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letterfrompublisher “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of beauty is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, but indifference between life and death.” —Elie Wiesel

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he other day, I went for a run. I ran down a street just two blocks from the ocean. Beautiful, right? Sound of the waves, smell of the ocean—then bam, squish, I step right into a pile of dog crap. As I looked down, I noticed not one but multiple piles of it scattered over the sidewalk adjacent to a “crappy” lawn. You can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she treats the Earth. I had four more miles to run, giving me ample time to reflect on the people in that house that didn’t pick up after their dog. They live in a nice home so close to the ocean; probably pay a lot of money for that location; and probably LOVE the ocean. Don’t they know that their dog’s waste will eventually be washed by the rain into the storm drains, which eventually leads to the ocean that they probably love to swim in? That it will end up in the seafood that they, their friends and family may eat? Do they want to eat and swim in their dog’s feces? I wondered. ;-) I’ve got to believe they don’t! Yet, either they do or they are ignorant and don’t recognize the consequence, or a worse possibility is that they know yet are indifferent. They don’t care enough to bend down and clean it up, and, perhaps, that is most deplorable. With a mile or so left to run, I got to thinking about the subject of indifference. I had recently seen the movie The Hunger Games with my children. The Hunger Games—science fiction, right? Yes, absolutely, which is why it made sense when my daughter said, “It was a good movie but hard to believe because in real life people would not treat other people the way they did in that movie.” However, not long after, my family watched the Oscar-winning movie 12 Years a Slave, based on a true story, which would illustrate to my daughter just how horribly humans can treat one another and how indifferent we can be to another’s plight if it makes our own life easy. People can detach themselves from compassion, empathy and humanity when those emotions run the risk of inconveniencing them. How does all cruelty start? My belief is it begins with indifference. So, what does indifference have to do with our April edition? (I am getting there, I promise!) This month’s issue is chock-full of new and innovative ideas on green living. “Heirloom Home” (see page 22) offers great tips about repurposing and upcycling items for a beautiful home. More importantly, though, we tracked down some of Long Island’s Earth Day celebrations and activities that you can share with your children and listed them for you. It is important to teach our children at a young age to respect and love the Earth, for it truly correlates to our respect and love for each other. For example, teaching the value of worms to the soil shows the value of every one of God’s creatures and helps create a potentially more caring and, hopefully, “indifferent-free world.” Too busy to attend these celebrations, but still want to participate? Then, if you have the courage, talk to that neighbor about the dog poop on the lawn, delicately, and with compassion and respect. And, if that doesn’t work, do what I am going to do and feel free to leave this letter in his/her mailbox. ;-) Malama Pono!

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newsbriefs Summer Camp 2014 at the Waldorf School— Cardiodontal Offers Free Oral Cancer June 30 to August 8 program (ages 4 to 13) includes a Screenings in April Thewidefull-day variety of activities designed to engage the interest and enthusiasm of children from preschool to teen. In addition to activities led by their lead counselors, campers participate in tennis; arts and crafts; painting; yoga; music; sports and games; cooking; gardening; drama; swimming; and outdoor water play. Special events include Tie-Dye Week, Field Day and “Summertime Stars” talent show. Campers bring lunch from home each day, and the camp provides a mid-morning snack. The half-day program (ages 3 to 5) offers a rich play experience for the youngest campers. Activities include outdoor free play in the school’s preschool yards, watercolor painting, seasonal crafts, singing, cooking, yoga, storytelling, rhymes, verses and puppetry. Juice and a healthy mid-morning snack are provided. Fourand 5-year-old campers also participate in our swimming program. In an effort to recognize that family vacations and other activities may conflict with camp, there is a flexible scheduling offered. Parents can create a part-time schedule that suits their family’s needs, with tuition on a prorated basis. Please note that a minimum of 23 days enrollment is required for all campers. Source: The Waldorf School, 225 Cambridge Ave., Garden City. For more information, call 516-742-3434, ext. 301, or visit See ad on page 37

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pril is Oral Cancer Awareness month, and this year we recognize the staggering number of people suffering from this disease, including actor Michael Douglas, who recently announced his battle with the disease and urged for early detecDr. Jonathan Richter tion. This year, for DDS, FAGD the entire month of April, Dr. Jonathan Richter will be performing free oral cancer screenings in his office. The appointment, when scheduled in advanced, is quick and informative and is something that everyone should have available to them. “I am really excited to be participating and working with the Oral Cancer Foundation as they work toward early detection and cures for this life-threatening disease,” says Richter. Source: Dr. Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, of Cardiodontal. Offices in Great Neck and Manhattan. For more information, call 516-282-0310 or visit See ad on back page.

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Dentistry Exposed: Are Conventional Crowns Good for Your Teeth?


ooth crowns (aka caps) are as common as fillings when it comes to tooth restoration. Many people are shocked when their teeth are drilled away to nubs in order to have a crown made. This article will explore why a crown is indicated, as well as treatment alternatives.

Crowns were invented in the late 1700s in a time when full-metal Dr. Alex Shvartsman crowns and rock-like cements were the only choices dentists 631-361-3577 had. Because tooth bonding would not been invented until the 1980s, dentists had to use wood-working techniques to attach crowns to teeth. Dentists needed to create a wedge-within-a wedge effect (a morse taper) to mechanically lock the crown to the tooth. If you ever had to deal with separating two glasses wedged together, you experienced the mechanical retention of a morse taper. Dentists spend years perfecting the proper tooth taper and shape for ideal retention, but unfortunately many fall short. The fact is your natural teeth are far superior than any manmade synthetic material. Therefore, preserving healthy tooth structure should be the goal of any dental treatment. Whittling teeth to nubs is an antiquated approach that needs serious rethinking on the part of the dental profession. Biomimetic dentists, like Dr. Alex Shvartsman, focus on preserving teeth rather than unnecessarily drilling them away. Fillings are indicated when there is a “hole in the tooth” that needs to be filled; however, when one or more cusps or 50 percent or more of the tooth is gone, a filling is a poor choice as a long-term restoration. While it is possible to make a giant filling, they generally do not hold up over time and it is not always possible to achieve a proper tooth shape with a large, direct filling. Today, modern dentists, like Shvartsman, no longer drill down the entire tooth to a stump. Modern materials and technology allow for “partial crowns” or onlays, which are made of strong and durable porcelains that are both tooth conserving and highly aesthetic. Even root-canal-treated

teeth can be restored with more conservative onlays and porcelain veneers rather than tooth-mutilating crowns. So, why do dentists still do antiquated tooth-mutilating crowns? Because it’s easy, fast, takes less skill and effort, and it’s what they are taught to do in dental schools. In addition, dental insurances do not always cover the more modern approaches, mainly because they do not really care about you or your long-term health, just their quarterly profit reports. Shvartsman uses the latest in CEREC CAD/CAM technology to fabricate these tooth-sparing restorations right in his office during a one-visit procedure. This saves patients valuable time and trips to the dentist. You do not have to wonder if your crown was made in some third world country, using poor quality control and second-rate materials. Next time your dentist tells you that you need a crown, think twice and ask for a more tooth-conserving approach.

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he American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) has formed a new support group for those living in Nassau County. The group leader is Cynthia Johnson, who has been dealing with chronic back pain for many years. Support from her friends and family has been a big part of Johnson’s lengthy journey to pain alleviation, and she wants nothing more than to provide that same support to others dealing with chronic pain in the community. There will be an introductory meeting on Thursday, April 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. The ACPA is a nonprofit self-help group designed to teach people that suffer from chronic pain—pain that continues longer than six months and is not completely relieved by medication or medical treatment—to reduce the impact pain has on their working and personal lives. Location: Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy, 800 East Gate Blvd., Garden City. For more information, call Cynthia Johnson at 516-304-9297.

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id you know that you are never more than 7 years old? Throughout a seven-year time frame, every cell in your body is replaced with new ones. That means that the 60,000 miles of blood vessels are constantly being replaced. The nerves that span more than 45 miles throughout your body are all being replaced with new ones. In fact, your body as a whole contains more than 100 trillion cells! So, the question arises, are the trillions of cells in your body being replaced with healthy, vibrant cells or Dr. Ray Omid, DC weak cells? The only way to know is to make sure that the system that controls and regulates all new cell production, your central nervous system, is functioning at its optimum level. In addition to controlling all new cell production, your central nervous system controls all chemical reactions, hormone regulation, and all of the organs within your body. If there is interference with your central nervous system, it can affect your health now and in the future. Join Dr. Ray Omid on April 7 at 6:30 as he hosts a complimentary dinner and health talk for you and four guests. While dinner is being prepared, he will speak about the three components to a 100-year lifestyle, how to regain life and vitality, and how to have more energy and less stress. If you are looking to prevent disease and eliminate medication, you definitely want to attend this event! Source: Dr. Ray Omid. Omid is a chiropractor, known as “Dr. Ray,” who offers a weight-loss program called Lighten Up Jericho. Seating is limited. You must RSVP no later than one week prior to the event by calling Bessi Dion at 917-747-2795. See ad on page 3.


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Free Seminar on Divorcing Utilizing Mediation


ory Rosenbaum, Esq., is hosting a one-hour free seminar titled Divorce Mediation Versus Divorce Litigation on April 25 at 626 RXR Plaza, West Tower, 6th floor, in Uniondale. Corey Rosenbaum Are you looking at the possibility of divorcing? Often the thought of divorce brings fear of the unknown. Many people that begin the procedure find they are not quite sure how they want to proceed— mediation versus litigation. As a lawyer that handles both mediated and litigated divorce, Rosenbaum has seen first hand the benefits of choosing the route of mediation. This month, Rosenbaum will be holding a seminar in his Uniondale office to explain the benefits of mediation and answer your questions. Learn a healthier route to move on with your lives. While divorce is emotionally traumatic and exhausting, it also provides many with feelings of liberation and hope for the future. Mediation, with its focus on the future, can result in an agreement that fits your lives now and provides for each person’s growth as time passes. Mediation ratchets down the animosity and saves you money. If you mediate, you do not need to attend countless court conferences, and mediation allows you to work out your differences in privacy. In a mediated divorce, you make the decisions. Please RSVP via email to

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From Farm to Table: What Breast Cancer Survivors Need to Know About Nutrition


itchell SuDock, one of Long Island’s top chefs and the co-owner of Mitch & Toni’s in Albertson, is joining forces with nutritionist Hillary Sachs for a presentation on healthy foods you should be eating and can prepare at home. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m., at Adelphi University’s University Center Ballroom in Garden City. Sachs, a dietitian at the Monter Cancer Center and NSLIJ Department of Radiation Medicine, uses evidenced-based information to help patients minimize treatment-related side effects and to guide Chef Mitchell SuDock survivors toward health and wellness. She has worked with Food Network star Ellie Krieger, developing recipes for the show Healthy Appetite. SuDock has embraced the farm-to-table approach at his restaurant. He is an honors graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked at some of Manhattan’s most acclaimed restaurants, such as Russian Tea Room and the Gotham Bar and Grill, and under top chefs that include Tom Colicchio, Bill Telepan and Guy Reuge. Together, the two will explain how participants can implement the America Institute for Cancer Research recommendations for cancer prevention and survival, choosing the right kinds of foods to build the healthy plate. Participants will learn about the importance of thinking and buying local and be offered tips for menu planning and preparation. The presentation will include a chef’s demonstration and tasting of healthy foods that you can prepare at home. The 2014 Educational Forum Series is sponsored by a grant from the Junior Coalition of the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required before April 25. To register, call 516-877-4325.

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New York College Provides Holistic Health Education and Care on Long Island New York College of Health Professions has been a leader in holistic health care and education for more than 30 years on Long Island and has recently added three locations in New York City due to demand. The campus in Syosset not only offers accredited degree programs in massage therapy, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, but also continuing education workshops for healthcare providers, students and the public. This spring, a few of the New York College continuing education classes for healthcare practitioners and students are in vacuum cupping for massage therapists, myofascial and deep tissue release techniques, and hot stone massage. With the start of the new trimester on May 5, the public can register for physical arts classes in yoga, tai chi and qigong; and those serious about these arts, can go on to enter the yoga and tai chi instructor certification programs. The College operates one of the largest holistic health clinics in the metro area, where student interns provide patients 50-minute Swedish and Asian massage therapy, hourand-half acupuncture treatments and herbal consultations, all at greatly reduced costs. The clinics are open Monday through Saturday and are located on the campus in Syosset. New York College of Health Professions is proud to announce that it received re-accreditation for the master degree programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for the maximum seven-year period from the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) effective February 2014. The ACAOM accreditation for the Graduate School of Oriental Medicine programs is in addition to the College’s national institutional accreditation for all degree programs. Source: Learn more about New York College, its degree programs and continuing education courses, or sign up to attend an open house by visiting or calling 800-9227337. The College is now enrolling new students for summer and fall. See ad on page 5.

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ew research suggests that renovation planning should involve more than just picking the right colors and styles; doing it right may help prevent childhood respiratory conditions. Researchers from St. Louis University, in Missouri, linked home renovations with increased wheezing, asthma and chronic coughing among children living in the home. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, followed 31,049 children between the ages of 2 and 14 years old from seven Chinese cities over a two-year period. Previous research has also reached a similar conclusion, identifying some specific materials responsible for increased childhood respiratory disorders. A Russian study of 5,951 children ages 8 to 12 found that increased asthma and wheezing were related to recently completed painting, as well as the installation of new linoleum flooring, synthetic carpets, particleboard and wall coverings. That study, published in the same journal states, “Exposure levels are the highest during and shortly after painting, but low levels of exposure may remain for several months. Wooden furniture, as well as painted or varnished and new furniture, is likely to emit chemical substances.” A 2002 study of New York children published in the Journal of Urban Health found similar results.

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ack pain can make everyday tasks difficult and even overwhelming. Getting rid of back pain is not always easy, especially if you have underlying health problems or issues that are contributing to the pain itself. However, one remedy that can relieve some of the pain and tenseness you feel within your upper back is massage. Research has shown that massage is more effective than over-the-counter pain medications (NSAIDs). Using massage therapy for upper back pain can greatly reduce the amount of tension and pain in your back. Knowing the benefits of massage therapy and how to find a therapist that knows how to relieve your back pain can get you on the right path to a much happier, pain-free life.

Types of Massage Therapy

There are many different types of massage therapy that deal with back pain; neuromuscular therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy are modalities that work very well in relieving back pain.

Working With the Neck and Shoulders

You can also use these techniques on yourself to help relieve back pain. Place your fingertips where your neck and shoulders meet and see if you feel any tender spots. Press on those points until they loosen and you feel relief. Now you can move anywhere from 4 to 6 inches outward and down to see if there are more tender areas. Pressing down on the tender spots slowly and moving your fingers helps to relieve the pain while loosening up the muscle altogether. Repeat the process over any tender muscles that you are capable of reaching, especially near the neck. Oftentimes, neck muscles can become cramped and filled with tension if you are sleeping improperly or if you keep your head at an angle each day during work. If you cannot locate the tender spots on your neck or back, working together with a licensed massage therapist may be the right option for you. Source: Eugene Wood, massage therapist at the Center for the Alignment of Body, Mind and Spirit. Location: 2050 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. For more information, call 516-221-3500 or visit See ad on page 23.


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e are always on the search for simple, effective solutions to living longer and better. A profoundly simple, practical, effective and cost-cutting way to combat common illness and pain problems is right under our feet. Believe it or not, the moment your foot touches the Earth, or connects to the Earth through a wire, your physiology changes. The modern disconnect from this natural reDr. Ruben Rafaelov, source right under our feet may likely be a totally overPharmD, RPh looked factor behind the alarming rise of chronic disease in recent decades, and inflammatory-related conditions in particular. Research is now revealing connecting to the Earth’s energy upgrades our physiology. It promotes health, vitality, better sleep, harmonizes and stabilizes the body’s basic biological rhythms, reduces chronic inflammation, and reduces and eliminates associated pain. These benefits, along with many others, result from bare-skin contact with the Earth’s natural surface electrical energy. Such contact is as simple as walking barefoot outside, or sitting, working or sleeping indoors in contact with a conductive sheet or mat. These products transfer the outside ground energy via a wire connected to the ground port of an electrical outlet and offer a convenient indoor alternative to people reluctant to regularly go outdoors barefoot, or where weather conditions may not be accommodating. Earthing research and feedback from individuals worldwide that have grounded themselves routinely, often while sleeping at night, demonstrate a multitude of benefits. Here is a short list of them: n Improvement of many inflammation-related disorders n Reduction or elimination of chronic pain n Better sleep and faster to sleep n Increased energy n Lowered stress, more calmness by cooling down the nervous system and stress hormones n Normalization of the body’s biological rhythms n Thinner blood; improved blood pressure and flow n Muscle tension and headache relief n Lessened hormonal and menstrual symptoms n Dramatically faster healing n Accelerated recovery from intense athletic activity The Earth is the source of free electrons, which neutralize the free radicals in the body that cause disease and cellular destruction. Connect with Mother Earth; your body will thank you for it. Source: Dr. Ruben Rafaelov, PharmD, RPh, of Pure & Simple Health. Location: 128 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre. For more information, call 516-203-7442. See ad on page 11.


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indings reported in the The Journal of Virology, in a paper titled “Short Chain Fatty Acids From Periodontal Dr. Linda J. Golden, DDS Pathogens Suppress HDACs, EZH2, and SUV39H1 to Promote Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus Replication” have shown that there are potentially two bacteria that allow the viruses that cause oral cancer to thrive. Case Western Researchers in a 21-patient trial set out to determine why some people get oral cancers while others do not. The procedure allowed them to split the 21 patients into two groups. Group one consisted of patients that had an average age of 50 years and chronic gum disease and group two had an average age 26 with healthy teeth and gums. The researchers studied the bacteria in the mouths of both groups and found that the bacteria produced in the mouths of people with chronic gum disease contained a high level of the bacteria porphyromonas gingivalis and fusobacterium nucleatum, and that these bacteria created an environment that assists the growth of certain viruses that have been linked to oral cancer. This discovery could lead to early saliva testing and prevention protocols that could be put in place that would allow for the early detection of oral cancers, prevention, monitoring and treatment of oral cancer before it develops into a malignancy. These early studies are promising in our nation’s battle against oral cancers. Further research to explore the relevance of this finding is ongoing. Source: Golden Dental Wellness. Location: 444 Community Dr., Ste. 204, Manhasset. For more information, call 516-627-8400, email GoldenDental@ or visit See ad on page 17.

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e are here on the Earth, and we need it to sustain us. It provides for all of our earthly needs. Yet, it is often overlooked as a topic of conversation and action. Sure, we honor it on the usual special days, like Earth Day. But shouldn’t every day be Earth Day when you think about it? Without it, where would we be? If we don’t take extraordinary care of the planet, what will happen to our health and that of those we love and future generations? It is time to think about what our planet needs, raise our own consciousness and that of those around us, and take action to implement change. Being ecologically aware and responsible can start with ourselves and our own personal responsibility. We can make a list of all the ways we can be more green, and start right now to do things differently. It may be surprising to see that even one Katrina Greene small change can make a person feel much better about his/her contribution to making the world a better place. We can make choices that positively impact our world all day long, including what we wear, what we eat, what kind of transportation we use, as well as what products we use and how we dispose of them. These actions may not seem like they would add up to much, and individually they might not, but collectively things can change a great deal. Imagine if you start to be more green and then your neighbor asks about it; then you share about it at your children’s school, or a town meeting. Soon, the entire neighborhood is involved. You can write letters to your local politicians asking for new standards and protocols to be adopted for a cleaner, greener Earth. In this way, you are beginning to make a larger impact. If we love the Earth, or at least respect it, wouldn’t we want to examine our choices and behaviors and make them Earth friendly? Don’t we want to leave behind a better planet than the one we inherited? What can we do today to make our corner of the world a little bit cleaner and greener? On a micro level, we can carpool; recycle; take mass transit; buy local products, when possible; and use less disposables. On a more macro level, we can communicate with companies and decision makers asking for them to be more green and see if they can work toward saving trees, recycling, using more natural and Earth-safe products, and lowering their carbon footprint. What would you like to do today to make the Earth better for yourself, your family and others? Source: Life Coach Katrina Greene, of Successful Life Coaching, 631-567-0008. 20

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Master Your DNA: Control Heart Disease, Diabetes, Aging and More


he science of genetics is expanding at an amazing pace. We are finding links and hints to every aspect of our master program. Often, those findings are in regard to what diseases we are susceptible to. But that is not the same as the disease you will have. When research speaks of genes that relate to heart disease, or other such so-called genetic illnesses, it Dr. David Pollack, DC does not mean you will get heart disease. It’s just suggesting that statistically people with heart disease present certain genes. And even if gene expression will cause certain problems, those genes need to be activated and expressed. Most health authorities both in the U.S. and worldwide suggest that environmental factors are what trigger gene expression. They also state that these factors and the expression of genes can be reversed. Environmental factors mean things like diet, stress, toxicity and exercise. These factors can be completely controlled. But the major concern with them all is the production of chronic inflammation. I suggest that in order to help eliminate inflammation, to focus on maximizing digestion, hormone balance and finding inflammatory sources. That is done by improving nutrition quality, reducing stress, detoxifying, getting proper exercise, and using other health-boosting therapies. So many people feel that genetics controls the destiny of illness and disease, but it is really just one road-map of many that you have the control of selecting with your choices in life. Taking control of chemical, physical, and emotional stressors can relieve the sources of inflammation and reverse the environmental factors as research suggests. Do not make genetics an excuse to give up control of that amazing thing called your body. Source: Dr. David Pollack. Location: Pollack Wellness Institute (formerly Creating Wellness Center) is located at 66 Commack Rd., Commack. For more information, call 631-462-0801 or visit See ads on pages 15 and 31.

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A Fresh Look at Furnishings that Last Why not expand on the spring tradition of home cleaning by appraising existing home furnishings and décor to see how rearrangements can freshen the whole presentation? Employing a few basic creative strategies will yield long-lasting beauty, cost savings, health benefits and utility, all adding up to enhanced sustainability. Secondhand items readily spruce up interiors when they are thoughtfully selected. Look for gently used, new-to-you items—ranging from furniture and lamps to accent pieces like pottery and wall art—at antique and thrift shops, yard and estate sales or via online forums such as and Seeking out fair trade items helps support a fair wage for artisans around the world. Plants enliven and beautify any space while cleaning indoor air, according to a recent study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Associated Landscape Contractors of America. Plants cited as especially effective in removing formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from the air include bamboo palm, Chinese evergreen, English ivy, gerbera (African) daisy, chrysanthemum and peace lily. Pot them in used jars or other repurposed containers to conserve materials and add character and more personality to home décor. Overall balance is key. “An imbalanced room has large furniture grouped together at one end and lightweight furniture and bare walls at the other,” says professional designer Norma Lehmeier Hartie, author of Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify & Energize Your Life, Your Home & Your Planet. “The effect is like being on a tilting boat in a storm.” Furniture arrangements are best when they allow light to flow through spaces with ample allowance for moving about the room. The ideal setup facilitates worktable projects and small-group conversations. Round tables help make everyone feel like they belong, according to green living expert Annie Bond. Sustainable kitchen wares are often the classiest. Sturdy pots, pans and kettles, like Le Creuset and Picquot Ware, may offer replacement parts and lifetime guarantees; Bialetti and Bodum coffee makers and Littala glassware are durable and long-lasting. While some may cost more upfront, their longevity saves money over time. Then there’s always grandma’s iron skillet.

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Menus Minimize Greenhouse Gases Experts at the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, at Aberdeen University, in Scotland, have created a new menu plan that is healthy and nutritious, as well as good for the environment. The researchers compiled a shopping list of 52 foods arranged in categories according to how much climate-changing greenhouse gases are produced to make and transport them ( They then devised a weekly weight allowance for each food, which when followed, would reduce the use of greenhouse gases by about a third. Surprisingly, the list features foods such as chocolate, ice cream and red meat, but anyone wanting to reduce their carbon footprint must only eat them in relatively tiny quantities. Some food groups, such as dairy products and meat, produce much bigger emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide than others because of the way they are manufactured and brought to market. The production of fruit, vegetables and legumes is much less likely to produce such high emissions. Source:

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Trees are Trying Forests Have Limited Powers to Save Us

Forests have a finite capacity to soak up atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to a recent study from Northern Arizona University. Results published in the online journal New Phytologist illustrate how today’s rising atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) might alter the carbon and nitrogen content of ecosystems. In contrast to expectations, research over an 11-year period showed that ecosystem carbon uptake was not significantly increased by high CO2. While plants did contain more carbon in the presence of higher CO2 levels, the soil lost carbon content due to microbial decomposition. These factors essentially canceled each other out, signifying that nature cannot entirely self-correct against climate change.

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Harnessing the Ocean’s Power Potential The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $16 million on 17 tidal and wave projects to sustainably and efficiently capture energy from waves, tides and currents. The projects will also help gather crucial data on how these devices interact with the surrounding environment. The DOE will also spend $13.5 million on eight projects to help U.S. companies build durable, efficient wave and tidal devices that reduce overall costs and maximize the amount of energy captured. Specifically, the projects will focus on developing new components and software that predicts ocean conditions and adjusts device settings accordingly to optimize power production. Source:

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editation is a phenomenon treasured by an enlightened group. Meditation is part of the New Age lifestyle accepted by one and all with an open heart. A daily meditation practice has the power to shift your consciousness in the most effortless manner. There are many things that you gain in meditation, but I am here to talk about the things that you will lose with a disciplined meditation practice. To all the seekers and nonseekers reading this, walk onto the path of meditation only if you are willing to lose the following. The gurus shall not be held liable for any losses!   Fake Laugh: Yes! That laugh you often do just to mingle in with society. You know what I’m talking about. That laugh won’t exist anymore. You will start to have genuine heart-warming laughs! With a daily meditation practice, you will no more be pressed by the circumstances. You will experience freedom, and along with freedom comes infectious laughter.   Social Judgments: We all have done it at some point or another! We judge others based upon their clothes, personality, color, education and so on. In deep meditation, you understand the game of life. You understand that these judgments are nothing more than the repeated programming that has been instilled in us by society. Meditation gives you a transparent picture of the world because it is creating space for 28

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you to see life through your own eyes, instead of through society’s filter. You will lose your need to be judgmental— release all social judgments one by one. Fear: We grow up being managed by fear. We are taught to live in fear of God or our parents or our teachers, and especially to live in fear of societal norms. However, the divine knows no fear. The divinity will never let you have a shadow of fear. In meditation, you raise your consciousness high enough so that fear of the unknown and the known elements take a backseat. Those things still exist, but you are no more bound by their energy.   Mood Swings: Do you need coffee to change the things that you can and wine to change the things that you cannot? If yes, then you most likely

experience a lot of mood swings, too. There are good chances that with daily meditation, your mood swings will stop swinging and work on a normal level of awareness. All you need to do is be watchful of your moods during your meditation practice. Witness every emotional fluctuation without identifying them. Your diligent practice will condition you to be able to sit through all kinds of moods and simply be with the feelings, watching them and eventually releasing them.   Division of God: Religion was created as a sacred pathway to attain enlightenment. It has just been misinterpreted by some of its custodians! But even though religion has been compromised, it can still be utilized the way it should be. Meditation helps you to experience the one melody of the universe (uni + verse). It allows you to watch the oneness dancing in harmony with all of our ideas of God and religious paths. It won’t be too long before you also join the dance. You will be able to cut through the societal layers that have been placed on religions and instead see the beauty in the path and the one destination that lies at the end of all the paths.    Pursuit of Happiness: A meditator does not need to pursue happiness. He or she becomes happiness. He or she embodies bliss. The challenges of life remain the same, and actually can be eliminated one by one. Most times, we create our own problems and as soon as we get out of our own way, the problems disappear. Even if a problem remains, your strength will be multiplied infinitely through meditation, providing you with the resilience to resolve any challenge. Then, happiness doesn’t become a pursuit; it becomes a natural state of being.   Confusions: The higher consciousness clears your confusions. A meditation routine cleans up all worries and pains quite well. You are left with nothing but a crystal clear view of your life. You can allow your soul to

do further cleaning and get answers, too. During your meditation, trust the process and let your higher self do its job. Your mind, intellect and everything learned from books should take a backseat. Having mentioned all the losses, here are a few guidelines for your meditation journey:   ~ Although meditation can be done at any time, it is best just after you wake up in the morning and before you go to

sleep at night. ~ Meditation should be done under a qualified guide.   ~ Mantra is highly recommended if you are on a spiritual journey.   ~ Meditation shouldn’t be done when you are under the influence of alcohol, meat or any other substance with mixed or negative vibrations. Every food has energy, which affects your meditation experience.    A half an hour of meditation is great to start with.   Chandresh Bhardwaj is a spiritual guide who specializes in the Eastern sciences of healing and transformation. He is also the founder of Break The Norms, a center of self-discovery, personal growth and increased well-being, located in New York and California. Break The Norms offers weekly meditation and yoga classes, as well as ayurveda workshops. Location of New York center: 47 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. For more information, call 516-938-9600 or visit See ad on this page.

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Other Endangered Animals Continue to Decline The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has updated its “red list” of threatened species, upgrading two kinds of albatross. However, the okapi, or “forest giraffe”, has taken a turn for the worse in Africa; the species is now listed as endangered and its numbers are dwindling, say IUCN officials. Among species that saw an increase in population are the black-browed albatross, which was promoted from endangered to near threatened, and the black-footed albatross, which went from vulnerable to near threatened. With stripes on its legs similar to those on zebras, the okapi is revered in its native habitat within the Democratic Republic of the Congo and even appears on the country’s currency. Protecting the species has been difficult amid political turbulence because armed rebels, elephant poachers and illegal miners encroach on parts of the okapi’s range, say conservationists. Source: Mother Nature Network

Alice Mills smiles as she looks at the box that sits on her lawn in Hutchinson, Kansas, an act of kindness for neighbors and the community. Inside the box is a miniature library. Books sit on two shelves; the bottom with short stories for children and the top with novels for adults. After her children grew up and moved away from home, they took the books they wanted with them. The rest sat on a bookshelf collecting dust. “If they’re here, they’re not being read,” Mills says. The concept for the Little Free Library began in 2009 to promote literacy and the love of reading, as well as to build a sense of community, according to They are now popping up around the world in the United States, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, Spain, Turkey and the Congo. A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project survey shows that Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. More than half used a public library in a one-year period, and 72 percent say they live in a “library household”. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries and value a range of library resources and services. National Library Week begins April 13. Contributing source:

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Alvarez has found, “When space is limited, everything has a function and a purpose. Everything has to be intentional. Over time, as you grow in the home, you make small modifications to personalize it more to adjust to your routine. You grow a strong bond with your home.” Securing a much smaller dwelling than what we originally had designs on can lead to a lifetime of savings. With less space to furnish, heat, cool, light, clean and maintain, we can enjoy greater financial freedom, less stress and more time for fun.

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very pivotal life decision, from choosing where we live to eating healthier, can support our best interests environmentally, as well. The good news is that it is possible to afford a sustainable way of life. Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food— generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo.

1. Buying a Home

When considering a move to a new place, we often find out how much house we can manage and then proceed to invest to the hilt. But if hitting our spending limit will leave a deficit in the amount of green and healthy 32

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home features and furnishings we can achieve, we could end up with a residence that makes neither financial nor ecological sense, and isn’t good for our health. A solution is to scale back on costly square footage. Spending 25 to 40 percent less than we think we can on a smaller home provides more possibilities when planning the renovation budget, enabling us to create a home that is more deeply satisfying. Nicole Alvarez, an architectural designer with Ellen Cassilly Architect, in Durham, North Carolina, who blogs at, says that if we value quality over quantity, place over space and living more intentionally in every aspect of our lives, we are ready for a small home. Occupying less space has profoundly influenced her daily life and happiness.

Urban, suburban or rural, where we live incurs long-term repercussions on the natural environment. Choosing an established community within or close to an urban center tends to be more protective of air, water and land quality than living in a distant, car-dependent suburb, yet many families feel either drawn to or resigned to the suburbs for the lower housing prices. But as Ilana Preuss, vice president at Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America, explains, “There is more to housing affordability than how much rent or mortgage we pay. Transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families. In locations with access to few transportation choices, the combined cost of housing and transportation can be more than 60 percent of the total household budget. For families with access to a range of transportation choices, the combined cost can be less than 40 percent.” In most suburbs, where the only practical transportation choice is a personal vehicle, dependency on a car takes a toll on us financially and physically. Driving a personal vehicle 15,000 miles a year can cost about $9,122 annually in ownership and operating expenses, according to AAA’s 2013 Your Driving Costs report, and hours spent daily sitting behind the wheel being sedentary is eroding our health. …continued on page 34

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ondering how to celebrate Earth Day here on Long Island? Natural Awakenings Long Island has put together a news brief filled with events throughout the month of April with a plethora of activities for all ages. Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, in Riverhead: Chick-A-Pa-Looza Festival at Garden of Eve Organic Farm, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, featuring workshops and demonstrations on preparing a garden, chicken coup or bee hive. Includes children’s activities, crafts, farm animals and an egg hunt, rain or shine; buffet lunch available for purchase ($12). Location: 4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead.  Sunday, April 26, in Quogue: Earth Day Celebration at Quogue Wildlife Refuge, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Includes nature walks, live animal presentations, children’s crafts, and kayaking and canoeing on Old Ice Pond, among other activities. All ages welcome, no registration required, will take place rain or shine. Location: 3 Old Country Road, Quogue.  Busy Earth Day weekend but still want to celebrate? You’re in luck. The Long Island Science Museum, the Long Island Children’s Museum and your local libraries will also be hosting events. So, get out there and celebrate! Source:

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Lack of transportation options is a leading detriment to the nation’s collective wellness, according to the federal agency Healthy People. Sustainable cities provide many transportation options, including public buses and trains, car-sharing services and all forms of ride sharing; and perhaps most importantly, they are bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Choosing communities that make it possible to reduce driving and even go car-free much of the time can save us money, reduce stress and improve our health.

3. Choosing a Car

We know two primary facts about cars: They are expensive and those with internal combustion engines pollute during operation. Still, many of us need one. Reducing the total impact and burden of owning a car can be as simple as prioritizing fuel efficiency. It helps that fuel-sippers now come in more sizes than just small, yet small subcompacts remain a good place to start our research because of their budget-friendly prices and high fuel economy. A subcompact that averages 32 miles per gallon (mpg) and has a sticker price below $15,000 can save us so much money compared with a top-selling compact SUV—upwards of $16,000 over five years, according to—that if we need a larger vehicle on occasion, we can more easily afford to rent one. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV), both small and midsized, can be an even better choice, averaging 41 mpg. Cost comparisons show that an HEV can save a heavily travelling city driver nearly $1,000 in fuel costs annually versus a comparably sized conventional gasolinepowered car. Although a 2014 midsized HEV has an average suggested retail price of $28,431, the category has been around long enough to create a market in previously owned vehicles. A used hybrid that is just two years old can cost up to 25 percent less than a new one.

4. Buying American

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Eco-friendly choices for housing, vehicles and food—generally perceived as expensive for the average individual or family—often are not only attainable when pursued in a thoughtful way, but can actually save us money compared to maintaining the status quo.

By the Numbers 1 The average dollar cost to fully recharge a plug-in electric hybrid vehicle battery.

3 The factor by which occupied living space per household member has increased in the last 60 years.

8 The percentage of goods sold in the U.S. in 1960 that were foreign made. 377 The number of hours the average American needs to work each year in order to own and operate a car, equivalent to 9.4 standard work weeks. 13,000 The dollars a person requires annually to treat Type 2 diabetes, a preventable, diet-related disease. Sources: Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better, by Crissy Trask; In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan

shoppers prefer to buy products made in the USA, but with more than 60 percent of all consumer goods now produced overseas, finding American goods is not always easy. The good news is that buying American doesn’t mean only buying American made. We back the U.S. economy and jobs when we purchase used items that have been renewed or repurposed by enterprising citizens. Creative reuse supports new and existing businesses that collect, clean, sort, recondition, refurbish, remanufacture, update, refinish, reupholster, repair, tailor, distribute and sell used parts, materials and finished goods. Sarah Baird, director of outreach and communications of the Center for a New American Dream, an organization working to shift consumption away from wasteful trends, loves the history of used items. She says, “An item that has already lived one life has a story to tell, and is infinitely more interesting than anything newly manufactured.” Another reward is the big savings afforded by previously owned durable goods; not even America’s big-box discount retailers can beat these genuine bargains. Of course, not everything is available in the used marketplace, but when it makes sense, we can proudly know that our purchases support American ingenuity and workers.

5. Getting Healthy

Going green is healthy in innumerable ways. In addition to driving less, banning toxic products from our household cupboards and dinner plates is another solid place to start on the road to improved well-being for ourselves and the planet. Toxic consumer products pollute the planet, from manufacture through use and disposal. They aren’t doing us any favors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that the average human body now contains an estimated 700 industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals due to exposure to toxic consumer products and industrial chemicals. After researching proper local disposal of such hazards, replace

them on future shopping forays with safer choices. It’s an investment in our health that can save untold pain and money and pay off big time in avoiding health problems ranging from cancer, asthma and chronic diseases to impaired fertility, birth defects and learning disabilities according to the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition. To reduce exposure to the toxins that are commonly sprayed on conventional crops, select sustainable and organic versions of foods to prepare at home whenever possible. Such choices help keep both our bodies and the environment healthy and can be surprisingly affordable compared with eating out and consuming prepackaged convenience foods. By substituting whole foods for prepared foods, cooking more meals at home and practicing good eating habits—like eating less meat and downsizing portions—the average person can enjoy high-quality food for $7 to $11 per day. This matches or falls below what the average American daily spends on food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Considering that diet-related diseases can cost afflicted families thousands of dollars a year, better food choices can make us not only healthier, but wealthier, too. Crissy Trask is the author of Go Green, Spend Less, Live Better. Connect at

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Backyard Birds and Butterflies Native Habitats Draw Critters and Delight Kids by Avery Mack


reating a backyard wildlife habitat provides valuable teaching moments. With planning and care, birds, bats, butterflies and bunnies can view yards as safe havens and sources for food, water and shelter, providing endHummingbird less fascination. Nectar Recipe Josh Stasik, a father of Measure one part three and owner of Sweetordinary white sugar, in Syracuse, to four parts water New York, sees firsthand (no unhealthy red how feeding winged wondye needed). Boil ders can be an inexpensive the water first, and way to start a new family then mix the nectar activity. “My mom taught while the water is me about flowers and bird hot; the sugar will feeders. I hope my kids will easily dissolve. someday pass the information along to their chilSource: dren,” he says.


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Habitat plantings and available foods determine what creatures will visit. “Native plants attract native bugs that are eaten by native birds and bats,” observes Stasik, noting that staff at extension services and garden centers can provide helpful advice. Based on his own research, Stasik knows, “Bird species have definite tastes in food. Bluebirds love mealworms. Hummingbirds like floral nectars. Orioles look for citrus fruit. Butterflies are eclectic sippers of both floral and citrus.” Hummingbirds pose particular appeal for kids and adults because they appear always on the

move. follows their migration sites. Videographer Tom Hoebbel, owner of TH Photography, outside Ithaca, New York, builds birdhouses and nesting boxes with his kids. They also participate in the annual Christbird photos courtesy of Susan mas bird count for Gottlieb, of Venice, California the Audubon Society ( The Great Backyard Bird Count, a joint project between nonprofits Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, follows in February ( “In our yard, we have five nesting boxes made from reused wood. Once or twice a week, we check to see who lives there and how many eggs there are,” says Hoebbel. “So far, we’ve seen bluebirds, chickadees and house wrens.” He laments the rapid decline of bats in the Northeast due to pesticides killing bugs, the main course for birds and bats. “In the winter, bats live in caves, so we put one-by-one-foot boxes in the yard for their summer homes.” Warm evenings on the patio are more enjoyable when bats clean up the mosquito population; a single bat can eat as many as 1,000 in an hour. The monarch butterfly population is another favorite species in decline, with the spectacular annual migration on the verge of disappearing due to illegal deforestation, climate change, expansion of crop acreage and imposition of genetically modified plants that reduce the growth of native species. “You can help them by planting perennial milkweed in your garden,” advises Brande Plotnick, founder of Tomato Envy, in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Milkweed is the food of choice because it continued on page 38

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makes the caterpillars and butterflies toxic to birds and other predators. Also consider planting garden phlox, coneflower and lantana. Migrating monarchs live about nine months and fly up to 30 miles per hour. Plotnick also suggests planting an herb garden that includes parsley. “Swallowtail butterflies will lay eggs on parsley, caterpillars hatch and feed on it, and eventually create a chrysalis,” she says. “You’ll be able to see the entire butterfly life cycle.” Rabbits add another dimension to backyard wildlife. Just as birds and butterflies need trees, bushes and plants to land on and hide in, bunnies need ground cover. The Virginia Department of Game and Fisheries counsels that brush piles should start with a base of large limbs, logs or stones to raise the floor above ground and create tunnels and escape routes, plus a home base. Top with smaller branches and maybe a recycled Christmas tree or dead plants. Encourage structural density and permanence with live vines. The resulting brush pile should be igloo-shaped and about six to eight feet tall and wide. Visit City ordinances or subdivision regulations might prohibit brush piles in ordinary yards. Find out how to gain certification as a wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation at Rabbits can have as many as seven babies per litter, depending on the species. Make sure their space is sufficient. Before attracting bunnies to the yard, be aware of local predators—hawks, owls,

Habitat Tips Recognize the basic needs of all wildlife; food, water, cover and safe places to raise young. 4 Determine the most desirable species to attract and learn their specific needs. 4 Evaluate current yard habitat conditions for missing elements. 4 Develop a plant list; select for wildlife value, emphasizing native plants suitable for the region. 4 Realize that habitat will grow larger and mature. 4 Certify the family’s backyard wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation. Source: Education Department at Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA

coyote, dogs and stray cats. The brush pile may also attract other animals like skunks, raccoons and reptiles. A wildlife habitat is a fun, ongoing learning experience. It calls on math skills for bird counts, geography to follow migration maps and woodworking to build homesites and feeding spots. It becomes a lesson in local ecology and the roles of native plants and animals. When children comprehend they can help save wildlife, it’s also a lesson in hope. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

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Borax, a natural mineral, improves the effectiveness of laundry soap. Although classified (as is salt) as a low-level health hazard that should be kept away from children and animals, borax is non-carcinogenic and isn’t absorbed through skin. Washing soda, a caustic chemical cousin of baking soda, softens water and removes stains. Bond advises, “It’s a heavy duty cleaner as powerful as any toxic solvent,” so wear gloves.

HOMEMADE ECO-CLEANERS DIY Recipes Keep Your Home Naturally Clean by Lane Vail


mericans use 35 million pounds of toxic household cleaning products annually. According to the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, in Los Angeles, traces of cleaning chemicals can be found throughout the human body within seconds of exposure, posing risks like asthma, allergies, cancer, reproductive toxicity, hormone disruption, neurotoxicity and death. Equally sobering is the decades of research suggesting a relationship between the overuse of powerful disinfectants and the rise of antibiotic-resistant super bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as concerns over these toxins entering water supplies and wildlife food chains. Cleaning product labels lack transparency, says Johanna Congleton, Ph.D., a senior scientist for the Environmental Working Group, because “manufacturers aren’t required to specify ingredients.” One approach to assure safe ingredients is do-it-yourself (DIY) products. For Matt and Betsy Jabs, the authors of DIY Natural Household Cleaners who blog at, creating homemade cleaners is a rewarding exercise in sustainability and simplicity.


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“We’re cutting through all the marketing and getting back to basics,” says Matt. Affordability is another benefit: The Jabs’ homemade laundry detergent costs five cents per load, compared with 21 cents for a store brand. Annie B. Bond, a bestselling author and pioneering editor of the award-winning Green Guide, dispels a DIY myth: “What’s time-consuming isn’t making the cleaners; it’s making the decision to switch and figuring it all out,” she says.

Nine Basics

Find these multitasking ingredients in local groceries and health stores or online. White vinegar effectively cleans, deodorizes, cuts grease and disinfects against bacteria, viruses and mold. Castile soap in liquid or bar form serves as a biodegradable, vegetable-based surfactant and all-around cleaner (avoid mixing with vinegar, which neutralizes its cleansing properties). Baking soda cleans, whitens, neutralizes odors and softens water. It’s an excellent scrubbing agent for bathrooms, refrigerators and ovens.

Hydrogen peroxide is considered an effective disinfectant and bleach alternative by the Environmental Protection Agency. Use it to whiten grout and remove stains. Essential oils derived from plants infuse cleaners with fragrance and boost germ-fighting power. Tea tree, eucalyptus and lavender oils all boast antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. The Jabs advise that although they can be pricy, “The investment will pay for itself many times over.” Lemon juice or citric acid cuts through grease, removes mold and bacteria and leaves dishes streak-free. Coarse kosher salt helps soften dishwasher water and acts as a scouring agent.

Home Formulas

All-purpose cleaner: Homemade Cleaners: Quick-and-Easy Toxin-Free Recipes, by Mandy O’Brien and Dionna Ford, suggests combining one cup of vinegar, one cup of water and 15 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle. Use it

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anywhere, including glass and mirrors. For serious disinfecting, follow with a hydrogen peroxide spray. Foaming hand/dish soap: Shake one cup of water, a quarter-cup of castile soap and 15 drops of essential oil in a foaming dispenser. Use in bathrooms and kitchens. Dishwashing detergent: DIYNatural recommends mixing one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda, a half-cup of citric acid and a half-cup of coarse kosher salt. Leave it uncovered for several days, stirring often to prevent clumping. Cover and refrigerate. Use one table-

spoon per load with a half-cup of citric acid in the rinse to combat streaks. Laundry detergent: Combine one cup of borax, one cup of washing soda and one 14-ounce bar of grated castile soap. Use one tablespoon per load, adding a half-cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle. Prior to washing, use hydrogen peroxide as a stain remover (test first; it may lift color). Bathroom soft scrub: Bond recommends creating a thick paste with liquid castile soap and a half-cup of baking soda. Scour tubs, showers and stainless steel surfaces with a sponge, and then rinse.

ZOEGANICS Greens Your Clean

Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle one cup of borax into the toilet at bedtime and then clean the loosened grime with a brush the next morning, advises Bond. Wipe outer surfaces with the all-purpose spray. Wood polish: Bond recommends mixing a quarter-cup of vinegar or lemon juice with a few drops of olive and lemon oil. Hard floor cleaner: Environmental Working Group’s DIY Cleaning Guide suggests combining a half-gallon of hot water with one cup of white vinegar in a bucket to mop. Carpet cleaner: Freshen rugs by sprinkling baking soda at night and vacuuming in the morning, suggests Bond. For deeper cleaning, combine one cup of vinegar and two-and-a-half gallons of water in a steam cleaner. Lane Vail is a freelance writer in South Carolina. Connect at


ong Island native Barbara Neimeth is the creator of Zoeganics—a new company specializing in ecofriendly cleaners with catchy names, such as Rise Up and Shine Furniture and Wood Polish, Rock This Granite Cleaner and the ever-so-popular, The Bathroom Attendant—that is sure to be a hit on the Long Island green scene. “So many traditional cleaners do more harm than good,” says Neimeth, who was inspired to start the company when she went in search of cleaning products that would be safe enough for her family as well as effective enough for her cleaning needs. In fact, Zoeganics is named after her daughter, Zoe, and as such, she will only put ingredients in Zoeganics cleaning solutions that she would allow in her own daughter’s room. When Zoeganics offers scented products, these scents come from only the most conscientiously sourced essential oils. The tropical lemon scent is from real lemons. Ingredients found on the packages include tea trea oil, ethyl alcohol (derived from corn) and lavender, and all are sourced from the best botanicals available.  “We know you want zesty, fresh-smelling cleaning products for your home,” says Neimeth. “We’re only adding scents if we feel they’re safe enough for our little Zoe’s room or around our family pets.” “These products are the best,” claims Michelle Spadafina, owner of All Clean Long Island, Long Island’s number one nontoxic home and office cleaning service. “We were glad we found out about these products and use them all the time!” Zoeganics is so sure you will love its products, it currently has a free starter pack available through its website. For more information, call 1-888-588-9537, email or visit See ad on page 14. natural awakenings

April 2014



On the Fence

About Where to Plant? Drive Your Garden

Up a Wall by Suzzanne Siegel


ow, we all know that the quality of home-grown fruits and veggies is far superior to anything from the grocery store, but, sadly, not everyone has the space to lay out a large garden bed capable of feeding a family for half the year. After all, your backyard space is generally divided up into adult space, kid space and space for the family dog. Not much leftover for the veggies. But there is a space that many people overlook: the vertical space! That’s right—you can grow UP. Vertical gardening offers some benefits: n Uses none of your grass space n It’s portable and can be easily moved in case of inclement weather n Reduces the stress on your back n Decorates otherwise drab areas of your yard or house And vertical gardening isn’t just for vegetables—you can also create walls of flowers to attract hummingbirds or bees! There are so many building options for a vertical garden, including some that you can buy ready-made. But if you need to feed your inner-gardener, here are a few DIY ideas:

1. Wooden Pallets

Talk about the ultimate in inexpensive recycling! Pallets are everywhere! You can find wooden pallets at all home improvement stores, grocery stores, even at printing companies. Most are set aside and 42

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just abandoned or thrown away, but ask the store manager before taking them. Pallets are so versatile—they fit anywhere you have room. Secure them with brackets and lean them against your fence to help decorate it, or lean them against a bare spot on the wall of the house. They also help to enclose and decorate your deck if leaned against the railing. While wearing a sturdy pair of work gloves, inspect the pallets to make sure they’re not made of pressure-treated wood (as the chemicals would leach into your plants) and that they’re in good condition. Once you get them home, remove any errant nails or splinters, then clean with water and a small scrub brush. If you don’t trust the type of wood being used in pallets, and if your carpentry skills are up to the challenge, you can also build your own pallet garden by using weather-friendly cedar or redwood; although, this is quite a bit more expensive. To help keep the soil inside use landscape fabric. Lay the pallet on a sturdy table, then stretch the landscape fabric on the inside back from the top to the bottom. Secure it using a staple gun. Make sure the bottom of the pallet is closed off with either the fabric or a piece of wood so that the soil won’t fall out of the bottom.

Once the landscape fabric is secure, turn the pallet over and cover the back with a thick, plastic sheet; this will act as a water barrier to protect your house or fence. After the plastic, cover the back with a thin piece of plywood to secure it. Position the pallet in the spot you’ve chosen and secure it in place. Remember: It should be nearly vertical so that the soil can settle without falling out. Then begin filling in, starting at the bottom, using a mix of wet potting soil (the soil must be wet or it will fall out) and compost (hopefully you’ve had your compost bin going all winter). Now, it’s finally time for the plants. Take advantage of the space and keep plants close together; stuff, stuff, stuff them in! Leafy plants, like spinach and lettuce, mixed in with wonderful herbs, such as oregano and basil! Mmmmm! (Hint: To help naturally control insects, mix in some basil, citronella grass or marigold plants.) Once all of your plants are in place, make sure to water them generously. Check them periodically for the first several days, as watering will make the soil settle—you might need to add soil here and there.

2. PVC Pipe Dreams

So lightweight and easy to work with, PVC pipe is a great choice for a small space or even a balcony garden! It’s also an excellent choice for hydroponic gardening. PVC is available at all home improvement stores (check the plumbing section), comes in many different sizes and thicknesses and can be attached to a balcony railing, hung on a fence or even made into a standalone vertical planter. And corner “elbow joints” allow you to connect pieces together and turn corners on railings. Before buying your materials, plan your space and make a list of materials you’ll need; also consider what types of plants you want to grow. Smaller plants, such as herbs, will do well in pipes between 1.5” and 2.5” in diameter, but larger plants, like strawberries or to-

matoes, will need pipe 4” wide or more. PVC pipe is available in different lengths; your local home improvement center will usually cut your pipe to length for you if you ask. This will not only save you time later, but make transporting long pipes in your car much easier.

You’ll need to use a special drill bit in order to create holes large enough to accommodate your plants. If you don’t already own a drill or aren’t comfortable using power tools, consider calling a friendly neighborhood handyman to help you out. Once the holes are drilled, make sure to use a piece of sandpaper to sand down the rough edges of the holes. This will save your fingers later on during planting. Depending on the design you’ve chosen, attach the pipes to your deck railing or fence, or place vertically in a very large pot. Once they’re secure, fill them with a mixture of potting soil and compost, then begin planting your seedlings—or seeds—in the holes. Make sure to water thoroughly. Check the soil periodically during the first few days and add more if necessary, as it tends to settle after watering.

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3. Garden Pots and Buckets

Plastic pots and buckets are ugly and boring, but they’re also inexpensive and come in many different sizes. Use three varying sizes of either pots or buckets and drill drainage holes in the bottom of each. Place a flattened coffee filter in the bottom of each pot/ bucket, covering the holes; this allows drainage while preventing the soil from spilling out. Use the largest pot/bucket as the base, then put a smaller pot/ bucket upside down on the inside center of the bottom container. This acts as a base for the next upright pot. Repeat this process for the middle container, creating a pyramid effect. Fill each upright container 3/4 full with potting soil, then place your seedlings (or seeds) along the outer edge of each. By adding colorful plants, the ugly pots are instantly transformed!

4. Soda Pop of Color

Instead of throwing that empty 2-liter soda bottle in the recycling bin, give it one more chance to be useful! Cut the bottle in half crosswise, then turn the top of the bottle upside

n Don’t use garden soil in your planters—use only potting soil. It’s important to use the right soil and garden soil tends to compact too tightly; it’s also heavy and made for the yard. potting soil, on the other hand, is lighter because it contains perlite. This enables the plants to breathe and spread their roots easily, which allows them to grow larger. You can always add your own perlite into your personalized compost mix. n Don’t put large plants on the top of your garden. Your first thought might be to plant tomatoes on the top of your pallet or PVC pipe to allow them to cascade down the sides, but this will only cause your smaller plants down below to be deprived of the water that they’ll need. This is especially true for vertical PVC gardens. Larger plants tend to “hog” all the water. n Don’t hang your pallet garden on your fence posts. While this might seem like a great idea at first, you need to remember that your wooden pallet is already very heavy and becomes even more weighty when filled with dirt and plants. Don’t take the chance of letting your fence fall over!

down, so that the “neck” now sits in the bottom of the bottle. Fill the top portion with potting soil and your seedlings. When you water, the excess will spill into the bottom of the bottle.

5. This Idea’s a Shoe-In

If you’ve been cleaning out your closets and no longer need that cloth or vinyl multipair shoe hanger, recycle it by filling the shoe compartments with potting soil and creating an herb garden that’s guaranteed to fit all sizes! Gardening is such a productive way to get fresh air and exercise—and, as it turns out, the ultimate in recycling; not to mention the added prize of fresh, healthy veggies. So, grab those pots that are sitting in the shed and anything else around the house that can be made useful again and start “growing up”! Suzzanne Siegel is a graphic designer in St. Petersburg, FL, and an avid gardener.

Project Suggestions

n Herbs and Root Vegetables Tower Pot. If you want to grow root vegetables, such as carrots or parsnips, try planting them in a deep, wide pot, then include a vertical piece of PVC in the center of the pot to grow herbs. n Strawberry Rails Forever. Use long lengths of PVC filled with strawberry plants and attach to either the top rail of your fence or deck railing. The strawberries will cascade down the side of the fence or deck. Easy pickin’s! n A-Frame/Sandwich Board Garden. Make a free-standing A-frame by attaching hinges to the tops of two pallets (of the same height) and connecting them. Ensure its sturdiness by also attaching wooden braces to the sides, so that the finished piece looks like the letter “A.” This makes a lovely conversation piece, not to mention a nice, shady spot for your dog or cat! n Add a bit of whimsy by including colorful crystals or rocks in between plants. Gnomes peeking out from in between the plants add a little magic to your potted plants, as well as silk butterflies or ladybugs attached to wires that are inserted into the dirt.


Culinary Mushroom Magic Delicate Powerhouses of Nutrition and Medicine by Case Adams


oday, fungi cuisine in the West is typically limited to Agaracus bisporus—the relatively mild button mushroom, which matures into the acclaimed portobello. But digging deeper into available options reveals chanterelle (Cantharellus sp.), oyster (Pleurotus ostreatus), morel (Morchella sp.) and shiitake (Lentinula edodes) species. These culinary mushrooms provide a virtuosity of delicate flavors harboring nutritional and medicinal benefits, according to those that study them. University of California-Berkeley research scientist and Mycologist Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., explains that shiitake and oyster mushrooms follow the button as the most widely cultivated around the world. “They come in many colors, varieties and species and are typically the most easily digested and utilized of all mushrooms,” he notes. “Mushrooms are an amazing health food,” says Hobbs. “Most edible


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fungi are high in fiber, good-quality protein, key vitamins, micronutrients, phosphorous and potassium, and low in fat and calories. It’s one of nature’s perfect diet foods.” As protein powerhouses, portobello and other button mushrooms, shiitake and oyster varieties all deliver between 30 and 35 percent protein by weight. The fiber content can range from 20 grams per 100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) in the case of portobello to a lofty 48 grams per 100 grams in the Phoenix oyster mushroom. Mushrooms also supply potent B vitamins. One hundred grams (about 3.5 ounces) of portobello contains more than four milligrams (mg) of riboflavin (B2), 69 mg niacin (B3) and 12 mg pantothenic acid (B5). Shiitake’s comparable numbers are three, 106 and 17 while pink oyster delivers 2.45, 66 and 33 mg of the three nutrients. Thus, they deliver significantly more than

mended daily allowances (RDA)—for example, niacin’s adult RDA ranges from 14 to 16 mg and riboflavin’s is just 1.1 to 1.3 mg. Mushrooms also present one of the few food sources of vitamin D—primarily D2—but some also contain small amounts of vitamin D3, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture research. Also, their D2 levels spike dramatically when sun-dried spore-side-up, confirmed in research by internationally recognized Mycologist Paul Stamets. Mushrooms contain important minerals, too. Portobello contains 4,500 mg, oyster 4,500 mg and shiitake 2,700 mg of potassium per 100 grams, all with low sodium levels. Plus, they deliver usable amounts of copper, zinc and selenium. Beyond the nutrient numbers lies mushrooms’ bonus round: They contain special complex polysaccharides—long-chain molecules within cell walls—that have been the subject of intense research at leading institutions around the world, including Harvard, Yale and the University of California. Mushrooms’ (1-3)-betaglucan complexes have been shown to inhibit many cancers and suggest potential solutions for diabetes, heart disease and immune-related conditions. Stamets explains that mushrooms also contain sterols, shown to benefit cardiovascular health. “Shiitake and other mushrooms like reishi have cholesterolnormalizing effects,” adds Hobbs. Can we take these benefits back to the kitchen? “Most mushrooms have to be cooked to release their health-giving benefits,” explains Hobbs. Stamets concurs: “Cooking liberates mushroom nutrients from their matrix of cells. They are tenderized upon heating, making their nutrients bioavailable for digestion.” Thankfully, finding these tasty superfood delicacies has become easier as entrepreneurial fresh-mushroom growers have emerged throughout the United States in recent years. Case Adams is a California naturopath and author of 25 books on natural healing. Learn more at

Hot & Sour Cauliflower Mushroom Soup by Loni Jean Ronnebaum

Mushroom Pâté by Andrew Lenzer Present a perfect appetizer for dinner with friends. The savory quality of mushrooms—what the Japanese call umami—make them a welcome alternative to meat-based pâtés. Approx 4 cups whole fresh shiitake mushrooms (2 cups after chopping) Approx 4 cups whole fresh maitake mushrooms (2 cups after chopping) 12 oz cream cheese or rice-based cream cheese substitute 2 cloves garlic 2 cups dry roasted hazelnuts 2 sprigs parsley Soy sauce Olive oil Sesame oil Salt and pepper to taste Finely chop the hazelnuts in a food processor and set aside. Coarsely chop the shiitake (including the stems) and maitake mushrooms in a food processor.

This rare mushroom has a unique firmness reminiscent of noodles and can be soaked and rinsed to clean, and then cut into cauliflower-like chunks. Slow cook overnight for best results.

Fills 12 large tacos, or more paired with fillings such as chopped leafy lettuce or guacamole.

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1-2 cups of chopped stropharia, shiitake or maitake mushrooms 1 cup crumbled tempeh or other healthful protein source ¼ cup chopped onions ½ cup sunflower seeds or chopped almonds ¼ cup sesame seeds 1 cup corn 1 chopped sweet pepper (add hot peppers if desired) 1 small handful of chopped olives 4 shakes of soy sauce 1 Tbsp spiced hot chocolate 2 Tbsp chili powder 1 Tbsp ground cumin ¼ cup nutritional yeast 2 cloves of chopped garlic 1 cup broth or water

Makes a healthy filling for tacos and enchiladas, or crumble as a topper on deluxe nachos. They taste as good as they smell, and like chili they taste almost better as leftovers.

Sauté mushrooms, protein and onions until crispy (uncrowded in the pan). Then add remaining ingredients and braise on low heat. Allow mixture to cook down to desired consistency.

Yields 8 servings 2-4 lb fresh cauliflower mushrooms 16 oz kimchi ½ cup peas 1 20-oz can crushed pineapple 1 32-oz vegetable broth 1 egg or ¼ cup egg substitute Chili paste, black pepper, garlic powder, ginger and soy sauce to taste Combine ingredients (except egg) in a pot and bring to a boil. Add beaten egg to the boiling soup while gently stirring. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer overnight.

My Tacos

Coat the surface of a wok in olive oil and sauté mushrooms in 1-cup batches over medium-high-to-high heat, adding soy sauce as needed to keep the mixture from burning, for approximately 10 minutes per batch. Add a touch of sesame oil just before removing each batch. Place hazelnuts, mushrooms, cream cheese, garlic, salt and pepper in the food processor and blend until smooth but still slightly grainy. Add parsley and blend until parsley is finely chopped and evenly distributed throughout the mixture. Serve with crackers or fresh crusty bread. Recipes courtesy of employees of Fungi Perfecti, LLC; photos courtesy of Paul Stamets. natural awakenings

April 2014



Good Riddance to Bad Vibes

Escaping Electromagnetic Exposure by Priscilla Goudreau-Santos


e crackle with “Just because when a patient doesn’t energy. Natural respond to treatment by someone isn’t an energy healer, it’s beelectromagnetic fields within us regulate feeling symptoms cause of the environment. how our bodies work. I try to neutralize its effect from exposure to help the body regulate Plus, we continually encounter many outside properly,” Traver says. to electronic energy fields from Wi-Fi, While protection in technology, that highly occupied family cell phones and towers, power lines, microwave areas is important, providdoesn’t mean ovens, computers, TVs, seing protection in bedrooms curity devices and radar. A that it’s not having is especially vital, due to growing number of experts an effect on DNA.” the amount of time we see these surrounding frespend there for rest and quencies as an increasing restoration. Traver’s diag~ Camilla Rees danger to our well-being. noses sometimes suggest Applying modalities like acupunc- remediation measures that involve an ture, Reiki, Touch for Health and Eden electrician grounding currents and addEnergy Medicine can help us maintain ing selective shielding materials to block a healthy energy balance internally. frequencies flowing from electronic deThey work to harmonize the body vices. “Magnetic fields from outside the to protect against stress, trauma and house are hard to control, but 98 percent associated illness. of what I find can be fixed,” she advises. Phyllis Traver, owner of Safe & When Terry Mollner, 69, was Sound Home, in Boston, is certified by having trouble sleeping, he contacted the International Institute of BuildingTraver, who receives client referrals from Biology & Ecology to detect, measure energy healers. “The conclusions were and counter in-home electromagnetic stunning,” Mollner says. “The detector’s activity. “The institute usually finds that measurements went off the charts in the


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bedroom. It wasn’t the flat screen TV at the foot of my bed, but how the room’s wiring was done. The electrician installed a relay so I can switch off the power on that side of the house at night. Now, I sleep six or seven hours,” which he characterizes as “a profound change.” He also suggests turning off and moving cell phones away from beds. Mollner then hardwired the computers in his home, eliminated Wi-Fi and rearranged the electronic equipment in his home office. Kim Cook, an energy practitioner in Mission Viejo, California, specializes in Eden Energy Medicine and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Cook decided not to buy a house she was initially interested in because it was in a hot spot. When Cook used her meter to chart frequencies at home, it also prompted her to move her bedroom clock radio to a different bureau. “It’s no longer sitting right at our heads,” she notes. Plus, “I don’t put my cell phone on my body and it bothers me that my son puts his in his pocket.” An overarching observation from Cook’s professional practice is that increasing numbers of people in pain are interested in energy medicine because they’re so frustrated with Western medicine. She observes, “Pain is blocked energy, and people are learning how to unblock it naturally.” The World Health Organization (WHO) launched the International EMF Project in 1996 because of rising public health concerns due to the surge in EMF sources. After reviewing extensive research and thousands of articles, the organization can’t confirm—or deny— the existence of health consequences from exposure to low-level EMFs. But in 2011, the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the electromagnetic radiation from cell phones as possibly carcinogenic to humans, based on increased risk for glioma, a malignant brain cancer. Lloyd Morgan, a senior researcher with the nonprofit Environmental Health Trust and lead author of the internationally endorsed report, Cellphones and Brain Tumors, goes further, unequivocally stating, “Cell

phone radiation is a carcinogen.” In our own environment, we can regulate EMF, says Iowan Camilla Rees, founder of the educational petition website and Campaign for Radiation Free Schools on Facebook; she is the co-author of Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution and Morgan’s cell phone report. Says Rees, “You can buy a meter,

avoid using cordless phones and baby monitors, and change your cell phone behavior. The harmful effects of cell phones decrease with distance; just by holding the cell phone six inches from your head, there is a 10,000-fold reduction of risk.” Priscilla Goudreau-Santos is a freelance writer and owner of Priscilla Goudreau Public Relations & Marketing, in Charlotte, NC.

Ways to Reduce Risk Although electromagnetic field (EMF) activity vibrates all around us, there are simple ways to reduce adverse health effects in daily indoor environments.

Computers 4 Hardwire all Internet connections instead of using Wi-Fi. 4 Power a laptop using a three-prong grounded plug and then plug in a separate, hardwired keyboard (this minimizes both the exposure to wireless radiation and the effects from the laptop battery’s magnetic field). 4 Use a grounding mouse pad to minimize effects of the electric field from the computer. 4 Don’t position any laptop or tablet computer on the lap.

General 4 Don’t live within 1,500 feet of a cell tower. 4 Use battery-powered LCD alarm clocks (not LED), keeping them several feet away from the body. 4 Don’t use an electric blanket.

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April 2014



Qi Whiz

Qigong Steps Up Vitality and Serenity by Meredith Montgomery

A proven practice for supporting health and self-healing, qigong has been used in China for millennia to maintain and improve physical, mental and emotional well-being.


i” (pronounced chee) refers to the life force or vital energy present in all things throughout the universe while “gong” means dedicated effort or steady practice of a skill. Qigong is the art of working intensely with this energy, cultivating life force. Acupuncture physician and qigong instructor Walter Hayley, in Bonita Springs, Florida, became passionate about qigong while working as a stockbroker in need of stress relief. He compares qigong’s movement of energy in the body to water running through a hose: “Qi is concentrated in channels throughout the body. Think of the qi as water and those channels as a garden hose branching out to every aspect of the individual. Stress, whether physical or emotional, can kink the hose. Qigong helps get the kinks out,” he explains. “It relaxes the body, letting energy flow more efficiently, allowing the body to heal itself.” Qigong styles vary, but Hayley remarks that most involve slow movement, focused awareness and special


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breathing techniques. Many describe the practice as a moving meditation. Qigong teacher Judith Forsyth, in Mobile, Alabama, says, “It’s often described as the mother of tai chi. When the quiet, internal energy art of qigong mixed with the powerful external martial arts, it developed into tai chi.” She emphasizes that the focus of qigong is less on its physical mechanics and more on understanding how the vital force moves through the body and can be used to enhance health and longevity. Inside the body, there’s an integrated network of subtle energy centers that international Qigong Master Robert Peng believes are connected to the capacity for genuine happiness. The goal is to awaken and pack these centers with qi. “By repeating slow, gentle movements over and over, you can develop the body’s capacity to draw qi from the universe. It can be stored in these centers and later channeled back through the body to empower your daily activities,” explains Peng, author

of The Master Key: The Qigong Secret for Vitality, Love, and Wisdom. He focuses on three of the body’s big energy portals: the “third eye”, located between the eyebrows; the “heart center”, at the center of the chest on the sternum and the “sea of qi”, just below the navel. The idea is that when energy is accessed in these three centers, specific spiritual qualities are accessed: wisdom, love and vitality (respectively). Harmonizing all three is ideal. Peng advises that when these essential elements are woven together in balance, dynamic happiness is possible. “You begin to project more wisdom, love, vitality, inspiration and peacefulness. Conversations flow more smoothly. Your life becomes more productive, meaningful and serene,” he says. “Whatever the challenges encountered, you’ll be better equipped to deal with them, while remaining inwardly content.” Forsyth was first guided to qigong when the prescribed rest, drugs, exercise and physical therapy following an accident left her with lingering neck and back problems. She recalls, “After eight weeks of practice, I experienced significant physical improvement, not only where I had considerable pain, but in my overall energy level, ability to sleep and the condition of my skin and hair. The peace and harmonizing meditation benefits of qigong were also affecting me positively in other ways. I became less worried, less of a perfectionist, less stressed out and began to experience more joyfulness.” While all styles benefit overall health, specific qigong exercises may be prescribed for specialized needs, from athletic conditioning to management of chronic conditions such as arthritis, hypertension or cancer. The gentle movements can be performed by almost anyone at any age and ability level, even those confined to a chair or bed. “Qigong speaks to the body and the body then addresses the condition,” Hayley remarks. The experts advise that qigong is best practiced every day, even if for just five minutes. “A group class offers a synergy that a home practice lacks, …continued on page 50


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Food as Medicine Stacy Schmidt-Shaver grew up on good old macaroni and cheese from the box and hot dogs. She didn’t try a vegetable until she was in her early 20s. A food having a shelf life of 100-plus years sounded delicious to her, and what was that you said—10 boxes for $2? What a bargain! In her cart it went.


ad habits have a tendency to sneak up on you. One moment she was a voluptuous teenager enjoying a beer and a hamburger, and then before she knew it, she was married and had four beautiful girls. After having her fourth child, she weighed 280 pounds. But she was happy, or at least that’s what she told herself. When her youngest daughter was just a few weeks old, Schmidt-Shaver’s would wake up numb, gasping for breath and in a cold sweat. This prompted a much-needed physical. Well, to say that her insides were screaming for help is an understatement. Schmidt-Shaver’s cholesterol was through the roof, and she had sleep apnea, high blood pressure, anxiety, panic attacks, heart palpitations and depression. She was just 36 years old. Schmidt-Shaver says she will never forget what her doctor told her that day: “These conditions can be reversed.” The doctor told her she had two choices: Go on a list of medications or change her diet and start moving her body. “I needed to use food as nutrition and fuel, not as entertainment,” says Schmidt-Shaver. The right foods have the power to heal the body. The idea that food could be medicine was so foreign to her, but she was not ready to give up. She knew that this was not how her story was going to end. She started walking that night. Just around the block. Her body ached and her heart pounded, but she knew she

had to keep going. Schmidt-Shaver did her research, read books, spoke to her doctor, and came up with a plan. First was to cut out the soda, junk food and fast food. With these changes, along with walking every night for 30 minutes, she lost 50 pounds. Then the dreaded plateau hit. She had to shake up her routine. She set a goal for herself, which was to run a 5K. Schmidt-Shaver trained for this race using an app on her phone called Couch Potato to 5K. She started running for 30 seconds and walking for four minutes and 30 seconds. Every week, she added 30 seconds to her run. She ended up running her first 5K and finishing in 40 minutes. “I ran the entire time,” she says. “Not fast, but I ran.” She continued her training, setting new goals, and never looked back. Today, Schmidt-Shaver has lost 125 pounds. She is now working on her Beachbody coach certification, and looking forward to taking holistic nutrition classes in the summer. “I am no longer a passive participant in life,” says Schmidt-Shaver. “They say when you find your passion in life, this is what your calling is. I think I have found my calling. That is to help others on their fitness journeys. It’s really a life-ordeath situation, but people don’t see it that way. People thing things like, ‘Oh, what’s this cheeseburger going to do? Soda is everywhere, so it can’t be that bad for you.’” Schmidt-Shaver is living proof that not only can these things kill you—a long slow death for some, but also you have a choice. You can choose life. She wants to help others realize this. Schmidt-Shaver’s diet consists of lean proteins, vegetables and fruits that are in season, and no white carbs or simple sugars. Everything in moderation. If she wants a brownie, she eats a brownie. “But I will bake it myself, using substitutions that are healthier, and I may eat half of it, not three,” she says. “I don’t deprive myself.” Her exercise plan consists of weightlifting, running and pushing play on her workout DVDs. Being a mom of four busy little girls, she can’t always get to the gym, which is why working out at home is key. Schmidt-Shaver’s advice to others out there that are struggling with their weight or health is to not think of this journey as a diet. “Don’t think about what you can’t eat, but instead think of all the good things you can eat,” she says. “Do your research.” When she realized all of the health benefits of the new food she was eating, it made her want to eat more. “When you know better, you do better,” she explains. “I would say to myself as I ate my homemade baked kale chips that this vegetable is helping my body fight off potential cancer cells; it’s helping fight against autoimmune diseases; it’s lowering my cholesterol; and it’s detoxifying my body. This would help me keep my focus on why I’m doing what I’m doing.” You do not have to eat less and go on a “diet.” What you need to do is eat correctly, do something that makes you sweat every day, and don’t ever diet. SchmidtShaver has made this a lifestyle change. “So, for everyone out there, my only question to them is: If not now, when?” natural awakenings

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By adding qigong to their daily routines, children learn to channel energy and enhance concentration; office workers reduce stress; seniors enhance balance and quality of life; and caregivers and midwives advance abilities to help others. ~ The National Qigong Association but the more important practice is at home,” observes Hayley. Some personal instruction is ideal so the practitioner receives feedback, but books and videos make qigong accessible to everyone, everywhere. Hayley reminds newbies, “Just be patient. If one form doesn’t suit you, remember there are thousands of different forms to try.” Peng’s advice to beginners is, “Be happy! Think of the exercise as lighthearted play and remember to smile as you move.” Meredith Montgomery is the publisher of Natural Awakenings Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

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A good process for teaching good restaurant manners begins with sitting quietly with the dog when there are few people around, and then moving on. The next time, order an appetizer. Increase the amount of time the pet is expected to wait quietly, as well as the number of distractions.

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Good Manners Make a Dog Welcome by Sandra Murphy


t seems dogs travel just about everywhere with their humans these days. They’re spotted at home improvement stores, happy hours, drive-through restaurants and workplaces, in addition to their usual hangouts. To get Sparky invited into even more people places, he must have good manners. “Just like with kids, not every venue is appropriate for dogs,” advises Eileen Proctor, a pet lifestyle expert in Denver, Colorado. “Some dogs are more introverted and want a quiet spot to relax. Others love a party. Know your dog and socialize him accordingly; never force him into an uncomfortable situation.” Instead, help him acclimate to new locales gradually, from a distance; stop when he shows signs of stress. A yawn, averted eyes, hiding behind his owner or nervous pacing are clues that a fourlegged pal has had enough. “Good manners at home might not translate to public manners,” Proctor notes. “Take practice runs to see how your dog handles distractions.” Day care or play dates with other dogs help


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hone canine social skills, while basic obedience—leave it, sit, stay, down, off, an effective recall and walking nicely on a leash—form the basis for good manners. Reward good behavior with praise, treats or a favorite activity.

Eating Out

Amy Burkert, the on-the-road owner of, says, “After a long day at the office or a ‘ruff’ week at work, it’s nice to include your dog when eating out. Pet-friendly restaurants with outdoor seating areas where the dog can join you are becoming more common, but always ask first. “Dogs in dining areas should lie quietly under your table or by your chair,” she continues. “This is not the time to socialize. Diners may find it unappealing to be approached by your dog while they’re eating. Choose a table where your dog can be out of the way of customers and the wait staff.” It will take practice. “If he acts up, apologize, leave and know that you’ll do better next time,” says Burkert.

Christina Mendel, an international business coach with offices in Germany and Italy, adds that dogs need a safe and secure retreat from excessive activity. Her Chihuahua mix, Balu, is small enough to fit into a carry bag. He can take a nap, people watch or have a snack without fear of human interference. “The carry bag helps when I take clients to dinner, drive or fly to onsite appointments,” she says. “Many of my clients are dog owners, so we bond because he’s well behaved and knows tricks.” Flying presents its own challenges because airlines limit the number of pets on each flight. Check the company’s rules for pet size, weight and type of crate required. Dogs ride as cargo unless they are small enough to fit in a carrier under the seat. Other passengers might be fearful or allergic, so respect their boundaries. In the car, a dog needs to be calm and wear a special seat belt, be crated or otherwise restrained to keep him safe, not distract the driver and prevent lunging out the window.

At Work

Dogs may be welcome in the workplace. Alexandra Blackstone, design director for Killer Infographics, in Seattle, Washington, takes her corgi puppy, Buster, to the office. “He was good when he was the only dog at work,” explains Blackstone. “When an older dog and another puppy were there, he barked and tried to herd them.” He didn’t read other dogs well, so to further Buster’s dog-to-dog communication skills, Blackstone enrolled him in doggie day care twice a week. She advises first introducing dogs outside of the office setting. “Commu-

Pets and Their Allergies: a Holistic Approach

T Find tips for walking dogs in crowded urban areas at RulesOfTheDoggyRoad. nicate with coworkers as to what your dog is working on, so everyone is consistent in their behavior toward him,” Blackstone advises. “Be clear how to correct any inappropriate behavior if someone else shares responsibility for walking him.” She reports that with positive training techniques, Buster is learning to respond well and now splits his time between day care and the office. “It’s your responsibility to make taking the dog along a good experience for all,” counsels Proctor. “That includes using a leash and always picking up after him, every time.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy of St. Louis, MO, at StLSandy@

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.

he arrival of spring Be Careful with brings sneezing Food Choices and watery eyes for Your pet could be expemany humans, but what riencing a food allergy. about your pet? Pets have Some breeds are more allergies, too, and since prone to food allergies they cannot tell us what is than others. Wheat is a going on, it’s important to Dr. Michel Selmer, DVM common cause, so you know the symptoms and will want to avoid pet foods with high ways you can help your pet feel his or grain content. Once you have discovher best. ered the causes of your pet’s food al Pets may experience seasonal and lergy, you can use a hypoallergenic diet environmental allergies. to help your pet’s digestive system heal.

Here are some allergy symptoms: n Itching n Chewing n Licking n Redness n “Hot spots” If your pet is scratching, chewing and/or licking excessively, you may be dealing with a skin allergy. These often appear certain times of the year and can cause redness or hot spots. Pets can be allergic to pollen and also household allergens, like dust. Keeping carpets and linens clean help your pet, too. What can you do if you do find your beloved pet suffering with allergies? There are many ways to reduce or eliminate symptoms. We suggest the following holistic approach:

Use Coconut Oil

This gem contains many of the same benefits for your pet that humans experience. You can use coconut oil on skin and paws to reduce itchiness and heal hot spots. Coconut oil can be given internally also. It can be mixed with your pet’s food. A teaspoon for every 10 pounds of weight is a good rule.

Try Alternative Therapies

An alternative therapy to try is acupuncture. A pet acupuncturist can use needles on specific points to calm and relieve symptoms. Acupuncture is relaxing and calming to pets, making it a reasonable player in your pet’s wellness plan. Allergies can be frustrating for both you and your pet. Your vet can help you find the best healing approach. Source: Dr. Michel Selmer of Advanced Animal Care, located at 260 Evergreen Ave., South Huntington. For more information, call 631-FOR-PETS (631-367-7387) or visit See ad on page 2.

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Wilderness in Sidewalk Cracks Small Nature Reaches Out to City Kids by Greg Hanscom


ity kids are often taught that nature is out there beyond the city limits, but one science educator and photographer shows how everyday nature has the power to transform. You can take Molly Steinwald out of the city, but you’ll never get the city out of her. Growing up as a free-schoollunch kid on the outskirts of Manchester, New Hampshire, she notes, “I didn’t do the skiing and mountain climbing thing.” Instead, she found solace watching ants parade across the sidewalk or tracing the intricate lines on a leaf. Yet when she graduated from high school, Steinwald traveled as far as she could from those city streets, earning a degree in biology, and then a master’s degree in ecology researching kangaroo rats in Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains.

Still, the city always tugged at her. “I was really excited about big nature,” Steinwald says. “But I kept coming back to small-scale, mundane nature that I knew as a kid. I felt I needed to get back to help people who never see this stuff.” Today, Steinwald is doing just that. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. researching human interactions with nature in built environments. As director of science education and research at the Phipps Conservatory, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she has been charged with reimagining urban environmental education and reaching out to at-risk youth. Her basic assumption is: One doesn’t have to go to a national park, or even a city park, to connect with the natural world. It’s crawling past us on the sidewalk or drifting through the air right under our nose.

That, she says, is where city kids can forge a lasting connection with nature—if they’re paying attention. As one of the many ways to get kids to tune in, Steinwald directs programs that arm them with digital cameras and challenges them to take pictures of the fragments of nature they find on the streets. The approach is a departure from the belief held by some that “nature” is defined as parks or green spaces—places apart from our everyday lives. Lisa Graumlich, dean of the University of Washington School of the Environment, in Seattle, Washington, says Steinwald is making waves in environmental education circles: “She was an urban kid. She brings the voice of someone from a different economic class to the table.” Graumlich says it makes intuitive sense that connecting with street-level nature will help build a lasting bond with the natural world. The next challenge is figuring out how to provide kids with more of these experiences: “It may be as simple as a mom walking home from the bus stop with bags of groceries and two children in tow, feeling like she has time to look at a sidewalk crack with them.” “A lot of nature in the city is really small,” Steinwald observes. “I want to show these kids that even if their nature is small, it’s still darned good nature.” Greg Hanscom is a senior editor for, in Seattle, WA.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 3 Introductory Meeting: American Chronic Pain Assoc Support Group – 2-3:30pm. Self-help group to teach people who suffer from chronic pain (pain that continues longer than 6 months and is not completely relieved by medication or medical treatment) to reduce the impact pain has on their working and personal lives. Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy, 800 E Gate Blvd, Garden City. For more info, Cynthia: 516-304-9297.

SATURDAY, APRIL 5 Yoga/Fitness – Apr 5 & 19. Come and work out with John Cahill, RYT 200, utilizing yoga, flow, core, fitness and Pilates. Strengthen tone and reduce weight in this demanding but fun class. From beginner to advanced, all are welcome. $15. Winter Brook Psychic Medium, 171 Main St, North Port. 631-261-9300. The Digital Dilemma – 8:30am-5pm. Meeting ourselves in the mirror of technology. Keynote address by author/educator Lowell Monke. Workshops led by master storyteller Nancy Mellon. Rediscover your imagination and personal voice as a wholesome balance for mouse clicks and media screens. Lunch, workshops and discussion to follow. Winkler Center for Adult Learning at Waldorf School of Garden City, 225 Cambridge Ave, Garden City. 516-741-7167.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6 Myofascial and Deep Tissue Release Techniques of the Scapula and Glenohumeral Joint – 9am-6pm. With Gerald Basile, LMT, Board Certified Structural Integrator. 8 CE credits. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223. Somato Respiratory Integration Seminar – 2-6pm. SRI is a tool that you can use on your own to help you resolve stress in your daily life. A powerful way to deepen your healing process and connect with the basic rhythms that govern your life. Learn Stages 1-3 in detail with experiential exercises. Leave with a greater understanding of these Stages in your life and how to continue the work on your own. $95. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499. Body Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils – 7:308:30pm. If during this long winter you gained a few extra pounds, felt sluggish, got you sick more often and more, learn how essential oils can help you get back into your groove. Get tips on how to use essential oils for gentle cleansing, boosting digestion, sleeping soundly and raising vibrational frequency to feel more motivated, at peace and stress free. Free. Center for the Alignment of Body Mind and Spirit, 2050 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh. Registration required: 516-395-0966.

MONDAY, APRIL 7 Free Dinner and Holistic Health Talk – 6:308:30pm. Dr Ray Omid cordially invites you and up to 4 quests to come and dine with us for a complimentary health dinner talk. Learn the key essentials to living a healthy and more vibrant life naturally. Adults only. Umberto’s Restaurant, 633 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park. RSVP by Apr 5, Bessi: 917-747-2795,

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Life Tools for Emotional Clarity – Apr 7 & 28. 8:15-9:45pm. Discover tools to resolve past and present stressful experiences in your life. Learn to develop self-sufficiency and emotional resilience. Dr. Fred will take you through the primary tools that he has found to be easiest to learn and most effective when you are emotionally aggravated, stressed out or stuck. New members welcome with family and friends. $15. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

TUESDAY, APRIL 8 Nidra Meditation – Apr 8 & 22. 7-8pm. Join John Cahill, RYT 200 and 50-hr meditation teacher during this 1-hr class featuring stretching, yoga, warm ups, basic qigong, breath work mantras and mudras. Come relax and de-stress in this unique lying down practice. $20/class. Winter Brook Psychic Medium, 171 Main St, North Port. 631-261-9300. Reconnecting to the Earth Equals Optimal Health – 7-8pm. Learn about the powerful ways being connected to the earth can improve your health. We are always on the search for simple, effective solutions to living, longer and better. A profoundly simply, practical, effective and cost-cutting way to combat common illness and pain problems, and make people healthier is right under our feet. Free. Pure and Simple Health, 128 N Long Beach Rd, Rockville Centre. Space limited; register: 516-203-7442.

TUESDAY, APRIL 15 Better Body Boot Camp – 7:15-8pm. This Boot Camp class is guaranteed to get you the body you want by the summer. Begins Apr 15 and runs thru June. Consists of 24 sessions that last 45 mins each. Held Tues & Thurs, 7:15-8pm; & Sat, 11:15am12pm. Only 12 spots remain. Synergy Fitness Massapequa, 5300 Sunrise Hwy, Massapequa. To reserve: 516-541-4400.

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classifieds HELP WANTED Looking for work in a meaningful and holistic practitioner office? Dr. Richter is looking for front office staff full time/part time please call 516-282-0310 or email resume to Part-Time Advertising Sales Representatives with experience and who understand targeted marketing. Be part of our growing Natural Awakenings community. If you are a self-motivated, organized, computer savvy, go getter who has the desire to make money, like talking on the phone (and face to face time), enjoys working from your home and from the road, and have previous ad-sales experience with at least 10-15 flexible day-time hours per week to sell, we would love to talk to you. Please send your resume to Pay is commission, plus bonuses. Pilates studio and Wellness Center looking for Pilates Instructors and Yoga Instructors located in Woodmere, NY. Looking for someone who is trained in all Pilates apparatus. Yoga and Pilates instruction needs to have experience with all levels of fitness. Please Email: with information. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child through support groups, art therapy, a grief hotline and special workshops, needs volunteers to help with various projects. Karen Flyer, Executive Director: 484-4993 or

SERVICES LEARN ABOUT YOUR OWN PSYCHIC ABILITIES – Tori Quisling, with over 20 years experience, can teach you to use your own intuitive abilities to heal yourself and communicate with others. By the end of the course, students can meditate, work with healing guides and perform a psychic reading. Group and custom classes offered. Please see or call 516-423-1794.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 10 Symptoms of Poor Digestion – 7-8:30pm. Our Digestive system is the core of our health. Our body’s homeostasis (balance) depends on it. In this exciting workshop, join Dr. David Pollack of the Pollack Wellness Institute and learn how far reaching and critical digestion is to almost every function in the body and how to optimize it for you. Free. Strictly Gluten Free, 396A Larkfield Rd, East Northport. 631-462-0801. Green Cleaning – 7:30-8:45pm. Green Cleaning with doterra oils. Keep your health and environment safe with non-toxic ideas. Recipes given. Taught by Renee Murphy, LPN, LMT, L.Est Healer/Educator. Free. RSVP for location: 631-338-8469, R.Murphy3@

THURSDAY, APRIL 17 The Huntington Chapter Holistic Moms Network – 7-8:30pm. Topic: Holistic Pet Care with Dr. Michel Selmer of Advanced Animal Care. We welcome holistic-minded moms, dads, grandparents and caretakers. Meets the 3rd Thurs each month. 1st meeting free to attend before deciding to join. Elwood Public Library, 1929 Jericho Tpke, East Northport. RSVP:

SATURDAY, APRIL 19 Yoga/Fitness – See Apr 5 listing. Winter Brook Psychic Medium, 171 Main St, North Port. 631-261-9300.

TUESDAY, APRIL 22 Nidra Meditation – 7-8pm. See Apr 8 listing. Winter Brook Psychic Medium, 171 Main St, North Port. 631-261-9300.

THURSDAY, APRIL 24 Body Dynamics – 8:15pm. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. For details: 516-822-8499.

FRIDAY, APRIL 25 Seminar on Divorce Mediation vs Divorce Litigation – 1-2pm. Free. 626 RXR Plaza, West Tower, 6th Fl, Uniondale. RSVP:

SATURDAY, APRIL 26 GMO-Free Awareness Event – 10am-4:30pm. Free screening of Award-winning documentary, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives. Viewing will be followed by guest speaker presentation from the film; along with health coach and health practitioner presentations; organic lunch and organic snack available. A day of empowering information and transformation regarding genetically engineered foods and how they impact your everyday life. Free. Waldorf School of Garden City, 225 Cambridge Ave, Garden City. Maria Gavriel: 917-239-3070, COW Week – Apr 27-May 3. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. For details: 516-822-8499. Clear Day – 9am-5pm. Build life-long strategies to resolve stress and pain. Advance your Network Care to the next level. A day-long, intensive experience. Receive: 3 Network chiropractic adjustments, Integrated SRI sessions, mind/body exercises,

discussions and healthy lunch. $195. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

MONDAY, APRIL 28 Life Tools for Emotional Clarity – 8:15-9:45pm. See Apr 7 listing. $15. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

planahead THURSDAY, MAY 1 Infant Massage Classes – 6-8pm. Learn massage techniques that are beneficial to improving bonding and attachment, sleep, colic, gas. Learn from a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and Massage Therapist for over 10 Years. Healing Hands Pilates and Wellness, 970 Railroad Ave, Woodmere. 516-792-0868.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 Happy Healthy Yoga: An Exploration of Skeletal Anatomy & Joint Safety – 11:30am-6pm. With Jason Ray Brown. Meets May 17 (Lower Extremities), June 14 (Upper Extremities) & 28 (Axial Skeletal). Can attend all or some. Through lecture, discussion, partner exercises and experiential application explore the skeletal anatomy, soft-tissues and movements available joints and spinal column with a view toward increasing our conscious awareness of these structures, how they might get injured during yoga asana practice, and most importantly, how to keep them safe. 18 CEUs. Full Series: $350 before Apr 26, $425 after; $150/ single day. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Must register: 516-632-9626.

markyourcalendar JUNE 26-29, 2014 ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION RESOURCE ORGANIZATION 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE Featuring alternatives such as Home Schooling, Educational Resource Centers, Alternative Schools, Democratic schools, Montessori, Waldorf. Charters. Keynote will include Summerhill School’s Zoe Neill Readhead and Brooklyn Free School; 60 amazing workshops. Group, student and home school rates starting at $100 for 4 days! Child care. Tesla will do limo service from the LIRR! Last year people came from 25 states and 10 countries. “I attended my first AERO conference last year and it was the first time I felt such a profound sense of belonging to a community of educators.” Alex, Puerto Rico LIU/Post, Brookville 516-621-2195

ongoingevents 20-Hr Clairvoyant Training Program: Learn to See – Tori Quisling, M.Ed, Clairvoyant Practitioner, offers a 20-hr weekly course in learning to use clairvoyance in your life. By the end of the course, you will be able to meditate “Find Your Space,” give readings and work with your own Healing Guide. Customized program, begin when ready. Discounts when you join with a friend. $1,575 (when paid in full). Center for Clairvoyance and Healing, 158 Main St, Port Washington. 516-423-1794. 21-Day Detox – Lose weight, boost energy, de-stress, learn what you need to know for a life time of healthy cleansing. Includes: 21-day life botanica formula; pH strips; cleanse tool kit & recipes; 3 1-hr detox modules; 3 1-hr stress relief modules. RSVP: 516676-0200. Free Aquatic Exercise Classes for Arthritis – 10am-6pm. Experience the life-changing benefits of aquatic exercise in our heated saltwater pools absolutely free. Co-sponsored by Arthritis Foundation. Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy, 800 E Gate Blvd, Garden City.To reserve a spot: 516-745-8050. Free Chiropractic Care for Returning Veterans – 9am-6pm. Dr. Gina Marino has extended an offer of care for one full year for any U.S. military veteran returning from overseas deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq, at no charge, with presentation of their service certificate. 2050 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh. 516-221-3500.


Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 9am. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Yoga – 9-10:15am. With Jessica Saraswati. All levels welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; $15. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600. Baby & Me Yoga – 9:30am. Infant-crawlers. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Must register: 516-632-9626. Meditation – 10:30-11:30am. For beginners or those looking to deepen their practice. Gently guided meditation accompanied by the soothing sounds of our crystal Tibetan singing bowl, designed to awaken your Third Eye. 1st class free; monthly memberships available; $10. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600.


Ashtanga Yoga: Mysore – 6-9am, Mon-Thurs. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-6829642. Ashtanga Yoga – 9:30-11am. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 1:30-3pm. An ongoing group for women with metastatic breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077.

Free Gym Membership – 11am-8pm. Come in and we will show you how you can get a gym membership absolutely free. Synergy Fitness Massapequa, 5300 Sunrise Hwy, Massapequa. For more info: 516-541-4400.

Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

Free Silver Sneakers Exercise Classes – Mon-Sat. For all levels: balance, agility, strengthening, endurance and osteoporosis for eligible seniors. Garden City & Roslyn. For more details, including seeing if you are eligible & class times: 516-745-8050.

Classical Hatha Yoga – 5:15-6:30pm. With Jessica Saraswati. All levels welcomed and encouraged. $15. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600.

Seeking Participants for an Independent Research Study Regarding Massage Therapy – Be a part of the growing data of research regarding massage therapy. Massage is offered to participants at a drastically reduced rate. Healing Hands Pilates and Wellness Studio, 970 Railroad Ave, Woodmere. 516-792-0868. Three Phases to Optimal Health – Dr. Danielle Roberts presents life-changing information to kick start your enlightened optimal lifestyle journey. Call for details. $100 for all three lectures. Bring a friend and get half off. Integrative Health Center & Spa, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. 516-676-0200.

Yoga with Angela – 6-7:30pm. Join Angela Strynkowski for an authentic yoga experience. All levels welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; $15. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Mon. An ongoing group for men with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 7-8:30pm. For young women with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077.

Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Join Angela Strynkowski for a peaceful and powerful meditation session. Beginners welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; monthly memberships available; $10. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600. Meditation – 8:15-9:15pm. Join Jessica Saraswati for a peaceful meditation session, followed by an enlightening satsang. Beginners welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; $10. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600.


Baby & Me Yoga – 9:30am. Walkers-3yrs. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Must register: 516-632-9626. Vinyasa Flow – 9:30am. Basics. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. YinYasa – 9:30am. Also Wed, 4:30pm & Sat, 9am. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. BNFYoga. com. Meditation – 9:30-10:30am. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 10:30am12pm. A morning group for women who have a genetic mutation for breast cancer (BRCA+) will meet weekly for 4 weeks tentatively beginning on April 15. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. Community-Open Level Yoga – 11:30am12:30pm. Donation. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Inspired & Empowered Living Radio Show – 6pm. Learn how you can be inspired and empowered in your daily life. Join Nanci Deutsch and her accomplished guests as they coach, educate and motivate you. On W4HC, Facebook: InspiredAndEmpoweredLivingRadioShow. Mother & Daughter Yoga – 6-7pm. Ages 9 and up. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Kundalini Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.  Nutrition Class – 7:30pm. Learn the principles necessary to get your diet and nutrition to be positive and healthy. New members welcome with family and friends. $10. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

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Wednesday Free Energy Healing For Chemo/Radiation Patients – By appt only. 2nd Wed. Kiyra Artisse, Master Energy Healer, offers free energy healing to cancer patients, currently going through chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Success & Harmony, Merrick. Space limited; for appt: 516-945-0919. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 10:30am12pm. For women with metastatic breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. Pre/Post Natal Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-9449642. Reiki Circle & Meditation – 12-1pm. $20/dropin. Healing Studio at Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. To register: 516-509-5630. Meditation Class for Seniors – 1-2:30pm. Learn simple, powerful meditation techniques created by Grand Master Jin Bodhi. Also experience healing within the group and individually, in a relaxed atmosphere. Hosted by: The American Bodhi Meditation Society. Freeport Recreation Center, Room 101, 130 E Merrick Rd, Freeport. Nan: 516-442-7408, YinYasa – 4:30pm. Breathe N FlowYoga, 361BAtlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Kids Yoga – 5pm. Ages 5-8. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 5:30-7pm. An evening group for women diagnosed with breast cancer will meet weekly for 8 weeks tentatively beginning on April 16. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. Pilates Mat Class – 6pm. Beginner/Intermediate Mat Class that will strengthen and lengthen your body. Change your body with the right kind of workout and feel great doing it. $25-$30. Healing Hands Pilates and Wellness, 970 Railroad Ave, Woodmere. To reserve a spot516-792-0868 or Clairvoyant Development Series, Level 1 – 6:308pm. Tori Quisling, M.Ed, graduate of the Berkeley Psychic Institute and featured expert in the New York Daily News, will train on using own psychic abilities (clairvoyance, clairaudience). By the end of 8 wks, students will meditate, have awareness of psychic abilities and perform a reading. Workbook/ CD. Customized programs also available. $125/ class; $975/8-wk course. 158 Main St, Port Washington. 516-423-1794.


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Happy Easter! Meditation – 7-8pm. For beginners or those looking to deepen their practice. Gently guided meditation accompanied by the soothing sounds of our crystal Tibetan singing bowl, designed to awaken your Third Eye. 1st class free; monthly memberships available; $10. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600. Holistic Moms Network: South Shore Long Island Chapter – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Wed. Likeminded community focusing on mindful parenting and natural health. Free. CSTL – Tanglewood, 1 Tanglewood Rd, Rockville Centre. 516-924-1168. Bereavement Support Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Wed. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child. Free. Chai Center, Dix Hills. If new to COPE must speak to the Clinical Director Laraine Gordon prior to 1st meeting: 631-259-2018. New & Potential Patient Workshop – 8-9:30pm. Learn all about Network Care’s extraordinarily gentle method that combines light-touch neurological and energy work to help to resolve all the stress, tension, distortions, and traumas from your spine and nerves. With Dr. Michael Berlin. Free. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


Healthy Happy Hour – 4th Thurs. We are raffling off a wellness party for you and your friends each month. Integrative Health Center & Spa, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. RSVP: 516-676-0200. Yoga for the Soul – 11am-12:15pm. Yoga for the Soul is a meditation journey with some gentle yoga and movements and pranayama (breathwork) to prepare the body to sit for guided meditations. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Gluten-Free Lecture – 12-1pm. 3rd Thurs. Recommended donation $20. Integrative Healing Center & Spa, 403 Main St, Ste 1, Port Washington. 516-676-0200. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 1-2:30pm. A daytime group for women diagnosed with breast cancer will meet weekly for 8 weeks tentatively beginning on April 17. Free. Adelphi University

School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. YogArt – 4:30-5:30pm. Class allows kids to express themselves through the practice of yoga and creating art. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Bodhi Meditation – 5-6pm. With Ni Nan Gilbert, acupuncturist and healer. Experience how this unique meditation can help you purify your body/ mind and unleash the creative power within you. Increase self-awareness, emotional intelligence, mental clarity, focus and inspiration. Ni Nan Healing Art Center, 2326 Merrick Rd, Merrick. 516-4427408. Yin Yoga – 6pm. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Meditation – 8:15-9:15pm. Join Jessica Saraswati for a peaceful meditation session, followed by an enlightening satsang. Beginners welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; $10. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600.

Friday Cancer Support Group – 9-11am. Call for specific dates. 6-wk program designed to empower women with knowledge while on their journey to kicking cancer’s ass. $480. Drop-in complimentary class last week of each month 9-10am. Must reserve spot. Integrative Healing Center & Spa, 403 Main St, Ste 1, Port Washington. 516-676-0200. I Community Yoga: Donation-Based – 4-5pm. A Vinyasa Flow class that will stretch the body and clear the mind. All donations collected each month go to supporting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation & Operation Splash. Donate what you can. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Kimberly. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

Develop Your Intuition Workshop – 7-8:30pm. 1st Fri. With Tori Quisling. An introductory meditation series based on her book: The Clairvoyant Practitioner: A Simple Guide to Developing Your Clairvoyant Abilities. An interactive series in developing your intuition using meditation and clairvoyant techniques to open up your ability to trust what you “see” and “know” about your life and relationships. Practice techniques you can use right away to create positive changes in your life. $35. Yoga Life, 939 Port Washington Blvd, Port Washington. 516-423-1794.


Pre-Natal Yoga – 9am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. YinYasa – 9am. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Yin Yoga – 9-10:15am. A practice in which asanas (poses) are held for extended periods to increase flexibility and juice up the joints and ligaments, releasing energetic blockages that may be holding you back in your yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Yoga – 9-10:15am. Start your weekend with bliss. With Angela Strynkowski. All levels welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; $15. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600. Family Yoga – 10-10:45am. 1-9 yrs. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.  Bodhi Meditation – 10-11am. With Ni Nan Gilbert, acupuncturist and healer. Experience how this unique meditation can help you purify your body/ mind and unleash the creative power within you. Increase self-awareness, emotional intelligence, mental clarity, focus and inspiration. Ni Nan Healing Art Center, 2326 Merrick Rd, Merrick. 516-442-7408. Meditation – 10:30-11:30am. For beginners or those looking to deepen their practice. Gently guided meditation accompanied by the soothing sounds of our crystal Tibetan singing bowl, designed to awaken your Third Eye. 1st class free; monthly memberships available; $10. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600. Self Esteem Workshop – 11am-12pm. 4-session workshop to help people develop a healthier sense of self. Learn how to challenge your present thoughts and replace unhealthy ones with more positive ones. Workshop utilizes cognitive techniques to challenge thoughts and behaviors. Change your thinking to change your life. $25. Linda Rose, LCSW, 708 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Head. 516-671-7786. Women in Mid-Life Discussion & Support Group – 11:15am-12:15pm. Join other women to talk about this exciting but complex developmental stage in life. Support and discuss issues around menopause, life changes, relationships, sexuality in mid-life, finding a new passion and more. Group runs in 10 session segments. $20/class. Linda Rose, LCSW, 708 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Head. 516-671-7786.

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acupuncture Ni Nan Healing Art Center 2326 Merrick Road, Merrick 516-442-7408

Personalized Accupuncture, Energy Healing, Chinese Herb and Bodhi Meditation are all available an d Ni Nan Healing Art Center in Merrick. Accupuncture for all needs including, stomach upset, Accupuncture facial, fertility, pain and more. See ad on page 21.


cleaning services All Clean Long Island Inc Michelle Spadafina Massapequa Park NY 11762 Nassau and Suffolk County 516-987-8388

All Clean Long Island provides cleaning services for your home and office. Using only a Holistic system of Organic, Pet and Human friendly products, we provide an efficient service for all your cleaning needs. Customizing every job for the specific needs of our customers is important to us in order to guarantee that every job is performed to your satisfaction. See ad on page 41.

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Karen Flyer Office: 516-484-4993, Fax: 516-484-4885 COPE: is a grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child. COPE offers support groups for parents and siblings, alternative healing therapies, and a grief hotline. COPE also offers a free weekend bereavement camp for children ages 6-17 dealing with a major loss.  For more information, please contact Karen Flyer at


309 Madison St., Suite 4, Westbury 516-640-5322 • Private, safe, comfortable. Lose weight, gain energy, improve skin & sleep, and help reduce the risk of disease. Spa-like atmosphere. Feel completely relaxed. Pre-Post cleanse nutrients provided. See ad on page 17.


chiropractor CENTER For THE ALIGNMENT OF BODY, MIND & SPIRIT Dr. Gina Marino • Wantagh 516-221-3500 • Dr. Marino utilizes a combination of gentle Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments, Reiki and Bodywork to reduce pain, lessen the effects of stress on your system, restore flexibility and ensure optimum vitality. See ad on page 23.

Dr. Esther Jimenez, DC 180 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Center 516-868-8100 Brain Synergy integrates a holistic, drug-free, effective, non-invasive approach that evaluates and balances the many neurological and metabolic imbalances that either cause or worsen disorders including ADD/ADHD, autism, stress disorders, migraines, sleeping difficulties and more. See ad on page 35.

pollack wellness center FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER

641 B Old Country Rd, Plainview 516-822-8499 Our office helps people heal their bodies and their lives by doing light pressure points that blend advanced neurological, energy work, and life skills coaching to resolve all the stress, tension, distortions, and traumas from the body and mind naturally. See ad on page 13.

66 Commack Road #101, Commack 631-462-0801 • Dr. Pollack specializes in the practice of physical rehabilitation, herbal and nutritional medicine, and stress and weight management including non-invasive liposuction. He has extensive experience in healing digestive disorders (reflux, bowel issues, colitis, loose stools, etc.), joint and muscle pain, headaches, and many other common health concerns. His goal is to help as many people as he can to reach optimal health and avoid the “sick-care” system. See ads on pages 15 & 31.

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holistic dentistry GOLDEN DENTAL WELLNESS

444 Community Dr., Suite 204, Manhasset 516-627-8400 • A practice that cares for you like family. The philosophy of her dental wellness center is a wholebody approach working closely with your healthcare practitioners that you already have a relationship with. The practice incorporates the teaching of Huggins, IOAMT, and much more. See ad on page 17.

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260 East Main St, Suite 109, Smithtown 631-361-3577 • Dr. Shvartsman provides State of the Art dental care with a commitment to patient comfort. He utilizes mercury-and heavy metal-free tooth conserving - minimally invasive restorative techniques as well as a Biomimetic Dental approach. Dentistry for holistic-minded patients is our focus. See ad on page 9.

NORTH SHORE COSMETIC & IMPLANT DENTISTRY Dr. Jonathan Richter 310 East Shore Rd., Great Neck 516-282-0310

We welcome you to come in for a comprehensive exam of teeth, gums, early detection, and oral health problems. We offer the following services: Holistic Dental Care, Mercury-Free Dentistry, TMJ Disorder & Treatment,Treatment for Sleep Disorders, Invisalign & Orthodontics, Dental Implant, Sleep Apnea. Payment plans available. See ad on back cover.

holistic health coach HEALTHY LIVING BY DENISE

516-241-7968 Certified health coach specializing in helping women reduce cravings, increase energy levels, improve sleep and more. Individual health coaching, group workshops and corporate wellness programs available. Together, we will explore your specific concerns and discover the solutions needed for a lifetime of balance.


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holistic wellness center PURE AND SIMPLE HEALTH

128 N Long Beach Rd Rockville Centre 516-203-7442

“Wellness Made Easy” is our motto at Pure and Simple Health. The 3 reasons we lose our health are: we have too much of what our body doesn’t want (bacteria, yeast, etc.); we don’t have enough of what it needs (vitamins, minerals, etc.); and stress (physical, emotional or environmental). We help you detoxify and clean your system, nourish your body, and help you better adapt to stress, so you can experience gains in health that are dramatic and sustainable. See ad on page 11.

mediation CORY J. ROSENBAUM, P.C.

Cory Rosenbaum 1-855-491-Save

Cory Rosenbaum is an expert at all forms of mediation and legal affairs. After resolving his own divorce mediating, without any litigation, he was able to find peace for himself, his exwife and most importantly his child. Cory wants to help others struggling with divorce proceedings utilizing a mediation process based on his existing expansive knowledge of divorce law in New York State. See ad on page 25.

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naturopathic INNER SOURCE NATURAL HEALTH 11 Stewart Ave, Huntington 631-421-1848 •

Helping each patient realize their greatest health potential using the least disruptive recommendations possible to stimulate the innate ability of the body to heal itself. Inner Source Natural Health is staffed by the Naturopathic Doctors/Acupuncturists. As seen on the Dr. Oz show. See ad on page 21.

finker wellness Bellmore 516-765-3272

Utilizing Naturopathic Medicine to help her patients feel better naturally. Many illnesses can be treated by nutrition, botanicals, and nutraceuticals. Dr. Finker provides personalized health care solutions for her patients. See ad on page 39.

NON-surgical liposuction OPEN CIRCLE HOLISTIC WELLNESS 8 Davison Plaza East Rockaway/Lynbrook 516-406-3005

Holistic Wellness focusing on detoxification of body mind and spirit. Offers CaviLipo (non-surgical liposuction) far infrared sauna, foot detox, meditation instruction and intuitive counseling. See ad on page 19.

integrative healing center & spa 403 Main St. #1, Port Washington 516-676-0200

Specializing in detoxification and preventative health care. We are fully present in your visit so you feel safe, appreciated and heard All of our practitioners are I-ACT certified therapists. Only the best FDA-cleared Libby devices are utilized for our clients. The colon is the key to health. See ad on page 13.


Nassau & Suffolk Locations 866-239-5445 • Personalized care through pregnancy, water birth, natural birth, well-woman gynecology, family planning. Many insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 47.

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66 Commack Road #101, Commack 631-462-0801 • Dr. Pollack specializes in the practice of physical rehabilitation, herbal and nutritional medicine, and stress and weight management including non-invasive liposuction. He has extensive experience in healing digestive disorders (reflux, bowel issues, colitis, loose stools, etc.), joint and muscle pain, headaches, and many other common health concerns. His goal is to help as many people as he can to reach optimal health and avoid the “sick-care” system. See ads on pages 15 & 31.

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ozone therapy DR. HOWARD ROBINS

The Healing Center 200 W 57th St, Ste 807 New York, NY 10019 212-581-0101 If you have a disease or condition that you haven’t been able to get rid of, Ozone Therapy will most likely be the answer, even for people that have suffered for years and have lost all hope. If you are questioning if your condition can be treated, call or email Dr. Robins – contact information above. See ad on page 63.


516-423-1794 • Tori Quisling, MEd, offers Clairvoyant Readings, Psychic Development classes. Over 20 years experience, training at the Berkeley Psychic Institute, Tori assists you in deep spiritual answers, past lives, relationships and energy balance. See ad on page 7.

psychotherapy CHERIE DORTCH, LCSW

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist 585 Stewart Ave, Ste LL-50 Garden City, NY 11530 516-305-2581 Integrating psychoanalytic psychotherapy with spirituality, to empower by learning self-awareness, and addressing emotional, psychological and spiritual health.


1005 Glen Cove Avenue Glen Head, NY 11545 516-674-3388 Utilizing the power of nutrition and psychological well being to help create empowered self growth, lasting change, healthy aging, and optimal wellness: body, mind and spirit. See ad on page 15.


Williston Park/Glen Head Locations 516-671-7786 Individual, couple and group sessions. Services offered include; arousal difficulties,erectile dysfunction,low libido,orgasm difficulties,premature ejaculation and infidelity. See ad on page 23.


Michel A. Selmer, D.V.M. 260 Evergreen Avenue South Huntington 631-367-7387 See ad on inside front cover.

reiki/energy healing OPEN CIRCLE HOLISTIC WELLNESS 8 Davison Plaza East Rockaway/Lynbrook 516-406-3005

Intuitive counseling, Reiki/energetic healing, meditation instruction. Tina Martinez has a long history as a meditator and a healer (29 years). Each session is completely unique to the individual and is supported with the highest and purest intentions. See ad on page 19.

SUCCESSANDHARMONY.ORG 27 Merrick Ave, Merrick offers multiple transformation coaching and energy healing including Reiki energy classes and healing, and Transformation, Vortex healing and Karuna Reiki. See ad on page 31.

schools PROGRESSIVE SCHOOL OF LONG ISLAND 1425 Merrick Avenue, Merrick 516-868-6835 •

K-8 private school. Morning yoga, meditation, healthy and vegetarian eating. Individualized reading, writing, math. Volunteering and service; earning by doing. Rich in culture and diversity. Reasonable tuition. See ad on page 39.

THE WALDORF SCHOOL OF GARDEN CITY 225 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City 516-742-3434 •

Nursery through grade-12 private school. An innovative and holistic approach to educate and nurture with compassion, to balance towards wholeness, to challenge toward excellence and achievement. Our methods of teaching reflect an understanding of the growing child and acknowledge the spiritual origins of humanity. See ad on page 37.

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1 Guilles Lane, Woodbury 516-682-YOGA Two beautiful peaceful studios provide the perfect environment for the union of body and soul. 50+ classes per week in a variety of yoga styles and levels from beginner to energetic, strengthening warm Vinyasa yoga. We also offer kids, pre and post-natal yoga (yogi baby), restorative yoga, yoga for fertility, pilates and barre. See ad on page 51.


361b Atlantic Ave, Freeport 516-632-9626 Family Yoga Studio specializing in Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal, Restorative, Kids Yoga, Mommy & Me, Private/Semi-Private, Kids Parties and Workshops. Special donation-based Community Yoga classes offered Fridays at 4pm. Open 7 days a week offering a full range of classes in two studios and private changing/nursing area. Come feel the Flow. See ad on page 51.

OM SWEET OM YOGA 12 Irma Avenue, Port Washington 516-944-9642

Be embraced by the warmth of community and be celebrated for who you truly are. Your home away from home,your refuge in a busy life. Here, your body is strengthened and soothed while your spirit is nurtured. See ad on page 50.

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