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The Holistic Dental Center Working Together with Other Holistic Practitioners to Create a True Holistic Approach to Your Health


team approach to your overall health and it starts at the Holistic they don’t see, I do, and vice versa, seeing dental infections and Dental Center in Millburn, New Jersey, with their highly skilled how they can affect organ systems through meridians or directly and team of trained professionals in holistic and biological dentistry. From utilizing the benefits of networking with a holistic practitioner can and their award winning doctors and their state of the art technology to does make all the difference in patient care…I wouldn’t have it any their use of ozone and self-healing therapies, they are committed other way,” Dr. Gashinsky says about working with other practitioners. to not only treating your dental related symptoms, but also, the root So if you’re looking for an approach that is inclusive of all aspects cause thereby eliminating disease and promoting optimal health. of holistic care, visit Dr. Gashinsky and his team at The Holistic Dental Little did conventional practitioners know so many years ago that Center in Millburn, New Jersey. It’s their priority to ensure complete it took more than just looking at the mouth. A generation ago there holistic care by promoting the benefits of holism. “It’s not just your was a disconnect, a thought that our mouth and teeth had no bearing teeth anymore,” as he says, “It never was,” but now they have the on the health of the rest of our body. Now more and more research ability to not just treat overall disease but truly prevent and promote has been showing that there is a strong connection between dental whole body wellness. disease and systemic health. Dr. Gashinsky, Holistic Dentist, has always known that. A holistic approach to health is multifaceted, so he Other than being a dentist for 40 years, Dr. Vladimir Gashinsky, is a has built a network of healthcare practitioners to assist his patients in certified nutritional consultant, Accredited by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, SMART certified and a Naturopathic obtaining their desired level of optimal wellness. doctor “My passion for learning is never complete, I will continue to Working hand in hand with Naturopaths, Functional Medicine research and learn the latest in alternative treatments and team up practitioners and many others in the field of holistic medicine has with the best in the fields of holistic and alternative medicine to bring expanded Dr. Gashinsky’s ability to help more people. “I find it to be my patients the best treatments available, this I can assure you.” incredibly fulfilling to work synergistically with these practitioners to be able to improve patients’ health so dramatically. Some are coming Holistic Dental Center is located at 91 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, to me so very sick and by working together we’re seeing drastic New Jersey. For more information, call (973) 457-4688 or visit improvements in their quality of life,” says Dr. Gashinsky. Dr. Gashinsky feels strongly in the need to practice in such a manner as to take patients whole health into consideration. So much so, that he traveled to Switzerland this past spring to visit the Paracelsus Clinic and Swiss BioHealth Clinic; two healthcare models that promote the oral-body connection, to study their holistic approach to patient care. Dr. Gashinsky says, “To truly practice holism; the thought that everything is understood in relation to the whole and not just its parts, it’s important to remember that when treating a person it’s not just what one practitioner does, but how they can work together to improve the final outcome.” “Finding and working with like minded practitioners to help my patients has not only been professionally satisfying, but also on a personal level knowing that my patients are being well taken care of,” say Dr. Gashinksy. “Finding and addressing the root cause of disease in all our disciplines is the key to success in our patients’ health. What __________________________________________ A D V E R T O R I A L __________________________________________

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Expecting Perfection


’m always amazed at the amount of time we devote to criticizing ourselves. It seems to me we give this cranial activity way too much power. Our areas for self-criticisms are usually quite predictable—the ways we have somehow failed to be perfect in social interaction, parenting, work and public image. Why is it so important to us that we present this Joe Dunne, Publisher perfect person? Certainly, some things are worth striving for, and the journey toward achieving a great outcome can bring out the best we can be. There is much merit in doing things right and holding ourselves accountable. But “perfect” is a hard and often impossible expectation. It always leads to dissatisfaction in self. And expectations don’t end with ourselves… they expand to include others. We are often harsh to those we should be nurturing the most, expecting them to be perfect. But the perfection we demand is not “their” perfect, it’s “our” perfect. Consider the sad results of parents and coaches expecting a perfect understanding of baseball from 9-year-olds. Or when you hire a person for one task or talent and then become disappointed that they can’t do all the other things you need. The expectations can’t be met—the person is incapable of delivering the outcome you expect. Disappointment is overwhelming, and the downward spiral of self-criticism continues. Here is a great quote by Einstein: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” This describes expectations in a nutshell. In keeping with this awareness, I’d like to prompt everyone to consider the expectations you have of yourself. Then, try to lighten up on yourself. Just like self-criticism spreads to others, so does being gentle with yourself. It may not seem like a big step, but it is a step in the right direction. If we want peace in the world, let’s start within. With peace, love and laughter,

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Inclusion Festival Returns in August


nclusion Festival, billed as the nation’s first and only sensory-friendly music and wellness festival, is an event designed to include and accommodate people of all ages and abilities. Attendees are invited to participate in a variety of educational and wellness workshops, enjoy sensory-friendly live music, engage in mindfulness practices and build supportive connections. The festival will be held August 9 through 11, at Mountain Sky Festival Grounds, in Jermyn, Pennsylvania. Music festivals evoke feelings of joy, connection and open-mindedness, and present powerful platforms for inspiring social change. However, large crowds and loud music can limit opportunities and enjoyment for individuals living with sensory-processing issues like autism, ADHD and anxiety. This unique event, developed around the ideas of accessibility, inclusion and compassion, not only benefits those with special needs, but also strengthens the well-being of society by demonstrating what is possible when communities recognize and embrace the potential contribution of all people. Amy Pinder, who co-founded the event with Leah Barron, shares, “We all have special gifts and talents, and we all have a purpose. I believe it is our responsibility as a society to support one another (with love, understanding, respect and compassion) along our path to identify, cultivate and actualize our purpose, so that we, individually and collectively, can experience true happiness and be free from fear and anxiety.” Location: 63 Still Meadow Lane, Jermyn. Tickets, sponsorships, volunteer and vending opportunities are available at For more information, call 716-204-8881 or email

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Polka Dot Café Opens at Columbia Trail


ature enthusiasts who walk or bike the Columbia Trail in High Bridge are in for a treat with the opening of the Polka Dot Café. The café is owned and operated by Christina Lynn Whited, wellknown in the area for her longstanding One Spirit Festival, as well as the esoteric classes and spiritual consultations that have defined her for years. She explains, “Our mission is to provide good, basic, comforting food in a warm, fun atmosphere. The overlay of spiritual energy is a bonus for those who are sensitive to the energy.” Besides that, it’s just a great place to get a cup of coffee or tea and relax. The Polka Dot Café specializes in breakfast sandwiches as well as grilled cheese, chicken salad and almond or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Artisan soda, ice creams and homemade dog biscuits are made in the café’s kitchen. They locally source as many products as they can and also support local entrepreneurs, selling High Bridge honey, goat milk soap and lotion and organic bug sprays and sun screens. The café is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the hours may change depending upon the needs of the clientele. Outdoor seating is available as well as bicycle parking. Grab your sneakers and head on over to the Polka Dot Café on the Columbia Trail! Location: 76 Main Street, High Bridge. For more information, call 908-638-9066 or visit

Against-All-Odds: True Stories of Spiritual Healing


n My Life with God, Dr. John Gerard Gallucci presents a compilation of against-all-odds spiritually and metaphysically based true stories that demonstrate how God and a healing spirit move and work through our lives. Through his work as a pediatric surgeon, Gallucci shares the essence of what it means to live and work in a spiritual-metaphysical world of healing while rendering gold standard surgical care to premature infants, babies and children. In a world filled with anxiety, pain and heartache, My Life with God illustrates what can be accomplished by allowing God’s river of love and light to flow regardless of how difficult some challenges may seem or how improbable finding a silver lining on the darkest cloud may appear. Throughout its pages, Gallucci shows how seeing others with the eyes of the heart and offering them love and compassion renders true healing. John Gerard Gallucci, M.D., is a board-certified, awardwinning pediatric and neonatal general and thoracic surgeon who has held the designation of “Top Doctor” in his home state of New Jersey for many years. He is also a reiki master, energy healer and prayer warrior. My Life with God is available online at, Amazon. com,, and For more information, see ad on page 38.

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or those interested in helping people make the changes they desire to live happier, more fulfilled lives, consider the fascinating field of hypnosis. With the general public becoming more mind and body aware, the need for hypnotherapists increases every year. As a Certified Instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists, Susan Lembo, of Effortless Hypnosis, is offering a ten-day certification course starting in September. Hypnosis uses guided imagery and progressive relaxation to bring people into a relaxed and receptive state of mind where they are open to suggestions that will allow them to make changes in their behavior and reach their goals. It’s like a reboot for your subconscious mind. This is a comprehensive, practical certification offered through the largest and oldest hypnosis organization in the world. It is a 100-hour course, with 75 hours spent in formal training and practice together, and 25 hours of documented self-study and practice. After successful completion of the course, graduates will be qualified to practice as a hypnotherapist.  Susan also offers personalized tapping and hypnosis sessions customized for weight loss, smoking cessation, stress, pain management and more.  Location: White Oak Center, 283 Sparta Avenue, Sparta. For more information and to register, call 908-246-3096, email or visit or See ad, page 17.

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terminal cancer diagnosis turned corporate business woman Lynette Denson into a warrior for wellness. She created Tru Nature Yoga and Wellness Center, in Lake Hopatcong, as a way to fulfill her life’s purpose as she works through her breast cancer diagnosis. What makes Tru Nature so unique is its total mind, body and spiritual approach to optimal health and wellness through its 5 Pillars: breathe, move, meditate, nourish and heal. Denson explains, “We believe that the mind, body and spirit are equally important in health and wellness, and when these parts are balanced and centered, a person can live a more purpose-filled life.” The studio offers a variety of yoga and group fitness classes to keep the body strong, but also focuses on meditation classes, educational workshops, monthly events and certifications. Take advantage of the spa and book a massage, facial or body wrap or take a break in the new Himalayan salt sauna room. The unique meditation room boasts four meditation swings suspended from the ceiling where guests can sit and meditate while enjoying the aromatherapy from the herb wall garden. Tru Nature Yoga and Wellness will be offering a yoga teacher training course beginning in September. Private consultations are available and early registration ends on July 31. Location: 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong. For more information, call 862-8039252, email or visit See ad, page 18.


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In further confirmation of the importance of the gut-brain axis, 18 Italian students at the University of Verona from ages 18 to 33 that took a freezedried mixture of four probiotics for six weeks experienced less depression, anger and fatigue compared to a control group of 15 that consumed a placebo. The positive effects continued, as discovered in follow-up testing three weeks later. The probiotics group also slept better. The probiotic bacteria blend of 4 billion colonyforming units included Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus plantarum and Bifidobacterium longum.

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Seniors that ate more than 10 grams—about two teaspoons—of nuts a day were able to ward off normal cognitive decline and even improve their cognitive functions by up to 60 percent, according to University of South Australia researchers. The study was based on 22 years of records of 4,822 Chinese adults ages 55 and older; 17 percent of them ate nuts every day, most often peanuts. These seniors had as much as 60 percent improved cognitive function compared to those that didn’t eat nuts, and they showed better thinking, reasoning and memory. “Nuts are known to be high in healthy fats, protein and fiber with nutritional properties that can lower cholesterol and improve cognitive health,” says study author Ming Li.

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With the aid of a new infrared camera technology called optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA), early Alzheimer’s disease can be detected by checking the back of the eyes for weakened and decreased blood vessels, reports a new study. Northwestern Medicine researchers reached the conclusion by comparing the vessels in the eyes of 32 people that exhibited the forgetfulness typical of early-stage Alzheimer’s with those of another 32 people with normal cognitive


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abilities. The vascular changes were detected non-invasively, without the need for dyes or expensive MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans. The technology quantifies capillary changes in great detail and with unparalleled resolution, making the eye an ideal mirror for what is going on in the brain. Early detection of Alzheimer’s is critical because existing therapies are more effective if they are started before extensive brain damage and cognitive decline have occurred.


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Take B12 to Help With Parkinson’s New research has found the basic micronutrient vitamin B12 may be the first good tool for averting the hereditary form of Parkinson’s disease, which accounts for about 15 percent of such cases worldwide. In lab tests, an international team of scientists found that AdoCbl, one of the active forms of vitamin B12, inhibits the activity of a mutated enzyme linked to Parkinson’s. Inhibiting this enzyme appears to help stabilize dopamine release in the brain. Dopamine deficiencies manifest in the muscle rigidity and tremors that are hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s. Another recent study from the University of California San Francisco that included nonhereditary Parkinson’s patients found that symptoms worsened more quickly in early-stage patients that had low B12 levels than in those with higher levels of the vitamin.

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Alarm Sounded

Ireland Declares Climate Emergency

The Republic of Ireland is the third country worldwide to declare a climate emergency, with both the government and opposition parties agreeing to an amendment to a climate action report. “We’re reaching a tipping point in respect of climate deterioration,” says Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton. “Things will deteriorate very rapidly unless we move very swiftly, and the window of opportunity to do that is fast closing.” The UK governments of Wales and Scotland have also declared climate emergencies. Suggested responses include limiting oil and gas exploration, and issuing an additional biodiversity emergency measure.

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Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Suffolk have found a diverse array of cocaine, pharmaceuticals and pesticides in UK river wildlife, as described in a study published in Environment International. The team collected samples of freshwater shrimp from five catchment areas and 15 different sites across the agricultural county of Suffolk. Cocaine was found in all samples tested, and other illicit drugs, pesticides and pharmaceuticals were also widely recorded in the survey. Dr. Leon Barron, from King’s College London, notes, “Such regular occurrence of illicit drugs in wildlife was surprising. We might expect to see these in urban areas such as London, but not in smaller and more rural catchments. The presence of pesticides that have long been banned in the UK also poses a particular challenge, as the sources of these remain unclear.”


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Producing pure hydrogen is expensive and energy intensive, but a research team at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, at Princeton University, used sunlight to pull hydrogen from industrial wastewater by using a specially designed chamber with a “Swiss cheese”-like black silicon interface. As reported in the journal Energy & Environmental Science, the process is aided by bacteria that generate electrical current when consuming organic matter in the wastewater; the current, in turn, aids in the water splitting. It “allows us to treat wastewater and simultaneously generate fuels,” says Jing Gu, a co-researcher and assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at San Diego State University. The scientists say the technology could appeal to refineries and chemical plants, which typically produce their own hydrogen from fossil fuels and face high costs for cleaning wastewater.

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Dangerous Dozen Produce to Avoid Piyaset/

The 2019 Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce ( DirtyDozen-Clean15List) highlights increased pesticide use on up to 70 percent of conventionally grown

U.S. produce. Several different types of pesticide, insecticide and fungicide residues are present on many fruits and vegetables.

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Greenhouse Gases Hit Landmark Certainty that we are facing a climate crisis today and not just in the future was reached in May through an alarming milestone in carbon dioxide levels. Data from the Mauna Loa Observatory, in Hawaii, shows that the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached 415 parts per million, the highest ever recorded. However, environmental organizations charge that ominous news like this is not being communicated to the public to the degree warranted. While the CBS, NBC and ABC nightly TV news reports combined devoted nearly 18 minutes of coverage to the birth of the royal baby between May 6 and 12, airtime regarding climate change and extinction during the same period only amounted to one minute and 21 seconds, and only on CBS. For more information and to get involved, including signing a petition to demand that the media cover the climate crisis and extinction more frequently and in greater depth, visit

The Dirty Dozen list includes strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery and potatoes. The clean 15 list includes avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, frozen sweet peas, onions, papayas, eggplant, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, cauliflower, cantaloupes, broccoli, mushrooms and honeydew melon. The EWG advises that eating organic produce, especially for pregnant and nursing mothers and young children, should be a national priority. July 2019


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Midsummer is prime time for outdoor family meals, barbecues and picnics. Selecting the healthiest food, along with eco-friendly materials in preparing for the fun feasts, can fulfill a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle and conserve resources at the same time.

n According to, charcoal grilling of meat can expose us to two potentially cancer-causing compounds—polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons that form when fat from meat drips onto hot coals and are “deposited on food courtesy of flame-ups and rising smoke,” and heterocyclic amines that “are produced when red meat, poultry and fish meet high-

heat cooking.” Instead, consider using a closed-flame gas grill to reduce exposure to toxins and cook fresh and organic fruits and vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, onions and mushrooms. n Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warn against eating shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish due to high levels of mercury, and to consume no more than six ounces of albacore tuna per week for the same reason. Some studies point to avoiding farmed salmon due to potentially high amounts of PCBs. Bypass larger fish of the food chain; look for those that have earned the Marine Stewardship Council or Aquaculture Stewardship Council labels. n The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently estimated that between 30 to 40 percent of all food in the country is wasted. To improve this situation, use glass containers instead of plastic bags to store leftovers. Also consider sustainable food wraps like Bees Wrap ( Made from beeswax, organic cotton, jojoba oil and tree resin, they seal and conform to the shape of whatever food is being stored.


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The Herbal Connection


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ummer is an ideal time to add a healthy dose of fresh, organic herbs to make cool salads, luscious smoothies and other hot-weather eats and treats. Herbs are not only a flavorful addition to any meal, they are also chock-full of health benefits, from lowering blood pressure and improving mineral balance to increasing immune support, hydration, energy and healthy skin. Most people consider using herbs in small amounts as seasonings for recipes such as spaghetti sauce, soups or desserts. However, they are edible plants, just like kale and spinach. Although they tend to have strong flavors when dried, fresh herbs are usually quite mild and can be eaten in large amounts like any other vegetable.

Cool Benefits “Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings,” says Nathaniel Whitmore, a Chinese medicine herbalist and shiatsu massage practitioner in Milford, Pennsylvania. An herb that he recommends for this time of year is American ginseng, which, unlike its Chinese namesake, is considered a “cooling” herb and helps keep the body moist. When combined with fresh chrysanthemum flowers, the result is a powerful elixir that both hydrates and energizes. “A piece of American ginseng root and a few chrysanthemums placed in a jar of water and set on a windowsill for a few days makes a great cold infusion,” says Whitmore. “You can store it in the fridge for a few days and drink it in small amounts at a time to benefit from its energizing and hydrating properties.”

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Soft-stemmed herbs such as parsley and dill can be used in large amounts in salads and summer sandwiches. Other heat-tolerant herbs that are easy to grow include lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, mint and basil. “Lemon balm is great for headaches and insomnia that are common during summer heat waves,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D., an herbalist and doctor of natural medicine, in Ontario, Canada. “Basil can help reduce summer achiness,

while lavender serves as a relaxant and an excellent bug repellant.” In addition to relieving headaches and restlessness, lemon balm is also beneficial for those that suffer from high blood pressure. A study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine reports that it is helpful in reducing blood pressure in patients with chronic stable angina. Rosemary, another herb used for sleep disorders, was found to also help improve memory and decrease anxiety in a study conducted in Iran at the Kerman University of Medical Sciences.

Summertime herbs are important for dealing with the heat and humidity that the season brings. ~Nathaniel Whitmore One study in 2009 by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Allahbad, in India, revealed that polyphenols found in herbs and plants harbor antioxidant properties that can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative disorders.

Fresh Is Best While herbs can be used in their extracted and dried forms, the most significant health benefits are often found in the raw, organic plant. “Fresh is better,” says Whitmore. “This is especially true when it comes to the more aromatic plants such as basil and lavender. A lot of the more volatile constituents are lost during the drying process.” Most herbs grow best in dry garden areas that receive at least eight hours of sun each day. Although some herbs can grow in partially shaded locations, they won’t be as flavorful. Many herbs can also be grown in containers or pots. Maria Noël Groves, a clinical herbalist in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and author of Grow Your Own Herbal Remedies: How to Create a Customized Herb Garden to Support Your Health & Well-Being, lists lemon balm, Korean mint, anise hyssop and purple basil as among her favorite summer culinary and beverage herbs that are easy to grow in pots. These make easy pickings for wraps, salads, sandwiches and more. “Lemon balm can also be used to make infused water,” says Groves. “With lemon verbena, lemon grass or holy basil, the result is refreshing and calming.” Just take a few sprigs and place them in either plain or seltzer water. The result is a delicately flavored beverage that’s also healthy and hydrating. Kajsa Nickels is a freelance writer and a music composer. She resides in northeastern Pennsylvania. Contact her at Fideleterna45@ 18

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Lemon Balm Vinegar This infusion can be used in place of plain vinegar in summer salad dressings. According to the Journal of Medicine, lemon balm is helpful in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Combining it with apple cider vinegar adds extra health benefits to the mix, including digestion enhancement, detoxing and inflammation reduction. 2-3 cups fresh lemon balm, washed 1 qt apple cider vinegar Add coarsely chopped lemon balm leaves and stems to a 32-ounce mason jar. Add vinegar until lemon balm is completely covered. Allow to sit in a cool, dark place for two to four weeks before straining. From the book Be Your Own Herbalist by Michelle Schoffro Cook. Used with permission from New World Library.

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A Beginner’s Guide to

Medical Marijuana


ince 2012, medical marijuana has been legal in New Jersey and it’s been playing a crucial role in relieving patients’ numerous conditions inadequately controlled with more traditional approaches. However, “It’s important to not get ahead of the science with regards to medical marijuana,” said Dr. David Boguslavsky, a Bridgewater family physician who is registered with the state to perform medical marijuana evaluations. “Although there is mounting evidence that medical marijuana can be an effective modality to treat a number of conditions, it is unlikely to be a ‘panacea cure-all’ that many wish it to be.” The doctor emphasized that medical marijuana should be thought of simply as another treatment option for clinicians and patients. “Medical marijuana, like many other tools in a clinician’s toolbox has the potential to help patients feel better and lead more active, productive lives,” he continued. It has been shown to help those with chronic lower back pain, inflammatory bowel disease, glaucoma, anxiety and migraines. In the realm of


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pain control this is a far safer alternative to opioids that always carry a risk of destructive addiction.” In New Jersey, with the debate raging about whether to legalize recreational marijuana, the number of residents using medical marijuana is still small compared to other states where medical marijuana is permitted. According to the New Jersey Department of Health, only roughly .2 percent of the state’s population have participated in the medical marijuana program. California and Maine have the highest percentage of residents in medical marijuana programs at 3.15 percent, reports the Marijuana Policy Project, which estimates that there are 2.2 million patients nationwide. Of the 30 states where medical marijuana is legal, New Jersey ranks near the bottom in resident participation. The most common medical condition for which medical marijuana is recommended in New Jersey, according to state statistics, is intractable skeletal spasticity. That accounts for 40 percent of all patients in the program since 2012. The

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second most common diagnosis is severe or chronic pain (21 percent) followed by post-traumatic stress disorder (9 percent), inflammatory bowel disease (8 percent) and terminal cancer (6 percent). Unfortunately, obtaining medical marijuana is not easy in New Jersey. The process starts with a visit to a physician who is registered with the state Department of Health to perform marijuana evaluations and make marijuana recommendations. They’re not called prescriptions because that would be a violation of federal law, which still prohibits the use of marijuana. Boguslavsky sees prospective patients for an hour-long intake visit where a detailed medical history is taken, medical records are reviewed, a physical exam is performed and the determination is made whether the patient qualifies for participation in the state’s Medical Marijuana Program. Urine drug screen is obtained to weed out at-risk patients with active cocaine and heroin use. Patients bring their relevant medical records, their driver’s license and a proof

healing with nature’s pharmacy of residency because the state is strict in establishing the identity of residents admitted into the program. The cost of the initial consultation is $270. At the second visit, about a week later, Boguslavsky reviews the test results with the patient and talks with the patient about what previous experience, if any, they had with marijuana. After synthesizing all the patient information, a monthly dose of medical marijuana is determined. That monthly dose typically ranges from a half ounce to two ounces, the maximum legal dose. Greater than half of Medical Marijuana Program participants are seniors, who need help learning how to select and use this properly. Many have not consumed marijuana for decades whereas others may have never used it at all. This is why the education plays such a crucial role in the process, with patients getting proper guidance along the way. Once approved by the doctor, the patient registers with the state by going online and uploading the necessary documentation. A short while later, the patients receive their own Medical Marijuana card that allows them to go to a dispensary where they’ll get additional education and can purchase the marijuana. The patients follow up regularly with the doctor to monitor their progress and to adjust dosing if necessary. Boguslavsky, who also performs acupuncture, said he believes that skepticism about the effectiveness of medical marijuana will fade as more and more medical practitioners become aware of its benefits. When he started practicing, acupuncture was met with skepticism among other doctors who followed what Boguslavsky calls “traditional Western medicine,” but over time, more and more doctors began referring their patients to him for treatment. So far, Boguslavsky said, most of his patients have been “extremely positive” about the impact of the medical marijuana on their health.

For many of Boguslavsky’s patients, medical marijuana has been a godsend. One patient explained, “I’ve tried various medications for pain and chronic insomnia, all of which were mostly unsuccessful because of nasty side and after-effects, along with potential issues of dependence. Nothing gave me relief without the downside. Ultimately, I just suffered endlessly without relief.” That frustration led her to explore the benefits of marijuana. She continues, “I finally decided to look into cannabis, as recommended by so many others who have experienced success. This turned out to be a long-awaited solution. Relief has been provided with no side effects! I can function again.” After a person has obtained their identity card from the state, they are free to visit any of the six medical marijuana dispensaries, or what the state calls “alternative treatment centers”, in New Jersey, located in Woodbridge, Cranbury, Egg Harbor Township, Montclair, Secaucus and Bellmawr. Boguslavsky believes that as the use of medical marijuana becomes more acceptable, the state will need to authorize more dispensaries, which are strictly regulated by the state. That may also lead to an eventual reduction in prices as supply and competition increase. Recent expansion of the Medical Marijuana Program should take the number of dispensaries from six to twelve, with a new dispensary approved to open in Phillipsburg. For those looking to free themselves from migraines, chronic pain or anxiety, medical marijuana may be an unexplored safe and effective treatment option. To see if the condition qualifies for participation in the Medical Marijuana Program, the first step begins with a call to Dr. Boguslavsky. Location: PremierMD, 757 Route 206, Bridgewater. For more information, call 908-450-7002 or visit

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Wonder Weed

Cannabis is enjoying a renaissance of sorts, and one new application for hemp, the no-buzz industrial variety used in fabrics, oils and foods, is cleaning nuclear radiation from toxic soil and removing metals like cadmium, lead, mercury and other pollutants via phytoremediation. Allison Beckett, a cultivation expert at, says, “Industrial hemp has been used in areas of high radiation, such as Fukushima, [in Japan,] with promising results. Not only does hemp pull toxic, heavy metals from the soil, it actually improves soil structure, making it usable as productive farmland again. Plus, hemp is a vigorous plant that absorbs CO2 rapidly, making it an encouraging solution to climate change.” Hemp phytoremediation has been used in Italy to clean up the small town of Taranto, where a steel plant has been leaking dioxin into the air and soil. The Pennsylvania Industrial Hemp Council and Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, are running a project to test the process in an arsenic-contaminated area in Upper Saucon Township that once harbored a zinc mine.

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Try Cordyceps to Strengthen the Lungs People suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, can breathe easier by taking the Chinese medicinal fungus Cordyceps sinensis, a new meta-analysis shows. Researchers at the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine conducted a review of 15 high-quality studies that involved 1,238 COPD patients and found that cordyceps significantly improved lung function, exercise endurance and quality of life with no report of any serious adverse effects. Cordyceps, which is said to relax and open the airways, has long been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an anti-asthmatic, expectorant and cough suppressant.


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Eat Mostly Plants to Ease Gum Inflammation The inflamed gum condition known as gingivitis is fairly common and often mild, but can be a precursor of more serious periodontal disease linked to Alzheimer’s and rheumatoid arthritis. German researchers at the University of Freiburg tested 30 people: half in a control group that did not change their diet, and half that switched to a diet low in meat and processed carbohydrates and rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, antioxidants, plant nitrates and fiber. After four weeks, those on the plant-based diet had significantly less gum inflammation and bleeding. They also lost weight and had higher vitamin D levels.

Snack on Walnuts to Slow Growth of Breast Tumors

The gene expression in the breast cancers of women that ate a handful of walnuts each day for about two weeks changed in a way that suppressed the growth of the tumors, according to a small clinical study from the Marshall University School of Medicine, in Huntington, West Virginia. Five women in the experimental group with biopsies that had revealed breast cancer tumors ate two ounces of walnuts a day until their surgery two to three weeks later. Using cells taken during surgery, researchers identified 456 genes in the walnut-eating group that had significantly changed their expression and slowed tumor growth.


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Hemp to the Rescue at Detox Sites

April Linkroum &

The Natural Power of Noni by Kathy Tarbell


t age 16, April Linkroum was diagnosed with IBS and told she would need a colostomy bag by the age of 40. This prediction, although devastating, proved to be a crossroads on a journey to restored health. As Linkroum began looking for alternatives, she found hope in plant medicine. In her case, she concluded that the overuse of hormones (birth control pills) and antibiotics for urinary tract infections had created an overgrowth of candida in her intestinal track. Using homeopathic solutions and organic foods, she was able to eliminate the suffering from IBS by age 24. Her own restoration made her passionate about learning more and helping others heal their immune systems through nature. In 1996, Linkroum was introduced to noni (morinda citrifolia), an odd-looking and nutrient-rich superfood that has been used by Polynesians to stay healthy for over 2,000 years. It grows from seed to tree in nine months and can bear fruit all year with all stages of ripeness on each tree—a unique behavior in fruit trees. Even more unique is that noni contains over 150 nutraceuticals.

tion studies suggests that noni juice may provide protection against tobacco smoke-induced DNA damage, blood lipid and homocysteine elevation as well as systemic inflammation. Human intervention studies also indicate that noni juice may improve joint health, increase physical endurance, increase immune activity, inhibit glycation of proteins, aid weight management, help maintain bone health in women, help maintain normal blood pressure, and improve gum health.” Additional studies point to notable antioxidant activity in noni juice, more so than other fruit juices which served as trial placebos. It is this antioxidant effect and its interaction with the immune system and inflammation pathways that may account for many of the observed health benefits of noni juice. The juice also appears to trigger a body response to provide significant protection from cellular

damage that may occur during radiation treatments.

Next Generation Noni

John Wadsworth is known as the father of superfoods for his role in sharing the benefits of nutrient-rich plants with the world, and it all began with noni juice. He now offers a second generation juice called Nuku Hiva through Zennoa, a company he founded to bring superior superfoods to the public. Through a 50/50 fresh and fermented mix, Nuku Hiva provides increased probiotic support and includes 1500 identified phytochemicals. Linkroum now owns tCyH (Take Control of Your Health), and works with Richard Williams, MD, who is a specialist in tropical medicine. She reflects, “My primary focus is now teaching others how to use natural alternatives to obtain their optimal functioning immune system using superior superfoods for healing, prevention and overall health maintenance.” For more information, call or text April Linkroum at 908256-1937 or visit AprilsLink.

Noni in the Lab

Research has shown noni juice to have antioxidant, immune-stimulating, and tumor-fighting properties. In 2018, The National Institutes of Health published a review of human intervention studies that states, “[While] human clinical trials are necessary for a precise understanding of what the health benefits of noni juice may be, a review of published human intervenJuly 2019


Grow Healthy Topsoil

 From Soil to Gut

Growing a Dirty Healthy Life by Craig Shelton and Dr. Donald Joergens, DC


ur environment, health and future is in a tailspin. Our loss of balance with Mother Nature has resulted in a rapidly warming world where soils and foods are contaminated with poisons and depleted in life bestowing nutrients and gut strengthening good dirt. Our bodies, weakened by poorly grown, nutritionally drained foods, are subject to more debilitating illnesses as we outpace our current “disease care” system. Fortunately, Mother Nature does not require apologies—only the embrace of a dynamic balance within the natural order. The destiny of our children’s children as well as the current states of life for all is within our power to positively change. Thankfully, strong activists are rising within the greatest vocations—the

farmer and gardener. Hoisting bags of GMO-free seeds upon their shoulders while firmly grasping the tools to make beds from which a new future of foods will arise. The movement toward suburban and urban agriculture—private home gardens in the suburbs, urban neighborhoods that reclaim disused lots for edible plants, organic family farms near and far—energizes personal and community commitment to working with nature as we move away from factory farming with potash fertilizer, dead dirt, corrupted seeds, deadly pesticides and gene altering herbicides. While this movement is a key step in the right direction, there are other vital concepts to incorporate as we move forward.

All farms of 100 acres or more must be regenerative. Regenerative agriculture practices “grow” healthy topsoil instead of depleting it. It has been said that the most destructive invention of humankind is not the gun or nuclear power but the plow. Turning of topsoil not only releases carbon into the air but doesn’t allow for its recapturing back into the earth. Regenerative farming doesn’t turn the soil. Instead it incorporates the proper utilization of herd animals, management of a strong biodiversity within the root microbiome of cultivated plants and improved water cycle of the land to compel biosequestration—the capture and storage (sequestrate) of the atmospheric greenhouse gas of carbon dioxide, a main player in global warming, and returns it back into the earth! This enriches the topsoil and all that is produced from it.

Protect the Microbiome Root systems, including the fungal branches that connect plants one to another in a brain like communication, have their own and extremely necessary microbiome. A microbiome is the collection of microorganisms necessary for the health of a particular environment. The vast diversity of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses within each of us comes from the microorganisms within the soil.

Gut health is the key to overall health. ~Kris Carr


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Microbiome also means the genetics and the potential expression for healthy responses or, more likely, unhealthy reactions from the community of friends living within our gut. What is less understood is that every plant also has a gut. The soil is the gut of the plant. Soil that is healthy supports a thriving microbiome, which can be passed onto us to refresh our own gut health. Our increasing knowledge about the impact of food on our health makes caring for our food supply from the ground up critical. Determining a scientific link between food and conditions like ADD/HD, autism, Alzheimer’s, anxiety, depression, cancer and more is challenging, but those with the conditions often report improvement through a dedicated diet of food grown in healthy ways. Everyone benefits when soils are a net carbon sink. Through our food choices and farming and gardening practices we all have the opportunity to influence how soil is managed. Profitable agriculture, nutrient-dense food, clean water, and vibrant communities can be ours… if that is what we choose. Craig Shelton is CEO at AEON Holistic Agriculture, Inc., an organization formed to demonstrate that large-scale sustainable agriculture is more profitable and makes farmland more valuable than the dominant model of commercial agriculture in the U.S. today. In addition, he teaches about sustainability, agriculture and food at Princeton University. For details, visit Dr. Donald Joergens, DC, has been an innovative thinker for over 25 years. His discoveries within cutting-edge functional neuroscience and its connection with the natural world, reflect his powerful understanding of how the principles in functional brain-based methods impact the lives of all people. For more information, visit and. See ad, page 7.

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Summer Struggles of Social Media by Isabella Dussias




ummer is here, and so are all the exciting adventures that come with it. Along with having beach days and attending concerts, teens are highly active on social media during the summer months. Posting a picture of the sunset or a video of Fourth of July fireworks is surprisingly important to capturing the essence of summer in a teen’s eyes. However, social media can negatively affect teens that aren’t involved in the fun activities they view on their friends’ accounts. When interviewing a few of my peers, we came to the conclusion that social media is a great tool to connect with friends over summer vacation, but also can be detrimental to our confidence. Let’s talk about Instagram. For those that are unaware, Instagram is a popular social media site that allows users to post pictures that their followers can view and comment on. When asking a friend of mine about how Instagram has affected her, she explained that she often finds herself comparing her lifestyle and physical appearance to those of celebrities and models that are active on the site. She also mentioned that during the summer she finds herself doing this more often because of the types of posts that surface during these months. Pictures that feature celebrities’ perfect bikini bodies and expensive vacations can make teens feel the pressure to have those things as well. From a male perspective, a friend of mine explained to me that he feels he can only post certain types of pictures on Instagram that showcase his talents and physique, keeping “sappy posts” or anything too “emotional” to a minimum. This just shows how prevalent toxic masculinity is on social media. Although Instagram can be a unique tool to connect with people of the same generation, teens have to be careful of how seriously they take the content on the site. VSCO is another social media site that is similar to Instagram, but the majority of the users on this app are females, and the content is more geared toward photography. When ask how VSCO has impacted her confidence, my friend explained that it makes her feel insecure about

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being single. A lot of posts on VSCO are related to couples, whether it’s a screenshot of their text messages, or pictures of their romantic dates. There’s nothing wrong with these posts, but when girls start questioning their own lifestyles and begin to alter themselves to be deemed as more appealing, a problem arises. Is there a set answer to help solve these social media-inspired confidence issues teens face? No. But there are definitely ways we can help prevent them. The first step is realizing that on social media, people put their best foot forward. They don’t post the pictures that are unflattering. They don’t talk about their struggles, but only emphasize their achievements. For all you know, your favorite celebrity’s smile in that picture with a million likes is completely fake. Take a step back and sign out of your account for a little bit. The key to confidence is focusing on your assets and being the best version of yourself.

The Pure Joy of Play

Why Kids Need Unstructured Fun


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ot so long ago, kids would be shooed out the door to play and told to return home at meal time. But the rising use of digital devices and kids’ highly scheduled sports and school activities, as well as parental fears about safety, has made that kind of unstructured play rare—with resulting drops in children’s independence, resilience and creativity, experts say. In fact, play has been

shown to be so critical to children’s development that an American Academy of Pediatrics 2018 clinical report, “The Power of Play,” recommends that doctors write prescriptions for it. “Play is not frivolous; it is brain building,” concludes the report. It defines play as voluntary, fun and spontaneous activities that engross a child, often resulting in joyous discovery, and includes

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of American boys and 47 percent of girls are participating on organized sport teams, but three out of four kids quit sports by age 13—one major reason being, “I was not having fun.” Play, on the other hand, is based on pure enjoyment and spontaneous collaboration among kids, minus overanxious adult “sidelining”. “When children play in their own ways, they generally play cooperatively. We adults impose competition, unfortunately. Yet even in our competitive society, the really successful and happy people are the ones who are oriented toward cooperation,” says Peter Gray, Ph.D., a Boston College psychology professor and author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life.


Encourage them to take the lead. Let kids decide whether they

want to play with friends, siblings or alone. They will happily make up their own games with lots of raw materials that are on hand—blocks, balls, puzzles, crayons,

boxes, wooden spoons, old costumes and hats, sand, water, tarps and shovels. “Play is how children learn to create and govern their own activities and solve their own problems independently of adults,” says Gray. “Stated differently, it is how children learn to become adults. This value is destroyed when adults take charge of children’s activities.”


Back off from hovering supervision. It can rob them of a

sense of ownership and accomplishment. Leigh Ellen Magness, a clinical social worker and registered play therapist in Athens, Georgia, grappled with anxiety as she watched her 5-year-old son clamber up a roadside sculpture designed for climbing. “He climbed so high that my stomach flip-flopped to see him so far from me. But I knew there was no better way for him to learn the limits of his own body than to test them,” she says. Mariana Brussoni, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, Canada, concurs: “When they’re given the chance, even very young children show clear abilities to manage risks and figure out their own limits. The potential for learning is enormous.”


Don’t worry. “The data show that

children are far more likely to get injured in adult-directed sports, where they are pushed to compete, than in free play,” says Gray. “Moreover, the kinds of injuries that occur in free play are relatively easy to recover from.” As for the fear of kidnapping by strangers, the odds are very small—one in a million, according to the latest U.S. Department of Justice data. “Weigh the effect of the limits you place on your kids to prevent that very, very, very unlikely possibility versus the fundamental importance for their own health and development of exploring freedom,” advises Brussoni. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based freelance health writer. Connect at July 2019


~Wendy Coleman

Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms, works with chefs, resorts, hotels, universities and corporate clients to set up aeroponic tower gardens, such as these kale and lettuce crops.

from elementary school gardens where kids learn to grow, cook and eat nutritious food to corporate gardens inside a new office building for lender Fannie Mae’s employee café. One of its crown jewels is a 6,500-square-foot rooftop garden on the Nationals Park baseball stadium, where edible flowers end up in cocktails and organic produce feeds fine diners and VIP ticket holders. Ray grew his business organically, fueled by passion and curiosity, rather than any horticultural background. “I grew up in NYC, where I had nothing to grow on. When I moved to Florida for grad school, I had a huge backyard to play around with,” says Ray.

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he average American meal travels 1,500 miles to reach its plate, according to the nonprofit Center for Urban Education About Sustainable Agriculture. Yet, enterprising green thumbs across the country are bringing the farm back to plate’s reach, growing hyperlocal food in backyards, on rooftops, through indoor farms and more. City farming reconnects urbanites to their food sources while bettering the environment, communities, diets and health. Urban agriculture, harkening back to the Victory Gardens planted to ward off food shortages during World War I and II, is nothing new. While today’s home gardeners have staked out balconies, window boxes and vacant lots in this locavore resurgence, noteworthy pioneers are 30

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forging a path to organic urban agriculture on a commercial scale—tapping into new technologies and markets, and turning challenges like dealing with space constraints into fresh opportunities.

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Take Niraj Ray, whose company Cultivate the City is working to transform urban food deserts in the nation’s capital into thriving local food systems. “We want to get more people interested in growing their own food and show them how they can grow more with less square footage through vertical gardens and sustainable techniques like [soil-less] hydroponic systems,” says Ray. Cultivate the City manages numerous gardens for clients around Washington, D.C.,

Like many other urban farms, Cultivate the City offers a seasonal farm subscription known as a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that allows city dwellers to buy directly from local producers. Ray’s rooftop greenhouse, located on top of a local hardware store that sells his edible plants at retail, offers all the fixings for a healthy, diverse diet: hydroponic towers of leafy greens, trays of microgreens for corporate clients, specialty varieties of hot peppers for the company’s hot sauce and stacking cubes of an albino strawberry variety that Ray crossbred himself. “There are so many ways to contribute to urban farming, from aquaponics to vermicomposting; it’s about finding your niche,” he says.

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cities. “City planners and adults throughThere are so many need innovative soluways to contribute to urban out South Florida. tions like vertical farmThrough their entity ing to feed the growing farming, from aquaponics The Urban Beekeepto vermicomposting; it’s ers, the Coldwells offer population. We can grow at scale, with about finding your niche. beekeeping classes, minimum space and consult with local gov~Niraj Ray environmental impact,” ernments, sell equipsays Wendy Coleman, ment and rescue “feral who began her California-based business hives” to integrate into managed hives. LA Urban Farms in 2013. Today, Coleman’s They’ve worked successfully with parks, team works with chefs, resorts, hotels, uniairports, golf clubs and country clubs to versities, greenhouses and corporate clients put honeybee habitats on site. like Google and Ikea to set up aeroponic Urban beekeeping works in synergy tower gardens across the U.S. and Europe. with city farms, as honeybees forage up to With aeroponics, nutrient-enriched five miles for food, and in so doing polwater is pumped through a garden tower linate a lot of crops. Seventy of the top 100 to shower the roots of plants suspended in human food crops are pollinated by bees, air. “It actually uses 90 percent less water according to the Food and Agriculture than conventional growing, which is a Organization of the United Nations. “We huge benefit in a place like California, and often hear people say their garden is doing avoids any kind of agricultural runoff,” better than it has in years, thanks to the says Coleman. In conjunction with urban apiaries nearby,” says John Coldwell. farming partners, the business churns out The challenges of growing at scale are 30,000 seedlings a month using aeroponic a recurrent theme among urban farmtechnology to grow for their diverse client ers. Ian Marvy, the U.S. Department of base and working with chefs to plan seaAgriculture (USDA) outreach specialist sonal menus around their produce. for the greater New York City area, ran his Aeroponics and other innovaown urban farm, grossing six figures for 14 tive farm technologies are transforming years. However, Marvy says most farmers spaces in cities across the U.S., reclaiming growing in the city aren’t operating at a peripheral and idle spaces like alleys and profitable scale or producing enough for warehouses to grow herbs and vegetables everyone to eat local. in abundance, using 90 percent less land Even so, locally grown produce is by growing vertically, notes Coleman. a booming market in New York City. “With our gardens, diners can see their Greenmarket, founded in 1976, operates food growing at their table; they get such a more than 50 farmers’ markets, limited personal connection with their food. It’s an to vendors that grow within a 200-mile interactive way for hotels and restaurants radius, some of whom take home five to demonstrate their commitment to local, figures on a good day, says Marvy. Interest sustainable food,” she says. in growing at the community level has also mushroomed, adds Marvy, who estimates Breaking into Hives: that 90 percent of the city’s more than 500 City Beekeepers school gardens weren’t there 15 years ago when he started this work. “The USDA “I had a backyard garden that wasn’t doing so well, and I thought it was the lack of pol- has a huge opportunity here and nationally to make cities more sustainable and feed linators, so I got bees; but then I realized I more people. I’m really excited and comwas just a bad gardener,” quips master beemitted to that,” he says. keeper John Coldwell, of Fort Lauderdale. While urban agriculture efforts are Since this humble beginning in 2012 with a few backyard hives, Coldwell and his sometimes criticized for catering to upper wife Teresa have been leading a movement income residents that can afford to pay to repurpose public land for “microapiartop dollar for specialty items like microies” and provide apiary education for youth greens, many businesses and organizations

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hose that have never nurtured more than a houseplant shouldn’t be intimidated, says Wendy Coleman, founder of LA Urban Farms. “Growing food is easy and doesn’t require any special background,” says Coleman, who was green to growing when she started her business six years ago. When growing commercially, find a niche, says Niraj Ray, of Cultivate the City. The company grows plants of ethnic or cultural significance to appeal to Asian, African and Latino populations, from the nutrition-packed moringa to okra, a staple of both Indian and African cooking, given it is a growing market for immigrant populations not served by most traditional garden centers. Seek natural allies like sustainability-minded chefs to bolster an urban ag business. The farm-to-fork chef ’s movement has been a boon for beekeepers and farmers, with chefs acting as patrons of the farms, according to beekeeping expert Teresa Coldwell. Sette Bello Ristorante, an Italian restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, funds vertical gardens at a community garden where the Coldwells have hives so its chef can have pure organic food like squash blossoms pollinated by local bees. Urban farming has its pleasures and rewards, but can also bring hardships. Ray struggles with employee turnover when newbie farmers face the realities of working in the heat and rain, even from a sleek, trendy, rooftop garden. July 2019



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HELP FOR HOME GARDENERS Extension Agents at Your Service by Yvette C. Hammett


any home gardeners readily list flies, wasps and beetles among the “pests” in their gardens. However, many of these are actually pollinators that help boost production of fruits and vegetables; others are beneficial insects that keep the real plant-killers at bay. A quick call to the local cooperative extension


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service can help sort out friend from foe— and that’s just the beginning of what this valuable, underutilized resource can offer. Each year, millions in federal taxpayer dollars help fund county agricultural extension programs administered through the 108 colleges and universities that comprise the nation’s land grant university

“The good news is that the 2018 Farm Bill provided increases for many of our programs, including the organic agriculture research and extension initiative program for which we received significant funding,” says Mathieu Ngouajio, program leader for the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The USDA is eager to see the connections their constituents are making with the research. “We want to identify the needs of organic gardeners, and the best way to meet those needs to get our research into their hands,” Ngouajio says. County extension agents are on the front lines of this effort, offering low- or no-cost soil testing, handbooks on a variety of local gardening topics and workshops on everything from making rain barrels and creating rain gardens to implementing eco-friendly pest control, cultivating native plants and employing best practices for organic gardening. Master gardeners that volunteer their expertise are central to supporting extension outreach activities.

The good news is that the 2018 Farm Bill provided increases for many of our programs, including an organic program for which we received significant funding. ~Mathieu Ngouajio “We would love more business from the public,” says Weston Miller, an associate professor with Oregon State University’s extension service. “The public service of the master gardener program is to answer questions,” including what and when to plant and how much irrigation is required. In Oregon, there are 3,500 master gardeners, with 650 volunteers in Portland alone. “We train master gardeners in how to use our resources and interpret the research to the public,” Miller says. “There are trained volunteers in pretty much every county in the country ready and willing to answer any gardening question,” Miller says. For example, a new organic gardener might not know the correct soil amendments to use or how to start a composting pile to supplement the soil in an organic garden. There is also a nationwide network called Ask the Expert ( and questions will automatically go to an extension staff person or master gardener in the area where the inquiring gardener lives.

Reducing Confusion

Many of those getting into organic gardening might feel confused as to what connotes organic, Miller says. “Organic gardening is using a naturally formed material for fertilizer and pesticide, from plant, animal or mineral sources.” The biggest area of confusion is that many people think organic means pesticide-free. But that is not always true. There is organic pest control, Miller says. “In terms of gardening, there are certified organic products you can use and still be organic.” One thing to look for on a label is the seal of the Organic Materials Review Institute, which indicates the product is suitable for organic gardening. However, there aren’t many good options for weed management, he adds. “You have to do weeding by hand or use an herbicide that isn’t organic.” Another issue that extension programs can help with is making sure organic gardeners receive only scientifically researched information, says Nicole Pinson, an urban horticulture agent with the Hillsborough County Extension Service, in Tampa, Florida. “Gardening information is available on websites and on social media. Some information that pops up is not research-based, or they are selling a product and are not unbiased,” Pinson says. “We generally stick to recommendations we have been able to vet through research. When we make a recommendation, we give folks all of the options of what they can do.” To find a nearby extension office, visit


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Knowing you are lying in bed, but also feeling, physically, that you are in another place, is very powerful. photo courtesy Don Razniewski

~Alice Robb Robb was a staff writer for The New Republic and has also written for New York Magazine, The Atlantic, Elle, The Washington Post, the BBC and British Vogue. A graduate of Oxford with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Archaeology and Anthropology, she resides in Brooklyn, New York.


e know that sleep is good for mental and physical health, but whether dreams can play a role is a fascinating topic. When we journey into that state, science journalist Alice Robb feels we can reap even more benefits and make our waking lives more productive, healthier and happier. Her recent book Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey, which blossomed from a trip to Peru, posits a new way to look at our dreams including how to recall and even influence them, and how doing so benefits us when awake. Rich with recent studies and evoking famous artists, thinkers and others over centuries, she traces the intricate links between dreaming and creativity, and offers tips on how we can relish the intense adventure of lucid dreaming.

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even though it was eight years ago, I still remember my first lucid dream as if it was yesterday. If I hadn’t had that experience of doing the exercises to elicit lucid dreaming, I don’t know if I would’ve written the book—although I’ve always been fascinated by my regular dreams, which have been vivid, and have often wondered what was going on in my brain to produce them— especially when I felt they were affecting my moods or my daily life.

How is lucid dreaming different than normal dreaming? In lucid dreams, you are aware that you are dreaming. A lot of people will be in a nightmare; it’s really scary, and you say to yourself, “This can’t be real, this must be a dream,” and then maybe you can get yourself out of it. You can train yourself to prolong those lucid moments. Some people do it naturally while others can do different meditation exercises to learn to gain awareness within their dreams. Before you start trying to have lucid dreams, it’s important to have very good recall of your regular dreams. We’re all dreaming every night, every time we have a REM cycle, about every 90 minutes that we are asleep, even if you don’t remember your dreams. It’s easier for most people to improve their dream recall. It’s as simple

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as saying to yourself before bed, “I want to remember my dreams tonight.” The more intention you have, the more you think about your dreams during the day, can be enough to trigger you to better remember your dreams. If you pay close attention to your environment, looking and examining it and asking yourself whether it’s real, you will then ask yourself the same question in a dream.

How do you feel lucid dreaming can improve our overall well-being? You can practice a speech you are worried about. If you are an athlete, you can mentally prepare. It can help with your mental health. You can use lucid dreams to confront your demons; you can summon someone that you want to have a conversation with and practice talking with them. They are awe-inspiring. Knowing you are lying in bed, but also feeling, physically, that you are in another place, is very powerful.

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Keep a dream journal. It doesn’t have to be pen and paper; you can speak your dreams into your phone in the morning or in the middle of the night if you wake up… whatever you can do to train yourself to hold onto them because if you don’t remember them when you wake up, then they will fade pretty quickly. As soon as I started keeping a dream journal, I was amazed at how many I was remembering. When getting started, make sure to write something every morning, even “I don’t remember anything.” The habits will become ingrained and you’ll start to remember dreams. Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance editor and writer.


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esearch is helping doctors connect the dots between seemingly unrelated conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, revealing a common denominator: the multitasking vagus nerve, the longest in the autonomic nervous system. The superpower of this doublebranched cranial nerve lies in transporting major neurotransmitters along what is known as the brain-gut axis. “The vagus nerve stems from the brain to the abdomen like a communication superhighway between your gut and brain,” says Hannah Aylward, an Orlando-based certified holistic health coach and gut health expert. “Studies show that the vagus nerve regulates inflammation throughout the body.”


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from numerous conditions. One type is a device that can be implanted by a neurosurgeon, which sends electrical impulses to the vagus nerve in children that suffer from seizures and adults with depression as a supplemental treatment when surgery or medications are not possible or effective. There is also a handheld, noninvasive VNS option called gammaCore, a U.S. Food and Drug Administrationapproved device that offers hope for sufferers of cluster and migraine headaches. Its effectiveness for chronic pain management, as well as in cases of epilepsy and depression, was published in the Neuromodulation Journal in 2015. PTSD researcher Imanuel Lerman, M.D., and his colleagues with the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, found that VNS affects areas of the brain responsible for processing emotional pain. The findings, published in the journal PLOS ONE earlier this year, also show that VNS delays the brain’s response to pain signals in individuals with PTSD.

Mental Health, Trauma and the Gut

When it comes to the vagus nerve, anxiety is physical. Post-traumatic stress is rooted in neurobiology and experienced in the body, not just the mind, says Arielle Schwartz, Ph.D., a Boulder, Coloradobased clinical psychologist and author of The Complex PTSD Workbook: A MindBody Approach to Regaining Emotional Control and Becoming Whole. “This is why you can’t simply think or talk your way out of your trauma reactions.” According to Schwartz, “Disruptions in the gut flora, which often occur with overuse of antibiotics, can have a significant impact on mental health. An imbalance in the gut can lead to an inflammatory response in the immune system and a wide range of disruptive

The vagus nerve stems from the brain to the abdomen like a communication superhighway between your gut and brain. ~Hannah Aylward symptoms.” Aylward notes that 95 percent of the body’s mood-boosting chemical serotonin resides in the enteric nervous system, which governs the function of the gastrointestinal tract. “The brain-gut axis is becoming increasingly important as a therapeutic target for psychiatric and GI disorders,” she says. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and founding co-director of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center, explains the trauma loop. “Developmental trauma impairs the integrative circuits of the brain and nervous system—the prefrontal cortex. When this happens, the brain will be hyperalert, interpreting some non-threatening situations as threatening. “Learning to be aware of our internal state and learning calming techniques helps to regulate the autonomic nervous system and can go a long way,” says Siegel. “High ventral vagal tone means having a state of calm.”

Vagus Power Everyone can benefit from increased vagal tone, which goes hand-in-hand with engaging the parasympathetic nervous system for optimum equilibrium at the cellular level. Acupuncture, chiropractic—with a focus on the cranial nerves— massage, meditation, singing, laughing loudly, chanting mantras, gentle yoga

and exercise, positive social interactions, belly breathing and chanting all make the vagus nerve a happy camper. These activities promote relaxation and help to decrease inflammation. “As a certified yoga instructor, I can attest to a wide range of natural vagus nerve stimulation techniques, especially using the breath,” says Schwartz. “Diaphragmatic breathing creates a gentle massage across your digestive organs, releases the diaphragm and stimulates nerve fibers within the lungs. Heart rate is reduced.”

Brief exposure to cold water or cold air improves vagal tone and is a good option when anxiety is high. Eating cold-water fish like wild salmon or other foods high in omega-3 fatty acids such as walnuts, seaweed, hemp, flax or chia seeds provides vagal nourishment. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic. com.

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ike people, pets can develop allergies to medications that are overprescribed, including antibiotics, which also have a long list of side effectsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;many of which are long-term. There is also the escalating problem of resistance, which is the result of too-frequent and unnecessary use of these drugs. One of the most important things to know is that dogs and cats are exposed to antibiotics when they eat food containing the meat of factory-farmed animals, which includes about 99 percent of pet foods on the market today. The exception is a very small number that contain free-range, organic ingredients.

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In many cases, even when bacteria are exposed for the first time to a particular antibiotic, the majority will die, but some will survive and pass on that resistance to other bacteria. The problem is not that certain disease-causing bacteria are antibioticresistant, but that the resistance genes in any type of bacteria can transfer their ability to survive to billions of other bacteria.

This is how superbugs are born. These are a strain of bacteria able to withstand assault by multiple types of antibiotics. When a veterinarian can no longer eliminate bacterial infections with antibiotics, the life of the animal is threatened, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the biggest concern. If a veterinarian makes a diagnosis of infection, ask for a culture and sensitivity test. Otherwise, he or she is making a guess at what type of organism is present and the best antibiotic to treat it. Each time an unnecessary or inappropriate antibiotic is prescribed, the potential for resistance increases. Only in an emergency situation should a veterinarian prescribe an antibiotic before the culture and sensitivity test can be performed. The vet can then switch medications if necessary when the results arrive. Giving the proper dose of the antibiotic at the proper intervals and using up the entire prescription is important, even if the pet seems to be fully recovered before the medication has run out. This will ensure the infection is totally resolved and prevent the pet from having to take another full course of antibiotics because

the first one wasn’t fully administered and the infection wasn’t effectively cleared. It’s important to reseed the pet’s gastrointestinal (GI) system with friendly microorganisms—probiotics—during and after antibiotic therapy to reestablish a healthy balance of gut bacteria. This will also help keep a dog or cat’s digestive system working optimally and the immune system strong.

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Many conditions for which antibiotics are often indiscriminately prescribed respond very well to a combination of natural therapies, including herbs, homeopathic remedies, nutraceuticals, immune system stimulants and specific nutritional interventions. Functional medicine veterinarians, a group that is thankfully growing in number, realize this and are able to partner with pet parents to offer alternatives to antibiotics. A 2016 study showed cranberry extract to be as or more effective in preventing E. coli-related urinary tract infections (UTIs) in dogs as short-term antibiotic treatment. In addition, cranberry extract can help fight multidrug-resistant bacteria in dogs with recurrent E. coli UTIs. In a study of shelter dogs, researchers compared the use of probiotics to antibiotics to treat acute diarrhea caused by stress. They concluded probiotic therapy was as effective as antibiotic therapy. In addition, dogs that were unresponsive to antibiotics appeared to benefit significantly from subsequent probiotic treatment. Oregano oil, propolis, olive leaf, essential oils, colloidal silver and Manuka honey help reduce bacterial skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with good success. If a dog or cat isn’t facing a lifethreatening health situation, talk with the veterinarian about alternatives to antibiotics. In these situations, pet parents often find it beneficial to consult a functional medicine or integrative veterinarian whose goal is to treat these problems by starting with the least toxic options first.

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The Grace of Abundance Five Practices to Create a More Abundant Life

There is tremendous power in being grateful, because what we focus on expands. Gratitude opens our heart to receive and give blessings. This puts us in a space to have more things to be grateful for. Practicing gratitude can be as simple as saying, “I am grateful for…” or “I am thankful for…” If we find ourselves in a negative state, practice gratitude even for as brief a period as 60 seconds. It will positively shift our emotion, thereby allowing us to be open to abundance.

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R = Receiving To graciously receive can be as simple as accepting a compliment. Another way to receive is by requesting our heart’s desire. There is nothing wrong with wanting more. The truth is that we can have more—as much as we are willing to receive.

A = Alignment The key way to get into alignment for more abundance is to know our purpose, follow our passion and work on releasing internal fears and doubts. When we are in alignment, everything flows. There is ease and doors open for us. People, money and resources will show up on our path to help us achieve our goals. Therefore, we must always be awake to our goodness and take inspired actions to manifest our desires into reality.

C = Commitment Commit to gifting ourselves with an abundant mindset because our mindset is critical to our success. One way to quickly shift our mindset to the positive is to concentrate on our desire and ask ourselves, “What do I have to believe for this to be true?” Our mind will creatively generate many possibilities that can get us excited, which then shifts how we think and feel to what is positive. As we do this, we will also create greater confidence in the knowledge that the universe is always working in our favor.

E = Expression Express our passion by first doing what we love. Then find a way to use our passion, purpose and life to serve others. When we do this, our world, our financial abundance and our joy will expand exponentially. Meriflor Toneatto is the author of Money, Manifestation & Miracles: A Guide to Transforming Women’s Relationships with Money. Connect at

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n 1982, the Japanese government coined the term Shinrin-yoku (“taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”) to inspire people to visit and appreciate national parks. Today, that walk in the woods has become a medically recommended activity worldwide for improving immunity, reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression, managing chronic pain and promoting better sleep. The research supporting the physical and mental benefits of forest bathing is so compelling that it’s advocated by the National Institute of Public Health of Japan and prescribed to patients there. Researchers from the University of East Anglia, in England, examined years of studies and found significant evidence that experiencing nature has a positive impact on health. Published in the journal Environmental Research in 2018, the metaanalysis involving 290 million participants from 20 countries concluded that spending time in green spaces lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. The study also noted a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes and death from heart disease.

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Another recent review of studies, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, concluded that Shinrin-yoku can ease the symptoms of adult depression. “Forest bathing plugs us into something we all seek—a source of peace and well-being. The thing that first hooked me into being a forest bathing guide was reading the robust body of research that proves the benefits of forest bathing,” says Judy Beaudette, board secretary of Friends of North Creek Forest, in Bothell, Washington. Melanie Choukas-Bradley, a certified forest therapy guide and author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect With Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, attests to the therapeutic value of forest bathing. “Even occasional nature immersion can have beneficial health effects that can last for days. Many doctors are now prescribing nature to patients. There’s an organization devoted to this called Park Rx America.” She recommends just 20 minutes during a lunch break to sit on a bench or on the ground beneath trees.

There are many theories of why spending time in the woods or any other natural place makes us feel good; for example, findings published in the journal Toxicological Research in 2017 attribute the immune-boosting, mood-lifting benefits of forest bathing to natural terpenes released into the air by trees, especially conifers. Terpenes contain anti-inflammatory properties that strengthen the body’s natural defenses.

Sensory Immersion, Not Exercise Shinrin-yoku is intended to engage the trinity of body-mind-spirit. “The main purpose is not exercise or getting from point A to point B, but rather having a mindful, sensory experience in nature. It isn’t some prescribed task you need to do, like pushups,” explains Hannah Fries, a poet and author of Forest Bathing Retreat: Find Wholeness in the Company of Trees. She communes with the wild for both health and inspiration. “Even if it’s only 20 minutes a week, go outside without a phone or other electronic device. Walk slowly. Look more closely. Listen. Smell. Touch. Interact with the living, breathing world around you. It’s that simple.” Choukas-Bradley says that observance is key. Recalling her first forest bathing experience, she says, “We paid attention to our breath and tuned in to the sights, sounds and sensations all around us. I noticed a perfect spider’s web, just barely trembling in the slightest breeze, its creator clinging to the center.” She recommends finding a “wild home”—a neighborhood park, garden or backyard tree. “Make it a practice to find a ‘sit spot’ where you can quietly observe beauty and are apt to feel a sense of awe. Psychology researchers have shown that experiencing awe has many positive effects on emotional health.” It doesn’t matter if we commune with nature in a rural or urban setting, only that we remain dialed in to our surroundings. “Forest bathing is a tool for slowing down our buzzing minds and practicing a secret superpower—the skill of consciously choosing what we put our attention on,” says Beaudette. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books, including Multidimensional Aromatherapy. She is also a composer. Connect at

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Forest bathing guide Judy Beaudette suggests: n Find something you can put your attention on that is natural— a plant, a stone, a bird’s song, a stream or a forest, the sky, even a tuft of grass or weeds growing out of a crack in the sidewalk. n Practice noticing something small in nature, like an acorn, a leaf or a grain of sand. Put it in the palm of your hand and for five minutes, notice the details. Keep noticing. See what thoughts come to mind and keep returning your attention to this small thing. After the five minutes have elapsed, write down your observations.




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he buoyant feeling of floating in a body of water can bring welcome relief to those that suffer from chronic arthritis, fibromyalgia or general aches and pains. Yoga is wonderful for achy bodies, but when we ache it can be very challenging to get up and down off the floor. While chair yoga classes are available for those with limited mobility, we can also think out of the box and try a few yoga postures while cooling down in our favorite body of water.

Get Centered If sitting down is comfortable for you, get cozy in any seated posture with the water at waist level. Begin with a few deep, cleansing breaths, get yourself acclimated to the temperature and greet the water pressure around you as you breathe. If you like a challenge, you can revisit the shallow water after your warm up to fire up your core with a boat pose or plank pose. The water will help hold your body as your muscles build strength.

Warm Up Stay connected to your easy, full breath and wade over to some slightly deeper water. Begin in mountain pose, again with the water at waist level. Plant your feet and feel your strong legs root down into the tranquil surface beneath you. Next, widen your legs and begin to rotate the upper torso continuously

from left to right. This twisting movement will begin to warm up the muscles and will start to get the synovial fluid moving in the joints. Feel your arms glide in the water like a pendulum, keep the knees relaxed, and continue to breathe easy.

Build Strength Now, swim over to even deeper water. With your body fully submerged up to your chest or shoulders, you can explore many standing and balance postures to encourage arm and leg muscles to build strength. My personal favorites are warrior one, two and three, tree pose and goddess pose. While your body will be quite supported in the deeper water, you will also notice the water pressure around your body much more. Be sure to breathe easy, and rest whenever you need to. Always finish up your practice in savasana. This could be a leisurely float on your back, or rest on a raft for even deeper relaxation. Wishing everyone a peaceful, healthy summer! Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, call 732-596-7384, email or visit

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calendar of events MONDAY, JULY 1 ThetaHealing Intuitive Anatomy Bootcamp –7/1-19; 8:30am-2:30pm. Westfield, NJ. Call 908-264-4344 or email

TUESDAY, JULY 2 Summer Scents – 7:30-9pm. Join Nancy Weber in-person for a summer scents class to find out some great ways to have fun in the sun without your skin paying for it. Learn about Young Living Essential Oils (YLEO) and products infused with YLEO you can use before, during and after heat and sun. The sunscreen is Coral Reef safe. Find out how high S-ORAC products can create great skin conditions while in the sun. Free. Space is limited so be sure to register early. Being held in Denville. For more info email Register at

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 What is Sacred Science? – 6:30-7:30pm. This onehour course will help you understand how Sacred Science, an esoteric and ancient art can help you in this modern time. You will learn how to be empowered and use manifestation as a way of life. $15. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy & Meditation Center, 13 86 US Highway 22, Lebanon. For information contact 908-617-1545 or info@innertruthhypnotherapy. com.

SATURDAY, JULY 6 Reiki II Certification – 7/6-7; 10am-4pm. This two-day Reiki Level II is where you begin to expand your healing and awareness to those around you. In Reiki Level II you will be introduced and attuned to the first three reiki symbols that empower you to specific reiki energy frequencies. $300. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness, 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong. For information, contact breathe@truna-


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SUNDAY, JULY 7 Reiki Soul Celebration – 1-4pm. Enjoy Reiki healing, meditation, high vibration crystal singing bowls, drum, gong, flute, koshi bells, ting-sha and chants. Instructor: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. $15, walk-ins welcome. EZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Road, Branchburg. For information contact 908-526-0002 or Sound of Soul Event – 1:30-2:30pm. Are you seeking spiritual growth and transformation? Experience HU, an ancient sacred Mantra, that has been sung for thousands of years in many lands for spiritual unfoldment. Chant HU, have contemplative time, and share in spiritual conversation. Eckankar Center, 11 Park St., Montclair. 800-870-9139. Celebrating Possibilities with YLEO – 7:30-9pm. What are your top priorities in life? Most of us believe time is of the highest value. Do you have enough time to…Be with those you love? Follow your dreams? Support whatever you believe in? Sleep peacefully? Take care of yourself? We’ll discuss this and more as we celebrate possibilities with Young Living Essential Oils. Free. Being held in Denville. Email for more info or Register at:

MONDAY, JULY 8 Level 1 Aerial Yoga & Aerial Restorative Certification – 7/8-12; 9am-6pm. 75-Hour Level 1 Aerial & Restorative Yoga Certification. 5-day intensive packed with an abundance of information to set you up for success as an aerial yoga instructor. $1,650. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness, 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong. For information, contact or 862-803-9252. $450

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 Golden Light Share – 6:30-7:30pm. Facilitated by Tori Valspirit & Aine Cuviello. We will be sharing information regarding Secret Societies, Western Mysteries, Sacred Science, Meditation and the like. This is a place for you to learn about esoteric subjects, have the opportunity to talk about your experiences and meet like-minded people. Call now to save your seat. $15. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy & Meditation Center, 13 86 US Highway 22, Lebanon. For information contact 908-617-1545 or info@

THURSDAY, JULY 11 Creating a Lucrative Medical Marijuana Coaching Career – 8:30-9:30pm. This free internet webinar will show you how you can create substantial income and a great profession from the explosive growth of natural wellness specialties. The meetand-greet session will focus on Certified CBD/Cannabis Coach, Holistic Health & Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Mind-Gut Guru careers. LJ Rose, 813-333-2626. Creating a Lucrative Holistic Coaching Career – 8:30-9:30pm. This free internet webinar will show you how you can create substantial income and a great profession from the explosive growth of natural wellness specialties. The meet-and-greet session will focus on Certified CBD/Cannabis Coach, Holistic Health & Life Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Mind-Gut Guru careers. LJ Rose, 813-333-2626.

FRIDAY, JULY 12 Becoming: Womens Circle – Design Self-Care Potion – 7-9pm. Join us for our monthly circle to

discuss, create, sing, dance, learn, meditate and so much more. Design Your Self-Care Potion is about self-care, self-massage, and we will be making personalized potion for your body. $40. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness, 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong. For information, contact or 862-803-9252. TruNatureYoga. com/events. Higher Spirit Drum Circle – 8-10pm. Come explore your natural rhythmic connection with your fellow beings, In this circle, we welcome everyone, regardless of previous drumming experience, so that seasoned drummers and newcomers alike can share in the experience of cocreating rhythmic bliss. $15. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy & Meditation Center, 13 86 US Highway 22, Lebanon. For information contact 908-617-1545 or info@innertruthhypnotherapy. com.

SATURDAY, JULY 13 Vinyasa for Victor – 10am-12noon. Charity event Vinyasa for Victor is to support a the cost and expenses of Vicotr’s liver translplant. $30. Vinyasa for Victor, Brookes Beer Garden, 172 Lackawana Drive, Stanhope. For information, contact breathe@ or 862-803-9252. Intro to Crystals – 12noon-2:30pm. Come learn the basics including some history of how crystals form, how to select them, how to work with them. You will learn and practice how to clear, charge and program them for specific uses. We will discuss the different shapes and learn about quartz and selenite plus more. Both discussion and hands on practice. $55/single or $100/for two. Blossoming Into Light, IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. To register, contact Sue on 862-222-4268 or via email at

SUNDAY, JULY 14 ThetaHealing Introduction –11am-12:30pm. Westfield, NJ. Call 908-264-4344 or email info@ A Gathering of Divine Beings with Faerie Elaine Silver – 12:30-2:30pm. Join us for a wonderful afternoon of music, experiencing lovely ceremonies, deep sharing and most importantly, witnessing each others’ hearts and souls; a first for many! Life-changing for some. Free Download Card to the first 13 paid. No one turned away. $20. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Morristown. For information, contact Connie Weiss at 973-539-3114 or ThetaHealing Practice Group –1-2:45pm. Westfield, NJ. Call 908-264-4344 or email info@ Essential Oils 101 – 2-3:30pm. Join us to learn about essential oils. A great way to find out more, learn why quality is so important and how all essential oils are not made alike. Bring your friends and your questions. Free but please pre-register so we can plan for attendance. Blossoming Into Light, IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. To register email For more information, contact Sue at 862-222-4268 via text or phone.

Spiritual Book Club (In-Person and Via Zoom) – 4-5pm. Join Sue & Leslie for a discussion. Each month we will select a book or two with a focus on a specific topic. You can come in person or email us at and we will send you the link to join in via Zoom. Free. Blossoming Into Light, IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. For more information, contact Sue at 862222-4268 via text or phone.

MONDAY, JULY 15 Intro to Yoga for Backcare with Deanna Sidoti – 1-4pm. Learn how to modify your yoga practice for back and postural issues including bulging discs, scoliosis, spondilolysthesis, degenerative discs, and other back/neck issues. Learn backcare principles and how to alleviate back pain through alignmentbased yoga and working with a neutral spine. $60 advanced registration. Dhyana Yoga Arts, 95 W Main St, Chester. For information email info@

TUESDAY, JULY 16 Weak Brain/Strong Brain: Differences Causing Disorders – 7-8pm. Your brain is separated into virtually two separate halves. Come learn about the vast problems and incredible transformations which come from connecting the disconnected brain. Free. Functional Brain Training, Dr. Don Joergens, Parsley, 30 Wall St, Rockaway. Registration required. Call 862-209-7333 to register or email

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 Boredom: The Stillness Our Health So Desperately Craves – 7-8pm. Recognize boredom for its evolutionary importance and the power of stillness for its absolutely vital role in healing and restoring the human body. Free. Functional Brain Training, Dr. Don Joergens, Parsley, 30 Wall St, Rockaway. Registration required. Call 862-209-7333 to register or email

savethedate Spiritual Exploration Open House Saturday July 27, 11:00am-2:00pm Join us any time during this FREE opportunity to explore your spiritual wisdom with like-hearted individuals. Learn spiritual techniques Discuss topics such as dreams, karma and inner guidance Eckankar Center 11 Park Street, Montclair, NJ 800-870-9139 • Presented by ECKANKAR The Path of Spiritual Freedom

plantoattend VISION QUEST MITOTE Friday, August 9-11 Begins at 3pm. Come for a powerful weekend of ceremony, journeys, transformation, and rebirth, with Shaman Janet StraightArrow. A Vision Quest is an opportunity to be alone in nature to hear your heart speak and receive the fullness of who you are and open up to the next stage of your life path. It is a gift that is magical, deep, and transformative. $575. Includes food and lodging. For information, contact Janet StraightArrow at or 973-647-2500

FRIDAY, JULY 19 Reiki II Training & Certification – 7/19-21; 1:30 – 7pm. Step up to the mastery of Reiki to transform your life and share the gift with others. Instructor: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher. EZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Road, Branchburg. Register at Beth@

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Peace to Power: Personal Practice Retreat – 7/19, 3pm–7/21, 2pm. This weekend retreat experience offers ways we can meet the effort of our practice and life with the balance of ease. We want our self-care practices to be in support of our highest good, fill us up and bring joy, bringing us closer to knowing ourselves. Features Yoga, Meditation & Somatic Exploration with Anna Winkler (Amba), Trish O’Gorman & Gena Rho. Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing, 191 Cragsmoor Road, Pine Bush, NY. For information, contact Anna at 973-763-2288 or visit

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Cacao Ceremony & Shamanic Sound Journey with Hyacinth Mills – 6:30-10pm. Join Hyacinth Mills as she guides us through a sacred ritual and deep meditative journey with Cacao, Shamanic

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Drum Sound Healing and Journeying. $45. Preregistration required by noon on 7/19. Shakti Yoga & Living Arts, 1861 Springfield Ave, Maplewood. 973-763-2288.

SATURDAY, JULY 20 Breakfast Benefits: Learn about Laser Treatment – 9am. 3rd Sat. All are welcome to share breakfast and learn about the benefits of laser treatment. Facilitated by Dr Paul M Bizzaro, DC. Free. The offices of Dr Bizzaro, 81 S Main St, Yardley. RSVP to 215-493-6589. Women’s Yoga Workshop with Bobby Clennell – 10am-12noon, 1:30-3:30pm. There is a general tendency to practice asana as if it were merely physical exercise, which means you might

not pay attention to your structural alignment and hormonal balance. Bobby’s lighthearted yet clear instruction guides participants through sequences to calm nerves and bring emotional balance. Suitable for all levels and abilities. Poses are adapted to needs. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd, Madison. For information call 973-966-1400 or visit Intuitive Tarot Card Readings with Rhonda – 10am-4pm. Rhonda has over 20 years of experience and hosts Tarot Meet Ups. $65 ½ hr, $130 hr. Blossoming Into Light, IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. By appointment. Walk-ins accepted, but availability depends on openings. To reserve your appointment time, contact Sue at 862-222-4268 via text or phone. Or email


savethedate Empowered Light Holistic Expo September 6-8 Fri 4-9pm; Sat 9am-7pm; Sun 10am-5pm Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, alternative healing treatments, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples and purchase natural products or unique gift items. Empowered Light Holistic Expo will focus on healthier lifestyles, stress reduction and self-care as well as new information, ideas and connection. Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Halls D & E Oaks, Pennsylvania Sue Greenwald, 484-459-3082

Uncovering the 12 Deepest Truths with Dr. Frankie Timmers – 6:30-9pm. This Emma Curtis Hopkins’ course is designed to move the student from “zero to healer” in twelve weekly lessons. Unveiling Your Hidden Power: THE WORKBOOK and THE TEXT include a translated text of her 12 lessons into modern language, along with daily practices. The times we live in require us to have a solid spiritual foundation in order to be part of the transformation needed in the world. This class promises that. $375. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Morristown. For information, contact Connie Weiss at 973-539-3114 or S.A.D. States: Revelations in the Reasons and Solutions to Stress, Anxiety and Depression – 7-8pm. A profoundly new and vitally important understanding of what stress, anxiety and depression are and where true solutions exist. It will transform how you think. Facilitated by Dr. Don. Free. Functional Brain Training, Dr. Don Joergens, Parsley, 30 Wall St, Rockaway. Registration required. Call 862-209-7333 to register or email JandJParsley@


plantoattend The Element of the Physical Autumnal Equinox Sunday, September 22 10:30am-1:30pm Doors open at 10:00am and close at 10:30am Join us to celebrate nature. This non-dogmatic celebration takes advantage of the power of the seasons and how it influences our lives. We honor a bountiful harvest as we prepare for the darkness of winter in our own manifestation. Bring canned food for homeless shelter. Investment $25 Inner Truth Hypnotherapy & Meditation Center 1386 US Highway 22, Clinton NJ 08833 For more information or to register call 908 617-1545 or visit


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Young Living Essential Oils – 7:30-9pm. Nancy will be offering a post-convention class for anyone interested in learning more about YLEO. Those of you not able to attend convention this year, attend as well. Come learn about new products and more. Free. Space is limited so be sure to register early. More information email lightwingcenter@gmail. com or register at: YoungLivingPostConventionNJ.

THURSDAY, JULY 25 Mindfulness & Meditation Workshop with Charles Semeraro – 7-8:45pm. Connect with your Breath of Life. A workshop to reflect and ask “whose story am I living?” Using mindfulness based techniques and guided meditation developed by internationally known wellness expert Derek O’Neil. Charles will take you on a journey to explore the mysteries into the questions of who am I? and where am I? Love offering. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Morristown. For information, contact Connie Weiss at 973-539-3114 or

FRIDAY, JULY 26 Young Living Essential Oils – 7:30-9pm. Nancy will be offering a post-convention class for anyone interested in learning more about YLEO. Those of you not able to attend convention this year, attend as well. Come learn about new products and more. Free. Space is limited so be sure to register early. More information contact Sue at info@ Register at

SATURDAY, JUNE 27 300-Hr Yoga Teacher Training Info Meeting – 12:30pm. Deanna Sidoti will answer Q’s about DYA 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training ~ Yogic Arts Immersive Education with DYA’s exceptional team, including Betsy Davis, Michael Hewett, Kelly Kamm, and Vanessa Nassif. Find out if this training is right for you and find out why our trainings are celebrated for Yoga with Depth, Clarity & Heart. Dhyana Yoga Arts, 95 W. Main St, Ste 1, Chester. For information, email

SUNDAY, JULY 28 An Amazing Afternoon with Author, Psychic & Medium Nancy Orlen Weber – 2-6pm. Learn how to enhance intuition and discover new gifts of sacred powers using Young Living Essential Oils. Nancy Orlen Weber is a Young Living Diamond and author of “The Life of a Psychic Detective” which illustrates her life as a psychic working with law enforcement to help solve criminal cases. Early Bird Special: $25 by July 2; $30 after. Register at: For more information on Nancy visit

SUNDAY, JULY 28 Light and Sound Service: Discover the Art of Spiritual Balance – 11am-12noon. Join others seeking to bring more insight and divine love into their lives at this special celebration. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, offers spiritual exercises to help you experience the twin aspects of the Light and Sound of God within. Share your spiritual insights. Eckankar Center, 11 Park St., Montclair. 800-870-9139.

SUNDAY, JULY 28 Tibetan Singing Bowl Concert with Sandee Moreta – 4-5pm. Allow yourself to be immersed in the healing sounds and vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls. These infused waves of vibration are designed to align the energy centers and create a deep state of meditation and relaxation. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd, Madison. For information call 973-966-1400 or visit

MONDAY, JULY 29 Ayurveda Workshop: Balance for Mind-BodySpirit with Dr. Vasudha Gupta – 1-4pm Learn ancient techniques for creating balance through Ayurveda. Explore holistic seasonal ways of living, an overview of Ayurveda to understand your unique state of equilibrium (prakruti), and ways to use foods, spices, and yoga to cultivate healing and transformation. $50 Early Bird by 7/22; $60 there-

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TUESDAY, JULY 30 Wellth: The New Wellness –7-8pm. Dive into an empowering understanding of why food, brain, movement, mind and environment are more vital parts to the whole you than you’ve ever considered. Free. Functional Brain Training, Dr. Don Joergens, Parsley, 30 Wall St, Rockaway. Registration required. Call 862-209-7333 to register or email

WEDNESDAY, July 31 Metatation 101: Unlocking All Potentials (1 of 3) –7-8pm. Metatation (not meditation) is a conscious practice that seeks the connection between the conscious and unconscious mind. From here your power begins to transform reality. Free. Functional Brain Training, Dr. Don Joergens, Parsley, 30 Wall St, Rockaway. Registration required. Call 862-2097333 to register or email

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MONDAY, AUGUST 12 Sacred Science, Western Mysteries – 8/12-16. 20 sessions. This is a non-dogmatic esoteric system. A training in sacred science, based on western mysteries. It includes ancient metaphysical practice, the way of King Solomon, kabbalistic ritual and meditation. a Pure Component-Life, Wellness and Meditation Center, 1386 US Highway 22, Clinton. To register, call 908 617-1545 or visit

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 Yoga for 12-Step Recovery Leadership Certification – 8/16-18. Fri. – 5-9pm, Sat. – 9am-6pm., Sun., 10am-4pm. Through ancient texts and modern research in neuroscience, we will learn how the cognitive approach of the 12-step program, the trauma-informed approach of Somatic Experience and the body-based approach of yoga and mindfulness practices work together to bring about changes in brain patterning. $375. Bee You Yoga, 3 Middlebury Blvd, Randolph. For more information and to register: 973-775-9577.

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Yoga for Backcare – 11:15am. Yoga for back pain, back care, postural issues, injuries, and address disc herniation, scoliosis, sciatica, spondilolysthesis, degenerative discs, etc. Focus on poses that help alleviate back pain and strengthen the core, back, and other areas. Open to all levels. Dhyana Yoga Arts, 95 W Main St, Chester. For information contact 973-489-9623 or

White Oak Center Organic Co-Op – Every other Wednesday. Delivered by Albert’s Organics. Membership $20, then $35 bimonthly. White Oak Center, 33 Woodport Rd., Sparta. For more info, contact Brian Trautz at 973-729-1900 or BTrautz@

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SUNDAY Breathe Meditation – 6/2-7/7; 9-9:45pm. Meditation is the art of looking inside and discovering one’s own inner being. Come and join Alexandra Juryte on this wonderful transformation of Breath Meditation. $120 for 6 wks. Huna Healing Center, 23 Diamond Spring Rd, Suite 7, Denville. Lory 973-224-0096 or Ropes, Slings & Things – 10am. Alignment & Play! Cultivate alignment, strength, flexibility and a sense of playfulness and adventure through practice that includes the yoga rope wall for fun, traction, and a challenging yet meditative practice. Open to all levels. Dhyana Yoga Arts, 95 W Main St, Chester. For information contact 973-489-9623 or info@ Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30am. Dr. Frankie, practitioners, and musicians create an inspiring, uplifting time to be reminded of our spiritual connectedness. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown. For information contact call 973-539-3114 or email

Breathe Meditation – 6/3-7/8; 7-7:45pm. Meditation is the art of looking inside and discovering one’s own inner being. Come and join Alexandra Juryte on this wonderful transformation of Breath Meditation. $120 for 6 wks. Huna Healing Center, 23 Diamond Spring Rd, Suite 7, Denville. Lory 973-224-0096 or

Sunday Service – 10:30am. Only words of Love are spoken here. To live in health, happiness and prosperity is everyone’s birthright, whether we choose to follow a certain path is our individual choice. No dogma or belief system is imposed upon anyone. Institute for Spiritual Development, 15 Sparta Ave, Sparta.

Be Your Own Guru with Janet StraightArrow – 6/24-7/22; 7-8pm. Learn to live your true self – body and soul – the one who knows and acts from inner wisdom instead of ego. Learn to look inside instead of continually looking outside for answers, responsibility, and purpose. Learn to release patterns, blocks, and interferences so that you can be your own Guru-True Self-Master. $25. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Ste 215, Madison. For information call 973-647-2500 or Janet@

Nia Moving to Heal – 11am-12:15pm. Ideal class for people recovering from illness and injury. Instructor: Teresa Dangelo. Nia Dojo, 10 Summit Ave, Berkeley Heights. For info on Nia Dojo, call 908-300-7294 or visit For more class info, visit

Because I Love You (B.I.L.Y.) Parent Support Group – 7-8:30pm. Confidential self-help group for parents experiencing substance abuse issues with their children. Free. Jefferson Twp. BOE Community Room, 31 Rte. 181, Lake Hopatcong.

Laughter Yoga of Montclair –3:45-4:45pm. Boost joy, reduce stress and have fun like never before. We combine laughter exercises with childlike play and movement, add in deep breathing to connect, unwind, and let go. Free. NJ Acupuncture Massage & Fertility - The Wellness, 70 Park St., Ste. 208, Montclair. For information, contact Joan Castel-

TUESDAY Stress, Hormones & Health (The true cause of belly fat) – 6pm, select Tuesdays. Presented by bestselling author & speaker Jean Golden-Tevald, DO of Morning Star Family Health Center. Learn

Yoga for Scoliosis – 6pm. Yoga for back pain, back care, postural issues, injuries, and address disc herniation, scoliosis, sciatica, spondilolysthesis, degenerative discs, etc. Focus on poses that help alleviate back pain and strengthen the core, back, and other areas. Open to all levels. Dhyana Yoga Arts, 95 W Main St, Chester. For information contact 973-489-9623 or Awaken the Master Within – 6:30-8:30pm, 3rd Wed. each month. Workshop/Class on Transforma-

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Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Support Group of Morristown – 7–9pm. First Wednesdays, except July and August. Support for patients and their families. Speakers. 95 Madison Ave., Suite 109A, Morristown. 973-219-8092. The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network – 7:30pm. First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester. Sound Bath – 7:30pm. Relax and rejuvenate with healing sounds at Awaken Sound Health. Each Sound Bath is a 60-minute group session that alternates between sound and silence to bring participants to a place of deep relaxation, and provide for revitalization of one’s body, mind and spirit. $20. Awaken Sound Health, 32 Grove St., Chester. Register: For information contact Alison Iati, VSTCP at 201-874-7255 or


AA Meeting (O-B-ST) – 8pm. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

THURSDAY Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous Meeting – 6:30-8pm. Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? 12-step program for recovery from food addiction. No dues, fees or weighins. Free. 350 Essex Rd., 3rd flr, classroom A/B, Paramus Questions? Ellen Mutz 973-945-2704 or

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welcome. You do not have to be a healer or psychic medium to participate. We start with meditation and healing on each other, and end with messages from spirit. $10. Huna Healing Center LLC, 5 East Main St., 2nd floor (Parking in back ), Denville. Lory 973-224-0096 or Debtors Anonymous Meeting – 5:30-6:30pm. Twelve-step meeting for those dealing with debt, overspending and under-earning. Downstairs Main Bldg. at Redeemer Church, 37 Newton Sparta Rd., Newton. 877-717-3328. AA Meeting – 7:30pm.St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-538-0555. Al-Anon Meeting – 8-9:30pm. Center for Practical Spirituality - Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.

SATURDAY Breakfast Benefits: Learn about Laser Treatment – 9am. 3rd Sat. All are welcome to share breakfast and learn about the benefits of laser treatment. Facilitated by Dr Paul M Bizzaro, DC. Free. The offices of Dr Bizzaro, 81 S Main St, Yardley. RSVP to 215-493-6589. Yoga for Backcare – 9:15am. Yoga for back pain, back care, postural issues, injuries, and address disc herniation, scoliosis, sciatica, spondilolysthesis, degenerative discs, etc. Focus on poses that help alleviate back pain and strengthen the core, back, and other areas. Open to all levels. Dhyana Yoga Arts, 95 W Main St, Chester. For information contact 973-489-9623 or Overeaters Anonymous Meeting – 10:15am12:15pm. Weekly gathering of the free support group that helps people lose weight and keep it off. Downstairs meeting room, Parsippany Library. 973-335-1717. Classic Nia Mind-Body Fitness – 11am-12noon. Nia is a practice that will help you feel alive in your body through cardio conditioning through a world of music that evokes imagination and emotion. Instructor: Teresa Dangelo. $20 walk-in. Benessere Wellness Center and Spa, 510 Morris Ave., Summit. For information call 908-277-4080, email info@ or visit

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Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave East, Westfield 908-928-0060 • Dr. Rosenfarb is world renowned in the field of holistic eye health. He is passionate about helping people with degenerative eye diseases. Learn of his astounding work in this area—call now to qualify for your free copy of his groundbreaking book, Recover Your Vision. Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad, page 29.

NJ Advanced Acupuncture Morgan Reade, LAc, MS 616 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 6 Green Village Rd, Madison 201-400-2261 Morgan Reade has studied Acupuncture, herbal and dietary therapy. He is board certified and licensed in Florida and NJ. He specializes in female health including autoimmune and fertility. Other areas of expertise include digestive disorders, food allergies and Lyme disease. Born and raised in West Caldwell, where he currently resides, he opened his first office there. His second location is in downtown Madison, NJ. See ad, page 33.

Attorney (Holistic) Kelly M. Brown, Esq. 973-909-0999 • Licensed in NJ & PA With quality preparation, legal tragedies can often be prevented, or damage can be minimized or eliminated. Kelly Brown has been practicing law for 20 years. In addition, Brown is a Certified Life Mastery Coach, theologian and interfaith minister. Her current practice brings a holistic perspective to legal planning for families and businesses. See ad, page 43.


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Regenerate your spirit, ground and balance your body, elevate and align your spirit. Ayurveda is the solution of our humanity and a treasure to revive. An ancient and authentic practical science of health for the mind, body and soul. See ad, page 15.

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MorningStar’s team of health professionals cares for you like family. Our membership-based practice cares for men, women and children age 8 and up with a functional approach to primary care. See ad, page 13.

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LearningRx, Warren Michael DiCristino 34 Mountain Blvd, Warren 908-222–7246 LearningRx offers one-on-one brain training through customized exercises to improve weak cognitive skills/IQ in children or adults with learning disabilities, attention deficit, traumatic brain injuries, intellectual disabilities or age-related cognitive decline. See ad, page 36.

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Heartmath+♥ consists of simple heart-focused, science-based meditations. The techniques are designed to change the way your body responds to stress by learning to self-regulate. They create more resilience, coherence, c l a r i ty (eve n i n s t re s s f u l situations), and the capacity to self-regulate. Heartmath+♥

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Holistic Healing & Therapy Awakening Wellness, LLC Hilary D. Bilkis, MS, CST CranioSacral Therapy • SomatoEmotional Release Work • Visceral Mobility Energy Healing • MELT Method Instruction 973-479-2229 • Hilary uniquely blends CranioSacral Therapy with other healing modalities to alleviate chronic pain, headaches, stress a n d a cc u m u l a te d te n s i o n . Treatment benefits physical, emotional and energetic levels. Hilary facilitates the body’s selfhealing process; gently releasing restrictions in the connective tissue and removing energy blockages. Using her intuitive abilities, she also helps release stored injury, trauma, memories and emotions. Clearing the body of stuck stress improves health, feelings of wellness, ability to feel calm, centered and empowered.

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Learn the “why” and “where” most pain associated with childbirth comes from; and learn Basic and Advanced Self-Hypnosis Techniques for a Comfortable Childbirth. “Hypno-Counselors help ordinary, everyday people with ordinary, everyday problems using individual hypnotic techniques.” See ad on page 35.

Certified HypnoCounselor and Certified Hypnosis Trainer for the National Guild of Hypnotists. Interested in helping people lead more fulfilling lives? Consider a career in hypnosis. Next certification training: September 2019 in Sparta. Also, private sessions, tapping and hypnosis for weight loss, smoking cessation, stress and pain management and more. See ad, page 17.

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Advanced Clinical Hypnosis using an interactive, personalized technique; based on a lengthy interview at our first session and dialogues at following sessions. I don’t talk “at” you; we both speak before and during your hypnosis. I also teach you self-hypnosis. Specializing in weight, stress, smoking, chronic pain, releasing the past, performance, obsessive thoughts, substance use, sleep, fears, confidence and attention issues. Hypnosis can get you unstuck in virtually any area of your life. If you have constraints that you can’t seem to break through, hypnosis can free you and put you back in charge. Come for a free consultation to learn how you can reframe your past and design your future.

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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,

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Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave East, Westfield 908-928-0060 • Dr. Rosenfarb is world renowned in the field of holistic eye health. He is passionate about helping people with degenerative eye diseases. Learn of his astounding work in this area—call now to qualify for your free copy of his groundbreaking book, Recover Your Vision. Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad, page 29.

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SPACE/office FOR RENT Office Space Available: Nicely furnished office space at the 94 Valley Road Building in Montclair is available for sublet (full days preferred, may consider half days if multiple days are taken). Fridays and weekends available now. Tuesdays and Wednesdays available starting in April. Building has own parking lot. Other therapists in building offer a sense of camaraderie. Close to Whole Foods and walking distance to many restaurants and shops. EmailLeslie@ for details.


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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 for details.

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...

North Central NJ Natural Awakenings - July 2019  

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...