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Johanna Pillischer, hasn’t hesitated to tell me what an exquisite person she was. Johanna was an artist, trained at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and a bodyworker, certified in Rubenfeld Synergy and the Alexander Technique. A mutual friend described her as warm and open-hearted, “like a bodhisattva,” the Buddhist deity that represents an ideally awakened, compassionate being. I never got the chance to know Johanna before she succumbed to breast cancer in 2001. Still, I think of her often, imagining how we would connect around our shared passion for spirituality, health and selfdevelopment, and all the things she would have taught me. I reminisce with her sister about their experiences in the 1960s, learning yoga when it was still a new age trend. Knowing what a beautiful and sensitive man Johanna raised in my husband, Matt, I’m wistful that my son, Asa, will miss the experience to know her. In my sadness, I feel connected to the millions of other families that have lost a matriarch, daughter, life partner, sibling, friend or other beloved to breast cancer. Despite increased visibility around the disease, breast cancer remains the second leading cause of death among women. Current statistics show one in eight American women will be diagnosed in her lifetime. The battle to end breast cancer is being fought hard on many fronts; locally, and specifically within the complementary care community, the fight has been taken on by such organizations as Unite for HER and the Healing Consciousness Foundation. These organizations ensure that women get the physical, emotional and spiritual support they need to move through breast cancer and beyond it by providing comprehensive survivorship plans that integrate yoga, massage, acupuncture, emotional and sexual counseling, holistic nutrition, fitness, energy work and other supportive services. Their effort involves tireless fundraising since complementary care is largely not covered by medical insurance. For many families, it were not for the subsidies provided by these organizations, such services would simply be out of reach. The impact of this incredible work has also been to expand the conversation beyond women and breast cancer to include other communities impacted by chronic and acute illnesses. The science-based evidence supporting the efficacy of massage, acupuncture, yoga, and other kinds of holistic modalities is mounting, making conclusive what was once considered speculative. Major medical systems are evolving and embracing the role of integrative medicine. This movement towards whole-body, whole-being wellness champions education and personal empowerment, and promotes a culture where self-care and preventative health are key. When disease is present, the aim is to have a fully integrative standard of care that addresses the illness, while simultaneously nurturing the person. The result is decreased pain, stress, and anxiety, and ultimately, improved outcomes that yield longer, healthier, and more vital lives. I know Johanna would have valued and celebrated this effort. This issue is dedicated to you, Mom, and all of the women that are loved and missed this Mother’s Day. Together we are “Making the Awakening” in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

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he Healing Consciousness Foundation (HCF) is holding its 1st Annual HCF Walk at Warminster Township Park, on May 21. Sign in opens at 8:30 a.m. with the walk taking place from 9 a.m. to noon, to benefit the foundation and celebrate Bucks County breast cancer survivors. Walkers have the option to complete one, two-and-a-half or five miles, with sponsorship encouraged. The cost to enter is $25, which includes a t-shirt, water and refreshments. Participants can enter t-shirt size in the comment field when registering online. A group photo will be taken at the start of the walk. “We lead by example and teach the world that adopting a healthy lifestyle benefits those affected by cancer and prevents the disease process that leads to the formation of breast cancer,” says Executive Director Ann Griffiths. HCF provides funding for services not always covered by health insurance, including yoga, nutritional education, fitness, massage, guided imagery, acupuncture and other healing therapies, as well as support groups, grief counseling programs and educational programs with guest speakers for patients, spouses, caregivers, children of patients and nursing staff. HCF is a nonprofit organization founded in 2007 by nationally recognized breast cancer surgeon, Dr. Beth Baughman DuPree, after the publication of her best selling book, The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor’s Journey to Healing. DuPree believes that conventional Western medicine integrated with Eastern modalities helps one achieve the balance needed to begin the healing process. Location: Warminster Township Park, 1100 Veterans Way, Warminster. For more information and to register, call 215-840-8630, email or visit event/1st-annual-hcf-walk/.

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or local residents affected by Lyme disease, the support group BucksCo. Lyme meets at the Middletown municipal building at 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted. BucksCo. Lyme was formed in 2008 by Evelyn Throne and Karen Meyers and is a region of the PA Lyme Disease Resource Network, a statewide, nonprofit organization committed to education, patient advocacy, support and prevention of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. “May is Lyme disease awareness month and BucksCo. Lyme wants to help everyone learn more about tick-borne illnesses,” says Throne. “Pennsylvania is the number one state in reported cases of Lyme.” Throne says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that Lyme disease is actually 10 times more common than reported, which translates to more than 120,000 cases in 2016 in Pennsylvania alone. “Although spring and summer are the riskiest times for tick exposure,” she says, “ticks are active anytime they aren’t frozen solid. This year promises to be a bad one.” Early symptoms can be flu-like and include muscle or joint pain, headache, fever, stiff neck, swollen glands and fatigue. Chronic symptoms can include exhaustion, brain fog, light and sound sensitivity, personality changes, migrating joint pain, Bell’s palsy, night sweats, heart problems, low temperature and recurring infections. In addition to thorough tick checks, Throne’s advice for protecting against tick-borne illness includes avoiding brushy areas by staying in the middle of trails, spraying clothes and shoes with Permethrin or buying pre-treated clothing, using a tick repellent such as Repel with lemon eucalyptus and putting clothes in the dryer for 20 minutes and showering within two hours of exposure. Location: 3 Municipal Way, 2nd Fl., Langhorne. For more information, call 215-741-5902, email or visit

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he Law Offices of Jennifer J. Riley will offer two seminars as part of the Community Education Program at Perkiomen Valley High School, in Collegeville. Jennifer J. Riley, Esquire, will be instructing on the Economics of Divorce, from 7 to 9 p.m., May 15, and on Custody and Child Support, from 7 to 9 p.m., June 19. The Economics of Divorce class Jennifer J. Riley is designed for those contemplating divorce or for those already navigating the divorce process. The class focuses on financial matters related to legal rights and obligations during divorce or custody proceedings. Attendees will learn what to expect in terms of financial considerations, support, equitable distribution of property, alimony and child support. The Custody and Child Support class will cover topics including how custody is shared between parents, LGBT custody arrangements, step-parent rights, alternative custody schedules to benefit children, important factors the court considers when awarding custody, how child support is calculated and paid, and how expenses are shared. Other topics to be discussed include the “dos and don’ts” of custody, strategies for resolving conflict without appearing in court, and ways to help protect children during times of transition and change. “Child custody and child support matters can cause the most stress to a parent because parents often feel frustrated by the court system and by what they perceive to be an inability to control the outcome and to protect their children,” Riley says. “This seminar is designed to help educate parents about the laws of Pennsylvania as they impact children and parents, and to help parents turn knowledge into action.” Cost: $45. Location: Perkiomen Valley High School, Room #134, 509 Gravel Pike, Collegeville. For more information, call 215-283-5080, email or visit See ad, page 13.

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he next session of the School of Sacred Ministries interfaith program at Pebble Hill Interfaith Church, originally planned for this spring, has been rescheduled to September as the group continues to conduct interviews and accept new applications. The delay may seem like a setback, but according to the Reverend Brian Weis, it’s the nature of the program. “We always say the class forms when it forms,” says Weis. “We’re looking for people that are adventurous and open to new ideas. If you’re a student with us, you will encounter people that weren’t raised like you, or see the world as you do.” Through weekend classes and retreats over 27 months, students learn about as many different religious and spiritual traditions as possible. They’re also introduced to topics such as spiritual counseling, public speaking, group facilitation, forms of prayer, ceremonial work and interpersonal exploration. “You’re not just studying. You’re working on your own path. It’s a transformational rather than an academic experience,” says Weis. The question posed to students is, essentially, “How can I use what’s in my heart to bring more healing into the world?” For Marianne Lane-Noreika, who was ordained through the school in 2016, her answer was to become a yogi. It wasn’t what she anticipated. As a person in long-term recovery, she expected to help others battling addiction. “I didn’t see a lot of options for those of us that didn’t follow a typical religion. I felt that people that were interfaith were people I could relate to,” says LaneNoreika. Now, she laughs, “I’m a yoga teacher. People tell me everything. It’s the new hairdresser.” Lane-Noreika’s classes include prayer and meditation, and her role gives her the opportunity to speak with people seeking their own spiritual paths. “I knew I was with seekers on the spiritual path,” she says of her introduction to the interfaith classes. “I knew in the deepest of my soul I was in the right place.” Location: 320 Edison-Furlong Rd., Doylestown. For more information, call 215-348-3428, email Contact@ssmInfo. org or visit or Facebook. com/School-of-Sacred-Ministries-152453390909. See ad, page 42.

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esearchers from Germany’s Goethe University, in Frankfurt, sought to determine the impact that the belief held by some that females are poor soccer players would have on their performance. The study had 36 teenage female soccer players engage in a ball-dribbling drill before and after reading a pertinent article. Half of the subjects read about the perceived incompetence of female soccer players and the other half read a piece about the growing popularity of the sport. The players that read the negative article needed significantly more time to complete the drill than those that read the positive article, possibly highlighting the impact that negative stereotyping has on women. natural awakenings

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esearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will develop asthma. Analyzing blood samples from 695 Danish women at 24 weeks of gestation and again one week after birth, the study tested the levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—longchain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, fish oil and DHA-algae supplements—in the women’s blood. The health of the babies was monitored for five years and compared with the blood analysis. The children of the mothers given 2.4 grams of long-chain omega-3 supplements during their third trimester displayed an overall 31 percent reduced risk of developing asthma. “Asthma and wheezing disorders have more than doubled in Western countries in recent decades,” explains Professor Hans Bisgaard, of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood at the hospital. “We now have a preventative measure to help bring those numbers down.”



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Chicago has created 100 miles of new bike lanes in the last five years and plans to add another 50 miles of upgraded lanes with curbs to protect riders from cars by 2019. Beyond that, a series of floating, solar-powered bike paths along the edge of the Chicago River is on the drawing board; each mile of pathway may cost between $5 million and $10 million. The architecture firm SecondShore first proposed the idea. “You look at the river, and while it used to be the main commercial artery in the city, it’s not much of one anymore,” says firm cofounder James Chuck. “This fits with the mayor’s general economic strategy for the city—how to make use of latent infrastructure.” The floating bike paths, named RiverRide, would give pedalers a truly auto-free place to ride for part of their commute and connect with existing bike lanes. The system would fill gaps in the network, creating around a 17-mile stretch of continuous bike paths connecting 28 neighborhoods. Floating on concrete pontoons, the paths would use solar power for lighting. Solar panels could also heat the surface so the path doesn’t ice up in winter. Plans call for the path to intersect with river bridges so bikers can cross to the other side.

The French government has expanded the Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres Australes Françaises, a highly protected marine reserve in French-controlled, sub-Antarctic waters of the southern Indian Ocean, from about 8,000 to more than 46,000 square miles; it now includes seven areas surrounding the islands of Crozet and Kerguelen. France intends to designate 10 percent of its oceanic territory by 2020, and this action brings the total as of the end of 2016 to 1.3 percent. These large-scale, fully protected marine reserves may serve as climate refuges for many species. The rich biodiversity of the new addition includes marine mammals, fish, seabirds, orcas, penguins, Antarctic fur seals and the critically endangered Amsterdam albatross. Source: 16

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Nederlandse Spoorwegen reports that all of its electric trains are now running on energy harvested from wind. Working with Eneco, a sustainable energy supplier in the Netherlands, the goal was to operate the trains via wind turbines by January 2018, but they beat their own deadline. Electric locomotives don’t use conventional engines; instead, they act like a component in an electric circuit transmitted via high-voltage power lines. Three options for usage include onboard energy storage systems such as batteries; an overhead wire; or an extra live rail, which has current flowing through it at all times. It’s used to power lights and air-conditioning, as well as for propulsion. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, turbines capable of generating 586 megawatts of electricity are the workhorses. In 2016, a 700 megawatt offshore wind farm near the town of Borssele became the most cost-effective of such installations in the world.

Swedish design firm and retailer IKEA is introducing a new line of “no waste” products that includes seating, vases and kitchen cabinets made of recycled materials. IKEA hopes that the design will help people see waste not as garbage, but as just another material that can be used in creating new and beautiful things. The Kungsbacka kitchen employs affordable, sustainable supplies that look stylish, including cabinet doors incorporating recycled plastic bottles and recycled wood; the entire cabinet is said to be 99.9 percent recycled. The Odger chair is 70 percent recycled plastic and 30 percent renewable wood. The design, available in a range of colors and wood finishes, is the result of collaboration between Swedish designers at Form Us With Love and eschews the environment-harming plastics of other chairs. IKEA also melts recycled glass to turn it into beautiful vases. Each mouth-blown vase is unique, thanks to the materials.

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A New Paradigm for Health and Healing Unite for HER Opens Doors for Complementary Therapies by Karen G. Meshkov


t’s early on a Sunday morning, but the lobby at Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Newtown Square facility is already abuzz. The space is teeming with women in stylish athleisure-wear; banquet tables are adorned with balloons and centerpieces. As guests make their way to their assigned seats, only the number of heads that remain fully covered by knit caps and scarves reveal that this is no ordinary Main Line brunch affair—this Wellness Day event is hosted by Unite for HER, a cuttingedge women’s health organization, and the attendees are Philadelphiaarea women that have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. The “HER” stands for Healing to Empower and Restore, and Wellness Days are one of the organization’s signature programs. This interactive, one-day workshop will introduce these women to the range of services and education that will be provided to them over the next year through their fully-funded “wellness passports”. Surrounded by hospital walls, the group settles in to learn a curriculum rarely associated with such an institution: yoga, acupuncture, organic nutrition, meditation, reiki and

more, all designed to help manage the side effects of cancer treatment and to support their physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Sue Weldon, the organization’s founder, lovely and approachable in her Unite for HER sweatshirt and jeans, begins the program by taking the audience back to the time of her own breast cancer diagnosis in 2004. She explains that she was coaching a highly competitive girls gymnastics team, raising three growing children and caring for her ailing mother. She was stressed, not sleeping well and surviving too often on adrenaline and coffee. Two months after her mom’s passing, Weldon was diagnosed with breast cancer, and within two weeks of diagnosis, a bilateral mastectomy and multiple rounds of chemo would follow.

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wanted to have more children.” With the cancer went her femininity and self-esteem, she says, recounting her incredulity that there were no ongoing supports to help her manage and regain her physical and emotional health. The services that did exist were not covered by medical insurance. After discovering an abundance of research on the effectiveness of integrating complementary therapies, Weldon embarked on a personal recovery plan that reduced her pain, increased her energy and improved her overall wellness. It was then that she knew she wanted to make this available to other women, regardless of their financial situation. Over the next four years, Weldon went to work, with the support of many committed volunteers, building the mission of Unite for HER. “You know, when people have heart disease or knee surgery or other such medical conditions, there is usually a rehab plan, where you might get six months of PT or OT.” Her words are met with approving nods and smiles. “For cancer? There’s nothing.” She pauses, before affirming, “We are that something.” To the women that have been recipients of Weldon’s vision, that “something” is everything. Last year alone the organization funded and delivered services to more than 1,000 local, newly diagnosed women. Each woman receives up to $2,000 in treatments and a personalized survivorship plan. Together with a lean, dedicated staff and an ever-growing cadre of volunteers and philanthropic partners, what started as a small program at Paoli Hospital in 2010 has grown into a partnership with 16 hospitals that has

served more than 3,000 breast cancer patients in the Philadelphia region. It was well deserved when Weldon was given Philadelphia Magazine’s prestigious Be Well Philly Health Hero award in 2016. Unite for HER’s mission, and the aim of the services it provides, is to close the chasm between holistic health and traditional, allopathic medicine. Its success in gaining approval for acupuncture, massage therapy and other complementary healing modalities inside more than a dozen of the area’s major health systems signals an important paradigm shift. Unite for HER is literally and symbolically opening the hospital door for integrative modalities, not just for breast cancer patients, but for patients with all forms of chronic and acute illnesses. “Our program greatly benefits women with breast cancer in the Philadelphia area,” Weldon notes, “but what about women elsewhere? What about anyone, anywhere with a difficult diagnosis? These types of programs need to gain acceptance and be established universally. Right now, we can continue to add hospitals as funding permits, one at a time. We need the support of a health-conscious public. We need the support of partner institutions.” One such advocate is Marti Lyman, MSN, a Nurse Navigator at the Barbara Brodsky Comprehensive Breast Center at Bryn Mawr Hospital. “Now we can say to patients who are having hot flashes, try this acupuncture, it doesn’t hurt, it’s free. And then they come back and tell us how much it’s helped.” She has become a believer in the power of complementary modalities, particularly massage, after seeing how it has helped patients with neuropathy and pain. The admiration goes both ways. The organization exhibits deep respect for the oncologists, nurses and other medical professionals that provide cancer treatment. She emphasizes that each party plays a distinct role in integrative care: “The doctors treat the cancer. Unite for HER heals the woman.” As Weldon knows all too well, powerful healing cannot happen without powerful healers. Consequently, the organization has a rigorous application process and maintains an

internal vetting system to ensure their practitioners deliver the highest standard of care. Despite its incredible success, Unite for HER exists solidly in the financial reality of being a nonprofit and is always working for its next donation or grant. To do so, it maintains an exhaustive schedule of fundraisers each year, including The Pink Invitational, a Sue Weldon and Wellness Day participant national gymnastics meet that draws athletes from across the country and several highflashes, nausea and other side effects profile corporate sponsors. These efforts of chemotherapy. Across the hall, the yielded over $1.2 million last year, a women are paired with a professional remarkable majority of which went bodyworker and prepare to receive a directly to funding wellness passports. therapeutic massage or reiki treatment. Sadly, the demand for services among As the lights are lowered and women battling breast cancer is far meditative music begins to play, it’s as greater than what Unite for HER is able if the entire room has exhaled. It’s not to provide. long before the stress reduction effects At the height of Wellness Day, in are felt, and a palpable calm washes meeting space A, participants are doover the room. ing a deep breathing exercise called pranayama, an ancient yogic practice For more information, email Info@Unite used in relieving anxiety. In an or visit cent conference room, an integrative internist presents a PowerPoint on the Karen G. Meshkov is publisher and scientific evidence supporting acupunc- director of advertising partnerships ture, a 2,000-year-old practice proven for Natural Awakenings of Bucks and to effectively decrease headaches, hot Montgomery Counties.

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hen it comes to salon services, we know how good they can make us feel. A little pampering can go a long way, but at Nu You Skin Care and Wellness Center, it goes far beyond skin deep. Owner Gerry Christopher is a licensed esthetician and certified oncology esthetician who has been offering oncological facials to those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for several years. “I began offering this service since cancer runs in my family,” she says. “It’s so important to me to help relieve the stress of what the body goes through during cancer treatment, and soothing the skin is a big part of that.” Christopher explains that not only is the skin the largest organ of the body, it is the largest organ that helps rid the body of toxins. “When you’re putting chemo through the body, it has to come out somewhere – and that’s the skin,” she says. “The skin on the face is especially sensitive because it’s exposed, has lots of blood vessels, and is thinner than on other parts of the body.” For those undergoing cancer treatment, finding a certified oncological esthetician is paramount. “Being certified, I’m able to understand what’s going on with the patient’s cancer treatments, what their numbers mean and what’s going on with their skin.” Christopher adds that a lot of responsibility comes with being a practitioner since the skin is so fragile and is prone to damage. “I always ask patients if they’ve had lymph nodes removed, which is very important because if they were to get a regular facial, the pressure could cause lymphedema, a condition that causes swelling in various parts of the body.” Aside from this service, Christopher carries a skincare line that’s oncology-approved and includes cleanser, sunscreen and moisturizer. “Getting the skin as nourished as possible before and after chemo is very good. It’s like preparing for a marathon – the better you eat and take care of your body, the better you will do.” Location: 7 S. Ridge Ave., Ambler; 102 Corporate Dr. E., Langhorne. For more information, call 215-847-5659, email or visit See ad, page 14.

Shiatsu and Qigong as Preventative Care Balance Chi for Self and Community by Lauren Johnson


t goes without saying that people need connection. Whether it be through our environment, community, friends or family, being engaged helps us thrive. However, in today’s bustling world, even connection to one’s self has its challenges. Shiatsu is one method that can help us reconnect. The word “shiatsu” means “finger pressure” and is a specialized form of acupressure that follows meridians and pressure points in the body. It originated in China about 6,000 years ago and works with the energy of the body or chi. “Bringing the energy into balance nurtures the person on the cellular, emotional and spiritual level,” says Shirley Scranta, owner of the International School of Shiatsu, in Pipersville. “It is the integration of all these aspects that help keep a person healthy.” Scranta explains that during a shiatsu treatment the practitioner takes time to assess the areas in the body where the chi is not flowing and then treats it accordingly. “Moving the chi is done by a combination of stretching, rotating the arms and legs and applying firm pressure,” she says. Since the body begins to repair and heal itself during sleep, shiatsu aims to reach the same state. “The session is in complete silence as the practitioner physically listens to the person’s body and moves the energy through the pathways. It can be extremely meditative,” she says.

After the session, the recipient’s body integrates itself physically, emotionally and spiritually, and they wake up feeling energized, refreshed and renewed. Scranta cautions that holding stress in the body over long periods of time not only prevents energy from being used, it also takes a lot of energy to hold in that stress. This creates disharmony, which can ultimately lead to disease. Adding the physical and energetic movements of shiatsu can help prevent this. With many people viewing work as their primary value, experiencing stress is not something new. “In America we have a lot of stress. We work hard, drink a lot of caffeine, stay very cerebral and are in complete denial that we need sleep or food or exercise,” says Scranta. “We take better care of our cars than we do of ourselves. “Women especially are very prone to putting themselves last, but we need to see ourselves as models of self-care. There’s a series of qigong movements specific to breast health that moves the energy of the meridians that travel through the breasts and underarms to circulate the lymph fluid. Moving the lymph fluid helps keep the immune system healthy.” Scranta adds that long periods of sitting at a desk (where the arms mainly remain down) can also contribute to this stagnation. Women interested in a preventative approach can start with an introductory class.

Scranta first became interested in shiatsu after being sick for many years. “I had fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and a host of different allergies,” she says. “A friend suggested that I needed a ‘healing touch’, and this led me to discover shiatsu. It completely changed my life.” Scranta began her journey into studying shiatsu, and graduated from the International School of Shiatsu in 1996. She later moved to the area permanently, and became the school’s new owner and director in 2005. While “shiatsu” may be a new word for many, people discovering its benefits are on the rise. As more individuals seek a healthier, more present way of living, the school provides the education and services for people to experience it firsthand. Students learning how to become practitioners of shiatsu are required to do 100 hours of supervised clinical experience under a teacher’s instruction. At their clinic, students work with the public at a special rate that makes it possible for anyone to try it if they’re curious. “Though shiatsu is not widely known, it is where yoga was 30 years ago,” Scranta says. “It’s about using and enjoying what you have.” International School of Shiatsu is located at 6055 Kellers Church Road, Pipersville. For more information call 215-766-2800, email LearnShiatsu@ or visit See ad, page 31. Lauren Johnson is a freelance writer and artist based in Lambertville, NJ. Learn more at, or connect at

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Healing Consciousness Foundation Celebrates Connie Cifelli by Jack Firneno


t its 10th anniversary celebration in March, the Healing Consciousness Foundation (HCF) honored Connie Cifelli, a two-time breast cancer survivor (or, rather, “Thriver�, as they are known within HCF) with the 2017 Geri Thompson Award. The award honors women that have promoted the mission and values of HCF for the betterment of others affected by breast cancer. Cifelli began receiving services from HCF during her first bout with the disease, and worked as a volunteer after the cancer resolved. When she had a recurrence, Cifelli returned to start the Wellness Warriors Program, and to offer holistic nutrition counseling for other HCF women. “I never lost faith, but you can become consumed with fear,� Cifelli says. “Because of the foundation’s programs, I was able to get back in the right frame of mind. I became really passionate about empowering other people.� Founded by Dr. Beth DuPree, vice president of Holy Redeemer Health

System’s Surgical Services, Integrative Medicine and Women’s Health, the Healing Consciousness Foundation complements Western medicine with Eastern modalities and wellness techniques to battle breast cancer. Of the award’s namesake, who passed away in 2014, DuPree says, “Geri just showed up and wanted to help. It was because of her that we created our metastatic cancer support group, so that women in that situation have a safe place to share their experiences. This award is about remembering her and her spirit.� The foundation’s healing techniques do not take the place of chemotherapy or surgery. Instead, they are integrated to work with these treatments through practices such as fitness and healthy eating regimens, meditation, reiki and acupuncture to help heal bodies, minds and souls. HCF also offers programming like journaling workshops and retreats that can be taken at any time. “When you have a cancer diagnosis, you have a last day scheduled

Geri Thompson Award winner Connie Cifelli (L) and Dr. Beth DuPree for treatment, but there is still a lot of work beyond that,� says HCF’s executive director, Ann Griffiths. “All of our programs and services are ways to help individuals in their ongoing journey for healing.� For information, email Administrator@ or visit TheHealing Jack Firneno is an award-winning writer based in Philadelphia. Connect at

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s a homeopathic practitioner and naturopath, Dr. Julie Lachman works with patients to address the causes of their health concerns and restore health, naturally. Her practice, established in Doylestown in 2012, moved to a new location, in Furlong, on April 1. The updated space offers the same practices and specialties, including homeopathy, botanical medicine, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, constitutional hydrotherapy, biotherapeutic drainage, clinical nutrition and food allergy testing. Lachman sees both adults and children for a wide variety of conditions. She is an expert in women’s health, including issues such as fertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome and weight gain. The clinic’s Body In Balance fertility program focuses on stabilizing hormones, naturally, without drugs or bioidentical hormones. “After determining the causes that prevent a woman from having a normal menstrual cycle, we use diet, homeopathy and other techniques to restore that balance. When a woman is cycling and ovulating normally, the stage is set for a healthy conception and pregnancy,” says Lachman. The clinic’s innovative weight loss program is a six-month regimen that includes high-quality, physician approved supplements, a recipe book and a personalized binder for patients to track progress. “The program includes support for a full six months after the initial weight loss to help patients achieve and maintain their goals,” says Lachman.

Naturopathic medicine does not treat any one specific disease, but instead focuses on restoring balance to the body and finding the root cause of the problem. “I’m committed to getting at the reason for the symptoms and helping the body heal itself naturally,” says Lachman. The clinic addresses symptoms such as acne, constipation, asthma, autism, migraines, insomnia, hot flashes, anxiety, diabetes and chronic pain. In addition to treating patients in the clinic, Lachman is active in the community and has spoken at dozens of conventions and workshops in and around Bucks County. She’s been a member of organizations such as the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Pennsylvania Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, and is a certified CEASE (Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) therapist. Location: 2325 Heritage Center Dr., Bldg. 100, Ste. 115, Furlong. For more information, call 267-406-0782, email Info@ or visit See ad, page 33. Carrie Jackson is a frequent writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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he Heart to Lead: Women as Allies for the Greater Good, a documentary film directed and produced by Cheryl Gould, of Naples, Florida, explores the emerging paradigm of heart-based feminine leadership and how it is attuning women to their inner strengths, beliefs, each other and our Earth. “Women’s deeper unity of being is empowering them to take action and lead. Women who once longed for a culture that would reflect their highest priorities are now creating one in which they support each other and make a difference,” says Gould. She notes that for centuries, a vast number of women have led and served as change agents. “Unfortunately, the majority of them never made it into the headlines or history books. A prime example—few individuals knew that 12 women ran for president before Hillary Clinton.” In a recent Yes! magazine article, Rucha Chitnis reports that women are rising up to push back against growing corporate power, land grabs, economic injustice, climate change and more. Women’s groups and networks offer a paradigm shift, she concludes, exposing links between unbridled capitalism, violence, the erosion of human rights and destruction of the Earth.

A woman’s style of leadership in America’s corporate boardrooms, activist-led movements or state and federal government may not be plainly evident. Feminine wisdom’s emerging solutions are compassionate, collaborative and consensus-building, and pursue universal outcomes and group cooperation. They contrast with conventional competitive strategies and solutions, according to The Legislative Effectiveness of Women in Congress study at Vanderbilt University’s Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, in Nashville. Jean Shinoda Bolen, a medical doctor, Jungian analyst in Mill Valley, California, and author of Artemis: The Indomitable Spirit in Everywoman, has been advocating since 2002 for a United Nations Fifth World Conference on Women (5WCW). “Empowered and equal women are the key to peace and sustainability. We need to rise up together and fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Summit: ‘It will be up to Western women to bring about peace.’” Bolen’s 5WCW vision joins millennial women worldwide now entering their era of activism with the feminist movement spearheaded by a boomer generation of women that’s forwarded the equality and empowerment of women this far. To this end, she



marched in Washington, D.C., on January 21 in the Million Women’s March that globally attracted 5 million participants. “To make human rights women’s rights, we need a united global women’s movement,” she states. Sande Hart, from Orange County, California, director of the Charter for Compassion International-Women and Girls sector and president of the women’s global interfaith organization Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope (SARAH), participated in the Los Angeles Women’s March with 750,000 others. “There’s a sense that we’ve had enough. We’re not angry. We are morally outraged and seeking peaceful solutions wrapped in compassion and based in justice for all. In nearly 15 years of women’s community building, I’m convinced that healing our communities with resilience and a regenerative spirit is our biological and innate imperative. I see women emerging in unprecedented ways to make this happen,” says Hart. The Rising Women Rising World organization provides tools and training to help women and men develop femi-

Women Rising Resources WomensHeartToLeadFilm AsSheIs nine wisdom and the qualities of potent compassion, deep listening, intuition and inclusivity. Hazel Henderson, an evolutionary economist in St. Augustine, Florida, host of the Ethical Markets online TV show and researcher of The Love Economy shared in her book The Politics of the Solar Age: Alternatives to Economics, has mentored staff members of Rising Women Rising World. Henderson contends that to shape a future for the good of all, we must bring into balance the masculine and feminine energies and learn to value the long-marginalized qualities of feminine wisdom. Henderson’s Love Economy paradigm reflects the sharing and caring sector not presently reflected in the na-

tion’s gross domestic product. “Women’s unpaid work—raising children, taking care of households, serving on school boards, volunteering, caring for aging parents, etc.—constitutes 50 percent of all production in the U.S. and 70 percent of that in developing countries. This unvalued economic sector underlies and supports the public and private parts of the entire economy,” advises Henderson, who observes that competition cannot be the sole basis for an economy with any expectation of high quality of life on a small planet. In her film, As She Is, producer and director Megan McFeely, of Marin County, California, captures her own journey to understand the collective potential of the feminine and how to live true to its innate knowing. She queries: “Can you imagine what might happen if women here and around the world rose up together and used our power of longing to heal the Earth?” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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Wendy Warner, MD, on Environmental Health Today by Karen G. Meshkov


endy Warner, MD, is the founder and director of Medicine In Balance, a collaborative, holistic medical practice in suburban Philadelphia. She is a past president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, a former member of the board of directors of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, and a national lecturer in integrative holistic medicine. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as holistic medicine, she has expanded her practice to include men and teens. She has been an invited guest on The Doctor Oz Show and is also the coauthor of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies. Warner focused her early study of holistic medicine on botanicals, learning from nationally known herbalists such as David Winston and early physician pioneers including Dr. Andrew Weil. While searching for a more complete way of managing chronic conditions, seeking remedies for menopause and improved healing for her patients and herself, Warner was drawn to integrative medicine and nutrition and began incorporating yoga and meditation into her own daily life. Her strong 26

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interest in energy medicine then led her to become a master reiki practitioner and a student of shamanic healing practices.

What are the most important things for us to know about environmental health right now?

U.S. chemical production increased 15-fold between 1945 and 2007. What’s worse, manufactured chemicals are not required to have safety data prior to exposure to the market. Of the 6,700 chemicals manufactured or imported into the U.S., only 200 of them have been tested for health effects. And what testing has been done has been done individually, not addressing the impact exposures to many chemicals at once, which is what we all have, being out and about in the world. So what we now know is that these chemicals are hormone disruptors, meaning that they interfere with the body’s endocrine system, either causing the body to not create hormones correctly or some even change how your body disposes of them. And we know

that this produces deleterious developmental, reproductive, neurological and immunological effects.

What are the implications for women in particular? This means higher incidences of breast cancer, cervical cancer and infertility issues.

Do we know for certain which chemicals cause these issues?

We do. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is an excellent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization specializing in the area of toxic chemicals and is dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. The organization is known for its popular “Dirty Dozen” list of produce it publishes to let shoppers know which fruits and veggies are most likely to be treated with pesticides. EWG recently listed the top 12 endocrine-altering products. On that list are well known carcinogens like mercury, arsenic, lead, pesticides and BPAs from epoxy plastic, and lesser known ones such as atrazine (a pesticide) and perchlorate, a water contaminant, as well as phthalates, which are plasticizers used in plastic wrap and pill coatings. Others to be aware of are fire retardants frequently applied to furniture, and glycol ethers in paints and cosmetics.

Can you speak to the increased attention paid to women’s cosmetics and personal care products?

It’s been shown that the typical woman has exposed herself to around 30 different chemicals, between

her shampoo, conditioner, lotion, makeup and deodorant, before she walks out the door to go to work. Even feminine care products aren’t safe. For example, maxi pads used to be thick, like a brick, however, in order to make them thin as they have now, they had to change the fabric and use a lot of unhealthy chemicals. Since the vaginal walls are so highly absorbent, there is a risk that these chemicals in the pads can get absorbed and cause harm. There is a website, called EWG’s Skin Deep (, where women can look up the items in their makeup bags and medicine cabinets to check for toxic ingredients.

What else should we be thinking about in terms of where we might be exposing ourselves and our families to toxins? If you live in an urban environment, exhaust is problematic. And then there’s food; many of us are good about eating organic, but most of the chemicals that are put in pesticides are hormone disruptors. Also, even when we do the right thing and buy organic, many of us go home and store those fruits and veggies in plastic bags, where we are exposed to BPAs and BPBs. Something else to think about is medicines. The coating that’s on our medicine has phthalates in it, and those are also hormone disruptors. That is part of why I appreciate being an herbalist; when we use herbs, we don’t have to worry about this particular issue.


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“I place basil as the number one herb in popularity, as well as heat tolerance,” says Cristina Spindler, owner of the Peconic River Herb Farm, in Calverton, New York. “Basil actually prefers heat.” There are many types, and greenleafed culinary varieties are easy to grow through the summer, provided they’re not allowed to dry out. Two particularly heat-hardy types are purpleleafed varieties such as red rubin and African blue, which debuted in 1983. “Purple basil is shockingly fragrant and beautiful on the plate. Plus, it’s easy to grow in a small space and produces quickly,” says Lisa Kessler, who

for several years has co-owned with her husband, Ben, the White Hills Lavender and Herb Farm, in Dearing, Georgia. “The flowering tops are usable as herbs and as beautiful cut flowers, so don’t toss them away.” “African blue basil flourishes in summer heat and is an especially beneficial nectar plant for bees and other pollinators,” says Traci Anderson, who has been running Seminole Springs Herb Farm, in Eustis, Florida, in their family for more than 20 years. Vigorous and heavy-flowering, it can grow to over three feet tall, and usually persists as a perennial in Florida, Texas and other mild winter climates.

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Rosemary is the most adaptable and heat tolerant of Mediterranean herbs; it can be grown as a perennial where soil doesn’t freeze hard in winter. “My top herb garden choice for the hot, humid

conditions in the South is Tuscan blue rosemary, because it is beautiful, easy to grow and is wonderful in all kinds of foods and products,” Kessler says. “It blooms in several seasons and provides bees with off-season food.” Thyme is a top cooking herb, although too much summer rain can lead to mildew and leaf blight. This rarely happens with Summer savory, which has a punchy flavor that Spindler describes as “a peppery cross between oregano and thyme that’s perfect on all of the classic summer veggies—squash, green beans, tomatoes and corn.” Kessler recommends oregano as part of our summer planting list. “Let your kids or grandkids have the experience of putting it in the pasta sauce. It’s easy to grow in a small herb garden and will last through the winter in most parts of the South.” An unrelated tropical plant from Africa with strong oregano flavor, the leaves of variegated Cuban oregano are pretty enough to grow alongside flowers, and the plants thrive in humid heat. Cuban oregano readily grows through hot summers, and the plants produce more leaves each time leaf tips are harvested.

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In Central Florida, Anderson recommends culantro, aka Mexican coriander, as a summer herb different from the better-known cilantro. “Culantro equals

the flavor of cilantro, but with no bitter or medicinal aftertaste.” A great longterm performer, it continues producing flavorful new leaves even after the plant starts blooming. Anderson also suggests growing West Indian lemongrass for its fragrant leaves and thick stalks. A vigorous, clump-forming grass, lemongrass can be grown in containers anywhere or served as an edible ornamental in landscapes where summers are hot. “Lemongrass enjoys a sunny and moist environment, so it benefits from being near an air conditioner drain or downspout,” she advises.

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or millennia, the Jewish people and other religious groups have marked holy time. They have marked the passage of time with rituals, and have used ceremonies to formally acknowledge life cycle and important events. Rituals help people recognize and sacralize life experiences. There are the traditional rituals for Shabbat and holidays, and life cycle. Yet, in this abundance of ritual, there is a noticeable absence of ceremonies stemming from women’s creative impulses and affirming women’s life experiences. In the Bible, there are a number of examples of women’s life cycle ceremonies. The story of Hannah (Samuel 1:21-28) illustrates a woman’s weaning ritual. The women of the community go to lament the daughter of Yiftach (Judges 11:34-40) each year. A red thread is wound around a newborn (Genesis 38:28). Today we live in an atypical era with a lack of these types of women’s ceremonies. We feel the cravings in our souls. The forces of modernity and the predominantly (male) secular culture have obliterated the existence of authentic women’s rites. Today as women’s status and power grow, women are reclaiming the right to ritualize their own life experience. The ceremonies are created as the need arises. Rituals are developed in response to life’s dramatic moments,

such as reaching a 60th birthday, an adoption, a breast reduction, a miscarriage or menopause. Each of these contains a component for healing, to process the trauma or the complexity of the situation, and to acknowledge both the grief and joy each moment holds. What makes them authentic?— discovering, creating and sanctifying the holy moments of our lives; marking the loss and gain of the moment; recognizing the Divinity in each day. There are many new, creative options to mark formerly private or unacknowledged moments. With a trained guide or spiritual counsel, each woman can create her own ceremony as needed. Women have produced powerful healing rituals for menopause, infertility, abortion, surviving breast cancer and, of course, joyous rituals for occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries are also prevalent. What healing ritual might we add to our lives? The options are as varied and limitless as women themselves.

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Making an Anti-Aging Plan Healthy Hormone Levels and Weight Control Contribute to Vibrant Health by Monica Gavin and Gisele Siebold


he goal of anti-aging medicine is to maintain the body’s health and vitality as it ages. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and weight loss are both parts of an antiaging treatment plan that can improve people’s lives in a variety of ways.

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It’s important to note the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Because synthetic hormones do not match the molecular structure of human hormones, they often result in unpleasant side effects, some as severe as cancers and cardiovascular issues. Conversely, bioidentical hormones, derived from natural plant sources, provide an exact match to those produced by the human body, offering relief from symptoms while minimizing the potentially dangerous side effects. As Marla Viturello, of Philadelphia Professional Compounding Pharmacy, states, “The value of customized BHRT is critical in restoring balance. Because these prescriptions are naturally derived and can be compounded in different strengths and dosage forms, patients can benefit from a regimen designed for their distinctive needs.” While most people are aware of traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT), key misconceptions still exist. HRT is most typically associated with women and menopause. And while it’s true that many women seek out help for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, BHRT can offer benefits far beyond this one issue. Popular misconceptions about BHRT include: BHRT is for women only. The truth is that men can suffer the effects of declin32

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ing hormones just as much as women do. Symptoms of andropause (often referred to as male menopause) include decreased libido and muscle mass, impotence and mood and sleep disorders. Sleeplessness is an inevitable part of modern life. Insufficient sleep can have a detrimental effect on health and negatively affect all other areas of life. Sound sleep is possible at any age and is often a reflection of proper hormonal balance. Declining enthusiasm for life is a natural result of growing older. While life events can certainly present challenges at times, middle age is not a disease of waning vitality. Restoring hormonal balance can elevate and even out mood, resulting in a better overall outlook and renewed flair for life. Memory and concentration naturally decrease with age. Properly balanced hormones can and often do greatly help to restore cognitive function, resolving what many term “foggy thinking”. After BHRT, patients often report that they are better able to concentrate at work, with sharper thinking skills. Decreased libido is a normal part of aging. The truth is that libido is a direct reflection of hormonal balance, in both men and women. Restoring the proper balance of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone to optimal levels will restore the libido, enabling patients to have a healthy, fulfilling sex life at any age. Considering each of these benefits, it’s easy to see that the number one benefit of BHRT is a greatly improved quality of life.

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An improved quality of life may be linked to weight loss for some people. Azani Medical Spa, in Bethlehem, offers an HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) medical weight loss plan that is medically supervised. A consultation with the medical practitioner determines if the plan is appropriate for an individual. Patients that participate follow a specific diet regimen for six weeks, while receiving hormone injections. “Results vary by patient, but on average, female patients shed 20 pounds and male patients shed 30 pounds during the six-week period,” notes Gavin. Helpful suggestions for maintaining the weight loss are provided to plan participants. Treating the cause rather than the symptoms restores balance to the body, making vibrant health and vitality possible at any age. Monica Gavin, MD, is a diplomate of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. She provides BHRT services in Bethlehem and Hatboro. For more information, call 610-625-3000 or visit AzaniMedicalSpa. com. See ad, page 10. Philadelphia Professional Compounding Pharmacy is located at 23 S. York Rd., in Hatboro. For more information, call 877-637-7727 or visit PPCPharmacy. com. See ad, page 10. Gisele Siebold is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. Connect at


The Lotus Project The Art of Being a Woman by Carrie Jackson


n The Lotus Project: The Art of Being a Woman, Bucks County-based author Lyn Hicks offers a fresh perspective on the intricate and beautifully complex female body, mind and spirit. Drawing from personal experiences, ancient wisdom, current research and time-honored practices, Hicks eloquently and articulately reminds women of their gifts and encourages readers to connect with their deepest selves. Much of the book focuses on having women honor their nurturing, empathetic, emotional side instead of fighting it. Hicks also encourages women to use their sexual and creative energy for self-development and empowerment, and gives them permission to be alluring, playful, meandering and sensual. This energy can help women to feel more authentic, inspired and alive. Hicks poses questions to readers for self-reflection and introspection in order to move forward: Are you aligned? Do you know what you’re doing and where you want to go? Readers are reminded that women are more than just their physical bodies, and that they need to be open to possibilities all around instead of going through life with blinders on their eyes. She makes the point that women naturally have different avenues for coping with stress than men do. While men tend to rest, women need to nest and will spend time cleaning their homes, making things neat and creating order and beauty. They will work in the

garden because it helps to promote life and a connection to nature. Understanding and honoring these differences will make home and work environments more harmonious. Overall wellness starts with a healthy body, but nourishment can come from many sources. Hicks writes that oxygen, food and high impressions are the triad of self-nourishment. Oxygen comes from breath that energizes and detoxifies us. Food should be prepared and consumed mindfully and in a manner that respects the body as well as Mother Nature. High impressions include inspiring activities, prayer, uplifting sounds and nature. Hicks highlights other practices and activities that promote overall health, including acupuncture, cleansing and detoxification, reiki, yoga and eliminating harsh chemicals from the household and garden. She encourages maintaining

Lyn Hicks relationships with other women and cultivating an awareness of a deeper level of existence and perception. The book also includes a detailed list of simple practices women can do every day to feel more grounded. It outlines exercises for deep breathing, conscious eating, dancing with one’s spirit, chakra clearing and a special Manipura chakra energy release at the solar plexus, where energy, fire and digestion are regulated. The Lotus Project is a powerful, enlightening, informative read with practical and innovative ways to celebrate the strong and alluring complexities of being a woman. The Lotus Project: The Art of Being a Woman is available for purchase at For more information, visit See ad, page 20. Carrie Jackson is a frequent writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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It is important to Reed that a client have proper support once her work is completed, so she works with healthcare professionals that are providing other services to her clients and views everyone as a fertility team. What she offers is separate, distinct, effective and brief. With her (in) fertility program, Reed addresses factors that challenge fertility, such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), blocked fallopian tubes, unknown fertility challenges and secondary fertility challenges, such as when a woman has had one baby, but cannot conceive another. Her second program within the clinic addresses pelvic dysfunction. Reed assists women that have had menstrual issues or disorders throughout their lives and treatment for a retroverted uterus, pelvic floor disorders, pelvic prolapse and incontinence issues. “Although most of my clients initially feel broken or depressed with their fertility challenges, I love offering gentle and natural pre-conceptive options for these women to return to wholeness in order to optimize a safe and healthy pregnancy,” shares Reed. The (In) Fertility Center is located at 107 N. Main St., Ste. 5, in Mansfield. Appointments for treatments are being scheduled for Jul. at 607-742-8707. For more information, visit In-FertilityCenter. org. See ad, page 11. Gisele Siebold is a contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect with her at

lished in the journal Neurology, a 22 percent reduction in the number of headaches during hormone therapy was offset by a 40 percent increase in headaches after the study ended. n Headache is a frequently reported side effect of hormonal contraception and a leading reason given for contraceptive discontinuation. n Studies indicate that the use of combined oral contraceptives in women with migraines may further increase the risk for stroke. The bottom line: know the facts. There are 150 different types of headaches. Therefore, it is vitally important that one’s doctor is provided with as much information as possible about the kinds of headaches being experienced in order to make informed decisions about treatment.

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n enormous amount of information exists on the subject of headaches. Unfortunately, sometimes that information isn’t completely accurate, nor does it tell the whole story. That can be a big problem, especially for women with chronic headaches. According to research published by Columbia University in The Journal of Gender-Specific Medicine, women are three times more likely than men to suffer from migraines, 18 percent versus 6 percent, respectively. In the United States, those numbers are even worse. A study by AMPP Advisory Group shows a staggering 43 percent of American women are affected by migraines. And yet, in spite of this, there is a preponderance of research involving animal pain studies that use male subjects to study this predominantly female disorder. It is known that hormones can play a major role in many women’s headaches by affecting blood vessels in the head. Migraines in women often emerge after menarche and occur more frequently preceding or during menstruation. They also often decrease during pregnancy and menopause. But the exact cause of migraines is unknown. Yes, blood vessels are affected by hormones, but that does not necessarily make them the true underlying cause of headaches. Many women experience improvement or even complete resolution after non-medication-related services, such as upper cervicalspecific treatment. Therefore, before consenting to hormone therapy for headaches, the following facts bear considering: n Hormone therapy has a questionable track record of success for women with headaches. In a research study pub-

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Taggart Siegel Seeks to Seed an Agricultural Revolution by April Thompson


or more than 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced award-winning films on little-known aspects of the natural and cultural world. His diverse documentaries range from the story of a Hmong shaman immigrant adjusting to American life to a Midwestern organic farmer that salvaged his family’s farm. Siegel’s latest film, Seed: The Untold Story, follows global seed keepers from Minnesota to India battling multinational agribusinesses in a quest to protect our agricultural heritage and food sources—ancient seeds passed down through untold generations. Interviews with farmers, ethnobotanists and activists explore the importance of the genetic material that these tiny time capsules carry. Siegel is the founder and executive director of Collective Eye Films, a nonprofit media company in Portland, Oregon. He co-directed and produced this latest offering with documentary filmmaker Jon Betz, with backing from Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei.

Why does the colossal loss of food crop diversity during the past century matter? Up to 96 percent of seed varieties have been lost since 1903. During this period, we have destroyed the infrastructure of traditional agriculture: 10,000 years of seeds saved from families and farmers. It threatens our survival. We 36

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can’t rely on genetically modified seeds to see us through climate changes. We need nongenetically engineered seed varieties like the thousands of different types of rice grown in India to be able to adapt to extreme events like floods and droughts. Universal responsibility to save seeds began to dwindle in the 1920s, when hybrid corn crops came onto the market, promising higher yields; instead of growing crops from seeds saved, borrowed or shared with neighbors, farmers bought seeds from stores. In the 1990s, huge corporations bought up some 20,000 seed companies, and the number of cultivated seed varieties dropped precipitously. Ten agrichemical companies now control more than two-thirds of the global seed market.

How do hybrid seeds differ from open-pollinated seeds?  You cannot save a hybrid seed; if you try to use it, the results are unreliable. Hybrids are engineered to be planted for one year only. With open-pollinated and heirloom seeds, you’re planting reliable seeds saved from year to year, generation to generation, bred for the consistency of their qualities. Indigenous people in Mexico’s Oaxaca Valley, for example, have successfully cultivated local seeds for at least 8,700 years, right up to today. Hybrids require high levels of chemical inputs to produce.

ing the contrast, Hopi corn, grown for thousands of years, requires little water and contains much more protein than today’s commercial crops, without poisoning the land with heavy industrial inputs. The Hopi think of seeds as their children, intimately connected with their heritage and culture, so they protect them. Beyond big, strong crops, farming is a spiritual act.

Why do so many farmers voluntarily choose hybrid seeds, given the troubling issues involved? Most farmers just want streamlined labor and the biggest yield. Often, commodity crops using commercial seeds and chemical fertilizers have the biggest yield and make them the most money, even though severe downsides like the loss of flavor and nutrients mean it’s ultimately not the best result. In India, more than 250,000 farmers have committed suicide during the past 20 years to escape onerous debts accrued to purchase industrialized agricultural inputs. An Indian seed salesman interviewed for the film despairs, “The seeds we sell don’t taste good and require so many chemicals that many farmers kill themselves.”

What is the seed-saver movement achieving, and how can everyday gardeners and citizens take action? Seed libraries and banks are critically important because the seeds are adapted to the local environment. Seed libraries have multiplied from only a handful a few years ago to as many as 300 located in towns across America today. Public libraries check out seeds to plant in your garden, asking only that you return harvested seeds for others to enjoy. Farmers can now “back up” their seeds in local seed banks, which are also becoming important educational resources to teach students about these issues. To locate a screening or purchase a DVD of the film, visit Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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oylestown Food Market is partnering with County Theater to continue its Farm Fresh Film Series with the documentary Food For Change. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the film starting at 7:30 p.m., on May 18, followed by an expert panel discussion at County Theater, in Doylestown. Food For Change is an 82-minute documentary film by award-winning filmmaker and co-op member Steve Alves that focuses on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. This is the first film to examine the historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods and their current efforts to create regional food systems. Additionally, the film shows how cooperatives today strengthen local economies and build food security. The goal of the Farm Fresh Film Series is to educate a wide audience about the principles of cooperation with a focus on healthy food and a healthy economy. Doylestown Food Market encourages attendees to invite family, friends and neighbors to this and other films in the series. “Natural Awakenings is proud to be a sponsor of this program,” says BuxMont publisher Karen G. Meshkov. “We know that food is medicine, and it’s at the root of our health and well-being. We also know that when we produce food locally, with the community’s input, we can make cleaner, healthier choices for ourselves and our planet.”

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hen dietary concerns, food sensitivities or curiosity prompt us to try alternative milks, it helps to know the basic facts about the leading types, to choose the best ones for us.

Almond Milk

Pro: Almond milk is low in fat and can be easily made at home, so ingredients are known. One cup of homemade almond milk has about 40 calories, one gram of protein, 6 percent of the daily value (DV) for calcium, three grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. As for storebought options, one cup of Silk Organic Almond Original contains 60 calories, with one gram of protein, 10 percent DV for calcium, two-and-a-half grams of fat and eight grams of carbohydrates. Con: Almond milk is neither high in protein nor calcium; it’s not as nutritionally packed as other alternatives. Some might not care for the faint nutty flavor.

Coconut Milk

Pro: Dr. Josh Axe, a functional medicine physician who owns the popular natural health website,, and the Exodus Health Center, near Nashville, Tennessee, points out, “High in mediumchain triglycerides, coconut milk is a very filling, fat-burning food.” One cup of homemade coconut milk has about 38

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450 calories, six grams of protein and 64 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper. Canned coconut milk is similar: one cup of Native Forest Unsweetened Coconut Milk Classic contains 420 calories, three grams of protein and 45 grams of fat, plus trace minerals such as manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and copper in each cup. Con: High in fat and calories, coconut milk may not be the best choice for drinking every day, but is delicious in Asian-style soups and curries.

Hemp Milk

Pro: Hemp milk, made from hulled hemp seeds, contains 10 essential amino acids, including key fats. “Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are vital for healthy functioning of the brain,” says Axe. Hemp milk works well for people with tree nut allergies. One cup of Pacific Hemp Original has 140 calories, three grams of protein, 50 percent DV for calcium, five grams of fat and 20 grams of carbohydrates. Living Harvest Tempt Hemp Milk has 80 calories per cup, two grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, eight grams of fat and one gram of carbohydrates. Con: Grassy-tasting hemp milk tends to separate in hot coffee.

Pro: High in vitamins and calcium when fortified, rice milk made from brown rice is also high in vitamins. According to Ted Kallmyer, author of Flexible Dieting, in Bend, Oregon, rice milk is the least likely alternative milk to trigger an allergy. One cup of Pacific Rice Milk has 130 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, two grams of fat and 37 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Rice Dream Organic Rice Drink has 120 calories, one gram of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, 2.5 grams of fat and 23 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Low in fat and protein, it’s also relatively high in carbohydrates. It has a less creamy texture than hemp, coconut or soy milks.

Soy Milk

Pro: Soy milk provides more protein than other alternative milks. Look for a calcium-fortified, organic brand that doesn’t contain the thickening agent carrageenan, suggests Dr. Andrew Weil, founding director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, in Tucson. Different brands have different nutritional components. For example, one cup of Organic Valley Soy Original has 100 calories per cup, with seven grams of protein, 30 percent DV for calcium, three grams of fat and 11 grams of carbohydrates. One cup of Organic EdenSoy Extra Original Soymilk contains 130 calories, with 11 grams of protein, 20 percent DV for calcium, four grams of fat and 13 grams of carbohydrates. Con: Some people might not like the thick texture and soy aftertaste. Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, in New York City, says that limiting soy is a good idea due to soy’s prevalent pesticide saturation and its researched links to thyroid, endocrine system and sex hormone dysfunction ( If soy is eaten, “Choose certified organic, soy products—preferably fermented versions like miso, natto and tempeh—with the Non-GMO Project seal; and do so sparingly, no more than twice a week,” advises Lipman. Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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eaching me how to steer the 30-foot-long sailboat he built, my father would say, “It’s the sail that follows the wind, and the rudder that follows the sail.” The sail, by its nature, will catch the wind and lean into it. The rudder is for steering once we’ve set sail. Our soul is like a sail. Once hoisted, it’s filled by the wind of Spirit, which establishes our course and direction. Our will is our rudder; its job is to follow where the soul filled with Spirit leads, helping to steer our way. When we lean on will to make things happen, we can grow stubborn, confused or lost. Clear sailing comes when we’re being carried toward a vision greater than our self, feeling wholly alive along the way. Scudding along the sea, my father was living once for all time, feeling the sensation of all life in that moment. We all yearn to live in these moments forever, yet even a taste of aliveness can fill, sustain and refresh us in the midst of daily tasks. We all face times beyond our control when life doesn’t follow our designs and we’re asked to work with life and not fight, curse or hide from it. When insisting on our way, we can get so tangled in our will that we can’t find or feel the wind of Spirit. During these times—when we fear there is no meaning and it seems there’s nothing holding us up—our will can puff, snap and flap

about in a desperate attempt to fill what looms as an empty life. But even setting out on the sea, it’s never easy. My father remarked, “It’s always harder to sail toward a fixed point, because you will inevitably have to cross the wind several times to get there.” By contrast, a boat moves its fastest and cleanest when it simply follows the wind. It’s the same when we listen for where life is taking us, instead of busily thinking about where we’re going. Devoting ourselves to experiencing the journey, rather than determining a destination, we discover our way. Like a sail, our life must be out in the open before the wind will show its face. Likewise, Spirit fills us when we can inhabit our true nature. We miss what awaits us if we hover too close to the shore of our past, our family, someone else’s dream for us, or an old identity. To feel the wind in our face, we must leave the shallows and harbors for the deep. Only then will the larger, timeless destination show itself and our soul be filled enough with Spirit that our smaller self will have no choice but to engage in steering us toward all that matters. Adapted excerpt from The One Life We’re Given: Finding the Wisdom that Waits in Your Heart, by Mark Nepo (Atria). Connect at and


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f you could have changed it any other way, you would have already. If willpower could be successfully leveraged against the issue you have struggled with year after year, it would be a non-issue now. If a well written pop psychology self-help book could have fixed the issue burdening you, it would be fixed. If a weekend skill development workshop could shift the issue that plagues you, it wouldn’t still be a burden. There are many short-term psychological/social/intra-psychic/relational interventions that can radically change our lives. Sometimes even a walk in the woods, a well-timed song and, of course, conversations and community can shift and awaken us in a way that brings about core changes in how we see ourselves, our worlds and our relationships. Sometimes these interventions are hit or miss, but even then, well worth it. The self is inherently growth and change filled, and the activities we place in our lives are what will dictate the direction and shape those changes take. But some of our struggles are particularly stubborn. There are certain issues that we feel helpless to change after years of effort. That is because these are issues embedded in the core recess of our psyches before we had full functioning as thinkers or were creators of our own destinies; namely, childhood.

For instance—the debate about the cup half full or the cup half empty. That world view isn’t about personality or disposition or even choice. It is a direct reflection of whether or not we experienced the world, as an infant, as a place where our basic needs were going to be met. It is a reflection of how long we had to wait to be tended to, with feeding and changing and cuddling, and whether when tended to we typically received enough of what we needed or only some of what we needed. So if we are someone who didn’t really get tended to in a generous way in the first few months of life, and then that pattern repeated over and over through childhood, we are living with a narrative “truth” that is so deeply embedded in our psyches, that it is not enough to tell ourselves a new narrative.

No amount of positivity training books and workshops and suggestions is going to shift that perspective. The person that views the world as unlikely to meet their needs can learn a new reality. But it takes time, and relationship. Long-term therapy provides a context and opportunity for this kind of deep, core change. In the container that is the therapy relationship, we can identify the many experiences that built our narrative. We will encounter the moments in our childhood where we learned the cup was half empty, and that we were not going to receive enough to have our needs met. In the containment of the therapeutic relationship, we will grieve those moments, and the resulting induction into a world view that served to limit the joy we were able to see and take in as adults. As we successfully grieve the absences of our childhood, the psychotherapist will be able to help us note post-childhood experiences in our lives, including with the therapist, when the world and its relationships provided enough. Over time, just as in childhood, the repetition of these new experiences and new awareness will help us write a new story. Once that work is in place, we’ll find that everything else we do— whether it’s a one-day retreat or a jog on the beach—will fill our cup. Karen L. Smith, MMS, LCSW, is the director of Full Living: a Psychotherapy Practice, which serves the Greater Philadelphia area. For more information, call 215-494-7818, email or visit See ad, page 25.

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Preparing for Past Life Regression Therapy Getting Inside, but Not in Over, Your Head by Elaine Berk


ome people wish to do Past Life Regression Therapy (PLRT) work but have anxiety about the process and what they will learn about themselves. For many, anxiety about the unknown is a normal response. Knowing more about what kind of professional should be sought and what the process involves will help people as they consider this kind of therapy. PLRT is powerful work, and healing and transformation usually continue after the session for days, weeks and sometimes months as the experience and healing are integrated. For this reason, it is important to work with an experienced professional, preferably someone that has the background and credentials in PLRT and psychotherapy to assist in any issues that arise during or after sessions. During a PLRT session, a therapist guides the participant to retrieve and (re)experience past life information that comes to them by way of all six senses. As that process unfolds, a slow unraveling of what occurred in that lifetime will come into awareness, bit by bit, in the form of mental pictures, emotions and intuitive insights as the journey of that lifetime becomes increasingly clear. Each lifetime we have lived is stored in our cellular memory, so it is only a matter of accessing and retrieving it. The memories one accesses are the stories of one’s prior lifetime(s). Each person must decide for him/herself if it is “real” or not. Most who (re) experience a past life will attest to the very real and visceral emotions and physical feelings they experienced dur-

ing the session. To these individuals, it is undeniably real. When one is telling a fictionalized story, it doesn’t evoke the same type and degree of emotion. Imagining losing a loved one in a fictionalized story may cause sadness and upset, but reliving a lifetime in which a loved one was lost leads to feeling something much deeper—perhaps overwhelming grief and despair—feelings that can also be experienced in the physical body. That being said, even if the lifetime were an “imagined” story, it still has therapeutic benefit. For example, if a person in this lifetime has a fear of heights and in their past life they fell off of a cliff—whether fact or fiction, it is still therapeutically beneficial in helping a person with their fear of heights. Viewed from a non-believer’s perspective, the person’s subconscious created that story for a reason: it is a self-created therapeutic metaphor and the therapeutic outcome is the same.

The life may take unexpected turns, but eventually the end of that lifetime is reached. It is at the point of death and beyond that the nature of the session changes from “being guided to retrieve and re-experience” to “processing and gaining deeper insight, understanding and wisdom”—and the healing and transformation unfolds. Elaine Berk, MEd, CHt, CPLT, is the owner of Past Life Regression Therapy PA. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and many years of experience as a psychotherapist. She is certified by the American Medical and Dental Association as a hypnotherapist and has trained extensively with many pioneers in the field of Past Life Therapy. Location: 110 N. State St., Newtown. For more information, call 215-9701534 or visit See ad, page 39.

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River Yoga 5667 York Rd, Lahaska 215-794-1890

BUCKS COUNTY Bikram Yoga Doylestown 1717 S Easton Rd, Doylestown 570-977-6689

Shine Yoga Center 601 W Market St, Perkasie 267-221-0980

Blossom Yoga 2324 2nd Street Pike, Newtown 215-416-3252

Sun Dog Yoga Studio 17 W State St, Ste 1, Doylestown 215-230-4031

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Tristana Yoga Studio 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown 267-245-4140

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Yoga Vibhuti 77 2nd Street Pike, Southampton 215-514-6065 Yogasphere 18 Swamp Rd, Newtown 215-579-6130

Dragonfly Yoga Studio & Massage Therapy 156 Green St, Doylestown 215-622-4612


Moondog Yoga Studio 44 Front St, Quakertown 267-374-4046

Amma Yanni Yoga Center & School 827 Glenside Ave, Wyncote 215-572-9881

Park Club Fitness and Wellness 620 W Chestnut St, Ste 101, Perkasie 215-257-8877

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Jenkintown Hot Yoga 409 Old York Rd, Jenkintown 215-478-1701 Nourishing Storm 124 N York Rd, Hatboro 215-394-8152 SSP Yoga 400 Commerce Dr, Fort Washington • 610-656-6041 Tara Yoga 1134 Easton Rd, Abington 215-305-8325 Twisted Monkey 501 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge 215-379-1046

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Local Yoga Whole Body Yoga Studio 103 E Walnut St, North Wales 215-661-0510 Yoga Evolution/MomentOM 261 Old York Rd, Jenkintown 215-885-1800 WESTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY Aim High Studio 3015 W Germantown Pike, Norristown • 484-686-0067

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savethedate The Functional Forum Local Meetup Visit Website for May Meetup Date and Time For health professionals and medical community stakeholders interested in functional and integrative medicine, Natural Awakenings BuxMont presents The Functional Forum, a monthly medical conference for like-minded, local providers to network, brainstorm and ideate. Fun, “medutainment” format brings together current health news and research, practice development and health technology in a lively, interactive, video-based platform. Sponsored by Metagenics. Giant Supermarket, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove

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FRIDAY, MAY 5 Fun First Friday at the Market – 5-7pm. Enjoy an amazing collection of local musicians and songwriters: Ryan (from Sonnder), Heat Thunder (Joe Montone), Nathan Allebach, and Isabel Girona will be rotating throughout the night. While enjoying the tunes, meet Facundo of Luhv Foods, our featured producer of the month, and taste their famous vegan black bean burgers. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Info@ C’mon! Get Happy Hour – 6:30-7:30pm. Let your soul shine. Learn practical, simple tips and techniques to blend relaxation and joy into everyday living. It’s a new kind of happy hour. Presented by Inner Spa. Inner Spa, 4 Terry Dr, Ste 12, Newtown. 215-968-9000.


MONDAY, MAY 1 Kick the Sugar Habit – 6:30-7:30pm. We are surrounded by sugar. It’s even in places we may not think of. All that sweet stuff is not so sweet for our health. Kicking the sugar habit can have positive effects on promoting health and it’s easier than you may think. Presented by Inner Spa. McCaffrey’s Market, 635 Heacock Rd, Yardley. 215-968-9000.

TUESDAY, MAY 2 Free Information Session on dTMS – 6-7pm. 1st Tuesday. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center will host free information sessions on Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), a holistic, non-invasive, FDA-cleared option to treat depressive symptoms. Learn how dTMS works and who can be treated. Hear patient testimonials. Refreshments served. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center, 16 S Main St, Quakertown. Preregister: Tracy Semmel, 215-538-3403 ext. 314.

THURSDAY, MAY 4 Diabetes Care Class – 1-2pm. Adults. Join your specially trained pharmacist and nutritionist for practical tips on managing diabetes and pre-diabetes. Free. Giant Food Stores, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call Willow Grove Pharmacy, 215-784-1964.


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Birding Field Trip to GROWS – 7-11am. BCAS and Waste Management are providing birders with a unique opportunity – a birding trip to the private GROWS Landfill. This expedition will focus on waterfowl. $5. Meet at BCAS (2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope) at 7am to carpool, or meet us there. To register, please call 215-297-5880. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. Diane Smith. event/waterfowl-birding-field-trip/.

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Transformation Yoga Donation Class – 5-6pm. Every Sunday, Transformation Yoga provides mindfulness based, trauma sensitive yoga to develop skills to navigate life with comfort and ease. Perfect class for beginners. Suggested donation $10 to benefit Transformation Yoga Project, a non-profit that serves people impacted by trauma and addiction. Twisters Wellness Center, 131 E Butler Ave, Ambler. 215-654-5393. Cheryl@Transformation

MONDAY, MAY 8 Free DUSC Demo – 10am. Are you or someone you love struggling with infertility, menstrual pain/ irregularity or incontinence? Learn how to do the Displaced Uterus Self Check at the Bellows Health Systems complex community resource room. Free. 107 N Main St, Mansfield. 607-742-8707. Download a free DUSC guide at Digestive Health Basics – 6:30-7:30pm. Digestive health goes beyond occasional tummy trouble; it affects almost every system in the body, including immunity. Learn the basics about the digestive system and how lifestyle choices impact how it functions. Includes a brief description of colon hydrotherapy

and its role in gut health. Presented by Inner Spa. McCaffrey’s Market, 635 Heacock Rd, Yardley. 215-968-9000.

TUESDAY, MAY 9 Food For Thought Book Club – 6:15-8pm. All are welcome to join Doylestown Food Market members to discuss Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal. We meet every second Tuesday of the month. Bringing snacks to share is optional. The Doylestown Book Shop offers a 20% discount on book selections for the club. Everyone welcome. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Info@Doylestown. coop. Learn Fairy Tarot Card / Dress Like a Fairy – 6:30-8pm. Spring is the perfect time to embrace your inner fairy by dressing up (if you wish) and learning all about these wonderful fairy tarot cards. We’ll learn how to read the fairy tarot and go over how to invite the fairies into your garden and your life. $35 to register. $20 to instructor for cards. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. 215-740-1354. Info@Anahata

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 6 Weeks to A New You – 7-7:30pm. Interested in losing 20-35 pounds in 6 weeks? Come out to hear about the doctor supervised ChiroThin weight loss program. There’s no shakes or prepackaged food. Learn how to eat real food in combination with the homeopathic ChiroThin supplement to meet your weight loss goals. Call today to reserve your spot. Samsel Integrative Health, 305 Corporate Dr E, Langhorne. 215-944-8424. DrS@SamselHealth. com.

THURSDAY, MAY 11 Managing Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity – 1-2pm. Adults. Do you have celiac disease or a sensitivity to gluten? Sample new gluten-free foods in our Cooking School and go on a glutenfree store tour. Free. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960.

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Cost: $80/ticket Spring Mill Manor 171 Jacksonville Rd, Ivyland

Kristin Chapin, 215-953-7793 x112

ThetaHealing Guided Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. We experience a theta brainwave state every night when we sleep and dream. The guided meditations in this workshop will help you achieve a theta state while you are awake. In theta, you have access to the energy of all that is and can receive intuitive guidance & even manifest your dreams. $20. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, N Wales. Patty Ferry, 215661-0510.

FRIDAY, MAY 12 Kids Cook Under 5: Butterfly Bites – 10am or 3pm. Kids with parents. Interactive kids’ class that will teach basic kitchen skills to create nutritious and delicious snacks. Recommended for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown. To register, call nutritionist Rabiya Bower, 215-836-4300.

SATURDAY, MAY 13 Calling All Kids! – 10am or noon. Kids & adults. Recommended for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Join our in-store nutritionist as she offers some nutritious, yummy snacks for kids to assemble and sample. Guardian attendance required. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1201 Knapp Rd, North Wales. To register, call nutritionist Christina Fava, 215-661-1025. Luhv is At The Market – 10am-1pm. Meet Facundo of Luhv Foods and try out the popular vegan black bean burgers. This may be your new go to for any non-meat burger. Luhv clearly demonstrates that vegan can be awesome. Save 20% all month on Luhv at Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Info@Doylestown. coop. Hope Hill Lavender Farm Plant Sale/Opening Day – 10am-3pm. Enjoy a visit to our lavender farm and new lavender farm store. Our farm store will contain our lavender plants available for sale, our quality lavender products and other unique items. Free. 2375 Panther Valley Rd, Pottsville. 570-6170851.


savethedate Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Bali May 15-20 Join Natassia, RYT-200HR, of Open Center Yoga for a total wellness experience at Sarinbuana Eco Lodge. Clear the mind, cleanse the body and recharge the soul with a 5 night/6 day Vinyasa Yoga immersion. Enjoy daily yoga & meditation, gourmet vegetarian meals and the sights & sounds of Bali, Indonesia. Shared rooms start at $775/student w/ private room/ cabin upgrade options available. Rates include daily yoga, all meals, temple tour & lodging.

Cost: $775 Sarinbuana Eco Lodge Jalan Arjuna, Br. Biyahan, Desa Wanagiri Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia

Natassia Levine, 267-799-8308

Mental Detox: Beyond Affirmations – 6:307:30pm. We have thousands of thoughts each day. Which ones are driving your wellness? If you are stuck in old, limiting patterns, you may need a mental detox. Learn how to harness the power of thoughts that support a foundation of well-being. Presented by Inner Spa. McCaffrey’s Market, 635 Heacock Rd, Yardley. 215-968-9000. Info@Inner

TUESDAY, MAY 16 Going Gluten-Free – 6-7pm. Adults. Is a glutenfree diet right for you? Does it really help you lose weight? Let’s discuss gluten-free diets and how they really affect health. Samples of gluten-free foods will be provided. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown. To register, call nutritionist Rabiya Bower, 215-836-4300.

THURSDAY, MAY 18 Improving Cognitive Vitality – 1-2pm. Adults. Do certain dietary patterns contribute to our brain health? How can we keep mentally sharp as we age? Discuss how certain foods and meal plans will enhance your cognitive function, sample some of these foods in our Cooking School, and then go on a store tour. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960. Femininity Workshop Series – 7-8:30pm. 5/186/8. Learn ways of health and youth, beauty, magnetism and power. Experience this 4-week workshop to learn practices that teach you to honor the sacredness of your feminine body. Embrace your wonderful and powerful self by connecting to the body you have in love and joy with other women. $90. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, N Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@Whole WholeBodyYogaStudio. com/workshops. Food For Change at County Theater – 7:309:30pm. With a focus on food co-ops as a force for dynamic social and economic change in America, this film examines the important historical role played by food co-ops, their pioneering quest for organic foods, and efforts to create regional food systems with a focus on healthy food and a healthy economy. $10. The County Theater, 20 E State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Info@Doylestown. coop.

FRIDAY, MAY 19 Nurture Your Inner Naturalist – 6:30-8pm. In this Nurture Your Inner Naturalist series we’ll explore Composting–A How-to at DelVal’s life science building. We’ll discuss the importance of composting and how you can start at home easily. This is free, but any donations support the mission of providing environmental education. Park off of the New Britain Rd entrance. Delaware Valley University, 700 E Butler Ave, Doylestown. Marissa Farra, 215-297-5880. BCAS. org/event/composting-nurture-your-inner-naturalist.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 Hope Hill Lavender Farm Open – 10am-3pm. Enjoy a visit to our lavender farm and new lavender farm store. Our farm store will contain our lavender plants available for sale, our quality lavender products, and other unique items. Free. 2375 Panther Valley Road, Pottsville. 570-617-0851. HopeHill

savethedate Greenshire Arts Consortium 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown Event Details: Please register for all activities. 215-538-0976 Calling all Holistic Presenters If you’re interested in facilitating your workshop at our center, please contact Greenshire. You Can Heal Your Life: Free Intro May 3, 3:30-4:30pm or 7-8pm Meet facilitator Alyssa Martin, Life Coach and Heal Your Life facilitator. She describes the upcoming series of Heal Your Life classes that relate to the body/mind connection, and how your mindset can affect physical and emotional health. In this series, you are introduced to techniques that help bring your body/mind into a state of well-being. Free. Heal Your Life: Three-Week Experiential May 17, 24, 31. 2:30-4:30pm or 7-9pm A transformational workshop based on Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life. Learn practices that help create a healthy body/mind. Discover beliefs that limit your success in business, financial abundance, intimate relationships, spiritual growth. Understand how your subconscious mind limits the life you desire. Release negative emotions that block you from health and joy. Work with body, mind, emotions and spirit to heal yourself. Your life can be transformed and no longer bound by old beliefs and past experiences. Text: You Can Heal your Life by Louise Hay. Facilitated by Alyssa Martin, Life Coach, Certified Heal Your Life workshop instructor. $90/ first 3 sessions. Option available to register for 3 additional sessions to complete entire series. Spiritual Mysteries: Interfaith Experiential 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm Study group includes discussion, meditation, angelic guides. Sample of topics: Christ consciousness, changing expression of genes, divine mystery in marriage bed, alchemy, attachment vs detachment, soul illumination, balancing feminine and masculine, spiritual initiation, rewriting Akashic Records, exploring your real self, substance of universe... even though subjects presented build upon one another, each meeting is meaningful unto itself. Text: Eighth Gate. Rev. Arlene Curley, Ph.D. $30/session. Healing Sessions: Coming Deeply and Fully into Life By Appointment Restore a natural state of harmony and balance to your entire being at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. Healing sessions include, but are not limited to: reiki, energy balancing, cranio sacral, holistic life counseling, alchemical healing, dream interpretation, life mentoring, spiritual energy healing. Arlene Curley, Ph.D. $75/hr.

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savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown • 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter with updates on seminars and trips. May 13, 2-5pm Akashic Enlightenment  – Ascension, Soul Lineages & Relationships This class goes over the Akashic Enlightenment method with preparatory meditation techniques and how to use the Akashic Enlightenment access prayer to open up your own Akashic Records for self-enlightenment and ascension. Discover your soul lineages and relationships at a soul level and how they can assist your personal growth during these times of great cosmic evolution. Facilitated by Sherry Mosley from California. $75. Doylestown. July 16-21 Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini Located just off the coast of Florida, Bimini is a small island in the Bahamas, renowned for the pods of Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins that call it home. With its warm turquoise waters, Bimini is considered paradise for people seeking to spiritually connect—and swim with these wise and beautiful creatures. We will go out in Captain Al’s boat every afternoon to swim with (but not touch) the dolphins in the sea. We will also snorkel over the Bimini road, reputed to be part of ancient Atlantis. Kelly, a dolphin researcher, will join us on land and sea to share her knowledge of the dolphins. Free time is available to explore the island on golf carts, visit the Healing Hole in the mangroves, see the exquisite Dolphin House, tour the Bimini Museum, relax at the gorgeous beaches, shop at the local markets and get to know new friends. Our private chef will prepare 3 delicious gourmet meals for us every day. He can accommodate special dietary requirements. We have comfortable lodging at the SeaCrest Hotel, just 15 minutes from the airport by water taxi. We can match you with a roommate or single rooms are available for a supplement. This trip is limited to 12 participants and is half-full already. Join us for a trip of a lifetime. Of all the Sacred Journeys that Susan Duval hosts every year, this is her very favorite. Passports are required to travel to the Bahamas. For more details, see the Bimini page on or call 215-3485755.

Chakra Yoga Intensive –10am-4pm. Through yoga practice we bring balance to our energy bodies, the seven chakras. Each chakra interacts with all the other chakras, in addition to our physical, mental and emotional bodies. When we practice yoga with awareness of a particular chakra we bring balance not only to that part of ourselves, but to our whole being. $60. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. 215-740-1354.

savethedate Circle of Miracles Healer and Reader Fair May 20 • 12-6pm Join our open spiritual community for a day of exceptional vibration-raising healers and readers. Take the opportunity to sample mini, 20-min sessions (ex. tarot/angel cards, acupuncture, energy healing) and 45-min groups (ex. channeling, vibration healing, gallery reading, movement classes, meditation). Join in for a community release drumming at 3pm. Yanni Maniates, Christi Maybo, Sheryl Blumenthal, Leslie Ramos, Sharon Kachel, Rhian Lockard to name a few. Vendors and delicious food. BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 2040 Street Rd, Warrington

Lisa Gidholm, 215-499-3211 Falconry Demo – 2-4pm. Watch birds used for Falconry soar and hunt at BCAS. We’re partnering with Baywings Falconry for a falconry demonstration at the visitor center to learn about the art and purpose of falconry from experts and their birds! Register online at demo. $10. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. Diane Smith, 215-2975880. Family Yoga – 3-4pm. This workshop is open to parents and children of any age. Feel free to bring more than one child, your spouse, etc. Children can play (bring a toy if you think they want to do that) or do yoga. Price is per family. $20. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, N Wales. Patty Ferry, 215661-0510. Patty@Whole Chris Westfall Concert – 7:30-9:30pm. Join us as we welcome back singer, songwriter, musician, and Nashville recording artist, Christopher Westfall to celebrate Nature & Earth Day Every Day with us. (Doors open at 7pm). Tickets: $12/person in advance (by 5pm on 5/19) or $15 at the door. Ticket prices apply to all ages. No refunds/exchanges. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter@BucksCounty. org.


See Susan’s website for other upcoming events and sacred journeys!


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1st Annual HCF Walk – 8:30am-noon. Benefits the Healing Consciousness Foundation (HCF) and celebrates our Bucks County Breast Friend Survivors. Walkers have the option to walk 1, 2 & 1/2, or 5 miles and encourage others to sponsor them. Includes a t-shirt, water and refreshments. $25. Warminster Township Park, 1100 Veterans

Way, Warminster. 215-840-8630. Administrator@ event/1st-annual-hcf-walk/. BucksCo Lyme Disease Support Group – 4pm. PA is #1 for Lyme and accounts for 40% of all cases nationwide. Receive self-help information for those with Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. Short guided meditation. Raffle for one month of the Cowden Protocol and lots of other goodies. All welcome. Middletown Municipal Bldg, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne. Evelyn, 215-741-5902. EThrone@

MONDAY, MAY 22 Egyptian Energy Healing – 10am-8pm. Sekhem Seichim, Isis Seichim & Isis Blue Moon Healing help restore your body’s natural energy flow while reducing stress. Experience these ancient methods and allow them to balance your body, mind and soul. Special introductory rate. Call for additional dates & times. $45. Mini session $20. 7237 Hollywood Rd, Fort Washington. 267-354-4530. Medicine Cabinet Makeover – 6:30-7:30pm. What’s in your medicine cabinet? It’s quite possibly filled with products containing chemicals, dyes and preservatives. Learn how to use essential oils and a few common ingredients to help soothe and relieve a host of common ailments... naturally. Presented by Inner Spa. McCaffrey’s Market, 635 Heacock Rd, Yardley. 215-968-9000.

TUESDAY, MAY 23 Lightworker Empowerment Circle – 6:308:30pm. Come and be with others, that are awoken, to further heal self, Earth, and her inhabitants. Karolee Schloth channels energy and information for each group member and opens it up for everyone to share their insights and gifts. We help each of us live the lives we dream of, for ourselves and all of humanity. $25. Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, 703 Harleysville Pike, Harleysville. 215-740-1354.

THURSDAY, MAY 25 Nature Lover’s Book Club – 6:15-8pm. The book club will be discussing H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald. Open to those with a passion for the environment and wants to share and discuss with like-minded individuals. To find questions and a link to purchase the book, visit our blog site. Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. Heidi Shiver, 215-297-5880. Nature Essential Oils for Everyday Use – 7-8pm. Join in the basics of how to make your own household, pet and skin products with essential oils. Calming room freshening spray safe for kids and animals. Ant spray without toxic chemicals. Everyone that attends will receive recipes, samples and a discount on the purchase of oils. $5. The Room at Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. ThetaHealing Guided Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. We experience a theta brainwave state every night when we sleep and dream. The guided meditations in this workshop will help you achieve a theta state while you are awake. In theta, you have access to the energy of all that is and can receive intuitive guidance & even manifest your dreams. $20. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, N Wales. Patty Ferry,

215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. com.

FRIDAY, MAY 26 Free Auricular Medicine Demo for Fertility Challenges – 11am. Wanting a safe and effective treatment for fertility challenges? Join us for this free demonstration to learn about the nervous system and reproductive system connection. 107 N Main St, Mansfield. 607-742-8707. For more information, visit

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 Free Webinar–Recipe for Conception: 15 Superfoods for Fertility – 7pm. Could what you are eating or neglecting to eat be sabotaging your fertility? Join Dr. Reed as she presents 15 critical foods to optimize fertility. Visit to register for this free online event. 107 N Main St, Mansfield. 607-742-8707.

LIKE-MINDED PRACTITIONERS WANTED to share space and resources in Upper Bucks integrative health cooperative. Beautiful, modern, light-filled offices with brick walls. Reasonable rates and terms. Call Kristann, 215-766-1300.

Hope Hill Lavender Farm Open – 10am-3pm. Enjoy a visit to our lavender farm and new lavender farm store. Our farm store will contain our lavender plants available for sale, our quality lavender products, and other unique items. Free. 2375 Panther Valley Road, Pottsville. 570-617-0851. HopeHill

Local Authors Book Event – 2-6pm. Local authors book event and open house celebrating spring rebirth. Local authors giving free lectures on how to create more joy in life. Opening us to wonder of self-care. Lyn Hicks will host the event with light eats, other Meadowbrook educators and our developing spiritual community in Ottsville. The Room at Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. Lyn@HarmonyHillGardens. com.


savethedate Reiki and Intuition Workshop May 28 • 10am-5pm Two-day class designed to help practitioners of all levels and lineages learn how to work with Reiki and intuition together in harmony. Covers Reiki techniques that require intuition in both the Western and Japanese traditions and provides practice in intuitive readings. Instructor is author of Intuitive Reiki for Our Times.

Cost: $250 Dreamcatcher 4049 Skippack Pike, Skippack Amy Rowland, 610-845-3411

MONDAY, MAY 29 Ethereal Crystal Healing – 10am-8pm. Utilizing the energy of crystals and Sekhem/Seichim to provide a powerful energy healing treatment. Relax and restore your body’s energetic harmony. $30 for 30 minutes. Harness the power of love with a Telos Energy treatment for an additional $15. Call for additional dates & times. $30. 7237 Hollywood Rd, Fort Washington. 267-354-4530.

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Free DUSC Demo – 11am. Are you or someone you love struggling with infertility, menstrual pain/ irregularity or incontinence? Learn how to do the Displaced Uterus Self Check at the Bellows Health Systems complex community resource room. Free. 107 N Main St, Mansfield. 607-742-8707. Download a free DUSC guide at


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plan ahead savethedate Foundations of Trauma Sensitive Yoga June 17 • 11am-6pm Transformation Yoga Project is offering a special training for yoga teachers, social workers and committed yoga practitioners interested in working with people that have been impacted by trauma and/or addiction.

Cost: Early Bird special – $125 per person until May 15, then $150. Limited to 35 participants. Yoga Garden Training Center 114 Forrest Ave, Narberth 484-730-1999

savethedate Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair June 17-18 • 10am-6pm 9th annual event. Tune up your body, mind and spirit. Experience the love of higher consciousness. Featuring guest speakers every hour, area psychics, energy healers, shamanic practitioners, mind/body therapists, holistic practitioners, massage & stress management, artwork, jewelry, crystals, stones, gems, natural food court.

Cost: $7 Admission New Hope Eagle Fire House 46 N Sugan Rd, New Hope Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment 267-261-2768

ROOM FOR RENT in growing Newtown wellness center. Energy workers, acupressure, acupuncture and other healing arts welcome. 1-day rentals +, flexible availability. 215-847-5659.

HELP WANTED Are you a COMMUNITY CONNECTOR IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS in Main Line (Montco), Plymouth Meeting/Kop/ Conshohocken? Consider becoming a Community Liaison. NABuxMont seeks passionate, self-motivated people to become a part of our growing outreach team. Part-time, flexible hours, commission-based pay for living what you love. Help be a part of “Making the Awakening” in BuxMont. Email LOCAL PHOTOG wanted. Local photographer sought to shoot NA advertising partners and their staff on-site at their offices and studios. Please send resume and link to work samples of photojournalist, family, portrait, and real estate photography work. Must have own car, and be available weekdays to visit locations throughout BuxMont. Flexible schedule. Email Publisher@ Seeking licensed full- and part-time HOLISTIC AESTHETICIANS AND MASSAGE THERAPISTS with following for growing Newtown wellness center. Benefits and 401K available. Call 215-847-5659.

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

SERVICES HOLISTIC SERVICES – Life counseling, reiki, energy healing, psychotherapy, spiritual mentoring, weddings, memorial services, holistic workshops and more. 215-538-0976.

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ongoingevents Submit your listing online at by the 5th of the month, one month prior to publication. Please email with questions. breast cancer. Meetings focus on providing men and women with educational support and peer support. Holy Redeemer Healthcare at Bensalem, 3300 Tillman Dr, Bensalem. Jill Indelicato, 215-364-0935.

monday Mental Health Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals that suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown.

Yoga Class – 7:30-9pm. These classes are great for all levels, from beginners to advanced. Price is $8/ person for Friends of Silver Lake Members; $10/ person for non-members. Contact: Joe or Debbie at 267-808-1071 or Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215785-1177.

tuesday Monthly Multi Media Art Class with Ute Arnold, MFA – 10am-2pm. Last Tuesday of each month. Composition and color studies with drawing, printing, water color, pastel, painting on silk, collaging and journal making. No experience necessary. $90 each for a series of six, drop ins $130. Work study possible. Blue Bamboo Studio, Pt Pleasant. Ute Free Information Session on dTMS – 6-7pm. 1st Tuesday. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center will host free information sessions on Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), a holistic, non-invasive, FDA-cleared option to treat depressive symptoms. Learn how dTMS works and who can be treated. Hear patient testimonials. Refreshments served. New Vitae Wellness and Recovery Center, 16 S Main St, Quakertown. Preregister: Tracy Semmel, 215-538-3403 ext. 314. Yoga for Stress Series – 7-8:15pm. 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30. Back by popular demand. Are you feeling wrung out, exhausted & overwhelmed? Class led by registered yoga teacher and licensed therapist Nancy Ignatin. We will address these feelings and symptoms in a unique way, with gentle Yoga and breathing exercises designed to help you feel better in these areas & more. $80. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, N Wales. Patty Ferry, 215661-0510.

wednesday Community Acupuncture – 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. Online scheduling via or call 215348-8058 to reserve a spot. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. BridgeWellness@ MetaFriends Support Group – 6-7pm. This group is intended for those individuals with Stage IV cancer. Meets first and third Wednesday of every month. Holy Redeemer Women’s Healthcare Center, 45 2nd St Pike, Southampton. Dr. Pam Ginsberg, 215-3400608.

friday Chronic Pain? Learn to End it Fast– 7-8:30pm. If you are struggling with chronic pain, it is likely because you were misdiagnosed. Most chronic pain is not caused by the structure of the body. Pain is caused by a very real physical reaction to chronic states of overwhelming, unbearable and unacceptable repressed emotions. Learn more at Dan Buglio, 800-580-6530. Contact@ Guided Meditation – 7-8pm. Come one, come all to destress your body and mind, feed your soul what it’s really looking for & learn how to live more in balance, enjoying your life. You deserve it. Experienced and inexperienced welcome. 122 N York Rd, Ste 6 (rear), Hatboro. 215-858-4448. EvolutionGroupHatboro.

Molecules of Emotions/Changing Body Memory – 9:30am-12:30pm. Biweekly classes with bodypsychotherapist Ute Arnold. Our cellular bodystories hold on to abuse, trauma, abandonment, chronic pain, relationship issues etc, therefore creating illness and interfering with wellness. Unergi body-psychotherapy changes belief systems and, therefore, the body story. Pt. Pleasant. (near New Hope).



Doylestown Farmers’ Market – 7am-noon. Meet and greet your farmers as you stock up on fresh, beautiful, local food at the Doylestown Farmers’ Market. Vegetables, plant starts, fruit, homemade goodies, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms, music, and so much more. Make this your regular Saturday visit to Buy Local; Save Bucks. Doylestown Farmers’ Market, at South Hamilton Street between W State St and Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Phil Heft, 267-221-3258. PHeft@

Transformation Yoga Donation Class – 6-7pm. Transformation Yoga provides mindfulness based, trauma sensitive yoga to develop skills to navigate life with comfort and ease. Perfect class for beginners. Suggested donation $10 to benefit Transformation Yoga Project, a non-profit that serves people impacted by trauma and addiction. Center for Families, 101 Phoenixville Pike, Malvern. 484730-1999. Cheryl@TransformationYogaProject. com.

Shiatsu Community Clinic – 9:15am-4:45pm. 1st Sat. Shiatsu sessions offered in supervised clinic setting. Each student will interview, assess energy and create individualized shiatsu session to balance the body. Wear loose comfortable clothing, preferably cotton. Wear socks. No cell phones, no perfumes. $40. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Plumsteadville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800.

Book Club with Chat and Practices – 7-8pm. Fall in love with yourself. We will read The Lotus Project: the Art of Being a Woman. We will discuss the book, learn some practices to support the content of the chapters and enjoy fun practices. Lyn Hicks will host this gathering for her book which will span for 6 weeks. $15. The Room at Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073.

Theosophical Principles – 10-11:30am. Reading and discussion of Universal Theosophy by Robert Crosby. Presented by Tom Kehoe. Free. Southampton Friends Meeting House, 710 Gravel Hill Rd, Southampton. 215-512-2900.

Bucks County Breast Friends Meeting – 7-9pm. First Thursday of every month. Bucks County Breast Friends (BCBF) general meeting. This group is intended for those who have been diagnosed with

Ancient Wisdom Traditions – Noon-1:30pm. Exploring Ancient Wisdom Traditions thru comparative religion, philosophy and science. Reading and discussion of the Key to Theosophy by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Also, individual members will present lectures on these topics. Southampton Friends Meeting House, 710 Gravel Hill Rd, Southampton. 215-512-2900.

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Grace Rollins, MS, LAc, NTP Paolo Propato, LAc 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown 215-348-8058 Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about acupuncture and our warm, joyful wellness center. 10% off your first treatment for NABuxMont readers. Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine can safely and effectively relieve chronic pain, stress and anxiety, restore sleep, boost energy, promote healthy digestion, balance the immune system and regulate hormones. Meditation classes, qigong, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, pediatric acupressure and more. Google our many positive reviews and testimonials. Easy online scheduling available. See ad, page 27.


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Professional Development Services 267-935-9097 • Office organizer and “next actions” coach for business professionals in their homes or business offices, including high-level administrative support services, program coordinating, project management.


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Let’s make pain a part of your past. Integrative chiropractic care in a warm, familiar setting. Applied kinesiology, lifestyle support, ayurveda, nutrition and weight loss. See ad, page 10.

CRYSTAL – COLOR – LIGHT HEALING JOHN OF GOD CRYSTAL BED HEALING Evolving Soul, LLC Elaine Berk, MEd Counseling & Energy Psychology 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534

John of God Crystal Bed Healing cleanses, opens and invigorates the body and soul by balancing and clearing one’s chakras and energy field. Colored lights, chosen to match the chakra colors, radiate light and energy through precision crystals, activating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. Gain insight & enhanced emotional, physical & spiritual well-being. See ad, page 39.


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


Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad, page 7.


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

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

Dr. David DiGiallorenzo focuses on providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. It is one of the world’s most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. He is experienced at immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions, and chronic pain management. See ad, page 8.


Stimulating specific brain regions, deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) is clinically proven to safely, effectively help with depression. Noninvasive, non-medication, FDA-cleared. Medicare/ insurances accepted. See ad, page 23.


Using EFT (or “tapping”), guided imagery, relaxation and mindbody techniques, we safely and gently access and release trapped emotions, and that is life changing.


Kathy Fennelly, RN, CHTP 1062 E Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, Ste 13-A 610-698-8643 • Relax, restore and rebuild with a C e r t i f i e d H e a l i n g To u c h Practitioner. Appointments available in my office, satellite locations or your home. Also offering group outreach programs. See ad, page 37.


1075 Main St, Hellertown Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm; Sat, 9:30am-3pm Celebrating our 12th 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, page 24.




MEd, LPC, NCC 484-634-6743

215-736-3803 Let the masterpiece that is you e m e rg e . P r o v i d i n g n e u r o emotional technique, lifestyle and wellness coaching, creative chiropractic care, energy healing, mind/body healing education and workshops.


Lisa is a fourth-generation healer and intuitive empath; she provides a unique metaphysical experience where you get to connect with your departed loved ones while under hypnosis. Her clients call it “experiencing a piece of heaven on earth.” Her sessions have also helped to heal people from various health conditions.




Arnold B Meshkov, MD 1077 Rydal Rd, Ste 307, Rydal 267-626-2881 • Board-certified cardiologist with 35 years in private practice. Offering a holistic approach to cardiology with an emphasis on outpatient management, prevention, diagnosis, lifestyle and treatment. See ad, page 14.


Psychotherapy • Hypnotherapy • Distance Counseling 605 Farm Ln, Doylestown 215-348-8900 • I use an integrative approach combining talk therapy with Heart-Centered Hypnosis to heal trauma, pain or illness. Help with depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, grief work, stress management, relationships and codependency, weight and smoking. See ad, page 9.





Dedicated to educating people on toxins and chemicals found in their homes, and the effects they have on their health. Convert your home to safer, healthier products.


585 Skippack Pike, Ste 200, Blue Bell 900 W Valley Rd, Ste 703, Wayne 215-283-5080 •

Specializing in family law. High-quality, compassionate legal services including child support, child custody, divorce, alimony, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, estate planning and more. Serving the greater Philadelphia area. See ad, page 13.



108 Cowpath Rd, Stes 3 & 4, Lansdale 215-542-2100


Bringing a personalized and holistic approach to hospice care. Our trained volunteers offer aromatherapy, massage therapy, reiki and pet therapy to bring healing and wholeness to clients and their families. See ad, page 20.

Nita Keesler, LMT, BCTMB Langhorne/Bensalem/Cheltenham 267-980-1727 • Board-certified in therapeutic massage and bodywork. 22 years of experience. Therapeutic, deep tissue and Thai Massage with an intuitive touch. Corporate onsite programs; couples massage; YogaDance, posture, flexibility classes. See ad, page 6.

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6055C Kellers Church Rd, 2nd Floor, Pipersville 215-766-2800 • Celebrating 20 years as the area’s leading center for shiatsu massage training and treatment. Come visit our new space in Pipersville. New courses start regularly. See ad, page 31.


Megan Downs, LMT, E-RYT Center for Natural Healing Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-206-3394 Megan’s therapeutic massage technique works deeply by targeting specific problem areas while keeping in mind the whole. She incorporates a variety of methods including Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Hot Stones, Bellabaci Method of Cupping and Aromatherapy, and also offers Therapeutic Yoga instruction. Relieve pain and stress, increase body awareness, heal and relax.


Laurie Van Valkenburgh, ACBT, LMT 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope • 267-566-6056 Experience Shiatsu/Shin Tai Bodywork, in New Hope. Align your body’s structure using muscle energy and fascial release techniques, central channel release to allow free-flowing spinal alignment, and cranial work. This releases hidden trauma trapped in the body, and life force is then able to return.


Psychic Medium, Reiki Master, Soul Coach • 609-353-7210 Kimara empowers clients to discover purpose, develop intuition and find clarity. Connect with loved ones who’ve crossed over for healing, closure and forgiveness. In-person or virtual, private and group readings available.


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Jonathan Flowers 413 Conshohocken State Rd, Bala Cynwyd 610-724-2540 Discover the musician you are meant to be. Patient, personalized instruction in piano, voice and music theory/composition. All ages and levels, including children, teens and adults. Holistic approach incorporates mindfulness practices to cultivate relaxation, mental focus and creativity.


Brit Reed, DC 107 N Main St, Ste 5, Mansfield 607-742-8707 • D r. R e e d s p e c i a l i z e s i n reproductive challenges, preconceptive care and women’s pelvic health. She uses customized, non-invasive methods, techniques and protocols to restore optimal female function. See ad, page 11.

NUTRITIONAL HEALING CENTER FOR NATURAL HEALING Jeffrey L Griffin, DC Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-348-2115

Dr. Jeffrey Griffin is a chiropractor with 31 years of practice experience in chiropractic care that is blended together with enzyme nutrition. This combination of treatment modalities allows Griffin to successfully treat a wide variety of health complaints, ranging from neck and back pain to headaches, digestive maladies and fibromyalgia. Call him today for a complimentary phone consultation or visit his website. See ad, page 6.


1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown 215-836-4300 In-store nutritionist Rabiya Bower can help you reach your goals by helping you find healthy choices in the store and create enjoyable meals. $20 for individual consultation, receive $20 Giant gift card in return.

NATURE CENTER SILVER LAKE NATURE CENTER 1306 Bath Rd, 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.

NATUROPATHY LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR 2325 Heritage Center Dr Bldg 100, Ste 115, Furlong 267-406-0782 •

Julie Lachman, ND, graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society; Naturopaths are specialists in complex diseases, ie, autoimmune. She has additional training in women’s health and pediatrics and certification as a CEASE (Complete Elimination of Autistic Spectrum Expression) practitioner. She sees patients of all ages. See ad, page 33.

GIANT FOOD STORES CHRISTINA FAVA, MA, RDN, LDN 1201 Knapp Rd, North Wales 215-661-1025

In-store nutritionist Christina Fava has a passion for helping customers make healthy decisions while they shop and creating individualized meal plans. $20 for individual consultation, receive $20 Giant gift card in return.

GIANT FOOD STORES MARY ANN MOYLAN, RD, LDN, CDE 315 York Rd, Willow Grove 215-784-1960

In-store nutritionist Mary Ann Moylan has special training in diabetes and weight management and can help you adjust your eating habits to improve your overall health. $20 for individual consultation, receive $20 Giant gift card in return.


Zero Pain Now Certified Practitioner Pain Elimination Specialist 800-580-6530 • Dan beat 11 years of chronic pain and remains pain-free six years later. You can end your pain, too. Start your healing here:, then call Dan. See ad, page 43.

PAST LIFE REGRESSION THERAPY EVOLVING SOUL, LLC • ELAINE BERK Certified Past Life Regression Therapist Certified Hypnotherapist MEd, Counseling Psychology 110 North State St, Newtown 215-970-1534 •

PLRT is a unique therapeutic process that helps you recall and resolve emotional trauma from previous lifetimes which, unbeknownst to us, is often the root cause of issues we’re struggling with in this lifetime. As a trained psychotherapist and PLR therapist, I work with clients to address these complexes and bring about transformation and healing. See ad, page 39.



Julia Helstrom, DO 10 S Clinton St, Ste 101, Doylestown 267-454-7262, Bucks County Center for Integrative Medicine: where traditional family medicine and alternative modalities combine for an individualized plan. Come attain your personalized optimal wellness.

380 N Shady Retreat Rd, Doylestown 215-345-6000

Multiple Locations 215-494-7818 •

Expertly p l a c i n g interested clients with one of our 15 seasoned and varied therapists throughout the city and surrounding areas to find the best fit for you. See ad, page 25.


Improving the lives of pets through acupuncture, herbal therapy, h o m e o p a t h y, n u t r i t i o n a l counseling, and integration of holistic therapies with conventional medicine for customized approach to care. See ad, page 9.




Essential Connections Reflexology 215-858-8195 Offering reflexology treatment sessions and a comprehensive, professional reflexology practitioner program. Combine online/classroom training for the ultimate in convenience and connection. See ad, page 24.


7 South Ridge Ave, Ambler 102 Corporate Dr, Langhorne 215-847-5659 • Nu You Skin and Wellness Centers specialize in male waxing. We are UK certified and are vigilant about safety and sanitation to ensure our clients have a superior, pain-free experience. See ad, page 14.




267-380-0467 • Serving Bucks & Montgomery Co.

1494 N Charlotte St, Pottstown 610-310-3884 A spa-like experience, tapping into the therapeutic properties of pure Himalayan salt for physical and emotional health. Individuals and groups. Also offering reiki, reflexology, yoga. See ad, page 29.

Dr. Don Shields 215-485-8780 Donna Shields 215-485-8782 Serving Bucks, Montgomery, Philadelphia





Gentle, compassionate veterinarian on-call for pet euthanasia. Say a peaceful goodbye in the privacy and comfort of your home. Crematory service available. See ad, page 42.



Upper Bucks Web provides small business owners with premium and affordable web services and package pricing plans. Get your business on the web ASAP. See ad, page 41.





690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach 215-740-1354 •

4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown 215-968-9000 • A fully organic, holistic, ecofriendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad, page 37.

A welcoming, cozy, Kripaluaffiliated studio with the sacred mission of serving from the heart. Offering yoga and ayurveda classes and workshops, meditation and energy healing sessions.


Trauma-informed yoga for prison, recovery and veterans. See calendar for classes. Inviting local studios to partner with us to provide healing through empowerment. See ad, page 45.

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Stress-Free Dentistry Get comfortable with us!

Dental Care in a spa-like atmosphere With every visit, we offer COMPLIMENTARY services to help you relax, such as: • Massage Chairs • Refreshment Center • Music & Video Headsets • Hand Treatments For No Extra Charge

Heritage Dental Spa is a truly unique dental practice Not only can you trust Dr. Skovron with all of your Holistic Dentistry needs and treatment plan, but you can trust that the team at Heritage Dental will make you feel as comfortable as possible in their relaxing spa atmosphere.

Offering Anxiety-Free exams and cleanings, PLUS State-of-the-Art Holistic and Metal-Free dental services  Safe removal of mercury fillings  Non-surgical gum treatments  Tooth-colored restorations  ClearCorrect® “invisible” orthodontics  Bio-Compatible Implants  CEREC® one-day metal-free crowns

 Holistic solutions for sleep apnea  Root Canals - Specialists on premises  Dentures secured by implant snaps  Now offering: High tech digital scanning with less radiation and 3D imaging

“This is by far the best dental appt I have ever had. I have a terrible fear of dentists and I was put to great ease. Very detailed appt which made me feel that they took everything into consideration. I really can’t say enough.” ~ Janice M.

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