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Air Care for Kids

Keeping the Homefront Allergy-Free

Water Rescue Our Role in the Coming Shortfall

NUTRITION UPGRADES Strategies for Better Health

Natural Remedies for Pet Allergies

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Contents 22 THE PATH TO WEALTH How to Make a Dream Come True


26 DELICIOUS DISCARDS Making Meals From Mainly Scraps


on the Power of Wonder and Legacy


Keeping the Homefront Allergy-Free

32 NUTRITION UPGRADES Five Strategies for Better Health



Another Reason to Go Organic


When Allergies Put the Bite on Pets

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Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis


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Empowered Light Holistic Expo Returns to Oaks


his spring’s Empowered Light Holistic Expo is just around the corner, running from 4 to 9 p.m., April 26; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 27 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 28, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Lobby A, in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Plenty of free parking is available. The expo’s focus is on holistic lifestyles, spiritual classes and personal development. “People feel stressed and distracted, and they are looking for more connection and answers,” says the expo’s founder, Sue Greenwald. “The expo offers new ideas, contacts and connection with others and, most of all, a community where people feel supported in a fun way.” The April expo features Brad Johnson, who will be presenting a channeled session with Adronis that includes Q&A, and a workshop on Cellular Body Regeneration. Also featured is John DeSouza The X-Man, former FBI Investigator, who will present A Paranormal Life and a workshop on Clear-Hearing. Empowered Light engages attendees with experiential classes, meditation and sound healing, as well as mini-treatments, such as reiki. Attendees can choose from more than 50 workshops and lectures. Guests can linger and shop in-between presentations with more than 150 holistic vendors. Interested vendors are encouraged to apply now for a space. Cost: General admission, $5-$20. Some presentations additional. Advance ticket purchases encouraged. For more information, call 484-459-3082, email or visit See ad, page 23.

Spring Equinox Weekend Retreat


he equinox marks the time of year when there is an equal amount of day and night on earth. During the spring equinox, a person is able to experience a massive dose of healing and unconditional love from heavenly stars, particularly the Sun, Chiron, Mercury and Neptune, which will be sharing the highest point in the sky. On March 22 through 24, celebrate this special time and align the soul and spirit by acknowledging the spring season, new life and a chance for new beginnings. Makiko Fliss, owner of RAYKI School, will be helping participants expand their consciousness and understand the significance of this healing equinox with a special weekend retreat in Cranbury. A person can use the equinox to ignite their healing power and revolutionize their community with mother earth. This is the time to share the wealth of wisdom accumulated, heal the community and awaken all the senses. To register for this event, visit Equinox2019/. For more information, visit See ad, page 33.

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TheWorld’s Healthiest Cuisines Upbeat Kids Five Steps to Positivity

Fitness in 10 Minutes

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Feature: Strengthen Organ Vitality Plus: Healthy Homes


Feature: Heart Health Plus: Socially Conscious Investing

natUral Food ISSUE


Feature: Nutrition Upgrades Plus: Managing Allergies


Feature: Sustainable Living Plus: Creative Arts Therapy

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Feature: Mental & Emotional Well-Being Plus: Healthy Vision

Brain Health JUNE Feature: Plus: Green Building Trends

local Food ISSUE Urban & Suburban Agriculture JULY Feature: Plus: Gut Health


Feature: Children’s Health Plus: Natural Pet Care

Vibrant at anY age ISSUE Age-Defying Bodywork SEPT Feature: Plus: Yoga Therapy


Feature: Oral Health Plus: Chiropractic Care

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Feature: Uplifting Humanity Plus: Earth-Friendly Holidays

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InSight Holistic 46 Integrative Health & Wellness 35 Associates Kangen Water 61 Kaya Health & Wellness/IV 25 Infusion Lounge La Bella Vita Wellness 41 Life Central Spiritual Healing 56 Lisa’s Thermography & Wellness 39 Mind Body Spirit HOME 4 Morning Star Family Health Center 11 Nature’s Rite 61 Ondov Relationship Coaching 22 Permaculture Farming Designs 15 Personally Yours Lingerie 4 Philadelphia Pathwork 5 PremierMD 9 Premier Pilates and Yoga 17 Princeton Center for Dental 29 Aesthetics Qi Gong for Healing 18 RAYKI School 33 Samsara Chiropractic 35 Sand Hills Community 46 Wellness Center Sellari Chiropractic 21 ShopRite 33, 37 SpaPop 5 Sunny van Vlijmen/EFT-Practice 15 Sunrise Nutrition 7 The Naturopath, LLC 26 The Soul’s Inspiration 9 The Whole-istic You 20 Thintech 2 Unbridled Life Coaching 19 Valley Integrative Pharmacy 3, 12, 37, 43 Wellspring Women’s Health 13 Waldorf School of Princeton 56 Whole Foods 34 WholeListic Hair Design 14 *New or returning advertiser

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Change Your Mindset to Empower Your Life


e each have the ability to empower ourselves. Sometimes we get stuck and we don’t have to stay stuck. The Empowerment Partnership is offering an Integrative Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner Certification training from April 11 through 14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Newark Airport. This interactive and experiential program provides proven tools and techniques to communicate more effectively, build rapport easily, reprogram the mind for success, release limiting beliefs and behaviors, gain clarity in core values and overcome procrastination, lack of motivation, depression and phobias. Successful people such as Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey and Pharrell Williams utilize NLP techniques to bring effective changes in life. NLP offers an opportunity to explore how your mind and emotions work in achieving goals, and how to let go of unwanted habits and behaviors to achieve lasting results in every aspect of life. With 37 years of experience, the Empowerment Partnership, led by Dr. Matt James, is the world’s foremost leading authority in providing the most powerful training experiences in alternative and integrative approaches in psychology, human understanding, neuroscience and personal growth. Natural Awakenings readers pay only $144 to attend when using promo code NATURAL. Location: 128 Frontage Rd., Newark. Register online at See ad, page 10.

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r. John Harrington is offering a free consultation regarding an alternative medicine approach for readers suffering from Lyme Disease until March 15. The consultation will discuss a Lyme protocol consisting of nutritional therapy to improve immune function, along with detoxification and diet. Utilizing a non-invasive and accurate testing procedure, Harrington analyzes the body’s physical and nutritional needs to get patients on the road to health. “Heavy metals, environmental chemicals and biotoxins from Lyme disease could be suppressing your immune system and preventing a full recovery,” says Harrington. “We acknowledge that almost everybody can be helped with nutrition. Clients with Lyme disease are no different. Instead of treating the disease, our approach is to test the body and figure out why it can’t fully heal naturally. We offer an all-natural, drug-free program using nutrition, botanicals, homeopathy and alternative medicine to remove the true barriers to health and healing.” Location: 137 Mountain Ave., Hackettstown. For more information or to make an appointment, call 908-441-2276 or visit See ad, page 7.

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Simplified Spring/Summer Naturopathic Course for Certification as a Holistic Health Counsellor (CHHC) that begins on April 14. Freeman has been conducting the sixmonth national certification course twice a year for more than 15 years. Many students take Freeman’s course to begin a career as a Naturopath in holistic health, while others take it for personal use. She teaches many modalities learned by experience and combined in her own practice. Among these include what used to be thought of as clinical nutrition, which was based on optimal supplementation as developed through orthomolecular nutrition. Freeman combines this original nutritionist tradition with the newer approaches of functional nutrition diets, herbalism, essential oils, flower essences and many other effective healing modalities, including vibrational energy tools. Students receive personal and business nutritional guidance, plus mentorship and discounted access to future classes and lectures. Graduates of the program may attend free monthly meetings to learn business skills and to practice consultations. To register, call 973-267-4816 or visit See ad, page 17.

Sacred Relics of the Buddha Display


ari, also referred to by their Sanskrit name, Saira, meaning “body”, is a generic term which refers to Buddhist relics. In common usage, it usually denotes a pearl or crystal-like bead-shaped object that is found among the cremated ashes of Spiritual Masters. Soshimsa Zen Center is blesssed to have inherited the sacred relics of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, the sacred relics of one of the Jaeja disciples of the Buddha and the sacred relics of Zen Master and previous Supreme Patiarch of the Taego Order of Korean Buddhism, Master Deok-Ahm Dae Jongsa. Soak up the spiritual power of the Sacred Sari Relics at 11 a.m., on March 17, at Soshimsa Zen Center, in Plainfield. Sari are believed to emanate or incite blessings and grace within the mind-stream and experience of those connected to them, in addition to warding off evil. Sari are considered relics of significant importance in many sects of Buddhism, as they are said to embody the spiritual knowledge, teachings, realizations and living essence of spiritual masters. They are taken as evidence of the masters’ enlightenment and spiritual purity and deep faith. Location: 1112 North Ave., Plainfield. For more information, call 908-377-9803, email or visit

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Create an Outdoor Oasis with Permaculture Farming Designs


ermaculture is easy to implement and exciting to learn about as it works with nature, not against it. With this type of care, a few easy changes can make all the difference between constant hard work and an easy to care for thriving property. During these cold winter months, Permaculture Farming Designs is getting ready for spring by improving and extending usable outdoor living spaces throughout the tri-state area, and consultation appointments for March onsite visits are now being taken. In addition to gaining a beautiful, functional and sustainable landscape, garden or farm, owner Melissa Constantinou ensures that clients are taught how to use simple techniques that will save

them money while caring for their property in a sustainable way. Permaculture Farming Designs also rewards their loyal clients with bonus visits for referring friends and family. Fight the winter blues by dreaming, planning and preparing for the spring and summer seasons. Services are generally offered in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania; however, bookings may be accepted in other states as well. Consultations are priced according to the location and property size. Payment plans are available, and check and credit cards are accepted. There’s no time to waste! Seed catalogs are arriving in the mail and gardeners are eagerly anticipating this growing season. Loation: 31 Lynn Court, North Brunswick. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call Melissa Constantinou at 732-439-9269, email or visit See ad on page 15.

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New Thought / Law of Attraction Men’s Group


any men experience a sense of isolation in their spiritual journey and balancing the spiritual with the desire to succeed in life can be tricky. A new men’s group called LOTUS (Laws Of The Universe Scholars) provides a unique learning and sharing forum for like-minded men who are driven to achieve in the world while progressing spiritually. The group will meet every other Thursday for three months, from 5 to 7 p.m., beginning March 28. Sunny van Vlijmen, a mentor and personal development coach, has facilitated a LOTUS women’s group for over 12 years. “The inspiration for this new group came from one of my male coaching clients. Knowing about my women’s group, he told me of the need for a similar group for men,” explains van Vlijmen. “In his opinion, there is a distinct lack of opportunities for success-driven yet spiritual men to come together, to further their studies and support each other to achieve the success they desire.” Participants will be familiarized with “New Thought” and “Law of Attraction” ideas and concepts, as well as powerful and practical techniques, strategies and modalities to support them in finally achieving their desires. Cost: $300 for 6-session series. Location: 939 Ridge Road, Suite 2D, Monmouth Junction. To reserve your place, email Contact@ by 3/21. See ad, page 15.

The Spa Pop Event Series


nytime is the right time to sink into the SpaPop pampering experience. Spa Pop is a free health, beauty and wellness event open to the public. Tailored to fit into the busy schedules of professionals, educators, parents and caretakers, SpaPop brings attendees together with local businesses offering spa treatments, and offers an abundance of products and services to explore. The spring SpaPop series takes place from 6:30–9:30 p.m., on April 4, in Annandale, and April 25, in Frenchtown. Future SpaPops are planned on October 10 and October 17. Guests will enjoy free massage, facials, manicures and food provided by ShopRite and Basil Bandwagon. They will have the opportunity to meet consult with practitioners of reiki, personal trainers, chiropractors, personal chefs, health advocates, skin care specialists and weight management counselors. What began with the idea of offering a fun and rejuvenating evening for busy people during the long winter months in Hunterdon County has grown into large community building events and now includes four more SpaPops, and other events including GamePop, KidsPop, PetPop and The HAMSA Holistic Health Fair. Plan to “pop in” for some restorative, relaxing experiences and see for yourself what SpaPop is all about. Locations: Beaver Brook Country Club, 25 Country Club Dr., Annandale, and Razberry’s Banquet Hall, Rte. 12, Frenchtown. For advance tickets, visit click on SpaPop. For information, call 908-342-6979 or email See ad, page 5.

The Call of Soul


any have experienced the gnawing feeling that there is more to life. It is often described as an inner push to discover something real, something true, something spiritual. Those who embrace the teachings of Eckankar understand this as “the call of Soul”. To learn more, all heart-minded, truth seekers are invited to attend The Call of Soul, a spiritual discussion held weekly from 6:30-7:30 p.m., beginning April 3, in Clinton. There are three sessions in the series, and each is free to attend. The teachings of Eckankar share the knowledge that Soul is a divine spark of God on a homeward bound journey of Self- and God-realization. Come experience spiritual exercises to open the heart to even more divine love and insights. Location: Hunterdon County Library North Branch, 65 Halstead St., Clinton. Series is facilitated by Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom. For more information call 800-870-9139. Eckankar-NJ. org. See CRG, page 60.

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Clear Your Space, Clear Your Life


mara Willey, owner of Mind Body Spirit Home, recently spoke to over 70 attendees on “Space Clearing and Organizing” at the North Branch Library in Clinton. The full room of avid listeners, who braved the cold and potential snow, were fascinated and engaged with her very well-organized presentation. Naturally, one would expect no less from a professional organizer. Yet getting organized goes far beyond neatness as the understanding expands into clearing your space and clearing your life. “The space you live in affects you on many levels. Spending some time clearing and beautifying your space can have profound and unexpected effects on your overall health and well-being,” explains Willey. “Through clearing, people become happier, calmer and in more control of their time.” Willey will again present Space Clearing from 7 to 9 p.m., on March 17, at Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Avenue, Madison. Future topics in March include Organizing for the Creative Mind, Find Your Organizing Style, and Find Your Animal Power. For complete details and locations, please visit the Daily Calendar on pages 50-52. For information, call or text 908-868-4311. See ad, page 4.

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Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Researchers at Iran’s Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences tested 80 patients with the condition, which involves chest pain linked to a lack of blood flow to the heart. The patients were given three one-gram doses a day of lemon balm powder or a placebo. After two months, the patients given the lemon balm had significant reductions of “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased workout capacity, a measure of heart function. 16

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A Harvard study was conducted on the diets of nearly 28,000 male health professionals spanning two decades between their 50s and 70s and published by the American Academy of Neurology. It found those that drank orange juice and ate leafy greens, berries and dark orange and red vegetables suffered significantly less memory loss than others. Subjects reported every four years and were examined for both thinking and memory skills. Those that ate about six servings of vegetables a day were a third less likely to develop poor thinking skills than those consuming two servings; those that drank orange juice every day were half as likely to develop poor thinking skills as those drinking one serving per month. Men that ate larger amounts of fruits and vegetables 20 years earlier were less likely to develop similar problems, whether or not they kept eating larger amounts of fruits and vegetables later.


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Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics Ginger, black pepper and holy basil, mainstays in traditional medicines as anti-inflammatories, also contain significant prebiotic potential that could help gut health, report researchers from India’s National Institute of Nutrition, in Hyderabad. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) showed significantly higher prebiotic activity, especially of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, when compared to the well-known prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS). Black pepper (Piper Nigrum) had prebiotic effects similar to FOS.

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Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity—increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.

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Being exposed to high levels of artificial outdoor light at night contributes to insomnia and greater use of sleeping pills, reports a new study from South Korea’s Seoul National University College of Medicine. The researchers studied the records of 52,027 people without diagnosed sleep disorders—60 percent of them women—and correlated their sleeping pill use with their residential location relative to artificial outdoor light intensity. The brighter the outdoor lighting, the more likely were sleep issues and the greater and more frequent use of sleeping pills. The study joins other research that has shown that artificial nighttime lighting—outdoors and indoors—disrupts circadian rhythms, potentially leading to such metabolic and chronic diseases and conditions as cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression.

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uccessful professional athletes, musicians and business men and women that have achieved their goals can often point to repetition as a key to their prosperity and success. Undergoing both physical and mental training on a daily basis are keys for them to perform at their highest levels. Keeping their goals at the forefront of their thoughts, talking about the outcomes that they want to achieve and mentally seeing themselves achieving their goals are essential components of a repetitive practice that reaps great rewards. Everyone can implement a similar success practice. Revisit goals daily to enable subconscious and spiritual intuition to illuminate possibilities in taking steps necessary to create the life that we love. This repetitive practice will shift our beliefs so that goals will be achieved sooner. Motivational speaker and author Earl Nightingale writes, “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” To realize goals sooner, set aside 20 minutes and follow three simple steps each morning:

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Earth’s Extremities on the Edge The North Pole and South Pole each have unique, pristine environments, virtually untouched by civilization, but a pair of federal studies cast doubt upon their future status. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in a study based on satellite data, warned that ancient glaciers in West Antarctica, thought to be more stable than those to the east, are “waking up” and beginning to dump ice into the sea, which could further contribute to rising sea levels.

A second NOAA study reported that glaciers at the top of the world are also thawing, melting and breaking down. According to that document, the Arctic is undergoing a period of “record and near-record warmth, unlike any period on record.” Lead Arctic NOAA researcher Emily Osborne announced at a major geoscience conference, “The Arctic is experiencing the most unprecedented transition in human history.”

Liquid Fuel Stores Solar Energy Solar power is cheap and plentiful, but there has been no way to store it efficiently. Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenberg, Sweden, are developing a liquid molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that when exposed to sunlight, rearranges the bonds between its atoms into an energized new isomer. In this way, energy from the sun is captured between the isomer’s strong chemical bonds and stays there even when the molecule cools down to room temperature. When the energy is needed, the fluid is drawn through a catalyst that returns the molecule to its original form, releasing energy as heat. “The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” says Chalmers University nanomaterials scientist Kasper Moth-Poulsen. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase, which is greater than we dared hope for.” The hope is that this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, powering a building’s water heater, dishwasher, clothes dryer and more. The scientists claim the fluid can now hold 250 watt-hours of energy per kilogram, double the energy capacity of Tesla’s Powerwall batteries. Moth-Poulsen believes the technology could be available for commercial use within 10 years.

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Planet Earth Has a Flag A new project by Oskar Pernefeldt, a graduate student at Beckmans College of Design, in Stockholm, Sweden, has designed a new flag for the entire planet to be used worldwide in a move toward unity. Its minimalist design shows seven rings intertwined on a deep, sea-blue background, forming a flower in the middle. Simple and contemporary, the flag evokes the Earth’s natural beauty. “The blue field represents water, which is essential for life,” writes Pernefeldt. “The flower’s outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet, and the blue surface could represent the universe.” The flag has yet to be adopted by any official government agencies. 24 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Bionic Leaf 2.0, a new, artificial photosynthesis system developed by a team headed by Harvard University scientists, takes in carbon dioxide, water and sunshine to create a sugary fuel. Solar energy splits up a water molecule, and bacteria turn hydrogen and carbon dioxide into liquid fuel, mainly isopropanol, which could be used someday to power a car. An improvement on their prior effort a year earlier, the new system has a catalyst made of cobalt and phosphorus, increasing the efficiency of the reaction to 10 percent. Normal photosynthesis in plants is just 1 percent efficient at converting solar energy to biomass. This technology has the potential to bring another type of solar energy to the planet, especially in the developing world.


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Artificial Wood Resists Fire and Water A new, lightweight synthetic wood has been created that is as strong as wood, but without its traditional vulnerability to fire and water, as reported by ShuHong Yu, a materials chemist at the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, and the author of a study published in Science Advances. It’s made of polymer resin and chitosan, a sugar polymer derived from the shells of shrimp and crabs. Adding human-made or natural fibers to the mix could also help. The new material does not require years to grow and repels water; samples soaked in water and a strong acid bath for 30 days scarcely weakened, while balsa wood lost two-thirds of its strength and 40 percent of its crush resistance. The new material is also difficult to ignite, and stopped burning when it was removed from the flame. Its porosity creates an air-trapping capacity that could make it suitable as an insulation for buildings, but eco-friendly alternatives to the polymer resins are needed to broaden interest in its utility.

Shocking Development Oceanic Blasts Harm Ecosystems

Oil companies have received federal permission to use seismic airguns to find oil and gas deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor during offshore oil exploration from New England to Florida. Repeated every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for days and weeks at a time, the airguns are so loud that they disturb, injure or kill marine mammals, sea turtles and other wildlife, harm commercial fisheries and disrupt coastal economies. The proposed testing could injure 138,000 whales and dolphins and disturb millions more, according to government estimates. Impacts include temporary and permanent hearing loss, disruption of mating and feeding, beach stranding and deaths. Whales and dolphins rely on their hearing to find food, communicate and reproduce. Airgun blasts can kill fish eggs and larvae, and scare away fish from important habitats. Catch rates of cod and haddock declined by 40-to-80 percent for thousands of miles following seismic surveys. Nonprofit environmental watchdog Oceana is working to halt the use of the devices and stop the expansion of dangerous offshore drilling that follows the seismic testing.



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ood scraps are no It’s fun to challenge the planet and good for longer relegated to the pocketbook. Forty yourself to create just making soup, percent of food prosomething delicious out duced goes uneaten, stock and sauces that hide their true nature. of something no one unnecessarily filling the Creative chefs are would think edible, like landfill with hundreds reawakening to the posof billions of dollars my banana peel cake. of food,” says Lindsibilities of skins, cores, rinds and other parts say-Jean Hard, a chef in ~Lindsay-Jean Hard we’ve needlessly been Ann Arbor, Michigan, throwing away, with startling results. and the author of Cooking With Scraps: “Cooking with scraps is good for Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and Stems

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into Delicious Meals. Yet the real driving force behind Hard’s unusual, scrap-based recipes is the joy of creativity and innovation. “It’s fun to challenge yourself to create something delicious out of something no one would think edible, like my banana peel cake,” says Hard. Mads Refslund, a Danish chef living in New York City, seeks nature in food by cooking and serving it on the plate. “In nature, there is no ugly, no trash, just cycles of change. Using all the parts is a way of respecting the plant, the fish, the animal and its life,” says the co-author of Scraps, Wilt & Weeds: Turning Wasted Food into Plenty. Tama Matsuoka Wong, forager and co-author of Scraps, Wilt & Weeds, points to the cultural relativism of cooking, noting that our ancestors or other cultures may think that modern Americans are throwing away the best parts of our food. “Some of the best flavor and nutrients can be found in vegetable, fruit and fish skins that often get discarded,” says Matsuoka Wong. Both Scraps, Wilt & Weeds and Cooking with Scraps are intended as reference guides to provide inspiration to home chefs, rather than rigid cookbooks to be followed with precision. Matsuoka Wong suggests trying to work with the ingredients at hand, using substitutions as needed, instead of buying an ingredient just to follow a recipe. Cooking from scraps requires a shift in mindset about our food and a new mindfulness about our habits in the kitchen, says Matsuoka Wong. “Before automatically throwing something away or composting, pause and think, what might I do with this?” she says. Hard suggests choosing one new ingredient at a time to work with, old bread being an easy one to start with. “Stale bread can easily be transformed into breadcrumbs and croutons that can add nice texture to a lot of dishes,” says Hard. “Nail a couple things you can make out of anything, like fried rice or frittatas, which are both very accepting of most any ingredient you add,” says Matsuoka Wong. Hard agrees that simple, hearty dishes like layered casseroles or tasty tempura can be great ways to clean out the odds and ends in the crisper. Sometimes the toughest ingredients

can yield the tastiest meal. Hard admits to having been stumped by what to do with the non-fleshy part of artichoke leaves, which can be tough and bitter, until she developed a recipe for artichoke leaf nachos. Edible weeds, leaves, stalks and stems of all kinds, including celery, asparagus ends and carrot tops, make for great pesto, which is itself a versatile ingredient—great for sandwiches, dips, pastas and more—and it freezes well, Hard says. Fish scales can be fried and eaten like potato chips; they are a crunchy bar snack in Japan, notes Matsuoka Wong. Fish carcasses or shrimp shells can also be boiled down into stock for risotto or seafood chowder, suggests Hard. Fruit cores can be boiled into sweet syrup for cocktails or non-alcoholic refreshments, or distilled down into vinegars. Fruit peels can be crisped up into a healthy snack or boiled into a tea. Hard likes to infuse tequila with beet peels for a dramatic look and a little extra flavor. Fruit or vegetable tops such as pineapples, strawberries, cucumbers and leftover herbs can be used to infuse water or vinegar. Water from canned beans, known as aquafaba, is a great stand-in for egg whites to make everything from homemade vegan mayo to fudgy brownies. “Cooking with scraps shouldn’t be intimidating or overwhelming or feel like a chore: They’re just ingredients,” says Hard. “The more you cook using these recipes, the more familiar the concepts will become, and you’ll realize how easy it is to adapt them to make them your own.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in CLB Ad.qxp_Layout 2 9/6/15 at AprilWrites. 10:11 PM Page 1 Washington, D.C. Connect com.


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hilippe Cousteau Jr., the 39-yearold grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, is continuing a rich family legacy of sharing the wonders of the natural world with a global audience. A diver, conservationist and environmental activist, the younger Cousteau has also become an inspirational speaker, writer, social entrepreneur and producer of myriad television and film projects. Now in his fifth season of hosting the Emmy-nominated series Xploration Awesome Planet, which airs on a number of outlets, Cousteau and his wife, Ashlan, also co-host the popular Travel Channel series Caribbean Pirate Treasure, a waterborne odyssey that explores pirate legends, shipwrecks and the lore of lost treasures. His previous work has examined the fragile future of sharks, tigers, rhinos and other species nearing collapse, and their critical places in the natural order. Like his grandfather and

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movement” because over time, his stories led him to a deeper understanding of the changes that were happening in the oceans and inspired him to embark on a journey not just of exploration, but of conservation. Growing up with that legacy, I was very much inspired by his work. My father was also a big part of the early Cousteau Society, and was a major driver in the early days of the conservation ethic.

How did covering the 2010 BP oil disaster for news organizations and being among the first to dive into the historic spill shape your world view?

It was a transformative experience for me, and for the country. It was a much-needed reminder of the consequences of our addiction to oil. Seeing the spill firsthand was a horrific experience. While I was already engaged and committed to conservation, it really helped [me] to double down on the urgency that I feel on these issues, because I saw not only what it did to the environment, but what it did to the communities that rely on the environment—the fishermen, the tourism operators, other people. They were all shattered and devastated by that spill. It was a powerful reminder that when we talk about conservation, we are really talking about building a world where humans can thrive as much as nature.

What are your goals in reaching out to the next generation? A focus on environmental education is something we’ve always been doing. EarthEcho International has become one of the leading environmental education groups in the U.S. My grandfather always recognized that young people are key to building society’s ethos of environmental sustainability. We have to start with young people to grow constituencies of the older people to understand and be able to connect the dots and to care about it. Xploration Awesome Planet is targeted to the teen and tween audience, and we also have a lot of adults that watch it. It’s a great example of a program that’s

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Pajamas are also important. Look for comfy organic fibers that wick moisture, are hypoallergenic and fire-resistant. Merino wool’s millions of tiny air pockets create a micro-climate to keep sleeping kids toasty in cold weather and cool in summer heat. Pallet furniture is trendy, but keep in mind that chemical residue or insecticides may remain in the porous wood, as well as E. coli or listeria from food transports. A safety checklist can be found at Tinyurl. com/PalletSafety. Often overlooked, indoor mold can live year-round in damp places like bathrooms. A DecoLife bath mat made of natural diatomaceous earth and resilient plant-fiber is antibacterial, non-slip and contains no colorants. It dries within three minutes to prevent mold or mildew from forming. Instead of dropping wet towels and washcloths into the hamper, hang them to dry and launder weekly. Lemon juice keeps faucets sparkly clean and fresh-smelling. Vinegar cleans glass shower doors. Ditch the old shower curtain; most are made with PVC and release chemicals into the air. Install a rain showerhead to avoid water spray, and use a fast-drying hemp or organic cotton curtain. Opt for natural flooring; bamboo and cork are both sturdy and sustainable, but have a large carbon footprint due to shipping distances. Linoleum, updated and colorful, is available with marbled, stonelike, flecked and woodgrain patterns. Antistatic and antibacterial, it withstands kids and pets, requiring only a mild cleanser and damp mop to stay clean. Pets are often blamed when a child develops allergies. It’s actually their dander that causes the reaction. Rather than giving Sparky away, use pet-friendly wipes on fur and feet to remove dander and allergens carried in from outdoors. The Daily Shep offers tips at Kids bring allergens into the house, too. Leave shoes outside the door, schedule an early bath and change to indoor garb for the evening. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will help clean the air. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at

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pringtime brings a desire to clean up our diets and refresh our plates. Here are five worthy strategies for upgrading nutrition and greeting the season with a renewed sense of well-being. n Ditch dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend more than $30 billion annually on weight-loss products. Despite this hefty investment, restrictive diets don’t work, says Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist based in northern California. Aamodt co-presented the Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health With a Self-Care Approach session at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) annual meeting last October in Washington, D.C. “Diets are not harmless,” Aamodt explains. “They create stress, persistent hunger,

trigger eating disorders such as binge eating and even make people fatter over time.” It’s better to take a kinder approach, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian and Aamodt’s co-presenter. Scritchfield is the author of Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out – and Never Say Diet Again. She teaches her clients to value their self-worth regardless of body size, practice mindful eating and focus on overall self-care: Think enjoyable physical activity, adequate sleep and positive self-talk. Mindful eating includes paying attention to thoughts and feelings that trigger eating such as hunger, but also stress, boredom and loneliness, says California-based registered dietitian Andrea Lieberstein, who wrote Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating. She encourages clients to identify voids in their lives and fill them

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n Learn how to cook and garden. The best dietary upgrade starts in our own kitchens, where the cook controls the ingredients. Home cooking with fresh, whole foods is at the heart of feeding ourselves well. Processed food manufacturers would like us to equate cooking with drudgery or think that cooking takes too much time, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle, established a culinary medicine program that includes both cooking and gardening classes. Sethi says, “Eating is sacred; it’s our connection to the earth.” She also believes there is wisdom in the way food has been traditionally cooked. Sethi recommends a Mediterranean eating pattern for



with healthy relationships and pleasurable activities, rather than food. The “health at any size” philosophy is accepted by a growing number of health and nutrition experts, including Annie Kay, a registered dietitian and registered yoga therapist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She’s the author of Every Bite is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Kay injects compassion into her work, promoting stress reduction, conscious eating and finding peace for individuals to reach their natural weight.


its power to reduce depression and ward off chronic diseases. She also promotes the “herb and spice pharmacy” to reduce inflammation and treat and prevent disease. For example, she says, “Ginger and turmeric both act on the same biochemical pathways as anti-inflammatory medicines.” Cooking and eating together as a family has multiple benefits, too, improving children’s nutrition, self-esteem and school performance. Best of all, says Sethi, “Family meals allow us to connect with the people we love.” Put away phones, turn off screens and truly tune in to each other. Connecting to the earth through gardening also improves our health, according to both Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, a registered dietitian and associate director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Diana Dyer, a Michigan-based organic farmer, registered dietitian and author of A Dietitian’s Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing. They promote gardening as a way to interact with nature, reduce stress and improve quality of life. With just a small patch of soil, home and community gardens provide a ready source of affordable, fresh and nutritious vegetables and herbs. n Eat to protect our planet. According to the American Public Health Association, climate change is a major threat to our population. Droughts, fires, storms and flooding create obvious challenges to growing crops, but new research also shows how increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere decreases the nutritional quality of food, leading to lower levels of protein and minerals. One solution is to change the way we farm and eat. For example, Jennifer Jay, Ph.D., a professor of environmental engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles, calculated the carbon footprints and climate impacts of a variety of food choices. In general, she says, the fewer animal products in our diets, the lower the greenhouse gas impact. But meat and other animal products


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need not be totally off the table. Simply choose smaller portions and when possible, purchase local pasture-raised products produced without antibiotics and hormones. Organic food production introduces less fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and greenhouse gases into our environment. So, what’s best for the planet is best for us. Jay provides easy, plant-based and planet-friendly recipes at n Support gut health. Around 400 B.C., Hippocrates said, “Bad digestion is the root of all evil.” Fast forward through the centuries to today, and one of the hottest areas of research in health, medicine and nutrition revolves around the microbiome; more specifically, the community of microorganisms living in the gut. “Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut,” explains Sethi, which is why she advises,“Feed the bacteria in your gut real food.” Similarly, Teresa

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Registered dietitian Brenda Davis, of British Columbia, also recommends wholefood, plant-based diets to reverse Type 2 diabetes. She developed a “whole-grain hierarchy” to identify the most gut-friendly, least-processed grains, including cracked oats, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, sprouted grain, wheat berries and kamut. Along with beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, Davis says these foods nourish beneficial gut microbes and reduce inflammation. n Try intermittent fasting and smart meal timing. Allowing the body at least 12 hours without food intake benefits gut microbial diversity, says Martin. Intermittent fasting, or eating patterns in which no or few calories are consumed between 12 to 16 hours, can protect against a variety of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, perhaps in part due to the effect on gut microbes. Dorothy Sears, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, studied the effect of intermittent fasting, or “time-restricted feeding”, on the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In a study of more than 2,300 breast cancer survivors, Sears discovered the women that fasted for at least 13 hours a day reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent, regardless of other dietary factors. Putting this into practice, if the last meal of the day ends at 6 p.m., the first meal of the next day would not begin before 7 a.m. In addition to this “prolonged nightly fasting,” Sears says that when we eat affects the way our bodies handle calories. She recommends eating during the first half of the day, when the sun is up and our enzyme and hormone systems are best able to handle calories, control blood sugar and body weight. Spring forward with these five tips and enjoy better health. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “food sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@ Tune into Food Sleuth Radio through iTunes, Stitcher and

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2. Master the omelet. Eggs, preferably free-range and organic, make fast, easy, affordable meals. Get creative with personalized omelet fillings. For example, in a tablespoon or more of olive oil, quickly sauté any combination of seasonal vegetables like potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, kale or spinach. When tender, slide vegetables into a bowl. Add a few more drops of olive oil to the pan and pour in beaten eggs. When eggs are almost set, top them with sautéed vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese. Cover the pan, set heat to low and when cheese is melted, it’s time to eat. For an alternative filling, try beans, avocado, cheese, onions or peppers with a side of salsa. 3. Use an electric pressure cooker. Say goodbye to sodium-laden,

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press provides 404 seasonal dishes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Betty Crocker, the renowned classic teacher, shows beginning cooks how to make standard dishes from scratch. For delicious vegetarian meals, check out Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. And to enrich children’s taste buds, invite them into the kitchen with The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook: Food & Fun Around the World, by Deanna F. Cook.

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similar to the health issues found in lab animals fed GMOs or the associated herbicide Roundup,” he wrote. More than 85 percent reported improvement from digestive disorders. It is possible that glyphosate, which is antibiotic in nature, may disrupt the delicate balance of the microbiome, a community of microbes that inhabit the gut.

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“Roundup can loosen the tight junctions between our cells,” explains Smith. “This can lead to leaky gut, which can contribute to inflammation and numerous diseases.” Dr. Akil Palanisamy, a Harvard-educated physician and author of The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease, concurs. “I do believe that the microbiome is crucial for health, and by switching to organic, we eliminate the potential microbiome-damaging effects of glyphosate.” Palanisamy, based in San Francisco, emphasizes glyphosate’s known ability to cause DNA damage and potentially induce cell death. “It may be a contributing factor to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, infertility and gastrointestinal disorders,” he says. “It is impossible in the U.S. to just eliminate GMO foods from the diet, so eating organic is the only way to guarantee avoiding GMO foods. This automatically also reduces pesticides from the diet.”

wenty-five years As I dug deeper, I put health have ignited conago, the first the pieces together of troversy among sciengenetically modtists, consumers and even ified (GM) crop came to the relationship between governments. GMOs, gut health and market in the form of a Much of the research tomato engineered for a has been conducted in subsequent diseases. longer shelf life. Today, other countries—more ~Michelle Perro, pediatrician, as much as 80 percent of than 60 have banned author and executive director GMOs—and most food in the U.S. contains Anecdotal Evidence of GMO Science GMOs (as they are best studies have focused on Dr. Michelle Perro, a pediatrician, author known) and most of the world’s genetically the health effects of the glyphosate used and executive director of GMO Science, engineered crops are treated with glyphosate on these crops, which the World Health in San Rafael, California, became involved herbicides, primarily Monsanto’s Roundup. Organization in 2015 declared a probable when she came across research by plant Unlike hybrids produced by convenhuman carcinogen. “Glyphosate adversely biologist Dr. Arpad Pusztai, one of the first tional breeding, GMOs are created in a affects the mitochondria, neurotransscientists to raise concerns about the safety laboratory, often incorporating DNA from mitter production and hormones,” says of genetically modified foods. “I was able other species, such as bacteria and viruses. Smith, whose recent documentary, Secret to correlate his findings with the change Researching the potential health effects Ingredients, presents stories of people that in children’s health that I was beginning to “must be our number one priority, because overcame chronic illnesses by eliminating notice in my own practice,” says Perro. “As GMO technology is replacing nature,” says GMOs from their diets. I dug deeper, I put the pieces together of Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the Smith recently conducted a survey the relationship between GMOs, gut health Institute for Responsible Technology, in published in the International Journal of and subsequent diseases.” Fairfield, Iowa. “The altered genomes are Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine Perro has seen improved health in passed on to future generations.” in which 3,256 respondents reported imher patients once a cleaner diet is intro Although U.S. regulators generally provement in a number of health problems duced. “Parents have the ability to help regard these foods to be safe, the ubiquity after they switched to largely non-GMO reverse chronic disorders plaguing their of GMOs in the food chain and a lack of and organic diets. “Many of the conditions children, including asthma, eczema, food research on their long-term effect on human that improved in the survey participants are 38 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

allergies and neurocognitive disorders such as autism and ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].” Palanisamy has also seen significant changes in his patients’ health when they heed his advice and avoid GMOs. “Often, they report improvement in digestion, mood, brain fog and energy levels.” The body is designed with the innate ability to heal, says Pero. “Chronic diseases can be reversed when organic nutrition is the foundation.” The Hartman Group’s Organic & Natural 2018 report reveals that 46 percent of American shoppers now seek GMO-free food. “The tipping point here in the United States has begun,” says Smith.


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Advice From the Experts Dr. Akil Palanisamy: n Sweat in a sauna or steam room 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a week to stimulate toxin release (infrared saunas are a good alternative for those that can’t tolerate the heat of traditional saunas). n Take 15-minute home baths with one-quarter-cup of bentonite clay. n Drink lots of purified filtered water every day. n Strive to have a daily bowel movement. n Add fiber to diet such as psyllium husk or fruit pectin. n Eat a variety of detoxifying foods like cruciferous vegetables, ground flaxseeds, parsley, beet greens (the leafy tops of beetroot), cilantro and chia seeds.

Dr. Michelle Perro (for children): n Eat as much organic foods as possible and eliminate processed foods from a child’s diet. n Don’t drink tap water; use a quality water filter. n Strive to eliminate pesticides in the child’s environment, including at schools, playdates and homes of relatives. n Seek a foundation of nutritional medicine and individualized treatment strategies employing nutraceuticals, herbs, homeopathy and manipulative medicine. n Consider an elimination diet, beginning with dairy and gluten.


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pringtime doesn’t just mean warmer weather, colorful flowers and greening grass. It also brings seasonal allergies. For pets, it can be a miserable time of year, because dogs and cats are lower to the ground and pick up allergens on their fur. Grass, weeds, pollen, lawn chemicals, fertilizers and fleas can trigger reactions such as itchy skin, raw paws, sneezing fits and general discomfort. Due to the warmer temperatures of the past decade, flea allergies in dogs have risen 12 percent, while cats have seen a whopping 67 percent increase. Environmental allergies are also up 30 percent for dogs and 11 percent for cats, according to the 2018 State of Pet Health Report from the Banfield Pet Hospital, in Vancouver, Washington. The most common environmental allergens include dust mites, mold, fabric, feathers and cleaning solutions.

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may get infected. Cats will pull hair, scratch ears and develop a rash or bare spot on the stomach or inside the legs. In extreme cases, a veterinarian will give an injection to calm the itchiness before more damage is done. Owners can use that lull to investigate what is causing the allergy.

Fleas For fleas, there are more natural ways to end the cycle than using potentially toxic pet treatments. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is affordable, non-toxic and safe, made from fossils of marine life crushed into a superfine powder. Its deadly effect on insects stems from piercing their hard shells so they become dehydrated. It does not harm mammals. Be sure to buy food-grade DE, not the kind that’s designed for use in pools and gardens. Simply dust the dog to the skin with the powder and sprinkle it on bedding, rugs and carpets. Cats tend to have more favorite nap spots than dogs, so vacuum first to get rid of any flea eggs. Sprinkle the DE and leave it in place for a couple of weeks. Vacuum again. DE can be hard on regular vacuums, but a Shop-Vac is up to the task.

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4 A change in cleaning products. Use unscented, all-natural cleansers. Put the dog or cat in another room when vacuuming so they don’t breathe dust. A new cat litter can trigger allergic reactions. Look for unscented, dust-free litter.

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4 Plastic bowls. Switch to stainless steel bowls for food and water. 4 Seasonal flowers and grasses. Pet-friendly wipes will remove excess pollen when the dog comes in after outdoor time. A twice-weekly bath during the worst of the season and weekly as blooming subsides will wash away pollens. An oatmeal shampoo is soothing; don’t use tea tree oil-based shampoos, which may further irritate skin. Be sure to dry the fur. Wet bedding can cause mold, another allergen. 4 Dust mites. Replace worn beds and bedding on a regular basis. Look for natural fabrics and fillings; no down or feathers. Wash weekly. 4 Lack of proper filtration. The air conditioner will capture incoming pollen: Be sure to change the filter often.

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Be Proactive 4 Check the paw pads. If they’re irritated or red and raw, ask the vet for a salve to ease the pain while they heal. Be sure to wipe paws when coming into the house. 4 Take a look inside the ears. Allergies can lead to earaches, so watch for red, inflamed skin or black, tar-like goop. Either requires a vet visit and a prescription salve. 4 If dog walks are part of regular exercise, ask neighbors or local park employees if they’ve sprayed pesticides or treated grassy areas. 4 Add a small amount, based on weight, of Omega-3-rich fish oil to food to soothe and smooth the skin. Diligence in spotting symptoms can stop itching in its tracks when remedies are in place or at hand. Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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Saving a Drop to Drink Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis by Jim Motavalli


lthough climate change gets most of the attention, the international water crisis looms just as large. The World Economic Forum has ranked water scarcity as the top long-term environmental risk globally for the next decade; the United Nations reports that 1.2 billion people—a fifth of the world’s burgeoning population—live in regions of water scarcity; and as many as 700 million around the globe are already suffering from water deprivation. The U.S. is not in a water crisis—yet—but serious problems loom on the horizon in places like Southern California and the desert Southwest. Los Angeles and San Diego rely on mountain snow in the north to melt and replenish rivers and lakes. But record high temperatures and a shortfall of winter storms—problems aggravated by climate change—have greatly reduced available water supplies. In the Southwest, Colorado River reservoirs were at record lows last summer. As the region continues to use more water than can be replaced by rain and snow, places like Phoenix may experi-

ence severe rationing, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Arizona’s Lake Mead, which supplies water to 22 million people, could run dry by 2021, report researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California at San Diego.

Finding a Solution “Fortunately, through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace,” says Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. Right now, we’re addressing a 21st-century crisis with 20th-century tools. Leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters are responsible for the loss of 2.1 trillion gallons of water annually in the U.S., according to the American Water Works Association. And our lifestyles are extremely water-intensive. For instance, it takes 3,120 gallons of water to produce one

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smartphone; watering a 1,000-squarefoot lawn even once uses 620 gallons of water. Here are some simple steps everyone can take. Doing them won’t crimp our lifestyles, but it will help us hold on to our finite and threatened fresh water supply: 4 Eat less meat. The water required to produce one quarter-pound hamburger is equivalent to 30 showers, according to One serving of poultry uses 90 gallons. 4 Track down water leaks, which typically waste 10 gallons daily. Common leak sites are faucets, shower heads, swimming pools, garden hoses and pipe joints. 4 Replace old, leaky toilets with efficient models bearing the WaterSense label, or simply put a brick in the toilet tank to reduce consumption with each flush. To check a toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and see if any of it transfers to the bowl without flushing. 4 Wash only full loads of laundry and use right-size load settings. Typically, the washing machine accounts for 15 to 40 percent of a household’s indoor water use. Consider a more water-efficient, front-loading washer. 4 Take shorter, five-minute showers with a low-flow showerhead (saving more than 10 gallons compared to the 10-minute version), turn off the water while brushing teeth and shave with a full basin rather than open taps. 4 Wash the car less often: The process uses as much as 150 gallons of water. Driving may not seem to have much to do with water use, but the Water Footprint Calculator ( reports, “Water is used in great quantities during fuel extraction, refining and production.” So taking public transportation, combining errands or joining a car pool will reduce our water footprint. 4 Reduce lawn watering to a one-

Fortunately, through conservation, more waterconscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace. ~Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project hour soaking once a week, rather than daily. Water in the morning—before 10 a.m.—when it’s cooler, so grass roots can absorb moisture before it evaporates. If watering must be done in the evening, try between 4 and 6 p.m., which gives the grass blades time to dry before nightfall. Jim Motavalli is the author of eight books, and contributes to The New York Times and Barron’s.

Hard Facts About H20 What It Takes to Make Our Stuff An eye-popping amount of water is needed to grow or manufacture what we eat, buy and use on a daily basis. Although it’s impossible to reduce our water use to zero, it’s helpful to know how much water is required, so that we’re less inclined to overbuy or waste. 1 cup of coffee. . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 gal.

1 avocado . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 gal.

1 hamburger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660 gal.

1 pound of chicken meat. . . . 468 gal.

1 gallon of milk . . . . . . . . . . . 879 gal.

1 pound of barley. . . . . . . . . . 200 gal.

1 pound of wheat. . . . . . . . . . 132 gal.

1 pound of rice. . . . . . . . . . . . 450 gal.

1 pound of soybeans . . . . . . . 216 gal.

1 pound of almonds. . . . . . . 1,900 gal.

1 orange. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 gal.

1 egg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 gal.

1 pound of chocolate. . . . . . 3,170 gal.

1 slice of bread. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 gal.

20 pounds of dog food. . . . . 4,000 gal.

1 pair of leather shoes . . . . . 3,626 gal.

1 pair of cotton jeans. . . . . . 2,108 gal.

1 cotton T-shirt. . . . . . . . . . . . 659 gal.

1 smartphone. . . . . . . . . . . . 3,190 gal.

1 car. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,737 to

1 car tire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518 gal.

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Exercise vs. Allergies All the Right Moves by Marlaina Donato


Exercising regularly rope, treadmill routines, easonal allergies plague more than 26 creates a cumulative tennis and team sports million Americans, effect in the body, helps like volleyball or basaccording to the Asthma ketball seems to offer speed up metabolism anti-allergy benefits. Viand Allergy Foundation and improves immunity, tamin C can also help. of America, with numbers on the rise in recent so you could find even Researchers from the years. This is due in part Faculty of Sports Sciless allergies to a dramatic increase in ence at Chulalongkorn occurring over time. University, in Bangkok, the amount of airborne ~Stephanie Mansour, pollen, a possible byprodThailand, found that 70 uct of climate change. percent of participants fitness expert Environmental and lifestyle that took a vitamin C stress, inadequate nutrition and weakened supplement and ran for half an hour immune systems are also factors, leaving experienced decreased nasal congestion many feeling too miserable to engage in and sneezing. physical activities. “Exercising regularly creates a cu Yet, research shows that exercise can mulative effect in the body, helps speed help ease allergy symptoms and lessen se- up metabolism and improves immunity, verity. A survey of 2,000 allergy sufferers so you could find even less allergies sponsored by the UK National Pollen and occurring over time,” says Stephanie Aerobiology Research Unit showed those Mansour, fitness expert and former that exercised the most had the mildest allergy sufferer from Chicago. “I used symptoms. to get allergy shots for a runny nose and headaches during certain times of the More Exercise, year, but personally transformed my allergies through expanding my lungs Less Discomfort Boosting heart rate through aerobic acand chest and balancing out my nervous tivities such as running, walking, jumping system.” 44 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy recommends gentler forms of exercise, and cautions against vigorous workouts such as Crossfit or long runs that can be counterproductive and exacerbate allergy flare-ups. Mansour recommends yoga, Pilates, walking or weight training—especially when congestion is a factor.

Try Some Yoga Mansour, a certified yoga instructor, attests to the benefits of the practice. To ease the symptoms of allergies, she recommends yoga both for its physical effects and its breath benefits. “Yoga can also help bring equilibrium to the nervous system and help the body relax. When the body is in a healthy balance and relaxed, it’s more effective at warding off things like infection or allergies.” Registered nurse and yoga instructor Kristin Brien, of New York City, concurs. “A yoga practice trains and strengthens the vagal nerve, which activates the parasympathetic nervous system—rest and digest mode—and turns off the inflammatory response,” Brien says. “When we are under chronic stress, our nervous systems react as though our bodies are under constant threat, thus making some of us more susceptible to hypersensitive reactions to offending seasonal antigens like pollen and ragweed.” Yoga practitioners across the board recommend inverted poses such as the plow, shoulder stand and downward facing dog to relieve allergy-related congestion. While yoga can be beneficial, inverted poses should be avoided by anyone with high blood pressure, glaucoma or retinal issues due to increased pressure in the blood vessels of the head, and some experts emphasize that allergy sufferers and asthmatics should avoid hot yoga and other demanding forms during flare-ups. A gentle approach goes a long way. Ideally, Brien recommends asanas that anyone can do, including legs up the wall, supported bridge pose, supported reclined goddess pose and child’s pose.

Warm-Up No matter the type of exercise, warming up can play a key factor. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stretching before activity and boosting heart rate helps to maximize exercise and its symptom-reducing effects.


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Create a Healthy Space Lessening the body’s burden by making small changes in living or workout space can also optimize the benefits of exercise. Brien, an allergy sufferer and asthmatic, recommends using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce circulating allergens and also wiping down all surfaces, including yoga mats, floors, window sills and vents. During drier, colder times of the year, Mansour recommends using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and improve breathing. Exercise may not cure seasonal allergies, but it can lessen related symptoms, along with effecting a more balanced nervous system and better overall health. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at

Helpful Workout Tips Before and After: n Use a nasal saline spray beforehand. n Change clothes and shower after outdoor exercise; wash workout clothing exposed to pollens.

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Avoid Exercising: n In the morning when pollen and mold counts are highest n When it’s warm, dry or windy outside n On busy roads where exhaust fumes can irritate bronchial and nasal passages n When tired, sick or under significant stress; all three states prompt the immune system to react more severely to allergens

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W it h Uncertainty Comes Opportunity by Hannah Adamson


he teenage years seem to be a loosely defined bridge between childhood and adulthood. It is a time when adolescents start to gain new independence and responsibilities. That said, it can be overwhelming to grow into these new roles and prepare for the future. While it may not be intentional, I feel that society places pressure on teens to know what they want to do with their lives and have a plan on how to accomplish it. High schools’ focus on the future—rigorous academic schedules, career aptitude tests, standardized tests—is intended to help teens pursue their goals. As a young teen, however, I found it overwhelming to think about what I wanted to do with my life. It was exciting in all its possibility, but also intimidating to think I had to have it all figured out. Talking to my peers, I found that this fear of uncertainty is not uncommon. I thought that I had to have my mind made up on what career I wanted to pursue; turns out I was wrong. While it is good to have an idea of what field interests you, it is healthy to keep an open mind and investigate other options. I have not always known what career I wanted to pursue and have flip-flopped between different ideas. In times of uncertainty I felt anxious that I had no specific path to follow, but I now realize that with uncertainty comes opportunity. In pursuing various interests, I have learned about many fields of study and appreciate how different subjects often intermingle. Having a wide array of information has not only increased my knowledge but has also expanded my perspective. Taking courses in many different areas and exploring various options

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ake a moment to sense the space surrounding you. Imagine that your physical body is the nucleus within a cushion of unseen energy that radiates effortlessly from within. This cushion of energy around the physical body is called the auric field, or energy field, and some people believe that it is just as real as our physical form. The idea that we all have a bubble of energy surrounding us can be an abstract concept to grasp. However, some yogic lineages believe that a person’s energy field is quite real, and contains thousands of invisible energy pathways called nadis. The nadis work with the chakra system, both of which originate at the spine and flow outward into the auric field. As information comes to us from the outside world, it filters through the nadis and chakras, and is then redistributed back out into the world around us. I believe that when yoga postures are practiced mindfully, they can keep both the physical body and the energy body healthy. A good visual is to imagine the breath as the conductor of this process. As we hold postures that stretch the spine, we can breathe life into the muscles and tissues. Each breath we take as we settle into a posture invites fresh oxygen into our system. This combination of stretching

and breathing also opens and clears out the energy pathways known as nadis and chakras. Just as yoga postures promote proper flow of synovial fluid within the joints, they also help to promote proper energy flow throughout the body. Years ago, Guru Singh, a kundalini yoga teacher, gave me a cue during a class when he said, “stretch into your body glove.” I love the image of breathing vital life force energy into my auric field each time I reach, stretch and settle into a yoga posture. Sun Salutations have given me an opportunity to be creative with tapping into my auric field. With each sweep of my arms and torso, I imagine literally dusting off any stagnant energetic debris from around my body. I take up as much or as little space as I feel called to, and I envision breathing both oxygen and prana into my system. I invite you to have some fun during your next asana practice by exploring the feeling of becoming radiantly contained within a strong, bright aura. Namaste. Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, you can contact her at 732-596-7384, or visit

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FRIDAY, MARCH 1 Free Consultation for Lyme Disease and Alternative Medicine – Mar. 1-15. Appt only. Discussion reviews an all-natural, drug-free program using nutrition, botanicals, homeopathy and alternative medicine to remove the true barriers to health and healing. Free. Sunrise Nutrition Center, 137 Mountain Ave., Hackettstown. Info: 908-4412276. Learning to Love – 7-9pm. Free discussion groups based on the Pathwork teachings for selfawareness and transformation. For Trenton: Carol at For Hamilton: Amy at

SATUDAY, MARCH 2 How to Read Medical Blood Test Naturally: Class 2 – 11am-1:30pm. Knowing how to read medical tests and what deficiencies may be causing what indicators on the test is a powerful way to be in control of your own health. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. Exploring Alternative Cancer Treatments – 11am-1:30pm. Learn common sense ways to cut through the hype and discern the best way to evaluate natural treatments for cancers. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown.

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Reiki Soul Celebration – 1–4pm. Enjoy Reiki healing, meditation, high vibration crystal singing bowls, drum, gong, flute, koshi bells, ting-sha and chants. Walk-ins welcome. $15. eZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Road, Branchburg. 908-5260002. Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher: Beth@

Instructors: Dr. Janet Oussaty and Joe Zakszewski

Spiritual Wisdom on Life after Death – 1pm. Presented by ECKANKAR. The Path of Spiritual Freedom. Find out how love is stronger than fear. Workshop and book. Free. Metuchen Library, 480 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen. 800-870-9139.

MONDAY, MARCH 4 Meet the Doula: Hayley Weichler – 7pm. Learn about the support services for pre- and postnatal clients. Bring your questions to this informative discussion. Free. Registration required. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989.




Discovery Class – 12:30-3pm. A deeper commitment in one’s spiritual life brings a huge lift when vision and mission find a home together. Take the next step through the teachings of Science of Mind. The class informs, educates and empowers all who are interested in learning more about this guide for spiritual living. Free. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble

March 8-10 & 15-17, 2019 Fri 5:30-9pm; Sat/Sun 9am-5pm Learn a complete system of non-invasive, safe and highly effective ancient Chinese medicine. Six days to a way to keep your health and the health of others--your loved ones, patients, friends, and more. (February 1, 2 or 3 for snow days, if needed.)

Makeup Tips for Spring Workshop – 12:305:30pm. Jane Iredale makeup artist, David Izzo, demonstrates the latest makeup tricks and tips for the spring season. Free. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP: 908-658-4900. Janet@ValleyPharmacyRX. com.

Light and Sound Service – 11am-12pm. Theme: Embracing the gift when life changes. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, offers spiritual exercises to help you experience the twin aspects of the Light and Sound of God within. Eckankar Center, 323 Main St., Metuchen. 800-870-9139.


Learn to Read Tea Leaves – 2-4pm. Tasseography: learn the divination method of reading tea leaves, from preparing the tea, drinking and seeing the images left behind. $30. Gaia’s Gifts, 16 Broad St., Washington. 908-223-1331.

Singing Bowls & Meditation Healing Circle – 2-4pm. Instructor: Rafael Benedicto. Soothing tones of crystal singing bowls and ancient healing chants from various languages create a powerful meditative experience. $20. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: (events page). “What Does Oneness Really Mean?” – 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.


Learning to Love – 6:45-8:45pm. Free discussion groups based on the Pathwork teachings for selfawareness and transformation. Hillsborough Public Library. Contact Mary: Learning to Love – 7-9pm. Free discussion groups based on the Pathwork teachings for self-awareness and transformation. Princeton Fellowship in Prayer. Contact Amy:

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FRIDAY, MARCH 8 Qi Healer 6-day Seminar and Workshop: Mar. 8-10, 15-17. Fri., 5:30-9pm, Sat. & Sun., 9am-5pm. Instructors: Dr. Janet Oussaty and Joe Zakszewski. Learn a complete system of non-invasive, safe and highly effective ancient Chinese medicine. 30 CEU’s from NCCAOM. Tuition: $850. Qi Gong for Healing, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. Register: 908-647-1563 or

SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Journey Through the Chakras/Reiki 1 Certification – 10:15am-3pm. Balance your chakras through yoga poses, visualization, and breathing techniques. Then earn Reiki 1 Certification (one reiki symbol). Dual session instructors are Reiki Masters Donna and Terry Pollin. Cost is $20 for

savethedate JOURNEY THROUGH THE CHAKRAS/ REIKI 1 CERTIFICATION Saturday, March 9 • 10:15am-3pm Balance your chakras through yoga poses, visualization, and breathing techniques. Then earn Reiki 1 Certification (one reiki symbol). Dual session instructors are Reiki Masters Donna and Terry Pollin. Cost is $20 for 1st session/$150 for both sessions.

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1st session/$150 for both sessions. Yoga Central, 953 Route 202 North, Branchburg. More info or to register, email 908-707-0759. Awakening Point Yoga Studio’s Anniversary Open House – 11am-2pm. Free classes, talented local artists, mandala making and more. Free. Awakening Point Yoga Studio, 254A Mountain Ave., Ste 2A, Hackettstown. 973-670-7421. Transformational Breath® Introductory Workshop – 3-5pm. Transformational Breath is a self-empowering return to our natural state of well-being and wholeness. Through using a high frequency energy, participants elevate themselves to higher levels of consciousness and integrate back to their essential light. Facilitated by Darryn Silver, LCSW and Kirk Murdock. $65 in advance/$75 at door, space permitting. Register at Samsara Wellness Center. Samsara Chiropractic Wellness Center, 1 Eastern Ave., Somerville. For information call 908-300-8800 or visit

savethedate SPIRITUAL WISDOM ON LIFE AFTER DEATH Sunday, March 10 • 1pm We are Soul, eternal & can never die. Spiritual discussion and free Book Eckankar Center 323 Main Street Metuchen, NJ 800-870-9139 Presented by ECKANKAR The Path of Spiritual Freedom

SUNDAY, MARCH 10 “Oneness: Seeing People the Way We Want to See Them” – 10:30 am. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner. Warm, dynamic community of spirituallyminded people at Sunday Transformation Service. Followed by refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 354 River Rd., Princeton. 609924-8422. Strengthen Your Intuition – 1-3pm. Learn how to strengthen & trust your intuition, expand your awareness and experience mind opening activities including how to bend a spoon. $35. Gaia’s Gifts, 16 Broad St., Washington. 908223-1331.

MONDAY, MARCH 11 Organizing for the Creative Mind – 7-9pm. Learn right-brain styles for conquering clutter, mastering

time and reaching your goals. $35. Westfield Adult School, Westfield High School, 550 Dorian Rd., Westfield. Register:

TUESDAY, MARCH 12 Pathways Connect: Samsara Moms Tribe Gathering – 3/21 & 3/30; 10:30am-12:30pm. Learn from each other at this gathering of moms to connect on being conscious choice parents. Come one or all meetings. Each meeting will include different topics from Pathways to spark dialogue on family wellness and choices. Free. RSVP to or Facebook Group: SamsaraMomsTribe. Samsara Chiropractic Wellness Center, 1 Eastern Ave., Somerville. For information call 908-300-8800 or visit

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR Testing – 3-6:15pm. Testing by Spectracell and Vibrant Wellness Labs. Most insurance accepted. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Appt only: 908-658-4900. Janet@

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 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.

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 Finding Your Organizing Style – 10am. Find out more about your learning style and how to navigate the world better with tips and tricks designed just for you. Video call. $15. Register: OrganizeNJ. com/Events. Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Healing – 7:309pm. A group healing using the sound waves of crystal bowls to promote relaxation and create a harmonious state of wellbeing. $25. Gaia’s Gifts, 124 West Washington Ave., Washington. 908223-1331.


eZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher, Register: Homeopathic Consultations with Virangini Cindy Rounsaville, – 2-4pm. By appointment only. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Info and appointments: 908-996-6761.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 “Oneness: Seeing the World the Way We Want to See It” – 10:30 am. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner. Warm, dynamic community of spirituallyminded people at Sunday Transformation Service. Followed by refreshments and conversation. The Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, Princeton Masonic Lodge, 354 River Rd., Princeton. 609924-8422.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 Holistic Chamber of Commerce Networking Meeting – 6-8pm. Speaker: Wendy Susan Richmond, Digital Marketing Expert. Bring business cards, brochures, paper and pen. $10/ HCC members. $15/non-members. Holistic Dental Center, 91 Millburn Ave., Millburn. I Am Avatar Series – 7-9:30pm. Bi-weekly. Spiritual science of ascension. Covering: I AM consciousness, God Creation and conscious meditation exercises. $35/meeting. $180/6 classes. Cranbury. Register:

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Card and Chart Readings – 10am-5pm. Instructor: Michael Zaikowski. Access guidance from the stars, planets, your higher self, tarot, guardian angels, spirit guides and loved ones from the other side who want to help you on your journey. $65/30 min. card reading; $75/30 min. chart reading. RSVP: 973-2674816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown.


Breakfast Benefits: Learn about Laser Treatment – 9am. All are welcome to share breakfast and learn about the benefits of laser treatment. Facilitator: Dr. Paul M. Bizzaro, DC. Free. Dr. Bizzaro’s office, 81 S Main St., Yardley. RSVP: 215-493-6589.


Women, Power and Freedom – 10am-12pm. Safe space to share fears, weaknesses and hearts. Supportive place to connect with other women or just feel loving support and acceptance. Coffee. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton’s office, 812 State Road (Rt. 206 S), Ste 220, Princeton. 609-9248422.

Come PLAY, FLOW, CREATE & GROW through restorative yoga, gentle movement, journaling and self-discovery exercises. Learn how to manage stress, spark creativity & experience greater joy in your life and relationships. Explore the art to a playful heart!

Reiki, EnergyMedicine, Meditation – 1:303:30pm. Learn how to work with healing energy in everything you do, use intention, connection, breath, movement and meditation. $35. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., 2nd floor, Madison. Janet StraightArrow: 973-966-5311 or Janet@ Reiki I Training & Certification – Mar. 16, 17. 1:30–6:30pm. Learn this ancient art of healing and self-empowerment. Beginner level. $225.

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The Playful Heart Workshop – Mar. 22-24. Fri. 5-8:30pm, Sat. 9am-6pm, Sun. 9am-5pm. Play, flow, create & grow through restorative yoga, gentle movement, journaling and self-discovery exercises. $397. Register: 3/20. Wellness Rocks!, 178 Center St., Clinton. RSVP: Rachel Salzhauer, 732-3068496. Facebook. com/ and click events.

Functional Testing Workshop – 7pm. Speakers: Dr. Nikke Conte, Naturopath and Kirstin Nussgruber, certified nutritionist and cancer mentor. Functional testing and getting to root causes. Free. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. RSVP required: 908-658-4900. Janet@

Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Bath with Meg Lyding – 6:30pm. $20/in advance. $25/at the door. Awakening Point Yoga Studio, 254A Mountain Ave., Ste 2A, Hackettstown. 973-670-7421. Suppers Program – 6:30-8:30pm. Theme: AntiInflammation. A friendly space for individuals to transition their way towards a healthy lifestyle. Learn to cook, taste, and feel their way to vibrant health. Fee: cost of the meal plus a small donation. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Maryann: 732-419-3551. Spring Equinox Multidimensional Healing Retreat – Mar. 22-24. Begins Fri. at 8 pm. Gain a healing upgrade and learn how to create the multidimensional reality with your spirit group. Cranbury. Register:

savethedate ENERGY MEDICINE 101 & 102 March 23 & 24 • 9am-5pm Learn a daily routine to help improve your energy, stay grounded, pain releasing techniques, energy testing on yourself and others. Early Bird Special $150/class or $275/both if paid by 3/1/19 After 3/1/19, fee is $175/class. Location: Langhorne, PA. (Additional class: March 16 & 17, Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ) For information and to register, contact 609-752-1048

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Energy Medicine 101 & 102 – Mar. 23-24. 9am5pm. Learn a daily routine to help improve energy, stay grounded, release pain and test energy on yourself and others. $175/class or $275/both when registered by 3/1. Langhorne, PA and Lakewood, NJ. 609-752-1048. Siobhan@NextStepStrategiesLLC. com. Spring Detox! Nutrition Cleansing Class – 3/2324; 10am-5pm. Detox doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself and eat non-yummy food. Toxins are accumulated by thoughts, food and lifestyle. Reshma Shah shows participants how to heal one’s

self using your thousands of years old remedies. Cleanse with many different courses of meals along with saffron infused tea oven roasted vegetarian delicacies and much more. Learn how to release and maintain toxins as well heavy metals for a healthy life. Location: Westfield. For information and to RSVP, call 908-264-4344. How to Read Medical Blood Test Naturally: Class 3 – 11am-1:30pm. Knowing how to read medical tests and what deficiencies may be causing what indicators on the test is a powerful way to be in control of your own health. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. Numerology Workshop: Part II – 2-4:30pm. Instructor: Michael Zaikowski. Learn what is in your name and birth date through understanding the meaning of numbers in numerology. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown.

SUNDAY, MARCH 24 12 Steps to Freedom: Step 3 – 10:30am. 4th Sun./month. 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. Experience HU, an ancient sacred Mantra, that has been sung for thousands of years in many lands for spiritual unfoldment. Chant HU, have contemplative time, and share in spiritual conversation. Eckankar Center, 323 Main St., Metuchen. 800-870-9139. Spiritual Cinema: “Becoming the Keys” – 12pm. Inspire & move you to achieve your goals and dreams by helping you unlock the 7 keys of life. $10. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-730-8792. Restorative Yoga Workshop – 12-2pm. Instructor: Nicole Roman. Experience deeply nourishing yoga poses held for several minutes with the support of blankets and bolsters so that you are completely relaxed. Space is limited. Registration required. $35. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: (events page). 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.

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Family Constellations Workshop – 7:15-9:15pm. Facilitator: Kerry Kay. The issues you struggle with may have roots in hidden dynamics within your family system. $10. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Register: or 609273-1378.

TUESDAY, MARCH 26 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@

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Space Clearing – 7-9pm. Align inner and outer selves to achieve organizing sustainability. $35. Madison Adult School, Madison High School, 170 Ridgedale Ave., Madison. Register:

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 Thermography Medical Imaging – 9am-6pm. Facilitator: Lisa Mack. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Info: 609618-6545. LOTUS Men’s Group – 5pm. Lotus (Laws of the Universe Scholars). Facilitator: Sunny Van Vlijmen. Learn how to achieve your goals by employing New Thought and Law of Attraction principles. $50/ meeting. $300/6 meetings. Pre-registration: 3/21. 939 Ridge Rd., Ste 2D, Monmouth Junction. RSVP: Find Your Power Animal – 7-8:30pm. Journey to the spirit world to learn about the spirit animal that guides us from our birth to our death. $15. Auset Gypsy Metaphysical Emporium, 15 S 2nd St., Easton, PA. Register: Peak Brain Health – 7pm. Discover lifestyle behaviors that have the biggest impact on brain health. Find out the cause of inflammation and its impact on the brain. Get your brain function at its peak efficiency with our new program. Sunrise Nutrition Center, 137 Mountain Ave., Hackettstown. Register: 908-4412276.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30 Overcoming Fear: Finding Courage with the Help of Horses – 9am-4:30pm. Eliminate selfsabotaging tendencies and learn to rely on your inner guidance to sheered you to wholeness in this highly interactive, experiential workshop with horses as your partners. $149/session. Tri-Brook Equestrian Center. Register: 908-217-7852 or Achieve a Clear Quiet Mind – 1-4pm. Experience teachings, practices and profound wisdom that will give you immediate relief and enjoy quiet mind, peace and meditation. $150. Be The Medicine, 39 Greenwood Ave, back door, 1st floor, Madison. Janet StraightArrow: 973-647-2500 or Janet@

Restore: Afternoon Retreat – 1-5pm. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and pampering with yoga, mindfulness, Reiki and aromatherapy! Refreshments and gift bag for all participants. $80. eZential Wellness, 1 Lamington Rd., Branchburg. Register: (events page).

SUNDAY, MARCH 31 Sunday Service with Dr. Dana Marrocco – 10am. Workshop: 12-2pm. Theme: Beyond SelfDeception. Covers self-deceptions we share and how to overcome them with grace and joy. Exercises, a guided meditation and Q&A. $30. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). Register: yb8jak2r. 908-730-8792. “Oneness: Seeing Ourselves the Way We Wish We Were” – 10:30 am. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner. Warm, dynamic community of spirituallyminded 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. Restorative Yoga – 12-1:30pm. Instructor: Deb Vari. Restful, passive form of yoga designed to open the body deeply but gently. Essential oils available for use as enhancement. $20. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Info: Gentle.Yoga@ or

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INTUITIVE SERVICES READINGS: Oracle card and palmistry readings offered in person, phone, parties welcome. Spiritually guided channeled messages are for your highest good. Let my gifts guide you! Reasonable rates. Cheryl 908-268-8029.

SEEKING SPACE SEEKING SPACE: Small established adult school seeks affordable open space and office for Chinese wellness and movement practices. 1000-1500 sq.ft. Warren/vicinity. Qi Gong for Healing. 908-647-1563.

planahead SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Shamanism: Begin the Journey – Apr. 6, 7. 10am-4pm. A weekend of Shamanic Initiations, greater Spiritual connections, ceremony, drumming, medicine wheel and learning how to Shamanic Journey to guides and teachers. $295. Be The Medicine, 39 Greenwood Ave., back door, 1st floor, Madison. Janet StraightArrow: 973-647-2500 or

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 The Art of Doing Nothing with Horses Series – Apr. 13, 27, 28, May 11. 9am-12pm, 1-4pm. Learn the subtle language of horses, how horses feel energy and learn to communicate with one another by doing nothing. $50/session. Tri-Brook Equestrian Center. Register: 908-217-7852 or

SATURDAY, APRIL 27 Soul Shamanism Path to You – Apr. 27, 28. 10am5pm. Direct experience of your-soul-self, access your inner wisdom and knowledge, learn how to deepen this every day. $395. Be The Medicine, 39 Greenwood Ave., back door, 1st floor, Madison. Janet StraightArrow: 973-647-2500 or Janet@

SPACE/OFFICE FOR RENT PROFESSIONAL SPACE AVAILABLE Acupuncturist has two treatment rooms (one small, one large; both with massage tables) available for rent on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Would be perfect for massage therapist, reflexologist, nutritionist, holistic counselor, etc. Located in Flemington. For details, call Kristin at 973-979-1652 or SPACE FOR RENT: Beautiful office space in Wellness Center in Downtown Warren Twp. in Somerset County. Square footage varies from 100 for an individual office to 2,000 for multiple offices. Space includes a waiting room for clients, a beverage bar, a file room, practitioner room and separate entrance and coat closet as well as opportunities for conference room/lecture/workshop room as well as a future kitchen and open area for yoga or clinics. Your monthly check will include rent, CAM, cleaning services, internet, heating and electric. Plenty of parking and centrally located to major highways. Email Stacey at or call 908-755-2723 for more information.

savethedate INTEGRATIVE NEURO-LINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING PRACTITIONER CERTIFICATION TRAINING April 11-14 This interactive and experiential program provides proven tools and techniques to communicate more effectively, build rapport easily, reprogram the mind for success, release limiting beliefs and behaviors, gain clarity in core values and overcome procrastination, lack of motivation, depression and phobias

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SPACE FOR RENT: Attractive office space. Ideal for psychotherapy or related practice. Located on farm in Hillsborough. Seeking co-lease or sublet. Located at Carriage Farms off of Amwell Rd. If interested call Robert Filocco at 732-425-5086.

PRACTITIONER SPACE TREATMENT ROOMS AVAILABLE: within our Upscale Spa and Wellness Center conveniently located on Route 22 East, Green Brook, NJ. The Perfect Environment for the Acupuncturist, Reflexologist, Ayurvedic Practitioner among others. Are you looking for space to offer your IV Infusions? testing for Hormone, Gluten, Celiac and Micronutrients? Call today for a Tour to Discuss Your Needs and Explore the Possibilities at 732-200-5648 or e-mail us at

SPACE FOR RENT: Event & meeting rental space in Morristown, NJ. Great for recitals, weddings, practice/rehearsal space and fitness classes. Accommodates up to 175 people. Plenty of parking, convenient to Route 202 or 287. Call 973-539-3114 or email office@ for details.

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that also promotes healing. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd, Kendall Park.

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. 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 IYCC Yoga Class – 10-11:30am. All levels welcome. Additional classes offered. See website for full schedule. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd, Kendall Park. Info: Maryann, 732-419-3551. 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, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. More information at 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, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information at Reiki Share and Healing Circle – 6-7:15pm. Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation

We offer: • consultations • wellness plans • therapies

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. Wuji Tai Chi, Beginner 1 – 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, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. Info:

tuesday 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. 908-754-5901.  Wuji Tai Chi, Beginner 1 – 10:30-11:30am. Beginning moves of beautiful flowing “water” form. Instructor: Fran Maher. $48/4 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. Info: QiGongforHealing. com. Tai Chi Chih with Dr. Janet Oussaty – 1-2pm. New class: Gentle, moving meditation of 19 movements and 1 pose. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Contact Janet: 908-6351822. More information at Stress, Hormones & Health (The True Cause of Belly Fat) – 6pm, select Tuesdays. Presented by bestselling author & speaker Jean Golden-Tevald, DO of Morning Star Family Health Center. Learn about Hormone Imbalances and what really works. Free dinner seminar. Seating is limited. Registration required. For dates and location: Carol May, Program Coordinator, 908-528-8121. Reiki 1 Energy Healing Training – Mar. 19-Apr. 9. 6:30-9pm. Professional level healing and energy work teachings, Reiki attunements, meditations and practice with each student receiving a certificate

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and full healing session. $325. Be The Medicine, 39 Greenwood Ave., back door, 1st floor, Madison. Janet StraightArrow: 973-647-2500 or Meditation is More Than You Think Class – 8-week course: 2/5-3/26. 6:30-9pm. Instructor: DeeJah Wynter. Learn about what meditation is, the benefits of regular practice and the styles of meditation. No experience required. $160. Dropin: $20. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton, 812 State Road, Ste 220, Princeton. Info: 609-924-8422. Power Prayer The Nature of Effective Prayer – 1/22-3/12. 6:30-9pm. Deepen understanding of the creative nature of thought and the use of spiritual mind treatment through Science of Mind Teachings. $250. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mount Kemble Ave., Morristown. Connie Weiss, 973-539-3114 or 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. Weight Loss Hypnosis – 7-8pm. Shed winter weight through hypnosis. Small, friendly and supportive group sessions. $150/4 sessions. Pre-registration required. Bring blanket and pillow. Effortless Hypnosis, 109 Main St., Whitehouse Station. 908-246-3096.

wednesday Exploring Tai Chi Forms – Sun Style: 12:301:30pm. Wuji Jing Gong Style: 1:30-2:30pm. Instructor: Brian Coffey. minutes of Qi Gong, 30 minutes of Tai Chi. $48/4 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-647-1563. Info: 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. $50/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. 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.


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. Power Prayer The Nature of Effective Prayer – 1/24-3/8. 10:30am-1pm. Deepen understanding of the creative nature of thought and the use of spiritual mind treatment through Science of Mind Teachings. $250. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mount Kemble Ave., Morristown. Connie Weiss, 973-539-3114 or T’ai Chi Chih (Joy thru Movement) Class – 6:30 pm. Better balance, lower blood pressure and improve sleep. Mercer Meetings, 1970 Hwy. 33, Hamilton. Space is limited. 609-752-1048.

saturday 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. 908-754-5901.  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.  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.

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ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE HOLISTIC CENTER OF NJ (AHCNJ) Dr. Angela Gao 300 Old York Rd, Flemington 908-788-8806 License Number: 25mz00130500

Proudly serving the Hunterdon county and neighboring communities since 2008. Join us on a journey of holistic approach to life, wellness and health with the help of traditional Chinese acupuncture. See ad, page 39.

ACUPUNCTURE WORKS CENTER Kristin A. Dudley LAc 84 Park Ave, Ste G-103C, Flemington 973-979-1652

Gentle acupuncture with Kristin Dudley LAc 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, page 57.

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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, page 18.

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2070 Route 1, 2nd Floor, North Brunswick 732-658-6122 Experience the personalized body-mind-spirit approach of Ayurveda, a 5000-year-old healing science from India and one of the oldest system of medicine in the world! Ayurveda consultations and Panchakarma (detox) therapies by experienced and trained Ayurvedic practitioners. We specialize in pain management, hormonal imbalance, auto-immune disorders and pediatric wellness. Mention NaturalAwakenings and get 25% OFF your initial consultation! See ad, page 54.

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The Waldorf curriculum, used in 1,000+ schools School worldwide, integrates arts, of Princeton academics, movement, and music, emphasizing social and environmental responsibility. The hands-on approach is screen free.


Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in his shoes. That way if he gets angry, he’ll be a mile away and barefoot. – unknown 56 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

MorningStar’s team of health professionals cares for you like family. Our membership based practice cares for men, women and children age 8 and up with a functional approach to primary care. See


Monica Sood, MD 51 John F Kennedy Pkwy, 1st Flr West, Ste 115, Short Hills 973-996-4496 • We use a functional medicine approach in partnership with our patients to get to the root cause of disease. IV nutrient infusions are used as part of whole patient treatment and are available a la carte as well. See ad, page 25.


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81 S Main St, Yardley, PA 215-493-6589 • My mission is to educate people to the benefits of chiropractic, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Over 40 years experience (personally and professionally) allows me to relate to your problem(s). Services include non-force chiropractic, nutritional testing, utilizing test kits/panels, Chirothin weight loss, massage (covered by most insurance) and laser therapy for pain. Personalized attention guaranteed! See ad, page 47.

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Become a Certified Nutrition Consultant in 6 Months and put the letters CNC after your name. This recognized qualification is obtained through the American Association of Nutritional Consultants, AANC. The course includes 12 modules, and classes meet twice a month on Sundays 9 am - 1pm . All modules are taught by Dr. Derek Rodger (ND). Course fee is $2295.00 and can be paid over 6 monthly installments at $389.00 per month. Every student receives a free 90 minute private nutritional consultation with Dr. Rodger (ND) worth $249.00. Naturopathic Doctor Dr. Derek Rodger (ND) Course Instructor

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Dr. Ruxandra Balescu, DMD Dr. Kirk Huckel, DMD, FAGD 11 Chambers St, Princeton 609-924-1414 We offer a unique approach to the health care of the mouth based on a holistic understanding of the whole body. Please contact us to learn how we can serve your needs. See ad, page 29.

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MEDICAL HOLISTIC HEALTH BARBARA LEITNER, LMT, MANUAL LYMPH DRAINAGE SPECIALIST 4 Walter Foran Blvd, Ste 404, Flemington 908-578-7218 Barbara ascribes to a holistic approach as an experienced NJ Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Manual Lymph Drainage, Oncology and Intuitive therapy. See ad, page 27.


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PSYCHOTHERAPY/ENERGY HEALING/COUNSELING BOBBIE LYNN EDWARDS, M.ED, LPC Licensed Psychotherapist Hunterdon County 908-892-8978, 908-251-9032

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.

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Natural Awakenings Central NJ - March 2019  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green lifestyle for people and pets. This month, learn ways to keep...

Natural Awakenings Central NJ - March 2019  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green lifestyle for people and pets. This month, learn ways to keep...