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ack for its third year, The Hamsa Holistic Health Fair (named for the Hamsa—ancient Egyptian symbol for balance, peace, inclusion and protection) brings together the very best of psychic readers, complementary healing methods, spiritual guides, health and HOLISTIC HEALTH FAIR wellness products, services and practitioners to the general public. The event will be held on Sunday, July 14, 2019 July 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Clinton (Annandale). • Psychic Readers 10 am - 5 pm “Holistic healing means seeking treatment for imbalances and •choosing Holistic Wellness Brook Country Club, to live a moreBeaver balanced lifestyle, ” states event coordinator 25 Country Club Drive, is to strengthen the developing commu•Venetia TeachersWeeks. “Our aim Annandale, NJteachings, methods, products and the connections to different •nity Musicians and practices that treatFor ourpsychic whole selves. ” holistic wellness readers, • Naturalistic Vendors practitioners, teachers, musicians, Psychic readers, crystals, beautiful art, beautiful music and naturalistic vendors, authors, artists •great, Authors healthy food willand alsomore. be available for purchase. The event feature practitioners of various modalities plus health-related, •will Gifts Vendors and Sponsor Opportunities. spiritual, metaphysical For andreservations healing vendors. contact Venetia Weeks at:


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Balancing the Gut’s Microbiome Workshop


he microbiome of the gut is the home of the immune system, so gut health is extremely important. The microbiome can be affected by stress, food sensitivities, toxins, improper diet and imbalanced hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. On July 18, from 7 to 9 p.m., learn five energy medicine exercises used to balance and strengthen the energies associated with the microbiome. The workshop, taught by Karen E. Adamo, energy medicine advanced practitioner, will show participants how to self-test foods and supplements to avoid those that are incompatible with their unique systems. The workshop costs $20 if registered by July 11, and $25 thereafter. Space is limited. Location: 412 Liggett Blvd, Phillipsburg. For more information, and to reserve a spot, call Karen E. Adamo at 908-752-0097, email or visit See directory, page 56.

The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton Summer Workshops


he Center for Spiritual Living Princeton will be holding three different two-night classes this summer on Tuesday nights in July and Wednesday nights in August, from 7 to 9 p.m. On July 9 and 16, participants will use Marie Kondo’s method to learn how to organize their lives in the Tidying Up: 2019 class. On July 23 and 30, the How Does Your Garden Grow workshop will show people how to successfully grow and accomplish their goals. The What’s Next class, held on August 7 and 14, is designed to help plan what’s next in life. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a loving, healing and inclusive community which teaches and practices the principles of Science of Mind for the well-being and spiritual growth of ourselves and the world. Cost: $20 per night. Location: The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, 812 State Road, Suite 220, Princeton. For more information, contact Karen Kushner at 609-924-8422, email or visit See ad, page 35.

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Inclusion Festival Returns in August


nclusion Festival, billed as the nation’s first and only sensory-friendly music and wellness festival, is an event designed to include and accommodate people of all ages and abilities. Attendees are invited to participate in a variety of educational and wellness workshops, enjoy sensory-friendly live music, engage in mindfulness practices and build supportive connections. The festival will be held August 9 through 11, at Mountain Sky Festival Grounds, in Jermyn, Pennsylvania. Music festivals evoke feelings of joy, connection and open-mindedness, and present powerful platforms for inspiring social change. However, large crowds and loud music can limit opportunities and enjoyment for individuals living with sensory-processing issues like autism, ADHD and anxiety. This unique event, developed around the ideas of accessibility, inclusion and compassion, not only benefits those with special needs, but also strengthens the well-being of society by demonstrating what is possible when communities recognize and embrace the potential contribution of all people. Amy Pinder, who co-founded the event with Leah Barron, shares, “We all have special gifts and talents, and we all have a purpose. I believe it is our responsibility as a society to support one another (with love, understanding, respect and compassion) along our path to identify, cultivate and actualize our purpose, so that we, individually and collectively, can experience true happiness and be free from fear and anxiety.”

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Polka Dot Café Opens at Columbia Trail


ature enthusiasts who walk or bike the Columbia Trail in High Bridge are in for a treat with the opening of the Polka Dot Café. The café is owned and operated by Christina Lynn Whited, well-known in the area for her longstanding One Spirit Festival, as well as the esoteric classes and spiritual consultations that have defined her for years. She explains, “Our mission is to provide good, basic, comforting food in a warm, fun atmosphere. The overlay of spiritual energy is a bonus for those who are sensitive to the energy.” Besides that, it’s just a great place to get a cup of coffee or tea and relax. The Polka Dot Café specializes in breakfast sandwiches as well as grilled cheese, chicken salad and almond or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Artisan soda, ice creams and homemade dog biscuits are made in the café’s kitchen. They locally source as many products as they can and also support local entrepreneurs, selling High Bridge honey, goat milk soap and lotion and organic bug sprays and sun screens. The café is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but hours may change depending upon the needs of the clientele. Outdoor seating is available as well as bicycle parking. Grab your sneakers and head on over to the Polka Dot Café. Location: 76 Main Street, High Bridge. For more information, call 908-638-9066 or visit


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In further confirmation of the importance of the gut-brain axis, 18 Italian students at the University of Verona from ages 18 to 33 that took a freeze-dried mixture of four probiotics for six weeks experienced less depression, anger and fatigue compared to a control group of 15 that consumed a placebo. The positive effects continued, as discovered in follow-up testing three weeks later. The probiotics group also slept better. The probiotic bacteria blend of 4 billion colony-forming units included Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium longum.

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Seniors that ate more than 10 grams—about two teaspoons—of nuts a day were able to ward off normal cognitive decline and even improve their cognitive functions by up to 60 percent, according to University of South Australia researchers. The study was based on 22 years of records of 4,822 Chinese adults ages 55 and older; 17 percent of them ate nuts every day, most often peanuts. These seniors had as much as 60 percent improved cognitive function compared to those that didn’t eat nuts, and they showed better thinking, reasoning and memory. “Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fiber with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” says study author Ming Li.

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With the aid of a new infrared camera technology called optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), early Alzheimer’s disease can be detected by checking the back of the eyes for weakened and decreased blood vessels, reports a new study. Northwestern Medicine researchers reached the conclusion by comparing the vessels in the eyes of 32 people that exhibited the forgetfulness typical of early-stage Alzheimer’s with those of another 32 people with normal cognitive

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abilities. The vascular changes were detected non-invasively, without the need for dyes or expensive MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans. The technology quantifies capillary changes in great detail and with unparalleled resolution, making the eye an ideal mirror for what is going on in the brain. Early detection of Alzheimer’s is critical because existing therapies are more effective if they are started before extensive brain damage and cognitive decline have occurred.


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Take B12 to Help With Parkinson’s New research has found the basic micronutrient vitamin B12 may be the first good tool for averting the hereditary form of Parkinson’s disease, which accounts for about 15 percent of such cases worldwide. In lab tests, an international team of scientists found that AdoCbl, one of the active forms of vitamin B12, inhibits the activity of a mutated enzyme linked to Parkinson’s. Inhibiting this enzyme appears to help stabilize dopamine release in the brain. Dopamine deficiencies manifest in the muscle rigidity and tremors that are hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s. Another recent study from the University of California San Francisco that included nonhereditary Parkinson’s patients found that symptoms worsened more quickly in early-stage patients that had low B12 levels than in those with higher levels of the vitamin.

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Alternatives to Antibiotics

Beyond Antibiotics Pets Can Heal With Natural Approaches


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ike people, pets can develop allergies to medications that are overprescribed, including antibiotics, which also have a long list of side effects—many of which are long-term. There is also the escalating problem of resistance, which is the result of too-frequent and unnecessary use of these drugs. One of the most important things to know is that dogs and cats are exposed to antibiotics when they eat food containing the meat of factory-farmed animals, which includes about 99 percent of pet foods on the market today. The exception is a very small number that contain free-range, organic ingredients.

Antibiotic Resistance

In many cases, even when bacteria are exposed for the first time to a particular antibiotic, the majority will die, but some will survive and pass on that resistance to other bacteria. The problem is not that certain disease-causing bacteria are antibioticresistant, but that the resistance genes in any type of bacteria can transfer their ability to survive to billions of other bacteria. 12

This is how superbugs are born. These are a strain of bacteria able to withstand assault by multiple types of antibiotics. When a veterinarian can no longer eliminate bacterial infections with antibiotics, the life of the animal is threatened, and that’s the biggest concern. If a veterinarian makes a diagnosis of infection, ask for a culture and sensitivity test. Otherwise, he or she is making a guess at what type of organism is present and the best antibiotic to treat it. Each time an unnecessary or inappropriate antibiotic is prescribed, the potential for resistance increases. Only in an emergency situation should a veterinarian prescribe an antibiotic before the culture and sensitivity test can be performed. The vet can then switch medications if necessary when the results arrive. Giving the proper dose of the antibiotic at the proper intervals and using up the entire prescription is important, even if the pet seems to be fully recovered before the medication has run out. This will ensure the infection is totally resolved and prevent the pet from having to take another full course of antibiotics because

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Many conditions for which antibiotics are often indiscriminately prescribed respond very well to a combination of natural therapies, including herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutraceuticals, immune system stimulants and specific nutritional interventions. Functional medicine veterinarians, a group that is thankfully growing in number, realize this and are able to partner with pet parents to offer alternatives to antibiotics. A 2016 study showed cranberry extract to be as or more effective in preventing E. coli-related urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs as short-term antibiotic treatment. In addition, cranberry extract can help fight multidrug-resistant bacteria in dogs with recurrent E. coli UTIs. In a study of shelter dogs, researchers compared the use of probiotics to antibiotics to treat acute diarrhea caused by stress. They concluded probiotic therapy was as effective as antibiotic therapy. In addition, dogs that were unresponsive to antibiotics appeared to benefit significantly from subsequent probiotic treatment. Oregano oil, propolis, olive leaf, essential oils, colloidal silver and Manuka honey help reduce bacterial skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with good success. If a dog or cat isn’t facing a life-threatening health situation, talk with the veterinarian about alternatives to antibiotics. In these situations, pet parents often find it beneficial to consult a functional medicine or integrative veterinarian whose goal is to treat these problems by starting with the least toxic options first. Karen Shaw Becker is a proactive, integrative doctor of veterinary medicine who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (

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Cannabis is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and one new application for hemp, the nobuzz industrial variety used in fabrics, oils and foods, is cleaning nuclear radiation from toxic soil and removing metals like cadmium, lead, mercury and other pollutants via phytoremediation. Allison Beckett, a cultivation expert at, says, “Industrial hemp has been used in areas of high radiation, such as Fukushima, [in Japan,] with promising results. Not only does hemp pull toxic, heavy metals from the soil, it actually improves soil structure, making it usable as productive farmland again. Plus, hemp is a vigorous plant that absorbs CO2 rapidly, making it an encouraging solution to climate change.” Hemp phytoremediation has been used in Italy to clean up the small town of Taranto, where a steel plant has been leaking dioxin into the air and soil. The Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp Council and Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, are running a project to test the process in an arsenic-contaminated area in Upper Saucon Township that once harbored a zinc mine.

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Ireland Declares Climate Emergency

The Republic of Ireland is the third country worldwide to declare a climate emergency, with both the government and opposition parties agreeing to an amendment to a climate action report. “We’re reaching a tipping point in respect of climate deterioration,” says Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton. “Things will deteriorate very rapidly unless we move very swiftly, and the window of opportunity to do that is fast closing.” The UK governments of Wales and Scotland have also declared climate emergencies. Suggested responses include limiting oil and gas exploration, and issuing an additional biodiversity emergency measure. 14 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

The world’s oceans may be getting bluer, thanks to climate change. The effect is more likely to be detected by satellites than Earthbound people, and is caused by the depletion of marine phytoplankton as seawater warms. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published in the journal Nature Communications predicts that more than 50 percent of the oceans’ collective 140 million square miles of surface area will likely be affected by 2100. Marine ecologist and leader of the study Stephanie Dutkiewicz says, “These microscopic organisms live in the water and are the base of the marine food chain. If there are less of them in it, the water will be slightly bluer.” Phytoplankton serves as a food source for small sea creatures that are eaten by fish, squid and shellfish. If phytoplankton populations dip too low, vital fisheries in certain areas could be decimated.

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The 2019 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce ( DirtyDozen-Clean15List) highlights increased pesticide use on up to 70 percent of conventionally grown U.S. produce. Several different types of pesticide, insecticide and fungicide residues are present on many fruits and vegetables. The Dirty Dozen list includes strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. The clean 15 list includes avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplant, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms and honeydew melon. The EWG advises that eating organic produce, especially for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children, should be a national priority.

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ince 2012, medical marijuana has been legal in New Jersey and it’s been playing a crucial role in relieving patients’ numerous conditions inadequately controlled with more traditional approaches. However, “It’s important to not get ahead of the science with regards to medical marijuana,” said Dr. David Boguslavsky, a Bridgewater family physician who is registered with the state to perform medical marijuana evaluations. “Although there is mounting evidence that medical marijuana can be an effective modality to treat a number of conditions, it is unlikely to be a ‘panacea cure-all’ that many wish it to be.” The doctor emphasized that medical marijuana should be thought of simply as another treatment option for clinicians and patients. “Medical marijuana, like many other tools in a clinician’s toolbox has to potential to help patients feel better and lead more active, productive lives,” he continued. It has been shown to help those with chronic lower back pain, inflammatory bowel disease, glaucoma, anxiety and migraines. In the realm of pain control this is a far safer alternative to opioids that always carry a risk of destructive addiction.” In New Jersey, with the debate raging about whether to legalize recreational marijuana, the number of residents using

medical marijuana is still small compared to other states where medical marijuana is permitted. According to the New Jersey Department of Health, only roughly .2 percent of the state’s population have participated in the medical marijuana program. California and Maine have the highest percentage of residents in medical marijuana programs at 3.15 percent, reports the Marijuana Policy Project, which estimates that there are 2.2 million patients nationwide. Of the 30 states where medical marijuana is legal, New Jersey ranks near the bottom in resident participation. The most common medical condition for which medical marijuana is recommended in New Jersey, according to state statistics, is intractable skeletal spasticity. That accounts for 40 percent of all patients in the program since 2012. The second most common diagnosis is severe or chronic pain (21 percent) followed by post-traumatic stress disorder (9 percent), inflammatory bowel disease (8 percent) and terminal cancer (6 percent). Unfortunately, obtaining medical marijuana is not easy in New Jersey. The process starts with a visit to a physician who is registered with the state Department of Health to perform marijuana evaluations

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by Lana Dykes and make marijuana recommendations. They’re not called prescriptions because that would be a violation of federal law, which still prohibits the use of marijuana. Boguslavsky sees prospective patients for an hour-long intake visit where a detailed medical history is taken, medical records are reviewed, a physical exam is performed and the determination is made whether the patient qualifies for participation in the state’s Medical Marijuana Program. Urine drug screen is obtained to weed out at-risk patients with active cocaine and heroin use. Patients bring their relevant medical records, their driver’s license and a proof of residency because the state is strict in establishing the identity of residents admitted into the program. The cost of the initial consultation is $270. At the second visit, about a week later, Boguslavsky reviews the test results with the patient and talks with the patient about what previous experience, if any, they had with marijuana. After synthesizing all the patient information, a monthly dose of medical marijuana is determined. That monthly dose typically ranges from a half ounce to two ounces, the maximum legal dose. Greater than half of Medical Marijuana Program participants are seniors, who

roots: healing with nature’s pharmacy need help learning how to select and use this properly. Many have not consumed marijuana for decades whereas others may have never used it at all. This is why the education plays such a crucial role in the process, with patients getting proper guidance along the way. Once approved by the doctor, the patient registers with the state by going online and uploading the necessary documentation. A short while later, the patients receive their own Medical Marijuana card that allows them to go to a dispensary where they’ll get additional education and can purchase the marijuana. The patients follow up regularly with the doctor to monitor their progress and to adjust dosing if necessary. Boguslavsky, who also performs acupuncture, said he believes that skepticism about the effectiveness of medical marijuana will fade as more and more medical practitioners become aware of its benefits. When he started practicing, acupuncture was met with skepticism among other doctors who followed what Boguslavsky calls “traditional Western medicine,” but over time, more and more doctors began referring their patients to him for treatment. So far, Boguslavsky said, most of his patients have been “extremely positive” about the impact of the medical marijuana on their health. For many of Boguslavsky’s patients, medical marijuana has been a godsend. One patient explained, “I’ve tried various medications for pain and chronic insomnia, all of which were mostly unsuccessful because of nasty side and after-effects, along with potential issues of dependence. Nothing gave me relief without the downside. Ultimately, I just suffered endlessly without relief.” That frustration led her to explore the benefits of marijuana. She continues, “I finally decided to look into cannabis, as recommended by so many others who have experienced success. This turned out to be a long-awaited solution. Relief has been provided with no side effects! I can function again.” After a person has obtained their identity card from the state, they are free to visit any of the six medical marijuana dispensaries, or what the state calls “alternative treatment centers”, in New Jersey, located in Woodbridge, Cranbury, Egg Harbor Township, Montclair, Secaucus and Bellmawr.

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t age 16, April Linkroum was diagnosed with IBS and told she would need a colostomy bag by the age of 40. This prediction, although devastating, proved to be a crossroads on a journey to restored health. As Linkroum began looking for alternatives, she found hope in plant medicine. In her case, she concluded that the overuse of hormones (birth control pills) and antibiotics for urinary tract infections had created an overgrowth of candida in her intestinal track. Using homeopathic solutions and organic foods, she was able to eliminate the suffering from IBS by age 24. Her own restoration made her passionate about learning more and helping others heal their immune systems through nature. In 1996, Linkroum was introduced to noni (morinda citrifolia), an odd-looking

and nutrient-rich superfood that has been used by Polynesians to stay healthy for over 2,000 years. It grows from seed to tree in nine months and can bear fruit all year with all stages of ripeness on each tree—a unique behavior in fruit trees. Even more unique is that noni contains over 150 nutraceuticals.

Noni in the Lab Research has shown noni juice to have antioxidant, immune-stimulating, and tumor-fighting properties. In 2018, The National Institutes of Health published a review of human intervention studies that states, “[While] human clinical trials are necessary for a precise understanding of what the health benefits of noni juice may be, a review of published human intervention studies suggests that noni juice may provide protection against tobacco smoke-induced DNA damage, blood lipid and homocysteine elevation as well as systemic inflammation. Human intervention studies also indicate that noni juice may improve joint health, increase physical endurance, increase immune activity, inhibit glycation of proteins, aid weight management, help maintain bone health in women, help maintain normal blood pressure, and improve gum health.” Additional studies point to notable antioxidant activity in noni juice, more so than other fruit juices which served as trial placebos. It is this antioxidant effect and its interaction with

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the immune system and inflammation pathways that may account for many of the observed health benefits of noni juice. The juice also appears to trigger a body response to provide significant protection from cellular damage that may occur during radiation treatments.

Next Generation Noni John Wadsworth is known as the father of superfoods for his role in sharing the benefits of nutrient-rich plants with the world, and it all began with noni juice. He now offers a second generation juice called Nuku Hiva through Zennoa, a company he founded to bring superior superfoods to the public. Through a 50/50 fresh and fermented mix, Nuku Hiva provides increased probiotic support and includes 1,500 identified phytochemicals. Linkroum now owns tCyH (Take Control of Your Health), and works with Richard Williams, M.D., who is a specialist in tropical medicine. She reflects, “My primary focus is now teaching others how to use natural alternatives to obtain their optimal functioning immune system using superior superfoods for healing, prevention and overall health maintenance.” For more information, call or text April at 908-256-1937 or visit AprilsLink.ZennoaLife. com. See ad, page 21.

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Shinrin-yoku is intended to engage the trinity of body-mind-spirit. “The main purpose is not exercise or getting from point A to point B, but rather having a mindful, sensory experience in nature. It isn’t some prescribed task you need to do, like pushups,” explains Hannah Fries, a poet and author of Forest Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees. She communes with the wild for both health and inspiration. “Even if it’s only 20 minutes a week, go outside without a phone or other electronic device. Walk slowly. Look more closely. Listen. Smell. Touch. Interact with the living, breathing world around you. It’s that simple.” Choukas-Bradley says that observance is key. Recalling her first forest bathing experience, she says, “We paid attention to our breath and tuned in to the sights, sounds and sensations all around us. I noticed a perfect spider’s web, just barely trembling in the slightest breeze, its creator clinging to the center.” She recommends finding a “wild home”—a neighborhood park, garden or backyard tree. “Make it a practice to find a ‘sit spot’ where you can quietly observe beauty and are apt to feel a sense of awe. Psychology researchers have shown that experiencing awe has many positive

n 1982, the Japanese government coined Terpenes and Tree Therapy the term Shinrin-yoku (“taking in the Another recent review of studies, published forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”) in the International Journal of Environmento inspire people to visit and appreciate natal Research and Public Health, concluded tional parks. Today, that walk in the woods that Shinrin-yoku can ease the symptoms has become a medically recommended of adult depression. “Forest bathing plugs activity worldwide for improving immunity, us into something we all seek—a source of reducing symptoms of anxiety and deprespeace and well-being. The thing that first sion, managing chronic pain and promoting hooked me into being a forest bathing guide better sleep. The research supporting the was reading the robust body of research that physical and mental benefits of forest bathproves the benefits of forest bathing,” says ing is so compelling that it’s advocated by the Judy Beaudette, board secretary of Friends of National Institute of Public Health of Japan North Creek Forest, in Bothell, Washington. and prescribed to patients there. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified Researchers from the University of forest therapy guide and author of The East Anglia, in England, examined years Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With of studies and found significant evidence Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, in that experiencing nature has a posiChevy Chase, Maryland, attests to the tive impact on health. Published in the therapeutic value of forest bathing. “Even journal Environmental Research in 2018, occasional nature immersion can have “In Japanese we have a word for the meta-analysis involving 290 million beneficial health effects that can last for those feelings that are too deep participants from 20 countries concluded days. Many doctors are now prescribing for words: yugen. Yugen gives us that spending time in green spaces lowers nature to patients. There’s an organization a profound sense of the beauty blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduc- devoted to this called Park Rx America.” es the stress hormone cortisol. The study She recommends just 20 minutes during and mystery of the universe.” also noted a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes a lunch break to sit on a bench or on the – Dr. Qing Li and death from heart disease. ground beneath trees. 28 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

effects on emotional health.” It doesn’t matter if we commune with nature in a rural or urban setting, only that we remain dialed in to our surroundings. “Forest bathing is a tool for slowing down our buzzing minds and practicing a secret superpower—the skill of consciously choosing what we put our attention on,” says Beaudette. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at

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he average American meal travels 1,500 miles to reach its plate, according to the nonprofit Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture. Yet, enterprising green thumbs across the country are bringing the farm back to plate’s reach, growing hyperlocal food in backyards, on rooftops, through indoor farms and more. City farming reconnects urbanites to their food sources while bettering the environment, communities, diets and health. Urban agriculture, harkening back to the Victory Gardens planted to ward off food shortages during World War I and II, is nothing new. While today’s home gardeners have staked out balconies, window boxes and vacant lots in this locavore resurgence, noteworthy pioneers are

forging a path to organic urban agriculture on a commercial scale—tapping into new technologies and markets, and turning challenges like dealing with space constraints into fresh opportunities.

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Take Niraj Ray, whose company Cultivate the City is working to transform urban food deserts in the nation’s capital into thriving local food systems. “We want to get more people interested in growing their own food and show them how they can grow more with less square footage through vertical gardens and sustainable techniques like [soil-less] hydroponic systems,” says Ray. Cultivate the City manages numerous gardens for clients around Washington, D.C.,

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Like many other urban farms, Cultivate the City offers a seasonal farm subscription known as a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that allows city dwellers to buy directly from local producers. Ray’s rooftop greenhouse, located on top of a local hardware store that sells his edible plants at retail, offers all the fixings for a healthy, diverse diet: hydroponic towers of leafy greens, trays of microgreens for corporate clients, specialty varieties of hot peppers for the company’s hot sauce and stacking cubes of an albino strawberry variety that Ray crossbred himself. “There are so many ways to contribute to urban farming, from aquaponics to vermicomposting; it’s about finding your niche,” he says.

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and adults throughies. “City planners need There are so many innovative solutions ways to contribute to urban out South Florida. Through their entity like vertical farming to feed the growing popu- farming, from aquaponics The Urban Beekeepers, to vermicomposting; it’s the Coldwells offer lation. We can grow at scale, with minimum about finding your niche. beekeeping classes, consult with local govspace and environmen~Niraj Ray ernments, sell equiptal impact,” says Wendy ment and rescue “feral Coleman, who began hives” to integrate into managed hives. her California-based business LA Urban They’ve worked successfully with parks, Farms in 2013. Today, Coleman’s team airports, golf clubs and country clubs to works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universiput honeybee habitats on site. ties, greenhouses and corporate clients like Urban beekeeping works in synergy Google and Ikea to set up aeroponic tower with city farms, as honeybees forage up to gardens across the U.S. and Europe. five miles for food, and in so doing polli With aeroponics, nutrient-enriched nate a lot of crops. Seventy of the top 100 water is pumped through a garden tower human food crops are pollinated by bees, to shower the roots of plants suspended in according to the Food and Agriculture air. “It actually uses 90 percent less water than conventional growing, which is a Organization of the United Nations. “We huge benefit in a place like California, and often hear people say their garden is doing avoids any kind of agricultural runoff,” better than it has in years, thanks to the says Coleman. In conjunction with urban apiaries nearby,” says John Coldwell. farming partners, the business churns out The challenges of growing at scale are 30,000 seedlings a month using aeroponic a recurrent theme among urban farmtechnology to grow for their diverse client ers. Ian Marvy, the U.S. Department of base and working with chefs to plan seaAgriculture (USDA) outreach specialist sonal menus around their produce. for the greater New York City area, ran his Aeroponics and other innovative own urban farm, grossing six figures for 14 farm technologies are transforming years. However, Marvy says most farmers spaces in cities across the U.S., reclaiming growing in the city aren’t operating at a peripheral and idle spaces like alleys and profitable scale or producing enough for warehouses to grow herbs and vegetables everyone to eat local. in abundance, using 90 percent less land Even so, locally grown produce is by growing vertically, notes Coleman. a booming market in New York City. “With our gardens, diners can see their Greenmarket, founded in 1976, operates food growing at their table; they get such a more than 50 farmers’ markets, limited personal connection with their food. It’s an to vendors that grow within a 200-mile interactive way for hotels and restaurants radius, some of whom take home five to demonstrate their commitment to local, figures on a good day, says Marvy. Interest sustainable food,” she says. in growing at the community level has also mushroomed, adds Marvy, who estimates Breaking into Hives: that 90 percent of the city’s more than 500 school gardens weren’t there 15 years ago City Beekeepers when he started this work. “The USDA “I had a backyard garden that wasn’t doing so well, and I thought it was the lack of pol- has a huge opportunity here and nationally to make cities more sustainable and feed linators, so I got bees; but then I realized I more people. I’m really excited and comwas just a bad gardener,” quips master beemitted to that,” he says. keeper John Coldwell, of Fort Lauderdale. While urban agriculture efforts are Since this humble beginning in 2012 with a few backyard hives, Coldwell and his sometimes criticized for catering to upper income residents that can afford to pay top wife Teresa have been leading a movement dollar for specialty items like microgreens, to repurpose public land for “microapiaries” and provide apiary education for youth many businesses and organizations are

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provided increases for many of our programs, including the organic agriculture research and extension initiative program for which we received significant funding,” says Mathieu Ngouajio, program leader for the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The USDA is eager to see the connections their constituents are making with the research. “We want to identify the needs of organic gardeners, and the best way to meet those needs to get our research into their hands,” Ngouajio says. County extension agents are on the front lines of this effort, offering low- or no-cost soil testing, handbooks on a variety of local gardening topics and workshops on everything from making rain barrels and creating rain gardens to implementing eco-friendly pest control, cultivating native plants and employing best practices for organic gardening. Master gardeners that volunteer their expertise are central to supporting extension outreach activities. “We would love more business from the public,” says Weston Miller, an associate professor with Oregon State University’s extension service. “The public service of

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the master gardener program is to answer questions,” including what and when to plant and how much irrigation is required. In Oregon, there are 3,500 master gardeners, with 650 volunteers in Portland alone. “We train master gardeners in how to use our resources and interpret the research to the public,” Miller says. “There are trained volunteers in pretty much every county in the country ready and willing to answer any gardening question,” Miller says. For example, a new organic gardener might not know the correct soil amendments to use or how to start a composting pile to supplement the soil in an organic garden. There is also a nationwide network called Ask the Expert ( and questions will automatically go to an extension staff person or master gardener in the area where the inquiring gardener lives.

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Many of those getting into organic gardening might feel confused as to what connotes organic, Miller says. “Organic gardening is using a naturally formed material for fertilizer and pesticide, from plant, animal or mineral sources.” The biggest area of confusion is that many people think organic means pesticide-free. But that is not always true. There is organic pest control, Miller says. “In terms of gardening, there are certified organic products you can use and still be organic.” One thing to look for on a label is the seal of the Organic Materials Review Institute, which indicates the product is suitable for organic gardening. However, there aren’t many good options for weed management, he adds. “You have to do weeding by hand or use an herbicide that isn’t organic.” Another issue that extension programs can help with is making sure organic gardeners receive only scientifically researched information, says Nicole Pinson, an urban horticulture agent with the Hillsborough County Extension Service, in Tampa, Florida. “Gardening information is available on websites and on social media. Some information that pops up is not re-

The good news is that the 2018 Farm Bill provided increases for many of our programs, including an organic program for which we received significant funding. ~Mathieu Ngouajio search-based, or they are selling a product and are not unbiased,” Pinson says. “We generally stick to recommendations we have been able to vet through research. When we make a recommendation, we give folks all of the options of what they can do.” To find a nearby extension office, visit Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammett28@hotmail. com.

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sense of ownership and accomplishment. Leigh Ellen Magness, a clinical social worker and registered play therapist in Athens, Georgia, grappled with anxiety as she watched her 5-year-old son clamber up a roadside sculpture designed for climbing. “He climbed so high that my stomach flip-flopped to see him so far from me. But I knew there was no better way for him to learn the limits of his own body than to test them,” she says. Mariana Brussoni, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada, concurs: “When they’re given the chance, even very young children show clear abilities to manage risks and figure out their own limits. The potential for learning is enormous.”

increases range of motion, agility, coordiot so long ago, kids would be nation, balance and flexibility. shooed out the door to play and Here are some ways to up the play in told to return home at meal time. children’s lives: But the rising use of digital devices and kids’ highly scheduled sports and school Give them lots of free time activities, as well as parental fears about away from devices. Yes, they safety, has made that kind of unstrucmight be bored at first—but boredom tured play rare—with resulting drops in enhances creativity, partly by allowing for children’s independence, resilience and creativity, experts say. In fact, play has been daydreaming, concludes a study from the UK’s University of Central Lancashire. shown to be so critical to children’s development that an American Academy of Encourage fun, rather than Pediatrics 2018 clinical report, “The Power competition. By age 6, 60 percent of Play,” recommends that doctors write of American boys and 47 percent of girls prescriptions for it. are participating on organized sport teams, “Play is not frivolous; it is brain but three out of four kids quit sports by building,” concludes the report. It defines age 13—one major reason being, “I was play as voluntary, fun and spontaneous not having fun.” Play, on the other hand, is activities that engross a child, often reDon’t worry. “The data show that based on pure enjoyment and spontaneous sulting in joyous discovery, and includes children are far more likely to get incollaboration among kids, minus overanximaginative make-believe, experimentjured in adult-directed sports, where they ious adult “sidelining”. “When children ing and risk-taking. It cites 147 studies are pushed to compete, than in free play,” play in their own ways, they generally play showing that play builds skills critical for says Gray. “Moreover, the kinds of injucooperatively. We adults impose comadult success such as problem solving, ries that occur in free play are relatively petition, unfortunately. Yet even in our collaboration and creativity; decreases easy to recover from.” As for the fear of competitive society, the really successful stress, fatigue, injury and depression; and 38 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition




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ummer is here, and so are all the exciting adventures that come with it. Along with having beach days and attending concerts, teens are highly active on social media during the summer months. Posting a picture of the sunset or a video of Fourth of July fireworks is surprisingly important to capturing the essence of summer in a teen’s eyes. However, social media can negatively affect teens that aren’t involved in the fun activities they view on their friends’ accounts. When interviewing a few of my peers, we came to the conclusion that social media is a great tool to connect with friends over summer vacation, but also can be detrimental to our confidence. Let’s talk about Instagram. For those that are unaware, Instagram is a popular social media site that allows users to post pictures that their followers can view and comment on. When asking a friend of mine about how Instagram has affected her, she explained that she often finds herself comparing her lifestyle and physical appearance to those of celebrities and models that are active on the site. She also mentioned that during the summer she finds herself doing this more often because of the types of posts that surface during these months. Pictures that feature celebrities’ perfect bikini bodies and expensive vacations can make teens feel the pressure to have those things as well. From a male perspective, a friend of mine explained to me that he feels he can only post certain types of pictures on Instagram that showcase his talents and physique, keeping “sappy posts” or anything too “emotional” to a minimum. This just shows how prevalent toxic masculinity is on social media. Although Instagram can be a unique

tool to connect with people of the same generation, teens have to be careful of how seriously they take the content on the site. VSCO is another social media site that is similar to Instagram, but the majority of the users on this app are females, and the content is more geared toward photography. When ask how VSCO has impacted her confidence, my friend explained that it makes her feel insecure about being single. A lot of posts on VSCO are related to couples, whether it’s a screenshot of their text messages, or pictures of their romantic dates. There’s nothing wrong with these posts, but when girls start questioning their own lifestyles and begin to alter themselves to be deemed as more appealing, a problem arises. Is there a set answer to help solve these social media-inspired confidence issues teens face? No. But there are definitely ways we can help prevent them. The first step is realizing that on social media, people put their best foot forward. They don’t post the pictures that are unflattering. They don’t talk about their struggles, but only emphasize their achievements. For all you know, your favorite celebrity’s smile in that picture with a million likes is completely fake. Take a step back and sign out of your account for a little bit. The key to confidence is focusing on your assets and being the best version of yourself. Isabella Dussias is a 16-year-old singer-songwriter/composer from New Jersey. She enjoys writing about issues that are important to today’s youth, and she believes music is an important outlet to connect people and share messages through the creativity of lyric and melody. For more information, visit

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Introducing Isabella

sabella Dussias is a composer of classical and contemporary music. She writes, produces and sings her own original songs, which often reflect on issues that are important to today’s youth. She performed her first original piano solo at Kids Helping Kids with Cancer at age 11, and she has performed original classical piano works at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and in Vienna, Austria. Her original orchestral works have been performed locally, as well as by the Orlando Symphony Orchestra in the Walt Disney Theatre. Dussias also enjoys scoring music for film. She has been a finalist in the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Competition for the last three years, as well as been involved in local contemporary music competitions. She is most passionate about writing music with messages that reflect the issues of today’s society. Look for her music on Apple Music, Spotify and at

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G = Gratitude There is tremendous power in being grateful, because what we focus on expands. Gratitude opens our heart to receive and give blessings. This puts us in a space to have more things to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude can be as simple as saying, “I am grateful for…” or “I am thankful for…” If we find ourselves in a negative state, practice gratitude even for as brief a period as 60 seconds. It will positively shift our emotion, thereby allowing us to be open to abundance.

R = Receiving To graciously receive can be as simple as accepting a compliment. Another way to receive is by requesting our heart’s desire. There is nothing wrong with wanting more. The truth is that we can have more—as much as we are willing to receive.

A = Alignment The key way to get into alignment for more abundance is to know our purpose, follow our passion and work on releasing internal fears and doubts.

Commit to gifting ourselves with an abundant mindset because our mindset is critical to our success. One way to quickly shift our mindset to the positive is to concentrate on our desire and ask ourselves, “What do I have to believe for this to be true?” Our mind will creatively generate many possibilities that can get us excited, which then shifts how we think and feel to what is positive. As we do this, we will also create greater confidence in the knowledge that the universe is always working in our favor.

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esearch is helping stimulation (VNS) can The vagus nerve doctors connect improve quality of life stems from the brain the dots between for individuals sufferto the abdomen like seemingly unrelated coning from numerous a communication ditions like irritable bowconditions. One type el syndrome, rheumatoid superhighway between is a device that can be arthritis, post-traumatic implanted by a neuroyour gut and brain. stress disorder (PTSD), surgeon, which sends ~Hannah Aylward chronic fatigue synelectrical impulses to drome and fibromyalthe vagus nerve in chilgia, revealing a common denominator: the dren that suffer from seizures and adults multitasking vagus nerve, the longest in the with depression as a supplemental treatautonomic nervous system. ment when surgery or medications are not The superpower of this doupossible or effective. ble-branched cranial nerve lies in trans There is also a handheld, non-invasive porting major neurotransmitters along VNS option called gammaCore, a U.S. Food what is known as the brain-gut axis. “The and Drug Administration-approved device vagus nerve stems from the brain to the that offers hope for sufferers of cluster and abdomen like a communication supermigraine headaches. Its effectiveness for highway between your gut and brain,” chronic pain management, as well as in cases says Hannah Aylward, an Orlando-based of epilepsy and depression, was published in certified holistic health coach and gut the Neuromodulation Journal in 2015. health expert. “Studies show that the vagus PTSD researcher Imanuel Lerman, nerve regulates inflammation throughout M.D., and his colleagues with the Veterthe body.” ans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, found that VNS affects areas of the brain Promising Research responsible for processing emotional pain. Recent studies have shown that vagus nerve The findings, published in the journal 42 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

When it comes to the vagus nerve, anxiety is physical. Post-traumatic stress is rooted in neurobiology and experienced in the body, not just the mind, says Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., a Boulder, Colorado-based clinical psychologist and author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. “This is why you can’t simply think or talk your way out of your trauma reactions.” According to Schwartz, “Disruptions in the gut flora, which often occur with overuse of antibiotics, can have a significant impact on mental health. An imbalance in the gut can lead to an inflammatory response in the immune system and a wide range of disruptive symptoms.” Aylward notes that 95 percent of the body’s mood-boosting chemical serotonin resides in the enteric nervous system, which governs the function of the gastrointestinal tract. “The brain-gut axis is becoming increasingly important as a therapeutic target for psychiatric and GI disorders,” she says. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, explains the trauma loop. “Developmental trauma impairs the integrative circuits of the brain and nervous system—the prefrontal cortex. When this happens, the brain will be hyperalert, interpreting some non-threatening situations as threatening. “Learning to be aware of our internal state and learning calming techniques helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system and can go a long way,” says Siegel. “High ventral vagal tone means having a state of calm.”

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the cranial nerves—massage, meditation, singing, laughing loudly, chanting mantras, gentle yoga and exercise, positive social interactions, belly breathing and chanting all make the vagus nerve a happy camper. These activities promote relaxation and help to decrease inflammation. “As a certified yoga instructor, I can attest to a wide range of natural vagus nerve stimulation techniques, especially using the breath,” says Schwartz. “Diaphragmatic breathing creates a gentle massage across your digestive organs, releases the diaphragm and stimulates nerve fibers within the lungs. Heart rate is reduced.” Brief exposure to cold water or cold air improves vagal tone and is a good option when anxiety is high. Eating cold-water fish like wild salmon or other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, seaweed, hemp, flax or chia seeds provides vagal nourishment. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at

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4 A diet low in sugar and processed carbohydrates supports healthy vagus nerve function by maintaining a healthy gut microbiome. 4 Practice intermittent fasting, which stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (not recommended for people suffering from adrenal fatigue or high stress). 4 Take probiotics. Lactobacillus has been shown to increase GABA via stimulation of the vagus nerve. Bifidobacterium longum has demonstrated it can normalize anxiety-like behavior in mice by acting through the vagus nerve.

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e know and your study that sleep of them? is good for It was where it all got mental and physical started for me and health, but whether even though it was dreams can play a role eight years ago, I still is a fascinating topic. remember my first luWhen we journey cid dream as if it was into that state, science yesterday. If I hadn’t journalist Alice Robb had that experience feels we can reap even of doing the exercises more benefits and make to elicit lucid dreamour waking lives more ing, I don’t know if I productive, healthier would’ve written the and happier. book—although I’ve Her recent book always been fascinated Why We Dream: The Knowing you are by my regular dreams, Transformative Power lying in bed, but also which have been of Our Nightly Journey, vivid, and have often feeling, physically, that which blossomed from you are in another place, is wondered what was a trip to Peru, posits a going on in my brain new way to look at our very powerful. to produce them—esdreams including how pecially when I felt ~Alice Robb to recall and even inthey were affecting my fluence them, and how doing so benefits us moods or my daily life. when awake. Rich with recent studies and evoking famous artists, thinkers and others How is lucid dreaming different over centuries, she traces the intricate than normal dreaming? links between dreaming and creativity, and offers tips on how we can relish the intense In lucid dreams, you are aware that you adventure of lucid dreaming. are dreaming. A lot of people will be in Robb was a staff writer for The New a nightmare; it’s really scary, and you say Republic and has also written for New York to yourself, “This can’t be real, this must Magazine, The Atlantic, Elle, The Washbe a dream,” and then maybe you can get ington Post, the BBC and British Vogue. A yourself out of it. You can train yourself to graduate of Oxford with Bachelor of Arts prolong those lucid moments. Some people degrees in both Archaeology and Anthrodo it naturally while others can do different pology, she resides in Brooklyn, New York. meditation exercises to learn to gain awareness within their dreams. Before you start trying to have lucid How did your experience in dreams, it’s important to have very good

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recall of your regular dreams. We’re all dreaming every night, every time we have a REM cycle, about every 90 minutes that we are asleep, even if you don’t remember your dreams. It’s easier for most people to improve their dream recall. It’s as simple as saying to yourself before bed, “I want to remember my dreams tonight.” The more intention you have, the more you think about your dreams during the day, can be enough to trigger you to better remember your dreams. If you pay close attention to your environment, looking and examining it and asking yourself whether it’s real, you will then ask yourself the same question in a dream.

How do you feel lucid dreaming can improve our overall well-being?

You can practice a speech you are worried about. If you are an athlete, you can mentally prepare. It can help with your mental health. You can use lucid dreams to confront your demons; you can summon someone that you want to have a conversation with and practice talking with them. They are awe-inspiring. Knowing you are lying in bed, but also feeling, physically, that you are in another place, is very powerful.

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Keep a dream journal. It doesn’t have to be pen and paper; you can speak your dreams into your phone in the morning or in the middle of the night if you wake up… whatever you can do to train yourself to hold onto them because if you don’t remember them when you wake up, then they will fade pretty quickly. As soon as I started keeping a dream journal, I was amazed at how many I was remembering. When getting started, make sure to write something every morning, even “I don’t remember anything.” The habits will become ingrained and you’ll start to remember dreams. Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer.

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Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings.

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ummer is an ideal time to add a healthy dose of fresh, organic herbs to make cool salads, luscious smoothies and other hot-weather eats and treats. Herbs are not only a flavorful addition to any meal, they are also chock-full of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure and improving mineral balance to increasing immune support, hydration, energy and healthy skin. Most people consider using herbs in small amounts as seasonings for recipes such as spaghetti sauce, soups or desserts. However, they are edible plants, just like kale and spinach. Although they tend to have strong flavors when dried, fresh herbs are usually quite mild and can be eaten in large amounts like any other vegetable.

Cool Benefits “Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings,” says Nathaniel Whitmore, a Chinese medicine herbalist and shiatsu massage practitioner in Milford, Pennsylvania. An herb that he recommends for this time of year is American ginseng, which, unlike its Chinese namesake, is considered a “cooling” herb and helps keep the body moist. When combined with fresh chrysanthemum flowers, the result is a powerful elixir that both hydrates and energizes. “A piece of American ginseng root and a few chrysanthemums placed in a jar of water and set on a windowsill for a few days makes a great cold infusion,” says Whitmore. “You can store it in the fridge for a few days and drink it in small amounts at a time to benefit from its energizing and hydrating properties.” 46 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Soft-stemmed herbs such as parsley and dill can be used in large amounts in salads and summer sandwiches. Other heat-tolerant herbs that are easy to grow include lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, mint and basil. “Lemon balm is great for headaches and insomnia that are common during summer heat waves,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D., an herbalist and doctor of natural medicine, in Ontario, Canada. “Basil can help reduce summer achiness, while lavender serves as a relaxant and an excellent bug repellant.” In addition to relieving headaches and restlessness, lemon balm is also beneficial for those that suffer from high blood pressure. A study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine reports that it is helpful in reducing blood pressure in patients with chronic stable angina. Rosemary, another herb used for sleep disorders, was found to also help improve memory and decrease anxiety in a study conducted in Iran at the Kerman University of Medical Sciences. One study in 2009 by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Allahbad, in India, revealed that polyphenols found in herbs and plants harbor antioxidant properties that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative disorders.

Fresh Is Best While herbs can be used in their extracted and dried forms, the most significant health benefits are often found in the raw, organic plant. “Fresh is better,” says Whitmore. “This is especially true when it comes to the more aromatic plants such as basil and lavender. A lot of the more volatile constituents are lost during the drying process.” Most herbs grow best in dry garden areas that receive at least eight hours of sun each day. Although some herbs can grow in partially shaded locations, they won’t be as flavorful. Many herbs can also be grown in containers or pots. Maria Noël Groves, a clinical herbalist in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and author of Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies: How to Create a Customized Herb Garden to Support Your Health & Well-Being, lists lemon balm, Korean mint, anise hyssop and purple basil as among her favorite summer culinary and beverage herbs that are easy to grow in pots. These make easy pickings for wraps, salads, sandwiches and more. “Lemon balm can also be used to make infused water,” says Groves. “With lemon verbena, lemon grass or holy basil, the result is refreshing and calming.” Just take a few sprigs and place them in either plain or seltzer water. The result is a delicately flavored beverage that’s also healthy and hydrating. Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at


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Lemon Balm Vinegar This infusion can be used in place of plain vinegar in summer salad dressings. According to the Journal of Medicine, lemon balm is helpful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Combining it with apple cider vinegar adds extra health benefits to the mix, including digestion enhancement, detoxing and inflammation reduction.

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2-3 cups fresh lemon balm, washed 1 qt apple cider vinegar Add coarsely chopped lemon balm leaves and stems to a 32-ounce mason jar. Add vinegar until lemon balm is completely covered. Allow to sit in a cool, dark place for two to four weeks before straining. From the book Be Your Own Herbalist by Michelle Schoffro Cook. Used with permission from New World Library.

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Dandelion and Violet Greens Pesto 1 bunch dandelion leaves 1-2 handfuls violet leaves 1-3 garlic cloves 1-3 oz Parmesan cheese 1 cup toasted, salted/tamari pepitas (pumpkin seeds) Juice of ½ lemon ¼ cup olive oil Coarsely chop the herbs and the garlic. Combine with a mortar and pestle, food processor or blender and blend until minced. Add the liquids and blend to a puree. Serve with organic tortilla chips, crackers or veggie sticks. Will keep for a few days in a tightly sealed container or frozen. From the book Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies by Maria Noël Groves. Used with permission from Storey Publishing. July 2019



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he buoyant feeling of floating in a body of water can bring welcome relief to those that suffer from chronic arthritis, fibromyalgia or general aches and pains. Yoga is wonderful for achy bodies, but when we ache it can be very challenging to get up and down off the floor. While chair yoga classes are available for those with limited mobility, we can also think out of the box and try a few yoga postures while cooling down in our favorite body of water.

Get Centered

If sitting down is comfortable for you, get cozy in any seated posture with the water at waist level. Begin with a few deep, cleansing breaths, get yourself acclimated to the temperature and greet the water pressure around you as you breathe. If you like a challenge, you can revisit the shallow water after your warm up to fire up your core with a boat pose or plank pose. The water will help hold your body as your muscles build strength.

Warm Up

Stay connected to your easy, full breath and wade over to some slightly deeper water. Begin in mountain pose, again with the water at waist level. Plant your feet and feel your strong legs root down into the tranquil surface beneath you. Next, widen your legs

and begin to rotate the upper torso continuously from left to right. This twisting movement will begin to warm up the muscles and will start to get the synovial fluid moving in the joints. Feel your arms glide in the water like a pendulum, keep the knees relaxed, and continue to breathe easy.

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Now, swim over to even deeper water. With your body fully submerged up to your chest or shoulders, you can explore many standing and balance postures to encourage arm and leg muscles to build strength. My personal favorites are warrior one, two and three, tree pose and goddess pose. While your body will be quite supported in the deeper water, you will also notice the water pressure around your body much more. Be sure to breathe easy, and rest whenever you need to. Always finish up your practice in savasana. This could be a leisurely float on your back, or rest on a raft for even deeper relaxation. Wishing everyone a peaceful, healthy summer! Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, call 732-596-7384, email or visit

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 What is Sacred Science? – 6:30-7:30pm. This one-hour course will help you understand how Sacred Science, an esoteric and ancient art can help you in this modern time. You will learn how to be empowered and use manifestation as a way of life. $15. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy & Meditation Center, 13 86 US Highway 22, Lebanon. For information contact 908-6171545 or

SATURDAY, JULY 6 Singing Bowls Healing Circle – 2-4pm. Meditation while hearing the singing of ancient languages and soothing tones of crystal singing bowls with Rafael Benedicto. $20. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. 908-526-0002. eZentialWellness. com/Events. Don’t Fear the Inversion Workshop – 12-1:30pm. Instructor: Stephanie Locricchio. Explore the possibilities with a playful and fun approach. Your feet don’t have to leave the mat! $25. Yoga Central, 953 Rt 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759.

SUNDAY, JULY 7 “Circulation is the Movement of Life” – 10:30 am. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people at Sunday Transformation Service. Followed by refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 354 River Rd., Princeton. 609-924-8422. Heavenly Love Celebration – 7-10pm. Open to all. Celebrate health, life, and abundance. $20. Cranbury. FB page: RAYKI Love or RAYKIschool. com and click Calendar. Light and Sound Service – 11am-12pm. Topic: How God Speaks to Us. Join others seeking to bring more insight and divine love into their lives at this special celebration. Eckankar Center, 323 Main St., Metuchen. 800-870-9139.

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“Let the Law Do It” – 10:30 am. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people at Sunday Transformation Service. Followed by refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 354 River Rd., Princeton. 609-9248422.

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SUNDAY, JULY 21 “Action Does It” – 10:30 am. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people at Sunday Transformation Service. Followed by refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 354 River Rd., Princeton. 609-9248422.

MONDAY, JULY 22 Reiki Share with Reiki Master Diana Davis – 7pm. This share is for everyone, Reiki practitioners and non-practitioners alike. $10. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908642-0989.

TUESDAY, JULY 23 Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR Testing – 10am-1pm. Testing by Spectracell and Vibrant Wellness Labs. Most insurance accepted. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. Janet@

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SUNDAY, JULY 28 Restorative Yoga Workshop – 12-2pm. Relax your body and soothe your stress with various supported yoga poses using cushions, bolsters and blankets. All levels. $35. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. 908-526-0002. eZentialWellness. com/Events. 12 Steps to Freedom: Step 7 – 10:30am. 4th Sun./ month. Humbly ask for the one creative presence to remove our false beliefs. Looking at the “12 Steps” from a spiritual perspective. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd. (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. Sound of Soul Event – 11am-12pm. For those seeking spiritual growth and transformation. Experience HU, an ancient sacred Mantra, that has been sung for thousands of years in many lands for spiritual unfoldment. Chant, have contemplative time and share in spiritual conversation. Eckankar Center, 323 Main St., Metuchen. 800-870-9139.

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sunday Spiritual Awakening Sunday Service – 10:30 am. Warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people at Sunday Transformation Service. Mingle afterwards with refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 354 River Rd, Princeton. 609-9248422. Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30am. Dr. Frankie, practitioners and musicians create an inspiring, uplifting time to be reminded of our spiritual connectedness. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.

monday Beginner Sun Style Tai Chi – 11am-12pm. Easy and fun. Instructor: Patty Pagano. $50/month. Reserve your place: 908-392-1313. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. More information at QiGongforHealing. com. Beginner Swimming Dragon Qi Gong – 12-1pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. New class begins first week of every month. $50/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center,

1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information at Be Your Own Guru with Janet StraightArrow – 6/24-7/22; 7-8pm. Learn to live your true self – body and soul – the one who knows and acts from inner wisdom instead of ego. Learn to look inside instead of continually looking outside for answers, responsibility, and purpose. Learn to release patterns, blocks, and interferences so that you can be your own Guru-True Self-Master. $25. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Ste 215, Madison. For information call 973-647-2500 or Janet@

Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 7pm. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. Pilates Mat with Props – 9am, 6pm. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-7545901. 

Beginner Tai Chi (Wuji Jing Gong) – 7-8pm. Beginner 2 at 8 pm. For students new to Tai Chi or new to the Wuji form. Instructor: Fran Maher. $48/4 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. 908647-1563. Info:

Beginner Tai Chi (Wuji Jing Gong) – 10:30am, 6:30pm. Beginning moves of beautiful flowing “water” form. $48/4 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. 908-647-1563. Info:

Prenatal Yoga Workshop – 6:30pm. Class focuses on helping the moms-to-be relax and to prepare their bodies and minds to welcome new life into this world. Registration required. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.

Beginner and Returning Tai Chi Chih – 1:30pm. Instructor: Janet Oussaty. Gentle, moving meditation of 19 movements and 1 pose. Pre-registration required. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. Contact Janet: 908-635-1822. More information at

tuesday Reiki Level I Classes – 7-9pm. Jul. 16, 23, 30. Instructors: Anne Koenig & Gerry Shea. Ancient healing technique to improve wellness and balance. $95/3 sessions. Sand Hills Wellness Center, 57 Sand

wednesday Goju Ryu Karate Classes – 7-8:30pm. Learn selfdefense, get fit, lose weight, gain focus. Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do. Free trial. Sand

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Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Register: GojuRyuBujutsu@ 732-421-7116. Wuji in Tai Chi and Qi Gong – 1pm. Instructor: Brain Coffey. Gentle, moving meditation of 19 movements and 1 pose. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. More information at 908-647-1563 or QiGongforHealing. com. Beginner Swimming Dragon Qi Gong – 7:30pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. New class begins first week of every month. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. Must preregister: 908-3921313. More information at Beginner Tai Chi (Wuji Jing Gong) – 10:30am. Beginning moves of beautiful flowing “water” form. Instructor: Patty Pagano. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. 908392-1313. Info:

friday Beginner Qi Gong (Wuji Jing Gong) – 12:30pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 1275 Bound Brook Rd., 2nd Floor, Middlesex. 908392-1313. Info: Max Meditation – 7pm. Fusion of ancient techniques of yoga, mind acrobatics, mixed with modern techniques of psychology and NLP to reduce stress and enhance well-being. $10. $5 with

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Yoga Classes at Sand Hills Wellness – Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. For a new schedule of yoga classes, check out Prenatal Yoga – 11:15am. Weekly Prenatal Yoga class for beginners and experienced yogis. Online Registration is required. $20/Drop-in. $100/6 sessions. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989.

Goju Ryu Karate Classes – 3:30-5:30pm. Learn selfdefense, get fit, lose weight, gain focus. Traditional Okinawan Goju Ryu Karate-Do. Free trial. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Register: GojuRyuBujutsu@ 732-421-7116. Pilates Mat with Props – 9am. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-7545901. 

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Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 10am. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.

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172 Washington Valley Rd, Suite 3, Warren 732-882-9676 Are you seeking deeper meaning in your life? Are you stressed and ready for a change? Tired of being in both physical or emotional pain? We offer spiritual development, meditation and mini-me yoga classes, which have been helping people live more productive, happier lives.

MLS Laser Therapy MLS Laser Therapy Dr. Paul Bizzaro, DC

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Reflexology Christel Haase Reflexology Christel Haase, PhD, Certified Reflexologist

Looking for clarity and focus on the direction of your life? My approach integrates 35 years of traditional psychotherapy techniques with spiritual philosophies to assist in your healing. I work with all ages, couples and families dealing with challenges such as anxiety and depression, behavior difficulties, and general dissatisfaction of current life situations. Call for information on workshops and speaking engagements.

Reiki & Hypnosis Alice Rich Reiki Center Alice Rich, Certified Master Teacher

Usui Reiki Ryoho, Karuna Reiki®, Crystal Healing, Certified Hypnotist 732-501-7628 Reiki, Crystal Healing and Integrated Energy Therapy® or Hypnosis sessions can help reduce pain physically, mentally and emotionally, promote a healthy lifestyle, achieve personal and professional goals, create balance and harmony and advance your spiritual journey. Private sessions and classes. Certification classes on Reiki, Crystal Healing and IET.

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Foot reflexology applies pressure to reflex points to remove toxins, clear neural pathways and improve internal organ and system functioning. Other benefits: stress/ pain reduction, increased circulation, relief from insomnia, headaches, allergies, PMS and Plantar Fasciitis. Also addresses foot discomfort from injury, tight muscles and ill-fitting footwear. See ad, page 39.

Spiritual Enlightenment Eckankar – The Path of Spiritual Freedom 323 Main St, Metuchen 800-870-9139

A truly spiritual way of life for the individual in modern times. Teachings provide a framework and spiritual tools for anyone to explore their own spiritual experiences. Studies of Dreams, Past Lives, Soul Travel.

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Thermography Lisa’s Thermography & Wellness Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC

Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338 Thermography gives an early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem – inflammation. Early stage disease screening is an area in which thermography excels. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, or you are merely curious about the state of your health, thermography can help provide answers. Radiation-free breast and full body screenings for men and women. See ad, page 24.

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1 Lamington Rd Branchburg 908-526-0002 • Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, & Ashtanga Yoga for all levels. Whether you are new to yoga or have been practicing for a while, we see each of you as unique individuals who deserve to feel happy, healthy & welcome! Also offering Mindfulness classes, Reiki certification and Yoga teacher training. See Yoga Profile, page 48.

La Bella Vita Wellness & Relaxation Center

Route 22 East, Green Brook 732-200-5648 Explore floatation pods, cryo therapy, infrared sauna pods, led oxy steam pod, detox foot bath, oxygen station, pressotherapy, infrared slim bodywrap plus other therapeutic and holistic modalities La Bella Vita has to offer. See ad, page 45.

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team approach to your overall health and it starts at the Holistic they don’t see, I do, and vice versa, seeing dental infections and Dental Center in Millburn, New Jersey, with their highly skilled how they can affect organ systems through meridians or directly and team of trained professionals in holistic and biological dentistry. From utilizing the benefits of networking with a holistic practitioner can and their award winning doctors and their state of the art technology to does make all the difference in patient care…I wouldn’t have it any their use of ozone and self-healing therapies, they are committed other way,” Dr. Gashinsky says about working with other practitioners. to not only treating your dental related symptoms, but also, the root So if you’re looking for an approach that is inclusive of all aspects cause thereby eliminating disease and promoting optimal health. of holistic care, visit Dr. Gashinsky and his team at The Holistic Dental Little did conventional practitioners know so many years ago that Center in Millburn, New Jersey. It’s their priority to ensure complete it took more than just looking at the mouth. A generation ago there holistic care by promoting the benefits of holism. “It’s not just your was a disconnect, a thought that our mouth and teeth had no bearing teeth anymore,” as he says, “It never was,” but now they have the on the health of the rest of our body. Now more and more research ability to not just treat overall disease but truly prevent and promote has been showing that there is a strong connection between dental whole body wellness. disease and systemic health. Dr. Gashinsky, Holistic Dentist, has always known that. A holistic approach to health is multifaceted, so he Other than being a dentist for 40 years, Dr. Vladimir Gashinsky, is a certified nutritional consultant, Accredited by the International Academy has built a network of healthcare practitioners to assist his patients in of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, SMART certified and a Naturopathic obtaining their desired level of optimal wellness. doctor “My passion for learning is never complete, I will continue to Working hand in hand with Naturopaths, Functional Medicine research and learn the latest in alternative treatments and team up practitioners and many others in the field of holistic medicine has with the best in the fields of holistic and alternative medicine to bring expanded Dr. Gashinsky’s ability to help more people. “I find it to be my patients the best treatments available, this I can assure you.” incredibly fulfilling to work synergistically with these practitioners to be able to improve patients’ health so dramatically. Some are coming Holistic Dental Center is located at 91 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, to me so very sick and by working together we’re seeing drastic New Jersey. For more information, call (973) 457-4688 or visit improvements in their quality of life,” says Dr. Gashinsky. Dr. Gashinsky feels strongly in the need to practice in such a manner as to take patients whole health into consideration. So much so, that he traveled to Switzerland this past spring to visit the Paracelsus Clinic and Swiss BioHealth Clinic; two healthcare models that promote the oral-body connection, to study their holistic approach to patient care. Dr. Gashinsky says, “To truly practice holism; the thought that everything is understood in relation to the whole and not just its parts, it’s important to remember that when treating a person it’s not just what one practitioner does, but how they can work together to improve the final outcome.” “Finding and working with like minded practitioners to help my patients has not only been professionally satisfying, but also on a personal level knowing that my patients are being well taken care of,” say Dr. Gashinksy. “Finding and addressing the root cause of disease in all our disciplines is the key to success in our patients’ health. What __________________________________________ A D V E R T O R I A L __________________________________________

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Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green living lifestyle for people and pets. This month, join us as w...

Natural Awakenings Central New Jersey - July 2019  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green living lifestyle for people and pets. This month, join us as w...