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

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

ing that long of a trip was physically impossible for me, in spite of dreams of traveling again. A friendly airline representative greeted me and asked me what dates I planned on traveling. I sadly explained to her how difficult it was for me to travel due to the pain I was in. As I explained to her the details of my condition, she listened patiently and unexpectedly replied, “You need to see a doctor like mine, live and I became more isolated from who treated me for what was once diagnosed as lupus, and guess what?! my husband and two daughters. I no longer have it!” The impact of her Occasionally, I would talk with statement astounded me, as it was now other Fibromyalgia patients and was my turn to listen. She explained how surprised at how widespread the syndrome was and how many people, she had gone to a Chiropractor who once energetic and productive in their “specialized” in Percussion Sound lives were now disabled. It was my in- Wave Spinal Adjusting, a branch in tention to communicate with as many Chiropractic called Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic. I was then referred people with FMS as possible, hoping that one day someone would give me to doctors in South Jersey, who are trained and certified to perform this the answer. treatment. Dr. John Sandoz and Dr. Unexpectedly, it occurred early Joshua Sandoz, of Sandoz Chiropractic one morning, when after another sleepless night, I decided to call Virgin Center in Mount Laurel, NJ. I called the office to inquire about the treatAtlantic Airways to inquire about ment, at which time, I was told of the flights to London. Of course, mak-

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success they had in treating Fibromyalgia. The doctors asked me to give them “30 days to experience a 50 percent improvement in my condition for

“I can’t believe it, all of the cramping in my legs disappeared, and the pink color from increased blood flow returned to my formerly colorless toes. Miraculously, each day I improved and by the end of one week, I was able to resume my early morning walks.” me to continue under their care.” I was encouraged and thought that was reasonable, and immediately replied, “Give me 10 percent relief and I will be there tomorrow!” I assumed that “fate” had worked it’s magic, that I was meant to call the airlines that morning in hopes of taking a long trip and travel to London. Instead I was now willing to take a 1 hour trip to see Dr. Sandoz. I was at

the office the next day, giving them my extensive medical history. At the conclusion of my consultation, I received three x-rays of my head and neck to determine if my atlas (the first bone in the top of your neck that supports the weight of your head) was properly aligned and centered over the rest of the spinal column. My x-rays were then viewed and analyzed mathematically, to precisely locate the nature of my atlas misalignment (subluxation), and how it was to be carefully put back into place with a percussion sound wave treatment! While lying on my side, the doctor used a “percussion stylus,” which sends a painless mechanical vibration to the specified area of the atlas vertebrae. The treatment took seconds after extensive analysis of my x-rays, gently and accurately realigning the position of my spine without forceful manipulation, which I had received in the past. Within minutes of the adjustment, post x-rays of my spine were taken, and to my amazement, revealed my atlas to be perfectly level. For the first time in years, I could grasp the steering wheel of my car without my fingers cramping. I wasn’t sure if I was imagining things with the hope of another new treatment, but when Dr. Sandoz called me that evening after my first adjustment, and explained to me that my x-rays revealed the treatment successfully realigned my atlas and the rest of my spine. I was excited

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

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20 8 WAYS TO BEAT THE WINTER BLUES

Choose Positivity and Say Goodbye to Those Dreaded Winter Blues

22 UNDERSTANDING NUTRACEUTICALS

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28 EAT WHEAT AGAIN Eight Ways to Restore Gut Health

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Infinity Float Now Open in Mount Laurel

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nfinity Float is now offering Float Therapy to clients throughout South Jersey. Float therapy has often been associated with athletes, but it is also widely used among individuals seeking relaxation. At Infinity Float, the focus is on bringing the benefits to individuals suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, pregnancy aches, chronic pain and more. Often referred to as sensory deprivation tank therapy or just floating, the natural process of float therapy is an integrated approach to mental and physical wellness. In addition to other debilitating conditions, studies show that flotation therapy can have a positive impact on addiction cessation, meditation, and mental relaxation. The Laureate Institute for Brain Research has opened a Float Clinic to study the intimate connection between the body and the brain that occurs when floating. Infinity Float is an ADA-compliant and accessible facility offering open pools or pods for a uniquely customized experience. Cost: Varies. Location: 431 Larchmont Blvd., Mt. Laurel, NJ. For more information, call 856-372-2389 or visit InfinityFloatNJ.com. See ad on page 21.

Rutgers Master Gardeners Offers Gardening Course

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utgers Master Gardeners of Camden County School will run an educational program at 9 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, February through April, at the Camden County Parks Environmental Center. Garden enthusiasts can take this science-based course to increase their wealth of knowledge on gardening and become an expert. All students will receive three months of hands-on lectures, a handbook and all class materials.

Cost: $250. Location: 1301 Park Blvd., Cherry Hill. For more information, call 856-216-7130 or email Szkotak@njaes.Rutgers.edu before January 31 to register.

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South Jersey Welcomes Holistic Chamber of Commerce

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he Holistic Chamber of Commerce (HCC) will now host chapter meetings on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at MOM’s Organic Market, in Cherry Hill. An international memberbased trade organization, the HCC brings consumers together through eco-friendly and holistic practices. Their common cause, both international and local, online and inperson, is to advocate for easier access to holistic, natural and eco-friendly products, services and solutions. More than 1,500 official members throughout North America and Canada are taught to promote and support each other learning business skills, sharing information, networking and collaborating together. The like-minded community hopes to be the change they seek in a world that needs a lot of healing. Members are reference-checked prior to being named a representative in the online member directory. Location: 1632 Kings Hwy., Cherry Hill. For more information on the local chapter, visit HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com/ Moorestown.

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Grand Opening for BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Centers

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eBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Centers will host a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on January 18, at its new Cherry Hill location at 921 Haddonfield Road. The centers help women naturally balance their hormones for a better sleep and happier mood. They also help with weight loss, PMS and menopausal symptoms. Event guests can take part in a complimentary hormone assessment to discover if they have a hormone imbalance. Being the first location in New Jersey to open, Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn and Camden County Chamber of Commerce President Debra Arthur will join BeBalanced Owner Denise Wynters and founder Dawn Cutillo for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony. Cutillo, author of The Hormone “Shift,” has more than 28 years of experience in helping women balance progesterone, estrogen and cortisol, and ultimately becoming the best versions of themselves. BeBalanced will make a donation to support Pen Medicine’s women’s health research, specifically focused on endocrinology and wellness. For more information, call 856-356-2451 or visit CherryHill.BeBalancedCenters.com. See ad on page 9.

Liberty Lake Hosts Annual Polar Bear Plunge

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ansfield Township’s Liberty Lake Foundation will host their second annual Polar Bear Plunge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on January 21. Gutsy area residents can test their tolerance for icy waters while raising funds for the Liberty Lake Foundation, a nonprofit that supports area youths. Funds will also be raised for Campership, an annual program that subsidizes local camp tuitions for those that can’t otherwise attend. Less adventurous attendees can also opt for the Chicken Dip, which requires them to only enter the lake up to their ankles or knees. Immediately after the plunge (or dip), hot beverages will be available to sip while sitting around a blazing fire. The Tower Dogs food truck will be slinging hot dogs and a live DJ will pump out high-energy tunes to get you motivated. Each participant will receive an event T-shirt and high-achieving fundraisers will receive special prizes.   Cost: $25. Location: 1195 Florence Columbus Rd., Bordentown. For more information or to sign up for the Polar Bear Plunge, visit LibertyLakeFoundation.org.

Learn How to Raise Backyard Chickens

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n January 7, Gwenne Baile of Camden County Chickens will host an educational event from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Camden County Parks Department Environmental Center. Attendees will learn everything from the legality of owning their own brood to how to set up coops, select hens, and care for them all year long.

Cost: $10. Location: 1301 Park Blvd., Cherry Hill. For more information and to register, call 856-816-8508 or email GBaile@verizon.net.

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Encore Offering of “Letting Go”, Releasing Trauma and Relieving Chronic Pain

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udubon’s Live in Joy Yoga and Wellness Center will host an encore offering of the highly effecting healing series Letting Go-Releasing Trauma and Reliving Chronis Pain every Tuesday evening from January 23 through March 13. Weekly classes will include cutting-edge methods for soothing the nervous system, a workbook, deep healing and gentle chair yoga. The eightweek healing journey, which is grounded in neuroscientific research, has revolutionized trauma and chronic pain treatment over the last five years. It’s a form of self-discovery, especially for those with a history of childhood trauma, domestic violence, and chronic pain. “What I have learned from my own journey and through extensive study of current research is that even when we think we are over the emotional impact of trauma, the body’s nervous system is often still operating on survival modem,” notes Devpreet Kaur, yoga instructor, PTST chronic pain survivor and creator of the Letting Go series. “Chronic anxiety and pain is the body’s signal of unresolved trauma in the nervous system.” It is now known that talk therapy is no longer considered effective alone and now must include some form of body-centered therapies. Many therapists are referring clients to yoga and meditation, two practices that consistently proves to be more powerful and effective than many medications. Cost: $160. Location: 118 W. Merchant St., Audubon. For more information, call 856546-1006 or visit DevpreetKaur.com and/or LiveInJoyYoga.com. See ad on page 27.


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avender Koi Yoga, in Berlin, will host the first annual health fair from noon to 5 p.m. on January 27. Attendees will learn healing and natural health from some of the most talented and trusted professionals in the field, asking questions, sampling services and educating themselves on a variety of health topics. They can speak with ayurveda counselors, dietitians, nutritionists, massage therapists and healthy living coaches on topics including crystal healing, spiritual guidance, hypnotherapy, oracle card readings, reiki sessions, the law of attraction, and more. There’ll also be gift basket raffles and the opportunity to purchase services directly from professionals to create a happy and healthy 2018. Cost: Free for entrance. Location: 220 S. White Horse Pk., Ste. C., Berlin. For more information, call 856-809-2304 or visit LavenderKoiYoga.com. See ad on page 27.

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eborah’s eighth annual Women’s Health EXPO will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on February 10 at the Fountain of Life Center, in Burlington. The program, which coincides with American Heart Association’s Wear Red Day, will Fr e e Adm include health screenings, well& Pa i s s i o n rkin g! ness talks, pampering, fitness, Presents the 8th Annual makeovers, hair styling, shopping and more. Attendees will also enjoy door prizes and a variety of food vendor stations. The event hopes to raise awareness for women’s heart disease while providing a fun day out for mothers, sisters and friends alike.

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Cost: Free parking and admission. Location: 2035 Columbus Rd., Burlington. For more information, call 800-555-1990 (option #4) or visit DemandDeborah.org. See ad on page 7.

Nagare Welcomes Sacred Space

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eginning this month, Nagare, a private studio that offers gyrotonic lessons, will share their cozy Haddonfield space with Christi Tedeshi, owner of Sacred Space. Tedeshi, an extremely talented reiki master and facilitator of energy clearing and healing, dedicates Saturday, February 10, 2018 • 10 am - 2 pm Fountain of Life Centerher time to helping clients find balance olumbus Road, Burlington, NJ 08016 (Exit 52A from Rte. in 295; Columbus Rd. from Rt. 130) their lives. Providing healing through alth Screenings • Massages • Fitness & Work-Outs • Pampering • Make-Overs reiki, she has experience working with g • Door Prizes • Food Sampling: Mario and Franks – Lead Food Sponsor; Chick-fil-A; Properly Fueled; Wawa; ShopRite Eickhoff Supermarket; Tara’s Tavern animals in addition to humans. For a E FM • Amanda Lee Photography • Elaine & the Cimarron Sky Band • FitMind & Body • NJ School of body and spiritual experiNext Step Strategies • RetroChic by Pietra • PaintTyme• Rizzieri unique Aveda School •mind, Soulscapes Fitness True Colors Hair Salon • Yoga by Evelyn ence, book an appointment for both gyrotonic and reiki together. 1-800-555-1990 Option #4 • www.demanddeborah.org Cost: Varies. Location: 212 Washington Ave., Haddonfield. For more information, call 609-929-4421, email NagarePrivateStudio@ gmail.com or visit NagarePrivateStudio.com. See ad on page 31. January 2018

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Healthy diet options of spinach and kale may also help keep our brains fit. In a study from the University of Illinois appearing in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 60 adults between 25 and 45 years old having higher levels of lutein, a nutrient found in green, leafy vegetables, avocados and eggs, had neural responses more on par with younger people than others of their own age. Lutein is a nutrient that the body can’t make on its own, so it must be acquired through diet. It accumulates in brain tissues and the eyes, which allows researchers to measure levels without using invasive techniques.

Daily Produce Servings Prevent Early Death

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Researchers at the Imperial College London say that five servings of fruits and vegetables is a good start, but more is better. After conducting a worldwide meta-analysis of 2 million people that compared early mortality rates from cardiovascular disease and cancer, they recommend eating at least 10 three-ounce vegetable and fruit servings per day, which could prevent up to 7.8 million premature deaths each year.

AEROBICS KEEP THE BRAIN YOUNG Simple movement turns out to be the best way to lift mood, improve memory and protect the brain against age-related cognitive decline, according to Harvard Medical School researchers in an article, “Aerobic Exercise is the Key for Your Head, Just as It is for Your Heart.” Even brisk walking or jogging for 45 minutes can alleviate depression. The Journal of Physical Therapy Science notes that aerobic workouts can help people feel less stressed by reducing levels of the body’s natural stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. 10

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Cost: Varies. Location: 2309 Evesham Rd., Ste. 100, Vorhees. For more information, call 856-528-2258 or visit SouthJerseyHolistic.com. See ad on page 29.

Seasons Change and So Should Your Diet Dr. Steven Horvitz of The Institute for Medical Wellness believes that a low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet is the way to lose weight and regulate your health system. In the years before electricity and refrigerators, diets consisted of what was available at the time. There were no pantries full of bread and pasta, no refrigerators packed Dr.StevenHorvitz with sugary sodas and juices, and carb-filled bagels and cookies didn’t grow on trees. Instead, there was only seasonally available food to consume. In the summer fruit and vegetables were aplenty, meaning carbohydrates were readily available. While consuming fruits and vegetables is healthy, it also increases glucose in your blood, which in turn increases insulin, and then stores the excess glucose as triglycerides in your body as fat cells for future use. On the contrary, in the winter, fruits and vegetables weren’t as plentiful. In years past, all that was available was LCHF diet of meat and fish. Known today as a paleo diet, this way of eating kept glucose and insulin down. If the body needed energy, it would burn fat cells that were stored from the summer. This yo-yo effect of summer weight-gain and winter weight-loss continued until the invention of electricity, food transportation, and the government food industry. It was then that summer eating continued year-round and diseases such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer became the norm. Horvitz suggests balancing out the seasons and watch the summer weight fall off.

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Sugar Linked to Depression The journal Scientific Reports recently published a study that confirmed a link between a diet high in sugar and common mental disorders. In 2002, researchers from Baylor College found that higher rates of refined sugar consumption were associated with higher rates of depression. A 2015 study that included nearly 70,000 women found a higher likelihood of depression in those with high added sugar intake, but not in those with a high intake of naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruit. The World Health Organization recommends that people reduce their daily intake of added sugars to less than 5 percent of their total energy intake; Americans typically consume three times that much. Meanwhile, one in six people worldwide suffers from a common mental problem such as a mood or anxiety disorder.

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Dr. Polina Karmazin of South Jersey Holistic, in Vorhees, encourages patients to try a detoxification and drainage process instead of a quick-fix approach to healthy living. Despite efforts to exercise daily, consume nutrient-dense foods and maintain a healthy lifestyle, many people are still being exposed to toxins daily. Food and water often contain pesticides and preservatives, household cleaning products spray chemical pollutants into the air, and capricious substances are inhaled from wood, carpets and renovation projects. Inhaling these toxins often results in damaging effects to the immune, endocrine and neurological systems. Under the watchful guidance of homotoxicology physicians, homeopathic detoxification and drainage therapy is possible. The gentle and natural treatment helps the body rid itself of harmful toxins from key organs including the colon, liver, kidneys and lymphatic system. While some cases may require taking dissolvable tablets, others may call for liquid drops that can be mixed in water throughout the day. The safe and slow process typically takes six to 12 weeks to complete. The best detoxification and draining protocols are found when a person embraces a healthy lifestyle, limits their exposure to known toxins and reduces stress.

Location: 110 Marter Ave., Moorestown. For more information, call 856-231-0590 or visit DrHorvitz.com. See ad on page 19. January 2018

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Hemp Oil Cuts Seizure Frequency in Half

FISH OIL TWICE WEEKLY EASES ARTHRITIS

Research from the New York University Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has found that cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive extract of hemp oil, significantly reduces seizure rates in epileptics. Scientists there tested 120 children and young adults with epilepsy and found that the cannabidiol group’s number of seizures per month decreased from 12.4 to 5.9 compared to a statistically insignificant change in the placebo group.

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RED WINE LESS TOXIC THAN WHITE Alcohol has been linked with cancer in about 3.6 percent of cases worldwide, due to the presence of acetaldehyde, which damages DNA and prevents it from repairing itself. A study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention that involved 200,000 people found a distinct connection between white wine in particular and melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer. Sun exposure is a well-known cancer risk, but this and other studies have found that subjects often develop melanoma primarily on the trunks of their bodies, which are usually covered by clothing, and it is almost always curable if the cancer is caught early.

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Eating fish at least twice a week may significantly reduce the pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis,in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints, creating swelling and pain. Studies have already shown the beneficial effect of fish oil supplements on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, but a new study of 176 participants at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, found that increasing the amount of fish containing omega-3 they ate weekly as a whole food lowered their disease activity. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that about 1.5 million people in the U.S. have the disease; women far more often than men.

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Urban trees help reduce obesity and depression, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and reduce incidences of asthma and heart disease for residents, yet according to The Nature Conservancy, American cities spend less than a third of 1 percent of municipal budgets on tree planting and maintenance. As a result, U.S. cities are losing 4 million trees per year. Each summer, thousands of unnecessary deaths result from heat waves in urban areas. Studies have shown that trees are a cost-effective solution. Too often, the presence or absence of urban nature and its associated benefits is tied to a neighborhood’s income level, resulting in dramatic health inequities. In some American cities, life expectancies in different neighborhoods located just a few miles apart can differ by as much as a decade. Not all of this health disparity is connected to the tree cover, but researchers are increasingly finding that neighborhoods with fewer trees have worse health outcomes, so inequality in access to urban nature can lead to worse health inequities.

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The American College of Cardiology (ACC) is advising hospitals in improving patient menus by adding healthy, plant-based options and removing processed meats, which have been linked to 60,000 cardiovascular deaths annually. The ACC Heart-Healthy Food Recommendations for Hospitals states, “At least one plant-based main dish should be offered and promoted at every meal.” ACC also urges that processed meats such as bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs and deli meats should not be offered at all. These guidelines extend to hospital cafeterias and onsite restaurants. The American Medical Association has also passed a resolution that calls on hospitals to provide similarly healthy meals. Processed meats are now considered carcinogenic to humans, according to the World Health Organization. A 50-gram serving a day—one hot dog or two strips of bacon—increases colorectal cancer risk by 18 percent. “Too many heart disease patients have had their recovery undermined by bacon and hot dogs on their hospital trays,” says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the nonprofit Physicians Committee. 14

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The San Francisco Department of the Environment’s list of materials allowed in blue recycling bins has been expanded to include plastic bags, paper coffee cups, ice cream containers, milk or juice cartons and textiles; it is also downsizing refuse bins. It’s all part of a shift to using dual-compartment trucks to collect refuse from black bins and organic waste from green bins, with a dedicated truck for recyclables. A national leader in recycling, the city is one of the first to attempt a zerowaste target year of 2020. California has a goal of 75 percent recycling by 2020, having achieved a 44 percent rate in 2016. Los Angeles is making progress with a new commercial waste recycling system. Washington, D.C., has also expanded its list of accepted materials for recycling bins, but still doesn’t include plastic bags. With recent improvements to automated and optical sorting technology, some companies are becoming more accommodating about what they will accept.

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hough most women enter of Women for Women Medical Asmenopause between the sociates, LLC. ages of 40 and 50, the The therapy relies on a gentle fracsymptoms can appear as early as tional CO2 laser with a vaginal 30 or not until after 60. In addition probe and has been proven to irregular menstrual cycles, intersafe; it uses methods similar rupted sleep and hot flashes, a to those used to treat aging common symptom of menofacial skin. Amui-Bellon pause is vaginal dryness notes that the treatment is and painful intercourse. very similar to what women But thanks to an innovaexpect to feel during their Dr. Jewel Amui-Bellon tive laser therapy being annual pelvic exam, and only offered at Women for Women Medical takes about five minutes. Associates, LLC, in Marlton, women of any “Most patients go right back to work age can restore their vaginal health while and don’t require any form of anesthesia,” improving their quality of life and intimate she adds. relationships. With the onset of menopause or A virtually painless and minimally in- peri-menopause, MonaLisa Touch therapy vasive laser procedure, the MonaLisa Touch allows a woman’s body to provide moisture treats the symptoms of vaginal health by to the vaginal wall tissue and prevents the generating new blood flow, collagen and typically declining effects of estrogen in the elastin due to the improved vascularization vaginal tissue by reactivating the producof the vaginal mucosa and vulva. Vaginal tion of new collagen and reestablishing the discomforts such as dryness, burning and conditions that the vaginal mucosa once urinary incontinence are often a result had. It’s considered the most effective nonof atrophic vaginitis, which is the lack of surgical and non-pharmacological solution nourishment and hydration of the cells of for preventing and treating vaginal atrophy the vaginal mucosa. Often considered a and its side effects, which many women natural consequence of menopause or even suffer from during menopause and after childbirth, the uncomfortable condition childbirth. can now be prevented and resolved in a “In this day and age, there’s no reason safe and painless way. a woman should suffer in silence if her “It’s a treatment that has already sexual health is important to her. She has helped several thousands of women across options,” she says. Europe, and now we’re offering the A typical course of treatment is three MonaLisa Touch to provide significant procedures in a span of 18 weeks in a benefits for women who can’t rely on estro- given year, and then once a year thereafgen or other hormonal therapies to treat ter. Amui-Bellon notes that most women the symptoms of menopause,” explains experience a significant improvement after Dr. Jewel Amui-Bellon, a licensed and the first treatment. The vaginal mucosa board-certified gynecologist and founder becomes better toned, hydrated and elasti18

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cized, and the therapy also helps reestablish the correct vaginal pH to maintain the vagina’s natural protective barrier and reduce the risk of infection. “Most patients report symptom relief after the first treatment, and by the second or third treatment, they’ve noticed a significant improvement in their overall vaginal health,” Amui-Bellon says. The innovative laser technique is improving the quality of life and enhancing relationships for women throughout South Jersey, as one side effect of atrophic vaginitis is dyspareunia—pain during sexual intercourse. An atrophic vagina is thin, fragile and lacks elasticity, and is often dry and un-lubricated, which causes pain during intercourse and can lead to lack of sexual desire and other negative consequences when it comes to a couple’s intimate relationship. “It’s changing a lot of women’s lives,” Amui-Bellon adds. “We’ve treated patients ranging from women in their 40s who want to restore their sense of sexuality and femininity after childbirth to cancer survivors who are unable to take traditional hormonal therapies for menopause symptoms all the way up to women in their 70s who don’t want to give up their sexuality because of their age.” There are some women that may not be candidates for this procedure, such as patients who have had previous radiation therapies of the vagina or cervix or who have been diagnosed with certain medical conditions, such as ulcerative colitis or eroding vaginal meshes from stress incontinence surgeries. “After a thorough medical history, we address what is most important to the patient, because it’s really all about improving their quality of life,” Amui-Bellon concludes. “A lot of women don’t want to talk about vaginal issues or their sexuality, but they need to understand that their vaginal health and quality of life is important—and now we have a solution to help address these issues.” Women for Women Medical Associates, LLC, is located at 102 Centre Blvd., Ste. I, in Marlton. For more information, call 856-267-5019 or visit wfwma.org. See ad on page 21.


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ccording to Mental Health America, Seasonal Affective Disorder—coincidentally referred to as SAD—affects roughly 5 percent of the U.S. population yearly. Winter is well underway and we are already feeling the effects of the changing weather patterns and reduced sunlight. To get us out of our serotoninslump, we’ve gathered 8 surefire ways to kick those winter blues.

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Balić Winery

Like many other fermented foods, a glass of wine can benefit not only the digestive system, but the soul as well. This winter, take a trip to Mays Landing for a tour of Balić Winery—a vineyard that has created more than 27 award-winning wines without adding any unhealthy sulfites. Visit the gorgeous estate, enjoy free wine tastings, and take a bottle (or two) home for future celebrations. Cost: Varies. Location: 6623 Harding Hwy., Mays Landing, NJ. For more information, call 609-625-2166 or visit BalicWinery.com.

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Cooper River Park has been transformed for the holiday season into a picturesque winter wonderland, complete with ice skating and holiday treats. Open through Valentine’s Day, Winterfest is an

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ideal place to beat the winter blues. Sign up for a skate lesson or rent the entire rink for a unique celebration. Cost: Varies. Location: 5300 N. Park Dr., Pennsauken, NJ. For more information, call 856-404-7138 or visit CamdenCounty.com.

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Fermentation enables food to go through a process known as lactofermentation, where natural bacteria feeds on the sugar and starch to create beneficial enzymes, omega-3 fatty acids, B-vitamins and healthy probiotics. Fermented, a local food and beverage supply shop in South Jersey, sells everything you need to ferment including beer and wine kits, kimchi boxes and cheese-making accessories. Cost: Varies. Location: 900 Rte. 54, Ste. A-4. Hammonton, NJ. For more information, call 609-666-5274 or visit FermentedNJ.com.

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With its numerous health benefits, it’s no wonder the Himalayan Salt Room at Halo Wellness Center is so popular. Salt has been used for centuries for its amazing healing powers. One 45-minute session is said to help deal with ailments such as allergies, asthma, flu and cold symptoms, and uncomfortable winter skin flare-ups from eczema and psoriasis.

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Float therapy is a soothing practice that involves diving into an isolation tank and soaking your entire body in Epsom salt. Appealing to the mind, body, and soul, this holistic process enables your brain to release an onset of dopamine and endorphins, which will accelerate your body’s healing processes. Cost: Varies. Location: 431 Larchmont Blvd., Mt. Laurel, NJ. For more information, call 856-372-2389 or visit InfinityFloatNJ.com.

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Your cracked winter skin will beg you to take a trip to Infuse. A relaxing aroma therapy room is only the beginning of a relaxing experience. Blend a custom scent from more than 75 organic, pure, natural essential oils such as Peppermint Japanese, Lavender French, Neroli and more. Once you love your scent, infuse it into a natural lip balm, shampoo and conditioner, bubble bath and salt scrub. Cost: Varies. Location: 107 S. Rte. 73, Marlton, NJ. For more information, call 856-4525511 or visit infusedHere.com

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Italian Festival

Music soothes the soul! Close out the cold month of January with a visit to the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. Conductor Stilian Kirov will lead talented trumpeter, Caleb Hudson, in a can’t-miss concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony and Arban’s Carnival of Venice. Cost: $24-$51. Location: N. 3rd & Pearl sts., Camden, NJ. For more information, visit JerseyArts.com.

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An event series started by local shop owners in 2004, Second Saturday’s goal is to showcase the arts in Collingswood. Enjoy live music, boutique shopping, beautiful art and delicious dining in the quaint town. Expose yourself to a night on the town, taking in all that the area has to offer. Cost: Varies. Location: Haddon Ave., Collingswood, NJ. For more information, visit Collingswood.com/things_to_do.


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tion and pharmaceutics, was coined in 1989 by Stephen L. DeFelice, the founder and chairman of the nonprofit Foundation for Innovation in Medicine, in Mountainside, New Jersey, which promotes clinical research and development of dietary supplements and foods specifically for their health benefits. Reputable companies that manufacture private-label nutraceuticals, such as Metagenics and Xymogen, among others, research and develop products for functional nutrition and quality. While such products are solely distributed through partnerships with healthcare professionals such as medical doctors, nutritionists and pharmacists, some of the evidence-based, professional-grade formulas are available through online physician websites. Metagenics and Xymogen collaborate with institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, Bastyr University and National College of Natural Medicine in conducting clinical research that demonstrates how their formulas impact healthy aging, cognitive function and overall health.

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edicalized terminology is now being used to describe certain products we may already have been buying from brand-name dietary supplement companies and retailers, and they have a higher price tag. One common example: powdered protein mealreplacement shakes that can cost up to $16 more than a retail store brand, as nutraceutical and medical food purveyors want to differentiate their products as having clinical research and development behind them. This raises the bar on the quality of contents and assures consumers of third-party testing for proof of ingredients. Although both are regulated under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994, there is no legal distinction between dietary supplements and nutraceuticals, yet each serves different purposes. Dietary supple22

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ments, comprising vitamins, minerals and/ or herbs and botanicals, are intended to enhance wellness among healthy adults. Nutraceuticals encompass nutrients, foods or parts of foods used as medicine to provide health benefits beyond nutrition and combat chronic disease. Some of the most popular formulations involve botanicals like ginseng, ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and echinacea. “Medical foods, formulated for dietary management of a specific medical condition for which nutritional needs are unmet by a normal diet, are regulated under the Orphan Drug Act of 1983,” explains Bill Shaddle, senior director of medical education at Metagenics, Inc. “Our nutraceuticals and medical foods are supported by verifiable science that provides solid evidence regarding the therapeutic benefits produced by ingredients in our products.” The word nutraceutical, blending nutri-

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such as compromised gut function, agerelated muscle loss, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are subject to standard food and safety labeling requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Although they may be used under medical supervision, patients don’t need a prescription. Many healthcare practitioners, including dietitians, currently recommend them under a physician’s direction. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which are accountable to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, patent-protected and supported by expensive testing documentation, nutraceuticals are not. However, many manufacturers do choose to undergo costly testing. Like all dietary supplements, the majority of which do not undergo third-party testing, they are regulated by DSHEA, which defines and regulates labeling and claims of benefits related to classic nutrient-deficiency diseases.


Private Quality Control Xymogen is strictly a physician’s line of nutraceuticals, explains Cheryl Burdette, a doctor of naturopathy and director of clinical research and outreach for the company. “In our manufacturing process, to avoid contamination and validate ingredients, every batch is third-party assayed by an independent laboratory, whereas some companies only do this for every fifth or 20th lot. Xymogen’s validation extends to packaging and controlling the level of humidity because it affects how ingredients oxidize,” says Burdette. Gary Kracoff, a registered pharmacist and naturopathic doctor at Johnson Compounding & Wellness, in Waltham, Massachusetts, researches the nutraceuticals that he carries and recommends for his clients. “I like professional-grade nutraceuticals because their formulas are researched and science-based. They are excellent products for specific purposes. Individuals that take the medical foods come to appreciate their disease-modifying therapeutic results. While pricier, they include healthier sources of carbohydrates and fats, as well as natural, rather than synthetic nutrients to provide what the body needs to return to a state of balance,” says Kracoff.

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DIAL DOWN STRESS How to Stay Calm and Cool by Lisa Marshall

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hether from natural disasters, divisive politics, unmanageable workloads or a smartphone culture that makes it tough to unplug, U.S. adults are feeling more strain now than they have at any other time in the past decade, according to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America Survey. One in three say their stress has increased in the past year and one in five rate the level at eight or more on a scale of one to 10. About three in five, or 59 percent, say they believe this is “the lowest point in the nation’s history” and nearly two-thirds say concerns about our nation’s future (including its health care, economy and international relations) are key sources of their stress. “We’re seeing significant stress transcending party lines,” notes Arthur C. Evans Jr., Ph.D., the association’s CEO. All that stress is having a powerful impact on health, with as many as 80 percent of visits to primary care physicians characterized as stress-related, according to the American Medical Association. 24

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Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ~Hans Selye Workplace stress accounts for 120,000 deaths a year—more than influenza, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease combined—according to a 2015 Stanford University study. Yet, empowering news has emerged amid this epidemic of anxiety-related illness. Research shows that by eating right, exercising and changing our mindset about stress itself, we can buffer our bodies from many health hazards. “Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid the things that stress you out. But you can control how you respond to stress before it takes over your life,” says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., a Mill Valley, California, psychologist and author of the recent book The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity.

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Whether it’s an urgent email from the boss or a rude motorist driving unsafely, tense situations elicit a physiological response remarkably similar to what might occur if we were chased by a lion. Deep inside an almond-shaped region of the brain called the amygdala, an alarm goes off, signaling the release of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that boost heart rate, usher extra blood to muscles, hasten breathing and spike blood sugar to provide more fuel for the brain to react. Evolutionarily, this response was key to early human survival, providing the energy boost needed to flee predators. Even today, it has its upside, says Greenberg. “In the short term, stress can be exciting and even beneficial, revving you up so you can put your passion and energy into something.” But chronic excess can lead to high blood pressure and blood sugar, inflammation, cognitive problems and a hair-trigger response to stress, in which our body overreacts even to mild annoyances. It can also, research suggests, accelerate aging by


eroding the protective caps on our chromosomes, called telomeres. “Think of the stress response as an elastic band,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, a Hong Kong physician and author of the new book Stress Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body — and Be More Resilient Every Day. “If you pull it and it snaps back immediately, that’s fine. But if you pull it too intensely or too frequently, it doesn’t snap back, and there are lots of downstream consequences.”

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Eating right can better protect our bodies, says New York City Registered Dietitian Malina Malkani. She recommends loading up on nutrient-dense, high-fiber foods like leafy greens, beans and lentils, nuts and seeds during stressful times, because they can slow our rate of digestion and minimize unhealthy dips and spikes in blood sugar. Beneficial, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi are other foundational foods for stressresilience, says Storoni, because they can dampen bodily inflammation that arises from chronic tension. They can also replenish bacterial strains like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which, according to studies of college students, tend to decrease when we feel pushed beyond our limits to handle what’s coming at us. One 2016 study of 171 volunteers, published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that those that ate yogurt containing lactobacillus plantarum daily for two months had fewer markers of stress in their blood. Another study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that when 132 adults drank a probiotic-infused milk drink daily for three weeks and were then subjected to an anxiety-prone situation, their brains reacted more calmly than those of a control group. “Probably the most important thing you can do to make your body stressresilient is to maintain a healthy ecosystem of bacteria in your gut,” advises Malkani, who recommends exchanging dessert for low-sugar yogurt every day and taking probiotic supplements as well as steering clear of sweetened beverages and refined

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e can take charge and do even more things to keep stress at bay in the first place, says Christine Carter, Ph.D., a University of California, Berkeley, sociologist and author of The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less. “I’m all about prevention,” she says. “There are many ways to set up your life to be less stressful.”

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“The brain was not evolved to multitask and it can be stressful when we try to do so,” says Carter, referencing a Stanford University study. “At the end of the day, we end up feeling fried.” She recommends setting up a “fortress against interruption” for an hour or two each day when we feel most alert. Put the phone on mute, don noisecanceling headphones and ask coworkers or family members to not interrupt your focus on an important priority.

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Don’t be a chronic media checker: Eighty-six percent of

Americans say they constantly or often check their email, texts or social media accounts, according to the latest Stress in America Survey. Half of U.S. workers say they respond to every email within a half-hour. Carter recommends instead scheduling a block of time at the beginning and end of each day for the task. During weekends and evenings, disable email and social media notifications. Research shows the more often we check, the more stressed we are. One recent study of British office workers found that checking email almost immediately boosts heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels, while refraining causes the stress response to subside.

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Limit choices: Making decisions can

be stressful, and we are all faced with an increasing number of them every day. To limit a personal decision-making load, get boring. Devise a meal plan that doesn’t vary from week to week (unless it’s a happy creative outlet). Stock the wardrobe with favorite styles of shirts and shoes in different

colors. Select and stick with one brand of natural toothpaste or granola.

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Don’t overthink things: Ruminating on past events and relationship problems can be a great source of stress in the present moment. If there’s nothing that can be done about it, stop thinking about it. Literally visualize a stop sign when the thought bubbles up.

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Daydream: Idle times, like standing

in line, sitting in traffic or showering can allow our brain to rest and recover from hassles. Embrace such opportunities and don’t clutter them up with technology; leave the phone and radio off.

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Meditate: Invest 10 minutes daily to

sit still, focus on breathing, visualize an image or stare at an object and try to keep thoughts from drifting. Brain imaging studies published in the Brain Research Bulletin show that “Through [such] meditation, it’s possible to rewire your brain to create a new, stronger circuit that keeps your emotional reactivity under control,” says Dr. Mithu Storoni, who has published a book on the topic.

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Heighten spirituality: Whether it’s regularly attending religious services, yoga meditation sessions or quiet walks in the woods, a spiritual practice can be a powerfully effective means of coping with stress and mitigating its health impacts. Duke University research shows that people regularly engaged in a spiritual practice are more likely to survive heart surgery, recover better from stroke, have shorter hospital stays and become depressed and stressed less often. “Spirituality connects you to the broader world, which in turn enables you to stop trying to control things all by yourself,” explains Dr. Roberta Lee, an integrative physician, in her book The SuperStress Solution. “When you feel part of a greater whole, it’s easy to understand that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in life.” January 2018

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carbohydrates. The spice turmeric is also a good stress-buster due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to help normalize blood sugar, Storoni notes. Despite our natural craving for comfort food, it’s a good idea to go easy on saturated fats in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic situation, because stress slows fat metabolism. In one recent study, Ohio State University researchers asked 58 women about their previous day’s stressors, and then fed them the fat-loaded equivalent of a double cheeseburger and fries; the stressedout women burned 104 fewer calories. “If a woman had a stressful day at work every day and ate a meal like this, she could easily gain seven to 11 pounds in a year,” says study author Jan Kiecolt-Glaser, a professor of psychiatry and psychology and director of the university’s Institute for Behavioral Medicine. Exercise, too, can help combat stress-related illness. But Storoni attests that not all exercise is created equal. One recent study in the Journal of Physiology found that in animals daily moderate exercise (the equivalent of a light jog) can boost levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a critical brain protein diminished by stress and sleep deprivation, significantly more than weight training or intense exercise. On the flip side, excess strenuous exercise (laps around the track or an intense gym workout) can

People with a stress-hardy mindset may temper stress as an “excite-and-delight” challenge in adventurous situations. Others “tendand-befriend”, reaching out to help and comfort in times of tragedy. Studies show that when participants are told, “You’re the kind of person whose performance improves under pressure,” it does—by as much as one-third. ~Harvard Medical School Healthbeat

boost inflammation, whither brain cells, and aggravate the physical impacts of stress, says Storoni. “If you want to exercise to relieve the stress you just experienced, keep it at low intensity,” counsels Storoni. If possible, work out in the morning, as it can boost melatonin levels at night, helping you get to sleep faster, she notes.

Stress-Proofing Our Mindset

While diet and exercise can buffer our body from the impacts of chronic stress, a shift in mindset can keep it from becoming chronic in the first place, says Greenberg.“The goal is not to eliminate stress, but to put it in its place—to use its energizing and motivating aspects to take care of what needs to be done, and then relax,” and stop paying attention to it. This, she says, requires being mindful of what’s happening in the present moment. “When you feel your heart racing at the sight of another urgent demand at home or work, stop what you are doing, take a deep breath and tune into what’s happening in your body,” advises Greenberg. She notes that when the highly reactive amygdala “hijacks the brain”, we often say and do things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Waiting just a moment (like counting to 10) allows the more rational part of our brain (the prefrontal cortex) to kick in. “It allows you to go from panic to, ‘I’ve got this.’”

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Greenberg observes that we often feel most stressed when we feel out of control. When faced with a daunting task, it may help to make a list of the things we have control over and a list of the things we can’t control—then make a plan to act on the manageable one and let the others go. “Mindfulness is also about keeping our self-judging and ruminating mind at bay, which may keep repeating, ‘I’m not doing enough,’” she says. “Realize that you do not have to listen to every thought that comes into your head. Ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing for me to focus on right now?’” Greenberg also says it’s important to aim to broaden and brighten our view in tough times, explaining, “Feeling stress biases your brain to think in terms of avoiding threat and loss, rather than what you can gain or learn from the situation.” Start by jotting down three ways this challenging situation may be beneficial in the long run; also make a list of things and people we are grateful for, she suggests. “Practicing gratitude helps you realize that you have a choice about what to focus your attention on and you don’t have to let stressors take all the joy out of life,” according to Greenberg. As an added bonus, “You’re less likely to take your stress out on loved ones when you think about what they mean to you and how they have helped you,” she says. Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at LisaAnnMarshall.com.

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he New York University Langone Medical Center recently reported that 74 percent of Americans experience some form of digestive distress, a quarter are obese and more than 100 million U.S. adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many blame such problems on eating wheat, some food scientists disagree, including those citing two major studies by Harvard researchers; following more than 100,000 people for 25 years, they concluded that those eating the most wheat compared to low-gluten folks had a 13 percent lower diabetes risk and no greater risk of heart disease. While the standard American diet, which includes highly processed wheat, is likely responsible for many of these health concerns, plenty of science links a diet rich in whole grains, including whole wheat, to weight loss, better digestion and lower blood sugar. The Mediterranean Diet, replete with whole grains and wheat, is still revered as one of the healthiest-known diets. Centenarians that live in the famed “blue zones”, recognized for their longevityenhancing environment and lifestyles, eat a non-processed, whole-food diet rich in whole grains and wheat. 28

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Many Americans that are gluten-sensitive today digested wheat fine when they were young. At some point, our ability to digest foods that are a bit harder to digest, like wheat and dairy, became compromised. It’s possible to reboot.

Delete Processed Foods

The first step toward reestablishing digestive strength is avoiding all processed foods. A study in the journal Diabetes Care linked a processed food diet to a 141 percent increase in belly fat, high blood sugar and high cholesterol. It further showed that a diet of whole grains, including wheat, reduced the risk of these health concerns by 38 percent. Monitor these ingredients to achieve a healthier diet. n Avoid all added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Allow nothing more than six grams of naturally occurring sugar per serving. n Avoid fried foods and baked goods made with refined cooking oils used to preserve them like bread, muffins, cookies, energy bars, most packaged foods and chips. n Eat bread that’s only made of organic whole wheat, salt water and starter.

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Highly processed vegetable oils are used as preservatives in most packaged foods, including bread. Processing these oils renders them indigestible. Linked to congestion of the liver and gallbladder, they disable liver bile so it can’t break down either good or bad fats, also making it insufficient to buffer stomach acids. Without adequate bile production to neutralize stomach acid, the stomach won’t produce the needed acid to digest proteins like gluten and the casein in dairy. This malady has effected a huge spike in gallbladder surgeries and epidemic levels of obesity, high blood sugar and food intolerances. To boost bile flow, enjoy these foods daily: n Eat one red beet and one apple a day— either raw, cooked, juiced or blended. Add celery and make a bile-flow smoothie. n Consume one teaspoon of both coconut oil and high-quality olive oil per day. n Eat more artichokes, bitter roots and leafy greens. n Drink fennel and fenugreek tea with meals.

Strengthen Stomach Fire

Instead of taking digestive enzymes or a hydrochloric acid-based stomach acid pill, stimulate the stomach to make its own acid and the small intestine and pancreas to produce digestive enzymes. This is best done regularly with the following five spices: n Use ginger, cumin, coriander, cardamom and fennel. Studies published in journals such as Molecular Nutrition & Food Research and the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggest that when these five spices are used together —as a supplement, in cooking or to flavor food—they act as a total upper digestive reset. These five-star spices: 4 Stimulate digestion 4 Increase bile flow, pancreatic and small intestine enzyme activity, and fat and sugar metabolism 4 Decrease H. pylori, an opportunistic acid-producing microbe, from adhering to the stomach 4 Decrease gas and bloating 4 Support optimal weight, microbiology


health, growth of good gut bacteria and elimination 4 Act as powerful free-radical scavengers Following these simple steps of nutrition will set gluten sufferers on the right path to retraining the body to digest and enjoy wheat again. John Douillard, a Boulder, CO, doctor of chiropractic and creator of the wellness website LifeSpa.com, is the former director of player development and nutrition advisor to the New Jersey Nets NBA team. He is author of the book Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back into Your Diet. Learn more at EatWheatBook.com.

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t is like finding the prevention of and the potential cure for almost any ailment and condition humans are afflicted by, and not sharing it. It absolutely has to be shared,” proclaims Kiel Gerhard, avid mushroom hunter and creator of Back To Nature Oils. Ancient cultures have known it for centuries, and now Western science is catching up too: medicinal mushrooms might just be our most potent allies for natural medicine. For millennia, different folkloric traditions have adulated mushrooms for their profound ability to improve the quality of human health. And increasingly so, scientific papers are being published that authenticate their borderline miraculous benefits. According to Paul Stamets, worldrenowned mycologist, these benefits stem from the fact that we, humans, are more closely related to fungi than to any other kingdom, sharing a common ancestor with them 460 million years ago. He attests that this close relationship is the reason why we resonate so well with the compounds found in fungi, and why they are so effective in healing us: we have basically developed similar defences against mutual enemies. What’s more, medicinal mushrooms differ from pharmaceuticals because these natural healing agents have extraordinarily low toxicity, even in high doses, and are therefore very safe to use continuously without any negative side effects. Gerhard, who provides wild-foraged medicinal mushrooms through his busi30

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ness, shares his enthusiasm for medicinal mushrooms: “Whenever I go out into the woods, it’s as if they call out to me, wanting to share their medicine. Ever since I was a child I loved exploring, but this is the ultimate treasure hunt because it’s not for money or riches, but for my health and well-being, as well as that of others. That is extremely thrilling and fulfilling to me.” Although he forages many kinds of mushrooms, his business focuses on providing two of the most potent powerhouse mushrooms known to man: chaga and reishi. He forages these sustainably and seasonally from the most pristine virgin forests of the Northeastern U.S. This is what sets him apart from most other providers that work from mushroom farms. “When you wild-forage medicinal mushrooms, you’re not only taking in the compounds of the mushrooms,” he shares, “but also the medicine of the environments you find them in, such as the clean air, and the rich soil. The medicine is at its fullest potency, because that is where it chose to

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grow. You cannot duplicate these natural conditions in a mushroom farm with a controlled environment.” Chaga and reishi have plenty to offer us. Chaga has been used as a traditional medicine in Russia for centuries, mainly as a cancer therapy, Gerhard informs. It is reverently called “The Gift of God” by the Siberians. The health benefits of the chaga mushroom are stated in Paul Stamets’ book Mycomedicinals: An Informational Treatise on Mushrooms. It’s the heavyweight champion of all antioxidants, and a premier herbal adaptogen. It’s also anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-viral, anti-aging, a blood sugar moderator, an immune enhancer, a liver tonic and a stress reducer. As for reishi, which is legendarily called “The Mushroom of Immortality,” it is the oldest and most well-studied herb on record and was written about in the most ancient Chinese medical texts. It was once reserved for royalty only to extend life and improve health. Reishi’s health benefits, as stated in Stamets’ book, make an even more impressive list. So is reishi an adaptogen, anti-allergy, anti-bacterial, anti-candida, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-tumor, anti-viral, anti-aging, anti-arthritic, a blood pressure modulator, a blood sugar moderator, a cholesterol reducer, an immune enhancer, a kidney, liver and nerve tonic, a stress reducer, and an improver of cardiovascular and respiratory health. Although Gerhard highly encourages everyone to dive into the miraculous world of mycology, he does not recommend for any inexperienced person to go mushroom hunting without first doing comprehensive research. “Mindful foraging is absolutely essential to sustain forest health,” he affirms. “I’m mindful whenever I come into an ecosystem to be grateful for the medicine that calls out to me, always giving thanks, and never disrupting its environmental purpose in the ecosystem.” He also advises that there are many poisonous imitator mushrooms, which can cause severe, if not deadly reactions in humans. Therefore, proceed with caution.


These phenomenal fungi can be incorporated into your daily diet. On KielsHealing.com, advice is provided on how chaga and dried and sliced reishi can be made into easy, tasty and powerfully healing teas. For more information on chaga and reishi and to order an ounce ($8, which makes a gallon of tea and can be brewed multiple times) or 4 ounces ($20, for 4 gallons of tea and also multiple servings), call 856-4916422, email Contact@KielsHealing.com or visit KielsHealing.com. See ad on page 43. Giulia Eve Flores is an actress, writer, artistic director, voice & presence coach, and spiritual practitioner, located in South Jersey. Connect via GiuliaEveFlores@gmail.com.

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n 2010, President Obama and Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move! as their signature initiative to tackle epidemic levels of U.S. childhood obesity. While modest progress has been made, it remains a public health crisis. A brief by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the obesity rate remained fairly stable at nearly 17 percent between 2011 and 2014 for children 2 to 19 years old. Caused mainly by inadequate physical activity, unhealthy diets and rare genetic factors, obesity increases the risk of significant health problems, including high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, plus joint and breathing issues. “We must launch our own family anti-obesity campaigns,” urges pediatrician Ricardo Riesco, co-owner of Peds Care, in Dalton, Georgia. “Along with increasing activity levels, we can encourage healthier eating habits at home and lead by example.” 32

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Portions Matter In today’s “supersize-me” climate, teaching youngsters about appropriate portion sizes is imperative in fostering healthy eating habits. “It’s often hard for parents to find time to cook a meal at home,” Riesco acknowledges. “Too often, parents will pick up fast food for dinner, which is typically higher in calories and fat, plus the portion sizes are far too large.” When parents can’t prepare a meal from scratch, a frozen, boxed meal can be a better alternative than fast food. “The portions are more appropriate, so there’s more control of how much a child eats.” Tasty frozen organic meals are now available at many grocers.

Rethinking Family Plates “A large part of the obesity problem stems from children consuming sodas and refined, processed, junk and fried foods,” says Daemon “Dr. Dae” Jones, a Washington, D.C., naturopathic physician and

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author of Eat More Plants. “They are low in nutrients, and high in sugars and calories that pack on the pounds.” Jones says the best way to combat obesity and form healthy eating habits is to replace processed foods with a whole foods diet plentiful in colorful fruits and vegetables, with sides of whole grains, nuts and seeds, and beans and legumes. “These foods are high in vitamins, nutrients, fiber, proteins and healthy fats. Lean meats, chicken and fish are good choices for protein, as well.”

Breakfast and Snacks Breakfast provides fuel for the body and helps young minds concentrate and learn, so experts warn against skipping or skimping on it. “I tell parents to, ‘Get out of the box,’” says Doctor of Naturopathy JoAnn Yanez, executive director of the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. “Offer them a balance of fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates.” She suggests making a batch of pancakes using an extra egg or almond meal for protein, served with fresh fruit and nitrate-free sausage. “I also recommend steel cut oats,” she says. “I make them in advance, and in the morning add in all sorts of good stuff such as fresh fruit, almond meal and almond milk.” “Although almost everything can be enjoyed in moderation, decreasing or eliminating high-calorie, high-fat, low-nutrient treats can also help children develop healthy eating habits for life and prevent obesity,” says Registered Dietitian Wendy Palmer, manager of child wellness and a certified health education specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “A medium-sized apple or banana, or a cup of baby carrots with hummus, is a nutrient-rich snack for kids. Avoid snacks that have no nutritional value or are coated in sugar.” For more good ideas, see Tinyurl. com/HealthySnackingOptions.

No Sugary Drinks “There’s a strong correlation between sugary drinks and overweight, obese children,” observes Palmer. “I recommend that parents remove all sugary sodas, sports drinks and juice boxes from their children’s diets. Water and unsweetened seltzer water are great alternatives.”


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hysician Harold G. Koenig, an international authority on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine, has dedicated his career to understanding the relationship between faith and health. Koenig, who has surveyed the scientific literature, shares the mounting evidence linking the power of faith to better health and well-being. Koenig struggled for three decades to determine his life’s purpose before a spiritual transformation in 1984 set him on a Christian path. “As I’m able to surrender my will and follow God’s lead, I’ve found an increasing flow of blessings. Even in those times when I’m self-centered, the blessings continue. I can only attribute it to the incredible undeserved grace and mercy of one who understands and forgives,” he says. He’s the director of Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, an associate professor of medicine at the Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, North Carolina, and author of nearly 50 books. Titles include The Healing Power of Faith, The Handbook of Religion and Health, and the recent You Are My Beloved. Really?, musings on the nature of divine love.

What maintains people’s faith in the face of worldly adversity? Adversity can increase people’s faith; when things are going well, people don’t feel the same urgent need for religion. Why do hurricanes happen? Why do people experience chronic pain? When someone is in the midst of challenges, there is no easy explanation, even though there can be many answers. Sometimes all you can do is to have faith that a good God reigns, despite appearances. That can lead to a sense of well-being and spiritual purpose, even in the midst of bad material experiences. How you’ve dealt with life prior to a challenge matters. If you follow a spiritual 34

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path and practice, when bad things happen, you can lean on your foundation of faith; you’re better prepared. Once you’re in the middle of it, all you may feel is the pain and a desperate desire to get rid of it. One of the most precious gifts we have as humans is the freedom to choose. We can be selfish and strictly pleasure-seeking, or we can be kind and altruistic. We can turn toward or away from our divine source.

What have you concluded from decades of studying the relationship between faith, prayer and health? Our research and that of many other major academic institutions, including Harvard and Columbia universities, shows that people of strong faith enjoy better social, physical and mental health, all else being equal. It drives healthy behaviors and attitudes, which leads to better health. A person’s religious beliefs and spiritual practices affect them across their lifespan. It begins in utero, based on parental behavior and care, and shows in the

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sense of trust we have as infants. In this way, parents’ faith-based moral values also can favorably affect their children’s levels of stress, depression and drug use later on.

Is there a tension between the yearning for scientific certainty and the intuitive nature of faith? I feel that tension constantly as a scientist and a believer. I’m always challenging myself; you have to be objective as a scientist, to observe without reading into things. But the wisdom of the scriptures has endured through thousands of years, applied by believers through the ages in many different groups and cultures. About 80 percent of Americans today believe in God, nearly 90 percent in a higher power, and 84 percent of the world’s people have religious faith. Such faith must serve some kind of function for it to have persisted throughout the millennia. There is much that is still unknown, and may not be knowable from a scientific perspective. You need to use common sense and intuition. It requires a leap of faith, but once you do it, everything falls into line—though I admit as a scientist I keep trying to understand things from a rational perspective.

What are the pathways by which spirituality contributes to health? Science supports firsthand experience; that the virtues instilled by a religious path ultimately lead to better decision making, relationships and greater well-being. They help to neutralize negative emotions. These benefits accrue through adulthood and yield fruit into old age. The coping mechanism that spiritual practices provide is also important. It helps us to tolerate and navigate difficult situations and integrate meaning and purpose into daily life. I don’t think science can prove to us that faith leads to divine healing. But through natural mechanisms alone, ones that we can understand and study, tremendous evidence exists to show that it benefits health and maybe even longevity. Connect with freelancer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.


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Lacking space, technology and equipment to transform waste into reusable materials, U.S. municipalities typically ship it to a sorter for processing elsewhere; often to China, where new regulations restrict what’s accepted, leaving trash haulers scrambling. Although recyclable, these are the worst plastics: #3, Polyvinyl chloride, used in plastic wrap, toys, squeeze bottles and packaging for peanut butter, contains lead and phthalate esters (chemical compounds) that affect development of testosterone, according to a study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. #6, Polystyrene, in Styrofoam, plastic utensils and disposable or carryout containers, is toxic to our brain and nervous system; ask what restaurants use. #7, Polycarbonate, found in the lining of canned foods, sports drinks, juice drinks, ketchup bottles and clear sippy

Recycling weakens plastic grocery bags, necessitating double-bagging to avoid spills. Average families annually accumulate about 1,500 plastic bags, with 99 percent ending in landfills, as litter or stuffed in the pantry, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Worldwide, many countries ban or tax bags. “Annually, 50 billion water bottles are sold globally, including 30 billion in the U.S. That’s 1,500 individual water bottles thrown away per second,” says Deanna Latson, co-founder of ARIIX, which makes water purification systems, in Bountiful, Utah. “One filter can purify the equivalent of thousands of them a year.” The U.S. annual bottle recycling rate is 23 percent. Beth Terry, of Oakland, California, author of Plastic-Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too, offers 100 tips at MyPlasticFreeLife.com, including this planet-saving advice: 4 Opt for bar soap instead of liquid, soap nuts in lieu of plastic-packaged powders, and baking soda and lemon or vinegar rather than sprays to clean. 4 Ask the butcher to wrap meat in paper, forgoing trays and plastic wrap. 4 Buy fruit and vegetables at farmers’ markets; return containers for reuse. 4 Turn out-of-fashion garments into cleaning rags; skip plastic scrubbers. 4 Carry reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags. 4 Avoid over-packaged frozen foods. 4 Use glass jars for leftovers and storage. 4 Buy kitty litter packaged in paper. 4 Choose stainless steel pet food and water bowls. As a substitute, glass is endlessly recyclable, but facilities are few. Find resource centers at gpi.org/glass-resource-locator. “Plastic innovations stop at invention and don’t follow through to end-oflife solutions,” says Tom Szaky, CEO and founder of TerraCycle, in Trenton, New

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Tell companies when products have excessive or harmful packaging. In Delray Beach, Florida, Saltwater Brewery created biodegradable, safely edible wheat and barley six-pack rings to replace traditional plastic rings that are hazardous to wildlife. Restaurants routinely provide fresh plastic straws with refills. BYOS (bring your own straw), whether plastic, stainless steel or paper, and let management know why. Americans daily discard 500 million plastic straws (StrawlessOcean.org/alternatives). “Consumers are willing to change if options are available,” observes Szaky. “Manufacturers need to offer high-quality, reusable products designed for reuse equal or superior in value to single-use, disposable items.”

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Gratitude deserves its positive buzz. When we’re grateful, our energy changes and our light shines. Our perspective shifts from scarcity to abundance. We bring forth divine blessings by being tuned into the giving nature of the creator of all. When we live in a state of gratitude, good people, opportunities and blessings arrive.

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When we take a positive step in our lives—it can be anything—a way forward will often appear that may be unrelated to the blessing we receive. For example, clearing out clutter may clarify a career move. Taking a course to build a new skill may introduce us to a new friend. In beginning a new exercise routine, we may discover self-confidence in other areas of life.

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Step out of routines, broaden horizons and bust through comfort zones. Bumps and bruises may occur, but bravery is rewarded. Miracles are not beyond our grasp, but we may need to extend our reach in ways we’ve never done before.

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Experience the bliss of being a giver. Share what others need. Sponsor a child’s education. Give unused belongings to people that desperately need them. Offer words of encouragement. It all matters more than we realize.

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When we listen to our intellect instead of our inner heart-and-soul guidance system, we get turned around and off course. We all have an inner knowing that can help us get where we want to go. Divine wisdom always trumps the human mind. When we tune into it and trust what it’s telling us, we invite miracles into our lives. We all have the power to participate in creating miracles for ourselves and others by bringing to fruition what did not seem remotely possible. It’s easy to start by practicing these five miracle-creating strategies. J. Marie Novak is an author, life transformation mentor and founder of the Believe and Create online community. Learn how to believe in and create the life you were born to live at BelieveAndCreate.com.

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we will experience in any given moment but, what we are permitted to experience. “The Mind sees only what it is looking for,” therefore it follows that a fearful man sees only a dangerous world; or a jealous man sees a world to always be suspected, and the man or woman who views themselves as not good or capable enough sees a world to combat or be conquered by. Early in life we are conditioned to have the point of view of “not enough”. From there we develop the habitual behavior of pursuing or seeking in the world what so often we already possess. One of those inherent possessions is our ability to naturally face challenges and find peace in conflict. Each of us are “hardwired” not to just survive, but to thrive (to know peace of mind and body). We possess natural abilities, witnessed often

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In studies across species, caloric restriction has been shown to help prevent tumor development and progression. Obesity is strongly linked to increased cancer risk in humans and is assumed so in dogs. For people, cancer is also connected with excessive glucose, increased insulin sensitivity, inflammation and oxidative stress. Overfeeding a dog is not a loving thing to do.

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cancer is actually a chronic, inflammatory disease. Because cancer cells require the glucose in carbohydrates as an energy source, limit or eliminate carbs present in processed grains, fruits with fructose and starchy vegetables. Cancer cells generally can’t use dietary fats for energy, so appropriate amounts of good-quality fats are nutritionally healthy. Another major contributor to inflammation is poor-quality, processed pet food, which is typically high in omega-6 fatty acids and low in omega-3. Omega-6s increase inflammation; omega-3s do the reverse. A healthy, moist dog diet contains real, whole, organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) foods, preferably raw—also plenty of high-quality protein, including muscle meat, organs and bone; moderate amounts of animal fat; high levels of EPA and DHA (omega-3 fatty acids, such as those present in krill oil); and some fresh-cut ground veg-

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gies; plus antioxidant-rich fruit. Consider adding both vitamin/mineral and other supplements like probiotics, digestive enzymes, medicinal mushrooms and super green foods. Work with a holistic or integrative veterinarian to determine the best regime.

Exposure 3Reduce to Toxins

Harmful toxins include chemical pesticides like flea and tick preventives, lawn chemicals, tobacco smoke, flame retardants and all common household cleaners. A six-year study by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, at Tufts University, showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine malignant lymphoma up to 70 percent. Conventional flea and tick preventives are pesticides, whether spot-on treatments, pills, dips, solutions, shampoos or collars. Chemical spot-on products attracted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attention based on reports of 40,000 adverse events in 2008, including 600 animal deaths. Because avoiding all toxins is nearly impossible, consider periodic detoxification based on a vet’s recommendation. For a dog with constant exposure to toxic chemicals all summer, a daily oral detox protocol is sound. If the only source is a monthly dose of a flea and tick product, limit a detox to the week after each pill or topical treatment.

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To properly maintain a dog’s first line of defense—the immune system—don’t overstimulate it with vaccines. Tailor vaccine protocols to minimize risk and maximize protection, considering the dog’s breed, background, nutritional status and overall vitality. A good protocol with healthy puppies is to provide a single parvovirus and distemper vaccine at or before 12 weeks of age, and a second set after 14 weeks. Cautious vets then order a titer test (at a lab

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Studies from Purdue University, the University of California, Davis, and others show a clear link between spaying/neutering and increased cancer rates in dogs, especially large breeds. These include increased risk of osteosarcoma in Rottweilers neutered or spayed before their first birthday; double the risk of bone cancer in neutered or spayed large, purebred dogs versus intact (not neutered) dogs; and three to four times the cancer rates for spayed female golden retrievers versus intact females. Opting for ovary-sparing spays (hysterectomy) is another option that preserves sex hormones while rendering the animal sterile. Applying these five suggestions in caring for a dog throughout its life offers a pet a good chance for a cancer-free and overall healthy, high-quality life. Karen Becker, a doctor of veterinary medicine, is a proactive, integrative practitioner who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.Mercola.com).

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Yoga for the New Year – 10-11:30am. With Janet Watkins. Get a fresh start to the New Year with a deep de-toxifying yoga practice and inspirational lessons from the deity of auspicious beginnings, Ganesha. All-level class includes deep twists for purification and pranayama for mental clarity. $15 or class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

Muse-ical Yoga – 6:30-8:15pm. With Jimmy Sell. Move and groove your asana to the music of Warren Zevon in special musical yoga class made for all levels of experience. $10 or use class card. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

First Day Hike: Beat the Winter Blues – 10am1pm. Come join us for a fun morning of exploration and recreation. On our recently completed hiking trails you can wander as far and wide as your heart desires. Leaders in nature studies and historic reference on-hand to share stimulating information. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org.

markyourcalendar New Year’s Day Retreat Monday, January 1 10am-4pm

Get clear and focused for a wonderful New Year. Starting with a guided contemplation to manifest your true heart desires followed by a delicious vegetarian lunch and ending with a Release and Renew ceremony for 2017/2018, followed by a very gentle yoga class with crystal bowls. Come for one part or the whole day.

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856-404-7287 or YogaForLiving.net Full Moon Release Ceremony – 6-8pm. With Christine Juckett. Using the energy of the full moon, close out 2017 and usher in the new year. Includes worksheets to identify blocks, a fire ceremony to symbolically release and a guided meditation to meet your ideal self, identifying your new energies and meet your spirit animal for 2018. $25. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3 A Course in Spirituality: Soanka, the Song of the Grass Hut – 7-9pm. Seijaku Roshi begins the new year introducing the heart and soul of our humanity and deepest spiritual longing, with the poem, Soanka, the quintessential Buddhist expression of the Taoist archetype of the mountain sage. $15/ individual, $25/spouses, partners. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

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The Thru-Hiker’s Secret – 6:30-8:30pm. An Appalachian Trail thru-hike is one of the greatest gifts to yourself. Explore the physical, psychological and logistical secrets that can help you earn the coveted moniker of Thru-Hiker. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. rei.com/stores/marlton.html. Yoga Nidra – 7:30-8:30pm. With Rose Phillips. A guided meditation. There is nothing required but to lie down and listen. While resting in stillness, you are systematically guided on a meditative journey. $20. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304. LavenderKoiYoga.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 Lake Worth Cleanup – 10am-12pm. Will be collecting and talking about this interesting lake and its surrounding natural and historical aspects. Bring water, comfortable shoes and camera. Lake Worth, off of White Horse Pike at Rosemond Ave, Lindenwold. RSVP: MHogan@SJLandWater.org. Sankalpa Retreat Day – 1-6pm. With Julie Fischer & Janet Watkins. What is desiring to express through you this year? Connect with and affirm your heart’s intention for your life through deepening processes of nurturing, meditation, movement, self-inquiry and sound. $50. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. Pre-register: 856-546-1006 or LiveInJoyYoga.com. Beginner Yoga Workshop – 2-5pm. Learn all the basic yoga poses, get to ask questions, and have time to explore each pose to understand why we do them and how they benefit the body. $45. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304. LavenderKoiYoga.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 7 Reiki Levels 1 & 2 Certification Class – 11am-6pm. Both levels in a 1-day class. Become attuned to both levels, learn history and principles of reiki, chakra and aura scanning, self- healing and healing others, distant healing, and give first reiki session. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: GenesisSpiritualHealing.com. Mantras and Mimosas – 12-1:15pm. Come ring in the New Year with your 2018 intentions and let the sound vibrations and mantras amplify your intent. Lie down comfortably and listen to the beautiful sounds of crystal singing bowls, vocal toning, instruments and energetic healing modalities. $25. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304. LavenderKoiYoga.com.

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Call Ahead First Hike of the Year at Smithville – 12-2pm. Do you have a New Year’s resolution to be more active or to give yourself more “me time?” Start the year off right with a hike in the great outdoors. Smithville Park, E Railroad Ave, Meade Ln, Eastampton. Registration: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton. The Basics of Raising Backyard Chickens in the Suburbs and City – 1-3:30pm. Presented by Camden County Chickens. Learn how easy it is to set up a coop, select hens and care for them year-round as well as the legal issues in your town and what you can do about them. Presenter Gwenne Baile. Snow date: Jan 14. $10. Camden County Parks Department Environmental Center, 1301 Park Blvd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration strongly advised: 856816-8508 or Gbaile@verizon.net. 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. Preregister: 609-261-2495. RancocasNatureCenter.org. 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. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9 The Language of Spirit – 10-wk psychic development class with Rita Strough. Just Breathe Spiritual Community Center, 2800 Rte 130, Ste 100, Cinnaminson. More info: JustBreatheCenter.org. Angel Card Collage – 11am-12:30pm. Make your own angel card as we discuss a different Archangel each month. Feel free to bring scissors/magazines and join us in creating your own angel connection tool. With Kristy McAdams. $10 cash. Pilates Core Center, 1919 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-985-0900. EnergyOfAngels.com. Spinal Alignment and Lumbar/Low Back Pain Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Experience exercises designed to mitigate low back pain, including pain associated with herniated discs. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Preregistration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@ YogaForLiving.net. Members and Guests “Chinese Auction” – 7pm. Presented by the Horticultural Society of South Jersey. Bring new or gently used items to donate. What a great way to pass on any unwanted holiday gifts that someone else may treasure. Free and open to the public to donate or shop. Gardening items always wanted but not mandatory. Carmen Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St, Cherry Hill. Diane: 856-287-5959. hssj.org. 


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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 users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness if they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Users also report success in stopping cold sores when used at the first sign of a tingle in the lip. One woman said, “I tried every product on the market over 20 years. Some helped a little, but this stopped it from happening in the first place.” The handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured to improve contact. Tests show it kills harmful microbes on the fingers to help prevent the spread of illness.

again every time he felt a cold coming on. He reports he has never had a cold since. He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too. So he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback. Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used within 3 hours of the first sign. Even up to 2 days after the first sign, if they still get the cold it is milder and they feel better. Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really works.” Sinus trouble, stuffiness, cold sores. People often use CopperZap Copper may even help stop flu if for prevention, before cold signs apused early and for several days. In a pear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used to get colds after crowded lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses flights. Though skeptical, she tried it were found alive soon after. several times a day on travel days for The EPA says the natural color 2 months. “Sixteen flights and not a change of copper does not reduce its sniffle!” she exclaimed. ability to kill germs. Businesswoman Rosaleen says CopperZap is made in the U.S. of when people are sick around her she pure copper. It carries a 90-day full uses CopperZap morning and night. money back guarantee and is available “It saved me last holidays,” she said. for $49.95 at CopperZap.com or toll“The kids had colds going around and free 1-888-411-6114. around, but not me.” ADVERTORIAL

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Tuning Fork Sound Presentation – 7-8:30pm. With Healing Artisan’s Eileen Toth. Free; limited to 15 people. Maxine’s Uptown Boutique, 4 Second Ave, Pitman. Register: 609-254-5630.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 16 Spinal Alignment and Thoracic/Mid and Upper Back Pain Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Experience exercises designed to relieve thoracic back pain symptoms by reuniting and realigning the upper body with the lower body. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10 To the Ends of the Earth Screening – 6:30-8:30pm. Co-hosted by Food and Water Watch and Sustainable Cherry Hill. A movie about the rise and fall of fossil fuels, and the hope for alternative energy. Free. Cherry Hill Library, 1100 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill. SustainableCherryHill.org. Zazen (Meditation) and Dharma Teaching – 7-9pm. Includes quiet contemplation and reflection, both sitting and walking meditation followed by conversation over tea. Registration not required. Suggested donation: $15/individuals, $25/spouses, partners. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 Seed Swap with the SJ Seed Circle Library – 7pm. Join the SJ Seed Circle Library for an evening of seed swapping. Participants encouraged to bring their own seeds and envelopes. We will have seeds and envelopes for those without seeds to share. Free. Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood.  856-425-2221. SJSeeds@GMOFreeNJ.com. Clinic: Wildlife Tracking 101 – 7-8pm. From identifying tracks and track patterns, to looking for chews and rubs, our experts will share tips and techniques to help uncover who’s responsible. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Registration: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton. Sound Meditation with Reiki and Crystal Singing Bowls – 7-8pm. Ride the sound waves of healing, loving intentions in a group crystal singing bowl meditation with Kristy McAdams, as your body relaxes into the gentle touch of reiki by Peggy Garron, while chakra balancing music envelops you. $25. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. Register: 609-975-8379. EnergyOfAngels.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12 Tapping the Magic Within – 7pm. Learn to use your unique internal knowledge and abilities to create the life you are dreaming. Readings of Your Way and experientials to help you use your own flavor of magic in the day to day. With transmissions of Magical Transformation Energetics for multilevel healing. $25/advance, $35/at door. Cherry Hill. For details & to register: 856-904-5566.

markyourcalendar Crystal Healing Certification Class – 11am6pm.  Become a Certified  Crystal  Healer in this 1-day, accelerated learning class. Learn basic and advanced crystal healing layouts, techniques, and perform a full crystal healing session on a fellow classmate. $325. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: GenesisSpiritualHealing.com. Yoga Anatomy I – Jan 21 & 22. 12-6pm, Sat; 1-6pm, Sun. With Shelly Schneider. Learn principles of anatomy and physiology and how they relate to yoga practice. Through discussion lecture and posture clinics, learn how specific organ systems work to support yogic practices including pranayama, asana and meditation, interrelationship of energy, chakras and bandhas, proper alignment and more. CEUs for yoga teachers. $175. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 14 Sunday Morning Circle – 9-10:30am. Also Jan 21. Includes seated and walking meditation followed by the chanting of sutras and other prayers. Tea and Q&A. Persons of all faiths and no faith affiliation welcome. Registration not required. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org. Walking in a Winter Wonderland Hike: Atsion – 9:30-11am. A leisurely hike on some beautiful wintery trails. This is an easy paced hike that will last about an hour and a half. Meet at the Atsion Ranger Station on Rte 206. Registration: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13

Eckankar Light and Sound Service – 11am-12pm. Service includes a reading, singing HU, followed by a discussion on this month’s topic: The Middle Path: Staying Calm, Staying Balanced. Open to all spiritual backgrounds and faiths. Free. Acu-Health Center, 100 W Camden Ave, Moorestown. More info: 800-870-9139 or Spirituality@Eckankar-NJ.org.

Buddha, Socrates, Confucius – 9am-5pm. Powerful day-long retreat beginning with the viewing of a film about these 3 great philosophers and followed by an in-depth discussion of how their thinking still shapes our world today, providing solutions to the problems we face. $75 includes lunch. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. Registration required: 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

Positive Vibes Workshop – 2-4pm. Learn how to create a more positive mindset by using techniques and practices to shift you out of the negative. Then by becoming a person who reaches more towards inspiration, you will be raising your vibrations letting more good come to you. $35. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304. LavenderKoiYoga.com.

Sanctuary Little Kids Yoga: Ages 2-5 – Saturdays, Jan 13-Feb 3. 9:30-10:15am. Full of fun and imagination, series introduces children to the idea of yoga practice and its benefits. Yoga comes alive through silly songs, storytelling, art, props and yoga-style games. $40/4-wk series. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com.

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MLK Jr. Day of Service – 10am-2pm. Come out to Whitesbog and join in with other volunteers from the community in service projects in several buildings and outside on the trails. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org.

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Holistic Chamberof Commerce Cherry Hill-Moorestown Tuesdays, January 16 6:30-9:30pm

Join our growing community focused on all things holistic, green, sustainable and like-minded. Whether you’re a professional business owner, service provider, entrepreneur, or just someone who’s looking for a heart-centered community to connect with, we invite you to join us. $5/member, $10/nonmember.

MOM’s Organic Market, Upper Level 1631 Kings Hwy N, Cherry Hill. HolisticChamberoOfCommerce.com/ Moorestown.  Free Intro to Mindfulness-Based Meditation – 7-8:30pm. With experienced Penn trained mindfulness teacher Lori Volpe. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration required: 856-404-7287 or YogaForLiving.net.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17

markyourcalendar Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies Spring 2018 Semester Begins Wednesday, January 17

We are still accepting application for reflexology, massage and our yoga program. Application deadline is Jan 10.

For more info: 856-580-6444 or LIWS.org Ski and Snowboard Tuning Basics – 6:30-8:30pm. Learn how to care for your gear from nose/tip to tail so you can be ready for your next run be it in backcountry powder or the groomed trails of your favorite resort. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. rei.com/stores/marlton.html. Wild Women: Influential Women in the Outdoors – 7-8pm. Join local outdoorswoman Cindy Slawski to learn about epic women and their contributions to the outdoors past and present. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Registration: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton.


Soshin: Beginner’s Mind Meditation – 7-9pm. Includes instruction on zen meditation, mindfulness practices and zendo etiquette. Designed for beginners and seasoned practitioners alike. Suggested donation $5. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 Grand Opening: BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Centers – 11am-7pm. Learn more about BeBalanced and complete a complimentary hormone assessment to discover if they have a hormone imbalance. 921 Haddonfield Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-356-2451. CherryHill.BeBalancedCenters.com. Nutrition for Endurance Athletes – 6:30-8pm. Whether you are looking to improve your race performance, gain more knowledge about nutrient timing or interested in better understanding your nutritional needs, this presentation is for you. Free. REI Marlton, 501 Rte 73 S, Marlton. 856-810-1938. rei.com/stores/marlton.html.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 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 Change. Free. Mt. Laurel Community Center, 100 Mount Laurel Rd, Rm 4, Mount Laurel. More info: 800-870-9139  or Spirituality@Eckankar-NJ.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20 Tundra Swan Winter Bird Walk – 8:30-11:30am. Explore the wonderful winter birding trails at Whitesbog with Patty and Bernie. Will look out for Tundra Swans, found each winter on the reservoirs. Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, #34, Browns Mills. 609-893-4646. Whitesbog.org. Blue Hole Walk – 10am-1pm. Walk through the woods in this beautiful and mysterious gem in South Jersey. Bring water, comfortable shoes and camera. Free/SJLWT members, $3/nonmembers. Meet at the entrance to the Winslow Wildlife Management Area on Piney Hollow Rd, Winslow. RSVP: MHogan@ SJLandWater.org. HealThy Life Symposium – 10am-2pm. Learn about healthy living and holistic health practices. Connect Church, 1110 S Cornell Ave, Cherry Hill. LinwoodHealthGroup.com. Naturalist-Led Saturday 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. Preregister: 609-261-2495. RancocasNatureCenter.org. Warming to Winter: Ayurvedic Cooking – 1-3:30pm. With Janet Watkins. This is the time for bringing ease to the body and mind, by enjoying the warm, nurturing and nourishing satvic foods that nature brings to us in winter season. Make savory and easy kitchari and soups that both please the palate and bring ease and cleansing to the digestive system. $35. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

Shamanic Sounds & Healing Workshop – 2pm. Learn how to heal your life and family of conflict, chronic illness, generational addiction and lack with Won Ki shamanic sounds and healing. Cherry Hill Public Library, 1100 Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill. More info, Dana Reynolds: 856-993-1786. MtMeruHolistic.com.

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An Evening with Seijaku Roshi: Getting Beyond Fear and the Illusion of Differences – 7-9pm. Thought-provoking, heart-opening and life-changing discussion. Registration not required. Pay at door: $15/individuals, $25/spouses, partners. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

Tuesdays, January 23-March 13 7:30-9:30pm

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21 Sunday Morning Circle – 9-10:30am. See Jan 14 listing. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org. Pelvic Floor and Core Conditioning for Women – 9am-3:30pm. Used to enhance core conditioning of a woman’s pelvic floor anatomy while teaching safety and effective management. To register: 856-580-6444 or LIWS.org.

Letting Go: Releasing Trauma & Relieving Chronic Pain

Through mind and body awareness, self-assessments, breathwork, guided imagery and meditations, learn how to relax, fully connect with senses and body’s messages, soothe the nervous system, release negative thoughts and energy, get unstuck and re-write the stories they tell themselves. $160

Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness 118 W Merchant St, Audubon Pre-registration required:

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Awakening Your Psychic Ability – 11am6pm. Learn to develop psychic abilities and how to give professional readings through intuition, photo reading, psychometry and reading for fellow students. Includes meditation to meet spirit guides and more. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: GenesisSpiritualHealing.com.

Spinal Alignment and Cervical/Neck Pain Class – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. Experience exercises designed to release the neck from flexion by re-engaging your load-bearing joints (shoulders, hips, knees, ankles) and posture muscles. Ideal for those with stiff necks or neck pain. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net.

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Angel Card Collage – 11am-12:30pm. Make your own angel card as we discuss a different Archangel each month. Feel free to bring scissors/magazines and join us in creating your own angel connection tool. With Kristy McAdams. $10 cash. Pilates Core Center, 1919 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-985-0900. EnergyOfAngels.com. Clinic: Favorite Local Hikes – 7-8pm. After a brief introduction, our knowledgeable staff will tell you about 5 of the area’s best hikes, outlining the trail’s location, length, difficulty, terrain and notable highlights. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Registration: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton.

Module: Assisting the Student: Sculpting a Pose – Jan 27 & 28. 9am-5:30pm. Various types of assisting and posing techniques will be covered. Some of these are self-assists, hands-on guidance and inversions. To register: 856-580-6444 or LIWS.org. Awakening into Mediumship – 11am-6pm. Students learn how to develop their gift as a medium and perform evidential mediumship. Learn to connect to the spirit world, bring through evidence that confirms spirit’s identity, and deliver loving messages from loved ones on the other side. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: GenesisSpiritualHealing.com.

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markyourcalendar Holistic Health Fair Saturday, January 27 12-5pm

An opportunity to ask questions, sample some of the services and learn about incredibly powerful offerings. Includes ayurveda counselors, dietitian nutritionist, healthy living coach, massage therapist, crystal healing, spiritual guidance, hypnotherapy, medium intuitive, essential oils, henna artist, John of God bed, oracle card readings, reiki sessions and angel cards, law of attraction life coach, herbalists, gift basket raffles and more. No Entrance Fee Required

Lavender Koi Yoga 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin 856-809-2304 LavenderKoiYoga.com

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 Amaya Consciousness Healing Class: Level 1 Practitioner – 11am-6pm. Learn this sacred energy healing method which reunites one with their natural, peaceful state of divine consciousness. Learn about the Amaya symbol, how to use Amaya on the self and others, give first Amaya healing session. $265. Genesis Spiritual Healing & Metaphysical Center, 40 High St, Ste 15, Mount Holly. 609-445-HEAL. Registration required: GenesisSpiritualHealing.com. Groovin’ on a Sunday Afternoon – 2-5pm. SJLWT fundraiser include lunch (2 soups & a chili, plus a salad bar), raffle, live music and cash bar. $25 Jan 14, $30 after. Bogey’s Club and Café, 501 Pitman Rd, Sewell. For tickets: SNJLandWater.org. Sound Meditation – 7-8pm. Melissa Quattrone and Jody Thorpe combine crystal singing bowls, mantra, vocal toning, instruments and energetic healing modalities. $25. Lavender Koi Yoga, 220 S White Horse Pike, Ste C, Berlin. 856-809-2304.  LavenderKoiYoga.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 29 Handbook for Lightworkers – 7-9pm. Presented by Susan Drummond. Whether you use the light to help family, friends or you work professionally with clients, there are guidelines and self-care practices necessary to be the best we can be for ourselves and others. This series gives the information and tools to easily and confidently be a lightworker. $100/3-class series. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeInBalance@ gmail.com.

Mindfulness Stress Management Course – Tuesdays, Jan 30-Mar 20. 7-9:15pm. With experienced Penn trained Mindfulness teacher Lori Volpe. Winter enrollment now open. This 8-wk course teaches students how to use mindfulness meditation to relate differently to life’s feeling of overwhelm, its stresses and our reaction to them. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. YogaForLiving.net.

plan ahead THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Clinic: Winter Outdoor Survival Skills – 7-8pm. Our experts will teach you the basics of wilderness fire building, identifying or creating shelter, signaling for help and other techniques to help you survive the night. LL Bean at Sagemore, 500 S Rte 73, Marlton. Registration: 856-810-5560 or LLBean.com/marlton.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Let Your Yoga Dance: Healing Through Joy – 1-3pm. With Suzie Graefen. Join us in this funky, sacred, inspirational dance of yoga that is for every body. Enjoy a mix of yoga, dance, meditation, breath work, and evocative world music. $20. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Deborah’s 8th Annual Women’s Health Expo Saturday, February 10 10am-2pm

A day of health screenings, wellness, pampering, fitness and workouts, make-overs, hair styling, shopping, door prizes and a variety of food sampling stations. Free Admission & Parking

Fountain of Life Center 2035 Columbus Rd, Burlington More info: 800-555-1990 opt #4 or DemandDeborah.org

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 30 Prevention and Treatment: Degenerative Hip/Hip Replacement – 5:30-6:30pm. With Postural Alignment Specialist Deb Freeman. For those who wish to prevent a degenerative hip or hip replacement as well as treatment for a degenerative hip or hip replacement. No, one size does not fit all but all stages can benefit. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. Pre-registration suggested: 856-404-7287 or Rhonda@YogaForLiving.net.

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markyourcalendar Made & Found Market at Rancocas Woods Saturday, March 24 10am-4pm

A monthly outdoor market featuring an eclectic mix of local handmade, vintage and antique goods, food trucks, live music and more.

118 Creek Rd, Mt. Laurel For vending opportunities, Michael:

MadeAndFoundMkt@gmail.com More info: Facebook.com/madeandfoundmkt.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 A Weekend of Bhakti & Bliss – Apr 20-22. 6-10pm, Fri; 9:30am-10pm, Sat; 10am-4pm, Sun. With Yvette Om. Immerse in a retreat style weekend of Bhakti, and its devotional practices of mantra, kirtan and vibration. Discussion, meditation, contemplation, nature walks, movement in music, yoga, delicious vegetarian meals and making lots and lots of music. CEUs for yoga teachers. Newtown Square, PA. More info: 856-546-1006 or LiveInJoyYoga.com.

retreats FRIDAY, JANUARY 19 4th Annual Cape May Awakening Retreat – Jan 19-21. With Lisa Miliaresis, psychic medium & author of Extreme Communications and Tricia Heiser, RYT, Reiki Master & founder of The Sanctuary for Yoga. Immerse yourself in light as we share a weekend of yoga, meditation, channeling and awakening at the lovely. Be introduced to tools that can be used to tap into your intuition and awaken your awareness to the light within you. $285. Congress Hall, Cape May. For more info: 609-953-7800 or TheSanctuaryForYoga.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26

markyourcalendar 2018 Holistic Retreat: Unplug & Plug-In January 26-28

This retreat can help you connect 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/person; all inclusive

Marianist Family Retreat Center Cape May Point. Info & reservations,

Karen Manette Bosna: 609-827-8886 or Denise Anthony: 410-477-5369 YogaCapeMay.com.


on going events

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

daily Early Morning Meditation – 5:30-6:03am. Weekday meditation. A wonderful way to start your day. Join us in the beauty of our Pineland home and experience the serenity found within our traditional zen meditation hall. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. For days & dates: PineWind.org.

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

monday First Light Yoga – 6-7am. Also Wed & Fri. A perfect way to start the day. Energize the start of your day with a shorter but complete yoga practice. First class at Live in Joy is free. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-5461006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. Vinyasa Flow – 9:15-10:30am. Also Wed. A dynamic and evolving style of hatha yoga wherein the breath leads the body through movement. A fusion of ashtanga and viniyoga, this open system encourages exploration and creativity, while generating internal heat and intense focus. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com. Mindfulness Meditation Drop-In Class – 12:301:30pm. Also Thurs, 7-8pm. An opportunity to deepen and reconnect with your practice and spend time with like-minded individuals who share the desire to live a more centered and mindful life. Beginners and experienced meditators. $13. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856404-7287. YogaForLiving.net. Living in Oneness – 6:30-7:30pm. 4th Mon. Discussion around the new energy concepts for the conscious shift into oneness. Learn how to make practical application of the concepts to your everyday life. Based on the book, The Oneness of It All by Maryann Pino Miller. Free. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com.

classifieds Monthly Meditation/Mini-Workshop – 6:308:30pm. 1st Mon. Explore meditation, energy education/topics and reiki. Please arrive on time so the meditation is not disturbed, and refrain from alcohol the day of the workshop. $15. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com.

Fee for classifieds is $1 per word per month. To place listing, email content to NASouthJersey@gmail.com. Deadline is the 10th of the month.

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. SustainableHaddonHeights.org.

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Yoga Flow – 7:15-8:15pm. With Katie. An all-levels yoga practice that links breath and movement as you flow from pose to pose. Awaken your strength, energy and flexibility in a relaxed atmosphere. $10. Sol Yoga at Vacanti Jiu Jitsu, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. SolYogaNJ.com.

CHERRY HILL WELLNESS CENTER – Beautiful 900-sq-ft studio with hardwood floors for workshops, yoga and more. Counseling rooms available for individual therapy, body work or massage. Very reasonable monthly, daily and hourly rates available. Great location off 295, plenty of parking, local restaurants next door. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. Pictures: YogaForLiving.net.

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YOGA, PILATES, DANCE OR RELATED WORKSHOPS – Studio space for rent in Hainesport. Great location on Rte 38. 267-664-3236.

Discover the Serenity of T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement Class) – 9:30am. For beginners and seniors. Need better balance, concerned about high blood pressure; quality sleep a challenge? Space limited. Ask about private lessons. BMIA Bldg, 40 Arbutus St, (off Elderidge), Browns Mills. For more info & registration: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@ NextStepStrategiesLLC.com. Kid’s Yoga – 4-5pm. A fun and engaging class exploring yoga poses, cooperative games, breathing and relaxation exercises and convey lessons in self-expression, body-awareness and social skills. Non-competitive. Age 5-11. First class free. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. 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. InfusedHere.com. 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, Dr.DottyAtkins@gmail.com.

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

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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. SolYogaNJ.com. Holistic Chamber of Commerce Cherry HillMoorestown – 6:30-8pm. 3rd Tues. Regular chapter meetings. Details about meetings, including current meeting location & topic: HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com/Moorestown. 

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Roshi’s Circle & Tea – 7-8pm. Also Thurs. A perfect way to bring a close to a busy day. Includes seated and walking meditation, evening prayer, tea and Q&A with Seijaku Roshi. Donations appreciated. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

Mindfulness Meditation Drop-In Class – 7-8pm. See Mon listing. Yoga for Living, 1926 Greentree Rd, Cherry Hill. 856-404-7287. YogaForLiving.net.

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.  NaturalHealthNJ.com. First Light Yoga – 6-7am. See Mon listing. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com. Vinyasa Flow – 9:15-10:30am. See Mon listing. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com. 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.

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

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Kick your Asana Yoga: Beginners Class – 4:30pm. Gentle yoga classes focus on breath, alignment and building core strength in a small cozy setting. $15. Creek Mercantile, 118 Creek Rd, Mount Laurel. 856-235-1830. 609-444-9069. org

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Yoga Basics and Restore – 6:30-7:30pm. 1st & 3rd Thurs. With Nicole. A sweet and calming class designed to gently increase strength and flexibility. Combines basic postures with restoratives focused on breath and body awareness. Leave with a calm mind and lifted spirit. Suitable for all levels. $10/ drop-in. Sol Yoga at Vacanti Jiu Jitsu, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. SolYogaNJ.com.

Roshi’s Circle & Tea – 7-8pm. See Tues listing. Pine Wind Zen Community, 863 McKendimen Rd, Shamong. 609-268-9151. PineWind.org.

friday Yoga with Props – 11am-12pm. A gentle form of yoga using a variety of props, including chairs, the wall, blocks, straps and bolsters. Props helps participants find more space, freedom and stability. $10/ class. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com. Mid-Day Meditation – 12pm. See Wed listing. The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford. 609-975-8379. Restorative Yoga – 6-7:15pm. A rejuvenating and relaxing class. Be led through classic restorative yoga postures that create gentle openings and facilitate bringing the body back into natural alignment. Body fully supported in each pose. The Sanctuary for Yoga, 43 S Main St, Medford. 609-953-7800. TheSanctuaryForYoga.com. Friday Nite Fitness Hike – 7pm. Brisk pace, 8-10 miles. Work up a sweat exploring the sand roads and trails of Brendan Byrne State Forest. Be prepared to walk at an average of 3.5 mph, with few breaks. Meet at the Campground, Glass House and Coopers Rd, Woodland Township. Leaders, Bob Hodges: RLHHLR@aol.com. ocsj.org.

First Light Yoga – 6-7am. See Mon listing. Live in Joy Yoga & Wellness, 118 W Merchant St, Audubon. 856-546-1006. LiveInJoyYoga.com.

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  MtMeruHolistic.com.

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, Dr.DottyAtkins@gmail.com.

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. InfusedHere.com.

Lunch Yoga – 1-2pm. With Katie. Relax the mind and body with a mid-day stretch and gentle Yoga practice. Leave the class feeling refreshed and recharged for the remainder of the day. $10. Sol Yoga at Vacanti Jiu Jitsu, 1351 Rte 38W, Hainesport. 267-664-3236. SolYogaNJ.com. Gentle Vinyasa Flow Class – 6:30-7:30pm. Promotes balance and relaxation through slow mindful movement with an emphasis on body and breath awareness. Begins with centering and breath awareness, slowly moving into poses and sequences that match breath to movement creating a moving meditation that slows the mind and relaxes the body.

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saturday Aikido Class: Ages 8-14 – 10am-12pm. Learn coordination and focus in this unique Japanese martial art of self-defense. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Haddon & Fern, Collingswood. Info: 856435-2667 or AikidoAgatsuDojos.com. Pet Adoption Day – 11am-2pm. PetsMart, 62 Centerton Rd, Mount Laurel. More info, Burlington County Animal Alliance: bcaaofnj.org.


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

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

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

Got allergies? Food sensitivities? Try AAT/Advanced Allergy Therapeutics. Melisa Skyrm, LAc, is now bringing this exclusive and needed service to South Jersey. It has helped many with respiratory and food sensitivity symptoms. Call today to get ahead of allergy season! See ad on page 13.

ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE MARK JAMES BARTISS, MD

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 ICAMBartissMD.com 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 26.

ANCESTRAL HEALING DANA REYNOLDS, MA/M ED Mount Meru Holistic Earth South Jersey & Tri-State area 856-993-1786 MtMeruHolistic.com

Need generational healing? Inhome or in studio treatments available. Won Ki channeling sessions immediately begin to address disharmony, blockages, imbalance and lack in the mind-body continuum. Learn to release and heal your entire family of life’s stresses, conflict, chronic pain/illness, accident, addiction and negativity by tapping into nature’s vital Ki or Qi energy. Shaman sounds classes for ancestral elevation and healing held weekly at Sei Jun Kan Karate Studio in Voorhees. Call for info on Qi sessions or sound classes. Visit website for testimonies.

ANGELIC CONNECTIONS KRISTY MCADAMS

Angel Intuitive, Medium, Artist, Author, Reiki/IET The Center, Life in Balance, 45 S Main St, Medford, NJ 08055 Ph/text: 856-220-2955 EnergyofAngels.com Facebook: Energy of Angels Got Angels? Yes, you do! Find out more by connecting with them via your own customized Angel Art, private Crystal Singing Bowls with the Angels session or Angel Crystal Grid Reading. Using art and sound, Kristy McAdams helps you deepen into your connection with the angels to enhance your life. See ad on page 35.

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JANET WATKINS, RYT, CRM

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 27.

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

Don’t wait any longer to restore your hormone balance. Symptoms due to menopause, andropause, PMS, thyroid dysfunction, adrenal fatigue, etc., should not negatively impact your quality of life. Regain your vitality and zest naturally with individualized Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration Therapy (BHRT). Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative Medicine for over a decade and has helped thousands of men and women restore balance with BHRT. See ad on page 29.

MARK JAMES BARTISS, MD

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 ICAMBartissMD.com 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 26.

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CHIROPRACTOR DECOTIIS CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS

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

30 W Holly Ave Pitman, NJ 08071 856-218-1330 Fddec@WellnessSpeakers.org

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.

DR. SYLVIA BIDWELL BIDWELL CHIROPRACTIC

The Strawbridge Professional Center 212 W Rte 38, Ste 100 Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-273-1551 DrSylviaBidwell@verizon.net Bidwell-Chiropractic.com 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 16.

Bone, muscle, ligament, nerve, meridian, chakra or aura interference brings illness. Dr Kevin uses Usui, Karuna and Tera Mai Reiki, Reconnective healing, gentle KST and correctional ABC chiropractic methods as well as natural healing systems and products to unify the self, align your life and bring fulfilling enthusiasm to your day.

EILEEN TOTH

Usui Reiki Master & Tuning Fork Sound Professional 856-383-1004 HealingArtisan@comcast.net Healingartisan.com Eileen Toth, Usui Reiki Master & Tuning Fork Sound Professional. Integrated energy work at the Sewell, NJ Healing Studio. Includes treatment and intuitive after review. Contact her to schedule.

LISA O’BRIEN, E-RYT, CRM

Experienced Energy Intuitive and Yoga Teacher 856-261-0554 BlissBodyNJ.com 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.

DOWSING ROBERT EGBY CH, DHP

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

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MARILYN EPPOLITE

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

ENERGY WORK & NATURAL HEALING KIEL GERHARD

Kiel’s Healing & Back To Nature Oils 856-491-6422 Contact@KielsHealing.com KielsHealing.com Reiki & reiki certifications, molecular light therapy, hand-blended essential oils, elixir, wild-foraged medicinals, guided meditations, crystal singing bowls, Himalayan retreats. Come back to your true nature, accelerate your life path! Kiel Gerhard is a certified Reiki Master, plant medicine maker, and a service-driven spiritual practitioner, who has catapulted thousands of people onto a life-changing journey of spiritual awakening and growth. Contact Kiel to schedule an appointment to realign the self, connect to Source, and activate your Highest Service. See ad on page 43.

ESSENTIAL OILS YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS Marilyn York Independent Distributor #489656 877-436-2299 MyYL.com/naturalhealth4U

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 13.

FENG SHUI & ENERGY WORK KARIN HIRSCH

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

The number one root of all illness, as we know, is stress. ~Marianne Williamson

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GYROTONIC FITNESS & HEALING NAGARE

Lisa Roche, Owner/Certified GYROTONIC Trainer Haddonfield, NJ 609-929-4421 NagarePrivateStudio@gmail.com NagarePrivateStudio.com Learn how to work your body in a way you’ve never experienced. Gyrotonic works for any and every type of body. From high level athletes to those healing from injury, those looking to balance a current exercise regimen or for a complete work out; a Gyrotonic session can be customized to suit your specific needs. Gyrotonic offers movement and healing on every level—stimulating the nervous system, massaging the organs, increasing blood flow and stretching and strengthening every muscle. Lisa Roche is a Certified Gyrotonic Instructor and offers private sessions by appointment only. See ad on page 31.

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

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 39.

HEALTH FOOD STORE NATURAL HEALTH

Laurel Hill Plaza, corner of Blackwood- Clementon Rd & Laurel Rd, Lindenwold. 856-784-1021 NaturalHealthNJ.com For a complete selection of vitamins, homeopathics, body care, bulk herbs, bulk grains, packaged foods, frozen foods, organic produce, snacks. Open 7 days. Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. See ad on page 15.

HYPNOTHERAPY DR. JAIME FELDMAN, DCH

Chairman, Medical & Dental Division, International Hypnosis Federation 214 W Main St, Ste L4, Moorestown, NJ 08057 856-231-0432 • DrJaimeF@aol.com PartsTherapy.com 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 33.

ROBERT EGBY

Hypnosis Healing and Beyond 13 Wynwood Dr, Pemberton, NJ 08068 609-351-5878 Robert.Egby@hotmail.com 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.

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

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 21.

INTEGRATIVE/HOLISTIC MEDICINE DR. STEVEN HORVITZ

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

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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 ad

PHILIP GETSON, DO

Health Through Awareness 100 Brick Rd, Ste 206, Marlton, NJ 08053 856-596-5834 Health Through Awareness takes a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Dr. Philip Getson is a boardcertified Family Physician and certified by four Thermographic Boards. He specializes in thermography, an early diagnostic tool for many health conditions including breast health. With the mission of providing a balanced approach to wellness, the center offers diet and lifestyle counseling, thermography, the area’s most unique infrared detox sauna (The POD), reiki, a smoking cessation program, physician standard supplements and ongoing wellness classes. See ad on page 21.

LAW OF ATTRACTION COACH DAVID BARTKY

Phone coaching at its best 973-444-7301 • Info@LifeCoachDavid.com 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!

MASSAGE FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT DOROTHEA ATKINS, TH.D., RN, LMT Holos Touch LLC 17 White Horse Pike, Ste 6, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035 856-546-7500 Dr.DottyAtkins@gmail.com HolosTouchLLC.com

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 41.

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MENOPAUSAL AND SEXUAL HEALTH

MASSAGE THERAPY SERVICES RIZZIERI AVEDA ALUMNI SPA

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 17.

WE ARE HUMAN MASSAGE THERAPY & ENERGY WORK

Lori Dye, LMT, Reflexologist, Reiki Practitioner Washington Professional Campus 860 NJ-168 Blackwood, NJ 08012 Located inside Performance Chiropractic & Wellness Center 856-401-9550 WeAreHumanMasssage.com 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.

WOMEN FOR WOMEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019 • w4wma.com

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 21.

METAPHYSICAL SERVICES KIMARA

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

MEDIUMSHIP EXTREME COMMUNICATION Lisa Miliaresis, Medium & Author 856-439-0472 Lisa@2Communicate.net 2Communicate.net

NATURAL HEALTH STORE NUTRITION WORKS

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

Open Tues-Fri, 10am-7pm & Sat, 10am-3pm 703 Stokes Rd, Store #4, Medford, NJ 08055 609-714-8666 Facebook: Nutrition Works of Medford Natural health store supplying supplements, sports nutrition, pain management, gluten-free and vegan items, health/beauty, homeopathics and so much more. See ad on page 19.

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NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR MELISSA JOSSELSON, ND Naturopathic Doctor Marlton & Haddonfield, NJ 856-472-9495 MyNaturalDoctor.com

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 35.

NUMEROLOGIST TRACI ROSENBERG, MA

Numerologist & Empowerment Coach 609-417-4526 TraciRosenberg@gmail.com SoulTalkWithTraci.com 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.

PREVENT OR ELIMINATE CHRONIC PAIN DEB FREEMAN, PAS

Marlton and Cherry Hill, NJ 856-495-6604 AlignedByDesignInc.com 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 15.

PSYCHOENERGETIC COUSELING HEALERS UNIVERSE

Andrea Regal Subtle Energy Therapist 856-904-5566 Andrea@HealersUniverse.com HealersUniverse.com 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 39.

REIKI & INTEGRATED ENERGY THERAPY MICHELLE TROUPE

Earth Angel Healing, LLC 1500 Kings Hwy N, Ste C211, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 856-693-3411 EarthAngelHealingLLC.com Michelle is a certified Reiki Master/ Teacher, Integrated Energy Therapy® (IET) Master/Teacher, Spiritual Mentor, Sound Healer, Crystal and Energy Intuitive Healer for all ages. Michelle assists her clients with discovering their own innate ability to heal their mind, body and spirit. She offers several classes, one-on-one sessions, group sessions, distance energy healing sessions and much more.

SELF-REALIZATION ANDREW J. ASSINI, MA, LCADC, LAC Conscious Contact Healing & Wisdom 856-595-2220 Drew@ConsciousContact.org

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Tired of the same old talk therapy? Looking for something more? Conscious Contact Healing & Wisdom offers a spiritually-grounded and holistic approach to wellness and awakening for motivated individuals. There can be an end to suffering, and it can begin today. See ad

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

End yo-yo dieting with our safe and effective Physician-Supervised Weight-Loss Program. Our program is designed to identify the root causes of your weight concerns, individualize a plan to reverse the imbalances identified, and help you to quickly and safely lose the excess weight. Finally, we will transition you to a healthier lifestyle to keep you at a healthier weight. Dr. Camille Semple-Daly is board certified in OB/ GYN and Aesthetic Medicine. She has practiced Functional and Integrative medicine for over a decade. See ad on page 29.

WELLNESS CENTER THE CENTER…LIFE IN BALANCE 609-975-8379 TheCenterLifeInBalance@gmail.com TheCenterLifeInBalance.com

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 35.

DOROTHY’S HEALING CENTER

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

WHOLESOME GYNECOLOGY AND INFERTILITY WOMEN FOR WOMEN MEDICAL ASSOCIATES

WILD SOUL MOVEMENT CHRISTINE JUCKETT, LADY OF SANCTUARY

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

YOGA AND ENERGY HEALING TRICIA HEISER

The Sanctuary for Yoga 43 S Main St, Medford, NJ 609-953-7800 TheSanctuaryForYoga.com 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.

ZEN LIFE COACHING

Jewel Amui-Bellon, M.D. 102 Centre Boulevard, Ste I Marlton, NJ 08053 856-267-5019 w4wma.com

SEIJAKU ROSHI

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 21.

A unique opportunity to work with an American Zen Master. One-onone private sessions with one of today’s most popular pioneers and expert in the field of human potential and Mindfulness Meditation Stress Reduction Training (Zen Training). Adults, couples, families, executives, professionals, caretakers and clergy. Stress management, relationships, grief, loss and mindfulness in the workplace. See ad on page 40.

SOUTH JERSEY

Pine Winds Zen Center Cherry Hill & Shamong locations 609-268-9151 Seijaku@Jizo-An.org

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