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Contents 14 MOUTH MATTERS

A Holistic Approach to Oral Health

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18 JENNY ODELL ON

the Importance of Doing Nothing

20 SLOW FOOD TAKES ROOT

Global Movement on Fast Track

26 SPINAL SOLUTIONS Chiropractic Care Yields Unexpected Results

30 PAWS TO CONSIDER Best Friends Waiting for Homes

32 ANIMAL ASANAS Goats on the Yoga Mat

37 RETHINKING OUR STUFF

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Moving Toward a Circular Economy

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Protect Kids From Bullying to Lower Risk of Teen Depression

Children born with low vitamin D levels have an approximately 60 percent higher risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 6 and 18, reports a study of 775 Boston children published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. Those with persistently low levels of vitamin D through early childhood had double the risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 3 and 18. Higher systolic numbers increase the risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. Because infants’ vitamin D levels are determined by the mothers’ levels during pregnancy, researchers suggest exploring an official recommendation for vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy.

A three-decade study of 3,325 young people in Bristol, UK, found that kids that were bullied at age 10 had eight times the rate of depression in their teen years, and that it persisted for some into their adult years. Using detailed mood and feelings questionnaires and genetic information, researchers found that childhood bullying was strongly associated with depression. Bullied children had a greater risk of both limited depression occurrence and persistent depressive issues. Other risk factors found to be associated with depression in the children included anxiety and the mother’s postnatal depression.

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Extraterrestrial Matter Found on Earth

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The endangered Florida panther has been saved from extinction thanks to the introduction of female Texan pumas, reports a 10-year study conducted by the University of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The pumas, which like the panthers, are a sub-species of cougar, were brought to Florida in 1995 to counter the effects of habitat loss and health issues caused by panther inbreeding, including heart defects, infertility and other genetic problems. The panther population has since rebounded from a low of 20 to 30 cats to between 120 and 230.

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Scientists warn that the Arctic is heating up much faster than the world average because of rising greenhouse gas emissions. Over the last five years, the region has been warmer than at any time since record keeping began in 1900, which is opening up untapped reserves of oil, gas, uranium, gold, fish and rare earth minerals. At a May meeting of the Arctic Council, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia and China against “aggressive” actions in the region, saying, “This is America’s moment to stand up as an Arctic nation.” Gao Feng, the head of the Chinese delegation to the council, whose mission is to foster cooperation among Arctic countries and protect the fragile environment, says, “It’s [the U.S.] a country that stepped out of the Paris Agreement and then they’re talking about protecting the environment of the Arctic.” 10

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Humanitarian Plea

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Twenty-four scientists from around the world published a letter entitled, “Stop Military Conflicts From Trashing Environment,” in the journal Nature, urging the United Nations International Law Commission to create protections for the environment in armed conflicts. It reads, “We call on governments to incorporate explicit safeguards for biodiversity, and to use the commission’s recommendations to finally deliver a Fifth Geneva Convention to uphold environmental protection during such confrontations.” The four existing Geneva Conventions and their three additional protocols are globally recognized treaties that establish standards under international humanitarian law for the treatment of wounded military personnel, shipwrecked sailors, prisoners of war and civilians during armed conflicts. Violating the treaties amounts to a war crime.

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The Makhonjwa Mountains of South Africa harbor some of the planet’s oldest rocks, including meteorites that have been striking the Earth for eons. According to the peer-reviewed journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, researchers using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy have discovered a 3.3 billion-year-old layer of rock that contains two types of insoluble organic matter, both of which suggest extraterrestrial origins, making it the oldest extraterrestrial organic matter ever identified. Many scientists think the basic molecules of life may have originated in outer space.

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Askwsar Hilonga, Ph.D., a chemical engineer and public health scientist in Tanzania, grew up dealing with waterborne diseases such as cholera that made him ill. According to the World Health Organization, he has used his scientific expertise and local knowledge to develop a purification system based on nanomaterials. While the filter is still under study, stations have been set up throughout Tanzania, mostly managed by women, to help those that otherwise would not have safe drinking water.

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Overfished and struggling widow rockfish are returning to the Pacific coast. Legal protections since 2001 had made it illegal to take the fish commercially, and fisheries managers implemented “catch share” regulations as the fishing fleet dwindled from 400 to 50 trawlers. But the fish have made a faster comeback than expected. National Marine Fisheries Service biologist Jason Cope notes that scientists were surprised by how quickly some rockfish species can reproduce. “We thought it might take a century or so for them to rebuild themselves; it’s now taking maybe a decade.”

Superfund Success Story Toxic Site Now Welcomes Walkers

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A wood-treating process for telephone poles that caused soil and groundwater contamination prompted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate 47 acres in Bellingham, Washington, as a Superfund site in 1997. The cleanup, including removal of 28,000 tons of contaminated soil to a repository, reestablishment of a natural stream and restoring wetlands, is now complete, with walking and bicycling paths, newly planted native trees and wetland shrubs, and returning birdlife. The Oeser Company, which cooperated with the cleanup, has operated at the site since 1943 and continues to do so.

Stop the Amazon Fires

Pressure the United Nations to Act

The Amazon rainforest is in a critical state of near-collapse with a record number of fires in Brazil this year—twice as many as in 2018. The fires have been deliberately set to deforest the Amazon and displace its indigenous populations to make way for soybean and cattle farming and oil drilling, actions encouraged by Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro. The Amazon is known as the as the “lungs” of our Earth; its oxygen is an essential, irreparable link that holds our global ecosystem within balance. Scientists say that with another 5 percent burned, the Amazon could reach the tipping point of ecosystem collapse. Dramatic and swift action needs to take place, and the United Nations has the power to do so. A global online petition at Change.org urges the UN to: 1. Send in immediate humanitarian support to all the indigenous and local groups that have lost their homes and way of life. 2. Coordinate a large-scale effort with Brazil and neighboring countries to fight the fires in the highestrisk areas, such as those affecting indigenous peoples, animals and the most fragile ecosystems. 3. Create economic sanctions on Brazil that would make the cutting, selling and buying of timber and meat produced in the country illegal. The petition can be signed at Tinyurl.com/Amazon Catastrophe. Natural Awakenings magazine will be dedicating the coming year to covering the climate crisis and providing personal choices that people can make to reduce their own carbon footprint. To learn more and view a video on the role of the rainforest in human and planetary health, go to NABuxmont.com.

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ~Elie Wiesel October 2019

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Melted Memorial

All You Need Is Love

Icelanders unveiled a plaque in an official ceremony on August 18 in memory of Okjokull Glacier, or Ok Glacier, the first of its kind officially lost to climate change. The glacier lost its glacier status in 2014 after melting down to only 0.386 square miles, or 6.6 percent of its original 5.8 square miles, and was reclassified as dead ice. The plaque is inscribed with A Letter to the Future, which includes the words, “This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.” A 2018 documentary, Not Ok, details the glacier’s death and highlights the dire effects of climate change.

Natural Awakenings senior writer Linda Sechrist credits her 15 years of researching and interviewing spiritual luminaries with putting her on the path to her own spiritual awakening, which is detailed in one chapter of All You Need Is Love: The Importance of Transcending Spiritual Clichés and Living Their Deeper Wisdom. The new book offers a candid, fresh look at the way many New Age concepts have been trivialized and commercialized, when they’re “guaranteed to deliver overnight abundance, soulmates and enlightenment in easy 5-step workshops.” It shines a light on many popular spiritual myths that have come to obscure the deepest universal truth of the divine—which is that love is paramount—as argue many of the essays from 19 experienced spiritual practitioners. Available on Amazon.com, the book includes thoughtful anecdotal accounts from Sechrist; author Cate Montana; energy healer Cameron Day; and Betsy Chasse, director of the film What the Bleep Do We Know?!; among others.

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A Healthy Choice for Teeth and the Planet Dental floss, that little everyday staple in our medicine cabinets, has been taking on a bad name environmentally. The smooth, slippery flosses that are the top choice among both dentists and consumers are made with a Teflon-like product containing toxic PFAs and PFCs. The wax coatings and flavors of ordinary nylon flosses are typically made with petroleum products that may be endocrine disrupters. The floss, plastic spools and flip-top containers can’t be recycled easily because of their size, and floss filament easily tangles up recycling machinery. In landfills, their toxins leak into the soil; in waterways, floss can entangle and even kill sea creatures. And washing and reusing floss isn’t a good option because it runs the risk of introducing bacteria into new areas of the mouth, warns the American Dental Association. However, a handful of new eco-options in flosses have emerged, primarily with silk and bamboo, which are biodegradable and free of chemicals. Blogger Beth Terry at MyPlasticFreeLife.com rates Dental Lace, a floss made of 100 percent silk coated with candelilla wax from Mexican trees, as her favorite product. It’s packaged without a plastic coil in a refillable glass container, making it a 99 percent zero-waste product. In addition, the company, based in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, offers a vegan bamboo version. Bamboo flosses in eco-friendly containers are also made by Los Angeles-based Terra & Co. (with activated charcoal, coconut oil, peppermint oil and no synthetic fragrances, sweeteners or artificial colorings, in a cardboard box); and Altoona, Florida-based Lucky Teeth (activated charcoal, candelilla plant wax, organic peppermint oil and tea tree oil, in a glass jar). Two other easy-to-find flosses, by Eco-Dent and Tom’s of Maine, are made of nylon, but are covered in natural vegan waxes rather than beeswax or petroleum-based waxes. They come in compostable cardboard boxes but include plastic spools. Advice columnist Umbra of Grist.org recommends switching to an oral irrigator or water flosser that plugs into the wall or runs on a battery—sometimes rechargeable—because it effectively removes plaque, is reusable, produces no trash, lasts for years and uses relatively little water and electricity.

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We look at the underlying causes for gum disease and cavities: Is it your diet, or hormonal changes or acid reflux?

Mouth Matters A Holistic Approach to Oral Health T

by Ronica O’Hara

he mouth is the doorway to the body,” so the saying goes, and today we know just how true that is. Years ago, the biannual trip to the dentist was typically a simple “drill-andfill” operation, with other health concerns not given a second glance. Now, emerging research shows that when we neglect basic oral care—even that annoying task of nightly or post-meal flossing—we endanger our heart, lungs, kidneys and even our brains by allowing the buildup of pernicious bacteria in our gums. In April, University of Louisville School of Dentistry researchers reported that the bacteria P. gingivalis, which flourishes in gum disease, was found in brain samples of deceased Alzheimer’s patients— and that inflammation, swelling and bleeding in gums can transport the bacteria from the mouth into the bloodstream simply through chewing or teeth-brushing. The study also linked the bacteria to rheumatoid arthritis and aspiration pneumonia. 14

Advanced gum disease also increases the risk of cancer by 24 percent, especially lung and colorectal cancers; quadruples the rate of kidney disease; and increases the risk of strokes, coronary artery disease, diabetes and pre-term births, other studies show. These findings have sobering implications for the nearly half of the American adults over age 30 and 70 percent of adults 65 and older with gum disease. “Science has proven that a healthy mouth is a healthy body,” says San Francisco holistic dentist Nammy Patel, author of Age With Style: Your Guide to a Youthful Smile & Healthy Living.

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It’s part of the reason for the fresh interest in holistic dentistry, sometimes called biologic dentistry. “We look at the entire body, not just the mouth,” says Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, of Wrigleyville Dental, in Chicago, and president of the Holistic Dental Association (HDA), based in Coral Gables, Florida. Holistic dentists abstain from toxic

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materials, remove amalgam fillings, may be wary of root canals and focus on minimally invasive procedures—some of which may be high-tech and cutting-edge, such as lasers to clean teeth and gums, ozone therapy to slow the growth of infections and air abrasion to “sandblast” away small areas of tooth decay. Holistic dentists work closely with a wide range of other complementary practitioners. “We look at the underlying causes for gum disease and cavities: Is it your diet, or hormonal changes or acid reflux?” Patel explains. That may mean prescribing a head massage, acupuncture session, meditation lessons or dietary counseling. They may run blood tests for biocompatibility of materials and incorporate approaches from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, herbology, homeopathy, iridology, craniosacral therapy and energy medicine. They will look for signs of sleep apnea and often treat it. However, with the added tests and consultations, they tend to be more expensive, with many procedures not covered by dental insurance. Their numbers are small: Only 391 of 199,000 American dentists belong to the HDA, or about one in 500. Yet the natural health movement that drives holistic dentistry is having an effect on the profession at large. Many dentists nationwide, pressured by patients and aided by new technology, are abandoning toxic and invasive options for less harmful methods. Controversial mercury amalgam fillings are being edged out by less toxic options like resin composites that match teeth color; the amount of mercury sold in the U.S. for dental amalgams fell by half between 2001 and 2013. Conventional dental X-rays, which in a Yale study published in the American Cancer Association journal Cancer were linked to non-cancerous brain tumors, are yielding to computerized digital X-rays with a fifth of the radiation: As many as two out of

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three dentists have switched over. And aided by computer imaging software and 3-D printers, dentists are fabricating new crowns, implants, bridges and dentures right in the office, instead of using what Austin, Texas, dentist David Frank calls “intrusive analog [gooey impressions] that left patients feeling claustrophobic, highly anxious and consistently worried about gagging.”

Dialogue With Dentists

When visiting a dentist, whether holistic or

not, it’s wise to be prepared with a natural health mindset. Some questions to ask are:

What are you filling the cavity with? Just say no to amalgam, a mixture

of heavy metals, of which about half is elemental mercury that slowly releases toxic vapors. Plus, “Heavy metals can leak into the enamel tubes of the teeth causing the teeth to appear gray or dark blue and making them brittle over time,” warns Los Angeles cosmetic dentist Rhonda Kalasho.

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a spa-like experience to her practice to enhance relaxation. Dr. Skovron is committed to, and enthusiastic about, continuing education and has completed her Fellowship of the Academy of General Dentistry award. She also has completed the entire course of study with CEREC DOCTORS and is a CEREC mentor who instructs other dentists. She’s a SPEAR graduate as well, which is a prestigious school for continued learning in the dental field. Dr. Danielle Teitelman grew up in Doylestown and then attended Saint Joseph's University with a degree in biology and a minor in healthcare ethics. She continued her education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine where she received her DMD. Following dental school, she completed a one-year General Practice Residency at Lehigh Valley Network. Teitelman is an active member of the American Dental Association, Pennsylvania Dental Association and the Montgomery Bucks Dental Society, where she holds a position on the executive board. Due to her commitment to learning and advancing in dentistry, she is dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care and lives by the philosophy that every patient deserves honest, high quality dental work in a comfortable and safe environment. The close-knit staff at Heritage Dental are known for their knowledge, professionalism and positivity. They use practices

Instead, ask for relatively nontoxic options such as porcelain or composite resins, which can be made of materials such as silica, ceramic, plastics and zirconium oxide. Some composite resins contain the endocrine disrupters Bis-GMA or BPA; for extra protection, ask for one that doesn’t, or ask the dentist to use a rubber dam to prevent swallowing it.

Should I have my amalgam fillings removed? Holistic dentists like Patel give

and procedures to take care of patients’ dental needs in the safest, most natural way possible. They have been trained in oral conscious sedation and other techniques to help patients overcome their fear, and they strive to ensure that every patient feels like a VIP. Danielle Teitelman, DMD Heritage Dental provides family and cosmetic dentistry, including CEREC one-visit crowns, 3D-guided dental implants and dentures, cosmetic bonding, whitening services, safe mercury removal, invisible braces, 3D cone-beam imaging, sleep apnea treatment and TMJ treatment. The practice also incorporates such spa-like elements as an aromatherapy diffuser, warm towels and lotions, nutrientrich snacks and herbal teas, and even a Zen room with a medical-grade massage chair. While patients are in the dentist chair, they can put on headphones and choose from a selection of soothing imagery and music. Patients are welcome to join the Heritage Dental Membership Club, allowing them to receive preventive care for an insurance-free, low monthly subscription fee. See ad and special offers on back cover. October 2019

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Dr. David DiGiallorenzo received his training at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics and Periodontal Prosthesis in the early 1990s. His training included prosthodontics, orthodontics, periodontics and advanced oral reconstructive techniques, including oral implantology. He is in private practice in Collegeville and South Williamsport, focused on laser aesthetic and reconstructive periodontics, dental implantology, advanced reconstructive case management, advanced immediate total tooth replacement and TMJ. DiGiallorenzo works with more than 60 referring doctors in the country and treats patients from every state. He is a past clinical instructor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Periodontics. He lectures both nationally and internationally. DiGiallorenzo runs a holistic wellness center attached to his practice, offering acupuncture, facial plastics, reflexology, CranialSacral Therapy, laser therapy, medical detoxification for heavy metal overload, infrared sauna therapy and nutrition therapy. Dr. Henry Hsu attended University of California, Davis and received a Bachelor of Science degree in cell biology in 2007. He obtained his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the University of Louisville in 2012. During his dental training, Hsu received both the National Board Scholar Award and American Academy of Periodontology Outstanding Student Award. Hsu completed his specialty training in periodontics from the University of Louisville in 2015 and received his Master of Science in dentistry and Certificate of Periodontics. Dr. Hsu is passionate about what he does and stays on top of the latest advances in periodontics and implant dentistry. He is fluent in English, Chinese, Taiwanese and Burmese. Dr. Hsu is comprehensively trained in the treatment, diagnosis and prevention of periodontal disease, dental implant placement and implant site development. LANAP and Implant Center’s specialty office cares for patients with an integrated whole health approach, working with the entire body to achieve overall health, not just dental health. They offer the latest dental technology, such as cone-beam imaging technology, laser dentistry, biostimulation healing, stem cell technology and The Wand, a tool for administering pain-free anesthesia. They also offer a focus on complete patient comfort, offering longer appointment times, private operatories, soothing music and two levels of dental sedation (oral conscious and IV), along with massages, acupuncture, reflexology and other holistic comfort services. They strive to complete as much work as possible in one visit so patients don’t have to make numerous trips. See ad, page 12. 16

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Do I really need antibiotics? Oregon State University researchers found in a study this year of 90,000 patients that the antibiotics often prescribed by dentists as prevention against infection are unnecessary 81 percent of the time, and contribute to antibiotic resistance. Typically, patients didn’t have the precise cardiac conditions that warranted the extra caution. Is a root canal the best option?

Some holistic dentists counsel against root canals, citing the risk of long-term health problems caused by lingering bacteria, and advocate the use of herbs, laser therapy or extractions instead. “If root canals were done 20 to 30 years ago, it is definitely a problem, because there were not enough technological advances to clean out all the

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a strong yes. “The problem arises with mercury when you chew or brush your teeth. The abrasion creates heat and causes the mercury to off-gas. Those vapors get swallowed and go into your body, where they’re stored—and that creates significant health hazards—because we’re talking about a known poison,” she says. Other dentists disagree about removal, citing its risks: Holistic pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil, for example, writes that removing amalgam fillings is often unnecessary, costly and stressful, and recommends exchanging them for composite resin only when they break down.


bacteria which could cause chronic health complications,” says Patel. “Nowadays, depending on the tooth root, canals can be 99.9 percent cleaned by lasers.”

Back to the Basics

Considering the stakes, preventive care is all-important and there are many natural options to guarantee robust oral health. At the natural health store or drugstore, consider the following options:

Toothbrush: Electric toothbrushes reduced plaque 21 percent more and gingivitis 11 percent more after three months compared to manual toothbrushes, reported a review of 56 studies involving 5,068 participants. Those that rotate rather than brush back-andforth clean slightly better. Toothpaste: Study the labels and be wary of the following ingredients: fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan and sodium hydroxide. These ingredients are a plus: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), green tea, Eucalyptol, menthol, tea tree oil and vitamin D. Flossing: Some smooth, slippery flosses are coated with toxic,

Teflon-like perfluorinated polymers linked to kidney and testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis and hormonal disruptions. A recent study found higher levels in women using those flosses. Instead, use the old-fashioned nylon kind or try out new flosses made of biodegradable silk or bamboo or those infused with antimicrobial tea tree oil. Or, consider a water flosser, which Canadian researchers found were 29 percent more effective at plaque removal than string floss.

Mouthwash: Mouthwashes containing alcohol significantly

raise the risk of throat cancer, Australian researchers found. Instead, opt for super-healthy green tea as a mouthwash, as well as a drink. Studies show that it protects teeth from erosion and promotes healthy gums. Another simple option is warm salt water, using one cup of water and one-half teaspoon of salt. A 2017 study by the Cochrane medical study organization found it is virtually as effective as the prescription antiseptic mouthwash chlorhexidine in reducing dental plaque and microbes.

Pulling: An ancient Ayurvedic remedy, this involves swishing a spoonful of organic coconut oil around the mouth and through the teeth for 10 to 20 minutes. The oil’s lauric acid, a natural antibacterial, has been found in studies to reduce plaque formation and fungal infections, as well as the strains of bacteria linked to bad breath and irritated gums. Taking care of our teeth and gums is simply worth the daily time and trouble to facilitate long-term health. “Your oral care should be taken just as seriously as watching your diet,” advises Kalasho. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.

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Jenny Odell on the Importance of Doing Nothing by Julie Peterson

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enny Odell, a visual artist and writer based in Oakland, California, is known for her creative use of second-hand imagery from Google Maps, YouTube, Craigslist and other online sources. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally, and was featured in Time LightBox, WIRED, The Economist and The Atlantic. Odell, who has been teaching internet art and digital design at Stanford University since 2013, says she is compelled by the ways in which attention (or lack thereof) leads to consequential shifts in perception. Her new book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, proposes that we use our attention to rebel against the seductive pull of 24/7 availability and manipulation by algorithms. She tells us that redirecting our attention toward nature allows us to gradually remake our lives and forego the mentality

that tells us that we must have a constant return on investment. True productivity, in the end, may very well be connected to our role in the environment and our understanding of happiness, and to make those connections, we must put our attention to doing nothing.

What is the “attention economy” and why do you believe it’s important to resist it?

The attention economy includes anything designed to capture and direct human attention. The entire history of advertising has been about exploiting attention. But the attention economy takes on new dimensions with something like social media, whose notifications, pop-ups and design are aimed at keeping someone on a platform…[contributing] to a general feeling that one needs to be always on… participating… available.

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Someone who participates deeply in the attention economy is liable to be kept in a loop of anxiety, fear and shallow reaction. Ironically, this feeling drives them back toward the attention economy, creating an unhealthy spiral of attention that could be more meaningfully directed elsewhere.

What inspired you to rethink conventional wisdom about productivity, progress and the mentality that we must have a constant return on our investment—including how we spend our time and where we direct our attention?

Right after the election, in late 2016, a warehouse fire in Oakland claimed the lives of many artists. I became aware of how difficult it was becoming to step away and process anything, not to mention mourn. I found that it was only by stepping away that I was able to ask questions about what it was I really wanted and how I could act meaningfully. Both social media and the cult of productivity are seductive, and when we’re caught up in them, we don’t question them. Understanding anything requires perspective and standing outside of it; productivity is no different. Temporarily ascending to a broader, removed view, you might find that you’re struggling in all the wrong ways, or in the wrong direction.

How is “doing nothing” different from meditation?

It certainly shares some of the same goals. But whereas certain forms of meditation emphasize physical stillness, “doing nothing” for me includes things like wandering and observing.  

What is the relationship between our well-being and being unproductive for a part of each day? When we’re caught up in the idea of productivity, we’re often not thinking

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about our own well-being. And yet, the “unproductive” part of one’s day is likely the one in which you remember to take care of yourself or even listen to the needs of your mind and body at all.

How do we go about challenging the forces that are disconnecting us from nature and each other?

I think the first step is simply a movement of attention. Addictive as social media may be, it is not difficult for me to move my attention from that to what is happening in physical space. Sometimes this leads to meeting other people; I’ve had great conversations with strangers when we were both peering up at the same tree, looking at the same bird.

What do you hope people will take away from the message of your book?

I hope it creates a space in which someone might begin to look at the ways they currently direct their attention and how they might want to change that. I also hope it helps people find each other. Rediscovering one’s bio-region or local history is a great way to meet others who might not exist within your social media bubble. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Reach her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.

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he global Slow Food movement is fast gaining momentum, uniting more than 100,000 people in 150 countries with a shared passion for delicious food and a moral conviction about the people and places that sustain it. It satisfies foodies’ hunger for a deeper appreciation and understanding of their meals’ origins, from farm to fork. “The key principles of Slow Food are good, clean and fair,” says Laura Luciano, a board member for Slow Food USA and Slow Food Governor for New York State. “It’s the opposite of fast food, where you are in and out with no idea where your food comes from or the stories behind it.” Fair, says Luciano, means fair to farmers, and paying a fair wage to workers picking and growing food. “Fair also incorporates principles of equity, inclusion and justice. Good means good for the climate, the Earth and us as individuals. Clean means not using GMOs and pesticides in the food,” she explains. Slow Food has its roots in Italy, where food and wine journalist Carlo Petrini took up the cause in 1986 to halt the homogenous fast food chains encroaching on the country’s

rich, diverse food culture. Slow Food USA has taken off since its founding in 2000 with 150 chapters boasting 6,000 members nationwide. Many convene annually at Slow Food Nations, a food festival for all in Denver, to swap stories, share strategies, celebrate victories and of course, break bread together. The backbone of the movement is its local chapters. “Food has a regional identity, connected to history, culture and family,” says Luciano, whose blog Out East Foodie shares the stories of her Long Island edibles. For Bob Quinn, an organic wheat farmer in Big Sandy, Montana, and the founder of the heirloom grain company Kamut International, the Slow Food movement has been a kind of welcome homecoming and acknowledgment of his company’s efforts to protect workers and nourish consumers. “To me, Slow Food is a return to the roots of agriculture and the soul of organic, because it focuses on the food—the end purpose of agriculture—rather than profits and yields that are the focus of the industrial food system,” says Quinn, author of Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food. “Slow

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We talk about joy and justice. There is the joy in food and the justice and stories behind it. Slow Food tries to marry both of those worlds. ~Laura Luciano food offers an appreciation for farmers’ efforts to improve the soil and the nutrition, flavor and aroma of the foods we grow.” The Slow Food movement also connects producers like Quinn with chefs like Steven Satterfield, author of Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons and board vice president of Slow Food’s Atlanta chapter. “As a chef, Slow Food to me means honoring your ingredients and going out of your way to get the freshest, most sustainable, seasonal ingredients,” says Satterfield, who came to Slow Food early in his career as a young line cook interested in the provenance of food and protecting its cultural heritage. At Miller Union, Satterfield’s awardwinning Atlanta restaurant, all dishes are made from scratch, mainly from farms in the region, to support seasonal eating and local growing. Satterfield’s dishes also feature traditional Southern varieties from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, a catalog of more than 200 culturally significant foods in danger of extinction. One Miller Union favorite is a hummus made from sea island red pea and benne seeds, an ancient variety of sesame originally brought by slaves from Africa to the South Carolina coast and cultivated in hidden gardens as a staple food. Beyond engaging diners, chefs and producers, Slow Food also campaigns for big-picture policy changes, like farmto-school programs to introduce fresh produce and get kids excited about healthy eating, says Luciano. “Eating is a political act. The choices we make speak volumes about what we stand for,” says Luciano. “We talk about joy and justice. There is the joy in food and the justice and stories behind it. Slow Food tries to marry both of those worlds.”

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Savory Slow Food Recipes Place the halved bok choy cut-side-down in the pan in a single layer.

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Continue to simmer over medium heat until the bok choy is tender, but still has texture and bright color, about 4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the bok choy and set aside, but leave the citrus peels and spices in the pan. Continue to simmer until the broth is reduced by half or more. Taste the sauce for seasoning, then at the last minute, return the cooked bok choy to the glaze and reheat all the way through.

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One of the qualities I love about bok choy is how easily the crisp rib absorbs the flavors of whatever it is cooked with. If it is not closely monitored, however, its tender leaves wilt quickly and the rib may turn mushy. I address this issue by quickly pulling the bok choy from the pan when it just begins to turn tender and succulent, allowing the sauce to reduce and intensify on its own. This recipe is perfect with a rice dish or with a delicate fish that could be poached in the cooking liquid for a full meal.

Add the butter, star anise, peppercorns and salt, and bring back to a simmer.

Heat the oven to 400° F. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil. Toss the cauliflower in the mustard mixture to coat.

Excerpted from the book Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons, by Steven Satterfield.

Don’t count the days, make the days count.

Yields: 4 servings

Simmer the stock in a large, wide skillet or shallow braising pan over medium heat. Squeeze the citrus into the pan, then drop in the peels.

2 Tbsp whole-grain mustard 1 small garlic clove, minced 1 tsp kosher salt ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium head cauliflower, washed and trimmed into bite-size florets

Spread in a baking dish in a single layer and roast until it’s just tender and lightly browned on the edges, 20 to 25 minutes.

Glazed Bok Choy with Citrus and Star Anise

1 cup chicken or vegetable stock 1 orange, quartered, seeds removed 1 lemon, quartered, seeds removed 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 4 star anise pods 12 black peppercorns 1 tsp kosher salt 4 small bok choy, halved and washed

Yields: 4 to 6 servings

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lollipops, are also better choices. “The pops take longer to eat so you’re more likely to have only one,” says Stackpole.

A balanced candy bowl

A Healthy Halloween? Yes, It’s Possible! by Samantha Schmell

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oung or old, everyone delights in finding their favorite snack at the bottom of a plastic pumpkin. However, as adults, we know that too much of the sweet stuff isn’t always in the best interests of our waistline or our health. But here’s the good news: Enjoying the spoils of the season is still possible, even as a grownup. In fact, by following a few easy guidelines, it’s possible to have the candy and eat it too.

Moderation is key

Halloween is the perfect time to indulge in sugary sweets as long as it’s in moderation. “We all know it’s not just the kids that

enjoy the rewards of trick-or-treating,” says Stephanie Stackpole, RD, retail dietitian supervisor at ShopRite. “Candy is fine as a treat once in a while,” says Stackpole. “But consuming large amounts can lead to weight gain in the long term.”

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Stackpole suggests filling candy bowls with “healthier” candy options, such as mini-dark chocolate bars for their antioxidant powers, as well as snack-size peanut chocolates for their protein and fiber content. Low-fat candies, such as licorice and

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To balance the sweet treats with healthier options, throw some mini boxes of raisins, as well as single-serve portions of pretzels or popcorn, into the Halloween bag. Pudding pouches and squeezable applesauce containers are also wise choices that kids will enjoy. Single-serve packets of cocoa-dusted almonds are also a smart snacking option. Some parents, especially those whose children have severe allergies or other health concerns, can choose to make their own candies or host candy craft parties instead of letting their kids go door-to-door, or these days, store-to-store. “When you make the candy, you control the ingredients,” Stackpole says. “Homemade allows you to substitute dark chocolate for milk chocolate and experiment with less sugar in your recipes.”

And what about those miniature bars?

“It’s true that miniature candy bars have fewer calories and less sugar,” says Stackpole. “But if you don’t exercise self-control when you eat them, you’re negating the benefits of snack-size packaging.” If all else fails, Stackpole suggests that parents that lack willpower should buy varieties they don’t enjoy. Of course, the kids will always bring something home that’s worth sampling, so the next best option is to keep Halloween loot in a closed container in the cupboard rather than an open dish on the counter. “You can always freeze candy miniatures for long-term use. Crumbling one or two is perfect for yogurt or cupcake toppings. Frozen whole pieces can also be pulled out of the freezer and straight into the lunchbox until your stash runs out.” Visit your local ShopRite dietitian for more Halloween treat suggestions that both kids and adults will love. For more information visit ShopRite.com. See ad, page 7.


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CENTER FOR NATURAL HEALING Jeffrey L. Griffin, DC

Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste. 26, Doylestown 215-348-2115 C4NH.com Dr. Jeffrey Griffin received his Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and his Doctorate in Chiropractic in 1984 from the National College of Chiropractic. He has been certified with a Fellowship in Pediatric Chiropractic by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association in association with Cleveland College of Chiropractic, as a Loomis Digestive Health Specialist by the Loomis Institute of Enzyme Nutrition, as an Internal Health Specialist by Logan College of Chiropractic and has been Graston Technique Certified (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation M1/M2 Advanced Training). In his studies, Griffin was drawn especially to the work of Howard F. Loomis, an influential chiropractor and nutritional scientist. Loomis’ approach to healthcare focuses on the importance of digestion and, specifically, the assimilation, absorption and elimination systems of the body and their relationship to overall health. He has successfully used the Loomis System in combination with several chiropractic techniques to ease pain and achieve optimal health for his patients. In treating a patient, Griffin believes that it is imperative to get to the source of stress that is causing the problem. He humorously teaches that MEN are the source of all stress: Mechanical, Emotional and Nutritional, noting that medical literature shows that all sources of stress can cause the exact same set of symptoms. Griffin emphasizes that the human body is incredibly intelligent and naturally seeks health, not disease. Patients at the Center for Natural Health can receive acute care as well as wellness care. Services may combine chiropractic modalities, detailed lab work, massage therapy, medical thermography and custom foot orthotics to help patients achieve wholebody wellness. Electronic muscle stimulation may be used, along with therapeutic ultrasound. The center offers an AquaMed water massage table, which can help relieve muscle soreness, stiffness and tension before an adjustment. See ad, page 22. 26

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hiropractors are often perceived as back pain specialists, but optimal chiropractic care treats the whole person from the inside-out, starting with the nervous system. This means practitioners can address many conditions that transcend typical expectations. The human spinal column sports 31 pairs of nerves, some corresponding directly to digestive, reproductive and respiratory organs, which might explain why regular spinal adjustments and other chiropractic techniques can be helpful for seemingly unrelated conditions like asthma, chronic headaches, hormonal imbalances and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. A scientific review of 179 published papers focusing on various non-musculoskeletal conditions shows benefits of fullbody chiropractic treatment for asthma, infantile colic and cervical vertigo. Results are also promising for middle ear infections in children and pneumonia in seniors. Clinical evidence suggests the nervous system is a cohesive factor in achieving overall wellness. “In chiropractic and holistic philosophy, the body is considered a self-healing organism,” explains chiropractic physician and applied kinesiologist Marc Terebelo, of the Chiropractic Wellness Center, in Southfield, Michigan. “The nervous system controls the body, so issues in the toes or fingers may be caused by spinal issues in the neck and low back. Likewise, bladder and menstrual cycle problems can be caused by injury to the low back or pelvic regions.” William J. Lauretti, a New York Chiropractic College professor in Seneca Falls, concurs with the benefits of holistic treatment. “Chiropractors view the body as an integrated unit, and problems in one area might affect a seemingly unrelated area,” he says. “Most chiropractors have a wide variety of treatment approaches to

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Chiropractic and Digestion

It’s worth noting that the nerves that innervate important digestive anatomy—from the salivary glands to the stomach down through the intestinal tract—branch off the spinal cord at various levels of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. “This means that chiropractic adjustments given to [the] neck, mid-back, lower back and sacrum are important to optimal digestive function,” says chiropractor Sean Cailteux, of Exodus Health, in Shawnee, Kansas. In his practice, Lauretti has observed better digestion as a positive side effect to regular adjustments. “I’ve had a few patients over the years who reported improvement in digestive problems after chiropractic treatment of the mid- and low back. In some of those cases, the improvement was serendipitous, because the patient didn’t discuss their digestive symptoms initially, only after they noticed the improvement.”

Hope for Headaches and TMJ Dysfunction

Chronic tension headaches and migraines can become the norm for too many individuals, but chiropractic care—including spinal adjustments, nutrition advice and addressing emotional causes such as stress and anxiety—can be key in reducing pain and getting to the root of the problem. “Technically, only headaches with a list of very particular characteristics can be properly diagnosed as migraines,” Lauretti explains. “The cause of many cases of chronic, long-term headaches is often from poor function of the muscles and joints in the neck.” These types of headaches often respond well to treatment focused on restoring normal function to the neck, he says. TMJ disorders can cause painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms, including facial and tooth pain and locking of the jaw. Chiropractic treatments often provide reliable relief. “The TMJ is a very important joint in the body, with thousands of neuroreceptors. TMJ involvements can cause headaches, particularly around the ear or side of the head, vertigo, tinnitus and other hearing issues,” says Terebelo. Cailteux notes that aside from experiencing jaw pain and headaches, someone suffering from TMJ disorder may have difficulty chewing, and may experience an audible clicking of the jaw with movement. “Chiropractic adjustments can be particularly helpful, especially when delivered to the TM joint and the neck. Gentle, soft-tissue manipulation of the muscles and tendons of the jaw, specifically the masseter, temporalis and pterygoid muscles, is also a highly effective treatment.” For a true holistic approach and lasting success, Lauretti offers this advice: “Look for a doctor who is willing to work as part of your healthcare team and who’s willing to refer you for specialty care when appropriate.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

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Dr. Paul Bizzaro attended New York Chiropractic College to obtain his chiropractic education, graduating with honors in 1990. Additionally, he is a certified chiropractic sports physician. Bizzaro uses a combination of chiropractic treatments and complementary services to reduce pain and improve patients’ overall health. He specializes in soft-force technique chiropractic, eliminating the cracking experienced with standard chiropractic adjustments. His light touch allows him to work with all ages, from infants to seniors. He has successfully worked with bone cancer patients, improving their quality of life without risk of a fracture. To expand patients’ healing options, Bizzaro offers a stateof-the-art, FDA-approved, fully robotic, class four MLS laser. Because the laser works at the cellular level, its dual wavelengths decrease both pain and inflammation, causing cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles to repair themselves faster, leading to a quicker recovery. It reduces inflammation, increases circulation, accelerates healing and decreases the formation of scar tissue. The laser is painless and produces no side effects, making it ideal for those with fractures and dislocations, athletes and arthritic patients. Having personal experience with the role nutrition plays in health, Bizzaro offers micronutrient testing, counseling and supplements, as well as patientspecific nutritional regimens based on their epigenetic profile. Testing can involve ZYTO handscanning, saliva and DNA test kits, and detailed blood panels. Bizzaro’s office has two certified massage therapists available to give therapeutic massages, ideal for reducing pain and stress. See ad, page 25. October 2019 2019 October

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The Bigger Picture Chiropractic Thinking in Veterinary Medicine by David MacDonald

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hat’s interesting about veterinary medicine is that observations and recognition of disease patterns help make sense of unique patients, even when they present with complex and confusing diseases. Conversely, how a holistic veterinarian thinks about the nature of disease, even before action is taken to treat the patient, is a key part of holistic care. Veterinary patients may be assessed in multiple ways, and a unique opportunity exists when chiropractic is used as a means of evaluation. Chiropractic considers the present and important neurologic nature of the body, which allows a veterinary practitioner to think differently about medicine and the nature of the problems seen in practice. The nervous system is integrated into every tissue in the body, so it is always turned on—continuously sending and receiving nervous signals between key areas of the body. In essence, the brain

and the spinal nerves (the central nervous system) orchestrate the functionality of the rest of the body (the peripheral nervous system). A chiropractic assessment is able to determine the integrity of these nervous pathways in a very rapid and precise manner. A thorough examination that includes

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chiropractic assessment allows complete care to be quickly attained in fewer steps. As an example, a veterinarian may be presented with a limping dog. A thorough physical exam without chiropractic assessment will provide ample information to formulate an idea as to the source of the problem. Sometimes that provides an immediate answer, but sometimes further assessment may include sedation, X-rays, pain medications or other treatments. Even with these traditional assessments, the cause of the problem may still be unclear. When using chiropractic for evaluation, however, more initial information is provided, and treatment recommendations can be made with greater confidence. By observing the dog in a resting position, while standing and while walking, a practitioner can evaluate muscle strength, weakness or fatigue. By assessing the dog’s cranial nerves, a practitioner can determine if a brain lesion may be resulting in incoordination. By assessing the spine via motion palpation, a practitioner can determine if the limping originates from a spinal vertebral nerve that has been compromised. By palpation of the extremities, it may be determined that pathology in the leg itself is the source of the problem. Since “chiropractic thinking” of nerve origins and innervation to the muscles is grounded in neurologic reality, the practitioner can be confident that the association between their findings and the limping is not random, and treatment can then be individualized to the assessment, not the


symptom. There is no trial and error. Of course, this neurologic knowledge is always weighed carefully in regard to the individual and their unique state of health. A decision to perform—or not to perform—a chiropractic adjustment is always based in the knowledge that this decision will help, not harm or worsen, the patient’s condition. An additional aspect of chiropractic care is the amelioration of future problems. If a chiropractic problem is overlooked by conventional medicine, ripple effects may develop. The limping dog may not respond to conventional medication and the initial limp, left untreated, may result in an irregular gait and continual decline in mobility. A patient may even experience bigger problems, such as a torn cruciate ligament, as a consequence of the alteration in mobility. By resolving the early indications of a problem, chiropractic care becomes a major tool of preventive medicine. Although the example used is a limping dog, chiropractic thinking may be used in all aspects of veterinary medicine, including hormonal, metabolic, digestive and behavioral conditions. Veterinary medicine is a hands-on practice. Every examination offers an opportunity to assess the physicality of the patient by touch. Engagement with the patient is key; however, behind every action that is taken, a large degree of mental effort is made on the part of the holistic veterinarian. Chiropractic thinking is a good representation of the efforts that are made behind the scenes in holistic veterinary medicine every day. In taking this approach, greater success is achieved in the treatment of challenging problems. Dr. David MacDonald is a veterinarian with Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care, located at 380 N. Shady Retreat Rd. He is a certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA) and a certified veterinary spinal manipulative therapist (CVSMT). To request an appointment, call 215-345-6000. For more information, visit DoylestownVeterinaryHospital.com. See ad, this page.

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No-Kill Initiative

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ade Breunig, of Buckeye, Arizona, had lost his marriage, his job and his house. To combat depression, he went to the local animal shelter to adopt the first cat that “talked” to him. As if on cue, a 2-year-old black cat yowled persistently. During the adoption, Breunig learned that “Bubba” had been scheduled to be euthanized. He was saving a life. Fourteen years later, Bubba died, and Breunig knew he would miss the mischievous, playful companion that loved car rides more than most dogs. Crying, but surrounded by his second wife and kids, he realized, “I didn’t save Bubba’s life. He saved mine.”

Anyone looking to lower blood pressure, ease anxiety or secure companionship can find it all at their local shelter, where homeless dogs and cats are eager to oblige. Emily Bach, public relations and event coordinator at Bishop Animal Shelter, in Bradenton, Florida, has many inspiring stories about adopted shelter animals. “They are often the most devoted pets because they know they’ve been rescued,” she says.

Devoted and Practical

The benefits of the human/animal bond are manifold, supported by an army of studies that speak to pets’ ability to reduce stress, improve mood and even reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Research into animal-assisted therapy compiled by the University of California, Los Angeles, details the positive mental, emotional and physical effects of this natural modality. 30

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Shelters share success stories of animals that get a “forever home”. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands don’t and are euthanized. Best Friends Animal Society, in Kanab, Utah, is working to change this. By partnering with animal welfare organizations and shelters, Best Friends has a goal to “Save Them All” through an initiative to make all of the nation’s shelters “nokill” by 2025—which means 90 percent of shelter animals might be saved. Euthanasia will be reserved for failed rehabilitation or when an animal has no chance of recovery from an illness or injury. In 1984, when Best Friends was founded, about 17 million animals died in U.S. shelters annually. As of August 2019, that number is down to 733,000, a nationwide save rate of 76.6 percent. Historically, no detailed data was kept on shelters. “For decades, we have worked in the dark to end shelter killing because we lacked accurate information about the problem we were trying to solve,” says Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends. The organization recently launched the community lifesaving dashboard (BestFriends.org/2025-goal), a database that anyone can access to help save shelter pets. “With a better understanding of where the trouble spots are and the profile of animals being killed in a community, we can better deploy our collective resources for the greatest lifesaving impact.” Part of the success of the no-kill movement involves increased awareness that kindness toward all species is important. Bach points out that shelter animals are also the lower-cost option for people that want pets; most are vaccinated and neutered before they are adopted out and are often already trained.

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The outdated myth that shelter pets are incorrigible, unlovable animals with behavioral issues no longer holds. Family circumstances—a change of job or residence, death, divorce or illness—can land a confused and well-loved dog or cat in a shelter. Others become accidental strays or are unceremoniously dumped by uncaring owners. Bishop, a no-kill shelter, places about 100 pets every month, showcasing them on social media, news outlets and at outreach events.


Getting Ready to Adopt

Before jumping in to help save them all by adopting, potential pet parents should research breeds, crunch numbers and think ahead. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests considering several issues:

good match for every home. Personality is key.

Safety: Pet-proofing a home includes

Money: Pets require training, food,

removing potential dangers and preventing accidental escape through windows, doors or fences. Not everyone can adopt, but anyone can help. Shelters accept donations and most have a wish list of items. Volunteers are a core need at shelters, and it’s work that can quench the thirst for spending time with animals without adopting any of them.

Breeds: Not all dogs and cats will be a

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Lifestyle: Dogs live 10 to 15 years, cats

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any studies document the positive influence of pets on our well-being.

Healthy Heart

Single people that live with a dog have a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. (Tinyurl.com/DogsAndCardiovascular). Part of the reason for this is likely because dog owners tend to get more physical activity than those without dogs, which makes dog owners generally more fit (Tinyurl.com/NIH-PetsAndHealth).

Less Stress

The demands of life can take a toll on the body. Contact with animals is linked to lower heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol, anxiety and fear levels, and increased feelings of calmness. Lower levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, have been shown to help regulate inflammation, which helps the immune system fight off everything from colds to diseases (Tinyurl. com/AnimalVisitationProgram and Tinyurl. com/StressAndInflammation).

Social Bonding

In children with autism spectrum disorder, animals help them learn to connect better to others. One study using guinea pigs found that these kids talked and laughed more with peers. There are now therapy

programs using dogs, horses and chickens (Tinyurl.com/AnimalsAndAutism).

Mood Boost

Animals elicit smiles, which makes them great for deterring depression (Tinyurl. com/PetTherapyAndDepression).

Cancer Help

From lessening loneliness to lifting emotional well-being, children and adults undergoing cancer treatment seem to benefit from time with dogs (Tinyurl.com/ CaninesAndChildhoodCancer and Tinyurl. com/AnimalsAssistChemo).

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Pain Killer

Animals can soothe away some chronic pain and enable people to reduce use of pain medication (Tinyurl.com/Animals AndPainRelief).

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It is nice to see that even dedicated yogis are so open to it. ~Sharon Boustani

ANIMAL ASANAS Goats on the Yoga Mat by Yvette Hammett

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hen 50 to 60 strangers gather in a barn for their first goat yoga experience, it’s a bit awkward and there’s not much interaction— until the goats come in. “It is an immediate icebreaker, and the place suddenly fills with giggles and laughs,” says Sharon Boustani, whose family runs Gilbertsville Farmhouse, in South New Berlin, New York. There is just something about miniature goats walking around on people’s backs while they do yoga that immediately de-stresses people and makes them downright happy, she adds. It may be fun, but it’s also a form of serious therapy that’s taken off across the nation and around the globe in recent years. Yoga by itself is proven to help with stress and pain relief, better breathing, flexibility and cardiovascular health. Add goats to the mix 32

and the benefits are compounded by the well-documented benefits of human and animal interaction. A number of studies, like one published in June by the American Educational Research Association, have shown that spending time with animals can lower blood pressure and decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Other studies from the fields of psychology, animal welfare, counseling and anthropology note that these interactions offer

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additional positive health impacts and can reduce loneliness, boost moods and increase feelings of social support. So combining adorable goats with a physically and spiritually beneficial yoga regimen just made sense to Lainey Morse, of Corvallis, Oregon, widely regarded as the mother of goat yoga. In 2015, Morse was diagnosed with a disease and was going through a divorce. “I would go out to my barn or out in the field and just be around my goats,” she says. “I wondered why they didn’t use goats for therapy like they do with horses.” Goats, she says, have a sense of calm. “When you are around them, you take on that energy, and it’s hard to be stressed out and have anxiety. But they are also really funny animals. They make you laugh.” She started with goat happy hour at her farm, inviting friends she knew were going through issues of their own. “Everybody left happy,” she recalls. When she discussed it with a yogi friend, goat yoga was born. Morse now has 13 partnerships around the country where others teach the classes and she handles the business end. “For me, it’s still about nature and getting out in nature.” Morse says she’s not quite sure why it took off like lightning, but she guesses it’s just because many people love the interaction. April Gould and Sarah Williams run their Arizona Goat Yoga classes at the Welcome Home Ranch, in Gilbert, Arizona. It is now a major tourist destination for the state. “Three to four times a week, we walk about 150 people out into one of the pastures,” Gould says. A lot of visitors from out of state return every time they’re in the area, she adds. And many Arizona residents come once, and then bring back friends and family. “People say it’s the best day of their life. It’s something you kind of have to experience to know why it’s so popular,” says Gould. Those that are more experienced can make it as difficult as they want. “And some people just want to play with the goats.” For Bisk Education, an eLearning company based in Tampa, bringing goat yoga to its campus was a way to inspire and de-stress employees. “There is a way

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to integrate wellness into your corporate programs that makes you a differentiator,” says Chief People Officer Misty Brown. “When it comes to a perk, I want to make sure those investments are memorable. It gives Bisk the reputation as more of a progressive culture.” Boustani calls it an escape experience. “That’s primarily what it is. Yoga in general is kind of geared toward letting go of your everyday worries and trying to come to some peaceful or therapeutic state.” Introducing something so lighthearted to something that many people take so seriously, like yoga, is interesting to watch, Boustani says. “It is nice to see that even dedicated yogis are so open to it.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammett28@hotmail.com.

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Take Cordyceps to Enhance Immunity

In a Brazilian study published in the Journal of Herbal Medicine, extracts of rosemary leaves and pomegranate peels, along with a South African herb known as misty plume bush, significantly reduced the ability of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria to grow and spread in the laboratory, a finding that may help develop new strategies against the superbug.

Cordyceps, a fungus that grows on caterpillars high in the Himalayas, has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a rejuvenating and performance-enhancing medicine. The latest Korean research shows it also boosts the immune system. Scientists tested 79 healthy adults for eight weeks, giving 39 of them 1,680 milligrams of cordyceps a day in capsules and the other 40 were given a placebo. The cordyceps produced a 38 percent increase in natural killer (NK) cell activity, which plays a role in immunity by detecting and killing virus-infected cells, tumor cells and abnormal cells.

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Try Fennel Oil to Fight Vaginal Yeast

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Up to 75 percent of women deal at some point with the itchiness, discharge and sexual discomfort and pain of vaginal yeast infections caused by Candida species, the most prevalent being Candida albicans. Egyptian laboratory researchers tested fennel oil and eight other plant-based essential oils on 19 Candida albicans strains that were resistant to the antifungal medication fluconazole. They found that the fennel oil had significant antifungal properties against the strains, outperforming chamomile, jojoba, nigella, fenugreek, cod liver, peppermint, clove and ginger oils. When combined with fluconazole, fennel was effective on seven strains, theoretically lowering the need for higher doses of the medication.

The common kitchen herb rosemary holds promise for insomniacs. Iranian researchers tested 68 university students for a month, giving them either 1,000 milligrams of rosemary herb each day or a placebo. Those that took the rosemary herbal supplement had improved memory, reduced anxiety and less depression at the end of the month. Using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Inventory scale, those taking the rosemary slept better, as well.

Consider Motherwort to Reduce Postpartum Bleeding A meta-review of 37 studies that included 7,887 mothers giving birth found that an injection of oriental motherwort (Leonurus japonicus), a Traditional Chinese Medicine herb used for thousands of years, decreased blood loss and other adverse events during birth at a minimal cost with few side effects.

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Plant Options as Alternative Medicine by Jeffrey Green

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astern medicine has evolved over thousands of years. During that time, advancements in identifying and using herbal medicine has been a cornerstone in the treatment of numerous conditions and disease. Today, after millennia of trial and error, research and documentation, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is still grounded in the usage of herbal remedies, and is used as the standard system of medicine throughout China. The practice and use of herbal medicine has grown in popularity worldwide and is typically used as an alternative medicine. Herbal medicine has earned the right to become standard practice treatment rather than just an alternative. The word alternative, however, does mean that there are options for those becoming their own healthcare advocate when treating mild to severe ailments. For too long, Americans have put their trust in synthetic, man-made medications that usually just treat the symptoms. The medications usually contain a chemical formula that can be found in nature. Often 36

times, more medications are needed to combat those symptoms. It turns into a revolving use of medicines, all of which are not getting to the root of the issue in which treatment is required. Because “health defense” is the focus of this month’s issue, it’s vital that people know their options for both active and preventative care. With close to 12,000 recorded herbal remedies available, it’s surprising that it hasn’t become more prevalent here in the west. It’s certainly easier to just take whatever pill, tablet or liquid that’s been prescribed by the doctor. It can take some time and involve some footwork when researching the many different herbal remedies available. But when it comes to taking control of our own health care, in this case, it’s worth the extra work if the disease is being treated and not simply the symptoms. Usually used for making a strong tea, herbs are steeped in boiling water for periods lasting up to one hour. The taste is commonly known to be unpleasant, but is ingested anyway by hundreds of millions,

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knowing that the benefits received far outweighed the bitter taste. Again, it appears so much easier to just take a pharmaceutical which oftentimes comes in the form of a pill, where there’s no taste involved. The decision needs to be based on effectiveness when determining which course of action to take while healing. For many, a little extra footwork and a bitter taste is well worth the positive outcome. Herbal medicines are widely sold throughout the U.S. but are labeled as a supplement where no prescription is needed. The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate the usage or safety of the products. Used mostly in the states as a complementary medicine, it has yet to be used as a primary remedy for illness and disease, even though herbal medicine usually targets the root of the condition rather than just treating the symptoms that accompany specific ailments. There are numerous Chinese Herbalists here in Tucson, and they would be happy to help answer any questions and offer guidance. As the healthcare crisis continues to complicate basic care, becoming an advocate for personal treatment is now more widespread. Instead of taking numerous prescriptions, some being prescribed to combat the side effects of other medications, it’s reassuring to discover that natural and time-tested options are available. How does herbal medicine begin to compete with Big Pharma? The answer lies with knowledge. Become familiar with basic herbs, and not just the ones that are perhaps in the kitchen pantry. Jeffrey Green, M.A., is a freelance writer, reiki practitioner and staff member for Natural Awakenings of Tucson, AZ.


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hen Yale researcher Reid Lifset began working on waste issues on a life cycle basis—from “cradle to grave”—it was mostly the world’s geeks and nerds that paid attention, he says. “Today, it’s called the ‘circular economy’ and it’s sexy. It wasn’t sexy back then.” While many still have never even heard the term, the “circular economy” is all about rethinking the way we make stuff—designing products that can be reused and powering it all with renewable energy. It’s an alternative to the “make-useand-dispose” mentality of the traditional linear economy. “You are the circular economy when you buy pre-owned, second-hand objects, or rent or share the use of objects, or have broken objects repaired instead of buying new ones,” says Walter Stahel, author of The Circular Economy: A User’s Guide and a member of the European Union’s Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. In other words, everyone that buys sustainable goods or services, takes public transport or gets a lawnmower fixed instead of buying a new one is a participant.

There’s a global movement afoot to expand the circular economy in an effort to significantly cut the waste stream, reduce our carbon footprint and conserve resources. It began with the three R’s—reduce, recycle and reuse, says Lifset, a Research Scholar at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies who edits the Journal of Industrial Ecology, which focuses on the environmental consequences of production and consumption. The emphasis has always been on recycling, but as that becomes more difficult due to saturation levels, the emphasis is shifting to the more comprehensive goals of a circular economy—or should be, says Stahel, an engineering professor at the University of Surrey. Tinia Pina, a program leader at NY Cares, joined the movement after observing the poor food choices her Harlem, New York, students were making and the amount of waste attached to them. She founded Re-Nuble, a small manufacturing operation in New York City, to transform food waste into fertilizer pellets that can be used in hydroponic farming.

“There is a strong need to try to reduce the volume of waste,” Pina says. “There is also a strong need to produce sustainable—and, ideally, chemical-free— food and make it affordable for all.” She hopes to eventually replicate her process for creating fertilizer in other large cities across the country. Leasing is another classic example of how the circular economy might work, Lifset says. “If the entity that made [a product] ends up with it when it becomes waste, that company will handle it differently.” The company can instead design a product so that it remains in the economy instead of becoming part of the waste stream, he notes. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was established in the UK in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. It offers numerous case studies, including a San Francisco effort called Cradle to Cradle Carpets for City Buildings. Last year, the city passed legislation requiring all departments to use carpeting containing no antimicrobials, fluorinated compounds or flame retardants. Both the carpet fibers and backing materials “must contain minimum amounts of recycled materials and ultimately be recyclable at end-of-use.” Most important: It must be Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver or better. The certification is a globally recognized standard for safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy. Meantime, the European Union has embraced the circular economy as a boon to job creation and a way to significantly address climate change. By shifting to a circular economy, the European growth rate can be increased by an additional 0.6 percent a year and carbon dioxide emissions reduced by 48 percent by 2030, according to a 2017 report by McKinsey & Company. Just how much of the world’s industries must participate to meet these goals is yet to be determined. “That,” Stahel says, “is the billiondollar question.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammett28@hotmail.com. October 2019

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If every 8-year-old is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation. ~Dalai Lama

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hen I feel like I really want to get angry and yell, I sometimes, like, take deep breaths. My brain slows down and I feel more calm and I’m ready to speak to that person.” Those self-aware words come from a 5-year-old Los Angeles girl in the film Just Breathe. A 9-year-old boy in a tough British neighborhood forgets about “all the scary stuff ” when he does “petal breathing”—opening and closing his fingers in time with his breath. “If I concentrate on my breathing, the worrying thoughts just go ‘pop’ and disappear,” he confided to The Guardian newspaper. This is the effect that mindfulness training in the classroom often has on students, and it’s key to why it’s happening all over the world—not just in the U.S. and the UK, but in more than 100 countries, including Australia, Taiwan and India.

What started a few decades ago as a small experiment in progressive schools is rapidly gathering speed as emerging research documents the strong positive effects of mindfulness on developing brains. A 2015 meta-review from researchers at the University of Melbourne, in Australia, which evaluated 15 studies in six countries involving 1,800 students, showed three broad outcomes: higher well-being, better social skills and greater academic achievement. They were more optimistic, self-accepting and happier, more likely to help others, more able to focus on lessons and be creative, and less likely to be angry, anxious or disobedient. “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally,” is how it’s described by Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose pioneering research at Harvard in the 1980s helped kick off

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mindfulness as a scientifically based, nonsectarian approach to a calmer, clearer mind. It has spread since then into business, health care and professional sports, as well as schools: Googling “mindfulness in education” brings up 116 million links. “Mindfulness offers children the skills they need today to meet the age-old challenges of growing up within the new context of social media and often absurdly high expectations,” says holistic doctor Amy Saltzman, co-founder and director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education. Mindfulness is now being taught in urban, suburban and rural schools in 50 states. Such programs can be low- or no-cost, structured in many ways, taught any time and conducted without special equipment—important for cash- and time-strapped schools. As a grassroots movement, mindfulness programs run the gamut. Hundreds of schools and districts nationwide have incorporated into curricula such evidence-proven mindfulness programs as those developed by MindfulSchools.org, Learning2Breathe.org and MindUp.org, which often involve teacher training and structured lessons. Sometimes mindfulness is simply a grade school teacher ringing a bell signaling five minutes of silence, giving children something to focus on with closed eyes: a sound, a bite of fruit, a stuffed animal. A middle school teacher may use a five-minute guided app meditation from Calm or Headspace to settle down students after lunch. Some schools offer moments of silence during the day, a quiet room to go to or an optional class in mindfulness. Others find that teaching mindfulness during “detention” has a soothing effect, offering oft-traumatized kids a rare feeling of peace. “Because everyone has distractions and strong emotions, learning to observe these inner experiences with curiosity and openness is an important part of all children’s education,” says psychologist Patricia Broderick, Ph.D., founder of Learning2Breathe, a mindfulness curriculum for junior and senior high school students.

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~Amy Saltzman Schools sometimes use parental consent forms to counter concerns about any potential religious implications. Often, a school’s program expands organically as one impassioned teacher draws in others. “The one single factor that determines a program’s effectiveness is the depth and consistency of personal practice of those teaching it,” says Saltzman. In fact, a University of Wisconsin 2013 study found that teachers that practiced a guided meditation 15 minutes a day for eight weeks had less anxiety, stress and burnout during the school year; those conditions worsened in the control group. In Middleton, Wisconsin, high school counselor Gust Athanas has watched as mindfulness exercises have made students calmer, kinder, more focused and feel closer to each other and to teachers: “A number of students have told me it’s the part of the school day they look forward to the most!”

MINDFUL AIDS Mindfulness-building tools: Tinyurl.com/MindfulnessEducation Techniques, Tinyurl.com/ClassroomMindfulnessTools. “Just Breathe”: Four-minute video, shown on Oprah, of 5-yearolds discussing mindfulness. Tinyurl.com/JustBreatheFilm. Mindful help for parents: Tinyurl.com/KindergartenersAnd Mindfulness. Calm, a meditation app, offers guided mindfulness exercises and is offered free to any K-12 teacher. Calm.com/schools. Headspace, another popular mindfulness app, is also offered free to teachers, and sometimes works directly with school districts. Headspace.com/educators.

Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.

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much different from my parents’ desire for me to spend some free time on SAT prep work. So back to We’ve all heard that before, my procrastinating… I didn’t and autumn seems like a exactly prioritize things like good time to reflect on this SATs over the summer, and time-tested adage. Now, I I am taking them this fall must admit, I am a procrasfor the first time. I have to tinator. Yes, to the chagrin say that my procrastinating and frustration of my is catching up with me. I do parents, I often leave things feel a little overwhelmed, but Isabella Dussias to the last minute. I don’t in those summer nights, this have the foresight that my parents have autumn seemed very far away. when planning out tasks and scheduling. I Today seemed distant back in July, but assume that comes with life experience, but not now, and several academic due dates it is also probably just being very human. feel too close for comfort. I guess we’ve all I assume there are many people that been there, putting off today and doing it put off doing things because they are too tomorrow. If you do this often, you become difficult, they feel overwhelmed or they are overwhelmed, as I am learning. So, it is just plain exhausted. The self-help book or better to plan, to have vision and anticipate gym membership may be purchased with the time it will take to get things done. “You good intentions, but the follow-through is reap what you sow.” I get it; I’m learning. the trying task. Teenagers, I feel, have the Please don’t tell my parents they were right. market cornered on this behavior. There are so many distractions in our lives, espeIsabella Dussias is a 16-year-old singercially with the prevalence of social media songwriter/composer from New Jersey. She in modern society. enjoys writing about issues that are impor There are many excuses as to why we tant to today’s youth, and she believes music don’t get to things in a timely fashion or is an important outlet to connect people and know exactly how to prioritize at this time share messages through the creativity of lyric in our lives. My priorities of communicatand melody. For more information, please ing over social media with my friends are visit IsabellaDussias.com.

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hildren, four-legged family members, Thanksgiving overeaters and the occasional squirrel on a branch have mastered an art that eludes most of us, and they engage in it without a shred of guilt. Defying our cultural habit of constantly being on the go and embracing the respite can be an active meditation, an invitation to cultivate uncommon stillness. Answering the siren’s call of a nap might very well be one of the most beneficial acts of self-care we can give ourselves. Both body and psyche crave chill-out times for good reasons. Using study subjects ranging from NASA pilots to emergency room staff, curling up for a 20- to 30-minute siesta has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure, boost immunity, improve motor skills and enhance job performance and creativity. Power naps—the short-but-sweet kind—give us the opportunity to nourish the most neglected part of life, the inner life. Rest-fueled “me-time” can be a daily ritual punctuated with both practical and aesthetic inspiration. Choosing a spot drenched in inviting natural light or close-curtained tranquility and reserving a favored pillow, chair or luxurious coverlet can usher in

blissful time-out. Adding the presence of aromatherapeutic essential oils like lavender, Roman chamomile or tangerine or a vase of simple fresh flowers can signal the ever-diligent sympathetic nervous system to cut back on overtime. Dropping down into unhurriedness like an anchor into port can prompt deeper and longer breaths and offer us the shameless chance to invest in quality daydreaming. Playing recorded sounds from nature—ocean waves, soft rain or gentle wind in the trees—can set the stage for a satisfying nap. Inviting the resident cat or pooch for a sleep-spell can also effect release of beneficial endorphins. Scheduling a nap into the day like any other appointment not only ensures follow-through, but presents a succulent slice of something to look forward to. Putting the computer on sleep mode and turning off the phone signals the brain that it’s time to recharge. Social media interaction and phone chats can wait. The pursuit of wellbeing does not need explanation, apology or, most of all, guilt. Pleasant dreams. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books. She is also a composer of healing and inspiring music. Connect with her at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.

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ach year, I marvel at how quickly time seems to pass. This sense of life rushing by brings certain questions to mind: “Am I on the right path? Am I wasting time? What should I be doing or learning/experiencing?” Recently I came across an article entitled, “Why Our Sense of Time Speeds Up as We Age—And How to Slow It Down,” by Nicole Spector, who investigated this phenomenon. Here is a paragraph from the article: “Children’s working memory, attention and executive function are all undergoing development at the neural circuit level,” says Patricia Costello, Ph.D., a neuroscientist and program director at Walden University. “Their neural transmission is in effect physically slower compared to adults. This in turn affects how they perceive the passage of time. By the time we are adults, our time circuits are done wiring, and we have learned from experience how to correctly encode the passage of time.” So, while it is not a mystery as to why time seems to pass more quickly as we age, what can be done about it? From a yoga perspective, the answer is practicing present moment awareness. Being present means fully participating in whatever is happening in the moment. Almost everyone knows the experience of being so engrossed in a book or movie that you become part of the story, fully immersed in it. Similarly, while playing with children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews— watching, listening, all senses become involved in the wonder of the moment.

While vacationing in Italy years ago, I remember so many moments when I was fully engrossed, in awe of what I was experiencing, from San Marco’s frescoes by Fra Angelico, to Brancacci Chapel where Michelangelo had his nose broken, to the breathtaking Sistine Chapel, to the complete awareness and enjoyment of different foods: tastes, smells, textures, temperatures. Yet, there is no need to go to Italy to experience being fully in the moment. It is possible right here, right now in our own homes. It is all about awareness. Yes, there are times in life where we want to escape the present moment—times of loss, pain, stress, trauma. These times are also learning opportunities. We discover our inner strength, resiliency, compassion and peace. Experience these moments fully and then release them. It does take practice. The mind will provide distraction through incessant thoughts and ideas and memories. This is normal. In yoga, we learn to use the breath to return awareness to the present moment, over and over and over again. It is worth the practice and effort to be able to experience life and loved ones more fully. May you experience all the joy, strength, peace and abundance possible while living fully in the present moment.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 Mommy & Baby Yoga – 10/1-10/29. 10-11am, Tuesdays. Dads are welcome too. A wonderful way to connect with your little one through yoga. This therapeutic, stress-reducing class will address the needs of your postpartum body. Bring a receiving blanket for your baby and his or her favorite small toy. For babies 6 weeks to toddlers. $18. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@Whole BodyYogaStudio.com. WholeBodyYogaStudio. com/workshops.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 Understanding Female Orgasm Series – 6:30-8pm. Do you desire a deeper understanding of your orgasmic nature? In this class we will be learning about the orgasmic cycle and how to follow your body's natural rhythms, leading you to a deeper and more profound connection to your sexuality and to more fulfilling sexual experiences. Women only. $33. Sacred Rose, 4000 Saw Mill Rd, Doylestown. Michelle Christine, 215-345-1966. MichelleChristine@SacredRose 444.com. SacredRose444.com.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Jacopo Della Querica & Ian Doescher – 6:308pm. Come out to the Doylestown Bookshop to see Jacopo Della Querica and Ian Doescher as they present and sign copies of their new book, MacTrump, a clever satire, written in iambic pentameter in the style of Shakespeare, that wittily fictionalizes the events of the first two years of the Trump administration. Free. The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. Krisy Paredes, 215-230-7610. Mail@DoylestownBookshop.com. Doylestown Bookshop.com/event.

yoga, merging the physical and emotional benefits of yogic discipline, discovering awareness in the present moment, stress relief and deep relaxation. Conversations about issues special to being a teen. $12. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@ WholeBodyYogaStudio.com. WholeBodyYoga Studio.com/workshops.

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Teen Yoga – 10/3-10/24. 4:30-5:30pm, Thursdays. A teen yoga class filled with positive vibes and peer support. Students delve deeper into the world of

Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Shop for fresh produce from our local farmers. Stroll through our lively market as you stock up on apples, raspberries, winter squash, potatoes, salad greens and much more. We offer USDA Certified Organic, chemical-free and low-input produce. Stock up on breads, beverages and pastured meats. Music by Fools and Prophets. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarketManager@gmail.com. BucksFoodshed.org.

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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. Cathy@InnerSpa.org.

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What About Me? Workshop – 2-4pm. Are you someone who feels overwhelmed, over-stressed or unfulfilled? Learn techniques in this workshop to reveal a life path that is fun, fulfilling and abundant. Reconnect to what makes your heart sing and discover not only what you need to feel grounded, inspired and energized, but also how to get it. $50. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@Whole BodyYogaStudio.com. WholeBodyYogaStudio. com/workshops.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 Delilah S Dawson and Kevin Hearne – 7-8pm. Delilah S Dawson and Kevin Hearne, authors of Kill the Farm Boy and No Country for Old Gnomes, will be visiting the bookshop for a conversation with Chuck Wendig and afterward will sign copies of their latest book, The Princess Beard. Please check website for more details. Free. The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S Main St, Doylestown. Krisy Paredes, 215-230-7610. Mail@DoylestownBookshop. com. DoylestownBookshop.com/event.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Have fun and join our Scavenger Hunt. Enjoy shopping outdoors for our farm-fresh local produce. Savor fall season fruits, vegetables and herbs. Stock up on pastured meats, eggs, cheeses, essential oils, artisan breads, beverages and more. We offer USDA Certified Organic and low-input produce. Music by Back Porch Jug Band. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484663-9727. DtownMarketManager@gmail.com. BucksFoodshed.org.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 Men's Beginner Yoga Series – 10/17-11/21. 7-8:15pm, Thursdays. Six-week series. Step-bystep instructions for beginners. Men of all ages, body types and athletic ability will learn to work comfortably through a variety of foundational yoga postures and breathing techniques. This is the place to start yoga if you have never tried yoga. $108. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215-661-0510. Patty@Whole BodyYogaStudio.com. WholeBodyYogaStudio. com/workshops.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Enjoy shopping outdoors for fall season's local harvest. We offer USDA Certified Organic, chemical-free and low-input produce. Cool season fresh veggies, herbs and fruits. Pastured meats, eggs, cheeses, artisan breads, beverages, homemade and handmade goodies. Live music by Sweet Harmony. BUY LOCAL Saturday mornings through November 23. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarket Manager@gmail.com. BucksFoodshed.org.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 Yoga Practice with the Bhagavad Gita – 10/2510/27. Fri, 6:30-9pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-4pm. Each session begins with a teaching from the Bhagavad Gita, followed with a yoga flow. We’ll close each day with an exercise to support digesting the experience and material so students will leave grounded and inspired for further practice. Led by Yoganand Michael Carroll. $350. Whole Body Yoga Studio, 103 E Walnut St, North Wales. Patty Ferry, 215661-0510. Patty@WholeBodyYogaStudio.com. WholeBodyYogaStudio.com/workshops.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 Doylestown Farmers Market – 8am-1pm. Buy Local Saturday mornings through November 23. Enjoy shopping outdoors for fall season's local harvest. We offer USDA Certified Organic, chemical-free and low-input produce. Cool season fresh veggies, herbs and fruits. Pastured meats, eggs, cheeses, artisan breads, beverages, home-


made and handmade goodies. Shop to live music by Fools and Prophets. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484663-9727. DtownMarketManager@gmail.com. BucksFoodshed.org.

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savethedate Spiritfest October 26 & 27 Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm 5th annual event. Tune up your body, mind and spirit. Featuring guest speakers every hour, area psychics, energy healers, shamanic practitioners, mind/body therapists, holistic practitioners, massage & stress management, artwork, jewelry, crystals, stones, gems, natural food court, more.

Cost: $7 Admission New Hope Eagle Fire House 46 N Sugan Rd, New Hope

Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment 267-261-2768 • WeAreSme.com

plan ahead savethedate 2019 AWAKEN Healing Expo November 9 & 10 Scheduling sessions now!

Expand Your Mind. Open Your Heart. Ease Your Soul. Experience new healings and insights. Discover something in a free lecture. Join a group workshop. Explore the vendor room. Eat healthy. 7th annual fundraising event.

Free admission • 1 Healing or Reading $25 3 Healing/Reading Sessions only $60 Free Talks • $10 Workshops Bucks County Community College 275 Swamp Rd, Newtown

Greg Campisi, 215-480-4856 Expo@AwakenChe.org • AwakenExpo.org

savethedate InLife Holistic and Spiritual Expo Nov 16-17 • 10am-5pm “Believe in the guidance of your spirit” as you enjoy free lectures, angel readings, crystals, jewelry, natural products and services for health and well-being of mind, body, spirit. Our featured guest speaker, author David P Calabro, will share messages from his mustread book The Meaning of Life in a Nutshell. Fireside Hall at Plumsteadville Volunteer Fire Company 5064 Stump Rd, Plumsteadville

Tina Frazier InLifeExpo.com

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60+ Yoga – Noon-1pm. A regular yoga practice will help you improve mental well-being, decrease chronic pain, sleep better and live with more ease and peace. Class meets every Wednesday and Sunday. Mention Natural Awakenings to get your first class free. Kindred Yoga, 1364 Welsh Rd, North Wales. Christa Stebbing, 267-664-1022. Christa@ KindredYogaStudio.com. KindredYogaStudio.com.

Intuitive Medium Counseling Sessions – 5-8pm. One Thursday per month – occasionally moved to accommodate need, by appointment only. In-person sessions with Linda Harbaugh. Linda has over 20 years of experience as a teacher, psychic and coach. Linda receives intuitive messages identifying root causes of blockages associated with physical and emotional pain. She helps refine client attitude and lifestyle for optimal health. $50. Center for Optimal Health, 832 Germantown Pk, Plymouth Meeting. Michael Cheikin, 610-239-9901. Query@CohLife. org. CohLife.org.

Philly Lyme Support Group – 2-4pm. 1st Sun. Our peer support group is for individuals with Lyme disease or co-infections and their loved ones. Online meetings also available. Check our sites on FB and Meetup for details. Free. 1108 E Willow Grove Ave, Wyndmoor. Emily Yost, 267-586-0482. EYost@ RiverRock.org. MeetUp.com/Philadelphia-LymeDisease-Support-Group.

monday Yoga with Dr Cheikin – 6:15-7:30pm. Ongoing class taught by a medical doctor, offered at gentle/ beginner level. Includes informal discussion of relevant health topics. Dr Cheikin has studied yoga, Feldenkrais and dance for over 40 years and has taught for over 20 years. Beautiful quiet studio with easy parking. Please call before coming to first class. $15. Center for Optimal Health, 832 Germantown Pike, Ste 3, Plymouth Meeting. Office staff, 610239-9901. Query@C4oh.org. Cheikin.com/yoga. 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. 4TheMINDS@gmail.com. 4TheMINDS.org.

wednesday 60+ Yoga – Noon-1pm. A regular yoga practice will help you improve mental well-being, decrease chronic pain, sleep better and live with more ease and peace. Class meets every Wednesday and Sunday. Mention Natural Awakenings to get your first class free. Kindred Yoga, 1364 Welsh Rd, North Wales. Christa Stebbing, 267-664-1022. Christa@ KindredYogaStudio.com. KindredYogaStudio.com.

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Yoga with Dr Cheikin – 7:30-8:45am. Ongoing class taught by a medical doctor, offered at gentle/ beginner level. Includes informal discussion of relevant health topics. Dr Cheikin has studied yoga, Feldenkrais and dance for over 40 years and has taught for over 20 years. Beautiful quiet studio with easy parking. Please call before coming to first class. $15. Center for Optimal Health, 832 Germantown Pk, Ste 3, Plymouth Meeting. Office staff, 610-2399901. Query@C4oh.org. Cheikin.com/yoga.

friday Spirituality Health & Awareness Group – 1011am. Awaken your spirituality from within every Friday morning. Experience and discover your own spirituality, health and awareness. Through interactive discussions, participants will reveal their own blocks and fears toward health and create a life of awareness, using ancient philosophies that provide insight into the essence and meaning of life. All are welcome. $30. M.E. Matters, 668 Woodbourne Rd, Langhorne. David Piltz, 215-914-5344. Admin@ MeMatters.org. MeMatters.org.

saturday Doylestown Farmers’ Market – 8am-1pm, thru Nov 23. We offer local USDA Certified Organic, chemical-free and low-input produce, veggies, fruits, herbs, pastured meats, eggs, cheeses, mushrooms, flowers, baked goods, beverages, preserves, pasta, crafts and more. Live music, events. Free. Doylestown Farmers Market, S Hamilton St between W State St and W Oakland Ave, Doylestown. Rhiannon Wright, 484-663-9727. DtownMarket Manager@gmail.com. BucksFoodshed.org. Breakfast Benefits: Learn about Laser Treatment – 9am. 3rd Sat. All are welcome to share breakfast and learn about the benefits of laser treatment. Facilitated by Dr Paul M Bizzaro, DC. Free. The offices of Dr Bizzaro, 81 S Main St, Yardley. RSVP to 215-493-6589. DrPaulBizzaro.com.

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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.

Trauma Professional and Reiki Master 267-272-9343 • StepIntoJoyHealingArts.com Joan@StepIntoJoyHealingArts.com

668 Woodbourne Rd, Ste 108, Langhorne 215-914-5344 MEMatters.org Psychological and behavioral health services for individuals, couples, teens and families where mind, body and spirit matter. We offer neurofeedback, therapy and a spirituality awareness group. Our goal is to help you experience life with increased awareness and without fear. See ad, page 13.

Chiropractic Care Dr Paul M Bizzaro, DC

81 S Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589 • DrPaulBizzaro.com My mission is to educate people to the benefits of chiropractic, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Over 40 years experience (personal and professional) allows me to relate to your problem(s). Services include non-force chiropractic, nutritional testing, utilizing test kits/panels, Chirothin weight loss, massage (covered by most insurance) and laser therapy for pain. Personalized attention guaranteed. See ad, page 25.

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216 Mall Blvd, Ste 11, King of Prussia 610-265-4485 DentalWellnessCentre.com Dr. Hyo Lim provides a holistic approach to exceptional dentistry, in a warm and caring environment. At Dental Wellness Centre, mercury- and 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 8.

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184 W Main St, Collegeville 610-409-6064 • PerioImplants.us

Joan Summers, Certified Gestalt Coach,

Experience deep and long-lasting healing. Joan offers healing for her clients who are tired of feeling stuck, disconnected or without purpose. She offers Gestalt Life Coaching, Equine Gestalt Life Coaching and reiki, and you may choose to customize your session. See ad, page 21.

Medical Doctor - Holistic Michael Cheikin, MD

Providing oral health solutions through holistic, biologically compatible and organic practices. One of the world's most accomplished centers for periodontal and implant care, which integrates wellness services into their therapeutic approach. Experience with immediate total tooth replacement with metal-free dental implants, treating gum disease with LANAP, a no-cut, no-sew method of treating gum disease, comfortable gum grafting with PRGF, implant denture solutions, and chronic pain management. See ad, page 12.

For 30+ years, Dr Cheikin has helped patients achieve root-cause level healing using education, nutrition, yoga and other methods. Specializing in physiatry, pain and medical acupuncture, he also offers special testing for deficiencies, toxicities, infections and allergies. See ad, page 3.

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108 Cowpath Rd, Stes 3 & 4, Lansdale 215-542-2100 AscendHospice.com 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 13.

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832 Germantown Pk, Ste 3, Plymouth Meeting 610-239-9901 • Cheikin.com

Linda Harbaugh, Intuitive Medium

Certified Life Coach/Reiki Practitioner Linda@JourneyToTheSelf.com JourneyToTheSelf.com • 484-904-9268 Delivering messages of love and guidance from deceased loved ones and spirit guides via readings and intuitive reiki sessions. A certified life coach, Linda also offers intuitive coaching packages to help you navigate life, jobs and relationships. Psychology degree, former teacher, 30 years business experience. Telephone or in person.


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81 S Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589 • DrPaulBizzaro.com Get permanent relief for your pain without drugs, shots or surgery with FDA-approved laser therapy. Benefits include speedy healing process, pain-free, extremely safe with no known side effects. Don’t live in pain anymore. See ad, page 25.

Unity Barn, 4000 Sawmill Rd, Doylestown MichelleChristine@SacredRose444.com 215-840-8139 • SacredRose444.com Michelle Christine supports women to reclaim and redefine their sexuality in any stage of their lives. Together we will work on helping you to love, nourish and celebrate yourself and your divine femininity. See ad, page 33.

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Bailiwick Office Campus, Ste 26, Doylestown 215-348-2115 • C4NH.com Feeling poorly? Lacking answers? Improvement at a standstill? Locate the source of stress and the treatment becomes obvious. Mention Dr. Jeff’s 35 years of experience when you call and receive a free phone consultation to learn how we can start helping you today. See ad, page 22.

4 Terry Dr, Ste 12, Atrium Bldg, Newtown Info@InnerSpa.org • 215-968-9000 InnerSpa.org • InnerVitalitySpa.com A fully organic, holistic, eco-friendly wellness spa featuring an array of detoxification, cleansing and therapeutic services. The spa is one of the only facilities in the area to offer colon hydrotherapy. See ad, page 9.

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Reiki Master and Gestalt Coach 267-272-9343 • StepIntoJoyHealingArts.com Joan@StepIntoJoyHealingArts.com Experience peace of mind, enlightened awareness and physical restoration. The connections between physical pain and emotional trauma are often revealed during an intuitive reiki session. It is a practice of compassion and spiritual connection. See ad, page 21.

Doylestown Veterinary Hospital & Holistic Pet Care 380 N Shady Retreat Rd, Doylestown 215-345-6000 DoylestownVeterinaryHospital.com

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

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