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


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

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Holistic Health Counselor Certification Program Goes Virtual


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aura Regan is widely known for her vibrant wildlife images, which are often mistaken for photographs. Regan’s original paintings have been exhibited nationally and her art has been used to raise funds for many environmental causes, including the World Wildlife Fund, the San Francisco Zoo and the San Diego Zoo, in addition to appearing on a large assortment of licensed items and available as prints. She has illustrated 13 nature-based children’s books with renowned authors, which have won national awards including the Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students and the Oppenheim Gold Award. She also does commissioned pieces, including portraits of pets. In 2016, Regan started creating elegant notecards featuring images of her original paintings. The cards are available on her website and sold at gift shops, nurseries, wildlife centers and conservation organizations around the country, including the California Academy of Sciences and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Based in Austin, Texas, Regan and her husband have a combined family of six grown kids and seven grandchildren. See Laura Regan’s work at LauraRegan.com. 6

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ian Freeman, of Dian’s Wellness Simplified, is expanding both her nutrition consulting business and her Holistic Health Counselor course to a new location at Summus Body Mind, in Morristown. The course begins May 3 and runs every other Sunday for six months. Due to the current conditions, Freeman will also be offering the course virtually if in-person attendance is not possible. Dian has studied nutrition since the 70s and has been a professional nutritional consultant since the early 80s. She has graduated over 850 people in her nutritional certification course in the last 16 years. She explains, “I was initially asked by other practitioners how I developed such a large nutrition consulting business and if I would consider teaching them how to grow their own businesses.” She continues, “To grow a nutrition business, what you do and what you recommend has to work. This business grows from referrals. When clients have success with their health issues, they send to you every person they know.” To learn that, training must come from someone with a great deal of experience. One should not teach in a field that directly effects peoples’ health without being an expert. With her decades of experience, Dian fits that bill. Initially designed for practitioners, her course is now open to the public. Many of her students take the course for personal health knowledge, while others want to start a practice of their own. Besides her six-month nutrition course, Dian has also developed many day classes open to the public. Location: Summus Body Mind, 173 Washington Street, Morristown. For more information, call 973-267-4816 or email Dian2@Wellnesssimplified.com. See ad, page 17.

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r. Peter Amato, board certified in natural medicine and founder of Inner Harmony Wellness Centers, has been testing clients for imbalances and creating personalized wellness plans for individuals for over 25 years. Dr. Amato has developed and utilizes a powerful, time-tested 5-step approach that restores alkalinity, targets and eliminates chronic infections, detoxifies the body, balances hormones and implements a solid anti-aging and rejuvenation program for optimum health. This program calls upon nutritional testing, quantum biofeedback, emotional response testing and wellness and lifestyle coaching. Some common conditions addressed are digestive issues, sleep irregularities, bone and joint pain, chronic fatigue, diabetes, and Lyme among other health concerns. This organic, non-synthetic approach prompts the body’s response and provides answers for precision nutrition that can be tailored to an individual’s needs. The initial visit is 90 minutes. Locations: Inner Harmony Wellness Centers, 131 Reynolds Rd, Dalton, PA and Thrive Wellness Center 647 Wyoming Ave, Kingston, PA. For information and appointments, call 570-319-6073 or visit PeterAmato.com. See ad, page 29.

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oly Transfiguration Retreat Center is nestled away in Dalton, Pennsylvania, just minutes from downtown Scranton. It is enthroned on more than 300 sprawling acres, and includes a lake, beautiful trees and rolling hills ideal for outdoor meditation. In June 2013, the Diocesan Assembly of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church identified the need for a retreat center. After three years of searching, and countless visits to multiple locations in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, the Diocesan Council found an ideal property. The retreat center includes a chapel, library, conference rooms, classrooms and offices. There are two dormitory wings to accommodate over 180 guests, and a gymnasium that will comfortably seat 800 people. The center is available for retreats, workshops, youth camps, on-going classes, weddings and conferences. Everything needed for a successful event is housed under one roof. Location: 1000 Seminary Rd., Dalton, PA. For booking information, please call Mary De Angelis at 570-563 1669 or 973-998-1749 (cell), or email transfigurationretreat@gmail.com. For more information, please visit TransfigurationRetreat.org or Facebook.com/ HolyTransfigurationRetreat.

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Eat Better to Cut Healthcare Costs

Poor eating habits are not only disease-producing, they are also costly, the latest research shows. “Suboptimal eating” incurs approximately $300 in healthcare costs annually per person, and $481 for older people on Medicare, adding up to $50 billion a year nationally—84 percent of which goes to acute care, say Harvard-associated Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers. This means that poor diets account for almost 20 percent of heart disease, stroke and diabetes costs in the U.S. Researchers studied the impact of 10 dietary factors, including fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, processed meats, sugary drinks and salt, and found that the top three risks were overconsuming processed meats and underconsuming nuts/seeds and omega-3-rich seafood. “There is a lot to be gained in terms of reducing risk and cost associated with heart disease, stroke and diabetes by making relatively simple changes to one’s diet,” says study coauthor Thomas Gaziano, M.D. “Our work illustrates the need for interventions or policies that incentivize healthier dietary behavior, as these changes have the potential to have a big impact and reduce the health and financial burden of cardiometabolic disease.”

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Breathe Cleaner Air to Help Bone Health Air pollution has long been linked to lung cancer, stroke and respiratory disease, and now research has found that it can lead to osteoporosis, as well. Researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health studied the bone mass and density of 3,717 people living in villages near Hyderabad, India. These were compared to fine particulate air pollution levels, which averaged more than three times the recommendations of the World Health Organization. The researchers also surveyed in-home cooking over wood, coal and other biomass sources. The results showed that exposure to ambient air pollution was associated with lower levels of bone mass, and that cooking over fires did not have that effect. “Inhalation of polluting particles could lead to bone mass loss through the oxidative stress and inflammation caused by air pollution,” says lead author Otavio T. Ranzani. April 2020


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Biodegradable Cooler Keeps Food Cold and Dry

The ice chests we haul to picnics are typically made of Styrofoam, Dow Chemical’s trademarked name for extruded polystyrene, but it is a highly flammable source of greenhouse gases that animals can mistake for food and won’t degrade for hundreds of years, leading thousands of landfills to ban it. Now, Igloo, the top global cooler maker, has introduced a new, less-destructive alternative made out of paraffin wax and recycled tree pulp called Recool. The 16-quart, water-resistant cooler, sold at REI and other stores, keeps 75 pounds of contents ice-cold for up to 12 hours and goes up to five days without leaking water. The coolers can be stored and reused many times and then recycled, composted or used as a dry storage container. It’s also less likely to break or chip than Styrofoam. 14

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Climate Change City Index for 2050

Temperature changes, water shortages and rising sea levels will impact some of the world’s most populous cities during the next 30 years. Apartment rental hub Nestpick.com commissioned researchers to comb through data and determine how the ongoing climate shift could impact specific cities to help people choose where to live and add to the debate about procedures that can be put in place to ensure the longevity and livability of cities. Bangkok faces the highest risk of flooding from rising sea levels and a projected temperature increase of 3° F. Nairobi may move from a temperate humid warm summer climate to a tropical-type savanna wet summer climate due to rising temperatures. The demand for water is projected to be double the supply in Melbourne. Ho Chi Minh City and Amsterdam are also very high on the list.


A new law bans popular plastic bags in the Mexican capital, and grocery stores are poised to sell reusable synthetic fiber bags. The same law will ban handing out plastic straws, spoons, coffee capsules and other singleuse items by 2021. Claudia Hernández, the city’s director of environmental awareness, says, “We are finding that people are returning to baskets, to cucuruchos [cone-shaped rolls of paper].” The old ways are present in other aspects, too. Many residents still use wheeled, folding shopping baskets and some vendors still measure out bulk goods in discarded sardine cans. Grocery stores that give out plastic bags will be fined, so most will opt for reusable shopping bags made of thick plastic fiber for about 75 cents. For hygienic reasons, the law leaves the door open to using plastic bags for such items as perishable deli meats or cheese.

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Between 2005 and 2016, the shutdown of coal-fired plants in the U.S. saved an estimated 26,610 lives and the equivalent of around 570 million bushels of corn, soybeans and wheat, reports a new University of California at San Diego (UCSD) study published in Nature Sustainability. The coal plants were typically decommissioned as utilities transitioned from coal to natural gas for electric power generation, thus reducing particulate matter and ozone in the lower atmosphere. “When a coal-fired unit shuts down, local pollution [including particulate matter] levels drop, mortality rates drop and crop yields of major staple crops rise,” writes study author and UCSD associate professor Jennifer Ann Burney. The newer, naturalgas and coal-fired units that have supplanted them are not entirely benign and deserve further study, she notes.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has clarified its standards regarding organic crop container systems such as hydroponics and aquaponics, requiring that those operations stop using synthetic chemicals not approved for organic crop production in the soil underneath, as well as in containers, for three years prior to achieving certification. The clarification arose after soil-based farmers reported that hydroponics operations were spraying the soil to clear weeds with Monsanto’s glyphosate shortly before building a greenhouse and applying for quick organic certification. The World Health Organization classified glyphosate as a Group 2A carcinogen, and it is absolutely prohibited on organic farms. The Real Organic Project, a family farmer-driven organization, is lobbying for an add-on label to USDA Certified Organic to provide more transparency on whether organic crops are grown in soil or hydroponic greenhouses.

A “green” sunscreen has been synthesized from discarded cashew-nut shells by a team of scientists from South Africa, Malawi, Tanzania and Germany, reports the European Journal of Organic Chemistry. Using xylochemistry (wood chemistry), the scientists produced new aromatic compounds that show good UVA and UVB absorbance, which can protect humans, as well as polymers and coatings, from harmful rays from the sun. The research was published in the European Journal of Organic Chemistry. UV rays can lead to sunburn, premature aging and the development of lethal melanomas in humans and animals, and are also damaging to most materials, causing the discoloration of dyes and pigments, weathering, yellowing of plastics and the loss of gloss and mechanical properties.


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Widespread Drinking Water Contamination Found

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found contamination of U.S. drinking water with manmade “forever chemicals” to be much worse than estimated. Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans have some of the highest levels. Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are resistant to breaking down in the environment and some have been linked to cancer, liver damage, low birth weight and other health problems. David Andrews, a senior scientist at EWG and co-author of the report, says, “It’s nearly impossible to avoid contaminated drinking water from these chemicals.” Sources include products like Teflon, Scotchguard and firefighting foam. Only one location in the country, Meridian, Mississippi, which has 700-foot-deep wells, had no detectable PFAS, while Seattle and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, had levels below 1 part per trillion, the limit EWG recommends. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has known since at least 2001 about the problem of PFAS in drinking water, but has so far failed to set an enforceable, nationwide legal limit. April 2020


Think Outside the House Expanding Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning traditionally heralds a new beginning, an opportunity to take stock of hearth and home and a time of renewal regardless of the season. Clearing figurative cobwebs is as important as sweeping away real ones, and while most folks focus on giving their abode a thorough airing and scrubbing, there’s plenty to tend to outside before the heat of summer sets in. Clear out potentially dead grass and leaves and other organic matter near the sides of the house to prevent termites and other insect infestations. Collect the organic matter, add in food scraps and compost it all to benefit the garden. Composting sends the nutrients of loose ingredients into the soil as a natural fertilizer. EarthEasy. com/grow_compost.html reports it can help divert as much as 30 percent of household waste from the garbage can. Make sure to check the top and outer walls of the house. Upraised nails in a shingled roof or deteriorated

shingles or gaps where plumbing vent pipes penetrate the surface—possibly due to high winds, falling branches or ice thawing in colder climes—can produce small breaks and holes for water to seep through onto tops of ceilings. That can possibly lead to mold as summer temperatures rise and water leaks into the interior of the house. OldHouseWeb.com says collars of vent pipes should be tight, as “some older [ones] can loosen over time and even some newer rubber collars crack and leak long before the shingles fail.” Also, check the gutters to make sure they are clear of packed leaves and tree branches. Don’t forget the family car, which may need its own spring cleanup. Go green with a natural soap to remove slush and grime, and then take a close look at the toll the past year has taken. Pebbles and rocks may have been kicked onto the sides of the car, resulting in small chips and abrasions of the paint from which rust might spread. The nonprofit Car Care Council (CarCare.org) recommends covering the areas as quickly as possible and if necessary to use a little clear nail polish—nontoxic, of course—as a quick fix for minor paint damage until a proper touch-up can be scheduled. Then there’s the undercarriage. Salt particles that may have been used in treating roads and highways in icy regions may be lodged into crevices which can corrode metal and functional parts. Make sure the hose sprayer also reaches these areas.

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as rose petals in a light raspberry drink. “I also use rosewater in a warm elixir with a base of reishi mushroom tea, goji berries, turmeric, cinnamon and ginger, cacao, pearl powder and honey. Rose is a heart-opener and vitalizes the body with the immuneboosting reishi and the other tonifying ingredients,” says Sinnott. Winslow stresses the importance of buying organic ingredients, as many flowers are sprayed with toxic pesticides—or better yet, home-grown. She suggests the tea aisle of natural food stores is a good place for procuring organic floral ingredients such as chamomile and jasmine, which often come unblended in whole form. Dried flowers are easier to source and are often more potent than fresh, she says. “Fresh is pretty, but can be more subtle in flavor.” Her rose salt recipe, which can be used to rim drinks or seasonal dishes, calls for dried roses, which have a longer shelf life and won’t clump up like fresh petals. Marie Viljoen, Brooklyn-based author of Forage, Harvest, Feast: A Wild-Inspired Cuisine, suggests using cold infusions rather than heat or boiling flowers to retain their flavors and aromas. She also recommends picking flowers early in the morning or late afternoon, when their scent peaks.

A Cup of Wildflowers While botanical ingredients can be obtained commercially, it can be more fun—and frugal—to forage for them, suggests Viljoen, founder of the blog 66SquareFeet.blogspot.com. “It’s a lot of fun to go out to collect ingredients you cannot find in the store. You can experience unique textures, flavors and perfumes, and play with wild ingredients that have been all but forgotten,” she says. Some of Viljoen’s seasonal foraged favorites include the fragrant elderflower, honeysuckle and common milkweed flower. “I like to capture milkweed’s fragrance and deep pink color in a wild soda or a sweet cordial.” For newbie foragers, drink ingredients can be sourced as easily as herbs from a window box, like the antiviral thyme, which makes for a delicious wild soda made from a handful of herbs, sweetener and water left on the countertop a few days to lightly ferment and fizz. Another spring favorite, tender young spruce tips, has a sour flavor that ferments well with strawberries and rhubarb, says Viljoen. The same recipe can also be used to make vinegar, a longer process resulting in a more enduring product with great botanical properties. “You can create a sipping vinegar, which is good to mix with seltzer or slow-cook with,” says Viljoen. Whether botanical ingredients are foraged, bought or brought in from the backyard garden to be put in a hot tea, a cocktail or a cold brew, the magic is in the making. “Flowers are endless fun to experiment with, especially when added to everyday drinks and dishes. It brings life to the kitchen,” says Winslow. April Thompson, a freelance writer in Washington, D.C., can be reached at AprilWrites.com.

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water overnight and strain out the flowers in the morning.” Drinks can be dressed up with a floral sugar or salt rim using rose or lavender. “I like to rim half the glass on the side and not just the top, to give it a cascading effect,” says Winslow. Another fun party trick is to set up a bar and let guests garnish their drinks themselves. Winslow suggests almost any cocktail recipe can be turned into a mocktail by using sparkling water instead of alcohol; for example, a virgin lilac margarita greyhound. Floral ice cubes also add a fancy touch to the dinner table. To capture the blossoms in ice, Viljoen suggests filling the tray halfway with water, putting in the flowers, freezing and then filling in the rest of the water to refreeze.

Unconditional Love Here’s an Indian-inspired herbal infusion featuring classic Ayurvedic herbs that help spread unconditional love that is so needed in the world right now. It’s recommended that you serve the infusion on heated rose quartz crystals; this will continue to emanate the love. This recipe is best made in larger quantities and stored for use throughout the year or whenever you need to spread or share more love with friends and family. Yields: 3½ oz beverage .7 oz cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) ½ oz ginger root (Zingiber officinalis), dried .2 oz ashwagandha root (Withania somnifera), dried .2 oz rhatavari root (Asparagus racemosus), dried ½ oz rose petals (Rosa spp), dried .4 oz rose hips (Rosa canina), dried 1 oz tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum), dried

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or those that want to impress guests with a little floral flourish at their next dinner party, here are some tips from the experts. Garnishing is a great way to use fresh edible flowers and show off their natural shapes and colors, says Cassie Winslow, author of Floral Libations: 41 Drinks + Ingredients and founder of the blog DecoTartelette.com, in Santa Cruz, California. “Unless it’s a small pretty bloom, you’ll want to just use a couple of petals though, as whole flowers can be hard to drink around otherwise.” Simply infusing fragrant flowers in water overnight can be a refreshing upgrade to table water, says Marie Viljoen, author of Forage, Harvest, Feast and the 66-Square-Feet blog, based in Brooklyn. “Go for flowers with lots of fragrance, like jasmine, roses or violets. Just put in cool





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MOVING THROUGH CHRONIC PAIN How Exercise Can Heal What Hurts by Julie Peterson


hen our body keeps hurting, especially if it’s been that way for a long time, it’s natural to want to snuggle into pillows with a good movie and move as little as possible. And for many years, that’s the kind of rest that doctors recommended for the 20 percent of American adults suffering from chronic pain.

But with a plethora of studies showing that exercise can reduce pain severity, enable better physical functioning and boost morale with virtually no adverse side effects, that advice is fast changing. “Exercise helps to release endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkiller chemicals,” explains Rumki Banerjee, M.D., medical director of Apex MD, in Glen Allen, Virginia.

For those suffering from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and low back pain, the thought of moving may be uncomfortable, and even the sight of stairs may trigger pain signals. But walking up just one step can give the brain new information. “If it’s possible to do a movement one time without pain, the brain starts to change, the door to movement reopens and we begin to end the chronic pain cycle,” says Annie Forest, a fitness trainer who specializes in the neurology of pain at Forest Coaching Studios, in Madison, Wisconsin. A good first step is to consult an expert. “If your doctor approves, take advantage of the knowledge and expertise of a movement expert. Physical therapists, occupational therapists, Pilates trainers and yoga teachers are trained to help others move safely and more effectively,” says Peter Abaci, M.D., medical director of the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center, in Los Gatos, California, and author of Conquer Your Chronic Pain: A Life-Changing Drug-Free Approach for Relief, Recovery, and Restoration. The muscle pain that occurs in everyone starting a new exercise regime— known as delayed onset muscle soreness— typically lasts only a day or two, and is a sign the body is slowly gathering strength, say physical therapists. It’s best—and probably the only thing possible for those in chronic pain—to start slow. “Walking is one exercise that gets your

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Walking is one exercise that gets your body moving, blood and fluids circulating, and if done outdoors, can take you out into nature to offset the amount of time spent indoors body moving, blood and fluids circulating, and if done outdoors, can take you out into nature to offset the amount of time spent indoors,” says physical therapist Karena Wu, owner of ActiveCare Physical Therapy, in New York City and Mumbai. Slow stretching, especially if it involves holding positions up to one minute, and gentle versions of yoga, including chair yoga, have also proven helpful. A study of 228 people with chronic back pain published in the Internal Archives of Medicine found that both approaches reduced symptoms within 12 weeks and lowered the use of pain medications, and that results lasted at least six months. Tai chi, an ancient Chinese practice that involves breath control combined with slow, fluid movements, has been shown to benefit people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and tension headaches, among other chronic conditions. In a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, people with fibromyalgia taking tai chi classes twice a week for 12 weeks reported less pain and depression and better sleep than another group taking wellness classes and stretching sessions. Chi kung (qigong), another slow-moving, mind-body exercise, supplies similar benefits, concluded a February study published in the journal Holistic Nursing Practice. Compared to aerobics, especially for older people with lower back pain, “Pilates may be more effective for pain and disability because exercises are more targeted to the muscles of the pelvis and trunk,” concludes a recent Brazilian study. Aqua therapy, also known as water aerobics, reduces pressure on aching joints while still providing enough gentle resistance to build strength, plus a heated pool can relax the whole body. Swimming was shown in a 2013 study in Clinical Rehabilitation to ease the lingering pain of cancer

survivors better than land exercises; studies of arthritis and fibromyalgia patients showed similar results. It’s also key to have goals—even as simple as cooking a meal without pain. “I ask people to envision a pain-free life and imagine what that would look like, what they would do if they didn’t hurt,” says

Forest. “If you say, ‘I’m a softball player and a mom who picks up her kids,’ then your brain wants to head in that direction. Having a target is really important.” Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Reach her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.

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ee advocate, Bees have been a wildlife gardener portal to the natural and naturalworld for me. It happens ist Brigit Strawbridge when many people get Howard was alarmed interested in a specific the moment she realspecies because everyized she knew more thing is interconnected, about the French Revoand you start to notice lution than the native the whole web of life. trees around her. Howard’s realization that she What makes had lost touch with the bees distinct natural world led her from other kinds on a journey deep into of insects? the fascinating world of Bees go out specifically honeybees, bumblebees, to collect pollen and and the often unsung nectar to feed their superpollinator solitary larvae; other insects bees, chronicled in her It’s never too late to eat pollen and are book Dancing with reconnect and find important pollinators, Bees: A Journey Back to but don’t collect it for the curiosity and awe Nature. Howard writes, their young. They also speaks and campaigns that you experienced tend to visit the same to raise awareness of the as a child. flower species again importance of native and again, which other pollinators don’t wild bees and other pollinating insects. She always do. lives in North Dorset, England, with her husband, Rob, where they love to bee-watch How has your study of bees in their backyard garden.

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Initially, apocalyptic headlines about bee decline and colony collapse with female worker bees leaving hives and not coming back alarmed me from a human food chain perspective. It happened to be around the time I realized I had completely lost touch with the natural world I so loved as a child. I started looking for bees and became completely immersed in their world; the more I watched them, the more I lost track of time and the more questions I had. I also began to more worry about the bees themselves than about their decline’s effect on us. 24

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I dropped out of school as a teenager. Bees are the only thing I’ve truly ever studied; I am self-taught in insect biology and ecology. I have read scientific papers that I would have never thought were for the likes of me in my quest to understand more about bees. Also, when I feel overwhelmed with life, because of my interest in bees I have something else to focus on. I can lose hours and hours walking in the woods and totally forget my problems. I have learned to tune into the tiny things, the fungi and miniscule plants I would have otherwise walked past.


What is one of the most interesting aspects of bee behavior?

Some years ago, I remember vividly a day on my patio listening to bees with my eyes closed and seeing if I could recognize them by their buzzes. Bumblebees have a deep booming buzz, for example, and I recognized this, but suddenly it changed to a high-pitched sound like a dental drill. I opened my eyes, and it was a bumblebee going round and round the sides of a Welsh poppy, sounding really frantic and having a pollen bath. As it turns out, she was sonicating, otherwise known as buzz foraging. This is how bees pollinate tomatoes. A lot of flowers don’t give up pollen easily, but the bumblebee knows exactly what to do. It grasps the flower and continues to vibrate without moving its wings. This produces high-frequency vibrations that trigger the tomato flower to open and explodes pollen out onto the bee.

What are a few ways that we can help support bee populations?

Maintain gardens, backyards and balconies with a variety of nectar-rich plants and create habitat for bees to nest in. Plant flowers that will bloom in succession. Stop using pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals, because the bees are taking that cocktail of chemicals back to the hive or nest, and collectively they are more dangerous than the sum of their parts. Also, dare to be less tidy in your garden; grow wildflowers and let flowering weeds like clover and dandelions be. Watch and see what comes. It won’t just be the bees: If we get it right for the bees, it spirals out to other species. It’s never too late to reconnect and find the curiosity and awe that you experienced as a child. It was bees that captured my attention and imagination; for someone else it may be something else, but if you make time to stop, sit and look around you, you will find the wonder in nature. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at AprilWrites.com.


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ccording to a 2019 survey by Consumer Reports, more than a quarter of the U.S. population has tried CBD and one out of seven of those people say they use it daily. The CBD industry is often described as the Wild Wild West because despite CBD’s ubiquity, very little product regulation is in place. A 2017 study published in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association examined label accuracy of 84 CBD products sold online and found that nearly 70 percent had either higher or lower concentrations of ingredients than indicated on the label, and the THC content of some products could produce intoxication or impairment. Until consistent manufacturing and testing standards are established, it is up to the consumer to do their due diligence. The best way to confirm label accuracy is to ask for a certificate of analysis (COA). This document reveals what’s really in the 28

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Certificate of Analysis “It’s a guarantee that you not only get what you pay for, but that nothing detrimental to your health is in a product,” says Jeff Sheldon, owner of The Health Hut in Mobile and Daphne, Alabama. “A COA proves to you that the amount of phytocannabinoid matches what is claimed by the manufacturer and can also let a consumer know if there are pesticide residues, chemical solvents, toxins, heavy metals or pathogens in a product.” COAs can be found on a manufacturer’s website and often in the retail store where the product is being sold. First, look at the company performing the test and ensure that it is different from the manufacturer. “These lab tests are a vital part of transparency between both the source and retailer, as well as between the retailer and the customer. Third-party tests are high priority because they eliminate bias and


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Toxins In addition to a standard cannabinoid profile, ideally a product’s COA also includes the lengthy results of a full panel lab test, which reports on the presence of toxins. Boozer says, “Because cannabis is a bioremediator, a fully mature plant will have drawn into itself whatever toxins, heavy metals and chemical fertilizers or pesticides may be present in the soil. This can be dangerous because they are usually harmful to the body if ingested or inhaled. If the plant is not properly sealed and stored, mold, mildew and other bacteria can begin to grow, which can also make consumers sick, especially when inhaled.”

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COA Requirements In most states, COAs are only available for products whose manufacturer chooses to submit a sample and pay for a legitimate lab to perform the analysis. If a company does not publicly post this information, there is no way for consumers to know what they are buying. Florida just joined the small group of states that does have CBD labeling requirements. As of January, Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is regulating CBD-based products consumed by people and pets. New rules address how packages are labeled (among other things) and require COAs by certified third-party laboratories. Morgan, whose products are manufactured in one of Florida’s state licensed and inspected CBD facilities, says “This helps protect the consumer from fraud or bad CBD products, and we hope to see this in many states soon.” Meredith Montgomery publishes the Gulf Coast edition of Natural Awakenings. Connect at HealthyLivingHealthyPlanet.com.

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ike most kids, Azalea Morgan loves polar bears. “They’re fluffy and cute,” the 8-year-old says, and after watching a documentary on how climate change is affecting these Arctic apex predators, she badly wanted to help. Her mom, Molly Morgan, suggested she do something big, because the problem of global warming is monumental. For nearly three weeks last September, Azalea pedaled her bike alongside her mom and 9-year-old sister, Ember, setting out from their hometown of Andover, New Hampshire, en route to New York City to attend the United Nations (UN) Climate Action Summit, where Greta Thunberg and other global youth leaders marched for change. The trip was a fundraiser to put solar panels on their school and for future projects under KidsCare4PolarBears, a Facebook page that documents their ongoing efforts.

While not everyone has the time or inclination to ride 250 miles and camp— some of it in the rain—or as Thunberg did, sail across the Atlantic in a zero-emissions yacht, there are steps individuals can take to combat climate change on a grassroots level, experts say, because the crisis is undeniable, as seen most recently in the catastrophic bushfires across Australia. There are peaceful protests taking place worldwide scheduled throughout 2020 at FridaysForFuture.org and other organizations, but a growing number of individuals that want to do more are using their imaginations and creative endeavors, inspiring others to take unique action. Students at a school in Spain wrote and performed a play and illustrated a book to raise climate change awareness, while a teen from California used her artistic skills to raise thousands of dollars for wildlife. On March 28, people around the world participated in the World

Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour by collectively turning off lights at 8:30 p.m. while holding eco-events, and others are joining in the global tree-planting campaign of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Reversing course may seem insurmountable, but individuals have a lot of power, says Dan Shepard, UN global communications officer: “The choices we make, the things we do, collectively matter and can have a huge impact on the world.”

Stepping Up for Biodiversity “I wanted to inspire other kids,” Ember says of her bicycle trek for polar bears. “I love animals and they deserve to not die.” According to a 2019 UN Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, more than 1 million species are threatened with extinction, and one of the main reasons is climate change, say experts, including Nikhil Advani, director of Climate Communities April 2020


and Wildlife at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Protecting large predators is one key to enriching biodiversity, Advani says. “The top of the food chain has a significant impact on prey species and the ecosystem.” But predators are suffering because of humans that are feeling the impacts of climate change, Advani says. Long droughts have forced many Kenyan pastoralists to enter protected parks and compete with wildlife for water and grazing land, resulting in lion deaths as retaliation for killing livestock. In the Himalayas, as the Earth warms, snow leopard habitat is being encroached for pastureland. In Zimbabwe, farmers have turned to chopping down trees for wood as an alternative economic opportunity. “Everybody is stressed and competing for resources,” Advani says. “It is a very severe result of climate change.” Advani and researchers are working in tandem with local societies in 30 countries across Africa, Central America and Asia to fund novel projects under the Wildlife Adaptation Innovation Fund. For instance, they are piloting a rainwater harvesting project to help farmers get through the dry seasons and are constructing concrete and mudbrick nests to help albatross breed better in Tasmania. These special projects are based on available levels of donations that are sometimes crowd-sourced. Raising funds for innovative projects, as well as increasing awareness of what’s happening, is an important grassroots strategy, says Elan Strait, WWF director of U.S. climate campaigns. It can be as simple as sharing updates, tagging social

media influencers and instigating a rallying cry. WWF has its own program called Panda Ambassadors in which conservation activists of all ages can get tips and tools to promote specific projects they feel most passionate about. “I love to see what young people are doing, because if we collectively use our voice to amplify the facts about climate change, we can work to find solutions,” Strait says. “And we need facts to get out there because, at least in the U.S., some people think climate change is still a controversy and are afraid to talk about it, but we should have that conversation with friends and family so we can find solutions.”

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Getting involved in grassroots-level strategies is empowering not only for kids, but for adults that need their resiliency and inspiration, says Janet Stringer, manager of donor relations at Polar Bears International, in Bozeman, Montana. “In my work, I hear from so many people who are feeling deep despair about the climate crisis. I draw hope from the children who write to us, sharing stories and pictures about their dreams for a future that includes polar bears,” says Stringer. “I think we owe it to the next generation to work as hard as we can to come together and make the necessary changes to ensure that polar bears—and all wildlife—are not a species we learn about in the pages of a book, but a wild species that we can see with our own eyes, reminding us of how special our

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planet is and why it deserves our respect.” One of her favorite examples comes from students at the Daina-Isard school, in Olesa de Montserrat, Spain, and their climate-driven projects with teacher Connie Darilek, who asked the Aquarium of Barcelona to help them grow plankton, an organism threatened by warming seas. “They gave us plankton and jellyfish, and it was really amazing for the students to learn the [Arctic] food chain and how serious it would be losing the polar bear on top,” Darilek says. Students recently published the book Nanuc, a story about a polar bear that they also illustrated, now in its second printing. Josie Martin, 13, of Solana Beach, California, has raised $8,700 for conservation of rhinos, elephants, pangolins, gorillas and polar bears by giving watercolor paintings to those that donate to charities through her PayPal Giving page at Chuffed.org/project/peacelove-hope-for-rhinos. “Each year, I think I’m getting a little bit better at creating art which sends a strong message,” she says. “The message I try to express is that some of our best-known wild animals might in my lifetime no longer be on the planet. I think the difference I make through art is that I am helping to raise awareness for important animal conservation work.”

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There’s no one solution to climate change, says Catherine Macdonald, TNC director of natural climate solu-

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tions for North America. “We really have to try, all of us. It’s important that everyone feel they can contribute, because everything does make a difference, and no action is too small.” For those that are not art-inclined, one of the best things people can do is to plant trees, Macdonald says, whether it’s replanting forests or increasing their numbers in urban areas. According to a 2018 study by TNC published in Science Advances, nature-driven land management could sequester 21 percent of America’s annual greenhouse gas pollution—the equivalent of emissions from all cars and trucks on the roads today. Planting trees emerged in the study as the most significant among 21 strategies to mitigate global warming. One good way to get started is join the TNC Plant a Billion Trees program, Macdonald says; details are at Tinyurl. com/TNCPlantABillionTrees. “Climate change is definitely a growing concern that we are facing, and as more people understand there is a problem and what the solutions are, the more influence we can have on the big decision-makers, whether that’s government or corporations that make our products,” she says. “And being aware informs voters to advance climate action.” While Josie, Ember, Azalea and the students at Daina-Isard aren’t old enough to vote, their message is strong. “I’m worried about the impact climate change will have on our future,” Josie says. “I think people should protest peacefully for the things they believe in and that more people should exercise their right to vote for leaders who care about the youth in our world and the generations to come. I also think people should try to spend a little bit of their time taking action for what they want to see changed in our world.” Julie Marshall is a Colorado-based writer and author of Making Burros Fly: Cleveland Amory, Animal Rescue Pioneer. Connect with her at FlyingBurros@gmail.com.

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eedles make most pet parents cringe, but those used for acupuncture don’t hurt animals, they help. They are what traditional Chinese veterinary medicine has used for thousands of years to enhance blood circulation, balance the nervous system and promote release of pain-relieving hormones in animals ranging from rabbits to horses. “It’s a holistic approach that pinpoints the issues, unlike medicines that must go through the entire body,” says C.J. Schnier, coach for the University of Wisconsin women’s polo team. The five thoroughbreds and a quarter horse on her Verona, Wisconsin, farm have a standing appointment every three weeks with a veterinarian that

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performs acupuncture for their injuries, arthritis, colic and immune systems. Since the founding of the Boulder, Colorado-based International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1974, the number of certified animal acupuncturists has grown from 80 to about 1,800, making the specialty more accessible worldwide.

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Beyond the usual four-legged friends, acupuncture helps animals such as reptiles, rabbits and livestock as a complement to Western medicine or other body work to alleviate pain and speed recovery. “All animals can have acupuncture,” says veterinarian Carol Jean Tillman, of the Animal Kingdom Veterinary Hospital, in

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Precise placement of tiny needles into an ailing dog or a massive horse seems fraught with risk, but the animals only need to be gently restrained and plied with treats during the first treatment. They generally relax quietly for subsequent treatments. Even Sienna, Schnier’s typically reactive thoroughbred mare, stands still for acupuncture around a swollen eye. “She knows it’s being done to help her,” Schnier says. And her 17-year-old cat held still for

tiny needles placed in the sinus areas that helped it breathe better. In a clinical setting, pets may be more apprehensive, but there are workarounds such as lasers or aquapuncture. “We provide a relaxing environment. The lighting is dimmed, we play relaxing music and treats are encouraged,” says Aleksey. Pet parents can search for a certified veterinary acupuncturist at ivas.org/vets. Julie Peterson writes about pets, health and environmental issues. Connect at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.

The Many Methods

Dry needle acupuncture is what most people recognize—the use of thin, solid, metallic needles inserted into specific meridian acupoints on a body. There is also aquapuncture, that involves injection of a liquid, such as diluted vitamin B12, into an acupoint to relieve muscle pain and discomfort. Moxibustion is a technique used for joint stiffness or allergies in which a heated Chinese herbal compound is applied to or held over acupoints. Electrostimulation, sending an electrical current through pairs of inserted needles, takes less time and creates longer-lasting effects. “Electrostimulation is very effective for treating neurological conditions such as radial nerve paralysis, facial nerve paralysis, disc disease and any condition that requires strong stimulation,” says veterinarian Bernadette Aleksey, at the Adorable Pets Veterinary Center, in Haddam, Connecticut. She regularly treats dogs, cats and horses for arthritis, neck and back pain, as well as neurological and gastrointestinal problems. Results similar to acupuncture can be obtained without using needles. Acupressure using hands, cupping therapy using special cups or cool laser stimulation using low levels of light can stimulate hard-to-reach acupoints or work for animals that are too restless for needles. “Depending on the severity of the condition, acupuncture treatment could be recommended daily for several days, then spaced out to every week, then as-needed or once a month,” says Tillman. April 2020


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ists of all ages are learning how to become effective climate warriors. Watching Greta Thunberg speak soon after the California disaster to world leaders at COP 24, the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland, empowered Villaseñor to take to the streets and protest. “Greta gave permission to students all around the world to make their voices heard,” she says of the Swedish teenager whose school strike initiative—Fridays for Future—has become a worldwide phenomenon. On December 14, 2018, Villaseñor began her own Friday vigils outside the U.N.—sometimes alone, other times with friends she’s inspired to take action; she also helped organize the 2019 Global Climate Strike in New York City, attended by more than 300,000 people, and founded Earth Uprising, a nonprofit global youth movement. She’s one of 16 youngsters, along with Thunberg, that filed a legal complaint with the U.N. demanding that France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Turkey curb their carbon emissions. “There are so many ways that young people can get involved,” says Villaseñor. “They can give presentations about climate change in their classes and communities. Go out with a sign and protest, or lobby politicians. Have clear demands of what you want your city or town to do. I’ve seen local action influence action nationally and internationally.” Dianne Rhodes, 76, of Saskatoon, Canada, began her activism in 2006 after seeing Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth. “It was shocking what we were doing to the environment, our home, our planet. It hit me like a freight train, and I saw the urgency,” she says. Rhodes trained with Gore, enabling herself to give up-to-date, truthful and science-based slide presentations. Her talks vary in subject and audience, from composting instructions for a group of pre-K kids to in-depth climate science for business professionals. “Activism is a way of letting people know what’s happening. It’s so important to get that awareness, to give people hope and then to show them how they can make a difference,” she explains. Rhodes recommends both grassroots and “grass-top” action, including

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ome, whether a humble studio apartment or a dream house, is a critical facet of well-being, a spiritual headquarters from which good health springs. Everyone in the family, including two- and four-legged children, can benefit from an environment that feels like a sacred space. Creating nourishing corners, along with more open areas that feed the senses and a system of functional ease, can be a deep and rewarding act of self-care. “Our home is by far one of the most significant investments we’ll ever make. Our spaces are not meant to be stagnant, but to evolve through each stage of our lives,” says feng shui expert Bridget Saraka, of Saskatoon, Canada. Ali English, owner of Eldrum Interiors, in Lincolnshire, England, concurs, “We all need a safe holt to return to, that space where we can be utterly ourselves, utterly at peace.”

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Investing in harmony does not require a high price tag. “It’s important to have a mental vision of what this means, and for me, there are three major components: peace, order and beauty,” says Texas-based designer Rachel Anne Ridge, who blogs at HomeSanctuary.com. April 2020


Tips from our experts Feng shui tips from Bridget Saraka:

Create daily rituals with small, manageable goals that’ll help sustain balance and harmony. Give everyone in the household daily, weekly and monthly chores to help maintain a clean, healthy, safe, beautiful and calm home. Make sure that each space has optimum lighting, that all light bulbs work and window treatments are opened daily to fill each room with natural light. Position the beds in the home to have a view of the door entering the room. This is called the “command position”, which instills a sense of control over the immediate environment.

Practical suggestions from Rachel Anne Ridge:

Start with the floor. Simply pick up and straighten the items there—shoes, books, papers, coats and that stack of items earmarked for donating that you set in the corner weeks ago. A clear walk space gives you immediate energy and a sense of order.

Use a timer. Setting it for five minutes (or giving yourself just enough time to let a teabag steep in a cup) is perfect motivation to unload a dishwasher, clear the junk mail from the counter or wipe down a sink. Reduce indoor noise pollution. Installing felt bumpers on cabinet doors and drawers is a tiny activity that yields big results. Cover the feet of kitchen chairs with pads and use fabric placemats on tables. Throw rugs can also soften sounds. Upgrading speakers for TVs and devices can improve sound quality and facilitate lower volumes.

Inspiration from Ali English:

One of my most favorite guidelines is William Morris’ adage, “Keep nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” Never feel that you are “stuck” with where you’ve placed furniture and items. I move things around my home on a regular basis, only really settling when furniture has found the place where it merges most perfectly with the overall energy of a room. Begin by creating a “mood board” where you collect ideas that inspire you.



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Like water and wind, harmony within the home should also flow. “Listening to the energies in your home and taking the time to move furniture around until you have a placement that makes your head feel calm is really important,” says English. Feng shui—the ancient Chinese system of creating harmony in personal and professional spaces—prioritizes color psychology. “More times than I can count, I’ve had clients report loss of motivation after painting their homes taupe. They’ve also reported weight gain and digestive disorders,” says Saraka. “It’s best to use colors that reflect light, especially for homes in locations where winter is long and days are short.” Disruptive clutter is another key player in eliciting discontent, especially for children that are sensitive to environmental stimulus. “A space that is cluttered can cause emotional distress, resulting in less-than-desirable behaviors,” says Saraka. “Something as simple as the lines of the furniture can feel sharp, creating anxiety. It all matters.”

as ways of decorating—berries to provide splashes of rich orange, pine cones dabbed with metallic paint, or even long stems of ivy leaves twisted into garlands. Having live plants in the home also benefits physical health. “Adding a few real plants to a space can help reduce environmental toxins found in paints and manmade products, as well as electromagnetic frequencies—by-products of electronics.” Ridge concurs, “Cacti can be a charming alternative for those of us who don’t

Bringing the Outdoors In

Incorporating organic elements can boost the vitality of any living space. “House plants are a wonderful way to bring the green world into our homes. Go for organic ones if possible, and if you’re worried you may forget to water them, consider plants like scented leaf pelargoniums; for example, Royal Oak. They thrive on neglect and can also provide some wonderful room fragrances,” says English. She also suggests including natural or quality faux branches and blooms in the home

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Soul-inspiring visuals, satisfying textures and natural, delightful scents are all desirable domestic companions. A small, ambient lamp in a bathroom or a spring-colored sheer in a window can invite the benediction of light. “Step outside the room and then come back in as a guest,” suggests Ridge. “What do you notice with your newcomer’s eyes? What does the room feel like? What smells are you aware of? Do you need to move a cat litter box to another area of the house? Would an area rug soften the hard sounds of foot traffic? Pause on each of your senses and make notes.”

have a green thumb, but still want to enjoy a living plant indoors.” In the end, a place of sanctuary comes from a place of love. English sums it up best: “If you pour that sense of love into your home, you will, over time, find that mirrored back at you, and you’ll feel it whenever you go through your front door.”

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healthy home for kids looks much like what’s needed for a healthy planet: clean air, clean water and clean food, all of which create a space in which our children can be well and thrive. This means taking active steps to eliminate everyday contaminants that can harm their developing organs and brains. “Children are not mini-adults. Their bodies cannot filter out toxins and chemicals as effectively as a full-grown adult body can,” says Kimberly Button, author of The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home: All You Need to Know to Protect You and Your Family from Hidden Dangers. Here are some practical steps to take.

Clean Air

n Clean “green”. The chemicals in popular disinfectants alter children’s gut microbes and heavy use leads to higher body mass index by age 3, reports Canadian researchers; eco-friendly cleaning agents do not harm kids’ health, they found. A solution of one part white vinegar to three parts water can be used

to clean counters, floors and toilets. The acetic acid in vinegar can deactivate even the flu and tuberculosis viruses, recent studies have shown. n Get rid of mold. Mold, especially if it’s black, is highly toxic to children: a Polish study found it lowered IQs in children under 6. “When the mycotoxins in mold affect children’s developing nervous systems we may see fatigue, difficulty learning, and attention issues,” says naturopath Jill Crista of Janesville, Wisconsin, author of Break The Mold: 5 Tools to Conquer Mold and Take Back Your Health. She recommends mixing in a glass (not plastic) spray bottle essential oils, such as rosemary, holy basil, tea tree or eucalyptus, spraying the mold, and using a disposable cloth to wipe it off. The essential oils “not only kill mold, but neutralize the toxins,” she says. “It won’t fix mold on porous surfaces, which require professional remediation.”

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n Get a water test. Because children drink more water per pound than adults,

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n Buy organic when possible. “Swapping to mostly organic foods is a good way to reduce your child’s daily toxic burden and reduce their risk of developing gut issues, autoimmune diseases, and food sensitivities and allergies,” says Caitlin Self, a licensed dietitian and functional nutritionist in Baltimore who blogs at FrugalNutrition.com. Using the list of the Dirty Dozen pesticide-laden produce compiled by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org/foodnews) as well as its recommended Clean 15 makes shopping organic easier. n Clean produce of pesticides. Simply rinsing produce under cold water for 30 seconds reduces pesticide residues for nine of 12 pesticides, a study by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station found. Saltwater or vinegar rinses also remove pesticides effectively, and in a recent Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry study, soaking apples in one ounce of baking soda to 100 ounces of water for 15 minutes removed 80 and 96 percent of two pesticides, respectively, even under the skin of the fruit. n Stock up on healthy snacks. Afterschool munchies are not only natural, but healthy. “Kids’ little tummies tend to need more frequent feedings than fully formed adults to ensure they have stable blood sugar,” says Self. Rather than highly processed crackers, pudding and most granola bars, offer combos like grapes with cheese, celery with peanut butter or hummus on whole-wheat bread. “Some parents will need to rely on some more packaged snacks to get through,” says Self, who recommends trail mix, fresh fruit or crispy chickpeas. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@gmail.com.



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

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

SPACE/office FOR RENT PROFESSIONAL SPACE FOR RENT IN PEQUANNOCK WELLNESS CENTER: If you are a massage therapist, nutritionist, nurse practitioner, or other medical specialist and are looking to rent part-time space, we might be your answer. We are a busy chiropractic office in Pequannock on Newark Pompton Turnpike with spacious consulting rooms and courteous staff. Days and hours available are: Tuesday 8am–12noon; Thursday 1-7pm; Friday

SPACE FOR RENT Event & meeting rental space in Morristown, NJ. Great for recitals, weddings, practice/rehearsal space and fitness classes. Accommodates up to 175 people. Plenty of parking, convenient to Route 202 or 287. Call 973-539-3114 or email Office@CslMorristown.org for details. SPACE FOR RENT Unique space to share. 3rd floor walk-up in Morristown. Suitable for individual, family, group or play therapy; and Energy Work. Contact Wendy: 201-349-2654.

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method of deeply connecting with unseen family patterns still active in our present time frame. These family dynamics might show themselves not only in our relationships with our family members, but in how we relate to various aspect of our lives, such as success, money, intimacy, creativity, etc. $45, advance; $50, day of workshop; or $80 for two people. Shakti Yoga & Living Arts, 1861 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood. For information, call 973-763-2288 or email info@shaktinj.com. ShaktiNJ.com. Yoga for Body Positivity – 2-3pm. Gain tools to love and respect your body and all it can do. $30. Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio, LLC, 1250 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph. For details, call 973500-2939 or visit NiyamaYogaStudio.com.

Plan ahead SUNDAY, MAY 3 Yoga for Anxiety & Stress – 2pm. Find calm and peace through movement and breath. $30 (pre-registration preferred). iyama Yoga & Wellness Studio, LLC, 1250 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph. For details, call 973-500-2939 or visit NiyamaYogaStudio.com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6 Introduction to Self-Hypnosis –7:15-8:15pm. 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 teaching you how to terminate that trance. 15. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US Hwy 22, Lebanon. For information call 908-6171535 or visit TheGoldenLight.org/calendar.

SATURDAY, MAY 9 Universal Kabbalah – 10am-4:30pm. The purest form of esoteric study available on the planet. The study of God and the God essence within humans is a noble and essential part of being a spiritual being. This is what makes us who and what we are, and indeed through that study we come to the realization of who and what we are. 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. For information call 908-617-1535 or visit TheGoldenLight.org/calendar. Portray Your Energy with Danielle Martucci – 12:30-3:30pm. Mother’s Day event honoring all mothers, daughters, sisters and WOMEN in our life. (Yes, the sons and men are also welcome!) Event includes Reiki infused aura cleansing meditation, yoga flow to activate interal energy, professional photo session that includes 3 edited photos, Angelic card readings and private reiki and yoga therapy consultations also available. $75. Pre-registration is required. Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio, LLC, 1250 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph. For details, call 973-500-2939 or visit NiyamaYogaStudio.com.

THURSDAY, MAY 14 Niyama Yoga Teacher Training Program Info Session – 6-8pm. Interested in becoming a Yoga Therapist? Join us for a free information session on May 14 to find out all of the necessary details to begin your journey. Free information session. Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio, LLC, 1250 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph. For details, call 973-5002939 or visit NiyamaYogaStudio.com.


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SUNDAY Soothe Anxiety – 10-10:30am. Calm the mind. Let go of anxiety and worry with a powerful effortless meditation. Feel happier, more relaxed and peaceful in minutes. No prior experience needed. $15 per class. Art of Living Meditation Studio, 104 Broadway Denville. For a limited time: Join session online or in person. If online is preferred, mention in notes with booking to receive link. Book your spot at Morriscountymeditation.org, call 862-2009094 or email artoflivingmeditationstudio@gmail. com. MorrisCountyMeditation.org. 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 office@cslmorristown.org. CSLMorristown.org. 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. ISDSparta.org. Sunday Fellowship – 11:00 am. Unity Spiritual Center of Morris County is an idea that has served many people since 1998. It is here that we meet each Sunday with inspiring messages of Truth, singing, music, prayer and meditation. We affirm

the self-worth of each person as unique, wonderful, and made in the image and likeness of God. Join us at 221 Main Street, 2nd Floor, VFW Building, Boonton. For information call 973-331-1776 or visit UnitySpiritualCenterOfMC.org.

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, Call 973-600-5698 or email ebell_7@yahoo.com. WhiteOakCenter.com.


Guided Meditation – Weekly-begins Apr. 15; 9:30-10:20am & 10:30-11:30am. Enjoy a state of relaxed concentration to achieve mental, emotional, physical healing and stress relief. Or join us at 10:30 for Third Eye Meditation to awaken your intuition to find clarity in your endeavors. $60. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US Hwy 22, Lebanon. For information call 908-617-1535 or visit TheGoldenLight. org/calendar.

Soothe Anxiety – 6:15-6:45pm. Calm the mind. Let go of anxiety and worry with a powerful effortless meditation. Feel happier, more relaxed and peaceful in minutes. No prior experience needed. $15 per class. Art of Living Meditation Studio, 104 Broadway Denville. For a limited time: Join session online or in person. If online is preferred, mention in notes with booking to receive link. Book your spot at Morriscountymeditation.org, call 862-2009094 or email artoflivingmeditationstudio@gmail. com. MorrisCountyMeditation.org.

TUESDAY Assisted Stretching in Salt Cave – 11am-3pm. Benefit from the ‘warm-up method’ of dancers. Assisted private session promotes flexibility and endurance. Instructor uses a mix of static and movement-based stretches to relax and stretch tight muscles. 30 minutes $45 / 60 minutes $85. Revive Studios, 100 U.S. Hwy 46, Budd Lake (Village Green Shopping Center). For appointment call 973-527-3419. ReviveStudiosNJ.com. 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. HunaHealingCenter.com.

Assisted Stretching in Salt Cave – 11am-3pm. Benefit from the ‘warm-up method’ of dancers. Assisted private session promotes flexibility and endurance. Instructor uses a mix of static and movement-based stretches to relax and stretch tight muscles. 30 minutes $45 / 60 minutes $85. Revive Studios, 100 U.S. Hwy 46, Budd Lake (Village Green Shopping Center). For appointment call 973-527-3419. ReviveStudiosNJ.com. 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. debbie@portalofhealing.com. 201-841-0358. PortalOfHealing.com. Soothe Anxiety – 7-7:30pm. Calm the mind. Let go of anxiety and worry with a powerful effortless meditation. Feel happier, more relaxed and peaceful in minutes. No prior experience needed. $15 per class. Art of Living Meditation Studio, 104 Broadway Denville. For a limited time: Join session online or in person. If online is preferred, mention in notes with booking to receive link. Book your spot at Morriscountymeditation.org, call 862-2009094 or email artoflivingmeditationstudio@gmail. com. MorrisCountyMeditation.org.

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Focused Awareness in the Salt Cave – Apr. 15, 22, 29, May 6; 7-8:30pm. Discover the healing benefits of ‘resilience’ meditation in this transformative 4-week course. Designed to bring you more calm, focus, energy and creativity without stress as you breathe pure Himalayan salted air in our therapeutic Salt Cave $175/prepaid; limited to 5. Revive Studios, 100 U.S. Hwy 46, Budd Lake (Village Green Shopping Center). To register use online APP or call 973-527-3419. ReviveStudiosNJ.com. 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. The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network – 7:30pm. First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester. InfoHMNWestMorris@yahoo.com. 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 PortalOfHealing.com or text Debbie Carcuffe at 201-841-0358 or email debbie@portalofhealing.com. PortalOfHealing.com. AA Meeting (O-B-ST) – 8pm. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

THURSDAY A Pure Component Radio Show: Linking Spirit & Science –10am-11pm. Hosted by Tori Valspirit. This Show is about Life, Health, Fitness, Wellness and Mystery. We talk about complementary and integrative Health Care. Featuring expert in various wellness fields & subjects. Livestream: Facebook.com/ aPureComponent, or listen on Chamber radio, WHCR_ DB, Hunterdon-Chamber.org/About-ChamberRadio.html. For information call 908-617-1545. 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 emutz514@gmail.com. FoodAddicts.org. Qigong with Sal Canzoneri – 7-8pm. Join Sal for this weekly class. Experience new levels of health, energy and relaxation with our series of life transforming programs for healing hurifying and manifesting. $35 per class. Blossoming into Light, 31 Fairmount Ave, Suite 105, Chester. For information contact Sue at info@blossomingintolight-chester.com or call/text 862-222-4268. BlossomingIntoLight-Chester.com.

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overspending and under-earning. Downstairs Main Bldg. at Redeemer Church, 37 Newton Sparta Rd., Newton. 877-717-3328. NJPada.org. Get Started On Your Meditation Journey – 6:15pm-6:45pm. Discover peace and calm within you. Experience a centering breathing technique followed by a guided meditation. Let the cares of the day slip away as you immerse in silence, stillness and serenity. Learn authentic meditation techniques from skilled teachers who make meditation easy and effortless. No experience necessary. $15. Art of Living Meditation Studio, 104 Broadway Denville. For a limited time: Join session online or in person. If online is preferred, mention in notes with booking to receive link. Book your spot at Morriscountymeditation.org, call 862200-9094 or email artoflivingmeditationstudio@ gmail.com. MorrisCountyMeditation.org. The Salted Yogi – 7:30-8:30pm. Immerse yourself in a guided yoga meditation on the Throat Chakra on the 1st and 3rd Friday each month. Gain a sense of empowerment and let your voice be heard. Session includes a healing salt treatment in our therapeutic Salt Cave. $25/prepaid. Space limited to 5. Revive Studios, 100 U.S. Hwy 46, Budd Lake (Village Green Shopping Center). Use APP to register or call 973-527-3419. ReviveStudiosNJ.com. AA Meeting – 7:30pm.St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-538-0555. Soothe Anxiety –7:45-8:15pm. Calm the mind. Let go of anxiety and worry with a powerful effortless meditation. Feel happier, more relaxed and peaceful in minutes. No prior experience needed. $15 per class. Art of Living Meditation Studio, 104 Broadway Denville. For a limited time: Join session online or in person. If online is preferred, mention in notes with booking to receive link. Book your spot at Morriscountymeditation.org, call 862200-9094 or email arto flivingmeditationstudio@ gmail.com. MorrisCountyMeditation.org. Al-Anon Meeting – 8-9:30pm. Center for Practical Spirituality - Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. RSCI.org.

SATURDAY Breakfast Benefits: Learn about Laser Treatment – 9am. 2nd 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. DrPaulBizzaro.com. 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. Wjioa.com. 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 info@benesserenj.com or visit BenessereNJ.com.

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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 2.

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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 25.

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Brain Training FBT - Functional Brain Training Dr. Don Joergens 862-777-8612 info@functionalbraintraining.com FunctionalBrainTraining.com Unlike conventional medicine we assess the function between areas within the two sides of the hemispherical brain. This allows a deeply revealing approach to where unbalanced strengths and weaknesses create your issue. Then we physically create symmetry, making you whole. See ad, page 7.

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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.

Holistic Healing & Therapy Awakening Wellness, LLC Hilary D. Bilkis, MS, CST CranioSacral Therapy • SomatoEmotional Release Work • Visceral Mobility Energy Healing • MELT Method Instruction 973-479-2229 • Awakening4Wellness.com Hilary uniquely blends CranioSacral Therapy with other healing modalities to alleviate chronic pain, headaches, stress and accumulated tension. Treatment benefits physical, emotional and energetic levels. Hilary facilitates the body’s selfhealing process; gently releasing restrictions in the connective tissue and removing energy blockages. Using her intuitive abilities, she also helps release stored injury, trauma, memories and emotions. Clearing the body of stuck stress improves health, feelings of wellness, ability to feel calm, centered and empowered.

Morris Hypnosis Center Linda West, BA, ACH 55 Madison Ave, Morristown 973-506-9654 • MorrisHypnosisCenter.com 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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Meditation Studio Art of Living Meditation Studio 104 Broadway Denville NJ 862-200-9094 artoflivingmeditationstudio@gmail.com MorrisCountyMeditation.org Authentic techniques from ancient traditions, delivered by expert teachers. This selfcare sanctuary offers meditation classes, 30-minute guided meditation classes and private sessions for a personalized experience. Online classes available for limited time. No experience necessary. Book now @ morriscountymeditation.org. See ad, page 15.

Natural Medicine Dr. Lisa Lewis, ND, MBA, LAc Naturopathic Doctor, Acupuncturist 470 Prospect Ave, Ste 100, W Orange 973-486-0148 • DrLisaLewis.com 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.

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Do you want to make peace with your past? Self-acceptance and clarity are yours when you determine how the past is influencing the present and when you make conscious choices about the future. As a licensed psychotherapist, Cathy helps you experience healing in all areas of your life. Using the powerful and effective treatments of Past Life Regression Therapy or Hypnotherapy alone or in combination with talk therapy, Cathy helps you develop your full potential, resolve conflict and have more compassion for yourself and others. Call to discuss which treatment option will work best for you. See ad, page 19.

Nutrition Education Dian’s Wellness Simplified Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ 973-267-4816 WellnessSimplified.com C l i n i ca l N u t r i t i o n i st D i a n Freeman has a private practice and nutrition school in Morristown, NJ. Her six-month nutritional certification course has certified over 850 graduates in Holistic Health over the last 16 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches 1-day classes and lectures widely. See ad on page 17.

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Psychotherapy Leslie Karen Lobell, MA, LPC Pompton Plains (Rte 23) and Montclair 908-577-0053 • Leslie@LeslieLobell.com LeslieLobell.com 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 42.

Retreat Experience Harmony Mountain Institute Dr. Peter Amato, Ph.D., DNM 131 Reynolds Rd., N. Abington Township, PA 570-558-7450 info@harmonymountaininstitute.com HarmonyMountainInstitute.com Escape for a luxurious weekend of radical transformation. Receive the Tools required to sustain your best life, achieve balance, and experience joy. Immerse in SelfCare and depar t with a personalized wellness plan and

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Spiritual Enlightenment Eckankar – The Path of Spiritual Freedom 11 Park St, Montclair 800-870-9139 • Eckankar-NJ.org 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.

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Vision/Eye Health Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave East, Westfield 908-928-0060 • AcuVisionTherapy.com 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 35.

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Yoga/Wellness Revive Studios Claudine Nicolich 100 U.S. Highway 46, Budd Lake 973-527-3419 • ReviveStudiosNJ.com A boutique fitness studio featuring a mind-body approach to wellness and notto-miss Special Events. Our welcoming classes, conducted in a body-positive environment, include Yoga, BARRE, Zumba, TRX, Pilates Reformer, Cycling, and Meditation. Visit our therapeutic Salt Cave to detox/revitalize mind, body and spirit. This healing environment is ideal for practicing yoga, meditation and stretching.

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