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Make a Change ~Alternative Ways to Heal Mind, Body, Spirit and Emotions: The greatest wealth is health.

Mar 30, 2017 11:40PM ● By Carolyn Kellerman


The greatest wealth is health. Sometimes we get frustrated and tired trying to figure out how to optimize our health. Or the medicine we have been taking is not doing the trick. Sometimes our medical doctors don't even have the right answer. Holistic medicine may be an alternative to these problems at Thrive, Health and Wellness Center, in Williamstown, New Jersey. Thrive offers a variety of services to benefit the mind and body in many different ways. 

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that benefits the whole person through mind, body, spirit, and emotions. According to the holistic medicine approach, a person can achieve a healthy lifestyle and proper balance in their lives. A holistic practitioner uses alternative health care treatments from the conventional medicine that is widely available to us. 

Jennifer Bitting, the owner and founder of Thrive, Health and Wellness Center, is a certified holistic health practitioner by the AADP (American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) and is also a Diplomat of Pastoral Science and licensed by Pastoral Medical Association.  She also has been trained in Applied Kinesiology, Bioenergentic Medicine, Bionetics and Clinical Whole Food Nutrition. Bitting’s extensive training and dealing with health-related problems can help many people free themselves of medications. Her goal is to improve the quality of life.

Bitting says, “Many people are tired of the healthcare system that is mainly for sick care. People feel their bodies are not healing, just existing.” If the goal is to avoid medication and to get back on your feet and enjoy life again then Thrive may just be the place.

Bitting grew up in a large family of nine children. She recalls, “We were always a very close family and still are to this day. We grew up without TV, but with lots of life experiences. I truly had no idea what my life would be like when I got older. I always gravitated more to a healthier mindset and always believed there were options besides modern medicine when managing health.” Her mother who was diagnosed with colon and rectal cancer made her take a long look at health management options. She opened her own practice in 2016 and recently opened a second location in Medford, New Jersey. 

Medications may be toxic to the body when taken for a long period of time. The side effects can outweigh the benefits of the medication. At Thrive, their goal is not to fix people but to empower people to take charge of their health again. When visiting, there are many options to choose from such as Clinical Nutrition, Food Planning, Cold Laser Therapy, Cleanse Programs, Mommy Time and much more, all with the goal of helping restore overall health and well-being. 

If only we had a magical elixir to live forever. Until we find the magical potion, why not learn other alternatives on how to stay healthy as long as we can. “My hope is to spread the quality of life we are all capable of living,” explains Bitting. Her advice is that our bodies were made to heal itself. Whatever condition you are faced with no matter how big or small, we have the power to make changes. Her mission is to live and love out loud. Everything else falls into place when we simply love.  

Thrive, Health and Wellness Center has two locations in Williamstown and Medford, NJ. For more information, call 856-881-4103, email [email protected] or visit 

Carolyn Kellerman is a writer based in Cherry Hill, NJ. She can be reached at [email protected]

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