Social Media Tips for Small Businesses

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by Michelle Arbore

In order for small businesses to succeed with social media, they need to have a consistent presence and accept that it is here to stay. Social media is not going away anytime soon, and it will only get better.

The first thing anyone must understand about social media is that it is about building the “know”, “like” and “trust” of followers. The idea is to let people know there is a human being behind the brand.

The other thing to understand is that people are talking about businesses, products and services on social media. Rather than ignoring these conversations, business owners should jump in and have a say in where that conversation goes. If someone complains about products and services, owners can find out why and learn from it in order to better serve current and potential customers.

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Hope in a Time of Crisis: Communities Organize to Fight Opioid Addiction

by Jack Firneno

Girl comforting her friendIt’s impossible to talk about pain management in 2017, and in Southeastern Pennsylvania, without also exploring the opioid crisis.

The Drug Enforcement Agency’s analysis of drug-related deaths in 2015 shows a continued rise in overdoses statewide, especially from opioids. Published last July, it documents 3,383 drug-related deaths across Pennsylvania that year. Heroin and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid often mixed with heroin, were present in 54.6 and 27 percent, respectively, of all overdose deaths.

That means, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, that opioid overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death—not just drug-related fatalities—in the state. Bucks and Montgomery counties, with their mix of densely populated and rural areas, ranked in about the middle of the list, with 117 deaths in Bucks and 136 in Montgomery.

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Preventing Digestion Problems at the Source: Jeff Griffin, DC, Prescribes Nutritional Enzymes for Stress, Pain

by Gisele M. Siebold

crg_centerfornaturalhealing_griffin_0915.jpgJeffrey Griffin, founder of the Center for Natural Healing, in Doylestown, was a practicing doctor of chiropractic with over 15 years of clinical experience when, in 2003, he was introduced to the work of influential chiropractor and nutritional scientist, Howard F. Loomis. Loomis’ approach focuses on the importance of digestion and, specifically, the assimilation, absorption and elimination systems of the body and their relationship to overall health and wellbeing. The encounter opened Griffin’s mind and made a profound impact on how he approaches healing. Since then, he has successfully used the Loomis System in combination with chiropractic techniques to ease pain and achieve optimal health for patients at his busy Doylestown office.

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Reveal and Heal the Source of Pain with Zero Pain Now

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by Rebecca Antsis and Karen G. Meshkov

According to a 2015 study published by the National Institutes of Health, nearly 50 million Americans—one in every five people—suffer from severe or chronic pain.

The wide variety of pain management techniques varies from physical therapy and surgical procedures to the most controversial and widespread approach: the use of prescription opioids.

But the persistence of chronic pain has forced even more conservative-leaning
patients to seek relief options that fall outside the confines of the traditional medical model. One such alternative method is the Zero Pain Now program.

Zero Pain Now is founded upon the discoveries of Dr. John E. Sarno, a physician and professor of rehabilitation medicine at New York University School of Medicine. During the 1970s, Sarno discovered a mind-body connection between certain forms of pain and repressed emotion.

Dan Buglio, a certified Zero Pain Now coach whose work is based on Sarno’s initial discovery, points out that we encounter proof of this relationship daily: “We cry, we blush, we get nervous stomachs; these are all very real, universally accepted physical changes to our bodies that happen as a result of emotion stimulus. So why not pain?”

Sarno called the pain it produced tension myositis syndrome (TMS). He published his findings and, in more than 45 years of practice, cured countless chronic pain sufferers, and did so at little cost to the patient.

But as is common to those ahead of their time, Sarno’s work remained in obscurity until it was resurrected three decades later by Rapid Life Change coach Adam Heller, who healed himself from a long bout with severe back pain by studying the work of Sarno and other mind-body advocates.

Through extensive research and lived experience, Heller improved upon the processes with his program Zero Pain Now, a step-by-step coaching protocol to help those afflicted with chronic pain end it completely.

Over 1,000 private coaching clients have gone through the private Zero Pain Now coaching program and 97 percent were able to eliminate their pain completely, a metric unrivaled by other pain management techniques. Further, a pilot study conducted at the Mayo Clinic at the end of 2015 was designed to measure how effective Zero Pain Now would be for longtime sufferers of chronic pain, including those with lower back pain, degenerative disc disease, fibromyalgia, shoulder pain, groin pain, spinal stenosis and migraines. The pilot participants started the program with reported pain levels of mid- to high-intensity. The results showed that every single patient was pain free by the end of the 28-day program.

Bucks County resident Dan Buglio is thrilled to be among that 97 percent. For over a decade, Buglio suffered with debilitating back pain and sciatica. Frustrated by ineffective treatments offered by his doctors, he sought out alternatives. Zero Pain Now was the protocol that finally ended his pain, and he has remained pain free for the past six years.

Buglio has made it his life’s mission to help others end their pain through the Zero Pain Now program, which includes education on the nature of pain, a customized pain assessment, and a proven process to reverse the body’s physical response to suffering caused by the emotional world. “It is that process that ends the pain,“ says Buglio, who works one-on-one with clients in person, via video chat and email.

The first step, he asserts, is becoming proactive about your health. “Many people delegate their health to their doctors, where it does not require any thinking or ownership on the patient’s part.”

Another hurdle Buglio helps his clients over is the shift in mindset. “It’s hard to accept the reality that pain is actually caused by the body’s real physical reaction to intense emotions and stress. The pain is real, but so is the cure.”

For people interested in learning more, there is a free, online diagnostic pain test available at YourPainTest.com that quickly ascertains whether the sufferer is a candidate for the program. “The test takes only about five minutes and is free. You can access it from your smartphone. If you are in pain and you’ve been told there’s no hope, I encourage you to take it. You have nothing to lose and, potentially, so much to gain.”

For more information, call 800-580-6530 or visit DanBuglio.com

Rebecca Antsis is a Pennsylvania-based writer, performer and editorial associate for Natural Awakenings BuxMont. Connect at RebeccaAntsis@gmail.com.

Karen G. Meshkov is publisher and director of advertising partnerships for Natural Awakenings BuxMont.

June 2017

A New Paradigm for Health and Healing: Unite for HER Opens Doors for Complementary Therapies

by Karen G. Meshkov

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It’s early on a Sunday morning, but the lobby at Bryn Mawr Hospital’s Newtown Square facility is already abuzz. The space is teeming with women in stylish athleisure-wear; banquet tables are adorned with balloons and centerpieces. As guests make their way to their assigned seats, only the number of heads that remain fully covered by knit caps and scarves reveal that this is no ordinary Main Line brunch affair—this Wellness Day event is hosted by Unite for HER, a cutting-edge women’s health organization, and the attendees are Philadelphia-area women that have recently been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The “HER” stands for Healing to Empower and Restore, and Wellness Days are one of the organization’s signature programs. This interactive, one-day workshop will introduce these women to the range of services and education that will be provided to them over the next year through their fully-funded “wellness passports”.

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Creative Life Cycle Rituals for Women

by Rayzel Raphael

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For millennia, the Jewish people and other religious groups have marked holy time. They have marked the passage of time with rituals, and have used ceremonies to formally acknowledge life cycle and important events. Rituals help people recognize and sacralize life experiences.

There are the traditional rituals for Shabbat and holidays, and life cycle. Yet, in this abundance of ritual, there is a noticeable absence of ceremonies stemming from women’s creative impulses and affirming women’s life experiences.

In the Bible, there are a number of examples of women’s life cycle ceremonies. The story of Hannah (Samuel 1:21-28) illustrates a woman’s weaning ritual. The women of the community go to lament the daughter of Yiftach (Judges 11:34-40) each year. A red thread is wound around a newborn (Genesis 38:28). Today we live in an atypical era with a lack of these types of women’s ceremonies. We feel the cravings in our souls. The forces of modernity and the predominantly (male) secular culture have obliterated the existence of authentic women’s rites.

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Cultivating Conception from Within: The (In) Fertility Center Delivers

by Gisele M. Siebold

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At the (In) Fertility Center, in Mansfield, Dr. Brit Reed helps women conceive using natural, effective, non-invasive protocols. For the past seven years, her focus has been on working with pediatric and prenatal clients because more women are seeking care and education for fertility challenges and pre-conceptive wellness. Reed’s therapies and lifestyle education have proven successful for women to conceive when their bodies are healthy and capable. To this end, she designed and opened the (In) fertility Center in September 2016.

Reed provides a free, 15-minute consultation to discuss whether the patient is a good candidate for treatment. Her program consists of 17 unique, advanced alternative therapies. Six, 90-minute treatments are tailored to each woman’s needs, including travel time. The experience may last only a few intensive days if she is coming from a great distance, or be spread out over a few weeks if the client lives in the area.

Since 2002, Reed has devoted her career to understanding the natural healing abilities of the body and offering proper education, support and direction for clients. After receiving a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2009, she went on to become a diplomate in prenatal care.

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Healing Consciousness Foundation Celebrates Connie Cifelli

by Jack Firneno

ED_HCFAward_ConnieCifelli_0517At its 10th anniversary celebration in March, the Healing Consciousness Foundation (HCF) honored Connie Cifelli, a two-time breast cancer survivor (or, rather, “Thriver”, as they are known within HCF) with the 2017 Geri Thompson Award. The award honors women that have promoted the mission and values of HCF for the betterment of others affected by breast cancer.

Cifelli began receiving services from HCF during her first bout with the disease, and worked as a volunteer after the cancer resolved. When she had a recurrence, Cifelli returned to start the Wellness Warriors Program, and to offer holistic nutrition counseling for other HCF women.

“I never lost faith, but you can become consumed with fear,” Cifelli says. “Because of the foundation’s programs, I was able to get back in the right frame of mind. I became really passionate about empowering other people.”

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Making an Anti-Aging Plan: Healthy Hormone Levels and Weight Control Contribute to Vibrant Health

by Monica Gavin and Gisele Siebold

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The goal of anti-aging medicine is to maintain the body’s health and vitality as it ages. Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) and weight loss are both parts of an anti-aging treatment plan that can improve people’s lives in a variety of ways.

The ABC’s of BHRT
It’s important to note the difference between bioidentical and synthetic hormone replacement therapy. Because synthetic hormones do not match the molecular structure of human hormones, they often result in unpleasant side effects, some as severe as cancers and cardiovascular issues. Conversely, bioidentical hormones, derived from natural plant sources, provide an exact match to those produced by the human body, offering relief from symptoms while minimizing the potentially dangerous side effects.

As Marla Viturello, of Philadelphia Professional Compounding Pharmacy, states, “The value of customized BHRT is critical in restoring balance. Because these prescriptions are naturally derived and can be compounded in different strengths and dosage forms, patients can benefit from a regimen designed for their distinctive needs.”

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Making Treatment a Treat: The Professional Choice for Oncological Wellness

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When it comes to salon services, we know how good they can make us feel. A little pampering can go a long way, but at Nu You Skin Care and Wellness Center, it goes far beyond skin deep.

Owner Gerry Christopher is a licensed esthetician and certified oncology esthetician who has been offering oncological facials to those undergoing chemotherapy and radiation for several years.

“I began offering this service since cancer runs in my family,” she says. “It’s so important to me to help relieve the stress of what the body goes through during cancer treatment, and soothing the skin is a big part of that.” Christopher explains that not only is the skin the largest organ of the body, it is the largest organ that helps rid the body of toxins. “When you’re putting chemo through the body, it has to come out somewhere – and that’s the skin,” she says. “The skin on the face is especially sensitive because it’s exposed, has lots of blood vessels, and is thinner than on other parts of the body.”

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Preparing for Past Life Regression Therapy: Getting Inside, but Not In Over, Your Head

by Elaine Berk

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Some people wish to do Past Life Regression Therapy (PLRT) work but have anxiety about the process and what they will learn about themselves. For many, anxiety about the unknown is a normal response. Knowing more about what kind of professional should be sought and what the process involves will help people as they consider this kind of therapy.

PLRT is powerful work, and healing and transformation usually continue after the session for days, weeks and sometimes months as the experience and healing are integrated. For this reason, it is important to work with an experienced professional, preferably someone that has the background and credentials in PLRT and psychotherapy to assist in any issues that arise during or after sessions.

During a PLRT session, a therapist guides the participant to retrieve and (re)experience past life information that comes to them by way of all six senses. As that process unfolds, a slow unraveling of what occurred in that lifetime will come into awareness, bit by bit, in the form of mental pictures, emotions and intuitive insights as the journey of that lifetime becomes increasingly clear.

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Shiatsu and Qigong as Preventative Care: Balance Chi for Self and Community

by Lauren Johnson

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It goes without saying that people need connection. Whether it be through our environment, community, friends or family, being engaged helps us thrive. However, in today’s bustling world, even connection to one’s self has its challenges. Shiatsu is one method that can help us reconnect.

The word “shiatsu” means “finger pressure” and is a specialized form of acupressure that follows meridians and pressure points in the body. It originated in China about 6,000 years ago and works with the energy of the body or chi. “Bringing the energy into balance nurtures the person on the cellular, emotional and spiritual level,” says Shirley Scranta, owner of the International School of Shiatsu, in Pipersville. “It is the integration of all these aspects that help keep a person healthy.”

Scranta explains that during a shiatsu treatment the practitioner takes time to assess the areas in the body where the chi is not flowing and then treats it accordingly. “Moving the chi is done by a combination of stretching, rotating the arms and legs and applying firm pressure,” she says.

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