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A Holistic Approach to Oral Health
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. HolisticDentalCenterNJ.com. 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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Law of Attraction: How to Get What You Want with Psychic Medium Shira
he law of attraction is one of the most powerful tools that the universe has gifted us. This belief is used to improve health, wealth and relationships. It works by utilizing the energy of positive and negative thoughts to deliver an outcome. However, many do not know about this powerful tool or are not utilizing its power correctly. To help teach everyone the importance of cognitive thinking and the power of the law of attraction philosophy, The Wellness Gala is pleased to host an interactive, entertaining and healing event from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., on October 20, at Sheraton Parsippany Hotel, in Parsippany. The event will feature a keynote presentation from Shira, an internationally sought out psychic reader, psychic medium, pet communicator and author. With nearly three decades of experience, Shira’s spiritual intuition has transformed thousands of lives by providing sought after insight and information. Her guidance has allowed many to manifest their ultimate future. Tickets are $50, which includes general admission and Shira’s keynote presentation. Attendees also have the option of buying a $20 general admission ticket. Guests will experience experts in the fields of health, beauty and wellness, massage, reiki, skin care, nutritional counseling, mind-body stress management and aromatherapy through mini sessions, workshops and skilled demonstrations. There will be a variety of refreshments, live music and a cash bar. Location: Sheraton Parsippany Hotel, 199 Smith Road, Parsippany. For more information, call 973-713-6811 or visit WellnessGala.com/Events. See ad, page 24.
It’s Open House at Blossoming into Light’s New Location
lossoming into Light, a holistic and spiritual center, is moving to a new location in Chester. Owners Leslie and Sue are celebrating with an open house from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m, on October 20. Classes and services will begin at the new location on October 6. The new location will allow the center to continually move forward in creating, expanding and growing Blossoming into Light. There will be intuitive development classes, a self-mastery mentorship program and reiki classes available. In addition, there will be new programs and classes offered as they move into 2020 and beyond. Rhonda Alin will offer tarot card readings and Meghan McSweeney energy healing sessions. Join them for a celebration of their new space along with friends and students who have been an important part of their journey. They welcome those who are searching for their tribe. Connect with like-minded people and learn about the community, classes and services. They look forward to being of service to those seeking guidance and self-discovery. Location: Blossoming into Light, 31 Fairmount Avenue, Suite 105, Chester. To schedule a reading or healing session, email info@blossomingintolight-chester. com or text Sue at 862-222-4268. To view a complete schedule of the day’s events, visit BlossomingIntoLight-Chester.com. See ad, page 21.
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VibeWell Yoga Festival Will ROCK Your Asana
n 2017, the NJ Yoga Collective was founded by Bridget Riepl, who spent years wishing that an all-inclusive destination existed where teachers, students and studios could connect, get inspired, support each other, discover new styles and unite. She wanted to bring people together from all walks of life for the same central purpose: yoga. The VibeWell Yoga Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on October 27, in Asbury Park. The festival offers a unique vibration that has consistently inspired creative collaboration, artistic evolution, empowered expression and a nonjudgmental lifestyle grounded in universal loving-kindness. The VibeWell Yoga Festival is an epic experience and opportunity to spend a full day in an environment that fosters love, compassion and connection with likeminded people who bring their own unique perspective to the practice. Their classes range from musically inspired jam sessions to deeply emotional releases, with workshops mixed in between, where participants will break down poses, up-level their anatomy game and feel empowered to move with greater attention, awareness and freedom. Turn your 2019 VibeWell Festival experience into a two-day immersion by adding on extra time with healing expert Jillian Pransky and renowned photographer Robert Sturman. Customize the day with a soul nourishing schedule that will engage the muscles, mind and the capacity to make magic. For more information, visit VibeWellYogaFestival.com.
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Holistic Dental Center - Dr. Vladimir Gashinsky . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Huna Healing Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Inner Truth Hypnotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Joy & Success. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 K&P Health & Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Kelly Brown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Learning RX. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Leslie Lobell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Lewis Healing Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 LightWing Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Lisaâ€™s Thermography and Wellness. . . . . 31 Living Waters Wellness Center . . . . . . . . 40 Modern Acupuncture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Montclair Acupuncture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Morning Star Family Health . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Mountain Lakes Organic Coop . . . . . . . . . 48 MultiPure Water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Nancy Weber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Natural Home Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Naturally Healing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
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Irish Oats for Healthy Eating
acteria in the gut microbiome are believed to have an impact on everything from immunity to inflammation to the ability to burn fat. It’s important to feed the gut not only probiotics but also the prebiotics like beta glucan fiber, found naturally in oats, that feed these beneficial bacteria. Flahavan’s is pleased to offer gut-healthy recipes on its website, such as turmeric kimchi steel cut oatmeal, which combine prebiotic and probiotic foods, along with old-time favorites enhanced by the naturally creamy texture resulting from a combination of the optimum Irish oat-growing climate and Flahavan’s unique slow-milling process. For over 230 years and seven generations, E. Flahavan & Sons has been producing quality Irish oats at their family-owned mill in Kilmacthomas, beneath the Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford. Flahavan’s oats are sustainably grown and milled in Ireland, bringing wholesome, naturally creamy and non-GMO-verified oatmeal from farm to spoon since 1785. Available in Stop & Shop, Kings Foods Markets, ShopRite and Fairway and other fine grocery stores. For information, visit @FlahavansUSA or Flahavans.ie. See ad page 33.
ake the opportunity to move into personal, spiritual mastery and learn how to live it every day. Deepen and enhance the spiritual, healing and practical life. Enjoy grounded, advancedlevel teachings that everyone can embrace, practice and enjoy with the Be Your Own Guru class, running from 7 to 8 p.m., each Monday from October 7 through November 4, at Studio Yoga, in Madison. In this series, participants will learn to look inside for answers, responsibility and purpose. Learn to release patterns, blocks and interferences quickly in order to become a guru-true self-master. Instructor Janet StraightArrow has been teaching advanced spiritual and healing mastery and journeywork for almost three decades. Bridging many traditions, Janet brings her clients directly to their center, truth and love. The workshop is great for teachers, healers, holistic practitioners, yogis, Reiki Masters or anyone who is looking to manifest their best self. Each hour-long class will focus on one truth, a set of teachings and a powerful practice to work with and build on. Location: Studio Yoga, 2 Green Village Rd., Ste. 215, Madison. For more information, call 973-966-5311 or visit StudioYogaMadison. com and BeTheMedicine.com. See directory listing, page 50.
Modern Acupuncture Opens in Florham Park
odern Acupuncture is cultivating a movement to propel acupuncture into the 21st century with two powerful words “Let’s Tingle”. Their goal is to revolutionize the way people pursue healthcare with a natural and evidence-based solution to the stressors of today’s modern lifestyle. Modern Acupuncture offers affordable memberships encouraging patients to include this ancient, natural, pill-free treatment in their regular health and wellness routine. It also offers facial acupuncture which can be done at the same time as health treatments. Celebrities are raving about the no-tox beauty regimen offering an all-natural glow. Walk-in appointments are available and every treatment is performed by licensed experts in a spa-like facility in a zerogravity chair. Every session is just 30 minutes or less and can be easily done during a lunch break as guests are immediately able to return to normal daily activities. Prices start at $79 per session with packages of 10 and 20 sessions available. Guests also have the option of purchasing a monthly plan for just $99, which includes two sessions per month. Location: Modern Acupuncture – Florham Park, 176 Columbia Turnpike, Florham Park. For more information, call 973-457-4467 or visit ModernAcupuncture.com/New-Jersey/Florham-Park/ Florham-Park-NJ001. See ad, page 39.
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atching your hair in the bottom of a With PRP your blood is drawn and then shower or remaining on your brush is processed in such a way to separate out the not a fun thing to experience. Many men and platelets. Platelets contain growth factors women experience hair loss at different times which promote healing. These platelets are of their lives. For anyone who is experiencing then injected into the underactive hair follicles some level to enhance the Real Results with PRP Treatment of hair loss regenerative resulting in phase of thinning hair hair growth. their solution This boost or may be in their wake-up call is own blood. just what the Platelet Rich follicles need After Before Plasma (PRP) to start new treatment for hair loss is becoming a popular hair growth. Although PRP does not reverse solution for thinning hair. You might have seen baldness, the medical community has found this demonstrated on television news stations good results with thinning hair and early hair or read about it in a recent health article. loss. Your hair normally cycles through periods of growing, resting, falling out and regenerating. During the resting phase of a hair follicle your hair naturally falls out and then regenerates in the next phase in the same hair follicles. For some people their follicles do not function properly and they start to lose more hair then they are regenerating.
Recent studies have demonstrated significant hair growth with the use of Platelet Rich Plasma. PRP has been found to increase hair density and thickness and promote new hair growth in dormant hair follicles. This works best for persons whose hair loss began with the past 6 years and depends upon the amount of remaining hair follicles. Results vary from patient to patient, but many patients see
Dr. Magaziner is a pioneer in the field of regenerative medicine with over 25 years experience. results following multiple sessions over three to six months. Vitamins and growth factors may be used to enhance results. Dr. Edward S. Magaziner of North Brunswick, NJ is a pioneer in the field of Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine using Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Grafts for over 25 years. He has successfully treated thousands of patients with regenerative medicine for joint, tendon and ligament injuries. He is now offering men and women this powerful regenerative science to treat cosmetic and functional difficulties brought on with aging. These are safe procedures with no serious side-effects. Find out more about how regenerative medicine may be able to help you. Contact the East Coast Spine, Sports & Regenerative Medicine at (732) 297-2600 or visit DrEMagaziner.com.
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A study of 10,386 people in Hong Kong and the United States compared mental wellbeing among moderate drinkers and nondrinkers, with multipleyear, follow-up periods. Men and women that were lifetime abstainers had the highest levels of mental well-being, surpassed only by women that had quit drinking.
Reduce Kids’ Risk of High Blood Pressure With Maternal Vitamin D Children born with low vitamin D levels have an approximately 60 percent higher risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 6 and 18, reports a study of 775 Boston children published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension. Those with persistently low levels of vitamin D through early childhood had double the risk of elevated systolic blood pressure between ages 3 and 18. Higher systolic numbers increase the risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. Because infants’ vitamin D levels are determined by the mothers’ levels during pregnancy, researchers suggest exploring an official recommendation for vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy. 12
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Another reason to consider organics: A study of 529 teens and preteens linked high exposure to pesticides to a higher risk of depression. University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers studied children between 11 and 17 years old in the Ecuadorian Andes, the thirdlargest exporter of roses. The flowers are routinely sprayed with organophosphate insecticides known to affect the human cholinergic system, a key component in the function of the brain and nervous system. Drawing blood samples, the researchers found that teens that had lower levels of acetylcholinesterase enzyme activity resulting from pesticide toxicity showed more symptoms of depression, especially in girls and those younger than 14. The findings back up anecdotal reports from Andeans of a rise in teen depression and suicide.
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Protect Kids From Bullying to Lower Risk of Teen Depression A three-decade study of 3,325 young people in Bristol, UK, found that kids that were bullied at age 10 had eight times the rate of depression in their teen years, and that it persisted for some into their adult years. Using detailed mood and feelings questionnaires and genetic information, researchers found that childhood bullying was strongly associated with depression. Bullied children had a greater risk of both limited depression occurrence and persistent depressive issues. Other risk factors found to be associated with depression in the children included anxiety and the mother’s postnatal depression.
A Healthy Choice for Teeth and the Planet Dental floss, that little everyday staple in our medicine cabinets, has been taking on a bad name environmentally. The smooth, slippery flosses that are the top choice among both dentists and consumers are made with a Teflon-like product containing toxic PFAs and PFCs. The wax coatings and flavors of ordinary nylon flosses are typically made with petroleum products that may be endocrine disrupters. The floss, plastic spools and flip-top containers can’t be recycled easily because of their size, and floss filament easily tangles up recycling machinery. In landfills, their toxins leak into the soil; in waterways, floss can entangle and even kill sea creatures. And washing and reusing floss isn’t a good option because it runs the risk of introducing bacteria into new areas of the mouth, warns the American Dental Association.
However, a handful of new eco-options in flosses have emerged, primarily with silk and bamboo, which are biodegradable and free of chemicals. Blogger Beth Terry at MyPlasticFreeLife.com rates Dental Lace, a floss made of 100 percent silk coated with candelilla wax from Mexican trees, as her favorite product. It’s packaged without a plastic coil in a refillable glass container, making it a 99 percent zero-waste product. In addition, the company, based in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, offers a vegan bamboo version. Bamboo flosses in eco-friendly containers are also made by Los Angeles-based Terra & Co. (with activated charcoal, coconut oil, peppermint oil and no synthetic fragrances, sweeteners or artificial colorings, in a cardboard box); and Altoona, Florida-based Lucky Teeth (activated charcoal, candelilla plant wax, organic peppermint oil and tea tree oil, in a glass jar). Two other easy-to-find flosses, by Eco-Dent and Tom’s of Maine, are made of nylon, but are covered in natural vegan waxes rather than beeswax or petroleum-based waxes. They come in compostable cardboard boxes but include plastic spools. Advice columnist Umbra of Grist.org recommends switching to an oral irrigator or water flosser that plugs into the wall or runs on a battery—sometimes rechargeable—because it effectively removes plaque, is reusable, produces no trash, lasts for years and uses relatively little water and electricity.
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The endangered Florida panther has been saved from extinction thanks to the introduction of female Texan pumas, reports a 10-year study conducted by the University of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The pumas, which like the panthers, are a sub-species of cougar, were brought to Florida in 1995 to counter the effects of habitat loss and health issues caused by panther inbreeding, including heart defects, infertility and other genetic problems. The panther population has since rebounded from a low of 20 to 30 cats to between 120 and 230.
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Scientists warn that the Arctic is heating up much faster than the world average because of rising greenhouse gas emissions. Over the last five years, the region has been warmer than at any time since record keeping began in 1900, which is opening up untapped reserves of oil, gas, uranium, gold, fish and rare earth minerals. At a May meeting of the Arctic Council, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Russia and China against “aggressive” actions in the region, saying, “This is America’s moment to stand up as an Arctic nation.” Gao Feng, the head of the Chinese delegation to the council, whose mission is to foster cooperation among Arctic countries and protect the fragile environment, says, “It’s [the U.S.] a country that stepped out of the Paris Agreement and then they’re talking about protecting the environment of the Arctic.” 14
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Environmental Destruction Tapped as War Crime
Twenty-four scientists from around the world published a letter entitled, “Stop Military Conflicts From Trashing Environment,” in the journal Nature, urging the United Nations International Law Commission to create protections for the environment in armed conflicts. It reads, “We call on governments to incorporate explicit safeguards for biodiversity, and to use the commission’s recommendations to finally deliver a Fifth Geneva Convention to uphold environmental protection during such confrontations.” The four existing Geneva Conventions and their three additional protocols are globally recognized treaties that establish standards under international humanitarian law for the treatment of wounded military personnel, shipwrecked sailors, prisoners of war and civilians during armed conflicts. Violating the treaties amounts to a war crime.
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The Makhonjwa Mountains of South Africa harbor some of the planet’s oldest rocks, including meteorites that have been striking the Earth for eons. According to the peer-reviewed journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, researchers using electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy have discovered a 3.3 billion-year-old layer of rock that contains two types of insoluble organic matter, both of which suggest extraterrestrial origins, making it the oldest extraterrestrial organic matter ever identified. Many scientists think the basic molecules of life may have originated in outer space.
Gulf Dead Zone Keeps Growing
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates the algae-choked “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico near the mouth of the Mississippi River spanned 7,829 square miles this summer, roughly the size of Massachusetts and considerably above the 6,000-square-mile five-year average. The largest recorded Gulf dead zone to date was 8,776 square miles in 2017. Dead zones occur when algae sinks and decomposes, sucking oxygen from the water and making it impossible for marine life to exist, jeopardizing billions of dollars generated by commercial fishing in the area. The phenomenon is primarily attributed to chemical fertilizer runoff from Midwestern farms into the Mississippi, exacerbated by warming trends.
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Take Rosemary to Boost Memory, Mood and Sleep
The common kitchen herb rosemary holds promise for insomniacs. Iranian researchers tested 68 university students for a month, giving them either 1,000 milligrams of rosemary herb each day or a placebo. Those that took the rosemary herbal supplement had improved memory, reduced anxiety and less depression at the end of the month. Using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Inventory scale, those taking the rosemary slept better, as well.
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A meta-review of 37 studies that included 7,887 mothers giving birth found that an injection of oriental motherwort (Leonurus japonicus), a Traditional Chinese Medicine herb used for thousands of years, decreased blood loss and other adverse events during birth at a minimal cost with few side effects.
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hiropractors are often perceived as back pain specialists, but optimal chiropractic care treats the whole person from the inside-out, starting with the nervous system. This means practitioners can address many conditions that transcend typical expectations. The human spinal column sports 31 pairs of nerves, some corresponding directly to digestive, reproductive and respiratory organs, which might explain why regular spinal adjustments and other chiropractic techniques can be helpful for seemingly unrelated conditions like asthma, chronic headaches, hormonal imbalances and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. A scientific review of 179 published papers focusing on various non-musculoskeletal conditions shows benefits of fullbody chiropractic treatment for asthma, infantile colic and cervical vertigo. Results are also promising for middle ear infections in children and pneumonia in seniors. Clinical evidence suggests the nervous system is a cohesive factor in achieving overall wellness. “In chiropractic and
holistic philosophy, the body is considered a self-healing organism,” explains chiropractic physician and applied kinesiologist Marc Terebelo, of the Chiropractic Wellness Center, in Southfield, Michigan. “The nervous system controls the body, so issues in the toes or fingers may be caused by spinal issues in the neck and low back. Likewise, bladder and menstrual cycle problems can be caused by injury to the low back or pelvic regions.” William J. Lauretti, a New York Chiropractic College professor in Seneca Falls, concurs with the benefits of holistic treatment. “Chiropractors view the body as an integrated unit, and problems in one area might affect a seemingly unrelated area,” he says. “Most chiropractors have a wide variety of treatment approaches to offer, including advice on nutrition, lifestyle, stress management and exercise.”
Chiropractic and Digestion
It’s worth noting that the nerves that innervate important digestive anatomy—from the salivary glands to the stomach down through the intestinal tract—branch off the
Chiropractors view the body as an integrated unit, and problems in one area might affect a seemingly unrelated area. ~William Lauretti spinal cord at various levels of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. “This means that chiropractic adjustments given to [the] neck, mid-back, lower back and sacrum are important to optimal digestive function,” says chiropractor Sean Cailteux, of Exodus Health, in Shawnee, Kansas. In his practice, Lauretti has observed better digestion as a positive side effect to regular adjustments. “I’ve had a few patients over the years who reported improvement in digestive problems after chiropractic treatment of the mid- and low back. In some of those cases, the improvement was serendipitous, because the patient didn’t discuss their digestive symptoms initially, only after they noticed the improvement.”
Hope for Headaches and TMJ Dysfunction
Chronic tension headaches and migraines can become the norm for too many individuals, but chiropractic care—including spinal adjustments, nutrition advice and addressing emotional causes such as stress and anxiety—can be key in reducing pain and getting to the root of the problem. “Technically, only headaches with a list of very particular characteristics can be properly diagnosed as migraines,” Lauretti explains. “The cause of many cases of chronic, long-term headaches is often from poor function of the muscles and joints in the neck.” These types of headaches often respond well to treatment focused on restoring normal function to the neck, he says. TMJ disorders can cause painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms, including facial and tooth pain and locking of the jaw. Chiropractic treatments often provide reliable relief. “The TMJ is a very important joint in the body, with thousands of neuroreceptors. TMJ involvements can cause headaches, particularly around the ear or side of the head, vertigo, tinnitus and other hearing issues,” says Terebelo. Cailteux notes that aside from experiencing jaw pain and headaches, someone suffering from TMJ disorder may have difficulty chewing, and may experience an audible clicking of the jaw with movement. “Chiropractic adjustments can be particularly helpful, especially when delivered to the TM joint and the neck. Gentle, soft-tissue manipulation of the muscles and tendons of the jaw, specifically the masseter, temporalis and pterygoid muscles, is also a highly effective treatment.” For a true holistic approach and lasting success, Lauretti offers this advice: “Look for a doctor who is willing to work as part of your healthcare team and who’s willing to refer you for specialty care when appropriate.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.
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When Science Meets Spiritual by Kathy Tarbell
KT: In Proof of Heaven, you detail the medical condition that led to your coma and vividly describe your near-death experience (NDE) while in that unconscious state. Your latest book, Living in a Mindful Universe, which you co-wrote with Karen Newell, is an effort to unite science and spirituality. What prompted you to commit to such an ambitious project?
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tions for all of this. Since my coma, I’ve discovered that there are hundreds of scientists around this world who are working on the very deep mystery of the primacy of consciousness, and that tremendous scientific progress has been made toward explaining it. It’s truly a revolution.
KT: What do you think is prompting this revolution? EA: For thousands of years this kind of spiritualist knowledge
was based on the journeys of prophets and mystics. However, that changed in the late 60s when doctors developed ways to resuscitate cardiac arrest patients. By doing so they’ve now populated this world with tens of millions of souls who have been to the other side and come back. I think it’s all those NDEs that are shifting the balance tremendously and taking us to a new level of understanding, and it’s broadly supported by the science. That’s the thing that makes this revolution so extraordinary.
KT: How has the recognition of the pri-
ence, like an NDE, but I always accepted that our consciousness existed before we were born and would continue to exist after we die. Even as a child, I could sense a God force, mostly through communing with nature and animals, and I was mystically curious. My thirst to know more led me to learn through a long series of personal experiences along with experimenting with lots of different theories and techniques.
KT: Eventually you tried HeartMath, which proved to be transformative for you.
How did you hear about it?
KN: I had been doing a tremendous
amount of reading, and HeartMath kept coming up. I knew that love in the heart was the key, but I soon figured out that I didn’t really know how to feel in the heart. HeartMath teaches a coherence technique where you focus on the heart to generate feelings of gratitude. I couldn’t do that at all. I could only think of things I was grateful for. HeartMath and Sufi heart rhythm meditation allowed me to realize that between me and feeling was stored emotion-
macy of consciousness changed your own approach to healing?
EA: I think it changes everything. Con-
sciousness studies now strongly affirm that the assumptions of material science—that the material world is all that exists and that consciousness beyond the brain is an illusion—has turned out to be 180 degrees off from the truth. This is a complete flip in understanding how much power the mind has over matter. We see it strongly in the placebo effect, yet most people don’t understand just how powerful the placebo effect can be. People have cured themselves of cancer and rid themselves of advanced infections and things like that just through the belief that they can do so. The most extraordinary examples of profound healing occur in near-death experiences, which I would say is like a placebo effect on steroids.
KT: That was especially evident in your
own case of full recovery.
EA: There’s no explanation within West-
ern medicine for my kind of recovery from meningitis with such extensive damage to the neocortex and brain stem. Naturally, it has attracted a lot of scientific interest because it challenges perceptions.
KT: Eventually, your study and research
on non-local consciousness led to a curiosity about methods people used to access realms similar to your NDE experience. It also led to a fortuitous meeting. Karen, how did you and Eben meet?
KN: We both enrolled in a seminar on
how to achieve different states of consciousness. I’ve never had a life altering experi-
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KT: Another big change happened when you discovered sound and acoustics. KN: Yes. At the time, I was trying countless techniques seeking anything that would help me quiet the mind. Typical meditation was a waste of time, because all I would do is sit and think. But adding sound, like crystal bowls and tuning forks, anything with binaural beats, helped me tremendously. Especially when I combined sound with what I call â€œheart breathingâ€?. And sound alone, even without heart breathing, would start to trigger things. It absolutely helped me recognize the inner observer and realize my thoughts were a separate part of me. All of that became possible because sound served as a meditative aid, and it was absolutely necessary to get me over that hump of quieting the mind and accessing the beyondâ€”the non-physical part of myself. KT: It was this interest in sound that
sparked a collaborative effort with Kevin Kossi, an audio engineer, to create binaural-beat sound recordings. Tell us about that.
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KN: Binaural beat recordings correlate to brain-wave states: alpha, beta, delta, theta and gamma. By using different frequency combinations, listeners are helped to relax into an expanded state of awareness. Kevin and I had been experimenting with combinations for about a year when we invited Eben to join in the experience. KT: Eben, I understand that Kevin worked with you to create sound mixes perfectly suited to you. What did you experience? EA: My main interest was to see if the
recordings would help me reconnect to the realms I experienced in my NDE. And they did. Not in the full hyperreality that I experienced during my coma, but these â€œsound journeysâ€? far exceed simply recalling my NDE memories. This has now become my preferred form of daily
meditation. And it’s also why I encouraged Karen and Keven to form their company, Sacred Acoustics.
KT: This is a featured part of what you and Karen are building online to help others connect to expanded awareness. Correct? EA: That’s right. What we are working
on now is what we call the Inner Sanctum Center program that helps people learn how to detach from the physical world to explore within. The site is now live and promises to be a powerful way for people to discover that your outer world is ultimately dependent on the structure of your inner world. Meditation that centers prayer and opens ourselves to the primordial mind of the universe is the key, and we offer meditative techniques to do that. And that’s the important thing. All who are interested can go to InnerSanctumCenter.com. There is also a free, 33-day email course at EbenAlexander.com. Just click on the popup banner to get started. This course covers a lot of the major points within Living in a Mindful Universe. It’s all free and it includes some sacred acoustics meditation files plus a lot of practice suggestions. More than 8,000 people have already taken the course and have reported really radical transformations in understanding. It also has a translate button, so people from all countries can participate. Plus, a tremendous community has grown up around this 33-day journey, because people are leaving instructions and their own experiences on each page. There is no fee—all you have to do is provide your name and an email address. So, we’re very happy about how that course is helping people. Personal experience is also available to all through sacred acoustics. Visit SacredAcoustics.com to learn more about that. Basically, the tools for personal exploration are there, the scientific framework is there, so it’s really incumbent on any truth-seeker to follow these pathways.
EA: While we started from completely
different points, both Karen’s and my journey arrived at the same place; that love, mercy and compassion are at the core of the universe; and that the Golden Rule is basically written into the fabric of the universe, so if we hurt others, we’re hurting ourselves. So, we are committed to helping as many people as possible get connected to that ultimate truth. Eben Alexander, MD, was an academic neurosurgeon for more than 25 years, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School in Boston, with a passionate interest in physics and cosmology. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Proof of Heaven and The Map of Heaven. Visit him online at EbenAlexander.com. Karen Newell is a lifelong seeker of esoteric wisdom and has amassed a wealth of first-
hand experience exploring realms of consciousness. Cofounder of Sacred Acoustics, she teaches how to enter and engage with expanded awareness in order to connect to inner guidance, achieve inspiration, improve wellness and enhance intuition. Visit her online at SacredAcoustics.com. Kathy Tarbell is the managing editor for the Central and North Central New Jersey editions of Natural Awakenings. She can be reached at Kathy@NaturalAwakeningsNJ. com. Dr. Eben Alexander will be featured at a Wellness Gala Special Event speaking on his book Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into the Heart of Consciousness from 6:309 p.m., on October 28, at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights. For information and tickets, call 973-713-6811 or visit WellnessGala.com. See ad, page 24.
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Jenny Odell on the Importance of Doing Nothing
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mentality that we must have a constant return on our investmentâ€”including how we spend our time and where we direct our attention? Right after the election, in late 2016, a warehouse fire in Oakland claimed the lives of many artists. I became aware of how difficult it was becoming to step away and process anything, not to mention mourn. I found that it was only by stepping away that I was able to ask questions about what it was I really wanted and how I could act meaningfully. Both social media and the cult of productivity are seductive, and when weâ€™re caught up in them, we donâ€™t question them. Understanding anything requires perspective and standing outside of it; productivity is no different. Temporarily ascending to a broader, removed view, you might find that youâ€™re struggling in all the wrong ways, or in the wrong direction. Â
be, it is not difficult for me to move my attention from that to what is happening in physical space. Sometimes this leads to meeting other people; Iâ€™ve had great conversations with strangers when we were both peering up at the same tree, looking at the same bird.
What do you hope people will take away from the message of your book?
I hope it creates a space in which someone might begin to look at the ways they currently direct their attention and how they might want to change that. I also hope it helps people find each other. Rediscovering oneâ€™s bio-region or local history is a great way to meet others who might not exist within your social media bubble. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Reach her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.
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How is â€œdoing nothingâ€? different from meditation?
It certainly shares some of the same goals. But whereas certain forms of meditation emphasize physical stillness, â€œdoing nothingâ€? for me includes things like wandering and observing.Â Â
What is the relationship between our well-being and being unproductive for a part of each day?
When weâ€™re caught up in the idea of productivity, weâ€™re often not thinking about our own well-being. And yet, the â€œunproductiveâ€? part of oneâ€™s day is likely the one in which you remember to take care of yourself or even listen to the needs of your mind and body at all.
How do we go about challenging the forces that are disconnecting us from nature and each other?
I think the first step is simply a movement of attention. Addictive as social media may
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Mouth Matters A Holistic Approach to Oral Health by Ronica O’Hara
he mouth is the doorway to the body,” so the saying goes, and today we know just how true that is. Years ago, the biannual trip to the dentist was typically a simple “drill-andfill” operation, with other health concerns not given a second glance. Now, emerging research shows that when we neglect basic oral care—even that annoying task of nightly or post-meal flossing—we endanger our heart, lungs, kidneys and even our brains by allowing the buildup of pernicious bacteria in our gums. In April, University of Louisville School of Dentistry researchers reported that the bacteria P. gingivalis, which flourishes in gum disease, was found in brain samples of deceased Alzheimer’s patients— and that inflammation, swelling and bleeding in gums can transport the bacteria from the mouth into the bloodstream simply through chewing or teeth-brushing. The study also linked the bacteria to rheumatoid arthritis and aspiration pneumonia. Advanced gum disease also increases the risk of cancer by 24 percent, especially lung and colorectal cancers; quadruples the
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We look at the underlying causes for gum disease and cavities: Is it your diet, or hormonal changes or acid reflux? ~Nammy Patel rate of kidney disease; and increases the risk of strokes, coronary artery disease, diabetes and pre-term births, other studies show. These findings have sobering implications for the nearly half of the American adults over age 30 and 70 percent of adults 65 and older with gum disease. “Science has proven that a healthy mouth is a healthy body,” says San Francisco holistic dentist Nammy Patel, author of Age With Style: Your Guide to a Youthful Smile & Healthy Living.
Body, Mind, Teeth
It’s part of the reason for the fresh interest in holistic dentistry, sometimes called biologic dentistry. “We look at the entire body, not just the mouth,” says Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, of Wrigleyville Dental, in Chicago, and president of the Holistic Dental Association (HDA), based in Coral Gables, Florida. Holistic dentists abstain from toxic materials, remove amalgam fillings, may be wary of root canals and focus on minimally invasive procedures—some of which may be high-tech and cutting-edge, such as lasers to clean teeth and gums, ozone therapy to slow the growth of infections and air abrasion to “sandblast” away small areas of tooth decay. Holistic dentists work closely with a wide range of other complementary practitioners. “We look at the underlying causes for gum disease and cavities: Is it your diet, or hormonal changes or acid reflux?” Patel explains. That may mean prescribing a head massage, acupuncture session, meditation lessons or dietary counseling. They may run blood tests for biocompatibility of materials and incorporate approaches from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, herbology, homeopathy, iridology, craniosacral therapy and energy medicine. They will look for signs of sleep apnea and often treat it. However, with the added tests and consultations, they tend to be more expen-
sive, with many procedures not covered by dental insurance. Their numbers are small: Only 391 of 199,000 American dentists belong to the HDA, or about one in 500. Yet the natural health movement that drives holistic dentistry is having an effect on the profession at large. Many dentists nationwide, pressured by patients and aided by new technology, are abandoning toxic and invasive options for less harmful methods. Controversial mercury amalgam fillings are being edged out by less toxic options like resin composites that match
teeth color; the amount of mercury sold in the U.S. for dental amalgams fell by half between 2001 and 2013. Conventional dental X-rays, which in a Yale study published in the American Cancer Association journal Cancer were linked to non-cancerous brain tumors, are yielding to computerized digital X-rays with a fifth of the radiation: As many as two out of three dentists have switched over. And aided by computer imaging software and 3-D printers, dentists are fabricating new crowns, implants, bridges and dentures right
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Dialogue With Dentists
When visiting a dentist, whether holistic or not, it’s wise to be prepared with a natural health mindset. Some questions to ask are:
What are you filling the cavity with? Just say no to amalgam, a mixture
of heavy metals, of which about half is elemental mercury that slowly releases toxic vapors. Plus, “Heavy metals can leak into the enamel tubes of the teeth causing the teeth to appear gray or dark blue and making them brittle over time,” warns Los Angeles cosmetic dentist Rhonda Kalasho. Instead, ask for relatively nontoxic options such as porcelain or composite resins, which can be made of materials such as silica, ceramic, plastics and zirconium oxide. Some composite resins contain the endocrine disrupters Bis-GMA or BPA; for extra protection, ask for one that doesn’t, or ask the dentist to use a rubber dam to prevent swallowing it.
Should I have my amalgam fillings removed? Holistic dentists like Patel give a strong yes. “The problem arises with mercury when you chew or brush your teeth. The abrasion creates heat and causes the
mercury to off-gas. Those vapors get swallowed and go into your body, where they’re stored—and that creates significant health hazards—because we’re talking about a known poison,” she says. Other dentists disagree about removal, citing its risks: Holistic pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil, for example, writes that removing amalgam fillings is often unnecessary, costly and stressful, and recommends exchanging them for composite resin only when they break down.
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in the office, instead of using what Austin, Texas, dentist David Frank calls “intrusive analog [gooey impressions] that left patients feeling claustrophobic, highly anxious and consistently worried about gagging.”
Do I really need antibiotics? Or-
egon State University researchers found in a study this year of 90,000 patients that the antibiotics often prescribed by dentists as prevention against infection are unnecessary 81 percent of the time, and contribute to antibiotic resistance. Typically, patients didn’t have the precise cardiac conditions that warranted the extra caution.
Is a root canal the best option?
Some holistic dentists counsel against root canals, citing the risk of long-term health problems caused by lingering bacteria, and advocate the use of herbs, laser therapy or extractions instead. “If root canals were done 20 to 30 years ago, it is definitely a problem, because there were not enough technological advances to clean out all the bacteria which could cause chronic health complications,” says Patel. “Nowadays, depending on the tooth root, canals can be 99.9 percent cleaned by lasers.”
Back to the Basics
Considering the stakes, preventive care is all-important and there are many natural options to guarantee robust oral health. At the natural health store or drugstore, consider the following options:
Toothbrush: Electric toothbrushes reduced plaque 21 percent more and gingivitis 11 percent more after three months compared to manual toothbrushes, reported a review of 56 studies involving 5,068 participants. Those that rotate rather than brush back-and-forth clean slightly better. Cindy Nolte ...Find your inner peace.
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Toothpaste: Study the labels and be
wary of the following ingredients: fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan and sodium hydroxide. These ingredients are a plus: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), green tea, Eucalyptol, menthol, tea tree oil and vitamin D.
Flossing: Some smooth, slippery flosses
are coated with toxic, Teflon-like perfluorinated polymers linked to kidney and testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis and hormonal disruptions. A recent study found higher levels in women using those flosses. Instead, use the old-fashioned nylon kind or try out new flosses made of biodegradable silk or bamboo or those infused with antimicrobial tea tree oil. Or, consider a water flosser, which Canadian researchers found were 29 percent more effective at plaque removal than string floss.
Mouthwash: Mouthwashes containing
alcohol significantly raise the risk of throat cancer, Australian researchers found. Instead, opt for super-healthy green tea as a mouthwash, as well as a drink. Studies show that it protects teeth from erosion and promotes healthy gums. Another simple option is warm salt water, using one cup of water and one-half teaspoon of salt. A 2017 study by the Cochrane medical study organization found it is virtually as effective as the prescription antiseptic mouthwash chlorhexidine in reducing dental plaque and microbes.
Pulling: An ancient Ayurvedic rem-
edy, this involves swishing a spoonful of organic coconut oil around the mouth and through the teeth for 10 to 20 minutes. The oilâ€™s lauric acid, a natural antibacterial, has been found in studies to reduce plaque formation and fungal infections, as well as the strains of bacteria linked to bad breath and irritated gums. Taking care of our teeth and gums is simply worth the daily time and trouble to facilitate long-term health. â€œYour oral care should be taken just as seriously as watching your diet,â€? advises Kalasho. Ronica A. Oâ€™Hara is a Denver-based natural health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@ gmail.com.
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