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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. HolisticDentalCenterNJ.com. 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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Start a Movement of Nice
nspiration! The process of being mentally stimulated to do something, especially to do something creative. Finding something every day can be challenging, so let’s make it simple— look for opportunities to be kind. As the saying goes, “just do it.” Reach down into your heart, take a risk, break the norm of watching and just do it. Take some action, no matter how small, to make someone’s day a little bit brighter and make someone smile. What a nice habit that would be. What a great hobby—collecting acts of kindness, straight from the heart and expecting nothing in return. How much do you think acts of kindness add to the value of you and nurture your own soul? What’s wrong with being nice, kind, caring? What’s wrong with compassion? Absolutely nothing, as the song goes. I bet it will move you as much as it will others. Allow yourself the privilege of putting a creative thought into action and watch for the opportunity to be kind. I promise you it is there every day. Just look for it. The opportunity to warm someone’s heart is just a small comment of appreciation away. Today I will count just how many opportunities were offered to me to make a slight difference. It’s not only strangers I will count. I’ll also look within my own circle, my own home, my own family. Acknowledge another human being. Help someone struggling in life. As the saying goes, “Ther, but for the grace of God, go I.” So, clear your head and find that opportunity to creatively pick up someone’s spirits. Open a door, help with a task, find a stranger to help. Let’s start a movement of nice. In peace, love and laughter,
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Empowered Light Holistic Expo Returns to Oaks
his spring’s Empowered Light Holistic Expo is just around the corner, running from 4 to 9 p.m., April 26; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., April 27 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 28, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Lobby A, in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Plenty of free parking is available. The expo’s focus is on holistic lifestyles, spiritual classes and personal development. “People feel stressed and distracted, and they are looking for more connection and answers,” says the expo’s founder, Sue Greenwald. “The expo offers new ideas, contacts and connection with others and, most of all, a community where people feel supported in a fun way.” The April expo features Brad Johnson, who will be presenting a channeled session with Adronis that includes Q&A, and a workshop on Cellular Body Regeneration. Also featured is John DeSouza The X-Man, former FBI Investigator, who will present A Paranormal Life and a workshop on Clear-Hearing. Empowered Light engages attendees with experiential classes, meditation and sound healing, as well as mini-treatments, such as reiki. Attendees can choose from more than 50 workshops and lectures. Guests can linger and shop in-between presentations with more than 150 holistic vendors. Interested vendors are encouraged to apply now for a space. Cost: General admission, $5-$20. Some presentations additional. Advance ticket purchases encouraged. For more information, call 484-459-3082, email EmpoweredLightExpo@gmail. com or visit EmpoweredLight.com. See ad, page 62.
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Change Your Mindset to Empower Your Life
e each have the ability to empower ourselves. Sometimes we get stuck and we don’t have to stay stuck. The Empowerment Partnership is offering an Integrative Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner Certification training from April 11 through 14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Newark Airport. This interactive and experiential program provides proven tools and techniques to communicate more effectively, build rapport easily, reprogram the mind for success, release limiting beliefs and behaviors, gain clarity in core values and overcome procrastination, lack of motivation, depression and phobias. Successful people such as Tony Robbins, Oprah Winfrey and Pharrell Williams utilize NLP techniques to bring effective changes in life. NLP offers an opportunity to explore how your mind and emotions work in achieving goals, and how to let go of unwanted habits and behaviors to achieve lasting results in every aspect of life. With 37 years of experience, the Empowerment Partnership, led by Dr. Matt James, is the world’s foremost leading authority in providing the most powerful training experiences in alternative and integrative approaches in psychology, human understanding, neuroscience and personal growth.
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Free Wellness Gala Event
eb Peterson’s Wellness Gala is celebrating its 11th year in business with a free event on March 10, from 1 to 5 p.m., in Parsippany. Since the first Wellness Gala took place in 2008, there have been over 300 events nationwide. This year, Peterson and the Wellness Gala team have decided to thank their loyal participants and sponsors with a free admission that includes unlimited mini sessions with experts in the fields of health, beauty and wellness, hor d’oeurves, unique vendors, live music and Shira, a pet communicator. As the Wellness Gala founder and CEO, Peterson knows firsthand that holistic modalities can work miracles. When traditional medicine failed to yield results for her son, she turned to energy healing, which she credits for ultimately curing him of his ailments. This inspired her to create these specialized gatherings designed to spread awareness about holistic modalities and educate the public on the benefits of these highly effective treatment options and how they can be used in conjunction with traditional medicine. Space is limited and a cash bar is available. Location: Sheraton Hotel, 199 Smith Road, Parsippany. For more information, call 973-713-6811 or visit WellnessGala.com/events/.
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The Call of Soul
any have experienced the gnawing feeling that there is more to life. It is often described as an inner push to discover something real, something true, something spiritual. Those who embrace the teachings of Eckankar understand this as “the call of Soul”. To learn more, all heart-minded, truth seekers are invited to attend The Call of Soul, a spiritual discussion held weekly from 6:30-7:30 p.m., beginning April 3, in Clinton. There are three sessions in the series, and each is free to attend. The teachings of Eckankar share the knowledge that Soul is a divine spark of God on a homeward bound journey of Self- and God-realization. Come experience spiritual exercises to open the heart to even more divine love and insights. Location: Hunterdon County Library North Branch, 65 Halstead St., Clinton. Series is facilitated by Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom. For more information call 800-870-9139. Eckankar-NJ.org.
New Naturopathic Courses Forming for Spring
linical Nutritionist Dian Freeman is now accepting deposits for her Wellness Simplified Spring/Summer Naturopathic Course for Certification as a Holistic Health Counsellor (CHHC) that begins on April 14. Freeman has been conducting the six-month national certification course twice a year for more than 15 years. Many students take Freeman’s course to begin a career as a Naturopath in holistic health, while others take it for personal use. She teaches many modalities learned by experience and combined in her own practice. Among these include what used to be thought of as clinical nutrition, which was based on optimal supplementation as developed through orthomolecular nutrition. Freeman combines this original nutritionist tradition with the newer approaches of functional nutrition diets, herbalism, essential oils, flower essences and many other effective healing modalities, including vibrational energy tools. Students receive personal and business nutritional guidance, plus mentorship and discounted access to future classes and lectures. Graduates of the program may attend free monthly meetings to learn business skills and to practice consultations. To register, call 973-267-4816 or visit WellnessSimplified.com. See ad on page 17.
NewLife Expo Returns to New York in March
he NewLife Expo, the nation’s long-running event focused on conscious living, will return to the Hotel New Yorker March 22 through 24. “For 30 years, NewLife has been instrumental in opening up people’s minds to all possibilities by bringing experts from around the world in the fields of holistic health, spirituality, consciousness and human potential,” says its organizer, Mark Becker. This weekend event will once again showcase more than 80 innovative, cutting-edge exhibitors and speakers. Among the keynotes are astrologer Susan Miller, nutritionist Gary Null, energy healer Judy Satori, Youngevity founder Dr. Joel Wallach, radio host Kat James, spiritual author Tracey Ash, intuitive Tammy Adams and psychic Jill Dahne. “NewLife Expo is unlike any other New Age fair you’ve experienced,” Becker says. “Others have tried to copy it, but none have ever succeeded. So whatever your flavor, come and open your mind to all possibilities and meet thousands of people who are into what you are into. At the very least, you might fall in love.” Expo hours are March 22, 4:30-10 p.m.; March 23, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and March 24, 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Cost: $15 and up. Location: Hotel New Yorker, 481 8th Ave. at W. 34th St. (across from Penn Station). For information, visit NewLifeExpo.com, or to preregister for discounts, go to NewLifeExpo. com/ny-expo/ticket-pre-registration/.
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Vegetables and Orange Juice Protect Memory A Harvard study was conducted on the diets of nearly 28,000 male health professionals spanning two decades between their 50s and 70s and published by the American Academy of Neurology. It found those that drank orange juice and ate leafy greens, berries and dark orange and red vegetables suffered significantly less memory loss than others. Subjects reported every four years and were examined for both thinking and memory skills. Those that ate about six servings of vegetables a day were a third less likely to develop poor thinking skills than those consuming two servings; those that drank orange juice every day were half as likely to develop poor thinking skills as those drinking one serving per month. Men that ate larger amounts of fruits and vegetables 20 years earlier were less likely to develop similar problems, whether or not they kept eating larger amounts of fruits and vegetables later.
Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics Ginger, black pepper and holy basil, mainstays in traditional medicines as anti-inflammatories, also contain significant prebiotic potential that could help gut health, report researchers from India’s National Institute of Nutrition, in Hyderabad. Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) showed significantly higher prebiotic activity, especially of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species, when compared to the well-known prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS). Black pepper (Piper Nigrum) had prebiotic effects similar to FOS.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a soothing herb from the mint family, can significantly improve the condition of patients with chronic stable angina, reports a recent study in the Journal of Herbal Medicine. Researchers at Iran’s Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences tested 80 patients with the condition, which involves chest pain linked to a lack of blood flow to the heart. The patients were given three one-gram doses a day of lemon balm powder or a placebo. After two months, the patients given the lemon balm had significant reductions of “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL), both systolic and diastolic blood pressure, and increased workout capacity, a measure of heart function.
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Light Pollution Disturbs Sleep Being exposed to high levels of artificial outdoor light at night contributes to insomnia and greater use of sleeping pills, reports a new study from South Korea’s Seoul National University College of Medicine. The researchers studied the records of 52,027 people without diagnosed sleep disorders—60 percent of them women—and correlated their sleeping pill use with their residential location relative to artificial outdoor light intensity. The brighter the outdoor lighting, the more likely were sleep issues and the greater and more frequent use of sleeping pills. The study joins other research that has shown that artificial nighttime lighting—outdoors and indoors—disrupts circadian rhythms, potentially leading to such metabolic and chronic diseases and conditions as cancer, diabetes, obesity and depression.
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Meditation and Music Slow Cellular Aging
Meditating or listening to classical music altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults experiencing memory loss, according to a recent West Virginia University study. The 60 participants had subjective cognitive decline, including forgetting familiar names and losing objects, a condition that may be a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s. For 12 minutes a day, they either listened to instrumental classical music or did a kirtan kriya meditation involving chanting, visualization and finger poses. After three months, all subjects had increases in a key beta amyloid peptide protective from Alzheimer’s, as well as better memory, mood, sleep and quality of life, while the meditation group experienced significantly better improvements. Activity in two chromosomal markers of cellular aging—telomere length and telomerase activity— increased for both groups, especially among those that practiced more frequently or started with lower cognitive scores. The improved biomarkers were maintained or even strengthened three months after the study ended.
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Earth’s Extremities on the Edge The North Pole and South Pole each have unique, pristine environments, virtually untouched by civilization, but a pair of federal studies cast doubt upon their future status. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in a study based on satellite data, warned that ancient glaciers in West Antarctica, thought to be more stable than those to the east, are “waking up” and beginning to dump ice into the sea, which could further contribute to rising sea levels.
A second NOAA study reported that glaciers at the top of the world are also thawing, melting and breaking down. According to that document, the Arctic is undergoing a period of “record and near-record warmth, unlike any period on record.” Lead Arctic NOAA researcher Emily Osborne announced at a major geoscience conference, “The Arctic is experiencing the most unprecedented transition in human history.”
Planet Earth Has a Flag
A new project by Oskar Pernefeldt, a graduate student at Beckmans College of Design, in Stockholm, Sweden, has designed a new flag for the entire planet to be used worldwide in a move toward unity. Its minimalist design shows seven rings intertwined on a deep, sea-blue background, forming a flower in the middle. Simple and contemporary, the flag evokes the Earth’s natural beauty. “The blue field represents water, which is essential for life,” writes Pernefeldt. “The flower’s outer rings form a circle which could be seen as a symbol of Earth as a planet, and the blue surface could represent the universe.” The flag has yet to be adopted by any official government agencies. 14
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Artificial Wood Resists Fire and Water
A new, lightweight synthetic wood has been created that is as strong as wood, but without its traditional vulnerability to fire and water, as reported by Shu-Hong Yu, a materials chemist at the University of Science and Technology of China, in Hefei, and the author of a study published in Science Advances. It’s made of polymer resin and chitosan, a sugar polymer derived from the shells of shrimp and crabs. Adding human-made or natural fibers to the mix could also help. The new material does not require years to grow and repels water; samples soaked in water and a strong acid bath for 30 days scarcely weakened, while balsa wood lost two-thirds of its strength and 40 percent of its crush resistance. The new material is also difficult to ignite, and stopped burning when it was removed from the flame. Its porosity creates an air-trapping capacity that could make it suitable as an insulation for buildings, but eco-friendly alternatives to the polymer resins are needed to broaden interest in its utility.
Bionic Leaf Tops Plants in Photosynthesis
Bionic Leaf 2.0, a new, artificial photosynthesis system developed by a team headed by Harvard University scientists, takes in carbon dioxide, water and sunshine to create a sugary fuel. Solar energy splits up a water molecule, and bacteria turn hydrogen and carbon dioxide into liquid fuel, mainly isopropanol, which could be used someday to power a car. An improvement on their prior effort a year earlier, the new system has a catalyst made of cobalt and phosphorus, increasing the efficiency of the reaction to 10 percent. Normal photosynthesis in plants is just 1 percent efficient at converting solar energy to biomass. This technology has the potential to bring another type of solar energy to the planet, especially in the developing world.
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Liquid Fuel Stores Solar Energy
Solar power is cheap and plentiful, but there has been no way to store it efficiently. Scientists from Chalmers University of Technology, in Gothenberg, Sweden, are developing a liquid molecule composed of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen that when exposed to sunlight, rearranges the bonds between its atoms into an energized new isomer. In this way, energy from the sun is captured between the isomer’s strong chemical bonds and stays there even when the molecule cools down to room temperature. When the energy is needed, the fluid is drawn through a catalyst that returns the molecule to its original form, releasing energy as heat. “The energy in this isomer can now be stored for up to 18 years,” says Chalmers University nanomaterials scientist Kasper Moth-Poulsen. “And when we come to extract the energy and use it, we get a warmth increase, which is greater than we dared hope for.” The hope is that this warmth can be used for domestic heating systems, powering a building’s water heater, dishwasher, clothes dryer and more. The scientists claim the fluid can now hold 250 watt-hours of energy per kilogram, double the energy capacity of Tesla’s Powerwall batteries. Moth-Poulsen believes the technology could be available for commercial use within 10 years.
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Oil companies have received federal permission to use seismic airguns to find oil and gas deep beneath the Atlantic Ocean floor during offshore oil exploration from New England to Florida. Repeated every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day,
for days and weeks at a time, the airguns are so loud that they disturb, injure or kill marine mammals, sea turtles and other wildlife, harm commercial fisheries and disrupt coastal economies. The proposed testing could injure 138,000 whales and dolphins and disturb millions more, according to government estimates. Impacts include temporary and permanent hearing loss, disruption of mating and feeding, beach stranding and deaths. Whales and dolphins rely on their hearing to find food, communicate and reproduce. Airgun blasts can kill fish eggs and larvae, and scare away fish from important habitats. Catch rates of cod and haddock declined by 40-to-80 percent for thousands of miles following seismic surveys. Nonprofit environmental watchdog Oceana is working to halt the use of the devices and stop the expansion of dangerous offshore drilling that follows the seismic testing.
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Many Benefits of Reorganizing
Spring is the season of renewal, and on the home front, that means cleaning, organizing and reducing clutter. While we apply natural, eco-friendly cleaning agents, the act of moving items around offers the opportunity to rearrange or eliminate some of them, providing a fresh look and a sense of comfort, order and control. To clear clutter, Christa O’Leary (ChristaOleary.com), founder and CEO of Home in Harmony Lifestyle, based in Boston, and author of Home in Harmony: Designing an Inspired Life, suggests that decluttering is best accomplished in small chunks every day to allay feeling overwhelmed, with
the help of someone “who knows you have made the commitment and will hold you accountable.” She says stacks of paper and folders “zap your energy and mojo” and take away from productivity and efficiency, along with testing the patience of family members. O’Leary’s website offers tips that provide simple solutions for tackling such areas as magazine stacks and cluttered closets. She relates that a mom recently emailed her to say that her 7-year-old daughter did it as well, and “made a cute, adorable space.” MotherEarthLiving.com suggests first compiling a todo list and enlisting someone to help with the physical and psychological aspects of the task at hand: letting go of items that can be donated to charitable organizations and thrift shops, where they can benefit someone else; and being creative in storing seasonal clothing, extra towels or decorations in old military-style trunks, stacks of vintage suitcases or under beds. Along with making the bedroom more visually appealing, removing items and materials can also create a tranquil setting for a more restful night’s sleep. RealSimple.com suggests getting rid of old pillows that may be filling up with dust, germs and bacteria; spare bedsheets that we never use; knickknacks that clutter the bedside table and all traces of food and beverages.
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Through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace.
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Saving a Drop to Drink Our Role in the Coming Water Crisis
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lthough climate change gets most of the attention, the international water crisis looms just as large. The World Economic Forum has ranked water scarcity as the top long-term environmental risk globally for the next decade; the United Nations reports that 1.2 billion people—a fifth of the world’s burgeoning population—live in regions of water scarcity; and as many as 700 million around the globe are already suffering from water deprivation. The U.S. is not in a water crisis—yet— but serious problems loom on the horizon in places like Southern California and the
desert Southwest. Los Angeles and San Diego rely on mountain snow in the north to melt and replenish rivers and lakes. But record high temperatures and a shortfall of winter storms—problems aggravated by climate change—have greatly reduced available water supplies. In the Southwest, Colorado River reservoirs were at record lows last summer. As the region continues to use more water than can be replaced by rain and snow, places like Phoenix may experience severe rationing, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Arizona’s Lake Mead, which supplies water to 22 million people, could run dry by
2021, report researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California at San Diego.
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“Fortunately, through conservation, more water-conscious consumption and smarter management of water, we can replenish and repair the water cycle. But we must make this a priority and pick up the pace,” says Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and author of Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity. Right now, we’re addressing a 21stcentury crisis with 20th-century tools. Leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty meters are responsible for the loss of 2.1 trillion gallons of water annually in the U.S., according to the American Water Works Association. And our lifestyles are extremely water-intensive. For instance, it takes 3,120 gallons of water to produce one smartphone; watering a 1,000-square-foot lawn even once uses 620 gallons of water.
Here are some simple steps everyone can take. Doing them won’t crimp our lifestyles, but it will help us hold on to our finite and threatened fresh water supply:
4 Eat less meat. The water required to produce one quarter-pound hamburger is equivalent to 30 showers, according to NationalGeographic.com. One serving of poultry uses 90 gallons.
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What It Takes to Make Our Stuff An eye-popping amount of water is needed to grow or manufacture what we eat, buy and use on a daily basis. Although it’s impossible to reduce our water use to zero, it’s helpful to know how much water is required, so that we’re less inclined to overbuy or waste. 1 cup of coffee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 gal. 1 hamburger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 660 gal. 1 gallon of milk. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 879 gal. 1 pound of wheat. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132 gal. 1 pound of soybeans . . . . . . . . . . . . 216 gal. 1 orange. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 gal. 1 pound of chocolate. . . . . . . . . . 3,170 gal. 20 pounds of dog food . . . . . . . . 4,000 gal. 1 pair of cotton jeans. . . . . . . . . . 2,108 gal. 1 smartphone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,190 gal. 1 car tire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518 gal.
1 avocado. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 gal. 1 pound of chicken meat. . . . . . . . 468 gal. 1 pound of barley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 200 gal. 1 pound of rice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 450 gal. 1 pound of almonds. . . . . . . . . . 1,900 gal. 1 egg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 gal. 1 slice of bread. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 gal. 1 pair of leather shoes. . . . . . . . . 3,626 gal. 1 cotton T-shirt. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 659 gal. 1 car. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13,737 to . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21,926 gal.
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4 Track down water leaks, which typically waste 10 gallons daily. Common leak sites are faucets, shower heads, swimming pools, garden hoses and pipe joints. 4 Replace old, leaky toilets with efficient models bearing the WaterSense label, or simply put a brick in the toilet tank to reduce consumption with each flush. To check a toilet for leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and see if any of it transfers to the bowl without flushing. 4 Wash only full loads of laundry and use right-size load settings. Typically, the washing machine accounts for 15 to 40 percent of a household’s indoor water use. Consider a more water-efficient, front-loading washer. 4 Take shorter, five-minute showers with a low-flow showerhead (saving more than 10 gallons compared to the 10-minute version), turn off the water while brushing teeth and shave with a full basin rather than open taps. 4 Wash the car less often: The process uses as much as 150 gallons of water. Driving may not seem to have much to do with water use, but the Water Footprint Calculator (WaterCalculator.org) reports, “Water is used in great quantities during fuel extraction, refining and production.” So taking public transportation, combining errands or joining a car pool will reduce our water footprint. 4 Reduce lawn watering to a one-hour soaking once a week, rather than daily. Water in the morning—before 10 a.m.— when it’s cooler, so grass roots can absorb moisture before it evaporates. If watering must be done in the evening, try between 4 and 6 p.m., which gives the grass blades time to dry before nightfall. Jim Motavalli is the author of eight books, and contributes to The New York Times and Barron’s.
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hilippe Cousteau Jr., the 39-yearold grandson of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, is continuing a rich family legacy of sharing the wonders of the natural world with a global audience. A diver, conservationist and environmental activist, the younger Cousteau has also become an inspirational speaker, writer, social entrepreneur and producer of myriad television and film projects. Now in his fifth season of hosting the Emmy-nominated series Xploration Awesome Planet, which airs on a number of outlets, Cousteau and his wife, Ashlan, also co-host the popular Travel Channel series Caribbean Pirate Treasure, a waterborne odyssey that explores pirate legends, shipwrecks and the lore of lost treasures. His previous work has examined the fragile future of sharks, tigers, rhinos and other species nearing collapse, and their critical places in the natural order. Like his grandfather and father before him—Philippe Sr. died in a
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How did your grandfather inspire you?
He was a captain in the French Navy during World War II when he and an engineer invented scuba diving. It revolutionized humanity in many ways because until then, we were limited in our ability to explore the ocean. He then went on to help create underwater cameras and lights and the means to do storytelling about this wonderful world that he was exploring. It was the first time for millions of people around the world to get a glimpse of what lived in the ocean. Ted Turner called him the “father of the environmental movement” because over time, his stories led him to a deeper understanding of the changes that were
happening in the oceans and inspired him to embark on a journey not just of exploration, but of conservation. Growing up with that legacy, I was very much inspired by his work. My father was also a big part of the early Cousteau Society, and was a major driver in the early days of the conservation ethic.
How did covering the 2010 BP oil disaster for news organizations and being among the first to dive into the historic spill shape your world view?
It was a transformative experience for me, and for the country. It was a much-needed reminder of the consequences of our addiction to oil. Seeing the spill firsthand was a horrific experience. While I was already engaged and committed to conservation, it really helped [me] to double down on the urgency that I feel on these issues, because I saw not only what it did to the environment, but what it did to the communities that rely on the environment— the fishermen, the tourism operators, other people. They were all shattered and devastated by that spill. It was a powerful reminder that when we talk about conservation, we are really talking about building a world where humans can thrive as much as nature.
What are your goals in reaching out to the next generation?
A focus on environmental education is something we’ve always been doing. EarthEcho International has become one of the
leading environmental education groups in the U.S. My grandfather always recognized that young people are key to building society’s ethos of environmental sustainability. We have to start with young people to grow constituencies of the older people to understand and be able to connect the dots and to care about it. Xploration Awesome Planet is targeted to the teen and tween audience, and we also have a lot of adults that watch it. It’s a great example of a program that’s all about inspiring people to not just be a passive observer of the world around them, but to be an active participant, to get engaged.
How can parents build upon the foundational message of environmental responsibility that your work instills in kids?
They can treat their kids like the hearts and minds of these issues and recognize that they are more than vessels to be filled with information. We try to encourage them to be treated like they are agents of change, that they are creative, and give them the latitude, trust and empowerment to come up with their own ideas, to look at the world, be informed and inspired, so they can say, “Oh wow. This is an issue I really care about, and I am going to do something about it.” Randy Kambic, of Estero, Florida, is a freelance writer and editor.
With Uncertainty Comes Opportunity by Hannah Adamson
he teenage years seem to be a loosely defined bridge between childhood and adulthood. It is a time when adolescents start to gain new independence and responsibilities. That said, it can be overwhelming to grow into these new roles and prepare for the future. While it may not be intentional, I feel that society places pressure on teens to know what they want to do with their lives and have a plan on how to accomplish it. High schools’ focus on the future—rigorous academic schedules, career aptitude tests, standardized tests—is intended to help teens pursue their goals. As a young teen, however, I found it overwhelming to think about what I wanted to do with my life. It was exciting in all its possibility, but also intimidating to think I had to have it all figured out. Talking to my peers, I found that this fear of uncertainty is not uncommon. I thought that I had to have my mind made up on what career I wanted to pursue; turns out I was
wrong. While it is good to have an idea of what field interests you, it is healthy to keep an open mind and investigate other options. I have not always known what career I wanted to pursue and have flip-flopped between different ideas. In times of uncertainty I felt anxious that I had no specific path to follow, but I now realize that with uncertainty comes opportunity. In pursuing various interests, I have learned about many fields of study and appreciate how different subjects often intermingle. Having a wide array of information has not only increased my knowledge but has also expanded my perspective. Taking courses in many different areas and exploring various options may lead you to discover what makes you tick. A few years ago, I spoke with someone about terrorism and how upset I felt about the loss of innocent lives. I explained my frustration about people not finding peace in the commonality of humanity. In response she said, “Sometimes what frustrates us the most is indicative of our passion.” That statement helped me realize that my frustration with human discord could actually be a career path. I had always felt I wanted to help people, but I then knew my fascination with current events, human interaction and the environment could come together to enable
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a possible byproduct of climate change. Environmental and lifestyle stress, inadequate nutrition and weakened immune systems are also factors, leaving many feeling too miserable to engage in physical activities. Yet, research shows that exercise can help ease allergy symptoms and lessen severity. A survey of 2,000 allergy sufferers sponsored by the UK National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit showed those that exercised the most had the mildest symptoms.
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easonal allergies plague more than 26 million Americans, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of
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Boosting heart rate through aerobic activities such as running, walking, jumping rope, treadmill routines, tennis and team sports like volleyball or basketball seems to offer anti-allergy benefits. Vitamin C can also help. Researchers from the Faculty of Sports Science at Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, found that 70 percent of participants that took a vitamin C supplement and ran for half an hour experienced decreased nasal congestion and sneezing.
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Tinyurl.com/YogaPosesForSinusPressure Tinyurl.com/YogaRemedySinusCongestion “Exercising regularly creates a cumulative effect in the body, helps speed up metabolism and improves immunity, so you could find even less allergies occurring over time,” says Stephanie Mansour, fitness expert and former allergy sufferer from Chicago. “I used to get allergy shots for a runny nose and headaches during certain times of the year, but personally transformed my allergies through expanding my lungs and chest and balancing out my nervous system.” The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy recommends gentler forms of exercise, and cautions against vigorous workouts such as Crossfit or long runs that can be counterproductive and exacerbate allergy flare-ups. Mansour recommends yoga, Pilates, walking or weight training—especially when congestion is a factor.
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and other demanding forms during flareups. A gentle approach goes a long way. Ideally, Brien recommends asanas that anyone can do, including legs up the wall, supported bridge pose, supported reclined goddess pose and child’s pose.
Create a Healthy Space Lessening the body’s burden by making small changes in living or workout space can also optimize the benefits of exercise. Brien, an allergy sufferer and asthmatic, recommends using a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to reduce circulating allergens and also wiping down all surfaces, including yoga mats, floors, window
sills and vents. During drier, colder times of the year, Mansour recommends using a humidifier to add moisture to the air and improve breathing. Exercise may not cure seasonal allergies, but it can lessen related symptoms, along with effecting a more balanced nervous system and better overall health. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at AutumnEmberMusic.com.
No matter the type of exercise, warming up can play a key factor. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, stretching before activity
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pringtime brings a desire to clean up our diets and refresh our plates. Here are five worthy strategies for upgrading nutrition and greeting the season with a renewed sense of well-being. n Ditch dieting. According to the Boston Medical Center, an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend more than $30 billion annually on weight-loss products. Despite this hefty investment, restrictive diets don’t work, says Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist based in northern California. Aamodt co-presented the Neurobiology of Dieting: Evidence for Improving Mental Health With a Self-Care Approach session at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) annual meeting last October in Washington, D.C. “Diets are not harmless,” Aamodt explains. “They create stress, persistent hunger,
trigger eating disorders such as binge eating and even make people fatter over time.” It’s better to take a kinder approach, says Rebecca Scritchfield, a Washington, D.C.-based registered dietitian and Aamodt’s co-presenter. Scritchfield is the author of Body Kindness: Transform Your Health From the Inside Out – and Never Say Diet Again. She teaches her clients to value their self-worth regardless of body size, practice mindful eating and focus on overall self-care: Think enjoyable physical activity, adequate sleep and positive self-talk. Mindful eating includes paying attention to thoughts and feelings that trigger eating such as hunger, but also stress, boredom and loneliness, says Californiabased registered dietitian Andrea Lieberstein, who wrote Well Nourished: Mindful Practices to Heal Your Relationship with Food, Feed Your Whole Self, and End Overeating. She encourages clients to identify voids in their lives and fill them
with healthy relationships and pleasurable activities, rather than food. The “health at any size” philosophy is accepted by a growing number of health and nutrition experts, including Annie Kay, a registered dietitian and registered yoga therapist at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. She’s the author of Every Bite is Divine: The Balanced Approach to Enjoying Eating, Feeling Healthy and Happy, and Getting to a Weight That’s Natural for You. Kay injects compassion into her work, promoting stress reduction, conscious eating and finding peace for individuals to reach their natural weight. n Learn how to cook and garden. The best
dietary upgrade starts in our own kitchens, where the cook controls the ingredients. Home cooking with fresh, whole foods is at the heart of feeding ourselves well. Processed food manufacturers would like us to equate cooking with drudgery or think that cooking takes too much time, yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle, established a culinary medicine program that includes both cooking and gardening classes. Sethi says, “Eating is sacred; it’s our connection to the earth.” She also believes there is wisdom in the way food has been traditionally cooked. Sethi recommends a Mediterranean eating pattern for March 2019
gardens provide a ready source of affordable, fresh and nutritious vegetables and herbs. n Eat to protect our planet. According to the
American Public Health Association, climate change is a major threat to our population. Droughts, fires, storms and flooding create obvious challenges to growing crops, but new research also shows how increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere decreases the nutritional quality of food, leading to lower levels of protein and minerals. One solution is to change the way we farm and eat. For example, Jennifer Jay, Ph.D., a professor of environmental engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Los Angeles, calculated the carbon footprints and climate impacts of a variety of food choices. In general, she says, the fewer animal products in our diets, the lower the greenhouse gas impact. But meat and other animal products
need not be totally off the table. Simply choose smaller portions and when possible, purchase local pasture-raised products produced without antibiotics and hormones. Organic food production introduces less fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and greenhouse gases into our environment. So, what’s best for the planet is best for us. Jay provides easy, plant-based and planet-friendly recipes at Meals4Planet.org. n Support gut health. Around 400 B.C.,
Hippocrates said, “Bad digestion is the root of all evil.” Fast forward through the centuries to today, and one of the hottest areas of research in health, medicine and nutrition revolves around the microbiome; more specifically, the community of microorganisms living in the gut. “Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut,” explains Sethi, which is why she advises,“Feed the bacteria in your gut real food.” Similarly, Teresa Martin, a registered dietitian and certified
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its power to reduce depression and ward off chronic diseases. She also promotes the “herb and spice pharmacy” to reduce inflammation and treat and prevent disease. For example, she says, “Ginger and turmeric both act on the same biochemical pathways as antiinflammatory medicines.” Cooking and eating together as a family has multiple benefits, too, improving children’s nutrition, self-esteem and school performance. Best of all, says Sethi, “Family meals allow us to connect with the people we love.” Put away phones, turn off screens and truly tune in to each other. Connecting to the earth through gardening also improves our health, according to both Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, a registered dietitian and associate director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Diana Dyer, a Michigan-based organic farmer, registered dietitian and author of A Dietitian’s Cancer Story: Information & Inspiration for Recovery & Healing. They promote gardening as a way to interact with nature, reduce stress and improve quality of life. With just a small patch of soil, home and community
Seventy percent of our immune system is in the lining of the gut. ~Tanmeet Sethi, an integrative physician at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Medicine Residency, in Seattle. diabetes educator based in Bend, Oregon, emphasizes the value of unprocessed, highfiber, organic plant foods to nourish gut bacteria and maintain microbial balance. Speaking at the same recent meeting, Martin described multiple ways gut bacteria influence our physical and mental health, including nutrient absorption, body weight and blood sugar control, bone density, inflammation and mood. Microbes in the colon digest and ferment plant fibers into short-chain fatty acids, which help ensure a thick, healthy, intestinal mucus lining. Martin notes, “When we don’t eat enough plants, we can’t make enough short-chain fatty acids,” which are key to gut-brain crosstalk and control of appetite and mood. Martin recommends eating 35 to 50 grams of fiber per day from food, not supplements. She also warns against “microbial assassins” such as antibiotics, processed meats, high-fat diets, refined carbohydrates, added sugars and artificial sweeteners, plus the emulsifiers polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose, which are commonly added to foods like ice cream and baked goods to improve texture and extend shelf life. All contribute to microbial imbalance, the loss of microbial diversity and leaky gut—the inability to keep offending food compounds like gluten and intact milk protein out of the bloodstream—leading to food intolerance, inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Registered dietitian Brenda Davis, of British Columbia, also recommends wholefood, plant-based diets to reverse Type 2 diabetes. She developed a “whole-grain hierarchy” to identify the most gut-friendly, least-processed grains, including cracked oats, brown rice, barley, buckwheat, sprouted grain, wheat berries and kamut. Along with beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables, Davis says these foods nourish beneficial gut microbes and reduce inflammation.
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the body at least 12 hours without food intake benefits gut microbial diversity, says Martin. Intermittent fasting, or eating patterns in which no or few calories are consumed between 12 to 16 hours, can protect against a variety of metabolic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, perhaps in part due to the effect on gut microbes. Dorothy Sears, associate professor of medicine and associate director of the Center for Circadian Biology at the University of California, San Diego, studied the effect of intermittent fasting, or “time-restricted feeding”, on the risk of breast cancer recurrence. In a study of more than 2,300 breast cancer survivors, Sears discovered the women that fasted for at least 13 hours a day reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent, regardless of other dietary factors. Putting this into practice, if the last meal of the day ends at 6 p.m., the first meal of the next day would not begin before 7 a.m.
In addition to this “prolonged nightly fasting,” Sears says that when we eat affects the way our bodies handle calories. She recommends eating during the first half of the day, when the sun is up and our enzyme and hormone systems are best able to handle calories, control blood sugar and body weight. Spring forward with these five tips and enjoy better health.
Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “food sleuth”, is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at FoodSleuth@ gmail.com. Tune into Food Sleuth Radio through iTunes, Stitcher and KOPN.org.
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Quick Tips for Enjoying Good Food, Fast 1. Cook once, eat twice (or more). Smart, busy cooks use this wise, old home economics strategy. A big pot of soup, stew or chili makes many servings of easy-to-heat leftovers. Store extra servings in glass, never plastic, for quick, heat-and-serve meals. Add a side salad and fruit for dessert for a nourishing, fulfilling meal.
2. Master the omelet. Eggs, preferably free-range and organic, make fast, easy, affordable meals. Get creative with personalized omelet fillings. For example, in a tablespoon or more of olive oil, quickly sauté any combination of seasonal vegetables like potatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, kale or spinach. When tender, slide vegetables into a bowl. Add a few more drops of olive oil to the pan and pour in beaten eggs. When eggs are almost set, top them with sautéed vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese. Cover the pan, set heat to low and when cheese is melted, it’s time to eat. For an alternative filling, try beans, avocado, cheese, onions or peppers with a side of salsa.
5. Experiment with helpful cookbooks. Mark Bittman’s Kitchen Ex-
press provides 404 seasonal dishes that can be prepared in 20 minutes or less. Betty Crocker, the renowned classic teacher, shows beginning cooks how to make standard dishes from scratch. For delicious vegetarian meals, check out Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. And to enrich children’s taste buds, invite them into the kitchen with The Kids’ Multicultural Cookbook: Food & Fun Around the World, by Deanna F. Cook.
6. Keep assorted organic herbal teas handy. Unsweetened herbal teas
make cozy companions during prolonged nighttime fasting. Staying well hydrated is key to mental performance and weight control, too. Thirst often masquerades as hunger, so drink water or tea first, then reassess appetite.
7. Invest in a microplane grater or handheld rasp. Add a punch
of flavor and pizzazz with this versatile kitchen tool. Use it to add freshly grated garlic, ginger and turmeric; plus lemon, lime and orange zest.
8. Purge cupboards of packaged, processed foods. Read
ingredient labels to remove the big offenders: refined flours, sugar and substitutes, artificial colors and additives that harm gut microbes, including polysorbate 80 and carboxymethyl cellulose.
9. Stock up with grab-and-go snacks. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, nut but-
ters and plain yogurt (sweeten to taste with local honey, seasonal fruit and cinnamon) make satisfying, high-nutrient snacks.
10. Put fun and pleasure back into eating. Host a potluck with
friends to share cooking and clean up, or have a picnic with kids of all ages. Put flowers or a candle on the table and play soothing music—it all enhances digestion and encourages mindful eating. Bon appétit!
3. Use an electric pressure cooker. Say goodbye to sodium-laden,
BPA-lined cans of beans. With today’s safe and easy electric pressure cookers, a pot of un-soaked dry beans can be ready in less than an hour. Use cooked beans in a variety of quick, delicious dishes, including hummus, burritos, soups, chili and veggie burgers. For tips on vegetarian cooking and stress-free pressure cooking, visit TheVeggieQueen.com.
4. Make friends with farmers.
Find local farmers’ markets for the most flavorful, fresh, seasonal produce. For those not sure what to do with kohlrabi or a strange-looking squash, farmers and fellow shoppers will gladly provide ideas. It’s like going to a community party with fellow foodies—much more fun than a trip to the grocery store.
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Making Meals From Mainly Scraps
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ood scraps are no It’s fun to challenge ing the plant, the fish, the longer relegated to animal and its life,” says yourself to create just making soup, something delicious out the co-author of Scraps, stock and sauces that hide Wilt & Weeds: Turning of something no one Wasted Food into Plenty. their true nature. Creative chefs are reawakening to would think edible, like Tama Matsuoka the possibilities of skins, Wong, forager and comy banana peel cake. cores, rinds and other author of Scraps, Wilt ~Lindsay-Jean Hard parts we’ve needlessly & Weeds, points to the been throwing away, with startling results. cultural relativism of cooking, noting that “Cooking with scraps is good for the our ancestors or other cultures may think planet and good for the pocketbook. Forty that modern Americans are throwing away percent of food produced goes uneaten, the best parts of our food. “Some of the unnecessarily filling the landfill with best flavor and nutrients can be found in hundreds of billions of dollars of food,” says vegetable, fruit and fish skins that often get Lindsay-Jean Hard, a chef in Ann Arbor, discarded,” says Matsuoka Wong. Michigan, and the author of Cooking With Both Scraps, Wilt & Weeds and CookScraps: Turn Your Peels, Cores, Rinds, and ing with Scraps are intended as reference Stems into Delicious Meals. guides to provide inspiration to home chefs, Yet the real driving force behind Hard’s rather than rigid cookbooks to be followed unusual, scrap-based recipes is the joy of with precision. Matsuoka Wong suggests creativity and innovation. “It’s fun to chaltrying to work with the ingredients at hand, lenge yourself to create something delicious using substitutions as needed, instead of out of something no one would think edible, buying an ingredient just to follow a recipe. like my banana peel cake,” says Hard. Cooking from scraps requires a shift in Mads Refslund, a Danish chef living mindset about our food and a new mindfulin New York City, seeks nature in food by ness about our habits in the kitchen, says Matcooking and serving it on the plate. “In suoka Wong. “Before automatically throwing nature, there is no ugly, no trash, just cycles of something away or composting, pause and change. Using all the parts is a way of respect- think, what might I do with this?” she says.
Hard suggests choosing one new ingredient at a time to work with, old bread being an easy one to start with. “Stale bread can easily be transformed into breadcrumbs and croutons that can add nice texture to a lot of dishes,” says Hard. “Nail a couple things you can make out of anything, like fried rice or frittatas, which are both very accepting of most any ingredient you add,” says Matsuoka Wong. Hard agrees that simple, hearty dishes like layered casseroles or tasty tempura can be great ways to clean out the odds and ends in the crisper. Sometimes the toughest ingredients can yield the tastiest meal. Hard admits to having been stumped by what to do with the non-fleshy part of artichoke leaves, which can be tough and bitter, until she developed a recipe for artichoke leaf nachos. Edible weeds, leaves, stalks and stems of all kinds, including celery, asparagus ends and carrot tops, make for great pesto, which is itself a versatile ingredient—great for sandwiches, dips, pastas and more—and it freezes well, Hard says. Fish scales can be fried and eaten like potato chips; they are a
crunchy bar snack in Japan, notes Matsuoka Wong. Fish carcasses or shrimp shells can also be boiled down into stock for risotto or seafood chowder, suggests Hard. Fruit cores can be boiled into sweet syrup for cocktails or non-alcoholic refreshments, or distilled down into vinegars. Fruit peels can be crisped up into a healthy snack or boiled into a tea. Hard likes to infuse tequila with beet peels for a dramatic look and a little extra flavor. Fruit or vegetable tops such as pineapples, strawberries, cucumbers and leftover herbs can be used to infuse water or vinegar. Water from canned beans, known as aquafaba, is a great stand-in for egg whites to make everything from homemade vegan mayo to fudgy brownies. “Cooking with scraps shouldn’t be intimidating or overwhelming or feel like a chore: They’re just ingredients,” says Hard. “The more you cook using these recipes, the more familiar the concepts will become, and you’ll realize how easy it is to adapt them to make them your own.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at AprilWrites.com.
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For one, two-layer cake: Peels from 2 very ripe bananas, stem and very bottom discarded (see note) ½ cup unsalted butter, softened, plus more for buttering the pans 1½ cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs, separated ½ cup buttermilk 1⅔ cups cake flour, (gluten-free if needed), plus more flour for flouring the pans 1 tsp baking soda ¼ tsp baking powder ½ tsp fine-grain sea salt For the frosting: ½ cup unsalted butter 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar ¼ cup milk, 2 percent or higher 1¾ to 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
Transfer the peels and the cup of cooking water to a tall, narrow container and purée with an immersion blender or a mini food processor until completely smooth.
Preheat oven to 350° F. Cut the banana peels into 1-inch pieces and place them in a small saucepan with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove pan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly, then drain the banana peels, reserving a cup of the cooking water.
Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer or a wooden spoon until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing until incorporated, and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix in the banana peel mixture, then stir in the buttermilk until well combined.
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uccessful professional athletes, musicians and business men and women that have achieved their goals can often point to repetition as a key to their prosperity and success. Undergoing both physical and mental training on a daily basis are keys for them to perform at their highest levels. Keeping their goals at the forefront of their thoughts, talking about the outcomes that they want to achieve and mentally seeing themselves achieving their goals are essential components of a repetitive practice that reaps great rewards. Everyone can implement a similar success practice. Revisit goals daily to enable subconscious and spiritual intuition to illuminate possibilities in taking steps necessary to create the life that we love. This repetitive practice will shift our beliefs so that goals will be achieved sooner. Motivational speaker and author Earl Nightingale writes, “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” To realize goals sooner, set aside 20 minutes and follow three simple steps each morning:
Write down your goals and be specific in describing the desired outcome.
For example, instead of saying, “I want to lose 10 pounds,” say, “I’m so grateful that I am physically fit in a pain-free body that easily moves through life.” By spending
time each day describing completed goals with gratitude, your beliefs will change and your subconscious can work with you to make those statements true.
Speak your goal statements aloud with emotion.
The practice of uttering your goal statements out loud anchors the meaning more fully internally. This practice helps to convince your subconscious that achieving your goals is possible. Ideas and thoughts that are in alignment with them will then become more noticeable.
Imagine yourself achieving your desired outcomes.
With eyes closed, create a clear picture of your realized goals in your mind each day. As you begin to feel yourself completing goals, spiritual intuition that emerges as gut instincts, strong thoughts and ideas, and messages that are external to you will become obvious. Take action as led by your intuition to manifest your dreams. Repeat these steps every day to create new beliefs and achieve all that you desire sooner. Now is the time to enjoy increased prosperity and success in all of your endeavors. May McCarthy is the author of The Path to Wealth: Seven Spiritual Steps for Financial Abundance and The Gratitude Formula: A 7-Step Success System to Create a Life that You Love. Visit her at MayMcCarthy.com.
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n Eat organic when possible, especially oats, wheat and other grains, soy, corn, beans and lentils. n Look for the “Non-GMO Project Verified” seal on labels.
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n Sweat in a sauna or steam room 15 to 20 minutes once or twice a week to stimulate toxin release (infrared saunas are a good alternative for those that can’t tolerate the heat of traditional saunas). n Take 15-minute home baths with onequarter-cup of bentonite clay. n Drink lots of purified filtered water every day. n Strive to have a daily bowel movement. n Add fiber to diet such as psyllium husk or fruit pectin. n Eat a variety of detoxifying foods like cruciferous vegetables, ground flaxseeds, parsley, beet greens (the leafy tops of beetroot), cilantro and chia seeds.
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n Eat as much organic foods as possible and eliminate processed foods from a child’s diet. n Don’t drink tap water; use a quality water filter. n Strive to eliminate pesticides in the child’s environment, including at schools, playdates and homes of relatives. n Seek a foundation of nutritional medicine and individualized treatment strategies employing nutraceuticals, herbs, homeopathy and manipulative medicine. n Consider an elimination diet, beginning with dairy and gluten. 42
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Healing From Genetically Altered Foods Another Reason to Go Organic by Marlaina Donato
wenty-five years As I dug deeper, I put health have ignited conago, the first the pieces together of troversy among sciengenetically moditists, consumers and even the relationship between governments. fied (GM) crop came to GMOs, gut health and market in the form of a Much of the research tomato engineered for a has been conducted in subsequent diseases. longer shelf life. Today, other countries—more ~Michelle Perro, pediatrician, as much as 80 percent of than 60 have banned author and executive director GMOs—and most food in the U.S. contains of GMO Science GMOs (as they are best studies have focused on known) and most of the world’s genetically the health effects of the glyphosate used engineered crops are treated with glyphosate on these crops, which the World Health herbicides, primarily Monsanto’s Roundup. Organization in 2015 declared a probable Unlike hybrids produced by convenhuman carcinogen. “Glyphosate adversely tional breeding, GMOs are created in a affects the mitochondria, neurotranslaboratory, often incorporating DNA from mitter production and hormones,” says other species, such as bacteria and viruses. Smith, whose recent documentary, Secret Researching the potential health effects Ingredients, presents stories of people that “must be our number one priority, because overcame chronic illnesses by eliminating GMO technology is replacing nature,” says GMOs from their diets. Jeffrey Smith, executive director of the Smith recently conducted a survey Institute for Responsible Technology, in published in the International Journal of Fairfield, Iowa. “The altered genomes are Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine passed on to future generations.” in which 3,256 respondents reported im Although U.S. regulators generally provement in a number of health problems regard these foods to be safe, the ubiquity after they switched to largely non-GMO of GMOs in the food chain and a lack of and organic diets. “Many of the conditions research on their long-term effect on human that improved in the survey participants are
similar to the health issues found in lab animals fed GMOs or the associated herbicide Roundup,” he wrote. More than 85 percent reported improvement from digestive disorders. It is possible that glyphosate, which is antibiotic in nature, may disrupt the delicate balance of the microbiome, a community of microbes that inhabit the gut.
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“Roundup can loosen the tight junctions between our cells,” explains Smith. “This can lead to leaky gut, which can contribute to inflammation and numerous diseases.” Dr. Akil Palanisamy, a Harvard-educated physician and author of The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease, concurs. “I do believe that the microbiome is crucial for health, and by switching to organic, we eliminate the potential microbiome-damaging effects of glyphosate.”
Helpful Resources n 2018 Journal of the American Medical Association study: Tinyurl.com/OrganicFoodAndCancer n What’s Making our Children Sick?: How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It, by Dr. Michelle Perro and University of California San Francisco medical anthropologist Vincanne Adams; ChelseaGreen.com/product/ whats-making-our-children-sick
Palanisamy, based in San Francisco, emphasizes glyphosate’s known ability to cause DNA damage and potentially induce cell death. “It may be a contributing factor to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, infertility and gastrointestinal disorders,” he says. “It is impossible in the U.S. to just eliminate GMO foods from the diet, so eating organic is the only way to guarantee avoiding GMO foods. This automatically also reduces pesticides from the diet.”
Dr. Michelle Perro, a pediatrician, author and executive director of GMO Science, in San Rafael, California, became involved when she came across research by plant biologist Dr. Arpad Pusztai, one of the first scientists to raise concerns about the safety of genetically modified foods. “I was able to correlate his findings with the change in children’s health that I was beginning to notice in my own practice,” says Perro. “As I dug deeper, I put the pieces together of the relationship between GMOs, gut health and subsequent diseases.” Perro has seen improved health in her patients once a cleaner diet is introduced. “Parents have the ability to help reverse chronic disorders plaguing their children, including asthma, eczema, food allergies and neurocognitive disorders such as autism and ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].” Palanisamy has also seen significant changes in his patients’ health when they heed his advice and avoid GMOs. “Often, they report improvement in digestion, mood, brain fog and energy levels.” The body is designed with the innate ability to heal, says Pero. “Chronic diseases can be reversed when organic nutrition is the foundation.” The Hartman Group’s Organic & Natural 2018 report reveals that 46 percent of American shoppers now seek GMO-free food. “The tipping point here in the United States has begun,” says Smith. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books on spirituality, health and wellness and a composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com. March 2019
Air Care for Kids Keeping the Homefront Allergy-Free by Avery Mack
n allergy is a dramatic overreaction of the immune system to environmental agents that are harmless to most people. Antibodies fight allergens with the release of histamines, and a runny nose, red eyes, sneezing, coughing, rash or hives can be the tangible result.
Common around age 10, allergies often fade later in life, so children are often most sensitive to their causes. Outdoors, the problem could be pollen from trees or plants. Indoors, chemicals, dust mites, mold or pet dander are common culprits. An allergist can help identify them.
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Author of Clearing the Air One Nose at a Time: Caring for Your Personal Filter, pediatrician Hana Solomon, M.D., in Columbia, Missouri, focuses on a natural approach to prevent, rather than treat, symptoms. “Thirty years ago, we didn’t have specialty cleaning products,” she says. “Natural solutions work; sometimes just a cotton cloth and water are enough.” Frisco, Texas-based Urban Hydration uses vegan-friendly, cruelty- and glutenfree ingredients and herbal extracts to ensure their cleaning products don’t contain parabens, synthetics, polybeads and toxic chemicals. Their home and spa collections are kept as natural as possible without requiring refrigeration. Lemon extract and coconut oil are key ingredients in their all-purpose spray, dishwashing solution and fabric refresher. Microscopic dust mites live in upholstery, carpets and mattresses. They are the cleanup crew for the millions of dead skin cells humans shed daily. “If a child is allergic to dust mites, get rid of the carpet. Hang blinds on the windows. Vacuum heat vents,” Solomon says. “Use allergen-free pillows, no down or feathers, and a mattress cover. Wash it and bedding once a week. Reduce the number of toys and stuffed animals in use, wash [them] frequently and store others. Go unscented.” Leslie Fischer, an eco-minded mom and entrepreneur in Chicago, reviews mattresses for adults and babies at SustainableSlumber.com/reviews. “Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) off-gas from the mattress and disrupt sleep, but also trigger allergy symptoms, asthma and hives,” she says. “An organic mattress is a better choice.” Natural fabrics are the best option for bed linens. Kathryn Kellogg, author of the Going Zero Waste blog in Vallejo, California, lists 17 sustainable and eco-friendly bedding brands. For her own use, she chose organic cotton sheets from a family-owned business (Tinyurl.com/EcoFriendlyBeddingBrands). Pajamas are also important. Look for comfy organic fibers that wick moisture, are hypoallergenic and fire-resistant. Merino wool’s millions of tiny air pockets create a micro-climate to keep sleeping
kids toasty in cold weather and cool in summer heat. Pallet furniture is trendy, but keep in mind that chemical residue or insecticides may remain in the porous wood, as well as E. coli or listeria from food transports. A safety checklist can be found at Tinyurl. com/PalletSafety. Often overlooked, indoor mold can live year-round in damp places like bathrooms. A DecoLife bath mat made of natural diatomaceous earth and resilient plant-fiber is antibacterial, non-slip and contains no colorants. It dries within three minutes to prevent mold or mildew from forming. Instead of dropping wet towels and washcloths into the hamper, hang them to dry and launder weekly. Lemon juice keeps faucets sparkly clean and fresh-smelling. Vinegar cleans glass shower doors. Ditch the old shower curtain; most are made with PVC and release chemicals into the air. Install a rain showerhead to avoid water spray, and use a fast-drying hemp or organic cotton curtain.
Opt for natural flooring; bamboo and cork are both sturdy and sustainable, but have a large carbon footprint due to shipping distances. Linoleum, updated and colorful, is available with marbled, stone-like, flecked and woodgrain patterns. Antistatic and antibacterial, it withstands kids and pets, requiring only a mild cleanser and damp mop to stay clean. Pets are often blamed when a child develops allergies. It’s actually their dander that causes the reaction. Rather than giving Sparky away, use pet-friendly wipes on fur and feet to remove dander and allergens carried in from outdoors. The Daily Shep offers tips at Tinyurl.com/TheDailyShepTips. Kids bring allergens into the house, too. Leave shoes outside the door, schedule an early bath and change to indoor garb for the evening. A high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter will help clean the air. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at AveryMack@mindspring.com.
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4 A change in cleaning products. Use unscented, all-natural cleansers. Put the dog or cat in another room when vacuuming so they don’t breathe dust. A new cat litter can trigger allergic reactions. Look for unscented, dust-free litter.
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pringtime doesn’t just mean warmer weather, colorful flowers and greening grass. It also brings seasonal allergies. For pets, it can be a miserable time of year, because dogs and cats are lower to the ground and pick up allergens on their fur. Grass, weeds, pollen, lawn chemicals, fertilizers and fleas can trigger reactions such as itchy skin, raw paws, sneezing fits and general discomfort. Due to the warmer temperatures of the past decade, flea allergies in dogs have risen 12 percent, while cats have seen a whopping 67 percent increase. Environmental allergies are also up 30 percent for dogs and 11 percent for cats, according to the 2018 State of Pet Health Report from the Banfield Pet Hospital, in Vancouver, Washington. The most common environmental allergens include dust mites, mold, fabric, feathers and cleaning solutions.
Symptoms A dog’s itching will often manifest between the toes, on the wrists, “armpits”, groin, legs, ears, eyes and back, just in front of the tail. In the quest for relief, dogs will lick, chew, pull out hair and scratch, often leaving bare spots or open wounds that 46
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may get infected. Cats will pull hair, scratch ears and develop a rash or bare spot on the stomach or inside the legs. In extreme cases, a veterinarian will give an injection to calm the itchiness before more damage is done. Owners can use that lull to investigate what is causing the allergy.
Fleas For fleas, there are more natural ways to end the cycle than using potentially toxic pet treatments. Diatomaceous earth (DE) is affordable, non-toxic and safe, made from fossils of marine life crushed into a superfine powder. Its deadly effect on insects stems from piercing their hard shells so they become dehydrated. It does not harm mammals. Be sure to buy food-grade DE, not the kind that’s designed for use in pools and gardens. Simply dust the dog to the skin with the powder and sprinkle it on bedding, rugs and carpets. Cats tend to have more favorite nap spots than dogs, so vacuum first to get rid of any flea eggs. Sprinkle the DE and leave it in place for a couple of weeks. Vacuum again. DE can be hard on regular vacuums, but a Shop-Vac is up to the task.
4 Dust mites. Replace worn beds and bedding on a regular basis. Look for natural fabrics and fillings; no down or feathers. Wash weekly. 4 Lack of proper filtration. The air conditioner will capture incoming pollen: Be sure to change the filter often.
Be Proactive 4 Check the paw pads. If they’re irritated or red and raw, ask the vet for a salve to ease the pain while they heal. Be sure to wipe paws when coming into the house. 4 Take a look inside the ears. Allergies can lead to earaches, so watch for red, inflamed skin or black, tar-like goop. Either requires a vet visit and a prescription salve. 4 If dog walks are part of regular exercise, ask neighbors or local park employees if they’ve sprayed pesticides or treated grassy areas. 4 Add a small amount, based on weight, of Omega-3-rich fish oil to food to soothe and smooth the skin. Diligence in spotting symptoms can stop itching in its tracks when remedies are in place or at hand. Connect with Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.
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Spring the Energy Body into Motion
ake a moment to sense the space surrounding you. Imagine that your physical body is the nucleus within a cushion of unseen energy that radiates effortlessly from within. This cushion of energy around the physical body is called the auric field, or energy field, and some people believe that it is just as real as our physical form. The idea that we all have a bubble of energy surrounding us can be an abstract concept to grasp. However, some yogic lineages believe that a personâ€™s energy field is quite real, and contains thousands of invisible energy pathways called nadis. The nadis work with the chakra system, both of which originate at the spine and flow outward into the auric field. As information comes to us from the outside world, it filters through the nadis and chakras, and is then redistributed back out into the world around us. I believe that when yoga postures are practiced mindfully, they can keep both the physical body and the energy body healthy. A good visual is to imagine the breath as the conductor of this process. As we hold postures that stretch the spine, we can breathe life into the muscles and tissues. Each breath we take as we settle into a posture invites fresh oxygen into our
system. This combination of stretching and breathing also opens and clears out the energy pathways known as nadis and chakras. Just as yoga postures promote proper flow of synovial fluid within the joints, they also help to promote proper energy flow throughout the body. Years ago, Guru Singh, a kundalini yoga teacher, gave me a cue during a class when he said, â€œstretch into your body glove.â€? I love the image of breathing vital life force energy into my auric field each time I reach, stretch and settle into a yoga posture. Sun Salutations have given me an opportunity to be creative with tapping into my auric field. With each sweep of my arms and torso, I imagine literally dusting off any stagnant energetic debris from around my body. I take up as much or as little space as I feel called to, and I envision breathing both oxygen and prana into my system. I invite you to have some fun during your next asana practice by exploring the feeling of becoming radiantly contained within a strong, bright aura. Namaste. Rosie Lazroe is a certified yoga teacher and master reiki practitioner. For more information, contact her at 732596-7384, Rosie@ NaturalAwakeningsNJ. com or visit RosieLazroe.com.
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FRIDAY, MARCH 1 Free Consultation for Lyme Disease and Alternative Medicine – 3/1-15; appt. only. Free consultation regarding an alternative medicine approach for those suffering from Lyme Disease. Discussion reviews an all-natural, drug-free program using nutrition, botanicals, homeopathy and alternative medicine to remove the true barriers to health and healing. Free. Sunrise Nutrition Center, 137 Mountain Ave, Hackettstown NJ. For more information or to make an appointment, call 908-441-2276 or visit SunriseNutritionCenter.com. First Friday Healing Circle – 7-8pm. Along the journey os spiritual unfoldment, we are called upon to heal that which no longer heals. us. Spiritual support during this time is often helpful in moving forward on our path. The Healing Circle is a caring and loving way in which healing can be experienced. Love Offering. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown. For information contact call 973-539-3114 or email email@example.com. CSLMorristown.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2 How to Read Medical Blood Test Naturally: Class 2 – 11am-1:30pm. Knowing how to read medical tests and what deficiencies may be causing what indicators on the test is a powerful way to be in control of your own health. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. WellnessSimplified.com. Healing with Crystals Level I – 11am-6pm. Join Sue and Leslie to learn how to use crystals, how crystals connect chakras, how shapes can be used and more. Receive handbook and an attunement. Practice specific layouts and be guided by intuition. $195. Deposit of $75 to reserve your space. Class limited to four individuals. Blossoming into Light, located at IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. For information and to RSVP email sue@ blossomingintolight-chester.com or text 862-2224268. BlossomingIntoLight-Chester.com. Exploring Alternative Cancer Treatments – 2-4:30pm. Learn common sense ways to cut through the hype about natural treatments for cancers and discern the best way to evaluate such options. Informed consent means it is you in the driver’s seat and the best way to make that journey is to be informed about your options. Instructor: Dian Freeman. $50/ public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. WellnessSimplified.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 3 Tarot Card Readings with Rhonda – 10am4pm. Rhonda has been working with the tarot for over 20 years. Her readings offer guidance and perspectives for what is coming up in your life and how to move forward. Readings: $65/1-2 hour; $130/1 hour. Blossoming Into Light, IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. For more info or to reserve your appointment time, text Sue on 862-222-4268
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FRIDAY, MARCH 8 Sound of Soul Event – 7:30-8:30pm. Those seeking spiritual growth and transformation are invited to 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. For information call 800-870-9139 or visit Eckankar-NJ.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 9 Crystal Elixir Class – 12:30-4:30pm. Learn to make a personalized crystal elixir—the process to use, great crystals to use and why. Handbook included. $88. Blossoming Into Light, IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. For more info or to reserve your place, text Sue on 862-222-4268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. BlossomingIntoLight-Chester.com.
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The Official Wellness Gala Created by Founder Deb Peterson To celebrate 11 years in business we are offering Free Admission to all attendees. Free Admission Includes Speaker Sessions, Unlimited Mini Sessions with experts in the fields of Health, Beauty & Wellness, Hors d’oeuvres & Live Music Cash Bar Available Sheraton Hotel 199 Smith Rd., Parsippany, NJ Limited Space: RSVP/ Registration Appreciated WellnessGala.com/events 973-713-6811 listically. Featured speakers: Dr. Burt Berkson, Eddie Leong and Dian Freeman, whose real life stories educate and inspire. Paleo/vegan & wheat-free edibles, plus holistic vendors. $60/ advance; $70 at door. Knoll Country Club, 1130 Knoll Rd., Parsippany. For information and tickets: call 973-476-8846, email denise@ curingcourtney.com or visit CuringCourtney.com/ product/autoimmunesymposium. Celebration Wellness Gala – 1-5pm. Created by Founder Deb Peterson. To celebrate 11 years in business we are offering free admission to all attendees, which includes speaker sessions, unlimited minisessions with experts in the fields of health, beauty and wellness, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Special Appearance: Shira special pet communication session. Cash bar available. Free admission. Sheraton Hotel, 199 Smith Rd., Parsippany. Limited space, RSVP/registration appreciated to WellnessGala. com/events or 973-713-6811.
TUESDAY, MARCH 12 Astro-Outlook for 2019 – 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm. Start the year with an astrological weather report for 2019. Professional astrologer Kathy Biehl will explain the themes and energies that define 2019 and point out how you can make the most of them. Biehl is a regular contributor to Astrology Hub and OM Times. $10 Members, $15 Non-members. An Association for Higher Awareness event. Location: Celebrate the Children School, 230 Diamond Spring Road, Denville. For information, ahanj.org.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 Tarot Meet-Up with Rhonda – 7:30-9:30pm. Join this Tarot Meet Up to practice and study tarot in a relaxed and fun group. Open to all levels, even beginners. $10. Blossoming Into Light, IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. For more info or to reserve your place, text Sue on 862-222-4268 or email i n f o @ b l o s s o m i n g i n t o l i g h t - c h e s t e r. c o m . BlossomingIntoLight-Chester.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 16
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. DrPaulBizzaro.com.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 22-24
Reiki, EnergyMedicine, Meditation – 1:303:30pm. Introductory workshop. Learn how to work with healing energy in everything you do— use intention, connection, breath, movement, and meditation. $35. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., 2nd flr, Madison. For questions and to register, contact Janet StraightArrow at 973647-2500, Janet@Bethemedicine.com or visit StudioYogaMadison.com. BeTheMedicine.com.
Join us for America’s longest-running holistic enlightenment and conscious living event. Experience concerts, free lectures/panels/ samples, healthy food and workshops. 100 exhibitors and 100 speakers. Panels include nutrition, UFO, strange universe and vibrational healing.
TUESDAY, MARCH 19
New Life Expo for Conscious Living
Wyndham Hotel New Yorker 481 8th Ave (corner of W 34th St), Manhattan.
Holistic Chamber of Commerce Millburn Chapter Meeting – 6-8pm. Speaker: Wendy Susan Richmond, Digital Marketing Expert for Holistic Practices shares unique strategies to successfully connect businesses/ practices within the holistic community to like-minded consumers/patients. $10/HCC members; $15/ non-members. Holistic Dental Center, 91 Millburn Ave., Millburn. Reserve Your Seat: 973-379-9080. HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com.
with saffron infused tea oven roasted vegetarian delicacies and much more. Learn how to release and maintain toxins as well heavy metals for a healthy life. Location: Westfield. For information and to RSVP, call 908-264-4344. ReshmaShah.com.
Reiki 1 Energy Healing Training – 3/19-4/9; 6:30-9pm. Professional level healing and energy work teachings, Reiki attunements, meditations, and practice with each student receiving a certificate and full healing session. $325. Be The Medicine, 39 Greenwood Ave, Backdoor-1st flr, Madison. For questions and to register, contact Janet StraightArrow at 973-647-2500 or Janet@Bethemedicine.com. BeTheMedicine.com.
How to Read Medical Blood Test Naturally: Class 3 – 11am-1:30pm. Knowing how to read medical tests and what deficiencies may be causing what indicators on the test is a powerful way to be in control of your own health. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. WellnessSimplified.com.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
Numerology Workshop, Part II – 2-4:30pm. Instructor: Michael Zaikowski. Learn what is in your name and birth date through understanding the meaning of numbers in numerology. Fun class for personal use in career, life planning and relationships. $50/public. $35/students of Dian’s Six-Month Nutritional Certification Program. RSVP: 973 267-4816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. WellnessSimplified.com.
The Spiritual Illumination Hour – 7-8:30pm. Join us for this 90-minute online Zoom event every 3rd Wednesday. Explore and accelerate spiritual growth. Shine a light on intuitive gifts, explore your soul’s purpose and learn about vibrational tools. Are you sensitive, an empath, clairvoyant…these and future topics await plus tools for how to work with your gifts. $22. Register at: https://spiritualilluminationzoom. eventbrite.com. For more information, email info@ blossomingintolight-chester.com or call 862-2224268. BlossomingIntoLight-Chester.com.
THURSDAY, MARCH 21 Card and Chart Readings – 10am-5pm. Instructor: Michael Zaikowski. Access guidance from the stars, planets, your higher self, tarot, guardian angels, spirit guides and loved ones from the other side who want to help you on your journey. $65/30 min. card reading; $75/30 min. chart reading. RSVP: 973-2674816. Dian’s Wellness Simplified, 1500 Mt Kemble Ave., Ste 202, Morristown. WellnessSimplified.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23 Spring Detox! Nutrition Cleansing Class – 3/2324; 10am-5pm. Detox doesn’t mean you have to starve yourself and eat non-yummy food. Toxins are accumulated by thoughts, food and lifestyle. Reshma Shah shows participants how to heal one’s self using your thousands of years old remedies. Cleanse with many different courses of meals along
SUNDAY, MARCH 24 Light and Sound Service: Seeing Life’s Problems as Spiritual Gifts – 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. For information call 800-870-9139 or visit Eckankar-NJ.org.
MONDAY, MARCH 25 Holistic Cardiology and pH Hydration Workshop – 7:30-9pm. Dr. Nate Lebowitz, world renowned cardiologist presents: The Role of AntiOxidants and pH Regulated Hydration in Cardiovascular Health. Free. HEAL Wellness Center and Spa, 413 W. Main St., Boonton. Spaces are limited. Please RSVP today to email@example.com or 973-479-3373. HealNJ.com.
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TUESDAY, MARCH 26 New Insights on Energy and Illness Through the Lens of a Clairvoyant Healer – 7pm, doors open at 6:30pm. Bill is a psychic and clairvoyant who specializes in seeing the unknown patterns hidden within a person’s energy field causing disharmony to health or wellness. Informative and entertaining, Bill speaks the language of energy. $10 Members, $15 Non-members. An Association for Higher Awareness event. Location: Celebrate the Children School, 230 Diamond Spring Road, Denville. For information, ahanj.org.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27 Tarot Meet-Up with Rhonda – 7:30-9:30pm. Join this Tarot Meet Up to practice and study tarot in a relaxed and fun group. Open to all levels, even beginners. $10. Blossoming Into Light, IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. For more info or to reserve your place, text Sue on 862-222-4268 or email i n f o @ b l o s s o m i n g i n t o l i g h t - c h e s t e r. c o m . BlossomingIntoLight-Chester.com.
SATURDAY, MARCH 30 Achieve a Clear Quiet Mind – 1-4pm. Experience teachings, practices, and profound wisdom that will give you immediate relief and enjoy quiet mind, peace and meditation. $150. Be The Medicine, 39 Greenwood Ave, Backdoor-1st flr, Madison. For questions and to register, contact Janet StraightArrow at 973-647-2500 or Janet@Bethemedicine.com. BeTheMedicine.com.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 6 Shamanism Begin the Journey – 4/6-7; 10am4pm. A weekend of Shamanic initiations, greater spiritual connections, ceremony, drumming, medicine wheel, and learning how to Shamanic journey to guides and teachers. $295. Be The Medicine, 39 Greenwood Ave, Backdoor-1st flr, Madison. For questions and to register, contact Janet StraightArrow at 973-647-2500 or Janet@Bethemedicine.com. BeTheMedicine.com.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 27 Soul Shamanism Path to You – 4/27-28; 10am5pm. Direct experience of your-soul-self, access your inner wisdom and knowledge, learn how to deepen this every day. $395. Be The Medicine, 39 Greenwood Ave, Backdoor-1st flr, Madison. For questions and to register, contact Janet StraightArrow at 973-647-2500 or Janet@Bethemedicine.com. BeTheMedicine.com.
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Sunday 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@ dhyanayogaarts.com. DhyanaYogaArts.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. CSLMorristown.org. Gentle Beginners with Nixie Nune – 7-8:15pm. Tailored for those who would like to slow down, de-stress, and heal whether it be from an illness or injury, or simply from the stresses of daily life. Slow-paced class focuses on creating structural balance and health. Single class $20; package discounts available. Prana Yoga Center, 78 Broadway, Denville. 973-627-9642. PranaYogaDenville.com.
Monday Yoga Tune Up® Flow with Tisha Hennen – 9:1510:30am. Mixed-level yoga practice explores the link between your breath and movement for a fluid workout that is both challenging and rejuvenating. Includes therapeutic self-massage techniques. Gain strength, flexibility, and resiliency. Single class $20; package discounts available. Prana Yoga Center, 78 Broadway, Denville. 973-627-9642. PranaYogaDenville.com. 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 email@example.com. DhyanaYogaArts.com. 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. BilyofJefferson@yahoo.com. BILY.org.
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 about Hormone Imbalances and what really works. Yes, this is for men too. Free dinner seminar. Seating is limited. Registration is required. For dates and restaurant location contact Carol May, Program Coordinator at 908-528-8121. MorningStarFHC.com. Power Prayer The Nature of Effective Prayer – 6:30 PM-9:00 PM. Class runs 1/22-3/12/2019. Deepen understanding of the creative nature of thought and the use of spiritual mind treatment (affirmative prayer) to direct thought toward a specific result through Science of Mind Teachings. $250. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown. For information contact call 973-539-3114 or email office@cslmorristown. org. CSLMorristown.org. Candlelight Restorative with Tara Temple – 7:30-8:45pm. Restorative Yoga is a passive floor practice. Support by bolsters, blankets and blocks allow poses to be held longer for deep relaxation that allows the body to repair and restore a natural balance. No experience needed. Especially nurturing for those with chronic illness, pain or injury. Single class $20; package discounts available. Prana Yoga Center, 78 Broadway, Denville. 973-627-9642. PranaYogaDenville.com.
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@ WhiteOakCenter.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. DhyanaYogaArts.com. Yoga Fusion with Michelle Radley – 6-7:15am. Mixing yoga, Pilates and barre, this core strengthening class is accessible but challenging. Work up a sweat with spot specific movements. Gain further stability and strength in your daily life. Single class $20; package discounts available. Prana Yoga Center, 78 Broadway, Denville. 973-627-9642. PranaYogaDenville.com. Awaken the Master Within – 6:30-8:30pm, 3rd Wed. each month. Workshop/Class on Transformation through the Art of Self-Mastery. $25. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Chester. email@example.com. 201-841-0358. PortalOfHealing.com. 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. Wen5500@hotmail.com. Tarot Meet-Up with Rhonda – 2nd & 4th Weds; 7:30-9:30pm. Join this Tarot Meet Up to practice and study tarot in a relaxed and fun group. Open to all levels, even beginners. $10. Blossoming Into Light, IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. For more info or to reserve your place, text Sue on 862-222-4268 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. BlossomingIntoLight-Chester.com. The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network – 7:30pm. First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester. InfoHMNWestMorris@yahoo.com. Sound Bath – 7:30pm. Relax and rejuvenate with healing sounds at Awaken Sound Health. Each
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Thursday Power Prayer The Nature of Effective Prayer – 10:30 AM-1:00 PM. Class runs 1/24-3/8/2019. Deepen understanding of the creative nature of thought and the use of spiritual mind treatment (affirmative prayer) to direct thought toward a specific result through Science of Mind Teachings. $250. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown. For information contact call 973-539-3114 or email office@cslmorristown. org. CSLMorristown.org. 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 email@example.com. FoodAddicts.org.
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Healing and Message Circle – 11am-1pm. Join Rev. Susan Nigra of Indigo Peace LLC every Friday for healing and messages. All healing modalities 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. HunaHealingCenter.com. Healing Graces/From Cancer to Wholeness with Tara Temple – 12:30-1:45pm. This class is
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designed specifically for those who are on their journey through cancer and on their path through recovery. Benefits includes meditation, stress management, increases immunity, flexibility and strength, healing touch and more. Single class $20; package discounts available. Prana Yoga Center, 78 Broadway, Denville. 973-627-9642. PranaYogaDenville.com. 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. NJPada.org. First Friday Healing Circle – 7-8pm. The Healing Circle is a caring and loving way in which healing can be experienced. Love Offering. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown. For information contact call 973-539-3114 or email email@example.com. CSLMorristown.org. 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. RSCI.org.
Saturday Yoga for Backcare – 9:30am. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. DhyanaYogaArts.com. 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. Wjioa.com. Workshop: Managing Anxiety – 12noon-1:30pm. 5-week cycles. $200. Empathic Journeys Counseling with Toni Lynn Van Blarcom, 40 Baldwin Rd., Suite 5, Parsippany. 973-947-7128. TLVB22@ gmail.com. EmpathicJourneysCounselingLLC. com. Workshop: Empowerment – 2-3:30pm. 5-week cycles. $200. Empathic Journeys Counseling with Toni Lynn Van Blarcom, 40 Baldwin Rd., Suite 5, Parsippany. 973-947-7128. TLVB22@gmail.com. EmpathicJourneysCounselingLLC.com.
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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 • AcuVisionTherapy.com 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 on page 45.
NJ Advanced Acupuncture Morgan Reade, LAc, MS 616 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 6 Green Village Rd, Madison 201-400-2261 NJAdvancedAcupuncture.com
UNLOCK YOUR HIDDEN BEAUTY
Natalia Schweitzer, Licensed Esthetician & Board Certified Permanent Makeup Artist 1236 US Highway 46 West, Suite B-1 Parsippany, NJ 07054 862-432-9074 UnlockYHB@gmail.com UnlockYHB.com We provide natural permanent makeup application: microblading (hairstroke brows), powdered brows, eyeliner, lip blush, 3D realistic areola and nipple reconstruction, and natural skin rejuvenation treatments. Our permanent makeup and skin rejuvenation services can help enhance your natural beauty and make you feel more relaxed, confident and beautiful. See ad on page 29.
M o rg a n R e a d e h a s s t u d i e d 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 on page 25.
A unique blend of chiropractic and traditional Chinese medicine with individualized treatment plans that bring your body back into balance. We also focus on helping you understand the messages your body is sending you enabling you to live a healthy happy life. See ad on page 38.
84 Broadway, Ste B, Denville 973-784-3027 Alignht@gmail.com AlignHealingTherapy.com
David Scott Bartky, CLOALC 973-444-7301 David@LifeCoachDavid.com LifeCoachDavid.com
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 6.
David is a certified and experienced Law of Attraction life coach. His clients all have great success because he teaches them powerful processes and techniques so they can attract what they want, instead of what they don’t want in all areas of life (both materialistically and emotionally). The Law of Attraction is always responding to you, so if you’re ready to say “Yes!” to attracting what you want, and/or improving your life in some way, contact David today. Coaching sessions are held over the phone and the first session is always free.
BAKERY / SPECIALTY STARSEED BAKERY
Linda Beg 100 Hibernia Avenue, Rockaway, NJ 973-957-0500 StarseedBakery@gmail.com StarseedBakery.com 100% gluten-, dairy-, soy- and GMO-free retail and wholesale bakery. Available products: artisan breads, custom cakes, pies, cookies, desserts, seasonal, vegan, Paleo, natural sugars, nut-free. See ad on page 39.
North Central NJ Edition
Ann Ochs • Colon Hydrotherapist I-ACT Certified, Advanced Level Certified National Board for Colon Therapy, Body Ecology Diet Certified 26 Elm St, Morristown 973-998-6550 ColonHealthNJ.com AnnLivingWaters@aol.com Ann Ochs has more than 20 years experience as a colon hydrotherapist. She holds an advanced certification from the International Association of Colon Therapists (I-ACT), is certified by the National Board for Colon Hydrotherapy, and is a certified body ecologist. Living Waters offers the Angel of Water®, an advanced colon hydrotherapy system, designed to offer the ultimate in privacy and dignity. Call today for an appointment. See ad on page 44.
Susan Richter, RN, CCH, Nutritionist, LDHS 166 Franklin Road Denville, NJ 07834 973-586-0626
Dr. Vincent Caruso, Jr. 124 Little Falls Road, Ste. B, Fairfield 973-227-2170 NewJerseyTotalHealth@outlook.com NewJerseyTotalHealth.com
LAW OF ATTRACTION LIFE COACH
ALIGN HEALING & THERAPY
LIVING WATERS WELLNESS CENTER
NEXT LEVEL HEALING OF NJ, INC.
NEW JERSEY TOTAL HEALTH
Scared to try a colonic? Susan has 31 years experience with colon hydrotherapy. Her system is gentle and thorough, and you have her expert assistance throughout the session. Colon cleansing has long been used to help the body absorb nutrients and eliminate waste effectively - a great way to enhance your chosen method of maintaining health and wellness. Call her for a free 15 minute consultation to determine if a colonic would be beneficial for you, as there are certain conditions that would warrant enzyme therapy first! Visit NextLevelHealing.com/colonics to get the scoop!
ENZYME NUTRITION NEXT LEVEL HEALING OF NJ, INC.
Susan Richter, RN, Nutritionist, CCH, LDHS Denville, NJ. 973-586-0626 NextLevelHealing.com Call Susan to fix the digestive issues that accompany cancer, diabetes, dementia and heart disease. With 30 years of clinical experience in alternative health care, Susan often finds that the lack of nutrients from foods begin the cascade to disease. Learn to read the signals in your body-mind that indicate poor nutrition, excess toxins, or structural stress. Then learn the solutions!
March 14 National Pi Day celebrates Pi, a mathematical concept and a number that never ends. Often, we round it off to 3.14.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE MORNING STAR FAMILY HEALTH CENTER 54 Old Highway 22, Clinton 908-735-9344 MorningStarFHC.com
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 on page 37.
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE/ IV INFUSION KAYA HEALTH & WELLNESS/ IV INFUSION LOUNGE Monica Sood, MD 51 John F. Kennedy Pkwy., 1st Floor West, Ste. 115, Short Hills 973-996-4496 Info@IVInfusionLounge.com IVInfusionLounge.com
We use a functional medicine approach in partnership with our patients to get to the root cause of disease. IV nutrient infusions are used as part of whole patient treatment and are available a la carte as well. See ad on page 21.
Healthy Beauty Services and Products DOWNTOWN HAIR DESIGN
Robin Scott 617 Central Ave, Westfield 908-588-2211 DowntownHairDesign@gmail.com Welcome to your Holistic Hair C e n t e r. We ’ r e excited to share the newest products and techniques in organic hair care. Including ultra conditioning, luxurious colour and restructuring treatments to bring back and maintain healthy, vibrant hair. See ad on page 17.
HOLISTIC CENTER LIGHTWING CENTER
Nancy Weber 27 Bald Nob Rd, Denville 973-586-3936 • LightwingCenter.org We offer Holistic Practitioners specific ordinations relating to your practice. Certification programs on Young Living aromatherapy and more available through our seminary. See ad on page 52.
March 20 Spring Vernal Equinox, the first day of spring.
HOLISTIC DENTAL CENTER Vladimir Gashinsky, D.D.S.
91 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ 07041 973-457-4688 HolisticDentalCenterNJ.com We focus on performing holistic dental care that is good for the body as well as teeth and gums. We put an emphasis on a more natural or holistic approach to dentistry. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Gashinsky treats the cause of the problem and not just the symptoms. He seeks to improve his patients’ quality of life through holistic dental care that respects and honors the body. See ad on page 3.
HOLISTIC/FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE SKINCARE HEAL WELLNESS CENTER AND SPA 413 West Main Street Boonton, NJ 973-837-8376 • HealNJ.com
Look and feel amazing with our cutting-edge, natural skin treatments and products. Our functional medicine approach includes therapeutic skin and body treatments, massage, personalized health and skin evaluations, diet and lifestyle education, lab workup, personal training, yoga, meditation. Call or book online. See ad on page 15.
HOLISTIC MEDICAL WISDOM HEALTH AND WELLBEING George C. Wang, MD, PhD 51 John F Kennedy Parkway, 1st Floor West, Short Hills 973-671-1868 WisdomHeal.com
We are an integrative and functional medicine practice that empowers people to transform their lives by creating true health in body, mind and spirit. We offer holistic approaches to care, including acupuncture, and teach lifelong skills for healthy living. See ad on page 7.
NEXT GENERATION MEDICAL & WELLNESS Philip J. Cohen, MD Denise M. Cohen, ND 75 Bloomfield Ave, Ste. 106, Denville 908-455-2639 PCohen@CohenWellness.com CohenWellness.com
We s p e c i a l i z e i n Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine, and Anti-Aging Medicine. Using advanced diagnostic testing to determine the root causes of your condition, we use safe and effective treatments -- including intravenous vitamins and hyperbaric oxygen -- to stop illness and support the body’s innate power to heal. See ad on page 9.
HOLISTIC HEALING SERVICES Heartmath+♥
Linda Sercarz Certified Heartmath Coach Serving North Jersey & surrounding area 973-714-8650 • Sercarz@aol.com 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, clarity (even in stressful situations), and the capacity to self-regulate. Heartmath+♥
HUNA HEALING CENTER
Lory Sison-Coppola 23 Diamond Spring Rd., 2nd fl., Denville 973-224-0096 Office@HunaHealingCenter.com HunaHealingCenter.com The Center offers different modalities that will raise your Spiritual Awareness, heighten your vibrations. We are dedicated to understanding and providing for those with specific needs. Classes, certifications, healing sessions, readings and counseling are offered. See ad on page 28.
Reshma Shah Meditation and ThetaHealing
Reshma Shah Westfield 908-264-4344 Info@ReshmaShah.com • ReshmaShah.com Reshma is a certified ThetaHealing Teacher and Practitioner with a passion in helping individuals recognize their limiting belief patterns and tap into their true potential. Her students learn the practice of ThetaHealing and her clients benefit from one-on-one sessions healing them from illness, trauma, chronic pail, spiritual and emotional restriction giving them miraculous transformations. Reshma specializes in working with children and their parents, teaching them mediation, the use of alteration in life style with ThetaHealing® and the power of developing intuitive abilities to transform their lives to their desires. As per debut month, the first time clients get 25% off their first session. See ad on page 24.
National Puppy Day March 23
A special day to recognize the unconditional love puppies give us, and the joy they bring into our lives. It should come as no surprise, that one of the goals of National Puppy Day is to encourage us to adopt orphaned puppies.
HOLISTIC HEALING & THERAPY
Awakening Wellness, LLC
MORRIS HYPNOSIS CENTER
Linda West, BA, ACH 55 Madison Ave, Morristown 973-506-9654 • MorrisHypnosisCenter.com
Naturopathic Doctor, Acupuncturist 470 Prospect Ave, Ste 100, W Orange 973-486-0148 • DrLisaLewis.com
Hilary uniquely blends CranioSacral Therapy with other healing modalities to alleviate chronic pain, headaches, stress and accumulated tension. Treatment benefits physical, emotional and energetic levels. Hilary facilitates the body’s self-healing 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.
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.
Dr. Lewis is the healthy superwoman expert, owner of NatureDrs Nutraceuticals, and Bastyr University graduate. With over 30 years’ experience as a visionary and wellness doctor, she helps female leaders, professionals and entrepreneurs experience less stress, better health and hormone harmony. See ad, page 33.
Hilary D. Bilkis, MS, CST CranioSacral Therapy • SomatoEmotional Release Work • Visceral Mobility Energy Healing • MELT Method Instruction 14 Pine St, Ste 8, Morristown 973-479-2229 • Awakening4Wellness.com
HOMEOPATHIC CARE AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 AlbertasPainRelief.com
Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease joint and muscular aches and pains from sciatica, gout, arthritis, neuralgia, fibromyalgia and more. Great buy! Get a 4oz jar for $15. See website for more options. All natural ingredients! Refer a friend and get 10% OFF your purchase. Read what people are saying about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy at our website.
Soul Point Hypnosis 401 Rt 24, Chester 973-615-9261 SoulPointHypnosis.com email@example.com
Mention ad for 15% off first visit. Doctor referred certified medical hypnotist with 10 years experience. Successful approach with all ages addresses stress, confidence, fears, pain, performance, smoking, weight release and symptom relief. Plus learn self-hypnosis and other techniques.
NATURAL HEALING NATURALLY HEALING
Dr. Sonoo Advani 315 East Northfield Rd, Ste 1C Livingston, NJ 973-992-1070
Dr. Iqbal Nazir, M.S, D.Pharm, DHS Licensed Lab Medicine Practitioner 954-226-3652 HomeopathTreatment.com Natural cure in homeopathy of the most diseases and symptoms. No side effects. Call Dr. Iqbal Nazir, Homeopathic Specialist, for an appointment.
We are a functional medicine practice board-certified in integrative holistic medicine and endocrinology. We practice whole body functional medicine incorporating advanced diagnostic testing to discover the root cause of medical problems and deliver personalized solutions utilizing natural and hightech protocols. See ad, page 15.
DR. LISA LEWIS, ND, MBA, LAc
Nutrition/EDUCATION DIAN’S WELLNESS SIMPLIFIED
Dian Freeman, MA, MHHC Private Nutritional Consultations, Classes, Nutritional Certification Course Morristown, NJ 973-267-4816 • WellnessSimplified.com Clinical Nutritionist Dian Freeman has a private practice and nutrition school in Morristown, NJ, she teaches a six-month nutritional certification course and has certified over 850 graduates in Holistic Health over the last 15 years. She also practices frequency biofeedback, teaches 1-day classes and lectures widely. Dian is currently finishing her doctorate in Medical Humanities at Drew University in Madison, NJ, and may be reached at 973-267-4816, Email at Dian2@WellnessSimplified.com or visit WellnessSimplified.com. See ad on page 17.
ORGANIZING SOLUTIONS EVERYDAY ORGANIZING SOLUTIONS BY SHERRY
Sherry Onweller, Professional Organizer Serving NJ 908-619-4561 • SOnweller@aol.com EverydayOrganizingSolutions.com Everyday Organizing Solutions by Sherry provides sympathetic and nonjudgmental organizing and decluttering services to residential and business clients, as well as helping female adults with ADD get their physical space/time management in order and helping children and teens to get organized.
An opportunity for exercise and relaxation. Are you stressed out? A walk in the park is just what the doctor ordered. It’s calming and therapeutic. Taken after a busy work day, it helps clear your mind and re-energize you. Or take the walk during lunch and you will find the afternoon of work goes by quicker and easier.
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Psychotherapy LESLIE KAREN LOBELL, MA, LPC
Pompton Plains (Rte. 23) and Montclair 908-577-0053 • Leslie@LeslieLobell.com LeslieLobell.com Do you suffer from anxiety or stress? Do you want to lose weight, stop smoking, gain self-confidence or change a habit? Do you need support and guidance through a life or career transition? Are you ready to achieve your goals, pursue your dreams, and actualize your potential? You CAN create the Life You Desire... I can help you MAKE IT HAPPEN! Using proven techniques such as Holistic Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, Stress Reduction, Reiki and Dream Interpretation, I help teens & adults create happier, healthier, more peaceful and fulfilling lives. Allow me to assist you! See ad on page 16.
Salt Therapy NATURE’S SALT CAVE & FLOAT POD Yvonne Liu 49 Alden Street, Cranford 908-272-7158 • firstname.lastname@example.org RainbowSalt.com
Benefits a salt cave or saltwater float include: ease pain in muscles, joints and lower back, increased circulation and lower blood pressure, stress reduction, pain relief, promotes relaxation, reduces headaches, increases circulation, more restful sleep & more. See ad on page 47.
SKIN CARE CHANGES SPA & AESTHETICS
Cora Ciaramello L.E. C.P.E. LMT Aesthetician 420 Boulevard, Suite 107., Mountain Lakes 973-588-3668 • Cora@ChangesSkin.com ChangesSkin.com Cora Ciaramello is a licensed and Board-certified electrologist, aesthetician and massage therapist with 20+ years of experience. Natural approach and the latest esthetics, technology and equipment to improve skin and nourish body and soul to look your absolute best. New Client Special: Mention this publication and get 20% off your first appointment. See ad on page 38.
SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTENMENT ECKANKAR – THE PATH OF SPIRITUAL FREEDOM 11 Park St, Montclair 800-870-9139 Eckankar-NJ.org
A truly spiritual way of life for the individual in modern times. Teachings provide a framework and spiritual tools for anyone to explore their own spiritual experiences. Studies of Dreams, Past Lives, Soul Travel.
SPIRITUAL HEALING, TEACHING BE THE MEDICINE
Janet StraightArrow 973-647-2500 Janet@BeTheMedicine.com BeTheMedicine.com S h a m a n i c H e a l i n g , E n e rg y Medicine, Past Life, Medical Intuition, Life, Health, Spiritual Coaching, Astrology Readings, House and Land Clearings. In person, phone or Skype. Professional Reiki, Shamanism, and Medical Intuitive Training. Retreats. 40 years’ experience.
STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION/ROLFING HEMBERGER STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION
Ed Hemberger LMT, ART Dr. Thomas Findley, MD, PhD Offices in Boonton, Livingston and Manhattan 973-462-3112 HembergerStructuralIntegration.com Ed Hemberger, LMT, also practices Active Release Therapy (ART). He has trained under Dr. Thomas Findley MD PhD as an Advanced Rolfer for the past 20 years. In addition, he works at the Veterans Administration Hospital in East Orange. In 2007, he presented an abstract to the Fascia Research Congress at Harvard Medical School on the effects of Rolfing on improving standing balance. See ad on page 27.
AWAKEN SOUND HEALTH
Alison Iati 32 Grove Street, Chester 201-874-7255 AwakenSoundHealth@gmail.com AwakenSoundHealth.com License Number: 81-1853104 Sound Healing for individuals and groups. Vibrational Sound Therapy. Weekly sound baths. Sonic tools include Tibetan and crystal bowls, chimes, forks, vocal toning and more.
THERMOGRAPHY Lisa’s Thermography and Wellness
Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ, NY & PA 855-667-9338 Lisa@LisasThermographyAndWellness.com LisasThermographyAndWellness.com Thermography gives a very early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem— inflammation. Early stage disease screening is an area in which thermography excels. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, or you are merely curious about the state of your health, thermography can help provide answers. Radiation-free breast and full body screenings for men and women. See ad on page 16.
NEXT GENERATION MEDICAL & WELLNESS, INC. Philip J. Cohen, MD, ND and Denise M. Cohen, ND 75 Bloomfield Ave, Suite 106 Denville, NJ 908-455-2639
Alfa thermography is thermography PLUS. Conventional thermography identifies areas of inflammation and toxicity, valuable as indicators of early disease. Alfa thermography does all of this, then goes beyond to identify blockages and malfunctions within the Autonomic Nervous System, a key to health and disease. Alfa thermography is the most advanced thermography available. See ad on page 9.
Vision/eye health DR. ANDY ROSENFARB, ND, lac,
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave East, Westfield 908-928-0060 • AcuVisionTherapy.com 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 on page 45.
National Joe Day March 27
National Joe Day is a chance to change your name, if only for today. Many people do not like their given name. They wish they could change it. A few actually do. On National Joe Day, it is perfectly okay to have everyone call you "Joe". Why Joe, and not Bob or Mike or Radcliffe? Simply, because everyone likes the name Joe. If you are called Joe today, we know that you're "Joe cool"! March 2019
WEIGHT LOSS Thintech Weight Loss Dr. David Rendelstein 74 US-9 North, Marlboro 226 Centennial Ave, Cranford 1901 Hooper Ave, Toms River 844-428-7632 NutriMost.com
We provide an all-natural, scientific and holistic detox and weight loss program and a 20+ pound guarantee! See ad on page 2.
YOGA DHYANA YOGA ARTS
Deanna Sidoti Founder, Yoga for Backcare & Scoliosis Specialist Vinyasa & Restorative Teacher Trainings 908-888-2223 â€˘ DhyanaYogaArts.com
THANK YOU for your loyalty and support over the past 25 years.
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Teacher of Yoga with Depth, Clarity & Heart. Celebrator of Yogaâ€™s power in cultivating Self-Realization and nourishing the body-mind-spirit. Teacher and Mentoring Teachers for over a decade. Deanna specializes in Alignment, Yoga for Backcare & Scoliosis, Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga, and Ayurveda teaching classes, privates and trainings throughout the east coast. Info@ DhyanaYogaArts.com. See ad on page 26.
PRANA YOGA CENTER
April Linson, Christy Linson 973-627-9642 Info@PranaYogaDenville.com PranaYogaDenville.com Prana Yoga Center is a well-established studio in the heart of downtown Denville offering alignment-based beginner to intermediate yoga classes, gentle and restorative yoga, mat Pilates, specialty workshops and teacher training. See ad on page 29.
International Earth Day was initiated to make earth inhabitants aware of their responsibility to care for the planet. John McConnell wrote the Earth Day Proclamation in 1970 which was ultimately signed by UN Secretary General U Thant on March 21, 1971.
EMPOWERED LIGHT HOLISTIC EXPO
HOURLY PRIZES • FUN • COMMUNITY
Fri 4-9pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm Daily and Weekend Passes
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John DeSouza Brad Johnson Saturday: Channeling Adronis Sunday: Cellular Body Regeneration Workshop
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I absolutely adore the environment and the atmosphere at this expo! I met good quality people and had great sales at each event. The vendors are friendly and supportive. ~ 2018 Expo Vendor
Former FBI Paranormal Investigator Saturday: The X-Man: A Paranormal Life Sunday: Clear-Hearer Workshop
100+ Vendors Offering: Inspiring Lectures (see full schedule online)
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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,...
Published on Feb 25, 2019
Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health,...