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Free Applications Offered at Lourdes Institute for Wholistic Studies Open House


ourdes Institute for Wholistic Studies will host an Open House from 5 to 7 p.m., November 1, at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, in Camden. Visitors can talk extensively with faculty and learn about the available programs offered there. 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 a 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 one-on-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.” The application fee will be waived for those submitted at the event. Location: 1600 Haddon Ave., Classroom 1, 5th Flr. For more information or to register (required), call 888-580-6444. See ad on page 25.

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irtua Center for HealthFitness, in Moorestown, will host a monthly yoga workshop series exploring a variety of topics and practices. Aromatherapy Yoga is the first of six classes in the series. The sessions will be held from 1 to 3 p.m., on the second Sunday of each month starting in November and ending in April. Themes to follow will cover restorative yoga (with a live music accompaniment), digging to the ROOTS, `Reusei.Daton, inversions and arm balances, YinNidra and more. Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members. Location: 401 Young Ave., Moorestown, NJ. For more information, call 856-291-8800 or visit See ad on page 3.


oga Cape May invites you to join them for the 2019 annual holistic yoga retreat—their 9th annual—January 25 through the 27, at the Marianist Retreat Center in Cape May Point. The retreat aims to help individuals discover their true selves, allowing one to find their own path to wholeness. Guests will explore their mind, body and spirit while deepening their yoga and meditation experiences. Attendees will partake in various styles of yoga and meditation practices for all levels. The two-night stay will include nutritious vegetarian meals and a drum circle. Guests are encouraged to bring their own drum or percussion instrument to join in. Cost: $299 per person/all inclusive. Location: 417 Yale Ave., Cape May Point, NJ. For more information or to make a reservation, call Karen Manette Bosna at 609-827-8886, email or call Denise Anthony at 410-477-5369.

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Healing Emotional Eating


nnie Fisher, psychotherapist and certified focusing teacher, will host a 13-week emotional eating group every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning January 3, in Merchantville. Fisher will teach inner listening skills and the group will practice listening more deeply to their issue of emotional eating. Cost: $340 per person ($30 per session). For more info including location, call 856-448-1856 or email

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he Functional Health and Acupuncture Institute will host a workshop to provide a deeper understanding of the mechanisms involved with thyroid and immune health. The event, led by Glenn Gruby, will take place at 10:15 a.m. on November 3 at the Cherry Hill Library, and will address overlooked root causes of thyroid disease. Participants will learn strategies to improve thyroid metabolism and increase energy and overall health.

Look who’s talking about it.™ An estimated 20 million Americans have thyroid disease and, of those, up to 60 percent are unaware of their condition. Thyroid disease can present a wide array of symptoms such as weight gain, depression, anxiety, hair loss, brain fog and fatigue. The conventional medicine approach to thyroid conditions is almost exclusively oriented toward disease management, using drugs or surgery to correct out-of-range thyroid lab markers. Albeit, many patients still struggle with debilitating symptoms even though their labs look normal. This is due to the underlying triggers not being addressed by the thyroid medication. Functional Medicine offers a different approach to thyroid treatment by attempting to identify the root cause triggers of the disease. Autoimmune disease accounts for 90 percent of hypothyroidism and identifying and addressing inflammatory triggers that imbalance the immune system is important for helping those with the condition feel better. Stress, hormone imbalance, gut function, toxins, infections, blood sugar imbalances and nutrient deficiencies are all considered when addressing thyroid conditions. This more comprehensive approach allows patients to discover the root cause of their disorder while developing strategies to improve health.

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An Afternoon of Inspiration, Relaxation and Fun


Kiss invites you to join them from 2 to 5 p.m. on November 4 for an afternoon of inspiration, relaxation and fun in support of the holistic theater company, Conscious Performers Collective (CPC). The CPC is a nonprofit organization and holistic theater company that interweaves creative expression with self-realization. The company carries a message of enlightenment, empowerment and healing to all by creating thought-provoking and life-affirming theater that has the capacity to catalyze spiritual growth. CPC’s outreach includes, but is not limited to, lower income families, at-risk youth, people in recovery, immigrants, refugees, veterans and LGBTQ+ youth.  Guests will enjoy presentations, fun games, sonic meditation, group reiki healing and raffle giveaways including a grand prize worth more than $200. Prior to the event, attendees can receive extra raffle entries by referring friends (extra entry for each friend referred) and donating to the collective. Each donation of $5 earns you one extra entry. Cost: $11 donation. Location: 1145 S.White Horse Pk., Ste. B, Hammonton, NJ. For more information, visit

Vibrational Shift Classes Hosted by Robertson


eneé Robertson of Restoration-You, Inc. will host a series of vibrational shift classes to help attendees focus on changing the vibrations stored in the body. Classes run twice a month, 6 to 7:15 p.m., on November 6 and 20, December 4 and 18, January 8 and 22, February 5 and 19 and March 5 and 19. Science tells us our thoughts influence our body. After a brief discussion, Robertson will teach some easy tools to create the positive change one desires. Classes will cover access bars, access facelifts, new moon and abundance, crystals, cord cutting, full moon and the feminine, manifesting, what’s true for you, pendulum dowsing, chakras and grounding exercises. Registration is limited to 10 participants and it is suggested to bring a notebook. Cost: $22 per class, prepaid (no refunds). Location: 720 E. Main St., Ste. 1-D, Moorestown, NJ. For more information or to register for class, visit


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eplenish Center is excited to announce that they have had great success in utilizing Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapies for facial rejuvenation and for sexual dysfunction. For the most part, our bodies are selfhealing systems, but when those systems become overly taxed, they tend to break down. PRP can bolster your own body’s mechanisms for healing. It is one of the many ways we can help the body heal itself. An additional benefit of PRP is the long-lasting results compared to many other alternatives. PRP therapies use the body’s own growth factors to restore vitality and replenish depleted resources with natural components. It can also be used to stimulate the  production of collagen to both prevent and reverse premature skin aging. In regards to facial rejuvenation, PRP procedures include the Vampire Facial, which reduces wrinkles, acne scars and skin discoloration, and the Vampire Facelift, which restores volume while toning and smoothing skin. At Replenish Center, they utilize PRP to effectively treat hair loss as well. For sexual enhancement, PRP is used for the trademarked O-Shot, which addresses urinary incontinence, lubrication and improving orgasms in women. The Performance-Shot helps men with issues of stamina and erectile dysfunction. PRP therapies  are considered natural, safe and effective because they concentrate regenerating cells from the patient’s own body and place them directly into the area where they are needed. Location: 215 Sunset Rd., Suite 204., Willingboro, NJ. For more information, call Dr. Semple at 856-380-1330 or visit See ads on pages 11 and 13.

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Dr. Jewel Amui-Bellon of Women for Women Medical Associates, LLC offers many procedures to care for dyspareunia including hormone replacement therapy. Using the lowest effective dose, this will manage the symptoms and shorten the duration of the discomfort. Other agents including selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMS), low dose antidepressants, lubricants and the MonaLisa touch—a non-hormonal vaginal laser therapy, are also available. While many people think this is a natural part of the aging process, it is quite the contrary. The life expectancy of women is at least 88 years and there is no reason why they need to hold back on sexual intimacy as they age. There is hope for uncomfortable intercourse and sex can be fun again. Resource: Dr. Jewel Amui Bellon, Women For Women Medical Associates, LLC.Location: 102 Centre Blvd., Marlton, NJ. For more information, call 856-267-5019 or visit See ad on page 9.

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Conquering Food Sensitivities Workshop


o With Your Gut Testing will host a free workshop beginning at 7 p.m. on November 7 at Mom’s Organic Market. The class will discuss how food sensitivities can cause physical and mental health issues. Topics to be discussed, by Donna Gabler, include the evolution of sensitivities, the Gut-Brain Connection, the Donna Gabler immune system’s function, determining reactive foods and how the body heals itself naturally following the elimination of offending foods. Those experiencing irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, and skin problems are encouraged to attend. This information will be especially helpful to those who have a mysterious illness which hasn’t yet been diagnosed. Reservations are required.

Women’s Wellness Connection of SJ Pop-Up Wellness Fair


ome out and experience various healing modalities, superfoods and products at the Women’s Wellness Connection of South Jersey Pop-Up Wellness Fair, 6:30 p.m. on November 7 at LourdesCare, in Cherry Hill. Attendees will experience acupuncture and chair massages from Lourdes Wellness Center, Young Living Oils, superfoods from chef Paul DeCamillo, screenings by DeCotiis Chiropractic, basil water by Mrs. Gupta, a beauty counter with skincare and cosmetic products, NorwexGreen cleaning products and a meet and greet with Alene Brennan, a holistic health coach.

Location: 1 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ. For more information or to register, call Judy at 609-221-2285 or email Tammy@Wellness4Living.

Cost: Free. Location: 1631 Kings Highway N., Cherry Hill, NJ. To reserve your seat, call 609-202-8188. See ad on page 30.

HealThy Life Seeking Donations for Stage IV Cancer Patient


ealThy Life, a Haddon Township-based nonprofit, is reaching out to the South Jersey community for tax-deductible donations to support their new beneficiary, Mark Iosue. A Collingswood dad with a loving wife and four active kids, Iosue was recently diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer and is at the beginning of

his integrative cancer journey. HealThy Life was started two years ago when a small group of neighbors began raising funds for a friend who was diagnosed with stage IVB cancer. With conventional medicine giving her little hope beyond chemotherapy, their friend began seeking integrative cancer treatment. These therapies were exceptionally expensive, not covered by health insurance, yet highly effective with no side effects. After only six months of treatment, her cancer was barely detectable on scans and at one year, she was in remission. The group was moved by the knowledge that cancer treatments are not only found in the hospital, but also through diet, stress management, sleep and many other lifestyle changes that anyone can implement. This passion and dedication led to the creation of HealThy Life, a 501c3 nonprofit that provides financial assistance and education. Location: The Linwood Health Group, P.O. Box 92, Collingswood, NJ. For more information about HealThy Life or to make a donation, email or visit 12

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Rizzieri Aveda School to Host Fall Open House


izzieri Aveda School, in Voorhees, invites you to join them for their Open House and Instagram Party, 6 p.m. on November 15. If you have a passion for creativity, would like to encourage wellness and inspire beauty or have considered a profession in the industry, it is time to take the leap of faith and start a career in the beauty and wellness industry. 96.5’s Street Team will be at the event, along with industry influencers and SNJ millennials. Network with social media experts while learning their approach to success. Guests will enjoy light refreshments and will be entered to win fabulous door prizes.   Rizzieri’s education team will be available to offer tours of the school and answer any questions about the industry as a whole, the education and licensure requirements for entry into the field, the nature of work associated with each profession, the job outlook, current trends in the industry and recommendations for students that wish to pursue a career in beauty and wellness.   A career in this industry offers workplace flexibility, a high energy work environment and endless opportunities to maximize earning potential with you in the driver’s seat.   Location: 8200 Town Center Blvd., Voorhees, NJ. For more information or to RSVP, call 856-552-2270 or email See ad on page 13.

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Eating Well Protects Hearing A healthy diet can lower the risk of moderate to severe hearing loss by 30 percent or more, conclude researchers from Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Studying the diets of 33,000 women for 22 years, they found that hearing was better retained among those that ate closer to the Mediterranean Diet—with more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish and virgin olive oil. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, high in fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy, as well as low in sodium, also was associated with better hearing. 14

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Raw fruit and vegetables are better for mental health than canned, cooked or otherwise processed produce, report researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago. Their survey of more than 400 young adults from their country and the U.S., published in Frontiers in Psychology, found a correlation between eating raw produce and measures of psychological well-being, positive mood and life satisfaction. “The cooking and processing of produce likely limits the delivery of nutrients that are essential for optimal emotional functioning,” says co-author Tamlin Conner, Ph.D. The top 10 raw foods for mental health are carrots, bananas, apples, dark leafy greens, grapefruit, lettuce, other citrus, berries, cucumbers and kiwis.

Early-stage breast cancer can be accurately detected via a simple breath test and urine sample, report researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel. Using electronic nose sensors and gas-chromatography mass spectrometry to analyze breath and urine, respectively, they were able to identify biomarkers for breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer for women worldwide. “Our new approach… with inexpensive, commercially available processes, is non-invasive, accessible and may be easily implemented in a variety of settings,” says study co-author Yehuda Zeiri, Ph.D. Mammography, the common screening test for breast cancer, is typically 75 to 85 percent accurate, a figure that drops for full-bodied women and those with dense breast tissue. Dual-energy digital mammography is more accurate, but increases radiation exposure, and MRIs are more expensive. The Israeli research, published in the journal Computers in Biology and Medicine, compared breath and urine samples taken from 85 women with breast cancer and 81 healthy women. The electronic e-nose device, picking up on a unique breath pattern, detected cancer cells accurately 95 percent of the time. The urine test proved 85 percent accurate. “With further study, it may also be possible to analyze exhaled breath and urine samples to identify other cancer types, as well,” says Zeiri.

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Pumpkin Compounds Inhibit Cancer Growth In addition to being tasty, autumn’s pumpkin pie may also help prevent cancer. Two studies have confirmed the ability of certain nutrients in pumpkins to inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Researchers from the Italian Institute of Food Science found that carotenoid compounds from pumpkins delayed the growth of human colorectal cancer and bone cancer cells by an average of 40 percent. In China, Harbin Medical University researchers found that a polysaccharide compound from pumpkins halted the growth of human liver cancer cells.


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OUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS — established over 20 years ago—laid the foundation for the company’s total commitment to using the purist seed, sustainable cultivation, optimum distillation, extensive testing of each batch of oils, and quality control inspection of each bottle to assure the purest, most potent essential oils available in the world. ( Today, YOUNG LIVING’S Vision has grown into a world wide, essentialoil trend, and the trend is fueled by the consumer’s strong desire to bypass toxin-laden, synthetic scents used in many products.

Gut Bacteria Linked to Artery Health A lack of diversity of gut bacteria is linked to hardening of the arteries, a new study concludes. By analyzing the gut microbiome and measuring the arterial stiffness of 617 middle-aged female twins, researchers from the University of Nottingham and King’s College London found that those with a greater diversity of healthy bacteria had more flexible arteries. The finding explains why women, young adults and others may suffer heart attacks without traditional risk factors such as smoking or obesity. It opens the door to reducing cardiovascular disease by targeting the microbiome through diet, probiotics and other supplements.

Unfortunately, as with any trend, many competitive companies have been spawned that attempt to convince the consumer that their products are “pure essential oils” too, but instead may utilize synthetic oil imitations, or oils made from genetically modified seeds, or oils diluted with carrier oils, or oils distilled from plants grown with pesticides and/or herbicides—all of which distorts, weakens and chemically changes the innate power of essential oils.


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End Game

Extinctions of Threatened Species Continue

The death of the world’s last male northern white rhino has rendered the species functionally extinct, which means the only hope of reviving the population is through in vitro fertilization. World Wildlife Fund head of campaigns Colin Butfield calls this a “uniquely bad situation.” Two other animals, the vaquita, a very rare porpoise discovered in 1958, and the Javan rhino are facing the same fate. Many other species, including the Sumatran rhino, black rhino, Amur leopard, forest elephant and Bornean orangutan are considered critically endangered, some with fewer than 100 individuals left. The International Union for Conservation of Nature currently considers 5,583 species of plant, mammal, bird, amphibian and marine life critically endangered.


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Dumping Disincentive

Big Bank Acts to Protect Oceans from Mine Waste

Citigroup is no longer financing mining projects that dump mine waste into the ocean. The move comes in response to pressure from the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, which calls on financial institutions to divest from any project or company that employs the practice. “Banks and financial institutions must actively take steps to ensure that they are not bankrolling the destruction of our oceans,” says campaign coordinator Ellen Moore of Earthworks. Mine waste can contain up to three dozen dangerous chemicals, including arsenic, lead, mercury and cyanide. These metals accumulate in fish, and ultimately, the wildlife and people that eat them. The pollution contaminates drinking water, decimates ecosystems and destroys fisheries. While the outdated practice has been phased out in many parts of the world, new mining proposals in Papua New Guinea and Norway signal that such dumping is being ramped up, not phased out.

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Organic shoppers may see additional labeling on produce. More than a dozen farmers and scientists from around the country met to create the standards for an additional organic certification pilot program called the Real Organic Project (ROP), which they plan to initially introduce at 20 to 60 farms. Under the current U.S. Department of Agriculture program, the organic label means that produce has been grown without synthetic substances or genetic engineering; it doesn’t specify whether produce was grown in water or soil, which the new labeling would address.


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Full Body Health Begins at the Cellular Level by Matt Preston


he road toward a healthy state of mind and body can often be challenging, but the benefits can last a lifetime. Such are the lessons that Christy Panichelli, owner and operator of Meadowsweet Natural Health Center, in Medford, imparts to her clients. “My journey has always baffled the many practitioners I have gone to,” she says. “So I’m practicing everything on myself and my family first, and then when I’m comfortable with it I roll it out to my patients and they get the same positive results, too.” This is due in part to her having grown up with various medical conditions that doctors didn’t necessarily understand the corresponding sources or even which treatments to use. However, using nutritional cellular healing, Meadowsweet is able to focus on specific treatments to help the body’s own natural healing abilities reduce chronic cellular inflammation. They are also able to help restore the body’s natural metabolism, which can become disrupted from years of poor eating, smoking, drinking and other unhealthy habits. While inflammation can be a normal process within the body’s functioning—often aiding in healing tissue—it can also lead to cell damage or worse when the inflammation becomes chronic. “I educate people on what to do, what supplements they need to take,” Panichelli says, on how she guides her clients to a more natural approach. “I do work on cellular healing and detox because too many people are suffering and are toxic at the cellular level.” 18

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The individualized treatments are tailored to each person and what is causing their health problems. Understanding this, clients of Meadowsweet will first sit down with Panichelli and review their health and family history, when their issues began and just where the problems could be coming from. This is where they’ll work together to learn how to unlock the body’s natural potential for healing and wellness. “The body knows what to do... You don’t have to tell yourself to breathe in and out all day long, you don’t have to tell yourself I need to digest this food, your body just knows what it needs.” Another vital component to unlocking what each person is capable of is understanding and learning the importance of the fuel that powers everyone. Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) is a non-invasive test used to analyze the body in order to diagnose the underlying medical conditions a person may have. In many cases, this can be traced to a poor diet and recommendations are made and a plan is created to guide a client to making better choices. Helping each client understand this is important as they move forward with their treatments. “Basically when you start to learn biochemistry, and you understand how we starts to process these things… Even the journey with fasting, getting into Ketosis; these are things I teach and that I practice that have gotten my health back… If you learn why do I need to do this and you understand how to do it safely how, these make a huge difference in their lives.” The inspiration behind this is what fulfills Panichelli’s mission in helping as many people as she can through Meadowsweet. Through this and raising her family, she is especially aware that the best way to avoid a lifetime of health issues is through education when you’re young. Many of the lessons are obvious—from not eating processed foods, consuming less during each meal, to even fasting at least seven days throughout the year. However, not many teenagers and young adults are taught this in school or even by their parents. Many individuals, and not just the young, are unaware of just how damaging their habits and environment can be. For example, she explains, “If you have any extra fat in your midsection, you are toxic at the cellular level, you have chronic inflammation.” And because each time you eat is considered a meal, this is due to the fact that you’re spiking your glucose and consuming anywhere from 17 to 22 times a day. In the end, that’s Panichelli and Meadowsweet’s mission: to educate people of all ages and health grades to understand that they don’t have suffer through an unhealthy life. And her and her practice look forward to continuing to assist clients in gaining better control of their lives and health. Meadowsweet Natural Health is located at 639 Stokes Rd,, Ste. 203, Medford, NJ. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 609-257-3345 or visit See ad on page 30. Matt Preston, who lives in South Jersey, co-hosts a weekly humorous and green-focused podcast and writes a series of positive energy stories on various peace and positivity blogs, both at

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 they have a place to go; a place where they Strough now channels her strong can ask questions, where they can experisense of purpose and her experience with ence a sense of solace and release from marketing into creating a platform for oththe outside world—not like escapism, but ers to discover themselves and their abilimore like a gym for the soul, where you ties and helping them to develop and share can do a spiritual workout and dive deep those gifts with the world. “My purpose is into the realms of your true self.” to encourage talent,” she remarks, “to help Strough opened Just Breathe in June people find their footing and to get them 2017 after renting a small space in Mt. used to talking about what it is that they Laurel for five years. As the community offer. Just Breathe is a place to help you set grew, she knew there’d be a need for more up a class and see if it takes off. There is no space to pursue spiritual practices. She pressure, nothing out of pocket. I trust that previously enjoyed considerable success the universe knows what people need, and while working in the corporate world, but I think that, in divine timing, the universe notes that she never felt like she belonged knows when to get it out there. I’m here to there. She shares that she experienced help launch those things.” many moments of “awakening” during a She notes that people often wake up difficult time when her father was dying. to their spiritual gifts and then don’t know At that time, she had also just started a what to do with their newfound abilities. new corporate job and was completing her This realization is what encouraged her degree in the evening. After being laid off to create a spiritual community center— and frustrated with her future, walking the where she invites people to be students, dog and crying, she found herself slumped teachers or observers; it’s a place where against a tree screaming: “God, what do someone can heal or be healed—whatever you want from me? I can’t do it anymore, I it is someone is looking for in that mocan’t go back!” ment. “Moreover,” she remarks, “some She states that everything happened people have never even talked to anyone really fast after that—she started her own 20

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Got Glyphosate?

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ith so much gluten intolerance these days it begs the question; Is it really gluten intolerance, or is it a body’s reaction to a toxic chemical that has been linked to breast, lung cancer, prostate cancer and a multitude of other illnesses and diseases? We are currently facing one of the most important human health crises today. What we eat directly affects our health. Today, a majority of our food is sprayed with a toxic chemical called glyphosate, and it is wreaking havoc on our gut health. Eating all organic isn’t enough. The scientific studies are out, mainstream media is finally catching up after a historic victory in favor of a school groundskeeper who won the first lawsuit against, Monsanto (the agrochemical and biotech giant), and was awarded $289 million in a California Supreme Court this past August due to this herbicide, which caused his Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer. There are now more than 8,000 similar pending cases. Due to this and other recent events, there is now global momentum to ban glyphosate. It took 40 years, countless deaths and thousands of studies before we agreed that smoking causes lung cancer. Let’s not make that mistake again with glyphosate. It’s been more than five years since the World Health Organization’s international cancer division declared glyphosate a “probable 22

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human carcinogen.” Additionally, California added glyphosate to its official Prop 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer in 2017. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller. It was introduced in 1974 as an herbicide for interrupting the plant development through metabolic poisoning. It’s very potent and it is used as a pre-harvest drying agent on wheat, oats, barley and other crops, and is mostly used on GMO corn and soybeans. Glyphosate kills the crop, drying it out so that it can be harvested sooner than if the plant were allowed to die naturally. This


allows easier harvesting but also increases the chemical getting into the food. Glyphosate exposure has skyrocketed since Roundup GMO crops were adopted. In the U.S. alone, we currently spray more than 300 million pounds of Roundup a year, and in the past decade, more than 2.4 billion pounds have been sprayed on farmers’ fields. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, 93 percent of all soybeans and 89 percent corn and cotton planted by farmers in the U.S. are genetically engineered to be Roundup Ready. Glyphosate has been linked to leaky gut, kidney disease, diabetes, celiac disease, obesity, allergies, autism, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, fatty liver, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, cancer, infertility, senile dementia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis in women, skin problems, and many other chronic conditions. It destroys the microbiome (the gut) of humans, which is the root cause of these and many modern diseases. According to Food Democracy Now, 93 percent of Americans that have been tested were found to have glyphosate residue in their bodies and are continually being exposed to it. It is found in 75 percent of all processed food, 60 to 100 percent of the air and rain water, 100 percent of all California wines tested, 85 percent of tampons, and in 95 percent honey. In a recent study, it was found that more than 90 percent of pregnant American women had detectable glyphosate levels, which

new report shows that glyphosate—a.k.a. Monsanto’s Roundup—is linked to an alarming increase in bee deaths. Bees pollinate one in three bites of food that we eat. Their decline puts our whole food system at risk. What’s more, glyphosate threatens monarch butterflies. And the World Health Organization lists it as a carcinogen. The evidence is clear: We have to ban glyphosate NOW. Bees, butterflies, and our health can’t wait. At Friends of the Earth Action, we’re working to get this pesticide out of our food system—but we need your help. Help ban Monsanto’s Roundup: Take Action or Donate today!

correlated to shortened pregnancy lengths, and has been found in the umbilical cords of fetuses. Furthermore, when parents are exposed to it two years prior to the child’s birth, the risk of the child being born with brain cancer significantly increases. It’s important to understand that glyphosate contamination cannot be removed by washing and is not broken down by cooking or baking. Glyphosate residues can remain stable in food for a year or more, even if the foods are frozen or processed. The solution: Eating an all organic diet can significantly reduce pesticide exposure. However, that is not the reality for the majority. We can also look to products and supplements that can detoxify and improve intestinal immunity.

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Gratefulness is a proactive orientation to life that originates inside. You wake with a sense of thankful awareness for the gift of another day, of all the miraculous things your body did overnight to keep you alive and healthy and an all-encompassing sense of the great fullness of life. Gratitude is more of a response to something going well; anything from receiving the perfect present to five green lights on the way home to beautiful weather. It can become an addictive pursuit to try to get life to deliver something positive again and again, whereas gratefulness emanates from a more unconditional core. Thanksgiving bubbles up when we’re so filled with a sense of gratefulness—that great fullness—that we overflow into finding ways to express thanks aloud and in actions, such as delivering praise or being of service.

In what way is happiness related to gratefulness?

The truth is that it’s not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy. We can have all the things that should make us happy, and that we wish would make us happy, but unless we feel grateful for what we have, it’s likely nothing will truly make us happy. Happiness can be susceptible to outside circumstance,

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It’s a three-step process: stop, look and go. First, we pause to be present; slow down enough to notice all the things for which we can be grateful. Second, we enlarge our perspective to take nothing for granted and acknowledge that life is short and uncertain, so we are grateful each day we wake up. This step is also about being aware of our privileges, starting with our ability to see, hear, move about and function. It keeps us aware, awake and alert. Consider how we feel when electricity returns after an outage or when we can use our hand or foot after a cast comes off. Within minutes, we can forget how appreciative we were for those things, so we need to build reminders into our lives. Third, we generate possibilities. Find ways to express appreciation or nurture something we care about by engaging in an actively grateful way. Even when we suffer hardship, shifting our awareness to notice whatever is sufficient, abundant and beautiful enables us to be grateful. This creates a ripple effect, bringing more reasons to be grateful. It’s a radical way to live.

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mericans trust bottled more than tap water, but that confidence might work better if reversed. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) notes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors tap water for more than 90 contaminants, and it must meet the strict standards of the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Nationally distributed bottled water, under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, isn’t as carefully or frequently checked. A quarter of all bottled water is actually filtered tap water, reports the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Concern about safe tap water is relatively recent—in the 1960s, for instance, people worried more about fluoridation than contamination. But since 1990, partly driven by bottled water ads, Gallup polls have shown tap water concerns rising; 63 percent of us now worry about our drinking water “a great deal”. Bottled water is usually safe to drink, but isn’t environmentally friendly. Plastic bottle production in the U.S. requires 17.6 million barrels of oil annually, reports the nonprofit Riverkeeper; plus the energy used to transport it to market, refrigerate 26

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it and collect the empties equals filling the bottles a quarter full of oil. Then, 77 percent of discards end up in the landfill, the Earth Day Network reports. Retail costs range from 89 cents a serving to $8 a gallon for designer water, averaging $1.11 a gallon, compared to .002 cents per gallon for tap water.

What’s in Tap Water Legitimate concerns about tap water exist, mostly because homes built before 1986 likely have lead in their pipes, solder and fixtures, possibly contaminating municipally sourced water. Well water is also susceptible to outside contamination from chemicals and microorganisms that must be monitored. Because lead accumulates in stagnated water in pipes, run the water until it gets as cold as possible; up to two minutes if the taps haven’t been turned on in six hours or more. Other chemicals found in tap water include low levels of chlorine, arsenic, nitrates, atrazine, perchlorate and pathogens, reports the NRDC. Pharmaceutical products can also get into tap water, warns the World Health Organization (WHO). A recent study from the EWG and Northeast-

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ike many other health conditions, challenges to our immune systems are on the rise. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 26.5 million adults and kids have asthma, 50 million have allergies and up to 20 percent get the flu each year. Catching a cold is common, with U.S. adults generally coping with two or three a year and children about twice as many. As many as 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, celiac and lupus, costing $100 billion a year to treat, which is nearly twice the amount spent on cancer care, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. Initial statistics released 20 years ago estimated that 9 million Americans had autoimmune diseases; a five-fold increase since then illustrates the magnitude of the problem. 28

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People that are free of some degree of immune system dysfunction are relatively uncommon.

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“We are absolutely seeing a rise in immune disorders,” says Michael T. Murray, a doctor of naturopathy in Lyons, Colorado, and author of Chronic Candidiasis: Your Natural Guide to Healing with Diet, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Exercise and Other Natural Methods. “Many factors are responsible for the increase.” He cites the most notable as the widespread use of antibiotics and pesticides; dietary factors, including too much sugar; decreased intake of essential vitamins and minerals; overconsumption of calories in general; lifestyle factors like not getting enough sleep or exercise; excessive alcohol; stress; and exposure to cigarette smoke.

“The microbiome—the bacterial structure that supports a strong immune system—is largely inherited from the mother during a vaginal birth,” says Sayer Ji, of Miami, Florida, founder of, sponsor of the 2017 Immune Defense Summit and a member of the National Health Federation’s board of governors. “The rising number of Caesarean sections, at nearly one-third of all U.S. births, up from 18 percent in 1997, deprives infants of those naturally occurring bacteria, and can result in immune deficiencies at an early age.” Low-level chronic stress of the kind that occurs in everyday modern life is a leading underlying factor in immune system compromise, says natural health and healing expert Dr. Deepak Chopra, of Carlsbad, California, author of The Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life. Along with emotional stress, he points to any kind of inner or outer challenge that pulls us off center. Everyone experiences some stress every day; when unrelieved, it’s been widely shown to have a huge negative impact on our health. “Imbalance can be negative or positive, and so can stress,” says Chopra. “Winning the lottery is just as stressful as going through a divorce. So the challenge isn’t to achieve static balance, but to successfully thrive in stressful surroundings.”

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Medical science now generally agrees that the greatest part of the immune system resides in the gut. “We need those trillions of bacteria that live in the digestive tract. Without them, we are unable to defend ourselves from all types of assaults, including the autoimmune diseases, in which the body turns upon itself,” says Ji. “The immune system lines the large and small intestines,” says Dr. Susan Blum, of Rye Brook, New York, author of The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor’s 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease. “The microbes in the gut lining speak to the immune system. Anything that alters the microbes in negative ways—like antibiotics or viral illness, among others—can also negatively alter the immune system.”

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We can’t avoid the toxic exposure that underlies much of the immune dysfunction we are experiencing today, says Wendy Myers, a functional diagnostic nutritionist in Los Angeles, California, and author of Limitless Energy: How to Detox Toxic Metals to End Exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue. “Toxins, especially heavy metals like lead and mercury, are in the air, water and soil. Since we can’t escape them, we need to know how they are affecting us and work to neutralize them.” Experts agree that immune challenges can be neutralized and overcome with the right diet and lifestyle, stress management and appropriate supplements to restore and maintain the whole system balance needed to flourish in a world of our own making that stresses us on every level.

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Eliminating wheat and dairy can end half of current immune system dysfunction through helping to repair the microbiome and healing the immune system, Ji believes. As one example, “If my mom had known I was allergic to cow’s milk when I was a child, I wouldn’t have suffered for 20 years with bronchial asthma,” he says. An anti-inflammatory diet also speeds gut healing and strengthens the immune system, says Blum. Highlights of her program for a basic clean-up include

challenge diet in which gluten, dairy, corn, soy and eggs are all eliminated for three weeks. People with arthritis should also eliminate nightshades like tomatoes and potatoes. “Then add back in the eliminated foods one at a time and carefully note the body’s reaction. It’s not that hard to get a clear picture of what aggravates inflammation such as arthritis pain,” Blum says.

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Multivitamins: “High-quality vitamin

and mineral supplements are foundational to immune health,” Murray says. “Vitamins C, E and B and selenium are especially important.”

Digestive enzymes: “Digestive eliminating anything white (sugar and all products made with flour); eating quality fats (cold-pressed vegetable oils, nuts and seeds); protein (grass-fed beef, organic and free-range poultry, wild game and wildcaught fish); organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible and fermented foods daily; limiting and preferably eliminating dairy; and reading labels and banishing additives, chemicals and processed foods. According to CDC statistics, almost everyone has some level of immune dysfunction, so this clean-up diet will benefit most of us, Blum says. After a basic regimen of three weeks or longer, she recommends exploring an elimination and

enzymes are key to restoring gut health, and thereby healing the immune system. They’re useful in reducing immunemediated inflammation in autoimmune disorders,” Murray explains. Australian research from the Garvan Institute of Medical Research confirms that supporting the immune system helps heal inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Instead, these are commonly treated with immune system suppressants that leave the patient with diminished resistance to other diseases. Raw foods, especially pineapple and papaya, are good sources of digestive enzymes. They’re also available as supplements.

Prebiotics and probiotics: Prebiotics, plant fibers that ferment in the colon helping to increase desirable bacteria in the gut, and probiotics, live beneficial bacteria, help restore balance in the microbiome, effectively feeding and strengthening the immune system. Myers suggests that declining levels of friendly bacteria in the gut may actually mark the onset of chronic degenerative disease. Vitamin D: Several studies, including one from Israel, have shown that people with the highest vitamin D levels have the lowest number of upper respiratory infections. “To ensure optimal vitamin D status, many health advocates, myself included, are recently advocating daily dosages of 2,000 to 5,000 international units (IU), even in apparently healthy adults,” Murray says.   November 2018


charides; soluble fiber naturally occurring in the cell walls of grains, bacteria, yeast, algae and fungi. Natural sources include oats, barley, seaweed, and shitake and reishi mushrooms. In supplements, look for products extracted by fermentation if grain or yeast is a concern. These sugars are known to help prevent and shorten durations of colds and flu and provide relief for allergies and sinus congestion, and may help regulate an overactive immune response in cases of autoimmune disorders. Both internal and external factors can affect us all the way to the cellular level. Chopra says, “You are talking to your genes all the time, and what you say affects every cell in your body. Through lifestyle choices, you can make healing decisions rather than damaging ones.” Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous natural health books including The Calcium Lie: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at  


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he effectiveness and safety of flu shots has long been questioned. At best, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reckons that the flu vaccine is 60 percent effective and less so for those older than 65. Plus, it admits it will have zero effect if scientists wrongly project which strains will be prevalent in the coming year. Having a strong immune system is the best bet to prevent flu, says Sayer Ji, founder of Further protection can be found in vitamin D, says Naturopathic Doctor Michael T. Murray. He notes, “It may prove to be more effective and less costly than conventional flu shots.” If a cold or flu strikes, Murray suggests zinc lozenges. For coughs, German research from the Department of Integrative Gastroenterology at the Kliniken Essen-Mitte shows that a South African medicinal plant, Pelargoniium

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The Crust

A mellow nut crust might be the best way to go; pecans or almonds, sweetened with dates, crumbled in the food processor and pressed into a pie pan. It’s deliciously easy and can be made the day before, always a plus at holiday time. Gluten-free vanilla, chocolate or gingersnap cookie crumbs, mixed with a little coconut oil pressed into the pan, can serve as an alternative to nuts.

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The freshest filling makes the freshest-tasting pie. Winter vegetables such as squash, small sugar or pie pumpkins or sweet potatoes can be baked in the oven and puréed in the food processor days ahead of time. Or, make the purées weeks ahead and freeze them, ready to thaw for a recipe.

Award-winning cookbook author Deborah Madison, author of Seasonal Fruit Desserts: From Orchard, Farm, and Market, in Galisteo, New Mexico, preheats her oven to 375° F. “Cut the squash in half, the pumpkins into quarters, scrape out the seeds and brush the cut surfaces with a vegetable oil such as sunflower or safflower,” she suggests. “Place the squash or pumpkins cutside-down on a sheet pan. Prick sweet potatoes all over with a fork. Bake the vegetables until tender, about 40 minutes,” says Madison. When baked, scoop out the flesh, discard the rinds or skin and purée the flesh in a food processor. About two cups of purée equals a 15-ounce can of pumpkin, sweet potato or butternut squash. Pies made with fresh purées will have a lighter color and flavor. Madison says she prefers natural sweeteners. “Honey and maple syrup are so dynamic—they’re more like foods in their own right than just sweeteners.” Maple and date sugars give pies a deep, caramelized flavor. Always taste test during preparation, recommends Alissa Saenz, of Phoenix-

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An ethereal cloud of coconut whipped cream can taste just as delicious as the dairy version, says vegan baker and cookbook author Fran Costigan, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She refrigerates a 14-ounce

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Place the chocolate chips in a medium mixing bowl. Spoon the almond butter on top of the chocolate chips. Set aside.

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1 (15-oz) can pumpkin purée 1½ cups unsweetened plant milk such as soy or coconut for the creamiest texture ¼ cup arrowroot or tapioca starch 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ Tbsp pumpkin pie spice ½ tsp sea salt ⅔ cup Medjool dates, pitted Preheat the oven to 350° F. Add all ingredients, except for the starch and dates, into a large pot. Stir well and bring to a simmer. While the pumpkin mixture is heating, prepare a “slurry” by adding two to three tablespoons of water to the starch in a small bowl. Gently mix together until a thick liquid has formed; avoid clumps. Add the slurry to the simmering pumpkin mixture and cook over medium heat for five to six minutes, stirring continuously. Transfer this mixture to a blender or food processor, add in the pitted (unsoaked) Medjool dates and blend until smooth. Pour the filling into a prepared crust, then bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely before slicing and serving. Adapted recipe courtesy of Caitlin Shoemaker, of Miami, FL; pecan-pumpkin-custard-pie.

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Poke a few holes in each sweet potato using a sharp knife. Place the sweet potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake until very soft, about 45 minutes. Or microwave them for about eight minutes, checking every minute or so after the first five minutes.

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Poor posture, faulty movement technique and lack of periodic breaks from activities can play a major role in developing any form of RSI. “I find that people that maintain a balanced exercise routine tend to do the best in jobs that apply repetitive stresses. People that sit at a desk need core strengthening, flexibility work in the hips, wrists and hands, and work on the neck flexors of the cervical spine,” says Felipe J. Mares, a physical therapist and owner of PT First Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “People that exercise on a daily basis, regardless of their job, hold up better at work. There’s a lot of stored equity in muscle tissue and strength that comes in handy.”

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nplugging with creative and fun activities fosters skills that can last a lifetime. Studies published by the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis show that participating in performing and visual arts enhances children’s social skills and emotional processing, builds confidence and improves academic aptitude. “Not every child needs to play a team sport. Team experiences such as working with peers toward a goal, learning to win and lose gracefully and to get along with others can also be learned through the arts,” explains Antonella D’Aloia, a developmental and expressive art teacher with The Whole Child, in Upton, Massachusetts. “Both crafts and expressive artistic creation have huge benefits because they’re usually seen as nonthreatening activities, especially for kids with anxiety or on the autism spectrum. Art offers a safe place in which they can hone new responses to difficult feelings.” 38

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Weaving, scrapbooking, making friendship bracelets and other art projects involving organic or re-usable materials can demonstrate sustainability while teaching children how to follow directions, cultivate patience and strategize. Healthy cooking classes are a creatively engaging avenue for youths to learn about connections between a healthy Earth and maintaining personal health. Expressing themselves through the visual arts, drama and dance promotes problem-solving and innovation, as does joining a science or Lego club. “It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to try

Instilling mindfulness in children can be both fruitful and far-reaching. “Origami— the Japanese art of paper folding without cuts or glue—is a quintessential hobby for centeredness. The act of folding paper is so engrossing that one is very present and in the moment,” says Kathleen Sheridan, origami master and founder of Origami and You, in St. Paul, Minnesota. “Origami stimulates both sides of the brain and helps to build self-esteem. Most of all, it’s fun, portable and inexpensive.” Fostering imagination and using the written word through journaling or storytelling nourishes a child’s inner world. “Creating a short story requires divergent thinking; young writers use their imaginations to generate unique ideas for characters, settings, plots and conflicts. We help them think deeply, write authentically and respect the perspectives of others, while learning to create and share their own stories and experiences,” explains Kimberly O’Connor, young writers program director at Lighthouse Writers Workshops, in Denver, Colorado. “Expressing the exact shape of an iris or the sound of a cricket, for example, requires intense curiosity and attention, two qualities that can serve children and teens indefinitely,” she explains. Such skills can help students anywhere—in the classroom, on the sports field and later, when they begin to search for and find jobs. According to Stanford University research published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, learning an instrument helps to improve children’s reading skills, especially those struggling with dyslexia and other learning challenges. Research-


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ers at the German Institute for Economic Research revealed that learning music amplifies cognitive and non-cognitive skills twice as much as engaging in sports, dance or theater arts. The Wellbeing Project, in Great Britain, has inspired activities such as sewing to benefit well-being. According to research published in the Journal of Public Health, quilting boosts cognitive ability, emotional equilibrium and creativity. Introducing life skills and hobbies that nourish selfhood can be one of our greatest gifts to the next generation. D’Aloia remarks, “Helping our children to express who they are, rather than who we expect them to be, is the most powerful thing we can do.” Marlaina Donato is a multimedia artist and freelance writer who authors books related to the fields of alternative health and spirituality. Connect at

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Manufacturers need to protect their products from damage and theft, and also want them to stand out on retail shelves. A common result has been hard-to-open containers relying on excessive cardboard and plastic. Today, more manufacturers are responding to consumer requests for less packaging, making it easier on both people and the planet.

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hether shopping online or in a local store, more eco-friendly options are available and they’re worth seeking out. In grocery stores, look for cellophane packaging made from corn, wheat or potatoes that replaces traditional plastic packaging used for candy, spices, nuts, produce and bath products. Cellulose, made from sustainably harvested wood pulp, one of nature’s most abundant materials, makes for a sturdy bio- and marine-degradable bag that is suitable for home composting. Resistant to oil, fat and grease, it is also microwavable and oven-safe at low temperatures. Fenugreen uses antibacterial, antifungal spices infused into a tea that is soaked into clean, biodegradable FreshPaper. It works in conjunction with store packaging or storage containers to keep bread, fruit, vegetables and cheese fresh. Kavita Shukla, founder and CEO, says, “Each paper lasts about a month. A distinct, maple-like scent says the paper is actively working to keep food fresh two to four times longer than usual, preventing food waste due to spoilage.”

Quinn Snacks’ revolutionary Pure Pop Bag of microwave popcorn contains no genetically modified corn, synthetic chemicals or plastic coatings, so unlike other brands, its packaging is compostable and biodegradable. Consumers add the included salt and spices after the popping, allowing the addition of natural ingredients while maintaining the integrity of the food’s natural oil and flavor. Food carry-out used to mean polystyrene (Styrofoam) containers, but now consumers have the safer option of pulp products that break down completely in backyard compost heaps or through commercial recycling. The pulp comes from North American-sourced hardwoods, which reduces its travel footprint and supports environmentally aware suppliers. Mycelium, another Styrofoam substitute, uses mushroom roots as glue to hold together other sustainable, compostable agriculture byproducts like corn stalks. The result creates shipping materials that cradle wine bottles, computers and other fragile items to prevent breakage.

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In beauty products, look for refillable glass jars. While glass is endlessly recyclable, it carries a large carbon footprint. Glass is heavy and must be transported, sometimes out of state, to reach a treatment plant. Furnaces capable of melting glass containers must run nonstop at about 2,600 degrees Fahrenheit. Taking the time to refill glass jars saves energy and prevents greenhouse gas emissions. Some personal products such as deodorant are available in paper pushup tubes. Standard plastic tubes can be difficult to empty completely and are sometimes made of more than one type of plastic, which makes them non-recyclable. Eco-friendly packaging can be especially challenging for small businesses. Katherine Dexter, owner of Wild House Body Care, in College Station, Texas, says, “I needed a green product that was oilproof and waterproof. One of the best I’ve found for wrapping solid lotion bars is an unbleached, soy waxed paper. It works as effectively as paraffin-coated waxed paper and is 100 percent biodegradable.” She uses sustainable and natural materials for all of her product packaging. As part of the adult coloring book craze, Najeeb Kahn, founder of the Monthly Coloring Club, noticed books were shipped shrink-wrapped, so the club has switched to compostable and recycled rigid cardboard mailers. Online mattress sales have increased from a 5 percent market share in 2016 to 10 percent in 2017, thanks to moneyback guarantees, free in-home trials and innovative compressed mattress-in-a-box delivery. A mattress is squashed to fit in a box measuring 18 by 44 inches; about the size of a medium file cabinet. One person can easily carry it up stairs or around corners. Released from the box, the foam mattress expands to normal size in eight to 12 hours. The cardboard package can be reused or recycled. Email manufacturers to either congratulate them on better choices or complain about excess. Each purchase voices an opinion. Let’s make it count. Connect with the freelance writer via

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“Maintenance massage is great for helping your pet stay at their peak level of health for as long as possible. It’s also a great tool for monitoring and early detection,” says Kim Tews, a certified small animal massage practitioner located near Portland, Oregon. Jonathan Rudinger, a registered nurse, licensed massage therapist and authority on canine massage in Toledo, Ohio, explains that massage supports oxygen exchange, helping animals to breathe more deeply, and even encourages coughing to loosen phlegm and debris in the lungs. Increasing both blood and lymphatic circulation is another benefit. “Manual lymphatic drainage massage is a good immune booster, and benefits pets of all breeds and ages,” says Tews. Massage shortens postoperative recovery time for pets and helps decrease inflammation and pain while lowering blood pressure and working to normalize breathing patterns and digestion.

For dogs with arthritis, Rudinger says that massage works to increase the natural fluids within the dog’s body, along with improving lymph and blood circulation and hormone and energy flow. When it comes to sporting events and intense recreation, massage can be used to increase blood flow to muscles beforehand and reduce muscle soreness afterward. Massage is a comfort for beloved dogs receiving treatment for a terminal illness or palliative care. The practice can also reduce the need for pain medication, decrease metabolic end products in tissues, ease constipation and feelings of anxiety and isolation, and instill greater peace.

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Massage therapist Michelle Rivera with the Healing Oasis Wellness Center, in Sturtevant, Wisconsin, remarks in the journal Integrative Veterinary Care, “It was in China that I learned that many behavioral problems can also be alleviated or eliminated with the addition of massage therapy. In my own practice, the majority of issues I successfully work with using massage are behavior problems and seizures.” Highly sensitive animals may find that therapeutic massage makes being touched more tolerable. Rudinger explains that it


can clear physiological energy blocks. His approach with dogs is to work on the stomach energy meridian, which flows down around the mouth, down both sides of the midline and underneath the abdominal side of the body. It ends up around the anus, beneath the animal’s tail. As the meridian is associated with the emotional brain or limbic system, working on this area is particularly useful for dogs that are fear-biters, food- or dog-aggressive, have separation anxiety or problems with their gastrointestinal tract. Generally speaking, dog massage can be a useful tool for stress relief and relaxation.

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An integrative veterinarian can provide advice and recommend an experienced area canine massage therapist to treat an animal’s specific need. At-home or in-clinic sessions may last from 30 to 80 minutes. Having a family member massage a pet can add calming and bonding benefits, especially in palliative care. A workshop or continuing education course will teach basic to advanced hands-on massage skills. Offering the benefits of therapeutic massage to a dog is one of the greatest gifts we can give to support their happiness and quality of life. It can also work wonders for cats. Karen Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive, integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (

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lthough the method of massage and results can be similar to that for dogs, cats have their own rules about how they are touched. “Every massage must be individualized,” says Katie Mehrtens, owner of The Right Spot Pet Massage, near Chicago, and a nationally certified small animal massage therapist. “Cats are typically more sensitive to touch than dogs, and can become overstimulated. I am hyperaware of the cat’s reactions, and often give them more breaks to avoid stress,” she says. “If your cat doesn’t like to be touched, you just haven’t figured out the best moves yet,” advises Maryjean Ballner, a massage therapist in Santa Barbara, California. “Common mistakes include rubbing, instead of caressing, and going too fast. Felines get the reputation they’re difficult. Pay attention to the basics.” “Although many bones and muscles in cats and dogs have the same names and locations, they may not be identical in physical

appearance or function,” Mehrtens says. “A cat’s skeleton is slender, with lean, fluid muscles designed for leaping distances with stealth and agility. They’re likely to experience less wear and tear on joints than dogs.” Ballner offers tips to let the cat be the teacher as to what works best: n Get down to their level. n Approach at shoulder height, not the top of the head. n Caress using full palms, not just fingertips. Slower is safe, enjoyable and desirable. n Caress under the chin and around the cheeks using finger pads and full palms or the flat area between the knuckles. n Focus totally on the cat for four minutes. Make it routine. n Voice soft, soothing, low-tone phrases— not baby talk; maybe repeating, “Oh, you good boy, good boy.” Susi Rosinski, a certified feline, canine and equine massage therapist and owner of Ancient Far East Healing Arts, in Tonawanda, New York, offers, “Most of my [feline] clients have joint pain or back mobility difficulties. Working on legs and joints after they’re fully relaxed helps them, as well as being safer for me, as I slowly add pressure to the areas where they need it most.” “For four minutes a day, cat massage is therapeutic, whether it’s for you or the cat,” says Ballner. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Open House – 5-7pm. Meet instructors from all our programs as well as administration. Waive application fee if you submit an application. Students on premise to discuss their education. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. 856-580-6444. Healing & Wellness Group Hypnosis with Thieves Essential Oil Aromatherapy – 7-8:15pm. With Maryann Pino Miller. As Thieves Young Living Essential Oil is diffused, your subconscious mind will be filled with thoughts of healing and wellness. Winterizing your family with essential oils will be discussed. $20. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Day of the Dead Celebration – 7-9pm. Join Lisa Miliaresis and Tricia Heiser to celebrate life with channeling, guided meditation and more. This day focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have transitioned, supporting their spiritual journey. $50. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. Pre-registration advised: 609-953-7800. Light Immersion: Creating Sacred Light Chambers – 7-9pm. With Kathy Milano. Imagine yourself an architect of sacred light structures for healing, contemplation, and planetary lightwork. Explore how you may consciously create a variety of Sacred Light Structures. $33. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Ishaya’s Ascension: The First Sphere – Nov 2-4. Weekend course Ishayas’ Ascension technique taught by qualified teachers. Beginning Fri with a free talk, 7-8:30pm, followed by the start of the course, continuing Sat & Sun. 4 Ascension techniques are given that effortlessly change the focus of our attention, giving a direct experience of the deepest truth of our being. $280. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Saints, Souls and Self – 7-9:30pm. With the veil between the worlds at its thinnest, we can contact and call upon our loved ones, higher selves, Guides and multidimensional Energetics to assist us in our earth walk. Come create and strengthen the bonds of sacred communion and communication at our 12th annual event. $25/advance, $35/at door. To register, Andrea Regal: 856-904-5566.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Hike the Batona Trail – 8:30am. We’ll keep a moderate pace between frequent stops for stories and exploration of Pine Barrens flora and fauna in wetlands and uplands. Guided by naturalist John Volpa. $45/person. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609268-0189 or


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markyourcalendar Energy Medicine 101 & 102 Nov 3 & 4. 9am-5pm.

Learn a 5-min daily routine that will help improve your energy, how to stay grounded, effects of stress on your energies, and how to lessen its effects, how to protect your aura, pain releasing techniques, energy testing on yourself and others. Each class is full of practice, practice, practice, and ends with each participant experiencing an EEM mini-session that balances and calms their energy.  Ask about CEs. Sponsored by Georgian Court University. 

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markyourcalendar Free Contemplation Walk: We Come as Eagles, Discover Your Greatness as Soul

10am-12pm. Discover how to recognize a higher, spiritual perspective in day-to-day activities, such as walking and being in nature.

Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area 518 Creek Rd, Moorestown. More info: 800-870-9139 or Kirkwood Lake Cleanup – 10am-12pm. Help clean the trails that run through the park. After the cleanup we will take a nature walk on the trail system. Meet at the end of Pinelawn Ave. RSVP, Michael Hogan: 609-476-2086 or HoganPhoto@ Thyroid and Immune Health Workshop – 10:15pm. Glenn Gruby LAc. Workshop will address overlooked root causes of thyroid disease. Learn strategies to improve thyroid metabolism and increase energy and overall health. Free. Cherry Hill Library, 1100 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill. 856-3219301. Learn to Homebrew Day – 12-5pm. Homebrewing is easy and fun, which is why Fermented Food and Beverage Supply Shop is hosting an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Learn to Homebrew Day event. Free. Fermented, 900 Rte 54, Ste A-4, Hammonton. 609-666-5274.

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Call Ahead History Hike – 1-2pm. Stroll the Historic Village, learn about Whitesbog’s role in history and visit Suningive, the worker’s cottage and other museums, buildings and farm landscapes that speak to Whitesbog’s heritage. $5 donation/person. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646.

markyourcalendar Pinelands Juried Photography Exhibit Opening Reception 2-4pm. The exhibit, which will run from Nov 3-Dec 7, is focused on the Pinelands National Reserve. Images will be judged by Award-winning landscape photographer and trustee of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Albert Horner. Pinelands Preservation Alliance,

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Community Education Diabetes Day – 8-10:30am. This free conference is for patients and their families/caregivers living with diabetes. Learn how to manage your diabetes effectively and hear from physicians on ways to live a healthier lifestyle. Barry D. Brown Health Education Center, 106 Carnie Blvd, Voorhees. 888-847-8823. 888-847-8823. Pine Barrens Ghost Towns: Small Group Bus Tour – 10am-3pm. Barbara Solem, author of Ghost Towns and Other Quirky Places in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, will take participants on a tour of many of the forgotten industrial towns that once thrived in the Pine Barrens. $60/person. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

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markyourcalendar Exerc-EYEs for Diva 10:30am-12pm. Dr. Kimberly Friedman of Moorestown Eye Associates and Powerhouse Fitness and Yoga, and Diva, a blind dog currently fostered through One Love Animal Rescue, will lead a gentle yoga class appropriate for all fitness and experience levels. $20 donation; all proceeds go directly to One Love Animal Rescue.

Powerhouse Fitness & Yoga, 417 Stokes Rd, Medford. Blueberry Music Jam – 11am-2pm. Stop into the historic village of Whitesbog to listen to the tunes of local musicians; the open music jam is acoustic. Free. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-8934646. 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 or

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Tent Tales for Tykes: Storytime at L.L. Bean – 10:30-11:30am. During each session, we’ll explore a different nature or outdoor theme, followed by related activities, games or crafts. Recommended for children ages 3-6. Caretakers must remain on-site. 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or Posture Fitness Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Join Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman for a workout unlike any other. We will warm up and cool down with balancing exercises. The main workout between will be challenging but fun exercises all focused on increasing range of motion and strength. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill.  Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Smoking Cessation Education and Support – 5:45pm. Attend a 3-session educational support group to learn more about the tobacco addiction process, and get tools and support to help you quit smoking. Free. 200 Bowman Dr, Voorhees. Registration required: 888-847-8823. Vibrational Shift Class – 6-7:15pm. Will focus on changing the vibrations stored in the body. Science tells us our thoughts influence our body. After a brief discussion; learn some easy tools to create the positive change you desire. $22. Restoration-You, Inc, 720 E Main St, Ste 1-D, Moorestown. Register & prepay: Holistic Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting – 6:30-8:30pm. Topic: What do you know about Glyphosate? $5/member, $10/nonmember, $15/at door nonmember. Beneficial Bank, 1901 Rte 70 E, Cherry Hill. Moorestown.

Introduction to Tai Chi & Qigong – Tuesdays, Nov 6-Dec 11. 7:30-8:30pm. Join Ben Kipnis for a 6-wk tai chi fusion class which combines basic tai chi, qigong meditation and tai chi walking exercises. $99/series. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. Pre-registration required: 856-546-1006 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, Pat: 201-913-0397.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Hump-Day After-Work Hike – 5:30-7pm. Come out for a brisk hike after work and relax in a natural setting. We will enjoy the views week to week as summer transitions into late fall. Free; donations encouraged. Rancocas Nature Center, 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Pre-register: 609-261-2495 or

markyourcalendar Women’s Wellness Connection of SJ Pop-Up Wellness Fair 6:30pm.

Experience various healing modalities, superfoods and products for yourself. Acupuncture and chair massage by Lourdes Wellness Center; Young Living Oils, Superfoods by chef Paul DeCamillo, Screenings by DeCotiis Chiropractic, Basil Water by Mrs. Gupta, Beauty Counter skincare and cosmetic products, Norwex-Green Cleaning Products and Alene Brennan, holistic health coach. Come out and start your holiday shopping. Sponsored by DeCotiis Chiropractic Wellness. Free.

LourdesCare, 1 Brace Rd, Cherry Hill. RSVP, Judy: 609-221-2285 or

markyourcalendar Conquering Food Sensitivities Workshop 7pm. Learn how food sensitivities can cause physical and mental health issues. Those experiencing IBS, migraines, skin problems, and those who have a mysterious illness are encouraged to attend.

Free. Mom’s Organic Market, 1631 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill. Reservations required: 609-202-8188.

Tai Chi Fusion – Wed, Nov 7-Dec 12. 7pm. 6-wk series combining basic tai chi, qigong meditation and tai chi walking exercises. Elements of static postures coupled with stretching, breath and movement, giving the student a foundation to achieve relaxation, flexibility and strength. $99. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Pre-registration required:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Tired of Gaining Weight Through the Holiday Season? – 10-11am. Free class to learn eating strategies to help prevent weight gain through the holidays. Will also discuss the benefits of fasting and ketosis. Meadowsweet Natural Health Center, 639 Stokes Rd, Ste 203, Medford. Seating limited; RSVP: 609-257-3345 or Christy@Meadowsweet Healthy Cooking Demo – 5:30pm. Interactive and fun food-tasting demonstration will highlight how to prepare and cook with good-for-you ingredients, all while learning about how each food optimizes your health to prevent and treat disease lose weight and feel great. Led by Shaun Segal. $15. William G. Rohrer Center for Health Fitness, 2309 Evesham Rd, Conference Center, Voorhees. To register: 888-847-8823. Yoga Sutras Exploration & Discussion – 6-9pm. Learn, deepen and integrate the depth in this primary philosophy of yoga in this fascinating lecture series with Shiva Das. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. Fire Cider: Tasting, Demo & Giveaway – 7pm. Join the “Seed to Sovereignty” movement and learn how to make the warming winter tonic, fire cider. After the demonstration and instruction there will be an opportunity to taste a finished batch of this powerful home remedy. Free. Collingswood Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. 856-425-2221. Divine Feminine Leader Crystal Bowl Meditation – 7-8pm. A savasana with the magical crystal singing bowls and the new elemental chimes. We will create a sacred goddess circle and then invite goddesses from all traditions to journey with us through the chakras. Each participant will be gifted with a signed copy of the book, Women Who Influence. $30. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Live in Joy Yoga’s 8th Birthday Celebration – Nov 9-11. We are so grateful to be celebrating 8 years of joy. Join us for some free classes and more.  Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. More info: Friday Night Flow – 6:30-7:45pm. Join Lori Bobbin as she leads a series of gentle asana (yoga poses), guided meditation, and breath work designed to help ground and maintain balance through this season of transition. Class designed for all shapes and sizes. $10. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Journey between Two Rivers (Hike) – 9am-2pm. Join Pinelands Adventures Naturalist, John Volpa, for a 4-mi hike at an easy pace between the Mullica and Batsto Rivers. $35/adult; $20/ages 8-15. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Manumuskin River Walk – 10am-12pm. Led by Michael Hogan. Walk the railroad tracks across the Manumuskin River and tidal wetlands, follow the trail along the edge of the river and walk around a portion of one of the large lakes. 3-4 miles. Free/ member, $3/nonmember. The Nature Conservancy’s Munumuskin River Preserve, Port Elizabeth Rd, Millville. Michael Hogan: 609-476-2086 or Pine Barrens Habitats Tour: Small Group Bus Tour – 10am-3pm. Trip will be an exploration into the various habitats that exist in the pinelands. Led by Jeff Larson. $60/person. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or Animal Welfare Association Adoption Event – 12-4pm. Come meet some of our adorable, adoptable pets. Bring happiness home. PetSmart Marlton, 315 W Rte 70, Marlton. 856-424-2288. Reiki Master Certification Class – 12-4pm. Being a Reiki Master is the gift of discipline and allows you to help others to balance and heal. In this Reiki Master Certification class, you would tune becomes a part of you forever. $555. Majaka Yoga, 377 S Main St, Williamstown. Pre-registration required: 609-231-6706 or

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 John McPhee Pine Barrens Today Tour: Small Bus Tour – 10am-3pm. A small group driving tour to visit many places described in John McPhee’s landmark book The Pine Barrens. Guide: John Volpa. Travel by van making stops and taking short. $60/person. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 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: What is Life Teaching Me Now? Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 800-870-9139 or Spirituality@ Intuition Awareness & Channeling – 1-3pm. With Lisa Miliaresis and Tricia Heiser. Immerse yourself in light as we share an evening of channeling and awakening. Be introduced to tools that can be used to tap into your intuition and awaken your awareness to the light within you. Then, Lisa will share messages from loved ones on the other side. $50. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. Pre-registration advised: 609-953-7800.


Virtua Yoga Workshop Series 1-3pm. 2nd Sun Nov-Apr. Different topic each week. $20/member, $30/nonmember.

Virtua’s Health & Wellness Center Moorestown, 401 Young Ave, Moorestown. Registration required: 856-291-8800. Yoga for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain – 2-6pm. Lectures will include understanding the physiology of various pain disorders, how to balance the nervous system and managing pain using asana, breath and deep relaxation. $60. Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, 1600 Haddon Ave, Camden. To register: 856-580-6444 or

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Lose the Brain Fog! – 6:30-7:30pm. Free class to discover how your lifestyle may be affecting your memory and ways to reduce chronic inflammation at the cellular level.  Meadowsweet Natural Health Center, 639 Stokes Rd, Ste 203, Medford. Seating limited; RSVP: 609-257-3345 or Crystal Bowl Meditation/Reiki – 7-8pm. With spiritual mediums Beth and Jason. Enjoy the sounds of the crystal bowls to cleanse and charge your chakras while receiving a short reiki healing to help clear any negative energy. $20. Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-574-4433.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Sit Smarter Class – 2-3:30pm. At the office and at your computer. Ever try sitting up straight or pulling your head and shoulders back all day long? It’s exhausting. Join Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman to learn more and experience how improving your pelvic and hip alignment allows you to sit smarter. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill.  Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Nutrition for the Outdoors – 7-8pm. Learn from Cindy Slawski, local science teacher and avid outdoorsperson, about what to eat for your activity and how to fuel up before, during and after your exercise. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Register: 856-810-5560 or Live Well, Live Strong: Diabetes Support Group – 7-8:30pm. Share experiences, tips and coping techniques, discover the newest advances in selfmanagement and treatment. Speaker: Kathy Judge. Topic: Steps to Prevent Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Free. Virtua’s Health & Wellness Center Moorestown, 401 Young Ave, Moorestown. 888-847-8823.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 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.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Rizzieri Aveda School’s Open House and Instagram Party – 6pm. Network with the social media experts and learn their approach to success in this lucrative field. Enjoy light refreshments and enter to win one of our fabulous door prizes. Tours of the school available, along with the opportunity to meet our education team and administrative staff.  8200 Town Center Blvd,Voorhees. RSVP: 856-552-2270 or

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16 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 Silence. Free. Mt. Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Rd, Mount Laurel. More info: 800-870-9139 or Be Grateful For You, To You, As You: Sacred Sisterhood Gathering – 7pm. As the holidays approach it is more vital than ever to feel the magnificence of who you are and all you do. Come and allow yourself to be honored and uplifted with self-care practices to take home and a profound rejuvenating meditation. $25/advance, $35/at door. To register, Andrea Regal: 856-904-5566. Conversations with Spirit Series – 7-9pm. With spiritual medium and medical intuitive Maryann Kelly. Series will help to further your intuition and knowledge while helping to bridge spirituality and science. She will also share messages with passed loved ones if the opportunity arises. $45. Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-574-4433.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Oldmans Creek Preserve Workday: Trailblazing – 10am-1pm. Help clear 2 new trails in the area. Tools and gloves provided. Oldman’s Creek Preserve, 21 Main St, Auburn. Phil: Industries in the Pines: Small Group Bus Tour – 10am-3pm. It has been said that by 1850 no trees existed between the Delaware River and the Atlantic Ocean due to over harvesting and industry in the Pine Barrens region. It is difficult to imagine that the pine wilderness was once a major industrial center. $60/person. Pinelands Adventures, 1005 Atsion Rd, Shamong. Preregistration required: 609-268-0189 or

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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 or Afternoon Tea Time Hike for Women at Batsto – 11am-1pm. Join our women’s group for an afternoon hike. Bring along a mug of your favorite tea as we hike the 4.5-mile trail. Meet in the parking lot of the Batsto Visitor Center. Register: 856-810-5560 or Pelvic Health Workshop – 2-3:30pm. A misaligned or dysfunctional pelvis can lead to symptoms such as intensified menstrual cramping, urinary incontinence issues, premature delivery, c-sections, etc. Join Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman to learn and experience exercises designed to balance the pelvis and improve its functionality. $35. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill.  Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Chakras for Beginners – 2-4:30pm. Learn what the 7 main chakras are, where they are found, how they support you, how to balance them. A hands-on class where we will learn energy clearing techniques as well as movement designed to clear and balance the chakras. Instructor: Christine Juckett. $25. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Cheesemaking Workshop: Mozzarella & Ricotta – 3-4:30pm. We will discuss different techniques and recipes to try at home. $15. Fermented, 900 Rte 54, Ste A-4, Hammonton. 609-666-5274. Registration required:

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 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. Afternoon Hike at Rancocas Nature Center – 1-2:30pm. Join us for a quick afternoon hike and get home in time for a cup of hot chocolate to end the day. 794 Rancocas Rd, Westampton. Register: 856-810-5560 or Walk in the Wild: Fiber Arts Workshop – 2pm. With Linda McHugh. Learn how the colonials made their clothes from sheep’s wool, from cleaning, carting and spinning to make yarn for knitting and weaving. Free. Old Pine Farm Natural Lands Trust, Willoughby House, 340 Pine Ave, Deptford. To register: 856-217-9138. Candlelight Restorative Yoga – 6:30-8pm. With Linda Sheehan. Using blankets, bolsters, pillows, blocks, straps and other props to support the body, restorative yoga works to bring profound shifts to the central nervous system, promoting deep restfulness, physical healing and greater well-being. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

Foot Health Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Whether you are looking to prevent or eliminate plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, calluses, corns, hammertoes or bunions this class is for you. Join Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman for corrective exercises that promote better foot health. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill.  Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Vibrational Shift Class – 6-7:15pm. Will focus on changing the vibrations stored in the body. Science tells us our thoughts influence our body. After a brief discussion; learn some easy tools to create the positive change you desire. $22. Restoration-You, Inc, 720 E Main St, Ste 1-D, Moorestown. Register & prepay: 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, Pat: 201-913-0397.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21 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.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 Thanksgiving Day Yoga Class – 9-10:30am. With Janet Watkins. Come play in an all-levels guided yoga practice before your Thanksgiving Day feast. We will open our hearts to the countless blessings that are seen and look to uncover others. $15 or class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Black Friday Specials – You will not want to miss. Give the gift of good health. Log onto Elevate to receive the best prices of the year on massage, facials, salt room and sauna. Keep them for yourself or give them as a gift. Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-574-4433. Black Friday Hike at Batsto Visitor Center – 123pm. Keep the outdoor mindset this Black Friday by starting your day off with a 4-mile hike away from the hustle and bustle. Meet in the parking lot of the Batsto. Register: 856-810-5560 or LLBean. com/marlton.

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FOR RENT AFFORDABLE OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT ON MAIN ST IN HISTORIC MEDFORD, NJ – South Jersey’s premier source for all that is holistic and spiritually enlightened, The Center, Life In Balance on Main Street in Medford has office space for rent. The office space would be shared with other like-minded practitioners, so it’s very affordable. A BOH-certified kitchen and a large multipurpose room are available for rent also. For more info: 609-975-8379. OFFICE SPACE – Integrative Physician looking to share office space in Voorhees. 856-669-9118. YOGA, PILATES, DANCE OR RELATED WORKSHOPS – Studio space for rent in Hainesport. Great location on Rte 38. 267-664-3236.

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SALESPERSON WANTED Earn a generous commission selling print/online advertising F/T or P/T for Natural Awakenings (commission only) Relationship-oriented sales. Must have some sales experience. Prior experience in a holistic/natural/ organic/green industry is a big plus. Call Michelle at

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 Oldmans Creek Preserve Nature Walk – 10am12pm. A guided walk through one of our preserved properties. Learn about the wildlife that call the park home. Oldman’s Creek Preserve, 21 Main St, Auburn. Phil: Moonlight Walk – 6pm. 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.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27 Spinal Health Class – 5:30-6:30pm. Your spine can’t be healthy if your load joints aren’t properly aligned. Begin to bring back a healthy spine by joining Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman for gentle exercises that improve the alignment of your shoulders, hips, knees and ankles. $15. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill.  Preregistration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 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, Pat: 201-913-0397.


markyourcalendar Enlightened Holiday Shopping 11am-4pm.

Make your holiday shopping meaningful and convenient. Halo Wellness Center is hosting unique vendors for all your spiritual shopping needs including crystals, handmade jewelry, essential oils, clothing and much more. There will also be chair massages, reflexology, spiritual guidance and more for all the shoppers. No entry fee; vendors and practitioners’ fees vary.

Halo Wellness Center, 968 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-574-4433.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Integrated Energy Therapy with Crystals – 7-9pm. With Christine Juckett & Lisa Pero. Can energy healing really change your life? Learn about Integrated Energy Therapy (IET). It draws negative emotions out of the body, opening the flow of vital life force. Make your own energy healing crystal bracelet. Receive a 5-min Empowerment Session. $35. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Live in Abundance! – 10-11am. Free class to learn how to change your mindset to gain the life you want in your relationships, health, career and finances. Meadowsweet Natural Health Center, 639 Stokes Rd, Ste 203, Medford. Seating limited; RSVP: 609-257-3345 or

SATURDAY DECEMBER 1 Batsto River Walk – 10am-12pm. Guided hike of Batsto Village and Wharton State. Walk the trail along Batsto Lake, to the top of the lake and back. Michael Hogan will discuss Batsto’s fascinating history, as well as identify the flora and fauna. Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Rd, Hammonton. Michael Hogan: 609-476-2086 or Teachasana: Just for Yoga Teachers – 12-6pm. Join Janet and Julie and other yoga teachers for the first in a series designed to support and inspire yoga teachers in their personal and teaching journeys. Topics: Teaching the Bhandas, when & why; plus Asanas for strengthing the psoas & pelvic floor. $50. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006.

9th Annual Holistic Yoga Retreat: Listening with Our Hearts Jan 25-27. This retreat can help you deep within yourself to help discover your true self and allow you to find your own path to wholeness. Experience guidance in various styles of yoga and meditation practices for all levels. $299 All inclusive. Deadline for payment Dec 31.

Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point.

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Cherry Hill-Moorestown Chapter’s 2nd Annual Holiday Gathering

6:30-8:30pm. Details: Moorestown. Power Through Menopause: A Group for Women – 6:30pm. Topic: A Healthy Twist on the Holidays. A group for women that’s casual, funfocused, free, and open to the public. Bring wine to sip and share. Virtua will supply the snacks. Free. Barry Brown Health Education Center, 106 Carnie Blvd, Voorhees. Space limited; register: 888-847-8823.

Cape May Awakening Retreat Jan 25-27. With Tricia Heiser, RYT, Reiki Master & founder of The Sanctuary for Yoga and Lisa Miliaresis, psychic, medium & author. Immerse yourself in light as we share this magical weekend. Tricia and Lisa combine their individual practices to bring a complementary awareness to the symbolic language of the soul. A weekend of yoga, meditation, channeling and interactive awakening classes. $295; $270 by Dec 15.

Congress Hall, Cape May. For more info & to register:


markyourcalendar Healing Emotional Eating 7-9pm. 13-wk group begins. Psychotherapist and certified focusing teacher will teach inner listening skills and group will practice listening more deeply to their issue of emotional eating. No obligation consult.

Merchantville. Annie Fisher, LCSW: 856-448-1856 or South Jersey Edition



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daily By Appointment – Struggling with a chronic condition or feel there is nowhere else to turn? Let’s work together to balance energies and create a customized strategy for you. Appointments at Toms River Center and New Eygpt, or your home (central NJ+). See testimonials on our website and ask about our other days of service. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or

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

monday Sanctuary Big Kids Yoga – 6-7pm. Joyce will integrate traditional yoga poses, flowing sequences, breathing exercises, as well as deep relaxation and meditation. Students will leave with a more nuanced understanding of the physical and philosophical aspects of yoga. $10/class. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. Mind-Body-Breath – 6-7:15pm. With Matt Liberti. 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. Regular class rates apply. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. Pre-registration advised: 609-953-7800. 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? Street Center, 100 Broad St, Hainesport. Register, Hainesport Municipal Bldg: 609-267-7114. More info: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@NextStep 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. 609975-8379. 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.

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? Hainesport Municipal Bldg, Hainesport. Register, Hainesport Municipal Bldg: 609-267-7114. More info: 609-752-1048 or

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? 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? $100/6-wk series in advance. American Legion, 2 Meadowbrook Ln, New Egypt. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@NextStep 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.  Cancer Survivors Support Group – 7-8:30pm. 4th Tues. This support group focuses on cancer patients who have completed active treatment and are learning to live life as cancer survivors or for patients who wonder what life would be like after treatment. Free. Virtua Memorial Hospital, 175 Madison Ave, Mount Holly. 888-847-8823.

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.

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. 6-wk series. 1970 Hwy 33, Hamilton. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 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: 856-428-5486, Cancer Survivors Support Group – 6:30-8pm. 2nd Thurs. This support group focuses on cancer patients who have completed active treatment and are learning to live life as cancer survivors or for patients who wonder what life would be like after treatment. Free. William G. Rohrer Center for HealthFitness, 2309 Evesham Rd, Voorhees. 888-847-8823. Light Language DNA Activation – 7pm. 1st Thurs. Awaken and unveil your true divine nature to transform your life. Michelle Jonne of Thirteenth Ray, offers a Light Language Transmission of information that speaks directly to your DNA, activating and recoding your vibrational signature to assist you in connecting back to the Source within. $30. Just Breathe, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. Awakening with the Angels – 7-9pm. 3rd Thurs. 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 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:

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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 Whitesbog Volunteer Work Day – Thru Dec. 10am-3pm. 1st Sat. Come out and join our volunteers in outdoor or indoor projects in the village. You can choose from helping to clear trails and garden paths or helping to organize our office cottage supplies for events. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Pet Adoption Day – 11am-2pm. PetsMart, 62 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel. More info, Burlington County Animal Alliance:

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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 17.

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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 self-care to support your body in returning to its natural healthy function. Reiki session, ayurvedic cooking classes, restorative yoga and private yoga sessions. See ad on page 9.

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 BioIdentical 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 ads on pages 11 and 13.


Institute for Complementary & Alternative Medicine 24 Nautilus Dr, Ste 3, Manahawkin 609-978-9002 504 Hamburg Tpk, Ste 202, Wayne 973-790-6363 639 Stokes Rd, Se 202, Medford 609-654-5900 Dr. Bartiss is among a small group of physicians that pioneered the early “integrated” health care system. As a conventionally and holistically trained physician, he offers the best of both schools of medicine. Dr. Bartiss’ “HEART” Program (Hormone, Endocrine, Adrenal Rejuvenation Therapy) addresses hormone imbalance and focuses on restoring his patients to optimal levels. The simple explanation of this program is that when the endocrine system is balanced, a person is less likely to become ill, over-weight and emotionally imbalanced. ICAM patients report an improved quality of life, both emotionally and physically. See ad on page 17.


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 17.


1040 Pennsylvania Ave, Trenton, NJ 609-695-5800 • 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.

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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 15.


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

ENERGYWORK DR. KEVIN GYURINA, DC, CCWP, RM The Healing Space Wellness Center 504 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ 08107 609-361-4401 •

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.

Let your mind alone, and see what happens. ~Virgil Thomson

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 30.


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 7.

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

Hypnosis Healing and Beyond 13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-351-5878

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 31.

Hypnoanalysis and Sound Healing can be of great help with stress and anxiety relief, memories, limitations, blocks, fears and obsessions. We rebuild positive values including self-confidence, self worth, living now and imaging goals. Help provided with mindfulness and selfhypnosis training, higher self and spirit communication. Appointments: days, evenings, weekends.


Chairman, Medical & Dental Division, International Hypnosis Federation 214 W Main St, Ste L4, Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-231-0432 •

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 3.

Dr. Jaime Feldman, one of the pioneers in an advanced technique called “Advanced Parts Therapy,” has been able to unlock the subconscious and remove unwanted behaviors: stop smoking (guaranteed), weight loss, stress, depression, pain and anger management, and more. Outstanding success in curing phobias and deep-seated trauma, and treating the immune system to put cancer into complete remission. See ad on page 37.

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





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 39.

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 23.

Julia Gandy 505 S Lenora Rd, Ste 124, Moorestown 609-634-2396

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The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


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Institute for Medical Wellness 110 Marter Ave, Ste 408, Moorestown, NJ 856-231-0590 •

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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


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 31.


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 37.


8102 Town Center Blvd, Voorhees, NJ 08043 856-983-1680 Facebook: Rizzieri Alumni Spa 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 13.


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.



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

DR. ANAMARIA NEWPORT, DMS, DMD, MHS, PAC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 10B Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-323-8885

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.


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 31.


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.

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

It is a known fact that millions of women after the menopausal transition, undergo changes in their vaginal health and suffer from vaginal dryness and painful intercourse. The changes in vaginal health is due to declining estrogen levels. Current management of these symptoms include Estrogens and Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators. Not all women can take estrogens for symptomatic relief. The MonaLisa Touch therapy is an effective in-office, non-hormornal therapy, with no downtime. Most women have called it life changing. It is similar to the annual pelvic exam. Many women have reported symptomatic relief after the first treatment. See ad on page 9.


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Marlton and Cherry Hill, NJ 856-495-6604 There’s hope and healing for chronic and recurrent pain. Stop treating your symptoms, get to the root cause of your pain, and get back to living a pain free lifestyle without drugs or surgery. Contact Deb Freeman, Postural Alignment Specialist certified by Egoscue University for information. Proven. Effective. Life changing. See ad on page 7.


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 7.

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 ads on pages 11 and 13.


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 21.



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 31.


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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.


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 ad on page 9.


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. See ad on page 37.

No water, no life. No blue, no green. ~Sylvia Earle

Copper device stops a cold naturally last holidays,” she said. “The kids had colds going around, but not me.” Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if used just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Copper may even stop flu if used earNew research: Copper stops colds if used early. ly and for several days. Lab technicians ew research shows you can went away completely.” It worked again placed 25 million live flu viruses on a stop a cold in its tracks if you CopperZap. No viruses were found alive every time he felt a cold coming on and take one simple step with a soon after. he hasn’t had a cold since. new device when you first feel a cold People have used it on cold sores He asked relatives and friends to try coming on. and say it can completely prevent ugly it. They said it worked for them, too, so Colds start when cold viruses get in outbreaks. You can also rub it gently he patented CopperZap™ and put it on your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you on wounds, cuts, or lesions to combat the market. don’t stop them early, they spread in infections. Soon hundreds of people had tried it your airways and cause misery. The handle is curved and finely texand given feedback. Nearly 100% said But scientists have found a quick tured to improve the copper stops way to kill a virus. Touch it with copper. colds if used withcontact. It kills in 3 hours after the Researchers at labs and universities germs picked up first sign. Even up agree, copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills on fingers and to 2 days, if they microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, hands to protect still get the cold it just by touch. you and your That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- is milder and they family. tians used copper to purify water and feel better. Copper even heal wounds. They didn’t know about Users wrote kills deadly germs Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. that have become viruses and bacteria, but now we do. things like, “It Scientists say the high conductance stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it resistant to antibiotics. If you are near of copper disrupts the electrical balsupposed to work that fast?” sick people, a moment of handling it ance in a microbe cell, destroying it in Pat McAllister, age 70, received one may keep serious infection away. It may seconds. for Christmas and called it “one of the even save a life. Tests by the Environmental Protecbest presents ever. This little jewel really The EPA says copper still works tion Agency (EPA) show germs die fast works.” Now thousands of users have even when tarnished. It kills hundreds of on copper. Some hospitals tried copper stopped getting colds. different disease germs so it can prevent for surfaces like faucets and doorknobs. People often use CopperZap preserious or even fatal illness. ventively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci This cut the spread of MRSA and other CopperZap is made in the U.S. of used to get colds after crowded flights. illnesses by over half, and saved lives. pure copper. It has a 90-day full money Though skeptical, she tried it several The strong scientific evidence gave back guarantee when used as directed times a day on travel days for 2 months. inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When to stop a cold. It is $69.95. Get $10 off “Sixteen flights and not a sniffle!” he felt a cold coming on he fashioned each CopperZap with code NATA5. a smooth copper probe and rubbed it Businesswoman Rosaleen says when Go to or call gently in his nose for 60 seconds. people are sick around her she uses Cop- toll-free 1-888-411-6114. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold perZap morning and night. “It saved me Buy once, use forever.


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