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Balance For Life Florida to Host October Holistic Retreats

Ft Lauderdale area-based Balance for Life Retreat has partnered with the world-class Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort to create three all-inclusive programs from October 8 to 14, 15 to 21 and 8 to 21, designed for lifestyle health rejuvenation, stress management and weight loss. Included in the one- and two-week sessions are fun fitness classes, education, an exclusive beach and time for spa pampering and exploring the Deerfield Beach and Ft. Lauderdale.

 Guests can select a tailored program from options including water fasting, juice cleansing and nourishing plant-based lifestyle reboot, all under the guidance and support of Balance for Life director Dr. Frank Sabatino, DC, Ph.D. He will present daily in-person wellness talks focused on healthy lifestyle goals, as well as in-depth guidance on food, nutrition, healthy weight management and more. Each guest is instructed, monitored and guided through the programs by Dr Sabatino.

 Bring a friend and save 50 percent on their registration when booking double occupancy. 

Location: 2096 NE 2nd St., Deerfield Beach, FL. (For more information and bookings, call 954-947-5888, email [email protected] or visit

Tick Talk

Spring officially sprung on March 21. We have turned our clocks ahead. We are looking forward to warm winds, sunny skies and the smell of fresh cut grass. The daffodils and tulips have recently bloomed and we are just starting with the yard work that comes with the warmer weather.  Sadly, another season has started ramping up.  Tick season.

•             The best form of protection is prevention. Educating oneself about tick activity and how our behaviors overlap with tick habitats is the first step.

•             According to the NJ DOH, in 2022 Hunterdon County led the state with a Lyme disease incidence rate of 426 cases per 100,000 people. The fact is ticks spend approximately 90% of their lives not on a host but aggressively searching for one, molting to their next stage or over-wintering. This is why a tick remediation program should be implemented on school grounds where NJ DOH deems high risk for tick exposure and subsequent attachment to human hosts.

•             Governor Murphy has signed a bill that mandates tick education in NJ public schools. See this for the details.  Tick education must now be incorporated into K-12 school curriculum. See link:

•             May is a great month to remind the public that tick activity is in full swing. In New Jersey, there are many tickborne diseases that affect residents, including Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, Powassan, and Spotted Fever Group Rickettsiosis.

•             For years, the focus has mainly been about protecting ourselves from Lyme disease. But other tick-borne diseases are on the rise in Central Jersey. An increase of incidence of Babesia and Anaplasma are sidelining people too. These two pathogens are scary because they effect our blood cells. Babesia affects the red blood cells and Anaplasma effects the white blood cells.

•             Ticks can be infected with more than one pathogen. When you contract Lyme it is possible to contract more than just that one disease. This is called a co-infection. It is super important to pay attention to your symptoms. See link.

A good resource from the State:


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