Getting It Straight: A Small Head Adjustment Can Change Lives

by Andrew Persky

The journal Neurology Research International published a fascinating paper in 2015 linking numerous neurological conditions—including seizures, migraines, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS and ALS—to the joint connecting the head to the top of the neck, referred to as the craniocervical junction (CCJ).

What is the CCJ, and how can it be the underlying cause of so many different brain problems?

The CCJ is comprised of the base of the skull, the first two bones in the neck (C1 and C2) and all of the anatomy passing through that space. Anything going into or out of the head and brain must pass through the CCJ.

According to The Merck Manual, one of the most widely used medical resources for physicians, an abnormality or misalignment of the CCJ can be the underlying cause of:

  • Sensory issues and muscle weakness in any part of the body
  • Problems with eye movement, hearing, speech, balance and muscle coordination
  • Fainting, vertigo, brain fog, weakness and visual disturbance
  • Neck pain, often accompanied by headaches

And that’s just a partial list. Continue reading

Teen Voices: Living in Gratitude

by Hannah Adamson

“I don’t want to do my homework,” “Ugh, my room is messy,” “I don’t like the way I look today.” These types of complaints somehow manage to creep their way into our lives. At school, sometimes it seems that we are listing complaints more than actually communicating. Yes, life can be challenging sometimes, but it should not be the focal point of our perspective. Continue reading

When ‘Fat’ Is a Good Thing: Essential Fatty Acids in a Pet’s Diet

by Laura Weis

Optimizing a pet’s health always starts with providing a species-appropriate diet that is minimally processed. When cats and dogs eat diets that nourished their ancestors for thousands of years, they are at a significantly lower risk of modern disease epidemics associated with chronic inflammation and poor nutrition. Unfortunately, even when we provide fresh whole foods and take care to balance our pets’ diets, there are still often imbalances in essential fatty acids that can lead to numerous degenerative and disease processes. Continue reading

Local Yoga: The Zen of Kickboxing

by Rosie Lazroe

Although yoga is a major part of my life, there is nothing like a good cardio workout. Every so often I explore a new type of cardiovascular exercise, and as I dove in to my latest cardio adventure, I wondered when my love for cardio began. A trip down memory lane led me back to high school, when the seeds of a physically fit lifestyle were first planted. Continue reading

Kids, Teens and Fathers

Last year, we introduced a new column called Teen Voices written by Hannah Adamson. The idea behind it was to help parents (and other adults) gain a glimpse into the world through a teen’s eyes. Although with tears of sadness, we now wish a joyous farewell to Hannah as she moves on to attend George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. In her words, “I’m in the honors college and planning to double major in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and Global Affairs. I’m very excited. I loved writing for Natural Awakenings and hope I have contributed to a teen’s world.” Continue reading

Art and Music Festival Resonates in Newtown

AWAKEN Center for Human Evolution (CHE) will present a mindfully positive and entertaining fundraising event, its annual HighVibe Art & Music Holistic Festival, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 8, in the Linkz Pavilion at Bucks County Community College, in Newtown.

Attendees can enjoy positive and spiritual art and music, holistic and natural products, alternative healing practitioners, workshops, meditations, healthy food, free parking and more. This is an indoor festival. Attendance is free, but donations are welcome. Continue reading

June Campout Offers Community and Positivity

GreenRoots Gathering, a community gathering and campout, will be held June 15 through 16 at Deer Park Camp and Retreat Center, in New Hope.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday and running through 5 p.m. Sunday, the weekend is designed as a family-fun event for all ages. Participants can enjoy positive intentions, making new friends, reconnecting with Mother Earth and sharing in uplifting vibes.  Continue reading

Center for Natural Healing: Specialized Approaches to Overcome Health Challenges

by Sheila Julson

Chiropractor Jeffrey Griffin, founder of the Center for Natural Healing, in Doylestown, has over 34 years of clinical experience in nutrition and spinal care. In 2003, he was introduced to the work of Howard F. Loomis, an influential chiropractor and nutritional scientist. Loomis’ approach to healthcare focuses on the importance of digestion and, specifically, the assimilation, absorption and elimination systems of the body and their relationship to overall health. Continue reading

Building Budget-Friendly Meals

by Samantha Schmell

Healthy eating doesn’t have to break the bank; in fact, making nutritious choices for family meals can actually save money. Below are some strategies for creating tasty and budget-friendly meals for all to enjoy.

Have a game plan before you shop.

First, check the supermarket’s weekly ad and plan meals for the week, keeping in mind what items will be on sale. Then take inventory of what is already on hand in the fridge and pantry so there are no unnecessary purchases. Now create a detailed list of what is needed from the supermarket. Shopping with a list is key to staying on budget. Continue reading

Teen Voices: Being Present as the Future Unfolds

by Hannah Adamson

Spring has finally arrived and so has Decision Day and AP exam season. Needless to say, May is a big month for many teens, especially seniors.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Advanced Placement (AP) courses are high school classes that are taught at a college level. In May, these courses have standardized exams that determine if students can get college credit. Many students spend countless hours studying for these exams and can find them overwhelming. Continue reading

Local Yoga: Mindfulness in Minutes

by Rosie Lazroe

What a joy it is to be completely in the moment! Children naturally exist in a state of present moment awareness. They live their lives through play, and, as we all know, it is easy to be in the moment when we are having fun.

I have been teaching yoga to kids for over a decade and have found that when kids are introduced to yoga and meditation in a joyful environment, they will grow to love the practice. In fact, I have witnessed children lean into these practices all on their own when faced with boredom or stress. Continue reading

The Art of Not Worrying

Have you ever noticed how spending time worrying works? We start with a bit of fear, a possibility of an outcome that is never good (hence the word worrying). Negative thoughts creep in and dominate our thinking. We then create a path of new worry, layering unrelated worry on top of the original worry. Not everyone worries this way, but I have been there, and I know plenty of people that spend time enjoying the process of worrying. Sounds a bit crazy, this worrying thing. However, before you know it, we have created and projected the outcome of everything that could go wrong and will go wrong. Suddenly, we are trapped in our own creation of thinking worry. Naturally we need someone to share our worry with and seek them out. OMG! Now we have a worry network! Continue reading