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Usually I rack my brain trying to put something in this space that matters. Over the last 5 years, I’ve shared bits of wisdom, life lessons, and experiences. This is a bit different. Natural Awakenings is a corporation based out of Naples, Florida. Unlike most businesses I have been associated with in my lifetime, popular phrases like “what’s in it for me?” or “what’s in it for our stockholders?” or “how will this affect our Wall Street ratings?” are never heard in our conversations or meetings. The NA mission has a different, higher vision. It’s almost a calling, at least in my world. Put simply, our mantra is “what’s in it for you, our reader and what can we do to make a difference—in community, in people’s lives, in life.” Decisions are based on a human (and dare I say it, love) standard. Each of our 90 publishers feels this love, compassion and consideration from the top down, and in turn, it spreads to our connections with each other. This naturally attracts people who align along similar lines, like our Puerto Rico (PR) publishers, Luis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry. I recently met Luis and Waleska at a publisher’s conference. Everything I had heard about them was true. Dedicated to family, community, heritage, education and abundance, their spiritual side of giving was inspirational. Simply put, they are just plain good people, the kind of people the universe could use more of. Good people who lost it all overnight when Hurricane Maria came ashore in PR. Within a day their business, home and community—everything they had worked for and devoted themselves to—was stripped away. Huddled with their children while the hurricane savagely pounded the island, they managed to escape with their lives. That is not a dramatic statement. The personal reports we got days later were (and continue to be) horrifying, and for this they are grateful to have survived. Now, it’s time to rebuild—basic needs, homes, towns, and communities, along with the holistic network Luis and Waleska helped create. We, at Natural Awakenings, want to help. If you want to help too, please visit pages 13 and 23 for details on our fundraiser to benefit PR. With peace and love,

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akiko, teacher and healer at Rayki School, believes in a one-on-one approach with her clients. She explains, “Every being is special, unique and divine. It takes time and needs special attention.” This is a primary reason why her offerings are broad and deep, including Reiki, Soul Reading, Craniosacral work and Quantum Healing meditation. She also offers intensive healing retreats throughout the year for those who are ready for the higher vibrational healing, including one that is scheduled for the end of this year. A unique aspect of her healing technique is to combine modern science with Eastern healing modalities. Makiko has an extensive science background as well as spiritual roots. Born in Japan, she was spiritually guided by her grandmother who practiced reiki. She explains, “I show the energetic transformation using a technology for those who need that type of information. Others trust their feelings and sensation as biofeedback.” The more tools you have, the more successful your healing journey will be. Makiko studied Biomedical Sciences at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and cancer biology in various institutions including Johns Hopkins University and Meiji University in Japan. She possesses an innate ability to perceive energy from chakras and tune into the innate rhythmic vibrations of life. With this accumulated knowledge, she continues to explore how the human body and mind are interconnected, and how to maintain perfect harmony to stay young and healthy. Her focus is to spread her knowledge and share how every person can utilize this innate tool to reduce stress and ignite their power within. F​ or more information, visit See ads on pagex 27, 29.

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n 2014, a six-week pilot study of twelve children with special needs was conducted to demonstrate the effectiveness of essential oils. The children, ages four through nineteen, all had significant improvements, including focus, quieting the overactive, improved sleep, improved appetite and more. Of the twelve, nine were nonverbal. During the study, seven became verbal and remain verbal several years later. The facilitator, Nancy Weber, R.N., Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and Holistic Health Educator will discuss her findings, including when and where to apply the oils, which blends to use and more in her talk on November 3rd at 7 pm at the Integrative Wellness Center in Chester. Additionally, Weber’s subsequent study through the nonprofit AIRASE helped her gain a possible understanding as to why some changes can occur for one person and may not occur for another. She will be discussing the results of the study on November 17 at the IWC. Weber hopes to improve the quality of life for all ages of special needs, both children and adults. Location: Integrative Wellness Center, 401 Route 24, Chester. For more information, contact Nancy Weber at See ad on page 35.

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nimal Communicator and Certified Clinical Animal Aromatherapist, Nancy Weber, will be discussing how to improve communication with our pets and wildlife on Friday, November 17th at 7pm at the Integrative Wellness Center in Chester. Topics will include improving interspecies communication, adding quality and longevity to their lives, speaking with the other side, and the beneficial power of essential oils. Attendees can bring a photo of a pet (living or deceased) and/or an object that the pet enjoys to experience the joy of possibly knowing a loved one on a deeper level. Veterinarian Behaviorist Katherine Houpt stated, “Olfaction is to animals what writing is to humans: a message that can be transmitted in the absence of the sender.” Join Ms. Weber as she explores the importance of a pet’s ability to smell anything. Location: Integrative Wellness Center, 401 Route 24, Chester. For more information, contact Nancy Weber at See ad on page 35.


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uis Mendez and Waleska Sallaberry, the publishers of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico (PR) edition for the past 15 years, have a simple request: “Please help us rebuild.” Mendez and Sallabery are remarkable community leaders, having not only launched what is now PR’s number one health and wellness publication, but also having originated and managed the most important annual health and wellness expo in PR and the Caribbean, created a natural health network of discounted services with more than 1,000 providers and 250,000 members and founded an alternative eco-school to serve PR’s western coast. They have been inspirational to their readers and clients, but also to other publishers in the Natural Awakenings family, who have benefited from their guidance, leadership and vision for the magazine. Publishers have created a GoFundMe account to support their efforts to rebuild PR’s holistic health and wellness community at a time when healing services are so desperately needed. Mendez and Sallaberry will be trustees of this fund and will disseminate the proceeds to the people and organizations in PR at their discretion. Donations will help not just one family, but an entire networked family of businesses and organizations that are part of the backbone of PR. “I’m inspired by the ways different publishers are responding to this need in our publishing family,” says Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation CEO Sharon Bruckman. “This campaign allows us to reach out to our readers, as well, and offer them a way to directly affect the natural health community in Puerto Rico, allowing for continued sustenance even after Puerto Rico cycles out of the news in the weeks and months to come.”

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cientists from the Research Institute for Endocrine Sciences and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, both in Tehran, Iran, investigated the impact on leading diseases of regularly eating onion and garlic (both belonging to the genus Allium). Using data from more than 12,000 people for an average of six years, researchers assessed their onion and garlic consumption using a food frequency questionnaire and compared those measurements with blood pressure and incidences of both cardiovascular and chronic kidney disease. The scientists discovered the subjects that ate more onion and garlic regularly had risk reductions of 64 percent in cardiovascular disease, 32 percent in chronic kidney disease and 25 percent in hypertension compared to those that ate less of them.

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Constipation, Diarrhea and Other Minor Digestive Issues Solution: Canned pumpkin. For occasional mild tummy upsets, give a teaspoon of pumpkin for every 10 pounds of body weight, one to two times a day, either in food or as a treat, for non-allergic dogs. Pumpkin’s soluble fiber can ease diarrhea and constipation.


Minor Skin Abrasions, Cuts, Infections or Hot Spots Solution: Povidone iodine. The gentle Betadine brand can allay staph, yeast and most common bacteria. It’s safe if a pet licks it. Dilute the povidone iodine until it looks like iced tea, soak a clean cloth and gently wipe infected skin areas. Rinse the cloth, wipe the skin, and then pat dry. Repeat twice daily for a minor issue.


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from its paws. For large dogs, soak one foot at a time in a bucket. Stand small dogs in a sink or tub, or dunk one paw at a time in a small container of solution. Dilute povidone iodine to the color of iced tea and add to the footbath. Swish it around while the dog stands in it for two to five minutes. Talk soothingly and offer treats as needed.


Fleas Solution: Apple cider vinegar (ACV). It doesn’t kill fleas, but helps deter them. Put a solution of equal parts raw, organic ACV and water in a spray bottle and spritz the pet before they head outdoors plus dog bedding. Consider adding it to a dog’s food as well; one teaspoon for every 20 pounds of pooch.


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Crusty Skin and Nails Solution: Coconut oil. Skin treatments using 100 percent organic, cold-pressed, human-grade coconut oil can reduce flaking and improve skin quality, especially for seniors with crusty patches of skin and funky nails. Bathe the dog, and then rub the oil into the skin all over their body, especially on dry areas. Let it absorb for about five minutes. Follow with another bath (not much lather) and a very light rinse. Also, dab it directly on hotspots, eruptions and rashes after disinfecting.


Skunk Encounter Solution: Skunk rinse. In a pail, mix one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, one-quarter cup

of baking soda and two teaspoons dishwashing liquid. For a large dog, double, triple or quadruple the mixture, based on their size and coat. Apply the mixture to the dog’s dry coat, taking care to avoid the eyes. Massage the mixture into the coat and skin for about five minutes or until the skunk smell starts to dissipate. Use a sponge to apply the solution to the chin, cheeks, forehead and ears. Rinse thoroughly. When rinsing the head, tilt the dog’s chin upward to protect the eyes. It may be necessary to repeat the entire process up to three times. Rinse off the solution completely.


Toxin Ingestion Solution: Hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and give one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of dog weight. Add a little vanilla ice cream or honey to encourage

swallowing, or simply syringe it down their throat, if necessary. Walk the dog for a few minutes— movement helps the hydrogen peroxide work—which typically occurs within 15 minutes. If the dog doesn’t vomit in 15 minutes, give a second dose. If after another 15 minutes they still haven’t vomited, call a veterinarian. Don’t induce vomiting if the dog is throwing up already, has lost consciousness or can’t stand, or it’s been more than two hours since they ingested the toxin. Harsh chemicals can cause burning both as they are swallowed and come back up. For these problems, seek veterinary care immediately. Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative veterinarian in the Chicago area, consults internationally and writes Mercola Healthy Pets (HealthyPets.


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aul M. Bizzaro, D.C. discovered the benefits of chiropractic treatments at the young age of 13 when he hurt his lower back slipping on ice. “Even though I didn’t fall, I braced myself for the fall and this unguarded movement caused an injury similar to whiplash,” describes Dr. Bizzaro. “The pain was so severe I had to crawl into my house because I couldn’t stand up. After a few chiropractic treatments, the pain subsided.” As a result of this positive chiropractic experience, Dr. Bizzaro became a practicing chiropractor 26 years ago, establishing his private practice in Yardley four years ago. “I have the advantage of being able to empathize with my patients, having been a patient myself,” says Dr. Bizzaro. “This helps me relate well with the people I treat.”

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He uses a combination of chiropractic treatments, laser therapy, supplements and therapeutic massages to reduce all types of pain and improve his patients’ overall health. You might associate chiro- practic treatments with the unpleasant cracking sound heard during hard force spinal manipulations. However, you won’t hear that noise when Dr. Bizzaro adjusts your spine because unlike so many chiropractors, he uses a soft force technique. “By using this light touch with my hands, my clients are barely aware that I’m touching them,” describes Dr. Bizzaro. “They just know they feel better when I’m done.” Because he uses such a light touch, he has treated bone cancer patients, helping to alleviate their pain and improve their quality of life without any concern about causing a fracture.

“There are no side effects to what I do, enabling me to treat people of all ages from infants to seniors,” says Dr. Bizzaro. In order to heal more patients, Dr. Bizzaro recently introduced a state-ofthe-art, FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved MLS laser to his practice. “Other chiropractors might have handheld lasers, but I don’t think any other chiropractor around has this fully robotic laser,” says Dr. Bizzaro. “This is a class four laser, meaning it can penetrate deeper. The laser heals at the cellular level, while chiropractic treatments heal through the nervous system.” With this laser, Dr. Bizzaro can now treat patients with fractures and dislocations. Because the laser works at the cellular level, it decreases pain and inflammation, causing cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles to repair themselves faster, leading to a quicker recovery. Plus, it’s pain-free, has no side effects and provides long-term relief, and best case scenario, permanent relief! Dr. Bizzaro uses this laser on lots of athletes with sports injuries, so they get back into the game faster. This laser is also very effective in treating arthritic patients. Still another way Dr. Bizzaro helps his patients’ health is with the variety of supplements he offers on-site. As a child, Dr. Bizzaro was often sick from food-related allergies, but the medicines prescribed to treat these allergies made him feel worse. “I got sick and tired of being sick and tired,” says Dr. Bizzaro, who turned to supplements to feel better. Once again, he can empathize with patients wanting to try something different like supplements to improve their health. In addition, Dr. Bizzaro’s office has two certified massage therapists available to give therapeutic massages, ideal for reducing pain and stress. “Everything I provide in this office has a cumulative effect on my patients, which ultimately helps them heal better,” says Dr. Bizzaro. Find out how Dr. Bizzaro can help improve your health by calling 215-4936589 to set up a free consultation. Dr. Bizzaro’s practice is located at 81 S. Main Street in Yardley. For information, visit or see ad on page 4. Article previously published in the Yardley Voice, February 2017.


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Peripheral neuropathy (PN) is damage to or disease affecting nerves, which may impair sensation, movement, gland or organ function, or other aspects of health, depending on the type of nerve affected.


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DIABETES The most common cause of neuropathy, by far, is diabetes because of the havoc it wreaks on blood vessels. The nerves rely on tiny blood vessels to bring them highly oxygenated blood. All cells in our body, including nerves, need oxygen to stay healthy and stay alive. Without oxygen, our nerves die. Diabetes damages the blood vessels, with the smallest ones being affected first.

This damage results in a lack of blood supply, known as ischemia. The majority of people with diabetes have, or will develop, neuropathy.


Chemotherapy is often needed by patients battling cancer, as it is necessary to kill cancer cells. Unfortunately, the chemotherapy is also toxic to healthy cells. As a result, nerves are often damaged by the chemotherapy. Sometimes the neuropathy caused by chemotherapy is self-limiting and the nerve can heal on its own over time. But, all

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Nerve cells are long and very thin, with some cells stretching up to four feet. Nerves are made up of many of these cells wound together like strands in a rope. These tiny nerve cells are essentially hollow tubes in which nutrients are moved through to keep each cell healthy. If there is some type of mechanical pressure placed on the nerve long term, it will restrict the flow of nutrients throughout the length of the nerve. Similar to a kink in a garden hose, nothing is able to get through the tube. As a result, the nerve will become damaged and may eventually die. Bulged or herniated discs and direct trauma are common causes of mechanical compression.


Other causes may include vitamin B12 deficiency, some autoimmune diseases, neurological diseases and genetic disorders.


The first step in developing an effective treatment plan is identifying the type of neuropathy you have. After obtaining your personal and family health history, your health professional will need many details from you about your current neuropathy symptoms in addition to a physical examination. Additional tests may be required, including lab testing, an evaluation of your blood vessels, and possibly an MRI. Only after all the information is collected and assessed may a comprehensive treatment plan specifically for you be determined. Unfortunately, many patients suffering from neuropathy may have several different sources of nerve damage. The key to treating these more complicated situations is proper evaluation to identify all sources and then focusing treatment on each problem. This may bring up a concern for those people who have been told they have idiopathic neuropathy. Idiopathic neuropathy basically means the nerve damage is unidentifiable. Luckily, even if we don’t know why you have nerve

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Preventing, Reversing and Managing Diabetes Naturally by Linda Sechrist


ore health practitioners today are recognizing both the mind-body connection, as well as energetic and metaphysical insights into preventing and reversing illnesses. As a result, those facing diabetes and other health challenges are accessing contemporary resources such as Louise L. Hay’s explanation of the emotional roots of disease in You Can Heal Your Life, and the medical science and natural methods explained by health researcher and author Gary Null, Ph.D., in No More Diabetes: A Complete Guide to Preventing, Treating, and Overcoming Diabetes. Applying a “both” rather than an “either” approach illuminates the importance of recognizing the ways our thoughts, emotions and lifestyle choices can impact chronic illness and long-term health.

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Hay suggests that this metabolic disorder may be rooted in a feeling of being deprived of life’s sweetness and longing for what might have been, accompanied by a great need to control deep sorrow. Such chronic unease can show up as Type 1, or insulin-dependent, diabetes; Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes; latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA), a slowly progressing variation of Type 1; or gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy.


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Eavesdropping on our repetitive inner mind chatter and observing its impact on outer experiences can reveal faulty thinking that disrupts the mindbody connection. Hay, a firm believer in the power of affirmations to send a message to the subconscious mind, recommends them to aid healing. For diabetes, she suggests, “This moment is filled with joy. I now choose to experience the sweetness of today.” Null cites medical evidence that explains how the physical causes of diabetes are related to the pancreatic production of the hormone insulin and the body’s use of it, together with rollercoaster blood sugar levels determined by food selections, stress, sleeplessness, insufficient rest and lack of exercise. His approach for preventing, reversing or managing this debilitating condition is to raise awareness of the physical, behavioral and mental causes that lead to its emergence, and making healthy lifestyle choices that regulate blood sugar levels.

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Glucose, the human body’s key source of cellular energy, is the end product of the digestive system breaking down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for absorption in the intestines. From there, it passes into the bloodstream. Glucose also supplies energy for the brain. Normal blood glucose levels vary throughout the day. For healthy individuals, a fasting blood sugar level upon awakening is less than 100 milligrams (mg) per deciliter (dl) of blood. Before meals, normal levels are 70 to 99 mg/dl; otherwise, 100 to 125. Consistent readings above 126 indicate that lifestyle changes are needed to avoid eventual progression into full Type 2 diabetes. When there’s an inability to efficiently transport glucose from the blood into cells, cells don’t receive the energy they need to function properly. “Elevated glucose levels contribute to blood vessel damage, high blood pressure and inflammation among other issues. High glucose causes insulin levels to spike in an effort to draw the glucose into cells. This stresses the pancreas and causes a sugar crash, called hypoglycemia, which can lead individuals to make impulsive, poor food choices,” advises Marcy

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Making the highest-impact food choices is critical in the earliest stages of diabetes. That’s why nutritionist and holistic integrative health practitioner Saskia Kleinert, an independent practitioner who also serves as director of the Emeryville Health & Wellness Center, in California, helps patients integrate dietary changes into everyday life. “Patient education includes the necessity of eating low-glycemic index foods and reducing blood glucose levels, while increasing healthy fats with nuts, avocado and olive oil,” advises Kleinert. She notes that antioxidant-rich plant foods are another key component of an effective dietary plan for all age groups. The role of exercise is also vital for those needing to reverse pre-diabetes or managing diabetes aided by insulin injections. “Exercise increases the muscle cell’s demand for glucose, moving it out of the blood into muscle cells that use it as fuel, and so lowering insulin levels,” explains Jamie Coughlan, a naturopathic doctor who practices in Pleasanton and Pleasant Hill, California. Dr. Angelo Baccellieri, owner of Westchester Wellness Medicine, in Harrison, New York, introduces patients to intermittent fasting, an eating pattern that helps treat insulin resistance and control blood sugar. “The concept is predicated on going 14 to 16 hours without food, replicating how our primitive ancestors ate. They feasted when food was available and fasted during famines, sometimes going several days without eating,” advises Baccellieri, who notes that intermittent fasting can be done one day a week.

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In The Diabetes Breakthrough, based on a scientifically tested way to reverse diabetes through weight loss, Dr. Osama Hamdy and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D., explain a home-based version of the 12-week Why WAIT (Weight Achievement and Intensive Treatment) program offered at the Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, in Boston. WAIT allows participants to reach their weight and blood glucose goals, along with improvements in blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and liver and kidney function. The program’s success is due to doable increases in exercising that put greater emphasis on strengthening muscles; effective ways to change bad habits; successful portion control; healthy alternatives to favorite foods; carbohydrate counting; and meals composed of the right balance of complex carbohydrates and antioxidantrich plant foods, protein and fat, all to achieve optimum body weight and diabetes control.

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the most important lifestyle changes. n Replace processed and sugary foods in meals and snacks with nutrient dense, whole foods. n Determine possible food sensitivities with an elimination diet. n Eat some protein with every meal. n Eliminate environmental toxins. n Perform some form of cardiovascular exercise and resistance training at least three to five times a week. n Add stress-relieving practices such as yoga, tai chi or qigong. According to Hamdy, “On average, diabetes has the potential to rob you of more than 12 years of life, while dramatically reducing the quality of life for more than 20 years through chronic pain, loss of mobility, blindness, chronic dialysis and heart disease.” Such serious consequences also include stroke, hearing impairment and Alzheimer’s, he adds. All provide good reasons to live responsibly every day, cherishing longterm goals of laying claim to the best possible health.




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book sales were up 5 percent in the 12-month period ending in mid-October 2016, according to the American Booksellers Association. Humor, fantasy and magic, classics, nonfiction, time travel and participatory activities rank among the most popular topics.

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4 Access quantity. “Make many books available to kids,”

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Sabin’s new The Imagine It Book allows children to “dive in and see how they can make an impact, be innovative, play, fail and then succeed,” says Sabin. “Make them feel like they are ‘driving the bus.’” Welcoming diversity and providing a safe and reassuring community space for both confident and vulnerable youngsters, the American Library Association ( provides libraries with positive, unifying resources for children and families. They include a Storytime for Social Justice Kit; booklist for Hope and Inspiration storytime events; resource list on Talking to Kids about Racism and Justice for parents, caregivers and educators; and curated media list on immigration. The Barnes & Noble bookseller groups selected children’s books—including classics such as Dr. Seuss titles, poetry, nature, sports, history and science—in five age categories from newborn through teenage years. “It’s an amazing era for children’s books,” assesses Barnhill. “The success of the Harry Potter series reminded people that kids like real stories. There’s been a boom in creativity, vigor and technical skills in story construction.” Freelance writer and editor Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings.


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aunched in April, Reading Without Walls ( is a national initiative celebrating and encouraging reading, diversity and appreciation for those unlike ourselves. “We feel that this will change lives,” says Shaina Birkhead, strategic partnerships director with the Children’s Book Council, one of the program’s partner organizations. Under the program umbrella, libraries, bookshops, teachers, community youth groups and parents can host “challenge” events. An online guide includes tips on setting up displays and props; fun crafts and drawing activities; how to talk about reading; writing and design contests, word games and puzzles; and bookmark prizes. “Reading opens up minds and hearts to new people, places and things,” says Gene Luen Yang, a national ambassador of the program and author of the youthful tale American Born Chinese.

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ndividuals seeking to escape life’s ceaseless distractions, deepen their personal spiritual practice, enhance well-being and gain fresh perspective, are patronizing silent retreats in rising numbers. “Retreats are a special opportunity to enter a healing space where your natural energy, insight, intelligence and wisdom can arise,” says Linda Mary Peacock, known as Thanissara, a former Buddhist nun, cofounder of South Africa’s Dharmagiri Hermitage and Outreach and a retreat leader at the Spirit Rock Insight Meditation Center, in Woodacre, California. Sheila Russ, of Richmond, Virginia, has participated in several retreats with silent components, hosted by spiritual traditions spanning Baptist to Benedictine. “People of different faiths all have the same need to reach inside and listen. If we don’t slow down and get quiet, we can’t hear what’s going on with us,” says Russ. “Spending time in contemplation is cleansing and freeing; I feel like mentally and spiritually I can breathe.”

Scientific Support

Attaining heightened well-being after a retreat may have a neurological basis, according to research from Thomas Jefferson University’s Marcus Institute of Integrative Health, in Philadelphia. Silent retreats appear to raise the brain’s levels of mood-boosting chemicals, according to Dr. Andrew Newberg, director of research there. Newberg’s team tested the brains of 36

retreat participants before and one week after an Ignatian-based retreat, finding significant changes in their serotonin and dopamine systems. “Whether through prayers, walks or meditations, the single-minded ritualistic aspect of retreats seems to predispose the brain for peak spiritual experience,” he observes.

What to Expect

Formats vary, but most silent retreats entail extended periods of sitting meditation or prayer, often alternating with walking meditation or other mindful movement. Some may also entail a work detail, like sweeping the meditation hall or helping prepare meals. “Work tasks help bring mindfulness into everyday life,” says Chas DiCapua, a resident teacher for the Insight Meditation Society’s flagship retreat center in Barre, Massachusetts, who has led silent retreats teaching Buddhist practices for 20 years. “The community aspect is equally important; being surrounded by people that support your spiritual practice can encourage you on what can be a lonely path.” Silence doesn’t mean being static and somber or not thinking, counsels David Harshada Wagner, of Ojai, California, whose meditation retreats draw from the Indian mystical traditions of yoga, vedanta and tantra. “Silence is more than the absence of talking; it’s a powerful energy,” says Wagner. “Silent retreats are the loud-

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est, as the energy is roaring within. It should be a joyous practice.” Yet retreats aren’t a cakewalk. Los Angeles author and mindfulness facilitator Jennifer Howd chronicles the challenges of her first nine-day silent retreat in Joshua Tree, California, in her memoir Sit, Walk, Don’t Talk. Seven retreats later, Howd says that although the journey isn’t always easy, she always gains insights about herself and the nature of the mind.

Choosing a Retreat

Retreat leaders caution that while it’s good to jettison expectations and approach the experience with an open mind, choose a retreat that fits individual needs. The level of personal attention at retreats can vary greatly, remarks Thanissara. “Some may host 100 or more people, relying largely on taped instruction without much interaction with group leaders. A small group might be better for a first retreat,” she suggests. Thanissara recommends an upfront review of instructor credentials and starting with a weekend retreat before embarking on one of longer duration. Regardless of length, retreats aren’t always for everyone. “If you’re going through emotional or psychological difficulties, it’s best to discuss your circumstances with a teacher at the retreat center before deciding to attend. If you’re in therapy, talk with your therapist,” counsels DiCapua.

Retreat Back to Everyday Life Afterwards, ease back into the daily routine; don’t rush back into old patterns of media and food consumption, recommends Howd. “Try to build-in a day or two of down time. You may still be processing things emotionally.” DiCapua suggests finding a local community of a kindred practice to keep the momentum going, and not expect to keep it up as earnestly at home as at the retreat. Attending daylong maintenance retreats on Saturdays or Sundays can also help sustain individual practice. Above all, “Appreciate yourself for having thought to go on a retreat and follow it through,” says DiCapua. “It can be a radical thing.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at


Retreats for All Faiths

( offers silent retreats combining yoga and meditation. Leaders Patricia Sunyata Brown and Surya-Chandra Das take an eclectic approach incorporating multiple traditions to stimulate selfinquiry and compassion.

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etreat centers vary from nondenominational to those aligned with a faith, but even within a tradition, styles of meditation vary. The following opportunities highlight some of the more prevalent offerings. RetreatFinder. com and can be helpful tools.

Omega Institute: One of the largest centers on the East Coast, the Omega Institute (, in Rhinebeck, New York, offers yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreats led by notable and varied spiritual teachers.

Unity: The Unity church, a Christian faith honoring all paths to God, offers an annual silent retreat facilitated by

Rev. Paulette Pipe (TouchingTheStillness. org). Held at Unity Center, in Kansas City, Missouri, the experience incorporates soulful music, labyrinth walks and meditation practice.

Tassajara Zen Mountain Center:

A working monastery for more than 50 years, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center and Hot Springs (, in the Ventana Mountains of northern California, offers lay meditation practitioners a sense of monastic life each summer. Retreats are mainly taught in the Zen Buddhist tradition, focused on observing the breath and mind.

Rolling Meadows: Located in rural Brooks, Maine, Rolling Meadows

Founded by Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein in the 1970s, the Insight Meditation Society ( focuses on the Buddhist practices of metta (spreading lovingkindness) and  vipassana (insight) meditation. Silent retreats at its historic center in Barre, Massachusetts, range from two days to three months.

Jesuits: A Roman Catholic order

cofounded by St. Ignatius, the Jesuit tradition incorporates prayer, meditation, self-awareness and other contemplative practices. retreat-centers lists Jesuit retreat centers across the U.S. where seekers can deepen their relationship with God through silence.



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Moving from Fear to Freedom by April Thompson


issa Rankin wears many hats: physician, mystic, author, artist, speaker and blogger. What unites her many pursuits is a passion for helping people optimize their health and understand how science and spirituality converge toward that goal. A former obstetrician and gynecologist, Rankin is the founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, in San Francisco, which trains doctors in mindbody-spirit medicine. She’s authored six books to date, including the bestseller Mind over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling. She lives in California’s Marin County and blogs at

What common signs indicate that fear is affecting our health? When people are sick, there is almost always an element of fear. Many of us have “ridden shotgun” at one time or another with a health diagnosis, and that’s scary, so even if it’s not predisposing the illness itself, it can stimulate fear. Studies from institutions such as the Harvard School of Public Health and Carnegie Mellon University have discovered strong correlations between fear, stress and anxiety and health issues. When fear is predisposing us to illness, addressing the root cause of the issue is preventive medicine. 38

Whether triggered by something trivial or real, fear activates the “fight-or-flight” stress response in the brain. The body has natural self-healing mechanisms, but these only operate when our nervous system is relaxed, so effectively dealing with fear is foundationally critical to wellness.

How can we distinguish between true and false fear? True fear is an actual threat to physical survival, like being approached by someone wielding a gun. However, most fear is generated by a story we make up in our minds. Our wild imaginations, the source of beautiful creativity, can be a destructive force, too, as we envision all kinds of worst-case scenarios, most of which will not come true. Modern-day humans average more than 50 stress responses a day, which indicates we’re way off track in our relationship to fear. The mind constantly strategizes how to get what it wants and avoid what it doesn’t. A spiritual practice can help interrupt the “monkey mind” constantly ruminating on what could go wrong. Paying attention to fear around practical issues like not being able to pay bills is helpful because it can keep us from being reckless, such as buying an unneeded luxury item although our mortgage payment looms. But letting false fear prevent us from following a

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dream, ending an unhealthy relationship or leaving a toxic job can predispose us to illness. Fear is the emotional equivalent of pain in the body. Attend to it when it arises; try to understand what it is telling you and see what’s in need of healing.

What are some effective ways to defang false fear? Ultimately, we need to come into the right relationship with uncertainty; it’s the gateway to possibility. People often think that fear provides protection, when our intuition, which typically requires a relaxed state of mind, is a far more effective protector. There have been studies about doctors following their hunches to a patient’s underlying condition, leading to life-saving diagnoses.

How can we cultivate courage, curiosity and resilience, rather than feed our fears? Cultivating a spiritual practice such as mindfulness helps put a pause between a feeling like fear and the reaction that might ensue. You learn to sit with uncomfortable feelings and recognize the story you are spinning in your mind about what’s happening. It also means letting go of expectations when things don’t go as planned. Fear is my cue to activate a practice of surrender; to turn something over to the universe. I will also ask for help to calm my heart and let go of attachments. For me, this life-changing practice means I now trust the mystery more than my mind. I trust the unknown more than science and logic. The latter may be useful tools when doing taxes or a research paper, but I don’t trust them to be the best navigation system of my life or help me in a crisis. Psychology isn’t enough to address fear, which comes with the territory if you think that we are just flesh robots programmed to maximize self-interest, alone in a hostile universe. Once you learn to see the possibilities and hand over the wheel to a greater, benign organizing intelligence, something unwinds in the nervous system and we relax into the wonder of mystery. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

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hanksgiving side dishes continue to evolve, even though traditional entrées still hold pride of place. New, lighter alternatives to time-honored stuffing maximize flavorful dried fruits, herbs and nuts. Healthy options may use gluten-free bread or black rice, cauliflower, chestnuts or pecans for flavor, bulk and color. A stuffing can also fill a halved acorn squash or cored apple. According to renowned health authority Dr. Joseph Mercola, pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including anti-inflammatory magnesium, heart-healthy oleic acid, phenolic antioxidants and immuneboosting manganese. Erica Kannall, a registered dietitian in Spokane, Wash-

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Celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito, of New York City, salutes his Italian heritage with chestnuts and embraces healthy living with millet and mushrooms in his special stuffing. His new book Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious includes healthy takes on Thanksgiving dishes such as a sugar-free cranberry sauce. Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle, created a healthy stuffing she loves. “My Grain-

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Healthy Holiday Stuffing Recipes Rocco DiSpirito’s Stuffing 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil ¼ cup millet 1 lb crimini mushrooms, sliced 1 large onion, diced 3 stalks celery, diced 1 medium carrot, diced 4 chestnuts, chopped 1 Tbsp fresh sage, shopped 1½ Tbsp poultry seasoning 3 scoops Rocco’s Protein Powder Plus (check 2 egg whites 1¾ cups low sodium chicken or vegetable stock Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground pepper Place grapeseed oil in a 12-inch cast iron pan; place the pan in the oven and

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preheat oven to 425˚ F. Cook a quarter-cup millet in a small saucepan on the stovetop according to package instructions. When millet is cooked through, transfer it to a large mixing bowl. Heat a large, safe, nonstick sauté pan over high heat and use it to sauté the mushrooms until tender and golden, approximately seven to 10 minutes.

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Heat a large, safe, nonstick pan over medium heat and use it to sweat the onions, celery and carrots until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes. Transfer the vegetable mix to the same mixing bowl as the millet and mushrooms. Add the chestnuts, sage, poultry seasoning, protein powder, egg whites and chicken stock to the large mixing bowl, and then use a rubber spatula to mix well, so that no lumps are visible. Carefully remove the cast iron pan from the oven, and then pour stuffing batter into it. Popping occurs as the outside batter develops a crust. Return the cast iron pan to the oven and bake for 13 minutes. Remove from oven and turn the result out onto a serving dish. Recipe courtesy of Rocco DiSpirito, Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious.

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Roasted Acorn Squash Stuffed With Black Rice, Pecans, Dried Cranberries and Tempeh Yields: 8 servings Squash: 4 acorn squashes (1½ lb each) 4 tsp olive oil ½ tsp sea salt Rice: 1 Tbsp olive oil ¾ cup finely diced onion 1 cup Chinese black rice (also called Forbidden Black Rice) ½ tsp sea salt ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground coriander 2 cups water 4 oz tempeh, crumbled

Roasted Pecans and Cranberries: 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans 1 tsp minced ginger root 4 tsp olive oil 1 tsp ground coriander ¼ tsp ground nutmeg ¼ tsp sea salt 10 large sage leaves, chopped 1 cup dried cranberries 2 Tbsp maple syrup

Scatter crumbled tempeh over the cooked rice.

Preheat oven to 375° F. Cut squashes in half lengthwise, then scoop out the seeds.

Pour this mixture into an eight-by-eightinch baking pan; roast at 375° F for 15 minutes on the bottom middle oven rack, stirring halfway through.

Brush the interior, plus the cut sides of the squashes with the 4 teaspoons oil, then sprinkle with ½ teaspoon sea salt.

Stir in the sage, dried cranberries and maple syrup. Roast for another 10 minutes, then remove from the oven.

Arrange squash halves on a baking sheet, cut side down.

Arrange squash halves, cut side up, on a serving platter. Combine rice with the pecan mixture and divide among the squash halves, pressing gently so the stuffing stays put.

Cover the pan, then take it off the stove and let it rest for 10 minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine pecans, ginger, four teaspoons olive oil, one teaspoon coriander, nutmeg and ¼ teaspoon salt.

Roast for 40 to 50 minutes on the upper middle rack of the oven until tender when pierced with a fork. While the squash is roasting, place a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat and pour in one tablespoon of olive oil.

If made one day ahead, cover and reheat in a 350˚ F oven until heated through. Recipe courtesy of Laurie Gauguin,

Add the onion and sauté for two to three minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Stir in the rice, salt, cinnamon and coriander. Cook and stir for 30 seconds. Pour in the water and bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over very low heat for 30 to 60 minutes, until rice is tender.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Becoming Whole/Becoming Healers with Rabbi Shefa Gold – 7-9:15pm. Rabbi Gold is renowned for her ecumenical wisdom teachings, sacred chanting and expression of Jewish insights. $25/advance. $30/at the door. Princeton IYCC. Register:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Going Gluten-Free Seminar – 1-2pm. Presenter: Sara Feld, Nutritionist, UMCP Community Education and Outreach. Plainsboro Library, 9 van Doren St, Plainsboro. 1-888-897-8979. PrincetonHCS. org/Calendar. Nutrition to Manage Diabetes/Pre-Diabetes – 7–8pm. Free. West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Rd, Princeton Jct. 609-275-8901.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Special Needs Evening – 7pm. Talk explores study of children with special needs which demonstrated the effectiveness of essential oils. Free. 401 Route 24, Chester. Info: Nancy Weber, LightWingCenter@

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Intuitive Readings with Jessica McKay – 12-3pm. By appointment (required). Receive insight for inspiration, support and encouragement to life’s questions. $45/15 min. $90/30 min. eZential Wellness, 1300 Prince Rodgers Ave, Bridgewater. 908526-0002. Celestial Conversations Workshop – 12pm. Facilitator: Lo Anne Mayer, local author of “Celestial Conversations.” Transpersonal journaling to process the grief associated with losing a loved one. $80/ advance. $95/at the door. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. 908-730-8792. Register:

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calendarofevents All calendar events for the December 2017 issue must be received by November 10th and adhere to our guidelines. Email for guidelines and to submit entries. Women’s Self-Defense Class – 9-11am. $5 donation to Anchor House & YMCA children’s program. YMCA, 431 Pennington Rd., Trenton. Sound Journey Full Moon Ceremony – 7-9pm. Facilitator: Lois Harrison. Dissolve obstacles and manifest dreams through gong vibrations and the full moon’s energies. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Preregister: 609-897-1215. Labyrinth Mindfulness Walking Meditation – 5:30-6:30pm. Slow, guided walking mindfulness meditation around an authentic labyrinth, instruction provided. Calmness guaranteed. Donations. Princeton IYCC. Register: Free-Flowing Fun Chant & Drum Circle – 7-9pm. Based on Kirtan practices. Bring your own drums and instruments, or use those provided. Dontations. Princeton IYCC. Register: HypnoBirthing Class – 9:30am-12pm. Nov. 4-Dec. 2. $195/couple. Community Education & Outreach at the Hamilton Area YMCA. 609-897-8991. Caregiver Workshop – 9:30-11:30am. Theme: Brace for Impact. Instructor: Deb Hallisey. When we plan visits, we need strategies to gather information about our loved one’s health and a clear picture of how they are managing at home. $12. $20/both. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd, Kendall Park. 732-419-3551. SandHillsWellness@

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 Reiki Share Celebration – 2–5pm. Speaker: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. Enjoy Reiki healing, meditation, high vibration crystal singing bowls, drum, gong and chants. $10. eZential Wellness Center, 1300 Prince Rogers Ave., Bridgewater. 908-526-0002. Time MAGICment Workshop – 1-5pm. The magic of organizing your time to change your life with Certified Professional Organizer Amara Willey. $49. Be Fit Anywhere, Hillsborough. Register: Yoga of Sound & Chakras Workshop – Nov. 5, 12. Dec. 3, 10. 2-3:30pm. Instructor: Sri Shyamji Bhatnagar, Naada Yogi and founder of Chakra Institute. Register: Info: ChakraInstitute. com

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, MTHFR – 3-6:15pm. Testing by Spectracell Labs. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd. Bedminster. Most insurance accepted. Appt only. 908-658-4900. Meditation Class – Nov. 8, Dec. 13. 6:30-7:30pm. Brief lesson, silent meditation, Q&A. $15/class.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Emotional Freedom Techniques – 7pm. Learn how to do simple stress elimination technique based on tapping energy meridian points. Presented by Carol Bemmels, M.Ed. Free. The Ewing Public Library, 61 Scotch Rd, Ewing Twp. Info: 609-882-3135. Carol: 609-306-1711. Homeopathy for Animals – 7pm. Presented by Homeopath Virangini Cindy Rounsaville. No charge, RSVP required: 908-658-4900. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd. Bedminster.


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January 14, 2018 • 9am-4pm Rutherfurd Hall 1686 Route 517, Allamuchy, NJ 07820 $89 / Program and lunch included. Yoga, Acupuncture Demo, T’ai Chi, Native Journey Drumming and more. Visit to pre-register or contact Jean Marie 908-850-6475 or for more information.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 Suppers Program – 6:30-8:30pm. Discussion: Social Anxiety. Program works to create friendly spaces for individuals to transition their way towards a healthy lifestyle. Learn to cook, taste, and feel their way to vibrant health. $12. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Info: Maryann, 732-419-3551. SandHillsWellness@ Yoga, Meditation and Beach Retreat in Cape May – Nov. 10-12. Go into the holiday season stress free- with joy, ease and so much love for all! Gong and Crystal Bowl Workshop. Register soon. Contact Calm Waters: 609-259-1547.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Wheat Allergy, Intestinal Permeability, Food Sensitivity – 9:30-11:30am. Testing by Vibrant Wellness Labs. 99% sensitive and specific. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd. Bedminster. Appt only. 908-658-4900. Reiki II Training & Certification – Nov. 11-12. 1:30-7pm. Instructor: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. Expand your Reiki abilities in comprehensive and in-depth training & certification. $250. eZential Wellness Center, 1300 Prince Rogers Ave., Bridgewater. Register: New-Jersey-Reiki-Circle. Overcome Loss, Heal Grief and Trust Again Workshop – 5-8pm. Facilitator: Holistic Shamanic Counselor and Past Life Therapist, Kathleen Downey. Embark on a life changing journey with the oldest healing tradition. $65. 243 N Union, Lambertville. 858-401-3144. CoreLevelHealing@ Community Yoga Day & Open House – Free aerial and floor yoga for all. Free meditation. Refreshments and snacks in Community Café. Library/reading room/Oasis Meditation Atrium. Princeton IYCC. Space limited. Register: JourneyDance – 7-9:30pm. Instructor: Joy Lynn Okoye. Transformational. No prior experience required. Princetno IYCC. $25. Register:

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Movie: “As a Man Thinketh” – 12pm. Film about power of thought. $15/person. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury. 908-730-8792. Register: Awakening to Higher Brain Living Retreat – 10am-5:30pm. Turbo-charge your Evolutionary Momentum while having fun. Registration required. Early bird discount: $159 until Oct 15. Late registration: $199. Physical Therapy Unlimited, 23 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Lauren Joyce: 646-712-2423. 908-754-4480.


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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Fire Cider: Tasting, Demo & Giveaway – 7-9pm. Learn how to make warming winter tonic: fire cider. Free. Haddon Township Library, 15 MacArthur Blvd., Haddon. Info: 856-425-2221. GMOFreeNJ. com/Events.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Bliss Your Socks Off Yoga Retreat – Nov. 16-19. Featuring global music star and yogini Wah! And Instagram superstars Steph Gongora, Erin Kelly and more. $195. Space is limited. Register:

Bonsai for Beginners Workshop – 7:15pm. Presented by Horticulture Society of South Jersey. Basic points of Bonsai: history, concepts, styles, tools and more. Free. Carmen Tilelli Hall, 820 Mercer St., Cherry Hills. 856-816-8508.

Yoga & Self-Healing Workshop with Wah! – 6:30-8:30pm. Relax and destress with healing multi-media concert, live music and slow-moving laser lights. $25/advance. $30/at the door. Register:

Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. $49. Princeton High School, Moore Rd., Princeton. 908-303-7767.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Mindful Meetup – 11am-12pm. Mindfulness discussion group for counselors, therapists, educators, parents, etc. Share ideas and learn more about the benefits of mindfulness. $5/person. eZential Wellness, 1300 Prince Rodgers Ave., Bridgewater. AcroYoga FUNdamentals Workshop – 9:30am12pm. Instructor: Leyna Love Muktadevi Schaeffer. Fundamentals of yoga and partner acrobatics. No experience required. $25/advance. $30/at the door. Space is limited. Register: Yin Yoga Workshop – 2:30-4:30pm. Instructor: Leyna Love Muktadevi Schaeffer. Healing arts of Yin Yoga with light and sound healing and a meditation practice to relieve stress, trauma and old emotions. $25/advance. $30/at the door. Space is limited. Register: Dinner and a Movie: “Emerald Forest” – 7-9pm. Watch and discuss this inspirational movie. Bring vegetarian dish. Free. Register:

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Heal Grief and Trust Again – 3-6pm. Facilitator: Holistic Shamanic Counselor and Past Life Therapist, Kathleen Downey. Embark on a life changing journey with the oldest healing tradition. $65. Core Level Healing, 800 Denow Rd., Pennington. 858-401-3144. Core Foundations Workshop: The Art of Crafting a Creative Home Practice – 10am-12:30pm. Instructors: Steph Gongora and Erin Kelly. Teaches participants to look within for answers that the body has been waiting to tell us, utilizing yoga and journaling. $60/advance. $75/at the door. Space is limited. Register: Inversion Immersion Workshop – 4-7pm. Instructors: Steph Gongora and Erin Kelly. Three-hour workshop clinic providing in-depth lessons and covering favorite ways to get upside down and invert the body. $60/advance. $75/at the door. Space is limited.  

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerance, Wheat Allergy, Intestinal Permeability, Food Sensitivity – 4:30-6:30pm. Testing by Vibrant Wellness Labs. 99% sensitive and specific. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd. Bedminster. Appt only. 908-658-4900. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. $45. Palisades High School, 35 Churchill Rd., Kitnersville, PA. 908-3037767. Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off. $45. Palisades High School, 35 Churchill Rd., Kitnersville, PA. 908-303-7767. Better Sleep with Hypnosis – 8:30-9:30pm. Dif-

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Creative Holiday Baking – 7pm. Presented by Board Certified, Integrative Nutritionist Kirstin Nussgruber. Rsvp: 908-658-4900, No Charge. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd. Bedminster.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30 Thermography Imaging – 9am-7pm. Thermographer Lisa Mack - CCT, CNC, HH. Breast Imaging, men’s and women’s health screening, full body imaging. Call Lisa Mack at: 609-618-6545. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd. Bedminster. Enlightened Readers Book Club – 12:30-2pm. Instructor: Lyn Sirota. Mindful, compassionate, self-aware group of readers break bread and discuss a great book. Free. Register: FREE Dinner Workshop – 6:15pm. Get rid of all types of pain with State of the Art MLS Laser Therapy. NO DRUGS or Surgeries. Completely noninvasive. 30-minute presentation followed by dinner. Free. Trattoria Rosa Bianca, 94 S. Main St., Yardley, PA. “They go quickly” so call 215-493-6589 ASAP to RSVP. For information, call Dr. Paul Bizzaro at 215-493-6589 or visit

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ongoingevents daily Thai/Rwo Shur Foot Reflexology – 8am-8pm. Certified Reflexologist: Christel Haase. Combines Thai Foot reflex massage with the Chinese method of footwork. Reduce stress, improve circulation, relieve foot discomfort and pain. $38/30-min. Main Street Massage, 4 Walter E. Foran Blvd, Ste 404, Flemington. 908-806-0266. ChristelHaase8@

sunday Bhagavad Gita Study Book Club – Nov. 5-26. 6-8pm. Instructors: Jayadeva Mandelkorn & Ron Cohen. Weekly discussion of the Bhagavad Gita, understanding why we make the decisions we make, improving the self and cultivating resilience and discernment. Free. Register: IYCCPrinceton. org. 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. Rev. Frankie, practitioners, and musicians create an inspiring, uplifting time to be reminded of our spiritual connectedness. Center for Spiritual Living of Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. truespirit@earthlink. com. 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.

monday AcroYoga! – Nov. 6-27. 7:30-9pm. Instructors: Leyne Love Muktadevi Schaeffer & Tiffany Wright. Blended wisdom of Thai massage, yoga and partner acrobatics. Learn fundamentals, inversions and more. Register:

Teens-Only Yoga – 5-6pm. Instructor: Elijah Okoye. Meditation and mindfulness for the new school year. $50/teen 10-class pack; first class free & workexchange available. Registration recommended. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140. Prenatal Yoga Workshop – 6:30pm. Class focuses on helping the moms-to-be relax and to prepare their bodies and minds to welcome new life into this world. Registration required. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. Beginner Sun Style Tai Chi – 11am-12pm. Instructor: Patty Pagano. Call to reserve your place: 908-392-1313. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. More information at Swimming Dragon Qi Gong with Patty Pagano – 12-1pm. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. $50/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information about Qi Healing: 908-647-1563 or Tai Chi Chih with Dr. Janet Oussaty – 6-7pm. Gentle, moving meditation of 19 movements and 1 pose. Series of 6 classes, $75. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Contact Janet: 908-635-1822. Wuji Tai Chi, Beginner – 1-7pm. For student new to Tai Chi or new to the Wuji form. Instructor: Fran Maher. $120/10 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908647-1563.

tuesday Yoga with Jean Marie – 4:30-5:30pm, 6-7pm. $12. Hackettstown Health Foods, 106 Moore St., Hackettstown. 908-850-6475. FosteringTheJourney. com. Gentle Beginner Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. Instructor: Becky Moates, E-RYT500. Is it time you took care of yourself? New to yoga? Try it out! $16/drop-in. Yoga Central, 953 Rt 202 N, Branchburg. 908-7070759.

Judo Program for Kids – Mon. 4:30-5:30pm, 5:406:40pm. Sat. 10:30-11:30am. Instructor: Edwin Calvache, Sandan Black Belt. 10 sessions/$125. 20 sessions/$200. Mat fee: $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. RSVP: for details. Mommy and Me Yoga – 10-10:45am. Ages 6 weeks to crawlers. Unique class allows both you and baby to experience the benefits of yoga. Preregistration required. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908-754-5901.


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Wuji Tai Chi Beginner – 1-10:30-11:30am. Beginning moves of this beautiful flowing “water” form. Intro to the form, alignment, and principles of movement. Instructor: Fran Maher. $120/10 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at Pilates Mat with Props – 9:30am, 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. 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. 

wednesday Kids! Yoga! – Nov. 1-29. 4:30-5:15pm. Instructor: Marie Stiglic. Fun and joyful yoga class for kids to learn breathing, stretching and calming strategies. Ages 3-9. First class free. Register: Wuji Jing Gong Forms: Tai Chi and Qi Gong – 1:30-2:30pm. 30 minutes of Qi Gong, 30 minutes of Tai Chi. Instructor: Brian Coffey. $120/10 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908-647-1563. Wuji Qi Gong All Levels – 5:30pm. Explore the 16 peaceful, relaxing Qi Gong movement methods as developed by Master William Ting. No experience required. Instructor: Fran Maher. $120/10 classes. $15/drop-in. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. 908-647-1563. More information at Reiki Share and Healing Circle – 5:30-6:45pm. Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. Suggested donation: $5. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Swimming Dragon Qi Gong with Patty Pagano – 7:30-8:30pm. Easy to learn, gentle movements will leave you feeling refreshed and calm. $50/4-class series. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. Must preregister: 908-392-1313. More information about Qi Healing: 908-647-1563 or 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.

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Yin Yoga with Beth Youmans, E-RYT500 – 6-7:15pm. Slow-paced, passive practice. $16/ drop-in. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Yoga with Jean Marie – 4:30-5:30pm, 6-7pm. $12. Hackettstown Health Foods, 106 Moore St., Hackettstown. 908-850-6475. FosteringTheJourney. com.

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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. Teens-Only Yoga 12-1pm. Instructor: Elijah Okoye. Meditation and mindfulness for the new school year. $50/teen 10-class pack; first class free & workexchange available. Registration recommended. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140.

Restorative Yoga & Healing Meditation – Nov. 2-30. 1:30-3pm. Instructor: Mireille Delman. Presented by Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC). Register: Multi-level Yoga: Afternoon Delight – 4:305:45pm. Instructor: Donna McMullin, RYT200. Miss rush-hour traffic and get totally relaxed. $16. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-7070759. Community Acupuncture with Michael Gonzales – 4:30-7pm. Not a class- instead a time to lie down and experience a relaxing, affordable, healing acupuncture session. Sliding scale, minimum $25. Michael Gonzales: 908-392-3468. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. More information at 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. Yoga: Tone and Restore – 7:30-8:45pm. Instructor: Donna Pollin, RYT. Beginner-friendly. Good workout with deep relaxation. $16. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759.

Meditation: Cultivating Gratitude-11:30am12:30pm. Instructor: Beth Youmans, PhD. Guided meditation and mindfulness with a focus on gratitude. $16/drop-in. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. Acting and Voice for Children and YA-Build confidence, learn cold readings, commercial audition skills, scene study, comedy techniques, monologue work with a SAG member, writer, director with 40 years of experience. $45/class. $300/semester. 243 N Union, Lambertville. 858401-3144. DowneyActingAndVoice. com. Judo Program for Kids – Sat. 10:30-11:30am. Instructor: Edwin Calvache, Sandan Black Belt. 10 sessions/$125. 20 sessions/$200. Mat fee: $15. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. RSVP: EdwinCalvache@ for details. Gentle Relaxation Yoga – 10am. This class will focus on reducing chronic tension, improving normal range of motion in the joints, and strengthening the musculature of the body so that all bodily systems can function optimally. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901.

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SPACE FOR RENT PRACTITIONER SPACE FOR RENT: Luxury space perfect for all types of wellness practitioners in the heart of downtown Warren. Wellness of Warren is designed to provide our community with an array of holistic and natural wellness services. Convenient lease terms which include utilities, CAM charges, internet and more. Good parking. Additional space available for conference/education offerings. Visit today to see what Wellness of Warren can do for you and your clients. Contact Stacey Beer at 908755-2723 or 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 officeadmin@ for details.

SEEKING PROFESSIONAL CHELATION THERAPIST – Seeking trained professional in Chelation and Vitamin C Therapy. Integrative Center for Alternative Medicine in Hamilton, 609-508-1816.

friday Self-Empowerment through Creativity – 6:458pm. Present ideas clearly, speak your truth, nurture your creative self, confidence, potential. Acting and voice classes for adults, art for all areas of life. $45/ class. $300/semester. 243 N Union, Lambertville. 858-401-3144. DowneyActingAndVoice. com. Yoga: Tone and Restore – 9:30-10:45am. Instructor: Donna Pollin, RYT. Beginner-friendly. Good workout with deep relaxation. $16. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759.

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Kristin A. Dudley L.Ac. 84 Park Ave, STE G-103C, Flemington, NJ 08822 973-979-1652 Gentle acupuncture with Kristin Dudley L.Ac. can be both very relaxing as well as healing. Acupuncture has been used for centuries to ease muscle and arthritis pain, relieve stress, increase energy and improve sleep. Welcome everyone and de-stress in a nurturing and healing enviroment. See ad on page 30.


Brian Coffey LMT, and Fran Maher CA 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren 908-647-1563 Specializing in T’ai Chi and Qi Gong classes, as well as private session clinical Qi Gong and acupuncture since 1994. Chinese Medicine weekend seminars teach how to apply clinical Qi Gong remedies to specific disorders. Excellent for the lay person and healthcare providers. All are welcome to observe or join a class. See ad on page 12.


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 on page 21.

BODYWORK HOLISTIC CONSULTANT Craig Reichert Bordentown 917-280-2648

Offering a unique approach to wellness through combined modalities. Active in the Holistic Healing Field for over 30 years, working with clients on Body, Mind, and, Spirit by reducing stress and balancing Chakras through Reiki, Guided Meditation, and Self Hypnosis (Certified Hypnotherapist). Experience with previous life explorations. “Now” is the time to make changes and work on mindfulness. Free half hour consultation.




Paul B. Taubman II 908-219-8018 Your website should bring in customers 24/7. Schedule a free consultation to discuss how your website can be working more effectively. You will see results immediately. See ad on page 41.


Janet StraightArrow 973-647-2500 Body, Mind, Soul Healing, Living Mastery, Medical Intuitive, Reiki @ Energy Medicine, Meditation, Coaching, Spiritual Guide, Shamanism, Be The Medicine—A new paradigm to Living & Healing.

Visit to get your free sample of Extreme Kleaner, a non-toxic biodegradable multi-purpose cleaner-degreaser aimed to improve air and water quality and reduce negative influences on the environment. See ad on page 56.


2 Bridge Ave Red Bank, NJ 07701 inside the Galleria 732-741-2444 Cleansing Concepts is New Jersey’s exclusive facility for Cleansing & Detoxification. Specializing in Colon Hydrotherapy, BELD Lymphatic Drainage, Infrared Sauna Therapy, Ionic Foot Detox. See ad on page 7.


1040 Pennsylvania Ave, Trenton 609-695-5800

Commercial kitchen for chefs and food entrepreneurs with modern, pleasant and ample space for hourly/daily rentals. Large 1-story with 4 cooking bays including bakery, plus cart and pallet storage. Must be friendly, clean, and cooperative. Rte.1 access, borders Lawrenceville.

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EDUCATION/SCHOOLS WALDORF SCHOOL OF PRINCETON 1062 Cherry Hill Rd, Princeton 609-466-1970 x115

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


ENERGY HEALING EFT (TAPPING) PRACTITIONER Carol Bemmels, M.Ed. Hopewell 609-306-1711

Tapping quickly addresses underlying trapped emotions in most illness and psychological problems. Private sessions in Hopewell or by Skype. Call or email for free 20-minute consultation. See ad on page 27.


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 ads on

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Ellen Perkins 76 E. Washington Ave., Washington, NJ 908-223-1331 • Local, handcrafted items including wall art, fiber art, jewelry, small furniture, leather work, soaps, lotions, local honey, loose tea and flower vibrational essences. Variety of rocks and crystals in personal size or display pieces, Himalayan salt lamps and so much more. See ad on page 34.


81 S. Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589 • My mission is to educate people from the minute they come through my door, to the many benefits of Chiropractic, Nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Having over 40 years experience (personal and professionally), allows me to relate to your problem(s). Services include non-force chiropractic, complete nutritional testing, utilizing test kits/panels, Chirothin weight loss, massage (covered by most insurance) and laser therapy for pain. Personalized attention guaranteed! Call 215-493-6589 to get “back on the way to Health!” See ad on page 4.

The Center for Advanced Health Through Dentistry Our aim is to restore you to health and vitality by eliminating dental road blocks.

Our patients come from New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and other states...some have even traveled from outside the United States! Why? Because quality biocompatible dental care provided by a warm, caring dental team in a comfortable, relaxed setting is worth the trip.

Joseph R. Mele


- Fellowship in Institute for Natural Dentistry - Diplomate Member in American Association of Nutritional Consultants - Member of The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology - Member of The Holistic Dental Association

We offer the highest quality dental services including... • Safe removal of amalgam restorations (fillings) following OSHA and EPA guidelines • Biocompatible dental materials selection based on serum analysis and clinical assessment including BPA-free restorations • Individualized protocols to treat oral systemic infections • Non-surgical, natural and nutritional therapies to treat periodontal disease and dental decay • Effective treatment of TMJ and teeth grinding issues • Myofunctional therapy to treat bad breath, snoring, sleep apnea, and mouth breathing.

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Dr. Eric Evans 3679 Nottingham Way, STE A, Hamilton 609-586-9199 We provide a Holistic based wellness

service. I have found that a direct, EVANS CHIROPRACTIC hands-on approach with consistent

awareness and education yields the best results for those who come to me for help with a wide variety of health issues. Our goal is to tailor a programs to your individual needs, unleashing your own healing potential so that you can go through life with the absence of dis-ease. See ad on page 13. HEALTH &WELLNESS FROM WITHIN

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Dr Jennifer Redmond 1 Eastern Ave., Second Floor East Somerville, NJ 08876 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 on page 32.

HOLISTIC DENTISTS PRINCETON CENTER FOR DENTAL AESTHETICS 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 on page 31.


1300 Prince Rodgers Ave, Bridgewater 908-526-0002 • Body-healing and mind-balancing yoga classes. Knowledgeable certified Yoga Alliance and IAYT instructors. Reiki shares and classes, nutrition workshops, private yoga therapy, monthly events, and 200 or 500 hour yoga therapist training programs. See Yoga Profile on page 39.


Michelle Cilio Basking Ridge, NJ 551-200-0548 Nature’s Touch – Relaxing and Balancing Therapies for your mind, body and spirit with a gentle touch of nature. See ad on page 27.


Barry Wolfson 28 Mine St, Flemington 43 Tamarack Circle, Princeton 2 East Northfield Ave., Livingston 3000 Valley Forge Circle, King of Prussia, PA 908-303-7767 • With 30 years experience, Hypnosis Counseling Center of NJ utilizes traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. Regularly hold adult education seminars, work with hospitals, fitness centers, and individuals wanting to better their lives. Specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. See ad on page 9.See

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE PRINCETON INTEGRATIVE HEALTH Vincent Leonti, MD Jenna Richardson, CIHC, FDN-P 134 Franklin Corner Rd, STE 101B, Lawrenceville 609-512-1468

Father/daughter team focused on uncovering the root cause of disease and dysfunction, identifying true healing opportunities and co-creating health with their patients. See ad on page 13.


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Sunny van Vlijmen 4444 Rte 27, Kingston 609-275-3881 Do you want real and lasting change? My professional background of 20+ years in alternative healing and personal development has taught me what works and what doesn’t. If you’re ready for change, schedule your free 15-minute phone consultation, today. See ad, page 18.

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

Dr. V is triple board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, and integrative medicine, plus additional training in Ayurvedic and Functional Medicine, and Yoga Therapy. She has published on integrative approaches to gut health. Commited to helping patients get to the root cause of health concerns to create an individualized integrative lifestyle prescription for optimal wellness. Functional Medicine Testing and Nutritional Testing is performed when indicated. See ad on page 19.

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


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

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




Trudy Ringwald Country Herbalist & Certified Reboundologist 553 Rte 130 N, East Windsor 1100 Rte 33, Hamilton 609-448-4885/609-586-6187 BlackForestAcres.Net

Two locations for the natural connection to live well and eat right. Natural and organic foods, vitamins, supplements, groceries and most important, free consultation.


Naturopathic Doctor & Nutritionist 888-234-7685 | Dr. Rodger (ND) became a nutritionist and later a Naturopathic Doctor after learning that many people can and have cured themselves using nutrition and herbs as their healing products. Today through the American Association of Nutritional Consultants, he prepares students to pass the Certified. See ad on page 23.


Ashley Nagrocki 24 N 3rd Ave, Highland Park, NJ 08904 732-841-0142 Swelling? Could it be lymphedema? Specializing in lymphedema, pain relief and fast holistic recovery. Complimentary consult for new clients. Medical Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Ayurveda and Yoga. Call today for complementary consultation. See ad on page 32.



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Organic and natural products including farmstead cheeses; Buttercup Brie, seasonal Jacks, Rosedale, Herdsman, Toma, Havilah and Cheddar Curds. Additional products include wheyfed pork, grass-fed lamb and beef, pasture-raised eggs and myriad locally sourced goods. See ad on page 21.

Paula Taylor 246 Nassau Street, Princeton 609-580-1899 Drinking raw juices is the easiest, fastest and most delicious way to take in essential enzymes and nutrients. Arlee’s juices are cold pressed daily from 100% local organic fruits and vegetables, and immediately glass bottled. We are proud to say...”Our juice is just the juice!” See ad on page xx.


All three of my children suffered from different food allergies and an allergy to sugars. Since we were treated with AAT we are all allergy free. The behavior changes are REMARKABLE! ~ The Rhineheart Family


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

MLS LASER THERAPY MLS LASER THERAPY Dr. Paul Bizzaro, DC 81 S Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589

Get permanent relief for you pain without drugs, shots or surgery with FDA approved Laser Therapy. Benefits include Speedy healing process, pain free, extremely safe with no known side effects. Don’t live in pain anymore. See ad on page 4.

Advanced Allergy Therapeutics (AAT) is a unique, precision-based therapy that treats the organ systems involved in an overreaction rather than the immune system. By focusing on inappropriate reactions to a harmless substance in relation to the organs systems, this highly effective therapy produces rapid, long-term results for the relief of associated symptoms.

Merging 21st century science with modern chiropractic principles.

Allergy Breakthrough Center Dr. Christine Garvey, D.C. 49 Main Street, Suite 8 • Clinton


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Amara Willey, CPO® 28 Center St., Clinton, NJ 08809 908-868-4311 Home Organizing: Business Organizing: Certified Professional Organizer® Amara Willey has a supportive, non-judgmental approach toward time management and sustainable organizing, which is based on your learning style, how your brain works, and how you move through the world and is designed to create lasting change. See ad on page 12.

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

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


Past Life Therapist, Holistic Counseling Soul Retrieval, Nutritionist, Yoga teacher Lambertville, NJ and worldwide by Skype 858-401-3144 Offering a unique experiential therapy developed over 25 years. Resolve emotional issues with a first-hand experience that is life changing and empowering. Author of Healthy is Delicious nutritional, herbal/ supplemental compassionately supporting the whole person.


BRIANNA’S NUTRITION KITCHEN LLC Brianna Sebasto 973-975-8341

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


Zophie, Psychic Reader, Advisor, Life Coach 990 Towne Plaza/Route 202 South Branchburg, NJ 908-231-0808, 908-397-7797 Naturally gifted, Zophie reads palms, auras, tarot cards, and uses crystals and healing pyramids. Individual sessions, workshops and parties. Gallery showcases crystals, antiques and other gifts. See ad on page 20.


Licensed Psychotherapist Hunterdon County 908-892-8978 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.


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

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

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


Christel Haase, Ph.D., Certified Reflexologist Main Street Massage 4 Walter E. Foran Blvd/Ste. 404 Flemington - 908-806-0266 Foot Reflexology applies pressure to reflex points to remove toxins, clear neural pathways, and improve internal organ and system functioning. Other benefits: stress/pain reduction, increased circulation, relief from insomnia, headaches, allergies, PMS, and Plantar Fasciitis. Also addresses foot discomfort from injury, tight muscles, and ill-fitting footwear. See ad on page 27.


Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338 Thermography gives a very early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem – inflammation. Early stage disease screening is an area in which thermography excels. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, or you are merely curious about the state of your health, thermography can help provide answers. Radiation-free breast and full body screenings for men and women. See ad on page 47.

Networking Party! Valley Integrative Pharmacy invites you to a Networking Party Monday December 4th, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Featuring natural products and supplements. What an incredible opportunity to meet holistic nutritionists, naturopathic doctors, holistic veterinarians, homeopaths, holistic estheticians, integrative doctors, herbalists, thermographers, health coaches, holistic dentists, energy-medicine practitioners, integrative chiropractors, compounding, integrative pharmacists, acupuncturists, Spectracell Labs, Vibrant Wellness Labs, and other like-minded people who share in the joy of our wellness community. Open to the public, as well as professionals. Exchange information, find a business link, and celebrate all this community has to offer. Free. Light refreshments and beverages served.

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75 Washington Valley Road, Bedminster, NJ 07921 â&#x20AC;˘ 908.658.4900 â&#x20AC;˘ Located next to Fresh Market Hours: Mon-Thu 9am - 8pm, Fri 9am - 7pm, Sat 9am - 4pm, Sun 10am - 3pm Natural Awakenings

November 2017


Natural Awakenings Central NJ / November 2017  

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

Natural Awakenings Central NJ / November 2017  

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