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contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

20 The Art of the Heart Crystals, Creative & Spiritual Gifts, Locally Hand-crafted Jewelry (Scarves, Soaps & Candles), Prints, Sage, Essential Oils

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16 IT’S NOT ALL IN THE GENES Treating Breast Cancer as a Metabolic Disorder by Francisco Contreras, M.D.

20 RETHINKING CANCER A Brave New World of Effective Natural Therapies by Linda Sechrist


A TIGHT BUDGET Tips to Get Top Value


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32 OUR OWN ODE OF JOY Singing Heals Our Soul, Sets Us Free by Jan Kortie

33 PREVENTING SEIZURES Natural Dog Remedies Can Out-do Drugs

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Renée Peterson Trudeau Explores Soulful Parenting by Meredith Montgomery



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f you’re the self-motivated type, don’t read this letter. I’m far from being a slacker, but sometimes I need to give myself a nudge.    This time it was a financial nudge to get creative. In the past I’ve played around with paper collage, painting, and textiles and I identify with being a creative person. But when I looked around my house recently, I noticed there was very little that I had actually made. What I saw, instead, were dozens of books about art and creativity, and many projects started, but not completed. One of those books, actually a magazine called Cloth Paper Scissors, advertised a weekend workshop for mixed media artists not too far from home. I remembered seeing the ad last year, too, and regretted not going. Normally, I put events like that on my calendar of possibilities, instead of my calendar of commitments. I think, “Oh, wouldn’t that be a nice thing to do,” instead of just doing it. Sometimes little niggling doubts and excuses get in the way. Sometimes I actually intend to go, but unless I’m committed in some way, the day arrives and then drifts away in a fog of emails, chores, paperwork, and other busy-ness. So, this time I put my money down before I could find an excuse. And because of that commitment, I know I will go. There’s no guarantee that I will enjoy the class, feel like an “artist,” or even come home with anything worth displaying. But at least next year, I can look at the ad again and not regret passing on it. Another activity I find necessary to commit to is exercise. Planning to exercise isn’t enough for me. I need a schedule of classes that I’m expected to attend, and even better, have prepaid for. It’s not really the money, though, that causes me to act. Scheduling a painter will help me choose a color. A friend waiting for me will get me out the door. Having a print date ensures the magazine will go out on time. It’s the act of committing. So, if you’re like me, figure out what triggers you to act, and commit to it. If you see an activity in our calendar of events that intrigues you, make the call. See an ad, tip, or recipe that you’d like to act on? Do it now. And when you pick up next month’s Natural Awakenings, you won’t regret passing on it.

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or those interested in becoming yoga teachers or deepening their spiritual practice, the Aquarian Yoga Center will hold the first Kundalini Yoga teacher training course in New Jersey, beginning in September. The center, at 641 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, currently offers Kundalini Yoga and meditation classes to all people of all ages as well as workshops, concerts, kirtan, dance classes and training on a weekly basis.    This life-transforming course teaches you how to teach — but more importantly, it teaches you how to live a happy, healthy and spiritually fulfilling life. Payment plan options are available. For more information, visit See ad on page 35.

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he American Health and Wellness Fair — a free public event that brings together more than 150 health and wellness providers in the areas of traditional medicine, nutrition, acupuncture, massage therapy, energy healing, chiropractic, yoga and much more — will be held on Saturday, September 14, 10am to 5pm, in Bloomfield’s Brookdale Park. The fair will feature free health screenings, spa and wellness treatments, ecofriendly vendors, fitness classes (be sure to bring your workout gear), health and wellness speakers, music and activities for children. In addition to vendors, the fair will also feature healthy foods and treats including delicious Thai cuisine, innovative organic popsicles and desserts, organic produce, healthy candies and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to win two tickets to the 2014 Super Bowl by donating blood and grab tons of freebies donated by wellness facilities, health food companies, fitness studios and spas. “Health and wellness isn’t just a fad – it’s a lifestyle,” says Jaime Franz, partner of On The Pulse Productions, the producers of the event. “Many people are looking to improve their health but don’t know where to start. We want to bring together a variety of wellness options to help people reach their personal goals and improve their lives.” According to Franz, the Bloomfield/Montclair area is the perfect location for this type of event as the community is a great supporter of health, wellness and the holistic lifestyle. For more information about the event, please visit See ad on page 5.

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healthbriefs Dentists Offer Sleep Apnea Treatments Alan Steiner, DMD


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may also be short-tempered, impatient and irritable, falling asleep while reading or watching television. Since most people see their dentists several times a year, there is no better place than the dentist’s office to have sleep apnea diagnosed and treated, since the position of the tongue, often a culprit, is limited by the palate and the teeth. In traditional orthodontics, where teeth are removed and the arch is retracted, the tongue is often forced back into the pharyngeal space, closing off the airway. But the development of the dental arches — the position of the teeth in the jawbones of the skull — should all be perfected vertically, horizontally and anteriorly before considering removing any teeth. That’s one reason that progressive dental offices should be on the front lines in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. Orthodontics, temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and cosmetic dental procedures all have the profound ability to correct problems associated with the disorder. The most serious issues resulting from sleep apnea are heart attack and stroke. The disorder can also cause or worsen problems with type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, angina, depression and more. The good news, however, is that once sleep apnea is properly diagnosed, there are a number of successful treatments: • A continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, machine, if used properly, can provide positive air pressure, opening up the airway while sleeping. • Dental sleep appliances can also provide more tongue space and open up the airway. • Orthodontics and neuromuscular reconstruction can provide a more physiological approach to treating this devastating disease. • Many times, however, a combination of these treatments is the formula that works — and saves lives. For more information, contact Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski of Aesthetic Family Dentistry, P.A., 35 West Main Street, Suite 208, in Denville by visiting See ads on page 23 and back cover.

Do You Take Diabetic Medication? Be Sure to Supplement with Vital Nutrients Theresa Luu, M.D.


iabetes has become an epidemic in the United States, affecting 26 million Americans. Most diabetic patients have type 2 diabetes, which is often initially managed by modifying the diet and increasing exercise. However, medications are typically needed as the disease progresses. If you’re on a diabetic medication, there’s a good chance that the medication is robbing your body of vital nutrients. The number one diabetes drug is metformin (also known as Glucophage), well known to cause the depletion of vitamin B12, coenzyme Q10, folic acid, and magnesium. The second best-selling class of oral diabetes drug includes glipizide (Glucotrol) and glyburide (Diabeta), both also known to cause coenzyme Q10 deficiency.

The Importance of B12

Vitamin B12 is essential to maintaining healthy nerve and red blood cells and required in the production of DNA. Thus, vitamin B12 deficiency can cause anemia, neuropathy, memory loss, confusion, and even dementia. Research has shown that up to 30 percent of patients taking metformin suffer chronic vitamin B12 deficiency. So it’s important for anyone taking metformin on a continuing basis to have his or her vitamin B12 levels checked. Fortunately, taking oral vitamin B12 supplements will generally correct any deficiency caused by the drug.

Dangers of CoQ10 Deficiencies

Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells from DNA damage. CoQ10 is required for the production of cellular energy in the body, so a deficiency can cause severe physical and mental fatigue. People with low levels of this enzyme may feel tired upon waking or exhausted after minimal activity in addition to having difficulty concentrating and suffering memory lapses. They also experience mood changes such as irritability,

decreased ability to handle stress, loss of enthusiasm and even depression. In addition, people with CoQ10 deficiency often experience frequent headaches, jaw pain, and muscle and joint aches. To reduce these potential serious drug-induced side effects, patients on long-term oral hypoglycemic therapy require supplementation of these nutrients. A multivitamin is invaluable in allowing patients to maintain adequate levels of vitamin B12, folic acid, magnesium, and coenzyme Q10. In many cases, this can increase the effectiveness and compliance of the medication, reduce the incidence of the side effects, and contribute to a longer, healthier life. As consumers, it’s important for all of us to be aware of drug-induced nutrient depletion, be vigilant in educating ourselves, and speak to our pharmacist or other healthcare professional when we have questions or concerns. We can avoid the side effects of nutrient depletion and control or minimize drug side effects while we prevent the longer-term health complications associated with DIND. Take control of your health to live a longer and healthier life! Theresa Luu, M.D, is a cardiothoracic surgeon who over the last several years has done extensive research in integrative and nutritional medicine and realizes the importance of nutritional support in her cardiac patients. She routinely uses several nutritional supplements in treating all of her cardiac surgery patients preoperatively and postoperatively and has seen improved

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he International Society for Horticultural Science named the elderberry its 2013 Herb of the Year for good reason. In June, scientists gathered in Columbia, Missouri, to share research on the potential of elderberries and elder flowers for preventing and treating illnesses at the first International Elderberry Symposium. For example, Dennis Lubahn, director of the University of Missouri’s Center for Botanical Interaction Studies, and his team are researching the molecular mechanisms behind elderberry’s folk medicine legacy; specifically, how the berries might help prevent strokes, prostate cancer and inflammation while boosting an individual’s resistance to infectious diseases. Preliminary results show that just two tablespoons of elderberry juice per day appear to offer protection against prostate cancer. Madeleine Mumcuoglu, Ph.D., from the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center, in Jerusalem, explained how the yet unnamed active principle in elderberry blocks viruses from entering human cells. She believes that elderberry extract holds significant potential for preventing and reducing symptoms of the flu, including avian flu and swine flu, plus HIV and the herpes simplex virus. The effective dose may be just one tablespoon a day. While Mumcuoglu believes elderberry extract is safe, she does not recommend it for pregnant women or those with autoimmune diseases, because it is a known immune system stimulant. “It may be completely risk-free,” she says. “We simply don’t yet have adequate data for proof.” For more information, visit MUConf. natural awakenings

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Students Use Smartphones to Study Highlighting the potential for digital learning, a new survey by the Verizon Foundation has found that a third of middle school students are already using mobile apps on smartphones to do schoolwork and collaborate with peers on projects. Beyond accessing information via the Internet, students often turn to free apps to play games that help them master math concepts, virtually dissect an animal or analyze clouds and concepts of condensation and more. The Verizon Foundation offers training to educators on integrating mobile technology into lesson plans by partnering with the nonprofit Technology Student Association and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Together, they are sponsoring the Innovative App Challenge, in which hundreds of middle and high school student teams are conceptualizing mobile apps that incorporate science/ technology/engineering/mathematics (STEM) activities to solve a problem in their school or community. Ten teams won personal smartphones and $10,000 grants for their schools, plus assistance in creating their apps and bringing them to the public earlier this year. Verizon expects to launch a new edition of the program this fall. Source: The Christian Science Monitor at


GMOs Threaten Wheat Exports America lags behind the world in limiting, banning or even labeling genetically modified (GE, GM or GMO) crops, and now Japan has suspended some imports from the United States because of the discovery of unapproved GM wheat in Oregon. The European Union is weighing similar action. Serious economic implications stem from the fact that many countries will not accept imports of genetically modified foods, and the U.S. exports about half of its annual wheat crop. The Washington Post reports the presence of GMO wheat on an 80-acre field in Oregon as a mystery. Monsanto tested a similar strain in Oregon between 1994 and 2005, but the product was never approved for commercial use. The strain was identified in the state when a farmer tried clearing a field using Monsanto’s herbicide and discovered that the wheat could not be killed. Blake Rowe, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Commission, says that reductions in Northwest wheat sales would affect farmers in Idaho and Washington as well as Oregon, because the wheat is blended together. Oregon sold $492 million of wheat in 2011; 90 percent of it went overseas.

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Chestnut Tree Comeback on the Horizon The American chestnut tree once dominated the American landscape from Georgia to Maine, providing the raw materials that fueled our young nation’s westward expansion and inspiring writings by Longfellow and Thoreau. But by the 1950s, the trees, stricken by blight, were all but extinct. Now, after 30 years of breeding and crossbreeding, The American Chestnut Foundation believes it has developed a potentially blight-resistant tree, dubbed the Restoration Chestnut 1.0. The group has adopted a master plan for planting millions of trees in the 19 states of the chestnut’s original range. This year, volunteers in state chapters are establishing seed orchards that will produce regionally adapted nuts for transplanting into the wild.

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It’s Not All in the Genes Treating Breast Cancer as a Metabolic Disorder By Francisco Contreras, M.D.


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following her example and undergo a prophylactic double mastectomy; after all, breast cancer is hereditary, right? You may be surprised to learn that breast cancer is not primarily a genetic disease; it is a metabolic disorder. Less than 10 percent of all breast cancers are related to genes. Studies show that 90 percent of breast cancers result from other factors — factors that a person can change. In Jolie’s case, she disclosed that she had the “breast cancer gene” (BRCA1 mutation), which put her at a 50 to 87 percent probability of getting breast cancer at some point in her life. But, clinical studies with thousands of breast cancer patients have shown that only two percent of all women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have the mutated gene. The study concluded that 98 percent of all women with breast cancer developed it because of lifestyle issues, not genes. The power to prevent cancer, or overcome it, is not a matter of genetic fate.

What Causes Cancer?

Cell mutation primarily results from external factors such as toxic water and air, processed foods, smoking, drinking and a sedentary lifestyle. The first place of attack is not the genes; it is the mitochondria that are present in all cells. Their function is to convert oxygen and nutrients into energy. When the mitochondria are altered, the respiration (breathing) of the cells becomes deficient, the production of energy is limited and, if the cell is to survive, it must adapt, or mutate, to generating energy in an environment lacking oxygen. This is how healthy cells mutate into cancerous cells. Malignant cells do not need oxygen to survive. They can proliferate even when the mitochondria are not working correctly. Healthy cells need oxygen and good nutrition to survive. Cancer cells can feed on sugar and thrive at low oxygen levels. Cancer’s strength can also be its weakness. Cutting off its supply to sugar and increasing cellular oxygenation levels are keys to cancer prevention and treatment.

How to Lower Your Risk

Researchers have found that you can lower your cancer risk through diet, exercise, nutrition, weight control and lifestyle choices. Let me repeat that. Just by making simple changes in your lifestyle, you could lower your risk of cancer by more than half. A recent study at Harvard Medical School concluded that women who consumed a healthy diet and exercised an average of five hours per week could lower their risk of

cancer by 50 percent. Can somebody say Zumba, Pilates, spinning, anyone? Keep your weight under control. The higher your body mass index, the more likely you will have metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome increases breast cancer risk by 34 percent. The bottom line is that losing weight, especially fat, lowers the risk of breast cancer significantly. Postmenopausal women lower their risk of breast cancer by 57 percent just by losing 22 pounds! Lower your intake of fat and protein from animal sources and increase your fiber consumption. A low-animal-protein/high-fiber diet is associated with a 40 percent reduction in breast cancer risk. And limit your intake of alcohol: Women who drink more than two alcoholic beverages per day increase their risk for breast cancer by 21 percent. It was found that 4 percent of all breast cancer is related to alcohol. That is twice as much as the cancers related to the breast cancer gene!

healthy and malignant cells through cell signaling transduction, providing the body with foods that are low on the glycemic index, and by administering therapies that increase cellular oxygenation. The results were published one year ago in the Townsend Letter, a peer-reviewed publication. By taking a comprehensive integrative approach to treating cancer, many women are able to reverse breast cancer and add years of quality living to their lives.

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Be proactive about lowering your risk for breast cancer. The probability that you have a genetic disposition for breast cancer is less than one percent. It is highly likely that if you lose weight, exercise and eat a diet that is high in fiber and low in animal fat and protein, you could lower your risk for breast cancer by nearly 60 percent. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, there is hope. Consider seeking treatment at an integrative cancer treatment center that uses metabolic therapies. Francisco Contreras, M.D., is a surgical oncologist with 30 years of clinical experience in integrative cancer treatment at the Oasis of Hope Hospital. He has been a keynote speaker at cancer conferences around the world. His newest book, 50 Critical Cancer Answers (Authentic Publishing) is being released this month. For more information, visit or call 888-500-4673. See ad on page 2.

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Understanding that cancer is a metabolic disorder, not a genetic disease, has inspired researchers to develop treatments that promote cellular respiration. The Department of Physiology at the University of Alberta is using dichloroacetic acid (DCA) to promote respiration and mitochondrial activity, and as a result, cancer cells are being destroyed in vitro and in some animal models. Dr. Peter Pedersen from the Department of Biological Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is reactivating mitochondria within malignant cells to promote natural cell death of the cancer. My personal experience in treating women with breast cancer by approaching cancer as a metabolic disorder instead of a genetic one has rendered promising results. In a fiveyear prospective study, I worked with 30 patients who had stage IV cancer and had not had any chemotherapy. The five-year survival rate for stage IV breast cancer is only 20 percent, according to the National Cancer Institute. We were able to increase the survival rate to 75 percent by treating patients with a metabolic integrative approach that uses micronized nutrients to regulate

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Nature’s Antibiotics Recover Health with Less Risk by Kathleen Barnes

We live in a world of microbes: bacteria, viruses, fungi and other pathogens that can make us sick. Most of the time, our immune systems are able to fight off microbial attacks, yet we’ve all experienced unsettling infections.

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One study from the Russian Institute of Pulmonology reported that nearly 70 percent of participating adults with bronchitis received relief within four days—more than double those that became well taking a placebo. Olive leaf extract was first mentioned in the Bible and recent research confirms its effectiveness against a wide variety of microbial infections. A U.S. Department of Agriculture study published in the Journal of Food Science confirms that olive leaf extract is effective in fighting food-borne pathogens like salmonella and E. coli, labeling it a broad-spectrum antimicrobial. New York University School of Medicine research published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications showed that olive leaf extract reversed many HIV-related changes in the immune system. Retired medical journalist Dr. Morton Walker, author of Nature’s Antibiotic: Olive Leaf Extract, wrote that olive leaf extract “inhibits the growth of every virus, bacterium, fungus, yeast and protozoan it was tested against… and is effective against a minimum of 56 disease-causing organisms.” In a worst-case scenario, “If antibiotics are the only alternative to treat a lab-confirmed bacterial infection, it’s vital to replace the beneficial intestinal bacteria inevitably wiped out by the drug,” concludes Cates. “Sometimes a few servings of a good natural yogurt (without sugar or fruit) will suffice. If not, look for a high-quality probiotic to restore the digestive system’s natural bacterial colony.” Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and book publisher (


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CANCER A Brave New World of Effective Natural Therapies by Linda Sechrist


usan Silberstein takes her message for preventing cancer and recurrences to medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities from her headquarters in Richboro, Pennsylvania. The nonprofit organization provides research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immuneboosting holistic approaches. Since 1977, it has helped nearly 30,000 cancer patients and more than 50,000 prevention seekers. “Early detection is better than late detection, but it’s not prevention,” says Silberstein, who taught the psychology of health and disease at Pennsylvania’s Immaculata University. “We focus on building up patients— minimizing treatment side effects, enhanc-

ing immune system function, improving nutritional status and addressing the reasons for sickness in the first place.” “Conventional medicine never addresses the cause, which is a process that needs to be understood so the individual can turn it off,” elaborates Massachusetts Institute of Technologytrained scientist Raymond Francis, author of Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and Reverse Cancer. Based on his experience beating cancer and research into cellular biochemistry and molecular biology, he concluded that the disease is a biological process that affects the entire body, not something that can be cut out, killed or poisoned. “Central to healing and prevention is the elimination of things that fuel the growth of cancer cells, such as sugar, toxins, heavy metals, nutrient-deficient processed foods and an acidic environment in the body,” observes Francis. “Regular exercise, a daily, high-quality multivitamin and detoxification are equally crucial to restoring the body’s biological terrain.” Doctor of Naturopathy Judy Seeger, founder of and host of CancerAnswers.TV and Cancer Winner Radio, recommends both a regular detoxification regimen and ongoing healthy nutritional plan to help maintain a healing alkaline environment. While this helps cleanse the body of environmental toxins, the toxic emotions and stress that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate, must also be dealt with. Experts generally agree on a range of basic, commonsense preventive mea-

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sures that include a low-fat, plant-based diet; aerobic, flexibility and strength exercises; healthy sleep habits; and other stress-reducing activities. “These are basic ingredients for maintaining sound health, and can be crucial toward improving the health of an individual with cancer,” says Dr. Keith Block, the “father of integrative oncology,” and author of Life Over Cancer. He founded The Block Center for Integrative Cancer Treatment, in Skokie, Illinois, that customizes care plans based on each person’s medical, biochemical, physical, nutritional and psychosocial needs.

Nourish Biochemistry

Thousands of cancer patients have outlived their “medical expiration date” by using alternative nontoxic treatments and approaches, many of which are documented in Outsmart Your Cancer, by Tanya Harter Pierce. Lou Dina, a cancer survivor who like Francis, underwent a journey of intensive research, became a patient advocate and authored Cancer: A Rational Approach to Long-Term Recovery. Dina speaks at conventions hosted by the Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy (FACT), founded in 1971 by Ruth Sackman. He also appears with other survivors in the FACT documentary based on Sackman’s book, Rethinking Cancer: Non-Traditional Approaches to the Theories, Treatments and Prevention of Cancer. From decades of findings by international clinicians, FACT educates practitioners and patients to view chronic degenerative diseases as systematic malfunctions caused by breakdowns in the balance of body chemistry that are subject to bio-repair. However manifested, they are viewed as correctable and controllable via an individualized program that includes a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed, organic foods—spurred by Gerson therapy that floods the body with organically grown nutrients—supplemen-

tation and detoxification. Other key measures involve body temperature therapy, cellular and stem cell therapies and the use of botanicals. “Nutrients in food directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread,” explains Block. “They also indirectly impact cancer by changing the surrounding biochemical conditions that either promote or inhibit the progression of malignant disease. This is why targeting only tumors is not enough to quash cancer. Conventional cancer therapies almost inevitably leave behind at least a small number of malignant cells. Your internal biochemical terrain plays an integral role in determining whether a tumor will regain a foothold after treatment, metastasize to distant sites or stay where it is without posing a threat.” Block notes that a healthy biochemistry can help prevent unpleasant and possibly life-threatening, complications. An anti-cancer biochemical terrain will even boost a patient’s overall quality of life. At the Block Center, detailed assessments identify disruptions in six defining features of patients’ biochemical terrain—oxidation, inflammation, immunity, blood coagulation, glycemia and stress chemistry. Cancer thrives on terrain disruptions, which also can impair treatment.

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Kathy Bero, founder of NuGenesis Inc., in Stone Bank, Wisconsin, asks, “How many other lives could be saved if doctors prescribed a diet primarily focused on plant-based, angiogenic-inhibiting foods for all cancer patients?” Angiogenesis is the development of new blood vessels. Cancer turns the body against itself by hijacking the angiogenesis process and keeping it permanently activated, ensuring that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply. “To effectively prevent cancer, inflammation and angiogenesis need to be controlled before a tumor can get a foothold,” advises Bero. Bero has personally beaten back two unrelated aggressive forms of cancer and credits the angiogenic-inhibiting foods in clinical research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. Examples include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. “These foods also played a significant role in strengthening my immune system and restoring my overall health, which was radically affected by many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation,” remarks Bero.

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Silberstein and other leading physicians, including Dr. Tien-Sheng Hsu, a Chinese psychiatrist and author of the Secret to Healing Cancer; Dr. Jingduan Yang, a board-certified psychiatrist and founder and medical director of the Tao Institute of Mind & Body Medicine; and Seeger, believe that the mind and spirit play a significant role in healing. “Cancer begins in the spirit and ends up in the body, which is why I recommend that anyone positively diagnosed read the Cancer Report,” remarks Silberstein. Cancer Report, co-written by John R. Voell and Cynthia A. Chatfield, discusses psychoneuroimmunology and the powerful role that the mind, emotions and spirit play in contributing to or resisting disease and healing even the most terminal of cancers ( VoellCancerReport). Yang and Hsu, who also use acupuncture protocols, believe illness is a reflection of inner problems that disrupt the body’s naturally powerful immune system. “Cancer is a symptom delivering a message: You need to take better care of yourself—emotionally,

chemically, physically and spiritually,” says Yang. As a faculty member of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Yang sees firsthand how few patients understand that the trauma of a diagnosis and treatment can reactivate past traumas, unresolved issues, blockages and repressed emotions. Both he and Hsu offer mind/ body/spirit interventions to help patients cope better. “I talk to people who do all the right things to improve their biochemistry, but without an emotional detox and spiritual connection to something larger than themselves, their healing process tends to stall,” Seeger observes. Her online talk shows feature long-term cancer survivors like Dr. Carl Helvie, author of You Can Beat Lung Cancer Using Alternative/Integrative Interventions.

“Cancer begins in the spirit and ends up in the body" “It all comes down to the microcosm of the cell. If we give our 73 trillion cells everything they need, the macrocosm of the body will function properly,” says Francis. The authors of Cancer Killers, Dr. Charles Majors, Dr. Ben Lerner and Sayer Ji, agree. Up till now, they attest that the war on cancer has been almost exclusively an assault on the disease, rather than an enlightened preventive campaign that clearly identifies and counters how cancer develops. “The battle can only be won by instructing people in how to boost their body’s immune responses to kill cancer cells before they face a full-blown diagnosis and showing them how to aggressively address the hostile exterior agents that turn healthy cells cancerous.” The best winning strategy is to naturally nurture a body—structurally, chemically, energetically, emotionally and spiritually—so that the inner terrain naturally kills cancer cells and stops them from growing. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the recorded interviews.

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spending, researchers examined 1,200 foods to help people get beyond the common perception that eating healthy is expensive. “We looked at food prices, nutrients, pesticides, environmental pollutants and artificial ingredients,” says Undurraga. “Then we chose the top 100 or so, based on balancing all of those factors.”

4 Raw cabbage is the top-ranked food because of its price and high nutritional value as a cruciferous vegetable. For less than 10 cents a serving, it poses far fewer calories than potatoes and is a worthy addition to salads, soups and stir-fries. 4 The next highest marks for price and nutrition spotlight carrots, bananas, pears, watermelon and frozen broccoli, each at less than 30 cents a serving. 4 Bananas and pears usually cost less than apples, plus they customarily endure fewer pesticide applications. 4 The best animal protein award goes to roasted turkey; hot dogs ranked last. 4 The next-best animal protein identified is a whole chicken, roasted at the beginning of the week and used in various ways for future meals. 4 Fresh, whole carrots and sweet potatoes are among the best produce buys, but frozen corn and broccoli almost always cost less than their fresh equivalents and are just as nutritious. 4 A serving of oatmeal is half the cost of sugary processed cereals, plus it’s more filling and causes less fluctuation in blood sugar levels. 4 Canned salmon is almost always wild caught and is much cheaper than fresh, but be wary of BPA (bisphenol-A) migration from the can.

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Tracie McMillan, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, author of the bestselling book, The American Way of Eating, learned how to eat on a tight budget as an undercover journalist. She had to budget for food based on wages working on a farm in California, in the produce department of a Michigan superstore and in a New York City restaurant kitchen. The task was even more difficult because she was determined to eat as healthy as possible. “Time and energy are key ingredients when cooking from scratch,” says McMillan. “I was exhausted after a day spent working these physically demanding jobs and quickly became more apathetic about healthy food than I generally am.” Without disposable funds for the fast-food route, cooking from scratch was mandatory. She learned how to soak beans overnight, cook a large pot of them and freeze helpings to reheat later. The cost was about 50 cents a meal, compared with $3 for two or three servings from a can. Eggs, brown rice and sweet potatoes became an important—and healthy—part of her weekly diet. McMillan also gained a lasting affection for roasted vegetables, both as part of meals and as snacks. “I just cut up a couple of sweet potatoes, add some broccoli or beans or whatever is cheap at the supermarket or farmers’ market, toss in a tablespoon of olive oil and I’m set for two or three days,” she says. Also, “I learned to use meat more as a seasoning than as a main course.”

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4 Substitute yogurt for cream and sour cream in recipes. Drain yogurt in a coffee filter to thicken. To economize and reduce package waste, buy in volume and measure out small servings.

4 Whole or cut-up bone-in chicken can save money. Buy family-size packs on sale and freeze. Bake extra and use all week.

4 Cut and freeze fresh fruit when it’s on sale or overripe. Use later in smoothies, oatmeal or yogurt. To eliminate clumping, lay pieces on a tray to freeze or freeze pureed fruit in ice cube trays. When frozen, transfer to a bag. 4 Make sure the word “whole” is in the very first ingredient listed on the label. “Multigrain” or “wheat” language or a brown color isn’t enough.

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4 Start kids off right with whole grains, not white bread and white pasta. If they’re not used to whole grains, mix them in gradually. 4 Buy in bulk and stock up during sales. Avoid pricey oatmeal packets; they’re often loaded with salt and sugar. Buy wholegrain bread on sale and freeze. 4 Add nuts to oatmeal, cereal, salads and stir-fries for healthy, hearty

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Baseball expands the father-and-son tradition of tossing a ball back and forth and turns a yard or local park into the family’s own Field of Dreams. Go inclusive and offer mitts to other family members, as well. Anyone not into throwing and catching can still participate by running around those that are passing the ball. Basketball hoop shooting can be as loose or structured as participants like. A game known as Horse provides fun for family and friends. When someone scores a basket, others take their shot from the same spot on the court; those that miss are assigned a “penalty” letter of the word. In consecutive rounds, each player that reaches the complete word is eliminated until only one (that day’s winner) remains. Bicycling beats a drive around town; it’s heart-friendly in more ways than one. Pedaling sustains satisfying group interaction, joyful aerobic exercise and a healthier planet. Local club rides and charity events add zest. For bicycle-friendly states, user tips, events and information on local clubs, check, USA and Disc golf moves the recreational pastime of Frisbee-tossing to an intriguing level of competitive accuracy and wholebody exercise. Participants toss a flying disc toward and eventually into a raised basket at the end of each “hole” at a special course; the player with the fewest total tosses (like a golfer with the fewest total strokes) after nine or 18 holes wins. Backyard putters practice getting closest to the pin and in. For more information, including local courses for this fast-growing sport, visit Tennis for four is perfect for Mom, Dad and two offspring to strengthen skills and relationships via doubles play. Strategizing between partners engages teamwork and laughter. Many nearby public parks or school courts are open in the summer. For tips or updates on local leagues, visit

Benefits Transcend Exercise

According to Make Physical Activity a Family Event, a recent study sponsored by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, “Participating in family physical activities helps children gain life skills, as well as health benefits,” such as learning teamwork, leadership skills and quality decision-making. Other positive aspects cited include appreciating sportsmanship, positive role modeling and strengthening intrafamily relationships. The study further recommends noncompetitive family activities to round out the potential for wholefamily benefits. Working in the yard, group scavenger hunts, early morning calisthenics before work and school, walking the dog and volunteering at a local shelter all make the grade.

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well as strength- and interval-training sessions, predominantly at malls and recreation centers. “It’s not just about reducing weight. We inspire mothers to know that it’s possible for them to become even stronger and fitter after having a child than they were before,” says founder and CEO Kristen Horler. “It also provides a larger sense of community, a glue that holds them together and keeps them coming back.” Recently, many of the 150-plus franchises in 25 states, (especially prevalent in California, Florida, New York and Texas), began offering free Saturday sessions for dads. Yoga facilities are also engaging extended family members. One example is Bloom Retreat; originally founded as a mother-and-child community center in Walnut Creek, California, it now offers couples yoga. “Practicing yoga together offers another way to physically play and communicate,” observes founder and owner Michelle Long. In family sessions, poses include all family members holding hands while balancing on one foot, and touching knees during sitting poses. “Some children are a little threatened by competitive sports, even though others feed on it. When they see this is different, they find a calmer center within themselves. They also see another interesting side of their parents,” remarks Long. Kids’ yoga birthday parties are also on the upswing. Overall, when it comes to ways for eliciting healthy family recreation, the more, the merrier. Randy Kambic, a freelance editor and writer in Estero, FL, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.


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Go Plastic-Free Game On: Ways to Shrink Our Footprint by Randy Kambic


esides the customary food and product packaging, plus store bags, consider all the nooks and crannies of our lives that plastic now permeates: eating utensils; baby and pet toys; computer keyboards and accessories; pens; eyeglasses; athletic footwear; backpacks; lighters; beauty care and pill containers; household cleaning bottles; ice cube trays; shaving razors; tool handles; hairbrushes and toothbrushes—even some facial scrubs, shampoos and chewing gum. “The biggest Beth Terry, author of Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Habit and lesson since How You Can Too, points out compelling reasons to take personal I started is the action. In 2007, this Oakland, Calijoy of less—of fornia, resident saw a photo of the buying less stuff decomposed carcass of a Laysan albatross riddled with plastic bits in and making do an article on water pollution. with what I “For several seconds, I could not breathe,” she writes. This already have.” seminal moment led her to further ~ Beth Terry

research, by which she realized, “This plague of plastic chemicals is harming everyone, and especially the most vulnerable members of our planet—children and animals—and that is both unacceptable and unfair.” She’s been working on going plastic-free ever since. “I made a game of it; a fun, creative, step-by-step challenge,” she advises. “You can’t go through the house and think you can get rid of all plastic immediately. As items get used up, you’ll find alternatives.” Once we are in the habit of staying alert to the plastic scourge, we’ll naturally spot opportunities for healthy change-ups.

Science Sounds the Alarm

In 2011, Harvard School of Public Health researchers made news by discovering that consuming one serving of canned food daily for five days led to significantly elevated urinary levels of bisphenol-A (BPA). This plastic and epoxy resin ingredient is found in the liners of many food and drink cans and sometimes in plastic bottles. It’s known to be a serious endocrine disrupter. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, altered functions of reproductive organs and other ailments have been linked to high BPA levels in several studies, including one cited in Endocrine Reviews journal. The Manchester Guardian also recently reported that the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety has stated that an unborn baby’s exposure to BPA through the mother could be linked to many health problems, including breast cancer later in life.

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tanglement (ocean garbage patches are major examples). Reducing our own plastic footprint can both safeguard family health and prove that we are serious about pressuring industry to produce less of it. The key, according to Terry, is not to be intimidated or overwhelmed by plastic overload, but persist in taking baby steps (see

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As a starting point, Terry notes that plastic enables the longdistance food distribution system. Reducing food miles associated with our meals helps cut down on the use of plastic. In the kitchen, use airtight stainless steel containers or glass jars or simply refrigerate a bowl of food with a saucer on top to hold leftovers for the next day. Compost food waste. Reuse empty plastic food bags and line garbage cans with old newspapers instead of plastic bags. Terry cautions, “People assume everything that carries the triangular symbol is accepted at all recycling facilities. This is not the case. What isn’t accepted is landfilled or even incinerated.” Also, according to the city of Oakland’s Waste Management Department, she learned that “Much of what we put out for recycling goes to China, and their processing standards are not as strong as ours.” In Plastic Free, the author provides scores of tips for borrowing, renting and sharing products; buying used plastic equipment if it’s a necessity; and avoiding disposable packaging and paper products. Areas for improvement range from personal care and household cleaning products to bags, bottles, grocery shopping, takeout food, portable leftovers and lunches, plus durable goods. Activists will move on to also participate in area cleanups, donate to green organizations and write their legislators. Randy Kambic, a freelance editor and writer in Estero, Florida, regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.


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s youngsters head back to the classroom, parents can get their children off to a smart start by giving them key supplements. Here are some experts’ top picks.

Build Brains Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Because the brain’s nerve cell membranes are made of fat, ingesting a healthy fat— DHA—helps them stay lithe and limber enough to successfully fire off neurotransmitters, sharpening kids’ mental abilities. “Attention, focus, processing efficiency, memory—they’re all dependent on cells working effectively, and DHA will help,” says Randall Neustaedter, a doctor of Oriental medicine and author of The Holistic Baby Guide. A contemporary study published in Clinical Pediatrics found that 4-year-olds that ingested 400 mg a day of DHA for

four months showed improvement in listening comprehension and vocabulary acquisition skills. Because finding an effective dose of pure DHA (at least 300 mg a day) can be difficult, Dr. Robert Rountree, co-author of Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child, recommends administering liquid fish oil in a daily child’s dose of 800 to 1,500 mg at a ratio of 60 percent eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) to 40 percent DHA. “Anti-inflammatory EPA can help allergies and inflammation from colds and other viruses kids get,” explains Neustaedter. Algae can be a vegetarian substitute for fish oil, Neustaedter continues, but it contains only DHA, not EPA. Another vegetarian option, echium oil, internally converts to EPA at a one-to-one level, but not to DHA. Flaxseed oil is mostly alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which converts to DHA and EPA at a rate of only 3 to 7 percent. Phosphatydylserine (PS). This form of fat facilitates communication among brain cells. “It’s a natural substance your brain makes,” notes Neustaedter. Already highly regarded for its ability to enhance memory performance in older adults, it may also improve attention, concentration, learning, behavior and school performance in youngsters. PS is found in small amounts in foods like eggs and soy. Therefore, Neustaedter

Vitamin D. “It’s my top immune supplement choice for most children,” says Rountree. The vitamin is crucial for triggering the body’s natural immune system to react to and fight off infections. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that daily 1,200 international unit (IU) supplements of vitamin D3 reduced cases of seasonal flu in schoolchildren by more than 40 percent. Neustaedter recommends that school-aged children supplement with 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day. Unlike D2, D3 is natural and nontoxic, he says. Probiotics. These “friendly” bacteria help reestablish beneficial intestinal flora to both assist digestion and immunity. “Eighty percent of the immune system is produced in the small intestine,” says Neustaedter. “Having a healthy small intestine will lead to a healthy immune system. Probiotics will go a long way to accomplishing that.” Rountree recommends children receive a mixture of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria—at least 15 billion colony-forming units a day. A study by an international team published in Pediatrics showed that probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of fevers, coughs, runny noses and other infections in young children. Elderberry. “If kids get frequent colds, elderberry can be helpful,” notes Neustaedter, who suggests that children take such extracts according to label instructions for acute sickness during the cold and flu season. He considers it a worthy antiviral and immune system stimulant. Elderberry’s immune-boosting potential may be due to its ability to enhance antioxidant activity. Several studies, including one issued by the National Institutes of Health, have shown that black elderberry extract may shorten the duration of a bout of flu.

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will help,” Neustaedter advises. As a calming mineral, magnesium trumps calcium; because kids tend to need more calcium for their bones, the two nutrients are usually given together, adds Rountree. He recommends that children take 100 to 300 mg of magnesium daily, depending on their age and weight. Lemon balm (melissa officinalis). To soothe anxiety, Rountree points to lemon balm as safe and gentle, yet effective. St. Mary’s Hospital, in Madison, Wisconsin, reports that researchers have found that lemon balm, in combination with other herbs like valerian, may ease restlessness, anxiety and sleep disorders. Kids can drink one to two cups of freshly brewed tea daily. For a tasty and convenient option, substitute glycerites; tinctures that use glycerin to extract the active constituents from herbs. Pamela Bond is the managing editor of Natural Foods Merchandiser and former editor-in-chief of Delicious Living magazine.

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Our Own Ode of Joy Singing Heals Our Soul, Sets Us Free by Jan Kortie


efore singing was part of any human culture, it was part of nature. Nature never tries hard; it just is. It grows and blossoms and flows. So does heartfelt singing—as a joyful expression of soul, of one’s essential being. It is giving and sharing. Most of all, it is alive. Singing like this doesn’t ask for effort. But it does ask for courage. In expressing our longings, hopes and love, we may encounter fear, shame or sorrow. That’s part of the beauty and surprising simplicity of liberating ourselves through song, which can be equally cheerful, lighthearted and humorous, or insightfully confronting the challenging issues in our lives. Some people make every effort to sing eloquently, but the joy of singing is just as fully accessible for those that can’t master the technical qualifications or even carry a tune. All we really need to do to achieve personal satisfaction is to sing what’s inside us, enabling who we are to emerge. That’s why singing is healing; it helps make us whole. Giving emotional space to ourselves in song allows us to be heard in a special way; no two voices are alike because each is exactly suited to the individual. Our innate tendency to sing,

like other forms of music, connects us with others and reminds us of ways in which we are attuned to one another. More natural than talking, the vibration of a singing voice is the most magical, direct way to connect our internal and external worlds. It’s comforting to note that we can only sing off-key if we compare our voice to another’s. No child ever decides by himself that he can’t sing. A child spontaneously sings, dances and draws without preconception until an authority figure steps in with a discordant opinion. Singing is a natural phenomenon as intuitive as breathing. It’s our right to sing freely, and so share our hearts and music with the world. As a soaring expression of love it contributes greatly to the well-being of individuals, communities and society. Jan Kortie first introduced the idea of voice-liberation in the Netherlands 30 years ago, developing a joyful approach to personal and professional singing that extends beyond traditional methods and techniques. His book, Your Soul Wants to Sing, available in Dutch, is the primer for his Academy of Voice Liberation, where he serves as director.


Preventing Seizures Natural Dog Remedies Can Out-do Drugs by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


eople often seek out a holistic veterinarian due to concerns about conventional medications. One new client recently inquired about her 3-year-old female poodle diagnosed with epilepsy last year. The traditional veterinarian’s prescription for phenobarbital was helping to control the seizures, but the owner questioned the long-term consequences of feeding her pet the drug for the rest of its life. Surely, she thought, there must be a natural alternative. There are many causes for canine seizures, with epilepsy being the most common. Epilepsy is the term used when the cause is unknown, so testing is needed to ensure other factors are not present. These might include toxicities, especially in younger dogs and puppies (may include vaccines); brain tumors, more common in older dogs and certain breeds such as boxers and Boston terriers; infections, as in meningitis, or immune disorders such as the neurologic disease granulomatous me-

ningoencephalitis, or GME; parasites, including aberrant heartworms; and regional diseases such as tick-borne illnesses like Lyme or ehrlichiosis. Common testing includes a physical examination, food hypersensitivity and blood tests, tick serology, urine, fecal and cerebrospinal fluid analyses and a brain scan, which is usually a computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. Not all tests are needed on all pets because the veterinarian will rule out issues during the process. If other causes are ruled out and the problem is labeled as epilepsy, phenobarbital can be helpful, although side effects can occur as a result, including liver disease. In every case, the animal should be examined at least two to four times a year for possible complications from the drug, starting with a blood profile and urinalysis. It’s always best to supplement such treatment with natural remedies to help

protect the liver, including milk thistle and choline. Alternatively, natural therapies don’t usually lead to side effects or require the same intense regimen of regular evaluation. Patients have experienced good results with phosphatidylcholine, which works to stabilize brain cell membranes, and so reduce and prevent seizures, while also providing detoxification support for the liver. Phosphatidylcholine supplements are also used to prevent and treat another common neurological problem in pets—cognitive disorder (akin to Alzheimer’s in humans). Dimethylglycine supplementation aids in treating seizures, as well. It both supports the nervous system and provides energy to the body’s cells. Herbs, including valerian, passionflower, kava, gastrodia (tian ma), uncaria (gou teng), ostrea concha (mu li) and buthus martensi (quan xie), can also be helpful. Because they can be powerful natural medicines that could interact with each other and with prescription medicines, use them only under veterinary supervision. Homeopathic remedies are also widely incorporated into natural treatments of seizures such as tinctures of stramonium and belladonna. A twicedaily homeopathic detoxification treatment for pets experiencing seizures from any cause, using berberis, nux vomica and lymphomyosot, is recommended, as well. Due to the overwhelming success of using natural therapies for pets with epilepsy at our Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, most do not need to rely on medications for the problem. Those pets that arrive on a regiment of strong anticonvulsant drugs are slowly weaned off of them, resulting in improved health, lower vet bills and better control of recovery. Most never have another seizure, as long as they stay on the natural therapy protocol prescribed. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. Visit

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“Mom, tell them to surprise their kids—listen to them, have fun with them and just spend time with them.”


~ Jonah Trudeau, age 9

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he oldest of seven Montessori-inspired children and mother of one, Renée Peterson Trudeau serves as a life balance coach, speaker and president of Career Strategists, a coaching and consulting firm. Thousands of women in 10 countries participate in Personal Renewal Groups based on her first book, The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal. Now, in a new book, Nurturing the Soul of Your Family, Trudeau helps empower families to handle the challenges of everyday life with harmony and ease.

How can individuals achieve more peace? We realize peace by nurturing our hearts and souls with self-care, by slowing down and being gentle with ourselves. It requires us to attune and respond to our own needs and desires in the present moment. Am I responding with compassion when I make mistakes? Am I saying no when I need to say no? Did I ask for and receive help when I needed it? This is self-care in day-to-day life. When we feel nurtured in ways aligned with our deeper needs, we’re able to more fully express our potential and relax into being who we truly are.

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present with our partner and children. We feel more generous, loving and playful, and it’s easier to weather crises and uncertainties. I believe that modeling self-love is one of the best ways to influence children’s self-esteem.

Why is it important for families to define what they value most? It’s empowering for a family to anchor together around one key core value. Once you identify it, you all can make more conscious decisions. The value that my own family has chosen is compassion for one’s self and others. Creativity, spirituality, service or learning are others. As kids grow into adolescence, it becomes more challenging to maintain balance; there are so many demands on a family’s time and attention. Mentally, we’re often overwhelmed by an expanding scope of activities and decisions. At any age, a lot of us are just reacting to whatever comes at us. But when we identify the values most important to us, it’s easier to know when to say yes and no to things, so that our actions become aligned with our priorities.

overworked and overloaded with too much information. It can feel so good to be productive, and American culture rewards output. But we need to be mindful of balancing the harder task of ‘being’ with the seduction of doing, for we are at our most powerful when both of these energies are equal.

Where do we start? If we are not currently living in alignment with what matters most to us, we can stop what we’re doing and course-correct. We have to define what simplicity looks like for us and can start by just slowing down. Do less to experience more. Unplug from technology. Try spending unscheduled, mediafree time together. My family feels most nourished after weekends that we hardly did anything and just enjoyed connecting through simple pleasures.

What role does spirituality play in fostering a healthy family life? I hear a lot of parents say that they used to think that spirituality was separate from parenting. Then they woke up to the idea that being a parent is a spiritual practice, maybe the most profound one they will ever have. Connecting to the sacred in everyday life yields nurturing gifts we can enjoy with our children, not separate from them.

What is the most valuable advice that you offer to parents? Pause to breathe in compassion and realize that our outer state is a reflection of our inner state. It helps us release whatever we’re dealing with and reconnect with ourselves and loved ones.

What is behind the rising appeal of living more simply? Simplicity is alluring at a most basic level of our being; we crave it. We want to invest less energy in making decisions and have more space for life to organically unfold. We want to hit the pause button because we are overscheduled,

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Five Reconnection Points n Be mindful of how and when the family uses technology. Put people first. n Tap the healing power of nature together. Take hikes, picnics and explore a local greenbelt. n Love the ones you’re with. Schedule regular time together to make sure it happens.

n Define your family’s values and honor them. n Slow down. Do less to experience more. Fewer choices and a lighter schedule can make for a happier family. Source: Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life, by Renée Peterson Trudeau.

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regular spiritual practice grounds us and helps us navigate the challenges of just being human. It helps us stay awake, begin to let go, trust the rhythm and flow of life and relax into the beauty of our true nature. Create Ritual – Meaningful rituals can be carefully planned events or casual, but regular remembrances, such as voicing gratitude before a family meal or greeting one another with a hug. Marking transitions and milestones in the lives of family members likewise connects everyone to the sacredness of daily living. We remember that life is more than to-do lists. Cultivate Stillness – Quiet private contemplation through stillness, prayer, meditation or reflection is a daily way to connect with our inner wisdom and/ or embrace a higher power, and can make the whole day better.   Practice Service to Others – The more we reach out and are present to one another, the stronger we become and the easier it is to understand our interconnection—that we’re all one.   Live in the Present – Many great spiritual teachers believe the answer to everything is to just “be here now,” and that our suffering and emotional

distress would end if we simply stopped resisting the present. When we temporarily suspend our desire to change things, we can embrace that where we are is exactly where we’re supposed to be. Choose Happiness – Can we only be happy if things are going our way? Experts suggest that we’re born with the innate capacity to experience inner well-being and joy; it’s our birthright to feel good. We must remember to choose happiness in each present moment.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 Summer Movie Night—6:30–9pm. The World According to Monsanto, with light snack and discussion of GMO foods led by Lori Lee, MA, RD, CPT. $10 nonmembers, $5 members. RSVP by July 18 to 973-895-2003. Space is limited. Fit 4 Life Studio, The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, 765 Route 10 East, Randolph.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 Pranic Feng Shui—9am–6pm. This workshop will teach you to arrange furniture and decor to improve the energy flow in your home and office to attract love, wealth and good health. The Center for Pranic Healing, 420 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst. 201-896-8500.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 iwc Mindshift Mindfulness Class—1–3pm. Learn how to recognize negative thought patterns and how to shift your mind to a more positive, calming place. Presented by Valerie Merton, LPC, NCC,ACS. $50. Call for reservations as seating is limited. 908-8978700. iwc Integrative Wellness Center, 401 Rte. 24, Nathan Cooper Building, Chester.

Spiritual Essence of Man—9am–4pm. Workshop on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life as it relates to man’s energy bodies. The Center for Pranic Healing, 420 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst. 201-896-8500.



Consultations with Intuitive Susan King— 11am–7pm. As featured in O Magazine, Susan will give you a new perspective on relationships, personal problems, career, finance, and more. Call for appointment and pricing. The Urban Muse, 82 Broadway, Denville. 973-627-3455.

Soul Shamanism: Be Whole With Your Body Life and Soul—8/14 and 8/15, 10am–5pm. Join Shaman Janet StraightArrow for this life-changing two day class. You will be empowered to live, heal and become more you each day in profound real ways. At Be The Medicine, 18 Bank Street, Morristown, 973-647-2500.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 New Moon Celebration & Healing Gong—6:30– 8:45pm. Event includes a long session of deep meditative relaxation with the Healing Gong. $20 pre/$25 door. (Mention Natural Awakenings to receive 20 percent off.) AquarianYoga Center, 641 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. 908-884-4984.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 Energy Wellness Expo—8/17 and 8/18, 10am– 7pm. Experiential, practical and scientific presentations by experts and senior teachers in the field of bioenergetics and subtle energy. Roosevelt Hotel, 45th St. and Madison Ave., NYC. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

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One-Day Psychic Development & Practice Class—10am–4pm. Learn about the psychic senses and practice a variety of exercises. For both beginners and experienced. Please preregister. The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St, Chester. 908-879-3937.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 13 Dream Work—7–9pm. How to Recall, Capture and Process Your Dreams, with Jeanne Rice. Learn how to improve dream recall, record important elements, and unlock hidden messages. Bring your own notebook or journal. Register with JeanneRice@ $25 with advance registration, $30 to walk in. The Room Above, 2 East Main Street, Brookside.


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Energy Wellness Expo—8/17 and 8/18, 10am– 7pm. Experiential, practical and scientific presentations by experts and senior teachers in the field of bioenergetics and subtle energy. Roosevelt Hotel, 45th and Madison Ave., NYC. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Marma Therapy with Vishnu—12–7pm. Initial consultation to determine your baseline constitution and current state of imbalances, prescribe dietary/ lifestyle modifications, and Ayurvedic treatments. Initial appointment, $180. Follow-up, $126, kids $95. The Karuna Shala, 10 Herman Street, Glen Ridge. 973-743-1211.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20 Screening of Genetic Roulette Movie—7-9pm. This movie discusses GMOs in our food supply. Afterwards, Kimberly Garnett M.S., C.H.E.S. of Nourishing Pathways will facilitate a discussion of the movie and what we can do as consumers to protect ourselves and our families. $7. The Integrative Wellness Network, Presbyterian Church, 65 South Street, Morristown. 551-574-9500.

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Education at 9am. 21 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 973-540-1177, ext. 201. Institute for Spiritual Development—10am. First and third Sundays. Psychic and spiritual development & healing. Masonic Lodge #93, 170 Main St., Madison. 973-437-4370. 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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to meditation. Free. Art of Living Foundation, Parsippany PAL Bldg., 33 Baldwin Rd., Parsippany. 973-400-9191. Free Community Yoga Classes—4–5pm Free; donations appreciated. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Rte. 10 W., Denville. 973-343-2848. AA Meeting (O-B-ST)—8pm Sundays. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

monday Morning Yoga—9:15–10:15am. Morning yoga flow. $15. Theater Dance Center, 230 Rte. 206, Unit 403, Flanders. 908-892-3802. Alyssia.Saporito@ Beginners Yoga with Shirley Sahaja Sicsko— 9:30am. Mondays. Yoga West Holistic Center, 86 Main St., Succasunna, 973-584-6664. YogaWest. com. Strength Training—11–11:45am. A class for toning and strengthening muscles. Perfect for bone health: Love your muscles and your bones. $10. Healthy Lifestyles Center, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown. 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. Noontime Energy Enhancing Blasts of Qigong with Sal Canzonieri—Noon–1pm Mondays. Lunchtime energy healing. Register at 908-8793937. The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. Restorative Yoga—3:30–4:15pm. Restore, relax, and unwind. This is a deepening centering yoga class for bringing you back to your calmest self. $10. Healthy Lifestyles Center, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown.

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 Reiki Healing Circle in the Salt Room—7–8:30pm. Second and fourth Mondays. Experience restoration, relaxation, and balance. Includes guided meditation, an introduction to Reiki, chair treatments, and salt therapy. $25. Register at or 908-665-0333. Respira Salt Wellness Center, 472 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. Meditation in the Salt Room—7–8pm. Every third Monday. Mindfulness-based stress reduction and other meditation techniques. Bring a meditation pillow or sit in one of our chairs. RSVP required. 908-665-0333 or $15. Respira Salt Wellness Center, 472 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. Psychic Mediumship—7–9pm. First three Mondays. Gather with an individual or up to five family members to contact the energy of your loved ones who have passed away. Bring a digital recorder. Held in Netcong. Call 908-852-4635 to register. Garry@ Psychic Development Class—7–9pm Last Monday of the month. $10. Held in Netcong. Call 908-852-4635 to register. Meditation and Healing Group—7:30pm. First and third Mondays. Metaphysical Center of New Jersey, Montville. Free. No experience necessary. Call Harriet at 973-702-8443 for directions and info. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm Mondays. Unity of Montclair, 84 Orange Rd., Montclair. $10 suggested donation. Contact Connie at 973-239-8402 for details.


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Psychic Readings with Sue—7:30–9pm Mondays. Call 908-879-3937 to schedule an appt. Held at The Art of the Heart at 15 Perry St., Chester. Law of Attraction Meeting—7:30–9pm First Mondays. 973-383-6847 or Cindy@FreshLookonLife. com. Fresh Look on Life, 31 Rte. 206, Suite 3, Augusta. Yoga for Ultimate Beginners—8–9pm. For students brand new to yoga, this series covers the fundamentals of yoga from alignment basics to class etiquette. $90 for six weeks. Purple Om Yoga, 3118 Rte. 10 West, Denville. 973-343-2848.

tuesday Sunrise Yoga—6:45am. Weekly. Start your morning with some peaceful flowing yoga, then take that energy into the rest of your day! Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton. 973-896-0030. 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. Christpaths—9:30am–12pm. Second Tuesdays. Monthly spiritual sharing and practice group. Christ Church, Short Hills. Yearly tuition: $175. Christ Church, 66 Highland Ave, Short Hills. 908-2772120. White Oak Yoga—9:30–10:45am or 5:45–7pm, mixed level. $10 or $50 for six classes. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., 973-729-1900. Awareness Through Movement Classes with Diane Bates—12:30, 2:00 and 4:30 pm. Tuesdays. 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. Gentle Yoga Plus Class—1:15–2 pm. For those new to yoga. Sign up online at or call 973-895-2003. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 E., Randolph. Yoga for Teens & Tweens—3:45–5:45pm. Aquarian Yoga Center, 641 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair. 908-884-4984. Prenatal Yoga—4:15–5pm. Please bring a note from your MD indicating that you are cleared to participate. $10. Healthy Lifestyles Center, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown. Strength Training—6–6:45pm. Stronger muscles can help build stronger bones, and in this class we will strengthen and tone all the large muscle groups for a stronger you. $10. Healthy Lifestyles, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown. 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. SmartRox@

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Meditation and Healing Group—7pm. 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Metaphysical Center of New Jersey, Towaco. Free. No experience necessary. Call Peggy at 973-299-0172 for directions and info.

Membership $20, then $35 bimonthly. White Oak Center, 33 Woodport Rd., Sparta. For more info, contact Brian Trautz at 973-729-1900 or BTrautz@

Monthly Archangel Meditation & Message Circle with Judy Toma—7pm. Every 2nd Tuesday. Goddess in Eden, 20 Church St., Montclair (Inside Blu Lotus). 973-919-3600 to register. $20.

Free 8-Week Vinyasa Yoga—-9:15am–10:15am. First Presbyterian Church of Springfield, 37 Church Mall Rd., Springfield. Reserve: 973-379-4320.

Meditation—7–8pm Tuesdays. Beginners and advanced are welcome to join a weekly guided meditation. Aquarian Sun Healing and Learning Center, 212A Main St., Lincoln Park. Donation: $10. Call or email before 5pm Tuesday to reserve a spot. 973-686-9100.

Chakra Yoga with Chant and Tibetan Yoga—9:30–10:45am Wednesdays. Westfield Yoga, 231 Elmer St., Westfield. Call 908-232-1355 for details.

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. Meditation—7–7:30pm Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-383-6277. Reiki Circle for Everyone—7–8:30pm First Tuesdays. Learn more about this natural healing modality or brush up on your skills. By donation. Andrea Grace at the Center for Natural Healing, Kings Plaza, Upper Level, 430 Springfield Ave., Ste. 209, Berkeley Heights. 908-963-7911. The Spirit Gathering Church—7:15pm Tuesdays. Prayer, energy healing, discussion, meditation and mediumship. Facilitated by Rev. Susan C. Nigra, CHt. Held in the rear of Yoga West, 86 Main St., Succasunna. Donations appreciated. 973-691-9244 or 973-876-2449. 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. North American Butterfly Association—7:30pm First Tuesdays. Frelinghuysen Arboretum Education Center, 53 E. Hanover Ave., Morristown. 973-326-7600. 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. More info: 973-383-6277. The Gathering—7:30–9:30pm First and third Tuesdays. Worship Service with Christina Lynn Whited. Offering of $10–$20 requested. Call 908-638-9066 to register. Circle of Intention, 76 Main St., High Bridge.

wednesday White Oak Center Organic Co-Op—Every other Wednesday. Delivered by Albert’s Organics.

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. Mommy and Me Yoga—10:30–11:15am. For children ages 3 & 4. Children learn ‘peaceful’ breathing as they flow through a series of poses and create their own. Carol’s Yoga Youngsters, 145 Washington St., Morristown. 973-898-0544. Healing Meditations with Rev. Frankie—Noon. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Free. 973-539-3333. Cardio/Pilates Apparatus Circuit—Noon. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph. 973-895-9925. Healing Touch Sessions with Maureen Mahoney—1:30pm–4:30pm. By appointment. The Room Above, 2 E. Main St., Brookside. 973-5436329. ZUMBATomic for Kids—3–3:45pm. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 E., Randolph. or call 973-895-2003. Yoga Pilates Fusion—3:30–4:15pm. This class combines yoga and Pilates, leaving you calm, refreshed, invigorated and toned. $10. Healthy Lifestyles, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown. Restorative Yoga—4:30–5:15pm. A great class for unwinding and relaxing. $10. Healthy Lifestyles Center, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown. 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. 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. Ctr4child@

Beginner Yoga Adult Class—6:30–7:30pm Wednesdays. Drop-in, $20. 4 sessions, $75; 8 sessions, $130; New student 2 sessions for $20. More info at 973-944-0555. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 18 Elm St., Morristown. 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. Adult Yoga Class—6:30–7:30pmWednesdays. Drop-in, $25. 4 sessions, $75; 8 sessions, $130; New student 3 sessions, $45. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. 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. Creative Writing Workshop—7–9:30pm. Every other Wednesday through June 26. Through prompts and reading out loud, you will write, listen and learn in a safe, nurturing circle. The Room Above, 2 East Main Street, Brookside. 973-978-5282. 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. The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network—7:30pm First Wednesdays. 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 or 973-539-7020 or 973-635-4913. 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. Reiki Circle—8–9pm Every other Wednesday. Check website for dates. Gentle intro to Reiki, guided meditation and Reiki sample. Questions welcome. $10 suggested donation. Miriam’s Well Healing, 460 Bloomfield Ave., Suite 207, Montclair; 917-202-0475.

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Lunch & Learn—Noon–1pm Thursdays. $10. Register at 908-879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St, Chester.

Body Sculpt Class—8–8:50 am. Total body toning and conditioning. or 973895-2003. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 E., Randolph.

Women’s Heart Support Group—1–2pm. Support group especially for women, run by a holistic RN, offering education and support for those diagnosed with heart disease or treated for heart issues. $10. Healthy Lifestyles, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave., Morristown.

Yoga with Kathleen Margiotta—8–9am Thursdays. Held at The Room Above, 2 E. Main St., Brookside. For more info and to register, email

White Oak Yoga—4:15–5:15pm Gentle Yoga. Taught by Elizabeth Bell. Sparta Ambulance Bldg., 14 Sparta Ave., 973-729-1900.

Morning Chi Kung (Qigong)—8:30–9:15am. All welcome. Movement is simple and adjustable to your needs. The WAE Center at Temple B’nai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange. 973-857-9536.

Outdoor Bootcamp Class—6pm. Work at your own pace and get in shape with Brad Sims Personal Training. $10. 908-247-7063, Info@BradSimsPT. com. The Room Above, 2 West Main St, Brookside (Mendham Twp.).

Outdoor Bootcamp Class—9:30am. Work at your own pace and get in shape with Brad Sims Personal Training. $10. 908-247-7063, Info@BradSimsPT. com. The Room Above, 2 West Main St, Brookside (Mendham Twp.).

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.

Beginner Yoga Adult Class 10–11am Thursdays. Drop-in, $20. 4 sessions, $75; 8 sessions, $130; New student 2 sessions for $20. More info at 973-9440555. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 18 Elm St., Morristown.

Prenatal Yoga—6:30–7:45 pm. With Patricia Videgain. Nourish yourself and your baby through the practice of yoga postures, breathing and relaxation. New students: $67 for 5 classes. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Suite 215, Madison. 973-966-5311. Staff@StudioYogaNJ. com.

Yoga Pilates Fusion—12–12:45pm. A lunchtime class that brings together the best of yoga and Pilates for a balanced workout. $10. Healthy Lifestyles Center, Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Ave, Morristown. Beginner Yoga Adult Class—11am–noon. Thursdays. Drop-ins, $20; 4 sessions, $65; 8 sessions, $120. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 14 Elm St., Morristown. 201-213-1294. 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.

Parent/Child Yoga 6:30–7:30pm Thursdays. More info at 973-944-0555. Pediatric Therapy & Yoga of Morris, LLC, 18 Elm St., Morristown. 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. Suzanne@ Yoga with Daniella—7pm. Yoga for all levels. $5 suggested donation. The First Presbyterian Church, 11-13 Main St., Franklin. $5 suggested donation. Themed Thursdays (Yoga)—7–8pm. Learn about the yoga sutras, the chakra system, or allow a simple inspirational reading to help focus and guide your practice. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94,Newton. 973-896-0030. iwc Women’s Group—7–8:30pm. Thursdays. Therapeutic discussion group led by licensed professional counselor 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@ 973-224-6773. 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.


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Sacred Light Circle of Intention, Prayer, Meditation, and Healing—7–9 pm, first and third Thursdays. Suggested offering, $11. DivineAlchemy111 or 973-366-8765. Held at Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave., Rockaway, Taking Control of Your Own Health and Wealth—7:30pmThursdays. Discover the difference between opportunity and success. Free. RSVP: 908-461-0141 or 35 W. Main St., Denville. 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. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Summit. Betsy Zipkin. 732-469-0234. A Course in Miracles—7:30pm Second Thursdays. Study group for the course in spiritual psychotherapy. Unity of Sussex County, 25 Mudcut Rd., Lafayette. 973-383-6277. 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 973-866-5776. DrSimon@ Gentle Yoga with Daniella Hurley—8pm. Randolph Pain Relief & Wellness Center, 540 Rte. 10 West, Randolph. 973-866-5224.

friday Fit Body Class—8–8:50 am. Express cardio workout with weights. Try a complimentary class. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 E., Randolph. or 973-895-2003. Outdoor Bootcamp Class—9:30am. Work at your own pace and get in shape with Brad Sims Personal Training. $10. 908-247-7063, Info@BradSimsPT. com. The Room Above, 2 West Main St, Brookside (Mendham Twp.). Beginners Yoga with Shirley Sahaja Sicsko— 9:30am. Fridays. Yoga West Holistic Center, 86 Main St., Succasunna, 973-584-6664. 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. Healing Chi Kung (Qigong) Meditation—9:30– 11am, Standing and seated meditation practiced, Chi Kung principals and theory taught. Blu Lotus, 20 Church St., Montclair. Call before attending first class. 973-857-9536. Morning Meditation—10–11am Fridays. Held at The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. RSVP at 908-879-3937. More info at

Meditation in the Salt Room—10–11am. Mindfulness-based stress reduction and other meditation techniques. Bring a meditation pillow or sit in one of our chairs. RSVP required. 908-665-0333 or $15. Respira Salt Wellness Center, 472 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting—10:30am– Noon. 12-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: 973-794-3443. Zumba—11am Fridays. $10. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-971-6301. Yoga—Noon. Fridays. $10. The Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center. 973-971-6301. Ongoing Qigong with Sal Canzonieri—Noon Fridays. Held at The Art of the Heart, 15 Perry St., Chester. Call Sue at 908-879-3937 for pricing & more info. Body Tuning with Certified Soma Energetic Therapist Tracey Revak—1:30–4:30pm Fridays. Experience deep relaxation and rebalance your chakras. By appt. Held at The Room Above, 2 E. Main St., Brookside. TheRoomAbove.6@gmail. com. Contact Tracey at or 908-296-5631. Outdoor Bootcamp Class—2pm. Work at your own pace and get in shape with Brad Sims Personal Training. $10. 908-247-7063, Info@BradSimsPT. com. The Room Above, 2 West Main St, Brookside (Mendham Twp.). 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. Starts last Fri in June. $20/class. Breathing Room Center, 735 Rte. 94, Newton. 973-997-0116. HoopNDrums@Yahoo. com. 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. Messages from the Other Side—7–9pm Third Fridays. Held at Eleven on Main Café, 11 Main St., High Bridge. Must register at 908-638-8888 or $10 includes coffee or tea. Sponsored by Circle of Intention. 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. 973-5625844. AA Meeting—7:30pm. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-538-0555.

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 Street, Conference Room C, Dover. 973 945 2704.

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. $10. 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 Essential Pilates—8am. Weekly. Try out a class for free at our award-winning studio. “Best in NJ 2011 & 2012!” Call to register: 973-895-9925. Pilates at Pro Physical Therapy, 2 Emery Ave., Randolph. 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.

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 Mat Pilates with Props—11–11:55pm. The Wellness Center of Northwest Jersey, Randolph Medical Arts Building, 765 Rte. 10 E., Randolph. or 973-895-2003. Meditation and Visualization Class—11:30sm– 12:15pm. Learn visualization techniques and gain access to tools that will allow you to achieve a deep and meaningful meditation practice. $5. Body & Brain Yoga Meditation Center, 241 North Ave. West, Westfield. 908-301-9642. Hatha 1 Yoga—12:15pm. Yoga for You, LLC, Olde Lafayette Village, Building J, Rtes. 15 & 94 intersection, Lafayette. 973-714-4462. 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., E. Hanover. 973-295-6864.

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New Hope Pet Rescue, Inc.—Rescue group looking to rehome dogs and cats. NewHopePetRescue@ Randolph Animal Pound—Adopt your new best friend. Sussex Tpk. and Morris Tpk. in Randolph. 973-989-7090. Angel Paws Pet Adoption—Adopt or sponsor a cat. Inman Ave. &West St., Colonia. 732-340-1199.

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Susannah uses acupuncture to treat a wide variety of conditions, including pain, gastrointestinal issues, menstrual problems and many other conditions. With her massage therapy background, Susannahʼs approach to acupuncture is remarkably gentle and highly effective. Techniques include Kiiko Style Acupuncture, gua sha, cupping and moxibustion. Each treatment is customized to your own needs with the focus of bringing your health back in balance.


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Ann Ochs has more than eight years experience as a colon hydrotherapist. She holds an advanced certification from the International Association of Colon Therapists (I-ACT), is certified by the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, and is a certified body ecologist. Living Waters offers the Angel of Water®, an advanced colon hydrotherapy system, designed to offer the ultimate in privacy and dignity. The Center is under the medical direction of Kristine Profeta-Gedroic, MD, FAAFP. Call today for an appointment. See ad on page 27.


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Experience Profound Healing, Learning and Solutions. StraightArrow’s 46 years of research and practice in mind-body-spirit medicine with renowned teachers from around the world, brings a full tool bag and expertise in each transformative session and class. Integrative Healer and Coach, Shaman, Spiritual Guide, Mentor to Healers, Soul Retrievals, Reiki Master, Training and Ceremonies.


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Awaken your spiritual side. Connect with your Angels to overcome life’s obstacles. Receive guidance in the areas of health, family, love, finances and self-esteem. You will have the opportunity to feel their healing powers and nurturing qualities. Learn more about them, how to interpret their messages and how they will interact with you in everyday life. Denise Joy will guide you through this spiritual process as well as select angelic cards for specific situations. She will then interpret them for you to bring messages from the angelic realm.See ad on page 22.


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Fresh Look on Life is designed to empower others to take a “fresh look” at their lives. Whether you are a busy professional in need of stress management, struggling with a health issue, want to change a habit, or develop a new understanding of yourself and the world around you, this might be just what you were looking for. Cindy Nolte holds certifications as a Reiki Master/Teacher, Animal Reiki Master/Teacher, Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner (Acupressure), Hypnotist, Past Life Regression Hypnotist, and in the Life Transformation Method.


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Hilary D. Bilkis, MS, CST CranioSacral Therapy • SomatoEmotional Release Work • Visceral Mobility Energy Healing • MELT Method Instruction Office located in: The Abbey 355 Madison Ave. • Morristown, NJ 07960 973-479-2229 •

During a hands-on-bodywork session, Hilary uniquely blends CranioSacral Therapy with other healing modalities to alleviate chronic pain, headaches, stress and accumulated tension from the client’s body. The client benefits from the treatments on a physical, emotional and energetic level. Hilary facilitates the body’s self-healing process; gently releasing restrictions in the connective tissue and removing energy blockages. Using her intuitive abilities, she also helps release stored injury, trauma, memories and emotions. Clearing the body of its stuck stress will improve the client’s health, feelings of wellness, ability to feel calm, centered and empowered in their lives. Take the first step on to improve your health and call today for an appointment.


Alternative Healing & Spiritual School of Enlightenment Lisa Bellini, CPT 23 Diamond Spring Rd., Suite 9 Denville, NJ 07834 908-963-2628 •

Lisa is dedicated to helping people raise their vibration and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing. Lisa connects with clients from her heart and without judgment. Lisa is a graduate & Guide of the 7th Ray Mystery School & Certified RM, CPT, Ordained Minister, Hypnotherapist, NLP, Past Life Regr. Uniting ancient wisdom with modern modalities. See ad on page 21.


Lory Sison-Coppola Reiki Master, Past Life Regressionist, Huna, Crystal Children Advocate, Readings 23 Diamond Spring Road, Suite 5 Denville, NJ 07834 973-267-4809

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Nutritionist Dian Freeman and staff nutritionists LuAnn Peters & Brenda Woodruff of Dian’s Wellness Simplified in Morristown, NJ, offer private nutritional consultations, Applied Kinesiology and Ondamed biofeedback sessions. Dian also teaches classes and a nutritional certification course in preparation for the national Certified Nutritional Counselor (CNC) exam. Also, to address energetic and vibrational healing, a variety of crystal and energy healers are available by appointment and LuAnn mixes personalized formulas combining various Bach flower remedies. See ad on page 9.



Do you suffer from symptoms that do not prove to be a diagnosis? Do you acquire new symptoms when treating old ones? Do you wonder if the vitamins and supplements you take are really helping? Headaches, stiff sore joints, indigestion, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, sleeplessness, depression and anxiety are a few of the symptoms that are not answered by medicine, but can be relieved with enzyme formulas. Join Susan at a monthly lecture and learn how the Loomis System uses physiology and basic science to determine your source of stress. Treatment of chronic and acute conditions is with 100% food formulas and self healing practices. Sign up for Susan’s free newsletter at, and call for the next lecture date: 973-586-0629.

Incorporating traditional hypnotherapy techniques with other holistic modalities is Garry’s forte. Using traditional hypnosis for Smoking Cessation, Weight Control, Stress Management, Elimination of Fears, Improving Sports, Artistic, and Academic Performance, Anger 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.”

Next Level Healing of NJ, Inc 166 Franklin Road, Denville 973-586-0629

HYPNOTHERAPY HYPNOSIS COUNSELING CENTER 554 Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield 28 Mine St., Flemington 34 Bridge St., Frenchtown 43 Tamarack Circle, Princeton 908-996-3311 .

With 27 years of experience Hypnosis Counseling Center of New Jersey is a full-service counseling center, using both traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We regularly hold adult education seminars, work with hospitals, fitness centers, and individuals who want to better their lives. We specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. The State of New Jersey and Fortune 500 Corporation alike employ our programs.

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Linda West, B.A., A.C.H. 973 506-9654 • 55 Madison Ave, Morristown •

Advanced Clinical Hypnosis using an interactive, personalized technique; based on a lengthy interview at our first session and dialogues at following sessions. I don’t talk “at” you; we both speak before and during your hypnosis. I also teach you self-hypnosis. Specializing in weight, stress, smoking, chronic pain, 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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NEVER BE WITHOUT TEETH, INCLUDING IMPLANTS Patients travel from around the country to Denville, in search of the perfect smile. 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. Our office’s reputation has spread so far that we now treat patients from around the world; often doing more smile makeovers in a single month that some dentists do in a lifetime. We 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 our 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 our 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 fifty combined years to perfecting their skills and have placed over 23,000 cosmetic restorations. Our main focus is on cosmetic 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, 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. Our 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 our motto is: “Experienced professionals make the difference.”

AESTHETIC FAMILY DENTISTRY, PA 35 West Main Street, Suite 208, Denville, NJ 07834


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

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