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letterfrompublisher Let’s Celebrate Earth Day Together! April 22 is a day that millions of people around the globe rally together for the same purpose—to cel-

contact us Publisher Kimberly Murray

ebrate our planet and the wonderful strides made to clean up our environment by making better choices. That is certainly worth celebrating!

Editor Martin Miron

In part, we celebrate to mark a milestone of just

how far we’ve come together in shedding light on

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the effects of destroying the Earth and also our many accomplishments in saving our planet. I would like to think that Earth Day has raised the level of consciousness for us all to stop and think about how we can learn to be part of the solution and not the problem.

The outcry for a cleaner environment became a global phenomenon as the

message took on a life of its own on the political stages around the world for change. Thanks to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson and many others, now more than ever, we are reminded daily of the choices we make and the results they leave.

What we eat, what we buy, where we live and how we travel comprises

the short list of the many habits we’ve altered to make the world more habitable. There is still more work to be done. Many of our ecosystems have been badly damaged, if not depleted, and it will take an enormous amount of effort to restore the environment.

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We have the opportunity to get involved; not just for one day of celebrating,

but educating ourselves and others on ways to protect the environment in our everyday life. If we learn or teach new ways to practice more sustainable habits, that will certainly put the brakes on pollution. Every little bit matters!

Philadelphia has so many organizations that welcome volunteers to donate

time and effort to participate in keeping the community safe and clean. We can get rid of the toxins that have caused many illnesses to permeate throughout society if we just take responsibility for the role we play with keeping the environment clean. I’m proud of the work we do every month at Natural Awakenings and happy to be a part of a group of wonderful publishers and staff that put together great content for you in this free publication.

When people say to me they love the magazine and look forward to reading

it every month—that makes my heart smile. In celebration of Earth day, we are excited to feature the many events that Philadelphia has planned throughout the community, so in your travels, please take a little time to get involved; not just in the festivities, but in the effort to help clean up our planet, as well.

Kimberly Murray, Publisher

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

13 BECKY AUSTILL-CLAUSEN From Workaholic to Spiritual Empath by Rebecca Antsis and Karen G. Meshkov


on How Thriving Ecosystems Sustain Prosperity by Randy Kambic



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Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko

20 EGGS-PERT ADVICE How to Buy Good Eggs from Happy Hens by Judith Fertig



Targeted Therapy for Specific Ills

by Linda Sechrist

23 PAUL MILLWOOD, LMT An Integrative Approach to Massage Therapy by Kelly A. Montgomery


Races Beckon Beginners by Aimee Hughes


A Key to Good Health by Shawn Messonnier


newsbriefs Learn Professional Energy Medicine in Cherry Hill


eoffrey White, EEMAP, will be teaching The Foundations Program, the first four classes of Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine (EEM) Geoffrey Year One CertifiWhite cation Program, beginning April 27, at the Ohana Health and Wellness Centre. White has been a practicing Eden Energy Medicine clinician for 10 years and currently maintains a private EEM practice at East Meets West Acupuncture and Energy Healing Center, in Mount Laurel. This is a life-changing series of intensive professional training classes that teach individuals how to understand, feel, test and correct energy anomalies in themselves and others, based on the work of Donna Eden, who was born with a gift that enables her to see energy in fine detail. By December, practitioners will be able to do professional energy work on themselves, their family and friends, and even open a practice. The Foundations Program comprises the first year of the two-year (optional) Eden Energy Medicine Certification Program. Legendary healer Donna Eden is the author, with David Feinstein, Ph.D., of Energy Medicine, Energy Medicine for Women and Energies of Love.

Location: 1892 Greentree Rd., Cherry Hill. Register at For more information, call 856-2224600 or visit EastMeetsWestClinic. com and See ad, page 7.

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newsbriefs DivaGirls Empowerment Conference Will Inspire


he third annual DivaGirl Philly Wellness & Empowerment Conference, highlighting women entrepreneurs, business leaders and fitness instructors in the tri-state area, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 20, at WeWork Northern Liberties. Keynote speakers, educational and inspirational classes, workshops, seminars and local vendors will keep participants feeling empowered. Women will be inspired by more than 30 fabulous presenters and 30 companies specializing in the areas of dance, fitness, nutrition, wellness and self-esteem empowerment to become better versions of themselves. DivaGirl is a lifestyle community that educates and empowers women to succeed in business and in life with exclusive membership and signature events. Natural Awakenings readers can use the promo code: DGPCONFERENCE17 for $15 off. Location: 1010 Hancock St., Philadelphia. Register register online at For more information, call 267265-7019 or visit See ad, page 12.

Celebrate the Unique Culture of Mt. Airy


he 47th annual Mt Airy Day, sponsored by East and West Mt. Airy Neighbors, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 6, with a rain date of May 7, on the grounds of the historic Cliveden mansion. Along with local businesses and vendors, children’s games, live entertainment, pony rides, a petting zoo, food court and plant sale, the Rock N Roll Raceway, allows guests to experience the excitement of real NASCAR racing on a remote control racetrack down Germantown Avenue. Admission is free. Location: the National Trust 6401 block of Germantown Ave. Volunteers are needed. For more information, call 215-287-7056 or visit

Lecture on Bruno Groening Spiritual Healing


r. Wolfgang Vogelsberger, a medical doctor and chronic pain specialist, will present a lecture on the late German mystic Bruno Groening, at 7 p.m., May 4, in Philadelphia. Groening taught that a higher power exists and can heal, and showed people how to connect to it. Vogelsberger will present this simple approach to spiritual healing as he shares documented, present-day reports of healings of severe, chronic and reportedly incurable diseases. People that have been healed will share their experiences. Bruno Groening Bruno Groening attracted public attention in 1949 and (1906-1959) healings are claimed to continue to this day. More than 80,000 people from more than 120 countries are practicing Groening’s teachings through the Bruno Groening Circle of Friends. Admission is free, donations optional. Location: 231 Parish Dr., Wayne. For more information, see listing in the Community calendar. 6

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New Natural Awakenings App


he Natural Awakenings healthy living, healthy planet lifestyle app has been upgraded with a brandnew look and updated features. The changes to the free app, which has already been downloaded by more than 40,000 users, will make keeping up with the best choices for a green and healthy lifestyle easier than ever. New features include the ability to sign up for promotions, updates and newsletters, and a link to the Natural Awakenings website. Users can find local magazines anywhere; search a national directory of healthy and green businesses and resources with products, practitioners and services, complete with directions; view updated national monthly magazine content; read the archives of hundreds of previously published articles on practical, natural approaches to nutrition, fitness, creative expression, personal growth and sustainable living by national experts that are searchable by key words; and view an archive of articles in Spanish. “These upgrades and expanded accessibility will empower people to enjoy healthier, happier and longer lives more easily than ever before,” notes Natural Awakenings founder Sharon Bruckman. “Offering free access to Natural Awakenings’ powerful network of healthy living resources through this exclusive app is another way we can serve our users.” To download the free app, search for Natural Awakenings on Google Play or the Apple app store or visit See ad, page 31.

Learn About Medical Yoga


edical Yoga 2017, hosted by the Yoga Research Society and JeffersonMyrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, will present Vijayendra Pratap, Ph.D., on The Practical Yogic Robert Vijayendra Mind and Robert Kurzban, Kurzban, Ph.D. Pratap, Ph.D. Ph.D. on The Hypocritical Human Mind, From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 7, at Thomas Jefferson University.

Vegetarian buffet lunch included. Location: Dorrance H. Hamilton Bldg., 1001 Locust St., Philadelphia. Register online at or in person at Garland of Letters Bookstore, 527 South St.

businessbrief Kirkwood Offers a Haven for the Eco-Minded by Karen G. Meshkov


here are still places where naturalists, preservationists and ecologists work together to develop residential opportunities that ensure the beauty, safety and preservation of the natural habitat. Virginia’s Eastern Shore—the area that surrounds the Chesapeake Bay and the numerous rivers, creeks and coves that feed into it—is one such place. The Kirkwood Group offers beautiful waterfront properties, beachfront properties and water access properties along the Chesapeake Bay and the creeks and coves that feed into it. Located just a few hours south of Washington, D.C., and less than a day’s drive from the Philadelphia metropolitan area, this area is frequently regarded as one of the best places in the country to live or retire. Its rich, seaside culture is conducive to fishing, boating, beaching, kayaking and taking nature walks. The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service and Commonwealth of Virginia have invested more than $100 million to protect and restore 133,000 acres of coastal and mainland habitats, including barrier islands, marshes and upland forests. To view current listings, visit See ad, page 3. Karen G. Meshkov is publisher of Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery counties. natural awakenings

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Philly Farm and Food Festival: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 8 Philadelphia Convention Center.


This springtime celebration of local farming and sustainable eating is one of the country’s biggest and best singleday food festivals, and a perfect way to kick off the spring harvest season. The Fest is an annual event in its eighth year, and is a fun and informative way to focus on local agriculture, food artisans and regional experts in the agricultural and processing fields.

Think Earth Day Every Day by Sandra Murphy


he federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or find ways to improve their school’s recycling program. Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, on, says, “We need to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so


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they are able to analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.” Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day. Help Philadelphia celebrate and forward its progress toward sustainability at these local Earth Day 2017 events. United By Blue Clean Up: 5 to 7 p.m., April 4 Cobbs Creek, 61st St. and Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia Join United by Blue, Mariposa Food Coop, Philadelphia Water and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation for a cleanup of Cobbs Creek. Winding its way down the boarder of Delaware and Philadelphia Counties, Cobbs Creek serves an outdoor oasis for the West Philadelphia community. The parks and green space surrounding the creek, serve as recreation for hiking, golfing, biking, and sports for all ages. Cobbs Creek is often littered with debris and toxins from surrounding roadways and neglectful visitors. Please help us to cleanup this precious creek, and preserve West Philadelphia’s natural land.

Cobbs Creek Clean Up: 9 a.m., April 9 Marshall Road to Baltimore Ave. Isa Shahid 267-760-1943 John Heinz Wildlife Refuge Clean Up: 9 a.m., April 15 8601 Lingbergh Blvd., Philadelphia. Greengrow’s Annual Community Greening Day: April 21 Greensgrow Farms, in Kensington and Greensgrow West in West Philadelphia. Greens Join us for a day of planting and clean up and we will treat you to lunch. The whole neighborhood will enjoy the fruits of our labor all season long. Climate Migration and Spatial Analysis: noon to 1 p.m., April 21 University of Pennsylvania Perry World, 3803 Locust Walk, Philadelphia. Join us for Penn IUR and MUSA’s annual Earth Day event to discuss the role of spatial analysis on forced migration due to climate change. Deborah balk, associate director of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research is an expert in spatial demography and the integration of earth and social science data and methods to address interdisciplinary policy questions. Her current research focus is on urbanization, migration and population distribution, poverty, health, and environmental interactions, particularly climate change.

Digging Deep to Harvest Healthy Lives: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 22 2414 West Berks St., Philadelphia. Join the our inaugural Earth Day celebration and service day at Sanctuary Farms. You along with our community members and volunteers will be helping to create a community farm where there was only an empty lot before. Explore Cobbs Creek Guided Trail Run: 9 to 11:30 a.m., April 22 Explore the natural areas of Cobbs Creek on guided trail runs. three-mile and six-mile options available. Plant Identification Walk: 10 a.m. to noon, April 23 tion-walk Join AeLin Compton Community Initiatives Specialist at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation for a guided walk during which you will learn to identify plants and trees you see along the way; from the common ones to those that you can eat, and some in between! You’ll leave this experience with some helpful basics in plant identification. EarthFest: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 28 Temple Ambler campus. WeaversWay. coop/event/earthfest-temple-ambler EarthFest is an outdoor educational celebration of Earth Day where the answers to so many questions about the environment, sustainability, healthy lifestyles and protecting and preserving the planet are just an exploration away.

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Connect to Self and Community at Empowered Light Holistic Expo

Sedentary Kids Lag in Reading Skills

eople can take the first step toward a healthier, more fulfilling lifestyle at the Empowered Light Holistic Expo from 5 to 9 p.m., April 28, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 29 and 30, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. Now in its second year, the expo’s focus is on holistic lifestyles, spiritual classes and personal development. “So many people are looking for answers! They need healthier ways to handle the increasing stress they’re facing,” says expo founder Sue Greenwald, owner of Thrive Yoga, in Malvern. “The Expo offers structure, new friends, new ideas and most of all, a community where people feel supported.” Participants can take part in yoga, meditation, tai chi, sound healing, reiki and massage demonstrations, and choose from more than 30 workshops and lectures. Renowned spiritual medium Joseph Tittel is among the scheduled speakers, as well as experts on such topics as essential oils and developing intuition. “We have dozens of vendors with a variety of merchandise such as salt lamps, candles, tapestries and gems,” says Greenwald. “But the expo isn’t about selling stuff; it’s about fostering a fun and healing environment for the community to explore and connect.” In keeping with its mission to promote healthy living in a healthy planet and engage with the community, Natural Awakenings magazines from Bucks and Montgomery counties, Chester and Delaware counties and Philadelphia are media sponsors. Admission is $5 on Fri., $10 on Sat. and Sun., and $20 for a weekend pass. Location: 100 Station Ave., Oaks. For more information, call 484-459-3082 or visit EmpoweredLight. com. See ad, page 11.


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study from the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio, has found that less active boys perform worse in reading and arithmetic classes than their more active counterparts. Researchers studied 89 boys and 69 girls ages 6 to 8 and measured their sedentary time and moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) time using a heart rate monitor, movement sensors and body fat percentages. The subjects’ arithmetic and reading skills were calculated using standardized test scores. Comparing the data, the researchers found that higher levels of MVPA were associated with higher reading fluency in grade one and that lower reading levels were associated with more sedentary time in grades one through three. A significantly stronger correlation was discovered when male subjects were the focus. Sedentary boys that spent less time engaged in MVPA displayed consistently poorer scores in both reading fluency and comprehension than their peers. For girls, more sedentary time was associated with better arithmetic scores.

Tai Chi Eases Chronic Neck Pain


study from Harvard Medical School, in Boston, has found that tai chi, a low-impact exercise and movement meditation, can help relieve chronic neck pain. Researchers divided 14 participants, 18 years or older, with ongoing neck pain into three randomized groups. One received 12 weeks of tai chi instruction, one performed group neck exercises and one received no treatment. “The study results showed that 12 weeks of tai chi was more effective than no treatment for benefiting pain levels, disability, quality of life and postural control in persons with chronic neck pain,” explains Peter M. Wayne, Ph.D., co-author of the study; he’s also the founder of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The group neck exercise subjects experienced results that were similar to those in the tai chi group, suggesting that the two paths are equally effective.

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ecotip Butterfly Rescue

We watch the graceful flight of colorful butterflies and appreciate their crucial role as pollinators. Establishing butterfly gardens or accommodating them in yard plantings increases food sources radically threatened by reductions in blossomrich landscapes due to development, intensive agriculture, insecticides and climate change. The National Wildlife Federation ( reports that butterflies are particularly attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms that are flat-topped or clustered for landing or hovering, with short flower tubes that present easy access to nectar. Regional planting. In the Southeast, goldenrod, with its arching, yellow flowers, appeals to Buckeye species. Tiger Wing, Dainty Sulphur and Malachite lead the way in Florida. Some other suitable plants and trees for attracting butterflies, according to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center ( are yarrows, red and white baneberries, and red, scarlet and soft maples in the Northeast; Butterfly and Honey daisies, Indian Mallow, American Century and Husiache, in the Midwest; and Giant, Ground, Subalpine and Noble firs, Vine Maple and Columbian Monkshoods in the Northwest. Inspiring individual efforts. reports that California Academy of Sciences aquatic biologist Tim Wong cultivated California Pipevine plants in his backyard butterfly home four years ago upon learning that it is the primary food for California Pipevine Swallowtails in the San Francisco area. Starting with just 20 caterpillars, he was able to donate thousands of the swallowtails to the San Francisco Botanical Gardens last year and has grown more than 200 plants. Milkweed. Populations of iconic Monarch butterflies have plummeted 90 percent in the past 20 years, reports the National Wildlife Federation, primarily due to decline of 12 native milkweed species. They need support for their annual 2,000-plus-mile migration from the U.S. Northeast and Canada to central Mexico and back. Joyce Samsel, curator of the Florida Native Butterfly Society (FloridaNative, notes that the Florida Monarch stays south of Tampa year-round. Learn about milkweed host plant growing conditions at Find milkweed seeds via Donate to help. Adopt milkweed habitat land through an Environmental Defense Fund ( program by donating $35 for one acre up to $350 for 10 acres. Their goal is to retain and protect 2 million acres.

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Toxin-Free Farmlands Rise to 4.1 Million Acres Michele Paccione/

According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are Mon tana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. Montana hosted a 30 percent increase to 417,000 acres in 2016, adding 100,000 acres since 2014 and 50 new organic farms. In assessing the positive trend, Scott Shander, a Mercaris economist, says, “With today’s lower commodity grain prices, farmers are looking to add value and meet consumer demands. The global market is dictating U.S. prices. Demand for organic corn and soybeans is still growing strongly, but production is not growing as fast, so more of the production will be international.”

Stand Up March for Science this Earth Day


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Teen Finds Drought Solution in South Africa Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. Drought remains one of South Africa’s main challenges, with at least eight provinces requiring regular food relief. The project is designed to help farmers in dry areas build large water reservoirs for an adequate and regular supply of water for irrigation. “I wanted to minimize the effect that drought has on the community, and the main thing it affects is the crops. That was the springboard for the idea,” says Nirghin. Her invention uses recycled and biodegradable waste products such as avocado skins and orange peels to make the polymer sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly. Source: CNN


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Concerned citizens will unite on April 22 for a March for Science in Washington, D.C., and locations around the world to champion robustly funding and publicly communicating science for the common good as a pillar of freedom and prosperity. The group is calling on political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence-based standards in the public interest. The focus will showcase science as a tool to find answers and influence decisions at all levels, from astronomy to zoology, including environmental science and climate change. Jacquelyn Gill, Ph.D., was part of the original group sparking the idea of a March for Science via her initial tweet. “We know how to keep our air and water clean, and the outcomes of the research should inform the policy,” says Gill, an assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine. Caroline Weinberg, a New York City science writer and program cochairwoman, says, “Within hours, satellite marches were popping up around the country, then the world.” Organizers report several hundred established event locations and the number continues to grow. To join or create an event, visit satellite-marches.


Becky Austill-Clausen From Workaholic to Spiritual Empath by Rebecca Antsis and Karen G. Meshkov


long after his passing, Daecky Austill-Clausen vid began communicating is the definition of with her from beyond the likable. Her unmisgrave. It was Austill-Clautakable Boston accent sen’s first communication exudes a feistiness and with the afterlife, setting warmth; she remembers in motion a monumental, people’s names, interests year-long transformation and relays her accomof consciousness. She plishments without the delineates this spiritual pomp we might assume blossoming in her memoir, from a highly successful Becky Austill-Clausen Change Maker: How My businesswoman, former Brother’s Death Woke Up college teacher, author My Life. Austill-Clausen and gifted intuitive. gives readers a month While she now calls to-month account of her Chester County home, metamorphosis from a this “pastor’s kid” was “Type Triple-A” workaholic raised in a Boston suburb. to spiritual empath. Despite her father’s profes Austill-Clausen insion, Austill-Clausen says, sists she is not unique: “If “Religion just didn’t work I could do it, anyone can. for me.” What really excitI had no psychic or spiried her was academics and tual experience. I believe a good challenge. By high we all have the ability to school, she was holding access the spiritual realm down multiple jobs while maintaining a stellar GPA. It was during if and when we acknowledge that it’s possible.” Her life now involves a a four-year experience volunteering for practice of integrating her two selves; a nursing home when Austill-Clausen having added master reiki practitioner discovered her passion for health care to her list of accomplishments, Austilland ultimately, occupational therapy. Clausen has championed the idea By age 30, she was an entrethat reiki can be used as a preparatory preneur, a woman of science and a method to help clients focus, relieve self-described workaholic. She held an stress and decrease pain, enabling paradvanced master’s degree, was teachticipation in occupation-based treating at the university level, president of ment sessions. the Delaware Occupational Therapy She offers reiki courses for occuAssociation and at thetop of her field as pational therapists and laypeople alike, a medical equipment consultant. She promoting its benefits as a gentle and beams, “I just didn’t want to be bored.” safe healing modality that facilitates Suddenly, Austill-Clausen’s workrelaxation, reduces pain and activates obsessed reality was turned inside-out the body’s natural healing energies. It when her younger brother David died should come as no surprise that Austillfrom the AIDS virus. Remarkably, not

Clausen was the first to teach a reiki and OT Level I certificate program at the American Occupational Therapy Association’s annual conference, which she has done since 2015. Austill-Clausen is on the road a lot these days, presenting to crowded rooms at conferences, hospice programs, universities and centers of spiritual convergence everywhere. But whether she is signing books, dialoguing about the metaphysical or teaching integrative healing, her disposition reads luminous, graceful and joyous. “This is fun!” is one of her most popular expressions, and one can’t help but agree. Change Maker is available online at Austill-Clausen’s website, on Amazon. com in e-book or print, and in bookstores nationwide. For more information, call 610-363-7446, email Becky@ or visit Rebecca See ad, page 9. Rebecca Antsis is a Pennsylvania-based writer, multimedia performer and editorial associate for Natural Awakenings BuxMont. Connect at RebeccaAntsis@ Karen G. Meshkov publishes Natural Awakenings of Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

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integrate nature into them will ramp up the public health costs later on.

Tony Juniper on How Thriving Ecosystems Sustain Prosperity by Randy Kambic


eading environment advocate and author Tony Juniper has been an Earth champion for three decades, imploring humanity to urgently understand that we need nature to thrive. His recently reissued book What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees, first published in 2013, won the Independent Publishers Living Now gold medal. It warns about the severe environmental cost of poor land planning; informs how birds, coral reefs, rain forests and other flora and fauna help preserve and sustain our quality of life; pushes for new recycling laws; and seeks to make children early enthusiasts. Formerly executive editor of Friends of the Earth, he serves as president of the Wildlife Trust, in Great Britain, teaching faculty of the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and is sustainability advisor to Prince Charles, a noted conservationist.

Why do you believe that economic growth and conservation can coexist? We are measuring economic growth crudely with no sense of quality. One country can have 2 percent gross domestic product growth and at low environmental cost, whereas another measuring similar growth might be both causing massive environmental destruction and concentrating the generated wealth among small numbers of people. We need to grow economies in ways that protect the environmental services that create opportunities for 14

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growth in the first place. It’s a major challenge for a world hell-bent on simplistic, crude measures of economic performance. In the Ivory Coast, where I recently visited, many poor rural people grow cocoa. One way to expand its economy is to produce more cocoa at the expense of tropical rain forests, which ultimately destroys the economy because forests are a major source of rainfall. Extended droughts caused by deforestation reveal that kind of growth is self-defeating. We need a more sophisticated approach, with the economy becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of ecology, not the other way around.

Are true eco-cities and ecosuburbs feasible? We can design much more livable areas for the protection and health of wildlife, nature and residents. Nature also has a major bearing on the costs of a country’s healthcare system. A number of population level studies, including from the Netherlands, reveal how people with access to green space feel better and experience higher levels of well-being, especially in mental and psychological health. Many Western countries are seeing increased incidences of depression, anxiety and other psychological problems that can be reduced through greater access to open areas, green spaces and wildlife. We can expect massive increases in urban areas worldwide in the next 40 years. There’s an opportunity now to plan in integral ways to make these places better for everyone. Failing to

What can citizens do to trengthen U.S. environmental policies? First, every election has candidates we can vote for that are more or less knowledgeable and clued into environmental issues. Second, we can exercise power in our purchasing choices. Some companies take leadership positions on environmental and sustainability issues; others don’t. With some research, shoppers can find the best companies to patronize, like those that prioritize low-carbon emissions, resource efficiencies and environmental protection policies. Many of them are advocating for more sensible, longterm environmental policies. In the U.S., one of the biggest pushbacks to the new administration will be from progressive companies that know the future has to be green; buying from these businesses strengthens their role and influence. Third, we can add to the people’s collective voice by joining campaigns and backing Earth-conscious organizations like the National Audubon Society, Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and Sierra Club.

Why do you believe it’s important to instill basic ecological principles in youngsters? In the future, if fewer people understand the implications of climate change, ecosystem degradation, loss of wild animals and rampant toxic pollution, it’ll be even harder to embed adequate responses. The next generation should know how this planet works. Our world doesn’t succeed just on the basis of technology. It’s being run on microorganisms, the actions of forests, seas, soils and everything in the natural world. People that don’t know this can do a lot of damage. When more young people know the basics, it’s more likely they’ll behave in ways that reflect them. Progressive urbanization, with ever fewer people having direct experience of how nature works, is already an issue, so investing in our youth now will pay dividends in their future. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor in Estero, FL, and regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.


Second Look Neurology Offers Another Opinion by Kate Morgan


harles S. Yanofsky, M.D., has been understanding the patient from a psychopracticing neurology for nearly four logical standpoint and seeing their medical decades, so he knows a thing or two problems in that context,” he says. “A patient about diagnosis. As treatment in the hospiwith migraine headaches may not show any tals he’s worked in became more streamobvious physical cause, but maybe they’re lined and increasingly dependent upon working too hard or stressed about pleasing quick diagnoses, Yanofsky found he was a spouse, not sleeping or sleeping erratically. forced to spend less time than he’d like with Quite often, I see people with pain in muleach patient. tiple parts of their body. Sometimes there’s a That’s where Yanofsky got the idea for physical reason for the pain, but sometimes his private practice, Second Look Neurolit’s happening because the patient is somatiogy, in Camp Hill, as a return to an “oldcizing some psychiatric process.” fashioned” style of medicine; no office staff, Yanofsky says patients experiencing Dr. Charles Yanofsky no insurance companies—just a patient and symptoms with no obvious physical cause doctor, one-on-one. are often relieved when he is able to diagnose the “The idea is a direct link between the patient and problem, whether it’s psychological or physical. “Some the doctor, without any interference from insurance people who come to me have gone from physician to companies,” says Yanofsky. “I was in private practice for physician and continued to complain about the pain,” many years, and when I began working as an employee, he says. “So they’ll go to still another physician, see one I found there were barriers erected between the patient rheumatologist, then another. They get tests on top of and doctor. This is an experiment in taking some of tests. They get tested for Lyme disease 10 times, tested those barriers down.” for neurological diseases. Sometimes it’s time to stop The majority of Yanofsky’s patients at Second Look doing all these medical tests and find out what’s really have received a diagnosis from another medical profesbehind the symptoms they’re having. Some people don’t sional, and come to Yanofsky seeking a second opinion. like that, because I’ll be frank with them. I’m not afraid He’s able to devote a great deal of time to each individual to say, ‘We can’t identify anything organically there. It’s patient, and with 35 years of diagnostic experience, he is time to put a stop to constantly going to doctors.’ That often able to offer deeper insight into a patient’s condition alone is very helpful to say.” and treatment options. Yanofsky considers Second Look Neurology, which “At bigger offices, I can only devote a certain he launched in 2015, an experiment in health care and amount of minutes to patient contact, and with some, a return to a time when the doctor/patient relationship maybe that suffices,” says Yanofsky. “Here, I can devote was unencumbered by insurance company premiums and as much time as I need. I can do a little bit more of a long waits for an appointment. detailed assessment and maybe come up with something “This is an experiment to see if the old-fashioned kind a little more out of the box.” of practice still plays some role,” Yanofsky says. “Eventually, Yanofsky first entered the field of neurology through it probably won’t play any role because we’ll have scans an interest in psychiatry. “I was interested in how people that make a full diagnosis and automatically cure your disthink and what makes them have certain behaviors,” he ease. For right now, it’s still an interaction between patient says. “I found that if I went into psychiatry, I’d be throwand doctor.” ing away my stethoscope. I went into neurology because I decided I was more interested in the physical aspects Second Look Neurology is located at 3920 Market St., of thought and interaction. I am still interested from the Ste. 250, Camp Hill. For more information, call 717-730psychiatric standpoint, and sometimes it proves fruitful.” 0400 or visit See ad, page 3. That interest in psychology and psychiatry drives Yanofsky to understand each patient and their medical Kate Morgan is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenneeds as distinctly individual. “Some things involve really ings magazine. natural awakenings

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Four-Season Climates

ECO YARDS Turning Lawns into Native Landscapes by Lisa Kivirist and John D. Ivanko


raditional turf lawns are an ecological nightmare,” says John Greenlee, author of The American Meadow Garden, who notes that most monoculture turf lawns never even get used. His company, Greenlee and Associates, in Brisbane, California, designs residential and other meadows throughout the U.S. as an engaging alternative. Many other appealing options likewise use native plants appropriate to the local climate. For instance, replacing Kentucky bluegrass, Bermuda grass or another non-native species with natives can deliver drought resistance and lower irrigation needs; eliminate any need for fertilizers or toxic pesticides; reduce or eliminate labor-intensive and often polluting mowing and edging; enhance the beauty of a home; and attract birds, butterflies and other wildlife. 16

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Before replacing a lawn, determine the desired result. It may simply be achieving a low-maintenance, lawn-free yard; growing food like vegetables, herbs, fruit or nuts; or supplying ample flowers for a fresh weekly bouquet. Other benefits might include increasing privacy, dining al fresco, escaping into nature or even sequestering carbon dioxide to reduce climate change. To be successful, choices must be appropriate to the climate, plant hardiness zone, local zoning ordinances and homeowner association rules. Also consider the soil quality and acidity, moisture content and whether plantings will be in full sun or shade, or both.

From the Midwest to New England, “Wild ginger makes a nice, low groundcover with heart-shaped leaves in shade or part shade, where lawn grass often struggles,” suggests Pam Penick, of Austin, Texas, author of Lawn Gone: Low-Maintenance, Sustainable Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard. “Pennsylvania sedge, a low, grassy, meadow-like groundcover, can also work. For areas with full sun, bearberry, an evergreen creeping shrub with red berry-like fruit in fall, or prairie dropseed, a beautiful prairie grass with sparkling seed heads in fall, might be worth trying.” “Stick with the Carex family of plants, the sedges, for a native meadow,” echoes Greenlee. “They vary in color, texture and height. Follow nature’s lead and create a tapestry of commingled plants. Start slow and add flowering plants like Queen Anne’s lace, daisies, asters and poppies.”

Hot and Humid Subtropics

In sunny and well-drained areas of the South, Penick suggests Gulf muhly, an ornamental grass. “Its fall blooms resemble pink cotton candy floating above its green leaves.” In Florida, flowering sunshine mimosa with fernlike leaves and other natural groundcovers are low maintenance. “Basket grass is a low, evergreen grass-like plant with long, spaghetti-type

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The right regional native plants often include grasses and ferns, herbaceous plants like flowering perennials and woody ones like shrubs, vines and trees. Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife and help preserve a sense of place. “Work with a professional landscaper in your area, ideally a member of the Association for Professional Landscape Designers,” advises Greenlee. Tap a local university extension service, master gardener and garden club for local expertise, often available at no or low cost via classes or club membership.

leaves that puddle around it, suitable for shade or partially shaded areas,” advises Penick. “It’s slow to grow, but highly drought-tolerant and nicely covers a dry slope or spills over a retaining wall. Texas sedge makes a lowgrowing, meadowy alternative that’s evergreen and needs mowing only once every year or two.” Moss is a fine option for shady and moist areas. “If moss is naturally colonizing a patch of yard, allow it to fill in where the lawn doesn’t want to grow,” Penick counsels. “It makes a springy, evergreen groundcover needing only brief misting to keep it looking good during dry periods.”

Mediterranean and California Coast

Plentiful sunshine, rare frosts and modest rainfalls make many California coastal areas perfect for growing lots of plants, rather than plots of water-thirsty turf. “For full sun, work with California yarrow, purple sage, Indian mallow, white sage, lupines and California sagebrush,” recommends Charlie Nardozzi, of Ferrisburgh, Vermont, author of Foodscaping. “In shade, try mountain yarrow, mimulus monkey flower, California honeysuckle, California flannel bush and coyote mint.” “Blue grama grass is native to many states, and buffalo grass is native to states west of the Mississippi River in the right places,” adds Greenlee. They’re especially suited for meadows established in drought-prone regions.

Rainy Marine Areas

“For sunny areas, try goat’s beard, penstemon, beach strawberry, mock orange and huckleberry,” says Nardozzi, who

covers gardening nationally at “For part shade, experiment with gooseberry, red flowering currants, western amelanchier, deer fern, trillium and wild ginger.” Adding some clover to a traditional lawn may eliminate the need for fertilizers while retaining some turf, says Erica Strauss, of Gamonds, Washington, in her Northwest Edible Life blog. “When the clover loses leaf mass from mowing, its roots die off to compensate and nitrogen enters the soil for neighboring plant roots to use.” White clover works well for those on a budget; microclover costs more and is even better. For shady, north-facing or boggywet areas, Strauss recommends sweet woodruff. Moss is another option.

Semi-Arid, Steppe and Desert Climes

“If you crave a lawn but want to go native, Habiturf is perfect for the hot, dry Southwest,” says Penick. Developed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin, Texas, it’s a mix of several native turf grasses, looks like a shaggy traditional lawn and can be occasionally mowed on a high setting to keep it neat. Once established, it needs far less water than traditional turf. “Silver ponyfoot grows well in many regions as an annual; as a perennial, it needs mild winters,” Penick continues. “Native to western Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, it likes good drainage, gravelly soil and full-to-part sun.” Xeriscaping—landscaping that requires little to no water—is especially prevalent in hot, dry regions. Plant picks typically include cactus, succulents, agave and herbs like rosemary or sage. John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring and Farmstead Chef, operate the Inn Serendipity, in Browntown, WI.

More EcoYard Ideas Edible Landscaping

A kitchen garden represented by any kind of edible landscaping replaces some turf grass with produce. Carefully designed and maintained, it can be as attractive as any other garden space. “According to, 30 million U.S. households, about 25 percent, participated in vegetable gardening in 2015,” reports Dave Whitinger, executive director of the National Gardening Association, owned by Dash Works, in Jacksonville, Texas. “To integrate edibles into a landscape, first assess the locations of sunny and shady spots,” says garden consultant Charlie Nardozzi. “Then, identify plants suited to the growing conditions that will fit in those areas. Mix in edibles with flowers, shrubs and groundcovers to keep the yard beautiful.” For urban areas, he recommends raised beds and containers as a good way to integrate edibles, bringing in clean soil and moving containers to the sunniest spots in the yard. “We have 3,000 raised beds in Milwaukee,” says Gretchen Mead, executive director of the Victory Garden Initiative, which helps install edible landscapes. “We went from about 35 new kitchen gardens eight years ago to more than 500 each year now.” The easy-to-build raised beds go on top of or in place of turf lawns. For Midwestern residents, Mead recommends beginning with six crops that can be started as transplants, like tomatoes or broccoli, and then growing a couple of plants from seed, like zucchini or green beans.

Water-Saving Gardens

“Water-saving gardens use less of this precious resource through appropriate plant choices, rain-conserving features, berming and terracing to slow runoff, water-permeable hardscaping and smart irrigation practices,” says Pam Penick, author of The Water-Saving Garden. “Regardless of where you live, natural awakenings

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saving water is a priority for everyone. Drought is a growing problem in the Southwest and West, but also affects the Midwest, Southeast and even New England.” “Rain gardens help absorb, retain and use rainfall, preventing it from draining into the sewer,” agrees Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd, with Colorado’s Denver Botanic Gardens. “Rain barrels collect water from gutters and downspouts so there’s more control in time and method of distribution, including perhaps drip irrigation.” According to the Groundwater Foundation, in Lincoln, Nebraska, rain gardens can remove up to 90 percent of problematic nutrients and chemicals and up to 80 percent of sediments from rainwater runoff. Compared to a conventional lawn, they allow 30 percent more water to soak into the ground.


Hardscaped areas are used far more frequently than the turf lawn they

replace as we move through spaces like walkways, patios, fountains, decks and grilling areas to enjoy the outdoors. “Plant people can get excited about planting but forget to leave ample space for patios and paths, often resulting in an overgrown, pinched look for seating areas and other places meant to be inviting,” cautions Penick. “It can also be

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easy to underestimate how large plants can grow in a few years. Plan ahead for these ‘people spaces’ and install them before establishing garden beds.” Landscapers recommend being generous with this technique without paving over paradise. “Plants will spill and lean over hardscaping, so it won’t feel too large once your garden is filling in,” says Penick. “To address runoff and allow rainwater to soak into the soil, use water-permeable paving wherever possible: gravel, dry-laid flagstone or pavers; even mulch for casual paths.”

Figs are a Surprising Home Garden Treat


by Kelly A. Montgomery


ndigenous them estabto Asia and lished. “Most popular in the fruit trees don’t Mediterranean, like to be overthe common fig watered,” says (Ficus carica) is Mello. “They not what generalcould get root ly comes to mind rot if the ground when planting a is too soggy.” Philadelphia Orchard Project planting garden in PhilaThe National community orchards delphia. HowGardening Asever, this adaptable exotic plant is perfect sociation recommends applying a layer for our area, according to Robyn Mello, of mulch around the tree to keep heat orchard director for the nonprofit Philaand moisture in, and to prevent weeds. delphia Orchard Project (POP), which In late fall, tie the branches upward. plants and supports community orchards Stuff straw around the tree and wrap in the city. “You can prune it to any size burlap around it. Finally, wrap a tarp you want,” says Mello, who planted a fig around the tree to protect it from frost tree in her North Philadelphia yard. and other wintery conditions. Unwrap Because it is native to a hot dry the tree in the spring after the last hard climate, the fig tree is drought-tolfrost. Remove dead, diseased, and weak erant once established. All common branches to encourage growth. figs are female, so they self-pollinate. Depending on the fig variety, fruit Mello recommends planting the Chiwill grow on first-year wood, but often cago Hardy variety, because it grows it’s two- or three-year old wood, notes well in colder climates. Other varietMello. “That’s why it’s so important to ies that are adaptable are Celeste and have it covered over the winter—to Brown Turkey. protect its above-ground wood.” Fig trees thrive in full-sun exposure, Harvest time is usually late fall. so choose a sunny spot. Plant against a Pick the fruits when they are fully ripe. wall—preferably south-facing—to keep Unlike other fruit trees, figs will not the plant warm during cold weather ripen if they are picked too soon. and to protect it against winter winds, advises Mello. Kelly A. Montgomery is a PhiladelphiaWater young trees weekly to get based freelance writer and editor.

Planting Fig Trees


ig trees grow in well-drained soil with lots of organic material, and a neutral to partially alkaline soil. After choosing a spot, follow these instructions: Step 1: Dig a hole that is two to four inches deep. Step 2: Remove the plant from its pot and rest the root ball on its side. Use shears to cut through the encircling roots. “Make sure roots don’t spiral in, because they will rot and strangle the tree,” says Mello.

Leeks and Zucchini Pancakes Makes 10 pieces To “go eco” with what is left in our fridge, this light snack combines earthy leeks and zucchini with chickpea flour and dried thyme, and can be accompanied with roasted cauliflower and dandelion pesto ( This healthy snack will keep us full, so we may not want to binge on the chips while waiting for dinner/lunch. 1 cup chickpea flour 1 /2 cup coconut flour 1 /4 cup olive oil 1 tsp salt 1 tsp dried thyme 1 /2 tsp brown sugar 1 /2 cup coconut milk Heat a nonstick pan while mixing all ingredients. The texture should be smooth so no flour clumps are formed. Add coconut milk gradually to the dry mix and blend the mix well. It should be the consistency of pancake batter. Pour three spoons of batter into the pan with one teaspoon olive oil with each pancake. Cook until brown. Serve with pesto or a favorite sauce. For more healthy alternatives, email Nehal Solanki at Info@VegStreet. com or visit

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Eggs-pert Advice How to Buy Good Eggs from Happy Hens by Judith Fertig


anice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black and white Ameraucana and Silver Wyandotte cross, green eggs; and Peanut, a brown, feathery Cochin mix, brown eggs,” relates Cole. Cole has learned a lot about the natural lives of chickens. They need 14 hours of sunlight to produce eggs and lay about one per day. Chickens must be protected from predators, locked up at night in their coop for optimal well-being and let out in the morning to roam. Here are some tips for buying the freshest, most delicious and humanely raised chicken eggs.

How to Read an Egg Carton

Deciphering the language on an egg carton is a first step. Diet affects flavor. “Eggs from pasture-raised chickens allowed to roam—eating grass, worms and bugs in the backyard or a pasture—will look and taste better than eggs from chickens limited to an inside space eating chicken feed,” says Cole. “Pasture-raised eggs will have a fresh 20

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herbaceous, or grassy, flavor with an ‘egg-ier’ essence.” “Look for the terms organic, free range or ideally, pastured or pasture-raised,” advises Adele Douglass, in Herndon, Virginia, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care ( “USDA Organic” is a U.S. Department of Agriculture label confirming that the food the chicken ate was certified organic. “Non-GMO” indicates a diet free of genetically modified ingredients. “Free-range”, another USDA label, means the chicken had continuing access to the outdoors. “Pasture-raised” assures that the chicken roamed outdoors daily, eating what they wanted; the ideal scenario. “Cage-free” is a USDA-regulated designation ensuring that the chickens were allowed to roam freely about within their building to get food and water. “Natural” has no real meaning says Douglass; the term invokes no USDA regulation and nothing about actual farming practices. “Certified Humane” or “Animal Welfare Approved” means that each free-range hen has at least two square feet of outdoor space; it’s the most desirable designation, says Douglass.   When farmers want to raise egglaying chickens, they need to provide physical conditions similar to those Cole affords, but on a larger and more



efficient scale, usually without the love. In regions where 14 hours of daylight are not a given, farmers use artificial lighting. When snow is too deep for the birds to venture out and it’s too cold for bug life, farmers supply indoor coops and feed. How well and humanely they do this is up to consumers to find out.

Egg Nutrition

Eating one egg a day, or moderate consumption, will not raise cholesterol levels in healthy adults, concludes a 2012 review in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. While egg yolks contain cholesterol, they also possess nutrients that help lower the risk for heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin and folate, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. A study by Kansas State University researchers published in the 2001 Journal of Nutrition also found that phosphatidylcholine, another substance in eggs, can decrease the amount of cholesterol the body absorbs from them. Plus, eggs are great sources of micronutrients and antioxidants, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered and licensed dietitian and wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, in Ohio. “I’ve always been a huge proponent for eggs. As lean sources of protein, they help us stay full, are easy to prepare and can be part of a healthy eating regime because they’re packed with freeradical- and inflammation-fighting antioxidants.” Kirkpatrick adds, “Eggs also help protect eyes. Their nutrientrich yolks, like leafy green vegetables, are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that studies have repeatedly shown help protect against macular degeneration.”   Ideally, all chickens would be treated like Cole’s “girls.” For now, the best most of us can do is choose “Pasture-Raised,” “Organic” and “Certified Humane”. Getting to know more about the farmers that produce our eggs is even better.   Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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Targeted Therapy for Specific Ills

by Linda Sechrist


haron Puszko, Ph.D., founder of the Daybreak Geriatric Massage Institute, in Indianapolis, teaches and certifies massage therapists working in assisted living, long-term care and memory care facilities. She relates, “These individuals appreciate not only the physiological benefits of massage but also having a therapist touch and address them by their names. A 105-year-old woman jokes, ‘Now that they’ve figured out how to keep us alive for so long, they don’t know what to do with us. Thank God for massage therapy.’” Specialty certificate programs such as Puszko’s, representing advanced education and training within a modality qualified as therapeutic massage and bodywork, are benefitting both massage therapists and clients. Some outcome-based specialty modalities considered as requirements for specific populations such as seniors, athletes, infants and cancer patients and survivors, are referred to as “medical massage”. The nonprofit National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork provides an accredited, voluntary certification beyond entry-level state licensure. To maintain their status, therapists must complete 24 hours of continuing education and 100 hours of work experience, and pass a criminal background check every two years. The certifying board also approves continuing education providers that teach specialty techniques, including integrative health care, sports massage and military veteran massage. The result is therapies administered according to a national standard of excellence requisite for therapists working in collaboration with doctors, chiropractors, wellness centers, retirement care communities and other medical settings. Puszko, an approved provider who founded her service in 2000, offers beginning and advanced weekend workshops for therapists on the complexities of physiological changes and technical skills required to work with geriatric or senior clients. She works from three offices in upscale retirement 22

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communities and teaches approved continuing education curricula throughout the U.S. and internationally. “Although the skills I teach are not taught in massage school, they are in demand at independent and assisted living facilities where massage is considered a vital aspect of health care,” says Puszko. “Older Americans represent the greatest challenge to massage therapists. For elderly residents, stretching and pulling on delicate skin and joints, as well as pushing one’s elbow into gluteus maximus muscles, are unacceptable approaches.” She explains that they might be called upon for a range of needs from helping prepare a 70-year-old marathoner for a race to reducing the stress of an exhausted hospice patient. Geri Ruane is one of four founding directors of Oncology Massage Alliance, in Austin, Texas. She manages the operations for this nonprofit created in 2011 to help therapists that volunteer to administer complimentary hand and foot massage therapy to cancer patients and caregivers in chemotherapy infusion rooms and prior to radiation treatment. The alliance offers financial assistance to licensed massage therapists for advanced training through approved third-party oncology massage classes and provides hands-on experience with cancer patients. Ruane defines the essential aspects of an oncology massage therapist’s (OMT) skill set. “A properly trained therapist has an informed understanding of the disease itself and the many ways it can affect the human body; the side effects of cancer treatments, such as medications, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation; and the ability to modify massage techniques in order to adapt accordingly. Our main purpose is to reduce stress and provide emotional support for cancer patients and caregivers in radiation and infusion rooms.” For example, an OMT will ask a patient about their cancer treatment history, including particulars of related individual health issues, prior to the massage. Hospitals in 35 states and Washington, D.C., now offer massage therapy to individuals during cancer treatment. MK Brennan, president of the Society for Oncology Massage, created in 2007, in Toledo, Ohio, is a registered nurse with a longtime practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brennan observes, “In nursing school, I was taught how to give a back rub, an aspect of patient care once provided by all nurses, but no longer part of a nurse’s education. It now appears that there could be a resurgence of interest in offering massage therapy in hospitals that would encompass more medical aspects and require modified techniques for different patient populations.” In addition to oncology and geriatric massage, other select massage therapy modalities such as orthopedic, bodywork, Asian techniques and those related to pregnancy, infant and child health care as well as other special needs require advanced education and training. Before making an appointment with a massage therapist/bodyworker for a specific type of help, inquire about their knowledge, experience, training and continuing education. Ask about additional credentials above entry-level core education that are specific to special needs. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at


Paul Millwood, LMT An Integrative Approach to Massage Therapy by Kelly A. Montgomery


athletes and dancers, Millwood cleaned the hen Paul Milllwood, LMT, was 6 years wounds of animals and treated their burns. As a old, his paternal grandmother, a reboy growing up in Jamaica, it was common for spected healer in Jamaica, decided he families to have farm animals. It also was comwas ready to heal others, too. “My grandmother mon for leftover boiling water—mainly used for and mother saw something in me—that I would cooking—to be tossed out the window. Unfortube able to do healing work,” he recalls. As a nately, the hot water could fall on unsuspecting fifth-generation healer in the Caribbean tradition, animals grazing under the window. Millwood assesses the dynamic energy of the Millwood’s talent as a bodyworker, which whole body. “All systems of healing have their he says came from his family’s healing tradiown way of assessing, diagnosing, and treating,” tion and his mother’s milk, got the attention of he explains. “For specific organs or joints, I feel if one of his clients. The woman, a biologist and it’s strong, jangled, weak or overactive.” researcher, asked him to assist her with a study Paul Millwood received his formal training Paul Millwood she was conducting about Canavan disease, a at the Utah College of Massage and has been genetic neurological disorder in which the lack of an essena massage therapist for 16 years and is a member of the tial enzyme causes deterioration of myelin in the brain that American Massage Therapy Association. He serves now at prevents the proper transmission of nerve signals. One of the the Healing Arts Collective, in Philadelphia, and is formally participants in the study, a 3-month-old boy, was also blind trained in 21 bodywork disciplines, including CranioSacral and deaf. She asked Millwood to work on the infant. massage, perinatal massage, myofascial massage and reflex During the session, Millwood flooded the baby boy’s ology. Many people that seek Millwood’s services at Healing body with sensation. He held him, tickled him, talked to Arts Collective in South Philadelphia suffer from headaches, him, made sounds with his lips and put his feet on the cold joint aches and pains, back and neck problems, emotional window. “I essentially played with the child,” says Millwood. and spiritual uneasiness and even fevers. Months later, he learned through the boys’ parents that their Athletes and dancers benefit greatly from massage, child could hear and follow objects across the room. “The explains Millwood. He has worked on retired NFL players, body heals itself,” he states. His role is to assess. Villanova University track and field athletes, Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, and members of the 2002 Olympic U.S. Ski The Healing Arts Collective is located at 519 S. 9th St., in Team. The goal for athletes is to overcome internal restricPhiladelphia. For more information, call 267-229-7323 or tions so the body is free, he says. For example, when he visit worked on Villanova’s track and field athletes, he looked for respiratory restrictions in the distance runners. Massage Kelly A. Montgomery is a Philadelphia-based freelance therapy for dancers, however, is a little different. Because writer and editor. they are “hyper-mobile and hyper-flexible, stretching doesn’t work as well as manual work,” he states. “They can do splits first thing in the morning!” Millwood experienced a miracle in his own life as an infant. His survival was doubtful because the soft spot on the crown of his head was not closed, and his brain was hanging out of his skull. “It scared all the men and they voted that I should be left at the hospital to die in peace,” he explains. “My grandmother said, ‘I’ll take him.’ Since she was the matriarch, no one could overrule her.” After he was weaned from his mother’s breast, his grandmother took him. He, his parents, his brothers and his grandmother all lived on the same property. “But I belonged to my grandmother,” he says. The most important thing Millwood learned from his grandmother was touch. Long before massaging professional natural awakenings

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Races Beckon Beginners by Aimee Hughes


’ve run in cities, rural areas and suburbs. I’ve run while deployed to military bases in the Middle East, in cities on four continents, in blazing heat and winter snowstorms,” says Maria Cicio, a licensed professional counselor candidate and marathoner in Grove, Oklahoma. “I’ve been running regularly for 25 years, mostly injury-free, and have found what works best for me.” For beginners, Cicio recommends starting with a 5K race. “There are a hundred reasons why a full marathon would not be fun for a beginner, but trail running, charity races and 5K road races are perfect,” she says. Cicio attests the physical health benefits come from the training and preparation more than from the race itself. “You can run for many years before deciding to run an official race, in which case you’ll probably have already experienced increased cardiovascular health, improved muscle tone and strength. “Running your first race can focus your running and turn it into training. You might increase your daily or weekly mileage, depending on the planned length of the race, or add some speed work to your regular running routine. When I’m training for a race, I’m more in tune with what my body needs; I also sleep better,” she says. The mental benefits are what keep many people running, even after the physical ones seem to plateau, advises Cicio. “Running means regular exercise, so it can improve our general mood. While numerous studies show this to be true, the best evidence comes from runners themselves.” Almost everyone has heard of a runner’s high, even if we haven’t experienced it ourselves. It’s long been accepted that endorphins released during exercise create a feeling of euphoria after a satisfying workout. Recent research on mice 24

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by the Central Institute of Mental Health at the University of Heidelberg Medical School, in Germany, suggests that it might be natural endocannabinoids that lighten our mood and contribute to the high. Meditation master Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in Halifax, Canada, teaches an online course, The Art of Mindful Running. He points out that running, or doing any physical activity, in a meditative state can deepen, train and enhance the mind. “Within 20 to 30 minutes, you have an opportunity to work with your mind. Instead of just spacing out or trying to get exercise, you can actually say, ‘I am going to be present, I am going to relate to my breathing and my movement a little bit,’” says Mipham. “This is healthy both for the mind and the body.” Those looking for an alternative to running on concrete and asphalt find that trail running ups the fun factor while nature nurtures us. “While I’d always loved running races, the roads rarely changed. Even the same trail tends to change daily, with a new puddle or a log to jump or crawl over, or a new offshoot. The natural running landscape is full of surprises,” says Nikki Partridge, an avid trail runner, American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and Stott Pilates instructor in Auburn, California. “Trail running healed me,” says Partridge. “I always had some injury from running: tendonitis, sprained ankles, runner’s knee, pulled hamstrings, illiotibial band syndrome, shin splints or plantar fasciitis. I became a walking encyclopedia on injury and recovery. But the trails saved me. I no longer pronated when I ran, I had no more tendonitis from running on canting sidewalks—even my knee pain disappeared—my balance improved and my body was happy.” When winding down after a race, carve out ample time for recovery and reflection. “I always ask myself what I liked about how it was organized, course conditions, support staff and the after-party, and then look for another race that fits my preferences,” says Cicio. “Consider taking a vacation around a particular race that interests you or find a local road race the next time you travel. For a modest fee, you get to run a race and typically luck into a T-shirt, food and party camaraderie.” The running world can open our eyes to new places, good people and greater self-awareness, along with physical fitness. Spring is a good time to lace up our shoes and begin the expansive journey. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for LongevityTimes online. Connect at

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Sample progress logbook for someone whose goals are to lose weight: Week 1: Weigh self, take body measurements and note pant size. Week 2: 20 minutes of walk/run. Breathing is labored. Week 3: Lost two pounds.

To Succeed in Running, Stick to a Plan by Mindy Solkin


he saying, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail,” is a shout-out to anyone that would like to train for a race, whether they are a beginning runner or an experienced marathoner. Preparation is the key to success and will help us create a road map to achieve our goals. Running does not require a lot of equipment, but wearing the proper shoes is key, so purchase them at a running specialty store. The staff will be experienced in suggesting the correct shoe for each foot type and gait pattern. Always double-knot shoe laces to avoid mishaps. Wear a sports watch for accuracy; there are many styles to choose from with incredible functionality. Determine whether we need all the bells and whistles and what our budget can handle. Basic models should do the trick. There are many 5K races in and around Philadelphia. Choose one that will allow about eight weeks of training. Aim for three days per week of running or walk/running and two days of strength training and sport-specific conditioning. Take off two days per week, because recovery is part of the training process. Start with a 20-minute session and work up to 40 minutes. Use a method called rating of perceived exertion (RPE), to determine the intensity. On a scale of one to 10, rate how hard we feel we are working. Choose a comfortable level and apply a number to it. Stay within that number, but notice the difference between running on flat ground versus hills. Chart progress in a logbook; this can be done online or the old-fashioned way, handwritten in a journal. As we record and review our log, we’re bound to look back and say that we can’t believe we started with 20 minutes of walk/run and now we’re about to run in a 5K race. This is the reward for setting a plan, tackling the training and crossing the finish line. No matter what the clock says, we’ll be a winner.

Week 4: Walking less and running more for 30 minutes. Week 5: Body measurements have decreased. Week 6: Lost six pounds. Can walk/run for 40 minutes and breathing is more comfortable. Week 7: Pants are falling off my hips. Week 8: Lost eight pounds. Running 40 minutes (no walking). Crossed the finish line of my first 5K. Woo hoo!

Mindy Solkin is a professional running coach in Philadelphia and founder of The Running Center. For more information, call 267-519-9293, email CoachMindy@TheRunningCenter. com or visit natural awakenings

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ENZYME THERAPY FOR PETS A Key to Good Health by Shawn Messonnier


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nzymes are among the most commonly used supplements for cats and dogs because they are widely beneficial. They support digestive health and enhance nutrient absorption, as well as reduce inflammation and boost overall wellness. A nutrition school adage states, “If you have a question on your exam and don’t know the answer, put down ‘enzymes’ and you’ll likely be correct.” The point is that enzymes made by the body for specific functions are essential to life because they affect nearly every physical or biological process. Enzymes help normal, healthy pets use nutrients and support the righting of gastrointestinal disorders, whether involving simple vomiting, diarrhea, chronic or complete constipation, anal

sac disorders or inflammatory bowel disease, regardless of cause. Because sick pets often suffer from reduced appetite and impaired digestion, enzyme supplements are often added to a dietetic regimen to improve their nutritional status. Helpful enzymes include proteases, carbohydrases (like amylase) and lipases that break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats, respectively. Digestive enzymes are highly specific both to the type of food they act upon and the conditions under which they work. They can be derived from pancreatic, plant or microbial sources (bacteria or fungi). While pancreatic enzymes activate mainly in the small intestines (being inactive in the stomach’s lower pH environment), plant and microbial enzymes begin digesting foods in the stomach immediately after ingestion and likely even on the food being prepared, if the enzymes are added several minutes before they are eaten. Enzymes from microbial and plant origins have a broader spectrum of activity because they are stable and active through a wide pH range of 3.0 to 8.0. Enzymes may be helpful for pets with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, dermatitis, allergies, asthma and cancer. In such cases, they should

Enzymes help normal, healthy pets use nutrients and support the righting of gastrointestinal disorders, whether involving simple vomiting, diarrhea, chronic or complete constipation, anal sac disorders or inflammatory bowel disease, regardless of cause. not be administered with food, because otherwise they will be “used up” before the pet digests the food. It’s also possible to use enzyme supplementation to reduce excessive shedding because enzyme supplementation is widely recognized to increase the absorption of nutrients, some possibly involved in controlling hair growth. Some of these nutrients may be used in thyroid hormone synthesis, which can positively affect hair growth and reduce shedding. A novel use for enzymes is to help pets practicing coprophagia, or the eating of their own or another animal’s feces. Adding the proper enzymes to the diet is believed to curb this problem, which could result from a nutrient deficiency caused by incomplete digestion and absorption. For pets with behavioral coprophagia, enzyme supplementation is unlikely to help the problem but will still benefit the pet’s overall health. The recommended dose by breed and weight is based upon experience, the label of a specific product and directions provided by the family veterinarian. Using enzymes according to a professional’s advice is safe, with rare to nonexistent side effects. Talk to the pet’s doctor about the best enzyme products to address individual needs and keep them healthy. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit


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Make-Your-Own Spring Tonic – 6:30-8:30pm. Spring tonics have been used historically to awaken our bodies out of winter hibernation, cleansing the liver and skin. Learn about how the first spring greens and bitter roots aid us in facing the busy energy of the season. Traditional spring tonics like nettle, dandelion, chickweed, and burdock are all common weeds in Philadelphia that we’ll explore in depth. Participants will take home a traditional spring tonic vinegar preparation. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia.

Cherry Blossom Festival – Apr 1-9. Whether it’s admiring the fragile pink blossoms of 1,000 cherry trees, participating in origami-making and sushi-making classes or enjoying martial arts performances, the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia is the time to celebrate all things Japanese while enjoying the delights of spring. Cultivating Economic Justice – 10am4pm. Join more than 300 engaged, spirited people at this extraordinary teach-in designed to cultivate economic justice in Philadelphia. Attendees will meet community organizers, cooperators, activist artists, farmers, bookkeepers, construction workers and more – all of them building economic control block by block as they start cooperative businesses. Learn, connect, network, and share your ideas at this cross-class, multi-racial, intergenerational gathering. Universal Audenreid Charter High School, 3301 Tasker St, Philadelphia. 215-843-2350. Animal Superhero Weekend – 10am-5pm. From Spider-Man to Catwoman, animals influence some of our favorite characters. Explore the real-life super abilities of animals from around the world with specially themed live animal shows, activity stations, and crafts. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia. Scrapple Workshop – Noon-2pm. Chef Adam Diltz from Johnny Brenda’s comes to the Greensgrow Community Kitchen to teach participants how to make Scrapple from scratch while learning about the history and origin of this Pennsylvania Dutch specialty. They’ll get to see each stage of the process from cooking and preparing the pork, to seasoning, moulding and cooking the final product, and more. 2139 E Cumberland St, Philadelphia. 267-283-6787.

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Bookbinding – 1-4pm. This workshop offers an introduction to bookmaking. After a discussion of materials and techniques for a variety of bindings, participants will be able to make three simple structures: a one-page book, a pamphletstitched book and a long-stitched book. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia. Complimentary Meditation – 3-4pm. Public gardens provide a vital opportunity to recharge and heal as we fight to survive, thrive and create positive change in a crowded urban environment. Pat George of the Zen Center of Philadelphia will lead participants in sitting meditation inside the Bartram House. Weather permitting, they’ll move outdoors for walking meditation in the garden. Free. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia.

TUESDAY, APRIL 4 Growing Edible Native Plants – 7-9pm. Learn about the cultural requirements (soil, light, and

founding of the US Navy. The new, permanent exhibition features curated objects never, or rarely, seen by the public – highlighting the little-told story of America’s conflict with pirates. Climb aboard Schooner Diligence and test a variety of interactives that demonstrate how to build or sail a ship at sea. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S Cloumbus Blvd, Philadelphia.

water) that one needs to grow trees such as pawpaws, serviceberries, and persimmons; shrubs such as blueberries, hazelnuts, spicebush, and elderberries; and perennials such as ostrich ferns, violets, and ramps. Taste a few of these native treats and take home recipes for delicious native plant-based dishes such as serviceberry compote, persimmon bread, pawpaw pie, spicebush tea, and elderberry jam. Weaver’s Way, 555 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia. 215-843-2350.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Saturday Sketch – 10am-noon. Drop-in and draw from Rodin’s masterpieces. Materials provided. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215-763-8100.

SATURDAY, APRIL 15 Home Baking and Sourdough with Philly Bread – Noon-2pm. Philly Bread’s dough wizard, Pete Merzbacher comes to the Community Kitchen to teach attendees the basics of sourdough fermentation and how to set up an organized home kitchen. They’ll get hand-on learning on how to mix, shape, and bake bread in any kitchen. Greengrow Community Kitchen, 2139 E Cumberland St, Philadelphia. 267-283-6787.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Greensgrow’s Annual Community Greening Day – Apr 20-21. 10am-3pm. Join for a day of planting and clean-up and then get treated to lunch. The

Vegetable Garden Planning Workshop – Noon2pm. Learn how to best use the space in your backyard or community plot for a healthy and productive vegetable garden through the season. They’ll cover succession planting, companion planting, and crop rotation practices that will help keep your soil balanced for more disease and pest resistant plants. Seasonal transitions and how to incorporate best methods for weed control, watering and composting into your garden plan will be discussed. Greensgrow Farm, 2501 E Cumberland St, Philadelphia. 215427-2702.

SUNDAY, APRIL 9 Science at the Ballpark – 11:35am. The Phillie Phanatic loves science! Before the game and throughout the first three innings, explore the first level concourse area just inside the Left Field Gate and take part in some of our favorite science activities. Children are encouraged to visit as many exhibits as possible, and those completing the minimum number of activities will receive a special Philadelphia Science Festival Day notebook. Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia. 215-448-1346.

TUESDAY, APRIL 11 Twilight Yoga – 6pm. Free yoga on Race Street Pier. Race St and N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia. 215922-2386.

THURSDAY, APRIL 13 Patriots and Pirates Exhibition Opening Day – Discover Philadelphia›s connection to the

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Bird Anatomy for Artists – 1-4pm. From goldfinches to bald eagles, Bartram’s Garden is a favorite stop for many migratory and year-round species of birds. In this one-of-a-kind workshop, we’ll take a look at the art and the science of avian anatomy. Explore new techniques for drawing on the fly and experience our feathered friends from a new perspective. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia.

whole neighborhood will enjoy the fruits of our labor all season long. Greensgrow West, 5123 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia. 247-244-4441. Thyroid Dysfunction Seminar – 6:30-7:30pm. With Insight Health and Wellness. Free. Sofitel Hotel, 120 S 17th St, Philadelphia. 215-564-6689.

FRIDAY, APRIL 21 Climate Migration and Spatial Analysis – Noon1pm. Join for Penn IUR and MUSA’s Annual Earth Day event, to discuss the role of spatial analysis on forced migration due to climate change. Deborah Balk, Associate Director of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research is an expert in spatial demography and the integration of earth and social science data and methods to address interdisciplinary policy questions. Her current research focus is on urbanization, migration and population distribution, poverty and health, and environmental interactions, particularly climate change. University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World, 3803 Locust Walk, Philadelphia. Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival – Apr 21-23. 6-10pm. The inaugural Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival will showcase dozens of entertaining and powerful new international and regional shorts and features that celebrate natural beauty and raise awareness about our impact on the earth. Come out and be inspired, vote for your favorite films, and participate in evening Q&A with the filmmakers. Prince Theatre, 1412 Chestnut St, Philadelphia. 215-247-3105.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 EarthFest – 9:30am-2pm. EarthFest is an outdoor educational celebration of Earth Day where the answers to so many questions about the environment, sustainability, healthy lifestyles, and protecting and preserving the planet are just an exploration away. Temple Ambler Campus, 580 Meetinghouse Rd, Ambler. Science in the Park – 10am-2pm. Bring the family to your local park for a day of fun, hands-on activities exploring the extraordinary power of science, technology, engineering, and math. Teach your kids that you don’t have to go far to have fun with science, and discover its joys and wonders together during

Earth a better place than when you arrived. ~Sidney Sheldon Philadelphia, PA

this family fun day. Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd, Philadelphia. Experiential Workshop – 10am-5pm. Dr Brian Weiss astonished the world of psychiatry with the theories of past-life regression therapy detailed in his best-selling book, Many Lives, Many Masters. In a series of large and small group past life regression exercises, healing visualizations and right brain training, this exciting experiential workshop takes you on an incredible psychospiritual journey as you explore the limitless boundaries of the mind and soul. Lew Klein Hall, 1837 N Broad St, Philadelphia. 800-654-5126. Hand Crafted Fermentation Workshop – 1-3pm. Join Amanda Feifer, author of Ferment Your Vegetables and the fermentation blog Phickle, to learn everything you ever wanted to know about vegetable fermentation. In this hands-on, snack-filled workshop, the basics of both salted (think sauerkraut) and brined (think pickles) fermented vegetables will be covered. The Clay Studio, 137 North 2nd St, Philadelphia. 215-925-3453. MGK’s Locals Only Beer Fest – 1-5pm. WMGK has teamed up with Independence Seaport Museum to bring Pennsylvania and New Jersey’s finest breweries into one place to celebrate the tremendous bounty of awesome brew being made in the Philadelphia area. It’s MGK’s Locals Only Beer Fest. Tickets on sale now through MGK. Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia. Dance Engineered – 7-9:30pm. Explore the intersection between creative expression and scientific exploration through this stunning performance from Nora Gibson Contemporary Ballet. Physics, object oriented ontology, beauty, and essence crystallize in this ambient work for eight dancers. Blurring the line between art and science, this 50-minute work was created in part during a residency at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, New York, and is the culmination of a physics-based study by an aerospace mechanical engineer, Dr Leslie Lamberson, of Drexel University, and choreographer, Nora Gibson. Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine St, Philadelphia. 215-569-4060.


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Mindfulness in Action – 1:30-3:30pm. Learn an approach to purposeful living that fortifies you on the inside as you step powerfully into the world. Healing Arts Studio, 15 W Highland, Chestnut Hill. 215-305-7759.

Be an H20-ologist – 1-3pm. The half-acre Pier 68, located at the end of Pier 70 Boulevard at the Delaware River, provides a place to relax and enjoy distinctive views of the city skyline, land to learn about tidal ecology of the Delaware River, and room for recreational fishing and public gathering. It’s the perfect place to discover nature thriving in a bustling urban environment. 1751 Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia. 610-353-5587.

MONDAY, APRIL 24 Science at the Library – 3:30-5:30pm. Science comes to your neighborhood as the city’s most engaging experts visit your local library to lead free after school programs. Spark a passion for STEM learning through exciting experiments, animal encounters, and kid (and scientist) approved hands-on activities, right in your local library. Philadelphia City Institute Library, 1905 Locust St. 215-685-6621.

FRIDAY, APRIL 28 Fitness and Wellness Retreat – Apr 28-30. Enjoy strength training, guided walk/run, hiking, yoga, and a guided moonlight meditation – all in a fun and supportive environment. Whether you are an experienced athlete or a novice, this is an opportunity to power your own potential, and feel the joy and pride of working on your health and wellness. Himalayan Institute Retreat Center, Honesdale. Register/info: 570-253-5551.

savethedate FRIDAY, APRIL 28 – SUNDAY, APRIL 30 Empowered Light Holistic Expo – April 28-30. 5-9pm, Fri; 10am-6pm, Sat/Sun. Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, yoga, alternative healing treatments like reiki, massage and reflexology, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples, purchase unique gifts and natural products for personal and home care. The focus is on healthier lifestyles, including food, physical activities, stress reduction and self-care. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Halls D & E, Oaks, Pennsylvania. Sue Greenwald: 484459-3082.

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 Philadelphia Science Festival – 10am-4pm. Check out this super-charged, super-fun celebration of science. This free event is unlike any other – with dynamic demonstrations, engaging experiments, geeky games, and electrifying entertainment for the whole family. Great Plaza, 101 South Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia. Container Gardening – Noon-2pm. Our container expert Maureen will teach attendees step-by-step, how to design a container with herbs and annual flowers. She’ll talk soil, light, position, care and maintenance for your particular container and conditions. Get the right plants in the right place. Receive hands-on planting your own container while you learn our filler, spiller and thriller method. Terracotta

bowl (12-14”), plants and soil are included. Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E Cumberland St, Philadelphia. 215-427-2702.

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savethedate THURSDAY, MAY 4 Free Lecture – Divine Power Helps and Heals – 7pm. W. Vogelsberger, MD, will present this simple approach to healing on the spiritual path and share information about documented healings. Free; donations appreciated. Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia. Info: 347-204-1425 or

SUNDAY, MAY 7 Philadelphia Broad Street Run – 8am. The Blue Cross Broad Street Run course is a 10-mile, point-topoint course (named one of the fastest 10-mile courses in the country by Runner’s World) starts at the Central High School Athletic Field at Broad St and Somerville Ave. The course is a pleasing run past the varied neighborhoods of Philadelphia along Broad St. The race finishes inside the Philadelphia Navy Yard at the end of Broad St in South Philadelphia. Medical Yoga – 11am-4pm. Thomas Jefferson University, 1101 Locust St, Philadelphia. Info:

SATURDAY, MAY 20 9th Street Italian Market Festival – May 2021. The annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival features live entertainment, games (including a greased pole-climbing contest) and the Italian Market’s dazzling array of homemade sausages, delicious cannolis, imported meats and cheeses, luscious cappuccino, butcher-cut beef and poultry, specialty cookware and fresh pastas. 919 S 9th St, Philadelphia.

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 Manayunk Arts Festival – Jun 24-25. 11am-7pm, Sat; 11am-6pm, Sun. More than 300 artists from around the nation set up shop for the two-day Manayunk Arts Festival, the region’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival. Main St and Levering St, Philadelphia. 215-482-9565.

sunday Yoga – 9:30am. Begins 4/10. Free yoga class. Race Street Pier, Race St and N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia. 215-922-2386.

monday Yoga – 7am. Begins 4/10. Free yoga class. Race Street Pier, Race St and N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia. 215-922-2386.

tuesday Yoga – 6pm. Begins 4/10. Free yoga class. Race Street Pier, Race St and N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia. 215-922-2386. DelawareRiver

wednesday Hackathon 2.0 – 6pm. Build a team and bring your creativity, curiosity, and tech skills to this extendedformat hackathon. Participants have a month to create a digital game inspired by the Museum. Enjoy access to wayfinding iBeacons and data about art on view. Experiments with augmented and virtual

reality are encouraged. Workspace, food, and staff will be available. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215-763-8100. Yoga – 6pm. Begins 4/10. Free yoga class. Race Street Pier, Race St and N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia. 215-922-2386.

thursday Yoga – 6pm. Begins 4/10. Free yoga class. Race Street Pier, Race St and N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia. 215-922-2386.

saturday Yoga – 9:30am. Begins 4/10. Free yoga class. Race Street Pier, Race St and N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia. 215-922-2386. Walk-Up Boating – 11am-3pm. Explore this quiet stretch of the Schuylkill River on one of our kayaks or rowboats. No registration or boating experience necessary. All ages are welcome; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Boats, life jackets and basic instruction provided. Boating excursions limited to 30-minutes. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia.

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Dr. Dunlap, a former Navy SEAL, chiropractor, physical therapist and certified functional medicine practitioner, has more than 20 years of experience in health and wellness. State-of-the-art FM program focusing on reversal and elimination of Type 2 diabetes and thyroid dysfunction, as well as True Cellular Detox program addressing hormonal dysfunction, weight-loss resistance, fatigue and brain fog. Our focus is on an efficient and effective approach to your health needs. Your wellness goals are with InSight.

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ANIMAL HOSPITAL CHESTNUT HILL CAT CLINIC 8220 Germantown Ave Philadelphia • 215-247-9560

We are a full-service veterinary hospital, dedicated to the gentle compassionate care of felines. We specialize in preventative health care and provide exceptional surgical and dental services. See ad, page 27.

Dr. Rick Dunlap, DC, PT, CFMP 1601 Walnut St, Ste 514 Philadelphia • 215-564-6680


Weekly Outdoor Farmers’ Markets Philadelphia • 215-733-9599 • Farm to City connects urban residents with food from local farmers through 15 producer-only farmers’ markets, many CSA farms and its Winter Harvest Buying Club. Visit our website for seasonal schedule and opening days.


116 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, NJ Serving Philadelphia, PA 844-646-7382 • The Sevalife whole health approach enables you to take small steps that lead to massive change in hormone imbalances, unexplained weight gain and even stress reduction. It does not include restrictive diets and extreme exercise plans. One on one attention is at the cornerstone of our care. Our goal is to empower you to take control of your health and wellness and importantly, your happiness. See ad, page 9.


In the heart of historic Fabric Row 719 S 4th St, Philadelphia 215-922-1146 • Philadelphia’s premier natural foods market, Essene specializes in organic, local, veganfriendly selections. Our café’s hot bar features ready-made Korean, vegetarian and gluten-free entrees. Our fresh juice bar is renowned for invigorating smoothies and enlivening elixirs. Be sure to try freshly baked treats prepared in our own vegan bakery. From hard-to-find items to everyday staples, we’re your neighborhood market for healthconscious living.


Dr. Jacquilen Fostor Tomas Ali 3901 Main St, Bldg B, Ste 201, Philadelphia 215-360-4110 • Become the Master of Your Own Healing©. Dr. Jacquilen Fostor Tomas Ali, ND, is a Naturopathic Physician, Certified Nutritional Counselor (CNC) and Master Herbalist (MH). Also, as a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, Dr. Ali focuses on and addresses the causes of health challenges, not just symptoms. This focus provides a well-balanced approach to health and healing.


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ORGANIC MATTRESS COMPANY 1075 Main St, Hellertown 484-851-3636.

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PERSONAL TRAINING POTENTIA PERSONAL TRAINING, LLC Tema Esberg 9507 Wheelpump Ln, Philadelphia 215-435-2215 •

Potentia can help you “Power your Potential” for fitness, health and wellness with a variety of services. We offer in-home personal training, lifestyle and behavioral coaching to identify and achieve your wellness goals and mindfulness workshops to quiet the mind, decrease stress/anxiety and improve energy and productivity.

PSYCHOLOGIST JOANNE PERILSTEIN, PHD 1518 Walnut St, Ste 1202 Philadelphia • 215-772-0900

Licensed psychologist with more than 25 years of experience. Your needs and comfort determine the structure of your treatment. If you can’t solve problems with stress, anxiety or depression, I will need to listen to your story and together we will create a plan. I use a straight-forward, common sense approach seasoned with empathy and humor. See ad, page 25.

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS NETWORK 2401 Walnut St, Ste 206, Philadelphia 215-922-7400, ext 104

The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Greater Philadelphia is a nonprofit membership organization striving to build a just, green and thriving local economy. See ad, page 18.


Dr. Donna Skerry 7017 Calvert St, Philadelphia 215-624-8824 • An all-in-one holistic specialist, Dr. Skerry will address the source of your physical pain with deep muscle therapy, weight or fatigue with whole food nutrition and barricades that stop you from succeeding with unique emotional work. Gluten-free pizza baked on-premise is also available (order before Fri). See ad, page 10.


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The Doctor Recommended TV•EARS® headset has helped millions of people hear television dialog clearly while eliminating concerns about loud volume or the need to buy expensive hearing aids. Put on your TV•Ears headset and turn it up as loud as you want while others listen to the television at a comfortable volume. You can even put the TV on mute and listen through the headset only. Others in the room won’t hear a thing, but we guarantee you will. Imagine watching television with your family again without fighting over the TV volume or listening in private while a loved one sleeps or reads. As thousands of our customers have said, “TV•Ears has

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