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Jan 04, 2018 02:32PM

New Approach to Health Care for a New Age

What if much—perhaps even most—of what we thought we knew and were taught about health and modern medicine was plain wrong? What would you do and how could you trust your doctor’s orders?

That distressing truth surfaced with Newsweek’s January 2011 cover story, “Why Almost Everything You Hear About Medicine is Wrong.” Industry peers determined that up to a half of all medical literature—the foundation of conventional medicine—may well be false. Which half, though, was and still is anyone’s guess. For producer and health researcher Jim Grapek, he knew something had to be done.

Working along with industry pioneers, Grapek’s search for better ways to practice health care helped result in the creation of American New Medicine (ANM), which combines the foundational concepts of time-tested modalities like acupuncture, with high-tech energy medicine, genomics, better health assessments, better patient education and new scientific understandings. ANM’s holistic, systems-engineering approach to health also takes into consideration many internal and external stressors which the National Institutes of Health (NIH) believes is responsible for up to 90 percent of disease.

Why is that number so high? Because air, water, commercial foods, wireless technologies and even the earth’s geopathic stress levels, have become toxic—and now seriously impact human health.

The good news? ANM, using highly sensitive, non-invasive devices such as the SCIO-EDUCTOR SCANS (SCIO) offered by Grapek, a certified biofeedback practitioner, can help identify toxic stressors so you can remove them and optimize your health.

For more information, contact him at 240-505-1266, email at [email protected] or visit

Make Your Organic Garden Dream Come True with Prior Unity Garden

Many folks are joining the organic home garden revolution. Newbies look for reliable information while others want their garden to be more fruitful. If you are looking to start a garden or gain help with a garden you already have, Prior Unity Garden has a suite of services for you. Classes, courses, workshops, presentations, consultations, coaching and products insure you are a successful and savvy gardener.

Get your own personal garden coach. Founder Debby Ward will work one-on-one with you, allowing you to ask loads of questions and assist you in your garden.

Prior Unity Garden’s banner course “The Foundations of Organic Gardening” is a hands-on, interactive, six-session course spread over six months, starting in September. The course is timed so students can take their knowledge and immediately apply it to be ready to plant when spring comes. It includes workshops, multi-media, a customizable binder full of handouts and worksheets. An added benefit of the Foundations course is the sense of community it fosters, including reunions with past students.

Need a speaker for your organization? Ward has spoken for many groups and events and is sure to be a fun and professional hit. Enjoy a personalized presentation for your group.

Achieve your abundant, beautiful, organic garden dreams and grow vibrant food, flowers, herbs and natives in any sized garden. Just some of the glowing review attest to this: "Prior Unity Garden provides an excellent basis for how gardening is achievable and repeatable; inspiring" notes TS, in Oakton; and “… exceeded my expectations, well worth the money …”- states TK, from Reston. 

To contact Prior Unity Garden or sign up for their services call 703-281-7743, email [email protected] or visit

The Key to a Good Night’s Sleep Without Medication

We all deserve a good night’s rest. However, if you have experienced insomnia, sleep may seem elusive. You may even feel apprehensive about going to bed.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is a treatment that works with your sleep-related thoughts and behaviors, and does not require the use of medication. Studies suggest that CBT-I may be more effective than drugs in the long term treatment of insomnia. It can also be used to help those who wish to gradually stop taking sleep medications.

CBT-I works because it identifies and replaces the self-defeating thoughts that lead to insomnia with a new set of productive attitudes and approaches that can promote easy sleep. It also provides techniques that help develop healthy sleep habits.

Jamie Keaton Jones provides CBT-I treatment based on the 5-session program developed by Dr. Gregg Jacobs. She is a licensed clinical social worker in the D.C. area, dedicated to helping people overcome insomnia without medications. She has over a decade of experience working in the mental health field. She offers a free, no-obligation, 20-minute phone consultation to see if this approach is right for you.

To schedule your free, no-obligation consultation, call 917-856-0841 or email [email protected] For more information, visit

Leanne Roque and Yoga 4 All Bodies

At Yoga 4 All Bodies, the priority for founder Leanne Cusumano Roque is to help her students alleviate suffering and increase joy through yoga. ​​All students are welcome and poses can be adapted for all body types. ​As a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, Roque focuses on making poses accessible to all while creating a warm, positive space for practice.

​ ​Students focus on proper alignment and technique ​to grow systematic intelligence​, which means they live more comfortably in their body and self. Students build strength, flexibility and equanimity, and improve overall health. Roque has been practicing yoga since 2006. A friend suggested she give it a try. “Although I had no idea what to expect, a book I read suggested starting when I could practice every day for six months. I waited until I could make that commitment, and started. At the end of six months of daily practice, I knew yoga was an incredible gift. I found yoga addresses the entire person—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual,” notes Roque.

She found that a regular practice grounded her, and made her stronger and healthier than she had ever been in her life. For several years, she explored different yoga traditions—from Bikram to vinyasa to hatha to anusaura. When she discovered Iyengar yoga, she knew she had found a tradition and practice that would change her life. According to Roque, “Iyengar yoga has been a constant companion and help as I have navigated various injuries and life transitions. It has allowed me to have a positive influence on my ongoing health and well-being.” ​            Students at Yoga 4 All Bodies range in ages from 25 to 75 and come in all shapes, sizes, colors and genders. Many people who walk through the door have tried other types of yoga classes but haven’t yet found a match for them, sometimes due to physical matters. ​Students, whether practitioners or practitioner teachers, also find Yoga 4 All Bodies when they want to understand why they are doing what they are doing, what the effect is of a sequence or a particular pose, or how to sequence a personal practice.

When asked why she enjoys teaching yoga, Roque beams. “​I love-love-love when a practitioner gets to know their own body better and is then able to care for themselves in a way that brings long-term well-being. It is very exciting to see students have that breakthrough.” 

Location: 12021 Creekbend D.r, Fairfax County Pkwy., Reston. For more information, call 703-297-2224 or visit

 Oneness Family School

When Andrew Kutt founded the Oneness-Family School (OFS) in 1988, his vision was to provide child-centered learning with a global perspective to families in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Rooted in educator Maria Montessori's century-old adage "follow the child," the school's innovative, progressive and evidence-based curriculum places equal emphasis on personal growth, academic excellence and global citizenship. Located in Chevy Chase, the school serves 140 students ranging in age from 2 through high school from more than 50 nationalities.

The Oneness-Family High School (OFHS) launched in fall 2017 with grades 9 and 10, and will expand through grade 12 by September 2020. OFHS learners are challenged and supported to fully realize their “Unique Student Potential” and to find their own voice, emerging from the formative high school years—not only prepared for college success but confident in their distinct individual gifts and passionate about their contributions to the world.

Through their emphasis on the Montessori tradition, project-based learning, mentoring and internships, macro themes (like sustainability, global connections, democracy and human rights, innovation and design) and an International Baccalaureate (IB) program, OFHS embraces a paradigm for high school education that integrates learning across disciplines and empowers students to significantly contribute to the global future.

For all students, the curriculum is shaped by a profound understanding that peace is a deep human value shared across race, culture, religion and nationality. One of the keys to the school’s success in achieving this goal is the staff. A diverse and dedicated group of international education professionals from more than 20 nations serve the students—each one passionate about nurturing the growth of each child’s unique gifts.

According to Kutt, “We continually strive to challenge students and ourselves, to ensure we provide the best school and community experience for the students, the parents and one another.”

Location: 6701 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD. For more information, visit

A Holistic Approach to Medical Care

Advantage Integrative Health (AIH) offers holistic medical care to families in the Washington, D.C. metro area and worldwide. Complementing and supplementing traditional/allopathic treatment plans, Dr. John Bohlmann, N.D., provides expert care for patients dealing with issues that include sleep disturbance, weight management, fatigue, digestive complaints and detoxification issues, as well as overarching chronic illness that might not have been alleviated by more traditional methods.

Dr. Bohlmann’s mission of healing, education, and prevention empowers patients to take charge of their own health and well-being. In a collaborative, comfortable setting, each patient receives in-depth, thorough evaluations in which they are truly heard, completely understood and given a clear path to reach their health goals, armed with scientifically proven tools and knowledge.

AIH is leading the D.C. area into the rapidly growing naturopathic medicine field, which expands traditional allopathic medical care by exploring the genetic, metabolic, functional, nutritional and structural causes of health imbalances, so they can be corrected at their root level.

See what naturopathy means for you. AIH is accepting new patients now. For your convenience, AIH offers in-office, tele-health, and concierge visits to deliver naturopathic medical care where and when you need it.

Dr. John Bohlmann, N.D., a board-certified Naturopathic Doctor licensed by the Maryland Board of Physicians. is AIH’s owner and chief provider. Contact him today at 301-304-4442 or [email protected], or visit

PEMF Therapy to Keep Cells Healthy

Our human body is made up of over 70 trillion cells and is broken down into organs, tissue, muscles, fat, blood cells, nerves, bone, teeth and skin. All living creatures need these five basic elements to keep our cells healthy and functioning properly.

Water: Water hydrates our cells. It’s the catalyst for the electrical charges that occur within our cells.

Oxygen: Exercise and movement increases your O2 levels. Oxygen provides the chemicals required by our cells to stay alive.

Food: Carbs, fats, proteins

Organic Nutrients: Minerals, vitamins, salt, herbal supplements

Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field (PEMF): Increases electrical charges and magnetic energy allowing the cell to repair and regenerate.

While all of these are needed, PEMF is the foundation for all life on Earth. Without it, no life would exist because every cell is a miniature power plant that operates like an electrical battery. A battery, made up of cells, is the life of the vehicle. When one cell within the battery is weak, the vehicle won’t operate properly. It might start up and run for a bit, but then stop. Your mechanic might put the battery on a charge to rejuvenate the weak cells, but this is a temporary fix.

However, when all the cells in your battery die, nothing in your vehicle works. Your cells operate on the same principle. When they are deprived of PEMF, they gradually lose their ability to effectively repair themselves, which is manifested in the form of illnesses and disease.

gLou Stevens of Optimum Health and Wellness offers PEMF therapy and consults on the many benefits associated with this not-so-new therapy. She notes, “Water, oxygen, food and organic nutrients are the key elements are aids in keeping your (power plants) cells, healthy and operating at peak performance, but only PEMF provides the ‘electromagnetic charge’ needed to help your cells repair themselves.”

To learn more about PEMF therapy and how to begin recharging your cells and improving your overall health and well-being, call 240-464-0544 or 888-444-6913 or visit

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