing and mindfulness,” advises Campbell. “If you’re experiencing morning sickness, try to embrace it and how it serves you. By doing so, you’ll be more in tune with your body. These lessons are gifts you can take with you into labor.”  She reminds women that the baby is always getting nourishment from all that mom eats and breathes in, and also feeds off of her feelings and emotions. “The more we can feel at peace with ourselves and incorporate the baby into our being, the more we feel a connection and union,” she says. “It’s vital that you let your body’s innate wisdom be your guide and respect any cues it may give.” Campbell guides expectant mothers through a yoga practice that embraces the changes occurring each trimester. For example, a more physical practice in the second trimester utilizes the surge of energy to build stamina and strength, while opening the heart, hips and pelvis. Complementary relaxation techniques for labor include breathing practices, visualization, meditation and massage. When a mother isn’t connected to monitors and tubes, she’s free to experiment with positions and props such as balls, bars and pillows, plus a warm shower or bath. If a hospital birth is planned, Gaskin notes that labor often slows once a woman leaves the

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e read the labels touting low sugar, carbs, fats and calories. We try this and that diet, hoping the pounds will melt away. Yet more than a third of U.S. adults, nearly 80 million of us, remain overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta. The problem might be that we’re getting the wrong advice. While most weight-loss plans focus on reducing calories, recent research shows that vegan and vegetarian dietary patterns can result in more weight loss than those that include meat, without even emphasizing caloric restriction. Scientists at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia, point to their study, How Plant-Based Do We Need to Be to Achieve Weight Loss? Study participants were divided into five groups, according to eating style, from vegan to flexitarian to carnivore, and monitored for an eightweek period. At the end of the evaluation, those that followed an entirely plant-based diet achieved the greatest weight loss. Study leader Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, Ph.D., notes, “Many researchers agree that vegan eating styles are tied to lower BMI [body mass index], lower prevalence of Type 2 diabetes and less weight gain with age.” Can it really be that simple… eat more plants and lose weight? “Yes,” says clean food coach Jeannette Bessinger, of Newport, Rhode Island. “Most people could benefit from eating more vegetables.” Co-author of

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. ~Michael Pollan Natural Solutions for Digestive Health with Naturopath Jillian Sarno Teta, Bessinger advises her clients to start by eating more green, leafy vegetables. Vegetables contribute to weight control in several ways, says Bessinger. They fill us up and help calm cravings. Plus, when plants become the bulk of what we eat, we naturally consume fewer high-fat, high-calorie foods. For an easy appetite-control strategy, Bessinger suggests having a cup of vegetable soup about 10 minutes before a meal. “It shuts off your appetite valve and you’ll eat noticeably less,” she says, while still feeling full. She also recommends slowing down and being mindful when we eat. Vegetables help us do that. “It takes two-and-a-half minutes to eat a piece of cheesecake, but much more time to eat a big salad,” she says.   For New York City-based Victoria Moran, author of Main Street Vegan and The Good Karma Diet, losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle became easier once she adopted a vegan diet. “I’ve been through life and loss and ages 40 and

50, and my weight stays steady, some 60 pounds less than it once was,” she says. “Every year when I put away my winter clothes and get out my summer clothes, they fit.” Her eating strategy is easy, too. “Make your plate look like a Christmas tree,” says Moran, “mostly green with splashes of other bright colors from vegetables and fruits.” She eats green veggies in several ways. She makes her own green juices—one favorite combines celery, kale, apple and lemon juice. She also adds tender greens like romaine or spinach to smoothies that might also contain fruit and citrus juice. She steams greens with plenty of garlic and makes big salads. “I bought my salad bowl at a restaurant supply house,” Moran exclaims. Salads get an oomph factor with a selection of avocado, pumpkin or hemp seeds, mushrooms, chickpeas or red beans, artichoke hearts, chunks of steamed yam and sautéed tofu or tempeh. Moran cites benefits of more energy to do more physical activity and “feeling really good” as additional outcomes of her dietary shift.

Sophie Uliano, a Los Angelesbased natural beauty expert and author of the new Gorgeous for Good, agrees, believing that eating a vegan diet 80 percent of the time can pay dividends in weight loss, well-being, energy and beauty. “Most of the time, eat clean and healthy,” she recommends. “It’s not a diet. It’s a ‘live-it’, a way of life.” Uliano recently asked two colleagues on the Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family show to try eating vegan, while also eliminating gluten, alcohol, caffeine and refined grains. The pair lost weight, gained energy and improved their skin tone. “Transformation comes in a series of small, consistent decisions over time,” concludes Bessinger, eating salad instead of cheeseburgers and vegetables instead of fries. For natural weight management, “Make strategic, long-term changes in stages that you can actually sustain over time.”

Nothing can be delicious when you are holding your breath. For something to be delicious, you have to be present to savor it; and presence is in attention and in the flow of breath. It begins in the mouth, and then it connects our heads to our bodies through our throats and into our lungs and tummies, a beautiful, connective cord of air. ~Anne Lamott

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omen who shy away from the traditionally male-centric weight rooms might want to reconsider. Standing their ground amid the deadlift bars and iron plates could lead to a host of unimagined benefits. Research has found that among other things, hoisting dumbbells can amp up the fat burn, ward off some common diseases and make women stronger, both inside and out.

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Aerobic activity can burn more calories while doing it (e.g., 14 to 16 per minute when running), but strength training prolongs the burn, even when resting afterward, according to Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., of Quincy, Massachusetts, who publishes widely on the topic in scientific journals, magazine articles and books. Women will burn fewer calories while pumping iron than when running (between eight and 10 calories a minute), but because of weightlifting’s action—traumatizing muscle tissue and forcing it to rebuild—muscle recovery requires increased expenditure of energy, and thus calories, when the person is at rest. The research shows a revved-up burn of between 5 percent and 7 percent for three full days after a workout, says Westcott, who developed the exercise science major at Quincy College and has reviewed and directed strength-training research for more than 25 years. “On average, a woman burns an extra 100 calories a day by having done 30 minutes of strength training twice a week. That’s an extra

3,000 calories a month, or nearly an extra pound of fat she can burn.” Additional “free” calorie burning comes from the after-burn effect. By initiating the anaerobic, rather than aerobic, system, weightlifting requires more energy just to return to the resting state. “So, after you finish a workout, you will burn approximately 30 percent of the amount of calories you burned during the workout in the first hour afterward as your body transitions back. It’s a bonus of resistance training.” “It’s like there’s a furnace inside you,” says Naturopathic Doctor and CrossFit instructor Holly Lucille, of West Hollywood, California. The more buff a woman becomes, the more fat she burns. “It can help minimize that natural effect of slowed metabolism as you age and control body weight,” she notes. To maximize the burn, eat a healthy combined protein/carb snack within an hour of the workout, advises Jen Hoehl, a personal trainer in New York City, who says, “Adding amino acids helps the muscles rebuild more efficiently.” Westcott agrees, adding that 90 percent of studies he’s reviewed concur that about 25 extra grams of protein such as a Greek yogurt, more for heavier men, just before or after a workout, enhances fat loss, bone strength and lean muscle gain.

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Experts agree that it’s impossible for women to look like the Hulk character of comic book fame. “They don’t have enough anabolic hormones, such as

testosterone,” Westcott explains. “Our team has written 26 books on strength training, with not one title exclusively for women. The muscles are exactly the same for both genders, so the same training works, but women will just get toned, not bulky.” “I train a lot of tiny girls that deadlift 225,” Hoehl says. One tip: Don’t overeat, a mistake many women make when starting out. “Often, people will be hungrier, and they lose track of what they eat or think, ‘Now I can reward myself,’” Lucille explains. “You have to figure out what your new normal is. Eat lean, clean protein.” All three experts agree that braving the free-weight area boosts success at toning and trimming the whole body. “If you use free weights, you use your core and more muscle groups to help stabilize both the weight and your body, which is often standing,” Hoehl explains, versus machines that are often worked while sitting, and generally exercise only one targeted muscle group at a time.

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Weightlifters also slow Mother Nature’s habit of stealing muscle during aging. “Women lose an average of five pounds of muscle per decade after age 30 until menopause, when the rate increases even more,” Westcott says. Studies have found that during a woman’s first six months of twice-weekly weight training, she can rebuild about one-quarter pound of muscle per week, he says. Because becoming stronger makes everything from chores to other kinds of workouts easier, women become firmer, fitter and more self-confident, Lucille observes. Independence rises, along with self-esteem. “As with all things in life: If you push against resistance, you get stronger,” she says. “That’s true both mentally and physically.” Note: Experts recommend using a certified trainer or weightlifting class to get started. Debra Melani writes about health care and fitness from Lyons, CO. Connect at

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KIDS ¤ VEGGIES How to Instill Healthy Lifelong Habits by Clancy Cash Harrison

Starting at conception, the early years of a child’s life are a perfect window of opportunity to establish a foundation of healthy eating.


ant a child to love veggies? Here are simple tips parents can practice in the first three years to establish lifelong good eating habits. Start early. We all know that eating healthy during pregnancy will help a baby grow, but many may not realize that an infant can taste flavors in utero and through breast milk. Eating a variety of fresh produce during pregnancy and breastfeeding helps shape a healthy diet later in life. Treat weaning as a time for the infant to explore the texture, taste and aroma of an array of foods. After six months of exclusive breastfeeding, food can be introduced, although breast milk is still the primary source of nutrients. Small, repeated exposures to many foods during this stage will help minimize refusals to try or accept foods in the toddler years.


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Children’s foods should be exploding with nutrients. Offering a variety of organic produce ensures optimal nutrition and decreases chemical exposure. Research reported by the Harvard Medical School and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, among others, shows that richly colored foods help build dense bones, powerful brains and tough immunity. Good candidates include butternut squash, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, carrots, broccoli, berries and citrus. Also go for those naturally high in iron, such as peas, leafy greens, apricots, raisins and legumes. Avoid anything high in sugar and other sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, artificial colorings and other harmful additives. Another important yet often overlooked foundation of healthy eating is encouraging a child to

self-regulate his or her calorie intake. Self-regulation starts on the first day of breastfeeding and is carried through adulthood. Respecting a child’s decision to end a meal allows them to control their own food intake. Common signals infants use to end a meal include turning their head away, arching back, throwing food on the floor and showing an interest in other activities. To encourage selfregulation, always serve meals and healthy snacks on a schedule and allow the child to feed himself when possible. As early as 7 months of age, most healthy infants are developmentally ready to do this, which should optimize nutrient consumption, increase participation in family meals and contribute to a less stressful mealtime. Appropriate foods for self-feeding should easily melt in an infant’s mouth and be a safe size, such as soft fruits and cooked vegetables. To prevent choking, avoid round, hard and sticky foods such as whole grapes, peanuts, popcorn and nut or seed butters. Don’t be afraid to add mild herbs and spices to a child’s food. An easy way to teach healthy flavor preferences, develop taste buds and reduce pickiness when they’re older is to expose children to many foods, textures and aromas. A dash of cumin in smashed avocado or freshly chopped mint mixed with diced strawberries introduces new perspective on a favorite food. Food refusal is inevitable, normal behavior. Children will love a food one day and hate it the next. Rethinking the definition of variety empowers parents to reintroduce a not-so-favorite food many times. If children don’t like the way an item feels or looks, they may not taste it. The refusal of a carrot doesn’t necessarily doom carrots. They can be coined, minced, mashed, puréed and diced to change the texture, plus they can be served cold, at room temperature or tepid. A child’s early adventurous eating increases the willingness to experiment with a wider range of less familiar foods as a young adult in a multicultural foodscape. Kids are not born reciting an alphabet; it takes time and practice to read and learn

a new language. Similarly, it requires time and patient practice to establish a healthy foundation for eating. Have faith in the family’s ability to make eating together enjoyable for everyone.


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ry mouth is a common problem that people face from time to time. For some people, however, dry mouth—also known as xerostomia— is a more persistent and serious condition. Patients often complain of “cotton mouth” and/or thick, sticky saliva. But what leads to this condition? The number one reason for mouth dryness is as a side effect from medication. Not only do many drugs directly decrease salivary flow and production, but there can be interactions between drugs that result in dry mouth. The common groups of drugs that induce xerostomia are antidepressants, antihistamines, antihypertensives, antiparkinsonians, antipsychotics, beta blockers, diuretics and GERD medications.

Another factor is the presence of anxiety and emotional disorders. As many of us can attest, intense stressful situations can cause temporary dry mouth. Fluid and electrolyte issues can also affect salivary flow. Radiation and chemotherapy can wreak havoc on salivary production as such treatments can damage salivary glands. Autoimmune diseases like Sjögren’s can cause dry mouth. Aging in itself does not cause dry mouth, but the associated age-related diseases and the medications to treat them can affect salivary production. Beyond the nuisance of dry, sticky lips and tongue, what are the consequences of chronic dry mouth? Because the saliva contains immune

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eed help creating that strong, flexible and balanced body everyone desires? Since the early 20th century, over 11 million people have discovered the benefits of Pilates, a form of exercise which works body, mind and spirit together to create physical and mental balance. Founder Joseph Pilates designed his method to be more than repetitive exercise. Pilates blended his studies of Eastern and Western philosophies—including yoga, martial arts and Greek and Roman exercise—his experience as an accomplished skier, diver, gymnast and boxer, and what he learned as a medic in Germany during World Way I, to develop over 500 exercises and apparatuses. He understood that each person’s mind and body needed to be equally developed, and that this connection would elevate the spirit to improve physical health, confidence and self-worth. Training with a certified Pilates instructor is a complete workout with particular concentration on stabilizing the core of the body. The core, which includes the abdomen, back and pelvic region, is called “the powerhouse” in Pilates. This is where we gain strength and control, radiating energy and improving flexibility throughout the body. A Pilates workout can transform the body in many ways, including correcting alignment; improving posture; building leaner, symmetrical muscles; fine-tuning coordination and balance; increasing endurance; improving circulation and breathing; and reducing the risk of injury. A benefit of Pilates is that anyone—no matter age or skill level—can do the work. All of the resistance in a Pilates workout is created by one’s own body weight and supported by spring-based apparatuses, removing stress on tendons and ligaments. Furthermore, Pilates training is based on low repetition of exercises with focus on the quality of movement rather than quantity, so we feel invigorated—not exhausted—after a session. To begin the path into Pilates, it is important to find the right studio and instructor. A certified instructor has gone through a minimum of 600 to 1,000 hours of instruction, testing and training. A good instructor should start a new client with a private session to discuss medical history and goals, followed by a workout based on the individual’s needs and physical condition. Pilates done right is joyous, and evolves and challenges while making improvements to the mind and body. June Hines is the owner of June Hines Pilates—a full-service studio run by a team of experienced, certified instructors—with locations in Rydal and Doylestown. Connect with her at June or JuneHines See ad, page 11.

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Paint in the Moment | Doylestown 6:45-8:30pm. Through adversity, we often discover the strength needed to move forward. If we choose to be in the moment and listen to our inner guide, we find that we are capable of things we never knew. Please pre-register. $28. The Zen Den, 20 Donaldson St, Doylestown. 267-797-6154. PaintInTheMoment.

SATURDAY, MAY 9 Bird Migration Count | Bristol 5:30am-5:30pm. We will bird local parks and long the river as part of this national bird census. Call if you can help out. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Intro to Yoga | Quakertown 11am-1pm. Learn the fundamentals of the breath, poses and relaxation. Intended for anyone new to yoga or those wanting a refresher on the basics. Registration required. $25. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. River Valley Waldorf Mayfaire | Upper Black Eddy 11am-3pm. Enjoy children’s craft activities, live music, delicious fare, maypole dancing, pony rides and jump rope making. Bring the whole family. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. 610-982-5606.

SUNDAY, MAY 10 Intro to Kayaking | Bristol 9-11am. Learn basic paddle strokes and proper boathandling skills. Then, we will practice on the water. Pre-register. $22/mbrs, $27/non-mbrs. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.

10-11am. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $55. Fair Lawn High School, 14-00 Berdan Ave, Fair Lawn. 908-9963311. Relaxation through Hypnosis | Fair Lawn, NJ 11am-12pm. Learn several easy techniques that can be used to reduce daily stress. $55. Fair Lawn High School, 14-00 Berdan Ave, Fair Lawn. 908-996-3311. Reiki Level 2 Certification | North Wales 1-6pm. Reiki 2 students will learn to use the sacred symbols to enhance the healing power of Reiki. Learn to send Reiki over distances and use it for issues from the past, in the present and into the future. Prerequisite: Reiki Level 1 (from any school). $200. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St, North Wales. 215-8728373.

savethedate Holistic Detox Retreat May 16-22 Join Kathleen Downey, a nutritionist with 30 years of experience and author of Healthy is Delicious, to jump start your individual healthy lifestyle while having a great time. Safely detox and heal chronic pain and clogged arteries, lose more than a pound each day, shrink fibroid tumors, lift depression, overcome digestive issues and more. Includes individual nutritional counseling session, all organic meals/juices, daily yoga, biking, beach walks, massage, far infrared sauna and guided meditation.

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THURSDAY, MAY 14 Waldorf School Tour | Upper Black Eddy 9-11am. Learn more about Waldorf education by visiting classrooms, viewing children’s work and speaking with faculty and staff. Adults only; call to register. River Valley Waldorf School, 1395 Bridgeton Hill Rd, Upper Black Eddy. 610-982-5606.

FRIDAY, MAY 15 Baby & Me Nature Walk | Bristol


10am-12pm. Spend time with children while discovering nature. more details on website. Pre-register. $10/ mbrs, $15/non-mbrs; $3/each addt’l person. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-7851177.

Learn to Meditate | Chalfont

Discover Your Sacral Chakra | Yardley

6:45-8:45pm. Svaroopa Vidya Meditation’s powerful techniques are guaranteed to start you meditating in the first class and get inspired to sit in meditation.

7:30-9pm. Using orange calcite, dive into the waters and emotions freeing the flow of dynamic energy that is essential for transformation in the second part of the

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May 16 - Lifting Your Vibration: Experience a day of self-care! Learn this fast-growing fabulous method of cupping using the Bellabaci technique.

July 11 - Bellabaci Method of Modern Cupping Level 2 Sept. 19 - Bellabaci Method of Modern Cupping – Intro Level Courses are open to everyone, 6 CEU’s with NCBTMB for massage therapist. All classes will be held from 8:30-3:30pm at LaSalle University Bucks County Campus.

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Fundraiser for Manna on Main | North Wales

Women’s Health Issues & Hormone Health | Fairless Hills

11am-2pm. Wholistic Fitness is hosting a fundraiser for the local nonprofit organization, Manna on Main Street, in support of their cause to help end hunger in the North Penn region. The day includes free classes, acupuncture and physical therapy demos, mini-massages and food. All proceeds will go to Manna on Main Street. Attendees who donate over $20 will be entered into raffles to win prizes. Call to RSVP by May 13. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. Info@WholisticFitnessOnline. com. Lyme Disease Support Group | Langhorne 4pm. Entomologist Bob Oley will talk about ways to protect ourselves and our family by avoiding high-tick environments, amending our property, wearing treated clothes and using sprays on exposed skin. All are welcome. Middletown Municipal Building, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne. 215741-5902. Yoga with Essential Oils | North Wales

6-7:30pm. Refreshments and spinal screenings at 6pm, followed by complimentary workshop 6:30-7:30pm. Demonstrations and Q&A to follow. Call to RSVP. Gorman Optimal Health Solutions, 333 N Oxford Valley Rd, Fairless Hills. 215-943-2584. Naturalist Skills | Bristol 6-8pm. Not appropriate for children under 16. Preregister. $6/mbrs, $8/non-mbrs. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Keys to Breast Health | Langhorne 6:30-8pm. Join Patti McDougall, RN health coach, to explore ways to keep our breasts healthy. Often the focus is on early detection, rather than prevention of disease. Topics covered will include nutritional, physical and energetic techniques we can use to promote lifelong health to our breasts. Kindly RSVP. $10. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. 215-741-1600.

4-5:30pm. Yoga with essential oils encourages the release of toxins in the body and mind. This hip-opening practice will help stimulate the kidney and liver meridians to clean energetic and physical blockages. Students have the opportunity to experience the power of aromatherapy. $20. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 307 E Walnut St, North Wales. 215-661-0510.


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7-9pm. Participants are introduced to the field of infinite possibilities in this free evening hosted by Matrix Energetics founder, Dr. Richard Bartlett, and Melissa Joy. Embassy Suites, 9000 Bartram Ave, Philadelphia. 800-269-9513.

Open to the Joy of Life Dance | Philadelphia 7-9pm. Facilitated by JourneyDance founder Toni Bergins. Visit website for more information and to register. Philadelphia Summit Church, 6757 Greene St, Philadelphia. 215-534-4989. Matrix Energetics Intro | Philadelphia

7:15-8:30pm. Join us to discover natural solutions for almost any ailment one may encounter. We will cover topics such as mood management, respiratory health, digestive health, pain management, hormone imbalance and skin conditions. RSVP to receive a free bottle of essential oil. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 213 N Main St, North Wales. 215-661-0510. WholeBodyYoga

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. ~Stewart Udall

SATURDAY, MAY 30 The Embodied Heart Workshop | Philadelphia 11am-2pm. Facilitated by JourneyDance founder Toni Bergins. Visit website for more information and to register. Philadelphia Summit Church, 6757 Greene St, Philadelphia. 215-534-4989.

Matrix Energetics Seminars | Philadelphia May 30 to June 1. Learn to access transformation and infinite possibilities with ME Fundamentals, and intensify intuitive abilities with ME Unplugged: Spatial Clairvoyance. Hosted by Matrix Energetics founder, Dr. Richard Bartlett, and Melissa Joy. Embassy Suites, 9000 Bartram Ave, Philadelphia. 800-269-9513. Info@ TM Program Intro Lecture | Doylestown 12-2pm. Free, public intro lecture on the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation program. Find out why over 6.5 million people worldwide practice this technique to reduce blood pressure, decrease anxiety and naturally reduce tension, stress and strain. Email CSmith@ to reserve a seat. TM Program, Tammany Farm, Doylestown. 215-783-4629.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4 Journey Through Your Chakras | North Wales 7:30-9pm. Our chakras, the seven intersections of energy and consciousness located along the length of the spine to the crown of the head, orchestrate all our thoughts, emotions and desires. Each week, we will focus on a group of chakras and bring them into balance with a combination of meditation, chants and yoga. Held June 4 to 22. $100. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 307 E Walnut St, North Wales. 215-661-0510.

savethedate Reconnective Healing Training Programs With Eric Pearl, DC July 24-28 Level I & II Reconnective Healing Training Certification Program. Whether looking to affect a change in your own life or want to facilitate healing for others, you will step into a new expanded awareness and learn how to more fully become the healing instrument you truly are.

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savethedate Greenshire Arts Consortium 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown Event Details: Please register for all activities. 215-538-0976 May 3 – 7-8:30pm Full Moon Event: Healing Ring of White Tantra Chant, move and be moved as we spiral sacred sound from earth to ether. This Kundalini Yoga practice generates tremendous healing energy through the circle and beyond. Potluck social follows. $25.  May 8 – 7-9pm Sacred Reiki Sites of Japan In this visually rich talk, we journey through Japan’s Reiki sites. Experience Mt. Kurama as Dr. Usui did. It will change the way we think about Reiki history. Included: Japanese sweets and Macha tea. $20. May 9 – 10am-1pm Bio-Intensive Gardening: Growing healthy vegetables on less land Learn a gardening system that enables you to

create a successful garden. Topics include raised beds, composting, companion planting, seed selection, maintenance. $30. May 9 – 2-4pm Edible Schoolyard This is an opportunity for experiential learning for kids and parents through Earth and kitchen activities: growing food, harvesting and preparing wholesome meals. In community, we revitalize everyone’s connection to Earth, to each other and to self. Free intro. May 12 – 6:30-8pm Magdalene Mysteries The mysteries that surround Mary Magdalene are inherent in the sublime wisdom written in the Gospel of Mary, a Gnostic text discovered in the 1800s. Through our studies, we will discover the real Magdalene, how her gifted revelations enable us to return to our Real Essence, balancing both the divine feminine and sacred masculine that are within us all. $20.

May 19 – 7-8pm Onerayki: Integrative Healing, A NineMonth Study Learn a comprehensive healing approach that includes the integration of traditional and alternative techniques (alchemical, craniosacral, shamanic, counseling, metaphysics, divine guides and more). The subtleties of this course bring understanding of self, human nature and spirituality. Free intro. May 22 – 6:30-8:30pm Levitation of Large Stones In this slide lecture, learn about the mysteries of Coral Castle, a sculpture park in Florida where the builder moved giant stones by himself, claiming to know the secrets of levitation. Also discussed: levitation, Watts’ Towers, Tibetan Buddhist temples, shapes that create energy fields. $20. May 23 – 10am-1pm or 1:30-4:30pm Plein-Air Painting Workshop Artists will explore the beautiful grounds at Greenshire where they choose scenes to paint outdoors. Each student will receive both small group and individual instruction. Beginners and experienced painters welcome. For ages 15 and up, all levels. $40.

savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter with updates on seminars and trips. May 2, 3, 4 Private Channeling Sessions Sheryl Blumenthal is a clear, strong channel for the Divine. A private session with her is an opportunity to be in conversation with both yours and her spiritual guides, and to experience messages received in the language of the Divine. She assists with clarifying higher purpose, relationship concerns, health issues and career choices. $110/30 minutes, $170/60 minutes. Doylestown. May 8 – 7-9pm You Have Amazing Eyes! Iridology Seminar We all have different nutritional, emotional and spiritual needs. Join iridologist Birgit Lueders for information on how the eyes can point us in the right direction within today’s informational jungle. Learn about the body’s unique blueprint—the iris—and get a chance to learn more about your own body, mind and spirit. $35. New Britain.

May 9 – 10am-8pm Private Iridology Sessions Through the informed examination of the iris, Iridologist Birgit Lueders can tell you all about your emotional, physical and spiritual strength. Get to know yourself on a deeper, multidimensional level. $150. Doylestown. May 12 – 1-4pm or 6:30-9:30pm Healing and Channeled Messages Eve Kerwin, White Buffalo Woman, carries the same Divine Feminine imprint as Mother Mary, Isis, Quan Yin and Eve, the wife of Adam. Limited to 12 people, everyone will experience a shamanic healing and a channeled message from angels, masters or guides. Past lives are frequently described, and how they relate to current life. $125. Afternoon in New Britain; evening in Doylestown. May 16 – 10am-12pm Plant Essences for Vitality, Balance, Productivity Charlene Briggs brings 17 years of experience and hundreds of examples of how flower essences can improve our well-being. Learn what specific essences can help relieve symptoms and heal

various conditions. Briggs will share how essences can heal those conditions and facilitate personal growth. $40. Doylestown. May 16 & 17 – various times Flower Essence Therapy—Private Sessions Enjoy a private consultation with Charlene Briggs. Receive a personal treatment bottle with a formula unique to your condition that will help release you from reactivity and propel you forward into a greater manifestation of your goals. $110/60 minutes, $135/90 minutes. Doylestown. May 18 & 19 – 10am-8pm Psychic Mediumship Private Readings with Kimara Kimara will connect with deceased loved ones and give insights for your future in regards to career, finances, family and relationships. You may bring photos. $120/45 minutes, $150/60 minutes. Doylestown. Sacred Journeys and Retreats May 19-23: Hawaii Retreat June 20-26: Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini August 13-16: Mount Shasta, CA September 3-14: Croatia, Slovenia, Medjugorje

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ongoingevents All calendar events must be submitted by the 10th of the month and adhere to our guidelines, available online. Submit your listing online at NABuxMont. com. Please email with questions. Monthly Meditation: Cultivating Mindfulness | Doylestown


1-2pm. In this class, we will focus on a different theme and style of meditation each month. Classes may incorporate mantras, yantras, mudras, crystals, breath work and the chakra system. De-stress and experience the support of community meditation. Second Sunday of the month. $15. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. TristanaYogaStudio.

Hot Rockin’ Yoga | Quakertown 9-10:15am. This yoga practice is perfect for exploring poses deeper and detoxing the body. The heat helps open tight joints and stiff muscles in a safe, effective way. Not for beginners. Second and fourth Sundays. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267374-4046.

Sunday Stroll | Bristol

Power/Baptiste Yoga | Quakertown 9-10:15am. All levels of students will move and flow through a series of poses based on Journey Into Power. Combining alignment principles with movement and breath will build fire and strength, leaving us aligned in our true north, strong and empowered even after we’ve left the mat. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046. Yoga for Kids | Quakertown 12:30-1:30pm. This class provides a safe and nurturing environment for the development of mind, body and spirit through creative games, stories, songs and yoga poses. We will explore new ways to play, move, breathe, connect and rest. Students grades K-5 are welcome to participate. First and third Sundays. $10. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-3744046.

2-3pm. Take a walk with a naturalist. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Reiki Share & Community Drum Circle | Langhorne 2-6pm. At 2pm, connect with area Reiki practitioners and have an opportunity to practice and receive Reiki. Those who are not attuned are welcome to attend, receive a treatment and be part of the community. From 4:30-6 pm, join the community drum circle. The Peace Center, 102 W Maple Ave, Langhorne. 267-840-8003. Monthly Meditation | Perkasie 3:30-5pm. Join with a likeminded group of people for mindfulness meditation, gentle yoga and time to share with the group. Perfect for those new to the practice; all are welcome. Last Sunday of the month. $15. Shine Yoga Center, 601 W Market St, Perkasie. 267-2210980.

monday 4-Week Women’s Boot Camps | North Wales Wholistic’s boot camps specialize in the unique physiological needs of women and are designed to incorporate specific techniques to assist women in losing excess body fat and toning muscles. Boot camps meet 3 times a week for 4 weeks. Morning and evening/weekend options. Mon/Weds/Fri, 5:45-6:45am OR Tue/Thu, 6-7pm and Sat 8:30am. $199. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246. Life & Wellness Coaching from the Mat | Chalfont 9:30-11am. Join Life Coach & The Spa Lady, Roberta Fortune, for coaching right from the yoga mat. Each session is like a mini-retreat that allows you to relax, catch your breath and gain clarity on inspired actions. $24; buy two classes, get the third free. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 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. Zumba Gold | Perkasie 10-11am. Zumba Gold takes the popular Latin-dance inspired workout of Zumba and makes it accessible for seniors, beginners or others needing modifications in

Natural Awakenings in the Classroom Since the fall, an 8th grade classroom has been using Natural Awakenings as part of their monthly article-of-the-week assignments. Here are some of their comments from various articles found in the February 2015 issue.

Join us for the first ever Homeopathy Academy for Moms Live! Workshop and Marketplace! Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 1:30-6:30pm Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA This event brings our popular Homeopathy Academy for Moms webinar series Live! and in-person! Over 7,500 people have joined in to our webinar series so far and we’re thrilled to be able to bring this Live! event to the Philadelphia area in 2015! Space is limited so register early!

Learn more and register at This event is being held in conjunction with the 2015 Joint American Homeopathic Conference (JAHC). Light refreshments will be served.


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“Learning that activities such as yoga could help body systems in such drastic ways is astounding and surprising.” ~ Ally D., on “Mind-Body Therapies Stimulate the Immune System” “As a gymnast, at practice five days a week, it is easy to relate to the theme of this book.” ~ Emma S., on “Busy Family with No Time to Cook” “It would be interesting to find out if the other aids could be used for problems the world does not have a solution or cure for.” ~ Skyler D., on “Gentling Grief” “How many diseases and illnesses are caused by a lack of vitamin C? Next time the urge for energy hits, grab some carrots instead of a sweet.” ~ Sophia B., on “Mood-Boosting Foods”

their exercise routine. Build cardiovascular health with dance moves including merengue, cha cha, cumbia, salsa, belly dance and tango. Dance experience not required. $5. Pennridge Community Center, 146 E Main St, Perkasie. 215-453-7027. Chair Yoga | Yardley 11am-12pm. Free class held every Monday. YardleyMakefield Library, 1080 Edgewood Rd, Yardley. 215-493-9020. YardleyFriends@ Prenatal/Postnatal Yoga | Doylestown 6-7pm. Come connect with other moms-to-be, create community, connect with your baby and changing body, and take time out of the day to enjoy this sacred journey. Learn breathing techniques and stretches to help strengthen the mind, body and soul during pregnancy, labor and post-delivery. $15. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. Community Meditation | Narberth 6:30-7:15pm. All are welcome to learn how to meditate and its many benefits. Experienced meditators can enjoy and enhance their existing practice in a group setting in a beautiful space with people of like intentions. Check the calendar online for changes/updates. Kalyana Centre, 954 Montgomery Ave, Ste 6, Narberth. 484-412-8815. 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. The Many Ways to Self-Love | New Britain 7-9pm. Our main objective for these gatherings is to empower, support and inspire you on a journey of overcoming self-limitations, which moves you into a vibration of “anything is possible!” First Monday of the month. Circle of Miracles, 10 Beulah Rd, New Britain.

tuesday Health Matters Radio Show 10am. Hosted by Dr. Phil Pappas of Earth Foods, featuring different guests and topics each week. Listen in at Bucks Beekeepers Association | Plumsteadville 7pm. General meeting of the Bucks County Beekeepers Association. Second Tuesday. Plumsteadville Grange Hall, 5901 Old Easton Rd, Plumsteadville. Gaia Speaks Gathering | Harleysville 7:30-8:30pm. Experience a guided visualization deeply connecting us with the Earth, infusing us with peace and love. Receive channelled teachings from Gaia that infuse us with hope and truth. Third Tuesday of the month. $15. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. 215-527-5457.

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy. ~Leo Buscaglia

wednesday Community Prayer Group | New Britain 10am-12pm. This group will be a sacred circle created each time by those who are part of it. We will have opportunities to co-create blessings in manifest form together, for each other. Just show up and be willing to let go and receive. Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Circle of Miracles, 10 Beulah Rd, New Britain. Yoga for Your Back | Chalfont 10:30am-12pm. Try Svaroopa Yoga and decompress the spine and have immediate relief or reduction in pain and stiffness. Learn simple tools to use at home, the office or anywhere. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 570-350-1281.

powerful healing that is available through the Angelic support of IET. This community experience will bring needs and support together in ways that will generate lasting positive change and bring healing to our community. Second Wednesday of the month. Circle of Miracles, 10 Beulah Rd, New Britain. Meetup. com/Doylestown-Integrated-Energy-Therapy-Share. Intuition Class | Gilbertsville 7:30-9:30pm. 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.

thursday Chair Yoga | Levittown

Relaxing Restorative Yoga | Langhorne 12-12:45pm or 6:30-7:45pm. Enjoy deep body and mind relaxation either during the lunch hour or after work with Doris Szeto. Restorative yoga uses blankets and bolsters to align and support the body for total relaxation. No prior yoga experience needed; every body type welcome. Register online at MindBodyOn Every Wednesday except third evening of the month. $15. Medicine In Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Langhorne. 215-741-1600. Chair Yoga for the Golden Years | Chalfont

11am-12pm. Free class held every Thursday. Levittown Library, 7311 New Falls Rd, Levittown. 215-9492324. Time Share 12-1pm. Learn how to make your inner well-being work in the outer world of pressures and stress. Tune in to Time Share on, where Marie Jackson will share recent and ancient discoveries, interview holistic healers and invite callers to ask questions. After School Nature Camp | Bristol 3:30-5pm. Each session will explore the nature preserve while making new friends and memories. See website for more details. Ages 6-12. Every Thursday through May 14. $60/mbrs, $80/non-mbrs. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177.

1:30-2:30pm. Easy yoga poses to relieve aches and pains and keep you moving. Perfect for those new to yoga. New students get three classes for the price of two. $13. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 610-597-2015. Chalfont Community Acupuncture | Doylestown

Ascension Class | Gilbertsville

3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Schedule online or by phone. Located upstairs; call if you have disabilities. $30. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058.

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Intro to Yoga | Doylestown 5:30-7pm. In this 6-week enrolled beginner yoga course, learn yoga through both open discussion and guided physical practice. Learn the eight limbs of yoga, the yogic breathing system, the Tristana Method and how to safely approach and modify basic yoga poses. $80. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. Chair/Mat Yoga | Fairless Hills 6-7pm. Open to the community. $3/seniors, $5/under 55. Falls Township Senior Center, 282 Trenton Rd, Fairless Hills. 215-547-6563. Community Meditation Class | Doylestown 6:15-6:45pm. Free, 30-minute meditation class introducing mindful meditation and qigong visualizations in a welcoming environment. Donations are accepted to be given to charities such as Moxafrica and A Woman’s Place. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. 215-348-8058. Integrated Energy Therapy Share | New Britain 7-9pm. IET-certified practitioners, students and members of the community, whether they have received IET or not, will have the opportunity to receive the

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.

7-9pm. Experience the benefits of empowerment coaching, build confidence, gain insight and a new perspective in creating more balance and contentment in life. Accompanied by the added benefit of synergistic group support. Now forming 3-month programs. Second and fourth Thursdays. Must call to pre-register. $297. Dragonfly Yoga Studio & Massage, 156 Green St, Doylestown. 215-906-9393.

friday Guided Meditation | Gilbertsville 9:30-10:30am. Using guided visual imagery, learn to meditate to center oneself, relieve stress, lower blood pressure and create balance through mind, body and spirit. Drop-ins welcome. $10. Inner Light Holistic Center, 1000 Grosser Rd & Route 100, Gilbertsville. Namaste Baby | Doylestown 11-11:45am. Yoga for moms, dads, caregivers and newborns to pre-walkers. Classes promote a stronger bond through physical movement and emotional connectedness. Postures improve strength, coordination, balance and problem solving for the infant and parent.

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Pre-registration required. $18. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140. Facebook. com/TristanaYogaStudio.


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6-7:30pm. During this great opportunity for practitioners to gather, Reiki is given and received and discussions around Reiki and other approaches to holistic well-being are encouraged. Bring a refreshment to share. Second Friday of the month. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-245-4140.


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7:30-9pm. Enjoy a relaxing evening of healing, soothing music, refreshments and community. Second Friday of the month. $10/10-minute session. Tristana Yoga Studio, 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown. 267-2454140.

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saturday Bird Walk | Bristol 7:30-9am. For all birding enthusiasts. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. Svaroopa Yoga | Chalfont 9:30-11am. Svaroopa poses work on a cause-and-effect relationship and are absolutely reliable. This yoga excels at healing what ails us. No yoga experience required. $24. Chalfont Yoga and Meditation Center, 15 W Butler Ave, Chalfont. 570-350-1281. Chalfont Women’s Total Control Fitness Program | North Wales


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MACC integrates Gutkin’s skills as an alternative medicine practitioner. Begin to experience relief today, both physically and emotionally, without medication. Together, we create an individual weekly plan designed to suit your needs. Learn healing techniques that you can apply throughout your life. The program offers a wide range of modalities: hypnotherapy, past life regression, cognitive behavioral therapy, EFT, NLP, meditation and more. Call 215-740-0766, email or visit Medintuitive. com. The MACC program is available in person, by Skype or telephone. Free 10-minute consultations are offered.


10:30-11:45am. Do you leak when you laugh, cough, or sneeze? Wonder why popular tummy exercises don’t work for you? This medically based fitness program will help improve bladder control, flatten the stomach, build a strong core and even improve your love life. $135. Wholistic Fitness, 217 Church Rd, North Wales. 267-613-8246.


Warm Yoga | Quakertown 11am-12:15pm. Wondering what all the hype is about hot yoga? This is the ideal class for someone interested in hot yoga, but worried that it is too hot. Everyone is tight somewhere; the warmth allows the muscles to relax, release and let go. $12. Moondog Yoga, 44 Front St, Quakertown. 267-374-4046.

If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.


Expressive Therapies John Muraco, ATR, RYT 315-329-9838

Art therapy, an alternative to talk therapy, is a way to express yourself creatively with no artistic talent required. Receive emotional balance, empowerment, and a deeper sense of self-understanding in a safe environment. Muraco is a registered art therapist, yoga teacher and holistic lifestyle and wellness counselor, specializing in adolescents and those who have lived through emotional or medical trauma or serious illness. Expressive arts groups, stress reduction classes, and personal wellness and herbal remedy making classes available. Call for a free, 30-minute consultation.

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S.A.F.E. COUNSELING PROGRAM Works with The Peace Center Langhorne 215-750-0323

Emotional management and emotional healing for men/ women in a safe, supportive and confidential environment. Struggling with painful memories and feelings? Experiencing self-doubt? Self-medicating? Wondering if your relationship is abusive? Noticing signs of being abusive or violent? Wounded by an adverse childhood experience? Supportive Alliance for Family Empowerment, helping since 1982.


Kelly Thomke, JourneyDance Certified Facilitator The Authentic Self, Ottsville 215-534-4989

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


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Rainbows of Healing offers many services such as private healing sessions with Reiki, Crystal Balancing, Sound Therapy and more. Check out our website for ongoing and special event workshops. Visit our Metaphysical Boutique for unique crystals, jewelry, Native American flutes, handcrafted items and much more.

GREEN LIVING ENVIRONMENTAL HOME STORE 320 N Broad St, Doylestown 267-880-6791

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 16.

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

Celebrating our 11th 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 12.

GREEN TRAVEL BOWMAN’S HILL WILDFLOWER PRESERVE 1635 River Rd, New Hope, PA 215-862-2924 Tues-Sun 9am-5pm

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.



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Barbara Meza, LMT, HHP 33 S Delaware Ave, Ste 201 Yardley, PA

Provider of integrated wellness dedicated to client care. Service includes massage, lymphatic drainage, contemporary cupping therapy, acupressure, nutritional and herbal guidance and aromatherapy. 201978-7335. See ad on page 31.

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.



753 W Main. St Collegeville 610-222-6123

Collegeville Medical Center is a medically integrated wellness center where medical doctors work alongside chiropractors to treat the underlying causes of clients’ health concerns. We specialize in treating knee pain, back pain, neck pain, joint pain, weight loss and more. See ads on pages 13 & 29.


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

Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad on page 8.


HEALTHY BALANCE WITH MELANIE AADP Certified Health Coach 610-291-0972

Melanie invigorates women to regain energy. Do you desire less brain fog, more focus? Less stress, more sleep? Less fatigue, more energy? Melanie has personally experienced adrenal fatigue and utilizes a synthesized approach involving the whole body, mind and soul to support your health goals. See ad on page 29.

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 ad with special offers on back page.

HEALTHY KIDS integrative pediatrics

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

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

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

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions, and chronic pain management. See ad on page 43.

CENTER FOR NATURAL HEALING Megan Downs, L.M.T. Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown 215-348-2115

Megan’s vast experience and therapeutic massage technique works by targeting specific problem areas while also keeping in mind the needs of her patients. She incorporates a variety of methods including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot and Cold Stones, Bellabaci Method of Cupping, as well as Aromatherapy. Relieve stress and pain, increased body awareness and gain an overall sense of well-being.

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

Dr. Allender ’s office is a tropical garden with fountains, music, plants and Animal Assisted Therapy. She offers alternatives to traditional therapy and medication through diet, exercise, meditation and lifestyle changes for adults, couples, children, families and businesses. A happy home and office. See ad on page 11.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY Elisa A Maggio, Healing Artist, CST practitioner 973-508-9101

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

With 28 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.

As a PA and NJ Licensed Massage Therapist, Maggio—a 2009 graduate of Health Choices Institute and Massage School—specializes in “listening with her hands” to the life force of sentient beings, which includes people and animals. Take this opportunity to bring emotional balance and increased productivity into your well-being, utilizing your own unique energy signature. Available as a motivational speaker for youth organizations.



Reflexology sessions are one hour, and I will travel to your location. My goals as a Certified Reflexologist are (1) to relax the patient with this highly specialized relaxation technique, (2) improve nerve, blood and lymphatic supply (health enhancement) and (3) persuade the body to attain homeostasis, balance and normalization.



Method of Modern Cupping 267-357-3525



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 41.

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

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.

TRAUMA RELEASING EXERCISES With Amarjyothi Frenchtown, NJ 908-268-7430

T.R.E. is an effective and gentle approach to clearing the body of traumatic residue. Trauma and tension, whether dramatic or mild, keeps you in “freeze mode”, reducing the quality of life and contributing to physically manifested stress symptoms. Especially beneficial for PTSD and CFS.

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HELP WANTED COLON HYDROTHERAPIST—Seeking caring individuals to train as P/T colon hydrotherapists. Interest in holistic wellness is a must. Weekday, evening and Saturday hours. Email resume and cover letter to TELECOMMUTE—Flexible schedule, work from home, advertising/marketing/consumer relations. No inventory/home parties/selling products. Call Susan Pontelandolfo: 267-474-7536.

OPPORTUNITIES MORINGA OLEIFERA—Get healthy, earn income, Mercedes Benz program. 100 percent natural. The miracle tree. 440-342-3574.

PRODUCTS GO GREEN—Learn to safeguard your family with a cleaner, safer, healthier environment with products you’ll love. Call Susan: 267474-7536.

ORGANIC VEGETABLE PLANTS—Gracious Quaker Plants grows 100 percent organic plants. Peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, squash, herbs, ground cherries and 60+ tomato varieties--most are heirloom. Free delivery to southeast PA for $50+ order. GraciousQuakerPlants. com. 484-800-1477.

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Our innovative procedures, years of experience and holistic approach make us the trusted choice of both doctors and patients. For over 20 years, the Lanap and Implant Center has been changing the lives of patients from across the US with its state-of-the-art approach to modern dental care. At the Lanap and Implant Center, our team incorporates the latest dental technologies and techniques providing single visit solutions. Our wellness center integrates nutrition, acupuncture, reflexology, massage, homeopathy and biologically compatible treatments to optimize your response. To see how we can make a difference in your health and your life, contact us today. • Single-visit, immediate tooth replacements with metal-free zirconium or pure titanium implants - immediate denture stabilization • Single-visit, gum disease therapy with advanced laser LANAP therapy – no cutting or stitches required • Integrative therapies for chronic pain, TMJ and complex dental issues • Sedation, reflexology and other sleep options • Donorless gum grafting - PRGF biologically compatible stem cell therapy for hard and soft tissue reconstruction

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