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TONING THE VAGUS NERVE Relief for Pain, Anxiety and Inflammation

Homegrown Pioneers



FOREST BATHING Restores Body and Mind



With Healthy Summer Herbs

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Part 3: Treatment & Management


Mother Nature’s Rx for Body and Mind

20 THE PURE JOY OF PLAY Why Kids Need Unstructured Fun

22 ALICE ROBB ON THE Transformative Power of Dreams


Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground




Extension Agents at Your Service

32 SUMMER EATING The Herbal Connection


Relief for Pain, Anxiety and Inflammation



Pets Can Heal With Natural Approaches

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griculture—our region’s crowning glory— takes center stage this month with fresh perspectives on how and where we grow our food, from urban and suburban landscapes in pots on balconies and windowsills to small family farms and backyard gardens. Reflections of my own joy at gathering fresh herbs, kale and tomatoes from our backyard plot Kendra and Jacqueline bring to mind memories of my grandparents’ vegetable garden and the taste of fresh lima beans, green beans and tomatoes, and sweet corn, frozen in the dog days of summer to be enjoyed at family gatherings all year round. While a hospice social worker, visits to patients would take me into the most picturesque agricultural areas of our region, providing opportunities along the way to stop at roadside farm stands and pick up fresh summer bounty for that day’s dinner along with a bunch of freshcut flowers for the table. And Saturday shopping at a favorite farmers’ market has become a cherished routine. There is something grounding and tender about receiving a bunch of carrots, tops attached, fresh watermelon, beets with greens, melons and radishes, onions, lettuce and parsley handed over by the same hands that planted and nurtured them. Perhaps there is a certain loving energy that exists within food that has been tended with care, cleaned and washed and arranged on market tables to delight the eye. Positivity is played forward as we consciously and lovingly prepare a meal as a gift to ourselves and our family, taking time to mindfully savor the flavors and envision its nourishing work in our body. This week’s market purchase included bundles of fresh parsley, mint and cilantro, perfect for summer salads and smoothies and as a cooling complement to main dishes. Full of health benefits such as increasing immunity, lowering blood pressure and improving mineral balance, hydration, energy and healthy skin, herbs offer more than a tasty addition. We share some of the best herbs for this time of year in “Summer Eating: The Herbal Connection” on page 32. Despite living in the leading state in the nation for farm produce sold directly to the consumer, not everyone in our region has easy access to fresh and local fruits and vegetables. We applaud the efforts of Penn Street Market, in Reading, and Eastern Market, in Lancaster, along with Rodale Institute’s Mobile Farmers’ Market for bringing fresh, local foods to urban locations where access is challenged. And though we are in the heart of PA farmland, we may not all have experiences of backyard gardens or know how to help herbs thrive in a pot on our window sill. That need not stop us from venturing forward; along with greenhouses, herbalists and garden clubs, there is a small dedicated crew of experts planted in nearly every county across the nation, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Help for Home Gardeners: Extension Agents at Your Service,” on page 30, details the resources available, including low- or nocost soil testing, handbooks on a variety of local gardening topics and workshops on everything from making rain barrels and creating rain gardens to implementing eco-friendly pest control, cultivating native plants and employing best practices for organic gardening. We can also look to our elders or to neighbors and friends for gardening know-how. To those who enjoy a green thumb—why not share your expertise, and, perhaps your garden tools, with someone on their journey of discovery. You never know what will grow from it.


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news briefs

Organic Farming Certificate Program Open House


odale Institute and Delaware Valley University will offer an open house for prospective students and their families from 4 to 6:30 p.m., July 25, providing information about how to earn a certificate in organic farming in just one year. Guests can learn about the program, meet current students, faculty and staff and enjoy a farm tour. The organic farming certificate program is a year-long accredited program that includes both classroom learning and in-the-field experience. RSVP required. Dinner included. Location: 611 Seigfriedale Rd., Kutztown. For more information, call 610-683-1481 or visit See ad, page 3.

Community Wildlife Habitat Initiative


ancaster Conservancy has invested in preserving the area’s green spaces for 50 years. The Conservancy recently partnered with the National Wildlife Federation to form a Community Wildlife Habitat Initiative with the goal of working with local property owners, schools and communities in the planting of native trees and gardens. The objective of the initiative is to reduce storm water runoff and provide wildlife and pollinators with beneficial habitats, potentially connecting the habitats with others to form corridors for wildlife to thrive. As part of the program, property owners are offered the opportunity for a representative to visit their property to identify already present trees and plants and offer suggestions to adapt the property to one that addresses runoff and increases beneficial habitats. The hour-long assessment is complimentary. To learn more about the program or to schedule a visit to your property, contact Linda Ferich at or visit

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Animal Companion At-Home Euthanasia Services

Dr. Trent Nichols has joined the staff at Innovative Wellness Group. He is a gastroenterologist specializing in functional medicine and is also certified to prescribe medical marijuana. He believes in a holistic approach to medicine and prefers to focus on the treatment of the underlying cause of imbalance and less on pharmaceutical interventions that may only mask symptoms.

ill We Meet Again, a dog and cat hospice and at-home euthanasia service for Lancaster County and surrounding areas, was launched in 2018 by Dr. Mark Huber and his wife Stacey Huber. The service is provided at any time of day, any day of the week, as it is entirely focused on the relationship between the pet owner and their beloved dog or cat. The euthanasia can take place in the pet’s familiar Dr. Mark Huber surroundings, such as the patio, under a tree in the front yard, in front of the fireplace, or in the family room with the beloved pet surrounded by family members. Huber has been a veterinary practitioner for the past 20 years, with a special interest in emergency and critical care. After a decade of serving pets on an emergency basis and concurrently the medical director of PETS emergency in Lancaster, he also recognizes the need for an end-of-life process that's potentially more compassionate and intimate than what could be provided in the veterinary office or emergency room. For more information, call 717-897-0536, email DrMark@TillWe or visit See ad, page 7.

Guts & Glory: Digestive & Wellness Expo


he sixth annual Guts & Glory: Digestive & Wellness Expo 2019, presented by My Gut Instinct, Inc., will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 28, at First Energy Stadium, in Reading. The free, pet-friendly community event for all ages is an exciting journey of wellness education, nutritional awareness and health consciousness. Rain date: September 29. Location: 1900 Centre Ave., Reading. Handicapped accessible. Parking is available at Carpenter Technology, across from FirstEnergy Stadium. For more information, visit


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Dr. Trent Nichols

Location: 1640 Cornwall Rd., Lebanon. For appointments and more information, call 717-272-2816 or visit Innovative The counseling team at Take Heart Counseling & Equine Assisted Therapy is growing and always learning to better serve our community. Therapist Dana Haldeman graduated in May with a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lancaster Bible College. Haldeman will remain full time at Take Heart. Her specialties include trauma-informed counseling and equine interventions, Dana Haldeman caregivers and siblings of individuals with and Remington disabilities, and kids and teens with anxiety and depression.  In mid-June, Haldeman and owner/licensed counselor Meagan Good completed their official certifications in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy through OK Corral Series, learning from one of the originators in the equine psychotherapy field, Greg Kersten.  New intern Carrie Landis joins the team this summer. Landis will graduate in 2020 with her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Lancaster Bible College as well. She too has a special interest in horses and healing.  “We are so proud of the counselor and person Dana has become over her last year here as an intern,” enthuses Good. “We want to congratulate the team and welcome new clients who feel they could heal and grow here with us on the farm.”  Location: 4675 New Holland Rd., Mohnton. Contact Meagan Good at 717-917-7137 or For more information, visit See ad, page 43.

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Hempfield Botanicals, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based cannabidiol (CBD) product manufacturer, became a Certified B Corporation on May 2. After a rigorous assessment process, the company has achieved a distinction that only approximately 2,200 companies worldwide can claim. B Corp Certification is far more than a stamp of approval on a business’s products and services. It involves an in-depth assessment (and verification by the nonprofit organization B Lab) to determine if a company meets “the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.” Some of Hempfield Botanicals’ business certifications, practices, processes and protocols that have enabled it to achieve B Corp status include: Supplier Diversity Policy—buying from “preferred” local, minority/women-owned suppliers within a 200-mile radius; tracking use of water and electricity to determine ways to lessen the company’s impact on the environment; taking steps to become a zero-waste manufacturing facility; chemical reduction methods like the use of non-toxic cleaners and unbleached paper products; increases in fair trade purchases. “Achieving B Corp Certification provides validation of what our business has always stood for,” explains the CEO and founder of Hempfield Botanicals, Heather Kreider. “We have always believed in our responsibility to ensure our business has a positive impact on our customers, employees, the community and the environment.” Location: 336 North Charlotte St., Ste. 100, Lancaster. For more information, call 717-874-8480, email Info@HempfieldBotanicals. com or visit See ad, page 7.

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Greenhouse Gases Hit Landmark Certainty that we are facing a climate crisis today and not just in the future was reached in May through an alarming milestone in carbon dioxide levels. Data from the Mauna Loa Observatory, in Hawaii, shows that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached 415 parts per million, the highest ever recorded. However, environmental organizations charge that ominous news like this is not being communicated to the public to the degree warranted. While the CBS, NBC and ABC nightly TV news reports combined devoted nearly 18 minutes of coverage to the birth of the royal baby between May 6 and 12, airtime regarding climate change and extinction during the same period only amounted to one minute and 21 seconds, and only on CBS. For more information and to get involved, including signing a petition to demand that the media cover the climate crisis and extinction more frequently and in greater depth, visit July 2019


health briefs

In further confirmation of the importance of the gut-brain axis, 18 Italian students at the University of Verona from ages 18 to 33 that took a freezedried mixture of four probiotics for six weeks experienced less depression, anger and fatigue compared to a control group of 15 that consumed a placebo. The positive effects continued, as discovered in follow-up testing three weeks later. The probiotics group also slept better. The probiotic bacteria blend of 4 billion colonyforming units included Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium longum.

Munch Nuts for a Healthy Brain

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Seniors that ate more than 10 grams—about two teaspoons—of nuts a day were able to ward off normal cognitive decline and even improve their cognitive functions by up to 60 percent, according to University of South Australia researchers. The study was based on 22 years of records of 4,822 Chinese adults ages 55 and older; 17 percent of them ate nuts every day, most often peanuts. These seniors had as much as 60 percent improved cognitive function compared to those that didn’t eat nuts, and they showed better thinking, reasoning and memory. “Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fiber with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” says study author Ming Li.

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With the aid of a new infrared camera technology called optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), early Alzheimer’s disease can be detected by checking the back of the eyes for weakened and decreased blood vessels, reports a new study. Northwestern Medicine researchers reached the conclusion by comparing the vessels in the eyes of 32 people that exhibited the forgetfulness typical of early-stage Alzheimer’s with those of another 32 people with normal cognitive


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abilities. The vascular changes were detected non-invasively, without the need for dyes or expensive MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans. The technology quantifies capillary changes in great detail and with unparalleled resolution, making the eye an ideal mirror for what is going on in the brain. Early detection of Alzheimer’s is critical because existing therapies are more effective if they are started before extensive brain damage and cognitive decline have occurred.


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Walking, cycling, climbing stairs and other aerobic activities may improve brain function not only in older people, but also in younger folk, according to a Columbia University study published in Neurology. The study recruited 132 people between 20 and 67 years old that didn’t exercise and had below-average fitness levels. Half stretched and toned four times a week for six months and half exercised aerobically on a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical machine. When they were evaluated for their executive function thinking skills— regulating behavior, paying attention and achieving goals—the aerobics group improved twice as much as the stretching group. “The people who exercised were testing as if they were about 10 years younger at age 40 and about 20 years younger at age 60,” says study author Yaakov Stern, Ph.D.

The inflamed gum condition known as gingivitis is fairly common and often mild, but can be a precursor of more serious periodontal disease linked to Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. German researchers at the University of Freiburg tested 30 people: half in a control group that did not change their diet, and half that switched to a diet low in meat and processed carbohydrates and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates and fiber. After four weeks, those on the plant-based diet had significantly less gum inflammation and bleeding. They also lost weight and had higher vitamin D levels.

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Exercise Improves Young Brains, Too

Eat Mostly Plants to Ease Gum Inflammation

Try Cordyceps to Strengthen the Lungs People suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, can breathe easier by taking the Chinese medicinal fungus Cordyceps sinensis, a new meta-analysis shows. Researchers at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine conducted a review of 15 high-quality studies that involved 1,238 COPD patients and found that cordyceps significantly improved lung function, exercise endurance and quality of life with no report of any serious adverse effects. Cordyceps, which is said to relax and open the airways, has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an anti-asthmatic, expectorant and cough suppressant.

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New research has found the basic micronutrient vitamin B12 may be the first good tool for averting the hereditary form of Parkinson’s disease, which accounts for about 15 percent of such cases worldwide. In lab tests, an international team of scientists found that AdoCbl, one of the active forms of vitamin B12, inhibits the activity of a mutated enzyme linked to Parkinson’s. Inhibiting this enzyme appears to help stabilize dopamine release in the brain. Dopamine deficiencies manifest in the muscle rigidity and tremors that are hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s. Another recent study from the University of California San Francisco that included non-hereditary Parkinson’s patients found that symptoms worsened more quickly in early-stage patients that had low B12 levels than in those with higher levels of the vitamin. 12

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Take B12 to Help With Parkinson’s

Increase Produce Consumption for Mental Health According to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, only one in 10 adults meet the daily recommended intake of one-and-a-half to two cups of fruits and two to three cups of vegetables. It has been well established that meeting these guidelines as part of a balanced diet can potentially reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Research is now starting to look beyond the role produce plays in physical health and more on how fruits and vegetables may impact mental health, as well. A recent large longitudinal study published in Social Science Medicine using General Health Questionnaire GHQ-12 suggests that mental wellbeing increases with quantity and frequency of fruits and vegetables consumed. Although these are not causation findings, the results do suggest a link between high fruit and vegetable consumption and improved mental health. Summer is the ideal time to break the statistic of low fruit and vegetable consumption and improve our mental state. Seek out flavorful, local produce or grow it using simple supplies. Even with limited space, many vegetables can easily be grown in pots. Grow a salad mix by planting lettuce, spinach and swiss chard in welldraining bowl on the doorstep.

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global briefs Hemp to the Rescue at Detox Sites

Cannabis is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and one new application for hemp, the no-buzz industrial variety used in fabrics, oils and foods, is cleaning nuclear radiation from toxic soil and removing metals like cadmium, lead, mercury and other pollutants via phytoremediation. Allison Beckett, a cultivation expert at, says, “Industrial hemp has been used in areas of high radiation, such as Fukushima, [in Japan,] with promising results. Not only does hemp pull toxic, heavy metals from the soil, it actually improves soil structure, making it usable as productive farmland again. Plus, hemp is a vigorous plant that absorbs CO2 rapidly, making it an encouraging solution to climate change.” Hemp phytoremediation has been used in Italy to clean up the small town of Taranto, where a steel plant has been leaking dioxin into the air and soil. The Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp Council and Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, are running a project to test the process in an arsenic-contaminated area in Upper Saucon Township that once harbored a zinc mine.

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Wonder Weed

Wastewater Turned into Hydrogen Fuel

Producing pure hydrogen is expensive and energy intensive, but a research team at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, at Princeton University, used sunlight to pull hydrogen from industrial wastewater by using a specially designed chamber with a “Swiss cheese”-like black silicon interface. As reported in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, the process is aided by bacteria that generate electrical current when consuming organic matter in the wastewater; the current, in turn, aids in the water splitting. It “allows us to treat wastewater and simultaneously generate fuels,” says Jing Gu, a co-researcher and assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at San Diego State University. The scientists say the technology could appeal to refineries and chemical plants, which typically produce their own hydrogen from fossil fuels and face high costs for cleaning wastewater.

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Ireland Declares Climate Emergency

The Republic of Ireland is the third country worldwide to declare a climate emergency, with both the government and opposition parties agreeing to an amendment to a climate action report. “We’re reaching a tipping point in respect of climate deterioration,” says Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton. “Things will deteriorate very rapidly unless we move very swiftly, and the window of opportunity to do that is fast closing.” The UK governments of Wales and Scotland have also declared climate emergencies. Suggested responses include limiting oil and gas exploration, and issuing an additional biodiversity emergency measure. 14

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community spotlight

Seasonal Avocado Toast

The Farmhouse Kitchen

Serves Good Food for Good Health by Gisele Rinaldi Siebold


reparing, cooking, baking and serving clean, nutritious and delicious food at The Farmhouse Kitchen, located in West Reading, is the mission of owner Martie Samuel and her employees. They aim to be transparent about the food they serve, and they know the farmers and the origin of their products. Samuel is not afraid to ask questions and empowers her customers to do the same. “We do extensive research to ensure that the food and ingredients we source are non-genetically modified [GMO] and organic,” she says. “We are also committed to sourcing ingredients that have not been subject to glyphosate-induced, preharvest desiccation—a practice that causes glyphosate to be found in foods.” That involves the application of an herbicide to crops prior to harvest in order to speed up the drying process so the crop can be harvested sooner, kill weeds and expedite the growing or ripening of less-mature plants before they die. The practice is used with both GMO, glyphosate-resistant crops as well as non-GMO crops. “This pervasive practice is a game-changer in our current culture, which is why our goal is to be pesticidefree,” affirms Samuel. “Sourcing local when possible is so important not only for freshness and enhanced health benefits, but also for the livelihood of local farming communities. CSAs [community Chef Jonathan Agosto supported agriculture]

are such beautiful collaborations providing easier access and convenience to produce and locally curated goods,” she shares. “It’s important to us that you know where certain ingredients are sourced, and through that transparency, we are able to honor the hard work of the local farming community. “Our meat, poultry and dairy are sourced from local farms where the animals are pasture-raised. Capitalizing on seasonally inspired ingredients for variety and increased health benefits is a must, plus it adds excitement to our ever-changing menu.   “Recent research indicates that people eat 60 to 70 percent of their meals out. Restaurants can play a giant role in the health picture by choosing better products,” suggests Samuel. “I encourage consumers to learn where their food is coming from. “Our healthy menu helps people taste the difference,” she says. They use gluten-free, organic flour for their menu items, and the baked goods are vegan and low sugar. Purified water is used during preparation and served as a beverage. There is no microwave on the premises. Menu items are made one at a time when ordered to maintain freshness. Customers can choose to pay $5 once to join The Farmhouse Kitchen’s “recycling club” and receive their beverage in a glass mason jar, complete with reusable lid and straw. “It’s similar to exchanging milk bottles like people did years ago by placing their empty bottles out on the porch for the milk man in exchange for receiving fresh milk in clean bottles,” explains Samuel. “Our customers bring back the jars, lids and straws, and we sanitize them for reuse. A clean jar and components are provided to each customer at the time of service. It has cut down significantly on our use of to-go cups and the amount of waste created.” She is also researching reusable containers for food to reduce further waste. “We are moving in this direction because even using compostable or recycled products presents the problem of waste. Unless they are placed in properly-labeled bins and composted or recycled at waste management facilities, they can still end up in landfills, and that’s not okay with us. “I am encouraged by the number of people that feel comfortable eating at our restaurant because they know we do our best to provide the healthiest food that we can,” shares Samuel. “They’re invested in their health, and so are we, knowing that clean eating will pay off in the long run.”

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The Farmhouse Kitchen is located at 426 Penn Ave., in West Reading. For more information, call 484-869-5193, email FarmhouseKitchen or visit See ad, page 37. July 2019


community spotlight

Earthbound Artisan Planting with Presence Grows a Sustainable Future by Gisele Rinaldi Siebold


roviding a unique perspective is something Earthbound Artisan does well, especially when it comes to caring about the Earth and our impact upon it. Owner Tim Seifarth and his team hold the land in high regard. “When fostering a relationship with the land, what runs parallel to it is mindful maintenance and observation,” he says. In 2018, Earthbound Artisan received a grant for multifunctional riparian forest buffer exploration from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVEST). Often, conventional buffer maintenance practices include planting trees along waterways, but layers are not worked into the design and regularly scheduled, sustainable maintenance takes a backseat. “DCNR requires 70 percent canopy cover in order to more or less form a continuous layer of foliage. Our agroforestry method is different from a conventional buffer installation because it uses layers to create corridors for animals and their habitats,” explains Seifarth. “Frequently, importance is placed on design as a way to begin a project, but what may be missing is considering the day-to-day, week-to-week and year-to-year management of creating sustainable ecosystems,” he says. “We will be managing our riparian buffer in that sense, which is in conflict with some conventional buffer maintenance practices.” He notes, “By implementing permaculture principles that acknowledge outdoor spaces as agricultural ecosystems, we design with purpose, help to stabilize and maintain resilient ecosystems and assist


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community members in learning how to do that as well.” Seifarth recommends that homeowners and community members get to know their spaces. “Begin a relationship with your space—walk around your property with your morning cup of coffee—learn about what’s growing there. Slow down and smell the native flowers,” he enthuses. “When everyone thinks ahead during the design process, sustainable, long-term impact can occur," he advises. “We invite people to ask themselves, ‘What good is my outdoor space doing?’ A yard, the landscaped area outside a business, a buffer area or even a community park can become a farm, a habitat, a sanctuary, a water management system or an outdoor classroom—so much more than just a pretty picture.” Seifarth suggests that when the elements of time and maintenance are valued by the entire community, a cohesiveness takes shape, creating a change in cultural norms that cultivates a relationship between the land and the people. “Growing and caring for outdoor spaces by prioritizing and valuing the time to be present in the work allows spaces to flourish for years to come,” he avers. Earthbound Artisan provides services throughout Lancaster, Lebanon, Berks, York, Chester and Dauphin counties. For more information, email Tim@ or visit EarthboundArtisan. com. See ad, page 26.

Lyme Education & Resources Part 3: Treatment & Management


by Gisele Rinaldi Siebold

yme disease adversely effects the human body in many ways. This third installment in a three-part series from Natural Awakenings South Central and Lancaster-Berks Pennsylvania, magazines provides suggestions and resources regarding treatment and management from four local contributors: Dr. Ross Marchegiani, of Turnpaugh Health and Wellness Centers, in Manheim and Mechanicsburg; Dr. Robert Mauss, owner of Gettysburg Osteopathic Family Health Center, in Gettysburg; Tina Prins, director of public relations and marketing and vice president of the nonprofit PA Lyme Resource Network; and Benjamin Weiss, founder of Susquehanna Sustainable Enterprises and Susquehanna Apothecary. Marchegiani, Mauss, Prins and Weiss concur that an herbal-based approach, antibiotic-based approach or a combination of the two are valid options for treatment. Herbal preparations can be used successfully if a patient works with a physician knowledgeable in their use. “My time spent in wild places has repeatedly exposed me to Lyme disease, which is why Susquehanna Apothecary specializes in the Buhner Protocol, an herbal regimen created by Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of the book Healing Lyme: Natural Healing and Prevention of Lyme Borreliosis and Its Coinfections,” explains Weiss. “It is important to consult a trained naturopathic physician who can provide guidance and tailor treatment.” “At Turnpaugh Health and Wellness Center, we use both approaches depending on the patient’s preference, the severity of the Lyme disease and co-infections, other ailments coinciding with Lyme disease and the length of the time the patient has been dealing with the symptoms (the health of the host),” explains Marchegiani. “We let our patients know that both options are effective in killing Lyme disease bacteria, but more treatment time is needed for doing the tincture-based approach.” “Lyme disease causes disruption of many different body systems and the use of integrative medicine measures to balance these insults can be extremely beneficial,” says Mauss. “Hormonal imbalances can be corrected with appropriately dosed supplemen-

tal hormones or herbal remedies to support gland function. Adaptogenic herbs to support adrenal function are frequently used to lessen fatigue in patients.” “When treating Lyme bacteria, it is common for a person to have a Herxheimer reaction, which may initially make the patient feel worse,” notes Prins. “Although the patient feels worse, this is a good sign, because it occurs as bacteria die during treatment. Supporting the body’s ability to detoxify in order to process and expel the killed off bacteria may help.” Detoxification support includes increased hydration; increased vitamin C and anti-oxidants; zinc; drinking lemon water, green tea, ginger tea or tumeric tea; Epsom salt baths in warm water; far-infrared sauna; dry skin brushing; herbal remedies targeting the liver and kidneys; daily bowel movements; eliminating gluten, dairy and sugar, which can feed the infection, and opting instead for an anti-inflammatory diet. Musculoskeletal problems may respond well to osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation, and massage therapy and acupuncture may also be beneficial. However, deep tissue massages and hot detox baths should be avoided, because they can cause too fast a die-off and trigger a Herxheimer reaction. Essential oils may soothe stiff muscles/joints, ease anxiety and nausea, and support more restful sleep, and may also be added to detox Epsom salt baths. Anti-inflammatory herbs can help to lessen pain. Gentle exercise, specific to what a patient can tolerate, may also help with pain and even benefit a patient’s sense of well-being. Prioritizing a healthy immune system and supporting the patient’s physiology is agreed upon by Marchegiani and Mauss. Creating a balanced immune system and healthy microbiome, regulating adrenal function and improving liver detoxification may support a higher success rate when trying to kill the infection. “Reaching out to others who have or are experiencing life with Lyme disease can create a community for sharing and support,” suggests Weiss. Prins agrees, “PA Lyme Resource Network regional support groups offer monthly educational meetings.”


PA Lyme Resource Network,; content presented by Tina Prins and PA Lyme is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice regarding the treatment of any symptoms or disease; the National Capital Lyme Disease Association,; Columbia University Irving Medical Center,; International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, Dr. Ross Marchegiani, Mechanicsburg office: 717-795-9566, Manheim Office: 717-879-9899,, Dr. Robert Mauss, Gettysburg Osteopathic Family Health Center, 28 Apple Ave., Gettysburg, 717-334-2233, Benjamin Weiss, Susquehanna Sustainable Enterprises, 717-2887025,, July 2019


The main purpose is not exercise or getting from point A to point B, but rather having a mindful, sensory experience in nature.

Terpenes and Tree Therapy

~Hannah Fries

FOREST BATHING Mother Nature’s Rx for Body and Mind by Marlaina Donato


n 1982, the Japanese government coined the term Shinrin-yoku (“taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”) to inspire people to visit and appreciate national parks. Today, that walk in the woods has become a medically recommended activity worldwide for improving immunity, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, managing chronic pain and promoting better sleep. The research supporting the

physical and mental benefits of forest bathing is so compelling that it’s advocated by the National Institute of Public Health of Japan and prescribed to patients there. Researchers from the University of East Anglia, in England, examined years of studies and found significant evidence that experiencing nature has a positive impact on health. Published in the journal Environmental Research in 2018, the meta-

Another recent review of studies, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, concluded that Shinrin-yoku can ease the symptoms of adult depression. “Forest bathing plugs us into something we all seek—a source of peace and well-being. The thing that first hooked me into being a forest bathing guide was reading the robust body of research that proves the benefits of forest bathing,” says Judy Beaudette, board secretary of Friends of North Creek Forest, in Bothell, Washington. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified forest therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, attests to the therapeutic value of forest bathing. “Even occasional nature immersion can have beneficial health effects that can last for days. Many doctors are now prescribing nature to patients. There’s an organization devoted to this called Park Rx America.” She recommends just 20 minutes during a lunch break to sit on a bench or on the ground beneath trees. There are many theories of why spending time in the woods or any other natural place makes us feel good; for example, findings published in the journal Toxicological Research in 2017 attribute the immune-boosting, mood-lifting benefits of forest bathing to natural terpenes released into the air by trees, especially conifers. Terpenes contain anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen the body’s natural defenses.

Sensory Immersion, Not Exercise Shinrin-yoku is intended to engage the trinity of body-mind-spirit. “The main purpose is not exercise or getting from point A to point B, but rather having a mindful, sensory experience in nature. It isn’t some prescribed task you need to do, like pushups,” explains Hannah Fries, a poet and author of Forest 18

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analysis involving 290 million participants from 20 countries concluded that spending time in green spaces lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. The study also noted a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes and death from heart disease.

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Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees. She communes with the wild for both health and inspiration. “Even if it’s only 20 minutes a week, go outside without a phone or other electronic device. Walk slowly. Look more closely. Listen. Smell. Touch. Interact with the living, breathing world around you. It’s that simple.” Choukas-Bradley says that observance is key. Recalling her first forest bathing experience, she says, “We paid attention to our breath and tuned in to the sights, sounds and sensations all around us. I noticed a perfect spider’s web, just barely trembling in the slightest breeze, its creator clinging to the center.” She recommends finding a “wild home”—a neighborhood park, garden or backyard tree. “Make it a practice to find a ‘sit spot’ where you can quietly observe beauty and are apt to feel a sense of awe. Psychology researchers have shown that experiencing awe has many positive effects on emotional health.” It doesn’t matter if we commune with nature in a rural or urban setting, only that we remain dialed in to our surroundings. “Forest bathing is a tool for slowing down our buzzing minds and practicing a secret superpower—the skill of consciously choosing what we put our attention on,” says Beaudette. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at

A Simple Meditation Forest bathing guide Judy Beaudette suggests: nFind something you can put your attention on that is natural—a plant, a stone, a bird’s song, a stream or a forest, the sky, even a tuft of grass or weeds growing out of a crack in the sidewalk. nPractice noticing something small in nature, like an acorn, a leaf or a grain of sand. Put it in the palm of your hand and for five minutes, notice the details. Keep noticing. See what thoughts come to mind and keep returning your attention to this small thing. After the five minutes have elapsed, write down your observations. July 2019


~Peter Gray imaginative make-believe, experimenting and risk-taking. It cites 147 studies showing that play builds skills critical for adult success such as problem solving, collaboration and creativity; decreases stress, fatigue, injury and depression; and increases range of motion, agility, coordination, balance and flexibility. Here are some ways to up the play in children’s lives:

The Pure Joy of Play

Why Kids Need Unstructured Fun by Ronica O’Hara


ot so long ago, kids would be shooed out the door to play and told to return home at meal time. But the rising use of digital devices and kids’ highly scheduled sports and school activities, as well as parental fears about safety, has made that kind of unstructured play rare—with resulting drops in children’s independence, resilience and creativity, experts say. In fact, play has been

shown to be so critical to children’s development that an American Academy of Pediatrics 2018 clinical report, “The Power of Play,” recommends that doctors write prescriptions for it. “Play is not frivolous; it is brain building,” concludes the report. It defines play as voluntary, fun and spontaneous activities that engross a child, often resulting in joyous discovery, and includes

Explore Free Play This online, 20-minute, self-quiz helps parents reflect upon their own childhood adventures and figure out a plan they feel comfortable with for their children’s unstructured “risky play”. Preliminary study data show that by three months, 93 percent of parents using the quiz had accomplished their goals. “The Power of Play”: This study by the Ameri-

can Academy of Pediatrics lays out the body of research on the benefits of unstructured play for children.

“Say Yes to Play”: A Psychology Today online article offers 12 strategies to encourage play, as well as additional references.


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Give them lots of free time away from devices. Yes, they

might be bored at first—but boredom enhances creativity, partly by allowing for daydreaming, concludes a study from the UK’s University of Central Lancashire.


Encourage fun, rather than competition. By age 6, 60 percent

of American boys and 47 percent of girls are participating on organized sport teams, but three out of four kids quit sports by age 13—one major reason being, “I was not having fun.” Play, on the other hand, is based on pure enjoyment and spontaneous collaboration among kids, minus overanxious adult “sidelining”. “When children play in their own ways, they generally play cooperatively. We adults impose competition, unfortunately. Yet even in our competitive society, the really successful and happy people are the ones who are oriented toward cooperation,” says Peter Gray, Ph.D., a Boston College psychology professor and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.


Encourage them to take the lead. Let kids decide whether they

want to play with friends, siblings or alone. They will happily make up their own games with lots of raw materials that are on hand—blocks, balls, puzzles, crayons,

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Play is how children learn to create and govern their own activities and solve their own problem independently of adults.

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boxes, wooden spoons, old costumes and hats, sand, water, tarps and shovels. “Play is how children learn to create and govern their own activities and solve their own problems independently of adults,” says Gray. “Stated differently, it is how children learn to become adults. This value is destroyed when adults take charge of children’s activities.”


Back off from hovering supervision. It can rob them of

a sense of ownership and accomplishment. Leigh Ellen Magness, a clinical social worker and registered play therapist in Athens, Georgia, grappled with anxiety as she watched her 5-yearold son clamber up a roadside sculpture designed for climbing. “He climbed so high that my stomach flip-flopped to see him so far from me. But I knew there was no better way for him to learn the limits of his own body than to test them,” she says. Mariana Brussoni, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada, concurs: “When they’re given the chance, even very young children show clear abilities to manage risks and figure out their own limits. The potential for learning is enormous.”


Don’t worry. “The data show that children are far more likely to get injured in adult-directed sports, where they are pushed to compete, than in free play,” says Gray. “Moreover, the kinds of injuries that occur in free play are relatively easy to recover from.” As for the fear of kidnapping by strangers, the odds are very small—one in a million, according to the latest U.S. Department of Justice data. “Weigh the effect of the limits you place on your kids to prevent that very, very, very unlikely possibility versus the fundamental importance for their own health and development of exploring freedom,” advises Brussoni. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at July 2019


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Alice Robb on the

Transformative Power of Dreams e know and your study that sleep of them? is good for It was where it all got mental and physical started for me and health, but whether even though it was dreams can play a role eight years ago, I still is a fascinating topic. remember my first luWhen we journey cid dream as if it was into that state, science yesterday. If I hadn’t journalist Alice Robb had that experience feels we can reap even of doing the exercises more benefits and make to elicit lucid dreamour waking lives more ing, I don’t know if I productive, healthier would’ve written the and happier. book—although I’ve Her recent book always been fascinated Why We Dream: The Knowing you are by my regular dreams, Transformative Power lying in bed, but also which have been of Our Nightly Journey, feeling, physically, that vivid, and have often which blossomed from you are in another place, wondered what was a trip to Peru, posits a going on in my brain new way to look at our is very powerful. to produce them—esdreams including how pecially when I felt ~Alice Robb to recall and even influthey were affecting my ence them, and how doing so benefits us moods or my daily life. when awake. Rich with recent studies and evoking famous artists, thinkers and othHow is lucid dreaming different ers over centuries, she traces the intricate than normal dreaming? links between dreaming and creativity, and offers tips on how we can relish the intense In lucid dreams, you are aware that you adventure of lucid dreaming. are dreaming. A lot of people will be in Robb was a staff writer for The New a nightmare; it’s really scary, and you say Republic and has also written for New York to yourself, “This can’t be real, this must Magazine, The Atlantic, Elle, The Washbe a dream,” and then maybe you can get ington Post, the BBC and British Vogue. A yourself out of it. You can train yourself to graduate of Oxford with Bachelor of Arts prolong those lucid moments. Some people degrees in both Archaeology and Anthrodo it naturally while others can do different pology, she resides in Brooklyn, New York. meditation exercises to learn to gain awareness within their dreams. How did your experience in Before you start trying to have lucid dreams, it’s important to have very good Peru shape both your dreams


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by Randy Kambic

recall of your regular dreams. We’re all dreaming every night, every time we have a REM cycle, about every 90 minutes that we are asleep, even if you don’t remember your dreams. It’s easier for most people to improve their dream recall. It’s as simple as saying to yourself before bed, “I want to remember my dreams tonight.” The more intention you have, the more you think about your dreams during the day, can be enough to trigger you to better remember your dreams. If you pay close attention to your environment, looking and examining it and asking yourself whether it’s real, you will then ask yourself the same question in a dream.

How do you feel lucid dreaming can improve our overall well-being?

You can practice a speech you are worried about. If you are an athlete, you can mentally prepare. It can help with your mental health. You can use lucid dreams to confront your demons; you can summon someone that you want to have a conversation with and practice talking with them. They are awe-inspiring. Knowing you are lying in bed, but also feeling, physically, that you are in another place, is very powerful.

What steps can we take to improve our ability to recall dreams?

Keep a dream journal. It doesn’t have to be pen and paper; you can speak your dreams into your phone in the morning or in the middle of the night if you wake up… whatever you can do to train yourself to hold onto them because if you don’t remember them when you wake up, then they will fade pretty quickly. As soon as I started keeping a dream journal, I was amazed at how many I was remembering. When getting started, make sure to write something every morning, even “I don’t remember anything.” The habits will become ingrained and you’ll start to remember dreams. Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer. July 2019


~Wendy Coleman

Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms, works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universities and corporate clients to set up aeroponic tower gardens, such as these kale and lettuce crops.

from elementary school gardens where kids learn to grow, cook and eat nutritious food to corporate gardens inside a new office building for lender Fannie Mae’s employee café. One of its crown jewels is a 6,500-square-foot rooftop garden on the Nationals Park baseball stadium, where edible flowers end up in cocktails and organic produce feeds fine diners and VIP ticket holders. Ray grew his business organically, fueled by passion and curiosity, rather than any horticultural background. “I grew up in NYC, where I had nothing to grow on. When I moved to Florida for grad school, I had a huge backyard to play around with,” says Ray.

CROPS IN THE CITY Urban Agriculture Breaks New Ground by April Thompson


he average American meal travels 1,500 miles to reach its plate, according to the nonprofit Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture. Yet, enterprising green thumbs across the country are bringing the farm back to plate’s reach, growing hyperlocal food in backyards, on rooftops, through indoor farms and more. City farming reconnects urbanites to their food sources while bettering the environment, communities, diets and health. Urban agriculture, harkening back to the Victory Gardens planted to ward off food shortages during World War I and II, is nothing new. While today’s home gardeners have staked out balconies, window boxes and vacant lots in this locavore resurgence, noteworthy pioneers are



forging a path to organic urban agriculture on a commercial scale—tapping into new technologies and markets, and turning challenges like dealing with space constraints into fresh opportunities.

A View From the Roofs Take Niraj Ray, whose company Cultivate the City is working to transform urban food deserts in the nation’s capital into thriving local food systems. “We want to get more people interested in growing their own food and show them how they can grow more with less square footage through vertical gardens and sustainable techniques like [soil-less] hydroponic systems,” says Ray. Cultivate the City manages numerous gardens for clients around Washington, D.C., |

Like many other urban farms, Cultivate the City offers a seasonal farm subscription known as a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that allows city dwellers to buy directly from local producers. Ray’s rooftop greenhouse, located on top of a local hardware store that sells his edible plants at retail, offers all the fixings for a healthy, diverse diet: hydroponic towers of leafy greens, trays of microgreens for corporate clients, specialty varieties of hot peppers for the company’s hot sauce and stacking cubes of an albino strawberry variety that Ray crossbred himself. “There are so many ways to contribute to urban farming, from aquaponics to vermicomposting; it’s about finding your niche,” he says.

Growing Up With Vertical Farming By 2050, it’s estimated that 9 billion people will be living on the planet—7 billion in

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City planners need innovative solutions like vertical farming to feed the growing population. We can grow at scale, with minimum space and environmental impact.

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cities. “City planners and adults throughThere are so many need innovative soluways to contribute to urban out South Florida. tions like vertical farmThrough their entity ing to feed the growing farming, from aquaponics The Urban Beekeepto vermicomposting; it’s ers, the Coldwells offer population. We can grow at scale, with about finding your niche. beekeeping classes, minimum space and consult with local gov~Niraj Ray environmental impact,” ernments, sell equipsays Wendy Coleman, ment and rescue “feral who began her California-based business hives” to integrate into managed hives. LA Urban Farms in 2013. Today, Coleman’s They’ve worked successfully with parks, team works with chefs, resorts, hotels, uniairports, golf clubs and country clubs to versities, greenhouses and corporate clients put honeybee habitats on site. like Google and Ikea to set up aeroponic Urban beekeeping works in synergy tower gardens across the U.S. and Europe. with city farms, as honeybees forage up to With aeroponics, nutrient-enriched five miles for food, and in so doing polwater is pumped through a garden tower linate a lot of crops. Seventy of the top 100 to shower the roots of plants suspended in human food crops are pollinated by bees, air. “It actually uses 90 percent less water according to the Food and Agriculture than conventional growing, which is a Organization of the United Nations. “We huge benefit in a place like California, and often hear people say their garden is doing avoids any kind of agricultural runoff,” better than it has in years, thanks to the says Coleman. In conjunction with urban apiaries nearby,” says John Coldwell. farming partners, the business churns out The challenges of growing at scale are 30,000 seedlings a month using aeroponic a recurrent theme among urban farmtechnology to grow for their diverse client ers. Ian Marvy, the U.S. Department of base and working with chefs to plan seaAgriculture (USDA) outreach specialist sonal menus around their produce. for the greater New York City area, ran his Aeroponics and other innovaown urban farm, grossing six figures for 14 tive farm technologies are transforming years. However, Marvy says most farmers spaces in cities across the U.S., reclaiming growing in the city aren’t operating at a peripheral and idle spaces like alleys and profitable scale or producing enough for warehouses to grow herbs and vegetables everyone to eat local. in abundance, using 90 percent less land Even so, locally grown produce is by growing vertically, notes Coleman. a booming market in New York City. “With our gardens, diners can see their Greenmarket, founded in 1976, operates food growing at their table; they get such a more than 50 farmers’ markets, limited personal connection with their food. It’s an to vendors that grow within a 200-mile interactive way for hotels and restaurants radius, some of whom take home five to demonstrate their commitment to local, figures on a good day, says Marvy. Interest sustainable food,” she says. in growing at the community level has also mushroomed, adds Marvy, who estimates Breaking into Hives: that 90 percent of the city’s more than 500 City Beekeepers school gardens weren’t there 15 years ago when he started this work. “The USDA “I had a backyard garden that wasn’t doing so well, and I thought it was the lack of pol- has a huge opportunity here and nationally to make cities more sustainable and feed linators, so I got bees; but then I realized I more people. I’m really excited and comwas just a bad gardener,” quips master beemitted to that,” he says. keeper John Coldwell, of Fort Lauderdale. While urban agriculture efforts are Since this humble beginning in 2012 with a few backyard hives, Coldwell and his sometimes criticized for catering to upper wife Teresa have been leading a movement income residents that can afford to pay top to repurpose public land for “microapiardollar for specialty items like microgreens, ies” and provide apiary education for youth many businesses and organizations are

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hose that have never nurtured more than a houseplant shouldn’t be intimidated, says Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms. “Growing food is easy and doesn’t require any special background,” says Coleman, who was green to growing when she started her business six years ago. When growing commercially, find a niche, says Niraj Ray, of Cultivate the City. The company grows plants of ethnic or cultural significance to appeal to Asian, African and Latino populations, from the nutrition-packed moringa to okra, a staple of both Indian and African cooking, given it is a growing market for immigrant populations not served by most traditional garden centers. Seek natural allies like sustainability-minded chefs to bolster an urban ag business. The farm-to-fork chef ’s movement has been a boon for beekeepers and farmers, with chefs acting as patrons of the farms, according to beekeeping expert Teresa Coldwell. Sette Bello Ristorante, an Italian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, funds vertical gardens at a community garden where the Coldwells have hives so its chef can have pure organic food like squash blossoms pollinated by local bees. Urban farming has its pleasures and rewards, but can also bring hardships. Ray struggles with employee turnover when newbie farmers face the realities of working in the heat and rain, even from a sleek, trendy, rooftop garden. July 2019


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working on multiple The USDA has a huge ing projects, senior comfronts, with lucrative opportunity here and munities and schools six days a week. specialty crops helping nationally to make cities Their latest project, to subsidize programs more sustainable and the Public Market, is a serving families lacking retail location on Wheelaccess to healthy affordfeed more people. ing’s Main Street that will able food. ~Ian Marvy serve as a year-round Grow Ohio Valley farmers’ market. The organization is also takes an integrated approach to food sovbuilding alliances between local farmers ereignty in Wheeling, West Virginia, and and healthcare providers through a project the Upper Ohio Valley. “This part of the called The Farmacy. A partnership with a Appalachian Rustbelt has lost much of its local free clinic, it targets people suffering population, jobs and economic base over from diabetes and other diseases linked to the last generation. We want to promote poor diets with a doctor’s prescription for health and wellness through fresh food, organic produce offered free through the while helping to transform the urban landscape from falling-down buildings and organization’s CSA. These urban agriculture pioneers are vacant lots into productive community ashelping to not only grow food, but comsets,” says founder Danny Swan. munity, and are nurturing renewed conThe operation’s food hub aggrenections to the Earth. City growing has so gates produce from small local farmers, many benefits: decreasing packaging, costs providing a guaranteed market for their and food miles traveled, making it easier produce and the opportunity to reach a to eat organic seasonal food and a more larger market, usually only served by food diverse diet. “The connection people feel grown thousands of miles away. The prowhen they plant seed and get to harvest the duce is supplemented by four urban farm sites run by the organization, including an mature plant is transformative. Growing food is something we can all do to make a apple orchard on the site of a demolished difference, for our health and the environhousing project. ment,” says Coleman. Grow Ohio Valley also works to reach the “last-mile customers” that lack access Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance to high-quality affordable produce via a writer April Thompson at mobile farmers’ market that goes to hous-


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or those interested in trying home growing or supporting metro area farmers, here are some resources for eating food grown in and around your zip code. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Urban Agriculture Toolkit walks prospective city farmers through all of the necessary steps to planning a successful urban agriculture operation, from soil testing to accessing financing. Tinyurl. com/UrbanAgriculturalToolkit. features a clickable map of community gardens in the U.S. and beyond where neighbors can connect and grow together. The FairShare CSA Coalition’s site ( offers an interactive Farm Search tool to find community supported agriculture (CSA) programs where city dwellers can subscribe to local farms and receive a share of the seasonal bounty. The American Community Garden Association ( provides resources for finding, starting and managing community gardens. Local Harvest ( has a searchable national directory of farmers’ markets, farms, CSAs and more. |



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Berks and Lancaster Counties Set Agricultural Trends


erdant and vibrant Berks and Lancaster counties have a long-running history of agriculture and family farming. Increasing numbers of Pennsylvania farmers are looking toward organic methods to meet the shifts in cultural expectations and dietary needs of consumers. Trends covering the evolution of agriculture in the region have revealed statistics relevant to consumers and producers alike. Gathered from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture and Rodale Institute, the following list is just a start. n Pennsylvania is second only to California in the sales of organic food products. n Sales of certified organic commodities doubled in Pennsylvania from 2015 to 2016 to $660 million. n One in four of all Pennsylvania organic operations are found in Lancaster County. n Governor Tom Wolfe’s proposal for the historic Pennsylvania Farm Bill includes an initiative to make Pennsylvania the nation’s leading organic state. n Rodale Institute, in partnership with the Department of Agriculture, is offering free in-depth consulting services for Pennsylvania farmers wishing to transition to organic. n More than a third of all farmers in Lancaster and Berks counties are female. n 99 percent of Lancaster County’s farms and 97 percent of Berks county’s farms are family farms. n Pennsylvania is #1 in the nation for direct-to-consumer fresh food sales, ensuring more dollars are going directly to farmers. 80% of PA farms reported selling all of their directly marketed food within a 100-mile radius of their farm. n In 2016, the increase in sales of organic commodities increased by 23 percent from the year prior, along with the number of certified organic farms (11 percent increase), and the number of certified organic acres increased 15 percent to 5 million. n Pennsylvania is fourth in line for the number of organic farms (803) following California (2,713), Wisconsin (1,276) and New York (1,059). To read more from the most recent census conducted by the National Agriculture Statistics Service, visit For information about the Rodale partnership, visit For information on Pennsylvania farming, visit

Urban Edge Farm Cultivating Change Through Regenerative Agriculture by Gisele M. Siebold


wo years ago, Benjamin Weiss, an herbalist, certified permaculture designer and owner of Susquehanna Sustainable Enterprises, LLC, launched Urban Edge Farm, located within the city limits of Lancaster in an area Permaculture workers once ravaged by Hurricane Agnes. “The farm has been granted the city of Lancaster’s first ever Community Gardening zoning variance,” says Weiss. “The farm is located on a single parcel of land leased to Ben Weiss teaching Susquehanna Sustainable Enterprises by a friend, and is in the floodplain of the Conestoga River,” he explains. “We are currently pursuing lease agreements for several adjacent parcels along the river, most of which are covered in highly neglected woodland.” According to Weiss, the focus of the farm is on agroforestry techniques such as forest gardening with native riparian tree crops. Through a grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 87 native trees were planted, including pawpaw, pecan, juneberry, elderberry, persimmon, plum and aronia. The farm is also focused on edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation, biochar and compost production, beekeeping, experimentation with regenerative forestry techniques and the production of medicinal herbs for use by Susquehanna Apothecary. “I created Susquehanna Apothecary as a way to generate income streams from small amounts of sustainably harvested wild plants in order to pay professional foragers and permaculturists to be out in the landscape, regenerating degraded ecosystems and creating herbal solutions for humans and wild landscapes,” says Weiss. He envisions sharing his business model to foster change within the community. “There is a whole new generation interested in farming,” he affirms. “We are enhancing the places where we live locally through regenerative agriculture. Through a network of small-plot microfarms, we can employ people, turn marginalized properties into places that once again have economic value and positively impact climate change. Our microscale business model is one that people can replicate.” Classes and workshops are held at Urban Edge Farm, but it is not open to the public for regular business hours. For more information, call 717-288-7025, email or visit July 2019




Is Your Mattress The Problem?

How to get a good night's sleep, without harmful chemicals


ake this quiz:

1. Do you have back pain when you wake up? 2. Neck pain? Stiffness or soreness? 3. Does it take you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep? 4. Do you experience restless sleep? Toss and turn at night? If you answered “yes” two times or more, this may be the most important article you read all year. Here’s why… While you sleep, your immune system recovers and prepares for the day ahead. It replenishes every cell in your body. Low-quality, uncomfortable mattresses have been linked to discomfort and pain, which can prevent quality sleep. People who struggle with sleep deprivation may suffer from irritability, depression, over-eating— and even face a higher risk for Alzheimer’s. If your mattress is filled with chemical toxins, airborne allergens, or worse, your body is doing battle with those things rather than repairing itself. You’re losing valuable energy each night instead of healing your body and revitalizing your mind. And all of that can wreak havoc on your health and well being.

What’s In Your Mattress?

The following information may be disturbing to some. That’s because the Environmental Protection Agency has identified at least four possibly dangerous chemicals commonly found in some synthetic mattresses— benzene, propane, naphthalene and styrene—especially bedding made in China and overseas, where such governing agencies do not exist. Consider these facts: ● Typical mattresses made from artificial materials are known to emit potentially harmful gases in your bedroom—a phenomenon known as off-gassing. ● Laboratory researchers in the U.S. and Europe have identified up to 61 potentially harmful chemicals that off-gas from typical synthetic mattresses. ● Exposure to these 61 chemicals has been associated with irritation of the skin, eyes and digestive systems. ● Additionally, the chemicals offgassed by synthetic mattresses have been associated with headache, fatigue, depression and even hearing loss. ● Your skin, the most porous entry point into your body, has contact with a mattress for 8 hours every night, on average.

● Children, who breathe faster than adults, are especially vulnerable to chemical exposure. Every night, we lie down with minimal clothing for a seemingly good night’s sleep. But in reality, while lying on a conventional mattress, we are breathing in and absorbing through our skin a range of chemicals from synthetic materials—chemicals that can disrupt our sleep cycles and negatively impact our health. Our mattresses emit gases from a toxic brew of components used to create them. From the polyurethane foam used in the padding to fire retardants and other additives, conventional mattresses continue to release chemicals in gaseous form long after they roll out of the factory. Even after they have finished off-gassing, the chemically based construction of a conventional mattress provides an ideal environment for dust and dust mites, whose excrement is the #1 trigger for asthma attacks. And get this. You know those white labels on a mattress that say, “Do Not Remove”? Incredibly, the law actually allows manufacturers to include potentially hazardous chemicals in your mattress without disclosing the fact on any label. But if a true list of ingredients were available for conventional mattresses, it would likely include TDI (a common component), a known carcinogen, which can cause respiratory ailments such as bronchitis and asthma. In addition, liver damage and breathing problems have been linked to vinyl chloride monomers, another common mattress material. The list goes on. Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that you would be given information about any of these chemicals from a manufacturer of conventional, synthetic mattresses.

The Natural Alternative

One of the most significant actions we can take to reduce our exposure to toxins and improve our overall health is to make changes to the one household item that is in direct contact with our bodies for one third of our lives—our mattresses. “There are more ways than ever to sleep better and wake up painfree on a natural, organic mattress,” says Ben McClure, president of


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HOME GARDENERS Extension Agents at Your Service


by Yvette C. Hammett

any home gardeners readily list flies, wasps and beetles among the “pests” in their gardens. However, many of these are actually pollinators that help boost production of fruits and vegetables; others are beneficial insects that keep the real plant-killers at bay. A quick call to the local cooperative extension service can help sort out friend from foe—and that’s just the beginning of what this valuable, underutilized resource can offer. Each year, millions in federal taxpayer dollars help fund county agricultural extension programs administered through the 108 colleges and universities that comprise the nation’s land grant university system. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which supplies the money, also helps fund science-based research meant to reach not only farmers, but home gardeners seeking advice on best practices. The USDA is trying to do a better job of raising public awareness of assistance that’s readily available, free of charge, especially now that it’s getting more funding.

Organic on the Rise

“The good news is that the 2018 Farm Bill provided increases for many of our programs, including the organic agriculture research and extension initiative program for which we received significant funding,” says Mathieu Ngouajio, program leader for the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The USDA is eager to see the connections their constituents are making with the research. “We want to identify the needs of organic gardeners, and the best way to meet those needs to get our research into their hands,” Ngouajio says. 30

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The good news is that the 2018 Farm Bill provided increases for many of our programs, including an organic program for which we received significant funding. ~Mathieu Ngouajio County extension agents are on the front lines of this effort, offering low- or no-cost soil testing, handbooks on a variety of local gardening topics and workshops on everything from making rain barrels and creating rain gardens to implementing eco-friendly pest control, cultivating native plants and employing best practices for organic gardening. Master gardeners that volunteer their expertise are central to supporting extension outreach activities. “We would love more business from the public,” says Weston Miller, an associate professor with Oregon State University’s extension service. “The public service of the master gardener program is to answer questions,” including what and when to plant and how much irrigation is required. In Oregon, there are 3,500 master gardeners, with 650 volunteers in Portland alone. “We train master gardeners in how to use our resources and interpret the research to the public,” Miller says. “There are trained volunteers in pretty much every county in the country ready and willing to answer any gardening question,” Miller says. For example, a new organic gardener might not know the correct soil amendments to use or how to start a composting pile to supplement the soil in an organic garden. There is also a nationwide network called Ask the Expert ( and questions will automatically go to an extension staff person or master gardener in the area where the inquiring gardener lives.

gardening is using a naturally formed material for fertilizer and pesticide, from plant, animal or mineral sources.” The biggest area of confusion is that many people think organic means pesticide-free. But that is not always true. There is organic pest control, Miller says. “In terms of gardening, there are certified organic products you can use and still be organic.” One thing to look for on a label is the seal of the Organic Materials Review Institute, which indicates the product is suitable for organic gardening. However, there aren’t many good options for weed management, he adds. “You have to do weeding by hand or use an herbicide that isn’t organic.” Another issue that extension programs can help with is making sure organic gardeners receive only scientifically researched information, says Nicole Pinson, an urban horticulture agent with the Hillsborough County Extension Service, in Tampa, Florida. “Gardening information is available

on websites and on social media. Some information that pops up is not researchbased, or they are selling a product and are not unbiased,” Pinson says. “We generally stick to recommendations we have been able to vet through research. When we make a recommendation, we give folks all of the options of what they can do.” To find a nearby extension office, visit Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at

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Reducing Confusion

Many of those getting into organic gardening might feel confused as to what connotes organic, Miller says. “Organic July 2019


conscious eating



The Herbal Connection by Kajsa Nickels


ummer is an ideal time to add a healthy dose of fresh, organic herbs to make cool salads, luscious smoothies and other hot-weather eats and treats. Herbs are not only a flavorful addition to any meal, they are also chock-full of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure and improving mineral balance to increasing immune support, hydration, energy and healthy skin. Most people consider using herbs in small amounts as seasonings for recipes such as spaghetti sauce, soups or desserts. However, they are edible plants, just like kale and spinach. Although they tend to have strong flavors when dried, fresh herbs are usually quite mild and can be eaten in large amounts like any other vegetable.

Cool Benefits “Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings,” says Nathaniel Whitmore, a


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Chinese medicine herbalist and shiatsu massage practitioner in Milford, Pennsylvania. An herb that he recommends for this time of year is American ginseng, which, unlike its Chinese namesake, is considered a “cooling” herb and helps keep the body moist. When combined with fresh chrysanthemum flowers, the result is a powerful elixir that both hydrates and energizes. “A piece of American ginseng root and a few chrysanthemums placed in a jar of water and set on a windowsill for a few days makes a great cold infusion,” says Whitmore. “You can store it in the fridge for a few days and drink it in small amounts at a time to benefit from its energizing and hydrating properties.” Soft-stemmed herbs such as parsley and dill can be used in large amounts in salads and summer sandwiches. Other heat-tol-

Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings. Marie C Fields/

~Nathaniel Whitmore erant herbs that are easy to grow include lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, mint and basil. “Lemon balm is great for headaches and insomnia that are common during summer heat waves,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D., an herbalist and doctor of natural medicine, in Ontario, Canada. “Basil can help reduce summer achiness, while lavender serves as a relaxant and an excellent bug repellant.” In addition to relieving headaches and restlessness, lemon balm is also beneficial for those that suffer from high blood pressure. A study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine reports that it is helpful in reducing blood pressure in patients with chronic stable angina. Rosemary, another herb used for sleep disorders, was found to also help improve memory and decrease anxiety in a study conducted in Iran at the Kerman University of Medical Sciences. One study in 2009 by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Allahbad, in India, revealed that polyphenols found in herbs and plants harbor antioxidant properties that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative disorders.

photos by Stacey Cramp Used with permission from New World Library.

Fresh Is Best While herbs can be used in their extracted and dried forms, the most significant health benefits are often found in the raw, organic plant. “Fresh is better,” says Whitmore. “This is especially true when it comes to the more aromatic plants such as basil and lavender. A lot of the more volatile constituents are lost during the drying process.” Most herbs grow best in dry garden areas that receive at least eight hours of sun each day. Although some herbs can grow in partially shaded locations, they won’t be as flavorful. Many herbs can also be grown in containers or pots. Maria Noël Groves, a clinical herbalist in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and author of Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies: How to Create a Customized Herb Garden to Support Your Health & Well-Being, lists lemon balm, Korean mint, anise hyssop and purple basil as among her favorite summer culinary and beverage herbs that are easy to grow in pots. These make easy pickings for wraps, salads, sandwiches and more. “Lemon balm can also be used to make infused water,” says Groves. “With lemon verbena, lemon grass or holy basil, the result is refreshing and calming.” Just take a few sprigs and place them in either plain or seltzer water. The result is a delicately flavored beverage that’s also healthy and hydrating. Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at

Herbal Chill-Outs Lemon Balm Vinegar This infusion can be used in place of plain vinegar in summer salad dressings. According to the Journal of Medicine, lemon balm is helpful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Combining it with apple cider vinegar adds extra health benefits to the mix, including digestion enhancement, detoxing and inflammation reduction. 2-3 cups fresh lemon balm, washed 1 qt apple cider vinegar Add coarsely chopped lemon balm leaves and stems to a 32-ounce mason jar. Add vinegar until lemon balm is completely covered. Allow to sit in a cool, dark place for two to four weeks before straining. From the book Be Your Own Herbalist by Michelle Schoffro Cook. Used with permission from New World Library.

Dandelion and Violet Greens Pesto 1 bunch dandelion leaves 1-2 handfuls violet leaves 1-3 garlic cloves 1-3 oz Parmesan cheese 1 cup toasted, salted/tamari pepitas (pumpkin seeds) Juice of ½ lemon ¼ cup olive oil Coarsely chop the herbs and the garlic. Combine with a mortar and pestle, food processor or blender and blend until minced. Add the liquids and blend to a puree. Serve with organic tortilla chips, crackers or veggie sticks. Will keep for a few days in a tightly sealed container or frozen. From the book Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies by Maria Noël Groves. Used with permission from Storey Publishing. July 2019


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Ironstone Spring Farm The Community’s Connection to Locally Raised Grass-Fed Beef


by Gisele Rinaldi Siebold

he all-natural, 100 percent grassfed beef from Ironstone Spring Farm, located in Lancaster, is the epitome of farm-to-table fare. The farm dates back to 1805, and Liz Martin is the fifth-generation owner. “In 2005, I noticed trends taking shape for locally farmed food as well as grass-fed beef, so I created my own herd,” she says. The pure-bred Black Angus cattle hail from Aberdeen, Scotland. Raised free from hormones and antibiotics, the cows are bred with bulls on the farm, and calves are born around the month of February each year. They drink their mother’s milk, wean naturally and are pastured-raised until they are processed approximately a year and a half later. “Cows are herd animals, and we keep them together to foster their natural instincts. Our farm uses a rotational grazing method whereby the cattle move from pasture to pasture on our 85 acres eating mature grasses that are free from pesticides and chemicals,” describes Martin. “During inclement weather, sheds are provided for them to go into at their leisure. When it snows, they are given all-natural grass hay, the majority of it having been harvested from our own pastures.” When Martin made the commitment to raise 100 percent grass-fed, grass-finished beef, she signed an affidavit for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). She believes it is important for people to be informed in order to understand the topic. “Some farmers

will allow their herds to graze on grasses but will then fatten them up with grain before processing time,” says Martin. “The beef may be referred to as ‘grass-fed,’ but it is not 100 percent grass-fed and grass-finished like our beef. It takes patience to let cattle be truly grass-fed,” she affirms. David Perlmutter, board-certified neurologist, Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and author of the New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, suggests that grass-fed, grass-finished beef may positively support brain function. Health benefits are attributed to 100 percent, all-natural, grass-fed, grassfinished beef because it is lower in fat than grain-fed beef and contains omega-3 fatty acids that may aid in preventing heart disease and diabetes. It is also high in CoQ10, an enzyme needed for proper heart function and a powerful antioxidant, and contains betacarotene, an antioxidant that helps with immune function. “Our beef is processed at a local USDA-certified processor, in sizes ranging from a whole portion to a one-sixteenth portion, cut to customer specifications and individually packaged and labeled. Options also include sausage, jerky, bologna and soup and marrow bones,” says Martin. Ironstone Spring Farm is located at 2856 Charlestown Rd., in Lancaster. For more information, call 717575-0110, email Liz@ IronstoneSpringFarm. com or visit Ironstone See ad, page 39.

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Wegmans Brings Their Best to Lancaster by Maria Frances


egmans strives to help their customers live a healthier, better life through food by their simple commitment, “Every day you get our best.” Store manager Jimmy Bellis, who leads a team of 475 employees at the Wegmans Lancaster location says, “We’re all here for the same reason: our customers. Our aim is to make food shopping a pleasure rather than a chore.” Wegmans, in Lancaster, opened this past September and is building strong partnerships with nearby growers. A large variety of different fruits and vegetables are available, including many organic choices. In season, locally grown produce picked daily and delivered directly to the store is offered for sale. Cleaned, cut and ready-to-use fruit and vegetable items, like veggie noodles and cauliflower rice, are also available. The Wegmans Organic Farm and Orchard, in Canandaigua, New York, tries different organic and season-extending, growing techniques. Continuous work is done to grow the best-tasting varieties and extend the northeastern growing seasons, making local farms more economically sustainable. Learnings from the farm are then shared with Wegmans’ partner growers. Executive Chef Keith Briggs and his team of 100 culinarians pro vide the latest innovations the chain has to offer. “My focus is to make sure that our customers have the best shopping experience,” he enthuses. “I want them to feel happy and at home when they visit the store.” Customers can enjoy authentic Italian pizza from a custom rotating brick-hearth oven; a made-to-order salad station with fresh greens, grains and protein options; and Pennsylvania’s first Burger Bar, Wegmans’ family-friendly, casual restaurant that serves delicious burgers and sandwiches, fresh salads, soup, sides, kids’ meals and beer and wine by the glass. Menu items can be enjoyed in the seating area or taken to go. The seafood department showcases fully traceable and sus-


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tainable seafood—processed without chemicals—delivered daily from ports on the east coast, across the country and around the world. Customers can also have fresh shellfish steamed at no extra charge, including lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams and crabs to go, as well as ready-to-cook items. Sushi is made fresh daily, in a variety of vegetable, cooked and raw made-to-order selections. Ready-to-cook entrees and pre-marinated meats in a variety of flavors are also available. In addition to conventional meat, Wegmans also offers organic beef, pork, chicken, lamb, bacon and sausage, and the choice of meat with no antibiotics or added hormones. Wegmans Angus beef raised regionally near its stores, and a dry-aging case, are also featured in the meat department. The bakery offers European-style artisan breads and rolls, featuring whole grain options, and items made with organic ingredients and grains grown near Wegmans stores. Other bakery offerings include more than 30 varieties of Cookie Shop cookies baked fresh throughout the day, water-boiled bagels, petite pastries, decorated cakes, cupcakes, specialty chocolates, donuts, muffins and desserts. Specialty and artisan cheeses produced domestically or imported from around the world are available for purchase. The temperature- and humidity-controlled misting case offers premium cheeses aged in the Wegmans Cheese Caves. The Mediterranean Bar features more than 70 items, such as imported and domestic olives, hummus, fresh mozzarella, marinated mushrooms, artichokes, roasted peppers and antipasti, all sold by the pound. The Natural Wellness area has a focus on solutions for customers with special dietary needs and interests, such as a dedicated section of gluten-free and allergen-free products, plantbased foods, fermented foods and functional beverages. New and innovative products, a large selection of premium and loose-leaf teas and an assortment of active nutrition products, like protein powders and sports bars, round out the selection. “There’s a strong sense of community support in Lancaster,” Bellis says. “I’m thrilled to be here and eager to show how Wegmans makes a difference.” Wegmans Food Market, located at 2000 Crossings Blvd., in Lancaster, is open 24 hours, seven days a week. For more information, call 717-358-9500 or visit See ad, page 55.

foodie briefs

Renewal Kombucha Releases Seasonal Summer Flavors


uring the month of July, Renewal Kombucha, located in West Reading and Lititz, will feature two seasonal flavors, Blueberry Oolong and Root Beer Kombucha. Blueberry Oolong was released on June 14, and Root Beer Kombucha will be released on July 6. Limited-edition Red, White & Blueberry Kombucha will be available on July 5 during the Independence Day holiday weekend. Renewal Kombucha tea is brewed with a combination of dried tea leaves and herbs, sweetened with evaporated cane sugar, and fermented using a living culture of yeast and probiotic bacteria, often called a “mother” or a “SCOBY”. This drink is known to offer health benefits that aid in digestion, boost the immune system and enhance mental functioning. Locations: 701 Court St., West Reading and 51 North Broad St., Lititz. For more information, and to sign up for the email list, visit See ad, page 34.

Summer Festival at Lemon Street Market


he Lemon Street Market Summer Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 20. The family-friendly festival will feature local farmers and vendors offering free seasonal samples and discussing their products in the parking lot in front of the store, as well as activities for kids. Vendors include Baba’s Brew Kombucha, Sarah’s Sweet & Savory Snacks, Sugar Whipped Bakery, Lancaster Hummus Co., Hempzels, Wild for Salmon, Passenger Coffee, Abundant Earth Kitchen, Patterson Maple Farm, Oak Lane Kitchen, Gap View Homestead, Amaranth Gluten-Free Bakery, Christina Maser Co., Cortazzo Foods, Humankind Drinks and more. “Join us for a celebration of food, health, and community,” enthuses David Dietz, produce manager. “This event will bring a large number of our local vendors and farmers out to the store. It’s your chance to ask questions, try free samples and have fun.” Location: 241 W. Lemon St., Lancaster. For more information, visit to join the Summer Festival Facebook event. See ad, page 35.

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coach and gut health expert. “Studies show that the vagus nerve regulates inflammation throughout the body.”

healing ways

Toning the Vagus Nerve Relief for Pain, Anxiety and Inflammation


by Marlaina Donato

esearch is helpThe superpower of The vagus nerve ing doctors this double-branched stems from the brain connect the cranial nerve lies in to the abdomen like dots between seemingly transporting major a communication unrelated conditions like neurotransmitters irritable bowel syndrome, superhighway between along what is known rheumatoid arthritis, as the brain-gut axis. your gut and brain. post-traumatic stress “The vagus nerve stems ~Hannah Aylward disorder (PTSD), chronic from the brain to the fatigue syndrome and abdomen like a comfibromyalgia, revealing a common denomina- munication superhighway between your tor: the multitasking vagus nerve, the longest gut and brain,” says Hannah Aylward, an in the autonomic nervous system. Orlando-based certified holistic health

Vagus-Nourishing Diet Tips Advice from gut health expert Hannah Aylward: 4 Eat plenty of vegetables, high-quality proteins, fiber and healthy fats. 4 A diet low in sugar and processed carbohydrates supports healthy vagus nerve function by maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. 4 Practice intermittent fasting, which stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (not recommended for people suffering from adrenal fatigue or high stress). 4 Take probiotics. Lactobacillus has been shown to increase GABA via stimulation of the vagus nerve. Bifidobacterium longum has demonstrated it can normalize anxietylike behavior in mice by acting through the vagus nerve. 38

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Recent studies have shown that vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) can improve quality of life for individuals suffering from numerous conditions. One type is a device that can be implanted by a neurosurgeon, which sends electrical impulses to the vagus nerve in children that suffer from seizures and adults with depression as a supplemental treatment when surgery or medications are not possible or effective. There is also a handheld, non-invasive VNS option called gammaCore, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved device that offers hope for sufferers of cluster and migraine headaches. Its effectiveness for chronic pain management, as well as in cases of epilepsy and depression, was published in the Neuromodulation Journal in 2015. PTSD researcher Imanuel Lerman, M.D., and his colleagues with the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, found that VNS affects areas of the brain responsible for processing emotional pain. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE earlier this year, also show that VNS delays the brain’s response to pain signals in individuals with PTSD.

Mental Health, Trauma and the Gut When it comes to the vagus nerve, anxiety is physical. Post-traumatic stress is rooted in neurobiology and experienced in the body, not just the mind, says Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colorado-based clinical psychologist and author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. “This is why you can’t simply think or talk your way out of your trauma reactions.” According to Schwartz, “Disruptions in the gut flora, which often occur with overuse of antibiotics, can have a significant impact on mental health. An imbalance in the gut can lead to an inflammatory response in the immune system and a wide range of disruptive symptoms.” Aylward notes that 95 percent of the body’s mood-boosting chemical serotonin


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resides in the enteric nervous system, which governs the function of the gastrointestinal tract. “The brain-gut axis is becoming increasingly important as a therapeutic target for psychiatric and GI disorders,” she says. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, explains the trauma loop. “Developmental trauma impairs the integrative circuits of the brain and nervous system—the prefrontal cortex. When this happens, the brain will be hyperalert, interpreting some non-threatening situations as threatening. “Learning to be aware of our internal state and learning calming techniques helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system and can go a long way,” says Siegel. “High ventral vagal tone means having a state of calm.”

Vagus Power Everyone can benefit from increased vagal tone, which goes hand-in-hand with engaging the parasympathetic nervous system for optimum equilibrium at the cellular level. Acupuncture, chiropractic—with a focus on the cranial nerves—massage, meditation, singing, laughing loudly, chanting mantras, gentle yoga and exercise, positive social interactions, belly breathing and chanting all make the vagus nerve a happy camper. These activities promote relaxation and help to decrease inflammation. “As a certified yoga instructor, I can attest to a wide range of natural vagus nerve stimulation techniques, especially using the breath,” says Schwartz. “Diaphragmatic breathing creates a gentle massage across your digestive organs, releases the diaphragm and stimulates nerve fibers within the lungs. Heart rate is reduced.” Brief exposure to cold water or cold air improves vagal tone and is a good option when anxiety is high. Eating cold-water fish like wild salmon or other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, seaweed, hemp, flax or chia seeds provides vagal nourishment.

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To graciously receive can be as simple as accepting a compliment. Another way to receive is by requesting our heart’s desire. There is nothing wrong with wanting more. The truth is that we can have more— as much as we are willing to receive.

A = Alignment

The Grace of Abundance Five Practices to Create a More Abundant Life


by Meriflor Toneatto

bundance means plenty—a flowing of love, vitality, wealth, joy, prosperity, success and more. GRACE is an acronym representing five practices that can magnify abundance in all areas of life, including finances.

G = Gratitude There is tremendous power in being grateful, because what we focus on expands.

Gratitude opens our heart to receive and give blessings. This puts us in a space to have more things to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude can be as simple as saying, “I am grateful for…” or “I am thankful for…” If we find ourselves in a negative state, practice gratitude even for as brief a period as 60 seconds. It will positively shift our emotion, thereby allowing us to be open to abundance.

The key way to get into alignment for more abundance is to know our purpose, follow our passion and work on releasing internal fears and doubts. When we are in alignment, everything flows. There is ease and doors open for us. People, money and resources will show up on our path to help us achieve our goals. Therefore, we must always be awake to our goodness and take inspired actions to manifest our desires into reality.

C = Commitment Commit to gifting ourselves with an abundant mindset because our mindset is critical to our success. One way to quickly shift our mindset to the positive is to concentrate on our desire and ask ourselves, “What do I have to believe for this to be true?” Our mind will creatively generate many possibilities that can get us excited, which then shifts how we think and feel to what is positive. As we do this, we will also create greater confidence in the knowledge that the universe is always working in our favor.

E = Expression Express our passion by first doing what we love. Then find a way to use our passion, purpose and life to serve others.When we do this, our world, our financial abundance and our joy will expand exponentially. Meriflor Toneatto is the author of Money, Manifestation & Miracles: A Guide to Transforming Women’s Relationships with Money. Connect at 40

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natural pet

Beyond Antibiotics Pets Can Heal With Natural Approaches


by Karen Shaw Becker

ike people, pets can develop allergies to medications that are overprescribed, including antibiotics, which also have a long list of side effects—many of which are long-term. There is also the escalating problem of resistance, which is the result of too-frequent and unnecessary use of these drugs. One of the most important things to know is that dogs and cats are exposed to antibiotics when they eat food containing the meat of factory-farmed animals, which includes about 99 percent of pet foods on the market today. The exception is a very small number that contain free-range, organic ingredients.

Antibiotic Resistance

In many cases, even when bacteria are exposed for the first time to a particular antibiotic, the majority will die, but some will survive and pass on that resistance to other bacteria. The problem is not that certain disease-causing bacteria are antibioticresistant, but that the resistance genes in any type of bacteria can transfer their ability to survive to billions of other bacteria. This is how superbugs are born. These are a strain of bacteria able to 42

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withstand assault by multiple types of antibiotics. When a veterinarian can no longer eliminate bacterial infections with antibiotics, the life of the animal is threatened, and that’s the biggest concern. If a veterinarian makes a diagnosis of infection, ask for a culture and sensitivity test. Otherwise, he or she is making a guess at what type of organism is present and the best antibiotic to treat it. Each time an unnecessary or inappropriate antibiotic is prescribed, the potential for resistance increases. Only in an emergency situation should a veterinarian prescribe an antibiotic before the culture and sensitivity test can be performed. The vet can then switch medications if necessary when the results arrive. Giving the proper dose of the antibiotic at the proper intervals and using up the entire prescription is important, even if the pet seems to be fully recovered before the medication has run out. This will ensure the infection is totally resolved and prevent the pet from having to take another full course of antibiotics because the first one wasn’t fully administered and the infection wasn’t effectively cleared.

Many conditions for which antibiotics are often indiscriminately prescribed respond very well to a combination of natural therapies, including herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutraceuticals, immune system stimulants and specific nutritional interventions. It’s important to reseed the pet’s gastrointestinal (GI) system with friendly microorganisms—probiotics—during and after antibiotic therapy to reestablish a healthy balance of gut bacteria. This will also help keep a dog or cat’s digestive system working optimally and the immune system strong.

Alternatives to Antibiotics

Many conditions for which antibiotics are often indiscriminately prescribed respond very well to a combination of natural therapies, including herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutraceuticals, immune system stimulants and specific nutritional interventions. Functional medicine veterinarians, a group that is thankfully growing in number, realize this and are able to partner with pet parents to offer alternatives to antibiotics. A 2016 study showed cranberry extract to be as or more effective in preventing E. coli-related urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs as short-term antibiotic treatment. In addition, cranberry extract can help fight multidrug-resistant bacteria

in dogs with recurrent E. coli UTIs. In a study of shelter dogs, researchers compared the use of probiotics to antibiotics to treat acute diarrhea caused by stress. They concluded probiotic therapy was as effective as antibiotic therapy. In addition, dogs that were unresponsive to antibiotics appeared to benefit significantly from subsequent probiotic treatment. Oregano oil, propolis, olive leaf, essential oils, colloidal silver and Manuka honey help reduce bacterial skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with good success. If a dog or cat isn’t facing a lifethreatening health situation, talk with the veterinarian about alternatives to antibiotics. In these situations, pet parents often find it beneficial to consult a functional medicine or integrative veterinarian whose goal is to treat these problems by starting with the least toxic options first. Karen Shaw Becker is a proactive, integrative doctor of veterinary medicine who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (

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Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Gut Health – 10-11am. Researchers are continuing to learn more about how the bacteria and yeast living in our guts (coined the “gut microbiome”) can impact anything from body weight to the immune system. Discover why intestinal health is important and practical ways to nourish your microbiome. Free. Lancaster Cancer Center, 1858 Charter Lane, Greenfield Corporate Center, Lancaster. Seating is limited. Registration required. 717-291-1313 ext. 102 or LColeman@ Nutrition Store Tour – 1-2pm. Take a walk through the store with nutritionist Kilene Knitter, RD, LDN to discover her favorite products, learn quick tips for making better choices and receive samples and coupons. Free. Registration required: 717-293-1462 or, or Eventbrite. com/e/nutrition-store-tour-tickets-61818414542. Giant Food Stores, 2415 E Market St, York.

MONDAY, JULY 1 8-Day Directed Retreat – thru 7/9. A directed retreat is a privileged means of deepening one’s intimacy with God. It is an individualized, personal experience of prayer over a number of days, guided by a companion, a trained spiritual director. Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, 501 N Church St, Wernersville. Info/Register: MLeonowitz@ 610-670-3642. DirectedRetreats_ByLength.

TUESDAY, JULY 2 Star-Spangled Snacks – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn all about balanced snacking while tasting patriotic bites. Free. Registration required: 717-293-1462 or, or Eventbrite. com/e/star-spangled-snacks-tickets-61817837817. Giant Food Stores, 1605 Lititz Pike, Lancaster. Coping with Loss of a Parent or Sibling – 6:308pm. Are you grieving the death of someone you care about? This group includes a presentation and an informal time to talk with others. Free. Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pk, Mount Joy. For info: 800-924-7610.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 Ultimate Gut Health Workshop: Depression/ Anxiety – 7pm. Learn how the gut is connected to our mental/emotional health. natural health care can change your life. Free. Heath Wellness Center,14 West Main St, Landisville. 717-530-5555.

SATURDAY, JULY 6 Come Home to Your Self –10am-12:30pm. Susan Korsnick uses painting, art journaling, and a variety of intuitive practices to guide us to greater awareness of our selves. No art experience needed. Held at The Watchmaker’s Daughter, 22 N Beaver St, York. Details and registration: Fundamentals of Coffee – 10am-12pm. Learn the history of coffee, the differences between Arabica and Robusta coffees, which brewing method to use for the perfect cup, plus how to taste for aroma, flavor, and acidity. Participants may taste coffees from Brazilian and Colombian regions. $39. Register: Rodale Institute, 611 Siegfriedale Rd, Kutztown. 610-683-1410.

Group Healing Session – 6:30-7:30pm. Collective energy, intention, reiki, crystals, emotional clearing method meditation to facilitate deep healing and transformation. $30. Space limited, registration required. Heart Space | Happy Place, S Second St, Columbia. 717-974-4841.

SUNDAY, JULY 7 Labyrinth Walk – 12-3pm. Walk in meditation. Free. Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster, 538 W Chestnut St, Lancaster. 717-393-1733. Reiki Share – 1-3pm. Every first Sunday, give or receive the gift of reiki. Love offering. Unity of Reading, 4443 10th Ave, Temple. 610-509-7610.

TUESDAY, JULY 9 GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) – 6:30-8pm. A source of help, compassion, and understanding for individuals who have had a loved one die as a result of substance abuse or addiction. Free. Pre-registration for new attendees required. Contact Marj Paradise at MParadise810@comcast. net. Pathways Center for Grief & Loss, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy. Women’s Memoir Writing Workshop – 6:308:30pm Tuesday thru 8/20 (no class 7/23 & 8/6). “Exploring Our Life Stories.” Creativity flows when we let go of our inhibitions. Beginners welcome. Sharing optional. Mischief, a must! Call for info/ fees. Write from the Heart Lancaster Studio. 717393-4713.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 Are You Ready to Date Again? – 6:30-8pm. A variety of feelings may be associated with the thought of seeking new relationships after a spouse or companion has died. This workshop offers an opportunity for bereaved to discuss this topic and hear personal experiences from a small panel. Free. Space limited; registration required by July 8. Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pk, Lancaster. 717-391-2413 or 800924-7610. Ultimate Gut Health Workshop: Energy – 7pm. Learn how gut health affects energy levels and how natural health care can change your life. Free. Heath Wellness Center,14 West Main St, Landisville. 717530-5555.

Rise Above – Presence – 5:30-7:30pm. Susan Korsnick uses “Rise Above: Free Your Mind One Brushstroke at a Time” by Whitney Freya, to explore the present moment, where we are not limited by the past or distracted by worries of the future. Unitarian Universalist Church of York, 925 S George St, York. Details and registration: Deep Relaxation with Yoga Nidra – 6-7pm. When deep healing and relaxation is needed. Yoga Nidra is the science of deep relaxation and this practice is said to be the equivalent of 4 hours of sleep. $20. Space limited. RSVP: Heart Space | Happy Place, South Second St, Columbia. 717-974-4841. Reiki Restorative Yoga with Crystal Healing – 7:15-8:15pm. Come for relaxation and maybe even some deep inner healing. Crystals, ambiance and practice support surrender and letting go of stress and tension. $30. Space limited. RSVP: Heart Space | Happy Place, South Second St, Columbia. 717974-4841.

FRIDAY, JULY 12 Weekend Directed Retreat – thru 7/14. A directed retreat is a privileged means of deepening one’s intimacy with God. It is an individualized, personal experience of prayer, guided by a trained spiritual director. Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, 501 N Church St, Wernersville. Info/Register: 610-670-3642. JesuitCenter. org/DirectedRetreat_ByLength. Volunteer Orientation at Take Heart – 6pm. Love horses? Learn more about how to volunteer

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to care for them. Volunteers 8+ are welcome, although anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Call or email Meagan Good: Volunteer@ Take Heart Counseling, 4675 New Holland Rd, Mohnton. 717-917-7137.

MONDAY, JULY 15 5-Day Directed Retreat – thru 7/21. A directed retreat is a privileged means of deepening one’s intimacy with God. It is an individualized, personal experience of prayer over a number of days, guided by a trained spiritual director. Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, 501 N Church St, Wernersville. Info/ Register: 610-6703642.

TUESDAY, JULY 16 Cooking Class: Everything’s Just Peachy – 10am. Learn about the two types of peach varieties, how to select and store them, plus make four delicious recipes. Hands-on class. $65. Pre-register. Zest Cooking School, 1180 Erbs Quarry Rd, Lititz. 717626-6002. Journey of Young Women “Retreat” – 10am-4pm daily thru 7/19. For girls ages 8-12. Susan Korsnick, Journey of Young Women coach and experienced teacher, explores personal power, broader concept of beauty, healthy boundaries, inner wisdom, and a connection to nature. $425 incl supplies, lunch, snacks, and beverages. Register early: For info: Held at Moonstone Manor, 2048 Zeager Rd, Elizabethtown. Coping with Loss of a Spouse or Companion – 6:30-8pm. Are you grieving the death of someone you care about? This group includes a presentation and an informal time to talk with others. Free. Essa Flory Hospice Center, 685 Good Dr, Lancaster. For info: Pathways Center for Grief and Loss, 800-9247610.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 Health Workshop: Gut Health & Foggy Brian – 7pm. Learn how compromised gut health may relate to foggy brain and forgetfulness. Free. Heath Wellness Center,14 West Main St, Landisville. 717530-5555.

THURSDAY, JULY 18 Kids Cooking School: Pizza Passion – 10am. Kids ages 8-12 learn the difference between making slowrise pizza dough using yeast and a quick crust using baking powder. Each will create a personal pizza with toppings then enjoy it with salad, lemonade and chips, and will take home a ball of slow-rise refrigerator dough to make another pizza later. Hands-on class. $65. Pre-register. Zest Cooking School, 1180 Erbs Quarry Rd, Lititz. 717-626-6002. Teens Culinary School: Pizza Passion – 6pm. See Kids Cooking School above for details. Community Reiki – 6:30-8:30pm. 25 minutes of reiki offered every third Thursday of the month. By appointment, by donation. The Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Rd, Lancaster, 717-824-9209.

FRIDAY, JULY 19 Rodale Institute Organic Field Day – 8:30am3:30pm. Join Rodale Institute’s researchers and staff to learn the latest results of research projects and visit demonstration stations on the farm. The day is “go at your own pace” - spend as much time as you’d like at any station learning from experts. Rodale Institute, 611 Seigfriedale Rd, Kutztown. 610-683-1481. Dancing Energies: Tuning In to Everyday Energy Intelligence – 9am-4pm. Learn how to integrate simple energy postures and practices into your psychotherapy, coaching or teaching practices. Six CE and psychodrama credits. $85 by 7/16; $105 after. To register: Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, Liberty Place, 313 W Liberty St, Lancaster. 717-466-0788.

SATURDAY, JULY 20 Essential Oil Basics – 9-10am. Dani Ober and Trish Marburger, dōTERRA Wellness Educators offer simple natural solutions to daily obstacles using essential oils. Free. Reservation requested. Allergy Orchard, Kendig Square, Willow Street. 717 824-4712. Yoga on the Farm – 10am-1pm. 60-minute beginner yoga class followed by light refreshments and discussion. Spend time in quiet contemplation while assisting with a simple task on the farm. Lastly, wind down with a 30-minute meditation and sound healing session. Bring a yoga mat, appropriate shoes for work on the farm, and water. Rain or shine. Free. Donations appreciated. Rodale Institute, 611 Seigfriedale Rd, Kutztown. 610-683-1481. Harmony Within: Sound Bath Meditation – 6:307:30pm. Calm the mind, relax the body when you become immersed in the deep meditation from the healing vibration and beautiful sounds of crystal and Tibetan singing bowls. $25. Space limited, registration required. Heart Space | Happy Place, S Second St, Columbia. 717-974-4841.



WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 Cooking Class: Personalize Your Pack – 6pm. Tired of packing the same school lunches and snacks every day? Join GIANT Food Store’s Nutritionist, Kilene Knitter, RD, LDN to learn recipes with core ingredients: quinoa, chickpeas, pistachios, Greek yogurt, and craisins. Hands-on class. $65. Pre-register. Zest Cooking School, 1180 Erbs Quarry Rd, Lititz. 717-626-6002. Free Talk: Good Health Begins in Your Gut – 6:30-7:30 pm. Learn how to improve your gut and your overall health. Registration requested. Link Chiropractic Clinic, 3130 Pricetown Rd, Fleetwood. 610-944-5000. Health Workshop: Gut Health & Constipation – 7pm. Learn how to address constipation with a natural approach. Free. Heath Wellness Center,14 West Main St, Landisville. 717-5305555.

THURSDAY, JULY 25 Wellness Talk: Dystautonomia – 9am. Learn about the causes and underlying conditions related to this disorder of the autonomic nervous system and how you can find relief. Free. Call to reserve your spot. Lancaster Brain & Spine, 1361 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster. 717-299-9600. Organic Farming Certificate Open House – 4-6:30pm. You can earn a certificate in organic farming in just one year. Be a part of producing healthy food, improving your community, and protecting the environment. Rodale Institute and Delaware Valley University offer an open house for prospective students and their families. Learn about the program, meet current students, faculty and staff, and enjoy a farm tour. Includes dinner. RSVP required. Rodale Institute, 611 Seigfriedale Rd, Kutztown. 610-683-1481.


Rise Above- Abundance – 5:30-7:30pm. Susan Korsnick uses “Rise Above: Free Your Mind One Brushstroke at a Time” by Whitney Freya, to explore three types of abundance available to usinner abundance, creative abundance, and radiant abundance. Unitarian Universalist Church of York, 925 S George St, York. Details and registration:

Teen Summer Camp Writing Series – 1-3pm, July 22, 23, 26. “Writing Made Wonderful.” Creativity flows when we let go of our inhibitions. No grades, grammar, or judgment. Beginners welcome. Sharing optional. Mischief, a must! Call for info/fees. Write from the Heart Lancaster Studio. 717-393-4713.

Deep Relaxation with Yoga Nidra – 6-7pm. When deep healing and relaxation is needed. Yoga Nidra is the science of deep relaxation and this practice is said to be the equivalent of 4 hours of sleep. $20. Space limited. RSVP: Heart Space | Happy Place, South Second St, Columbia. 717-974-4841. |

Wellness Talk: Neuropathy – 6pm. Learn about the causes of neuropathy and how you can find relief. Free. Call to reserve your spot. Lancaster Brain & Spine, 1361 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster. 717-2999600. Women’s Fiction Writing Workshop – 6:308:30pm Thursdays thru 8/29 (no class 8/1). Creativity flows when we let go of our inhibitions. Beginners welcome. Sharing optional. Mischief, a must! Call for info/fees. Write from the Heart Lancaster Studio. 717-393-4713. Reiki Restorative Yoga with Crystal Healing – 7:15-8:15pm. Come for relaxation and maybe even some deep inner healing. Crystals, ambiance and practice support surrender and letting go of stress and tension. $30. Space limited. RSVP: Heart Space | Happy Place, South Second St, Columbia. 717974-4841.

FRIDAY, JULY 26 8-Day Directed Retreat – thru 8/3. A directed retreat is a privileged means of deepening one’s intimacy with God. It is an individualized, personal experience of prayer, guided by a trained spiritual director. Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, 501 N Church St, Wernersville. Info/Register: 610-670-3642.

TUESDAY, JULY 30 Cooking Class: Sensational Summer Sides (GF) – 6pm. Learn to prepare delicious, seasonal, and simple side dishes. In this hands-on class, Tina Bare teaches recipes great for a lazy summer weeknight or to accompany your favorite grilled entrées at a dinner party. $65. Pre-register. Zest Cooking School, 1180 Erbs Quarry Rd, Lititz. 717-626-6002.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 Webinar: Utilizing Industrial Hemp for Weed Control – 2-3pm. Since 2017, Rodale Institute has been investigating industrial hemp’s potential as a cash and cover crop. Discussion includes: varieties most suited to the climate in Pennsylvania, which yield the most seed and fiber, if hemp is an effective cover crop to suppress weeds and the effect on soil health. Free. Rodale Institute, 611 Seigfriedale Rd, Kutztown. 610-683-1481. Health Workshop: Gut Health & Detox – 7pm. Learn how natural detox affects the health of your gut. Free. Heath Wellness Center,14 West Main St, Landisville. 717-530-5555.

plan ahead FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 Paint Night in the Pasture – 6-8pm. Have fun supporting others. Proceeds support discounted rates for clients in financial need. $45 includes supplies and refreshments. Space limited. To register: or Dana at 717-804-4774. Take Heart Counseling & Equine Assisted Therapy, 4675 New Holland Rd., Mohnton.

MONDAY, AUGUST 5 Everyone is An Artist – 9:30am-12pm. Thru August 9. For children ages 8-12. Time travel with Susan Korsnick through creative expression. She uses stories, sketching, and a variety of mediums to explore periods from earliest cave art to the present. Susan has BA in Fine Art, 20 years teaching experience, and K-12 Art Certification. Register: York Art Association, 220 S Marshall St, York. 717-755-0028. Children’s Summer Camp Writing Series – 1-3pm, Aug 5, 6, 9. Inspires young people to love writing, in school or out. Through warmth, kindness and a touch of mischief, we spark both intellect and imagination, in an inviting, artistic atmosphere where it’s cool to be yourself. Call for info/fees. Write from the Heart Lancaster Studio. 717-3934713.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 8-Day Directed Retreat – thru 8/17. A directed retreat is a privileged means of deepening one’s intimacy with God. It is an individualized, personal experience of prayer over a number of days, guided by a companion, a trained spiritual director. Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, 501 N Church St, Wernersville. Info/Register: 610-670-3642.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 Twice as Nice: The Art of Doubling in Individual and Group Sessions – 9am-4pm. Make role play and other action methods engaging and effective in your psychotherapy, coaching or teaching practices. Six CE and psychodrama credits. $85 by 8/13; $105 after. To register: Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, Liberty Place, 313 W Liberty St, Lancaster. 717-466-0788.


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savethedate FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Empowered Light Holistic Expo – times vary by day. Choose from over 50 inspiring lectures and interactive classes, try alternative healing treatments such as reiki, massage, and reflexology, and find intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples and purchase natural products for personal and home care from over 150 vendors. $30/weekend pass, $5-$20/day. Greater Oaks Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks, PA.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 2nd Annual Weekend Retreat for Men in Recovery – thru 9/29. Explore the connection between the 12 Steps and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and develop a self-reflective spiritual path rooted in the 12 Steps and shaped by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, 501 N Church St, Wernersville. For info/register: MLeonowitz@ 610-670-3642. DirectedRetreats_ByLength.


savethedate SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Guts & Glory 6th Annual Digestive Wellness Expo – 11am-3pm. Enjoy a fun-filled day of nutrition awareness lectures, vendors of healthy living products and services, kid-targeted zones on healthy eating and exercise, health screenings, tasting booths, a massage tent, farmers’ market, local music, healthy food and drinks and more. Free. First Energy Stadium, Reading.

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yoga practice, recovery from an injury or a modified approach. $12. Register with Birdsboro Fitness & Splash, 320 W Main St, Birdsboro. 610-575-0888.

sunday Yin Yoga – 9-10:15am. Allow Sudha Mataji to lead you through a Yin Yoga oriented class with the intention of connecting with the deepest parts of your being to find peace and healing. For all levels and abilities. By donation. Kula Kamala Foundation & Yoga Ashram 17 Basket Rd, Reading 484-509-5073. SUP Yoga at Blue Marsh – 10-11:30am. Enjoy a gentle and therapeutic yoga practice to challenge balance and engage mind, body and spirit in the beauty of the outdoors and on the water. Standing optional; all movements can be performed prone or supine. Beginners welcome. $35. Register: Wisdom Circle – 10:30am-11:30pm. Join Sudha Mataji for an open and practical discussion on the philosophy and aspects of yoga as they pertain to everyday life and finding peace in the world as it is today. All welcome to attend and contribute thoughts. By donation. Kula Kamala Foundation & Yoga Ashram, 17 Basket Rd, Reading. 484-5095073. Contemplative Service – 5-6pm. St James offers a simplified liturgy with readings and music around earth and creation; a 20-minute period to meditate, sit in nature, or walk the labyrinth; and Holy Communion the last Sunday of the month. Outdoor bathroom available. Rain or shine; check website for info in case of rain. Free. Lancaster Country Day School Labyrinth, 725 Hamilton Rd, Lancaster. 717-397-4858.

monday Hot Bikram & Flow with Jen – 5:30-6:30pm. $12. Call to reserve your spot. The Restorative Center/ Tula Yoga, 6 Hearthstone Court, Ste 304, Reading. 610-781-1430. 

tuesday Meditation and Satsang – 6-8pm. Every Tuesday through Friday join us for an early morning meditation (Silent, Japa, Mindfulness, etc) followed by a relaxed and open discussion with Sudha Mataji on various yogic scriptures. This program is by donation. Donations support the work of the ashram and are appreciated. Kula Kamala Foundation & Yoga Ashram 17 Basket Rd, Reading 484-509-5073. Contemplative Prayer/Meditation – 8-8:30am. Free. Chapel, Saint James Episcopal Church, corner of Duke & Orange Sts, Lancaster. Gentle Yoga – 8-9am. A safe, simple approach, in a slow and easy-paced class. Offers deep breathing, relaxation and stretching while building strength and flexibility throughout the body. For beginning yoga practice, recovery from an injury or a modified approach. $12. Register with Birdsboro Fitness & Splash, 320 W Main St, Birdsboro. 610-575-0888.   Truth About Health – 6:30-7pm. Dr. Risser provides education on health and wellness. Free.

Reservations requested. George’s Chiropractic, 1676 Manheim Pike, Lancaster. 717-569-5731. Contemplative Prayer Teaching – 7-8:15pm. Free. Chapel, Saint James Episcopal Church, corner of Duke & Orange Sts, Lancaster.

wednesday Truth About Health – 12:30-1:30pm. Dr. Risser provides education on health and wellness topics. Free. Reservations requested. George’s Chiropractic, 1676 Manheim Pike, Lancaster. 717-569-5731. Stress Relief Support Group – 1-2pm. A guided meditation session to help ease tension and stress. Free. Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance, 1234 Penn Ave, Wyomissing. 610-775-3000. Kirtan and Satsang – 7:30-9pm. Enjoy beautiful music, devotional chanting, and an open discussion about yoga and life. Celebrate the many names of the Divine, connect with our community, and feel recharged for the rest of your week! By donation. Kula Kamala Foundation & Yoga Ashram, 17 Basket Rd, Reading. 484-509-5073.

thursday Contemplative Prayer/Meditation – 8-8:30am. Free. Chapel, Saint James Episcopal Church, corner of Duke & Orange Sts, Lancaster. CBD Social – 7-8:30pm. Suffering with pain, anxiety, sleeplessness? Learn about the endocannabinoid system, why it needs cannabinoids and how full spectrum hemp oil supports major body systems – improving quality of life. Admission and samples are free. Registration required. To register, contact Dianna 717-940-9287, DCM028@hotmail. com. Lancaster location. Restorative & Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Restorative postures, yoga nidra, healing crystal bowls and seated meditation. $12/class. Call to reserve your spot. The Restorative Center/Tula Yoga, 6 Hearthstone Court, Ste 304, Reading. 610-7811430. 

friday Contemplative Prayer/Meditation – 6:457:15am. Free. Chapel, Saint James Episcopal Church, corner of Duke & Orange Sts, Lancaster. Gentle Yoga – 8-9am. A safe, simple approach, in a slow and easy-paced class. Offers deep breathing, relaxation and stretching while building strength and flexibility throughout the body. For beginning

Restorative Yoga with Live Music – 6-7:15pm. Let go with few basic postures and learn how to prop yourself to achieve optimal peace and relaxation. Crystal bowls, gong, acoustic guitar, and a variety of other instruments provide soothing music. By donation. Kula Kamala Foundation & Yoga Ashram, 17 Basket Rd, Reading. 484-5095073.

saturday Indoor SUP Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. Enjoy a gentle and therapeutic yoga practice coupled with the soothing effects of water. Challenge your balance and engage mind, body and spirit while floating into a world of rejuvenation and respite. Standing optional; all movements can be performed prone or supine. Beginners welcome. $12. Register with Birdsboro Fitness & Splash, 320 W Main St, Birdsboro. 610-575-0888. DIF K9 Training Orientation Session – 11:15am12:15pm. Contact Pat at for more information and to register. Free. Godfrey’s Welcome to Dogdom, 4267 New Holland Rd, Mohnton. 610-777-5755.

classifieds Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month. To place listing, email content to Deadline is the 10th of the month. FOR RENT PROFESSIONAL OFFICE SPACE – available within an established natural health clinic. Parking, private entrance, reception/waiting room, common area with beautiful décor. Modern, attractive 650-1,200 square feet available. 717556-8103.

HELP WANTED FULL-TIME TECHNICIANS – to aid in the removal of mold, dry down of structure, indoor construction demolition. Must be team-oriented, detailed, hardworking, have great communication skills and compassion toward people in need of our help. Expect overtime hours and heavy lifting. Company pays training and certifications. Clean driving record, clean drug test and ability to pass a background check is a must to work at DC Eager. 717-989-5763.

OPPORTUNITY ANIMAL CARE VOLUNTEER – Help Take Heart Counseling with barn chores and care for horses, goats and cats. Our mission: Empowering individuals and families to find hope, healing, and wholeness through therapeutic work with horses. For more information: Volunteer@

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Beverly Fornoff Eden Natural Care Center 600F Eden Rd • Lancaster 717-381-7334 • Discover your body’s natural ability to heal with the supports of acupuncture and herbal medicine. Acupuncture is a way to relieve acute or chronic pain, stress, allergies, colds digestive problems, and insomnia and support your overall well-being. See ad, page 19.


Mark Siegrist 6 Hearthstone Ct, Ste 304 • Reading 610-781-1430 We have the experience you are looking for! Let us help you use a holistic approach with acupuncture and herbal remedies so you can live your healthiest life. We treat your whole health history, not just your temporary situation.

BODYWORK INTEGRATIVE HEALING ARTS STUDIO Christina Rossi, Practitioner 546 Penn Ave, Fl 2 • West Reading 30 Village Center Dr, Ste 5, Reading 610-451-9577

Providing an assortment of holistic healing services that include integrative massage therapy and bodywork, reiki and intuitive energy work, herbal medicine, aromatherapy, holistic nutrition, iridology, flower essences, Taoist arts and spiritual guidance.Services, classes and healing boutique. NCBTMB approved CE provider.


1821 Oregon Pike, Ste 203 • Lancaster 717-569-0224 A Kripalu-trained massage therapist with 30 years’ experience, Terry specializes in Swedish massage, integrative massage, neuromuscular therapy, and polarity therapy and will tailor your massage to address your specific therapeutic concerns.




Dr. Andrew Ashton 313D Primrose Ln • Mountville 717-285-9955 • Providing an array of therapeutic treatments and services that promote relaxation and detoxification. Our doctor specializes in low-impact Torque Release Technique which provides immediate results for people of all ages. See ad, page 2.


Dr. Leah Reiff Wellness on Walnut Integrative Health Center 219 W Walnut St • Lancaster 717-390-9998 • Chiropractic is used for natural relief from conditions such as chronic pain, injuries, pregnancy complications, complications from aging & more. Dr. Reiff carefully considers every individual's comfort level and provides specific adjustments to support the body for benefits that will last.

Dr. Charles JangDhari Dr. Jessica Riehl 7 Center St • Intercourse 717-768-7148

JangDhari Family Chiropractic is committed to the health and wellness of our community. We provide quality chiropractic care and give back to many area charities helping ensure that the people of our community have opportunities to live well and live long.


1361 Fruitville Pike • Lancaster 717-299-9600

Our mission is to improve the lives of people suffering from complicated neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, by utilizing cutting-edge diagnostic testing and customized brainbased treatment plans. See ad, page 39.

LINK CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC Dr. Thomas B. Wachtmann, DC 3130 Pricetown Rd • Fleetwood 610-944-5000

High-quality, patient-focused Chiropractic Care, and Functional Diagnostic Medicine evaluation and treatment. We focus on correcting the underlying causes of many disorders, diseases and conditions. Call for a complimentary consultation and benefit check. See ad, page 4.


Dr. Beth Risser 1676 Manheim Pike • Lancaster 717-569-5731 • George’s Chiropractic Health Center has been serving Lancaster County for almost 50 years. Dr. Beth Risser, the current director, provides low-force tonal spinal and cranial adjustments: Torque Release and Cranial Release. Both methods provide a method to allow the body to return to proper healing and harmony.

HEATH CHIROPRACTIC & WELLNESS CENTER LLC Thomas Heath, DC 14 W Main St • Landisville 717-530-5555

For 33 years, Dr. Heath has been helping people recover their health and reduce stress in their lives through Functional Integrative Brain /Body Balance. He uses Professional Applied Kinesiology, Neuro Emotional Technique, Quantum Neurology, Nutritional counseling, traditional Chiropractic and other cutting-edge techniques. See ad, page 13. |


Debra Stoltzfus 48 Slaymaker Hill Rd • Kinzers 717-587-3990 • Trust a nationally certified aromatherapist specializing in clinical consultations. Deb can work directly with your physician to create a plan that supports mind and body health. In addition to retail and wholesale accounts of proprietary blends and pure essential oils sourced directly from the farmers, half and full-day education courses with certification are offered. See ad, page 43.


57A Kutz Rd • Fleetwood 610-655-5271 Marcy Tocker, MA, utilizes person-centered and strength-based therapeutic approaches. She specializes in animal-assisted therapy, EAGALA model equine therapy, play therapy and art therapy. Marcy believes that therapeutic change occurs when we provide empathy, unconditional positive regard, acceptance and being there to support while our clients discover the strength we know they've always carried.

DENTISTRY DAVID A. SCHWARTZ, DDS, PC 9 Bristol Ct • Wyomissing 610-670-6910

We provide general and cosmetic Mercury-Free dental care to the entire family with attention to “whole person health.” We have advanced training in the safe removal of mercury fillings, nonsurgical gum treatments, orthodontics, sleep apnea, solutions for TMJ, facial pain, and headaches. Visit our website to learn more. See ad, page 13.

SUSQUEHANNA DENTAL ARTS Owen Allison, DMD 100 S 18th St • Columbia 717-684-3943 • 717-285-7033

We are a full-service family dental practice providing 100% mercury-free restorations, quality non-surgical periodontal care, INVISALIGN, implant-retained dentures and partials. See ad, page 3.

HEALTHY HOME DC EAGER EMERGENCY SERVICES Clutter/Hoarding Recovery 6 E Kendig Rd • Willow Street 717-989-5763 •

Hoarding and excessive clutter can hide health threats such as mold, bacterial growth, insect and rodent infestation. With respect and sensitivity, DC Eager will professionally and discretely provide the clean-up needed to return the home to a healthy state. Free assessment. See ad, page 4.

HEMP PRODUCTS NANO-ENHANCED HEMP OIL Heather A. Dempsey Heart Space|Happy Place 717-974-4841 •

CBD oil has been found to restore emotional balance, reduce pain, d e c r e a s e a n x i e t y, r e d u c e depression, promote alertness, support a healthy heart, reduce acne, and much more! Get yours today – Sublingual oils, delicious gummies, lotions, balms, even CBD for pets! See ad, page 44.


AGAPE INSTITUTE OF FUNCTIONAL HEALTH & CHIROPRACTIC Stephen A. Conicello, DC, EMT-P 735 Fox Chase, Ste 100 • Coatesville 484-593-0882 •

At Agape Institute, we pride ourselves in finding out why your body has decided to become sick. Utilizing Functional Medicine and Functional Neurology, we assess the body in multiple ways to find out what’s driving sickness and disease. See ad on back cover.

Deb Gallagher, RN, CLP Lancaster 717-203-9666 • Experience Eden Energy Medicine, a practice created by Donna Eden, healer, author and teacher. This method assists with balancing our nine energy systems which can become blocked by stress, pain and illnesses. When the energy is balanced, sleep, joy, concentration and immunity improve, and our body’s natural ability to heal can begin.


Annelle Soponis, PhD, BCH, CI 6 Hearthstone Dr • Reading 610-509-7610 • Create the life you want using the power of your subconscious mind. Release stress, anxiety, fears, habits, blockages—anything that is holding you back from being the person you want to be. Interactive transpersonal hypnosis. Dr. Soponis is NGH board certified and also certified to teach you to be a hypnotist. See ad, page 14.




Alternative healing center and retail store featuring massage, reiki, crystal therapy, health and wellness coaching. Stop in the store for all your alternative product needs including: essential oils, aromatherapy jewelry, soaps, lotions, Himalayan salt products, salves and crystals. See ad, page 21.

Physician board certified in integrative and holistic medicine employs a wide variety of treatment modalities including ayurveda, IV treatments including chelation, homeopathic, herbal, and nutritional medicine, natural injections, physical rehabilitation, and bodywork. Dr. D’Orazio is a physician who lives what he teaches.

2846 Willow Street Pike • Willow Street 717-847-3213




Heather A. Dempsey, CCH 717-974-4841

Discover what lights you up and design a life that feels great from the inside out. Release limiting beliefs and trapped emotions, shift your energy to unleash your potential. Offering belief and emotion clearing modalities, coaching, yoga, reiki, crystal healing, sounds healing, and more. See ads, pages 44 and 53.

Strasburg Health Associates 181 Hartman Bridge Rd • Ronks 717-687-7541 •


Electro-Lymphatic Therapy 50 Keystone Ct • Leola 717-656-8615 • Our lymphatic system plays an important role in supporting our immunity. Over the past 18 years of treating our clients, we’ve found that supporting the proper flow of lymphatic fluid through electrolymphatic therapy positively affects many conditions including: Lymphedema, edema, cancer, Lyme disease, heart disease, enlarged prostate, post-injury/surgical healing and more. See ads, pages 11 and 53.

Life is a lively process of becoming. ~Douglas MacArthur July 2019



Gardner’s is a locally owned mattress store offering a wide selection of quality natural and organic mattresses ranging from the luxurious to economical. Educating our customers on getting a good night’s sleep and the benefits of sleeping naturally and organically is our mission. To schedule your private sleep consultation, go to Natural. See ad, pages 28 and 29.

MOLD REMEDIATION DC EAGER EMERGENCY SERVICES Darlene Eager, Certified Mold Remediation Specialist 6 E Kendig Rd • Willow Street 717-989-5763 •

Mold can be a hidden danger. Let DC Eager keep your family and friends safe. Our technicians are trustworthy, knowledgeable and certified in the safe removal of mold. DC Eager takes pride in their quality of work and customer service. “We Educate Before We Estimate.” Free mold assessments for your home or business. No chemicals! See ad, page 21.


Jeannie Peck, Traditional Naturopath 352 E Main St, Ste 100 • Leola 717-556-8103 We provide nutrition and detoxification services for adults and children using an integrative functional medicine approach, offer therapeutic massage therapy for your relaxation or chronic pain needs, and permanent fat and weight loss services. See ads, pages 3 and 53.


Naturopathic Medicine & Acupuncture Ann Lee, ND, LAc 112 Cornell Ave • Lancaster 717-669-1050 Learn how your symptoms are connected, get answers, and achieve improved health and wellbeing as we facilitate your body's ability to heal itself through acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. Specializing in hormone balancing and fertility. Visit the website for testimonials and more information.

TREE OF LIFE HEALTH CAMBIUM WELLNESS CENTER Robert Miller, ND 15 Pleasure Rd • Ephrata 717-733-2003 •




To empower individuals to live a healthier lifestyle on a healthier planet.


To educate communities on the latest in natural health and sustainability.

At Fusion Integrative Health & Wellness our main focus is on YOU – the whole person. Our practice involves using an integrative, functional, and personalized approach to nutrition, health and healing. Most major insurance plans are accepted. Flexible options are available to meet with our staff. See ad, page 33.

To connect readers with local wellness resources and events, inspiring them to lead more balanced lives.


Our leading naturopathic practice offers the most comprehensive array of holistic health services, tailored for your individual needs: genetic nutritional consultations; naturopathic consultations; nutrition, dietary and weight management programs; structural therapy with craniosacral therapy; reflexology; detoxification therapies; stress management; prenatal/pediatric wellness; and air/water purification. See ad, page 31.


Dana M. Elia, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND 270 Granite Run Dr • Lancaster 717-917-5259 • |

GIANT FOOD STORES KILENE KNITTER, RD, LDN 1605 Lititz Pike • Lancaster 717-299-0391

In-store nutritionist, Kilene Knitter will help you develop an individualized approach to nutrition with creative ways to enjoy the foods you love and build healthy habits that fit into your lifestyle. $20 for individual consultations, receive $20 Giant gift card in return.


419 N Franklin St, Ste 1 • West Chester 484-919-2345 Getting to the root causes of symptoms through Integrative Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Gina takes the approach of bio-individuality as she supports clients with autoimmune disorders, thyroid issues, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, allergies, asthma, skin issues, headaches, migraines and anxiety. Call for a complimentary consultation.

SHEEHAN NATURAL HEALTH IMPROVEMENT CENTER Dr. Keith Sheehan Laura Sheehan 1301 E King St • Lancaster 717-392-6606

Sheehan Natural Health Improvement Center provides holistic health care through nutritional counseling and whole food supplements. Our cuttingedge treatments have been found to help a broad range of symptoms and illnesses including fibromyalgia, depression, migraines, and weight loss. From infants to seniors. See ad, page 18.


119 W Main St • Leola 717-656-0208 Refresh your mind, body and spirit with natural and organic products for hair and skin. Enjoy a full menu of salon services selected to support your holistic lifestyle including Organic Color Systems, Shear Miracles, John Masters Organics, Max Green Alchemy, Zoya. Specializing in cuts, color, bridal, extensions and more. Also offering monthly DIY EO workshops.

PET CARE TILL WE MEET AGAIN In-Home Pet Euthanasia 717-897-0536

For some, euthanasia of their pet at the veterinary hospital is simply not an option. Dr. Mark Huber and his wife Stacey provide home euthanasia for dogs and cats in the most comfortable environment possible —your home—with the intention of bringing peace and comfort to ease the pain of losing a beloved pet. See ad, page 7.


Farm and Home Center 1383 Arcadia Rd • Lancaster 717-824-9209 Offering 30-minute sessions to those who would like to experience the many benefits of reiki. Clinic held the third Thursday of each month, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Appointments must be scheduled in advance. By donation. Practitioners needed. Please call for more information.


Helene Williams, BSN, RN 313 W Liberty St, Ste 203 • Lancaster 717-269-6084 Reiki is a very gentle holistic practice, which assists in promoting balance in body, mind and spirit. After a Reiki session, many people express a deep sense of relaxation, calming and peace. Frequently anxiety, stress and worry are relieved. Sessions and classes are available. See ad, page 14.



Lana Ryder, LMT, AADP, HTA 313 W Liberty St, Ste 267 • Lancaster • 610-301-4356 Lana Ryder has been sharing the healing power of sound, voice and music for 40 years. Soundwise Health Associates o ff e r b a s i c s o u n d t h e r a p y education, group sound events, private sound therapy sessions, sound circles, sonic massage, ReikiSound™, ReikiVoice™ and more.


Creative Writing Workshops Melissa Greene • Lancaster 717-393-4713 • Our uplifting, be-who-you-are workshops awaken the creative spirit, gently, without intimidation. Taught in an atmosphere of warmth, whimsy and trust, they are a safe haven for all ages. Especially those who long to overcome perfectionism and selfdoubt. No grades or red pen. Sharing optional. Mischief a must. See ad, page 44.

THERMAL IMAGING ADVANCED THERMAL IMAGING Pamela Howard, DC, CCT 550 Coventry Dr • Mechanicsburg 259 N 6th St, Ste 2 • Columbia 866-522-3484

Thermal Imaging is a safe, noninvasive way to visualize potential health concerns with early warning signs for a proactive approach to health, including breast health. Providing service since 2005, Dr Howard offers a complete package to include a report review, educational materials and referral sources.


Looking for a solution to dry skin? Do you struggle with moisturizing and detangling your kinky/curly hair? At Melanin Essentials, we blend 100% all-natural and organic, toxic-free, vegan, ingredients to treat your hair and skin. We prioritize your health and beauty—from the inside out.

A family wellness center offering thermal imaging for breast and body, detox therapies, therapeutic and oncology massage, lymphatic drainage, a full-spectrum infrared sauna, nutritional education and more. Thermal imaging is a safe, non-invasive procedure for early detection of sources of pain, injury and disease. See ads, pages 11 and 52.

Lori Martin 50 Keystone Ct • Leola 717-656-8615 •


Jeannie Peck, Traditional Naturopath 352 E Main St, Ste 100 • Leola 717-556-8103 • We can help you reach your weightloss goals by offering customized nutrition, body sculpting, weight loss and detoxification services. As you release stubborn fat, you’ll receive support and guidance through every step of your journey. See ads, pages 3 and 52.


Birdsboro Fitness & Splash 320 W Main St, Birdsboro 610-575-0888 • All levels, gentle yoga, paddle board (SUP) yoga.

HEART SPACE | HAPPY PLACE S Second St • Columbia 717-974-4841 •

Restorative, gentle, Yin, Vinyasa, meditation, sound baths, groups and private sessions. See ads, pages 44 and 52.


17 Basket Rd • Reading 484-509-5073 • Yoga therapy, practical yoga, retreats, kirtan. See ad, page 40.


Coming Next Month

Children’s Health

plus: Natural Pet Care

"Enough" is a feast. ~Buddhist proverb July 2019


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A Therapeutic Effect..........................................................2 Agape Institute................................................................56 Allergy Orchard................................................................34 Alternative Healing of PA................................................. 21 Always Helpful Veterinary Services................................42 Aqua Blue Wellness Center............................................ 11 Beautiful Healing Journey............................................... 11 Bridge Hypnosis..............................................................14 DC Eager Emergency Services ...................................4, 21 Earthbound Artisan..........................................................26 EMF Professional Solutions..............................................8 Emergence Skin Care......................................................22 Empowered Light Holistic Expo........................................9 Fusion Integrative Health & Wellness........................... 46 Gardner's Mattress....................................................28, 29 Godfrey's Dogdom..........................................................42 Health By Design ...............................................................3 Heart Space Happy Place............................................... 44 Heath Wellness Center................................................... 13 Helene Williams Reiki......................................................14 Hempfield Botanicals........................................................7 Homefields Care Farm.....................................................37 Hospice and Community Care.........................................22 Inshanti Pure Essential Oils.............................................43 Ironstone Spring Farm.....................................................39 Jesuit Center....................................................................41 Karen Carnabucci, LCSW................................................22 Kula Kamala Foundation................................................ 40 Kulprit Lemon Balm......................................................... 16 Kwee Jack Fish Co...........................................................35 Lancaster Acupuncture................................................... 19




Lancaster Brain & Spine............................................ 11, 39 Lancaster Cancer Center................................................30 Lancaster Creative Reuse............................................... 12 Lemon Street Market ......................................................35 Link Chiropractic...............................................................4 Mattress 1st/Interiors Home...........................................23 Northwestern Mutual.......................................................39 Nutrition Works Clinic..................................................... 13 Penn Street Market..........................................................41 Radiance..........................................................................26 Rodale Institute.................................................................3 Saint James Episcopal.....................................................41 Schwartz Family Dental................................................... 13 Sheehan Natural Health Center...................................... 18 Soul Spark Healing..........................................................47 Susan Korsnick: Art & Soul................................................8 Susquehanna Dental Arts..................................................3 Take Heart Counseling....................................................43 The Farmhouse Kitchen...................................................37 The Green Room Organic Salon........................................5 The New School of Lancaster..........................................43 The Salt Lounge...............................................................41 The Spa at Willow Pond.....................................................5 Till We Meet Again Pet Euthanasia...................................7 Tree of Life/The Cambium Wellness Center.................. 31 Turnpaugh Health & Wellness Center............................ 19 Upohar.............................................................................34 Wegmans.........................................................................55 Write from the Heart....................................................... 44 Zest!.................................................................................32 Zilis Ultra Cell CBD Oil.................................................... 16

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