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Sound Wave Treatments for Migranes and Fibromyalgia

Three Area Women Conquer Migraines


he three women had reached the end of their rope. They thought they had exhausted every avenue of treatment, and nothing worked for long. Lori N. Strok, Danielle Wendrychowicz and Tina McLaughlin had all but given up hope finding relief from the crippling head pain that altered their lives. They aren’t alone. The American Council for Headache Pain estimates that 8,700,000 women suffer from migraines each year. Women most susceptible are those between the ages of 35 and 45, when many are at the height of their career, family responsibilities and social life. Strok, for example says, “I was at wit’s end.” The 27 year-old Accounts Payable Manager, had tried several over-the- counter, aspi-

rin-based medications and more than one prescription medicine. “I took them every day trying to relieve the pain of three-time-a-week migraines,” she says. “They sometimes covered the pain but they didn’t get to the root of the problem.” Wendrychowicz, a school bus driver, shares

a similar experience. “I’ve been to headache centers, taken numerous medications and met with several doctors,” she reports. “Nothing helped.” McLaughlin, owner of a flower shop in Moorestown, said, “My family doctor suggested a prescription medicine that was so effective,” she says.

“I had the migraines for 25 years and they had been getting worse with time,” she says. Strok had suffered with them for four years and Wendrychowicz for 7 years. Although the number of years that they have suffered with migraines varies, the common thread weaving through the women’s experiences with migraines is how the pain changed, indeed, controlled their lives. Strok, for example, says “It would almost stop my life. I’d leave social functions like parties. I couldn’t work when they were really bad. “McLaughlin sometimes spent the holidays in bed and Wendychowicz says she was extremely irritable, moody and didn’t want to do anything. “I was always fatigued and it affected my family life.” Wenclrycho-

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“Since undergoing treatment, I’ve had no headaches,” she says. “It’s even helped relieve the generalized body pain caused by fibromyalgia.” learned about treatment that was producing startling results in another woman suffering from chronic migraines. The treatment is gentle and effective treatment and requires no pre-

scription medication or physical, hands-on manipulation. It comprises only a pulse of sound directed to a person’s atlas-the top vertebrae that supports the head. After an extensive examination, setting up for the treatment takes only minutes and the sound pulse lasts less than a second. Although a person can barely feel the pulse, it produces dramatic results. Dr. Sandoz, originally from Cinnaminson and now in Mt. Laurel explains “Migraines often are caused by physical and stress-related problems due to misalignment of the atlas vertebrae.

Cor recting the misalignment alleviates the cause of the problem and relieves the migraines.” Dr. Sandoz has been working with his son, Dr. Joshua Sandoz, for over 8 years. Their practice is one of only a few in the New Jersey and Philadelphia area who offer this treatment along with Spinal Decompres sion Therapy, Class 4 Laser and Neurofeedback Therapy. Strok says, “Dr. Sandoz applied the sound pulse to my finger to show that it was painless and it was, I couldn’t believe it.” She received weekly treatments at first and

For the first time in 10 years she didn’t fear going to sleep and being awakened by a migraine.

caused by fibromyalgia.” McLaughlin, too, reports good results. After only four treatments, she was pain free. “I counted the days,” she says. “And I had no migraines for almost three weeks.” For the first time in 10 years she didn’t fear going to sleep and being awakened by a migraine. What’s their advice to other women suffering from migraines? Strok, for example, suggests that they not give up and depend solely on medication. “There is help for your problem and Dr. Sandoz is it.” For more information as well as an appointment, call Dr. Sandoz at 856 206-9560. Their new office location is 2057 Briggs Road, Suite 204 in Mt. Laurel NJ.

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ancer is so prevalent that almost everyone I know has been touched by it in some way. We are accosted with toxins from air, land and sea. In whichever direction we turn (the food we eat and the air we breathe), we are exposed to cancer-causing agents. Even the automatic treatment modalities that traditional oncologists prescribe (chemotherapy and radiation) cause cancer. The feature this month is educational and also thought provoking for some who have stayed abreast of research on lifestyles and therapies that combat the deadly disease. However, there are many questions and answers yet to be uncovered.

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Diet and therapy protocols continue to vary among the most cutting-edge alternative health professionals, but there is also widespread agreement on a few key elements. In my assessment, two of these elements that feed cancer cells are sugar (especially refined and processed) and foods that cause inflammation. How ironic that in many traditional oncology offices you’ll find vending machines full of sweets and processed foods. We give you another great feature this month on a local physician that specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement for both men and women. Again, I believe our environment wreaks havoc on our health including proper hormone balance. I have personally benefited from plant-based hormone therapy and highly recommend it. Read also the story about a special rescue for unadoptable elderly dogs right here in South Jersey and try not to let it tug on your heartstrings. I have visited the facility and can attest to the tireless commitment of Michele and her many volunteers. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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izzieri Aveda School is accepting enrollments for its six-month, 300-hour Manicuring Licensure Program starting in September. Classes meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The manicuring program comprises manicures, pedicures, nail beauty techniques, waxing, retail knowledge and the concept of gaining and retaining clients. Location: 8200 Town Center Blvd., Voorhees. For more information about enrollment, tuition, supplies and fees, call admissions at 856552-2270 or email Admissions@



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n August 2, the public will have additional opportunities to enjoy the health and wellness benefits of massage when Rizzieri Aveda School of Massage opens its new Alumni Spa. Staffed by licensed massage therapists who recently graduated from Rizzieri, the Alumni Spa boasts a feature not available in the Student Clinic: Guests can book their therapist of choice. Services include 50- and 80-minute massages. Maternity massages and reflexology are also offered, along with a variety of service enhancements for additional fees. Rizzieri’s Alumni Spa is open Wednesdays and Fridays, from RIZZIERI 4:30 to 9 p.m., and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Cost: 50-minute massages start at $45; 80-minute massages at $65. Location: 8102 Town Center Blvd., Voorhees. For more information or to book an appointment, call 856-983-1680.

Get ‘Renewable’ Seeds and Tips to Succeed on August 10


n August 10, from 7 to 8 p.m., area gardeners can “borrow” seeds from the South Jersey Seed Circle Library at the Collingswood Public Library. Experts will be available to address questions about caring for the seeds. According to a recent article posted on Farmers, seed-lending libraries are an emerging trend. The article notes that seed collections are “offered for the intention of renewing the local seed supply,” adding that 46 states and 15 countries now have such lending libraries. A post on the South Jersey Seed Circle Library Facebook page explains that interested gardeners select their seeds—determined by season—from the lending library, provide their email address and indicate the seeds borrowed. After the planted seeds produce viable new seeds, gardeners are encouraged to “return” some of the seeds to the library, while also keeping some for themselves. Location: 771 Haddon Ave. For more information, call 856-425-2221, visit, or events/145035766040912.  

Taste Fermented Goodies at Grand Opening on August 12


ammonton’s Fermented Food & Beverage Supply, a local source for homebrew supplies, fermented food kits, books, demonstration classes and more at Raspberry Run shopping complex, 900 Route 54, Ste. A-4, is celebrating its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 12 at 11 a.m. The festivities include samples of fermented foods and beverages, and the first 100 customers receive a free raffle entry. Store owners Eric Schmehl and Mica McCullough have been brewing beer and fermenting foods—including yogurts, kimchi, pickles and preserved lemons—for more than five years.

Schmehl notes that Fermented Food & Beverage Supply will appeal to a wide-range of fermentation fans, from seasoned experts to beginners. “We have the products and knowledge you need,” adds McCullough. The store is open Thursday through Sunday. Hours of operation, upcoming classes and events are posted on their Facebook page.

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he 2017 Green Challenge Film Fest concludes on August 17 with a free screening of the award-winning documentary, SEED: The Untold Story, at the Collingswood Community Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 7. Organic popcorn and a door-prize drawing are included. “Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds—worshiped and treasured since the dawn of human- (856)235–6800 Conventional pediatrics and orthopedics have little to offer. Not us! Gentle, hands-on techniques reduce strains and eliminate pain. No more waiting till they grow out of it.

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newsbriefs kind. However, in the last century, 94 percent of seed varieties have disappeared,” notes a synopsis on the documentary’s website. The screening’s sponsors add that 10 agrichemical companies—including Syngenta, Bayer and Monsanto—control more than two-thirds of the global seed market, and are reaping unprecedented profits. Seed “follows passionate seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000-year-old food legacy.” Local seed librarians Jeff Quattrone and Keith Monahan lead a discussion after the screening, which is presented by GMO Free PA and NJ, Oaklyn Green Team and Sustainable Collingswood. Registration is requested at Location: 30 W. Collings Ave. For more information, call 856-425-2221 or visit events and  

Spend a Night with the Stars on August 18


he Rancocas Nature Center at Rancocas State Park is the site of the third Star Watch/Astronomy Night, taking place at 7:30 p.m. on August 18. There is no rain date. The evening begins with a demonstration indoors, and the viewing follows in the nearby meadow. The event—just three days prior to this decade’s complete solar eclipse—is sponsored by the Friends of Rancocas Nature Center and the West Jersey Astronomical Society (WJAS). The WJAS will have an array of telescopes and other optics to guide beginners and experienced star gazers through the summer night sky. Attendees are advised to bring flashlights, lawn chairs and binoculars. Pre-registration is required. Cost: RNC members $10 per person and $25 per family (limit: five); nonmembers $15 per person and $40 per family (limit: five). Location: 794 Rancocas Rd., Westampton. For pre-registration, more information and directions, call 609-261-2495 or visit

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Learn to Feed Your Brain, First on August 23


eurotransmitters are the chemicals in the brain that mediate mood and behavior. When they are in balance, so is the person; when they are depleted or out of balance, that person is likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and more, asserts psychotherapist and mental health nutritionist Christina Veselak of Denver, Colorado. Veselak explains how to create and rebuild neurotransmitters in Feed Christina Veselak Your Brain, First: Using Amino Acid and Nutrient Therapy to Effectively Address Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia and Addiction without Medication, a free webinar from 7 to 8 p.m. on August 23. Marlton’s Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging/Health through Awareness is sponsoring this event. Veselak, who specializes in nutrition for emotional well-being and addiction recovery, says, “Amino acids such as Tyrosine, Gamma-Amino Butyric acid (GABA) and 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5HTP), available at vitamin stores, can help improve mood and well-being within 20 minutes.” Veselak notes that they may also decrease withdrawal symptoms and cravings for addictive substances. For more information and to register, call 856-596-5834 or visit

Manage Scoliosis with the Gyrotonic Method


urves in the spine help to properly balance the body. However, for a person with scoliosis, whose backbone curves side-to-side, “that balance is literally pulled out of alignment,” says Lisa Roche, owner of Nagare, a private Gyrotonic Studio, in Haddonfield. “The muscles in a body out of balance and alignment continue to hold the body as it is, causing discomfort, limitation, restriction and, at times, malformation.” Roche explains that Gyrotonic exercises help keep the spine healthy because they don’t just work the spine—they also work the muscles that surround the spine and hold it in proper alignment.  “If the muscles are holding the spine in an unhealthy manner, we use very specific exercises to help the muscles release and ease the pull in one direction. Once the spine is corrected, we’re then able to rebuild balance.” Gyrotonic Method workouts are customizable, Roche adds. Hour-long Gyrotonic sessions are $70. For more information, call 609-929-4421, email or visit

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newsbriefs Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Audubon


anet Watkins and Julie Fischer, co-owners of Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, in Audubon, are launching a 300-hour advanced ayurvedic yoga teacher-training program, beginning in September. The 300-hour program is designed for those who completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training and “want to move into a greater understanding of life and themselves, as well gain more in-depth knowledge of yoga and ayurveda,” says Fischer. Fischer explains that the 300-hour curriculum will delve more intensely into the science of ayurveda, yoga asana (including full courses in chair yoga, restorative and yin yoga), pranayama, physical and subtle yogic anatomy, physiology (Western and ayurvedic perspectives), Sanskrit, Vedic philosophy, mantra and meditation. “Through the experiential learning and self-awareness, yoga teachers will expand their spiritual journey and, with clarity and confidence, be able to create, sequence and teach classes that are beneficial for every student,” Fischer adds. Early-bird discounts for registration by August 12; payment plans are available. Location: 118 W. Merchant St. For more information, call 856-546-1006 or visit

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Personally Yours Offers Helping Hands and Hearts


ecuperating from an illness or injury and worried about a “to-do” list that’s not getting done? Know overwhelmed new parents or seniors struggling to tackle life’s daily demands and challenges? Since 1999, Personally Yours Support Services, a Lifestyle Management and Advocacy Company in South Jersey, has been helping people of all ages turn life’s chaos into calmness. “We provide clients with oversight and coordination of every facet of their world, and help them simplify their lives,” says founder Lisa Ciquero. Signature Services offerings, Ciquero explains, can include personal shopper, household chores, party and event planning, appointment scheduling and coordination, and management of outside services and repair technicians. The Comprehensive Life Care Coordination and Advocacy program ensures the well-being of loved ones for families at a distance or with hectic schedules. “Our client-centered approach ensures that personal priorities are met, whether social, environmental, spiritual, emotional, physical or even basic needs,” Ciquero says. For more information, call Personally Yours at 609-268-0639 or visit

Garden of Conception Creativity Circle Blooming in August


eing “fertile” can refer to anything one wants to give birth to or create in life, and Sacred Moon Fertility founders Shalini Breault and Suzi Zappile note that preparing mentally, emotionally and physically increases the likelyhood for success. Fertility.... They designed their three-week it’s not just for making babies! Garden of Conception Creativity Circle, slated for August 6, 13 and 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to help participants connect mind, body and soul. “The Garden of Conception Creativ- Now offering creativity series, workshops, & retreats! ity Circle provides participants with the tools to identify and clear the blocks that are holding them back, reduce stress, increase energy and understand the secrets to creating what the heart desires,” says Shalini. The program, taking place at Just Breathe in Cinnaminson, blends such components as yoga, meditation, healing crystal bowls, gong and drum therapy, hypnofertility, group sharing and expression through creative art.   Pre-registration required; cost: $333 for three weeks. Location: 2800 Rte. 130, Just Breath, Cinnaminson, NJ. For more information, visit

healthbriefs Detoxifying for Health with Infrared Sauna Therapy


ncreasingly, scientists are finding links between the accumulation of toxic chemicals in the body and such problems as headaches, chronic pain, fatigue, persistent weight gain and allergies. One way to eliminate stored toxins in the body is through infrared sauna therapy. Infrared rays are part of the invisible light spectrum emitted by the sun and, unlike ultraviolet light, infrared is completely safe. Infrared sauna therapy harnesses the power of these rays in a closed environment to increase the core body temperature and promote sweating. Infrared heaters warm the body in the same manner as natural sunlight. Instead of raising the temperature of the air like a traditional sauna, far infrared saunas heat the body directly. This allows for perspiration while avoiding the potential harm of extremely hot air and steam, making it a suitable sauna alternative for people with asthma. As the body sweats, it eliminates toxins through the skin. Advocates propose that this process helps to improve blood circulation, aid in pain relief, improve the skin and diminish the appearance of cellulite. Writing at, Brent Bauer, M.D., says that preliminary studies suggest that chronic conditions including high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from the use of an infrared sauna, but more rigorous studies are needed. “On the other hand, no adverse effects have been reported with infrared saunas,” he writes. “So if you’re considering trying a sauna for relaxation, an infrared sauna might be an option.” Local resource: Halo Wellness Center is located at 968 Rte. 73 South in Marlton. For more information or to schedule an appointment for an infrared sauna, call 856-574-4433 or visit

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study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

Massage Relieves Chronic Back Pain


esearchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy—typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans—can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a real-world environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.

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Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Chinese Medical Academy studied 500,000 healthy adults in China for seven years, tracking medical records of illnesses and deaths. They found that a 100-gram serving of fruit per day (primarily apples and oranges) reduces the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by one-third.


Eating Fruit Lowers Cardiac Risk



esearchers from the University of Rhode Island have discovered that pure maple syrup contains inulin, a complex carbohydrate that serves as a prebiotic. It encourages growth of beneficial gut bacteria and extends the lengthy list of beneficial vitamins and minerals contained in this natural sweet. Consume it in moderation, limited to a few times a week.


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Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation


esearchers from Capital Medical University, in Beijing, China, tested the effectiveness of Cordyceps sinensis, a traditional Chinese medicine derived from fungi, on the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe asthma. They followed 120 subjects, divided into two groups of 60. One group received a capsule containing 1,200 milligrams of Cordyceps sinensis three times daily for three months. The control group was treated with conventional medications. Health-related quality of life was measured, along with the incidence of asthma exacerbation, pulmonary function and inflammation indicators in both groups. The Cordyceps sinesis group reported reduced asthma symptoms, improved lung function, a better inflammatory profile and an overall better quality of life when compared to the conventional treatment group.

Natural Sounds Soothe the Brain


ussex University researchers in the UK tested the brain activity of 17 healthy subjects as they listened to a series of soundscapes from either natural or artificial environments. Brain scans and questionnaires found that natural sounds led to relaxation and positive feedback, while artificial sounds activated stress and anxiety-related brain activity.

cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.

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Accepted Misfits

Due to customer requests and petitions, more stores are beginning to stock the one in five pieces of produce that never made the cut before due to quirky shapes or other blemishes. Often, these are displayed next to their better-looking, more expensive counterparts to give consumers an eco-friendly choice. The 133 billion pounds worth of misshapen or scarred fruits and vegetables annually plowed under, buried in a landfill or fed to livestock is sharply at odds with the reality that 48 million Americans face food insecurity. Whole Foods Market created a pilot program in some of its California stores, testing sales in April 2016 with Imperfect Produce (ImperfectProduce. com), a service that delivers to homes. Walmart brought weather-blemished apples to 300 of its Florida stores to kick off their imperfect role in the movement. Five Pittsburgh Giant Eagle stores call their program Produce with Personality, and focus on navel oranges, russet potatoes, peppers and apples. Fourteen Hannaford stores in Albany, New York, offer the Misfits line, while donating unsold produce to local nonprofits. Hy-Vee’s 242 stores, located in eight central states, rolled out the Misfits last December.


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Tuna Turnaround

Lower Mercury Levels Tied to Drop in Coal Emissions Levels of highly toxic mercury contamination in Atlantic bluefin tuna are rapidly declining, a trend that has been linked to reduced mercury emissions in North America, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Average mercury concentrations dropped by more than 2 percent per year, for a total decline of 19 percent between 2004 and 2012. Scientists believe that most of that reduction has occurred because of a shift away from coal, the major source of mercury emissions, to natural gas and renewable fuels. Pollution control requirements imposed by the federal government have also cut mercury emissions, but these have been rolled back or eliminated by President Trump’s commitment to “bring back coal.” Source: Scientific American 14

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The California Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act, sponsored by Congressman Adam Schiff, is aimed to end the famous SeaWorld orca shows. “It means no more wild capture, no more breeding. We would essentially phase out the captive orcas that are currently in these water parks,” says Schiff. This means that SeaWorld must end their Shamu shows by the end of this year. However, the animals already at the San Diego park will continue to live there. Parks in Orlando and San Antonio will end their shows by 2019. Under pressure from activists and faced with declining ticket sales, SeaWorld is now moving to end its theatrical orca shows and breeding program. They announced the unveiling of a new attraction this summer, Orca Encounter, as an educational experience. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary film Blackfish, says that the new show is designed to make the audience feel better, not the animals. “The trainers aren’t safe, and the whales aren’t happy,” she states. “They’re still just doing manic circles around concrete swimming pools.” The company is developing its first SeaWorld park without orcas in the Middle-Eastern country of Abu Dhabi.

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ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvard-documented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

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Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now 20

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dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.”

growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesis-inhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”,


Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to combat harmful

reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil.

His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of whole or cracked grains, healthy fats and plantbased proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grass-fed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women; possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory

We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. ~Andrew Weil

reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mindbody medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication, triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

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Mind/Body Detox

To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s healing process has


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stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based education and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping

Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

Changed Paradigm

Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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In 2014, the Allens were fostering a feisty little rescued stray with severe medical challenges that never seemed to lessen his zest for life. “Monkey” brought them boundless joy. His health needs were so great that the couple adopted him so they could provide him with the expansive medical treatment he deserved. Michele also developed a food therapy program for him, based on Morgan’s teachings, and consulted with her to ensure he was receiving the best nutrition possible. When Monkey passed after 17 months, Michele channeled her grief—and a good chunk of the family’s savings—into transitioning their home to accommodate as many special-needs dogs as they safely (and sanely) could handle. Later that year, she and Jeff formally obtained 501(c)3 nonprofit status for Monkey’s House. As director, Michele cares for the dogs 24/7/365. Jeff devotes his time before and after work, as well as on weekends. Monkey’s House is staffed only by volunteers. Medically fragile dogs, identified as “dog- and cat-friendly”, join Monkey’s House through referrals from established shelters, rescues, animal control groups and veterinarians. Current residents range in size from four to 100 pounds and represent a variety of breeds. All have terminal or chronic medical conditions; many have more than one. Some are also suffering from the ill effects of past abuse and neglect. Most of them were just minutes

or hours away from certain death. Michele develops a plan of action for every dog, which she adjusts as their health changes. Each dog receives proper medical care and treatment from Morgan, as well as appropriate non-traditional treatments, such as chiropractic and laser. Twice a day, the dogs are fed raw or home-cooked meals, prepared by Michele and volunteers. Foods added may include ingredients like organic coconut oil and pumpkin, fresh beets, select dehydrated mushrooms, and herbs, all based on Morgan’s food therapy theories. In addition to being staffed solely by volunteers, Monkey’s House is supported solely by donations and in-kind gifts. “We have celebrated many small miracles in helping seriously ill dogs regain a maintainable quality of life,” said Michele. “If dogs can be returned to full and vigorous health, they have the opportunity to be adopted through our partner rescues—a great achievement but not our specific mission.” For those dogs whose prognosis is poor, Monkey’s House will provide all-important, end-of-life care until they cross the “Rainbow Bridge”. Michele is quick to note that Monkey’s House is not a franchise. She does, however, have the next phase of her mission in mind. “My goal is to have another location nearby with space to store all of our supplies and where we can quarantine our new residents on site,” she says. “Most importantly, we’d like to have a place where we can invite other rescues and the public to learn about our approach to embracing end-of-life care for dogs. “We want to show what can be done to help pets pass in the arms of their loving owners, and in their own homes.” For more information on Monkey’s House, visit or their page at Sue Burghard Brooks is a NJ-based freelance writer and published author. She loved growing up with rescue dogs, but now has a schedule more suitable for cats.



t a semi-formal June banquet in Secaucus, World Dog Expo—“the first internationally focused dog event of its kind”— presented Monkey’s House a Dog Hospice and Sanctuary with its “Rescue Organization of the Year (Less than 26 Dogs)” award. There were 50 nominees in the category, according to Expo officials. Co-founder Jeff Allen accepted the award from author, actor and fellow dog rescuer Shorty Rossi of Animal Planet’s Pit Boss. Monkey’s House also earned monumental media exposure earlier this year, stemming from feature story coverage by Spotlighting the nonprofit’s unique mission and residents, the heartwarming multimedia post went viral. To view the post, visit cnn. com/2017/04/17/health/new-jerseycanine-hospice-trnd/index.html.






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ather than routinely giving drugs to dogs and cats to relieve dry, itchy, skin or food allergies, consider more gentle natural alternatives. As with people, knowing what an animal is allergic to is key in finding the right remedy and preventing future outbreaks. With dogs, about 20 percent of itching and scratching can be attributed to food ingredients. Symptoms can show up as early as 5 months or as late as 12 years old, often combined with inhalant or contact allergies. Chronic ear infections are often traced to food allergies. “If a pet is suffering mightily, see your veterinarian for shots or pills for immediate relief. Then find a veterinary allergist and nutritionist that can specifically test for the problem,” advises Veterinarian Laurie Dohmen, owner of Purple Moon Herbs and Studies, in Hartly, Delaware. “This isn’t something you can do yourself. I’ve seen pet owners use what worked for a friend’s dog and make their own pets sicker, despite research and good intentions. What works for one pet won’t necessarily work for another.” 26

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While food elimination testing works, it’s a long process that must be done with precision. “If your pet even just nibbles the eliminated food, you have to start all over again,” says Dohmen. Whether commercially prepared or home cooked, the number of ingredients can substantially extend a test period. Each item must be completely avoided for about three weeks for an accurate assessment. Environmental allergies, which encompass everything unrelated to food, range from common grasses to inhaled pollutants. New carpets or rugs, cleaning supplies, a neighbor’s pesticides, dust and pollen are among the culprits that can cause an allergic reaction. Common symptoms are dry, itchy, skin and scratching behind the ears, on the stomach and around the tail. Veterinarian Judy Morgan, owner of Naturally Healthy Pets, in Clayton, New Jersey, also uses herbs in her practice to alleviate food and environmental allergy symptoms. “They can

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or 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies—a once-radical idea now common among neuroscientists. Her unconventional experiments often involve mind tricks: taking elders’ subjective thoughts back 20 years to reverse objective metrics of aging; fostering weight loss in a group of hotel maids by simply suggesting that their jobs qualify as exercise; and even changing blood sugar levels in diabetics by speeding up or slowing down perceived time during a video game session.

Affectionately dubbed the “Mother of Mindfulness”, Langer was the first female professor to earn tenure in Harvard University’s psychology department. A prolific writer and scientist, she has authored more than 200 related articles and 11 books, including Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Langer lives, paints, works and observes the world from Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more at

What is mindful learning, and how can we best practice it? All learning is mindful; the only way

to learn is by noticing new things. When we stop observing and get into our heads, wondering if that answer was right or if we responded quickly enough, we exit learning mode and enter mindlessness, where no learning can really take place. Part of what makes travel exciting, for example, is that we are primed to experience new things and pay attention to them, but actually, newness surrounds us at all times, no matter where we are. What makes us mindless is the mistaken notion of already knowing, when everything is always changing.

What techniques, with or without meditation, can we adopt to change our mindset and mental habits to reduce stress and increase health and happiness? Most mindlessness occurs by default, rather than design. If we all realized that through mindfulness we could look better, feel better, be better received and do better things—all claims that are supported by scientific research—it wouldn’t be hard to choose. Meditation is essentially a tool to lead you to the simple act of intentional noticing, but many routes lead to that destination. One way to learn mindfully is to learn conditionally; to see the world as “it would seem that” and “could be”, which is very different than “it is.” If we recognized that evaluations occur in our heads rather than the external world, much of our stress would dissipate. Negativity and stress are typically a result of mindless ruminations about negative things we think are inevitable. If we simply ask ourselves why the dreaded event might not occur, we’d be less stressed. Next, if we ask ourselves how it may actually be a good thing if it does happen, again stress would diminish. 

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When a physician makes a diagnosis, most people take it as a certainty and behave accordingly. Assuming that pain, decline or failure is inevitable can cause an individual to give up hope of complete recovery. But science only suggests probabilities, and if we understand this, we’ll go to work on a solution. We have a tremendous amount of control over our health that goes untapped. Placebos are today’s strongest medications demonstrating this fact. Initially, placebos were frowned upon by the pharmaceutical industry because a drug couldn’t be brought to market if a placebo was just as effective. When someone gives you a pill and you get better not because of the pill, but because of your beliefs about it, you realize that what stands in the way of healing is your own mindset.

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Escape the Desk Yoga – Also Aug 8. 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.

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.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2 Prepare for the Unexpected: Urban Emergency Preparedness – 6:30-8pm. Learn valuable planning and survival techniques that may one day help save your life or the lives of those you love. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-8101938.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 3 AngelicEnergetics EveryONE Level Training – Aug 3, 10, 17. 6:30-9:30pm. 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. Basic Map & Compass Navigation Clinic – 7-8pm. Even with modern technology, the best foundation for navigation know-how is still having map and compass skills. Come learn how to stay on course with our experts. Free. L.L. Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4 Crystal Bowl Sound Healing: Movement, Vibration, Stillness – 7-9pm. Come experience Reiki Master Kiel Gerhard’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 to seal in the harmonizing, relaxing and rejuvenating work you’ve done. $25. Lori’s Wellness Loft, 240 S White Horse Pike, Hammonton. 609-561-5674.

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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. Moonlight Walk – 8pm. 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. 3-5 miles. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646. Moth Night in Whitesbog – 8-11pm. Explore the night life of Whitesbog with expert Bernie Knaupp. Viewing stations set up for observation, identification and photography of many different moth species. Potluck snacks; bring a treat to share. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 Hike Outing – 9-11am. A leisurely hike on some beautiful trails. Bring a small day pack with extra clothing, snacks, water, etc. Atsion Ranger Station Parking, Rte 206, Shamong.


Garden of Conception Creativity Circle – Sundays, Aug 6, 13, 20. 10am-2pm. Sacred Moon Fertility 3-wk creativity series. Connect mind, body and soul through a unique blend of yoga, meditation, healing crystal bowls, gong and drum therapy, HypnoFertility, group sharing, expression through creative art and more. $333/3 wks. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130 Cinnaminson. Pre-registration required: Reiki Levels 1 & 2 Certification Class – 11am6pm. Both levels in a 1-day class. Become attuned

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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: 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, Candlelight Restorative Yoga – 6-7:30pm. With Linda Sheehan. Let go, look in and center yourself. Go deep using gentle supported poses using bolsters, blankets and pillows. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856546-1006. 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:

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 is making you sick? Find out and more. Free health screenings. Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey, 1050 Kings Hwy N, Ste 200, Cherry Hill. RSVP:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 Favorite Local Hikes – 7-8pm. Learn about local parks, preserves and other hidden gems you can hike all year long. Free. L.L. Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Escape the Desk Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. See Aug 8 listing. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9 S’mores and Tours – 6-8:30pm. Join us around the campfire for some delicious s’mores followed by a guided tour of the wildlife housing area. For all ages. Tours depart at 6:30 & 7:30pm. $8/person. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Rd, Medford.

Women’s Camping Basics – 6:30-8pm. Join REI for this supportive class where women will learn what you need to have an enjoyable overnight camping trip. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Discover the National Parks: Alaska, Hawaii and Lesser Known Parks – 7-8pm. Take a tour through America’s lesser known National Parks with guest speaker Cindy Slawski and discover new adventures. Free. L.L. Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 Free Gentle Hatha Yoga Class – 12:30-1:30pm. With Laura Markowitz. Experience the mind/body/ spirit connection through gentle yoga poses breath work and relaxation. Each month Yoga for Living offers a free class to students that are new to the studio. Open to all. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration required: 856-404-7287 or Muse-ical Yoga: Margaritaville Mélange – 6-7:30pm. With Jimmy Sell. Move and groove your asana to the tunes of Jimmy Buffett, some Reggae and all-around awesome sand in the toes kind of music. $10. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Bedroom Design & Life Organizing Tips for Teens – 6:30-8pm. This parent/child, grades 5-8, workshop will make de-cluttering and organizing fun. Create simple bedroom layout of before and after with no drawing experience. Time management and organizing for school will be discussed. $30. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. 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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 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: Activating Your Authentic Voice: Connecting the Inner Frequency with the Outer Expression – 7-9pm. Guided by Giulia Eve Flores. The time is now for women to reclaim their right to hold space and be heard as divinely connected women. The time is now to be fully, unflinchingly present, and to let our truths flow out without censoring, compromise or counter-aggression. Come and experience a profound internal sound healing; vocal alchemy through guided sonic meditation, and discover what is possible for the power of your voice. A women only event. $25. Lori’s Wellness Loft, 240 S White Horse Pike, Hammonton. 609561-5674.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 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, MEd. $150. Hampton Inn

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Voohrees/Cherry Hill, 121 Laurel Oak Rd, Voohrees. To register: 215-520-0192 or LL Bean Tails on the Trails Hike and Collection at Pennington Park – 9-11:30am. Grab your canine companion and come out for a dog-friendly hike through the park. Please bring a donation item for local animal shelters. Pennington Park, 501 Parkview Dr, Delanco. Register: 856-810-5560 or Fermented Food & Beverage Supply Shop Grand Opening – 11am. Features samples of select products and a free raffle entry for the first 100 customers. Locally-owned shop offers a unique combination of homebrew supplies, fermented food kits, books, demonstration classes and more. 900 Rte 54, Ste A-4, Raspberry Run Shopping Complex, Hammonton. 609-666-5274.


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.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 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 Fear. Free. Mt. Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Rd, Room 4, Mount Laurel. More info: 800-8709139 or

Eckankar HU Song and Light and Sound 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: The Art of Spiritual Balance. Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 800870-9139 or 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. 609-893-4646.

Bike Maintenance: Trail & Roadside Repair – 6:30-8pm. Our Bike Techs will demonstrate field repairs to get you going and keep you rolling. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-8101938.


Green Challenge Film Fest: SEED: The Untold Story – 6:30pm, doors open; 7pm, film. Farmers and others battle to defend the future of our food from huge agrichemical companies which control over 2/3 of the global seed market, reaping unprecedented profits. Film followed by discussion with seed librarians Jeff Quattrone and Keith Monahan. Free. Collingswood Community Center, 30 W Collings Ave, Collingswood. More info: 856-4252221 or Register: BrownPaper

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:

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 Healthy Meal Planning – 6:30-8pm. With Felicia & Kevin at Marie’s Café. Learn tips and techniques for households of any size. Topics include: planning weekly menus, lunches for back to school, eating healthy at college. Free gift for all attendees. $25. Marie’s Café, 45 S Main St Medford. More info, The Center, Life in Balance: 609-975-8379.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 17 Big Beginnings Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Are you interested in the many body, mind and spirit benefits that yoga offers, but feel that maybe you’re not fit for flexible enough to do yoga? Registered Yoga Teacher Melody will help you to gently and safely move through asanas (yoga poses). $10. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

Camping Essentials Clinic – 7-8pm. Get ready for your next adventure with a free clinic on camping essentials. Learn what you will need and how to use it from our experts. L.L. Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or Green Party of Burlington County Monthly Meeting – 7-8:30pm. Join others of like mind to discuss, organize and promote environmental and ecological activism, social justice, non-violence and green living in

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 18 Laughter Yoga – 7-8pm. With Karen Siugzda. Destress, energize and get happy with laughter. 3rd Fri each month. $13/drop-in. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Divine Feminine & Divine Masculine Unity – 7-9pm. Guided by Kiel Gerhard & Giulia Eve Flores. The dysfunctional myths of masculinity and femininity are finally breaking down. We are coming into a time of a healthier, happier, more harmonious understanding of what it means to be a man and a woman. Explore this empowered feeling of healing through guided meditation, sonic meditation, and a crystal singing bowl sound bath. $33. Lori’s Wellness Loft, 240 S White Horse Pike, Hammonton. 609-561-5674.

savethedate 3rd Star Watch/Astronomy Night – 7:30pm. Begins with an indoor demonstration before heading out to the Meadow. West Jersey Astronomical Society will bring its big array of telescopes and other optics to guide beginners and experienced star gazers through the summer night sky. Guests encouraged to bring flashlights, lawn chairs and binoculars. RNC members: $10/person, $25/family (limit 5); nonmembers: $15/person, $40/family (limit 5). Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-registration required: 609-2612495,

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: LL Bean Hike Outing at Batsto – 8:30-11:30am. Join us for a leisurely free hike on beautiful trails. Batsto Visitor Center, 31 Batsto Rd, Hammonton. Register: 856-810-5560 or Crystal Healing Certification Class – 11am-6pm. Become a Certified Crystal Healer in this 1-day, accelerated learning class. Learn basic and advanced crystal healing layouts, techniques, and perform a full crystal healing session on a fellow classmate. $325. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Love Your Back Svaroopa Yoga – 11:30am12:30pm. With yoga therapist Rhonda Leone. Experience the therapeutic benefits of Svaroopa yoga in this gentle class that release the tightness and stiffness that can cause back pain, neck and shoulder tensions and stress. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 Embracing Your Gift of Mediumship – 11am6pm. Learn how to develop one’s gift as a medium and provide professional mediumship sessions. Learn about spirit guides, how to connect to the

spirit world and deliver loving messages from loved ones on the other side. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Walk in the Wild: Obtaining Sustainable Source of Water – 2pm. Charles White and Freddie Patane discuss and demonstrate methods for obtaining potable water during times of natural disasters and remote camping. Free. Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust, Willoughby House, 340 Pine Ave, Deptford. To reserve a space: 856-217-9138.

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:

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 22 How to Pack and Organize Your Backpack – 7-8pm. Discover the latest lightweight products, get expert tips on must-have backcountry items, and learn how to pack your backpack for maximum ease. Free. L.L. Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 Women’s Lightweight Backpacking Basics – 6:30pm. An REI backpacking expert will provide tips on lightweight backpacking techniques in this all-women course. Included are shelters, backpacks, food choices and fuel. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Free Holistic Health Webinar – 7-8pm. Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging/Health through Awareness presents Christina Veselak, LMFT, licensed marriage and family therapist, specializing in nutrition for emotional well-being and addiction recovery. Title of presentation: Feed Your Brain, First: Using Amino Acid and Nutrient Therapy to Effectively Address Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia and Addiction without Medication. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals in our brains that mediate our moods and behaviors. When they are in balance, so are we. Be introduced to the nutrients such as amino acids that allow our brains to create and rebuild neurotransmitters. For more info or to register: 856-596-5834 or

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 24 Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic – 7-8pm. Our bike shop experts would be happy to show you plenty of things you can do to keep your bike safe and running well. Free. L.L. Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 LL Bean Bike Outing at Brendan T. Byrne State Forest – 9am-10am. Free easy bike outing on the paved trail through Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. Rte 72 & Shins Rd, Lisbon. Register: 856-8105560 or


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SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 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. 609-893-4646.


Bringing Nature Home Music & Craft Festival – 11am-5pm. Dr. Douglas Tallamy, University of Delaware Professor of Entomology and author of Bringing Nature Home and The Living Landscape will share his expertise during an open Q&A session/discussion and book signing. This environmentally-themed event includes a full day of live music, craft & food vendors, and environmental displays and activities. $15/vehicle; $5/person, walkin. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. 609-261-2495, Rancocas Reiki Level 3 Master/Teacher Certification Class – 11am-6pm. Pre-requisite: Reiki Level 2. Be attuned to the Master symbol, learn to attune others to reiki, how to incorporate crystals with reiki, advanced reiki techniques, and give first session and attunement as a Reiki Master Teacher. $425. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 1632 Rte 38, Lumberton. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Genesis

MONDAY, AUGUST 28 Kids Yoga Summer Camp – Aug 28-Sept 1. 11:30am-2:30pm; Wed ends at 1:30pm. Half-day camp for kids ages 4-11. Drop-in days also available. 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. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006.

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Treasure Mapping Intuitive Readings – 9:30am-12:30pm. Take your intuitive and angel card readings to the next level. Kathy Milano provides mentoring and practice to bolster intuitive capacity and confidence with the Treasure Mapping technique. Experience the rooms of Soul Sanctuary as an oracle. $44. Soul Sanctuary, 110 Marter Ave, Ste 206, Moorestown. 856-778-1981.


savethedate 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. 856-778-1981. Secrets of Natural Walking – 8:30am4:30pm. 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, MEd. $150. Hampton Inn Voohrees/Cherry Hill, 121 Laurel Oak Rd, Voohrees. To register: 215-5200192 or


savethedate Mindful Aging: Nurturing Self Compassion Well-Being and Wisdom throughout the Aging Process – Thursdays, Sept 28-Nov 16. 7-9pm. Nationally known psychologist and radio host Dr. Dan Gottlieb and Lori Volpe lead this new series of classes. $450. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856404-7287.

rientially 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, Vedic philosophy, mantra and meditation. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006.

OCTOBER 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. 856-546-1006.

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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 PARTIES 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.


trainings SEPTEMBER 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, expe-

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

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tai chi Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) for Beginners – Ongoing classes. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge? Bruni Square, 1351 Rte 38, Hainesport. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or

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: or

sunday Meditation – 10am. Joyful Gathering Spiritual Center, 215 Highlands Ave, Ste C, Haddon Township. 856-780-5826. LL Bean Outdoor Programs – Sun & Sat. LL Bean offers a variety of outdoor programming including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, archery, fly-fishing, outdoor skills and more. Great for beginners and families. Courses and tours starting at $25. For more info & registration: 856-810-5560 or

monday Vinyasa Flow – 6-7am. Mon, Wed & Fri. With Janet & Stephanie. For all levels of ability and great for beginners. Modifications and variations are introduced so that all participants can receive the benefits of this class. $10, $40/5-class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. 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. Nia Dance – 5:30-6:30pm. A non-impact cardio dance fitness class that empowers people of all shapes and sizes to find your joy of movement. $13/drop-in, $10/senior, student. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-4047287.

Living in Oneness – 6:30-7:30pm. 4th Mon. Discussion around the new energy concepts for the conscious shift into oneness. Learn how to make practical application of the concepts to your everyday life. Based on the book, The Oneness of It All by Maryann Pino Miller. Free. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeIn Monthly Meditation/Mini-Workshop – 6:308:30pm. 1st Mon. Explore meditation, energy education/topics and reiki. Please arrive on time so the meditation is not disturbed, and refrain from alcohol the day of the workshop. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeIn Working Session Meeting: Sustainable Haddon Heights – 7pm. 1st Mon. Meetings are open to all interested volunteers. Haddon Heights Public Library, lower level, 608 Station Ave. Wild Soul Movement Series – Thru Sept 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. $22/drop-in. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-9537800.

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: 856-784-1021. Vinyasa Flow – 6-7am. See Mon listing. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. 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. The 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. With Julie Fischer. Class designed specifically for those recovering from cancer and its treatments, and is open only to cancer survivors. Will warm up the body safely, engage in meditative breathing, and flow into gentle yoga poses mindfully with support and stability. Optional donation. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Yin Yoga – 5-6pm. With Linda Sheehan. Yin yoga is passive yoga where we sink into postures for extended intervals. The longer held poses eases flexibility to connective tissue, cultivating core flexibility and restores the body and mind. By donation. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Teen Yoga Series – Thru Aug 16. 5:306:30pm. With Kelly Wellens. 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. $12/drop-in. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. The

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thursday Mindful Movement & Meditation – 10:3011:45am. With Lori Volpe. A slower paced class inviting you to explore the sensations of the body and how the movements affect the body. Go deep inside and learn to listen to your inner voice. Learn how to reduce stress and anxiety naturally. Meditation techniques taught and explored. Regular class rates apply. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 11am12:30pm. 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, 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. 267664-3236.

friday Vinyasa Flow – 6-7am. See Mon listing. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. 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.

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

Acupuncture, Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT), cupping, detoxification, nutrition, and relaxation techniques for acute and chronic pain, stress, concussions, overuse injuries, digestive and immune conditions, and more. AAT offers a non-invasive and effective approach in treating allergy and sensitivity symptoms. See ad, page 32.


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 21.


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 30.


Ayurvedic Healing Practitioner Registered Yoga Teacher Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness 118 W Merchant St Audubon, NJ 08106 856-816-4158 Utilizing the principles of Ayurveda, nutrition, yoga, meditation, and herbs for natural healing and self-care to support your body in returning to its natural healthy function. Reiki session, ayurvedic cooking classes, restorative yoga and private yoga sessions. See ad, page 43.

Your own personal health is your own personal choice, all the way down the line. ~Melissa Etheridge

BIO-IDENTICAL HORMONE RESTORATION THERAPY 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 19.


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 21.

How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude! ~Emily Dickinson



DECOTIIS CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS 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.

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

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.

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.





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.

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. ~Thomas Dekker

The Wisdom Within Moorestown office/Skype or phone sessions 856-236-5973

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 39.

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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 Te s t i n g ™ . S a r a h O u t l a w i s a Master Herbalist and Advanced N u t r i t i o n R e s p o n s e Te s t i n g P r a c t i t i o n e r o ff e r i n g a n o n 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 29.


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 16.

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

Liesha Getson is a BoardCertified Thermographic Te c h n i c i a n , H o l i s t i c H e a l t h 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 23.



Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood- Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. 856-784-1021 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, 9am-8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. See ad, page 27.


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Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton, NJ 08053 856-596-5834 Health Through Awareness takes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Dr. Philip Getson is a boardcertified Family Physician and certified by four Thermographic Boards. He specializes in thermography, an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health. With the mission of providing a balanced approach to wellness, the center offers diet and lifestyle counseling, thermography, the area’s most unique infrared detox sauna (The POD), reiki, a smoking cessation program, physician standard supplements and ongoing wellness classes. See ad, page 23.





Hypnosis Healing and Beyond 13 Wynwood Dr, Chaumont, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 Hypnoanalysis and Sound Healing can be of great help with stress and anxiety relief, memories, limitations, blocks, fears and obsessions. We rebuild positive values including self-confidence, self worth, living now and imaging goals. Help provided with mindfulness and self-hypnosis training, higher self and spirit communication. Appointments: days, evenings, weekends.

Phone coaching at its best 973-444-7301 I am an experienced and certified Law of Attraction life coach. I can coach you on how to attract what you want - both materialistically and emotionally, and how to feel happier and more excited about life!



Holos Touch LLC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-546-7500

Experience and learn simple yet effective pain relief methods in individual or group sessions. Dr. Institute for Medical Wellness Atkins’ advanced muscle release 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown, NJ treatment and self-care education has 856-231-0590 proven published results for the past decade. Other services include certified Board-Certified Family Medicine manual lymph drainage, and relief for blending traditional family care various chronic conditions. See ad, page 15. with a holistic focus and preventive, nutritional and integrative approach. We look for causes and triggers for disease before reaching for the prescription pad. Same and next day appointments are available. See ad, page 23.


While we are postponing, life speeds by. ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. ~Frank Lloyd Wright






Intuitive Advisor, Medium & Soul Coach The Blessed Self 609-353-7210 Facebook: The Blessed Self Twitter: @Kimara_Medium

Naturopathic Doctor Marlton & Haddonfield, NJ 856-472-9495

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 35.

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.



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 7.


Numerologist & Empowerment Coach 609-417-4526

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

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 29.


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 v e g a n i t e m s , h e a l t h / b e a u t y, homeopathics and so much more. See ad, page 31.

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.


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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 N e u r o E m o t i o n a l Te c h n i q u e . 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 30.

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.

I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, not lived in the shadow of cancer but in the light. ~Patrick Swayze

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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.


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 36.

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 19.


Aw a r e n e s s Coaching, Maryann THE CENTER with Miller, and Life in Balance Intuitive Guidance, with Susan Drummond, are offered at The Center and as private sessions in your home or over the phone. If you are feeling out-of-sorts, have a free consultation to determine the unique approach for your unique journey. See ad, page 30.

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 7.


Energy Coach, Reiki Master, Wild Soul Movement Teacher Wild Soul Movement is a program that uses sensuality, movement, and mantras to cultivate body connection, trust, love and acceptance. Become the living, breathing embodiment of feminine truth and power. Group and private classes available. See website for class locations and times.


YOGA FOR LIVING 1926 Greentree Rd 856-404-7287

The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy. It’s all that matters. ~Audrey Hepburn South Jersey



Yoga, Mindfulness M e d i t a t i o n , ayurveda and a variety of classes, workshops and retreats. See ad, page 40.



Pine Winds Zen Center Cherry Hill & Shamong locations 609-268-9151 A unique opportunity to work with an American Zen Master. One-on-one private sessions with one of today’s most popular pioneers and expert in the field of human potential and Mindfulness Meditation Stress Reduction Training (Zen Training). Adults, couples, families, executives, professionals, caretakers and clergy. Stress management, relationships, grief, loss, mindfulness in the workplace. See ad, page 18.

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