Letter from the Publisher, February 2018

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Hello! to anyone reading this letter. My name is Joe Dunne, and my wife, Asta, and I are the new proud owners of Natural Awakenings magazine of Bucks and Montgomery counties of PA.

Before I start on me and my background, I would like to thank Karen for the more than spectacular work she has performed over her three-year ownership. Not only has she grown the magazine, she has also recruited a talented and dedicated support staff in Melanie, Julie, Kevin and Megan (all of whom are staying with us), and together they have made a difference. Karen’s outreach to the community, her dedication to her advertisers and her attention to editorial content so our readers continue to love us, are second to none. I am almost scared to try to fill her shoes. I know you will all join me in applauding her efforts, and wishing her well, as she designs her new life’s path. Making a difference matters in my world. And Karen, you have made a difference; we thank you. (I know she will still be an avid reader of this magazine.)

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Rising Above Adversity

How to Strengthen Your Resilience Muscle
by April Thompson

At one time or another, an estimated 70 percent of people experience a life-altering traumatic event, and most grow stronger from surviving it, according to decades of research by leading institutions like Harvard and Yale universities and the University of Pennsylvania. We can prepare now for life’s inevitable hurdles and setbacks by developing the skills and tools of resilience.

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What’s Your Meditation Style?

Find the Right Practice for You
by April Thompson

More Americans than ever before are seeking the benefits of meditation, which notably improves mental, physical and spiritual health. Choosing from its many styles and traditions can be daunting for a new meditator, as is figuring out how to incorporate a meditation practice into a busy life.

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Foods Our Heart Will Love

Top 10 Heart-Healthy Choices
by Judith Fertig

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning once penned this unforgettable line to her husband and fellow poet, Robert Browning.

Let us also count the ways to improve our loved ones’ heart health. Lower blood pressure. Modulate irregular heartbeats. Avoid plaque build-up in arteries. Improve blood flow to the heart. We can love our hearts with 10 superfoods that just might make perfect ingredients for a Valentine’s Day meal, starting with dark chocolate.

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Mark Rosenfeld’s Secrets for Successful Love Matches

by Alison James

Australian author, speaker and dating coach Mark Rosenfeld knows firsthand the challenges of navigating romantic relationships. After struggling with shyness, he took on a confidence-boosting job as an erotic dancer in 2011, working with men at both ends of the assertiveness spectrum. In this milieu, he gained a better understanding of men’s thoughts and actions related to women. Through his career as a dancer while in his own satisfying relationship, Rosenfeld also personally communicated with about 50,000 women, many of which opened up about their own trials and tribulations with dating.

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Bucks Naturopath Expands Services with New Doctor

Dr. Julie Lachman, ND, is welcoming naturopath physician Khadija Douglas to its practice in Warrington.

Douglas graduated from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, with a combined honours degree in biology and French and then continued her studies at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) in Phoenix, Arizona. She loves family practice, with a strong emphasis on cardiovascular health (high blood pressure), endocrine disorders (thyroid, diabetes, adrenal fatigue), weight loss and mental health. In addition to her clinical training at SCNM, she has taken additional courses in medically supervised weight loss, hydrotherapy, IV therapy and botanical medicine. Douglas uses various treatment modalities, including homeopathy, hydrotherapy and nutritional counseling.

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Anahata Yoga Offers Kripalu-Inspired Yoga Teacher Training this Spring

Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center, in Lederach, is now registering prospective yoga teachers for their latest 200-hour yoga teacher training.

Running from February through November, the training will be held the first weekend of each month. The curriculum includes teaching methodology, anatomy and physiology, yoga philosophy and ethics, and practicum. Electives, such as Teaching Beginner’s Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, Ayurveda, the Chakra System, Yoga for Hypermobility and iRest Yoga Nidra, are also offered.

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Raise Your Vibe at Hawley Weekend Event

Personal and community transformation is being offered through Raise the Vibe, a spiritual intensive weekend taking place March 9 through 11 at Woodloch Resort, in Hawley, Pennsylvania.

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Spotlight Profile: Jamie Nichols

Clinical Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher Jamie Nichols, MA, will lead weekly yoga classes at Lina’s Harmony, in Warrington, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Monday until June 25.

Students from beginner to advanced can enjoy the gentle movement, strength building and flexibility improvement of this regular practice. Classes will include a combination of traditional hatha yoga and restorative yoga, ending on a restful note for a good night’s sleep and a renewed sense of wholeness.

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Spotlight Profile: Deborah Paul

Deborah Paul will be offering several modalities of energy healing and body work at Lina’s Harmony, in Warrington.

A master reiki practitioner, Paul has also practiced yoga and studied ascension work for 30 years, and she has 14 years of experience presenting transformational workshops, seminars and coaching.

 

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Letter from the Publisher, January 2018

We are living in a historic moment for natural health and wellness in the United States. More than half the country—29 states—have legalized medical marijuana. Pennsylvania did so in April of 2017. Despite decades of stigmatization and criminalization, polls show that 71 percent of Americans support full legalization, and nearly 90 percent favor marijuana for medicinal use.

The cannabis plant has demonstrated powerful healing effects on the quality of life for thousands of suffering men, women and children. Medical marijuana (MMJ) has been shown to be an effective treatment modality for PTSD, epilepsy, autism, chronic pain, nausea, insomnia, anxiety, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, neuropathy, asthma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other conditions. Continue reading

The 101 on Act 16: MMJ PA Basics

The Pennsylvania Department of Health passed Act 16, signing the state’s Medical Marijuana Program into law on April 17, 2016. The program is still in the rollout phase—patients began receiving their certifications a few months ago, on November 1, and dispensaries are scheduled to be open early this year.

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