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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 has built a network of healthcare practitioners to assist his patients in certified nutritional consultant, Accredited by the International Academy 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 __________________________________________


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Former Chair of A.R.E. of NY Presents Cayce Healing Remedies


earn ways to take charge of your own health. All That Really Matters, LLC, is proud to present Jack Rosen, Cayce Method Educator, who has been using Cayce remedies and teaching people how to use and make them for over 50 years. The presentation will take place at 7 p.m., on November 13, at Skylands Medical Center, in Franklin. Edgar Cayce has been called the father of holistic medicine and the most documented psychic of the 20th century. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, he used his psychic powers, accessed in a trance state, to visualize and diagnose the root cause of a person’s illness and its remedy. Modern medical science offers limited help and hope for the many people affected by neurological syndromes such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) and others. But some of those who have used the Edgar Cayce treatment plans for these conditions—including Cayce’s mysterious “appliances”—have reported significant improvement and sometimes complete cures. Treatment plans also include the use of castor oil packs and the Fountain of Youth Protocol, antidotes to combat arthritis, fibroids, psoriasis, sprains, traumas and many other ailments.   Rosen is a former chair of Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) of New York. He is currently working with Nidia Carrero, MD, doing consultations with her on patients willing to follow the Edgar Cayce protocol. For details, visit Admission: $20. Location: 406 Route 23 North, Franklin. RSVP is requested to For more information, visit AllThatReallyMatters. org. See ad, page 9.

Donation-Based Yoga Classes in Randolph


ee You Yoga and Wellness, a non-profit wellness center, aims to provide a safe, nurturing, judgment-free environment where people can find their path to physical, spiritual, mental and emotional health. They do this through the physical practice of yoga, bodywork therapies, breath work and breathing exercises, meditation techniques and community programs. At Bee You Yoga and Wellness, they believe that optimal wellness is unique to each individual, so they offer a caring environment for growth that helps each person find their own recipe from the many ingredients available. Owner Shelly Quintana’s goal is to keep yoga and meditation donation-based so that it can be financially accessible to everyone. Her training in yoga therapy has helped her learn how to modify teachings to be beginner-friendly and anatomy-safe. She loves sharing the collective wisdom of all her teachers with her clients. Quintana explains, “I do not see Bee You as mine. It belongs to all of us. Bee You is a community, a place where we can all come to share knowledge, strength and hope. Together may we rise to our fullest potential. Life need not be a competition, with support and love may we all grow.” Location: 3 Middlebury Blvd., Randolph. (Aspen Business Park—enter through rock climbing and go upstairs.) For more information, call 973-775-9577 or visit See Yoga listing, page 50.

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Functional Brain Training Opening in Rockaway

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n December 1, Dr. Don Joergens and his team will continue their incredible brain changing work at their new location in Rockaway. They help clients who suffer from ADD/HD, stress, anxiety, depression, memory loss, post-concussion syndrome, balance issues, learning and sensory processing issues, motivational problems and more. Dr. Don will be facilitating group classes in his Engaged Training for spine-based conditions. This will be the first group offering of the unique core teaching and training knowledge that he has developed over the past 25 years. The new space will also host the first group training for Orgasmic Abs classes, which are designed to greatly enhance sexual performance, correct many causes of Erectile Dysfunction, increase stamina, increase flexibility and create a far more dynamic core with spinal stability. Call before December 1 and receive 25% off of the initial session. Remember to mention Natural Awakenings!

xperience shamanic journeys and Sandee’s own modality of “Unconditional Love and Peace: Energetic Frequencies of the Elements” from 7 to 8 p.m., on November 7 and 14. This class is perfect for those with a strong intuition who want to learn how to trust it. Most times, the distrust is due to core beliefs, childhood pain, self-harm, trauma, bonds of attachments and resentment. All of these must be broken and released in order to allow a person to realize their true self. Participants will learn how to cut cords, close the open doors of old habits, emotions and people, and consciously connect to the heart and soul. The two-day class costs $35.


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Yoga Teacher Training Starting in January


oga Teacher Training is perfect for yogis who are looking to begin a career in helping others achieve peace, clarity and flexibility or for those who simply want to deepen their yoga practice by learning the history, styles and techniques of this ancient practice. Anna Winkler, director of Shakti Yoga and Living Arts, in Maplewood, invites interested participants to join her for an eye-opening excursion into the art of teaching yoga. Beginning in January, students will learn from Anna, an E-RYT500 certified yoga instructor, who has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1989. She has a challenging and nurturing style of teaching with a focus on alignment and flow that her students describe as “tranquil yet energizing.” Whether a person is looking to transition into a meaningful holistic career or are just looking to understand more about the practice they love, yoga teacher training may be the answer they are seeking. The course runs from January through September. Location: Shakti Yoga and Living Arts, 1861 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood. For more information, call 973-763-2288 or visit See Yoga listing, page 50.

Elvis Jr. to Perform in Pennsylvania


lvis Aaron Presley, Jr., the actual son of Elvis, is a riveting performer with a rare capability to establish a very special rapport with his audience with a singing voice, naturally reminiscent of “The King”. His looks, style, grace and demeanor have captivated audiences worldwide and is a testament that the King’s legacy indeed continues. To help raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House program and veterans of the American Legion, Elvis Jr. will be performing at 7 p.m., on November 15, at Danville Middle School in Danville, Pennsylvania; at 7 p.m., on November 16, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Allentown, Pennsylvania; and at 5 p.m., on November 17, at Hazleton High School in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. For information and tickets, call 570-861-8297 or visit See ad, page 38.

Awakening Consciousness in Princeton


housands have experienced a profound shift in consciousness through this one-day, super charged, immersion retreat called Journey Into Happiness. The course is taught directly from India by an awakened guide and has been held in over 40 locations across the USA and Canada. Immerse yourself in the experience from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., on December 16, when the teachings are offered in Princeton. Past participants report the experience initiated powerful changes to every aspect in their lives including a calmer mind, inner peace, spiritual growth and more success in life. Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, Hotel Princeton, 4355 US Rte. 1, Princeton. Register at For information, visit See ad, page 8.


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Stratton Mountain Resort will now offer drinking straws by request only and feature a bamboo option; retail shops have switched to bags made of 100 percent recycled paper. Aspen Snowmass, in Colorado, has begun using a dirt-based pipe at its Buttermilk section to reduce snowmaking, saving more than $15,000 in electricity and 4 million gallons of water each year. Winter Park has installed a small wind turbine at the top of Parsenn Bowl to power its lift shack there. Arapahoe Basin, Copper Mountain and Purgatory are among the many resorts in the state that offer carpooling incentives for skiers ( After pledging in January to expand on energyefficient operations, seven state ski trade associations—Ski Vermont, Colorado Ski Country USA, Ski Utah, Ski California, Ski Areas of New York, Ski New Mexico and the Pacific Northwest Ski Areas Association—along with 70-plus other organizations and companies of the Outdoor Business Climate Partnership gathered on Capitol Hill in May to “advocate for immediate and bipartisan climate action, specifically, putting a price on carbon” ( Families can forego the expenses, travel time and Earth impacts of alpine skiing by turning to the crosscountry version. A few inches of snow and strapping on longer, thinner skis can transform a flat or gently hilly park, wooded trail or spacious backyard into a quiet, serene, eco-playground. “This low-impact exercise delivers amazing cardiovascular benefits, works all the major muscle groups, challenges your balance, keeps your joints healthy and is good for your mental health,” according to

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From mountain peaks to base lodges, many alpine ski resorts are working to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. Skiers will discover that sustainability is the watchword at a growing number of facilities, with a focus on reducing energy usage and cutting back on waste. In Vermont, Killington Resort uses four offsite solar farms, as well as the AllEarth Solar tracking system that rotates panels using GPS technology to produce enough energy to run all the lifts for the resort and nearby Pico Mountain for the entire season (Killington. com). To prepare for this winter, Bromley Mountain upgraded its snowmaking system with state-of-the-art, variable-frequency drive motors to conserve energy.

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Eat Organic to Shed Insecticides Switching to organics has quick payoffs, reducing agrochemicals in the body by 94 percent within a month, Japanese researchers report. They tested the urine of study participants looking for six neonicotinoid insecticides and another substance generated as a result of their decomposition in the human body. “I think the research results are almost without precedent and are highly valuable in that they present actual measurement values showing that you can dramatically reduce the content levels of agrochemicals in your body simply by changing the way you select vegetable products,” commented Nobuhiko Hoshi, a professor of animal molecular morphology with the Kobe University. Another study from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley studied 16 children and showed that one week after switching to an organic diet, malathion pesticide urine levels were reduced by 95 percent; clothianidin pesticide levels by 83 percent; and chlorpyrifos pesticide levels by 60 percent.


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Chronic pain, affecting 10 to 25 percent of adults, disturbs sleep for two-thirds of them, increasing the risk of depression and aggravating pain symptoms. Chinese researchers analyzed nine studies of 944 chronic-pain patients and found that acupuncture treatments were significantly better than drugs at helping patients sleep. It also improved their quality of sleep as selfmeasured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and lowered their scores of perceived pain.

Caffeine has been the subject of controversy among the one in six adults worldwide that suffer from periodic migraines: Some say it triggers symptoms, while others report it wards them off. A new study from Harvard and two other teaching hospitals of 98 migraine sufferers used six weeks of daily journals to investigate the link and found that drinking up to two servings of caffeinated beverages a day had little effect, but three or more raised the odds of a headache that day or the next. Among people that rarely drank such beverages, even one or two servings increased the odds of having a headache that day. A serving was defined as eight ounces or one cup of caffeinated coffee, six ounces of tea, a 12-ounce can of soda or a twoounce can of an energy drink.


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Dance to Improve Quality of Life With Dementia Older people with dementia, often viewed as being passive and immobile, responded to simple dance movement lessons with visible humor and imagination and reported a higher quality of life after six sessions, say researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago. The 22 participants between the ages of early 60s and mid-90s had dementia ranging from mild to advanced. They took 10 weekly classes in which the music was “reminiscent” and the movement routines were intuitively easy. “Positive responses such as memory recalling, spontaneous dancing and joking with each other were observed in every session,” reports lead author Ting Choo.


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Pass Up Sugary Drinks for a Strong Liver Sugar-sweetened drinks, already linked to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease, carry another risk: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In a meta-review published in the European Journal of Nutrition, Iranian researchers analyzed six high-quality studies that included 6,326 men and women and 1,361 cases of NAFLD. They found those that drank the most sugary drinks had a 40 percent higher risk of developing the disease compared to those that consumed the least. Sugary drinks include soda, cola, tonic, fruit punch, lemonade, sweetened, powdered drinks, and sports and energy drinks.


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The nonprofit (MAA) has launched its Moms Across America Gold Standard, a multi-tiered verification program for food, beverages and supplements that creates a simple, trustworthy resource for consumers while encouraging best practices by suppliers. It will be awarded to those brands that have achieved superior levels of organic practices and eco-friendly procedures, and is intended to make it simple for people to choose the healthiest products and use their wallets to take a stand against unhealthy alternatives and unethical business practices. The standard also provides a path for companies that know better and do better to prosper by shifting the buying power of millions of dedicated mothers behind their products.

Jaws of Life

California Bans Fur Trapping

California has enacted a ban on fur trapping for animal pelts, making it the first state to outlaw a centuries-old livelihood that was intertwined with the rise of the Western frontier. The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 prohibits commercial and recreational trapping on both public and private lands. Legislators are considering proposals to ban the sale of all fur products, including fur coats, and to outlaw the use of animals in any circus in the state, with the exception of domesticated horses, dogs and cats. 14

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Methane Matters

Fracking Linked to Global Warming

As methane concentrations increase in the atmosphere, evidence points to shale oil and gas as the probable source, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps to stop regulating it. New Cornell University research published in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union, suggests that the methane released by high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has different characteristics than the methane from conventional natural gas and other fossil fuels such as coal. About two-thirds of all new gas production over the last decade has been shale gas produced in the U.S. and Canada, says the paper’s author, Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology: “If we can stop pouring methane into the atmosphere, it will dissipate. It goes away pretty quickly compared to carbon dioxide. It’s the low-hanging fruit to slow global warming.”

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In a northern India district, regulators require that applicants for gun licenses, in addition to normal background checks, must plant 10 trees and submit selfies as photographic evidence of having done so. To mark World Environment Day in June, Chander Gaind, the deputy commissioner of the district of Ferozepur in Punjab State, had an idea. “I thought about how much Punjabi people love guns,” he says. “We receive hundreds of applications for gun licenses from this district every year. Maybe I could get them to love caring for the environment, too.” India has more than 3.3 million active gun licenses. Tajinder Singh, 47, a farmer in the district, says he wants to protect himself from wild animals and bands of armed robbers.


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EPA Weakens Protective Regulations

The U.S. Department of the Interior is effecting significant changes that weaken how the Endangered Species Act is implemented, a move critics fear will allow for more oil and gas drilling on land that is currently habitat-protected, and will limit how much regulators consider the impacts of the climate crisis. The changes affect how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration consider whether species qualify for protections, as well as how the agencies determine what habitats deserve special protections. It could make it more difficult to factor in the impact of climate change on species.

Polar Alert

Alaskan Sea Ice Melting Faster

Sea ice along northern Alaska disappeared far earlier than normal this spring, alarming coastal residents that rely on wildlife and fish. The ice melted as a result of exceptionally warm water temperatures extending far out into the ocean. The last five years have produced the warmest sea-surface temperatures on record in the region, contributing to record low sea ice levels.

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A new study by the international nonprofit Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), in collaboration with Arup, a British multinational professional services firm, claims that if the global health care sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet. It provides, for the first time, an estimate of health care’s global climate footprint. Josh Karliner, HCWH international director of program and strategy and report co-author, says, “The health sector needs to transition to clean, renewable energy and deploy other primary prevention strategies to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”

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Phoenix, which had 128 days at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit last year, is one of the hottest and fastestwarming cities in the U.S., and most American cities are expected to drastically heat up in the next decades with heat waves and triple-digit days. In the Valley of the Sun, work and play are shifting into the cooler hours. Neighborhoods are active at dawn and dusk when residents hike, jog and paddleboard. Last year, heat caused or contributed to the deaths of 182 people in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. Ariane Middel, a professor of urban climate at Arizona State University, says, “We are almost a living laboratory. We can test strategies and see different ways to keep adapting and mitigating. By the time it gets hot in other places, they can take what we have learned here.”

Farmer Cannon Michael left more than 100 acres of ripe cantaloupes unharvested last year because he couldn’t sell them for enough to cover the cost of labor, packing and shipping. According to a new study from Santa Clara University, in California, about one-third of edible produce remains unharvested in the fields, where it rots and gets plowed under. Most research on food loss and food waste has focused on post-harvest, retail and consumer levels. The new study offers a far more accurate look at on-farm food loss by relying on in-field measurements. ReFED, a coalition of nonprofits, businesses and government agencies that fight food loss and food waste, estimates that 21 percent of water, 18 percent of cropland and 19 percent of fertilizer in the U.S. are dedicated to food that is never eaten.

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hen looking for a botanical to rejuvenate and restore health, consider ashwagandha (withania somnifera). This revered Ayurvedic tonic is known to positively impact mood, memory, cardiovascular and metabolic health. In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha is considered to be a rasayna, a Sanskrit word meaning “path of essence�. Rasayanas stimulate the body toward health by boosting energy levels, immunity and intelligence as well as fight disease. Research supporting its benefits is growing. A recent study of men participating in resistance training showed improvement in muscle mass and strength with a decrease in oxidative stress compared to placebo. In a randomized double-blind placebo


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controlled trial ashwaganda was shown to significantly reduce the severity of symptoms in individuals with obsessivecompulsive disorder. The minimum dosage by which ashwaganda was observed to be effective was at 125mg daily, but greater benefits were observed at increased dosages. In healthy adults subjected to mental stress, treatment with ashwaganda was observed to reduce hyperten-

sion, fasting, blood sugar, triglycerides and low-density lipid proteins (LDL) cholesterol. This success was accomplished with dosages as low as 125mg twice daily. Ashwaganda has been shown to be effective and well tolerated in human studies, however, it is a member of the night shade family and concerns should be exercised for individuals with documented night shade sensitivity. As seasons change our bodies may experience many challenges to our moods, energy levels and immunity. It is at these times that we look for additional support in the area of a supplement or other intervention. The addition of this adaptogenic herb to regular exercise, rest and a balanced diet may be the solution to help maintain vitality through the winter. Dr. Michael La Mastro is a holistic practitioner and owner of Be Well Live Well Health & Wellness Center located at 66 Woodport Rd., in Sparta. For information, call 973-7297803 or visit See ad, page 21.

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GOOD TO KNOW An ancient stressbuster. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb, which means it promotes homeostasis in your body and enhances its ability to deal with stress. When we are stressed, we pump out more of the hormone cortisol, and studies show that ashwagandha can reduce the amount of it by as much as 26%.

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Aside from the variant color schemes and distinct flavor, TURNIPS are a powerful medicinal root. Chock-full of vitamins such as vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E and K, it also has a host of minerals our bodies need—calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc, to name a few. TURNIP wards off colorectal cancer and other types of cancers. It helps alleviate blockages in the arteries and prevents blood clots, lowering the risk of heart disease. Turnip is a warrior against bacterial, viral and parasitic infections, and is known to shield the body from the damage of nicotine. Don’t overlook the tops of these roots either. Turnip greens have been identified to help with rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and inflammation.

LICORICE ROOT TEA: Most people have visions of black and red candy when licorice is mentioned. The licorice root, however, 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 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.

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hyroid issues, as with many diseases and dysfunctions, will derive benefit, if not frank curative healing, from mindful mining of their root causes. Western medicine’s approach to both diagnostic determination and drug-based intervention is often a solid first path solution to aid those whose signs and symptoms are more seriously affecting their health. However, it fails to offer a second path or a way that does not include a life of ever-increasing pharmaceuticals, deteriorating capacities and correction of that which caused the sick state in the first place. When seeking alternatives for restoring thyroid health, some of the best knowledge comes from Dr. Izabella Wentz, Pharm.D., FASCP, a clinical pharmacist and author of Hashimoto’s Protocol, and Datis Kharrazian, PhD., DHSc , who authored Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms?. Their work focuses on exploring below the surface of symptoms to the roots of causation to understand how the body begins to attack the thyroid gland (autoimmune disease) and how our brain can dysregulate, often due to stress, and create inappropriate signals and directives to the thyroid. Powerful approaches including food pharmacology (foods as healing cures and foods as creating disease/dysfunction), carefully considered supplementation, brain balancing, exercise and more can make the difference between a sick or healthy thyroid. Less known would be the negative physical changes that can occur by incorrectly consuming a raw plant diet or a paleo, animal flesh rich program when it’s wrong for our brain/body chemistry. There is also a third path—the mind. Unquestionably, the mind is integral to and compatible with the first two care solutions. A rapidly advancing understanding of how the impact upon the mind (which activates the brain) from traumas both physical, psychological or both can lead to and often be the primary driver in this and so many other states of ill health. This realization allows the utilization of one’s own mind to turn off or lessen the autoimmune and inflammatory attack on this vital gland. Both past trauma and ongoing distress can cause and continue a severe imbalance in the main regulating platform of both the body and the brain, the autonomic (automatic) nervous system (ANS). This can affect everything from our immune strength and gut health to metabolism, cardiovascular performance and ability to withstand stress, enjoy life, relationships and so much more.

Past traumas can include a childhood that lacked nurturing, had physical/ emotional abuse, sexual trauma (at any age), bullying, etc. Chronic, as well as even a single extreme episode of stress or antibiotic therapy causing the gut microbiome to dysfunction, are also highly implicated. The stress of pregnancy and childbirth, particularly the second, can create thyroid targeting crisis events. Accidents and injuries can crash an already weakened brain. So, what can you or a practitioner do? The use of TENS1 (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is an easy and extremely potent way to strengthen the restorative part of the ANS through stimulating the vagus nerve, a major part of this system, via one of two specific areas on the left or right ear. Each ear provides different healing potentials depending upon the needs of the person. Specific breathing techniques can also be employed to strengthen either the sympathetic or parasympathetic sides depending upon the specific imbalance a person may be suffering. Mindfulness training, especially the active form incorporating “waking rest” which teaches the expansion of conscious awareness, is an incredibly potent tool in enhancing the return of the dynamic balance of our master metabolic regulator, the autonomic nervous system. Keep “minding thyroid” in mind as you seek the solutions that will restore your life. Dr. Donald Joergens, D.C., founder of Functional Brain Training, has been an innovative thinker for over 25 years. His proprietary developments and patent using the discoveries of cutting-edge functional neuroscience reflect his powerful belief and vision in the inclusion of functional brain-based methods to potentiate the lives of all people. Location: The Functional Brain Training center is located in Rockaway, NJ. For information or to set up a talk, call 867-777-8612 or email DrDon@ See ad on page 7.

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Kenneth Davis on Learning From the Last Global Plague by Randy Kambic


long with annual flu season warnings, there’s more news than usual on the dangers of microbes and transmittable diseases, including recent domestic measles outbreaks and the rise of resistant bacteria from the improper use of antibiotics. In his latest book released earlier this year, More Deadly than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War, Kenneth C. Davis describes the worldwide epidemic that killed millions only a century ago and warns of a potential relapse. Davis is also the author of In the Shadow of Liberty, an American Library Association Notable Book and a finalist for the Youth Adult Library Service Association Award for Excellence in Nonfiction. His New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed Don’t Know Much About book series for both adults and children makes many, sometimes esoteric facts and figures on history, The Bible, the universe, geography and other subjects come alive. Davis is a TED-Ed educator whose lectures are globally available online.

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her grandmother died of the Spanish Flu. I said that’s a fascinating subject. She said if you ever want to write about it, I’d love to know, and it was around the time that I was beginning to think about the 100th anniversary of the flu and the end of World War I. These were two extraordinary moments in modern human history that many people don’t understand.

What makes the Spanish Flu epidemic relevant today?

It was the most extraordinary pandemic in modern times, the worst since the Black Plague. So many aspects of the story can teach us lessons, like the role of propaganda that created the circumstances that allowed the flu to flourish, politicians ignoring sound science. In Philadelphia in September of 1918, the health commissioner was warned not to allow a big parade that was meant to sell war bonds. He did, and 200,000 people crowded the streets. Two days later, there was not a hospital bed left in the city. It was that sudden and explosive gathering of mass numbers of people that lit the fuse for a tremendous flu bomb to explode. It’s important to understand the connection between science and history. Often, we treat history as a collec-

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tion of dates, battles and speeches, and we don’t connect with what was going in the scientific and medical world, but these things are always closely linked together. Disease has always been more deadly than war, and that makes it more relevant than ever, because there are crises and conflict zones all over the world today. The situation is ripe for that explosion of another infectious disease.

Should we take for granted that some health risks of the past have been totally eradicated via modern medicine?

We should not. It’s dangerous to be complacent. All too often, there’s a cost in disregarding sound medical advice—what we know to be true—because we might have heard something else, and this is truer than ever with social media. The nature of the flu virus, of infectious diseases, is that they change, evolve and mutate rapidly like the Spanish Flu did.

Why do you write, “Another pandemic is a distinct possibility”?

Such pandemic diseases are often diseases of crowds. We live in a world that’s more crowded, where high-speed transportation is much more readily capable of spreading a pandemic. When we have a world in which scientific risks and information is disregarded, that’s when we have the possibility of another pandemic. Then there’s climate change. We are living in a world that’s wetter and warmer. This breeds the possibilities for more disease. When we weaken guardrails, when we don’t fund science and disease prevention properly, we take great risks.

What do you think about the stronger enforcement of vaccinations because of measles outbreaks?

We’ve had the largest outbreak of measles in decades, and it’s a disease we thought

we had pretty much defeated a long time ago. But because of the spread of misinformation, rumors and unverified scientific medical information, we have a dangerous outbreak of measles in this country. People have traveled to places where there were no vaccinations, then return home. This is a clear and very present danger of the “anti-vaxx” movement, as it’s called. It ignores long-established,

peer-reviewed science over decades and unfortunately, we are in a time when someone with a megaphone or microphone or another platform can reach a lot of people with a lot of very dangerous information. We ignore sound science at great peril. Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance writer and editor.

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In reality, going to bed is the best me-time we can have.

CHASING ZZZZZs How to Put Insomnia to Rest by Marlaina Donato


ossing and turning most of the night while obsessing about the need for sleep is a torture we all go through every now and then, but for the 40 percent of Americans dealing with current or chronic insomnia, it can be a regular nightmare. In fact, 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association. The causes are multi-faceted: stress, pharmaceutical side effects, hormonal imbalances, chronic pain, anxiety and too much caffeine all fuel the insomnia

loop. Add to that the overstimulation from 24/7 technology, social pressures and unresolved emotional pain, and it’s easy to see why long, hard, sleepless nights have become a worldwide epidemic. The effects are profound. Compromised sleep not only leads to decreased quality of life, malnourished relationships, a heightened risk of accidents and inferior job performance, but also lowered immunity and chronic inflammation, raising the odds of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, weight gain and diabetes. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with de-

pression also experience sleep deprivation, and many antidepressant medications can disrupt the ability to fall asleep and dream. However, a number of natural and holistic approaches can provide lasting results without undesirable side effects. Along with tried-and-true methods like acupuncture, therapeutic massage and changes in diet and exercise, the National Sleep Foundation recommends mindful breathing and meditation. New options are emerging to help foster quality sleep, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), non-psychoactive CBD oil and lifestyle changes supporting a healthy circadian rhythm.

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Psychological, emotional and physical health all play a role in our ability—or inability—to get a good night’s rest. “Not sleeping well is a sign of a deeper imbalance that needs to be addressed. So, if we’re masking the problem with medication, the underlying cause remains unaddressed,” says Elina Winnel, a sleep coach who works online with clients at “Insomnia is a complex issue that has psychological components, but is also affected by deeper mechanisms, including an imbalance between the two main branches of the 26

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autonomic nervous system.” The intricate connection between emotion and sleep-robbing stress hormones explains why insomniacs are often caught in an undertow of racing thoughts and preoccupations. Says Winnel, “Stress has become the norm, and most people don’t even realize they’re in that state. This produces stress hormones and can prevent the natural process of sleep from occurring.” Stress also depletes vitamin B and magnesium levels necessary for quality sleep, she adds. Cindy Davies, owner of the Holistic Sleep Center, in Ferndale, Michigan, has similar views on the role emotion plays in troubled sleep patterns. “We’re chronically suppressing our feelings throughout the day. Our inability to address these emotions culminates in a night spent in bed awake with fears and worries,” she says. “Pushing ourselves to the point of exhaustion can help

defend ourselves against dealing with feelings or memories, but impairs our ability to sleep restfully or restoratively.”

Resetting Inherent Rhythms

Circadian rhythm, our biological clock, is a cellular marvel that is affected by light and internal changes in temperature. Stephanie Silberman, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, explains that it’s helpful to have a circadian rhythm aligned with societal norms so that we’re sleepy at bedtime and active during daylight hours. “When a person’s circadian rhythm is delayed, they will have trouble falling asleep at a regular bedtime, and when it’s advanced, experience sleepiness too early in the evening and then [have] early morning awakenings.”

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For healthy circadian rhythm and melatonin cycles, try:

4 Shutting off all screen devices, including the TV, two hours before going to bed 4 Going to bed when you get that 9 p.m. slump and just taping a favorite show 4 Walking barefoot and feeling the earth 4 Spending quality time outside in sunlight, preferably in a natural setting 4 Taking nourishing baths with natural soaps, lavender essential oil or herbs 4 Designating certain time slots to not answer the phone or answer emails 4 Exercising regularly and not within three hours of bedtime 4 Taking a break from work every 90 minutes for two minutes of slow, deep breathing 4 Breaking the caffeine habit by replacing coffee and tea with healthier alternatives

For emotional components of insomnia, try:

4 Going on a “worry fast” for five or 10 minutes, and then practice doing it for an hour or a full day 4 Reserving time with loved ones for in-person conversations and get-togethers 4 Checking in with yourself and acknowledging all emotions and fears without judgment 4 Setting aside ambitions for a day to recharge 4 Sleeping in without guilt—shopping and running errands can wait 4 Choosing not to compare your life with others

Circadian rhythm regulates digestion, cellular repair, hormones and many other functions. It also slows down the metabolism during night hours, helping us to stay asleep. “The circadian rhythm can be disrupted by many factors, including traveling to a different time zone, shift work and exposure to blue light late at night while binge-watching your favorite series,” says Winnel. Our natural hormonal rhythms are wired to release melatonin at certain times, allowing us to rest frequently during the day. Davies explains that an adult’s body is designed for periods of rest every 90 minutes. “Most people don’t have the opportunity to rest every 90 minutes, but if we were able to, we’d be going to bed in a state of rest, instead of exhaustion,” she says. Our bodies start producing melatonin around 9 p.m., when we should already be winding down, but too often we push ourselves to stay up to watch TV or have “me-time”, says Davies. “In reality, going to bed is the best me-time we can have.” Herbalist and licensed psychotherapist Jenn J. Allen, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, adds, “People spend up to 10 hours a day on electronic devices, which directly impacts melatonin production and stimulates the fight-or-flight response system in the brain.”

Two Sides of Every Brain

Smartphones and social media have piled even more on our plate, even if we enjoy them. “We’re expected to be constantly ‘on’ and reachable 24/7,” observes Winnel. “This leads to an excessive reliance on our sympathetic nervous system and difficulty switching brainwave states from beta—associated with alertness—to theta and delta, which we experience during sleep. Through practice and specific exercises, it can become easier for us to reach the state of mind needed to nod off.” To support healthier sleep patterns, Winnel emphasizes the importance of using both hemispheres of the brain while awake. “Particularly in our professional lives, logical and rational processes are rewarded, while creativity is seen as optional. This can cause a chronic imbalance in the way we use the two November 2019


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Chronic pain can also prevent sound sleep. Allen stresses, “It’s important to understand what is actually causing pain and what type of pain it is. Some chronic pain comes from postural issues or injuries, so massage, chiropractic or gentle movement like yoga can help to drastically reduce the intensity of pain.” Identifying nutritional deficiencies and supporting the nervous system is also key. “Plants work both physiologically and energetically. Gentle nervine herbs like oats or chamomile can help to soothe the nervous system, and are effective for children and teens. Adaptogenic plants are known historically for helping the body to resist physical, chemical or biological stresses. Tulsi and ashwagandha, when taken consistently, can be useful in helping adults to combat stress,” Allen says, reminding us to also check with a healthcare professional to avoid contraindications. Going for that extra cup of coffee during the day or pouring a drink or two

in the evening are habits that only exacerbate sleep issues. “Caffeine suppresses our body’s ability to feel tired, not by giving us energy, but by increasing the production of adrenaline and suppressing the production of melatonin. Alcohol, like some prescription medications, can interfere with our ability to fall asleep, sleep deeply and experience dreaming states,” cautions Davies. CBD oil derived from the cannabis plant is an effective pain-reducer and helps to regulate healthy sleep patterns. Cannabidiol (CBD), which does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical substance in marijuana responsible for inducing a high, is available as capsules, inhalers and tinctures.

Learning New Tricks

Many sleep-seeking people are reaping the benefits from cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). The American College of Physicians recommends it as the first-line therapy for insomnia ahead of medication, citing that it improves sleep and daytime functioning in 70 to 80 percent of treated persons, often without supplemental medication. A meta-analysis published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2015 shows that CBT-I can resolve insomnia for 35 percent of people with sleeplessness linked to existing medical and psychiatric conditions such as fibromyalgia or PTSD. CBT-I helps to change long-held patterns. “CBT includes keeping sleep logs, improving sleep hygiene, learning ways to decrease anxiety and how to associate the bed as a place where we sleep well, instead of the maladaptive thinking that it’s a place to toss and turn,” says Silberman. CBT can also be helpful for chronic pain and other physical problems when underlying issues are treated in conjunction. A good night’s rest is indeed possible. Davies says, “In order to really change our ability to sleep, we need a complete cultural mindset shift that prioritizes sleep and our need to rest.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at

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n Zen monasteries, the head cook (known as the tenzo) is one of the most important positions a monk can hold; Eihei Dogen, founder of Soto Zen, one of the longest-established sects of Buddhism, said this is “because the position requires wholehearted practice.” In the 13th-century volume Instructions for the Zen Cook, Dogen wrote, “In preparing food, it is essential to be sincere and to respect each ingredient, regardless of how coarse or fine.”

Rituals around food are an important element of Buddhism, as with many spiritual traditions. But we don’t have to be a Buddhist or a practiced meditator to learn how to cook more mindfully, enjoy meals more fully and eat in better balance. “Cooking can be a meditation. We cook with all our senses: We taste, touch and listen to determine if the pan is hot enough. You just have to be mindful,” says Jean-Philippe Cyr, author of The Buddhist Chef: 100 Simple, Feel-Good Vegan Recipes.

“Cooking is an act of love and generosity, so cooking should be done with care—taking the time to consider the ingredients and overall flavors of the meal, storing the vegetables properly, paying attention while you chop. These things are the foundation of a great meal,” says Gesshin Claire Greenwood, an ordained Zen priest in San Francisco. Greenwood trained in Buddhist monasteries in Japan for more than five years, experiences she draws from in her recent memoir and cookbook Just Enough: Vegan Recipes and Stories from Japan’s Buddhist Temples. While vegetarianism is encouraged in all schools of Buddhism and most monasteries abstain from meat, it is not a strict requirement. Cyr, a vegan and practicing Buddhist of 20 years, takes seriously the concept of ahimsa, or “do no harm”, as a chef. “Veganism and Buddhism share the common value of compassion—compassion towards animals, as well as the Earth. Climate change caused by meat consumption causes a lot of harm, too,” says Cyr, of rural Quebec, Canada. The “middle way” is an important Buddhist principle in the kitchen—striking the balance between indulgence and deprivation—the “just enough” in Greenwood’s cookbook title. “It’s important to use enough salt so that the food tastes good, but not so much that it’s overpowering. When we shop for food or eat a meal, we can also pay attention to when we’ve had enough,” she says.

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Mind Over Mouth Mindful eating can open up a beautiful new relationship to food, says Jan Chozen Bays, a Zen Buddhist priest and co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery, in Clatskanie, Oregon. “This country is in an epidemic of out-of-balance eating. People are stressed out and fearful about eating, but cooking and eating should be inherently pleasurable human activities,” says Bays, the author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. “In Zen practice, mindful rituals help us learn to be present and peaceful during meals.” Mindful eating is not about restrictions, but rather about curiosity and investigation—an adventure for the senses, says Bays. “Research shows that diets don’t work, as they rely on external sources rather than helping you to go inward and tap into the innate wisdom of your body.”

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Rushing through meals mindlessly, we’ve become deaf to our body’s own signals of satiety, says Bays. “Go to the supermarket when you’re hungry, and head to the perimeter where the real food is and stop and ask your body, ‘Would you like oranges? Would broccoli be good for us?’ Tune into your cellular hunger,” she says. At the Great Vow Zen Monastery, the first morning meal is conducted in silence, along “with a prayer to bring gratitude for the food and to all living beings whose life flows to us in our food,” says Bays, adding that research shows ceremonies and moments of reflection lead to more mindful, healthy eating. “Instead of talking on the phone, try cooking in silence. Drawing your awareness to details like the smell of basil, the color of tomato and the touch of the spoon brings so much richness to the act of cooking,” says Bays. Such a focus leads to a sense of appreciation for the ingredients of meals and life, says Myoju Erin Merk, a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center. “Making a meal is an active extension of our ‘sitting’ (meditation) practice.” Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at

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ere are a few simple tips from Buddhist priests and cooks on making mealtime more mindful. Have a mid-meal gut check, suggests Jan Chozen Bays. “When your stomach feels three-quarters full, have a conversation with a friend or have something to drink before continuing to eat. Often you will find after 20 minutes you are actually full,” says the author and priest. Myoju Erin Merk, a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center, suggests setting a phone timer in the kitchen to mark it as a practice time to tune into the senses. “Try to slow down and notice what’s happening as you cook. Try to stay with the sensory experience and not judge everything, like whether the carrot is cut right. It can be a very relaxing and peaceful way to work in the kitchen.” Make the first few sips or bites of a meal mindful, spending the first few moments in silence if possible, says Bays. “Working quietly with that pile of carrots or onions, you have space to focus on just one task,” adds Merk. Incorporating all of the five tastes of Buddhism—salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami (savory)—is another way to bring meals in balance, according to author and priest Gesshin Claire Greenwood. “Having all of these flavors represented makes a meal feel balanced and satisfying.”

Garnish: Pumpkin seeds Microgreens • Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place the sweet potato and figs in a baking dish. • Drizzle with oil, then season with salt and bake for 30 minutes. Yields one bowl 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced 2 dried figs, sliced 2 Tbsp olive oil Salt, to taste 1½ cups cooked quinoa ¼ cup frozen shelled edamame, cooked For the dressing: 1 (¾-inch) piece fresh ginger, minced 1 clove garlic, minced Pinch of sea salt 2 Tbsp tahini

• Place the ginger, garlic and salt in a mortar (preferred) or blender, then mash the ingredients together. • Transfer to a bowl and add the tahini, soy sauce, lemon juice, maple syrup and oil. Stir to combine. • Place the sweet potatoes and figs in a large serving bowl. Add the quinoa and edamame. Drizzle with the dressing and garnish. Serve immediately. Tip: For those that can’t digest raw garlic, don’t use it, or cook it before adding it to the dressing.

Cooking Like a Zen Master Buddha Bowl Cookbook author Jean-Phillippe Cyr says, “I love bowl recipes: they’re generous and colorful, and they let us get creative. Layer grains or cereals, vegetables, legumes and dressing, and voilà! That’s all there is to it.” Pumpkin seeds are an incredible source of protein, and tahini contains more protein than milk. Healthy cooks will be sure to keep this tahini dressing recipe close, because they can use it in everything. November 2019


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as it should, life is good. However, about one in eight Americans suffers from a malfunctioning thyroid, and women are five to eight times more likely than men to face the consequences. It’s a delicate balancing act. A thyroid that produces too few hormones makes us feel sluggish and constipated. We gain weight easily, have muscle cramps and experience heavy periods. Hypothyroidism, as it’s called, is linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, infertility and autism in newborns. A 2013 study published in Annals of Neurology found that pregnant women deficient in thyroid hormone are four times more likely than healthy women to produce a child with autism. If the thyroid produces too many hormones, we suffer from hyperthyroidism with a racing heart, irritability, light periods, unexplained weight loss and insomnia; it can lead to hardening of the arteries and heart failure later in life, according to a study in Circulation Research. The good news is that there are simple and effective strategies that can

Eat fermented foods. About 20 percent of the conversion of inactive thyroid hormone (T4) into active hormone (T3) takes place in our gut, which makes “good” bacteria critically important. Andrea Beaman, a New York City health coach and author of Happy Healthy Thyroid: The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally, recommends probiotics like cultured vegetables, kimchi, sauerkraut and sourdough bread, as well as prebiotics like root vegetables, plantain, burdock and dandelion root.


Filter drinking water. “Fluoride and chlorine are elements that can block the absorption of iodine into the thyroid,” says Elizabeth Boham, M.D., a functional medicine doctor at the UltraWellness Center, in Lenox, Massachusetts. A reverse-osmosis filter or a high-end pitcher filter will remove chlorine, as well as fluoride, which British researchers have linked to a 30 percent higher rate of hypothyroidism.


Detox cosmetics. Phthalates are endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in cosmetics, nail polish and shampoos; they are also in plastic toys, and 3-year-old girls exposed to phthalates have shown depressed thyroid function, Columbia University scientists report.

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against frenzied, stressful lifestyles: “The thyroid is literally slowing down—our body is saying, ‘Slow, slow, go slow.’” For a low-key start to the day, she suggests not using an alarm clock if possible, and then doing some long, slow stretching and deep breathing. “It takes just five minutes, and you’re starting the day not in fightor-flight mode, but in a fully relaxed and fully oxygenated body.”


Talk it out. In Eastern philosophy, the thyroid in the throat is located at the fifth chakra, the energy center of expression and communication, Beaman says. If we find ourselves either regularly shouting or choking back our words, “it helps, if you want to support your thyroid on a deep emotional level, to express yourself somehow, some way, to someone somewhere,” such as to a therapist, family member or good friend.


Do yoga asanas. “Poses such as

plow pose, fish pose, boat pose and cobra can improve blood circulation to the thyroid gland, which is imperative for its health,” says Stacy Thewis, a registered nurse, certified wellness coach and gut-brain expert in Mellen, Wisconsin. In a study in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 22 women with hypothyroidism that practiced yoga for six months needed significantly less thyroid medication. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural-health writer. Connect at

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ANTIQUES RISING Discovering the Green in ‘Brown’ Furniture


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ast food and fast fashion are common in this amped-up world. There’s also fast furniture—the kind that often comes in a box, assembly required. It’s made of particle board held together by toxic chemicals; it is often flimsy and it’s consuming forests at an alarming rate. But millennials love it. That’s why they’re sometimes called the IKEA generation. “Your grandmother’s big sideboard and armoire are hard to sell,” says Todd Merrill, owner of the Todd Merrill Studio, a furniture and design gallery in New York City. “We have changed the way we live. Our houses are laid out differently— no more formal dining rooms. I think people are less inventive about how to repurpose, reuse and restore.” Grandma’s treasures, once passed down for generations, are largely passé. The new word for antiques is “brown furniture”; prices have plummeted 60 to 80 percent in two decades, say industry experts. The youngsters want no part of them, even though they are hand crafted out of solid wood extracted from old-growth forests that took centuries to mature. Large retail chains cater to strong consumer demand for disposable furniture, and it is driving a great deal of deforesta-

tion, according to the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers (ALERT). IKEA’s own figures show that it uses 1 percent of the world’s commercial wood supply a year to manufacture these throwaway pieces. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that 9,690 tons of furniture—both fast and slow—ended up in the nation’s landfills in 2015, the latest year for which statistics have been published. The trend is at odds with millennials’ notable environmental sensibilities—and they do put a premium on authentic, handmade items and companies with social impact—so experts say the tide may be turning. Like the growing Slow Food movement, “slow” furniture enjoys a sense of character and provenance that doesn’t come in a box. When Merrill opened his furniture studio in 2000, it consisted of half pristine antiques and half mid-century modern furniture. He quickly saw a trend of people snapping up the mid-century and leaving the handcrafted antiques behind. “I pulled things out of trash heaps in the Upper East Side. People came in and started snatching up all the vintage modern.” Merrill’s vintage offerings now focus on mid-century modern and

upcycled, repurposed furnishings, something the millennials have taken to. The kids will continue to come around, he says. “If you go around Brooklyn, people are reusing and recycling antique furniture. With the antique market hitting bottom, it is hard to ignore it. As it bottoms out, kids are going to come back to these things.” There can be a cool factor in reusing something that is old, unique and odd, he added. “Oddity and ugliness is kind of in fashion right now.” Alex Geriner, of Doorman Designs, in New Orleans, began upcycling out of necessity. He had little money to furnish his 19th-century apartment. His need quickly became a business when the furnishings he created out of old wood pieces began flying out the door. “I think for millennials—I am a millennial—they want something with a story tied to it, some sort of bigger meaning. My generation is all about experiences. If they can say, ‘I found this in a dumpster’ or ‘in a roadside flea market,’ any story is an investment for millennials.” Terry Gorsuch, whose side business in Dolores, Colorado, Rustique ReInvintage, involves salvaging old theater chairs, church pews and other novel items, upcycling them and selling them for a tidy profit, says, “There is nothing special about a coffee table from IKEA. All our pieces have a story. They’re from a 1936 theater or an 1895 Grange Hall where farmers and ranchers met.” Gorsuch says he already has some “hipster” millennials buying items like old lockers or other odd pieces that they mix and match. “When you take something and put it back to use, you get a feeling of satisfaction,” he says. “The informality of today allows for the mix-and-match thing,” Merrill says. “Take an old door and repurpose it … Put it up in your house or upcycle it into a table. “What we are missing in our homes is character,” he says. “Repurposing is a very good thing to do.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. Connect at November 2019


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here is an array of confusing and subjective food labels in stores—Prime, Choice or Select beef, Grade A or Grade B maple syrup, free range or pastured eggs, etc. These labels are all based on a human making a subjective assessment of the product. The lines that divide each are blurry. When it comes to milk, the A2 label is objective and scientific. A2 milk is milk that contains 100 percent A2 beta-casein protein. It’s a genetic thing. The farmer takes a cow’s hair sample and sends it to a lab. The lab results show whether the cow produces 100 percent A2 milk, a mix of A1/A2 milk, or 100 percent A1 milk. It’s objective. The line is clear.

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All mammals—humans, sheep, goats, dogs, camels, mice, whales, lions, platypuses, etc.—produce milk that contains 100 percent A2 beta-casein protein. As mammals, it’s what we’re born to digest. It’s natural. However, the situation with cows is unique. A few thousand years ago, there was a genetic mutation in cows in Europe (this was probably due to the stress of farming becoming industrialized). This mutation made cows produce a new type of beta-casein protein—A1. Those European cows made their way to the United States. Now, any milk bought in an American supermarket will be A1/A2, organic or not. Every body is different. It seems that some bodies can handle the A1 beta-casein protein, some cannot tolerate it at all, and some don’t have obvious allergy-like symptoms but A1 is the underlying cause of chronic issues. Research so far shows that consuming A1 beta-casein protein can cause a variety of issues. The A1 beta-casein protein breaks down into a peptide called BCM7. As stated in an article in the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, “BCM7 is suggested to be associated as a risk factor for human health hazards as it can potentially affect numerous opioid receptors in the nervous, endocrine and immune system.” The list of chronic health issues related to BCM7 is long and varied. It includes type-1 diabetes, heart disease, SIDS, autism, schizophrenia and gastrointestinal problems. A2 milk has nothing to do with lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance is when the body either does not produce or does not produce enough lactase. Lactase is the enzyme the body uses to breakdown lactose, the sugar in milk. Raw milk naturally has lactase in it, so that may be the solution for folks whose bodies produce little lactase. But A2 milk will not help. However, if you have a general intolerance to milk, A2 could be the solution. Information in this article was provided by Amish BioFarm, located at 523 Valley Road, Quarryville, PA. For information, email or call 717-786-7895, ext. 0, or visit

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chicken coop. As a vegan, Cobin gifts the eggs to others. “It’s gratifying to give eggs to friends and family who might otherwise buy eggs from factory farms,” says Cobin. “It’s as if I’m helping those hens, too.” Those country chickens could be city chickens—if the municipality allows. An increasing number do, with a few rules. Roosters aren’t usually allowed (think crowing at 4 a.m.); the number of hens is limited; and they can’t roam the neighborhood. Local ordinances vary widely and change frequently, so be sure to get the facts for each area.

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ocavores with a hankering for fresh, organic eggs produced close to home have sparked a resurgence in backyard chicken keeping; even people that don’t like omelets are getting in on the trend. It turns out that the little descendants of dinosaurs make fascinating, low-maintenance pets. “You can’t watch a chicken running across the yard and not have your mood lifted,” says Shana Cobin, who has owned chickens for four years. A veterinary staff

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Chickens are relatively simple and inexpensive to maintain. They come in a variety of sizes and colors, are easy to bond with and their entertainment value can’t be underrated. “You will enjoy watching them for hours,” says Andy G. Schneider, of Georgia, the national spokesperson for the Avian Health Program run by the Animal Plant Health and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture who has authored three books on chickens.

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from the coop can fertilize gardens, or the chickens can be let loose in garden areas to fertilize and weed at the same time. However, they will eat desirable plants, so consider fencing off a fallow section of garden where they can prepare the ground for the next crop. Composting, fertilizing, weeding and pest control are benefits that even matronly hens that have slowed egg production still provide. The miracle of producing an egg is a journey of its own. Rarely does a child— or grownup—squeal with as much glee as

when the pet hen lays her first egg. Add the excitement of double-yolkers and tiny, yolkless “fairy eggs”, and collecting the hens’ bounty is a daily adventure.


Like all pets, chickens need regular maintenance. They can get parasites such as mites or worms, or become sick. But the hardest thing about maintaining chickens is keeping them safe, according to Lisa Steele, a rural Maine farmer and author of 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks From Fresh Eggs Daily: Tips,

n Chickens see in color and can see UV rays, according to They have one eye sighted in for distance and one for close-up vision so that they can look for seeds and bugs on the ground while simultaneously searching the sky for aerial predators. n The life expectancy of a hen varies

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The convenience and affordability of virtual training has some clients thriving on their ability to marry technological tools to fitness goals. They can log in anytime, anywhere, even while travelling; take a variety of classes from famous trainers for a fraction of the cost of in-person sessions and receive emails or texts that provide encouragement to reach the next level. For those new to exercising, virtual training eases self-consciousness. It’s an opportunity to learn the basics and begin the process of toning up at home before venturing into an unfamiliar environment where everyone seems to know what they’re doing. In this respect, virtual training can serve as a gateway to establishing a fitness routine that eventually leads to the local gym. “One of the most frequent reasons people cite for not maintaining a regular exercise habit is lack of time,” says American Council on Exercise President and Chief Science Officer Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., of Redmond, Washington. He points out that virtual tools and devices may help eliminate some of those time barriers, allowing people to get quality workouts.

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messages, while some gyms include online training as an add-on to membership or leverage technology to provide classes to consumers globally. Virtual fitness is growing in leaps and bounds. The use of health and fitness apps has more than tripled since 2014, and three-quarters of active users open their apps at least twice a week, according to Flurry Analytics. Yet, it’s not for everyone. Erin Nitschke, Ed.D., of Cheyenne, Wyoming, the director of educational partnerships and programs at the National Federation of Professional Trainers, is monitoring the upsurge in virtual fitness and believes it will take time to perfect the options. “While virtual training may be a best practice for a certain population of users, it may be a barrier to others,” she says.

But some people go to the gym or attend fitness classes because they enjoy the social connection more than the sweat. Nitschke says that social support can be a predic-

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tor of success, so it’s possible that virtual training can have a negative impact. Bryant agrees. “There are different fitness personality types, and some need the live and in-person experience.” Bryant points out that gyms and trainers often request health information and fitness goals beforehand to provide clients a more customized program. In-person instruction also has the benefit of immediate feedback to ensure safe, effective and proper technique. Erika Hetzel, a Pilates instructor and personal trainer in Dane County, Wisconsin, believes that virtual workouts are fine for people that have attended classes enough to know the exercises and have good body awareness. “For beginners, hands-on cues and modifications are important, especially if there are any contraindications for exercise.” She carefully monitors her clients for form and doesn’t plan to offer virtual training because it’s impossible to give clients bodily adjustments. “It leaves trainees at risk of not getting full benefit or getting hurt,” Hetzel says. “An effective workout is about the quality of the movements.” Bryant says that instructor interaction is a plus; however, the best virtual workouts give detailed instruction and regression or progression of all moves, allowing participants to choose an appropriate intensity level.

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Logging in with a high-speed internet connection, gathering required equipment in advance and possessing self-motivation might prevent getting discouraged. However, overconfidence can lead to injury, so being fully aware of limitations is essential before taking a dive off the recliner directly into a series of lunges. For social butterflies, a real-live friend to login with may be necessary to make virtual training fun. Fitness training may be forever changed by technology, but Nitschke says it remains to be seen if fitness professionals can respond to individual learning styles to foster success and elevate the fitness client’s virtual experience.

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~William Arthur Ward

Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Contact her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail. com. November 2019


The good news about gratitude is that it is one of the more growable character strengths—and it’s never too late. ~Giacomo Bono

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his Thanksgiving, there’s something to be especially thankful for—gratitude itself. Emerging research shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kickstart happiness and well-being. “The good news about gratitude is that it is one of the more growable character strengths—and it’s never too late,” says Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., an assistant professor at California State University, in Dominguez Hills, and co-author of Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character. It’s also never too early to “plant” it: Even toddlers love to parrot, “Thank you.” Research by Bono and others shows kids that are grateful are happier, more engaged and studious, and less envious, depressed, materialistic and prone to violence. It can be taught: After one week of daily 30-minute lessons on gratitude, 8to 11-year-olds wrote thank-you notes for a PTA presentation that were 80 percent longer than notes by kids that didn’t have the lessons.


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“Kids are more likely to do something if they see adults around them doing it,” says Bono. “Being specific with your

“It’s also good for families to come up with gratitude rituals,” says Bono. “Everyday conversations about the good things and people we have or encounter in life, and being specific with words, helps young children understand the connection between kindness and feeling grateful better.” For writer Judy Gruen’s family in Los Angeles, this means a morning prayer: “When we wake up in the morning, the first words we say are those of gratitude that we have awakened and have the opportunity for a new day.”

Gratitude-Building Resources Essays, practices and resources for grateful living. Making Grateful Kids: Advice from leading researchers at Psychology Today: How to Teach Gratitude to Tweens and Teens: TED talks playlist: Videos that inspire gratitude: Research on gratitude in children:

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words helps, too, because it shows what behavior mattered to you and why.” Adds psychologist Mary Jo Podgurski, founder and president of the Academy for Adolescent Health, in Washington, Pennsylvania: “If we express our gratitude by making eye contact, with sincerity and by providing an example of how much we are appreciative, the words are empowered. Telling the grocery clerk, ‘I really like the way you packed my berries on top. Thanks for taking the time to be careful with my purchases,’ will light up the clerk’s face.” That can translate into a child not simply saying, “Thank you” to a grandparent for birthday money, but also explaining how excited they are about the game they plan to buy with it.

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At dinner time, some families play “a rose, a thorn, a bud”—with each person saying what happened that day that they’re grateful for, what problems came up and what they’re looking forward to. As a bedtime ritual, Heidi McBain, a counselor and author in Flower Mound, Texas, follows a routine with her two children that includes “reading, checking in about their day—the good/bad/ugly— and at least one thing they are grateful for from their day. And I often share mine, as well!”


Make gratitude fun.

By getting creative, we can make kids’ expressions of gratitude even more enjoyable. Business coach Kristi Andrus, in Denver, says that her family toasts a lot at mealtime, raising their glasses and clinking them. “Our toasts are simple, ‘Today I’m grateful, thankful, or happy to share ________.’ [fill in the blank]. The kids love it and the parents always smile at what the kids bring up.” Charlene Hess, in Eagle Mountain, Utah, a blogger and homeschooling mom to seven kids, has set up a gratitude door with a sticky note added each day from each child. “This really helps the kids become more aware of all the good things in their lives, particularly as time goes on and they have to get more creative with their responses.” “A rampage of appreciation” is what Jeannette Paxia, a motivational speaker and children’s book author in Modesto, California, does with her five children: “We spend 10 minutes walking around and appreciating all we see. My children love it!” In the home of northern New Jersey therapist Shuli Sandler, when one family member shows gratitude to another, a coin is put in a jar. “When it is full, the whole family can go out and do something together, like grab ice cream or something fun—remembering of course to say thank you,” she says.



Giving Thanks by Isabella Dussias


s Thanksgiving is shape who I have become. I upon us, it is imporeven had the gift of having tant to reflect on the great grandparents until I good things we have in our was about 8 years old. They lives. grew up in the depression Recently, I interviewed and were veterans of WWII. some of my teenage friends I learned a lot of countless and asked them what they lessons at a young age when I are thankful for. There was reflect on the time spent with no surprise in the range of them. answers. The overwhelm So, when your teen is ing response was family, Isabella Dussias rushing around, textin, and followed by friends, teachscurrying off to their next ers, coaches and mentors. Many said they practice or school dance, realize that you were thankful for their education and their are not under-appreciated, but are very home. over-appreciated in silence. I know sometimes it may seem that we I am very thankful for everything I teens are self-absorbed and only concerned have, especially family. I’m sure your teen is about our microcosm of friends and social too. activities, but deep down we have a strong appreciation for the most important things Isabella Dussias is a 16-year-old singer-songthat we have in this life. I myself am thankwriter/composer from New Jersey. She enjoys ful for not only my parents, but also my writing about issues that are important to extended family of grandparents and uncles today’s youth, and she believes music is an and aunts, who offer me a different perimportant outlet to connect people and share spective of life than my parents teach me. messages through the creativity of lyric and I feel very lucky to be part of an interconmelody. For more information, please visit nected and nurturing family that has helped

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rateful living is the awareness that we stand on holy ground— always—in touch with mystery. Jewish sages interpret the words of Genesis 3:5 in a way that is of great relevance to grateful living. “Take off your shoes; the ground on which you stand is holy ground.” The soles of your shoes are leather—dead animal skin. Take off the deadness of being-used-to-it and your live souls will feel that you are standing on holy ground, wherever you are. It is pretty evident that greed, oppression and violence have led us to a point of self-destruction. Our survival depends on a radical change; if the gratitude movement grows strong and deep enough, it may bring about this necessary change. Grateful living brings in place of greed, sharing; in place of oppression, respect; and in place of violence, peace. Who does not long for a world of sharing, mutual respect and peace? Exploitation springs from greed and a sense of scarcity. Grateful living makes us aware that there is enough for all. Thus, it leads to a sense of sufficiency and a joyful willingness to share with others. Oppression is necessary if we want to exploit others. The more power you have, the more efficiently you can exploit those

below you and protect yourself against those above you. But grateful people live with a sense of sufficiency—they need not exploit others—thus, oppression is replaced by mutual support and by equal respect for all. Violence springs from the root of fear—fear that there may not be enough for all, fear of others as potential competitors, fear of foreigners and strangers. But the grateful person is fearless. Thereby, she cuts off the very root of violence. Out of a sense-of-enough, she is willing to share, and thereby tends to eliminate the unjust distribution of wealth that creates the climate for violence. Fearlessly, she welcomes the new and strange, is enriched by differences and celebrates variety. Grateful eyes look at whatever is as if they had never seen it before and caress it as if they would never see it again. This is a most realistic attitude, for every moment is indeed unique. Adapted from an interview, with Brother David Steindl-Rast that originally appeared in Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center. For more information, visit ABetterWorldThroughGratitude.

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tudies show that up to 10 percent of people living in northern latitudes will be categorized with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) as the seasons turn toward the cooler, winter months. Unfortunately, modern living fails to recognize the cyclical patterns in nature that were celebrated for centuries before the industrial age. Why is it a disorder to feel a meaningful shift when winter comes? What if the classification of SAD is a representation of an evolutionary mismatch? What if the body’s rhythms for homeostasis simply haven’t caught up to societal and cultural ideas of hyper-productivity and detachment from the environment? Ayurveda, often called a “sisterscience” to yoga, is an ancient practice of individualized and preventative medicine that empowers one to balance the body, heart and mind. Ayurveda allows one to align themselves with the cycles of nature to optimize health by examining lifestyle choices. Often touted as a system of care that “prevents and treats the diseases of civilization,” a person can receive a wealth of wisdom from this lifestyle medicine in order to bring themselves back into balance with the environment during each and every season’s change. Ayurveda operates on the theory of the five elements and three doshas: vata (air and space), pitta (fire and water) and kapha (water and earth). These doshas correlate

with seasons. As the autumn and winter seasons are considered vata, the accumulation of air and space can create a restless and overall spaced-out feeling that often mimics the symptoms of SAD. Ayurveda prescribes meditation, movement, proper diet, herbs, touch and massage, detox, regulation of emotion and examination of sensory stimuli to help the body though this transition. One can help their immune system by strengthening digestion. To achieve this, try drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning upon waking and eat the main meal of the day at lunch rather than at dinner. Rest well to help the body heal by going to bed before 10 p.m., during kapha time when the body naturally supports rest. This is the time of year to make time to enjoy a favorite yoga class with a focus on grounding standing postures, like tree pose, as well as seated forward folds that promote tuning in. Try practicing alternate nostril breathing, a grounding and vata-balancing breath practice that induces a relaxed nervous system response, each morning or before bed. Ground with sweet, warm essential oils, such as frankincense, geranium and clove. This fall season, take the time to explore a new paradigm of wellness. Tierney Farry is a licensed professional counselor, yoga and Ayurveda health consultant and an essential oils educator.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Dia De Los Muertos: Honoring the Ancestors & Lost Ones – 7:30-9:30pm. Please bring a prayer card, picture or a memento in honor of your loved one and a small desert dish. Wine & Chocolate included. $20. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Rd, Lake Hopatcong. 862-803-9252. Vianna’s Manifesting and Abundance – 11/2-3; 10am-5pm. $500. Prerequisite: Basic and Advanced DNA. Location in Westfield. For information, call 908-264-4344 or visit ReshmaShah. com.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) Basic Level – 10am-5pm. IET is a hands-on healing system, that is a safe and gentle way of releasing energy blockages that can cause imbalance and disease in the body. Meghan and guest teacher, Leona Kardux. $175. $75 deposit due by 10/27. Register and pay deposit at https://ietnov2019.eventbrite. com. Blossoming into Light, 31 Fairmount Avenue, Suite 105, Chester. More info contact Sue at or text 862-222-4268. Meditation Mini-Retreat with Ramananda John Welshons – 1-5:30pm. Join us for this beautiful afternoon of meditation, relaxation, and quieting. A perfect way to alleviate the stress of daily life. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Madison.

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bowls, drum, gong, flute, koshi bells, ting-sha and chants. Walk-ins welcome. $15. eZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Road, Branchburg. 908526-0002. Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher: Sound of Soul Event – 1:30-2:30pm. 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, 11 Park St, Montclair. 800-870-9139.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Reiki 2 Distance Advanced Healing – 11/7-12/5; 7:00 PM-9:30 PM. Usui Reiki 2 Practitioner Certificate. Days are spread out to allow students to practice to complete and embody teachings. This is a comprehensive course. $430.00. Oasis for the Soul, 48 Frederick Pl., Morristown. Janet StraightArrow 973-64702500 or

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Reiki 1 Certificate Training – 11/9-10; 1-6pm. Learn how to help heal yourself and others in your life, as well as training to work with clients in a professional capacity. This ancient practice brings incredible experience, energy, and information to all who attend this 2-day workshop. $325. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd, 2nd floor, Madison. Janet StraightArrow 973-966-1400 or Reiki Level I Certification – 1-7pm. The training consists of discussion, the Reiki Level I attunement, hands-on practice. Includes the course handbook and other course materials. Sign up for level 1 & 2 to save. $250. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Rd, Lake Hopatcong. 862-803-9252. Pearls of Wisdom with Celia Tiberio – 11am-5pm. 11/9-11/10. A class about inner wisdom, of connecting to your own inner tuning fork. Each person will receive rainbow prayer beads along with a special Mother Mary prayer. $333. $75 deposit due by

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preferred, may consider half days if multiple days are taken). Fridays and weekends available now. Tuesdays and Wednesdays available starting in April. Building has own parking lot. Other therapists in building offer a sense of camaraderie. Close to Whole Foods and walking distance to many restaurants and shops. EmailLeslie@ for details. SPACE FOR RENT Event & meeting rental space in Morristown, NJ. Great for recitals, weddings, practice/rehearsal space and fitness classes. Accommodates up to 175 people. Plenty of parking, convenient to Route 202 or 287. Call 973-539-3114 or email for details. SPACE FOR RENT Unique space to share. 3rd floor walk-up in Morristown. Suitable for individual, family, group or play therapy; and Energy Work. Contact Wendy: 201-349-2654.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Women’s KA Wisdom Retreat – 10am-4pm. A day of empowered fun! Our wisdom and knowledge and intuition are superb, we lead others and us to amazing, wise, and wonder-filled lives. $175. Oasis for the Soul, 48 Frederick Pl., Morristown. Janet StraightArrow 973-64702500 or Janet@ Strengthen Your Oracle Reading Skills – 1-3pm. Using a few oracle decks, we will weave together the messages from the cards to create a meaningful and helpful story to each recipient. $35. Gaia’s Gifts, 16 Broad St, Washington. To register call 908-223-1331. EnlightenedEffulgence@Ymail. com. Reiki II Training & Certification – Nov. 16,17. 1:30-7pm. Instructor: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. Expand Reiki abilities in comprehensive and in-depth training & certification. $225. eZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: Beth@ Chair PLAYshop with C-Ray Mankowski – 2-4pm. Explore the SHAPE of various poses, using the Chair. Suitable for all level of practitioners. Chairs can enhance your practice in so many ways and they’re fun. $30 pre-paid. $35 at door. $50 for both ropes and chairs. Shakti Yoga & Living Arts, 1861 Springfield Ave, Maplewood. 973-7632288. Tibetan Singing Bowls Meditation with Kati Walker – 3:30-4:45pm. Sound and vibration with Singing Bowls can be used to achieve a deep relaxation, reduce the effects of stress, and create a healthy flow of energy through the physical and etheric body. $25. Shakti Yoga & Living Arts, 1861 Springfield Ave, Maplewood. 973-763-2288.

Tibetan Singing Bowl Concert – 4-5pm. Allow yourself to be immersed in the healing sounds and vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls infused. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Madison.

I have a lot to be thankful for. I am healthy, happy and I am loved. ~Reba McEntire

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Astrology Class: Defining Jupiter Entering Capricorn in December – 6:30-8pm. Learn where solid growth is most open to you during this special cycle of Jupiter entering Capricorn. Your birth chart will be reviewed. $30. Gaia’s Gifts, 16 Broad St, Washington. RSVP with date of birth and location of birth for natal chart. 908-223-1331. EnlightenedEffulgence@Ymail. com.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22 In Concert: Bob Sima with Shannon Plummer – 7pm; doors open at 6:30pm. Join us as Bob—with Shannon’s harmonies—navigate us through a musical experience. From pin-drop to foot-stomp, you will be part of Consciousness in Concert, an experience that may just change your life forever. $20 in advance; $25 at door. Short Stories Bookshop and Community Hub, 23 Main St., Madison. Details and tickets: https:// Concert benefits Center for Spiritual Living - Morristown. Learn more at


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Full Moon Holiday Circle – 6:30-9pm. $20-$40. Oasis For The Soul, 48 Frederick Place, Morristown. Janet StraightArrow 973-966-1400 or

plan ahead MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 Networking Party at Valley Integrative Pharmacy – 5-8pm. Meet and share knowledge with holistic-minded people and practitioners who share in the joy of our wellness community. Learn about new products and diagnostic options. Free. Light refreshments and beverages served. Location: 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP to or call 908-6584900.


Light and Sound Service: The Healing Power of HU – 11am-12pm. Join others seeking to bring more insight and divine love into their lives at this special celebration. Share your spiritual insights. Eckankar Center, 11 Park St, Montclair. 800-8709139.

Endings & Beginnings Workshop – 1-6:30pm. This workshop is designed to offer you the space to reflect on this past year and honor its departure as you welcome in the new year. $175. RSVP by Dec. 1 at 973-985-7548 or Bee You Yoga & Wellness Center, 3 Middlebury Blvd, Rudolph. events/endings-and-beginnings-workshop/.




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January 20

February 17-21, 2020 8am-6pm

Golden Age Movement / Journey in Happiness December 16 10:30am-8:30pm. Super charged, transformational event with life changing teachings takes you into deep states of consciousness and awakening. This amazing course is taught directly from India by an awakened guide. DoubleTree by Hilton, Hotel Princeton, 4355 US Route 1, Princeton. Register at For information, visit JourneyIntoAwakening.event.


North Central NJ Edition

A Mitote is a transformative, high energy and focused Toltec Shamanic ceremony purifying us and raising our vibration to awaken higher wisdom and truth. Chant and dream under the stars in the atrium allowing the raising of your energy, visions, and inner movement.

How do secret societies create and manifest their needs and wants easily? This week of esoteric training will show you how to feel more active, creative, healthier and have more prosperity. Learn how to achieve your manifestations by doing what people in Secret Societies do.

This overnight ceremony led by Janet StraightArrow is in a private location; the address will is given upon sign-up. $325. Prepaid before 12/1/19. $350 after if there is space.

Inner Truth Hypnotherapy & Meditation Center 1386 US Highway 22, Clinton NJ 08833

Janet StraightArrow 973-647-2500

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SUNDAY Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30am. Dr. Frankie, practitioners, and musicians create an inspiring, uplifting time to be reminded of our spiritual connectedness. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown. For information contact call 973-539-3114 or email Sunday Service – 10:30am. Only words of Love are spoken here. To live in health, happiness and prosperity is everyone’s birthright, whether we choose to follow a certain path is our individual choice. No dogma or belief system is imposed upon anyone. Institute for Spiritual Development, 15 Sparta Ave, Sparta. Laughter Yoga of Montclair – 3:45-4:45pm. Boost joy, reduce stress and have fun like never before. We combine laughter exercises with childlike play and movement, add in deep breathing to connect, unwind, and let go. Free. NJ Acupuncture Massage & Fertility - The Wellness, 70 Park St., Ste. 208, Montclair. For information, contact Joan Castellano at 201-240-5073 or joan.zarod@gmail. com.

MONDAY Because I Love You (B.I.L.Y.) Parent Support Group – 7-8:30pm. Confidential self-help group for parents experiencing substance abuse issues with their children. Free. Jefferson Twp. BOE Community Room, 31 Rte. 181, Lake Hopatcong.

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Tevald, DO of Morning Star Family Health Center. Learn about Hormone Imbalances and what really works.  Yes, this is for men too. Free dinner seminar. Seating is limited. Registration is required. For dates and restaurant location contact Carol May, Program Coordinator at 908-528-8121.

Speakers. 95 Madison Ave., Suite 109A, Morristown. 973-219-8092.

Intuitive/Spiritual Development – 7:30-9:30pm. Tap into your intuitive abilities. Exercises each week to raise your vibrations such as psychometry, readings, meditation, past life, channeling and more. Everyone welcome. $10. RSVP required. Huna Healing Center LLC, 5 East Main St., 2nd floor (Parking in back ), Denville. Lory 973-224-0096 or register@hunahealingcenter. com.

Sound Bath – 7:30pm. Relax and rejuvenate with healing sounds at Awaken Sound Health. Each Sound Bath is a 60-minute group session that alternates between sound and silence to bring participants to a place of deep relaxation, and provide for revitalization of one’s body, mind and spirit. $20. Awaken Sound Health, 32 Grove St., Chester. Register: pricelist-1-3/. For information contact Alison Iati, VSTCP at 201-874-7255 or AwakenSoundHealth@

WEDNESDAY White Oak Center Organic Co-Op – Every other Wednesday. Delivered by Albert’s Organics. Membership $20, then $35 bimonthly. White Oak Center, 33 Woodport Rd., Sparta. For more info, contact Brian Trautz at 973-729-1900 or Healing Circle for Cancer Patients – 1-2pm. Deepen your capacity to Heal. Relax and activate your natural healing process with meditation, sound healing, and energy medicine. Free. Joy’s Angels Holistic Healing Center, 333 Rt. 46 West, Mountain Lakes. To register, call 973-3495584, email or visit


Awaken the Master Within – 6:30-8:30pm, 3rd Wed. each month. Workshop/Class on Transformation through the Art of Self-Mastery. $25. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Chester. 201-841-0358.

Stress, Hormones & Health (The true cause of belly fat) – 6pm, select Tuesdays. Presented by bestselling author & speaker Jean Golden-

Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Support Group of Morristown – 7–9pm. First Wednesdays, except July and August. Support for patients and their families.

The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network – 7:30pm. First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester.

Cultivate a Purpose Driven, Soul-Empowered Consciousness – 8-9pm. Cultivate a purpose driven, soul-empowered consciousness. Live online webinar, each Wednesday, except for 3rd Wednesday of the month when we meet in person. $29/month. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Chester. Regiser at or text Debbie Carcuffe at 201-841-0358 or email AA Meeting (O-B-ST) – 8pm. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

THURSDAY A Pure Component Radio Show: Linking Spirit & Science – 10am-11pm. Hosted by Tori Valspirit. Life, health, fitness, wellness and mystery. Featuring expert in various wellness fields & subjects. Livestream: Chamber radio: About-Chamber-Radio.html.

November 2019



Uplifting Humanity plus: Earth-Friendly Holidays

Healing Yoga – 3-4pm. This is a gentle set of therapeutic yoga poses geared toward cancer patients and survivors. Ideal for those in treatment and for those post treatment. Free. Joy’s Angels Holistic Healing Center, 333 Rt. 46 West, Mountain Lakes. To register, call 973-349-5584, email or visit Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 6:30-8pm. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? 12-step program for recovery from food addiction. No dues, fees or weighins. Free. 350 Essex Rd., 3rd flr, classroom A/B, Paramus Questions? Ellen Mutz 973-945-2704 or

FRIDAY Sound Bath – 10:30-11:30am. Relax and rejuvenate with healing sounds at Awaken Sound Health. Each Sound Bath is a 60-minute group session that alternates between sound and silence to bring participants to a place of deep relaxation, and provide for revitalization of one’s body, mind and spirit. $20. Awaken Sound Health, 32 Grove St., Chester. Debtors Anonymous Meeting – 5:30-6:30pm. Twelve-step meeting for those dealing with debt, overspending and under-earning. Downstairs Main Bldg. at Redeemer Church, 37 Newton Sparta Rd., Newton. 877-717-3328.

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Al-Anon Meeting – 8-9:30pm. Center for Practical Spirituality - Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. A Sacred Women’s Circle – Shakti Dance – 7-9pm. Join us for our monthly circle to discuss, create, sing, dance, learn, meditate and so much more. Shakti Dance – Raise Your Power with Brianne Farre. $35. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Rd, Lake Hopatcong. 862-803-9252.



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AA Meeting – 7:30pm.St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-538-0555.

Breakfast Benefits: Learn about Laser Treatment – 9am. 3rd Sat. All are welcome to share breakfast and learn about the benefits of laser treatment. Facilitated by Dr Paul M Bizzaro, DC. Free. The offices of Dr. Bizzaro, 81 S Main St, Yardley. RSVP to 215-493-6589. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting – 10:15am12:15pm. Weekly gathering of the free support group that helps people lose weight and keep it off. Downstairs meeting room, Parsippany Library. 973-335-1717. Classic Nia Mind-Body Fitness – 11am-12noon. Nia is a practice that will help you feel alive in your body through cardio conditioning through a world of music that evokes imagination and emotion. Instructor: Teresa Dangelo. $20 walk-in. Benessere Wellness Center and Spa, 510 Morris Ave., Summit. For information call 908-277-4080, email or visit

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NJ Advanced Acupuncture

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 36.

Modern Acupuncture – Florham Park

Modern Acupuncture is revitalizing the ancient practice of acupuncture with enhanced fullbody treatments using tiny needles (smaller than human hair) to access distinct points to help restore the body’s balance, alleviate pain, reduce stress, promote relaxation and/or improve overall well-being. See ad, page 43.

Attorney (Holistic) 973-909-0999 • Licensed in NJ & PA With quality preparation, legal tragedies can often be prevented, or damage can be minimized or eliminated. Kelly Brown has been practicing law for 20 years. In addition, Brown is a Certified Life Mastery Coach, theologian and interfaith minister. Her current practice brings a holistic perspective to legal planning for families and businesses. See ad, page 45.


Bakery/Specialty Starseed Bakery Linda Beg 100 Hibernia Avenue, Rockaway 973-957-0500 100% gluten-, dairy-, soy- and GMO-free retail and wholesale bakery. Available products: artisan breads, custom cakes, pies, cookies, desserts, seasonal, vegan, Paleo, natural sugars, nut-free. See ad, page 29.

Beautification Services Unlock Your Hidden Beauty Natalia Schweitzer, Licensed Esthetician & Board Certified Permanent Makeup Artist 1236 US Highway 46 West, Suite B-1 Parsippany 862-432-9074 We provide natural permanent makeup application: microblading (hairstroke brows), powdered brows, eyeliner, lip blush, 3D realistic areola and nipple reconstruction, and natural skin rejuvenation treatments. Our permanent makeup and skin rejuvenation services can help enhance your natural beauty and make you feel more relaxed, confident and beautiful. See ad, page 38.

Align Healing & Therapy

Montclair Acupuncture

199 Smith Rd, Parsippany 973-784-3027 •

Maria B. Margate, LAC 104 Valley Rd., Montclair 973-220-4242 Patient testimonials attest to the healing quality Maria Margate brings to her practice. Specialties include pain management and women’s health, e.g., OB-GYN, infertility, post-partum care, irregular cycles. Acupuncture can also treat stress, allergies, digestive ailments, skin disorders, migraines and more. See ad, page 33.

North Central NJ Edition

Morgan Reade has studied Acupuncture, herbal and dietary therapy. He is board certified and licensed in Florida and NJ. He specializes in female health including autoimmune and fertility. Other areas of expertise include digestive disorders, food allergies and Lyme disease. Born and raised in West Caldwell, where he currently resides, he opened his first office there. His second location is in downtown Madison, NJ. See ad, page 13.

Kelly M. Brown, Esq.

Joan Arata 176 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park 973-457-4467 florham-park/florham-park-nj001


Morgan Reade, LAc, MS 616 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 6 Green Village Rd, Madison 201-400-2261

Regenerate your spirit, ground and balance your body, elevate and align your spirit. Ayurveda is the solution of our humanity and a treasure to revive. An ancient and authentic practical science of health for the mind, body and soul. See ad, page 31.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Day November 12

Today is a celebration of who you are, where you’ve been, where you’re going, and who you will be thankful to when you get there!

BioEnergetic Testing – Holistic

Colon Hydrotherapy

Dr. Michael La Mastro

Ann Ochs • Colon Hydrotherapist I-ACT Certified, Advanced Level Certified National Board for Colon Therapy, Body Ecology Diet Certified 26 Elm St, Morristown 973-998-6550 •

Holistic Practitioner 66 Woodport Rd, Sparta 973-729-7803 As a holistic practitioner, Dr. La Mastro looks at the body in several ways to address the health of an individual beginning with bioenergetic testing. This non-invasive computerized tool measures magnetic energy and blockages through meridian points allowing both patient and practitioner visual feedback on the current state of health. See ad, page 21.

Living Waters Wellness Center

Brain Training

Ann Ochs has more than 20 years experience as a colon hydrotherapist. She holds an advanced certification from the International Association of Colon Therapists (I-ACT), is certified by the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, and is a certified body ecologist. Living Waters offers the Angel of Water ®, an advanced colon hydrotherapy system, designed to offer the ultimate in privacy and dignity. Call today for an appointment. See ad, page 44.

FBT - Functional Brain Training

Next Level Healing Of NJ, Inc.

Dr. Don Joergens 862-777-8612

Susan Richter, RN, CCH, Nutritionist, LDHS 166 Franklin Road, Denville 973-586-0626

Unlike conventional medicine we assess the function between areas within the two sides of the hemispherical brain. This allows a deeply revealing approach to where unbalanced strengths and weaknesses create your issue. Then we physically create symmetry, making you whole. See ad, page 7.

Coaching Law Of Attraction Life Coach David Scott Bartky, CLOALC 973-444-7301 D a v i d i s a ce r t i f i e d a n d experienced Law of Attraction life coach. His clients all have great success because he teaches them powerful processes and techniques so they can attract what they want, instead of what they don’t want in all areas of life (both materialistically and emotionally). The Law of Attraction is always responding to you, so if you’re ready to say “Yes!” to attracting what you want, and/or improving your life in some way, contact David today. Coaching sessions are held over the phone and the first session is always free.

The future will either be green or not at all. ~Bob Brown

Scared to try a colonic? Susan has 31 years experience with colon hydrotherapy. Her system is gentle and thorough, and you have her expert assistance throughout the session. Colon cleansing has long been used to help the body absorb nutrients and eliminate waste effectively - a great way to enhance your chosen method of maintaining health and wellness. Call her for a free 15 minute consultation to determine if a colonic would be beneficial for you, as there are certain conditions that would wa r ra nt e n z y m e t h e ra py fi rst ! Vi s i t to get the scoop!

Education/Schools LearningRx, Millburn/ShortHills Romana Kulikova, MD 150 Main Street, Millburn 973-376-4646 ofc, 908-232-0211 fax

LearningRx, Warren Michael DiCristino 34 Mountain Blvd, Warren 908-222–7246 LearningRx offers one-on-one brain training through customized exercises to improve weak cognitive skills/IQ in children or adults with learning disabilities, attention deficit, traumatic brain injuries, intellectual disabilities or age-related cognitive decline. See ad, page 32.

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TheWorld’s Healthiest Cuisines Upbeat Kids Five Steps to Positivity

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Feature: Strengthen Organ Vitality Plus: Healthy Homes


Feature: Heart Health Plus: Socially Conscious Investing

natUral Food ISSUE


Feature: Nutrition Upgrades Plus: Managing Allergies


Feature: Sustainable Living Plus: Creative Arts Therapy

Holistic Healing Services

Next Level Healing Of NJ, Inc.


Susan Richter, RN, Nutritionist, CCH, LDHS Denville • 973-586-0626 Enzyme nutrition is rapidly becoming a sought after therapy for the underlying digestive issues related to autism, autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, skin problems, mood disorders, bowel issues and allergies. The system of analysis is scientific, non-invasive, and based on anatomy and physiology. The methods of correction are food-based, drugfree, and have no side effects. Regardless of age or diagnosis, correcting digestion, supporting the immune system, and following guidelines for healthy choices are the backbone of Susan’s successful private practice of 36 years. If you are looking for a gentle approach to healing, call her.

Functional Medicine Morning Star Family Health Center

women’S health ISSUE


Feature: Mental & Emotional Well-Being Plus: Healthy Vision


Feature: Brain Health Plus: Green Building Trends

local Food ISSUE


Feature: Urban & Suburban Agriculture Plus: Gut Health


Feature: Children’s Health Plus: Natural Pet Care

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 43.

Holistic Dental Center Vladimir Gashinsky, DDS

Vibrant at anY age ISSUE Age-Defying Bodywork SEPT Feature: Plus: Yoga Therapy


Enzyme Nutrition

Feature: Oral Health Plus: Chiropractic Care

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Feature: Natural Sleep Solutions Plus: Optimal Thyroid Function


Feature: Uplifting Humanity Plus: Earth-Friendly Holidays

91 Millburn Avenue, Millburn 973-457-4688 We focus on performing holistic dental care that is good for the body as well as teeth and gums. We put an emphasis on a more natural or holistic approach to dentistry. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Gashinsky treats the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms. He seeks to improve his patients’ quality of life through holistic dental care that respects and honors the body. See ad, page 3.



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Linda Sercarz Certified Heartmath Coach Serving North Jersey & surrounding area 973-714-8650 • Heartmath+♥ consists of simple heart-focused, science-based meditations. The techniques are designed to change the way your body responds to stress by learning to self-regulate. They create more resilience, coherence, c l a r i ty (eve n i n s t re s s f u l situations), and the capacity to self-regulate. Heartmath+♥

Huna Healing Center Lory Sison-Coppola 23 Diamond Spring Rd., 2nd fl., Denville 973-224-0096 The Center offers different modalities that will raise your Spiritual Awareness, heighten y o u r v i b ra t i o n s . We a r e dedicated to understanding and providing for those with specific needs. Classes, certifications, healing sessions, readings and counseling are offered. See ad, page 39.

Reshma Shah Meditation and Thetahealing Reshma Shah Westfield 908-264-4344 • Reshma is a certified ThetaHealing Teacher and Practitioner with a passion for helping individuals recognize their limiting belief patterns and tap into their true potential. Her students learn the practice of ThetaHealing and her clients benefit from one-on-one sessions healing them from illness, trauma, chronic pain, spiritual and emotional restriction giving them miraculous transformations. Reshma specializes in working with children and their parents, teaching them mediation, the use of alteration in life style with ThetaHealing ® and the power of developing intuitive abilities to transform their lives to their desires. As per debut month, first time clients get 25% off their first session. See ad, page 6.

America Recycles Day November 15

America Recycles Day encourages us to recycle, and use products made from recycled material. Recycling is not difficult. It sends less material to the waste stream and it results in consuming less of our precious and limited natural resources

Holistic Healing & Therapy Soul Point Hypnosis

Organizing Solutions

Awakening Wellness, LLC

Everyday Organizing Solutions by Sherry

Hilary D. Bilkis, MS, CST CranioSacral Therapy • SomatoEmotional Release Work • Visceral Mobility Energy Healing • MELT Method Instruction 973-479-2229 • Hilary uniquely blends CranioSacral Therapy with other healing modalities to alleviate chronic pain, headaches, stress and accumulated tension. Treatment benefits physical, emotional and energetic levels. Hilary facilitates the body’s selfhealing process; gently releasing restrictions in the connective tissue and removing energy blockages. Using her intuitive abilities, she also helps release stored injury, trauma, memories and emotions. Clearing the body of stuck stress improves health, feelings of wellness, ability to feel calm, centered and empowered.

Hypnosis Enhanced Living Hypnosis Rachel Stein, Hypno-Counselor Morristown • 973-285-3979 Comfortable Childbirth Learn the “why” and “where” most pain associated with childbirth comes from; and learn Basic and Advanced Self-Hypnosis Techniques for a Comfortable Childbirth. “Hypno-Counselors help ordinary, everyday people with ordinary, everyday problems using individual hypnotic techniques.” See ad on page 15.

Morris Hypnosis Center Linda West, BA, ACH 55 Madison Ave, Morristown 973-506-9654 • Advanced Clinical Hypnosis using an interactive, personalized technique; based on a lengthy interview at our first session and dialogues at following sessions. I don’t talk “at” you; we both speak before and during your hypnosis. I also teach you self-hypnosis. Specializing in weight, stress, smoking, chronic pain, releasing the past, performance, obsessive thoughts, substance use, sleep, fears, confidence and attention issues. Hypnosis can get you unstuck in virtually any area of your life. If you have constraints that you can’t seem to break through, hypnosis can free you and put you back in charge. Come for a free consultation to learn how you can reframe your past and design your future.

401 Rt 24, Chester 973-615-9261

Mention ad for 15% off first visit. D o c to r re fe r re d ce r t i fi e d medical hypnotist with 10 years experience. Successful approach with all ages addresses stress, confidence, fears, pain, performance, smoking, weight release and symptom relief. Plus learn self-hypnosis and other techniques.

Natural Healing Naturally Healing Dr. Sonoo Advani 101 Old Short Hills Rd, Ste 502 West Orange 973-992-1070 We are a functional medicine practice board-certified in integrative holistic medicine and endocrinology. We practice whole body functional medicine i n co r p o ra t i n g a d va n ce d diagnostic testing to discover the root cause of medical problems and deliver personalized solutions utilizing natural and high-tech protocols. See ad, page 20.

Natural Medicine Dr. Lisa Lewis, ND, MBA, LAc Naturopathic Doctor, Acupuncturist 470 Prospect Ave, Ste 100, W Orange 973-486-0148 • D r. L ew i s i s t h e h e a l t hy superwoman expert, owner of NatureDrs Nutraceuticals, and Bastyr University graduate. With over 30 years’ experience as a visionary and wellness doctor, she helps female leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs experience less stress, better health and hormone harmony. See ad, page 25.

Sherry Onweller, Professional Organizer Serving NJ 908-619-4561 • Everyday Organizing Solutions by Sherry provides sympathetic and nonjudgmental organizing and decluttering services to residential and business clients, as well as helping female adults with ADD get their physical space/time management in order and helping children and teens to get organized.

Psychotherapy Leslie Karen Lobell, MA, LPC Pompton Plains (Rte 23) and Montclair 908-577-0053 • Do you suffer from anxiety or stress? Do you want to lose weight, stop smoking, gain self-confidence or change a habit? Do you need support and guidance through a life or career transition? Are you ready to achieve your goals, pursue your dreams and actualize your potential? You CAN create the Life You Desire... I can help you MAKE IT HAPPEN! Using proven techniques such as Holistic Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, Stress Reduction, Reiki and Dream Interpretation, I help teens & adults create happier, healthier, more peaceful and fulfilling lives. Allow me to assist you! See ad, page 33.

Sound Healing Awaken Sound Health Alison Iati 32 Grove Street, Chester 201-874-7255 License Number: 81-1853104 Sound Healing for individuals and groups. Vibrational Sound Therapy. Weekly sound baths. Sonic tools include Tibetan and crystal bowls, chimes, forks, vocal toning and more.

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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 36.

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Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center

Thermography gives a very 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 30.

219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong 862-803-9252 • 201-289-6366 cell An intimate, nurturing space for all that cultivates a healthy community through the wisdom of yoga and the sacred healing gifts of nature. The center features a variety of classes, massage and reiki services, yoga and wellness retreats, yoga teacher training and certifications, workshops, fostering personal growth and enriching our community. Tru Nature Yoga strives to serve the community in finding their Tru Nature so that we may all lead joyous, abundant, peace-filled, centered lives; body, mind & spirit. See ad, page 39.

World Hello Day November 21

The objective of World Hello Day is to promote world peace. The theme of this day is “Greet ten people for peace”. It is really easy to participate in World Hello Day. Simply, say hello to the people today. 62

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Dunce Day November 8

Dunce Day is all about learning. So, lets get right to it and learn about dunce caps and the creator of dunce caps. Duns Scotus of Duns, Scotland was a medieval scholar. Duns Scotus believed that cone shaped hats increased learning potential. He believed knowledge would flow from the point of the cap, down and into the head of the wearer, making that person smarter. Overtime the perception of a person wearing a dunce cap ment they were a dunce. There was a positive side to his use of dunce caps. It motivated the wearer to learn more, so he could be rid of the the cap. The term "dunce" derived from his name and place of birth. So put on a Dunce Cap today, and have a very smart and educational Dunce Day!!!

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