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August in Philly! As the dog days of summer sizzle to an end and kids start heading back to school, it’s an ideal time for parents to hit the reset button and take stock of the many challenges today’s children face. Granted, every generation faces grow-


ing pains and self-discovery issues, but our new century has


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When my children were little, we’d make sure they had toys to take along on er-

rands to occupy them. At the risk of dating myself, Spiderman, Legos, army men, were staples, and I would look forward to the stories they would create on the spot. It’s odd to see today’s kids traveling with their parents toting Kindles, iPhones, and other (expensive) handheld gadgets that only feed their minds with instant gratification.

Meredith Montgomery confronts these issues head-on in “21st Century Parenting:

Preparing Kids for the Future.” She offers insights into raising kind, resilient and resourceful kids in a world vastly different from the one we grew up in. Or raised kids in…

Part of that equation is nourishing young bodies, as well as minds, and “food sleuth”

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Melinda Hemmelgarn tackles that component in “Feeding Healthy Habits: A 10-Step


them in the process are steps on the road to opening their eyes to media manipulation

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Guide.” Supporting school gardens, teaching kids cooking as a life skill and bonding with and helping them overcome this “invisible parent” that tricks them into buying foods that are not good for their bodies or the Earth.

As we approach the new season, let’s reflect on ways to jumpstart a new school year

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Contents 10 BEYOND



Regenerative Agriculture Takes Aim at Climate Change

12 WILD AND WONDERFUL Foraging for Foodies




Preparing Kids for the Future

20 FEEDING HEALTHY HABITS A 10-Step Guide for Helping Children Thrive



Treating the Whole Pet

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DEPARTMENTS 6 news briefs 8 health briefs 9 global briefs 10 green living 12 conscious

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August 2019


news briefs

Tune In to the Universe


ealers Universe, LLC, is offering new classes and daylong workshops that will meet once a month for four months for two hours and will include a meditation/healing infused with energetics; experientials which will allow participants to truly feel what they learn, plus practices and exercises for homeplay. Owner Andrea Regal says, “Everyone has gifts, talents and abilities gleaned from previous Earth lives and other existences which potentially benefit the current evolutionary process the Earth is undergoing. In order to access these capabilities, one must be able to rotate a specific structure within one’s energy field to essentially dial in or tune in to the wide variety of potentials available to us at this time. We truly are interconnected and made up of everything we can experience in our reality and can imagine!” “Participants will be traveling on a limitless path of healing, adventure and possibilities receiving information and assistance from sources beyond this plane to redesign and restructure their personal life, thus upleveling the collective life!” Cost is $180 for the series of four. Location: Cherry Hill, NJ and Philadelphia. To register, call Andrea Regal at 856-904-5566. For more information, visit See ad, page 8.

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uzanne King, a certified hypnotist and member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, will schedule past-life parties for groups in the Berwyn area or at other locations. These two- to-three-hour events are fun and uplifting. The purpose Suzanne King is to help participants realize their gifts and strengths on this amazing Earth journey through time. Hypnosis is a gentle proven technique and feels similar to meditation or day dreaming. The process is easy and relaxing, and participants are always in complete control of their experience. King says, “Many cultures have always believed in past lives. Reincarnation was part of the Christian church doctrine until it was removed at a church counsel in Constantinople in 543 AD. By exploring some of your lives as rich and poor, male and female, all over the Earth in various cultures, you learn who you are, and that the lives you touch, your loved ones all stay with you. You may begin to better understand your relationships and your patterns.” The cost is $300 for up to eight in Berwyn and $300 for up to 20 at your location. Travel costs may apply. For more information, call 610-644-8276 or visit See ad, page 30.

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Learn About Climate Change in Philly


workshop, Climate Change, Energy, and Your Health, will be conducted from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., August 5, at Paseo Verde North, with group discussion, presentations, and activities. Participants will receive a $25 gift card as a thank-you at the end of the workshop and public health giveaways. They will learn about climate change and its impacts on our city; how to keep our homes and families safe; energy efficiency in the home; and public resources available in Philadelphia. The workshop is part of an education and research project led by the Clean Air Council, Drexel University, Energy Coordinating Agency, Liberty Lutheran, the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. The project teaches community members about the health impacts of climate change and provides strategies to keep safe. Location: 1950 N. 9th St., Philadelphia. For more information and to register for the workshop, call Skylar Ricci at 267-225-5944 or email

Huge Farmers’ Market Accepts Public Assistance Vouchers


lark Park is home to one of the largest and most wellpopulated farmers’ markets, operated by The Food Trust, in Philadelphia, with more than a dozen vendors of organic fruits, heirloom vegetables, milk, eggs, cheeses, meats, flowers and more. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays year-round and 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays from June through November. It’s a real neighborhood event where friends and visitors come together to talk, shop, support local agriculture and meet the farmers that grow their food. WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers for fresh fruits and vegetables are accepted. The ACCESS/ food stamps card is accepted at every stand at the market except for food trucks. For every $5 that customers spend using food stamp benefits, they receive a $2 Philly Food Bucks coupon that can be used on fruits and vegetables. Location: 43rd St. and Baltimore Ave. For more information, email Lisa Kelly at or visit

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health briefs

Eat Plants to Live Longer

Use Probiotics to Shed Pounds For the one-third of Americans struggling with obesity, new research on probiotics from the Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, in China, offers a promising approach. In a meta-review of 12 randomized, placebo-controlled studies that tested 821 obese and overweight people, probiotic supplementation was found to significantly reduce body weight, weight circumference and fat mass, and to improve cholesterol and glucose metabolism measures. Probiotics were administered in forms that included sachet, capsule, powder, kefir yogurt and fermented milk, in durations that ranged from eight to 24 weeks.


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Take It Easy on the Eggs Eggs should only be a now and then thing, the latest research from Northwestern Medicine, in Chicago, indicates. The new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at pooled data on 29,615 U.S. racially and ethnically diverse adults with an average of more than 17 years of follow up. It found that for every 300 milligrams (mg) of dietary cholesterol eaten per day, risk of death from heart disease increases by 17 percent and mortality from any cause increases by 18 percent. One large egg has a whopping 186 mg of cholesterol in the yolk, and eating three to four eggs a week increases heart disease mortality by 6 percent and all-cause mortality by 8 percent. Frank Hu, M.D., at the Harvard School of Public Health, comments that low to moderate intake of eggs can be included as part of a healthy eating pattern, but they are not essential. Dietary cholesterol also comes from red meat, processed meat and high-fat dairy products such as butter and whipped cream.

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At least one-third of early deaths could be prevented if people moved to a largely plant-based diet, prominent scientists from Harvard University Medical School have calculated. An international initiative, “Food in the Anthropocene,” published in the medical journal The Lancet, linked plant-based diets not only to improved health worldwide, but also to global sustainability. The report advocates a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts, and low in red meat, sugar and refined grains. “Unhealthy diets pose a greater risk to morbidity and mortality than does unsafe sex, and alcohol, drug and tobacco use combined,” it concludes.

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Catching Some Rays on the Water

Solar panels currently generate only about 1 percent of our nation’s energy needs, but new research from the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that installation of “floatovoltaics”—floating, electricity-generating photovoltaic panels—on only one-fourth of our manmade reservoirs would generate about 10 percent of U.S. energy needs without taking up valuable real estate. Floatovoltaics cost less to install than traditional, land-based solar panels because there’s no need to clear land or treat soil, and research shows that the natural cooling effect of the water below can boost the solar panels’ power production by up to 22 percent. Of the approximately 100 current floatovoltaic installations, only seven are in the U.S., mostly at wineries in California and water treatment facilities. About 80 percent are in Japan, where limited land and roof space make water-based solar panels especially suitable.

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Miniature Robots May Become Dental Technicians

A team of engineers, dentists and biologists from the University of Pennsylvania has developed a microscopic robotic cleaning crew that can precisely and non-invasively remove plaque buildup. Instead of the time-consuming and often unpleasant scraping with mechanical tools to remove plaque from teeth, a dentist could deploy either of two types of robotic systems— one designed to work on surfaces and the other to operate inside confined spaces. Robots with catalytic activity could destroy biofilms, the sticky amalgamations of bacteria enmeshed in a protective scaffolding, which would reduce the risk of tooth decay, endodontic infections and implant contamination. The work was published in Science Robotics.

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Beyond Sustainability Regenerative Agriculture Takes Aim at Climate Change


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ost people have never heard of regenerative agriculture, but there’s plenty of talk about it in the scientific and farming communities, along with a growing consensus that regeneration is a desirable step beyond sustainability. Those that are laser-focused on clean food and a better environment believe regenerative agriculture will not only result


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in healthier food, but could become a significant factor in reversing the dangerous effects of manmade climate change. This centers on the idea that healthy soils anchor a healthy planet: They contain more carbon than all above-ground vegetation and regulate emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. “We have taken soils for granted for a long time. Nevertheless, soils are the founda-

tion of food production and food security, supplying plants with nutrients, water and support for their roots,” according to the study “Status of the World’s Soil Resources,” by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. Most of the world’s soil resources, which also function as the planet’s largest water filter, are in fair, poor or very poor condition, the report states. Tilling, erosion and chemicals all play significant roles in soil degradation. Regenerative agriculture seeks to reverse that trend by focusing on inexpensive organic methods that minimize soil disturbance and feed its microbial diversity with the application of compost and compost teas. Cover crops, crop and livestock rotation and multistory agroforestry are all part of a whole-farm design that’s intended to rebuild the quantity and quality of topsoil, as well as increase biodiversity and watershed function. “True regenerative organic agriculture can improve the environment, the communities, the economy, even the human spirit,” says Diana Martin, director of communications for the Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Rodale, a leader in the organic movement, has been carrying the global torch for regenerative agriculture since the 1970s, when Bob Rodale, son of the institute’s founder, first began talking about it. “He said sustainability isn’t good enough. In the U.S., we are depleting our topsoil 10 times faster than we are replenishing it. We only have 60 years of farmable topsoil remaining,” says Martin.


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In the U.S., we are depleting our topsoil 10 times faster than we are replenishing it. We only have 60 years of farmable topsoil remaining.

so a lot of farmers are hesitant. It takes a while to improve soil fertility through cover crop use.” It doesn’t cost much, but for a corn or soybean farmer making almost no money right now, every expense matters. “The real things we are working on are more toward different cropping systems,” he says, in which farmers are growing perennial tree crops that produce nuts and fruits, absorb carbon and don’t require replanting or tilling. There’s considerable interest in regenerative organic agriculture in Idaho, as

many farmers there have already adopted no-till practices, says Sanford Eigenbrode, a professor at the University of Idaho, who specializes in entomology, plant pathology and nematology. Farmers want to try to improve retention of soil carbon to both stabilize soils and improve long-term productivity, he says. “There are economic and environmental advantages.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at

~Diana Martin The institute is working with corporate brands in conducting a pilot project on farms around the world to certify food as regenerative organic. It has three pillars that were created with the help of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program: soil health; animal welfare; and social justice, the latter because people want to know that workers are being treated fairly, Martin says. “In some ways, we felt the organic program could do more, so we introduced the regenerative organic certification. It is a new, high-bar label that is very holistic,” says Jeff Moyer, an expert in organic agriculture and the executive director at the Rodale Institute. The pilot phase involves 21 farms with connections to big brands like Patagonia, Lotus Foods and Dr. Bronner’s. “We needed relationships with brands to make this a reality,” Moyer says. Product should be rolling out by this fall. “There’s kind of a broad umbrella of things going on,” says Bruce Branham, a crop sciences professor with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “No-till farming certainly is a small step toward regenerative ag, because every time we till the soil, we essentially expose a lot of the carbon dioxide, which burns off carbon.” Cover crops can be planted right after harvesting a cash crop to help regenerate the soil, adding nitrogen and organic matter, he says. “It is a long-term benefit, August 2019


Wild plants, because they must take care of themselves, tend to be more nutritious than cultivated plants—particularly in terms of phytochemicals and antioxidants. ~Deane Jordan

Wild and Wonderful Foraging for Foodies


by April Thompson

here is such a thing as a free lunch, and it awaits adventurous foragers in backyards, city parks, mountain meadows and even sidewalk cracks. From nutritious weeds and juicy berries to delicate, delicious flowers and refreshing tree sap, wild, edible foods abound in cities, suburbia and rural environments. Throughout most of history, humans were foragers that relied on local plant knowledge for survival, as both food and medicine. Today’s foragers are reviving that ancestral tradition to improve diets, explore new flavors, develop kinship with the environment, and simply indulge in the joy and excitement of finding and preparing wild foods.

Wild Foods As ‘Superdiet’ “There are many benefits to eating wild food,” says Deane Jordan, founder of, of Orlando, Florida. “Wild plants, because they must take care of themselves, tend to be more nutritious than cultivated plants—particularly in terms of phytochemicals and antioxidants. They also tend to be lower in sugar and other simple carbs, and higher in fiber.” Purslane, a wild succulent, has more omega-3s than any other leafy vegetable, says John Kallas, the Portland, Oregon, author of Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt to Plate. Mustard garlic, a common invasive plant, is the most nutritious leafy green ever analyzed, says Kallas, who holds a Ph.D. in nutrition. “However, the real dietary benefit of foraged plants is in their great diversity, as each has a unique profile of phytochemicals. There is no such thing as a superfood, just superdiets,” he adds.

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Gather, and Prepare Wild Edibles. Foraging experts say the fear of wild plants is largely unfounded. “The biggest misconception is that we are experimenting with unknowns,” says Kallas. “Today’s wild edibles are traditional foods from Native American or European cultures we have lost touch with.” For example, European settlers brought with them dandelions, now considered a nuisance weed, as a source of food and medicine. All parts of it are edible, including flowers, roots and leaves, and have nutritional superpowers. To assess a plant, Kallas adds, a forager must know three things about it: the part or parts that are edible, the stage of growth to gather it and how to prepare it. “Some plants have parts that are both edible and poisonous. Others can be toxic raw, but perfectly edible cooked,” he says. Timing is everything, adds Meredith. “A wild ingredient can be fantastic in one week, and incredibly bitter a week later, so it’s important to know when its prime season is.” Kallas recommends staying away from highly trafficked roadsides and polluted areas. Given that many lawns and public areas are sprayed with herbicides, Sam Thayer, author of The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants, recommends not foraging in an area if it’s uncertain whether chemicals have been applied. Environmental awareness includes understanding how foraging may positively or negatively affect the ecosystem, says Meredith. “Overharvesting can endanger future populations. But there is a ‘win-win’ way to forage, where I get fantastic food and the landscape is better for my having foraged, by clearing invasive plants around natives or planting seeds while collecting a local plant gone to seed.” Thayer, of Bruce, Wisconsin, suggests collecting where species are abundant and thriving: “Fruit, for example, can be harvested limitlessly, as can wild invasives that disrupt the balance of the ecosystem and crowd out native species.”

Meal Preparation Vinegars, jams and cordials from wild fruits and flowers can be wonderful, but require some patience for the payoff, yet many wild edibles can be eaten raw or lightly sautéed, requiring very little prep work. Thayer recommends sautéing wild greens with just a little soy sauce, vinegar and garlic. Foraging builds confidence, powers of observation and connections to the natural world. The biggest benefit, says Thayer, may just be the fun of it. “You can experience food and flavors you cannot have any other way. A lot of these foods you cannot buy anywhere, and really, it’s better food than you can buy.” Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at


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on’t try to learn foraging; just try to learn about one vegetable or fruit, says Sam Thayer. “Take it one plant at a time. It takes the intimidation out of it.” Find a good local instructor that has a solid background in botany and other fundamentals of foraging, says John Kallas. “Also, get some good books, and more than one, as each will offer different dimensions,” says the author and instructor. Conquer the fear of Latin and learn the scientific names of plants, suggests Leda Meredith. As there may be several plants with the same common name, or one plant with many common names, knowing scientific names will help clear up potential confusion in identifying them. You don’t have to go far to find food, says Deane Jordan. “In reality, there is often a greater selection around your neighborhood than in state parks. In suburbia, you find native species, the edible weeds that come with agriculture, and also edible ornamentals.” Bring the kids: They make fabulous foragers, says Meredith. “They learn superfast and it’s a way to pass cultural knowledge along and instill that food doesn’t come from a garden or a farm, but from photosynthesis and the Earth and the sun.”

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arents naturally want to provide the best care possible for their children, and acupuncture can help them stay healthy now and set them up for a healthy life, assisting them through life’s changes. Whether there is a health condition occurring or something just feels off, acupuncture works to restore homeostasis and harmony. There is a sensitivity in acupuncture that is often overlooked in other forms of medicine, making it a great choice of treatment or complement for a variety of issues teenagers may experience. Acupuncture encompasses the use of sterile, thin, single-use, needles at specific points on the body. It is a very safe and pain-free procedure when performed by a licensed acupuncturist. Teenagers benefit from acupuncture because there are many changes that occur in this age group, from brain development and hormonal changes to social and academic changes. It is important to be healthy during this time in order for these changes to occur smoothly. The body is under great stress during these growing cycles, and adding more stress can encourage a state of disease. Staying up too late, not getting enough sleep, eating unhealthy foods, not eating at regular times, overtaxing the body, emotional instability and stressors from society, family, peers, and academics all add extra stress to the body. It is important for teens to start developing healthy lifestyle habits that foster health and wellness. Symptoms include, digestive issues, skin issues, emotional issues, issues with sleeping, eating issues, menstrual issues (cramps, irregularity), allergies, headaches, migraines, body aches and fatigue. Acupuncture can address these problems and their root cause in order to prevent chronic illness and encourage lifelong wellness. While most conventional treatments just mask symptoms, acupuncture works on a deeper level with the body to restore homeostasis. One of the greatest strengths of acupuncture is helping people manage stress and anxiety. The acupuncture treatment itself is very relaxing; similar to getting a massage. Afterward, people generally feel relaxed and at ease. This feeling of calm permeates daily life and grows as treatments continue. Patients also report feeling more in control of their emotions and better able to handle stress. By learning to be in tune with the body, young people are better able to understand themselves and feel a sense of ease. Kearney DeFillipo L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist at Red Panda Acupuncture, located at 7848 Old York Rd., Ste. 200 C, in Elkins Park, PA. For appointments and more information, call 215867-0114 or visit


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PARENTING Preparing Kids for the Future by Meredith Montgomery


oday’s children have more opportunities to change the world than ever before. Teenagers are organizing global activism movements, LEGO lovers are mastering robotics and young entrepreneurs are launching successful businesses before they’re old enough to drive. But for Mom and Dad, this fastpaced, technology-driven childhood looks drastically different from their own. To help kids thrive, parents must learn to mindfully embrace today’s modern advances without losing sight of timeless virtues and skills such as kindness, creativity and critical thinking.

Finding Balance After-school hours used to be filled with outdoor free play in which kids independently developed their natural capabilities as self-learners and creative problemsolvers. The Children & Nature Network has reported that just 6 percent of children ages 9 to 13 play outside on their own. Instead, stress and anxiety are on the rise in our competitive culture as many kids attempt to balance heavy homework loads with an overflowing schedule of extracurricular activities. With the ability to connect to the world at our fingertips, Thomas Murray, director of innovation for Future Ready Schools, in Washington, D.C., notes that devices can also disconnect us from those right next to us. “It’s a massive struggle to find balance and mindfulness, but it’s vitally important. How often do we see an AP [advanced placement] kid that is falling apart emotionally? As parents, we need to recognize that kids have a lot on their plate—more than ever before.” 16

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Salt Lake City-based Courtney Carver, author of Soulful Simplicity: How Living with Less Can Lead to So Much More, worries that parents are creating résumés for a life their children probably don’t want. On her website, she focuses on living with less clutter, busyness and stress to simplify life and discover what really matters. “It’s challenging to maintain close connections when we’re overwhelmed with what’s in our inbox, or on Instagram or what the kids are looking at online,” she says. On her own journey to practical minimalism, she gained a greater sense of presence with her daughter. “When you can pay attention to a conversation and not feel distracted and antsy, especially with young kids, that is everything,” says Carver.

Managing Technology The ubiquity of digital devices is a defining difference between today’s youth and that of their elders, making it difficult for parents to relate and know how to set boundaries. As senior parenting editor at nonprofit Common Sense Media,

It’s a massive struggle to find balance and mindfulness, but it’s vitally important. How often do we see an AP [advanced placement] kid that is falling apart emotionally? ~Thomas Murray

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Caroline Knorr helps parents make sense of what’s going on in their kids’ media lives. “We can think of media as a ‘super peer’: When children are consuming it, they’re looking for cues on how to behave and what’s cool and what’s normal.” Parents need to be the intermediary so they can counterbalance the external messages with their own family’s values. Today’s devices are persuasive and addictive. “As parents, we need to set boundaries, model good digital habits and help


kids to self-regulate more—which is our ultimate goal,” Knorr says. To raise good digital citizens, Richard Culatta, CEO of International Society for Technology in Education, in Arlington, Virginia, believes conversations about device use shouldn’t end with screen time limits and online safety. “Ask kids if their technology use is helping them be more engaged and find more meaning in the world or is it pulling them out of the world that they’re in,” he says. “Talk about how to use technology to improve the community around you, recognize true and false info, be involved in democratic processes and making your voice heard about issues you care about.” Parents are often uncomfortable with their kids socializing digitally, but Culatta encourages the introduction of interactive media sooner rather than later, so they understand how to engage with the world online before they are old enough to have social media accounts. Geocaching, which uses GPS-enabled devices to treasure hunt, and citizen science apps provide family-friendly opportunities to engage in both outdoor activities and online communities. “The majority of our kids will need these digital communication skills to be able to work with anyone at any time,” says Murray. He’s witnessed the impact of connecting classrooms around the world, observing, “When students learn to navigate time zones and language barriers to communicate and collaborate, they see that they can solve the world’s problems together.”

Raising Innovators “The world doesn’t care how much our children know; what the world cares about is what they do with what they know,” says Tony Wagner, senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, an education research and policy nonprofit in Palo Alto, California. In his latest book, Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for The Innovation Era, he emphasizes the importance of creative problem-solving and the joy of discovery, especially as more jobs become automated. “We’re born with a temperament of creative problem solvers. But then something happens. The longer

We need to create an intentional family culture where virtues like kindness and respect are talked about, modeled, upheld, celebrated and practiced in everyday life. ~Thomas Lickona kids are in school, the fewer questions they ask, the more they worry about getting the right answer and fewer and fewer think of themselves as creative in any way,” he says. “Instead of listening and regurgitating, kids need to learn how to find and be a critical consumer of information,” says Murray. Fewer employers are asking for college transcripts—including Google—as they discover the disconnect between what students are taught and what innovative skills they actually need.

While most schools are slow to adapt to the modern needs of the future workforce, parents can proactively foster the entrepreneurial spirit and discourage a fear of failure at home by offering safe opportunities for risk-taking and independence. After speaking extensively with compelling young innovators around the world, Wagner discovered that their parents explicitly encouraged three things: play, passion and purpose. Their children were provided with many opportunities to explore new interests, as well as to learn from their mistakes. “The parents intuitively understood that more important than IQ is grit, perseverance and tenacity. You don’t develop that when Mom is yelling at you to practice; you develop it because you have a real interest.” To create a culture of innovation, Murray encourages teachers and parents to get to know the interests, passions and strengths of today’s children “and prove to them every day that they matter.” When that interest blossoms into a passion, it can lead to a deeper sense of purpose and a desire to make a difference. According to Wagner, this happens when parents and teachers instill one simple, but profound moral lesson, “We are not here on this Earth primarily and only to serve ourselves; we have some deep, profound obligation to give back and to serve others.”


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advocacy to families to promote safe technology and media for children. They provide independent, age-based, media reviews for TV shows and movies. Each detailed review includes pertinent information for parents, plus talking points to foster critical thinking skills.

Let Grow ( seeks to restore childhood resilience by pushing back on

overprotection, and shows concern that even with the best intentions, society has taught a generation to overestimate danger and underestimate their own ability to cope. Its programs work with schools and parents to give kids more of the independence to do the things their parents did on their own as children—bike to a friend’s house, make themselves a meal or simply play unsupervised in the front yard.

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Teaching Kindness In a culture that is obsessed with selfies and threatened by cyberbullies, it’s a tough task for parents to teach compassion and kindness. “We need to create an intentional family culture where virtues like kindness and respect are talked about, modeled, upheld, celebrated and practiced in everyday life. What we do over and over gradually shapes our character, until it becomes second nature—part of who we are,” says Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist and education professor emeritus at the State University of New York College at Cortland, and author of How to Raise Kind Kids: And Get Respect, Gratitude, and a Happier Family in the Bargain. Sesame Workshop’s 2016 Kindness Study found that 70 percent of parents worry that the world is an unkind place for their kids, but Scarlett Lewis believes it’s all in our mind, saying, “When you choose love, you transform how you see the world from a scary and anxiety-producing place to a loving and welcoming one.” After losing her 6-year-old son Jesse in the horrific Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, she attributed the tragedy to an angry thought in the mind of the shooter. Her compassion fueled the founding of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement to educate and encourage individuals to choose loving thoughts over angry ones. “Although we can’t always choose what happens to us, we can always choose how to respond,” she says. The evidencebased Choose Love Enrichment Program teaches children to live a life with courage and gratitude, practice forgiveness and be compassionate individuals. While we don’t want to overwhelm kids with all the evils in the world, Lickona notes that it is valuable to make them aware of human suffering and how we can help. “Cultivate the belief that we’re all members of a single human family. Teach [them] that one of the most important ways to show gratitude for the blessings in our life is to give back.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi ( 18

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by Melinda Hemmelgarn

t’s not easy raising children in today’s media-saturated landscape. From TV and video games to internet and mobile devices, our kids are exposed to a steady stream of persuasive marketing messages promoting low-nutrient junk foods. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Psychological Association warn that media’s pervasive influence over children’s food preferences increase their risk for poor nutrition, obesity and chronic diseases later in life. Protecting children against marketing forces may seem like an uphill battle, but these strategies can help provide a solid foundation for good health.


Teach children to be media savvy. Andrea Curtis, Toronto-

based author of Eat This! How Fast-Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back), says, “Kids don’t want to be duped.” By showing children how the food industry tricks them into buying foods that harm their bodies and the Earth, we can turn kids into food detectives that reject processed foods and sugary drinks.


Feed children’s curiosity about where food comes from. Take


Introduce children to the rewards of gardening. Connie

children to farmers’ markets and U-pick farms; organic growers reduce exposure to harmful pesticide residues. Kids that might turn up their noses at supermarket spinach tend to eat it in bunches when they’ve helped grow, harvest and prepare it. That’s the story behind Sylvia’s Spinach, a children’s book by Seattle-based author Katherine Pryor.

Liakos, a registered dietitian based in Portland, Oregon, and the author of How to Teach Nutrition to Kids, recommends introducing children to the magic of planting seeds and the joy of caring for a garden—even if it’s simply a pot of herbs on a sunny windowsill or a small plot in a community garden.


Teach children how to cook.

Teresa Martin, a registered dietitian based in Bend, Oregon, says learning how to cook frees us from being “hostage to the food industry.” She believes cooking is such an essential life skill that we should be

Keep emotion out of eating, and allow children control over how much they eat. ~Connie Liakos teaching it along with reading, writing and arithmetic in kindergarten. When we cook, we’re in control of the ingredients’ quality and flavor. Plus, cooking together creates parent-child bonding. Invite children to help plan and prepare family meals and school lunches. (Remember to slip a note inside a child’s lunch box with a few words of love and encouragement.)


Visit the library. From simple children’s stories about

food adventures to basic cookbooks, libraries open up a world of inspiration and culinary exploration. Find stories about seasonal foods to prepare with a child.


Prioritize family meals. Children that eat with their

families are better nourished, achieve greater academic success and are less likely to participate in risky behaviors. Family meals provide time to share values, teach manners and enjoy caring conversations. To foster peace and harmony at the table, Liakos advises families to “keep emotion out of eating, and allow children control over how much they eat.” Establish rules banning criticism, arguing and screens (TV, phones) during mealtime.


Reject dieting. Weighing, shaming and putting chil-

dren on restrictive diets is a recipe for developing eating disorders. Instead of stigmatizing children by calling them

“obese”, Liakos emphasizes creating healthy eating and activity habits for the entire family. Children may overeat for many reasons, including stress or boredom. Pay attention to sudden weight gain, which could be an indication that something is wrong, she says.


Find or create a “tribe” of like-minded parents.

Set up play groups with parents that share similar values. Advocate together for improved school food policies, establish a school garden or plan group field trips.


Spend more time in nature. The American Academy

of Pediatrics recommends one hour of daily physical activity. Locate parks and hiking or biking trails to strengthen children’s innate love for their natural world. According to research at the University of Illinois, spending time in nature also helps reduce symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Protect children’s sleep. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises against TVs, computers and smartphones in children’s bedrooms. Children, depending on their age, need eight to12 hours of undisturbed sleep each night to support physical and mental health, and help prevent obesity. Remember that our children are hungriest for parental time, love and support. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth,” is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer, speaker and syndicated radio host based in Columbia, Missouri. Contact her at

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Center on Media and Child Health: Common Sense Media: Eat This! How Fast-Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (and how to fight back), by Andrea Curtis: Prevention Institute:


How to Teach Nutrition to Kids, Connie Liakos: I’m Like, So Fat!: Helping Your Teen Make Healthy Choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World, by Dianne Neumark-Sztainer.

Gardening Activities

Media Literacy

American Academy of Pediatrics: A Healthy Family Media Use Plan: Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood: Screen-free Activism:

Storybooks About Gardening, Cooking, Farms and Food

Review of farm-to-school children’s literature: Growing-Minds. org/childrens-literature. Sylvia’s Spinach:

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n some areas, holistic veterinary care is so popular that appointments are hard to come by. In others, there are few veterinarians practicing alternative medicine.

Ask Around

One way to find a veterinarian that has expanded beyond the confines of Western medicine is to ask other pet owners. Employees at pet food or supply stores will often have recommendations, as well. Search online or use the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’s “Find a Holistic Veterinarian” search feature at

Get Details

If there are several doctors to choose from, read their websites to find out the nature of initial consultations, available treatments and associated fees. Read patient reviews there and look for some that aren’t on their site. Consider stopping in to see how the practice looks and feels.

First Appointment

Once an appointment is made, know what’s needed to make the most of it. Most veterinarians want historical records and intake forms filled out in advance. Be prepared to pay for services during that first visit. Because holistic care is personalized to deal with underlying causes instead of symptoms, be ready to spend more time talking about the pet.

Going Forward

No matter which veterinarian is chosen, expect reasonable outcomes. Pets should be comfortable at the appointment and owners should feel they are heard. Care and cost of care should make sense. Follow-up calls from the office to check on treatment progress show that the interest in clients goes beyond the appointment. Reminder calls, emails or postcards about upcoming appointments or recommended services convey that the practice is organized and has a long-term interest in animal health. 22

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bout 10 years ago, Kim Krouth’s dog, Buckeye, was suffering from severe allergy symptoms. The mixed-breed shepherd was licking and biting her paws until her toe pads were bleeding. “Our conventional vet prescribed steroids,” recalls Krouth. “It helped some, but also agitated Buckeye. When I found out that other side effects could include serious health problems, I didn’t want to put her at risk.” The Madison, Wisconsin, animal lover headed to a holistic pet supply store to ask about alternative treatments for the dog’s allergies. She learned about herbal remedies, and was advised to take Buckeye to a holistic veterinarian. “Treating her holistically seemed like a better option than the side effects of treatment with drugs,” she says. The holistic veterinarian recommended acupuncture. It helped, but the dog later became sensitive to the needles. At that point, she was given homeopathic plant-based treatments that worked well with no side effects. Buckeye, now 15, has also received laser light therapy and spinal manipulation to help with mobility in her senior years.

The Holistic Difference

Holistic veterinarians have been treating dogs, cats, chickens, livestock and exotic animals across the nation for some time, but many people aren’t entirely clear about how their approach—and their training— differs from a conventional vet. Both enter the profession after earning a doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM) degree.

Holistic practitioners can then choose to train in a variety of modalities, including acupuncture, herbs and physical rehabilitation, plus trigger point, megavitamin and stem cell therapies. “Any method that is sufficiently different from conventional medicine requires extra training ... over a period of weeks, months or years,” says Nancy Scanlan, DVM, the executive director of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation, in Mount Shasta, California. Veterinarians, holistic or not, typically do the same initial examination of an animal, she says. From there, a holistic vet may look at additional areas or assess things in a slightly different way. “For example, someone trained in veterinary osteopathy or veterinary chiropractic would explore the range of motion of joints or the spine.” In treatment, holistic DVMs use an integrative approach. The goal is to look at the animal as a whole and treat the underlying condition, rather than treating the symptoms. “Integrative medicine is about broadening our medical options, blending both conventional medical and holistic approaches. It focuses on client education and participation in the healing process of their pet,” says Danielle Becton, DVM, of Aloha Pet & Bird Hospital, in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida.

Integrative medicine is about broadening our medical options, blending both conventional medical and holistic approaches. It focuses on client education and participation in the healing process of their pet. ~Danielle Becton, DVM Holistic veterinarians may also choose to use fewer conventional drugs and limited vaccinations. “Vaccine titers can be used to determine if a patient has adequate antibodies to a disease to create immunity,” says Becton. “If a pet is already immune, they may not need another vaccine booster that year.” Becton and Scanlan agree that alternative treatments such as acupuncture, laser therapy or massage can be used in lieu of drugs for pain management. However, Scanlan does note that in an acute or emergency situation, many natural methods do not work fast enough, “and that is when holistic veterinarians are more likely to use drugs.”

Choosing a Holistic Veterinarian

Pet owners seek out holistic veterinarians for different reasons. In Krouth’s case, it was the unacceptable side effects to drugs that led her to explore other options. Becton points out that she gets clients looking for a more natural approach for their pets after they personally have had success with human integrative medicine. However, it’s important that pets are treated by professionals that are trained to treat animals. People with holistic training for humans may not understand animal anatomy or physiology. Ultimately, choosing a veterinarian is a personal decision, and seeing a beloved pet thrive is the best confirmation that it was the right one. “We are so glad that we still have Buckeye at this golden age, and believe it’s due to holistic care that she has lived a comfortable, long life,” says Krouth.

The most important thing that I learned in growing up is that forgiveness is something that, when you do it, you free yourself to move on. ~Tyler Perry

Julie Peterson lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, dogs and chickens. She has contributed to Natural Awakenings for more than a decade. Contact her at August 2019


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Take a Cerebral Spin Cycling for a Healthier Brain


by Marlaina Donato

opping on a bicycle on a beautiful day or taking a spin class at the gym offers proven cardiovascular benefits like lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Now, growing research shows that it also packs a powerful punch for brain health. Aerobic exercise has been found to have the greatest impact on cognitive ability, and low-impact cycling leads the way. David Conant-Norville, M.D., a Portland, Oregon psychiatrist, recommends cycling to help children challenged by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Depression and Memory

“Cycling brings more oxygen and nutrients to the cells,” says Carmen Ferreira, owner of SunShine Barre Studio, in Rocky Point, New York. “When we ride our bikes, our brains also increase their production of proteins used for creating new brain cells.” Cycling has been shown to significantly boost the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, as well as brain-derived neurotrophic factor—BDNF—a protein that increases during aerobic exercise. Low levels of BDNF have been linked to obesity, excessive appetite, clinical depression, anxiety and cognitive decline. According to a 2016 study by the New York University Langone Medical Center published in the journal eLife, higher levels of BDNF help decrease symptoms of depression while improving memory function. BDNF helps maintain brain health and stimulates the growth of new neurons. Pedaling regularly can fire up brain cell production by at least twofold; cycling only 20 to 30 minutes a day can decrease symptoms of depression—and might even prevent it.

Cycle for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases

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There is not one neurological disease that cannot benefit from aerobic exercise, from Parkinson’s disease to Lou Gehrig’s disease,” says Laurence Kinsella, M.D., a neurologist at the SSM Health Medical Group, in Fenton, Missouri. According to 2017 Canadian studies involving Parkinson’s patients, cycling improved motor function during a 12-week period. The results, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, also show a marked improvement in gait. Promising 2018 research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reveals cycling and other forms of aerobic exercise to be the most effective activity in slowing Alzheimer’s-related cognitive decline.

Build Stress Resistance

In general, living a sedentary life sets up a hair-trigger stress response in the body, while forms of exercise like cycling help to regulate excessive levels of age-accelerating stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Kinsella says, “Exercise like cycling makes us channel that part of the ancient brain that helped our ancestors run from a tiger, and when we engage the brain to run, chase or survive, the aging process slows down.” Cycling can also be beneficial for people with fibromyalgia. Ferreira notes, “I have a few students with fibromyalgia who have reported having more energy, as well as better mood.”

Shorter Sessions, Better Results

While cycling can be a memory booster, it can also temporarily impair cognitive function if sessions are too intense or long. Kinsella recommends that his students work up to 75 percent of maximum heart rate. He also emphasizes common sense. “Strive for a reasonable pace, and by that, I mean ramping up your heart rate gradually over three weeks. Go slowly with beginning any vigorous exercise and accept that it will take months.” For Alzheimer’s patients, he recommends breaking a sweat with five, 30-minute sessions a week. Ferreira also advises moderation. “Do as much as your body allows—15, 20 or 45 minutes, the latter being the duration of a full-length class. Have clear communication with the instructor to help you reach your goals.” Whether objectives are accomplished on an outdoor or stationary bike, it is important to be consistent. Kinsella suggests making it enjoyable. “You can get on your bike and watch your favorite television show for 30 minutes or more and get a good workout.” Marlaina Donato is the author of Multidimensional Aromatherapy and several other books. She is also a composer. Connect at

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 2 National Moth Week – Aug 2-3. 8pm-midnight. Celebrate National Moth Week by hanging out with woodland gardener Mandy Katz and naturalists Ken Frank and LJ Brubaker in the Lower Garden, luring at an incredible array of nocturnal insects with black lights, overripe bananas and molasses. Bring your phone to learn about documenting insects with the iNaturalist app, plus tips on using your phone for macro insect photography. Free. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia. Register: 215729-5281.

MONDAY, AUGUST 4 Guided Hike and Meditation – 10am-1pm. Enjoy a hike along Boxers’ Trail in Fairmont Park followed by a guided meditation. $15/nonmembers, members/free. Mount Pleasant Mansion, 3800 Mt Pleasant Dr, Philadelphia. Wissahickon Hike – 10am-1pm. With Brad Maule. Enjoy unique hikes through exciting parts of the Wissahickon Valley Park that you may not have explored before. $15/nonmembers, members/free. Wissahickon Transportation Center, 4900 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7 Parks on Tap – Aug 7-11. Follow this traveling community beer garden to different locations in Philly’s parks each week throughout the spring and summer. A portion of the proceeds goes back to the parks. Dickinson Square Park, 4th & Tasker St, Philadelphia. Stretch 4 Life Wakeup Workout – 7-8am. Also Aug 14 & 21. Wake up, stretch and invigorate your senses with Fergie. This experience will enhance your life and set the tone for a successful productive purposeful day. Bring a mat and a smile. Indoor classes begin in September. Free (includes free water). The New Covenant Campus, Chestnut Hill. Register: or Eventbrite: Stretch 4 Life Workout.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9 Awakening Weekend Retreat – Aug 9-11. 10am5pm. This is a full weekend workshop with Jac O’Keefe in an open dialogue and interaction that

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Make Herbal Medicines with Nyambi Naturals – 1pm. Herbal therapies for a natural approach to health and wellness: Herbal First Aid Ointment for Cuts and Skin Irritations; Herbal Lozenges for Headache and Allergy Relief. Participants will also learn herb/flower specific energetics, origin, beneficial properties and uses. Queen Memorial Library, 1201 S 23rd St, Philadelphia. 215-6851899. Sacred Healing Service – 7-9pm. This two-hour program of group spiritual practice is designed to deepen faith and reveal greater wholeness in every area of the individual’s life, in order for the group to move into greater openness, harmony, and agreement. Love offering. Center for Spiritual Living, 16 Industrial Blvd, Ste 112, Paoli. 610-695-0375.

creates an atmosphere of openness and freedom that supports transformation and spiritual insights. O’Keeffe is an internationally recognized speaker and author. She has traveled throughout the world serving humanity in their awakening process. Alchemy, 641 Webb Rd, Chadds Ford. 484-942-3342.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10 Saturday 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. Register: 215-7295281.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14 Parks on Tap – Aug 14-18. Follow this traveling community beer garden to different locations in Philly’s parks each week throughout the spring and summer. A portion of the proceeds goes back to the parks. Burholme Park, 7342 Central Ave, Philadelphia.

MONDAY, AUGUST 19 Monday Market – 4-10pm. Select Mondays will feature live music, kids stuff, vendors, food trucks and a beer garden at Lovett Park. No rain date; inclement weather will cancel the program. Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia. 215-685-2095.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 Community Health Fair and Farmers’ Market – 3pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with health resources for you and your family. Each month, they’ll have representatives from local organizations that focus on health, wellness and community services. South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S Broad St. 215-685-1866.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21 Parks on Tap – Aug 21-25. Follow this traveling community beer garden to different locations in Philly’s parks each week throughout the spring and summer. A portion of the proceeds goes back to the parks. McMichael Park, 3299 Midvale Ave, Philadelphia.


Homeschool Volunteer Day – 10am-3pm. Open homeschool volunteer and crafting day. Stop in any time to help make puppets, masks and buttons for the Philadelphia Honey Festival. There will be snacks and lots of fun things to make. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia. Register: 215-729-5281. RSVP/ info: Leslie Gale at

Saturday 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. Register: 215-7295281.




THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 Become a Holistic Nurse in Any Practice Setting – Aug 15-18 (Session I); Nov 14-17 (Session II); Mar 5-8, 2020 (Session III). Rediscover the heart and art of nursing and meet the CE requirements for Holistic Nursing certification or recertification. Integrative Healing Arts Program in Holistic Nursing graduates receive a certificate in Holistic Nursing and Integrative Modalities and are empowered to provide holistic healing arts in all healthcare settings. 27 CNE/session. American Holistic Nurses Association, Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA. 785234-1712.

Cloth Diaper Workshop – 5-7pm. 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, 1605 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28 Parks on Tap – Aug 28-Sept 2. Follow this traveling community beer garden to different locations in Philly’s parks each week throughout the spring and summer. A portion of the proceeds goes back to the parks. Clark Park, 4398 Chester Ave, Philadelphia.

plan ahead SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Greenfest Philly – 10am-4pm. Join for the largest environmental festival in the Philadelphia area featuring more than 100 exhibitors and vendors. Shop for local green wares; enjoy great food, live music, live demonstrations, kid-friendly activities and more. Bainbridge Green, Bainbridge St, between 3rd St and 5th St.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Household Hazardous Waste Event – 9am-3pm. 3rd District Hwy Yard, 22nd St & York St, Philadelphia.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 Monday Market – 4-10pm. Select Mondays will feature live music, kids stuff, vendors, food trucks and a beer garden at Lovett Park. No rain date; inclement weather will cancel the program. Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia. 215-685-2095.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Fall Harvest Festival – 10am-4pm.The 18th century comes alive during this annual event, with the sights, sounds and smells of colonial America. A full day of fun for all ages. Free admission. Parking: $5/per car. Newlin Grist Mill, 219 S Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills. 610-459-2359. NewlinGristMill. org/fall-harvest-festival.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 Sisters Surviving Breast Cancer – 24th Annual

Conference: Oh What A Journey: Taking Wings to Health and Healing. Hosted by Women of Faith and Hope. Hilton Philadelphia, 4200 City Line Ave. Info: 215-837-8920.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 Monday Market – 4-10pm. Select Mondays will feature live music, kids stuff, vendors, food trucks and a beer garden at Lovett Park. No rain date; inclement weather will cancel the program. Lovett Memorial Library, 6945 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia. 215-685-2095.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Philly Bike Expo – Nov 2-3. Artisans, activists and alternatives. Free indoor bike parking available. Exhibitor registrations now open. PA Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. Vendors: 267-928-3726.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Love Your Park Fall Service Day – More than 100 parks across Philadelphia will host volunteer clean-ups and tree plantings. More details are forthcoming.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 Growing Pennsylvania Organic Farms Conference – Dec 13-14. 8am-1pm. An in-depth educational workshop focusing on organic agricultural practices: sessions include topics on animal health, dairy, pastured livestock, fruits, vegetables, small (heritage) grain, soil health, pest and weed control. The Sheraton Harrisburg - Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Rd, Harrisburg. Register:

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

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.

sunday 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. Open Public Meditation – 9am. Meditation is the way that we can make a direct and simple relationship with our experience. Free. The Philadelphia Shambhala Center, Main Shrine Rm, 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070. 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 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


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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:

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 N 21st St, Philadelphia. 215-448-1200 or

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.

tuesday 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. Slow Flow with Friends –1-2:30pm. Biweekly alllevel vinyasa yoga class followed by meet and greet. $15. 1509 N Front St, Philadelphia. 267-273-0086. Yoga in the Greenhouse – 1-2:30pm. 1st, 2nd & 4th Sun. Join for Bring Your Own Mat yoga classes led by local teachers at the beautiful Fairmount Park Horticulture Center. This class is not suitable for first time yogis. 100 N Horticulture Dr, Philadelphia. 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. 215-568-6070. RSVP: Philadelphia. 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 Mindfulness Meditation and Chair Yoga – 12:30pm. Ground your mind and body. Spend a peaceful half-hour with a guided meditation. Chair yoga is a twist on traditional yoga, making it accessible for any age. For adults. Fumo Family Library, 2437 S Broad St, Philadelphia. 215-685-1758.

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. Yoga and Meditation – 9-11am. Indoor/outdoor yoga and meditation classes in the garden open to the public and free of charge courtesy of Southwest Philadelphia’s Family Practice and Counseling Network Health Annex. Bartram’s Garden. Eastwick Pavilion, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia. Preregister: 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. Open Public Meditation – 6pm. Meditation is the way that we can make a direct and simple relationship with our experience. Free. The Philadelphia Shambhala Center, Main Shrine Rm, 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070. Tuesdays Grief – In This Moment – 6:30pm. A group that offers Support 7 Techniquest for coping with the grief process. $20/session or $100/6 sessions. 2801 Island Ave, Ste 13, Philadelphia. Register: 484-347-1490. SEPhillyCounseling. Reiki Share – 6:30-8:30pm. 1st Tue. With Danielle Stimpson. A reiki share is a great way to get some healing in a shared space. No experience needed; all lineages and levels welcome. $5-$10 donation. Learn Reiki Philadelphia, 251 N 2nd St. 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: Inclusivity Group – 7:30-9pm. Last Tue. Explore and discuss readings on mindful, inclusive communication and practice. We consider themes of inclusivity, diversity and intersectionality in the context of the Shambhala tradition. $5 donation. Shambhala Meditation Center of Philadelphia, Windhorse Rm, 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070. Register:

wednesday Parks on Tap – Follow this traveling community beer garden to different locations in Philly’s parks each week throughout the spring and summer. A portion of the proceeds goes back to the parks. Location rotates each week. Schedule: New Parents 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. 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 beautiful, and often times challenging, transition into parenthood. Free. Mount Airy Moving Arts, Carpenter St & Greene St, Philadelphia.

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. Register: 215-685-1758. Fumo Family Library, 2437 S Broad St, Philadelphia. Register: 215-685-1758.

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.

Kundalini Yoga at the Library – Thru Aug 22. 6pm. This type of yoga combines breath, hand positions, eye focus, mantra, posture, and more to bring balance to the body, mind and soul. For adults of all levels and abilities. Andorra Library, 705 E Cathedral Rd, Philadelphia. 215-685-2552.

Open Public Meditation – 6pm. Meditation is the way that we can make a direct and simple relationship with our experience. Free. The Philadelphia Shambhala Center, Main Shrine Rm, 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070.

Open Public Meditation – 6pm. Meditation is the way that we can make a direct and simple relationship with our experience. Free. The Philadelphia Shambhala Center, Main Shrine Rm, 2030 Sansom St. 215-568-6070.

Reiki Share – 6-8pm. 2nd Wed. With Victoria Powell. A reiki share is a great way to get some healing in a shared space. No experience needed; all lineages and levels welcome. $5-$10 donation. Learn Reiki Philadelphia, 251 N 2nd St.

Yoga for Adults – 6:30pm. Every Thurs (except 2nd Thur). Wipe away the stress of the week and get your body and mind ready for a relaxing weekend. Decompress, unwind, and relax and start your weekend off the right way. Bring a mat. Thomas F Donatucci, Sr Library, 1935 Shunk St, Philadelphia. 215-685-1755. RSVP:

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#) Yoga – 6:30pm. With Brittany from Roots2Rise. Wipe away the stress of the week and get your body and mind ready for a relaxing weekend. Decompress, unwind, and relax and start your weekend off the right way. Fishtown Community Library, 1217 E Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia. RSVP: 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

friday Temple Community Garden Volunteer Day – 3-5pm. A student-run organization to combat the issue of food insecurity within the urban environment by providing community access to sustainably grown produce. General meetings are Thursday’s at 8pm during the school year to discuss gardening techniques and work on projects. Diamond St & Carlisle St, N Philadelphia. Bhagavad Gita Wisdom Series – 6pm. Discussion, meditation and vegetarian feast. $10. Mantra Lounge, 312 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia. 215-8348043. 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. 215-884-8443. Philadelphia@

Heart of Recovery – 7:30-8:30pm. 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. 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@ LiquidBody Self Myofascial Release Movement  – Noon-1pm. With Emily. Unwind your body and mind exploring movement, touch, breath and posture to create the balance of softness and strength. Release fascial restrictions using foam rollers, balls, chairs etc in this movement therapy class. Movement Rx Studio, 333 E Lancaster Ave, Wynnewood. Reclaim Class – 6:30-7:45pm. Relax Therapy Spa, 7151 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia. 866776-3034.

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SL8 hair lounge is a full service eco-friendly salon. The salon's signatures are designed with complimentary services paired together giving you that true fullservice salon experience and caring to your every hair desire. We strive to keep our products pure and eco-friendly. Lanza is 100% vegan and glutenfree. Oribe is cruelty-free and vegetarian. "A trendy hairstyle is only as good as the health of one's hair". Our mission is to make you beautiful without causing harm to our delicate ecosystem. See ad, page 18.

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6703 Germantown Ave, Ste 200, Philadelphia • 215-844-6021 Live. Work. Thrive. The mission of Mt. Airy USA is to preserve, empower and advance a vibrant and diverse Mt. Airy by stimulating development responsive to the community’s needs.


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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 7.



Yvonne Ferguson-Hardin Philadelphia • 267-779-7948 One-on-one fitness assessments, personal training for beginners to advanced adults 55 and older, specialized wellness education and health group classes, indoor and outdoor challenging classes. We also provide wellness presentations for schools, corporate events, churches and health fairs. Contact us today! See ad, page 6.

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 2.


Inspired Therapeutic Solutions (ITS) is lifestyle medicine practice, using both Eastern and Western philosophies for health and wellness. We serve individuals, couples, families, organizations, and corporate entities. Contact us today for an appointment! 


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Certified Hypnotist, Member National Guild of Hypnotists Past Life Regression • Past Life Parties 610-644-8276 • You are so much more than you imagined! My purpose for these offerings is to give you a selfaffirming, uplifting and potentially transformative experience in order to live more joyfully!


Meditation Consultant 215-828-5177 • “Minding my Soul Meditation” seeks to improve the human experience through mindful breathing combined with stretching techniques. Combining the breathing from yoga and stretching from the world of athletics, clients will receive an experience that incorporates the benefits of a full body massage, a yoga class, and tension reduction of stretching. Minding my soul offers whole group classes up to 35 people, one on one guided meditation and online live teachings. See ad, page 15.


Licensed Massage Therapist Myofascial Release & Movement Therapist Gardener 484-472-3626 • Move your body, heal your Self, evolve your Spirit. Emily Smith is passionate about helping others learn how to heal naturally and enjoy life without pain. See ad, page 23.

NATURAL EXTERMINATION NATURAL PEST CONTROL COMPANY Michael Sands NaturalPest.Com 215-276-2962 or 856-338-1229

Natural Pest Control Company has been servicing commercial and residential customers since 1979. Since 2008, we have performed thousands of successful bed bug services for the Philadelphia Housing Authority, Assisted Living agencies and private homes. You will never be asked to leave your home or office. Contact us about bed bug presentations.


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 7.


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.


Dan Vidal, LMT, CNS 23 E Durham St, Philadelphia 19119 267-415-6003 • We treat according to the foundational principle that form follows function. The way your body carries itself has a direct correlation with how well its various systems function. This is why we use a thorough system of postural analysis to create a personalized treatment plan that pinpoints the root causes of your pain. We use a combination of advanced massage and mindful movement techniques. It is a journey well worth taking.


Community Outreach Office Novella Lyons, Founder P.O. Box 14228, Philadelphia • 215-424-4180 • United Way Number 7252 Women of Faith and Hope operates to encourage, enlighten and empower women about issues related to breast cancer in efforts to reduce the mortality rate through early detection. Contact to learn more.


Andrea Regal, Psycho-Energetic Counselor 856-904-5566 Sessions facilitate personal transformation, spiritual expansion, revelation of soul purpose and one’s unique role in the evolution of the planet. Individually tailored to organically reintegrate dissociated pieces of ones Essence experiencing definitive and permanent change of both inner and outer conditions in a relatively short period of time. 35+ years experience in counseling and teaching the energetics of mind, body and soul connection. See ad, page 8.


Pamela Matusz Master Reiki and Holistic Coach 2566 Frankfort Ave, Fishtown, PA 20 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 609-360-5200 • Pamela Matusz, owner of Blissful Being Reiki & Holistic Coaching, has opened a new location in Fishtown. Contact her about personalized, intuitive balancing and guidance at one of her two locations in Fishtown, PA and Princeton, NJ. See ad, page 9.


Jessica Salomone 267-245-8007 • We create interiors that are organic inspired, modern in sensibility and eclectic in design style. We believe that each space should tell the story of the people who live there and should be the embodiment of their personal style. Above all, we believe your interiors should promote wellness within your life and that everyone deserves healthy and beautiful spaces to live, work and play. See ad, page 3.

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SUSTAINABLE ORGANIZATIONS 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.

WELLNESS COACH CREATING YOUR POSITIVE LIFE!, LLC Counseling • Programs for Organizations Jan Collins, MEd • 484-416-3828 Mt. Airy-Phila •

Loving who you are ... regardless ... unconditional. Creating Your Positive Life! emphasizes that your focus and choices can determine the quality of your life. A key is integrating the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of your life to support your growth and expansion.


Amanda Hollenbach • Philadelphia 267-908-4825 • Have you dreamed of a fuller, healthier, more active life for yourself but can’t seem to make it a reality? At Vital Wellness, we help you to define your wellness goals and guide you in establishing healthy habits to transform you into the best version of you. Call today! See ad, page 11.


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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,...

Natural Awakenings Philadelphia ~ August 2019  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue, readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...