A Moving Alternative: Dance Therapy as a Career

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by Annie Xu

Many students are passionate about their artistic and creative hobbies. However, as young adults begin to contemplate which career path to follow, very few will choose a profession in the world of art or dance. This phenomenon suggests that there are some glaring obstacles preventing young people from continuing to pursue their passion.

Dance is a physically demanding job with harsh competition; as dancers age, they are more susceptible to injuries and often cannot “out dance” younger counterparts. To compete in the world of dance, one must study from a young age and dedicate a significant amount of time to the art form. Professional dancers typically spend seven hours of their day in dance classes and rehearsals and often must work for even longer when performing in shows. As a result, dancers on average retire in their mid-30s, either due to competition, age or injuries and, therefore, run the risk of losing a significant portion of their income.

For those that wish to have a financially stable job that allows for dance and artistic expression, dance therapy is a great career choice. Dance therapy, the use of dance and movement as a psychotherapeutic tool, is rooted in the idea that the body and the mind are connected, and it is based on the idea that movement reflects one’s emotional and mental state. Dance/movement therapy benefits a wide variety of people, from those that struggle with their body image to patients that are autistic or suffer from dementia.

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Lyme Prevention Tips

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Studies by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection show the state continues to be number one in reported cases of Lyme disease in the U.S., with cases increasing each year. This year will be no exception, with the CDC reporting that the combination of last year’s large white-footed mouse population and the mild winter will result in an even larger increase of infected ticks.

Bucks County Lyme holds support group meetings at 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of each month at the Middletown Municipal Building in Langhorne. Those that can’t make a meeting this summer can follow these simple and important prevention tips.

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Treating Lyme Disease with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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by Julie Vitto

The late Dr. William Fife of Texas A&M University pioneered groundbreaking research into the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to treat a wide spectrum of conditions, including Lyme disease. His extensive research revealed that, in many cases, patients with Lyme disease were able to stop using antibiotics and other medications after HBOT resulted in dramatic improvements to their overall health.

HBOT works to promote healing by increasing the oxygen concentration in the body at the cellular level and is often used in conjunction with antibiotics. Each patient receives an individualized evaluation before starting what is typically a protocol of 40 treatments. As a result, body functions are restored and the immune system receives a massive boost.

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Lovelight Yoga + Arts Festival

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by Dan Martinsen

There will be three days of peace and music taking place August 18 through 20, almost 48 years to the exact weekend of the original Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969. There will be yoga and meditation—maybe even a sighting of “Mud People”, depending on the weather. Just don’t expect any announcements warning about “brown acid” at the second annual Lovelight Yoga + Arts Festival, in Darlington, Maryland, the brainchild of original Woodstock producer Michael Lang. His goal, along with partners’ musician Wynne Paris and event producer Kim Maddox, is to channel the spirit and activism from the original Woodstock, minus the alcohol and drugs.

“We wanted to create an event based on the values of that generation but to make it appropriate for families,” Lang, now 72, said in a recent telephone interview. “This event isn’t just for millennials, it’s multigenerational—and we want everyone to feel comfortable and safe when they come, and for their peace of mind we decided to keep it alcohol-free.”

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Not Taking Lyme Lying Down: The PA Lyme Resource Network Empowers, Educates, Advocates

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by Jack Firneno

Summer is a time for people to enjoy the outdoors. But for many in Pennsylvania, there’s a dangerous underbelly to the season.

There were 7,351 reported cases of Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania in 2015, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s up from 6,470 in 2014, making the state by far the highest in the nation for documented incidences.

Southeastern Pennsylvania has been hit especially hard: Bucks County alone had 287 cases in 2014 and 454 in 2015, with Montgomery County showing 384 and 409, respectively. Even more alarming is the CDC’s acknowledgement that Lyme infections are underreported.

The disease, along with a host of possible bacterial co-infections, is transmitted through bites from blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks.

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PBS Special On Depression Treatment Features New Vitae

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by Carrie Jackson

New Vitae Wellness and Recovery, in Quakertown, has been dedicated to serving clients and communities by promoting hope, health and wellness for over 30 years. Now they are partnering with the Lehigh Valley’s PBS39/WLVT to share personal stories of recovery from debilitating depression. Close to Home: Depression chronicles the experience of two New Vitae community clients that found hope and recovery through deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), used in conjunction with other therapeutic services that New Vitae offers.

Depression affects about one out of 20 Americans, or 5 percent of the population. Symptoms can range from apathy and agitation to hallucinations and suicidal urges. Many New Vitae clients find success with dTMS after previously exhausting dozens of other treatments. “dTMS is a state-of-the-art technology that stimulates the prefrontal cortex of the brain, where depression is thought to originate, with magnetic coils. We complement this with behavior therapy, talk therapy or whatever else the client needs to feel supported,” says Andrew Amick, a registered nurse and Director of Wellness at New Vitae.

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Customized Coaching and Care for Lyme: Pura Vida’s Natural Healing Know-How

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by Karen G. Meshkov

Pura Vida Wellness Shop and Studio, in Huntingdon Valley, is a holistic health and healing resource center with a selection of premium vitamins, supplements, herbs and oils, as well as onsite classes and workshops in a variety of healing arts. The center opened its doors in January and is a destination for Eastern Montgomery County residents seeking holistic, supportive care for a host of chronic and acute conditions, including Lyme disease.

The center is proudly “womanned” by Sharon Doyle, who has worked in health and wellness for over 25 years and is certified from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and Lynn Roberts, a longtime yoga and meditation teacher, Western herbalist and Kripalu-trained ayurvedic practitioner.

While Doyle and Roberts are at the ready to provide personalized counsel to help whomever comes into their shop, both are adamant that people see their primary doctor immediately if they suspect they have Lyme disease. “We want people diagnosed with Lyme to utilize our individualized supplements and protocol simultaneously with their conventional treatment,” stresses Doyle. “We work alongside physicians; we are not meant to replace them.”

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Blueberries Show Promise as Anti-Inflammatory Agents

HB_Blueberries_24575403_l.jpgAccording to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, affects 25 to 45 million people in the United States. Symptoms include abdominal pain and discomfort. Many people try to alleviate these symptoms by modifying their diets.

A recent study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that blueberries may be helpful in decreasing inflammation and pain in the gut. After giving mice with inflammation blueberry extract daily for one week, researchers discovered the preventative and therapeutic effects from the extract in treating inflammation in the large intestine. Researchers say the anti-inflammatory effect of blueberry extract is due to antioxidant action and the decreasing of certain inflammatory proteins in the digestive tract.

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KUDOS: Attorney Jennifer J. Riley

JenniferJRiley_adj.jpgAttorney Jennifer J. Riley has been named a 2017 Rising Star in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers magazine, and as published in Philadelphia magazine. This is the sixth consecutive year Riley has been awarded this honor.

Super Lawyers evaluates nominees using two indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Rising Star distinction is an honor awarded to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The Law Offices of Jennifer J. Riley are located in Blue Bell and Wayne. Each attorney at the firm provides high quality, compassionate legal services in all areas of family law, including divorce, child custody and support matters.

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Historic Mill Hosts 5K Run and Mile Woofit Fun Walk

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The Delaware River Mill Society hosts its third annual Run of the Mill 5K Race and first annual 1 Mile Woofit Fun Walk from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., July 29, at the historic Prallsville Mills complex in Stockton, New Jersey.

For the first time, the event will see partnering sponsor Animal Alliance of Lambertville, New Jersey, bring adoptable dogs to walk with participants of the 1 Mile Woofit Fun Walk. Both the run and walk take place along the scenic Delaware River and Raritan Canal towpath. Onsite registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

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Locally Made, Organic Bug Spray Repels Ticks and Insects, Naturally

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Candy St. Martine-Pack, owner of GSL Organics & Boutique, in Lansdale, has developed an all-natural tick and insect repellent for the summer season called Bite NO More. Made of a proprietary blend of jojoba, grapeseed, sweet almond, lemongrass, citronella, peppermint, tea tree, eucalyptus and cedarwood oils, the natural and organic essential ingredients in the spray are safe for children and pets.

“Ticks are on the rise and we have seen more customers with tick bites than ever before,” says St. Martine-Pack. Each 3.5 oz. bottle of Bite NO More is paraben-, SLS-, gluten- and DEET-free and works to repel insects such as flies, mosquitoes and ticks by using pure, essential oils.

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Transformation Yoga Project Hosts ‘Pop-Up’ Festivals and Kirtan Artist David Newman

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Throughout the month of September, area yoga studios and community partners will host “pop-up” festivals across the greater Philadelphia area as part of #Yoga Heals: A Festival of Gratitude, supporting the Transformation Yoga Project (TYP).

The festival culminates with Songs for Transformation: An Evening with David Newman, on September 29, at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. This unique gathering will feature a trauma sensitive yoga practice, followed by a performance by Newman, who is a Philadelphia native and world-renowned kirtan and chant artist. Sponsorship levels range from $500 to $2,000.

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