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s plant buds swell and nature prepares for the spring’s burst of splendors, local gardeners and farmers are preparing to seed for glorious harvests in the months ahead. Given the fluctuations in traditional weather patterns, we have no guarantee of what kind of growing season awaits, but plow we must because a healthy life starts here.

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With the increasing loss of green acres to development, proliferating use of pesticides and herbicides, genetically engineered agriculture monopolies and poor land stewardship, more Americans are taking up the cause of creating usable areas to grow good food locally. The call for clean healthy soil, land and water has become paramount for those of us who want to see organic, wholesome and natural foods flourish. The battle continues to make these available to all and the renewed interest has raised awareness of how we use available spaces. Now, rooftops, vacant lots and public green places are becoming viable growing plots for city dwellers. I love to see the creative uses of these spots that are shown to be viable when people get serious about eating healthy and really want their greens! Occupy Vacant Lots in Philadelphia has produced some simple yet life-changing gardens in forgotten or abandoned spaces, pioneering the way for future urban growers and green thumbs. South Jersey suburbanites don’t have to drive far to see why New Jersey is named the Garden State. But the green yards ornamenting the local sprawl where most of us live perpetuate pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers. Imagine what would be possible if these thousands of acres were converted to delicious food-producing gardens. How wonderful it would be to have an abundance of healthful food to pass around to our neighbors and help the elderly and infirmed with gifts of life. A neighborly basket of fresh produce would indeed be a welcome sight for those suffering from nutrition deficits and disease, including problems such as high cholesterol or triglycerides (learn more on page 14). Improving the food we eat is a sure path to improving the quality of our lives. The more we learn about the origins of health-giving foods, the more we understand the importance of preserving the rich array of vegetables, fruits and nuts known as heirloom varieties. America’s present monoculture techniques of large-scale farming will become a thing of the past as we nationally awake to the fact that diversity is the only path to true sustainability through the generations. A news brief on page 7 tunes us into the April 21 talk by Jeffrey Smith, a preeminent expert on genetically modified organisms (GMO crops), who will explain what we all can do to help preserve and protect our lands and seeds. The Beatles had it right: “You know that what you eat you are.” I can’t wait to see what my grandsons will plant in our family garden this month. I am grateful their Dad finds the time to show them how. Eat well and smile!

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newsbriefs Seventh Annual EarthShare Celebrates NJ Awards and Wine Tasting


arthShare New Jersey (ESNJ) will host its seventh annual EarthShare Celebrates NJ event, which highlights the work of ESNJ’s member organizations, from 7 to 9 p.m., April 12, at Laurita Winery, in New Egypt. Guests will enjoy live music, eco-friendly auction items, a nature-themed photography exhibit, light refreshments and a wine tasting. ESNJ’s 2013 Environmental Stewardship Award will be presented to ecological pioneer Candace McKee Ashmun, and the New-Jersey based corporation Phillips-Van Heusen will receive the Environmental Leadership Award. ESNJ was founded in 1994, when 16 of the state’s leading environmental organizations joined forces to raise funds through workplace contribution programs. The organization now provides funds to more than 65 local and national environmental groups. Contribution: $45/online, or $50/door. Event location: 35 Archerton Rd., New Egypt. To purchase tickets, visit DonationPay. org/earthsharenj/celebrates2013.php or call 609-989-1160.

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Perkins Center for the Arts Offers Summer Arts and Eco Camp


erkins Center for the Arts, in Moorestown, has unveiled a new, full-day Summer Arts and Eco Camp for youth. Four separate two-week camp sessions run between June and August, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays. Children, ages 4½ to 10, will gather in studios, galleries and even outside under the trees to study and produce art based on the theme, Natural Inspirations. The center’s new eco-studio allows campers to explore nature and gardens, while working to beautify a historic site. Campers have chances to visit museums and environmental centers during field trip days, to display their projects and performances at Final Fridays. The youth garden provides opportunities to explore the local ecology, recycling and creative activities. For the first time, a $35 discount is available for enrollment before March 1. Location: 395 Kings Hwy., Moorestown. For more information, call 856-235-6488 or visit

Yoga Center of Medford Hosts Series of Angel Events


laine Portner will be a guest cohost on the Talk-n-Angels radio show, starting at 7 p.m., March 6, in a live broadcast from the Yoga Center of Medford (YCOM), which she founded. Portner is a medium and will explain how to incorporate the angelic realm into one’s everyday life. The event is free of charge and will stream online at Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Amy Moore, Ph.D., and Licensed Professional Counselor Gina Parisi, MA, will bridge the gap between conventional and spiritual guidance

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newsbriefs in the workshop, Angel Healing 101: Working with Your Angels, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 9. In this workshop, attendees will learn to identify and communicate with their personal angels. Stewart Pearce, internationally known as a master of voice, sound healer and angel medium and seer, will lead an Angelic Sound Healing, Alchemy of Voice workshop, the weekend of March 16 and 17 (exact details to be announced). His workshops utilize the transformative energy of the voice to inspire the soul and personal development. He also will offer individual reading and healings. Location: 128 Rte. 70, Medford. For more information and to register, call 609-654-9400 or visit

YogaDance Joins Solidarity Movement to End Violence Against Women


oday worldwide, a billion women, that is, one of every three women on the planet, is raped or beaten in her lifetime. For its 15th anniversary, on February 14, 2013, V-Day invited women and men to become part of a revolutionary international movement of one billion people to speak out for an end to this violence by rising up, walking out and staging a flash mob or dancing demonstration. YogaDance with Nikki Bailey and Yoga For Living will collaborate to host a One Billion Rising YogaDance class from 7 to 9 p.m., March 26, at Yoga for Living. All proOn March 26th, 2013 YogaDance Diva Nikki Baiely and Yoga For Living are joining the ceeds benefit V-Day and the crisis hotline Contact, of BurlingV-Day revolution and Rising Up To End Violence Against Women and Girls. In collaboration with women and men around the world, we will be creating a dancing ton County. revolution in an effort to realize our collective strength and solidarity across borders to end violence. The class will comprise powerful monologues delivered by During this special, two-hour YogaDance class, we will move to woman-loving music actors and community members, as well as the opportunity to and powerful monologues performed by actors and community members. We will learn the Breakand the Chain dance andaperform it ascalled the climaxBreak of the evening. eveningset to music learn perform dance the The Chain, will also include a short ritual of love and protection for women and children around the world who are facing violence. The class will end class with a final danceclose prayer and that empowers women. The will with a relaxing relaxing meditation. meditation and prayer. Join us for a special One Billion Rising YogaDance class, all proceeds benefit VDay and the Contact Crisis Line of Burlington County. 7-9 pm. $20 Yoga for Living

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Natural Awakenings Offers New Dating Website


atural Awakenings is premiering a new online dating site,, in partnership with the Conscious Dating Network, the Internet’s largest and oldest conscious/spiritual/green dating site. Niche, online dating offers singles an efficient way to screen and date potential partners that share similar values and interests and are ready to be in a loving relationship. NaturalAwakenings is designed to facilitate this enlightened way of meeting, dating and connecting. The site will allow singles to join, create a full profile, upload photos and videos, send hellos, indicate interest, and even read and reply to private messages and IMs, all for free. Upgrading, which allows members to initiate personally written messages and IMs, is inexpensive compared to other online dating sites. Natural Awakenings Publishing Corp. CEO Sharon Bruckman says, “I’m really excited about this new alliance, which enables us to offer our 80-plus Natural Awakenings publishers around the country yet another way to help their readers connect with like-minded people. I can’t wait to hear the new love stories!” For more information, visit See ad, page 9.

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Dr. Robert Davis to Lecture on NSAIDS and Natural Alternatives


steopathic doctor Robert Davis, a board-certified family physician and the co-founder of Integrated Family Medicine, in Voorhees, will lead an educational program about the dangerous side effects and interactions of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) from 12 to 1:30 p.m., March 14, at William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness. NSAIDS, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, can increase the risks for heart disease, stroke, hypertension and stomach ulcers as well as kidney and Robert Davis, M.D. liver damage. Davis, who has extensive experience in pain management and integrates conventional medicine into a holistic approach, will present safe, effective, drug-free ways to promote the body’s natural healing processes to reduce pain and improve functionality rather than simply suppressing symptoms. Sponsored by Virtua Voorhees, one of four hospitals in the Virtua comprehensive healthcare system, the event includes a buffet lunch. Virtua’s Rohrer Center for HealthFitness features state-of-the-art fitness equipment and specialized programs that medically integrate health and wellness.

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GMO Expert Jeffrey Smith to Speak at Wellness 2013 Event


effrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, will be the keynote speaker for the Wellness 2013 conference, at Fox EDU Education and Training Center, in Cherry Hill. Smith will discuss the health dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), as well as his award-winning documentary film, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, and his bestselling book, Seeds of Deception. The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 21, and will provide information about natural . health, nutrition, supplements, organic food and non-toxic personal products. Smith will outline why he believes GMO foods must become our nation’s top safety priority urgently and what citizens can do to help. The brainchild behind Wellness 2103 is Dr. Allan Magaziner, medical director of the Magaziner Center for Wellness in Cherry Hill. He hopes the event will be the first of an annual series that he will organize. Location: 7 Carnegie Plaza, Cherry Hill. For more information and tickets, call 856-424-8222 or visit

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newsbriefs Green Zebra Restaurant Opens on Rowan Boulevard


en and Corey Gardner-Meeks recently opened Green Zebra, in the Whitney Center, 328 Rowan Boulevard, in Glassboro. The healthy restaurant serves signature and design-yourown salads using local produce when possible and locally made Chelten House organic salad dressings, plus fresh wraps, house-made soups, desserts and Oogave certified organic fountain soda. “We will serve local produce and use local ingredients when we can,” says Jen. “I created each salad on our menu based on a different type of tomato, concentrating on making each one the perfect combination of flavor, texture and color.” Green Zebra is named for a striped, green tomato variety. Situated in the heart of Gloucester County, Rowan Boulevard offers retail stores, restaurants, student and residential housing, offices and public parks, all set in a walkable downtown environment. For additional information, please go to their website

Pennsylvania-New Jersey Sustainability Symposium at Temple University

PennDesign; James C. Fish, Jr., executive vice president and chief financial officer for Waste Management; and Rob Powelson, chairman of Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Panel discussions will cover topics such as energy management systems, green schools, building retrofits, sustainable business, electric cars, LEED/Energy Star issues and more. The Symposium will end with a luncheon featuring a panel of innovative, farmto-table restaurateurs. The USGBC, established in 1993, is the nation’s foremost coalition of building industry leaders that promote environmentally responsible construction that is profitable and healthy for dwellers. Formed in 2001, the DVGBC is the primary point of contact for users, agencies and companies in the Delaware Valley region that are interested in sustainable communities and environmentally responsible building practices. Cost: $49, standard; $29, member; $10, student. Location: TU Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. For more information, visit

Organic T-shirt Campaign Raises Funds for Parkinson’s Unity Walk


atural Awakenings magazine is sponsoring the One T @ a Time fundraising campaign for the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York City’s Central Park on April 27. The campaign raises funds for Parkinson’s research through the sale of 100 percent organic cotton T-shirts with a universal message of healing: As One, We Heal. Justine Kawas,


emple University (TU) will host the Pennsylvania-New Jersey Sustainability Symposium, from 7:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 12. Coproduced by the Delaware Valley Green Building Council—a Philadelphia-based chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)—the third annual event is intended to inspire attendees to share best practices, address challenging questions and provide information about the latest in local planning, funding and technological advances related to sustainability in the Philadelphia region. The half-day event will open with keynote talks by Mark Alan Hughes, distinguished senior fellow in architecture at


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he Cherry Hill Art Blooms Earth Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 27, at the historic Croft Farm, in Cherry Hill. Presented by Sustainable Cherry Hill, Cherry Hill Township and the Cherry Hill Arts Board and Hutchinson Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, the event is free but offers food and crafts for purchase. Sponsors, vendors, environmental organizations, musicians and other relevant participants may apply by March 20 to participate. Pre-festival fun begins with a family bike ride at 8 a.m. The festival promises engaging displays, performances, crafts, plant exchanges and presentations, offering opportunities for everyone to live more sustainability. Recycling and safe disposal will be available for single-use batteries, wire hangers, plastic bags, shoes, electronic/ cell phone waste and rechargeable batteries. The annual festival boasts numerous options for family-friendly fun, such as planting and arts-and-crafts making areas. Live music and entertainment will be performed on two stages. Location: 100 Bortons Mill Rd., in Cherry Hill. For more information, call 609-238-3449, email Lori.Braunstein@SustainbleCherryHill. org or visit

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Battle of the Bulge


ccording to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese today, nearly triple the rate in 1963. A new report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation advises that if adult obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, 13 states could have rates above 60 percent; 39 states above 50 percent; and all 50 states above 44 percent. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity, based on research at 10 universities, points to the use of hormones in factory meat production as a major reason for this trend. Pesticides are another culprit; the average American is exposed to 10 to 13 different types each day via food, beverages and drinking water, and nine of the 10 most commonly used are endocrine disrupters linked to weight gain. Genetically modified U.S. food crops are also sprayed heavily with biocides. Findings presented at the 2007 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science linked bisphenol A (BPA)—an industrial chemical contained in plastic soda, drinking and baby bottles—with abnormal estrogen function. To win the battle of the bulge, Americans need to eat balanced diets and exercise regularly, but additional steps can further help: choose organic, grass-fed meat instead of corn-fed; use glass instead of plastic containers for beverages and food storage; avoid canned food unless the label states BPA-free; and consume yogurt daily or take a high-quality probiotic to help restore healthy intestinal flora.

Drinks Tied to Tooth Trouble


hen replacing lost fluids during or after a workout, consider how beverage choices can affect the health of teeth. A recent study published in General Dentistry, the journal of the Academy of General Dentistry, found that increased consumption of sports and energy drinks is causing irreversible damage to teeth, especially among adolescents. A reported 30 to 50 percent of U.S. teens regularly imbibe energy drinks, and as many as 62 percent down at least one sports drink a day. “Young adults consume these drinks assuming that they will improve their sports performance and energy levels and that they are ‘better’ than soda,” says Associate Professor Poonam Jain, lead author of the study, who serves as director of community and preventive dentistry at the Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. “Most of these patients are shocked to learn that the drinks are essentially bathing their teeth with acid.” In testing the effect of acidity levels on samples of human tooth enamel immersed in 13 sports and nine energy beverages, researchers found that damage to enamel was evident after only five days of exposure. Moreover, energy drinks were twice as harmful as sports drinks. “These drinks erode or thin out the enamel of the teeth, leaving them more susceptible to decay and sensitivity,” says Jain. 10

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Why We Might Need More Vitamin C


esearchers at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, a leading global authority on the role of vitamin C in optimum health, forward compelling evidence that the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of vitamin C should be raised to 200 milligrams per day for U.S. adults, up from its current levels of 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. The RDA of vitamin C is less than half of what it should be, scientists argue, because medical experts insist on evaluating this natural, but critical, nutrient in the same way they do for pharmaceutical drugs, and consequently reach faulty conclusions. The researchers base their recommendations on studies showing that higher levels of vitamin C could help reduce chronic health problems including heart disease, stroke and cancer, as well as underlying causal issues such as high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, poor immune response and atherosclerosis. Even at the current low RDA, U.S. and Canadian studies have found that a quarter to a third of the total population is marginally deficient in vitamin C and up to a fifth of those in such groups as students, smokers and older adults are severely deficient in it.

Dining App for Special-Needs Diets


oodCare’s new EveryoneEat! Android and iPhone app allows anyone to make informed meal decisions at 180,000 restaurant locations nationwide, based on their nutrition needs and meal preferences. Users enter their basic information such as age, gender, height, weight and activity level, plus any chronic health conditions and special dietary restrictions, at Instant analysis enables them to search for dishes at restaurants by type of cuisine or restaurant name. “People need to easily answer the basic question: ‘Does this dish meet my dietary guidelines?’ and if not, “What’s off and by how much?’” says CEO Ken Marshall. According to the U.S. government’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, which monitors the use and cost of health care and insurance coverage, nearly half of Americans today are living with a nutrition-related chronic disease. The National Restaurant Association estimates that Americans order 47 percent of all of their meals from restaurants.

Yogurt Hinders Hypertension


ating yogurt could reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure, or hypertension, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association 2012 Scientific Sessions. During their 15-year study, researchers followed more than 2,000 volunteers that did not initially have high blood pressure and reported on their yogurt consumption at three intervals. Participants that routinely consumed at least one six-ounce cup of low-fat yogurt every three days were 31 percent less likely to develop hypertension.

Bad Fats Are Brain-Busters


ew research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has found that consumption of “bad” saturated fats may be associated with a decline in cognitive function and memory in older women. The research team analyzed the BWH Women’s Health Study, focusing on four years of data from a subset of 6,000 women older than 65. Those that consumed the highest amounts of saturated fat, like that found in red meat and butter, exhibited worse overall cognition and memory than peers that ate the lowest amounts. Women that consumed mainly monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, demonstrated better patterns of cognitive scores over time.

Not So Nice Rice


ew research by the nonprofit Consumers Union (CU), which publishes Consumer Reports, may cause us to reconsider what we place in our steamer or cookpot. Rice—a staple of many diets, vegetarian or not—is frequently contaminated with arsenic, a known carcinogen that is also believed to interfere with fetal development. Rice contains more arsenic than grains like oats or wheat because it is grown in water-flooded conditions, and so more readily absorbs the heavy metal from soil or water than most plants. Even most U.S.-grown rice comes from the south-central region, where crops such as cotton were heavily treated with arsenical pesticides for decades. Thus, some organically grown rice in the region is impacted, as well. CU analysis of more than 200 samples of both organic and conventionally grown rice and rice products on U.S. grocery shelves found that nearly all contained some level of arsenic; many with alarmingly high amounts. There is no federal standard for arsenic in food, but there is a limit of 10 parts per billion in drinking water, and CU researchers found that one serving of contaminated rice may have as much arsenic as an entire day’s worth of water. To reduce the risk of exposure, rinse rice grains thoroughly before cooking and follow the Asian practice of preparing it with extra water to absorb arsenic and/or pesticide residues; and then drain the excess water before serving. See CU’s chart of arsenic levels in tested rice products at ArsenicReport.

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Solving Wind Power’s Hidden Pollution Problem

The U.S. Department of Energy reports that although wind power accounts for just over 4 percent of domestic electrical generation, it comprises a third of all new electric capacity. Even with the freedom from coal or oil that wind power creates, a major component of the generating devices, the turbine blades, has its own carbon footprint that needs examining. Some of the blades are as long as a football field, and the metal, fiberglass or carbon composites must be mined, refined, manufactured and transported, all consuming energy and creating materials that are difficult to recycle when they reach the end of their usefulness and are replaced. Christopher Niezrecki, a member of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell Wind Energy Research Group, estimates the United States will have as many as 170,000 wind turbines by 2030, creating more than 34,000 discarded blades each year. The next generation of blade material may come from natural cellulose fibers and bio-based plastics derived from soybean, linseed and other vegetable oils, instead of oil-based polymers. A $1.9 million National Science Foundation grant is funding the research. Source: 12

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Coyote Ugly

Critters Becoming New Urban Pioneers Stray dogs and feral cats in our cities may be supplanted by raccoons, foxes and coyotes if current trends continue. Even mountain lions and bears are unexpectedly showing up in urban landscapes. Evidence suggests that clashes between humans and other predators will increase and potentially intensify. Ohio State University Biologist Stan Gehrt stated, “The coyote is the test case for other animals,” at an EcoSummit 2012 conference in Columbus, Ohio. “We’re finding that these animals are much more flexible than we gave them credit for, and they’re adjusting to our cities.” Coyotes, commonplace around many metropolitan areas, don’t seem to mind the density, with some packs each confining themselves to a one-third-square-mile territory. Eradication efforts have sometimes faltered, partially because of public backlashes sympathetic to wild animals, plus a pattern in which new coyotes tend to quickly move into areas where other animals have been evicted. Gehrt poses the question, “Are we going to be able to adjust to them living with us or are we not going to be able to coexist?” Source: The Christian Science Monitor

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Organic Farming Sustains Earth’s Richness Famed as the happiest country on Earth, the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan is now aiming to become 100 percent organic, phasing out artificial chemicals in farming in the next 10 years. Agence France-Presse reports that Bhutan currently sends rare mushrooms to Japan, vegetables to up-market hotels in Thailand, its highly prized apples to India and red rice to the United States. Jurmi Dorji, of southern Bhutan’s 103-member Daga Shingdrey Pshogpa farmers’ association, says their members are in favor of the policy. “More than a decade ago, people realized that the chemicals were not good for farming,” he says. “I cannot say everyone has stopped using chemicals, but almost 90 percent have.” An international metastudy published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science that analyzed 74 studies on soils in fields under organic or conventional farming practices has found that over time, the carbon content in the organic fields significantly increased. For farmers everywhere, that means organic agriculture results in a richer, more productive soil, with plenty of humus, which is conducive to higher yields. Peter Melchett, policy director at Britain’s Organic Soil Association, says a primary benefit of a country becoming 100 percent organic is an assurance of quality to consumers that creates both an international reputation and associated market advantage.

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The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) 2012 School Lunch Report Card found that public school districts in Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Nebraska rose above federal guidelines for serving healthy school lunches, with some in Georgia and Missouri also receiving good marks. But most schools nationwide can improve. PCRM dietitians analyzed elementary school meals at 22 districts participating in the National School Lunch Program. The average grade is now a B (84.4) compared with the national C+ average (78.7) in 2008. Schools delivering poor grades still offer chicken-fried steak fingers, breaded catfish, pork nuggets and other high-cholesterol menu items. To read the complete report, visit

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Restaurant Ambiance Affects Diners’ Appetites The mood in a restaurant can help diners enjoy their meals more and eat less, according to study results published in the journal Psychological Reports. After transforming part of a fast food Hardee’s restaurant in Illinois with milder music and lighting, researchers found that customers ate 18 percent fewer calories than diners in an unmodified seating area. Brian Wansink, Ph.D., a professor of marketing and consumer behavior at Cornell University, in New York, explains, “It didn’t change what people ordered, but what it did do was lead them to eat less and made them more satisfied and happier.” Wansink, author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, asks, “If softer music and softer lighting seem to get people to eat less in a fast food situation, why not try the same thing at home?”

The effluent created by household sinks, washing machines and showers, known as gray water, could provide a new, lowcost source of irrigation for landscape plants that cuts down on the amount of fertilizer required to maintain them. The nonprofit Water Environmental Research Foundation’s (WERF) new report shows that many plants used for landscaping benefit from the use of gray water ( The study looked at seven homes in Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas with new and longstanding gray water systems that recycle wastewater to irrigate outdoor plants. Although the soil irrigated with gray water showed higher levels of cleaners, antimicrobials and sodium compared with areas irrigated with fresh water, there was enough nitrogen present in gray water to reduce or eliminate the need for additional fertilizers. Not all plants responded positively, but WERF Communications Director Carrie Capuco says, “Gray water can be successfully used with the right plant choices.” Guidelines include heavily mulching the area where gray water is supplied to minimize contact with pets.

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In 1969, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, 48 percent of kids ages 5 to 14 regularly walked or biked to school. In 2009, it was just 13 percent. One major reason for the change is that parents don’t feel safe letting kids bicycle around town on their own. Bike trains—in which an adult chaperone rides a predetermined route, adding children along the way— can make it easier and safer for kids to get to school. To start a DIY bike train, find a group of interested parents through school and neighborhood message boards and newsletters; assess the area to create routes; distribute flyers and get feedback; determine bike train dates and times; host a community meeting; and post selected routes online. Source: Yes magazine

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or many adults, an annual physical involves routine blood tests, followed by a discussion of cholesterol and blood pressure numbers, along with prescribed treatment ranging from improved nutrition and exercise to drugs. Triglycerides tend to be relegated to a

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cies toward high blood pressure and central (abdominal) obesity. These are the markers of metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance, very common disorders underlying obesity and increased risks of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes,” explains Dr. Andrew Weil on his website, While high triglyceride levels are not conclusively linked to the development of any specific disease, they are associated with the narrowing of arteries and impaired blood flow associated with cardiovascular disease. (Impaired blood flow also effects male erectile function.) Several recent studies, including one in the Annals of Internal Medicine, also suggest these could instigate the metabolic syndrome associated with the onset of diabetes and atherosclerosis, which can lead to stroke and cardiovascular disease.

What Creates Triglycerides?

Triglycerides, a normal component of blood, are introduced into the body by the fat in foods. Some are produced in the liver as the body’s response to a diet high in simple sugars or carbohydrates—especially hydrogenated oils and trans-fats. Evidence reported by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute suggests that very high intakes of carbohydrates are accompanied by a rise in triglycerides, noting that, “Carbohy-

drate intakes should be limited to 60 percent of total calories.” Many research scientists agree that the main cause for high triglyceride levels is the Standard American Diet, notoriously high in sugars and simple carbohydrates, trans-fats and saturated animal fats, and far too low in complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals; specifically, vitamins A, B, C, D and especially E, plus the minerals selenium, magnesium, silicon and chromium. Sugars added to soft drinks and food products, especially those containing high-fructose corn syrup, also raise triglyceride levels significantly. Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, author of From Fatigued to Fantastic! and national medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, observes, “The average American gets about 150 pounds of sugar added to his/her diet each year from processed food, causing fatigue, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and a host of other problems.” Animal fats, like those in farmraised red meats, typically contain a skewed ratio of the fats known as omega-3 and omega-6, with the latter dominating by nearly 20:1; a ratio also found in commercial packaged foods and baked goods. Many studies

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ecotip Toilet to Table Fertilizing Our Food with Human Waste Using sewage sludge as fertilizer on the land that grows our food and feeds our livestock is legal, but critics question the safety of the practice. United Sludge-Free Alliance founder Darree Sicher says, “Most people flush the toilet and assume the waste is being taken care of properly, but many times, the industry is simply performing a toxic transfer.” Everything that is flushed down the drains of residential and commercial properties combines at local water treatment plants, including chemicals, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, pathogens and poisons. Water is then treated and the extracted pollutants are concentrated in the residual sludge that remains. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that more than 7 million tons of sludge (biosolids) are generated each year in the United States—half is applied to farms, parks, playgrounds, golf courses and forests in all 50 states. Biosolids are also sold as bagged fertilizer to homeowners. Until the use of biosolids as fertilizer is more strictly regulated and foods are labeled as sludge-free, consumers should consider buying organic foods. When buying from local growers, ask about the use of biosolids on their fields. Also, raise awareness among state and federal officials to outlaw such questionable practices and lobby local officials to continue the trend toward sludge-free public areas. A far safer use of waste is “poop to power” projects that harvest energy from sludge to produce heat, fuel and electricity, which Sicher reports have been widely used in Germany and Sweden for 30 years. For more information, including sludge-free fertilizer brands and downloadable brochures, call 610823-8258 or visit

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show such a high omega-6/omega-3 ratio tends to promote disease. Eating oily fish and healthy plant oils such as cold-pressed virgin olive and coconut oil, nuts, seeds and minimally prepared foods provides a more balanced ratio of omega fatty acids.

Lowering Triglyceride Levels Part of today’s medical paradigm focuses on lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol. As a result, many patients and doctors worry about cholesterol levels, but ignore triglycerides. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends a triglyceride level of 100 milligrams per deciliter or less; about one-third of the population currently exceeds this. While drugs can help, the AHA does not recommend drug therapy except for people that have severe levels (more than 500mg/dL), which can increase the risk of acute pancreatitis. For those with high, but not severe levels, dietary and other lifestyle changes can be effective in lowering triglyceride levels.

Logically, reducing consumption of red meat and processed foods, especially those containing trans-fats, and increasing consumption of complex carbohydrates from whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes is recommended. AHA studies further show that daily supplementation of fish oil and full-spectrum vitamin E can reduce serum triglyceride levels significantly. In one study, fish oil containing at least 1,000 to 3,000 mg of omega-3 decreased such concentrations by 25 to 30 percent. In a 2009 study of a nationally representative group of 5,610 people published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Dr. Earl S. Ford, of the U. S. Centers for Disease Control, found

that about one-third had triglyceride levels above 150 mg/dL—considered somewhat high—while almost another 20 percent had high levels of 200plus mg/dL. Always consult a knowledgeable health practitioner prior to beginning a new regimen. Just as with managing any aspect of health, care is required and knowledge is power. James Occhiogrosso, a natural health practitioner and master herbalist, specializes in salivary hormone testing and natural hormone balancing. His latest book is Your Prostate, Your Libido, Your Life. Find relevant articles at Connect at 239-498-1547 or DrJim@Health

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The Healing Power of Silence by Robert Rabbin


ne day I disappeared into Silence…

It was more than grace, an epiphany or a mystical union; it was my soul’s homecoming, my heart’s overflowing love, my mind’s eternal peace. In Silence, I experienced freedom, clarity and joy as my true self, felt my core identity and essential nature as a unity-in-love with all creation, and realized it is within this essence that we learn to embody healing in our world. This Silence belongs to us all—it is who and what we are. Selfless silence knows only the present moment, this incredible instant of pure life when time

stops and we breathe the high-altitude air we call love. Let us explore Silence as a way of knowing and being, which we know, which we are. Silence is within. It is within our breath, like music between thoughts, the light in our eyes. It is felt in the high arc of birds, the rhythm of waves, the innocence of children, the heart’s deepest emotions that have no cause. It is seen in small kindnesses, the stillness of nights and peaceful early mornings. It is present when beholding a loved one, joined in spirit. In Silence, we open to life and life opens to us. It touches the center of our heart, where it breaks open to

reveal another heart that knows how to meet life with open arms. Silence knows that thoughts about life are not life itself. If we touch life through Silence, life touches us back intimately and we become one with life itself. Then the mystery, wonder, beauty and sanctity becomes our life. Everything but wonderment falls away; anger, fear and violence disappear as if they never existed. Knowing Silence is knowing our self and our world for the first time. We only have to be still until that Silence comes forth from within to illuminate and embrace us, serving as the teacher, teaching and path, redeeming and restoring us in love. In this truth-filled moment, we enter our Self fully and deeply. We know our own beauty, power and magnificence. As the embodiment of Silence, we are perfection itself, a treasure that the world needs now. Right now the Universe needs each of us to be our true Self, expressing the healing power of our heart, in Silence. As a lifelong mystic, Robert Rabbin is an innovative self-awareness teacher and author of The 5 Principles of Authentic Living. Connect at

When I return from silence I am less than when I entered: less harried, fearful, anxious and egotistical. Whatever the gift of silence is, it is one of lessening, purifying, softening. The “I” that returns is more loving than the “I” who left. ~ Rabbi Rami Shapiro natural awakenings

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Feeding Ourselves Well

Urban Gardening Takes Root

by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


n just one-twelfth of an acre, including lots of paths and a compost heap, our family grows the vast majority of the fresh vegetables we need, plus a decent chunk of our fruits and berries,” says Erica Strauss. “It’s not a huge garden, but we still feel nearly overwhelmed with the harvest in late August.” Her family of four tends a diversity of edibles on their urban lot in a suburb of Seattle, Washington. Word has spread because Strauss writes about her experiences via Northwest Edible Life, a blog about food growing, cooking and urban homesteading. “Every kid on the block has picked an Asian pear off my espalier and munched on raw green beans,” she notes. “Even picky eaters seem pretty interested when they can pick tasty treats right from the tree or vine.” We don’t need to live in a rural area or on a farm to grow our own food. 18

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By the close of World War II, nearly 40 percent of all fruits and vegetables supplying Americans stateside were grown in victory gardens in the communities in which they were consumed. Today, these small plots are often termed kitchen gardens, comprising parts of household lawns, schoolyards,

balconies, patios and rooftops. Fresh taste and the security of local food supplies in case of manmade or natural upheavals are drawing more people to gardening.

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“Urbanization, a major demographic trend, has implications for how we grow and consume food,” observes Roger Doiron, founder of Kitchen Gardeners International. “If we agree that feeding more people fresh, local foods is a priority, we’re going to need to landscape and, in many cases, retrofit urban and suburban areas for increased food production.” Millions of Americans now participate in growing mainstay foods. According to a 2009 study by the National Gardening Association, 31 percent of all U.S. households grew food for their families in 2008, and more have since the economic downturn. Bruce Butterfield, the association’s research director, estimates that nearly 70 percent of these gardens are in urban or suburban areas. “We’re seeing a new crop of farmers that defy stereotypes,” observes David Tracey, owner of EcoUrbanist environmental design in Vancouver, Canada, and author of Urban Agriculture. “Some are office workers leaving unsatisfying jobs, techie types learning the trade in universities and back-to-the-land folks that happen to live in cities. Others are activists taking on the industrial farm system, folks adopting trends or entrepreneurs that see opportunities in the rising prices of quality food and the proximity of millions of customers.”

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Urban gardening has unexpected advantages in its use of organic waste like coffee grounds from a local coffee house and rainwater from area rooftops. Converting lawns at schools, churches and empty city lots into community gardens fosters community connections, improves access to affordable nutritious foods and creates employment opportunities. A widespread challenge to the trend is dealing with the quality of urban soil and testing for possible toxins. Often, urban soil must be improved using compost and other nutrients before plants can prosper. A nearby irrigation source is also required. “One potential problem for urban gardeners may be the community reaction to an edible landscape,” admits Strauss. “In some cities, edible gardens in the front yard or even the common parking strip are celebrated and even officially encouraged. But in communities where lawn is still king and city codes regarding vegetation are vague and open to interpretation, one complaint from an anonymous neighbor can become an exhausting political and legal fight.”

Feeding Community

Community gardens often transform vacant lots and other marginal land into green growing places. In Chicago, The Peterson Garden Project, an award-winning nonprofit program, has been turning unsightly empty lots into raised-beds in which residents learn to grow their own food since 2010. “Nationally, it’s been found that having a community garden on unused land increases property values, decreases crime and promotes a sense of unity with neighbors and others,” explains LaManda Joy, president and founder of the project. “We work with property owners on the short-term use of their land to enhance the community in which they eventually plan to develop.” “Participating in a community garden serves up a lot of individual victories,” says Joy. “Improved health and nutrition, learning a new skill, teaching kids where food comes from, productive exercise, mental well-be-

ing, connecting with others and saving money—community gardens help make all of this possible.”

Being Prepared

“How many recalls have we seen because some food item has been contaminated and people have suffered or died as a result? I am concerned about the safety and security of our food supply,” says Wendy Brown, whose family tends a quarter-acre garden with raised and landscaped beds and containers wrapped around their home plus an onsite greenhouse in a beach resort suburb of Portland, Maine. “As a mother, it concerns me that I might feed my children something that will hurt them. High-fructose corn syrup, genetically engineered crops and BPA-lined cans are all making headlines. It just seems smarter to grow

it myself; that way, we have more control over what our family is eating.” Brown is one of more than 3 million Americans that are following FEMA recommendations in preparing for any event that might disrupt food supplies. Her book, Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs, shares everything her family has done to safeguard themselves, including growing produce, caring for animals and canning, freezing, drying, cold storage or fermenting foods for later use. “For me, it’s more about being prepared for the everyday things that are happening, like increases in food and fuel prices or a loss of family income,” Brown says. “If we’re growing at least some of our own food, I have a lot less to worry about when such things happen.”


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The family also keeps rabbits and ducks, plus egg-laying and meat-providing chickens that can total 40 animals in the summer at their “nanofarm”. These also supply natural fertilizer for the crops. Nearby beehives provide 20 pounds of honey each year. Because the foods they produce are solely for their personal use, the Browns are exempt from regulatory restrictions. “Our neighbors love what we’re doing,” says Brown, whose house is close enough they can chat across their front porches. “One says our initiative reminds him of growing up in Maine pretty much self-sufficient. The other tells friends and coworkers they aren’t worried if things really go bad because they have us as neighbors.”

Growing Green Thumbs

“With some effort, urban gardeners can grow great vegetables anyplace that affords enough light and warmth,” advises Strauss, who gardens primarily in raised beds in her front and back yards. “I garden on the scale I do because I love it. It’s both relaxing and challenging, and we eat well.”

Urban gardening methods are as diverse as the growing conditions, space limitations and financial resources of the gardener. “Lasagna” gardening—layering newspaper or cardboard and other organic materials on top—can be effective in urban areas because it involves no digging or tilling. Just as with making compost, alternate between brown and green layers. Once the materials break down, add plants to the newly created growing bed. Urban dwellers with limited space may employ square-foot gardening, intensively growing plants in raised beds using a growing medium of vermiculite, peat moss and compost. This method can yield fewer weeds and is easier on the back. “It’s an easy concept to grasp for new gardeners,” remarks Joy. “We use it to both maximize output in a small area and ensure healthy, organic, contaminant-free soil.” Rooftop gardens are becoming more common as larger agricultural operations use them to grow income crops. The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers anyone that sells

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more than $1,000 of produce to neighbors or area restaurants a farmer, rather than a gardener, so regulations may apply. For renters, just a few tomato plants in a well-maintained container on a patio or deck can yield as much as 50 pounds of tomatoes by taking advantage of its microclimate, influenced by wind blocks, heated surfaces and reflected light from windows. Urban gardening is also thriving indoors in terrariums, window boxes and small greenhouses. Even partially lit rooms can support certain vegetables or herbs with grow lights. Aquaponic gardening, a closed-loop system that involves both fish and vegetables, expands the self-sufficient possibilities of a hydroponic system of growing plants fed by liquid nutrients.

Feeding Ourselves

With more than 80 percent of Americans currently living in urban and suburban areas, the questionable nutrition of many mass-produced foods, increasing pesticide and herbicide use by non-organic farmers, greenhouse gas emissions from food transport and weather patterns altered by climate change, it’s past time to take back some control. Operating our own gardens and preparing our own meals turns us back into producers, not merely consumers. “For the most part, we’re just average suburbanites,” concludes Brown. “We just choose to have less lawn and more garden. A huge benefit is that we need less income because we’re buying less at the grocery store. Our goal is to semi-retire in our mid-50s— not because we’ve made a bunch of money, but because we’ve needed less money to live along the way.” John Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of Farmstead Chef (, ECOpreneuring and Rural Renaissance, operate the award-winning Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, in Browntown, WI. They grow 70 percent of their organic food; the cost savings helped them become mortgage-free in their mid-40s.


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any restaurants are seeking to lower ‘food miles’ and offer fresher, more local food,” reports Michael Oshman, founder and CEO of the Green Restaurant Association, which certifies sustainably operated restaurants. The 500-plus restaurants certified since 1990 include university, government and corporate cafeterias. The award-winning Uncommon Ground restaurant, in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood, maximizes the nation’s first certified organic rooftop farm using just 654 square feet of soil. Combined with its Wrigleyville restaurant’s “sidewalk farm”, client chefs receive 1,200 pounds of fresh produce each year, valued at more than $5,600. Ingredients not grown onsite are sourced directly from regional farms, with their names often appearing on the menu. Community education is also part of the program. According to the “What’s Hot” National Restaurant Association nationwide survey of chefs, hyperlocal food sourcing, including rooftop farms, was the fifth-most-popular trend in 2011. Also in the top 10 were locally grown produce sourced from area farmers, farm-branded ingredients and sustainability. “Customers now have an opportunity to demand local and organic ingredients as much as possible,” concludes Oshman. More Americans than ever want to know the origin of what’s on their plate.

The Better Brain Diet Eat Right To Stay Sharp by Lisa Marshall


ith 5.4 million Americans already living with Alzheimer’s disease, one in five suffering from mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and the 2012 failure of several targeted pharmaceutical drug trials, many brain health experts are now focusing on food as a critical defense against dementia. “Over the past several years, there have been many well-designed scientific studies that show you are

what you eat when it comes to preserving and improving memory,” says Dr. Richard Isaacson, associate professor of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and author of The Alzheimer’s Diet. In recent years, studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and Archives of Neurology have shown that people on a Mediterranean-type diet—high in antioxidant-rich fruits and vegeta-

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bles, whole grains and fatty fish and low in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats—tend to fend off cognitive decline longer and be less prone to developing full-blown Alzheimer’s. Several small, but promising clinical trials further suggest that even people that have already begun to suffer memory loss may be able to slow or mildly reverse it via nutritional changes. Here’s how. Switch to slow-burning carbs: Mounting evidence indicates that the constant insulin spikes from eating refined carbohydrates like white bread or sugar-sweetened sodas can eventually impair the metabolization of sugar (similar to Type 2 diabetes), effecting blood vessel damage and hastened aging. A high-carb diet has also been linked to increased levels of beta-amyloid, a fibrous plaque that harms brain cells. A 2012 Mayo Clinic study of 1,230 people ages 70 to 89 found that those that ate the most carbs had four times the risk of developing MCI than those that ate the least. Inversely, a small study by University of Cincinnati

researchers found that when adults with MCI were placed on a low-carb diet for six weeks, their memory improved. Isaacson recommends switching to slow-burning, low-glycemic index carbohydrates, which keep blood sugars at bay. Substitute whole grains and vegetables for white rice, pastas and sugary fruits. Water down juices or forego them altogether. Choose fats wisely: Arizona neurologist Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, co-author of The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook, points to numerous studies suggesting a link between saturated fat in butter, cooking oil, cheese and processed meats and increased risk of Alzheimer’s. “In animals, it seems to promote amyloid production in the brain,” he says.

In contrast, those that eat more fatty fish such as herring, halibut and wild-caught salmon that are rich in the anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acid DHA, are at lower risk. Sabbagh notes that DHA, when it’s a steady part of the diet, plays a critical role in forming the protective “skin of the brain” known as the bilipid membrane, and may possibly offset production of plaque in the brain, thus slowing its progression during the earliest stages of dementia. Aim for three weekly servings of fatty fish. Vegetarians can alternatively consider supplementing meals with 1,000 to 1,500 milligrams daily of DHA, says Isaacson. Eat more berries and kale: In general, antioxidant-rich fruits (especially

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berries) and vegetables are major preventers of oxidative stress—the cell-damaging process that occurs naturally in the brain as we age. One recent study published in the Annals of Neurology found that women eating high amounts of blueberries and strawberries were able to stave off cognitive decline 2.5 years longer than those that did not. Rich in antioxidant flavonoids, blueberries may even have what Sabbagh terms, “specific anti-Alzheimer’s and cell-saving properties.” Isaacson highlights the helpfulness of kale and green leafy vegetables, which are loaded with antioxidants and brain-boosting B vitamins. One recent University of Oxford study in the UK of 266 elderly people with mild cognitive impairment found that those taking

a blend of vitamins B12, B6 and folate daily showed significantly less brain shrinkage over a two-year period than those that did not. Spice up: Sabbagh notes that India has some of the lowest worldwide rates of Alzheimer’s. One possible reason is the population’s love of curry. Curcumin, a compound found in the curry-flavoring spice turmeric, is another potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. He recommends sprinkling one teaspoon of curcumin on our food every day and cooking with antioxidant-rich cloves, oregano, thyme, rosemary and cinnamon. A

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RECYCLING EVERYDAY REFUSE What Happens after the Blue Bin is Emptied by Avery Mack


ach blue recycle bin filled with plastic, aluminum, glass, paper and cardboard helps the environment, because it reduces landfill, takes less energy to repurpose materials than to make new ones and gently reminds us that thoughtful consumption is healthier for people and the planet. But what do all those recyclables turn into?

Repurposed Plastics

Plastic milk jugs turn into colorful playthings at Green Toys, of Mill Valley, California. Repurposing one pound of recycled milk jugs instead of making new plastic saves enough energy to run a computer for a month. All packaging is made from recycled content and printed with soy ink, so it can go into the blue bin again.’s online counter shows the number of containers recycled—more than 10 million to date. Fila Golf’s Principal Designer Nancy Robitaille says, “Recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), a core Fila cooling fabric, 24

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is used throughout our collection. Each fully recycled PET garment reuses about two-and-a-half 20-ounce plastic pop bottles.” Patagonia customers are encouraged to return their old coat when buying a new one. Coats in good condition are given to people in need; the PET fleece lining from retired coats is sent to ReFleece, in Somerville, Massachusetts, where it is cleaned and turned into recyclable protective cases for iPads, e-readers and cell phones. “We expect to make 10,000 cases this year from 2,000 jackets,” says Jennifer Fellers, ReFleece’s CEO. “We use low heat to press the cases into shape.” Vancouver, Canada, which plans to be the greenest city in the world by 2020, includes recycled plastic from bags and water bottles in laying down

Transforming Aluminum and Glass

In 2012, Do partnered with Alcoa to challenge teens to recycle aluminum cans. For every 50 cans collected during a two-month period, they were awarded a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship. The sponsors note that recycling one can saves enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for 20 hours. The final total was 1,152,569 cans kept out of landfills. “Aluminum can be recycled an infinite number of times,” says Beth Schmitt, director of recycling programs for Alcoa, which has centers nationwide and cash-back programs for community fundraisers. “We re-melt the collected cans, then roll out coils of new can sheets. This process can be repeated without any loss of strength— that’s why we call aluminum the ‘miracle metal.’ If every American recycled just one more can per week, we would remove 17 billion cans from landfills each year.” Wine bottles become designer drinking glasses at Rolf Glass, in Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. “Our designs give used bottles a second life,” says owner Rolf Poeting. Refresh Glass, of Phoenix, Arizona, salvages and preps the bottles. “Then, our glass cutting and diamond-wheel engraving technology transforms them into sophisticated Glacier Glass,” continues Poeting. “This seems to be a trend in many industries, to find additional uses for another company’s recycled products.” Rewined, of Charleston, South Carolina, also exemplifies this principle. It uses wine bottles to hold their soy-based, cotton-wicked candles,

which provide 60 to 80 hours of wine-scented burn.

Second Life for Paper

Purina’s Yesterday’s News and Second Nature litter for cats and dogs, respectively, is made from recycled paper and absorbs waste upward from the bottom of the litter box for easier cleaning. The unscented litter pellets are three times as absorbent as clay, non-toxic and nearly dust-free. Hedgehogs, mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs and reptiles also like Yesterday’s News for bedding. On average, 44 million pounds of paper are annually recycled for these products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States annually generates 11 million tons of asphalt shingle waste, mostly from re-roofing tear-offs and new installation scrap, comprising 8 percent of construction waste. Each recycled ton saves a barrel of oil. OFIC North America, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, creates its Ondura corrugated

roofing from old newspapers or magazines and cardboard, made durable by infusing it with asphalt. It’s placed atop existing roofs, which means no discarded shingles. Each day, 40 to 50 tons of recycled paper goods find new life in Ondura products, available at most home improvement stores. Sound inside Buick Lacrosse and Verano vehicles is dampened via a ceiling material made partly from reused cardboard shipping boxes. Paint sludge from General Motors’ Lansing, Michigan, Grand River assembly plant becomes durable plastic shipping containers for Chevrolet Volt and Cruze engine components. Some 200 miles of absorbent polypropylene sleeves, used to soak up a recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, were converted into air deflectors for the Volt, preventing 212,500 pounds of waste from entering landfills. As part of its community outreach, 250 shipping crates from GM’s Orion assembly plant became raised garden beds for a Southwest Detroit community garden. A

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Old Tires Transformed

The Rubber Manufacturers Association reports that Americans discard 300 million tires each year, each one having consumed about seven gallons of oil in its manufacture and poised to add to Earth’s landfills. Lehigh Technologies’ micronized rubber powder (MRP), made by freeze-drying discarded tires and pulverizing them into a fine powder, changes the equation. MRP is now used in many items, from new tires, roads and building materials to shoes. It feels good to place used items in the blue bin instead of the trash, knowing that more and more companies are helping to put these resources to good use. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at


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Six Powerhouse Foods for Kids With Palate-Pleasing Tips by Susan Enfield Esrey


s parents, feeding children nourishing foods is one of our most important jobs. Although most new moms and dads start with impeccable intentions (homemade baby food, anyone?), maintaining high family standards can be a challenge when many easygoing babies become toddlers and school-age kids are picky about what’s on their plate. It’s unfortunate, because the stakes are high. According to the American Heart Association, about one in three American kids and teens today is overweight or obese, and thus at greater risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A recent Australian study by the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, in Perth, also has linked the “Western diet”—high in processed sugars, fats and starches, meats and salt, and low in fresh fruits and vegetables—to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adolescents. “When we looked at specific foods, having an ADHD diagnosis was associated with a diet high in takeaway foods, processed meats, red meat, high-fat dairy products and confectionary,” adds Professor Wendy Oddy, Ph.D., the 26

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nutritional epidemiologist who led the study. She notes that more research is needed to determine the specific nature of the relationship. The good news is that it’s never too late to introduce healthy foods to a child. Here are six nutritional powerhouses children might actually eat. Avocado: Loaded with healthy monounsaturated fats, potassium and folate, creamy avocados are a natural early-childhood favorite, says Pediatrician Dr. Robert Sears, author of HappyBaby: The Organic Guide to Baby’s First 24 Months. How to eat: Spoon it out straight from the rind. Mash into guacamole with garlic and cilantro if desired. Use the spread (instead of butter or mayo) on wholegrain toast or a sandwich. Or, blend avocado’s goodness with cocoa powder, agave nectar, vanilla and water for an irresistible dip for fruit. Berries: Antioxidants in blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are well-known aids in helping to prevent illness and improve brain function, says Sears. Choose organically grown berries to avoid pesticide residues. Nutritionally, frozen berries are just as good as fresh, although fresh tastes best. Also try antioxi-

dant-rich acaí berries (in powder form or frozen smoothie packs) and dried goji berries. How to eat: Eat berries plain or add them to cereal or oatmeal; leave them whole or purée to pour over whole-grain waffles. Blend any type of berry with yogurt and bananas for a deliciously healthy smoothie. Chia seeds: Relatively new to the U.S. market, this South American grain (the most researched variety is Salba seeds) may be the world’s healthiest, says Sears. He notes that it’s gluten-free; provides more omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant food; contains six times more calcium than milk; and is a rich source of vitamin C, protein, fiber, magnesium and iron. Other options include hemp and flax seeds. How to eat: Sprinkle chia, hemp seed or ground flaxseed onto cereal, salad greens or brown rice. Add chia to juice to make a chia fresca. Spread nutty-tasting hemp seed onto natural nut butter sandwiches on whole-grain bread or crackers. Quinoa and amaranth: Nutritionally, these grains—traditional foods in South America and Africa, respectively—trump typical North American grains by far. Both are gluten-free and contain more protein and calcium than wheat, oats, rice or rye. How to eat: Triple-wash quinoa, vigorously rubbing grains to remove the bitter outside coating—then cook either quinoa or amaranth like rice for 20 minutes. Cook in heated water, then stir in applesauce and cinnamon and serve as a cereal; or cook in broth and then stir in chopped, fresh herbs. Wild salmon: “Wild salmon is perhaps the healthiest fish source of omega-3 fats and protein, the two most important nutrients that kids need to grow,” advises Sears. Choose wild-caught salmon (fresh or frozen) over farmed fish to avoid possible contaminants. How to eat: Glaze roasted fillets with orange juice and teriyaki sauce, or a mix of maple syrup, grated ginger and rice vinegar. Make a salmon and goat cheese (or Neufchâtel) tortilla wrap; then cut into spirals and serve. Susan Enfield Esrey is the senior editor of Delicious Living magazine.

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Holistic is Best Natural Care for a Sick Pet by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


he best course of action for any pet that appears to be sick is to see a holistic vet early, before a disease can progress or before the pet has been made even more ill by improper conventional treatment.

Downsides of Conventional Treatment

Many sick pets brought to a holistic vet’s office may not have been formally diagnosed, even if they’ve been receiving medical treatment by a conventional doctor for weeks or months. In most cases, the standard blanket prescriptions of antibiotics and corticosteroids—regardless of the cause of illness—have failed to produce positive results. Worse, such drugs carry side effects that can make the pet even sicker; indiscriminate use of antibiotics, for example, has led to antibiotic resistance in bacteria, making it harder to treat serious infections when antibiotics are the only viable treatment option. So by the time the holistic doctor sees them, the condition of these pets may have worsened. The good news is that with precise diagnosis of the underlying issues, most sickly pets can be treated with good success. Because a holistic approach to health-

care relies on individual factors, the exact treatment will vary according to the patient and situation. A cookie-cutter treatment will not be very helpful.

Holistic Nutrition Therapy Helps

Owners can take several steps to provide relief for a suffering pet right away while awaiting the results of proper diagnostic tests. In my practice, three vet-supervised nutrition therapies have been shown to be effective in stabilizing a sick pet for the 24 to 48 hours needed to return test results before the appropriate treatment can be initiated. Ask the attending veterinarian for other safe, comforting measures he or she likes to recommend. First, most sick pets benefit from receiving fluid therapy (intravenous or subcutaneous) in a veterinary hospital. The fluids rehydrate and help detoxify the pet by causing increased urination that flushes out cellular toxins. Second, injectable vitamins C and B complex added to the fluids often have a temporary pick-me-up effect, reducing lethargy and improving appetite. Third, using supplements selected to restore homeostasis also helps make the pet feel better and encourages healthy eating. I like to use a natural immunity support I developed called Healthy

Chi, which contains amino acids, potassium, green tea, ginseng, gotu kola and the herb astragalus. Homeopathic combinations also can be useful; I’ve developed a natural remedy combining gallium, colchicum, hydrastis, anthraquinone and glyoxal.

Case Studies Exemplify Success

Two recent cases illustrate the benefit of an informed holistic approach. Gus, a 7-year-old male standard poodle, had a history of inflammatory bowel disease and gastrointestinal cancer. He did well immediately following cancer surgery, but then became lethargic and showed a disinterest in food. So, we conducted a fecal analysis and complete blood profile. While awaiting test results, I prescribed the recommended nutrition therapies, along with a special diet. The next morning, the owner reported that Gus was feeling and acting much better, including showing more interest in eating. His owner was pleased with this rapid response and relieved to avoid unnecessary medication. A young Persian cat arrived in our office with a chronic herpes virus infection. Percy’s owner made an appointment because the feline had a congested nose and wasn’t eating as much as normal. Natural treatment for the herpes virus began with the amino acid lysine and the herb echinacea, both also helpful in preventing cold and flu. Supportive care for the general malaise and lack of appetite relied on the same recommended nutrition therapies and again resulted in overnight improvements in the pet’s attitude and appetite; the nasal congestion left during the following week. While antibiotics and corticosteroids can be helpful in properly diagnosed cases, using natural therapies can provide quick relief without the harmful side effects often seen from the use of conventional medications. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. Visit


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it up into various exercise activities in daily, vigorous, 10-minute chunks.

Myth 3: Unaffordable Activities like walking, bicycling and even jumping rope can be done virtually anywhere, anytime. Individuals can create a basic home fitness center with a jump rope, set of dumbbells and not much more. Borrow an exercise video or DVD from the library or follow one of the many television fitness shows. “People can save thousands of dollars by combining five to 10 exercises into a burst-training workout routine,” which will burn calories and increase muscle mass, says Joe Vennare, co-founder of the Hybrid Athlete, a fitness website.


Myth 4: Too Late to Start



he U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that more than a third of Americans today are overweight. Yet it also reports that at least 30 percent of us don’t exercise at all, perhaps partly due to persistent fitness myths.

squats while watching television, deliver a message in person instead of via email, take a desk break to stretch or stand while talking on the phone. Even fidgeting is beneficial. The point is to be as active as possible during otherwise sedentary hours.

Myth 1: Lack of Opportunity Myth 2: No Time Even the busiest person can fit in some exercise by making simple changes in their daily routine. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, do

The CDC recommends that each week, adults should exercise 150 minutes— the average duration of a movie—but not all at once. To make it easy, break

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Myth 5: No Pain, No Gain Suffering isn’t required. In fact, feeling pain can indicate possible injury or burnout. Still, consult a doctor before beginning any exercise program. “Do not hurt yourself,” says Charla McMillian, a certified strength and conditioning specialist, attorney and president of FitBoot –

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Myth 8: Stretch Myth 6: Must Break a Sweat Before Exercising Perspiring is related to the duration and intensity of the exercise, but some people just sweat more than others. “How much (or little) you sweat does not correlate with how many calories you are expending,” assures Jessica Matthews, an experienced registered yoga teacher and an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise.

Myth 7: Dieting is Enough Women especially fall prey to the myth that they don’t need to exercise if they are a certain dress size. Even those at a healthy weight can be in greater danger of contracting disease and shortened lifespan than obese individuals that regularly participate in physical activity, according to a recent study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, in Bethesda, Maryland. Health experts recommend combining regular activity with consuming

New research from the American Council on Exercise recommends stretching at the end of a workout. “It is safer and more effective to stretch muscles that are properly warmed and more pliable,” says Matthews, who also recommends beginning a workout with simple movements such as arm circles and leg swings. She notes, “Stretching can help to improve posture and flexibility, plus reduce overall stress.”

Myth 9: Crunches Cut Belly Fat There’s no such thing as spot reducing. While crunches strengthen abdominal muscles, they will not shrink your waistline, says Karp. Instead, try exercises such as squats, lunges and yoga plank holds or kettlebell repetitions to lose stubborn belly fat.

Myth 10: Women Using Weights Get Bulky The truth is that most weightlifting women won’t end up with a big, bulky physique because they have less testosterone, are smaller in size and have less muscle tissue than men, advises Matthews. “Any kind of strength training will help improve bone density, increase muscle mass and decrease body fat in both men and women.”

Myth 11: Exercise is Hard Physical activity should be fun. It’s best to start simply, add a variety of physical activities and challenges and keep at it. Schedule time for exercise and treat it like any other daily appointment; don’t cancel it. Alexander Cortes, a nationally certified strength and conditioning coach with Ultimate Fighting Championship Gym, in Corona, California, concludes, “When health is a priority, exercise is the most important appointment you can keep.” Lynda Bassett is a freelance writer near Boston, MA. Connect at

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ctress Marlane Barnes recently made her feature film debut as Maggie of the Irish Coven, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II, building on a growing résumé of films, TV and theater credits. A current resident of Los Angeles, she actively supports the nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society, a local no-kill facility, and serves as national spokesperson for Spay First. To date, her foster dogs include India, Birdie, Archie and Wally, with more to come.

Why is fostering rescue dogs important? Fostering is a good way to find the right dog for your personality and circumstances. Dogs aren’t accessories, chosen on looks alone. Fostering allows you to see what breed, size, temperament and activity level works best. When India, the first dog I fostered, was adopted, she went to a home that suited her nature and needs. Birdie, a 6-year-old golden retriever-beagle mix,

came to me when her shelter time was up. After two months, Birdie was placed with a family that was willing to deal with an older dog’s health issues, and it’s worked out well for all parties.

What do you try to teach the dogs to make them more adoptable? We take a lot of walks during our six to eight weeks together. Teaching them to sit, be petted, take treats gently and behave well on a leash all helps. I also expose them to new experiences. We visit the coffee shop, meet kids and take hikes; in these ways, I learn what the individual dog enjoys. It takes some of the guesswork out of the equation. Fostering is like a halfway house for dogs; after living with them, I can vouch for them, as well as voice any concerns about the family situation. I feel strongly that the dog must be treated as part of the family, whose schedule has to work with having a dog, and that dog in particular. It’s a matter of finding the right person for the

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Meditation and Messages through Mediumship – 6:30pm. Also Apr 1 & May 13. Alchemy exists with medium, Alaine Portner, E-RYT, in combination with meditation, messaging and Crystal Bowls. Alaine communicates with the energies of loved ones and symbolic messages that are both personal and purposeful to you. $40. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. Pre-registration required: 609-6549400 or

SUNDAY, MARCH 3 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 held all other Sundays. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. 609-654-9400. Community Reiki Share – 10:30am. Newcomers welcome. Designed for those with an interest in balancing the mind, body, and spirit with healing alternatives, or simply satisfying your curiosity of Reiki. Reiki Trainings and Certifications offered at the Center. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. Pre-register: 609654-9400.

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life is more fulfilling, loving, joyful and energizing. Heart-centered focus will also enhance memory and cognitive thinking. Receive heart activation and attunement, create positive changes in body, mind and spirit, and more. $25. Bliss Body Studio, 616 Collings Ave, Collingswood. Pre-register: 856-261-0554.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Full Day Meditation Retreat – 8am5pm. The retreat is open to the public and includes periods of seated and walking meditation, and a talk by Seijaku Roshi. $50, lunch included. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-2689151. Cleanup the Delaware in Delran – 8:30-11:30am. Help collect and inventory litter and debris in the park and along the shoreline of the Delaware River. Bags and gloves provided. American Water Plant, 30 Taylors Ln, Cinnaminson. Registration is required, Peter Zampella: 609-8598860 x 56. Angel Healing 101: Working with Your Angels – 11:30am-1:30pm. Learn the mysteries and healing powers connected to our individual Angels. Amy Moore, (PhD, LMFT) and Gina Parisi (MA, LPC) bridge the gap between conventional and spiritual guidance. $40, pre-registration. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. 609-654-9400.

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 Quantum Energetics Master Course – Mar 10 & Apr 21. 10am-5pm. Jason Taylor Morgan will teach the art of Multidimensional Energy Alchemy. Learn how to be an energy and spiritual professional with skills, power and purpose far above modalities. Course Study Booklets for each program provided. $100. Bliss Body Studio, 616 Collings Ave, Collingswood. Pre-register: 856-261-0554. Eckankar Worship Service – 11am-12pm. Come celebrate the experience of the Light and Sound of God through the Eckankar Worship Service. About an hour long, services include singing HU, followed by a discussion on this month’s topic: “Spiritual Heritage of Soul.” Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 609-261-0019 or Reiki II Certification Session – 1:304:30pm. A 3-wk program. Any and all Reiki I practitioners are welcome. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. Register to reserve a spot: 609-654-9400 or

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 Tea with the Angels: Archangel Raphael – 11am-12pm. With Kristy McAdams. $10 cash; $13 credit/debit card. Dragonfly Yoga at Pilates Core Center, 1919 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-985-0900.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 Detoxing the Body with Juicing – 7pm. Learn how to help your body get back into health. $35. Info: 856-314-8881, Righteousness 101 – 7-8pm. The Rightful Use of Energy: A “How To” Course in Conscious Living. With author and radio host Carole Gold. Designed to assist in your reaching a new level of clarity, determination and hopefulness. Body and Motion Chiropractic, 639 Stokes Rd, Ste 103, Medford. For more info: 609-654-7020 or 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, Certified Practitioners. No prior experience needed. $15. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. Paula: 856-2229444. Meeting and Working with Spirit Guides – 7-9pm. Facilitator: Robert Egby. This workshop is designed to help you understand Spirit Teachers or Spirit Guides. $20; Prepayment/Preregistration required. Dragonfly Yoga, 1919 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-985-0900. Identifying Your Archetypes – Mar 14 & 21. 7:15pm. Why are you attracted to some things and not others? Why do the patterns in your life play out over and over? Where do you see power? These “patterns of power,” or Archetypes enable us to accomplish the tasks we incarnated to perform, recognizing our journey of empowerment. $22 or class card. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. 609-654-9400.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Pineal Tones to Open and Activate the 24 levels of DNA – 7-9:30pm. A 26,000-yearold initiation to awaken and remind your multidimensionality, contained in your DNA, of its evolutionary process. $20. Cherry Hill. To register, Andrea Regal: 856-9045566.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 1/2 Price Reflexology Day – $35. 319 E Broad St, Palmyra. Info: 856-314-8881, Stewart Pearce’s Angelic Sound Healing – Mar 16 & 17. Alchemy of Voice Workshop. Stewart Pearce is internationally known as

the Master of Voice, Sound Healer, Angel Medium and Seer. Register for a 1- or 2-day session. Yoga Center of Medford, Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford. For details: 609-6549400 or Cleanup at Pennington Park/Newton’s Landing Trail – 9am-12pm. Help collect and inventory litter and debris in the park and along the shoreline of the Rancocas Creek, and Newton’s Landing Trail. Bags and gloves provided. Pennington Park, Creek Rd, Delanco. Registration required: 609-499-1001 x 266. Spring Wellness and Customer Appreciation Day – 9am-4pm. Food tastings, free samples, live entertainment and lots of information. Win one of our Healthy Raffle Baskets. Health Haven, 1381 Rte 38, Hainesport. 609-267-7744. Hike Apple Pie Hill – 10am. Moderate pace, approximately, 8 miles past Tea Time Hill to Apple Pie Hill. Terrain varies with small streams and bogs. Dress in layers. Bring lunch, water, and pie. Snow or inclement weather cancels. Experienced hikers only. Meet at the Carranza Memorial parking lot, Carranza Rd. Pre-register by Mar 15: Beth Compagnucci, 609-533-1335; Paul Foged, 732-996-1406. Signs of a Pinelands Spring Hike – 10am. 2-4 miles. Free. Wharton State Forest. More info: 609-567-4559. Living a Zen Inspired Life – 7-9pm. Come join Seijaku Roshi 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.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 Quantum Spoon Bending Workshop – 10am-5pm. With Gene Ang, PhD. Learn the techniques of energy and quantum mechanics to bend forks/spoons. Learn how to use these same amazing principles to create major shifts in your life. Handson experience how it’s possible to perform miracles of healing and change. Awakenings Connection at Omniwell Center, 55 Lakeview Dr N, Gibbsboro. 856-336-5591. Naturalist Hike: Eyes to the Sky – 1:30pm. All ages welcome. The sky holds many fascinating parts of nature. We’ll check out birds, learn to identify the clouds, and maybe spot an early insect as we venture the trails. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Register: 856-983-3329 x 103.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Breast Health Awareness Support Group – 6:30-7:30pm. Speaker: Catherine J. Frompovich, author of A Cancer Answer – Holistic Breast Cancer Management: A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, will discuss “Diets Impact on Cancer: Prevention and Cure.” Free; open to those with an interest in optimizing breast health. William G. Rohrer Center for Healthfitness, Rooms 2 & 3, 2309 Evesham Rd, Voorhees. To register, Liesha: 856-596-5834 or Sacred Sisterhood Circle: Plant Your Dreams and Watch Them Grow – 7-9:30pm. From time immemorial women have gathered to learn, teach, challenge and support one another with the Divine feminine in many forms. Connect in Sisterhood to breathe, sound, share, chant, discover and heal from and through the wealth of wisdom within and around us to co-create and re-create life. $20. To register, Andrea Regal: 856-904-5566.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 GMOs? We Can Do Better Than That! – 7-8pm. A gathering of citizens interested in initiating action in the community with a goal of restoring our food choice freedom. Join in this fun action meeting to plan for Earth Month, so bring project ideas. Drawing for a GMO-free door prize. Free; open to the public. Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave. RSVP: 856-869-3592, GMOfreeNJ@gmail. com. Learn more:  Natural Spring Detox with Delicious Food – 7-9pm. With perspectives from the Ayurveda tradition that food is medicine, in this hands-on cooking class learn what foods are supportive to naturally detox. Handouts and tastings included. $30. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Register: 856-404-7287.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Goddess Gathering – 6-8:30pm. Includes Crystal Bowls and teachings of the Native American Medicine Wheel to welcome Spring in a significant way. $20. Earth Yoga Studio at Health Goals, Crispin Square, 230 N Maple Ave, Marlton. 609-970-3401.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 24th Annual Pinelands Short Course – 8am4pm. Featuring presentations, field trips and bus tours. PPA’s own Director of Conservation Science, Dr. Amy Karpati will present Protecting the Pinelands: Current Conservation Issues in the Pines. Burlington County College. Paul Leaken: 609 894-7300 x 125. Register: State. Your Energy, Your Body, Your Life – 1-3pm. With Syndia Inta Brennan, Healing Science Practitioner. Discover the process of


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disease and healing from your energy field into the physical body. $40; preregistration/ prepayment required. Dragonfly Yoga at Pilates Core Center, 1919 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-985-0900. Introduction to Numerology – 7pm. Learn about the energy of numbers and how they can empower you to live your best life. Free. NJBalance Wellness Center, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Introduction to Feng Shui – 7-9pm. Join us for an introduction to the ancient Chinese art of “placement.” Learn how you can improve the positive flow of energy throughout your home or work environment, bringing harmony and balance into your life. $75. NJBalance Wellness Center, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 About GMOs – 7-8pm. Bestselling cookbook author Christina Pirello helps us to sift through the science, politics and health effects of genetically engineered foods (aka GMOs) that are in our food supply. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet Emmy Award-winning host of the television series Christina Cooks! Free, but space limited. William G. Rohrer Memorial Library, 15 MacArthur Blvd, Haddon Township. RSVP: 856-869-3592, Learn more: Righteousness 101 – 7-8pm. The Rightful Use of Energy: A “How To” Course in Conscious Living. With author and radio host Carole Gold. Designed to assist in your reaching a new level of clarity, determination and hopefulness. Body and Motion Chiropractic, 639 Stokes Rd, Ste 103, Medford. For more info: 609-654-7020 or I’m OM Spiritual Cinema – 7-9pm. “Infinity: The Ultimate Trip is an honest and hopeful assessment of the greatest journey that any of us will ever take.” Facilitator: Traci Rosenberg. $5 donation (all proceeds benefit The American Heart Association). Dragonfly Yoga at Pilates Core Center, 1919 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Register: 856-985-0900.

FRIDAY, MARCH 29 Deep Relaxation Class with Crystal Bowls – 7-8pm. In this special class offered by Rhonda Clarke and Anna Castro, we will use the ancient Healing Arts of Gentle Yoga, Sound Healing, and Deep Relaxation to experience a much more peaceful presence. $10/online, $13/at door. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Preregistration required: 856-404-7287.

plan ahead SUNDAY, APRIL 7 Techniques of Meditation Series – Sundays, Apr 7-May 5. 7-8pm. Ruth Dalphin, from Associates for Asian Healing Arts, will be leading a 5-wk meditation series. Improve your ability to focus, reduce daily stressors and your reaction to them, access your inner wisdom and enrich your life. $50/series, $13/ class. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration required: 856404-7287.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 Healthy Food Seminar – 6:30-9pm. Learn about how to read labels, where to shop, GMO Foods, what foods must to be organic, how to make healthier choices for a busy lifestyle, and more. Camden County College, Blackwood. To reserve, Continuing Education Dept: 856-227-7200. More info, Caroline Malko: 856-546-0047.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20 Bus Trip to Natural History Museum NYC – 8am-6pm. Bus transportation and guided tour of Hall of Gems and Meteorites. Entrance fees to theater and special exhibits, (3 hrs) free time. Terra Aurum, bringing knowledge and community together. Must pre-register by Mar 15. $61/person, adults only. From Mt Laurel. To register: 609-509-3772 or

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 Stepping Into Your Divinity – 10am-5pm. In Dana Micucci’s memoir, Sojourns of the Soul, she traveled to seven of the world’s most exotic sacred destinations to explore their ancient mysteries and metaphysical teachings. She shares teachings and tools from these wisdom traditions. Awakenings Connection at Golden Light Pranic Center, 3002 W Lincoln Dr, Ste B, Marlton. 856336-5591.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28 Private Healing Sessions – Apr 28-29. With renowned author and healer, Dana Micucci. Choose from Reconnection, Reconnective Healing, Shamanic Soul Retrieval and Extractions, and Spiritual Counseling. By appt only. Awakenings Connection at Golden Light Pranic Center, 3002 W Lincoln Dr, Ste B, Marlton. 856336-5591.


SATURDAY, MARCH 16 Thomas Myers’ Anatomy Trains® Myofascial Meridians for Movement Specialists – Mar 16-17. 10 am-6pm. Facilitator: Michael Watson. Anatomy Trains® offers skills that movement therapists and teachers can use to see their clients more clearly and work more effectively. 14 CECs PMA. $400; Preregistration/Prepayment required. Pilates Core Center, 1919 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-985-0900.

3rd sunday - each month Learn to be a Family Herbalist – This is a 1-yr class, which meets on the 3nd Sun each month. Learn the skills to ID weeds/plants/ herbs, learn how to make tinctures, salves, teas, body products and more. R.H. A.H.G. Info: 856-314-8881,

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DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELING – Family/Individual, AETNA, reasonable fee for service. Gibbsboro, J. Lang, LCADC: 609-980-3515.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 8 Become a Certified Svaroopa® Yoga Introductory Teacher (CSIT) – Mar 8-12. Create healing, transformation and illumination for yourself or to share as a Svaroopa® Yoga Teacher. Learn how to design classes and help students with alignments and props so they get maximum results with minimum effort. Expand knowledge of anatomy and explore the ancient teachings on yoga philosophy. All levels and styles of yoga welcome. Course tuition: $660; Materials fee: $30. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.

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daily Early Dawn Meditation – 6-7am. Inform the rest of your day by starting the day out meditating in the silence of the Pine Barrens. The monastery is closed Mon, Fri and the last two weeks of the month. No registration required. $5. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. New Year Weight Loss Challenge – 7-8pm. New classes enrolling now. Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday class available. 12-wk program. Winners win cash. Cost is a one-time fee of $39 for 12 wks. GNP Nutrition, 106 Bridgeboro St, Riverside. Pre-register, Gaveth: 609-923-1203.


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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. MOORESTOWN HOLISTIC HEALTH OFFICE – Massage rooms, plus counseling room for rent, parttime. Utilities included. Beautiful, quiet rooms. Easy access, main road, high visibility, parking on premises. If you want to grow your practice, join us. For details: 856-222-9444 or Info@

Meditation & Teaching – 8:45-10:30am. The morning consists of periods of meditation and a talk. The monastery is closed the last two Sundays of the month. No registration required. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. All About Love Circle – 1-2:30pm. 2nd Sun. Join us as we look at everyday life and its love affair with love. As we discuss how we share, demonstrate, accept, and use love, we raise the love energy vibration for ourselves and the planet. Walk-ins welcome. $15. NJBalance Wellness Center, 43 S Main St, Medford. Register: 856-912-2087 or Naturalist Hike – 1:30pm. 3rd Sun. Join our Naturalist in search of the wild. Included in the price of regular admission: $5/adults, $3/ages 4-15, free/age 3 & under. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. 856-983-3329. Deep Relaxation Class – 6-6:30pm. In just a half hour melt away stress and tension. Class begins with a guided relaxation, incorporates a healing breathing practice, and contemplation to carry the peace you cultivate into your life. Come dressed as you are, no special clothes required. Arrive early, door closes promptly at 6pm. $5. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. natural awakenings

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tuesday Kids’ Yoga – 4-5pm. A fun and engaging class exploring yoga poses, cooperative games, breathing and relaxation exercises and convey lessons in self-expression, body awareness, and social skills. Non-competitive and fun, students develop strength, flexibility, concentration and confidence. Open to all kids 5-11 yrs old. $10. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Gentle Yoga with Olga – 5:15pm. Ideal for beginners, Moms to be, or anyone wanting to relax and de-stress. $15 drop-in; class packages available. Dragonfly Yoga at Pilates Core Center, 1919 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-985-0900. Health Starts Here Cooking Classes – 6pm. This lifestyle focuses on a plant-based, low-fat diet and cooking techniques that rely on whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables with natural flavors. Whole Foods Market, 940 Rte 73 N, Marlton. 856-797-1115. Yin Yoga and Moon Salutations – 6-7pm. Moon Salutations (Chandra Namaskara) is a practice of empowerment without creating heat in the body, which will shift energy by balancing hot emotions, relaxing and calming the mind and body and restoring balance. Yoga Center of Haddonfield, 20 N Haddon Ave. 856-428-9955. Pricing: Yoga for Beginners – 6-7pm. Learn a variety of fundamental poses and proper body alignment and explore the philosophies and experience the benefits of yoga. Designed for the “true beginner.” Introduced in an easy, informative, safe and relaxed way. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006. Spinal Workshops – 6:30-7pm. Learn how to take care of your body without the need for prescription. Topics vary weekly. Free. McGunnigle Chiropractic, 450 W Crystal Lake Ave, Haddonfield. 856-310-4445. Medical Qi Gong Classes – 7-8:30pm. Qi gong is a combination of Tai chi movements in specific sets to activate self-healing and is an ancient powerful practice. Body and Motion Chiropractic, 639 Stokes Rd, Ste 103, Medford. For info & registration: 609-6547020 or


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Metaphysical Sharing Circle – 7-8:30pm. 3rd Tues. This group is a safe and fun place to share your metaphysical experiences and ask questions. Join us for this 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: 609923-3154 or Meditation & Teaching – 7-9pm. The evening consists of periods of seated and walking meditation, and a talk by a Senior Ordained Monk. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

wednesday Become a Master Gardener – Thru June. 9am-12pm. Have gardening questions or problems with plants? Stop in and visit with a Master Gardener. Free. Camden County Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill. For more info: 856-216-7130 or All-Level Yoga with Sylvia – 9:30am. $15 drop-in; class packages available. Dragonfly Yoga at Pilates Core Center, 1919 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-985-0900. Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. Join us for a 10-minute meditation. The 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. Gentle Yoga with Bonnie Hart – 6-7pm. For any ability to increase flexibility and relieve stress. Yoga in the chair provided too. $15. Earth Yoga Studio at Health Goals, Crispin Square, 230 N Maple Ave, Marlton. 609-970-3401.

Green Drinks – 6-8pm. 1st Wed. Network informally with other sustainable thinking people from all over South Jersey. We provide the room and you buy your own drink. PJ Whelihan’s Pub, 1854 Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill. More info: Lori. or Meditation & Teaching – 7-9pm. The evening consists of periods of seated and walking meditation, and a talk by a Senior Ordained Monk. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

thursday Yoga Basics with Olga – 9am. Perfect for beginners or for those wanting to get back to basics. $15 drop-in; class packages available. Dragonfly Yoga at Pilates Core Center, 1919 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-9850900. Knee-High Naturalists – 10-11:30am & 1-2:30pm. 2nd Thurs; Sept-June (excluding Dec). Ages 3-5 with an adult. One of our naturalists will help you and your child explore nature through songs, skits, crafts, and more. Call for themes or check website for an updated schedule. $7/child. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Pre-registration required: 856-983-3329. Homeschool Classes – 10am-12pm & 1-3pm. 2nd Thurs; Sept-June (excluding Dec). Ages 6 & up. One of our naturalists will teach your child about wildlife, plants, and more. Call for themes or check website for an updated schedule. $7/child. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Pre-registration required: 856-983-3329. Yoga for Lunch – 12pm. With Olga. This 45-minute class will help you get through

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the remainder of your work day. $10 cash drop in; $13 credit card/debit card. Dragonfly Yoga at Pilates Core Center, 1919 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-985-0900. Pilates/Yoga Combo with Props – 5:45pm. With Olga. Ideal for beginners, Moms to be, or anyone wanting to relax and de-stress. $15 drop-in; class packages available. Dragonfly Yoga at Pilates Core Center, 1919 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-985-0900. Level 1 & 2 Yoga with Bonnie Hart – 6-7pm. Provides a great “workout” while creating peace of mind. $15. Earth Yoga Studio at Health Goals, Crispin Square, 230 N Maple Ave, Marlton. 609-970-3401. Prana Flow with Melina – 6:30-7:45pm. Prana: life-force of creation; Flow: the state of unified consciousness. Prana Flow is a creative Vinyasa flow class. It focuses on embodying the energy of breath and movement. Open to all levels. $15. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Meditation & Teaching – 7-9pm. The evening consists of periods of seated and walking meditation, and a talk by Seijaku Roshi. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

friday Art After 5 – 5-6:45pm & 7:15-8:15pm, performances. Guided gallery tours throughout the evening. Performing vibrant versions of lesser-known gems from wedding-dance, trance, folk, swing and tango styles, etc. Free after Museum admission; Free/members. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia. Soca Fit Camp – 6-7pm. Cardio workout to the music of the Caribbean. Dance, get fit, burn calories and have fun. $5/class, $25/6 classes. Join us and bring a friend. GNP Nutrition, 106 Bridgeboro St. Riverside. Pre-register, Gaveth: 609-923-1203.

saturday Yoga On Air with Bonnie Hart – 9:30am. As part of the The Hart of Rock n Roll which airs from 8-10am every Saturday. Listen on the radio at 88.9 FM or on your computer at Info:

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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 selfcare to support your body in returning to its natural healthy function. Reiki session, ayurvedic cooking classes, restorative yoga and private yoga sessions.


Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master Rte 70 & Hartford Rd, Medford, NJ 609-654-9400 • 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 31.


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, cranialsacral work, active release technique, and PNF stretching. See ad, page 14.

Registered Yoga Teacher Holistic Health Practitioner Bliss Body Yoga Studio 616 Collings Ave Collingswood, NJ 08107 856-261-0554

Personalized healing support with yoga, meditation, Reiki, ancient indigenous healing practices, detoxification and more. Private and group sessions offered in a beautiful, warm and loving space.

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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. More information through See ad, page 5.

Liesha Getson is a Board-Certified Thermographic Technician, 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 22.

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Acupuncturist & Board-certified Psychiatrist TAO Institute of Mind & Body Medicine 1288 Rte 73 S, Ste 210, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054 •


Institute for Medical Wellness 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown 856-231-0590 •

Advanced Wellness Solutions 609-320-6339

As a leading physician on classic forms of Chinese Medicine, Dr. Yang uniquely incorporates psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, Neuro-Emotional technique, acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal medicine in the care of patients with a variety of emotional and physical illnesses. Dr. Yang’s practice centers on being as natural as possible. Through the mind-body-spirit model Dr. Yang and his team at TAO Institute are able to treat difficult, complex, and chronic conditions. See ad, page 30.

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 23.

Fun and effective interventions for optimizing Emotional Wellness and Behavioral Success for adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Expertise in Marital and Couple Resolution, Parental Effectiveness, Stress Management, Work-Home B a l a n c e , Ti m e M a n a g e m e n t / Decision Making Skills, Self-Esteem, and Social Skills. See ad, inside front cover.


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 19.


Kahuna Healing Hypnosis 609-458-6282 Discover your Soul’s Purpose. Release blocks and fears and unleash the healing power of your past lives. Connect with your Higher Self and realize your dreams. A certified hypnotist and uniquely gifted intuitive, Barbara offers guidance and healing in a warm, joy-filled space. As a teacher and clear channel of spirit, she brings wisdom and compassion to every private and group session.


Dr. Andrea Iannuzzelli Integrative and Internal Medicine Elmwood Business Park, 767 E Rte 70, Ste B102, Marlton, NJ 08053 • 856-505-0311 Medi-Zen Wellness specializes in treating patients that have not found answers or relief through traditional medicine alone for chronic pain, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Epstein Barr and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Traditional medicine as well as alternative approaches: essential oils, Medical Aromatherapy and Reiki, along with many other Restorative therapies. See ad, back page.


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 22.


Landscape Design & Consultation • South Jersey • 774-353-6998 • 35 years design experience. Residential and commercial designs for large and small projects. Creating sustainable landscape designs while utilizing natural and ornamental plants. Comprehensive CAD-generated plans for professional use. Hardscaping designs and construction supervision. Call for more info. First consultation free to determine scope of project.


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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 8.


Helping Touch Massage & Wellness Center 2 Sheppard Rd, Ste 500 Voorhees, NJ 856-489-1500 Bob Schuster, CMT, is a massage therapist who cares about you. His massage work is designed specifically to your needs: stress relief, pain management, or overstressed joint or pulled a muscle. Using multiple treatment modalities, including Swedish or Deep Tissue massage, Trigger Point Therapy, Myofascial Release, or stretching programs, he will assist you back to optimum health and wellness. See ad, page 8.

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Certified Usui Reiki Master & Massage Therapist Helping Touch Massage & Wellness Center 2 Sheppard Rd, Ste 500, Voorhees, NJ 856-489-1500 Barbara Scott assists each person she sees through individualized treatments designed to promote a healing effect on the body, mind, and spirit. Deeply passionate about helping others to feel better, she uses this natural and calming approach to facilitate your body’s ability to heal. She is also a Certified Usui Reiki Master  who has effectively provided this calming therapy for many people over the past 12 years. See ad, page 8.


Licensed Acupuncturist & Massage Therapist Helping Touch Massage & Wellness Center 2 Sheppard Rd, Ste 500, Voorhees, NJ 08043 856-489-1500 A nationally Board Certified Acupuncturist whose primary focus is in the areas of geriatrics, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, women’s health and obstetrics, digestive and emotional health. She is also a practitioner of Tui Na, a method of Chinese Bodywork which utilizes soft tissue manipulation, acupressure, and structural realignment methods to lessen or alleviate a wide variety of musculoskeletal and internal organ disorders. See ad, page 8.

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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.


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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 selfawareness through our services. Call for an appointment. See ad, inside front cover.

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Silver Tiger Studio Master William Ting The Lyceum Hall • 432 High Street Burlington City, NJ •856-778-4209


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.

Join Master William Ting to discover the energy within. Master Ting has over 30 years experience instructing students in the art of Tai chi. See ad, page 18.


Julie Fischer, Registered Thai Therapist, CMT Janet Watkins, Registered Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, 118 W Merchant St., Audubon, NJ 08106 • 856-546-1006

reflexology SPIRIT TO SOLE CONNECTION Jeannie Francis 319 E Broad St Palmyra, NJ 856-314-8881

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

Our mission at Live in Joy is to teach, demonstrate and live principles of Yoga & Holistic Wellness; to nurture and empower mind, body and spirit of all who desire. We have a wide variety of classes, workshops and wellness offerings that are offered at reasonable prices. Our instructors, practitioners and guest presenters are extraordinary in their fields and we are very grateful for their skills, integrity and presence here. Come and experience Joy. See ad, page 8.

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Are you seeking the secret to a happier life? Perhaps improved self-confidence or better relationships. As a successful Life Coach I facilitate clinically proven coaching sessions that help you shed your emotional baggage. Affordable Group Coaching Classes are forming now; easy access and affordable prices. Call for details. You can’t afford to wait another day.


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Personalized Medicine • Restoring Balance Successful Aging • Natural Therapies Services & Treatments • Complete Exam & Assessment • Personalized Wellness Programs • Medical Aromatherapy with therapeutic essential oils • Reiki • Raindrop Therapy • Biopuncture • Nutritional / Supplement Counseling • Chiropractic Care • Therapeutic Massage • Craniosacral Technique


Dr. Andrea Iannuzzelli is a Board certified physician specializing in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. She is recognized as a results oriented practitioner who uses a holistic approach for conditions such as chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Epstein-Barr and Autism Spectrum Disorders and Metabolic Syndrome.

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