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early 20 years ago, while travelling south to visit family, I found myself in a hospital emergency room in Abilene,, Texas, thankful that my 18month-old toddler was still breathing and still alive. My well-meaning hosts had prepared the ever-popular boxed macaroni and cheese that my hungry little traveler devoured and then almost instantly struggled for breath. The image of her desperate attempts to harness any amount of oxygen is permanently imprinted in my psyche. It turns out that my daughter’s lactose sensitivity was actually an allergy, and I believe that the unique combination of processed milk protein infused with other chemical processing agents nearly killed her on that day from Anaphylaxis. This month’s informative article on food sensitivities sparked this horrific memory.

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Being grateful for having experienced tragedy and trauma in life is nearly impossible when you’re living it. But now as I look back on this event, I view it as a gift because it launched a quest for knowledge about our food products which I believe will extend my life expectancy. Looking for milk products on food labels was an eye-opening experience. Not only are there a number of derivative names for milk protein, but the list of other unrecognizable ingredients in what one would assume are the simplest of products seemed endless. What I eventually learned about the sourcing, production and ingredients in most mass-produced foods, I can only interpret as a sanctioned low-dose poisoning of the population. It isn’t hard for anyone of average intelligence to connect the dots between the introduction of processed foods and the spike in food sensitivities/ allergies, digestive issues, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. We’ve learned that cancer cells feed off sugar, yet we find some version of it in almost every food product that has been even moderately altered from its original or natural form. High Fructose Corn Syrup (the cheaper synthetic version of natural sugar) is hiding everywhere in products and sneaky corporations are now trying to disguise it in their labels using names like “Fructose” or “Fructose Syrup”. Many are even taking it a step further by making the claim that the product is “HFCS Free”. The bottom line is that chemicals, GMOs, processing agents, additives, preservatives, sugars and straight up toxins have actually rendered much of our food supply to be dangerous. It’s no wonder that there is a resurgence of local sourcing and simplified ingredients in our food supply. My message is this: Do your homework, read labels, don’t be fooled and opt for fewer ingredients as well as less human interference. And of course as our tagline reads: feel good~live simply~laugh more!

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newsbriefs Gyrotonic Method Offered in Haddonfield


agare, a private, home-based studio in Haddonfield owned by Lisa Roche, is offering the Gyrotonic Method, a series of movements that addresses the entire person by opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion and improving strength and efficiency. A 50 percent discount is available on a first session for new clients this month. “With gyrotonic exercises, each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression,” explains Roche. “These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility. Gyrotonic movements are completely customizable, making them suitable for any age and level of fitness.” Roche discovered the benefits of gyrotonics while recovering from a back injury. With a background in competitive swimming, she was drawn to the system’s fluidity. The multidimensional movements aided in her recovery and introduced a much healthier and happier lifestyle. For more information or to schedule a session, call 609929-4421, email or visit

Professional Hypnosis Training in Mount Laurel


he Hypnosis Center of South Jersey, in Mount Laurel, is registering students for their Spring Hypnosis Certification Class, beginning March 11. Taught by Barbara Angelo, a certified instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists, the oldest and largest organization of its kind, this training is for individuals interested in becoming professional hypnotists, those who would like to enhance their medical and wellness practices, and people who want to learn to help others and themselves using powerful hypnosis techniques. “Hypnosis is not just for smoking and weight loss anymore,” says Angelo. “It’s effective for everything from pain management, fears, phobias and stress to sports performance and test-taking anxiety. I’ve been a practitioner for almost 10 years and am still amazed at the results my clients achieve through hypnosis. It is a natural healing state that is safe and feels wonderful.” Location: 1200 Church St, Village II Shops and Offices, Ste. 18. For more information, call 609-458-6282 or visit

Creek Mercantile Open in Mount Laurel


outh Jersey Spine Center and Weight Loss Clinic, in Medford, is offering Six Weeks to a New You, a Chirothin weight-loss program from through June 30. This safe and effective program is supervised by a doctor. Participants do not use shakes, prepackaged foods or preselected exercises. “They will feel and be more healthy, have more energy and sleep better while establishing better eating habits and portion control,” explains Dr. Michael Lanzilotta. “Thousands of Americans are overweight and may have difficulty with motivation and discipline to stick to a weight loss plan. Chirothin weight program is affective and easy with outstanding results.”

reek Mercantile is now open at 118 Creek Road, in Mount Laurel. Offering furniture, unique home décor and handmade items from local vendors, the store is housed in a landmark log building where customers can browse the uncrowded curated displays of antique collectibles, lighting, candles, midcentury modern furniture, jewelry, vintage clothing, art and industrial, primitive and architectural salvage. Do-It-Yourself workshops are held periodically at Creek Mercantile and Made and Found, a monthly outdoor market that will begin this month and run through December. Visitors can also visit the surrounding shops, including a candle shop, pottery store, Bistro and a bakery. Manager and Creative Director Giselle O’Neill sums up the store’s unique atmosphere, “When you enter the store the earthy wood interior casts a cozy ambience that immediately soothes and relaxes. The friendly staff, upbeat tunes and visual appeal enhance the mood. Taking time for yourself is essential and a visit here is a little gift you give to yourself. It’s a fun place to be.”

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Spiritual Health and Wellness Expo in Mount Laurel


n Total Belief Events will present a Spiritual Health and Wellness Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 9, at The Falls at Doubletree by Hilton, in Mount Laurel. This event brings together spiritual and health professionals for a day of encouragement, empowerment and healing. Guests can peruse more than 40 exhibitors, including intuitive readers, energy healers, mediums, physics, empowerment coaches, health professionals, natural product vendors, tarot card readers and more. Free seminars will take place, along with free giveaways from the exhibitors. Cost: $5. Location: 515 Fellowship Rd. For more information, email or visit

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newsbriefs Hybrid Lawn Program at Elements in Cherry Hill


lements Lawn Care, in Cherry Hill, offers a hybrid program for ecologically conscious consumers. This liquidbased treatment feeds the grass all the nutrients it needs while helping to develop deeper and healthier roots. Over-the-counter organic lawn products usually consist of a poultry manure base, which provide organic nitrogen but do not feed the biology within the soil. The hybrid program addresses the lawn as a cohesive unit, feeding the grass and helping to develop a healthy soil structure by adding carbon and simple sugars into every application. “It’s not always easy to break tradition and try something new but more and more consumers are adopting these smart, scientifically based and forward-thinking options without having to compromise the beauty of their property,” explains Mike Morgan, owner of Elements Lawn Care. “Hybrid, organically based methods can produce the same results as traditional methods but in ways that are safer for your family and the world.” For more information or to schedule a treatment, call 856375-1340, email or visit

Natural Health Improvement Center Offers Food Sensitivity Testing


ood sensitivities are on the rise in all ages. These sensitivities are a symptom of something else occurring in the body’s immune system. Finding the root cause can help individuals with targeted nutrition and overall health improvements. Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey, in Cherry Hill, is offering food sensitivity testing for all ages. The non-invasive testing allows the center’s staff to quickly and safely test all clients and address the food and immune system issues that show up. “We are successfully handling food sensitivities in babies presenting with eczema, children presenting with attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and allergies, and in adults presenting with digestive distress,” explains Certified Health Coach and Master Herbalist Sarah Outlaw, the owner and director of the center. “Through our Natural Health Improvement and Designed Clinical Nutrition program, we take the guesswork out of food sensitivities and provide real solutions.” Location: 1050 N. Kings Hwy., Ste. 200. For more information or to make an appointment, call 856-667-6805, email Info@ or visit 8

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Artisanal Furniture Showcased at Philadelphia Show


hite Hart Workshop, an independent furniture design studio with a workshop in Pitman, will showcase its artisanal pieces from March 31 to April 2 in booth 510 of the Philadelphia Furniture Show at the 23rd Street Armory. Shoppers can also visit the workshop’s gallery-style showroom in the city. White Hart Workshop specializes in translating the complex history of each specimen of tree into hand-built, heirloom-quality pieces of high function and singular beauty. Prioritizing locally grown timber, responsibly sourced materials and sustainable practices, the workshop preserves natural forms as they occur within the living wood. All finishing is completed by hand with non-toxic products to bring out the inner vitality of the grain. Showroom location: 2202 Alter St. For more information, visit

Annual Yoga and Mindfulness in New Jersey Schools Symposium


owan University, in Glassboro, will host the annual Yoga and Mindfulness in New Jersey Schools Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 24. Participants will hear international, national and local educators, authors and practitioners speak on the proven benefits of yoga and mindfulness for children. Students bring baggage with them to school and are placed under tremendous pressure to achieve. Current neuroscience research validates mindfulness, breathing techniques and yoga-based movement as evidence-based methods for students to use as tools for managing physical, mental, emotional and social challenges both in the classroom and in their daily lives. Students who have the skills to self-regulate are more focused and centered, giving them the ability to learn better. Teaching children to cope effectively with stressors is the key to personal and educational success. All school and educational personnel should attend. Cost: $169. Light lunch, morning refreshments, all materials and a Rowan certificate for 5 PD hours included. Optional yoga and mindfulness classes offered before and after the symposium. Location: Courtyard by Marriott Glassboro at Rowan University, 325 Rowan Blvd. For more information or to register, call Kathy Campsen at 856-256-4715 or email

Medical Massage Seminars at Rizzieri Aveda School


izzieri Aveda School of Massage, in Voorhees, will offer Medical Massage Seminars this month and in May. Oncology Massage will take place March 11 and 12, followed by Introduction to Medical Massage: Hands-On Training in Basic Medical Massage Techniques, Medical Massage Concept and Protocol for Anterior Scalene Muscle Syndrome March 18 to 20. Medical Massage Concept and Protocol for Piriformis Outlet Syndrome/Sciatica and Chronic Cervical Pain will be offered from May 20 to 22. Facilitated by Dr. Jeff Cullers, these programs allow therapists to learn how to integrate medical massage into their treatment approach, opening access to the medical community and enhancing their ability to relieve pain by successfully treating a wide variety of somatic and visceral disorders. Starting from the origin of the innervation of the affected area, Cullers takes students step by step through a successful examination and rehabilitation of the soft tissue using a layer-by-layer approach. Participants will learn to combine variations of the seven basic massage techniques using special medical massage protocols perfected by Dr. Ross Turchanivov to reach absolute clinical results quickly and effectively. Location: 8102 Town Center Blvd. To register, call 732319-6266 or visit For more information, call 856-552-2273 or email Admissions@

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ne of the largest, most successful craft and antique shows in South Jersey, Rancocas Woods, will reopen as Made and Found Market at 10 a.m., March 25, and every fourth Saturday of the month through December. Located in a large tree-covered lot behind Creek mercantile in Mount Laurel, Made and Found Market features a growing network of local artisans, vintage and antique collectors, food trucks and live music. Jazz legend Jafar Barron will provide music for the day’s festivities this month. Location: 118 Creek Rd. For more information, email or visit MadeAndFoundmkt. SouthJersey


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hrive! Health & Wellness has opened a second office at 520 Stokes Road, Suite B-1, in Medford. To celebrate, the practice will host an Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 25. Visitors can meet the staff and learn about the health and wellness options available at Thrive! Door prizes will be given away every 15 minutes and the staff from Revolution Chiropractic, Medford Cattle Farm and GMO-Free NJ will also be on hand to greet guests. Utilizing many tools and methods to communicate with the body and create a customized program specifically for each client’s needs, the staff at Thrive! Health & Wellness use herbs, whole food nutrition, homeopathy and flower essences. Services, such as digital imprinting, laser light therapy, applied kinesiology, heart rate variability assessment, Hearthmath technology and the Spectravision Insight technology, help Thrive’s practitioners provide a space for health and healing through love and empowerment. The Medford location offers the most advanced, far-infrared detox sauna available. Made of 100 percent poplar wood containing no chemicals, the sauna exposes clients to the lowest total level of electromagnetic frequencies of any sauna and the infrared heaters do not emit near infrared so clients do not need to worry about harm to the eyes or any associated risks. The fresh-air fan maximizes oxygen and minimizes carbon dioxide in the cabin to eliminate the stuffy air and claustrophobic environment of some saunas and sound therapy is included in each session. For more information, call the Williamston location at 856881-4103 or Medford at 609-654-0100, email Info@Thrivehw. com or visit

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Introduction to MindfulnessBased Stress Reduction Meditation


oga for Living, in Cherry Hill, will host a free Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) class in April 2017. The class will take place from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. on April 4. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, MBSR helps improve mood and energy, increase focus and mental clarity, manage difficult situations and emotions, enhance communication and improve health. The workshop provides participants with an overview of mindfulness and the important role it can play in reducing stress and improving quality of life. Instructor Linda Townshend will review the fundamentals of MBSR and use meditation and awareness exercises to teach participants how to become familiar with this practical, proven approach that has helped thousands of people achieve greater balance, vitality and health.   Topics include what mindfulness is and how it can reduce stress and enhance well-being, basic mindfulness techniques and the application of mindfulness in day-to-day living. “We live in a fast-paced, stressful world and often feel pressured by technology, responsibilities and even our own negative self-beliefs,” says Townshend. “Mindfulness allows us to center ourselves and put the power of our happiness back in our own hands.” Location: 1926 Greentree Rd. For more information or to register (required), call 856-404-7287 or visit 

Professional Qigong Training Weekend in Baltimore


oin Jeff Primack and the Qi Revolution, April 7 to 9, for a weekend experience to learn this life-changing, healing technique. Qigong breathing can help resolve health issues naturally. For example, transcending the physical and experiencing ourselves as pure energy is possible within only a few minutes of the Nine-Breath Method, a signature technique taught to over 50,000 people at Qi Revolution workshops around the country. Oxygen retention and pulsation of breath is the secret of the masters and few courses offer this level of comprehensive instruction. Food healing science is another important aspect of the seminar, along with strength training, hands-on-healing, reflexology, tui na massage and the Five Elements. At Qi Revolution, participants learn the physiologic functions of natural foods, herbs, mushrooms and phytochemicals, presented according to latest scientific research. For more than a decade, Primack has lectured live to more than 50,000 students on these topics. His instruction helps attendees learn which natural foods, herbs and mushrooms can sometimes reverse specific issues. At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to review the most compelling scientific studies and anecdotal accounts from Primack’s book, presented in an unbiased scientific manner. For those who have become curious about qigong and the many health properties is can unleash, this weekend event is the perfect, low-cost, opportunity to learn from one of the revolutionary leaders of qigoing. Cost: $149 for the three-day training; free for firefighters, military, veterans and police. Advanced registration required as seating is limited. To learn more, call 800298-8970 or visit

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nyone that has struggled to reduce their intake of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) may have considered avoiding saturated fat in their diets, although the latest meta-study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine now refutes this. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, conducted a test to determine if consuming low-fat versus regular cheeses impacts LDL cholesterol levels. The study divided 139 people into three groups. One ate regular fat cheese, one consumed reduced-fat cheese and one didn’t eat any cheese at all for 12 weeks. Both LDL and high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” cholesterol) levels were tested at the beginning and end of the period. Researchers found no significant difference in the LDL levels of any of the groups and no difference between the HDL levels of the reduced-fat and regular cheese groups, suggesting that consuming low-fat versions has no measurable metabolic benefit. An increase in HDL levels among those that abstained from eating cheese altogether was noted.

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utein and zeaxanthin are known key carotenoids for eye health, filtering out harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and helping to protect and maintain cells comprising the eye. The human body does not make enough of either nutrient, so we must get them from supplements or food sources such as kale, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, corn, green peas, broccoli, romaine lettuce, green beans and eggs. Researchers from the University of Georgia, in Athens, investigated the relationship between levels of lutein and zeaxanthin and cognitive function. They measured the levels of each nutrient in the retinas of 43 older adults with a mean age of 72 and asked that the subjects learn and recall pairs of unrelated words. The study found that those with higher levels of both nutrients did better on the test, suggesting that the enhanced neural efficiency that comes from consuming these nutrients leads to better brain function.


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new study from King’s College London has found that children’s use of electronic devices close to bedtime can reduce their chances of a good night’s sleep. Researchers examined 20 existing studies encompassing 125,000 children between the ages of 6 and 19. They found that youngsters using a device within 90 minutes of falling asleep had an increased likelihood of poor and inadequate sleep quality and excessive daytime sleepiness. Study author Ben Carter, Ph.D., says, “Sleep is an often undervalued, but important part of children’s development, with a regular lack of sleep causing a variety of health problems.” These can include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, reduced immune function and poor diet. Poor food choices and excessive eating can start young, as illustrated in a study from Colorado University, in Boulder, which found a link between sleep deprivation and poor diet choices in preschool children. The Colorado study followed five girls and five boys, ages 3 and 4, that were regular afternoon nappers. They were deprived of their naps for one day, during which their food and beverage consumption was monitored and compared with their choices on a day when their sleep routine remained intact. During the sleep-deprived day, the children ate 20 percent more calories than usual and their diet consisted of 25 percent more sugar and 26 percent more carbohydrates.


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esearchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, used data from previous studies to discern the association between dairy and animal fats and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in American adults. The study reviewed dairy fat and other fat consumption data using validated food-frequency questionnaires from more than 43,000 men and 175,000 women during three different studies, each spanning at least 20 consecutive years. Of the subjects studied, 14,815 developed some form of CVD, close to 7 percent of the total. The researchers found that replacing dairy foods with foods containing polyunsaturated fats—primarily found in vegetables, nuts and fish—in just 5 percent of a subject’s diet reduced the risk of CVD by an average of 24 percent. But replacing the same percentage of dairy fats with other animal fats increased the incidence of CVD by 6 percent.

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In many large commercial chicken farms, the animals are fed antibiotics to keep them healthy and fight off infections. But due to consumer demand, McDonald’s has eliminated antibiotics used in human medicine from its entire restaurant chicken supply. Meanwhile, a farm in Pennsylvania owned by Scott Sechler is among the first to rely solely on a mix of oregano oil and cinnamon in the treatment and care of its chickens. In addition to being completely natural, oregano oil supplies the chickens with health advantages, producing a much higher quality of natural chicken in a far more humane method than that attained using antibiotics. Like antibiotics, the oil assists the chickens in battling any infections, reducing the number of birds lost to disease. Bob Ruth, president of another Pennsylvania farming business, has been testing oregano on his pigs for six months to see if it can outperform prescription antibiotics. Related problems arise when animals live in dirty conditions, making them more susceptible to infections and viruses, which can also be triggered by insufficient cleansing of slaughterhouses that must be hosed down and completely sanitized after each act of butchery. He thinks that drugs should not be a requirement if the farmers keep things tidy.

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A Veggie Leather Alternative Researchers from Iowa State University have developed a new form of synthetic leather using cellulose fibers taken from kombucha tea, along with vinegar and sugar, made in shallow plastic tanks. When a colony of bacteria and yeast is added, the material grows on the top of the liquid’s surface, where it can be harvested and dried. The researchers have successfully used the material to make prototype garments, including shoes and a vest. It’s 100 percent biodegradable, so when the fabric gets wet, it softens and becomes less durable; in very low temperatures, it can become brittle. Young-A Lee, Ph.D., associate professor of apparel, merchandising and design at Iowa State University, in Ames, says, “Fashion, to most people, is an ephemeral expression of culture, art and technology, manifesting itself in practical form. Fashion companies keep producing new materials and clothing, from season to season, year to year, to fulfill consumers’ desires and needs. Think about where these items eventually go. They will take up tremendous underground spaces of the Earth, like other trash.” Spanish designer Carmen Hijosa has created Piñatex, another faux-leather product made from pineapple leaf fibers as a more sustainable and cruelty-free alternative. She acted after seeing how leather tanneries operate. Source: 16

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magine an exercise system that strengthens the body enough to be used in training world-class athletes, stretches more safely than any form of yoga and expands the core training concepts of Pilates into natural full-body movements like those used in everyday reaching and walking, along with jumping and swimming. This is the Gyrotonic system,” says Angela Crowley, a Gyrotonic master teacher, trainer and exercise spa owner in Coral Gables, Florida. A former gymnast and dancer, Crowley took to the Gyrotonic approach after being severely injured in an automobile accident. “Traditional physical therapy only addressed certain aspects without bringing me back to normal,” she says. “Running and yoga felt intolerable. Gyrotonic exercises became a perfect bridge. I was able to rehabilitate safely while challenging myself to return to normal expectations and now, beyond.” The system of fluid movements leverages specially designed equipment that can be customized for every individual.

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“The Gyrotonic system combines elements from many different modalities into three-dimensional, circular movements. A primary focus is on all the different motions of the spine and how to create rhythmic, flowing movement within the entire body,” says Stefani Schrimpf, Gyrotonic instructor and studio owner of Physiques, in Overland Park, Kansas. “The exercises strengthen, lengthen and stretch muscles, while stimulating connective tissues around the joints. They also improve balance, flexibility and coordination. This system allows you to push beyond specific limitations and to isolate and fine tune movement skills,” says Schrimpf. While a Gyrotonic workout has similarities to yoga and Pilates, it is also unique. According to Melissa Jutras, a Pilates instructor, weightlifting coach, personal trainer and gym/studio owner of Big Blue Strength, in Lexington, Kentucky, “Hatha yoga is a series of static postures, whereas Pilates and Gyrotonic movements focus on flow, using equipment to enhance core strength, stability, control, coordination and flexibility. The difference is that Gyrotonic exercises works on three dimensions with every circular movement, like the body naturally moves. It uses weights and a pulley system, whereas Pilates is more linear and uses spring tension.” Jutras believes the Gyrotonic system, Pilates and yoga all complement weightlifting and strength training, affording a mind-body balance. “The body then experiences low- and high-threshold exercise, low-intensity and high-intensity, weight-bearing and non-weight-bearing activity,” she says. Crowley sees the Gyrotonic approach complementing virtually any activity. “The exercises help practitioners learn how to move more efficiently, easily, powerfully, gracefully and successfully in every facet of life.” The method is also offered without equipment in the form of Gyrokinesis, a flowing class done on a chair, mat and standing. This affordable option can be practiced independently at home. “My youngest client is 7, my oldest is 94,” relates Crowley. “We have clients that have become bored by repetitive exercise and enjoy the limitless variations of movements that keep both their minds and muscles alert. We have chronic pain clients that have exhausted other medical options and are improving their ability to function more optimally and enjoying their lives again.” Both Schrimpf and her husband, Juan Trujillo, teach the Gyrotonic method. “Our greatest reward is the feedback we get. Once people try it, they’re hooked,” she says. “It transforms how people think about movement and brings a sense of joy and accomplishment. They feel their joints becoming more supple and balanced, and find their bodies responding well to the natural movement patterns.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and consultant for the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at

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octor of Osteopathic Medicine Joseph Mercola has practiced as a board-certified family physician for more than 30 years. His educational website, Mercola. com, has been the most visited natural health site for the past 12 years, with 12 million unique visitors each month. His three New York Times bestsellers include Effortless Healing.

With today’s overload of conflicting health information—and the temptation to self-diagnose—how can we accurately assess our status in terms of optimal wellness? One of the major principles I strongly embrace is to listen to your body and adjust your lifestyle based on the feedback it’s providing you. The seven clinically proven gauges I advise you to assess now and continue to monitor every six months or so are fasting insulin level (normal is less than five micro-international units per milliliter of blood; ideal is less than three); vitamin D level (normal is 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter); waist-to-hip ratio (ideal for men, 0.8; for women, 0.7); body fat percentage (fitness level for women is 21 to 24 percent; for men, 14 to 17 percent); HDL to total cholesterol ratio (ideally 24 to 30 percent or higher); blood pressure (ideal numbers are 120 over 80 systolic/diastolic without medication); and uric acid level (ideal is three to five

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I’m convinced that for the typical American, the most important health step to take is to stop drinking soda, sports drinks, fruit juices or artificially flavored and sweetened waters and replace them with pure water. Most people are now aware that sodas are laced with processed sugars like high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, but many don’t know that their favorite sport and vitamin drinks contain these sweeteners plus a host of frightening extras, including toxic chemicals like chlorine, fluoride, phthalates, BPA [bisphenol A] and disinfection byproducts.

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What role do carbohydrates play? Carbs are a far dirtier fuel than fat and generate far more reactive oxygen species than fat. Some 70 years of following low-fat diet recommendations has resulted in the vast majority of dieters losing the ability to burn fat as their primary fuel. One of the most powerful strategies to regain this ability is to start a practice of regular intermittent fasting, restricting your eating window to six to 14 hours a day and fast the rest of the day.

Spending time outside with bare feet in contact with the ground even for short periods can yield significant benefits. It’s even better to do it with the sun shining on your bare skin. The Earth is an abundant source of free electrons, and when the sun shines on your skin a vital biological circuit forms that helps transfer energy to water throughout the body, which serves as a cellular battery. Albert Einstein won a Nobel Prize for describing this process, called the photoelectric effect. Reducing the length of time sitting each day and regularly moving is even more important for most of us than getting regular exercise. A good rule of thumb is to stand up every 15 minutes or so.

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After women reach a r. Jewel Amui certain age, blood flow to found it her purintimate areas decreases pose to serve and making it difficult to enjoy help women from a very being sensual with their young age. This desire to partner. The licensed gyenhance women’s lives necologist and president led to her studies in medof the South Jersey Medicine, and she eventually ical Association stresses opened her own private that women shouldn’t be practice, Women for shy about such an imWomen Medical Associates, in Marlton, New portant aspect of life, but embrace it instead while Jersey, which centers on Dr. Jewel Amui giving themselves the gynecology with a focus proper attention they deserve. on fertility and hormonal disorders. The positive outcomes that stem Her mission to help women wasn’t from enjoying intimate life throughout limited to fertility and the occasional menopause led her in the path of Mona gynecological visit. Amui makes it her Lisa Touch Therapy. This unique and virgoal to help women in every facet of tually painless therapy is meant for the their lives, including those areas that woman in great physical and mental may seem far from reach such as a discomfort due to low estrogen levels. healthy sex life.

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r. James M. Tighe has always considered himself to be the “Luckiest Irishman” alive. This might seem unusual coming from someone who suffered from dental amalgam mercury poisoning for more than a decade before discovering the underlying cause of his illness.  “I was experiencing a myriad of vague symptoms and sought the help of brilliant specialists that after ordering every blood test imaginable, essentially threw their hands up in the air providing no answers whatsoever,” he says.   Among the symptoms he experienced were chronic fatigue, brain fog, confusion, poor memory, difficulty concentrating, painful muscles and swollen joints, anxiety, depression, mood swings, thyroid and adrenal dysfunction as well as insulin, leptin and difficulty

in losing weight. He felt like he was about to “go mad” when the elusive diagnosis arrived in the mail. The Poison in Your Teeth by Tom McGuire, DDS, was sent to him by a local Biological Dentist and arrived in his mailbox during a July heat wave in 2011. Upon reading it cover to cover in a weekend, Tighe discovered that like the “Mad Hatters” of the 19th century who suffered neurological disorders from using elemental mercury to turn leather into felt, he too had suffered mercury poisoning from dental amalgams and having them unsafely removed by his general dentist more than a decade earlier. The kicker was that dental amalgams continuously leach mercury vapor from the teeth into the mouth where it gets absorbed into the oral mucosa, circula-

tion and easily crosses the blood brain barrier where it prefers to combine with other heavy metals like lead, aluminum, arsenic and cadmium just to name a few. The leaching of mercury from amalgams increases substantially with any type of stimulation such as chewing, brushing teeth and consuming hot or cold liquids.  To make matters worse, mercury is a “stealth invader” similar to a computer virus that can hide unseen in plain sight and quietly live in every cell of your body and suddenly forcefully strike your very core. It serves as a non-discriminating event planner inviting other unhealthy cells such as toxic mold, parasites and Lyme spirochetes as they feast on you, their human host. Further, unlike any other time in history, today’s humans are constantly being bombarded by poisonous manmade chemicals and heavy metals via air, food and water. What’s happening in Flint, Michigan, is happening everywhere in America simultaneously as our aging water pipeline infrastructure is decaying and our water is being poisoned with heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals.  Family farms have all but disappeared and during the last century while today’s corporate farmers with their chemical fertilizers, GMO seeds and herbicides have become “agricultural terrorists” spraying cancer-causing agents on the food they grow to feed the masses.  Tighe began his own health journey that encompassed 15 states during five years in search of a wholebody detoxification program that worked. He found it in a program appropriately named True Cellular Detox that delivered what it promised. In fact, he became the first client and was so transformed that he now offers it to his own patients at Hilltop Healing. “I’ve gone from pain to purpose and I’m on a mission to offer healing, hope and health to every person in search of a better future. We each live and die at the cellular level and I make no apologies telling anyone, ‘If it isn’t True Cellular Detox, it isn’t really detox.’” Hilltop Healing is located at 105 Berry Lane in Sewell. For more information or to make an appointment, call 856-4683509, email HilltopHealingllc@gmail. com or visit


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e are never fully present while our efforts are motivated by a consumer oriented mentality. To truly “be present” we need to learn to stop doing things for its usefulness or its rewards. To do anything including mindfulness, meditation, or yoga, in order to get something out of it is the way of the world. Until the caterpillar renounces the way of the caterpillar, no butterfly. ~ Seijaku Roshi I often think about a dear friend of mine who one day joined me for lunch at a local diner. We sat down and reviewed the menu and then ordered our meals. I watched him order the fried clam basket and curly fries. He then asked the waitress to bring him a “Diet Coke.” I asked him, “Do you like drinking Diet Coke?” He replied, “I’m trying to lose some weight.” There is a Zen saying, “A day of lying and stealing, meditation will not cure.” Dieting for the body or as in Zen training, for the mind, is holistic. I regularly warn students and guests that spirituality is not a supplement to one’s existing unhealthy behaviors. Anyone in the field of nutrition or physical training will tell you no matter what you do at the gym, if you never change your eating habits or diet, forget about losing weight. No matter what supplements or vitamins you take, or even if you drink a “Diet Coke.”

Spirituality without “renunciation” is not possible. Since ancient times the monk and the pilgrim, before stepping on to the path, “renounced the ways of the world”. The author Orest Bedrij writes, “To know God without being God-like is like trying to swim without entering the water.” Spirit takes us beyond what is reasonable, calling us from the familiar to the unfamiliar. We must be willing to walk the path where “angels dare to go,” and where ancient pilgrims made their way “through the valley of the shadow of death.” Studying Zen or one of the many yoga styles or applying mindfulness techniques just whenever we feel stressed does not heal us or awaken the butterfly. Embodying the Spirit, becoming Godlike, does.

The world will change only when we chose to become the new world. The obstacles which stand between us and that world will collapse when we love unconditionally until they do. We must not only embrace the notion of our Divinity, we must embody the Divine. I tell everyone, “You don’t have to become a monk to live like a monk. But you have to live like one.” It’s March, try marching to the beat of Spirit. I love you. Seijaku Roshi is the founder and spiritual director of The Zen Society, Pine Wind Zen Community, located at 863 McKendimen Rd., in Shamong, NJ. He is a Zen-Buddhist Monk, parent, author, life coach and abbot. For more information, visit

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aye Weber is on a upset with my mom mission to spread when she said no.” the spiritual knowlAs an adult, she edge that she has gained now gets to share that through intuition and exempathy and compasperience to inspire others sion for others through to evolve and awaken her intuitive guidance, into their divine potential. mediumship and healFaye Weber Having been very ing sessions. aware of her intuitive and mediumship As an Intuitive Medium, AADP abilities since the age of 6, Weber has Board Certified Holistic Health Practibeen practicing spirituality and metaphys- tioner, Certified Reiki Master Teacher, ics since 1998. After working with other Certified Past Life Regression Practitioner holistic practitioners to resolve some and Licensed Angel Therapy Practitioner, issues of her own, it was suggested that Weber is qualified and fully prepared to she start working with the Archangels to guide others on the path to finding their further assist her along her life path. She life purpose and creating a positive shift asked Archangel Michael to help her find in their consciousness. her life purpose, and within a day, she Often seeing clients who feel began to research holistic healing schools “trapped” in life, she provides intuitive which would soon lead her to opening guidance and healing to release blockher own practice at Genesis Spiritual ages and create change. As a Spirit Healing & Metaphysical Center. Medium, she brings peace and comfort Born and raised in Palmyra, New to those seeking a connection with their Jersey, she had always felt a strong sense loved ones in Spirit. Clients that also of empathy for other people with a deexperience fertility issues and physical sire to bring them compassion and heal- health problems, including cancer, seek ing. She says, “I remember when I was relief through Weber’s healing services. about 7, I had seen an infomercial on TV Weber believes that her inner where you could sponsor starving and strengths are guiding others to see life from neglected children in Africa. I wanted to a deeper perspective, as well as helping help the little boy that was depicted, so I them to gain clarity and insight into their called the hotline and told them I wantcircumstances, revealing the truth about ed to help. They told me I needed an each situation that they were not able to adult with a credit card, but they would see on their own. With an emphasis on send me information so I could share it trying to stay balanced emotionally and with my parents and get them to sign up. energetically, she suggests that spiritual When the package arrived, I was very protection, chakra and aura clearing, and

private healing sessions such as reiki, will help to maintain energy. Providing quality services and an honest personality, clients say that they feel they have gained a friend by the end of their sessions. Most of her clients return as students to her school, Genesis Spiritual Healing Academy, to then develop their own abilities as intuitives or healers. Her school is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and she is the only teacher in the local area who teaches both Reiki levels one and two in one day with no waiting period until their Master class. She also teaches intuitive development and other holistic and metaphysical classes. She notes, “I feel that my one-day classes are beneficial to the students. This way, a student does not have to return repeatedly to obtain their information, and they can begin practicing what they have learned immediately.” Her philosophy on life comes from the soul. She states, “Earth is our school; we are all here to learn. Our souls are eternal and all-knowing, yet when we incarnate into a physical body, we tend to forget who we are and where we

came from and how divine we are.” In addition, she says, “By knowing our obstacles in life are just opportunities for the soul to grow, our negative experiences become trivial, which results in less stress and less attachment, allowing us to live more joyously and soulfully.”

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Fortunately, food allergies that trigger such a dramatic, fast, immune response are fairly rare, particularly in adults. “Most of what we’re seeing today is an uptick in food sensitivities and intolerances, terms that are often used interchangeably to describe foods that are not digested well and can challenge the immune system,” says Solana Beach, California, nutrition and fitness expert JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet. Newark, Delaware, medical doctor and allergist Junfang Jiao, Ph.D., attests to increased levels of testing for food allergies and sensitivities in recent years. “I can’t say there are more allergies or sensitivities, but more doctors are aware of the wide-ranging symptoms and more people are getting referred for testing,” he reports. Many experts agree on at least one underlying cause behind the trend—a widely studied condition called leaky

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omplaints of digestive upsets, brain fog, headaches, relentless food cravings and unrelieved stress appear to be at epidemic levels these days. “These symptoms may be part of newfound awareness of the wide-ranging and seemingly unrelated health problems caused by food sensitivities and intolerances, which are different from food allergies,” explains microbiologist Kiran Krishnan, from Chicago.

Food Allergies

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The symptoms of food allergies in adults and children, often including hives, rashes and itching, can range from being annoying to life threatening. For extremely sensitive people, the tiniest fragment of a peanut or a bee sting, exposure to latex gloves or certain medications like penicillin can cause such a sudden strong allergic reaction that it results in anaphylaxis, which makes breathing passages swell shut. If untreated, such extreme allergies can even prove fatal, which is why people with severe allergies carry the antidote epinephrine (adrenaline) with them. Food allergies are diagnosed by blood and/or skin testing under the supervision of a medical professional, usually a doctor of medicine, osteopathy or naturopathy. Effective treatment, which must be customized to the individual, typically entails avoidance of allergy triggers.

gut, characterized by intestinal permeability. Microscopic pinholes in an unhealthy small intestine can allow undigested nutrients to pass through intestinal walls, triggering mild immune responses, inflammation and, potentially, the onset of some diseases. Theories of what causes leaky gut are diverse and sometimes contradictory but experts recommend consulting a medical professional if one suffers from food sensitivities. Each individual is unique, so there is no “blanket solution” for everyone. Dysbiosis: Leaky gut is often caused by an imbalance in “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria, sometimes called dysbiosis, says Krishnan. It can be brought on by the use of antibiotics, antibiotic residues in meats and dairy products or a diet high in sugar and processed foods. Most interesting, he believes, is the discovery that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killer


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Roundup used on genetically modified (GMO) corn and soy crops, contributes to dysbiosis, as verified by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists in a study published in Interdisciplinary Toxicology. They concluded with a plea to world governments to reconsider policies regarding the safety of glyphosate residues in foods. GMOs: While this issue has been less widely analyzed, a 1996 study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that the Bacillus thuringiensis toxin added to Monsanto’s GMO corn crops to kill pests is not destroyed during human digestion. Danish researchers at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University suggested it may damage cells of the intestinal lining. Gluten: “Gluten causes leaky gut,” says Port Jefferson, New York, naturopathic doctor Doni Wilson, author of The Stress Remedy, voicing one side of the controversy based on her review of scientific literature. She’s concluded, “Whether you are sensitive to it or not, gluten increases the production of zonulin, which can result in damage to intestinal walls and cause the cells on the outside of the intestines to set off an immune response to anything that passes through. In this condition, what we’re eating—cheese, milk, eggs, corn, soy—is leaking through the gut lining, triggering an immune response and potentially creating multiple food sensitivities.” Wilson also notes that in her clinical experience, only about half of her patients with gluten sensitivities complain of digestive issues. “I’ve found that gluten causes the immune cells on the outside of the small intestine to affect the nervous system, causing headaches, anxiety, depression and insomnia,” she says. Her findings are backed by research from the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Celiac Research and Italy’s University of Catania. The same researchers confirm that non-celiac gluten sensitivity or intolerance can also foster depression; a University of Cincinnati study published in the journal Headache links gluten and headaches. Other proteins in wheat can be problematic, advises Fiona McCulloch, a Toronto doctor of naturopathy, citing a study presented at the annual European Gastroenterology Conference, in Vienna,

As a gluten tolerance test, substitute an amount of non-gluten carbohydrates for the same amount of gluten-containing products. For example, instead of two pieces of bread, substitute three-quarters of a cup of brown rice—a rough equivalent in carbohydrate content. A positive difference in hunger, cravings and energy levels when gluten is eliminated indicates a condition of gluten intolerance. ~Fiona McCulloch last October. The report showed that a family of proteins called amylase trypsin inhibitors can lead to the development of inflammation in tissues beyond the gut, including the lymph nodes, kidneys, spleen and brain. Glyphosate residues can be a factor in gluten intolerance. Although wheat crops produced in the U.S. are not yet genetically modified, many non-organic wheat crops are sprayed with glyphosate to promote rapid drying, according to the Environmental Working Group. Inadequate digestive enzymes: Lactose intolerance is the most common result of missing digestive enzymes like lactase, according to the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Avoiding milk products may relieve digestive distress for some.

Eliminate Items, Then Challenge

Most experts believe the easiest way to deal with food sensitivities is to stop eating the food in question. The so-called “elimination and challenge” diet, which has been in use for decades, is effective, free and addresses the foods responsible for common food intolerances, says Virgin.

Simply avoid the food of concern completely for at least three weeks, then eat a small amount of it and catalog the results. For some people, it may only take a couple of hours for symptoms to return after eating a piece of bread, cup of milk, an egg or bit of tofu. Virgin’s seven-food challenge is a bit more rigorous, but improves feelings of general well-being so readily that many people don’t even want to bring back the eliminated foods because they feel so much better, she says. Her threeweek diet completely eliminates the most common food sensitivity triggers: gluten-containing foods (largely wheat), dairy, eggs, soy, corn, peanuts, sugar and artificial sweeteners. “When I say eliminate these foods 100 percent, I mean it,” cautions Virgin. “You need to give your immune system at least that much time to cool off.” She adds, “You can do anything such as this for just three weeks.” Virgin also recommends the elimination diet for weight loss because it helps overcome food cravings triggered by the immune system response and leptin resistance, leveraging the hormone that turns off the body’s hunger signals, a finding confirmed by independent studies performed by Sweden’s Lund University and Italy’s University of Palermo. She’s also documented other positive effects through her own research and experience with participants in her programs, including improvements in energy, focus, joint pain, skin clarity and bloating, all in the designated short time frames.

Other Approaches

People with food sensitivities may be able to tolerate occasional indulgences in their trigger foods once they’ve healed their digestive systems, notes Krishnan. Probiotics can help, especially those encapsulated in spores so they can pass through the barrage of stomach acid and reach the small intestine where they are most needed. Krishnan’s research, to be published this spring, showed that half of otherwise healthy young people suffering from leaky gut had a dramatic reduction of symptoms by taking a spore-forming probiotic Bacillus indicus product for 30 days. After the healing period, sensitive people may be able

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to eat small amounts of certain foods with the assistance of dietary aids and supplements, adds McCulloch. Get dirty: Johns Hopkins University research has shown that kids raised in an excessively hygienic environment experience much higher rates of allergies and sensitivities. University of Wisconsin researchers found that youths growing up in households that are less than obsessively sanitary among four or five other people and dogs will strengthen and challenge their immune systems as they mature. Adults need to challenge their immune systems, too, says Krishnan. Eat organic and fermented foods: A widely varied diet helps spread out the immune system challenges of trigger foods. Organic foods don’t contain glyphosate and other potentially harmful chemicals; fermented foods contain digestive enzymes. Eat prebiotics: Raw onions, garlic, leeks and asparagus are prebiotics. They help feed probiotic bacteria and improve gut health. Block sensitivity triggers: Many people with lactose intolerance are able to consume dairy products if they use lactase, the enzyme that helps digest lactose. Similarly, some people with gluten intolerance find they can eat moderate amounts of wheat products with protein supplements like lectin, carb blockers and digestive enzymes that help break down the gluten molecules, according to Virgin. Supplements that might help: Glucomannan (konjac or elephant yam fiber) contributes to a feeling of fullness and stabilizes blood sugar, says McCulloch. She also recommends the amino acid L-glutamine and digestive enzymes to assist in gut healing. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books. Connect at

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Thumbs-Up on Fats Good Fat Doesn’t Make Us Fat by Judith Fertig


n an era of too much information, the role of fats in our diet has been a victim of not enough information. Today’s turnaround in nutritional thinking acknowledges natural fats as being vital to heart health and weight loss.

Heart Health Benefit

A recent metastudy in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American College of Physicians, concluded that saturated fat does not appear to increase heart disease risk, overturning almost 60 years of accepted medical thought. The researchers analyzed data from 76 studies involving more than 600,000 people and found that those that ate the most saturated, or “bad”, fat did not show a higher risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those that ate the least. Note that processed trans fats remain a villain, still deemed a risk to heart health per the metastudy.

The misleading information began in the 1950s, when physiologist Ancel Keys, Ph.D., discovered a correlation between diets high in saturated fats and higher cholesterol levels. Soon, the low-fat diet was born.  In 2000, further research introduced the concepts of good and bad fats. More recent analysis confirmed this finding with the refinement that saturated fats increase both types

of cholesterol. However, the latest research from the journal BMJ shows that saturated fat does not increase the number of LDL, or “bad”, particles, a predictor of cardiovascular disease. Instead, it makes existing LDL particles larger, a fairly benign situation in regard to such disease.

Weight Loss Benefit

Fat doesn’t even make you fat, claims Mark Hyman, a well-known medical doctor in Lenox, Massachusetts, and author of Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant Health. “The theory that all calories have the same impact on your weight and metabolism remains one of the most persistent nutrition myths,” says this practitioner of functional medicine who points out that we’ve been sidetracked by wrong thinking. “Eating fat can make you lean. Healthy cell walls made from high-quality fats are better able to metabolize insulin, which keeps blood sugar better regulated. Without proper blood sugar control, the body socks away fat for a rainy day. The right fats also increase fat burning, diminish hunger and reduce fat storage,” he notes. Whole30, a 30-day diet revolving around clean eating, also emphasizes healthy fats. Devised in 2009 by Dallas Hartwig, a functional medicine practitioner and certified sports nutritionist, and Melissa Hartwig, a certified sports nutritionist, the program aims to reduce inflammation, detoxify the body and reset metabolism. The Salt Lake City,

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Utah, authors of the New York Times bestselling The Whole30 recommend healthy fats to keep us full and rev up metabolism. Recommended healthy fats include coconut milk and oil, avocados, olive oil, organic ghee (clarified butter) and raw nuts. Josh Axe, a natural medicine practitioner and clinical nutritionist in Nashville, Tennessee, recommends the healthy fats contained in avocados, organic butter and ghee from grass-fed cows and goats, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds and flax seeds. “Butter’s experiencing a comeback as a healthy fat as its benefits become more widely known,” says Axe. “The omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in butter help the brain function properly and improve skin health.” Ghee, an ancient Indian version of butter, is lactose- and casein-free, while being loaded with fat-soluble vitamins A, D and E, says Axe. These vitamins are best absorbed by the body when they’re in a fat substance and then stored in the gastrointestinal tract, keeping metabolism and digestion on track, he notes. Ghee’s high level of vitamin K2, best known as a natural blood coagulator, “also helps strengthen bones, while the fatty acids found in it improve digestion and reduce inflammation.”

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“If you’re active, about 40 percent of your calories should come from carbohydrates, another 30 percent from protein and the other 30 percent from fat in general,” says Axe, adding that this has the added benefit of helping prevent arteriosclerosis. “Some people may consume a greater percentage of healthy fats if the goal is to become a fat burner.” “There is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss and health,” Hyman reminds us. “Low-carb, higher-fat diets work for most people, but for some, they may not be optimal in the long term.” Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 Gentle Vinyasa Yoga Series – Mondays, Mar 1-Apr 5. 9:30-10:30am. With Karen Barkan. Class will focus on how to enhance general health and wellbeing, and how to live better in your body. $60/series. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Yoga Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Green Drinks – 6-8pm. Networking focused on creating a sustainable South Jersey community. More info & location: 609-238-3449 or A Course in Spirituality: The Path of the Spiritual Warrior – 7-9pm. A continuing course designed to inform and enlighten participants on living authentic spiritual lives in the world. Suggestion donation $15 for those not registered for the series. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

THURSDAY, MARCH 2 Group Channeling with Medium, Lisa Miliaresis – 7-9pm. Join Lisa as she demonstrates channeling in a gallery setting and have the opportunity to connect to loved ones who live on the other side. $50. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Register: or

FRIDAY, MARCH 3 Yoga with the Beatles – 6-7:15pm. Join Jimmy Sell in this special class designed for all shapes and sizes. Focusing on yoga postures, breathing, meditation, relaxation and philosophy, enjoy the classic and timeless music of the Beatles as a backdrop. $10. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 Yoga For True Beginners Six-Wk Series – Saturdays, Mar 4-Apr 8. 11am-12pm. Learn the basic poses, breathing practices and yoga philosophy that bring peace of mind, improved flexibility and increase strength and vitality. $60/series. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Animal Welfare Association Adoption Event – 12-4pm. Come meet some of our adorable, adoptable pets. Bring happiness home. Petco Turnersville, 141 Tuckahoe Rd, Ste 130, Sewell. 856-424-2288. Kirtan for Peace in Challenging Times – 7pm. Join celebrated chant artist Yvette Om & friends for an unforgettable experience of peace through mantra and music. Yvette’s music and chanting open the gates within the heart, allowing for theDivine within to shine. $20/pre-register, $25/at

door if available. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

SUNDAY, MARCH 5 Reiki Levels 1 & 2 Certification Class – 11am6pm. Both levels in a 1-day class. Become attuned to both levels, learn history and principles of reiki, chakra and aura scanning, self-healing and healing others, distant healing, and give first reiki session. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Genesis Interpretive Trail Hike – 1:30-2:30pm. Join an RNC naturalist for an interpretive hike through our varied habitats. Pace is easy and suitable for adults and teenagers. Free, but donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495,

TUESDAY, MARCH 7 Yin Yoga with April – 7:30-8:45pm. Yin Yoga is passive yoga where we sink into postures for extended intervals. These longer held poses of yin yoga eases flexibility to connective tissue, cultivating ‘core flexibility’ and restores the body and mind. $15 or use class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8 Hands-on Bike Maintenance: Intermediate – 6:30-8:30pm. Join our expert bike mechanics to learn about what makes up your drive train as well as how to inspect, maintain and adjust the front & rear derailleurs to make sure your ride is as smooth as possible. Bring own bike. $40/ member, $60/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. marlton.html. Dharma Teaching, Conversation and Tea – 7-9pm. Includes a period of quiet contemplation and reflection and a teaching followed by conversation over a cup of tea. Suggested donation $10. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

THURSDAY, MARCH 9 Seed Circle Library: Time to Get Growing – 7pm. March is a time to start plants like tomatoes and peppers. Join South Jersey Seed Circle Library for a presentation on plant propagation; learn how to germinate seeds and start plants from cuttings. The seed library will be open, available, and has new seeds. Free. Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. For more info, 856-425-2221 or

Eden Energy Medicine Study Group – 7-8:30pm. Learn Donna Eden’s Daily Routine and other techniques to keep your energies balanced and healthy. Based on Eden’s Energy Medicine book, led by Elsie Kerns and Paula Anderson, EEM Advanced Practitioners. No prior experience needed. $15. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info, Paula: 856-222-9444 or

FRIDAY, MARCH 10 New Jersey Pinelands Commission Monthly Meeting – 9:30am. The Pinelands Commission is the state agency that oversees conservation and development within the Pinelands boundaries. They hold a regular monthly meeting that is open to the public. 15 Springfield Rd, Pemberton. Pinelands Preservation Alliance: 609-8598860. Agenda:

SATURDAY, MARCH 11 Zen Circle: The Ease and Joy of Being Present – 8:30am-12:30pm. Half-day meditation retreat for both beginners and seasoned meditators offering quiet and stillness to deepen your practice. Includes dharma teaching. Registration required. $25. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. 28th Annual Pinelands Short Course – 9am3:45pm. Featuring 38 educational presentations that explore the unique history, ecology and culture of the Pinelands. New, guided tour of the Mullica River watershed. $40, $35/seniors (65+) & students. Stockton University, Galloway Township. More info & registration: 609-8947300 x 125 or Treasure Mapping Angel Card Readings – 9:30am-12:30pm. Take your Angel card readings to the next level. Kathy Milano provides mentoring and practice to bolster intuitive capacity and confidence with the Treasure Mapping technique. All new workshop. All levels welcome. $44. Soul Sanctuary, 110 Marter Ave, Ste 206, Moorestown. 856-778-1981. Embracing Your Intuitive Gifts – 11am-6pm. Learn to develop intuitive abilities and how to give professional intuitive readings through photo reading, psychometry and reading for fellow students. Includes meditation to meet spirit guides and more. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Zen Circle: The Way of Zen – 1-4pm. Dedicated to refining and defining the Way of Zen and living a Zen-inspired life. Teachings include Zen etiquette, chanting, and “oryoki” or the art bringing mindfulness to eating. Donation appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

SUNDAY, MARCH 12 Eckankar HU Song and Worship Service – 10am-12pm. Come learn about, experience and share the spiritual insights and upliftment gained by singing HU, a love song to God. It will be followed by the Worship Service that includes a reading, singing HU, followed by a discussion on this month’s topic: Facing Life’s Challenges

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as Soul. Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 609-261-0019. 12th Annual Lines on the Pines – 11am-4pm. Meet Pine Barrens authors, artists and artisans. Over 50 talented Pine Barrens artists will be on hand to sign their books, display their artwork or craft, play their music and in general, share their love of the Pine Barrens. Renault Winery, 72 N Bremen Ave, Egg Harbor. More info: Lines Rebirth: Seeds for Growth: Candlelight Restorative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. With Linda Sheehan. Let go, look in and center yourself. Go deep with gentle supported poses using bolsters, blankets and pillows. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Mindfulness Meditation for Experienced Meditators – 6:15-7:30pm. With Linda Townshend. 2nd Sun each month. An opportunity to deepen and reconnect with your practice and spend time with like-minded individuals who share the desire to live a more centered and mindful life. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.

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Spiritual Wisdom Discussion Class – 3-4pm. Learn techniques to open your awareness of your spiritual life beyond the physical. Join us in this month’s topic: Spiritual Wisdom on Prayer, Meditation and Contemplation. Free. Moorestown Community House, 16 E Main St, Moorestown. More info: 609-261-0019.  Composition for Outdoor Photographers – 6:308:30pm. Learn how to make your photographic story more compelling using the rule of thirds, leading lines, when to choose vertical or horizontal and the elements of image composition. $30/member, $50/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. stores/marlton.html.


Why Shop Organic? – 7pm. Join us as Carol Shapcott, representative from Whole Foods Market, shares what makes WF unique from other shopping experiences. Learn: Why shop organic? How to read a label and why “shopping local” is important. Hosted by Women’s Wellness Connection of SJ. Sponsored by DeCotiis Chiropractic Wellness. Free. LourdesCare, 1 Brace Rd, Cherry Hill. RSVP, Judy: 609-2212285 or

How to Explore Greater Philadelphia’s Circuit Trails Network – 6:30-8pm. The Circuit Trails is one of America’s largest multi-use trail network that connects people to jobs, communities, parks and waterways in the 9-county region. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.

Soshin: Beginner’s Mind Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Includes instruction on zen meditation, mindfulness practices and zendo etiquette. Designed for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Suggested donation $5. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.



SJLWT Annual Dinner Fundraiser – 6-9pm. An evening of delicious food, excellent company, and a fine art auction with pieces donated from dozens of local South Jersey artists. All proceeds benefit SJLWT’s ongoing programs. $40. Auletto’s Banquet Hall, 1849 Cooper St, Deptford Tickets: Designing Your Backyard Eco-Orchard – 7pm. Horticultural Society of South Jersey presents Robyn Mello, Orchard Director for The Philadelphia Orchard Project and Owner of Edenspore, LLC to talk about the fundamentals of eco-orchard design touching on soil building, plant niches and pest and disease management. Go home with a berry cutting for a small dona-

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GMO Free NJ Meeting – 7pm. Open discussion on practical ways to create greater sustainability and sovereignty in day to day life. Free. Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. For more info, 856-425-2221 or

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 Laughter Yoga – 7-8pm. A simple, yet uplifting practice of breathing and laughing that releases happy chemicals. Let’s come together in community and solidarity to help cultivate world peace through laughter, connection and joy. Offered monthly. $13/drop-in $10/senior, student. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.

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Shoreline Cleanup and Trail Stewardship Day – 8:30am-12pm. Will be doing a cleanup of the shoreline where marine debris threatens the health of wildlife and humans. Also blazing a trail for use by schools and other visiting groups. Registration required online by Mar 15. Free. Petty Island, 36th St & Harrison Ave, Pennsauken Township. More info: Kelly.Wenzel@ Register: pettys-island-shoreline-cleanup-and-trail-stewardship-day-tickets-30902922473. Vernal Pool Walk at Wharton State Forest – 10am-1pm. View a short presentation on vernal pools, of great ecological importance to many Pinelands species, then take a walk to see these pools, some of which have been irreparably damaged by illegal off-road vehicle activity. Free/SJLWT members, $3/nonmember. Meet at Atsion Mansion, Rte 206, Shamong, across the street from Atsion Lake. RSVP: MHogan@ REI Garage Sale – 10am-2pm. Find slightly used or returned gear and clothing for less than what you’d pay for it new. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. html. Naturalist-Led Saturday Walk – 10:3011:30am. Join an RNC naturalist for a themed hike around the preserve. Suitable for adults and interested teenagers. Free, but donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-2612495, Embracing Your Gift of Mediumship – 11am6pm. Learn how to develop your gift as a medium and provide professional mediumship sessions. Learn about spirit guides, how to connect to the spirit world, and deliver loving messages from loved ones on the other side. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Volunteer Information Session – 2pm. Our volunteers are truly the lifeblood of the organization. Join us to learn valuable skills while helping us to accomplish our mission. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Register: BowlaThon for Love Orphanage – 2-4pm. Be a difference maker and have a blast bowling. Proceeds help build a library and provide Culture Camp for the children of Love Orphanage. Bowling. Food. Basket Auction. Teams of 5. $50/

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person. Laurel Lanes, 2825 NJ-73, Maple Shade Township. 856-778-1981. For info: DocMilano@ An Evening with Seijaku Roshi – 7-9pm. Monthly zen chat offers an evening of thought-provoking, heart-opening and ultimately life-changing discussion. Pay at the door: $15/individuals, $25/spouse & partners. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

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Workday at Oldmands Creek Preserve – 10am2pm. Join SJLWT for its first Oldmans Creek Preserve workday of the new year; work will be done on the 40-acre property’s trail systems. Wear appropriate shoes; dress for the weather, bring work gloves & drinking water. Free. 21 Main St, Swedesboro. RSVP: MHogan@

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 Peace & Acceptance: A Yoga Nidra Meditation – 7:30-8:45pm. With Shelly. Yoga nidra or “yogic sleep,” is a deep meditative process using breath, relaxation, and visualization, offering healing and true balance. While resting in stillness, you are systematically guided through a visceral experience of the five layers of your being. $15. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 Women’s Backpacking Basics – 6:30-8pm. Connect with other female hikers and REI to get an overview of backpacking planning, preparation and gear in this women’s-only class. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Free Holistic Health Webinar – 7-8pm. Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging/Health Through Awareness presents Mark Butler, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert MDT, a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and McKenzie certified specialist for mechanical diagnosis and treatment. He will discuss Graded Motor Imagery for the treatment of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and other chronic pain conditions. For more info or to register: 856-596-5834 or


savethedate Annual Yoga & Mindfulness in NJ Schools Symposium – 8:30am-3pm. Hear internationally, nationally and locally recognized speakers, authors, practitioners, and educators speak to the benefits of bringing evidence and research-based yoga based movement and focused attention strategies to your schools immediately, safely and effectively. $169. Courtyard by Marriott Glassboro at Rowan University, 325 Rowan Blvd, Glassboro. More info & to register: RowanU/professional-development.

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Neck and Shoulder Series – Fridays, Mar 24-Apr 7. 6:30-8pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. 3-wk series. Relief from neck and shoulder tension and pain. $59. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.


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Bioplasmic Healing – 9:30am-3pm. With Herbert Moore, Reiki Master & Pranic Healing Practitioner. Learn how to heal the energy body superimposed in the same space as your physical body. Receive explanations, demonstrations, handouts, practical application on fellow classmates and certificate of participation. $125. Limited to 8. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeIn Cleanup at Laurel Ravine – 10am-1pm. Join SJLWT for a litter cleanup in at Laurel Ravine. Wear appropriate shoes; dress for the weather. Free. Meet near the intersection of Winding Way Rd & Timber Creek Rd, Stratford. RSVP: MHogan@ 

savethedate Made & Found Market at Rancocas Woods – 10am-4pm. A monthly (4th Sat) outdoor market featuring an eclectic mix of local handmade, vintage, and antique goods, food trucks, live music and more. Market kickoff featuring Philadelphia jazz legend Jafar Barron. 118 Creek Rd, Mt. Laurel. For vending opportunities, Michael: MadeAndFound More info: madeandfoundmkt.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 Spring Open House – 10am-5pm. Store discounts, door prize gift certificate drawing, meet the artists and vendors at Creek Mercantile. Outdoor market also with vintage, antique and handmade. Join us for a celebration of spring and creativity. 118 Creek Rd, Mount Laurel. 856-986-2323. Get Ready to Backpack – 11am-7pm. REI backpacking experts will be conducting personalized fittings to get you ready for your on-trail backpacking adventures. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.


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Reiki Level 3 Master/Teacher Certification Class – 11am-6pm. Pre-requisite: Reiki Level 2. Be attuned to the Master symbol, learn to attune others to reiki, how to incorporate crystals with reiki, advanced reiki techniques, and give first session and attunement as a Reiki Master Teacher. $365. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Genesis Amazing Animal Adaptations – 1-2pm. Learn all about the various adaptations that animals have to survive. See and touch many animal artifacts including skulls, wings and skins. All ages. $5/ person. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Advanced registration required:

Yogic Numerology Workshop – 1:30-4:30pm. With Devpreet Kaur. Learn what you came here to do and create a sense of direction. Learn Akara Numerology and create a chart. No prior experience necessary. Includes handouts and a template to chart yourself and family. $30/pre-registration, $35/at door if available. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Group Clearing and Light Grid Activation – 6-8pm. With Lisa O’Brien. Receive an energetic clearing of our human filters/programs. As we release these denser energies from the system we can also heal karmic and past life issues, as well as, family lineages. $20/pre-registered; limited space. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveIn

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 Sacred Heart Yoga – 12-2pm. With Virginia Ellen. Gentle, smooth and graceful movement which soothes the central nervous system, stills the mind and brings peace to the emotions. 25 years ago, Virginia had a near death experience and she came face to face with her teacher, Jesus. $29/advance, $35/at door. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Bike Maintenance: Trail & Roadside Repair – 6:30-8pm. Our Bike Techs will demonstrate field repairs to get you going and keep you rolling. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856810-1938.

THURSDAY, MARCH 30 Mantra & Meditation for Peace & Joy – 7-8:30pm. Immerse your voice and spirit with vibration of peace & joy for ourselves, for all beings everywhere, and the Earth. Together, we will amplify and raise the vibration of peace & joy using mantra & meditation in like-minded community. Free; donations accepted. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Jesus Predictions 2017 through Virginia Ellen – 7-9pm. Jesus will let us know what to expect in 2017 and how to rise above the destructive energy on Earth. Are you ready to bring heaven to earth and experience miracles in your life, community and the world? $35. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.

retreat MONDAY, MAY 15 Sedona Adventure Retreat – May 15-21. Join Mary and Lisa and an intimate group of like-minded people connecting our mind, body and spirit with the wisdom of the Earth, spending time in silence, play and community. Nourishing our true self and clearing what no longer serves. For more info, Lisa O’Brien: 856261-0554 or

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FOR RENT CHERRY HILL WELLNESS CENTER – Beautiful 900-sq-ft studio with hardwood floors for workshops, yoga and more. Counseling rooms available for individual therapy, body work or massage. Very reasonable monthly, daily and hourly rates available. Great location off 295, plenty of parking, local restaurants next door. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Pictures: EXCELLENT MOORESTOWN LOCATION – Professional building, plenty of parking, 1st floor. Quiet and serene center, perfect for the Healing and or Holistic Practitioner. Large room, full-time status $450/mo. For viewing, Barbara: 609-760-8410. PRIVATE PARTY’S AT YOGA FOR LIVING IN CHERRY HILL – C ​ hoose from one of our suggested themed packages, or get creative and design one of your own! Enjoy exclusive use of the space, including use of the kitchen area before and after your class or event. Parties for children and adults, bridals parties, too. Yoga for Living 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Call to discuss your special party request: 856-404-7287. More info: YOGA, PILATES, DANCE OR RELATED WORKSHOPS – Studio space for rent in Hainesport. Great location on Rte 38. 267-664-3236.

HANDMADE/VINTAGE VENDORS WANTED MADE & FOUND MARKET IN RANCOCAS WOODS – Looking for crafters and antiquers for its monthly markets! Seeking: artists, sculptors, painters, vintage/antiques, home décor, bath & body care, pottery, metalworkers, woodworkers, jewelers, collectibles, vintage/ handmade furniture, clothing, glass art, seasonal décor, photographers, etc. For details: Made

plan ahead SATURDAY, APRIL 1 Spring Clean Up at Saddler’s Woods – 9:30am1pm. Volunteers needed to remove litter, weed invasive plants, plant native species, and maintain trails. All ages. Rain or shine. Refreshments, gloves and tools provided. 250 Macarthur Blvd, Haddon Township. Pre-registration required by Mar 25:

SUNDAY, APRIL 2 The Path of the Mystic Vegan – 11am-3pm. This seminar unites veganism and metaphysical spirituality, revealing the truth of our naturally herbivorous biology, the dark reality of animal agriculture, and the negative impact of

animal exploitation on our spiritual and physical health. Vegan lunch provided. $11. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required:


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Free Intro to Mindfulness – 6:45-8:15pm. With Linda Townshend. Mindfulness-based meditation for stress reduction. Free, but pre-registration required. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.

Meditation – 10am. Joyful Gathering Spiritual Center, 215 Highlands Ave, Ste C, Haddon Township. 856-780-5826.

APRIL 7-9 3-Day Qigong Healing Event in Baltimore Join Jeff Primack and the Qi Revolution April 7, 8, and 9, for a weekend experience to learn this life-changing, healing technique. $149 for all three days. Baltimore Convention Center. Seating is Limited, register early: 800-298-8970 or Qi

Meditation for Inner Peace – 1-2pm. With Meditation Teacher, John Baker. Drop-ins welcome; no experience necessary. $10/class. Collingswood Community Center, 30 Collings Ave, Collingswood. 267-702-3817. MeditationInSouth



Spiritual, Health and Wellness Expo – 10am4pm. A blend of spirituality and professionals coming together to bring encouragement, empowerment and healing. Over 40 exhibitors including intuitive readings, energy healers, mediums, psychics, empowerment coaches, health professionals, all-natural products, tarot card readers and much more. Free seminars every half hour. $5 admission. The Falls at Doubletree by Hilton, 515 Fellowship Rd, Mt Laurel.


savethedate Stress Relief through Joyous Laughter and Mindful Movement – 1-4pm. Experience a joyful uplifting, 3-hr workshop like no other with international teacher Robert Rivest. Early registration suggested, space limited. $49 before Apr 12, $59 after. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.


savethedate Sacred Immersion Retreat with Kathy Milano – May 4-7. A weekend exploration of WholeHearted Mystical Living at Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia. Deepen within the Mystery with Divine Feminine Wisdom transmissions flowing through Kathy, Yoga and Chanting with Julie Fischer, Sacred Art with Mary Law, initiations with the Masters, meditation, chanting, dancing, energy medicine, AngelicEnergetics techniques, inspired writing, group sharing, free time in nature, and Sacred Ceremony within Spiral Matrix of Light. Dive in. Cranaleith: Northeast Philadelphia, PA. 856778-1981.

monday Sanctuary Little Kids Yoga: Ages 2-5 – 9-10:15am. Nia – 5:30-6:30pm. A non-impact cardio dance fitness class that empowers people of all shapes and sizes to find your joy of movement. $13/drop-in, $10/senior, student. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Sanctuary Big Kids Yoga: Ages 6 & Up – 6-7:15pm. With Joyce McNally. Partner poses and cooperative yoga games inspire positive peer interactions. Traditional yoga poses, flowing sequences, breathing exercises as well as deep relaxation and meditation. Class for adults going at the same time. Kid rates: $10/drop-in, $80/10-class card (valid for 3 mos). The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609953-7800. Living in Oneness – 6:30-7:30pm. 4th Mon. Discussion around the new energy concepts for the conscious shift into oneness. Learn how to make practical application of the concepts to your everyday life. Based on the book, The Oneness of It All by Maryann Pino Miller. Free. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeIn Monthly Meditation/Mini-Workshop – 6:308:30pm. 1st Mon. Explore meditation, energy education/topics and reiki. Please arrive on time so the meditation is not disturbed, and refrain from alcohol the day of the workshop. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeIn Working Session Meeting: Sustainable Haddon Heights – 7pm. 1st Mon. Meetings are open to all interested volunteers. Haddon Heights Public Library, lower level, 608 Station Ave.

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tuesday Back to Basics Yoga – 10am. With Bonnie Hart. Class begins with meditation. Then moves into simple stretches, building to postures that tone and firm the body while relaxing the mind. Each posture targets specific chakras/energy centers of the body so that the entire energy system is rebalanced. Concludes with deep relaxation. Provides stress relief and rejuvenation. Yoga for Living, 1926 Geentree Rd, Cherry Hill. More info: Mommy (or Daddy) and Me Yoga – 1010:45am. With Joyce McNally. Grab your child and try this fun and energizing yoga workout sprinkled with partner poses, cooperative games, theme activities, storytelling, music and art. Ages 2-5. Kid rates: $10/dropin, $80/10-class card (valid for 3 mos). The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. All Levels Yoga – 10:30-11:30am & 7-8pm. Also Thurs, 10:30-11:30am. All ages. All levels. Healing yoga positions, Breathing techniques and relaxation. $10. Massage by Laura, 3 Deltona Ln, Marlton. 856-287-5840. Enlightened Movement – 10:30-11:30am. Yoga and fitness meets fun. Classes are similar in format to an all-level yoga class, using custom props to enhance your experience, provide stability, and deepen postures and stretches. Most classes include simple breathing exercises and savasana. Hainesport. More info, Dan Cantor: 856-236-9416 or Postural Alignment Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Strong and balanced posture is the foundation for health. Gentle corrective exercises restores your body to proper alignment, function and balance. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Gentle Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. A practical and realistic practice, using straightforward poses and clear alignment cues to developmental and physical confidence and awareness. Class touches on the natural world and its seasonal changes. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236.

wednesday Natural Health: Fresh Organic Produce Delivery – Wed & Fri. Delivery times vary. Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood-Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. For more info: 856784-1021. Early Dawn Meditation – 5:30-6:30am. WedFri, 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th wks of month starting 3/2 & excluding 3/8. Start your day off right. Come meditate with us for the entire time or any part of it. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609268-9151.


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Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. Also held Fri. Join us for a 10-min meditation. On Wed the focus is love; on Fri, peace. Each week we raise the love and peace vibration personally and globally. Treat yourself to a mid-week refresher. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Sustainable Cherry Hill’s Green Drinks – Thru June. 6-8pm. 1st Wed. Networking focused on creating a sustainable South Jersey community. More info & location: 609-2383449 or Ancestral Healing & Ki/Qi Cultivation Training Classes with Shamanic Sounds – 7pm. Free qi energy healing and light channeling sessions also available for attendees after class. Sponsored by Mount Meru Holistic. Drop-in any week, but call to register as space may be limited. For more info see the South Jersey Qi power healing/Sacred Shaman Chants Meetup group. Call about on-going classes in Cherry Hill for qi cultivation and healing. $15-$25 donation preferred. 401 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill. Dana 856-993-1786. Meditation for Everyone – 7-8pm. With Buddhist Monk, Gen Kelsang Tenzin. Drop-ins welcome; no experience necessary. $10/class. Collingswood Community Center, 30 Collings Ave, Collingswood. 267-702-3817. Meditation In MeditationIn Lettering Arts – 7-8:30pm. With Maureen Peters. All skill levels welcome to learn the art of calligraphy and to create unique pieces using brush work, resists, embossing, stamping and more. Supplies provided. Free. Woodbury Public Library, 33 Delaware St, Woodbury. 856845-2611.

thursday Qigong – 11am-12pm. With Juhi Singhal. A moving meditation with simple mindful movements to clear, revitalize and energize your mind body and soul. $13/drop-in; discounted class cards available. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856404-7287. Sanctuary Teens Yoga: Ages 12 & Up – 4:305:30pm. With Joyce McNally. Yoga can make the world of growing up, school, SAT’s, final exams and college applications, sports seem conquerable. The practice can make you confident that regardless of how you perform in any of those departments. Kid rates: $10/drop-in, $80/10-class card (valid for 3 mos). The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609953-7800. Yoga Basics and Restore – 6:30-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Thurs. With Nicole. A sweet and calming

class designed to gently increase strength and flexibility. Combines basic postures with restoratives focused on breath and body awareness. Leave with a calm mind and lifted spirit. Suitable for all levels. $10/drop-in. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38, Hainesport. 267-664-3236.

friday Free Demo of Class II Infrared Laser – Come for a free demonstration of how the laser can work for your specific skin issues. Insight2yourwellness, 18 Serenity Court, Southampton. 856-834 2344. Friday Flow – 9:45-10:45am. With Michelle. Build strength, increase flexibility, improve posture and release tension. An active class where poses creatively flow from one to the next, synchronizing breath with movement. A great all-purpose class. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-6643236. Yoga & Crystal Bowls – 10am. With Bonnie Hart. Class begins with meditation. Then moves into simple stretches, building to postures that tone and firm the body while relaxing the mind. Each posture targets specific chakras/ energy centers of the body so that the entire energy system is rebalanced. Concludes with deep relaxation to the sound of crystal bowls. Yoga for Living, 1926 Geentree Rd, Cherry Hill. More info: Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. See Wed listing. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Friday Nite Fitness Hike – 7pm. Brisk pace, 8-10 miles. Work up a sweat exploring the sand roads and trails of Brendan Byrne State Forest. Be prepared to walk at an average of 3.5 mph, with few breaks. Meet at the Campground, Glass House and Coopers Rd, Woodland Township. Leaders, Bob Hodges: RLHHLR@aol. com.

saturday Refresh and Renew Yoga – 10:15-11:15am. Start your weekend by clearing out the chaos and stressors of the week. Class will guide you through a flowing series of purifying and restorative postures. All levels. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. Pet Adoption Day – 11am-2pm. PetsMart, 62 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel. More info, Burlington County Animal Alliance:


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ACUPUNCTURE FRANCHESCA ISAAC, LAC, DIPL. AC., HHC Acupuncture, Holistic Health Coach 860 Rte 168, Ste 104 Turnersville, NJ 08012 856-401-9550

Franchesca Isaac is a nationally New Jersey-licensed Acupuncturist and a certified holistic health counselor. Acupuncture is known to help a wide variety of conditions including; migraines, back pain, neck pain, digestive issues, allergies, menstrual symptoms, and menopausal symptoms. Schedule a complimentary consultation to learn how acupuncture can help.

ACUPUNCTURE MELISA SKYRM, MAC, DIPL AC, LICENSED ACUPUNCTURIST Regenerate Health and Wellness 2 Split Rock Dr, Ste 12, Cherry Hill 609-332-1324

Acupuncture, Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT), cupping, detoxification, nutrition, and relaxation techniques for acute and chronic pain, stress, concussions, overuse injuries, digestive and immune conditions, and more. AAT offers a non-invasive and effective approach in treating allergy and sensitivity symptoms. See ad, page 26.




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The Wisdom Within Moorestown office/Skype or phone sessions 856-236-5973 Transform your Chaos to Calm! Calm your worried mind, manage your inner critic, and connect to your Wisdom Within, through drug-free energy techniques, mindfulness and spiritual counseling. Clarify and accomplish goals, guided by your deepest Wisdom. Schedule your complimentary 21-min Call to Transformation on website.


Lotus Living Space Feng Shui, Physical Radiesthesia, Energy Therapy, Shamanic Healing 201-993-6588 A healthy body, mind and spirit need a balanced and positive environment. Karin is a certified Feng Shui Master and Professional Dowser for Geopathic Stress, Electromagnetic Frequencies, Energy Intrusions and Product Sensitivities. She also offers IET®, Shamanic Healing and Psychopomp work to heal mind and spirit.


Lisa Roche, Owner/Certified GYROTONIC® Trainer Haddonfield, NJ 609-929-4421 Learn how to work your body in a way you’ve never experienced. Gyrotonic works for any and every type of body. From high level athletes to those healing from injury, those looking to balance a current exercise regimen or for a complete work out; a Gyrotonic session can be customized to suit your specific needs. Gyrotonic offers movement and healing on every level—stimulating the nervous system, massaging the organs, increasing blood flow and stretching and strengthening every muscle. Lisa Roche is a Certified Gyrotonic Instructor and offers private sessions by appointment only. See ad, page 18.

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Safe, natural solutions for many health problems. Get to the root of your symptoms and heal your body with Nutrition Response Testing™. Sarah Outlaw is a Master Herbalist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner offering a non-invasive, advanced form of muscle testing for food sensitivities, chemical and metal toxicity, and immune system issues for all ages. Individualized, targeted nutrition programs designed for every client. See ad, page 9.

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

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 7.



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 12.


Institute for Medical Wellness 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown, NJ 856-231-0590 Board-Certified Family Medicine blending traditional family care with a holistic focus and preventive, nutritional and integrative approach. We look for causes and triggers for disease before reaching for the prescription pad. Same and next day appointments are available. See ad, page 3.


Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton, NJ 08053 856-596-5834

For a complete selection of vitamins, homeopathics, body care, bulk herbs, bulk grains, packaged foods, frozen foods, organic produce, snacks. Open 7 days. MonFri, 9am-8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am5pm. See ad, page 2.

Health Through Awareness takes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Dr. Philip Getson is a boardcertified 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 infrared detox sauna (The POD), reiki, a smoking cessation program, physician standard supplements and ongoing wellness classes. See ad, page 7.

How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains. ~John Muir

People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy. ~Bob Hope


Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood- Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. 856-784-1021

DAVID BARTKY, LOACC Phone Coaching At Its Best 973-444-7301

I am an experienced and certified Law of Attraction Life Coach. Are you ready to start attracting what you want instead of what you d o n ’t w a n t ? T h e f i r s t p h o n e session is free.

MASSAGE FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT DOROTHEA ATKINS, TH.D., RN, LMT Holos Touch LLC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-546-7500

Experience and learn simple yet effective pain relief methods in individual or group sessions. Dr. Atkins’ advanced muscle release treatment and self-care education has proven published results for the past decade. Other services include certified manual lymph drainage, and relief for various chronic conditions. See ad, page 23.


8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees, NJ 08043 856-810-7548 Our spa treatments are customized based on time, and your needs and expectations. We use Aveda’s Elemental Nature Questionnaire to determine the appropriate service to meet your needs. We customize your treatment, technique and products, along with essential oil aroma based on your personal preference. See brief on page 9, and ad on page 30.

It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life. ~Elizabeth Kenny





EXTREME COMMUNICATION Lisa Miliaresis, Medium & Author 856-439-0472

Lisa offers private channeling, group channeling and private counseling session for those looking for direction to develop their own personal practice.

MENOPAUSAL AND SEXUAL HEALTH WOMEN FOR WOMEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019

Nutritional Wellness Center of South Jersey 1 Cinnaminson Ave, Palmyra, NJ 08065 856-499-2160 Sean Christopher Inselberg is an Advanced Clinical Nutritionist Practicing Nutrition Response testing and Neuro Emotional Technique. He uses non-invasive testing to uncover the root cause of symptoms and disease. The techniques are clinically proven to help restore the body back to optimal health. Using an advanced form of applied kinesiology, the testing shows any structural impairments, nutritional deficiencies, hidden infections and emotional stressors that can all become barriers to achieving good health. See ad, page 27.


It is a known fact that millions of women after the menopausal transition, undergo changes in their vaginal health and suffer from vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The changes in vaginal health is due to declining estrogen levels. Current management of these symptoms include Estrogens and Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators. Not all women can take estrogens for symptomatic relief. The MonaLisa Touch therapy is an effective in-office, nonhormornal therapy, with no downtime. Most women have called it life changing. It is similar to the annual pelvic exam. Many women have reported symptomatic relief after the first treatment. See article on page 22, and ad on page 3.


Numerologist & Empowerment Coach 609-417-4526 J o i n t h e r e g i o n ’s l e a d i n g 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.



Andrea Regal, Subtle Energy Therapist 856-904-5566


Intuitive Advisor, Medium & Soul Coach The Blessed Self 609-353-7210 Facebook: The Blessed Self Twitter: @Kimara_Medium Internationally recognized Psychic Medium, Reiki Master and Soul Coach, Kimara empowers clients to discover purpose, develop intuition, and find clarity. Connect with loved ones who’ve crossed over to experience joy, healing, closure and forgiveness. Phone, video, and inperson sessions, workshops, retreats, private and group readings are available.

Want to know where you Source from? What role you play in the Earth’s evolution? What are the Soul Purposes underlying the greatest issues and challenges of your life? “Discover the Universe Within” sessions can allow you to truly “Know Thyself” and create the life you dream. Or 75-/90-min Earth/ Galactic Alignment sessions to set you back on course. 30+ years experience in counseling and teaching the energetics of mind, body and soul connection.

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Clinical Psychologist Soul Sanctuary, 110 Marter Ave, Ste 206 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-778-1981

Kathy Milano is a NJ licensed psychologist (#3686) with a Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology who specializes in treating trauma and using an integrative, WholeHearted model in her private practice. She founded Soul Sanctuary to enrich exploration of healing, personal growth, and the spiritual journey. As an intuitive, Kathy offers workshops and retreats which empower intuitive skill development, connection with the Divine, and integration of mind, body, spirit, energy techniques in daily life. See ad, page 22.


Replenish Center 215 Sunset Rd, Ste 204 Willingboro, NJ 08046 856-380-1330

End yo-yo dieting with our safe and effective Physician Supervised Weight Loss Program. Our program is designed to identify the root causes of your weight concerns, individualize a plan to reverse the imbalances identified, and help you to quickly and safely lose the excess weight. Finally, we will transition you to a healthier lifestyle to keep you at a healthier weight. Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative medicine for over a decade. See brief on page 12, and ad on page 3.

Mount Meru Holistic Pranic and Shamanic Healing Cherry Hill/Medford area 856-993-1786 Healer/clairvoyant with 30 years experience. Qi pranic healing involves a shamanic method of bodywork and channeling Qi (Chi or Ki), which taps into the energetic ancestral consciousness to powerfully address disease, chronic illness and imbalance at all levels. Revitalizes, rejuvenates cells, expels toxins, balances hormones and powers up immunity. Tackles all disorders of the body, mind and environment.


Lighting Up Your Pathway to Positive Changes Christine Hopkins, MA, BC-DMT 856-265-9815 Shamanism is helpful for getting unstuck on long-term problems and clearing trauma residue. My shamanic methods are personalized to energize your effectiveness in any area of your life. I bring 25 years professional experience in body-mind-spirit wellness to this work. My clients have experienced significant results. See ad, page 34.

The sweetest of all sounds is praise. ~Xenophon 42

South Jersey

WOMEN FOR WOMEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019

Dr. Jewel Amui-Bellon is a wellrespected board-certified OBGYN in Marlton, NJ. She provides excellent individualized gynecologic and preventative care for women. In addition, she is committed to providing a wholistic, gentle, and compassionate way to conception for women who have been told they cannot carry out successful pregnancy outcomes. The oldest women was 56 years old at conception and successfully delivered a bouncy baby boy. See article on page 22, and ad on page 3.





Awareness Coaching, THE CENTER with Maryann Miller, and Life in Balance Intuitive Guidance, with Susan Drummond, are offered at The Center and as private sessions in your home or over the phone. If you are feeling out-ofsorts, have a free consultation to determine the unique approach for your unique journey. See ad, page 10.

YOGA FOR LIVING 1926 Greentree Rd 856-404-7287

Yoga, Mindfulness M e d i t a t i o n , Ayurveda and a variety of classes, workshops and retreats. See ad, page 31.


Pine Winds Zen Center Cherry Hill & Shamong locations 609-268-9151 A unique opportunity to work with an American Zen Master. One-onone private sessions with one of today’s most popular pioneers and expert in the field of human potential and Mindfulness Meditation Stress Reduction Training (Zen Training). Adults, couples, families, executives, professionals, caretakers and clergy. Stress management, relationships, grief, loss, mindfulness in the workplace. See ad, page 25.

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