Letter from the Publisher – June 2018

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Recently, we introduced a new column, written by teenagers, called Teen Voices. The idea behind it is to help parents (and other adults) get a glimpse of the world through a teen’s eyes. In raising my own four children, I found striving to better understand their world through their eyes was one of the most powerful tools I could use. This simple approach does help build a foundation of trust; however, building trust with a teenager is a day-to-day business. Some days, you are best friends. The next day, one of us is from another planet. As in most things, it is a process. Listening (when my 15-year-old talks to me) is more important than speaking. No Einstein moment here. The goal is to learn something, not tell something, and keeping that in focus is paramount to building trust. But let’s step back to the beginning, long before the teen years.

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Art and Music Festival Resonates in Doylestown

AWAKEN Center for Human Evolution (CHE) will present a mindfully positive and entertaining fundraising event, the AWAKEN HighVibe Art & Music Festival, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 30, in the Moumgis Auditorium at Delaware Valley University, in Doylestown.

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Greenshire Celebrates A Mid-Summer Gathering

Greenshire Institute for Holistic Studies is hosting a free community gathering from 1 p.m. until sunset, June 23, on their campus grounds in Quakertown.

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Functional Medicine Practice Now Certifying for Medical Cannabis

Joseph Carchedi, M.D., director of Lower Gwynedd Functional Medicine Institute, has become a certifying medical cannabis physician. In addition to certifying patients, the practice offers state-of-the-art CBD oil (cannabidiol) products, including a CBD-infused water.

Carchedi offers, “I believe that medical cannabis will change people’s lives by improving their quality of life and providing hope to those that have been struggling with chronic disease.”

 

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Manhattan Massage Therapist Relocates to BuxMont

After more than 35 years of private practice in Manhattan, Licensed Massage Therapist Lee Noonan has relocated and is offering “City Massage at Country Prices” to Bucks and Montgomery county residents.

Referring to her services as “The Art of Touch”, Noonan understands that the lasting aspect of treatment lies in discovering the underlying causes of pain. This often involves detective work, such as recognizing when a change in a client’s lifestyle or surroundings might be adversely affecting their body.

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Teen Yoga Camp Empowers Young Women

Girls aged 11 to 13 are invited to explore nutrition, yoga, positive body image and creativity during a weeklong teen yoga camp at Roots & Wings Facilitating Healing, conveniently located by the Quakertown high school. The camp runs from 1 to 4 p.m., July 9 through 13.

Led by Roots & Wings owner Hillery Woods Siatkowski, LMT, RYT-200, the girls will have a daily yoga practice exploring themes of art, ecology and wellness. Activities include wildcrafting herbs, meditative mandala making, self-care practices and building healthy relationships.

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Protecting Your Pets from Pests Naturally

There’s no such thing as a free lunch—and in the world of flea and tick control products for pets, that phrase has never been more true. Fleas and ticks, and the diseases they carry, are the bane of our companion pets. One in 12 dogs tested positive for Lyme disease (carried by ticks) in our area last year, with actual cases thought to be much higher. Ticks and fleas transmit additional diseases, and fleas can cause horrific skin conditions and allergic reactions. But is administering poisons to your pet every month the right solution?

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Teen Voices: Stress-Relieving Strategies for Teens

Last month, I talked about the stress that is placed on teens that are striving for academic achievement while simultaneously excelling in extracurricular activities. They want to get into a good college, follow their dreams, build a future and ultimately become “successful” adults. While these things may be important, growing up is not all about getting somewhere or becoming someone. We need to take time to find joy in the present moment, otherwise the journey to adulthood becomes overwhelming and loses its purpose.

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Local Yoga: The Importance of Yogic Breathwork

Take a deep breath. Loosen your jaw and feel your eyebrows soften. Now take another long, deep breath in and out. Notice if your body feels a bit more at ease.

Yogi Bhajan emphasized that the rate of breathing and state-of-mind are inseparable. When the body is under excessive stress, it can sometimes forget how to breathe efficiently, and the natural ability to breathe effortlessly can become lost.

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Comprehensive Micronutrient Analysis Appointments in Yardley

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.

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Horses and Healing Offered by Doylestown Resident

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.

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