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Four Past Midnight is a work of horror and the supernatural by Stephen King. Good Friday is a day of reflection and celebrations for Christians of the world. For the inhabitants of Valdez, Alaska, on March 24, 1989 at exactly four minutes past midnight, their horror story would begin, and it would be anything but good. It would, however, change their lives as well as ours forever. The nightmare began when 42-year-old Captain Joseph Hazelwood, turned the controls of the $123 million supertanker over to his unlicensed third mate, switched the Valdez to auto pilot and retired from the bridge. The 976 foot Exxon Valdez supertanker, carrying 53 million gallons of North Slope crude oil, then slowly strayed two miles off course. Away from the safety of deep waters it struck Bligh Reef, a notorious and well known navigational hazard. The 600-foot gash she received vomited 11 million gallons of pure destruction into the icy waters of pristine Prince William Sound. Over the next couple of weeks, aided by high winds and swift tides, the mousse (oil jargon for clumps of oil), would deliver death and destruction to everything in its path. Despite Exxon’s $11 million clean-up campaign (all that they were held responsible), oil still covered 1,200 miles of shoreline. Mousse washed ashore and spread a deadly blanket (up to two feet thick) on every Island in the vicinity of the disaster. Weaving its way through interconnected waterways, streams and riverbeds, it decimated salmon spawning grounds and the home of the largest otter population in the world. The tragedy also happened at the worst possible time as migratory birds were soon to arrive along with the annual bloom of phytoplankton. Everything should have been about life, but now was about death. The spill eventually reached Katami National Park, 550 miles away, where it covered and destroyed 90% of the 260-mile shoreline. To bring it into perspective: If Bligh Reef were off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, oil would have covered beaches all the way to North Carolina. The nightmare started slowly then built momentum. By the first week in April 1989, the death toll of seabirds was 2,526; by the end of the month tens of thousands would perish. The final hand count would be upwards of 100,000 seabirds, though it is estimated that 250,000 perished. It’s hard to tell since otters and seabirds sink to the bottom of the sea when they are covered in oil. In addition to seabirds: 2,800 otters; 300 harbor seals; 250 bald eagles; 22 killer whales. It’s impossible to estimate how many wolves and bears died directly or indirectly from the disaster. But we know that billions, yes billions, of salmon and herring eggs were lost. We are always reminded that from the past come the lessons for the future. I hope we never forget that what we do today becomes our past tomorrow. It’s clear that major lessons from the Exxon Valdez have yet to be learned. On April 20, 2010, the BP Deepwater Horizon spilled 206,000,000 gallons into the Gulf of Mexico, and the damage will be felt for decades. Let’s pay attention.

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e Here Now Yoga proudly presents Ananda Hemp, a hemp-derived, health and wellness product. It is a full spectrum cannabinoid matrix to synergize the endocannabinoid system with a plethora of beneficial cannabinoids, terpenoids, phytonutrients and antioxidants. The products contain cannabinoids like CBD, CBL, CBN, CHG, CBDA, among others. Nature is the architect of our products and we believe a full spectrum cannabinoid approach provides the best effects and makes for a healthier customer. Stop by Be Here Now Yoga on Monday, June 5 or Wednesday, June 7 to learn more about medicinal hemp marketed products like Ananda Hemp. Ananda Hemp is committed to help people overcome serious disease and hopes that their product can offer some improvement in the quality of life of their patients. Space is limited and seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Location: Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main Street, Flemington. To reserve your seat, visit For more information, call Karen at 908-6420989 or email See ad on page 33.

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he Hamsa Holistic Health Fair (named for the Hamsa—ancient Egyptian symbol for balance, peace, inclusion and protection) brings together complementary healing methods, spiritual guides, and health and wellness products, services and practitioners to the general public. The event will be held on Sunday, July 16 in Clinton (Annandale), New Jersey. “Holistic healing means seeking treatment for imbalances and choosing to live a more balanced lifestyle,” states event coordinator Venetia Weeks. “Our aim is to strengthen the developing community and the connections to different teachings, methods, products and practices that treat our whole selves.” Beautiful art, beautiful music and great, healthy food will also be available for purchase. The event will feature psychic readers, practitioners of various modalities, and health related, spiritual, metaphysical and healing vendors.  Location: Beaver Brook Country Club, 25 Country Club Drive, Annandale. Interested vendors call 908-342-6979 or email  For advance tickets visit and click on Hamsa Holistic Health Fair. See ad on this page.  Natural Awakenings

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he Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment invites participants to tune into their body, mind and spirit and experience the love of higher consciousness at the Ninth Annual Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on June 17 and 18, at New Hope Eagle Firehouse. Guest speakers are scheduled every hour and will include presentations by Annabella Wood, John Schaeffer, Rose Moyer with Judy Kay, Thalia Alexiou, Suzanne Werfelman, Elizabeth Joyce, Corbie Mitleid, Chris Gage, Katherine Wolff, Susan Stein and Sera Hwang. Topics will range from decluttering the mind to embracing spiritual frontiers, and everything in between. “This is our ninth year of presenting quality programs, products, people and services to the general public. We are especially pleased that we have new holistic programs and vendors,” says Expo founder and organizer Tony Kenton. “Come join us and experience new thoughts, concepts, products. This is all about you and your future. Enjoy the highest level of the Solstice energy in a festive, fun-loving consciousness of environmentally like-minded people.” Area energy healers and practitioners, along with mind-body therapists and holistic practitioners, will offer massage and stress management techniques and many more healing modalities. Artwork, jewelry and crystals will also be displayed for purchase, along with a natural food court. Cost: $7. Location: 46 North Sugan Road, New Hope. For more information, call 267-261-2768 or visit See ad, page 13.

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xtreme Energy Solutions, Inc., creator of Extreme Kleaner products, has released a new mobile app designed to provide convenience and a user-friendly experience to customers. The products are nontoxic and biodegradable and include a multi-purpose cleaner/ degreaser and a window cleaner, both made in the United States. The app will allow customers to order product directly from it, and provide easy access to the company’s social media and brand websites; quick location of a nearby retailer; special coupons, discounts and promotions; tips on cleaning and making environmentally sustainable purchases, and more. Extreme Energy Solutions also plans to maximize the use of this tool by creating several promotions, special discounts, contests and drawings for its mobile app users throughout 2017. The app can be downloaded and used at the iTunes/ Apple Store, as well as the Google Play/Android store. “With the rapid market adoption of the Extreme Kleaner product line, the next logical step was to create a mobile app for the product to enhance the customer experience. This new tool allows us to offer the customer more ease and convenience of service and it also provides a platform for us to increase customer engagement which helps foster community and build more brand loyalty,” commented Jeff Smith, communications director of Extreme Energy Solutions. To get the Extreme Kleaner app for Apple/iTunes: extreme-kleaner/id1188063291 or To get the Extreme Kleaner app for Google/Android: BargainMobileApps.ExtremeKleaner or For more information about Extreme Kleaner, visit See ad, page 56.

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heat Sensitivity is an autoimmune disorder in which patients respond to wheat ingestion by eliciting antibodies against components of wheat. Gluten sensitivity is only a subset of a much larger group of conditions. Valley Integrative Pharmacy can test for wheat sensitivity, Celiac, gluten intolerance and IBS. One out of seven Americans suffer from a wheat-related disorder, and most people don’t even know they are gluten intolerant. Misdiagnoses and drugs which only suppress your symptoms allow for inflammation and leaky gut to creep in, slowly setting you up for a multitude of diseases.   Vibrant America has developed the Wheat Zoomer, a functional lab test designed to examine the most complex associations with wheat sensitivity known today.  This definitive test clearly shows sensitivities and allergies that are difficult to detect. Life style changes, with the help of a nutritionist, can potentially reverse the damage, leaving you less at risk for disease. Book your appointment today. Location: Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Road, Bedminster. For more information, call 908-658-4900 or visit See ad on pages 3, 11.. 10

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edical billing errors can result in patients paying more for their medical care. Creative billing coding by some doctors, specialists and hospitals as a way to increase profits come at the expense of patients having to pay more out of pocket. Common billing errors include incorrect dates of service, duplicate billings, charges for generic vs name brand medications, incorrect hospital room charges, unbundled and bundled charges, upcoding of procedures and balance billing. Reviewing medical bills is of critical importance. Errors can increase the deductible, copay and coinsurance amounts. There are several ways to ensure that you don’t pay more than you have to: Know your insurance coverage. This includes deductibles, copayments, coinsurance and covered and non-covered services. • Always get an itemized bill. • Keep all explanation of benefit summaries. • Keep detailed records of dates of service and the reason for the visit together with all information on tests and medications. If you suspect any billing errors, you should contact a medical billing reviewer to have your bills checked for errors so that reductions can be negotiated and payment plans can be set up. For more information, call Jill Macbeth of Medical Bill Reviewers, at 908-787-7279 or email See ad on page 32.



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ew Jersey’s transformative festival called PermaJam has returned for its second year and will be held at Toye Recreation Campground in Sussex, NJ from Saturday July 1st through Tuesday July 4th. PermaJam is a family-friendly event geared towards community-building with a large focus on permaculture farming. Workshops in permaculture, yoga, art and much more will take place during the day and the evenings will feature live music. The grounds are host to beautiful hiking trails, a swimming lake, and tent and trailer hook ups are available at a nominal fee.  The music line-up features over 30 musical performances including international touring acts The Nth Power and Moon Hooch and returning artists Wild Moon, Happy Accident and Incus. Over a dozen yoga instructors will be teaching, including Loretta Turner of Powerflow Yoga, Jason Zagaro of Flow Yoga in Ho-Ho-Kus, Kimie Mittman leading Kids Yoga, and more. More than 30 workshops will be held daily including “Oily Veteran” Michelle Terreri on the benefits of essential oils, in addition to professional permaculture designer and educator Robyn Mello, who is the Orchard Gleaning Director for The Philadelphia Orchard Project and owner of Edenspore, LLC. Eric Fuchs-Stengel who is the founder of MEVO, one of the most excellent youth lead environmental groups in Northern NJ will be presenting on beekeeping and permaculture. If you are interested in vending, sponsoring, donating, or volunteering at the festival, send us an email to contribute@ For full details and tickets, visit PermaJam. com. See ad on page 49.

Yoga in the Park is Back!


he Borough of Flemington is pleased to announce the return of Yoga in the Park on Thursdays in July. Karen Walsh, owner of Be Here Now Yoga, will once again be coordinating the rejuvenating summer series set at Court Street Park. Three classes will be available at 6:30am, 9:30am and 7pm. The series is free and open to all adults in the community. Participants should bring their own mat and water. In the event of rain, visit website for alternate locations. Location: Court Street Park, on the intersection of Park Avenue and Court Street. Sponsorship opportunities available. For information contact Karen Walsh at 908-642-0989 or email See ad on pages xx, 33. 12

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ealth is truly our wealth. Using a perfect health focus, we can easily learn how to heal on every level. This Medical Intuition program strives to teach people how to live their health in order to heal themselves and assist others. An introduction to the course, presented by Janet StraightArrow, will be held in Madison on Tuesday, June 6. Going further than simply reading medical symptoms, the program is an in-depth discovery into how to heal the body, mind, emotions, spirit and soul. Participants will learn what contributes to disease, suffering, deterioration and pain. They will explore what is causing and holding the pattern of pain, and how to release the cause and live the solution. Additionally, those in the program will learn how to read and support medical treatment decisions. They will become co-creative and responsible in the healing process and learn how to support others. Janet StraightArrow has been teaching various levels of healing since 1982. In bringing forth ancient traditions and knowledge in modern forms, Janet encourages each client and student to live the journey. Fifty years ago, Janet was told by her family doctor that she would die young. This awakened her lifelong journey into both healing herself and others. Janet has studied with traditional healers from around the world, medical doctors and masters of spiritual traditions, to answer her questions that continue to unfold to gain lasting results. For more information, contact Janet at 973-647-2500 or email See page 50.

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e all lead busy and stressful lives. Work and home responsibilities often leave us with little time to take care of ourselves. Sometimes, taking care of ourselves seems like a responsibility in itself. We reward ourselves with unhealthy behaviors like eating candy, drinking alcohol or spending mindless hours in front of the television. Join Donna McMullin, RYT and Beth Youmans, PhD, E-RYT500 on Friday, June 23 from 6:30-8:30pm to learn how to break this damaging cycle. In this class, you will experience relaxation techniques that you can easily use in your daily life. Not only does learning to relax the body have significant health benefits (including slowing heart rate, lowering blood pressure and reducing muscle tension) but relaxation also improves mood, concentration and helps you feel better. Please preregister by June 19. The class costs $32, or 2 people for $58. Wear stretchy comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Location: Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 North, Branchburg. 908707-0759. See ad on page 39. Natural Awakenings

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esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a posi-

tive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony—before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.

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etting off the couch and just moving may help slow the aging process in women that do not lead active lifestyles. Researchers from the University of California at San Diego measured the telomere lengths of white blood cells in 1,481 women between the ages of 64 and 95. Telomere lengths are a measure of aging within genes. After adjusting for other health and lifestyle factors, the researchers found that the women with less physical activity had shorter telomere lengths than those with more active lifestyles.

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esearchers from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, have studied the rapid increase in Lyme disease in the northern U.S. Only 11 cases of the disease, which annually impacts about 300,000 Americans, were reported in 2015 in Alabama, a state of approximately 5 million residents. Meanwhile, there were 491 confirmed cases in Vermont, with a population of less than 700,000. The researchers studied the life cycle, metabolism and behavior of blacklegged ticks, collecting larvae from several eastern areas. They discovered that ticks live longer in cooler temperatures with higher levels of humidity, making northeastern climates ideal, because longer lives mean increased chance of contact. Southern ticks stay hidden underfoot in layers of leaves to stay cool and damp, making them less likely to find a human host than their northern counterparts, which reside on leaves and trees. “There has been a lot of research aimed at finding out what makes black-legged ticks more efficient hosts for Lyme disease in the north than in the south,” explains Roger LeBrun, an entomology professor at the University of Rhode Island and co-author of the study. “People have looked at everything from the effects of temperature on tick life cycles to the types of animals the ticks feed on. Probably all of these factors play roles, but our results suggest that evolutionary pressure to conserve moisture by staying under the leaf litter surface is a critical factor.”

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o hear those words spoken—softly and humbly, without conceit— reflects the higher calling of Dr. Edward Magaziner. As I entered his office for the interview, the plain and simple décor gave no hint of the depth of the work being accomplished. His soft and gentle presence suggested a compassionate heart, yet masked a powerful intellect driven to open doors to greater healing. By the end of my evening with Dr. Magaziner, however, I knew this night would stand high on my list of amazing life experiences. From the moment we settled down to talk, Dr. Magaziner was generous in sharing his life story. He began, naturally, at the beginning, from birth, to growing up in Englewood, NJ and graduating from Ithaca College in 1973. Sprinkled in the conversation were research experiences, pivotal collaborations and important friendships. Underlying it all was his continued thirst to always know more. His desire to find that undiscovered gem or learn how new knowledge might tie into his present work drove him to attend countless lectures. Yet, it was his work as a physical therapist that triggered his quest to become the doctor he is today. The study of the body combined with seven years of practical experience helping patients at The Albert Einstein Hospital in New York gave him a foundation well-suited for his future—a life dedicated to repair, 16

regenerate and eliminate injury or pain and its causes. He just didn’t know how broad his future would expand. First, he headed West—graduating from Chicago Medical, before returning East to work a year of Surgery at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, and finished his residency as Chief Resident at New York Medical College in 1989 in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He then began his medical work in the Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at St. Peters University Hospital before going into private practice in 1992. Dr. Magaziner describes himself as a bit of an old fashioned doctor with a cutting edge approach to treatment. “My best diagnostic tools are ears to listen and hands that actually feel where the pain is coming from,” states Magaziner. He calls this “the Sherlock Holmes approach.” Only after this thorough examination does he bring in technological tools like MRI, EMG nerve, and ultrasound testing. Ultimately, his approach to healing lies in belief in the body’s ability to heal itself (with a little help and a bit of a nudge from science and technology). However, his “little help and nudge” collection is truly amazing. His treatment options include Prolotherapy (Prolo) which uses growth factor technology and science to heal soft tissue injuries and arthritis pain. Prolo stimulates the repair and regeneration process that wakes up the body’s healing process. He is also passionate about curing

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pain with Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and non-Surgical Joint reconstruction. “We use PRP for patients who were told they needed hip, shoulder or knee replacement,” says Magaziner. “It works reliably over 90% of the time, and patients can return to work with no surgery needed.” The latest treatments embrace growth factors, stem cells, and leadingedge methods to repair and regenerate nerves and injured body parts. His passion for these innovative treatments is evident as each proves helpful in providing new ways to help his patients return to health and mobility. While Dr. Magaziner continues to expand his knowledge of every available up-and-coming treatment, he also understands the need for less technical modalities. His patients feel encouraged by his caring approach, and are also given explanations on the importance of massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, a positive attitude and open mind. In closing, I decided to come down from the lofty heights of healing and ask a personal question. “What are your hobbies?” I asked. “This…right here.” Magaziner replied. “Trying to heal, fix, and discover new ways, new pathways to my patients health—this is my hobby.” In short, Dr. Magaziner is living the life he loves. Location: Edward Magaziner, MD, East Coast Spine, Sports and Regenerative Medicine, 2186 Rt. 27, Ste 2D, North Brunswick, NJ. 877-817-3273. See ad on page 2.

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ne in three people will develop Vitamin C Therapy: According shingles (Herpes zoster) during to Dr. Thomas E. Levy, vitamin their lifetime. Although the C has been successfully used in painful skin eruptions last only a few treating shingles’ skin rash and weeks, chronic pain can persist for blisters. In one study by Dr. Frederick several months and seriously impair Klenner, eight such patients received quality of life long after the red rash 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams (mg) of marks disappear. vitamin C by injection every 12 hours,   Also concerning is that the rate supplemented by 1,000 mg in fruit of shingles is on the rise, according to juice every two hours. Seven reported a multidisciplinary review of relevant complete pain relief within two hours literature by PLOS, a nonprofit openof the first of five to seven injections. access science publisher. The cause   As early as the mid-20th century, may be widespread use of the chickena study by Dr. Mohammed Zureick of pox vaccine. A decade-long Australian 327 shingles patients demonstrated that study published in the Medical Journal vitamin C injections effected complete of Australia showed that as its use rose, resolution of the outbreaks in all of so did the incidence of shingles. them within 72 hours.   Shingles is acknowledged as being   far more serious than chicken pox. Dr. Fruits and Vegetables: Diets Joseph Mercola, founder of the healthlow in micronutrients includcare website, reports ing vitamins, minerals and shingles can also lead to neuropathy, antioxidants can increase the meningitis, hearing loss and blindness. risk by depressing the immune system.   Fortunately, there are six safe and In a British community-based study effective drug- and vaccine-free ways to published in the International Journal prevent shingles or ease symptoms. of Epidemiology, researchers followed   Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon Co. Edition 18


243 shingles patients in 22 general practices in London with a control group of 483 individuals with no history of the ailment. Those eating less than one piece of fruit a week had more than three times the risk of herpes zoster versus those eating more than three a day. The same pattern occurred when they looked at combined fruit and vegetable intake.    Capsaicin: Postherpetic neuralgia is a complication of shingles that can last long after initial symptoms disappear. Topical capsaicin, the spicy compound in hot peppers, may be an effective treatment.    In a double-blind study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 32 elderly patients with chronic postherpetic neuralgia were treated with either capsaicin cream or a placebo. After six weeks, almost 80 percent of capsaicin-treated patients experienced relief. The researchers noted that because capsaicin avoids problems with drug interactions and systemic toxicity, it should be considered a first choice in management. A study of 143 Canadian patients in Clinical Therapeutics yielded similar results. Then, in a two-year followup of 77 of the patients, 86 percent showed continued benefits from the single six-week trial with no serious adverse effects.    Acupuncture: In a Chinese study of acute shingles cases in the journal Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, 72 patients were randomly divided into two groups. One received acupuncture around the margins of the outbreak. The others received acupuncture plus moxibustion—a traditional Chinese therapy that burns dried mugwort near the skin—of the area around the needling. The acupuncture group had a relief rate of 85.3 percent, with the cessation of herpes eruptions, quicker scab healing and reduced residual neuralgia. Moxibustion-treated patients were cured within three days with a rate of 97.4 percent.   




Tai Chi: A study in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society found that tai chi boosts immunity to the varicella zoster virus. In a randomized trial of 112 healthy adults, one group did tai chi for 25 weeks while another received health education. After 16 weeks all were vaccinated with VARIVAX, the live, attenuated Oka/ Merck varicella zoster virus vaccine. Results showed the tai chi group had nearly twice the levels of cell-mediated immunity to the virus compared to the control group; tai chi alone increased immunity about as much as the shingles vaccine plus yielded significant improvements in physical functioning, bodily pain, vitality and mental health. In a University of California-Los Angeles study, 36 men and women over 60 were assigned either to a tai chi or control group. For 15 weeks, the tai chi practitioners received three, 45-minute instruction classes a week; their cellmediated immunity to the varicella zoster virus rose 50 percent plus they experienced significant improvements in physical functioning.   Light Therapy: In a study published in Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine, 25 patients with severe pain in the first week of zoster rash were divided into a prevention group (receiving the drug acyclovir for 10 days, plus UVB light therapy three times a week until pain relief was reached or a maximum of 15 sessions); a control group received just the drug. After one month, 58.3 percent of the light therapy patients were painfree, compared to 38.5 percent of the drug group. At three months, the ratios rose to 83.3 percent versus 53.8. The researchers concluded that UVB phototherapy in the acute stage of shingles might reduce the incidence and severity of lingering neuralgia.   Margie King was a corporate attorney for 20 years before becoming a health writer in Lower Gwynedd, PA. Connect at


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by Claire O’Neil ummer is high season for grilling plain or fancy, from a pizza stone to a when just about anything sizzled high-heat pizza oven—all can bring out over high heat tastes great. Grill that charcoal earthiness. masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test Great Grilled Breads when they fired up their grills—gas and “No patio pizzeria repertoire is comcharcoal—to cook bruschetta, panini, plete without a signature grilled bread. flatbreads and pizzas. The results tasted It’s one of the easiest and most flavorful so good that they created a cookbook: appetizers ever,” says Adler. This dish Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatstarts with good whole grain bread, breads on the Grill. liberally brushed with extra-virgin olive Here are a few pointers using a oil on both sides, and then grilled and backyard charcoal-style approach, with topped with any number of vegetable toxin-free hardwood lump charcoal, or mixtures, from fresh sliced tomatoes to a barbecue gas grill. Grill grates can be sautéed bell peppers or broccoli rabe


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and garlic. “The bread slices should be big enough to manage on the grill grates with long-handled grill tongs,” she says. “Simply cook on each side until the bread has good grill marks, then add toppings.” For flatbread, Fertig suggests starting with a pound of fresh pizza dough—healthy grain, if preferred— cut into four pieces. Pat each piece into an oval on a floured surface. “The good thing about flatbread is that it can be just about any shape, so the pressure is off to make it perfectly round.” Brush each oval with olive oil before transferring it directly onto the hot grill grate. When the dough bubbles up like a pancake, turn it with grill tongs and cook the other side. Then top the grilled flatbread with mixtures like honey, pistachios and chive blossoms or freshly chopped herbs and grated pecorino cheese. “Grilled flatbread can go vegan, vegetarian or ‘omnivore-ean’,” she says.  

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Another variation is to step up from flatbread to small, individual pizzas, or pizzettes. For this, use the same fresh pizza dough, but roll it into four perfect rounds. One by one, the rounds go on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brushed with olive oil. “Placing the dough on the oiled parchment paper first and then flipping it upside-down on the grill grates helps keep the dough’s shape better than placing it directly on the grates by hand. This quick flip-and-peel motion is easy once you do it a time or two. Keeping the pizzas small also makes them easier to maneuver on the grill,” advises Adler. After each pizzette bubbles up like a pancake, it needs to be turned and moved to the indirect, or no-heat, side of the grill. There, it gets pizza toppings and can sit for a while with the grill lid closed, so the toppings melt. Served with a fresh salad or summer fruit, a flatbread or pizzette makes for a perfect summer meal on the grill. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.



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hat is being a father? It’s, at least in part, about beginning. It is rejuvenating to locate ourself near the start of a child’s life. There are so many chances to get it right. The thought that we might also get it wrong flits across our mind, but it’s gone before we can even shiver at its presence. It’s also about returning to that question again and again, each time failing to acquire additional insight. “What isn’t being a father?” is a better question. Being a father isn’t indifference, but neither is it a steady stream of calm wisdom or a place of consistent self-control or a clearly delineated set of exercises engineered to help produce self-knowledge in offspring. Bridges are engineered. We stare into our little one’s eyes, beaming thoughts that we hope are received, translated and appreciated, waiting for a beam to come back to us. Child rearing is worked toward, clumsily, imperfectly, with a deep and near religious faith in trial and error. Children are refined over time with the assistance of many imperfect philosophies. When our second child opted in, my wife and I compared baby pictures of the two boys. “They look different,” I said. “That’s not why I’m looking at them,” she said. “I want to remember this.” I remember looking at the pictures with her only because she has told me about it. If, in part, fatherhood is remembering things that did not exactly happen, it is also forgetting things that did happen, some transformative to a degree

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that I could not have imagined five seconds before they occurred. Afterwards, I knew I would never be the same again. But I was. As children grow, they are not the same again. Parenting boys instead of babies is already a grand departure from everything I have learned up until now and I am just coming to see that it will always be this way. Recently, in trying to figure out when a man that is not a father becomes a man that is a father, I remarked to my sons, “Even though I know being a father has changed me forever, I remember certain things that happened, but not as many as I would have thought.” My older son explained, “Maybe it’s because you are thinking of us more than yourself. Maybe you want time to pass so we can get to the next thing in our lives.” My younger son zeroed in, “The problem is that you think it’s parenting when really it’s childing.” He’s right. What is being a father? It’s letting someone else be a child. It’s suffering through certain kinds of abstract pain so that they don’t. It’s bearing the brunt of disappointments so that they can go on feeling invincible. It’s teaching how to forget as much as it is teaching how to remember… but it is still very near the beginning. Ben Greenman is a widely published author and journalist in Greater New York. Connect at





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orn and raised in the Midwest, actress Molly Hagan moved west in the 1980s to pursue her dream of an acting career. Her childhood home was located alongside farmland that ended up being sold and quarried for limestone. “They kept buying more acreage and infringing on our life and landscape. It was hideous, and led me to want to conserve and protect the land and its beauty,” says Hagan. Committed to realizing her professional goals, she’s also dedicated to living eco-consciously and furthering conservation causes. Hagan lives with her partner, archaeologist Richard Guttenberg, in an energy-efficient home below the San Gabriel mountains in Altadena, California. During her 30-plus-year acting career, Hagan has appeared in more than 30 films, including the classics Code of Silence, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sully and Election. Her many TV episode credits include Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Columbo, Friends, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, Grey’s Anatomy and Bones; she was a regular on the popular Herman’s Head and beloved Unfabulous.

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children; my decision is in no way a judgment on those that do. But I believe the warming world is grossly overpopulated, causing resources to become precious, and we must make ever wiser choices.

What are some of the conservation steps you have taken in your home and garden? When I had the means, I bought bigticket items to conserve electricity, like a Sun Frost refrigerator. When money was tight, I focused more on little things, like energy-efficient light bulbs, composting and recycling.     When we bought our small home in sunny Southern California three years ago, we tore out the lawn and irrigation system and planted mostly native plants that require little to no watering. We have an organic vegetable garden, which we hand water using rainwater captured in rain barrels. We also capture our shower water and use it to water plants in summer and flush toilets in winter. Our house had no heating or cooling system, so we invested in ductless split-system heat pumps that cool and heat very efficiently. We knew we needed to do more, so we met with a home energy consultant. We followed through with doable improvements like chimney balloons, painting our flat roof with a reflective coating and weatherproofing windows and doors, while we saved toward doing

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more big things. Last year, we were able to take the plunge and installed recessed LED lighting, upgraded all our windows and doors and insulated our home’s ceilings and floors. We also repurposed material saved from my former yoga studio for the flooring. The insulation has reduced our air conditioning use by 70 percent; despite living in the scorching San Gabriel Valley with little shade cover, we rarely have to turn it on. Our winter electricity bill is down 40 percent, so we’re already seeing a return on our investments, in addition to reducing our carbon footprint. We know we can still do more. We dream of going solar and adding a water reuse system. Next, we want to get everyone involved in planting trees in our neighborhood.  

Because living in a sprawling city or suburb can raise our everyday transportation footprint, how do you minimize your driving? It’s tough to have a small transportation footprint in Los Angeles. I took the bus a couple of times when I moved here, but it was difficult to make timesensitive shoots and auditions. Luckily, nearly everything I need is near our home, and I try not to travel far unless I’m auditioning. I’ve always bought small cars to save gas. I bought the first electric hybrid made by Honda, their futuristiclooking Insight. My last three cars have been a hybrid Toyota Prius. 

Do you try to use your public profile to advocate for change? I’ve always focused on what I can do in my life to live simply and cleanly. The choices I’ve made come from my heart. I don’t carry statistics in my head, can’t quote experts and don’t consider myself an activist. I read up on eco-issues, get a visceral sense of what is right, and then try to lead by example. For example, after we tore out our water- and chemical-hungry lawn, our neighbors on both sides tore out theirs. It’s a simple, but powerful act. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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For example, eczema, acne or other skin lesions can simply be a vitamin B deficiency. If given vitamin B as a complex several times a day makes no headway against the problem, then more investigation is needed. Other common skin vitamins can be tried, like vitamin A and zinc. Deficiencies should first be tried and given time to work. Unless the deficiency is rectified, any other treatment will be fruitless. If addressing nutritional deficiencies manifests signs of improvement, but not wellness, other options should be sought. Another common cause of skin problems is an overwhelmed liver that has become backed up because of a malfunctioning bowel. The bowel should be moving and emptying several times a day so the liver can function as it is intended by dumping toxins to exit

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A majority of Americans feel pain on a daily basis.

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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.

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ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, according 28

to the International Association for the Study of Pain, in Seattle. If chronic pain is affecting you, you feel it and want relief—right now.  

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Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are

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“Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”

What Helps Relieve Pain

Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.

Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain.


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Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma.   “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.

Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps replenish energy and heal muscles.

Hormones—Treat hormone imbalances even if lab tests are “normal”.

Immunity—Dysfunctional immune

systems and persistent infections can lead to chronic pain.

Nutrition—In Teitelbaum’s studies, op-

timizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.

Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the

healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will increase the capacity to exercise. For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.

Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-23. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain.

Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains. EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa,

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California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session. Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington. His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a

“meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and self-empowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at

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apping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), soothes the body by turning off the “fight or flight” stress response that can cause inflammation and worsen pain, according to Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut. Here’s how to do it:

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Identify the problem (e.g., pain in back of neck). Rate the intensity of feelings about the problem on a scale of one to 10.

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hile some carmakers are filling showrooms with everlarger gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet. The green share of the U.S. auto market, combining battery electrics, hybrids and plug-in hybrids, peaked at 3.8 percent in 2013, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Despite a record 59 models available now, the share was just 2.87 percent in 2016. As Millennials—the generation that could be buying 40 percent of all new vehicles by 2020—fully emerge into the marketplace, eco-car numbers could zoom, although some think it’s possible they’ll by shunning car purchases for car-sharing services. “The market has continued to shift to crossovers and big SUVs, and there aren’t many hybrid models available in those categories,” says Sam 40

Abuelsamid, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “We expect that to change in the next couple of years, when vehicles like the hybrid Ford Explorer reach the public.” Navigant projects only 3.4 percent annual compounded growth in hybrid sales by 2025, but a much more robust 31 percent rise in battery-run electrics. “Conventional hybrids without a plug no longer have the halo they once had,” says Bradley Berman, founder of “The cutting edge has moved to electric cars with ever-bigger battery packs and longer electric range. With gas prices at relatively low levels, the green car market remains a small niche.”

Getting a Green Bargain

Many of the greener choices are now a tremendous bargain for consumers. The federal government currently offers a tax credit of up to $4,500 for electrified vehicles, and many states kick in with added subsidies. Highlights include maximums available for electric vehicles (EV) with big batteries: California, $1,500 in rebates, plus single-occupant use of the

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high-occupancy vehicle lanes; Colorado, $5,000; Connecticut, $3,000; Delaware, $2,200; Maryland, $3,000; Massachusetts, $2,500; Michigan, $2,500; Pennsylvania, $2,000; Rhode Island, $2,500; Texas, $2,500; and Utah, $750. The Prius Prime is a prime example of the savings available. The acclaimed plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of 25 miles, starts at $27,100, before subsidies (starting prices are before destination costs). In California, it would be $21,100. This means this well-equipped plug-in hybrid is, for state purchasers, approximately $3,585 less than a base Prius liftback hybrid ($24,685). It’s a buyer’s market for green cars, as manufacturers incentivize them to meet federal and California fuel economy averages. Buyers are encouraged to act now before subsidies disappear. Hyundai is taking an interesting approach with its green Ioniq line, offering, beginning this year, affordable battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the same midsized car platform. “This is about freedom for the customer—they can choose the level of electrification that fits them,” says Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of corporate and product planning.  

Great Green Choices

Here are some more good choices.

Chevrolet Bolt

Battery electric: Chevrolet Bolt

With the Bolt—GM’s first battery electric since the EV1—the buyer can get from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in 6.5 seconds from its 200-horsepower motor plus attain 238 miles of range from its huge, 60-kilowatt-hour battery, winning it 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year and 2017 North American Car of the Year from a jury of automotive journalists. Prices start at $36,620, but subsidies can top $10,000.

Audi A3 e-tron

Plug-in hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron

The power (204 horsepower) and zeroto-60 mph time capability is similar to the Bolt, but the A3 offers a more sumptuous cabin and Audi’s celebrated driving dynamics. The electric range is a mere 16 miles, but 380 miles total using the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine. Prices start at $38,900, but it qualifies for a $4,500 federal tax credit and some state subsidies, too.

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Toyota Highlander

Hybrid car: Toyota Highlander

Mildly updated for 2017, the Highlander is the only three-row hybrid SUV currently available, making it worth considering. Good news includes a power increase in the 3.5-liter V-6 (to 306 horsepower), although there’s a small fueleconomy penalty. The hybrid is rated at 30 miles per gallon in the city, 28 highway and 29 combined. The bottom line cost starts at $36,270 without subsidies. Other worthy cars: The fuel cellpowered Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson (for southern Californians); any of the Ioniqs; the versatile plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt; and the quick BMW i3 and i8 and Tesla Model S if the budget allows. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at

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THURSDAY, JUNE 1 Mantra Chanting: Ancient Sacred Sound Vibrations—7-8:30pm. No experience required. Facilitator: Laura Trisiano. $65. Wellness Rocks!, 28 Center St., Clinton. 908-268-5933. Radiate! And Attract Real Love—7-9 pm. Co-Facilitators: Barbara Steingas and Lisa Caroselli. $45. Enrollment: LCaroselli08@ Barbara: 908-391-4463.

FRIDAY, JUNE 2 Touch Mother Earth 2017—Jun. 2-4. Life-enhancing workshops, sustainable living solutions, healthy food, quality vendors, a children’s program and live music. $25 (kids under 16 free). Overnight options. Vendors & Volunteers: Volunteers4TouchMotherEarth.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 3 Intuitive Readings with Jessica McKay-12-3pm. Receive intuitive guidance to your questions, feel empowered. $45/15 mins. $90/30 mins. eZential Wellness, 1300 Prince Rogers Ave., Bridgewater. Register: 908-526-0002. Live Kirtan Performance with Gitanjali-7-9pm. Feel uplifted and inspired as you enjoy traditional Kirtan (call and response devotional music). $15. eZential Wellness, 1300 Prince Rogers Ave., Bridgewater. Restorative Yoga to Live Cello-6pm. Restorative yoga with Karen as you listen to love songs from Broadway musicals played on the cello with Richard Hotchkiss. $35/advance. $40/at the door. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Soul Shamanism 101-Jun. 3, 4. 10am-5pm. Explore your inner space that directly reflects your body and entire life, with direct access to your healing, inner wisdom and knowledge. Powerful lifetime connection. $350. Janet StraightArrow, Be The Medicine in Madison. 973-647-2500.

SUNDAY, JUNE 4 Make Your Own Mala Bead-3-5pm. Learn about the Mala Necklace: the spiritual qualities of gemstones, mantras and healing techniques. Participants will make their own. $40. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Reiki Share Celebration–2–5pm. Speaker: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. Enjoy Reiki healing, meditation, high vibration crystal singing bowls, drum, gong and chants. $10. eZential Wellness Center, 1300 Prince Rogers Ave., Bridgewater. 908-526-0002. Celebrating Your Story and Your Gift-12-2pm. Presenter: Kimberly Ann Borin, Ed.D. Nourishing workshop to tap into sense of peace using relaxation techniques. $25/in advance. $35/at the door. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. 908730-8792.


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FRIDAY, JUNE 9 Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master Training-Jun. 9-11. 1:30-7pm. Instructor: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master. For Reiki Masters who want to expand their mastery. Powerful healing tools, including 9 symbols. eZential Wellness Center, 1300 Prince Rogers Ave., Bridgewater. Register: Reiki. Meetup. com/New-Jersey-Reiki-Circle.

SATURDAY, JUNE 10 Soul Purpose Living Mastery Power of Intent– 10-5pm. We step into our life purpose and learn to live it, awakening wisdom in exploring our lives as soul and self in meditations and journeys. $175. Janet StraightArrow, Be The Medicine in Madison. Janet@ 973-647-2500. BeTheMedicine. com.

SUNDAY, JUNE 11 Reiki Share-2nd Sun, 4th Mon. Instructor: Diana Davis, Reiki Master. All welcomed. $10-20. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989.

MONDAY, JUNE 12 Spiritual Response Technique Workshop/Bio Mat Demo-7pm. Presenter: Sue Ann SecciaHarnden. Learn how energy medicine techniques can help you. Free. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP: 908-658-4900.

TUESDAY, JUNE 13 Stop Smoking with Hypnosis –6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodridge Ave., Edison. 908303-7767. HypnosisNJ. com. Lose Weight with Hypnosis –7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off. $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodridge Ave., Edison. 908-303-7767. Barry@

Introduction to Medical Intuition–7-9pm. Learn this profound art of perception and healing. Awareness of the many layers and levels of our health and well-being, awakens possibilities we never imagined. $40. Janet StraightArrow, Be The Medicine in Madison. 973-6472500.

Relaxation through Hypnosis –8:30-9:30pm. Learn several easy to use techniques you can use daily to reduce stress in your life. $55. Middlesex County College, 2600 Woodridge Ave., Edison. 908303-7767. HypnosisNJ. com.


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Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt required: 908-658-4900. Reiki Training, Level 2–7-9pm. Jun. 14, 21. Instructor Beth Scibienski. Pre-req: Reiki I. Discuss and meditate on healing, learn symbols and practice Reiki. Donation: $60. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Beth@ Reiki & Restorative Yoga-6:15-7:30pm. Teachers: Donna Pollin, RYT, Reiki Master and Martha Watson, RYT. Combine two powerful healing modalities for a deeply relaxing experience. $30. Preregister. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-7070759

THURSDAY, JUNE 15 Essential Oils 101-7pm. Learn about essential oils and make your own oil blend take-away. Free if preregistered. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Reiki & BioMat Treatments-6:30-9:30pm. Relaxation treatments at Spa Pop monthly event. Sue Ann Seccia-Harnden will also speak about benefits of energy medicine for self-care. Beaver Brook Country Club, 25 Country Club Dr., Annandale. 908-730-0658. Spa Pop Event – 6:30-9:30pm. A spa themed evening with an abundance of wellness and beauty experiences to explore. Pop in for some restorative, rejuvenating experiences from local businesses and vendors. Massage, facials, wine tasting, healthy nibbles, spa treatments, unique boutique shopping. Beaver Brook Country Club in Annandale/ Clinton NJ. 908-342-6979. Free to the public, but please reserve your space in advance online, then click on Spa Pop Hunterdon. 

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SATURDAY, JUNE 17 Yoga for Stress Relief: Hips, Back, Shoulders1-2:45pm. Instructor: Jen James, E-RYT500. Learn specialized postures to bring relief to typically tight areas of the body. Utilize blocks and straps to deepen and support stretches. $30. eZential Wellness, 1300 Prince Rogers Ave., Bridgewater. Register: 908-5260002. Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Wheat Allergy, IBS Testing-9:30-11:30am. Testing thru Vibrant Wellness. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt required: 908-658-4900. Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair-Jun. 17, 18. 10am6pm. Tune up your body, mind and spirit. Experience the love of higher consciousness. Guest speakers, psychics, energy healers, shamanic practitioners, massage and more. $7. New Hope Eagle Fire House, 46 N Sugan Rd., New Hope. 267-261-2768.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18 Interfaith/Intercultural Sunday Talk Series-10am. Sunday service message with guest speaker Randy Mackenzie of the Summit Transcendental Meditation Group. Love offering. Free intro to TM will follow. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. 908-730-8792.

MONDAY, JUNE 19 Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Wheat Allergy, IBS Testing-5-7:15pm. Testing thru Vibrant Wellness. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt required: 908658-4900.

TUESDAY, JUNE 20 Family Constellations Workshop—7-9pm. Facilitator: Kerry Kay. Issues you struggle with may

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 Thermography Scans – 9am-6pm. With Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC. Call for appointment. Wellness Rocks! 28 Center St., Clinton. 855-667-9338.

THURSDAY, JUNE 22 Thermography Imaging–9am-7pm. Thermographer Lisa Mack, CCT,CNC, HH. Breast imaging, health screening, full body imaging. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt required: 609-618-6545. Summer Solstice Community Celebration– 7-9pm. Join Community Shamanic Ceremony. Celebrate beginning of Summer, the longest day of year. Chant, Drum, Journey. Meditate. Outdoor fire. Donation. Janet StraightArrow, Be The Medicine in Madison. 973-647-2500.

FRIDAY, JUNE 23 Suppers Program at Sand Hills Community Wellness Center—6:30-8:30pm. Theme: Adrenals and Stress Management. Learn to cook, taste, and feel your way to vibrant health. Shared cost of meal plus small donation. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Maryann: 732-419-3551. Total Relaxation for Health and Happiness-6:308:30pm. Teachers: Donna McMullin, RYT and Beth Youmans, PhD, E-RYT500. Learn relaxation techniques, lower your stress level and feel fabulously relaxed. Bring yoga mat. $32. $58/two people. Preregister by June 19. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759

TUESDAY, JUNE 27 Micronutrient, Hormone, CardioMetabolic, Thyroid, MTHFR, Omega Testing–9:30am-12:30pm. Most insurance accepted. Includes consultation. Spectacell Labs. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt required: 908-658-4900. Thermography Scans – 9am-6pm. With Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC. Call for appointment. Hunterdon Integrative Physicians, 33 Rupell Road, Hampton. 855667-9338.

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ongoingevents sunday Unity Spiritual Center Sunday Service – 10am. Rev. Carmela Vuoso-Murphy. Join us for prayer, meditation, song, uplifting spiritual message and fellowship afterwards. Exceptional youth programs during the service for children, pre-teens and teens. Outdoor labyrinth open dawn to dusk. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. For info: 908-730-8792. Sunday Transformation Service – 10:30am. A warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Come to one of our services and mingle afterward with refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd. (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. Pilates Mat with the Ball—9am. Use the Pilates ball to improve balance, sculpt and define the whole body. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.  

monday Beginner Yoga-6pm. Learn to pay attention to your body, notice your thoughts and breathe fully. Experience the wonders of yoga. $16. $33/3 classes. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-7070759 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 Sun Style Tai Chi–11am-12pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. Call to reserve your place: 908-392-1313. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. More information at Swimming Dragon Qi Gong with Patty Pagano— 12-1pm. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. $50/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information about Qi Healing: 908-647-1563 or Tai Chi Chih with Dr. Janet Oussaty–6-7pm. Gentle moving meditation of 19 movements and 1 pose. $75. $15/drop-in. Questions: 908-635-1822 or Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. Wuji Tai Chi, Beginner–1–7:30pm. for the student who is new to Tai Chi or Wuji form. Instructor: Fran Maher. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at J u d o P ro g r a m f o r K i d s – M o n . 4 : 3 0 5:30pm. Sat. 12:30-1:30pm. Instructor: Edwin Calvache, Sandan Black Belt. 10 sessions/$125. 20 sessions/$200. Mat fee: $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. RSVP: for details. Yoga for Cancer Care –7pm. (First 3 Mondays each month) Open to anyone affected by cancer: survivors, those in treatment, caregivers and supporters. No experience required. Suggested donation: $5. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Suite 202, Flemington. RSVP: 908-642-0989, or karen@beherenowyoga108. com.

tuesday Beginner Yoga-7:30pm. Learn to pay attention to your body, notice your thoughts and breathe fully. Experience the wonders of yoga. $16. $33/3 classes. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-7070759 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. Gentle Yoga for Cancer Care–2:30-3:30pm. All classes offered by donation. Bodhi Breathe, 19 N Doughty St., Somerville. YogaForCancerCare@ 908-343-8247. Wuji Tai Chi Beginner 1–10:30-11:30am. Beginner 2: 11:30am-12:30pm. Get started with the beginning moves of this beautiful flowing “water” form.  Intro to form, alignment and principles of movement. Instructor: Fran Maher. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563.

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Zumba–6pm. Get your Latin inspired dance and fitness on! Instructor: Dr. Latisha Scott. $10/ drop-in. $40/5-classes. $80/10-classes. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. 732-419-3551. Feeding QiGong & Tai Chi—6-7pm. Qigong and Tai Chi belong to a system of self-healing and martial arts that have been practiced in China for centuries. It consists of gentle exercises that combine the breath, relaxed movement, self massage and meditation to harmonize mind and body, maintain health and achieve longevity. 110 Harrison Street, Frenchtown New Jersey 609-575-9898. Two for Tuesdays at Quantum Floats – Open 9am-9pm. Bring a friend to float and both enjoy a 50% discount on a 60 or 90 minute float. Quantum Floats, 1 Robertson Dr., Ste. 13, Bedminster. 973782-3227. “Connecting with Loved Ones in Spirit” – 7:309pm. Sit with psychic mediums who will contact the energy of your loved ones who have passed away. By appointment only. Contact Garry: 908-852-4635 or

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Swimming Dragon Qi Gong with Patty Pagano— 7:30-8:30pm. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. $50/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information about Qi Healing: 908-647-1563 or Wuji Jing: Qi Gong & Tai Chi–1:30-2:30pm. 30 minutes of Qi Gong, 30 minutes of Wuji Jing Gong Tai Chi. Instructor: Brian Coffey. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. Wuji Qi Gong All Levels–5:30pm.No experience required. Explore the 16 peaceful, relaxing Qi Gong movement methods as developed by Master William Ting. Instructor: Fran Maher. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at A Course in Miracles Study Group – 7-8:30pm. This is an ongoing group whose purpose is to support students of the Course and answer any questions they have whenever the need arises. This group meets offsite. 908-730-8792.

thursday Gutbuster Plus Class-7pm. Instructor: Dr. Latisha Scott. Flatten tummy, trim your thighs and strengthen your body! $40/4 classes. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., KendallPark. Preregister:732-649-3767.FusionFitNWell@gmail. com. Multi-Level Yoga: Afternoon Delight-4:30pm. End the workday and start the evening fresh and calm. $16. $33/3 classes. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759 Multi-Level Yoga-7:30pm. $16. $33/3 classes. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759 Gentle Yoga for Cancer Care–11:15am-12:15pm. All classes offered by donation. Califon Yoga Studio, 438 Rt 512 Califon. YogaForCancerCare@gmail. com. 908-343-8247. Community Acupuncture with Michael Gonzales—4:30-7pm. Not a class- instead a time to lie down and experience a relaxing, affordable, healing acupuncture session.  Sliding scale, minimum $25. Michael Gonzales: 908-392-3468. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. More information at QiGongForHealing. com.

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Joel S. Goldsmith/Infinite Way Study Group— 10-11:45am. For mystics at heart seeking a conscious union with God. Weekly discussion based on teachings of mystic Joel S. Goldsmith. Followed by optional meditation.  Love offering.  Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-730-8792. QiGong & Tai Chi—6-7pm. Qigong and Tai Chi belong to a system of self-healing and martial arts that have been practiced in China for centuries. It consists of gentle exercises that combine the breath, relaxed movement, self massage and meditation to harmonize mind and body, maintain health and achieve longevity. 110 Harrison Street, Frenchtown New Jersey 609-575-9898.

friday Gentle Yoga for Cancer Care–10-11am. All classes offered by donation. Bodhi Breathe, 19 N Doughty St., Somerville. 908-343-8247. Community Acupuncture for Veterans and Active Military—11-11:30am. Sleep better, relax the nervous system and heal post-trauma stress using a 5-point, research-documented ear protocol. 30-60 minutes. Suggested donation: $10. Karmabridge Acupuncture & Herbals, P.C., 490 Schooley’s Mountain Rd., Hackettstown. 908-8521267.

saturday Beginner Yoga-9:30am. Learn to pay attention to your body, notice your thoughts and breathe fully. Experience the wonders of yoga. $16. $33/3 classes. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-7070759 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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Kristin A. Dudley L.Ac. 84 Park Ave, STE G-103C, Flemington, NJ 08822 973-979-1652 Gentle acupuncture with Kristin Dudley L.Ac. can be both very relaxing as well as healing. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to ease muscle and arthritis pain, relieve stress, increase energy and improve sleep. Welcome everyone and de-stress in a nurturing and healing enviroment. See ad on page 41.


Ruth A. Karmazon, L.Ac., C.A., M.S. 490 Schooley’s Mountain Road, #3B Hackettstown, NJ 07840 908-852-1267 Imagine what it would be like if your pain, sorrow or discomfort were suspended for a day, a week, a month, a year, a lifetime. At Karmabridge the healing begins the moment you walk in the door. This isn’t just healthcare, it’s a new paradigm. What you learn at Karmabridge will transform you to your natural state of being. Health! Experience Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Health Coaching, Nutrition, Massage Therapy, Reiki, CranioSacral Therapy and Special Classes. We are Your Get Better Center! See ad on page 21.


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Brian Coffey LMT, and Fran Maher CA 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren 908-647-1563 Specializing in T’ai Chi and Qi Gong classes, as well as private session clinical Qi Gong and acupuncture since 1994. Chinese Medicine weekend seminars teach how to apply clinical Qi Gong remedies to specific disorders. Excellent for the lay person and healthcare providers. All are welcome to observe or join a class. See ad on page 26.


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Channeled Energy Healing & Consultations 908-638-9066 If you feel blocked or burdened you may need to look deeper than this lifetime. Christina specializes in removing past life blocks and trauma through the Spiritual Detox process and direct channeling of Mother Mary, all over the phone. Distance healing is also available.


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We believe that the body is designed to heal itself but structural issues, toxins, lack of nutrients, or an emotional component can affect overall health. We offer Whole-istic healing techniques including Neuroemotional Technique, Active Release techniques, Activator, Flexion Distraction and more! See ad on page 47.

With 27 years of experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of New Jersey utilizes both traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We regularly hold adult education seminars, as well as work with hospitals, fitness centers, and individuals who want to better their lives. We specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement, and public speaking. The State of New Jersey and Fortune 500 Corporations are among our many satisfied customers. See ad on page 7.See ad on page 7.

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Improving Your Life Through Hypnotherapy Garry Gewant, MA Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist 908-852-4635 • Traditional hypnotherapy techniques with other holistic modalities. Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation, Weight Control, Stress Management, Elimination of Fears, Improving Sports, Artistic, and Academic Performance, Anger Management, etc. Practice also includes Reiki Healing, Transpersonal Hypnotherapy, Metaphysical Counseling, Psychic/Mediumship and Past Life Regression Therapy as taught to him by Dr. Brian Weiss, author of Many Lives, Many Masters.

INTEGRATIVE/FUNCTIONAL MD INTEGRATIVE HEALTH & WELLNESS ASSOCIATES Minal Vazirani, MD 112 Town Center in Warren (844) 5-HEALER • (844) 543-2537 ; Facebook: DrVazirani

Dr. V is triple board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, and integrative medicine, plus additional training in Ayurvedic and Functional Medicine, and Yoga Therapy. She has published on integrative approaches to gut health. Commited to helping patients get to the root cause of health concerns to create an individualized integrative lifestyle prescription for optimal wellness. Functional Medicine Testing and Nutritional Testing is performed when indicated. See ad on page 27.


Donna Russo Soul Drawing readings for people and pets. Starting with your question for your Soul, I talk to your Soul and get a message for you. I combine this message with a custom drawing of the vision I am shown, containing your Soul’s energy vibration. Illustrations are professionally drawn in colored pencil. Each drawing is original and uniquely yours. Oracle card readings also available. Readings are done over the phone. See website for details.


Barbara Steingas, BS, MA 908-391-4463 Through her own experience of restoring her health from Crohn’s Disease (deeemed incurable by traditional medicine) and being a physical therapist for almost 30 years, Barbara is able to help clients find the missing pieces of what she calls their healing puzzle to improve their health in a more natural and holistic manner. She does this by helping people identify the physical, emotional, mental and spritual strategies best suited to achieve their results faster, in a more cost and time effective way, ultimately eliminating a life of pain and suffering behind, just as she did.


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Lauren Curtis, LMT 615 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, 07069 908-333-7746| Lauren Curtis, LMT is a New Jersey State Licensed massage therapist, who specializes in various forms of massage, including Oncology, Pregnancy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Medical, Aromatherapy, and Chair massage. She is also trained in Foot Reflexology and Reiki.


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Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ 973 267-4816 Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice in Morristown, NJ, she teaches a six-month nutritional certification course and has certified over 700 graduates in Holistic Health over the last 14 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches 1-day classes and lectures widely. Dian is currently finishing her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew University in Madison, NJ, and may be reached at 973 267-4816, Email at or visit See ad on page 9.




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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Living Plate Nutrition Education and Counseling Center 22 Peapack Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931 908-234-1160 | At Living Plate, Jeanne partners with registered dietitians and culinary professionals to ensure individuals can meet their health goals. Evidence-based programming focused on changing nutrition-related health behaviors such as selecting, preparing, and cooking health-promoting foods. Most major insurance plans accepted for individual nutrition counseling. See ad on page 21.

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PAIN RELIEF/MANAGEMENT EAST COAST SPINE, SPORTS, AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE Edward Magaziner, MD 2186 Route 27, Suite 2D, North Brunswick 877-817-3273

Dr. Magaziner’s goal of treatment is to repair, regenerate, and eliminate injury or pain, and it’s causes. Specializing in: Orthopedic Regenrative Medicine, Endoscopic Spinal Discectomy, PRP, Stem Cell Grafts & Prolotherapy. See ad on page 2.

PSYCHOTHERAPY/COUNSELING AWAKEN HEALTH CENTER Dr. Nancy Erb, LCSW, ACSW 28 Center Street, Clinton 908-268-0724 Nancy@AwakenHealth.Center

Dr. Erb offers assistance toward reducing stress within the mind and body. The methodologies include NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.) These techniques target the physiology of stress and promotes improved well-being.


“Brianna’s Nutrition Kitchen, LLC” is a personal chef service that is dedicated to helping you and your family live healthier and less stressful lifestyles.


Ann Fultz and Elizabeth Amarante Serving Flemington/Raritan Township and surrounding areas 908-788-0504 We offer loving care in your home for cats and other small animals. An experienced, holistic-minded, mother/ daughter team, we can accommodate special diets, and traditional or homeopathic medications. Visit our website for details. Bonded and insured.


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Licensed Psychotherapist Hunterdon County 908-892-8978 Are you looking for clarity and focus on the direction of your life? The skill of combining 35 years of traditional psychotherapy techniques along with the integration of spiritual philosophies can assist in your healing. I work with children, adolescents and adults, couples and families who are 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.


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.

Naturally gifted, Zophie reads palms, auras, tarot cards, and uses crystals and healing pyramids. Individual sessions, workshops and parties. Gallery showcases crystals, antiques and other gifts. See ad on page 14.


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RELATIONSHIP COACH ONDOV RELATIONSHIP COACHING Rhoda Ondov, MS, MFT, CPC 12-14 E. Main St., Suite 8, Somerville NJ 908-642-6256

If you are in a troubled relationship, or dealing with infidelity, or facing possible divorce, you do not need Therapy. You are not mentally ill. You just need guidance and solutions. Relationship Coaching can help you repair these difficult situations, bringing clarity and restoring harmony. 8 years experience helping couples successfully navigate relationship crises. Does not require participation by both partners. See ad on page 14.


Christel Haase, Ph.D., Certified Reflexologist Main Street Massage 4 Walter E. Foran Blvd/Ste. 404 Flemington - 908-806-0266 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 on page 35.


Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338 Thermography gives a very 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 on page 19.

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