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Coming Together to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico





by Linda Sechrist

19 DEALING WITH DIABETES Symptom Management and Prevention Pearls by Daila Pravs


by Laura Weis



Healthy Twists on Old Favorites by Judith Fertig


26 SHARABLE THANKSGIVING Ways to Focus on What Really Matters by Marlaina Donato

28 THE AUTUMN PROCESS Letting Negativity Fall Away by Samuel “Ganesha” Steward


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Seven Natural Home Remedies by Karen Becker


letterfrompublisher Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

As we approach the season of Thanksgiving,

I’m internalizing some hearty lessons about loss, gratitude, resilience and transcendence. The chasm between the nightly news and my own life closed the night that Hurricane Maria destroyed the town where my colleagues, Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico publishers Luis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, have built a vibrant, thriving holistic health community over the past 15 years. That gap closed even tighter this week when I heard, my hand clutched to my chest, that New York-based Natural Awakenings publisher Kelly Martinsen (who happened to be hosting Waleska and her sons) had lost her home in a fire. Fortunately, no one was harmed. As devastation happens all around us in places near and far, we are compelled to confront the unthinkable, awful realities of lives lost, injuries sustained, homes and valuables destroyed. These realities force us to grapple with hard philosophical questions: What if it had happened to me? How would I “show up” during times of such duress? What would I do to maintain my center for myself, my family and my neighbors? What reservoirs would I be able to access, inside myself and through my relationships, when confronted with the most challenging life experiences? What is my role to play when the disastrous happens to those in my inner and peripheral circles? Despite the disorienting shock and trauma of recent events, Kelly and Waleska have modeled incredible presence, leadership and gratitude—demonstrating that, particularly in times of struggle, strength and vulnerability are not oppositional but complementary qualities. My fellow publishers are exquisite teachers, showing that when we live with the intention of being “woke” to gratitude and to cultivating a community of learning, love and light—like the one we create around our magazine—peace, joy and connection are accessible, even as our journey twists down the darkest paths. In Waleska’s own words: “I’m grateful for new beginnings. I’m grateful for new adventures and opportunities. I’m grateful as the best is yet to come.” The friends, families and colleagues of the Natural Awakenings publishers have already raised nearly $5,000 for Luis, Waleska and the holistic health community in PR. As I write this, Luis is still in PR, where over 80 percent of homes are without electricity and running water. You can learn more about our fundraising efforts in this issue. To read Luis and Waleska’s full story and make a donation, visit Together we are “Making the Awakening” in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

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WAKEN Center for Human Evolution brings together local gifted healers and readers this month for its 5th annual Awaken Healing Expo. The expo includes an array of educational and experiential events, private sessions with healers and holistic vendors. The weekend fundraiser benefits AWAKEN and is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on November 11, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on November 12, in Newtown. The event focuses on personal growth and empowerment, attracting seekers of healthy living, mindfulness and positive self-development. It allows people a chance to experience various meditation techniques and healing modalities, including reiki, reconnective healing, sound healing and massage. Visitors can look forward to free admission, free talks every 30 minutes and group events every hour for $10 each, with day and weekend passes available. Three 20-minute healing and reading sessions can also be booked as a $50 package. Practitioners, vendors and speakers set up in separate rooms in Bucks County Community College’s Linksz Pavilion. Participation is intentionally segmented so attendees can get the most out of their experiences and sessions. AWAKEN Center for Human Evolution is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring together community and assist people on their journey of awakening and evolution. “Awakening is a process,” says Greg Campisi, the organization’s president and founder. “If you nurture your spirit and open your mind, you begin to shift. The real growth occurs when you nourish your soul’s calling on an ongoing basis by expanding your beliefs, experiencing new energies and fearlessly moving towards your passions.”

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kudos Jeff Griffin, founder of the Center for Natural Healing, in Doylestown, was awarded Best Holistic Health Practitioner, while Grace Rollins and Paolo Propato of Bridge Acupuncture were awarded Best in the category of Acupuncture by the Intelligencer newspaper. Bridge Acupuncture has been serving Doylestown and the surrounding area since 2009. In addition to private acupuncture sessions, the practice hosts weekly community acupuncture and qigong, and biweekly meditaGrace Rollins, Paolo Propato tion. Rollins and Propato trained under Japanese acupuncture Master Kiiko Matsumoto and are avid students of martial arts and meditation. “We were surprised and humbled to win Best of Bucks Mont, since this is the first year they offered an acupuncture category,” says Bridge’s founder, Grace Rollins. “There’s so much satisfaction in helping to keep our community strong and healthy, and we are thrilled to know the community loves us back!” Griffin, a practicing chiropractor since 1984 with a specialization in nutrition, thrives on helping his patients understand the relationship between their symptoms and their quest for improved health. The Center for Natural Healing uses the latest chiropractic techniques and therapies to treat a host of spinal misalignments. Additionally, plantbased enzymes are used to relieve Jeff Griffin stress and imbalance caused by nutritional deficiencies. “Stress is the number one issue,” Griffin says. “The trick is understanding whether that stress is structural, nutritional or emotional in nature or a combination of all three. Once you are able to find the source of the stress, the treatment becomes obvious.” Karen G. Meshkov, publisher of Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties, comments, “I’m not surprised, as our community’s practitioners represent the best of integrative care in their localities, but it’s exciting to see holistic medicine moving into the mainstream.” Bridge Acupuncture is located at 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. For more information, call 215-348-8058 or visit See ad, page 7. Center for Natural Healing is located at 252 W. Swamp Rd., Ste. 26, Doylestown. For more information, call 215-3482115 or visit See ad, page 7.

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cientists from the Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, both in Tehran, Iran, investigated the impact on leading diseases of regularly eating onion and garlic (both belonging to the genus Allium). Using data from more than 12,000 people for an average of six years, researchers assessed their onion and garlic consumption using a food frequency questionnaire and compared those measurements with blood pressure and incidences of both cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease. The scientists discovered the subjects that ate more onion and garlic regularly had risk reductions of 64 percent in cardiovascular disease, 32 percent in chronic kidney disease and 25 percent in hypertension compared to those that ate less of them.






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In a meta-analysis of 45 research studies covering thousands of subjects led by Canada’s University of Victoria, in British Columbia, researchers found that former and occasional drinkers have a 45 percent increased risk of heart disease than nondrinkers. This discovery contradicts the widely held belief that occasional alcohol consumption reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.

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esearchers from the Tokyo Dental College, in Japan, have discovered a link between excessive overtime work and oral health by comparing overtime hours worked per month with the rate of untreated tooth decay. Of 951 financial workers studied, 13 percent of the men with no overtime hours reported tooth decay, while 19 percent of those working up to 45 hours of overtime per month did. This increased to 27 percent for those working 45 to 80 extra hours per month and exceeded 31 percent for those logging more than 80. Workers with the most overtime hours were more likely to list “too busy with work” as their reason for leaving decayed teeth untreated. The results came after adjusting for differences in age, education, smoking, snacking, dental visits and oral hygiene.





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In a major marker of renewable growth, sources of energy that includes wind, solar, hydro and wood pellet burning briefly generated more electricity—50.7 percent—than coal and gas in Great Britain for the first time on June 7. When nuclear sources are added, the number increased to 72.1 percent. Records for wind power are also being set across Northern Europe.

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Monsanto’s toxic Roundup herbicide glyphosate has been found in all 10 California vintages tested, including organic wines. While glyphosate isn’t sprayed directly onto grapes because it would kill the vines, it’s often used to spray the ground in the vineyard to be absorbed via the roots. Sometimes, glyphosate drifts from conventional vineyards into nearby organic and biodynamic vineyards. Other times, the toxin remains in the soil after a conventional farm has been converted to organic; the chemical may persist onsite for more than 20 years. Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic. Designed to kill bacteria, it harms both soils and human health, and has been cited as a human carcinogen by the World Health Organization. For glyphosate-related consumer information, search Actions at


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Sweden Dumps its Dumps Landfills generate environmental problems such as the greenhouse gas methane that warms the atmosphere and toxic chemicals from household cleaning products that pollute soil and groundwater. Installations are smelly, noisy and can breed disease-transmitting vermin, as well as harm wildlife. Recycling helps cut the volume of waste, but the bulk of all trash continues to fill these dumps. Sweden produces about the same amount of waste as other European nations, but less than 1 percent of its household refuse ends up in landfills. Thirty-two waste-to-energy (WTE) plants that have been operating across the country for years incinerate more than 2 million tons of trash annually—almost 50 percent of all waste. The country still recycles, but anything else normally ends up in the WTE incinerators, creating steam to generate electricity distributed on the grid. This system heats close to a million homes and powers more than a quarter-million, thus reducing Sweden’s reliance on fossil fuels. Sweden also helps to clean up other countries in the European Union by importing their trash and burning it. Because specific products contain materials that cannot be recycled or incinerated, some landfills are still necessary.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping doctors and scientists worldwide do their jobs better. In wildlife preservation, many researchers want to know how many animals there are and where they live, but Tanya Berger-Wolf, a professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, states, “Scientists do not have the capacity to do this, and there are not enough GPS collars or satellite tracks in the world.” At AI-driven, photos are uploaded by experts and the public and analyzed for species, age and even gender. One massive Kenyan study in 2015 prompted officials to alter their lion management program. Also, the locations of stranded victims of floods, earthquakes or other disasters can be determined via computer programmers writing basic algorithms that examine extensive footage. In flooded areas, AI technology can also find debris that harbors trapped people. AI techniques can even monitor social media sites to find out more about missing people and disasters.

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BEYOND MARIA Coming Together to Help Rebuild Puerto Rico


uis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, the publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico (PR) edition for the past 15 years, have a simple request: “Please help us rebuild.” Mendez and Sallaberry are remarkable community leaders, having not only launched what is now PR’s number one health and wellness publication, but also having originated and managed the most important annual health and wellness expo in PR and the Caribbean, created a natural health network of discounted services with more than 1,000 providers and 250,000 members and founded an alternative eco-school to serve PR’s western coast. They have been inspirational to their readers and clients, but also to other publishers in the Natural Awakenings family, who have benefited from their guidance, leadership and vision for the magazine. Publishers have created a GoFundMe account to support their efforts to rebuild PR’s holistic health and wellness community at a time when healing services are so desperately needed. Mendez and Sallaberry will be trustees of this fund and will disseminate the proceeds to the people and organizations in PR at their discretion. Donations will help not just one family, but an entire networked family of businesses and organizations that are part of the backbone of PR. “I’m inspired by the ways different publishers are responding to this need in our publishing family,” says Natural

Awakenings Publishing Corporation CEO Sharon Bruckman. “This campaign allows us to reach out to our readers, as well, and offer them a way to directly affect the natural health community in Puerto Rico, allowing for continued sustenance even after Puerto Rico cycles out of the news in the weeks and months to come.” “We’ve raised nearly $5,000 already, and we know that with the support of the NA community, we will reach our goal,” says the fundraiser’s organizer, Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties publisher Karen G. Meshkov. “Seeing the natural health community from across the country come together with their hearts and hands open is confirmation that we really are ‘Making the Awakening.’” For more information and to make a donation, visit GoFund See ad, opposite.

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connection and community with the medical and wellness professionals that are advancing the functional and integrative medicine movement within the Delaware Valley. “These programs offer the perfect opportunity for functional and integrative healthcare professionals to learn, network and build relationships with others currently working in or wanting to migrate into the field,” says Karen Meshkov, publisher and owner of Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties. “We also hope to raise the profile of functional medicine and bring attention to the movement that is growing in our area.” The Delaware Valley chapter of the Functional Forum is coordinated by Meshkov and is sponsored by Michael Nicolo of Metagenics. Location: Giant Food Stores Community Room, 315 York Rd., Willow Grove. RSVP at For more information, call 267-544-9585, email or join the Facebook group at groups/FunctionalForumDelaware ValleyPA. See ad, page 38.

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services such as massage therapy, chiropractic, reflexology, crystals, books, jewelry, chiropractic and more. “Instead of bringing in outside speakers, I encourage the vendors to talk and connect with the participants. They have so much information and are so passionate about sharing what they do,” says Leeson. The expo is an opportunity to explore holistic lifestyles, spiritual classes and personal development. “Everything is a life lesson. You may see the opportunities, but it’s not until you act upon them that your life will flow. Purging old baggage and emotional issues that no longer serve you can serve as a huge release. Forgiveness means it will not burden you any longer,” explains Leeson. Leeson is a psychic, medium, teacher and founder of Inner Light Holistic Center, in Gilbertsville, which just celebrated its 11th anniversary. The center offers services such as hypnotherapy, yoga and shamanic energy healing in a supportive and nurturing environment. Leeson leads one-on-one sessions and group readings, and she

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Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally by Linda Sechrist


ore health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes and Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life. Applying a “both” rather than an “either” approach illuminates the importance of recognizing the ways our thoughts, emotions and lifestyle choices can impact chronic illness and long-term health.

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Null cites medical evidence that explains how the physical causes of diabetes are related to the pancreatic production of the hormone insulin and the body’s use of it, together with rollercoaster blood sugar levels determined by food selections, stress, sleeplessness, insufficient rest and lack of exercise. His approach for preventing, reversing or managing this debilitating condition is to raise awareness of the physical, behavioral and mental causes that lead to its emergence, and making healthy


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lifestyle choices that regulate blood sugar levels. Hay suggests that this metabolic disorder may be rooted in a feeling of being deprived of life’s sweetness and longing for what might have been, accompanied by a great need to control deep sorrow. Eavesdropping on our repetitive inner mind chatter and observing its impact on outer experiences can reveal faulty thinking that disrupts the mindbody connection. Hay, a firm believer in the power of affirmations to send a message to the subconscious mind, recommends them to aid healing. For diabetes, she suggests, “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.”

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Glucose, the human body’s key source of cellular energy, is the end product of the digestive system breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for absorption in the intestines. From there, it passes into the bloodstream. Glucose also supplies energy for the brain. Normal blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. For healthy individuals, a fasting blood sugar level upon awakening is less than 100 milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. Before meals, normal levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl; otherwise, 100 to 125. Consistent readings above 126 indicate that lifestyle changes are needed to avoid eventual progression into full Type 2 diabetes. When there’s an inability to efficiently transport glucose from the blood into cells, cells don’t receive the energy they need to function properly. “Elevated glucose levels contribute to blood vessel damage, high blood pressure and inflammation among other issues. High glucose causes insulin levels to spike in an effort to draw the glucose into cells. This stresses the pancreas and causes a sugar crash, called hypoglycemia, which can lead individuals to make impulsive, poor food choices,” advises Marcy Kirshenbaum, a board-certified clinical nutritionist and owner of Enhance Nutrition, in Northbrook, Illinois. She notes, “Elevated sugar and insulin levels raise triglycerides, a fat that circulates in the blood, and choles-

sleeping habits and exercise, all necessary to manage or reverse Type 2 diabetes.

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Nourishing myself is a joyful experience, and I am worth the time spent on my healing. ~Louise L. Hay terol, specifically the LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels. Triglycerides and cholesterol are important measures of heart health. Triglyceride levels of 150 mg/dl in fasting blood is a risk factor for a stroke or heart attack.”

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According to the American Diabetes Association, 8.1 million of the 29.1 million individuals diagnosed with diabetes were previously unaware of any early symptoms such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, frequent urination, constant hunger (even after meals), unusual weight gain or loss and lack of energy. “Many individuals only learn of their condition from a doctor-ordered routine blood test such as the A1C glycated hemoglobin procedure, which reads blood sugar levels over a three-month period,” advises Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, a boardcertified family nurse practitioner and founding director of Holistic and Integrative Healing, in Holmes, New York. Individuals that consume large amounts of simple carbohydrates and sugars, are overweight or are exceedingly sedentary and eat unhealthy processed foods, have a higher risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Iankowitz’s effective, patientcentered practice follows a practical, four-month healing plan that includes tracking foods, moods, blood pressure,

Making the highest-impact food choices is critical in the earliest stages of diabetes. That’s why nutritionist and holistic integrative health practitioner Saskia Kleinert, an independent practitioner who also serves as director of the Emeryville Health & Wellness Center, in California, helps patients integrate dietary changes into everyday life. “Patient education includes the necessity of eating low-glycemic index foods and reducing blood glucose levels, while increasing healthy fats with nuts, avocado and olive oil,” advises Kleinert. She notes that antioxidant-rich plant foods are another key component of an effective dietary plan for all age groups. The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. “Exercise increases the muscle cell’s demand for glucose, moving it out of the blood into muscle cells that use it as fuel, and so lowering insulin levels,” explains Jamie Coughlan, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Angelo Baccellieri, owner of Westchester Wellness Medicine, in Harrison, New York, introduces patients to intermittent fasting, an eating pattern that helps treat insulin resistance and control blood sugar. “The concept is predicated on going 14 to 16 hours without food, replicating how our primitive ancestors ate. They feasted when food was available and fasted during famines, sometimes going several days without eating,” advises Baccellieri, who notes that intermittent fasting can be done one day a week. “Our biochemistry actually does very well with this approach, which isn’t hard to do when your last meal is at 7 p.m. and you skip breakfast and delay lunch the next day until 1 p.m. You can drink water with lemon, teas and black coffee throughout. By 1 p.m., the body has been 18 hours without protein and carbohydrates, allowing insulin levels to remain at a low level. Excess insulin from too much sugar shifts the body into a storage mode.

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Having no sugar stores available, the body can then switch into a ketogenic state that allows the body to burn fat for fuel,” explains Baccellieri. Herbs such as turmeric reduce inflammation. Berberine can help cells use glucose efficiently. Supplements such as vitamin C, B-complex, resveratrol and pycnogenol (pine bark extract) can raise antioxidant levels, in which most pre-diabetic and diabetic individuals are deficient, according to a study published in PubMed. Cautious health professionals tailor supplement recommendations to each patient.

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In The Diabetes Breakthrough, based on a scientifically tested way to reverse diabetes through weight loss, Dr. Osama Hamdy and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., explain a home-based version of the 12-week Why WAIT (Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment) program offered at the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, in Boston. WAIT allows participants to reach their weight and blood glucose goals, along with improvements in

Diabetes has the potential to dramatically reduce quality of life for more than 20 years. blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and liver and kidney function. The program’s success is due to doable increases in exercising that put greater emphasis on strengthening muscles; effective ways to change bad habits; successful portion control; healthy alternatives to favorite foods; carbohydrate counting; and meals composed of the right balance of complex carbohydrates and antioxidantrich plant foods, protein and fat, all to achieve optimum body weight and diabetes control.

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Restoration of health begins with the most important lifestyle changes. n Replace processed and sugary foods in meals and snacks with nutrientdense, whole foods.

n Determine possible food sensitivities with an elimination diet. n Eat some protein with every meal. n Eliminate environmental toxins. n Perform some form of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training at least three to five times a week. n Add stress-relieving practices such as yoga, tai chi or qigong. According to Hamdy, “On average, diabetes has the potential to rob you of more than 12 years of life, while dramatically reducing the quality of life for more than 20 years through chronic pain, loss of mobility, blindness, chronic dialysis and heart disease.” Such serious consequences also include stroke, hearing impairment and Alzheimer’s, he adds. All provide good reasons to live responsibly every day, cherishing longterm goals of laying claim to the best possible health. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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ust as Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, said a long time ago, “Let food be thy medicine.” For those with diabetes, this is especially true. n Start each day by eating breakfast, but watch out for the all-too-common trap of having dessert (donuts, pastries, muffins, waffles, sugary cereals, etc.) for breakfast. Learn about the glycemic index and use it to help guide your choices. Remove processed sugars and other refined carbohydrates from your diet. n Eating a high-fiber, high-complex carbohydrate diet, rich in legumes, vegetables and other low glycemic index foods, will frequently yield improved sugar control. Note, however, that this diet is not right for everyone: This diet, which tends to be high in potassium-rich foods, is contraindicated in those with advanced kidney disease or those with blood elevations of potassium. It might also cause changes to levels of certain medications and should always be discussed with your doctor before starting. n Multiple trace minerals play roles in blood sugar regulation. Talk to your doctor about starting a high-quality multi-vitamin/multi-mineral to supplement your healthy dietary and activity choices. Ask your provider to guide you toward a supplement that contains optimized forms of these necessary nutrients. Not all multivitamins are created equal, and supplements are never “one size fits all”. n Whole grains, wheat germ, bran cereal, romaine lettuce, raw onions, broccoli, green beans and black pepper

can provide a rich source of chromium, which helps to stabilize blood sugar. Use caution and seek further guidance before starting a chromium supplement, however, since high doses may actually worsen insulin sensitivity. n Many diabetics have been found to have diminished uptake of Vitamin C into their cells. This may negatively influence immune function, as well as the health of your blood vessels and ability to heal wounds. Look for low-sugar foods that are rich in Vitamin C, like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, parsley and peppers. n Check your Vitamin D level. Some diabetics with low or borderline serum levels may see improvements in their neuropathy pain when they are supplemented.  Optimize your digestive health and keep your microbiome happy, since not only are you “what you eat,” but in actuality, “you are what you absorb.” Remember to always consult with a health professional to ensure these recommendations are appropriate for you. As with all interventions, implementation should be mindful and informed. Daila Pravs, M.D., is a physician at Montgomery Integrative Health Group, in Wyndmoor. She will be speaking on the topic of nutrition at the November 7 Delaware Valley Functional Forum Meetup, in Willow Grove. For more information, call 215-2336226 or visit See ads, pages 3 and 38.


n article published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggests that specific compounds in cocoa may help with Type 2 diabetes. Researchers from Brigham Young University and Virginia Tech fed animals a high-fat diet, combined with cocoa and found the animals had decreased obesity and a greater ability to handle high blood sugar levels. The scientists isolated the specific compounds responsible and discovered that certain cocoa components, called epicatchin monomers, assisted in the beta cells’ ability to secrete insulin. Epicatchin monomers protect the cells and help them better handle oxidative stress. Beta cells are found in the pancreas, and in people with diabetes, they are either destroyed or not functioning properly. The researchers have not yet pinpointed a therapeutic level of cocoa intake and caution consumers not to load up on candy bars because they contain a lot of added sugars and fats that are unlikely to help manage diabetes. Study author Jeffery Tessem, assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics and food science at BYU, says, “It’s the compound in cocoa you’re after.” Unsweetened cocoa is a great addition to balanced smoothies or used as a rub for baked or grilled meats. Rabiya Bower, RD, LDN, is an in-store nutritionist at Giant Food Stores. For more info, call 215-836-4300 or email Rabiya.Bower@GiantMartins. com. See listings, page 44.

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Managing Diabetes in Pets through Holistic Therapies by Laura Weis


t is estimated that one in every 10 Americans over the age of 20 has diabetes. While the situation is not quite so dire for pets, there still has been a threefold increase in diabetes in the last 30 years in dogs and cats. Some cases of juvenile-onset diabetes are largely genetically influenced, but obesity— and therefore diet and exercise—play integral roles in the development of this disease in adult pets. Some types of diabetes are insulin dependent, as the insulin-

producing cells of the pancreas have been destroyed. Other forms can be managed with short-term insulin or oral medications. An integrative medical approach to treatment focuses on a combination of traditional and non-traditional therapies best suited for each individual pet. Nutrition and individualized diet plans should consider a pet’s breed, lifestyle and medical history to help the pet safely reach an optimal weight and normalize blood sugar levels.


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ne of the most important public health problems in America is the dramatic increase in the incidence of Type II diabetes mellitus. This disease can cause short-term severe health problems, but more often results in severe long-term health risks. When diabetes affects the kidneys, the eyes, the heart, the blood vessels and the brain, often these events will cause permanent organ damage. Diabetes is described in the ancient world, first seen in Egyptian writings from about 1500 BC. “Diabetes” means “heavy urine”, as the disease, when untreated, causes frequent urination (polyuria) and thirst (polydipsia). “Mellitus” is a Roman word that refers to the sweetness of the urine in people with diabetes, urine that contains too much sugar or glucose. How does diabetes occur? It is a disease of metabolism, the biochemistry that allows our bodies to convert sugar, or glucose, in our food to energy that our body cells can use to grow and sustain themselves. The sugar that we eat gets absorbed through our gut, and enters the bloodstream. In order to be of use to us, however, the glucose needs to

cross the membranes around cells. The molecule that transports the glucose is called insulin. Insulin is a protein made by special cells in the human pancreas. The pancreas is a small organ in the back of the abdomen, and it produces the molecule, or hormone, insulin when the sugar level in the blood increases. The insulin is released into the bloodstream and the gut, and does its magic. In the last 40 years, Type II diabetes has become an epidemic. In this problem, the pancreas actually produces more insulin than normal. But the insulin doesn’t work as well as it

should in getting glucose into the cells, because the cells have developed “insulin resistance”. And the cause of this resistance? Obesity. Type II diabetes is associated with a much higher incidence of heart disease due to atherosclerosis, or blocked arteries, and disease of the arteries also due to cholesterol deposition inside of artery walls. It is a major cause of kidney failure, leading to the need for dialysis, and blindness due to disease of the retina. It can also cause problems with nerve transmission, leading to numbness or “pins and needles” in the feet, as well as increasing susceptibility to infection. It is vitally important to identify and treat diabetes. A simple blood test will give the answer. Modern treatment has improved dramatically, and there are now many different options of medication, many oral, to treat diabetes. In spite of all of the terrible problems that diabetes can cause, modern medications, along with diet and exercise, have markedly improved the prognosis for most patients. Anyone concerned that they may have diabetes should get tested. Anyone with a diabetes diagnosis should create a good partnership between themselves and their healthcare provider. It will go a long way toward allowing for a long and happy life. Arnold B. Meshkov, M.D., is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and echocardiography. For more information, call 215-517-1000 or visit See ad, page 14.




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Not Your Grandma’s Stuffing Healthy Twists on Old Favorites by Judith Fertig


hanksgiving side dishes continue to evolve, even though traditional entrées still hold pride of place. New, lighter alternatives to time-honored stuffing maximize flavorful dried fruits, herbs and nuts. Healthy options may use gluten-free bread or black rice, cauliflower, chestnuts or pecans for flavor, bulk and color. A stuffing can also fill a halved acorn squash or cored apple. According to renowned health authority Dr. Joseph Mercola, pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including anti-inflammatory magnesium, heart-healthy oleic acid, phenolic antioxidants and immuneboosting manganese. Erica Kannall, a registered dietitian in Spokane, Washington, and a certified health and fitness specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine, likes dried fruits because they contribute antioxidants and fiber.

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with chestnuts and embraces healthy living with millet and mushrooms in his special stuffing. His new book Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious includes healthy takes on Thanksgiving dishes such as a sugar-free cranberry sauce. Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle, created a healthy stuffing she loves. “My GrainFree Sage and Pecan Dressing is one of my favorite dishes to bring to gatherings because it works with a variety of diets,” she says. “It’s gluten-, dairy- and grain-free, paleo and vegan. The pecans can be omitted for a nut-free version.” Riced cauliflower is the base, which is available prepackaged at some groceries, but can be made at home simply by chopping the florets into rice-kernelsize pieces. “Cauliflower is the perfect base for this recipe, as it adds a nice texture in place of bread and provides extra fiber,” she says. Laurie Gauguin, a personal chef in the San Francisco Bay area, specializes

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in gluten-free dishes that she prepares in clients’ homes. “Anything that will hold its shape and not crumble too much can work as a stuffing base,” she says. “Gluten-free, somewhat sticky grains, like short grain brown rice, Chinese black rice, millet or soft-cooked quinoa work well.” “Choose a mixture that contrasts with the texture and color of the food you’re stuffing,” advises Gauguin. “I created a stuffing that has crunchy pecans, tender black rice and chewy, dried cranberries to contrast with the creaminess of the cored squash entrée. The black rice looks striking against the golden squash.” A stuffing that everyone can eat is ideal for a holiday gathering, either to serve or bring. Lauberth observes, “While not always possible, it’s nice if the host can accommodate various dietary concerns and preferences. Bring your own hearty side dish or two so that you have enough to make a meal for yourself if needed.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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Grain-Free Sage and Pecan Stuffing 1 cup pecans 1 Tbsp coconut oil 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 stalks celery, diced 4 cups raw cauliflower rice (prepackaged or via a grater or food processor shredding blade) 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped ½ tsp kosher or sea salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

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Preheat oven to 250˚ F.

Heat coconut oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and celery and cook until onions are translucent, about five minutes.

Spread pecans on a baking sheet and place in the oven until lightly toasted, about five minutes. Monitor to ensure the nuts don’t burn.

Add the pecans, cauliflower rice, sage, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for seven to 10 minutes, until the rice is tender.

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½ lb cranberries 2 Tbsp grated orange zest ¼ cup orange juice 8 packets Monk Fruit in the Raw sweetener Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper In a small saucepot, combine the cranberries, orange zest, orange juice, monk fruit, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until the cranberries burst and the mixture becomes thick and dry, about 40 minutes. Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious.


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hanksgiving. It’s the ultimate food-centric holiday. For some, the thought of a Thanksgiving feast can spark anxiety. Will the year’s dedication to eat healthfully fall by the wayside after one celebratory meal? The stretch from November through New Year’s can appear like an obstacle course of one holiday, event and workplace cookie tray after another. However, there are enough stressors surrounding the holidays—eating doesn’t need to be one of them. The following suggestions may help turn the table on anxiety and receive holiday meals with peace and joy.

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Choose calories wisely. Chances are a slice of homemade pumpkin pie will be more satisfying than a store-bought cookie. Allow room for a few favorite treats and savor each bite. Eat mindfully. Fast, mindless eating often goes hand-in-hand with overeating. Mindful eating involves enjoying food’s aroma, colors and flavors. It also involves pausing to recognize how the body is feeling. Comfortably satisfied? Give thanks and stop eating. Keep digestion flowing. Give the digestive system a little extra support by drinking more water than usual, chewing food well and avoiding hard-to-digest foods. Consider receiving a colonic to help remove built-up waste. Clean meals at home. Balance the inevitable indulgences with nutritious, day-to-day meals. Add extra vegetables to your dinner plate, cut back on starches and sugars and skip the processed snacks. Bring mindfulness and appreciation to the holiday table and make gathering with family and friends a joyous and nourishing part of the season. Christine Tentilucci is the marketing manager for Inner Spa, a fully organic, holistic, eco-friendly wellness spa in Newtown. For more information, call 215-968-9000, email Info@ or visit and See ad, page 25. natural awakenings

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Ohio, author of Kindness is Contagious, observes, “We are literally created to be kind; it’s well known that feel-good endorphins are released when we do an act of kindness. I think we often hold back because we predetermine that our resources are limited. Know your talents and gifts, and build your acts of kindness accordingly.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist (

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Thanksgiving inspires a season of appreciation for what sustains us and gives meaning to life.

Share Good Food “I think true sustenance is when our hunger for connection and belonging meet,” says Sarah Ban Breathnach, the Los Angeles author of The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude. “When my daughter was small, we would purchase a complete Thanksgiving dinner for the local food pantry when we shopped for our own, saying, ‘One for us, one for them.’” Nourishment of our emotional and spiritual selves often begins with choosing simple, whole food. Rocco DiSpirito, a New York City celebrity chef and author of Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, reminds us, “Eat real food! Return to the basics of eating what’s produced by Mother Nature. You’ll become a better partner, parent and person.” Cooking is more enjoyable when shared; beyond partaking together, partnering in meal preparation is a fun way to nurture bonds with others any time of the year.

Bangor, Pennsylvania, has opened her doors for intimate community events through the years. “My former home, a converted church, was a perfect space for organizing and a way to give back,” says Caldara, who has hosted gatherings on local environmental issues, music performances, literary nights and annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations. Small living spaces can be just as welcoming and facilitate simple conversation, a valuable gesture. “The art of listening is such a beautiful, but rare act of kindness. I love technology, but there’s no denying that our devices have made us poor listeners,” says Michael J. Chase, of southern Maine, the founder of The Kindness Center, whose books include Am I Being Kind and Off: A Memoir of Darkness, a Manual of Hope. Each month, Chase makes it a point to visit friends and send some handwritten notes instead of using social media.

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n Revive a traditional weekly or monthly dinner with family or friends. n Whip up and enjoy a healthy dinner or dessert with someone not seen in a while. n Organize a healthy potluck using local ingredients and encourage invitees to bring someone that’s new to the group. n Choose a healthier version of a holiday favorite and print out the recipe for everyone at the event. n Fill a holiday basket with yummy and colorful edibles and drop it off at a local business or library to express appreciation. n Seek reconciliation by initiating a conversation with someone that may have been hurtful. n Explore to join or host a dinner to make new friends.

Offer Some Time n Offer to help clean up a friend’s yard or organize a closet or room in their house. n Host a children’s art party and donate their works to a local facility or shelter. n If in possession of a holistic, artful or practical skill, gift it. n Bring a pot of homemade soup to a friend or neighbor that’s under the weather. n Find ideas for random acts of kindness at


OH, WHAT NOW? Mercury Retrogrades Over the Holidays by Elizabeth Joyce


ercury will turn retrograde the morning of December 2 and will remain retrograde until December 22, through the thick of the Christmas shopping days and for all seven days of Hanukkah. The planet will be in the shadow of retrograde several days before that. Let’s make a note of how this affects the public, as this backwards motion brings some or all of the following: difficulties in transportation, slowing down of the mail system, difficulty finding what you want, incorrectly shipped items, canceled plans, changed minds, mechanical difficulties—especially telephones and computers, incorrect or lost messages, as well as difficulties in all kinds of practical matters. Given the already challenging nature of the holiday season, Mercury’s dubious gifts as it turns retrograde are ones we are certain we never placed on our wish list. So prepare for some difficulties. Here are some recommendations to help. n Remember Murphy’s Law? If something can go wrong it will, at the worst possible moment. This was most likely coined during one of Mercury’s retrograde phases. While it serves as a warning, it is also a reminder to keep a good sense of humor. Where would all of our comics be if nothing went wrong? n Get your vehicles checked out in November, not December. Purchase all tickets (travel and theater) before December 2.

n Leave an extra 15 minutes early, and plan extra time between appointments. n Do all of your holiday shopping before you get that car checked (in November, right?). n Remember that intention counts. Even if you can’t find what you want, you will find what you need. n Send out all packages and holiday cards by December 1. n Don’t get too tied up in thinking or re-thinking the guest list or the gift list. People will forgive you, especially when you explain about wayward Mercury. n If you are late with gifts, explain about Mercury retrograde. Also point

out that in ancient Mesopotamia, giving gifts after the holidays, within the 12 days of Christmas, was considered a sign of wisdom and love. n If you plan to travel long distances, remember that Mercury retrograde generally indicates that everyone’s a bit harried, hurried and hassled, including airplane mechanics. This doesn’t mean that you should not travel, but it is certainly not the best time to do so. Follow your intuition as whether to fly or not. Expect delays and always bring a book to read and some toys for the children. Once you’ve adequately prepared, relax knowing that it will all be over in time for a bright, new 2018. Lean back in your easy chair, sip your favorite beverage and put your feet up. That will bring things into perspective for you. Perspective is just what you need when Mercury is retrograde. Elizabeth Joyce is an internationally respected speaker, psychic, energetic healer and author of Ascension— Accessing the Fifth Dimension, The NEW Spiritual Chakras and Unlimited Realities. She is based in Doylestown. For more information, call 201-9348986, email Elizabeth_Joyce@verizon. net or visit See listing, page 43.

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utumn is the season of falling apart and letting go. The outer-directed energy and enthusiasm of summer’s fire power sharply falls away. Temperatures drop, winds accelerate, leaves turn color and bid farewell as everything in Mother Nature’s kingdom returns to the soil, enriching it to prepare the grounds for a new harvest. This process of nature reflects the cycles of the spirit to create and let go. In the transition between these two seasons there is an energetic stimulation to turn inward. This inward pull offers an opportunity to divide what is still fresh and useful from that which is decaying like the fallen leaves of the autumn trees. This is the strongest time of the year for taking out the garbage and cleaning out the old and useless patterns in life. If you move harmoniously with the process you will leave this season feeling fresh and pure, like a fall breeze in the early morning. Autumn delivers us back to the state of original nature, stimulates the removal of that which is no longer needed and reveals what is most precious in life. Autumn is also the season of the element Metal (or air). It is completely natural to feel grief and separation as a symptom of the letting go of summer, which is a time of increased pride and ego. This sadness is purifying and cleansing and completely natural in the process of transition into the colder and less active months of the year. The summer has passed and so has the time for power, fire and “giving it all you got.” Use this time wisely and move freely like autumn wind into the season of rest. This is a time to contain yourself, speak less, act less and become completely absorbed in the calm and peace that only fall offers.

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lthough auricular medicine originally focused on withdrawing addicts from narcotic drugs, alcohol and nicotine, it is now used for treatment in an array of more than 300 disorders, including: anxiety, insomnia, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, psychological and compulsive disorders, irritability, ADD/ADHD, asthma, allergies, menstrual cramps, high blood pressure, TMJ, decreased libido, eczema, depression, irritable bowel syndrome and many more. Rooted in the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture, auricular medicine was developed in the 1950s by Dr. Paul Nogier, a physician from Lyon, France. Nogier observed that many of his Middle Eastern patients had been successfully treated for sciatica pain through the cauterization of a certain area of their ear. This finding prompted him to further study the connection between the ear and the body. Although auricular medicine is often called “ear acupuncture”, the two procedures are drastically different. In acupuncture, small needles are inserted along different “meridians”, or energy channels, to relieve the symptoms of a particular health problem. Auricular medicine doesn’t involve any needles. The points of treatment are diagnosed using the perspective of the ear, because it is a localized reflex system connected to the central nervous system. Auricular medicine facilitates the natural, self-regulating homeodynamic mechanisms of the body by diminishing overactive bodily functions or increasing underactive physiological processes. A trained auricular medicine practitioner will use a tool called the StimPlus Pro to locate, assess and deliver specific micro currents to certain points on the skin of the auricle (external ear). This treatment is safe and non-invasive; the only side effects are possible tenderness of the ear and, due to the release of endorphins during the treatment, possible shortterm drowsiness. During a typical appointment, the patient will lie on an examination table while the technician scans specific points with the StimPlus Pro to determine if they are “electrically active”, meaning the tissue has a frequency different than its appropriate tone. A healthy nerve tissue will not be electrically active. After the points are located, treatment follows through the electrical stimulation of a microcurrent for up to one minute. This stabilizes the abnormal nerve activity and initiates a reflex to the brain to expedite healing. Dr. Brit Reed is the owner and director of Bellows Health Systems and The (In) Fertility Center, located at 107 N. Main St., in Mansfield. For more information, call 607-742-8707 or visit and

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Books that Kids Will Love Advice for Parents from Award-Winners by Randy Kambic


hile kids may list movies, kids 8 and up about math, science and video games, music downengineering—cultivates positive role loads and other media featur- models via inspirational personal stoing their favorite athlete, actor or music ries. She points out that most of those star as priority holiday gifts, books will depicted were not that well known, and expand their thoughts, curiosity and therefore can be emulated and more dreams by exposing them to a different readily related to. set of role models and aspirations. One of these is Katherine Coleman Reading takes kids away from tech Johnson, a black National Aeronauscreens and expands horizons in ways tics and Space Administration research that can improve their mathematician and physischool grades, maturity cist, portrayed in the recent Holiday gift and overall inquisitivefilm Hidden Figures. Mabooks can inspire rine scientist Eugenie Clark, ness. Many wise-hearted parents are recognizing lifetime readers. known as the “shark lady” the benefits, as children’s for her daring underwater book sales were up 5 percent in the research, and major pioneers in cartog12-month period ending in mid-Octoraphy, archaeology and other fields also ber 2016, according to the American stir inquiring minds. Booksellers Association. Humor, fantasy “I wanted to provide a variety and magic, classics, nonfiction, time of fields, backgrounds and ethnicitravel and participatory activities rank ties,” remarks Lawlor. “They were all among the most popular topics. determined, very smart and persistent, and made strides in opening Award-Winners’ Advice doors for women.” Lawlor’s 2012 “Children can’t be what they can’t see,” children’s book Rachel Carson and says author Laurie Lawlor, of Evanston, Her Book That Changed The World Illinois. Her 2017 book Super Women: describes how Carson’s seminal 1962 Six Scientists that Changed the World— book Silent Spring helped spawn the a nonfiction account designed to excite conservation and pro-environment 30

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movement by chronicling the dangers of pollution. Children’s fascination with nature and wildlife can also be met through the Dog and Bear series by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, out of Long Island, New York, and Vermonter Jim Arnosky’s scientifically sound wildlife chronicles ( Kelly Barnhill, of Minneapolis, whose latest work is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, characterizes children as quiet, yet highly active when reading. “They are encountering characters and then building, inserting themselves and more information into the stories, making it more relevant to them,” she says. The former middle school language arts teacher advocates parental reading aloud with children. “Make it a daily practice of turning to a separate book from what they may be reading on their own. You’re helping them develop cognitive structure by reinforcing and explaining. It’s a shared lens on life.”

Cultivate Reading 4 Know the child’s interests. “If they like horses or birds, you’re certain to find great related books,” advises Lawlor. 4 Lead by example. “Seeing you reading or gardening or making things invites them to learn more about what they like,” says Lawlor. 4 Be flexible and share. There’s no clear-cut time to transition from reading aloud to having a child do it on their own. Try taking turns reading a paragraph and then a page with them. “Women tend to read more than men, so get Dad involved, as well,” says Barnhill. 4 Access quantity. “Make many books available to kids,” advises Barnhill. “They’ll enjoy having a choice.” Thrift stores are stocked with heavily discounted used books. 4 Empower them. The interactive,

hands-on format of Ellen Sabin’s new The Imagine It Book allows children to “dive in and see how they can make an impact, be innovative, play, fail and then succeed,” says Sabin. “Make them feel like they are ‘driving the bus.’” Welcoming diversity and providing a safe and reassuring community

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space for both confident and vulnerable youngsters, the American Library Association ( provides libraries with positive, unifying resources for children and families. They include a Storytime for Social Justice Kit; booklist for Hope and Inspiration storytime events; resource list on Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice for parents, caregivers and educators; and curated media list on immigration. The Barnes & Noble bookseller groups selected children’s books— including classics such as Dr. Seuss titles, poetry, nature, sports, history and science—in five age categories from newborn through teenage years. “It’s an amazing era for children’s books,” assesses Barnhill. “The success of the Harry Potter series reminded people that kids like real stories. There’s been a boom in creativity, vigor and technical skills in story construction.” Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.

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and other irritants from its paws. For large dogs, soak one foot at a time in a bucket. Stand small dogs in a sink or tub, or dunk one paw at a time in a small container of solution. Dilute povidone iodine to the color of iced tea and add to the footbath. Swish it around while the dog stands in it for two to five minutes. Talk soothingly and offer treats as needed.

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any pet parents check their kitchen cabinets first when treating their canine companion’s minor health issues. Three helpful basics are canned, 100 percent pumpkin, povidone iodine antiseptic and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, plus apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.


Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues Solution: Canned pumpkin. For occasional mild tummy upsets, give a teaspoon of pumpkin for every 10 pounds of body weight, one to two times a day, either in food or as a treat, for non-allergic dogs. Pumpkin’s soluble fiber can ease diarrhea and constipation.


Minor Skin Abrasions, Cuts, Infections or Hot Spots Solution: Povidone iodine. The gentle Betadine brand can allay staph, yeast and most common bacteria. It’s safe if a pet licks it. Dilute the povidone iodine until it looks like iced tea, soak a clean cloth and gently wipe infected skin areas. Rinse the cloth, wipe the skin, and then pat dry. Repeat twice daily for a minor issue.

Fleas Solution: Apple cider vinegar (ACV). It doesn’t kill fleas, but helps deter them. Put a solution of equal parts raw, organic ACV and water in a spray bottle and spritz the pet before they head outdoors plus dog bedding. Consider adding it to a dog’s food as well; one teaspoon for every 20 pounds of pooch.


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During baths, pour diluted ACV of one cup of vinegar to one gallon of water over a freshly bathed dog (avoid the head) for a flea-preventive rinse. Massage the ACV solution into their coat and towel dry. Don’t rinse. Alternatively, add about two cups of apple cider vinegar to their bathwater.


Crusty Skin and Nails Solution: Coconut oil. Skin treatments using 100 percent organic, cold-pressed, human-grade coconut oil can reduce flaking and improve skin quality, especially for seniors with crusty patches of skin and funky nails. Bathe the dog, and then rub the oil into the skin all over their body, especially on dry areas. Let it absorb for about five minutes. Follow with another bath (not much lather) and a very light rinse. Also, dab it directly on hotspots, eruptions and rashes after disinfecting.


Skunk Encounter Solution: Skunk rinse. In a pail, mix one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, one-quarter cup of baking soda and two teaspoons dishwashing liquid. For a large dog, double, triple or quadruple the mixture, based on their size and coat. Apply the mixture to the dog’s dry coat, taking care to avoid the eyes. Massage the mixture into the coat and skin for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate. Use a sponge to apply the solution to the chin, cheeks, forehead and ears. Rinse thoroughly. When rinsing the head, tilt the dog’s chin upward to protect the eyes. It may be necessary to repeat the entire process up to three times. Rinse off the solution completely.

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Toxin Ingestion Solution: Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and give one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of dog weight. Add a little vanilla ice cream or honey to encourage swallowing, or simply syringe it down their throat, if necessary. Walk the dog for a few minutes—movement helps the hydrogen peroxide work—which typically occurs within 15 minutes. If the dog doesn’t vomit in 15 minutes, give a second dose. If after another 15 minutes they still haven’t vomited, call a veterinarian. Don’t induce vomiting if the dog is throwing up already, has lost consciousness or can’t stand, or it’s been more than two hours since they ingested the toxin. Harsh chemicals can cause burning both as they are swallowed and come back up. For these problems, seek veterinary care immediately. Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.

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BUCKS COUNTY Bikram Yoga Doylestown 1717 S Easton Rd, Doylestown 570-977-6689 Blossom Yoga 2324 2nd Street Pike, Newtown 215-416-3252

Cornerstone Health & Fitness 740 Edison Furlong Rd, Doylestown • 215-794-3700 415 S York Rd, New Hope 215-862-2200 419 S York Rd, New Hope 215-862-2200 847 Easton Rd, Warrington 215-918-5900 Dragonfly Yoga Studio & Massage Therapy 156 Green St, Doylestown 215-622-4612 Moondog Yoga Studio 44 Front St, Quakertown 267-374-4046 Park Club Fitness and Wellness 620 W Chestnut St, Ste 101, Perkasie 215-257-8877 Prancing Peacock 524 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley 139 Zimmerman Ln, Langhorne 267-679-0791 3434 Bucks Bucks & Montgomery County Edition & Montgomery County Edition

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Shine Yoga Center 601 W Market St, Perkasie 267-221-0980 Sun Dog Yoga Studio 17 W State St, Ste 1, Doylestown 215-230-4031 Tristana Yoga Studio 4095 Ferry Rd, Doylestown 267-245-4140 Yoga Vibhuti 77 2nd Street Pike, Southampton 215-514-6065 Yogasphere 18 Swamp Rd, Newtown 215-579-6130 EASTERN MONTGOMERY COUNTY Amma Yanni Yoga Center & School 827 Glenside Ave, Wyncote 215-572-9881 The Buddha-Bar Yorktown Plaza 160 Yorktown Plz, Elkins Park 215-901-2835 Dana Hot Yoga 2278 Mount Carmel Ave, Glenside • 610-667-3262 832 N Bethlehem Pk, Spring House • 267-974-9805*

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

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Donate Winter Coat/Receive Exam – All month. Winter coat drive special offer. Donate a new or slightly used winter coat at our office, and in return for your generosity receive a doctor consultation, examination, upper cervical X-ray study and report of findings. $250 value. Free. Valid for the month of November. LifeAligned Upper Cervical Chiropractic, 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 4A, Warrington. Andrew Persky, DC, 215-491-4200. Info@LifeAligned

Tuesday Nov 7 • 6pm “Case Studies in Nutritional Medicine” with Dr. Daila Pravs of Montgomery Integrative Health Group. Light dinner and refreshments provided with time for Q&A, large and small group discussion and networking. Join our Facebook group!


Advocacy & Action – Letter Writing – 7-8pm. Ever wanted to write a letter to your congressman, but couldn’t think of what to say? BCAS is offering a free Action Night where you can learn from advocates like the Delaware River Keeper how to write an advocacy letter. We will write some together and send them on their way. Free. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. 215-297-5880. MFarra@BCAS. org. Food Education Talk – 7-9pm. Topic: Why Do We Eat What We Eat, When We Know What We Know? Learn the basics of behavioral change and how we can use this to help improve our health. We look at cravings, comfort eating and other factors that keep us from making the changes we really want to make. Doylestown Mennonite Church, 590 N Broad St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Info@Doylestown. coop.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Autoimmune & Gut Health–Yoga Therapy – 1-2:30pm. Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to create and maintain health of their body, mind and spirit through the use of traditional techniques from the philosophy and practice of yoga. Practiced in small groups or privately, students address specific health concerns with yoga postures, breathing and meditation. $40. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. JourneyDance – 7-8:30pm. A conscious dance party. JourneyDance is a transformational dance that combines freestyle and guided movement that inspire well-being and empowerment. JourneyDance’s meditative joyful movement is for everyone. Come as you are, wherever you are on your journey. Bring a water bottle and dress comfortably for movement. $20. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-534-4989.


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Cooking with the Doc – 1-2pm or 5:30-6:30pm. Adults. Join Dr. Richard Goldstein, cardiologist from Abington Memorial Hospital, and the instore nutritionist, along with Chef Dan for some heart-healthy holiday cooking techniques. Sample delicious heart-healthy, holiday foods. $15/person. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960.

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Drum Circle and Pot Luck – 7:15-9:15pm. Join us for some drumming, community and snacks. We will provide drums if you don’t have one. An outdoor fire if weather permits and we can make some music together. $10. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073.


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Hope Hill Lavender Farm Open – 10am–3pm. Visit Hope Hill Lavender Farm and enjoy shopping in our new Farm Store. Come see fall colors on the mountains surrounding the farm. Free. 2375 Panther Valley Rd, Pottsville. 570-617-0851. HopeHill Vör Food Tasting – 11am-3pm. Meet Frank, creator of Vör Foods nut butter cups, our local featured producer. Try samples of four chocolate nut butter cups and save 20% all month. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548. Fall Psychic Fair – 11/4-11/5, 11am-5pm. A day of fun and inspiration that benefits local Bucks charities. Psychic readings from local or guest psychics. Frank St James of The Psychic Detectives, and BIO Channel, Celeste of the Fox Sisters, more. Create your own spa day with bodywork, a reading, lectures and other holistic services at your convenience. Call to book advance appointments. $5 entrance; $5 lunch. Booths/activities extra. The James Lorah House, 132 N Main St, Doylestown. Elizabeth Joyce, 215-996-0646. Meditation Series – 11/4-11/18, Noon-1:30pm. Explore your body’s vitality, curb the wandering of your mind & get in touch with your inner-being. This transformational, three-part workshop will approach meditation according to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a seminal text of yoga, giving you the tools to begin a home meditation practice or build on your spiritual practice. Must attend all three sessions. $69. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYoga Charlie Zahm & Tad Marks Concert – 7:309:30pm. Join us for a Tribute to John Denver & the Great Outdoors. $12/person in advance (by 11/3 at 5pm) or $15/person on 11/4. Concert will be held inside our Visitors’ Building. Doors open at 7pm.

Healthy Eating on a Budget – 7-8:30pm. Join Weavers Way Coop’s Neighborhood Nutrition Team to talk about eating healthy without breaking the bank. We will discuss cheaper choices from each food group, tips and tricks for buying and cooking with bulk ingredients, and how eating less processed foods can save money and be healthier, too. Free. Registration required. Weavers Way Coop-Ambler, 217 E Butler Ave, Philadelphia. Weavers Way Coop, 215-843-2350.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Empty Nesters Gathering – 10-11:30am. What do I do now? Discover new connections and purpose. Share with other empty nesters and PJ, our soulful, resident equine. Come and be nurtured. Find support and comfort as you work through this stage in your life at your own pace. $20. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. 267272-9343.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice: Holiday Baking – 1-2pm. Adults. Manage your blood sugar while still enjoying holiday baked goods. Join the in-store nutritionist as she creates reduced-sugar treats by using natural sweeteners in holiday cookies, pies and more. Free. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960.

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.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Kids’ Nature Day – Fall in the Forest – 9am-4pm. 6- to 12-year-olds are invited to join us. Our veteran naturalists are ready to spend the day ensuring your child engages with nature in an autumn wonderland. Your child will have so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re learning. $50 for the day; pre-register by 11/7. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd, Bristol. 215-785-1177. SilverLakeNatureCenter@

Newtown. Greg Campisi, 215-480-4856. Expo@

Sip and Shop Girls Night Out – 6:30-9:30pm. Join our open house gathering with our community sharing the wares and gifts that they offer. Come for some cider and wine, mingling about, unique gift items and artisans, giggling and laughter in a homey shopping experience. Free. The Room At Meadowbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Ottsville. You have gifts you want to share? Connect with Lyn Hicks, 215-813-4073. Lyn@HarmonyHillGardens. com.

Fall 2017 Inner Light Holistic Expo, held at the Coventry Mall in Pottstown, Center Court and throughout the mall. Crystals, jewelry, books, aura photography, massage, reiki, hypnotherapy, chiropractors, psychics/medium readers, ionic cleanse, spiritual gifts and more. Vendor spaces available.


savethedate Healing Touch Level 1 November 11-12 • 8:30am-6pm Taught by teacher, mentor and holistic nurse/ expert HT practitioner Jean M White. Twoday course includes 16 CEs for nurses and massage therapists. Ideal for anyone wanting tools to work with others and self-care. Cost: $365 Holy Redeemer HomeCare 12265 Townsend Rd, Philadelphia Michele Tryson, 484-744-0205 Painting on Silk – 10am-5pm. Would you like to unleash your inner artist while creating your Christmas presents? Scarves, hangings, greeting cards, with your own hands and heart. With textile artist Ute Arnold, MFA, body psychotherapist and author of Stuck is Not a Place, on Kindle. $150. Blue Bamboo Studio, Ferry Rd, Pt Pleasant. Ute Arnold, 215-2978006. AWAKEN Healing Expo – 11/11-11/12, 10am7pm. Find what your soul is searching for at the AWAKEN Expo. Join us for a loving, experiential and educational fundraising event. Learn about healing modalities and meet gifted practitioners and leaders in the area. Free admission. Free talks. Group workshops. Vendor room. Schedule your sessions now. Advanced registration available online. 20-min healing or reading: $25; three healings/readings: $50. $20 event day pass; $35 weekend pass. Bucks County Community College, 275 Swamp Rd,

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November 8, 7-9pm Psychic and Soul Path Readings Join Allison Hayes, The Rock Girl, for accurate,

detailed and evidential readings in a gallery setting. Whether you have questions about love and relationships, career, past lives, connecting to your spirit guides or finding your soul’s deepest purpose, Allison can help you to discover the legacy of your soul. $55, New Britain. Note: Doors open at 6pm for The Rock Girl Sacred Stone sale.

November 10, 7-9pm Aligning the Mind, Body & Spirit with the Frequency of Stones

Receive hands-on experience with select stones from The Rock Girl’s personal collection. Discover Allison Hayes’ unique approach to all-things-stone, and learn how to use these stones to cleanse and balance energy on the spiritual and physical planes. Which stones are you drawn to, and more importantly, which stones push you away? $55, New Britain. Note: Doors open at 6pm for The Rock Girl Sacred Stone sale.

November 11-12, 10am-6pm Psychic Development

Vör Food Tasting – 11am-3pm. Meet Frank, creator of Vör Foods nut butter cups, our local featured producer. Try samples of four chocolate nut butter cups and save 20% all month. Doylestown Food Market, 29 W State St, Doylestown. 215-348-4548.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 Classic Cranberries – 2-3pm or 6-7pm. Adults. Come learn about this exquisite berry, its health benefits, and creative ways to serve cranberries at your next family meal. Samples and recipes provided. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown. To register, call nutritionist Rabiya Bower, 215-836-4300.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Turn Turkey Leftovers into Planned-Overs – 1-2pm. Adults. With planning, leftover Thanksgiving turkey can be as tasty as your original holiday meal. Learn how to make easy, nutritious-yetdelicious turkey meals as the in-store nutritionist shares recipes. Enjoy samples in our Cooking School before you leave. Free. Giant Food Stores Cooking School, 315 York Rd, Willow Grove. To register, call 215-784-1960.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Kids Cook Under 5: Fruit Trees – 10am-3pm. Kids with parents. Interactive kids’ class that will teach basic kitchen skills to create nutritious and delicious snacks. Recommended for children ages 18 months to 5 years. Free. Giant Food Stores, 1874 Bethlehem Pk, Flourtown. To register, call nutritionist Rabiya Bower, 215-836-4300.

In one of her most popular workshops, Allison Hayes, The Rock Girl, will share her trade secrets to strong, clear and accurate psychic readings. Learn how to awaken and activate your psychic abilities for your own personal growth and spiritual transformation, or train for a career as a professional psychic. Discover the etiquette of a psychic reading and identify your psychic strengths and weaknesses. Develop your own style of reading. Learn how to link with spirit, start and end a reading and much more. $450, Doylestown.

November 14, 15, 16, 20, 11am-8pm Psychic Rock Readings by appointment

Allison Hayes, the Rock Girl, utilizes the sacred energy of stones to channel messages from Mother Earth and spirit. Allison is unmatched in her ability to connect with these ancient carriers of wisdom and share their messages with those who need them. Evidential and informative, these messages provide valuable guidance and insight into current and past lives, and promote healing and integration on the physical, emotional and spiritual planes. $185 for 30 minutes, Doylestown.

November 18-19, 10am-6pm Crystal Skull Extravaganza

According to indigenous legends, crystal skulls were used as a tool for teaching and healing that would ultimately lead to a path to higher consciousness. Learn how to utilize them as cosmic doorways for peaceful and loving energies. Discover the history of the crystal skulls. Channel The Rock Girl’s crystal skulls as they deliver their messages to you. $450, Doylestown.

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

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Delaware Valley Functional Forum Meetup for Integrative Health Professionals

November 7 • 6pm “Case Studies in Nutritional Medicine” with Dr. Daila Pravs of Montgomery Integrative Health Group

Intro to the Beauty of Ayurveda – 11am-12:30pm. Enjoy the holidays this season by reducing the effects of stress. In this introduction you will identify what triggers create imbalance in your lifestyle and find daily practices to implement for vibrant health. We’ll apply short experiential learning activities to discover ancient ways to truly take ownership over our health. Free. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Woods Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Info@Hillery

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Enlighten Up! Playshop – 10am-noon. Join Edie Weinstein, a.k.a. The Bliss Mistress, for an afternoon of enlivening and enlightening playtime that will involve group games, movement, music, mindfulness (and of course, chocolate) as well as Laughter Yoga. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354. Finding My Voice – Literally! – 2-3:30pm. An exploration of the throat chakra with Sheila Keating. Learn breath, gentle yoga postures and meditation to calm the muscles and mind. Followed by a fiveminute “speak free” for anyone wishing to share tools that help on a day-to-day basis. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354.

Join us for an inspiring, engaging evening with local colleagues! Lecture, Q&A, large and small group discussion, networking.

Natural Ornaments for the Holidays – 2-4pm. Tired of the same old decorations this holiday season? Come on out to BCAS for an afternoon of DIY fun. We will be making all-natural ornaments to help add some festivity to our center and your house. Admission: $5/person; $20/BCAS member family; $30/non-member family. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. Marissa Farra, 215-297-5880. MFarra@BCAS. org.

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Introduction to Reiki November 18 • 3-4:30pm Presented by Shamanic Yoga Master Samuel “Ganesha” Steward. Learn about the Japanese art of reiki energy healing. Get all your questions answered in this lecture and experientialbased introductory class. The evening will conclude with a demonstration of reiki for attendees to experience the effect of energy work. Perfect for those interested in receiving the benefits of reiki, as well as individuals who may want to become reiki practitioners.

Donation Tranquility Yoga at Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster Samuel Steward, 609-455-7224 Bucks Co Lyme Disease Support Group – 4pm. PA is #1 for Lyme and accounts for 40% of all cases nationwide. This is predicted to be a bad year for ticks due to the fact that last year there were a lot of the mice that carry Lyme, the mild winter and


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the damp spring. We’re available to do prevention presentations and we work to educate the public and support those with tick-borne illnesses. Middletown Municipal Bldg, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne. Evelyn, 215-741-5902.

savethedate Songs for Healing November 18 • 7-8:30pm Tranquility Yoga presents Prashantaka Live in concert. Enjoy a night of harmonic frequencies and positive vibrations. Gongs, singing bowls, bells and other rare healing instruments will be used to re-tune and recharge every cell of your body leaving you in a state of peace and tranquility. Bring sacred objects. Contribution: $30 Tranquility Yoga at Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster Samuel Steward, 609-455-7224

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Karuna Reiki II – 9:45am-3:45pm. Enrich your Karuna practice in beautiful, peaceful, healing ways. Learn and be attuned to the four level II symbols. Participants receive the Karuna Reiki Two Practitioner Manual and Karuna Reiki II Certificate. Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, 690 Harleysville Pk, Lederach. 215-740-1354.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Hope Hill Lavender Farm Open – 10am–3pm. Shop Small Business Saturday with Hope Hill. Complimentary lavender refreshments while you shop in the warmth of our new store. Custom gift baskets available. Free. 2375 Panther Valley Rd, Pottsville. 570-617-0851. Family Yoga – 1-2pm. Everyone in the family can do yoga together. This class/workshop is open to parents and children of any age. Feel free to bring more than one child, your spouse, etc. Children can play (bring a toy if you think they want to do that) or do yoga. $20/family. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215661-0510.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Sacred Tones Workshop – 1-2:30pm. Sacred Tones, sponsored by MSIA (Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness) and PTS (Peace Theological Seminary). Come experience “calling yourself forward into the Light for the highest good.” Learn about chanting Ani-Hu and experience your spiritual connection to the Divine within. Free. The Room

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 Annual Breakfast – 8-10:30am. Join A Woman’s Place for a decadent breakfast as we celebrate our volunteers and community supporters, share the impact our work has had on our community and come together to support AWP’s vision, mission and values in the community. Join us at Peddler’s Village’s beautiful new event space, The Grand Ballroom. $40. The Grand Ballroom at Peddler’s Village, Rtes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Jesse Steele, 214-343-9241. supportus/attend/breakfast.html.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 FED (Food Education) Talk – 7-9pm. Women’s Hormone Health: from Fertility through Menopause with Dr. Julie Lachman. Don’t miss local women’s health expert Dr. Julie Lachman, ND, speaking out about the secrets to balancing hormones. Dr. Lachman will shine light on the rise of hormonal imbalances in women and how they are treated and prevented. $5/members; $8/non-members. Doylestown Mennonite Church, 590 N Broad St, Doylestown. 908-337-9670. Info@Doylestown. coop.

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sunday JourneyDance – 2-4pm, 11/5, 11/19. JourneyDance is a loosely guided, freestyle dance of self-exploration, transformation and love. It’s for the seekers and those ready to embrace mind, body and soul through movement. JourneyDance is for everyone. No experience necessary. Bring a water bottle and dress comfortably for movement. $20. Airmid Wellness, 1260 Old York Rd, Warminster. 215-534-4989.

monday Donate Winter Coat/Receive Exam – Mon-Fri. Winter coat drive special offer. Donate a new or slightly used winter coat at our office, and in return for your generosity receive a doctor consultation, examination, upper cervical X-ray study and report of findings. $250 value. Free. Valid for the month of November. LifeAligned Upper Cervical Chiropractic, 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 4A, Warrington. Andrew Persky, DC, 215-491-4200. Info@LifeAligned 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.

tuesday Dosh Balancing Vinyasa – 9:30-10:45am. There’s more to yoga than downward dog and sun salutes. Time of day, stage of life, lifestyle and season all have an influence of when certain elements in nature and the elements in your constitution can create excess. 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 Woods Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Monthly Multi Media Art Class with Ute Arnold, MFA – 10am-2pm. Last Tues of each month. Composition and color studies with drawing, printing, water color, pastel, painting on silk, collaging and journal making. No experience necessary. $90 each for a series of six, drop-ins $130. Work study possible. Blue Bamboo Studio, Pt Pleasant. UteB Body-Centered Stress Relief – 6-7pm. Find out why someone is “a pain in the neck” while another is “a pain in the butt”. Become aware of your stress and learn how to alleviate it with consciousness, movement and breathing processes. $20. Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Warminster. Cathy Scarpello, 215-262-2273.

wednesday Donate Winter Coat/Receive Exam – Mon-Fri. Winter coat drive special offer. Donate a new or slightly used winter coat at our office, and in return for your generosity receive a doctor consultation, examination, upper cervical X-ray study and report of findings. $250 value. Free. Valid for the month of

November. LifeAligned Upper Cervical Chiropractic, 1432 Easton Rd, Ste 4A, Warrington. Andrew Persky, DC, 215-491-4200. Info@LifeAligned Healthy Aging Chair Yoga – 11am-noon. This class will focus on setting you up for success, accomplishing your daily movements with greater ease. We use yoga postures to bring more stability to everyday rhythms: walking, balancing, developing core strength. Find more stability in your everyday movements. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Woods 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@ MetaFriends Support Group – 6-7pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. This group is intended for those individuals with Stage IV cancer. Holy Redeemer Women’s Healthcare Center, 45 2nd St Pike, Southampton. Dr Pam Ginsberg, 215-340-0608. Ginsberg Bridge Bi-Weekly Meditation – 6:15-7pm. 1st & 3rd Wed. Join Paolo for guided meditation to destress midweek. In a serene environment located in the heart of Doylestown. Free. Any donations are giving to local charities. Bridge Acupuncture, 30 Garden Alley, Doylestown. Paolo Propato, 215348-8058. Bridge

thursday Tibetan Heart Yoga, Mahamudra – 9:30-11am. Series 2 in the Tibetan Heart Yoga sequences. Explore the practice of Mahamudra offered on Mondays at 6pm also. This practice focuses on containing vital energy through the bhandas. All with the purpose of mental clarity. Through this practice we apply principles for how we see the world within and without. $15. Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, 127 S 5th St, Ste 150, Quakertown. Hillery Woods Siatkowski, 215-257-5025. Info@HilleryWoods

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Bucks County Breast Friends Meeting – 7-9pm. 1st Thurs. Bucks County Breast Friends (BCBF) general meeting. This group is intended for those that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Meetings focus on providing men and women with educational support and peer support. Holy Redeemer Healthcare at Bensalem, 3300 Tillman Dr, Bensalem. Jill Indelicato, 215-364-0935.

friday Molecules of Emotions/Changing Body Memory – 9:30am-12:30pm. Biweekly classes with bodypsychotherapist Ute Arnold. Our cellular bodystories hold on to abuse, trauma, abandonment, chronic pain, relationship issues, etc, therefore creating illness and interfering with wellness. Unergi body-psychotherapy changes belief systems and, therefore, the body story. Pt Pleasant (near New Hope). 5 Elements Flow by Tranquility Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Join Shamanic Yoga Master Samuel “Ganesha” Steward for this one-of-a-kind yoga class in which the traditional flow of Vinyasa is combined with the ancient healing practice of the five elements. This practice is the root of all spiritual healing exercises and offers an entry point into how your own subtle body systems operate together to unify and relax the soul force spirit. We look forward to meeting you. Donation. Tranquility Yoga at Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Samuel Steward, 609-455-4989.

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. Hope Hill Lavender Farm Open – 1st & 4th Sat. 10am–3pm. Visit our lavender farm and new lavender farm store, which contains our quality lavender products and other unique items. Come see what’s in store for you at Hope Hill. Free. 2375 Panther Valley Rd, Pottsville. 570-617-0851. HopeHill Yoga for Pain Management Series – 10:1511:30am. This gentle supportive class welcomes beginners to advanced. Baille Jones, LPC, and Sports Psychotherapist and Shamanic Yoga Master Samuel “Ganesha” Steward provide guidance with sound, simple movements, visualization and other tools to help address mental or physical pain you may be experiencing. We’re looking forward to supporting you. Advance registration required. Tranquility Yoga at Airmid Wellness and Counseling Center, 1260 Old York Rd, Hartsville Professional Village, Warminster. Baille Jones, 267-272-5320.

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Lisa Rhodes, DPM, Licensed Acupuncturist Fountainville • 215-230-4600 Utilizing applied kinesiology and nutritional testing to develop individualized, holistic therapeutic solutions. Integrative approach to optimizing your health and function. Specializing in allergy elimination and immune function. See ad, page 6.


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 13.

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COMMUNITY WELLNESS CENTER 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 33.


1260 Old York Rd, Warminster 215-293-0744 • Our licensed staff of professional counselors offer private and group therapy for children, adolescents, teens and adults. Most insurance accepted. Experience Tranquility Yo g a c l a s s e s , m a s s a g e , acupuncture, JourneyDance and t’ai chi. See ad, page 10.


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John of God Crystal Bed Healing cleanses, opens and invigorates the body and soul by balancing and clearing one’s chakras and energy field. Colored lights, chosen to match the chakra colors, radiate light and energy through precision crystals, activating the body’s own natural healing mechanisms. Gain insight & enhanced emotional, physical & spiritual well-being. See ad, page 23.


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


Hyo J. Lim DMD 216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercuryand metal-free restorations are used for the most biocompatible results. Biocompatibility testing for dental materials is available. Invisalign is offered as an alternative to metal braces. Zirconium and titanium implants are offered to replace damaged or missing teeth. Free digital X-rays with initial consultation. See ad, page 15.


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.

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Relax and revitalize with restful energy wellness therapy. Sessions include tuning fork therapy, vibration sound, crystals, aromatherapy, targeted reflexology and reiki to balance, cleanse and bring optimal wellness.


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 27.


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 6.


102 S Bellevue Ave, Langhorne 267-374-0187 Jean White is a holistic nurse and expert Healing Touch practitioner/ instructor. Call for a free consult today.


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.


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


267-474-7536 Dedicated to educating people on toxins and chemicals found in their homes, and the effects they have on their health. Convert your home to safer, healthier products. See ad, page 28.



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 25.


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

LEGAL SERVICES LAW OFFICES OF JENNIFER J RILEY 585 Skippack Pike, Ste 200, Blue Bell 900 W Valley Rd, Ste 703, Wayne 215-283-5080 •

Specializing in family law. High-quality, compassionate legal services including child support, child custody, divorce, alimony, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, estate planning and more. Serving the greater Philadelphia area. See ad, page 31.


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 29.

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


Laurie Van Valkenburgh, ACBT, LMT 6064 Upper Mountain Rd, New Hope 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.


Modern-day psychic, mystic, author and master spiritual teacher/healer, Ms. Joyce is widely recognized for accurate predictions, mediumship and guidance for missing persons, dream analysis and past-life regression. Visions of Reality classes help develop psychic/intuitive abilities. Listen Sundays, 9 p.m., to Let’s Find Out on Skype sessions available.


Psychic Medium, Reiki Master, Soul Coach • 609-353-7210

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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. $60 for a 1-hour telesession. First 15 minutes free. Please call and we will experience this together.


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

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

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. See ad, page 33.

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

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

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

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

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 7.


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

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

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

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

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

PLRT is a unique therapeutic process that helps you recall and resolve emotional trauma from previous lifetimes which, unbeknownst to us, is often the root cause of issues we’re struggling with in this lifetime. As a former psychotherapist and PLR therapist, I work with clients to address these complexes and bring about transformation and healing. See ad, page 23.


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


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 3.


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 3.


Expertly p l a c i n g interested clients with one of our 15 seasoned and varied therapists throughout the city and surrounding areas to find the best fit for you. See ad, page 18.


Essential Connections Reflexology 215-858-8195 Offering reflexology treatment sessions and a comprehensive, professional reflexology practitioner program. Combine online/classroom training for the ultimate in convenience and connection. See ad, page 35.


Bonnie McKinley, DO 2325 Heritage Center Dr, Ste 315, Furlong 267-544-0664 • A board-certified physician, Dr. McKinley specializes in noninvasive, regenerative treatments including prolotherapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy, DioWave laser, microneedling, and the Vampire Series: Facial, Facelift, Breast Lift, Hair Restoration, O-Shot and P-Shot. See ad, page 8.


4 Terry Dr, Ste 12 Atrium Bldg, Newtown 215-968-9000 • A fully organic, holistic, ecofriendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad, page 25.


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, h o m e o p a t h y, n u t r i t i o n a l counseling and integration of holistic therapies with conventional medicine for customized approach to care. See associated spa ad, page 33.

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 33.

YOGA ANAHATA YOGA & WELLNESS CENTER 690 Harleysville Pike, Lederach 215-740-1354 •

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

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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

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

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

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