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ave you ever noticed how spending time worrying works? We start with a bit of fear, a possibility of an outcome that is never good (hence the word worrying). Negative thoughts creep in and dominate our thinking. We then create a path of new worry, layering unrelatJoe Dunne, Publisher ed worry on top of the original worry. Not everyone worries this way, but I have been there, and I know plenty of people that spend time enjoying the process of worrying. Sounds a bit crazy, this worrying thing. However, before you know it, we have created and projected the outcome of everything that could go wrong and will go wrong. Suddenly, we are trapped in our own creation of thinking worry. Naturally we need someone to share our worry with and seek them out. OMG! Now we have a worry network! The good thing is the outcome of worrying rarely turns out as projected. The expectation of our fate is usually not totally grounded in facts, history or behaviors, so the idea that we spend hours, days, even our whole lives worrying is mind-boggling. We continue to try to peer into the future and yet fear it at the same time. I admit I may be going over the top in describing how most people get caught up in worry. The person I describe here may be a worry junkie, or a personality that has a hard time separating what is real and what they have imagined, but that’s what too much worry will do for you. Worrying is about understanding the future, knowing what the future will bring, and usually involves some degree of disaster. Recently, I read this in a book: “I have never met a person from the future.” I certainly haven’t had the pleasure so how would I know what outcomes tomorrow will bring? Is it possible to perfect the art of not worrying? For me, I always go back to knowing it is a decision. As with most things I want to change, I have to want to change. Then it becomes a matter of practice, of paying attention. Faith plays a big part, as does trust, letting go, understanding, common sense, and desire. Changing cognitive behavior is not easy—self-talk, mnemonic devices, meditation, staying on the path of change—all of it is a process. Shifting our thinking to acceptance, thinking positive, and living in gratitude is the real key. For today, I’m not going to worry about worry. Instead, I’m practicing the “Don’t worry, be happy” approach, which I must admit, is a whole lot more fun. In peace, love and laughter,

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i Gong for Healing is delighted to announce they have a new home. “The journey to finding our new location has been surprising, exciting and at times a bit nervewracking,” states Fran Maher. “People came out of the woodwork to help us with the move, and even said they had fun doing it. Now it’s time for a party!” Everyone is invited to celebrate Qi Gong for Healing’s new facility at an Open House from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m, on May 5. Brian Coffey, who began teaching qi gong with Maher in 1995, explains, “The premier medicine of China for more than 10,000 years—cultivation of qi—isn’t that different from cultivation of a garden or a manual skill. Cultivation of qi facilitates the smooth, beneficial movement of qi throughout the body.” Qi Gong for Healing is a wonderful place to find out more about the historical Chinese medicine known as qi healing. Try some tai chi and qi gong moves for balance strength and vitality. Observe a class, talk to the teachers and the students. Bring a friend. Location: 1275 Bound Brook Rd., Ste. 1, 2nd Flr., Middlesex. For more information, call 908-647-1563 or visit See ad, page 7. “Practicing qigong is so simple and so powerful. You cannot do it wrong. You can only do it good, better, or best.” ~Chunyi Lin

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e The Change Life Coaching Center and a coalition of alternative health care practitioners will be holding its Spring Fling Psychic Fair and Market Place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 2. The practitioners give of their time and talents to help support local non-profits. Admission price to the Spring Fling is a donation to the Somerset County Food Bank and the American Legion Hall of Somerset. We will have the most experienced readers this year and our Market Place will feature new and exciting products. Location: American Legion Hall, Rt. 28, 232 Union Ave., Somerville. For more information, call 908-323-4463 or email See ad, page 22.

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RAYKI School Offers Akashi Fire Reiki Master Retreat in Asheville


Summer Solstice, four-day seminar will be offered in Asheville, North Carolina, at Mountain Light Sanctuary from June 12-15. A three-day training for Level 3 Reiki will be offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on June 12-14. Master Reiki training will be offered by spiritual teacher Makiko Fliss, owner and founder of RAYKI school. Anyone with Reiki Level 2 training and above is invited to attend. This will be followed by a one-day Akashic Records Reading for Starseeds workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on June 15. The Akashi workshops are open to everyone regardless of training. RAYKI School offers various transformational healing programs, including self-healing techniques, wellness programs in the workplace, reiki healing and wellness and healing retreats. Cost: USUI HFII Advanced Training (Level 3) & Master $ 1,050, Akashi Workshop Lecture ONLY, $150, Akashi Workshop with Attunements $350. Location: Mountain Light Sanctuary, 143 Ranger Rd., Barnardsville, NC. For more information and to register, email Contact@ or visit See ad, page 18.

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he Souls Inspiration Wellness Community has created a space within the community that is available for those who may need a space or room to practice without having to rent a large space. The rooms at the center are suitable for a variety of classes and alternative health and wellness services including acupuncture, massage, reiki, hypnotherapy, nutritionist, body work and coaching. The Soul’s Inspiration Wellness Community strives to create a diverse, caring and supportive community that focuses on inspiring the spirit and strengthening the soul. The community accepts and supports all beliefs and practices as long as they are intended to foster enlightenment, love and healing. Location: 31 South St., Morristown. For more information, contact Dorothy Toner at 973-960-9505 or visit TheSoulsInspiration. com. See ad, page 9.

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ertified Professional Organizer Amara Willey describes Spiritual Space Clearing as a healing journey from fear to love. During her 10-week Spiritual Space Clearing program, she teaches her clients how to overcome past conditioning and outdated habits in order to create an environment that supports who they truly are. When our spirit feels heavy, our environment can also become heavy with both clutter and extra pounds. We can clean up our space over and over again, but until we address our spiritual heaviness, our physical environment will go back to its original form. Amara explains, “Spiritual Space Clearing uses the principles of quantum physics, brain chemistry, and the law of attraction to really change people’s lives for the better.” Each week, she focuses on a room in the house in order to help people simplify and organize their home while empowering them with the tools they need to maintain their sacred space. For more information, call Amara at 908-868-4311 or visit See ad, page 28.

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Japanese researchers interviewed 1,003 Tokyo women over 70 years old about which of 16 types of exercise they did, including dancing, calisthenics, jogging, golf, ball games, hiking, yoga, bicycling and tai chi. In eight years of follow-up, those that danced were 73 percent less likely to be classified as impaired in any of the “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing—a result not produced by the other physical activities. “Dancing requires not only balance, strength and endurance ability, but also cognitive ability: adaptability and concentration to move according to the music and partner; artistry for graceful and fluid motion; and memory for choreography,” writes lead author Yosuke Osuka, of the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology.

Simply changing a diet to include more fruit and vegetables can boost mental well-being, say British researchers from Leeds and York universities. Examining health data of 40,000 people, they concluded those that eat more produce have a better psychological state, and that eating just one extra portion of fruits and vegetables a day could have a positive effect equivalent to around eight extra days of walking a month for at least 10 minutes at a time. A meta-analysis of 16 studies by the UK’s University of Manchester found the mood-boosting effect was particularly strong for women, and it worked with different types of diets, indicating a particular approach is not necessary. When dietary changes were combined with exercise, even greater improvements resulted.


Women in menopause that are mindful and nonjudgmental of their thoughts are less irritable, anxious and depressed, reports a Mayo Clinic study recently published in Climacteric, the journal of the International Menopause Society. Researchers gave questionnaires to 1,744 menopausal patients 40 to 65 years old and found that those with higher mindfulness scores struggled less with common menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness didn’t lower hot flash and night sweat symptoms, however.

sion from 32 percent to 46 percent. American heart disease deaths rose from 836,546 in 2015 to 840,678 in 2016. Studies show that about 80 percent of all cardiovascular disease can be prevented by controlling high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, along with healthy practices like not smoking, says the AHA.

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U.S. Heart Disease on the Rise Forty-eight percent of American adults have some form of cardiovascular disease, reported the American Heart Association (AHA) in its annual update. The increase is partly due to 2017 updated guidelines redefining high blood pressure as greater than 130/80 millimeters of mercury rather than 140/90, which raised the number of Americans with diagnosed hyperten-


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Walking, cycling, climbing stairs and other aerobic activities may improve brain function not only in older people, but also in younger folk, according to a Columbia University study published in Neurology. The study recruited 132 people between 20 and 67 years old that didn’t exercise and had below-average fitness levels. Half stretched and toned four times a week for six months and half exercised aerobically on a treadmill, stationary bike or elliptical machine. When they were evaluated for their executive function thinking skills—regulating behavior, paying attention and achieving goals—the aerobics group improved twice as much as the stretching group. “The people who exercised were testing as if they were about 10 years younger at age 40 and about 20 years younger at age 60,” says study author Yaakov Stern, Ph.D.

Swedish seniors that took coenzyme Q10 and selenium during a four-year study were still benefiting 12 years later with a reduced cardiovascular mortality risk of more than 40 percent. In the original study, Linköping University researchers gave 443 independently living seniors over 70 years old either a placebo or 200 milligrams of CoQ10 and 200 milligrams of selenium per day. Those on the supplements showed a reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, improved heart function, less hospitalization, more vitality and a better quality of life. Twelve years later, the researchers examined autopsies and death certificates, and found the supplement-takers had a lower risk of death compared to the placebo group, even if they had diabetes, high blood pressure or ischemic heart disease.

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First-time mothers that practiced yoga beginning in the 30th week of pregnancy had fewer caesareans, fewer lowweight newborns and milder and briefer labor pains. They were also less likely to require painkillers or labor inducement. The Mangalore, India, hospital study, published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, included 150 women 20 to 35 years old that were pregnant for the first time and had no prior yoga experience. Half of the women did not do yoga, while the other half took 30-minute yoga classes once every week or two. Women in the yoga group were also more comfortable after giving birth.

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implant illness (BII) associated with both silicone and saline implants. The FDA first sounded the alarm about the rare lymphoma in 2011, linking it to implants with textured, Velcro-like outer shells. In February, the federal agency issued a letter to healthcare providers seeking to increase awareness “about an association between all breast implants, regardless of filling or texture,” and BIA-ALCL. On the issue of BII and other problems reported by women with implants, the FDA has remained largely silent, suggesting that “studies would need to be larger and longer than these conducted so far.” However, the number of women with implants reporting health problems has prompted the FDA to demand that two manufacturers of the devices conduct proper long-term health studies. The agency sent out letters in March warning of deficiencies in FDA-required research and the possibility that their products could be taken off the market. The move is considered to be a victory for patient activism. HealingBreastImplantIllness has become a sanctuary for more than 68,000 women that report a range of symptoms associated with BII. Nicole Daruda, of Vancouver Island, Canada, says she created the group to support women that visited her website,, where she told her personal BII story that began with

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Avian Senior Citizen Astounds Again Being at least 68 years old didn’t deter Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, from recently hatching another chick. The world’s oldest known banded wild bird, which roosts at the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, in Hawaii, has birthed and raised more than 30 chicks in her lifetime. She and her mate-for-life Akeakamai spent about two months incubating the new egg, and now they’ll raise the chick for five to six months before it flies out to sea. It is uncommon for albatross to return, lay and hatch an egg every single year, but the pair has produced a chick each year since 2006, say U.S Fish and Wildlife Service officials. 16 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Nuclear Testing Linked to Radioactive Milk

The hundreds of nuclear bombs detonated on a remote Nevada test site during the Cold War produced radioactive fallout that led indirectly to the deaths of 340,000 to 690,000 Americans, concludes a recent study by economist Keith Meyers, Ph.D., of the University of Southern Denmark. Meyers conducted the research for his doctoral dissertation while attending the University of Arizona. By combining National Cancer Institute data measuring the radioactive element Iodine-131 in local cow milk with county-by-county mortality data, he found heightened death rates in the Midwest and Northeast between 1951 and 1973. The finding suggests that airborne radiation contaminated pastures that, in turn, made milk radioactive and led to the human ingestion of slow-acting, but fatal radioactive isotopes. In comparison, an estimated 200,000 to 350,000 people in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki died directly from the atomic bombs dropped on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively.


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As the Appalachian economy struggles with the loss of three-fifths of its coal mining jobs in the last three decades, a surprising option is emerging for some: beekeeping. The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective offers beekeeping training, including bees and equipment and ongoing mentoring, for displaced coal miners and low-income residents of mining towns; so far, about 35 people are participating. Landowners are donating property for the beehives, which will be maintained without pesticides or antibiotics. Honey from a single hive can bring in about $750 a season, or $15,000 per 20, and additional money can be made selling the beeswax for candles and lip balm. The beekeeping collective is part of Appalachian Headwaters, a nonprofit formed in 2016 with a $7.5 million lawsuit settlement from coal mine operator Alpha Natural Resources for violations of the Clean Water Act. The money has been used to fund environmental restoration projects and to develop sustainable economic opportunities in the coal mining communities of West Virginia.


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Human Composting at the End of Life Washington is poised to become the first state to make it legal to compost human remains. A bill allowing for the process, called natural organic reduction, as well as another called water cremation, has passed the state senate and is making its way to the house for a vote. Human composting involves placing a body in a tubular vessel and covering it with natural materials like wood chips and straw. Over several weeks, microbial activity breaks down the body into about a cubic yard of soil. Recompose, a company that wants to offer the practice as an alternative to traditional methods, worked with Washington State University to test its safety for environmental and human health. Six people donated their bodies for the study. The method alleviates much of the carbon footprint associated with both cremation and traditional casket burial.

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Climate-Challenged Polar Bears Invade Town About 50 polar bears that usually hunt seals from ice floes have found new cuisine in the garbage dumps in the remote Russian island military town of Belushya Gubam, about 1,200 miles northeast of Moscow. Its 2,000 residents, long accustomed to the occasional bear strolling through, now call it a “mass invasion” as the curious bears peer into windows, stare down barking dogs and dig through trash. Russia’s environmental response agency has sent in a crisis team that is studying how to remove the bears without killing them. The Barents Sea that the bears inhabit is undergoing what a recent study called a “rapid climate shift” from Arctic Ocean temperatures to warmer Atlantic Ocean-like temperatures; the entire western side of the island is now ice-free year round.

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Compared to newspapers, magazines and junk mail, retail sales receipts may seem inconsequential in their use of trees and their footprint on the environment. Yet, getting and handling that tabulation of a sale is a health hazard that contributes to landfills. Certainly, some receipts are required for tax records and product returns, but the vast majority serve no future purpose; there’s also a better and safer option than paper. reports the annual waste from receipts in the U.S. totals 686 million pounds, and that skipping receipts would save 12 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of 1

million cars on the road. The problem is getting worse as many retail outlets include special offers and other promotional information on receipts, making them longer and the corresponding amount of paper used greater. The Ecology Center, an educational nonprofit located in San Juan Capistrano, California, estimates that 93 percent of paper receipts are coated with Bisphenol-A (BPA) or Bisphenol-S (BPS), endocrine disrupters that are used as color developers to help make the receipts more legible. However, the presence of either makes them ineligible for recycling. According to Green America (, BPA that can be “absorbed into our bodies through our hands in mere seconds,” can impact fetal development and “is linked to reproductive impairment, Type 2 diabetes, thyroid conditions and other health concerns.” Employees that regularly handle receipts have 30 percent more BPA or BPS in their bodies. In January, California Assembly member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) introduced legislation (AB 161) nicknamed “skip the slip”, which would require retailers to offer digital receipts to customers. If it passes, it will be the first such law in the country.

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Technology’s Posture Problem by Dr. Robert Sellari


here is growing concern in the healthcare community with the overuse of hand-held technology by children, teens and adults. Most parents would agree that it can’t be good for their child to be bent over a cellphone or tablet computer for an extended period of time. While many try limiting their use, in most cases it seems impossible to enforce. New studies have confirmed that it is not healthy for anyone, not only children, to be in a slumped posture over a cellphone for an extended period of time. Prior to the tech boom, posture awareness and outside activity that promoted

good health and physical fitness was common. As technology has improved, physical activity has declined, especially in our younger population. This has given rise to an alarming trend of poor postural habits and obesity. Yet, with the advancements in technology, it is getting harder to avoid using these devices. Current research estimates that people with smartphones typically spend between two and four hours a day with their heads in a tilted position. That totals between 700 and 1,400 hours a year with additional stress on the spine. Teens could be worse, spending up to 5,000 hours or more a year

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his Mother’s Day, I want to tell you about a different way to think about your mother and about yourself—a way that is deeply true and liberating, no matter what is going on with your mother. On a soul level, we’re old friends with our mothers. And they signed up for assisting us on our souls’ journeys big time—by being willing to take on the role of our mother. And no matter how well they did or didn’t do that job, we have a job, too: to realize that though we might not have had the mother we wanted, we all got the mother our souls needed. What’s more, every single one of us can connect right now with the mother energy that made all of our bodies in the first place—the Earth herself. It has been said that when you lavish your attention on the Earth—on a flower, or a stream or any aspect of nature—that energy loves you right back. In the book series The Ringing Cedars, Anastasia refers to the land you live on and love as, “Love dissolved in

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hile flowers are We underestimate in Ohio. “In the 1970s, known to lean researchers began to notice what plants can plants under attack respond toward light, do because their by increasing defensive a growing body of research communication is chemistry—things that is demonstrating plants invisible to us. make a plant distasteful or also respond to sounds and toxic to predators,” he says. scents—and then herald the ~Heidi Appel Researchers noticed that news to their neighbors. Far control plants also seemed to respond to from being passive life forms, members of their neighbors being attacked. the plant kingdom are adept at interacting Since then, Schultz, with their environments and with each Karban and other investigators have disother. covered that plants emit complex profiles “Plants don’t have specialized sense of odors in the form of volatile compounds organs, but like animals, plants are very that can be picked up by other plants, as capable of sensing their environment. They well as insects. Studying sagebrush in the perceive cues, weigh different alternatives and allocate resources in very sophisticated Sierra Nevada mountains, Karban found ways,” says Richard Karban, professor of that plants under duress emit chemical entomology at the University of California cues that trigger nearby plants to increase at Davis and the author of Plant Sensing their defenses. and Communication. These odors vary with the type of threat and time, working to attract polliBetter Living Through nators during the day and fending off enChemistry emies at night, Schultz says. A plant being Early evidence of plant communication was eaten by an insect may release a chemical discovered by accident, according to Jack that attracts predatory insects looking for Schultz, senior executive director of research herbivore prey. “There is a clear adaptive development at the University of Toledo, advantage in attracting the ‘enemy of your 24 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

enemy’, who can act as a bodyguard for the plant being attacked.” Smells are just part of a plant’s multisensory life, says Heidi Appel, a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo and one of Schultz’s collaborators. Appel’s research with collaborator Rex Cocroft, at the University of Missouri, demonstrates they’re listening for threats, too. Her lab exposed plants from the mustard family to the sound of a caterpillar feeding, with control plants in silence or “listening” to a recording of the wind or other insects, and found that those vibrations didn’t effect the same defensive-priming response as that of the plant-munching caterpillar. “Plants have no special sense organs, so their sophisticated sense of hearing is very surprising,” says Appel.

Nature’s Networks Karban’s lab isolated plants to determine that their chemical signals were transmitted by air rather than soil or root systems. Yet researcher Suzanne Simard, a professor of forest ecology at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, is digging into the underground connections, finding that trees are interacting with one another below the ground in complex ways. Trees have a symbiotic relationship with fungi that’s built on a mutually beneficial exchange of nutrients, says Simard. This underground network links root systems of trees together, enabling them to exchange carbon, water and other nutrients in a kind of natural balance sheet. Simard discovered these networks had hubs—typically older “mother trees”— that can connect to hundreds of saplings and send them excess carbon that can quadruple their survival rates. Simard also found that trees engage in “defense signaling” similar to plants, increasing their natural defenses in response to damage inflicted on their


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Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. ~Cindy Hesse Stephen Cital, a veterinary technician in San Jose, California, co-founded the Facebook group Veterinary Cannabis Academy. He agrees that the purity of the extraction method is significant. He also notes that price is not necessarily an indicator of quality. “A 30-cc bottle of CBD could cost $70 at a concentration of 700 milligrams [7 mg per cc]. However, it’s possible to find the same volume at the same price at a concentration of 1,000 milligrams [10 mg per cc].” Some products don’t contain CBD at all, only hemp extract, Cital explains. “For people who don’t understand the labeling, this can be very misleading.” CBD is one of 104 cannabinoids found in both industrial hemp and marijuana plants. Full-spectrum hemp extracts contain the entire profile of cannabinoids, including trace amounts of THC. Broad-spectrum hemp extracts contain everything but the THC. Cital

says it’s always best to start with full- or broad-spectrum products for the “entourage effect”, in which the cannabinoids work in concert. Isolates of additional cannabinoids can be added as needed, he says. When choosing a product to purchase for a pet, he recommends going with companies that are able to present the consumer with a certificate of analysis by a third party. “The certificate will show the complete profile of the CBD product, including cannabinoid, terpene, residual solvent, pesticide, bacteria, mycotoxin, fungicidal and elemental profiles,” he says. Cital notes that the elemental profile is especially important. “Hemp is very good at absorbing what is in its environment, including heavy metals such as lead.” Krause favors CBD products with minimal ingredients that “should be as simple as possible,” she says. “No xylitol, no artificial colors or sweeteners.” Cindy Hesse, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, also believes that CBD for pets should be as pure as possible. Her Cocker Spaniel, Reina, is both blind and deaf. Because of her handicaps, Reina experienced extreme anxiety to the point of destroying her metal crate, furniture and door frames. Reina’s vet put her on the antidepressant and antianxiety drugs Prozac and trazadone, but these only helped for a short period. After attending a CBD conference in Florida, her veterinarian decided to see if the compound might help the dog—his first patient to use CBD. The results, Hesse says, were amazing. “Within three days, it was like I had a new dog. She no longer destroys things, she is calm, she is more engaged with her environment. I recommend CBD oil to everyone I know who has a pet with health issues.” When deciding whether to give CBD to a pet, Krause and Cital recommend working with a veterinarian to ensure the proper dosage. “People can certainly work with CBD on their own with their pets,” says Krause, “but it’s important to get the dosing and concentration right to make it worthwhile.” Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at fideleterna45@ May 2019



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o be female is to be Self-care does life coach and author of blessed with an innate not necessarily Expectation Hangover: Overgift for multitasking, coming Disappointment in have to involve Work, Love, and Life. but in our fast-paced, jamtime; it’s a way The San Diego-based packed world, daily life for most women is a juggling act motivational speaker views of being. that can come with a steep self-care to be as vital as edu~Christine Hassler price tag if self-care isn’t on cation. “Women are not taught the to-do list. Depression, anxiety and in high school and college how to take care feeling overwhelmed are all too common. of themselves. Prioritizing self-care is so According to the National Alliance on important. I see so many young women Mental Illness, one in eight women expewith adrenal or thyroid burnout and eating rience depression during their lifetime— disorders. All of that comes down to stress, twice the rate of men. relationship to self and lack of self-care.” The personal interests of women in Seasons of a Woman’s Life their 30s and 40s trying to balance motherhood and career often get lost in the tangled Each decade poses unique challenges. For underbrush of daily logistics. There can women in their 20s and early 30s, combe a deep longing for identity well into the paring and finding one’s own path can be significant. “The feminist movement of our 50s, especially when children leave the nest. Fears of aging and loneliness often accommothers’ generation opened doors, but so pany women 60 and older. By passionately many 20- and 30-something women have and joyously taking care of body and spirit, interpreted that as, ‘I have to do everything women of any generation can find renewal. and be everything,’” says Christine Hassler,

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Women play vital roles in family and community, much like the foundation of a sound building, and if self-care is not the bedrock, all that is supported by it is likely to be compromised. “I believe we’ve taken the bait, the promise that if we arrange our life circumstances just so, we’ll feel ease and happiness. We’re getting to a place as a collective where we see a bankruptcy in that,” says Miami-based holistic women’s psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan, bestselling author of A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. Body-mind-spirit self-care is the heart of Brogan’s approach, and self-love is the lifeblood. “Self-love is quite elusive for most of us, perhaps because our self-esteem is contingent [upon it], and we only feel good about ourselves under certain circumstances. The daily choice to prioritize caring for oneself can ultimately lead to an experience of self-love and wholeness,” says Brogan, who compares a ritualized system of daily self-care that comes first to putting on the proverbial oxygen mask before attempting to meet the needs of others. “Balancing self-love and caring for others starts with recognizing and accepting that it’s possible for you to effectively do both. Self-love at the soul level is the catalyst for healing on all levels, which in turn drives our level of self-worth,” concurs Teigan Draig, a spiritual life coach and busy home-schooling mom in Spencerville, Ohio. She reminds us that putting our needs above the wants of others is not being selfish, but is an emotional necessity that helps women get out of the loop of self-defeatism and self-sabotage. “The first step to finding your fire is learning to love yourself, all of yourself. Self-care and selflove are a total wellness package.”

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Benefits of Self-Nourishment Many psychologists agree that self-care can help to improve concentration, promote relaxation, fortify relationships and boost productivity. Most women crave more metime, but don’t know how to implement change. “Without a premise of self-care, we react based on stress patterns. We react with more tension, irritability, guilt and obligation. We say, ‘Yes’ when we want to say, ‘No’. However, when we take stock in our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, we’re less reactive,” observes Hassler, who underscores self-care as an investment for life. “Most women have inner critics and a negative relationship with self. Self-care is essential so we can turn down the volume of the inner critic, stop people-pleasing and make self-honoring choices.” Balancing motherhood and career or other obligations can leave many women running on empty and resentful. “We would never tell a loved one who desperately needed some TLC to get over it and just keep going. As busy women, when we don’t take the time to care for ourselves, the consequence is our children getting a mom who is preoccupied, anxious and disconnected,” says women’s life coach Veronica Paris, in San Diego. Catering to everyone’s desires and spreading ourselves too thin can backfire. Paris asks, “How do I want my kids to look back on me as a mother? By taking the time to self-care, we’re taking accountability for how we want to show up in our world rather than shape-shifting from one situation to the next. We can teach our children how to do the same.”

Our Emotions As Wellspring For too many women, another common byproduct of self-neglect can be emotional numbing and feeling “flatlined”. A toxic or addictive relationship to food, alcohol or shopping can be a symptom of a deep need to nourish the self and give a voice to suppressed feelings. “One of our greatest challenges is that we’ve become disconnected from our deep seat of power, which is our capacity to feel,” says Brogan. “We’ve been enculturated to disregard our experience of feeling emotions, and because of this, it’s

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been reduced to a very narrow bandwidth.” Brogan believes that it is key for women to reestablish a connection to nature’s rhythms and their own feminine, fluid energy, as well as giving up the need to control. “I think it’s the work of many women to understand that we’re not here to meet the needs of everyone on the planet—and with our loved ones, it disempowers them as much as we’re feeling disempowered. We’re here to meet our own needs and then offer compassion and caring in a way that comes from a more boundaried space.” Hassler affirms that when women are fully present, every aspect of life can be viewed through a clearer lens. “Self-care helps us tap into our super power, which is our intuition, and by doing that, we know

SIMPLE SELF-CARE STRATEGIES 4 Schedule me-time on the calendar. 4 Unplug from gadgets. 4 Spend lunch breaks in the park. 4 Rest before hitting the wall of exhaustion. 4 Take 10 minutes to stretch and breathe in the morning. 4 Meditate in the shower; choose a luxurious, natural, body wash. 4 Wear your favorite jewelry. 4 Designate a beautiful tea cup or coffee mug to use on hectic work days. 4 Buy yourself flowers; take yourself out to lunch or a museum. 4 Sprinkle lavender, rose geranium or ylang ylang essential oil on your sheets. 4 Opt for a gentle workout instead of a high-intensity session when tired. 4 Choose a healthy breakfast. 4 Play, be silly and be a kid again. 4 Designate 15 to 20 minutes after the workday to color, doodle or journal. 4 Listen to your favorite music during commuting or cleaning the house. 4 Abandon perfectionism. 4 Connect to a higher power, however you define it, even if it is inner peace.

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what we need and act on that.”

Thrive With Small Changes Beginning the day with self-care can be as simple as taking the time to meditate and breathe deeply for a minute or two before getting out of bed and opting for a healthier breakfast. Feeding our senses and feasting on what gives us joy can be a way of life. “Self-care does not necessarily have to involve time; it’s a way of being,” says Hassler. “The more time we spend on self-care tells the subconscious mind that we’re worth it.” Draig suggests setting personal boundaries, and part of this means reserving time for ourselves. “When I became a new mother, I was running on fumes. Sometimes my daily me-time was only five minutes here or 10 minutes there, but it saved my sanity. Learn to schedule selfcare time in your calendar as you would anything else,” she says, noting, “My house was not always spotless, but it was a trade I was willing to make so I could take care of myself and be a better mother.” Being innovative can be an ally. “Ten minutes walking the dog or taking the baby out in a stroller can become 10 minutes spent saying positive self-affirmations,” suggests Paris. “That 15-minute drive can be spent deep breathing instead of listening to the news on the radio.” Blooming into our best possible self is returning to our essence. “It’s about taking off the masks, no longer living according to expectations and other people. It’s about radical self-acceptance,” says Hassler. Each decade poses an invitation to grow and commit to self-nourishment. “There will be days where you feel like you can’t get the hang of it, but you’ll arrive, and when you do, no matter what age you are, it can be magical,” Draig says. Marlaina Donato is a composer and author of several books in women’s spirituality and holistic health. Connect at


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he 5 million faithful listeners of National Public Radio’s award-winning weekly broadcast Wait Wait... Don’t Tell Me! know that 20-year host Peter Sagal infuses wit and wisdom into his views of the news and the world. In his new book, The Incomplete Book of Running, he brings his trademark humor to a memoir that posits running as a mode of survival—and hope, persistence, practice and love as vehicles of redemption. Sagal’s collection of deeply personal lessons encompasses the emotional spectrum of running, body image and the special bonding between fellow runners. His exhilarating guide to life suggests we keep moving forward in all ways. He also reflects upon the 2013 Boston Marathon, where he finished moments before two bombs exploded, and explores how running helped him cope with a devastating divorce, depression and more. Sagal is also a playwright, screenwriter and the host of PBS’ Constitution USA with Peter Sagal when he’s not writing about the recreation he took up in mid-life where he found himself “lost, in a dark place” after a personal crisis. He lives near Chicago with his wife, Mara.

After becoming a serious runner at nearly 40, when did

you realize running had evolved into something more than a simple mission to get healthy? I was concerned about my weight, but mainly I was also concerned about getting older. I ran my first marathon in 2005 as an emotional reaction to growing older, and that’s when it all began to change for me. It struck me in a deep way as something I wanted to do better. I’ve rarely experienced the classic “runner’s high”—that endorphin-caused euphoria—although I do believe it exists. Rather, what’s more common is the sense that everything—body, mind—is working in concert, without discomfort, with strength, with ease. To paraphrase a line from Kurt Vonnegut, it’s when “everything is beautiful, and nothing hurts.”

As an advocate of escaping our “digital dystopia” of electronic screens by running outdoors, what’s the benefit you see in unplugging? I’m a big fan of evolutionary biology. We evolved in very different circumstances than what we are living in now; to be attentive to the world and not with a screen in front of us. The reason we are up

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I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running.

on two legs is so that we can look around and think. We’re supposed to ruminate. We didn’t evolve these extraordinary brains and self-consciousness so we could outsource our thinking. Anybody who has done creative work knows what’s needed to do that is uninterrupted thought.

What can non-runners take away from your book? Go outside. We weren’t meant to spend so much time in offices. Take the headphones off, move, use your body. Look at little kids in playgrounds—they’re just running around before getting trained into games. We forget that. We spend so much time in our heads reading, watching screens. I’ve met people who say they don’t run, but they walk, ride bikes, hike in the woods. Those people are getting many of the same benefits as running.

Of the many anecdotes you cite about bonding with others through running, which one was the most gratifying? Probably when I ran with William Greer, who I didn’t even know 24 hours before we ran the 2013 Boston Marathon, and by the end of that day we were friends forever because of all we went through together. [Greer is visually impaired and Sagal was his volunteer guide during the race.] We’re still in touch; we sometimes run together. He wouldn’t have finished if I wasn’t helping him and I wouldn’t have finished if he wasn’t helping me. Randy Kambic is a freelance writer and editor, in Estero, Florida.

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assage is often emotional distress, the Like a perfect associated body has one objective: dance partner, a with spa-like get us to safety. Yet, many skilled bodywork pampering, yet it is also an times, the amygdala—the practitioner follows part of the brain that plays effective therapy for reducing physical and emotional the nervous system a key role in this process— pain. Bodywork can lower and helps the client becomes hyper alert and blood pressure and reduce falsely perceives danger access sources stress hormones, which in when there is none. Trauof trauma. turn helps to balance blood ma becomes hardwired sugar and boost immunity. into the nervous system. ~Lissa Wheeler A surge of the feel-good Pain syndromes and tenneurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine sion are common symptoms. is also a natural perk of rubdowns. No matter what the pattern for handling On the emotional level, massage thertrauma, it takes a lot of work for the body to apy can offer profound benefits for anyone repress emotions, and it will create tension experiencing acute grief or the effects of a in the form of “armoring” to defend against traumatic past. A Swedish study published unwanted feelings. “Trauma is a physiological in the Journal of Clinical Nursing shows that experience. Body tension that results from bereaved individuals that received 25-minunresolved trauma will not respond to only ute hand and/or foot massages once a week releasing muscle tension,” explains Lissa for eight weeks felt greater comfort and Wheeler, author of Engaging Resilience: Heal were more capable of coping with stress. the Physical Impact of Emotional Trauma: A Guide for Bodywork Practitioners. The Body’s Pain Language Wheeler’s Medford, Massachusetts, When the “fight-or-flight” stress response practice focuses on releasing emotional is activated in the presence of danger or patterns locked in tissue memory. “When 36 Somerset/Middlesex/Hunterdon/Mercer/ S. Warren Co. Edition

Healing Frequencies

Clinical aromatherapy and therapeutic sound can also play a vital role in emotional healing, especially when combined with bodywork. Kelli Passeri, a massage therapist and owner of Sound and Stone Massage, in Pittsburg, Kansas, utilizes a subwoofer speaker beneath her massage table so clients can feel the vibrations of the music. “I play music recorded in specific fre-



Swedish massage, Thai massage and shiatsu are all ideal treatments for chronic pain, grief and emotional imprints locked within the body’s cellular consciousness. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) offers a gentler alternative. “CranioSacral Therapy can unravel cellular stories and assist in freeing repressed or preverbal emotions from childhood,” says Seattle-based CST therapist Barbara Coon. “Experiences are held in the body. Stress and muscular tension activate the vagus nerve, and CST focuses on calming [it].” The vagus nerve facilitates communication between the brain and the heart, lungs and gut. Coon attests to the modality’s body-centered support for reducing anxiety, depression, panic attacks, memory loss, sleep disturbances and grief. “Some people respond well to deep tissue work, while others do better with the gentleness of CranioSacral Therapy,” says Wheeler. “Like a perfect dance partner, a skilled bodywork practitioner follows the nervous system and helps the client access sources of trauma.”


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quencies that align with the body and the chakras or energy centers to help rebalance the energy body,” says Passeri, who also uses rose quartz crystals in her hot stone sessions. She relies on aromatherapy blends that promote opening on both physical and emotional levels. Passeri has observed common pain patterns in her clients that often don’t have a physical cause. “The sacrum tends to hold on to lifelong traumatic emotions from childhood, and the shoulders tend to reflect more current emotional blockages and issues,” she says, adding, “I encourage my clients to open up or cry because it’s a healthy thing to do. There’s no need for embarrassment and is totally okay.” Healing on any level might take time, but allowing the body’s stories to be witnessed without judgement is key. “The good news is that when trauma is worked through, the whole body is much more resilient and has a greater capacity to live life fully,” Wheeler says. Marlaina Donato authored Multidimensional Aromatherapy and several other books. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic. com.

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by Melinda Hemmelgarn well as blue light from computer screens, digital devices and LEDs. “Think of lutein as a sort of sunblock,” says Elizabeth Johnson, research associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition and Science Policy at Tufts University, in Boston. Speaking at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting in Washington, D.C., last fall, Johnson described the yellow macular pigments— lutein and zeaxanthin—as “internal sunglasses” that protect the eyes’ photoreceptor cells. “Yellow pigment absorbs blue light,” Johnson explains. The greater our macular pigment density, the more protection we have against light damage, and the better our visual function. As a bonus, macular pigment density also aligns with improved academic performance and cognitive function across our lifespan, reports Naiman Khan, Ph.D., a registered dietitian and director at the Body Composition and Nutritional Neuroscience Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Because lutein is

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actively transported into breast milk, Johnson suspects the compound is important to infant eye and brain health. Despite solid scientific evidence confirming the benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin, there is no official recommended daily allowance. Johnson explains that Americans typically consume less than two milligrams per day, falling short of levels needed to enhance visual and brain function and slow the progression of age-related eye diseases. Her advice: Eat foods that provide between six to 10 milligrams of lutein and two milligrams of zeaxanthin each day. Dark green leafy vegetables, including kale, spinach and collard greens, provide the highest amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin, especially when cooked. For example, one cup of cooked kale or spinach delivers more than 20 milligrams of lutein and zeaxanthin, whereas one cup of raw spinach contains just under four milligrams. Johnson explains that cooking breaks down plant cell walls, making the carotenoids more bio-available. Plus, because lutein and

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Getting Started

Gardening for Kids The Fun of Growing Their Own


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t’s May, and the temperature is rising, as is the sap and green shoots. It’s the perfect time to involve kids in growing their own garden that will get them outdoors, teach them planning and perseverance, and develop their motor, literacy and scientific skills. A South Korean study found that gardening provides both high- and moderate-intensity exercise for kids. It builds

good eating habits, too: A British study of 46 9- and 10-year-olds found that they ate 26 percent more vegetables and fruit after growing a school garden, and a University of Florida study of 1,351 college students showed them more likely to eat veggies if they had gardened as children. For the most gratifying results, give kids a sense of ownership. “Let them make the decisions and be in charge of the care

More to Grow By Designed for schools and families, this site has a wealth of kid-friendly information on everything from seeds to pollinators to creating pirate gardens. Build-your-own worm farm: See how at Youth Gardening Clubs: Many local chapters of garden clubs have these.

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Order some seed catalogues, look online—or better yet, take a child to the local garden nursery. Let them decide what to grow. Their choices are as diverse as their interests. Veggies, flowers and plants that draw butterflies each have their own appeal. Some, like sunflowers, radishes and lettuce, are fast-growing, offering quick gratification. Or, they can choose a theme. “If your child likes Italian food, plant tomatoes and basil. If they enjoy Mexican food, then peppers and cilantro. For flowers—zinnias and cosmos—let them make flower arrangements from early summer into the fall,” suggests Susan Brandt, of Bristow, Virginia, co-founder of the gardening site Visiting a plant nursery offers the perfect opportunity to put kids on the path to healthy living. Point out and discuss the differences between organic and nonorganic seeds and between chemical fertilizers containing Roundup—labeled “Keep Out of Reach of Children”—and organic fertilizers containing fish, seaweed and other natural nutrients.

Choose the Spot

A three-foot-by-three-foot plot is an ideal size for a child’s garden, as long as it gets lots of sunshine. If living in an urban area, go with pots of soil in a sunny window.

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For young kids with short attention spans, small plastic spades, rakes and hoes might work. But older kids need hardier tools. Get them properly fitted garden gloves, plus sunhats and sunscreen.

Plant the Seeds

Help them read and interpret the seed package directions, if necessary, and use a ruler to measure proper spacing. “I always try to have a mix of plants that start from seed and from transplants, so that kids can have both immediate and delayed gratification,” says Pounders.

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of the garden as much as developmentally possible,” advises Sarah Pounders, senior education specialist at, in Burlington, Vermont.

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Water, Weed and Mulch


Show them how to use the watering can or hose properly, usually watering only when the soil is dry to a depth of one inch. They can mix their own non-toxic pesticide out of vinegar and salt, and spread such organic mulches as straw, newspaper, grass clippings and leaves to discourage weeds.

Get Scientific

“They can look at the soil to see all the living creatures in it, which is especially fun through a microscope,” says Dixie Sandborn, an extension specialist at Michigan State University. “They can learn about vermiculture by making a worm bin and feeding the worms their table scraps.” With a ruler, they can measure the growth of various plants and create a chart comparing rates. By taking photos or drawing pictures on a daily or weekly basis, they can compile an album, along with their commentary on weather patterns.

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“Let them add personal touches like stepping stones, signs and other decorations that let them express their personality in their garden space,” says Pounders. Help them build a scarecrow, bird feeder, toad house, bird bath, sundial or a tent. Make a teepee or small enclosure and cover it with flowers, vines or climbing beans.

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After picking ripe vegetables, kids can find recipes and prepare snacks or a dish; arrange plucked flowers in vases and take photos; do craft activities with seeds, plants and flowers, like making potpourri or framing dried flowers; or throw a garden-themed party with favors that include herbs or seed packets. “You could have a ‘pa-jam-a’ party. Kids could wear their pajamas, pick berries, and make jam to take home,” suggests Sandborn. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at

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pring has finally arrived and so has Decision Day and AP exam season. Needless to say, May is a big month for many teens, especially seniors. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Advanced Placement (AP) courses are high school classes that are taught at a college level. In May, these courses have standardized exams that determine if students can get college credit. Many students spend countless hours studying for these exams and can find them overwhelming. While they do offer a way for students to make themselves stand out to a college and even get a jumpstart on college credits, they can also cause a lot of stress. It is important for teens to remember that relaxation and sleep are just as important as studying. Even taking a walk in the sunshine can help to relieve

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stress. Studying is beneficial only if it is done in moderation. May is also a big month for seniors as they make their final decisions about post-graduation plans. May 1, Decision Day, is often seen with many students wearing college apparel. After late nights of submitting applications and days of checking the mail for decision notifications, we finally have a concrete plan of what is happening next year. This is also an exciting time for those who are planning to take a gap year, travel, join the armed service or dive right into working. Going to high school is a major part of being a teen, and these last few months are bittersweet as some aspects of childhood are ending and adulthood is beginning. Just as the flowers are blooming and nature is starting anew, so are we in many ways. I think the most important thing to remember amongst exam stress and anticipation for the future is to enjoy the present moment; to take the time to enjoy the weather, spend time with friends, appreciate family and connect with your true self. Instead of rushing through these spring days, slow down and appreciate this part of the journey. Hannah Adamson is a senior in high school. She practices meditation and takes ThetaHealing courses with Reshma Shah in Westfield, New Jersey.

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hat a joy it is to be completely in the moment! Children naturally exist in a state of present moment awareness. They live their lives through play, and as we all know, it is easy to be in the moment when we are having fun. I have been teaching yoga to kids for over a decade and have found that when kids are introduced to yoga and meditation in a joyful environment, they will grow to love the practice. In fact, I have witnessed children lean into these practices all on their own when faced with boredom or stress. We can all develop a regular mindfulness practice through simple, daily activities. Seizing small opportunities throughout each day to be mindful can blossom into a yogic lifestyle for the whole family. The key is to introduce the practices in digestible portions and make them as easy and as interesting as possible. Waiting for a seat at a busy restaurant or on a long line at the supermarket are great opportunities for grade school children to practice meditation. Patience can be achieved through a listening meditation game by counting how many sounds you can hear in 30 seconds while remaining silent. This may be a challenge at first, but kids will enjoy sharing what they heard, and gradually this game can increase to 10-15 minutes.

When toddlers are just learning to walk, they assume one pointed concentration with each step. If you spend time with a toddler, you can take some time each day to adopt a walking meditation as you walk with them. Let them guide the pace and settle into a deep breath if you get the urge to rush them. This is meditation in action. In time, we can try these practices during some of the more stressful moments in life. Time outs and temper tantrums can be remedied by blowing on a feather for five minutes to help a child calm the breath. Staring at a snow globe for a few minutes can cultivate peace of mind. For more seasoned yogis, practicing an arm balance is a great way to get kids to refocus and create a healthy mind-body connection. While there are endless possibilities with which we can imagine and experiment, the best place to learn yogic tools that can be used in the home are in family yoga classes. Check our yoga directory for a family yoga workshop and children’s yoga classes in your area. Have a happy journey. Namaste. Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, you can contact her at 732-5967384, or visit

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1 Pathwork Discussion Group – 7-9pm. Theme of love based on the Pathwork teachings for selfawareness, growth and transformation. Princeton Fellowship in Prayer. Contact Amy: ADPathwork@ Space Clearing & Organizing – 7 pm. This workshop addresses how to get our inner and outer selves to align so that we can achieve organizing sustainability. Free. Old Bridge Public Library. Register at

FRIDAY, MAY 3 Deeper Experience into the Chakra Energy Flow – 6-8pm. Monthly interactive discussion around each chakra, reviewing many ways to connect and go deeper with guided meditation and artistic expression. $30. Gaia’s Gifts, 16 Broad St, Washington. 908223-1331. Pathwork Discussion Group – 7-9pm.Theme of love based on the Pathwork teachings for selfawareness, growth and transformation. For Trenton. Contact Carol at For Hamilton, Contact Amy:

SATURDAY, MAY 4 World Labyrinth Day – 12:30pm. Join a global celebration for peace on the Unity Spiritual Center Labyrinth. Walk as 1 at 1pm on our Circle of Grace Labyrinth. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave, Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-730-8792. Reiki, Energy Medicine, Meditation – 3-5pm. Learn how to work with Reiki healing energy in everything you do, use intention, connection, breath, movement and meditation for a greater understanding. $35. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd # 215, Madison. Reserve space at Be The Medicine. Janet StraightArrow.

SUNDAY, MAY 5 Harmonious Hormones Day Retreat – 9am-2pm. Easing PMS, Insomnia, menopause symptoms with Paula Tepedino, C-IAYT. $85. (Incl. lunch & tea). Awakening Point Yoga Studio, 254A Mountain Avenue, Suite 2A, Hackettstown. Call 973-6707421 to register. The Danger of Procrastination – 10:30am. Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner, Speaker. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-9248422. Light and Sound Service: What is Spiritual Freedom – 11am-12noon. Join others seeking to bring more insight and divine love into their lives at this special celebration. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, offers spiritual exercises to help you experience the twin aspects of the Light and Sound of God within. Share your spiritual insights.

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Conscious Relationships – 6:30-8:30pm. Get to know yourself better in a new multi-faceted way, understand the complex dance of relationships and help you identify the patterns. $35. Gaia’s Gifts, 16 Broad St, Washington. 908-223-1331. EnlightenedEffulgence@

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Have you had a hint that you have lived before? Are your dreams spiritually significant? Explore the freedom of Soul Travel Metuchen Library 480 Middlesex Ave., Metuchen, NJ 800-870-9139 Presented by ECKANKAR The Path of Spiritual Freedom Open House – 11am-5pm. Find out more about historical Chinese Medicine—known as QI Healing. Observe a class, talk to the teachers and the students. Bring a friend. Qi Gong for Healing, 1275 Bound Brook Road, Suite 1, Second Floor, Middlesex. 908-647-1563. The Protected Healer-Teacher – 12-4pm. This is an advanced class on energy awareness protection and clearing. We are all empaths, learn how to see, feel, clear, and avoid energy attacks. $150. Be The Medicine, 39 Greenwood Ave, Madison. 973-647-2500. Reiki Soul Celebration – 1–4pm. Enjoy Reiki healing, meditation, high vibration crystal singing bowls, drum, gong, flute, koshi bells, ting-sha and chants. Speaker: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. $15. EZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd, Branchburg. 908-526-0002. Beth@

TUESDAY, MAY 7 Pathwork Discussion Group – 7-9pm. Theme of love based on the Pathwork teachings for selfawareness, growth and transformation. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd, Kendall Park. Contact Amy: ADPathwork@gmail. com.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 Spectracell/Vibrant America Testing – 3-6:15pm. Micronutrients, Hormone & Thyroid Panels, MTHFR, Cardio Metabolic. Most insurance accepted.  Vibrant America TestingGluten, Celiac, Wheat Allergies, Food Allergies/ Sensitivities, Intestinal Permeability, IBS Sure. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington

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Soul Healing with Horses – 9am-4:30pm. Engage with horses in experiential interactions that can change your life as you learn the tools to reconnect with your authentic self. $129. TriBrook Equestrian Center. Register: 908-217-7852 or

SUNDAY, MAY 12 Mother’s Day Reiki Shower – 9-11am. Get your mom a gift of love. Reiki shower - healing via heart. $40. Visit and click gift certificate under CONTACT or email Contact@ The Danger of Complacency – 10:30am. Rev. Dr. Karen Kushner, Speaker. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609924-8422.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 Dream Interpretation – 6-8pm. This workshop will awaken you to your dreams by understanding the personal messages given to you in sleep state. $60. a Pure Component-Life, Wellness and Meditation Center, 1386 US Highway 22, Clinton. 908-6171545.

THURSDAY, MAY 16 Achieve a Clear, Quiet Mind – 6:30-9pm. Experience teachings, practices, and profound wisdom that will give you immediate relief and discover your ability to choose what thoughts and emotions to give power. $150. Be The Medicine, 39 Greenwood Ave, Madison. Janet StraightArrow, Pathwork Discussion Group – 7-9pm. Pathwork is a discussion group exploring the state of loving and learning to expand our ability to taste the sweetness of life. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd, Kendall Park. Contact Amy:

FRIDAY, MAY 17 Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Healing – 7:309:30pm. A group healing using the sound waves of crystal bowls to promote relaxation and create a harmonious state of well-being. $25. Gaia’s Gifts, 16 Broad St, Washington. 908-223-1331. GaiasGiftsNJ. biz.

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SATURDAY, MAY 18 Astral Travel – 10am-12pm. Learn to leave your body safely, in a guided manner. We will discuss the ideal physical setting in which to astral travel as well. $60. a Pure Component-Life, Wellness and Meditation Center, 1386 US Highway 22, Clinton. 908-617-1545. Women, Power and Freedom – 10am-12pm. Open to all women. We offer a safe space to share your fears, weaknesses and hearts. A supportive place to connect with other women. Coffee. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton’s office, 812 State Road (Rte. 206 South), Suite 220, Princeton. 609-9248422. What is Sacred Science – 12:30–1:30pm. Understand how Sacred Science, an esoteric and ancient art can help you in this modern time. Be empowered and use manifestation as a way of life. $10. a Pure Component-Life, Wellness and Meditation Center, 1386 US Highway 22, Clinton. 908-617-1545.


Mala beads, made from a variety of materials, are used to help quiet the mind during meditation, providing a focal point or mental anchor while reciting a mantra. We’ll create our own malas then end with a group meditation. Cost $50 and includes materials; additional cost for gemstone beads. Yoga Central 953 Rte 202 North, Branchburg 908-707-0759 • Color Your World – 1-3pm. The women’s group from Center for Spiritual Living Princeton will lead you in using the Focus Wheel Process to focus on bringing your goal to life. $10 suggested donation. Scrap U & Artistry Too, 856 Rt. 206, Bldg. C, Suite 20, Hillsborough. Karen Kushner, 609-924-8422. Reiki I Training & Certification – 2-day class: 5/18-19; 1:30–6:30pm. Learn this ancient art of healing and self-empowerment. Beginner level. $225. EZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Road, Branchburg. Register at: Reiki. Homeopathic Consultations – 2-4pm. Virangini Cindy Rounsaville. By appointment only. Call Cindy at: 908-996-6761 for information or to schedule an appointment. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd. Bedminster. Detox and Boost Your Immune System – 3pm. A free talk with Mary Ellen Moses, CMLDT. Leave your contact email and be entered to win a free Manual Lymph Drainage session with Mary. Orchard View Lavender Farm, 101 Karrsville Rd, Port Murray. 973-670-7421.

Restorative Yoga to Live Cello: Beatles Playlist – 3:30pm. Enjoy this restorative yoga practice with Karen as you listen to a collection of Beatles songs played on the cello with Richard Hotchkiss. $25/in advance. $30/at the door. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908642-0989. Blue Moon Meditation – 5-7pm. Celebrate this rare occurrence with like-minded people under blue moon. Free. Cranbury. Visit and click calendar for more information. Contact@

the animal archetype that guides you during this transitionary period of your life. $15. Auset Gypsy Metaphysical Emporium, 15 South 2nd Street, Easton. To register:

SATURDAY, MAY 25 Past Life Regression – 1-3pm. Tap into the collective unconscious and experience emotions or thoughts that have existed for centuries to heal trauma on a cellular level. $22. Gaia’s Gifts, 16 Broad St, Washington. 908-2231331.

Monthly Full Moon Meditation for Community – 7pm. Learn different meditations each month and walk the beautiful grounds. Donation. Each month supports a local charity. May donations go to DASACC of Warren County. Orchard View Lavender Farm, 101 Karrsville Rd, Port Murray. 973-670-7421.



Sound of Soul Event – 11am-12noon. Are you seeking spiritual growth and transformation? Experience HU, an ancient sacred Mantra, that has been sung for thousands of years in many lands for spiritual unfoldment. Chant HU, have contemplative time, and share in spiritual conversation. Eckankar Center, 323 Main St., Metuchen. 800-870-9139.

What Are You Deciding? – 10:30am. Rev. Della Menechella, Speaker. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-9248422. Are You Ready to Play the Native American Flute? – 11:45am-1:30pm. Flutes are available to borrow or purchase. No experience is necessary. Speakers will also present the Sunday Service message on “An Attitude of Gratitude.” $30. Register at Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-730-8792 or Reiki & Restorative Yoga – 12-2pm. Enjoy energy healing from Reiki Master Amy as Mary guides you through supported postures, breath awareness and meditation. Space limited to 10 participants. $35 in advance/ $40 at door. Awakening Point Yoga Studio, 254A Mountain Avenue, Suite 2A, Hackettstown. Must pre-register with Mary at 973-670-7421.

MONDAY, MAY 20 Thermography Medical Imaging – 9am-7pm. Lisa Mack. Call Lisa at 609-618-6545 for information or to schedule appointment. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd. Bedminster. Solving the Hormone Puzzle – 7pm. Join Dr. Lorraine Maita, Functional Medical Doctor for a free workshop on solving the hormone puzzle and bio Identical hormone therapy. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd. Bedminster. Seating is limited. RSVP required. Call 908-6584900 or email: Family Constellations Workshop – 7-9:15pm. 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.

THURSDAY, MAY 23 The Wisdom of the Animals – 7pm. Learn from

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12 Steps to Freedom: Step 5 – 10:30am. This is a continuing series, held the 4th Sunday of every month, in which we look at the “12 Steps” from a spiritual perspective. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345 River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422.

TUESDAY, MAY 28 Spectracell/Vibrant America Testing – 101pm. Micronutrients, Hormone & Thyroid Panels, MTHFR, Cardio Metabolic. Most insurance accepted.  Vibrant America TestingGluten, Celiac, Wheat Allergies, Food Allergies/ Sensitivities, Intestinal Permeability, IBS Sure. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd. Bedminster.  Appt. Only - 908-6584900.

planahead SATURDAY, JUNE 1 Shamanism 101 Begin the Journey – 10am4pm. 6/1-6/2. A weekend of Shamanic Initiations, Spiritual connections, ceremony, medicine wheel teachings. Learn to communicate with higher level guides and guardians including our power animal. $295. Be The Medicine, 39 Greenwood Ave, Madison. Janet StraightArrow, Janet@

SUNDAY, JUNE 2 A Course in Mysticism and Miracles – 122pm. Dr. Jon Mundy will present his workshop based on his latest book. He will also present the 10am Sunday service message. $30. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). Register at 908-730-8792.

SUNDAY, JUNE 23 The Element of the Soul Summer Solstice Celebration – 10:15am–1:30pm.Celebrate nature and honor the longest day of the year. Doors open from 10am-10:30am. Bring canned food for homeless shelter. $25. a Pure Component-Life, Wellness & Meditation Center, 1386 US Hwy 22, Clinton. To register call 908617-1545 or visit

MONDAY, AUGUST 12 Sacred Science, Western Mysteries. 20 sessions. 8/12-8/16. This is a non-dogmatic Esoteric System. A training in Sacred Science, based on Western Mysteries. Includes Ancient metaphysical practice, the way of King Solomon, Kabbalistic Ritual. a Pure Component-Life, Wellness and Meditation Center, 1386 US Highway 22, Clinton. 908-617-1545.

savethedate SHAMANISM 101: BEGIN THE JOURNEY Saturday-Sunday, June 1-2 • 10am-4pm Introduction to Shamanism and Journey Training. A weekend of Shamanic Initiations, Spiritual connections, ceremony, medicine wheel teachings and we meet and learn to communicate with higher level guides and guardians including our power animal, through Shamanic Journeys. Cost: $295


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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. 8 Holy Love Crystal Reiki Levels I & II – 5/19, 5/26, 6/7, 6/8 – 9am-5pm. Two-day workshop qualifies you to become a Crystal Healer. Deepen knowledge on Crystals and empower your clients in a greater way. $245-Level I. $275 – Level II. Cranbury. Registration req. Visit RAYKIschool. com and click event and class to register or email

monday Multi-Level Yoga Class – 9:30-11am. Yoga is a source of joy, clarity and inner freedom. All levels welcome. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. 609-273-1378. Visit for a listing of all classes and the schedule. Reiki Share and Healing Circle – 6-7:15pm. Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd, Kendall Park. Beginner Sun Style Tai Chi – 11am-12pm. No previous experience required. For more information call Instructor Patty Pagano, 908-3921313. Qi Gong for Healing, 1275 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex. Info: 908-647-1563 or visit Swimming Dragon – 12:00 noon. A time-honored healthy, peaceful, and graceful Qi Gong form. Great for beginners. Friday Classes continue for those who have completed the 4-week class. $60 for 4 classes. Please call to reserve. Instructor Patty Pagano 908-392-1313. Qi Gong for Healing, 1275 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex. Info: 908-647-1563 or visit 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.

Eating Disorder Support Group – 1 st & 3 rd Mon/7:30-8:30pm. You are not alone. Facilitated by Melanie Cholish, Eating Disorder Recovered and Vanessa Cholish, MSW, LCSW. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd, Kendall Park.

tuesday 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.

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MONTHLY MEETING Tuesday, May 21 • 6-8pm Holistic practitioners and business owners’ gather to learn how to grow their business through building referral networks and increasing their exposure through tools learned in chamber meetings. Bring business cards, brochures, paper and pen. Holistic Dental Center, 91 Millburn Ave., Millburn. For information, or events/prrrlpyzcbtb/

Pilates Mat with Props – 9am, 6pm. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-7545901.  Wuji Jing Gong Tai Chi Beginner 1 - 6:30-7:30pm. Beginning moves of this beautiful flowing “water” form. Intro to the form, alignment, and principles of movement. Instructor Patty Pagano. Qi Gong for Healing, 1275 Bound Brook Road, Middlesex. Info: 908-647-1563 or visit Sunrise Oceanfront Meditation sunrise - 7am. Join us in this breath-giving beach meditation. All are welcomed. Free. Asbury Park Beach. Registration required. Visit and click calendar or email Contact@RAYKIschool. com. Mastering Spiritual Hygienes Series - 7:158:15am. Beach Spiritual psychic training for empaths and star seeds. Free. Asbury Park Beach. Registration required. Visit and click calendar or email Contact@RAYKIschool. com. 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.

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ACUPUNCTURE 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 53.



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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 49.

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Brian Coffey LMT, and Fran Maher CA 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 7.


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A child’s mental health is just as important as their physical health and deserves the same quality of support. ~Kate Middleton

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Makiko Suzuki Fliss, PhD, MBA, MSc Phone/text: 609-495-4229 Explore how the human body and mind are interconnected and how to maintain perfect harmony to stay young and healthy. Focus with Quantum Healing, Reiki and Wellness Education. Private and corporate settings. See ad, pages 18.

ENERGY THERAPY LIFE CENTRAL SPIRITUAL HEALING Kim Huston 701 Chestnut St., Florence 609-577-1632

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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 ad, page 17.


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 23.


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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.


Dr Jennifer Redmond 1 Eastern Ave, 2nd Floor East, Somerville 908-300-8800 We believe that the body is designed to heal itself but structural issues, toxins, lack of nutrients or an emotional component can affect overall health. We offer Whole-istic healing techniques including Neuroemotional Technique, Active Release techniques, Activator, Flexion Distraction and more! See ad, page 35.

HOLISTIC DENTAL CENTER Vladimir Gashinsky, D.D.S. 91 Millburn Ave., Milburn 973-457-4688

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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 39.

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Minal Vazirani, MD 112 Town Center, Warren 844-5-HEALER • 844-543-2537 ; Facebook: DrVazirani Dr. V is triple board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, and integrative medicine, plus additional training in Ayurvedic and Functional Medicine, and Yoga Therapy. She has published on integrative approaches to gut health. Committed to helping patients get to the root cause of health concerns to create an individualized integrative lifestyle prescription for optimal wellness. Functional Medicine Testing and Nutritional Testing is performed when indicated. See ad, page 35.

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Lauren Curtis, LMT is a New Jersey State Licensed massage therapist, who specializes in various forms of massage, including Oncology, Pregnancy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Medical, Aromatherapy, and Chair massage. She is also trained in Foot Reflexology and Reiki.

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 26.

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Christel Haase, PhD, Certified Reflexologist Main Street Massage 4 Walter E Foran Blvd, Ste 404 Flemington - 908-806-0266 Foot reflexology applies pressure to reflex points to remove toxins, clear neural pathways and improve internal organ and system functioning. Other benefits: stress/pain reduction, increased circulation, relief from insomnia, headaches, allergies, PMS and Plantar Fasciitis. Also addresses foot discomfort from injury, tight muscles and ill-fitting footwear. See ad, page 43.

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Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green lifestyle for people and pets. This month is our Women's Well...

Natural Awakenings Central NJ / May 2019  

Cutting edge information for those who embrace the natural, healthy and green lifestyle for people and pets. This month is our Women's Well...