Seeing What’s Good – Letter from the Publisher, March 2018

Thank you for being a reader. I hope you enjoy our March publication of Natural Awakenings.

I find myself wanting to write about the injustice of things—the penal system, gun control, blame, closed-minded people, war, violence, inequality, inappropriate behavior, prejudices and our education system—and then there’s health care and veterans’ rights. Thankfully, our magazine is not part of “the world of what’s wrong.” Seeing the problem is so easy. Want proof? Turn on a TV, a talk radio station, a political cable broadcast, the news… Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on what is wrong. Continue reading

Health is in the ‘Eye’ of the Beholder

Iridology and Sclerology Help Detect Whole-Body Issues

by Michelle Bense

health in eye of beholderWhile proper eye health in itself contributes to improved vision, some specialized practitioners examine the appearance of the eyes to extrapolate the state of other health conditions and systems in the body. These professionals study the colored part, or iris, of the eye—a field known as iridology—and the whites, or sclera, of the eye—known as sclerology.
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Local Focus on Practitioner Tina Stashko

by Maryann Lawrence

tina stashkoTina Stashko’s interest in natural health and healing, which began in the 1970s, led to a fascinating journey of lifelong learning. In pursuit of an education in iridology, the ancient art of reading the iris, and sclerology, the art of reading the whites of the eyes, the founder of Natural Health Promotion, LLC, has traveled throughout the United States and Canada to learn about numerous healing modalities, several of which she now specializes in.
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Grand Opening of Abington Cardiology

abington cardiologyArnold B. Meshkov, M.D.—a cardiologist returning to private practice this year after his time as Professor of Medicine at Temple University School of Medicine—has opened his office at 1077 Rydal Road, Suite 307, in Rydal. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and echocardiography.
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Advances in Anti-Aging Medicine

by Daniel Lebowitz

antiaging medicineRecent advances in understanding the aging process have led to the ability to dramatically lower the likelihood of developing chronic diseases of aging. In some cases, these diseases can be stopped in their tracks—or even reversed. The ability to have enhanced quality of life as we age is also upon us. Aging no longer has to be a long, slow decline.
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Beat the Beast of Inflammation

by Farhan Tahir

dr. farhan tahirInflammation is our immune system’s response to injury and infection, which becomes harmful to the body when it remains unchecked and prolonged. Thousands of studies confirm a strong link between inflammation and the development of chronic diseases—most commonly coronary artery disease and diabetes mellitus. Inflammation is also the cause of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus. It is believed that inflammation even causes cancers.
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How to Understand and Conquer Our Sugar Demons

by Melanie J. Stewart

sugar demonsSugar is everywhere. We love it, we crave it and we know it’s not good for us. But what alternatives are there, and how do we curb our cravings?

According to the American Heart Association, the average American consumes 22.2 teaspoons of added sugar on a daily basis, which is more than twice the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s daily recommendation of 5 to 9 teaspoons. Increasing almost annually since 1982, our rate of consumption comes primarily from the added sugars in popular soft drinks and processed junk food.
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Become a Holistic Cancer Educator Via Online Course

Susan Silberstein

Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of BeatCancer.org, is offering Holistic Cancer Educator certification training for health professionals and caregivers through an online, self-directed course. Participants will learn proven holistic, complementary and alternative approaches for cancer, in order to expand their client base, enhance the quality of service and learn practical information that can directly impact patient health.
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Contemporary Cupping Therapy for Health and Beauty

by Barbara Meza

barbara mezaCupping therapy is a safe, comfortable and effective treatment for many health disorders, with roots in ancient medical practice, in cultures as diverse as Egypt, Greece, Rome, Aztec, Native American, China and more. The current influence of Traditional Chinese Medicine and traditional ayurvedic medicine has seen a reintegration of this healing therapy.
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100 Tips for a Long and Healthy Life

Part One: 1 – 20

by Daniel Lebowitz

Adapted from 121 Ways to Live 121 Years and More!: Prescriptions for Longevity by Ronald Klatz and Robert M. Goldman

1. Inflammation is the new cholesterol
Cholesterol is responsible for the buildup of fatty deposits in arteries. However, this is only part of the issue in heart disease. Inflammation can weaken arteries and cause cholesterol buildups to break off and create blockages (heart attacks). Get levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) tested; high levels are a sign of inflammation and increased risk of heart disease.

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Avoiding and Treating Gum Disease

by Hyo Lim

Gum disease—one of the most common oral diseases in the world—is caused by the infection of the gum tissues by bacteria and other pathogens. Even in this country, with the ready access to dental care and oral hygiene products, gum disease affects a majority of the population. The reason for this situation is that in the beginning stages there may be no noticeable symptoms. However, periodontal disease—the medical term for gum disease—left unchecked and untreated, can lead to pain, impaired oral function and possible problems in other parts of the body. A brief discussion of this common disease and the current treatment options may help reduce the fairly high risk.
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Custom Orthotics Now Available at Center for Natural Healing

Center for Natural Healing, of Doylestown, is now able to make custom orthotics to help with patients’ pain. Fastech Labs’ custom foot orthotics can help solve most foot support and performance problems such as heel, knee and lower back pain, as well as shin splints and plantar fasciitis. The technology has been available for over 30 years and is able to create custom foot orthotics more quickly and far less expensively than traditional methods.
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