May brings sunshine and flowers, and a new energy to the Northeast. It also brings us Mother’s Day. Of course, every day should be Mother’s Day, but that’s another column.
I was pondering what to write here when I thought of my wife, Asta, and her experience in becoming a mother. I remember how she was consumed with fear as her pregnancy progressed toward delivery. As part of her family dynamics, she had had very little, if any, experience with newborns, including holding one. In addition, she was just about to enter her forties, so she had a lot going on. Reading, talking, getting advice, going to classes—everything leading up to delivery was just a fog that covered up her insecurities. Having moved from Lithuania, she had no family around the corner and only a small circle of friends to lean on. I understood just how tough it was for her. I’m sure that, despite my being there, she most likely felt alone at times. I know she was frightened—of child birth, of motherhood, of the future. Everything about taking care of a newborn “scares me to pieces,” she would tell me.
As part of his commitment to women’s health at every stage, Dr. Paul Bizzaro, DC, is offering SpectraCell micronutrient and hormone testing from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 16, at his office in Yardley.
Many women continue to suffer from weight gain, fatigue and mood disorders despite following an optimal diet and supplement regimen. The cause may be due to deficiencies on a deeper chemical level, yet rarely is this checked in routine medical care.
Joan Summers, owner of Step into Joy Healing Arts, has combined gestalt methodology with her intuitive ability, offering a unique healing experience.
An intuitive reiki master, Summers is also a gestalt life coach who is certified in the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method (EGCM). Graduates of the EGCM certification program are well-trained, having completed a minimum of 24 months of curriculum, along with multiple workshops and private coaching sessions.
Airmid Wellness, a community healing center in Warminster, has designed and expanded their services to both build clients’ inner selves and balance its physical well-being.
“There are many paths to wellness, and at Airmid Wellness clients get to chose which journey will take them there,” says director Ed Salkind. “We offer not only counseling services, but also yoga classes and multiple treatment options to help clients gain their power back from trauma, abuse, illness, depression, anxiety and more.”
Barbara Steingas is an award-winning and best-selling inspirational author, motivational speaker, spiritual healer and Radiant Life Coach. In her program, she shares the successful strategies she used to overcome the challenges in her own life in order to help others.
“We are all meant to shine our full light of health, happiness and joy so we can transform ourselves from being the victim of our circumstances to the hero or heroine of our journey,” she explains.
by Anthony Kenton and Dino Calabese
Each year on June 21, the Earth tilts 23.4 degrees toward the sun. During this time, the people living in the northern hemisphere will get most of the sun’s light, heat and energy. On June 23 and 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment (SME) invites readers to attend its 10th annual Solstice Expo and Holistic Fair, in New Hope. Attendees can tune up their mind, body and spirit while celebrating the summer solstice with guest speakers, psychics, crystals, tarot readers, energy healers and more.
The Touch Mother Earth Weekend is part festival and part learning center. Held from 5 p.m., June 1, through 8 p.m., June 3, on the peaceful grounds of Mount Eden Retreat, in Washington, New Jersey, it addresses the need to create an environment of sustainability, ensuring us a habitable home where we can all thrive.
Now in its third year, the event has grown to include an eclectic mix of 30 presenters of modern sustainability permaculture aligned with ancient healing ways. Attendees can explore transformative lectures and hands-on workshops on foraging, plant medicine, fermentation, distillation, beekeeping, gardening, glassblowing and more. They can also experience the life-enhancing benefits of reiki, aerial yoga and tai chi, in addition to expressing themselves through tribal belly dance, flow arts, hula hoop dance and nightly drum circles around the fire.
by Katie Samsel
Women experience all kinds of exciting changes during pregnancy, but unfortunately some changes bring aches and pains with them. In fact, 50 percent of women report having lower back pain during pregnancy. Chiropractic care can help. Chiropractic adjustments are a safe, drug-free way to alleviate not only back pain, but also some of the other pregnancy ailments that may present themselves, while simultaneously helping the body function optimally.
Here are a few things chiropractic care can address:
by Lyn Hicks
My gynecologist told me long ago to massage my breasts so I could find lumps and changes in them. I didn’t do it very much, because who wants to find a lump? I would not be honest about it, either—I knew it was important, but the premise created fear, not sacredness of understanding my body. I know many woman feel the same.
Ask any veterinarian and they will most likely tell you that their phone is filled with pictures of poop. Clients text and email photos, and they engage their veterinarian in lengthy discussions about frequency, color, consistency and odor.
Poop is the end product of the complex digestion process that starts with food and requires the assistance of trillions of microorganisms that rent space in the gastrointestinal (GI) tracts of our companion animals. In exchange for nourishment and a place to live, these organisms provide essential elements needed for regulating our metabolism, healthy digestive functioning and a competent immune system. It is estimated that one-third of the microbiota in humans is common to most people, and the remaining two-thirds constitute a sort-of individual fingerprint; each dog likely has its own unique microorganism populations.
by Hannah Adamson
One of the common phrases I hear at school is, “Ugh, I’m so stressed out,” so I took a closer look as to why. High school is a difficult bridge between childhood and adulthood, with teen stress stemming from many factors, most notably academic and social concerns.
Academics are rigorous, with challenging curriculums, large amounts of homework and standardized tests. Working to succeed becomes especially difficult when mixed with a multitude of extracurricular commitments, such as clubs, sports, performance groups, jobs and more. It is not uncommon for teens to arrive home at six or seven o’clock and still have two or three hours of homework to complete for the next day. On top of this daily time crunch, many teens are also concerned about the future—whether intended or not, teens feel the pressure to know what career path and/or college they should choose.
Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow (BCAS) invites everyone to celebrate nature at their third annual Earth Day Festival, held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14, at the beautiful and historic Honey Hollow Watershed, in New Hope.
The festival is a family-friendly community event designed to connect people of all ages to the natural world and inspire a love for the environment. Participants can learn about local conservation organizations, purchase natural and environmentally friendly products and connect with nature through live animal presentations, bird walks, bug hunts, stream stomps, nature storytime with the Doylestown Library and more.