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Sound Wave Treatments for Fibromyalgia “Do You Believe In Miracles? I Do!”


y name is Cindy Doolittle, and I am here to tell my story of a unique office and treatment which CHANGED MY LIFE after many years of suffering with the chronic pain of Fibromyalgia (FMS). I developed Fibromyalgia following a fall and subsequent injury. Like many FMS sufferers I developed headaches, fatigue, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), morning stiffness, depression and sleep disturbances. This condition strikes and estimated three to six million Americans a year, more than 85 percent of whom are women. Before I fell, I owned two businesses, exercised every day and had never experienced depression. With the onset of Fibromyalgia, my life changed dramatically. It was a daily struggle to get out of bed, walk, and to participate in my activities with my family. I went to numerous doctors, who prescribed a variety of medications, tried biofeedback, pain management programs, and every alternative treatment that came my way. The years continued to drain me of my will to live

and I became more isolated from my husband and two daughters. Occasionally, I would talk with other Fibromyalgia patients and was surprised at how widespread the syndrome was and how many people, once energetic and productive in their lives, were now disabled. It was my intention to communicate with as many people with FMS as possible, hoping that one day someone would give me the answer. Unexpectedly, it occurred early one morning, when after another sleepless night, I decided to call Virgin Atlantic Airways to inquire about flights to London. Of course, making that long

of a trip was physically impossible for me, in spite of dreams of travelling again. A friendly airline representative greeted me and asked me what dates I planned on traveling. I sadly explained to her how difficult it was for me to travel due to the pain I was in. As I explained to her the details of my condition, she listened patiently and unexpectedly replied, “You need to s ee a doctor like mine, who treated me for what was once diagnosed as lupus, and guess what! I no longer have it!” The impact of her statement astounded me, as it was now my turn to listen. She explained how she had gone to a Chiropractor who “specialized” in Percussion Sound Wave Spinal Adjusting, a branch in Chiropractic called Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic. I was then referred doctors in South Jersey, who are trained and certified to perform this treatment. Dr. John Sandoz and Dr. Joshua Sandoz, of Sandoz Chiropractic Center in Mount Laurel, NJ. I called the office to inquire about the treatment, at which time, I was told of the success they had in treating

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hour trip to see Dr. San-doz. I was at the office the next day, giving them my extensive medical history. At the conclusion of my consultation, I received three x-rays of my head and neck to deter-mine if my atlas (the first bone in the top of your neck that supports the weight of your head) was properly aligned and centered over the rest of the spinal column. My x-rays were then viewed and analyzed mathematiDrs. Joshua and John Sandoz cally, to precisely locate the nature of my atlas misalignment (subluxation), Fibromyalgia. The doctors asked me to and how it was to be carefully put give them “30 days to experience a 50 back into place with a percussion percent improvement in my condition sound wave treatment! for me to continue under their care.” I While lying on my side, the doctor used a “percussion stylus,” which “I can’t believe it, all of sends a pain-less mechanical vibration the cramping in my legs to the specified area of the atlas vertedisappeared, and the pink brae. The treatment took seconds after color from increased blood extensive analysis of my x-rays, gently flow returned to my formerly and accurately realigning the position colorless toes. Miraculously, of my spine without forceful manipulation, which I had received in the past. each day I improved and by Within minutes of the adjustment, post the end of one week, I was x-rays of my spine were taken, and to able to resume my early my amazement, revealed my atlas to morning walks.” be perfectly level. For the first time in was encouraged and thought that was years, I could grasp the steering wheel reasonable, and immediately replied, of my car without my fingers cramping. “Give me 10 percent relief and I will be I wasn’t sure if I was imagining things with the hope of another new treatthere tomorrow”! I assumed that “fate” had worked ment, but when Dr. Sandoz called me its magic. That I was meant to call the that evening after my first adjustment, airlines that morning in hopes of tak- and explained to me that my x-rays revealed the treatment successfully ing a long trip and travel to London. realigned my atlas and the rest of my Instead I was now willing to take a 1

spine. I was excited and confident that the relief I was experiencing was not and accident and it was for real. Needless to say, my husband and daughters have now been to Dr. Sandoz, and countless other patients, willing to travel any distance to receive this treatment. My daughter also suffered years with migraine headaches and with chronic insomnia. She too responded effectively to the treatment at Dr. Sandoz office, and has a healthy back and now sleeps without medicine. For those of you who have suffered with chronic pain for years, and are frustrated, and have given up hope to ever feel well again. I encourage you to contact Dr. John Sandoz and Dr. Joshua Sandoz at Sandoz Chiropractic Center, 2057 Briggs Rd. Suite 204 Mount Laurel, NJ 08054. The phone number is 856-206-9560.

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oney doesn’t make you happy… but it certainly can be a source of anxiety when it is scarce. The money feature this month on page 22 triggered thoughts about my own relationship with money, and as with many people, it is somewhat dysfunctional. I think it is common to have a subconscious belief that money is “bad”, that if we yearn for wealth we are somehow greedy. We think that if we have more, then someone else must have less. Yet we want more. This dissonance creates a sense of shame that can block us from receiving the abundance that we all deserve. To make matters worse, money is often taboo as a topic of conversation. We are so guarded on one hand, but on the other hand we want to overtly display our monetary worth through the accumulation of material possessions. It really is a strange contradiction in human behavior. Money doesn’t have to be the root of evil. The point that Thompson articulates is finding balance. If the universe blesses us with abundance as a birthright, it’s okay to be a grateful and a responsible steward of the gift. But don’t forget that abundance comes in many forms, not just monetary. Pay it forward… There are so many other great features to enjoy and learn from this month. If you’re feeling sluggish, you may need a natural detox (page 26), maybe you are looking for a career that feeds your sense of purpose (page 20) or perhaps your soul needs an energetic pick me up (page 36). Don’t skip a page! Happy Fourth of July

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Open House at Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies


he Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, in Camden, will host an Open House from 5 to 7 p.m., on August 3. Offering degree and certification programs, the institute is one of the top holistic healthcare schools in the country. Areas of study include Wholistic Massage, Yoga Teacher Training, Reflexology, Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy. Attendees can meet current students, staff and administration. They can tour the facility and enjoy a free chair massage. Individuals who apply for admission can have their application fees waived if they fill out the form at the event.   Location: 1600 Haddon Ave. For more information, call 856-580-6444, email or visit

Blocked Chakras? Oil Them!


iel Gerhard, founder of Back to Nature Oils, announces the launch of a new line of blends designed for the body’s energy centers. Gerhard’s chakra line of oils features seven blends—one for each chakra—plus a “harmony” blend, which he says, “balances and harmonizes all of the chakras for a euphoric overall well-being. “This new line will flood your senses and your system with the fragrant smells of fruits, flowers, herbs and resins,” he assures. Gerhard recommends deeply inhaling an oil or massaging it into the skin. “Tending to your blocked energy centers by offering them pure plant medicine can help to rebalance your whole system again,” notes Gerhard. “Nature knows exactly how to heal us.” Each plant, he explains, has specific information embedded in its DNA. “When we connect to the spirit of these plants, they can positively impact our mental and emotional states and increase our well-being.” Gerhard, who hand-blends his oils “intuitively, through prayer and meditation,” says he counts every drop that goes into each bottle and infuses his blends “with love, to increase the life force and effectiveness of these products.” To purchase oils, visit New blends are $30; original blends are $24. For more information or to learn how and why essential oil blends work, visit


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Discover the Secrets of Natural Walking “


ur habits of improper walking can result in imbalances within the body and directly impact overall health,” asserts Sally Mydlowec, a Secrets of Natural Walking instructor. Mydlowec will discuss common walking mistakes and explain how to fix them at her Secrets of Natural Walking workshops, taking place August 12 and September 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Hampton Inn Cherry Hill Voorhees. “Secrets of Natural Walking is an effective and easy-tolearn walking practice that naturally reawakens your body’s own healing capabilities,” says Mydlowec. “Natural Walking has been shown to help adjust muscles, joints and spine, and help stimulate the meridians and reflexology zones, improving overall physical and emotional health and body fitness,” she adds. Workshop cost is $150. Location: at 121 Laurel Oak Rd., Voorhees. For more information, call Sally Mydlowec at 215-520-0192. For registration information, email

The Institute for Medical Wellness Launches Pilot Healthcare Program for State Employees


ew Jersey State Health Benefits Program (SHBP) and School Employees’ Health Benefits Program (SEHBP) members and their families can now access the direct primary care office of Dr. Steven Horvitz and The Institute for Medical Wellness (IMW), in Moorestown, through their health insurance, under a three-year, cutting-edge New Jersey healthcare pilot project. The R-Health pilot project represents the first time IMW, a primary care practice that blends traditional Steven Horvitz and holistic thought and treatment, has participated in a health insurance plan since 2008. Eligible members can obtain access to IMW, with no co-pay, through or by calling 800797-1289. The same program starts at $75 per month for other IMW patients. Location: 110 Marter Ave., Ste 408, in Moorestown. For more information, call 856-231-0590, email or visit

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newsbriefs Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective Screening on July 20


he 2017 Green Challenge Film Fest continues July 20 with a free screening of the award-winning documentary, Inhabit: A Permaculture Perspective, at the Collingswood Community Center. The film is directed by Costa Boutsikaris. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 7. Organic popcorn and a door-prize drawing are included.

Elements Lawn Care Offers Organic Mosquito and Tick Control Programs


he effects of climate change continue to impact the ecosystem. A warm winter, combined with a wet spring, have created “perfect” conditions for insect populations to survive—and thrive. Cherry Hill’s holistic, family-owned Elements Lawn Care has confirmed an early and “abundant” presence of ticks and mosquitoes in the area—and the summer season has just arrived. “The threat of diseases such as the Zika virus, and tick-borne Lyme and the Powassan virus, are a reality that we cannot ignore,” says Erick Alpizar of Elements. As a result, Elements Lawn Care is offering full organic mosquito and tick control programs in the tri-county Burlington, Camden and Gloucester area. “This program consists of four steps,” explains Alpizar. “During each visit, we apply an organic product to all structures, landscaping and the perimeter of the property. The product will control existing mosquitoes upon contact, and provide a residual control up to 30 days.” Alpizar assures homeowners that the product is safe for people and pets, and will not stain surfaces. For more information, call Erick Alpizar at 856-375-1340, email Erick@ or visit

Permaculture Magazine co-founder and editor Maddy Harland says the film is, “a tour of best-practice permaculture: regenerative farms, suburban gardens, organic orchards, food forests, appropriate technology, inner-city regeneration in the poorest of communities and commercial mushroom production and flood mitigation.” The skills and knowledge to restore the Earth already exist, notes Harland, adding “It’s not only possible, it is already happening.” A question-and-answer session with local permaculture pioneers follows the screening, which is sponsored by Oaklyn Green Team, Sustainable Collingswood and GMO Free NJ. Registration is requested at 2913715. Location: 30 West Collings Ave. For more information, call 856-425-2221 or visit GMOFreeNJ. com/events and events/692973427541710. 8

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Introducing Bell Lifestyle Products’ New Look Nationwide


ith over 20 years of experience, Bell Lifestyle Products Inc., in South Haven, Michigan, is introducing a new look for its complete line of over 60 natural supplements across 13 health categories. Bell continues to expand its line of products, most recently launching a new, all-inone bladder and urinary tract support formulation, and a new line of sports supplements. In addition to rolling out all-new, color-coded packaging to help navigate their product offering, Bell has updated their ecommerce website to allow visitors to more easily shop online or find their local Bell Lifestyle retailer. The Bell Lifestyle website is also host to an extensive library of health and wellness resources including the Bell Wellness Center. The Bell Wellness Center contains hundreds of recipes, infographics and articles on physical, mental, social and nutritional wellness from elected category experts. With new articles being posted weekly there is information for all ages and ailments. Bell Lifestyle Products offers a full money-back guarantee on more than 60 natural health products that are available in more than 7,000 health food stores and pharmacies worldwide. For more information, call 800-333-7995, email or visit or

Regain and Maintain Balance Amidst Challenges and Changes


nexpected life changes such as job loss, the end of a relationship, the death of a loved one, or even children growing up and leaving home, can cause confusion, stress and fear. How can mental and emotional balance be regained when life throws a curve ball? Author, speaker and entrepreneur Cindy Cipriani provides guidance in her July 26 webinar, How to Move Forward When Life Changes. This free event, sponsored by Thermographic Diagnostic Cindy Cipriani Imaging (TDI)/Health through Awareness, takes place online from 7 to 8 p.m. “Without a life GPS to guide us, it can be difficult to find our footing and know what direction to head in,” says Cipriani. A Clarity Coach, she will explain how The 5C Solution—a trademarked system used by hundreds of her Clear Path by Cindy clients—can help a person make wise choices in times of confusion and throughout life. The 5C Solution consists of clarity, commitment, challenges, create and celebrate. TDI/Health through Awareness is located at 100 Brick Rd., Ste. 206, Marlton. For more information, call 856-596-5834, email or visit

Gyrotonic: Fitness for All (Ages and Bodies)


magine a whole-body exercise method that works the organs, mind, joints, muscles and everything in between. Now, imagine that this workout suits all ages and fitness levels. “The Gyrotonic Method is the perfect way to keep your mind and body young and healthy,” says Lisa Roche, owner of Nagare, a private Gyrotonic Studio in Haddonfield. “In Gyrotonic sessions, each movement is supported with minimal weight, allowing unrestricted movement that helps heal joints and muscles,” she notes. Roche says that movements are also choreographed to challenge the brain, which helps slow the aging process. “During a session, an excited client told me, ‘I haven’t moved like that since I was a child!’ The client was a woman, 80 years young!” Roche recalls. The Gyrotonic Method can also restore balance. “Seeing my older clients walk out of the studio with more confidence in each step is a wonderful feeling.”  Hour-long Gyrotonic sessions are $70. For more information, call 609-929-4421, email or visit

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ur habit of improper walking results in imbalances in the body and directly impacts our overall health. Secrets of Natural Walking is an effective and easy to learn walking practice that naturally reawakens your body’s own healing capabilities. Natural Walking helps to adjust your muscles, joints and spine and stimulate the meridians and reflexology zones improving overall physical and emotional health and body fitness. Through learning the proper way to walk in a 1-day Secrets of Natural Walking Workshop, your body’s natural healing functions can be reactivated. Join the people of all ages and health conditions who have already benefitted from Natural Walking. Through Secrets of Natural Walking, you learn to identify many common mistakes in walking and how to fix them. Theory is combined with interactive, practical exercises. These help guide you to learn the profoundly simple 6 Keys in each step, to enjoy the many benefits from walking properly and naturally. Incorporating proper walking techniques addresses the root causes of problems, even those previously unknown, and naturally helps to adjust and correct them. Participants have reported many benefits after practicing Natural Walking: k Significantly reduced bone, joint and nerve pain k Realigned spine and improved posture and related conditions like scoliosis and hunched back k Improved blood sugar and cholesterol levels k Improved digestion, metabolism and weight loss k Increased energy levels and vitality k More toned and shaped body and proportional in size k Calmer mind, elevated mood k Improved sleep quality By learning Secrets of Natural Walking, each step in our daily life becomes a beautiful opportunity to improve the condition of our whole being, including our body, mind and emotions. Sally Mydlowec, M.Ed., is a Secrets of Natural Walking Advanced Instructor, a Reiki Tummo Master Teacher and an Open Heart Workshop Instructor, teaching in cities across the US, Canada, British Columbia, Panama. She trained as an instructor for Secrets of Natural Walking under Irmansyah Effendi, M.Sc., Company Chairman of Natural Way of Living and Founder of Secrets of Natural Walking, Reiki Tummo and Open Heart Workshops. Sally has been teaching for Effendi since 2003 and continues her studies with him in the United States, in several trips to Indonesia and Bali, and in online sessions. He recently appointed her to a new Open Heart Board. She has offered presentations on “Effective Communications” at SONW, RT and OH Teacher trainings, as well as, mentoring Instructors-in-training. She was invited to facilitate an Open Heart Workshop at the annual Conference for Survivors and Families of Victims of the Virginia Polytechnic and State University Tragedy. She has also earned a Certificate as a Heart Based Therapeutics Practitioner.

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Take a Walk in the Wild: Introduction to Land Navigation

And the Winner is… Natural Health


earn about land navigation and then navigate the land with Brian Winterstein at his free Walk in the Wild on July 16, at 2 p.m.

Natural Health, celebrating more than 40 years in business, proudly announces that it received Gloucester Township’s “2017 Small Business of the Year Award.” Natural Health serves the Camden, Gloucester and Burlington county areas with a wide array of organic foods and supplements, including produce, herbs, spices, nuts and fruit (bulk or packaged). The store also offers the most extensive selection of essential oils, body care items, vitamins, and workout supplements, along with a large selection of frozen and refrigerated foods. Natural Health is sharing their celebration with sales specials of up to 40 percent off bestselling products in all departments. The experienced and dedicated staff of Natural Health is committed to helping customers achieve optimum health at very affordable prices, and with discounts throughout the store. Location: Laurel Hill Plaza on Blackwood Clementon Rd. and Laurel Rd., near routes 42 and 395. Store hours: Mon. through Sat., 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 856-784-1021.

Participants should meet at the Willoughby House (Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust), in Deptford. Winterstein, founder of Southeastern Pennsylvania Survivalist and Bushcraft, will cover such aspects of land navigation as parts of a compass and how a compass works, obtaining and following an azimuth, plotting a course using a topographic map, and distance measuring and pacing with pace beads. A “relaxed walk” follows. Before starting the group in 2012, Winterstein had spent more than 20 years in such wilderness search and rescue capacities as chief of operations for Blue Mountain Search and Rescue, a sergeant for Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue and assistant chief for Mid-Atlantic Regional Search and Rescue. He also was an at-large board member of the Pennsylvania Search and Rescue Council. Location: Willoughby House, end of Pine Ave., off Good Intent Rd. in Blackwood Terr. (use 340 Pine Ave., Deptford, O8096, for mapping.) For more information, call Charles White at 856-217-9138. For changes and directions, visit oldpinefarm. 10

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he province of Ontario began a complete phase-out of its coal-fired power plants in 2005, with all of them having closed by 2015. While the costly measure was expected to produce minor air quality improvements, officials predicted that the resulting health benefits would accrue $3 billion in annual healthcare savings for the community. Realized savings can be seen in the drastic reduction of smog days in Ontario, down to just one since 2014. “Let’s compare that to 2005, when residents of the Greater Toronto Area suffered through 53 smog days while coal, with its toxic emissions, provided 19 percent of the province’s power,” says Vanessa Foran, president and CEO of The Asthma Society of Canada. “It’s obvious that shutting Ontario’s coal plants has helped clean the air; it’s also given a new lease on life to millions that suffer with asthma.” More proof of the medical benefits come from an assessment conducted by Toronto Public Health in 2014. It reported a 23 percent reduction in air pollution-related premature deaths in the city between 2000 and 2011, as well as a 41 percent reduction in related hospital admissions during the same period.




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esearchers in Milan, Italy, have found that individuals with Type 1 diabetes display a unique inflammatory signature and microbiome in their digestive tract. The study examined biopsies from 54 patients that underwent endoscopies at the city’s San Raffaele Hospital between 2009 and 2015. The samples came from each patient’s duodenum, the upper part of the small intestine, and allowed scientists to directly assess the bacteria in the digestive tract, rather than relying on stool samples. The results of the samples were compared to gut bacteria from a control group of healthy individuals without Type 1 diabetes and others with celiac disease. Researchers found that the diabetes group showed more signs of gut inflammation than the other groups, and it was linked to 10 specific genes, also marking them as having a unique combination of bacteria. “By exploring this, we may be able to find new ways to treat the disease by targeting the unique gastrointestinal characteristics of individuals with Type 1 diabetes,” explains the study’s senior author, Dr. Lorenzo Piemonti, with the hospital’s Diabetes Research Institute.

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Tax and Pricing Policies Spur Healthier Eating


meta-study from Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, documents a revealing relationship between diet and food prices. The researchers found that taxation of unhealthy foods and price reductions of healthy foods help shift consumers to healthier purchases. They reviewed data from 11 studies on the impact of adding tariffs to unhealthy foods that lead to higher prices and 19 studies that examined the effects on the demand of reducing the prices of healthy foods. They discovered that consumers purchased 14 percent more fruits and vegetables when prices were reduced by 10 percent. Other healthy food price reductions produced similar results, with a 16 percent increase in consumption with each 10 percent price drop. The researchers examined the impact of increases in the price of sugary drinks and fast foods. Following 10 percent price hikes, consumption of these items decreased by 7 percent and 3 percent, respectively. “The global food system is exacting a staggering toll on human health, and this is very costly, both in terms of real healthcare expenses and lost productivity,” says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, senior author of the meta-study and dean of the university’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. “Our findings suggest that subsidies and taxes are a highly effective tool for normalizing the price of foods toward their true societal cost. This will both prevent disease and reduce spiraling healthcare costs, which are causing a tremendous strain on both private businesses and government budgets.”

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Post-Stroke Exercise Improves Brain Function


esearch from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, has established that structured physical activity following a stroke can significantly improve cognitive function in survivors. The study used data from 13 clinical trials that included 735 participants to analyze general cognitive improvement, executive function, attention and working memory, as well as the impact of different types of physical activity. Researchers found that exercise following a stroke produced cognitive improvements in both attention and speed in processing information. They further discovered that a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training produced the maximum cognitive improvements. “We found that a program as short as 12 weeks is effective at improving cognition, and even patients with chronic stroke can experience improvements in their cognition with an exercise intervention,” says lead author Lauren E. Oberlin, a graduate student at the university.

Signs the Body is Begging to Detox


hen is it time to detox? The Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey’s Sarah Outlaw says the body speaks for itself. “The main clues that your body is not detoxing properly are digestive issues, allergies, eczema, fatigue, and mental ‘cloudiness,’ as well as waking up during the night,” she states. Outlaw, a clinical herbalist and clinical/functional nutritionist, explains that according the Chinese Meridian Clock, continually waking up between 1 and 3 in the morning is a sign that the liver is not detoxing properly. “Our bodies detox while we sleep. If the liver cannot complete its detox, you may be awakened,” she says. “There are two phases of detox: your body gathers up the ‘trash’ and eliminates that ‘trash.’ If there is liver congestion or digestive interference, the body has difficulty eliminating the toxins,” Outlaw adds. Toxins not eliminated may recycle back through the body and contribute “unpleasant symptoms,” she warns. “Gentle food and herbal detoxes can help the body naturally cleanse and eliminate toxins and kick that liver back into gear.” Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey is located at 1050 North Kings Hwy., Ste 200, Cherry Hill. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 856-667-6805 or visit natural awakenings

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Tart Cherry Aids Runner Performance


study of distance runners by Texas A&M University, in College Station, determined that short-term supplementation of dried tart cherry powder improved running times, decreased inflammation and increased muscle metabolism and immunity. The researchers divided 27 endurance-trained young adult athletes into two groups. Eleven participants were given a daily powdered tart cherry supplement for 10 days, and 16 were given a rice flour placebo. All completed a half-marathon near the end of the 10-day trial. The researchers tested fasting blood samples and a quadriceps muscle soreness rating prior to the run, 60 minutes after the run and 24 and 48 hours post-run. The tart cherry group reported 13 percent faster average running times, as well as significantly lower inflammatory markers. They also reported 34 percent lower quadriceps soreness prior to the run. Tart cherry supplementation also increased immunity and resulted in better muscle metabolism.



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COMBO PROBIOTICS EASE HAY FEVER study from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, has found that the probiotic combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria (sold as Kyo-Dophilus) helps relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Researchers split 173 healthy adults with mild seasonal allergies into two groups during the height of the spring allergy season. The first group was given the probiotic combination, while the other group received a placebo. The subjects filled out a weekly online survey for eight weeks about their allergy symptoms and discomfort levels. The probiotic combination resulted in fewer allergyrelated nasal symptoms plus quality-of-life improvements.

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A study in the journal Nature Communications examined wild bee populations relative to the use of controversial neonic (neonicotinoid) pesticides from 1994 to 2011, and discovered that extinction rates paralleled their use on plants throughout the country. The 34 species analyzed experienced a 10 percent population drop across the board, with five of the species seeing a decrease of 20 percent or more, and the most-impacted group declining by 30 percent. Researchers say this indicates that up to half of the population decline could be attributed to the use of neonics. “It contributes, but there is a bigger picture,” says Jeffrey Pettis, an entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Beltsville Bee Laboratory, in Maryland. Other factors are thought to include parasites such as varroa mites and nosema fungus (a bacterial disease known as foulbrood) plus viruses, drought and loss of habitat. Meanwhile, the Friends of the Earth (FOE) environmental group has launched a petition calling on the Ace and True Value hardware companies to follow Lowe’s and Home Depot’s example of phasing out the pesticides. FOE says, “If these garden retailers don’t act fast, they’ll lose customers. A new poll shows that 66 percent of Americans prefer to shop at Lowe’s and Home Depot because they’ve committed to stop selling bee-killing pesticides.”


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Proponents of GMO (genetically modified) food may argue that the technique is necessary because the world is running out of resources. However, agricultural startup Sundrop Farms, with offices in the UK and Australia, has developed high-tech greenhouse facilities that apply solutions to grow crops with less reliance on finite natural resources than conventional greenhouse production. In 2010, Sundrop Farms opened a pilot facility in Port Augusta, South Australia, that is combining seawater and sunlight to grow food in the middle of the desert, unaffected by climate change, biotech land grabs, drought, floods and pestilence. They are using coconut husks, 23,000 mirrors to reflect solar power and desalinated seawater on a hydroponic farm of just under 50 acres to grow 17,000 metric tons of non-GMO food every year. Built at a reported cost of $200 million, the facility has a year-round growing season. In winter, its greenhouse operates with the help of 39 megawatts of clean energy from solar power. Coles Supermarkets has signed a 10-year contract for the exclusive right to sell the company’s produce. 16

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Endangered Species Protection Act May Go Extinct The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), passed in 1973, strengthened earlier federal protections for animals that had been nearly wiped out by humans. The act faces opposition from those that believe it both unfairly protects animals that poach livestock and restricts land use. At a recent hearing titled Modernizing the Endangered Species Act, Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, head of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said the ESA is not working anymore. Natural Resources Committee Chairman Republican Congressman Rob Bishop of Utah opines that the act has never been used for the rehabilitation of species and instead has been controlling the land, saying, “It has been hijacked.” Yet Daniel M. Ashe, president and chief executive of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, says, “The Endangered Species Act is the world’s ‘gold standard’ for conservation and protection of animals.” According to many experts, the world’s flora and fauna are experiencing a global extinction crisis caused by human activity, but we have also learned how to protect species and help them recover. Eight species that would probably have disappeared already were it not for the ESA include the black-footed ferret, humpback whale, bald eagle, American alligator, grizzly bear, Florida manatee, California condor and gray wolf.


Species Die-Off

Animals that Are No More Every year, more species reach the brink of extinction and only inhabit the annals of natural history. Species that have officially disappeared forever as of 2016 include the Bramble Cay melomys, Nulllarbor dwarf bettong, Capricorn rabbit-rat, Pinta Island tortoise, western black rhinoceros, Rabb’s fringe-limbed treefrog, San Cristóbal vermilion flycatcher and Formosan clouded leopard. These are just a handful of the animals threatened and wiped out annually. Thirteen bird species alone were confirmed as extinct in 2016, mostly due to invasive predators. More of these animals are bound to die off unless humans make a concerted effort to preserve them.

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Garden Clubs Help Beautify Roads Displays of flowers populating highway meridians, road embankments and adjacent green spaces are often due to the efforts of garden clubs working with state departments of transportation (DOT). Some of these pioneers also inspire other clubs to pursue similar collaborations, often with public support. “The people of Texas have joined wholeheartedly in what Lady Bird Johnson started,” says Linda Love, roadside beautification chairperson of the Texas Garden Clubs, Inc. (, headquartered in Fort Worth. Their committee recognizes planting projects on state and county highways assisted by 320 local clubs encompassing about 10,000 members. She points to particularly attractive areas along highways 75 in Richardson, plus highways 45 and 35 extending south of Dallas, where concentrations of blue bonnets “look like lakes,” says Love. Other planted native flower patches include Indian paintbrush and gaillardia. She notes that the state prohibits mowing of blue bonnets until after they’ve bloomed and dropped their seeds; picking rules preserve their beauty. Gail Hill, chair of The Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.’s ( roadside beautification committee, based in Winter Park, reports the Ella P. Wood Paths of Sunshine Award Program that partners with the Florida Wildflower Foundation ( recognizes the efforts of state DOT maintenance crews in establishing and maintaining roadside wildflowers. “The department has run a strong program for decades,” she says. Local clubs are encouraged to petition elected officials for new resolutions to develop roadside wildflower projects. “About half of Florida’s counties have passed resolutions, including most recently, Santa Rosa and Escambia counties,” says Hill. This year, the Raleigh-based The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. (, with more than 200 chapters, is working with the state DOT to commemorate the centennial of America’s entry into World War I by planting red poppies and bachelor buttons. Roadside Development Chairperson Pat Cashwell reports that about 1,500 acres of wildflowers, including cosmos, are planted annually on state and county highways each summer and fall, largely funded by the sale of special license plates, with awards to highway department crews. “We get letters from people after they drive through the state commenting on the floral beauty,” she enthuses. Many garden clubs also establish flowers in parks, schoolyards, church properties and other public locations.

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or South Jersey residents seeking careers through which they can help others feel better and lead their best lives possible, the Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies (LIWS) trains caring and qualified holistic health practitioners to provide a full spectrum of services for patients throughout the region. A division of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, the institute offers certification programs in massage, reflexology, herbal medicine, aromatherapy and yoga teacher training to help students pursue rewarding careers in holistic fields. “A lot of people ask why we added the ‘W’ to ‘Holistic’ in the name of

our school. It’s because our mission is to focus on healing the whole person in a spiritually based way,” explains Dr. Frank Pileggi, dean of the Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies. “Imagine going to work every day and knowing that you helped someone in pain walk away with a big smile on their face because they’re feeing great. That’s the euphoria that I have as a practitioner every day, and also the feeling we want every single one of our students to experience.” Launched in 1979, the institute emphasizes the spirituality component of each wellness modality, and it was one of the first schools to offer an associate’s degree in applied science

for massage therapy. The program is offered in conjunction with Camden County College so students can receive college credit. Pileggi also makes a point of helping students learn how to connect with their patients and earn their trust. “Before I came on board in 2005, I owned a wellness center in Pennsylvania, and when interviewing prospective students, I realized that everyone was reciting facts from textbooks. I thought if I ever had the opportunity to run a school, I would make it my mission to teach people to be themselves,” he recalls. “We’re not here to have you sit at a desk, lecture you and then ask you to take a test… we want to help you learn how to work with people, be a good listener and put patients at ease.” Pileggi holds a master’s degree in holistic health sciences and a doctorate in holistic arts and practices, and is a nationally registered holistic practitioner specializing in advanced bodywork and somatic therapies. He is the founder of Corrective Muscle Therapy and holds certificates in more than 20 modalities as well as in athletic training. In addition to serving as dean of LIWS, Pileggi owns a Corrective Muscle Therapy practice in Burlington Township as part of the Lourdes Heath System. Originally, LIWS emerged through the programs of Lourdes Wellness Center. Today, the school is considered especially unique because it’s a holistic health institution located inside the walls of an allopathic modern medicine center. “Slowly but surely, we broke down some barriers, and now our school works hand-in-hand with physicians

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oney influences our choice of job or home, and sense of security, worth and power; it can also make life more or less convenient. Yet, despite its essential importance, money is often a forbidden topic among family members.

Money Talk Taboo “We are not taught how to have a relationship with money on a psychological or spiritual level; it isn’t part of our culture,” explains Bari Tessler, a Boulder, Colorado, financial therapist and author of The Art of Money. “The majority of our parents and grandparents didn’t receive a financial education, so they don’t understand emotions that relate to money or how to talk about it.” Tessler works with individuals, couples and creative entrepreneurs to help them “claim their worth in the world and bring their skills and values into the marketplace,” she says. Money is a frequent source of tension among couples, but Tessler notes it wasn’t even talked about in

her graduate-level psychology training. “Money is emotional territory for people. You can’t just go to a financial planner, plot a budget and be on your merry way,” she observes.

Shifting Our Perceptions To change our relationship with money, Tessler says we need to understand our “money stories” that include the ways in which our personal experiences, together with subconsciously inherited familial and cultural attitudes, shape how we think about money. “The first step to changing our money habits is being willing to deal with the tough issues,” says Mayuri Onerheim, author of Money Spirituality Consciousness, a retired accountant and spiritual teacher of the Diamond Approach of self-realization, in Larkspur, California. “There is no change without some discomfort. It’s part of the spiritual journey.” Self-care, forgiveness and acceptance are important throughout this process, advises Tessler, because

many people bring feel- We have ups and for savings targeted for ings of guilt and shame time off; or “life hapdowns in life, and pens” for late fees). to their relationship with money. She recom- the same is true For an enlightened mends doing a “body of cash flows, of our finances. view check-in” to become Onerheim suggests aware of our physical translating what was ~Bari Tessler reaction to related isspent on something into sues, whether it’s going on a reckthe hours it took to earn the money. less spending spree or bracing to ask “This perspective can transform how for a raise. This stage paves the way we allocate resources and what we’re for the practical work of learning willing to spend money on,” she says. to manage our money in alignment Vicki Robin, co-author of the with our values, goals and dreams. bestseller Your Money or Your Life, It begins with developing practices espouses a similar approach: thinkto track, review and reflect upon ing of money in terms of hours of life spending and earning patterns. energy. “Continually asking yourself whether you actually got fulfillment Tactical Tools in proportion to life energy spent in each subcategory awakens the natural Tessler recommends utilizing one sense of knowing when enough is of many free financial tracking enough,” she writes. tools like, or Tessler and Onerheim She also both encourage rethinking the idea suggests we rename their preloadthat all earning is good and all ed budget categories to reflect our spending is bad: “It’s about balancing personal relationships to the areas needs and wants, and we need joy in of spending (e.g., “sanctuary” rather than mortgage; “my dream vacation” life. It’s not about saving every penny

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A Rewarding Journey Becoming financially conscious ultimately helps us fulfill our responsibility to be a good steward of the planet’s resources, according to Onerheim. “Money is a representation of myself in the world, so I want to take responsibility for where my money goes.” “Financial integrity is achieved by learning the true impact of your earning and spending, both on your immediate family and on the planet,” agrees Robin. “It is knowing what is enough money and material goods to keep you at the peak of fulfillment—and what is just excess and clutter.” All call for celebrating progress on the journey to financial well-being and know-how. “Take baby steps and reward yourself along the way,” counsels Tessler. “This is a lifelong journey.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


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here’s a lot of confusion surrounding the idea of prosperity and it’s often misunderstood. For example, it’s easy to confuse the “trappings of wealth” with wealth itself and often we look outside of ourselves for fulfillment. The idea that “if only… I won the lottery or had money I could be happy” is self-defeating and limiting. We all have the ability to attract exactly what we need into our lives through the law of attraction: “As we put out, so shall we receive”. This idea manifests in the physical realm as Newton’s Third Law of Motion: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Simply put, prosperity is a state of mind, an awareness that abundance is your natural state of being. When we understand that cultivating a connection to our own spiritual source places us in the divine flow of the universe, it creates a resonance of wealth. In his new CD, Removing Obstacles, Harnam features a “Meditation for Removing Financial Blocks” that helps cut through any limiting beliefs

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ly open and focused on the tip of the nose. This stimulates the optic nerve and creates slight discomfort, but is an important part of the meditation, so do your best to maintain the focus throughout the meditation. Your elbows are by the sides with the forearms are at a 45-degree angle with the fingertips at the level of the throat. The exercise begins with the palms facing down. Alternately, strike the sides of the hands together with each repetition of Har; when the palms are facing down, the sides of the Jupiter (index) fingers touch, and the thumbs cross below the hands, with the right thumb under the left thumb. The thumbs crossing in this way (right under left) is the key to this meditation. When the palms are face up, the Mercury (pinky) fingers and the Moon Mounds (located at the base of the palms) touch. Chant Har powerfully and continuously from the navel for between three to 11 minutes. The tip of the tongue strikes the roof of the mouth with each Har, creating a sound like “hu-duh”. When you reach the end inhale deeply, suspend the breath, exhale and repeat two more times. Relax and experience the resonance of wealth that is vibrating through your being. To expand the benefits, practice the meditation daily for 40, 80 or 120 days. To achieve complete mastery, continue for 1,000 days and completely transform your relationship to prosperity. Harnam will be at Yoga for Living, in Cherry Hill, NJ, on July 8, teaching a Removing Obstacles Workshop from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and performing a Sacred Chant Concert from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information or to obtain tickets, visit or


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he term “detox” has been gaining traction in health circles, but cleansing practices have existed for millennia, ranging from Egyptian hydrotherapy to Medieval Lenten practices and Native American fasting, smudging and sweat lodges. The truth is that we need cleansing now more than ever—to rid our bodies of chemical overload and our minds of negative thinking. The Environmental Defense Fund has counted more than 100 chemicals produced in the U.S. that are present in everyday products and hazardous to humans and the environment. “Our body is a natural detoxifier, ridding itself of toxins through pooping, peeing, sweating and shedding skin. But in our current toxic overload situation, it’s not always an efficient process,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D., an author and functional nutritionist in Washington state. Some experts believe many commercial detoxification programs are unsafe, extreme and ineffective. “Psychologically, a short-term cleanse can act as a stepping stone if you’re eating fast food and donuts every day,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a Washington,


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“Health and wealth have become associated with cleanliness, yet the opposite is probably true,” assesses Chutkan. “Kids come in from the playground to use hand sanitizers and eat processed snacks. Instead, discard the microbiome-disrupting sanitizer and provide fresh vegetables for them to eat outside. We don’t want kids exposed to any serious pathogens, but getting a little dirty is essential.”


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engine, and microbes are the worker bees that operate the machinery so that digestion and toxin removal can happen.” She recommends switching to a plant-filled diet to effectively repopulate the microbiome and be aware of how food is grown. “Much store-bought produce, even organic options, is grown in depleted soil. Seek out biodynamic farmers that prioritize nutrient-rich soil to foster microbes,” Chutkan says. Even planting a couple of herbs or microgreens on the kitchen windowsill can make a difference. “Just picking those herbs and getting your hands in healthy dirt increases your exposure to health-promoting microbes.”

Studies have found that children with pets are more likely to have fewer allergies and infections and take fewer antibiotics than those living in pet-free households (Clinical & Experimental Allergy and Kuopio University Hospital, Finland). Pets that venture outdoors bring healthy microbes inside; so does fresh air, which purifies poorer quality indoor air. Chutkan also warns of excessive bathing. “When we scrub ourselves, we rub off microbes and naturally occurring oils; unless we’re filthy, we just need to gently rinse.” Marketers convince consumers that products with toxic ingredients are necessities, but coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey can effectively replace many toiletries.

he recommends stimulating fat metabolism with a cleanse that starts each morning with melted ghee followed by a simple nonfat diet throughout the day. According to research published in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, ghee, a clarified butter, has been proven to remove environmental toxins by attaching to toxic fats. Kitchari, the staple of the meal plan, is a nourishing and easy-to-digest, porridge-like blend of beans, rice and Indian spices. “When you eat a mono diet of just kitchari, your body can transfer the energy that normally goes toward digestion into cleansing and healing other systems,” says Douillard. For those not

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To stimulate the body’s natural ability to burn fat, Douillard recommends a four-day, at-home detox cleanse. “The digestive system is responsible for delivering nutrients and escorting dangerous toxins out of your body; if you can’t digest well, you can’t detoxify well,” he says. Unlike drastic fasts and juice cleanses, which can deplete nutrients,

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Work toward eating three meals a day—a light breakfast, big lunch and light and early dinner—without snacking in-between, and fasting for 13 hours each night. Douillard notes, “This regimen should be maintained beyond the cleanse because it gives the body a chance to use up its carbohydrates—its normal, go-to fuel—and switch to its calmer, more stable, detoxifying fuel— body fat.”

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According to ayurveda, burning fat fuels detoxification because toxins from preservatives, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals are stored in our fat cells. When fat is metabolized and used as an energy source, the toxins are released, ready to be flushed out. “When we’re not burning fat, toxins can accumulate, cause congestion in the lymphatic channels, overwhelm the liver and ultimately be deposited back into fat cells or stored in the arteries, heart and brain,” comments Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner Dr. John Douillard, of Boulder, Colorado. He’s the author of Eat Wheat and a former director of player development and nutrition advisor for the New Jersey Nets professional basketball team.

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s soon as we start eating healthier diets, our body is able to detoxify more efficiently and diseases begin to be reversed,” says Dr. Michael Greger, a physician and creator of Follow these tips to enhance the detoxification process at mealtimes.


Eat broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables raw or chop them at least 40 minutes before cooking to maximize intake of the phytonutrient sulforaphane, which boosts detoxifying enzymes in the liver. For the time-crunched, Greger suggests adding a small amount of any type of raw cruciferous vegetables to the cooked ones.


Always choose colorful produce, with the exception of white mushrooms and cauliflower. “White foods are stripped of nutrition,” says Greger. Pigment indicates the richness of antioxidants that keep the body functioning efficiently. He likes adding shreds of economical and long-lasting red cabbage as an everyday garnish.


Follow the seasons, because nature provides the ideal harvest for each season—heavier, denser foods in winter, like wheat, dairy, roots, nuts and seeds; and cooling, high-energy fruits and vegetables in summer. Dr. John Douillard, creator of the 3-Season Diet Challenge, remarks that research suggests that gut microbes are meant to change with local seasonal foods to optimize digestion, mood and immunity.


Avoid plastics by limiting intake of foods stored or cooked in plastic, especially cling wrap, which is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a known carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer. Also avoid canned goods unless labeled bisphenol A (BPA)-free. “A lot of toxins enter our bodies through processed, overcooked and fried foods,” observes Deanna Minich, Ph.D. “As we replace these foods with nourishing options, we need to also minimize plastic packaging.”


Filter water because, “We are primarily made of water, so if we’re drinking and bathing in contaminated water, it impacts health,” says Minich who recommends using a national testing laboratory to assess home tap water. The results can then be coupled with the Environmental Working Group’s buying guide ( to determine the most appropriate water filter to deal with the contaminants that may be present. natural awakenings

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“Toxins are best understood less as poisons than as barriers—obstacles to the life and health we truly want,” says Minich. As a functional medicine nutritionist, she believes that food as medicine is only one aspect of full-spectrum health. Her approach revolves around clusters of nutritional, anatomical, psychological and spiritual life issues that can be jointly detoxified, supported and healed. “Good eating alone will not necessarily solve our emotional woes or stop our limiting beliefs and toxic self-talk,” she explains in Whole Detox, a book based on


Adapt the cleanse to avoid strain, because when under stress, the lymphatic system shuts down and the body stores fat and toxins. “If three meals a day with no snacks is not possible yet, have a nonfat high-protein snack and plan to eat more protein at your next meal,” suggests Douillard. “Or start with four meals, and work your way down to three.” Aim to drink half your healthiest body weight in ounces of room-temperature water every day, while also sipping warm-to-hot water—believed to soften the intestinal tract, move the lymph and hydrate the cells more effectively than cold water—every 10 to 15 minutes for two weeks. Plain water has a hydrating effect that not even lemon water can replicate.

a whole-life, whole-systems, whole-foods approach to detoxification. “We need to remove all the barriers that impede our growth. Limiting thoughts, as well as heavy metals and pesticides, are toxic barriers that weigh us down, sapping energy that might be used for better things.” Her 21-day program is designed to establish long-term lifestyle changes with simple habits. She recommends monitoring our emotions and tracking thoughts with daily writing exercises. “Look at yourself like you’re examining a food label to get to the root of limiting patterns,” she says, encouraging questions such as, “Is this thought healthy for me?” or, “Do I want this thought in my being?” Be mindful of speech as well; swearing, exaggerating and interrupting can have deleterious effects, while uplifting affirmations can inspire positive actions.

She attests that visualization can help prevent the creative self from shutting down, another aspect of toxicity. “Be intuitive and imaginative; allow creative expression to flow. Before you can manifest what you want in life, you have to envision it.” Minich wants patients to invite introspection by taking a few minutes each day to be in solitude and silence, allowing meaning and purpose to surface. Daily stress relief practices such as meditation, yoga, self-massage and mindful breathing can foster stress reduction. “Life shouldn’t feel like an emergency. We need to navigate around stress so we’re not inundated by it,” counsels Douillard. By extracting toxins through sweat and circulating nutrients, physical activity is equally important for detoxification, but it’s also a form of self-love. “It expands your sense of possibilities, freeing you to go where you will and to carry burdens lightly,” Minich says. In this age of personalized medicine, Minich encourages patients to focus on the parts of a detox program that they need most, whether it’s diet, exercise, massage, emotional well-being or spirituality. She reminds us that the desire and need to cleanse is universal.“Detox is as old as humankind.” Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Gulf Coast Alabama/Mississippi (HealthyLiving

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20 participants published in BioMed Research International found that their sweat samples contained a range of toxins, including pesticides DDT/DDE, endosulfan, methoxychlor and endrin. Nearly all parent compounds of these pesticides were evident, demonstrating that sweating is an effective way of excreting and diminishing the body’s toxic burden. One sweat sample contained some pesticides not present in the subject’s blood or urine samples, suggesting that some pesticides are only mobilized and eliminated through sweating.

Phthalate (plasticizer): Phthalate, found in plastic products, is also removed through sweat. Research published in the Scientific World Journal evaluated blood, sweat and urine samples from 20 individuals and discovered that all of them contained the common mono-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (MEHP). The concentrations of this

toxin in sweat were more than twice as high as those in the urine, showing that sweating may be the best way of ridding the body of this endocrine-disrupting compound.



Heavy metals: Another study of 20 patients reported in the Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology found that subjects’ sweat contained about 24 times more cadmium, 19 times more nickel, 16 times more lead and almost three times more aluminum than their urine. Overall, sweat proved more effective than urine at removing 14 of the 18 heavy metals studied. It also contained and, therefore, expelled larger quantities of 16 of the 18 metals than the blood samples did. Of all the metals, aluminum was found at the highest concentrations in sweat, with zinc, copper and nickel also occurring at relatively high levels.

Bisphenol A (BPA): Researchers reporting in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health examined the blood, urine and sweat of 20 participants for BPA, an endocrine-disrupting toxin found in canned foods, plastic water bottles and other items. Of the 20 sweat samples collected, 16 contained BPA, while only 14 urine and 2 blood samples tested positive for the toxin. This reveals that sweat is the most effective way of removing BPA build-up in the body; just as vital, it demonstrates that testing blood or urine for toxicity levels may not present the whole picture.

A wide range of activities, including exercising and engaging in sports, can help us break a sweat. A low-impact option is spending time in a sauna. Notably, in a focused

study, the sweat from an infrared sauna expelled more bismuth, cadmium, chromium, mercury and uranium than that produced by a steam sauna. The steam sauna caused higher levels of arsenic, aluminum, cobalt, copper, manganese, nickel, lead, tin, thallium and zinc to be excreted (Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology). Hydration is essential in maximizing all these health benefits. Failure to hydrate properly during and after sweating can lead to other health problems. An easy rehydration practice is to step on the scales right before and after sweating; the weight lost is the optimum amount of water to drink afterwards (Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine). For reference, one pound of water is slightly less than a one-half liter. Sweat contains minerals essential for optimal functioning of the whole body. Following excessive sweating, it’s important to replace the minerals lost, especially zinc, copper, selenium, chromium and potassium. Coconut water is a good source of potassium; nuts, seafood, whole grains and legumes generally contain relatively high doses of zinc, copper, selenium and chromium. The next time the couch and air conditioning beckon, think of all the “sweaty” benefits about to be sacrificed. Breaking a sweat might seem like an effort, but it keeps internal detox systems healthy and optimally functioning. Deanna Minich, Ph.D., is an author, teacher and researcher, as well as founder of Food & Spirit, a framework to integrate ancient healing traditions with modern science. She leads online detox programs as part of her whole-self approach to health. Connect at

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e live in a society obsessed with the body, how it feels and especially how it looks. Usually when we talk about “detoxing,” the focus is on the body and not necessarily for all the right reasons. Zen teaches us that, “Body,” “Mind,” “Not Two.” They are interconnected. Any effort to detox the body may make the body feel better, until the next time and have some effect on the mind, but is like taking a bath with half of the body outside the tub. The Webster dictionary defines “detoxing” as: a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification from an intoxicating or addictive substance. The Buddha taught, “We can rid the body of toxic and unhealthy substance,” but if our thoughts are unhealthy and toxic,

any effort to detox the body is merely treating the symptoms. If we never get to the root causes of our behavior, we find ourselves on a never-ending, spinning wheel of treating symptoms, but never really achieving wholeness or total well-being. Detoxing the mind involves, “Abstaining from intoxicating and/ or addictive behaviors.” This includes ridding the mind of its attachments to unhealthy and delusional narratives. Whether we are detoxifying the body or the mind, both take on a serious commitment not to return toxic behaviors and ways-of thinking, which only return the mind-body to an unhealthy state of existence. It is our behavior which creates either a healthy mind and body or not. Therefore we must correct our behavior to produce the results we want. This ap-

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hoodies, T-shirts and jogging pants, using Filium-activated, 100 percent cotton fabric free of chemicals and nanoparticles. It repels spills and stains. When wet, it dries 40 percent faster than other materials. Perspiration evaporates through the breathable natural fabric, so Ably clothing doesn’t absorb odors or need to be washed and dried as often, saving water and energy ( “The retail industry is one of today’s largest polluters in the world,” says Raj Shah, co-founder of Ably and shows trending sustainable options for women. offers organic, fair trade and ethical brands for men/women/children. 38

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co-creator of Filium. “Ably apparel saves time and reduces both carbon emissions and chemical detergent usage, resulting in cleaner water supplies. We’re the first to apply the benefits of Filium to clothing, but hope other companies will follow suit.” The company has three stores and ships worldwide from its website.

Farm2Fashion made its New York debut in 2014, featuring ponchos, scarves and wraps crafted from manufacturers’ pre-consumer, recycled cotton scrap, plus local virgin farm fiber under the guidance of Laurie Perrone, creative director and president. Located in Cornwall, New York, the company’s artisan-inspired products are available through stores and the Web ( “Our philosophy is simple—design classic products in America with substance and sustainability, while creating a low carbon footprint,” says Perrone. “We encourage customers to pass our products from generation to generation. Apparel and other textile goods in America used to be made at home for families and friends. We want to bring some of that back to life.” Orgotton’s classic “little black dress” takes on fresh personalities via two long straps that change its appearance from a modest one-shoulder to a dressier backless version, halter style or a variation with cap sleeves. Made to order in Philadelphia, the five-way short dress expands a woman’s wardrobe with a single purchase ( OrgottonShortDress). The dress is 65 percent bamboo, 27 percent organic cotton and 8 percent Spandex; it’s washable in cold water and dries flat, saving energy. Orgotton’s Infinity Collection comprises a long dress, short dress, romper and bodysuit. Alis Living ( lifestyle boutique, in Scottsdale, Arizona, is owner Janet Ellis’ creation. “In 2007, I taught meditation classes and noticed the women were not enjoying life fully. Life should not be stressful,” she observes. “The skin is the largest organ on the body and clothing fabrics are often

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treated with formaldehyde. So we exclusively focus on organic clothing.” Her motto is, “Dress healthy, look good, have fun.” The clothing she carries are so simple and versatile that a change in accessories can take a dress from daytime business wear to evening elegance. “It used to be harder to find eco-friendly clothing. It’s easier now,” Ellis remarks. “We carry Blue Canoe, Indigenous, Onno, Shupaca and Synergy fashion lines, adding more brands as we discover them.” As a Master Gardener, Ellis also offers organic cooking classes for customers, harvesting from an onsite garden, thus creating a conscious community for women. “We want to serve one another and live joyously, but too often don’t make time for ourselves,” she says. “We’re concerned about human health and the planet. We believe that we don’t have to do harm in order to enjoy good fashion, food and fun.” Fashion personality and creation, organic gardening, mindful art, meditation and yoga on the lawn are other classes offered onsite. Eco-friendly clothing used to have little appeal for fashion buffs. Now designers and manufacturers are finding fresh ways to provide the attractive and eco-healthy clothing more women want to wear.

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such as cotton, have a significant environmental impact. According to Conca, “Cotton is the world’s single largest pesticide-consuming crop, using 24 percent of all insecticides and 11 percent of all pesticides globally, adversely affecting soil and water.” Additionally, “Americans throw away about 70 pounds of clothing per person every year,” Conca noted. Adopting new ways to shop responsibly can vastly minimize a person’s footprint on the Earth: reduce, reuse and recycle. Consignment shopping enables concerned and conscientious consumers to purchase gently used clothing items, which helps keep them out of landfills, gives them new life and diminishes their impact on the planet. Women desiring an eco-friendly closet will find several consignment shops in Haddonfield, including Curvy Girl, where going green means being fashion forward can help save money and Mother Earth. Resource: Curvy Girl Consignment, 221A Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield. For more information, call 856-354-9111 or visit

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calendarofevents Email for guidelines and to submit entries. All events are subject to change. We advise confirming in advance directly with the business or organization. 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. Check website for cancellations. Suggested donation $15 for those not registered for the series. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.


Best Friends Adoption Special – July 1 & 2. Celebrate the Fourth of July by adopting. For the patriotic price of just $17.76 you can adopt and do your part to help save the lives of America’s pets. Learn more & meet all of our adoptable pets: Bike Outing at Atsion – 9-10:30am. Join us for a leisurely ride on some beautiful pathways. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear closed-toe shoes. Bring own bike and required helmet. Show up a few minutes early so we can help you with a quick safety check on your bike. Atsion Ranger Station Parking, Rte 206, Shamong. 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. 856424-2288.

FRIDAY, JULY 7 Crystal Bowl Sound Healing: Movement, Vibration, Stillness – 7-8-30pm. Guided by Kiel Gerhard. Come experience Reiki Master Kiel’s peaceful guided Collective Connection Meditation, followed by a gentle yoga sequence while basking in the high vibrations of powerful crystal singing bowls. During the final sound bath, Kiel will do energy work on everyone. Sol Source Community Cooperative, 14 S Madison Ave, Hammonton. 609-270-5674.

SATURDAY, JULY 8 Sesshin or Meditation Retreat – 8-11:30am or 8am-6pm. Full- or half-day intensive that creates a deep, quiet container for experiencing “serene contemplation,” one’s “true self.” Includes sitting/ walking meditation, liturgy, Dharma talk, formal silent meal, personal talk with the Roshi, work practice and Q&A. $55 with lunch; $25 half day, lunch not included. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. Registration required: 609-268-9151. Introduction to Oncology Massage: CEU Class – 9am-3:30pm. With Andrea Finley. This introductory course describes surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, and the adjustments made when creating a massage plan. $75. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. Register:


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; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495, Rancocas


Elevated Camping: Hammocking Basics – 6:308pm. Hammocks are a versatile companion for any outdoor adventure, but sometimes levitation has a learning curve. Join our hammocking experts for some tips and tricks that will have you flying in no time. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.

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Blueberry Cultivation Demonstration – 10am12pm. Visit the birthplace of the commercial blueberry and learn by doing. Joseph Darlington, our farmer and the grandnephew of Miss Lizzy will teach about cultivation in our classroom then lead the group into the original triangle test field. $10/person. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646. How to Ride a Bike: Kids Ages 4-7 – 11am-1pm. Is your child struggling to learn how to ride their bike? Our kid-friendly instructors will help them with their first lesson. $45/member, $65/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-8101938. Whitesbog Village Tour – 1-2:30pm. Step back in time and join one of our guides on a tour of Historic Whitesbog Village. Learn about what makes this old cranberry company town so important to the history of NJ. $5. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646. Removing Obstacles: Transform Yourself, Change Your Life Workshop – 2-4:30pm. With Harnam Singh. Who has never felt stuck, blocked or limited in some way? In this workshop tap into our own unlimited consciousness to transform ourselves and our lives. Features live music from Harnam’s new CD: Meditations for Removing Obstacles. $35/advance, $40/at door. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. How to Ride a Bike: Kids Ages 8-11 – 2-4pm. Our fun, unique and proven instruction methods have helped hundreds of kids experience the joy of riding a bike. $45/member, $65/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Sacred Chant Concert – 7-9pm. With Harnam Singh. His recordings are critically acclaimed for their transformational and soulful power which he will be sharing from his new Spirit Voyage album: Meditations for Removing Obstacles. $20/advance, $25/at door. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Full Moon Night Hike – 8pm. Enjoy a guided hike by the light of the full moon to visit nocturnal habitats that are home to owls, raccoons, opossums and other wildlife that emerge after dark. Ages 8 and up. $10/adult, $8/child. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Advanced registration required: July Moonlight Walk – 8-10pm. Come explore the village and the bogs by moon light. An experienced guide will share insights about Whitesbog and the nature that surrounds us with a different topic each month. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646.


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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 Light and Sound Service that includes a reading, singing HU, followed by a discussion on this month’s topic: Exploring Your Inner Worlds Practicing Spiritual Grace. Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 800870-9139 or

July Blueberry Music Jam – 11am-2pm. Stop into the historic village of Whitesbog to listen to the tunes of local musicians; the open music jam is acoustic. Free. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-8934646. 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 Blueberry Tasting – 1-3pm. Come explore the many flavors with a tasting of over 10 varieties grown in South Jersey. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646. Walk on the Wild Side – 1:30pm. Join us for a themed hike through the Refuge. Trails are family friendly. $10/adult, $8/ages 4 & up, free/ages 3 & under. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford. Advanced registration required:


Kids Yoga Summer Camp – July 10-14 & Aug 7-11. 11:30am-2:30pm; Wed ends at 1:30pm. Half-day camp for kids ages 4-11. Join Cindy and Vera of Our Souls Shine as they guide you on a yoga adventure each day exploring the senses. Come connect, breathe, focus, move and relax. Per wk: $200/1st child, $150/2nd child. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Free Public Education Workshop at NHIC – 6:45-8pm. Join Sarah Outlaw, Master Herbalist & Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner for a free workshop on women’s health. Find out ways to stay health through all stages of life. Free health screenings. Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey, 1050 Kings Hwy N, Ste 200, Cherry Hill. RSVP: Wild Soul Movement Series – Mondays, July 10Sept 25. 7-8:30pm. With Christine Juckett. Join us on this journey of melting away all that has ever made you feel wrong, ashamed, less than, or unsafe in your own sacred body. It’s not about working out, it’s about working in. Learn to love your body, yourself and own your power. Gentle movement and mantras. $240/series, $22/drop-in. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-9537800.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – Tuesdays, July 11-Aug 29. 12:30-2:45pm. 8-wk course with Linda Townshend. Course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, teaches students how to use mindfulness meditation to relate differently to life’s feeling of overwhelm, its stresses and our reaction to them. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Meditation Practice – 6:30-7:45pm. Join the Nutritional Wellness Center for a meditation practice that focuses on grounding, centering and releasing stress. Get ready to experience a shift. A great opportunity for self-healing and connecting with the

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community. $10. Nutritional Wellness Center, 1 Cinnaminson Ave, Palmyra. RSVP: 856-499-2160. Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercise Series – Tuesdays, July 11-Aug 1. 7-8:30pm. 4-wk series with Juliette Gamble. Learn a simple series of exercise that safely assist the body to release deep patters of stress, tension and trauma, restoring inner peace and bringing the body back to a state of balance. $18/drop-in or class card. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-4047287. Escape the Desk Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. If you spend hours on end hunched over a computer, trapped in a cubicle or driving a car, join fellow desk worker Erin Filson in a fun series of accessible yoga poses for all levels to help you lengthen and strengthen your body, reaffirm healthy posture, and ease stiffness caused by sitting for long periods of time. All levels. $15 or class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.


Teen Yoga Series – Wednesdays, July 12-Aug 16. 5:30-6:30pm. With Kelly Wellens. 6-wk series is an opportunity for renewed growth, relaxation and healthy habits. Teens today are under a lot of stress, and just like their parents are turning to yoga to help them relax and cope. Yoga increases self-awareness, builds self-esteem and strengthens their bodies. $60/series, $12/drop-in. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-9537800. Dharma Teaching: Conversation and Tea – 7-9pm. Includes a period of quiet contemplation and reflection and a teaching followed by conversation over a bowl of tea. Check website for cancellations. Suggested donation $10. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609268-9151.


Muse-ical Yoga: Summertime Sixties Shanti Soiree – 6-7:15pm. Celebrate the summer winds with Jimmy Sell in this special segment of our monthly musical series with music from the Beach Boys, Lovin’ Spoonful, Stevie Wonder, even Sinatra. Designed for all shapes and sizes. $10. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Light Creation: An Illumination Process – 6:309:30pm. Kathy Milano guides you through a 5 step Illumination Process to expand Divine Light within your subtle energy structure. Primed to work with Divine Light Intelligence, you may midwife

the potential of your dream/intent. Empowers harmonious creation across all levels of your being. $44. Soul Sanctuary, 110 Marter Ave, Ste 206, Moorestown. 856-778-1981. Group Channeling Event – 7pm. Medium Lisa Miliaresis will be sharing her exceptional gift of mediumship to help you connect with loved ones who live on the other side. This experience can bring comfort and healing to yourself as well as loved ones. $50. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. To register: 2Communicate. net or South Jersey Seed Circle Library – 7-8pm. Also held Aug 10. The seed library will be open and available. Stop by to pick up some seeds for your garden. There will be knowledgeable people on hand to answer questions relating to care for your seeds. Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. For more info: 856-425-2221 or Extreme Communication: Connecting to the Other Side – 7-9pm. Lisa Miliaresis shares her exceptional gift of mediumship to help you connect with loved ones who live on the other side. This experience can bring comfort and healing to yourself as well as loved ones. $50. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. Register: 609-953-7800 or


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: 609-859-8860. Agenda: Whitesbog Family Hike – 10am-12pm. Come out for a fun hike through village and into bogs with an experienced leader through our partnership with Hike It Baby. $5/family donation. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Sacred Soul Journeys – 7-9:30pm. With Andrea Regal. July’s theme: “Declare Your Independence from Limitation!” Limiting thoughts, beliefs and feelings in our bodies, minds and energy fields are imprinted from childhood experiences, mass consciousness and other lives. Through experientials and Shamanic journey you’ll undo and redo these imprints to claim your freedom from needless constraints. $35/advance, $45/at door. Blue Moon Wellness, 707 E Clements Bridge Rd, Runnemede. 856-402-2259.

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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: 609-261-2495, An Evening with Seijaku Roshi: Finding Refuge in Times of Trouble – 7-9pm. Join us as we explore how to develop a tender and open heart for ourselves and others, and thus lay the groundwork for true community of family, friends, neighbors and the world. Doors open at 6:30pm for quiet meditation. Event begins at 7:05pm sharp. Pay at the door: $15/individuals, $25/spouse & partners. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd., Shamong. 609-268-9151.


Introduction to Kundalini Yoga for Instructors (YTT 300 Program) – 9am-1pm. With Michelle Carlino. Kundalini yoga is a powerful technique for transformation. Class includes energetic kryias and meditation. $60. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. Register: No Child Left Inside – 10am-12pm. Interest in the outdoors starts at a young age. Event is a series of outdoor kids’ games and activities with informational components woven in. Dress in layers of synthetic clothing and bring along water, snacks and sunscreen. Smithville Park, Field Parking, Eastampton. High Tea, Blueberry Style – 2pm. Come visit Suningive, the historic home of Miss Elizabeth White on a Sunday afternoon for food, drink, learning and fellowship. Explore the home of Miss Lizzy, learn about the history of afternoon tea and enjoy scrumptious treats. $15/person. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-8934646. Walk in the Wild: Introductory Talk on Land Navigation – 2pm. With Brian Winterstein. Topics include parts of a compass and how it works, obtaining an azimuth, following said azimuth, intro to topographic maps, map symbols, contour lines, scales and colors of the map, plotting a course using a topo map, multiple way points, obtaining an azimuth from the map, distance measuring and pacing using pace beads. Free. Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust, Willoughby House, 340 Pine Ave, Deptford. To reserve a space: 856-217-9138.


Spiritual Gathering & Picnic Dinner at Strawbridge Lake, Moorestown – 6:30-9pm. Gather with like-minded spiritual seekers for community and support to discuss experiences, thoughts, realizations and topics like energy healing, holistic lifestyle, intuition, chakras, past lives, crystals, meditation, enlightenment, etc. Beginners welcome. Includes silent dinner, nature meditation and discussion. $22. More info, Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center: 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Mediumship Group Reading – 7-10pm. Experience the incredible work of international psychic medium Kimara as she hosts Spirit Night. Witness, as Kimara connect guests with those who’ve passed, delivering astoundingly accurate details and personal messages from the other side. Seating limited to 12; everyone gets a reading. $55. Church St. Arts & Craft, 2 Church St, Mount Holly. For tickets:


Peace & Acceptance: A Yoga Nidra Meditation – 7:30-8:45pm. 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. 856-5461006.


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 Health and Healing. Free. Mt. Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Rd, Room 4, Mount Laurel. More info: 800-870-9139 or Spirituality@ Advanced Neck Strategies: CEU Class – 5:309:30pm. With David Egan. Strategies designed to help the massage therapist work more efficiently on the neck, superficial and deep. $60. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. Register: Lourdes Lightweight Backpacking Basics – 6:30-8pm. Join an REI backpacking expert who will provide excellent tips on lightweight backpacking techniques. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Guest Speaker David DiSanto: Triple Crown Hiker – 7-8pm. David DiSanto hiked the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. All 7,887 miles of these 3 journeys constitute the Triple Crown of Hiking. Learn what it takes to hike the Triple Crown. Also hear about his experience thru-hiking a newer trail, the Grand Enchantment Trail. L.L. Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Psychic Development – 7-8:30pm. With Susan Drummond. This circle is a safe place to nurture your soul and expand your awareness with like-minded people. Share your psychic experiences and ask questions for a better understanding of your intuition. July’s topic: pendulums. $25. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeIn

Beginners Mind Meditation: Shoshin – 7-9pm. Includes instructions on zen meditation, mindfulness practices and zendo etiquette. Designed for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Check website for cancellations. Suggested donation $5. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.


Green Challenge Film Fest: Inhabit, A Permaculture Perspective – 6:30pm, doors open; 7pm, film. Permaculture employs principles found in nature to shift our impact from destructive to regenerative. Inhabit provides an intimate look at permaculture peoples and practices ranging from rural, suburban, and urban landscapes. This inspiring film offers the possibility that humans can be a planetary healing force. Screening followed by Q&A. Free. Collingswood Community Center, 30 W Collings Ave, Collingswood. More info: 856-425-2221 or Register:


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. $25/pre-registered; limited space. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Laughter Yoga – 7-8pm. With Karen Siugzda. De-stress, energize and get happy with laughter. 3rd Fri each month. $13/drop-in. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.

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How to Ride a Bike for Adults – 10am-12pm. Our professional instructors will patiently teach you the basic skills of riding a bike, including how to balance, steer and brake. Must bring own bike and helmet. $65/member, $85/nonmember. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.


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. 118 Creek Rd, Mt. Laurel. For vending opportunities, Michael: MadeAndFoundMkt@gmail. com. More info: Psoas & Hip, Together Forever – 1-3pm. With Linda Sheehan. Discover, explore, revitalize and heal the source of your vitality through the pelvic gridle, hips and psoas. Using movement, meditation and pranayama to move deeper inwards to experience the freedom of movement that comes from letting go. All levels. $25. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006.


Strength and Stability for Manual Therapists: CEU Class – 9am-1pm. With David Egan. Learn specific exercises involving the deep core musculature and move through the hips, legs and upper body, with a focus on function. $60. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. Register: Embracing Your Psychic Gifts – 11am-6pm. Learn to develop psychic abilities and how to give professional readings through intuition, 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: Blueberry Living History – 1-3pm. Visit all the village’s interpreted museums and historic landscapes, pick vintage blueberries, take a wagon ride and more. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646.


Free Public Education Workshop at NHIC – 6:45-8pm. Join Sarah Outlaw, Clinical Herbalist and Clinical/Functional Nutritionist for a free workshop on digestive health. Do all diseases really begin in the gut? Find out and more. Free health screenings. Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey, 1050 Kings Hwy N, Ste 200, Cherry Hill. RSVP:


Bike Maintenance Basics: Level 1 – 6:30-8pm. Routine bike maintenance keeps you riding smoothly and prolongs the life of your bike. Join us for this introductory class to help you take care of your bike. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Free Holistic Health Webinar – 7-8pm. Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging/Health through Awareness presents Cindy Cipriani, an author, public speaker, entrepreneur and Clarity Coach. The topic of her presentation will be “How to Move Forward When Life Changes.” Cindy’s trademarked program “The 5C Solution” can help


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Pinelands Summer Short Course – 9am-3pm. Features guided nature hikes, history and blueberry tours, a canoe trip on the Batsto River, a dragonfly walk, live music and presentations on winemaking, butterflies, moths and the American Revolution. Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, 30 Front St, Hammonton. More info & to register: 609-6524227 or




Ladies Night Out: Tribal Belly Dance – 6:308:30pm. Megan Marchese teaches basic movements based on the American Tribal Style (ATS) format of belly dance. Fundamental movements and concepts covered including posture, formations, basic slow and fast moves, isolations, and how to lead and follow within a group. Dancers of any size, age or dance experience welcome. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.


Intuitive Tarot Reading Class – 11am-3pm. Learn to read tarot cards with a focus on using intuition rather than strictly memorizing card meanings. Card meanings are covered, but emphasis is on allowing the cards to communicate with the reader energetically and through their symbolism and imagery. $160. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required:


Widows: Express Yourself – 6:30-8:30pm. Come out for an evening of fun and creativity!. No experience necessary. Learn a new skill and create your own personal haiku poetry book. Join Susan Gross, leader of the Philadelphia Chapter for the WConnection and Hollis Citron, owner of I AM Creative. $35. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.

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AngelicEnergetics EveryONE – Aug 3, 10, 17. 6:30-9:30pm. AngelicEnergetics EveryONE level training with Kathy Milano, PhD. Learn an Archangelic energy healing method incorporating WholeHearted energy psychology and Divine Light transmissions. Empowers self-healing, awakening to Essential Nature, deepening Angelic partnerships, enhancing intuitive awareness, inviting harmonious wellbeing. Required for AngelicEnergetics Practitioner training. $165. Soul Sanctuary, 110 Marter Ave, Ste 206, Moorestown. 856-778-1981.

MONDAY, AUGUST 7 Free Public Education Workshop at NHIC – 6:45-8pm. Join Sarah Outlaw, Clinical Herbalist and Clinical/Functional Nutritionist for a free workshop on water. How much water do you really need? What is the best water to drink? What’s in your water that

South Jersey Seed Circle Library – 7-8pm. The seed library will be open and available. Stop by to pick up some seeds for your garden. There will be knowledgeable people on hand to answer questions relating to care for your seeds. Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. For more info: 856-425-2221 or Secrets of Natural Walking – 8:30am-4:30pm. Also held Sept 23. An effective and easy to learn walking practice that naturally reawakens your body’s own healing capabilities and provides various benefits in physical health, mental and emotional well-being and body fitness. Instructor Sally Mydlowec. $150. Hampton Inn Voohrees/Cherry Hill, 121 Laurel Oak Rd, Voohrees. To register: 215-520-0192 or

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 One-Day Nutrition Response Testing Seminar – 9am-5pm. For current holistic health practitioners at Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey. With Sarah Outlaw, Clinical Herbalist and Clinical/ Functional Nutritionist. Learn Nutrition Response Testing. $99. 1050 Kings Hwy N, Ste 200, Cherry Hill. RSVP:

MONDAY, AUGUST 21 Free Public Education Workshop at NHIC – 6:45-8pm. Join Sarah Outlaw, Clinical Herbalist and Clinical/Functional Nutritionist for a free workshop on digestive health. Do all diseases really begin in the gut? Find out and more. Free health screenings. Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey, 1050 Kings Hwy N, Ste 200, Cherry Hill. RSVP:



Angelic Immersion Retreat – Sept 23 & 24. With Kathy Milano. Partner with the Archangels and Archeiai of the Seven Rays in an intimate, empowering weekend. Vibrational attunements, wisdom teachings, and discovery of intuitive capacity to flow Angelic information. 16 Archangels. 16 participants. 7 Rays. 7 Attunements. 7 Blessings. 7 Practices. Personal and partner work. Sacred ceremony. $188. Soul Sanctuary, 110 Marter Ave, Ste 206, Moorestown. 856-7781981.

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300-Hr Advanced Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training – Sept 2017-June 2018. Delve deeply into yoga and ayurveda in this advanced training suitable for all those who have completed a 200-hr yoga teacher training program. In this in-depth curriculum, experientially learn the science of ayurveda, yoga asana (including full courses in chair yoga, restorative yoga and yin yoga), pranayama, anatomy, physiology (Western and ayurvedic perspectives), Sanskrit, Ve-

dic philosophy, mantra and meditation. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

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200-Hr Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher Training – Oct 2017-June 2018. Become a yoga instructor or simply deepen your understanding and practice. Program allows students to delve deeply into the study and experience of the many layers of yoga and ayurveda. Includes integrating the fundamentals of ayurveda, teaching techniques, anatomy, physiology (Western and ayurvedic perspectives), Sanskrit, Vedic philosophy, lifestyle, mantra, meditation and more. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856546-1006.

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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. 856-4047287. Pictures: PRIVATE PARTY’S AT YOGA FOR LIVING IN CHERRY HILL – ​ Choose 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: 856-4047287. 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:

daily Student Massage Clinic – Open to the public for a 55-min massage for $30. Specific dates through August. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. Register, Melanie: lintonm@ or Unlimited Yoga Summer Special – Thru Aug. Enjoy the additional physical benefits and health benefits from doing yoga. Only $135 for 2 months of unlimited yoga, meditation, postural alignment, qigong or dance movement classes. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.

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

monday Flow & Release – 9-10:15am. With Annie McCauley. Experience a balanced combination of movement and pause. Begin with a deep centering, then movement to stretch and strengthen the body, pausing throughout to integrate practice. Ends with a relaxing, calming savasana. Regular class rates apply. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. 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. 609-9758379. 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. 609-9758379. 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.

tuesday Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 6-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Also 11am12:30pm, 1st Thurs. Proven simple self-massage technique teaches you how to eliminate knee pain immediately. Massage applied to

your thigh (quadriceps) muscle, while in a seated position. Wear comfortable clothes with easy access to your thigh. No jeans please or bring shorts. Easy to learn, immediate benefits. $15/drop-in. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856428-5486, Down to Earth 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. Weight-Loss Seminar – 7pm. With Dr Mike Lanzilotta. Lose weight, be healthy, feel good. Make the decision to improve your health and regain your energy. Our program gives you the tools for long-lasting results. Come to our seminar and learn about the entire process. Doctor supervised, one-on-one personal evaluations. No drugs, surgery or injections. No special shakes or prepackaged food. Lose up to 20-35 lbs in 6 wks. South Jersey Spine Center & Weight Loss Clinic, 133-B Jackson Rd, Medford. To reserve a spot: 609-654-1330.

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. Wed, Thurs, Fri, July 5-21. Start your day off right. Come meditate with us for the entire time or any part of it. Check website for cancellations. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Center, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. Vinyasa Flow – 9-10:15am. With Liz Monaghan. Encouraging exploration and creativity, while generating internal heat and intense focus. Learn to shift from the outside world into a movement meditation, building strength and flexibility, healing and revitalizing the mind, body and spirit. Regular class rates apply. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. 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. Gentle Chair Yoga for Cancer Recovery – 2-3pm. Class designed specifically for those recovering from cancer and its treatments, and is open only to cancer survivors. We will warm up the body safely, engage in meditative breathing, and flow into gentle yoga poses mindfully with support and stability. Free; do-

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nation optional. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Yin Yoga – 5-6:15pm. With Linda Sheehan. Give your body and mind a great recharge with the longer held poses of yin yoga. Yin eases flexibility to connective tissue, cultivates core flexibility and restores the body and mind. $15 or class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

thursday Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 11am-12:30pm. 1st Thurs. Also 6-7:30pm, 2nd & 4th Tues. See Tues listing. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-428-5486, Dr.DottyAtkins@ Gentle Vinyasa Flow Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Promotes balance and relaxation through slow mindful movement with an emphasis on body and breath awareness. Begins with centering and breath awareness, slowly moving into poses and sequences that match breath to movement creating a moving meditation that slows the mind and relaxes the body. Ends with deep relaxation and meditation. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. 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 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:

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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ACCESS CONSCIOUSNESS RENEÉ ROBERTSON, LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST Restoration-You Inc. 720 E Main St, Ste 1-D Moorestown, NJ 856-437-0430

What if there was a much easier way to deal with stress and anxiety? Have your Bars run, gentle touch on 32 points on the scalp that starts a flow of energy and erases years of fixed points of view, judgments, negative feelings and limiting beliefs that hold us back. Sessions include powerful tools to use in everyday situations. Energetic Massage and Bodywork for Women.

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

Got allergies? Food sensitivities? Try AAT/Advanced Allergy Therapeutics. Melisa Skyrm, LAc, is now bringing this exclusive and needed service to South Jersey. It has helped many with respiratory and food sensitivity symptoms. Call today to get ahead of allergy season! See ad, page 17.


Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine 24 Nautilus Dr, Ste 3, Manahawkin 609-978-9002 504 Hamburg Tpk, Ste 202, Wayne 973-790-6363 639 Stokes Rd, Se 202, Medford 609-654-5900

Dr. Bartiss is both conventionally and holistically trained giving patients the best of both worlds and the freedom to choose. ICAM’s HEART Program addresses the body’s basic needs in terms of hormone rejuvenation to include adrenal, thyroid, sex and growth hormones as well as the essential neurotransmitters. As an active and founding member of the American Association of

Ozonotherapists, Dr. Bartiss is an expert in various forms of bio-oxidative therapies that include ozone, hydrogen peroxide, ultraviolet phototherapy and high dose vitamin C. These and other powerful therapies are offered by only a few hundred medical practitioners throughout the country. See ad, page 35.


Angel Intuitive, Medium, Artist, Author, Reiki/IET The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford, NJ 08055 Ph/text: 856-220-2955 • Facebook: Energy of Angels Got Angels? Yes, you do! Find out more by connecting with them via your own customized Angel Art, private Crystal Singing Bowls with the Angels session or Angel Crystal Grid Reading. Using art and sound, Kristy McAdams helps you deepen into your connection with the angels to enhance your life. See ad page 32.


Ayurvedic Healing Practitioner Registered Yoga Teacher Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness 118 W Merchant St Audubon, NJ 08106 856-816-4158 Utilizing the principles of Ay u r v e d a , n u t r i t i o n , y o g a , meditation, and herbs for natural healing and self-care to support your body in returning to its natural healthy function. Reiki session, ayurvedic cooking classes, restorative yoga and private yoga sessions. See ad, page 41.

It takes a great man to be a good listener. ~Calvin Coolidge



DR. CAMILLE SEMPLE-DALY, DO Replenish Center 215 Sunset Rd, Ste 204 Willingboro, NJ 08046 856-380-1330

Don’t wait any longer to restore your hormone balance. Symptoms due to menopause, andropause, PMS, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal fatigue, etc., should not negatively impact your quality of life. Regain your vitality and zest naturally with individualized Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT). Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/ GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative Medicine for over a decade and has helped thousands of men and women restore balance with BHRT. See ad on page 11.


Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine 24 Nautilus Dr, Ste 3, Manahawkin 609-978-9002 504 Hamburg Tpk, Ste 202, Wayne 973-790-6363 639 Stokes Rd, Se 202, Medford 609-654-5900

Dr. Bartiss is among a small group of physicians that pioneered the early “integrated” health care system. As a conventionally and holistically trained physician, he offers the best of both schools of medicine. Dr. Bartiss’ “HEART” Program (Hormone, Endocrine, Adrenal Rejuvenation Therapy) addresses hormone imbalance and focuses on restoring his patients to optimal levels. The simple explanation of this program is that when the endocrine system is balanced, a person is less likely to become ill, over-weight and emotionally imbalanced. ICAM patients report an improved quality of life, both emotionally and physically. See ad on page 35.

If you can be content right now, then you’ll always be content, because it’s always right now. ~Willie Nelson

30 W Holly Ave Pitman, NJ 08071 856-218-1330

Dr. DeCotiis specializes in wellnessbased Chiropractic care: helping the body to function at its personal best while reducing internal and external stresses. We individualize care to optimize performance of body systems by reducing nerve damage, improving spinal alignment, posture, ergonomics, sleep habits, hormone balance and improving overall health through exercise, weight loss, detox and supplementation.


The Strawbridge Professional Center 212 W Rte 38, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-273-1551 Dr. Bidwell is dedicated to providing patients the best possible spinal healthcare including chiropractic adjustment, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot and cold therapy, cervical and lumbar traction, and stretching and strengthening exercise instruction. Her adjustments techniques consist of diversified, activator, arthrostim, SOT blocking, craniosacral work, active release technique, and PNF stretching. See ad, page 6.


Experienced Energy Intuitive and Yoga Teacher 856-261-0554 Lisa O’Brien is an experienced yoga teacher, Reiki Master and energy intuitive offering private and group sessions. She specializes in clearing blockages and negative programs out of the energy system for healing and advancement on one’s path.

Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. ~Benjamin Franklin


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 41.

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HEALING MODALITIES SARAH OUTLAW, CBHC, MH, NRT Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey 1050 N Kings Hwy, Ste 200 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 856-667-6805

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 37.

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 32.



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 17.


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 7.

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

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. ~Og Mandino

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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 20.


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Holos Touch LLC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 Institute for Medical Wellness 856-546-7500 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown, NJ 856-231-0590

For a complete selection of vitamins, homeopathics, body care, bulk herbs, bulk grains, packaged foods, frozen foods, organic produce, snacks. Open 7 days. Mon-Fri, 9am8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. See ad, page 23.

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Health Through Awareness takes a holistic approach to health and well-being. Dr. Philip Getson is a board-certified Family Physician and certified by four Thermographic Boards. He specializes in thermography, an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health. With the mission of providing a balanced approach to wellness, the center offers diet and lifestyle counseling, thermography, the area’s most unique infrared detox sauna (The POD), reiki, a smoking cessation program, physician standard supplements and ongoing wellness classes. See ad, page 32.




Pamper yourself without breaking the bank. Make an appointment at our professionally set student spa. Relax your mind, indulge your senses, and rejuvenate your spirit with a specialized massage therapy session. We customize your spa experience based on your personal needs and preferences. Rizzieri’s students will provide 50-min or 80-min massage service choices, including: Swedish massage, reflexology, stress relief wraps and maternity massage. In addition, patrons may choose to add a treatment enhancement, such as: hot stone, reflex, scalp or deep pressure. See ad, on page 29.

MEDIUMSHIP 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

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, non-hormornal 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 ad, page 43.


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 in-person sessions, workshops, retreats, private and group readings are available.


Open Tues-Fri, 10am-7pm & Sat, 10am-3pm 703 Stokes Rd, Store #4, Medford, NJ 08055 609-714-8666 Facebook: Nutrition Works of Medford Natural health store supplying supplements, sports nutrition, pain management, gluten-free and vegan items, health/beauty, homeopathics and so much more. See ad, page 25.


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 25.

NATUROPATIC DOCTOR MELISSA JOSSELSON, ND Naturopathic Doctor Marlton & Haddonfield, NJ 856-472-9495

Holistic health care for all ages and a variety of health conditions. Find the cause of your health issues and heal using safe, natural and nontoxic therapies. See ad, page 42.

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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.

PREVENT OR ELIMINATE CHRONIC PAIN DEB FREEMAN, PAS Marlton and Cherry Hill, NJ 856-495-6604 There’s hope and healing for chronic and recurrent pain. Stop treating your symptoms, get to the root cause of your pain, and get back to living a pain free lifestyle without drugs or surgery. Contact Deb Freeman, Postural Alignment Specialist certified by Egoscue University for information. Proven. Effective. Life changing.


Andrea Regal, Subtle Energy Therapist 856-904-5566 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 j o u r n e y. A s a n i n t u i t i v e , K a t h y o f f e r s 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 18.

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 ad on page 11.

WHOLESOME GYNECOLOGY AND INFERTILITY 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 ad on page 43.



Dana Reynolds, MA/M.ED. 1001 Whitehorse Pike Haddon Township, NJ 08107 Serving the South Jersey/Tri-State area 856-993-1786 True healer/channeler with 30 years’ experience.  Won Ki channeled energy from nature taps into energetic ancestral consciousness to powerfully address disease, imbalance and chronic illness of the mind and body. Revitalizes the spirit, rejuvenates cells, expels toxins, balances hormones, powers up immunity and prevents premature aging. Leads to a powerful sense of well-being and grounding. Personal Won Ki healing sessions and training available in home, in studio or Skype.

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the Earth, the air and you. ~Langston Hughes


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Aw a r e n e s s Coaching, with Miller, THE CENTER Maryann and Intuitive Life in Balance 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-of-sorts, have a free consultation to determine the unique approach for your unique journey. See ad, page 32.

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The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. ~Confucius


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