From Brazil to Bucks County: Elaine Berk Offers John of God Crystal Healing Bed

CRG_JohnOfGodCrystalBed_0316by Elisa Smith

CRG_EvolvingSoul-ElaineBerk_0316Therapist Elaine Berk helps clients resolve issues that have been plaguing them for decades. Her extensive training includes traditional talk therapy, past life regression therapy, hypnosis, reiki and energy psychology, which together offer what she calls an “extensive tool kit” for resolving clients’ most vexing issues.

Among those tools is crystal light therapy. Berk is one of a select few granted permission to bring back and use a John of God Crystal Healing Bed, obtained from and named for the world-renowned spiritual healer based at Casa de Dom Inácio, in Brazil.

Millions of people have travelled to “the Casa”, as it is known, to experience the profound emotional, physical and spiritual healings performed by healing spirit guides referred to as “the Entities of Light”, as channeled through the man known as John of God. Oprah and Wayne Dyer are among those who have reported profound healing.

As a frequent visitor to the Casa, Berk has experienced firsthand the powerful transformations that take place there, and she is honored to be chosen to bring this healing modality to others.

The Crystal Healing Bed consists of seven pure, specially selected quartz crystals that are suspended 12 inches above the client. The crystals are lighted through color lenses that are then aligned to correspond to the body’s seven main energy centers, called chakras. Berk explains, “Opening and clearing these energy centers while also cleansing and restoring the biofield or aura—the energetic field surrounding the body—promotes healing, because blockages, imbalances and energetic disturbances can cause or contribute to everything from anxiety and depression to pain and physical illness.” Sessions last from 20 to 60 minutes, and Berk says clients often report having the physical sensation of being “worked on”, as well as receiving guidance and clarity.

Berk maintains the traditions practiced at Casa de Dom Inácio, including “sitting in current” to assist those seeking healing. “Every day, in a beautiful gesture of love, hundreds of people sit in deep meditation to sustain the high energy vibration that facilitates the healing work of the Entities of Light,” says Berk. She offers similar support  by sitting in meditation in an adjoining room on her clients’ behalf during healing bed sessions. Berk believes that healing is a 50/50 partnership between the spiritual plane and the recipient but maintains that the only thing required is an attitude of openness and receptivity.

“John of God insists that he has never healed anyone, and that he only acts as a vessel for God to do the healing,” says Berk. “In that same spirit, I am grateful to be able to offer this service to anyone seeking healing.”<

Location: 110 N. State St., Newtown, and 423 N. Main St., Doylestown. For more information, call 215-970-1534 or visit See ad, page 15.

BuxMont House-Greening


by Elisa Smith

A sustainable planet begins with individuals making better choices, yet many consumers are unsure where to begin to reap the health and environmental benefits of creating a sustainable home. Fortunately, residents of Bucks and Montgomery counties have several options available.

Dennis and Lee Hornick, owners of The Organic Mattress Store, entered the business after being so impressed with their first organic mattress that they decided to become distributors. “Dennis and I had purchased five conventional mattresses in seven years,” says Lee, noting that they’d long wanted an organic one, but lacked nearby retailers. When the couple sold their home in the Florida Keys to return to Pennsylvania in 2004, they enlisted their nephew in California to purchase one there and have it shipped to them. Six months later they were enthusiastic retailers of the brand.

Since then, in addition to offering top brands of organic mattresses, the Hornicks have developed their own private label, OMS.  Lee warns that some companies market their mattresses as natural despite their containing hidden products like borate, silica, Kevlar or Tyvek. “We sell no synthetic products whatsoever. Even in our furniture line, there are no chemical coatings,” she explains. Their commitment extends to their showroom, which was completely gutted and refinished with non-toxic plaster walls, wool carpeting and Bioshield paints, containing no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). “Chemically sensitive people can breathe easy in our showroom,” she says.

MattressOrganicLatex_34026280_sBreathing easy is also important to Mike and Amy Staub, owners of Your Organic Bedroom . “Our bodies rejuvenate while we’re sleeping, so it’s important that our sleeping environment be as non-toxic as possible,” says Mike. As the name suggests, the store offers organic and all-natural options in bedroom furnishings, including mattresses, bedding and sleepwear. In addition to selling the top brands, the Staubs offer customers the option of customizing mattresses. “All of our mattresses are made of natural cotton and wool, sourced and manufactured in the USA, and none contain chemical fire retardants, because premium eco-wool is a natural fire retardant, as tested and approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission,” says Staub.

The store recently expanded to include a line of organic sofas and chairs that feature certified organic hemp, organic cotton duck or a blend of the two on a solid maple frame, with cushions wrapped in organic wool batting and filled with natural latex foam.

For the remainder of the home, Environmental Home Store offers environmentally friendly kitchen, bath, flooring and paint options. According to owner Nick Cutrone, mainstream products often contain VOCs that evaporate into the air, a dangerous process known as off-gassing. “We’re typically aware of toxic chemicals only when we can smell them,” he says, “but toxins can be released into the air for many years after products are installed, leading to health issues including asthma, headaches, fatigue, allergies, depression and even cancer.”

KitchenHealthyNatural_30380687_mlFounded with the mission to make sustainable living and working both accessible and affordable, the company’s services include consulting, design, construction and installation. Cutrone has completely redone the homes of several of his own family members and says all are impressed with the craftsmanship of the products and the air quality throughout the renovation process. “We are experts in replacing traditional materials with cutting-edge sustainable materials for roughly the same cost,” says Cutrone, adding that it’s not necessary to start with new construction. “There are many products available to help homeowners make the shift to a healthier, eco-friendly environment in their existing homes.”

Our sustainable home experts look forward to partnering with readers to improve the health of their living environments. Please use the information below to reach out and learn more.

The Organic Mattress Store is located at 1075 Main St., Hellertown. For more information, call 866-246-9866 or visit See ad, page 32.

Your Organic Bedroom has locations at 323 Main St.,Doylestown, and 83 E. Lancaster Ave., Paoli. For more information, call 215-345-5551 (Doylestown) or 610-647-4068 (Paoli) or visit See ad, page 17.

The Environmental Home Store is located at 320 North Broad St., Doylestown. For more information, call 267-880-6791 or visit See ad, page 9.

Flexible Options in Flexibility Therapy

by Elisa Smith

Traditional massage and basic stretching exercises may be what most people think of first when it comes to maintaining or restoring flexibility, but there are a variety of lesser known, yet highly effective, options available to BuxMont residents.
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Open Wide and Say Spaaaa

Not Your Grandma’s Dentist

by Elisa Smith


Beth Skovron 1“Progressive dentistry in a relaxing setting” is how Beth Skovron, D.D.S., defines her Heritage Dental practice. She and her staff perform state-of-the-art dentistry in a spa atmosphere to put even the most dental-phobic patients at ease while restoring and maintaining optimal oral health.
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Your Mouth Speaks Volumes

Local Dentists on the Cutting Edge of Oral Health

by Elisa Smith

Your Mouth Speaks VolumesThe eyes may be considered the window to the soul, but functional dentists believe the mouth is the gateway to overall health, with repercussions extending well beyond a beautiful smile.

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