Years ago, the teachings were very different with animals. The assumption was that animals had no feelings and didn’t talk. Today, it is no longer acceptable to abuse animals, to use them for animal research where they are treated inhumanely or abused. There are laws to protect animals and they are included in many more aspects of life. People take them in cars, to events and to hotels more frequently. Seat belts are used to keep them safe and they are active in helping people heal as therapy dogs. Continue reading →
Most people think of drugs and alcohol as addictive substances, but few think of things like workaholism or sugar addiction, two of the most prevalent addictions today.
Sugar has recently become recognized as an addictive substance. It stimulates the same part of the brain as heroin or cocaine and can impact the body in harmful ways. It can weaken the immune system and is directly linked to diabetes, cancer, allergies, asthma, acne, tooth decay and other ailments. Continue reading →
One of the big mistakes that people make is assuming that all grief is equal. Grief for one individual is not the same as for another. One often makes the mistake of passing judgment on those who are grieving, making it worse for those that need to face their losses. Some individuals are not ready to face their grief and need to work toward finding the path to start their own grieving process. Others may never face their grieving process. Continue reading →
February 2015 marks five years since Natural Awakenings arrived in the healthy living community of Bucks and Montgomery counties. Since then, NA BuxMont has helped countless businesses reach their perfect clients and thousands of readers to stay well versed in leading a healthy and happy life.
To all who have been a part of this community’s continued successes, we thank you. Here’s to many more years!
Each January, an estimated 40 percent of Americans make one or more New Year’s resolutions. Whether the goal is big or small, a vow to make a change is often not an easy task to tackle. Luckily, the healthy living community in the Bucks and Montgomery county area has helpful advice and wishes to share with Natural Awakenings’ readers. Continue reading →
We live in a world where “I can’t” rules. “I can’t…” is the beginning of a statement in a time when a person feels powerless. It is a means to a lose-lose situation. “I can’t lose weight. I can’t stop drinking. I can’t stop gambling.” This phrase is on the total opposite end of the spectrum from the positive, “I can.”
For Julie Ann Allender, EdD, a can-do attitude is essential to making the most of her approach to therapy. “I teach that no mountain is too high to climb,” she says. Describing herself as having “fought the systems that didn’t work,” Allender developed her therapy techniques by looking at what everyone else was doing—and doing something different. “I have spent 35 years growing, learning, evolving and creating a business,” she explains. That business includes such unique facets as a “simulated tropical garden in the therapy room” as well as animal-assisted therapy offerings.
Animal-assisted therapy—also known as pet therapy—brings a lot of questions to mind. Many people think it means working “on” animals. It is not unusual to have a new patient call and ask if they can schedule an appointment to “fix” their dog or cat.