Page 1





The Art of Aging Well

Strategies That Work

Gut Check Feeding the Immune System



GREEN THERAPY Ecopsychology and

the Nature Cure

Healing Hands

Getting a Grip on Pain

January 2020 | Somerset-Middlesex-Hunterdon-Mercer-S. Warren

After an Accident

Getting Proper Care is Crucial Dr. Magaziner has been caring for accident victims for over 25 years. His philosophy is to provide a comprehensive evaluation as soon as possible after the accident. The reason that timing is critical, even after a low-speed car accident, is that the forces exerted on the body during a collision can cause a lot of hidden soft-tissue injuries that may not show up until days or weeks after the car injury occurred. Emergency room doctors have to focus on immediate, life-threatening injuries first. More often than not once a life-threatening injury is ruled out auto accident victims, are sent home from the emergency room with some pain relievers and little to no recommendation for further treatment. This type of trauma commonly causes muscle, ligament, joint and disc injuries which if not promptly treated could lead to more serious and chronic conditions. Absolutely do not under estimate the seriousness of your injuries regardless of the amount of pain you are immediately experiencing. You need to pay attention to the warning signs such as: Neck pain or stiffness, headaches, dizziness, back

pain, confusion or trouble concentrating, numbness or tingling, ringing in the ears, jaw pain, depression and fatigue. Dr. Magaziner specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of acute traumatic injuries. Once an accurate diagnosis is made, Dr. Magaziner will design a specific treatment plan for your condition. Dr. Magaziner’s philosophy is to start with the more conservative treatments (less invasive) first such as physical therapy or chiropractic care. The Center for Spine, Sports, Pain Management and Orthopedics Regenerative Medicine centrally located in North Brunswick, New Jersey, specializes in non-invasive interventional pain treatments designed to reduce pain and heal the injured regions. There are many nonsurgical treatments which are effective in the treatment of traumatic injuries. Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Magaziner has been the CEO of the New Jersey Interventional Pain Society, a clinical

professor at Robert Wood Johnson University and an assistant professor at the New York Medical College. Dr. Magaziner is on the cutting edge of new procedures designed to reduce pain and regenerate injured tissue. He has successfully treated thousands of patient’s who have suffered a traumatic injury.

Dr. Magaziner can

help you recover from Traumatic Injuries

If you have suffered a traumatic injury and have acute or chronic pain, call our office today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation to determine how we can help!

2186 Rt. 27, Ste 2D | North Brunswick, NJ 08902 | 877-817-3273 2

Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Natural Health and Beauty Products. Holistic and Traditional Medicines. Unmatched Expertise.

New Year’s

Networking Event! Join Valley Integrative Pharmacy & Wellness Center and Natural Awakenings Magazine, Saturday January 18th, 2-4pm. Mingle with the integrative community and celebrate the New Year! Meet naturopaths, nutritionists, homeopaths, health coaches, herbalists, thermographers, holistic dentists, and so many other like minded people in this wellness community. Exchange information, find a business link. Open to the public and professionals. Lite fare and beverages Rsvp: 908-658-4900 or email: No solicitation without permission.


Vibrant America Testing WEDNESDAY JAN 8 3 - 6:15 pm ————— OR ————— TUESDAY JAN 28 10 am - 1 pm Micronutrients, Hormone & Thyroid Panels, MTHFR, Cardio Metabolic, Gluten, Celiac, Wheat Allergies, Food Allergies, Intestinal Permeability, IBS Sure Appointment only Most insurance accepted

WEDNESDAY JAN 8 11 am Wellness Wednesday: Dr. Conte & herbalist Rob Sena sleep & stress small group workshop RSVP required

SUNDAY JAN 12 2 - 4 pm

Master Class cosmetic workshop Makeup & Skin Care workshop with Jane Iredale professionals Samples, gift with purchase, raffle.

FREE! RSVP required

SATURDAY JAN 18 2 - 4 pm

New Year’s Networking Event at Valley Integrative Pharmacy 16 & over please. RSVP required




We’ll deliver or ship right to your door.

$3.00 delivery charge.

Spend $50 Get 20% off Every time. Come in for details

75 Washington Valley Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921 • 908.658.4900 • Located next to Fresh Market Hours: Monday-Friday 9am - 7pm, Saturday 9am - 4pm, Sunday 10am - 3pm

THURSDAY JAN 23 9 am - 7 pm

Thermography Imaging Thermographer Lisa Mack CCT,CNC, HH Breast imaging, men’s & women’s health screening, full body imaging

Call Lisa at: 609-618-6545

January 2020



Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Natural Awakenings is a family of more than 70 healthy living magazines celebrating 25 years of providing the communities we serve with the tools and resources we all need to lead healthier lives on a healthy planet.



Getting a Grip on Pain



On Covering Climate Now



Deciding What We Really Want

30 LIVING LONG & WELL Age-Defying Habits and the Fountain of Youth



Feeding the Immune System



Teachers Prep Kids for the Future


Dealing With Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

4 2 GREEN THERAPY ADVERTISING & SUBMISSIONS HOW TO ADVERTISE To advertise with Natural Awakenings or request a media kit, please contact us at 908-405-1515 or email Deadline for ads: the 15th of the month. EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS Email articles, news items and ideas to: Kathy@ Deadline for editorial: the 5th of the month. CALENDAR SUBMISSIONS Email calendar events to: Deadline for calendar: the 10th of the month. REGIONAL MARKETS Advertise your products or services in multiple markets! Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. is a growing franchised family of locally owned magazines serving communities since 1994. To place your ad in other markets call 239-434-9392. For franchising opportunities call 239-530-1377 or visit


Ecopsychology and the Nature Cure


Why Less Is Sometimes More

DEPARTMENTS 7 news briefs 8 spotlight 36 conscious eating 9 kudos 38 healthy kids 10 health briefs 40 natural pet 12 global briefs 42 green living 16 healing ways 44 fit body 18 roots pharmacy 46 local yoga 24 eco tip 47 rosie’s corner 25 teen voices 48 calendar 26 wise words 51 classifieds 28 inspiration 54 business directory January 2020



publisher letter


MANAGING EDITOR Kathy Tarbell 908-912-4569 • 770-867-2101 direct

EDITOR Lana Dykes DESIGN & PRODUCTION Kathy Tarbell Megan Connelly COPY EDITOR Julie Vitto



WEBSITE Kyle Hass•732-596-7384

ACCOUNTING/BILLING Asta Dunne • 908-405-4040

ADVERTISING SALES Joe Dunne 908-405-1515 Visit our Facebook page for the latest health updates and information, or to post your events and comments.


NATIONAL TEAM CEO/FOUNDER Sharon Bruckman COO/ FRANCHISE SALES Joe Dunne NATIONAL EDITOR Jan Hollingsworth MANAGING EDITOR Linda Sechrist NATIONAL ART DIRECTOR Stephen Blancett ART DIRECTOR Josh Pope FINANCIAL MANAGER Yolanda Shebert FRANCHISE SUPPORT MGR. Heather Gibbs WEBSITE COORDINATOR Rachael Oppy NATIONAL ADVERTISING Kara Cave Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation 4933 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 203 Naples, FL 34103 Ph: 239-434-9392 • Fax: 239-434-9513 © 2020 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. Check with a healthcare professional regarding the appropriate use of any treatment.

Natural Awakenings Magazine is ranked 5th Nationally in CISION’S® 2016 Top 10 Health & Fitness Magazines


Learning Through Life


y holiday season has been filled with family gatherings and new resolutions—plus conversations about how fast you go from age 15 to 50. With that fresh in my mind, I’ve spent some time reflecting on my own life but also on the journey ahead for my son. He’s hunting for college; fearing, I assume, the unknown, and looking into the abyss of growing up. By age 17, my own journey had taken me from the street life of Brooklyn to Taipei, Taiwan, courtesy of military Joe Dunne, Publisher service. Those two years in Taiwan mesmerized me with new experiences, new cultures and learning just how big life is. By age 24, I was married and a father of two, and for the next ten years, there was nothing any book, any professor, any one person could help me with. Life was my teacher. And sometimes Life handed me a punch in the face. I never got use to that punch, but then, I never knew that I needed it. Which leads me to this point—Life is the greatest teacher and paying attention to the moment is the key. Accepting it all—the ups, the downs, the mistakes, the rewards, the people, the experiences, the friends, the challenges—they are all part of our instruction, and in some cases, tests to help us become who we are and can be. I only wish I learned how to pay attention a little earlier. Life does go by fast. If you’re as lucky as me, then 50 quickly goes to 75. Now my teaching is a little easier. The punch is a tap, the moments are miracles, each breath is a gift, and humility has taken over ego (though not totally). You realize that life is good, love is breathtaking, kindness and giving is a gift to myself. Life has taught me to live in the moment, as best I can, experience the possibilities, dream the dreams, take risks (safe ones), be there for others, to make gratitude a cornerstone of thinking, to live with integrity, make good decisions, and embrace love no matter what. I still have lots to learn and chapters to write, so as we enter into the new decade I hope everyone will pay more attention to self because life has taught me that my life, my happiness and my path is my responsibility. And that is a good thing. In love, peace and laughter,

We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives ... not looking for flaws but for potential. – Ellen Goodman

Please Recycle

Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

news briefs

Christ Church: An Emerging Christian Community


tart the New Year with some self-care. Stephen Ministers are trained listeners who offer spiritual care through tough times because they believe that bearing one another’s burdens is a way of fulfilling their commitment to Christ. Stephen Ministry is a one-to-one caring ministry. Christ Church has equipped and empowered caregivers to provide high-quality, confidential, care to people who are hurting, as an expression of their faith in Christ. Stephen Ministers are laypeople trained to provide one-to-one care to people experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation or separation due to military deployment. They share a passion for bringing love and care to people during their time of need. A Stephen Minister meets with a person once a week for about an hour and their services are free. Location: Christ Church, 1600 Washington Valley Road at Crim Road, Martinsville. For more information and to ask for a Stephen Minister, call Rev. Susan Joseph Rack at 908 722-2080, email or visit See ad, page 7.


Your cells remember trauma on a deeper level. Some injuries hang on because their energy gets trapped in the deeper tissues of the body. Using Matrix Repatterning, Dr. Larkin detects and releases these deeper injuries, improves electrical flow and allows the body to function normally again. Call 908-930-0628 today to begin your journey back to normal.

Dr. Clare M. Larkin, DC, CMRP conveniently located in Warren

Three Weeks of Profound Workshops at Cabo Breath Fest


n celebration of Natural Awakenings’ commitment to promoting higher consciousness during the last 25 years, the Cabo Breath Fest will offer many life-changing workshops plus other activities from February 1 to 21, in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Some of the 20-plus international experts offering workshops include event founder Dan Brule, author, breathwork pioneer and the creator of Breath Therapy; Stig Avall Severinsen, champion free diver and author of the bestselling book Breatheology – The Art of Conscious Breathing; Dr. Jim Morningstar, author and founder of the School of Integrative Psychology; and Lena Kristina Tuulse, Breathwork pioneer and author of Passion for Life who introduced conscious breathing to much of Europe. As this historic event is a co-creation of the trainers and guests, attendees are also invited to make presentations during some of the 100 available sessions. There’ll also be yoga on the beach, drumming circles, concerts, social gatherings, great food, dances, art and other enriching activities. Tickets: $100 for any or all workshops. For more information, tickets and inexpensive accommodations, call 800-568-7957 or visit or See ad, page 14.

1600 Washington Valley Rd, Martinsville, NJ 08836 An intimate faith community

Mentored by Jesus; Unapologetically Progressive; Social Justice Driven; LGBTQI+ Welcoming; Spiritually Curious; GreenFaith Sanctuary; Interfaith Friendly

Come as Who You Are and Join the Conversation Engaging, Creative & Contemplative

Join us to Celebrate the Light of the World with Christingle Sunday, January 5 at 10:00 am Christingle celebration is free & family friendly.

In order to have sufficient supplies, please RSVP to “contact us” or 908-722-2080 by Friday, January 3. Last minute attendees are whole-heartedly welcome!

January 2020


spot light

Be Here Now Yoga


e Here Now Yoga is a small yoga studio tucked away in historic downtown Flemington. It boasts ample free parking and a ramp in the back of the building as well as an elevator for handicap accessibility. The studio offers Prime of Life Yoga, Restorative Yoga to Live Cello, Yoga for Beginners, Gentle Yoga, Mixed Level,

Slow Flow Yoga, Yoga for Men, Prenatal Yoga and monthly Yoga Nidra classes. Now in its sixth year, owner Karen Walsh continues to focus on small, intimate classes that prioritize personalized modifications with attention to each student in the class. She also specializes in Prime of Life Yoga and leads many of the classes herself. Walsh, an E-RYT 500, has been living with Multiple Sclerosis for 24 years and can personally attest to the mind-body benefits of yoga and meditation. After undergoing a discectomy on her spine, she teaches Yoga for Back Care on Thursday evenings and feels her surgical rehab just means she has more to offer her students. Walsh prides herself on making yoga accessible to all bodies. Students who would like to learn more about Be Here Now Yoga can attend the upcoming 300-Hour Advanced Teacher Training or Yoga Therapy. In addition, new student 3-class packs are offered for $25, but those who mention Natural Awakenings get their fourth class free. Location: Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main Street, Suite 202, Flemington. For information, call 908-642-0989, email or visit See ad, page 47.

Directory of Display Advertisers Thank you for being part of our community! Acupuncture Works 50 Awakening Point Yoga Studio 47 Ayurvedashram Wellness 21 Be Here Now Yoga 47 Cabo BreathFest 14 Califon Yoga 46 Center for Advanced Health 57 Through Dentistry Center for Spiritual Living 15 Princeton Christ Church 7 Christel Haase Reflexology 28 Conscious Dying Institute 25 CopperZap 59 David Winston’s Center for 16 Herbal Studies Dr. Andy Rosenfarb 45 Dr. Clare Larkin, Matrix 7 Repatterning Dr. John G. Gallucci 15

Dr. Paul Bizzaro, DC 23 East Coast Spine, Sports, 2 and Regenerative Medicine /Dr. Edward Magaziner eZential Wellness 46 Gaia’s Gifts 29 Holistic Dental Center 60 Hunterdon Integrative Physicians 43 In Your Arms 57 Inner Truth Hypnotherapy 11 InSight Holistic 43 Integrative Health & Wellness 45 Associates Lisa’s Thermography & Wellness 32 Mom N Pop CBD Wellness Shop 20 Morning Star Family Health Center 9 Nature’s Rite 41 Ondov Relationship Coaching 24 Personally Yours Lingerie 9 PremierMD 19

*New or returning advertiser Premier Pilates and Yoga 4 Princeton Center for Dental 51 Aesthetics Psychic Gallery 24 Qi Gong for Healing 14 Qi Revolution 33 RAYKI School 35 Samsara Chiropractic 29 Sand Hills Community 52 Wellness Center Sunny van Vlijmen/EFT-Practice 40 Sunrise Nutrition 21 The Naturopath, LLC 53 The Whole-istic You 13 Unbridled Life Coaching 4 Valley Integrative Pharmacy 3, 13, 39 Wellspring Women’s Health 11 Whole Foods 53 WholeListic Hair Design 52 Yoga Central 46

Let them know you found them in Natural Awakenings Central NJ! 8

Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition


Lisa’s Thermography and Wellness Receives 2019 Best of Morristown Award


ach year, the Morristown Award Program honors the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Morristown area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. We are pleased to congratulate Lisa Mack and Lisa’s Thermography and Wellness for being selected for the 2019 Best of Morristown Award in the Wellness Center category. The Morristown Award Program’s mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The award program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Morristown Award Program and data provided by third parties. For more information about Lisa’s Thermography and Wellness, see ad, page 32.

Don’t leave the girls hanging...

Give yourself the perfect fit!

Bras 32AA-50DDD including specialty sizes E thru K Bra-Sized Swimwear • Sports Bras • Nursing Bras Strapless • Reconstruction Bras OEKO-Tex Standard 100: Tested for harmful substances.

PersonallyYours Lingerie

Expert Bra Fitting & Special Attention since 1974

“A Comfortable Bra is a Right, Not a Luxury”

315 Main Street, Bedminster 908-234-1444 • Hours:Tues-Fri 10-5 • Sat 10-4 • Closed Sun-Mon

January 2020


Drink Pomegranate Juice to Protect Fetal Brain Growth About one in 10 babies in utero struggles with a dangerous condition known as intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), in which the flow of oxygen and nutrients through the placenta is restricted, hampering development of the growing fetus. Now, a simple solution—of mom drinking an eight-ounce glass of pomegranate juice a day—offers hope of a way to reduce infant deaths and lower the need for infant surgery. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, studied 77 mothers with IUGR at St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital that received either one cup a day of pomegranate juice or a placebo. Evaluating 55 of the babies’ development with MRIs after birth, researchers found that the babies with pomegranate-drinking moms had evidence of both better brain connectivity and development of white matter—tissue through which messages pass in the central nervous system. Pomegranate juice is a rich source of polyphenols, a class of foods also found in nuts, berries, vegetables and teas that’s known to cross the blood-brain barrier and have neuroprotective effects.

10 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Ines Behrens-Kunkel/

Eating and drinking fermented probiotic dairy products such as yogurt, kefir, cheese and sour cream reduces the risk of heart disease for women, report researchers from the Netherlands that analyzed data from nearly 8,000 Australian women over a 15-year period. The effect was particularly strong for those that were obese and had Type 2 diabetes, according to the research. “In the process of dairy fermentation, beneficial compounds are released that have shown promise for improving glycemic control, blood lipids, cholesterol concentrations and blood pressure,” write the study authors.

Chomping on more nuts daily keeps the pounds at bay, according to research published in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. Using records from three long-term longitudinal studies spanning 20 years and including nearly 300,000 health professionals, the report from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that increasing nut intake by a half serving a day—about 12 almonds or seven walnut halves—was linked to lower instances of weight gain and obesity. Swapping out a serving of meats, refined grains or desserts for half a serving of nuts was associated with staving off weight gain of between 0.9 and 1.5 pounds in any four-year period. A consistently higher nut intake of at least half a serving a day was associated with a 23 percent lower risk of putting on 11 or more pounds and becoming obese in the same timeframe. No such links were found for eating more peanut butter. The researchers suggest the high fiber content of nuts can make a person feel full longer, and that that the fiber also binds well to fats in the gut, affecting a greater discharge of calories.


Eat Fermented Dairy to Lower Heart Risk

Munch More Nuts to Stave Off Weight Gain

Live Near Green Spaces to Stave Off Metabolic Syndrome Middle-aged and older adults that live in greener neighborhoods have a lower risk of metabolic syndrome, reports research from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health in the journal Environmental Pollution. The study followed more than 6,000 British adults in a cohort initially between ages 45 and 69 for 14 years, and correlated health records and interviews with satellite images of greenery. They found that exposure to green spaces seemed to help prevent metabolic syndrome and its individual components such as large waist circumference, high levels of blood fats and hypertension. The results “could be related to better opportunities provided by green spaces to perform physical activity, as well as a decrease in exposure to air pollution,” notes Carmen de Keijzer, first author of the study. Women fared even better than men, perhaps because women may spend more time in green spaces.

Evgeny Karandaev/

health briefs

Deviatov Aleksei/

Eat Garlic and Onion for Breast Health


Women eating more onions and garlic reduced their risk of breast cancer by 59 percent compared to those that ate less of these, according to a study in the journal Nutrition and Cancer. Researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Puerto Rico surveyed 660 women in Puerto Rico to measure their intake of onions and garlic, as well as sofrito, a local dish also cooked with bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and black pepper. Women that ate the onion- and garlic-rich sofrito sauce more than once a day slashed their risk of breast cancer by 67 percent compared to those that didn’t eat it. Both garlic and onions contain compounds with anticarcinogenic properties, and earlier studies have found a link between higher onion and garlic intake and fewer cancers of the lung, prostate and stomach. Puerto Rican women eat more onions and garlic than women in Europe and the U.S., mainly due to the popularity of those two ingredients in sofrito, and also have markedly lower breast cancer rates.

There is a

An Essential Component in Integrative Care This evidence-based modality is mind-body medicine that aids individuals therapeutically while in a hypnotic state.

Medical Support Hypnotherapy

Works with all medical issues including surgery, chronic pain, stress, dentistry, childbirth, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence & more.


Within You Empower Your Life to Conquer Your Dreams

Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy

Enhance performance for sports, confidence, public speaking, better memory, test taking, achieving goals and motivation. All sessions are kept confidential with HIPAA regulations.

Call Today 908-617-1545

Ask about

Modern Sacred Science ®

for Information and a Free Consultation.

Tori Valspirit, CMS-CHt, FIBH

Board-Certified Medical Support/Clinical Hypnotherapist 1386 US Highway 22, Lebanon, NJ 08833

908-617-1545 •

W Holistic Gynecology ellspring Women’s Health Hormone imbalance Menopause wellness Gentle annual exams Period problems Leaky bladder Sexual health Pelvic pain

Sarah Wallis WHNP NCMP CNM

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Menopause Certified (NAMS) Certified Nurse Midwife

be good to yourself

take care of your health

Wellspring– G 280 RolliNg KNollS Way, BRidgeWateR NJ 08807

(732) 456-6262 January 2020


According to researchers, each airline passenger produces about three pounds of trash per flight, from disposable headphones and plastic cutlery to food scraps and toilet waste. To increase mindfulness about the trash, British design firm PriestmanGoode has refashioned the economy meal tray, replacing plastic with renewable materials such as coffee grounds, banana leaves and coconut wood. Associate Strategy Director Jo Rowan says, “Onboard waste is a big issue. Knowing that you have 4 billion passengers per year, it all adds up very quickly.” The redesigned items are featured in an exhibit, “Get Onboard: Reduce.Reuse.Rethink.” at the Design Museum, in London. The biggest environmental issue with air travel is carbon emissions, which are growing at a faster rate than previously projected. But as air travel becomes increasingly accessible and more people fly, airlines have been making public pledges to curb their environmental footprint, including the plastic forks and leftovers their passengers leave behind.

A collection of 18 papers published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco indicates that climate risks may cause home values to fall significantly; banks to stop lending to flood-prone communities; and towns to lose tax money needed to build seawalls and other protections. One recommendation is for regulators to penalize banks that lend money in areas that have been hit by disasters, yet have not taken steps to protect themselves against similar future disasters. Banks could also be rewarded by regulators for financing projects that leave communities less vulnerable to flooding or other hazards. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell wrote that the Fed takes “severe weather events” into account in its role as a financial supervisor. The San Francisco branch of the Federal Reserve, responsible for banking oversight across a major swath of the American West, wrote in March that volatility related to climate change has become “increasingly relevant” as a consideration for the central bank.

Uncowed by a Hurricane Cattle Survive Churning Sea

Three cows turned up at Cape Lookout National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina months after being swept out to sea by Hurricane Dorian. Local resident Paula D. O’Mally wrote on social media, “The cows are wild and have survived for decades without human intervention. They’re pretty tough that way.” A massive wave swept away nearly all 20 of the cows and 28 wild horses that were on private land on Cedar Island. The cows’ caretaker has identified them, and a group is formulating a plan to get the cattle back home. The rest, and all of the horses, are believed to have perished in the storm. 12

Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Africa Studio/

Air Meals May Get an Eco-Makeover

Climate Change Increases Banks’ Financial Risks

Travel man/

Trays Up

Money Talks


global briefs

Looking for Balance in Your Life? The Whole-istic You is

A Blend of family practice and functional medicine... A Natural approach with a traditional foundation... Compassionate, comprehensive, primary care.

Call today to schedule your appointment.

Renata Kulessa Dussias, D.O.

Traditional Family Medicine & Integrative Care Board certified with over 15 years of experience

335 East Main St. Somerville, NJ • (908) 864-4200 •

Are you balanced? Do hormones play a part in putting weight on your waist and hips? Are you more forgetful and tired lately? Is stress getting the better part of you? Are you feeling more hot flashes or surges? Is that restful sleep something of the past? SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing assesses the levels of micronutrients that play an important role in your overall health and wellness, including 35 nutritional components comprised of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within your white blood cells. Come to our store — take the test — and receive your detailed report.

Call 908-658-4900

75 Washington Valley Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921 908.658.4900 • Located next to Fresh Market Hours: Mon-Thu 9am - 8pm, Fri 9am - 7pm, Sat 9am - 4pm, Sun 10am - 3pm

January 2020


classes|seminars|workshops Tai Chi & Qi Gong classes offered weekly

6-Day Qi Healing Seminar/Workshop 2 weekends Fri-Sun

January 3-5 & 10-12 OR Feb. 27-Mar. 1 & Mar 6-8 BETTER HEALTH EITHER WAY! See page 48-53 for class/workshop details. or call Fran Maher & Brian Coffey


1275 Bound Brook Rd, Ste 1, 2nd Flr Middlesex, NJ 08846

Gender Gap

Sea Turtles Skew Female

Scientists warn that as the Earth gets hotter, sea turtle hatchlings worldwide are expected to trend dangerously female. The West African island of Cape Verde is home to a sixth of the planet’s total nesting loggerheads, and 84 percent of youngsters are now female, researchers from Britain’s University of Exeter stated in a July report. “Males here could vanish in two or three decades,” says Adolfo Marco, a Spanish researcher. “There will be no reproduction.” Sea turtle eggs that incubate in sand below 81.86 degrees Fahrenheit produce males, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, while nests in the mid-80s create a gender mix. Temperatures higher than 87.8 degrees effect 100 percent females. In Cape Verde, the sand temperature has risen about 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1964. Populations in Florida and Australia are also showing dramatic sex imbalances, casting the shadow of extinction over the ancient species. Sea turtles can live for 100 years and lay more than 1,000 eggs. They are polyamorous, and one male can fertilize dozens of females.

Rich Carey/

QiforGong Healing

global briefs

Rethinking Rice

Growing up in Gambia, Nfamara Badjie’s parents taught him it’s much healthier to eat food they grew rather than food bought in a store. Badjie, a well-known drummer who moved to the U.S. in 2005, bought a plot of marshy land in Ulster Park, New York, two hours north of New York City, and is learning how to adapt the rice-growing practices of his West African ethnic group, the Jola, to East Coast climates. Agronomists hope the innovative operation, Ever-Growing Family Farm, can provide a blueprint for other area farmers to introduce new crops due to the threat of climate change. Erika Styger, an agronomist from nearby Cornell University, says, “We can reinvent agriculture even today, and if we have that mindset, there is a lot that can be done. We shouldn’t get stuck in how we have done things, and we need to adapt to climate change.”

14 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

COLOA Studio/

Farmers Respond to Climate Change

“Filled with Inspiration” — A Must Read! Against-all-odds spiritually and metaphysicallybased true stories that take you on a supernatural journey of healing the heart, mind, body, and soul.

Beach Junk

Maarten Bell/

Microplastics Found in Brand-New Sand

A Hawaiian beach that was formed by lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano in 2018 is already littered with invisible pieces of tiny plastic. The black sand beach named Pohoiki, which stretches for 1,000 feet on Hawaii’s Big Island, was created from shards of hot lava coming in contact with seawater, and looks pristine. Nic Vanderzyl, a University of Hawaii at Hilo student, saw the new beach as an opportunity to study sediment that was perhaps untouched by human influence, and discovered 21 bits of microplastics per 50 grams of sand on average. The microplastics were smaller than five millimeters and rarely larger than a grain of sand. Most of them, he says, were microfibers, the hair-thin threads shed from common synthetic textiles like polyester and nylon. This invisible plastic has washed ashore on some of the world’s most remote beaches, uninhabited by humans. It’s still unclear how it will affect marine ecosystems, but scientists think it may have dangerous consequences for wildlife and human CLB Ad.qxp_Layout 2 health. 9/6/15 10:11 PM Page 1

God My L i f

w it h e


John Gerard Gallucci, MD,

is a board-certified, award-winning pediatric and neonatal general and thoracic surgeon who has held the designation of “Top Doctor” in his home state of New Jersey for many years. He is also a reiki master, energy healer, and prayer warrior who genuinely uses the energy of the Holy Spirit to heal families’ hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.




, MD



love . connec t . inspire The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton invites you to visit our community and to explore new possibilities for your life. Our center offers a practical spiritual teaching that draws on the wisdom of the ages and New Thought principles to promote spiritual awakening and personal growth. Join us for our Spiritual Transformation Service Sundays at 10:30 am • Princeton Masonic Lodge • 345 River Road • Princeton, NJ 08540 (1 mile from Route 27)

For more information, call 609.924.8422 or visit January 2020


healing ways


NATURAL HEALING FOR HANDS Getting a Grip on Pain by Marlaina Donato OHishiapply/

Center For Herbal Studies

On-site or On-line Training Program David’s last class as primary teacher

M “Good herbalists treat people, not diseases, and in our program we strive to teach the skills necessary so that each student can accomplish that goal.”

For more information, please contact us: 908-835-0822


ost of us take our hands for granted until buttoning a shirt or opening a jar becomes a daunting task. Getting a grip on that pain and loss of function with holistic solutions can be a game-changer. Inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, as well as repetitive motion syndromes like carpal tunnel, are commonly linked to hand and wrist pain, and effective treatment relies on identifying the underlying cause. “Systemic inflammation will be an issue in any case, but the root condition needs to be addressed,” says Kiva Rose Hardin, a New Mexico-based herbalist and co-editor of Plant Healer Magazine. Carpal tunnel, for instance, is not always a repetitive injury syndrome; it can sometimes be triggered by endocrine imbalances such as hypothyroidism, she says. Susan Blum, M.D., author of Healing Arthritis: Your 3-Step Guide to Conquering Arthritis Naturally, agrees on both the role of inflammation and the importance of looking beyond the diagnosis itself. “Inflammation is a process in the body, an end result, and we have to go upstream, so to speak, to find triggers including stress, gut health, toxins and infections.” By finding the trigger, relief is within reach with non-surgical solutions and

Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

We have to go upstream, so to speak, to find triggers including stress, gut health, toxins and infections. ~Susan Blum

natural approaches such as physical therapy, specialized yoga, acupuncture, essential oils and inflammation-taming foods and herbs.

Gut Check

Factors like leaky gut syndrome, stress and inadequate nutrition can all kick inflammation into overdrive. The right dietary adjustments can go a long way toward putting on the brakes. “Inflammation from compromised gut health can contribute to both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis,” Blum notes. “Abdominal fat releases inflammatory molecules into the joints, so metabolic syndrome should [also] be looked at as a factor in osteoarthritis.” The simplest place to begin is to pay attention to food quality, she says. “Choose whole foods high in nutrients and fiber; eliminate all processed food; read labels to spot hidden sugars and food dyes.”

sumroeng chinnapan/

Systemic inflammation will be an issue in any case, but the root condition needs to be addressed. ~Kiva Rose Hardin Blum, the founder of the Blum Center for Health, in Rye Brook, New York, initially guides her patients on an elimination diet to find dietary triggers like soy, corn, gluten, dairy, sugar and eggs. She also recommends a diet that is 70 percent plant-based and includes cold-pressed, solvent-free oils such as high-quality olive oil. Blum cautions against nightshade vegetables like eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and white potatoes that can trigger osteoarthritis pain.

Exercise and Prevention

Improper posture can set off a domino effect from neck to fingertips, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome and other troublesome conditions. Prevention can go a long way. “Stretching and strengthening are the best ways to prevent injury or pain,” says physiotherapist Kelly Picciurro, of Spring Forward Physical Therapy, in New York City. Picciurro emphasizes exercise for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. “It’s vital that these patients maintain a certain level of mobility, and [physical therapy] can improve that.” Those with repetitive strain injuries also respond well to gentle yoga postures like tree pose, upward hands and upward fingers. In general, yoga helps upper body muscles support and align the hands, wrists and elbows.

Snuffing Out Pain

Acupuncture, especially with a focus on postural muscles of the neck and back, can be effective in reducing pain and inflammation. Hot and cold treatments can bring relief for arthritis flare-ups. Circulation and resulting improved cell nutrition can be achieved by employing heat via showers, baths and heating pads. For acute pain, cold from an ice bag or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel for 20-minute intervals reduces swelling by reducing circulation and dulling pain signals. Pain-reducing herbs such as cat’s claw, aloe vera, green tea, ginger, borage oil and chili pepper can all help fight systemic inflammation. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is also a heavy hitter. Blum recommends at least 1,000 milligrams daily of curcumin that is formulated with pepper or a phospholipid for optimal absorption. A 2018 study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that the combination of curcumin and black pepper can repress inflammation signals in the intestines. Essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, ginger, Roman and German chamomile, lavender and balsam fir are also effective in reducing pain, and have anti-inflammatory properties. A few drops can be added to Epsom salts for a bath or diluted and rubbed onto the area three times daily. Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at


Food tips from Susan Blum, M.D.

Replace refined sugar with maple sugar, coconut sugar or honey, all of which offer nutrients and minerals. Avoid overly processed agave nectar. If meats are consumed, choose organic and grass-fed. Choose whole grains.

Herbal suggestions from Kiva Rose Hardin For topical pain-relieving applications, look for a fat/oil-based preparation with mint or cayenne for faster action.

Powdered herbs in mass-produced capsules can lose medicinal efficacy quickly. Alcohol or glycerine-based tinctures are good choices that can be convenient when traveling. Ginger is an effective anti-inflammatory that can be added to food. Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum), sustainably sourced, is especially useful in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis; the rhizome of this plant seems to work on the synovial fluid of the joints. Reishi (Ganoderma lucidim) is an important part of any autoimmune formula. A decoction or extract is beneficial for arthritis, fibromyalgia and lupus. Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum) reduces stress and anxiety while moderating inflammation; it is especially effective in the treatment of autoimmune disorders and endocrine disruption. Hawthorn (Crataegus) reduces systemic inflammation and has a moderating effect on most forms of arthritis and joint pain; it also strengthens the collagen matrix of the body and supports overall joint health.

Computer posture reminders from Kelly Picciurro

Elbows should rest at about a 90-degree angle and comfortably at the side. Wrists should lie in a neutral position; not be too extended or flexed. The keyboard and mouse should be close to the body to avoid excessive reaching of the hands. January 2020


healing with nature’s pharmacy

Medical Marijuana: Could It Be Right for Me?


edical marijuana has been legal in New Jersey since 2012 and it’s been playing a crucial role in relieving patients’ numerous conditions inadequately controlled with more traditional approaches. However, Dr. David Boguslavsky, a Bridgewater family physician who is registered with the state to perform medical marijuana evaluations, states, “It’s important to not get ahead of the science with regards to medical marijuana. Although there is mounting evidence that medical marijuana can be an effective modality to treat a number of conditions, it is unlikely to be a ‘panacea cure-all’ that many wish it to be.” The doctor emphasized that medical marijuana should be thought of simply as another treatment option for clinicians and patients. “Medical marijuana, like many other tools in a clinician’s toolbox has the potential to help patients feel better and lead more active, productive lives,” he continued. It has been shown to help those with chronic pain, inflammatory bowel disease, PTSD, anxiety and migraines. In the realm of pain control this is

a far safer alternative to opioids that always carry a risk of destructive addiction.” New Jersey’s Medicinal Marijuana Program has a total of 51,000 patients, 2,000 caregivers and 1,000 doctors are now participating in the program. The top five medical conditions among patients who have qualified for the program are chronic pain due to musculoskeletal disorders, anxiety, intractable skeletal spasticity, PTSD and severe or chronic pain due to cancer or HIV. Boguslavsky states that it is, “critical to see the right provider when consider-

18 18 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. S. Warren Warren Co. Co. Edition Edition

ing this form of therapy. An ideal decision regarding medical marijuana’s appropriateness is reached by a collaboration with a knowledgeable clinician who can make recommendation adjustments based on the patients’ complex medical history.” Unfortunately, obtaining medical marijuana is not easy in New Jersey. The process starts with a visit to a physician who is registered with the state Department of Health to perform marijuana evaluations. Dr. Boguslavsky and his team see prospective patients for an hour-long intake visit where a detailed medical history is taken, medical records are reviewed, a physical exam is performed and the determination is made whether the patient qualifies for participation in the state’s Medical Marijuana Program. Urine drug screens are obtained to weed out at-risk patients with active cocaine and heroin use. Patients bring their relevant medical records, their driver’s license and a proof of residency because the state is strict in establishing the identity of residents admitted into the program. At the second visit, about a week later, the clinician reviews the test results with the patient and a monthly dose of medical marijuana is determined. Once approved by the doctor, the patient registers with the state and receives their own Medical Marijuana card that allows them to go to a dispensary where

they’ll get additional education and can purchase the marijuana. The patients then follow up regularly with the doctor to monitor their progress and to adjust dosing if necessary. Boguslavsky said he believes that skepticism about the effectiveness of medical marijuana will fade as more and more medical practitioners become aware of its benefits. So far, most of his patients have been “extremely positive” about the impact of the medical marijuana on their health. For many of Boguslavsky’s patients, medical marijuana has been a godsend. One patient explained, “I’ve tried various medications for pain and chronic insomnia, all of which were mostly unsuccessful because of nasty side and after-effects, along with potential issues of dependence. Ultimately, I just suffered endlessly without relief.” That frustration led her to explore the benefits of marijuana. She continues, “I finally decided to look into cannabis, as recommended by so many others who have experienced success. This turned out to be a long-awaited solution. Relief has been provided with no side effects! I can function again.” Boguslavsky believes that as the use of medical marijuana becomes more acceptable, the state will need to authorize more dispensaries, which are strictly regulated by the state. That may also lead to an eventual reduction in prices as supply and competition increase. Recent expansion of the Medical Marijuana program should take the number of dispensaries from seven to twelve. For those looking to free themselves from migraines, chronic pain or anxiety, medical marijuana may be an unexplored safe and effective treatment option. To see if the condition qualifies for participation in the Medical Marijuana program, the first step begins with a call to Dr. Boguslavsky. Location: PremierMD, 757 Route 206, Bridgewater and 500 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken. For more information, call 908450-7002 or visit See ad, this page.

Good To Know


Dandelion contains magnesium and zinc. These help detoxify the skin and, in turn, keep the pores free and clean of bacteria. It’s beneficial in helping treat acne, eczema and other skin difficulties. Not only are the flowers and leaves edible, the white sap from its stalk is used in many topical treatments for skin problems. People suffering from environmental allergies should be cautious while using products containing dandelion.

The End of Chronic Pain? _______________ Medical Marijuana Medical Acupuncture ___________________


Family medicine • medical marijuana

medical acupuncture • chinese herbal medicine

David Boguslavsky, MD

Board Certified Family Physician & Medical Acupuncturist

757 Route 202-206, Ste 104, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Call Today for your consultation 908.450.7002 • Most insurances including Medicare accepted January 2020


roots: healing with nature’s pharmacy Good To Know


Mention licorice and most people have visions of black and red candy. However, the licorice root is not a sweet confection. Licorice root has been used for hundreds of years as a medicinal agent. First discovered in Europe and Asia, the root is actually identified as

a weed. Used by early Egyptians in a tea, it was considered a cure-all drink. China began importing the root and it was quickly added as a staple tea product in traditional chinese medicine. There are a plethora of ailments for which licorice root tea can be used. According to many research studies, the root is beneficial in improving respiratory issues in the bronchial system. It helps stimulate the production of healthy mucus. Although it might seem strange to seek mucus production medicines with respiratory issues, the healthy mucus cleans out the old sticky mucus which is the culprit of many conditions.

Licorice root is also good for stress relief, soothing the stomach, augmenting cancer treatments and helping protect skin and teeth. There are some side effects from drinking licorice root tea and some medication interactions. Remember to do your research, or seek the assistance from a certified herbalist.

When it comes to natural relief,

turn to Dr. Brown’s CBD. Dr. Brown’s CBD uses the latest scientific knowledge and experienced professionals to create top of the line CBD products at affordable prices.

GOOD TO KNOW Tinctures • Gummies Pain Relief Cream Bath Products Pet CBD


15% Off with this ad

Free Samples

at All Locations! EASTON, PA SCRANTON, PA 312 Town Center Blvd 127 W Market St 610.438.2349 570.800.7333 Cash/Credit accepted

BECHTELSVILLE, PA HACKETTSTOWN, NJ WASHINGTON, NJ 226 Route 31 North 828A N Route 100 110 Mill St 908.366.4320 908-223-7536 484.415.5037

20 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

It’s time to Feel Alive Again!

Good To Know


Nutrition is not “one size fits all.”

Cucumbers are

Advanced Therapeutic Nutrition

not only for making pickles and adding to salads and sand-

starts with non-invasive comprehensive nutritional testing to learn what is and is not working well in your body. This allows us to create the personal program best suited to help you feel healthy and alive!

wiches. There are a number of benefits that cucumbers can provide when using them topically. This tubular vegetable is rich in ascorbic and caffeic acids, both of which bring down the rate of water retention. According to Diamond Beauty Guide, cucumbers can have a calm and cooling effect on the skin, which can decrease inflammation and redness of the skin.

Supported conditions include: Nutritional deficiency disorders | Muscle aches and pain Gastrointestinal symptoms | Brain and memory problems Autoimmune disorders | Environmental toxicity

Take the first step to better health!

Don’t struggle with your health.

Feel Alive Again!

Call Today!

Dr. John Harrington | 137 Mountain Ave, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 We offer: • consultations • wellness plans • therapies

Ayurveda the ultimate science of mind body healing Vaidya (Dr) Priyaa Baalaa Ayurvedic Practitioner

Pari Mudiginty

Ayurvedic Practitioner & Integrative Pharmacist

25% OFF Initial Consultation (Code: NaturalAwakenings)


2070 Route 1 North, 2nd Floor, North Brunswick, NJ January 2020


roots: healing with nature’s pharmacy

Immunity for Winter by Robert Sena


s we wake, sleep, interact with loved ones and hastily move from moment to moment, we expend energy. It can be said the immune system and vitality reflect this cellular energy and wellbeing in how well we allocate said energy. Imagine the immune system as cellular energy emanating as a protective and energetic force surrounding the body. The quality and strength of this vibrational protection is known in Chinese Medicine as our wei qi, or defensive immune energy. Without explaining how evolution has acquired an adaptive immune system alongside the innate system, it is easier to view these systems in the fashion of eastern ideology, as the emanation of protective, radiant immune wei qi. Humans are a natural product of Gaia, or Mother Earth. They are hardwired to be in tune with the energy of the changing seasons and by working against rather than with this somatic knowledge, they find their wei qi to be deficient, experiencing symptoms such as restlessness, brain fog and various illnesses. As the old Chinese adage goes, “Take a tonic in the winter, fight

a tiger in the spring.� Lay low, turn inward and plan accordingly for the approaching spring. Go outside, live expressively and set forth with what has been contemplated during the winter. Do not forget to dance in the garden as the flowers return! In Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is the season most closely associated with the bones and kidneys. The kidneys govern the marrow which create red blood cells. This in turn delivers nutrition to feed the wei qi. Therefore, during the winter months, it is most important to nourish the most fundamental and basic fluid: blood. Bone broths, slow cooked root vegetables, stewed meats and herbs rich in minerals will all increase the vitality of the blood as well as the functioning of our adaptive immunity. Incorporate minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium and low dose copper to help ground, rejuvenate and recover. During these colder months, it is important to keep the agni, or digestive fire, ablaze by taking bitters to combat the cold, damp wind pathogens that take residence in our alimentary canal. Digestive bitters and other immune boosting bitter tonics such as andrographis, orange peel, shilajit and fenugreek will help keep the agni and

22 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

immune system strong. Increase circulation and invigorate the blood by taking things like Ceylon cinnamon, capsicum, ginger and prickly ash capsules, to keep the wei-qi energy just below the skins surface, where it is intended to function best. Calming adaptogens such as ashwagandha, gynostemma and holy basil are great choices as nighttime herbal teas or tincture infused hot water to assist with immune and cortisol regulation. When a person is sick, damp heat clearing herbs that are antibacterial and alkaloidal can be administered to help kill and flush the pathogen. Andrographis is the most effective and fast-acting herb to both boost immune function and kill pathogens. When a person is sick, try andrographis, boneset (contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids), lomatium, jade windscreen formula, elder flower, yarrow, honeysuckle flower, isatis, Oregon grape root and baikal skullcap. To warm agni and to increase circulation, absorbtion and boost immunity before illness strikes, try licorice, astragalus, turkey tail and reishi mushrooms, triphala, cats claw, capsicum with ginger and cinnamon capsules, elderberry/flower, echinacea angustifolia, holy basil and processed rehmannia. Along with herbs, utilize premade Chinese herbal tablets or capsules. Women can take the rehmannia six formula to regulate kidney and liver yin energies throughout the colder months and as a tonic for blood support. Men can take zuo gui wan or you gui wan. As yin and yang tonics, they are used to maintain vitality, boost wei qi and increase circulation during the shortened days and colder months. Robert Sena is a Master Herbalist, having completed his studies at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine in Ithaca, New York. He is currently studying at the David Winston School of Herbal Medicine and is a staff herbalist at Valley Integrative Pharmacy.

GET RID OF THE KNEE PAIN WITHOUT DRUGS, SHOTS, OR SURGERY! Introducing a Drug Free, Non-Surgical, FDA Cleared, State of the Art Laser Therapy Whether you suffer from long-term pain or pain from a recent injury:

YOU CAN GET PERMANENT RELIEF FOR YOUR PAIN! Do You Live with Any of the Following Conditions? • Tendonitis • Sciatica • Knee Pain

• Sports Injuries • Arthritis

• Shoulder Pain • Heel Pain

MLS Laser Therapy is an effective, painless treatment for all types of pain relief that has been cleared by the FDA and proven successful as evidenced by extensive and credible research studies conducted in our country’s finest institutions, including Harvard Medical School. Our laser is a dual-waved synchronized fully robotic MLS Laser. Our laser uses specific wavelengths of light that have a strong anti-inflammatory, antiedema effect on tissues that are exposed to the laser. As a result of the MLS Laser, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles repair themselves faster. In simple long standing pain from prior surgery, injury, arthritis, or you have a new injury our laser therapy has been proven to work.

Benefits of Laser Therapy • Non-Surgical Treatment • Pain Free • Rapid Results


• Speed Healing Process • Extremely Safe with No Known Side Effects


Call our office at 215-493-6589 to set-up a FREE CONSULTATION to see if MLS Laser Therapy is right for you! MLS Laser Therapy at Paul M. Bizzaro, D.C. 81 S. Main Street • Yardley, PA 19067

215-493-6589 •

January 2020


psychic reader & advisor life coach in all matters crystals • tarot card & palm readings • chakra balancing workshops & parties

Open the door to

Your Future

to see where it will lead.

908.397.7797 | 908.231.0808 990 Towne Plaza Hwy 202 South Branchburg NJ 08876 psychicgallerybranchburg

Recover from the trauma, bridge the divide, and put the pieces back together. With or without your partner!

Cloth Versus Disposable Diapers The Bottom Line on Eco-Friendly Baby Care Taking care of newborn babies in an eco-friendly way can have a significant impact on both our environment and the little ones’ health. reports that disposable diapers, made from a blend of plastic and wood pulp and often encased in additional plastic, remain for an estimated 200 to 500 years. A baby uses between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers before being potty-trained, generating 18 billion diapers annually in the U.S. alone. Further, a recent study by the French agency in charge of food, environmental and occupational health and safety says disposable diapers have been linked to allergic skin reactions and difficulties with potty-training because kids can’t detect as easily when they’re wet. It’s also cheaper to go cloth instead of the disposable route. Consumer Reports estimates parents spend $1,500 to $2,000 for disposable diapers before their child no longer needs them. GreenBabyGuide. com attests that the most affordable cloth option—prefolds plus covers— can cost as little as $243 over 2.5 years, which includes washing and drying expenses.

Tips for washing cloth diapers at include using a prerinse/wash that “agitates, spins and drains” (and to do a longer wash cycle if they aren’t getting clean), using the longest available hot wash cycle and an appropriate amount of water for the load size because “too much water, they are just ‘going for a swim’; too little water and they won’t be able to move, and therefore won’t get clean.” The Beginner’s Guide section of provides advice on choosing from different types of new cloth diapers and covers, which are better for overnight use, what to do about leaks and how many diapers new parents might need to get started. It includes a chart comparing the pros and cons, average cost and some of the most popular, current brands, covering pre-fold, fitted cloth, snap-in/all-in-two/pop-in, pocket and all-in-one cloth diapers. The nonprofit Real Diapers Association ( organizes local advocates and activists for cloth diapers via a member-supported resource center that plans campaigns, trains organizers, distributes educational information and supports local groups. Local Real Diaper Circles involve users with knowledge and tips to make cloth diapering more accessible and acceptable to parents.


Psychic Gallery

eco tip

Rhoda Ondov, MS, MFT, CPC Relationship Coach

908-642-6256 12-14 E. Main St., Somerville Sliding Scale Rates 24 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

teen voices


Desirably purposeful, determined and unwavering by Isabella Dussias


they wanted to focus on ith a new year come improving academically. new resolutions—new Why do we embrace promises we hope to keep this self-reflection in the but sometimes forget to abide new year? Who started this by. Yet, when we stick to our tradition? Was the past resolutions, it can make all the year really that bad? Do difference in the new year. teens feel that they need When I surveyed some resolutions or a fresh start? of my high school friends The answer is an on what kind of resolutions overwhelming “yes” from they would make in 2020, I my peers. I guess we are got a plethora of responses. always striving for perfecSome wanted to improve their Isabella Dussias tion, especially in a society eating habits and try to lead where teens often feel judged. Maybe that’s a healthier lifestyle. Others wanted to partly due to our own battle with self-conexercise more and pay more attention to fidence as we are emerging as adults. So, we their physical health. Many shared that

make our resolutions to exercise more, eat healthier, be more organized, etc. You’ve heard them all. The tricky part is how do we keep these resolutions? The answer is the “resolute” in “resolution”. The hard part is the follow through, the determination to be the best we can be, to be more confident, more assertive, more thoughtful, more kind, and maybe even more kind to ourselves. So, my New Year’s resolution is to be more resolute—to actually carry out the things I have resolved to do, to be the best version of myself. I wish you all a happy and healthy 2020! Isabella Dussias is a 16-year-old singer-songwriter/composer from New Jersey. She enjoys writing about issues that are important to today’s youth, and she believes music is an important outlet to connect people and share messages through the creativity of lyric and melody. For more information, please visit

North America’s Leader in End-of-Life Doula and Conscious Dying Coach Certification WWW .C ONSCIOUS D YING I NSTITUTE . COM

Be Held | Be Whole Be Healing Become a Sacred Passage End-of-Life Doula

Tampa, FL

Phase 1: Feb 25-27 2020 Phase 2: May 14-18, 2020 303.440.8018

Asheville, NC | Boulder, CO | Ottawa, ON | San Marcos, CA | St. Paul, MN | Vancouver, BC | Tampa, FL January 2020


Bill Moyers on Covering Climate Now by Julie Marshall


ill Moyers, an American icon of broadcast journalism, continues to inspire generations through his political commentary, documentaries and award-winning books, including the landmark 1988 PBS series Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth. Beginning his career at 16 as a cub reporter in Marshall, Texas, he went on to earn more than 30 television Emmys, as well as prestigious career awards in film and television. Moyers announced his retirement in 2017 at the age of 83. However, this past spring, the journalist spoke at a Columbia Journalism Review conference, calling upon the nation’s reporters and news outlets to join the Covering Climate Now project in order to push a cohesive message of science and truth—that it’s not too late for our planet and all of its inhabitants, but first we all need to grasp what’s at stake.

When did you first hear of global warming?

if the Earth was now a vast furnace; warming oceans, melting Antarctica, rising seas.

What was your response?

A twinge of disbelief, a little shock. But this was no wild alarmist sitting at that table. Well, LBJ took science seriously. As president, he gave the green light for the first official report on the potential threat to humanity from rising CO2 levels. Go online to “Restoring the Quality of Our Environment—1965,” and read Appendix Y4—Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. He told us to distribute the report widely. One year later, his energy and attention and our resources were diverted to the war in Vietnam.

What prompted your sense of urgency now in taking the media specifically to task for its general lack of coverage of the climate crisis?

Reality. The hottest temperatures on record, fueled by greenhouse gas emissions. Hurricanes of extraordinary force and frequency. Floods, tornados, wildfires. Mass migration as a result of crop failures. A president who calls climate disruption a hoax. A cabinet and Congress protecting the profits of the fossil fuel industry. David Attenborough told the UN Climate Summit, in Poland, that we’re talking about “the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world.” But our corporate media was more obsessed with the new “royal” baby born in Britain.

Early in 1965. I was a special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, and famous oceanographer Roger Revelle was a member of the White House science advisory committee. The scientific community had largely believed that we didn’t have to worry about carbon dioxide because the oceans would quickly absorb any excess. Revelle blew that consensus apart with his discovery that it was instead rising into the atmosphere— which meant slowly, then more swiftly turning up the temperature of the planet, as 26 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

What is the nature of the Covering Climate Now project?

Covering Climate Now is a big cooperative effort to tell the true story of what is happening and what we can do to change it—the story of fighting back against extinction, of coming to our senses. Our aim is to help beleaguered journalists and news organizations to abandon old habits, adopt best practices and overcome the usual obstacles—such as how to convince their own management to invest in better climate coverage and how to pay for it.

How crucial will the role of media be in influencing meaningful action on the most critical issue of our time?

Who else will sound the trumpet and be heard? We can take our readers, viewers and listeners to the ends of Earth, where oil palm growers and commodities companies are stripping away forests vital to carbon storage—and connect the dots. We can take them to the American Midwest, where this past spring’s crops brought despair and bankruptcy as farmers and their families were overwhelmed by floods—and connect the dots. And we can take them to Washington, D.C., and a government that scorns reality as fake news, denies the truths of nature and embraces a theocratic theology that welcomes catastrophe as a sign of the returning Messiah—and connect the dots.

What accounts for your own sense of urgency?

Photographs of my five grandchildren above my desk. Facts taped to the wall, like this one: The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change—an essentially conservative body—gives us 12 years to make the massive changes to drastically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent below 2010 levels. And something Roger Revelle said many years ago that is lodged in my head: “Earth’s our home. Let’s not burn it up.” Julie Marshall is a Colorado-based journalist and author. Connect at

photo by Dale Robbins

wise words

At 83, Bob reports that he feels fantastic. He walks five to ten miles a day.



’m a volunteer trail supervisor for the New York–New Jersey Trail Conference. Now in its 99th year, the Trail Conference has more than 2,000 volunteers and maintains over 2,150 miles of public trails in the New York–New Jersey metropolitan area. When I became a supervisor two years ago, one of the first things I noticed was that I was among the youngest people in our regional meetings. I was 61 at the time. Another thing I noticed was how quickly I made new friends there. I began hiking with other people more frequently. These new friends and I shared many qualities: a love of nature and the outdoors; the need to give back; and the endurance to go out on a trail maintenance hike carrying, in addition to the usual knapsack and water, tools like saws, pruners, clippers, crowbars and hammers. As the volunteer engagement manager for the Trail Conference, Kendra Baumer attends multiple meetings per month with numerous trail supervisors, and she can attest to the unique energy of this community.

“I’ve been at several volunteer meetings where I’ve heard it said, ‘Hiking and working on trails must be the elixir of life—just look around the room!’” she told me. Kendra also reminded me about Robert Ward, who received the Trail Conference’s dedicated service award last spring, at the age of 91. Robert served the Trail Conference since 1950 in a variety of roles, including trail supervisor and Queens Trails Council chair. He retired in November, after 69 years of service.

Some Members of the Over80 Club

My first call after deciding to write this article was to Roland Breault, a volunteer from my territory. Roland is 87 and attributes his health and happiness to his time spent hiking and in nature. “I started hiking in my early 60s, when I retired,” he said. “I currently hike three days a week for about three hours a day and still do some unofficial trail maintenance. The trails and nature are my savior

and spirituality. I feel the presence of God when I’m out in the mountains. I don’t take medication, and I know that all the oxygen and movement keeps me young and active. Plus I am sustained by the people I run into on the trails.” Bob Ross joined the Trail Conference more than 50 years ago, when he stumbled across its office on Madison Avenue. Lots of hiking followed. When his wife, Janet, developed an inoperable brain tumor, Bob became her sole caregiver—a commitment he kept for the next 34 years. He offers three bits of advice for anyone in the trenches like he was: Take care of yourself first, get a dog to break the tension, and maintain a trail. His choice was the Orange Trail, part of the High Mountain system in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, which was only two miles from his home. This way he could get back if Janet needed him. After Janet died, Bob discovered the joys of fundraising at the Trail Conference and elsewhere, and he expanded his trail maintenance to include the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve. At 83, Bob reports that he feels fantastic—he walks five to ten miles a day, now primarily on New York City streets. After 25 years of annual checkups, his doctor continues to give him a clean bill of health, with less than a two percent risk of death from heart disease over the next five years. In concluding, I should add that after I put out the request for stories about hiking and longevity, I received replies from a number of people in their early to late 70s offering their stories. “I’m sorry,” I had to tell them, “but I can’t include you in this article. You’re simply too young.” Happy trails! Roger Dubin is marketing director for Natural Awakenings. Contact him at or on Instagram @MrNaturalNYC. To learn more about the New York–New Jersey Trail Conference, visit January 2020


to sitesee!

TIDYING UP THAT BUCKET LIST Deciding What We Really Want



WEBSITE We’ve launched a brand-new, comprehensive online hub for all things healthy and sustainable. Check us out to see the exciting features we’re rolling out for readers and advertisers alike.

How can we help your business succeed?

by Carl Greer


any people have a bucket list of things they want to make sure they experience in this life. Tidying up that bucket list when it no longer reflects a person’s values and deepest desires makes sense. When reviewing our bucket list, we might feel inadequate or embarrassed because we haven’t accomplished what we thought we would. It’s okay if a goal is no longer as exciting as it once was. Guilt, frustration or embarrassment about what’s been lingering on a bucket list for years might be signs that it’s time to dream different dreams.

What’s on a bucket list might have been based on a need to prove ourselves to others. If we no longer feel the need to impress people or win their approval, we can move on to new goals. Maybe our family has always talked about traveling to the land of our ancestors as an important thing to do someday, but we don’t feel the same way. We might prefer to travel someplace where we can swim with dolphins or meet people from a completely different culture than our own. Releasing the weight of having a bucket list heavy with other people’s expectations can help us feel much lighter.

If you are interested in digital advertising opportunities with online placements available on a firstcome, first-serve basis, contact:


7,000 60 Minute Session Foot Reflexology $58 (reg. $75) 45 Minute Session Hand OR Foot Reflexology $48 (reg. $63)

28 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

That’s how many nerve endings there are on each foot.

Foot pain and discomfort reveals more than the fit of your shoes—it’s also a stress signal from your glands, organs and body parts. Reflexology targets the foot/body connection, which helps ease the discomfort allowing your body to function in a more balanced way.

Christel Haase, Ph.D. Certified Reflexologist

Make an appointment today:

908-788-2748 or 4 Walter E. Foran Blvd., Ste 404 in Flemington

Christel Haase



What a


Maybe those bucket list items still spark some excitement, but it’s time to change the form of the experience. A goal to write a novel might turn into a goal to write our life story and turn it into a book. A goal to marry again might become a promise to ourselves to enjoy life with a new romantic partner, regardless of whether that leads to marriage someday. As we go down our bucket list reviewing each item, we can acknowledge which goals still inspire us and which make us feel dispirited. Tidying up a bucket list written in the past can be a good exercise in becoming more conscious of what we want to experience and why—and what dreams we are ready to release—because we have new aspirations now. If we’re spending our time doing what gives us a sense of vitality, happiness and well-being and there is something we haven’t done that generates a feeling of joy and anticipation, it should go at the top of our bucket list—and we should find a way today to start making it happen. Carl Greer, Ph.D., Psy.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist, Jungian analyst and shamanic practitioner. He teaches at the C.G. Jung Institute of Chicago and is on staff at the Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being, in Chicago. Learn more at

Do y you experience p chronic p pain, allergies, depression or anxiety? Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) is a safe, gentle, and effective body-mind stress reduction technique utilizing acupressure points and a gentle Chiropractic adjustment.

1 of 4 Doctors Advanced nced NET N certified in NJ

Dr. J. Redmond


Samsara Sa S ams msa arra ra Chiropractic Chir Ch irop irop opra pract ra acctticc Wellness Wel elln nes e s Center Cent Ce nterr nt E. High Ave., St., Somerville, 17Eastern Somerville,NJ NJ08876 08876


Nerve N er ve IInterference nterference can can cause cause tthese hese S Symptoms: ymptoms:

You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old. ~George Burns

Headaches/Migraines Sinus/Allergies Neck/Back Pain Shoulder Problems Anxiety Depression

Earaches Sports Injuries

Classes/Workshops • Jewelry • Crystals & Gemstones • Incense • Lotions & Soaps

Handcrafted products and gifts by local artists and craftsmen using natural materials.

Gaia’s Gifts

Wed-Thurs • 11am-6pm Fri 11am-5pm • Sat 10am-5pm Sun 11am-5pm • Closed Mon-Tues


16 Broad Street • Washington, NJ 07882 January 2020


We know caloric restriction extends life. But no one wants to do it, because it’s no fun. ~Lori Taylor

In their search for secrets to longevity, investigators often look for lifestyle clues provided by long-lived populations. Those residing in what National Geographic Fellow and bestselling author Dan Buettner calls “Blue Zones”, for example, are more likely to celebrate their 100th birthday and escape chronic maladies such as heart disease and cancer—the two biggest killers in the U.S. Buettner has identified the “Power 9” lifestyle habits commonly practiced by centenarians living in the five designated Blue Zones—Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; and the Seventh Day Adventist community in Loma Linda, California.

LIVING LONG & WELL Age-Defying Habits and the Fountain of Youth by Melinda Hemmelgarn


t age 29, Betty Holston Smith, of Rockville, Maryland, weighed more than 200 pounds, smoked cigarettes and ate processed junk food. Now, almost 79 years young, she is a vegan ultra-marathon runner and an inspiration to anyone wanting to age well. Smith’s story underscores the findings of researchers that have long pursued the keys to a long and healthy life. Some of these factors—heredity, for instance—are beyond our control. However, the most critical ingredient seems to be our daily habits. Although we’ve all likely heard or read about someone that lived into their 90s, ate bacon, drank whiskey and smoked a pack a day, these individuals are outliers: In truth, longevity is determined by a combination of genes, environment, lifestyle choices and luck.

For example, some individuals may be born with genes that confer longevity, but be unlucky due to where they live. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that life expectancy varies by zip code. That’s because where we live influences how we live, predicting access to healthful food, clean air and water, safe neighborhoods and stress-relieving green spaces such as parks and gardens. Genes are important, but our social and physical environments play a greater role in predicting our “healthspan” —the essence of a long and healthy life. According to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, even our first environment—the womb—can spawn diseases later in life if pregnant women are exposed to air pollutants, pesticides and the toxic stress of poverty.

30 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Regardless of genetics, the following behaviors can help anyone slow the aging process and improve quality of life: n Eat a plant-based diet. n Stop eating when 80 percent full. n Practice stress reduction techniques. n Find a sense of purpose. n Engage in physical activity throughout the day. n Consume moderate amounts of alcohol with food and friends. n Join a faith community, regardless of denomination. n Belong to a social network that engages in healthy behaviors. n Share love and time with children, parents and partners.

4 PM production/

Learning From the “Blue Zones”

Finding Inspiration

Milles Studio/

Survival of the Fittest

Tom LaFontaine, Ph.D., a clinical exercise physiologist based in Columbia, Missouri, says, “Mounting evidence shows that engaging in regular aerobic and strength exercise offers robust defenses against life-threatening diseases such as heart disease and several cancers.” One important marker of long-term health, particularly among women, notes LaFontaine, is bone mineral density (BMD). After menopause, BMD decreases in women and can lead to osteopenia—low BMD—and osteoporosis—pathological loss of BMD. “Women with osteoporosis are particularly at risk for fractures, especially of the hip, which can lead to a reduced lifespan.” LaFontaine recommends weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging and high-intensity weight training to significantly improve BMD; and he’s proven that it works. “In 2012, we started a program called Older Women on Weights (OWOW), in which 40 post-menopausal women with an average age in the low 60s train with heavy weights. Some even participate in weightlifting competitions.” “We have observed women in this group move from osteopenia to normal BMD and from osteoporosis to osteope-

Studies in centenarians have suggested that people who live long and in good health have a regular lifestyle. They spend time in community, eat meals and go to bed at regular times, in sync with circadian rhythms. ~Eve Van Cauter nia based on pre- and post-bone density DXA scans,” he says. What’s more, the women in LaFontaine’s program have formed new friendships, benefitting from a strong network of social support.

LEARN MORE, LIVE LONGER Blue Zones: Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk, President’s Cancer Panel Report: Life expectancy by zip code: Plant-based diets explained: Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Hara Hachi Bu: Food Sleuth Radio segments: Lori Taylor: keto diets and intermittent fasting: Dorothy Sears: intermittent fasting and circadian rhythm: Eve Van Cauter: importance of sleep: Tips to cope with loneliness: Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich Your Family’s Health & Happiness, by Richard Louv Improve sleep quality by reducing exposure to blue light at night:

Smith, the septuagenarian marathoner, was inspired to make a change nearly 50 years ago when her 3-year-old daughter teased, “You can’t catch me!” during an innocent game of tag. She knew she had to make a change. She tried diet pills, fad diets and other quick fixes, but realized they were worthless. However, each evening Smith tuned in to Gabe Mirkin, a physician who hosted a national radio program about health and fitness. Following his advice, Smith began eating a diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and says today she doesn’t want to put anything in her body that interferes with her lifestyle. She outlines the steps to her transformation in the book, Lifestyle by Nature: One Woman’s Break from the Unhealthy Herd to Roam Forever Healthy in Nature’s Lifestyle Change Herd. The first step—finding internal strength—is the most important, she says. “Most people have something in their lives they can point to for strength.” In addition to running 60 to 100 miles each week, Smith practices tai chi, meditates and enjoys camaraderie with her running mates. She also has an upbeat attitude, believing in the importance of passion, perseverance and “taking negative experiences and making them positive.” According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network, this spirit of optimism is protective against heart disease and other causes of death.

Eating Well, but Not Too Much

Food is a major contributor to both quality of life and life extension. Global and national recommendations to eat more fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and omega-3 fatty acids, while decreasing added sugars and sodium, all help reduce our risk for life-shortening diseases. The plant-based Mediterranean diet consistently rises to the top for its health-fortifying benefits. However, in contrast to our Western culture’s practice of eating until belt-bustJanuary 2020


Most people have something in their lives they can point to for strength. ~Betty Holston Smith the structures at the end of chromosomes that protect our DNA. The Mediterranean diet, with its abundance of protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as vitamins C and E, polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids, help prevent age-associated telomere shortening.

The Sleep Connection

Michael Grandner, Ph.D., director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, says Americans tend to see sleep as

unproductive time, but it’s a “biological requirement for life.” In fact, it is one of the three pillars of health, along with good nutrition and exercise, says Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D., former director of the Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center at the University of Chicago. “Studies in centenarians have suggested that people who live long and in good health have a regular lifestyle. They spend time in community, eat meals and go to bed at regular times, in sync with circadian rhythms.” No matter how long we live, we want to make the most of our time on Earth. Beyond diet and exercise, finding our personal passion, reducing stress and spending time in nature and with those we love can add years to our lives. Despite our virtual social networks, real human connection is vital for physical and mental health. According to a report in the journal Heart, loneliness is as dangerous as smoking for heart disease and stroke risk. So volunteer, join a club, sign up for a community garden plot, yoga or dance class, or host regular potlucks or game nights—these just might be among the best prescriptions for staying young. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth,” is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio show host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at

Thermography is “Health Discovery” a very important part of your preventive wellness program.

Radiation Free Breast and Full Body Thermography for Both Women & Men

Find out if you have inflammation before it becomes a problem. Non-Invasive-Pain Free Imaging World class state of the art Infrared technology high quality images. All reports approved and written by Board Certified M.D.s

We don’t beat the reaper by living longer, we beat the reaper by living well and living fully.

FREE Dry Brush for new clients only

~Randy Pausch

~ Visit Website for Test Locations in NJ, NY & PA ~

Call for your appointment today! 855-667-9338

Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC •

32 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Gyorgy Barna/

ing full, Blue Zone Okinawans practice hara hachi bu—eating until one is no longer hungry, but stopping before feeling full. “We know caloric restriction extends life,” says Lori Taylor, clinical dietitian and Core Faculty of Integrative and Functional Nutrition at Saybrook University, in Pasadena. “But no one wants to do it, because it’s no fun.” Instead, Taylor recommends intermittent fasting, eating only during a set window of 10 or 12 hours each day to reduce caloric intake. Similarly, Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at the Arizona State University College of Health Solutions, has researched the impacts of both intermittent fasting and circadian rhythm on how our bodies handle calories. She recommends a “prolonged nightly fast” of 12 to 13 hours, as well as reducing caloric intake after 6 to 8 p.m. to help maintain a healthy weight and stave off such diseases as Type 2 diabetes and obesity-related cancers. Most significantly, she found that a 13-hour nightly fast reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent among 2,300 breast cancer survivors in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living study. Both improving diet quality and restricting calories appear to help slow the rate of aging at the genetic level, in part by preserving the length of our telomeres—

Qi Revolution 3 - D ays P r o f o u n d E n e r gy $ 1 9 9

Heal Trauma with Breath Empowerment Therapy Use Specific Foods to Reverse Specific Diseases

50,000 People Have Attended Our Live Events with Extraordinary Results

Breath Empowerment:

Hands on Healing:

Guide Others to Breathe:

Profound Bliss 100% Guaranteed Oxygenates to Reverse Disease

Energy Medicine for Miracles Use Breath & Prayer to Heal

Breath Empowerment Therapy Reverses Trauma and PTSD

Food Healing: Learn how people used FOOD to Reverse Cancer, Osteoporosis, Diabetes

9-Breath Method:

Feels Like Waterfall of Energy Gives Profound Mental Clarity

Five Elements:

Universal Laws Love/Business Psychology Self Improvement

Qigong Healing:

Circle of Healing:

Acupoint Activation:

Increases Pulse of Blood Flow Magnetic Field Becomes Solid

Synchronized Breathing Group Energy Beyond Words

Open Energy Meridians for Highest Mind Body Function

CE Approved Program. Seating is Limited. January 2020



The Force Behind Blood Flow and Higher Intelligence

This interview with qigong practitioner Jeff Primack, conducted by nationally recognized mindfulness speaker and author Damon Damato, is part two of a two-part series. Primack is founder of Supreme Science Qigong Center and has shared qigong, breathing and food-based healing techniques with tens of thousands of people worldwide in live seminars.

Why is qigong healing so profound compared to other remedial modalities?

unique to our qigong style.

Qigong works directly with your life energy to a greater degree than yoga or traditional exercise by using slower movements. Postures are “rooted” in one place, where grounding and electrical charges build stronger. Graceful hand motions move the qi and blood in profound ways while the person is very relaxed. Qigong’s relaxation response allows for greater microcirculation in the frontal lobes of the brain. Qigong practice can improve intelligence and even deepen one’s connection with God, the source of life.

My dad is a pharmacist at a hospital, and he loves people. He knows pharmaceuticals have side effects and believes in preventing disease using food. At first, my dad didn’t believe in qigong. Once he felt the energy for himself, he began practicing qigong and studying Chinese medical models. My choice to enter the wellness field was influenced by my dad and his emphasis on a scientific approach. I have a healthy skepticism and present with scientific method.

What was the driving force behind your absorbing so much from the most respected masters of qigong?

You coined the phrase, “Press on qi!” Why is this emphasized so often in your healing forms?

“Press on qi” is describing subtle movement on the edge of your magnetic field. When a person practices qigong and learns to press on the energy field, it immediately strengthens blood circulation, digestion, metabolism and improves important body functions. I trademarked the term “Press on qi” as our way of expressing this idea

How did your father’s work in the medical field impact you as you grew up?

As a graduate from University of Florida College of business, I founded Supreme Science Qigong Center to be successful and took my job seriously. Many qigong teachers I found did not provide the training I was looking for. I did a lot of research and found a qi master, Paul Dong, who wrote a book entitled Empty Force. I flew him from China to Florida in 2001, because he claimed to have practiced qigong every day

Jeff Primack

34 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

for over 20 years. We arranged a seminar and I gathered a hundred people to hear Paul share his forms, which were lightyears ahead of any qigong learned previously. His presence activated my qi, and I practiced more because of coming in direct contact with him. After Paul flew back to China, I craved to find another qigong expert who could explain more. Master Weizhao Wu was my most influential teacher for qigong, and he practiced since age 7. Although he passed away, his memory lives in the most excellent posture corrections that he carefully gave. He would open my thumb and relax it so the tendons were not hard anymore. That thumb correction makes a huge improvement to qi flow and has been passed to my forms.

Through this process of education and discipline, how long did it take for you to create the Supreme Science Qigong healing forms?

After five years traveling and producing seminars for other qigong masters, I finally created my Level-1 Qigong Healing Form. It was first published in our books in 2003, and only a few dozen instructors memorized it, but by 2007 we had certified a thousand people to teach the routine. Our videos were “qi-animated” to show energy graphically and it assisted people in becoming sensitive to energy. In 2013, we upgraded our qigong videos to HD animation, and in 2017 we finally released our remastered Level-2 video with Ultra HD 4K animation. Spirit continues to reveal better ways for us to share these healing practices.

Will participants get to experience these forms at the Qi Revolution Event?

All three levels of our qigong program are shared in detail, along with Breath Empowerment, 9-Breath Method, acupressure, foot reflexology and Food Healing. Qi Revolution is balanced in presentation and practice. After the event, most people choose to continue practicing qigong at home.

750 pushups with twenty students counting and making sure I went up and down all the way. Qi breathing allows for the ATP to replenish faster so that muscle contractions can occur sooner. This also dilates arteries and increases production of nitric oxide to lower blood pressure during strenuous exercise.

If there were only one takeaway at the end of the Qi Revolution, what would you wish for each person to embody?

Fitness classes normally get me amped up. Strength training you share at Qi Revolution challenges me, but it has more mastery of breath than any workout I’ve done. What is significant in your qigong strength practices for longevity?

Most important is to slow down breathing in qigong strength training, but most athletes increase respiration when using force. Slowing breathing during pushups changes hormones we make. To demonstrate this relaxing skill during exercises, I performed

The most important embodiment I’d like people to walk away with is that we can breathe through life’s challenges and allow God’s healing qi to bring strength and guidance. Attendees will personally experience a higher energy from the qigong. For the last 15 years, people have written to us, thanking us for the powerful breathing exercises at crucial life-challenge points. Qigong helps people process stress, but most of all it brings us into a higher state of well-being. We make our seminar affordable at three days for $199 so that more people can reclaim their qi. Qi Revolution will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 18 through 20 at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 135 Davidson Ave., Somerset, New Jersey. For more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad, page 33.


you are the light, made of pure love

[ re ] ignite your heart

[re]connect to nature [re]align your soul to a natural frequency [re]set your body

Heart Healing Retreats in Sacred Mountains and Oceans FB: RAYKI Love January 2020


conscious eating

The level of germ-fighting activity your immune system is able to maintain after a sugary meal decreases for a number of hours.

GUT CHECK Feeding the Immune System


by Julie Peterson

educing stress, sleeping enough, exercising and getting sunlight are all known strategies for improving the body’s ability to protect itself from harm. However, the most important factor in building a rock-star immune system is nutrition. Here is a guide to the care and feeding of the inner fortifications that fight off disease, supporting long-term wellness.

Ground Zero: The Gut

About 70 percent of the immune system resides in the gastrointestinal tract—home to a microbiome that contains trillions of bacteria. It works as a complex ecosystem in which the good bacteria prevent the bad bacteria from taking hold and causing illness or disease. Eating plants promotes the robust growth of that good bacteria. “The GI microbiome evolved closely with our immune systems and under the influence of the plants our ancestors ingested,” says Holly Poole-Kavana, who practices herbal medicine in Washington, D.C. Yet about 90 percent of Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The consequent weakening of the microbiome is a double-edged sword, because the processed foods Americans commonly consume promote the growth of harmful microbes. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans indicates that added sugars, saturated fats and sodium eaten by most Americans are far above recommended amounts. This tipping of the scales causes weight gain, toxin buildup and immune system dysfunction.

What Not to Eat

Plants and grains on grocery shelves today are typically processed into bread, cereal, pasta, desserts and snacks, abundant in added sugars, salt, detrimental fats and chemical additives. These altered foods slam the gut’s immune protection and increase the risk of chronic disease. A Czech Republic study on food additives found that gut microbes 36 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

that fought inflammation were harmed by additives. According to the research, “Permanent exposure of human gut microbiota to even low levels of additives may modify the composition and function of gut microbiota, and thus influence the host’s immune system.” And of course, be wary of sugars. Anything that turns into sugar in the system—think carbs like refined bread products and pasta, not just sweets—is an immune-depressing culprit, says Heather Tynan, a naturopathic doctor at Evergreen Naturopathic, in San Diego. “The level of germ-fighting activity your immune system is able to maintain after a sugary meal decreases for a number of hours.” Saturated fats also alter immune cells, disrupting their functions and triggering inflammation. Getting away from processed food cravings can be a challenge, because the foods provide a temporary energy boost. Dorothy Calimeris, of Oakland, California, a certified health coach and author of three anti-inflammatory cookbooks, suggests that cravings mean the body needs something, but it may be rest or water. “By focusing on eating higher-quality nutrients, we can limit and eventually eliminate the cravings.”

Eat the Rainbow

Fruits and vegetables get their colors from phytochemicals, which provide the human microbiome with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that keep the gut healthy and help the immune system combat cellular damage. National guidelines suggest Americans eat 10 servings of plants a day, ideally two each from the green, red, white, purple/blue and orange/yellow categories. But data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys show that eight out of 10 people in the U.S. don’t get enough of any color category. “A good strategy is to add one new vegetable a week to your grocery cart,” suggests Canadian nutritionist Lisa Richards, founder of “Blending fruits and vegetables into shakes or smoothies is also an effective way to eat the rainbow for those who are busy.” Whatever goes into the grocery cart should be certified organic, the only sure way to avoid ubiquitous genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food chain, which animal studies have linked to immune system damage. Herbs are also helpful to boost the body’s inherent ability to protect itself. Poole-Kavana points to medicinal herbs like astragalus and reishi mushroom, which support immunity and balance gut bacteria; antimicrobial herbs like garlic, thyme and oregano; and elderberry, an anti-inflammatory fruit that boosts the body’s ability to identify and eliminate viruses and bacteria. “The single greatest thing anyone can do for their health is to eat whole foods, including organic vegetables, fruits, high-quality proteins, whole grains and healthy fats,” says Calimeris. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin and can be reached at


~Heather Tynan

IMMUNE-BOOSTING RECIPES Add the cauliflower, garlic, ginger, turmeric, salt, pepper and cumin, and sauté to lightly toast the spices, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil.

photo by Jennifer Davick

Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes. Using an immersion blender, purée the soup in the pot until smooth. Stir in the coconut milk and cilantro, heat through, and serve. Total cooking time is about 15 minutes.

Creamy Turmeric Cauliflower Soup Turmeric is the darling of the anti-inflammatory spices. For best absorption, it should be combined with pepper. This soup gets its creamy texture from coconut milk, but other nondairy milk can be used instead.

photo by Stephen Blancett

Yields: 4 servings 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil 1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced 3 cups cauliflower florets 1 garlic clove, peeled 1¼-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 1½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ tsp ground cumin 3 cups vegetable broth 1 cup full-fat coconut milk ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro In a large pot, heat the oil over high heat. Add the leek, and sauté until it just begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

Excerpted from the book The Complete Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Beginners: A No-Stress Meal Plan with Easy Recipes to Heal the Immune System, by Dorothy Calimeris and Lulu Cook.

Lentil Stew Most stews take hours to cook, but this restorative dish, perfect for dinner or lunch, cooks up in a hurry. The plant-based recipe takes advantage of canned lentils and is loaded with nutritious, anti-inflammatory power foods. Yields: 4 to 6 servings 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, chopped 3 carrots, peeled and sliced 8 Brussels sprouts, halved 1 large turnip, peeled, quartered and sliced 1 garlic clove, sliced 6 cups vegetable broth 1 (15-oz) can lentils, drained and rinsed 1 cup frozen corn 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

In a Dutch oven, heat the oil over high heat. Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots, Brussels sprouts, turnip and garlic, and sauté for an additional 3 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the lentils, corn, salt, pepper and parsley, and cook for an additional minute to heat the lentils and corn. Total cooking time is about 15 minutes. Serve hot. Another tip: This soup is as versatile as it is simple. Feel free to use any kinds of beans or vegetables you have—it’s a great way to use up leftover vegetables at the end of the week. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for a week, or in the freezer for longer. Nutritional information per serving (4 portions): calories: 240; total fat: 4g; total carbohydrates: 42g; sugar: 11g; fiber: 12g; protein: 10g; sodium: 870mg Excerpted from the book The Anti-Inflammatory Diet One-Pot Cookbook: 100 Easy All-in-One Meals, by Dorothy Calimeris and Ana Reisdorf. Also visit

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible. January 2020


RAISING ENVIRONMENTALISTS Teachers Prep Kids for the Future


by Yvette C. Hammett

The 30-year-old National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) no longer sends speakers to schools. Instead, it encourages teachers to get the students outside working with partners like the National Park Service or the U.S. Forest Service to learn about real world problems near their homes, says Robert Sendrey, program director of environmental education. Motivation and inspiration are key, he says. “We were created to help make the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant and more connected to the average American’s life.” Rather than focusing on the negative aspects of climate change and the challenges ahead, NEEF promotes a healthy lifestyle and emphasizes the need for clean air and water. “We emphasize the well-being of people, which is directly related to the health of the environment,” Sendrey says. Success starts with a change in attitude and awareness, and ultimately needs to culminate with action, he says. For example, NEEF teamed up with zoos and aquariums for the Skip the Straw campaign, educating the public about the envi-

Today’s educators believe hands-on ducators have switched from preach- learning will prepare Generation Z and ing to kids about environmental those that follow to look for solutions degradation to using hands-on lesand even seek active roles to implement sons to get K-12 students not only interestthem. Aaron Baker, a Sussex, New Jersey, ed in the world’s environmental priorities, advanced placement environmental but also actively participating in solutions, science instructor and a two-time winner maybe even seeking out related careers. of the U.S. Environmental Protection “You hope students can translate Agency Region 2 Presidential Innovation passion into intellectual curiosity on these Award, says the key to getting through subjects and develop the expertise so they to the next generation is showing them can go beyond being an activist to being a problem that’s close to home that they an advocate,” says Kenneth Walz, Ph.D., can touch and feel, and then relating it to who works on the Wisconsin K-12 Energy a global issue. Education Program at the University “A major part of my philosophy for of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Walz, who teaches chemistry, engineering and renew- environmental education is to try to engage students in environmental issues in our own able energy at Madison Area Technical community,” Baker says. “We collaborate College, also serves as its director of the with the Wallkill River Watershed ManageCenter for Renewable Energy Advanced ment Group to restore riparian areas and Technological Education. We emphasize the wellincrease biological diversity.” While K-12 environmental education being of people, which is The high school students have planted still has no specific niche in curriculum, more than 750 trees in the last three years according to a case study of The National directly related to the health along the creek that runs right below their Academies of Sciences, Engineering and school. “This type of hands-on work not Medicine, numerous groups and educators of the environment. only has a direct relationship to their lives are working to ensure the next generation is prepared for the environmental challeng- here in Sussex County, but is also relevant ~Robert Sendrey to similar issues on a global scale.” es it will certainly face. 38 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

photos by Aaron Baker

healthy kids

ronmental harm caused by single-use plastics. The University of Wisconsin K-12 education program focuses on environmental impacts of the energy sector—especially on air and water quality. “If you are burning coal to produce electricity, it creates all kinds of atmospheric pollution—acid rain and soot that causes respiratory illness,” says Walz. “If we weren’t burning fossil fuels, urban smog wouldn’t even be a thing.” The energy curriculum for students includes content on biofuels and electric transportation. “For them, it is more thinking about the types of transportation they use, whether they are driving, riding a bike or taking a bus.” They don’t get to choose what kind of fuel the bus runs on, but they can be educated to be good future consumers, he notes. “I think they appreciate the issue,” Walz says of the students. “Middle schoolers bring the passion. That sort of raw, emotional angst is something we left behind in our teenage years. Adults have been way too complacent for way too long.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at

Middle schoolers bring the passion. That sort of raw, emotional angst is something we left behind in our teenage years. Adults have been way too complacent for way too long. ~Kenneth Walz

Celiac & gluten

intolerance? 1 in 7 people suffer from a wheat related disorder such as celiac disease, leaky gut, gluten sensitivity, wheat allergy, or wheat sensitivity. If you think you may be suffering from any of these issues, but remain undiagnosed, there are treatment options available. The Vibrant Wellness Wheat Zoomer Test can identify and decipher these and other autoimmune reactions. Take this first step, and you may benefit from this highly accurate, quantifiable test. Call 908-658-4900, and make your personal appointment today.

75 Washington Valley Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921 908.658.4900 • Located next to Fresh Market Hours: Mon-Thu 9am - 8pm, Fri 9am - 7pm, Sat 9am - 4pm, Sun 10am - 3pm

January 2020


With no test available for CDS, pets are diagnosed by excluding medical and behavioral problems that can resemble having the ailment.

natural pet

Issues that could point to CDS include: n Confusion or disorientation: standing in a corner, difficulty walking through doorways, walking in circles or trouble following familiar routes

WHEN OLDER PETS GET QUIRKY Dealing With Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome


n Restlessness, anxiety or compulsiveness: waking often at night, whining or yowling, new fears, pacing or constantly licking n Attention seeking: wanting to be near humans and showing high distress when left alone n Incontinence: soiling the house after previously being house-trained n Irritability or aggression: growling/ hissing or biting without cause

by Julie Peterson

s dogs and cats get older, they may slow down or have other physical issues. Some experience cognitive decline which resembles Alzheimer’s disease in humans. It presents differently in every pet and can include numerous symptoms that begin gradually, sometimes just seeming like quirky behavior instead of a disease. Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) can affect dogs or cats, and there is currently no known cause or prevention. Progress has been made on Alzheimer’s research in humans, with neurologists

n Decreased activity: sleeping excessively, seeming withdrawn, lack of grooming, loss of interest in toys, people or food

discovering that plaque buildup in the brain does not cause the disease: That is the immune system’s response to the disease. Necropsies on dogs with CDS have shown similar plaque buildup in the brain. “Unfortunately, little research has been done regarding this condition, so we can only hope to use human studies to gather information that will help our affected pets,” says Dennis W. Thomas, DVM, a holistic veterinarian in Spokane, Washington, and author of Whole-Pet Healing: A Heart-to-Heart Guide to Connecting with and Caring for Your Animal Companion.

These troubles could also be indicative of a treatable condition, such as a urinary tract infection or an injury, so it’s essential to have the pet examined.

Caring for the Patient While CDS will continue to alter brain and nerve function, there is some hope for pet lovers faced with the diagnosis in the early stages. Thomas recommends a natural approach that includes diet modification, filtered water, vitamin and herbal supplements, and eliminating stress. Diffusing calming essential oils can be helpful for dogs (and


Is your life run by negative stories in your mind? I can show you how to effectively get rid of them, create new beliefs, and stop repeating your past. Instead, be empowered. And create the life you want. I changed so much in ways I never did with traditional therapy.

(609) 275 3881

939 Ridge Road, Suite 2D, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852

40 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Marilyn R.

Anna Hoychuk/

Signs to Watch For

humans), but is not recommended for cats. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM, a veterinarian at Metro Paws Animal Hospital, in Dallas, also recommends dietary changes to her patients. “Recent studies have shown that medium-chain triglycerides may be helpful, and they are in some senior pet foods. Supplementation of melatonin may help with sleep-wake cycles.” Anxiety often becomes part of the animal’s new normal, but pet parents can help cats and dogs with this by keeping them as active as possible, introducing new toys and interacting. “Keep your dog’s mind active by providing games and opportunities for play. Daily walks provide not only exercise, but also mental stimulation,” says Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D., executive director of The Grey Muzzle Organization, in Washington, D.C. Pets with anxiety or pain may benefit from cannabidiol (CBD) products. Clarissa Valdes, a homemaker in Homestead, Florida, has a 15-year-old cat with CDS. Minini would

Lunghofer. Use gates to close off stairs or move furniture or other items that could be hazardous.

Keep your dog’s mind active by providing games and opportunities for play. Daily walks provide not only exercise, but also mental stimulation.

Prevention on the Horizon

~Lisa Lunghofer wander around in the house, looking lost. Then, the all-night howling sessions began. “We started to worry that she was in pain,” says Valdes. However, a veterinarian diagnosed CDS. “The vet suggested medication, but I wanted to go in a natural direction,” says Valdes, who started Minini on CBD oil. The cat finally slept through the night. A month in, Minini is doing better overall. With time, CDS patients may lose hearing or sight in addition to experiencing a progression of symptoms. “Make sure your home is predictable and safe,” says

Because inflammation caused by an inappropriate diet is the underlying problem of most chronic diseases in pets, Thomas believes that prevention for CDS is possible. “Feeding a non-inflammatory, species-specific, balanced diet that is fresh and not heat-processed is critical,” he says. In addition, he advises his patients get probiotics, digestive enzymes, omega-3s and antioxidant nutrients. Vaccinations, when necessary, should not contain heavy metal preservatives. “The goal is to keep the gut and immune systems healthy, avoid toxins that affect the nervous system and minimize environmental stress.” Julie Peterson writes from her home in rural Wisconsin. Contact her at

Are you using antibiotics, steroids or anti-fungals to treat a respiratory infection? Still sick and feeling worse? We use a natural, laboratory and clinically proven antimicrobial that kills bacteria, fungus and virus without harming the patient.


20%OFF with coupon code RESP20

We get calls & orders from people who have tried all sorts of prescription medications that do NOT get rid of their respiratory infections. Time after time the infections clear up in a few days with Respiratory Relief. We shake our heads and wonder, “Why don’t they try this first?” Now you can.

For use in a nebulizer

Order online at or call 800-991-7088 January 2020


After my time outdoors, I feel grounded, renewed, energized and much more clearheaded than before I started. ~Laura Durenberger

GREEN THERAPY Ecopsychology and the Nature Cure


by Ronica A. O’Hara

or clients of family therapist Christian Dymond, the path to wellness begins on his 10 acres of woods and meadows in Milton, Vermont, walking alongside him, sitting by a babbling brook, watching squirrels gather nuts or the sun slowly set, breathing in the piney air. “There is a sense of safety that comes from being in the forest,” Dymond says. “Safety is necessary in order for the client to open up and share themselves with another human being.” Children, too, readily respond: “Getting a child outside into nature can bring life back into their eyes. Every day I see this happen.” The sweeping Santa Barbara beach is the office of clinical psychologist Maria Nazarian, Ph.D., as she accompanies clients on hour-long barefoot walks that might include a mindfulness exercise, goal-setting and meditation—all while watching waves foam, pelicans glide and sun-sparkles on the water. “When we feel connected to the world around us, we experience more joy and belonging, less depression and less anxiety, all of which increase our thinking, creativity, well-be-

ing and generosity,” she says. Their practices, known as ecotherapy, green therapy or nature-based therapy, are an outgrowth of a ballooning branch of psychology known as ecopsychology, which investigates the critical links between nature experiences and human well-being. In examining such matters as our neurological responses to nature, how climate change and weather disasters lead to anxiety and depression, how nature deprivation affects children, and why nature can produce transcendent awe, the field is reshaping the way that therapists and doctors help both adults and children heal. Ecopsychology is a relatively new discipline. Little more than two decades ago, historian Theodore Roszak pointed out in Psychology Today that in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, one of the most-diagnosed categories involved sex: “In mapping sexual dysfunction, therapists have been absolutely inspired… [but] the volume contains only one listing remotely connected to nature: seasonal affective disorder.”

42 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Now, as the planet’s dire plight becomes a source of mounting concern, that professional neglect is rapidly changing. The field of ecopsychology has produced more than 100 authoritative studies linking nature to not only physical, but mental health. Researchers have found that spending time in nature settings helps lower stress, anxiety and depression, boosts positive mood, improves resilience and immune response, increases life expectancy, decreases anger, reduces blood pressure, eases computer fatigue and enhances energy, concentration and cognitive functioning. Recently, Danish researchers found that children raised in the least-green neighborhoods were 55 percent more likely to develop a serious mental illness than children that grew up in the greenest neighborhoods, regardless of social standing, affluence or parental mental illness. A British study of nearly 20,000 people published in Scientific Reports concluded that spending at least two hours a week in nature, whether in brief breaks or long stretches, is an optimal amount of time to feel a sense of better health and well-being. Putting these findings in motion, doctors, therapists, naturopaths, nurse practitioners and other health providers are increasingly suggesting and prescribing time in nature, especially for children. As of July 2018, there were 71 provider-based nature-prescription programs in 32 states, potentially involving hundreds of thousands of patients, according to a survey by the Institute at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Ecopsychology research programs are opening at medical centers and universities, and ecotherapy classes are being added to academic degree programs for therapists. Major health insurers are financing pilot programs to measure timein-nature outcomes, and electronic health records are starting to include nature prescriptions, as well as pharmaceuticals. Happily, it’s a therapy that can be self-prescribed. After Laura Durenberger, who blogs at, gave birth to her son, she found symp-


green living

How to Practice Personal Ecopsychology n Spend two hours or more each week outdoors in natural settings, in either short or long blocks of time. n Take a free online course to gain an in-depth understanding of ecopsychology at n Read books like Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life, by Richard Louv, or The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, by Florence Williams.

There is a sense of safety

n Bring plants, flowers, seashells, pebbles and other reminders of nature into work and home settings.

that comes from being in

n Garden outdoors or keep a kitchen herb garden indoors.

the forest. Safety is necessary in order for the client to open up and share themselves with another human being. ~Christian Dymond

n Join a local birdwatching group. n Use nature scenes as wall art and screensavers. n Visit to join in a one-hour group walk with a local doctor. n Find more ideas at

toms of her generalized anxiety disorder at an all-time high, and ultimately linked it to rarely leaving her house. When she goes too long without being outside, she says, “My anxiety spikes. I am irritable. My energy is low. I don’t feel motivated or creative.” Now, even during the fierce Minneapolis winters, she is dedicated to spending half an hour a day in nature: “After my time outdoors, I feel grounded, renewed, energized and much more clearheaded than before I started.” As ecotherapist Dymond puts it: “Nature is always there for people to heal themselves in.” Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based health writer. Contact her at

Reiki Classes & Certifications Monthly Reiki Share Events Healing Sessions Bedminster, NJ

Beth Wishbow

Reiki Master Teacher

908-295-7999 10% Off 1st REIKI HEALING SESSION With This Ad

January 2020


When Workouts Don’t Work

Why Less Is Sometimes More


by Marlaina Donato

xercise is a provThe key is to not over- deprived, overworked en component in and doing intense train and to losing weight and workouts but not seeing preventing cardiovascular do just enough to ad- weight-loss results, that’s equately stimulate the a signal that cortisol is disease and diabetes, but not all exercise regimens potentially too high and system. yield the same results for needs to be addressed.” ~Beth Shaw everyone, especially when Fat-burning, high-indaily stress is a factor. tensity interval training While workouts are often intended to (HIIT)—bursts of exercise with minimal reduce the body’s physiological response periods of rest in between—raises levels to mental and emotional stress, exercise of cortisol. These tend to decrease after a itself can serve as a physical stressor that workout, but can remain on overdrive if exacerbates the problem. This delicate HIIT is not balanced with low-intensity balance revolves around the stress hormovement. Add jam-packed schedules to mone cortisol. the mix, and the side effects of chronical While cortisol is needed to kickly elevated cortisol result not only in lonstart metabolism and burn fat, too much ger recovery time, but insomnia, fatigue, of it can increase the body’s fat stores. low immunity and failure to lose weight, Stephanie Mansour, host of Step It Up especially around the midsection—a With Steph, a weekly TV fitness program phenomenon that has earned cortisol the in Chicago, sees this correlation in her nickname “the belly fat hormone”. private practice for women. “Aggressive Balancing HIIT with yoga, Pilates, workouts definitely perpetuate stress, and elliptical training, swimming or walking aren’t always necessary for weight loss. If can help to reset the nervous system and one of my clients is stressed-out, sleepbring the rest of the body back up to speed. 44 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Mansour works with a naturopath that analyzes her clients’ cortisol and other hormone levels. “One of the first things we focus on is helping the body move into the parasympathetic nervous system and out of the fight-or-flight stress response. One way we do this is by shifting into more relaxed workouts—gentle yoga, beginners’ Pilates class, light cardio or light strength training.” Fitness expert Beth Shaw chose a zealous approach in her own exercise regimen until high cortisol levels unraveled her health. The founder of YogaFit, a yoga teacher training program headquartered in Toronto, she emphasizes moderation. “The key is to not overtrain and to do just enough to adequately stimulate the system.” She recommends 30-to 45-minute cardio sessions and no longer than 45 minutes for weights. “Endorphin release from these two types of exercises should offset any release in cortisol.” When we exercise may be as important to achieving weight loss and enhancing overall energy as the type of workout we choose, a factor based on circadian rhythm—the body’s biological clock. There are some schools of thought that cortisol is higher in the morning, and therefore this is the best time to exercise, says Mansour, while others believe we should target the mid-afternoon slump. “I advise my clients to pick a time that simply feels good to them.”

Mixing It Up

Hopping on a bike, going for a brisk walk or catching the waves on a surfboard can provide a great low-intensity, steady-state (LISS) cardiovascular workout, which aims for a low level of exertion for a long, continuous period. Repetitive motion for 30 to 45 minutes not only helps to balance cortisol levels, but according to a 2014 Australian study published in the Journal of Obesity, it evens out fat distribution in overweight individuals. LISS also nudges the body to use fat as fuel, rather than taking valuable glycogen from the muscles. Yoga and Pilates classes, though distinctly different, offer valuable benefits. “If cortisol backlash is an issue, you definitely want to work with someone who knows the anatomy and physiology of breathing,” says Tori Brown, owner of The Pilates


Cortisol-Conscious Workouts

fit body

Aggressive workouts definitely perpetuate stress, and aren’t always necessary for weight loss. ~Stephanie Mansour Room & Antigravity Studio, in Ithaca, New York. “By learning proper breathing techniques, practitioners are able to downregulate the nervous system into a more parasympathetic state, which leads to better focus, lower heart rate, better digestion, more optimal cortisol levels and improved sleep patterns. All of this leads to more focused workouts that build muscle while creating less stress on the nervous system.” Mansour suggests simple walking for stress-busting alternative cardio. “Brisk walking three times a week for 20 to 30 minutes is great to help reduce stress.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at

More Low-Stress Workout Tips Beth Shaw: I recommend high-intensity training first thing in the morning on an empty stomach three times a week, and adopting a yoga practice a few days a week that includes restorative yoga in the evenings to reduce cortisol. Stephanie Mansour: Try high-in-

tensity workouts for a few weeks. Take inventory of how you feel each day. Look at your progress over a few weeks to find a healthy balance. If it’s not working, change it up.

Better Vision in 10 Days Most Eye Conditions Are Treatable!

Our Integrative Medical treatment programs provide the best clinical outcomes for our patients.

25 Years of Experience • • • •



Mention this ad for a FREE phone consultation. DR. ANDY

R OSENFARB Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

Specializing in Holistic Eye Health • #1 Bestselling Author 332 S. Avenue E., Westfield, NJ

908-928-0060 •

Tori Brown: If Pilates is your go-to

exercise for strength training, opt for private training three times a week (minimum). If you are combining Pilates with other modes of exercise and really just need the cortisol downplay and core work, choose mat classes two times a week. Pilates private instruction will completely change the way you do all other forms of exercise. It is very different than all other exercise and very complementary.

• • • •

Where Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Medicine Combining conventional and integrative medical theory and practice to offer patients an innovative, comprehensive, holistic, and progressive custom-tailored approach to optimize health.

Minal Vazirani, M.D.,

DABIM, DABP, DABOIM Triple Board Certified MD a Internal Medicine a Pediatrics Root Cause Functional a Integrative, Holistic, Ayurvedic & Functional Medicine Medicine Approach a (844) 5HEALER (844)-543-2537 112 Town Center Dr, Warren a 200 S Orange Ave, Ste 107, Livingston


January 2020



Find the studio, teacher or style that fits you best

branchburg eZential Wellness 1 Lamington Rd 908-526-0002

Yoga Central 953 Rt 202 North 908-707-0759

branchville Sunrise Studio

6 Main St 932-948-YOGA (9642)

caldwell Indigo Yoga Studios 351 Bloomfield Ave 973-241-5338

e h t a e br



1 Lamington Rd, Branchburg 908-526-0002 •

Princeton Integral Yoga Community Center (IYCC)

301 N Harrison St, Bldg A, Ste 1E 609-454-3140

Califon Yoga Studio Victorian Square Plaza upstairs behind PetsPetsPets 438 County Rd 512

randolph Bee You Yoga & Wellness 3 Middlebury Blvd (Aspen Business Park) 973-775-9577

flemington Be Here Now Yoga

63 Main St, Ste 202 908-642-0989

hackettstown Awakening Point Yoga

254A Mountain Ave, Suite 2A 973-670-7421

martinsville True Definition Studios 1931 Washington Valley Rd 732-347-5511

Premier Pilates & Yoga Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga Yoga for all levels, Mindfulness classes, Reiki certification Yoga teacher training


53 Mountain Blvd Warren, NJ


46 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. S. Warren Warren Co. Co. Edition Edition 46

robbinsville Calm Waters Wellness & Yoga Center (Hatha-Kundalini) 2378 Rt 33 609-259-1547

warren Premier Pilates & Yoga 53 Mountain Blvd, Warren 908-754-5901

e t s a nam

The only studio to offer: • Therapeutic Yoga • Yoga for Functional Fitness • Prenatal Yoga Workshops • MELT Workshops • Playtime Yoga for children 3 to 6 years old

Rosie's Corner

Have a Vision for Local Yoga?

Tapas (The Third Niyama) by guest contributor Nicole Zornitzer


apas, otherwise known as self-discipline, exposes us to the concept of being able to stay in the fire (of life) and await our blessing. Through the physical asana practice and daily commitment to showing up on our mat, we begin to further understand this niyama (positive duties or observances). Through self-study and a dedication to learning, we expand this knowledge. I recently learned that Ram Das and I share in something very unique; we both suffered from a stroke. April 26 marks the fifth year that I get to celebrate being alive (again). When the event occurred, life came to a halt for my family, but the strange thing for me was that I suddenly had never felt more alive. I was surrounded by an energy that is indescribable and probably only understood by those that have had a near death experience. I felt the guiding hand of a life force, the energy of my ancestors surrounding my soul telling me that everything was going to be okay. For three months I sat in my backyard and looked up at the sky, the trees, the birds and I listened to the sound of the wind moving each branch of the trees. I waited, I listened, I nurtured my soul, my body and my mind. Ram Das explained that instead of being swallowed by self-pity, he chose to view his experience as being burned by the fire of the divine. He speaks of “being

stroked” versus having “a stroke”. My experiences since this moment in time and my ability to absorb what I went through are very similar to that of Ram’s words. We all have a choice; we can break down or break open during a time of extreme catharsis. Tapas helps us grow our ability to stay in the unknown and scary versus run away in fear. April is my month, my month to reflect, my month to acknowledge, my month to love and respect me. I too have been “stroked” by the hands of my angels and the level of gratitude I feel is immense, to have this second chance to experience life on this earth. Nicole Zornitzer, E-RYT 1000, Yoga Therapist, founder of Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio in Randolph, New Jersey.

Be Here Now Yoga

Yoga for Beginners Gentle Slow Flow Yoga • Summer Kids Programs Private Sessions Ladies’ Night Yoga Parties

908-642-0989 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington

Sponsor this Page

For More Than 10 Years!

Hackettstown Private & Group Yoga, Massage, Drumming & Retreats

Mary Ellen Moses, RYT, NJLMT


Your input helps shape this section while our input helps you grow!

For information, email Rosie@ January2020 2020 January

47 47

calendar of events

JANUARY SATURDAY, JANUARY4 Let Your Yoga Dance! Celebration – 1-2pm. Fusion of dance and gentle yoga with music from around the world and a brief journey through the Chakras. Light refreshments afterwards. $15 or class card. Yoga Central, 953 US 202 N, Branchburg. Register: Antonette at or 908-707-0759. Toltec Mitote Shamanic Ceremony – Jan. 4-5. 6pm-9am. Transformative, high energy and focused ceremony. Drumming, chanting, lucid dreaming, purifying us and raising our energy and light to awaken higher wisdom and truth. By 12/10: $295. After: $325. Shaman Janet StraightArrow, 48 Frederick Pl., Morristown. JanetStraightArrow. Janet@BeTheMedicine. com. 973-647-2500. New Years Mitote Retreat – Jan. 4-5. $325. or 48 Fredrick Pl., Morristown. BeTheMedicine. com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 Christingle – 10-11am. A family-friendly, multisensory, participatory event celebrating the Hope, Joy, Love and Light Christ gives the world. Free. Christ Church: An Emerging Christian Community, 1600 Washington Valley Rdl, Martinsville. RSVP by 1/3/20 to or 908-722-2080. Write a Letter to Your Future Self – 10:30am. Facilitator: Rev. Karen Kushner. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd. (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-9248422. Reiki Soul Celebration – 1–4pm. Enjoy Reiki healing, meditation, high vibration crystal singing bowls, drum, gong, flute, koshi bells, ting-sha and chants. Walk-ins welcome. $15. eZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Road, Branchburg. 908-526-0002. Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher: Beth@

$ave Time and Ga$ Things do change. Please call in advance to ensure that the event you’re interested in is still available.

All calendar events for the February 2020 issue must be received by January 10, 2020 and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries.

New Year’s White Stone Ceremony – 10am. Sunday Service. Participants claim a new attitude, quality or identity for the New Year. The White Stone represents a new beginning and a new essence seeking to emerge in 2020. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-730-8792. Light and Sound Service: “Renewing Our Spiritual Goals” – 11am-12pm. Join others seeking to bring more insight and divine love into their lives at this special celebration. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, offers spiritual exercises to help you experience the twin aspects of the Light and Sound of God within. Eckankar Center, 323 Main St., Metuchen. 800-870-9139. Eckankar–

MONDAY, JANUARY 6 Eating Disorder Support Group – 1st and 3rd Mon/month. 7:30-8:30pm. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Donation Yoga Class: Moon Flow – 7308:30pm. Embrace the energetic shifts of the moon cycle with this special class to honor the upcoming full moon. Gentle yoga, breathing exercises and mediation will be offered for all levels. Suggested Donation: $10. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: YOGA. 908-526-0002. eZentialWellness. com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 21-Day Whole Food Purification Program – 7pm. It’s time to clear out the old. Jump start 2020 with a 3-week proper nutrition program to help detoxify your body. Free introductory meeting with Dr. Bizzaro. 81 S Main St., Yardley. Register: drpaulbizzaro@ Info: 215-493-6589 or

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 Wellness Wednesday – 11am. Dr. Conte & herbalist Rob Sena present a sleep & stress small group workshop. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP required: 908-658-4900 or Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR Testing – 3-6:15pm. Testing by Spectracell and Vibrant Wellness Labs. Most insurance accepted. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. Janet@ValleyPharmacyRX. com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 Pranayama and Sound Journey - 7-9:30 pm. Out of mind, into breath, body and sound. Bring coherence to your spirit with the rhythms of breath and sound. Join Mary Walker and Karen Adamo in an integrative experience, starting with pranayama and moving into a sound journey with Gongs





January 3-5 & 10-12 with Patty Pagano & John Skeats OR Feb. 27-March 1 & March 6-8 with Joe Zakscewski & Janet Oussaty Become a Qi Healer. The first weekend is all about taking care of yourself with more than 25 Qi Gong remedies so you can learn how to attain and maintain balanced health. Second weekend is information, skills and practices for yourself and also for healing others. Rave reviews! Fri 5:30-9pm; Sat/Sun 9am-5pm Fee $850.

Qi Gong for Healing

1275BoundBrookRd,Ste1,2ndFlr,Middlesex 908-647-1563

48 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Sundays: Jan. 12, Feb. 9, Mar. 8 11am-12:30pm Free 3-Part Book Spiritual Discussion Series Recall and resolve past life lessons. Learn and experience spiritual tools to enhance your life. Explore your ability to get answers from Spirit. Tap into the wisdom and knowledge of the last great frontier—Your Inner Worlds. FREE and open to all. Eckankar Center 323 Main Street, Metuchen, NJ 800-870-9139 • Presented by ECKANKAR The Path of Spiritual Freedom

and Himalayan Singing Bowls. $40. Space is limited. Patanjali Yoga Meditation, 285 Rt. 57, Phillipsburg. RSVP: 908-752-0097, or Facebook. com/RedTailEnergetics. RedTailEnergetics. com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Breakfast Benefits: Learn about Laser Treatment – 9am. 2nd Sat/month. Share breakfast and learn about the benefits of laser treatment. Facilitated by Dr Paul M Bizzaro, DC. Free. 81 S Main St., Yardley. RSVP: 215-493-6589. RESTORE: Seasonal Retreat – 1-5:30pm. Enjoy 4 different workshops featuring Yoga, Mind-fulness, Reiki, and Aromatherapy plus free gift for all. $85 or $75 each with a friend. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: 908-526-0002. Reiki 1 Certificate Training – Jan 11-12. 1-6pm. Janet StraightArrow, Reiki Master. Comprehensive professional level course offers practical healing and energy work teachings in addition to Reiki attunements, meditations, and practice with each student receiving a full healing session. By 12/27: $295. After: $325. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Madison. Staff@ 973-966-1400. 973-647-2500.


Christ Church Emerging, 1600 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. 908-722-2080. New Year’s Resolution? How about New Year’s Intention? – 2-4pm. A different approach to making and keeping our resolutions using Raja Yoga tools, Pranayama (breathing) technique, 45-minute asana (poses) class and Dhyana (meditation) technique. $35. Yoga Central, 953 US 202 N, Branchburg. Register: Antonette at or 908-7070759. Healing Class for Teachers and Healers – 4-6pm. 2 nd Sun/month. Time to take care of our body, mind, soul and spirit. Comprehensive 6-month program to learn everything about your body, breath, energy flows and diet. $20/$22 (cash/online) per class. Cranbury. Register: Contact@ or 609-495-4229. Master Class Cosmetic Workshop – 2-4pm. Makeup & Skin Care workshop with Jane Iredale professionals. 2-hour class teaches how to properly apply cosmetics and teach you the latest tips/trends. Samples, gift w/ purchase, raffle. Free. Valley Integrative Pharmacy 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP required: 908-6584900 or The Four Agreements: #1 Be Impeccable with your World – 10:30am. Facilitator: Rev. Karen Kushner. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd. (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.

trance, how to program your subconscious to achieve your goals, change your behaviors and enhance your health. $20. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US 22, Lebanon. 908 617-1535.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 Channeling-Automatic Writing – 10am-5pm. Connecting to our higher self and spiritual support teams we learn to receive more complete messages about our life, purpose, health and more. Meditations, journeys, and automatic writing throughout the day. By 1/10: $195. After: $225. Be The Medicine Janet StraightArrow, 48 Frederick Pl., Morristown. 973-647-2500. Universal Kabbalah – 10am-4:30pm. Purest form of esoteric study available on the planet. The study of God and the God essence within humans is a noble and essential part of being a spiritual being. $325. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US 22, Lebanon. 908 617-1535. New Year’s Networking Event – Meet and greet like-minded professionals in the wellness community. 16+. Valley Integrative Pharmacy 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP: 908-658-4900 or janet@valleypharmacyrx. com.


Introduction to Self-Hypnosis – 7-8pm. Learn method of self-hypnosis, how to put yourself into trance, how to deepen your

The Four Agreements: #2 Don’t Take Anything Personally – 10:30am. Facilitator: Rev. Karen Kushner. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd. (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.







Take your personal connections, writing, spiritual, shamanic or energy work to the next level. Break through illusions and blocks to connect to higher self and spiritual support teams for messages about life, purpose, health and more. Led by Janet StraightArrow.

Need better balance, concerned about High Blood Pressure, Quality sleep a challenge? Space is limited. Register to reserve your

Inclusive, Progressive Christian Worship & Fellowship – Jan. 12, 19, 26; 10–11:15am. Mentored by Jesus; Unapologetically P r o g r e s si ve; S oc i a l J ustice Driven; LGBTQI+ Welcoming; Spiritually Curious; GreenFaith Sanctuary; Interfaith Friendly.

May 11-15, 2020 8am-6pm each day

This Mystery School Teaching helps you to achieve a magical life. This week of Esoteric Training will show you how to harness your own power to achieve a more satisfying life. Learn how to manafest by doing what people in Secret Societies do. Create prosperity and manifest your needs and wants easily. Investment: $2,225. InnerTruthHypnotherapy&MeditationCtr 1386 US Highway 22, Clinton NJ 08833 For more information or to register: 908-617-1545 or


January 18 • 10am-5pm

Bring light snacks and a small lunch.

March 19 (8-week class) • 6:30pm

spot. $125. Register by 3/1/20 for special offer.

Oasis For The Soul 48 Frederick Place, Morristown

Next Step Strategies, LLC Mercer Meetings, 1970 Rte. 33, Hamilton 609-752-1048

For information visit

$195 if prepaid by 1/10/20; $225 thereafter.

January 2020


advertiser specials Mention Natural Awakenings to take advantage of these terrific specials.

Lisa’s Thermography & Wellness

Free Dry Brush to New Clients Lisa Mack offers thermography scans in wellness facilities across the region. New Jersey: Short Hills, Morristown, Clinton, Hampton, Green Brook, Bedminster, Lincoln Park, Somers Point, Little Silver, Caldwell. New York: Newburgh Pennsylvania: Doylestown Visit this link for information and to schedule an appointment: patients/#locations See ad, page 32.

$100 Cuddling Package for New Clients

In Your Arms

Karen Schweiger Certified Cuddlist Practitioner 908-768-1800 • See ad, page 57.


Hand or Foot Reflexology

(inc. Thai Foot Reflexology Massage) 45 minute session

Christel Haase

Ph.D./Certified Reflexologist 10am-6pm. 4 Walter E. Foran Blvd., Ste. 404, Flemington For appointment call 908-788-2748 or See ad, page 28.

Reiki I Training & Certification – 1-day class: January 19. 10:30am–6:30pm. Instructor: Beth Wishbow. Learn this ancient art of healing and self-empowerment. Beginner level. $225. eZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: Beth@

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 Thermography Medical Imaging – 9am6pm. Facilitator: Lisa Mack. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Info: 609-618-6545.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 Women’s Wellness Weekend – Jan. 24-26. Balancing all layers of the self through yoga, meditation, natural healing, discussion and music. Includes 5 meals, programs and 15min massage. $399/double. $319/single. Cross Roads Camp & Retreat Center, Port Murray. Contact: Mary Moses of Awakening Point Wellness: 973-670-7421. YogaMaryS@

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 Intro to Arm Balances – 12:30-2pm. All yoga experience levels welcome to discover and try various yoga poses using arm balance techniques. Safely practice with a trained yoga instructor. $30. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: 908-5260002. Return to Health Day – 10am-5pm. Receive deep healing and learn how to continually heal yourself. Be The Medicine is a pathway that is a precise gathering of studies and practices from around the world that have direct results. By 1/15: $295. After: $325. Be The Medicine Janet StraightArrow, 48 Frederick Pl., Morristown. JanetStraightArrow. Janet@BeTheMedicine. com. 973-647-2500. 2-day Reiki Certification Class – 9am-5pm. Jan. 25-26. Become a certified Reiki Healer! 2-day workshop led by Dr. Fliss, Reiki Master. Students receive three sacred symbols

and 4 attunements. Cranbury. Contact@

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Sound of Soul Event – 11am-12pm. Are you seeking spiritual growth and transformation? Experience HU, an ancient sacred Mantra, that has been sung for thousands of years in many lands for spiritual unfoldment. Chant HU, have contemplative time, and share in spiritual conversation. Eckankar Center, 323 Main St., Metuchen. 800-870-9139. The Four Agreements: #3 Don’t Make Assumptions – 10:30am. Facilitator: Rev. Karen Kushner. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd. (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR Testing – 10am-1pm. Testing by Spectracell and Vibrant Wellness Labs. Most insurance accepted. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. Janet@ValleyPharmacyRX. com.

PLAN AHEAD SATURDAY, FEBRURARY 1 Cabo Breath Fest – Feb 1-21. The Cabo Breath Fest will offer many life-changing and selfempowering workshops, plus other activities from San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Tix: $100. or on Facebook.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 Hypnosis for Test Taking – 6-8pm. Course will help you or your child do better when taking your /his-her next test. $90. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US 22, Lebanon. 908 617-1535.

Chinese Medicine with a Gentle Style We use exceptionally thin sterile needles with gentle, light insertion for a relaxing experience.

Reduce Pain • Relieve Stress & Tension • Increase Energy • Enhance Fertility Relief for Headaches/Migraines • Ease Arthritis & Muscle Pain • Sleep Better

New Patients Receive 20% off your first visit when you mention this ad.

Acupuncture Works Center Kristin A. Dudley, MS, L.Ac

84 Park Ave., Gavel Hall, Suite G-103C • Flemington, NJ 08822

973-979-1652 •

50 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 Heart of Oneness Holistic Expo – 3/273/29. Fri: 5pm-6pm, Sat: 10am-7pm. Sun: 10am-5pm. Collective event dedicated to wellness, spiritual growth & the conscious evolution of humanity. Fri: $5 Fri. Sat: $10. Sun: $15. Weekend pass: $15. 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison. Info: 732-508-7990 or

Dentistry at its Best! Synchronizing Oral Health with Total Body Health

Practical Biological Dentistry

classifieds Have a business opportunity, job opening, space for rent or other need? Place your classified ads here, 30 words for $30, extra words $1 each. Email to Joe@NaturalAwakeningsNJ. com by the 10th of the month prior to publication date.

HIRING: HAIRSTYLIST NOW HIRING: Licensed “holistic minded” hairstylists for busy, organic salon in Hackettstown. Looking for a change in environment, sick of breathing in chemicals or want a more relaxed work setting—keep reading. Our mission is to share knowledge of non-toxic/organic hair and beauty products while giving each guest a relaxing experience with impeccable customer service. Perfect candidate: outgoing, personable, willing to learn, interest in healthy/organic living, ambitious and willing to grow through social media and marketing, team player, willing to perform other services (facials, waxing, hair treatments, front desk, etc.). Salon attracts many guests seeking alternative ways to do their hair. For the right person, this can be a very lucrative path, in more ways than one! Interested? Contact Monica at Monica Sabo at

for more than 30 years IAOMT Accredited

Your mouth is a vital part of your Total Body Health. We are dedicated to Protecting Your Health with:

• Clifford Material Reactivity Testing • Sleep Apnea Treatment • Safe Amalgam Removal Protocol Enhanced by Biological Support Program • Highest Quality Restorative Dentistry • Preserving Teeth and Gums for a Lifetime • Beautiful Smiles Achieved by Using the Finest Quality Materials • Nutritional Consulting

INTUITIVE SERVICES READINGS: Oracle card and palmistry readings offered in person, phone, parties welcome. Spiritually guided channeled messages are for your highest good. Let my gifts guide you! Reasonable rates. Cheryl 908-268-8029.

REIKI/ENERGY SERVICES REIKI/ENERGY BALANCE sessions by appt. Register NOW: call 609-752-1048 or email

Kirk Huckel, DMD, FAGD Kiersten Huckel DMD

609-924-1414 New Patients Welcome 11 Chambers Street Princeton, NJ 08542 January 2020


ongoing events

function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.

Kindly call to confirm date, location, time.

SUNDAY Cathedral of the Horse: Meditation with Horses – 9:30-11am. Sit quietly, surrounded by our intuitive horses, as you are led in guided meditation by experienced facilitators. Check website for dates. $20/session. Tri-Brook Equestrian Center, 283 Long Swamp Rd., New Egypt. Info: 908-217-7852. Inclusive, Progressive Christian Worship & Fellowship – Jan. 12, 19, 26; 10–11:15am. Mentored by Jesus; Unapologetically Progressive; Social Justice Driven; LGBTQI+ Welcoming; Spiritually Curious; GreenFaith Sanctuary; Interfaith Friendly. Christ Church Emerging, 1600 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. 908-722-2080. Spiritual Awakening Sunday Service – 10:30 am. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people at Sunday Transformation Service. Mingle afterwards with refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 354 River Rd, Princeton. 609-9248422. Unity Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 10am. Join us for prayer and meditation, song, an uplifting spiritual message and fellowship afterwards. Youth programs offered. Off hours: Sun, Wed, Thurs 10-2:30 pm. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-7308792.

MONDAY Prenatal Yoga Workshop – 6:30pm. Class focuses on helping the moms-to-be relax and to prepare their bodies and minds to welcome new life into this world. Registration required. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53

Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. Reiki Share and Healing Circle – 6-7:15pm. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. 732419-3551. Beginner Sun Style Tai Chi – 11am-12pm. Easy and fun. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $60/ month. $20/drop-in. Reserve your place: 908-392-1313. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. More information at Beginner Swimming Dragon Qi Gong – 121pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm.4-week course. $60/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information at Beginner Tai Chi (Wuji Jing Gong) – 7-8pm. Instructor: Fran Maher. For students new to Tai Chi or new to the Wuji form. $60/month. $20/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. 908-647-1563. Info:

TUESDAY Pilates Mat with Props – 6pm. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.  Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 7pm. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can

Reiki 1 Evening Certificate Class – 7-9:30pm. Jan. 21- Feb. 11. Exciting, comprehensive professional-level course offers practical healing and energy work teachings in addition to Reiki attunements, meditations, and practice, with each student receiving a full healing session. $295 by 1/11. $325 after. Be The Medicine, 48 Frederick Pl., Morristown. or Janet StraightArrow, 48 Frederick Pl., Morristown. Stress, Hormones & Health (The True Cause of Belly Fat) – 6pm, select Tuesdays. Presentor: Jean Golden-Tevald, DO of Morning Star Family Health Center. Learn about hormone imbalances and what really works. Free dinner seminar. RSVP required. Info: Carol May, Program Coordinator at 908-528-8121. Beginner Tai Chi (Wuji Jing Gong) – 10:30am. Instructor: Fran Maher. $60/month. $20/ drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. 908647-1563 or 908-392-1313. Info: Beginner and Returning Tai Chi Chih – 1:30pm. Instructor: Janet Oussaty. Pre-registration required. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. Contact Janet: 908-635-1822. JOussaty@ More information at Beginner Tai Chi (Wuji Jing Gong) – 6:30pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $60/mo, $20 dropin. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd floor, Middlesex. Info: 908392-1313 or

WEDNESDAY Pilates Mat with Props – 9:30am. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. 

There’s something for everyone at Sand Hills! We offer a diverse selection of programs in a safe, warm environment to support Body, Mind and Spirit. Reiki, Massage Therapy, Yoga, Alzheimer’s Support Group, Gong Bath Meditation, Piloxing, Crafting, Creative Writing plus special workshops and retreats...just to name a few.

Sand Hills Community Wellness Center 57 Sand Hills Road Kendall Park, NJ 08824

732-419-3551 • 52 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Beginner Tai Chi (Wuji Jing Gong) – 10:30am. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $60/month. $20/ drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. 908647-1563 or 908-392-1313. Info: Wuji in Tai Chi and Qi Gong – 1pm. Instructor: Brain Coffey. $60/month. $20/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. More information at 908-647-1563 or Goju Ryu Karate Classes – 7-8:30pm. Learn self-defense, get fit, lose weight, gain focus. Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do. Free trial. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Register: 732421-7116. Beginner Swimming Dragon Qi Gong – 7:30pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $60/ month. $20/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information at

THURSDAY Meditation Class for Stress Reduction & Self Awareness – 11:30am-12:30pm. Facilitator: Sharon Coyle-Saeed. Learn how to live more fully in the present moment, to be more at ease in your body as you deal with stress and experience more clarity. 57 Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Info: Sharon at 732-4917277 or A Pure Component Radio show, Linking Spirit & Science – 10am-11pm. Hosted by Tori Valspirit. Life, Health, Fitness, Wellness and Mystery. Complementary and integrative Health Care. Experts in various wellness fields & subjects. 908-617-1545. Lifestream:



Proud to Distributed at:

Beginner Qi Gong (Wuji Jing Gong) – 12:30pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $60/ month. $20/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. 908-392-1313. Info:

SATURDAY Pilates Mat with Props – 9am. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.  Prenatal Yoga – 11:15am-12:15pm. Join Denise Donofrio for this special “moms-to-be” yoga. Practicing together often allows bonding with each other through this experience. $90/Series 6-pack. $20/drop in. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste. 202, Flemington. Info: 908-642-0989 or email Goju Ryu Karate Classes – 3:30-5:30pm. Learn self-defense, get fit, lose weight, gain focus. Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do. Free trial. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Register: 732-421-7116. Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 10am. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. 

Bridgewater 319 Chimney Rock Road Bound Brook, NJ Clark 1255 Raritan Road, Unit #150 Clark, NJ Metuchen 645 Middlesex Avenue Metuchen, NJ Millburn—Union 2245 Springfield Avenue Union, NJ Montclair 701 Bloomfield Avenue Montclair, NJ Morristown 110 Washington Street Morristown, NJ Madison 222 Main Street Madison, NJ Newark 633 Broad Street Newark, NJ Princeton 3495 US Route 1 South Princeton, NJ Ridgewood 44 Godwin Avenue Ridgewood, NJ 07450

‘ Serving the NJ Area for over 15 years. ‘Complementary with Conventional Medicine.

� º º º º º º

Naturopathic Nutritional Evaluation Customized herbal preparations Homeopathy Functional Metabolic Analysis For: Weight Management Reflexology Digestive Dysfunction Therapeutic Massage Heavy Metal Toxicity Ear Candling Hormone Imbalance Osteoporosis 10% OFF 10% OFF Stress Initial InitialNaturopathic Naturopath Consultation Consultation 615 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, NJ 07069 Expires 1/31/2020 5/30/2010 Expires

Office: (908) 754-4480

West Orange 235 Prospect Avenue West Orange, NJ

Fax: (908) 754-6300

January 2020


Central New Jersey Community

business directory

Join the community! Request our media kit today by emailing

Your local source for natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

Education/Schools Acupuncture

CBD Products

Acupuncture Works Center

Mom N Pop CBD & Wellness Shop

Kristin A. Dudley LAc

Ray Brown, Jr.

84 Park Ave, Ste G-103C, Flemington 973-979-1652 Gentle acupuncture with can be both very relaxing as well as healing. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to ease muscle and arthritis pain, relieve stress, increase energy and improve sleep. De-stress in a nurturing and healing

enviroment. See ad, page 50.

Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave East, Westfield 908-928-0060 •

Dr. Rosenfarb is world renowned in the field of holistic eye health. He is passionate about helping people with degenerative eye diseases. Learn of his astounding work in this area—call now to qualify for your free copy of his groundbreaking book, Recover Your Vision. Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad, page 45.

Waldorf School Of Princeton

5 Locations in NJ/PA 484-415-5037 CBD is a natural pain reliever and anti-inflammatory with no addictive properties. However, not all CDB products are created equally. We use the latest scientific knowledge and experienced professionals to create top of the line CBD products at affordable prices. See ad,

page 20.

Energy Healing

Chinese Healing Arts

Rayki School Master Training Makiko Suzuki Fliss, PhD, MBA, MSc

Qi Gong For Healing Brian Coffey LMT, and Fran Maher CA 908-647-1563 Specializing in T’ai Chi and Qi Gong classes, as well as private session clinical Qi Gong and acupuncture since 1994. Chinese Medicine weekend seminars teach how to apply clinical Qi Gong remedies to specific disorders. Excellent for the lay person and healthcare providers. All are welcome to observe or join a class. See ad, page 14.

Ayurveda/Holistic Health Ayurvedashram Holistic Wellness Center

RedTail Energetics

Experience the personalized body-mind-spirit approach of Ayurveda, a 5000-yearold healing science from India and one of the oldest system of medicine in the world! Ayurveda consultations and Panchakarma (detox) therapies by experienced and trained Ayurvedic practitioners. We specialize in pain management, hormonal imbalance, auto-immune disorders and pediatric wellness. Mention NaturalAwakenings and get 25% OFF your initial consultation! See ad, page 21.

The Waldorf curriculum, used in 1,000+ schools School worldwide, integrates arts, of Princeton academics, movement, and music, emphasizing social and environmental responsibility. The hands-on approach is screen free.


Eden Energy Medicine/ Sound Meditation

2070 Route 1, 2nd Floor, North Brunswick 732-658-6122

1062 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton 609-466-1970, x115

Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner Phillipsburg, NJ 908-752-0097 (phone or text) Experience more joy, peace, calm, health and vitality through the combination of two profoundly effective healing modalities—Eden Energy Medicine, which corrects imbalances in nine different energy systems, and Sound Meditation with authentic bronze Himalayan Singing Bowls and Gongs.

Explore how the human body and mind are interconnected and how to maintain perfect harmony to stay young and healthy. Focus with Quantum Healing, Reiki and Wellness Education. Private and corporate settings. See ad, page 35.

Functional Medicine Morningstar Family Health Center 54 Old Highway 22, Clinton 908-735-9344

MorningStar’s team of health professionals cares for you like family. Our membership based practice cares for men, women and children age 8 and up with a functional approach to primary care. See ad, page 9.

Karen E Adamo, EEM-AP

54 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Phone/text: 609-495-4229

Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land. ~Aldo Leopold


Holistic Dental Center

Gaia’s Gifts

The Center For Advanced Health Through Dentistry

Ellen Perkins

16 Broad St., Washington 908-223-1331 •



Dr. Joseph R. Mele, DDS, FIND, CNC

Local, handcrafted items including wall art, fiber art, jewelry, small furniture, leather work, soaps, lotions, local honey, loose tea and flower vibrational essences. Variety of rocks and crystals in personal size or display pieces, Himalayan salt lamps and so much more. See ad, page 29.

215 Union Ave.,Ste D, Bridgewater 908-526-2266

Our aim is to restore you to health and vitality by eliminating dental road blocks. We offer the highest quality dental services with a holistic approach for children and adults. See ad, page 57.

Holistic Chiropractors Dr. Paul M. Bizzaro, DC

81 S Main St, Yardley, PA 215-493-6589 •

Holistic Dental Center

My mission is to educate people to the benefits of chiropractic, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Over 40 years experience (personally and professionally) allows me to relate to your problem(s). Services include nonforce chiropractic, nutritional testing, utilizing test kits/panels, Chirothin weight loss, massage (covered by most insurance) and laser therapy for pain. Personalized attention guaranteed! See ad, page 23.

91 Millburn Ave, Milburn 973-457-4688

Vladimir Gashinsky, DDS

Samsara Chiropractic Wellness Center

Holistic dental care that is good for the body as well as teeth and gums. By treating the cause, not just the symptoms, Dr. Gashinsky helps improve his patients’ quality of life through dental care that respects and honors the body. See ad, back cover.

Princeton Center For Dental Aesthetics

Dr Jennifer Redmond

Dr. Ruxandra Balescu, DMD Dr. Kirk Huckel, DMD, FAGD

7 E. High St, Somerville 908-300-8800

We believe that the body is designed to heal itself but structural issues, toxins, lack of nutrients or an emotional component can affect overall health. We offer Whole-istic healing techniques including Neuroemotional Technique, Active Release techniques, Activator, Flexion Distraction and more! See ad, page 29.

11 Chambers St, Princeton 609-924-1414

We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. Please contact us to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad, page 51.

The Earth does not belong to us: We belong to the Earth. ~Marlee Matlin



Age-Defying Habits Plus: Healthy Immune System


Cardiovascular Health Plus: Regenerative Medicine



Thriving on a Plant-Based Diet Plus: CBD


Grassroots Climate Crisis Strategies Plus: Healthy Home



Autoimmune Breakthroughs Plus: Protein & Collagen Connection


Inspired Lifestyle Travel Plus: Brain Health



Beyond Factory Farming Plus: Gut Health


Biological Dentistry Plus: Environmental Education



Emotional Well-Being Plus: Adaptive Yoga


Stress Management Plus: Joint Health



Personalized Diabetes Strategies Plus: Skin Care


Creating Community & Connection Plus: Spending Locally


January 2020


Holistic Women’s Health

Integrative/Functional MD Massage - Therapy

Wellspring Women’s Health

Integrative Health & Wellness Associates

Body Be Well Massage

Minal Vazirani, MD

615 Mountain Blvd, Watchung 908-333-7746

Sarah Wallis CNM NCMP WHNP-BC 280 Rolling Knolls Way, Bridgewater 732-456-6262 call or text

Holistic gynecology specializing in hormone balance, sexual health, chronic pelvic pain and menopause wellness including bio-identical hormone replacement. Integrative fertility support. Come see us for a gentle exam and in-depth evaluation from a Certified Nurse Midwife / Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. House calls available! See ad, page 11.

112 Town Center, Warren 844-5-HEALER • 844-543-2537 ; Facebook: DrVazirani

Hypnosis & Reiki

Dr. V is triple board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, and integrative medicine, plus additional training in Ayurvedic and Functional Medicine, and Yoga Therapy. She has published on integrative approaches to gut health. Committed to helping patients get to the root cause of health concerns to create an individualized integrative lifestyle prescription for optimal wellness. Functional Medicine Testing and Nutritional Testing is performed when indicated. See ad, page 45.

Energy Health & Wellness LLC

Integrative Psychotherapy

Michele Dellavalle, CH, CHTP, ART Clinton & Flemington #908-403-2045 Employs complimentary methods to treat individuals in a holistic manner helping clients reach their goals and highest possible level of mental, physical & spiritual well-being. Offering 5-Path Hypnosis®, 7th Path Self-Hypnosis®, Reiki, Healing Touch, Crystal Healing & Meditations.

Integrative Holistic Consultant Sunny van Vlijmen

939 Ridge Rd, Suite 2D, Monmouth Junction 609-275-3881 Do you want real and lasting change? My professional background of 20+ years in alternative healing and personal development has taught me what works and what doesn’t. If you’re ready for change, schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation, today. See ad, page 40.

Bobbie Lynn Edwards LPC, NCC,M.Ed Licensed Psychotherapist 15 E. Main St., Clinton 908-892-8978

Bobbie Lynn Edwards is a licensed psychotherapist for 35 years. Practicing integrating psychotherapy focusing on a broad  spectrum of spiritual philosophies and practices to assist in your healing. Clinically trained to provide guidance and direction to individuals,  couples and families.  Goals set within   a mutual  learning environment  is the process. Meditation workshops for small and large groups are available. Call for a free consultation and further information.

For this New Year's day, weather forecasters are warning of an incoming storm of hugs and kisses

Lauren Curtis, LMT

Lauren Curtis, LMT is a New Jersey State Licensed massage therapist, who specializes in various forms of massage, including Oncology, Pregnancy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Medical, Aromatherapy and Chair massage. She is also trained in Foot Reflexology and Reiki.

Matrix Repatterning Dr. Clare M. Larkin, DC, CMRP located in Warren 908-930-0628

Your cells remember traumatic injury on a deeper level. Some injuries hang on because their energy gets trapped in the deeper tissues of the body. Matrix Repatterning allows the detection and release of these deeper injuries, improves electrical flow and allows the body to function normally again. See ad, page 7.

Meditation/Spiritual Center For Healing and Empowerment Phyllis Livera

172 Washington Valley Rd, Suite 3, Warren 732-882-9676 Are you seeking deeper meaning in your life? Are you stressed and ready for a change? Tired of being in both physical or emotional pain? We offer spiritual development, meditation and mini-me yoga classes, which have been helping people live more productive, happier lives.

all over the planet... we

The longer I go about living,

advise closing your umbrella

I see it’s the relationship that

and opening your heart.

is most meaningful.

– Anonymous

~William Shatner

56 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

MLS Laser Therapy MLS Laser Therapy Dr. Paul Bizzaro, DC

81 S Main St, Yardley, PA 215-493-6589 Get permanent relief for your pain without drugs, shots or surgery with FDA approved Laser Therapy. Benefits include Speedy healing process, pain free, extremely safe with no known side effects. Don’t live in pain anymore. See ad, page 23.

Nutrition Sunrise Nutrition & Wellness Center Dr. John Harrington 137 Mountain Ave., Hackettstown 908-441-2276 You may be suffering from nutritional deficiencies, toxin overload, chronic infections and bad lifestyle habits. Get checked today! We are dedicated to providing a health improvement program unique to your body. We aim to improve your health through nutrition and other safe, non-invasive therapies. See ad, page 21.

The Center for Advanced Health Through Dentistry Our aim is to restore you to health and vitality by eliminating dental road blocks.

Our patients come from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and other states...some have even traveled from outside the United States! Why? Because quality biocompatible dental care provided by a warm, caring dental team in a comfortable, relaxed setting is worth the trip.

Joseph R. Mele


- Fellowship in Institute for Natural Dentistry - Diplomate Member in American Association of Nutritional Consultants - Member of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology - Member of The Holistic Dental Association

We offer the highest quality dental services including... • Safe removal of amalgam restorations (fillings) following OSHA and EPA guidelines • Biocompatible dental materials including BPA-free restorations • Non-surgical natural and nutritional therapies to treat periodontal disease and dental decay • Effective treatment of TMJ, teeth grinding, bad breath, snoring, sleep apnea, and mouth breathing

Does your child (up to age 10) show signs of: • Crowded baby or permanent teeth • Mouth breathing (lips are apart most of the time) We can help by fitting your child with a corrective, colorful, comfortable removable appliance that they will love to show to their friends.

For more information, see our video “How To Start Fixing Children’s Crooked Teeth As Early As Age 7 to 10” at or YouTube®.

Come in for a complimentary Meet and Greet, or visit our website for information.

Pain Relief/Management East Coast Spine, Sports, And Regenerative Medicine

215 Union Avenue — Suite D, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

(908) 526-2266

Edward Magaziner, MD

2186 Route 27, Suite 2D, North Brunswick 877-817-3273 Dr. Magaziner’s goal of treatment is to repair, regenerate and eliminate injury or pain, and its causes. Specializing in: Orthopedic Regenrative Medicine, Endoscopic Spinal Discectomy, PRP, Stem Cell Grafts & Prolotherapy. See ad, page 2.

Integrative & Restorative Professional Cuddle Sessions Ages 18+ welcome.

Contact Karen at 908-768-1800 or January 2020


Reiki & Hypnosis



Alice Rich Reiki Center

Christel Haase Reflexology

Lisa’s Thermography & Wellness

Alice Rich, Certified Master Teacher

Christel Haase, PhD, Certified Reflexologist

Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC

Foot reflexology applies pressure to reflex points to remove toxins, clear neural pathways and improve internal organ and system functioning. Other benefits: stress/ pain reduction, increased circulation, relief from insomnia, headaches, allergies, PMS and Plantar Fasciitis. Also addresses foot discomfort from injury, tight muscles and ill-fitting footwear. See ad, page 28.

Thermography gives an early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem – inflammation. Early stage disease screening is an area in which thermography excels. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, or you are merely curious about the state of your health, thermography can help provide answers. Radiation-free breast and full body screenings for men and women. See ad, page 32.

Usui Reiki Ryoho, Karuna Reiki®, Crystal Healing, Certified Hypnotist 732-501-7628 Reiki, Crystal Healing and Integrated Energy Therapy® or Hypnosis sessions can help reduce pain physically, mentally and emotionally, promote a healthy lifestyle, achieve personal and professional goals, create balance and harmony and advance your spiritual journey. Private sessions and classes. Certification classes on Reiki, Crystal Healing and IET.

Main Street Massage 4 Walter E Foran Blvd, Ste 404 Flemington - 908-788-2748

Relationship Coach Ondov Relationship Coaching Rhoda Ondov, MS, MFT, CPC

Spiritual Enlightenment

12-14 E Main St, Suite 8, Somerville 908-642-6256

Eckankar – The Path of Spiritual Freedom

If you are in a troubled relationship, or dealing with infidelity, or facing possible divorce, you do not need Therapy. You are not mentally ill. You just need guidance and solutions. Relationship Coaching can help you repair these difficult situations, bringing clarity and restoring harmony. Eight years experience helping couples successfully navigate relationship crises. Does not require participation by both partners. See ad, page 24.

A truly spiritual way of life for the individual in modern times. Teachings provide a framework and spiritual tools for anyone to explore their own spiritual experiences. Studies of Dreams, Past Lives, Soul Travel.

change can do you good

Join the Natural Awakenings Franchise Family

323 Main St, Metuchen 800-870-9139

Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338

Vision/Eye Health Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave East, Westfield 908-928-0060 •

Dr. Rosenfarb is world renowned in the field of holistic eye health. He is passionate about helping people with degenerative eye diseases. Learn of his astounding work in this area—call now to qualify for your free copy of his groundbreaking book, Recover Your Vision. Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad, page 45.

Spiritual Healing, Teaching Wellness Center eZential Wellness

Be The Medicine

1 Lamington Rd Branchburg 908-526-0002 •

Janet StraightArrow

973-647-2500 Shamanic Healing, Energy Medicine, Past Life, Medical Intuition, Life, Health, Spiritual Coaching, Astrology Readings, House and Land Clearings. In person, phone or Skype. Professional Reiki, Shamanism and Medical Intuitive Training. Retreats. 40 years’ experience.

Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, & Ashtanga Yoga for all levels. Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for a while, we see each of you as unique individuals who deserve to feel happy, healthy & welcome! Also offering Mindfulness classes, Reiki certification and Yoga teacher training. See Yoga Profile, page 46.

For more info, visit: 58 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Copper in new device stops cold and flu

had colds going round and round, but not me.” Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, by Doug Cornell no more headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if used just before cientists recently discovered bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had time. He hasn’t had a single cold for 7 a way to kill viruses and in years.” years since. bacteria. Copper can also stop flu if used early He asked relatives and friends to try Now thousands of people are using it it. They said it worked for them, too, so and for several days. Lab technicians to stop colds and flu. placed 25 million live flu viruses on a he patented CopperZap™ and put it on Colds start CopperZap. No viruses were found alive the market. when cold viruses soon after. Soon hundreds get in your nose. Dr. Bill Keevil led one of the teams of people had Viruses multiply confirming the discovery. He placed tried it and given fast. If you don’t millions of disease germs on copper. feedback. Nearly stop them early, “They started to die literally as soon as 100% said the they spread and they touched the surface,” he said. copper stops colds cause misery. People have even used copper on if used within 3 In hundreds cold sores and say it can completely hours after the first of studies, EPA prevent outbreaks. sign. Even up to New research: Copper stops colds if used early. and university The handle is 2 days, if they researchers have confirmed that viruses curved and finely still get the cold it is milder than usual and bacteria die almost instantly when textured to improve and they feel better. touched by copper. contact. It kills germs Users wrote things like, “It stopped That’s why ancient Greeks and picked up on fingers my cold right away,” and “Is it Egyptians used copper to purify water and hands to protect supposed to work that fast?” and heal wounds. They didn’t know you and your family. “What a wonderful thing,” wrote about microbes, but now we do. Copper even kills Physician’s Assistant Julie. “No more Dr. Bill Keevil: Copper quickly kills deadly germs that Scientists say the high conductance colds for me!” cold viruses. of copper disrupts the electrical balance have become resistant Pat McAllister, 70, received one in a microbe cell and destroys the cell in for Christmas and called it “one of the to antibiotics. If you are near sick seconds. best presents ever. This little jewel really people, a moment of handling it may Tests by the EPA (Environmental keep serious infection away. It may even works.” Protection Agency) show germs die save a life. Now thousands of users have simply fast on copper. So some hospitals tried The EPA says copper still works stopped getting colds. copper for touch surfaces like faucets even when tarnished. It kills hundreds of People often use CopperZap and doorknobs. This cut the spread of preventively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci different disease germs so it can prevent MRSA and other illnesses by over half, serious or even fatal illness. used to get colds after crowded flights. and saved lives. CopperZap is made in America of Though skeptical, she tried it several The strong scientific evidence gave pure copper. It has a 90-day full money times a day on travel days for 2 months. inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When back guarantee. It is $69.95. “Sixteen flights and not a sniffle!” she he felt a cold about to start he fashioned Get $10 off each CopperZap with exclaimed. a smooth copper probe and rubbed it Businesswoman Rosaleen says when code NATA16. Go to or call gently in his nose for 60 seconds. people are sick around her she uses “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold CopperZap morning and night. “It saved toll-free 1-888-411-6114. Buy once, use forever. never got going.” It worked again every me last holidays,” she said. “The kids ADVERTORIAL


January 2020


The Holistic Dental Center Working Together with Other Holistic Practitioners to Create a True Holistic Approach to Your Health


team approach to your overall health and it starts at the Holistic they don’t see, I do, and vice versa, seeing dental infections and Dental Center in Millburn, New Jersey, with their highly skilled how they can affect organ systems through meridians or directly and team of trained professionals in holistic and biological dentistry. From utilizing the benefits of networking with a holistic practitioner can and their award winning doctors and their state of the art technology to does make all the difference in patient care…I wouldn’t have it any their use of ozone and self-healing therapies, they are committed other way,” Dr. Gashinsky says about working with other practitioners. to not only treating your dental related symptoms, but also, the root So if you’re looking for an approach that is inclusive of all aspects cause thereby eliminating disease and promoting optimal health. of holistic care, visit Dr. Gashinsky and his team at The Holistic Dental Little did conventional practitioners know so many years ago that Center in Millburn, New Jersey. It’s their priority to ensure complete it took more than just looking at the mouth. A generation ago there holistic care by promoting the benefits of holism. “It’s not just your was a disconnect, a thought that our mouth and teeth had no bearing teeth anymore,” as he says, “It never was,” but now they have the on the health of the rest of our body. Now more and more research ability to not just treat overall disease but truly prevent and promote has been showing that there is a strong connection between dental whole body wellness. disease and systemic health. Dr. Gashinsky, Holistic Dentist, has always known that. A holistic approach to health is multifaceted, so he Other than being a dentist for 40 years, Dr. Vladimir Gashinsky, is a certified nutritional consultant, Accredited by the International Academy has built a network of healthcare practitioners to assist his patients in of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, SMART certified and a Naturopathic obtaining their desired level of optimal wellness. doctor “My passion for learning is never complete, I will continue to Working hand in hand with Naturopaths, Functional Medicine research and learn the latest in alternative treatments and team up practitioners and many others in the field of holistic medicine has with the best in the fields of holistic and alternative medicine to bring expanded Dr. Gashinsky’s ability to help more people. “I find it to be my patients the best treatments available, this I can assure you.” incredibly fulfilling to work synergistically with these practitioners to be able to improve patients’ health so dramatically. Some are coming Holistic Dental Center is located at 91 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, to me so very sick and by working together we’re seeing drastic New Jersey. For more information, call (973) 457-4688 or visit improvements in their quality of life,” says Dr. Gashinsky. Dr. Gashinsky feels strongly in the need to practice in such a manner as to take patients whole health into consideration. So much so, that he traveled to Switzerland this past spring to visit the Paracelsus Clinic and Swiss BioHealth Clinic; two healthcare models that promote the oral-body connection, to study their holistic approach to patient care. Dr. Gashinsky says, “To truly practice holism; the thought that everything is understood in relation to the whole and not just its parts, it’s important to remember that when treating a person it’s not just what one practitioner does, but how they can work together to improve the final outcome.” “Finding and working with like minded practitioners to help my patients has not only been professionally satisfying, but also on a personal level knowing that my patients are being well taken care of,” say Dr. Gashinksy. “Finding and addressing the root cause of disease in all our disciplines is the key to success in our patients’ health. What __________________________________________ A D V E R T O R I A L __________________________________________

Profile for Natural Awakenings Central NJ & Eastern PA

Natural Awakenings Central New Jersey / January 2020  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green living lifestyle for people and pets. This month, explore the...

Natural Awakenings Central New Jersey / January 2020  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green living lifestyle for people and pets. This month, explore the...