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his month we salute and celebrate women around the world that stand for the progress of change, the auPHILADELPHIA, PA EDITION dacity of hope and the endless strength to continue PUBLISHER Kimberly Murray to fight the fight and raise awareness against the indecencies EDITORS Martin Miron that are widespread and prevalent. “No more” are the chants Sara Peterson that echo across the landscapes of our society. The veil has DESIGN & PRODUCTION C. Michele Rose been lifted and women are aggressively using platforms and CONTRIBUTING WRITER Lauren Davish speaking out against injustices in board rooms, politics and SALES & MARKETING Kimberly Murray many professional occupations that exist where women have been silent for far too long. CONTACT US In this issue, we are featuring some incredible women Natural Awakenings – Philly 1515 Market St., Ste. 1200-533 with amazing journeys as we travel through their inspiring truth. Learn about the Rise Philadelphia, PA 19102 Gathering retreat where women come together from near and far for an annual weekend Phone: 215-902-9137 to empower one another. Read about Pam Butler’s tenacity to overcome her struggles and Fax: 215-402-3423 find out how a local organization like Women Against Abuse is making a difference in our community. Each day I discover something truly amazing about the power within me as I travel my journey through life, and what I do today will certainly affect my tomorrow. I want to leave you with a poem from a remarkable poet who is gone, but never forgotten, Maya Angelou. SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscribe online to receive FREE monthly digital magazine at

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PHENOMENAL WOMAN by Maya Angelou Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Then they swarm around me, A hive of honey bees.

I say, It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Men themselves have wondered What they see in me. They try so much But they can’t touch My inner mystery. When I try to show them, They say they still can’t see. I say, It’s in the arch of my back, The sun of my smile, The ride of my breasts, The grace of my style. I’m a woman

Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me. Now you understand Just why my head’s not bowed. I don’t shout or jump about Or have to talk real loud. When you see me passing, It ought to make you proud. I say, It’s in the click of my heels, The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand, The need for my care. ’Cause I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.

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Contents 11 PILLOW SELF-TALK Three Questions to Ponder Before Sleeping


CONDIMENTS DIY Versions Add Zest and Nutrients





Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses



Functional Medicine Leads the Way




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Exercising Reduces Symptoms


How to Communicate with a Child


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DEPARTMENTS 6 news briefs 8 health briefs 9 global briefs 10 community 11 12 14 15

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news briefs

Keep Philly Parks Beautiful


ove Your Park Week, the biannual citywide celebration of Philadelphia’s neighborhood parks with service days, will take place from May 12 through 20. The week begins with a special kickoff celebration and large-scale service day on Saturday. Throughout the week, Park Friends groups organize individual volunteer projects and other activities, including everything from dance performances to festivals, craft workshops and special topics forums. For more information, visit

Now We No Campaign Saves Lives


ow We No is a campaign and awareness mission that highlights the potentially tragic effects brought about by the misuse of tampons and the overuse of poorly produced sanitary napkins. It is informing men and women all over the world about the harmful effects today’s top selling sanitary napkins and tampons may have on women’s bodies. As an alternative to traditional commercial products, Cherish premium sanitary napkins are offered in four varieties—day pads, night pads, overnight pads and panty liners. Their unique design offers eight layers of protection, highlighted by the introduction of a negative ion strip that may reduce the pain, inflammation and odor often associated with a woman’s monthly cycle. The company Nspire and its founders created the marketing and branding strategy to create a movement and awareness campaign that would serve as the catalyst to the introduction of these pads to women worldwide. Available at Holistic Health Suite & Café, 6802 Old York Rd., Philadelphia, or online at For more information, call 215-995-5150 or visit See ad, page 14.

Unplug in the Poconos


o-creators Rachel Rubin and Tami will Astorino provide the Rise Gatherings Annual Weekend to unite and empower women with more than 100 wellness seeking women and 20 thought leaders and educators in the Pocono Mountains from May 18 to 20 for a weekend getaway that promotes personal growth, encourages exploration, inspires community and celebrates womanhood. It’s an opportunity for women to unplug from their daily life and demands to connect with themselves and community. Location: Trails End Camp, Pocono Mountains. Register at


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Workshops Use Traditional Techniques with an Original Twist


LARITY, a mindful holistic healing practice, is expanding at 2801 Island Avenue, in Philadelphia, near the airport. They are taking reservations for workshops in self-care/mindfulness, meditation, empathy, grief, relaxation yoga, massage, parenting and relationships, including newly formed and premarital. Hypnotherapy includes smoking cessation and eating issues. Based on a mind-body-spirit paradigm, CLARITY offers these activities in a safe and accepting environment to help busy people energize and mend the wear and tear of everyday life. Licensed and certified practitioners with a combined 100 years of clinical experience provide programming and interventions rooted in historic practices, but with an original twist. Individual and couples appointments are also available, and some insurance is accepted. For appointments and reservations, call 484347-1490. See ad, page 14.

Take Control of Personal Skin Care


anet and Pesh Patel have developed Infuse, a new retail experience in Marlton. The couple created the entire concept and carefully designed everything in the store. Infuse offers natural and organic personal care products at below standard retail prices, customized on the spot and ready to take home in just minutes. They also sell top-quality merchandise including diffusers, handmade organic face and body cleansing cloths, aromatherapy wraps, California-grown luffas, diffuser jewelry, keychains and car vents from local artists. The Patels learned that putting chemicals on our skin can be worse than ingesting them because they are absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate allows products to foam, but is also a hazard linked to cancer, organ toxicity, skin irritation and more. Canadian and European governments have banned nearly 1,300 ingredients from cosmetics, while the U.S. has only banned 11. In the Aroma Room, customers can choose from more than 80 certified essential oils to create their own scent. At the Raw Bar, they can pick additional additives such as Retinol, avocado oil, silk amino acids and vitamin E, to name a few. Location: 107 Rte. 73 S., Marlton, NJ. For more information, call 856-452-5511 or visit See ad, page 11. May 2018


health briefs

New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidence-based alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D. 8

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


New Guidelines Lower the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure

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

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

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global briefs

Waterborne Drugs

Meds in Urban Streams Drive Microbial Resistance

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

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

Women Warriors

Africans Unite to Save Rhinos

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majority-female, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit May 2018


community spotlight

Time to Stop Domestic Violence


by Martin Miron

omen Against Abuse is Philadelphia’s only comprehensive domestic violence service provider, touching the lives of nearly 14,000 individuals each year through a continuum of care that includes The only emergency safe havens in Philadelphia for victims of domestic violence; A 15-unit transitional housing program; Community-based case management services, as well as relocation and housing assistance to ensure survivors’ long-term independence from abuse; Philadelphia’s only Legal Center for survivors of domestic violence. Our staff attorneys are experts in the field, and provide free representation for those seeking protection from abuse orders, child custody and support; The Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline, a 24-hour, citywide resource that provides crisis intervention and confidential support. “Looking back, all the signs were there,” recalls Kathleen (name withheld), a Philadelphia mother of two. “Tracking me down when I was at work; telling me I was a bad wife and mother for having a career; following me to the supermarket or doctor’s office,” she explains. What started as a

barrage of insults soon intensified into pressure to quit her job and move away from her family. Finally, one day Kathleen’s husband attacked her, leaving her with a severe concussion. “The next thing I knew, I woke up at the hospital, actually asking for my husband because I did not remember a thing,” she says. While she recovered from her injuries, Kathleen’s husband froze their bank account and drained their retirement funds. Kathleen made the difficult choice to relocate with her two children. Once she arrived at the Women Against Abuse safe haven, Kathleen had the opportunity to rebuild her life, enroll her children in a new school, regain control of her finances and find a home she could afford. Women Against Abuse case managers helped her draw a plan to get there and on-site therapists partnered to begin processing the trauma she had experienced. With the backing of Women Against Abuse, Kathleen received relocation assistance to transition into a home of her own. She accessed the Women Against Abuse Legal Center to help her seek child support and connect her with resources for filing for divorce.

Today, Kathleen is a passionate advocate in the movement to end domestic violence. For decades, stories like Kathleen’s went unheard. Relational violence has been under-recognized, underreported and silenced by social norms for far too long. Women Against Abuse has been encouraged to witness this time in history, when so many are speaking out through movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp. The silence and stigma that has surrounded domestic violence and sexual harassment is finally eroding as society takes a stand against these travesties. It will take not only awareness, but also deep collaboration, urgency and investment of resources to end this epidemic. When voices are silenced, we cannot overcome, but when we choose to listen to difficult truths, we are empowered to make a change. Their educators work with first responders, social service professionals and young people to prevent domestic violence. They believe that ending relational violence is only possible through a concerted effort by the entire community, so they are the pioneering force behind Shared Safety, Philadelphia’s revolutionary approach to domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, and reproductive coercion. Visit for more information. Domestic violence is lethal, common and affects people of all cultures, religions, ages, sexual orientations, educational backgrounds and income levels. While the signs of physical abuse are often the most recognizable, domestic violence also includes sexual, verbal, emotional, financial and technological abuse, as well as stalking. Violence often escalates when a survivor is in the process of leaving. That’s why it is important to develop a plan for safely leaving. Hotline counselors will suggest safety precautions, like leaving when the abusive partner will not be home; gathering necessary medications and important documents ahead of time; and how to discuss the situation with children. The 24-Hour Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-866-723-3014. For more information, visit Volunteers can help by visiting and donating time or money.


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Pillow Self-Talk Three Questions to Ponder Before Sleeping by Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui


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


What are three things I am grateful for?

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

by John Kralik, may help inspire us to get started. With practice, expressing gratitude will come easily, like breathing or laughing with children.


What are two things I did well today?

Speaking words of life about ourselves, noticing what we do well and where we shine, may meet internal resistance. It seems second nature, especially for women, to see our own struggles or shortcomings, but not our beauty or all the ways we show up to serve others and use our strengths. Deepening the roots of self-awareness and self-compassion that permit us to accept that we are good enough enables us to step out in calm confidence.


What is one thing I would do differently?

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

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CRAZY-GOOD CONDIMENTS DIY Versions Add Zest and Nutrients


by Judith Fertig

hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at Top20Condiments). We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, according to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments provide a happy alternative. They not only taste great, but can be good for us. “Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects

heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (

Better Basics Ketchup

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


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

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

More Exotic Condiments Pomegranate Molasses

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

Superfood Popcorn Seasoning

Green popcorn is fun. With a spirulina powder, garlic powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper spice mix, even a movie snack can be healthy. “Spirulina is one of the most potent of all superfoods. Available in a powder form, it’s a blue-green algae that provides protein, B vitamins and iron. It’s used as a natural energizer, digestive aid and detoxifier,” says Tara Milhern, a holistic health coach in New York City. She also likes it sprinkled on baked potatoes or vegetables as a finishing flavor. See Tinyurl. com/HealthyPopcornSeasoning. Without preservatives, homemade healthy condiments don’t last as long as commercial versions. McClees advises, “I store mine in a glass mason jar for one week in the fridge. I choose a half-pint-size jar, since the less empty space there is at the top of the jar, the longer it keeps.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (


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DIY Condiment Recipes THE Green Sauce

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

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

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

Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Courtesy of Kim Campbell, from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at

Pomegranate Molasses

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

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Plant-Based Ranch Dressing

1 avocado, peeled and seeded Juice of 2 limes 2 cups fresh cilantro (leaves and stems) 1 jalapeno pepper 2 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp honey 1 tsp kosher salt ¼ white onion 1 cup filtered water

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healthy dining guide

Philadelphia loves good, healthy food! COFFEE HOUSE TOO

2514 E York St, Philadelphia 19125 267-324-5888 • A Fishtown location, they prove that being good to your customers, your staff and the environment is a win/win. With their daily specials, fair trade, organic coffee and eclectic environment, they are sure to provide the palate with something good.


1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia 215-978-0900 • We believe in offering farm fresh, local and organic foods, wherever possible, because starting with good ingredients ends in a sumptuous meal. We offer breakfast and lunch options all day with indoor and outdoor (seasonal) seating.


331 S 22nd St, Philadelphia 19103 Serving fair trade sustainable coffee blends in a relaxed setting.

HOLISTIC HEALTH SUITE & CAFÉ 6802 Old York Rd, Philadelphia 215-995-5150

Our mission at Holistic Health Suite & Café is to encourage people to “Eat, Drink and Think Healthy” and to provide a safe space for that transformation to unfold. Our commitment is to honor you and your choices, and to provide guidance, education and skills to support your goals so that you can experience your optimum health and highest personal potential.


221 Church St, Philadelphia 19106 215-629-9292 • This locally convenient café serves various roasted coffees and teas to local visitors.


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. See ad, page 10.

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1706 Locust St, Philadelphia 21-985-1706 • Pure Sweets promises 100% organic, vegan, gluten-free. The healthiest fare made from scratch with love.


1253 N Front St, Philadelphia 19122 215-515-3073 • Try Philly’s Favorite f r e sh p l u s f r i e n d l y neighborhood café. The café offers a menu featuring farm-to-table, locally sourced and organic new American cuisine with international influence.


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630 N 2nd St, Philadelphia 19123 215-922-1003 • Vegetarian/vegan restaurant/ coffee shop.

book review

Return to Life

Allows Us to Prosper From Adversity


Insight Journey transeturn to Life: formational coach Finding Your and a bliss coach who Way Back to provides workshops, Bliss in a Stressed-Out classes and one-onWorld, the new book one instruction to from Hay House author individuals, groups Pam Butler, is a beautiand businesses. Her ful and essential reunique combination of source for anyone that body movement and has experienced hardmind practices comes ship or trauma from from a place of deep depression, anxiety or experience. Grounded PTSD, divorce, illness in mindfulness, her or loss. By offering her Pam Butler students safely explore personal stories, along ways to examine their individual responses with simple, powerful techniques for finding to stress and learn specifi c techniques to peace, Butler shows that no matter what hapshift into a state of balance and well-being. pens, we can still live a life full of bliss. She says, “My business is based on This inspirational memoir provides real-life experiences, including a PTSD practical strategies for overcoming life’s diagnosis after a series of traumatic events challenges to bring bliss and purpose back that brought me to my knees. Instead of alto our life. Maybe we have lived through a breakup or an illness; the death of someone lowing myself to go down the ‘rabbit hole’, I researched, studied and then created a close; or a period of high stress, anxiety method to live my life in balance and bliss. or debilitating depression—maybe all at Life can be blissful with the right tools and once. Everyone has their own story to tell. mindset. My business is based on my own Some are more traumatic than others, life. I don’t ask my clients to do anything but the larger truth is that everyone has that I have not done myself.” faced hardship; none of us is alone in this, Deepak Chopra, author of The Healbut the darkest of times provide some of ing Self, says, “Pam Butler has been a longthe best opportunities to learn, grow and time friend of The Chopra Foundation change our lives for the better. who has embraced meditation and yoga to Butler shares wisdom that can be aptransform her life to be able to help others.” plied universally, no matter the challenge. Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., author of Each chapter contains a practical takeaway, Th e Healing Self. Super Brain, and Super forming part of a “bliss toolbox”, practices Genes, states, “Return to Life is literally like that will help to survive difficult times and 10 deep breaths of fresh air! Pam Butler use them to bring greater purpose and writes from the heart and offers healing fulfillment to our life. These include: stop, calm and soothing balms for the soul in drop and breathe; mindful journaling; every passage. Read this book and feel your meditation; exercising our mind muscle; stress dissolve and your soul soar!” gratitude; yoga; serving others; and creatTara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga, ing a daily practice. says, “Return to Life is a powerful reminder Butler is a certified Chopra Primordithat no matter how hard life gets, we can al Sound Meditation instructor, a certified fully transform and enjoy a whole, balHot Fusion Flow yoga teacher, a Creative

anced and happy life. Pam Butler shares the raw details of her life’s dramatic highs and lows and her powerful journey to wellness and loving herself.” Eddie Stern, ashtanga yoga teacher and co-founder of Ashtanga Yoga New York, the Brooklyn Club, notes, “Pam Butler’s extraordinary book is like a balm for anyone and everyone who has experienced loss, pain, extreme life challenges or is simply challenged by daily stress. Filled with wisdom, insights and immensely practical strategies, the practices and suggestions that Pam teaches are helpful for anyone who feels the need to rebalance themselves and find strength, stability and happiness again in their lives. As Pam shares her heroic journey of selfdiscovery in this book, she at the same time gives us the tools to discover our own self.” Barb Schmidt, international bestselling author of The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace and Uncovering Happiness and founder of Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life, comments, “With vulnerability and courage, Pam Butler shares the messy, complicated and painful moments on her spiritual journey towards finding peace and purpose. Woven through the book are tips and techniques from her bliss toolbox that can help us grow through the variety of daily challenges (both big and small) that we face every day.” For more information, visit May 2018


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


lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 16

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

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


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

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

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

Resistance to Change

Quiet Role Models

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

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

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

It’s a Marathon

Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at May 2018


New Standard of Care


Functional Medicine Leads the Way by Linda Sechrist

Historical Overview During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of

Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than

One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattlebased organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

Role of Genetics The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to 18

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simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

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

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Moving Through

MENOPAUSE Exercising Reduces Symptoms


by Marlaina Donato

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

Get Moving

Studies of 3,500 women in South and Central America have shown that a more active life reduces hot flashes and night sweats. The results, published in Menopause, the journal of the North American Menopause Society, reveal that sedentary individuals often experience increased intensity of related symptoms like insomnia and irritability. Aerobic exercise such as regular walking, hiking, swimming or biking might also help the brain produce neurochemicals that are compromised when estrogen levels drop. Sue Markovitch, author and owner of Clear Rock Fitness, in Columbus, Ohio, recommends aerobic exercise. “I believe our bodies were made to move. One of the amazing gifts of fitness is it’s truly never too late. When we incorporate daily movement in our lives, all the other systems in the body will work more according to plan. Simply taking a daily walk helps balance brain chemistry,” says Markovitch, who specializes in improving fitness levels for women over 40. “Walking is fitness magic, whether it’s on a treadmill, outside or in the pool. Get your heart rate into an aerobic zone, preferably for 30 to 45 minutes. I’ve heard testimony 20

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

Go Easy

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

Lighten Up

Exercise can be more enjoyable than doing chores. Recreational activities such as dancing, biking or hopping on the swings at the playground are fun ways to do something good for both body and spirit. Menopause can be a time for personal expansion and an invitation for self-care that might have been neglected or postponed. Fromberg believes we can all revitalize our resources at any stage of life, and the years surrounding menopause call for us to tune into ourselves even more. “What seems like a disruption is an opportunity to listen deeply and reimagine and reorganize one’s life on physical, emotional and spiritual levels.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at May 2018


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

KID TALK How to Communicate with a Child


by Amber Lanier Nagle

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

Stay Clear. Evenson contends that children are often mirrors of the

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

Be Consistent. Evenson maintains, “Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parent22

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

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

Accept their point of view. Evenson always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.” Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.” Don’t nag. “We all want children to develop their own sense of responsibility,” Olsen says. “I find making strong eye contact reinforces my words, so I don’t have to nag or repeat myself often.” Be available, rather than putting kids on the spot in public. “If you correct or redirect a child in front of others, they

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

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

remarks. “Just do your best. Guide, console and discipline while keeping a sense of humor.” Connect with the freelance writer at

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ing,” says Dana Cooley-Keith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.”

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Five Reasons to Love a Cat

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s beloved and compatible pets, indoor cats provide emotional, mental and physical benefits.


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Time spent with cats is never wasted.

nature and make friends. At home, a cat’s hunting skill and human creativity ~Sigmund Freud can be tapped using do-ityourself treat dispensers and toys or inventive games.

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

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Improved Health Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, in Los Angeles, points to a study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic

I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats. ~Eckhart Tolle cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy. A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy.

Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers.

Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, co-founder of Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”

Cats are Eco-Friendly A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of people- and planet-friendly love to be found. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouis

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Nature Exploration for Families – 10:30-11:30am. Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. Gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery. Each week explores a different theme. Free. Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd, Philadelphia. 215-482-7300. Preregister: SchuylkillCenter. org.

TUESDAY, MAY 1 Tai Chi – Noon. Six-week program with Henry Vuong. Join for a healthy and stress relieving break in the middle of your day. Those with medical conditions should check with their doctor before participating. Free. Andorra Library, 705 E Cathedral Rd, Philadelphia. Register: Spring into Home Cooking – 2pm. Join Chef Chris Paul and nutritionist Leigh-Ann Charles-Paul to learn how and why to use fresh ingredients grown in and around Philadelphia. Enjoy samples and take home recipes to try out. Free. Philadelphia City Institute, 1905 Locust St. Registration required: 215-685-6621 or

THURSDAY, MAY 3 Art Works: Empowering Children and Strengthening Communities – 6-9pm. theVillage’s annual fundraiser benefiting children and families affected by trauma. Help power high impact initiatives including creative arts therapies, community-based programs including foster care, adoption and permanency, outpatient behavioral health services, prevention programs, after-school programs and more. Merion Golf Club, 450 Ardmore Ave, Ardmore.

FRIDAY, MAY 4 Eighth Annual Sustainability Symposium – 8am4:30pm. Green Building United hosts a full day of educational sessions covering cutting-edge green building and sustainability topics and industry best practices. Hear experts from across the region and beyond discuss their current work, opportunities for social, environmental, and economic impact, and challenges ahead in the sustainability field. Penn State at the Navy Yard, 4960 S 12th St, Philadelphia.

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Children’s Yoga – 10:30am. Beth Heed, from Oak and Acorn Wellness, will host a program filled with yoga and fun for the young ones. Children will be encouraged to move, play and explore their bodies in creative ways as stories are read out loud. Wear comfy clothing. Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia. 215-685-2550. Family Nature Play – 10:30-11:30am. Come for some unstructured nature play and a hike with NaturePHL. Participants will climb, explore and learn more about the many health benefits of outdoor activity and time in nature. Meet at Tall Trees Nature Playscape. Free. 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd, Philadelphia. 215-482-7300. Preregister:

SUNDAY, MAY 6 Healthy Aging Forum: Isolation: The Wolf at Our Door – 2:30-5pm. The Northwest Coalition of Healthy Aging is a consortium of local organizations aligned in support of area senior residents living independently. Features a lively discussion among three expert panelists experienced in the fields of gerontology, sociology and psychotherapy, with


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SUNDAY, MAY 13 Mother’s Day Bird Walk – 10-11am. Discover more than 45 acres with river access, fields, woodlands, wetlands, and ornamental planting, which have an amazing diversity of bird-attracting habitat. Bartram’s Garden Courtyard, Coach House and Barn, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia. 215729-5281. time for questions and comments. Exhibitors and refreshments are also planned. FUMCOG, 6001 Germantown Ave. 215-843-2350 ext 118. Register: Babywearing Workshop – 5-7pm. Participants will learn the benefits of wearing their baby, review carrier types, and learn about babywearing safety. Product samples will be available to try on and play with so participants can make an informed decision about which carrier is best for their family’s babywearing experience. Free. The Nesting House, 4501Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia. Sunrise Bird Walk – 6:30-7:30am. Discover more than 45 acres with river access, fields, woodlands, wetlands, and ornamental planting, which have an amazing diversity of bird-attracting habitat. Bartram’s Garden Courtyard, Coach House and Barn, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia. 215-729-5281. Register:

TUESDAY, MAY 15 Yoga for Adults – 7pm. An inclusive yoga class for people of all skill levels and abilities. Wear something comfortable and come to the library for wellness, stretching, and relaxation. Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia. Register: Compassionate De-Cluttering – 7-8:30pm. This workshop introduces the Declutter 2 Delight method of decluttering. Learn how to discern where to start, how your learning style affects your success, what to do with all your stuff and why it’s so hard. Experience a virtual decluttering session to get started. Weavers Way, 542 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia. Register:


Meatless Mondays – 4pm. Join Chef Char Nolan for an all-ages vegan cooking class. All levels. South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S Broad St. Register:

Enchanted Forest: Party Beneath the Stars – 6:30-10pm. This home-run fundraising event features a party in the spring forest to celebrate a 50-year partnership with the Philadelphia Phillies. Includes sustainably-sourced food, beer and wine, live music, and raffle; connecting people and nature. Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd, Philadelphia. 215-482-7300. Tickets:




Kids Can Cook! – 4pm. Mobile cooking teacher Keisha Prosser will guide children through constructing a simple, delicious family meal – from start to finish. Learn about healthy cooking and food safety, and taste what you helped create. Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S 23rd St, Philadelphia. Register:

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Love Your Park Week – May 12-20. Join friends and neighbors to clean, green and celebrate Philly’s parks. Kicks-off with a citywide service day, engaging 2,500 volunteers to clean up trash and litter, tend gardens and flower beds, care for trees, and more, followed by dozens of fun, free events in parks across Philadelphia that celebrate our public green spaces and invite neighbors. Volunteer Day – 9:30am-12:30pm.Volunteers will work with staff on seasonal tasks like weeding, planting, cleaning, pruning and light maintenance. No special experience or skills required. Dress for working outdoors; bring work gloves and a water

Restoration Volunteer Workday – 10am-noon. Help improve the health and biodiversity of their forest. Volunteers will help remove invasive plants, plant native species, and maintain and improve their trails. Long pants, sturdy boots and a sense of fellowship are recommended. Gloves, tools, instruction and snacks provided. BYO water bottle. Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd, Philadelphia. 215-482-7300. Preregister: SchuylkillCenter. org. Annual Spring Open House – May 19-20. 11am4pm. Take a look behind the scenes and enjoy animal encounters, live music, food, children’s activities, silent auction and more. AARK Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, 1531 Upper Stump Rd, Chalfont. 215-249-1938.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Cloth Diaper Workshop – 5:30-7:30pm. This cloth diaper class is intended to demystify and simplify cloth diapering for parents interested in investigating them as an option for their child. Participants

will discuss why it can be an environmentally-sound and cost-effective option for families. The Nesting House, 606 Carpenter Ln, Philadelphia.

THURSDAY, MAY 31 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts – May 31-Jun 10. Celebrate the ground-breaking artistry of local and international music, dance and aerial magic performances and installations. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. KimmelCenter. org/PIFA2018.

TUESDAY, MAY 22 Kids Can Cook! – 4pm. Mobile cooking teacher Keisha Prosser will guide children through constructing a simple, delicious family meal from start to finish. Learn about healthy cooking and food safety, and taste your creation. Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S 23rd St, Philadelphia. Register:

SATURDAY, MAY 26 Household Hazardous Waste Event – 9am-3pm. Clean out the garage for proper disposal of items that contain these signal words: toxic, warning, caution, flammable, corrosive, reactive, danger. First District Highway Yard, 4800 Parkside Ave, Philadelphia. Volunteer Day – 9:30am-12:30pm.Volunteers will work with staff on seasonal tasks like weeding, planting, cleaning, pruning and light maintenance. No special experience or skills required. Dress for working outdoors; bring work gloves and a water bottle. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia. 215-729-5281. Register: Nature Exploration for Families – 10:30-11:30am. Grab your hiking boots for a naturalist-led exploration with your little ones. Gather in the Discovery Center for a short introduction and craft before hitting the trails for guided exploration and discovery. Each week explores a different theme. Free.

Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd, Philadelphia. 215-482-7300. Preregister: SchuylkillCenter. org. Wellness Walk – 2-3pm. Welcome spring with some outdoor exercise on the trails. The walk will be led at a moderate pace; be prepared for uneven terrain. Free. Schuylkill Center, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd, Philadelphia. 215-482-7300.

TUESDAY, MAY 29 Yoga for Adults – 7pm. An inclusive yoga class for people of all skill levels and abilities. Wear something comfortable and come to the library for wellness, stretching, and relaxation. Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia. Register: Flower Moon Row Boating – 7-9pm. Row the full moon tide in skiffs built by Philly youth. Boats, lights, life vests and basic instruction provided. 30-minute time limit for boating. Also featuring floaty tunes provided by DJ Osagie; wine/beer and popcorn available for cash donation. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia. 215729-5281.

Sunset Bird Walk – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover more than 45 acres with river access, fields, woodlands, wetlands, and ornamental planting, which have an amazing diversity of bird-attracting habitat. Bartram’s Garden Courtyard, Coach House and Barn, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia. 215-729-5281. Register:

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savethedate SATURDAY, JUNE 9 Holistic Vision Improvement Workshop – Noon-2pm. Learn how to improve your eyesight and insight naturally to prevent and reverse vision problems with Certified Bates Method Teacher, Nathan Oxenfeld, author of Give Up Your Glasses For Good. $30. Wear glasses instead of contacts. MAAS Building, 1325 N Randolph St, Philadelphia. Register:





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Al-Anon Family Groups – Support for families and friends troubled by someone else’s drinking. Greater Philadelphia. Schedule:

Reiki Level I for Beginners – This foundation course is the most important of all levels of training. Seasoned bodyworkers will benefit, as much as beginners with no background in spiritual development or holistic health. The Reiki School and Clinic, 727 S 4th St, 2nd Flr, Philadelphia. Info: 215-238-0659.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Meetings – A 12-step program for those who need help with a drinking problem. Greater Philadelphia. Schedule: Escape Rooms – Days/times vary. Transport into one of two fantastical worlds where a series of clues, codes, puzzles, and tasks lead teams to achieve an ultimate goal. The Franklin Institute, 271 North 21st St, Philadelphia. 215-448-1200 or Morning Prayer and Meditation – 6-7am. This service, conducted in Korean and English, includes prayer, chanting and sitting meditation. Free. Won Buddhism, 23 Abington Ave, Glenside. 215-8848443. Essene Market and Café – 8am-9pm, Mon-Fri; 8am-8pm, Sat-Sun. Large selection of organically grown produce, natural foods deli, on-site bakery. Located in the heart of historic Fabric Row, 719 S Fourth St, Philadelphia. 215-922-1146.

Manayunk Group Run – 8:30am. Meet in the shop. Philadelphia Runner Manayunk, 4358 Main St. Sunday Morning Sangha – 9:30-11:30am. Practice includes mantra meditation, shamatha (calm abiding) meditation; Vajrayana guided meditations and visualizations, and traditional Buddhist prayers followed by dharma teaching. $10-$15/donation. 954 N Marshall St, Philadelphia. Guided Meditation and Sunday Celebration – 10-11:45am. Weekly meditation followed by a celebration in word, song and spirit. Greater Philadelphia Center for Spiritual Living, Paoli Corporate Center, 16 Industrial Blvd, Ste 112. 610-695-0375. Silent Meditation and Sunday Celebration – 10:10-11:45am. Inspiring words, personal spiritual

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practice and fellowship. New Thought Philadelphia, CA House, 118 S 37th St (UPenn campus). Food Addicts Anonymous – 11am. A 12-step program for food addiction. Roxborough Memorial Hospital, 5800 Ridge Ave, Rm A (next to cafeteria), Philadelphia. 215-514-6692. Quaker Meeting for Worship – 11am. Participate in this unique, un-programmed service to worship by gathering and silently waiting for Spirit to guide us. Friends Center, 1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia. 215-241-7000. Sunday Service – 11am. Embracing All Souls and Restoring Wholeness. The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration, 6900 Stanton Ave, Philadelphia. 215-247-2561. Korean Dharma Service – 11am-1pm. This dharma service, conducted in Korean, includes prayer, chanting, dharma talk and hymn singing. Lunch will be served after the service. $5-$10 donation. Won Buddhism, 23 Abington Ave, Glenside. 215-8848443. Monthly Sing – Thru Jun 3. 1pm. 1st Sun. For anyone who wishes to join mindfulness and song with Alexander Devaron. $5/donation. The Philadelphia Shambhala Center, 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070. Contemplative Dance Practice – 3-5:30pm. 1st Sun. This personal and group awareness of body/ mind includes sitting meditation with self-directed body movement in space. Dress comfortably. $5-$10 donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. 215-5686070. RSVP: Teen Group Meeting – 7-8:30pm.1st & 3rd Sun. Helping teenagers 13-18 find personal empowerment through spiritual awakening. Along the way deep connections are made and a lot of fun is had. Greater Philadelphia Center for Spiritual Living, Paoli Corporate Center, 16 Industrial Blvd, Ste 112. 610-695-0375.

monday New Baby Meetup – 12:30-2pm. This informal group is designed for new moms and babies to meet and share with one another about the beautiful, and often times challenging, transition into parenthood. Free. 4501-4503 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia. Practice, Study and Sangha: An Informal Gathering – 6-8pm. A social gathering, meditation practice and study/discussion for meditation practitioners of all levels. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. 215-5686070. La Leche League – 7pm. 3rd Mon. Providing support, encouragement, information and education to parents who choose to breastfeed. Private home. Info:

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tuesday Chair Yoga Fellowship – 8:30-9:45am. Ongoing classes for keeping the body youthful through mindful stretching on the mat and chair. Spend time meditating on scripture and practice with gratitude. Reformation Lutheran Church, 1215 Vernon Rd, Philadelphia.

beautiful, and often times challenging, transition into parenthood. Free. Mount Airy Moving Arts, Carpenter St & Greene St, Philadelphia. Meditation – Noon-1pm. Reduce stress, learn to remain peaceful in challenging situations, increase clarity of mind and more. Love offering. Greater Philadelphia Center for Spiritual Living, Paoli Corporate Center, 16 Industrial Blvd, Ste 112. 610695-0375.

La Leche League – 10am. 2nd Tue. Providing support, encouragement, information and education to parents who choose to breastfeed. Calvary Presbyterian Church, basement nursery, 217 Fernbrook Ave, Wyncote. Info: La Leche League – 10am. 3rd Tue. Providing support, encouragement, information and education to parents who choose to breastfeed. Germantown. Theresa: 617-650-4436. Info: Kirtan Connection – 6pm. Music meditation and vegetarian dinner. $10. Mantra Lounge, 312 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia. 215-834-8043. Honeygrow Run Club – 6:30-7:30pm. Last Tue. Join for a three-to-five mile out-and-back fun run. Receive 20% off next door at Honeygrow after the run. Philadelphia Runner Center City, 1601 Sansom St. Young Involved Philly Run Club – 6:30-7:30pm. 1st Tue. Participants will run two-to-five miles to an interesting place in the city for a brief fiveto-10 minute tour or Q&A followed by post-run camaraderie. Philadelphia Runner Center City, 1601 Sansom St. Tara Practice and Discussion Group – 6:308pm. Open to all. Limited floor cushions, chairs also available. $10/donation. 954 N Marshall St, Philadelphia. Group Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Practice sitting, walking and chanting meditation to calm your mind. All levels. $5-$10 donation. Won Buddhism, 23 Abington Ave, Glenside. 215-884-8443. Sit n’ Stitch – 7-9pm. Brief periods of sitting will be interspersed with readings from dharma art books and creative time. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. 215-5686070. Info:

wednesday New Baby Meetup – 10-11:30am. Bring babies in arms and meet other new parents, get out of the house, and talk about whatever is going on. 1605 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia. University Square Market – 10am-5pm. PennCash and Dining Dollars accepted. 36th St & Walnut St in front of the Penn Bookstore. 215-733-9599. New Baby Support Group – 10:30am-12:30pm. This informal group is designed for new moms and babies to meet and share with one another about the

Sierra Club Southeastern Pennsylvania Group (SPG) Meeting – 6:15pm. 1st Wed. Focused on environmental issues facing the greater Philadelphia area, members and nonmembers are welcome to join SPG Executive Committee meetings in-person or by phone. City CoHo, 2401 Walnut St, Philadelphia. 866-501-6174 (code: 100 4 100#). The People of Color Group – 6:30-8pm. 2nd & 4th Wed. A meditation, reading and discussion group for folks who identify as people of color who would like to contemplate and have facilitated discussion from that perspective. $5/donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070. Info: PeopleOfColorGroup@ Register: Families Anonymous – 7pm. A 12-step program for relatives and friends of those who suffer from substance abuse or related behavioral problem. Saint Francis Xavier Church, Parish Center, 2319 Green St, Philadelphia. Food Addicts Anonymous – 7pm. A 12-step program for food addiction. Bryn Mawr Hospital, 130 S Bryn Mawr Ave, 2nd Flr, Ladd Conference Rm. 610-659-0667.

thursday Chair Yoga Fellowship – 8:30-9:45am. Ongoing classes for keeping the body youthful through mindful stretching on the mat and chair. Spend time meditating on scripture and practice with gratitude. Reformation Lutheran Church, 1215 Vernon Rd, Philadelphia. New Parent’s Support Group – 12:30-1:30pm. Last Thur. All are welcome. $5/donation/ family. Lilypad in South Philly, 1234 S Broad St. Tai Chi – 2pm. Based on Chinese soft-style martial arts, modern tai chi is best known as a gentle slowmotion exercise that improves balance, leg strength, relaxation, deep breathing, calmness, focus and alertness. Wear comfortable clothing. Fumo Family Library, 2437 S Broad St, Philadelphia. Preregister: 215-685-1758 or Manayunk Group Run – 6:30pm. Meet in the shop. Philadelphia Runner Manayunk, 4358 Main St.

friday Bhagavad Gita Wisdom Series – 6pm. Discussion, meditation and vegetarian feast. $10. Mantra Lounge, 312 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia. 215-8348043. The Basic Goodness of Mental Illness: Support/ Study Group – 6:30-8pm. 4th Fri. For mental health professionals interested in building confidence, deepening compassion and developing supportive connections in their professional lives. Prerequisites

and coursework. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. 215-5686070. Scripture Study –7-8:30pm. 2nd & 4th Fri. This small study group gathers together over a cup of tea to read the scriptures of Won Buddhism and discuss its meaning and how it relates to daily life. $5 donation. 23 Abington Ave, Glenside. 215-8848443. Heart of Recovery – 7:30-8:30pm. (Formerly Working With Addictions). A weekly support group bringing together Buddhist meditation practice and the wisdom of recovery. Meetings are anonymous and confidential. $2/donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070. Mark: phl.hor.coord@

saturday Vinyasa Yoga – 8am. With Chris Czopek. Prana, asana and meditation for all levels. Beginners welcomed. Relax Therapy Spa, 7151 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia. 866-776-3034. Bird Walks – 8-9am. 1st & 3rd Sat. Join our naturalists for a guided bird walk around the property. All ages/levels. Bring a field guide, binoculars or borrow a pair. Bucks County Audubon Society, 2877 Creamery Rd, New Hope. 215-297-5880. Bird Walk – Thru Apr. 9-11am. Last Sat. Join a staff naturalist and Wild Birds Unlimited for a monthly bird walk on the property. Free. Newlin Grist Mill, 219 S Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills. 610459-2359. Bryn Mawr Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 10am-noon. 1st, 3rd & 5th Sat. The largest farmers’ market on the Main Line. More than 20 local farmers and food artisans during growing season. Lancaster Ave & Bryn Mawr Ave (in the Amtrak Station parking lot), Philadelphia. 215-733-9599. Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 10am-noon. Year-round market featuring local food and products. Winston Rd between Germantown Ave & Mermaid Ln, Philadelphia. 215-733-9599. Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market – Thru Apr. 10am2pm. Year-round market featuring local food and products: seasonal produce, herbs, mushrooms and honey, plus local wine. 18th St & Walnut St , Philadelphia. 215-733-9599. Dharma Service – 10am-noon. Includes sitting meditation, chanting, prayer, dharma talk and discussion on Buddhist philosophy and practice. $5-$10 donation. Won Buddhism, 23 Abington Ave, Glenside. 215-884-8443. Philadelphia@ A Course in Miracles – 1pm. Members undergo spiritual healing and development by sharing and discussing the great spiritual Tome, A Course in Miracles. The New Leaf Cafe, 1225 Montrose Ave, Bryn Mawr. Reclaim Class – 6:30-7:45pm. Relax Therapy Spa, 7151 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia. 866776-3034. Kirtan – 7pm. 1st Fri. Join for monthly kirtan and bhajans and a vegetarian meal afterwards. $10/ donation. Govindas Bhakti Garden, 1408 South St, Philadelphia.

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Dr. Alfredo Alexander, DMD 5906 West Girard Ave, Philadelphia 19151 215-748-0881 West Park Dental of Philadelphia offers a friendly, knowledgeable staff dedicated to making every visit a great experience. Expert dental care is provided with a warm and personal touch in a comfortable relaxed setting. The first step towards a beautiful smile and a lifetime of good oral health is to schedule an appointment. See ad, page 6.


Helena and Alyson Showell • Through studying plants, herbs and their healing properties, Alyson’s and Helena’s creations of teas are to uplift others and in some small measure, help them rise through sadness, through trauma, through depression, through exhaustion and into light. Visit us online! See ad, page 13.

HOLISTIC DETOX TO YOUR HEALTH DETOX CENTER Ethel Wilson 2715 W Allegheny Ave, Philadelphia 215-223-5635

We offer holistic health and alternative healing and specialize in colonic cleansing. Learn about natural holistic remedies through the reliable sources. Included are holistic products and alternative health services. See ad, page 20.


1601 Walnut St, Ste 1523 Philadelphia • 215-847-5659 Award-winning Nu You Well Med has certified estheticians that specialize in treating skin conditions holistically. We also offer a unique male waxing program. Let us help you look and feel amazing. See ad, page 3.


32 N Third St, Philadelphia 19106 215-829-9769 • Nestled in the heart of the city’s historic district, Spa Terme Di Aroma has long been a popular sanctuary for residents and travelers alike to enjoy an array of both classic and specialty spa treatments such as reiki, Indian foot massage and anti-aging collagen facials. Spa packages and gift cards are available. Appointments are recommended. See ad, page 21.


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. See ad, page 10.


4307 Locust St, Philadelphia 19104 215-883-0332 A one-size fits all slogan doesn’t work when it comes to ones health. We can work with your doctor and make your prescription tailored for your specific needs.We can customize your medical experience through prescription compounding and much more. See ad, page 13.


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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 wellbalanced approach to health and healing.

PODIATRY CARE PENNSYLVANIA FOOT AND ANKLE ASSOCIATES 1304 Rhawn St, Philadelphia 19111 215-742-1225 •

We don’t just treat our patients, we strive to provide complete care to the fullest of its definition. This all starts with education provided to our patients and parents of patients to better understand their condition in a comfortable setting. We diagnose, discuss treatment options and associated risks so our patients can make the best and most informed decisions regarding their health. We will be there every step of the way to guide you, counsel you and answer all of your questions. See ad, page 20.

ADVERTISE HERE – Are you: hiring, renting property/office space, selling products, offering services, or in need of volunteers? Advertise your personal/business needs in Natural Awakenings classified ad section. To place an ad, email OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE – in holistic counseling practice. Building near Philadelphia Airport. Convenient to public transportation and highways. Includes utilities and internet. Counselors, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, etc. all are welcome. 610-627-0111. RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT SALES – Excellent opportunity for flexible part-time work. Natural Awakenings Philadelphia is seeking a selfmotivated professional with strong interpersonal and communication skills to introduce businesses to the benefits of advertising in print and online. Must be self-motivated, organized, creative and good in sourcing suitable clients and events to target in Philadelphia. Must enjoy conversing on the phone and hosting face-to-face meetings, working from home and from the road. Need 20 flexible daytime hours per week to prosper. Occasional weekend and evening time required to attend events and network. Generous commission plus bonuses. Previous relationship-based ad sales experience necessary. Email your name, phone number and a brief description of your experience to

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

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