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Mouth Matters

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. 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 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 See ad, page 21.

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October 2019


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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

Natural Awakenings North Central New Jersey Launches New Community Website


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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 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 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 Florham-Park-NJ001. See ad, page 39.


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Hair Loss Solution

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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

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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.

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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 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 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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Extraterrestrial Matter Found on Earth


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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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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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



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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?

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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&#x20AC;&#x153;heart breathingâ&#x20AC;?. 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&#x20AC;&#x201D;the non-physical part of myself. KT: It was this interest in sound 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&#x20AC;&#x153;sound journeysâ&#x20AC;? 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 There is also a free, 33-day email course at 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 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 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 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 See ad, page 24.

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mentality that we must have a constant return on our investmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;re caught up in them, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x2122;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


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It certainly shares some of the same goals. But whereas certain forms of meditation emphasize physical stillness, â&#x20AC;&#x153;doing nothingâ&#x20AC;? for me includes things like wandering and observing.  

What is the relationship between our well-being and being unproductive for a part of each day?

When weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re caught up in the idea of productivity, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re often not thinking about our own well-being. And yet, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;unproductiveâ&#x20AC;? part of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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?

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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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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

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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:

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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.

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edy, this involves swishing a spoonful of organic coconut oil around the mouth and through the teeth for 10 to 20 minutes. The oilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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&#x20AC;&#x153;Your oral care should be taken just as seriously as watching your diet,â&#x20AC;? advises Kalasho. Ronica A. Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Hara is a Denver-based natural health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@

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Slow Food Takes Root Global Movement on Fast Track by April Thompson


he global Slow Food movement is fast gaining momentum, uniting more than 100,000 people in 150 countries with a shared passion for delicious food and a moral conviction about the people and places that sustain it. It satisfies foodies’ hunger for a deeper appreciation and understanding of their meals’ origins, from farm to fork. “The key principles of Slow Food are good, clean and fair,” says Laura Luciano, a board member for Slow Food USA and


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Slow Food Governor for New York State. “It’s the opposite of fast food, where you are in and out with no idea where your food comes from or the stories behind it.” Fair, says Luciano, means fair to farmers, and paying a fair wage to workers picking and growing food. “Fair also incorporates principles of equity, inclusion and justice. Good means good for the climate, the Earth and us as individuals. Clean means not using GMOs and pesticides in the food,” she explains.

Slow Food has its roots in Italy, where food and wine journalist Carlo Petrini took up the cause in 1986 to halt the homogenous fast food chains encroaching on the country’s rich, diverse food culture. Slow Food USA has taken off since its founding in 2000 with 150 chapters boasting 6,000 members nationwide. Many convene annually at Slow Food Nations, a food festival for all in Denver, to swap stories, share strategies, celebrate victories and of course, break bread together. The backbone of the movement is its local chapters. “Food has a regional identity, connected to history, culture and family,” says Luciano, whose blog Out East Foodie shares the stories of her Long Island edibles. For Bob Quinn, an organic wheat farmer in Big Sandy, Montana, and the founder of the heirloom grain company Kamut International, the Slow Food movement has been a kind of welcome homecoming and acknowledgment of his company’s efforts to protect workers and nourish consumers. “To me, Slow Food is a return to the roots of agriculture and the soul of organic, because it focuses on the food—the end purpose of agriculture—rather than profits and yields that are the focus of the industrial food system,” says Quinn, author of Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food. “Slow food offers an appreciation for farmers’ efforts to improve the soil and the nutrition, flavor and aroma of the foods we grow.”

The Slow Food movement also connects producers like Quinn with chefs like Steven Satterfield, author of Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons and board vice president of Slow Food’s Atlanta chapter. “As a chef, Slow Food to me means honoring your ingredients and going out of your way to get the freshest, most sustainable, seasonal ingredients,” says Satterfield, who came to Slow Food early in his career as a young line cook interested in the provenance of food and protecting its cultural heritage. At Miller Union, Satterfield’s awardwinning Atlanta restaurant, all dishes are made from scratch, mainly from farms in the region, to support seasonal eating and local growing. Satterfield’s dishes also feature traditional Southern varieties from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, a catalog of more than 200 culturally significant foods in danger of extinction. One Miller Union favorite is a hummus made from sea island

red pea and benne seeds, an ancient variety of sesame originally brought by slaves from Africa to the South Carolina coast and cultivated in hidden gardens as a staple food. Beyond engaging diners, chefs and producers, Slow Food also campaigns for big-picture policy changes, like farmto-school programs to introduce fresh produce and get kids excited about healthy eating, says Luciano.

“Eating is a political act. The choices we make speak volumes about what we stand for,” says Luciano. “We talk about joy and justice. There is the joy in food and the justice and stories behind it. Slow Food tries to marry both of those worlds.” Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at

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Savory Slow Food Recipes

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Squeeze the citrus into the pan, then drop in the peels. Add the butter, star anise, peppercorns and salt, and bring back to a simmer. Place the halved bok choy cut-side-down in the pan in a single layer. Continue to simmer over medium heat until the bok choy is tender, but still has texture and bright color, about 4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the bok choy and set aside, but leave the citrus peels and spices in the pan.

Yields: 4 servings 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock 1 orange, quartered, seeds removed 1 lemon, quartered, seeds removed 2 Tbsp unsalted butter 4 star anise pods 12 black peppercorns 1 tsp kosher salt 4 small bok choy, halved and washed

Continue to simmer until the broth is reduced by half or more.

Simmer the stock in a large, wide skillet or shallow braising pan over medium heat.

Taste the sauce for seasoning, then at the last minute, return the cooked bok choy to the glaze and reheat all the way through.

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leaves wilt quickly and the rib may turn mushy. I address this issue by quickly pulling the bok choy from the pan when it just begins to turn tender and succulent, allowing the sauce to reduce and intensify on its own. This recipe is perfect with a rice dish or with a delicate fish that could be poached in the cooking liquid for a full meal.

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ade Breunig, of Buckeye, Arizona, had lost his marriage, his job and his house. To combat depression, he went to the local animal shelter to adopt the first cat that “talked” to him. As if on cue, a 2-year-old black cat yowled persistently. During the adoption, Breunig learned that “Bubba” had been scheduled to be euthanized. He was saving a life. Fourteen years later, Bubba died, and Breunig knew he would miss the mischievous, playful companion that loved car rides more than most dogs. Crying, but surrounded by his second wife and kids, he realized, “I didn’t save Bubba’s life. He saved mine.”

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Anyone looking to lower blood pressure, ease anxiety or secure companionship can find it all at their local shelter, where homeless dogs and cats are eager to oblige. Emily Bach, public relations and event coordinator at Bishop Animal Shelter, in Bradenton, Florida, has many inspiring stories about adopted shelter animals. “They are often the most devoted pets because they know they’ve been rescued,” she says. The outdated myth that shelter pets are incorrigible, unlovable animals with behavioral issues no longer holds. Family circumstances—a change of job or residence, death, divorce or illness—can land a confused and well-loved dog or cat in a shelter. Others become accidental strays or are unceremoniously dumped by uncaring owners. Bishop, a no-kill shelter, places about 100 pets every month, showcasing them on social media, news outlets and at outreach events.

when an animal has no chance of recovery from an illness or injury. In 1984, when Best Friends was founded, about 17 million animals died in U.S. shelters annually. As of August 2019, that number is down to 733,000, a nationwide save rate of 76.6 percent. Historically, no detailed data was kept on shelters. “For decades, we have worked in the dark to end shelter killing because we lacked accurate information about the problem we were trying to solve,” says Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends. The organization

recently launched the community lifesaving dashboard (, a database that anyone can access to help save shelter pets. “With a better understanding of where the trouble spots are and the profile of animals being killed in a community, we can better deploy our collective resources for the greatest lifesaving impact.” Part of the success of the no-kill movement involves increased awareness that kindness toward all species is important. Bach points out that shelter animals are also the lower-cost option for people

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Shelters share success stories of animals that get a “forever home”. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands don’t and are euthanized. Best Friends Animal Society, in Kanab, Utah, is working to change this. By partnering with animal welfare organizations and shelters, Best Friends has a goal to “Save Them All” through an initiative to make all of the nation’s shelters “nokill” by 2025—which means 90 percent of shelter animals might be saved. Euthanasia will be reserved for failed rehabilitation or

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Getting Ready to Adopt

Before jumping in to help save them all by adopting, potential pet parents should research breeds, crunch numbers and think ahead. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests considering several issues:

Lifestyle: Dogs live 10 to 15 years, cats

up to 20. Pets should fit the family now and in the future.

Money: Pets require training, food, toys, equipment, medical exams and treatment.

Breeds: Not all dogs and cats will be a

good match for every home. Personality is key.

Safety: Pet-proofing a home includes

removing potential dangers and preventing accidental escape through windows, doors or fences. Not everyone can adopt, but anyone can help. Shelters accept donations and most have a wish list of items. Volunteers are a core need at shelters, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work that can quench the thirst for spending time with animals without adopting any of them. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Contact her at


Pets Promote Health

any studies document the positive influence of pets on our well-being.

Healthy Heart

Single people that live with a dog have a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. ( Part of the reason for this is likely because dog owners tend to get more physical activity than those without dogs, which makes dog owners generally more fit (

Less Stress

The demands of life can take a toll on the body. Contact with animals is linked to lower heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol, anxiety and fear levels, and increased feelings of calmness. Lower levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol, have been shown to help regulate inflammation, which helps the immune system fight off everything from colds to diseases (Tinyurl. com/AnimalVisitationProgram and Tinyurl. com/StressAndInflammation).

Social Bonding

In children with autism spectrum disorder, animals help them learn to connect better to others. One study using guinea pigs found that these kids talked and laughed more with peers. There are now therapy

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that want pets; most are vaccinated and neutered before they are adopted out and are often already trained.

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Mood Boost

Animals elicit smiles, which makes them great for deterring depression (Tinyurl. com/PetTherpyAndDepression).

Cancer Help

From lessening loneliness to lifting emotional well-being, children and adults undergoing cancer treatment seem to benefit from time with dogs ( CaninesAndChildhoodCancer and Tinyurl. com/AnimalsAssistChemo).

Pain Killer

Animals can soothe away some chronic pain and enable people to reduce use of pain medication ( AndPainRelief).

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It is nice to see that even dedicated yogis are so open to it. ~Sharon Boustani

ANIMAL ASANAS Goats on the Yoga Mat by Yvette Hammett


hen 50 to 60 strangers gather in a barn for their first goat yoga experience, it’s a bit awkward and there’s not much interaction—until the goats come in. “It is an immediate icebreaker, and the place suddenly fills with giggles and laughs,” says Sharon Boustani, whose family runs Gilbertsville Farmhouse, in South New Berlin, New York. There is just something about miniature goats walking around on people’s backs while they do yoga that immediately de-stresses people and makes them downright happy, she adds. It may be fun, but it’s also a form of serious therapy that’s taken off across the nation and around the globe in recent years. Yoga by itself is proven to help with stress and pain relief, better breathing, flexibility and cardiovascular health. Add goats to the mix and the benefits are compounded by the welldocumented benefits of human and 42

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animal interaction. A number of studies, like one published in June by the American Educational Research Association, have shown that spending time with animals can lower blood pressure and decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Other studies from the fields of psychology, animal welfare, counseling and anthropology note that these interactions offer additional positive health impacts and can reduce loneliness, boost moods and increase feelings of social support. So combining adorable goats with a physically and spiritually beneficial yoga regimen just made sense to Lainey Morse, of Corvallis, Oregon, widely regarded as the mother of goat yoga. In 2015, Morse was diagnosed with a disease and was going

People say it’s the best day of their life. It’s something you kind of have to experience to know why it’s so popular. ~April Gould


through a divorce. “I would go out to my barn or out in the field and just be around my goats,” she says. “I wondered why they didn’t use goats for therapy like they do with horses.” Goats, she says, have a sense of calm. “When you are around them, you take on that energy, and it’s hard to be stressed out and have anxiety. But they are also really funny animals. They make you laugh.” She started with goat happy hour at her farm, inviting friends she knew were going through issues of their own. “Everybody left happy,” she recalls. When she discussed it with a yogi friend, goat yoga was born. Morse now has 13 partnerships around the country where others teach the classes and she handles the business end. “For me, it’s still about nature and getting out in nature.” Morse says she’s not quite sure why it took off like lightning, but she guesses it’s just because many people love the interaction. April Gould and Sarah Williams run their Arizona Goat Yoga classes at the Welcome Home Ranch, in Gilbert, Arizona. It is now a major tourist destination for the state. “Three to four times a week, we walk about 150 people out into one of the pastures,” Gould says. A lot of visitors from out of state return every time they’re in the area, she adds. And many Arizona residents come once, and then bring back friends and family.

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“People say it’s the best day of their life. It’s something you kind of have to experience to know why it’s so popular,” says Gould. Those that are more experienced can make it as difficult as they want. “And some people just want to play with the goats.” For Bisk Education, an eLearning company based in Tampa, bringing goat yoga to its campus was a way to inspire and de-stress employees. “There is a way to integrate wellness into your corporate programs that makes you a differentiator,” says Chief People Officer Misty Brown. “When it comes to a perk, I want to make sure those investments are memorable. It gives Bisk the reputation as more of a progressive culture.” Boustani calls it an escape experience. “That’s primarily what it is. Yoga in general is kind of geared toward letting go of your everyday worries and trying to come to some peaceful or therapeutic state.” Introducing something so lighthearted to something that many people take so seriously, like yoga, is interesting to watch, Boustani says. “It is nice to see that even dedicated yogis are so open to it.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammett28@

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hen Yale researcher Reid Lifset began working on waste issues on a life cycle basis—from “cradle to grave”—it was mostly the world’s geeks and nerds that paid attention, he says. “Today, it’s called the ‘circular economy’ and it’s sexy. It wasn’t sexy back then.” While many still have never even heard the term, the “circular economy” is all about rethinking the way we make stuff—designing products that can be reused and powering it all with renewable energy. It’s an alternative to the “make-useand-dispose” mentality of the traditional linear economy. “You are the circular economy when you buy pre-owned, second-hand objects, or rent or share the use of objects, or have broken objects repaired instead of buying new ones,” says Walter Stahel, author of The Circular Economy: A User’s Guide and a member of the European Union’s Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. In other words, everyone that buys sustainable goods or services, takes public transport or gets a lawnmower fixed instead of buying a new one is a participant.

There’s a global movement afoot to expand the circular economy in an effort to significantly cut the waste stream, reduce our carbon footprint and conserve resources. It began with the three R’s—reduce, recycle and reuse, says Lifset, a Research Scholar at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies who edits the Journal of Industrial Ecology, which focuses on the environmental consequences of production and consumption. The emphasis has always been on recycling, but as that becomes more difficult due to saturation levels, the emphasis is shifting to the more comprehensive goals of a circular economy—or should be, says Stahel, an engineering professor at the University of Surrey. Tinia Pina, a program leader at NY Cares, joined the movement after observing the poor food choices her Harlem, New York, students were making and the amount of waste attached to them. She founded Re-Nuble, a small manufacturing operation in New York City, to transform food waste into fertilizer pellets that can be used in hydroponic farming.

“There is a strong need to try to reduce the volume of waste,” Pina says. “There is also a strong need to produce sustainable—and, ideally, chemical-free— food and make it affordable for all.” She hopes to eventually replicate her process for creating fertilizer in other large cities across the country. Leasing is another classic example of how the circular economy might work, Lifset says. “If the entity that made [a product] ends up with it when it becomes waste, that company will handle it differently.” The company can instead design a product so that it remains in the economy instead of becoming part of the waste stream, he notes. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was established in the UK in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. It offers numerous case studies, including a San Francisco effort called Cradle to Cradle Carpets for City Buildings. Last year, the city passed legislation requiring all departments to use carpeting containing no antimicrobials, fluorinated compounds or flame retardants. Both the carpet fibers and backing materials “must contain minimum amounts of recycled materials and ultimately be recyclable at end-of-use.” Most important: It must be Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver or better. The certification is a globally recognized standard for safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy. Meantime, the European Union has embraced the circular economy as a boon to job creation and a way to significantly address climate change. By shifting to a circular economy, the European growth rate can be increased by an additional 0.6 percent a year and carbon dioxide emissions reduced by 48 percent by 2030, according to a 2017 report by McKinsey & Company. Just how much of the world’s industries must participate to meet these goals is yet to be determined. “That,” Stahel says, “is the billiondollar question.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at October 2019


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If every 8-year-old is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation. ~Dalai Lama Natural Awakenings senior writer Linda Sechrist credits her 15 years of researching and interviewing spiritual luminaries with putting her on the path to her own spiritual awakening, which is detailed in one chapter of All You Need Is Love: The Importance of Transcending Spiritual Clichés and Living Their Deeper Wisdom. The new book offers a candid, fresh look at the way many New Age concepts have been trivialized and commercialized, when they’re “guaranteed to deliver overnight abundance, soulmates and enlightenment in easy 5-step workshops.” It shines a light on many popular spiritual myths that have come to obscure the deepest universal truth of the divine—which is that love is paramount—as argue many of the essays from 19 experienced spiritual practitioners. Available on, the book includes thoughtful anecdotal accounts from Sechrist; author Cate Montana; energy healer Cameron Day; and Betsy Chasse, director of the film What the Bleep Do We Know?!; among others. Ƙƚ

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by Ronica O’Hara

hen I feel like I really want to get angry and yell, I sometimes, like, take deep breaths. My brain slows down and I feel more calm and I’m ready to speak to that person.” Those self-aware words come from a 5-year-old Los Angeles girl in the film Just Breathe. A 9-year-old boy in a tough British neighborhood forgets about “all the scary stuff ” when he does “petal breathing”—opening and closing his fingers in time with his breath. “If I concentrate on my breathing, the worrying thoughts just go ‘pop’ and disappear,” he confided to The Guardian newspaper. This is the effect that mindfulness training in the classroom often has on students, and it’s key to why it’s happening all over the world—not just in the U.S. and the UK, but in more than 100 countries, including Australia, Taiwan and India. What started a few decades ago as a small experiment in progressive schools is rapidly gathering speed as emerging research

documents the strong positive effects of mindfulness on developing brains. A 2015 meta-review from researchers at the University of Melbourne, in Australia, which evaluated 15 studies in six countries involving 1,800 students, showed three broad outcomes: higher well-being, better social skills and greater academic achievement. They were more optimistic, self-accepting and happier, more likely to help others, more able to focus on lessons and be creative, and less likely to be angry, anxious or disobedient. “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally,” is how it’s described by Jon Kabat-Zinn, whose pioneering research at Harvard in the 1980s helped kick off mindfulness as a scientifically based, nonsectarian approach to a calmer, clearer mind. It has spread since then into business, health care and professional sports, as well as schools: Googling “mindfulness in education” brings up 116 million links.


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~Amy Saltzman “Mindfulness offers children the skills they need today to meet the age-old challenges of growing up within the new context of social media and often absurdly high expectations,” says holistic doctor Amy Saltzman, co-founder and director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education. Mindfulness is now being taught in urban, suburban and rural schools in 50 states. Such programs can be low- or no-cost, structured in many ways, taught any time and conducted without special equipment—important for cash- and time-strapped schools. As a grassroots movement, mindfulness programs run the gamut. Hundreds of schools and districts nationwide have incorporated into curricula such evidenceproven mindfulness programs as those developed by, Learning and, which often involve teacher training and structured lessons. Sometimes mindfulness is simply a grade school teacher ringing a bell signaling five minutes of silence, giving children something to focus on with closed eyes: a sound, a bite of fruit, a stuffed animal. A middle school teacher may use a five-minute guided app meditation from Calm or Headspace to settle down students after lunch. Some schools offer moments of silence during the day, a quiet room to go to or an optional class in mindfulness. Others find that teaching mindfulness during “detention” has a soothing effect, offering oft-traumatized kids a rare feeling of peace. “Because everyone has distractions and strong emotions, learning to observe these inner experiences with curiosity and

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“You reap what you sow.”

much different from my parents’ desire for me to spend some free time on SAT e’ve all heard prep work. So back to my that before, and procrastinating… I didn’t autumn seems exactly prioritize things like like a good time to reflect on SATs over the summer, and this time-tested adage. Now, I am taking them this fall for I must admit, I am a prothe first time. I have to say crastinator. Yes, to the chathat my procrastinating is grin and frustration of my catching up with me. I do feel Isabella Dussias parents, I often leave things a little overwhelmed, but in to the last minute. I don’t have the foresight those summer nights, this autumn seemed that my parents have when planning out very far away. tasks and scheduling. I assume that comes Today seemed distant back in July, but with life experience, but it is also probably not now, and several academic due dates just being very human. feel too close for comfort. I guess we’ve all I assume there are many people that been there, putting off today and doing it put off doing things because they are too tomorrow. If you do this often, you become difficult, they feel overwhelmed or they are overwhelmed, as I am learning. So, it is just plain exhausted. The self-help book or better to plan, to have vision and anticipate gym membership may be purchased with the time it will take to get things done. “You good intentions, but the follow-through is reap what you sow.” I get it; I’m learning. the trying task. Teenagers, I feel, have the Please don’t tell my parents they were right. market cornered on this behavior. There are so many distractions in our lives, especially Isabella Dussias is a 16-year-old singer-songwith the prevalence of social media in mod- writer/composer from New Jersey. She enjoys ern society. writing about issues that are important to There are many excuses as to why we today’s youth, and she believes music is an don’t get to things in a timely fashion or important outlet to connect people and share know exactly how to prioritize at this time messages through the creativity of lyric and in our lives. My priorities of communicatmelody. For more information, please visit ing over social media with my friends are


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MINDFUL AIDS Mindfulness-building tools: Techniques, “Just Breathe”: Four-minute video, shown on Oprah, of 5-yearolds discussing mindfulness. Mindful help for parents: Mindfulness. Calm, a meditation app, offers guided mindfulness exercises and is offered free to any K-12 teacher. Headspace, another popular mindfulness app, is also offered free to teachers, and sometimes works directly with school districts.

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openness is an important part of all children’s education,” says psychologist Patricia Broderick, Ph.D., founder of Learning2Breathe, a mindfulness curriculum for junior and senior high school students. Schools sometimes use parental consent forms to counter concerns about any potential religious implications. Often, a school’s program expands organically as one impassioned teacher draws in others. “The one single factor that determines a program’s effectiveness is the depth and consistency of personal practice of those teaching it,” says Saltzman. In fact, a University of Wisconsin 2013 study found that teachers that practiced a guided meditation 15 minutes a day for eight weeks had less anxiety, stress and burnout during the school year; those conditions worsened in the control group. In Middleton, Wisconsin, high school counselor Gust Athanas has watched as mindfulness exercises have made students calmer, kinder, more focused and feel closer to each other and to teachers: “A number of students have told me it’s the part of the school day they look forward to the most!”

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ach year, I marvel at how quickly time seems to pass. This sense of life rushing by brings certain questions to mind: “Am I on the right path? Am I wasting time? What should I be doing or learning/experiencing?” Recently I came across an article entitled, “Why Our Sense of Time Speeds Up as We Age — And How To Slow It Down” by Nicole Spector, who investigated this phenomenon. Here is a paragraph from the article: “Children’s working memory, attention and executive function are all undergoing development at the neural circuit level,” says Patricia Costello, PhD, a neuroscientist and program director at Walden University. “Their neural transmission is in effect physically slower compared to adults. This in turn affects how they perceive the passage of time. By the time we are adults, our time circuits are done wiring and we have learned from experience how to correctly encode the passage of time.” So, while it is not a mystery as to why time seems to pass more quickly as we age, what can be done about it? From a yoga perspective, the answer is practicing present moment awareness. Being present means fully participating in whatever is happening in the moment. Almost everyone knows the experience of being so engrossed in a book or movie that you become part of the story, fully immersed in it. Similarly, while playing with children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews—watching, listening, all senses become involved in the wonder of the moment.

While vacationing in Italy years ago, I remember so many moments when I was fully engrossed, in awe of what I was experiencing. From San Marco’s frescoes by Fra Angelico, to Brancacci Chapel where Michelangelo had his nose broken, to the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. The complete awareness and enjoyment of different foods: tastes, smells, textures, temperatures. Yet, there is no need to go to Italy to experience being fully in the moment. It is possible right here, right now in our own homes. It is all about awareness. Yes, there are times in life where we want to escape the present moment. Times of loss, pain, stress, trauma. These times are also learning opportunities. We discover our inner strength, resiliency, compassion and peace. Experience these moments fully and then release them. It does take practice. The mind will provide distraction through incessant thoughts and ideas and memories. This is normal. In yoga, we learn to use the breath to return awareness to the present moment, over and over and over again. It is worth the practice and effort to be able to experience life and loved ones more fully. May you experience all the joy, strength, peace and abundance possible while living fully in the present moment. Namaste. Mary Ellen Moses, E-RYT®, NJLMT, MLDT, is owner and director of Awakenings Point Yoga in Hackettstown. For more information call 973-670-7421 or visit AwakeningPoint. com.

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OctOber WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Stealing Stillness: Mindfulness and Beyond – Doors open at 6:30pm. Talk from 7-8pm. Learn what Mindfulness truly is, the extraordinary powers it engages for health, our states of Being and

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 Reiki Soul Celebration – 1–4pm. Enjoy Reiki healing, meditation, high vibration crystal singing bowls, drum, gong, flute, koshi bells, ting-sha and chants. Walk-ins welcome. $15. EZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd, Branchburg. 908-526-0002. Speaker: 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. Basic Introduction to Singing Bowls with Sandee Moreta – 3-5pm. Sandee will teach her own method on how to trust your intuition and consciously connect to your heart and soul and align your chakras. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd, Madison.

Fall Cleansing Class by Reshma Shah – 10/7-8; 10am-5pm. Learn how to transform your life by cleansing your body of toxins and embracing a healthy lifestyle to maintain good health, mental clarity, and spiritual awareness. This workshop includes two days of organic healthy meals — breakfast, lunch and a snack at the end of the day. $650. Location in Westfield. For information, call 908-264-4344 or visit


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Advance DNA Thetahealing® Class – 10/11-13; 10am - 5pm. Wouldn’t it be awesome to be born with an inbuilt chip with a manual to know how to live our lives to the fullest and happiest? Advanced DNA 2 shows us how to learn life skills which we thought of to be beyond our current beliefs. Prerequisite: Basic DNA course. $600 for 3-day course. Location in Westfield. For information, call 908-264-4344 or visit Community Reiki Share – 8pm. Come experience an introduction to the chakras and learn all about Reiki energy healing. Space for practitioners to practice while allowing the community to get a taste of what Reiki is all about. $5. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Rd, Lake Hopatcong. 862-803-9252. Breathe@

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 Reiki Leve II Certification – 10am-4pm. The training consists of discussion, the Reiki Level I attunement, hands-on practice, and includes the course handbook and other course materials. Sign up for level 1 & level 2 to SAVE. $350. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Rd, Lake Hopatcong. 862-803-9252. Breathe@ Universal Kabbalah – 10am-4:30pm. The purest form of esoteric study available. Kabbalah is a tradition whose roots extend back to the remotest history of humankind. The very DNA of life is explained here and manipulated so that we can even change our outward and inward appearance. $325. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US Hwy 22, Lebanon. 908-617-1535. The Call of Soul: Finding Spiritual Freedom – 11am-12:30pm. Do you have a knowing feeling that there is more to life than you have discovered so far? Is something within you constantly pushing you forward spiritually? Free and open to all. Eckankar Center, 323 Main St., Metuchen. 800-870-9139.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 Healing with Crystals Level I – 10am-5pm. Learn how to use crystals in healing work. There will be discussion, hand’s on practice and you receive a handbook, certificate and a set of chakra stones. $195. $75 to reserve your space. Blossoming into Light, 31 Fairmount Ave, Suite 105, Chester. For more info contact Sue at 862-222-4268. Info@ Register at

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 Introduction to Self-Hypnosis – 7-8pm. This course will teach you a method of self hypnosis, how to put yourself into trance, how to deepen your trance, how to program your subconscious to achieve your goals, change your behaviors and enhance your health. We will end with

$ave Time and Ga$ Things do change. Please call in advance to ensure that the event you’re interested in is still available. teaching you how to terminate that trance. $15. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US Hwy 22, Lebanon. 908-617-1535.

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Reiki I Training & Certification – 2-day class: October 19 & 20, 1:30–6:30pm. Learn this ancient art of healing and self-empowerment. Beginner level. $225. EZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd, Branchburg. 908-526-0002. Speaker: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher, Beth@InSightHolisticHealth. com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 Blossoming into Light Open House – 11am-7pm. Join us for a celebration of our move to a new space. Rhonda Alin available for Tarot Card readings and Meghan McSweeney for energy healing sessions. Blossoming into Light, 31 Fairmount Ave, Suite 105, Chester. Wellness Gala Presents the Law of Attraction with Psychic Medium Shira – 12:30-5:30pm. The event will feature a keynote presentation from Shira, an internationally sought out psychic reader, psychic medium, pet communicator and author. The ticket also includes many different experts in the alternative health fields. $50 includes Shira’s presentation. $20 general admission, $30 at the door. Sheraton Parsippany Hotel, 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany. RSVP: or call 973-713-6811.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22 Art of the Soul – Doors open at 6:30 pm. Talk is from 7-8pm. Consider that art has the potential to be more than an aesthetic composition of form – that you can somehow be made different from the experience. $20. Parsley, 30 Wall St, Rockaway. Registration is required. To register: Call 862-209-7333 or email JandParsley@gmail. com.

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Essential Oils for Abundance – 7-8:30pm. Join us for an essential oils class, learn some techniques using oils that support abundance. Each person will receive samples oils to take home with them. $15. Blossoming into Light, 31 Fairmount Ave, Suite 105, Chester. For more info contact Sue at 862222-4268. Register at

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 Holistic Minister Practitioner with YLEO’s via Zoom – 1-5pm. Join Nancy Weber for a Zoom online ordination. Includes introduction to the fundamental concepts of ministry, how to use YLEO for anointing, exercises to bolster your service, plus legal guidelines and protections you must know in order to practice. Each religious organization has specific Ministerial Directives; Lightwing Center’s refers to all holistic lifestyle and spiritual practices, including but not limited to Young Living essential oils. Register at For information visit

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 Soul Shamanism Timeless Healing – 10/2610/27; 10am-5pm. This practice is a direct healing tool that goes to the origination of the issue or concern and heals the soul lineage from all time and space. $395. Be The Medicine, 48 Frederick Pl, Morristown. 9736472500 or 5th Annual SpiritFest – 10/26-10am-6pm; 10/27-10am-5pm. Tune up your body, mind and spirit. Dress up and receive a surprise. Featuring guest speakers every hour, area psychics, energy healers, shamanic practitioners and more. $7 admission. Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment, New Hope Eagle Firehouse, 46 N. Sugan Rd, New Hope. 267-261-2768.



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AromaHarmony™ with YLEO’s Certification and CE Course – 10am-6pm. AromaHarmony™ is a hands on process using ideas and essential oils from around the world. For this course we endorse and provide only Young Living Essential Oils. Complete six required hands- on sessions with one occurring on day of class. Location: Blossoming into Light, 31 Fairmount Avenue, Suite 105, Chester. Register at: For information email or visit

Light and Sound Service: How to explore your own connection to the Divine – 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. 800-870-9139.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 Wellness Gala Presents Living in a Mindful Universe with Dr. Eben Alexander III – 6:309pm. The evening will feature celebrated neurosurgeon, New York Times best-selling author, and renowned speaker, Dr. Alexander III, who will take the stage to offer his understanding of reality and human consciousness. $89 with a Metaphysical Center of NJ Fall Festival ticket. $111 without a Fall Festival ticket. VIP seating $139. Hilton Hasbrouck Heights/Meadowlands Hotel, 650 Terrance Ave, Hasbrouck Heights. Ticket info: Wellness Gala, 973-713-6811 to reserve premier event seating. Holistic Education on Special Needs with Nancy Weber – 7-8:30pm. Several years ago, Nancy Orlen Weber did a pilot study for children with special need using essential oils. Drawing from the information gathered and her 40 years of learning and educating in the holistic field Nancy will share what she has learned to help open doors of possibility for anyone with special needs of all ages. $15. In Denville, NJ, Address given upon registration. Register at: For more information contact

plan ahead WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Hypnosis for Test Taking – 6-8pm. Looking to do better on your SATs, want to bring your GPS up. This is the course for you. With today’s high stress living that includes not only your classes but your extracurricular activities students have so much on their mind. This course will help you or your child do better when taking the next test. $90. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US Hwy 22, Lebanon. 908-617-1535.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Reiki 1 Certificate Training – 1-6pm. 11/9-11/10. Learn to Heal you and others with this Ancient practice. Janet StraightArrow has been teaching Reiki since 1996 and brings incredible experience, energy, and information to all who attend this class. $325. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Village Green Rd, Madison. Janet StraightArrow 973-9661400 or

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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

Tween Yoga Workshop – 4:30-5:15pm. 10/7-11/1. Ages 9-13 yrs. Tween Yoga is a wonderful way to increase self-awareness, build self-esteem and strengthen your body in our young tweens. Learning poses that stretch and strengthen while promoting balance, coordination and concentration. $90. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Rd, Lake Hopatcong. 862-803-9252. TruNatureYoga. com.

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. Be Your Own Guru –7-8pm. 10/7-11/4. Are you ready to move into your personal spiritual mastery and learn how to live it more each day? Your spiritual, healing, and practical life will be enhanced and progressed in amazing ways. $110 for 5 weeks. $25 individual sessions. Studio

Moving Meditation (Qigong) – 6:30-7:15pm. Qigong, ancient Asian practice of slow relaxed movement, led by a certified Integral Tai Chi and Qigong Instructor. All are welcome! Suggested donation: $15-$20. First Congregational Church, 125 Elmer St., Westfield. For information, contact Laura Berzofsky at 908-233-2494 or berzof234@

TUESDAY Stress, Hormones & Health (The true cause of belly fat) – 6pm, select Tuesdays. Presented by bestselling author & speaker Jean GoldenTevald, 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. 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. Mommy & Me Yoga Classes – 4:30-5:15pm. 3mos-3yrs. 10/8-11/12. Experience the benefits of yoga while bonding with your child. Children enjoy interactive songs and yoga to promote natural healthy growth, flexibility and brain stimulations. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Rd, Lake Hopatcong. 862-803-9252. Breathe@

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 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. Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Support Group of Morristown – 7–9pm. First Wednesdays, except July and August. Support for patients and their families. Speakers. 95 Madison Ave., Suite 109A, Morristown. 973-219-8092. Wen5500@hotmail. com. Reiki 2 Distance Advanced Healing – 7-9:30pm. 10/16-11/6. 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. Be The Medicine, 48 Frederick Pl, Morristown. Janet StraightArrow 973-647-2500 or The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network – 7:30pm. First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester. 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

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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.


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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.

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.

21 Day Cleanse and Renew with Miriam O’Mahony – 3-5pm. 10/5,10/12 &10/19. Our bodies want to cleanse but we don’t know how to support this lifesaving function. Learn how to detoxify your body and mind, regain your natural beauty and renew your vitality. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd, Madison.

Iyengar Yoga for Women’s Health with Patricia Videgain – 9/19-10/17. 3:30-5pm. The goal of this 5-class series is to learn about, and connect to, the pelvic area, the female organs and the rhythms of the female life cycle. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Madison.

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

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.

Al-Anon Meeting – 8-9:30pm. Center for Practical Spirituality - Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.

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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.

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


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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Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave East, Westfield 0'/$0)/$''-'›8ZlM`j`feK_\iXgp%Zfd 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 37.

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 39.

Attorney (Holistic) 0.*$0'0$'000› 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 41.


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 32.

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 36.

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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 23.

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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 28.

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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 25.

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BioEnergetic Testing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Holistic Dr. Michael La Mastro 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 15.

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 donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want in all areas of life (both materialistically and emotionally). The Law of Attraction is always responding to you, so if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;Yes!â&#x20AC;? 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.

Colon Hydrotherapy Living Waters Wellness Center 7ddEY^iÂ&#x161;9ebed>oZhej^[hWf_ij I-ACT Certified, Advanced Level Certified National Board for Colon Therapy, Body Ecology Diet Certified 26 Elm St, Morristown 0.*$00/$-,,'Â&#x203A;:fcfe?\Xck_EA%Zfd 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 ÂŽ, an advanced colon hydrotherapy system, designed to offer the ultimate in privacy and dignity. Call today for an appointment. See ad, page 40.

Next Level Healing Of NJ, Inc. Susan Richter, RN, CCH, Nutritionist, LDHS 166 Franklin Road, Denville 973-586-0626 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!

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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 39.

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George C. Wang, MD, PhD 51 John F Kennedy Parkway, 1st Floor West, Short Hills 0.*$-.($(/-/›N`j[fd?\Xc%Zfd We are an integrative and functional medicine practice that empowers people to transform their lives by creating true health in body, mind and spirit. We offer holistic approaches to care, including acupuncture, and teach lifelong skills for healthy living.

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Linda Sercarz Certified Heartmath Coach Serving North Jersey & surrounding area 0.*$.(+$/-,'›J\iZXiq7Xfc%Zfd 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 43.

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.

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Morris Hypnosis Center Linda West, BA, ACH 55 Madison Ave, Morristown 0.*$,'-$0-,+›Dfii`j?pgefj`j:\ek\i%Zfd 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.

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Hypnosis Certification Metaphysics Nancy Orlen Weber 27 Bald Nob Rd, Denville 973-586-3936 Classes and mentoring online for all interested in and/or practicing the metaphysical arts. Variety of areas include creativity, intuition, mediumship/psychic/animal communication and more. See

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Naturopathic Doctor, Acupuncturist 470 Prospect Ave, Ste 100, W Orange 0.*$+/-$'(+/›;iC`jXC\n`j%Zfd 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 31.

Organizing Solutions Everyday Organizing Solutions by Sherry Sherry Onweller, Professional Organizer Serving NJ 0'/$-(0$+,-(›JFen\cc\i7Xfc%Zfd 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.


Dr. Sonoo Advani 101 Old Short Hills Rd, Ste 502 West Orange 973-992-1070

Leslie Karen Lobell, MA, LPC

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 19.

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 35.

Mad Hatter Day OCTOBER 6

Despite being a silly day, the selection of the date was actually quite logical. The Mad Hatter wears a top hat. On the front of the hat is a slip of paper with “10/6” written on it. The paper is believed to be an order to make the hat, and that it costs ten shillings sixpence.

Pompton Plains (Rte 23) and Montclair 0'/$,..$'',*›C\jc`\7C\jc`\CfY\cc%Zfd

Did You Know? In the 8th Century, mercury was used in hat making, a process called "carroting". Mercury poisoning drove some hatters crazy (mad). October 2019


Sound Healing

Spiritual Healing, Teaching

Vision/Eye Health

Awaken Sound Health

Be The Medicine

Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc,

Janet StraightArrow 973-647-2500

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave East, Westfield 0'/$0)/$''-'›8ZlM`j`feK_\iXgp%Zfd

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.

Shamanic Healing, Energy Medicine, Past Life, Medical Intuition, Life, Health, Spiritual Coaching, Astrology Readings, House and Land Clearings. In p e rs o n , p h o n e o r S ky p e. Professional Reiki, Shamanism, and Medical Intuitive Training. Retreats. 40 years’ experience.

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 37.

Spiritual Enlightenment


Eckankar – The Path of Spiritual Freedom

Lisa’s Thermography and Wellness

Weight Loss

Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ, NY & PA 855-667-9338

Thintech Weight Loss

11 Park St, Montclair /''$/.'$0(*0›<ZbXebXi$EA%fi^ A truly spiritual way of life for the individual in modern times. Teachings provide a framework and spiritual tools for anyone to explore their own spiritual experiences. Studies of Dreams, Past Lives, Soul Travel.

National Kale Day OCTOBER 2

Get healthy and stay healthy, by eating lots of Kale!

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 31.

Natural Awakenings M agazine is Ranked 5th Nationally in Cision’s 2016 Top 10 Health & Fit ness Magazines List North Central NJ Edition

We provide an all-natural, scientific and holistic detox and weight loss program and a 20+ pound guarantee! See ad on page 2.

Yoga/Wellness Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong /-)$/'*$0),)›)'($)/0$-*--Z\cc 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 43.

In a gentle way, you can shake the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi


Dr. David Rendelstein 74 US-9 North, Marlboro 226 Centennial Ave, Cranford 1901 Hooper Ave, Toms River 844-428-7632

Don’t count the days, make the days count. ~Muhammad Ali

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Natural Awakenings NCNJ October 2019  

Holistic Dentistry, Chiropractic Care, Slow Food Movement and more!

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Holistic Dentistry, Chiropractic Care, Slow Food Movement and more!