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Is Your Flea & Tick Treatment POISONING Your Pet? Countless numbers of pets get sick every year from popular flea and tick remedies. Here’s the simple secret to keeping your best friend healthy and happy...


a horrifying thought. You and millions of other pet lovers may be putting your furry friends in danger...and don’t even know it. Pet expert Alisha Lee looks at the alarming research and shakes her head. “It’s ironic. Our dogs and cats look to us to keep them safe and healthy. But in reality, we could be putting them in harm’s way,” she says. “We all know how bad flea and tick bites can be. Once these horrible little creatures get the bite on your pet, it’s a real nightmare.” DEADLY ITCHING AND SCRATCHING “They start itching and scratching like crazy. Their skin becomes red and irritated and they begin gnawing furiously, trying to tear out patches of their own fur. And then it gets worse. The fleas and ticks begin multiplying. Before you know it, you have a flea and tick infestation in your home and now you’re scratching and itching just as bad as your pet.” “You’d do anything to stop this vicious cycle so you run down to your local pet shop and get a collar or spray to kill the fleas and ticks.” THE BIG MISTAKE It turns out that this could be the worst thing you can do. Most people just assume that these products are safe because they are sold in so many stores. “But the sad fact is, there is very little testing on these products and almost no government regulation. What’s worse, many of these products contain pesticides that are harmful to both you and your pet. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the fine print and the long list of health warnings on these products.” “Even if you apply the product as instructed, it can cause serious health consequences” cautions Alisha. SHOCKER: VET MEDS ARE UNSAFE TOO OK, so maybe you don’t use over-the-counter products. Surely,

“Wally’s All Natural Flea & Tick Kit contains only natural and organic ingredients, free from toxins that can harm your pet and your family. They’re safe, effective, soothing, and leave your pet smelling great too,” says Alisha Lee.

the medication you get from your veterinarian is safe? “Shockingly, the answer is a NO,” warns Alisha. “It turns out these products also contain strong pesticides that will kill fleas and ticks. But the awful truth is, they too can poison your pet.” KIDS ARE VULNERABLE What’s more, kids, especially toddlers, are also vulnerable for two reasons. “First, their nervous systems are still developing so the toxic chemicals can do greater and more lasting damage.” “Second, children’s normal behavior brings them in close contact with their pets, and, therefore, to the poison applied to them.” ALL NATURAL SOLUTION So what can you do? Well, it turns out that Alisha is also General Manger of Wally’s Natural, a company whose mission it is to manufacture safe, natural products that are effective. That dedication is reflected in their all-new Wally’s All Natural Flea & Tick Kit. It’s comprised of three great organic and all-natural products that kill fleas and ticks not only on your pet, but also where they lay their eggs in and around your home such as your carpet, fabric

and pet bedding. All of the products are manufactured in a certified organic facility where Alisha and her team carefully oversee the production to ensure that each product is of the highest quality. SAFE, SOOTHING AND ANIMAL CRUELTY-FREE “What’s more, all are specially formulated with a safe, soothing blend of natural ingredients like clove, cinnamon, cedar, that won’t harm your pet, your family, or the environment.” “Plus, they’ve been proven to kill fleas and ticks by an independent lab and are animal cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny approved). No animal was harmed in the testing of these products so you can truly feel good about using them,” says Alisha.. YOUR PET’S NEW BEST FRIEND “Our Pet Spray contains certified organic ingredients that have been tested and proven to work. Plus it comes with a convenient and easy-touse sprayer.” “Our Flea & Tick Shampoo keeps your pet clean and protected from fleas and ticks. It’s certified organic, and sports a rich, thick lather that’s soft and gentle on your furry friend, yet tough on

those nasty bugs. And you won’t believe the difference in your pet’s skin and newly lustrous coat.” “And finally, there’s our Flea & Tick Carpet Powder that gets deep into carpet fibers and pet bedding to break the flea and tick life cycle. It smells so good that we have customers that use it as a carpet deodorizer after the fleas and ticks are long gone.” HEALTHY PETS. DELIGHTED OWNERS “I’m glad we. got rid of our fleas without putting my pets or my family at risk,” says Scott H., Sacramento, CA. “Since using your products, my dogs haven’t had a flea or tick problem in over 2 months. I’m telling all my friends and family about your products,” adds Matt. B, Beaverton, OR.


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lthough the theme for August is “Family and Children,” don’t turn away if you’re not a parent. We have lots of content for you, too, including “Think Before You Ink – How to Make Body Art Safe and Reversible” on page 34, “Animal Talk,” on page 40, and Joe Dispenza on “The Power of Thought Alone to Heal,” on page 30. But if you are a parent, especially of young children, you have a treat in store. I sometimes feel regret when reviewing the August issue. Why regret, you ask? Because there are so many ideas and tips that I could have used when raising my own children. Of course my kids developed into creative, happy and healthy adults, so I have no real misgivings there. But I think this issue and the many August issues that came before provide a fun and supportive guide to parents looking for out-of-the-mainstream parenting solutions. They provide proof that there is a community of authors and parents out there willing to ask some thoughtful questions about childrearing and buck the generally accepted routine of media, frenetic activity, and fast food that our society believes acceptable for children. This issue focuses on Parenting with Presence and Creativity. Our feature article, “Enlightened Parenting: Tips for Raising Confident and Loving Kids,” contains ideas that may help you navigate through the toddler to teen years. Among other ideas, it introduces the concept of “hummingbird” parenting, a style that allows children to explore and problem-solve through independent play, but keeps parents nearby, ready to zoom in if safety becomes an issue. The “10 Steps to Family Happiness,” on page 26 gets to the essence of raising naturally healthy, happy kids. This is an article you’ll want to clip and share. I also love the Kid Cookery article on page 27. By learning to cook, children can try new flavors and see what real food ingredients are. Cooking can also be used as a springboard for learning about math, other cultures, geography and more. We present four fun recipes that kids will love to make. But don’t stop there: If your kids enjoy cooking, it’s easy to find kid-friendly cooking projects online. Enjoy the remaining days of summer vacation,

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newsbriefs Highlands Festival at Waterloo Returns

International Grief Council Presents “The Healing Power of Grief”



he New Jersey Highlands Coalition announces tickets are now on sale for the third annual Highlands Festival at Waterloo to be held September 19–20, at Waterloo Village and Concert Field in Byram and Allamuchy. A celebration of all things local, the festival promotes music, food, art, history, and the cultural and natural resources of this beautiful region of the Garden State. “We continue to grow in size and scope as we host our third annual Highlands Festival at Waterloo,” said Julia Somers, executive director of the coalition. “This festival aims to raise awareness in a fun and interactive way about how important our natural resources are and in particular, to showcase that our precious water source here in the Highlands benefits much of the region.” The New Jersey Highlands Coalition hosts the Highlands Festival to raise awareness about the natural resources of the Highlands region, to promote the missions of the NJ Highlands Coalition’s 80+ nonprofit member organizations, and to fund the Small Grants Program which supports local grassroots organizations. This rain-or-shine event is open to people of all ages and features a range of activities, including musical performances, a children’s corner, a local food court, beer garden, crafts and fair trade marketplace, historical tours, animal demonstrations, various workshops, kayaking, and guided nature hikes. A full schedule of events will be released soon. New also this year is the ability to camp at Waterloo during the festival. Festival goers who wish to camp are highly encouraged to reserve in advance online, due to the limited amount of spaces available. For more information on the NJ Highlands Coalition or to become a member, please visit See ad on page 3.

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o Anne Mayer, Uma Girish and Daniela I. Norris, from different countries and cultures (the United States, Israel and Canada, and India) discovered their commonality when each lost a loved one. United by the universal language of grief, they felt called to share their message and help others heal by forming the International Grief Council. On September 28, from 1 to 3pm, they’ll address a gathering at Georgian Court University—Room 202 in the Farley Center, Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, and on September 30, 1 to 3pm, at Villa Walsh Academy—455 Western Avenue, Morristown—on “The Healing Power of Grief” in which each will speak for 30 minutes and hold a 30-minute Q&A session. Space is limited and registration is required. To register for the Georgian Court event, email Sachiko Komagata, PT., Ph.D., at or Lo Anne Mayer at; for the Villa Walsh talk, email Lo Anne Mayer at The written works of these authors, healers and teachers include Losing Amma, Finding Home; Celestial Conversations; Collecting Feathers; Understanding Death; and On Dragonfly Wings. For more information, email Sachiko Komagata, PT., Ph.D., at Komagatas@ or Lo Anne Mayer at

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The Tree of Health Center’s First Annual Universal Health Fair: Vendors Wanted



ealing modalities from around the world come to the heart of Newton with the first annual Universal Health Fair presented by the Tree of Health Center. The event will take place in the heart of Newton on the Green, September 19, from 11am to 6pm. The Universal Health Fair is currently in the early planning stage and is seeking vendors and sponsors to participate. The fair will focus on health and wellness in cultures from around the world, giving individuals of the community an opportunity to experience diverse healing practices. This event seeks to educate, inform, and help members of the community to begin to rediscover their inner selves. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Tree of Health Center’s Universal Children’s Trust Fund. This fund will be used to assist community schools by introducing creative new programs that will benefit youth, work with schools to deal with stress reduction for students and staff, and encourage peak performance. The Tree of Health Center, located at 55 Newton Sparta Rd, Unit 107, in Newton, is a health and wellness center dedicated to bridging the gap between a variety of healthcare traditions, with a strong focus on noninvasive practices and prevention. Its team of unique healthcare specialists is passionate about health, growth and well-being. Vendors of all types—food, snack, craft, retail, wellness companies and nonprofit organizations— are encouraged to apply. Applications are available online at, or by emailing For more information, call Sandy Mitchell at 973-875-2068. Visit for current updates, events and to join the healing community.

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newsbriefs Craigslist Founder Aids Local Nonprofit


raig Newmark, founder of Craigslist and Craigconnects and former Morristown resident, is sponsoring a composting toilet for Grow It Green Morristown’s redesign of the Early Street Community Garden. Newmark, now a resident of California, grew up in a house across the street from the garden and used to play in the former junkyards of Early Street. Newmark’s $10,000 sponsorship will provide a muchneeded restroom facility as part of the garden’s new design that includes a public parklet, solar-powered community pavilion, ADA-compliant walking path, a composting center, apiary, bike repair station and 94 garden beds. Composting toilets use little to no water and depend on aerobic reaction to break down the waste product. As Newmark says, “I like to support real community grassroots efforts in the most grassroots sense.” Grow It Green Morristown is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to create sustainable farms and gardens that provide equal access to fresh, local food and educate communities through programs focused on healthy eating and environmental stewardship. For more information, visit


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Third Annual Tour de Farm New Jersey


he third annual Tour de Farm New Jersey will be held on Sunday, September 6, beginning at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. The Tour de Farm is a cycling tour of northern New Jersey’s farms to raise awareness of New Jersey’s agricultural richness, highlight the importance of eating local, farm-fresh food, and to share the farmers’ stories. Two routes are offered for riders of different ages and fitness levels: The Extreme Tour is 70 miles with 4,300 feet of elevation and meant for avid, very fit cyclists; the Weekend Warrior Tour is 21 miles with 1,200 feet of elevation. Both routes start with a locally sourced breakfast. Riders can purchase farm products along the route that will be brought back to the tour start for convenience. The day culminates in a Farm-to-Fork Celebration, a gourmet outdoor feast catered by Andre’s and served at the Vernon Valley Farm from 3:30 to 6:30pm. Attendance is by ticket only and limited. Tickets are $55 per person for the tour, $125 per person for the meal, and available through Eventbrite. For more information on the Tour de Farm and Farm-to-Fork Celebration, visit, contact Mitch Morrison at 973-222-4703 or email

Alfresco at the Farm


trap on your dancing shoes, put on your play clothes, grab the kids and meet at the Urban Farm at Lafayette, 31 Hazel Street in Morristown, on August 8, from 4pm to 7pm. (Rain date August 9). Alfresco at the Farm is a summer family fundraising festival that adds an urban twist to the traditional country fair. The event promises fun for the whole family and includes live music, kids’ farm activities, face painting, crafts and activities for kids ages 5+, pizza on the grill by Millie’s Old World Pizza & Meatballs, and artisan handcrafted desserts from the Artist Baker. Tickets are $10 for kids 6–15, $40 per adult, or $75 per couple. Children 5 and under are free. The Urban Farm at Lafayette, New Jersey’s largest school garden, is an initiative of Grow it Green Morristown, whose mission is to create sustainable farms and gardens that provide equal access to fresh, local food and educate communities through programs focused on healthy eating and environmental stewardship. For tickets and more information, visit GrowitGreenMorristown. org.

Program Offerings at the Chambers Center for Well Being


he Chambers Center for Well Being, at 435 South Street, in Morristown, is made up of physicians and healthcare providers trained to prevent and treat disease using evidencedbased medicine from more than 200 global healing traditions. Patients receive the best of western medicine combined with innovative lifestyle changes and treatments. The Chambers Center offers life-changing programs and professional classes, monthly educational lectures and special events, and ongoing movement classes. Current programs include the following: Lifestyle Change Program. Lifestyle Change is a comprehensive 12-week group program that guides patients to establish, reach and maintain fitness, weight and wellness goals through supervised exercise, diet and nutrition, and stress management. It benefits those managing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, thyroid conditions, and fibromyalgia, and other chronic conditions that contribute to stress. New group program start dates are as follows: September 15 & 29, October 13 & 27 and December 8. Interactive Metronome. Interactive Metronome (IM) is an interactive computer-based therapy that stimulates synchronization of timing in multiple regions of the brain. IM uses a variety of engaging games in which clients perform specific hand and foot exercises matched to a metronome beat and receive real-time feedback of how in sync they are with that beat. This therapy helps those looking to improve performance in sports, music, and academics as well as those with pediatric or adult ADHD. Spa Massage. The Chambers Center now offers luxury spa treatments, in 60- and 90-minute sessions, including a Journey to Revitalization, a Warm Stone Massage, and a Weekend Warrior Recovery Massage as well as Aromatherapy Massage. Microderm Abrasion. The Dermaglide microdermabrasion system combines gentle abrasion with suction to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells. A fine spray of specially formulated sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) crystals are propelled at a high speed across the skin’s surface to efficiently abrade and exfoliate the skin, while vacuum suction removes the crystals and the dead skin. The vacuum action helps to stimulate microcirculation by increasing the blood supply that provides nutrients needed for skin regeneration. This skin rejuvenation procedure stimulates the production of new skin cells that contain higher levels of collagen and elastin, improving skin texture and elasticity. For more information and times on any of the above offerings, and for our other locations, please call the Chambers Center for Well Being at 973-971-6301 or visit See ad on page 5. natural awakenings

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healthbriefs Parenting with Presence: A Litte Effort Can Yield Great Rewards


re you looking to be the best parent you can be? Today’s kids are involved in a range of organized activities, attached to a variety of electronic devices, and busy with rigorous school schedules, making it difficult for families to set aside time for family bonding and unstructured activities. But the challenges of deliberate and mindful parenting can lead to enormous rewards in the health and well-being of each family member. One way to ensure that you get family time together is to actually schedule the time. Take a look at your calendar or planner and write in opportunities to spend one-on-one time with your spouse, each child individually, your parents and whoever else is important to you. Also, each month try and schedule in some family dinners and family outings. Family vacations are also a great opportunity for siblings to bond with each other and their parents. Taking people out of their normal environment and having new experiences together can lead to wonderful lasting memories. Family trips don’t have to be extravagant; they can be day trips or longer, more involved experiences. Turn off electronics and messaging systems for a majority of the time together, allowing everyone only a short bit of electronics time each day for catching up with friends at home, if they feel they need to.

When families spend time together, kids are more inclined to reveal what is going on in their lives by sharing information about school, friends and relationships and any struggles they may face. By being an interested listener, you’re given the chance to offer a bit of advice and to get a grip on what is going on in your children’s and spouse’s day-to-day lives. As a parent, being present, involved and aware will enable you to pick up on subtle stressors in your kids’ lives that can help you identify concerns and come up with helpful suggestions. It may sound trite, but childhood goes by quickly, and being a mindful parent will help you build a strong foundation for your child’s future. Sherry Onweller, professional organizer, is the owner of Everyday Organizing Solutions by Sherry, a professional organizing company in New Jersey, offering customized organizing solutions to residential and business clients. She assists with decluttering, downsizing, time management, personal goal setting, coaching, managing volunteer projects, helping children to get organized and helping adults with ADD. To learn more, visit or contact Onweller at 908-619-4561.

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Don’t Hold Your Breath! A Simple and Effective Method to Help Your Child Manage Stress


s parents, we’ve all experienced this scenario: Your child comes down in the morning, wound up like a clockwork toy at the prospect of a test, a team tryout, or another school event. He might say he has a stomach ache or that his head hurts, or that he slept badly or too much. We know that our kids can’t escape the test or tryout or event, so how can we help them face these challenges? There is one natural way, according to Dr. Yana Kofman, a board-certified pediatric physical therapist who specializes in Yoga for the Special Child methodology: Take and focus on a deep breath. “The power of taking control over your breathing can be life-changing,” she says. In her Morristown-based practice, which combines manual body work therapy with the yogic philosophy of mind and body working in harmony, she has seen the results of teaching children to, as she says, “breathe consciously.” When presented with a stressful situation, says Dr. Kofman, our bodies go into a sympathetic response, or what we usually call the fight-or-flight response. Our heart rate speeds up, blood rushes to leg muscles to help us “run away,” our brains seem to “freeze,” and our breathing becomes more shallow. This natural response of the body, when continuously triggered by our demanding lives, often manifests in children as headaches, constipation, and behavioral issues, among other symptoms. In addition, the body will use the muscles of the chest and neck when breathing, instead of the stronger muscles of the diaphragm. To balance out the sympathetic response, our bodies also have a parasympathetic response. In this state, the heart rate slows, muscles relax, and blood flow is more even to help with digestion and relaxation. And instead of breathing by exerting the neck and chest muscles, the diaphragm is engaged and breathing deepens. Dr. Kofman suggests the following breathing exercises to help shift your child’s sympathetic response to a parasympathetic one: 1.  Have children sit in a chair and close their eyes. Closing the eyes is often difficult for an anxious child to do. Reassure your child that he is in a safe place with you. 2.  Have children slump down in the chair and lower their chin toward their chest, curling their spine into a fetal-like position. Shoulders are curved down and in. This automatically engages the diaphragm, rather than the upper chest and neck muscles.

up to 3 (smaller children will need a shorter count). Then have them gently press on their belly as they breathe out, for the same count. This gentle pressure will assist with diaphragmatic breaths and the body’s relaxation. 4.  Repeat for approximately two minutes. Emphasize the duration and depth of the breath as practice deepens. As your child gets used to the breathing exercises, she will relax more quickly and sometimes only a few breaths will be needed to shift away from sympathetic response. Talk your child through the breaths slowly and calmly. Excessive talking does not help anxious children, as their brain cannot process any information when the nervous system is in distress. Try also performing these breathing exercises at calm moments when the child is engaged and is listening, so that your child can begin to associate deep breathing with safe, relaxing times as well as stressful ones. “A child of any age and ability can teach their body to engage the parasympathetic response,” says Dr. Kofman. “This conscious connection between mind and body is a skill that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”

Not Just for Kids! A parent or caregiver’s level of and reaction to stress can affect a child’s. Aside from performing this exercise with your child, take a few minutes from every day to sit mindfully and practice deepening your own breathing.

3.  Tell them to put their hands on their belly, and imagine their stomach is like a balloon. Have them imagine gently filling the balloon with air, for a count of

For more information, visit the website of the American Psychological Association at

A survey conducted by the American Psychological Association in 2013 found that teens uniformly reported stress levels above what they considered to be healthy (5.8 out of 10 versus 3.9 out of 10). [Source:]

Vicky Norton is a freelance writer and yoga practitioner who appreciates the calming influence of a good deep breath. She lives in Mendham, New Jersey.

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he Feed the World Project has partnered with the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to offer public testing for a chemical that is now ubiquitous in conventional food production: glyphosate. At $119, the test can check levels of this chemical in tap water, urine and soon, breast milk. “For decades now, the public has been exposed, unknowingly and against their will, to glyphosate, despite mounting evidence that this key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is harmful to human health and the environment,” says OCA International Director Ronnie Cummins. “Monsanto has been given a free pass to expose the public to this dangerous chemical because individuals, until now, have been unable to go to their doctor’s office or local water-testing company to find out if the chemical has accumulated in their bodies or is present in their drinking water.” The testing comes on the heels of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement in March that glyphosate is a possible carcinogen and questions the validity of the industry claims from laboratory animal testing that the acceptable daily intake of glyphosate is .3 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day. The WHO report notes, “The socalled safe levels of glyphosate exposure have never been tested directly to determine if indeed they are really safe to consume over the long term. Instead, the ‘safe’ levels are extrapolated from higher doses tested in industry studies.”

review of research from the Center for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety finds that the quantity of food consumed by pregnant women for increasing a baby’s birth weight is less important than what types of foods she eats. After systematically analyzing 11 relevant studies, the researchers found that higher birth weights—associated with better brain development during later years—are linked with the amount of fruits and vegetables a mother eats during pregnancy. Using seven studies, researchers found that low vegetable consumption during pregnancy resulted in more than three times the risk of giving birth to a child with low gestational weight. Other studies found a correlation between higher fruit consumption by expectant mothers and a higher birth weight of babies. Much of the research showing these relationships occurred in developed countries where a conventional Western diet is prevalent.

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study from Free University, in Berlin, has determined that listening to sad music may actually lift our mood. The researchers conducted a survey of 772 people, 44 percent of which were musicians, asking each subject about their emotional responses after listening to sad music. While 76 percent felt nostalgic, more than 57 percent of the respondents indicated peacefulness, more than 51 percent felt tenderness, almost 39 percent had feelings of wonder and 37 percent experienced a sense of transcendence. Fewer than half—45 percent—said they experienced sadness when listening to the morose melodies. The researchers pointed out that people often tend to listen to sad music as a source of consolation, and the music often provides a means for improving moods and emotions.

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Pistachio Nuts Help Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Artery Health


new study published in the journal Nutrition found that eating pistachio nuts may improve cholesterol parameters, increase glycemic (blood sugar) control, decrease artery stiffness and improve overall blood vessel health. The study tested 60 adults with poor cholesterol lipid levels. They were randomly split into two groups—one (control) was given lifestyle modifications (LSM) while the other was given LSM and consumed 40 grams (about 1.5 ounces) of shelled pistachios per day for three months. Compared to the control group, the pistachio group’s levels of high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) increased significantly, while their low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels went down significantly. Along with lower fasting blood sugar, the pistachio group showed better artery health, established by measuring vasodilation (the flexibility of the arteries to expand and contract). This, together with pulse-wave velocity testing, can indicate artery stiffness, which has been linked to hypertension and an increased risk of heart disease in general.



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Disposable diapers are mostly indestructible, but a group of researchers led by Rosa María Espinosa Valdemar, at Mexico’s Autonomous Metropolitan University, Azcapotzalco, has found a way to degrade the soiled garments by growing mushrooms on them. Disposable diapers can last for hundreds of years in landfills because they contain not only the plant-based material cellulose that mushrooms consume, but also non-biodegradable materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene and the superabsorbent gel sodium polyacrylate. The scientists grew the oyster mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, on a substance made from used diapers and were able to reduce the diaper’s weight and volume by up to 80 percent. For the experiment, the researchers only used diapers containing liquid waste. They sterilized and ground up the garments; mixed them with lignin from the remains of pressed grapes, coffee or pineapple tops; covered the mixture with commercially available fungus spores; and kept it in a plastic bag for three weeks. The resulting mushrooms had similar amounts of protein, fat, vitamins and minerals as in commercial yeast. They’re not intended for human consumption, but could be used as a supplement in cattle feed. Source:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) notes that as of March, the global monthly average for carbon dioxide, the most prevalent heat-trapping gas, crossed a threshold of more than 400 parts per million (ppm), the highest in about 2 million years. “It’s both disturbing and daunting from the standpoint of how hard it is to slow this down,” says NOAA chief greenhouse gas scientist Pieter Tans. “Carbon dioxide isn’t just higher, it’s increasing at a record pace, 100 times faster than natural rises in the past.” In pre-human times, it took about 6,000 years for carbon dioxide to rise 80 ppm, versus 61 ppm in the last 35 years, Tans says. Global carbon dioxide is now 18 percent higher than it was in 1980, when NOAA first calculated a worldwide average.

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Valuable Horseshoe Species Going Extinct The horseshoe crab, which is not really a crab, but belongs to the taxonomical class Merostomata among arthropods, is about to join the long list of endangered species. Their potential extinction poses a major threat to pharmaceutical, clinical and food industries seeking the secrets to the species’ survival over more than 250 million years with minimal evolution, enduring extreme temperature conditions and salinity. Individuals are able to go without eating for a year. Commonly found living in warm, shallow coastal waters on the sea floor, horseshoe crabs play an important ecological role. A continuing decrease in their population will affect other species, especially shorebirds that feed on the eggs, destabilizing the food chain. Sea turtles also feed on adult horseshoe crabs. Scientists worldwide want to include the invertebrate in schedule IV of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1974, labeling them as an endangered species. Enforcement will include monitoring for improper uses of horseshoe crabs. Source:

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The Nuttiest Biogas Around Turkey, one of the world’s largest producers of pistachios, has begun using tons of the shells to produce biogas (methane) as an alternative energy source instead of dumping them in landfills. The country even plans to power its first eco-city using this unconventional fuel. The planned 7,900-acre metropolis is expected to house 200,000 people in Gaziantep Province. This southern region near the Syrian border is the heart of Turkey’s pistachio production, yielding more than 50 percent of the country’s nuts. “When you plan such environmentally friendly systems, you take a look at the natural resources you have,” explains Seda Muftuoglu Gulec, a Turkish green building expert. “If the region was abundant in wind power, we would use wind energy.” If the project goes forward, construction will start within two years and be completed within two decades. A pilot phase will focus on a 135-acre piece of land and, if successful, expand into the entire city. It may inspire other agricultural regions to look at what they typically consider waste as an energy source. For more information, visit

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The Vaccine Push Mandatory Laws vs. Personal Choice by Linda Sechrist


ront-page headlines Mandatory vaccines The current state about questionable of distrust of scientific pose the latest research, corporate statistics and their impact manipulations, purchased on our lives doesn’t bode affront to politicians, medical covwell for lawmakers atcitizens’ right er-ups and whistleblower tempting to build consento informed reports have left Amerisus for uniform mandacans feeling hoodwinked self-government. tory vaccination intervenand skeptical. According tion. The current rush to to a new Pew Research Center study, pass such legislation is largely due to the public doesn’t trust the information 169 cases of measles reported between they’re fed on issues such as genetically January 4 and April 17, encompassing engineered crops and now, mandatory 20 states and the District of Columbia, vaccines. all traced to a traveler infected overseas

that then visited a California amusement park. Common sense and independent research counters the stance that would rob individuals of their moral right to conscientious, philosophical and personal-belief exemption from being subjected to vaccines. Hard evidence in a plethora of published studies further identifies genetic factors that could cause the development of adverse effects to vaccines. Yet, “There is no available evidence on vaccines’ effectiveness that is placebo-controlled, plus the health effects of vaccines in combination have never been studied, certainly not the 69 total doses of 16 types of vaccines given to children starting 12 hours after birth through age 18,” says Sayer Ji, a member of the National Health Federation board of governors and founder of “Vaccine risks for anyone can range from zero to 100 percent, depending upon one’s genes, microbiome DNA, environment, age and health at the time of vaccination and the type and number of vaccines given,” advises Barbara Loe Fisher, president and cofounder of the nonprofit National Vaccine Information Center, headquartered in Vienna, Virginia. “Vaccines are not safe or effective for everyone because we’re not all the same and we don’t all respond the same way to pharmaceutical products,” says Fisher. She notes that responses to

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infectious diseases and ing agencies, sponsored Vaccines are not the risk for complications scientific propaganda responsible for can also vary, depending used to silence critthe eradication upon similar factors. ics, and large-scale Among the most of diseases such as corruption within the prominent warnings on billion-dollar vaccine polio and smallpox. industry. Plus, it points vaccine ingredients, concerned doctors, researchout problems with the ~U.S. Centers for ers and medical whistleNational Childhood Vacblowers cite dangers of cine Injury Act of 1986 Disease Control the toxin thimerosal, that Congress passed to database a mercury-containing give drug manufacturers, preservative used in some the government and phyvaccines and vaccine adjuvants such as sicians protection from lawsuits arising aluminum gels or aluminum salts added from injuries caused by childhood vacto elicit a stronger immune response cines. against the germ the vaccine introduces “Since 1988, thousands of chilinto our body. dren and adults in America that have Leading books citing telling suffered brain inflammation and other research include Thimerosal: Let the long-recognized vaccine reactions have Science Speak, by Robert F. Kennedy been collectively awarded $3 billion in Jr. and Dr. Mark Hyman; Vaccines: vaccine injury compensation. There are What CDC Documents and Science thousands more that have been unable Reveal, by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny; Vacto secure federal compensation for their cine Epidemic, by Louise Kuo Habavaccine injuries,” reports Fisher. kus; and Science for Sale, by David L. “At least 25,000 to 30,000 reports Lewis, Ph.D. Top film documentaries of vaccine reactions are filed annuinclude Shots in the Dark; Vaccination: ally with the Vaccine Adverse Events The Hidden Truth; Trace Amounts; The Reporting System, operated by the U.S. Greater Good; and Vaccine Nation. Centers for Disease Control,” says Ten Bought: The Hidden Story Behind penny. “Underreporting is a substantial Vaccines, Big Pharma and Your Food problem. It’s estimated that less than 1 resulted from two years of investigative percent of all adverse events from drugs research in disaster medical manageand vaccines are reported.” Vaccine ment by Toni Bark, now an integrative cites 7,200 jourphysician. In interviews with practicnal articles and studies that expose the ing doctors, research scientists, former harm caused by vaccines. pharmaceutical sales representatives, “Knowledge is empowering and attorneys and others, Bark exposes personal discernment is priceless. serious conflicts of interest. These inThe facts challenge the health claims clude vaccine research funding, hiring by government health agencies and between pharmaceutical and chemical pharmaceutical firms that vaccines are industries and their government regulat- perfectly safe,” says Ji. “Public doubt,

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Shelly Lefkoe, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Guide to Effective Parenting, believes that children learn what we model as important values. She tells her daughters they should treat her with dignity and respect not because she’s their mother, but because, “That’s how you treat people and that’s how I treat them.” Minneapolis college student Casey Martin often joins his father, Kirk, in presenting Calm Parenting workshops for parents, teachers and students around the country. In growing up, he’s seen firsthand, “If you have a connection with your kids, you can have a lot more influence on them.” Noting that sometimes children feel like their parents love them, but

don’t necessarily like them, Martin emphasizes finding ways to identify with their interests. “I love cars, and my dad used to invite me on test drives when I was a kid. Both of my parents took time to connect with me, which had a huge impact on our relationship.” Christine Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist with the University of California Greater Good Science Center, recog-

Overprotection of children by what’s termed helicopter parenting, can cause a disabling sense of entitlement where kids begin to believe, possibly unconsciously, that they are entitled to a difficulty-free life, Carter observes. “There’s an epidemic of cheating because students don’t want to try hard, and they expect to be rescued,” she says. “Although it’s terrifying to let our kids fail, when we don����������������� ’���������������� t let them experience difficulty, they see mistakes as being so awful they must be avoided at any cost. To gain mastery in any arena, we must challenge ourselves, even if that means making mistakes.” “We lose sight that we’re not raising children, we’re raising adults,”

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says Malibu, California, If you can’t explain to experience nature marriage, family and as previous generasomething to a child therapist Susan tions did. In Last Child Stiffelman, author of in the Woods, author 5-year-old, you Parenting with Presence: Richard Louv cautions don’t really Practices for Raising against being limited by Conscious, Confident, modern factors such as understand it; Caring Kids. “Empower restrictive subdivision they make you them to cope with ups covenants and mediaand downs. Help them induced fear. “There are think about know and trust themrisks outdoors, but there what you know. selves by not legislating are huge psychological, their opinions and by physical and spiritual ~Armin Brott allowing them to experirisks in raising future ment.” generations under pro Children often struggle with transi- tective house arrest,” he says. tions, especially when things don’t Louv prefers what’s called a humgo as planned. Martin recommends, mingbird approach: “Hummingbird “When kids throw tantrums or argue to parents don’t hover over their kids with get out of a challenging situation that’s nature flash cards; they stand back causing them anxiety, help them work and make space for exploration and through it. Tell them that you know problem solving through independent they’re feeling anxious, that you’ve felt play, while remaining nearby, ready to that way before, too, and then help by zoom in at a moment’s notice if safety giving them something specific to do or becomes an issue.” focus on.” Armin Brott, host of San Francisco’s Independent outdoor play has Positive Parenting radio program, rebeen proven to help kids learn to minds parents to increase opportunities exert self-control. America’s children for independence as youngsters grow. aren’t allowed to roam freely outside “Test a child’s ability to handle more

freedom by providing the opportunity to prove that they can. If they succeed, it’s a confidence builder. If not, it allows them to see for themselves that they’re not ready yet.”

Disciplined Communication The first eight years of a child’s life are the most formative, effecting personal beliefs that will shape the adult that they’ll become, including impediments to fruitful self-expression. Fostering connection and confidence entails preventing children from forming negative beliefs while keeping them safe. Lefkoe suggests focusing on what serves the child’s highest good in that moment. “Get to the source of problems instead of talking about your expectations not being met, which is irrelevant,” says Lefkoe. “Guide them to learn to discern what works and what doesn’t. You want your child to thrive, instead of always trying to live up to others’ expectations.” Parents can serve as a safe haven for kids. Stiffelman says, “Allow them to speak the truth without being corrected or shamed. If they tell you they’d like to do something you don’t approve of,

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resist the urge to react with immediate advice and talk to them about their decision-making process. Be present enough for them to let them hear themselves think out loud.” “Children need affection, attention, acknowledgment and unconditional love, not discipline. When you punish kids, they feel absolved: ‘I did something bad, I got punished, now we’re even,’” says Lefkoe. When they get caught doing something they shouldn’t be doing, she recommends (with children as young as 5) asking them, “What are the consequences of your actions? Do you want to live with them? Your goal with this conversation should be that your child walks away feeling like they made a mistake, but it was a great learning opportunity.” As kids mature and are faced with potentially dangerous scenarios, “You don’t want them worrying about what their friends will think; you want them thinking about the consequences,” says Lefkoe.

Navigating the Teen Years

The intense journey of adolescence is about discovering oneself and how to reach full potential. Carter says, “I had to constantly remind myself that this is their journey, not mine, and that it’s going to sometimes be dark and difficult.” “The more power you give kids, the less they feel the need to test the universe,” says Lefkoe, who reminds parents that while it’s relatively easy to control young children, rebellious teenagers are harder to handle when they feel they have something to prove to an overbearing parent. Offering calculated risk-taking opportunities that don’t involve drugs and alcohol is beneficial in the teen years. “You want them to know how to handle freedom and be responsible once they are on their own,” she says. “When I got my driver’s license, I always came home before curfew,” says Martin. “I learned that if I could control myself, my parents didn’t feel the need to control me, which gave me a ton of power in my life.” Brott observes that as the parenting role changes, “We can offer to help, but it’s equally important to learn to let go and admire the young adults they’re becoming.”

Teens desperately want to not feel like a kid, adds Stiffelman. “They may tell you to back off, but stay present and engaged. The more you ask their opinion or invite them to teach you something, the more they’ll feel your support.” With sex education, the authors of The New Puberty, Pediatric Endocrinologist Dr. Louise Greenspan and Adolescent Psychologist Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D., emphasize the importance of being approachable from a young age, so kids naturally turn to their parents when sensitive questions arise. “It shouldn’t be about having ‘the talk’; it’s about maintaining an ongoing conversation,” says Greenspan. “Body odor is a good starting point in talking about body issues because it’s not intimidating and can be comfortably addressed by either parent.” Avoid rushing into subjects they’re not ready for by focusing on answering the questions that are posed, while offering a glimpse into the near future. Deardorff says, “Pubertal changes happen over time, so be patient. Parents have a lot of anxiety and anticipation about puberty. When you start to see the first signs, you don’t have to communicate everything all at once.” Consider throwing a puberty party or a health workshop for a son or daughter and their friends. Invite a parent that is comfortable with the subject matter—a nurse, physician or teacher—to get the conversation started. “Fight the urge to emotionally or physically withdraw,”

Conscious Parenting Resources The Body Book for Boys by Rebecca Paley, Grace Norwich and Jonathan Mar The Care and Keeping of You: the Body Book for Younger Girls by Valorie Schaefer The Care and Keeping of You 2: The Body Book for Older Girls by Cara Natterson Father for Life: A Journey of Joy, Challenge and Change by Armin Brott Holistic Mom’s Network Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv The New Puberty by Louise Greenspan, M.D., and Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D. Parenting the Lefkoe Way Parenting with Presence by Susan Stiffelman Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents by Christine Carter

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Because we had built a relationship, as a teen I could go to my parents with issues and knew they wouldn’t freak out because they understood the learning process of growing up. ~Casey Martin counsels Deardorff. “Sharing activities is a form of communication, too.”

Kids as Teachers

“By paying attention, we can learn a lot of skills from our kids,” says Brott. Generally, youngsters have a greater tolerance for other people’s mistakes and opinions than adults, and tend to be more laid back. They regularly teach spiritual lessons about giving and receiving love and happiness in ways we never imagined. Through all the inevitable challenges, Stiffelman notes, “When parenting with presence, we orient ourselves with whatever good, bad or difficult moment is unfolding and bring more of our self—our heart, consciousness, understanding and compassion—to hold steady as the seas get rocky. Children offer us opportunities to confront the dark and dusty corners of our minds and hearts, creating conditions to call forth the kind of learning that can liberate us from old paradigms.” It all allows us to lead more expansive and fulfilling lives as we open ourselves to more of the love, learning and joy that the adventure of parenting can bring. When we embrace the healing and transformation that is being offered through parenting with presence, the rewards can be limitless. Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (


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10 STEPS TO FAMILY HAPPINESS by Christine Carter


appier kids are more likely to become successful, accomplished adults. Looking at the science can show what works in raising naturally healthy, happy kids.

feelings are okay, even though bad behavior isn’t.

Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First. How happy parents are dramatically affects how happy and successful their kids are.

Teach Self-Discipline. Self-discipline in kids is more predictive of future success than intelligence or most anything else good. Start teaching it by helping kids learn ways to distract themselves from temptation.

Build a Village. The breadth and depth of our positive relationships with other people is the strongest predictor of human happiness.

Form Happiness Habits. Turn these happiness skills, plus the positive skills parents already have, into habits.

Enjoy the Present Moment. We can be super-busy and deeply happy at the same time by deeply experiencing the present moment.

Expect Effort and Enjoyment, Not Perfection. Parents that overemphasize achievement are more likely to have kids with higher levels of depression, anxiety and substance abuse compared to others. Praise effort, not natural ability.

Rig their Environment for Happiness. Monitor a child’s surroundings so that the family’s deliberate happiness efforts have maximum effect. Eat Dinner Together. This simple tradition helps mold better kids and makes them happier, too.

Choose Gratitude, Forgiveness and Optimism. Optimism is so closely related to happiness that the two are practically interchangeable. Teach preteens to look on the bright side. Raise their Emotional Intelligence. It’s a skill, not an inborn trait. Parents can help by empathizing with children facing difficult emotions and helping them identify and label what they are feeling. Let them know that all

Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents and The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work. She is a senior fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center. Learn more at

Kids like simple, elemental tastes and embrace the magic of the three-ingredient approach to cooking. 


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They Love Healthy Food They Make Themselves by Judith Fertig


n less than a generation, childhood obesity has risen substantially, most notably in the United States, according to the article “Child and Adolescent Obesity: Part of a Bigger Picture,” in a recent issue of The Lancet. The authors attest that modern culture’s promotion of junk food encourages weight gain and can exacerbate risk factors for chronic disease in our kids. When concerned parents have a picky child bent on eating only French fries, they could enroll them in healthy cooking classes that offer tastings and related hands-on experiences for youths from preschoolers through teens. Here, children are encouraged to try more foods, eat healthier and learn about meal preparation, plus sharpen some math, geography and social skills. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Leah Smith, the mother of two elementary school children, founded Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas, in 2011. She offers classes for chefs (ages 3 to 6), junior chefs (5 to 11) and senior chefs (11 to 14). Kids learn how to make dishes such as yogurt parfait popsicles with healthy grains clusters or roasted

tomato soup with homemade croutons. “I’m a firm believer that teaching kids about which foods are good for us, and why, will positively influence their lifelong eating habits,” says Smith. “Start right, stay right.” Elena Marre, also the mother of two elementary school children, faced the challenge of a picky eater in her family. In 2007, she started The Kids’ Table, in Chicago, and solved her own problem along the way. Says Marre, “It’s amazing how often I hear a child complain about not liking red peppers, dark leafy greens or onions at the beginning of a class. It’s so rewarding when that same child is devouring a dish made with those three ingredients at the end.” Healthy kids cooking classes provide a fresh way to combat poverty, according to the Children’s Aid Society, in New York City. The group started Go!Chefs in 2006 at community schools and centers throughout the city and knows how to make it fun with Iron Chef-style competitions. “When offered a choice between an apple and a candy on two consecutive occasions and with most having chosen

the candy the first time, 57 percent of students in the Go!Kids health and fitness program chose the apple the second time, compared to 33 percent in the control group,” says Stefania Patinella, director of the society’s food and nutrition programs. In Minnesota’s Twin Cities region, “We do a lot of outreach with Head Start, community schools and organizations like scout troops,” says Chef Ani Loizzo, Whole Foods Market’s culinary instructor at the Whole Kids Club Kitchen Camp, in Lake Calhoun. “We have many kids that know about organic and biodynamic farming and we talk about that in class. We might focus on a healthy ingredient like tomatoes in a one-hour class or explore the culture of Greece or Mexico through food in a longer session.” Loizzo loves the natural curiosity that kids bring to cooking classes. “Sparking an interest in exploring ingredients and flavors can also lead to learning how to grow a garden and interest in the environment,” she says. For children in areas where such cooking classes aren’t yet offered, there are still fun ways to involve them in healthy meal preparation. Maggie LaBarbera of San Mateo, California, started her Web-based company in 2005 after witnessing the harmful effects of teenage obesity when she was an intensive care nurse. It offers educational articles for parents and free downloadable activities that engage children with healthy foods. “Every positive change, no matter how small, is a step to creating a healthier child,” says LaBarbera. “Together, we can give children the knowledge, facts and skills to develop healthy habits for a lifetime.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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Starter Recipes for Kids H

ere’s a sampling of healthy snack food recipes that kids love to make—and eat—in class and at home.

Nut Butter Granola Bars Yields: 8 bars

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Yields: 4 servings

4 ice pop molds 1 cup granola (use non-GMO, gluten-free Kind bars) in small pieces 1 cup organic fresh fruit such as raspberries, kiwi, mango and strawberries cut into small pieces 2 (6-oz) cartons organic dairy or non-dairy yogurt

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Yogurt Parfait Ice Pops with Healthy Grains Clusters

2¼ cups rolled oats ¼ cup shredded coconut (without added sugar) ½ cup applesauce 1 /3 cup nut butter (almond or peanut) ¼ tsp baking soda ½ cup raw honey or maple syrup 1 Tbsp milk or almond milk 3 Tbsp chocolate chips Preheat the oven to 350° F. Mix all dry ingredients in one bowl. Mix wet ingredients into a separate bowl; it may help to heat the nut butter a little first. Combine the wet and dry contents.

Layer ingredients in each ice pop mold like a parfait. Put a sprinkle of granola in first, and then layer yogurt and fresh cut fruit. Add another spoonful of granola to top it all off and freeze the pops for at least 4 to 6 hours.

Line a 9-by-13-inch pan with parchment paper. Bake for about 25 minutes. Let them cool completely before cutting. Store in a plastic container separated by parchment paper. They should keep for about two weeks and may be refrigerated.

Adapted from a recipe by Leah Smith for Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas

Adapted from a recipe by Kensey Goebel for Kids Kitchen and Chefs Club, in Austin, Texas

Raw Banana Ice Cream Yields: about 1 quart

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20 pitted dates, roughly chopped 2 Tbsp raw honey 2 Tbsp extra-virgin coconut oil 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 /8 tsp ground cinnamon 4 cups sliced very ripe organic bananas ½ cup raw peanuts, coarsely chopped, optional 2 Tbsp cacao nibs

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Put dates into a medium bowl, cover with lukewarm purified water and set aside to soak for 10 minutes. Drain dates and reserve soaking liquid. In a food processor, purée dates with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the soaking liquid, honey, oil, vanilla and cinnamon until smooth. (Discard the remaining liquid.) Add bananas and purée again until almost smooth. Transfer to a stainless steel bowl and stir in peanuts and cacao nibs. Cover and freeze, stirring occasionally, until almost solid—4 to 6 hours. Let ice cream soften a bit at room temperature before serving. Adapted from a recipe from Whole Foods Market, Lake Calhoun, Minnesota

Cheesy Lasagna Rolls

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Yields: 4 to 6 servings

Sea salt ½ lb (8 to 10) uncooked lasagna noodles  Organic olive or coconut oil  1 cup ricotta cheese  1½ cups prepared marinara sauce  1½ cups packed baby spinach  ½ cup shredded mozzarella  Preheat oven to 400° F. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, add noodles and cook until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain well and gently transfer to a clean surface.  Oil the inside of a small roasting pan or casserole dish and set it aside. Working with one noodle at a time, spread with about 2 tablespoons each of the ricotta and marinara, then top with spinach. Starting at one end, roll up the noodle snugly, and then arrange it in the pan either seam-side down or with the rolls close enough to hold each other closed. Pour the remaining marinara over assembled rolls, sprinkle with mozzarella and bake until golden and bubbly, 20 to 25 minutes. Adapted from a recipe from Whole Foods Market

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Joe Dispenza on The Power of Thought Alone to Heal

isn’t influencing the body and vice versa. The combination is what I call a state of being.

How does the placebo effect work?

by Kathleen Barnes


ost of us are familiar with the placebo effect, when actual healing occurs after the only prescription a patient ingests is a sugar pill that the individual believes is medicine. Researcher and Chiropractor Joe Dispenza, of Olympia, Washington, knows the value of the placebo effect from personal experience. When his spine shattered during a 1986 triathlon race as his bicycle was hit by an SUV, he had a good mental picture of what had happened. Consulting doctors proclaimed a bleak prognosis and offered a risky surgical procedure as his only chance of walking again. He left the hospital against the advice of his physicians and spent the next three months mentally—and physically—reconstructing his spine. His story is one of hope for healing for others, detailed in his latest book, You Are the Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter.

How did your pivotal healing take place? For two hours twice a day, I went within and began creating a picture of my intended result: a totally healed spine. Nine-anda-half weeks after the accident, I got up and walked back into my life fully recovered—without having had a body cast or surgeries. I resumed my chiropractic practice 10 weeks out and was training and lifting weights again while continuing my rehabilitation regimen at 12 weeks. Now, in the nearly 30 years since the accident, I can honestly say that I rarely experience any back pain.

How does your approach differ from mind over matter? It’s the same. So many people have been conditioned into believing that mind and body are separate things. There is never a time when the mind

Think about the idea of giving somebody a sugar pill, saline solution or a false surgery. A certain percentage of those people will accept, believe and surrender—without analysis—to the “thought” that they are receiving the real substance or treatment. As a result, they’ll program their autonomic nervous systems to manufacture the exact same pharmacy of drugs to match the real substance or treatment. They can make their own antidepressants and painkilling medicines. Healing is not something that takes place outside of you.

Can you cite examples of disease in which self-healing has been scientifically validated? There is amazing power in the human mind. Some people’s thoughts heal them; some have made them sick and sometimes even hastened their death. In the first chapter of You Are the Placebo, I tell a story about one man who died after being told he had cancer, even though an autopsy revealed he’d been misdiagnosed. A woman plagued by depression for decades improved dramatically and permanently during an antidepressant drug trial, despite the fact that she was in the placebo group. A handful of veterans that participated in a Baylor University study, formerly hobbled by osteoarthri-

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How can an ordinary person make that quantum leap and find healing? Many of us are now recognizing that rather than live in the past, we can create our own future. It requires changing some longstanding conditioned beliefs and the willingness to step into an unfamiliar, uncomfortable, unpredictable state that is consistent with living in the unknown. This happens to be the perfect place from which to create change. I recommend a meditation that creates physiological changes in the brain and at the cellular level, from 45 to 60 minutes a day. Changing Beliefs and Perceptions meditations are available on my website or individuals can record themselves reading the texts printed in the back of my book. As we exchange self-limiting beliefs we begin to embody new possibilities. Joe Dispenza is chairman of Life University Research Council and a faculty member for the International Quantum University for Integrative Medicine, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Visit Connect with natural health books author Kathleen Barnes at

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Nature is unpredictable, and there are inherent risks associated with swimming in open water, so I always swim with a buddy for companionship and basic safeguarding.


~Kate Radville

Swimming in Nature Splashing Safely in Lakes and Oceans by Lane Vail


ostonian avid open-water swimmer Kate Radville is delighted that water constitutes 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. “The controlled environment of a swimming pool is convenient,” she says, “but splashing around outside in the beautiful summer sunshine is undeniably liberating.” Enthusiasts are both attracted by the rugged beauty of wild water and humbled by its power, but without proper skill or knowledge, swimming in natural settings can be risky. “Millions of dollars are annually spent on advertising, tourism and beach restoration

projects to bring people to water,” says Dave Benjamin, executive director of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, “yet, the American Red Cross finds that 54 percent of Americans lack basic water emergency lifesaving skills.” Maximize enjoyment and safety in the open water by heeding basic guidelines. Be Weather Wise. Check the forecast before heading out and be conscious of any sudden climate changes. Leave the water or the area in the event of thunder or lightning. Tall buildings or mountains may block the view of the sky, and storms can pop up quickly, so

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Benjamin recommends using a batterypowered portable radio or smartphone app for weather updates. Wind and atmospheric pressure shifts can stir up waves for hours, so hesitate before returning to the water after a storm. Glean Information. “I can’t think of a time I’ve jumped into water I knew nothing about,” says Radville. “Some research prior to swimming is definitely advisable.” Renowned coach Steven Munatones, founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association, suggests walking along the beach to look for caution signs, surf conditions boards, flags, buoys, rope lines and available rescue equipment, plus emergency callboxes that pinpoint one’s location if cell phone service is weak. Even seemingly pristine waters can be contaminated by harmful bacteria, algal blooms or runoff pollutants after rain. “Chat with local beachgoers, swimmers, boaters or fishermen about current swimming conditions in designated areas,” counsels Munatones, and check social media sites like Facebook and area online swimming forums. Steer Clear. Be mindful of hidden underwater hazards, ranging from sharp objects to submerged construction, which can create turbulent water and strong undercurrents. Swim in lifeguardprotected areas away from windsurfers, jet skiers and boaters that may not hear or see swimmers, adds Munatones. Respect Marine Life. Munatones advises giving marine life, however beautiful, a wide berth. “I’ve swum around the world with all sorts of intriguing sea life,” he says, “and these are wild animals, not the friendly ones you see in marine parks.” Stop swimming and watch the animal until it’s moved on.

Be Water Wise. Water temperature, depth and movement, which fluctuate with rain, tides and wind, can also make conditions unpredictable, so research a destination beforehand. Pockets of cold water within an otherwise tepid mountain lake could induce a gasp response or hyperventilation, says Munatones, and prolonged immersion increases risk of muscle impairment and hypothermia. Likewise, an unexpected drop in the water floor may provoke panic. “Physically, someone capable of swimming in three feet of water can also swim in 300 feet,” says Munatones. “But mentally, deep water can feel spooky.” Rip currents are powerful streams that flow along the surface away from the shoreline. They may be easily spotted from the beach, but often go unnoticed by swimmers. “A potentially fatal mistake is allowing a ‘fight-or-flight’ response to kick in and trying to swim against the current, because rips are treadmills that will exhaust your energy,” cautions Benjamin. Instead, flip, float and follow the safest path out of the water, a technique that conserves energy and alleviates stress and panic, he says. Watch for Waves. Swim facing oncoming waves and dive under the powerful white foam, coaches Munatones. “Feel the swell wash over you before coming up to the surface.” If knocked off balance by a wave, relax, hold your breath and wait for the tumbling to cease. Swim toward the light if disoriented under the water, and make sure your head is above any froth before inhaling. “Your lungs are your personal flotation device that keep the body buoyant,” says Benjamin. “Lay back and focus on your breathing.” While Coast Guard-approved flotation devices should be worn by children at all times, they are not substitutes for supervision, says Rob Rogerson, a lifeguard and ocean rescue training officer in Palm Beach County, Florida. “Parents must watch swimming and non-swimming children vigilantly.” “The power of the open water is immense,” says Munatones. “Be respectful, always.”

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People change over time and so do symbols. A symbol that means one thing in society today can easily change. Very little is truly timeless.

Think Before You Ink

~Gregory Hall

How to Make Body Art Safe and Reversible by April Thompson


ew things in life are more permanent than a tattoo. Yet those most likely to change their life course—in careers, relationships or fashion styles—are also most inclined to get inked. Nearly 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have at least one tattoo, according to a Pew Research Center poll. “If you change your hairstyle or look often, you probably aren’t a good candidate for a tattoo, because of the limited flexibility to change that decision,” says Dr. Gregory Hall, a primary care physician in Cleveland, Ohio. Hall created the website to help inform others after seeing so many patients that regretted the tattoos of their youth. Hall has also authored Teens, Tattoos, &

Piercings to try to reach school-aged kids before they even consider body art.

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The Millennial generation, which is getting inked in record numbers, is also the leading demographic for ink removal. More than half the tattoos removed by medical professionals in 2013 were for people between 19 and 34 years old. Removal often costs many times more than being tattooed, sometimes requiring a dozen or more sessions over several months. Beyond the likelihood of changing one’s mind about a tattoo, Hall cites employment, discrimination and health concerns in urging teens to decline get-

ting inked or pierced. Employers have the legal right to reject a job candidate because of a tattoo—a challenging fact of life for young people to reconcile when they’re still undecided on a career path. Different branches of the military have their own restrictions on body art, which can include the tattoo’s size, placement and subject, while some companies ban tattoos and piercings altogether. The commitment of a tattoo never interested Lauren Waaland-Kreutzer, 25, of Richmond, Virginia. “I don’t know how I’m going to age and who I’ll be in five years,” she says. Two days after turning 18, however, she got her nose pierced, a decision she hasn’t regretted, even though it’s affected her employment. “While I was working my way through college, I gave up slightly better paying jobs in order to keep my piercing,” she says. Her current employer, a local nonprofit in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is piercing-friendly, but she has friends that have to cover their tattoos and piercings at work; a former classmateturned-lawyer even had to remove a small star tattoo from her wrist. While piercings are more reversible than tattoos, they are also more prone to certain health risks. Tongue and cheek piercings can accelerate tooth decay, according to Hall, and the risk of infection can be high, especially if it impacts cartilage. “Some skin rejects piercings, and you can end up with permanent scars,” he adds.

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that are indistinguishable from a permanent piercing. Temporary tattoos work to try out the look before possibly committing. Henna tattoos, an import from India, are another popular alternative, although Hall has seen many patients develop allergic reactions to this plant-based ink, so it’s always best to test on a small spot first. Permanent organic inks fade more over time, a downside for someone that keeps a tattoo for life, but “come off beautifully” in a removal process compared to the standard heavy metal inks, reports Hall. Also, “We just don’t know yet what impact the heavy metals may have on people’s immune systems down the road,” he says. “Organic inks are much safer.”

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State laws vary regarding age criteria, some allowing tattoos at any age with parental consent. Hall’s tattoo website has a

downloadable contract to encourage kids to talk with their parents before making a decision, regardless of the need for consent. Name tattoos, even those of loved ones, are among the tattoos most likely to be removed later in life. Hall saw this with a young man that had the names of the grandparents that raised him tattooed on his hands. He said, “I still love them, but I’m tired of looking at them and I have got to get them off me.” A Harris Interactive poll revealed that a third of company managers would think twice about promoting someone with tattoos or piercings—a more critical factor than how tidy their workspace is kept or the appropriateness of their attire. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at

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he spike in popularity of tattooing that began a couple of decades ago in America and Europe continues to spread worldwide. Those considering getting one will do well to carefully review the options and the health dangers related to traditional tattoos. Tattoo inks contain heavy metals, and red inks often contain mercury. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any tattoo pigments for injection into the skin. Tattoo parlors are regulated by states and municipalities, but the FDA doesn’t require manufacturers to release ink ingredients. The lack of regulation is unsettling, as some 45 million Americans have been inked. Many tattoo ink pigments are industrial-grade colors suitable for printer ink or automobile paint, and the FDA warns that it may possibly cause infections, allergic reactions, keloids (fibrous scar tissue), granulomas (response to inflammation, infection or a foreign substance) and potential complications connected with magnetic resonance

imaging (MRI). The carrier solution used in tattoo inks also contains harmful substances such as denatured alcohol, methanol, antifreeze, detergents, formaldehyde and other toxic aldehydes. A study in the journal Medicine by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, in Dallas, links commercial tattoos to the spread of hepatitis C. Dr. Robert Haley, a preventative medicine specialist and former U.S. Centers for Disease Control infection control official, comments, “We found that commercially acquired tattoos accounted for more than twice as many hepatitis C infections as injection-drug use. This means it may have been the largest single contributor to the nationwide epidemic of this form of hepatitis.”   Anya Vien is the owner of, focusing on naturally healthy and sustainable living.

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Speaking with Strangers

The Simple Pleasures of Connecting by Violet Decker


echnology tends to isolate us from others, but science points to the real value in reaching out. On average, we come into contact with more than 100 people a day, but often may not make any real connection with them. On a typical college campus, it’s rare to see a student not plugged in while walking from class to class. Saying “Hi” to an acquaintance or complimenting someone in passing is nearly impossible. These little day-to-day interactions

could provide a steady source of simple pleasures for all if we regularly made the most of such opportunities. Part of the reason we intentionally isolate ourselves might be the false belief that we’ll be happier by doing so, according to a recent University of Chicago study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. When subway riders were asked how they thought they would feel if they spoke to a stranger, nearly all of them predict-

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ed that the ride would be “less pleasant” than if they kept to themselves. After the ride, however, the results were unanimous: Those that spoke to another person reported having a more positive experience than those that sat in silence. Parents teach children not to talk to strangers, but as adults, we miss a lot if we don’t. Even small talk can make a big difference in the quality of our day. It’s easy to try it to see if we don’t end up with a smile on our face. It’s ironic that young people spend hours each day on social networking sites, texting others and making plans with friends so they won’t sit alone at night, yet are getting worse at making such connections face-to-face. Even seated at the same table, conversational eye contact is becoming a lost art, another casualty of technology. Talking with others correlates with better communication skills, too. A 20-year study from Stanford University concluded that its most successful MBA graduates were those that showed the highest interests and skills in talking with others. So, instead of shying away from chatting with a fellow commuter or asking a cashier how her day is going, say “Hello.” It’s bound to make everyone’s day better. Violet Decker is a freelance writer in New York City. Connect at VDecker95@ Cindy Nolte ...Find your inner peace.


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easier to use than homemade. White glue and white paste, called “library paste”, are best with porous items like wood, paper, plastic and cloth. It takes longer to dry and needs to be held in place, but there are no fumes. “Jewelry is wearable art, so for mine, I primarily use water-based, nontoxic glues and sealers that simply wash off my hands,” advises Nancy Kanter, owner and designer of Sparkling Vine Design, in Thousand Oaks, California. Examples include Elmer’s Washable and Mod Podge. Airplane glue, rubber cement, spray adhesive and epoxy all emit toxic fumes. Instant glue (cyanoacrylate) likewise bonds fast to fingers; toxic, foul-smelling acetate (used in nail polish remover) is needed to remedy the situation.




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reative energy is contagious,” says Kim Harris, co-owner of Yucandu, a hands-on craft studio in Webster Groves, Missouri. As one client crafter commented, “Art is cheaper than therapy and a lot more fun.” It doubles the pleasure when we trust the nature of our supplies. Arts and crafts stir the imagination, spur creativity and are relaxing. Yet, for some, allergies, chemical sensitivities and eco-consciousness can make choosing materials a challenge. Manufacturers are not required to list heavy metals, toxic preservatives or petroleum-based ingredients, even when they’re labeled “non-toxic”. User- and environment-friendly alternatives may be difficult to locate, but are worth the effort. After working with paint, glue, chalk and modeling dough, children may lick their fingers and be reluctant to wash hands thoroughly. Retirees with newfound time for hobbies may also have weakened immune systems at risk to chemical exposure. Everyone benefits from minimizing exposure to toxins.


For greeting cards, scrapbooking or mixed media, paper provides background, texture, pattern and color. Tree-free paper uses agricultural residue

or fibers from bananas, coffee and tobacco, and researchers anticipate similar future use of pineapples, oranges and palm hearts. Labels can be misleading. White paper has been bleached. Processed chlorine-free (PCF) means no bleaching occurred during this incarnation of the paper. Totally chlorine-free (TCF) papers are as advertised. Paper is called recycled if it’s 100 percent postconsumer-recovered fiber—anything less is recycled content.


For most projects, purchased glues are more convenient, longer lasting and

Water-based tempera paint is easy to use; Chroma brand tempera removes some of the hazardous ingredients. “I use water-based, non-toxic acrylic paints and wine to paint recycled wine corks for my designs,” says Kanter. “This avoids harsh fumes and chemicals.” Note that acrylic paint can contain ammonia or formaldehyde. Oil paint produces fumes and requires turpentine, a petroleum-based product, to clean brushes. Aerosol spray paint is easily inhaled unless protective equipment is used.

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For knit or crochet projects, choose recycled silk and cotton or bamboo, soy silk from tofu byproducts, or natural, sustainable corn silk. Sheep’s wool, organic cotton or alpaca fibers, raw or hand-dyed with natural colors, are environmentally friendly. Rayon is recycled wood pulp treated with caustic soda, ammonia, acetone and sulfuric acid. Nylon, made from petroleum products, may have a harmful finish.

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Canvas is typically stretched on birch framing, a sustainable wood. Look for unbleached, organic cotton canvas without primer. Runoff from an organic cotton field doesn’t pollute waterways. Experiment with homemade modeling clay. Many tutorials and photos are available online. Commercial modeling clay contains wheat flour, which can cause a reaction for the gluten-sensitive. For papier-mâché projects, recycle newsprint and use white glue, thinned with water. Premade, packaged versions may contain asbestos fibers. Eco-beads with safe finishes vary from nuts and seeds to glass and stone. For grownups that like to create their own beads, realize that polymer clays contain vinyl/PVC. In making artistic expression safe, being conscious of the materials used is paramount. Connect with the freelance writer via


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Animal Talk They Have Lots to Say If We’d Only Listen by Sandra Murphy

Some people talk to animals. Not many listen, though. That’s the problem. ~A. A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh

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In less than 10 years, we’ll see a universal translator for communicating with dogs and cats, predicts Con Slobodchikoff, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biological sciences at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff. Just like language apps change, for example, a French phrase into English, the device would translate barks into “Put on Animal Planet,” or meows to “Feed me tuna.” Computers will foster better understanding between humans and animals. David Roberts, a computer science assistant professor, and his team at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a collar to send wireless instructions to dogs via vibrations. Multiple sensors return information about the dog’s heart rate and more, which is especially helpful for service dogs taught not to show stress or distress. Even without such technology, we can all enjoy improved relationships with animals, domestic and wild, by learning to listen. Veterinarian Linda Bender, an animal advocate in Charleston, South Carolina, and author of Animal Wisdom, says, “We all have the ability to understand animals. It gets trained out of us around age 7. It’s not about doing, it’s about being, a connection through the heart.” Meditation quiets the mind from daily concerns, allowing us to stay open, listen and be aware.

Everyday Examples

Author Frances Hodgson Burnett captures the essence of this childlike sensibility in A Little Princess: “How it is that animals understand things I do not know, but it is certain that they do understand. Perhaps there is a language which is not made of words and everything understands it. Perhaps there is a soul hidden in everything and it can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.” In Portland, Oregon, intuitive Melissa Mattern relates examples supporting Burnett’s premise from her own experiences. “My newest cat, Rocket, beat up my other cats and ran amok. Nothing helped until I took a class in animal communication.” She asked her other cats what to do. “They were clear that I should have consulted them before bringing Rocket into the house,” she says. “I asked Rocket if he would like another home and the picture of a chef’s hat popped into my mind. When we found the perfect home for Rocket, the man was a chef whose only other pet is a turtle that lets Rocket sleep with him. Everyone is happy with the results.” Charli, a 14-year-old pointer, travels the world with her family. Her owner, Cynthia Bowman, shares one of her favorite stories: “As we planned our move to Spain, Charli got ill. I explained, ‘We want you to go too, but if you can’t, tell me.’ A picture of a smoked ham popped into my head. I didn’t understand, but Charli got well and went along,” she says. “In our new Gipuzkoa neighborhood, a deli sells hams, just like I pictured. I can’t explain how Charli knew.” It becomes a matter of trust. “Thoughts or mind pictures can be easy to dismiss or mistrust as imagination,” she comments.

Nobody experiences magic unless they believe in it.

“Every species has something they do best. With humans, it’s problem solving and advanced thinking. We’ve separated ourselves from nature. We need to remember we’re all interconnected,” Bender says. “When we learn to tune into ourselves, be heart-centric and radiate compassionate energy, it makes us irresistible to other creatures.”

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Wild animals communicate with David Llewellyn. As a writer of outdoor/nature blogs, he’s traveled full time in a 30-foot RV since 2002. “They don’t understand words, but go by what’s in your soul. I’ve picked berries with black bears and met a mountain lion and her two cubs along a trail without ever being harmed,” he says. “Often, hikers are told, ‘Make yourself look big and scream.’ I say ‘Hello,’ comment on the day and thank them for letting me share their space.” Staying calm is vital. Bender agrees. Grabbed by an orangutan at a wild animal trafficking rescue project, “She twisted my arm and could have easily broken it,” Bender recalls. “Fear is picked up as a threat so I tried to radiate calm. It was intense, but she gradually let go. With animals, you attract what you give. Better communication means better understanding leading to improved behavior on everyone’s part.” Communication and understanding among human, domestic and wild animals not only makes life more interesting, it can save lives. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

Animal Linguists “Everyone is born with the power to communicate with other species, and although it is long lost for many people, it can be regained for the benefit of all beings on Earth,” says Penelope Smith, author of the Animal Talk and When Animals Speak book series. Meet colleagues of this “Grandmother of Interspecies Communication” via

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 Washington Borough Farmers’ Festival— 9am–1pm. Vendors selling fresh, local fruits and vegetables, honey, fresh cut flowers, eggs, fresh baked bread and pastries, barbecue sauce, and more. Healthy eating and fun for the whole family with weekly music, children’s activities, and face painting! Vendor fee is $20/day or $200 for the whole season. Downtown Pocket Park and Municipal Parking Lot, 44 East Washington Ave., Washington. 908-689-4800.

/$35 day of (space permitting). Aquarian Yoga Center Montclair, 127 Valley Rd., Montclair. 973634-0082. Ice Cream Sunday—1–2:30pm. Find out how ice cream was made at Fosterfields, a 19th-century working farm, by lending a hand and enjoying samples while they last. Cost: Admission to the farm. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Rd., Morristown.973-326-7600. aspparks/ffmain.asp.


Yoga at the Farm—8:30am–9:45am. Join Lauren (500-hour yoga certified instructor) at the Urban Farm for classes geared toward strengthening, maintaining balance, and creating room for flexibility. Pay what you can. Mats available. No preregistration required. The Urban Farm, 31 Hazel St., Morristown. 201-874-5481.

Children’s Yoga Camp—12:30–2pm. The School of Royal Yoga is offering Children’s Yoga Camp for kids from ages 3 to 12. Campers will learn respect, honesty, compassion, positive self-esteem, and an awareness of others during this fun-filled week! August 10 to 13. $85 weekly/$23 daily. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-4780.



Alfresco at the Farm—4–7pm. Alfresco at the Farm is a summer family fundraising festival event providing fun for the whole family through live music, country relay races, arts & crafts and healthy food from the farm. So strap on your dancing shoes, put on your play clothes, grab the kids and meet us at the farm! Visit for more information. $10 children ages 6–15, $40 individual, $75 for a pair. The Urban Farm, 31 Hazel St., Morristown. 973-206-4177.

Anti Bully/Anti Abduction—1–3pm. The AB/AA workshop is for kids from 1st grade through12th. Sensei Bob Cook teaches simple techniques that will empower the kids. Space limited; preregistration required. $45. The Huna Healing Center, 23 Diamond Spring Rd., Suite 6, Denville. 973-224-0096.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9 Finding the Joy in Your Kundalini Yoga Practice!—3–5pm. Kundalini Yoga classes are often focused on results: detoxifying, improving digestion, reducing anxiety, energizing, becoming more flexible and strong, increasing focus and clarity. All worthy goals! But this workshop focuses on feeling joy during the practice. $25 preregistration

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 Sweet Corn & Tomato Festival—10am–6pm. Saturday and Sunday, 8/15–8/16. This two-day festival is packed with fun for the family, including a corn- shucking contest, a corn-eating contest, corn maize, hay rides, and other fun farm activities. Wine tastings and foods featuring tomatoes and corn for an additional fee. $10. Heaven Hill Farm, 451 Route 94, Vernon.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 22 Gallery Exhibit: Landscapes Across Our Country—9am–4:30pm. The photographs of Bill Glasofer, recipient of numerous juried show awards, offer a view of America’s natural beauty, from Alaska to Maine, highlighting flowers, trees, landscapes, and animals from across the country. Free. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morristown. 973-326-7603.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 23 Canal Day Festival—10am–5pm. Enjoy an oldtime country fair celebrating the Morris Canal and its contributions to the development of the North Jersey communities along its banks. The festival includes ten of New Jersey’s best musical artists, kayak and narrated boat rides on the canal, the Wallaby Tales Traveling Zoo, fine arts and crafts, food, a Civil War re-created encampment, blacksmith demonstration, pony and hay rides, WWF-style wrestling matches, fireworks display, and more. Free. Hugh Force Canal Park, 170 West Central Ave., Wharton.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30 Stony Hill Maze Opening—10am–6pm. This year the theme of the maze is NJ 350, celebrating the state’s 350th anniversary. Admission $10.98 to $12.99 and children under the age of 2 get in free. Stony Hill Maze Fun Park, 15 North Road, Chester.






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Prenatal Series Attachment and Bonding for the Expectant Parent Sunday October 4, 11 & 18, 2015 Learn the foundations of mindful parenting and understanding your child’s internal life. Lay groundwork for a lifelong commitment to the growth of your child and yourself. Contact: Betty Jampel, LCSW 973-533-5555

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sunday Free Zen Meditation Group Sit—7–8:30am. Led by Kurt Spellmeyer of at Kula Yoga Wellness, 25 Main St., Stanhope. For info, email Summit Unitarian Worship Service—9:30 and 11:15am throughout the regular church year. The Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit. 908-273-3245. Prenatal Yoga—9–10:15am. For the Mother Goddess and her growing baby! $18 drop-in or class package. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 208, 2nd Floor, Glen Ridge. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship—Worship services at 10am. 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-540-1177, ext. 203. Institute for Spiritual Development—10am. First and third Sundays. Psychic and spiritual development & healing. Masonic Lodge #93, 170 Main St., Center for Spiritual Living~Morristown—11am Sunday Celebration and Youth Program, followed by refreshments at noon in Friendship Hall. 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. Unity of Sussex County—11am.Sunday Celebration and Youth Program, followed by fellowship in Wakeman Hall. 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-3836277.

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Drum Jam—3–5pm. Third Sundays. Open to all; beginners to experienced musicians. Some gather for spiritual reasons, others for an opportunity to socialize or try something different. $10 donation. Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave., Rockaway, 973-985-7548. Free Meditation Class—4–5pm.Learn how to manage stress and emotions through breathing

techniques and meditation. A perfect introduction to meditation. Free. Art of Living Foundation, Parsippany PAL Bldg., 33 Baldwin Rd., Parsippany. 973-400-9191. Spiritual Discussion Group—5:50-8:30pm. Sundays. A variety of topics. $5. RSVP 908-879-3937.

monday Yoga Therapy—9:30am.Mondays. Heal your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies through expert instruction and personal attention. Sadhana Yoga, 150 River Road, Unit M4, Montville. 973-265-0665 or Beginners Yoga with Shirley Sahaja Sicsko— 9:30am. Mondays.Yoga West Holistic Center, 86 Main St., Succasunna. Free Blood Pressure and Glucose Testing—10am3pm. Overlook Downtown 357 Springfield Avenue, Summit. 908-598-7997. Energy Enhancing Blasts of Qigong with Sal Canzonieri—11am-noon. Mondays. Lunchtime energy healing. Register at 908-879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St., Chester. Gentle Yoga—11am–noon. Extra gentle yoga for those who enjoy moving slowly and gently, those who have not exercised in a while and those in recovery or receiving physical therapy. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648. Pilates Sculpt—Noon–1pm. Try your first class for free. 973-895-9925. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph.Pilateswithamy@verzon. net.


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Posture Fit©—3:30–4:15 pm. Use props and weights to strengthen, tone, improve balance and coordination, challenge your mind, strengthen core and back. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 East, Randolph.WellnessCenterNWJ .com or 973-895-2003.

to class etiquette. $90 for six weeks. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Rte. 10 West, Denville. 973-343-2848.

212A Main St., Lincoln Park. Donation: $10. Call or email before 5pm Tuesday to reserve a spot. 973-686-9100.


Meditation—7–7:30pm.Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-383-6277.

Qigong—6–7pm. Gentle exercises designed to generate energy flow. Contact Renee Dorn, 551574-9500; Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester.

Chair Yoga—7am. Enjoy the benefits of yoga while sitting on a chair. $7 per class. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte. 10 West, Randolph. 973-866-5776.

The Spirit Gathering Church—7:15pm.Tuesdays.Prayer, energy healing, discussion, meditation and mediumship. Held in the rear of Yoga West, 86 Main St., Succasunna. 973-876-2449.

Divorce Support Group in Chester—7–8pm. First Mondays. Open to anyone currently struggling with divorce-related issues. 154 Route 206, 2nd Floor, Suite A, Chester. Free. 908-832-2305. Awareness Through Movement—7–8pm. Gentle movement lessons suitable for everyone, even those limited by pain, injuries or neurological conditions. Contact Beatrice Basso, 973-294-4059; Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester. Monday Night Meditation Circle—7–8pm every Monday. Relax and recharge with Reiki Master Victoria at Monday Night Meditation @ Evolve Restorative Therapy. Feel the healing energy flow! Evolve Restorative Therapy, 523 Westfield Ave., 3rd Floor, Westfield. 908-361-6376. Tai Chi & Qigong—7pm Mondays. All levels, featuring Qigong for energy, Sun Style Tai Chi, and meditations for health. Institute for Spiritual Development,15 Sparta Ave., Sparta. More info at 973-786-6466 or 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. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm Mondays. Unity of Montclair, 84 Orange Rd., Montclair. $10 suggested donation. Contact Connie at 973-239-8402 for Yoga for Ultimate Beginners—8–9pm. For students brand new to yoga, this series covers the fundamentals of yoga from alignment basics

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Free BodySculpt Class—8:30–9:15am. Weekly. Free. Carefully and gently strengthen and tone your core and body using light weights and props. Benessere, the center for wellness, 510 Morris Ave., Summit, 908-277-4080 Yoga Foundations—9:15–10:15am. Learn the foundations of yoga in a safe, encouraging environment, while releasing stress and tension. $10/ class. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton.973-896-0030. Christpaths—9:30am–12pm.Second Tuesdays. Monthly spiritual sharing and practice group. Christ Church, 66 Highland Ave., Short Hills. Yearly tuition: $175. 908-277-2120. Information@ Pilates Mat with Props—10–11am. A traditional mat workout along with the magic circle, weights, stability balls and barre with flow and control. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 East, Randolph.WellnessCenterNWJ. com or 973-895-2003. Awareness Through Movement Classes with Diane Bates—12:30, 2:00 and 4:30pmTuesdays. Ease pain, improve posture, prevent injury, increase energy and reduce stress. $15. Held at 24 Elm St., Room 1, Morristown. Call 973-534-8122 or email for more info. Yoga for Teens & Tweens—3:45–5:45pm.Aquarian Yoga Center, 641 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair.908-884-4984.

Restorative Yoga—7:30pm Tuesdays. Community House, Madison. Contact for schedule and details. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Miracles-Course. org. Garwood. Call Betsy Zipkin at 732-469-0234. Book Study Group—7:30–9pm Held at Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-383-6277. Connecting with Loved Ones in Spirit—7:30– 9pm. You and up to five family members will sit with three to five mediums who will contact the energy of your loved ones who have passed away. Netcong. Contact Garry at 908-852-4635 or Garry@ The Gathering—7:30–9:30pm.First and third Tuesdays. Worship service with Christina Lynn Whited. Offering of $10–$20 requested. Call 908638-9066to register. Circle of Intention, 76 Main St., High Bridge. Gentle Yoga—8pm. Includes a wide range of yoga poses, breath awareness, alignments, relaxation, and meditation. $7 per class. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte. 10 West, Randolph.973-866-5776.

Yoga Level 1—6–7pm.Learn basic postures, breathing styles and meditation. Contact Jean Marie: 908850-6475. Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester.


SMART Recovery—6:30–8pm Tuesdays. Secular, science-based recovery group for support and assistance with all forms of addictive behavior. Free. Roxbury Twp. Library. 201-774-8323.

Come Experience Enlightenment—7pm Tuesdays. Experience how to change every aspect of your life. We teach how to create using Thought Energy. Thought in Motion, 127 Valley Rd. Montclair, NJ Meditation—7–8pm Tuesdays. Beginners and advanced are welcome to join a weekly guided meditation. Aquarian Sun Healing and Learning Center,

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The Morris Music Men Quartet—7:30pm.Tuesdays.Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 300 Shunpike Rd., Chatham. Sing and socialize. Newcomers always welcome. 877-808-8697.

Yoga for Kids (Ages 2 to 4)—5:00–5:45pm. Drop in $25. More info at 973-944-0555. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 16-18 Elm St. Morristown.

YogaFlow—6:45–8pm Tuesdays. $15/Class or $50/4classes. Family Chiropractic Center, 28 Bowling Green Pky. Suite 1A, Lake Hopatcong. 973-6635633.


Restorative Yoga—7:30pm.Tuesdays.Shed stress and unleash your body’s innate healing capacities through comfortably supported guided relaxations. Sadhana Yoga, 150 River Rd., Unit M4, Montville. 973-265-0665 or

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 BTrautz@ Chakra Yoga with Chant and Tibetan Yoga—9:30– 10:45am Wednesdays. Westfield Yoga, 231 Elmer St., Westfield. Call 908-232-1355 for details. Yoga for Women’s Health—9:30–10:45am. Poses to help you better address menstruation, menopause, pelvic floor issues, and basic back care. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 208, 2nd Fl., Glen Ridge. Healing Meditations with Rev. Frankie—Noon. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Free. 973-539-3333.

Cardio/Pilates Apparatus Circuit—12pm. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave.,

stamina, sports psychology, speed and agility under experienced professional guidance. Benessere, the center for wellness, 510 Morris Ave., Summit, 908277-4080

Pilates for Everyone—5–6pm.Lengthen, strengthen, stretch and tone. Move in Grace, 294 Main St., Chester. For more information, contact Carrie Oesmann: 201-919-7811.

Free Meditation Class—7–8pm.Learn how to manage stress and emotions through breathing techniques and meditation. A perfect introduction to meditation. Free. Art of Living Foundation, Parsippany PAL Bldg., 33 Baldwin Rd., Parsippany. 973-400-9191.

Chi Kung (Qigong) for Women—5:30–6:30pm meets every week in Verona to practice gentle, relaxing, and healing movement. All ages and levels welcome. Info and directions at 973-857-9536. Monthly Reiki Bodywork Practice Sessions— 6–9pm.Second Wednesdays. Practitioners of all levels of Reiki or energy training join to offer one another energy healing sessions. $25. At Be The Medicine, 18 Bank St., Suite 300, Morristown. Yoga Instructor Certification—6–9pm. Wednesdays. Call or see for details. 908-879-9648. School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St. Chester. Chanting Circle—6-7pm. Wednesdays. With Jonathan Jung. $15. RSVP 908-879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St. Chester. Guided Meditation & Chanting—6–7pm. Westfield Yoga Studio, 231 Elmer St., Westfield.$14 per class or $72 for 6. Preregister at 908-232-1355. Teen Yoga—6:30–7:30pm.Age 13+. Teens learn to listen to their bodies as they move at their own pace promoting peacefulness, mental clarity and improved self-esteem. Carol’s Yoga Youngsters, 145 Washington St., Morristown.973-898-0544. Yoga as Medicine—6:15–7:30pm Explore the interface of Hatha Yoga and Ayurvedic medicine. All levels welcome. The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 208, 2nd Fl., Glen Ridge. Prenatal Yoga—6:30–7:45 pm. Wednesdays. New students: $67 for 5 classes. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Suite 215, Madison. 973-966-5311. Youth Athletic Training Camps—7–8:30pm. $25 (pre-registration suggested). Improves strength,

Women’s Healing Circle—7–9pm First Wednesdays. Support, share, bond and attain deep peace through guided meditation. Led by Lindsey Sass. Preregister at 973-714-0765. $30.The Healing Center, 142 Main St., Bloomingdale. Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Support Group of Morristown—7–9pm First Wednesdays, except July and August. Support for patients and their families. Speakers. 973-219-8092 or Wen5500@hotmail. com. 95 Madison Ave., Suite 109A, Morristown. Introduction to Soto Zen Practice—7:15pm. Hands-on instruction and explanation for seated and walking meditation. Dharma talk and discussion. By donation. Rev. Shofu Keegan, Empty Hand Zen Group, 22 Lackawanna Plaza, Montclair. 908-6728782. A Course in Miracles Study Group—7:15–9pm. Westfield Yoga Studio, 231 Elmer St., Westfield.$10. Call in advance: 908-232-1355. Intuitive Tantric Meditation—7:30pm.Wednesdays. Still your mind, experience your inner energies, and enjoy love & peace. Sadhana Yoga, 150 River Road, Unit M4, Montville. 973-265-0665 or The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network—7:30pm.FirstWednesdays.Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester. International Folk Dancing—7:30–11pm. Wednesdays. First hour dedicated to beginners and new dances. Mountain Lakes Community Church, 48 Briarcliff Rd., Mountain Lakes. $5. 973-627-4386. AA Meeting (O-B-ST)—8pm.Wednesdays. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

thursday Free BodySculpt Class—8:30–9:15am. Weekly. Free. Carefully and gently strengthen and tone your core and body using light weights and props. Benessere, the center for wellness, 510 Morris Ave., Summit, 908-277-4080 Morning Chi Kung (Qigong)—8:30–9:15am. All welcome. The WAE Center at Temple B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. 973-857-9536. Iyengar Yoga—9-10am. Weekly. $10 donation. 20 Robert Dr., East Hanover. 386-383-4393. YogaFlow—9:30–10:40am Thursdays. $15/Class or $50/4classes. Family Chiropractic Center, 28 Bowling Green Pky. Suite 1A, Lake Hopatcong. 973-663-5633. Zumba—9–9:50am.The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 East, or 973-895-2003. Healthy Food Prep Classes with Phyllis Deering—Noon, Third Thursdays. Learn about delicious and healthy food preparation.$25; 4 for $75. Contact Marnie at Mountain Lakes Organic Co-op, LLC, 10 Vale Dr., Mountain Lakes. 973-335-4469. Lunch & Learn—Noon–1pm.Thursdays. $10. Register at 908-879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St., Chester. White Oak Yoga—4:15–5:15pm Gentle Yoga. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., Sparta. 973-729-1900. Adolescent & Teen Boys Yoga (Elementary and Middle School)—6–6:45pm. More info at 973944-0555. The Yoga Way Center, 16-18 Elm St. Morristown. Evening Yoga Series—6:15pm–7:30pm. For adults. All levels yoga series. Advance registration and monthly payment is required; Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973-228-8776.

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Raise Your Vibration—6:30–9pm. Thursdays. Spiritual ascension classes with Bebbie Carcuffe and Lynn Pridmore. $25.Center for the Soul, 50 Main St., top floor, Chester. 201-841-0358. Reiki Share—6:30–9pm Fourth Thursdays. Experience Reiki’s healing touch by giving or receiving. All welcome. Free. Aquarian Sun, 212A Main St., Lincoln Park.973-686-9100. Potluck and Spiritual Chat—7-9pm. Free. Bring a potluck dish to share, share in a safe, loving environment. Tree of Health Center, 55 Newton-Sparta Rd., Unit 107, Newton. 973-500-8813. Yoga with Daniella—7pm.Yoga for all levels. $5 suggested donation. The First Presbyterian Church, 11-13 Main St., Franklin. $5 suggested donation. Chi Do Moving Water Meditation—7–9pm. Based on Dr. Emoto’s principles, positive thoughts collectively create a vibration and frequency to spread throughout the surrounding community and to the world. Must RSVP. $10. Phyllis Francene,732-587-5330. Professional Building, 2115 Millburn Ave., Maplewood. Oasis for the Soul Spiritual Salon—7–9:30pm. Second Thursdays. Experience deep meditations, teachings, discussions and healing immediately relevant to all in profound ways.$40. At Be The Medicine 18 Bank St., Suite 300, Morristown. RSVP 973-647-2500. iwc Women’s Group—7–8:30pm. Thursdays. Therapeutic discussion group led by licensed professional counselors processing all life issues including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, divorce, life transition, stress, aging, care-giving, etc. iwc for medical, mind and body. 401 Rte. 24, Chester. Call for information: 908-879-8700. Hypnosis & NLP Certification—7–9pm. Become a certified hypnotherapist & NLP practitioner. Eleven separate classes and the convenience of paying per class, or do certification separate. First 5 for NLP and last 6 for hypnotherapist. Huna Healing Center, 23 Diamond Spring Rd., Suite 5, Denville. HunaHealingCenter@ The Sussex County Chapter of Holistic Moms— 7pm.Second Thursdays. Free. Held at Holy Counselor Lutheran Church, 68 Sand Hill Rd., Sussex. 973-347-1246. Sacred Light Circle of Intention, Prayer, Meditation, and Healing—7–9 pm, first and third Thursdays. Suggested offering, $ or 973-366-8765. Held at Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave., Rockaway. 973-985-7548. Adult Survivors of Child Abuse Support Group Meeting—7:30–9pm. We follow the ASCA meeting format and our goal is mutual support in a gentle and nonjudgmental environment. or The Morristown Chapter of ASCA, Church of the Redeemer, 36 South St., Morristown.

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A Course in Miracles—7:30pm. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Miracles-Course. org. Summit. Betsy Zipkin. 732-469-0234. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm Second Thursdays. Study group for the course in spiritual psycho-

therapy. Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Gentle Yoga—8pm.An effective approach to develop flexibility and strength and encourage deep relaxation. $7 per class. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte. 10 West, Randolph. 973866-5776. Gentle Yoga with Daniella Hurley—8pm. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte.10 West, Randolph. 973-866-5224.

friday Yoga Flow—9:15–10:30am.$10/class. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton.973-896-0030. Beginners Yoga with Shirley Sahaja Sicsko— 9:30am Fridays. Yoga West Holistic Center, 86 Main St., Succasunna; Morning Yoga Series—9:30am–10:45am for adults. All levels yoga series. Essex County Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland. 973-228-8776. Morning Meditation—10–11am Fridays. Held at The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St., Chester. RSVP at 908879-3937.More info at Overeaters Anonymous Meeting—10:30am– Noon. Twelve-step group to support those losing weight or wishing to maintain long-term weight loss. Free. Notre Dame Roman Catholic Church, 75 Ridgedale Ave., Cedar Knolls. Call before attending to confirm with Angie: Qigong with Sal Canzonieri—11am-noon. Held at The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St., Chester. Call Sue at 908-879-3937 for pricing & more info. 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. Drum Circle—6pm. Weekly drum circle to get your spirit flowing with the ancient healing art of drumming. Learn new skills; connect with others in this warm and welcoming space. $20/class. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton. 973-997-0116. HoopNDrums@ Monthly Kirtan w/ Raghavendra & Tara— 7–9pm. Second Fridays. Bring your open heart to join us in chanting names of the Divine. Chants sheet & Chai provided. $5 donation at the door. Karuna Shala Yoga & Ayurveda, 10 Herman St., Glen Ridge. 973-743-1211. Healing Sanctuary—7pm. Third Fridays. Experience an evening of quiet meditation and healing. Open to all. Free. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 127 Broad St., Washington. 908-362-6360. Reiki Share—7–9pm Fridays. Join with other Reiki practitioners and experience working on others. Suggested donation $10-$15.Divine Inspirations Bookstore, 217 Franklin Ave., Nutley.973-562-5844.

AA Meeting—7:30pm.St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-538-0555. Dances of Universal Peace—7:30–9pm First Fridays. Sacred circle dancing and joyous group singing. Interweave (Calvary) at the Unitarian Church, 31 Woodland Ave., Summit. $ Evening of Prayer and Healing—7:30–9:30pm. Third Fridays. Join the Universal Healing family to heal all life on this planet and in this solar system, galaxy and universe. Bring finger foods to share. Growing Consciousness, 54 Canfield Rd., Morristown. Free. 973-292-5090. A Course in Miracles—8pm every other Friday. Contact June at 973-366-4455. The Minstrel—8–11pm Fridays. Concert series. Refreshments served. Admission $8; children 12 and under free. 973-335-9489. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. Al-Anon Meeting—8–9:30pm Center for Practical Spirituality – Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.

saturday White Oak Yoga—8–9am Mixed level. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., “Men Who Care” Men’s Meeting—8:30–10am. First Saturdays.331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown.973-539-3114. “I Am That I Am” Guided Meditation and Practice—8:30–9:30am. Saturdays. With Rev. Sue Freeman. $15. RSVP 908-879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St., Chester. Prenatal Yoga—9–10am. A beautiful class designed especially for expectant mothers to learn how to breathe, relax, stretch, and connect with the precious life within. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648. Prenatal Yoga—9am–10:15pm.The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 208, 2nd Floor, Glen Ridge. Tasting Life Twice: A Monthly Writing Circle—9:30–11:30am. Come to one session, or come to all. $20 drop-in. Interweave, 31 Woodland Ave. (2nd Floor of Calvary Episcopal Church’s Parish Office), Free Spirits—10am–noon. Saturdays. For highly energy-sensitive children and teens. $20. Center for the Soul, 50 Main St., top floor, Chester. Call Debbie Carcuffe, 201-841-0358.

Head2Toe Strength and Cardio—10–10:50am.A full-body workout with 8 stations in a complete circuit. Small class size to focus on your needs and goals. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 East, Randolph. or 973-895-2003. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting—10–11:30am.Twelve-step recovery for food obsession, overeating, under-eating and bulimia. St. Clare’s Hospital Dover Campus, 400 West Blackwell St., Conference Room C, Dover. 973 945 2704. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting—10:15am– 12:15pm. Weekly gathering of the free support group that helps people lose weight and keep it off. Downstairs meeting room, Parsippany Library. 973-335 1717. Prenatal Yoga—10:30–11:45am. Helps relieve back pain, increase flexibility & teaches relaxation techniques.; 25 Main St., Stanhope. Charity Yoga Class—11am–12pm. Different charity each month. Suggested donation $10. LokaYoga, 15 Church St., Liberty Corner. 908-655-5147. Hatha 1 Yoga—12:15pm.Yoga for You, LLC, Olde Lafayette Village, Building J, Rtes. 15 & 94 intersection, Lafayette. 973-714-4462. Children’s Yoga—12:30–1:15pm. 3-6 years. Children participate in Yoga poses, breathing and enjoy Yoga activities. Fun, light and positive. The School of Royal Yoga, 57 Main St., Chester. 908-879-9648. Integrated Yoga for Boys—1:15–2pm Saturdays. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. Swingin’ Tern—8–11pm.Beginners’ Workshop, 7:30pm.First and third Saturdays. Contra and square dancing to live music. $10 adults/$5 students with ID. The First Presbyterian Church, 14 Hanover Rd., East Hanover. 973-295-6864. Crossroads Coffeehouse—8pm. Second Saturdays. For more than 15 years, the Crossroads Coffee House movement has been bringing musical talent to local audiences for a great night of inexpensive entertainment in the Morris County area. Donations accepted. Coffees, teas, desserts for sale. Crossroads Community Church, 104 Bartley Road, Flanders. 973-584-7149. Coffee House—Second Saturdays. Call for time. Performances by one or more musical groups, or open mic performances by singers, poets, and comedians. Modest entrance fee. Summit Unitarian Church, 4 Waldron Ave., Summit. 908-273-3245.

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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 selfhypnosis. Specializing in weight, stress, smoking, chronic pain, test taking, anger, sports, obsessive thoughts, sensitive substances, sleep, fears, confidence, and attention issues. Hypnosis can get you unstuck in virtually any area of your life. If you have constraints that you can’t seem to break through, hypnosis can free you and put you back in charge. Come for a free consultation to learn how you can reframe your past and design your future.

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Lory Sison-Coppola Reiki Master, Past Life Regressionist, Huna, Crystal Children Advocate, Readings 23 Diamond Spring Road, Suite 5 Denville, NJ 07834 973-796-4661

Management, etc. He has expanded his practice to include Reiki Healing, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, Metaphysical Counseling, Psychic/Mediumship and Past Life Regression Therapy as taught to him by Dr. Brian Weiss author of “Many Lives, Many Masters.”

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Kim Guy, CPC, ELI-MP 201-388-3231 •

Kim Guy, Certified Professional Coach, empowers teens to create a career path after high school. I help teenagers eliminate stress and confusion about “next-steps” and gain clarity, confidence and direction to achieve a greater sense of success and fulfillment in life. Individual coaching, teleseminars, live workshops and groups available. Call for more info.


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.


Mind.Body.Core John Vanna 908-464-3307 •

Strengthen your core abdominals and range of motion while creating a mind-body link through breathing, meditation and repetition which will allow the movements to acquire “second nature” and show how force can be derived from the core. For all ages and physical conditions. Because the entire program is done while seated, it is extremely easy on the joints. Created by renowned martial artist John Vanna, the Dimcise program combines fitness, martial arts, and nutrition. One-on-one training at your facility or mine. Progress to perform Dimcise routine independently. Over 40 years of training in fitness and health. See page 14.PSYCHOTHERAPY


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Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress Founder-Shiome Therapy™ Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Gestalt, EMDR, Energy Psychologist Children’s Therapist, Grief Specialist – Guided Afterlife Connections Succasunna, NJ 973-585-4660 • •

I’ve dedicated my life to helping us reach our highest potential by clearing body, mind and spirit of negative, self-limiting beliefs and traumatic impressions. Shiome Therapy weaves ancient wisdom with modern science to guide us to the “taproot” of an issue, and transform negatives to positives in a safe, sacred, accelerated way. Shiome honors our Highest Power, and our innate ability to process and heal. My CD’s, Creating Healthy Boundaries and Energy Balancing Meditations Book & CD, were created to support my clients’ emotional healing process. Both CD’s have bi-lateral music, designed to accelerate relaxation and intensify concentration. They are available exclusively at See ad on page 28.


Individual, Couples and Family Therapy New Providence, NJ 908-376-8513

My office is a serene, safe and nonjudgmental environment where clients can explore all aspects of themselves and gain insight, helping them become successful with their goals and THRIVE in life! I am passionate about what I do and receive positive feedback from clients. It’s a true honor to help people. I look forward to your call.

LESLIE KAREN LOBELL, M.A., L.P.C Pompton Plains (Route 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!

There are times in everyone’s life when we need some extra help, understanding, and support. An unbiased, compassionate, listening ear can sometimes make all the difference. Whether you are experiencing a crisis, heartbreak, life change, or just feeling stuck - I can help! I provide individual, group and family therapy sessions. I am a solutions-based, clientcentered therapist and will work to meet your specific needs and goals. Please take a glance at my website for more information and please reach out with any inquiries or questions. There is ALWAYS a way to make life better!


Diana J. Krafcik, LCSW, LCADC Psychotherapist/Addiction Specialist Morris Plains/Morristown, NJ 201-400-0520

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you ready to focus on the solution rather than remaining stuck in the problem? I’m here to support you on your path toward healing and recovery. Provide individual, couples therapy and various support groups, that include mindfulness meditation, DBT skills training, coping skills and relapse prevention. Specialize in treating individuals with depression, anxiety, BPD, self injury, trauma, addictions.


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I utilize a software program designed by a Qi Gong Master to energetically balance and harmonize any physical, mental, or emotional issue. I work with any malady, diagnosed or not, acute or chronic for improved vitality and well-being. Qi Gong re-establishes the body, mind, soul connection, and according to the Qi Gong Institute, “Millions practice Qi Gong in China and around the world each day to successfully treat disease from osteoarthritis to cancer to improve overall health.” We can incorporate into the program blood and x-ray results, as well as issues pertaining to teeth. The program is designed to emit Nutritional, Color, Light and Sound Frequencies right to you, as well as improve your Auras and Chakras. The Possibilities are Endless! Call for a Free Aura Scan and Consult.

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PROGRESSIVE HOLISTIC DENTAL THERAPIES TRANSFORM QUALITY OF LIFE Patients travel from around the world to experience world class quality, service and expertise Denville is famous for its medical community. So, it’s no surprise that a perfect smile is a must have item in this friendly town. Hand crafting those smiles is the life work of Dr. Steiner and Dr. Fine. Their office’s reputation has spread so far that they now treat patients from around the world; often doing more smile makeovers in a single month that some dentists do in a lifetime. They also offer an amazing alternative for those living with missing teeth. This dramatic advancement in the field of dental implantology now makes it possible for many patients to switch from dentures to permanent implant supported teeth in only a few hours. This new approach can be used to replace a single missing tooth or an entire mouth. Patients leave the office after just one appointment with a beautiful and strong smile. Discomfort is so minimal that most patients eat a light meal that evening. Upon entering the front door you will immediately know that this is no ordinary dental office, because that’s what most people say upon seeing it for the first time. Among the practice’s notable patients are actresses, actors, astronauts, models and TV personalities. However most of the doctor’s patients are everyday people who just want to look their best. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski have focused their practice on those areas about which they are highly passionate. (After all you wouldn’t ask your family doctor to do heart surgery.) Those areas are Cosmetic Dentistry. Trained at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for advanced dental studies, they have devoted over sixty combined years to perfecting their skills and have placed over 100,000 cosmetic restorations. Their main focus is on CoSMeT­ IC and FULL MoUTH reCoNSTrUCTIoN cases. This includes Implant Dentistry and Neuromuscular orthodontics, which can avoid unecessary removal of teeth. Many people do not realize that dental problems may be the cause of headaches, migraines, shoulder, back and neck pain, noisy jaw joints and pains in the TMJ. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski pride themselves in having Morris County’s premier head, neck and jaw pain relief center. Their office also offers a “limited warranty” that provides free repair or replacement of restorative dental work, when a patient’s regular hygiene visits are maintained. This kind of security could only be offered by truly World Class Dentists. This is why their motto is: “Experienced professionals make the difference.” Aesthetic Family Dentistry is pleased to offer Gentle Laser Periodontal Therapy (GLPT) to treat moderate to advanced gum disease, a condition linked to other serious health issues including heart disease and diabetes. This gentle and less invasive superior state-of-the-art procedure eliminates the need for traditional surgery. oral DNA and HPV testing is also available to determine a patient’s periodontal health, as well as detect any possible genetic proclivity toward gum issues.

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Alan B. Steiner, DMD • Derek Fine, DMD • Jenni Kwiatkowski, DDS

Natural Awakenings North Central NJ August 2015