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Facing Neck Surgery as Their Last Resort, Two Local Residents Find Success in Sound Wave Treatment. Herniated Discs. Pinched Nerves. Agonizing Pain. Two Local Doctors Offer You Hope.


he surgeon told me they were going to cut into my throat from the front and around my voice box to get to the herniated discs to relieve my neck pain,” Renee Mattio remembers. After suffering with constant pain for nearly a year, she considered neck surgery as her only last resort. The operation was designed to relieve pinched nerves caused by a rear-end collision on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge that herniated the fourth and fifth discs in her neck. “They asked me to sign a waiver that basically said, if I die, it’s not their fault,” she adds. ”This was the basic waiver everyone signs for surgery, but it was more about the voicebox impact that scared me. It was a turning point for me.” But, Renee seemed out of options, saying “I can’t live with this pain any longer!” For a solid year after the collision, she tried a range of treatments to relieve the constant, excruciating pain that affected every aspect of her life. Physical therapy, pain medications and steroid

A Real Pain In The Neck To Men As Well

prescriptions and injections provided little to no relief. “The injections felt like they were inserting a sword down my back under the skin,” she says. “They were only a band-aid for the pain and inflammation, and I ballooned up to 170 pounds from 125 from taking the prescribed steroids.”

Unfortunately, Renee isn’t alone in suffering chronic neck and radiating arm pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 60 percent of people in the general population suffer from varying degrees of neck pain. The prevalence of neck pain peaks at middle age, and women are more often affected than men.

One of those men is Kevin Whalin. Like Renee Mattio, he had serious, agonizing neck and arm pain that extended down to his left elbow and hand. Over a two-year period that Kevin calls his “neck-pain journey,” he had MRIs, Cat Scans and sought help from his primary care physician, physical therapists and pain management doctors. He had two epidurals, which are injections of anesthesia into the spine, but nothing provided lasting relief, so he finally agreed to consult with a neurosurgeon. The surgeon recommended a procedure that would insert a steel plate between Kevin’s fifth and sixth herniated discs to spread them apart, relieve the pinched nerves and “hopefully” alleviate his pain. “The surgeon said it would be a 50-50 chance to take away my pain,” Kevin says. He initially agreed so the surgeon booked the operation in a month’s time. Kevin was dreading the date, as he really didn’t want to take the risk of having surgery. “I was told that

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I would be out of work for at least six weeks recovering, something that I just couldn’t see happening, but what other options did I have?” he asks. Kevin had used traditional chiropractic treatments in the past, but he didn’t want his neck cracked and twisted like that now. Oftentimes, when people are having difficulty finding a cure for what ails them, friends and relatives offer advice and recommendations. This, too, was the case with Kevin and Renee. Renee was about to resign herself to suffering in pain for the rest of her life when her mother-in-law told her about a unique, non-invasive treatment that helped relieve her pain after she had two back surgeries. Kevin’s brother told him about a truck driver who had the same treatment, also with great success.

The Sound of Success It’s Percussion Sound Wave treatment. A revolutionary, painless adjustment that provides lasting relief from acute and chronic pain. The treatment is very precise. If it’s determined that there is a misalignment causing your current condition, highly specific x-rays of the upper cervical (neck) spine are taken to measure misalignments down to 1/100th of a degree. A computer analysis of these x-rays provides the most accurate assessment of the

Dr. John Sandoz spinal misalignment. Gentle percussion sound waves ease the spine back into place and restore body balance, thus relieving pain. There is no manual manipulation, no twisting or cracking of the neck. The headquarters for this treatment is in Mount Laurel

at the Sandoz Chiropractic Center, led by Dr. John and Dr. Joshua Sandoz. They treated both Renee and Kevin with the percussion sound wave treatment. “All I can tell you is that it works,” Kevin says. “I went twice a week for three weeks. Remember, I had only a month

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before my surgery date. After the treatments, I have no pain whatsoever. If sharing my story helps one person, it’s worth it.” Renee also experienced a miraculous outcome. Dr. Sandoz took x-rays of her head and neck, calculated the misalignment and then consulted with Renee about his findings and how he was going to treat her. In addition to the sound wave treatment, Dr. Sandoz performed laser therapy to further reduce inflammation and pain, and promote faster healing to Renee’s nerve pain. “It’s incredible,” she says. “I have no pain, no stiffness. Dr. Sandoz says he’s not a miracle worker, but he walks on water as far as I’m concerned.” Dr. Sandoz says, “If neck pain isn’t treated effectively, it can affect other joints in the body as it did in Renee’s and Kevin’s. The body starts to compensate, making things worse. That can lead to a multitude of structural joint problems in other regions of the body.” For neck pain sufferers who believe they have tried every option, find out if this sound wave treatment can save you as it saved Renee and Kevin from lifetimes of pain. Contact Dr. John Sandoz and Dr. Joshua Sandoz at the Sandoz Chiropractic Center, 2057 Briggs Road, Suite 204, Mount Laurel. The phone number is 856-206-9560 and the website is . 2057 Briggs Road, Suite 204 . Mount Laurel July 2018


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Pinelands Hosts Second Annual Summer Short Course in Hammonton

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he second annual Pinelands Summer Short Course will be held July 19 at Kramer Hall in downtown Hammonton, and will feature seven field trips and a day of educational programs showcasing the region’s history, ecology, culture and music. The event will feature a tour of a commercial blueberry farm, live music, a guided van tour to see dwarf pine forests and rare orchids, a presentation on winemaking in the Garden State, a guided nature hike, a classroom presentation on the Battle of Chestnut Neck, a guided dragonfly walk at Batsto, an all-day van tour focusing on traditional industries in the Pinelands and many other programs. Held during the peak of summer, when wildlife abounds, attendees can immerse themselves in all things Pinelands. Location: 30 Front St., Hammonton, NJ. For more information or to register, call 609-652-4227 or visit

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harles White invites you to join him at 2 p.m. on July 15 for a Walk in the Wild at Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust. Attendees are asked to meet at the Willoughby House. White’s love of the outdoors started early in the woods of Quebec along Lake Ontario. Since then, he has campled, hiked, canoed and kayaked throughout the northeast, southeast and southwest, mostly as a solo hiker. He has organized and led many groups as they ventured into the outdoors and often refers to himself as an old boy scout. During the workshop, White will discuss, demonstrate and practice primitive fire starting techniques. He will explore several methods of starting fire using friction, flint and steel. There will also be extensive presentations of short cuts to fire starting.

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r. Polina Karmazin has relocated her practice to the William G. Rohrer Center for Health and Fitness at 2309 Evesham Road in Voorhees. Specializing in holistic pain management and integrative medicine, Karmazin employs a functional medicine approach which aims to address the root of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. She uses well-proven and safe modalities Dr. Polina Karmazin such as homeopathy, acupuncture and biopuncture. Current and future patients are asked to start using the new address. Location: 2309 Evesham Rd., Ste. 100, Voorhees, NJ. For more information, call 856-528-2258 or visit See ad on page 30.


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Tri State Meltdown Returns for Second Year


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Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness to Offer Yoga Teacher Training


eginning September 8, Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness will offer a 200-hour ayurvedic yoga teacher training. Far more involved than just the physical approach of learning yoga postures, this training program is a life-changing invitation to understand oneself at a much deeper level while cultivating a personal practice of pranayama, meditation and asana with an ayurvedic point of view. The core of this training is to understand and experience the essence of yoga and ayurveda, and how to practically integrate them into a daily lifestyle. Attendees will learn how to integrate the fundamentals of ayurveda, teaching techniques, anatomy, physiology, Sanskrit, Vedic philosophy, lifestyle, mantra, meditation and so much more. Students will learn that teaching yoga is both a service to humanity and a practice of evolving oneself and includes learning and practicing with other forms of friendships and community that support growth on all levels. The philosophy of Live in Joy’s training is to make the practice of yoga and ayurveda accessible, engaging, enjoyable and safe while honoring the great ancient traditions of yoga and ayurveda. Their team encourages and helps yoga practitioners to discover their own true nature and teach from their unique authentic self. Location: 118 W. Merchant St., Audubon, NJ. For more information, visit See ad on page 21.

SunGlow Chakras Celebrates the Summer Solstice


unGlow Chakras will celebrate the recent summer solstice and the warm summer months still ahead with their exclusive summer solstice necklace. The summer solstice occurred on June 21, the first day of summer, when the earth’s rotational axis was maximally tilted toward the sun. With the sun reaching its highest point in the sky, the summer solstice is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. Also known as “midsummer” by centuries of farmers who have already planted their crops in the spring, homages to the summer solstice and the life-giving powers of the sun have been practiced through millennia. Ancient civilizations have all left symbols of their reverence for and celebration of the sun. A time to honor the Earth’s cycle, the power of the sun, and the gifts we receive from the cycle of nature, many cultures celebrate the summer solstice in many different ways. Individually, the 21st was a day to not only physically awaken with the sunrise, but also to awaken ones introspection, spirit, creativity and passions. It was a time to reflect on our own inner power and potential with the warmth of the coming summer months being a gift of sunshine and new energies. It reminds us that we are part of the cycle of life, helping us to honor the wonder of the sun and our amazing world. Resource: SunGlow Chakras. Location: 713 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ. For more information, visit See ad on page 15.

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Documentary Film Tells The Story of Homeopathy in Moorestown


he National Center for Homeopathy invites you to join them at the Moorestown Mall Stadium 12 Theater at 7:30 p.m. on July 25 for the viewing of Just One Drop, a documentary directed by Laurel Chiten. The film explores the controversy of homeopathy, a form of medicine that has existed for over 200 years and is used by millions worldwide. Homeopathy is a specific form of medicine that uses minute doses of a highly diluted substance that stimulates the body to cure itself. Just one Drop explores the claims for and against homeopathy as well as the myths and misconceptions surrounding its use. It will inspire audience members, both advocates and skeptics, to ask questions and have an open discussion about this system of medicine. The documentary challenges the current mindset of modern medicine and could radically change how one views illness, health and healing. After the film is done, guests are invited to partake in a question and answer session with a panel of experts in the homeopathy field, including director Chiten. Due to the limited number of seats, tickets must be purchased by July 1. Cost: $13.04. Location: 400 Rte. 38, Moorestown, NJ. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, visit

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hen deciding on the right sunscreen, it is crucial to read the label and be properly informed to fully understand the different varieties of sunscreen ingredients. It is not a secret that chemical sunscreens cause skin irritations, healthy hazards and allergies in many people. Chemical-free sunscreens should only contain zinc oxide (ZnO) and/or titanium oxide (TiO2), and should be free of oxybenzone, avobenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octinoxate and octisalate, which are all irritating to the skin and cause unnecessary harm to both the human body and our environment. It is also important to note that “water resistant” does not mean waterproof. No sunscreens are waterproof or sweatproof. The bottle should specify whether it will last 40 or 60 minutes while swimming or sweating. Make sure that the sunscreen you choose has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, and that you re-apply it every hour. Dr. Anamaria Newport of The Family Skin Care Center has created a sunscreen that safely promotes skin photoprotection and active rejuvenation. The main and only active ingredient in Newport’s formula is created with a pure zinc oxide mineral barrier and is complimented with natural green tea. The formula is further enhanced with the powerful antioxidant of Resveratrol, which is naturally found in the skin of red grapes. Unlike other zinc oxide-based products, their organic, scentless, non-greasy formula goes on clear with a weightless, residue-free finish, all in a convenient spray bottle. All patients receive a complimentary medical consultation toward cosmetics and laser devices, free of cost. Location: 17 White Horse Pk., Ste. 10B, Haddon Heights, NJ. For more information, call 856-323-8885. See ad on page 13.

Open House at Lourdes Institute for Wholistic Studies


ourdes Institute for Wholistic Studies will host an Open House from 5 to 7 p.m., August 2, at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, in Camden. Visitors can talk extensively with faculty and learn about the available programs. The only school in the South Jersey region to offer an associate’s degree in Applied Science/Massage Therapy, Lourdes

Institute for Wholistic Studies, a division of Lourdes Health System, offers flexible class schedule and many areas of study, include Massage Therapy Certificate with Associates Degree in Applied Science, Massage Therapy Certificate of Achievement, Wholistic Massage Practitioner Certificate, Reflexology Certificate, Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy, 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training and Continuing Education Courses. “At our open house event, prospective students will have an opportunity to meet faculty and interact with them on a oneon-one basis,” says Dean Frank Pileggi, Ph.D. “We will also have current students at the event who provide seated chair massage and give reflexology and yoga demonstrations. The open house allows prospective students and family members to have questions answered by both faculty and current students.” Location: 1600 Haddon Ave. For more information or to register (required), call 888-568-7337. See ad on page 39.


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It is known that about 70 percent of the human body is made up of water and when that water runs low, your body sends signals to let you know. Many times, these signals come in the form of pain. Dr. Howard Murad, M.D., founder of the Inclusive Health movement, believes many people don’t make the connection that the pain is being caused by a form of dehydration. According to Murad, the link between dehydration and pain may seem abstract at first. As we lose water from connective tissues due to aging, poor diet and lifestyle choices, we are prone to more physical injuries, which lead to inflammation. Pain can be caused by dehydration because the inflammation accumulates in order to repair the damage. One way to tell if your body is dehydrated is to take a look at the color of your urine. A hydrated body will produce a light yellow, almost clear color urine, whereas a dehydrated body will produce a dark yellow or orange color urine. The bottom line in optimal hydration levels are key to a healthy body. If you want to avoid chronic pain, focus on proper hydration in building our cellular health. Kangen Water, an antioxidant-rich, healthy water that revitalizes cells, is a healthy alternative to both tap and bottled water, and can help you stay properly hydrated.

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According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, three of the world’s largest meat producers, JBS, Cargill and Tyson, emitted more greenhouse gas last year than all of France and nearly as much as the biggest oil companies, such as Exxon, British Petroleum and Shell. Carbon dioxide emissions from raising farmed animals make up about 15 percent of global human-induced emissions, with the biggest offenders being beef and milk production. The nonprofit environmental organization EcoWatch claims that a pound of beef requires 13 percent more fossil fuel and 15 times more water to produce than a pound of soy. It notes, “There is no such thing as sustainable meat, and plant-based alternatives to meat, dairy and eggs take a mere fraction of the resources to produce as their animal-based counterparts.” A vegan diet is not just good for the planet, either; it also spares animals misery at factory farms. “Pigs, cows, chickens and other farmed animals suffer horribly. These innocent animals face unthinkable horrors: cruel caged confinement, brutal mutilations and bloody, merciless deaths,” says Joe Loria, communications and content manager at the humanitarian group Mercy for Animals.

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In a win for the health of the world’s oceans, McDonald’s says it will end the use of harmful polystyrene foam packaging globally by year’s end. Rarely recycled, the material used in beverage cups and takeout containers is a frequent component of beach litter, degrading into indigestible pellets that marine animals mistake for food, resulting in injury or death. The company says, “The environmental impact of our packaging is a top priority.” The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that styrene, used in the production of polystyrene, is also a possible human carcinogen. Dunkin’ Donuts is also phasing out its polystyrene foam cups in favor of paper cups. A planned worldwide project completion by 2020 will prevent nearly 1 billion foam cups from entering the waste stream each year. Customers may still opt for the restaurant’s mugs or bring their own thermos. The foam cups will be replaced with doublewalled paper cups made with paperboard certified to Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards.


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n December 16, 2017, the Department of Defense (DOD) broke its long-held silence on the UFO issue and released three videos of separate incidents in which Navy jets chased UFOs off the East and West coasts of the United States. The chases of the unidentified flying objects are seen from inside the cockpits of Navy F/A-18F Super Hornets, cameras locked on the wingless objects while pilots discuss what they’re seeing. Two of the short videos were recorded in 2004 from USS Nimitz jets flying off the West Coast of the United States, while the third video was recorded in 2015 off the East Coast. “The government’s recent disclosure is red-hot, fresh-off-the-presses information that once and for all verifies what many people have long-suspected: UFOs are in our skies!” exclaims New York UFO expert Joseph Flammer, an author of books about the unidentified flying object phenomenon and noted field investigator for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). Flammer continues, “From these videos, which come complete with pilot discussions and indisputable chain of custody trackability, we now have official confirmation that unidentified aerial phe-

nomena are regularly tracked in our skies by the military.” In April, all three videos were presented at a gathering of Main Line MUFON UFO enthusiasts in Strafford, Pennsylvania. Each of the videos is clear and shows oblong objects “locked-on” by Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared cameras, the most advanced technology available to the Navy. “These objects have no familiar signatures, such as sound or heat or smoke trails, and no familiar flight surfaces, like wings, fins or tails. They are not shaped like airplanes and do not move like them either,” observes Flammer. “They are shaped like Tic Tacs and can move at hypersonic speeds of Mach 5 or better. That’s 4,000 miles per hour. So, what are they?” This historic disclosure of F/A-18s pursuing unidentified flying objects—a real phenomenon bearing no conventional likenesses to known aircraft and eluding the fighter jets—coincided with the release of a New York Times article announcing the U.S. government had quietly studied UFOs for five years, 2007-2012, at a cost of $22 million, but dropped the program because of a lack of benefits for the money spent.

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While the government has openly studied UFOs in the past, in recent years such studies were thought to be top secret, and the Pentagon denied their existence completely. Ironically, the 2007-2012 program was not “top secret” but quietly operated out of the Pentagon under a project titled Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program. The program was headed by Luis Elizondo, who continued to study UFOs even after the program ended. Although official funding had stopped, the need for study was clear since reports of chases and sightings continued to land on his desk while he worked at a different position within the DOD. Last year, he resigned from the agency, citing lack of support for UFO study as one reason for his departure.

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Life-Giving Foods for Giving Life by Kimberly Spair


o many of the powerful life-changing foods that exist on Earth to nourish and heal our bodies are also, literally, life-giving foods. We know, from Anthony William, author of Medical Medium LifeChanging Foods, that we must “eat fruit to produce fruit,” but did you know that the life-giving qualities of Mother Nature’s bounty should be front and center for the actual birthing process as well? Yes! Put down the ice chips and pick up some wild blueberries, honey and dates. During my beautiful daughter’s birth last November, I had an arsenal of these supportive foods in my birthing tool kit. Each one provided me a different type and level of support depending on where my body, mind and spirit were throughout the long 48-hour process. Based on information from William, these are some of the foods I incorporated during labor, and why:


n The high potassium and fruit sugar content is perfect for refueling the brain and muscles, which rely on glucose to power us through. n The amino acids in dates, such as leucine, help elevate the fruit’s potassium to its highest potential in sustaining and fortifying muscles and nerves. This process also stops lactic acid from taking over the body when it’s under stress. Isn’t it incredible that dates also teach us to shift from selfishness to selflessness? How perfect is that for the birthing process!

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Kimberly Spair is the only food that does that. n Wild blueberries have more inspiration to offer us than even the best motivational speakers on the planet. n Wild blueberries are the sole food on the planet to contain the full power of the divine, the Holy Source, the universe, and they are revered by the angels as the key to keeping the human race alive in the coming times. Who doesn’t want that power inside you when bringing a new human being into the world? I sipped on wild-blueberry smoothies made with wild-blueberry powder (

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This was my go-to liquid throughout for both hydration and energy. First of all, William teaches us that coconuts supercharge all other foods you eat with them, so that brought even more power to my dates and wild blueberries. Yet, there was even further benefit:

At the end of the labor process, I had raw honey by spoon every few minutes. Its highly absorbable glucose and more than 200,000 photochemical compounds refueled me and allowed my body the energy to literally continue pushing through the long labor process. Also, how beautiful it is to take in a miracle food while our bodies are performing the ultimate miracle of giving birth. If you feel out of touch with miracles, then reacquaint yourself with honey. Unprocessed honey in its raw, living form is nothing less than a miracle from God and the Earth. There are other foods to consider too, such as avocados, “the mother fruit”, and Atlantic sea vegetables, which ground us and deliver 50 health-promoting, ultra-bioavailable minerals, while creating electrolytes for stress assistance. These foods are all truly gifts from God as we are bringing the ultimate gift into world. Here is a further glimpse into my birth story, from my doula’s perspective. In the next few blogs, I will share more about the supplements and other “props” that played a key role in my labor process. I can honestly say that living a Medical Medium lifestyle has not only changed my life in untold ways, it has given our family miraculous new life—a beautiful baby daughter and sister, Braelyn Mae. Kimberly Spair is a certified holistic health coach, speech pathologist and yoga therapist. For more information or to schedule a consultation, email IntegrativeBeginnings@ or visit IntegrativeBeginnings. com. See ad on page 24.

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ny time our bodies sense an “invader”—a microbe, virus, plant pollen or unwelcome chemical— they go into high alert, producing white blood cells to fight it off. Once the danger has been thwarted, normal functioning returns. If we continue to expose ourselves to these threats, then the high-alert process, known as inflammation, becomes chronic. This disturbance of natural equilibrium can lead to cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, depression and pain. It can also mask or worsen autoimmune diseases. Eating foods with natural anti-inflammatory properties can help the body function better.

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“Many experimental studies have shown that components of foods or beverages may have anti-inflammatory effects,” says Dr. Frank Hu, also a Ph.D. and professor of nutrition and epidemiology in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “A healthy diet is beneficial not only for reducing the risk

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Green leafy vegetables such as Swiss chard contain natural anti-inflammatories such as vitamins K, D and C, says Axe.


Beets have a natural antioxidant, betalain, an anti-inflammatory compound that inhibits the activity of enzymes the body uses to trigger inflammation, advises Axe.


Sea buckthorn berry juice (known as olivello juice) is one of the most concentrated natural sources of vitamin C, says Weil.


Ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory food that also helps reduce intestinal gas and prevent nausea, advises Weil.


Green tea is best enjoyed hot with a little squeeze of lemon; it may reduce cholesterol levels, ultimately assisting in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, per Weil.


Virgin coconut oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, according to a study published in Pharmaceutical Biology. Britt eats a total of one-and-a-half tablespoons a day in hot drinks, salads or soups.


Tomatoes are an easy-to-use and a tasty anti-inflammatory food, says Axe. He notes, “They are a rich source of lycopene, betacarotene, folate, potassium, vitamin C, flavonoids and vitamin E.”


Bok choy has potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, as well as a higher concentration of betacarotene and vitamin A, than any other variety of cabbage, according to Weil.


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last January, she had also lost 100 pounds. The solution for her was to create flavorful dishes that she enjoyed eating, so she did not feel deprived. Weil advises, “The best foods are those that offer disease-preventive benefits such as anti-inflammatory effects and delectable flavor. When I eat such foods, I feel as though I’ve hit a grand slam homerun— the sensory pleasure is heightened by the fact that each bite contributes to my overall

well-being.” His take on an Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid at offers a broad sample of these foods in an easy, downloadable graphic. Reducing inflammation in her body has also led to better mental and emotional health for Britt. “I am a happier person,” Britt says. “I can control my emotions, focus my thoughts and am more at peace.”

Fighting Inflammation Through Fermentation Inflammation in the body plays an important role by letting us know something isn’t right. When you get the flu, your body responds with inflammation in the form of a fever that helps you heal. However, chronic, low-grade inflammation can lead to disease, illness and premature aging. There are a number of uncomfortable side effects linked to inflammation, such as headaches, skin issues, weight gain, joint pain or several other issues. As more research has been conducted in this area, it’s been found that a healthy gut can help alleviate a number of these associated issues. Fermented and cultured foods are a great way to bring back the balance of microflora required in your gut to combat symptoms of chronic, low-grade inflammation. If you’re new to the idea of fermentation, there are many different options that are very easy to make at home. Perhaps the best source of the beneficial bacteria is fermented vegetables. Nearly any vegetable can be fermented, but it’s recommended to choose heartier varieties like peppers, green beans, cauliflower and various root vegetables to name a few. If you would rather “hide” these probiotics in a morning smoothie, consider making water kefir or milk kefir. Both are excellent sources of the beneficial probiotic bacteria and can be flavored however you like. Source: Fermented Food & Beverage Supply Shop, located at 900 Rte. 54, Ste A4 in Hammonton, NJ. For more information about integrating fermentation into your daily routine, call 609-666-5274 or visit See ad on this page. July 2018


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Not all CBD Oil is Created Equal by Allyson Hang


oday, CBD oil is one of the most talked about health products due to the amazing therapeutic benefits people are achieving from using it, but how do you know which ones are good?

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol and is the main substance found in the hemp plant. It’s non-psychoactive cannabis compound doesn’t give users the feeling that they are “high” or “stoned”. Instead, it’s known to have therapeutic and medicinal qualities. It’s made up of two parts: hemp and marijuana. The hemp plant has a very high CBD content, with very low THC while the marijuana plant has very high THC levels, with very low CBD. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is associated with psychoactive effects from use of marijuana. CBD has the same benefits as THC, but without the “high” feeling. It’s 100 percent legal and safe for all ages, including pets.

What are the benefits?

Our bodies have an endocannobinoid system and we were born to receive this phytonutrient through our own CBD receptors. When they are stimulated, they go into the nucleus of the cell and tell the cell what to do, bringing our body back to homeostasis. Our bodies naturally produce our own cannabinoids. There are 70-plus medical conditions that benefit with the use of CBD oil, including inflammation, improved sleep and stress.

What should I look for when choosing a good CBD oil? POTENCY: You’ll see a wide range

of products offered based on the milligram content. A good rule of thumb is: the higher the milligram, the higher the potency level. For example, a good-quality 1,500 milligram (mg) bottle may contain 750 mg from full-spectrum CBD extract, and 750 mg from pure CBD isolate.

QUALITY: If the manufacturer doesn’t provide lab testing results, they are not being fully transparent. Many brands have been found to either have zero amounts, or no CBD at all, and/or they contain THC greater than the legal limit. The legal limit is 0.3 percent and if claims are made that there is zero THC in their products, it’s inaccurate because there will always be a residual or trace amount of it found as it’s natural-occurring from the plant. When it comes to quality, organic is preferred so there’s no toxic herbicides, or chemicals, sprayed on it.

SOURCE: Many brands obtain theirs from China, India or elsewhere. The brand that I use is organically grown in the USA from Colorado and Kentucky. EXTRACTION METHOD: The process in which the CBD is extracted from the plant is critical as some methods can be dangerous. CO2 method uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to isolate, preserve, and maintain the purity of the medicinal oil. This process requires expensive equipment and a steep operational learning curve. Yet, when done well the end product is safe, potent and free of chlorophyll. CARRIER OIL: Many brands use olive, coconut, Moroccan, or even canola, which are “filler” oils, so it’s best to look for ones that use organic hemp oil. APPLICATION: There are many different applications (i.e., topical, vaporizers, edibles, etc.) available today. However, sublingual spray is optimal. Why? Studies show that using oral sprays is the fastest and most potent way to receive certain herbal extracts. According to the Physicians’ Desk Reference, sublingual sprays work up to five times faster and are more effective because the active ingredients are absorbed by the soft tissues under the tongue and quickly diffuse into the blood. Allyson Hang is a holistic nutritionist offering high-quality CBD oil and other products to her clients. She also serves as president of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce, Cherry Hill-Moorestown Chapter. See their ad on page 16. For more information or to order CBD oil meeting these standards, call 267-738-8440 or email

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hronic pain affects 100 million Americans, with annual treatment costs reaching $635 billion, according to the Institute of Medicine. Worse, opiate-derived pain medications, conventional medicine’s go-to treatment for chronic pain, are addictive and deadly. The Annals of Internal Medicine reports that an estimated 2 million Americans suffered from opioid use disorder involving prescription drugs as of 2016 while 12 million admitted to misusing them. Legal and illegal opioids killed 64,070 Americans in 2016, 21 percent more than the previous year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some opioid addiction stems from use of illegal recreational drugs like heroin and cocaine, but the National Institute of Drug Abuse testified to the U.S. Senate that as of 2014 more than four times as many Americans were addicted to prescription opioids (2.1 million) than heroin (467,000). Natural approaches, less harmful in relieving pain and thereby preventing drug addictions, are addressing and ameliorating long-term back or neck, nerve and 28

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even cancer pain, and saving lives. The first step in preventing dependency is to avoid opioids completely, says Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina: “Opioids don’t work for chronic pain. They may be effective for acute pain, such as right after an injury or surgery, but they are ineffective and addictive in the long run.” Here are several better ways to feel better. Mindfulness meditation: Zeidan recommends mindfulness meditation and cites a University of Massachusetts study of people with chronic pain in which pain lessened by at least 65 percent after 10 weeks of this practice. “Mindfulness meditation is about discipline and regulating one’s attention. It appears to shut down the thalamus, the brain’s gatekeeper, and the brain’s ability to register pain,” explains Zeidan. Yoga: Strongly positive effects have been reported in several studies, including one on 150 veterans with chronic low back pain from the Veterans Administration San

Marijuana: All forms of marijuana, or cannabis, are illegal on the federal level, but medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia. In a study from San Francisco General Hospital published in the journal Neurology, researchers found that smoking the first cannabis cigarette reduced pain by 72 percent in a group of patients with painful neuropathy. The body’s endocannabinoid system, found in the brain, organs, connective tissues and immune cells, is one of its natural pain-coping mechanisms, and is most affected by cannabis.



Acupuncture: The ancient Chinese modality that’s been used to treat all types of pain for millennia has become such a mainstream treatment that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends that healthcare providers learn more about it to help patients avoid prescription opioids. “All pain starts with imbalance,” says Terri Evans, a doctor of Oriental medicine in Naples, Florida. “Acupuncture is about creating balance in the body and in releasing the fascia, where pain patterns get locked.”

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Let the Sunshine In Just getting a little natural sunlight can have a strong effect on chronic pain, according to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. Hospital patients fortunate enough to have beds on the sunny side of the building cut their need for opioid-based pain meds by 22 percent just one hour after spine surgery.

To enroll in a new study on mindfulness meditation and chronic back pain, email For information on ongoing studies, visit Mitch Earleywine, Ph.D., associate professor of clinical psychology at the State University of New York at Albany, author of Understanding Marijuana: A New Look at the Scientific Evidence and a member of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, is an advocate of medical marijuana. While regarding it as helpful for chronic pain with little risk of addiction, he concludes it’s “great for a small handful of conditions, but it’s not the cure-all that some are suggesting.” CBD oil: Dr. Hyla Cass, of Marina del Rey, California, an integrative physician expert in psychiatry and addiction recovery, and author of The Addicted Brain and How to Break Free, is more comfortable with CBD (cannabidiol) oil. It’s a hemp product legal in 45 states, provided it qualifies in non-addictive levels of THC, the component of cannabis that induces euphoria (see TheCannabis Some CBD oils contain trace amounts of THC, not enough to induce a “high” or contribute to addiction, but there are also products that contain no THC at all. By definition, hemp’s THC content is less than 0.3 percent versus marijuana’s 5 to 35 percent. “CBD oil won’t make you high,” says Cass. “In and of itself, CBD oil is very potent. You don’t need the THC for pain relief. There’s no need to go down the slippery slope of using an illegal substance.” In addition to CBD oil’s pain-relieving effects on the endocannabinoid system, says Cass, it’s a powerful anti-inflammatory, which contributes to its effectiveness in addressing the underlying causes of chronic pain, confirmed by University of South Carolina research. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food is Medicine. Connect at

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Gary Griggs on What We Must Do to Save Our Coasts by Randy Kambic


hile Gary Griggs has lived near the coast of California most of his life, visits to the coasts of 46 nations helped shape his latest book, Coasts in Crisis: A Global Challenge. The distinguished professor of Earth sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, writes on how coral reefs provide shelter, food and breeding grounds for about one-third of the world’s species of marine fish, as well as coastal protection from major weather events. Most coral reefs are now besieged by pollution, overfishing, sedimentation, coastal construction, tourism and global warming. Approximately 3 billion people— nearly half our planet’s total population— live in coastal areas. He cites that hurricanes have caused more U.S. fatalities than any other natural hazard, and the driving forces behind rising sea levels will increase future vulnerabilities unless effective actions are taken now. Griggs, who also wrote Introduction to California’s Beaches and Coast and Living with the Changing California Coast and co-wrote The Edge, today recaps the history and assesses the current status of coasts worldwide. He suggests ways in which current negative trends might be reversed or improved.

How can we better deal with rising sea levels? There are now about 200 million people living within three feet of high tide. Both mitigation and adaptation will be required.

We need to do everything possible to cut back on greenhouse gas emissions, but that’s not going to stop rising sea levels anytime soon. We need to start adapting right away. We can elevate structures, but that’s limited. Historically, we’ve used armoring, including seawalls, levees and rock revetments, which work for awhile, but have endpoints. Ultimately, it’s going to take relocation, or what we call “planned retreat”, moving back when the sea nears our front yard. The more we reduce or mitigate the emission of greenhouse gases, the less adaptation will be needed to cope with climate change.

Why are coral reefs so vital to the global ecosystem?

In the tropical latitudes, coral reef ecosystems have formed the basic biological, geological, economic and cultural framework of area coastlines and island nations for centuries. Today, fisheries and tourism anchor those economies. Millions of people depend on these local ecosystems for their protein supply. About 50 percent of coral reefs are in poor or fair condition, and most are in decline. Whether from pollution, dredging, filling or overfishing, virtually all of those reefs are under significant threat.

Have researchers seen any overfished species rebound?

A 2013 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that about twothirds of U.S. commercial fish species that

had been seriously depleted had made significant recoveries—28 of 44 fish stocks, including Atlantic bluefish, flounder and black sea bass—primarily due to better management practices. We now have fisheries restrictions and marine-protected areas in place. To realize some long-term success, we need to limit fisheries in certain areas and for certain species. California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium publishes a Seafood Watch Consumer Guide card specific to regions; it color codes which species are safe to eat and which ones no longer can provide a sustainable harvest, so we know which ones to ask for at grocers and restaurants.

What might mitigate the environmental impact of what you term “coastal megacities”? Eight of the largest metropolitan areas worldwide—Shanghai, Mumbai, Karachi, Tokyo, Dhaka, Jakarta, New York/New Jersey and Los Angeles—are along shorelines. Coasts in Crisis looks at the hazards of hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons and tsunamis that their residents are exposed to—along with long-term sea level rise. These incredible concentrations of people not only fish heavily, they discharge large volumes of waste and wastewater. You can’t put 10 million people on a shoreline and not expect impacts. We need to get all of these discharges cleaned up and under control. Shorelines are very delicate biological environments. We also must get global population under control to make a much softer footprint on the planet. It would take four planet Earths to support the present global population if everyone indulged in America’s current consumption habits ( Sustainability is what we must work toward, whether it’s food, water or energy. Currently, we’re mining the planet for all its resources, which can’t go on for much longer. We need to recognize this and return to equilibrium with what the planet can supply. Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings. July 2018


Restoring the Nutritional Value of Crops by Melinda Hemmelgarn


hen we think of scientists as men and women in lab coats peering into microscopes, what’s missing is farmers. Our society doesn’t tend to equate the two, yet farmers are active field scientists. How they choose to grow and produce food greatly impacts our shared environment of soil, water and air quality, as well as the nutritional content of food, and therefore, public health. The best field- and lab-based scientists share key traits: they’re curious, keen observers and systems thinkers that learn by trial and error. Both formulate and test hypotheses, collect data, take measurements, assess results and draw conclusions.

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Diana Dyer, a registered dietitian and organic garlic farmer outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan, explains, “I like to help people see the similarities between the scientific process and good, careful farming—all aspects of which revolve around observations, goals, planning, implementation, intervention and analysis of 32

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results—then careful re-planning based on those results.” Dyer and her husband, Dick, started farming after long careers in traditional health care, where the focus was on treating people after they got sick. Through their farm work, they wanted to focus on prevention. “Growing healthy food in healthy soil, our goal was to create and nourish a healthy community from the ground up. Communicating the multiple benefits of healthy soils and ecosystems has been at the core of our vision and responsibility from day one,” she says. The Dyers believe that flavor is key to eating and enjoying truly nourishing foods, and based on their professional health backgrounds and farming experience, they connect healthy soil with higherquality, better-tasting food. In Havre, Montana, Doug Crabtree, and his wife, Anna, manage Vilicus Farms, featured in the book Lentil Underground: Renegade Farmers and the Future of Food in America, by Liz Carlisle. The Crabtrees

grow organic heirloom and specialty grains, pulses and oilseed crops such as emmer, kamut, black beluga lentils and flax. Asked if he considers himself a scientist, Crabtree first defines the term as “a person who is studying or has expert knowledge of one or more of the natural or physical sciences.” Then he replies, “Given this definition, how could any farmer not be a scientist? An organic farmer is a lifelong student of nature, seeking to emulate her wisdom and processes as we refine our production systems. Organic production isn’t just growing food without toxic chemical inputs, it’s a system that requires conscientiously improving soil, water and associated resources while producing safe and healthy food for America’s growing population of informed consumers.”

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new Vegetable Systems Trial, a long-term, side-by-side comparison of both biologically organic and chemically based conventional vegetable production. An organic farmer with a Ph.D. in molecular ecology from Drexel University, in Philadelphia, Smith studies how soil quality and crop-growing conditions influence the nutrient density and health-protecting properties of specific vegetables. “Over the past 70 years, there’s been a decline in the nutritional value of our foods,” reports Smith. “During this time, industrial agriculture, with its pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, increased yields and size of crops, but the tradeoff was a decline in nutrient content, known as the ‘dilution effect’.” In addition, Smith explains, greater levels of nitrogen fertilizer, typical of conventional production methods, may also increase a plant’s susceptibility to insects and disease. Smith’s research will give fellow farmers, healthcare providers and consumers a better understanding of how crop production practices influence soil quality and therefore, food quality. For example, research of organic crops shows higher levels of vitamin C; higher-quality protein; plus more disease-fighting compounds called secondary plant metabolites such as lycopene, polyphenols and anthocyanin, the plant pigment responsible for the red, blue and purple colors in fruits and vegetables, as reported in a meta-analysis published in the British Journal of Nutrition. The Rodale Institute has formed partnerships with nutrition and medical researchers at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park. Of particular interest, for example, are extracts from purple potatoes that show promise in helping to kill colon cancer cells. Smith looks forward to identifying growing methods that boost levels of anthocyanin, as well as other health-protecting compounds in crops. The new Regenerative Health Institute, a global research and education center linking soil health to human health, will also be housed at the Rodale Institute. It’s a collaboration between Rodale staff and the Plantrician Project, a nonprofit organization in New Canaan, Connecticut, that

Quality Food Science Resources Allegheny Mountain Institute: Beyond Pesticides Annual Forum presentations: Food Sleuth Radio current interviews with Andrew Smith and Sue Erhardt: Food Sleuth Radio past interviews with Jim Riddle and David Montgomery:; Grassmilk: History of soil and human health: Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service:; Regenerative Health Institute: Rodale Institute: “Sustaining Life: From Soil Microbiota to Gut Microbiome,” by David Montgomery: U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance: Vilicus Farms: promotes whole food and plant-based nutrition, and helps healthcare providers embrace food as medicine as the foundation of their practices. Jeff Moyer, a renowned international authority in organic agriculture and executive director of the Rodale Institute, explains, “It’s not only what you eat that’s important, but how what you eat was produced. Ultimately, our personal health is linked to the health of the soil.”

David Montgomery, a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, in Seattle, has visited farms worldwide, witnessing how farmers use regenerative farming practices to bring degraded soil back to life. He learned that grazing animals, cover-cropping and no-till farming free of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides protects and enriches the soil microbiome, which contributes to the nutrient density of plants and human health.

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We Are What We and Our Animals Eat

Along with our well-being, livestock farming methods impact our environment, too. A growing body of research including a new study published in Food Science & Nutrition shows that meat and dairy products from animals raised mostly on grass or pasture—as nature intended—contain significantly higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid and omega-3 fatty acids compared to grain-fed animals. These naturally occurring fats help protect us from inflammation, heart disease and cancer. Important in brain, eye and nerve development, omega-3 fatty acids are especially critical for pregnant and breastfeeding women and their infants. Organic farmers, by law, must provide their ruminant animals with significant time on pasture and may not feed them genetically engineered feed or feed produced with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Further, they can’t use synthetic hormones or antibiotics to promote weight gain. In these ways, organic


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farmers help protect our food, water, and environment from contamination, and reduce the growing global threat of antibiotic resistance. Randolph Center, Vermont, dairy farmers Regina and Brent Beidler diligently study and question changes they witness in their immediate environment. They monitor what grows in their pasture, watch what their cows choose to eat and count the numbers and activities of insects, bees, worms, birds and wildlife. They understand that careful land and animal stewardship is key to soil, plant, animal and human health.

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More hospitals nationwide are investing in farms and farmers’ markets to boost patient, employee and community health by increasing access to nutrient-dense, fresh, healthful food. One exceptional example is the new partnership between Virginia’s Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) and Augusta Health, an independent, community-owned nonprofit hospital in Augusta County, Virginia.

The AMI Fellowship program prepares individuals to become farmers, teachers and ambassadors for healthpromoting food systems. “Both AMI and Augusta Health believe that access to excellent health care includes access to healthy food,” explains Sue Erhardt, the institute’s executive director. The AMI Farm at Augusta Health initiative will create an onsite production farm and a community venue for food, nutrition and gardening education. Their goal is to tackle three major local health issues: poor nutrition, low physical activity and overweight; diabetes; and mental health. A Food Farmacy program for those with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes will provide fresh produce prescriptions at an onsite farmstand, as well as cooking classes. Erhardt recalls her life-changing experience as a teen, hearing American labor leader Cesar Chavez speak about farm worker exposure to pesticides and related cancer clusters. She’s proud to say, “The farm project will exemplify sustainable practices for growing vegetables, including organic fourseason crops and companion planting, while promoting soil health. “We believe this project will promote a better quality of life for staff, patients and community members.” That’s the power of farming when it’s dedicated to optimum health. Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, writer and Food Sleuth Radio host with, in Columbia, MO. Connect at

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Possibly because pets are exposed to Roundup from spraying both foods and lawns, a pilot study by Health Research Institute Laboratories, which tests glyphosate levels in food and environments, found the levels in dogs’ urine were 50 times higher than the average in humans.

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n the late 1990s, the nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, “animal doctor” Michael Fox received many letters about dogs and cats with diarrhea, itchy skin and other persistent disorders. He advised all inquirers to immediately remove foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). Dozens of follow-up thank-you notes verified that his recommendation worked. “One of the main reasons I came to the conclusion of blaming GMOs in pet foods for this cluster of health problems is that essentially, nothing else in the health background of these animals had been changing,” says Fox. Many vets have also reported a rise in pet obesity, skin conditions, inflammation, degenerative disk disease, cancer and even shorter lifespans since late 1996, when GMOs and associated poisons entered America’s food supply. For example, most GMOs like soy, corn and canola are designed by Monsanto to tolerate high doses of its Roundup herbicide. Corn is also engineered to produce an insect-killing poison called Bt-toxin. 36

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Together with pesticides sprayed on or produced inside GMO crops, the side effects from genetic engineering create dangers. Monsanto’s “Roundup-ready” corn has higher levels of putrescine and cadaverine, compounds responsible for dead body odor. They promote bad breath and also can enhance the risk of allergic reactions and cancer.

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Cancer rates among our country’s 185 million pets are skyrocketing, especially among dogs. Canines have the highest cancer rate of all mammals; in America, about half are struck with the disease. In 2015, the World Health Organization classified Roundup’s active ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Insufficient human studies exist, but a goodly number of animal studies confirm that it causes cancer. Preliminary tests commissioned by the Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), an educational nonprofit, on the dangers of GMOs, revealed that six popular dog and cat foods contained more glyphosate residues than most human foods.

Numerous veterinarians see good results when pets switch to non-GMO food that’s free of synthetic pesticides. Veterinarian Barbara Royal, owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, in Chicago and author of The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets, says, “Allergies, gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, behavioral problems [and other conditions] improve when we take the animals off of these GMO-laden, glyphosate-ridden foods, and put them on something that’s more organic and natural. It’s a dramatic change.” In a survey conducted by IRT, 3,256 people that adopted a non-GMO and largely organic diet reported improvements in 28 health conditions, many of which have increased in the U.S. parallel with the growing prevalence of GMOs and Roundup. Further, 80 pet owners cited improvements in status for eight health issues, including digestion, allergies and skin conditions, when their pet’s food was changed. Plausible explanations include that glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic, and so easily kills beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This could possibly interfere with digestion, detoxification and immunity. According to integrative veterinarian Karen Becker, in Chicago, the Healthy Pets expert for, “We know now that animals consuming genetically modified foods… can change the terrain of their GI tract.” Most notably, glyphosate and Bt-toxin are linked to leaky gut—unnatural holes or gaps created in intestine walls. Veterinarian Marlene Siegel, owner of the Pasco Veterinary Medical Center, in Lutz, Florida, says, “We know that the root cause of most disease is inflammation; and that inflammation is coming from the leaky gut.”

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Organic Surpasses Non-GMO

GMOs are not the only crops drenched with Roundup. It’s also sprayed on other foods to dry them, often just a few days before harvest, including wheat, oats, barley and other cereals. It’s also used on lentils, citrus orchards, sunflowers, potato fields and vineyards. Organic growers and processors are not allowed to use GMOs, Roundup or other synthetic toxins. It’s safest to choose organic; if unavailable, at least buy verified non-GMO. Jeffrey M. Smith is founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology and its campaign, Protect Pets from GMOs and Pesticides, at Author of the bestseller Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating and Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods, his upcoming film, Secret Ingredients, interviews many that recovered from disease after switching to organic food. Also visit

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he private, nonprofit Animal Welfare Association (AWA), based in Voorhees, is drastically impacting the euthanasia rates for dogs and cats. In 2017, AWA prevented 792 new dogs from being euthanized thanks to their transport program. From August 1 to February 28, staff traveled 2,486 miles to bring back dogs to our shelter, equating to 50 transport trips. For dogs like Cole (formerly known

as Luther), transports are crucial. Cole, along with two other puppies, traveled to AWA from a Mississippi shelter that had minimal treatment options. All three dogs were diagnosed with Parvovirus, which is a highly contagious canine disease that kills approximately 80 percent of untreated puppies. Cole, along with many other animals, were granted a second chance at life all because of this program. AWA was able to

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outh Jersey-based artfriendly qualities. ist Sandra Koberlein She was first drawn to paints abstractly, createncaustic painting while ing a dialogue between color, viewing Jasper John’s paintshape and material. Her ings in a college art history paintings show her interest class. The approach offers in mark making, pattern an appealing range of opand texture. Her artwork is tions to explore: the ability inspired by nature and travel to layer, to obscure and exand is composed in many cavate, to engrave and inlay Sandra Koberlein intriguing layers, similar to lines, variations in transparthe layers of her life. ency and opacity, saturation and subtlety Koberlein recreates imagery of places of color, and the transitory she has seen, in keeping with the experiliquidity of the heated bees ences she’s had in those places. Her current wax medium. It’s a very painting style is primarily encaustic—from rich material. the Greek word enkaustikos, meaning “to Koberlein’s artworks burn in”—due to the materials’ sustainabilare composed of mulity, its ancient history, uniqueness and the tiple layers, including creative challenges it brings to her work. original drawings, photos, The process involves melting natural handmade papers and bees wax with dammar resin (crystallized ephemera. Occasionally tree sap) in creating an encaustic medium. she attaches found objects It can be used alone for its translucent in creating what she calls qualities or colored with pigments. The constructs. Her paintings historic technique has been used since before 500 A.D. and remains a sustainable medium due to its environmentally

become complex, enticing the viewer into further investigation. As an artist, she is particularly drawn to abstraction that encourages discovery of the artists’ story. She exhibits her work in competitive galleries and art centers, both locally and nationally. Her work has won numerous awards and is held in private collections. She is a certified K-12 art teacher and encaustic instructor, and conducts workshops at art centers and in her Woodstown, New Jersey studio. She serves on several nonprofit boards, supporting visual arts and arts education. She earned her Associates Degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Art and in Art Education from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. She added a minor degree in Early Italian Renaissance Art History at the Studio Art Center International in Florence, Italy. Most recently, she earned her Master of Art degree in Art Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  For more information, email SandraKoberlein or visit

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Exploring Fruitland (Walk) – 10am-12pm. New Jersey’s Pine Barrens rank highly in production of cranberries and blueberries. Learn how both industries found their natural fit in the pines. $25/adult; $15/ ages 6-15. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

Moth Mania at PPA – 7-11pm. A nature program about the role of moths in the ecosystem followed by up-close observation of the fascinating insects attracted to a black light in our field and gardens. Great for all ages. PPA Offices, 17 Pemberton Rd (CR 616), Southampton. 609-859-8860.

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.


Pine Barrens Discovery Tour (Walk and Paddle) – 1:30-4:30pm. Learn about uplands and Atlantic Cedar Swamp habitats as we trek along the edges of the Mullica River and discover its secrets. $35/ adult; $20/ages 8-15. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

TUESDAY, JULY 3 Foot Health Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Begin to treat or prevent flat feet, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, calluses, corns, bunions and hammertoes. All are caused by dysfunctional loading of the feet, so improving your alignment can help. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 Batsto River Naturalist Guided Tour (Paddle) – 8:30am-4pm. This trip begins at Quaker Bridge on the Batsto River. Explore on water and land while learning about Pine Barrens habitats, history, plants and animals. Ages 8 & up. $60/person includes canoe or kayak; $50/person, bring own canoe or kayak. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Independence Day Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. With Megan. Free your body and mind in this all-levels yoga class celebrating independence. $10 or class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

THURSDAY, JULY 5 Satsang: We Are More Than Form – 7-8.30pm. Kiel Gerhard facilitates a satsang (spiritual talk) where one learns how energy creates form. Meditate, practice tools of visualization and experience how our own energy feels, as well as the energy fields around us. $25/advance, $30/at door. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 


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Outdoor Dance Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. If you like to dance, like being outdoors, and want to combine a good stretch with both, join Suzanne Johnson for a morning of coordinated movement. No yoga or dance experience necessary. $10/member, $12/ nonmember. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495. Tails on the Trails Hike and Collection at Pennington Park – 9:30-11am. Grab your canine companion and em“bark” on a guided hike throughout the park. Bring along a donation (food or otherwise) for local animal shelters. Meet at the West side of the park near the dog parks. Register: 856-810-5560 or Animal Welfare Association Adoption Event – 12-4pm. Come meet some of our adorable, adoptable pets. Bring happiness home. Petco Turnersville, 141 Tuckahoe Rd, Ste 130, Sewell. 856-424-2288.

SUNDAY, JULY 8 Mullica River 101 (Paddle) – 9am-12pm. Take a trip down the Mullica River from Atsion Lake dam to Beaver Dam with guide and naturalist John Volpa. Ages 8 & up. $55/person includes canoe or kayak; $45/person, bring own canoe or kayak. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Integrated Energy Therapy Basic Level – 9:30am-5:30pm. 9:30 a.m. Learn this powerful hands-on healing technique that gets the “issues out of your tissues” for good.  Receive manuals, attunement, reference guide, and certificate. $233. Earth Angel Healing, 1500 N Kings Hwy, Ste C211, Cherry Hill. Registration required: 856-693-3411 or Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am12pm. Service includes a reading from the ECK writings, singing HU, followed by a discussion on this month’s topic: Walking the Path of Spiritual Freedom. Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 800-870-9139  or Blueberry Music Jam – 11am-2pm. Stop into the historic village of Whitesbog to listen to the tunes of local musicians; the open music jam is acoustic. Free. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646.

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Call Ahead Goshen Run Naturalist-Guided Tour (Paddle) – 1:30-4:30pm. The seemingly untouched upper reaches of the Mullica River create a magical atmosphere as we paddle 3.5 miles through a contiguous Atlantic White Cedar Swamp. Ages 8 & up. $55/ person includes canoe or kayak; $45/person, bring own canoe or kayak. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

MONDAY, JULY 9 Yoga Support for Special Kids – July 9, 16, 23 for ages 3-5. Also held Aug 6, 13, 20, 27 for ages 6-10. With Melody. Includes yoga and meditative workshops for children with developmental challenges. Children guided to participate in gentle breathing techniques, movement and creative exercises, and mindfulness. $20/class, $50/3classes. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

TUESDAY, JULY 10 Meet the Beekeeper – 10-11am. Join Mark Million and learn about honey bees, their hives, and what it takes to be a beekeeper. This outdoor program includes a visit to the Rancocas hives. Suitable for ages 7 and above.  Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495. Off the Couch: Tips for Beginners in the Outdoors – 7-8pm. Learn from local outdoor enthusiast Cindy Slawski what you can do and where you can do it, how to prevent injuries, and what gear, apparel, or technology can help get you started. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or Anti-Oxidant, Alkaline Water  Demonstration – 9pm. Attend this live-streaming event with Nutritionist Shan Stratton, Nutritional Consultant to professional athletes from the NFL, the NBA, and the MLB who will share his passion for Kangen Water and achieving true health through his alkaline living principles. Register: 201-913-0397 or

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11 Career Day For Entrepreneurs Webinar – 11am, 3 & 9pm. Anyone searching for a new beginning, new purpose; make immediate part-time or full-time income in the health and wellness industry, attend this webinar. Learn how to get started as the owner of your own global business. For more info: 201-913-0397. Vedic Mantra Chanting Session 1 – July 11, 18, 25. 7-8:30pm. Chanting mantra as originally handed down through the Vedas is a transformative and powerful spiritual tool. Mantra links the human mind with the cosmic mind. Attract wealth and abundance, creativity, strength, order and magnetism. $25/class includes booklet and MP3s. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson.

THURSDAY, JULY 12 Muse-ical Yoga: A Day at the Beach – 6:307:45pm. With Jimmy Sell. Move and groove in this fun-filled yoga class with classic beach music from the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet and others that speak to our internal summer. All levels. $10 or class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Camping Basics – 6:30-8pm. Learn about how to be comfortable camping, gear and equipment, fun activities, and great local areas to give it a try. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Awakening with the Angels – 7-9pm. Each month explore with the Angels as Rita takes you through meditations, invocations and attunements with various beings of a high vibration. Wisdom downloads, and interactive messages activate the class to receive blessings and healing. $25. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson.

FRIDAY, JULY 13 Pinelands Commission Meeting – 9:30am-12pm. The Pinelands Commission is the state agency that oversees conservation and development within the Pinelands boundaries. They hold a regular monthly meeting that is open to the public. 15 Springfield Rd, Pemberton. Pinelands Preservation Alliance: 609-859-8860. Agenda: Magical Mystical Tours – 7-8:30pm. Within a safe, secure, sacred geometric construct, explore and experience your inner universe and access guidance from a wider spiritual perspective applicable in daily life. Instructor: Andrea Regal. $25/advance, $35/day of. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson.

SATURDAY, JULY 14 2nd Annual Diesel’s Paw Run – 9am-5pm. Rain date: July 15. Sponsored by The Knightsfury Riders. Charity ride in memory of our honorary member, Diesel, and benefiting the animals of AWA, in Voorhees. Details about route: Wild Soul Movement – 10-11:30am. A guided movement class built around identifying and releasing the things that hold you back while having compassion for yourself and others. Here you will feel safe in letting go and surrendering to life’s natural timing, rhythm and unfolding. $20. Just Breathe,  2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Campfire Session: Pack Your Pack – 11-11:30am. In this short session, our outdoor experts will show you how organize gear in your pack for day and overnight hikes for both efficiency and comfort. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Outdoor Yoga and Hike – 11am-12:30pm. Enjoy a gentle yoga hike with instructor Christine Black. $10/member,  $12/nonmember. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495. Majaka Kids’ Summer Yoga – 1-3pm. Kids receive so many benefits from practicing yoga, both physical and mental. Self-expression is greatly encouraged. Majaka Yoga, 377 S Main St, Williamstown. Pre-registration required: 609-231-6706 or

Building Your Yoga Practice – 1-3:30pm. With Linda Sheehan. The first of a new workshop series created to help expand and get the most out of your practice. In this workshop look at your goals for the practice, and explore ways to build or modify a practice of yoga poses, meditation, breathwork and more. All levels. $25. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

SUNDAY, JULY 15 Pine Barrens Discovery Tour (Walk and Paddle) – 9am-12pm. Learn about uplands and Atlantic Cedar Swamp habitats as we trek along the edges of the Mullica River and discover its secrets. $35/ adult; $20/ages 8-15. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Chair Yoga Training – 9am-3:30pm. This clinic is designed for the teacher who wants to delve more deeply into the possibilities of using a chair in their yoga practice. $85. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or Blueberry Tasting – 1-3pm. Join Rick Stevens of Stevens Blueberry Farm to Taste the many of the varieties of highbush blueberries, their similarities and differences will be explored in size, color, taste and more. $15/person. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. Reservations requested: 609-893-4646. Exploring Fruitland (Walk) – 1:30-3:30pm. New Jersey’s Pine Barrens rank highly in production of cranberries and blueberries. Learn how both industries found their natural fit in the pines. $25/adult; $15/ ages 6-15. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Walk in the Wild: Primitive Fire Starting Techniques – 2pm. Charles White will discuss, demonstrate and practice primitive fire starting techniques. Explore several methods of starting a fire with friction and flint and steel. There will also be extensive presentations of fire starters for short cuts to fire starting. Free. Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust, Willoughby House, 340 Pine Ave, Deptford. To register: 856-217-9138. 

MONDAY, JULY 16 Tools to Save Hands and Body – July 16 & 30. 5:30-9:30pm. This course will bring to our attention of how we can avoid any overuse injury by using our body properly. $100. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or

TUESDAY, JULY 17 Leg Pain Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Simple exercises can reduce or even eliminate leg pain, so you can get a better night’s sleep and enjoy more of life. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or

Getting Started with Fishing: Spin versus Fly – 7-8pm. Learn from Bob Powell, a certified casting instructor, the difference between the 2 styles of fishing, and how to pick a rod based on the type of fish you want to catch. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or Anti-Oxidant, Alkaline Water  Demonstration – 9pm. Attend this live-streaming event with Nutritionist Shan Stratton, nutritional consultant to professional athletes from the NFL, the NBA, and the MLB who will share his passion for Kangen Water and achieving true health through his alkaline living principles. Register: 201-913-0397 or

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 Angel Reading: Sizzling Summer Special – By appt only. Times avail: 10:30am, 11am, 11:30am, 12pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:20pm. With Kristy McAdams. Ready to realize how present the angels really are in your life? In this private, mini-, angel reading session receive angel insights about your life to help you on your life journey. $25/15min. Energy Of Angels/HeartSong NJ/Restoration You, 720 E Main St, Ste 1-D, Moorestown. Pre-register via text/ cell, Kristy: 856-220-2955. Career Day For Entrepreneurs Webinar – 11am, 3 & 9pm. Anyone searching for a new beginning, new purpose; make immediate part-time or full-time income in the health and wellness industry, attend this webinar. Learn how to get started as the owner of your own global business. For more info: 201-913-0397. Mindfulness for Massage Therapists and Health Care Providers – July 18 & 25. 5:30-9:30pm. Practice breathing techniques, guided meditation, exercise and stretching to help you remain focus and present with the client. $100. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or

THURSDAY, JULY 19 Pinelands Summer Short Course – 9am-3pm. Features guided nature hikes, history and blueberry tours, a canoe trip on the Batsto River, a dragonfly walk, live music and presentations on winemaking, butterflies, moths and the American Revolution. Stockton University’s Kramer Hall, 30 Front St, Hammonton. More info & to register: 609-652-4227 or Ladies Night Out: Tribal Belly Dance – 6:308:30pm. Learn basic movements based on the American Tribal Style format of belly dance. No belly baring necessary. Learn, dance, and have a good time in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. $15. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Crystal Bowl, Reiki Healing, Angel Card Reading – 7-8pm. With Beth O’Brien & Jason Foster. The beautiful vibratory sounds of the crystal bowls cleanse and nourish chakras. Physical, mental and emotional balancing enhanced by a mini-reiki healing. Ends with an angel card reading. $20. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.

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FRIDAY, JULY 20 Spiritual Wisdom Discussion Class – 11am-12pm. Learn techniques to open your awareness of your spiritual life beyond the physical. Join us in this month’s topic: The Spiritual Law of Balance. Free. Mt. Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Rd, Mount Laurel. More info: 800-870-9139  or Group Clearing and Light Grid Activation – 7-9pm. With Lisa O’Brien. Receive an energetic clearing of our human filters/programs. As we release these denser energies from the system we can also heal karmic and past life issues, as well as, family lineages. $25/pre-registered; limited space. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Consciousness Brings Choice, Choice is Freedom – 7-9:30pm. What would you like to feel/ have freedom from? Through the transmission of Spiritual Law Energetics to dissolve the chains that bind and practices to set off a Re-Evolution of your being, you’ll design your own personal Declaration of Independence to create the life you choose. $25/advance, $35 after July 18. Cherry Hill. To register, Andrea Regal: 856-904-5566. Movie Under the Stars – 8-11pm. Join PPA for a fun family night as we show the movie Growing Cities outside and under the stars. Free (bring own chair). Pinelands Preservation Alliance, 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton. Space limited; registration required: 609-859-8860 or

SATURDAY, JULY 21 Batsto River Naturalist-Guided Tour (Paddle) – 8:30am-4pm. This trip begins at Quaker Bridge on the Batsto River. Explore on water and land while learning about Pine Barrens habitats, history, plants and animals. Ages 8 & up. $60/person includes canoe or kayak; $50/person, bring own canoe or kayak. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Therapeutic Herbal Applications – July 21-22 & Aug 4-5. 9am-5:30pm. An introduction to planetary herbology which includes Western, Ayurvedic and Chines Herbal remedies. $395. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or Outdoor Dance Yoga – 9:30-10:30am. See July 7 listing $10/member, $12/nonmember. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Preregister: 609-261-2495. Naturalist-Led Walk – 10:30-11:30am. Join an RNC naturalist for a themed hike around the preserve. Suitable for adults and interested teenagers. Free, but donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495.

SUNDAY, JULY 22 Bike Outing at Brendan T. Byrne – 9am-12pm. The paved 10-mile bike trail at Brendan T. Byrne State Forest is a great place for beginners to break in your road or hybrid bike. Register: 856-810-5560 or

Kayaking Lessons – 9am-12pm. Learn the basics of kayaking with ACA certified instructor, John Volpa. Ages 12 and up. $55/person. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Reiki Level I Certification Class – 11:30am3:30pm. Learn the basics of reiki that you can use for yourself, pets, family members, plants and many other uses. Receive the Reiki Level I Certificate, manual and attunement. $177. Earth Angel Healing,  1500 N Kings Hwy, Ste C211, Cherry Hill.  Registration required: 856-693-3411 or Blueberry Farm Living History Day – 1-4pm. Visit all the village’s interpreted museums and historic landscapes, pick vintage blueberries, take a  wagon ride and more. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646.

TUESDAY, JULY 24 Kids’ Yoga Camp – July 24-27. 9am-12pm. Ages 6-12. With Joyce McNally. A typical day includes: yoga, mat chats & journaling, arts & crafts, yoga games, partner poses, relaxation & meditation. Joyce’s calm and silly, child-like demeanor translates into a “fun flow.” $150, $100/ additional sibling, $45/daily. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Knee Pain Class 1 – 5:30-6:30pm. Learn what causes knee pain and experience exercises designed specifically for mitigating knee pain created by internal rotation of the knees. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or See the US from the Top: State Highpointing Adventures – 6:30-8pm. Looking for a new goal? How about summiting the highest elevated point in some or each of the 50 states? Join highpointer Richard Feuer to learn how, whether you want to do it in 1 or 20 yrs. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Reading the Outdoors: The Best of OutdoorThemed Books – 7-8pm. Come hear from avid reader and outdoorsperson, Cindy Slawski, about the best fiction and nonfiction books in the genre, and share some of your own favorites as well. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or Anti-Oxidant, Alkaline Water Demonstration – 9pm. Attend this live-streaming event with Nutritionist Shan Stratton, nutritional consultant to professional athletes from the NFL, the NBA, and the MLB who will share his passion for Kangen Water and achieving true health through his alkaline living principles. Register: 201-913-0397 or

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25 Travel Light – 6:30-8pm. Traveling should never be a burden. Join us for practical tips on lightening your load while maximizing the experience. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.

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markyourcalendar Just One Drop Screening July 25, 7:30pm Sponsored by the National Center for Homeopathy. Internationally acclaimed documentary explores the controversy, dispels myths and misconceptions, and asks whether or not homeopathy has been given a fair shake. Q&A after the film with a panel which includes experts in the field of homeopathy and the director herself, Laurel Chiten. Giveaways and free samples also provided.

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THURSDAY, JULY 26 Chandra Namaskar: Live Music Moon Salutations – 6:30-8pm. With Janet Watkins & Julie Fischer. Honor the grace, receive the nourishing energies of the upcoming full moon and the divine feminine that resides in all in this beautiful yoga class with live music. $15 or class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.


markyourcalendar 2018 MUFON Symposium July 27-29, 7:30am  Learn about UFOs, extraterrestrials and the future of humanity at this groundbreaking symposium. Special (not on website): Walk-in discount for students with ID.

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SATURDAY, JULY 28 Pine Barrens Discovery Tour (Walk and Paddle) – 9am-12pm. Learn about uplands and Atlantic Cedar Swamp habitats as we trek along the edges of the Mullica River and discover its secrets. $35/ adult; $20/ages 8-15. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Activating Your Authentic Voice: A Sonic Journey of Vocal Alchemy – 10:30am-12pm. With Giulia Eve Flores. Workshop is a journey of vocal release, activation and empowerment through sonic meditation and internal sound healing. Experience the incredible healing your own voice can facilitate. $25. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.

Mullica River 101 (Paddle) – 1:30-4:30pm. Take a trip down the Mullica River from Atsion Lake dam to Beaver Dam with guide and naturalist John Volpa. Ages 8 & up. $55/person includes canoe or kayak; $45/person, bring own canoe or kayak. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or


Campfire Session: Sports Bra Fitting & Care – 1111:30am. Choosing the correct clothing for walking, jogging or running for fitness is critical for getting the most comfort while minimizing the chance for injury. This session will provide basic information about sports bras and how to fit them. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. Tri-State Meltdown at Infuse – 1pm. Family fun including live performances from DJs, artists, local vendors, meet and greets, and most importantly the brand new retail experience. Infuse offers customers the experience to create custom organic personal care products from our 80+ organic and internationally recognized third party-certified essential oils. Infuse at Marlton Crossing, 107 S Rte 73, Marlton. 856-452-5511. Crystal Singing bowl with Gentle Yoga and Reiki – 1-2:30pm. Move your body gently with crystal singing bowl. While taking a well-deserved savasana, receive reiki to rejuvenate your mind and body. All levels welcome. No yoga experience needed.  Majaka Yoga, 377 S Main St, Williamstown. Pre-registration recommended: 609-231-6706 or Exploring Fruitland (Walk) – 1:30-3:30pm. New Jersey’s Pine Barrens rank highly in production of cranberries and blueberries. Learn how both industries found their natural fit in the pines. $25/adult; $15/ ages 6-15. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

Hiking the Adirondack High Peaks – 7-8:30pm. Join REI staff to learn about the basics of hiking the Adirondack Mountain high peaks. We’ll talk about our favorite peaks, what you should pack, and how to prepare. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938.

TUESDAY, JULY 31 Knee Pain Class 2 – 5:30-6:30pm. Review of what causes knee pain and experience exercises effective at mitigating knee pain caused by external rotation of the knees. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or

plan ahead FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 Trauma Yoga Teaching Training, Level 1 – Aug 3-5. 6-9pm, Fri; 12-5pm, Sat; 1-6pm, Sun. With Janet Watkins. Learn how to create a trauma-sensitive yoga practice body-based approach incorporating ayurveda, the healing science of yoga. $300. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

MONDAY, AUGUST 6 Yoga Support for Special Kids – Aug 6, 13, 20, 27 for ages 6-10. With Melody. Includes yoga and meditative workshops for children with developmental challenges. Children guided to participate in gentle breathing techniques, movement and creative exercises, and mindfulness. $20/class, $50/3classes. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

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FOR RENT MASSAGE THERAPY STUDIO FOR RENT – Seeking experienced, NJ-licensed MT to rent/ sublet studio space at holistic healing center in Hainesport. Reasonable rates, great location. Willow’s Touch Massage: 609-781-9410. OFFICE SPACE –Integrative Physician looking to share office space in the Voorhees-Cherry HillMarlton area. Call 856-669-9118. YOGA, PILATES, DANCE OR RELATED WORKSHOPS – Studio space for rent in Hainesport. Great location on Rte 38. 267-664-3236.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23 Open Up Your Heart: Kirtan & Sacred Sound – 7-9pm. Based out of Athens/Atlanta, Flavia Krishna and Gershone are a chanting/singing duo spreading light through sacred sounds. Join your voice and hearts in chanting sacred mantras & songs in Sanskrit, English, Portuguese, Hebrew & Spanish. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

MONDAY, AUGUST 27 Kids’ Yoga Summer Camp – Aug 27-31. With Cindy & Vera for kids ages 4-11. A lively and fun week of yoga poses, mat chants, journaling, focus activities, yoga games, partner poses, relaxation & meditation, arts and crafts and more. $200/1st child, $100/additional siblings; $50/day for daily drop-in. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

Moonlight Walk – 8pm. Come explore the village and the bogs by moon light. An experienced guide will share insights about Whitesbog and the nature that surrounds us with a different topic each month. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646.

SUNDAY, JULY 29 Massage for Elite Athletes and MMA Fighters – 9am-5:30pm. Learn orthopedic assessment, muscle testing, corrective stretching and sports massage for elite athletes and active clients. $100. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or Goshen Run Naturalist Guided Tour (Paddle) – 9am-12pm. The seemingly untouched upper reaches of the Mullica River create a magical atmosphere as we paddle 3.5 miles through a contiguous Atlantic White Cedar Swamp. Ages 8 & up. $55/person includes canoe or kayak; $45/person, bring own canoe or kayak. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

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sunday Stress Release Sundays – 11am-12:30pm. With Devpreet  Kaur. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

monday Vinyasa Flow with Jennifer – 9:15-10:30am. A fusion of ashtanga and viniyoga, this open system encourages exploration and creativity, while generating internal heat and intense focus. Variety of pricing items available. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Mind, Body, Breath with Matt – 6-7:15pm. Assimilate the essential yogic elements of asana (postures), pranayama (breathwork) and dhyana (meditation). When practiced together, these spheres tap into the sacred power of yoga and all its teachings. Variety of pricing items available. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Yoga for Beginners and Beyond – 6-7:15pm. Gentle guided yoga with variations to make yoga accessible to all. $10/class. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. God: An Open Forum – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Mon. Are you aware of God? How would you define your relationship? What role, if any, does He play? Have your thoughts and feelings shifted during the years? An open discussion about what might be a critical awareness as we navigate our journey. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. 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. Working Session Meeting: Sustainable Haddon Heights – 7pm. 1st Mon. Meetings are open to all interested volunteers. Haddon Heights Public Library, lower level, 608 Station Ave.

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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. Country Lakes Clubhouse, 69 Tensaw Dr, Browns Mills. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or Tranquil Tuesdays – 6-7pm. Take a break from the stress of the week and join us for a tranquil hour of meditation and mindfulness practices with nurturing aromas of pure essential oils. Free. Infuse, 107 S Rte 73, Marlton. 856-452-5511.

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, Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) – 6:30pm. For beginners and seniors. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge?  Space limited. $100/6-wk series in advance. American Legion,  2 Meadowbrook Ln,  New Egypt. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or 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 at Vacanti Jiu Jitsu, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. Holistic Chamber of Commerce Cherry HillMoorestown  – 6:30-8pm. 3rd Tues. Regular chapter meetings. $5/members, $10/nonmembers. Details about meetings, including current meeting location & topic: HolisticChamberOfCommerce. com/Moorestown. 

wednesday Natural Health: Fresh Organic Produce Delivery – Wed & Fri. Delivery times vary. Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood-Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. For more info: 856-784-1021. Vinyasa Flow with Dana – 9:15-10:30am. A fusion of ashtanga and viniyoga, this open system encourages exploration and creativity, while generating internal heat and intense focus. Variety of pricing items available. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. Also held Fri. Join us for a 10-min meditation. On Wed the focus is love; on Fri, peace. Each week we raise the love and peace vibration personally and globally. Treat yourself to a mid-week refresher. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) – 1pm. For beginners and seniors. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge?  Space limited. $48/6-wk class; $12/drop-ins. Hainesport Twp Bldg, Hainesport. For more info & registration: 609-267-7114. or

thursday Knee Self-Massage Class for Pain Relief – 11am12:30pm. 1st Thurs. Also 6-7:30pm, 2nd & 4th Tues. See Tues listing. Holos Touch LLC, 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights. Registration: 856-4285486,

Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) – 6:30pm. For beginners and seniors. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure, quality sleep a challenge?  Space limited. $115/7-wk series in advance. 1970 Hwy 33,  Hamilton. For more info & registration: 609752-1048 or Progressive Beginner with Robin – 6:45-8pm. All levels. The intention of this class is to give you an understanding of the breath, how it links to movement and correct structural alignment in each pose. Variety of pricing items available. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800.

friday Yoga with Props – 11am-12pm. With Theresa Sellitto. A gentle form of yoga using a variety of props, including chairs, the wall, blocks, straps and bolsters. Props helps participants find more space, freedom and stability. $10/class. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. 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: Shaman-Based Cosmic Sounds Class – 7pm. For pranic power, well-being and family healing. Sei Jun Kan Korean Karate Studio, Cooper Corner Plaza,  201 Kresson Gibbsboro Rd, Voorhees. More info, Dana Reynolds: 856-993-1786 or Essential Oils 101 – 7-8pm. Learn the basics of essential oils. Attendees receive 10% off all customized purchases. Excludes merchandise. Free. Infuse, 107 S Rte 73, Marlton. 856-452-5511.

saturday Pet Adoption Day – 11am-2pm. PetsMart, 62 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel. More info, Burlington County Animal Alliance:

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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.


Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine 24 Nautilus Dr, Ste 3, Manahawkin 609-978-9002 504 Hamburg Tpk, Ste 202, Wayne 973-790-6363 639 Stokes Rd, Se 202, Medford 609-654-5900 Dr. Bartiss is both conventionally and holistically trained giving patients the best of both worlds and the freedom to choose. ICAM’s HEART Program addresses the body’s basic needs in terms of hormone rejuvenation to include adrenal, thyroid, sex and growth hormones as well as the essential neurotransmitters. As an active and founding member of the American Association of Ozonotherapists, Dr. Bartiss is an expert in various forms of bio-oxidative therapies that include ozone, hydrogen peroxide, ultraviolet phototherapy and highdose vitamin C. These and other powerful therapies are offered by only a few hundred medical practitioners throughout the country. See ad on page 5.


Angel Intuitive, Medium, Artist, Author, Reiki/IET Energy of Angels / HeartSong NJ 720 E. Main St, Ste 1-D, Moorestown, NJ 08057 Ph/text: 856-220-2955 Got Angels? Yes, you do! Ready to realize how present the angels really are in your life? Find out more by connecting with them via a private Angel Reading, customized Angel Art, private Crystal Singing Bowls with the Angels session or private Spiritual Mentoring sessions to help you with your gifts. Using angel guidance, intuition, art and sound, Kristy McAdams helps you deepen into your link with the angels to enhance your life. See ad on page 43.


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Ayurvedic Healing Practitioner Registered Yoga Teacher Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness 118 W Merchant St Audubon, NJ 08106 856-816-4158 Utilizing the principles of ayurveda, nutrition, yoga, meditation, and herbs for natural healing and selfcare to support your body in returning to its natural healthy function. Reiki session, ayurvedic cooking classes, restorative yoga and private yoga sessions. See ad on page 21.

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

Don’t wait any longer to restore your hormone balance. Symptoms due to menopause, andropause, PMS, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal fatigue, etc., should not negatively impact your quality of life. Regain your vitality and zest naturally with individualized Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT). Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative Medicine for over a decade and has helped thousands of men and women restore balance with BHRT. See ad on page 7.






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

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


The Strawbridge Professional Center 212 W Rte 38, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-273-1551 Dr. Bidwell is dedicated to providing patients the best possible spinal healthcare including chiropractic adjustment, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, hot and cold therapy, cervical and lumbar traction, and stretching and strengthening exercise instruction. Her adjustments techniques consist of diversified, activator, arthrostim, SOT blocking, craniosacral work, active release technique, and PNF stretching. See ad on page 10.


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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

Commercial kitchen for chefs, food services, with modern, pleasant 1-story work space for hourly/daily rentals. Multiple cooking bays, bakery, cold and dry storage.  Additional private kitchen for a school or camp program.  Rte 1 access, easy drive from Burlington, Camden.

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 5.



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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 “Geopathic Stress: Fast and Effective Clearance.”

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As above so below. Whatever the challenge or problem may be, it is expressed throughout all the layers of your body, mind and spirit. Dr Kevin combines advanced chiropractic techniques with life coaching, quantum energy healing, reiki and advanced detox, vitamin, mineral and herbal protocols to address multiple areas related to the pain. Unique, exciting and impactful results provided in one place from one doctor.


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.

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. See ad on page 11.

FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING GOWITHYOURGUTTESTING.COM Owner, Donna Gabler Serving the Delaware Valley 609-202-8188

This blood test will tell you exactly which foods are causing inflammation in your body. After proper removal, symptoms resolve on their own. Free consultation to determine appropriate test panel, mobile phlebotomist comes to you. Results emailed within 8 days indicating which foods you are severely, moderately or mildly sensitive to. Included is a free 30min consult with an ALCAT dietitian to coach you through reactive-food removal. Visit website for pricing. See ad on page 27.

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 on page 19.


Julia Gandy 505 S Lenora Rd, Ste 124, Moorestown 609-634-2396 A full spectrum of wellness services are combined to help you live your best, most powerful life without being pulled by life’s daily challenges. Modalities employed are massage therapy, reiki, aromatherapy, innerpeace building skills and HeartMath Coaching and Training. After finding out what pulls you out of your center, you’ll have tools to be the calm in the center of the storm. See ad on page 30.

HYPNOTHERAPY 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 on page 17.


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, 10am5pm. See ad on page 7.

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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 deepseated trauma, and treating the immune system to put cancer into complete remission. See ad on page 30.


53 S Main St, Ste 2F Medford, NJ 08055 609-726-1407 • Liz is an experienced Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator.  She also has a certification in Integrative & Functional Nutrition.  She is using this training to help people on a more holistic level by considering possible root causes and connections versus merely helping to alleviate symptoms.  Liz strives to take you from wherever you are with your diet and relationship with food to a healthier more satisfying diet and lifestyle. See ad on 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 on page 19.


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 on page 17.


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


Holos Touch LLC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-546-7500 • Experience and learn simple yet effective pain relief methods in individual or group sessions. Dr. Atkins’ advanced muscle release treatment and self-care education has proven published results for the past decade. Other services include certified manual lymph drainage, and relief for various chronic conditions. See ad on page 42.

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8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees, NJ 08043 856-983-1680 Facebook: Rizzieri Alumni Spa

EXTREME COMMUNICATION Lisa Miliaresis, Medium & Author 856-439-6475

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

Affordable relaxation offered at Rizzieri’s Alumni Spa. Staffed by recent Rizzieri graduates, the Alumni Spa is the perfect place to make an appointment with a Licensed Massage Therapist at an attractive price point. Spa experiences are offered in 50-min or 80-min sessions and are customized based on personal needs and preferences. Services include: Swedish massage, reflexology, hot stone, maternity massage, deep tissue, and stress relief wraps. Open on Wed and Fri, 4:30-9pm; Sun, 9am-4pm with prices starting at $45. Call for an appt. See ad on page 15.


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.

17 White Horse Pike, Ste 10B Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-323-8885

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 ads on pages 9 and 17.

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

Holistic health care for all ages and a variety of health conditions. Find the cause of your health issues and heal using safe, natural and nontoxic therapies. See ad on page 11.


Numerologist & Empowerment Coach 609-417-4526 Join the region’s leading numerologist as you discover your life’s purpose. Encoded in your name and birth date are your lessons, talents and desires. Traci will help you realize your full potential.


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A nonprofit Initiative of Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Recreational activities include guided/unguided river paddling, camping, hiking and small group history and


Dr. Newport is a discerning artist, highly experienced master cosmetic injector, and renowned dermatology speaker with 10+ years of extensive medical training. Her continuous dedication for skincare, surgery, dentistry, and cosmetic procedures are enhanced by combining the use of the latest technology and her unique homeopathic style. As an artist, she is genuinely passionate about bringing out the unique beauty in each one of her patients. Look no further for your organic skincare specialist, offering the purest treatments achievable with our personalized natural products.






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


Internationally recognized Psychic Medium, Reiki Master and Soul Coach, Kimara empowers clients to discover purpose, develop intuition, and find clarity. Connect with loved ones who’ve crossed over to experience joy, healing, closure and forgiveness. Phone, video, and in-person sessions, workshops, retreats, private and group readings are available.

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. See ad on page 27.

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Are you experiencing stress anywhere in your life? Do you imagine a different life for yourself? Do you wish to accomplish a goal, but there is something in your way and you aren’t quite sure what it is or how to change it? Do you desire more abundance, joy or peace? Guess what, “When You Change the Way You Look At Things, The Things you Look At Change,” Wayne Dyer. And so does as your life as a result. With PSYCH-K, it is quick and easy to turn your reality into one that matches your heart’s desire. Contact Dana for more information or to schedule an appointment. Sessions available in Medford, Manahawkin, Wayne and via Skype. See ad on page 23.


Andrea Regal Subtle Energy Therapist 856-904-5566 You are so much more than you know! Discover how your greatest challenges reveal your Soul purposes! Learn how to move past the defenses (no longer needed) in your mind, body and energy field to live from your authentic Self. Transmute the fears and pains opening the portals to you multidimensionality. For as you evolve, you evolve the planet! 30+ years’ experience counseling and teaching the energetics of mind, body and soul interconnection. See ad on page 16.


Earth Angel Healing, LLC 1500 Kings Hwy N, Ste C211, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 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.

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 7.


Aw a r e n e s s Coaching, with Maryann Miller, and 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 on page 43.


1368 Rte 38 E, Hainesport, NJ 08036 609-261-1955  A transformational holistic wellness center designed to assist you with symptoms from  physical, mental, emotional and spiritual stressors in life. Dorothy, a holistic health facilitator, hosts educational lectures, seminars and meditation sessions to assist in your healing process. Symptoms we work with include: stress, depression, anxiety, migraines, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, ADD, ADHD, arthritis. A wellness massage therapist and yoga therapist are also available.

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

Dr. Jewel Amui-Bellon is a well-respected, board-certified OBGYN in Marlton, NJ. She provides excellent individualized gynecologic and preventative care for women. In addition, she is committed to providing a wholistic, gentle, and compassionate way to conception for women who have been told they cannot carry out successful pregnancy outcomes. The oldest women was 56 years old at conception and successfully delivered a bouncy baby boy. See ads on pages 9 and 17.


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


The Sanctuary for Yoga 43 S Main St, Medford, NJ 609-953-7800 Tricia Heiser, founder of The Sanctuary for Yoga, is an experienced yoga teacher, reiki master, certified angel card reader and intuitive soul coach. She helps people who feel lost or out of sorts to regain balance in their lives so that they can live with clarity, wisdom and purpose. Group and private yoga classes/reiki sessions and reiki attunements available.

Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something. ~Plato July 2018


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