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After an Accident

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

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

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


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What is Fascia and Why it Matters


da Rolf, a groundbreaking biochemist, created a structurally integrative bodywork to repair and reverse the stress placed on the body by a lifetime of gravity. Ed Hemberger and Advanced Rolfer Tom Findley, M.D., Ph.D., are pleased to invite the public to an educational demonstration called “What is Fascia and Why It Matters?” at 7:30 p.m., on January 21, at Flowers Healing Arts in Montclair. The structural integration technique presented uses “a system of manual therapy and sensorimotor education that aims to improve human biomechanical functioning as a whole rather than to treat particular symptoms.” In other words, it’s a handson treatment that is distinct from massage in its focus on releasing fascia, the soft tissue surrounding muscles, with the aims to improve postural alignment and reduce pain. “Many people are curious about this type of corrective therapy and this demonstration can help those interested learn how structural integration works and what it may do for them,” states Hemberger. “We will also show how well it’s worked for others through sharing facts and figures gathered by the Fascia Research Congress.” Cost $20. Location: Flowers Healing Arts, 460 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair. RSVP: call or text 973-462-3112. See ad, page 36.

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


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

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


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

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

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Air Meals May Get an Eco-Makeover

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

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Climate Change Increases Banks’ Financial Risks

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

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Gender Gap

Sea Turtles Skew Female

Scientists warn that as the Earth gets hotter, sea turtle hatchlings worldwide are expected to trend dangerously female. The West African island of Cape Verde is home to a sixth of the planet’s total nesting loggerheads, and 84 percent of youngsters are now female, researchers from Britain’s University of Exeter stated in a July report. “Males here could vanish in two or three decades,” says Adolfo Marco, a Spanish researcher. “There will be no reproduction.” Sea turtle eggs that incubate in sand below 81.86 degrees Fahrenheit produce males, according to the

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

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The International Energy Agency predicts that renewable energy will surpass coal as the world’s leading source of electricity by 2030. Its 810page annual World Energy Outlook also notes that even though offshore wind farms, solar installations and battery-powered cars keep getting cheaper, they aren’t progressing fast enough to slash global greenhouse gas emissions and bring global warming under control because the world’s appetite for energy keeps surging. Bright spots include large, offshore European turbines that can harvest the stronger and steadier winds over the ocean; electric car factories in China; and new building codes and fuel economy standards. Africa currently poses about 40 percent of the world’s potential for solar energy, but has less than 1 percent of the world’s solar panels.

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

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’m a volunteer trail supervisor for the New York–New Jersey Trail Conference. Now in its 99th year, the Trail Conference has more than 2,000 volunteers and maintains over 2,150 miles of public trails in the New York–New Jersey metropolitan area. When I became a supervisor two years ago, one of the first things I noticed was that I was among the youngest people in our regional meetings. I was 61 at the time. Another thing I noticed was how quickly I made new friends there. I began hiking with other people more frequently. These new friends and I shared many qualities: a love of nature and the outdoors; the need to give back; and the endurance to go out on a trail maintenance hike carrying, in addition to the usual knapsack and water, tools like saws, pruners, clippers, crowbars and hammers. As the volunteer engagement manager for the Trail Conference, Kendra Baumer attends multiple meetings per month with numerous trail supervisors, and she can attest to the unique energy of this community. “I’ve been at several volunteer meetings where I’ve heard it said, ‘Hiking and working on trails must be the elixir of life—just look around the room!’” she told me. Kendra also reminded me about Robert Ward, who received the Trail Conference’s dedicated service award last spring, at the age of 91. Robert served the Trail Conference since 1950 in a variety of roles, including trail supervisor and Queens Trails Council chair. He retired in November, after 69 years of service.

Some Members of the Over-80 Club

My first call after deciding to write this article was to Roland Breault, a volunteer from my territory. Roland is 87 and attributes his health and happiness to his time spent hiking and in nature. “I started hiking in my early 60s, when I retired,” he said. “I currently hike three days a week for about three hours a day and still do some unofficial trail maintenance. The trails and nature are my savior and spirituality. I feel the presence of God when I’m out in the mountains. I don’t take medication, and I know that all the oxygen and movement keeps me young and active. Plus I am sustained by the people I run into on the trails.”

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Immunity for Winter


by Robert Sena s we wake, sleep, interact with loved ones and hastily move from moment to moment, we expend energy. It can be said the immune system and vitality reflect this cellular energy and wellbeing in how well we allocate said energy. Imagine the immune system as cellular energy emanating as a protective and energetic force surrounding the body. The quality and strength of this vibrational protection is known in Chinese Medicine as our wei qi, or defensive immune energy. Without explaining how evolution has acquired an adaptive immune system alongside the innate system, it is easier to view these systems in the fashion of east-


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ern ideology, as the emanation of protective, radiant immune wei qi. Humans are a natural product of Gaia, or Mother Earth. They are hard-wired to be in tune with the energy of the changing seasons and by working against rather than with this somatic knowledge, they find their wei qi to be deficient, experiencing symptoms such as restlessness, brain fog and various illnesses. As the old Chinese adage goes, “Take a tonic in the winter, fight a tiger in the spring.� Lay low, turn inward and plan accordingly for the approaching spring. Go outside, live expressively and set forth with what has been contemplated during the winter. Do not forget to dance in the garden as the flowers return! In Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is the season most closely associated with the bones and kidneys. The kidneys govern the marrow which create red blood cells. This in turn delivers nutrition to feed the wei qi. Therefore, during the winter months, it is most impor-

tant to nourish the most fundamental and basic fluid: blood. Bone broths, slow cooked root vegetables, stewed meats and herbs rich in minerals will all increase the vitality of the blood as well as the functioning of our adaptive immunity. Incorporate minerals such as magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium and low dose copper to help ground, rejuvenate and recover. During these colder months, it is important to keep the agni, or digestive fire, ablaze by taking bitters to combat the cold, damp wind pathogens that take residence in our alimentary canal. Digestive bitters and other immune boosting bitter tonics such as andrographis, orange peel, shilajit and fenugreek will help keep the agni and immune system strong. Increase circulation and invigorate the blood by taking things like Ceylon cinnamon, capsicum, ginger and prickly ash capsules, to keep the wei-qi energy just below the skins surface, where it is intended to function best. Calming adaptogens such as ashwagandha, gynostemma and holy basil are great choices as nighttime herbal teas or tincture infused hot water to assist with immune and cortisol regulation. When a person is sick, damp heat clearing herbs that are antibacterial and alkaloidal can be administered to help kill and flush the pathogen. Andrographis is the most effective and fast-acting herb to both boost immune function and kill pathogens. When a person is sick, try andrographis, boneset (contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids), lomatium, jade windscreen formula,

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Medical Marijuana Could It Be Right for Me?


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

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

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this form of therapy. An ideal decision regarding medical marijuana’s appropriateness is reached by a collaboration with a knowledgeable clinician who can make recommendation adjustments based on the patients’ complex medical history.” Unfortunately, obtaining medical marijuana is not easy in New Jersey. The process starts with a visit to a physician who is registered with the state Department of Health to perform marijuana evaluations. Dr. Boguslavsky and his team see prospective patients for an hour-long intake visit where a detailed medical history is taken, medical records are reviewed, a physical exam is performed and the determination is made whether the patient qualifies for participation in the state’s Medical Marijuana Program. Urine drug screens are obtained to weed out at-risk patients with active cocaine and heroin use. Patients bring their relevant medical records, their driver’s license and a proof of residency because the state is strict in establishing the identity of residents admitted into the program. At the second visit, about a week later, the clinician reviews the test results with the patient and a monthly dose of medical marijuana is determined. Once approved by the doctor, the patient registers with the state and receives their own Medical Marijuana card that allows them to go to a dispensary where they’ll get additional education and can purchase the marijuana. The patients then follow up regularly with the doctor to monitor their progress and to adjust dosing if necessary. Boguslavsky said he believes that skepticism about the effectiveness of medical marijuana will fade as more and more medical practitioners become aware of its benefits. So far, most of his patients have been “extremely positive” about the impact of the medical marijuana on their health.

For many of Boguslavsky’s patients, medical marijuana has been a godsend. One patient explained, “I’ve tried various medications for pain and chronic insomnia, all of which were mostly unsuccessful because of nasty side and after-effects, along with potential issues of dependence. Ultimately, I just suffered endlessly without relief.” That frustration led her to explore the benefits of marijuana. She continues, “I finally decided to look into cannabis, as recommended by so many others who have experienced success. This turned out to be a long-awaited solution. Relief has been provided with no side effects! I can function again.” Boguslavsky believes that as the use of medical marijuana becomes more acceptable, the state will need to authorize more dispensaries, which are strictly regulated by the state. That may also lead to an eventual reduction in prices as supply and competition increase. Recent expansion of the Medical Marijuana program should take the number of dispensaries from seven to twelve. For those looking to free themselves from migraines, chronic pain or anxiety, medical marijuana may be an unexplored safe and effective treatment option. To see if the condition qualifies for participation in the Medical Marijuana program, the first step begins with a call to Dr. Boguslavsky. Location: PremierMD, 757 Route 206, Bridgewater and 500 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken. For more information, call 908-450-7002 or visit

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

Why is qigong healing so profound compared to other remedial modalities? Qigong works directly with your life energy to a greater degree than yoga or traditional exercise by using slower movements. Postures are “rooted’ in one place, where grounding and electrical charges build stronger. Graceful hand motions move the qi and blood in profound ways while the person is very relaxed. Qigong’s relaxation response allows for greater microcirculation in the frontal lobes of the brain. Qigong practice can improve intelligence and even deepen one’s connection with God, the source of life. You coined the phrase, “Press on qi!” Why is this emphasized so often in your healing forms? “Press on qi” is describing subtle movement on the edge of your magnetic field. When a person practices qigong and learns to press on the energy field, it immediately strengthens blood circulation, digestion, metabolism and improves important body functions. I trademarked the term “Press on qi” as our way of expressing this idea unique to our qigong style. How did your father’s work in the medical field impact you as you grew up?

My dad is a pharmacist at a hospital, and he loves people. He knows pharmaceuticals have side effects and believes in preventing disease using food. At first, my dad didn’t believe in qigong. Once he felt the energy for himself, he began practicing qigong and studying Chinese medical models. My choice to enter the wellness field was influenced by my dad and his emphasis on a scientific approach. I have a healthy skepticism and present with scientific method. What was the driving force behind your absorbing so much from the most respected masters of qigong? As a graduate from University of Florida College of business, I founded Supreme Science Qigong Center to be successful and took my job seriously. Many qigong teachers I found did not provide the training I was looking for. I did a lot of research and found a qi master, Paul Dong, who wrote a book entitled Empty Force. I flew him from China to Florida in 2001, because he claimed to have practiced qigong every day for over 20 years. We arranged a seminar and I gathered a hundred people to hear Paul share his forms, which were light years ahead of any qigong learned previously. His presence activated my qi, and I practiced more because of coming in direct contact with him. Advertorial


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After Paul flew back to China, I craved to find another qigong expert who could explain more. Master Weizhao Wu was my most influential teacher for qigong, and he practiced since age 7. Although he passed away, his memory lives in the most excellent posture corrections that he carefully gave. He would open my thumb and relax it so the tendons were not hard anymore. That thumb correction makes a huge improvement to qi flow and has been passed to my forms. Through this process of education and discipline, how long did it take for you to create the Supreme Science Qigong healing forms? After five years traveling and producing seminars for other qigong masters, I finally created my Level-1 Qigong Healing Form. It was first published in our books in 2003, and only a few dozen instructors memorized it, but by 2007 we had certified a thousand people to teach the routine. Our videos were ‘qi-animated’ to show energy graphically and it assisted people in becoming sensitive to energy. In 2013, we upgraded our qigong videos to HD animation, and

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

in 2017 we finally released our remastered Level-2 video with Ultra HD 4K animation. Spirit continues to reveal better ways for us to share these healing practices.” Will participants get to experience these forms at the Qi Revolution Event? All three levels of our qigong program are shared in detail, along with Breath Empowerment, 9-Breath Method, acupressure, foot reflexology and Food Healing. Qi Revolution is balanced in presentation and practice. After the event, most people choose to continue practicing qigong at home. Fitness classes normally get me amped up. Strength training you share at Qi Revolution challenges me, but it has more mastery of breath than any workout I’ve done. What is significant in your qigong strength practices for longevity? Most important is to slow down breathing in qigong strength training, but most athletes increase respiration when using force. Slowing breathing during pushups changes hormones we make. To demonstrate this

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

The most important embodiment I’d like people to walk away with is that we can breathe through life’s challenges and allow God’s healing qi to bring strength and guidance. Attendees will personally experience a higher energy from the qigong. For the last 15 years, people have written to us, thanking us for the powerful breathing exercises at crucial life-challenge points. Qigong helps people process stress, but most of all it brings us into a higher state of well-being. We make our seminar affordable at three days for $199 so that more people can reclaim their qi. Qi Revolution will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 18 through 20 at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 135 Davidson Ave., Somerset, New Jersey. For more information, call 800-298-8970 or visit See ad, page 12.

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

GREEN THERAPY Ecopsychology and the Nature Cure by Ronica A. O’Hara


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


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depression and less anxiety, all of which increase our thinking, creativity, wellbeing and generosity,” she says. Their practices, known as ecotherapy, green therapy or nature-based therapy, are an outgrowth of a ballooning branch of psychology known as ecopsychology, which investigates the critical links between nature experiences and human well-being. In examining such matters as our neurological responses to nature, how climate change and weather disasters lead to anxiety and depression,

There is a sense of safety that comes from being in the forest. Safety is necessary in order for the client to open up and share themselves with another human being. ~Christian Dymond

how nature deprivation affects children, and why nature can produce transcendent awe, the field is reshaping the way that therapists and doctors help both adults and children heal. Ecopsychology is a relatively new discipline. Little more than two decades ago, historian Theodore Roszak pointed out in Psychology Today that in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association, one of the most-diagnosed categories involved sex: “In mapping sexual dysfunction, therapists have been absolutely inspired… [but] the volume contains only one listing remotely connected to nature: seasonal affective disorder.” Now, as the planet’s dire plight becomes a source of mounting concern, that professional neglect is rapidly changing. The field of ecopsychology has produced more than 100 authoritative studies linking nature to not only physical, but mental health. Researchers have found that spending time in nature settings helps lower stress, anxiety and depression, boosts positive mood, improves resilience and immune response, increases life expectancy, decreases anger, reduces blood pressure, eases computer fatigue and enhances energy, concentration and cognitive functioning. Recently, Danish researchers found that children raised in the least-green neighborhoods were 55 percent more likely to develop a serious mental illness than children that grew up in the greenest neighborhoods, regardless of social standing, affluence or parental mental illness. A British study of nearly 20,000 people published in Scientific Reports concluded that spending at least two hours a week in nature, whether in brief breaks or long stretches, is an optimal amount of time to feel a sense of better health and well-being. Putting these findings in motion, doctors, therapists, naturopaths, nurse practitioners and other health providers are increasingly suggesting and prescribing time in nature, especially for children. As of July 2018, there were 71 providerbased nature-prescription programs in 32 states, potentially involving hundreds of


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thousands of patients, according to a survey by the Institute at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Ecopsychology research programs are opening at medical centers and universities, and ecotherapy classes are being added to academic degree programs for therapists. Major health insurers are financing pilot programs to measure time-in-nature outcomes, and electronic health records are starting to include nature prescriptions, as well as pharmaceuticals. Happily, it’s a therapy that can be self-prescribed. After Laura Durenberger, who blogs at, gave birth to her son, she found symptoms of her generalized anxiety disorder at an all-time high, and ultimately linked it to rarely leaving her house. When she goes too long without being outside, she says, “My anxiety spikes. I am irritable. My energy is low. I don’t feel motivated or creative.” Now, even during the fierce Minneapolis winters, she is dedicated to spending half an hour a day in nature: “After my time outdoors, I feel grounded, renewed, energized and much more clearheaded than before I started.” As ecotherapist Dymond puts it: “Nature is always there for people to heal themselves in.” Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based health writer. Contact her at

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

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t age 29, Betty Holston Smith, of Rockville, Maryland, weighed more than 200 pounds, smoked cigarettes and ate processed junk food. Now, almost 79 years young, she is a vegan ultra-marathon runner and an inspiration to anyone wanting to age well. Smith’s story underscores the findings of researchers that have long pursued the keys to a long and healthy life. Some of these factors—heredity, for instance—are beyond our control. However, the most critical ingredient seems to be our daily habits. Although we’ve all likely heard or read about someone that lived into their 90s, ate bacon, drank whiskey and smoked a pack a day, these individuals are outliers: In truth, longevity is determined by a combination of genes, environment, lifestyle choices and luck. 28

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

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

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“We have observed women in this group move from osteopenia to normal BMD and from osteoporosis to osteopenia based on pre- and post-bone density DXA scans,” he says. What’s more, the women in LaFontaine’s program have formed new friendships, benefitting from a strong network of social support.

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Food is a major contributor to both quality of life and life extension. Global and national recommendations to eat more fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and omega-3 fatty acids, while decreasing added sugars and sodium, all help reduce our risk for life-shortening diseases. The plant-based Mediterranean diet consistently rises to the top for its health-fortifying benefits. However, in contrast to our Western culture’s practice of eating until belt-busting full, Blue Zone Okinawans practice hara hachi bu—eating until one is no longer hungry, but stopping before feeling full. “We know caloric restriction extends life,” says Lori Taylor, clinical dietitian and Core Faculty of Integrative and Functional Nutrition at Saybrook University, in Pasadena. “But no one wants to do it, because it’s no fun.” Instead, Taylor recommends intermittent fasting, eating only during a set window of 10 or 12 hours each day to reduce caloric intake. Similarly, Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at the Arizona State University College of Health Solutions, has researched the impacts of both intermittent fasting and circadian rhythm on how our bodies handle calories. She recommends a “prolonged nightly fast” of 12 to 13 hours, as well as reducing caloric intake after 6 to 8 p.m. to help maintain a healthy weight and stave off such diseases as Type 2 diabetes and obesity-related cancers. Most significantly, she found that a 13-hour nightly fast reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent among 2,300 breast cancer survivors in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living study. Both improving diet quality and restricting calories appear to help slow the rate of aging at the genetic level, in part by preserving the length of our telomeres— the structures at the end of chromosomes that protect our DNA. The Mediterranean diet, with its abundance of protective an-

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

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

Ground Zero: The Gut

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

What Not to Eat

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

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

Eat the Rainbow

Fruits and vegetables get their colors from phytochemicals, which provide the human microbiome with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that keep the gut healthy and help the immune system combat cellular damage. National guidelines suggest Americans eat 10 servings of plants a day, ideally two each from the green, red, white, purple/blue and orange/yellow categories. But data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys show that eight out of 10 people in the U.S. don’t get enough of any color category. “A good strategy is to add one new vegetable a week to your grocery cart,” suggests Canadian nutritionist Lisa Richards, founder of “Blending fruits and vegetables into shakes or smoothies is also an effective way to eat the rainbow for those who are busy.” Whatever goes into the grocery cart should be certified organic, the only sure way to avoid ubiquitous genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food chain, which animal studies have linked to immune system damage. Herbs are also helpful to boost the body’s inherent ability to protect itself. Poole-Kavana points to medicinal herbs like astragalus and reishi mushroom, which support immunity and balance gut bacteria; antimicrobial herbs like garlic, thyme and oregano; and elderberry, an anti-inflammatory fruit that boosts the body’s ability to identify and eliminate viruses and bacteria. “The single greatest thing anyone can do for their health is to eat whole foods, including organic vegetables, fruits, high-quality proteins, whole grains and healthy fats,” says Calimeris. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin and can be reached at January 2020


Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes. Using an immersion blender, purée the soup in the pot until smooth. Stir in the coconut milk and cilantro, heat through, and serve. Total cooking time is about 15 minutes. Excerpted from the book The Complete Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Beginners: A No-Stress Meal Plan with Easy Recipes to Heal the Immune System, by Dorothy Calimeris and Lulu Cook.

Creamy Turmeric Cauliflower Soup Turmeric is the darling of the anti-inflammatory spices. For best absorption, it should be combined with pepper. This soup gets its creamy texture from coconut milk, but other nondairy milk can be used instead. Yields: 4 servings 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil 1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced 3 cups cauliflower florets 1 garlic clove, peeled 1¼-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 1½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ tsp ground cumin 3 cups vegetable broth 1 cup full-fat coconut milk ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro In a large pot, heat the oil over high heat. Add the leek, and sauté until it just begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

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

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Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots, Brussels sprouts, turnip and garlic, and sauté for an additional 3 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the lentils, corn, salt, pepper and parsley, and cook for an additional minute to heat the lentils and corn.

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

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s dogs and cats get older, they may slow down or have other physical issues. Some experience cognitive decline which resembles Alzheimer’s disease in humans. It presents differently in every pet and can include numerous symptoms that begin gradually, sometimes just seeming like quirky behavior instead of a disease. Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) can affect dogs or cats, and there is currently no known cause or prevention. Progress has been made on Alzheimer’s research in humans, with neurologists discovering that plaque buildup in the brain does not cause the disease: That is the immune system’s response to the disease. Necropsies on dogs with CDS have shown similar plaque buildup in the brain. “Unfortunately, little research has been done regarding this condition, so we can only hope to use human studies to gather information that will help our affected pets,” says Dennis W. Thomas, DVM, a holistic veterinarian in Spokane, Washington, and author of Whole-Pet Healing: A Heart-to-Heart Guide to Connecting with and Caring for Your Animal Companion. With no test available for CDS, pets are diagnosed by excluding medical and behavioral problems that can resemble having the ailment.

Signs to Watch For

Issues that could point to CDS include: n Confusion or disorientation: standing in a corner, difficulty walking through doorways, walking in circles or trouble following familiar routes n Decreased activity: sleeping excessively, seeming withdrawn, lack of grooming, loss of interest in toys, people or food n Restlessness, anxiety or compulsiveness: waking often at night, whining or yowling, new fears, pacing or constantly licking n Attention seeking: wanting to be near humans and showing high distress when left alone n Incontinence: soiling the house after previously being house-trained n Irritability or aggression: growling/ hissing or biting without cause These troubles could also be indicative of a treatable condition, such as a urinary tract infection or an injury, so it’s essential to have the pet examined.

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Caring for the Patient

While CDS will continue to alter brain and nerve function, there is some hope for pet lovers faced with the diagnosis in the early stages. Thomas recommends a natural approach that includes diet modification, filtered water, vitamin and herbal supplements, and eliminating stress. Diffusing calming essential oils can be helpful for dogs (and humans), but is not recommended for cats. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM, a veterinarian at Metro Paws Animal Hospital, in Dallas, also recommends dietary changes to her patients. “Recent studies have shown that medium-chain triglycerides may be helpful, and they are in some senior pet foods. Supplementation of melatonin may help with sleep-wake cycles.” Anxiety often becomes part of the animal’s new normal, but pet parents can help cats and dogs with this by keeping them as active as possible, introducing new toys and interacting. “Keep your dog’s mind active by providing games and opportunities for play. Daily walks provide not only exercise, but also mental stimulation,” says Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D., executive director of The Grey Muzzle Organization, in Washington, D.C. Pets with anxiety or pain may benefit from cannabidiol (CBD) products. Clarissa Valdes, a homemaker in Homestead, Florida, has a 15-year-old cat with CDS. Minini would wander around in the house, looking lost. Then, the all-night howling sessions began. “We started to worry that she was in pain,” says Valdes. However, a veterinarian diagnosed CDS. “The vet suggested medication, but I wanted to go in a natural direction,” says Valdes, who started Minini on CBD oil. The cat finally slept through the night. A month in, Minini is doing better overall. With time, CDS patients may lose hearing or sight in addition to experiencing a progression of symptoms. “Make sure

your home is predictable and safe,” says Lunghofer. Use gates to close off stairs or move furniture or other items that could be hazardous.

Prevention on the Horizon

Because inflammation caused by an inappropriate diet is the underlying problem of most chronic diseases in pets, Thomas believes that prevention for CDS is possible. “Feeding a non-inflammatory, speciesspecific, balanced diet that is fresh and not heat-processed is critical,” he says.

In addition, he advises his patients get probiotics, digestive enzymes, omega3s and antioxidant nutrients. Vaccinations, when necessary, should not contain heavy metal preservatives. “The goal is to keep the gut and immune systems healthy, avoid toxins that affect the nervous system and minimize environmental stress.” Julie Peterson writes from her home in rural Wisconsin. Contact her at

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

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

Snuffing Out Pain


ost of us take our hands for granted until buttoning a shirt or opening a jar becomes a daunting task. Getting a grip on that pain and loss of function with holistic solutions can be a game-changer. Inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, as well as repetitive motion syndromes like carpal tunnel, are commonly linked to hand and wrist pain, and effective treatment relies on identifying the underlying cause. “Systemic inflammation will be an issue in any case, but the root condition needs to be addressed,” says Kiva Rose Hardin, a New Mexico-based herbalist and co-editor of Plant Healer Magazine. Carpal tunnel, for instance, is not always a repetitive injury syndrome; it can sometimes be triggered by endocrine imbalances such as hypothyroidism, she says. Susan Blum, M.D., author of Healing Arthritis: Your 3-Step Guide to Conquering Arthritis Naturally, agrees on both the role of inflammation and the importance of looking beyond the diagnosis itself. “Inflammation is a process in the body, an end result, and we have to go upstream, so to speak, to find triggers including stress, gut health, toxins and infections.” By finding the trigger, relief is within reach with non-surgical solutions and natural approaches such as physical 38

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therapy, specialized yoga, acupuncture, essential oils and inflammation-taming foods and herbs.

Gut Check

Factors like leaky gut syndrome, stress and inadequate nutrition can all kick inflammation into overdrive. The right dietary adjustments can go a long way toward putting on the brakes. “Inflammation from compromised gut health can contribute to both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis,” Blum notes. “Abdominal fat releases inflammatory molecules into the joints, so metabolic syndrome should [also] be looked at as a factor in osteoarthritis.” The simplest place to begin is to pay attention to food quality, she says. “Choose whole foods high in nutrients and fiber; eliminate all processed food; read labels to spot hidden sugars and food dyes.” Blum, the founder of the Blum Center for Health, in Rye Brook, New York, initially guides her patients on an elimination diet to find dietary triggers like soy, corn, gluten, dairy, sugar and eggs. She also recommends a diet that is 70 percent plant-based and includes cold-pressed, solvent-free oils such as high-quality olive oil. Blum cautions against nightshade vegetables like eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and white potatoes that can trigger osteoarthritis pain.

Exercise and Prevention

Improper posture can set off a domino effect from neck to fingertips, resulting in

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


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

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For topical pain-relieving applications, look for a fat/oil-based preparation with mint or cayenne for faster action. Powdered herbs in mass-produced capsules can lose medicinal efficacy quickly. Alcohol or glycerine-based tinctures are good choices that can be convenient when traveling. Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum) reduces stress and anxiety while moderating inflammation; it is especially effective in the treatment of autoimmune disorders and endocrine disruption. Ginger is an effective anti-inflammatory that can be added to food. Hawthorn (Crataegus) reduces systemic inflammation and has a moderating effect on most forms of arthritis and joint pain; it also strengthens the collagen matrix of the body and supports overall joint health.

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Computer posture reminders from Kelly Picciurro

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

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When Workouts Don’t Work

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xercise is a proven component in losing weight and preventing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, but not all exercise regimens yield the same results for everyone, especially when daily stress is a factor. While workouts are often intended to reduce the body’s physiological response to mental and emotional stress, exercise itself can serve as a physical stressor that exacerbates the problem. This delicate balance revolves around the stress hormone cortisol.

While cortisol is needed to kickstart metabolism and burn fat, too much of it can increase the body’s fat stores. Stephanie Mansour, host of Step It Up With Steph, a weekly TV fitness program in Chicago, sees this correlation in her private practice for women. “Aggressive workouts definitely perpetuate stress, and aren’t always necessary for weight loss. If one of my clients is stressed-out, sleepdeprived, overworked and doing intense workouts but not seeing weight-loss re-

sults, that’s a signal that cortisol is potentially too high and needs to be addressed.” Fat-burning, high-intensity interval training (HIIT)—bursts of exercise with minimal periods of rest in between—raises levels of cortisol. These tend to decrease after a workout, but can remain on overdrive if HIIT is not balanced with low-intensity movement. Add jam-packed schedules to the mix, and the side effects of chronically elevated cortisol result not only in longer recovery time, but insomnia, fatigue, low immunity and failure to lose weight, especially around the midsection—a phenomenon that has earned cortisol the nickname “the belly fat hormone”. Balancing HIIT with yoga, Pilates, elliptical training, swimming or walking can help to reset the nervous system and bring the rest of the body back up to speed.

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Mansour works with a naturopath that analyzes her clients’ cortisol and other hormone levels. “One of the first things we focus on is helping the body move into the parasympathetic nervous system and out of the fight-or-flight stress response. One way we do this is by shifting into more relaxed workouts—gentle yoga, beginners’ Pilates class, light cardio or light strength training.” Fitness expert Beth Shaw chose a zealous approach in her own exercise regimen until high cortisol levels unraveled her health. The founder of YogaFit, a yoga teacher training program headquartered in Toronto, she emphasizes moderation. “The key is to not overtrain and to do just enough to adequately stimulate the system.” She recommends 30-to 45-minute cardio sessions and no longer than

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45 minutes for weights. “Endorphin release from these two types of exercises should offset any release in cortisol.” When we exercise may be as important to achieving weight loss and enhancing overall energy as the type of workout we choose, a factor based on circadian rhythm—the body’s biological clock. There are some schools of thought that cortisol is higher in the morning, and therefore this is the best time to exercise, says Mansour, while others believe we should target the mid-afternoon slump. “I advise my clients to pick a time that simply feels good to them.”

tribution in overweight individuals. LISS also nudges the body to use fat as fuel, rather than taking valuable glycogen from the muscles. Yoga and Pilates classes, though distinctly different, offer valuable benefits. “If cortisol backlash is an issue, you definitely want to work with someone who knows the anatomy and physiology of breathing,” says Tori Brown, owner of The Pilates Room & Antigravity Studio, in Ithaca, New York. “By learning proper breathing techniques, practitioners are able to downregulate the nervous system into a more

parasympathetic state, which leads to better focus, lower heart rate, better digestion, more optimal cortisol levels and improved sleep patterns. All of this leads to more focused workouts that build muscle while creating less stress on the nervous system.” Mansour suggests simple walking for stress-busting alternative cardio. “Brisk walking three times a week for 20 to 30 minutes is great to help reduce stress.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at

Mixing It Up

Hopping on a bike, going for a brisk walk or catching the waves on a surfboard can provide a great low-intensity, steady-state (LISS) cardiovascular workout, which aims for a low level of exertion for a long, continuous period. Repetitive motion for 30 to 45 minutes not only helps to balance cortisol levels, but according to a 2014 Australian study published in the Journal of Obesity, it evens out fat dis-

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

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

Tori Brown: If Pilates is your go-to ex-

ercise for strength training, opt for private training three times a week (minimum). If you are combining Pilates with other modes of exercise and really just need the cortisol downplay and core work, choose mat classes two times a week. Pilates private instruction will completely change the way you do all other forms of exercise. It is very different than all other exercise and very complementary. January 2020


A major part of my philosophy for environmental education is to try to engage students in environmental issues in our own community. ~Aaron Baker

RAISING ENVIRONMENTALISTS Teachers Prep Kids for the Future by Yvette C. Hammett


ducators have switched from preaching to kids about environmental degradation to using hands-on lessons to get K-12 students not only interested in the world’s environmental priorities, but also actively participating in solutions, maybe even seeking out related careers. “You hope students can translate passion into intellectual curiosity on these subjects and develop the expertise so they can go beyond being an activist to being an advocate,” says Kenneth Walz, Ph.D., who works on the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Walz, who teaches chemistry, engineering and renewable energy at Madison Area Technical College, also serves as its director of the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education. While K-12 environmental education still has no specific niche in curriculum, according to a case study of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, numerous groups and educators are working to ensure the next generation is prepared for the environmental challenges it will certainly face. 42

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Today’s educators believe hands-on learning will prepare Generation Z and those that follow to look for solutions and even seek active roles to implement them. Aaron Baker, a Sussex, New Jersey, advanced placement environmental science instructor and a two-time winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Presidential Innovation Award, says the key to getting through to the next generation is showing them a problem that’s close to home that they can touch and feel, and then relating it to a global issue. “A major part of my philosophy for environmental education is to try to engage students in environmental issues in our own community,” Baker says. “We collaborate with the Wallkill River Watershed Manage-

ment Group to restore riparian areas and increase biological diversity.” The high school students have planted more than 750 trees in the last three years along the creek that runs right below their school. “This type of hands-on work not only has a direct relationship to their lives here in Sussex County, but is also relevant to similar issues on a global scale.” The 30-year-old National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) no longer sends speakers to schools. Instead, it encourages teachers to get the students outside working with partners like the National Park Service or the U.S. Forest Service to learn about real world problems near their homes, says Robert Sendrey, program director of environmental education. Motivation and inspiration are key, he says. “We were created to help make the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant and more connected to the average American’s life.” Rather than focusing on the negative aspects of climate change and the challeng-

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es ahead, NEEF promotes a healthy lifestyle and emphasizes the need for clean air and water. “We emphasize the well-being of people, which is directly related to the health of the environment,” Sendrey says. Success starts with a change in attitude and awareness, and ultimately needs to culminate with action, he says. For example, NEEF teamed up with zoos and aquariums for the Skip the Straw campaign, educating the public about the environmental harm caused by single-use plastics. The University of Wisconsin K-12 education program focuses on environmental impacts of the energy sector—especially on air and water quality. “If you are burning coal to produce electricity, it creates all kinds of atmospheric pollution—acid rain and soot that causes respiratory illness,” says Walz. “If we weren’t burning fossil fuels, urban smog wouldn’t even be a thing.” The energy curriculum for students includes content on biofuels and electric transportation. “For them, it is more thinking about the types of transportation they use, whether they are driving, riding a bike or taking a bus.” They don’t get to choose what kind of fuel the bus runs on, but they can be educated to be good future consumers, he notes. “I think they appreciate the issue,” Walz says of the students. “Middle schoolers bring the passion. That sort of raw, emotional angst is something we left behind in our teenage years. Adults have been way too complacent for way too long.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at


by Isabella Dussias

ith a new year more kind, and maybe even come new resomore kind to ourselves. lutions—new So, my New Year’s resopromises that we hope to lution is to be more resokeep but sometimes forget lute—to actually carry out to abide by. Yet, when we the things I have resolved to stick to our resolutions it do, to be the best version of can make all the difference myself. in the new year. When I surveyed some I wish you all a happy and of my high school friends healthy 2020! on what kind of resolutions they would make in Isabella Dussias is a 16-yearIsabella Dussias 2020, I got a plethora of old singer-songwriter/comresponses. Some wanted poser from New Jersey. She to improve their eating habits and try to enjoys writing about issues that are imporlead a healthier lifestyle. Others wanted tant to today’s youth, and she believes music to exercise more and pay more attention is an important outlet to connect people to their physical health. Many shared and share messages through the creativity that they wanted to focus on improving of lyric and melody. For more information, academically. please visit Why do we embrace this self-reflection in the new year? Who started this tradition? Was the past year really that bad? Do teens feel that they need resolutions or a fresh start? The answer is an overwhelming “yes” from my peers. I guess we are always striving for perfection, especially in a society where teens often feel judged. Maybe that’s partly due to our own battle with self-confidence as we are emerging as adults. So, we make our resolutions to exercise more, eat healthier, be more organized, etc. You’ve heard them all. The tricky part is how do we keep these resolutions? The answer is the “resolute” in “resolution”. The hard part is the follow through, the determination to be the best we can be, to be more confident, more assertive, more thoughtful, January 2020




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any people have a bucket list of things they want to make sure they experience in this life. Tidying up that bucket list when it no longer reflects a person’s values and deepest desires makes sense. When reviewing our bucket list, we might feel inadequate or embarrassed because we haven’t accomplished what we thought we would. It’s okay if a goal is no longer as exciting as it once was. Guilt, frustration or embarrassment about what’s been lingering on a bucket list for years might be signs that it’s time to dream different dreams. What’s on a bucket list might have been based on a need to prove ourselves to others. If we no longer feel the need to impress people or win their approval, we can move on to new goals. Maybe our family has always talked about traveling to the land of our ancestors as an important thing to do someday, but we don’t feel the same way. We might prefer to travel someplace where we can swim with dolphins or meet people from a completely different culture than our own. Releasing the weight of having a bucket list heavy with other people’s expectations can help us feel much lighter. Maybe those bucket list items still spark some excitement, but it’s time to

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

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branch of the trees. I waited, I listened, I nurtured my soul, my body and my mind. Ram Das explained that instead of being swallowed by self-pity, he chose to view his experience as being burned by the fire of the divine. He speaks of “being stroked” versus having “a stroke”. My experiences since this moment in time and my ability to absorb what I went through are very similar to that of Ram’s words. We all have a choice; we can break down or break open during a time of extreme catharsis. Tapas helps us grow our ability to stay in the unknown and scary versus run away in fear. April is my month, my month to reflect, my month to acknowledge, my month to love and respect me. I too have been “stroked” by the hands of my angels and the level of gratitude I feel is immense, to have this second chance to experience life on this earth. Nicole Zornitzer, E-RYT 1000, Yoga Therapist, founder of Niyama Yoga & Wellness Studio in Randolph, New Jersey.

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 Prosperity Workshop with Trish O’Gorman – 11am-1pm. Begin the New Year with an Attitude of Gratitude. Tap into your own unlimited abundance. Experience the power of Kundalini Yoga. Release limiting beliefs and activate your higher energy centers. Open yourself to opportunity by elevating your consciousness, giving you access to your highest potential. $30/prepaid; $35 day of workshop. Shakti Yoga & Living Arts, 1861 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood. For information, call 973-763-2288 or email

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 The Salted Yogi – 7:30-8:30pm. Treat yourself to a guided yoga meditation in our tranquil, therapeutic Salt Cave – destress, detox and connect with your true inner self. Non-Members: $25; Members: $15. Revive Studios, 100 U.S. Highway 46 (Village Green Shopping Ctr.), Budd Lake. For information, call 973-527-3419 or email info@

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 West Windsor Community Famers Market – 10am-1pm. Indoor market features farm produce and products plus local artisan vendors. Music and community groups too. Vaughn Drive parking

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lot at Princeton Junction train station, 2 Vaughn Drive, West Windsor. Info: Chris, 609-933-4452. Tru Roots Aerial Yoga 4 Week Workshop – 1/41/25; 11am-12:15. Suspension in the air releases tension on the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility and deepening your practice. $80/4-Weeks; $23/drop in. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong. For information call 862-803-9252 or email breathe@ Toltec Mitote Shamanic Ceremony – 1/4-5, 2020; 6pm-9am. Join us for a transformative, high energy and focused ceremony. Drumming, chanting, lucid dreaming, purifying us and raising our energy and light, to awaken higher wisdom and truth. Led by Janet StraightArrow. $295 by 12/10; $325 after. Be The Medicine, 48 Frederick Place, Morristown. For information, email Janet@BeTheMedicine. com or call 973-647-2500.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 Exploration of the Intuitive Senses WorkShop – 9am-5pm. A full day exploration of the intuitive senses. immersed in learning, growing, exploring, practicing along with guided meditations, exercises and a short sound meditation to end the day. $111, ($40 deposit holds space). Blossoming into Light, 31 Fairmount Avenue, Suite 105, Chester. More information email or call/text Sue at 862-2224268. Christingle – 10-11am. A family-friendly, multi-sensory, participatory event celebrating the Hope, Joy, Love and Light Christ gives the world. Free. Christ Church: An Emerging Christian Community, 1600 Washington Valley Rdl, Martinsville. RSVP by 1/3/20 to or 908-722-2080. Reiki Soul Celebration – 1–4pm. Enjoy Reiki healing, meditation, high vibration crystal singing bowls, drum, gong, flute, koshi bells, ting-sha and chants. Speaker: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. $15. Walk-ins welcome. EZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. For information, call 908-526-0002 or email 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. Eckankar–

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 7 21-Day Whole Food Purification Program – 7pm. It’s time to clear out the old. Jump start 2020 with a 3-week proper nutrition program to help detoxify your body. Learn more at this free introductory meeting with Dr. Bizzaro. The offices of Dr. Bizzaro, 81 S Main St, Yardley. To register email drpaulbizzaro@drpaulbizzaro. com. For information call 215-493-6589 or visit

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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 8am–7pm; Saturday; 8am-12noon. (Days and hours negotiable and subject to change.) Contact Dr. Ian Fliss, Pequannock Chiropractic Group at 973-7274895 or email Office Space Available: Nicely furnished office space at the 94 Valley Road Building in Montclair is available for sublet (full days preferred, may consider half days if multiple days are taken). Fridays and weekends available now. Tuesdays and Wednesdays available start-

ing in April. Building has own parking lot. Other therapists in building offer a sense of camaraderie. Close to Whole Foods and walking distance to many restaurants and shops. EmailLeslie@ for details. OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE IN CALDWELL: 1 private “wellness” office available for sublease. Office is part of 3-room suite located on 2nd floor of newly constructed Green-Certified building. Features high ceilings, large windows, specialtycreated sound-reducing walls. Suitable for individual/couples therapy, massage therapy, energy work, etc. Available March 1, 2020. Email daniel@ for more details. SPACE FOR RENT Event & meeting rental space in Morristown, NJ. Great for recitals, weddings, practice/rehearsal space and fitness classes. Accommodates up to 175 people. Plenty of parking, convenient to Route 202 or 287. Call 973-539-3114 or email for details. SPACE FOR RENT Unique space to share. 3rd floor walk-up in Morristown. Suitable for individual, family, group or play therapy; and Energy Work. Contact Wendy: 201-349-2654.

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Drive, West Windsor. Info: Chris, 609-933-4452. 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 Highway 22, Lebanon. For information call 908617-1535 or visit

much appreciated. Cost: $25 per parent/child pair; $10 for each additional parent or child. Shakti Yoga & Living Arts, 1861 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood. For information, call 973-7632288 or email

and other questions answered. Sheraton Hotel, 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany-Troy Hills. Tickets: $39/ advance; $49 at door. Visit events for tickets. For information call 973-7136811. For more on Lee, visit



Reiki I Training & Certification/1-day class – 10:30am–6:30pm. Learn this ancient art of healing and self-empowerment. Beginner level. Instructor: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. $225. EZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register at For information, call 908-526-0002 or email

Return to Health Day – 10am-5pm. Receive deep healing and learn how to continually heal yourself. Be The Medicine is a pathway that is a precise gathering of studies and practices from around the world that have direct results. Led by Janet StraightArrow. $295 by 1/15; $325 after. PayPal. me/JanetStraightArrow. Be The Medicine, 48 Frederick Place, Morristown. For information, email or call 973647-2500.

Channeling-Automatic Writing – 10am-5pm. Connecting to our higher self and spiritual support teams we learn to receive more complete messages about our life, purpose, health and more. Meditations, journeys, and automatic writing throughout the day. Led by Janet StraightArrow. $195 by 1/10; $225 after. Be The Medicine, 48 Frederick Place, Morristown. For information, email Janet@ or call 973-647-2500.

Candlelight Yoga with Manjula – 6:30-8pm. Unwind in a restorative Yoga class by candlelight. Slower, gentler poses are enhanced with the use of props. Gain a sense of peace as you calm the mind and bring the body into alignment. $20. Revive Studios, 100 U.S. Highway 46 (Village Green Shopping Ctr.), Budd Lake. For information, call 973-527-3419 or email

Reiki Leve II Certification – 1/18-19; 1-7pm. 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. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong. For information call 862803-9252 or email

Reiki 1 Certificate Training – 1/21-2/11; 7-9:30pm. Comprehensive professional level course offers practical healing and energy work teachings in addition to Reiki attunements, meditations, and practice, with each student receiving a full healing session. Receive class recording and Reiki 1 book. CE credits available. Led by Janet StraightArrow. $295 by 1/11; $325 1/12-1/20. Location: Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Madison. For information call 973-966-1400, 973-647-2500 or

Parent Child Yoga (ages 7-13) with Carmen Chicola – 3-4pm. Designed for parents and children to enjoy practicing yoga together. There will be some partner work as well as group practice. Kids should be between the ages of 7 and 13. Group is limited to 10 pairs so please preregistration is

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

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What is Fascia and Why It Matters – 7:30pm. Ida Rolf created a structurally integrative bodywork to repair and reverse the effects of stress placed on the body by a lifetime of gravity. Learn how this Structural Integration works and what it may do for you at this presentation and demonstration. Led by Ed Hemberger and Tom Findley, M.D., Ph.D., (Advanced Rolfer). $20. Flowers Healing Arts, 460 Bloomfield Ave, Montclair. Call or text RSVP to 973462-3112.


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6-Week Tween Yoga Workshop 9-13 years – 1/22-2/26; 7-7:45pm. 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. $90/6-Weeks; $18/drop in. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong. For information call 862803-9252 or email

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 Gallery Reading with Lee Grabarczyk: The Mandala Medium – 7-9pm. Connect with passed loved ones, gain clarity and insight, receive intuitive guidance in relationships, money, careers

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 Light and Sound Service: “Living an Abundant Life: God’s Everyday Blessings” – 11am-12noon. Join others seeking to bring more insight and divine love into their lives at this special celebration. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, offers spiritual exercises to help you experience the twin aspects of the Light and Sound of God within. Share your spiritual insights. Eckankar Center, 11 Park St., Montclair. 800-870-9139. Eckankar–

PLAN AHEAD SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Cabo Breath Fest – Feb 1-21. The Cabo Breath Fest will offer many life-changing and self-empowering workshops, plus other activities from San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Tickets: $100 for any or all workshops. Info/tickets/accommodations: or on Facebook.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 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 extracurricular activities, students have so much on their mind. This course will help you or your child do better when taking your /his-her next test. $90. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US Highway 22, Lebanon. For information call 908-617-1535 or visit

FRIDAY, MARCH 27 Heart of Oneness Holistic Expo – 3/27-3/29; Fri. 5pm-6pm, Sat. 10am-7pm & Sun. 10am-5pm. Heart of Oneness Holistic Expo is a collective event dedicated to Wellness, Spiritual Growth & the Conscious Evolution of Humanity. $5 Fri., $10 Sat., $15 Sun., $15 Weekend Pass. Heart of Oneness Holistic Expo, 97 Sunfield Ave., Edison NJ. Tickets Available on Eventbrite. For information, call 732-508-7990 or email

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SUNDAY Inclusive, Progressive Christian Worship & Fellowship – Jan. 12, 19, 26; 10–11:15am. Mentored by Jesus; Unapologetically Progressive; Social Justice Driven; LGBTQI+ Welcoming; Spiritually Curious; GreenFaith Sanctuary; Interfaith Friendly. Christ Church Emerging, 1600 Washington Valley Rd., Martinsville. 908-722-2080. Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30am. Dr. Frankie, practitioners, and musicians create an inspiring, uplifting time to be reminded of our spiritual connectedness. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown. For information contact call 973-539-3114 or email Sunday Service – 10:30am. Only words of Love are spoken here. To live in health, happiness and prosperity is everyone’s birthright, whether we choose to follow a certain path is our individual choice. No dogma or belief system is imposed upon anyone. Institute for Spiritual Development, 15 Sparta Ave, Sparta. 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 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 con-

nect, 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.

TUESDAY Mommy & Me Yoga Classes 3mo-3years – 1/14-2/18; 10:30-11:15am. 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. Moms will tone and regain flexibility and relaxation. $120/6-Weeks; $23/drop in. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong. For information call 862803-9252 or email 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.

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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.

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. 6-Week Tween Yoga Workshop 9-13 years – 1/22-2/26; 7-7:45pm. 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. $90/6-Weeks; $18/drop in. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong. For information call 862-803-9252 or email Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Support Group of Morristown – 7–9pm. First Wednesdays, except July and August. Support for patients and their

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

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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

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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:, or listen on Chamber radio, WHCR_DB, Hunterdon-Chamber. org/About-Chamber-Radio.html. For information call 908-617-1545. Kid’s Zumba – 1/16-2/20; 5-5:45PM. Fun-filled 45 minutes of Kid’s Zumba, where kids will learn to dance and move their bodies to music from around the globe learning about the different regions of the world as well as learn tools to destress in a fast-paced, energy expending workshop. Kids 5-8 years. $60/6-Weeks; $12/drop in. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong. For information call 862-


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803-9252 or email 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 Qigong with Sal Canzoneri – 7pm. Qigong’s gentle flowing movements help support the body’s natural tendency to return to balance and equilibrium, plus supports joint flexibility, muscle strength and range of motion. There are meditative elements and focus on deep, diaphragmatic breathing, $35. Blossoming into Light, 31 Fairmount Avenue, Suite 105, Chester. More information email or call/text Sue at 862-222-4268.

FRIDAY 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. AA Meeting – 7:30pm.St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-5380555. Al-Anon Meeting – 8-9:30pm. Center for Practical Spirituality - Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.

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treatment. Facilitated by Dr Paul M Bizzaro, DC. Free. The offices of Dr. Bizzaro, 81 S Main St, Yardley. RSVP to 215-493-6589. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting – 10:15am12:15pm. Weekly gathering of the free support group that helps people lose weight and keep it off. Downstairs meeting room, Parsippany Library. 973-335-1717. Classic Nia Mind-Body Fitness – 11am-12noon. Nia is a practice that will help you feel alive in your body through cardio conditioning through a world of music that evokes imagination and emotion. Instructor: Teresa Dangelo. $20 walk-in. Benessere Wellness Center and Spa, 510 Morris Ave., Summit. For information call 908-277-4080, email or visit Tru Roots Aerial Yoga 4 Week Workshop – 1/41/25; 11am-12:15. Suspension in the air releases tension on the bones and muscles, increasing flexibility and deepening your practice. $80/4-Weeks; $23/drop in. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong. For information call 862-803-9252 or email breathe@

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NJ Advanced Acupuncture

Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave East, Westfield 908-928-0060 • Dr. Rosenfarb is world renowned in the field of holistic eye health. He is passionate about helping people with degenerative eye diseases. Learn of his astounding work in this area—call now to qualify for your free copy of his groundbreaking book, Recover Your Vision. Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad, page 32.

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 25.

Attorney (Holistic) 973-909-0999 • Licensed in NJ & PA With quality preparation, legal tragedies can often be prevented, or damage can be minimized or eliminated. Kelly Brown has been practicing law for 20 years. In addition, Brown is a Certified Life Mastery Coach, theologian and interfaith minister. Her current practice brings a holistic perspective to legal planning for families and businesses. See ad, page 37.

Bakery/Specialty Starseed Bakery

Montclair Acupuncture

Linda Beg 100 Hibernia Avenue, Rockaway 973-957-0500

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 31.

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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 15.

Kelly M. Brown, Esq.

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

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 13.

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 27.

BioEnergetic Testing – 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 23.

Festival of Sleep Day

January 3 The holidays are over...Wow, weren't they exhausting! It's cold and snowy.... time to hibernate. And, why not re-charge the batteries as a new year of school and work begins?

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

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

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!

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

LearningRx, Warren Michael DiCristino 34 Mountain Blvd, Warren 908-222–7246

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LearningRx offers one-on-one brain training through customized exercises to improve weak cognitive skills/IQ in children or adults with learning disabilities, attention deficit, traumatic brain injuries, intellectual disabilities or age-related cognitive decline. See ad, page 35.

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Ann Ochs • Colon Hydrotherapist I-ACT Certified, Advanced Level Certified National Board for Colon Therapy, Body Ecology Diet Certified 26 Elm St, Morristown 973-998-6550 • Ann Ochs has more than 20 years experience as a colon hydrotherapist. She holds an advanced certification from the International Association of Colon Therapists (I-ACT), is certified by the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, and is a certified body ecologist. Living Waters offers the Angel of Water ®, an advanced colon hydrotherapy system, designed to offer the ultimate in privacy and dignity. Call today for an appointment. See ad, page 52.

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



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age-defying Habits Plus: Healthy Immune System


cardiovascular Health Plus: Regenerative Medicine

Plant-BaSed nUtrition ISSUE


thriving on a Plant-Based diet Plus: CBD


Grassroots climate crisis Strategies Plus: Healthy Home

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autoimmune Breakthroughs Plus: Protein & Collagen Connection


inspired lifestyle travel Plus: Brain Health

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Beyond Factory Farming Plus: Gut Health


Biological dentistry Plus: Environmental Education

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emotional Well-Being Plus: Adaptive Yoga


Stress Management Plus: Joint Health

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Personalized diabetes Strategies Plus: Skin Care


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Functional Medicine Morning Star Family Health Center 54 Old Highway 22, Clinton 908-735-9344 MorningStar’s team of health professionals cares for you like family. Our membership-based practice cares for men, women and children age 8 and up with a functional approach to primary care. See ad, page 39.

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

Holistic Healing Services Heartmath+♥

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

Huna Healing Center Lory Sison-Coppola 23 Diamond Spring Rd., 2nd fl., Denville 973-224-0096

Reshma Shah Meditation and Thetahealing


Reshma Shah Westfield 908-264-4344 •

Morris Hypnosis Center

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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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.

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

Bubble Bath Day January 8

Today is a fun day to relax an enjoy the warm and soothing pleasures of a bubble bath. Best of all, it can be enjoyed by kids and adults.

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 32.


Linda West, BA, ACH 55 Madison Ave, Morristown 973-506-9654 •

401 Rt 24, Chester 973-615-9261

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

Integrative Healing Arts Integrative Healing Arts Journey Mona Salminen, BA in Visual Arts Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Certified Art Pedagogue, Certified Yoga Teacher Rockaway, serving North Jersey • 973-944-0047 Mona’s Integrative Healing Arts p ro g ra m e m p owe rs a n d supports women to reclaim greater health with more joyful creativity and aliveness and a deeper meaning and fulfillment of life through an integration of health-coaching, intuitive painting, yoga, music, meditation and nutrition. Lyme disease coaching and support available. See

ad, page 11.

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

Natural Medicine Dr. Lisa Lewis, ND, MBA, LAc Naturopathic Doctor, Acupuncturist 470 Prospect Ave, Ste 100, W Orange 973-486-0148 • D r. L ew i s i s t h e h e a l t hy superwoman expert, owner of NatureDrs Nutraceuticals, and Bastyr University graduate. With over 30 years’ experience as a visionary and wellness doctor, she helps female leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs experience less stress, better health and hormone harmony. See ad, page 17.

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


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Pompton Plains (Rte 23) and Montclair 908-577-0053 • Do you suffer from anxiety or stress? Do you want to lose weight, stop smoking, gain self-confidence or change a habit? Do you need support and guidance through a life or career transition? Are you ready to achieve your goals, pursue your dreams and actualize your potential? You CAN create the Life You Desire... I can help you MAKE IT HAPPEN! Using proven techniques such as Holistic Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, Stress Reduction, Reiki and Dream Interpretation, I help teens & adults create happier, healthier, more peaceful and fulfilling lives. Allow me to assist you! See ad, page 31.

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

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Lisa Mack offers thermography scans in wellness facilities across the region.

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New Jersey: Short Hills, Morristown, Clinton, Hampton, Green Brook, Bedminster, Lincoln Park, Somers Point, Little Silver, Caldwell.

Expand your spiritual awakening through one-on-one private sessions. Tailor made to help with your targeted issues, these sessions are not only useful, they are fun!

Visit this link for information and to schedule an appointment: patients/#locations See ad, page 16.

Spiritual Healing, Teaching Be The Medicine Janet StraightArrow 973-647-2500 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.

The longer I go about living, I see it’s the relationship that is most meaningful. ~William Shatner

Enjoy discounts on products, memberships and spa services as we pre-launch the newly-expanded Tru Nature Yoga.

Lisa’s Thermography & Wellness

Pennsylvania: Doylestown

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.

Newly Expanded – Winter Savings!

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New York: Newburgh

11 Park St, Montclair 800-870-9139 •

Gift Certificates Available For Classes or Private Sessions

90 Minute Massage & Facial $95 or 30 minute HImalayan Salt Sauna & 60 Minute Massage $95. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong

For information, or 862-803-9252 • See ad, page 41.

Location: Westfield. For more spiritual awakening, call 908-264-4344 or visit See ad, page 6.

January 2020



Vision/Eye Health


Lisa’s Thermography and Wellness

Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc,

Revive Studios

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave East, Westfield 908-928-0060 •

Claudine Nicolich 100 U.S. Highway 46, Budd Lake 973-527-3419

Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ, NY & PA 855-667-9338 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 16.

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 32.

A welcoming boutique studio featuring a mind-body approach to fitness and notto - m i s s s p e c i a l eve n t s . Classes, conducted in a bodypositive environment, include Yoga, BARRE, Zumba, TRX, Pilates Reformer, Cycling, and Meditation. Our Salt Cave is the perfect space for yoga, meditation and stretching, or to simply unwind, detox and revitalize. See ad, page 11.

Appreciate a Dragon Day January 16 All of us, young and not so young, can appreciate dragons. You'll find good and bad dragons in legends, folk lore, children's books, songs, and top movies. According to Donita K. Paul, the creator of this special day, you are encouraged to learn and explore the cultural and historic significance of dragons. This day is also intended to celebrate literacy. So, reach for a book about dragons, and read it today!

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Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong 862-803-9252 • 201-289-6366 cell An intimate, nurturing space for all that cultivates a healthy community through the wisdom of yoga and the sacred healing gifts of nature. The center features a variety of classes, massage and reiki services, yoga and wellness retreats, yoga teacher training and certifications, workshops, fostering personal growth and enriching our community. Tru Nature Yoga strives to serve the community in finding their Tru Nature so that we may all lead joyous, abundant, peace-filled, centered lives; body, mind & spirit. See ad, page 41.

Penguin Awareness Day January 20

Did you know? Penguins are found in Antarctica, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, the Falkland Islands, and the Galapagos Islands. Elsewhere, they are only found in zoos.

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...

Natural Awakenings - North Central NJ January 2020  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...