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ow life works, how the planets function, how the world turns—it’s too much for me to comprehend. How belief systems are formed, societies operate, and how relationships evolve is an ongoing process that seems too overwhelming for me to figure out. One thing I do know is “nothing is how it seems to be.” Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas, and Hurricane Irma destroying what seems like the entire Caribbean, (and, as of this writing, Hurricane Maria is on her way) have created a new level of grief that Floridians have never experienced. It gives us a peek into the unknown, and reminds us once more that we are not in charge. The universe, as we know it, has a message to us if we choose to see it that way. It seems to me the message is pay attention. As I see it Mother Earth is making a correction, cleansing itself, as she always does, and punctuating the need for balance. I have no idea about you, the reader, but in my eyes, many segments of our world seem out of balance. Polarization is not balance. Good health needs balance, mental health needs balance, politics need balance, societies scream for balance. Over the last couple of years many, many times I have heard there is a universal shift taking place. Who knows if that is true, but if it is then what does it mean? I do not know. Here is what I do know. As tragic as the destruction was and will continue to be, some good will shine through. People have been and will continue to step up, inspire and set the bar even higher for the next generation to step into. They have shown us and will continue to show us what heroes really look like. Average everyday citizens rising to a higher calling. Personal needs set aside, while everyday heroes demonstrate and lay down a model of compassion, empathy, disregard for self, and highlight the art of spirituality. These heroes are as strong as these hurricanes. Their force expands in a way that may be hard to understand yet is simple at the same time. They will touch lives, and through that those lives may be changed forever. They will give hope where there was none. Their acts of kindness will make a difference. What is this power they possess? It is Love. Pure, without conditions—just love. Sometimes there is no answer, sometimes there is no logic, but love is easy to see in its purest form, especially when it comes in the form of a Hero. For all the people who volunteered, for the charities of good, for every person who said one prayer, put one penny in a jar at the cash registers as you checked out—we can only thank you! Helping others, joining hands with the connected link of life is a primary key to restoring the balance. In the end, it is love that makes a difference. With peace, love and laughter,

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esearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, studied the impact of music therapy on 60 patients that had undergone spinal fusion surgery. Half received a 30-minute music therapy session, along with standard postoperative care, within 72 hours of surgery. The other half received only standard care. The scientists used the visual analog scale to measure pain before and after music therapy in both groups concurrently. The patients receiving music therapy experienced average pain level reductions from 6.2 to 5.09, while the control group averaged slight increases in pain, from 5.2 to 5.87. “The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care. Certified, licensed music therapists can tailor treatment to each patient’s musical preferences and address their pain level.”

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WALKING REDUCES SYMPTOMS OF DEMENTIA

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esearchers from the Creighton University School of Nursing, in Omaha, Nebraska, studied 2,303 healthy postmenopausal women to determine whether a link between vitamin D and cancer existed. The treatment group comprised 1,156 women receiving 2,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D3 and 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day for four years. The 1,147 women in the control group received placebos for the same duration. Within the study timeframe, 64 women from the placebo group were diagnosed with some form of cancer, while only 49 subjects from the treatment group faced a cancer diagnosis. This represents a small, but significant reduction in the cancer rate for those taking vitamin D3. Further analyses of the levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the blood revealed that the women that developed cancer had substantially lower levels of this vitamin than the subjects that remained healthy.

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esearchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, followed 108,630 U.S. women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study between 2000 and 2008, comparing their mortality rates with the amount of vegetation around their homes. The researchers also accounted for related risk factors such as age, socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and smoking behaviors. They concluded that subjects living in the greenest areas had a 12 percent lower mortality rate than those living in the least lush areas during the study period.

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leven counties in New York instituted restrictions on trans fatty acids in restaurants in 2007. Researchers from Yale University School of Medicine used data from the New York State Department of Health statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System and U.S. Census population estimates to determine the impact of these restrictions on the health of the community; they compared the 11 counties that had the restrictions to 25 counties without them. The scientists concluded that hospital heart attack admissions were significantly lower for the 11 counties with the restrictions. 16

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study from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, examined the impact of regular walking on people with vascular cognitive impairment, the second-most common form of dementia. The ailment occurs when blood vessels become damaged by cardiovascular disease, impeding good blood circulation and making the brain work harder. The researchers scanned the brains and conducted computerized decision-making and attention tests on 38 people with mild, early forms of vascular cognitive impairment. Half of the subjects were asked to participate in supervised, one-hour walking sessions three times per week for a six-month period. The remaining subjects did not walk. After six months, the walking group showed improvements in both blood pressure and brain function, with their brains requiring less effort during the decisionmaking and attention tests.

Experts suggest walking 6,000 steps a day to improve health and 10,000 steps a day to lose weight.

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ennsylvania native Anthony “Tony” Kenton was never one who just accepted simple explanations to the enigmas of life and human existence. During his high school and college years, he questioned the status quo educational structures and religious leaders in which he came into contact, and that got him into a lot of trouble with educators and other authority figures. His quest to dig deeper into the mysteries of our world eventually led him to metaphysics—a philosophy that explores the fundamental nature of reality. “Many educational structures and religions failed to offer guidance or alternate positive thought, and instead often encouraged submissive behavior and conformity,” Kenton observes. “Even studies in philosophy only provided a learning process. Unfortunately our society and culture do not provide all the answers to life and our physical reality. To understand life, we must first understand that man is a spirit, experiencing a human physical life.” While Kenton didn’t believe those establishment systems were entirely bad, he felt their practices limited people to the idea that they have no control over their own lives and fates. “I just couldn’t buy into the dogma of organized religion, so I sought other avenues,” he relates. “First, I read a lot and found a number of books to guide me on my search, and I found that metaphysics provided a lot of answers. Still not finding all I wanted to satisfy my own questions about spiritual journeys and our origins, I wrote my own 18

book, Who Am I? Where Am I? What Am I Doing Here? A textbook for Life, Living, and Reality. Actually, the book wrote itself. It is a long book of questions, answers and technical data. The book basically was designed to help me understand what life is all about. The title of the book is the same questions that an amnesia patient would ask after waking up. In addition, it’s also a howto textbook for life, living and reality.” Over the years, Kenton has worked full-time running his manufacturing business, Nova Finishing Systems Inc., but metaphysical practices were and have become part of his everyday life. He was involved with and became president of the New Hope Channelers Support Group (now known as New Hope Metaphysical Society), an organization started by Bill Tomaszewski in 1990. When Tomaszewski moved to England, Kenton, along with John and Amy Gialuco, managed the organization at different times; however, disagreements over structure and goals led Kenton to forge connections with other metaphysical practitioners and form his own metaphysical group, The Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment (SME) in 1999. “I like to run an organization of equals, and we were having some difficulties on deciding where we were headed,” he recalls. “That’s when I gave operations back to John and Amy, and founded SME with Rose Moyer, a spiritual and gifted medium.” The SME group promotes togetherness and spiritual bonds throughout eastern Pennsylvania through events

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such as Spiritfest and Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair. SME also networks throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with other like-minded groups and organizations, all of which promote creative loving, caring and sharing. The study of metaphysics has grown over the years to encompass astrology, meditation, self-help, psychic abilities, numerology and other holistic practitioners. “There are a lot of ways to help the physical body and mind exist in this physical realm, and these disciplines all help in life’s journey and growth,” Kenton says. Kenton and the board of six directors at SME are excited about their annual fall event, Spiritfest, which takes place this year from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 28, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 29. Kenton and his fellow SME members try to seek out the most engaging and informative guest speakers, services, products and people who promote the value of oneness of all. SME also hosts the Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair every June, and proceeds from both our events are donated to charities and interfaith churches. Regarding the expos, Kenton says, “One of our strong suits is the quality of our speakers. We try to line up the most interesting and challenging speakers that we can get. We were the first organization to recognize John Schaeffer, who authored a number of books and invented the Holographic Acupressure Therapy Discs. He’s an amazing person, and his products are very helpful for pain relief and energy enhancement, which are


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Fermented Foods Revival

Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig

Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.

Grassroots Groundswell

“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

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Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farmers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.

How Much Is Enough?

Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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A Few Fermented Recipes to Start by Judith Fertig

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ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plant-based recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart

This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with

Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.) Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion.

freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole. ½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water

Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.)

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grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar.

After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.

Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically.

Vegan Kefir

Yields: about 1 quart

The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream.

Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plantbased milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost.

Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.

Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups

1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional)

Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy.

Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner.

Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir

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1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with foodsafe weights or a jar or bowl of water. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months.

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How do you suggest that a newbie tree-watcher start learning how to see trees more intimately?

Trees are very much alive in winter. When leaves fall off, they leave behind little pointed leaf buds. You can cut them open and find tiny green leaves encapsulated which remain unfrozen, waiting to open up in the spring. Twigs in winter show leaf scars where the leaves dropped. We can also witness the diverse life in and on trees in all seasons. That includes bugs, plants, fungi and parasites, in addition to the animals that nest in them and eat their fruits and nuts. I once found a round ball on an oak tree that turned out to be a wasp gall for its offspring, its larvae hanging in the middle.

Read a book like Seeing Trees, then get up, go out and observe trees in real time, at different times of the year and track what they do. Take pencil and paper and draw them, or take pictures. Start by exploring trees in your backyard or a nearby park. Share a quality magnifying glass to encourage youngsters to get closer to the trees, too. Challenge them to find flowers, fruit or spots where last year’s leaves fell off. Kids love that. I visit schools and have kids go out and collect fallen tree debris that we look at together.

What makes some of your favorite trees so distinctive? Red maples make an early entrance in spring, their flowers appearing before the leaves, and drop their “helicopter” seeds in spring to germinate before anything can eat them. In spring, an entire hill will turn red with these maples, but it’s not their leaves; it’s the trees’ flowers, getting ready to drop their showy red dresses on the ground before anything else is blooming. You can learn a lot about trees by seeing what’s on the ground through their life cycles. Sycamore, for example, has both male and female flowers. The female flowers develop into fruiting seedpods that dry out and hang on through winter until a spring wind blows them apart.

How are tree-viewing skills transferrable to other aspects of our lives? The skill of observation is vital: moving from looking to seeing. At a party, you can just mindlessly chatter with people or you can really see them—what their bodies, gestures and emotions are communicating. Labels and names get in the way of seeing things as they are. Stop labeling things or worrying about what they are called; as in meditation, just relax into observing, to embrace things as they are. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

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Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.

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Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

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times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

Do Less, Experience More If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau

Move Beyond Comfort

“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Metaphorically, travel can feel like torture at

Journey Jump-Offs

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at AyanaJourneys.com explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen EscapesIntl.com specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via Holocene.io/travelers features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at MuddyShoeAdventures.com offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n OuterTravelsInnerJourneys.com connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau (PhilCousineau.net) hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible Travel.com offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website Transformational.travel conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers.                                                                                 n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (wwoof.net) links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

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When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of

clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

Drive Home Transformation

Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau.

Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via WarmShowers.org, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts.

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4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service (nps.gov). Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at RetreatFinder.com. 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit FarmStayUS.com to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via CouchSurfing.com, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities.

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Adventure travelers named transformation and an expanded worldview as top motives for their explorations. ~Adventure Travel Trade Association The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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BUILDING BETTER BONES Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health by Kathleen Barnes

Success in the quest for stronger bones is possible at any age.

Start and Stay Young

“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally

giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

Optimal Bone Exercises

“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in

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Thousand Oaks. “Bone responds to exercise much like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such


strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

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The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors. For more information, visit Tinyurl.com/BoneDensityTest.

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Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weight-bearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime.

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Yoga doesn’t involve bouncing or jumping for the most part, but it can be helpful in maintaining strong bones, says Sherri Betz, a Santa Cruz, California, physical therapist and Pilates and yoga instructor. “Poses, including the tree, chair, warrior, triangle, half moon and sun salute, need to be as dynamic as possible and focus on leg strengthening and spine extension.

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Choosing a Chiropractor How to Find the Best One by Marlaina Donato

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hiropractic medicine is known for its non-surgical approach to chronic pain and other musculoskeletal conditions, but also has much more to offer. However, finding the right doctor can be as daunting as shopping for a comfortable pair of shoes. Here, three reputable practitioners talk about securing individualized care and getting the most out of chiropractic.

Address Specific Needs

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Clarifying the desired outcome is helpful, because some clients are just looking for a quick fix to reduce pain, while others may be seeking overall better health, lasting wellness and an improved quality of life. “Due to insurance issues, we’ve become known as pain doctors, but that’s not the full extent of chiropractic,” explains Dr. Michelle Robin, owner of Your Wellness Connection and the educational DrMichelleRobin.com website, in Shawnee, Kansas. “Also, you can see more than one chiropractor, as each has their own strength.” Dr. Michael Aho, of Crosstown Chiropractic, in Chicago, agrees. “Chiropractic care encompasses many styles, so one of the biggest variables

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is the type of treatment the doctor uses. Most offices commonly treat neck, midback and low back pain. If you have a specific shoulder, knee or foot problem, you may want to find a doctor that frequently treats those issues. If you are pregnant, choose a chiropractor that has experience working with pregnant women.” “There are more than 140 different chiropractic techniques. Some are light touch, while others are aggressive. Some are hands-on and some use instruments for adjusting. It’s important that the doctor’s approach resonates with your nature,” advises Dr. Jackie St.Cyr of the Innate Chiropractic Healing Arts Center, in Houston. Robin advises that sitting in a doctor’s reception room to just observe and trusting our intuition is helpful before moving forward with a consultation.

Ask Questions

First, find out if a chiropractor has embraced either a conventional medical or holistic model, and then delve more deeply to find the right approach and level of care. “Ask how long a doctor has practiced and their governing philosophy. Do they treat the full spine


or focus on the point of pain, and what range of techniques do they apply? You want them to know your spine before they adjust it; make sure they conduct a new patient exam,” suggests St.Cyr. An exam may include a thermography scan and X-rays. Helpful questions include what to expect during the initial visit, recommended frequency of treatment, the desired doctor’s office hours and how treatment might benefit a particular condition. Because most chiropractic offices offer compatible treatments, also ask about complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage therapy, heat therapy, and interferential current therapy using minute electrical pulses for deep tissue pain relief.

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“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care, you always need to do something for your spine every day, be it stretching, other exercise or good nutrition.” She notes that everyone’s response to chiropractic is different. “Be realistic. If you’ve experienced injuries or accidents, it will take longer, and your healing might look different from that of someone else that is free of injuries and follows a healthier diet. Sometimes people give up on chiropractic instead of finding a chiropractor that is good for them. You wouldn’t give up going to the dentist, and the same should apply to chiropractic care.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.

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ave you ever experienced a deep, powerful longing to create significant transformation in your life, and yet found it to be surprisingly difficult? Are you on a quest to explore the evolution of human consciousness? The reason we struggle to gain enlightenment seems to lie, at least in part, in our physiology. Specifically, in the fact that our lower brain is “hard-wired” for survival and is dominated by the “fight or flight” impulse. It creates a state of hyper vigilance, stress and anxiety in which anything new is seen as lifethreatening. Our lower brain, focused solely on survival, does everything it can to resist or prevent change, dutifully sounding the internal stress alarms. It is poorly suited for the complexities and ever-increasing pace of modern living, nor is it equipped to dissipate stress and generate forward momentum. Clearly, it’s time to break free of the lower brain’s dominance, and a groundbreaking new modality is leading the way. Pioneered by Dr. Michael Cotton D.C., it’s known as Higher Brain Living, and it centers on the concept of “enlightenment physiology.” Utilizing a light-touch technique, a Certified Facilitator introduces contacts specifically designed to liberate energy blocks throughout the body and to create a surge of energy to the part of the brain known as the prefrontal cortex, or “Higher Brain.” Humans generally only harness between 10 to 15% of this latent potential. As this latent part becomes more energized, it creates

observable shifts in neuroplasticity and brain activity consistent with Higher Order levels of thought and coherence. It’s even measurable during EEG studies. The prefrontal cortex sends organized neuronal connections to other parts of the brain while releasing stress, tension and anxiety. This newly energized Higher Brain generates waves of energy that promotes focus and a deep sense of purpose while creating the conditions necessary for profound personal transformation. It promotes increased access and receptivity to higher states of consciousness that meditators and monks have sought for so long. Furthermore, these advanced states seem to hold the potential of ushering a sustainable shift in brain evolution. This is what sets Higher Brain Living apart: it addresses brain physiology, as the

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Decaying Autumn Leaves Feed Summer Gardens In many parts of the U.S., autumn brings fallen leaves, and the benefits of composting can be extended via leaf molding. “You get new leaves every year. You don’t need to take leaves to a landfill or burn them,” advises Lee Reich, Ph.D., a garden and orchard consultant in New Paltz, New York (LeeReich.com). Digging or tilling leaves into garden beds and containers, using them as mulch, fosters natural soil conditioning, supplies beneficial nutrients and enriches earthworm habitat. PlanetNatural.com estimates that 50 to 80 percent of tree nutrients end up in their leaves. According to FineGardening.com, “Leaf mold prevents extreme fluctuations in soil temperature, keeps the soil surface loose so water penetrates easily, retains soil moisture by slowing water evaporation and stimulates biological activity, creating a microbial environment that helps thwart pests.” One method comprises piling leaves in a corner of the yard or in a wood or wire bin at least three feet wide and tall. Thoroughly dampen the entire pile and let it sit, checking the moisture level occasionally during dry periods and adding water if necessary. Another option is to fill a large plastic bag with leaves and moisten them. Seal the bag, and then cut some holes or slits for airflow. Check every month or two and add water if the leaves are dry. Either way, the decomposition process for most leaves can take six to 12 months; DIYNatural.com reports that some leaves, like oak, can take up to three years to decompose. Hasten the process by mowing the leaves a couple of times before adding them to the pile or bag; turning them over every few weeks with a shovel or garden fork; or covering the contained pile with a plastic tarp to keep the leaves wetter and warmer.

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Ceremony, ritual and the sacred. Deep in our collective human memory lie countless spring and harvest festivals, ceremonial or religious events, meals and celebrations that included a strong sense of passage, initiation and the sacredness of all life. Use one as a springboard to add meaning to a contemporary gathering.

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Collective problem solving. People bond into a community when they participate in solving a real-world community problem, helping someone in need or addressing a situation that demands a community solution. Consider using Robert’s Rules of Order or other guidelines for discussions that maintain civility, discourage competitiveness and peacefully resolve conflicts in order to reach consensus.

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Elders. Shared history, respect and affection are vital to belonging. Adults coping with a high-stress, industrialized culture might tend to find elders’ stories slow-moving and boring, but they are a critical resource for our collective survival. Beware of the “star from afar” syndrome that posits outsiders as experts, rather than honoring and developing our own community resources, which won’t disappear at the end of an event.

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Gifts and sharing. As we focus on creating a sharing society versus a gimme culture, it’s nice to give small gifts such as a plant or garden flower, organic seeds or regifted items to event attendees. It’s a simple way to help everyone feel valued, appreciated and welcomed. The key is keeping events local, simple and created by the community for the community. Many hands make light work, and some of the best community events cost the host little, while everyone involved brings their own chair or blanket, serving ware and potluck dish.

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Shopping. People have been bonding through meeting others in the marketplace since ancient times. Sales or silent auctions are popular when the money paid becomes a gift to the community.

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A little excitement. Raffles and door prizes add fun as long as any money raised goes into the common coffers as a gift to all. Child care. Children provide a necessary source of untamed energy and entertainment for any gathering. Multigenerational exchanges also help form and shape them through exposure to role models and life education, even if they might not feel engaged at the time.

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Dance and body movement. Modern society makes us sit a lot. Physical action connects us in a way nothing else can. Beauty and music. Our eyes and ears are portals to the soul and spirit of the human psyche. Even a simple drum can bond individuals into a coherent group. Community singing can be powerful

medicine, as places of worship ever demonstrate. A simple flower on the table or painting on the wall brings powerful archetypal energies to bear as we come together. An outdoor meeting brings nature’s magnificence to our senses, adding extraordinary power to events.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 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. Beth@InSightHolisticHealth.com. Meetup.com/New-Jersey-Reiki-Circle. “Connection: We Want It and Need It, but How Do We Get It?”-10:30am. 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. 609-924-8422. CSLPrinceton.org.   Make Your Own Mala Beads-2-4pm. Learn about Mala: the spiritual qualities of gemstones, mantras and healing techniques. Participants will make their own. $40. Preregistration required. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@BeHereNowYoga108.com. BeHereNowYoga108.com.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2 Business Spotlight & Card Exchange–5:307:30pm. Enjoy a glass of wine as we spotlight spa owner and host Irene Leavy. Learn more about the Natural Life Business Partnership. First meeting free. b.jones Organic Spa, 62 South St, Morristown. Register: TheNaturalLife.org.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 The Science of Stress Workshop-7pm. Learn how it works and how to beat it. Stress hormones, lack of sleep and increased physical demands can wreak havoc on your entire system. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd, Ste 101B, Lawrenceville. 609-512-1468. PrincetonIH.com.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 Morning Meet & Greet in Basking Ridge-

plantoattend QI HEALER INTENSIVE 6-DAY SEMINAR October 20-22 and October 27-30 Instructors Janet Oussaty and Joe Zakszewski.

Qi Gong for Healing Center 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren.

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calendarofevents All calendar events for the October 2017 issue must be received by September 10th and adhere to our guidelines. Email kathy@NaturalAwakeningsCNJ.com for guidelines and to submit entries. 8:30-10am. The Natural Life Business Partnership morning breakfast meeting. No formal presentations, just a chat with like-minded community of business people. First meeting free. Panera Bread, 25 Mountainview Blvd, Basking Ridge. Register: TheNaturalLife.org.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 ECOpen House-2-5pm. Event showcases HT’s municipal organizations including Environmental Commission, Saddler’s Woods Conservation Association and more. Cooking demos, refreshments. Free. Haddon Township Environmental and Historical Center, 143 E Ormond Ave, Haddon Twp. Information: 609-529-3085. CSM1024@gmail.com. Intuitive Readings with Jessica McKay-12-3pm. By appointment. Receive insight for inspiration, support and encouragement to life’s questions. $45/15 min. $90/30 min. eZential Wellness, 1300 Prince Rodgers Ave, Bridgewater. 908-526-0002. eZentialWellness.com. 6 Overlooked Causes of Autoimmune Disease11am. Explore the causes and what you can do to empower yourself on your healing journey. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd, Ste 101B, Lawrenceville. 609-512-1468. PrincetonIH.com. Caregiver Workshop-9:30-11:30. Theme: Facing the future by defining the present. Instructor: Beth Scibienski. Through writing, meditation and group reflection, participants will recognize and define the needs, dynamics and concerns we face as caregivers. $12. $20/both. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd, Kendall Park. 732-419-3551. SandHillsWellness@gmail.com. SandHillsWellness.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 “Power: We Want It and Need It, but How Do We Get It?” -10:30am. 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. 609-924-8422. CSLPrinceton.org.  

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 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, Kintnersville, PA. 908303-7767. Barry@HypnosisNJ.com. HypnosisNJ. com. Lose Weight with Hypnosis–7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off. $45. Palisades High School, 35 Churchill Rd, Kintnersville, PA. 908-303-7767. Barry@ HypnosisNJ.com. HypnosisNJ.com. Better Sleep with Hypnosis–8:30-9:15pm. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? Leave life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $45. Palisades High School, 35 Churchill

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10 Fall Flower Show-7:15pm. Presented by: The Horticultural Society of South Jersey. Meet Harold Dambly and learn about hydroponic gardening. Free. Carmen Tilelli Community Center, 820 Mercer St, Cherry Hill. Information: 856-816-8508. HSSJ.org. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis–6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. $59. South Brunswick High School, 750 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Jct. 908-303-7767. Barry@HypnosisNJ.com. HypnosisNJ.com. Lose Weight with Hypnosis–7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off. $59. South Brunswick High School, 750 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Jct. 908-303-7767. Barry@ HypnosisNJ.com. HypnosisNJ.com. Better Sleep with Hypnosis–8:30-9:15pm. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? Leave life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $59. South Brunswick High School, 750 Ridge Rd., Monmouth Jct. 908-303-7767. Barry@HypnosisNJ. com. HypnosisNJ.com.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Micronutrient, Hormone, Thyroid, Omega, MTHFR Testing-3-6:15pm. Testing by Spectracell Labs. Most insurance accepted. Appt required. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-658-4900. ValleyPharmacyRX. com. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis–6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. $55. Upper Merion Community Center, W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia, PA. 908-303-7767. Barry@HypnosisNJ. com. HypnosisNJ.com.

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Sample a variety of holistic modalities and meet experienced practitioners.

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Lose Weight with Hypnosis–7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off. $55. Upper Merion Community Center, W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia, PA. 908-3037767. Barry@HypnosisNJ.com. HypnosisNJ.com. Better Sleep with Hypnosis–8:30-9:15pm. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? Leave life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $55. Upper Merion Community Center, W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia, PA. 908-3037767. Barry@HypnosisNJ.com. HypnosisNJ.com.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Homeopathy and Back to School-7pm. Homeopath: Cindy Virganini Rounsaville. Issues include anxiety, test-taking, public speaking, homework, sleep issues and more. Free. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd, Bedminster. RSVP: 908-658-4900. Janet@ValleyPharmacyRX.com. ValleyPharmacyRX.com. EnergyManagement-7-8pm.Leave specific techniques you can use right away to have more than enough time and energy to do everything you want to do. $20. The Room at Meadbrook, 4089 Durham Rd, Rt 412, Ottsville, PA. Register: OrganizeNJ.com/ events. Reiki Share–2 Sun., 4 Mon. 7pm. Instructor: Reiki Master, Diana Davis. Connect with your angels, open your intuition and natural spiritual abilities. $15. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@ BeHereNowYoga108.com. BeHereNowYoga108. com. nd

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9:30-11:30am. Testing by Vibrant America Labs. 99% sensitive and specific. Appt required. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-658-4900. ValleyPharmacyRX. com. Soul Shamanism 101-Oct 14-15. 10am-5pm. Instructor: Janet StraightArrow. Learn to live from heart and soul through direct experience. Tools, teachings, practice and initiations. $325. Pay: PayPal.me/JanetStraightArrow. BeTheMedicine. com.

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Mindfulness Workshop -11am-12:30pm. Living mindfully: manage your busy life. $40. eZential Wellness, 1300 Prince Rodgers Ave, Bridgewater. 908-526-0002. eZentialWellness.com.

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Free Intro To RYT200 Teacher Training-1pm. Deepen your practice, find your voice and start your journey with Yoga Alliance recognized teacher training. Registration required. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@BeHereNowYoga108.com. BeHereNowYoga108.com.

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Learn about Ananda Hemp-2:30pm. 100% legal, federally compliant, full-spectrum cannabinoid, non-psychoactive products. Free. Registration required. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@ BeHereNowYoga108.com. BeHereNowYoga108. com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 “Joy: We Want It and Need It, but How Do We Get It?” -10:30am. Center for Spiritual Living Princeton is a warm, dynamic community of spiritually-minded people. Followed by refreshments and conversation. Princeton Masonic Lodge, 345

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River Rd (Rt. 605), Princeton. 609-924-8422. CSLPrinceton.org. Meditation & Healing Circle-3-5pm. Guided meditation, crystal singing bowls, ancient healing chants with Rafael Benedicto. $20. eZential Wellness, 1300 Prince Rodgers Ave, Bridgewater. 908-526-0002. eZentialWellness.com. Mother/Baby Shower-12-3:30pm. Free carseat check, maternity tours, free infant CPR. Education Center at University Medical Center of Princeton, 1 Plainsboro Rd., Plainsboro. Register: PrincetonHCS. org/Calendar.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 Celiac, Leaky Gut, Food Sensitivity Testing4:30-6:30pm. Testing by Vibrant America Labs. 99% sensitive and specific. Appt required. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. 908-658-4900. ValleyPharmacyRX. com.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Digestion and Mood Disorders Seminar -7pm. Naturopath: Jason Frigerio. The role of the micro biome in anxiety and depression. Free. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd, Bedminster. RSVP: 908-658-4900. Janet@ ValleyPharmacyRX.com. ValleyPharmacyRx.com Growing Garlic, Sowing Shallots Seminar-7-8pm. Basics needed for gardeners of all levels to plant now and harvest next summer. Free. Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave, Collingswood. 856-425-2221. GMOFreeNJ.com. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis–6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. $48. West WindsorPlainsboro South High School, 346 Clarksville Rd, Princeton Jct. 908-303-7767. Barry@HypnosisNJ. com. HypnosisNJ.com. Lose Weight with Hypnosis–7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off. $48. West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School, 346 Clarksville Rd, Princeton Jct. 908-3037767. Barry@HypnosisNJ.com. HypnosisNJ.com. Better Sleep with Hypnosis–8:30-9:15pm. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep? Leave life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $48. West Windsor-Plainsboro South High School, 346 Clarksville Rd, Princeton Jct. 908-303-7767. Barry@HypnosisNJ.com. HypnosisNJ.com. The Science of Stress Workshop-7pm. Learn how it works and how to beat it. Stress hormones, lack of sleep and increased physical demands can wreak havoc on your entire system. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd, Ste 101B, Lawrenceville. 609-512-1468. PrincetonIH.com.

have roots in hidden dynamics within your family. $10. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Registration required: KerryKayHealing@gmail.com. 609-273-1378. FeedingAllWhoHunger.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 Qi Healer Intensive 6-Day Seminar-Oct 2022, 27-29. Instructors: Janet Oussaty and Joe Zakszewski. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd, Warren. Information: 908-6351822. QiGongforHealing.com.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 “The Divine Provider, Thinking about How to Get a Buck” -10:30am. 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. 609-924-8422. CSLPrinceton.org. Tibetan Singing Bowls: Sound Mediation-4-5pm. Healing modality used worldwide for meditation, music, relaxation and personal well-being. Instructor: Denise Mihalik. $25. Registration required. Be Here Now Yoga, 63 Main St., Ste 202, Flemington. 908-642-0989. Karen@BeHereNowYoga108.com. BeHereNowYoga108.com.

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Soul Organizing & Nature Amble–9-10am. Nature teaches us a lot about order. Walk with Certified Professional Organizer and Time Shaman Amara Willey and get motivated. Hunterdon County Arboretum, 1020 NJ-31, Lebanon. Meeting at the gate to the gardens. Questions: 908-868-4311.

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

Family Support Organization of Mercer County 3333 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 400 Hamilton, NJ 08619

Energy Medicine for Self-Care and Wellness -7pm. Presenter: Sue Anne Seccia-Harnden, Energy Medicine Practitioner. Free. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd, Bedminster. RSVP: 908-658-4900. ValleyPharmacyrx.com

6 Overlooked Causes of Autoimmune Disease11am. Explore the causes and what you can do to empower yourself on your healing journey. Princeton Integrative Health, 134 Franklin Corner Rd, Ste 101B, Lawrenceville. 609-512-1468. PrincetonIH.com.

Sunday Service with Author, Denny Daikeler10am. Denny Daikeler. author of “Messages: Flowing with Synchronicity” delivers the message, followed by a workshop. Unity Spiritual Center, 453 Bellwood Ave., Asbury (physically located in Pattenburg). 908-730-8792. UnitySpiritualCenter.org.

2-day program of the history, benefits and practical application of Laughter Yoga for health and well-being. Become certified to lead your own laughter club and provide Laughter Yoga to community and businesses alike. No experience necessary, just a willingness to be playful and have fun. $295.

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Get ready to “Turbo-Charge” your Evolutionary Momentum while having fun at thisTransformational Immersion Retreat Day! Registration is essential: $159 until 10/15; late registration ends 10/23. RSVP to: mslaurenjoyce@msn.com / 646-712-2423 Info: 908-754-4480 HBLDrConte.com/WhatIsHBL

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Shamanic Journey Study Group–7pm. Come journey with us to the lower world to meet our spirit guides using the vehicle of the drumbeat. Suggested Donation: $15 Register: @AmaraHeals on Facebook. Thermography Medical Imaging-Testing by Lisa Mack. Appt required. Valley Integrative Pharmacy, 75 Washington Valley Rd., Bedminster. Lisa: 609618-6545. ValleyPharmacyRX.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 Suppers Program at Sand Hills Community Wellness Center—6:30-8:30pm. Theme: Discussion on diabetes. Learn to cook, taste, and feel your way to vibrant health. Shared cost of meal plus small donation. Sand Hills Community Wellness Center, 57 Sand Hills Rd., Kendall Park. Maryann: 732-419-3551. TheSuppersProgram.org. FeedingAllWhoHunger.com.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 Reiki I Training & Certification–2-day class: Oct 28 & 29, 1:30–6:30pm. Instructor: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. Learn ancient art of healing and self-empowerment. Beginner level. $200. EZential Wellness Center, 1300 Prince Rogers Ave, Bridgewater. Register: eZentialWellness.com/Reiki. Beth@InSightHolisticHealth.com. Meetup.com/ New-Jersey-Reiki-Circle. 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 “Boo! Facing What Scares You!” -10:30am. 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. 609-924-8422. CSLPrinceton.org.  

planahead 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-Diabetes7–8pm. Free. West Windsor Library, 333 North Post Rd, Princeton Jct. 609-275-8901.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 HypnoBirthing Class-9:30am-12pm. Nov. 4-Dec. 2. $195/couple. Community Education & Outreach at the Hamilton Area YMCA. 609-897-8991. PrincetonHCS.org/Calendar. 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@ gmail.com. SandHillsWellness.com.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 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 West Windsor Public Library, 333 N Post Rd, Princeton Junction. Info: 609-799-0462. Carol: 609-306-1711. EFT4AllOfUs. com.

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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. EFT4AllOfUs.com.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10 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.  

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Awakening to Higher Brain Living Retreat-10am5:30pm. 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: MsLaurenJoyce@MSN. com. 646-712-2423. 908-754-4480. HBLDrConte. com/WhatIsHBL.

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Hatha Yoga–7:15-8:15. Taught by Tracey Yagos. $12. Calm Water Wellness & Yoga Center, 2378 Rt 33, Robbinsville. 609-259-1547.

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@ gmail.com. Chronic Condition Support – Daily. By appointment. Struggling with a chronic condition or feel nowhere else to turn? Work to balance energies and create customized strategy for you. Appointments at the Inn at Laurita or own home. Call Siobhan: 602-1048.

sunday Kundalini Yoga & Meditation –9-10:30am. $16. Class packages available. Calm Water Wellness & Yoga Center, 2378 Rt 33, Robbinsville. 609259-1547. 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. CSLPrinceton.org. 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. UnitySpiritualCenter.org.

monday 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. Yoga-N-Pilates.com. Beginner Yoga-6pm. 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. YogaCentralNJ.com. Teens-Only Yoga 5-6pm. Meditation and mindfulness for the new school year. $50/teen 10-class pack; first two classes free & work-exchange available. Registration recommended. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140. IYCCPrinceton.org. 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. Yoga-N-Pilates.com.

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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 QiGongforHealing.com. 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 QiGongForHealing.com. 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: 908-6351822. JOussaty@comcast.net. More information at QiGongforHealing.com. 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. 908-6471563. More information at QiGongforHealing.com.

tuesday Beginner Yoga-7:30pm. Is it time you took care of yourself? New to yoga? Try it out! $16/drop-in. Yoga Central, 953 Rt 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. YogaCentralNJ.com. 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 QiGongforHealing.com. Pilates Mat with Props—6pm. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. Yoga-N-Pilates.com.  Kundalini Breathwork & Meditation w/Healing Gong–9:15-10:30am. Powerful tools for developing ones intuition, vitality, and connectivity, taking us beyond the mind to where we can follow our hearts. $12. Evans Chiropractic, 3679 Nottingham Way, Hamilton. 609-586-9199. Qigong on the Mountain–6-7:30pm. Recognize incoming health ailments and eliminate them effectively before they grow into health issues. $20 or purchase 6 get 1 free. Strawberry Hill Mansion, Baldpate Mountain, 28 Fiddlers Creek Rd, Titusville. 609-742-3140. Tai Chi–7-8pm. Comfortable, generous, light and stable. All levels are welcome to attend. Evans Chiropractic, 3679 Nottingham Way, Hamilton. 609-586-9199. Teens-Only Yoga–7-8pm. Meditation and mindfulness for the new school year. $50/teen 10-class pack; first two classes free & work-exchange available. Registration recommended. IYCC, Princeton Shopping Center, 301 N Harrison St, Princeton. 609-454-3140. IYCCPrinceton.org.

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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. YogaN-Pilates.com.

wednesday 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. More information at QiGongforHealing.com. 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 QiGongforHealing.com. Slow Flow Vinyasa-5:30-6:45pm. Calm Waters Wellness & Yoga Center, 2378 NJ-33, Robbinsville. 609-259-1547. Info@CalmWatersNJ.com. CalmWatersNJ.com. Qigong for Stress–11:30am-12:30pm. This class is adaptation of Shaolin Song Shon Kung Fu. Not fighting, but lots of kicking, punching, stamping and screaming. For those in good shape who need to maintain emotional balance. $20/class or buy 6 classes and get 1 free. Integrated Fitness, 215 N Main St, Pennington. 609-742-3140. Kundalini Meditation–7-8pm. Learn to quiet the mind and calm the heart. Meditation is like going to the gym for your mind. $10. Calm Water Wellness & Yoga Center, 2378 Rt 33, Robbinsville. 609-259-1547. Yin Qigong–7-8:30pm. Challenges focus, concentration and coordination while helping achieve a clear, undisturbed mind. Learn to move energy along Meridians to promote healing of internal organs and systems. $20/class or buy 6 classes and get 1 free. Integrated Fitness, 215 N Main St, Pennington. 609-742-3140. 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. SandHillsWellness.com. Pilates Mat with Props—10am. Amazing and challenging class will tone your entire body! Incorporates weights, Thera-Bands, Magic Circles and classical Pilates Mat exercises. Premier Pilates and Yoga, 53 Mountain Blvd., Warren. 908-754-5901. Yoga-N-Pilates.com.  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: 908-3921313. More information about Qi Healing: 908-6471563 or QiGongForHealing.com. A Course in Miracles Study Group – 7-8:30pm. This is an ongoing group whose purpose is to support


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offsite. 908-730-8792. UnitySpiritualCenter.org. Kundalini Breathwork & Meditation w/Healing Gong–9:15-10:30am. Powerful tools for developing ones intuition, vitality and connectivity, taking us beyond the mind to where we can follow our hearts. $12. Evans Chiropractic, 3679 Nottingham Way, Hamilton. 609-586-9199. Kundalini Yoga & Meditation–7-8:30pm. Awaken your consciousness, confront your ego and drop your fears. Instructor: Nirmal Nam Kaur. $16. Class packages available. Calm Water Wellness & Yoga Center, 2378 Rt 33, Robbinsville. 609-259-1547. Community Book Discussion-7pm. Debby Irving: Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race. Discover how to be a part of the solution to the injustice of White Privilege. Christ Presbyterian Church, 1600 Washington Valley Rd, Martinsville. ChristChurchEmerging.org. Multi-level Yoga-4:30-5:45pm. Instructor: Donna McMullin, RYT200. Miss rush-hour traffic and get totally relaxed. $16. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. YogaCentralNJ.com.

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. YogaN-Pilates.com.

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B e g i n n e r Yo g a w i t h B e t h Yo u m a n s , E RYT500-9:30-10:45am. Is it time you took care of yourself? New to yoga? Try it out! $16/drop-in. Yoga Central, 953 Rt 202 N, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. YogaCentralNJ.com.

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Thai Yoga Bodywork- 12-6pm. Calm Waters Wellness & Yoga Center, 2378 NJ-33, Robbinsville. By appt: 609-259-1547. Info@CalmWatersNJ.com. CalmWatersNJ.com. Kundalini Breathwork & Meditation w/Healing Gong–8:30-9:30am. Powerful tools for developing ones intuition, vitality and connectivity, taking us beyond the mind to where we can follow our hearts. $12. Evans Chiropractic, 3679 Nottingham Way, Hamilton. 609-586-9199. 3 Step Qi Gong–9:30-11am. Three exercises, which can be performed in 10 minutes, and will keep you well. Personal Qi Gong training is also available. $25/person. Registration preferred. Healing Touch Healing Movement, 178 Tamarack Circle, Montgomery. 609-742-3140. Kundalini Yoga & Meditation–10-11:30am. $16. Class packages available. Calm Water Wellness & Yoga Center, 2378 Rt 33, Robbinsville. 609-2591547. Meditation – 11:30am-12:30pm. With Beth Youmans, PhD, E-RYT500. You can quiet your mind and meditate! Informal, experiential and supportive. Experienced and beginner welcome. $16. Drop-ins welcome. Yoga Central, 953 Rt. 202 North, Branchburg. 908-707-0759. YogaCentralNJ.com.

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 WellnessofWarren@gmail.com. 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@ cslmorristown.org 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.

Community Acupuncture with Michael Gonzales—4:30-7pm. Not a class- instead a time to lie down and experience a relaxing, affordable, healing acupuncture session.  Sliding scale, minimum $25. Michael Gonzales: 908-392-3468. Qi Gong for Healing Center, 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren. More information at QiGongForHealing.com. Joel S. Goldsmith/Infinite Way Study Group—1011:45am. 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. UnitySpiritualCenter.org. 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. YogaCentralNJ.com.

friday 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. YogaCentralNJ.com.

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communityresourceguide Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our community. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide email Publisher@NaturalAwakeningsCNJ.com to request our media kit.

ACUPUNCTURE ACUPUNCTURE WORKS CENTER

Kristin A. Dudley L.Ac. 84 Park Ave, STE G-103C, Flemington, NJ 08822 973-979-1652 AcupunctureWorksCenter.com 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 26.

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CHINESE HEALING ARTS QI GONG FOR HEALING

Brian Coffey LMT, and Fran Maher CA 67 Mountain Blvd., Warren 908-647-1563 QiGongForHealing.com 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 7.

CHIROPRACTIC MLS LASER THERAPY

AYURVEDASHRAM HOLISTIC WELLNESS CENTER

Dr. Paul Bizzaro, DC 81 S Main St, Yardley 215-493-6589 DrPaulBizzaro.com

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 12.

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.

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HOLISTIC CONSULTANT Craig Reichert Bordentown 917-280-2648 CraigReichert3@gmail.com

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.

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COMMERCIAL KITCHEN CHERRY STREET KITCHEN 1040 Pennsylvania Ave, Trenton CherryStreetKitchen.com 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.

DESIGN / WEBSITE DIGITAL MAESTRO

Paul B. Taubman II 908-219-8018 Paul@DigitalMaestro.com DigitalMaestro.com 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 45.

EDUCATION BE THE MEDICINE

Janet StraightArrow 973-647-2500 Janet@BeTheMedicine.com BeTheMedicine.com 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.

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Visit ExtremeKleaner.com 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, page 56.

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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.

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ENERGY HEALING EFT (TAPPING) PRACTITIONER Carol Bemmels, M.Ed. Hopewell 609-306-1711 CBemmels@mac.com EFT4AllofUs.com

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.

RAYKI LOVE

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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.

GIFTS/NATURAL,HANDMADE GAIA’S GIFTS

Ellen Perkins 76 E. Washington Ave., Washington, NJ 908-223-1331 • GaiasGiftsNJ.biz 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 19.

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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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HOLISTIC CHIROPRACTORS EVANS CHIROPRACTIC

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SAMSARA CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER

Dr Jennifer Redmond 1 Eastern Ave., Second Floor East Somerville, NJ 08876 908-300-8800 DoctorRedmond.com 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 35.

HOLISTIC DENTISTS PRINCETON CENTER FOR DENTAL AESTHETICS Dr. Ruxandra Balescu, DMD Dr. Kirk Huckel, DMD, FAGD 11 Chambers St, Princeton 609-924-1414 PrincetonDentist.com

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 31.

HOLISTIC PRACTITIONER EZENTIAL WELLNESS

1300 Prince Rodgers Ave, Bridgewater 908-526-0002 • ezentialwellness@gmail.com eZentialWellness.com 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.

HYPNOSIS/HYPNOTHERAPY HYPNOSIS COUNSELING CENTER

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 • HypnosisNJ.com 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 7.See ad on p

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INTEGRATIVE HOLISTIC CONSULTANT Sunny van Vlijmen 4444 Rte 27, Kingston 609-275-3881 TreatYourselfToHappy.com 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 40.

INTEGRATIVE/FUNCTIONAL MD INTEGRATIVE HEALTH & WELLNESS ASSOCIATES Minal Vazirani, MD 112 Town Center in Warren (844) 5-HEALER • (844) 543-2537 dr.mvazirani@ihwa-nj.com minalvaziranimd.com ; 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 23.

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

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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Donna Russo intuitivehealer1@gmail.com http://heartsoulintuitive.weebly.com/ 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.

LIFE COACH RADIANT LIFE COACHING

Barbara Steingas, BS, MA 908-391-4463 Barbara@radiantlifecoach4u.com RadiantLifeCoach4u.com 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@bodybewellmassage.com BodyBeWellMassage.com Lauren Curtis, LMT is a New Jersey State Licensed massage therapist, who specializes in various forms of massage, including Oncology, Pregnancy, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Medical, Aromatherapy, and Chair massage. She is also trained in Foot Reflexology and Reiki.

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MEDITATION/SPIRITUAL CENTER FOR HEALING AND EMPOWERMENT

Phyllis Livera 732-882-9676 CenterForHealingAndEmpowerment.com 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.

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

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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.

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Amara Willey, CPO® 28 Center St., Clinton, NJ 08809 908-868-4311 amara@organizenj.com Home Organizing: OrganizeNJ.com Business Organizing: AmaraWilley.com 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 10.

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

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 THERAPY/ NUTRITION KATHLEEN DOWNEY, CSCP, HHP

Past Life Therapist, Holistic Counseling Soul Retrieval, Nutritionist, Yoga teacher Lambertville, NJ and worldwide by Skype 858-401-3144 CoreLevelHealing@gmail.com CoreLevelHealing.net 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.

PERSONAL CHEF BRIANNA’S NUTRITION KITCHEN LLC Brianna Sebasto 973-975-8341 info@briannasnutritionkitchen.com BriannasNutritionKitchen.com

“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.

PSYCHIC/INTUITIVE PSYCHIC GALLERY

Zophie, Psychic Reader, Advisor, Life Coach 990 Towne Plaza/Route 202 South Branchburg, NJ 908-231-0808, 908-397-7797 zophiepeace777@hotmail.com PsychicGallery.com

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PSYCHOTHERAPY/ENERGY HEALING/COUNSELING

BOBBIE LYNN EDWARDS, M.ED, LPC

Licensed Psychotherapist Hunterdon County 908-892-8978 Are you looking for clarity and focus on the direction of your life? The skill of combining 35 years of traditional psychotherapy techniques along with the integration of spiritual philosophies can assist in your healing. I work with children, adolescents and adults, couples and families who are dealing with challenges such as anxiety and depression, behavior difficulties, and general dissatisfaction of current life situations. Call for information on workshops and speaking engagements.

CHRISTEL HAASE REFLEXOLOGY

Christel Haase, Ph.D., Certified Reflexologist Main Street Massage 4 Walter E. Foran Blvd/Ste. 404 Flemington - 908-806-0266 ChristelHaase8@gmail.com 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 36.

THERMOGRAPHY REIKI & HYPNOSIS ALICE RICH REIKI CENTER

Alice Rich, Certified Master Teacher Usui Reiki Ryoho, Karuna Reiki®, Crystal Healing Certified Hypnotist 732-501-7628, alice@AliceRichReikiCenter.com AliceRichReikiCenter.com 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.

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

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.

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Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338 lisa@lisasthermographyandwellness.com LisasThermographyAndWellness.com 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 17.

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