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


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


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Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center Grand Opening Open House Weekend


ru Nature Yoga and Wellness Center, in Lake Hopatcong, has completed construction and is ready to open its doors to the public. This center is a labor of love and part of owner Lynette’s soul journey in fulfilling her life’s purpose as she works through her Metastatic Breast Cancer diagnosis. During the Open House weekend, on September 20-22, Tru Nature Yoga will be featuring several workshops, complimentary classes, reduced pricing on membership and spa services, and a complimentary Himalayan Salt Sauna Session. Workshops include Fit Club, Tru Path to You, Belly Dancing, Breathwork and CBD Restorative, and Reiki. Complimentary classes include Aerial & Aerial Restorative, Bikram, Kids Class, Zumba and Booty Yoga. Tru Nature Yoga and Wellness offers a robust yoga and group fitness class schedule and is also a full-time spa with several massage, facial and body treatments available by expert technicians. The Himalayan Salt Sauna and Color Therapy Room provide a variety of healing therapies. The “Zen Shop” boasts an array of products and gifts including Tru To Life CBD oil and honey, crystals, incense, sage, essential oils, salt lamps and clothing. Tru Nature Yoga and Wellness will start their Yoga Teacher Training program in September. Private consultation available. Mention this ad and save $200 on a yoga certification. Location: Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness, 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong. For more information, call 862-803-9252, email, or visit TruNatureYoga. com. See ad, page 31.

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n a rare public appearance, Swami A. Parthasarathy will speak on the Law of Karma from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., on September 26, at The Town Hall, in New York City. He will divulge simple secrets for success in life, work and the pursuit of happiness. As a celebrated Indian philosopher, he shares insights from Vedanta, an ancient philosophy that empowers people to achieve lifelong success. The talk will share principles of success, stress and destiny, and teach attendees how to take control of their lives. Parthasarathy has devoted his life to teaching people how to find happiness in their life and work. He founded the Vedanta Cultural Foundation and has earned degrees in literature, science and law. He has been featured in Time, Businessweek, Forbes, CNN, Sports Illustrated and Goop. He has spoken to audiences at the World Bank, Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, NASA, Google, Disney and more. Parthasarathy believes, “You are the architect of your fortune or misfortune.” His philosophy is grounded in the notion of refining one’s intellect and mastering self-management before external management. He regularly advises international leaders and athletes on combining success with peace. The event coincides with the release of Parthasarathy’s latest book, Citations Tributes Quotes. The talk is open to the public and admission is free. Reserved and VIP seating are available. Location: 123 W. 43rd St., NYC. For more information and to register, visit

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xperience a fascinating three-day lecture series on the theme of ancient wisdom and its role in everyday life from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on September 27 through 29, at Rutgers University. Facilitated by Sunanda Leelaram, affectionately known as Sunandaji, an eminent philosopher from India and the daughter-disciple of world-renowned guru and author Swami Parthasarathy, the weekend will Sunanda Leelaram concentrate on Wisdom in Action. "Sunandaji" Participants will learn how to make life more dynamic, focused and productive, while remaining mentally peaceful and stress-free. This knowledge is derived from the ancient Indian philosophy of Vedanta, which is a combination of the words veda (wisdom) and anta (ultimate). In a style that has been described as profound, yet practical and pleasing, Sunandaji will teach the fourth chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Vedanta text that systematically explains the wisdom underlying right action that leads to happiness, prosperity and ultimate fulfillment of life's purpose. Sunandaji has been studying and researching Vedanta for almost four decades. She has addressed diverse audiences across four continents. Her presentation of ancient wisdom in contemporary thought has received widespread coverage in television, radio and print media. She serves as senior trustee of the Vedanta Cultural Foundation, a charitable trust dedicated to the study, research and propagation of Vedanta philosophy worldwide.


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Holistic Chamber of Commerce Chapter Opens in Sparta-Franklin


e are pleased to announce the opening of Sparta-Franklin, a new chapter in the Holistic Chamber of Commerce. All those who work in the holistic field are welcome to attend our first meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m., on September 11, at K & P Holistic Health & Fitness, in Franklin. Founded by Camille Leon in 2010, the Holistic Chamber of Commerce is now an international trade organization for holistically-minded professionals, practitioners, business owners, and resource providers, as well as a community coming together in support of a cause. Part of the strength of membership is in sharing the challenges and collaborating on solutions for issues specific to holistic businesses. Members also work together to make it easier for consumers to learn about and access holistic, natural and eco-friendly products, services and solutions. This promises to be an evening filled with camaraderie and networking and, of course, healthy refreshments. Please call 973823-1600 to reserve your spot. Location: 418 Route 23, Suite D, Franklin. For information call 973823-1600.

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magine being able to see patterns hidden within a person’s energy field that causes disharmony to health or wellness. This is the gift that will be shared when All That Really Matters welcomes Bill Bradley, Medical Medium: You Won’t Believe Series - The Language of Quantum, at 7 p.m., on September 25, at Skylands Medical Center in Franklin. Bill Bradley is a psychic and clairvoyant whose demonstration of this ability will include live audience readings. This event marks the premier presentation of All That Really Matters (ATRM), an organization that meets monthly to present a new inspiring speaker who will address issues of human importance from all different aspects of life. “All things are possible with expanded thought” is a core understanding within its mission, and ATRM seeks to be a model of excellence for all who wish to explore their human potential and to enhance their lives. ATRM encourages each person to become the creator of one’s own journey, setting forth on the path to the destination desired. All are invited to embrace the journey as together we seek to strengthen the connection to our hopes, dreams and desires, and come to realize our higher purpose. Cost: $20. Location: Skylands Medical Center, 406 Route 23 North, Franklin. For information visit See ad, page 9.

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olistic nutrition offers an opportunity to dive deeply into a comprehensive understanding of how food, vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, amino acids, herbs, essential oils and energy healing are used to create balance and help us achieve optimum wellness. This September, Brenda Woodruff, CNC Certified Nutritional Counselor, is pleased to present an in-depth Holistic Nutrition Certification Course. This 12-week class series will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on every other Saturday, in Sparta. Nutrition is a rapidly growing profession, and holistic nutrition provides an expanded level of certification that would benefit anyone seeking to enter the field of nutritional counseling. It also provides an opportunity to add nutrition to an already existing holistic practice, such as yoga, reiki, massage therapy, etc. “It’s such a pleasure to share my knowledge of holistic nutrition and help others become aware of alternative methods of healing,” states Woodruff. “The more people know, the more they can create the balance needed to live life fully.” Class begins September 28. Location is 14 Sparta Ave., Sparta. To register, call/text 973-600-5331 or email WhisperingWillowHC@ See ad, page 25.

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Maqui, tiny black berries that grow wild in the rain forests of Chile and Argentina, are beloved by small birds. Now they are showing promise for computer-weary humans with dry eyes. In a recent study, Japanese researchers tested a standardized maqui berry extract on 74 people that suffered from dry eyes and eye fatigue that used computers, smartphones or video games for more than four hours a day. Half took 60 milligrams of the maqui berry extract and half took a placebo for four weeks. The maqui berry group showed significantly greater production of lacrimal fluid in both eyes compared to the placebo group, and also reported less eye fatigue and more relaxed shoulders.


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Preventive antibiotics are frequently prescribed by dentists for older patients with certain heart conditions, but Oregon State University researchers recently found that those antibiotics, which can expose patients to unwelcome side effects, are unnecessary 81 percent of the time. Using four years of a healthcare claims database of almost 170,000 prescriptions involving more than 90,000 patients with an average age of 63, the research found that fewer than 21 percent should have been given antibiotics based on heart conditions. The findings are important because dentists are responsible for 10 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions written in the U.S., and overuse of antibiotics contributes to bacteria evolving to make the drugs ineffective.

Lower Anxiety to Ease Allergies People with generalized anxiety disorders affecting all aspects of life are more likely to have seasonal allergies triggered by grass or tree pollen and people with depression are more likely to suffer from chronic allergies triggered by such irritants as animal hair and dust mites, report German researchers at the Technical University of Munich. In the study of 1,782 people, they also found that food and drug allergies were unaffected by psychosocial disorders. 12

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For runners, food is fuel, and a new study lays to rest debates about which diet is best. Researchers at Leibniz University, in Hannover, Germany, recruited 76 men and women runners, divided equally between vegans, vegetarians and omnivores. They had an average age of 27 and ran recreationally two to five times a week. The runners were asked to pedal to exhaustion on a stationary bike, and researchers found that all three groups had similar exercise capacity and power output, and similar lactate production during exercise. The researchers concluded that vegan diets were “a suitable alternative for ambitious recreational runners.”

Regular exposure to sunlight decreases the incidence of irritable bowel disease (IBD) in children, researchers from the Australian National University report. They compared 99 children with IBD with 396 healthy children using interviews with parents to establish a database. For every 10 minutes of sunlight exposure a day on average, there was a 6 percent reduction in risk, and 30 minutes a day reduced the risk by 20 percent. Also, children with deeper tans were at lower risk. IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, has been shown in previous studies to be less common among people that live in sunnier places and closer to the Equator.

Be a ‘Warm’ Parent to Extend Kids’ Lives Cold or unsupportive mothering styles can harm a child’s health into adulthood, Loma Linda University researchers have found. Compared to adults mothered in a “warm” style, adults that had been mothered in a “cold” manner had an average of 25 percent shorter telomeres, indicating faster cellular aging, a shorter life span and greater susceptibility to disease. The study was based on follow-up blood samples of 200 adults originally enrolled in cohort studies of 130,000 people starting in 1976. Those that described their mothering as cold tended to be overweight or obese as adults, with less education. A father’s parenting style had a much smaller effect and was not significant enough to impact telomere length, the authors found.

Sleep Tight to Keep Ulcers at Bay About one in 10 Americans develops painful peptic ulcers, open sores in the lining of the stomach and duodenum, that are sometimes caused by an overgrowth of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria. Drug therapy to eradicate the bacteria involving two antibiotics and one acid suppressant is usually successful, but about 10 percent of cases recur. A key factor may be sleep quality, suggests a new study from the University of Hong Kong. Researchers followed 1,420 people that had been treated for peptic ulcers for three years. The ulcers recurred in 8.3 percent of them, and those that had poor sleep—including taking longer to fall asleep and waking more during the night—were significantly more likely to be re-infected. Longer total sleep times helped reduce infection recurrence. September 2019


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Cleaning the house shouldn’t be a health hazard, yet studies have linked many popular cleaning products to asthma and other respiratory ills, developmental problems in young children and breast cancer. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group ( warns in its Guide to Healthy Cleaning that both toilet and oven cleaners and heavy-duty degreasers that contain hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide or ethanolamine can cause skin burns, blindness and lung irritation. Products containing ammonia or chlorine bleach produce dangerous fumes when accidentally combined. Even air fresheners and scented cleaning or laundry products can trigger allergies, and often contain suspected endocrine disruptors such as phthalates and synthetic musk. EWG scientists have evaluated 2,500 cleaning products and posted the results online: Out of 507 all-purpose cleaners, only 59 earned an A for safety and 151 got an F. Other indicators of high eco-standards are a Green Seal or an EcoLogo certification symbol on the product’s container. There are many good, safe and effective cleaning strategies that use natural ingredients. lists 23 ways to use baking soda in the kitchen, including cleaning grease stains, iron pots and baby bottles. For example, to clean both wooden and plastic cutting boards, use a paste made of one tablespoon each of baking soda, salt and warm water. Vinegar, which is nontoxic and antibacterial, is another natural go-to cleaner. An equal mix of distilled white vinegar and water in a spray bottle can clean windows, stovetops, countertops, porcelain and ceramic tile. lists ways to use vinegar to clean everything from crayon stains to mold and mildew, and suggests adding a drop of lavender or citrus essential oil if the smell is unpleasant. cautions not to discard old, toxic products down the drain or in the trash, where they’ll end up poisoning the water supply or landfill soil. Instead, keep an eye out for local toxic and electronic recycling events.

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Pollution More Deadly Than Cigarettes

Toxic air is killing more people in Europe than tobacco smoking, according to new research published in the European Heart Journal. The number of early deaths caused by air pollution is double previous estimates and the lives of 800,000 people worldwide are cut short by an average of more than two years, the scientists calculated. Although air pollution enters through the lungs, its impact via the bloodstream on heart disease and strokes is responsible for twice as many deaths as respiratory diseases. Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, says, “Toxic air doesn’t just cut lives short. It also seriously affects the health and quality of life of millions of people.”

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Pollution Rises Across the U.S.

In the U.S., air pollution in general worsened markedly across the country between 2015 and 2017, probably due to rising temperatures, according to the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2019 report. Based on federal, state and local data, it found that that many cities nationwide increased the number of days when particle pollution, often called “soot”, soared to record-breaking levels. More cities suffered from higher numbers of days when ground-level ozone, also known as “smog”, reached unhealthy levels. The report’s three-year span covered the hottest years on record globally, and as the report noted, the data “adds to the evidence that a changing climate is making it harder to protect human health.” Case in point: The top six cities or metro areas in ozone pollution—Los Angeles-Long Beach, Visalia, Bakersfield, Fresno-Madera-Hanford, Sacramento-Roseville and San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad—were all located in California, one of the most environmentally proactive states. See a map of the 25 worst offenders by ozone, yearround particle pollution and short-term particle pollution and check out other locations by zip code at MostPollutedCities.

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According to a new report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, elephants have such sensitive olfactory discrimination that they can determine different amounts of food just by sniffing it. Most animals use visual acuity to determine quantities of food, but this study shows that it’s important for psychologists to incorporate into experimental designs the ways in which different animals interact with their environment using all of their senses.

The Amazon Rain Forest continues to lose habitat for animals and plants by clear cutting practices that add to the burden of climate change. According to satellite imaging data compiled in 2018 by Global Forest Watch and analysts at the University of Maryland, removing large patches of forest to make room for ranching caused the highest loss of forest cover overall, along with other commercial activities like mining and soy production. The World Resources Institute, which tracks global forest cover, reports deforestation is increasing in Brazil, Indonesia, Colombia, Peru and Bolivia. Large swaths of forest serve as carbon sinks, helping suck excess carbon emissions from the atmosphere. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has promised to open the Amazon for industry and recently slashed funding to environmental and science research groups. September 2019


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Companies Urge Vietnam Recycling Plans

Vietnam is among the biggest contributors to plastic waste in the ocean, and Suntory Holdings, a giant Japanese beverage company, has joined its rivals CocaCola and Nestlé to encourage new recycling strategies to fend off such actions as the European Union’s move toward outlawing single-use plastic items. A report by Greenpeace last year found Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Nestlé to be the world’s biggest producers of plastic trash, although all three companies have made recycling pledges. Suntory, a maker of whisky and soft drinks, says it plans to switch out pure, petroleum-based plastic bottles in all markets by 2030, using only recycled or plant-based materials, at a cost of approximately $467 million, but also says it sees no viable alternative yet to polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles.


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More than 160 dead gray whales have washed up on the Pacific Coast this year, including onto beaches in Canada, Mexico and Alaska, and scientists estimate that they represent just 10 percent of the total number of the dead, with the rest sinking into the sea. In Washington, officials have run out of public beaches for the huge carcasses to rot, and have asked for owners of private beaches to volunteer space. This could end up being the deadliest year for gray whales since 2000, when 131 were found on U.S. shores. Many of this year’s victims have been malnourished, according to David Weller, a research wildlife biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Southwest Fisheries Science Center, in La Jolla, California. That could be because of unusually warm temperatures in the northern Bering Sea last year, says Sue Moore, a biological oceanographer at the University of Washington, in Seattle. This results in less of the type of algae that amphipods (shrimplike crustaceans) eat, which in turn lowers the food supply for the whales.

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Cultivation throughout the U.S. is becoming more difficult because of unpredictable weather patterns, leading to higher prices and lowered productivity. Farmers are finding that a shift of two or three weeks in a growing season can upset supply chains, labor schedules and other agricultural variables, like the routes that honeybees travel to pollinate fields. Also, climate change is driving a rise in pest infestations that will keep growers scrambling to keep up with rapidly changing conditions. “Decades-long patterns of frost, heat and rain, never entirely predictable, but once reliable enough, have broken down. In regions where the term climate change still meets with skepticism, some simply call the weather extreme or erratic. But most agree that something unusual is happening,” reports The New York Times.

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Both the Law of Karma presentation and Wisdom in Action series are open to the public and admission is free. Reserved and VIP seating are available for the Law of Karma speech. The Wisdom in Action series provides parking for participants. Swami Parthasarathy founded the Vedanta Cultural Foundation and has earned degrees in literature, science and law. He has been featured in TIME, Businessweek, Forbes, CNN, Sports Illustrated and Goop. He has spoken to audiences at the World Bank, Harvard, Stanford, Oxford, NASA, Google, Disney and more. Sunanda Leelaram, affectionately known as Sunandaji, has been studying and researching Vedanta, the ancient philosophy of India, for almost four decades. She has addressed diverse audiences across four continents. Her clear and powerful presentation of ancient wisdom in contemporary thought has received widespread coverage in television, radio and print media. She serves as senior trustee of the Vedanta Cultural Foundation, a charitable trust dedicated to the study, research and propagation of Vedanta philosophy worldwide. Location: Law of Karma Lecture: The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., New York, NY. Wisdom in Action Lecture Series: Trayes Hall at Rutgers University, 100 George St., New Brunswick. For more information and to register for these events, visit

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Plants, Plants Everywhere and Plenty to Eat by Julie Wagester


verywhere we go, we are surrounded by plants that are both edible and medicinal—from the weed that grows in the back yard or between the cracks in the sidewalk to the diverse growth of plants in the fields, meadows and forests. Basic identification skills are critical to knowing and understanding what we are eating and using. The properties, benefits and the plant itself hold many secrets—some good, some very dangerous. Learning to use a good field guide or two is very important. There are many reasons why we should learn how to identify edible and medicinal plants. They are a free and abundant source of food and medicine, and they grow around us no


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matter where we live. It is also important to know the possible hazards beyond the poisonous look-alikes, such as whether the area in which the plants are growing can sustain harvesting or has been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides, if it is too close to a busy road or in touch with other types of pollution. Sustainability and ethical harvesting practices are also important to know. When harvesting any plant, think about whether the community is large enough to withstand our impact. If the plant is endangered, there must be an abundance of them in the area, with only one person picking the plant.

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The Metaphysical Side of Tea Leaves Reading tea leaves, however, involves reading an object which was once animate. The leaves were alive at one point and came from a plant that was very much alive as well. The energy that flows through every living body is intercon-

Ancient Chinese tea drinkers began to analyze and interpret the shapes and positioning of the tea leaf remnants in the bottom of their tea cups and noticed something remarkable. Reading tea leaves became a method of divination. In the 1600s, tea became an import throughout Europe, and the practice of foretelling one’s future from tea leaves was carried across the sea and into other expanding continents. Because of the large number of effects that tea has on the body, tea drinking is regarded as a unique and individual experience. There seems to be a tea that can help with any illness. With so many different combinations, flavors and blends, tea can be made specifically for what someone is seeking—either an enjoyable beverage, a mixture to combat illness and disease, to calm the troubled mind and spirit or to create a metaphysical drink that transcends time and place. Some believe that because of the individual experience and personal connection to the tea, the drinker influences the movement and ultimate placement and pattern of the leaves. The palette of leaves answers questions about the past, present and future of the person who drank the tea. Many who participate in the process, either reading or receiving messages, believe that it is the psychic modality, psychometry. This ability allows a person to receive psychic messages from inanimate objects.

nected. This connection allows for ethereal knowledge and communication with other planes of existence. Tea is multipurpose. From beautiful flowers, plants, herbs, bark and roots comes a mystical sensation—tea. Used as the beverage of choice, medical remedy or to foretell the future, tea is known and used the world over, and will continue to reveal its magic to anyone willing to take a sip.

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During stress, the body is primed to resist or escape a threat, and … it’s not going to prioritize restorative activities. understood that prolonged daily stress weakens DNA structures by shortening chromosome-protecting telomeres, a major component in premature cell death and the trigger of genetic, predisposed markers for disease. Studies by Dr. Owen Wolkowitz, of the University of California, San Francisco, demonstrate the link between shortened telomeres and insufficient response to free radicals, resulting in chronic inflammation, now believed to be the catalyst of most degenerative diseases. Psychological stress, according

Age-Defying Bodywork How to Turn Back the Clock by Marlaina Donato


t has been said that stress kills, and it often can be a slow and premature process, leading to common but avoidable symptoms of decline: impaired memory, loss of mobility, fatigue and decreased libido. Good nutrition, getting enough sleep and staying active contribute to vitality; however, fortifying the nervous system is critical to combating age-accelerating stress hormones like cortisol. The key to keeping body and mind young may lie in the therapeutic modalities of bodywork, an umbrella term for up to 350 methods that include massage, energy work and meridian-based therapies like acupuncture, shiatsu and reflexology, which can improve quality of life and promote cellular integrity. Once considered a luxury confined to spas and private home sessions, bodywork is moving into the medical mainstream with reputable hospitals like the Memorial Sloan Ket26

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tering Cancer Center, in New York City, which offers reiki sessions and instruction for patients and caregivers. According to a survey by the American Hospital Association, reiki and its close cousin Therapeutic Touch comprise one of three top complementary therapies in American hospitals, along with massage therapy and music. The Arthritis Foundation recommends massage for all types of arthritis and pain syndromes like fibromyalgia, as it can reduce discomfort and stress.

The Chemistry of Premature Aging

Busy lives without enough downtime can set up the body to be in a chronic state of “fight-or-flight”, which compromises cardiovascular health, nutrient absorption, waste elimination and immunity. Thanks to groundbreaking researchers like Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, it is now

to research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Sheldon Cohen of Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, changes how the body regulates inflammatory response. “Stress and inflammation cause pain and disease,” says Certified Reflexologist and holistic practitioner Martha Garland, of CreativeSpirit Healing Arts, in Baltimore. “All of this that we carry in our bodies will make us feel much older than our years.” Through application of pressure on specific reflex zones on the feet, hands and ears, reflexologists like Garland can help promote the natural flow of bodily functions. “Reflexology, a modality that is separate from massage therapy, reduces the tension, stress and pain that we hold in our feet and in the rest of our body, which can promote longevity and better quality of life,” she says. Certified craniosacral therapist Margaret Connolly, of Narberth, Pennsylvania, agrees that mental or emotional strain plays a key role in the aging process. “During stress, the body is primed to resist or escape a threat, and in that situation, it’s not going


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to prioritize restorative activities,” she says. Craniosacral therapy (CST) focuses on the cerebrospinal fluid and the meninges surrounding the brain, spinal cord and related connective tissue, and helps the body drop out of excessive fight-or-flight mode.

Pain, Serotonin and Substance P

Bodywork and its ability to impact the chemistry of stress has far-reaching effects on most bodily systems. Studies in 2016 from the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine have shown that massage therapy helps to regulate hormones, boost immunity, improve attentiveness and ease the symptoms of depression. Licensed Massage Therapist Michele Duncan King, of Sea Spell Massage, in Cannon Beach, Oregon, knows firsthand how her work can assist in counteracting the energy-sapping effects of stress. “When the digestive system doesn’t go into the ‘restand-digest’ state via activation of the parasympathetic nervous system, it can affect muscles, joints, organs and hormones. This,

along with elevated cortisol, can certainly make us function less optimally, making us feel older and less vibrant.” Traditional massage modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, Thai and Lomi Lomi help reduce blood pressure, boost immunity by augmenting natural killer cells, decrease symptoms of depression and support the cardiovascular system. It can also assist lymphatic movement, which can prevent cold hands and feet and achiness. Massage also raises serotonin and dopamine levels, neurotransmitters that play vital roles in memory, mood regulation and immunity. Most significantly, higher serotonin levels are linked to lower levels of substance P, a neuropeptide that is central in pain perception. It soars during times of stress, anxiety and insufficient sleep, and has also been linked to tumor growth and inflammatory conditions.

Multidimensional Well-Being

Bodywork can assist the physical body, but it can also be a restorative balm for the emo-

tions and psyche. “As human beings, touch is so important. Massage modalities invite safe, healing touch,” says Anita Bondi, licensed massage therapist and a founder of the Wellspring Holistic Center, in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. “A good therapist will also educate a client about other benefits of a more holistic lifestyle. I believe any time we give ourselves permission to listen to the body’s wisdom and follow its lead, we reduce stress and increase well-being.” While women are more apt to include bodywork sessions in their health care, men can be hesitant. Connolly encourages both women and men to experience CST and other modalities. “Sometimes men are a bit nervous about being touched, whether the practitioner is male or female. Even when open to hands-on therapy, some men believe extremely deep pressure is needed in order to be effective.” Not so, says Connolly, who cites the experience of Mark Bertolini, CEO of the Aetna health insurance company, who credits CST with saving his life when he was contemplating suicide and suffering severe neuropathic pain from a skiing accident.

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CST can also have an impact on women’s hormonal changes. “Very slight movement of tissues near the pituitary gland can exert a subtle pumping motion on the master gland in a way that will facilitate its ability to produce and release hormones,” explains Connolly. The therapy is sometimes used in conjunction with acupuncture, which also impacts hormones and works on the brain. A 2018 study by Chinese researchers published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows neuronal improvement through acupuncture in both cognitively impaired patients and healthy individuals.

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Most practitioners believe that deriving benefits from bodywork requires con-

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Implementing a Plan for a Move by Sherry Onweller


hen planning a move, it is easy to feel paralyzed by the tasks that need to be done. The best strategy is to take a methodical and unemotional approach to organization. The first consideration is time, which will help with backing into a timeline. Figure out the end date and decide how many hours per week can be dedicated to preparing for the move. Map this timeline onto a calendar to keep on track. Next, think about how much space is in the current home compared to how much space there will be in the new location and plan the paring down process accordingly. Take pictures of each room in the new location to help visualize how much space there is and what will go where. Make a rough sketch of each room in a notebook, including the dimensions. Label the diagram with where the furniture items and dĂŠcor will be placed. Focus on moving only the items that are needed or cherished. Create a room-by-room plan in order to assess what needs to be done and note any repairs or changes that need to be made in each room, in both the old and new home. Decide which items should be tossed, which should be donated and which should be kept and have a designated area for each category. For those items

with sentimental value that will be given away, take photos and create an album that can be journaled with stories and memories about them. For the items that will be kept, put them into bins, number and label the bins and record the location they are coming from and going to. Keep a list of these bins in your notebook, including all of the details noted above. For the items that will be tossed, schedule charity pickups, trash pickups and visits from friends and family who are planning on picking them up. Taking the time to put a methodical plan in place allows for better control over the moving process and can help remove some of the emotion of the task. These steps will make moving an easier and more pleasant event. If the tasks still feel overwhelming or you simply want someone to help you through the process, consider hiring a professional organizer that provides sympathetic and nonjudgmental organizing, decluttering and time management services. Sherry Onweller is owner of Everyday Organizing Solutions by Sherry. For information, call 908-619-4561, email SOnweller@aol. com or visit EverydayOrganizingSolutions. com. See listing, page 61.

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The Power of Yoga

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ongevity is something most of us strive for, and increasingly, research shows that implementing a consistent yoga practice can be a fruitful investment toward that goal. Yoga is an eight-branch system of well-being that encompasses exercise, meditation, conscious breathing, diet and other elements, but how it effects mind-body fitness alone is proving to be a reliable defense against age-related loss of mobility, cardiovascular disease and depression. Its stress-busting capabilities help to support challenged adrenal glands and lower elevated blood pressure. Getting on the mat can improve insulin sensitivity in diabetics and also help balance immune

responses in individuals with autoimmune conditions or insufficient natural killer cells. Combined research from 22 studies by the University of Edinburgh reveals that yoga, compared to both sedentary lifestyles and other forms of exercise such as walking or chair aerobics, improved the lower-body strength and flexibility in individuals age 60 and older. The findings published earlier this year in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity also showed improved quality of sleep and fewer symptoms of depression.

Fewer Health Risks, Stronger Bones

Yoga’s inverted poses increase blood

circulation to vital organs, including the intestines, which facilitates assimilation of nutrients and waste elimination. Asanas like shoulder stand, bridge and downwardfacing dog stimulate blood flow from the lower extremities to the heart and fortify red blood cells by increasing hemoglobin, guarding against blood clots, stroke and heart attack. Yoga can also strengthen the bones. A 2016 study published in the International Journal of Yoga shows improved bone mineral density in women with postmenopausal osteoporosis. “Much like a house that sits empty or a car left to sit unused in a garage, our human parts can age and rot without movement. Movement creates more energy,” explains Nancy Poole, a teacher at Clarksburg Yoga and Wellness, in Clarksburg, Maryland. Joints lose flexibility as we age, but yoga movement provides them with essential oxygen, blood and nutrients. Lisa Moore, owner of Free to Be Yoga, in Great Falls, Montana, underscores, “A joint needs to move through its full range of motion to function well. Movement helps lubricate and cushion joints, provides nutrition and removes wastes.”

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eight weeks of yoga three times a week. Yoga’s super power lies in its capacity to reset the autonomic nervous system and ramp up mood-boosting serotonin while decreasing monoamine oxidase, an enzyme that disarms the effects of stress hormones like cortisol. Under the influence of yoga, the brain is bathed in calming neurotransmitters, combatting depression and anxiety, and instilling a sense of optimism. “Yoga also helps us to embrace the hard times and ride the waves. With the tools that yoga provides, we can swim toward the light. It also helps us to experience a more intimate relationship with body and soul, and in turn make better choices in all aspects of life,” notes Carmen Ferreira, owner of the Sunshine Barre Studio, in Rocky Point, New York. Moore concurs, advising, “Yoga gives us powerful tools so we may age gracefully. One of them is to manage stress with equanimity.”

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Conscious breathing is at the core of a dedicated yoga practice, and a lowered risk of cardiovascular and respiratory disease gives us another reason to inhale and exhale deeply. Poole observes, “Our general population does not breathe correctly, and many of us even hold our breath unconsciously. For my students, the hardest part of yoga is learning to take deep, full breaths. Old breathing habits must be unlearned. Once attention is given to the breath, tensions can be released.” “Yoga improves lung capacity and brings more energy to the cells, which in turn creates more energy and life force in our bodies,” says Ferreira. “It helps us to live from the heart’s center and foster a better quality of life,” she adds. “Each time we show up on our mats, we show up for ourselves, an opportunity to nourish the body, our one and only temple.” Marlaina Donato is an author of several books and a composer. Connect at

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n Ayurveda, food is medicine,” says Susan Weis-Bohlen, the Reisterstown, Maryland, instructor and author of Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles and Practices to Balance and Heal Naturally. “How we feed ourselves is the first line of disease prevention and longevity.” First developed in India some 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It works to rebalance mental and physical health in coordination with mind-body energy types called doshas. The primary ones—Vata, Pitta and Kapha—correlate to the five elements of space, air, fire, earth and water, and can fluctuate over time. An Ayurvedic diet can help address dosha imbalances and optimize health and well-being. New York City chef, restauranteur and author Divya Alter embraced Ayurveda while suffering from an autoimmune disorder that conventional medicine couldn’t cure. “Food was instrumental to my healing,” she says.

Eating in Season “Ayurveda is about living in harmony. Eating seasonally and locally, you not only get the most nourishment, but also rekindle your relationship to food and the environment,” says Nishita Shah, of The Ayurvedic Institute, in Albuquerque. 32

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“In Ayurveda, we look to seasons to determine what to eat based on what is naturally available, like eating light juicy fruits in summer rather than the heavy root vegetables abundant in winter,” notes Weis-Bohlen. Spices and herbs have powerful healing properties that can be combined in different ways to balance doshas in tune with the seasons. “In winter, use warming spices like ginger, cinnamon or chilies, and


Proper combination and selection of ingredients are a critical component of Ayurveda, according to Alter, author of What to Eat for How You Feel: The New Ayurvedic Kitchen. She says, “Well-prepared food is easy to digest and protects prana—the food’s living force or energy—so it can nourish and energize.” Ayurveda also focuses on the “six tastes” ideally present in every dish: sweet, sour, salty, astringent, bitter and pungent. “Western cuisine has a strong salty and sweet bias. Health issues arise from an imbalanced palate,” says Shah. Alter adjusts taste profiles according to the season and the individual’s dosha. “Bitter foods can be very cleansing and help eliminate winter sluggishness. More pungent foods are good in the spring, when the body may feel congested and heavy after winter,” she says. To address diners’ differing doshas at her restaurant, Divya’s Kitchen, Alter focuses on seasonal dishes that incorporate all six tastes. “By definition, these are tri-doshic foods which can balance all three dosha types.”

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he rules of Ayurvedic cooking can seem overwhelming, but there are simple ways to start aligning our diet with its principles. “There is a profound knowledge behind Ayurvedic cooking, but the methods of preparation are easy; you don’t need to be a skilled chef,” says chef, restauranteur and author Divya Alter. “One portion of food should fit in your hands when cupped together,” says Nishita Shah, of The Ayurvedic Institute. “Any more is going above and beyond what the body needs and can handle.” “Energetic imbalances can fluctuate, so what you need now doesn’t have to be what you eat for the rest of your life,” says Alter. Shah uses color to guide her cooking, declaring a dish done when its greens are at peak vibrancy.

Alter stresses eating according to the strength of your digestion. “Someone with a fiery or strong digestion may need to eat heavier foods and more frequent meals.” Cooking with fresh, high-quality and ideally, organic ingredients is key. Food should be prepared soon after purchase and consumed soon after preparation to maximize flavors and nutrition. Ayurvedic cooking enhances natural flavors, while optimizing digestion, nutrient absorption and waste elimination. “How you experience food after a meal is just as important as how you feel while eating it. Deep frying, charring or cooking at high temperatures makes food hard to digest, overheats the liver and causes acidity,” says Alter.

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Good tri-doshic foods include asparagus in spring, berries in summer and root vegetables in winter. “Cooked leafy greens can also be tri-doshic,” says Alter, adding that spices can tweak the natural dosha effect of a given food.

Ancient Cooking for Modern Lifestyles Ayurveda’s rules of the kitchen—such as avoiding cold, raw, processed or microwaved foods, not combining fruits with other foods, and making lunch the heaviest meal of the day—can run counter to the typical Western diet, but with time, Ayurvedic cooking can become intuitive. Ayurvedic meals don’t need to be complicated or challenging to prepare. “A simple apple or plain rice can nourish us,” says Shah. One of Alter’s favorite recipes is an apple or pear stewed with cloves, prepared and eaten first thing in the morning to stimulate the digestive system. Plain almonds are another good protein snack, especially in aiding digestion when soaked and peeled, she advises. A “Buddha bowl” packed with colorful, sautéed vegetables, lentils and a grain like quinoa, barley or millet makes for a simple, nourishing, well-balanced meal, says Shah. “I try to add just enough spice to enhance the flavor, while still being able to taste the sweetness of a carrot or the bitterness of chard.” A cook’s mindset is as important as the meal itself, say Ayurvedic practitioners. Alter believes mindfulness while cooking and eating not only enhances our experience, but also our digestion. Ayurvedic cooking should be fun, ignite curiosity and taste great—not feel restrictive or lack flavor, says Shah. “Food should bring joy, and bring us back in tune with our bodies. Our bodies are smart and will tell us what they need.” April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

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While Ayurveda does nor promote snacking, sometimes we just need a little something to peck on now and then. Crunchy garbanzo beans (chickpeas) make a satisfying and supremely healthy choice for Pitta and Kapha. As witnessed by the many packaged chickpea snacks now commonly seen in stores, chickpeas are popular, so make this snack for a quarter of the price. Customize the flavors to satisfy a personal dosha, and palate, by getting creative with the spices. Yields: 5 cup servings 2 cups precooked chickpeas or 2, 8-oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1 tsp sea salt for Pitta or Himalayan salt for Kapha ½ tsp smoked paprika or ½ tsp ground cumin or ½ tsp garam masala powder (optional) 1 Tbsp sunflower or safflower oil (optional for crunchiness; no oil for Kapha)

Spread the rinsed chickpeas on a baking sheet to dry, about 20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 450° F. In a mixing bowl, add the chickpeas; salt; paprika, cumin or garam masala (if using); and the oil (if using). Toss well to coat and spread on a baking sheet in a single layer. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, and use a spatula to turn the chickpeas over. Place back in the oven and roast for an additional 10 minutes or until the chickpeas are slightly browned. Roast a little longer, if desired, for crunchier chickpeas. Store the crunchy chickpeas in an airtight container. Do not refrigerate. These are great to sprinkle on salads and rice dishes. Don’t make more than can be eaten in three days.

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To cook dry chickpeas, soak overnight, drain and place into a large soup pot. Cover with water, at least double the amount of beans. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for at least 30 to 45 minutes. Check on the beans during cooking. When they are soft, they are done. Recipe courtesy of Ayurveda Beginner’s Guide: Essential Ayurvedic Principles and Practices to Balance and Heal Naturally, by Susan Weis-Bohlen.

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I grew up in a community-driven town in Montreal. My dad is Indian and my mom is Japanese, and I had a built-in sense of community within those two cultures. Yet I sleepwalked through my 20s; at 30 years old, I woke up realizing I didn’t feel a sense of belonging anymore and started on an intentional journey back to community. I was also shocked into action by the statistics around our lack of community. One in four Americans report having no friends to confide in; the number jumps to one in three for those over age 65.

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What is the key to cultivating nurturing friendships?

Again, start by taking a self-inventory: the qualities you seek in a friend, the qualities you don’t want and the qualities you need to embody as a friend. Take stock on how you are showing up for your friends, and note if you are making excuses for yourself or your friends. I realized in doing this that I was often triple-booking myself and prioritizing everything but friendship, and made an effort to change. Now I look for friends who love adventure and lean in and say yes to life. Now, at 40, I seem to meet new people every day who come from the same star and make friends so much faster having done that hard work in my 30s.

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wellness-oriented event and a safe space where they will be hugged upon entry and can dance with reckless abandon every month. It takes effort to keep the excitement alive, but as a result, Daybreaker is scaling and gaining momentum.

How do we find the proper balance of commitments and interests?

Developing boundaries is key. When I first started Daybreaker, I would say yes to everything, and I was exhausted all the time trying to please everyone. Now that I have a daughter, my time is even more precious. If I ask myself if something is giving me energy and fulfillment and the answer isn’t a deep yes, then I know it’s a deep no. Celebrate your abundant energy, though; it’s a blessing to have lots of interests and friends. Stay curious to where you are in life and what the world has to offer. April Thompson is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C. Connect at AprilWrites. com.

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essica Martinez, a medical assistant and part-time dog groomer in Rockford, Illinois, was growing her family—a husband, two daughters and a young beloved husky. When their third daughter was born with health problems and an allergy to dogs, Martinez was determined to manage the situation. She cleaned fervently—vacuuming, wiping down hard surfaces, and bathing and brushing the dog every day. Everyone had to wash their hands frequently. In addition, the room where other dogs were groomed had to


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be thoroughly cleaned after each session. It all eventually became too exhausting, and the husky was rehomed. But there may have been other options available to the family, say practitioners that treat patients with pet allergies. “I personally would rather not recommend that a patient not be around animals, because there are so many health benefits that animals can bring,” says Rosia Parrish, a naturopathic doctor at Boulder Natural Health, in Colorado, and a spokesperson for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

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Some families opt for one of the so-called hypoallergenic breeds of dogs or cats. However, experts at the American Lung Association and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology advise that all warm-blooded animals shed dander: flecks of skin containing proteins that can cause allergies. Additional allergens exist in proteins from saliva, urine and feces. Because proteins, not fur, are to blame, even short-haired or hairless dogs and cats can elicit an allergic response. They’re present in the dander of all mammals, including horses, rabbits, cows and mice. “Allergies are caused when the immune system cannot discern the difference between a safe protein, such as egg, and a dangerous protein, such as mold, and it starts attacking the wrong ones,” says Barbara Meconis, a registered nurse and owner of Holistic Care Approach, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the home, these proteins can easily become airborne and cling to surfaces and clothing. They can be carried by people to pet-free schools and hospitals, making the proteins difficult to avoid, so for those that deal with symptoms that range from watering eyes to difficulty breathing, allergies can flare up in unlikely places.

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“Allergies are one the most complex, unresearched topics,” says Meconis. Because of the general lack of knowledge in the field of immunology, people with allergies may

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have difficulty finding relief, especially when multiple or severe allergies are present. Pet owners aren’t given many choices. “In the last five years, there is a working theory regarding being desensitized with incremental exposures, but there is no proof,” says Meconis. “Elimination has always been the answer from mainstream allopathic medicine, so if you are allergic to pets, they say, ‘don’t have a pet.’” Parrish suggests that making lifestyle changes may enable some people to keep a furry friend in their lives. Effectively preventing allergic reactions requires limiting exposure to the offending animal proteins. This can mean vacuuming often, using HEPA-grade air filters, removing carpeting, leaving coats and shoes at the door and washing sheets, mattress covers—and the pet—on a regular basis.

Alternative Treatments

At Holistic Care Approach, Meconis is trained in Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Therapy (NAET), a combination of allopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, kinesiology and nutrition. Treatments are typically effective in as little as one session per allergy. “We reprogram the immune system so that it no longer ‘sees’ that particular allergen as an invader,” Meconis says. “By removing disharmony at the intercellular level, the body stops being so reactive.” Founded in 1983 by Devi Nambudripad, a California chiropractor and acupuncturist, today there are more than 12,000 NAET practitioners and they can be found at Parrish recommends natural treatments for affected people such as steam showers and baths with thyme, eucalyptus and menthol to help clear passageways, along with anti-inflammatory supplements like boswellia, quercetin, nettle leaf, fish oil and magnesium. “Unless an allergy is severe, I think that living around cats, dogs and other furry animals is a really good thing and brings so much love and sloppy kisses into our lives,” she says. However, for a serious allergic reaction such as asthma, a pet lizard may be in order.

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aily news footage and photos capture the damage plastic is doing to the planet’s oceans: turtles ensnared in plastic nets, whales with guts full of plastics and aerial views of the burgeoning island of floating detritus known as the Pacific Garbage Patch. Tiny pieces of plastic are even showing up in our food and drinking water. The growing plastics crisis has some people yearning for the days when soft drinks and beer all came in reusable containers that required a deposit, or when milk and cream were delivered to the front porch in quaint, glass bottles. Sherri Mason, Ph.D., sustainability coordinator at Penn State Behrend, in Erie, Pennsylvania, believes this is exactly the direction this issue may take. “I do think some of it will be a return to glass,” she says. Mason conducted a study in 2018 and discovered that bottled water contained tiny bits of microplastic. An earlier tap water study she conducted showed there were about five particles of plastic in a liter of tap water, if averaged across the globe. “We thought that would shock people into demanding change. Instead, a lot of the comments were to drink more bottled water.” 42

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In the 2018 study, Mason and her team, then at the State University of New York at Fredonia, tested 259 bottles of water from nine countries that included all the top brands in the U.S.—Dasani, Aquafina and Nestlé Pure Life, among them. “On average, for every liter of bottled water in total, you would be ingesting 325 pieces of plastic. We had one bottle of Nestlé Pure Life with over 10,000 pieces of plastic. These are the particles that can make their way across the gastrointestinal tract and be carried to your blood, liver, kidneys and brain,” Mason says. Analysis of the particles indicates that the plastics found in bottled water leach from the container itself, while the source in tap water may be PVC pipes and fittings. However, plastics are also ubiquitous in surface and groundwater, and may make their way into drinking supplies via air, wind, rain and industrial activity, according to an assessment published earlier this year in the journal Current Opinion in Environmental Science & Health. After Mason’s findings were released, the World Health Organization announced a review into the potential risks of plastic in drinking water. Meantime, the impact of plastic pollution on marine life—zooplank-

ton, seabirds, marine mammals and reptiles throughout the food chain—is well documented, according to a 2014 study published in the online journal PLOS ONE. The study estimates more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing somewhere near 269,000 tons, are floating in the Earth’s oceans. People are loudly calling for change, and innovators are responding. In the United Kingdom, there is the Plastics Pact, which brings together businesses from across the plastic industry to eliminate problematic or single-use plastics through redesign, innovation and alternative delivery models. A UK startup, Ooho, has created an edible water container made of seaweed to provide the convenience of plastic bottles while limiting the environmental impact. Tom Szaky, the CEO and founder of TerraCycle, a Trenton, New Jersey, recycling company, is among those pioneering a rebirth of reusing with a pilot project launched in May called Loop. The company has partnered with Proctor & Gamble, Nestlé, Clorox and other major brands to deliver and retrieve products in durable, reusable containers, just like the milk man. Consumers can order everyday items from the online Loop store—paying a deposit on the container—and UPS will deliver it to their doorstep, picking up empties to be washed, refilled and used again and again. “Hundreds of products, from Tide to Häagen-Dazs to Tropicana, are being delivered,” says Szaky. “It’s growing very fast in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Washington, D.C.; and we’ve just expanded to Connecticut, Vermont, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Delaware—eventually nationwide.” The re-use revolution is also taking shape in 10 states and a U.S. territory that have passed “bottle bills”: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Guam. Typically, the laws require a deposit of 5 to 15 cents be placed on all glass, plastic and metal containers. Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at


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Talk with kids. Discuss with them why limits are needed, how to evaluate internet information according to its source, ways to exercise caution on social media and why some games are deliberately designed to be never-ending. A 2015 Korean study of 2,376 grade-schoolers published in School Psychology International found that if parents show warmth and supervise their kids’ tech use with rational explanations, the children use less digital media.


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like no video games on weeknights, or very specific, like you can only play YouTube videos on the living room computer when other family members are present,” says Angela Roeber, director of communications at Omaha’s Project Harmony, a child protection nonprofit.


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sight interrupts focus, University of Texas at Austin researchers found. At night, make sure devices are turned off an hour before bedtime, and then collect them into a recharging basket by the front door. Keep phones, computers and tablets in a public part of the home—out of kids’ bedrooms— so that online activities are in plain view.

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any Silicon Valley executives that design devices and apps have put their own children in tech-free Waldorf schools, reports The New York Times; even Bill Gates and Steve Jobs strictly limited their kids’ screen time. They know firsthand what many parents fear—that kids are missing out on developing life and social skills because of technology that has been deliberately designed to be addictive. Recent studies link excessive digital use by kids to anxiety, depression and, according to a team of University of Southern California scientists published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, a doubled risk of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder compared with infrequent users. However, there are sound strategies that we can use to help kids navigate the electronic wilds, say experts. “Parent like a tech exec by establishing strong tech limits and actively engaging your kids instead with family, school and the outdoors,” advises Richard Freed, Ph.D., a Walnut Creek, California, child and teen psychologist and author of Wired Child: Reclaiming Childhood in a Digital Age.


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and website visits. Check out, which rates such content. If one causes concern, instead of Googling just its name, add search terms like “risks”, “problems” or “child use”.


Employ parental controls.

Websites and games can be blocked or limited within the devices themselves. Consider replacing the Safari or Chrome browser on a device with a kid-friendly version like Mobicip or GoogleSafeSearch, or installing in-depth monitoring programs such as Net Nanny, Norton Family Premier or Qustodio Parental Control.


Create enjoyable alternatives.

Bicycle with kids in a park. Enroll them in sport teams and art classes. “Part of the challenge we face as parents is that these devices make things easier for us because our kids are occupied, so if we want to change our kids’ tech behavior, we’ll have to change how we do things, as well,” says Mariam Gates, an educator and author of Sweet Dreams: Bedtime Visualizations for Kids.


Do a family digital detox.

During one Sunday a month at home, a weekend away camping or a vacation at a remote spot, keep all devices off and away—and watch how kids grow more responsive as they tune back into “real life”. “Remember, our kids may always be an app ahead of us, but they will always need our parenting wisdom,” advises Sue Scheff, a cyber-safety blogger and co-author with Melissa Schorr of Shame Nation: The Global Epidemic of Online Hate. Ronica A. O’Hara is a natural-health writer based in Denver. Connect at


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ere we are at the calmness, increased body end of summer. My awareness and sharpened parents tell me that concentration are essential “back in the day,” summer to tackling a rigorous acamonths were filled with demic schedule. frolic, outdoor adventures Exercise is also an and low-stress summer jobs. effective method to cope Today’s teens participate in with stress. The production these activities, but summer’s of endorphins alone from carefree nature is tempered engaging in physical activity by preparation for the SAT, is an instant mood-booster. college applications and conIsabella Dussias Whether it’s going for a walk stant technological activity. after doing some studying Even though the summer months are or riding a bike around your neighborcharacterized by relaxation, most teenagers hood after a long day, exercising can really subconsciously increase their stress through improve stress levels. Participating in any use of their phones. When attention is disport with strategy like soccer, basketball, verted from daily tasks by means of constant tennis and many others can also help keep social media notifications, a principal stress the mind off worries. By requiring explicit response hormone called cortisol is released. focus and control over the body, these Fast-forward to the beginning of the school games are like meditating in motion. year, and an already tense nervous system Incorporating exercise and/or yoga is overloaded with a full course load. What into a daily routine can help promote a are some tools that can be used to maintain healthy mind-body balance. Maintaining balance amidst a hectic schedule? a healthy outlook and keeping a calm per Yoga is known for its ability to ease spective on impending stressors and situastress and promote relaxation. In fact, tions that a new school year may bring will several studies have shown that it can hopefully enhance a student’s well-being. decrease the secretion of cortisol. Lower levels of this hormone can result in lower Isabella Dussias is a 16-year-old singerlevels of stress, anxiety, fatigue and depres- songwriter/composer from New Jersey. She sion. Because yoga also incorporates medi- enjoys writing about issues that are importation and focused breathing, a person’s tant to today’s youth, and she believes music mental well-being may also be improved. is an important outlet to connect people and This is extremely important at the start of share messages through the creativity of lyric the school year when new obstacles preand melody. For more information, please dictably occur. Having mental clarity and visit

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he season for wearing shorts and swimsuits may be coming to an end, but the unsightly—and often painful—puffy, blue streaks caused by varicose veins will likely remain an issue for many. While more than 40 percent of adults suffer from them, women are affected two to three times more often, according to a study in the journal BMJ Clinical Evidence. It cites child-bearing, especially more than two pregnancies, as one root cause of varicose veins. However, smoking, family history, obesity and professions that involve extended periods of standing and sitting such as chefs, hairdressers, office workers and healthcare professionals can also contribute to the condition. Birthdays can also be a factor. “As we age, the leg skin gets thinner from wear and tear,” says Marcelle Pick, an integrative OB/GYN nurse practitioner in Falmouth, Maine, resulting in even more visible veins. However, these lumpy blood vessels can cause more than cosmetic issues Varicose veins can promote pain, cramping, itching and swelling of lower legs, ankles and feet, as well as lead to more serious health conditions involving blood clots and poor circulation. There are a number of natural strategies that can alleviate symptoms and even prevent them from developing.

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to pool inside the vessel. “When you’re standing still for a long period of time, the valves stop working and blood fills in the vein, creating more and more pressure, which dilates it like a water balloon,” says Dr. Mary Sheu, assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Walking, swimming, cycling and trampoline jumping are among the most beneficial activities. Sheu says it helps to get up and walk around every half hour for those with a stationary desk job. “Do some squats or go on your tiptoes to get the blood pumping, so it’s not stagnant.” Aerial yoga or headstands are other exercises that help move blood from the feet to heart, along with using an inversion table that holds people upside-down. However, most people can’t stay in that position for any appreciable length of time, so an easy daily option is to elevate the legs on a pillow or small stool. “Any position where your legs are elevated above the level of your heart would help with the flow of fluid back towards the heart,” says Sheu. Work with gravity: the higher the elevation, the quicker blood returns to the heart.


Supportive legwear is another effective way to reduce water retention and swelling, boost circulation and improve pelvic posture. “Compression stockings help keep


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everything cinched in so veins don’t stay dilated and the valves don’t move farther apart,” says Sheu, especially for frequent flyers stuck in a small seat for long flights. In addition to old-fashioned tights, support options range from chic, charcoal, high-denier hose and lacey knee socks to stylish compression leggings, athletic compression socks and light support pantyhose. Most are readily available in airports and retail outlets.

Nutritional Support

Because obesity is a known cause of venous issues, maintaining a healthy weight is essential to lessening pressure on the lower limbs. Pick recommends an antiinflammatory diet rich in antioxidants that helps increase blood circulation. Foods like blueberries, blackberries, leafy greens, beets and ginger are good options. Chamomile and dandelion tea can arrest fluid retention, which relates to swelling and heaviness in the legs, as do botanical herbs. Ascorbic acid and ginkgo biloba stimulate circulation, helping the veins and capillaries contract. Australian naturopath Leah Hechtman, who specializes in reproductive health, often sees women dealing with compromised veins. “Rutin, quercetin, and vitamin P bioflavonoids, taken in conjunction with vitamin C, are effective at improving the integrity of the vein and improving blood flow,” she says. Another flavonoid, red vine leaf, reduces swelling and symptoms of tension and heaviness in the legs. Jill Blakeway, a doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in New York City and author of Energy Medicine: The Science and Mystery of Healing, advises, “CoQ10 increases circulation, while horse chestnut and bilberry reduce inflammation and increase fluid circulation.” She also recommends bromelain, which is an anti-inflammatory and reduces the risk of blood clots, with acupuncture to raise central qi, which improves the elasticity of blood vessels and improves blood flow. Melanie Laporte is a freelance writer and licensed massage therapist based in Austin, Texas. September 2019



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am a total morning person. In fact, I am so obsessed with the morning that I get sort of salty if someone in my house wakes up and interrupts my sunrise hour of personal power. Namaste, right? But seriously, those first moments are crucial for creating the kind of day worth waking up for. If that comes across as insane, I get it. Uber-judgy-lawyer-Bridget (also known as me 10 years ago) probably would have called me insane too. But that’s because she didn’t do these three simple things before checking email, scrolling Instagram or even sipping coffee.

Make a list of what you get to do (not what you have to do).

Do nothing. Just be.

We’ve got only one shot at this thing called life, so it makes no sense to spend it in a state of struggle or chaos. Start your day with peace, gratitude and positivity for what’s possible. Then come for a yoga class!

Resist the urge to jump into the “to-dos”. Hit the alarm snooze button and invest those eight minutes with pure presence. Stretch. Breathe. Wiggle fingers and toes. Bring both knees close to the chest and wrap yourself in a big bear hug.

Get grateful.

Next, make a gratitude list of people, places and things. If nothing specific comes to mind, just say thanks for rainbows, puppies and the undisputable fact that we are living, breathing beings with another shot at living up this thing called life.

This one is probably the most important. Long lists of mundane musts can riddle the mind with anxiety unless and until everything is checked off. So start your morning with what you get to do—yoga classes, coffee dates, long showers, breezy runs, deep talks, happy hours, dinner dates, boat trips, fireworks—all the things that make you feel refreshed, renewed, reinvigorated and reconnected. Make a list of those things before getting out of bed. The notebook for the “have to” list will still be there, if you need it.

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SEPTEMBER calendar of events

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Reiki Soul Celebration – 1–4pm. Enjoy Reiki healing, meditation, high vibration crystal singing bowls, drum, gong, flute, koshi bells, ting-sha and chants. Walk-ins welcome. $15. EZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd, Branchburg. 908-526-0002. Speaker: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher, Sound of Soul Event – 1:30-2:30pm. Are you seeking spiritual growth and transformation? Experience HU, an ancient sacred Mantra, that has been sung for thousands of years in many lands for spiritual unfoldment. Chant HU, have contemplative time, and share in spiritual conversation. Eckankar Center, 11 Park St., Montclair. 800-870-9139.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 Intro to the Chakras with Meghan McSweeney – 7-9:30pm. More than just an intro! Deepen your understanding and learn balancing and energizing techniques. $45. Register at: https:// email info@ Blossoming into Light @ IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. Info: or text/call Sue at 862-222-4268.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 Spiritual Transformation Online Class with Nancy Orlen Weber – 7pm. Join us via Zoom for this two-hour spiritual class that seeks to

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empower your beliefs in your ability to spiritually transform what has been difficult in your life. $20. Zoom link provided upon registration. More info email https://

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Thetahealing Intro – 10am-12pm. Westfield, NJ. Call 908-264-4344 or email info@reshmashah. com. 200 Yoga Teacher Training – 10am-4pm. Yoga Teacher Training at Tru Nature Yoga offers a well-rounded education to take your yoga journey to the next level. Complimentary class & private information session. $3200. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Rd, Lake Hopatcong. 862-803-9252. Breathe@TruNatureYoga. com. Thetahealing Practice Group – 12:30-2pm. Westfield, NJ. Call 908-264-4344 or email info@

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 Holistic Chamber of Commerce, SpartaFranklin Chapter – 6:30-8pm. New Chapter! All holistically-minded professionals, practitioners, business owners, and resource providers are welcome to attend. In addition to camaraderie and networking, members work together to open avenues for consumers to learn about and access holistic, natural and eco-friendly products, services and solutions. Refreshments served. Call 973-823-1600 to reserve your spot. K&P Holistic

Health & Fitness, 418 Route 23, Suite D, Franklin. 973-823-1600.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Community Reiki Share – 8pm. Experience an introduction to the chakras and learn all about Reiki energy healing. Space for practitioners to practice while the community learns what Reiki is all about. $5. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Rd, Lake Hopatcong. 862-803-9252. Holistic Education on Special Needs Via Zoom – 11am. Drawing from 40 years of experience and her own pilot study, Nancy Orlen Weber will share what she has learned about children with special needs and essential oils. $15. Zoom link provided upon registration. More info email lightwingcenter@ https://specialneedseducationsept.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Soul Shamanism Path to You – 9/14-9/15. 10am-5pm. Know and live your true self, your inner wisdom, knowledge, gifts, and how to easily overcome your challenges. $395. Be The Medicine, 39 Greenwood Ave Back Door, Madison. Janet StraightArrow, 973-647-2500 or Janet@ Holistic Minister Practitioner with YLEO’s via Zoom – 11am-3pm. In this course we prepare you to become an ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner. We introduce you to the fundamental concepts of ministry. $250. Zoom link provided upon registration. More info email Thetahealing Intro –1:30-2:45pm. Union area. Call 908-264-4344 or email info@reshmashah. com. The Inner Journey; Entering the Natural Great Peace with Kerry Rasp & Gauri – 6:30-9pm. During this meditative Inner Journey, we will follow ancient practices. We will begin with walking meditation and mindful movement to open the heart and body. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Madison.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 Holistic Minister Practitioner with YLEO’s – 10am-6pm. In this course we prepare you to become an ordained Holistic Minister Practitioner. We introduce you to the fundamental concepts of ministry. $250. Blossoming into Light, 401 Route 24, Chester. More info email lightwingcenter@ or info@blossomingintolight-chester. com.


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The Stress Behind Concussions – Doors open 6:30pm, talk is from 7-8pm. Why do some people develop unresolvable symptoms after brain trauma while most heal without issues? The key is something made them weak before the concussion. Free. Functional Brain Training with Dr. Don Joergens at Parsley, 30 Wall St., Rockaway. Seating limited; RSVP required to 862-209-7333 or email Essential Oil Classes – 7-8:30pm. Free Class to learn about essential oils and products infused with essential oils. RSVP Sue 862-222-4268 or Blossoming into Light @ IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. Info: or text/call Sue at 862-222-4268.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Metatation 101: Unlocking All Potentials (Workshop 1 of 3) – Doors open 6:30pm, workshop is from 7-8:30pm. Metatation (not meditation) is a conscious practice that seeks the connection between the conscious and unconscious mind. From here your power begins to transform reality. Free. Parsley Talks with Dr. Don Joergens, Parsley, 30 Wall St., Rockaway. Seating limited; RSVP required to 862-209-7333 or email

and like-minded friends. Meets online via Zoom monthly, different topic each month. May include topics such as vibration/frequency, tuning forks, Levels of Consciousness. $22. Register at: https:// or info@ Blossoming into Light @ IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. Info: or text/call Sue at 862-222-4268.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 Iyengar Yoga for Women’s Health with Patricia Videgain – 9/19-10/17. 3:30-5pm. The goal of this 5-class series is to learn about, and connect to, the pelvic area, the female organs and the rhythms of the female life cycle. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Madison.


Free. The offices of Dr Bizzaro, 81 S Main St, Yardley. RSVP to 215-493-6589. Reiki II Training & Certification – 2-day class: September 21 & 22, 1:30 – 7pm. Expand your Reiki abilities in this comprehensive and in-depth training & certification. $225. EZential Wellness Center, 1 Lamington Rd, Branchburg. 908-526-0002. Speaker: Beth Wishbow, Reiki Master Teacher,

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 Light and Sound Service: Living Life as a Spiritual Exercise – 11am-12noon. Join others seeking to bring more insight and divine love into their lives at this special celebration. Eckankar, the Path of Spiritual Freedom, offers spiritual exercises to help you experience the twin aspects of the Light and Sound of God within. Share your spiritual insights. Eckankar Center, 11 Park St., Montclair. 800-870-9139.

Becoming: A Sacred Womens Circle – Shakti Dance – 7-9pm. Join us for our monthly circle to discuss, create, sing, dance, learn, meditate and so much more. Shakti Dance – Raise Your Power with Brianne Farre. $35. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Rd, Lake Hopatcong. 862-803-9252.

Essential Oil Classes – 3-4:30pm. Free Class to learn about essential oils and products infused with essential oils. RSVP Sue 862-222-4268 or Blossoming into Light @ IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. Info: or text/call Sue at 862-222-4268.

Grand Opening Open House Weekend – 9/20 – 9/22. Weekend of workshops, free classes, raffles and savings. See news brief for more information. Free. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Rd, Lake Hopatcong. 862-803-9252. TruNatureYoga. com.



Art of the Soul – Doors open 6:30pm, talk is from 7-8pm. Art has the potential to be more than a magnificent aesthetic composition. It can be a personal metaphysical gateway of your soul and quantum state. Free. Parsley Talks with Jamie Lynn Coulter, 30 Wall St., Rockaway. Seating limited; RSVP required to 862-209-7333 or email

The Spiritual Illumination Hour Via Zoom – 7:30-8:30pm. Discussion, guided meditation

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.




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Enjoy inspiring lectures, meditations, alternative healing treatments, as well as angelic and intuitive readings. Try healthy food samples and purchase natural products or unique gift items. Empowered Light Holistic Expo will focus on healthier lifestyles, stress reduction and self-care as well as new information, ideas and connection.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 Meeting of the Holistic Minds – 7-9pm. Join us for an evening of getting to know each other as

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

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practitioners. There will be plenty of organic food, music and a whole lot of fun. Free. The Holistic Dental Center, 91 Milburn Ave, Milburn. RSVP to 973-379-9080 or Achieve a Clear Quiet Mind – 6:30-8pm. Enjoy this practice, teachings to live in awareness, personal power, and peace. Be present and open to life, and all. Donation. Brookside Community Church, 8 E Main St, Mendham, Brookside. Janet StraightArrow, 973-647-2500 or Janet@

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All That Really Matters presents Bill Bradley Medical Medium — 7pm. You Won’t Believe Series - The Language of Quantum welcomes Bill Bradley, a psychic and clairvoyant who specializes in seeing the unknown patterns hidden within a person’s energy field causing disharmony to health or wellness. Includes live audience readings. $20. Skylands Medical Center, 406 Route 23 North, Franklin. For information visit AllThat Meeting of the Holistic Minds – 7-9pm. Join us for an evening of getting to know each other as practitioners. There will be plenty of organic food, music and a whole lot of fun. Free. The Holistic Dental Center, 91 Milburn Ave, Milburn. RSVP to 973-379-9080 or

Dr. Eben Alexander - Living In a Mindful Universe Monday, October 28, 2019 6:30 – 9 PM Hilton Hasbrouck Heights Neurosurgeon and New York Times bestselling author of Proof of Heaven. As seen on Oprah! For tickets and info: or 973-713-6811.

Plants and Animals Thetahealing – 9/27-29; 10am-5pm. Westfield, NJ. Call 908-264-4344 or email

Universal Kabbalah – 10am-4:30pm. The purest form of esoteric study available on the planet. Kabbalah is a tradition whose roots extend back to the remotest history of humankind. $325. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US Highway 22, Lebanon. 908-617-1535.

Astral Travel – 10am-12pm. Have you ever wondered about leaving your body? Learn the techniques to leave your body safely, in a guided manner and to do it whenever you wish. $60. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy and Meditation Center, 1386 US Highway 22, Lebanon. 908-617-1535. Reiki Leve I Certification – 10am-4pm. The training consists of discussion, Reiki Level I attunement, hands-on practice, course handbook and other course materials. Sign up for level 1 & level 2 to save. $250. Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center, 219 Espanong Rd, Lake Hopatcong. 862-803-9252.


Investment: $2,225. Inner Truth Hypnotherapy & Meditation Center 1386 US Highway 22, Clinton NJ 08833 For more information or to register Call 908 617-1545 or visit

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 8th Annual Holistic Health Extravaganza – 10am-5pm. Meet 50+ holistic practitioners and crafters. Workshops, individual sessions, giveaways, raffles, food and fun! Free. Crockett Middle School, 2631 Kuser Rd., Hamilton Twp. Information & registration: 609-752-1048 or Siobhan@

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 Wellness Gala Presents the Law of Attraction with Psychic Medium Shira – 12:30-5:30pm. The event will feature a keynote presentation from Shira, an internationally sought out psychic

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One Spirit Festival – 9/28-29; 10am-5pm. Join us for our 11th anniversary festival with speakers, readers, healers, holistic vendors, hand-

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Reiki 1 Heal Self-Others – 9/28 – 9/29. 10am5pm. Reiki is a hands-on method of bodywork. Hands are placed on the body or just above the body according to your comfort. $325. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Village Green Road, Second Floor, Madison. Janet StraightArrow, 973-647-2500 or



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reader, psychic medium, pet communicator and author. The ticket also includes many different experts in the alternative health fields. $50 includes Shira’s presentation. $20 general admission. $30 at the door. RSVP: events or call 973-713-6811. Sheraton Parsippany Hotel, 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 5th Annual SpiritFest – 10/26-10am-6pm; 10/27-10am-5pm. Tune up your body, mind and spirit. Dress up and receive a surprise. Featuring guest speakers every hour, area psychics, energy healers, shamanic practitioners and more. $7/ 2day admission. Society for Metaphysical Enlightenment, New Hope Eagle Firehouse, 46 N. Sugan Rd, New Hope. 267-261-2768.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 Wellness Gala Presents Living in a Mindful Universe With Dr. Eben Alexander III – 6:309pm. The evening will feature celebrated neurosurgeon, New York Times best-selling author, and renowned speaker, Dr. Alexander III, who will take the stage to offer his understanding of reality and human consciousness. $111 with a Metaphysical Center of NJ Fall Festival ticket. $149 without a Fall Festival ticket. VIP seating $169. Hilton Hasbrouck Heights/Meadowlands Hotel, 650 Terrance Ave, Hasbrouck Heights. Ticket info: Wellness Gala, 973-713-6811 to reserve premier event seating.

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SUNDAY 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 Sunday Service – 10:30am. Only words of Love are spoken here. To live in health, happiness and prosperity is everyone’s birthright, whether we choose to follow a certain path is our individual choice. No dogma or belief system is imposed upon anyone. Institute for Spiritual Development, 15 Sparta Ave, Sparta. Laughter Yoga of Montclair –3:45-4:45pm. Boost joy, reduce stress and have fun like never before. We combine laughter exercises with childlike play and movement, add in deep breathing to connect, unwind, and let go. Free. NJ Acupuncture Massage & Fertility - The Wellness, 70 Park St., Ste. 208, Montclair. For information, contact Joan Castellano at 201-240-5073 or joan.zarod@gmail. com.

Intuitive & Spiritual Development Classes – Begins 9/9. 7-9pm. Discussion, guided meditation and exercises to deepen your abilities and learn to trust. You can also choose Wed morning, Thurs eve or Sat morn class. $50 registration fee. $25 weekly fee. Register at or email info@ Blossoming into Light @ IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. Info: or text/call Sue at 862-222-4268.

TUESDAY Stress, Hormones & Health (The true cause of belly fat) – 6pm, select Tuesdays. Presented by bestselling author & speaker Jean GoldenTevald, 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.

Bi-Weekly Zoom Classes Held with Author Nancy Orlen Weber – These classes are for those who purchased my book “The Life of a Psychic Detective. Once the book is purchased, please send an email to, subject: Books and the information will be sent to you to join the group.

Intuitive/Spiritual Development – 7:30-9:30pm. Tap into your intuitive abilities. Exercises each week to raise your vibrations such as psychometry, readings, meditation, past life, channeling and more. Everyone welcome. $10. RSVP required. Huna Healing Center LLC, 5 East Main St., 2nd floor (Parking in back ), Denville. Lory 973-224-0096 or register@hunahealingcenter. 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.

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

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. 201-841-0358. 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. The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network – 7:30pm. First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester. Sound Bath – 7:30pm. Relax and rejuvenate with healing sounds at Awaken Sound Health. Each Sound Bath is a 60-minute group session that alternates between sound and silence to bring participants to a place of deep relaxation, and provide for revitalization of one’s body, mind and spirit. $20. Awaken Sound Health, 32 Grove St., Chester. Register: pricelist-1-3/. For information contact Alison Iati,

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Cultivate a Purpose Driven, Soul-Empowered Consciousness – 8-9pm. Cultivate a purpose driven, soul-empowered consciousness. Live online webinar, each Wednesday, except for 3rd Wednesday of the month when we meet in person. $29/month. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Chester. Regiser at or text Debbie Carcuffe at 201-841-0358 or email AA Meeting (O-B-ST) – 8pm. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford. The Spiritual Illumination Hour Via Zoom – 9/18. 7:30-8:30pm. Discussion, guided meditation and like-minded friends. Meets online via Zoom monthly, different topic each month. May include topics such as vibration/frequency, tuning forks, Levels of Consciousness. $22. Register at: https:// or info@ Blossoming into Light @ IWC, 401 Route 24, Chester. Info: or text/call Sue at 862-222-4268.


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Sound Bath – 10:30-11:30am. Relax and rejuvenate with healing sounds at Awaken Sound Health. Each Sound Bath is a 60-minute group session that alternates between sound and silence to bring participants to a place of deep relaxation, and provide for revitalization of one’s body, mind and spirit. $20. Awaken Sound Health, 32 Grove St., Chester. Debtors Anonymous Meeting – 5:30-6:30pm. Twelve-step meeting for those dealing with debt, overspending and under-earning. Downstairs Main Bldg. at Redeemer Church, 37 Newton Sparta Rd., Newton. 877-717-3328. AA Meeting – 7:30pm.St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-5380555. Al-Anon Meeting – 8-9:30pm. Center for Practical Spirituality - Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.


A Pure Component Radio Show: Linking Spirit & Science – 10am-11pm. Starts Sept. 5. Hosted by Tori Valspirit. Life, health, fitness, wellness and meditation. Featuring expert in various wellness fields & subjects. Livestream: aPureComponent. Chamber radio:

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.

Iyengar Yoga for Women’s Health with Patricia Videgain – 9/19-10/17. 3:30-5pm. The goal of this 5-class series is to learn about, and connect to, the pelvic area, the female organs and the rhythms of the female life cycle. Studio Yoga Madison, 2 Green Village Rd., Madison. 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,

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Overeaters Anonymous Meeting – 10:15am12:15pm. Weekly gathering of the free support group that helps people lose weight and keep it off. Downstairs meeting room, Parsippany Library. 973-335-1717. Classic Nia Mind-Body Fitness – 11am-12noon. Nia is a practice that will help you feel alive in your body through cardio conditioning through a world of music that evokes imagination and emotion. Instructor: Teresa Dangelo. $20 walk-in. Benessere Wellness Center and Spa, 510 Morris Ave., Summit. For information call 908-277-4080, email or visit

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Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc

Align Healing & Therapy

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave East, Westfield 908-928-0060 • Dr. Rosenfarb is world renowned in the field of holistic eye health. He is passionate about helping people with degenerative eye diseases. Learn of his astounding work in this area—call now to qualify for your free copy of his groundbreaking book, Recover Your Vision. Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad, page 38.

NJ Advanced Acupuncture Morgan Reade, LAc, MS 616 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell 6 Green Village Rd, Madison 201-400-2261 Morgan Reade has studied Acupuncture, herbal and dietary therapy. He is board certified and licensed in Florida and NJ. He specializes in female health including autoimmune and fertility. Other areas of expertise include digestive disorders, food allergies and Lyme disease. Born and raised in West Caldwell, where he currently resides, he opened his first office there. His second location is in downtown Madison, NJ. See ad, page 43.

Attorney (Holistic) Kelly M. Brown, Esq. 973-909-0999 • Licensed in NJ & PA With quality preparation, legal tragedies can often be prevented, or damage can be minimized or eliminated. Kelly Brown has been practicing law for 20 years. In addition, Brown is a Certified Life Mastery Coach, theologian and interfaith minister. Her current practice brings a holistic perspective to legal planning for families and businesses. See ad, page 37.


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84 Broadway, Ste B, Denville 973-784-3027 • 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 53.

Bakery/Specialty Starseed Bakery Linda Beg 100 Hibernia Avenue, Rockaway 973-957-0500 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, page 40.

Beautification Services Unlock Your Hidden Beauty Natalia Schweitzer, Licensed Esthetician & Board Certified Permanent Makeup Artist 1236 US Highway 46 West, Suite B-1 Parsippany 862-432-9074 We provide natural permanent makeup application: microblading (hairstroke brows), powdered brows, eyeliner, lip blush, 3D realistic areola and nipple reconstruction, and n a tu ra l s ki n re j u ve n a t i on 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,

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BioEnergetic Testing – Holistic Dr. Michael La Mastro Holistic Practitioner 66 Woodport Rd, Sparta 973-729-7803 As a holistic practitioner, Dr. La Mastro looks at the body in several ways to address the health of an individual beginning with bioenergetic testing. This non-invasive computerized tool measures magnetic energy and blockages through meridian points allowing both patient and practitioner visual feedback on the current state of health. See ad, page 14.

Coaching Law Of Attraction Life Coach David Scott Bartky, CLOALC 973-444-7301 D a v i d i s a ce r t i f i e d a n d 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.

Collect Rocks Day September 16

Ahh, to be a kid again, and have a rock collection. Go out and find a new pretty rock to add to your collection or trade with a friend!

Colon Hydrotherapy

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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, page 52.

Next Level Healing Of NJ, Inc. Susan Richter, RN, CCH, Nutritionist, LDHS 166 Franklin Road, Denville 973-586-0626 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 wa r ra nt e n z y m e t h e ra py fi rst ! Vi s i t to get the scoop!

This September a new Jin Shin Jyutsu® Professional Practitioner Course will start in Morristown, NJ. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a gentle, non-invasive form of energy medicine. Ideal training fo r b e co m i n g a ce r t i f i e d practitioner or simply to help yourself and others with health issues. See ad,

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Enzyme Nutrition Next Level Healing Of NJ, Inc. Susan Richter, RN, Nutritionist, CCH, LDHS Denville • 973-586-0626 Enzyme nutrition is rapidly becoming a sought after therapy for the underlying digestive issues related to autism, autoimmune diseases, chronic pain, skin problems, mood disorders, bowel issues and allergies. The system of analysis is scientific, non-invasive, and based on anatomy and physiology. The methods of correction are food-based, drugfree, and have no side effects. Regardless of age or diagnosis, correcting digestion, supporting the immune system, and following guidelines for healthy choices are the backbone of Susan’s successful private practice of 36 years. If you are looking for a gentle approach to healing, call her.


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Romana Kulikova, MD 150 Main Street, Millburn 973-376-4646 ofc, 908-232-0211 fax

LearningRx, Warren Michael DiCristino 34 Mountain Blvd, Warren 908-222–7246 LearningRx offers one-on-one brain training through customized exercises to improve weak cognitive skills/IQ in children or adults with learning disabilities, attention deficit, traumatic brain injuries, intellectual disabilities or age-related cognitive decline. See ad, page 21.

54 Old Highway 22, Clinton 908-735-9344 MorningStar’s team of health professionals cares for you like family. Our membership-based practice cares for men, women and children age 8 and up with a functional approach to primary care. See ad, page 43.

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Feature: Strengthen Organ Vitality Plus: Healthy Homes


Feature: Heart Health Plus: Socially Conscious Investing

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Feature: Nutrition Upgrades Plus: Managing Allergies


Feature: Sustainable Living Plus: Creative Arts Therapy

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Feature: Mental & Emotional Well-Being Plus: Healthy Vision

Brain Health JUNE Feature: Plus: Green Building Trends

Urban & Suburban Agriculture JULY Feature: Plus: Gut Health Feature: Children’s Health Plus: Natural Pet Care

Vibrant at anY age ISSUE Age-Defying Bodywork SEPT Feature: Plus: Yoga Therapy


Feature: Oral Health Plus: Chiropractic Care


Feature: Natural Sleep Solutions Plus: Optimal Thyroid Function


Feature: Uplifting Humanity Plus: Earth-Friendly Holidays


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Holistic Dental Center Vladimir Gashinsky, DDS 91 Millburn Avenue, Millburn 973-457-4688 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, page 3.

Holistic Medical George C. Wang, MD, PhD 51 John F Kennedy Parkway, 1st Floor West, Short Hills 973-671-1868 • 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.

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We offer Holistic Practitioners specific ordinations relating to your practice. Certification programs on Young Living aromatherapy and more available through our seminary. See ads, pages

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Linda Sercarz Certified Heartmath Coach Serving North Jersey & surrounding area 973-714-8650 • Heartmath+♥ consists of simple heart-focused, science-based meditations. The techniques are designed to change the way your body responds to stress by learning to self-regulate. They create more resilience, coherence, c l a r i ty (eve n i n s t re s s f u l situations), and the capacity to self-regulate. Heartmath+♥

Huna Healing Center Lory Sison-Coppola 23 Diamond Spring Rd., 2nd fl., Denville 973-224-0096 The Center offers different modalities that will raise your Spiritual Awareness, heighten y o u r v i b ra t i o n s . We a r e dedicated to understanding and providing for those with specific needs. Classes, certifications, healing sessions, readings and counseling are offered. See ad, page 37.

Reshma Shah Meditation and Thetahealing Reshma Shah Westfield 908-264-4344 • Reshma is a certified ThetaHealing Teacher and Practitioner with a passion for 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 pain, 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, first time clients get 25% off their first session. See ad, page 6.

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

Hypnosis Acorn Holistics Bruce Cialfi, Hypnocounselor 46 Main St., Unit 2A Netcong 973-475-8989 Acorn Holistics offers hypnosis, meditation instruction and crystal therapy. We partner with you to develop with an alternative plan to conquer issues such as weight loss, anxiety and chronic pain. Our services are not a replacement for traditional medicine; the services are designed to support you through your journey and offer you a means to be in control of your body and your life. See ad, page 14.

Enhanced Living Hypnosis Rachel Stein, Hypno-Counselor Morristown • 973-285-3979 Comfortable Childbirth Learn the “why” and “where” most pain associated with childbirth comes from; and learn Basic and Advanced Self-Hypnosis Techniques for a Comfortable Childbirth. “Hypno-Counselors help ordinary, everyday people with ordinary, everyday problems using individual hypnotic techniques.” See ad on page 19.

Morris Hypnosis Center Linda West, BA, ACH 55 Madison Ave, Morristown 973-506-9654 • Advanced Clinical Hypnosis using an interactive, personalized technique; based on a lengthy interview at our first session and dialogues at following sessions. I don’t talk “at” you; we both speak before and during your hypnosis. I also teach you self-hypnosis. Specializing in weight, stress, smoking, chronic pain, releasing the past, performance, obsessive thoughts, substance use, sleep, fears, confidence and attention issues. Hypnosis can get you unstuck in virtually any area of your life. If you have constraints that you can’t seem to break through, hypnosis can free you and put you back in charge. Come for a free consultation to learn how you can reframe your past and design your future.

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Mention ad for 15% off first visit. D o c to r re fe r re d ce r t i fi e d 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.

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Dr. Sonoo Advani 101 Old Short Hills Rd, Ste 502 West Orange 973-992-1070 We are a functional medicine practice board-certified in integrative holistic medicine and endocrinology. We practice whole body functional medicine i n co r p o ra t i n g a d va n ce d diagnostic testing to discover the root cause of medical problems and deliver personalized solutions utilizing natural and high-tech protocols. See ad, page 23.

Natural Medicine

Susan Lembo Sparta and Whitehouse Station 908-246-3096, call or text

Dr. Lisa Lewis, ND, MBA, LAc

Certified HypnoCounselor and Certified Hypnosis Trainer for the National Guild of Hypnotists. Interested in helping people lead more fulfilling lives? Consider a ca re e r i n hy p n o s i s . N ex t certification training: September 2019 in Sparta. Also, private sessions, tapping and hypnosis for weight loss, smoking cessation, stress and pain management and more. See ad, page 15.

Naturopathic Doctor, Acupuncturist 470 Prospect Ave, Ste 100, W Orange 973-486-0148 • D r. L ew i s i s t h e h e a l t hy 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 35.


Organizing Solutions

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Everyday Organizing Solutions by Sherry

27 Bald Nob Rd, Denville 973-586-3936 Classes and mentoring online for all interested in and/or practicing the metaphysical arts. Variety of areas include creativity, intuition, mediumship/psychic/animal communication and more. See

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Sherry Onweller, Professional Organizer Serving NJ 908-619-4561 • 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.

Ask a Stupid Question Day September 28

The roots of this special day goes back to the 1980s. At the time, there was a movement by teachers to try to get kids to ask more questions in the classroom. Kids sometimes hold back, fearing their question is stupid, and asking it will result in ridicule. Teachers created this day on September 28. If it fell on a weekend, they would celebrate it on the last day of the month. September 2019



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Leslie Karen Lobell, MA, LPC

Eckankar – The Path of Spiritual Freedom

Lisa’s Thermography and Wellness

11 Park St, Montclair 800-870-9139 •

Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ, NY & PA 855-667-9338

Pompton Plains (Rte 23) and Montclair 908-577-0053 • 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!

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Sound Healing

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Spiritual Healing, Teaching Be The Medicine Janet StraightArrow 973-647-2500 Shamanic Healing, Energy Medicine, Past Life, Medical Intuition, Life, Health, Spiritual Coaching, Astrology Readings, House and Land Clearings. In p e rs o n , p h o n e o r S ky p e. Professional Reiki, Shamanism, and Medical Intuitive Training. Retreats. 40 years’ experience.

Awaken Sound Health Alison Iati 32 Grove Street, Chester 201-874-7255 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.

Confucius Day September 29

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

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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 • Dr. Rosenfarb is world renowned in the field of holistic eye health. He is passionate about helping people with degenerative eye diseases. Learn of his astounding work in this area—call now to qualify for your free copy of his groundbreaking book, Recover Your Vision. Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad, page 38.

Weight Loss

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Yoga/Wellness Tru Nature Yoga & Wellness Center 219 Espanong Road, Lake Hopatcong 862-803-9252 • 201-289-6366 cell An intimate, nurturing space for all that cultivates a healthy community through the wisdom of yoga and the sacred healing gifts of nature. The center features a variety of classes, massage and reiki services, yoga and wellness retreats, yoga teacher training and certifications, workshops, fostering personal growth and enriching our community. Tru Nature Yoga strives to serve the community in finding their Tru Nature so that we may all lead joyous, abundant, peace-filled, centered lives; body, mind & spirit. See ad, page 31.

Miniature Golf Day September 21

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908-405-1515 Life Coach Astrology Astrology, Reiki, Life Coaching and Wavelength Sessions. Driving deep transformational change through conscious awareness and energy healing to shift into empowered living. Contact Tania at or 608-284-0847.

Services READINGS Oracle card and palmistry readings offered in person, phone, parties welcome. Spiritually guided channeled messages are for your highest good. Let my gifts guide you! Reasonable rates. Cheryl 908-268-8029.

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

practice/rehearsal space and fitness classes. Accommodates up to 175 people. Plenty of parking, convenient to Route 202 or 287. Call 973-539-3114 or email for details.

OPPORTUNITY CLIENT CARING LAWYER SEEKING PART-TIME BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT NINJA. Seeking a part-time, spiritually-mind, wellnetworked person to establish/foster relationships with client leads and prospects in the community by setting up speaking engagements, running ads, identifying expos for us to attend, managing direct mail campaigns, identifying auctions where we can contribute, and otherwise getting our law firm seen and heard in the community. You will follow up on leads and schedule appointments. Must be technology savvy. Compensation is performance based – per presentation booked, meeting scheduled, and client engaged. This is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a novel, unique law firm that is changing how legal services are delivered. Send your resume and cover letter to kelly@kmbrownlaw. com and clearly convey why you should be hired, what you’re looking for in a job and how many hours a week you would love to be working. Serving Morris and Somerset County.

SPACE FOR RENT Event & meeting rental space in Morristown, NJ. Great for recitals, weddings,

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North Central NJ Natural Awakenings - September 2019  

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

North Central NJ Natural Awakenings - September 2019  

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