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The Day a Mother is Born May brings sunshine and flowers, and a new energy to the Northeast. It also brings us Mother’s Day. Of course, every day should be Mother’s Day, but that’s another column. I was pondering what to write here when I thought of my wife, Asta, and her experience in becoming a mother. I remember how she was consumed with fear as her pregnancy progressed toward delivery. As part of her family dynamics, she had had very little, if any, experience with newborns, including holding one. In addition, she was just about to enter her forties, so she had a lot going on. Reading, talking, getting advice, going to classes—everything leading up to delivery was just a fog that covered up her insecurities. Having moved from Lithuania, she had no family around the corner and only a small circle of friends to lean on. I understood just how tough it was for her. I’m sure that, despite my being there, she most likely felt alone at times. I know she was frightened— of child birth, of motherhood, of the future. Everything about taking care of a newborn “scares me to pieces,” she would tell me. It’s amazing to watch nine months of motherhood and the miracle of birth take place. Every one of those memories reminds me to pay attention or you might miss something important. A few false hospital trips added to the ongoing anxiety, but eventually we got there, and two new persons emerged—a mother and a son. That there is an inborn, innate ability to be a mother, to know just what to do as a mother, is hard to believe, but it is true. When a child is born, a mother is born, too. If you have ever been in a delivery room when a new baby is put in a mother’s arms, there is an energy that takes over. Love almost takes on an energy of existence that you can reach out and touch. Time seems to stop, and pure love enters the room—no barriers, no thoughts, just an overwhelming feeling of love, of motherhood. It is still the only time in my life that I can identify as really being in the moment, and that experience is priceless. Asta became a new person that day. Like all of us, she has experienced the twisting roads of learning to be a parent. Since then my wife has built this unbelievable and indestructible foundation for our family through a mother’s love, and that love is why it should be Mother’s Day every day. Although this is a personal story, it really is no different than millions of stories. Mothers deliver every day, in nurturing, caring for and loving us. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers… and to all who care for others with a mother kind of love.

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Comprehensive Micronutrient Analysis Appointments in Yardley


s part of his commitment to women’s health at every stage, Dr. Paul Bizzaro, DC, is offering SpectraCell micronutrient and hormone testing from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 16, at his office in Yardley. Many women continue to suffer from weight gain, fatigue and mood disorders despite following an optimal diet and supplement regimen. The cause may be due to deficiencies on a deeper chemical level, yet rarely is this checked in routine medical care. SpectraCell’s comprehensive micronutrient analysis assesses the levels of 31 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids that play a critical role in overall health and prevention of degenerative processes, such as cancer, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. In addition, micronutrients profoundly affect hormone health, so evaluating hormone and thyroid levels helps provide a more thorough analysis of one’s health status. “Juggling today’s busy lifestyles can be physically taxing,” says Bizzaro. “Micronutrient and hormone testing may provide the key to unlocking your true health potential.” Cost: $88-$390. Location: 81 S. Main St., Yardley. Call 215-493-6589 by May 14 to schedule an appointment. See ads, pages 17 and 55.

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oan Summers, owner of Step into Joy Healing Arts, has combined gestalt methodology with her intuitive ability, offering a unique healing experience. An intuitive reiki master, Summers is also a gestalt life coach who is certified in the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method (EGCM). Graduates of the EGCM certification program are well-trained, having completed a minimum of 24 months of curriculum, along with multiple workshops and private coachJoan Summers ing sessions. The word “gestalt” can be translated as “wholeness”. It is an experiential process that connects the mental, physical and emotional body at its point of origin. This holistic approach allows the release of mental, physical and emotional pain. Horses can play an important role in this connection. “A horse’s essential gift is its willingness and ability to heal our broken hearts and fractured spirits, restoring our connection to our authentic selves,” Summers explains. A lack of familiarity with, or a fear of, horses needn’t hinder sessions, since clients remain on the ground and can choose to be near the horse or at a distance. Summers serves clients that are trauma-impacted, or are experiencing PTSD, anxiety, feeling stuck, grief or low self-esteem, and are needing connection and purpose. “Coaching is a partnership between coach and client,” says Summers. “Like horses, I do not have an agenda, and I am always amazed at the trust this process generates.” Gestalt coaching sessions with or without the presence of a horse average one to two hours. Summers offers combination sessions that include intuitive reiki and coaching, as well as reiki sessions. Phone sessions are available. For more information, call 267-272-9343, email or visit See ad, page 27.

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Warminster Wellness Center Focuses on Internal and External Healing


irmid Wellness, a community healing center in Warminster, has designed and expanded their services to both build clients’ inner selves and balance its physical well-being. “There are many paths to wellness, and at Airmid Wellness clients get to chose which journey will take them there,” says director Ed Salkind. “We offer not only counseling services, but also yoga classes and multiple treatment options to help clients gain their power back from trauma, abuse, illness, depression, anxiety and more.” Among its class offerings are yoga, kids and teen yoga, chair yoga and meditation. Multiple types of bodywork are available, including massage. Airmid also offers an acupuncture clinic every Friday, from 3 to 6 p.m., providing a safe, cost-effective way to treat a wide variety of medical and emotional issues. “Our team of therapists and wellness instructors recognize the benefits of each of these treatment modalities plus many other types of bodywork and psychotherapies,” says Salkind. “This combination of treatments allows our clients to quickly reach their ultimate wellness goals.” Location: 1260 Old York Rd., Warminster. For more information, call 609-220-9982, email or visit See ad, page 13.

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Sustainability Festival Invites Us to Touch Mother Earth


he Touch Mother Earth Weekend is part festival and part learning center. Held from 5 p.m., June 1, through 8 p.m., June 3, on the peaceful grounds of Mount Eden Retreat, in Washington, New Jersey, it addresses the need to create an environment of sustainability, ensuring us a habitable home where we can all thrive. Now in its third year, the event has grown to include an eclectic mix of 30 presenters of modern sustainability permaculture aligned with ancient healing ways. Attendees can explore transformative lectures and hands-on workshops on foraging, plant medicine, fermentation, distillation, beekeeping, gardening, glassblowing and more. They can also experience the life-enhancing benefits of reiki, aerial yoga and tai chi, in addition to expressing themselves through tribal belly dance, flow arts, hula hoop dance and nightly drum circles around the fire. Seeking to ignite spirit through music, this year’s high-vibe lineup features VooDUDES, Answer the Muse, Dalien 13 Hands, David Young, Sharon Silverstein and the Peace Project, Solar Circuit, Gypsy Funk Squad, The Mystical Kirtan of Mirabai Moon, Way of the Sacred, Bright Hawk, Wild Moon, Tabitha Booth, Dominick Antonelli, Black Bear at the Oasis Belly Dance and Richie Olivera. Sustainable and spiritual vendors, healthy organic food, camping, and Enrichment4Kidz complete this drug and alcoholfree, family-friendly weekend experience, and attendees are welcome to stay for one day or for the entire weekend. Past participants have said that Touch Mother Earth events plant the “seeds for transformation, healing and sharing” while creating a “strong personal connection with Mother Earth away from the hustle and bustle of life.” Kids under 16 can attend free. Interested readers should visit the event website for complete ticket information, as options vary from day passes for workshops and music to full-access weekend with camping. Volunteers and vendors are welcome. “Whether you stay for one day or the entire weekend, leave feeling refreshed, informed and empowered during this amazing, three-day adventure of beautiful, communal energy,” invites Dave Miller, founder and coordinator. Location: Mount Eden Retreat, 56 Mill Pond Rd., Washington, NJ. See ad, page 3. May 2018


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Celebrate the Summer Solstice at Solstice Expo and Holistic Fair by Anthony Kenton and Dino Calabese


ach year on June 21, the Earth tilts 23.4 degrees toward the sun. During this time, the people living in the northern hemisphere will get most of the sun’s light, heat and energy. On June 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment (SME) invites readers to attend its 10th annual Solstice Expo and Holistic Fair, in New Hope. Attendees can tune up their mind, body and spirit while celebrating the summer solstice with guest speakers, psychics, crystals, tarot readers, energy healers and more. The word solstice is derived from the Latin words “sol”, meaning sun, and “sister” or “stitium”, meaning to stop. On June 21 at 6:07 p.m., the sun will appear to stand still before it begins to recede. As the days slowly get shorter, the solstice marks the start of our summer season.

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The summer solstice has been celebrated throughout history by many different cultures. The ancient druids of England marked the time of the solar passing with their megalithic structure, Stonehenge. Their celebration was founded in both physical and spiritual awareness: The power of the summer sun ignites the Earth’s power, enables crop growth and shines down to expand our minds and our lives. As a part of this ancient tradition, SME commemorates this high-energy time with its annual, two-day event. The summer months fluctuate between activity and rest, teaching us patience as we anticipate the ripening of fruits and vegetables. Summer offers us a time to slow down and allow things to happen in their natural order, instead of using our ego to create what we desire. It also allows us to stay present, receiving all the gifts that Mother Earth lovingly bestows. Summertime reminds us of the connection between the Earth and the other planets that are part of the Divine Source. At the Solstice Expo and Holistic Fair, attendees support each other and co-create together, honoring the light and the community’s connection to the sun and Earth by offering new-age, metaphysical products, services and practitioners. Cost: $7, two-day admission. Location: New Hope Eagle Firehouse, 46 N. Sugan Rd., New Hope. For more information and for tickets, call 267-261-2768 or visit See ad, page 39.

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New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidence-based alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D. 12

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In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.


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Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. The ability to extract oxygen from the blood is an important fitness marker, which the researchers tested by having 18 young men and women exercise on treadmills. The women’s superior results indicate they are naturally less prone to muscle fatigue and poor performance. “The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” observes lead author Thomas Beltrame, Ph.D. Previous research had found that older men and male children tend to have faster oxygen uptake than women.

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When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge University study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. The effect, which researchers measured via electroencephalogram (EEG)-wired skullcaps, was strongest with eye-to-eye contact and weaker when the adult’s head was turned away. The more vocalizations—little sounds—the baby made, the greater their brainwaves synchronized with the adult.

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Acetaminophen Linked to Delayed Language Skills Girls born to 754 Swedish mothers that used acetaminophen during pregnancy showed less ability in acquiring early language skills at 30 months of age, report Mount Sinai Health System study researchers. If the mothers took acetaminophen more than six times in early pregnancy, their daughters (but not their sons) were nearly six times more likely to have language delays than girls born to mothers that didn’t take the drug. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 65 percent of pregnant women in this country use acetaminophen, which is marketed for pain and fever relief in Tylenol and Excedrin, and included in many over-the-counter formulations such as NyQuil and Robitussin.

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Seniors Eating Mediterranean Diet Retain Independence Seniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer falls and fractures, and were less frail, according to recent research. In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, University College London researchers analyzed the eating habits and health data of 5,789 participants in studies in France, Spain, Italy and China. “People that followed the Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those that followed it the least,” says lead author Katy Walters, Ph.D. The researchers also noted that the plant-based diet may help older people maintain muscle strength, activity, weight and energy levels.

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Meds in Urban Streams Drive Microbial Resistance

A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”

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Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.


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Africans Unite to Save Rhinos

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majority-female, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit

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Obsolete Packaging Grocer Shuns Plastic Trays

The British supermarket chain Iceland is planning to eliminate or drastically reduce plastic packaging for more than 1,000 of its house-label products by the end of 2023, switching to paper-based trays instead. Nigel Broadhurst, joint managing director of Iceland, explains that the typical ready meal was packaged in a particularly bad way. “It is currently in a black plastic tray. That black plastic is the worst possible option in terms of toxins going into the ground and the ability to recycle that product.” He also notes that instead of the usual plastic bag, grocers could put netting around a bunch of apples the same as with oranges. Iceland’s research found that 80 percent of shoppers would endorse a supermarket’s move to go plastic-free.

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Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s Massey University, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance make them appealing to animals, which will eat them.” Seven U.S. states now restrict the use and sale of products with microbeads; California was the first in 2015. The British government will ban rinse-off microbeads—plastics of less than one millimeter in length—found in exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste and even on greeting cards. Plastics are found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain, according to a study by Richard Thompson, Ph.D., professor of marine biology at Plymouth University. He says of shower gel with glitter particles, “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”




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As ambitious folks undertake spring cleaning, questions arise about what is and isn’t recyclable, as well as how to do the right thing on an ongoing basis. The world can benefit from our efforts: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that every ton of recycled paper saves the energy equivalent of 322 gallons of gasoline, while a ton of aluminum cans saves 21 barrels of oil. Putting the wrong items into a recycle bin demands extra time and effort at local facilities. We can test our knowledge by taking this short true or false quiz. Please note that local standards may vary, so check for specifics. 1. Both paper and plastic bags are recyclable.


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2. All paper in the form of phone books, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper and paperboard, is recyclable.

7. It’s easy to recycle a broken or outmoded cell phone or laptop computer. 8. It’s vital to recycle office and other paper. Answers: 1. False; generally, only paper bags are recyclable unless a grocer or big-box retailer has its own program for plastic bags. 2. True 3. False 4. True, if free of harmful chemical residue. 5. False; generally, none are recyclable. Notable exceptions for foam are detailed at; shipping storefronts may accept foam packing peanuts. 6. False; put broken light bulbs and other shattered glass in the trash; bring all fluorescent bulbs to a local building supply store. 7. True; many consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers, states and charities offer options to recycle or donate devices. Visit RecyclingForCharities. com,, or 8. True; 30 percent of landfill trash generated annually is paper, outweighed only by plastic and food waste.

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HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist


lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 18

Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

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Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they


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don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.



Resistance to Change

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.

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“Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

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Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her website that reaches

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“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

BABYING MOM Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy by Katie Samsel

discomfort or pain by realigning the spine and taking the pressure off of the joints, discs and nerves. Ligament Laxity. During pregnancy, the body produces higher levels of estrogen and relaxin, which cause the ligaments to be more lax and less supportive of all of the joints in the body. This can result in painful subluxations, instability and muscle spasm. Chiropractic adjustments can remove those subluxations, relieving the pain and allowing the joints to function normally. Digestive Issues. Many moms will experience nausea, reflux or constipation during their pregnancy. These issues may be due to changes in the body that put pressure on the nerve roots innervating the digestive organs. Chiropractic adjustments can relieve the pressure on the nerves, giving those organs the support they need.


omen experience all kinds of exciting changes during pregnancy, but unfortunately some changes bring aches and pains with them. In fact, 50 percent of women report having lower back pain during pregnancy. Chiropractic care can help. Chiropractic adjustments are a safe, drug-free way to alleviate not only back pain, but also some of the other pregnancy ailments that may present themselves, while simultaneously helping the body function optimally. Here are a few things chiropractic care can address:

Intrauterine Constraint. A misaligned pelvis, sacrum or coccyx can affect how the baby is positioned and may reduce the amount of space available for the baby to turn. This is referred to as intrauterine constraint. Making sure the bones are in proper alignment can help the baby get into the best possible position for birth. This increases the chances of having a natural, non-invasive birth, potentially reducing the need for a cesarean section. Regular chiropractic care helps ensure a healthy nervous system and balanced joints, better preparing mom for delivery and optimizing chances for reduced labor and delivery times. Considering chiropractic care during pregnancy is a great adjunct to your prenatal care and can aid in a more comfortable pregnancy, healthier mom and healthier baby.

Postural Changes. As the baby grows, mom’s center of gravity is going to change. This, in turn, increases the curve of the lower back and puts a lot more stress on the joints and discs of the lumbar spine. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help reduce the

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fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing award-winning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (, to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores decided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent on it. By taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative healing methods, catalyzing an ongoing exploration into optimizing life and health through the powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews with the scientists, visionaries and healers that inspired her, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson and patients diagnosed with diverse ailments that sought different healing modalities to take their health into their own hands.

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What are some common elements in the stories of patients featured in HEAL? One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like meditation or breath work. Some of the patients worked with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.

Which messages in how the body and mind collaborate to promote healing are audiences keying in on? Visualization is a powerful and widespread tool in healing; we can use imagination to reframe and tell a different story. Research has shown that visualizations can affect brain chemistry and lessen side effects. The mind is conditioned to go to the worst-case scenario; we can instead retrain it to focus on the best-case scenario, and what we want to happen, increasing the likelihood it will occur.

What role do faith and belief systems play in the healing journey? It all comes down to what we believe. If you believe in and expect an effect, like what we see with a placebo, the brain will create and release natural chemicals that might be prompted by a targeted drug. Believing you are a victim of genes and circumstance

I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death. induces stress, whereas having faith in a loving universe produces greater ease.

How do emotions influence health and healing? Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza, interviewed in HEAL, discuss how rage, jealousy, trauma and fear put the body in a stress response and create inflammation and other detrimental effects. But love, kindness, joy, gratitude and compassion release healing hormones and neurochemicals like oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. It’s empowering to know that when negative emotions arise, you can

become aware of and release them, then pivot to focus on gratitude or do something that cultivates joy. It’s a moment-bymoment choice.

Healthy people require a healthy planet; how can we apply these same principles to bring our world back into balance? The more conscious we become, the more we treat ourselves, others and our Earth with compassion. As more people awaken and demand a different response, the paradigm will shift. Health care will have to change as we apply the power in our hearts and minds. Our bodies are a microcosm of the universe; the planet can heal itself and thrive as we remove the toxins and become fully aware of what we are putting in the air, water and soil. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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sk any veterinarian and they will most likely tell you that their phone is filled with pictures of poop. Clients text and email photos, and they engage their veterinarian in lengthy discussions about frequency, color, consistency and odor. Poop is the end product of the complex digestion process that starts with food and requires the assistance of trillions of microorganisms that rent space in the gastrointestinal (GI) tracts of our companion animals. In exchange for nourishment and a place to live, these organisms provide essential elements needed for regulating our metabolism, healthy digestive functioning and a competent immune system. It is estimated that one-third of the microbiota 24

in humans is common to most people, and the remaining two-thirds constitute a sort-of individual fingerprint; each dog likely has its own unique microorganism populations. An imbalance in the bacteria that inhabit the gut is termed “dysbiosis” and can occur with illness, aging, the use of certain pharmaceuticals and the ingestion of products that are toxic to these organisms. One such culprit is glyphosate, an herbicide that disrupts the shikimate pathway in microorganisms, including the bacteria that live in the GI tracts of mammals. GMO “Roundup Ready” foods and crops sprayed with glyphosate can substantially alter the composition of bacterial populations for the worse.

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How should these concerns be addressed? A healthy, species-appropriate organic diet should be the foundation of any therapy. Pre- and probiotics—in the form of fermented raw foods, the right sources of fiber and high-quality supplements—can also help. In addition, a therapy that is gaining attention is Micro-Biome Restorative Therapy (MBRT), or fecal transplants. In people, fecal transplant therapy is successfully used to treat Clostridium difficile overgrowth, a debilitating and potentially fatal condition often caused by the use of antibiotics. At a basic level, a fecal transplant involves taking poop from a healthy animal and transferring it, orally or rectally, to an animal with a “sick” microbiota. This process may be performed once, or successful establishment of a healthier microbiome may require multiple treatments. Exploring the potential uses of MBRT in pets is just beginning. Currently this therapy is considered for gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine diseases and immune-mediated conditions Identifying a healthy donor dog is critical for the success of this therapy. Donor dogs are carefully screened for parasites, bacterial and viral diseases, and any systemic health concerns. Ideally, a donor dog should be eating a raw diet, receiving minimal vaccines, taking no antibiotics or other conventional medications and not suffering from gastrointestinal diseases, allergies or other immunemediated conditions. Transplants can be accomplished by feeding a dog poop from a healthy donor, rectally infusing a poop enema or using a commercial “poo pill” from a company such as AnimalBiome. Recipients also need to be prepared: they should be off of antibiotics before a transplant procedure, be on a diet of fresh, GMO-free foods and

be taking probiotics and other targeted nutraceuticals. Dogs are scavengers and eat all sorts of things that we find repulsive— including fecal matter from herbivores and other dogs, as well as decaying flesh. Droppings from grass-eating animals can provide a complex array of vitamins, enzymes, fatty acids and fiber. Feces from unknown dogs can introduce a diversity of bacteria but can also create risky exposure to parasites, bacterial and viral diseases, as well as possibly provide an unhealthy population of microorganisms. A healthy donor reduces these risks and can, literally, transform the immune system and gut health of a sick animal. Treating gastrointestinal problems with fecal material from healthy donors has been recorded in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. Despite this history, we have barely begun to understand the implications of alterations in intestinal microbiota and to explore the wide-ranging possible conditions that are affected by the organisms that live in symbiosis within our pets and us. Fecal transplant therapy may be a beneficial option for some pets, especially for cases of chronic diarrhea, and many veterinarians that use this therapy believe it does far more than improve digestion. As the demand for holistic therapies in veterinary care increases, the long-term health benefits of nutrition counseling and therapies such as fecal transplants to provide balanced gut flora will become clearer. Maintaining good gut flora is essential for a healthy digestive system and strong immune system‌ and for fewer photos of poop in the camera roll. Dr. Laura Weis and her husband, Dr. Ransome Weis, own and operate Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care, and Holiday House Pet Resort & Training Center, in Doylestown. She focuses on homeopathy and nutrition counseling for her clients within the full-service veterinary practice. Call 215-345-6000 to request an appointment. See ad, page 29.


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Cliffside Malibu, in California. “Patients may say they’re fine when they’re not, but you can’t lie to a horse. They have boundaries; if you’re angry, a horse won’t tolerate your behavior and will walk away.” Scharff notes, “Equine therapy is complementary to psychotherapy medicine, and one tool we use in approaching addiction. Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be the underlying issue, so we can address it, to understand why the person became an addict.” Wendorf relates the story of an 18year-old client facing body image issues. “Five horses approached her and touched her with their noses on her arms and legs. Where they touched was where she had been cutting herself to try to relieve her emotional pain.” “People feel a powerful connection when they let down their defenses and a horse responds,” says Sheryl Jordan, equestrian director at Salamander Resort & Spa, in Middleburg, Virginia. “Our EquiSpective life lessons program brings selfawareness and the power to better control

Horses help bring back memories for clients with dementia. ~Hearts & Horses, Loveland, Colorado, nonprofit therapeutic riding facility emotions. During the session, they may hug, pet and cry on the horse, but they leave the corral smiling.” The program teamed up with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) serving bereaved military families. Kelly Griffith, a surviving sister of U.S. Marine Corps Major Samuel Griffith, points to the power of equine therapy in a video at Susan Wight, a former professional steeplechase rider and ambassador for TAPS in Leesburg, Virginia, says, “My husband was my riding coach. When he passed away, I was numb when facing decisions, but at the session, it felt like one of the horses was the one to choose. The initial flood of emotions and memories from being around horses again wasn’t pretty, but empathy is a specific language, and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Horses are a huge part of my life.” At Ranch Hand Rescue Counseling Center & Animal Sanctuary, in South Argyle, Texas, founder Bob Williams considers animal therapy a ministry. “We rescue abused and neglected farm animals, including horses that come into play when patients are not responding to usual therapies,” he says. “It’s important for damaged people to learn to live in the light, and our partnering with the special needs animals helps put them on the emotional path to health.” The rescue’s mission is to provide hope, healing and a sense of security for children and adults that have suffered severe trauma such as abuse, domestic violence and witnessing violent death (Tinyurl. com/RanchHandRescueVideo). Riding Beyond’s four-session program, in Ashland, Oregon, is free to women recovering from the rigors of breast cancer treatment. Expenses are covered by donations from the community. German research published in the journal Psycho-Oncology reported that 82 percent of participating breast cancer patients studied displayed symptoms of PTSD following diagnosis. “They often don’t want to touch or be touched, and have trouble with friendships and intimate relationships; issues that can cripple a woman’s life,” says Trish Broersma, founding director and a certified therapeutic riding professional at Riding Beyond ( “The medical team that saved their lives doesn’t treat these issues.” The first client, unfamiliar with horses, met Mystic, who touched her on the site of the former tumor. She says, “Even weeks later, when I brought her image to mind when stressed, sad or even happy, it brought feelings of contentment, peace and well-being.” Horses have been serving humans in many ways for centuries. Equine therapy shows they have even more to give if we are open to receive. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelance

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Loneliness is never a problem with a cat around. “Cats need to be fed, have litter changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat helps with depression and isolation.” While at Indiana University Bloomington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more energetic and positive. With some 94 million YouTube tales of cat adventures online, there’s no lack of available mood boosters.

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disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy. Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

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During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when

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in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

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Role of Genetics The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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ransitioning through menopause and the years of perimenopausal hormone fluctuation leading up to the finale can be physically and emotionally challenging for many women. Consistently following a healthy diet and positive lifestyle are important, and health researchers, doctors and midlife women can attest to the multidimensional benefits of exercise. Perks may include reduction of menopausal discomfort, better brain function, stronger bones and reversal of estrogen dominance syndrome that can set the stage for fibroids, cystic breasts, cancer, migraines and weight gain.

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Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony 32

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after testimony of improved sleep, less back or joint pain and better mood.” She also suggests adding a few weekly sessions of resistance training to daily walks. Most health professionals agree that balance is the key. Jeanne D. Andrus, a menopause expert and author of I Just Want to Be ME Again, in Covington, Louisiana, recommends cardio, resistance training and exercise that increases flexibility and core strength. “For a beginner, this may include two to four days of walking, one to three days of strength training and one to three days of yoga or Pilates, with the goal being three and a half hours of activity per week.” Of course, all of these need to be at appropriate levels for the woman’s condition and goals,” advises Andrus. According to studies led by Helen Jones, Ph.D., from the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, three, 30-to-45-minute aerobic sessions a week reduced hot flashes and yielded the most significant results.

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While some conventional approaches suggest vigorous exercise, many holistic professionals caution against extremes. “It’s important to individualize, and in my ongoing research it’s clear that the high-intensity strength and sculpting approach so often promoted and perceived as necessary to maintain shape, weight and health is a myth,” says Dr. Eden Fromberg, an obstetrician, gynecologist and founder of Holistic Gynecology New York, in Manhattan. Instead, Fromberg recommends an integrated approach to exercise that supports connective tissue and joints. While some forms of exercise including yoga are perceived as gentler than others, she warns against an all-or-nothing strategy, noting, “Intense, deep stretching and joint-straining may cause injury more easily during hormonal transition.” Andrus concurs, “If high cortisol levels are involved and accompanied by insomnia, stress placed on the body by rigorous exercise will increase these levels and actually lower available energy.” She also advises adopting a non-aggressive approach for osteoporosis. “Weight-bearing exercise is a must, but if bone loss is already present, start much more gradually to ensure that bones are protected.”

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Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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y gynecologist told me long ago to massage my breasts so I could find lumps and changes in them. I didn’t do it very much, because who wants to find a lump? I would not be honest about it, either—I knew it was important, but the premise created fear, not sacredness of understanding my body. I know many woman feel the same. My expertise is in feminine health from ancient woman’s cultures. Along the way, my South American teacher taught me a Tibetan breast massage she learned in France during a breast cancer prevention symposium. It shifted my perspective, and now I do it daily when putting on my coconut oil after a shower. I learned this simple massage with a group of woman in retreat. We sat in a circle and learned to massage our breasts lovingly, to acknowledge them as the symbol of nourishment they are and to connect with our hearts, which are located beneath them. It was not sexual or even sensual, but it was an incredible honoring of my body as we all did it together in sacredness. It shifted how I saw this practice of health tremendously. Often we lose connection with our breasts as part of ourselves. They are for our lovers or for our children. We have ideal images of woman, breast size and what is beautiful, creating confusion toward loving ourselves as we are. Positive connection with our bodies, let alone our breasts, is rarely taught and is not as common as it was in ancient cultures, where women shared things of womanhood. We have conflicted beliefs about touching our bodies, rather than knowing our bodies intimately in honor, support, care and nourishment. Yet we know the innate power of touch and use it in loving ways to others throughout our day.

I learned that the lymph system that carries toxins and supports normal cleansing has many nodes under our arms and around our chest and breasts. This system doesn’t have a pump like the heart. Movement and massage are the ways we support this detoxifying fluid system of our body. Our heart is also in that area, which is so tied to our emotional nature—women are called the heart-centered side of humanity. Taking time to massage, release and honor on many levels seemed so powerful and practical to me. Looking at breast massage from this new perspective gave me a deeper understanding of self-love toward my body. I was honoring my heart, my breasts—that whole area of my body that nourishes life in many ways. Now I am very aware of my breasts from a different perspective and would notice a lump. I don’t think of lumps, though. I massage my breasts because it is an act of loving myself, creating health in my body, supporting the lymph nodes and appreciating that I am a woman, and these are part of my sacred femininity. I am thankful for this perspective and encourage women to shift their perspectives, as well, and perform this important self-care. I encourage us all to use healing practices that help us understand and love our bodies as the sacred, unique beauties that they are, for there is great practicality in it.

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by Amber Lanier Nagle

udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (, in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s, I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their

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dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.

Stay Clear. Evenson contends that

children are often mirrors of the surrounding moods and attitudes, so our example is paramount. “Children absorb our feelings and emotions,” says Melanie Hogin, a social worker who counsels foster families in greater Nashville.“‘Transference’ is its textbook term. Stay calm and clear when you are around children, and keep the lines of communication open.”

Be Consistent. Evenson maintains, “Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced

parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.”

Be positive, honest, flexible, reasonable and understanding. “It is key to explain things to children and to listen

to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching for understanding. Many times, the kids come up with their own solutions.”

Provide meaningful boundaries and restrictions. Kids typically push to find their limits. “Establish limits and boundaries when children are young,” says Cooley-Keith. “They will be more accepting of rules if you establish them earlier, rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”

Accept their point of view. Evenson always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.” Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirmsEvenson. “Be on

their side. Let them feel your support and love.”

Don’t nag. “We all want children to develop their own sense of responsibility,” Olsen says. “I find making strong eye contact reinforces my words, so I don’t have to nag or repeat myself often.” Be available, rather than putting kids on the spot in public. “If you correct or redirect a child in front of others, they

will probably be focused on being embarrassed and fail to understand the lesson or reasoning a parent is trying to project,” says Hogin. “Taking a step back and working out an issue one-on-one is usually more appropriate and effective.”

Maintain good habits. Evenson emphasizes the character strength that comes from observing and practicing good habits and healthy lifestyles that avoids gossip and incorporates creative exploration of life. This includes “Doing everything in love,” she notes. Such all-encompassing love balances love for our own children with love for all children and respect for all life. Be patient with yourself. “No one is perfect,” Evenson remarks. “Just do your best. Guide, console and discipline while keeping a sense of humor.”

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ne of the common phrases I hear at school is, “Ugh, I’m so stressed out,” so I took a closer look as to why. High school is a difficult bridge between childhood and adulthood, with teen stress stemming from many factors, most notably academic and social concerns. Academics are rigorous, Hannah Adamson with challenging curriculums, large amounts of homework and standardized tests. Working to succeed becomes especially difficult when mixed with a multitude of extracurricular commitments, such as clubs, sports, performance groups, jobs and more. It is not uncommon for teens to arrive home at six or seven o’clock and still have two or three hours of homework to complete for the next day. On top of this daily time crunch, many teens are also concerned about the future—whether intended or not, teens feel the pressure to know what career path and/or college they should choose. In high school, teenagers are also figuring out where they fit in socially. Society has constructed an idea of what normal is, but what if someone doesn’t fall into the “normal” category? Insecurities about personality and body image can decrease teens’ self esteem by making them feel like they have failed to meet what are actually unrealistic expectations. Even little things like a negative comment or a bad hair day can be enough to deplete a teen’s self worth. However, support and understanding from family members, peers and educators can help teens find their way through these difficult aspects of growing up. When teens know they have someone to turn to, someone to talk to, someone who will listen, someone who accepts them just the way they are, the daily grind of teenage life is just that little bit easier. Hannah Adamson is a junior in high school. She practices meditation and takes ThetaHealing courses with Reshma Shah in Westfield, New Jersey.

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ore U.S. landmarks are now highlighting eco-friendly practices, demonstrating that history can be preserved while incorporating sustainability.

Space Needle, Seattle Built in 1962, the Space Needle is undergoing a $100 million makeover. The observation deck will soon feature improved views through glass instead of cage-like barriers. Restaurant patrons will enjoy a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor. Other eco-updates and upgrades include improved accessibility, internal systems, materials, elevators, paint, and seismic protection along its legs. Because the flame at the needle’s top consumed enough gas to heat 125 homes, it was replaced in 2000 with a flagpole mast, a beacon for aviators. When the rehab is completed in June, the structure will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. 38

Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island, California A pioneer in hybrid ferries, Alcatraz Cruises combines solar, wind and diesel power to transport visitors. Captured rain freshens park gardens and salt water flushes toilets. In 2013, solar energy produced what would have otherwise necessitated 31,900 gallons of fossil fuel and 325 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Iolani Palace, Honolulu Updated lighting units with a life expectancy of 25 years enhance the Iolani Palace facade and provide a 77 percent energy savings, partly through an “instant on” feature instead of power-up lights.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona New buildings are LEED certified and shuttle buses are fueled by compressed

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Using both passive and active solar energy, ground-source heat pumps, vegetated roofs and sustainable building materials, Walking Mountains is the first science center in Colorado to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, exceeding requirements. Collectively, three of its buildings use half the energy of an average school building. Straw bale construction in some building walls provides sound-deadening insulation suited to a dry climate.

Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis St. Louis’ CityArchRiver initiative raised a mile-long waterfront by 30 inches to reduce flood days by 67 percent without causing flooding downstream. “Spent grain donated by the neighboring AnheuserBusch Brewery fertilizes our 4,200 trees,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch National Park Foundation. In another innovation, “To aerate the soil without damaging historic relics, radishes were planted throughout the park, allowing rainwater to seep deeper,” he explains. “As radishes decay, nutrients are added to the soil.”

Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, and Ground Zero Museum, New York City “The area housing the Liberty Bell is limited. We installed our ActivePure technology that reduces 99 percent of surface microorganisms and 90 percent of airborne microorganisms,” says Kevin Hickey, president of Aerus, LLC, in Dallas. “It keeps germs from spreading in crowded situations.” ActivePure is also in place at the Ground Zero Museum. “The nature of


natural gas. In 2010, a Climate Action Plan introduced green office practices, conversion to solar water heaters in National Park Service residences and increased composting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from internal operations by 30 percent by 2020. The park is unique in its composting program for mule waste.

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Empire State Building, New York City The iconic historic structure is the tallest LEED-certified building in the U.S. It’s also the most photographed building in the world, according to Cornell University researchers in Ithaca, New York. All 6,514 windows were refurbished to be four times more energy efficient than before, reusing 96 percent of the original glass and frames.

Statue of Liberty, New York City Cooking oils are repurposed as bio-diesel fuel here, annually diverting an average of 10 tons of waste from landfills. More than 6,000 pounds of coffee grounds from serving visitors and staff are composted. Lady Liberty has been 100 percent carbon neutral for 12 years.

South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston Since 2001, the Aquarium has recycled everything from cardboard and paper to wine corks and ink cartridges. Charleston Harbor water fills the saltwater fish tanks, and landscaping using less-thirsty native plants reduces freshwater use. While enjoying visits to America’s landmarks, it’s gratifying to realize so many are adopting eco-friendly measures. Connect with the freelance writer via

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hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at Top20Condiments).

We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, according to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments provide a happy alternative. They not only taste great, but can be good for us. “Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve

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Heather McClees, a plant-based nutritionist in South Carolina who blogs at One Green Planet, once loved commercial ketchup; then she read the labels. “Most ketchup is made of tomato concentrates, sugars, including high-fructose corn syrup, cane sugar, agave nectar, coconut nectar/syrup, brown rice syrup, cane juice and cane crystals, vinegar, “spices” that is likely code for MSG, water and refined salt. All of this makes ketchup addicting,” she says. “While you could pay for pricey organic ketchup and condiments that come without added sugars, you can save money by spending five minutes in the kitchen to make your own.” Find a recipe at Tinyurl. com/HealthyKetchupRecipe.


Serious Eats food writer Joshua Bousel uses only six ingredients to make a deliciously easy Grainy Mustard: yellow and brown mustard seeds, dry white wine, white wine vinegar, kosher salt and an optional pinch of brown sugar. Learn how at WholeGrainDijonRecipe.

Mayonnaise and Ranch Dressing

Eschewing eggs, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, of San Mateo, California, uses aquafaba, the starchy liquid in a can of chickpeas, for a plant-based twist on emulsified mayonnaise. Find it at MayoRecipe. In her Mebane, North Carolina, kitchen, Kim Campbell, author of The PlantPure Kitchen, makes a plant-based ranch dressing with tofu for body and nutritional


your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (

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More Exotic Condiments Pomegranate Molasses

Sweet and tart pomegranate molasses can be used like vinegar in salad dressings, as a marinade ingredient or as syrup over pancakes and waffles. Angela Buchanan, aka Angela Cooks, a professor at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, who blogs at, follows the Whole30 program, which bars sugar. Because she also likes Middle-Eastern food, Buchanan experimented and created her recipe for Pomegranate Molasses without added sugar (

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“This sauce is a salad dressing, dipping sauce or sandwich spread,” says nutrition expert Dana Angelo White. “After tasting it, you’ll be putting it on everything.” Yields: about 2 cups

“Ranch dressing can be dairy-free and made with tofu, making it plant-based and oil-free,” says Kim Campbell. Yields: about 2 cups 2 lb tofu, about 2 (14-oz) packages 1½ Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped ¾ cup onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic 3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar 2 Tbsp agave syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp nutritional yeast 1 tsp dry mustard ¼ tsp paprika ½ tsp celery seeds 1 Tbsp dried chives ¾ cup filtered water

Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. If mixture appears too thick, add a little more water. Courtesy of Registered Dietitian Dana Angelo White

Pomegranate Molasses

It takes about an hour to cook down, but homemade unsweetened pomegranate molasses is worth the time, advises Angela Cooks. Yields: 1 cup 32 oz unsweetened organic pomegranate juice Fill a saucepan with the juice and bring it to a low boil. Reduce the heat so the liquid will stay at a low boil, and let the juice cook down to a scant cup of thick, syrupy liquid. This takes about an hour; note that it will thicken more once it is cooled. Once arriving at a desired thickness while cooking, let it cool completely.

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth.

Transfer the pomegranate molasses to a glass jar to store in the refrigerator where it will keep well for a few months.

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What are three things I am grateful for?

It’s possible to live with eyes and heart wide open to the amazing beauty of each day, to receive it as a gift, rather than a guarantee. By looking, we can find gifts even amid uncertainty, struggle, pain or loss. In those times when we find ourselves fighting for gratitude, know that the grace found in thankfulness for even tiny blessings sustains us and builds resilience to walk through the storm and emerge intact. Reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, or A Simple Act of Gratitude, by John Kralik, may help inspire us to get started. With practice, expressing gratitude will come easily, like breathing or laughing with children.


What are two things I did well today?

Speaking words of life about ourselves, noticing what we do well and where we shine, may meet internal resistance. It seems second nature, especially for women, to see our own struggles or shortcomings, but not our beauty or all the ways we show up to serve others and use our strengths.

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sking ourself three purposeful questions before retiring each night can help us rest content knowing that although we may not have lived our day perfectly, we did live it well.


Deepening the roots of self-awareness and self-compassion that permit us to accept that we are good enough enables us to step out in calm confidence.


What is one thing I would do differently?

Some nights we may find that given the chance, we wouldn’t have done one thing differently that day. More often we can identify something: a word spoken in impatience, spending too much time on the phone, being distracted from what’s important to us, procrastinating out of fear, or even forgetting to properly nourish ourselves. Instead of criticizing, the goal is to notice how we could better live fully aligned to our bigger goals and established values. Moment by moment, we can choose a growth mindset. We can learn to be as gentle with ourselves, as compassionate and forgiving, as we are with our children or spouse. We become aware that we get to choose who and how we want to be and that tomorrow is a new gift, a brand-new opportunity to more fully be our best self. Asking and answering these three purposeful questions may take five to 20 minutes. If we’re tempted to rush through it, remember that the resulting clarity and peace is worth the time invested.

2. Is it resource saving?

3. Is it vintage or pre-owned?

Asking these questions before you buy can help you make a green choice.

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forever. After a series of examinations, echo cardiograms and discussions, he asked: “Have you tried yoga?” “I did have a passing interest in yoga, but I knew almost nothing about it,” states Rosie. “I began to research and found Rodney Yee and Patricia Walden’s AM/PM Yoga on VHS. With a beach towel and the belt from my bathrobe—I didn’t have any yoga props at the time—I dedicated 20 minutes each morning and evening to stretch, breathe and be still. Sometimes I wondered if I were ‘doing it right,’ but the effects on my health were profound.” Over the next few months, Rosie discovered she could keep her heart healthy with minimal medication, and eventually stopped taking  medication entirely. Seventeen years later, she continues to explore a home practice, in addition to taking and teaching public yoga classes. Today, many healthcare professionals incorporate yoga into their treatments. Through her story, Rosie hopes to inspire people to ask their doctors how yoga might benefit them.  Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, you can contact her at 732-596-7384, or visit

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SATURDAY, MAY 5 Lovely To Be Queen Daylong Retreat – 7:45am9pm. Imagine a rejuvenating day of self-indulgence designed to create a personal self-care plan for you that works and inspires. A wonderful day to yourself, engaged in practices of nourishing your spirit in highest form. Includes meditation, movement, workshop, hour healing jin shin treatment, numerology, dancing and three healthy meals. $199. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. Lyn@ Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Come to the Doylestown Farmers Market. Shop from a bountiful harvest. Vegetables, plant starts, homemade goodies, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms and more. Music by Bear Cave Tower. Jewelry demo by Jo Ann Palmer of Silver Wolf Productions. Every Saturday visit to BUY LOCAL. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarket Nutritional Muscle Testing – 11am-3:30pm. With Nutritionist Dian Freeman. Muscle testing, applied kinesiology, is dowsing using the body as the dowsing tool. Learn and practice testing the points on the body that reflect the nutritional and health status of the body. When your body talks, there is no doubt as to what is needed to be done. In nutrition it is the best tool to illustrating the need for compliance to a program. Open to public. $50/WS student; $75/ non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP to 973-267-4816. Maya van Rossum–The Green Amendment – 1-2pm. The Doylestown Bookshop will be hosting Maya van Rossum, author of The Green Amendment. The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. Krisy Paredes, 215-230-7610. Mail@ DoylestownBookshop. com/event. Awaken Your Joy Sound Healing – 2-4pm. Let’s Welcome Spring and find your joy within. Join us for a blissful afternoon of Live Sound Healing with gongs, sound bowls and bells in Restorative Yoga Poses with Essential Oils. Awaken your inner guide, feel your inner freedom as you take this time to heal your body and mind. $35. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry,

Aura Workshop – 6-8pm. With Michael Ziakowski. Learn about the aura, what it is and does as well as how to sense or see the aura. Topics include the colors, shape, size and dimensions of the aura and how to interpret them, as well as the best ways to see or sense the auric field. Open to public. $35/ WS student; $50/non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP to 973-267-4816. Info@Wellness

215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio. com. Introducing Essential Oils – 2-4:30pm. With Nutritionist Dian Freeman. This overview discusses the many the historical, cultural and biblical usages of essential oils, aromatherapy, through the ages. The most popular and effective single oils and blends are compared and available for personal testing. Handouts and booklets are also available for several of the most popular of the therapeutic-grade oils available for sale today. Open to public. $35/WS student; $50/non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown. RSVP to 973-267-4816. Info@WellnessSimplified. com.

SUNDAY, MAY 6 ThetaHealing Animal Seminar – 10am-5pm. ThetaHealing is in Westfield, NJ. 908-264-4344. For details, visit Intuitive and Empathetic Workshops – 11am4pm. Work with experienced guide, Diane Wing, to learn the best ways for you to access your natural abilities. Three sessions help you express your intuitive gifts in your unique way. Insight Stones, 11am; Using Intuition to Navigate Daily Life, 1pm; Learning to Manage Your Empathic Gift, 3pm. $78. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-813-4073. Create a Painting of Your Pet – 2-4pm. “A Taste of Artistry” will be returning to SLNC for a fun, fundraiser-painting event. This time, participants will get to make a beautiful painting of their pet. Pre-registration is required. Please visit ATasteOf $40. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. PattiAnn Cutter, 215-785-1177. Silver Class 2: Dian’s Six-Month Nutrition Course – Noon-5pm. Class 2 of 12 – Nutritional course must be taken as a series. Lecture: The ABCs of Health, Keeping a Natural Medicine Chest. Next course begins October 2018. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown. RSVP to 973-267-4816.


Evening of Health & Healing – 5-7:30pm. Here’s a low-cost way to sample some of the healing arts services we offer at Anahata. We offer Thai hand reflexology, reiki, Reconnective Healing, massage, and Zero Balancing. Appointments accepted but not required. $20 for 20 mins. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach. Kathleen Tooley, 215-740-1354. Kathy@AnahataYoga

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Hypnosis Classes–Smoking, Weight, Sleep – 6:307:30pm: Stop Smoking with Hypnosis. Eliminate tobacco craving while minimizing discomfort. 7:30-8:30pm: Lose Weight with Hypnosis. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. 8:30-9:15pm: Better Sleep with Hypnosis. Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind using hypnosis. $55 per class. New Hope High School, 182 W Bridge St, New Hope. Barry Wolfson, 908-303-7767, 215-297-0500. Barry@Hypnosis HypnosisCounseling

THURSDAY, MAY 10 Card and Chart Readings – 10am-5pm. With Michael Ziakowski. Through the wisdom and channeled insight of Michael, you have access to guidance from the stars, planets, your higher self, tarot, guardian angels, spirit guides and loved ones from the other side who want to help you on your journey. Open to public. $65 for 30-minute card reading, or $75 for 30-minute chart reading. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP to 973-267-4816. Info@

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Family Camp-Out Night – 5/11, 6pm - 5/12, 2pm. The first ever Bucks County Camp-Out at SLNC will provide families with a fun camping experience. Please visit our website for details/ registration. This is a free event made possible by a generous grant from Visit Bucks County. Space is very limited. Pre-registration is required. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter@BucksCounty. org. Intuitive Healing with Julie – 7-9pm. Enjoy an evening connecting with the higher realm. Julie has a unique ability to tap into her higher self in a meditative state. She may help you understand your life more by tapping into your energy while exchanging conversations and question with her and her guide. Bring your questions. $20. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 215-813-4073.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Stock

up with local food at the Doylestown Farmers Market. Vegetables, plant starts, flowers, fruits, homemade goodies, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms and so much more. Win a prize at the Photo Scavenger Hunt. Music from the Tohickon Middle School Quintet. Come out every Saturday and BUY LOCAL. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. Peaceable Kingdom Conference – 8:30am3:30pm. Enjoy speakers, exhibitors and workshops. Learn how to create a humane backyard, active steps to take to adopt a plant-based diet, how to purchase humane products, and how to support companion and farm animal rescues. Pre-registration required. $30 ($20/students) includes catered, vegan lunch and charity donation. Bucks County Community College, Rollins Center Gallagher Room, 275 Swamp Rd, Newtown. KarenWinkler612@hotmail. com. ThetaHealing Plant Seminar – 10am-5pm. Theta Healing is in Westfield, NJ. 908-264-4344. For details, visit

Main St, Yardley. RSVP by 5/14 to 215-493-6589. SEVA Stress Release – 6-8pm. With Lorraine O’Grodnick. SEVA, a self-care acupressure protocol developed after 9/11, is non-invasive, does not require special equipment, is simple to perform and takes only a few minutes to receive. This extremely useful and accessible tool can help address a wide range of needs, including general relaxation or extreme shock and stress. Open to public. $35/ WS student; $50/non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP to 973-267-4816. Info@Wellness

FRIDAY, MAY 18 Led Zeppelin GLo FLow – 8-9:30pm. Join Suzie for this super fun, 90-minute practice in the dark. A fun flow in a room full of black lights while listening to Led Zeppelin. Students are encouraged to wear white or light colors. Glow sticks and glow paint will be provided. $25. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215661-0510.

MONDAY, MAY 14 Hypnosis Classes–Smoking, Weight, Sleep – 6:307:30pm: Stop Smoking with Hypnosis. Eliminate tobacco craving while minimizing discomfort. 7:30-8:30pm: Lose Weight with Hypnosis. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe effective program. 8:30-9:15pm: Better Sleep with Hypnosis. Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind using hypnosis. $58 per class. Upper Merion Community Center, 431 W Valley Forge Rd, King of Prussia. Barry Wolfson, 908-303-7767, 610-2651071.

savethedate Susan Duval Seminars and Sacred Journeys Doylestown • 215-348-5755 Register online or call Susan. Sign up on website to receive weekly newsletter for updates on seminars and trips. Goddess Retreat in Tulum – May 15-20 Tulum—a charming coastal town on the Riviera Maya with white sand beaches enveloping the turquoise waters of the Caribbean—is the perfect setting for this women’s retreat devoted to expanding our feminine power. Snorkel with sea turtles, swim in a cenote, visit the Tulum ruins and Chichen Itza. Lodging is at the beautiful Suenos Tulum resort. Swim with the Dolphins in Bimini, the Bahamas July 15-20 Bimini is renowned for the pods of Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. We will go out 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. Explore the island on golf carts, relax at the gorgeous beaches and shop at local markets. Our private chef will prepare three delicious gourmet meals for us every day.



Ascended Masters Retreat in the Grand Tetons, WY – July 27-29 The Ascended Masters assist us in achieving our own self-mastery and guide the expansion of light on the planet. In addition to the teachings by Dana Micucci, we will go on a Snake River raft trip, hike up to Inspiration Point and experience energetic upgrades and activations as we connect with the Cave of Symbols, in Idaho, in view of the etheric Table Mountain Retreat of Saint Germain.

Business Meetings – 5:30-7pm. Graduates of Dian’s Nutritional Certification Course monthly free business meeting held on the third Tuesday of each month. The topics discussed range from practice consultations and practicums to business-building techniques. Cost: Free for students of Dian’s Six Month Nutritional Certification Program. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP to 973-267-4816. Info@

Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Taste samples from Chef Kelly Unger’s demo using market ingredients. Enjoy music from Elle while stocking up on fresh, beautiful, local food at the Doylestown Farmers Market. Vegetables, fruit, flowers, homemade goodies, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms and more. Come out every Saturday and BUY LOCAL; SAVE BUCKS. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarket

Splendors of Ancient Greece – October 2-13 Explore the architectural masterpieces of Athens, including the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus and the Parthenon. Discover the Oracle of Delphi, one of the most spectacular mystical sites in the world. Then, on to the Aegean island of Crete, where we will visit the Palace of Knossos and the Paliani Monastery, a pilgrimage site, where the voice of the Virgin Mary was heard and the Sacred Myrtle Tree is found. Lastly, we will take a ferry to Santorini, the most beautiful of all the Greek islands.

Signs and Symptoms of Nutritional Deficiencies – 11am-1:30pm. Part Two: Your Body is Talking. Covers the signs of a body’s nutrient depletion as represented by the presence of various symptoms. The body warns when depletions are not addressed. Example: Excess ear wax indicates insufficient Omega Three. Almost all symptoms diagnosed as a disease are merely the body revealing to us our deficiencies. Join us to learn what your body may be telling you. Open to public. $35/WS student; $50/non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP to 973-267-4816.

Costa Rica Winter Escape Retreat January 20-27 Escape the winter for a week of rest, rejuvenation and renewal at the beautiful rainforest Arenal Springs Resort and Spa. Discover a staggering world of exotic wildlife, flora and fauna, with plenty of time to relax at the spa and hot thermal pools with like-minded travelers. Visit a coffee and pineapple farm, enjoy a boat tour in the wildlife refuge, hike to the waterfalls, visit the colorful Sarchi Village, a World Heritage site. Gorgeous lodging and fresh, healthy food.

Hypnosis Classes–Smoking, Weight, Sleep – 6:307:30pm: Stop Smoking with Hypnosis. Eliminate tobacco craving while minimizing discomfort. 7:30-8:30pm: Lose Weight with Hypnosis. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe effective program. 8:30-9:15pm: Better Sleep with Hypnosis. Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind using hypnosis. $48 per class. West WindsorPlainsboro South High School, 346 Clarksville Rd, West Windsor, NJ. Barry Wolfson, 908-303-7767, 609-716-5030 x5034. Barry@HypnosisCounseling

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 Micronutrient Testing – 7am-1pm. SpectraCell’s micronutrient test provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available by measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level. It is an assessment of 33 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants and metabolites. $88-$390. 81 S

Maryann McFadden–The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife – 1-2pm. Join us at the Lahaska Bookshop as we welcome Indie Next bestselling author Maryann McFadden for a reading and signing of her new

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

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book, The Cemetery Keeper’s Wife. The Lahaska Bookshop, 162A Peddler’s Village, Lahaska. Nathan Halter, 267-544-5131. Nathan@Lahaska Manifesting through Affirmations, Intentions and Prayers – 2-4:30pm. With Michael Ziakowski. Learn how to manifest better through the best use of words, intentions and prayer structure to bring about change in your life as well as support the prayers of others. Learn origins of words, how affirmations can reprogram our minds and what the power of intention can do. Bring intentions to manifest through creating better language. Open to public. $35/WS student; $50/non-student. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP to 973-267-4816. Info@

SUNDAY, MAY 20 ThetaHealing Introduction –11am-1pm. $15. ThetaHealing is in Westfield, NJ. 908-264-4344. For details, visit Class 3: Dian’s Six-Month Nutrition Course – Noon-5pm. Class 2 of 12 – Nutritional course must be taken as a series. Lecture: Digestion and Elimination. Next course begins October 2018. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown. RSVP to 973-267-4816. Info@

MONDAY, MAY 21 Hypnosis Classes–Smoking, Weight, Sleep – 6:307:30pm: Stop Smoking with Hypnosis. Eliminate tobacco craving while minimizing discomfort. 7:30-8:30pm: Lose Weight with Hypnosis. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. 8:30-9:15pm: Better Sleep with Hypnosis. Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind using hypnosis. $45 per class. Palisades High School, 35 Churchill Rd, Kitnersville. Barry Wolfson, 908-303-7767, 610-847-5131 x2401. Hypnosis

TUESDAY, MAY 22 Women’s Prosperity Network (WPN) Breakfast – 8:30-10am. 4th Tues. New group. Women’s Prosperity Networking Breakfast, Doylestown Chapter, invites women professionals and business owners to discuss this month’s Mastermind topic. Promotional material welcome. With online registration, $35 per WPN member; $45 guests and repeat visitors. Shiatsu Bodywork Therapies, 800 W State St, Ste 103, Doylestown. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@gmail. com.

THURSDAY, MAY 24 Soul Reading with Akashic Records – 1-7pm. With Lori Chrepta. By connecting with your soul’s guides, Lori will access the Akashic Records where all experiences in all your lifetimes are contained. The focus of soul sessions is to heal what needs to be healed and to clear what needs to be cleared. She will also work with your guides and channel energy from the Hierarchy of Light to bring about transformation and healing. Open to public. $130 for 60-minute reading. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave, Ste 202, Morristown, NJ. RSVP to 973-267-4816. Info@WellnessSimplified. com.


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SATURDAY, MAY 26 Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Visit your farmers as you stock up on fresh, beautiful, local food at the Doylestown Farmers Market. Vegetables, flowers, fruit, homemade and handmade goodies, breads, pastries, pastured meats, eggs, mushrooms and so much more, Live music from Fiorenza-Dowlin Duo. Every Saturday BUY LOCAL; SAVE BUCKS. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484663-9727.

SUNDAY, MAY 27 ThetaHealing Practice Group –11am-1pm. Theta Healing is in Westfield, NJ. 908-264-4344. For details, visit

plan ahead FRIDAY, JUNE 1

savethedate Touch Mother Earth June 1-3

Fri open 5pm • Sat-Sun open 10am Drum, dance and learn at this solution-based, zero waste, conscious community gathering held on 183 acres of sacred land. Learn tools for sustainability. Yoga, drumming, dance. Weekend of music, lectures, activities, workshops. Enrichment 4 Kids and outdoor discovery.

Cost: Tickets start at $25, Kids under 16 free

Vendors, Sponsors & Work-Trade welcome Mount Eden Retreat 56 Mill Pond Rd, Washington, NJ

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Reiki Level 1 – Noon-5pm. In this joyful introduction to reiki, you will receive everything you need to do a hands-on healing treatment for others and a complete self treatment. Students will learn a chakra balancing technique, will learn the history and principles of reiki and will receive an attunement. Class manual and certificate included. $150. Angelic Reiki Healing, Pipersville. Sharon Roache, 215-534-1691.

ThetaHealing at Wellness Gala –12:30-5pm. ThetaHealing celebrates with the Wellness Gala at Knoll Country Club West, 990 Greenbank Rd, Boonton. For gala details, visit ThetaHealing is in Westfield, NJ. 908-264-4344.


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ThetaHealing Basic Class – Jun 8-10; 10am-5pm. ThetaHealing is in Westfield, NJ. 908-264-4344. For details, visit


savethedate A Midsummer Gathering at Greenshire June 23 • 1-7pm Come celebrate Midsummer. Events include singing bowls, chair massage, aura photography, qigong, Reconnection, fire circle, music, drumming, pranayama for longevity, yummy food, art exhibition/sale, vendors. Additional vendors and art submissions welcome. Contact Greenshire if interested.

Cost: Free Greenshire Institute 3620 Sterner Mill Rd, Quakertown

Arlene Curley, 215-538-0976

savethedate Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair June 23-24 Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm 10th annual event. Tune up your body, mind and spirit. Experience the love of higher consciousness. Featuring guest speakers every hour, area psychics, energy healers, shamanic practitioners, mind/body therapists, holistic practitioners, massage & stress management, artwork, jewelry, crystals, stones, gems, natural food court.

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

Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment 267-261-2768

FOR RENT Beautiful, positive energy-filled, SHARED TREATMENT ROOMS available in Harleysville. Are you a healing arts practitioner looking for a place to share your gifts? We have space for you. Six-month minimum commitment. Call 215-740-1354 or email Kathy@Anahata

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

TRAINING 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. REIKI CERTIFICATION CLASSES offered in Pipersville, Pa. All levels. Private and group sessions. Please call or email for dates and more information. Sharon Roache, 215-534-1691,

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ongoing events Submit your listing online at by the 5th of the month, one month prior to publication. Please email with questions. and joyfully. Learn how to connect your body, mind and spirit. $20. Medicine in Balance, 940 Town Center Dr, Ste F-90, Langhorne. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@gmail. com.

sunday Reiki Share – 2-3:30pm. 1st Sun. Open to all levels of reiki practitioners. This is a beautiful opportunity to participate in giving and receiving reiki in a spirit of love, friendship and joy. Donations accepted. Pipersville. Sharon Roache, 215-534-1691. Philly Lyme Support Group – 2-4pm. 1st Sun. Our peer support group is for individuals with Lyme disease or co-infections and their loved ones. Share your story and hear the stories of others that often have similar struggles. This is a space to give and receive support and share information. Free. Montgomery Integrative Health Group, 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor. Emily Yost, 267-586-0482. Quantum Leap in Joy and Freedom – 3-4pm. Combine proprioceptive exercise with mindful meditation classes. Held in my New Hope office, near Peddlers Village. Join like-minded women that want to co-create the life they want, effortlessly and joyfully. Let it all go and learn how to connect our body, mind and spirit. $20. Shiatsu Bodywork Therapies, 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@

monday Quest for Health Q&A Session – 6-8pm. 1st & 3rd Mon. Bruce Lipton says our bodies hear our thoughts, respond to our beliefs and create the health we think is possible. Do you want less pain, more energy, more clarity in your daily life? Bring your questions to our open Q&A sessions on the first and third Mondays of the month. $15. International School of Shiatsu, 6055C Kellers Church Rd, Pipersville. Shirley Scranta, 215-766-2800. Mental Health Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Join 4 The M.I.N.D.S. for its weekly peer-to-peer support group. We welcome family, friends and individuals that suffer from mental illness. Aldie Medical Arts Building, 11 Welden Dr, Doylestown.


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tuesday Women’s Prosperity Network (WPN) Breakfast – 8:30-10am. 4th Tues. New group. Women’s Prosperity Networking Breakfast, Doylestown Chapter, invites women professionals and business owners to discuss this month’s Mastermind topic. Promotional material welcome. With online registration, $35 per WPN member; $45 guests and repeat visitors. Shiatsu Bodywork Therapies, 800 W State St, Ste 103, Doylestown. Laurie Van Valkenburgh, 267-566-6056. Lavabigail@gmail. com.

wednesday Intuitive Medium Readings – In-person readings, afternoon and evening appointments available. Receive messages of love, guidance and support from deceased loved ones, guides and angels from an intuitive medium and certified intuitive life coach. Ambler. Linda Harbaugh, 484-904-9268. Linda@ Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – 11am-noon. The chair is a great way to practice yoga. Applying the principles of alignment make this a dynamic and effective way to experience yoga with support. Gain confidence in your body, move with awareness and achieve the deep peace and relaxation that moving mindfully can give you. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Info@Hillery Community Acupuncture – 3-6pm. Seated in a serene group environment, receive affordable acupuncture for stress management, detox, routine health/pain issues and overall wellness. $35. Mention NA to waive initial $15 paperwork fee. Online scheduling via or call 215-348-8058. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. Paolo Propato. BridgeWellness@ Quantum Leap in Joy and Freedom – 3:304:30pm. Combine proprioceptive exercise with mindful mediation classes. Join like-minded women that want to co-create the life they want, effortlessly

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Dosha Balancing Vinyasa – 6-7:15pm. With the help of ayurvedic wisdom, yoga can balance our lifestyle. Choosing the right movements and sequence gives the student a practice with purpose. In the spring we focus on stimulating digestion and moving stagnant energy. Asana informed by ayurveda with a purpose to heal, transform and deepen self-awareness. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Info@Hillery Sound Bath – 7:30-8:30pm. Unwind while immersed in healing sounds that evoke a state of peaceful calm. Singing crystal bowls, rain sticks, chimes and bells combine in a tapestry of healing music that will bring you to a state of deep relaxation and meditation. $20. Awaken Sound Health, 32 Grove St, Chester, NJ. Alison Iati, 201-874-7255. AwakenSound

thursday Tibetan Heart Yoga – 9:30-11am. Slow-paced yoga practice with mantra, mudra and pranayama. Embody ancient meditations to harmonize your thoughts, attitudes and behaviors. This month will focus on honoring the teacher within, your guru. This is for practitioners that are ready to propel their already established practice. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. HilleryWoods Chair Yoga with Patti Tuberty – 11am-noon. Yoga is for everyone, even if you have limited mobility or unable to sit on the ground or have trouble getting up. Chair yoga offers people of all ages and abilities all of the benefits of traditional yoga in a chair. Classes feature gentle movements and postures, breathing and meditation to help increase your strength, flexibility, energy. Feel balanced in mind and body. Don’t miss the benefits of yoga due to restrictions. $15. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Ed Salkind, 609-220-9982. Sacred Femininity Workshop – 7-9pm. May 3, 17, 24, 31. Experience this four-week workshop to learn practices each week to honor the sacredness of your feminine body. Cultivate these wonderful powers of yourself through connecting to the body you have in love and joy with other women. Sacred Femininity Topic order: Health, Beauty, Magnetism, Power. $100. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. Lyn@

friday Sound Bath – 10:30-11:30am. Unwind while immersed in healing sounds that evoke a state of peaceful calm. Singing crystal bowls, rain sticks, chimes and bells combine in a tapestry of healing music that will bring you to a state of deep relaxation and meditation. $20. Awaken Sound Health, 32 Grove St, Chester, NJ. Alison Iati, 201-874-7255. AwakenSound Community Acupuncture Clinic – 3-6pm. The true benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so having the option for an affordable session weekly increases the likelihood of long-lasting effects. With the sliding scale you can pay different amounts in this range from session to session. Reserve your appointment time or just drop in next Friday. $30-45. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Pam Milask, 215-858-7554. EdSalkind. Relaxation Yoga with Self-Healing – 6-7:30pm. Create a new weekly ritual for releasing stress. Jin shin jyutsu self-healing holds are used in concert with supportive restorative yoga postures. This gentle practice will leave you feeling like yourself and ready to enjoy the weekend. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. HilleryWoods Restorative Yoga with Andie Rio – 6:30-7:45pm. Andie approaches the practice delicately, respectfully and sensitively. As a reiki practitioner, this translates in special attention to each student. Come into yoga postures while being supported by various yoga props, enabling us to effortlessly hold the postures while focusing on the breath. The experience leaves us feeling balanced, renewed, refreshed. $15. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Ed Salkind, 609-220-9982. EdSalkind. Your Creative Voice – 6:45-8pm. Fri & Sat. Acting and voice classes help you to present yourself to others confidently while helping you to find your most empowered self. For young and old. Teachers have over 40 years of experience using techniques from Royal Shakespeare and Eastman School of Music. Private lessons available. $60. Mill Ballet School, 243 N Union St, Lambertville, NJ. Kathleen Downey, 858-401-3144. DowneyActingAnd

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

community resource guide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included, email Publisher@ to request our media kit. ACUPUNCTURE BRIDGE ACUPUNCTURE

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 32.


Frank Geronimo 123 Oxford Ave, Jersey City, NJ 201-494-4449 Kangen Water is antioxidant-rich, healthy water for revitalized cells and a healthy alternative to regular tap and bottled water. Bring the wonders of Kangen Water into your home. Call today for information and finance options. See ad, page 9.

AYURVEDIC BODYWORK ROOTS & WINGS FACILITATING HEALING: Self, Family and Community Hillery Woods Siatkowski, LMT, BCTMB, RYT-200, AYS

Featuring specialty yoga, ayurvedic spa, therapeutic massage, jin shin jyutsu and far-infrared sauna in a boutique wellness retreat. At Roots & Wings, you’ll learn self-healing rituals to sustain your vital essence. See ad, page 32.

Montgomery County is home to seven parks, five historic sites, and approximately 60 miles of county trails.


Andrew Persky, DC 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 4A, Warrington 215-491-4200 • LifeAligned offers a unique treatment for chronic musculoskeletal and neurological pain conditions, offering a safe, gentle alternative to drugs, surgery or traditional chiropractic “twisting” and “cracking”. See ad, page 8.

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

Let’s make pain a part of your past. Integrative chiropractic care in a warm, familiar setting. Applied kinesiology, lifestyle support, ayurveda, nutrition and weight loss. See ad, page 15.


610-394-0502 Visit website for free gift. End the war on stress, anxiety and overwhelm; find peace without medication. Tanya is a skilled, experienced coach utilizing methods therapists don’t tend to use in their day-to-day practice. Get started today. You’re not alone. See ad, page 34.


1260 Old York Rd, Warminster 215-293-0744 • Gain your power back from depression, trauma, abuse, neglect, illness, addiction, anxiety, stress or weight issues. Support your wellbeing, increase your energy and flexibility with alternative classes and services for adults, kids and adolescents including yoga, meditation, massage and acupuncture. See ad, page 13.

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Center for Spiritual Health and Wellness 366 Easton Rd, Warrington 215-431-8122 • Deborah Paul and Jamie Nichols are part of the talented family of healers at Lina’s Harmony. Our classes, spiritual workshops, crystals and jewelry are designed to create a positive, supportive environment to work on spiritual health and wellness without judgment. Walkin hours are on Wednesdays from 2-5pm.


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.

THE ROOM AT MEADOWBROOK Lyn Hicks • 215-813-4073 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville

An educational center for spiritual enlightenment, which nourishes the holistic lifestyle. The Room hosts classes, workshops, retreats and is available for rental to instructors sharing the healing and expressive arts. See ad, page 27.


Alexis Zankman Lee 5 Evergreen Ave, Warminster 215-323-4244 • Asking for help is not a l w a y s e a s y. We provide individualized therapy in a warm, supportive environment for children, adults and families. Please call for a free consultation.



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 21.


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.


Ava Adames • 267-560-7351 Event Planner/Arts Entertainer-Instructor A mobile art event company providing instructor-led paint on glassware and wood events at local restaurants and private in-home parties. Guests create their own item for gifting or keeping. Fundraising events available with a percentage of proceeds to charities/ causes. Let us plan an unforgettable event with you.

There are 16 county and state parks in Bucks totaling 7,500 acres.


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 17.

Bucks & Montgomery County, PA Edition


Weavers Way Ambler is member-owned and open to the public. The new store includes a café, full-service butcher, bulk and prepared foods. See ad, page 40.


1075 Main St, Hellertown Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm; Sat, 9:30am-3pm 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. Serving the community since 2004. See ad, page 13.


102 S Bellevue Ave, Langhorne 267-374-0187 Jean White is a holistic nurse and expert Healing Touch practitioner/ instructor who has been successfully helping people for two decades. She helps women that feel fatigued and have trouble getting through the day tap into their hidden energy reserves to feel alive, excited and ready to rock their world.


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.

Montgomery County is one of only 30 counties in the U.S. to receive the highest credit rating Standard & Poor’s hands out,


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 33.

HYPNOSIS HYPNOSIS COUNSELING CENTER Barry Wolfson 28 Mine St, Flemington, NJ 43 Tamarack Cir, Princeton, NJ 2 East Northfield Rd, Livingston, NJ 3400 Valley Forge Cir, King of Prussia

908-303-7767 • With 30 years experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of NJ utilizes traditional counseling methods and the art of hypno-therapy in private and group settings. Regularly holds adult education seminars, works with hospitals, fitness centers and individuals wanting to better their lives. Specializes in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. See ad, page 7.

LIFE COACHING ANNA DAVIS, CPC 267-753-6944 Anna is a Certified Professional Coach, empowering women over 40 feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, or dissatisfied with life. Whether it’s your career, health or relationships, Anna specializes in the Law of Attraction and can help you attract the life you really want.


Joan Summers, Certified Equine Gestalt Coach and Reiki Master 267-272-9343 • Joan will guide you with compassion and an open heart on a journey of selfdiscovery and healing. She offers healing for her clients impacted by trauma and/or experiencing PTSD, anxiety, feeling stuck, grief, low self-esteem and needing connection and purpose. See ad, page 27.


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 6.


Megan Downs, LMT, E-RYT Center for Natural Healing Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown • 215-206-3394


Intuitive Automatic Writing Telesessions Serving BuxMont & Beyond 267-451-6141 Imagine there are answers to the questions about your life that are burning inside you. I’ve helped many people over the years using intuitive automatic writing; I may be able to help you. Please call and we will experience this together. Initial consultation and post-reading follow-up calls are offered at no charge.

NATUROPATHY LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR Julie Lachman, ND, LLC 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 3G, Warrington 267-406-0782 •

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.

Julie Lachman, ND, graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and has maintained a thriving practice in Bucks County since 2012. NDs are experts in complex diseases, like autoimmune diseases and infertility. Dr Lachman has additional training in women’s health, pediatrics and autism. See ad, page 6.


Khadija Douglas, ND 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 3G, Warrington 267-406-0782 •

Laurie Van Valkenburgh, ACBT, LMT 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope 800 W State St, Doylestown • 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. See ad, page 35.


Linda Harbaugh Intuitive Medium Certified Life Coach • 484-904-9268 Delivering messages of love, guidance and support from deceased loved ones, guides and angels via 30- or 60-minute telephone or in-person readings. A certified life coach, Linda also offers intuitive coaching packages to help you navigate life, jobs and relationships. Psychology degree, former teacher, 30 years business experience.


Khadija Douglas, ND, graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and Dr Lachman is excited to have her join the practice. Dr Douglas focuses on blood pressure, weight loss and mental health and is passionate about getting to the root cause of your health problems. See ad, page 6.


Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ 973-267-4816 Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice and nutrition school in Morristown, NJ. She teaches a six-month nutritional certification course and has certified over 850 graduates in Holistic Health over the last 15 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches one-day classes and lectures widely. Dian is currently finishing her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew University, in Madison, NJ, and may be reached at 973-2674816, email at or visit See ad, page 11.

May 2018


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 31.


Adult or teen weekly collage-card small group workshops help promote self-actualization through creative, intuitive and mindfulness process. Selfrealizations through engaging in satisfying practice of creating, reflecting and interpreting visual imagery. Contact or see website for more information.

PET GROOMING THE SPA AT HOLIDAY HOUSE ON STATE 42 E State St, Doylestown 215-345-6960


Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 Dr. Daila Pravs is trained in integrative, functional medicine and specializes in family medicine, women’s health, urinary tract infections, colds, rashes, musculoskeletal concerns, nutrition and food intolerance, nutrigenomics, stress, sleep, emotional wellbeing, digestive wellness and environmental factors. See ad, page 2.


Montgomery Integrative Health Group 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor 215-233-6226 Dr. Heidi Wittels is a functional medical doctor who specializes in “whole-person” diagnosis and integrative treatment of Lyme disease, mold sensitivity and biotoxins, cognitive decline, autoimmune disease, metabolic syndrome, hyperlipidemia, digestive concerns, nutrigenomics and methylation. See ad, page 2.


Joan Summers, Certified Reiki Master and Gestalt Coach 267-272-9343 •

Liz Sines is an award-winning National and International Master Groomer. Clean, balanced, natural looks and breed-specific styles. Featuring all-natural, Americanmade salon products. High-quality grooming experience in a relaxed atmosphere.

Experience peace of mind, enlightened awareness and physical restoration. The connections between physical pain and emotional trauma are often revealed during an intuitive reiki session. It is a practice of compassion and spiritual connection. See ad, page 27.

The movie Signs, directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Mel Gibson, was filmed and takes place in Bucks County. The scenes in the bookstore and pizza shop were filmed in Newtown and the scenes of the house and cornfield were shot on 40 acres of land belonging to Delaware Valley College in Doylestown. The pharmacy scene was shot in Morrisville.


4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown 215-968-9000 • A fully organic, holistic, eco-friendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad, page 7.


Christina Rosenbruch, Certified KonMari Consultant 267-544-7171 • SparkJoy.Space Find freedom, joy and spaciousness to live a new life using Marie Kondo’s proprietary technique. Let’s start today, organizing your space and transforming your life.


Improving the lives of pets through acupuncture, herbal therapy, homeopathy, nutritional counseling and integration of holistic therapies with conventional medicine for customized approach to care. See ad, page 29.

MEADOWBROOK ANIMAL HEALING Suzanne Walski, DVM 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville 610-847-2776 •

Dr. Suzanne Walski has been serving the community since 1987. Currently providing chiropractic, TCVM acupuncture, K-Laser, Bach Flower, and nutritional/food therapy. Geriatric and pets with complicated health issues welcome. See ad, page 27.


Maria Lisa Lambert, MD Alene Bender Herman, MSN, CRNP 233 Lancaster Ave, Ste 103, Ardmore 610-642-1330 • Integrative women’s health and general gynecology. Specializing in bioidentical hormone therapy and functional medicine for women.


Bucks & Montgomery County, PA Edition

GET RID OF THE KNEE PAIN WITHOUT DRUGS, SHOTS, OR SURGERY! Introducing a Drug Free, Non-Surgical, FDA Cleared, State of the Art Laser Therapy Whether you suffer from long-term pain or pain from a recent injury:

YOU CAN GET PERMANENT RELIEF FOR YOUR PAIN! Do You Live with Any of the Following Conditions? • Tendonitis • Cartilage Damage • Knee Pain

• Prior Surgery Pain • Arthritis

• Recent Injury • Bone-on-Bone

MLS Laser Therapy is an effective, painless treatment for all types of pain relief that has been cleared by the FDA and proven successful as evidenced by extensive and credible research studies conducted in our country’s finest institutions, including Harvard Medical School. Our laser is a dual-waved synchronized fully robotic MLS Laer. Our laser uses specific wavelengths of light that have a strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema effect on tissues that are exposed to the laser. As a result of the MLS Laser, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles repair themselves faster. In simple long standing pain from from prior surgery, injury, arthritis, or you have a new injury our laser therapy has been proven to work.

Benefits of Laser Therapy • Non-Surgical Treatment • Pain Free • Rapid Results


• Speed Healing Process • Extremely Safe with No Known Side Effects


Call our office at 215-493-6589 to set-up a FREE CONSULTATION to see if MLS Laser Therapy is right for you! MLS Laser Therapy at Paul M. Bizzaro, D.C. 81 S. Main Street • Yardley, PA 19067 215-493-6589 •

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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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Heritage Dental


595 Bethlehem Pike, Suite 302 Montgomeryville

Women's Wellness - MAY 2018  

Serving the Bucks and Montgomery areas of PA as the #1 natural living resource in the area.

Women's Wellness - MAY 2018  

Serving the Bucks and Montgomery areas of PA as the #1 natural living resource in the area.