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ne step forward, two steps back! At least that’s how it feels this winter. I had thought that the snowy weather was finally breaking; spring was on the horizon. We could see it, smell it, and then BAM, the first day of spring brings Long Island 4 inches of snow. Such is true with life, I guess. The diets we start, where we feel healthy and are eating clean all week and then over the weekend we eat snacks or a dessert that no human can, or should, resist. It happens with fitness as well. One day, we run optimally, then the next day we’re unable to finish a mile without a break to walk. Or when our yoga poses feel perfect one day—strong, beautiful even—and then the next day our warrior asana looks and feels more like it should be called “wounded warrior” (which is a phenomenal organization but not how you want your yoga poses to feel). These setbacks make it hard not to get discouraged and quit. And at work? I am sure we have all experienced that workday or workweek where we are riding along on a wave of success, only to watch as someone else gets the promotion, the raise, the accolades. Or worse, we make a silly mistake and come tumbling off that wave. Currently, I am working on a book. I start writing, only to see an email pop up or a photo on Facebook (follow us at Natural Awakenings of Long Island) and get distracted and can’t even remember where I was headed. Yet, the Earth’s very existence is a good reminder that should we choose to care for something, then there is always another day. This issue is packed with editorial on great ways to care for Mother Earth. See what some cities are doing with their waste in the brief “Curbside Composting” or learn about the locavore movement of eating locally produced foods (see article “The Food Artisans”). In the article “Spring Greening,” you can find some simple solutions to make your home toxin-free, such as using distilled white vinegar for disinfecting or baking soda for scouring; liquid castile soap for sudsing; lemon juice for degreasing; and olive oil for polishing. Perhaps you will connect to my personal favorite piece this month: “Home-Grown Organic Made Easy,” because under that snow, there is soil, and tomorrow can be the day you start your own organic garden! All the articles in this edition offer simple tips to assist you as you strive for a healthier family and a healthier Earth. They are not mutually exclusive. Why do people want health? Often it is because it means longevity—another day. Another day to make up from that argument; to get over the anger felt about a perceived injustice; to take out your cookbook and get back on the road to eating healthfully; to get on your spin bike or hop into a headstand; to kiss your loved ones; and to make a stranger smile. And for me, another day to get back to my book (which I promise I will do RIGHT AFTER I finish this publisher letter—that’s if I don’t jump on Facebook first ). Yes, for many of us, health equates to “another day.” This is the same reason we need to care for our planet, so that it, too, has another day.

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he North Shore Land Alliance, in partnership with Hofstra University, the Long Island Group of the Sierra Club, EcoScraps, Edible Magazine, Slow Food Huntington and iEatGreen, will host the Long Island Food Conference, to be held at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, on Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This seminal event is a forum to educate people about growing food, making healthy and sustainable food choices, and incorporating broader policies and programs that affect food sources in our communities. Although best known as a suburban community, Long Island was home to nearly 3,000 farms in 1950. While farms and open space have grown scarcer since those days, there is still a strong interest in growing fresh food. “There was a tremendous turnout and response from the nearly 1,400 participants who attended the 2011 and 2012 Small Farm Summits,” says Stephen Searl, director of land conservation for the Land Alliance. “We need to keep educating the Long Island community so we can continue strengthening and increasing our local sustainable food movement.” Over the course of the daylong conference on growing and farming, workshops and panels will be led by local educators and professionals on various subjects from composting to hydroponic gardening. Featured workshops include: From Hive to Table: Basic Beekeeping Practices and Honey Extraction; Garden Gold: Best Soil Practices and Composting; From Seed to Superfood: Eating Locally on Long Island Year-Round; and Community Garden Toolkit Essentials. There will also be farm and food related exhibitors, including local Community Supported Agriculture farms and service gardens, who will share information about local programs and products. Plenary speaker Stephen Ritz will start the day off by sharing inspiring stories of how he has helped community families grow more than 30,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx through his organization Green Bronx Machine. Along with the workshops and networking forums held throughout the day, Ritz will bring a great deal of knowledge about urban and suburban growing to the audience.

he Real Food Cleanse—a system of cleansing with whole foods— premiered in January at West East Bistro, in Hicksville, and the results were astounding, says cleanse creators and Bistro owners Raquel Wolf-Jadeja, certified health coach, and her husband, Jay Jadeja. The participants that did the twoweek cleanse in January had the choice of doing it on their own by following comprehensive guidelines or having West East Bistro prepare their food for them as well as the opportunity to include optional dietary supplements. For those that chose to have the restaurant prepare their food, they had the comfort of cleansing while eating restaurant food and not having to worry about the shopping and cooking. “Regardless of whether the food came from West East Bistro or if participants prepared it themselves, success was had by all,” says Wolf-Jadeja. “West East Bistro is committed to serving extraordinary food that is also good for you; food that is organic, non-GMO and sustainably sourced.” The couple is offering The Real Food Cleanse again starting April 13 through the 26 and again from April 25 to May 9. This cleanse consists of three meals a day with no meal replacements. It eliminates sugar, caffeine, grains, soy, eggs, peanuts and dairy. The comprehensive guide that is included features the “Pre-Cleanse Get Set Guide” and “How to Keep the Weight Off” plan.

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he 23rd annual Nutrition, Aesthetics, Vitality, Efficacy, Life (NAVEL) Expo will be an all-day event held at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington, in Melville, on May 3, and will introduce the latest in technology, super foods, exercise protocols, supplements and philosophy to help individuals lay the foundations for optimal well-being, ageless beauty, fabulous fitness as well as resources for reversing chronic conditions at their very root. The keynote speaker is the worldrenowned Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, who is the best-selling author of some 14 books, including 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth as well as his latest, The Great Cholesterol Myth. Bowden will be heading up a roster of some 50 speakers in the arena of optimal health and natural approaches to ageless living. “If you have been wondering why is it that so many people have been plagued with chronic conditions when as a nation we are spending more money on health care than any two nations in the world combined? Then perhaps this event will help shine some light on the paradigms that have not only allowed it but have created the perfect ecosystem for its infestation-like growth,” says Alex Lubarsky, CEO of Health Media Group, the organization that produces the event each year. “If you have been plagued with chronic conditions that baffle modern medicine, perhaps here you can shift what you’ve come to believe to be impossible and create a miracle where there has only been darkness,” adds Lubarsky. “Over the years, we’ve seen so many people who came to this event with just a flicker of life in their eyes, and within a few years, they shed decades off the way they looked with a full tank of life registered in their healthy and youthful appearance.” Event location: 598 Broad Hollow Rd., Melville. Cost: $10, or free with ad on page 19. For more information, visit






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An Invitation to an Essentially Powerful Career Path


ust back from her successful Goddess Retreat in India, Vedic master and business guru Pamela Rich is onto her next project: “Building the strength” of her already successful business team called Essentially Powerful. Team members are people that utilize essential oils in their own life and educate those they meet on doing the same. Rich defines the business team as “a platform where like-minded individuals come together to make change and educate others to live a more holistic lifestyle.” Being a team member is different for each person. Some members simply want to learn how to utilize the purest essential oils that are available to increase wellness and remove toxins from their life. Others want to join a team that allows them to create a business and earn money while sharing the myriad uses of essential oils. Rich calls it “fulfilling work” because of its focus on service Pamela Rich and education of others. “Essentially Powerful is a career path that offers so much—an education on utilizing essential oils in the members’ own life to reduce toxins and improve their own wellness as well as an opportunity to share this knowledge with others and to increase finances. It is truly the definition of entrepreneurship. The team members are offered a large base of support in the form of team teleconferences, and even a Facebook private page with thousands of members.” The ideal team member should be open minded and dedicated to personal growth as well as have a desire to help others. “Because at the end of the day, it’s about the people we serve,” says Rich. “My team has so many different members; some are simply moms who want to be educated about removing toxins from their life utilizing the essential oils they are able to purchase as part of the team, while others are looking to create a financial avenue that allows them to stay home with their children.” Two years ago, Rich had a vision to help 200 moms create a financial platform where they would be able to afford staying home with their children; she hit that goal and now has increased it to 500. To learn more, email Pamela Rich at BestYouCanBeNow@ See ad on page 33.

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newsbriefs Dr. Jonathan Richter Offers Free Oral Cancer Screenings for Oral Cancer Awareness Month


ith our mouth we eat and drink what sustains us. With it, we communicate ideas and feelings to the world through speech or a simple smile. It allows us to taste the nuance of a fine wine, the sweetness of a freshly picked berry, or mustard-covered hot dog at the ballpark. Love or passion is expressed by it when we kiss a loved one or child. When cancer affects our mouths, it does more than take away these everyday functions, it too often takes our lives.” This quote, found on the Oral Cancer Foundation’s website, illustrates the truly devastating nature of oral cancer. What people can do is be aware because early detection saves lives. With early detection and timely treatment, deaths from oral cancer could be dramatically reduced. “The five-year survival rate for those with localized disease at diagnosis is 83 percent compared with only 32 percent for those whose cancer has spread to other parts of the body,” says Dr. Jonathan Richter. “Early detection of oral cancer is often possible. Tissue changes in the mouth that might signal the beginnings of cancer often can be seen and felt easily.” This is why for the month of April, Richter is offering a free oral Jonathan Richter DDS, cancer screening at his Cardiodontal office, in Great Neck. According to Richter, lesions that could be precursors to FAGD cancer are leukoplakia (white lesions) and erythroplakia (red lesions). Although less common than leukoplakia, erythroplakia and lesions with erythroplakia components have a much greater potential for becoming cancerous. “Any white or red lesion that does not resolve itself in two weeks should be reevaluated and considered for biopsy to obtain a definitive diagnosis,” says Richter. Other possible signs and symptoms, explains Richter, include a lump or thickening in the oral soft tissues; soreness or a feeling that something is caught in the throat; difficulty chewing or swallowing; ear pain; difficulty moving the jaw or tongue; hoarseness; numbness of the tongue or other areas of the mouth; or swelling of the jaw that causes dentures to fit poorly or become uncomfortable. “If these problems persist for more than two weeks, a thorough clinical examination and laboratory tests, as necessary, should be performed to obtain a definitive diagnosis,” says Richter. “If a diagnosis cannot be obtained, referral to the appropriate specialist is indicated.” Cardiodontal is located at 310 E. Shore Rd., Ste. 101, Great Neck. To make an appointment with Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, for a free oral cancer screening or for any other dental needs, call 516-282-0310. See ad on back cover.

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Clairvoyant Practitioner Tori Quisling Featured on CBS New York


ori Quisling, clairvoyant practitioner and founder of the NY Center for Clairvoyant Development, was recently featured on CBS New York in a story about psychic therapy. Quisling and her clients were interviewed regarding the clients’ decision to visit a psychic rather than a therapist or other coach for getting answers about their career, health, purpose and relationships. Quisling and her clients explained how the clients were empowered through psychic therapy to access their own intuition and follow their own truth. In readings and classes, Quisling says she is able to see the Tori Quisling purpose in people’s hearts and communicate the alignment of relationships and work to this purpose. She says she can also see and communicate where people give away their energy out of habit, and create clarity for them and empower them to take action with this new awareness. Instead of focusing on problems, a clairvoyant reading focuses on creativity and a path to success. Quisling teaches classes in developing clairvoyance, or intuition, which practiced on a regular basis is said to create clarity in purpose and relationships. Shirley Martin explained that her organizing business, SmartinUp, doubled in just weeks of beginning her training. Angelo Conte, business consultant, explained that his relationships and communication with others has more clarity and freedom. To see the segment, visit NewYork. and search for the story, titled “Can Psychic Therapy Solve Your Problems?” For more information, call Tori Quisling at 516-423-1794 or visit See ad on page 7.



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personalized evaluation available for those patients struggling with the elimination of periodontal disease. The oral cavity provides an environment conducive for bacteria to thrive. Although there are harmless bacteria, which reside in a healthy mouth, diseasecausing organisms also inhabit the mouth. Bacteria found in crevices between the teeth and gums may weaken the strong physical bond between periodontal tissues and the teeth, resulting in bleeding of the gums, loosening and actual loss of teeth (gingival and periodontal disease). These same bacteria have been found to cause systemic diseases, such as cerebrovascular accidents, cardiac diseases and diabetes as well as low birth weight and preterm delivery in pregnant women. As part of treatment for periodontal disease, dentists use antibacterial and mechanical therapies, which destroy these harmful bacteria and remove retentive factors, which encourage bacterial growth, respectively. However, treatment is sometimes unsuccessful when broad-spectrum antibiotics are used. Knowledge of the specific bacteria-causing tissue damage, especially when the patient is not responding to treatment, is extremely essential. It helps the dentist to draw up a treatment plan tailor-made for individual Linda J. Golden, DDS patients. Oral DNA testing is a new technique making great strides in the practice of holistic dentistry. In this simple and completely painless test, the DNA of specific bacteria that cause disease can be detected. This helps those at Golden Dental Wellness Center choose the best antibacterial therapy to which these bacteria will be sensitive before periodontal treatment is started. As the treatment progresses, oral DNA testing is also a good modality to determine if the chosen therapy is effective. Post-treatment, the same test also helps to confirm the eradication of the harmful bacteria from the oral cavity. Treatment this way helps in the early detection of disease and the prevention of bone loss, which may require surgical intervention. Oral DNA testing is a simple procedure performed in less than a minute. The patient is made to rinse thoroughly with a small quantity of sterile saline. This saline is then collected in a sample bottle and sent to the laboratory for testing. At routine dental visits, oral DNA testing can easily be done and help detect problems that may be missed in an otherwise healthy patient. Oral DNA testing has greatly improved diagnostics in dentistry, and its use helps both in the prevention and treatment of oral and systemic diseases. Source: Linda J. Golden, DDS, of Golden Dental Wellness Center (444 Community Dr., Ste. 204, Manhasset). Call 516-627-8400 for a consultation. See ad on page 15.

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r. David Pollack, of Pollack Wellness Institute, in Commack says that he has had many patients over the years coming for help both during and postcancer treatments. “Many feel terrible, not realizing how much the treatments will take from them,” shares Pollack. “The volume of side effects can be staggering, but many of the problems they complain of were actually present before cancer ever hit.” Many complain of low energy; digestive problems; aches and pains, especially in the feet and legs; hormone imbalance; irregular menstrual cycles; and other conditions that were often present before their diagnosis, explains Pollack. “After and during treatment, many of these become more intensified, stiffness more pronounced, hot flashes, insomnia, weakness, headaches, etc. Often, many are surprised that these symptoms remain months and even years after treatment has ended.” Pollack generally recommends examining the basics: digestion, hormone balance and inflammatory sources. He says that these three basic functions of the body control the vast majority of how our body runs, how we feel and what our healing potential will be. “Your digestive tract is home to about 70 percent of your immune system. This can be a major source of inflammation, thought to be Dr. David Pollack one of the root causes of cancer. Rebuilding the digestive system using herbal and enzyme remedies along with an appropriate food program can be paramount to optimizing absorption of nutrients and reducing this major source of inflammation.” Pollack explains that hormones, particularly cortisol, have a major effect on the activity level of the immune system. He says that cortisol levels can mean the difference between an appropriate immune reaction or under-reaction. “There are a variety of fantastic modern and ancient treatments, such as herbal therapy and acupuncture, that can help balance and regulate the body’s hormones, helping to manage stress, immune function, sleep and the healing process.” Lastly, Pollack says, finding all sources of inflammation in the body is of utmost importance. “Inflammation can arise in the digestive tract, as mentioned. It can also arise from chronic physical aches and pains, and many other imbalances, such as toxicity, poor diet and other organ problems. Any source of inflammation contributes to the overall inflammatory load the body is under and the degree to which hormones, like cortisol, must chronically react to. Many find that using safe and effective holistic treatments to help heal and repair the body can rejuvenate energy, optimize digestion, and basically help you get a wonderful, quality of life back.” Always use the assistance of an experienced holistic health practitioner when attempting to navigate the many ways to heal the 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 17 and 39.

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nlike their Eastern counterparts, North American and some European herbalists seek to directly mitigate health issues or facilitate specific bodily functions using particular plants, roots and barks. Native Americans embraced the belief that Mother Nature provides, contending that the herbs of a local environment provide for all of the needs of the people dwelling there. For example, snake weed is prevalent in the Southwest, where encounters with rattlesnakes are frequent. Herbs such as comfrey, arnica and sage, which are found from coast to coast, are used to heal wounds, relieve pain and get rid of parasites, maladies common to people everywhere, according to the Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine. Every culture in the world has developed and maintained a system of healing based on their indigenous plants, relying on these natural pharmaceutical entities for thousands of years. A human that lived 5,000 years ago found preserved in ice in 1991 was carrying herbs and mushrooms to mitigate health conditions that scientists confirmed were present in his body. Despite their effective use for millennia, many modern-day people still question the efficacy and safety of medicinal herbs. Instead of looking to pharmaceutical companies—born of an industry with less than 200 years of experience—to handle our healthcare needs, perhaps the real affordable care act can be found in the plants, roots and barks provided by Mother Nature. For more information, call 888-465-4404 or visit See ad on page 35.

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study published in the World Journal of Diabetes concluded that the regular consumption of a flavonoidrich strawberry beverage reduces blood pressure in people with Type 2 diabetes. The study divided 36 subjects, all with moderately high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes, into two groups—the first drank the equivalent of one serving of fresh strawberries per day made from freeze-dried berries, and the other group drank the same amount of an imitation strawberry-flavored drink over a six-week period. Blood pressure was tested at the beginning and end of the study for all participants. At the end, the group drinking the real strawberry beverage registered significantly lower diastolic blood pressure than at the outset; it was also lower than the imitation strawberry group. The average diastolic blood pressure of the group drinking real strawberries went down by 6.5 percent and the systolic dropped by 12 percent. The strawberry-flavored group’s systolic blood pressure was also reduced, but only by 3.7 percent.


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esearchers from Norway’s Stavanger University and France’s AixMarseille Université found that readers remember a story better if it’s on paper. The study tested 50 people that read the same 28-page short story. Half of the group read the paper version and the other half read the story on a Kindle e-reader. The researchers discovered that readers of the digital version could not remember details from the story or reconstruct the plot as well as the group that read the paper copy. The researchers found that the feedback of a Kindle doesn’t provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocket book does. “When you read on paper, you can sense with your fingers a pile of pages on the left growing, and shrinking on the right,” explains Stavanger University’s Anne Mangen, Ph.D. These findings confirm a study performed a year earlier, also led by Mangen. Seventy-two 10th-graders were given text to read either on paper or on a computer screen. The students that read the paper text versions scored significantly higher in reading comprehension testing than those reading digital versions.

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esearch from Berlin’s Charité University Medical Center suggests that acupuncture is an effective treatment for patients with seasonal allergic rhinitis. Published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, in 2013, the study analyzed data on the costs and quality of life of 364 allergy patients that had been randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments: rescue medication alone (taken when symptoms are greatest); acupuncture treatment plus rescue medication; or sham (nontherapeutic) acupuncture plus rescue medication. Patients receiving acupuncture incurred higher total treatment costs, but also gained significantly more quality of life compared with the rescue medication-only groups.

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onfirming previous findings, a large study from the University of Chicago has found that autism is linked to toxic environmental exposure. The research examined data from nearly a third of the U.S. population, which showed that both autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities increased as exposure increased in region-by-region testing. The research measured clusters of autism incidence together with exposure rates in different counties and states across the country. The areas with greater environmental toxin exposures had significantly increased autism rates. The correlation was significant among both boys and girls, but stronger among girls. Proximity to urban areas also increased autism incidence. For every 1 percent increase in urbanization, there was about a 3 percent rise in autism and intellectual disabilities. Influential toxins include pesticides, plasticizers, lead and pharmaceuticals.

The Color Green Makes Exercise Feel Easier


esearch from the University of Essex, in England, suggests that viewing natural green images while exercising may be better than being exposed to other colors. The researchers tested 14 people doing moderate-intensity cycling while watching video footage of predominantly gray, red or green imagery. Each of the participants underwent three cycling tests—one with each of the videos—along with a battery of physiological and mood testing. The researchers found that when the subjects watched the green-colored video, they had better moods, with a lower relative perception of exertion than when they exercised while watching the red and grey videos. They also found those that exercised while watching the red video experienced greater feelings of anger during their exercise. 20

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Olive Oil Boosts Healthy Cholesterol


n an effort to understand what makes olive oil so good for heart health, a study from Europe’s Cardiovascular Risk and Nutrition Research Group and the U.S. National Institutes of Health has found that olive oil’s polyphenols significantly increase the size of high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL) in the blood and enhance the HDL’s ability to inhibit formation of the abnormal fatty deposits, known as plaque, within the walls of arteries. Polyphenols are natural compounds from plants known to help prevent cancer and heart disease. In the three-week study, researchers isolated the effect of polyphenols by dividing 47 healthy European men into two groups: one ate a diet containing polyphenol-poor olive oil and the other consumed polyphenol-rich olive oil. The enriched diet resulted in increased size, fluidity and stability (resistance to oxidation) of the HDL molecules by reducing their triglyceride core. The researchers note that the oxidation of cholesterol lipids such as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is linked with arteriosclerosis.


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No Food Scraps Need Go to Waste People in the United States waste more than a third of all of the food they produce, but more than 180 cities and towns are beginning to realize that wasted food can be valuable; they are asking residents to separate unwanted food from the rest of their trash and put it in a curbside compost bin. The idea is to stop sending food waste to the landfill, where it generates harmful methane gas pollution, and start turning it into something useful, like compost. In 2011, Portland, Oregon, launched a curbside compost program in which residents are encouraged to put food scraps into the city’s green yard waste bin. Since then, the amount of garbage sent to the landfill has decreased by 37 percent. According to Bruce Walker, the city’s solid waste and recycling program manager, the program also reduces the environmental footprint of the trash heap. Getting people to separate their food waste, however, can be difficult. To motivate its residents to put more food waste in the compost bin, the city of Seattle, Washington, has proposed both making curbside composting mandatory and fining residents a dollar every time they put a disproportionate volume of food waste in their trash. Source:

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Innovations being successfully pioneered in Malaysia offer ideas for improving the world, according to the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), including the construction of high-tech, self-sustaining ecological “smart” villages. These villages are lifting incomes for scores of rural families while promoting environmental sustainability. Each 50-acre community consists of about 100 affordable homes, advanced educational, training and recreational facilities and an integrated, sustainable farm system that provides villagers with food and employment that on average, triples their monthly income. Low-cost, 1,000-square-foot homes are built in 10 days and the communal farming operations include a cascading series of fish tanks, or “aquafarms”. Filtered fish tank wastewater irrigates trees, grain fields and high-value plants grown in “autopots”, a three-piece container with a valve that detects soil moisture levels and releases water as required, reducing the need for fertilizers and pesticides. Free-range chickens feed on the fast-reproducing worms that process the plant compost. This system optimizes nutrient absorption, minimizes waste and enables crops to be grown on previously non-arable land. The village’s solar-generated power is complemented by biomass energy and mini-hydro electricity. A community hall, resource center, places of worship, playgrounds and educational facilities equipped with 4G Internet service support e-learning and e-health services. 22

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U.S. Recognizes Companies for Earth-Sound Policies Each year, the U.S. Department of State presents Awards for Corporate Excellence recognizing U.S.-owned businesses that play vital roles worldwide as good corporate citizens. Parameters include supporting sustainable development, respect for human and labor rights, environmental protection, open markets, transparency and other democratic values. The 2014 winners, announced last December, include the EcoPlanet Bamboo Group, in Nicaragua, for fostering sustainable development by regenerating degraded pasturelands. The company dedicates 20 percent of its plantations as natural habitat that protects biodiversity by prohibiting illegal hunting. EcoPlanet also focuses on employing persons with disabilities and empowering women through recruitment to managerial positions. Wagner Asia Equipment, LLC, in Mongolia, a heavy equipment dealership, is recognized for its commitment to public/private partnerships with Mongolia’s local and national governments designed to protect the environment. Initiatives include planting more than 900 trees, conducting workshops for students on environment and ecology, implementing a project to build a community garden and rehabilitating a toxic waste site. Other finalists include the Coca-Cola Company, in the Philippines; Chevron Corporation, in Burma; ContourGlobal, in Togo; General Electric, in South Africa; General Electric International, in Tunisia; GlassPoint Solar, in Oman; and the Linden Centre, in China. For more information on finalists, visit

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here is a secret gem in the organic world, and it’s a man named Stephen Kushner. Kushner, a stylist currently working at Atelier Salon, in Roslyn Heights, has been in the business for decades and has stayed current on all the hair trends. Most recently, he has begun incorporating organic coloring and straightening utilizing the Organic Color Systems products. What is organic color? Organic color is free of ammonia and PPD (para-phenylenediamine) and PTD (para-toluenediamine), which means no hazardous fumes that would damage the hair and lungs. The hair-coloring products Kushner utilizes are instead made with soy oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba seed oil, aloe juice, chamomile, orange peel, and vitamins C and E. Kushner got involved with organic color nine years ago when his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and needed chemotherapy. He began to meet people that had recovered from cancer and had the desire to change the color of their hair but didn’t want to risk utilizing carcinogenic products. Kushner did some research and discovered the Organic Color Systems products. He tested them out and found they had no harsh odor and resulted in beautifully colored hair with great shine. Kushner lives a very healthy lifestyle focused on organic plant-based foods, so it was natural that he incorporate his beliefs into his work. It’s been three years since he started using the Organic Color Systems products, and now his entire client base has changed over to organic hair color. “My clients have beautiful, healthy, shiny hair and healthy bodies. It was a natural shoe in for me, already living a natural organic lifestyle.” Location: 61 Mineola Ave., Roslyn Heights. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call Stephen Kushner at 516-484-5990. See ad on page 41.

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EARTH IN PERIL Children Confront Climate Change by Avery Mack

of pollution to our dinner table. A 2006 study by Nicola Beaumont, Ph.D., with the Plymouth Marine Laboratory UK, found that 29 percent of the oceans’ edible fish and seafood species have declined by 90 percent in the past 100 years. The international team of ecologists and economists led by Boris Worm, Ph.D., of Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, predict total saltwater fish extinction by 2048 due to overfishing, pollution, habitat loss and climate change. Rising ocean acidity due to absorption of increasing carbon dioxide and other emissions from burning fossil fuels impacts creatures large and small, like dissolving the shell of the tiny sea butterfly, a vital link in the ocean’s food chain. Americans currently consume 4.5 billion pounds of seafood each year.

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In the same 100 years, sea levels have risen seven inches, mostly due to expansion as the water warms. “We have over 2 million preserved fish in our collection. We study them to see the effect of temperature change,” says Melanie Stiassny, Ph.D., curator of ichthyology at the museum. “The mummichog fish is less than an inch long. It’s a bottom feeder and that’s where pollution like mercury lies. When the water is warm, fish eat more and mercury is stored in their bodies.” The contaminants move up the food chain, bringing the effects

“Each species was put here for a reason. We are the caretakers.” ~a youth at a climate rally Scientists look back to look ahead. Henry David Thoreau fell in love with the wilderness around Concord, Massachusetts, 160 years ago. From his renowned journals, scientists know when flowers like the pink lady slipper (Cypripedium acaule), bird’s-foot violets (Viola pedata) or golden ragworts (Packera aurea) used to bloom. Today, with temperatures six degrees Fahrenheit warmer than in Thoreau’s time, these species now bloom two weeks earlier. The Canada lily (Lilium canadense), plentiful before, is now rare, unable to adapt to the new reality. Paul Sweet, collections manager of the museum’s ornithology department, studies “skins” (stuffed birds). He says, “The skins show us how birds lived years ago.” In just the past 100 years, bird species that have gone extinct range from the ivory-billed woodpecker (Campephilus principalis) to the onceabundant passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) and Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis). In Colorado, 70 percent of the lodgepole pines have been lost, with pines in other states also in trouble.

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Paul Stutzman Finds Universal Truths on His Treks by Randy Kambic


aul Stutzman was a successful executive with a family restaurant chain and a happy father and husband married for more than 30 years when his wife, Mary, passed away from breast cancer in 2006. Questioning his faith as to why this happened, Stutzman quit his job to hike the 2,168-mile Appalachian Trail (AT), advising everyone he encountered, “Don’t take spouses and families for granted.” His book, Hiking Through, recounts this extreme adventure and relates his subsequent thoughts about grief, healing and life. Stutzman chronicled his second journey, a 5,000-mile-plus cross-country trek, in Biking Across America. This time, he perceived a “noble, yet humble America that still exists and inspires.” More recently, the author has turned to fiction with The Wanderers and Wandering Home, both enriched with reflections upon the values of his Amish Mennonite upbringing and marriage.

What kept you going? Early on, I realized how soothing nature was to my grieving soul. Still, there

were times it would have been easy to abandon my journeys and head for the safety of home. The desire to discover if my life held any meaning after such a great loss kept me moving forward. I kept telling myself on both journeys, “If my wife can fight cancer for four years, I can overcome any obstacle I encounter.” I was determined to write about what I was being taught by nature. I also believed books written by and about someone seeking solace via an incomplete pilgrimage would be cheating the reader.

What do such journeys teach about nature and our response to experiencing it? I find comfort in nature. I believe the beautiful streams and waterfalls, the grand views from mountaintops and the wildlife were all created for our enjoyment. When we absorb this beauty and wonderment, the stresses in life slowly melt away. Granted, not everyone will be able to do what I did; however, a stroll through a local park, along a beach or in a flower garden can have similar effects.

Did these extended physical endeavors make mental demands that catalyzed unexpected self-growth? Treks like these into the unknown are physically demanding. With time and effort, one’s body gets into shape for extended hiking and biking. The mental hurdle must be crossed next. You’ll miss home and loved ones. Loneliness will set in. This is where you discover who the real you is. Are you tenacious enough to push through the desire to abandon the pilgrimage or will you succumb to the allure of comfort and safety? On my journeys, I had to make difficult choices. There is a saying that applies to folks planning to hike the AT end-to-end through 14 states: “If hiking the entire Appalachian Trail isn’t the most important thing in your life, you won’t accomplish it.” My daughter gave birth to my grandson while I was hiking. Although she asked that I come home for the event, I declined. I kept on hiking because I knew I wouldn’t return to the trail if I went home. I’d spent my lifetime trying to do the right things for my three children, but now had to do what was right for me.

What did you learn about Americans along the way? I discovered that most Americans are kind, law-abiding citizens. Most are still willing to help a stranger in need. Unfortunately, I feel we focus too much time and energy on the minority of malcontents.

How have these experiences informed your creative process? America is a great country. The beauty I’ve witnessed from a bicycle seat and on two feet hiking the mountains is a continual source of inspiration. Many folks are unable to do what I do. My ongoing desire is to describe the images imprinted in my mind in such a way that others can feel as if they are there walking with me. For more information, visit


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ong Island resident Michael Stern is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of Visitor One Entertainment. He’s directed more than 35 music videos and various film projects and is focused on creating films that will have a meaningful impact. This focus led him and his partner, Christine Segal, to create The Master Shift—a group of like-minded individuals that hold global meditations online to send energy out to serve a specific cause, such as world peace, or a specific tragedy. Most recently, the group held a Global World Peace Meditation. Stern and Segal met in an ecoconscious Meetup group years ago. They both shared a desire to facilitate a global meditation. They started out with one meditation and, utilizing Stern’s background in media production, filmed a video-guided meditation that was narrated by Julian Lennon, son of famed Beatle John Lennon. That one video led to more than 1 million hits on their website, The Master Shift now has 12 active members on its creative team and has produced more videos of guided meditations, the last two of which were also read by Julian Lennon. “The more people that get involved and effect change, the more positive energy is out there in the world, thus ultimately

ing the world through global meditations and positive living,” says Stern, regarding the goal of the nonprofit organization, which in addition to offering meditations provides other services to humanity. While many of the organization’s meditations are held digitally worldwide, it also hosts international “onthe-ground gatherings.” It has received donations, which it utilizes to offer financial assistance to charitable organizations around the world and fund educational conferences that facilitate spiritual growth, worldwide healing and commitment to sustainability and green initiatives. Stern defines The Master Shift as a “movement which exists to aid in restoring, reconnecting and reawakening the collaborative efforts of humans with nature. It is a movement towards harmonious purpose between mankind, Earth and all of life within our planet.” The Master Shift’s hope is to bring humanity together for positive change using cause meditations as the catalyst. “We look to inspire worldwide unity and action,” adds Stern. On Earth Day, April 22, The Master Shift, along with Forest Nation, The Earth Day Network and The White Feather Foundation, is hosting a Global Planting Event. It will be a “give back to Earth” event—an “offering” for all the planet gives us. Their goal is to plant 1 billion

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Spring Greening Easy Ways to Detox a House by Lane Vail


or most individuals, odorous chemicals are simply unpleasant. For those that are sensitive and susceptible, however, even common chemical exposures may evoke a toxicant-induced loss of tolerance (TILT) marked by multiple-system symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, autoimmune disease, asthma, depression and food intolerance. Since the post-World War II expansion of petrochemicals, the incidence of TILT has increased dramatically, says Claudia Miller, a medical doctor, researcher and professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and co-author of Chemical Exposures: Low Levels and High Stakes. “Fortunately, public awareness has also grown significantly in the last few years,” says Rick Smith, Ph.D., a Canadian environmentalist who co-authored Toxin Toxout. “Now companies and governments worldwide are moving toward making safer products.” We can support progress by leveraging some practical tips in greening 34

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our home. Start somewhere. Many volatile organic compounds (VOC) that include formaldehyde and benzene are concealed in household items such as couches, chairs, particleboard furniture, mattresses, box springs, carpeting, rugs, synthetic flooring, wallpaper and paint. Green TV host and Fresh Living author Sara Snow implores us not to become overwhelmed, disheartened or fearful. “Creating a healthy home is a gradual process that doesn’t require throwing all the furniture out,” she advises. Start by scrutinizing labels and choosing not to bring new toxins in. For example, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is widely found to be associated with reproductive toxicity and is found in many waterproofed and flexible plastics. Select PVC-free toys, shower curtain liners and mattress covers. In the kitchen, avoid potentially carcinogenic perfluorinated chemicals (PFC) found in nonstick coatings of pots and pans. Toss the Teflon when it

scratches, says Snow, and upgrade to stainless steel or cast iron. Weed out bisphenols, the DNA-disrupting chemicals found in plastics and epoxy resin can liners. Even “BPA-free” products likely contain alternative and equally harmful substances, according to a recent study published in Chemosphere. Choose clear glass instead of plastic containers. When remodeling, look for zeroVOC items, Miller says, plus materials free of stain-resistant sprays and flame retardants whose efficacy is questionable. Consider natural fiber rugs like jute or wool. Forest Stewardship Council-certified hardwoods or alternative flooring like cork or glass tile are safer investments in long-term well-being. Clean green. Conventional cleaners are among the worst offenders, and even some “eco-cleaners” can be deceptively unsafe, says Smith. He recommends avoiding antibacterial products containing triclosan, which proliferates antibiotic-resistant bacteria that prolong and exacerbate illnesses, as well as phthalates, a chemical oil that carries artificial aromas and has been repeatedly linked to cancer and abnormal fetal development. “Even so-called natural fragrances are often complex petrochemicals that outgas and contaminate the air,” notes Miller. Snow advises formulating products at home using staple pantry ingredients, including distilled white vinegar for disinfecting, baking soda for scouring, liquid castile soap for sudsing, lemon juice for degreasing and olive oil for polishing. Freshen with fresh air. Americans spend about 90 percent of their time amid indoor air pollutants that are significantly more concentrated than outdoor pollutants, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports. “Most energy-efficient homes are well sealed with ventilation systems that recirculate indoor air, so opening the windows helps dilute accumulated airborne toxins,” says Miller. Snow further recommends bringing air-purifying plants into the home such as Gerbera daisies, bamboo palms and English ivy.

Vacuum and dust. Vacuuming with a high-efficiency particulate arrestance (HEPA) filter and dusting with a moist cloth eliminates allergens such as pet dander, mites, pollen and mold, and helps remove phthalates, flame retardants, lead and pesticides that “latch onto house dust and accumulate in dust bunnies,” says Smith. Weed out lawn chemicals. “Organophosphate pesticides are profoundly neurotoxic,” says Miller, especially to the developing brains of children. Instead try integrated pest management, which involves controlling pests’ food sources and applying non-toxic deterrents. Eliminating potentially carcinogenic herbicides might mean managing more weeds, says Snow, but it’s worth it. Eat green. “Buying produce as close to its source as possible, from a farmer or farmers’ market, provides threefold benefits,” says Snow—less wasteful packaging, reduced exposure to chemical plastics and greater concentration of health-promoting nutrients. Buy

in bulk and favor glass containers or rectangular cardboard cartons. Take tests. Radon, an invisible, odorless gas that can emanate from the ground and accumulate in homes, annually causes 21,000 U.S. lung cancer deaths, according to the U.S. EPA. Lead, a neurotoxin that may occasionally leach from home water pipes, can also hide in pre-1978 paint. Testing for both and implementing reduction or precautionary measures is simple, advises Smith. Most hardware stores stock test kits. Take action. Join with other concerned citizens by launching a pertinent petition at; campaigning with organizations like the Environmental Working Group ( or Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (; and supporting cleaner, greener companies with family purchases. Lane Vail is a freelance writer and blogger at

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Nature’s Wisdom Its Lessons Inspire, Heal and Sustain Us by Christine MacDonald

The environment is not separate from ourselves; we are inside it and it is inside us; we make it and it makes us. ~ Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, Amazon shaman


hile the idea that we humans stand apart from—or even above—nature is a prevailing theme in much of modern civilization, naturalists and other clever souls throughout the ages have observed that the opposite is true: We are part of, depend on and evolve with nature—and we ignore this vital connection at our peril. “If one way is better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way,” admonished the Greek philosopher Aristotle, in the third century B.C.E. “Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms the judgment of nature,” Roman politician and philosopher Cicero ruminated two centuries later. Nobel Prize-winning physicist and philosopher Albert Einstein remarked, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” 36

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Today, more of us are looking to nature for ways to improve physical, mental and emotional health, develop intelligence, innovate, overhaul how we build homes and neighborhoods, and raise our children.

Healthful Nature

As Henry David Thoreau wrote in his classic 1854 book Walden, “We need the tonic of wildness.” While we know firsthand how walking in the woods can elevate mood, scientists have documented that a regular dose of nature has other far-reaching benefits. It can lower stress hormone levels, blood pressure and undesirable cholesterol; help heal neurological problems; hasten fuller recovery from surgery and heart attacks; increase cancer-fighting white blood cells; and generally aid overall

health (Health Promotion International research report; also Nippon Medical School study, Tokyo). Regular playtime outdoors helps children cope with hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders, according to research published in Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care. Exposure to nature can help adults escape from today’s wired lives; reinvigorate, be fitter and less likely to suffer from obesity, diabetes and heart disease, as reported in studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and a University of Washington research summary. It can also unlock understanding of the spiritual essence of life. Hours regularly spent by youth outdoors stimulate imagination and creativity and enhance cognitive development, helping them learn. Nature also helps youngsters develop social awareness, helping them better navigate human relations ( Research). “It’s strange and kind of sad that we are so removed from nature that we actually have to ask why nature is good for us,” says Dr. Eva Selhub, a lecturer at Harvard Medical School, author of the new book Your Health Destiny, and co-author of Your Brain on Nature. “The fact is our brains and bodies are wired in concert with nature.” Recognition of nature’s positive effects has grown so much in recent years that physicians increasingly write their patients “prescriptions” to go hiking in the woods, counting on the healthy exercise and exposure to sunlight, nature and soothing views to address health problems stemming from poor diets and sedentary lifestyles. Healthcare clinics and hospitals in Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Indianapolis, Albuquerque, New Mexico, California’s Bay Area and elsewhere have launched Prescription Trails programs aimed at objectives from preventing obesity in children to

healthful activities for retirees (Tinyurl. com/AmericanHealthTrails). Bestselling author Richard Louv calls the positive nature effect “vitamin N” in The Nature Principle. He contends: “Many of us, without having a name for it, are using the nature tonic. We are, in essence, self-medicating with an inexpensive and unusually convenient drug substitute.” Such ideas are commonly accepted in many cultures. The Japanese believe in the restorative power of shinrin-yoku, which could be translated as “forest medicine” or “forest bathing”. Indigenous peoples like the Brazilian tribe led by Shaman Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, fighting to preserve their land and way of life in the Amazon, profess to be at one with the innate riches of sustainable rainforests (

Innovative Nature

Scientists, inventors and other innovators are increasingly inspired by nature. Biomimicry, part social movement and part burgeoning industry, looks to how Earth’s natural systems work and solve problems. University of Utah researchers, inspired by the durable homes built by sandcastle worms, are creating a synthetic glue that one day could help repair fractured bones. Architectural components manufacturer Panelite

Scientific studies show that a regular dose of nature has far-reaching health benefits. More doctors now write “nature” prescriptions for their patients. makes energy-efficient insulated glass by mimicking the hexagonal structure that bees use in honeycombs. (Find other precedents at BiomimicryCaseExamples). The inspiration for biomimicry comes from many places, says Dayna Baumeister, Ph.D. co-founder of Biomimicry 3.8, a Missoula, Montana, company working with other companies and universities to propel biomimicry into the mainstream. “People are recognizing that they’ve been disconnected to the natural world,” she says. “We also realize that [as a species] we are in trouble. We don’t have all the answers, but we can look to other species for inspiration” for clearing pollutants from our bodies and environments. Plants and fungi are now commonly used to clean up old industrial sites that resemble nature’s way of

removing pollutants from water and soil. A University of California, Berkeley, meta-study confirms that farmers currently using organic farming methods and solar power achieve roughly the same crop yields as conventional techniques with far less dependence on fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse gases and petrochemical pesticide and fertilizer pollution.

Cyclical Nature

These breakthrough technologies emulate the way nature uses the building blocks of life in an endless cycle of birth, reproduction, decay and rebirth. It’s part of a broad rethinking of the principles behind sustainability— building, manufacturing and living in greater harmony with natural systems, perhaps eventually eliminating landfills, air and water pollution, and toxic site cleanups. “A toxin is a material in the wrong place,” says architect William McDonough, of Charlottesville, Virginia. The only individual recipient of the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, he is co-author of Cradleto-Cradle, a groundbreaking book that calls for re-envisioning even the nastiest waste, and The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance. McDonough imagines a world where waste becomes raw material for new

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Man is everywhere a disturbing agent. Wherever he plants his foot, the harmonies of nature are turned to discord. The proportions and accommodations that ensured the stability of existing arrangements are overthrown. Of all organic beings, man alone is to be regarded as essentially a destructive power. ~George Perkins Marsh, Man and Nature (1864) buildings, furniture and other goods— akin to how a forest reuses every deceased tree and animal to nourish the ecosystem and spawn new life. With 80 percent of U.S. residents currently living in urban areas, architects, builders and municipal planners are likewise pivoting toward nature, prompted by the scientific evidence of the many ways that human health and general well-being rely upon it. While this contact is preferably the kind of “stopping by woods” that inspired New England poet Robert Frost, even a walk in a city park will work. “Urban nature, when provided as parks and walkways and incorporated into building design, provides calming and inspiring environments and encourages learning, inquisitiveness and alertness,” reports the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, in Green Cities: Good Health. The American Planning Association stresses the importance of integrating green space into urban neighborhoods. Not only does so-called “metro nature” improve air and water quality and reduce urban heat island effects, urban wilds such as Pittsburgh’s Nine Mile Run and Charlotte, North Carolina’s Little Sugar Creek Greenway also restore natural connections in densely populated city centers.

Natural Intelligence

A growing number of scientists say that research about our place in nature has sparked fresh thinking about our role and devastated quaint notions about our species’ superiority. “Single-celled slime molds solve mazes. Brainless plants make correct decisions and bees with 38

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brains the size of pinheads handle abstract concepts,” points out Anthropologist Jeremy Narby, author of the groundbreaking book Intelligence in Nature. At a national conference of Bioneers, an organization based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and San Francisco that gathers nature-minded social and scientific innovators, Narby said: “We are nearly identical to many animals. Many behaviors once thought to be exclusively human are shared by other species. The zone of the specifically human, as determined by science, has been shrinking.” We haven’t lost the ability to tap that primal animal inside, even if most of us are more likely to “venture into the forest” by watching a movie or playing video games. We may feel cut off from our instincts, but studies show time in the woods can do wonders to restore the keenness of our senses to connect with the subtle changes in natural habitat, the movements of other species and the changing seasons. The rise of human civilizations may have taken “survival of the fittest” in new directions, often decidedly tamer ones, but experts ranging from scientific researchers to lifestyle analysts say humankind is still hardwired by our more primitive past. Despite the ingenious ways we’ve devised to exploit other life forms, capitalize on Earth’s resources and protect ourselves from nature’s sometimes terrifying power, our fate remains linked to natural laws and limits, from nurturing our body’s immune system to resolving planet-sized problems like climate change. “‘Nature’ is our natural environment,” according to Selhub. We don’t

True-Life ‘Aha!’ Reads 10 Lessons from Nature to Inspire Our Everyday Lives by David Miller, FromNature 9 Amazing Lessons from Nature to Inspire Your Everyday Life by Annie Hauser, FromNature Intelligence in Nature by Jeremy Narby Life Lessons from Nature by Elvis Newman Cathedrals of the Spirit by T. C. McLuhan Your Brain on Nature by Eva Selhub have to move to the country to reconnect, she says. “Even spending 20 minutes a day outside has an effect.” Houseplants, nature photos and aromatherapy Earth scents can also help indoor environments better reflect our own nature. The wealth of research and common sense wisdom is aptly summed up by celebrated author Wendell Berry in The Long-Legged House. “We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it’ll be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.” Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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Direct from Our Neighbors by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko

Neighbors in most states can now legally buy fresh breads, cookies and preserves from local food artisans.


he locavore movement of eating locally produced foods continues to expand, thanks to 42 states passing cottage food laws that permit community members to make certain foods at home to sell to neighbors. Some enterprises use a contract packer to deliver on a scale not possible domestically, or even operate from a commercially licensed production facility. From sauerkraut and distinctive jams and organic jellies to gluten- or peanut-free cakes and regional artisanal breads, some of the most flavorful products are being produced with no chemical preservatives, artificial colors or other laboratory ingredients. Nearly all are made in small batches, and usually by the owner. Many source local ingredients or serve special dietary


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needs largely underserved or ignored by larger food businesses. “In a sharing economy, individuals look less to big chain stores for their food needs and more to each other, making fresher, tastier and often healthier foods more accessible,” explains Janelle Orsi, co-founder of the Oakland, California, Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC), citing its Policies for Shareable Cities report partnered with the nonprofit Shareable. The Specialty Food Association reports that sales of specialty foods— primarily at grocery retailers, but also cottage operators via farmers’ markets and direct orders when allowed by their state—grew 22 percent from 2010 to 2012, topping $85 billion.

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“All of our products are made by hand and in small batches daily,” says Ruth Wardein, co-owner, with Andrew Amick, of Epiphany Gluten Free Bakery, in Naples, Florida, which she launched from her home kitchen. Besides glutenfree cookies, cakes and breads, she’s always “perfecting” her Paleo cookies, brownies and pancake mix. Paleo recipes contain no grains, dairy, yeast or refined sugars, explains Wardein. “They require nut and seed flours, coconut oil and natural sugars like honey or maple syrup. So they are naturally higher in protein and fiber and lower in carbs than the average glutenfree recipe.” “We’re experimenting with the community supported agriculture model with local fruit,” says Erin Schneider. She and her husband, Rob McClure, operate Hilltop Community Farm, in LaValle, Wisconsin, which produces value-added products with organically grown crops. “We have salsas, pickles and jams. Our black currant and honey jam is sold before it’s made. Rob’s garlic dills have their own following.” Wisconsin’s cottage food law restricts sales to only high-acid foods.

Quality over Quantity

In Royal Oaks, California, Garden Variety Cheese owner, cheesemaker and shepherd Rebecca King feeds her 100 milking ewes organically raised, irrigated pasture grass and brewer’s grain to yield award-winning farmstead easier-to-digest sheep cheeses from her Monkeyflower Ranch. “Many first-time customers like my story as a small producer and want to buy direct from the farm. They keep buying because of the taste,” says King. “My marinara and pizza sauces are made in small batches by hand in a home kitchen, enabling us to hot pack them to retain the ingredients’ natural favors,” says Liz James, owner of The Happy Tomato, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her sauces are also low in sodium and contain no sugar, saturated fat or gluten. James’ production is facili-

tated by Virginia’s home food processor license, which lets her work from home and sell wholesale. Whole Foods Market is among her major retail accounts. When home-based cottage food businesses are spurred into expansion to keep up with demand, a situation sometimes complicated by state limits on sales volume, many opt for renting space in the growing number of incubator, or community, kitchens nationwide. “We did farmers’ markets for three years and went from seven customers to thousands,” says Wardein, who now rents a commercial kitchen space. “Returning customers are the momentum that has pushed us forward.” “By growing food in and around our own neighborhoods and cities, we decrease our dependence on an oftentimes unjust and ecologically destructive global food system and build stronger, more connected and resilient communities,” affirms Yassi Eskandari-Qajar, director of SELC’s City Policies program. “We think it’s important to produce what grows well on our soil and then sell it, so that ecology drives economics, rather than vice versa,” says Schneider. “Random things prosper in our area, like paprika peppers, elderberries, hardy kiwi, garlic, pears and currants. It’s our job as ecologically-minded farmers to show how delicious these foods can be.” Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko are coauthors of the new book Homemade for Sale, a guide for launching a food business from a home kitchen, plus ECOpreneuring, Farmstead Chef and Rural Renaissance. Learn more at

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“Crops like tomatoes, potatoes, kale, broccoli, cucumbers and squash all benefit from a deep mulch, which reduces the need to water and also prevents weeds, saving even more time.” Grow herbs in convenient containers. Family cooks will harvest kitchen herbs every day, in all kinds of weather, so don’t waste footsteps. Grow some parsley, basil and other herbs in large containers near the kitchen door. Try promising perennials. Plant them once, and vegetables like asparagus and rhubarb come back year after year in cold winter climates like the Midwest and Northeast. Where winters are mild, artichokes or chayote (pear squash) are long-lived and productive. Many resilient herbs will return each spring, too, including sage, mints, thyme and oregano. Tarragon and marjoram make trusty perennial herbs in the Sun Belt. …continued on page 44

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etting a future organic garden started indoors will pay big dividends when the summer rolls around. There are several benefits to starting plants indoors from seed. Doing so is much cheaper than purchasing transplants; an individual can buy seeds for many more varieties than he/she will find for sale as plants; and choosing seeds allows an individual to experiment with flavors, shapes and colors and also allows plants to have different maturing dates, which extends an individual’s harvest. By starting plants

indoors, they can spend more time in the person’s garden flowering instead of getting mature enough to flower.

Some Tips to Get Started n Start the seeds off in a sterile seed starting mix (preferably organic) that is light and fluffy to hold just enough moisture. n Moisten the growing medium before placing in seeds; seedlings are very delicate and can drown or become diseased easily. 

n Monitor plants daily, and water when the medium is dry. n If growing in a window, be sure to turn trays daily to strengthen stems, as they switch sides to grow toward light. n When temps are consistently warmer, begin placing plants outdoors for short periods of time in protected areas. Once a few days pass, pick a warm, calm morning and plant them in their new garden home. Source: Next Door Gardens. See ad on this page.

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Stock up on organic seeds. “As a year-round vegetable gardener, I try to come up with a list of all the seeds I’ll need for every season when I place annual seed orders,” Jabbour says. “That way, I will place fewer orders and have everything on hand at the proper planting time, saving both time and money.” Organic seeds in consumer seed catalogs and retail racks won’t be genetically modified or treated with pesticides. Be generous with organic compost. With each planting, mix in organic compost along with a balanced organic fertilizer. Food crops grown in organically enriched soil are better able to resist challenges from pests and diseases, which simplifies summer tasks. Grow flowers to attract beneficial insects. Reducing or eliminating pesticides and increasing plantings of flowers can radically improve the balance between helpful and harmful insects in a garden. Horticulturist Jessica Walliser, co-host of Pittsburgh’s The Organic Gardeners KDKA radio show and author of Attracting Beneficial Bugs to

Your Garden, recommends starting with sweet alyssum, an easy-to-grow annual that can be tucked into the edges of beds or added to mixed containers. “The tiny blossoms of sweet alyssum are adept at supporting several species of the non-stinging parasitic wasps that help keep aphids and other common pests in check,” Walliser says. In warm climates where they are widely grown, crape myrtles have been found to serve as nurseries for lady beetles, lacewings and other beneficial insects. Protect plants with fabric barriers. Pest insects seeking host plants won’t find cabbage or kale if they’re hidden beneath hoops covered with fine-mesh fabric like wedding net (tulle) or garden fabric row cover. “Cover the plants the day they are transplanted into the garden,” advises Walliser. As long as the edges are securely tucked in, row covers will also protect plants from wind, hail, rabbits and deer. Hoe briefly each day. Commit 10 minutes a day to hoeing. While slicing down young weeds, hill up

soil over potatoes or clean up beds ready to be replanted. Look out for small problems to correct before they become big ones. No more misplaced tools. Time is often wasted searching for lost weeders, pruning shears and other hand tools, which are easier to keep track of when painted in bright colors or marked with colored tape. Jabbour uses a tool stash basket placed at the garden entrance. Stop to smell the flowers. Use moments saved to sit quietly, relax and soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the garden. Pausing to listen to the birds or watch a honeybee work a flower is part of the earned reward of any healthy garden that can’t be measured by the pound. Barbara Pleasant, the author of numerous green thumb books, including Starter Vegetable Gardens: 24 No-Fail Plans for Small Organic Gardens, grows vegetables, herbs and fruits in Floyd, Virginia. Connect at

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Dogs with Library Cards Kids Love Reading to Animals by Sandra Murphy

The goal of Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ), launched in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1999 as part of Intermountain Therapy Animals, is to improve children’s literacy skills with the mentoring help of certified therapy teams. Its reach has spread through library programs across the U.S. and Canada and internationally, with other therapy groups following suit.


octors told the parents of an 11-year-old autistic son that he would never read… so quit trying to teach him,” says Suzanne Vening, an organic farmer in Jackson, Mississippi. “The doctor didn’t count on Adam, my Australian shepherd.” Abused and abandoned before being adopted by Vening, she had trained him for therapy work. Vening knew nothing about autistic or learning-disabled children, but she knew Adam could work miracles. The boy made eye contact with Adam during his library visit and read a few words. His parents were overjoyed as his reading continued to improve. “It’s hard to include


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children with special needs in many family activities,” Vening says. “A library is a place the whole family can enjoy.” She advises, “Designate a safe corner where a child can escape if feeling overwhelmed. After entering the room, handlers should sit on the floor with the dog lying beside them. A standing dog can cause too much excitement. It’s important to trust that your therapy dog will know how to approach a child that’s afraid, has tremors or can’t sit up or sit still.” “An animal’s heartbeat seems to call to kids,” observes Rachael Barrera, a children’s librarian at Brook Hollow

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Public Library, in San Antonio, Texas. “Dogs have come here once a week for more than a year. Now older kids that are comfortable with the reading program are showing younger ones how to choose a book.” At California’s Benicia Public Library, kids read to Honey, a friendly brown dog, on Wednesday afternoons. Sheila Jordan, managing editor and owner of Booklandia, founded in Bend, Oregon, says her 8-year-old, Chase, found it difficult to concentrate because of ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder). “The Tales and Tails program was a big help. All summer, we went every week and chose books he said the dog would love.” Jordan’s reward was a more focused child; Chase’s reward was a dog of his own last fall. North Carolina’s Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers 14,000 free programs a year throughout its 20 locations, including Paws to Read. Librarian Cathy Cartledge, reading program coordinator for the Morrison Regional branch, shares this story from Jaylee’s mom, Jill. “Jaylee was tutored in reading for

National Library Week, April 12 to 18, celebrates the program Unlimited Possiblities @ Your Library a year. After she also began reading to Zoey, a great Pyrenees, or Hunter, a golden retriever, I saw improvement in fluency, confidence and enjoyment. It worked miracles compared with the hours and money spent for tutoring,” her mom remarks. The Mount Prospect Library, near Chicago, has an age requirement for its Tales to Tails program. “Rachael, 8, will hardly put a book down now,” says her mom, Nicole Sasanuma, a senior associate with Business Communications & Advocacy, in Northbrook, Illinois. “Her sister, Emi, 6, is anxious for her next birthday so she ‘can read to doggies,’ too.” Reading programs aren’t limited to libraries or schools. Jean Maclean, of Lompoc, California, trains her two dogs


Nutrition for Pets While Going Through Chemo


f a pet has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy as part of the treatment, it is vital to keep the pet as healthy as possible by feeding him/her nutritious food. However, since chemotherapy can result in nausea and a loss of appetite, the pet may simply have little or no desire to eat. In addition, if the pet did eat and then got sick from eating, he/she may actually develop an aversion to food, or at least certain types of foods. What follows are some tips to help a pet get the nutrition he/she needs to remain as healthy as possible. Also, there are herbal formulas that can help pets avoid potential side effects of chemotherapy.

Talk to a Vet The first thing to do is

to speak with a veterinarian regarding what foods will help maintain the pet in the best possible health. Highly nutritious foods with a lot of flavor will help encourage a pet to eat. In addition, the vet may prescribe anti-nausea medication or medication to help increase the pet’s appetite.

Don’t Try to Encourage a Pet to Eat that Has Active Nausea While it is essential a pet eats, and eats nutri-

in agility and rally skills. For a change of pace, they visit the Chumash Learning Center, in Santa Ynez, once a month. The Chumash people value education from both its elders and teachers outside the tribe. Maclean relates that Donny, age 11, was afraid of dogs until he met hers, after which his teachers saw his reading improve three levels in one semester. Animals help kids relax and become teachers to the dogs. Researchers at the University of California, Davis have found that reading skills for kids

tious foods, it’s important not to force or encourage a pet to eat when he/she has active nausea. Not only will the pet get little value from eating only to throw up his/her meal, but it will only increase his/her aversion to food, making it more difficult to encourage the pet to eat once the nausea fades. Wait until the nausea passes before trying to coax a pet into eating.

Make Changes to Encourage a Pet to Eat Several changes may have

to be made to encourage a pet to eat and maintain his/her health. Here are some steps that can be taken.

n If a pet refuses one item of food, offer something different. Depending on how the pet is feeling, different foods will tempt his/her appetite at different times. n Try offering the pet food at different times, in different rooms of the house (from where he/she ate and got sick), as well as offering food in different ways, such as on a paper plate, on a spoon, by hand, etc. Small changes may help a pet overcome some of his/her avoidance issues. n Serve the pet food in a different form. If a pet won’t eat solid food, try puree-

ing it so it is smooth and silky, or if he/ she is refusing to eat soft food, find a harder version of the same food to encourage eating. n Try changing the pet’s food temperature. There may be times when the smell of warm food will encourage a pet’s appetite and other times when cold food will be more appealing. Working closely with a vet, giving the pet plenty of loving attention and doing everything possible to encourage the pet to eat while going through chemotherapy will help ensure the pet remains as healthy as possible. Please check back with us in the next issue of Natural Awakenings of Long Island to learn about using Eastern and Western medicine to treat pets. Source: Michel Selmer, DVM, of Advanced Animal Care Center, located at 260 Evergreen Ave., South Huntington. For more information, call 631-FOR-PETS (631-367-7387) or visit See ad on page 2.

that read to dogs during a 10-week literacy program improved by 12 percent. Children in the same program that didn’t do the same showed no improvement. Dogs and other pets prove that reading out loud doesn’t have to be scary. All it takes is a good book and a good listener. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

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The Martial Arts Hold Deep Inner Lessons by Eric Stevens


ew words are as oddly coupled as martial and arts. The first means “relating to war and soldiers,” while the second means “something that is created with imagination and skill, and is beautiful or expresses important ideas or feelings.” All martial arts represent a paradox of push and pull, yin and yang, external and internal. Their practice represents the blending of our physical lives in harmony with our emotional makeup, allowing our external activity to mirror our internal being. Seldom is the fusion of body, mind and spirit easily achieved with one activity, but martial arts are an exception, because they focus equally on internal and external well-being. Here are five key life lessons that martial arts can teach us. Learn how to breathe. True connection with our breath permeates an artist’s realm. A vocalist must reach deep within the diaphragm to sing proficiently and a dancer must learn to time their breath 48

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while performing. A martial artist learns to control breath with stillness and speed, like juxtaposing yoga with intense contact sports. Breathing properly makes the practitioner a better martial artist and a healthier one. According to a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, hypertensive qigong program participants were able to both lower their blood pressure after 10 weeks and increase their oxygen uptake by 20 percent. Avoid conflict by developing character. While it may seem counterintuitive that learning how to fight could avoid conflict, it’s an essential part of martial arts. The philosopher Lao Tzu said the best fighter is never angry. The martial arts are primarily about discipline, heightened awareness and honing an ability to face our own internal conflicts. Several studies corroborate that practicing martial arts produces positive behavioral changes. For instance, according to a study published in the Journal of Adolescence, participating students in the martial arts were

characterized as being less impulsive and less aggressive. Connect the external (body movement) with the internal (energy movement). The energetic force that catalyzes expressive kicks, punches, blocks and other outward forms is as essential as the movements themselves. In Chinese martial arts, that force is referred to as qi, the life energy that intrinsically unites body, mind and spirit. Be both an artist and athlete. Artistry and athleticism need not be divergent forces. The martial artist combines the grace of a creator and skill of a warrior, and watching a martial arts competition can be as riveting as watching a ballet or sports event. Most of us may not be talented artists or natural athletes, yet all students can learn how to integrate both worlds by blending physicality with stillness and expression through action. Let go of ego, find mental clarity and access the present moment. Jirōkichi Yamada, a master of Japanese kenjutsu, said, “The way of the sword and the way of Zen are identical, for they have the same purpose; that of killing the ego.” The focus of all true martial arts is the process, not the outcome. Whatever the style of execution, preparatory practice and meditative application, they all require the discipline of being purely present. Gaining such clarity requires grappling more with ego than with opponents; the real battle of a martial artist is waged within. Bruce Lee, the film star who revolutionized Western awareness of martial arts and founded jeet kune do, realized that martial arts’ transcendent philosophy gives us many lessons to draw upon. He suggested, “Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.” Eric Stevens has been a fitness professional and martial arts coach for 15 years. He writes about related topics from Denver, Colorado. Connect at

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LongIsland One-on-one with Petschauer… How long have you been practicing yoga?

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any yoga practitioners have thought ... and thought ... and thought some more about taking a teacher training certification program. It’s something that people put off for a host of reasons, including time, money or fear of the unknown. Both Ann Marie Fitzsimmons and Brian Petschauer were in a state of hesitation, too, before starting the 200-hour three-month yoga teacher training (YTT) program at Breathe N Flow (BNF) yoga studio, in Freeport, last fall. They have since come to love all of the deep experiences the training offered and have become friends.

One-on-one with Fitzsimmons… What concerns did you have when deciding whether or not to enter the YTT?

I was nervous because of the dedication, and that I’m a bit older and can’t get my body into all the same deep positions as others. Once I had decided I wanted to do it, I was going to do it because I figured if I didn’t go ahead and dive into it I would’ve found excuses not to.

How long have you been practicing yoga?

Five years. I’ve always dabbled in it but have been consistent for five years. I started because I was very busy, and was feeling unbalanced and unhappy with my life situation.

What are some valuable things you learned?

Through practicing the asanas, I was noticing the spirituality inside of me; I was feeling something and knew I wanted to learn more. Throughout the training, I found more strength and let go of fear. Topics we covered were asanas, pranayama, anatomy, philosophy, mythology, chakras and touched on Ayurveda.

How do you plan on incorporating this certification into your life?

I’ve been practicing yoga for one year. I started with a twoweek pass [at BNF] and haven’t stopped. I made sure to come to all of the owner Leah Hartofelis’ classes. She really helped me grow my first couple of months.

What concerns did you have when deciding whether or not to enter the YTT?

[I was] hesitant because I wasn’t sure I was experienced enough. That went away with the people that were in the group. Everyone supported each other; it was wonderful. You don’t have to look left, right, back or forth; it’s just about what is going on with you in that moment.

What is something valuable you learned?

No matter how “good” you are at yoga, there is no perfection in it. … You can always strive to be better or push yourself ... and it was a very challenging thing to me, where it wasn’t just “I can lift this many weights” or “I can run this fast”; it was an ongoing process.

What did you think of the teachers?

The teachers were wonderful and very supportive [and had] everything you needed. They really knew what we were going through. ... You can tell people from outside that you’re going through teacher training, but they don’t really understand the commitment. The community [at BNF] is very nice, very welcoming and very knowledgeable.

How will you use your certification? [I will] share the gift of yoga with other people and get more men involved in yoga. It can be very intimidating for

I have three daughters. I am involving them through this journey, and I feel it is a wonderful thing to share with them and to bring this practice into their life. I also hope to teach once or twice a week. 50

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many men; they just assume it is a lot of women. I went to the Wanderlust Festival last September in Brooklyn and I got this painting—it was like a pink om symbol and I was thinking, “All I used to see is the pink; now all I see is the om symbol!”

What will you take away with you from the training?


It was a very eye-opening experience; everyone grew through the teacher training process. I had a full-time job on top of it, like just about everyone else [attending the program]. I was living and breathing yoga and still am to a large extent. We’re still all very good friends and meet up on a regular basis; you create a family with everyone. I would not not have done it; I am very happy it happened. Learn more about the 200-hour teacher training certification program under the Teacher Training tab at To register for the fall 2015 program, call studio owner Leah Hartofelis at 516-632-9626.

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Spring-Time Sensitivities Teleclass – 7:30-8:30pm. Discover secrets to combating spring-time sensitivities naturally in the comfort of a teleclass. For access info or the recording, Raquel: 516-633-7240.

Women’s Soul Satisfaction Retreat – Apr 17-19. Come to learn, share and be empowered through motivational and healing workshops, clearing exercises, yoga, meditation, daily beach walks, and group sharing in a relaxing environment. A unique opportunity to step quietly back from your life. Gurney’s Resort & Seawater Spa, 290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk. More info:

TUESDAY, APRIL 7 Daytime Bereavement Parent Support Group – 1-2:30pm. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for bereaved parents. Parents and siblings new to COPE must speak to Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to their first meeting. Free. COPE House, Field 6A, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. More info & groups: 516-484-4993 or

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 The Real Food Cleanse Info Night – 6-7pm. Join Raquel & Jay Jadeja, founders of West East Bistro and The Real Food Cleanse, to learn more about the cleanse, the various sign up options, and what you should expect on this life changing journey. Cleanse being offered April 13-26 and on April 26-May 9. All attendees receive a special discount offer. West East Bistro, 758 S. Broadway, Hicksville. To reserve: 516-633-7240.

THURSDAY, APRIL 9 Free Feng Shui for Healing Workshop – 6:308:30pm. Join Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui expert. Discover how feng shui can help rejuvenate your energy, become more motivated, inspired and positively engaged with a new perspective on life. Learn how to combine the intuitive thinking processes of feng shui and analytical techniques for your home. Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Ave. 631-728-6241.

MONDAY, APRIL 13 Free Holistic Dinner and Health Talk – 6:309pm. Dr. Ray Omid cordially invites you and up to 4 guests to come and dine with him for a complimentary health dinner talk. Learn the key essentials to living a healthy and more vibrant life naturally. Umberto’s Italian Restaurant, 633 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park. RSVP, Bessi: 917-747-2795. Bereavement Support Group – 7-8:30pm, Merrick Jewish Center; 7:30-9pm, COPE House. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support group meetings for parents on the South Shore. Parents and siblings new to COPE must speak to Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to their first meeting. Free. Merrick Jewish Center, 225 Fox Blvd; COPE House, Field 6A, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. More info & groups: 516-484-4993 or


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SATURDAY, APRIL 18 ONI-BODI BeauTea Soiree – 1-7pm. Benefits Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and in honor and memory of those who have succumbed, survived and currently battling ovarian cancer. Complimentary Gaia’s Essence Teas and Nutritional Treats. Services include acupuncture, massage therapy, eyelash extensions, eyebrow sculpting, mini-facials with skin analysis and more. $10; 100% goes to the cause. Midday Therapeutic, 2103 Deer Park Ave, North Babylon. Eva: 631-839-2033.

SUNDAY, APRIL 19 Intro to OHM Tuning Forks Workshop – 9:30am5pm. Learn about the healing effects of vibrational sound therapy using Acutonics® OHM Tuning Forks. $100. Inner Source Health, 11 Stewart Ave, Huntington Village. To register: 631-848-8856 or Contemplative Singles – 10am-2pm. Presenter: Joan McGovern. Join other faith-based singles as we explore God’s desire for each of us and discuss our call to action in the ministry of single life. $35 including $15 non-refundable/non-transferable deposit. Lunch included. Held at the Maude Adams House, The Convent of Our Lady of the Cenacle, Ronkonkoma. Info: 631-588-8366,

MONDAY, APRIL 20 Sibling Support Group – 7-8:30pm. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting families living with the loss of a child or sibling, holds monthly support group meetings for adult siblings on the North Shore. Groups for siblings ages 5-10 & 11-17 also available. Parents and siblings new to COPE must speak to Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to their first meeting. Free. COPE House, Field 6A, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. 516-484-4993.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 23 North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center Spring Luncheon – 10am; boutiques; 10:45am, games; 12:30pm, luncheon & program. Features games (mahjong, bridge and canasta), vendor boutiques and a powerful, engaging keynote speaker: award-winning journalist Edie Magnus. Ms. Magnus, Executive Producer of the PBS documentary Cry for Help. Glen Head Country Club, 240 Glen Cove Rd. To register for the Spring Luncheon: 516-626 1971 x 310 or 9 Steps to a Passionate Loving Partnership Teleclass – 8:30pm. For single women who want to create a passionate loving partnership. Through teaching, question & answer group coaching calls, journaling, awakening and connecting more deeply to new aspects of yourself, you can manifest a passionate loving partnership. Free. For more info, Nanci: 516-897-0649.

SATURDAY, APRIL 25 Yin Yoga Teacher Training (Level 2) – Apr 25-26. 9am-5pm. With Corina Benner. Learn how the practice of yin yoga influences the Manomaya Kosha (the mental/emotional body), seeking to understand how the organs and meridians correspond to thoughts and feelings, and how they interact within this dynamic, living system. Study the meridians, including how to build energy, dissipate patterns of stagnation, and discern the specific pathway for each. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

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Spring Fling: Radiant Health & Ageless Beauty Event – 12-4pm. Lectures, demos, meet the team, health treats, gift bags, amazing discounts on all services. Free gift if mention this ad. Integrative at Aristocrat, 560 Nothern Blvd, Ste 109, Great Neck. 516-676-0200.

Free Presentation at North Shore LIJ – 6:30pm. Presented by: Kristine Blanche, PA-C, PhD. Topic: Complimentary Therapies and the Integrative Approach to Autoimmune Disease. Learn about the benefits of incorporating complementary therapies to your care plan. Therapies such as Reiki, essential oil therapy, nutrition, mind-body techniques and others, and how they can help you minimize side

Restorative & Yoga Nidra – 2:30-4:30pm. Join Muriel for a quiet, supporting and deeply nourishing practice with restorative postures, gentle massage and aromatherapy. Followed by a yoga nidra meditation to enhance relaxation. All levels; no experience necessary. $35/advance, $40/week of. Emerge Yoga & Wellness, 2579 Merrick Rd, Bellmore. 516-781-1078.

ongoingevents Daily 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. 2016 Petplan Veterinary Awards – Will you vote for me? Michel Selmer, DVM, CVA, of Advanced Animal Care Center ( staff.html). To vote: medium=social&utm_content=ad1&utm_ campaign=2016VA. 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. 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. New Student Introductory Special – $40 for one month of unlimited yoga. Great way to try out all the wonderful classes we offer. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.

Sunday Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 9am. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Baby & Me Yoga – 9:30am. Infant-crawlers. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Must register: 516-632-9626.


Weekend Wind Down (Yoga & Meditation) – 4:30-5:45pm. A beautiful balance between yoga and meditation techniques. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.

Monday Ashtanga Yoga: Mysore – 6-9am, Mon-Thurs. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-6829642. Open Yoga – 9:30-11am. For students of all levels who are ready to experience a more fast-paced, flowing class. 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. Great Big Oil Gathering – 7pm. 2nd Mon. Fun and informative evening learning how essential oils enhance you physically, emotionally and spiritually. Free. Hicksville. Registration required: 516-624-2332. 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. Big Kids Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. Ages 11-14. Promotes physical health, self-confidence, awareness, and mental focus in a safe and lighthearted environment. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Free Teleclass: Essential Oils – 7:30pm. 1st Mon. Learn all about how essential oils can support the systems of the body. Different topic each month: athletics, adrenal fatigue, kids, pets, menopause. More info & registration: Women’s Therapy Group – 7:45-9pm. Group will focus on therapeutic changes women can make in their lives. Several of the issues to be explored include self esteem, identify issues, body image, relationship issues, etc. With Linda Rose, LCSW. Sliding scale. 708 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Head. 516-671-7786.

On Earth there is no heaven, but there are pieces of it. ~Jules Renard

Vinyasa Flow – 9:30am. Basics. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Yin Yoga – 9:30am. 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. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 10:30am12pm. A morning group for women who have a genetic mutation for breast cancer (BRCA+). Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. Gentle Yoga – 11am-12pm. Emphasis on gentle strength building, flexibility, and the use of the breath to relax and renew. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. 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. Weight Loss Seminar – 7:15pm. With Dr. Michael Berlin. Learn about a breakthrough, all-natural weight loss system that truly finds and heals the cause of people’s weight problems so that it is the last program they will ever do. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

Wednesday 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. Bodhi Meditation Class – 1-2:30pm. 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. Free. Freeport Recreation Center, 130 E Merrick Rd, Freeport. Nan: 516-442-7408. Kids Yoga – 5pm. Ages 5-8. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Align & Flow – 5:30-6:45pm. Flowing class with particular focus on alignment. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 5:30-7pm. An evening group for women diagnosed 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.

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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. 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. Prenatal Yoga – 7:15pm. 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.

Thursday 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. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 1-2:30pm. A daytime group for women diagnosed 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.

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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. Free Support Group for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer – 5-6:30pm. A program of the Adelphi NY statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. To register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314. Foundation & FUNdamentals: Donation class – 5:30-6:30pm. Led by Teacher Training grads. Suggested donation of $5. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Yin Yoga – 6pm. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Teen Loss Support Group – 7pm. 2nd Thurs. For teens, ages 13-17, dealing with the loss of someone close to them (sibling, parent, caretaker, etc). With COPE and social worker Jennifer Plunkett. Meets 2nd Thurs. First time attendees must first speak with Jennifer prior to their first group. Free. COPE House, Field 6A, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. More info & groups: 516-484-4993 or Joyn Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. “Joyn” Natural Awakenings staff writer Gina Marie Cronin as she guides you through a meditation session of grounding into the Earth, expanding into the universe and healing from head to toe. Deepen your practice and find inner calm weekly. Free. Amul Yoga Studio, 3018 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Gina: 516-270-5258, 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.

Friday Pre/Post-Natal Yoga – 10-11:15am. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Buddaful Baby – 12-12:45pm. 6 wks-crawling. 4-wk session. A great way for moms to spend time bonding with their babies and meet other new moms. Infants are natural yoginis. For all levels. Beginners welcome. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Divorce Seminar – 12:30pm. Last Fri. Free seminar for those individuals who are considering the possibility of divorcing. Get information about divorce mediation and litigation and answers to questions. 626 RXR Plaza, W Tower, 6th Fl, Uniondale. For info & to reserve a seat, Sheree Donath: 516-670-9332 or


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Employment Seminar – 1:30pm. Last Fri. Free seminar related to employee rights in the workplace. Find out what it means to be an “at will” employee and find out your employment rights. Will answer questions. 626 RXR Plaza, W Tower, 6th Fl, Uniondale. For info & to reserve a seat, Sheree Donath: 516-670-9332 or 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 & Flying Frogs Yoga. Donate what you can. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. 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.

Saturday Pre-Natal Yoga – 9am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. 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. 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. Restorative Yoga – 10:15-11:30am. For students of all levels. A soothing series of rejuvenating poses. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Self Esteem Workshop – 11am-12pm. With Linda Rose, LCSW. 4-wk workshop to learn how to change your feelings by changing the way you think. Learn 15 techniques to challenge your thinking which will increase your self esteem. $100/4 wks. 708 Glen Cove Ave, 3rd Fl, Glen Head. 516-671-7786.





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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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Personalized acupuncture, energy healing, Chinese herb and Bodhi meditation are all available and Ni Nan Healing Art Center in Merrick. Acupuncture for all needs including, stomach upset, acupuncture facial, fertility, pain and more. See ad on page 23.

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Donna Nesteruk, Licensed Acupuncturist earned her Master’s Degree in Tradition Chinese Medicine (TCM) and is a certified instructor and practitioner in Acutonics® Planetary Tuning Fork Healing Therapy. She offers her patients a needle-free healing experience. She holds an Advanced Certification in Constitutional Facial Rejuvenation with acupuncture and with the use of Tuning Forks. Donna is a Reiki Master, Certified in Vocal Toning, EFT, Hypnosis, Drum Circle Facilitator working with veterans, students with special needs, sees patients on Long Island & NYC.

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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

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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 33.


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 11.

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66 Commack Rd, Ste 204, 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 17 & 39.

holistic dentistry cleaning services All Clean Long Island Inc Michelle Spadafina Massapequa Park Nassau & 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 35.


444 Community Dr, Ste 204, Manhasset 516-627-8400 • A practice that cares for you like family. The philosophy of our 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 15.

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Innovative web-based App and program that acts like a “Virtual Coach.” Unique approach bypasses unpleasant discipline and will-power. Low-cost, fun and effective to achieve any goals. Free consultation. See ad on page 41.

Dr. Shvartsman provides state-ofthe-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 E 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 and treatment, treatment for sleep disorders, Invisalign and orthodontics, dental implant, sleep apnea. Payment plans available. See ad on back cover.




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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 23.

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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 ex-wife 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.

integrative healing center & spa 560 Northern Blvd, Ste 109, Great Neck 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 31.

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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 17.


66 Commack Rd, Ste 204, 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 17 & 39.

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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.

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Serenity Zone, a leader in Psychotherapy and Stress Management is comprised of experienced licensed clinicians whom incorporate stress management and psychotherapeutic approaches to fit your needs. Our practitioners specialize in CBT, play therapy, solution-focused therapy and of course stress management modalities like visualization, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and meditation. See ad on page 39.

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Neil Raff, MD 160-40 78th Rd, Fresh Meadows (Queens) 718-544-1444 Your own stem cells may be used as the cutting-edge treatment for neuro-logical and autoimmune diseases, cardiovascular, stroke, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic ailments and more. In a few hour, in-office procedure, your own stem cells are collected, concentrated and injected into the areas of damage, stimulating the body’s natural repair. There is no danger of tissue rejection or allergic reaction. Call for a 15-minute free consult. See ad on page 25.

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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 53.

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• Metal & Mercury-Free Dentistry • BPA-Free Dental Products • Holistic Zirconium Dental


Implants (Titanium Alternative)

• Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatments

• State-of-the-Art Velscope Oral Cancer Screenings

Personalized care for patients with diabetes, heart disease, auto immune disease and pregnancy

Dr. Jonathan Richter D.D.S., F.A.G.D. Periodontist Prosthodontist Dr. Jonathan Richter is a noted dentist with a dual dental degree in periodontics/prosthetics and dental implantology, who provides comprehensive holistic dentistry to preserve your natural teeth. He is one of a select few dual-specialists in the tri-state area. Dr. Richter places a heavy emphasis on prevention through wellness and holistic approaches.

310 East Shore Road, Suite 101 Great Neck, New York 11023

T: 516-282-0310 E:

516-282-0310 North Shore Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, P.C.

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