by Carrie Jackson
As a homeopathic practitioner and naturopath, Dr. Julie Lachman works with patients to address the causes of their health concerns and restore health, naturally. Her practice, established in Doylestown in 2012, moved to a new location, in Furlong, on April 1. The updated space offers the same practices and specialties, including homeopathy, botanical medicine, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, constitutional hydrotherapy, biotherapeutic drainage, clinical nutrition and food allergy testing.
Lachman sees both adults and children for a wide variety of conditions. She is an expert in women’s health, including issues such as fertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome and weight gain. The clinic’s Body In Balance fertility program focuses on stabilizing hormones, naturally, without drugs or bioidentical hormones. “After determining the causes that prevent a woman from having a normal menstrual cycle, we use diet, homeopathy and other techniques to restore that balance. When a woman is cycling and ovulating normally, the stage is set for a healthy conception and pregnancy,” says Lachman.
by Karen G. Meshkov
Wendy Warner, MD, is the founder and director of Medicine In Balance, a collaborative, holistic medical practice in suburban Philadelphia. She is a past president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, a former member of the board of directors of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, and a national lecturer in integrative holistic medicine. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology as well as holistic medicine, she has expanded her practice to include men and teens. She has been an invited guest on The Doctor Oz Show and is also the coauthor of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies.
Warner focused her early study of holistic medicine on botanicals, learning from nationally known herbalists such as David Winston and early physician pioneers including Dr. Andrew Weil. While searching for a more complete way of managing chronic conditions, seeking remedies for menopause and improved healing for her patients and herself, Warner was drawn to integrative medicine and nutrition and began incorporating yoga and meditation into her own daily life. Her strong interest in energy medicine then led her to become a master reiki practitioner and a student of shamanic healing practices.
by Karen L. Smith
If you could have changed it any other way, you would have already. If willpower could be successfully leveraged against the issue you have struggled with year after year, it would be a non-issue now. If a well written pop psychology self-help book could have fixed the issue burdening you, it would be fixed. If a weekend skill development workshop could shift the issue that plagues you, it wouldn’t still be a burden.
There are many short-term psychological/social/intra-psychic/relational interventions that can radically change our lives. Sometimes even a walk in the woods, a well-timed song and, of course, conversations and community can shift and awaken us in a way that brings about core changes in how we see ourselves, our worlds and our relationships. Sometimes these interventions are hit or miss, but even then, well worth it. The self is inherently growth and change filled, and the activities we place in our lives are what will dictate the direction and shape those changes take.
YWCA Bucks County is celebrating 63 years of service to the community by holding its 26th annual Salute to Women Who Make a Difference awards event at 6 p.m., on May 11, at Spring Mill Manor, in Ivyland.
The evening features a cocktail reception, a full-course dinner, raffles, auctions and the recognition and presentation of awards. All proceeds from sponsorships, advertising and ticket sales support educational and social services programs for women, children and families in Bucks County.
Prenatal yoga, offered by Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center, in Harleysville, is an opportunity for moms-to-be to prepare their bodies for bringing new life into the world. In community with others, women can learn tools and techniques to get ready for one of the most significant experiences of their lives. The class is ongoing at the center, and moms-to-be can come anytime without any commitment.
“Family life and, most importantly, how one is feeling during pregnancy can be unpredictable,” empathizes owner Kathy Tooley. “We find that offering the freedom to come to class or not to come to class really supports women during this time.”
The Law Offices of Jennifer J. Riley will offer two seminars as part of the Community Education Program at Perkiomen Valley High School, in Collegeville. Jennifer J. Riley, Esquire, will be instructing on the Economics of Divorce, from 7 to 9 p.m., May 15, and on Custody and Child Support, from 7 to 9 p.m., June 19.
The Economics of Divorce class is designed for those contemplating divorce or for those already navigating the divorce process. The class focuses on financial matters related to legal rights and obligations during divorce or custody proceedings. Attendees will learn what to expect in terms of financial considerations, support, equitable distribution of property, alimony and child support.
The Healing Consciousness Foundation (HCF) is holding its 1st Annual HCF Walk at Warminster Township Park, on May 21. Sign in opens at 8:30 a.m. with the walk taking place from 9 a.m. to noon, to benefit the foundation and celebrate Bucks County breast cancer survivors.
Walkers have the option to complete one, two-and-a-half or five miles, with sponsorship encouraged. The cost to enter is $25, which includes a t-shirt, water and refreshments. Participants can enter t-shirt size in the comment field when registering online. A group photo will be taken at the start of the walk.
The Eastern Shore of Virginia is beginning to capture national attention, and for a great reason. A recent episode of HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt, which first aired last month, features a family looking for their dream home in Cape Charles, just one of the wonderful small towns along the 70-mile peninsula. This entire region, a true hidden gem that lies just hours from Bucks and Montgomery counties, offers a haven for sportsmen, those seeking access to nature, as well as those looking for their dream retreat or retirement home.
Not far from Cape Charles, one finds the delightful railroad town of Exmore, with a wonderful mix of antique shops, hotels and a shopping center. Just next door, Willis Wharf Marina is the place to launch boats for free or rent a slip for about $600 a year. Here the journey begins for sailors to enjoy the uninhabited barrier islands by kayak or boat.
The next session of the School of Sacred Ministries interfaith program at Pebble Hill Interfaith Church, originally planned for this spring, has been rescheduled to September as the group continues to conduct interviews and accept new applications. The delay may seem like a setback, but according to the Reverend Brian Weis, it’s the nature of the program.
“We always say the class forms when it forms,” says Weis. “We’re looking for people that are adventurous and open to new ideas. If you’re a student with us, you will encounter people that weren’t raised like you, or see the world as you do.”
Through weekend classes and retreats over 27 months, students learn about as many different religious and spiritual traditions as possible. They’re also introduced to topics such as spiritual counseling, public speaking, group facilitation, forms of prayer, ceremonial work and interpersonal exploration.
Gifted healers ready to embrace their inner entrepreneurial spirit are invited to branch out with their own practice through available studio space at The Healing Center, in Erdenheim.
The Healing Center is looking for healing practitioners with a mind-body-spirit orientation. For rent are four fully decorated studios furnished with massage tables. The center offers a shared waiting room, ample parking and an entrance ramp, and is easily accessible from Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill, Flourtown, Blue Bell, Glenside, Skippack and other nearby locations.
Dr. Edward Kondrot, a board-certified ophthalmologist with the Healing the Eye Wellness Center, in Zephyrhills, Florida, will host two special events and provide treatments to reverse potential macular degeneration, cataracts and glaucoma using alternative methods, including microcurrent and stem cell injections, in June at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott Hotel.
A free seminar from 7 to 9 p.m., June 1, will be followed by a Get Started with Microcurrent workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 3 and 4. Kondrot will also provide stem cell treatments by appointment from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 5 and 6.
Newtown’s Inner Spa will be hosting a free Wellness Toolkit Workshop Series in the community throughout the month of May. The series is designed to provide healthy tools to use in the quest for wellness and offer opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals striving to cultivate health and vitality.
Topics to be discussed include Kick the Sugar Habit; C’mon! Get Happy Hour; Healthy Digestion Basics; Mental Detox: Moving Beyond Affirmations; and Medicine Cabinet Makeover. Owner Cathy Windland enthusiastically describes each of the five topics to be presented.