Handmade: The Therapeutic Effects of Crafting

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by Lauren Johnson

There’s something inherently satisfying about creating with one’s own hands. Whether growing vegetables in a garden or baking a tray of muffins from scratch, being able to create helps us connect with our creative abilities as well as with ourselves. Studies have shown that adults that participate in crafts such as knitting, sculpting, painting or sewing experience therapeutic benefits that can greatly benefit their physical, mental and social well-being.

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Doylestown Food Market Hosts Third Annual Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner

Chef Matt McPhelinChef Matt McPhelin of Maize Restaurant, in Perkasie, will prepare a farm-to-table meal at the Celebrity Chef Farm to Table Dinner at 5 p.m., September 17, at the Bucks County Audubon Society at Honey Hollow, in New Hope. The event will benefit the Doylestown Food Market. It is the market’s largest fundraiser of the year and will showcase seasonal preparations from local Bucks County farms.

McPhelin graduated with honors from The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, then refined his culinary skills in the award-winning kitchens of Philadelphia’s best restaurants before opening his own restaurant in 2009. Like the Doylestown Food Market, Maize supports local farms and features innovative recipes based on fresh, seasonal, locally grown ingredients.

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Minimus: A Community Tiny House Project at DelVal

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Area residents are invited to tour the Minimus Tiny House at Sustainable Saturdays from August 12 through October 28 at The Market at DelVal. From noon until 4 p.m., guests can see the build in progress, take a full tour of the home when completed and have an opportunity to speak with sustainability experts, project sponsors and other community members interested in a more sustainable way of living.

Designed to educate and inspire a more Earth-conscious community by reducing waste, using as few resources as possible and choosing locally sourced, non-toxic and reusable materials, Minimus serves as an educational demonstration for those seeking to integrate sustainability into their everyday living.

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KarmaFest Camping Weekend Comes to Pottstown

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KarmaFest, a holistic, psychic and yoga festival weekend of camping and fun, returns to Pottstown for the Labor Day weekend, September 1 through 4, at Fellowship Farm. The festival will feature enlightening lectures, meditation, live music, swimming, vegan and vegetarian food, 50 to 75 interesting vendors and a full weekend of yoga. Also available will be special workshops and a children’s program.

KarmaFest was founded by Patricia Hawse in 2005, after she experienced the effects of holistic health firsthand while serving for the Red Cross in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Witnessing the immediate effects of yoga and meditation to relieve tension and increase energy and balance, Hawse vowed to spread the word through a festival—KarmaFest.

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Learn HeartSpeak: Muscle Testing and Stress-Reducing Techniques

NB_HeartSpeak_AnneJensen_0817Anne Jensen, Ph.D., is the developer of the emotional healing and stress reduction tool known as HeartSpeak. This new modality is based on Jensen’s groundbreaking research showing the ability of muscle response testing to help reveal what stresses our body and triggers our mind, and to find the truth of our mind-body experience.

Jensen will teach two courses next month: Muscle Response Testing, from 2 to 5 p.m., September 22, and HeartSpeak Level 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., September 23. Both courses will be held at Montgomery Integrative Health, in Wyndmoor.

In the Level 1 training, students will be introduced to a fast, safe and scientifically sound method of mastering emotions and softening triggers. “HeartSpeak allows anyone to access deep healing simply and effectively by changing the neuroplasticity of traumas and habits and how they affect our lives,” says Jensen.

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Free Trauma and Addiction Training Co-Sponsored by Leading Treatment Centers

NB_Trauma-NewVitae-JosephTroncale_0817New Vitae Wellness Foundation and Retreat Premier Addiction Treatment Centers are partnering to present a free training on trauma and addiction, featuring groundbreaking techniques that can be used by therapists to treat patients suffering from addiction. This presentation takes place on August 10 at the Lehigh Valley Health Network – Cedar Crest auditorium, in Allentown. Registration, networking and a continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m., with the presentation taking place from 9 to 11 a.m.

Joseph Troncale, M.D., Retreat’s corporate medical director, will discuss dealing with the trauma associated with triggering addictive behavior. A dedicated practitioner in the field of addiction for the past 35 years, Troncale is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is board certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine. Troncale has authored numerous articles published in medical journals and was named Outstanding Clinician by Addiction Magazine in 2010.

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LESS SWEET SCHOOL YEAR

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If summer felt as though one too many ice cream cones were enjoyed, starting the school year in a less sweet way may be what we need. Foods that are high in added sugar, like cookies, ice cream, candy, lemonade and soda, are also high in calories and low in nutrition. They do not help kids to feel and perform their best to get through the busy school day and after-school activities.

Some of the latest research conducted at University of California, Los Angeles, discovered that a diet high in added sugar hinders learning and memory by literally slowing down the brain. According to the American Heart Association, kids from 2 through 18 years old should have less than 25 grams of added sugar, or six teaspoons, daily. Not only is too much added sugar linked with heart disease, but also obesity, tooth decay and Type 2 diabetes.

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Star Advanced Medicine Focuses on Tech-Facing Aesthetics, PRP

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Star Advanced Medicine, in Furlong, is a new practice that focuses on non-invasive, regenerative treatments that help to renew both internal and external vitality. Its founder, Dr. Bonnie McKinley, DO, specializes in platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP), a technique used to treat a wide range of conditions, including injuries to ligaments, tendons, cartilage, joints and muscles.

Because of the positive outcomes seen by McKinley’s patients, as well as the high safety profile of each healing treatment, the practice has expanded to also include PRP for various aesthetic applications, offering a safe and effective, non-surgical option for those that want to look their best.

Star Advanced Medicine employs the latest technology, including the Diowave laser for pain relief and healing of tissues, and the Eclipse Micropen Elite, a micro-needle lauded for helping to address wrinkles, fine lines and acne scarring quickly and painlessly. Other services include non-invasive lifts, facials, hair restoration, prolotherapy injections, BioTe hormone replacement and a medically supervised weight loss program.

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Kelly Kolodney Presents Training in Discovering Your Divine Power

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Kelly Kolodney, of TheAngelRaphael.com, in Doylestown, will present the live, eight-week telecourse, Birthing Your Angelic Self, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning September 28. This transformative teleconference series features personal guidance from the Angel Raphael, as channeled by Kolodney.

Each week, the Angel Raphael will engage the entire consciousness in healing a different area of the physical and etheric body in eight, 60-minute, virtual classes. “This is an amazing eight weeks of live trainings packed with divine inspiration, vibrational updates, guided meditations and personal Q&A with the Angel Raphael, guaranteed to connect with your Angelic Self,” says Kolodney. “It’s an opportunity for each individual to discover their divine power.”

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Bucks County Health and Wellness Expo Goes Back to School at Oxford Valley Mall

NB_HealthExpo_0817The Bucks County Health and Wellness Expo will take place over three days at the Oxford Valley Mall, in Langhorne, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., August 25 and 26, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 27.

Attendees will get to meet, ask questions and schedule appointments with local allopathic physicians and dentists, fitness and wellness professionals and holistic health practitioners.

The family-oriented event includes prizes, trial offers, coupons and giveaways at nearly every vendor booth, and entrants have the chance to win a “Back to School” prize pack.

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Letter from the Publisher, August 2017

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Karen_LFP_0516You know by now that it’s hip to be crafty… but did you know it’s healthy, too?

All about our town, and in towns across the country, painting parlors, knitting circles and pottery-making parties are wildly popular, proving the art of crafting is here to stay.

And the habit is a happy one; recent reports and studies attest to the incredible power of crafting—from knitting and jewelry-making to visual arts such as painting, photography and sculpture—to act as a therapeutic, meditative tool that reduces stress and depression and gives people a sense of accomplishment and control.

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