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contact us Publisher Carolyn Coogan editors Theresa Archer S. Alison Chabonais Randy Kambic Lauressa Nelson contributing writers Wesley Delanoy Kim Steele Loreanna Thomas contributing Photographers Aria Duff Adrienne Money design & Production Stephen Blancett Helene Leininger Michele Rose webmaster Lipera Web Design, Guilderland office cat Rocky multi-market advertising 469-633-9549 Franchise sales John Voell: 239-530-1377 Natural Awakenings of the nY capital district P.O. Box 38118, Albany, NY 12203 PH: 518-729-0099 FX: 877-741-4462 © 2013 by Natural Awakenings. All rights reserved. Although some parts of this publication may be reproduced and reprinted, we require that prior permission be obtained in writing. Natural Awakenings is a free publication distributed locally and is supported by our advertisers. It is available in selected stores, health and education centers, healing centers, public libraries and wherever free publications are generally seen. Please call to find a location near you or if you would like copies placed at your business. We do not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the articles and advertisements, nor are we responsible for the products and services advertised. We welcome your ideas, articles and feedback.

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reat joy and gratitude accompany this premiere issue of the Capital District’s own Natural Awakenings edition. This free monthly magazine is your go-to resource for natural health and environmentally friendly living. Our mission is to help you improve the quality of your life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Each month, you can expect to see cutting-edge information on natural health, wellness, fitness, nutrition, personal growth, creative expression and sustainability. You’ll find valuable articles by well-known national and local experts, including area practitioners of integrative and alternative wellness and healing arts ready to address your questions. Community briefs target local news of interest, the Calendar enables you to network with others in our growing healthy living community, and our business and community spotlights introduce you to leaders in wellness and sustainability initiatives close to home. What began as a hometown newsletter in Naples, Florida, in 1994 has expanded into a growing family of 87 independently owned magazines reaching more than 3.8 million readers in communities across the country. Like me, I believe that you will find being part of this family is a blessing. I’ve been deeply touched and overwhelmed by the warm welcome Natural Awakenings has received in the Capital District. A huge thank you goes out to all the advertisers, community partners and fans that have helped launch this publication. Together, you have exceeded every expectation; please see our Thank You page for a shout out to some extra-special supporters. With a substantial initial run of 10,000 copies at more than 200 distribution sites, we may still fall short of demand because of the buzz. Remember you can also view a digital version at I look forward to meeting more of you at many of the October events I’ll be attending around town this month where I’ll have copies for you to share with your friends and family. Look for me at the Saratoga Springs Holistic Healing and Spiritual Arts Expo, the Mind Body Spirit Health Expo, and the 5th Annual Ladies’ Night Out Health & Wellness Expo. This inaugural issue gives you a taste of many of our regular departments and is loaded with profiles of local healers, business owners and artists. This month we give a special nod to services supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The best part of my role as publisher is the opportunity to meet so many amazing people in our community that I now consider friends. When you pick up a copy each month you will get to know many of the wonderful people behind the articles and ads; I am pleased to introduce you to one another. Please support all those that make this free community resource possible. Although it may sound clichéd to say that this magazine is responsible for my own personal awakening, it’s the truth. Ever since the magazine came into my life, I have felt more alive and awakened in every way. It’s natural for me to help promote wellness and the potential for others to enjoy a positive life journey. I hope you will continue to join me each month as we learn, grow, become inspired and together realize an authentic awakening of body, mind and spirit. Here’s to you. Be well,

Carolyn Coogan, Publisher

contents Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more 6 newsbriefs balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal 10 eventspotlight growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle. 1 1 healthbriefs 1 3 ecotip 16 ALL THE TIME 18 14 globalbriefs IN THE WORLD Transforming Anxiety 14 17 business into Artistry spotlight by Marney K. Makridakis 22 healerspotlights 18 IMPROVE YOUR SNOOZE 27 community Sleep Aids versus Sleep Sappers spotlight by Judith Fertig 32 wisewords 24 20 ENERGY HEALING COMES OF AGE 36 33 creativespotlight A Historic Milestone in 36 naturalpet Complementary Medicine by Linda Sechrist 39 calendar 44 naturaldirectory 24 SHAPING THE FUTURE WE WANT 47 classifieds Global Commitments


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newsbriefs Baker-Porazinski Joins the Stram Center


he Stram Center for Integrative Health and Healing, in Delmar, welcomes its first Integrative Medicine Fellow, Dr. Jennifer Baker-Porazinski. A specialist in integrative medicine, lifestyle counseling for stress reduction, and nutrition and care for chronic conditions with a holistic approach, Baker-Porazinski will conduct comprehensive physical exams at the center. While working for the Stram Center three years ago as a traditional medical doctor collaborating with Dr. Stram and the rest of the staff, Baker-Porazinski became interested in the whole-person approach practiced at the center. She is thrilled to be back and taking on her new role. She’s also about to embark on a two-year integrative medicine fellowship program through the University of Arizona, which begins this fall, that will augment her capabilities from her training with the Stram Center’s staff. Location: 388 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 518-689-2244.

Full Day of Yoga and Music


elebrating yoga and music with a focus on nourishing the body, mind and soul, the Ahimsa Yoga Festival will take place from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., October 26, at Windham Mountain Lodge. Traditional and emerging yoga styles will be introduced and practiced in a beautiful, natural setting just two-and-a-half hours from New York City. Featured yoga instructors include Kia Miller, Tommy Rosen, Coby Kozlowski and Amanbir Singh. Music will be performed by Shantala, Gaura Vani, Ben Leinbach, Prajna Viera and others. A variety of vendors will be on hand offering products and concepts in yoga, music and natural health. Admission: $55. Location: 33 Clarence D Lane Rd., Windham. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 518-779-3511 or visit See ad, page 9.

Paint & Sip Expands to Latham


he popular Saratoga-based business Paint & Sip recently added a new location in the Newton Plaza at 584-596 Unit 4, New Loudon Road, in Latham. Owner Catherine Hover, originally from New Orleans, where similar businesses are more prevalent, brought the concept to Saratoga in 2012. Business is booming and Hover quickly decided that a second location was in order. “Latham is a nice fit because it is centrally located within the Capital District,” she says. Paint & Sip offers a unique way to spend an afternoon or evening. Attendees pour a drink, put on an apron and, under the guidance of a local artist, paint their own masterpiece. Each month’s calendar of events is packed with theme nights, often benefitting local charities, and open paint sessions, which give customers the opportunity to let their creative juices flow. Location: The Shoppes at Newton Plaza, New Loudon Road, Latham. For more information, call 518-785-8244 or visit


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Easy Planning for a Green Nursery


uring their earliest years, babies are exceptionally vulnerable to toxins in the environment, so making healthy choices early on is critical. Customers can now register for healthy cribs, mattresses, floors, carpets, paints, skin care and even reusable diapers to keep babies sleeping peacefully in a non-toxic environment at Green Conscience Home & Garden, in Saratoga. Once considered a daunting task, planning a green nursery is simplified with the expert assistance of owner Karen Totino and her staff and their innovative registry system. With Totino’s help, clients create a personalized list of desired items that is placed on an individual website. Registry cards are available for friends and family that visit the website and create personalized gift certificates for their loved ones. Location: 33 Church St., Saratoga Springs. For more information, call 518-306-5196 or visit See ad, page 17.

IFP Films Launches Youth Fundraising Services


FP Films, a leading Saratoga-based studio for independent and branded media creation for more than 20 years, is offering photography services to nonprofit, volunteer organizations in sports like soccer, baseball, football and basketball, plus community organizations like Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. The services include a flat fee for access to all the digital still photos captured during an event. Every package comes with unlimited digital downloads, so there is no waiting for prints. Events are recorded by multiple, experienced camera crews, ensuring that every angle is covered. IFP Films’ founder and Director Bob Manasier says, “Our ability to pivot and to create mutual opportunities and multipurpose experiences has always set us apart as a company. This new division is just the next phase of our history of involving nonprofit causes for all of our projects. Our goal is to create added revenue-generating opportunities for youth nonprofits from their existing events and to offer cost-effective solutions to families to capture these wonderful experiences.” Location: 3257 Rte. 9. For more information, call Manasier at 518-584-9737 or visit natural awakenings

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newsbriefs Saratoga Expo Showcases Holistic and Spiritual Arts


ourney Within presents the Saratoga Springs Holistic Healing and Spiritual Arts Expo, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., October 5, at the Saratoga Hilton Hotel. Bringing together local and regional professionals in the holistic healing and spiritual arts fields, the expo will feature more than 40 exhibitor booths, including Natural Awakenings of the NY Capital District, free workshops and demonstrations. Exhibitors and authors will represent a wide range of topics that include acupuncture, aromatherapy, astrology, aura photography, spiritual books, Chinese medicine, energy medicine, feng shui, healing oils, holistic healing, holistic dentistry, homeopathy, hypnosis, intuitive reading, jewelry, life coaching, massage therapy, naturopathy, nutrition, Reiki, t’ai chi, theta healing, vitamins, whole foods, yoga and more. Door prizes will be drawn every hour. Admission: $6/person, children under 12 are free. Location: 534 Broadway. For more information, call 518-368-9737 or visit See ad, page 26.

Fall Osteoporosis Workshop


eeks Method Osteoporosis Exercise Specialist and PMA Certified Instructor Penny Shure will present an osteoporosis workshop from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., October 19, Penny Shure at Healing with Movement Pilates, in Albany. Attendees will learn preventative tips, methods to develop better balance and ways to create a safer living environment, free of hazards that could potentially cause a fall. Shure, owner of Healing with Movement Pilates, is a National Osteoporosis Foundation support group leader and has designed an Internal Alignment Awareness series of safe mat work for people with osteoporosis. She combines her training as a Pilates instructor with her knowledge of osteoporosis prevention to raise awareness for adults and teens in the Capital District. Location: 2021 Western Ave. For more information, call 518669-9677.

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I Can Do It! Tour Hits the Big Apple


he highly anticipated I Can Do It! tour, featuring many of today’s most life-changing and powerful motivational authors, will stop at the Jacob J. Javits Convention Center, in New York City, October 26 and 27. Attendees will hear Doreen Virtue uplifting and positive messages from such headliners as Hay House founder and motivational teacher Louise L. Hay and international bestselling author Dr. Wayne Dyer, along with Cheryl Richardson, Kris Carr, Gregg Braden, Doreen Virtue, Caroline Myss, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan and many other popular authors and speakers. “The I Can Do It! conference provides an opportunity to step outside of the Wayne Dyer normal day-to-day life and leave feeling reenergized, refreshed and refocused on achieving goals,” says Reid Tracy, president and CEO of Hay House, Inc. “We handpicked the presenting authors to bring a wealth of knowledge, inspiration and enlightenment to attendees.” Location: 655 W. 34th St., New York, NY. For more information or to make reservations, call 800-654-5126 or visit See ad, inside front cover.

Community Massage and Holistic Therapies Grand Opening


ommunity Massage & Holistic Therapies is a new wellness practice located at 255 River Street, in downtown Troy. A grand opening celebration will be held from 5 to 8 p.m., September 27. Featuring door prizes, a raffle, a tour and complimentary snacks and Kathleen beverages, the event will allow attendees to Vroman meet the practitioners, learn about available services, try a sample treatment and enjoy a free chair massage. Available services at the practice include therapeutic massage, myofascial bodywork, Reiki energy, reflexology, craniosacral therapy, hot stone and hot compress massage, cold stone headache relief, pregnancy massage, aromatherapy and paraffin treatments. “It has been very exciting and satisfying to work with other people to bring a variety of alternative services that will improve the health of those in our community,” says owner and Licensed Massage Therapist Kathleen Vroman. “I’ve also been able to create an urban oasis atmosphere using plants and artwork to give people a chance to reconnect with nature and enjoy a slower tempo while they are here.” For information or to make an appointment, call 518-272-1400. See ad, page 7.

kudos Green Leaf Café, in Albany, is celebrating one year of business this month. Known for its charming atmosphere and tasty menu, this neighborhood café has become a popular spot for residents and students alike. Green Leaf serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, from a Healthy Egg White Wrap to Peachy Pineapple Smoothies. The menu of fresh and delicious options is constantly evolving to include new and exciting choices, including many locally grown items. Co-owner Gary Singh says, “Since opening, the community has really embraced us. We’ve had our ups and downs this past year, but everyone in the neighborhood is so supportive.” Location: 217 Western Ave. at Quail St. For more information, call 518-434-3663 or visit Nick Pavoldi, owner of Bodyworks Professionals, with two locations in Latham and Saratoga Springs, was recently named one of the Capital District’s 40 under 40, an annual award given by the Puget Sound Business Journal to the top 40 young professionals in the region. Pavoldi has been practicing bodywork since 1996. Nick Pavoldi After studying at the Guild for Structural Integration, Pavoldi started Bodywork Professionals. He remains committed to continuing his education, recently completing a two-month human dissection course in San Francisco, followed by a six-week training course in Kauai, which was taught by Rolfing expert Emmett Hutchens. Locations: 578 New Loudon Rd., Latham, 518-389-2200; and 79 Washington St., Saratoga Springs, 518-389-2083. For more information, visit See ad, page 12. The University at Albany was included in Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges for 2013. The university was up against hundreds of other four-year schools that completed a 50-question survey on topics ranging from campus infrastructure to sustainability. The school was also recognized for using its recent New York State Energy Research and Development Authority grant through its Office of Environmental Sustainability to install solar panels on the university’s social sciences building. Location: 1400 Washington Ave. For more information, call 518-442-3300 or visit natural awakenings

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eventspotlight The Palace Takes a Healthy Spin


he Palace Theatre, built in 1931 in Albany and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, will host an inaugural Mind, Body and Spirit Health Fair, from noon to 4 p.m., October 20. The free, community event, sponsored by Blue Shield of Northeastern New York, will promote healthy living with motivational speakers and presentations on nutrition, as well as t’ai chi demonstrations, an interactive Zumba class and more than 40 exhibitor booths, including chiropractors, dietitians, life coaches, yoga studios and psychics. Exhibitor spaces are still available. The first 100 attendees to the event will receive a gift bag, and everyone that attends can be entered into a random drawing for two tickets to attend a live taping of Rachael Ray, with round-trip transportation provided by Premiere Transportation. Ronald McDonald House Charities will be onsite with its Care Mobile to provide free health services for children, and the YMCA will hold a random drawing for family memberships. The event marks a new direction in programming for the Palace Theatre, which is known mainly as a venue for classic movies and rock concerts. “While the idea of a nonprofit theater hosting a health expo may seem like a mismatched goal, it seems to fit right into the Palace’s revamped strategic plans,” says Director of Marketing Sean Allen, noting the new focus on educational community events. “Since Executive Director Holly Brown came on the scene in 2011, programming has increased by 60 percent, the financial situation is showing a surplus for the second year in a row, and the number of community events has grown drastically.” Location: 19 Clinton Ave., Albany. For more information, call 518-465-3335 or visit See ad, page 7.


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Acupuncture’s Growing Acceptance


ne in 10 American adults has received acupuncture at least once and nearly half of them say they are “extremely” or “very” satisfied with their treatment, according to a survey sponsored by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Sixty percent of survey respondents readily accepted the idea of acupuncture as a treatment option, and 20 percent have used other forms of Oriental medicine, including herbs and Chinese bodywork. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed on Oct. 24. For more information, visit

More Plastics, More Obese Kids


causal link between the worldwide epidemic of childhood obesity and phthalates commonly used in soft plastics, packaging and many personal care products is becoming more evident. A Korean study from Sanggye Paik Hospital at the Inje University College of Medicine, in Seoul, shows that the risk of childhood obesity increases with the level of DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate) in the bloodstream. The study indicates that phthalates may change gene expression associated with fat metabolism. DEHP in particular is a suspected endocrine disruptor, or hormone-altering agent. Children with the highest DEHP levels were nearly five times more likely of being obese than children with the lowest levels. The scientists studied 204 children ages 6 to 13, of whom 105 were obese. A chemical commonly used to soften plastics, DEHP is found in some children’s toys, as well as myriad household items. Phthalates can be found in pacifiers, plastic food packaging, medical equipment and building materials like vinyl flooring. Personal care products such as soap, shampoo and nail polish may also contain phthalates.

Dulse Seaweed a Heart Health Powerhouse


ulse (palmaria palmata), a protein-rich red seaweed, could become a new protein source to compete with current protein crops like soybeans, according to scientists at Ireland’s Teagasc Food Research Centre. Dulse harvested from October to January usually has the highest protein content. This functional food also contributes levels of essential amino acids such as leucine, valine and methionine, similar to those contained in legumes like peas or beans. It may even help protect against cardiovascular disease. The Agriculture and Food Development Authority reports that for the first time, researchers have identified a renin-inhibitory peptide in dulse that helps to reduce high blood pressure, like ACE-1 inhibitors commonly used in drug therapy.

Grapes Grapple with Metabolic Syndrome


t’s high season for grapes, and consuming any variety of this sweet fruit—red, green or black— may help protect against organ damage associated with the progression of metabolic syndrome, according to new research presented at the 2013 Experimental Biology Conference, in Boston. Natural components in grapes, known as polyphenols, are thought to be responsible for this benefit. Metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of conditions—increased blood pressure, high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels—that occur together, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Working with lab animals, researchers found that three months of a grape-enriched diet significantly reduced inflammatory markers throughout the body, most significantly in the liver and abdominal fat tissue. The diet also reduced the fat weight of the animals’ liver, kidneys and abdomen compared with those that were on a control diet. The grape intake also increased markers of antioxidant defense, particularly in the liver and kidneys. “Our study suggests that a grapeenriched diet may play a critical role in protecting against metabolic syndrome and the toll it takes on the body and its organs,” says lead investigator E. Mitchell Seymour, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan Health System. “Both inflammation and oxidative stress play a role in cardiovascular disease progression and organ dysfunction in Type 2 diabetes.”

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healthbriefs Mercury RAISES Risk of Diabetes AND Heart Attacks


xposure to mercury in young adulthood can trigger serious health issues later in life, according to two recent studies. New Indiana University research confirmed a link between mercury exposure and diabetes in young adults ages 20 to 32 at the beginning of the study in 1987, and was periodically reassessed six times through 2005. Those with high mercury levels at the beginning of the study were 65 percent more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes as they aged. Also, Swedish researchers report that high mercury levels from eating contaminated fish leads to a higher risk for heart attacks in men. However, eating clean coldwater fish high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, countered the increased risk from the mercury exposure, according to conclusions published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


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Natural Eye Care for Aging Dogs


any owners of middle-aged and older dogs worry about their pets’ declining eyesight. Cloudy eyes are of particular concern, but that is not necessarily a sign that a dog is going blind, advises Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, Texas. “While cataracts strike many older dogs, a more common condition is lenticular or nuclear sclerosis, a thickening of the lens of the eye,” says Messonnier. He explains that this normal change causes the eye to appear somewhat cloudy or gray, similar to a cataract. However, unlike a cataract, this type of sclerosis does not interfere with the pet’s vision. “Veterinarians can easily tell the difference between these conditions,” he says. “No treatment is necessary for lenticular sclerosis; cataracts are often treated with carnosine drops or with surgery.” For prevention, Messonnier suggests minimizing toxins that can cause inflammation throughout an animal’s body, not just the eyes. This means using blood titer testing instead of annual vaccinations, reducing the use of flea and tick chemicals, using natural pet foods and minimizing the use of conventional medications. He also recommends feeding a pet nutrients that contribute to health and reduce inflammation and cellular damage, including fish oil, probiotics and antioxidants like bilberry, which supports eye health.

October is National Spinal Health Month


healthy spine is more than the basis of good posture—it is a harbinger of sound emotional and physical health, according to practitioners of holistic chiropractic care. Those seeking relief from back pain and other common spine-related conditions might do well to exchange pain-masking drugs for more lasting relief from professional adjustments. All chiropractic can be considered alternative medicine, because practitioners do not prescribe drugs or surgery. Instead, these doctors rely on manual therapies such as spinal manipulation to improve function and provide pain relief for conditions ranging from simple sprains and strains to herniated discs and sciatica. Yet, holistic chiropractors go beyond treatment of structural problems, like a misaligned spine, to address root causes. Michael Roth, a Ventura, California, chiropractor who has been practicing holistic methods for nearly 20 years, points out that, “Basic spinal manipulation does not address the mind-body connection. A holistic chiropractor recognizes that symptoms are the body’s way of adapting to some environmental stressor. If the spine is adapting to a stressor, that’s not the cause of the problem, simply the effect.” Holistic chiropractors typically can suggest complementary measures such as massage, yoga, naturopathy or physical therapy for a more integrated and comprehensive treatment approach. Beyond adjusting the spine, they may also prescribe adjustments to diet, exercise and other lifestyle elements, depending on their understanding of an individual’s optimum path to wellness. Before placing one’s care in someone else’s hands, ask for credentials and seek out reviews from former patients. Good health—and a happy spine— begin with an educated and empowered patient. includes a database of licensed chiropractors, searchable by zip code. See Business Spotlight article on page 17 for information about local holistic chiropractor Dr. Joseph Gulyas.

ecotip Johnny Appleseeding Tree-mendous Acts Grow Quality of Life

Volunteers will emulate Johnny Appleseed to expand and restore local urban green spaces and improve their quality of life and environment as part of October’s ninth annual National NeighborWoods Month program. Last year, local organizations and governments coordinated the planting of more than 45,000 trees by as many as 23,000 volunteers in hundreds of communities nationwide. In Massachusetts, Boston Parks & Recreation Department workers joined TD Bank employees and public volunteers to revitalize the East Boston Greenway with 50 new trees. In Goleta, California, 80 new trees took root via 12 planting and care events, and more than 500 elementary school students took a cellularlevel look at tree leaves during three science nights. “Their shouts upon seeing the hair-like edges of some leaves that serve to absorb water and control evaporation were terrific,” says Ken Knight, executive director of Goleta Valley Beautiful. “We impress on them that they will act as stewards—what we plant will also be their children’s trees and onward.” The Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees), the national nonprofit program coordinator, estimates last year’s efforts will capture 23.1 million gallons of stormwater, dispose of 660 tons of air pollutants and save participating cities and towns nearly $600,000 in water management and air pollution costs each year. Other tree-mendous benefits include beautifying the landscape, improving home property values, providing a natural habitat and reducing home air conditioning costs by supplying more shade. To date, ACTrees member organizations have planted and cared for more than 15 million trees in neighborhoods nationwide, involving 5 million-plus volunteers. Executive Director Carrie Gallagher remarks, “People understand instinctively that trees are vital to creating safe and successful communities, and a livable, sustainable future.” For more information and to participate, visit or

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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Fossil-Fuel Freedom

New York State Could Achieve It by 2050 A new study lays out how New York State’s entire demand for end-use power could be provided by wind (50 percent), solar (38 percent) and geothermal (5 percent), plus wave and tidal energy sources. This ambitious goal could be achieved by 2050, when all conventional fossil fuel generation would be completely phased out. The plan also generates a large net increase in jobs. Mark Jacobson, a co-author of the study and professor of civil and environmental engineering at California’s Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, analyzes how energy technologies impact the atmosphere and how society can transition rapidly to clean and renewable energy sources if we integrate production and energy use in a systems perspective. Robert Howarth, Ph.D., the senior co-author and a professor of ecology and environmental biology at Cornell University, in New York, has been tackling climate change and its consequences since the 1970s. He says, “Many pundits tell us that solar, wind, etc., are great conceptually, but that it will take many decades to start to make these technologies economically feasible.” However, “New York is one of the larger economies in the world, and New York City is the most energy-efficient city in the U.S.”

Pivot Point

Solar Panels Almost Breaking Even At current growth rates, solar energy could be harnessed to produce 10 percent of the world’s electricity by 2020. But the greater benefit of clean solar power relies on first realizing an efficient initial payback for all the energy needed to produce the panels. To make polysilicon, the basic building block of most solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, silica rock must be melted at 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, using electricity from mostly coal-fired power plants. Stanford University researchers believe that a tipping point when clean electricity from installed solar panels surpasses the energy going into the industry’s continued growth will occur by 2015. As the industry has advanced, it’s required ever less energy and silicon to manufacture and install solar PV panels, along with less wasted silicon, according to Stanford University’s Global Climate & Energy Project. Advances in solar cell efficiency requires fewer panels, and new thin-film solar panels leave out silicon altogether. Source: Sustainable Business News

Eco-Power Tower Meet the World’s Greenest Office Building

Even on cloudy days, the photovoltaic-paneled roof of the Bullitt Center, in Seattle, Washington, generates all the electricity the six-story structure requires. Inside, commercial office space is equipped with composting toilets, rainwater showers and a glass-enclosed stairway to encourage climbing exercise over riding the elevator. The Bullitt Foundation, founded in 1952, has focused since the 1990s on helping cities function more like ecosystems. Seattle’s new building not only provides space for ecoconscious tenants, but also functions as a learning center, demonstrating how people and businesses can coexist more in harmony with nature. The Bullitt Center was constructed according to a demanding green building certification program called the Living Building Challenge, which lists zero net use of energy and water among its many requirements. The standards far surpass those of the better-known Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Founder Jason McLennan says the challenge is to encourage others to build more enjoyable, sustainable and affordable structures around the world. photo by Nic Lehoux


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Krill Kill

Core Marine Food Source Faces Depletion Small, shrimp-like creatures that inhabit the world’s oceans, krill are one of the planet’s largest and least contaminated biomasses. The tiny crustaceans are the primary food source for a variety of fish, whales, penguins and seabird species. Krill are also used to make feed for livestock, poultry and farmed fish and in nutritional supplements—krill oil is a rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and less likely than fish oil to be contaminated with mercury or heavy metals. Recent studies cited by National Geographic suggest that since the 1970s, Antarctic krill stocks may have dropped by up to 80 percent. Environmental groups and scientists worry that new fishing technologies, coupled with climate warming that removes ice algae, the crustaceans’ primary food source, could deplete krill populations and potentially devastate the Antarctic’s ecosystem. Denzil Miller, Ph.D., former executive secretary of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, advises, “There are a whole lot of dominoes that follow afterwards that just look too horrendous to contemplate.” Concerned consumers can opt to avoid farm-raised fish; choose organic, non-grain-fed meat and poultry; and substitute algae-derived omega-3 supplements for fish or krill oil capsules. Source: Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (

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A Life Coach’s Tips for Reinventing the Day by annie gregson


all the time in the world Transforming Anxiety into Artistry by marney k. makridakis


sk American adults if they’re anxious about time and they’ll likely say yes. Our society even deems it expected, acceptable and normal to experience such stress, but is it necessary? It’s helpful to explore what is at the root of our problems with time and why we believe we benefit from worrying and complaining about it. Both are good first steps to releasing ourselves from the drama of getting caught up in and blaming time as a convenient catchall. Which of the following rationales apply to us personally? “If I can complain about being busy, I don’t have to examine other areas in my life.” “My schedule is wrapped up with my self-esteem; being ‘too busy’ means that I’m successful.” “Worrying about time gives me something to talk about.” “I don’t plan things I might enjoy because it can be too demanding or even scary—it just feels easier and safer to be bored.” “Worrying about time is a convenient excuse for not following my dreams.” Once we identify the perceived payoffs from worrying about time, we can see them for what they are: illusions that keep us from living our true potential. Awareness allows us to make a different choice and to partner with


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time, instead of working against it. Einstein proved that time is subjective, illustrated every time we compare an hour in a dentist’s chair to an hour in the company of a loved one. Time behaves and feels differently based on many variables, like emotion, engagement, flow, desire, interest, pain and pleasure. Our perspective counts. With capricious factors dancing around in our every moment, we can see why time isn’t constant. Happily, we can use the relative nature of time to our advantage and choose what our relationship with it will be. Consider that with each instance we choose how we talk about, measure and experience time, we are actually creating a new paradigm of time for ourselves. We can relinquish general views and limitations of time that hinder us and emerge into the possibilities of time as anything but a defined line. It can be a vibrant, completely moldable, layered, multifaceted work of art that we may adapt as we wish, to custom design each and every day. Marney K. Makridakis of Dallas, TX, is the author of Creating Time: Using Creativity to Reinvent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. She founded Artella magazine, the ARTbundance philosophy and the community.

iving ourselves the gift of a few moments to reinvent our day requires simply grabbing a pen and paper and posting a “do not disturb” sign on the door. Answering each of the questions below with brave honesty will enable us to imagine, dream and begin to nurture a desire. n Is my busyness draining me or fulfilling me? n If I feel drained, how might I recharge my battery? List three selfcare actions and schedule them into the day. n If I could custom design a day for myself, how would it look and feel? n What is one small step I can take towards that feeling, and when can I do it? We can become clear about how we want to feel and what steps we can take to move toward that feeling. Start small, commit, enlist help and celebrate the changes. After all, this is our time, these are our choices, and this is our life to enjoy! Annie Gregson is a life coach and Live Your Vision coach, certified by the Academy for Coach Training, in Seattle. She brings coaching, art and exuberance to Adirondack retreats and workshops facilitated in collaboration with her partners, Beti Spangel and Debbie Philip, collectively known as the Bona Fide Butterflies. Connect with her at 518532-0275 or See ad, page 19.


Northeast Spine and Wellness


by Wesley Delanoy

t Northeast Spine and Wellness, Dr. Joseph Gulyas, known as “Dr. Joe” to his patients, uses modern chiropractic equipment and technology, as well as complementary therapies such as acupuncture, massage and nutritional counseling, to create an effective personalized care plan for each individual. He takes a whole-person approach to wellness, always keeping in mind what he calls “the three secrets to holistic health”—the meal, the movement and the mindset. “At our office, we believe that given the proper nutrition, your body has the amazing capability of keeping itself healthy,” says Gulyas. As part of each individualized plan, patients receive recommendations that include nutritional supplements and other healthy lifestyle changes. Regarding the movement aspect of health, Gulyas explains that while many people think that physical pain or problems can be resolved by simply going to the gym, exercise can be limited by the body’s range of motion. “Joint play cannot be improved without getting to the bottom of alignment issues through addressing spinal health; this is where chiropractic techniques are essential,” he notes. “Mindset is probably the most important

of the three secrets to holistic health. No matter what the diagnosis, you must always have hope.” A well-respected proponent of holistic healthcare, Gulyas serves clients of all ages at his main office, in Clifton Park, as well as a satellite office, in Guilderland. He is a graduate of Skidmore College with a dual undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College, in Long Island. Gulyas first opened his practice as the Center Road Chiropractic office in 1988, and changed the name to Northeast Spine and Wellness in 2004 to acknowledge the addition of other practitioners, making it a full-service wellness practice. Gulyas also hosts the radio show, “Hands on with Dr. Joe,” on 101.3 FM at 12:45 p.m., Sundays. Locations: 1741 Rte. 9, Clifton Park, and 1873 Western Ave., Albany. For more information and appointments, call 518371-4800 or visit See ad, page 9. Wesley Delanoy is a contributing writer to Natural Awakenings magazine who lives in Albany.

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IMPROVE YOUR SNOOZE Sleep Aids versus Sleep Sappers by Judith Fertig


an eating a whole-wheat peanut butter cracker or sipping tart cherry juice help us sleep? Either is certainly worth a try, because most of us aren’t getting enough shuteye. According to the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation, 64 percent of America’s adults frequently experience sleep problems; nearly half wake up at least once during the night. This deficit of restorative rest can affect our health. “Lack of sleep can affect the immune system,” says Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, of the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center and an officer of the


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American Academy of Sleep Medicine. “Studies show that people that don’t get a good night’s sleep or don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold.” A concept called sleep hygiene refers to good health practices that promote sleep. For example: Is the room dark or quiet enough? Is the mattress comfortable? Have we allowed sufficient time to wind down after daily activities to become relaxed? What we eat or drink also can have a profound effect on getting a good night’s rest.

Sleep Sappers Physicians, naturopaths and nutritionists generally agree that these key factors delay or disrupt sleep. Food and drink. According to Jamie Corroon, a naturopathic physician with Seattle’s Bastyr University, eating or drinking too much during the day may make us less comfortable when settling down to sleep. Also, spicy foods may cause heartburn, which can lead to difficulty falling asleep and discomfort during the night. Caffeine. “Caffeine’s stimulant effect peaks in about one hour, and then declines as the liver breaks it down. So, if you go to bed by 11 p.m., you’ll have to stop your caffeine intake by 2 or 3 p.m. to avoid insomnia,” advises bestselling author Joy Bauer, a registered dietitian and nutritionist in New York City. She also cautions about energy drinks that incorporate herbal caffeine that may include guarana seeds, kola nuts and yerba mate leaves. Nightcaps. Although many people think of alcohol as a sedative, it actually disrupts sleep, according to experts at the National Sleep Foundation.

Sleep Aids What helps us sleep may be either a food’s chemical properties or the psychological and physical comfort we associate with a certain food or drink. Options include some old reliables.

Walnuts and tart cherry juice. Studies conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center, in San Antonio, and published in the Journal of Medicinal Food found that these two foods are great sources of melatonin, a natural hormone that helps regulate sleep cycles. Tart cherry juice was found to be especially effective in reducing the time it took subjects to fall asleep. Herbs. According to the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, some herbs have a mild, sedative effect. Three traditional herbs used for sleep are valerian, German chamomile and passionflower. The European practice of sipping a warm tisane, or herbal tea, made from these ingredients can be warming and soothing, preparing us to sleep. These herbs are also available as supplements. Complex carbohydrates. “Enjoy a bedtime snack,” recommends Bauer, of about 200 calories or less; mainly complex carbohydrates, with a touch of protein, such as some banana with peanut butter, yogurt or a small amount of whole grain cereal with skim milk. “By combining an ample dose of carbohydrates together with a small amount of protein—such as yogurt or turkey— containing the amino acid tryptophan, your brain produces serotonin, known as a calming hormone.” A warm, milky drink. Research scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concluded that the chemical properties of milk—mainly protein and tryptophan—were not enough to ensure a good night’s sleep (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition). However, sleep and wellness expert Anna de Vena, who writes for, observes, “I love curling up with any kind of warm milky drink before bed, especially in the wintertime. There is a calming association with warm milk and sleep… from the time we were infants, when we drank milk and went to sleep.”

SUGGESTED SLEEP SUPPLEMENTS Both valerian and melatonin have good scientific evidence backing them up as natural sleep aids, advises Sharon Plank, an integrative medicine physician with the University of Pittsburgh Medical School’s Center for Integrative Medicine. If the problem is falling asleep, the sedative effects of a valerian supplement can help. Because it has few adverse effects, it’s safe to try as a sleep aid, Plank says. If the problem is disrupted sleep, melatonin can help, and comes in two forms—extended release and immediate release. Plank notes, “If you tend to wake up in the middle of the night, you may want to take extended release before you go to bed. If you have trouble falling asleep, try immediate release.” If the problem is waking too early or restless leg syndrome, the problem could be a mineral deficiency. Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that copper, iron and magnesium deficiencies caused sleep issues with some subjects; the studies specify recommended daily supplementation of copper (2 mg), iron (10 to 15 mg) and magnesium (400 mg).

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Energy Healing Comes of Age A Historic Milestone in Complementary Medicine

by Linda Sechrist



s recently as 2010, it would have been unimaginable for an annual medical conference including allopathic physicians to hold a meeting themed Illuminating the Energy Spectrum. Yet it happened at the soldout Institute of Functional Medicine 2013 annual international conference. Workshop topics ranged from bodily energy regulation to presentations by Grand Qigong Master Ou, Wen Wei, the originator of Pangu Shengong, and Medical Anthropologist and Psychologist Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., whose Four Winds Light Body School offers a two-year program on the luminous light body, also known as a local energy field, aura, life force, qi/chi or prana. The energy medicine practiced by acupuncturists and other health practi-

tioners that offer any one of the 60-plus hands-on and hands-off modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Energy Medicine, by Linnie Thomas, operates on the belief that changes in the body’s life force can affect health and healing. The therapeutic use of any of them begins with an assessment of the body’s electromagnetic field. Then, a treatment specifically designed to correct energy disturbances helps recreate a healthy balance in its multilayered energy field, comprised of pathways, known as meridians, and energy centers (chakras) that correspond to related nerve centers, endocrine glands, internal organ systems and the circulatory system. The objective for energy medicine practitioners is to uncover the root causes of imbalances—often from emo-

According to James Oschman, Ph.D., there is now enough high-quality research in leading peer-reviewed biomedical journals to provide energy medicine the credence to transform from a little-known, alternative healthcare modality into a conventional form of medicine. 20

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tional stress or physical trauma—and harmonize them at a bioenergetic level before aberrations completely solidify and manifest as illness.

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James Oschman, Ph.D., an academic scientist and international authority in Dover, New Hampshire, has conducted decades of research into the science of bioenergetics—the flow and transformation of energy between living organisms and their environment. He explores the basis of the energetic exchanges that manifest via complementary and alternative therapies in his book, Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis. According to Oschman, there is now enough high-quality research in leading peer-reviewed biomedical journals to provide energy medicine the credence to transform from a littleknown, alternative healthcare modality into a conventional form of medicine. The progression to more widespread acceptance is similar to that experienced by acupuncture and massage.

Evolving Platform

For more than 35 years, pioneers of energy medicine like Barbara Ann Brennan, founder of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing; John F. Thie, founder of Touch for Health; and Donna Eden, founder of Eden Energy Medicine, have delved beyond conventional models of healing to confirm that our sensory experience of the world is as limited as our vocabulary to describe it. New language for new concepts is required, such as: nature’s drive for wholeness, resonance, a new band of frequencies, restructuring DNA, local fields and the non-local field, encoding, entrainment,

strings, strands, attunement, evolutionary healing and vibration. Eden, who has had a lifelong ability to make intuitive health assessments later confirmed by medical tests, can look at an individual’s body, see and feel where the energies flow is interrupted, out of balance or not in harmony, and then work to correct the problem. “Very little of the natural world that human beings evolved in still exists. In addition, our bodies haven’t adapted to modern stressors or the electromagnetic energies associated with technologies that occupy our living and working environments,” says Eden. “Energy medicine is invaluable because anyone can learn how to understand their body as an energy system and how to use techniques to restore energies that have become weak, disturbed or unbalanced.” Her teaching tools include her classic book, Energy Medicine, and Energy Medicine University, which she founded in 2006 in Sausalito, California. In a 2009 talk at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, Oschman predicted that energy medicine will become prominent in anti-aging medicine. “When I review the history of medicine, there are periods in which things stay pretty much the same, and then there are great breakthroughs. I think that with the advent of energy medicine, another milestone is upon us.” Learn more at, the International Society for Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine website. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAbout for the recorded interviews.

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local healing hands Natural Awakenings profiles local professionals that offer energy healing modalities by Kim Steele

avis burnett


A Place of One-ness

everend Avis A. Burnett, Ph.D., is a and after a transformational experience.” transformational counselor who practices Burnett holds a doctorate in transpersonal a variety of energy healing modalities to psychology from Summit University of Louisiassist clients in overcoming blockages within ana and brings more than 20 years of experithe body’s energy field. Her practice, A Place ence with a variety of healing practices to her of One-ness, is a nonprofit, spiritual organizawork. She fuses traditional psychotherapy techtion that actively promotes peace and harmony niques with guided meditation and energy healbetween and within all beings. The office weling practices, such as Matrix Energetics. In her comes visitors with a warm, calm ambiance. Quantum Transformation sessions, she applies Numerous windows provide views of birds the principles of quantum mechanics to help visiting feeders, and animal elements abound. shift cognitive, behavioral and emotional patAvis A. Burnett Burnett’s spiritual approach often helps terns at a cellular level. Her focus is to release clients to see life in a new way. “It doesn’t matter what a past trauma and unconscious patterns of learned behavior to client’s belief system is,” she notes. “I help them connect help the client feel whole and connected. with the inner and outer powers that they feel comfortable Burnett is actively involved with the biannual Susan G. with and to ensure they receive the necessary guidance Komen retreat held at Peaceful Acres Horses (See article on and loving support. Many times, life’s purpose becomes page 30), where she can personally attest to the power of clearer and there is a better understanding of one’s role in animal healing and the loving nature of horses. balancing the good of the whole universe,” Burnett shares. “Sometimes there is even an ability to converse with Location: 639 Riverview Rd., Rexford. For more information divine beings such as angels or ascended masters during and appointments, call 518-371-0579 or visit

Jack treiber

Energy for Health & Healing, LLC


ack Treiber is a certified energy practitioner the typical level of stress for that individual and the with offices in Clifton Park and Saratoga, overall issues the person has been dealing with over who has done healing work for more than 20 the years.” Clients become healthier, feel better and years. His personalized approach and gentle naare more resilient in handling life’s challenges. ture puts clients at ease as he uses his intuitive Many clients bring food or dietary suppleability to detect subtle energies, blending techments to be included in their evaluation, niques such as energy medicine, energy psybecause Treiber has a method for identifying chology, Matrix Energetics, The Emotion Code dietary sensitivities and perceiving when the and Chinese qi healing to help each client. He body or a specific organ reacts to a particular focuses on releasing the blockages and imbalsubstance negatively. ances that contribute to physical and emotional Treiber trained with Donna Eden, a reJack Treiber pain and lack of well-being. nowned energy healer and author of the book, The results of the sessions vary by individual, according Energy Medicine, and studied at the Chinese Healing Arts to Treiber. “Generally speaking, people tend to feel relief, Center in Kingston, New York, for several years. less emotional distress, more physical comfort and more relaxed,” he says. “The phrase I’ve heard most often from Locations: 376 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. 56 Clifton clients over the years, no matter the age, gender, issues, size Country Rd., Ste. 103, Clifton Park. For more information or weight, is, ‘I feel lighter.’” Regarding long-term results, he and appointments, call 518-225-4692 or visit notes, “It depends on how long someone has been coming, See ad, page 15. 22

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The Art of Reiki

oyce Willson, owner of The Art of Reiki, in cellular memory and energy field. IET helps downtown Troy, strives to provide a feelclients to safely and gently release limiting ing of support, confidence and love to her energy patterns from the past, to empower and clients in a tranquil healing space that offers balance their life in the present, and to embody beautiful views of the Hudson River. Willson their full potential in the future. is a Reiki master teacher in Usui and Karuna With a sense of compassion and empaReiki, an Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) thy, Willson teaches her clients how to create a Master Instructor and a level two Therapeupersonal care plan that includes maintaining a tic Touch practitioner. She also brings to her balance of proper nutrition, exercise and coppractice the benefits from more than 26 years ing mechanisms for dealing with daily stress. Joyce Willson of experience working as a registered nurse. She offers private healing sessions and classes The personal health challenges Willson faced in 1992 in Reiki and IET for kids, teens and adults. Through her led her to discover holistic, alternative healing modalities. In work, she seeks to share her philosophy, born of personal 2002, she connected with Reiki while earning a certificate in experience, that it is possible to gain balance, joy, peace, complementary therapy program. Reiki, pleasant and relaxhealth and well-being in life, no matter what. ing, is used for personal wellness, to ease tension and stress, and as a great tool of complementary medicine. Location: 251 River St., Ste. 401, Troy. For more information and In 2010, Willson learned IET, a healing technique appointments, call 518-271-7802 or visit that uses angelic energy to work directly with the body’s See ad, page 12.

glossary of terms— energy healing modalities Energy Medicine is a comprehensive series of techniques that represent a practical guide to managing the body’s subtle energies. It empowers the practitioner to correct impaired energy patterns within the body to improve how the client feels physically, emotionally and psychologically. Energy Psychology is a simple, yet powerful method to quickly release negative emotional and psychological patterns, change unwanted habits and behaviors and address physical discomforts. Matrix Energetics, created by the chiropractor Richard Bartlett, is a complete system of transformation that uses consciousness technology of focused intent, rather than a series of specific techniques. Matrix Energetics involves transforming one’s beliefs concerning healing, disease and the structure of reality to create a conscious shift and a new state of mind. For more information, visit Reiki is healing practice originated in Japan as a way of activating and balancing the life-force present in all living things. Reiki literally means “universal life-force

energy.” Light hand placements channel healing energies to organs and glands and work to align the body’s energy centers, or chakras. Various techniques address emotional and mental distress, chronic and acute physical problems or pursuit of spiritual focus and clarity. Today, Reiki is a valuable addition to the work of chiropractors, massage therapists, nurses and others in the West. Learn more at The Emotion Code is a technique described in the book, The Emotion Code, by Dr. Bradley Nelson, a chiropractic physician, intended to clear trapped emotions that arise from damaging emotional life experiences and create pain, emotional stress, self-sabotage and subsequent physical disease. For more information, visit Transformational Counseling comprises techniques that seek to transform an emotional condition from negative to positive by teaching the client to recognize limiting patterns and beliefs and to step beyond them; for example, transforming from despair to empowerment, unhappiness to joy or trepidation to courage.

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Sustainable development, as defined by the U.N., includes fighting poverty, social inclusion (including advancing the status of women) and protecting the environment. Building a sustainable future for the planet, say those involved, means addressing all three simultaneously. It demands the kind of real, immediate action so evident at Rio+20.

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Shaping the Future We Want Global Commitments to Catalyze Change by Brita Belli


e don’t need another plan of action or more treaties; what we need are people that will begin to implement the commitments and meet the goals that have already been created and established,” explains Jacob Scherr, director of global strategy and advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), about the new thinking that drove this year’s Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The June conference brought together international heads of state, business leaders, nonprofits and activists to prioritize and strategize sustainable development. Unlike the United Nations’ annual climate change conferences, which led to the Kyoto Protocol in 1997—a legally binding treaty that 24

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set targets for greenhouse gas emissions the United States refused to sign—the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is held once every 20 years. The theme of Rio+20 was simple and direct: The Future We Want. Moving away from political posturing and endless negotiating, the meet-up asked businesses, governments and charities to publicly declare their specific commitments and solicited the public’s ideas for realizing sustainability, all aligned with the priorities and opportunities of the 21st century. “With growing populations depleting resources, how do we keep increasing and ensuring prosperity while we are already using more than we have?” queries U.N. spokeswoman Pragati Pascale. “It’s a conundrum.”

By the end of the Rio conference, more than 700 voluntarily secured commitments, valued at more than half a trillion dollars, were earmarked to address everything from protecting forests and reducing ocean pollution to building rapid transit bus systems and increasing the number of women entrepreneurs in the green economy. The NRDC launched to track and publicize new pledges and make them easily searchable by region or category. Some commitments are breathtaking in scope: n International development banks have pledged $175 billion to boost sustainable transportation in developing countries; n Bank of America promised $50 billion over 10 years to finance energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and energy access; n The World Bank committed $16 billion to boost clean energy, access to electricity and cookstoves in developing nations; n The New Partnership for Africa’s Development promised to achieve energy access for at least 60 percent of Africa’s population by 2040; n The European Bank offered $8 billion by 2015 to support energy efficiency projects in Eastern Europe and Central Asia; n Microsoft pledged to be carbon neutral across all its operations by the end of 2013; n The United States together with the Consumer Goods Forum (which represents more than 600 retail and manufacturing companies) committed to achieve zero net deforestation in their supply chains by 2020. “The real action, the real energy, was the 21st-century aspect [of Rio+20],” advises Scherr. “I call it

“With growing populations depleting resources, how do we keep increasing and ensuring prosperity while we are already using more than we have? It’s a conundrum.” ~ Pragati Pascale, United Nations spokeswoman the ‘network world’, recognizing the number of players today. It’s not just national governments; it’s states and cities, corporations and philanthropists. In addition to the official meetings and negotiations, between 3,000 and 4,000 other gatherings were going on between business people, mayors, civil society organizations and others, presenting myriad opportunities to make specific commitments. We’re moving to a different dynamic.”

Sowing Seeds

The inclusive atmosphere is reflected in another new U.N.-sponsored international sharing website, FutureWe, featuring visions and videos relating to sustainability and solutions to dire environmental problems, such as turning global warming-inducing methane from China’s farms into a usable energy source; predicting periods of drought in Ethiopia to prevent humanitarian crises; and investing in solar power to bring electricity to 1.4 billion people around the world. More than 50 million people worldwide have submitted ideas for a more sustainable world, ranging from ways to increase public education to plans for stopping industrial pollution and better managing waste. “The huge public engagement in the conference is exciting,” says Pascale, “because that’s really how progress will happen. People have to force their governments to take action.” The NRDC dedicated website

is part of a coordinated effort to hold governments, businesses and nonprofits accountable and inform the public. The new U.N. websites facilitate a thriving discussion of what sustainability means and how it can be put into practice. “We want to continue the overall campaign and build upon it,” says Pascale. “Whatever frustrations people have with businesses, nongovernment organizations (NGO) or governments, we need to harness that energy and keep that dialogue going to give people a voice in making sustainability happen.”

Results-Oriented Role Models

State-based examples of sustainable development in action speak to widespread needs in the United States. Here are examples of five models worth replicating. PlaNYC: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of PlaNYC, on Earth Day 2007, signaled an historic moment. The people’s vision of a cleaner, healthier New York City, one that could accommodate 9 million predicted residents by 2030, aims to be a model for urban sustainable development. Its original 127 initiatives leave few sustainability stones unturned, including cleaning up brownfields, building more playgrounds and parks, increasing public transportation and bike lanes, implementing aggressive recycling, enforcing green building standards and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Two-thirds of the initial goals have already been achieved; the latest update calls for 132 initiatives, including a new set of annual milestones. Speaking at the Museum of the City of New York in 2009, Daniel Doctoroff, the former deputy mayor of economic development and rebuilding for the Bloomberg administration, called PlaNYC “one of the most sweeping, most comprehensive blueprints for New York ever undertaken.” Most critically, all of its stated commitments are achievable (see PlaNYC-goals).

Evergreen Cooperative Initiative (ECI): Businesses and community groups in Cleveland, Ohio, determined that they needed to solve the problem of joblessness in low-income areas by creating living-wage jobs and then training eligible residents to fill them. They developed a new, cooperativebased economic model, based on green jobs that can inspire other cities with similar economic woes. The ECI is a community undertaking in which anchor institutions like the Cleveland Foundation, University Hospitals and the municipal government leverage their purchasing power to help create green-focused, employee-owned local businesses, which to date include a green laundromat, the hydroponic greenhouse Green City Growers, and Ohio Cooperative Solar, which provides weatherization and installs and maintains solar panels. The solar cooperative will more than double Ohio’s solar generating capacity from 2011 levels by the end of 2012 (see CALGreen: Updated building codes may not generate much excitement until we consider that U.S. buildings account for a lion’s share of carbon dioxide emissions (39 percent), and consume 70 percent of the electricity we generate. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) reports, “If half of new commercial buildings were built to use 50 percent less energy, it would save over 6 million metric tons of CO2 annually for the life of the buildings— the equivalent of taking more than 1 million cars off the road every year.” The California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), which took effect in January 2011, sets the highest green bar for new buildings in the country. It requires that new buildings achieve a 20 percent reduction in potable water use, divert 50 percent of their construction waste from landfills, use paints and materials with low volatile organic compound content and provide parking for clean-air vehicles. Multiple key stakeholders have been involved throughout the process, including the California Energy Commission and the Sierra Club. “We really tried to bring together an entire spectrum of people and

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groups with different perspectives and expertise to build a consensus,” says David Walls, executive director of the California Building Standards Commission. “If we were going to put something in the code, we wanted to make sure it was right.” (See CALGreen-Home.) Renewable Portfolio Standard: Texas leads the country in electricity generated from wind power. One complex, in Roscoe, features 627 turbines on 100,000 acres that cost $1 billion to build. Much of the rapid growth of the state’s wind industry can be credited to Texas’ Renewable Portfolio Standard, legislation passed in 1999 that mandated construction of renewable energy, including solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, biomass and landfill gas, in addition to wind. It further mandated that utilities generate 2,000 megawatts of additional renewable energy by 2009, then 5,880 MW by 2015 and 10,000 MW by 2025. The 10-year goal was met in six years, and Texas has added many green jobs, increased tax revenues and provided security against blackouts, which is critical in the event of extreme heat or drought (see Tinyurl. com/TexasStandard). Edison Innovation Green Growth Fund: Clean technology is booming despite the economic recession and attracting serious investment funds. According to a report by Clean Edge, Inc., venture capital investments in clean technologies increased 30 percent between 2010 and 2011, from $5.1 billion to $6.6 billion.


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Sustainable development includes fighting poverty, increasing social inclusion (including advancing the status of women) and protecting the environment. New Jersey entrepreneurs are upping their state’s potential in this arena with the Edison Innovation Green Growth Fund. The program proffers loans of up to $2 million for companies, research facilities and nonprofits engaged in producing clean energy technologies, ranging from energy efficiency products such as LED lighting to solar, wind, tidal, biomass and methane capture. A condition of the loan is that a project must employ 75 percent of its workforce from New Jersey, or commit to growing 10 high-paying jobs (minimum $75,000 annually) over two years (see

Grassroots Leadership

Elinor Ostrom, the political economist who won a Nobel Prize in economics but passed on just before the start of the

Rio conference, dedicated her last blog post to considering the event’s impact. Titled “Green from the Grassroots,” the post stressed the priority of a multifaceted approach to curbing emissions. “Decades of research demonstrate that a variety of overlapping policies at city, subnational, national and international levels is more likely to succeed than single, overarching, binding agreements,” Ostrom remarked. “Such an evolutionary approach to policy provides essential safety nets should one or more policies fail. The good news is that evolutionary policymaking is already happening organically. In the absence of effective national and international legislation to curb greenhouse gases, a growing number of city leaders are acting to protect their citizens and economies.” She reported that even in the absence of federally mandated emissions targets, 30 U.S. states have passed their own climate plans and more than 900 mayors signed a climate protection agreement essentially agreeing to reach the Kyoto Protocol goals the federal government refused to sanction. Rio+20 built upon such bottom-up commitments and pushed states and businesses to go further than they’d ever imagined. “There was an incredible amount of energized activity,” concludes Scherr. “Many people came away feeling empowered and encouraged, because they saw that the sustainability movement is truly worldwide. That’s going to be the legacy of Rio.” Brita Belli, the editor of E-The Environmental Magazine, reports for Natural Awakenings.


Holly Applegate, Jean’s Greens Blending Herbs, Legacy and Community by Loreanna Thomas


et in a charming, historic brick building at the corner of Miller Road and Columbia Turnpike, in Shodack, Jean’s Greens Herbal Tea Works & Herbal Essentials offers a warm, welcoming environment and an affectionate greeting by Sage, the shop’s resident canine. In 2004, Holly Applegate purchased the company, best known for offering hundreds of bulk dried herbs and teas, from its founder, Jean Argus, who continued to work in a supportive role until she passed away in 2008. Applegate strives to uphold Argus’ legacy by maintaining a high level of quality and service, as well as continuing to sell many of Argus’ original tea blends. “We have a personal touch,” notes Applegate. “When a customer calls, we often know who they are, and we try to stay in touch with them to make sure our products are to their satisfaction,” she explains. Staff members help customers select herbs, create custom blends and gather what they need for projects. “We have do-it-yourself supplies for herbalists of all kinds,” affirms Applegate. “Whether a beginner or a practitioner, a soap maker or an herbalist, the supplies are waiting for you, from bottles and jars to lipstick tubes, cocoa butter and beeswax. Some customers are in business for themselves, while others do it as a hobby.” Jean’s Greens carries fair trade and organic herbs, as well as prepared herbal tinctures and essential oils. More than an herb shop though, Jean’s Greens offers gift-worthy selections of locally produced honey and handcrafted soaps, body lotions, shampoos, jewelry and artwork, much of which is created by local artists and artisans. Specialty books and boutique pet products complete the broad inventory. During her journey as an entrepreneur, Applegate has been inspired by the symbolism represented in the com-

pany’s butterfly and goldenrod logo, which was designed by Patricia Murtha Friedman, one of the artists whose work is for sale in the shop. “It seemed too fitting, because in my early days as an owner, I was always encountering butterflies, especially monarchs,” Applegate shares. “In his book, Animal Speak, Ted Andrews notes, ‘Butterfly medicine reminds us to make changes when opportunities present themselves,’” she explains. Changes and opportunities were plentiful in the process of taking over the business, Applegate recalls. “At the time, surrounded by a mountain of new things to learn, endless paperwork and all the responsibilities of the new venture, the butterflies reminded me that life is, after all, a dance.” Keeping this in mind, Applegate maintains a light attitude, remembering to laugh at herself during the process and striving to stretch her wings frequently. Applegate also appreciates the wisdom of herbalist Matthew Woods, author of The Book of Herbal Wisdom, who wrote, “The message of goldenrod is to endure to reach the goal.” Every time she encountered the goldenrod plant during the early years of her proprietorship, she was reminded to meet her challenges head on. Jean’s Greens brings the herbal community together regularly for classes, celebrations of solstice and more. The shop’s calendar of events and an online market are available at Location: 1545 Columbia Tpk., Schodack. For more information, call 518-479-0471 or visit See ad, page 19. Loreanna Thomas is a contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine who lives in Albany.

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TREKKING AS PILGRIMAGE A Literal Path to Personal Growth

by Sarah Todd


or more than a millennium, seekers have made spiritual pilgrimages on the Way of St. James, beginning at their chosen point in Europe, winding westward and ending in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Today, as portrayed in the 2010 movie, The Way, the core route continues to attract both secular and devout trekkers. It’s fair to say that every pilgrim derives something from the journey, although it’s not always what they expect. Alyssa Machle, a landscape architect in San Francisco, imagined that walking The Way would be a quietly contemplative and solitary experience. Instead, she spent weeks bonding with fellow trekkers: an Ohio schoolteacher trying to decide whether to become a Catholic nun, and a German woman in her 30s unsettled by falling in love with her life partner’s best friend, a war veteran in his 70s. “Inevitably, each person had some internal battle that he or she hoped


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to resolve,” Machle found. “My own ideological shift was about setting aside preconceived ideas about how I would experience the path, and focusing my energy on the community that I suddenly was part of.” The diverse goals of the people Machle met on The Way speaks to the power of adventurous treks. From the Bible story of Moses and the Israelites crossing the desert for 40 years to young Fellowship of the Ring members hiking across Middle Earth, we like the idea of walking long distances as a way to get in touch with ourselves—and often with something larger. In America, there are as many trails to hike as there are reasons to do it. For Cheryl Strayed, author of the 2012 bestselling memoir, Wild, hiking the Pacific Crest Trail at age 26 allowed her innate courage to blossom. A rank novice, she took to the trails solo, grieving the early death of her mother, and discovered a new kind of self-reliance.

“Every time I heard a sound of unknown origin or felt something horrible cohering in my imagination, I pushed it away,” Strayed relates. “I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. It wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid.” Other people on such journeys are inspired by their love for the environment, like Zen Buddhist priest and retired psychotherapist Shodo Spring, leader of this year’s Compassionate Earth Walk, a July-through-October protest of our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels. It has engaged a “moving community” of shared prayers, meditation and yoga along the path of the pending Keystone XL pipeline from Hardisty, Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, Nebraska. Spring emphasizes that the walk is intended to connect participants to the land and the people that live on it. “We’re going to small towns,” she says, “where many residents make their livelihoods from oil. There’s a deep division between such people and our group. But when we listen to each other, that division gets healed.” Activist David Rogner says that longdistance walks don’t just raise awareness of political and social issues—they also give people hope. He spent 25 months walking across the United States in the first coast-to-coast roadside litter program, Pick Up America. “As we walked and picked up trash, we inspired people to believe there could be change,” he says. His trek gave him hope for his own future, too. He now believes, “If you commit your life to the healing and restoration of community and yourself, you are going to be wholly provided for.” Whatever the purpose, there are many scenic long-distance walking trails to choose from. The Pacific Crest Trail, from the U.S.-Mexico border in Southern California to the uppermost reaches of Washington State, offers stunning views of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. The Appalachian Trail, which winds 2,200 miles between Georgia and Maine, provides 250 shelters and campsites. In Wisconsin, the 1,000-mile Ice Age Trail offers awe-inspiring views of glacial landscapes. Starting in North

Carolina, the Mountains-to-Sea trail extends from the Great Smoky Mountains to the crystal-blue waters of the Outer Banks. In Missouri, the Ozark Trail sweeps through mountains, lush valleys and tumbling waterfalls. Plus, overseas trails await, as well. Sarah Todd is a writer and editor in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at

TIPS FOR A LONG TREK by sarah todd Pack light. In long-distance hiking, every ounce counts. Try to make sure everything in the backpack has at least two uses: socks that double as mittens or a fleece that transforms into a pillow. Get in shape. Walk two hours a day in preceding months to help train for lengthy days on foot. Do a few test walks loaded with gear to see what it’s like to carry that amount of weight before hitting the trail.

Finding Hiking Paradise Locally


eautiful hiking trails, nature preserves and state parks are not hard to find in New York. Here are a few gems in and around the Capital District. Albany Pine Bush Preserve Scenic, dramatic landscape and vistas; home to many at-risk species. 195 New Karner Road, Albany •518-456-0655 Grafton Lakes State Park Peaceful forest, colorful fall foliage, remote lake access, moderate hiking. 100 Grafton Lakes State Park Way, Grafton •518-279-1155 John Boyd Thacher State Park (pictured above) Waterfalls, limestone cliffs, great views, easy walking. 87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville •518-872-0800

Prepare for foot care. Expert trekkers smear jellylike products like Waxelene on their feet before putting on their socks to help prevent blisters. It also soothes chafing and offers foot relief at the end of a long day’s hike.

Plotter Kill Preserve Three spectacular waterfalls, more than 600 species of plants, rugged with steep slopes. Mariaville Road, Rotterdam •518-386-2225

Plan meals beforehand. Measure out all the ingredients for a healthy menu plan and put them in lightweight bags to allow the exact right amount of food needed—no more, no less—for the long haul between provisioning stations (local accessible towns and holding spots for pre-shipped boxes).

Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center Scenic vista, butterfly garden, hours of trail possibilities. 5239 Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing •518-644-9767 Wilton Wildlife Preserve & Park Rolling sand plains, small wetland, home to endangered Karner blue butterfly. 80 Scout Road, Gansevoort •518-450-0321

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Spotlight: Local Professionals Help Survivors In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Natural Awakenings profiles local professionals that offer services and special care to women in all stages of breast cancer treatment.

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Pure Elements An Organic Salon offers natural hair color services, free from toxic fumes and dangerous chemicals. “We have several clients in various stages of cancer, some going through chemotherapy, who had thought they’d never be able to color their hair again until Kristen Vesely they found us,” owner Kristen Vesely shares. “We’re able to help them to continue to feel beautiful, even during a difficult time.” The Organic Color Systems' products offered at Pure Elements contain no ammonia, formaldehyde, sodium laurel sulfates or parabens. Instead, the blends contain a mix of healthy ingredients such as a full spectrum of vitamins and plant extracts, certified organic ingredients and antioxidants. The color line is vegan, cruelty free, eco-friendly and safe for women during pregnancy.

Wakeup with Makeup offers areola pigmentation tattooing for breast cancer patients following breast reconstruction. Owner Laura Spratt uses organic pigments Laura Spratt that blend to match a client’s preferred coloring. She then designs a new areola to their chosen specifications, and pigments are tattooed permanently into the skin. “My work is very fulfilling because I can help to enhance self-esteem,” states Spratt. “My clients have been through so much, and this gives them that last step to look and feel good about themselves.”

Location: 1724 and 1728 Western Ave., Albany. For more information, call 518-608-5405 or visit See ad, page 3.

Location: Wakeup With Makeup, 3434 Carmen Rd., Ste. 109, Schenectady. For more information, call 518-688-1490 or visit See ad, page 18.

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Peaceful Acres Horses Inc., a 156-acre ranch that is home to rescued horses in need of emotional, physical and spiritual care, hosts biannual retreats designed especially for breast cancer survivors and funded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation of NorthNanci Beyerl eastern New York. Nanci Beyerl, founder of Peaceful Acres, comments, “Interacting with horses can be very therapeutic, especially for women coping with breast cancer.” The horses serve as companions during the retreat weekends. “It is an amazing experience to watch the emotional healing that happens here through the horses,” Beyerl adds. The weekend retreats also feature vegetarian food, as well as a variety of activities that include massage, yoga, acupuncture and art therapy.

The Capital Region Action Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB), a nonprofit founded in 1997, collaborates with Beth Foster, owner and instructor at The Joy of Nia Movement studio, to provide breast cancer survivors with something to dance about. “Nia is an energetic, expressive, joyful and fun way to exercise,” says Foster. “It allows us to become aware of Beth Foster our bodies and move in a creative way that feels comfortable to us personally. We’re awakening and connecting to our bodies, emotions, minds and spirit through movement. Combine that with soul-stirring music and a fun atmosphere, and you are sure to see smiles,” she explains. Free for survivors, these special Nia dance classes are held at The Court Club, in Albany.

Location: 3740 Pattersonville-Rynex Corners Rd., Pattersonville. For more information, call 518-887-3178 or visit See ad, page 15.

Location: 444 Sand Creek Rd., Albany. For more information, call CRAAB at 518-435-1055, or contact Foster at 518452-3679 or See ad, page 21.


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image consulting Authentic Image Consultants, LLC, works to assist breast cancer patients and survivors as they regain confidence and sometimes require a brand-new wardrobe style following mastectomy. Owner and chief image consultant Jill V. Boyd, a licensed registered nurse Jill V. Boyd and oncology esthetician, says, “Many times, women in these circumstances are struggling to feel attractive and comfortable with the varied conditions they find their bodies in. They may be coping with a new shape, the texture of hair or tone of the skin may have changed, and they’re healing emotionally from a difficult experience. We help them to feel beautiful again.” This can mean anything from selecting different wardrobe styles that complement a woman’s eyes or personal features to assisting with a variety of makeup techniques that camouflage thin eyebrows or skin tone variations caused by treatments. “Cancer patients are in need of true care and gentle touch. Any modality that calms the spirit and boosts the immune system is highly beneficial,” says Boyd. For more information, call 518-512-1777 or visit

mastectomy and oncology massage Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Oncology Nurse Robyn Bortle offers specialized post-mastectomy and oncology massage therapy. Whether or not reconstructive surgery is involved, the chest has undergone significant trauma and scar tissue is typically present. Massage keeps the lymph nodes from becoming stagnant so Robyn Bortle that muscles stay limber. “I rub the scar tissue and work on encouraging mobility,” Bortle explains. “The sessions are deeply therapeutic on many levels. The vast majority of my clients have been poked, prodded, tossed around, chemo’d and irradiated. Through my work, I help them become more comfortable with their bodies and attain peace and a feeling of connectedness with themselves again.” Location: 1 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. For more information, call Kinder Touch Physical Therapy Lymphedema Center at 518-587-5878, or contact Bortle at 518-682-9387.

breast thermography Breast Thermography International, a private practice owned by Patricia Luccardi, a certified thermography technician, offers safe and non-invasive breast screenings for health through thermal imaging. This radiation-free, non-compression screening test is painless and detects Patricia Luccardi physiological changes produced by pathology or disease, sometimes years before a mammogram would detect abnormalities. Luccardi says, “Early detection is key, and if discovered, certain risk markers can warn a woman that she needs to work closely with her doctor to monitor her breast health and make dietary and lifestyle changes now.” For more information and appointments, call 518-689-2244 or 518-929-7579 or visit

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead

healing touch The Center for Complementary Therapies, at St. Mary’s Healthcare, provides an energetic approach to healing in mind, body and spirit through individual Healing Touch treatments and other therapies. Since 1998, its volunteers, or Healing Touch Buddies, have offered monthly Healing Touch treatments to women with breast cancer in various stages of recovery. The center’s director, Sister Rita Jean DuBrey, of St. Joseph Sister Rita of Carondelet, notes, “Healing Touch Jean DuBrey is a compassionate energy therapy in which practitioners use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and selfhealing. Healing Touch uses gentle, light or near-body touch to clear, balance, energize and support the human energy system in an effort to promote healing.” Proponents of Healing Touch therapy notice that it reduces pain and promotes relaxation during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. It can be used in conjunction with traditional therapies. Location: 380 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam. For more information, call 518-841-7146.

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Intimate Relationships and the Spiritual Path by Marianne Williamson


he common wisdom goes like this: that the myth of “some enchanted evening,” when all is awash with the thrill of connection and the aliveness of new romance, is actually a delusion… a hormonally manufactured lie. That soon enough, reality will set in and lovers will awaken from their mutual projections, discover the psychological work involved in two people trying to reach across the chasm of real-life separateness, and come to terms at last with the mundane sorrows of human existence and intimate love. In this case, the common wisdom is a lie. From a spiritual perspective, the scenario above is upside down. From a spiritual perspective, the original high of a romantic connection is thrilling because it is true. It is in fact the opposite of delusion. For in a quick moment, a gift from the gods, we are likely to suspend our judgment of the other, not because we are temporarily insane, but because we are temporarily sane. We are having what you might call a minienlightenment experience. Enlightenment is not unreal; enlightenment—or pure love—is all that is real. Enlightenment is when we see not as through a glass darkly, but truly face-to-face. What is unreal is what comes after the initial high, when the personality self reasserts itself and the wounds and triggers of our human ego form a veil across the face of love. The initial romantic high is not something to


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outgrow, so much as something to earn admittance back into—this time not as an unearned gift of Cupid’s arrows, but as a consequence of the real work of the psychological and spiritual journey. The romantic relationship is a spiritual assignment, presenting an opportunity for lovers and would-be lovers to burn through our own issues and forgive the other theirs, so together we can gain re-entrance to the joyful realms of our initial contact that turn out to have been real love after all. Our problem is that most of us rarely have a psychic container strong enough to stand the amount of light that pours into us when we have truly seen, if even for a moment, the deep beauty of another. The problem we have is not that in our romantic fervor we fall into a delusion of oneness; the problem is that we then fall into the delusion of separateness. And those are the romantic mysteries: the almost blinding light when we truly see each other, the desperate darkness of the ego’s blindness, and the sacred work of choosing the light of mutual innocence when the darkness of anger and guilt descend. Marianne Williamson is an internationally noted speaker, author of 10 books, Unity Church minister and a teacher and student of A Course in Miracles. Her most recent workshops focus on the topic of Enchanted Love: Building the Inner Temple of the Sacred and the Romantic.


Visual Storytelling with Ira Marcks by lauren hittinger


ra Marcks is an illustrator and cartoonist who teaches at The Arts Center of the Capital Region. This fall, he will conduct a Visual Storytelling workshop for adults, as well as Game Design and Comics Club workshops for pre-teens 10 to 12. “I know many of my students will come to class and be making a comic for the first time!” he enthuses. “We have a blast because often, their ideas are fresh and exciting. I’m really looking forward to all the fun.” Marcks first became interested in art through old picture books he found as a little kid. “They just fascinated me,” he recalls. “The way they sparked my imagination felt magical. Since then, I have been trying to create something that would give that feeling to others, and I guess that’s the motivation my works grows on.” Marcks focuses his work on what he calls “visual storytelling,” featuring drawings and words that are designed to complement each other, often in the form of comics. In 2012, Marcks published the graphic novel, Witch Knots. He’s currently writing and illustrating a book. “It’s a postapocalyptic adventure story, set in the underworld,” he says. “It draws from Greek mythology and vintage sci-fi, two of my favorite things.” Marcks has been teaching for more than 10 years in a variety of environments, an opportunity that gives him a sense of both responsibility and inspiration. “Being an artist can be lonely,” he admits. “Teaching is a great excuse to take a break from my own work.” When asked how he stays creative, Marcks replies, “Surprisingly, planning my workshop projects has inspired my own work. It’s reminded me how important context and clear goals are to creating good work.”

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KIDS Hands-On Creativity Nurtures Mind, Body and Spirit by Judith Fertig


ids’ active participation in the creative arts helps them develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially—whether they are painting, drawing, shaping pottery, performing in plays or musicals, dancing, storytelling, or making music. Studies culled by educators at Arizona’s Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts confirm the multiple benefits, ranging from higher SAT scores to increases in selfesteem and improved ability to handle peer pressure. Yet, with shrinking school budgets, cutting back on what are considered non-core subjects such as music and art is the path that many school districts are forced to take, explains Anne Bryant, Ph.D., executive director of the National School Boards Association. Communities, in turn, must find new ways to counter this new financial reality. For example, an elementary school music or art teacher, once devoted to a single school, now may have to travel to several throughout a district. “Schools are under so much pressure due to dwindling resources and the No Child Left Behind legislation that some-


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times the children who most need the arts are put in remedial classes instead,” says Susan Tate, a former teacher who is now executive director of Kansas’ Lawrence Arts Center. Add in our digital culture—where hands-on most often means a computer keyboard or phone-texting device—and domestic situations in which busy parents aren’t keen to clean up messy finger paints and other craft supplies, and the result is, “These days, kids also are less likely to do hands-on art at home,” adds Tate. At young ages, children are likely to be more passive than active learners, says Sharon Burch, a music educator in Mystic, Iowa. They may listen, for example, to whatever tunes their parents play, instead of simpler, more age-appropriate songs. Burch has helped fill the need by providing interactive Freddie the Frog resources for use by parents, as well as in music classrooms. Fortunately, communities across the country have rallied to offer afterschool and weekend arts and crafts programs. Many simple arts participation activities are easy for parents, grandparents and caregivers to do along with the kids.

Developing Mental Abilities

“Current studies of brain imaging and mapping show that the active making of music creates synapses in all four parts of the brain,” Burch says. By active, she means physically tapping out a rhythm with sticks, singing a song, dancing to a beat, marching, playing patty-cake or engaging in other age-appropriate, physical movement. “To really light up the brain, you have to do something, not just passively listen.” Making music helps kids think, create, reason and express themselves, adds Burch. Practicing the art of simple storytelling, as well as having adults regularly reading children’s literature with youngsters, can also have a profound impact. A 2003 study published in the American Educator, based on exhaustive research by Ph.D. psychologists Todd Risley and Betty Hart, showed that by age 4, a huge gap in vocabulary skills exists between children of different economic levels. Those growing up in a household of educated, professional people hear a cumulative 32 million more spoken words (1,500 more per hour) during these early years—and thus have a greater vocabulary—than those from welfare families. The researchers further documented more than five times the instances of encouraging feedback. They discovered a direct correlation between the intensity of these early verbal experiences and later

achievement. Risley and Hart attributed the meaningful difference to the increased interaction—more storytelling, reading and parent-child discussions—that typically takes place in more affluent households.

Firing Imagination

“Our culture is so linear and lingually driven that it often doesn’t tap into the vastness of a child’s imagination,” observes Anne Austin Pearce, assistant professor of communication and fine art at Missouri’s Rockhurst University. Pearce often works with school children through library events that couple art and storytelling. “Also, there’s pressure to measure results in a culture that tends to label you either a winner or a loser, but art is not quantifiable in that way; art allows kids to develop ideas through the creative process that they can’t do any other way. “When kids are drawing, they often talk as they are doing it,” she says. “You can then engage in a different kind of conversation with kids, just letting things happen and asking open questions. Kids tell their own stories.”



Kids that study and perform at least one of the arts such as dance, playing an instrument or acting in a play, “... will have an edge up that’s so critical as an adult,” concludes Verneda Edwards, executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Blue Valley School District, near Kansas City. “Kids not only benefit academically by engaging in the arts, they also have the ability to get up in front of people and perform. That builds increasing confidence.” Judith Fertig celebrates the craft of cooking at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.

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Holistic is Best Natural Care for a Sick Pet by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


he best course of action for any pet that appears to be sick is to see a holistic vet early, before a disease can progress or before the pet has been made even more ill by improper conventional treatment.

Downsides of Conventional Treatment

Many sick pets brought to a holistic vet’s office may not have been formally diagnosed, even if they’ve been receiving medical treatment by a conventional doctor for weeks or months. In most cases, the standard blanket prescriptions of antibiotics and corticosteroids—regardless of the cause of illness—have failed to produce positive results. Worse, such drugs carry side effects that can make the pet even sicker; indiscriminate use of antibiotics, for example, has led to antibiotic resistance in bacteria, making it harder to treat serious infections when antibiotics are the only viable treatment option. So by the time the holistic doctor sees them, the condition of these pets may have worsened. The good news is that with precise diagnosis of the underlying issues, most sickly pets can be treated with good success. Because a holistic approach to healthcare relies on individual factors, the exact treatment will vary according to the patient and situation. A cookie-cutter treatment will not be very helpful.


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Holistic Nutrition Therapy Helps

Owners can take several steps to provide relief for a suffering pet right away while awaiting the results of proper diagnostic tests. In my practice, three vet-supervised nutrition therapies have been shown to be effective in stabilizing a sick pet for the 24 to 48 hours needed to return test results before the appropriate treatment can be initiated. Ask the attending veterinarian for other safe, comforting measures he or she likes to recommend. First, most sick pets benefit from receiving fluid therapy (intravenous or subcutaneous) in a veterinary hospital. The fluids rehydrate and help detoxify the pet by causing increased urination that flushes out cellular toxins. Second, injectable vitamins C and B complex added to the fluids often have a temporary pick-me-up effect, reducing lethargy and improving appetite. Third, using supplements selected to restore homeostasis also helps make the pet feel better and encourages healthy eating. I like to use a natural immunity support I developed called Healthy Chi, which contains amino acids, potassium, green tea, ginseng, gotu kola and the herb astragalus. Homeopathic combinations also can be useful; I’ve developed a natural remedy combining gallium, colchicum, hydrastis, anthraquinone and glyoxal.

Case Studies Exemplify Success

Two recent cases illustrate the benefit of an informed holistic approach. Gus, a 7-year-old male standard poodle, had a history of inflammatory bowel disease and gastrointestinal cancer. He did well immediately following cancer surgery, but then became lethargic and showed a disinterest in food. So, we conducted a fecal analysis and complete blood profile. While awaiting test results, I prescribed the recommended nutrition therapies, along with a special diet. The next morning, the owner reported that Gus was feeling and acting much better, including showing more interest in eating. His owner was pleased with this rapid response and relieved to avoid unnecessary medication. A young Persian cat arrived in our office with a chronic herpes virus infection. Percy’s owner made an appointment because the feline had a congested nose and wasn’t eating as much as normal. Natural treatment for the herpes virus began with the amino acid lysine and the herb echinacea, both also helpful in preventing cold and flu. Supportive care for the general malaise and lack of appetite relied on the same recommended nutrition therapies and again resulted in overnight improvements in the pet’s attitude and appetite; the nasal congestion left during the following week. While antibiotics and corticosteroids can be helpful in properly diagnosed cases, using natural therapies can provide quick relief without the harmful side effects often seen from the use of conventional medications. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. Visit

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Natural Awakenings Magazine Launch Party – 4-6pm. Join us in celebrating the launch of Natural Awakenings Magazine in the NY Capital District! Ribbon cutting by the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce. Come meet the publisher as well as some of our amazing advertisers. Cash bar. Comedy Works, 500 Northern Blvd, Albany. Carolyn: 518-729-0099. RSVP: NALaunchPartyAlbany.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Health & Wellness Expo – 10am-3pm. This oneday, full-service health fair is open to families and packed with an incredible lineup of free health services and events. Open to the public. Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, 106 New Scotland Ave, Albany.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1 Gaining Traction with Law of Attraction/Numinous – 7-9pm. Learn highly skilled biofeedback techniques that train your nervous system how to attend to the world in a manner that facilitates joyful flow and accelerated manifestation. $20 donation requested. Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park. 518-424-0406.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Knitting for Newbies – 10:30-11:30am. 3-wk session. Parents with pre-crawlers, come join us and learn to knit a snuggly blanket for your baby. Feel free to bring along your favorite pre-crawler for this 3-session class. $60. The Bundle Store, 35 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa. 518-557-8809. The 5th Annual Ladies’ Night Out: Health &

Creating Health, Harmony & Balance Retreat – 8:30am-4:30pm. Discover natural approaches to wellness and healing through nutrition, healing arts and fitness. Learn about natural nutrition and easy ways to create balance in your life; move your body, and relax in a comfortable environment with new friends. $225. Red Robin Song Guest House, 94 Schoolhouse Rd, West Lebanon. To register, Inspiring Wellness Solutions: 888-581-5526.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 Grand Opening Celebration: Community Massage & Holistic Therapies – 5-8pm. Celebrate the grand opening of Troy’s new urban oasis. All welcome. Free. 255 River St, Troy. For more info, Kathleen: 518-272-1400.


Wellness Expo – 5:30pm-8pm. Sponsored by the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce, this casual evening out for women offers a health and wellness theme this year. Free and open to the public. Italian American Community Center, 257 Washington Ave Ext, Albany. For more info, Erika: 518-456-6611. Mandala Meditation – 7-8 pm. Discover the power of mandala meditation during this relaxing evening. Materials provided. Provided on a love offering basis. New Thought New York, 2 Imperial Ln, Charlton. 518-423-3569


markyourcalendar SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5 Saratoga Springs Holistic Healing and Spiritual Arts Expo – 9am-4pm. Over 40 exhibitors and ongoing presentations by speakers from the holistic healing and spiritual arts community. $6, free/children under 12. The Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. For more info, 518-368-9737. Rock Gardening for Women – 10am-2pm. Increase strength, creativity and create deep peace. Easy-to-follow interactive instruction. $45. Uni-

Introduction to Energy for Health and Healing – 6:30-9pm. Learn about your energy system and why it is so important for your physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Instructor, Jack Treiber, will teach a powerful acupressure tapping technique and perform individual energy assessments on interested students. $11. Pre-registration required through the Saratoga Springs High School-Continuing Education Program: 518-583-4782.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 One Hour Women’s Health Workshop – 6pm. A fun-filled hour of learning. All new attendees are eligible to receive a free initial consultation ($125 value). The Natural Improvement Center, 357 Bay Rd, Queensbury. More info: 518-745-7473.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9 Thriving with Joy Workshop with the Ahowan Ministry – 6:30pm. Each participant will have the opportunity to experience and work with tools that allow us to continuously remove the illusion of separateness, and balance all areas of our lives with the flow of the Divine. Provided on a love offering basis. New Thought New York, 2 Imperial Ln, Charlton. 518423-3569. For more info on Ahowan:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 Aura Drawing & Interpretation – 7-9pm. This workshop with Brenda Jenks will teach you how to “see” auras, how to draw them and how to interpret what you have drawn. This is an excellent boost for your intuitive skills and creativity. You will need to bring pastels, colored pencils or crayons. No artistic talent required. $11. Pre-registration required through the Saratoga Springs High SchoolContinuing Education Program: 518-583-4782.

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markyourcalendar SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 16th Annual Tent Sale & Open House – Oct 12-14. 10am-5pm, Sat; 12-5pm, Sun; 10am-6pm, Mon. Preview all the newest holiday ornaments. Free refreshments. Daily door prizes. Bargains galore under one huge 40x60 tent. The Cross Eyed Owl Gift Shop, 3143 U.S. 9, Valatie. 518-758-6755.

Creative Self-Discovery for You and Your Child – 2-4pm. Have fun making hand prints with your child. Decode some really cool things from them that will help you understand each other better and enhance communication. Take home a one-of-a-kind art piece created by you and your child. $50/one parent & one child; supplies included. Kaivalya Spa, Saratoga Springs. To pre-register, Christine Kidder of Your Creative Purpose: 518-421-2091.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 Doing it Naturally – 10am-12pm. Learn how to achieve your health, weight and life goals with Holistic Health Coach, LisaMarie Tersigni. $20. Inspiring Wellness Solutions, 100 N Mohawk St, Cohoes. To register: 888-581-5526. American Red Cross Blood Drive – 10am-3pm. Donation types: double red cells, blood. Mildred Elley-Austin’s School, 855 Central Ave, Albany. 1-800-RED-CROSS. SlingBabies – 10:30am-12:30pm. Bring your kids, look at babywearing options, bring your own carrier to get some tips, check out one from the lending library (small fee). All welcome. Free. Sage-Femme Midwifery, 527 Western Ave, Albany. 518-813-9290. Releasing Weight Monthly Group Sessions – 7:30-8:30pm. Learn how to make permanent changes in your life and become empowered to be healthier, happier and fitter. Hypnosis and other

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 The Artist’s Way, In your Hands – 8-9pm. 12-wk teleclass. A guided and personalized tour of Julia Cameron’s renowned creativity block breakthrough program. $97. For complete details & to pre-register, Christine Kidder of Your Creative Purpose: 518-421-2091.




proven techniques are used in this group setting. Topics such as emotional eating, stress, exercise, goals, and habits are also addressed. $20. Key2Joy, 145 Vly Rd, Ste 6, Niskayuna. Pre-registration required: 518-598-6968.

Infant Massage for Parents and Caregivers – 6-7:30pm. Parents with babies 6 wks to pre-rolling. Learn simple and practical massage techniques as well as movements and exercises to encourage baby’s motor development. $40/family. The Bundle Store, 35 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa. 518-557-8809. Stop Painting Your Walls! American Clay Workshop – 6-7:30pm. Learn a new “green” way to add color and texture to your home with American Clay plasters. Learn how to apply the clay yourself and leave with a self-made sample board. $20, supplies included. Green Conscience Home, 33 Church St, Saratoga Springs. Reservations required, Karen: 518-306-5196.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 Potluck and Movie Night – 5:15pm, dinner; 6pm, movie. Austin Vickers’ powerful movie, People vs. the State of Illusion, followed by discussion. Provided on a love offering basis. New Thought New York, 2 Imperial Ln, Charlton. 518-423-3569. 2013 Annual Awards Gala and Fundraiser – 5:30pm. Join the Pride Center of the Capital Region in honoring those who work hard locally for a more welcoming environment for LGBT people in the area. $95. Pride Center, 997 New Loudon Rd, Latham. 518-462-6138. FUSION! Wine & Dine for the Arts – 7pm. Albany Barn, with the Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival, present a signature anti-gala called “FUSION.”

Proceeds will benefit Albany Barn’s Raise the Barn campaign. $60. The Lake House in Washington Park, Albany. Info/tickets: 518-935-4858.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 Fall Osteoporosis Workshop – 11am-1pm. Featured topic of National Osteoporosis Foundation support group meeting. Discussion will focus on developing balance and creating a safe living space. Free and open to the public. Healing With Movement Pilates, 2021 Western Ave, Albany. Penny: 518 669-9677.


markyourcalendar SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20 Reiki Master Teacher Training (RMT) 2-Day Class – Oct 20 & 27. 9am-5pm both days. You will receive the master attunement and master symbols, and learn how to give all Reiki attunements for all level classes including the healing attunement. Upon completion you will have met the criteria to teach Reiki. Class size will be limited, so register early. Pre-requisite is completion of Reiki I, II, ART. Must attend both days. $650 (plus $20 fee for manual). The Art of Reiki, 251 River St, Ste 401, Troy. To register, Joyce: 518-271-7802. Mind, Body & Spirit Health Fair – 12-4pm. The Palace Theatre presents its first annual Mind, Body & Spirit Health Fair. This family-friendly event will feature a host of businesses and activities geared towards health, fitness and wellness including massage therapy, interactive Zumba classes, card readings, clinics, product demonstrations, a healthy farmers’ market and more. Free. 19 Clinton Ave, Albany. 518-465-3335. Meditation for World Peace – 6:30-7:30pm. Join together to fill the universe with the energy of lightness, radiance and peace. Together, send peace, love, and care to the entire world. For new and experienced meditators alike. Free. Peace Village, Haines Falls. 518-589-5000.

Ahimsa Yoga and Music Festival – 7am-11pm. A one-day festival to celebrate yoga and music, promote traditional and emerging yoga styles, provide beautiful music in a green setting, and educate consumers by spotlighting emerging companies and innovations in yoga. $55. Windham Mountain Lodge, 33 Clarence D Lane Rd, Windham. For tickets/info: 518-779-3511.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 21 Money, Mindset and Manifestation – 7-9pm. It is time to change your experience with money. Come join this life enriching, sister bonding fun and motivating coaching circle, just for women. $20. Lifesytylized Success Center, 444 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Space limited; reservations required: 518-290-6690.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22 Stress and Fatigue Workshop – 6pm. A fun-filled hour of learning. All new attendees are eligible to receive a free initial consultation ($125 value). The Natural Improvement Center, 357 Bay Rd, Queensbury. 518-745-7473. Open Beginner Night of Nia Dance – 6-7pm. Learn the basic Nia moves to get started and begin connecting to the joy and healing of Nia Dance. No experience necessary. Relaxed, comfortable studio. Space limited. $5. Joy of Nia Movement. RSVP to Instructor, Beth Foster: 518-452-3679.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 Green Moms Meet – 10-11am. We will discuss new green products, recharge on Joe, and swap parenting woes. Babies and toddlers welcome. Free. The Bundle Store, 35 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa. 518-557-8809.


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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 Metaphysical Book Discussion Group at Woodlawn Commons – 6pm. Join us for a discussion of The Isaiah Effect by Gregg Braden. Provided on a love offering basis. Sponsored by New Thought New York. 156 Lawrence St, Saratoga Springs. 518-423-3569.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 Newborn Babywearing – 5:30-6:15pm. Learn information on safe and healthy babywearing given by pediatric occupational therapist and babywearing mom, Amber Chaves. We’ll discuss the benefits of babywearing, safety guidelines, and what to look for when purchasing a carrier. Babies are welcome to accompany parents and caregivers. Free. The Bundle Store, 35 Milton Ave, Ballston Spa. 518-557-8809. Gaining Traction With Law of Attraction/Numinous – 7-9pm. Learn highly skilled biofeedback techniques that train your nervous system how to attend to the world in a manner that facilitates joyful flow and accelerated manifestation. $20 donation requested. Shenendehowa Adult Community Center, 6 Clifton Common Court, Clifton Park. 518-424-0406.

Cool Conscious Business Event – 9am-6pm. Discover a proven, conscious-business success formula that allows you to live your dreams, make more money and reach more people in your current business, all while staying true to your core values. $97 early bird special. Open to all business owners. Gideon Putnam, 24 Gideon Putnam Rd, Saratoga Springs. To register: 518-290-6690.


markyourcalendar SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 VEGFEST – 10am-6pm. Albany VegFest brings together the global health benefits of green sustainable living, environmental awareness and compassion for animals and all beings. Sponsored in part by Natural Awakenings Magazine of the NY Capital District. Free admission; suggested $5 donation. Polish Community Center, Washington Ave Extension, Albany. For details:

Spiritual Living Circle – 7 pm. Join us for a discussion of the October issue of Science of Mind magazine. Provided on a love offering basis. To sign up for a free 60-day online subscription to this inspirational publication, contact New Thought New York, 2 Imperial Ln, Charlton. 518-423-3569.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24 Green Building & Design Mixer – 5-7pm. Enjoy food, drink, and music while mingling with builders, contractors, realtors, bankers, attorneys, designers, architects, alternative energy providers, suppliers and educators. Network and feel the energy of being around new ideas, concepts and products related to green building and design. Free. Hosted by Green Conscience Home & Garden, 33 Church St, Saratoga. RSVP, Karen: 518-306-5196.


markyourcalendar SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 I Can Do It! ® 2013 in NYC – Oct 26 & 27. This is it: the conference you’ve been waiting for! A weekend that’s sure to energize your mind, body, and spirit. Enjoy a host of dynamic speakers who will entertain and educate you. Visit the on-site store with a variety of books, CDs, DVDs, and other products from your favorite Hay House authors. Book-signing opportunities will be held after each session. Pre-registration required: 800-654-5126.

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daily Visit Peace Village – 9am-6pm. Peace Village is a place where relaxation comes easily. People visit to learn new things about themselves, enjoy silence and solitude, and find peace of mind. Meet others who are interested in integrating a spiritual dimension into their lives. Tours available daily. Peace Village, Haines Falls. Please call ahead: 518-589-5000. Local Art Show at Community Massage – 11am7pm, Mon-Fri (call for Sat hours). Explore a continually changing exhibit of local artists’ works in a peaceful and unique gallery setting. Community Massage & Holistic Therapies, 255 River St, Troy. Kathleen: 518-272-1400.

sunday Medium, Psychic or Animal Communication Readings – Walk-ins welcome, but appointments suggested. $45/30 mins, $90/60 mins. Peaceful Inspirations, 384 Kenwood Ave, Delmar. 518-439-7039. Sunday Meditation – 9:30-11am. Deepen your spiritual practice through this seated meditation practice held in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Readings and group discussion follow the meditation. Free. American Meditation Institute, 60 Garner Rd, Averill Park. More info: 518-674-8714. Dr. Joe on the Radio – 12:45pm. Dr. Joseph Guylas of Northeast Spine & Wellness gives his weekly radio show including tips for better health. Tune in to 101.3 FM.

monday New Beginnings Meditation Course – 6-7:30pm. Oct 7, 14, 21, 28. Learn to see and experience yourself filled with only positive energy like peace and love. Bring happiness back in your life, no matter what is

dōTERRA CPTG Essential Oils Class – 7:30pm. Learn how to transform your medicine cabinet shelves, become your own family healer, learn about proper nutrition, cook and clean your home with nature and less costly essential oils. Take care of your skin with Essential anti-aging products. Help your horse, dog or cat with many concerns. Free. Malika International Boutique, 10 Phila St, Saratoga Springs. 518-584-5931. Guided Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Practice and experience the deep state of meditation. These sessions serve as an introduction for beginners as well as a practice for experienced individuals in the cultivation of clarity and mindfulness. Free. The Stram Center for Integrative Health & Healing, 388 Kenwood Ave, Delmar. 518-689-2244.

thursday happening. Establish and strengthen your relationship with The Source of all goodness. Free. Peace Village, Haines Falls. More info: 518-589-5000. Creative Self-Discovery Mondays – 7-9pm. Oct 7, 14, 21, 28. Discover what fascinating information your hands have to say about you through scientific hand analysis. Then use that as a starting point for a creative project, leading to a deeper personal understanding. $50 supplies included. Kaivalya Spa, Saratoga Springs. To pre-register, Christine Kidder of Your Creative Purpose: 518-421-2091.


CDPHP Farmers’ Market – Thru Oct. 11am1:30pm. Stop by for some of the area’s best produce, flowers and specialty items from the region’s top farms. Open to the public. 500 Patroon Creek Blvd, Albany.

friday Free Reiki – 7pm. 1st Friday. Energy healers and Reiki practitioners work together to help balance and regenerate those who attend. Free. Venture Inward, 568 Columbia Trpk, East Greenbush. 518-477-6566.


Mommy/Daddy & Me Yoga – 11:30am-12:45pm. Classes consist of breathing exercises, stretching, strengthening, dancing and meditation all with your children at your side. $15. Family Life Center Midtown, The Holistic Network, 485 Western Ave, Albany. 518-465-0241.

Medium, Psychic or Animal Communication Readings – Walk-ins welcome, but appointments suggested. $45/30 mins, $90/60 mins. Peaceful Inspirations, 384 Kenwood Ave, Delmar. 518-439-7039.

Pet Psychic Message Circle – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Tues. Receive a message from your beloved animal, as well as your own good luck, wise, Native American animal totem message. Rather than bringing your pets, feel free to bring their picture or a memento $10. Venture Inward, 568 Columbia Trpk, East Greenbush. Reservation suggested: 518-477-6566.

“Swing Me to the Moon”: Parental & Me Gravity Yoga – Learn tools for relaxation and stress management along with breathing techniques and trust exercises. Great parent- and child-bonding time while utilizing the unique gravity swings. $22. Good Karma Studio, 3 Vatrano Rd, Albany. Space limited; register: 518-512-9929.

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NORTHEAST SPINE AND WELLNESS 1741 Rte 9, Clifton Park 1873 Western Ave, Albany 518-371-4800 •


Northeast Spine and Wellness Offices in Albany & Clifton Park 518-371-4800 •

All-natural care providing pain relief and wellness care through acupuncture, massage therapy, laser therapy and acupressure. Experience in women’s health, insomnia, stress, migraines and fibromyalgia. See ad, page 9.

Dr. Gulyas is a 25-year veteran of holistic health. A graduate of Skidmore College and New York Chiropractic College, Dr. Gulyas received the distinction as Clinician of the Year during his internship at Greenvale Outpatient Facility. See ad, page 9.



10 Phila St, Saratoga Springs 518-879-5284

Joyce Willson, RN BSN 251 River St, Troy, NY 518-271-7802

dōTERRA Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade ® (CPTG) essential oils represent the safest, purest, and most beneficial essential oils available today. See ad, page 15.

Joyce brings to her Reiki practice her knowledge and experience in dealing with chronic and acute health issues as well as her passion for focusing on the health and wellness of the individual. See ad, page 12.



Nick Pavoldi Structural Integration Practitioner, Proprietor 578 New Loudon Rd, Latham • 518-389-2200 79 Washington St, Saratoga Springs • 518-389-2083 Bodywork Professionals are skilled, dedicated, career therapists who specialize in the art and science of effective soft tissue massage therapy and a variety of bodywork moralities. See ad, page 12.


Jack Treiber, BS

Over 20 years of energy healing experience. Jack uses among the most advanced, deep and powerful techniques in the area to help clients feel better and achieve balance. Practicing in Clifton Park and Saratoga. See ad, page 15.


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Myofascial Bodywork is a gentle and effective form of hands-on therapy. This technique provides profound relaxation, and relief from most forms of chronic pain. Locations in Albany, Troy & Malta. See ad, page 14.


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Lynn is a certified fitness instructor, healing touch practitioner and Reiki II practitioner. She also teaches energy yoga classes. See ad, page 21.


10 Phila St, Saratoga Springs 518-879-5284 Your local source for fine-quality, handmade items including clothing, jewelry, gifts, home décor and healing supplies. See ad, page 15.


Inspiring Wellness Solutions 1-888-581-5526 Certified instructor of Group Fitness, Ballettone, Kettlebell and Group Cycling. Licensed Zumba instructor. Rebecca maintains two master’s degrees in education and has extensive experience in designing fitness and exercise programs. See ad, page 21.


Beth Foster Owner & Licensed Nia Instructor 3 Denny Rd, Guilderland 518-452-3679 E x p e r i e n c e t h e e n e rg e t i c , expressive and joyful way to exercise. Free your spirit and move with passion as you connect to your body through the movement of Nia. Small, yearround classes in a comfortable studio open to all ages and levels. See ad, page 21.

GREEN LIVING GREEN CONSCIENCE HOME Karen Totino 23 Church St, Saratoga Springs 518-306-5196

Specializing in green home renovation for families and businesses. Supplier of non-toxic interior finishes for walls, floors, counter tops. Showroom features natural and organic mattresses, and bedding. See ad, page 17.




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Avis A. Burnett, PhD 639 Riverview Rd, Rexford 518-371-0579 •

Serving the Capital District and Beyond 518-532-0275

Your Spiritual Mentor for individual transformational counseling, energetic healing sessions and workshops. Using principles of quantum mechanics to shift patterns of thinking, behaving and feeling at the cellular level.

SANDRA MARNELL, RN, MA Duanesburg & Schenectady, NY 518-875-6050

Personalized, inspirational coaching to joyfully move you in the direction of your dreams. Start living the life you want to lead today; because life is more than a four-letter word. See ad, page 19.

Christine Kidder 518-421-2091 Scientific hand analysis is a system that can give you profound insight about yourself from the markings in your hands. See ad, page 17.


Herbal Tea Works & Herbal Essentials 1545 Columbia Turnpike, Schodack 518-479-0471 • Gifts from the Earth for you and yours. Offering quality organic and wild-crafted herbs, teas, tinctures, essential oils, books, gifts, and bath and beauty products, as well as a variety of supplies for making your own products. Free catalog available. See ad, page 19.

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LisaMarie unites her education in nutrition, counseling and healing arts with 25 years of workers’ compensation health care experience to develop sustainable multidisciplinary wellness and fitness programs. Specialties: cancer patients, perimenopause and weight concerns; men and women. See ad, page 21.


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Paul Jensen, Jr, MS, LMT 17 Computer Dr East, Albany 518-366-4429 • Therapeutic massage, bodywork, energy work, personal training and life coaching. 16 years of experience helping clients eliminate pain, optimize recovery and maximize performance. See ad, page 10.


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C e r t i f i e d H e a l i n g To u c h Practitioner, Addiction Counselor, Recovery Coach and Trainer. Support for withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs. Immune system strengthening. Healing and pain relief. Decrease depression and anxiety.



Kathleen Vroman, NYS LMT 255 River St, Troy 518-272-1400 • Offering therapeutic massage, myofascial bodywork, craniosacral t h e r a p y a n d r e f l e x o l o g y, individually customized in a professional and peaceful atmosphere, enhanced with local art and natural foliage. Relax and renew at your urban oasis. See ad, page 7.

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Inspiring Wellness Solutions 1-888-581-5526 Regina is an NYS licensed massage therapist, registered yoga teacher, personal trainer and spinning instructor with years of successful experience in healing arts and fitness. See ad, page 21.


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Holistic health, lifestyle and nutrition coach with extensive experience in the pharmacy field. Specializing in the needs of men in mid-life and weight concerns for men and women. See ad, page 21.

Professional, full-time instructor of 60+ students per week. Specializing in teaching kids ages 6 and up, and teenagers in various styles. Private and group lessons. Teaching at Patrizio Center for the Arts (Latham) & Rocky’s Music Studio (North Greenbush). See ad, page 35.

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Heidi Ricks, LM 518-588-7122 Maureen Murphy, CPM 518-229-6541 406 Fulton St, Ste 513, Troy Empowering women through knowledge, experience and heart. Offering gynecology, preconception counseling, homebirth midwifery services and lactation counseling. See ad, page 33.

At Sage-Femme Midwifery, we believe women should be empowered to create their own birth experiences as well as be educated to be actively involved in decision making and selfcare. Kelly has been serving the Capital District since 1987.

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An Organic Salon & Wellness Shop 1724-1728 Western Ave, Albany 518-608-5405 or 518-621-7984 Providing a healthy alternative to the traditional salon and spa experience using only the highest quality natural and organic products in our services. Let us help you look beautiful and feel your best while nurturing your health. See ad, page 3.

Certified organic, non-GMO Project Verified, Fair Trade skin and body care, cosmetics, essential oils, massage, aromatherapy, home fragrance, unique gifts and more. Products for the entire family. Discover organic.

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Permanent makeup using organic, hypo-allergenic pigments. Areola pigmentation and scar camouflage. Eyebrows, eyeliner, lips. Now you can have the confidence of knowing you look your very best every morning, without having done a thing. See ad, page 18.

415 US Hwy 9, Schodack Landing 518-732-2724 • We love pets and are certain your cat or dog will leave our salon happy, healthy and looking great. Holistic pet food also available. See ad, page 36.


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Your local, holistic and wellness store dedicated to enriching the spirit, mind and body. Gifts for all ages, workshops and Psychic, Crossover (Medium) and Intuitive Animal Communication readings available by appointment. See ad, page 6.

Intimate, neighborhood studio, specializing in individual attention and fracture prevention. Class sizes limited to 10 people. Private or duet sessions also available by appointment. Penny is a Pilates Method Alliance Certified Instructor, Meeks Method Osteoporosis Exercise Specialist and Foot Management Professional.


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PSYCHOTHERAPY BRYON KOSHGARIAN, PhD Inspiring Wellness Solutions 1-888-581-5526 Bryon is a psychotherapist and spiritual counselor specializing in stress and anxiety disorders, PTSD, bereavement, depression and spiritual concerns. See ad, page 21.

SPiRITUAL GROWTH NEW THOUGHT NEW YORK Rev. Joanne McFadden, Minister 2 Imperial Ln, Charlton 518-423-3569

Inner peace. Joy. Abundance. This spiritual community offers the tools and support to change your life. Classes, workshops, meditation, book discussion groups and spiritual cinema.

THERMOGRAPHY BREAST THERMOGRAPHY FOR HEALTH Patricia Luccardi, LMT, CNMT, CTT Chatham and Delmar 518-929-7579 •

Detect changes at the cellular level years before a mammogram. Clearer results, fewer additional tests, allowing for dietary and lifestyle changes.


Specializing in disease prevention and management, Inspiring Wellness Solutions offers Corporate Wellness Programs, Individual Counseling and Group Nutrition Coaching to support their clients to live a healthy and fit lifestyle. See ad, page 21.

NORTHEAST SPINE AND WELLNESS 1741 Rte 9, Clifton Park 1873 Western Ave, Albany 518-371-4800 •

Full-service wellness facilities offering non-drug solutions for your health care concerns. Our practitioners each have over 25 years experience in the field of holistic health. See ad, page 9.


Empowering workshops and rejuvenating retreats for women. Unveil your authentic self, explore your dreams and create the joyful life you were meant to live. Workshops held in the Adirondacks or at your location. It’s time to spread your wings.


54 O’Hara Rd (at Rte 24A), Haines Falls, NY 518-589-5000 Experience the tranquility of weekend retreats, vegetarian food and special day events for the Capital District. Learn to meditate, expect life changing experiences and inner peace and power. Relax, refresh and renew.

classifieds For fees and info on placing classifieds, email Deadline is the 10th of the month. HELP WANTED GUITAR CENTER, COLONIE – Hiring Sales Associate. If you have the passion to help people make music and are interested in working for a rocking team, we want to hear from you! Stop by to complete an application in person. 145 Wolf Rd, Colonie.

LAUGH MORE COMEDY WORKS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY SHOWS – $15 in advance, $20 day of the show. Dinner & Show: $39.95 in advance, $44.95 day of the show. 500 Northern Blvd, Albany. 518-512-4075.

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MARY BETH JOHNSON, RN – No ticks, no fleas, no chemicals. 518-466-8127.


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Renie is a certified yoga instructor who teaches beginner and experienced yoga classes, specializing in alignment and mind, body, spirit principles. See ad, page 21.


LOOKING FOR HOLISTIC PRACTITIONERS & ENTREPRENEURS – To be pioneers & launch our brand of Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR) in the U.S. This is an award-winning, family-owned, ethical company with an established 32-year-old brand and reputation for excellence worldwide. To learn more, Lisa: 518-755-2170.


2317 Balltown Rd, Niskayuna 518-429-1455 Offering private and group yoga lessons for all abilities and ages. Soluna focuses on education, individual attention and providing a safe environment to enhance each student’s personal and physical growth in their yoga experience. See ad, page 20.


Europa Baker-Brathwaite Delmar & Troy 518-522-2740 • Discover a fulfilling practice that will build your strength and selftrust. Work one-on-one with Europa to begin, deepen or refine your yoga practice.

RECENTLY RENOVATED RETAIL SPACE FOR LEASE – Open floor plan. Located in prime location at busy intersection near Crossgates Mall in Guilderland. 1726 Western Ave, Albany. Tom Carins: 518-466-0726.

VACATION RENTAL ADIRONDACKS VACATION LOG CABIN RENTAL – 3 bed, 2 bath, fully equipped. Centrally located to Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid or a day trip to Montreal. 1-800-715-1333 x 3292.

VOLUNTEER UPCOMING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – At The Arts Center in Troy. Alana: 518-273-0552 x 221.


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October 2013 issue of Natural Awakenings Magazine (NY Capital District Edition).