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ll George Stoutt wanted to do was stop the merry-goround and get off. The walls in his home would spin when he began having vertigo, or dizzy spells, last year. Simple acts like standing up, lying down, getting out of bed, stretching, kneeling, or even picking up his head triggered the episodes. Each lasted from 20 minutes to two hours, and they were getting worse. “To avoid falling, I held onto rails going up and down stairs,” he says. “I walked deliberately, slowly, and was careful when leaning over. Sometimes, I could hardly stand.” It was more than annoying. It was dangerous. In fact, fall-related injuries, such as breaking or fracturing a hip that are caused by vertigo or imbalance are a leading cause of death and disability in the elderly. George’s experience is by no means unusual. Surveys conducted for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that 35 percent of adults who are 40 or more years old, which totals about 69 million

Americans, experience some form of vertigo. Approximately 12.S million Americans over the age of 65 have a vertigo or balance problem that both significantly interferes with, and poses a major threat to, their lives, according to National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

As a full-time teacher for learning-and physically-disabled middle schoolers, George knew he had to find a solution quickly, otherwise he would miss work. So, he did what many people do and visited a neighborhood urgent medical treatment clinic and described his symptoms to the doctor on duty.

“I feel lightheaded, wobbly, every step I take has to be deliberate and I’m unable to focus. It’s like I had a glass of wine or two,” he said. The doctor arrived at a diagnosis and told George that he probably had an infection in his inner ear that was causing the problem. The physician prescribed an anti-histamine to dry up moisture in his ear canals. “But I didn’t want to take anything with side effects, like drowsiness,” he says. George simply didn’t believe medicines were the answer. He left traditional physical medicine and quickly decided to schedule a visit with the Sandoz Chiropractic practice in Mount Laurel. He didn’t know it at the time, but his ticket for the merry-go-round was about to expire. Dr. John Sandoz himself stayed late one evening to consult George and his wife, Linda. She always accompanies him on such visits, because as George says, “I’m 66 years old and she asks all the right questions. “Dr. Sandoz spent considerable time with us, listening

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to my experiences and symptoms,” George says. As part of a comprehensive examination, Dr. Sandoz performed a specialized series of x-rays of George’s head and neck. After extensively analyzing the images, Dr. Sandoz reviewed his diagnosis with George and Linda. “The Atlas vertebra at the top of my neck was way out of alignment,” George says. “It was clear to me that I didn’t have a problem with my inner ear, it was coming from the top part of my spine.” Dr. Sandoz explained how that particular vertebra, called the Atlas, supports the head and must be aligned and

“It was clear to me that I didn’t have a problem with my inner ear, it was coming from the top part of my spine.” centered over the spinal column. George’s x-rays showed that it wasn’t. The solution? Dr. Sandoz recommended a multi-phase treatment based on years of proven success across a wide range of vertigo diagnoses. Treatment began by aligning and centering George’s Atlas vertebra with percussion sound waves that gently ease the vertebra into place and restore body

Drs. Joshua and John Sandoz balance. There was no manual manipulation, no “twisting or cracking my neck,” George says. It was painless. As a supplemental treatment, Dr. Sandoz prescribed robotic muscle therapy that measures and targets muscle spasm trigger points. The therapy successfully relaxed

and lengthened the tight neck muscles that were pulling on the vertebra. The results? “I was amazed,” George says. He felt an improvement so believed he was finally on the right track. The merrygo-round stopped. Progressive improvement continued

during an ongoing course of treatment over the next few months. Now, George follows through, going once a month to protect and maintain his progress. If he feels a tinge of vertigo before a visit, treatment resolves that. “I’ve had no serious bouts of dizziness,” George reports. “I’ve gone from barely being able to stand without being dizzy to no symptoms.” Dr. Sandoz says, “If left untreated, vertigo and muscle spasms can affect other parts of a body, then the body starts to compensate, making things worse.” George encourages people who experience and suffer with dizziness and vertigo to

“I’ve gone from barely being able to stand without being dizzy to no symptoms.” contact Dr. Sandoz and discuss how this natural, non-invasive treatment may help them. The healing regimen of percussion sound wave treatment, robotic muscle therapy and, in some cases, laser light therapy, relieves symptoms and corrects the causes of vertigo. For more information about this unique treatment, contact Dr. John Sandoz or Dr. Joshua Sandoz and the Sandoz Chiropractic Center at 2057 Briggs Road, Suite 204, Mount Laurel. The phone number is 856-206-9560. . 2057 Briggs Road, Suite 204 . Mount Laurel natural awakenings

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his month, I want to share a beautiful perspective from the Natural Awakenings Founder in hopes that you will find it as inspiring and uplifting as I did. Sharon Bruckman lives in Naples, one of the hardest hit areas in Florida. As she prepared to evacuate, she sent her trees and plants love, reminding them that they are strong and will be okay . She then sent a message to the family of publishers and here is an excerpt:

“I have been tuning into Irma as the living energy force she is and acknowledging her for doing her job to try to take care of Mother Earth by cooling the warm ocean waters and cleansing the land we’ve been harming. I’m asking how myself and Natural Awakenings can assist more in waking up humanity to the environmental destruction we continue to do and the intense thought patterns of negativity and polarity occurring around the world. I feel some quiet group meditations in nature this week will assist me in receiving more guidance.” I could easily find myself getting caught up in a spiral of negativity regarding the increase in natural disasters and the connection to global warming, but I am choosing to join Sharon in a meditative prayer for our planet and all humanity. I appeal to our South Jersey community to do the same. Mother nature has an arrogant way of showing us that we are powerless in the face of her ability to cleanse and wipe the slate clean. Whatever our planet’s fate, I choose to be grateful for “what is”, and trust in the divine wisdom of the universe. But I also believe there is a universal shift in awareness taking place, and we have the power and responsibility through our collective conscious efforts to restore our planet’s grace and beauty. It’s all about choice.

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newsbriefs Nagare Offers Gyrotonic Exercise Classes this Fall


addonfield-based private studio Nagare is hosting Gyrotonic exercise classes this fall. A method that encourages participants to twist, spiral, and bend over, every exercise learned while practicing the Gyrotonic Method is reported to open energy pathways, stimulate the nervous system, increase range of motion, and improve strength and movement efficiency. “The Gyrotonic Method is truly so practical for every single person,” says Lisa Roche, owner of Nagare. “The way we walk, turn, bend—everything changes when you learn to move your body efficiently. Why suffer through another back spasm if you don’t have to?” Cost: $70/hour session. Location: Private studio, Haddonfield. For more information, call 609-929-4421, email or visit  

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certified Reiki Master, plant medicine maker and service-driven spiritual practitioner, Kiel Gerhard will offer discounts on his Back to Nature Oils this fall. His pure, euphoric and highly medicinal essential oils are 30 percent off and include both the original line, now on sale for $17 (Relaxation, Meditation, Energy, Savasana, and the Feminine Blend), and the latest Chakra line, now on sale for $21 (Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye, Crown, and Harmony). He hand-blends intuitively through prayer and meditation, counts every drop that goes into each bottle, and infuses his blends with love, light, and powerful healing intention. “Everyone deserves natural medicine and self-care,” says Gerhard. “I am very excited to be offering some great discounts this fall season on my hand-blended essential oils and energy work sessions. I want to welcome first-timers into a wonderful conscious community, and to help and connect with more people who are in need of healing.” An advanced Energy Worker, Gerhard is also offering 20 percent off on his one-hour energy work sessions this fall. Gerhard’s energy work is renowned for facilitating major life-changes, allowing the body, mind and spirit of a person to correct itself, and to return to its natural state of optimal health, vitality and well-being. Cost: $17-$21 for essential oils, $96 for energy work house calls. For more information, to set up an appointment or to order essential oils, call 856-491-6422, email or visit

Cherry Hill Library Presents Christian Science Talk ‘Breaking News: Freedom is Ours Now’


ational speaker Patty Woodard will present a talk entitled Breaking News: Freedom is Ours Now at 2 p.m. on November 4 at the Cherry Hill Library. The talk will explain how Christian Science shows the provable relevance of Jesus’ ministry in our lives today. Woodard will discuss how a 19th-century woman named Mary Baker Eddy—who found freedom from chronic illness and other struggles in her own life—discovered a view of God and the universe that uplifts our thoughts, changes our perspective to a spiritual viewpoint, and heals. She will share examples that show how a clear view of our God-given wholeness releases us from burdens in our lives and allows us to soar. Trained as a teacher, Woodard has pursued a Patricia Woodard career as a spiritual healer. She’s lived in six states and twice in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Each new culture and environment has taught her more about God, universal love and how all people reflect God’s goodness. More recently, Woodard has been active in taking her healing ministry to those in prison in Dallas, Texas, where she now resides.  Cost: Free. Location: 1100 Kings Hwy. N., Cherry Hill. For more information, call 856-429-5251 or visit


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Bayshore Center at Bivalve Hosts Connie Jost Retrospective


he Bayshore Center at Bivalve will host a Connie Jost retrospective art show entitled My Artistic License and Fishing License are the Same. The opening will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on October 13, and art will be on display throughout the month An artist, student, and teacher, longtime resident Connie Jost touched the lives of many people in South Jersey, and often donated her time and creativity to local nonprofit organizations. Even after her death in 1998, her humor, art, and spirit continued to inspire people; she often used fish and Connie Jost humor in her art to celebrate South Jersey and comment about the environment. A collection of her painted fish including, Just for the Halibut, One Nation Out of Cod, Salmon Chanted Evening, House of Eel Repute, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow will be on display. There will be live music, fishy food and beer, and “o-fish-al” talks about Jost and her art. Cost: Free. Location: 2800 High St., Port Norris. For more information, call 856-785-2060 or visit

The Produce Clubs Offers Organic Groceries at Affordable Prices


hanks to The Produce Club, there’s a way to purchase nutritious, organic produce at more affordable prices. Founded by Alan Ritter, The Produce Club is a cooperative buying club that purchases food from wholesalers in South Philadelphia and distributes from Ritter’s West Collingswood kitchen. Due to a lack of grocery overhead, the club is able to offer produce at nearly a 40 percent savings compared to everyday grocery store produce. Most of the requested items are organic gala apples, organic celery and organic sweet potato. The club currently focuses on organic foods, but will expand to include conventional produce with demand. Additionally, wholesalers select produce each week that are odd lots or ripe and priced to move, and the club allows members to buy this produce at an even greater savings while addressing food waste. Cost: Free to join. Location: The Produce Club can be accessed on Facebook at For more information, call 856-362-4VEG or email Ritter.


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newsbriefs Halo Wellness Center Hosts its First Health Fair


alo Wellness Center, in Marlton, will host its first Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 5. The fair will bring together the region’s most trusted holistic professionals to improve health and encourage healing. Among the fair’s unique experiences include spiritual guidance, kinesiology, massage, reflexology, crystal jewelry, organic henna art, aura readings, facials, essential oil readings and more. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase services and items directly from professionals. The entry fee provides participants with a chance to win a 60-minute reflexology session or an infrared sauna and salt room session. Additional parking for this event can be found in the grass lot adjacent to Halo Wellness Center. Cost: $5. Location: 968 Rte. 73 S. For more information, call 856-574-4433 or visit   

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atural Awakenings magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in Florida’s Collier/Lee edition that serves Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic—in July, the new logo and cover design will appear in all BUILDING editions starting in October. Transformative BETTER BONES TRA VEL Other design elements are expected to be Bounce, Leap & Outer Adventures Lunge Your Way Inner Journeys to Bone Health refreshed in the near future to align with the evolution of Healing with The Right the national content already underway. The plans were an- Biopuncture Chiropractor nounced at the Natural Awakenings’ Publishers Conference in Orlando in May. “We’ve kept up with new, cutting-edge trends and developments in all areas of sustainable, healthy living through the years, so it’s only natural for our look to also evolve,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. “The new cover format enables us to highlight more of the content offered inside the issue. The changes also reflect the success of our mission in supporting the presence and growth of the natural living movement to the point where it’s beneficially influencing mainstream media content.” Launched by Bruckman with a single magazine in 1994, Natural Awakenings is now one of the largest, free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers.

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hermographic Diagnostic Imaging/Health through Awareness will present a free holistic health webinar lead by Philip Getson, DO, from 7 to 8 p.m. on October 25. Entitled Light Bulb Moments and the Art of Deductive Medical Reasoning, the webinar will explore Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (otherwise known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) and the diagnosis and treatment of this debilitating and often misdiagnosed disorder.

Primarily a neurological disorder, it affects not only the nerve endings but also internal organs and the musculoskeletal system. When self-proclaimed “Sherlockian” Getson was stumped by a medical case in the 1980s, he began a journey to seek answers that would eventually lead him to becoming an expert on Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Cost: Free. Location: 100 Brick Rd., Ste. 206, Marlton. For more information or to register, call 856-596-5834 or visit

Annual Holistic Health Extravaganza Held in New Egypt


his year’s Holistic Health Extravaganza, in New Egypt, will give local residents the opportunity to sample a variety of holistic modalities and meet experienced practitioners from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on October 21. There’ll be more than 30 holistic practitioners on hand, including Aura photography, reiki, intuitives/psychics, nutrition and health coaching, as well as crafters offering handmade soap, essential oils, flower remedies, natural skin care, jewelry, green products, ayurvedic spices and medicine, and more. Participants can also learn more about tai chi, energy medicine, and chiropractic, and take part in workshops and individual sessions, giveaways, and raffles. Cost: $5, includes two raffle tickets. Location: American Legion, 2 Meadowbrook Ln., New Egypt. For more information, call 609-752- 1048, email Siobhan@NextStep or visit

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Pets Are Inn–South Jersey Reaches New Milestones in 2017


fter the busy summer vacation months, Pets Are Inn, in South Jersey, has reached new boarding milestones in 2017. A national pet services franchise since 1982, Pets Are Inn has been serving clients exclusively in South Jersey since May 2014. Pets Are Inn has provided over 400 in-home pet boarding stays to more than 100 clients in the local market, and gives local residents the opportunity to board their dog or cat in the home of a carefully screened, loving host family. Franchise owner Dave Stellitano attributes the steady growth of Pets Are Inn—South Jersey to referrals from existing clients and repeat business.

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ntuitive medium and healing practitioner Faye Weber has moved her healing center from Lumberton to a new location at 40 High Street in Mount Holly after three years. A grand opening party will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on October 21,, and will include a crystal singing bowl sound meditation, free gifts, raffles for discounted services and classes, lunch and more. The new location is in the rear office adjoined to established flower shop Horse Feathers Flowers and Gifts in the heart of historic uptown Mount Holly, just a few minutes walk to Mill Race Village and Robin’s Nest. “The decision to move was the need for a better location and a bigger space to accommodate the center’s ongoing growth,” Weber says. “While many great memories were shared at the old Lumberton location, it seems the center is evolving and I am ready for the next great chapter in this journey.” Genesis Spiritual Healing provides services, classes, and events for healing and spiritual development, including intuitive readings, mediumship, reiki healing, and training and certification courses in Reiki, alternative healing, and psychic development. Location: 40 High St., Ste. 15, Mount Holly. To learn more, call 609-445-HEAL or visit


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esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heart-protective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrol-based capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain.

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esearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, studied the impact of music therapy on 60 patients that had undergone spinal fusion surgery. Half received a 30-minute music therapy session, along with standard postoperative care, within 72 hours of surgery. The other half received only standard care. The scientists used the visual analog scale to measure pain before and after music therapy in both groups concurrently. The patients receiving music therapy experienced average pain level reductions from 6.2 to 5.09, while the control group averaged slight increases in pain, from 5.2 to 5.87. “The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care. Certified, licensed music therapists can tailor treatment to each patient’s musical preferences and address their pain level.”

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esearchers from the Creighton University School of Nursing, in Omaha, Nebraska, studied 2,303 healthy postmenopausal women to determine whether a link between vitamin D and cancer existed. The treatment group comprised 1,156 women receiving 2,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D3 and 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day for four years. The 1,147 women in the control group received placebos for the same duration. Within the study timeframe, 64 women from the placebo group were diagnosed with some form of cancer, while only 49 subjects from the treatment group faced a cancer diagnosis. This represents a small, but significant reduction in the cancer rate for those taking vitamin D3. Further analyses of the levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the blood revealed that the women that developed cancer had substantially lower levels of this vitamin than the subjects that remained healthy.

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pirulina platensis, a single-celled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Subjects were divided into intervention and placebo groups. The intervention group took twice-daily supplements of Spirulina platensis for 12 weeks. BMI, fasting blood samples and lipid profiles were assessed at the beginning and end of the study, and food intake and appetite were reported daily. The scientists found more than double the reductions in both body weight and BMI in the spirulina group, compared to the control group. In addition, reductions in both total cholesterol and appetite were found in the intervention group.



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here is a natural, simple and statistically significant and practical way before you start promoting to ignite your body’s their effectiveness.” self-healing mechanism: by Atkins was determined using your own hands to masto solve the problems of sage yourself!” Dr. Dorothea many, and therefore pioAtkins declares. “You don’t neered a highly personal have to be dependent on end- Dorothea Atkins approach: she started visiting less amounts of pills. You truly her clients’ homes. This way have the power to heal yourself through she could look at the whole lifestyle of something as common sense as your a person, and all the habits that could own touch. It’s what I offer: empowerbe perpetuating their pain. “I wanted to ment, self-care education and effective understand why people were coming pain relief—all in an unobtrusive, safe back with the same problems, what and healthy way.” was undoing all my work,” she shares. Atkins spent years as a nurse, wit“I wanted to make people aware of nessing patients repeatedly returning the disconnection in their daily lives. I to doctors with the same problems. It found that nobody knew how to supwasn’t until she entered into the world port their joints and relax their musof massage that she discovered the cles. They had no clue what pillow or body’s innate ability to heal itself. After mattress they needed, or about pillow extensive careers as a nurse, massage placement, or what the best sleeping or therapist, educator, scientific researchdriving position was for them.” er and holistic self-help facilitator, Over the years, Atkins developed she combined all of her experience, a very hands-on, active and educaexpertise and vision into her own tional approach. “I always tell my practice: Holos Touch. She specializes clients: ‘There’s no sleeping on my in advanced muscle release treatments table! You’re going to learn, so you can and self-care education for natural problem-solve yourself!’ I do teach with pain relief. a sense of humor though,” she says, Dotty, as she is lovingly called by laughing, and pointing out the anatomy her patients, guarantees that she didn’t suit she wears so that her clients have “just create something,” but that she a clear mental image of what muscles proved that her techniques actually they are massaging. “I want to offer work. “I validated them through my people authority over their pain, so I doctorate research. I believe it’s import- make sure to teach them: What is pain? ant for techniques to be evidence-based What is touch? How do muscles work? 18

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iopuncture is a WHAT IS BIOPUNCTURE? therapy whereby Biopuncture involves the natural, homeopathic injection of natural subproducts are injected into stances such as plants and the body to stimulate and minerals in very low consupport the body’s natural centrations or micro-doses. healing process. You may These homeopathic subnot have heard of it yet, but stances are all FDA-reguDr. Polina Karmazin, M.D., lated and the needles used an integrative physician in are very small and thin so Polina Karmazin Voorhees, New Jersey, has there’s minimal discomfort. used this innovative medical Although some people treatment to help her patients for the will experience immediate relief past 10 years and counting—ever after one treatment, usually a series since biopuncture was first introduced of treatments (once a week for three to this country. to five weeks) will be required and Karmazin was fortunate enough to sometimes more for people who are be at the very first U.S. lecture delivered dealing with severe, chronic or comby Jan Kersschot, M.D., the Belgian plex health issues. doctor who developed this modality HOW DOES IT WORK? and coined the term “biopuncture”. These injections stimulate the body’s “I was immediately impressed by natural healing process. Let’s say you his techniques and findings, and began develop elbow pain, and you’re eager training with him to become certified,” to get back on the tennis court. Your says Karmazin. elbow hurts because tissue is inflamed. Complementary and alternative The same inflammation that causes the medical treatments like biopuncture pain is also how your body heals itself are becoming increasingly popular after injury. among doctors and patients alike. Why? Conventional medicine may Common injuries and ailments (i.e. recommend taking a non-steroidal back pain, arthritis, and irritable bowel anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), syndrome) can be hard to resolve with which stops the pain because it stops conventional medicine, but sufferers the inflammation. Instead, biopuncoften find real relief after a series of ture works to speed up the healing biopuncture treatments. process that begins with inflamma-

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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato


hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.

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Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many 24

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styles, so one of the biggest variables is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, mid-back and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St. Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.

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First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor

has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.

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“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at





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Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.

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Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and pro-

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A Few Fermented Recipes to Start by Judith Fertig


ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plant-based recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Sal-

Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.) Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well.

vadoran food. The twist here is added turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole.

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½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water

In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion. Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.) After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.

Vegan Kefir Yields: about 1 quart Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plant-based milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir

Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy.

The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream.

Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar.

Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.

Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically.

Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit

grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost. 1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online)

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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

Declare Your Intentions

Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.


Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

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times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

Do Less, Experience More If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau

Move Beyond Comfort

“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

Journey Jump-Offs Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via features stories and advice from 200-plus change-makers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau ( hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesser-known ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website Transformational. travel conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for change-seekers.                                                                                 n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms ( links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

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When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of

clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

Drive Home Transformation

Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau.

Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service ( Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities. 32

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Adventure travelers named transformation and an expanded worldview as top motives for their explorations. ~Adventure Travel Trade Association The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


Dogs at Work Finding the Right Dog for the Job

by Sandra Murphy


very dog needs a meaningful job. Like us, some need help figuring out what they want to be when they grow up; others choose their own specialty. With imagination and experimentation, even a problem pooch can became an unexpected blessing. COMFORTING COMPANIONS A 7-year-old hound and canine-style Houdini named Gumby was adopted seven times, surrendered to the shelter eight times and thrice became a stray. An unprecedented 11 return trips to the Charleston Animal Society, in South Carolina, convinced the staff he prefers shelter life. Now his self-appointed job is comforting and helping new arrivals adjust to their temporary home. Dentist April Patterson owns Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, in Fort Lauderdale. After attending a local Humane Society fashion show, she returned to her office with Oliver, a four-pound Pomeranian mix of undetermined age. This cutie’s

job is to steady nervous patients. “It wasn’t planned,” says Patterson. “Oliver will bark nonstop when left alone, but being one of the staff makes him happy. Meeting Oliver is part of our hiring process.” Dory, a yellow Labrador certified therapy dog, is approved by the San Diego district attorney’s office to offer aid in court when a victim or witness testifies in front of the defendant. “Dory was the first court support dog in California and the city’s first of five dog and handler teams,” says Kathleen Lam, a retired attorney and dog handler. “The dogs undergo rigorous testing to demonstrate good behavior in court. Handlers work on long downs and stays, including hand signals.” Dory recently accompanied an 8-year-old girl testifying against her father; he had killed his wife in front of her two years before. PUBLIC AMBASSADORS Deemed “too large to sell,” Bert, a chocolate Pomeranian, wound up in

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an Oklahoma shelter. Kathy Grayson, owner of The Hole, a New York City art gallery, saw his photo on Petfinder. com and fell in love. She immediately traveled to adopt him. Bert, whom she characterizes as quiet, refined and perfectly suited to the art world, loves being at the gallery and has attended art fairs in major U.S. cities. Follow Bert’s adventures via bertiebertthepom. “Edie, a boxer mix puppy, started training as an assistance dog, but her personality proved better suited to the hospitality industry,” says Julie Abramovic Kunes, public relations manager for the Fairmont Hotel, in Berkeley, California. Kunes’ Edie was hired by the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel in 2011, before making the career move west with her in 2017. A former shelter dog, Edie greets visitors as a community ambassador. SPECIAL RESCUE TEAMS Mas, a water-loving Newfoundland, redefines “rescue dog”. The Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio, or Italian School of Rescue Dogs, is the largest national organization in Italy to train dogs and handlers for water rescue. Helicopters can often reach a swimmer in distress more quickly than a boat. The dog jumps out to circle the victim until they can grab her harness before swimming to shore or a human partner. Mas, the first certified water rescue operative recognized by Italy, France and Switzerland port authorities and coast guards, went on to train her successors. Bloodhounds are renowned for their super sniffers. Lou, a 9 year K9 veteran, on Pennsylvania’s West York Borough Police Department force, ulimately applied for retirement, passing the harness to Prince, a 3-month old bloodhound. Prince was sworn in by District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy in her Spring Garden Township courtroom. The ceremony emphasizes a K9’s status in the community and within law enforcement. Paired with Officer Scott Musselman for eight months of training, the duo will work with the Missing Child Task Force. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

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BUILDING BETTER BONES Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health by Kathleen Barnes

Success in the quest for stronger bones is possible at any age.

“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

Optimal Bone Exercises

“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. 34

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“Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are

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Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including the tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension.

Walking Isn’t It

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Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime.

The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors. For more information, visit BoneDensityTest.

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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, Yoga Fertility Program – Sundays, Oct 1-Nov 5. 2-4pm. With Sacred Moon Fertility. 6-wk series. A journey of self-discovery, manifestation and healing. A whole body approach to creating the life you desire. Blissful Yoga, 43 S Main St, Mullica Hill. For more info: 856-5798553 or

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Presented by Total Belief Events. This event brings together spiritual and health professionals for a day of encouragement, empowerment and healing. Includes 40 exhibitors, including intuitive readers, energy healers, mediums, intuitives, empowerment coaches, health professionals, natural product vendors, tarot card readers and more. Free seminars and free giveaways from exhibitors. $5. The Falls at Doubletree by Hilton, 515 Fellowship Rd, Mount Laurel. More info: InTotalBelief@gmail. com or

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Share your spiritual experiences with like-hearted individuals. Discussion topics include: Healing from the Inside Out; Transforming Problems into Spiritual Gifts; Getting Practical Guidance from Your Dreams. Sponsored by Eckankar in NJ. Moorestown Community House, 16 E Main St, Moorestown. More info: 800-870-9139 or

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 Open House: Rizzieri Aveda School of Massage – 6-8pm. Join us for a night of beauty and Wellness. Learn about programs, live demos, Aveda artists and giveaways. 8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees. RSVP: 856-552-2273 or Rizzieri

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 Letting Go: Releasing Trauma & Relieving Chronic Pain Level 1 – Tuesdays, Oct 3-Nov 14. 1-3:15pm. Through mind and body awareness, self-assessments, breath-work, guided imagery and meditations, learn how to relax, fully connect with senses and body’s messages, soothe the nervous system, release negative thoughts and energy, get unstuck and re-write the stories they tell themselves. $160. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856546-1006. Postural Alignment Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Improve your balance. Increase your flexibility. Reduce or eliminate head, neck, back, foot and joint aches and pains. Great for those who suffer from chronic pain and those who wish to avoid it. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@Yoga

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4 Fall/Winter Hiking Basics – 6:30-8pm. REI experts will share tips and tricks on all aspects of hiking, especially in the fall and winter. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-8101938. How to Manage Stress and Pain through the Power of Your Mind – 7pm. Learn how you can manage stress and pain through the power of your mind and imagination. Join Barbara Angelo, Mindful Hypnosis Instructor at Lourdes Wellness Center and owner of the Hypnosis Center of S Jersey as she shares simple techniques with the group. These techniques will help you feel more positive and in control of your everyday life. Hosted by Women’s Wellness Connection of SJ. Sponsored by DeCotiis Chiropractic Wellness. LourdesCare, 1 Brace Rd, Cherry Hill. RSVP, Judy: 609-221-2285 or A Course in Spirituality: The Path of the Spiritual Warrior – 7-9pm. Provides participants with an overview of zen and what it means to “live a zen-inspired life” as well as how to cultivate presence in daily living through meditation, mindfulness, awareness and wisdom. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. More info & to register:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 Muse-ical Yoga: Haunted Hatha – 6-7:30pm. With Jimmy Sell. Get your body moving and grooving in an all-levels yoga class, featuring music from various artists themed with Halloween. $10. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveIn AngelicEnergetics EveryONE Level Training – Oct 5, 12, 19. 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. 856-7781981.

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Full Moon Gong Meditation – 7-9pm. With Michele Halliwell of Healing Harmonies. The full moon is a powerful time to release that which no longer serves you. Join us for a Gong Meditation as a ritual to mark this inner transformation in a ceremonial way, a sonic sound healing experience. $30/advance, $35/at door. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 Tag-a-Long Yoga – 6:30-8pm. Join Stephanie Varnum in a class for yogis and the next generation of yogis. Parents and kids ages 8+ can participate together in vinyasa-style class. A perfect way to introduce yoga and mindfulness practices to your children in a safe welcoming way. All levels. $15. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006. Sound Meditation – 7-8pm. Melissa Quattrone and Jody Thorpe combine crystal singing bowls, mantra, vocal toning, instruments and energetic healing modalities. This meditation is intended to remove disharmony and tension from your body, raising your energetic vibration, and leaving you with a sense of inner peace. $25. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 Autumn Workday at Oldmans Creek Preserve – 10am. Necessary supplies provided. Get outdoors and volunteer at this beautiful nature preserve. Great for Scout or school groups looking for volunteer hrs. 21 Main St, Swedesboro. RSVP: Whitesbog Volunteer Work Day – 10am-3pm. This month we are working in the garden, in the garage, in the shed, on the trails and the general store porch and store. All participants get lunch. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646. Two Hands Birth Services at Prego Expo – 11am-2pm. There will be exhibitors and vendors that expectant and young families will really enjoy. Come out and chat with us, get a seated chair massage from our own Donna Favilla and


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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 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: What Our Relationships Teach Us Spiritually. Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 800-870-9139 or Reiki Levels 1 & 2 Certification Class – 11am6pm. Both levels in a 1-day class. Become attuned to both levels, learn history and principles of reiki, chakra and aura scanning, self- healing and healing others, distant healing, and give first reiki session. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: Rancocas Nature Center 40th Anniversary Celebration – 12-4pm. Afternoon of festive activities. Tour the Visitors Center to see what’s new, learn about the history of the site, and share stories of then and now. Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495, Cranberry Living History Day – 1-3pm. Visit all the village’s interpreted museums and historic landscapes, pick cranberries, take a wagon ride and more. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646. The Mindfulness Mission with Samantha Joy – 1-3pm. A social group for 20-30-yr.-olds focusing on mind, body, spirit. Guest program: Fall Theme Paint Party with Kristy McAdams. All supplies provided. $35. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Angel Card Collage – 11am-12:30pm. Make your own angel card as we discuss Archangel Raguel, angel of justice and harmony. Feel free to bring scissors/magazines and join us in creating your own angel connection tool. With Kristy McAdams. $10 cash. Pilates Core Center, 1919 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-9850900.

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Balance Restoration (Postural Alignment) Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Improve your balance with gentle, yet effective exercises. Learn why your balance is compromised and what you can do about it. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Meditation and Dharma Teaching – 7-9pm. Includes quiet contemplation and reflection with sitting and walking meditation followed by an always illuminating conversation over tea. Registration not required. Suggested donation: $15/individuals, $25/spouses & partners. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Free Yoga Class for All Teachers – 4-5:15pm. Teachers do so much for our children. Lavender Koi Yoga wants to show them how much we appreciate all that they do with a free all-level yoga class. All educators welcome to come and enjoy an indulgent class dedicated to mentally relax the mind while brining loving attention to the body. Ends with a special sound meditation savanna. Beginner friendly. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 Crystal Bowl Meditation – And gentle yoga for balancing the chakras, followed by a long Shavasna (yoga’s relaxation pose). $15/advance, $20/at door. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Yoga New Jersey Pinelands Commission Monthly Meeting – 9:30am. The Pinelands Commission is the state agency that oversees conservation and development within the Pinelands boundaries. They hold a regular monthly meeting that is open to the public. 15 Springfield Rd, Pemberton. Pinelands Preservation Alliance: 609-8598860. Agenda:

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Zen that Beat – 7-8:15pm. Soundtrack music for yoga. Ryan Holiday brings a unique approach to yoga music. He mixes chill beats, live vocal loops, and ambient tones that align with the breath. Join in on this extraordinary opportunity to flow in an all-level vinyasa yoga class which will allow you to connect deeper with your breath. Beginner friendly. $25. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304. Haunted Hike to End Hunger: Franklin Parker Preserve – 7-9pm. Join us for this nighttime hike with the Jersey Devil and local lore ghost stories. Bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the South Jersey Food Bank, and enjoy the provided apple cider and donuts for yourself. Free Speedwell Entrance of Franklin Parker Preserve, Chatsworth.



Zen Circle: The Ease and Joy of Being Present – 8:30am-12:30pm. Half-day meditation retreat for both beginners and seasoned meditators offering the peace, quiet and stillness needed to learn to be present. Includes Dharma teachings. Registration required. $25. With Monks Circle event below (full day including lunch), $45. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

Fall Foliage Kayak Tour – 1-4pm. Want to view fall’s foliage from a new perspective? Our relaxing, leaf-peeping kayak tour is a fun way to enjoy the brilliant colors of autumn reflecting off the water. $59. YMCA Camp Ockanickon, 1303 Stokes Rd, Medford Lakes.

High-Energy Hike at Apple Pie Hill – 9:30am12pm. This hike is for outdoor enthusiasts who are looking to raise their heart rates and work up a sweat by hiking at a fast pace. The trail is about 9-miles long in total and is great for intermediate or advanced hikers. Free. Park by the Caranza Memorial, Tabernacle. marlton. Adopt-A-Road Cleanup – 10am. Gloves, bags, safety vests and grabbers provided. Help the Hammonton Green Committee clean up litter along Egg Harbor Rd. Great for Scout or school groups looking for volunteer hrs. Meet at Hammonton Library parking lot, 451 S Egg Harbor Rd, Hammonton. 609-666-5274. Monks Circle: The Way of Zen – 1-4pm. All are welcome to join the monks in this half-day retreat dedicated to refining and defining the Way of Zen. Includes training in zen etiquette, chanting (liturgy), and “oryoki” the art of bringing mindfulness to eating. Registration required. $25. With Zen Circle event above (full day including lunch), $45. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-2689151. Brew Jersey Homebrew Club Monthly Meeting – 6-9pm. Brew Jersey provides a great community for brewers of all levels. Stop by if you’re interested in brewing your own beer, wine, ciders or mead. Fermented Food & Beverage Supply Shop, 900 Rte 54, Ste A-4, Hammonton. More info: 609-666-5274.

Wilderness Skills: Fire – 5:30-7:30pm. Learn how to build and maintain a fire in the wild with our outdoor pros. $35. YMCA Camp Ockanickon, 1303 Stokes Rd, Medford Lakes. llbean. com/marlton. Peace & Acceptance: A Yoga Nidra Meditation – 7:30-8:45pm. With Shelly Schneider. 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. 856546-1006.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 Spiritual Gathering – 7-9pm. Gather with like-minded spiritual seekers for community and support to discuss experiences, thoughts, realizations and topics like energy healing, holistic lifestyle, intuition, chakras, past lives, crystals, meditation, enlightenment, etc. Beginners welcome. $22. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Psychic Dinner – Featuring Psychic Medium Judy Kay who will give messages from deceased loved ones. Filomena Cucina Italiana, Blackwood. For more info & to buy tickets:

Foot Pain (Postural Alignment) Class – 5:306:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Whether you have plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, calluses, corns, bunions, hammertoes, bunions, or your feet just ache, gentle exercises can bring relief. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@ Speaking of Nature Series: Bats At Risk – 6-7pm. Dr. Catherine G. Haase, PhD, from Montana State University, will share her experiences and inform program participants of the latest findings associated with this wildlife challenge that has severely threatened the North American bat population. Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-2612495,

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 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: The Spiritual Law of Protection. Free. Mt. Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Rd, Rm 4, Mount Laurel. More info: 800-870-9139 or Spirituality@ Fall/Winter Backpacking Basics – 6:30-8pm. REI experts will share tips and tricks on all aspects of backpacking in the fall and winter. Learn about trip planning, gear, and safety precautions, along with local resources and places to go. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Soshin: Beginner’s Mind Meditation – 7-9pm. Includes instruction on zen meditation, mindfulness practices and zendo etiquette. Designed for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Suggested donation $5. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 The Yoga Sutras: Lecture & Insights – Oct 19, Nov 9 & 30. 6-9pm. Shiva Das will present insight and wisdom in a format designed to be easily understood and create a deeper understanding of Vedic philosophy and how it relates to ourselves, our relationships and how we operate the world. $108/series, $40/ class. Yoga Alliance CEUs. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7-9pm. With Michele Halliwell of Healing Harmonies. Join us as we set sail on this sound healing journey, meditating, balancing the chakras and riding the sound currents into higher states of consciousness for peace, harmony and balance. $25/advance, $30/at door. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 Kombucha Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to brew your own, sample different flavors and other fermented snacks, learn about the important health benefits of probiotics, and take home your own ready-to-use SCOBY. $30/person, $50/duo (bring a friend). Relax Mind & Body, 621 S Main St, Williamstown. Space limited, register: 609-666-5274 or  Laughter Yoga – 7-8pm. With Karen Siugzda. De-stress, energize and get happy with laughter. $13/drop-in. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Harry Potter Themed Family Yoga Class – 7-8:15pm. Come as a Witch, Wizard, Death Eater, or a Fantastic Beast and cast some spells while moving your body through Harry Potter themed yoga poses. Bring the whole family. Beginner friendly. $25/family. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S. White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304.

Make Your Own Medicine Wheel – 7-8:30pm. With Antonia Anastasia. A mystical experience exploring the Native American origins of the medicine wheel. Create your own to bring home spreading love and God’s blessings across Mother Earth. All supplies provided. $25. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Haunted Hike to End Hunger: Rancocas Nature Center – 7-9pm. Join us for this nighttime hike with the Jersey Devil and local lore ghost stories. Bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the South Jersey Food Bank, and enjoy the provided apple cider and donuts for yourself. Free. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Kirtan with Yvette Om & Friends – 7-9pm. Immerse in an evening of devotion and vibration. Kirtan is a musical expression of devotion, a “call and response” chanting style. Chanting in the company of others offers the opportunity for deep and transformative healing. $15. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Fall Stewardship Day – 9:30am-1pm. Volunteers of all ages are needed to help remove litter and debris, plant native species, weed invasive plants and maintain trails. Pre-registration required by Oct 14. Saddler’s Woods, 250 Macarthur Blvd, Haddon Township. Register: 856-869-7372 or

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savethedate “The Bars”: The Core and Foundation of Access Consciousness Saturday, October 12 9:30am-5pm Presented by TDI/Health through Awareness. Facilitated by Elizabeth Kochanik. What if a gentle touch could change everything? Imagine if someone could press a button and mute that voice in your head that tells you that you’re not good enough or that you can’t accomplish what you dream about. There is a set of tools from Access Consciousness called “The Bars.” $300 first class; $150 repeat class. Virtua Hospital Voorhees, 100 Bowman Dr, Holman Conference Center, Rm D, Voorhees Township. To register or for more info: 732-856-8365, 856-596-5834 or

Grand Opening Party: New Location – 1-5pm. Join Genesis Spiritual Healing to celebrate their move to a new location. Includes crystal singing bowl sound meditation, a small gift, raffle to win a discounted session or class, other freebies and goodies, and lunch. Free. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration preferred: An Evening with Seijaku Roshi: Care, the Buddhist Virtue That Includes All Others – 7-9pm. Now more than ever, we must care for ourselves and each other. Join us for a vital discussion on how community must be our guiding light, and our lives driven by loving kindness and compassion, an ever-greater challenge in this climate of indifference and greed. Registration not required. Pay at door: $15/individuals, $25/spouses & partners. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 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. 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, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required:

Fall Foliage Kayak Tour – 1-4pm. Want to view fall’s foliage from a new perspective? Our relaxing, leaf-peeping kayak tour is a fun way to enjoy the brilliant colors of autumn reflecting off the water. $59. YMCA Camp Ockanickon, 1303 Stokes Rd, Medford Lakes.

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Connect With Nature: Burlington County Tree ID – 1:30-3pm. This session will also help you to understand what to look for when using a key in a field guide. Includes tree ID hike, weather permitting. Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495,

Mystery of the Pines – 7-8pm. Guest Speaker Cindy Slawski. Want to learn more about the local trails you’re hiking on? During this presentation, Cindy Slawski will discuss flora and fauna of the pines (such as upland forest, lowland forest, cedar swamps, cedar water) as well as local legends. Free. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. llbean. com/marlton.

Afternoon Hike at Amico Island – 2-4pm. Join us for a 2-mile afternoon winter hike at Amico Island, and get home in time for a cup of hot chocolate to end the day. Free. 81 Norman Ave, Delran. World Drumming – 6:30-8:30pm. With Shawn Hennessey. Explore many different drumming techniques from around the world, play rhythmic games, and experience drum language, polyrhythm. Will also incorporate rhythms and songs from West Africa, the Mid-East, Brazil, Cuba. All skill levels are welcome. Bring drums and percussion instrument, if have them. Some drums provided. $25. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 Hip Pain (Postural Alignment) Class – 5:306:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Hip pain is a sign of imbalance. For those who wish to avoid a hip replacement, or having had one, still suffer from pain and limitations. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@Yoga Free Public Education Workshop at NHIC – 6:45-8pm. Join Sarah Outlaw, Clinical Herbalist and Clinical/Functional Nutritionist for a free workshop on sugar. Learn how sugar impacts health. Free health screenings. Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey, 1050 Kings Hwy N, Ste 200, Cherry Hill. RSVP:

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Angel Readings with Healing Sound Mini-Sessions – By appt only. With Kristy McAdams. $25/15 mins. 720 E Main St, Ste 1-D, Moorestown. For appt: 856-220-2955. 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. 856-810-1938. marlton.html. Free Holistic Health Webinar – 7-8pm. Thermographic Diagnostic Imaging/Health through Awareness presents Philip Getson, DO. Topic: Light Bulb Moments and the Art of Deductive medical Reasoning. When Getson was stumped by a medical case in the 1980s, he began a

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 Psychic/Spiritual Protection Class – 7-9pm. Learn methods of protection against negative energy using spiritual methods, oils, sprays, crystals and more. All people are prone to picking up negative energy, but can be even more overwhelming to those who are considered empaths or sensitives. $44. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 Bulbs – 6:30pm, sign in; 7pm, talk. Presented by Rutgers Master Gardeners of Camden County. Learn about the importance of Fall bulbs. Speaker: Marge Miller, Master Gardener, Class of 2010. $10/household. Camden County Parks Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill. For more info & to register: 856216-7130 or The Thru-Hiker’s Secret – 6:30-8pm. An Appalachian Trail thru-hike is one of the greatest gifts to yourself. Explore the physical, psychological and logistical secrets that can help you earn the coveted moniker of “Thru-Hiker.” Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-8101938. Masquerade Ball Vinyasa – 7:30-8:45pm. Come and be an enthralling secret to those around you. Discover the thrill of being masked while flowing in an all-level vinyasa yoga class. The room will be dimly lit and filled with moving music. Beginner friendly. $15. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-8092304.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 End-of-Season Community Garden Potluck – Help the Hammonton Community Garden close out the season with a community potluck; bring a favorite dish, and enjoy autumn in the garden. Rain date Oct 29. Corner of 11th St & Washington St, Hammonton. 609-666-5274. Halloween Fun in Rancocas Woods – 10am-4pm. Enjoy a day of browsing the Made & Found Market. Offering live music and food trucks. Wonderful handmade items and vintage/antique vendors offer their very best every 4th Sat. A Halloween costume contest will take place at the Rancocas Woods Craft Co-op. Winner receives a $100 gift card to the shop. Creek Mercantile will place painted rocks throughout the market for you to find.

Bring your rock into the store to reveal your discount from $2-$20. Pets always welcome; any dog in costume receives a special treat at Creek Mercantile. 118 Creek Rd, Mt. Laurel. 856-235-1830.

savethedate Made & Found Market at Rancocas Woods Saturday, October 28 10am-4pm A monthly (4th Sat) outdoor market featuring an eclectic mix of local handmade, vintage, and antique goods, food trucks, live music and more. 118 Creek Rd, Mt. Laurel. For vending opportunities, Michael: More info: Whitesbog Halloween Craft & Trick or Treating & Storytime – 11am-2pm. Visit Historic Whitesbog Village and stop into the General Store for a special make and take Halloween craft and for trick or treating. Costumes encouraged. No reservations required. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. 2017 South Jersey Food Day – 11am-3pm. Celebrate local, healthy, sustainable food from across the region. Enjoy samples; learn how to eat sustainably on a budget; get to know local and organic. Free. McNaughton’s Garden Center, 351 Kresson Rd, Cherry Hill.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 Spooky Lantern History Tour and Campfire Storytelling – 6-8pm. Haunted Lantern Tour, 6-7pm. Scary Stories and Music around the Campfire with storyteller Russel Juleg, Jersey Devil tales with banjo and fiddle, 7pm. Haunted Wagon Ride to the Bog and Back with the Pinelands Antique Engine Association tractor drivers and more. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 Wilderness Skills: Fire – 5:30-7:30pm. Spend your Halloween learning how to build and maintain a fire in the wild with our outdoor pros. $35. YMCA Camp Ockanickon, 1303 Stokes Rd, Medford Lakes.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 National Learn to Homebrew Day – 11am-4pm. Stop by Fermented’s shop to explore the process of homebrewing, which is easy and fun. Bring your friends and family to discover a great new hobby. Free. Fermented Food & Beverage Supply Shop, 900 Rte 54, Ste A-4, Hammonton. 609-666-5274. Freedom Is Ours Now – 2pm. Free talk with Patty Woodard. Talk will explain how Christian Science shows the provable relevance of Jesus’ ministry in our lives today. Pat will share examples proving how a clear view of our God-given wholeness releases us from burdens in our lives and causes us to soar. Sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Haddonfield. Cherry Hill Library, 1100 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill. 856-429-5251.


Halo Wellness Center Health Fair Sunday, November 5 11am-3pm

Many unique experiences including spiritual guidance, kinesiology, massage, reflexology, crystal jewelry, organic henna art, aura readings, facials, essential oil readings and more. Purchase services and items directly from the professionals. $5 admission with a chance to win a 60-min reflexology session or an infrared sauna and salt room session. Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856574-4433.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 4th Annual Cape May Awakening Retreat – Jan 19-21. With Lisa Miliaresis, psychic medium & author of Extreme Communications and Tricia Heiser, RYT, Reiki Master & founder of The Sanctuary for Yoga. Immerse yourself in light as we share a weekend of yoga, meditation, channeling and awakening at the lovely. Be introduced to tools that can be used to tap into your intuition and awaken your awareness to the light within you. $255 before Dec 15, $285 after. Congress Hall, Cape May. For more info: 609953-7800 or

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


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Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Certified Laughter Yoga Leader Training – Oct 14-15. Fun and engaging 2-day program for creating joy, health and wellness. $295. Family Support Organization of Mercer County, 3333 Quakerbridge Rd, Ste 400 Hamilton. Karen Siugzda: 609-230-2551 or Beverly Burns: 732-991-0654. Children’s Yoga Certification Level 2 – Oct 14-15. 9am-5pm, Sat; 9am-4pm, Sun. With Tiffany Soska of Teeny Yogini. This comprehensive workshop will deepen your skill set within each age group. Empower you to conduct a Mommy and Me Class confidently. Foster brain development for the children with activities and meditation techniques, and teach aromatherapy use in various environments. Course required for all of those seeking to obtain the 95-hr Children’s Yoga Certification. Registration required by Oct 7. $545. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800.

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FOR RENT CHERRY HILL WELLNESS CENTER – Beautiful 900-sq-ft studio with hardwood floors for workshops, yoga and more. Counseling rooms available for individual therapy, body work or massage. Very reasonable monthly, daily and hourly rates available. Great location off 295, plenty of parking, local restaurants next door. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-4047287. Pictures: PRIVATE PARTY’S AT YOGA FOR LIVING IN CHERRY HILL – ​Choose from one of our suggested themed packages, or get creative and design one of your own! Enjoy exclusive use of the space, including use of the kitchen area before and after your class or event. Parties for children and adults, bridals parties, too. Yoga for Living 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Call to discuss your special party request: 856-404-7287. More info: YOGA, PILATES, DANCE OR RELATED WORKSHOPS – Studio space for rent in Hainesport. Great location on Rte 38. 267664-3236.

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

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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 Morning Zazen (Meditation) – Weekday meditation at early dawn, 5:30am or 9am. Sun, 8am. A wonderful way to start your day. Join us in the beauty of our Pineland home and experience the serenity found within our traditional zen meditation hall. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. For days & dates: Evening Zazen (Meditation) – 7-8pm. A perfect way to bring a close to a busy day. All are welcome to come decompress in the serenity of our traditional zendo amongst the natural beauty of our Pineland home. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. For days & dates: Sutra Chanting – Join the Monks of Pine Wind as they chant and pray for all beings everywhere to be free of sorrow and suffering, and the cause of sorrow and suffering. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. For days & dates:

sunday Meditation – 10am. Joyful Gathering Spiritual Center, 215 Highlands Ave, Ste C, Haddon Township. 856-780-5826. Mindfulness Meditation – 6:15-7:30pm. 2nd Sun and weekly drop-in class offers an opportunity to deepen and reconnect with your practice and spend time with like-minded individuals who share the desire to live a more centered and mindful life. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287.

monday Yoga for Strength and Flexibility – 8:159:15am. In this class explore the primary series, which is the first series of ashtanga yoga. $13/ drop-in; discounted YFL class cards available. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Living in Oneness – 6:30-7:30pm. 4th Mon. Discussion around the new energy concepts for the conscious shift into oneness. Learn how to make practical application of the concepts to your everyday life. Based on the book, The Oneness of It All by Maryann Pino Miller. Free. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-9758379. Monthly Meditation/Mini-Workshop – 6:308:30pm. 1st Mon. Explore meditation, energy education/topics and reiki. Please arrive on time so the meditation is not disturbed, and refrain from alcohol the day of the workshop. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeInBalance@ Working Session Meeting: Sustainable Haddon Heights – 7pm. 1st Mon. Meetings are open to all interested volunteers. Haddon Heights Public Library, lower level, 608 Station Ave.

tuesday Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) – 9:30am. For beginners and seniors. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure; quality sleep a challenge? Space limited. Ask about private lessons. BMIA Bldg, 40 Arbutus St, (off Elderidge), Browns Mills. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or Shakti Naam Yoga Series – Thru Oct 31. 10:30am-12:15pm. With Michele Halliwell. Includes meditation, chanting mantra, pranic breath work, healing hand mudras, seated and standing cardio movements and asanas. $20/class. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609953-7800. Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 6-7:30pm. 2nd & 4th Tues. Also 11am-12:30pm, 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: 856-428-5486, Down to Earth Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. A practical and realistic practice, using straightforward poses and clear alignment cues to developmental and physical confidence and awareness. Class touches on the natural world and its seasonal changes. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236.

Weight Loss Seminar – 7pm. With Dr Mike Lanzilotta. Lose weight, be healthy, feel good. Make the decision to improve your health and regain your energy. Our program gives you the tools for long-lasting results. Come to our seminar and learn about the entire process. Doctor supervised, one-on-one personal evaluations. No drugs, surgery or injections. No special shakes or prepackaged food. Lose up to 20-35 lbs in 6 wks. South Jersey Spine Center & Weight Loss Clinic, 133-B Jackson Rd, Medford. To reserve a spot: 609-654-1330.

wednesday Natural Health: Fresh Organic Produce Delivery – Wed & Fri. Delivery times vary. Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood-Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. For more info: 856784-1021. Yoga for Strength and Flexibility – 8:159:15am. In this class explore the primary series, which is the first series of ashtanga yoga. $13/ drop-in; discounted YFL class cards available. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. 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. A 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.

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 – 11am-12:30pm. 1st Thurs. Also 6-7:30pm, 2nd & 4th Tues. See Tues listing. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-428-5486, Dr.DottyAtkins@

Gentle Vinyasa Flow Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Promotes balance and relaxation through slow mindful movement with an emphasis on body and breath awareness. Begins with centering and breath awareness, slowly moving into poses and sequences that match breath to movement creating a moving meditation that slows the mind and relaxes the body. Ends with deep relaxation and meditation. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. Yoga Basics and Restore – 6:30-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Thurs. With Nicole. A sweet and calming class designed to gently increase strength and flexibility. Combines basic postures with restoratives focused on breath and body awareness. Leave with a calm mind and lifted spirit. Suitable for all levels. $10/drop-in. Sol Yoga, 1351 Rte 38, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. Reiki-Yoga – 7-8pm. With Reiki Master Kiel Gerhard. Join us for a calming yoga class, focusing on stretches and static yoga postures followed by reiki healing during savasana. This calming, feel-good class is designed for both yoga beginners and those looking for a way to lightly exercise the body. $190/10-wk series, $20/drop-in. Lori’s Wellness Loft, 240 S White Horse Pike, Hammonton. 609-5615674.

friday Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. See Wed listing. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Friday Nite Fitness Hike – 7pm. Brisk pace, 8-10 miles. Work up a sweat exploring the sand roads and trails of Brendan Byrne State Forest. Be prepared to walk at an average of 3.5 mph, with few breaks. Meet at the Campground, Glass House and Coopers Rd, Woodland Township. Leaders, Bob Hodges: RLHHLR@aol. com.

saturday Aikido Class: Ages 8-14 – 10am-12pm. Learn coordination and focus in this unique Japanese martial art of self-defense. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Haddon & Fern, Collingswood. Info: 856-435-2667 or Pre-Natal Yoga Series – 10:30-11:45am. With Tricia Heiser. Enhance your pregnancy with prenatal yoga and keep the body healthy, the mind stress free, and promote a deeper connection between mother and baby. $20/ drop-in. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuary 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.

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

Acupuncture, Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT), cupping, detoxification, nutrition, and relaxation techniques for acute and chronic pain, stress, concussions, overuse injuries, digestive and immune conditions, and more. AAT offers a non-invasive and effective approach in treating allergy and sensitivity symptoms. See ad, page 15.


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


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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 25.


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 51.


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 29.

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus

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 SempleDaly is board certified in OB/GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative Medicine for over a decade and has helped thousands of men and women restore balance with BHRT. See ad on page 11.


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

Dr. Bartiss is among a small group of physicians that pioneered the early “integrated” health care system. As a conventionally and holistically trained physician, he offers the best of both schools of medicine. Dr. Bartiss’ “HEART” Program (Hormone, Endocrine, Adrenal Rejuvenation Therapy) addresses hormone imbalance and focuses on restoring his patients to optimal levels. The simple explanation of this program is that when the endocrine system is balanced, a person is less likely to become ill, over-weight and emotionally imbalanced. ICAM patients report an improved quality of life, both emotionally and physically. See ad on page 25.


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


The Strawbridge Professional Center 212 W Rte 38, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-273-1551 Dr. Bidwell is dedicated to providing patients the best possible spinal healthcare including chiropractic adjustment, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot and cold therapy, cervical and lumbar traction, and stretching and strengthening exercise instruction. Her adjustments techniques consist of diversified, activator, arthrostim, SOT blocking, craniosacral work, active release technique, and PNF stretching. See ad, page 25.


13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 Feeling sick, uncomfortable at home and no one has answers? Could be Geopathic Stress Zones. We dowse and remotely transmute and convert to positive, uplifting energy, permanently! Privacy guaranteed. Details at Robert-Egby. com: “Geopathic Stress: Fast and Effective Clearance.”


The Healing Space Wellness Center 504 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ 08107 609-361-4401 Bone, muscle, ligament, nerve, meridian, chakra or aura interference brings illness. Dr Kevin uses Usui, Karuna and Tera Mai Reiki, Reconnective healing, gentle KST and correctional ABC chiropractic methods as well as natural healing systems and products to unify the self, align your life and bring fulfilling enthusiasm to your day.


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

ESSENTIAL OILS YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York Independent Distributor #489656 877-436-2299

Essential oils: revered for thousands of years for their naturally enhancing support of body, mind and spirit. Become a Young Living Essential Oils Member/Customer, and/or an Independent Distributor.


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


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.

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. ~Andre Gide


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 40.

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

Safe, natural solutions for many health problems. Get to the root of your symptoms and heal your body with Nutrition Response Testing™. Sarah Outlaw is a Master Herbalist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing Practitioner offering a non-invasive, advanced form of muscle testing for food sensitivities, chemical and metal toxicity, and immune system issues for all ages. Individualized, targeted nutrition programs designed for every client. See ad, page 51.

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

Liesha Getson is a Board-Certified Thermographic Technician, Holistic Health Counselor, a Reiki Master and Energy Practitioner. Liesha is a founding partner of Health Through Awareness in Marlton, a cooperative wellness center that provides a variety of alternative services to facilitate healthy living including nutrition and lifestyle counseling, reiki, thermography, infrared detoxification and biopuncture. See ad, page 37.

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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 11.



Institute for Medical Wellness 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown, NJ 856-231-0590 Board-Certified Family Medicine blending traditional family care with a holistic focus and preventive, nutritional and integrative approach. We look for causes and triggers for disease before reaching for the prescription pad. Same and next day appointments are available. See ad, page 21.


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 40.


Hypnosis Healing and Beyond 13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, 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 selfconfidence, self worth, living now and imaging goals. Help provided with mindfulness and self-hypnosis training, higher self and spirit communication. Appointments: days, evenings, weekends.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~Maya Angelou 48

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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 well-being. Dr. Philip Getson is a board-certified Family Physician and certified by four Thermographic Boards. He specializes in thermography, an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health. With the mission of providing a balanced approach to wellness, the center offers diet and lifestyle counseling, thermography, the area’s most unique infrared detox sauna (The POD), reiki, a smoking cessation program, physician standard supplements and ongoing wellness classes. See ad, page 37.


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!

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ~Joseph Campbell

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

Experience and learn simple yet effective pain relief methods in individual or group sessions. Dr. Atkins’ advanced muscle release treatment and self-care education has proven published results for the past decade. Other services include certified manual lymph drainage, and relief for various chronic conditions. See article, page 18 and ad, page 36.


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 27.


Lori Dye, LMT, Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner Washington Professional Campus 860 NJ-168 Blackwood, NJ 08012 Located inside Performance Chiropractic & Wellness Center 856-401-9550 We are not machines, we are human! Even though we are certainly built like them. We need to treat ourselves with a little extra TLC from time to time. It is important to listen to our aches and pains & emotional stress. It is our body’s natural way of saying “I need attention!” Allow yourself to follow your intuition and set aside some time for healing and regeneration today. I look forward to meeting you and helping to guide you along in your journey healing mind, body and spirit.

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

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

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

It is a known fact that millions of women after the menopausal transition, undergo changes in their vaginal health and suffer from vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The changes in vaginal health is due to declining estrogen levels. Current management of these symptoms include Estrogens and Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators. Not all women can take estrogens for symptomatic relief. The MonaLisa Touch therapy is an effective in-office, non-hormornal therapy, with no downtime. Most women have called it life changing. It is similar to the annual pelvic exam. Many women have reported symptomatic relief after the first treatment. See ad, page 23.



Open Tues-Fri, 10am-7pm & Sat, 10am-3pm 703 Stokes Rd, Store #4, Medford, NJ 08055 609-714-8666 Facebook: Nutrition Works of Medford Natural health store supplying supplements, sports nutrition, pain management, gluten-free and vegan items, health/beauty, homeopathics and so much more. See ad, page 37.



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

Numerologist & Empowerment Coach 609-417-4526 J o i n t h e r e g i o n ’s l e a d i n g numerologist as you discover your life’s purpose. Encoded in your name and birth date are your lessons, talents and desires. Traci will help you realize your full potential.



Nutritional Wellness Center of South Jersey 1 Cinnaminson Ave, Palmyra, NJ 08065 856-499-2160 Sean Christopher Inselberg is an Advanced Clinical Nutritionist Practicing Nutrition Response testing and Neuro Emotional Technique. He uses non-invasive testing to uncover the root cause of symptoms and disease. The techniques are clinically proven to help restore the body back to optimal health. Using an advanced form of applied kinesiology, the testing shows any structural impairments, nutritional deficiencies, hidden infections and emotional stressors that can all become barriers to achieving good health. See ad, page 7.


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


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

Holistic health care for all ages and a variety of health conditions. Find the cause of your health issues and heal using safe, natural and non-toxic therapies. See ad, page 37.

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

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Earth Angel Healing, LLC 1500 Kings Hwy N, Ste C211, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 856-693-3411 Michelle is a certified Reiki Master/Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy ® (IET) Master/Teacher, Spiritual Mentor, Sound Healer, Crystal and Energy Intuitive Healer for all ages. Michelle assists her clients with discovering their own innate ability to heal their mind, body and spirit. She offers several classes, one-on-one sessions, group sessions, distance energy healing sessions and much more.


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

Kathy Milano is a NJ-licensed psychologist (#3686) with a Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology who specializes in treating trauma and using an integrative, WholeHearted model in her private practice. She founded Soul Sanctuary to enrich exploration of healing, personal growth, and the spiritual journey. As an intuitive, Kathy offers workshops and retreats which empower intuitive skill development, connection with the Divine, and integration of mind, body, spirit, energy techniques in daily life. See article and ad, page 20.

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

End yo-yo dieting with our safe and effective Physician Supervised Weight Loss Program. Our program is designed to identify the root causes of your weight concerns, individualize a plan to reverse the imbalances identified, and help you to quickly and safely lose the excess weight. Finally, we will transition you to a healthier lifestyle to keep you at a healthier weight. Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative medicine for over a decade. See ad on page 11.


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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 51.




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.


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Yoga, Mindfulness M e d i t a t i o n , ayurveda and a variety of classes, workshops and retreats. See ad, page 7.

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

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