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OCTOBER 2017 Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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OF A HOLISTIC LIFESTYLE Dr. Vladimir Gashinsky

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Bouncing, Leaping and Lunging Our Way to Bone Health


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ow life works, how the planets function, how the world turns—it’s too much for me to comprehend. How belief systems are formed, societies operate, and how relationships evolve is an ongoing process that seems too overwhelming for me to figure out. One thing I do know is “nothing is how it seems to be.” Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas, and Hurricane Irma destroying what seems like the entire Caribbean, (and, as of this writing, Hurricane Maria is on her way) have created a new level of grief that Floridians have never experienced. It gives us a peek into the unknown, and reminds us once more that we are not in charge.

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The universe, as we know it, has a message to us if we choose to see it that way. It seems to me the message is pay attention. As I see it Mother Earth is making a correction, cleansing itself, as she always does, and punctuating the need for balance. I have no idea about you, the reader, but in my eyes, many segments of our world seem out of balance. Polarization is not balance. Good health needs balance, mental health needs balance, politics need balance, societies scream for balance. Over the last couple of years many, many times I have heard there is a universal shift taking place. Who knows if that is true, but if it is then what does it mean? I do not know. Here is what I do know. As tragic as the destruction was and will continue to be, some good will shine through. People have been and will continue to step up, inspire and set the bar even higher for the next generation to step into. They have shown us and will continue to show us what heroes really look like. Average everyday citizens rising to a higher calling. Personal needs set aside, while everyday heroes demonstrate and lay down a model of compassion, empathy, disregard for self, and highlight the art of spirituality. These heroes are as strong as these hurricanes. Their force expands in a way that may be hard to understand yet is simple at the same time. They will touch lives, and through that those lives may be changed forever. They will give hope where there was none. Their acts of kindness will make a difference. What is this power they possess? It is Love. Pure, without conditions—just love. Sometimes there is no answer, sometimes there is no logic, but love is easy to see in its purest form, especially when it comes in the form of a Hero. For all the people who volunteered, for the charities of good, for every person who said one prayer, put one penny in a jar at the cash registers as you checked out—we can only thank you! Helping others, joining hands with the connected link of life is a primary key to restoring the balance. In the end, it is love that makes a difference. With peace, love and laughter,

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ince its inception in 2009, the mission of the Wellness Gala is to create awareness, educate and promote the benefits and effectiveness of holistic health and alternative healing modalities to the mainstream population. The Gala thoughtfully hand-selects a group of experts in the fields of health, beauty and wellness and offers mini-sessions, demonstrations and workshops. Sessions are available in areas such as anti-aging, nutrition, weight loss, massage, stress management and more. There will be energy healing, angels card readings, intuitive readings and chiropractic work available. Additionally, the Gala boasts unique vendors, live music, desserts, refreshments and a cash bar. This year, the Gala will be held at the Sheraton Tara Hotel in Parsippany on Sunday, October 8 from 11:30am to 6pm. As a special treat, the Gala features keynote speaker Mas Sajady, who helps participants access their own power to heal and transform their lives with rapid, tangible and documented results. The keynote event includes a presentation, demonstration and guided Medihealing, which meditation and healing in one. Location: Sheraton Tara Hotel, 199 Smith Road, Parsippany. For tickets, call 973-713-6811 or visit Events. For more information, visit See ad on page 46.

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ollowing two near-death experiences, Mas Sajady was gifted with the ability to identify the real reasons people face obstacles in their lives. He then helps people access their own power to heal with rapid, tangible and documented results. Mas transforms lives using his program called Medihealing, described as “meditation on steroids.” Experience this powerful healing technique with Mas at the Wellness Gala in Parsippany on Sunday, October 8 at 12:15pm. The event includes a presentation, demonstration and guided Medihealing. Mas will also be available for Industrial-Strength Group Healing (IGHs) sessions during the day. The cost to view Mas’ keynote presentation is $50, which includes the cost of general admission ($20). Mas explains, “When you change your frequency, you change your life. When people are connected with their core energy at such a deep level, they can transform their lives dramatically and instantly.” Everyone is capable of achieving this, but Mas empowers people to connect with these higher energies faster and with more efficiency. The Wellness Gala thoughtfully hand-selects a group of experts in the fields of health, beauty and wellness and offers mini-sessions, demonstrations and workshops. Sessions are available in areas such as anti-aging, nutrition, weight loss, massage, stress management and more. Location: Sheraton Tara Hotel, 199 Smith Road, Parsippany. To register, call 973-7136811 or visit For more information, visit See ad on page 35.

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xhibitors from around the world are expected to participate in New York City’s next NewLife Expo, which returns to the newly renovated Hotel New Yorker (34th and 8th Avenues) October 27 through 29. They will be on hand with cutting-edge information, products and services designed to feed the mind, body and spirit, says expo founder and producer Mark Becker. “Crystal Tones will bring their crystal bowls, and Momentum98 will demonstrate their infrared saunas,” he says. “They will join at least a hundred other exhibitors in our marketplace of the future, and we’re adding new exhibitors every day.” Now in its 28th year, the NewLife Expo is America’s longest-running event focused on holistic enlightenment and rejuvenation, Becker says. “This year’s expo will feature predictions for the next four years and cutting-edge information on anti-aging and vegetarianism.” Featured speakers will include Drs. Jane Goldberg, Eric Kaplan, Paul Lnig Tai, Luke Cua and Ben Lane. Among the various panel topics will be Strange Universe, Nutrition and Vibrational Healing-Light Language. Judy Satori and Gail Thackray will also join this year’s presenters. “Come to the NewLife Expo, and for as little as $15 a day, you will meet thousands of people who want to feed their minds, enlighten their souls and purify and tonify their bodies,” Becker says. “You might even meet your soul mate.” For more information, including times and exhibition opportunities, visit or email

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

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pirulina platensis, a single-celled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Subjects were divided into intervention and placebo groups. The intervention group took twice-daily supplements of Spirulina platensis for 12 weeks. BMI, fasting blood samples and lipid profiles were assessed at the beginning and end of the study, and food intake and appetite were reported daily. The scientists found more than double the reductions in both body weight and BMI in the spirulina group, compared to the control group. In addition, reductions in both total cholesterol and appetite were found in the intervention group.

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


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esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heart-protective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrol-based capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain.

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Court Removes Manmade Barriers A legal challenge in Washington state may require spending nearly $2 billion to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that block fish migration. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a 2013 ruling ordering the state to fix or replace hundreds of culverts that allow streams to pass beneath roads, but block the salmon. Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, states, “This is a win for salmon, treaty rights and everyone that lives here.” The group represents 21 tribes in western Washington that challenged the state over the culverts in 2001, part of decades-long litigation over tribal fishing rights. She advises, “Fixing fish-blocking culverts under state roads will open up hundreds of miles of habitat and result in more salmon.”

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The consequences of climate change are impacting plant species in unanticipated, but logical ways; for instance, conifers and other needle trees are moving northward because they are more sensitive to temperature than flowering, deciduous trees. They already populate the boreal forest of eastern North America, so they’re well-adapted to expand into colder, drier conditions. Individual trees can’t move, but populations can shift over time as saplings expand into a new region while older growth dies in another. A new study published in Science Advances also shows that about three-quarters of tree species common to eastern American forests, including white oaks, sugar maples and American holly, have shifted their population centers westward since 1980 due to drier conditions in the East. Global warming has significantly altered rainfall totals. Songlin Fei, a professor of forestry at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, and one of the study authors, observes, “Different species are responding to climate change differently. Most of the broadleaf species of deciduous trees are following moisture that’s moving westward.” Changes in land use, conservation efforts, wildfire frequency and the arrival of pests and blights all play parts in shifting populations. Forest ecosystems are defined as much by the mix of species and the interaction between them as by the simple presence of many trees. If different species migrate in different directions, then ecological communities could eventually collapse.

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Wind Turbines Kill Winged Creatures Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide. At one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation. What would help most is offshore turbines and knowledge about migration routes. The safest place for wind turbines is in the ocean, because songbirds and bats don’t migrate over such waters. On land, many songbirds fly at night and can’t see the wind turbines until it’s too late. Once they’ve discovered the unsafe area, they avoid it. Because migration routes are based on availability of food, water and resting areas, birds are forced to fly around the turbines, adding miles to their trip and the burning of more calories. Estimates of just how many bats are dying each year range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Radar installations help to keep bats away from the deadly blades. Other remedies include slowing the blades at night to reduce collisions, which has proved to reduce overall wildlife deaths by 73 percent. In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines during low wind speeds, when bats are most active, to reduce bat fatalities by 30 percent. With two more industry changes, bat fatalities could drop 90 percent: feathering, or turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines don’t rotate; and higher cut-in speeds so they don’t rotate in light winds.

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“Today’s society and the world demand that we pay attention to ourselves, our family and our community to improve life as best as we can,” says New Jersey holistic dentist and naturopath Dr. Vladimir Gashinsky. “This really calls for a holistic, all-embracive lifestyle.” Dr. Gashinsky brings these words into practice every single day. As a naturopathic physician and holistic dentist, Dr. Gashinsky educates his








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“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California.

Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

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The most common way of testing bone density is a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. The result is called a T-score and is one case where a zero is perfect. A score of +1.0 to -1.0 is considered normal. A score between -1.0 and -2.5 is considered osteopenia, or weakened bones. A score lower than -2.5 indicates some level of osteoporosis. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends bone density testing for women and men older than 65 and 70, respectively, and those that are petite, prone to breaking bones or have other risk factors. For more information, visit 20

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


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

Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

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


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rofessional athletes from the Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks to the New Zealand All Blacks love an exercise technique called ELDOA. Developed by internationally renowned French Osteopath Dr. Guy Voyer, D.O., it’s a French acronym that essentially means active joint decompression. What Is ELDOA? ELDOA is a series of static exercises that put the muscles into their postural working capacity for one minute holds. Each joint has its own ELDOA exercise. “You don’t move but work so hard you sweat!” reports Lisa Swarbrick, founder of SomaFit Wellness. “Through working the muscles and fascia this way, it’s like heating up a plastic so you can reshape it.” Muscles create joint integrity and stability, and bones follow muscle balance or imbalance, so it seemed essential to Dr. Voyer that effective exercise should activate the underlying muscle/joint relationship. “The reason inversion tables only provide temporary relief is because they are passive and don’t actually use the muscles; they use gravity to decompress the joints. But when you stand up again, the muscles still aren’t strong enough to balance the joints,” states Brian Kermizian, owner of Living Fit Health and Wellness. “That’s why the ELDOA approach is so effective.” Its unique process rehydrates and increases the height of spinal discs creating more joint decompression, and enables tissues to normalize and creates space in the spinal joints (and hips/shoulders) that stops the pain and dysfunction of nerve compression. ELDOA works for spinal degeneration, disc bulges, herniations, athletic spinal stability and overall spinal health. ELDOA is a powerful stimulus the body needs to strengthen and increase function, renew the spine and overall body systems. Those who experience the amazing relief from pain and ease of movement through using ELDOA simply call it the “fountain of youth.” Living Fit and SomaFit Wellness are located at 406 Pompton Ave. in Cedar Grove. For information, visit or See ad on page 36.

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The Science and Mystery of Sleep

By Philip J. Cohen, MD


leep is essential throughout most of the animal kingdom. All warm-blooded animals—mammals and birds—sleep. Most cold-blooded animals—including reptiles, amphibians, fish, worms, and insects—sleep as well. Sleep is deeply rooted in evolution. When we consider that the very activity of sleep reduces vigilance and awareness in world full of hazards and dangers, the reason that Nature almost universally demands that animals sleep poses a mystery.

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The amount of time spent in sleep varies widely by species. Among mammals, giraffes spend as little as one-half hour sleeping (about 2% of the day). Horses sleep about 4 hours (about 17% of the day). Humans require about 8 hours (about 33% of the day) for optimal well-being. Dogs sleep about 10 hours (over 40%). Cats sleep about 12-15 hours (50% or more). A lion can sleep 21 hours (nearly 90% of the day). Most birds and mammals experience distinct stages of sleep, much as humans do. Of particular note, REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep is the stage when most dreaming occurs. Slow-wave sleep (SWS), characterized by the brain’s production of Delta waves, is the stage of high-quality, deep, restorative, dreamless sleep, when cellular regeneration and tissue repair is at its height. Among birds and mammals, both REM and SWS appear to play an essential role in learning and memory. Reptiles do not have a REM stage of sleep at all, suggesting that restorative SWS has deeper evolutionary roots. The absence of a REM sleeping stage among reptiles also leaves a virtually unanswerable question: Do reptiles dream? Perhaps yes, but surely not as we do. In our society, most people simply don’t get enough sleep. An estimated 50 to 70 million Americans suffer with some type of sleep disorder. Common sense tells us that a good night’s sleep is beneficial and that without it we struggle through the day. A single sleepless night can make us irritable and sour our mood the next day. Multiple nights of insufficient sleep can hinder judgment, increase risk of accidents and injury, disrupt our ability to remember, and impair our ability to learn. We lose focus and attention. Chronic sleep deprivation can depress the immune system, lead to obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and shorten life span. Complete insomnia is incompatible with life. In the rare genetic disease, Familial Fatal Insomnia, symptoms first appear around the age of 50 with

loss of REM sleep and dreaming. The disease progresses to complete insomnia, at which point death follows in a month. Good quality sleep is essential to the regulation of hormone balance, which is key to our health and wellbeing. For example, growth hormone (GH) produced during sleep facilitates deep, restorative SWS (Delta wave sleep), when tissue and cellular regeneration are at their height. GH has many beneficial and anti-aging effects including increased energy, increased muscle mass, decreased body fat, and decreased sagging of tissue that comes with aging. However, levels of GH normally decline with aging, and

Good quality sleep is essential to the regulation of hormone balance, which is key to our health and well-being. this partly accounts for the shallower and less restful sleep, commonly seen among older individuals. Too little or low quality sleep itself blunts production of GH, causing us to miss out on the many anti-aging benefits that this hormone confers. While science puzzles over the reasons for sleep, the wisdom of Nature holds firmly that sound and sufficient sleep is essential—to good health, good mood, good judgment, mental focus and sharpness, resistance to infection, and resiliency in facing the stresses of life. Dr. Cohen received his MD from Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School (1985), his ND from Bridgeport University School of Naturopathic Medicine (2004), and has practiced Integrative Medicine since 1994. His practice, Next Generation Medical & Wellness, is located at 75 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite 106, in Denville. For information, call 908-455-2639 or email pcohen@ CohenWellness. com. See ad on page 24.

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practices, meditation, centering and breath work that empower kids to resolve conflicts peacefully. Brothers Atman and Ali Smith and friend Andres Gonzalez founded the nonprofit Holistic Life Foundation (HLF) in 2001 in response to the pressing need to help kids living in challenging urban environments better manage stress, anger and other heightened emotions. Today, the organization is sowing the seeds of mindfulness with some 7,500 students a week across 18 Baltimore-area schools, usually beginning through daylong, school-wide interventions and afterschool programs supporting targeted populations. Frustrated kids cool off and center themselves through breathing exercises and meditation in the Mindful Moment Room in the HLF flagship Robert W. Coleman Elementary School. “Sometimes when I get mad, I just breathe deep. I picture being in a certain place I like and I just stop being mad… I think of being a bigger person and doing something maybe a wise man would do,” advises one fifth-grade participant.

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• Aspartame may increase our risk of Alzheimer’s disease through methanol toxicity • As the use of artificial sweeteners has increased, so have the obesity rates. • Plus, artificial sweeteners such as sucralose, aspartame, erythritol can be made from corn, soy, or sugar beets which are likely to be genetically modified and designed to resist spraying with additional pesticides. It’s even a good idea to be mindful of the natural sweeteners used in your bakery products, choosing those with a lower glycemic index (GI), an indication that they will have less impact on your blood sugar. The lower the glycemic index, the slower they are digested, absorbed and metabolized, resulting in a lower and slower rise in blood glucose and therefore insulin levels. “Requests for sugar free and natural sweeteners are routine at our bakery” states Linda Beg, owner of Starseed Bakery in Rockaway, NJ, a dedicated gluten, dairy, soy and GMO free facility. “We are committed to a philosophy of baking clean, so we utilize a variety of natural and healthier sweeteners such as coconut nectar, stevia, coconut sugar, xylitol (from birch), agave, honey, dates, and organic fruits, all of which are lower in GI than processed sugar. When we do use refined white, brown or confectioner’s sugar, it is certified organic,” explains Ms. Beg. “Another benefit of baking with natural sweeteners is that it allows the flavors of other ingredients to come through, resulting in a better tasting dessert!” Today, addressing the challenges of “sugar overload” by creating healthier, yet sweet-to-the-taste fare is a growing industry that is finding success through proving “Yes, you can have your healthy, naturally sweetened cake…and eat it too!”

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TRAVEL Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

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

Declare Your Intentions

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

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


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

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

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

4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service ( Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities.

Move Beyond Comfort

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

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“Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles,

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Lasting Travel Gifts

When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in

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California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

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vantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau. The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky,

to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Fermented Foods Revival

Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig

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

Grassroots Groundswell

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


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

How Much Is Enough?

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

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

Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart

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


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

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

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

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

Vegan Kefir

Yields: about 1 quart

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

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

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

Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups

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

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

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

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1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks 3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with foodsafe weights or a jar or bowl of water. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months. Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit 38

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“Pompous Albert, a rejected show cat, works at SafeWise, in Salt Lake City,” relates Sage Singleton, who handles Albert’s Instagram account. “He boosts morale, reduces stress and provides entertainment.” Carlos, a former rescue kitten, greets employees at PetNovations, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, each morning. He’s the star of the corporate Instagram account and blog, and promotes the company’s eco-friendly Cat Genie litterless cat box. Smith’s Ace Hardware and Housewares, in Princeton, New Jersey, has Dusty patrol its 18,000-square-foot facility, often escorting customers along the aisles. At St. Augustine Health Ministries, in Cleveland, the furry receptionist is Oreo. This black-and-white stray claimed the job by installing herself at the front desk to welcome guests and visit with residents that miss having their own pet.



At the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Duke Ellington Morris visits with patients while nurses check vital signs; he’s part of an animal-assisted therapy program through the city’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With the help of his humans, Jessica and Eric Hagan, of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Creek Township, Draven was certified through a local Love on a Leash chapter that qualifies

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Millennials, now comprising a third of this country’s stressedout labor force, according to the Pew Research Center and American Psychological Association, are among those that can benefit from having a cat around. Lowered blood pressure is one result, according to research by psychologist Karen Allen, Ph.D., conducted at the University at Buffalo. Even when comfort breaks are hard to schedule, insistent cats cannot be ignored.

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“At 18, Cleo, my small, gray cat, retired from therapy visits and missed the attention,” says Michelle Cardosi, a retail clerk in Silt, Colorado. “Kids reading to her at the school library provided a solution that satisfied everyone.” In 2010, the public library in White Settlement, Texas, adopted Browser to remedy a rodent problem. Five years later, the city council cited pending renovations and a potential impact on allergies in backing a motion to oust Browser. Supporters, pointing out that the cat brought children through the doors, successfully petitioned to keep the fourlegged employee.

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Less socially developed feral felines can provide needed services. The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats rescues such cats from Los Angeles shelters. Each is vetted, spayed/neutered and microchipped. “When they’re adopted out in threes, community cats are more likely to stay on the job,” notes founder and headmistress Shawn Simons. “In Southern California, working cats are employed as assistants to brewmasters at the Monkish Brewery to protect the grain and hops and at Saluti Cellars as vintner support in charge of gopher population control,” says Simons. “More traditionally, cats at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club barn discourage mice and make friends with horses and riders.” The school’s Working Cat Program partners with area recycling centers, golf courses, warehouses and industrial parks that could otherwise lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to vermin-related structural damage, including gnawed wiring and other potential fire hazards. “Businesses get an all-natural, safe and effective way to control pests and cats live life naturally,” says Simons. Working cats of many stripes are becoming increasingly common. For a business, it’s a money-saver; for a cat, it’s a lifesaver. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@


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

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

Address Specific Needs

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

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

Ask Questions

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

“You shouldn’t expect instant results,” says Aho. “You’ll benefit the most if you don’t wait too long after first experiencing symptoms of a problem before starting treatment, and are consistent with your treatment.” Being proactive can foster good results. St.Cyr concurs, stating, “When patients follow their chiropractor’s recommended routine of regular corrective care, they get the best results. Be consistent with visits and do your customized spinal exercises; they’ve been proven to work.” Robin expounds that not following through with homecare is a common pitfall for patients. “Like dental care,

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Chiropractic Techniques Sampler Activator Method – A small, handheld instrument is used to gently address targeted areas for many conditions, especially low back pain and specific types of headaches including migraine. It’s considered safe for children and patients with severe arthritis and osteoporosis. Directional Non-Force Technique – This gentle method stimulates reflex reactions to determine potential discrepancy in leg lengths and corrective measures. It improves structural alignment and function and aids natural healing responses. Flexion-Distraction (Cox Method) – Mechanical and handson adjustment aids in stretching of the back. This method is especially beneficial for degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, neck and back pain and restricted spinal joints. Graston Technique – Instrument-assisted, soft tissue mobilization helps reduce scar tissue and persistent pain from acute and old injuries, as well as resolve longstanding trigger points in muscles and joints. It promotes circulation in affected areas to reduce pain and inflammation. It also may allay non-systemic causes of fibromyalgia. Network Spinal Analysis (network chiropractic) – This lowforce technique addresses the entire body to improve communication between the brain and nerves via points along the spine and is suited to all ages. Somato Respiratory Integration – Special exercises leverage the body-breath connection to assist stress management, tension release and whole body awareness. It employs focus, breath work, touch and movement. Compatible with other treatments, it can also be done at home. 42

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 Ecstatic Dance Live! – 11am-12:30pm. Come express yourself to the sound of inspired worldbeat grooves in a sacred space for conscious dance and freeform movement. Live music provided by Chuck Wood & Friends. $15. Middle Valley Community Center, 357 W Mill Rd, Long Valley.

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

First Friday Healing Circle – 7-8pm. First Friday Healing Circle led by Gail Belluardo, Licensed Science of Mind practitioner for an hour of affirmative prayer, music, mediation and sacred conversation. Different themes for each group. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-879-6476.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 MEN WHO CARE – 8:30-10:30am. Monthly. All men welcomed! Celebrating their 15th year of monthly meetings on the first Saturday of each month. Love offering. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, Friendship Hall, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. truespirit@earthlink. com.

Association for Higher Awareness – 7:30pm. “An Evening of Mediumship.” $10 donation at door. Madison Masonic Lodge, 170 Main St., Madison.

Your Dental Wellness Matters Day – 2-5pm. Experts in Biological Dentistry and Naturopatic Medicine show how the latest dental technologies and naturopathic healing can improve your overall health. Enjoy refreshments, and Advisory Panel Q & A. Holistic Dental Center, 91 Millburn Ave., Millburn. Limited Seating! RSVP to 973379-9080 or



Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $55. Kearny High School, 336 Devon St., Kearny. Contact 908-303-7767 or

Vibrational Healing with Singing Bowls – 11am– 12pm. The ethereal sounds of the singing bowls can open and quiet our inner space. Come listen to the healing sounds of the bowls as you are guided to follow your breath, relax and find balance. Please bring a yoga mat. $20. Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South St., Suite 160, Morristown. 973-9714890.


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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5 Morning Meet & Greet in Basking Ridge – 8:3010am. The Natural Life Business Partnership morning breakfast meeting. No formal presentations just a nice morning chat with our like-minded community of business people. First meeting is free. Panera Bread, 25 Mountainview Blvd, Basking Ridge. Register:, and click events.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6 Ever Yoga Basic Teacher Training – 6:30pm. Info session. Explore the tools and teachings of yoga in a way that honors your highest intentions. Info Session details program content, schedule, payment plans, and requirements for the upcom-

Discovery Class – 12–3 pm. Are you ready for a big uplift in your life? Come find out what it takes to accept that deeper commitment to your spiritual life. Free. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown. 973-539-3114.

Wellness Gala with Keynote Speaker Mas Sajady – 1-6pm. Gala general admission includes unlimited sessions, demonstrations & workshops with experts in health, beauty and wellness. Unique vendors, live music, coffee bar, specialty pastries & assorted chesses. Cash bar available. Sheraton Hotel, 199 Smith Rd., Parsippany. General Gala Admission: $20/adv; $30 at door. Keynote Admission: $50, and includes general admission. Tickets & info: events; 973-713-6811. The Power of Mirroring – 5-7pm. An interactive workshop for individuals and couples focused on a practical method of transformative communication that can be practiced in any relationship! $10 donation. NEOLYTH, 39 Glenridge Ave, Montclair.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 Belly Dancing – 7:30-8:45pm. Mondays through 10/30. Experience the joy of belly dance with Jes-

sica Lynne Small. Plus other dance styles including American Cabaret, Raqs Sharqui, and fusion dance. No experience is necessary for this fun, low-impact dance class. Hip scarves provided. Cost: $60 for 4-week series with Pre-Registration by Oct 1; $20 Drop-in. Highland Yoga 1572, Rt.23, Butler. 973838-9642.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11 Community Acupuncture – 6:30-8:30pm. Zelene Quiles, licensed acupuncturist, will give a brief introduction, answer any questions and follow with auricular acupuncture treatments for the group. Try acupuncture and relax. $15/person. 917-684-9992.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $59. Caldwell High School, Westville Av. W. Caldwell. Contact 908-303-7767 or

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 Native American Influenced Meditation – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Friday each month. Join us inside the Salt Cave for an inspired journey and enter a world of peace. $15. Caldwell Salt Cave, 246 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell. Parking available. RSVP to 973641-2557. Group Meditation Mindfulness & Self-Awareness – 7-8:30pm. Beginners welcome. Donation only. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Chester. 201-841-0358.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Wisdom of the Vedas Live – 12-9pm. Oct. 14-15. Meet the expert on Vedic Astrology and a channel of Vedic stories. Celebrate with a special ceremony to Ganesha. $30/person/event. NEOLYTH, 39 Glenridge Ave, Montclair. Call for details. Karuna Ma at 917-216-8184. Spiritual Cinema – 7pm. 2nd Saturdays. Free. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3333. Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – 7-10 pm. Come and break bread as we watch to mystery unfold to find out who dunnit... . $50 until 10/8 then $65. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown. 973-539-3114.

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Introduction to Thetahealing – 11am-1:30pm. $15. Thetahealing in Westfield, NJ. Thetahealing in Westfield, NJ. To register contact info@ or 908-264-4344. ReshmaShah. com. JourneyDance Session – 3-4:30pm. JourneyDance is a moving and dance meditation that allows participants to clear emotional energy through their own natural movement. It combines freestyle and structured movement to encourage a deep connection to self and to the tribe of dancers. It is facilitated, not taught. $30 for session or only $20 w/donation of items for food pantry. Diamond Studio, 450 Hamburg Turnpike, 2nd floor, Wayne. For info call/text 917-405-0596 or A Change in Seasons, Seasons of Change – 5-7:30pm. A workshop on learning to gracefully manage transition and change. MONDO, 426 Springfield Ave, Summit. $40. For details and sign-ups:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 Doctors & Licensed Medical Practitioners Business Forum – 12-12:30pm EST. The Natural Life Business Partnership MonthlyTeleconference. Talk about your pain points and collaborate with others and get your holistic health practice on the road to success. Call enables doctors and licensed practitioners to discuss experiences and best practices in a non-competitive, confidential and professionally facilitated forum. First meeting is free. Register at and click events. Positive Parenting Course – 5:30-7pm. Runs 10/17-11/21. This course teaches communication and leadership skills for strengthening parent-child relationships. Each class includes a lesson on practical parenting skills, an experiential activity, and discussions with other parents. Parents will learn tools for keeping calm and confident. For parents only. $180 for individuals; $300 for couples. Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South Street, Suite 160, Morristown. 973-971-4890. chamberscenterprograms@

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 Awaken the Master Within – 6:30-8:30pm. Workshop/Class on Transformation through the Art of Self-Mastery. $25. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Chester. debbie@portalofhealing. com. 201-841-0358.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19 JourneyDance Session – 7-8:30pm. JourneyDance is a moving and dance meditation that allows participants to clear emotional energy through their own natural movement. It combines freestyle and structured movement to encourage a deep connection to self and to the tribe of dancers. It is facilitated, not taught. $30 for session or only $20 w/ donation of items for food pantry. American Legion, 20 Yates Ave, 2nd Floor, Newton. For info call/text 917-405-0596 or Healing Powers of Hemp – 7:30pm. Learn about the healing powers of this naturally grown


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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 Ever Yoga Advanced Teacher Training – 6:30pm. Info session. Continue to evolve and develop your ability to recognize and address needs through a more profound understanding of anatomy and kinesiology relative to asana, alignment, and intelligent sequencing. Info Session details program content, schedule, payment plans, and requirements for the upcoming 2018 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training. Info session: Free. Register for 300hr Training by 10/30 and save $500. Highland Yoga 1572, Rt.23, Butler. 973-838-9642.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Discover Your Power Animal – 1-3:30pm. An Introduction to Shamanic Journeying with Christine Vander Ploeg. Discover your power animal by being guided through a shamanic state of consciousness through rhythmic drumming. There will be opportunities to explore and express your journey through movement, discussion, and mindful journaling. Please bring a rattle or drum, an eye cover, and a journal. Cost: $35 by 10/14; $45 thereafter. Please pre-register. Highland Yoga 1572, Rt.23, Butler. 973-838-9642. The Deeper Life – 7pm (10/21)–6 pm (10/22). Join Teresa Haggerty and Chara Rodriguera as they lead this retreat for the soul. $150. All inclusive. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave, Morristown. 973-539-3114. truespirit@

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 Family Yoga—Harry Potter Style with Michelle Brook – 11am-12pm. Act out the story of the Sorcerer’s Stone in yoga poses beginning with Happy Baby Harry and Lighting Warrior. We’ll learn how to ride a broom and use our magic wands to levitate our family members and much more! Bring a sense of adventure, and perhaps a wand or magical cape if you have one! Best for ages 6 and up. Cost: $20 per family or one class from your Highland Yoga Class Package. Highland Yoga 1572, Rt.23, Butler. 973-838-9642. Vibrational Healing with Singing Bowls – 11am– 12pm. The ethereal sounds of the singing bowls can open and quiet our inner space. Come listen to the healing sounds of the bowls as you are guided to follow your breath, relax and find balance. Please bring a yoga mat. $20. Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South St., Suite 160, Morristown. 973-9714890.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 23 Re-Organization Healing Workshop – 7pm. Learn how to experience “wellness of mind, body and spirit for a lifetime” through Reorganizational Healing versus “being fixed in the moment” with Restorative Therapy. All are invited to this free monthly wellness workshop series. Kaminski Wellness, 616 Bloomfield Ave., Ste. 3C, West Caldwell. Pre-registration required by 10/21 to or 973-228-6624.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24 Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $60. Rutherford High School, Mortimer Av., Rutherford. Contact 908-303-7767 or Lose Weight with Hypnosis – 7:30-8:30pm. Through hypnosis, weight loss is easily and painlessly attained. Shed unwanted pounds and keep them off in a safe, effective program. $60. Rutherford High School, Mortimer Av., Rutherford.

Better Sleep with Hypnosis – 8:30-9:30pm. Do you have difficulty falling asleep? Do you have difficulty getting back to sleep if you wake up during the night? Imagine leaving life’s cares and worries behind at the end of each day. $60. Rutherford High School, Mortimer Av., Rutherford. Contact 908-3037767 or

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25 Community Acupuncture – 6:30-8:30pm. Zelene Quiles, licensed acupuncturist, will give a brief introduction, answer any questions and follow with auricular acupuncture treatments for the group. Try acupuncture and relax. $15/person. 917-684-9992.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26 Morning Meet & Greet in Denville – 8-9:15am. The Natural Life Business Partnership morning breakfast meeting. No formal presentations just a nice morning chat with our like-minded community of business people. First meeting is free. Mara’s Café & Bakery, 25 E Main St., Denville. Register:, and click events. Writer’s Roundtable – 12-1pm EST. The Natural Life Business Partnership Monthly Teleconference. Join Marie Higgins, author of Sprouting Spirituality roundtable discussion related to writing a book. Sample topics include: Why Author a Book, Finding Inspiration, Various Approaches to Creating the First Draft, Working with a Publisher. Individuals already published and every step in between are welcome! First meeting is free. Register at, and click events. Stop Smoking with Hypnosis – 6:30-7:30pm. Through hypnosis, smoking cessation is easily achieved in a one-hour session. Eliminate the craving for tobacco while minimizing discomfort. $59. Parsippany High School, 24 Rita Dr. Parsippany. Contact 908-303-7767 or

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First Friday Healing Circle – 7-8pm. First Friday Healing Circle led by Gail Belluardo, Licensed Science of Mind practitioner for an hour of affirmative prayer, music, mediation and sacred conversation. Different themes for each group. Center for Spiritual Living Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-879-6476.


Embrace Yourself Exactly as You Are! – 7-8:30pm. Support group promoting healthy body image. Donation only. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Chester. 201841-0358.



3rd Annual SpiritFest Expo & Holistic Fair – 10/28: 10am-6pm; 10/29: 10am-5pm. Tune up your body, mind and spirit at this Fall Season festival. Guest Speakers, psychics, energy healers, mind/ body therapists, arts, jewelry, food and more. Sponsored by Society for Metaphysical Enlightment. $7 admission. Location: New Hope Eagle Fire House, 46 N. Sugan Rd., New Hope. For information: 267261-2768.

Embrace Yourself Exactly as You Are! – 7-8:30pm. Support group promoting healthy body image. Donation only. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Chester. 201-841-0358.

Mindfulness for Moms – 9am-12pm. Women in all stages of motherhood are invited to come learn tools of mindfulness and meditation to bring peace and calm into their motherhood and homes. Speaker event. Tickets start at $50. For information contact or call 908839-7768.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 Morning Meet & Greet in Clinton – 8:30-10am. The Natural Life Business Partnership morning breakfast meeting. No formal presentations, just a nice morning chat with our like-minded community of business people. First meeting is free. Riverside Coffee & Tea, 51 Main St, Clinton. Register at and click events.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Group Meditation Mindfulness & Self-Awareness – 10-11:30am. Beginners welcome. Donation only. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Chester. 201-841-0358.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Awaken the Master Within – 6:30-8:30pm. Workshop/Class on Transformation through the Art of Self-Mastery. $25. Portal of Healing, 50 Main Street, Chester. 201-841-0358.

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Stress Reduction Group – Noon-1pm. Techniques to reduce stress, including positive thinking, guided imagery, gratitude affirmations and kindness meditation. $15. Chambers Center for Well Being. 435 South St., Morristown. 973-971-6301.

Open Level Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. A gentle form of breathing and stretching that enhances relaxation, lowers blood pressure, improves muscle tone and reduces stress. Good for all levels. Bring a yoga mat. $15. Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South St., Suite 160, Morristown. 973-971-6301.

Meditation & Self-Reliance Classes – 6pm. Learn how to quiet the mind by getting in touch with your Source and truly learn the art of loving yourself. Free. The Peace Within Spa & Holistic Wellness Center. 63 Beaverbrook Rd., Suite 105, Lincoln Park.

Reiki Share & Healing Circle – 7-8:30pm. All are welcome. 811 Main St, Boonton, 2nd floor. $10.

Meditation Wednesdays – 6:30-7:15pm. With Sue & Leslie. Guided meditation with sound, essential oils & other tools to assist in the meditation experience. $10. The Art of the Heart, 44 Main St. Chester. RSVP: via text 862-222-4268, email sue@ or call 908-879-3937.

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Sunday ELDOA Spinal Strength for Sport Performance and Injury Support – 10-11am. ELDOA is a series of static postural exercises that create space in the spinal joints by strengthening the intrinsic spinal muscles to support joint integrity. Great edge for sports or supportive for disc bulges and nerve compression. Specific approach that help and prevent sprains, functional neurology, increase muscle connectivity and lessen stress. $20 per class. Living Fit, 406 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove. 973-433-0445. Sunday Celebration Service – 10:30am. Rev. Frankie, practitioners, and musicians create an inspiring, uplifting time to be reminded of our spiritual connectedness. Center for Spiritual Living of Morristown, 331 Mt Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. Center for Spiritual Living-Morristown – 11am. Sunday Celebration and Youth Program, followed by refreshments at noon in Friendship Hall. 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114. Ecstatic Dance Live! – 11am-12:30pm. First Sunday each month. Come express yourself to the sound of inspired world-beat grooves, in a sacred space for conscious dance and freeform movement. Live music provided by Chuck Wood & Friends. $15. Middle Valley Community Center, Long Valley. Drum Jam – 3-5pm. Third Sundays. Open to all; beginners to experienced musicians. Some gather for spiritual reasons, others for an opportunity to socialize or try something different. $10 donation. Rest Stop Rejuvenate, 21 Maple Ave., Rockaway. 973-985-7548. Free Meditation Class – 4-5pm. Learn how to manage stress and emotions through breathing techniques and meditation. A perfect introduction to meditation. Free. Art of Living Center for Peace and Meditation, 2nd Floor, 104 Broadway, Denville. 973-400-9191. Spiritual Discussion Group – 5:50-8:30pm. A variety of topics. $5. RSVP 908-879-3937. Sunday Night Meditation – 7:30-9pm. Sacred Circle - in a meditative mood, with guided imagery and sound healing. Good learning and expanding of one’s vision. Spiritual blessings for the week ahead. $10 donation. NEOLYTH, 39 Glenridge Ave, Montclair. Info: Karuna Ma at 917-216-8184.

Monday Energy Enhancing Blasts of Qigong with Sal Canzoneri – 10am-11am. Energy healing. RSVP by 7pm day prior. Register at 908-879-3937. The Art of

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.

Tuesday Mindful Teens – 4:30-5:30pm. Runs 10/3-11/14. Mindful Teens is a workshop providing five onehour sessions, objectives of this course are to provide developmentally appropriate mindfulness tools that foster mental health and wellness and to enhance the capacity for emotional regulation. For Grades 9-12. $250. Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South Street, Suite 160, Morristown. 973-9714890. ELDOA Spinal Strength for Sport Performance and Injury Support – 6-7pm. ELDOA is a series of static postural exercises that create space in the spinal joints by strengthening the intrinsic spinal muscles to support joint integrity. Great edge for sports or supportive for disc bulges and nerve compression. Specific approach that help and prevent sprains, functional neurology, increase muscle connectivity and lessen stress. $20 per class. Living Fit, 406 Pompton Ave, Cedar Grove. 973-433-0445.

Ascension: Guidance, Processes, Activations, & Integration – 6:30-8:30pm. Be the Master of your subconscious mind, achieve self-love, guide your child consciousness, and transcend the negative ego. $25. Portal of Healing, 50 Main St., Chester. 201-841-0358. Free Meditation Class – 7-8pm. Learn how to manage stress and emotions through breathing techniques and meditation. A perfect introduction to meditation. Free. Art of Living Center for Peace and Meditation, 2nd fl., 104 Broadway, Denville. 973-400-9191. The Morris County (West) Chapter of Holistic Moms Network – 7:30pm. First Wednesdays. Held at Chester Field House, 107 Seminary Ave., Chester. AA Meeting (O-B-ST) – 8pm. Open to those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. Free. Cranford United Methodist Church, 201 Lincoln Ave., Cranford.

Shamanic Journeys at Neolyth – 7-9pm. Gathering for those who like to explore their Soul connection with Nature and Wisdom, while exploring the symbolic imagery of shamanic dreaming. $10 donation. NEOLYTH, 39 Glenridge Ave, Montclair. brian@

Wednesday White Oak Center Organic Co-Op – Every other Wednesday. Delivered by Albert’s Organics. Membership $20, then $35 bimonthly. White Oak Center, 33 Woodport Rd., Sparta. For more info, contact Brian Trautz at 973-729-1900 or BTrautz@ Healing Meditations with Rev. Frankie – Noon. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. Free. 973-539-3333.

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Thursday Healthy Food Prep Classes with Phyllis Deering – Noon, Third Thursdays. Learn about delicious and healthy food preparation.$25; 4 for $75. Contact Marnie at Mountain Lakes Organic Co-op, LLC, 10 Vale Dr., Mountain Lakes. 973-335-4469.

Friday Reiki Share & Healing Circle – 10-11:30am. All are welcome. 811 Main St, Boonton, 2nd floor. $10. Qigong with Sal Canzoneri – 10am-11am. Energy healing. RSVP by 7pm day prior. Register at 908879-3937. The Art of the Heart, 44 Main 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.

The Celts used the holiday of Samhain, (modern Halloween) to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that the season was a bridge to the world of the dead.

AA Meeting – 7:30pm.St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., Morristown. 973-538-0555. Evening of Prayer and Healing – 7:30-9:30pm. Third Fridays. Join the Universal Healing family to heal all life on this planet and in this solar system, galaxy and universe. Bring finger foods to share. Growing Consciousness, 54 Canfield Rd., Morristown. Free. 973-292-5090. Al-Anon Meeting – 8-9:30pm. Center for Practical Spirituality - Religious Science, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3114.


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“Men Who Care” Men’s Meeting – 8:30-10am. First Saturdays. 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown.973-539-3114. Spiritual Cinema – 7pm. 2nd Saturdays. Free. Center for Spiritual Living, 331 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown. 973-539-3333. T’ai Chi – 10-11:30am. A series of meditative movements that improve balance, lower blood pressure, and decrease anxiety. $20. Chambers Center for Well Being. 435 South St., Morristown. 973-971-6301. Ascension: Guidance, Processes, Activations, & Integration – 10am-noon. Be the Master of your subconscious mind, achieve self-love, guide your child consciousness, and transcend the negative ego. $25. Portal of Healing, 50 Main St., Chester. 201-841-0358. 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.

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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 ground breaking book, “Recover Your Vision.” Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad on page 32.

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Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave. East, Westfield 908-928-0060 •

Morgan Reade, LAc, MS 616 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell 6 Green Village Rd., Madison 201-400-2261

M o rg a n R e a d e h a s s t u d i e d Acupuncture , herbal and dietary therapy. He is board certified and licensed in Florida and NJ. He specializes in female health including autoimmune and fertility. Other areas of expertise include digestive disorders, food allergies and Lyme disease. Born and raised in West Caldwell is where he currently resides and opened his first office there. His second location is in downtown Madison, NJ. See ad on page 31.


Readings & Spiritual Life Coaching by Lisa 17 Main Street, Sparta 973-570-7725 Specialists in all matters of life—love, career, luck, happiness, health and more. Past-Present-Future. Let me help guide you through those unanswered questions. Call today—no appointment necessary. For details on first reading special see ad on page 29.

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HEALTHY LIVING CHIROPRACTIC Christine Markar, D.C. 410 NJ-10 #201, Ledgewood, NJ 973-584-4848

Many people dismiss chiropractic as being something only for back pain, but chiropractic treatment can be used to treat a wide variety of physical issues, such as migraines and headaches, chronic pain, carpal tunnel, pain due to injury or muscle strain, and much more. See ad on page 19.

BEAUTIFICATION SERVICES Natalia Schweitzer, Licensed Esthetician & Board Certified Permanent Makeup Artist 1236 US Highway 46 West, Suite B-1 Parsippany, NJ 07054 862-432-9074 We provide natural permanent makeup application: microblading (hairstroke brows), powdered brows, eyeliner, lip blush, 3D realistic areola and nipple reconstruction, and natural skin rejuvenation treatments. Our permanent makeup and skin rejuvenation services can help enhance your natural beauty and make you feel more relaxed, confident and beautiful. See ad on page 14.

BIOFEEDBACK FEEDBACK LOOPS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND BIOFEEDBACK SERVICES Jill Broderick MS, OTR, BCB (NJ license # 46TR00167000/ Board Certified in Biofeedback, BCIA Certification #B5131) 37 Kings Rd., Ste. 101, Madison 973-586-6554 •

Biofeedback uses sensors attached to the body to magnify your body’s reactions in the form of a signal (lights, sounds, numbers, and colors) increasing awareness about your response at the present moment. Using this information or feedback along with therapeutic techniques you can learn how to regulate central nervous system functions, calming mind and body. Also called applied psychophysiology, biofeedback is a well researched and effective complimentary medical treatment for conditions such as chronic pain, stress related problems, anxiety with somatic components (muscle tension, gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches, tics, and pain) and attention disorders. It is also beneficial for improving performance in academics (reducing test anxiety, improving focused concentration). Please visit the above website for more details.


Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach Certified Consulting Hypnotist 973-444-7301 David is an experienced Law of Attraction life coach who will teach you powerful processes and techniques so you can attract what you want, instead of what you don’t want in all areas of your life (materialistically and emotionally). First session is free. As a certified Consulting Hypnotist David helps his clients with stress management, fear of public speaking/ performing, weight loss, smoking cessation, and other typical issues. He is also certified in Thinner Band Hypnosis for extreme weight loss.


Ann Ochs • Colon Hydrotherapist I-ACT Certified, Advanced Level Certified National Board for Colon Therapy Body Ecology Diet Certified 26 Elm St., Morristown 973-998-6550 • Ann Ochs has more than eight 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. The Center is under the medical direction of Kristine Profeta-Gedroic, MD, FAAFP. Call today for an appointment. See ad on page 47.

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Valerie Merton MA LPC Licensed Professional Counselor / Psychotherapist 401 Rt. 24, Chester (Nathan Cooper Building) 908-879-8700 • 908-892-6692 (text) Treating anxiety & depression with Mindfulness CBT, EMDR & compassionate support.


Join a community of likeminded entrepreneurs and grow your business with us. Membership provides valuable business support, local networking opportunities and a collaborative professional community specifically for holistic, spiritual, and earth-centered business owners. We include food, medicine, the healing arts, agriculture, and many others. If you’re serious about building your business become a member today! See ad on page 13.


LIVING FIT HEALTH & WELLNESS Brian Kermizian, owner 406 Pompton Avenue, Cedar Grove 973-433-0445 • 201-341 1925


91 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ 07041 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 on page 3.




Hilary D. Bilkis, MS, CST CranioSacral Therapy • SomatoEmotional Release Work • Visceral Mobility Energy Healing • MELT Method Instruction 14 Pine St., Ste. 8, Morristown 973-479-2229 •

Philip J. Cohen, MD Denise M. Cohen, ND 75 Bloomfield Ave., Ste 106, Denville 908-455-2639

An integrative medicine practice with a holistic approach to patient care. We combine the insights of Functional, Orthomolecular, Anti-aging, and Bioregulatory medicine to create highly individualized treatment plans just for you. We recognize and support the body's innate power to heal, and encourage conscious living and lifestyle. See ad on page 24.


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Brian’s extensive training includes approaches designed Guy Voyer D.O., Ray Peat Ph.D, Paul Chek, plus holds a BS in Exercise Science from M.S.U as well as a Division 1 athlete in Baseball at Rider University. His vast knowledge and experience make him one of the most sought after coaches in exercise, lifestyle management, and wellbeing enrichment. He uses a holistic approach to coaching clients of all ages. See ad on page 36.

Hilary uniquely blends CranioSacral Therapy with other healing modalities to alleviate chronic pain, headaches, stress and accumulated tension. Treatment benefits physical, emotional and energetic levels. Hilary facilitates the body’s self-healing process; gently releasing restrictions in the connective tissue and removing energy blockages. Using her intuitive abilities, she also helps release stored injury, trauma, memories and emotions. Clearing the body of stuck stress improves health, feelings of wellness, ability to feel calm, centered and empowered.



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David Frome PT, L.Ac, Adv. Rolfer Rebekah Frome PTA, LMT, Adv. Practitioner of Structural Integration Asbury Park, Montclair and Matawan, NJ • 973-509-8464 Strong grounding in Western medicine and deep commitment to holistic health. We offer Five Element Acupuncture and The Rolfing Technique of Structural Integration. Specialties include: reproductive health and fertility (men and women), environmental health, sports injuries, low back and neck pain, cancer and post-surgical recovery, pediatric developmental disabilities and Rolfing for babies and children. We also offer Austin Air cleaners, a highly effective air quality solution. Call us for a free consultation.


Lory Sison-Coppola Reiki Master, Past Life Regressionist, Huna, Crystal Children Advocate, Readings 5 East Main St., Ste., 28B, Denville 973-796-4661 The Center offers different modalities that will raise your Spiritual Awareness, heighten your vibrations. We are dedicated to understanding and providing for those with specific needs. Classes, Certifications, Healing sessions, readings and counseling are offered. See ad on page 29.


Reshma Shah Westfield • 908-264-4344 • Reshma is a certified ThetaHealing Teacher and Practitioner with a passion in helping individuals recognize their limiting belief patterns and tap into their true potential. Her students learn the practice of Thetahealing and her clients benefit from one on one sessions healing them from illness, trauma, chronic pail, spiritual and emotional restriction giving them miraculous transformations. Reshma specializes in working with children and their parents teaching them mediation, the use of alteration in life style with Thetahealing® and the power of developing intuitive abilities to transform their lives to their desires. As per debut month, the first time clients get 25% off their first session. See ad on page 15.



2 E. Northfield Rd. #5, Livingston 28 Mine St., Flemington 43 Tamarack Cir., Princeton 3400 Valley Forge Cir., King of Prussia, PA 908-996-3311 • With 30 years of experience Hypnosis Counseling Center of New Jersey is a full-service counseling center, using both traditional counseling methods and the art of hypnotherapy in private and group settings. We regularly hold adult education seminars, work with hospitals, fitness centers, and individuals who want to better their lives. We specialize in weight loss, stress, smoking, confidence building, phobias, insomnia, test taking, sports improvement and public speaking. The State of New Jersey and Fortune 500 Corporation alike employ our programs. See ad on page 9.


Robert A. Bruckner, Board Certified Hypnotist 124 Little Falls Rd., Suite 206, Fairfield 973-370-2100 ofc • 973-370-2120 fax Hypnosis for medical pain issues, academic proficiency, sports success, smoking cessation and weight loss. It’s not just hypnosis, it’s Major Mindset Hypnosis. Get beyond whatever is holding you back. End pain, stop smoking, lose weight, eliminate fearful thoughts, nervous or anxious feelings and be your best! Call for free telephone consultation. See ad on page 7.


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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Next Level Healing of NJ, Inc., Denville 973-586-0626 • In addition to being a nurse, Susan is a nutritionist, colon therapist, and digestive health specialist with 31 years experience. Each specialty helps find the source of stress underlying your symptoms. Her counseling includes making the right food choices based on scientific testing, and using enzyme rich whole food supplements. To rid any lingering toxins, she offers closed-system colonics and infrared saunas, which can also help shed weight and ease aches. All holistic methods target restoring normal function and preventing chronic disease. Visit the website for upcoming lectures and time sensitive specials! See ad on page 23.


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PSYCHOTHERAPY JUDITH A. HANCOX, MSW, LCSW, BCETS Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress Founder-Shiome Therapy™ Yoga & Meditation Teacher, Gestalt, EMDR, Energy Psychologist, Children’s Therapist, Grief Specialist—Guided Afterlife Connections Succasunna 973-585-4660 • •

I’ve been guided to ancient and modern science methodologies that safely accelerate the emotional healing process. With 25+ years in private practice, blending Yoga, Gestalt, EMDR, Energy Psychology, & Essential Oils, Shiome Therapy, is my signature psychotherapy. I have certifications in Repair and Reattachment Grief Therapy, and Dr. Brian Weiss’ Past Life Regression Therapy. My manual & CDs have meditations with bi-lateral music helping accelerate relaxation, intensify concentration, and support transformation. For a deeply profound, spiritually synergistic process, experience Shiome’s psychotherapeutic ways and means. See ad on page 42.


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! See ad on page 31.





Cora Ciaramello L.E. C.P.E. LMT Aesthetician 420 Boulevard, Suite 107., Mountain Lakes 973-588-3668 Cora Ciaramello is a licensed and Board certified electrologist, aesthetician and massage therapist with 20+ years of experience. Natural approach and the latest esthetics, technology and equipment to improve skin and nourish body and soul to look your absolute best. New Client Special: Mention this publication and get 20% off your first appointment. See ad on page 17.


Lisa Mack, CCT, HHC Thermographer and Holistic Counselor See website for locations in NJ and NY 855-667-9338 Thermography gives a very early look at the most important indicator of a potential health problem— inflammation. Early stage disease screening is an area in which thermography excels. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, or you are merely curious about the state of your health, thermography can help provide answers. Radiation-free breast and full body screenings for men and women. See ad on page 27.



Karuna Ma Honerkamp, LMT Sound Shaman and Massage Therapist 39 Glenridge Ave, Montclair 917-216-8184


Healing with Sound, Touch, and Breath. Profound and lasting results: Deep regeneration and repair of the brain; better sensory performance; stronger sense of self; and emotional safety. “My greatest joy comes from sharing the experience and the love of being fully present in my body and my life.” Karuna Ma. See ad on page 8.

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 ground breaking book, “Recover Your Vision.” Additional specialties include glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa and diabetic retinopathy. See ad on page 32.

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Board Certified in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine 332 South Ave. East, Westfield 908-928-0060 •


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PROGRESSIVE HOLISTIC DENTAL THERAPIES TRANSFORM QUALITY OF LIFE Patients travel from around the world to experience world class quality, service and expertise Denville is famous for its medical community. So, it’s no surprise that a perfect smile is a must have item in this friendly town. Hand crafting those smiles is the life work of Dr. Steiner and Dr. Fine. Their office’s reputation has spread so far that they now treat patients from around the world; often doing more smile makeovers in a single month that some dentists do in a lifetime. They also offer an amazing alternative for those living with missing teeth. This dramatic advancement in the field of dental implantology now makes it possible for many patients to switch from dentures to permanent implant supported teeth in only a few hours. This new approach can be used to replace a single missing tooth or an entire mouth. Patients leave the office after just one appointment with a beautiful and strong smile. Discomfort is so minimal that most patients eat a light meal that evening. Upon entering the front door you will immediately know that this is no ordinary dental office, because that’s what most people say upon seeing it for the first time. Among the practice’s notable patients are actresses, actors, astronauts, models and TV personalities. However most of the doctor’s patients are everyday people who just want to look their best. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski have focused their practice on those areas about which they are highly passionate. (After all you wouldn’t ask your family doctor to do heart surgery.) Those areas are Cosmetic Dentistry. Trained at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for advanced dental studies, they have devoted over sixty combined years to perfecting their skills and have placed over 100,000 cosmetic restorations. Their main focus is on CoSMeT­ IC and FULL MoUTH reCoNSTrUCTIoN cases. This includes Implant Dentistry and Neuromuscular orthodontics, which can avoid unecessary removal of teeth. Many people do not realize that dental problems may be the cause of headaches, migraines, shoulder, back and neck pain, noisy jaw joints and pains in the TMJ. Drs. Steiner, Fine and Kwiatkowski pride themselves in having Morris County’s premier head, neck and jaw pain relief center. Their office also offers a “limited warranty” that provides free repair or replacement of restorative dental work, when a patient’s regular hygiene visits are maintained. This kind of security could only be offered by truly World Class Dentists. This is why their motto is: “Experienced professionals make the difference.” Aesthetic Family Dentistry is pleased to offer Gentle Laser Periodontal Therapy (GLPT) to treat moderate to advanced gum disease, a condition linked to other serious health issues including heart disease and diabetes. This gentle and less invasive superior state-of-the-art procedure eliminates the need for traditional surgery. oral DNA and HPV testing is also available to determine a patient’s periodontal health, as well as detect any possible genetic proclivity toward gum issues.

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Natural Awakenings North Central New Jersey - October 2017  
Natural Awakenings North Central New Jersey - October 2017  

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