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

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14 CATALYST FOR CHANGE 14 Natural Awakenings Celebrates 20 Years by Sharon Bruckman

11 26 consciouseating 16 BUILD YOUR OWN 34 inspiration


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oncurrent with my role in as publisher of Natural Awakenings has come a renewed awakening to my passion in designing healing landscapes. A goal going forward is to help build as many of these gently supportive places as possible for those that need it most. I have been fortunate to always spend much of my time outdoors. As a youngster I discovered it was the best place for nourishing play. The woods behind our house readily transformed into imaginary battlegrounds, forests and jungles. My mother was adept at morphing my cowboy hat into a revolutionary tricorn, safari helmet, pirate headgear or Robin Hood’s green feathered cap. The Wonderful World of Disney supplied our merry band of friends with all the heroes and villains we needed and we couldn’t wait to dress up for the next enactment. Hours spent in the woods not only fueled our creative juices, they connected us with nature’s bounty. Later, as a Boy Scout, I learned about the animals inhabiting local woodlands, plants useful for food and fire, and which species to avoid. The smell of healthy earth and pines still stirs fond and splendid memories. One day when I was 12, Dad decided to take me to work with him. I immediately sensed that an office environment was not for me and wondered how people could work in an environment with no greenery, stale air and humming fluorescent lights. As an adult, I naturally ended up working outside much of the time. My long career as a landscape architect and contractor allowed me to become appreciative of all the gifts that each season brings. Often working in extreme hot and cold weather, we engaged with earth, plants, rocks and water, breathing in the primal elements of each. Returning to these projects 20 years later I am amazed by how they have continued to dynamically change the environment they helped create. It pleases me to stroll through these gardens and feel how the people I built them for can also experience their restorative grace, energies and stillness. Such effects have been known since the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The sanctuary of green spaces are so calming that later hospitals and asylums included trees, shrubs and gardens in their designs to promote healing and reduce stress. Therapeutic Landscapes, an Evidence-Based Approach to Designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces written by Clare Cooper Marcus, reports that patients and staff responded positively to natural surroundings, healing occurred passively and patients were allowed to leave sooner. After nearly a century of straying from this practice in the U.S., the larger health community is again finding it vital to include healing gardens near cancer centers, rehabilitation hospitals and veterans’ hospitals. Linda Sechrist’s article, “How Nature Activates a Healing Response,” introduces us to how the benefits of nature are now better understood through contemporary research. It’s a phenomenon anyone drawn to spend time in nature understands and believes. How wonderful it is that simply walking in a garden can stir a heartfelt gratitude for the miraculous world we live in. In peace,

Don Moore, Publisher

newsbriefs Majaka Yoga Opens in Pitman


ajaka Yoga has opened on the second floor of the Okinawa Kenpo Karate Academy at 72 East Holly Avenue, in Pitman. Majaka, the Hindi word meaning fun, describes the spirit of the studio, where yoga is not only an exercise of self-discipline and self-control, but also motivating, elating and fun. Majaka yoga specializes in the Vinyasa style, which is the practice of asanas (poses) that are combined with controlled, synchronized breathing. Vinyasa yoga poses move gracefully in a flow that is elegant, natural, and beautiful. Majaka yoga also offers Yoga for Reproductive Health workshops to help participants transform their bodies and thoughts about fertility into positive, healing and loving ones. For schedule and more information, call 609-231-6706 or visit

changes and movement disorders. Getson is exploring the etiology of the disease by taking a holistic approach and evaluating the role of neurotransmitters and other body systems including hormones, gut ecology, gluten intolerance and vitamin deficiencies. He tests neurotransmitters, the brain’s chemical messengers, to get to the root of complex and recurring health conditions. He also is a pioneer in the field of ketamine infusion therapy for the treatment of CRPS/RSD, which works with the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor system in the brain, thought to be the source of the problem. The therapy, which has only recently become approved in the U.S., is considered one of the most efficient treatments for the disorder. Location: 100 Brick Rd., Ste. 206, Marlton. For more information, call 856-983-7246, email or visit

Marlton Doctor Specializes in Pain Syndrome


hilip Getson, DO, who practices in Marlton, has studied and treated complex regional pain syndrome/ reflex sympathetic dystrophy (CRPS/RSD) since the mid1990s and currently offers several specialized treatment options. The nervous system disorder can affect the musculoskeletal system and the body’s internal organs. The primary hallmark of the disorder is pain that is often out of proportion to the inciting event. The pain is usually described as burning, but can also be sharp or dull, and is sometimes reported as deep bone pain. Some of its other myriad symptoms include swelling, color change, temperature change, hair and nail growth

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Learn About Intestinal Flora at Miessence Ladies’ Night


he South Jersey Miessence Community welcomes women of all ages to attend a free evening of education, new friends and healthy treats, themed around the topic Feminine Flora, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., January 30, in Hainesport Township. Nutrition experts Crystal Pizarro, a holistic health and wellness counselor and the founder of Advanced Wellness Solutions LLC, and Hina Dadhania, a health coach, physical therapist and the founder of Seeds to Sprouts, will teach guests about the intimate connection between gut flora and yeast overgrowth, as well as nutritional solutions for healing and restoring this critical balance in the body. Attendees will learn about pertinent real-food supplements that will be available for purchase on-site in a no-pressure environment (purchase is not required). The evening will conclude with a Q-and-A session, superfood snacks and socialization. For location details, preregistration (required) and more information, call 609-504-1802 or visit

Crystal Light Bed Healing Offered at Allergy & Health Solutions


arylann Bautz, a holistic health consultant and nationally certified personal trainer educated in nutrition, shiatsu and sports massage, acupuncture, facials and the Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Therapy (NAET), has recently returned from Brazil, where she reports experiencing a miraculous healing with the Crystal Light Bed. Bautz brings the technology to Allergy & Health Solutions Center, in Medford. “Energy healing, also known as vibrational medicine,” Bautz says, “has become a very popular alternative healing therapy. The Crystal Light Bed is a technology that pulses, at specific vibrational frequencies, colored light through seven clear quartz crystals and into the energy field and the seven main chakra centers. The process opens, cleanses and balances the etheric field, raising the frequency of the energy bodies to enable a team of spiritual surgeons to perform

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BCC and MCVTS Start Green Pathways Dual Credit Course

The Green Pathways program relies on a partnership with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, which provides professional training to high school teachers that want to learn how to implement introductory sustainability courses in their schools. Through the Green Pathways program, high schools that offer an appropriate sustainability course will be able to establish dual credit agreements with either, or both, BCC and Stockton College. Tuition: $150. For more information, visit MCVTS students that want to enroll in the Green Pathways Dual Credit program should contact their guidance counselor and/or Green Program of Study instructor.

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urlington County College (BCC) has forged a Green Pathways Dual Credit Agreement with Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools (MCVTS) to meet the growing demand for green degree programs and the need for skilled workers in this industry. Under the agreement, MCVTS students that enroll in the Principles of Sustainability course during the fall 2014 semester at their high schools will have the opportunity to earn dual credit for SST 100 Principles of Sustainability, a required course in the BCC alternative energy technologies, energy management and sustainability associate degree programs. Students must receive a grade of C or better in their high school course to receive three college credits from BCC.

arah Krajewski Webb, the founder of The One Who Listens, is offering a new service to spiritual seekers in South Jersey. She has transitioned her listening services business to specialize in spiritual awakening support. Support sessions are conducted on an individual basis. Regarding the change, Webb says, “I found that by holding a space for self-expression without judgment, many of my clients began tuning into the synchronicities in their lives and putting pieces together to integrate their own truth. My intention is to serve as a facilitator for those who are interested in walking that path.” Webb provides compassionate, nonjudgmental listening in a safe space, giving spiritual seekers the opportunity to explore their path without judgment or advice. For more information, visit

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Blood Test for Dogs Detects Cancer Early

by Dr. Shawn Messonnier n accurate, inexpensive blood panel test is now available that measures cellular irregularities to detect cancer and other inflammatory diseases in a pet before clinical signs develop. This enables intervention prior to disease progression, when greater damage occurs and options become more expensive and limited. This blood panel, designed to be part of a dog’s routine annual examination, measures abnormal cell division and systemic inflammatory activity and is the most comprehensive single test to monitor a dog’s overall health status. Thymidine kinase (TK) is a measure of dysregulated cellular proliferation; as cancer cells divide, TK is usually increased. C-reactive protein (CRP) is elevated in the presence of systemic inflammatory diseases including cancer. In a study group of 360 dogs followed for up to one year, the incidence of cancer and serious disease were tracked. The study showed that almost 100 percent of cancers were detected four to six months prior to the pet showing symptoms. In addition to screening for cancer, checking the vitamin D status of a dog is also important, because low levels of vitamin D have been shown to contribute to increased incidence of cancer and infectious diseases.


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Sweets Sour Brain Power


inging on sweets and soda in an effort to bone up for exams or presentations probably has the opposite effect, according to a new animal study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers found that eating or quaffing too much fructose, like that found in cane sugar and the high-fructose corn syrups permeating many processed foods, can cause unclear thinking, poor learning and impaired memory. Scientists have long known that high-fructose diets increase the risk for diabetes, obesity and fatty liver. Now the UCLA team has discovered that only six weeks of a high-fructose diet slowed the animals’ brains. The good news is that eating omega-3 fatty acids like those found in cold water fish appear to counteract the negative effects of fructose, enabling the animals to think more clearly.

Art Heartens Seniors


ust looking at a painting by Picasso, Dali or Warhol can brighten the world for seniors, according to researchers at Britain’s Newcastle University. After just three visits to a gallery, the researchers found positive changes in the participating seniors’ opinions about their life experiences and abilities in light of their ages. The gallery visits further inspired participants to become more involved with others and their communities.

The Toxic Side of Tylenol


s the evidence of the harmful effects of Tylenol increases, there is a growing call for it to be removed from the market. Its active ingredient, acetaminophen, once thought to be an effective and safe pain reliever for adults and children, turns out to have dangerous effects. A related study by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers leads with the fact that each year, acetaminophen causes more than 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 50,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. The U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study implicates acetaminophen poisoning in nearly half of all cases of acute liver failure in this country. When taken with alcohol or without food, the effects on the liver are multiplied. Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, reports in that regular use of acetaminophen is linked to a higher likelihood of asthma, infertility and hearing loss, especially in men under 50. Last summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning linking acetaminophen use to three rare and sometimes fatal skin conditions. “Can you imagine if the side effects and risks associated with acetaminophen were associated with a dietary supplement?” opines Murray. “It would be yanked from the market immediately.”

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Produce Banishes the Mammograms Carry Cancer Risk Blues healthbriefs


here is growing evidence that mammograms, which are the primary screening tool for breast cancer, may cause it. Scientists have long known that radiation causes cancer, and now research published in the British Journal of Radiobiology reports that the so-called “low-energy X-rays” used in mammography are four to six times more likely to cause breast cancer than conventional high-energy X-rays because the low-energy variety causes more mutational damage to cells. Mammograms led to a 30 percent rate of over-diagnosis and overtreatment, according to a study published in the Cochrane Review. Researchers wrote in the study, “This means that for every 2,000 women invited for screening throughout 10 years, one will have her life prolonged and 10 healthy women, who would not have been diagnosed if there had not been screening, will be treated unnecessarily. Furthermore, more than 200 women will experience important psychological distress for many months because of false positive findings.” Many women and functional medicine doctors are now choosing non-invasive and radiation-free annual thermograms as a safer alternative. Those at high risk for breast cancer may choose to do periodic MRI screenings, a recommendation supported by research at Britain’s University Hospitals Birmingham.

Brief Bouts of Yoga Bolster the Brain


ust 20 minutes of yoga postures, breathing and meditation are valuable tools for bolstering mental functioning. A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reports that a single, 20-minute hatha yoga session significantly improved participants’ speed and accuracy on tests of working memory, focus, retention and ability to absorb and use new information. Study participants didn’t get the same positive brain buzz from 20 minutes of aerobics. The study appeared in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.

Vitamin C Halves Colds in Athletes


aking vitamin C before engaging in physically demanding activities helps keep colds away for people that are heavy exercisers, say Finnish researchers at the University of Helsinki. While their meta-study showed that non-exercisers that took vitamin C daily gained little or no protection from colds, the story for marathoners, competitive skiers and soldiers on subarctic assignments was much different. The study, published in the Cochrane Review, found that the 598 heavy exercisers cut their risk of colds in half.


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ew research from New Zealand’s University of Otago shows that consuming more whole fruits and vegetables increases peacefulness, happiness and energy in one’s daily life. Scientists discovered the strong relationship to be particularly apparent in countering winter blues. A total of 281 college-age students filled out an online food diary and mood survey for 21 consecutive days. Results showed that eating fruits and vegetables one day led to improvements in positive mood the next day, regardless of other key factors, such as body mass index. Other types of food did not produce the same uplifting effect. “After further analysis, we demonstrated that young people would need to consume approximately seven to eight total servings of fruits and vegetables per day to notice a meaningful positive change,” says Tamlin Conner, Ph.D., with the university’s department of psychology. “One serving of fruit or vegetables is approximately the size that could fit in our palm, or half a cup.” Study co-author Bonnie White suggests that this can be accomplished by having vegetables comprise half of the plate at each meal and snacking on whole fruit like apples. The American Psychiatric Association acknowledges that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects, at least mildly, as many as 20 percent of Americans.


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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.


White Resorts Go Even Greener As skiers flock to snow-covered trails this winter, more ski resorts are going greener to save energy and support the environment. Arapahoe Basin, in Colorado, recently received a National Ski Areas Association Sustainable Slopes grant for retrofitting its base area lighting that will annually slice off an estimated 53,000-plus kilowatt hours of usage. A-Basin, Vail Resorts and others in the area provide their restaurants’ used vegetable oil to outside companies for recycling into biofuels. Aspen, Vail, Copper Mountain and other Colorado resorts installed more photovoltaic solar arrays on buildings prior to the current season. Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, in Vermont, installed a 1,500-horsepower electric snowmaking air compressor last summer, replacing a diesel model. Purchased in consultation with the statewide energy utility Efficiency Vermont, it delivers more cubic feet of air per minute using less, and cleaner, energy. Since 2009, the state’s Bolton Valley ski area, plus Jiminy Peak and Berkshire East, both in Massachusetts, have all installed wind turbines to generate energy. Sarah Wojcik, director of public affairs at the Vermont Ski Areas Association, attests that resorts are doing their part to keep mountains green. Sources:,

Grassroots Gumption

Citizen Action Wins Against Monsanto and More The Center for Food Safety (CFS), a national nonprofit advocating in the public interest, works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. It confirms that actions such as signing petitions really do make a difference. For instance, the CFS cites a hard-fought campaign that pushed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to respond to a lawsuit and remove arsenic from chicken feed. They credit the thousands of consumers that joined the effort, saying, “Together, we forced the FDA to remove arsenic ingredients in animal feed used for our nation’s chickens, turkeys and hogs, and 98 of the 101 drug approvals for arsenic-based animal drugs will be withdrawn.” More recently, CFS reports that half a million citizen phone calls and emails had a significant effect in killing an extension of the so-called “Monsanto protection act” in the Senate. Formally named the Farmer Assurance Provision, the measure undermined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authority to ban genetically modified crops, even if court rulings found they posed risks to human and environmental health.


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Military Exercises Threaten Sea Life During the next five years, the U.S. Navy’s war games, using live munitions in our coastal waters, will potentially kill 186 whales and dolphins off the East Coast and 155 more off Hawaii and Southern California, according to computer models. Rear Admiral Kevin Slates rationalizes the casualties by stating, “Without this realistic testing and training, our sailors can’t develop or maintain the critical skills they need or ensure the new technologies can be operated effectively.” On the upside, marine scientists are currently using mobile devices to reduce the number of whales struck and killed off California’s coast by large commercial ships. An app called Whale Spotter employs crowd-sourcing to gather data, allowing sailors, fishermen and marine scientists that spot whales to plot their locations on an interactive map. Such a network can track marine mammals in real time as they migrate. These maps are useful to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Coast Guard officials responsible for recommending changes in vessel routes. Source:

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Evidence Mounts of GMO Dangers The nonprofit Non-GMO Project, committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO (genetically modified organism) products and educating consumers on such verified choices, is focusing on Bt corn and Bt soy, which make up 90 percent of America’s total crop. Its scientists explain, “These crops have genes from a bacteria called bacillus thuringiensis spliced into their natural genetic code. This causes the plant to produce Bt-toxin—a pesticide that bursts the stomach of insects that eat it, killing them.” Monsanto and Syngenta, which manufacture genetically engineered seeds, claim that genetically modified (GE, GM or GMO) crops are safe for humans because the Bt-toxin is completely destroyed in the human digestive system and doesn’t have any impact on animals and humans. But Norwegian scientists’ decade-long study of rats, mice, pigs and salmon raised on GE feed published in 2012 found that due to alterations in their digestive tracts, the animals ate more, got fatter and were less able to digest proteins; they also suffered from diminished immune systems. There is also mounting evidence that the spread of such crops is responsible for the dramatic decline of the monarch butterfly, the near annihilation of bats and the spread of honeybee colony collapse syndrome. To get involved, visit

Yogic Milestone


This month’s exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Yoga: The Art of Transformation, comprises the museum’s first presentation of yogic art. Temple sculptures, devotional icons, vibrant manuscripts and court paintings created in India more than 2,000 years ago will be on view, as well as early modern photographs, books and films. The Washington, D.C., exhibition borrows from 25 museums and private collections in India, Europe and the United States. More than 120 works, from the third to the early 20th century, illuminate yoga’s central tenets, as well as its obscured histories. Through masterpieces of Indian sculpture and paintings, the exhibition explores yoga’s goals; its Hindu, Jain and Sufi manifestations; its means of transforming body and consciousness; and its philosophical foundations.

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Global Watchdog

United Nations Panel Zeroes in on Sustainability The United Nations (UN) has created a new scientific advisory board under the aegis of UNESCO, mandated to advise UN executives, participating countries and other stakeholders on the use of science, technology and innovation in achieving sustainable development. The 26 international experts appointed to the board span a broad spectrum of disciplines including: basic sciences; engineering and technology; social sciences and humanities; ethics; health; and economic, behavioral and agricultural sciences, as well as the environmental sciences more commonly associated with sustainability. The board’s inaugural meeting in December focused on outcomes of the 2013 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and from other large-scale interdisciplinary processes, such as the 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference, held in London, and the Future Earth 10-year international research initiative.

Smoke Choke

Big Coal’s Big Plans to Hasten Climate Change Environmentalists are mounting an effort to stop the coal industry from exporting millions of tons of coal to China and keep the coal in the ground by halting the construction of huge new coal export terminals at ports in Oregon and Washington. The nation’s two largest coal companies want to strip-mine vast reserves in Wyoming and Montana’s Powder River Basin, and then ship the coal by rail to the ports. “Based on our back-of-the-envelope calculation, the burning of this exported coal could have a larger climate impact than all of the oil pumped through the Keystone pipeline,” says Kimberly Larson, a spokesperson for the Power Past Coal campaign, a coalition of more than 100 environmental and community groups that oppose the coal terminals. Many U.S. coal-fired power plants still operate, but they’re being squeezed out of business by new federal standards for mercury, arsenic and other toxins that take effect in 2016. Also, the price of natural gas in America has fallen below that of coal. China already accounts for almost half of the world’s coal consumption, and demand continues to skyrocket for cheap, coal-fired electricity to power its growing industrial parks and mega-cities. Source:

Deep Conversation Accompanies Good Food

The pursuit of combining good food and conversation is taking on new, more fulfilling formats. Instead of idle chit-chat or gossip over high-calorie feasts, many people are showing an appetite to fill their lives with more meaningful discussions while dining on healthy meals. The international Green Drinks phenomenon was among the first to successfully mix eco-conscious conversation with healthy beverages; now, thought-provoking initiatives are mixing regular banter with bites in ways that are both lively and nurturing. Those seeking the exotic may indulge in The Philosopher’s Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club—Monthly Conversation, Music and Recipes, by Marietta McCarty, following guidelines to immerse guests in the tastes and cultures of 12 different cities and countries. Suggested themes include saluting the present-day benefits of the work of women’s rights pioneer Jane Addams while sipping multi-bean soup (Chicago) or consuming uplifting perspectives of ancient philosopher Lao Tzu over shrimp dumplings with dipping sauce (China). Recommended discussion topics at include self-identity and self-reflection, current events and appreciating the arts. A search function for finding a local chapter complements advice on launching a new one. provides links to groups nationwide that forge connections with fellow enthusiasts, share dishes and network. It also provides information, recipes and other helpful resources. Touring experts in the preparation and benefits of raw food and vegan, plant-based diets show up everywhere from natural food restaurants and retailers to health expos and foodie Meetup events. Speakers include Brian Clement, Brenda Cobb, Paul Nison, Jenna Norwood, Karen Ranzi and David Wolfe.

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Natural Awakenings Celebrates 20 Years by Sharon Bruckman, CEO/Founder


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city nor understand beforehand that our perceptions of scarcity and separation from one another are only illusions. While the majority of economists say that money is an exchange, Bernard Lietaer, author of The Future of Money, states, that is what money does but not what it is. Fundamentally, money is a human agreement—a form of currency via an artifact designed, engineered and built by humans. This is something we have forgotten and it’s hurting us.

Money Myths

Filmmaker Katie Teague Uncovers Our Misperceptions by Linda Sechrist


atie Teague’s inspiring documentary, Money and Life (MoneyAndLifeMovie. com), provocatively asks: Rather than disastrous, can we view economic crises as brimming with opportunities to shift our thoughts about money and thereby improve models of economic exchange?

Why did you produce a documentary on the subject of money? As an in-depth psychotherapist familiar with observing humanity, I felt that I could use the simple lens of storytelling to chronicle the complexity of money and economics. Because I had no experience in economics or filmmaking, I was often brought to my knees in the crucible of all I was learning, a virtual crash Ph.D. course. In interviewing David Korten, economist, author and former professor at the Harvard Business School, he soothed my worries by pointing out that because I hadn’t been indoctrinated into the world of economics and its jargon, my language of metaphors and analogies would help lay people better recognize and understand convoluted economic concepts. As a therapist, I repeatedly see how disconnections due to eroding relationships with ourselves, our natural world and each other are wreaking havoc on people and the planet. I routinely see that money isn’t a root cause of a person’s issues, just the container for them. Most frequently the issues I hear about result from setting dreams aside “for later” and squelching the sparks of individual genius, usually because

of a perceived scarcity of money. I became curious about what role our relationship to money plays in such disconnections.

What are the effects of awaking to what money is and isn’t in our lives? In considering this from the perspective of healing and tending the soul, asking, “Where are we most wounded in our modern world?” I had my own quantum awakening to the fact that I’m not separate from the subject matter I’m exploring: What is my own story with money? Have I given up healthy self-government to the money god? What are my opportunities to reclaim my own power? I discovered that the core principle of the economy, money and currency is relationship itself, and that we’ve unwittingly disempowered ourselves by entrusting too much power to middlemen like central banks and financial consultants, but are now realizing that we don’t need them. One clear example is that more individuals are having a direct experience of the divine. Also, entire communities are investing their time, energy and money in their local economies, where they have established relationships and can see the results. I believe that the technologies supporting our emerging new economy reflect our own consciousness coming online.

Were you surprised at what you learned? I did not know that the U.S. and global economies are based on debt and scar-

How did you approach the universally sensitive subject of money? The film is purely a starting place and a tool that individuals can use to educate themselves and spark conversations. I kept the tone of the film as non-polarizing as possible so that conservative family members could cull compelling concepts that inspire further exploration, rather than walk away feeling a need to defend their beliefs. Awareness and knowledge breeds empowerment and innovative perspectives so that we all can better participate in whatever is emerging.

Will a new economy replace or parallel the existing one? A new economy is emerging and operating in parallel. Beyond being based on gifting, alternative money, barter or other buzzwords, it’s coming online from a previously unknown place. This is one of the reasons I term the film emergent-oriented, rather than solution-oriented. A quote by Richard Buckminster Fuller, systems theorist, architect and inventor, eloquently applies: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” The fact is that the old economy, based on debt and scarcity, is designed to collapse. The more innovative we can be in participating in the emerging economy, the more conscious awareness we can bring to bear, improving the chances for increasingly positive impacts. Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for recorded interviews.

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queries and more. Finding the right mix of treatment and preventive measures requires some creativity and self-knowledge. The experts Natural Awakenings consulted maintain that it is both desirable and possible to assemble an affordable and effective personal health care team that focuses on optimum wellness.

structural; biochemical; and bioenergetic, a form of psychotherapy. Ideally, he says, conventional and integrative medicine, plus complementary practitioners, work together to provide the total care an individual patient needs. “Any problem on one level affects all levels, so we assess patients on all three with whatever tools we have,” he says. While conventional medicine may be able to treat structural problems well and biochemical problems to a certain extent, it falls short on the energetic level. That’s when it’s time to expand the team, counsels Yang. “‘Know yourself’ is the watchword. Get to know what to use and when to use it. It’s the practitioner’s job to educate patients in this way.” Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned as the father of the integrative medicine movement in the U.S., has remarked, “If I’m in a car accident, don’t take me to an herbalist. If I have bacterial pneumonia, give me antibiotics. But when it comes to maximizing the body’s natural healing potential, a mix of conventional and alternative procedures seems like the only answer.” Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, founding director and president of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, turns to the integrative realm of ayurvedic medicine for healing and wellness. The 5,000-year-old Indian healing tradition incorporates lifestyle changes, yoga and meditation, detoxification, herbs, massage and various other individually targeted healing modalities, depending on the patient’s diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

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onventional doctors too often dispense vague, boilerplate health advice, urging their patients to eat a healthy diet, exercise and take helpful supplements. Some are lucky enough to also be directed to detoxify their body and manage stress. That’s typically the best most people can expect in terms of practical advice. It is rare to receive specific, individualized answers to such burning questions as: What is the best diet for this specific problem or my body type? Which exercise will work best for me—yoga, running, tennis or something else? Why do I feel stressed so much of the time, and what can I do about it? What supplements are best for me, and which high-quality products can I trust? Complementary natural healing modalities can address all of these 16

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“We need to understand the value of an integrative approach because no single modality treats everything,” says Dr. Michael Jingduan Yang, the Philadelphia-based founder and medical director of the Tao Institute of Mind & Body Medicine. By way of example, he maintains credentials as a physician, a board-certified psychiatrist and an internationally recognized expert on classic forms of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. Integrative practitioners see the human body on three levels, Yang explains:

“Wellness is a team effort,” advises integrative medicine specialist Dr. Vijay Jain, medical director at Amrit Ayurveda for Total Wellbeing, in Salt Springs, Florida. It’s not only a matter of knowing what needs the practitioners will address at specific times, it’s also knowing who can help when the going gets tough. “Modern medicine has the edge for early detection of disease,” Jain notes. “However, Ayurveda is excellent in determining the earliest imbalances in the mind and body that eventually lead to disease.”

Health insurance may not cover the services we want, and high deductibles may pose a financial challenge in maintaining comprehensive health care, so we need a personal wellness plan. Most experts consulted agree that a personal wellness program should include a practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a care plan to meet individual needs. Jain recommends that the foundation of the team be a licensed medical professional such as an integrative physician (MD), osteopathic doctor (DO) or chiropractor (DC). In most states, any of these professionals can function as a primary care doctor, authorized to order and read laboratory tests, prescribe drugs and access hospital services. In some states, a naturopathic physician (ND) can perform the functions of a primary care doctor in ordering and reading laboratory tests. As part of a personal wellness team, consider a functional medicine or integrative physician, chiropractor, osteopath, doctor of naturopathy, ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor/ acupuncturist, herbalist, craniosacral therapist, massage therapist and energy practitioner (such as in Reiki, medical qigong or polarity therapy). It’s not necessary to see all of them, sources say. Sometimes, one practitioner will be skilled in practicing several modalities, a bonus for patients. Other complementary practitioners may form a supporting team that works with the primary care team, depending on the challenges a patient faces. They will be identified as treatment unfolds and the team evolves over time.

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An ayurvedic practitioner likely will begin by helping to define healthful lifestyle changes, depending on one’s dosha, or energetic temperament. Yoga and meditation would be a likely recommendation, plus specific herbs and perhaps detoxification, says Annambhotla. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture often go handin hand with Ayurveda in accordance with the view that illness and disease are caused by imbalances in the body’s energetic flow. Diagnostic techniques

employ intuition and pulses to assess and smooth blocks in energy circulation. Craniosacral therapy is another way to unlock energetic blockages caused by lifestyle stress and other factors that restrict and congest the body’s innate ability to self-correct and remain healthy, says Joyce Harader, a registered craniosacral therapist in Cave Creek, Arizona, and secretary of the board of the Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy Association of North America. She relied on a whole team to realize a natural way back to health after being diagnosed with lupus in 1992. “Members of my health team fluctuate, depending on what is going on in my life and where I am focusing,” comments Harader. She points out, for example, that nutrition education and general deep-tissue massage can both be helpful as part of a foundational plan toward ob-

taining and maintaining optimal health. In fact, many of our experts recommend both a monthly chiropractic adjustment and/or massage, as well as daily yoga and an ongoing meditation practice for wellness and total well-being. Naturopathic practitioners operating in states where they are licensed can be good sources of nutrition counsel and often recommend herbal remedies for relief. “For chronic illness, you need a chiropractor or drug-free physician like a naturopath on your team. Conventional medicine is generally poor at dealing with chronic illness,” observes Naturopath and Chiropractor Michael Loquasto, Ph.D., who practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Loquasto should know. He has practiced integrated modalities for 50 years, employing the knowledge gained through his practice and triple doctorates, which include one in nutrition. Also a master herbalist, he strongly advocates that people start by working with a good integrative or functional medicine medical doctor. “In some states, like Pennsylvania, chiropractors and osteopaths can

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Intuitive listening and observant self-knowledge are crucial parts of any wellness plan. Most people are aware when something doesn’t feel right in their body. “Libido is a great barometer of health,” suggests Dr. Diana Hoppe, an obstetrician, gynecologist and hormone specialist in San Diego, California. “If you’re not interested in sex, it’s probably a sign that you need to do some investigating.” Reasons for such a decline of interest are wide-ranging


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A personal multifaceted wellness program can be expensive, but there are ways to minimize the cost. “In the new world of high insurance deductibles, people get more for their money from an alternative doctor, especially one knowledgeable in a variety of healing therapies, than a conventional one,” Loquasto advises. Costs for tests may also be lower; plus patients are not expected to pay $150 or more just to walk in the door. A current trend has medical doctors and chiropractors participating in “umbrella” practices and wellness centers, where several types of practitioners collaborate in one facility. They find that “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle” Albert Einstein

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How Nature Activates

A Healing Response by Linda Sechrist


to Designing Healing omething nearGardens and Restorly indescribable ative Outdoor Spaces. happens within Professor Emerius when we spend ta of Architecture and time in nature’s Landscape Architecunplanned spaces. ture at the University Fortunately, individof California Berkeuals who design our ley, Marcus notes that built environments the earliest hospitals are reawakening to in the Western world how nature’s lush were infirmaries in greenery and undemonastic communiably captivating nities where herbs shapes can activate and prayer were the a healing response. focus of healing and According to the a cloistered garden American Society of Jeanette Glennon-Morrissey was an essential part Landscape Archiof the environment. She also refers to tects, gardens, which were dismissed today’s healing gardens, many of them as unimportant to medical treatment created in the last 10 years, as a mix of for much of the 20th century, are good and not so good. “It’s become a now back in style and featured in the bit of a fad and marketing device. For designs of many new hospitals and example, a hospital that installs a chaise rehabilitation centers. lounge and two potted plants, calls it a In a recent survey of 100 directors and architects of assisted-living residenc- garden. Naomi Sachs and I wrote our book to provide pragmatic guidelines es, 82 percent agreed that the design of outdoor space should be one of the most regarding what constitutes a healing garden and why it should be designed with important considerations in the design. everyone—patients, visitors and staff—in “We’ve been accruing evidence since mind,” explains Marcus. 1984 to support what we’ve intuitively The focused study of the book inknown for many years—nature is healcludes guidelines for designing healthing. When we are under stress and we care facilities to meet the specific needs look out onto a garden with trees and of patient populations such as children plants, there is physiological evidence and veterans. It also includes proven that it reduces our blood pressure, approaches on how to design spaces lowers our heart rate and improves the to reduce stress, support recovery, help immune system,” says Clare Cooper patients regain impaired abilities and Marcus, co-author of Therapeutic Landencourage emotional equilibrium. scapes: An Evidence-Based Approach 20

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Magee tion during groups and discussing their plant/horticulture projects with others Rehabilitation Hospital At Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, in Philadelphia, where horticultural therapy services have been provided to patients for more than 30 years, Jeannette Glennon-Morrissey, a Registered Horticultural Therapist, has seen patients benefit from time spent in the rooftop greenhouse. “Horticultural therapy has been around since the 1800s when Dr. Benjamin Rush emphasized farming and gardening—giving mentally ill patients productive tasks in gardens and farms—as curative. In 1879 the Friends Hospital built its first greenhouse to enhance its commitment to the art and science of horticulture,” says Glennon-Morrissey, who is overjoyed any time she sees a patient’s response when they are exposed to the earth and living things. “While we are task-oriented and set goals for patients in horticultural therapy, I feel deeply fulfilled whenever I connect them to the earth. Some individuals gain more self-confidence while others feel some connection to a higher power,” she comments.

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Under the guidance of a horticultural therapist, individuals who have suffered a brain injury or a stroke, find that the greenhouse environment is not only far less intimidating but also filled with sensory stimulation that can improve cognitive sequencing skills. “Being able to stay on tasks builds brain function,” advises Glennon-Morrissey. Horticultural therapy provides emotional and psychological benefits. The responsibilities and accomplishments that are part of the gardening experience provide patients with a sense of satisfaction and improved self-esteem. Nurturing a plant redirects their focus of pain and offers a sense of pride. Tending a plant or garden helps relieve the pressures and stresses of everyday life. Socializa-

helps normalize a patient’s day. An introduction to horticulture as a leisure activity can also aid in the patient’s process of reintegration back into the community. Patients are introduced to how they may garden at home, with accessible tools or raised beds. At home they may join garden organizations or initiate accessible community gardens. “It feels so rewarding when patients call or email me, after their discharge, to tell me about their gardening activities,” comments Morrisey, who notes that the rooftop greenhouse 1:1 patient time can also include art therapy, therapeutic recreation, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, patient leisure activities and others. Based on Marcus’ research regarding what works in gardens meant for medical benefits, an article in Scientific American, “Nature that Nurtures”, offered a checklist that includes keeping it green, real, interesting and engaging for multiple senses as well as providing easy entries to well-thought-out water features. “Fountains that sound like dripping faucets, buzzing helicopters or urinals do not relax anyone, and neither does the strong smell of algae,” says Marcus. When the well-known American naturalist, Henry David Thoreau, author of Walden, wrote about his Walden Woods Project in Concord, Massachusetts, he concluded that, “Nature is another word for health” and that all of nature was his tonic. While gardens are not curative, the mind-body benefits to health are a blessing not only in medical facilities such as cancer centers and hospitals but also where they are found in public spaces. Linda Sechrist is the senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit for interviews and other articles.

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Caring, Steering, Cheering

A Health Coach Helps Us Change for Good by Lauressa Nelson

A health or wellness coach integrated into a personal healthcare team can be critical to catalyzing sustainable change. Many people understand they need to modify their self-care, yet fail to take the optimal steps to make such a transformation happen.


hat we’ve discovered is that people don’t routinely change behavior due to education alone or out of fear. They change through partnership,” explains Linda Smith, a physician’s assistant and director of professional and public programs at Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina. Coaching partnerships supply a supportive bridge between provider recommendations and patient implementations, she says, “significantly increasing the client’s ability to make changes successfully.” “Health coaching was absolutely essential to my health,” says Roberta Cutbill, a 72-year-old retired registered nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina, who considered her lifestyle relatively healthy when in her late 60s she experienced autoimmune and cardiac problems. “I have an excellent primary care doctor who, when these issues came up, told me that I needed to change my diet, thoughtfully downloaded a list of recommendations and sent me on my way. I still needed help with many things in order


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to make the changes,” recalls Cutbill, which is why she turned to a health coach at Duke Integrative Medicine. Margaret Moore, founder and CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, in Belmont, Massachusetts, identifies two primary forces that enable behavioral change: autonomous motivation (people want to do something for their own reasons, not because someone tells them to) and confidence (they believe they can do it). “The most powerful motivating forces of all are what you treasure most in life, your life purpose and contribution,” she remarks. Both Smith and Moore emphasize that the priorities in any health coaching relationship are client driven, based on the client’s chosen goals and personal intrinsic motivators. Confidence in attaining ultimate success is built through positively framed experiments and experiences. “A health coach is trained to help clients break up their goals into manageable steps,

focus on strengths, track progress and identify and overcome personal roadblocks,” explains Dr. Karen Lawson, an integrative physician and director of integrative health coaching at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, in Minneapolis. A helpful approach sets goals that can be met and exceeded, not insurmountable ones. “The key is always keeping a positive lens, helping clients see the progress they achieve,” continues Lawson. This involves speaking in terms of growth through trial and error, in which outcomes are explored without judgment and clients feel empowered to modify. This is vital, explains Moore, because experiencing at least a threeto-one ratio of positive to negative emotions creates the conditions for the brain to learn, change and thrive, making people feel more capable of taking care of their health. Mindful awareness is another essential tool; being self-aware and reflecting on what we are doing while it is happening. Unlike thinking, analyzing and planning, mindfulness involves observing while experiencing. During sessions, coaches use it to give their full attention in a non-judgmental way, modeling how clients can bring such compassion to themselves. A mindful state calms mental noise and puts reflective distance between individuals and their beliefs, emotions and behaviors. It improves their ability to handle negative emotions and to make a conscious choice to respond with a different attitude or new behavior, according to Moore. For Cutbill, maintaining a personal relationship with her coach over time has been the most significant factor in the improvement of her health. “The relationship was healing, because my coach regularly pointed out my progress with profound encouragement and validation. I wish all primary care doctors had health coaches on staff to help them and their patients attain the success they both are aiming for.” Lauressa Nelson is an editor and contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

Hallmarks of a Good Health Coach by Margaret Moore In the past 10 years, approximately 10,000 health professionals have become coaches through dedicated training schools and university programs focused on life, corporate or health and wellness coaching. The selection of the right partner to help in the quest for lifelong wellness entails assessing the following qualifications. Credentials and training: A reputable health and wellness coach training program typically requires six months to two years of education, skills training and practice with clients, followed by a certification process that tests for knowledge and core competencies. Employment background: Additional desirable credentials in the medical, physical or mental health fields will likely include exercise physiology, physical therapy, psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, nursing or medicine.

Structured relationship: A coach should be able to explain how coaching works and why successful results are more likely with a coach. Coaching sessions are typically conducted by phone and last between 30 and 60 minutes. Coaching services are generally not covered by insurance. Personal character: Effective health coaches are good listeners, interested in clients’ unique stories. They foster self-acceptance and self-respect, pointing out personal strengths, values and desires. Coaches engage, energize and challenge clients through a positive, non-judgmental focus, while at the same time asking courageous questions. As skilled partners, they help clients become clear about personal motivations and an overall vision for life, so that they can help design a detailed, attainable plan that successfully moves them toward fulfilling their goals.

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Label Literacy Five Tips Help Kids Choose Healthy Foods by Elisa Bosley

Families have three key weapons in combating America’s childhood obesity epidemic: keeping them active, reducing their soda and junk food intake and teaching youngsters how to read food labels.


ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, obesity more than doubled in children ages 6 to 11 and tripled in adolescents ages 12 to 19 between 1980 and 2010. Nearly one in five youths in both age groups, plus one in eight preschoolers, are now considered obese and at increased risk for consequent health problems. By 2013, the Centers for Disease Control finally showed signs of hope, with some states reporting small reversals in the trend. Positive developments might continue if parents and teachers gently coach kids to better evaluate what’s going into their mouths and bodies by understanding food labels. Despite the

intimidation factor (even for adults), “Once children know how to read, they are ready to start learning how to read food labels,” advises Jolly Backer, CEO of Fresh Healthy Vending, a forward-thinking company actively increasing the presence of healthy-food vending machines in schools nationwide. He says, “The more kids know about what they’re eating, the more empowered they’ll be about making healthier food choices.” Here are five basic tips to increase knowing what food labels really say that will benefit a youngster’s health for a lifetime. Visualize serving sizes. Assemble two or three packaged food items—

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preferably those that the child regularly eats, like cereal, oatmeal and applesauce—plus a measuring cup. Point out the serving-size number on the package label, and let the child measure out a single serving. This visually reinforces serving sizes, the first number anyone needs to consider on a food label. Try it with a single soda or juice bottle, too, which often says, “two servings.” Important note: Most nutrition label serving sizes are based on a 2,000-calorie adult diet. For kids ages 4 to 8, portion sizes are about two-thirds of an adult portion; for preteens, portions run 80 to 90 percent of the adult amount, says Registered Dietitian Tara Dellolacono-Thies, food coach for CLIF Kid nutrient-rich organic energy snacks. Evaluate numbers. Next, discuss the numbers noted for calories, fat, sugar, fiber and cholesterol. When evaluating a packaged food for an elementary school child, Dellolacono-Thies suggests aiming for 175 calories or less per serving; one gram or less saturated fat; no trans fats; no more than 13 grams of added sugars; no more than 210 milligrams sodium content; and at least two grams of fiber. She notes that cholesterol alone is less of a health risk factor for kids than saturated fats and sugars unless a child is on a specialized diet. Added bonuses: Look for high-percent daily values (shown as DV percentage) for nutrients such as calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin D, which experts generally agree most kids’ diets lack in sufficient quantities. Compare and contrast. Armed with these basic guidelines, compare, for example, the grams of sugar in a can of soda with a serving of cooked rolled oats, or the amount of calcium in a carton of milk versus a juice box.

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WHOLE FOOD Greater than the Sum of its Parts by Margie King


estern science is obsessed with deconstructing food, researching and analyzing its component parts, isolating the active ingredients, repackaging them in pills or powders and prescribing them in daily doses. But according to Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., author of Food and Healing, this chemistry-based theory of nutrition is upside-down. Colbin, founder and CEO of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and

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Animal foods are more challenging to categorize. Eggs are a whole food, but steaks are not, because they are one part of the entire animal. She includes small fish if we eat the head and bones, and small birds like quail. Whole milk is included, but not low-fat dairy. Colbin maintains that our bodies know the difference between a whole food and an aggregation of isolated nutrients. We have evolved over thousands of years to eat the food that nature presents to us, and if that food has been fragmented, the body realizes it and seeks what’s missing. For example, if we eat fragmented wheat like white bread, in which the bran and germ of the whole grain have been removed, the body will still be hungry and seek the missing part of the food, something with fiber or crunch. Likewise, health enthusiasts that devour wheat germ or wheat bran in isolation will also feel something is missing and may find themselves craving refined flour in the form of cake or other baked goods. Table sugar is another example, a fragment of sugar cane. Colbin calculates that it takes 17 feet of sugar cane to make one cup of sugar. What’s missing is mostly the cane’s water content and the result, she says, is that sugar makes you thirsty. It’s a big reason why when we drink a soda, ingesting an average equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar, we’re thirsty afterward and drink even more, creating a vicious cycle. Fruit juices are, by definition, a fragmented food. When we drink orange or grapefruit juice, all or most of the fiber from the raw fruit is obviously missing. Craving something to chew, we may reach for chips or something crunchy. Vegetable juices may yield the same result. Colbin cautions that while vitamin and mineral supplements can be helpful in treating specific conditions or deficiencies, they nevertheless comprise fragments of food at best. She notes that the body may have difficulty processing these isolated nutrients outside of the whole food. Supportive studies include Kentucky’s University of Louisville School of Medicine comparison of the effects of the spice turmeric with those of its active ingredient, curcumin. Adding the

whole food turmeric to the diet of rats reduced inflammation significantly, while curcumin alone was ineffective. Results suggested the difference may be explained by turmeric’s higher bioavailability. A Pennsylvania State University research review determined that although population studies consistently report that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables protects against cardiovascular and other chronic diseases, studies of antioxidant supplements did not show the same benefits. The difference may be that a whole foods diet naturally contains not only antioxidants, but a wide range of nutrients and compounds that may act synergistically to protect against diseases. Colbin goes further, suggesting that supplements may even make us less likely to want to eat vegetables and set us up for junk food cravings to balance out too many vitamins or minerals. Her advice is to use vitamins and supplements if medically required, but not every day and not for a lifetime. Her views are all about maintaining the natural balance in the foods that nature provides without worrying about

striving for perfection or radical changes in diet. Colbin recommends aiming for 70 percent whole foods overall to keep everything in balance. Start by taking a few small changes, listen to the body to see if there’s a noticeable difference and adjust accordingly.

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ew Year resolutions can be a distant memory by mid-January, due to unrealistic expectations, slow results and distractions that sideline good intentions. Yet we may still reap the rewards of a greener, healthier lifestyle by progressively adopting small, doable changes.

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January white sales present a prime opportunity to change to organic cotton sheets and dry-fast towels to reduce energy usage. Local animal shelters welcome old towels and blankets. Homeless shelters also accept gently used clean linens and outgrown cold-weather gear. Replace family toothbrushes with eco-friendly models made from renewable castor oil plants instead of petroleum. The Naturally Clean Toothbrush is BPA-free and recyclable ( Each day, Americans use 500 million disposable straws, reports Milo Cress, founder of the Be Straw Free Campaign ( Discarded plastic straws and stirrers are on the Ocean Conservancy’s top 10 list of debris littering beaches. Cindy Schiff Slansky, CEO of GreenPaxx, in New York City, suggests using a reusable silicone straw. “The bright colors help keep track of each person’s drink. They’re in my purse for when I eat out with my kids,” she says. “We always say no to disposable straws.” Also consider paper straws that compost within 45 to 60 days.

Plug electronics into power-saving energy strips that can be turned off when machines aren’t in use. Completely shutting down computers saves more energy than using sleep mode. When it’s time for a more energy-efficient fridge or freezer, call the electric company. The Appliance Recycling Centers of America work with utilities to pick up and recycle working appliances. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers are accepted with a qualifying fridge or freezer. Alternatively, call a local recycling company for a curb pickup of broken appliances; even easier, confirm that the company delivering a new appliance will take away and recycle the old one. Upgrade to a greener model when the need arises to change cars. California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont have pledged to speed the construction of charging stations in their states and project collectively having 3.3 million battery-powered cars, plug-in hybrids and other clean-burning vehicles on their roads by 2025. To make clean and renewable home energy affordable and increase property values, Sunrun installs and maintains home solar power panels in 1,000 cities in 11 states for low and predictable monthly rates ( Choose green products carrying the 1% for the Planet logo. Identify participating companies at Tinyurl. com/OnePercentPlanet.

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s we finish out the year of 2013, our staff would like to thank you all those businesses and people involved with Natural Awakenings. With your loyal and sincere support we have grown and expanded our influence through the South Jersey area. We are so glad to have worked with you this year and look forward to continuing our work together in the New Year. The best part of publishing this magazine is to meet all the people who share a common calling. Our paths have crossed as we travel together on a journey of awakening consciousness, helping to facilitate a healthier, more sustainable world. Thank you for supporting this mission and being our partners in helping our planet and ourselves. Thank you to the thousands of readers who let us know how much our magazine is appreciated and needed. Without your support our advertisers would not be able to offer their services in a media which reflects the work they all hold near and dear. A continuing thank you to all the people who help me publish this magazine each month, and there are many. I am proud to be part of this family and am forever grateful for their help, guidance and support. May it be a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year to all our Natural Awakenings family. We couldn’t do it without you. Be grateful every day,

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This year, many Americans are set to rock the charts by turning over a new leaf and morphing from more conventional workout modes to fresh takes on fitness.

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Activities high on people’s lists these days reflect a perceived scarcity of time and money. The top picks, according to the Indianapolis-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014, will be high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and body weight training.

Both pursuits have been contenders in recent years, but are cresting the survey for the first time. A HIIT session, typically involving rapid bursts of activity interspersed with brief rest periods, usually takes less than 30 minutes. Body weight training’s appeal stems from its effectiveness and minimal need for fancy equipment or special gear.

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If workouts are increasingly encroaching on “social” activities like dancing, it’s because the nation—or at least the expanding population trying to live healthier lifestyles—is undergoing a broader lifestyle transformation, says Jim White, of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The registered dietitian, award-winning fitness pro and national spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics observes, “There’s a shift in culture.” He says, “People are sick of ‘yoyo-ing’ with fad diets and exercise routines, and they are looking for effective new approaches, whether for dieting, social life, accountability or competition.” He sees this new mindset fueling the proliferation of websites and phone apps that facilitate everything from counting calories and steps walked daily to on-thego workouts.

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Interval Training: Both high- and low-intensity variations can resemble

a fountain of youth for older adults, says DeSimone. These can range from integrating a few five-minute sprints to enhance a half-hour walk to engaging in formalized Asian-influenced Tabata classes and boot camps. High-intensity workouts aren’t for everyone. “HIIT is best delivered when it does not use the one-sizefits-all approach,” says Tony Ordas, a kinesiology lecturer at California State University, San Marcos. “Participants need to have an established level of cardiovascular endurance before increasing intensity.” Body Weight Training: The natural, timeless exercise approach of using our own body weight instead of equipment can, if done right, hone muscles and build core strength, often in creative ways. Personal Training, Small-Group Training and Wellness Coaching: Rising demand by individuals for support in achieving their desired results is propelling growing numbers of trainers and coaches to obtain health and fit-

ness college degrees and postgraduate certifications. Specialized Fitness Programs: Programs geared to the needs of particular groups such as pregnant women, older adults, dog owners and those interested in losing weight remain popular. Activities vary in approach and intensity, but often emphasize “functional fitness”, focusing on building strength and balance useful in everyday life, rather than more athletic or competitive training. Yoga: This ancient mind-body workout continues to extend from East to West, building on a host of classical forms such as hatha, ashtanga, kripalu, kundalini and Vinyasa. Relatively new forms also are extensive, from power yoga, Bikram and Yogalates to emerging hybrids like the yoga/surfing combination of Yoga Board. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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n human health care, naturopathic doctors offer a specialty called anti-aging medicine. The goal is to restore optimal health to those at midlife and older that seek to prevent or reduce the incidence of diseases often associated with aging. But when it comes to aging pets, most veterinary doctors fail to focus on the necessary specialized care. In fact, some traditional vets may decline to treat older pets at all. Often, these animals are suffering from chronic diseases and when they are treated, prescriptions may include numerous drugs. As many know, drugs can entail serious, even debilitating side effects, further deteriorating the prospects for sustained health. Owners may thus find themselves spending a lot of money maintaining their pets in a chronic state of ill health with little hope for improvement. Animals that might benefit from surgery for problems ranging from dental disease to tumors may not receive ameliorating care when the family vet simply consid-

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any of us have our relationship to success inside-out. We busy ourselves so much with do-or-die goals we “should” achieve that we drown out the crucial signals life is sending our way—both from our own instincts and from others that can objectively see what we truly need. According to Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul, knowing how we want to feel inside yields the most potent clarity in identifying what’s critical to us. “We need to have soul-centered goals, and if we get clear on defining our core desired feelings— the way we most want to feel—then all of our goals are a means to create those feelings,” she says. “It’s that simple.” The external things we want to have and experience are secondary goals, provided they contribute to the first. LaPorte’s Desire Map process is a holistic life planning tool that helps spur our thinking about our core desired feelings and how to use them to start creating some goals with soul. At heart, it involves the following four highly personalized steps. How do you want to feel? Engage in a stream of consciousness, allowing each query to lead to the next and letting your desired feelings flow. Do you want to, for example, feel continuously energized, connected or prosperous? Consider areas such as livelihood and lifestyle (career, money, home, travel), health and wellness (healing, fitness, leisure, mental health) and relationships and community (romance, friendship, family).

Recognize patterns. Look for patterns in the desired feelings in order to distill your list to determine key, repeating words. Individuals tend to reach for the same feeling states across all areas of their lives. If you want to feel “vitality” within livelihood, then you likely wish to feel the same way in the context of wellness and relationships. Declare your core desired feelings. Now zero in on three to five core feelings that resonate most strongly inside. Ask yourself what’s beneath each feeling. For you, perhaps “success” is really about freedom, creativity or excellence. Look up the definitions of words—every word is its own world. Which feelings do you find to be the most uplifting, positive, satisfying and compelling? Ask yourself: “What do I want to do, have or experience to create my core desired feelings?” Thus, you begin setting goals with soul. You see and make connections between how you want to feel and what will actually help you feel that way. This is where you turn your ambitions truly inside-out and right-side-up to hitch your intentions to deeper and more nurturing meaning. This is the revolutionary beginning of realizing the ongoing success of a lifetime. Source: Danielle LaPorte is an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, social media presence and bestselling author of The Fire Starter Sessions; her latest release is The Desire Map. She is a former news commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and director of a Washington, D.C., think tank. Visit

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Celebrating 20 Years


’m often asked if I ever imagined 20 years ago that Natural Awakenings would multiply into 90 sister magazines across the country. In response, I sometimes share the story of the early urgings from Spirit that didn’t make sense to me at the time and wouldn’t let up. Although I had been asking the Divine to use me and my gifts and talents for some greater good, starting a magazine wasn’t a direction suggested by anything on my resumé. Ultimately surrendering to the steering and relying on this same inner compass to guide me every step of the way has miraculously kept Natural Awakenings on the forefront of the growing global awakening to a more conscious, natural and sustainable way to live. It’s a passion-fueled mission offering endless opportunities of personal and spiritual growth for everyone Natural Awakenings touches. The name itself was ahead of its time. Twenty years ago, many of the complementary healing and consciousness raising tools available today did not exist. Mainstream America was essentially tuned out to the benefits of living a natural lifestyle that’s good for both people and the planet. Today, we like to think that Natural Awakenings is playing a pivotal part in helping this message reach the critical mass required


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to achieve the beneficial tipping point the world so desperately needs. I loved my new role as publisher from that first day of traveling our community meeting individuals that count among those I consider the most important people on Earth. I started benefiting right away from being continually immersed in conversations and information with both local leaders and national experts on natural health, personal growth, spirituality and sustainability. It soon became apparent that our holistic community was widely benefiting from what we were creating together, and I knew we were on the right track. Since the decision to franchise Natural Awakenings in 1999, I’ve been privileged to have the opportunity to support our expanding publishing family busily working to bring the advantages of natural healthy living alive in their local communities. Much teamwork has gone into developing and providing the tools needed to support their success. Sharing ideas on what naturally works provides us all a rich, inspiring perspective on the creative solutions and collaborative initiatives that are helping people around the country. Infinite thanks go to our advertisers for their loyal support that makes publishing this free monthly magazine

possible, and for sharing their peopleand planet-friendly products and services with our community. Special thanks recognize the first 40 advertisers that shared our vision from the beginning; some of these pioneers are still with us. Deep appreciation extends to our entire Natural Awakenings staff, several of whom have steadfastly accompanied me on this journey for many years. It’s your love, commitment and stellar gifts and talents that bring all the pieces together each month and keep us delivering our best. Blessings shower our Natural Awakenings publishers that listened to their calling to join us and picked up the torch, raising it high to bring more light to their part of the world. I am in awe of their dedicated purpose. Thank you, dear readers for picking up Natural Awakenings each month and joining nearly four million kindred spirits in this journey of relishing an awakened life and creating the kind world we know is possible. Thank you all for continuing to spread the word and spread the love. To the next 20 years! In deep gratitude, Sharon Bruckman, CEO/Publisher

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New Year’s Day Paddle on the Oswego River – 10am. Ring in the New Year with the NJ Sierra Club. Paddle 7 miles on the “Jewel of the Pinelands.” Enjoy a tailgate get together after the trip at Harrisville Lake. Bring something to share. Meet at Lake Oswego. To register, George & Leona: 609259-3734, New Year’s Day Retreat – Manifest your true heart desires. Move into 2014 with heartfelt intention. 11am-12:30pm, contemplating conscious beginnings and endings of 2014/2013. 12:30-1:30pm, Delicious Vegetarian Lunch. 2-4pm, a release and renew ceremony followed by a very gentle yoga class with Crystal Bowls. $25/workshop; $59/day, includes lunch. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.


YOQI (Yoga and Qigong) – 7:30pm. Interweaving the practices of yoga and qigong, YOQI places emphasis on improving overall health systems through precise physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. Jan 2 class is free. $15 or class card, beginning Jan 9. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. Register: 609-6549400,


Monthly Drumming and Sacred Sound Circle – 7-9pm. Through ceremony and sounds we will journey and connect with each other, to the, and to Spirit, through drums, rattles, native flutes, didgeridoos, etc; some drums available. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.


Community Yoga: Donation Based – 9-10:15am. Open to all levels of participants, beginners and experienced. Once a month we extend an open invitation to a free yoga class for members, $5 donation for guests. Level 1 Yoga is held all other Sundays. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. 609-654-9400. Yoga Basics – 9:30-10:30am. An introductory class to yoga postures and yogic philosophy. Through movements, breathing techniques and meditation principles, learn the benefits of this rewarding practice that will last you a lifetime. 3 consecutive wks/ regular class fees apply. First class $15. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. Register: 609-654-9400, Karma for Cancer to Benefit Mary’s Place by the Sea – 6-7:15pm. Join with people from all corners of the world that are dedicating one class on this Sunday to raise awareness, raise funds and create peace, harmony, and healing for all those recovering from cancer. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006.


Bars Swap – 10am-1pm. Have you participated in one Access Consciousness Bars Class? Would you like to swap bars? Join us for refreshments and connections with like-minded people. $15 at door.

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Moorestown. RSVP & more info: 856-437-0430,


Black Run Trail Crew Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Meet to plan for trail maintenance work sessions this month and next. Volunteers are welcome. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. REI. com/Stores/94.


Ski/Snowboard Waxing Basics – 6:30-8pm. Taking care of your skis/board will help you have a great time on the slopes. Our technician will examine how and why waxes work and base preparation: structure, repair and stone grinding. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. Register: 856-810-1938, Tibetan Energy Yoga – Jan 8 & 22. 7:30-8:45pm. An ancient breathwork practice to support and enhance meditation. Experience for yourself the many benefits for body, mind and spirit. With Janice Gilpin. $20. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-9537800.


Eden Energy Medicine Study Group – 7-8:30pm. Based on Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine book, each class has a theme, with plenty of time for questions and practice. Led by Elsie Kerns and Paula Anderson, EEM Advanced Practitioners. No prior experience needed. $15. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. Paula: 856-222-9444. Infinite Possibilities with Tracy Farquhar – Jan 9, 16 & 23. 7-9pm. Practice Visualizing the Prize, watch motivating videos, enjoy lively discussions and exercises, and delve into your core beliefs and thoughts. Also receive a workbook and fun giveaways. A revealing, informative and life-changing experience. $127. NJBalance Wellness Center, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.


Family Yoga – 6pm. Come enjoy family time “on the mat.” Recommended for ages 6+. Vital Yoga, 836 Broadway, Westville. 609-922-2484. Pineal ToningTM – 7-9pm. An advanced and esoteric system which produces especially profound states of mental stillness, reduces stress, allows an expansion to subtler states of awareness by creating a quantum field for health and extended life. Compassion Choir Dec ‘13 opened time capsules of energy as powerful catalysts to increase the vibration and level of compassion. Come and be activated. Donations benefit Camden Rescue Mission. To register, Andrea Regal: 856-904-5566.


Ayurvedic Cooking Class – 1-3:30pm. Learn how to make delicious, nutritious meals with herb combinations that add flavor and strengthen the immune system. Come prepared to learn, cook and eat the delicious results. $30. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Sangha Dinner – 7pm. Come join your fellow meditators in a night of sharing good food and conversation. Sakura Spring, 1871 Marlton Pike E, Cherry


Eckankar Worship Service – 11am-12pm. Celebrate the experience of the Light and Sound of God through the Eckankar Worship Service. Service includes singing HU, followed by a discussion on month’s topic: “Maintaining Harmony and Balance.” Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 609-261-0019. Finding Balance: Taking the Mystery out of Arm Balances & Inversions – 2-4pm. Find your balance safely and successfully with step-by-step instructions to get into a variety of arm balances and inversions. Learn how to fire up your core to create a strong foundation and techniques for successful lift-offs. $25. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Creative You Workshop – Jan 12, 19, 26. 3-4:30pm. It’s possible to vision and map out exactly what you want for your life this year in a fun and creative way. Celebrate, explore and create more love, peace and abundance in all areas of your life through vision boards created by you and supported by Reiki energy. Space limited. $60. Must pre- register: 856-7015692,


Law of Attraction – 7-8:30pm. Learn the concepts around the Law of Attraction, how to listen to and trust intuition, the difference between wishes and desires, tools to activate the Law in a positive way. $14. Moorestown Library. Register:


“The Horticultural Portrait” – 7pm. Horticultural Society of South Jersey meeting. Photographer Glenn Hudson will discuss creating better photos through composition, framing and lighting showing individuals how to take portraits instead of pictures. Free; open to the public. Carmen Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St, Cherry Hill. Laughter Yoga – 7:30-8:30pm. A simple yet uplifting practice of breathing, laughing and playful exercises that lifts our mood and energizes the body. A fun workout. It’s not yoga poses so it’s available to everyone, even from a chair. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856404-7287. Women’s Full Moon Sadhana – 7:30-8:30pm. With Maureen Heil. Come together and share in a satsung, or gathering of like minded individuals, experience guided meditation, support each other through our visions and create the sacred space of community. Donation. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Breath & Mantras – 7:30-9pm. With Ritu Pandya. $20/pre-registration, $25/at door. Bliss Body Studio, Collingswood. Info, Lisa: 856-261-0554.


Bike Maintenance Basics – 6:30-8pm. Routine maintenance on your bike can keep you riding smooth and prolong the life of your bike. Join an introductory class designed to help you take care of your bike. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. Register: 856-810-1938, Community HU Song – 7-7:30pm. Learn about,

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experience and share the spiritual insights and upliftment gained by singing HU, a love song to God. Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Light refreshments & fellowship follow. Free. Moorestown Community House, 16 E Main St, Moorestown. More info: 609-261-0019.


GMO Free NJ: GMO-Free on a Budget – 6:308pm. Organic? Non-GMO? Safe eating without taking out a 2nd mortgage? Feeling lucky? Special Bonus to brighten up midwinter: there will be a door prize. Free and open to the public. Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave. RSVP: GMO Learn more: Sacred Sisterhood Circle: Refresh, Renew, Restart – 7-9:30pm. We will be using multiple cleansing practices to remove and reform that which impedes you into that which leads you to your true purpose. Connect in sisterhood to discover and heal from and through the wealth of wisdom within and around us. $20. To register, Andrea Regal: 856-9045566.


Fun Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Workshop designed to help you to strip away mental clutter, regain concentration, and to be complete in the present moment, which can translate to giving more focused attention to the activities of life. Worry less; live more. $20. Majaka Yoga, 72 E Holly Ave, Pitman. More info & registration: 609-231-6706 or


Reiki Level 1 Class – 10am-6pm. With Lisa O’Brien, CRM, ERYT. $125 includes manual & certificate. Bliss Body Studio, Collingswood. Preregister: 856-261-0554. Introduction to Belly Dancing – 11am. With Kim Corda. Vital Yoga, 836 Broadway, Westville. 609922-2484. Girl Power Tween Club Enrichment Workshop – 12:30-5pm. Monthly inspiring empowerment workshop for 10-14-yr-old preteens, promotes empowering Tween Girls to have fun mastering the art of self-love, self-confidence and self-acceptance while learning healthy coping skills that promote positive self-esteem and self-awareness. $49. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Chandra Namaskar: Moon Salutation Workshop – 1-4pm. Learn the energetics, background and sequencing of the Moon Salutation with the incredible teacher, Mirella Nichols RYT 500. $25. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Living a Zen-Inspired Life – 7-9pm. Join Seijaku Roshi, Abbot of Pine Wind Zen Center, as he discusses how to live a Zen-Inspired Life. Any authentic spiritual practice embraces all aspects of our lives and results in discovering how to find real and sustainable freedom. $15/$20. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 609-268-9151.


Reiki Clinic – 11am-2pm. Have you been curious about Reiki/Energy work? Explore Reiki in a 30-minute mini-session, at a discounted rate. Experience the mystery and energy of Reiki as a first timer, or experienced Reiki recipient. $40. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. To reserve spot: 609654-9400. PSOAS Release Party – 12-4pm. Spend the afternoon awakening, as you experience the functionality


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of the Iliopsoas muscle group; releasing and understanding its core purpose within the body. $50 with pre-registration by Jan 1; $60 after. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. Register: 609-654-9400, Saddler’s Woods Open House Day – 1-5pm. Features a variety of environmental and historical programs. Can also drop off your Terracycle items and find out the many ways you can participate in the environmental and historical issues in your community. Haddon Township Environmental and Historical Center, 143 E Ormond Ave. 856-869-7372.


Access Consciousness Bars Certification Class – 9:30am-5:30pm. Learn to apply gentle touch to the 32 points on the head that correspond to different areas of our life and clear out the fixed points of view, judgments, negative feelings and limiting beliefs that slow us down. $200; $100 to repeat. Moorestown. For more info: 856-437-0430. Meditation and Messages through Mediumship – 6:30pm. Also Feb 3. Alchemy exists with medium, Alaine Portner, E-RYT, in combination with meditation, messaging and Crystal Bowls. She communicates with the energies of loved ones and symbolic messages that are both personal and purposeful to you. $40 pre-registration. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. 609-654-9400.


The Thru-Hikers Secret – 6:30-8pm. An Appalachian Trail Thru-hike is a true-life adventure in a modern world. Explore the physical, psychological and logistical secrets that can help you earn the coveted moniker of “Thru-hiker.” Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. Register: 856-810-1938, Tibetan Energy Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. See Jan 8 listing. $20. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800.


Breast Awareness Health Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Speaker: Doctor John DeCotiis director of DeCotiis Chiropractic Wellness in Pitman. He will speak about how to prevent disease and will address the importance of Vitamin D in bringing about good breast health. William G. Rohrer Center for Healthfitness, Rooms 2 & 3, 2309 Evesham Rd, Voorhees. To register: 856-596-5834 or Liesha@


Energy Medicine Class with Credit – 9am-5pm. Energy Medicine 101 will teach you the Daily Energy Revitalizer, how to quiet anxiety and restore calm, work with pain, heal with the amazing Neurovascular points, Donna Eden’s famous Quickie Energy Balancer and more. Great for beginners; offer a foundation before taking Donna Eden’s Certification classes. CEs available for RNs, Massage Therapists & Bodyworkers. Toms River. 609-752-1048. Wu Tao Dance with Ann Brooke – 10am-12pm. A unique healing dance and movement meditation. Gentle, choreographed dances linked to the 5 elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dances stretch and tone the energetic pathways, clearing stagnant or blocked energy and balancing Qi. Easily learned; perfect for all. $20. NJBalance Wellness

Center, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Laughter Yoga Wellness Playshop – 1-2:15pm. With Julie Fischer. Class integrates playful laughter yoga processes, breath work, movement and cooperative games that open the chakras,  warm the heart, restore playfulness and so much more. Donation. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.  SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 The Power of Working Miracles – 10am-3:30pm. You have a dream? This is the workshop for you. We’ll show you how to work with Universal Law, create powerful mind pictures for self healing, effective prayer, attracting money or that special person, and using the mystical pentagram. $25. 13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton. To register, Robert Egby: 609-351-5878. For more events:   Women’s Silent Retreat: Calm the Mind, Nourish the Soul – 1:30-6:30pm. Finding a quiet space in which to retreat is almost impossible in this world, although it is critical for our overall wellbeing and spiritual growth. An Ayurveda treatment is included to help unwind the stresses and tensions. $95, pre-registration required. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Drum Circle – 3-5pm. Join Rev. Al Bennett as he speaks on the significance of  Native American teachings in our lives, and leads a drum circle. No experience necessary. Bring your drums, rattles and intentions. $15 suggested love offering. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.


Intentions, Affirmations and Visualization – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to set powerful intentions, create positive affirmations, and easy visualization techniques to bring your desires to life. $14. Moorestown Library. Register:


Cooking as a Spiritual Practice – 7:30-9pm. Explore the difference between feeding your body with food verses nourishing your body with life force, and how to cook, cut and prepare food with the life line that honors the energy of the food. Samplings, recipes, handouts included. $25, registration requested. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.


Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7:30-9pm. Crystal Bowls are sound healing instruments that bring you on a vibratory journey into deep meditative states. They are made of quartz crystal and have a resonant quality that brings about healing on many levels. With Michele Halliwell. $20/advance, $25/at door. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800.


Crystal Bowls Healing Meditation – 7:15pm. Experience the sound waves of the crystal bowls entering your body combined with the Reiki energy to help you revitalize and balance the cells of your body. A series of positive affirmations accompany this meditation to allow your subconscious mind to release negative mental patterns. Space limited. $15. More details: 856-701-5692,

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Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) – Mondays, 6:30pm. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Ask about additional locations, and how to save on class fee. VFW, 77 Christine Ave, Hamilton. More info, Siobhan: 609-752-1048 or


Donna Eden, One Night Only – Experience the charismatic magic of Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine. A pioneer in energy medicine, most sought-after authoritative spokesperson and author of Energy Medicine  and Energy Medicine for Women. Wyndham Hotel, Rte 73 N, Mt. Laurel. Info, Wellness Workers: 856-435-3427. Register early:

Dawn Meditation – 6-7am. Inform the rest of your day by starting the day out meditating in the silence of the Pine Barrens. Mon, Tues & Wed the 1st, 2nd and 3rd week of the month(excluding New Year’s Day). No registration required. $5. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-2689151. Daily and Weekly Yoga, Meditation, Relaxation and Dance Movement Classes – As well as Special Workshops and Events that supports your overall mind, body and spiritual well-being. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Free Fit Camp – 5:30-6:30pm. Come experience the community Fit Camp phenomenon. All fitness levels are welcomed to join. 3 times weekly physical training. Fitness evaluation and coaching. Complete body transformation. Free. GNP Nutrition, 106 Bridgeboro St, Riverside. Gaveth: 609-923-1203.

Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) – Tuesdays, 10am. See Feb 3 description. Healing Arts, 511 Dover Rd, Toms River. More info, Siobhan: 609-7521048 or Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) – Tuesdays, 6:30pm. See Feb 3 description. American Legion, 2 Meadowbrook Ln, New Egypt. More info, Siobhan: 609752-1048 or Siobhan@NextStepStrategiesLLC. com. International & Adventure Travel Basics – 6:308pm. Thinking about an exciting adventure abroad? Curious about what planning the trip might entail? Join our International and Adventure Travel experts to learn about planning, preparation, and execution of an international adventure trip. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. Register: 856-810-1938,


Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) – Fridays, 6:30pm. See Feb 3 description. Bordentown. More info, Siobhan: 609752-1048 or Siobhan@NextStepStrategiesLLC. com.


Partner Yoga/Thai Massage Workshop – 7-9pm. With Michelle Carlino. Practicing yoga postures with another provides opportunities for deep stretching, connection and trust building. Learn to give your partner/friend, easy Thai massage moves; a beautiful way to open and relax the body. Class will be an exploration of joyful vitality within the body. $39 advance, $50 at the door (per couple). Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.

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trainings Reiki Certification Classes Reiki III: Sunday, January 12, 1-4pm Reiki I: Sunday, January 26, 1-4pm Reiki Master Teacher, Janice Gilpin, will guide you along your empowerment journey. $400/Reiki III and $200/Reiki I. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. Preregistration required: 609-654-9400,


Men’s Silent Retreat: A Time to Journey Within – 1:30-6:30pm. In an increasingly busy world we are seldom afforded the time for silent stillness, although it is what’s needed for balance and wholeness. Includes a deeply relaxing guided meditation, an Ayurveda treatment to unwind the stresses, nourishing food, and guided contemplation that brings clarity and insight. Space and time available for self inquiry and personal reflection. $95. Pre-registration required, space limited. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856404-7287.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Thai Massage Training with Sudevi – Feb 2224. 12-8pm. Enjoy a rejuvenating weekend and experience Thai massage. Course teaches a basic 1.5-hour sequence of Thai-Yoga Bodywork techniques. Watch demonstrations, take notes in your manual, then practice giving and receiving with partners in the class. 24 CEUs for massage therapists and yoga teachers. $350. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006.

Soul Yoga – 9-10:15am. Open to all levels of experience. As you flow through postures, you will be guided to use your breath and body to celebrate and connect with Spirit. With Jeff Kelly. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. To register: 609953-7800, Meditation – 10:30am. Joyful Gathering Spiritual Center, 215 Highlands Ave, Ste C, Haddon Township. 856-780-5826. Slow Flow Vinyasa – 6-7:15pm. Will slows down Vinyasa-style yoga to bring ease and greater awareness to the poses, breath and mind. Open to all levels. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

monday Soft & Gentle with Meditation – 10:3011:45am. A very soft form of yoga to stretch and relax body and mind. An excellent class for those with physical limitations or if you just prefer a much slower pace. No yoga experience necessary. Meditation techniques explored. With Tricia Heiser The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Group Hypnosis & Discussion – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Mon. While in a relaxed state, your subconscious is coached to accept new positive and uplifting thoughts about yourself and your life and filled with thoughts of hope and trust, opening your mind to infinite possibilities. $15. NJBalance Wellness Cen-

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ter, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Mindfulness Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 1st, 2nd & 3rd Mon. Includes periods of guided Serene Meditation, quiet reflection and just letting go. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

tuesday Gentle Yoga with Bonnie Hart – 10-11am. Firm, strengthen, increase flexibility and relieve stress. Yoga in the chair provided too. First class free. Earth Yoga Studio at Health Goals, Crispin Square, 230 N Maple Ave, Marlton. 609-970-3401. Public Meditation Class – 6-7pm. Includes a period of seated Serene Meditation followed by a teaching given by Seijaku Roshi, Abbot of Pine Wind Zen Center, or a Senior Ordained Priest. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 609-2689151. Serenity Yoga – 6:30pm. With Linda Sheehan, RYT. Special: $11/class. The Crystal Tree, 144 Haddon Ave, Westmont. Registration required: Info@ T’ai Chi Chuan – 6:30-7:30pm, Tues & 10-11am, Fri. Enhance your well-being and enjoy improved quality of life and peace of mind with weekly beginners Tai Chi Chuan classes. Taught by a longtime practitioner and certified instructor, in limited class size which allows for personal attention. $15/ class; monthly rates available. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. Preregistration required: 856-222-9444. All Level Yoga with Sandy – 7pm. New class. Vital Yoga, 836 Broadway, Westville. 609-922-2484. Metaphysical Sharing Circle – 7-8:30pm. 3rd Tues. This group is a safe and fun place to share your metaphysical experiences and ask questions. An informal gathering discussing and using different tools and concepts to enhance, enlighten and develop our intuition. Walk-ins welcome. $15. NJBalance Wellness Center, 43 S Main St, Medford. Register: 609-923-3154 or Community Acupuncture Clinic – 7-9pm. An effective introduction to the wealth of Chinese Medicine with Ruth Dalphin, L.Ac. An affordable, accessible and relaxing experience. $35 first visit, $25 follow-ups. Logos Wellness, 1 Sheppard Rd, Ste 703, Voorhees. For more info and to schedule appt, Mon-Thurs: 856-985-8320.

wednesday Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. Join us for a 10-minute meditation. Focus of this meditation is love. Each week we will raise the love vibration for 2013. Bring your lunch to eat mindfully after the meditation. Treat yourself to a mid-week refresher. NJBalance Wellness Center, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Prenatal Yoga – 5:45-7pm. Enhance your pregnancy with prenatal yoga and keep the body healthy, the mind stress-free and promote a deeper connection between mother and baby. With Tricia Heiser. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609953-7800.


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Gentle Yoga with Bonnie Hart – 6-7pm. Firm, strengthen, increase flexibility and relieve stress. Yoga in the chair provided too. First class free. Earth Yoga Studio at Health Goals, Crispin Square, 230 N Maple Ave, Marlton. 609-970-3401. Metaphysical Development Circle – 6:30-8:30pm. Higher awareness, meditation, mindfulness, spirit communication, dowsing and more. Medium and author Robert Egby. Drop-ins welcome. Donations appreciated. 13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton. Seating limited: 609-351-5878. Check “Bulletin Board” at Community Weight Loss Challenge – 7-8pm Enrolling now. 12-week program. Winners win cash. Free Wellness evaluation and meal plan. Weekly prizes for most weight loss. $39/12 wks. GNP Nutrition, 106 Bridgeboro St, Riverside. Pre- register, Gaveth: 609-923-1203. Meditation & Teaching – 7-9pm. 1st 3 Wednesdays; no class New Year’s day. Consists of periods of seated and walking meditation, and a talk by a Senior Ordained Priest. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

thursday YogaBlaast! – 9-10am. Class blends asana and kickboxing moves into a vigorous dual practice where just the act of being intensely in your own body with your heart pumping and your breath roaring can be transformative. With Lauri Andreacchio. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Level 1 & 2 Yoga with Bonnie Hart – 6-7pm. Firm, strengthen, increase flexibility and relieve stress. Cardio too. First class free. Earth Yoga Studio at Health Goals, Crispin Square, 230 N Maple Ave, Marlton. 609-970-3401.

friday Vinyasa Challenge with Jackie and Mike – In this class expect a faster, spirited pace of creative sequences that will challenge you in many ways, make you smile, sweat your bum off and leave energized and supercharged. Yoga experience strongly recommended. $15/drop-in or class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856546-1006. Level 1 Yoga with Bonnie Hart – 9:30-10:30am. Firm, strengthen, increase flexibility and relieve stress. Yoga in the chair provided too. First class free. Earth Yoga Studio at Health Goals, Crispin Square, 230 N Maple Ave, Marlton. 609-970-3401.

saturday Berlin Farmers’ Market – 8am-4pm. Year round. Variety of fruits and vegetables. Also available: used household merchandise, arts & crafts, new merchandise. Variety of food vendors. 41 Clementon Rd, Berlin.

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COUNSELING DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELING – Family/Individual, AETNA accepted, $65/fee service. Oaklyn. J. Lang, LCADC: 609-980-3514.

FOR RENT BEAUTIFUL YOGA STUDIO/ COUNSELING SPACE FOR RENT, CHERRY HILL – Looking for a great space and location to hold your workshop, class, private therapy or counseling session. The Yoga for Living studio is available for rental. Counseling room, $15/hour or $75/day. Call 856-404-7287.

LABYRINTHS CLASSICAL CHARTRES LABYRINTH DESIGNS – Manufactured for residential, commercial, and institutional settings. These beautiful labyrinths are made from concrete pavers, individually created with your choice of size, color and design, to pass the test of time. Landscape design services and consulting available to help with placement, installation and supporting landscape. TAKE THE FIRST STEP. To learn more, call: 856-546-0945.

ZEN GROUP FORMING THE ZEN SANGHA OF SOUTH JERSEY – An affiliate of the Soji Zen Center in Lansdowne, PA, is looking for members and for a place to meet. Please email Kaimon at ZenSouthJersey@ to find out more.

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Acupuncture ROSE MULLEN, APN, MAC, LAC 5 Element Acupuncture 117 Haddon Ave Westmont, NJ 08108 609-214-6492

Come to life more fully. Nurse practitioner, masters in acupuncture Maryland University of Integrative Health, nationally Board Certified. When chi is blocked or obstructed, disease will occur on any level. Treatment eases energy flow and nourishes your body-mind-spirit. This manifests the inner glow of vibrant health throughout all aspects of your life.


COLON HYDROTHERAPY Allergy & Health Solutions Center Carylann Bautz, CNC, CMT

“Naet” 24-Hr Allergy Elimination Therapy Colon Hydrotherapy, Crystal Light Bed Healing 609-654-4858 Since 1982, we have been blending Eastern and Western therapies. Boost the immune system, balance the mind and body, safely cleanse toxins and waste. Far Infrared Sauna Chelation Therapy. Rejuvenate and reconnect the body, mind and spirit. Namaste.


Ayurvedic Healing Practitioner Registered Yoga Teacher Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness 118 W Merchant St Audubon, NJ 08106 • 856-816-4158 Utilizing the principles of Ayurveda, nutrition, yoga, meditation, and herbs for natural healing and self-care to support your body in returning to its natural healthy function. Reiki session, ayurvedic cooking classes, restorative yoga and private yoga sessions.


The Strawbridge Professional Center 212 W Rte 38, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 • 856-273-1551 Dr. Bidwell is dedicated to providing patients the best possible spinal healthcare including chiropractic adjustment, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot and cold therapy, cervical and lumbar traction, and stretching and strengthening exercise instruction. Her adjustments techniques consist of diversified, activator, arthrostim, SOT blocking, craniosacral work, active release technique, and PNF stretching. See ad, page 17.

NCBTMB, Intuitive Energy Therapist, Flower Essence Therapist Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-236-5973 Access the wisdom of the soul to guide your human journey. Marilyn, a Barbara Brennan School of Healing graduate, assists you in finding your personal answers to life’s challenges, by balancing your energy system, the foundation of your health, through non chemical methods and teaching you how to do this yourself. She integrates energy tools (flower essences, energy healing, essential oils, spiritual counseling, EFT, etc.) that develop an inner knowing and a deeper connection to Self. Children, teens and adults, in person, phone or distance sessions.




Stress-Relief Specialist, Ecopsychologist, MA Transpersonal Psychology Earth Yoga Studio at Health Goals Crispin Square, 230 N Maple Ave Marlton, NJ 08053 609-970-3401 One-on-one counseling to unravel the worries of the mind and move into the wisdom of the heart. Offering knowledgeable, caring guidance. $75 for 1 hour. for info. See ad, page 8.

William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness 2309 Evesham Rd, Voorhees, NJ 08043 856-325-5300 Registered Yoga Teacher, certified Pre-Natal Yoga, Madd Dogg Spin instructor and Barre Amped instructor. My ultimate goal: each individual to positively improve the way they live their lives. My second goal: instilling exercise into their lifestyle for life. My final goal: share the experience with others, appreciating the success and personal results of group and personal wellness. See ad, back page.

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Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford, NJ 609-654-9400

LIESHA GETSON, BCTT, HHC Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton 856-596-5834

A gifted medium, yoga teacher, spiritual guide and guardian of the Yoga Center of Medford. The Center has enriched the lives of the community for over a generation. During the course of her professional journey, Alaine has fine-tuned her ability as a medium and then fused it with her love of meditation to offer a unique and transformative experience. Individual and group sessions are now available. See ad, page 26.

Liesha Getson is a Board-Certified T h e r m o g r a p h i c Te c h n i c i a n , Holistic Health Counselor, a Reiki Master and Energy Practitioner. Liesha is a founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, Reiki, thermography, infrared detoxification and biopuncture. See ad, page 7.

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Chairman, Medical & Dental Division, International Hypnosis Federation 214 W Main St, Ste L4, Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-231-0432 • Dr. Jaime Feldman, one of the pioneers in an advanced technique called “Advanced Parts Therapy,” has been able to unlock the subconscious and remove unwanted behaviors: stop smoking (guaranteed), weight loss, stress, depression, pain and anger management, and more. Outstanding success in curing phobias and deep-seated trauma, and treating the immune system to put cancer into complete remission. See ad, page 25.


Kahuna Healing Hypnosis 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown, NJ 08052 609-458-6282 Discover the healing power of past lives. Learn stress, anxiety and pain management. Barbara is a Certified Instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists, and the area’s leading past life expert. She offers guidance and healing to both children and adults in a warm, joy filled space. See ad, page 18.

MARtial & healing arts SIFU BRYANT K. FELD


Institute for Medical Wellness 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown 856-231-0590 Board-Certified Family Medicine blending traditional family care with a holistic focus and preventive, nutritional and integrative approach. We look for causes and triggers for disease before reaching for the prescription pad. Same and next day appointments are available. See ad, page 19.


Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton, NJ 08053 856-596-5834 Health Through Awareness takes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Dr. Philip Getson is a Board Certified Family Physician and certified by four Thermographic Boards. He specializes in thermography, an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health. With the mission of providing a balanced approach to wellness, the center offers diet and lifestyle counseling, thermography, the area’s most unique infra red detox sauna (The POD), Reiki, a smoking cessation program, physician standard supplements and ongoing wellness classes. See ad, page 7.

Moy Yat Ving Tsun Kung Fu Martial Intelligence 916 Township Ln, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 856-625-3130 Bryant offers martial arts instruction and holistic health coaching. Martial disciplines include Ving Tsun Kung Fu, I Liq Chuan, and modern armed and unarmed combatives. Bryant, a certified natural health professional, provides individualized coaching for realizing optimal health and vitality. See ad, page 31.


Angel’s Hands LLC 100 West Camden Ave Moorestown, NJ 08057 609-760-8410 Specializing in Pain Management through the use of C.A.P.R. Muscle Therapy and Deep Tissue Massage. Please visit website for testimonials and a video explaining C.A.P.R. and how it can work for you. Area Health Care Providers refer their patients for C.A.P.R. therapy.


Hypnosis Healing & Beyond 13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 Stress relief, releasing blocks and fears, mindfulness and meditation training, smoking cessation, sound healing, higher self and spirit communication. Dowsing training and clearing negative energies.

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Registered Thai Therapist, CMT 118 W Merchant St Audubon, NJ 08106 856-546-1006 It’s a Stretch! Thai massage takes the concept of massage to the next level. This 90-min ancient body aligning Ayurvedic treatment is a relaxing, yet powerful series of assisted yoga stretches, compression, massage and acupressure. What to do? Just lie there and surrender your weary body to a vastly enjoyable healing ritual. Wearing your stretchy clothes, you will be moved and gently stretched until you are reacquainted with muscles you have forgotten about and your body is balanced on every level. See ad, page 17.

numerologist TRACI ROSENBERG, MA

Numerologist & Empowerment Coach 609-417-4526 Join the region’s leading numerologist as you discover your life’s purpose. Encoded in your name and birth date are your lessons, talents, and desires. Traci will help you realize your full potential.


Certified Nutritionist Health Haven, 1381 New Jersey Rte. 38 Hainesport, NJ 08036 609-346-7696 Donna Wood, a certified nutritionist, focuses on nutritional counseling and dietary guidance. Disease does not occur without a cause or imbalance. Discover the “root” of your imbalance. Learn to make better food and lifestyle choices. Gain self-awareness through our services. Call for an appointment. See ad, page 23.


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405 Country Club Dr, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 609-238-3449 • Sustainable Cherry Hill (SCH) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization with a mission of bringing people together for the purpose of building a sustainable South Jersey community.

Reflexology, Herbalist RH(AHG), Reiki, Medical Intuitive, Detoxing Coach, Master Gardener and Life & Diet Coach.





Silver Tiger Studio Master William Ting The Lyceum Hall • 432 High Street Burlington City, NJ •856-778-4209 A New Jersey nonprofit corporation This healthy formula contains a blend of more than 26 medicinal plants that stimulates the production of immune reply mediators and stops malign cells. See ad, page 8.

Join Master William Ting to discover the energy within. Master Ting has over 30 years experience instructing students in the art of t’ai chi.

zen life coaching SEIJAKU ROSHI


Pine Winds Zen Center Cherry Hill & Shamong locations 609-268-9151


A unique opportunity to work with an American Zen Master. One-onone private sessions with one of today’s most popular pioneers and expert in the field of human potential and Mindfulness Meditation Stress Reduction Training (Zen Training). Adults, couples, families, executives, professionals, caretakers and clergy. Stress management, relationships, grief, loss, mindfulness in the workplace. See ad, page 25.

Andrea Regal Subtle Energy Therapist 856-904-5566 • Now you’ve transformed, the next step is transmuting and transfiguring aspects which lead to your Soul’s purpose, fluidity of movement in and out of your multidimensionality, bringing the joy of life through body mind and spirit. 30+ years experience in counseling and teaching the energetics of mind, body and soul connection. Call to schedule your uniquely tailored private session.


Riverton Health and Fitness Center 600 Main St, Ste 8, Riverton, NJ 08077 856-834-0883

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