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Natural Awakenings 30th Anniversary

Jan 06, 2024 12:34PM ● By Jerome Bilaos

It was 30 years ago this month that Natural Awakenings was first launched in Naples, Florida. We offer a heartfelt thank you to the loyal readers that have come to know and love this media brand and allowed it to flourish. We are deeply grateful to the advertisers and community partners that promote green living, healthy people, healthy pets and a healthy planet with their products, services and information. Without them and the readers that support them, this magazine could not offer outstanding journalism and inspirational content each month without cost to the community.

As has been the practice for the last 30 years, Natural Awakenings continues to adapt its concepts, content and communication to reflect the needs of our community without losing sight of our mission. This month’s new look is the first of several exciting enhancements that are coming in 2024. See the article and list of what’s new in 2024 on pages 10 and 11.

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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