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Oral Dysbiosis: The True Cause of Your Mouth Problems


ost people reading this article are likely to be familiar with the concept that non-beneficial bacteria resides in our bowels. Functional medicine and naturopathic doctors call this condition “gut dysbiosis.” Although it is not an official allopathic or conventional medical term, the concept of “microbial imbalance of the gut” as a disease state has finally taken hold. In fact, SIBO, or small bowel bacterial overgrowth, is now a “thing.” Surprisingly, few dentists fully appreciate the concept of bacterial imbalance in the mouth as the primer of both tooth decay (caries) and gum disease (periodontitis). By Dr. Alex Shvartsman understanding this, one can follow the trail to the root causes for each 631-361-3577 individual’s oral dysbiosis. For years, I was perplexed as to why people with meticulous oral hygiene, who brush and floss after every meal, still get tooth decay, while others, who seem not to know which end of the toothbrush to use, have no cavities at all! Same goes for gum disease. Unfortunately, when I employed the conventional dental model I was taught in school, I was poorly effective at best at truly helping my patients to eradicate these two most common diseases of the mouth. All I had was chemicals, like fluoride and chlorhexidine. I was taught to deal with the symptoms: drill and fill and slice and dice. And these were not effective at all in stopping these diseases. Disruption of the normal beneficial microflora of the mouth can have many causes, including the wrong diet,

improper eating frequency, mouth breathing, sleep apnea, bad dentistry, tooth crowding, and using the wrong oral rinses or toothpastes. An astute and alternatively educated doctor, who knows how to follow the clues, can help patients figure out the root cause of their mouth disease. Just drilling out decay and filling the holes or cutting open the gums to drill and scrape away diseased bone is nothing more than dental carpentry. And while dealing with the symptoms or damage of oral disease is important, it is just as important to stop the disease process in the first place so that people are not life-long victims of oral diseases. At Long Island Center for Healthier Dentistry, we have developed patient-specific tooth-decay-reversal and gumdisease-reversal protocols that patients can follow at home. We take an integrative approach to our patients’ health care by merging the best of modern dental technology, techniques and materials with natural medicines and alternative healing techniques, such as homeopathic, ayurvedic, Chinese, folk and herbal medicines. By naturally weeding out the bad microbes and replacing them with our normal beneficial microflora, we can begin the process of healing the mouth to its healthy state. In addition, improving or changing the diet, addressing physiologic and anatomic problems, making the teeth and gums more resistant to oral disease, and aiding the mouth in its natural healing mechanism, today we can create an individualized program for our patients to get rid of their unending mouth problems once and for all. For more information, call Dr. Alex Shvartsman at the Long Island Center for Healthier Dentistry at 631-361-3577 or visit

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orld-renowned nutrition and longevity expert Dr. Michael Greger is coming to Long Island at the Panorama 2016: Plants, Purpose, Peace event to be held at Martha Clara Vineyards, in Riverhead, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyday bad lifestyle choices are impacting our health and wellness and accelerating the aging process. We know from medical science that the vast majority of premature deaths can be prevented through simple changes in diet and lifestyle. Greger is an internationally recognized physician and speaker on nutrition, food safety and public health issues. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller How Not to Die and founder of the popular website His life’s mission is inspired by the story of his own grandmother who switched to a plant-based diet after being diagnosed with end-stage heart disease and lived to 96 years old. Greger will be joined by Long Island longevity experts Linda Lombardo and Cory Muscara. Lombardo is a certified professional co-active coach and producer/host of Voice of Evolution Radio. She speaks regularly on finding one’s life’s purpose. Muscara is founder of the Long Island Center for Mindfulness. He is a teacher, trainer and guest expert on mindfulness meditation on The Dr. Oz Show. Learn from the experts on how to live a longer and happier life and enjoy a gourmet plant-based luncheon catered by acclaimed executive chef Noah Schwartz. Panorama 2016 is being organized by Panoramic Living, which engages individuals, businesses and communities through programs and events that focus on improving quality of life and increasing lifespan while reducing our reliance on health care and its associated expenses. Location: 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead. For more information, visit See ad on page 17.

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The Paramount Partners with Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot for an Extended Concert Commitment


he Paramount, in Huntington—the 11th highest-attended club venue worldwide, according to Pollstar magazine—has announced a partnership with Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot to bring a consistent schedule of live shows to The Paramount in 2016 and beyond. Celebrating the music of Billy Joel, Big Shot has already performed to sold-out crowds numerous times in 2015 at The Paramount; and, as a result, the venue has made a commitment to bring Big Shot back to the stage as often as schedules will allow. Confirmed for 2016, Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot: Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel will play live at The Paramount Friday, April 22, Friday, June 24, and Saturday, August 27, with more dates to be announced soon. All show times will be at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. DelGuidice, currently the backup vocalist and guitarist for Billy Joel, is excited to announce this long-term partnership. “Our band has found a real home for our music at The Paramount, and it’s the perfect place to continue the legacy of Billy Joel’s music on Long Island,” he exclaims. “Billy Joel and Long Island are the perfect marriage, and we look forward to putting on the best live shows as often as the venue will have us,” DelGuidice concludes. DelGuidice performs across the country with his band, many of whom are current members of Billy Joel’s band.

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he Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program is offering the Living Healthy with Chronic Illness workshop, beginning Wednesday morning, April 6, in Garden City. The Living Healthy workshop, developed at Stanford University Patient Education Research Center, is a free six-session health education program for people with any type of ongoing, chronic health problem; it is also appropriate for caregivers. The workshop will meet every Wednesday for six weeks, beginning April 6, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., at the Adelphi University Campus, in Garden City, at the Social Work building.   Participants will learn to set small achievable goals; problem solving; the benefits of exercise; decision-making strategies; reduction of pain and fatigue; relaxation; nutrition and eating better; to improve communication; positive thinking; and how to work with their healthcare providers. Space is limited and attendees must commit to attend all six sessions. Location: 1 South Ave., Garden City. To register for the workshop, email social worker Erin Nau at or call her at 516-877-4314.

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atthew Berman, a sophomore at Roslyn High School, in Roslyn Heights, is conducting a Safe Meds campaign— MED Rx (Medication Education Disposal and Prescription Bottle Repurposing)—to collect used medicine bottles that will be sent to doctors and pharmacies in Malawi. Resources in Malawi are so scarce that most doctors just wrap prescription pills in the nearest piece of scrap paper or drop them in the patient’s hand before they send the patient on his/her way. But more than half of Malawians live more than three miles away from the nearest health clinic—a long way to walk with a handful of loose pills, and it is easy for pills to get lost along the way. “I have always been interested in medicine and Matthew Berman and Alison Pratt health care, which is where the idea for this project stemmed from,” says Berman. “There are many pervasive problems attributed to the disposal of pill bottles as well as the drugs in them, which I feel are not being addressed. Drug abuse is something that affects every community as does the pollution resulting from improper disposal of these bottles. These are key issues that need a solution.” The empty prescription bottles can be dropped at the following sites through the end of April: Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Drive, East Hills; Harbor Hill Pharmacy, 310 Glen Cove Road, East Hills; and the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, 38 Old Country Road, Garden City. Additionally, bottles with unwanted or expired medicine in them can be brought to the Town of North Hempstead’s STOP Program at Michael J. Tully Park, 1801 Evergreen Avenue, New Hyde Park, on Saturday, April 9, between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Says Berman, “Spring cleaning is not just a time for cleaning out houses. Medicine cabinet clean-outs are just as important and commonly forgotten about.” Berman’s project is funded by a Young Activist Grant from the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island. “This project is significant on many levels,” says Alison Pratt, the grant committee chair. “Lethal meds are kept out of the hands of children and the water system; plastic bottles are kept out of the landfills; and people in Malawi are able to store their meds properly.” The Young Activist Grant of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is available to a Nassau County middle school and high school student that wants to create a better world. The $500 grant funds a selected student’s project in areas of peace, humanitarian efforts, the environment, disaster relief or disadvantaged groups.  

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he New York Milk Bank, with support from the Allied Foundation, will celebrate the grand opening of Long Island’s first breast milk depot for mothers that wish to donate extra breast milk to help save lives and improve the health of vulnerable premature babies. Lauren G. Macaluso, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, PC, of Macaluso Medical, a division of Allied Physicians Group, is a specialty Breastfeeding Medicine practice exclusively dedicated to mothers that are breastfeeding their babies. “I am proud to have a medical practice committed to the mother infant dyad. It is thrilling to facilitate breastfeeding mothers in helping other mothers to provide breastmilk to their babies,” states Macaluso. “Breastmilk is the norm for infant feeding, and it is wonderful to help more infants have access to human milk.” The United States has 21 milk banks with five others, including The New York Milk Bank, in development. “I am truly excited to welcome the opening of Long Island’s first breast milk depot,” says assemblywoman Michaelle Solages. “The benefits of breast milk are well established. With the opening of Long Island’s first milk depot, we are providing our youngest New Yorkers access to this life-saving nutrient. Also with the opening of the New York Milk Bank in April 2016, it means we will be able to meet the high demand for donor breast milk in New York State. I thank Dr. Lauren Macaluso, Allied Physicians Group, and the New York Milk Bank for their support and dedication to improving the health and survival of infants.” The New York Milk Bank will open approximately 20 more depots across the state by the end of the year. Currently, the milk donated to the N.Y. depots is sent out of state for processing and only a portion is returned. Once The New York Milk Bank is open, this breast milk will stay in New York and will be provided to hospitals and the community at large. “We are excited to have these depots open and operational so that the hundreds of lactating mothers who have contacted us can begin donating their excess breast milk,” says Julie Bouchet-Horwitz, founder and executive director of the New York Milk Bank, as well as a lactation consultant and family nurse practitioner in the Hudson River Valley. “The smallest preterm infants are the most in need of donor milk. In fact, in 2012, these infants in New York received only 11,000 ounces of donor milk from out-of­-state suppli-


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ers; an estimated 200,000 ounces are needed just for the smallest and most premature infants.” Until The New York Milk Bank opens in early April, breast milk delivered to Lauren G. Macaluso, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, PC of Macaluso Medical by donor moms will be sent to an Ohio facility for testing and pasteurizing.

About the New York Milk Bank The New York Milk Bank Inc. is dedicated to improving the health and survival of infants in need by providing them with safely pasteurized donor human milk when their mothers’ own milk is unavailable or insufficient. Medical research has proven that human milk is superior to artificial baby milk (aka “infant formula”), particularly for vulnerable infants born prematurely. In fact, premature infants were found to be four times more likely to die when breast milk was unavailable. Common complications include higher infection rates, chronic lung disease and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). The risk of developing severe NEC requiring surgery is up to 1,200 percent greater in premature infants fed infant formula and can cost more than $300,000 per case. The establishment of a New York Milk Bank will save an estimated 100 lives each year and save millions of dollars, based on current NEC and breastfeeding rates in New York State. In addition, observational studies have demonstrated that premature infants fed human milk have better feeding tolerance, shorter hospital stays, fewer re­ hospitalizations, decreased incidence of diabetes and hypertension later in life, and superior developmental outcomes. While most mothers of newborn infants produce enough milk, mothers of premature and sick infants often have difficulty providing adequate amounts of milk. The use of pasteurized donor human milk, from mothers that produce more than is needed for their own children, is recommended by the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Surgeon General and the NYS Commissioner of Health. However, there is currently not enough donor human milk to meet the demand. The quantity of dispensed donated human milk has tripled from 1.1 to 3.7 million ounces in the U.S. since 2008; however, 9 million ounces is needed to help the smallest preterm infants (born weighing less than 1,500 grams). For more information, visit


The ‘Dirty Dozen’ of Cancer-Causing Chemicals


cientists at the Environmental Working Group published a list of the 12 chemicals that have been most prevalently linked to cancer in numerous research studies. The list encompasses bisphenol A, atrazine, organophosphate pesticides, dibutyl phthalate, lead, mercury, per- or polyfluorochemicals (PFC), phthalates, diethlyhexyl phthalate, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, triclosan and nonylphenol. The scientists suggest that consumers can reduce their exposure to each of these chemicals by avoiding plastics marked with “PC” (polycarbonates) or the recycling number 7 mark, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics in food packaging, PFC-treated wrappers on food and other products, lead paints, mercury-laden seafoods, phthalatescontaining fragrances and plastics, foam products made before 2005, foreign antibacterial soaps, and detergents and paints with nonylphenol. Other proactive measures include drinking only filtered water when in agricultural areas and purchasing organic foods. The researchers contend, “Given that we live in a sea of chemicals, it makes sense to begin reducing exposures to ones we know are bad actors.”

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Wellness: Health Care vs. W Sick Care


heard several drugstores have a wellness program. So does the local cardiologist and even some internists. What are they all referring to? I’m certainly confused,” asks Dr. David Pollack, of Pollack Wellness Institute, in Commack. The World Health Organization’s definition of wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life—“a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity,” explains Pollack. “The drugstore sells prescription pharmaceuticals; the cardiologist is running tests and recommending statins and beta blockers; your internist likely is adding more drugs to your regimen every year. None of these actions would qualify as wellness.” In fact, he says, they would seem to promote the complete opposite. Pollack asks: “If you take high blood pressure medication and have a ‘normal’ blood pressure reading are you healthy? What would happen if you stopped that medication? Would the Dr. David Pollack blood pressure be high again? Probably. So the medication didn’t actually fix the problem, because you wouldn’t need it anymore if it did. I would relate that to having a leak in the roof and plugging it with paper towels every night. It might stop the water from coming in, but as soon as you stop working on it, we have a problem. In the same sense, wouldn’t you want to fix the roof so you no longer have to worry about the problem again?” According to Pollack, there are many ways to actually reverse one’s health problems, often completely naturally and safely. He says that the first step is to choose to fix the problem and be willing to make the necessary lifestyle changes. “It’s hard to accept at times, but our lifestyle as a country has created the healthcare crisis as we know it. More medicine and surgery will not fix that—only change, beginning at the individual level to families, groups and communities and so on. I have helped so many people who have then had their families join in, often extending to their social groups and churches. It is so great to watch people feel great with energy, strength and vitality they didn’t know they could have, loving their lifestyle of being healthy. You can do it, too; it’s not that hard.” Source: Dr. David Pollack, of Pollack Wellness Institute (66 Commack Rd., Commack). For more information, call 631462-0801 or visit See ads on pages 13 and 53. 18

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ith continuous vigorous brushing of teeth, periodontal disease, misaligned teeth and inadequate care of teeth, many individuals may develop the gradually occurring problem of gingival recession. This is when the natural gum line of the gingiva moves away from the crown, exposing the fragile root enamel. This area is sensitive, susceptible to wear and tear and prone to accumulation of harmful bacteria, which may lead to periodontal disease. Gingival recession is a very common condition, with studies showing that some individuals have a genetic predisposition to it. It is therefore a challenge to treat. Most dental procedures required for treatment involve extensive surgical manipulation of the periodontal tissue and may take weeks for favorable results, if any, to be obtained.

One of the best treatment options available for adequate treatment of gingival recession is the Pinhole Surgical Technique. This technique, also known as the Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation technique, is an advanced method of treatment for periodontal disease where there is no use of scalpels, sutures or grafts. A small hole is made in the gingiva of an individual, and it is through this hole that specialized instruments are inserted and used for correction of the receded gum. The minimal trauma exerted on the gingiva results in fast healing of the wound site, with minimal swelling and discomfort. Only a few short sessions, ranging from one to two hours, are required for optimal results. Aesthetic changes are almost instantaneous, and individuals often feel a youthful and attractive change in appearance soon after the procedure. The Pinhole Surgical Technique has revolutionized treatment of gingival recession in modern day dentistry and is embraced by dentists worldwide. The expert handling of special tools efficiently results in complete repositioning of receded gums, and we at Golden Dental Wellness Center are fortunate that all three dentists—Drs. Linda J. Golden, Batool Rizvi and Jeffery Etess—are certified Pinhole Surgical Technique dentists. Quick and effective treatment of gingival recession prevents future tooth sensitivity and possible loss, and also protects against development of periodontal disease. Source: Linda J. Golden, DDS, of Golden Dental Wellness Center (444 Community Dr., Ste. 204, Manhasset). For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516-627-8400. See ad on page 19.

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Article on Gum Disease and Breast Cancer Highlights Importance of Maintaining Oral Health


ccording to an article published February 25 in Dallas County News, a new study indicates that women with gum disease may have a significantly higher incidence of breast cancer than women with no oral health concerns. Natural Awakenings Long Island spoke with Dr. Johnathan Richter about this news. Richter, DDS, FAGD, of Cardiodontal, in Great Neck, was emphatic that breast cancer is only one of the many health concerns that may be related to gum disease; it is a reminder of how intertwined oral health is with the well-being of the body as a whole. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a chronic inflammatory disease of the mouth, which is caused by microorganisms contained in dental plaque. Richter has been focused on the whole body systemic effect of oral health for years and has written numerous articles on the link to other inflammatory diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. The reason Richter believes there is a connection? “Bacteria from infected gums may enter the bloodstream and attach itself to blood vessels or even be transported to various areas of the body,” explains Richter. While there is still much left to be learned about the interaction between gum disease and other illnesses, it is Jonathan Richter, still worth noting that good oral care at home and with one’s DDS, FAGD dentist will impact one’s overall health and wellness. Richter notes that when it comes to oral health, preventive care is the most important option for patients. “When patients come to our office, they not only get the thorough in-office care that they would expect, they also get strict instructions on the best homecare routines for themselves and their families. Maintaining effective oral hygiene routines, including visiting your dentist for regularly scheduled cleanings; brushing after meals; chewing gum with xylitol; flossing; and the use of a water irrigator, like Waterpik, will reduce cavities, reduce periodontal disease and it seems now if this study is an accurate indicator, these good oral hygiene habits may even reduce the risk of breast cancer.” Source: Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, of Cardiodontal (310 E. Shore Rd., Ste. 101, Great Neck). For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516-282-0310. See ad on back cover.

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Fracking Fluids Found Toxic to Health


n analyzing 1,021 chemicals contained in fluids and wastewater used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for oil or natural gas, a Yale University study found that at least 157 of the chemicals—including arsenic, benzene, formaldehyde and mercury—are associated with either developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity or both. Of the total identified chemicals, 925 were used in the hydraulic fracturing process, 132 in fracking wastewater and 36 were present in both. The scientists utilized the REPROTOX database in the Chemical Abstract Service registry and then reviewed the available research, including human and animal studies. Toxicity data wasn’t available for 781 of the chemicals used in fracking. Among the other 240 chemicals, 103 were reproductive toxins. An additional 95 were developmental toxins. Another 41 have been found to be both reproductive and developmental toxins. The researchers further suggested that at least 67 of the chemicals be prioritized in drinking water testing. Senior author and Professor of Public Health Nicole Deziel, Ph.D., adds, “This evaluation is a first step to prioritize the vast array of potential environmental contaminants from hydraulic fracturing for future exposure and health studies. Quantification of the potential exposure to these chemicals, such as by monitoring drinking water in people’s homes, is vital for understanding the [associated] public health impact.”

Mercury Use Linked to Dentists’ Tremors


study of thousands of dentists found that the absorption of mercury is associated with an increased risk of tremors. Published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, the study followed 13,906 dentists for a 24-year period. The research tested the dentists’ urinary mercury levels to estimate their individual exposure. The incidence of tremors—the involuntary shaking of hands, arms and other parts of the body—among the dentists was then compared with their exposure to mercury. Higher exposures to mercury increased the risk of tremors among the entire population of dentists studied by 10 percent; the increased risk among the young dentists was 13 percent.

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Curcumin—the Herbal Cure-All


esearch shows that curcumin is a strong antioxidant that aids in the body’s inflammatory response. It promotes a strong immune system and helps foster a healthy heart as well as lung, liver and kidney function. Curcumin also is linked to a lower risk of arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and obesity. Curcumin alone isn’t readily absorbed by the body—much of it is excreted from the body before it can benefit the body. Research studies show that BCM-95 curcumin is a more potent version of curcumin and is more readily absorbed by the body. BCM-95 is curcumin that’s been grinded into very small particles and then blended with turmeric essential oil. Curcumin works for two reasons—it halts inflammation and stops oxidation. Growing research shows that low-level inflammation is linked to Alzheimer’s, diabetes and heart disease, just to name a few. Curcumin lowers inflammation through multiple inflammation targets. It is a potent antioxidant, which is able to neutralize unstable free radicals that can oxidize and lead to cell damage. Curcumin has been shown to prevent cancer initiation, promotion and progression. It stops the changes that Steven M. Rachlin, M.D. cause normal cells to become cancerous cells, and it stops cancerous cells from moving to other parts of the body (metastasis). It also protects normal cells from the harmful effects of chemotherapy, drugs and radiation. Curcumin is also beneficial in preventing Alzheimer’s disease by reducing beta-amyloid levels and shrinking the size of accumulated plaques. Curcumin also is beneficial in preventing heart disease and is compared to the cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin. Curcumin, research shows that it protects against the effects of a high cholesterol diet just as much as the drug lovastatin. It increases HDL cholesterol levels and prevents the inflammation that leads to the buildup of plaque. Curcumin can also decrease glucose levels in as little as two weeks, which can help diabetics. Inflammation plays a strong role in the development and progression of diabetes. It reduces insulin resistance, inflammatory markers and fats in the bloodstream. Curcumin can also help with obesity by helping one’s body regulate blood sugar levels, burn fat more quickly and prevent new fat cells from forming. Chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract is associated with several diseases, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and inflammatory bowl disease. In a small study of patients with Crohn’s disease that received curcumin along with standard anti-inflammatory drugs—many were able to reduce or drop the medications. Curcumin reduces inflammatory compounds in the intestines; it can strengthen the intestinal wall to prevent harmful bacteria from entering the bloodstream, which is known as leaky gut syndrome. Source: Steven M. Rachlin, M.D., PC, of Rachlin Medical Center, located at 927 Willis Ave., Albertson. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516-873-7773 or visit See ad on page 15.

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Tai Chi Eases Effects of Chronic Disease


review of research from the University of British Columbia tested the effects of tai chi exercise upon people with four chronic diseases: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, osteoarthritis and cancer. Dr. Yi-Wen Chen and his team analyzed 33 studies of more than 1,500 people that participated in tai chi. The research also tested the effects of the practice on general health, including walking speed, muscle strength, speed in standing up from a sitting position, quality of life, symptoms of depression and knee strength. The heart disease patients among the subjects showed a reduction in depression symptoms, and all shared a reduction of muscle stiffness and pain, increased speeds in both walking and standing from a sitting position and improved well-being. “Given the fact that many middleaged and older persons have more than one chronic condition, it’s important to examine the benefits of treatment/ exercise interventions across several coexisting conditions,” says Chen.

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Ozone: “The Miracle Medicine” From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City…


ffective, widespread treatment of disease is possible through toxin elimination, if only more doctors would fill patients in on the internationally renowned, resultsdriven method that’s capable of doing it.

patients from diseases like herpes 1, 2 and 6, shingles, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis B and C, HPV, diabetic ulcers and peripheral neuropathy, candidiasis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and even AIDS. Recently, through the targeted use of ozone therapy, Robins was successful in significantly reducing two patients’ Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), a painful condition (also known as CRPS) that only worsens over time to a tolerable level, which had never been done before.

Oxygen’s reputation precedes it. The human body is largely composed of it, most of our metabolic energy production comes from it, and all our internal processes are regulated by it. In fact, we can’t live without it. When every cell is properly oxygenated, the immune system can function and maintain itself relatively undisturbed. So, it’s clear that oxygen is an integral piece of the Despite such a stellar track record, ozone wellness puzzle, but what about ozone? Only therapy is not usually the treatment of choice one little molecule separates it from our befor those patients struggling with disease. loved oxygen, yet the term is bound to leave When they come to Robins for help, it’s usually many scratching their heads. The medical ozone because every other doctor they have tried has Dr. Howard Robins we speak of is known for ridding the body of been unable to offer relief. Some other countries toxins, eradicating sickness, and giving hope to legally mandate the use of ozone in all pre-and those who otherwise would have spent their lives riddled post-op instances to prevent infection; ours remains relawith chronic disease. Together with oxygen, it just may be tively in the dark, unaware of the benefits and impressive the disease-fighting superhero you never knew existed. results of ozone. Would you believe that in Germany if a patient is not given the choice between antibiotics and “Ozone acts like a super antioxidant and is a super ozone treatment, his or her doctor could be accused of detoxifier that selectively, like a claw or glue, attaches to medical negligence? As a founding member of the Ameriand eliminates all viruses, fungus, yeast and mold, as well can Academy of Ozonotherapy (AAO) and The Internaas every form of bacteria, toxic metal and pathogen from tional Association for Ozone in Healthcare and Dentistry the body,” explains Dr. Howard Robins, considered the (IAOHD), Robins has lectured around the world on medical foremost clinical expert in North America on bio-oxidative ozone’s benefits. therapy, who has been administering ozone therapy to pa Ozone therapy is remarkably safe when done cortients for more than 24 years. Just like clutter in life leads to rectly, but there are side effects—just not the kind you want diminished performance, the motley build-up of unwanted to avoid. “People fall asleep easier, sleep better, and have parasitic organisms in our bodies paves the way for disease more energy,” shares Robins. “Their nails and hair grow or causes it directly. longer, stronger and faster. Their complexion is healthier, Since 1990, Robins has administered more than and their blood circulates better.” 185,000 safe direct IV ozone therapy and major autohemotherapy treatments. By combining medical-grade O2 For more information, call Dr. Howard Robins at 212-581(oxygen) and O3 (ozone gas) and safely delivering it into 0101. Robins is considered the foremost clinical expert on the body, over 45 thousand physicians in over 50 countries the use of ozone in North America, with more than 24 years across the world have successfully eliminated distressed of clinical practice and 185,000 treatments performed.

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Dry Skin Brushing as a Natural Beauty Aid by Deb DeAngelis


ry skin brushing is a simple, quick, inexpensive and invigorating natural beauty aid that anyone can do. The skin is the largest and most important eliminative organ of the body and is responsible for one-fourth of the body’s daily detoxification. The skin eliminates over one pound of waste products each day. Detoxification is performed by a number of organs, glands and transportation systems, including the skin, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymphatic system and mucous membranes. Dry skin brushing stimulates the organs, including the lymph nodes, skin and liver, so that they function more efficiently thus providing the benefits listed below. n n n n n n n n n n

Cleans the lymphatic system Removes dead skin layers Strengthens the immune system Stimulates the hormone- and oil-producing glands Tones the muscles Stimulates circulation Tightens the skin preventing premature aging Helps reduce cellulite Improves the function of the nervous system Helps digestion

How to do dry skin brushing

Use a dry, natural (not synthetic, as they tend to be harsh and irritating) bristle brush on dry skin, preferably in the morning before showering/bathing. Follow the skin brushing with a warm bath or shower and a cool rinse at the end to invigorate blood circulation. If the skin becomes red, it may be from brushing too hard. Use long, gentle strokes in the proper direction; no back and forth motion, circular motion, scrubbing or massaging. The directions of the strokes are very important. The best resource to show and tell the correct way to dry skin brush can be found on YouTube, where individuals can view a routine done by Kibby Miller that clearly demonstrates how to do dry skin brushing and provides valuable information.

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Kiwis Boost Heart Health


multi-center study from the University of Salamanca, in Spain, has found that consuming even one kiwi fruit (Actinidia deliciosa) per week will significantly boost cardiovascular health. The researchers tested 1,469 healthy people throughout Spain. The volunteers were given dietary questionnaires and underwent testing for cholesterol lipids and inflammatory markers for heart disease. The researchers determined that those that ate at least one kiwi fruit per week had significantly lower triglycerides and fibrinogen (a marker for inflammation), and higher HDL-cholesterol levels. Higher levels of HDL-cholesterol are associated with reduced incidence of atherosclerosis. The researchers concluded: “Consumption of at least one kiwi a week is associated with lower plasma concentrations of fibrinogen and improved plasma lipid profile in the context of a normal diet and regular exercise.”

Nature’s Colors Aid Focus and Accuracy


esearchers from the University of Melbourne determined that taking a quick break and looking at natural colors can significantly increase attention, focus and job performance. The researchers tested 150 university students that were randomly selected to view one of two city scenes consisting of a building with and without a flowering meadow green roof. The two views were experienced as micro-breaks, a 30-second period that can be taken every 40 minutes. Both groups were tested before and after viewing the scene for sustained attention spans, along with a performance test upon completing a task. Subjects that looked at the scene with the verdant roof had significantly longer attention spans and fewer errors in doing their tasks.


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Down-to-Earth Climate Change Strategy The Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign report Soil & Carbon: Soil Solutions to Climate Problems maintains that it’s possible to take atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) that fuels climate change and put it back into the soil, where much of it was once a solid mineral. There’s too much carbon in the atmosphere and the oceans, but not enough stable carbon in the ground supporting healthy soils. Cultivated soils globally have lost 50 to 70 percent of their original carbon content through paving, converting grasslands to cropland and agricultural practices that rob soil of organic matter and its ability to store carbon, making it more susceptible to flooding and erosion. Healthy soils—fed through organic agriculture practices like polycultures, cover crops and compost—give soil microbes the ability to store more CO2 and withstand drought and floods better, because revitalized soil structure allows it to act like a sponge. The report concludes, “Rebuilding soil carbon is a zero-risk, low-cost proposition. It has universal application and we already know how to do it.” Download the report at

Bee Kind The Good Fight for Honeybees A U.S. federal appeals court has blocked the use of the pesticide sulfoxaflor over concerns about its effect on honeybees, which have been disappearing throughout the country in recent years. “Initial studies showed sulfoxaflor was highly toxic to honeybees, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was required to get further tests,” says Circuit Judge Mary Schroeder. “Given the precariousness of bee populations, leaving the EPA’s registration of sulfoxaflor in place risks more potential environmental harm than vacating it.” The product, sold in the U.S. as Transform or Closer, must be pulled from store shelves by October 18. Paul Towers, a spokesperson for the nonprofit advocacy group Pesticide Action Network, comments, “This is [an example of] the classic pesticide industry shell game. As more science underscores the harms of a pesticide, they shift to newer, less-studied products, and it takes regulators years to catch up.” On another front, an insect form of Alzheimer’s disease caused by aluminum contamination from pesticides is another suspected contributing cause of the welldocumented widespread bee colony collapse, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. Honeybees studied had levels of aluminum in their bodies equivalent to those that could cause brain damage in humans. 26

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DARK Act Defeated Senate Vote Reflects Citizen Demands

The Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act, was defeated in the U.S. Senate in March, representing a major victory for consumers. The nonprofit Environmental Working Group (EWG) spearheaded the large-scale citizen opposition to a bill that would have outlawed all state-level labeling laws of genetically modified (GMO) food ingredients nationwide; it was intended to keep consumers in the dark about the genetically engineered content of their food. Scott Faber, EWG senior vice president for government affairs, says, “Consumers have made their voices heard to their elected representatives in the Senate and they said clearly, ‘We want the right to know more about our food.’ We remain hopeful that congressional leaders can craft a national mandatory compromise that works for consumers and the food industry.” The development is evidence that the EWG Just Label It campaign is on the right track, and the group plans to support the recently introduced Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act targeting a national mandatory standard for GMO labeling. Jean Halloran, director of food policy initiatives for Consumers Union, explains, “This bill finds a way to set a national standard and avoid a patchwork of state labeling laws, while still giving consumers the information they want and deserve about what’s in their food.” Sources: Natural News, Environmental Working Group

GMO-Free Germany

Five Dozen Countries Now Ban or Label GMO Crops New rules implemented by the European Union now allow individual member states to block farmers from using genetically modified organisms (GMO), even if the variety has been approved on an EU-wide basis. Scotland was the first to opt out and Germany is next, according to German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt. Controversy concerning the safety and/or necessity of GMOs persists, but countries like these have decided not to idly sit by while the effects posed by long-term consumption of GMO foods are revealed. This move makes Germany one of between 64 and 74 countries that have instituted some type of ban or mandatory labeling requirements.

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Bee-Friendly This Spring by Elinka Boyle-Rosenbaum


pring is upon us, seed catalogs are arriving daily, and it’s time to start planning our gardens. This year, rather than focus on a vegetable, flower or butterfly garden, why not pay tribute to the all-important bee? Underappreciated and yet so essential, the bee is by far the most important pollinator in today’s agricultural landscape. They pollinate more than 400 crops worldwide, help to create about a third of the food we eat, and contribute an estimated $12 billion to our nation’s food supply. Despite colorful and fragrant flower bouquets, delicious fruits and vegetables and the incredible honey they create, children run screaming should one buzz by and adults quickly kick off their shoes to use in self-defense should one linger too long. But ironically, bees are already in crisis and are vanishing at an astounding rate. Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, is the phenomenon where the majority of worker bees in a colony or hive disappear. Unlike other forms of hive death, CCD is marked by a lack of adult bees, with the exception of the queen bee and nurse bees left behind to tend to the queen and immature bees. With reports of colony losses ranging from 20 to 90

percent amongst commercial beekeepers over the last 10 years, CCD is positioned to impact agriculture and food production in North America in a big way. Interestingly, U.S. agriculture could never be sustained by native populations of bees/pollinators alone. Imagine, thousands of hectares of corn being pollinated by the surrounding native bees that happen to be in the area? So commercial agriculture looks to commercial beekeeping to help Mother Nature out. In a nutshell, farms rent bees. What was born from this codependent relationship is a unique industry that actually crates and trucks bees from crop to crop, season to season across the nation. The end result is a high-yield pollination and bountiful crops but also bees that have artificially migrated throughout the country, potentially distributing harmful pathogens and contributing factors to CCD as well as bees that primarily feast on a few select crops instead of a varied healthy diet. In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture formed a task force to address the issue. And in the spring of 2015, President Barack Obama deemed the issue serious enough to develop an initiative to improve the health of bees and other key pollinators.

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Yet, since the term CCD was first coined, researchers have been unable to determine one definitive cause. Theories of pesticide use, mites, habitat loss, fungicides, malnutrition, migratory beekeeping practices and various pathogens have all been considered. The best explanation the scientific community has to offer at this time is that a combination of any of these factors may be to blame. As with any problem one may encounter, it makes good sense to get to the root of the cause instead of treating the symptoms. But when the cause is not currently known, what may be best is to fall back on common sense. Reduce if not eliminate pesticide and fungicide use, encourage genetic diversity in industrial apiculture and agriculture (eliminate GMOs) and provide our precious pollinators with adequate habitat and a varied healthy diet. Reduce the stressors and support their health. Even though spring is just beginning and bees are not out in full force, one can start planning one’s fruit, vegetable and flower gardens for the coming season. Plant a variety of flowers and flowering trees to attract and support local bees. Plant early spring bloomers, such as maples and willows, for those bees that are first to emerge from winter’s cold. Plant late bloomers, such as asters and goldenrod, to give bees that last bit of support before they hunker down for the winter. Keep a water source available. If one already has a bird bath for one’s feathered friends, add a small handful of rocks to the center and make it bee friendly, too! And, of course, eliminate pesticides in one’s garden. If one has the space and the dedication, consider becoming a beekeeper or sponsor a hive. If none of these suggestions is practicable, support a bee-friendly charity or research foundation. All are important and all can help our tiny friends. For more information, visit, Learn/HoneyBees and Elinka Boyle-Rosenbaum is a Natural Awakenings Long Island staff writer, progressive school mom and active gardener.

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A GREENER SHADE OF YOUTH New Generations Put Earth First by Randy Kambic

Every generation gets a chance to change the world. ~Paul David Hewson (Bono)


aby boomers inspired in their youth by Earth Day are now supporting a new generation’s enthusiasm for sustainability through educational and employment opportunities. A 2015 Nature Conservancy survey of 602 teens from 13 to 18 years old revealed that roughly 76 percent strongly believe that issues like climate change can be solved if action is taken now; they also hold that safeguarding important lands and waters should be a priority, regardless of ancillary benefits or the economy. This represents an increase in awareness since a 2010 Yale University Project on Climate Change Communication survey of 517 youths 13 to 17 years old showed that just 54 percent believed global warming was even happening. Launched as Teens for Safe Cosmetics in 2005 and renamed Teens Turning Green two years later, today’s expanded Turning Green (TG) nonprofit of Marin County, California, also informs and inspires college and graduate students

to live and advocate for an eco-lifestyle ( TG’s first 30-day Project Green Challenge (PGC) in 2011 involved 2,600 students nationwide and internationally; last fall’s annual edition drew 4,000 students. “We’ve seen tremendous increases in sustainability offices and curriculums at universities nationwide,” notes Judi Shils, founder and executive director. “They have set an intention.” Reilly Reynolds, a senior at Ohio Wesleyan University, hopes to take up urban farming and eventually own a farm-to-table organic restaurant. The PGC finalist and TG student advisory board member says, “I strive to lead an environmentally friendly and socially responsible life, but there is always room for improvement.” Another PGC 2015 finalist, Matt Gal, a senior at the University of Arkansas, also aspires to be an organic farmer. He wants “to grow and give away as much fresh and organic food as possible to people who need it most.”

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The TG site features eco-friendly products, plus green advice geared for college students. It also operates a Conscience College Road Tour, leadership program, and organic non-GMO school lunch programs in Marin County and Sausalito schools via its Conscious Kitchen and Eco Top Chef programs. Milwaukee’s 13th annual Sustainability Summit and Exposition (, from April 13 to 15, will admit local students for free. “We’ll address trends and potential careers in energy engineering, environmental health and water quality technology, sustainability and renewable energy,” says Summit Chair George Stone, a Milwaukee Area Technical College natural sciences instructor. Bradley Blaeser, founder and coowner of The Green Team of Wisconsin, Inc., which provides eco-friendly landscaping and gardening services, helped start the Sustainable Enterprise Association of Milwaukee. As a social worker at the nonprofit Neighborhood House of Milwaukee in the late 90s, he helped young people in schools and community centers learn how to build their own aquaponics system, plus other gardening skills. “We hit the marks as far as science guidelines,” he recalls. “Kids would see the entire seed-to-harvest cycle through after-school and summer camps. Teachers also embraced nature a little more and saw how they could infuse it in curriculums.” He notes that two young men that subsequently graduated from local colleges currently work for Neighborhood House and Growing Power. More recently, he’s worked with two local organizations, Next Door Foundation and Operation Dream, to teach youngsters agricultural skills and find recruits for related job training internships and employment. Green Team landscape technician Darius Smith, 25, of Milwaukee, will become a crew leader this spring. “You get a good feeling installing plants,” he says. “We’re a team, working in sync.” For the 13th year, the Agricultural Fair Association of New Jersey (njagfairs.

com) has selected a youth ambassador—Rebecca Carmeli-Peslak, 16, of Millstone Township, near Princeton—to visit 2016 fairs to promote agri-tourism and encourage youngsters to pursue agricultural careers. “It’s important for kids to know where food comes from,” says CarmeliPeslak, who is also in her second year as a local 4-H Club health and fitness ambassador, visiting Monmouth County libraries to speak on healthy eating and exercise. She’s training selected peers to speak in other counties; the club’s latest Look to You award recognizes her mentoring prowess. She says, “I want to be a large animal vet and own a farm.” “Young people are becoming well informed about environmental issues by traditional and social media,” observes Shils. “There’s exponential growth in their taking a stand and becoming more active.” Randy Kambic is an Estero, FL, freelance editor and writer who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings. NATAWAK_Waldorf-Half_FEBandMAR-2016_2016

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EVERYDAY SUSTAINABILITY Practical Ways We Can Help Out the Planet by Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko


or many Americans, living more sustainably has become a natural part of their daily routine as they consistently recycle, eat healthy and use energy more efficiently. It’s just what they normally do every day. Every one of them had to start somewhere, growing their efforts over time to the point that nearly every activity yields better results for themselves, their family, their community and the planet. It might begin with the way we eat and eventually expand to encompass the way we work.

“The sustainability movement is large and growing in the U.S.,” says Todd Larsen, with Green America, a grassroots nonprofit organization harnessing economic forces to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable

society. “Half a million people turned out in New York City to march for action on climate change. People also are working in their local communities to oppose fracking and pollution, and to support green building and clean energy. Many businesses now include sustainability as a core business practice, including the 3,000 certified members of Green America’s Green Business Network.” This month, Natural Awakenings profiles the experiences of representative individuals from around the country that are helping to both make the world more sustainable and their own lives richer and more meaningful. From growing and cooking family food and line-drying laundry to powering their business with renewable energy, their approaches are as varied as the places they call home.

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“Many people start with something small at home, particularly if they’re concerned about the impacts on their family’s health,” says Larsen. “More Americans are approaching sustainability first through food. It’s relatively easy to change spending habits to incorporate more organic, fair trade and non-GMO [genetically modified] foods, and with the growth of farmers’ markets nationwide, people are able to buy local more easily.” A focus on food quality is how Wendy Brown and her husband and five children launched their eco-journey just outside of Portland, Maine. “We started thinking about where our food came from, how it was grown and raised and what we could do to ensure that it was better,” says Brown. “What we don’t grow or forage ourselves, we try to purchase from local farmers.” Living more simply during the past decade has helped the family cut debt and become more financially stable. “Our entry point to sustainable living was to grow tomatoes on the steps of an apartment that Kelly and I once called home years ago,” echoes Erik Knutzen, who, with his wife Kelly Coyne, have transformed their 960-square-foot Los Angeles bungalow into an oasis where they grow food, keep chickens and bees, brew, bake and house their bikes. Gabriele Marewski’s journey also started with what she ate. “I became a vegetarian at 14, after reading Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappé,” says Marewski, who in 1999 turned an avocado orchard in Homestead, Florida, into Paradise Farms. “Forty-seven years later, I’m still a strict vegetarian. I believe it’s the single most important statement we can make about saving the planet.” Marewski’s five-acre farm showcases certified organic micro greens, edible flowers, oyster mushrooms and a variety of tropical fruits marketed to Miami-area chefs. Her farm also offers Dinner in Paradise farm-to-table experiences to raise funds for local nonprofits providing food for underprivileged city residents, and bed-and-

breakfast lodging. Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology offers a free online course, Sustainability in Everyday Life, based on five themes: energy, climate change, food, chemicals and globalization. “People can make a difference by making responsible choices in their everyday life,” says Anna Nyström Claesson, one of the three original teachers.

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“Every step toward sustainability is important and in the right direction,” explains Gina Miresse, with the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA), which will again host the world’s largest energy fair in June in Custer, Wisconsin. “It’s easy to start at home by adopting one new practice and sticking with it until it becomes a habit; then add a second practice and so on. This keeps people from getting overwhelmed.” We might, for example, switch to non-toxic home cleaning products when current products are used up. “There’s no need to throw everything in the trash and replace it all immediately—that would partially defeat the purpose of sustainability,” says Miresse. Green America, which suggests green alternatives to many products in online publications at GreenAmerica. org, recommends a congruent strategy. “We see people first change the way they purchase their food, move to reduce their purchases overall and green those they make, and then make their home more energy-efficient,” remarks Larsen. “Next, they consider walking and biking more.” Pamela Dixon explains, “On a day-to-day basis, it’s really about the products we use, like transferring to eco-friendly cleaners and yard maintenance, recycling electronic devices, paying bills electronically and receiving statements via email.” She and her husband, David Anderson, own Dave’s BrewFarm, in rural Wilson, Wisconsin, where they grow herbs, hops, raspberries and apples on 35 acres. “A 20-kilowatt wind generator supplies our electricity, and we use geo-

thermal for heating and cooling,” adds Dixon. Due to career opportunities involving teaching principles of sustainability, the Wisconsin couple is in the process of selling the BrewFarm to move to La Crosse. “At our new home, we’re replacing the windows and appliances with more energy-efficient ones. We also chose our neighborhood so we can walk or bike to local grocery co-ops. We prefer to repair things when they break rather than buying something new, recycle everything the city will accept, compost food scraps and buy clothes at secondhand stores.” When the MREA Energy Fair began 27 years ago, the majority of attendees were interested in learning about first steps, such as recycling, relates Miresse. Today, sustainability basics ranging from fuel savings to water conservation are familiar, and they’re focused on revitalizing local economies. “Folks are now considering more ambitious practices such as sourcing food directly from local farmers, producing their own solar energy and incorporating energy storage, driving an electric vehicle or switching to more socially responsible investing.” The fair’s 250 workshops provide tools to help in taking their next steps on the journey to sustainability. Knutzen and Coyne’s passion has evolved from growing food into a larger DIY mode. “Cooking from scratch is something I prefer to do,” comments Knutzen. “I even grind my own flour.” Library books provide his primary source of inspiration. The Brown family likely echoes the thoughts of many American families. “We have many dreams, but the stark reality is that we live in a world that requires money,” says Wendy Brown. An electric car or solar electric system, for example, is a large investment. “The biggest barriers were mental blocks because we ‘gave up’ previous lifestyle norms,” she says. “Most people we know have a clothes dryer and can’t imagine living without one. Line-drying is just part of the bigger issue of time management for us, because living sustainably and doing things by hand takes longer.”

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“The biggest and most positive impact I have comes from my general nonwaste philosophy,” advises Brown. “I try to reuse something rather than throwing it away. I’ve made underwear out of old camisoles and pajama pants from old flannel sheets. I reuse elastic from worn-out clothing. My travel beverage cup is a sauce jar with a reusable canning lid drilled with a hole for a reusable straw. Such examples show how we live every day.” Marewski’s love of travel doesn’t interfere with her sustainability quest. “When I travel, I like to walk or bicycle across countries,” she says. “It gives me a closer connection to the land and spontaneous contact with interesting people. I’m building a tiny home on wheels that’ll be completely self-sufficient, with solar, composting toilet and water catchment to reduce my footprint even further.” “Last August, I started a tenuretrack position in the school of business at Viterbo University,” says Dixon, who emphasizes how students can pursue sustainability in business and life. “I teach systems thinking, complex systems change and globally responsible leadership, all of which have a sustainability component.” She’s also faculty advisor to Enactus, a student organization focused on social entrepreneurship and making a positive impact on the community. “The best part of how we live is when my daughters make everyday eco-minded choices without even realizing it,” observes Brown. “I can see how remarkable it is, because I have the perspective of having lived differently. But for them, it’s just the way things are done. I think in that way, I’ve succeeded.” Lisa Kivirist and John Ivanko’s ecojourney is captured in their books, ECOpreneuring, Farmstead Chef, Homemade for Sale, Rural Renaissance and Soil Sisters. Every day, they eat from their organic gardens surrounding their farm powered by the wind and sun.

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epresentatives from nearly every country on Earth gathered in Paris for the 2015 United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the Paris Agreement a triumph for people, the planet and multilateralism. The signing ceremony is set for Earth Day, April 22, at UN headquarters, in New York City. For the first time, every country has pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience to related impacts and act internationally and domestically to address climate change. Other key elements aimed at achieving a state of climate neutrality—having a zero carbon footprint—before the century’s end include transparency, accountability and a plan for developed countries to support climate action in developing countries. “A big part of the Paris agreement focuses on reduced use of gas, coal and oil, but there is also a focus on preserving trees and expanding forests,” says

Earth Day Network (EDN) spokesperson Timothy McHugh, referring to this year’s Earth Day theme of Trees for Earth. This year also kicks off a fouryear countdown to the environmental campaign’s 50th anniversary on Earth Day 2020. “By that mark, we hope to have planted 7.8 billion trees—approximately one tree for every person on the planet. Trees are vitally important because they soak up carbon and clean the air,” McHugh explains. In addition to countering climate change and pollution, EDN’s global tree planting seeks to support communities and local economies, protect biodiversity and inspire environmental stewardship. From global leaders convening at the UN to people participating in community events close to home, billions of the world’s citizens will celebrate our precious home planet this year. To join the worldwide observance, find an event online at

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WATERS Our Precious Freshwater Supplies Are Shrinking by Linda Sechrist


irtually all water, atmospheric water vapor and soil moisture presently gracing the Earth has been perpetually recycled through billions of years of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. As all living things are composed of mostly water and thus a part of this cycle, we may be drinking the same water that a Tyrannosaurus Rex splashed in 68 million years ago, along with what was poured into Cleopatra’s bath. Perhaps this mythological sense of water’s endlessness or the National Aeronautics and Space Administration images from outer space of a blue planet nearly three-quarters covered by water makes us complacent. Yet only 2.5 percent of Earth’s water is not salt water and of sufficient quality to be consumable by humans, plants and animals. Vulnerable to the demands of humanity’s unprecedented population explosion, careless development and toxic pollution and other contamination, we must reexamine this precious

resource. Sandra Postel, founder of the Global Water Policy Project, who has studied freshwater issues for more than 30 years, says, “Communities, farmers and corporations are asking what we really need the water for, whether we can meet that need with less, and how water can be better managed [through] ingenuity and ecological intelligence, rather than big pumps, pipelines, dams and canals.” Seeking to reclaim lost ground in the protection of our water and wetland resources, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the 2015 Clean Water Rule. The new regulations are needed to restore the strength to the 1972 Clean Water Act that has been weakened by the courts and previous administrations. Notably, within hours of activating the regulation, the EPA was served with lawsuits from corporate polluters, and within weeks, more than 20 state attorneys general filed suit against it. Today the legal battle continues over whether

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Clean drinking water is rapidly being depleted all around the world.


the new regulation will be allowed to stay in force or not. “Every day, local, state and federal governments are granting permission to industries to pollute, deforest, degrade and despoil our environments, resulting in serious effects on our planet and our bodies,” says Maya K. van Rossum, a Delaware Riverkeeper and head of the four-state Delaware Riverkeeper Network. Under van Rossum’s leadership the network has created a national initiative called For the Generations advocating for the passage of constitutional protection for environmental rights at both the state and federal levels. It was inspired by a legal victory secured by van Rossum and her organization in 2013 in a case titled Robinson Township, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, et al. vs. the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which used Pennsylvania’s Constitutional Environmental Rights Amendment to strike down significant portions of a profracking piece of legislation as unconstitutional. Until this legal victory, Pennsylvania’s constitutional environmental rights amendment was dismissed as a mere statement of policy rather than a true legal protection. “Each individual process of fracking uses on the order of 5 million gallons of freshwater water mixed with chemicals for drilling and fracking operations, introducing highly contaminated wastewater into our environment,” explains van Rossum. “Every frack increases the chances of carcinogenic chemical leakage into the soil and water sources.” In the pioneering Pennsylvania case, the court’s ruling made clear that the environmental rights of citizens aren’t granted by law, but are inherent and rights that cannot be removed, annulled or overturned by government or law. “Even more significant, the court stated that these environmental rights belong to present generations living on Earth today and to future generations,” enthuses van Rossum. She also cites that although America’s Declaration of Independence includes several inalienable rights, our federal constitution and those of 48 states fail to provide protec-

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says Gettle. “The Amish and Germans use them in pies. Their high pectin content makes them good for preserves. Heirlooms send people in search of old recipes and they end up creating their own variations. It’s food as history.”

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Edible Heirlooms Old-Fashioned Fruits and Veggies Return to the Table by Avery Mack


f the 7,500 varieties of apples in the world, 2,500 are grown in the U.S., but only 100 commercially. As of the 1990s, 70 percent were Red Delicious; more recently they’re being replaced with Gala, Granny Smith and Fuji types from taller, thinner trees that can be planted more compactly for easier harvesting, yet are more sensitive to disease and require trellis supports. Mass-produced fruits and vegetables have been modified over the years to make them look appealing and ship well, while sacrificing taste. Consumers in search of health-enhancing nutrients and robust flavor can find them by instead connecting with the past through food and flowers. “Heirloom seeds have remained intact and unexposed to commercial pesticides,” says Jere Gettle, owner of Baker Creek Seed Company, in Mansfield, Missouri. “They’re reliable—plants


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grown now will be the same next year; not so with hybrids.” This cleaner, tastier alternative to the status quo is typically packed with more good vitamins than good looks. Heirloom produce often also delivers a unique regional flavor, such as Vidalia onions or Hatch chile peppers.

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Fine restaurants like to feature Yellow Wonder wild strawberries because they taste like cream. The fragrant Baron von Solemacher strawberry, an antique German Alpine variety, is small and sweet, red and full of flavor; it’s been around since the Stone Age. For pies and preserves, pair them with Victorian rhubarb, which dates back to 1856. Eat only the rhubarb stalks; the leaves contain poisonous oxalic acid. Aunt Molly’s ground cherry (husk tomato) hails from Poland. “It’s sweet, with a hint of tart, like pineapple-apricot,”

Trending this year are purple veggies like the brilliantly colored Pusa Jamuni radish. Pair it with bright pink Pusa Gulabi radishes, high in carotenoids and anthocyanins, atop a stunning salad with Amsterdam prickly-seeded spinach’s arrow-shaped leaves, a variety once grown by Thomas Jefferson. Add a fennellike flavor with Pink Plume celery. Brighten salsas using the Buena Mulata hot pepper, a deep violet that ripens to a sweet red. Serve with pink pleated Mushroom Basket tomatoes or Lucid Gems, with their black/orange peel and striking yellow/orange flesh. Purple tomatillos are sweeter than green varieties and can be eaten right off the plant. “Purple sweet potatoes are found in Hawaii, but aren’t common on the mainland,” explains Gettle. “Molokai Purple sweet potatoes keep their deep purple color even when cooked, and are much higher in antioxidants than the orange variety.” To be novel, serve the Albino beet. Baker Creek’s customers use it raw in salads, roasted or fried and don’t let the greens go to waste. Monique Prince, a clinical social worker in Chester, New Hampshire, grows heirloom organic radishes, greens, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers and pumpkins in eight raised beds. She received Ganisisikuk pole

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beans (seventh-generation seeds) and Abnaki cranberry runner beans from a Native American client. Rather than eat the bounty, she’s accumulating the seeds to save the varieties.


Thai basil loves summer heat. Make batches of pesto, then freeze it in ice cube trays for later. Christina Major, a nutritionist in Trevorton, Pennsylvania, grows heirloom herbs that include borage, with its edible flowers, and marshmallow, which is a decongestant when added to tea. Her 300-square-foot garden supplies summer veggies such as scarlet runner beans, more than 50 kinds of perennial herbs for year-round use and heirloom raspberries, gooseberries and blackberries “that are eaten as fast as they’re picked,” she says. Heirloom enthusiasts like to exchange seeds to try new varieties. “From December to March, traders swap seeds and plot their gardens,” says Major. “I got 20 kinds of tomatoes by connecting with other traders on Facebook.”


Of 400,000 flowering plants in the world, 20 percent are in danger of extinction. “Instead of marigolds and petunias,

consider old-fashioned annuals. Trying new things is fun,” says Gettle. Four O’clocks, familiar to many Midwesterners, come in several colors and are easily cultivated from their abundant seeds. The succulent Ice plant, with its white-pink flowers, looks like it was dipped in sugar; its edible leaves taste like spinach. Black Swan’s burgundy poppies have a frill-like edge, while Mother of Pearl poppies offer subtle watercolors. “Save seeds, share with neighbors and pass them on to the kids,” advises Gettle. “They’re evidence of our culture.” Connect with the freelance writer via

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Homegrown Heirloom Cookery Add the stock and cooked beans, return heat to high and bring to a boil.   Reduce heat to low and simmer for at least an hour.    Serve with toasted slices of bread.   Source: Adapted from Mediterranean Vegetables by Clifford Wright.

Salsa Morada Yields: Five cups (five 8-oz jars)

Vegan Tuscan Kale Soup Yields: 4 servings   1 /3 cup extra-virgin olive oil ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ cup finely chopped onion ½ cup finely chopped carrot ¼ cup finely chopped fresh purple basil leaf 1 lb ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded and finely chopped 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaf 1 lb waxy boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces 1 lb lacinato kale, washed and cut into ¼-inch-wide strips ½ cup dry cannellini beans, cooked until tender 2 qt vegetable stock Sea salt to taste   Heat olive oil in a heavy soup pot over medium-high heat and sauté the celery, onion, carrot and basil until they’re almost soft, about 8 to 10 minutes.    Add tomatoes and continue cooking until their liquid has almost cooked out, about 20 minutes more.    Add in the thyme and boiling potatoes, sautéing them for another 5 minutes.   Add kale and reduce heat to low, cooking until wilted, about 10 minutes.  

1½ lb sweet green peppers, seeded and chopped 8 oz Violet Buena Mulata hot peppers, seeded and chopped 1 cup organic sugar 1½ Tbsp pickling salt 2 Tbsp powdered fair trade unsweetened chocolate 1½ cup vinegar (preferred variety) 2 tsp ground coriander 1 Tbsp ground hot chile pepper (optional) Place the green pepper, Buena Mulata, sugar, salt, chocolate, vinegar and coriander in a heavy preserving pan. Cover and boil gently for 20 minutes.   Remove from heat and let stand for 2 to 3 hours or until the peppers are completely soft.   Purée to a smooth creamy consistency using a blender.   Reheat in a clean preserving pan and bring to a boil. Cook for 3 minutes, and then adjust the heat factor with additional pepper to taste.   Pour into sterilized jars and seal. Source: Adapted from a recipe courtesy of William Woys Weaver.

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Vegan Eggplant, Chickpea and Spinach Curry Yields: 4 to 6 servings ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil, in all; 2 Tbsp reserved 1½ lb eggplant, cut into 1-inch cubes 2 Tbsp fresh ginger paste 2 hot green chiles, deseeded and minced 2 tsp whole cumin seed ¼ tsp asafoetida resin 2 cup tomatoes, seeded and chopped 1 Tbsp coriander seed, ground 1 tsp paprika ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp turmeric ½ cup filtered water 2 cup cooked chickpeas 1 lb fresh spinach, coarsely chopped 2 tsp sea salt ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaf 1 tsp garam masala Heat 6 tablespoons of the oil in a large, heavy pan. Add in the eggplant cubes and sauté until browned and cooked through. Remove from pan and set aside. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and increase the heat to medium-high. Add the ginger, chiles and cumin, and fry until the cumin seeds have turned brown.  Add the asafoetida and stir fry for another 15 seconds.  Add in the tomatoes, coriander, paprika,

Conventional strawberries from California are grown big for easier picking, which also subjects them to layers of toxic chemicals. black pepper, cayenne and turmeric. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the oil separates from the tomato sauce, about 10 minutes.  Add water and bring the sauce to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and add in the cooked eggplant cubes, chickpeas, chopped spinach and salt. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Before serving remove from heat and stir in the chopped cilantro and garam masala. Serve warm with brown rice or naan flatbread. Source: Adapted from Lord Krishna’s Cuisine by Yamuna Devi.

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Farm-to-Hospital On-Site Farms Grow Organics for Patients by Judith Fertig


ost people would agree with the results of a 2011 study by the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: Typical hospital food is full of the dietary fat, sodium, calories, cholesterol and sugar that contribute to the medical problems that land many in the hospital in the first place. The study’s dietitians further found that some hospitals house up to five fast-food outlets. Because studies from institutions such as the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the University of Maryland show that a poor diet contributes to a host of illnesses and longer recovery time after surgery—all of which increase healthcare costs—it befits hospitals to embrace healthier eating. Now, a dozen pioneering hospitals have their own on-site farms and others are partnering with local farms, embracing new ways to help us eat healthier, especially those that most need to heal.

“In a paradigm shift, hospitals are realizing the value of producing fresh, local, organic food for their patients,” says Mark Smallwood, executive director of the nonprofit Rodale Institute, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. It recently partnered with St. Luke’s University Hospital, in nearby Bethlehem, to help support operations of the hospital’s 10-acre organic farm that yields 30 varieties of vegetables and fruits served in hospital meals to support patient recovery. New mothers are sent home with baskets of fresh produce to help instill healthy eating habits. “Organic fruits and vegetables offer many advantages over conventionally grown foods,” says Dr. Bonnie Coyle, director of community health for St. Luke’s University Health Network. She cites the higher amounts of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and antioxidants as contributing to a reduced incidence of heart disease and some cancers and a lowered risk for other

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common conditions such as allergies, and hyperactivity in children. Hospital farms also benefit the environment and facilitate other healing ways. Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Ann Arbor’s hospital farm, created in 2010 in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is a winwin-win solution. “We can model the connection between food and health to our patients, visitors, staff and community,” says hospital spokesperson Laura Blodgett. Their Health Care Without Harm pledge commits the hospital to providing local, nutritious and sustainable food. The farm repurposed some of the hospital’s 340-acre campus, eliminating considerable lawn mowing and chemicals. Today, its organic produce also supplies an on-site farmers’ market. Most recently, collaboration with a rehab hospital treating traumatic brain injuries resulted in a solar-heated greenhouse to continually produce organic food using raised beds and a Ferris-wheel-style planting system that enables patients to experience gardening as agritherapy. “Patients love the hands-on healing of tending the garden,” says Blodgett. Another innovative hospital is Watertown Regional Medical Center, in rural Wisconsin. Its farm, located behind the 90-bed hospital, raises 60 pesticidefree crops a year, including vegetables, herbs and even edible flowers. “We believe that food is medicine,” says Executive Chef Justin Johnson. He also serves his healthier fare to the public via special dinners in the hospital’s café, celebrating spring and fall harvests. In Arcata, California, Mad River Community Hospital’s designated farmer, Isaiah Webb, tills six plots and two greenhouses to supply organic carrots, beets, tomatoes, basil, potatoes, sweet corn, artichokes, squash, pumpkins, lettuce, blueberries, apples and strawberries to patients and guests. An inhouse work/share program encourages hospital employees to volunteer gardening time for a share of the produce. A three-way partnership of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Fletcher Allen Health Care and Cen-

tral Vermont Medical Center, all in the Burlington area, combines community supported agriculture (CSA) and physicians’ prescriptions for healthier eating. Diane Imrie, director of nutrition services at Fletcher Allen, comments, “If we want to have a ‘well’ community, they have to be well fed.” Paid student farmers from 15 to 21 years old grow and harvest eight acres of fruits and vegetables for selected doctor-recommended patients in the 12-week-growing season program. Patients gain an appreciation of healthy eating that remains with them, thus decreasing their need for acute medical care. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farm-to-institution programs like these both provide healthy food to hospital patients and help develop sustainable regional food systems. We all benefit from such healing ripples in the healthcare pond.

I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes. ~E.E. Cummings

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fitbody pivotal generation, health is increasingly about living a happier life.

What They Like

Millennials’ Take on Fitness

They Like Short, Social and Fun Workouts by Derek Flanzraich


illennials are a big deal. Most businesses view them as trendsetters for good reason: Born between the early 1980s and early 2000s, they make up 25 percent of the population and represent $200 billion in annual buying power. Like the baby boomers before them, they also have the power to profoundly influence other generations, both young and old. Millennials have largely rejected previous fitness trends and instead paved a new path to health and wellness. In doing so, they’ve transformed both the business of fitness and the idea of what it means to be healthy. They’ve created a more personalized approach that encompasses the values of their generation.

Millennials are a fast-paced, wellinformed group. They devour news and information as soon as it’s released and then share it with others, usually via social media. This quick turnover cycle has led to an “out with the old, in with

the new” mentality in many aspects of life. For a generation that strives to be trailblazers, things quickly become outdated. Millennials are always seeking new ways to get fit and eat healthy, even if it means creating something unique to them. The Internet has allowed these young adults to find more like-minded people than ever before. They grew up with constant connectivity, which has allowed them to build larger communities of friends online as well as locally, and keep everyone apprised of their fitness goals and progress. Millennials’ overscheduled lives mean they value shorter, quicker and more convenient options, especially in regard to workouts and healthy meals. They are more likely than any other age group to track their own health progress and use technologies such as health and fitness apps which monitor such data as steps, heart rate and caloric intake as a complement to their fitness routines. Being healthy means more than weight loss or looking good to them. For this

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Millennials’ values and unique approach to health have fostered the growth of innovative fitness movements, health-focused stores and restaurants and alternative medicine. Here are the three biggest trends making an impact on the wellness industry. What’s hot: Shorter, full-body workouts that are also fun. What’s not: Steady-state cardio exercises as a starting point for losing weight and improving health. It’s been increasingly shown that steady-state cardio workouts may be the most effective way to lose weight, but they also lack widespread appeal. Instead of sticking to a traditional treadmill, many millennials have flocked to workout regimens that regularly switch exercises or use high-intensity interval training, such as Zumba, SoulCycle and CrossFit. What’s hot: A more holistic approach to health. What’s not: Diets that emphasize rapid weight loss.  Millennials don’t believe that weight is the major indicator of health as much as previous generations have. Instead, they increasingly think of weight as just one among many key components of a healthy lifestyle. A higher percentage define being healthy as having regular physical activity and good eating habits. What’s hot: Alternative workouts that are customizable, fun and social. What’s not: Inflexible gym memberships and daily attendance. Instead of hitting the gym, young adults tend to prefer new forms of fitness that can be personalized to their needs. They like obstacle races such as Tough Mudder, fun and distance runs like The Color Run, at-home fitness workouts like P90X, and bodyweight regimens.

As a group, millennials are redefining wellness and changing how following generations will view health. Their preferences for fun, personalized workouts and holistic wellness have fueled trends with far-reaching implications for the food, tech and healthcare industries, and that’s just the start. Derek Flanzraich is an entrepreneur on a mission to help the world think about health in a healthier way. He is the founder and CEO of Greatist, a New York City-based media startup working to make healthy living cool.

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Marie Kondo on the Joy of Tidying Up

Simplicity Invites Happiness into Our Lives by April Thompson that you can picture what it would be like to live in a clutter-free space. Start by identifying your bigger goal. Ask yourself why you want this, repeating the question to get to the root of the answer. As you explore the reasons behind your ideal lifestyle, you’ll realize that the ultimate reason is to be happy. Then you are ready to begin. I recommend cleaning out and organizing your entire space in one goaround. When completed, the change is so profound that it inspires a strong aversion to your previously cluttered state. The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart. By discarding the easy things first, you can gradually hone your decision-making skills, including knowing who else can use what you don’t need. I recommend starting with clothes, then move to books, documents, miscellaneous items and finally anything with sentimental value. photo by Ichigo Natsuno


apanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo helps us discover happiness through tidiness. Already perusing home and lifestyle magazines by age 5, she spent her childhood “tidying” up her surroundings rather than playing with toys. The organizing system Kondo went on to develop, the KonMari method, defies most long-held rules of organizing, such as installing clever storage solutions to accommodate stuff or decluttering one area at a time. Her New York Times bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has been published in 30 countries, demonstrating that her methods speak to universal desires, including a hunger for order and simplicity. She’s now released a companion book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. Kondo’s principles, including vertically stacking clothing and using special folding methods for socks, can seem quirky, yet her approach gets results. Kondo claims a nearly zero percent “clutter relapse” rate among clients because they’ve become surrounded only by things they love.

Is it important to touch every single object in the decision process?

It’s not about a set of rules, but acquiring the right mindset for becoming a tidy person. Think in concrete terms, so

At one point in my life, I was virtually a “disposal unit”, constantly on the lookout for superfluous things. One day, I realized that I had been so focused on what to discard that I had forgotten to cherish the things I loved. Through

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this experience, I concluded that the best way to choose what to keep is to actually hold each item. As you do, ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” When you touch something, your body reacts, and its response to each item is different. The process of assessing how you feel about the things you own—identifying those that have fulfilled their purpose, expressing your gratitude and bidding them farewell and good wishes for their onward journey—is a rite of passage to a new life.

Must keepsakes be included? Mementoes are reminders of a time that gave us joy, yet truly precious memories will never vanish, even if you discard the associated objects. By handling each sentimental item, you process your past. The space we live in should be for the person we are becoming now, not for the person we were in the past.

What do you recommend for organizing what remains after a purge? The secret to maintaining an uncluttered room is to pursue simplicity in storage, so that you can see at a glance what you have. My storage rules are simple: Store all items of the same type in one place and don’t scatter storage space.

How does this process change us and our relationship to things? Through it, you identify both what you love and need in your home and in your life. People have told me that decluttering has helped them achieve lifelong dreams, such as launching their own business; in other cases, it has helped them let go of negative attachments and unhappy relationships. Despite a drastic reduction in belongings, no one has ever regretted it, even those that ended up with a fifth of their earlier possessions. It’s a continuing strong reminder that they have been living all this time with things they didn’t need. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at



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How to Get Rid of the Kids’ Old Toys, Clothes and Sentimental Items

and have the children go through them and ask them what they would like to keep. Sometimes you’ll find that some of them still have the tags. A great organization to donate to is Stuffed Animals for Emergencies ( It accepts gently used stuffed animals and books for when children need them most, during such emergency situations as fires, illness, accidents, neglect, abuse, homelessness and even weather emergencies.  Clothes – Create small piles and go through the clothes placing a pile for friends, a pile for donation and a pile to be created into rags. Immediately donate items that are too small to charity organizations or relatives.


t is often very hard for parents to part with children’s old artwork, toys or clothing that they have outgrown,” says Patty Barr, founder and owner of The Elegant Organizer, which services clients from NYC to Montauk. Barr says that parents justify keeping items with thoughts like, “Money was used to pay for those,” “A family member gave it as a birthday present,” or “Remember when she made that macaroni and clay project?”  To get started on this daunting decluttering project, Barr says to create zones and categories first. Zone the items into toys, stuffed animals, clothes and artwork. Once the items have been separated, utilize the following helpful tips Barr provides: Toys – Keep the toys they currently use and donate the remainder to organiza-

tions like Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island—a great organization that helps children on Long Island. Barr also recommends that parents set aside some time with their children to go through their old toys and educate them on how they have outgrown them and how by donating them they can help other less fortunate children. Stuffed animals – Sort the animals from the oldest to the most current,

Artwork – It is a good idea to display the artwork in a hallway or in a family room/rec room and to rotate the art by season. Parents can also create a timeline of their children’s artwork with the yearly school photo and can take all of it down at the end of summer to start again for the new school year. When children become older, a few pieces of artwork can be kept for sentimental reasons, but the remainder can be donated to I Love My Kids’ Art (ILoveMyKidsArt. com). This organization can turn a child’s drawing into a piece of artwork or poster that can hang on the wall, but it can also take the artwork and create note cards and greeting cards for charity. It is a unique way to keep one’s children’s art alive. As a child grows, it can be very challenging for them and their parents to detach from their items. Make purging fun, creative and educational. Teach your children early on how to declutter and also to help other children in need. For more information about Patty Barr, of The Elegant Organizer, call 631-2511414 or visit See ad on this page.


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Horse Rescue

Caring Homes Sought for Aging and Abandoned Horses by Sandra Murphy


n estimated 9 million horses in the U.S. are used for racing, show, informal competitions, breeding, recreation, work and other activities. Many need a new home when they start to slow down physically or when an owner’s finances become tight. Horses need space to run, require hoof care and when injured or ill, may require costly procedures.

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“We foster 50 horses right now,” says Jennifer Taylor Williams, Ph.D., president of the Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, in College Station, Texas, which has placed about 800 horses in the last decade. “We could have 10 times that many if we had more foster homes and space. There’s often a waiting list. We help law enforcement, animal control, and shelters with horses found through neglect or abuse cases.” Starved and too weak to stand, 50

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Tumbleweed was an emergency case when she arrived at the Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch clinic on a sled. Having since regained her health, including gaining 200 pounds to reach the appropriate weight for her age and size, she illustrates the benefits of the facility’s status as one of the country’s leaders in providing equine rescue and rehabilitation. The Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racers (CANTER USA) serves as an online matchmaker for racing horses. Volun-

teers take photos at tracks, obtain the horse’s bio from the owner or trainer and post them to attract potential new owners. Along with the healthy horses, the 3,000 ill or injured horses cared for by the alliance have been retrained, rehabbed and re-homed to participate in polo, show jumping, cart pulling and rodeos. “Race horses are intelligent, used to exercise and retire as early as 2 years old, so we find them a second career,” says Nancy Koch, executive director of CANTER USA. The nonprofit’s 13 U.S. affiliates work with 20 racetracks across the country. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of volunteers. No one here receives a salary.” Collectively, they have placed more than 23,000 horses nationally since 1997.

Wild Horse Rescue

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management calculates the appropriate management level (AML) for the number of wild horses. Excess numbers are captured and offered for adoption or sale. In December 2015, 47,000 horses were waiting in holding facilities at an annual cost of $49 million. The AML projects removal of an additional 31,000 horses from Western lands. As an example, although local wild species predate the park’s existence, horses in Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park are labeled “trespass livestock”, and subject to removal. Return to Freedom, a nonprofit wild horse rescue in Lompoc, California, recognizes the tightly bonded nature of these herd groups. Its American Wild Horse Sanctuary is the first to focus on entire family bands, providing a safe haven for about 200 horses and burros. The Wild Horse Rescue Center, in Mims, Florida, rescues, rehabilitates and

The average lifespan of a horse is 30 years. It should have two acres of land for grazing. The minimum annual cost for basic food and veterinarian services is $2,000, not including equipment and boarding, which can be more expensive in urban areas and in or near racing meccas like Kentucky or Florida. Rescues budget $300 a month per horse.

Horses Count Racing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 844,531 Showing . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,718,954 Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,906,923 Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,752,439 Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9,222,847 Note: “Other” activities include farm and ranch work, rodeos, carriage tours, polo, police work and informal competitions. Source: The Equestrian Channel; U.S. stats finds homes for mustangs and burros, usually housing 30 horses at a time. With many needing medical care upon arrival, expenditures average $3,000 their first year and $1,700 annually once they’re healthy. Although the goal is adoption, equine fans also can sponsor a horse by donating $5 a day or purchasing a painting done by a horse. The center also provides public educational forums. Sponsored by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), April 26 is Help a Horse Day, a nationwide grant competition. Last year, some 100 U.S. equine rescue groups held events to recruit volunteers, gather donated supplies and find homes for adoptable horses ( ASPCA-HelpAHorseDay).

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Although a U.S. law now bans slaughterhouses for domestic horses, each year 120,000 are sold at auction for as little as $1 each and transported to Canada and Mexico for slaughter, their meat destined for human consumption in Europe and Japan or for carnivores at zoos. Horses can legally be confined to a trailer for up to 24 hours without food or water during shipment. Two-thirds of all horse rescue operations are either at or approaching capacity. Almost 40 percent turn away animals because of lack of space or money. Many horses are ill, underweight or injured, which raises the cost of care.

“We need foster homes and volunteers. We need the time and skills people can donate; not everything is hands-on, so those that like horses but don’t have handling skills can still help,” says Williams. “Bluebonnet, for example, has many volunteer jobs that can be done remotely. Office work, social media to spread the word, gather-

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and “feel good” chemicals, which will result in a pet experiencing a reduction in anxiety stemming from pain.

Is Acupuncture Right for Your Pet? by Michel Selmer, DVM, CVA


cupuncture is a holistic approach to treat a variety of problems in humans. The benefits do not stop there, however. Many animals, including pets, see therapeutic benefits from acupuncture—from pain to digestive problems to seizures and even more. Dogs and cats see the most benefit in gastrointestinal and neurological conditions. The veterinarian may suggest acupuncture as the primary form of treatment or it may be used in addition to other treatment methods. Many pet owners will seek acupuncture treatments for their pets in addition to Western medicine. If a pet has a broken leg, it would be ideal to have the leg set and then utilize acupuncture afterward to promote healing and reduce pain. Veterinarians that specialize in acupuncture know how to integrate the holistic approach into the standard health plan for pets.

ture is thought to operate by: Release of opioid peptides. There has been considerable evidence to support that acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system, releasing these chemicals. Alteration in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Acupuncture is said to activate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland and thereby alter secretion of these chemicals. Evidence has shown that acupuncture alters this secretion in a manner that reduces pain. Documentation has also shown that acupuncture positively affects immune functions in the body.

A certified veterinary acupuncturist will insert hair-thin needles into the skin at specific points around the body. It is virtually painless when done by an experienced certified veterinary acupuncturist. Inserting the needles is thought to correct imbalance and restore the flow of energy, called qi (pronounced chee) throughout the body. According to “Acupuncture: An Ancient Treatment for a Current Problem,” by Paulo Zanardi, AP, Acupunc-

Stimulation of electromagnetic points on the body. The 2,000 points of the body that acupuncture focuses on are theorized to be strategic conductors of electromagnetic signals. Stimulation of these areas is believed to start the flow of endorphins— the body’s natural painkillers. The release of these natural chemicals, which act like pain killers, will not only provide pain relief but will also result in relaxing and calming effects, causing a pet to feel good. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine believes that where there is pain there is stagnation of blood and qi. Inserting the needles at specific points will directly help to provide a free flow of blood circulation and will also cause the release of these naturally occurring pain relievers

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What does acupuncture treat?

There are a number of conditions in which acupuncture can be beneficial, including gastrointestinal issues; respiratory problems; neurological disorders, including epilepsy; musculoskeletal disorders; reproductive disorders; metabolic disorders; allergies; urinary disorders; and dermatological disorders.

Is acupuncture right for your pet? Before considering acupuncture for your pet, you will want to be sure to consult with a certified veterinary acupuncturist; he/she can tell you what your pet’s prognosis will be. There are times when acupuncture should not be administered. Just because acupuncture can be beneficial does not mean that it is ideal for all pets. Pregnant pets should only receive acupuncture if they are prepared for labor, and specific acupuncture points will need to be avoided in the pregnant animal to avoid pregnancy complications and/or spontaneous abortion. Pets that currently have a diagnosed infection should be treated with antibiotics prior to acupuncture. If the degenerative disease is progressed immensely, acupuncture should only be utilized for symptomatic relief.   While it is not a cure-all, acupuncture can be just as beneficial to pets as to their human counterparts.   Dr. Michel Selmer is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and is currently pursuing a master’s degree to become a master practitioner of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. His practice, Advanced Animal Care Center, is located at 260 Evergreen Ave., South Huntington. For more information and to see if acupuncture is right for your pet, call 631-FOR-PETS (367-7387) or visit See ad on page 2.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1 Back to the 80’s with Jessie’s Girl – 8pm. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. More info & tickets: 631-673-7300 or

SATURDAY, APRIL 2 300-Hour Teacher Training – Weekend format held 4/2/16 through 4/2/17. Offer a vast array of subjects that every advanced teacher needs in their arsenal to continue to teach interesting and fulfilling classes, workshops and privates. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Register: 20/30’s Yoga with Jessica – 2:30-3:30pm. Also Apr 14, 6-7pm. Adults aged 20/30 something (18 & 19 year olds invited too). Learn the powerful practice of yoga, and how to get the most out of your spiritual practice. This all-levels class concludes with meditation singing bowls. Deer Park Library, 44 Lake Ave. Registration required: 631-586-3000.

SUNDAY, APRIL 3 Yoga Rehab for Upper Back, Neck and Shoulders – 1:30-2:30pm. With Rita Trieger. This curative workshop combines yoga therapy with gentle flow and restorative poses to help ease stiff or strained neck muscles, relieve chronically tight shoulders, and decompress the upper back. All levels welcome. $25. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Yin Yang Flow Workshop – 2-4pm. If you are looking for more flexibility, the feeling of more space and fluidity in your physical body, a clearer more focused mind and relief from some aches and pains that do not seem to go away, this is the workshop and practice for you. $45. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Register:


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TUESDAY, APRIL 5 Daytime Parent Support Group – 1-2:30pm. COPE, a grief and healing nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child. If 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.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6 Spiritual Book Club – Apr 6 & 20. 2-5pm. With Catherine M Laub. Dr. Wayne Dyer’s book Wishes Fulfilled, Mastering the Art of Manifestation. Dues $5 for refreshments. Lake Ronkonkoma. Catherine: 631-619-2040 or

THURSDAY, APRIL 7 Angel Communication Classes – Apr 7 & 21. 2-4pm. Learn how to communicate with your angels using angel oracle cards. Classes include handouts, meditations, individual readings and various other lessons to enhance your spiritual journey through an understanding of your psychic senses. $20. Lake Ronkonkoma. Catherine: 631-619-2040  or

FRIDAY, APRIL 8 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training – Apr 8-10. 6:30-9pm, Fri; 9am-5pm, Sat & Sun. Led by Leah Hartofelis, ERYT 500, owner of Breathe N Flow Yoga and Jamie Henderson. Have the opportunity to practice teach all postures. Learn relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, pose modifications and gentle hands-on adjustments used to enhance the restorative yoga experience. $395. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Wade Imre Morissette Kirtan – 8-10pm. In this fun and moving experience, we will create a space for creativity, authenticity and freedom. We’ll move into a blissful explosion of mantra call and response. Come play, sing and celebrate. $30. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Register:

SATURDAY, APRIL 9 3rd Annual BeauTea Soiree Wellness Event – 1pm. To benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Fund. Doctors will be there to discuss integrative medicine and cancer care, while guests enjoy complimentary nutritional buffet, chair massages, Gaia’s Essence Wellness teas, henna beauty tattoos, belly dancing for core fitness, live jazz, opera entertainment acupuncture and reiki. $31.75. Upsky Long Island Hotel, 110 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge. To register: or

SUNDAY, APRIL 10 Satsang with Mindy Frenkel – 1:15-2:15pm. Join Mindy in this once a month journey into the study of the Self. In this class we will explore the yoga sutras of Patanjali which is the foundational text of yoga and the road map to finding true happiness. Through chanting and meditation dive deeply into the mystery of silence and the miracle of transformation. Suggested donation $20. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Registration requested: 516-632-9626 or

TUESDAY, APRIL 12 Belinda Carlisle – 8pm. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. More info & tickets: 631673-7300 or

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 Western Suffolk County Parent Support Group – 7-8:30pm. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child. If new to COPE must speak to Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to their first meeting. Free. Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Pkwy, Dix Hills. More info & groups: 516-484-4993.

THURSDAY, APRIL 14 20/30’s Yoga with Jessica – 6-7pm. See Apr 2 listing. Deer Park Library, 44 Lake Ave. Registration required: 631-586-3000. Stretch & Strengthen – 7-8:30pm. With Brian Petschauer. All levels. Learn to advance your practice, while checking your ego at the door. Stretch and strengthen muscles necessary for more challenging and advanced postures. Build confidence in a safe and fun environment. Learn various modifications as we work towards more challenging asanas. Build confidence to try new poses. Vigorous class followed by Q&A and discussion. $25. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Bi-Weekly Meetup Group for Spiritual Awareness – Apr 14 & 28. 7-9pm. Meditations, automatic writing, altars, spiritual protection, manifestation and goals and more. $15. Lake Ronkonkoma. Catherine: 631-619-2040 or

FRIDAY, APRIL 15 Ghost “Black to the Future” Tour – 8pm. With special guest, The Shrine. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. More info & tickets: 631-673-7300 or

SATURDAY, APRIL 16 Exploring Mindfulness: Our Gateway to Serenity – 12:15-5:15pm. Disconnect for a day and join


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help wanted Seeking 2-3 individuals to join holistic minded team. Must be motivated, entrepreneurial spirit with good communication skills. Will train. Call for interview a Pamela 516-624-2332. VISITING FRIENDS - Are Mom or Dad in a nursing home or ALF in Broward County FL and in need of a visitor? “Visiting Friends” are available. Call Nancy at 305-343-0185 for more information. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child through support groups, art therapy, a grief hotline and special workshops, needs volunteers to help with various projects. Karen Flyer, Executive Director: 484-4993 or

services LEARN ABOUT YOUR OWN PSYCHIC ABILITIES – Tori Quisling, with over 20 years Sharon Hartman and Cleo Metelitz as they take you on a 5-hour “Journey Inward” retreat to explore mindfulness. Explore different techniques such as restorative and yin yoga, how to breathe mindfully, a mindful meditation activity, then end the retreat with a beautiful yoga nidra. A delicious vegetarian lunch served. $120. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Space limited; reservation required: 516-632-9626 or

SUNDAY, APRIL 17 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, Cenaclesisters. org/Ronkonkoma.


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Classified Ad Special: $99 for 3 months 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. Natural thought therapy is perfect for anyone seeking clarity and relief in their life, whether it’s mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual. Contact Orit Price, LMHC to guide you through the therapeutic process. 516-405-9412

space available 1,200 sf Yoga studio for rent. Beautiful, peaceful space in Wantagh for group and private classes. Also suitable for workshops, healing sessions, support group meetings, etc. 516-330-8998. Home available for short- term rental in Wantagh 2 blocks from Wantagh train station. 2/3 beds 1 bath, cathedral ceilings fully furnished available through May. Call Mercedes for more information at MR Imperial Real Estate 516-425-6015.

down in a supine position (savasana). While the body is very still and relaxed, the mind is aware as you listen to the teacher guiding the meditation. Come and experience absolute relaxation and deep self-awareness. $20. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

SUNDAY, APRIL 24 Psychic Fair – 10am-6pm. Hosted by Islandwide Psychic Fairs. Come get your psychic angel oracle card readings by Catherine M Laub, ACM Psychic Intuitive. $40/15-min reading, $60/35 mins. 631-619-2040. For location: Brit Floyd – 8pm. “World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show” Space & Time Continuum, World Tour 2016. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. More info & tickets: 631-673-7300 or

TUESDAY, APRIL 26 Long Island Adult Sibling 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. If new to COPE must speak to Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to first meeting. Free. COPE House, Field 6A, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. 516-484-4993.



Advancing Your Asana – 6-7:30pm. With  Bec Gathmann-Landini. Take a deeper dive into your practice, explore your edges, and reveal new strength in this monthly workshop designed to advance your asana. Every month will have a different focus and a new theme to explore. Mar will focus on connecting to the core and backbends. Last Thurs each month. $25. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

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Bi-Weekly Meetup Group for Spiritual Awareness – 7-9pm. See Apr 14 listing. Lake Ronkonkoma. Catherine: 631-619-2040 or Catherinemlaub@

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Spiritual Book Club – 2-5pm. See Apr 6 listing. Lake Ronkonkoma. Catherine: 631-6192040 or

Central Suffolk County Parent Support Group – 7pm. COPE, a grief and healing nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child. If new to COPE must speak to Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to their first meeting. Free.


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Angel Communication Classes – 2-4pm. See Apr 7 listing. Lake Ronkonkoma. Catherine: 631-619-2040  or


FRIDAY, APRIL 22 Mike DelGuidice & Big Shot – 8pm. Celebrating the music of Billy Joel. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. More info & tickets: 631-673-7300 or

SATURDAY, APRIL 23 Yoga Nidra – 1-2pm. With Evangeline Houlihan. A simple guided meditation practiced while lying

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ongoingevents full moon Full Moon Trance Dance – Held every month on or around the full moon. Moving meditation led by Elyce, live jams by Transmorpheous & Outhouse, at beautiful outdoor settings & studios in Nassau & Suffolk. $25. Bring a veggie dish or snack to share. More info:

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. Clairvoyant Development Classes – With Tori Quisling, Clairvoyant Practitioner. Learn powerful intuitive tools that completely change their life. Classes include personal training in small groups in meditation, healing and balancing the aura and chakras through work with a personal healing guide and readings. Also learn about dreams, the Akashic Records, mediumship, and an array of metaphysical topics. Classes ongoing. More info: 516-423-1794 or Free Balance Screenings – Have you felt dizzy, fallen or feel unstable? Your balance will be assessed using specialized and digital tests. Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy, 800 E Gate Blvd, Garden City. To schedule: 516-745-8050. 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.

sunday Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 9am. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. “Crawlers” (and Pre-Crawlers) – Apr 3-May 1. 3-3:45pm. $30/class, $140/5-wk series. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Register:


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Yin Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Also Mon, 8:15-9:30pm. A series of floor poses held for a longer duration of time in order to lengthen the connective tissues of the body. This helps us maintain a healthy range of motion in our joints and allows for the flow of energy. This practice is a great counter to the more active practices especially for athletes or those working through injuries. 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. 516-682-9642. Theraputic Flow – 9:30-10:45am. With Rita Trieger This curative practice combines yoga therapy techniques with vinyasa flow and restorative poses to help ease stiff or strained muscles and encourage healing on both the physical and emotional plane. Specific attention is paid to easing low back, hips and hamstrings. All levels welcome. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Gentle Yoga for Healthy Aging – 10-11:15am. Also Wed. Stretch and breathe while learning about key muscles involved in the postures and how we can engage them to create a deeper and more stable practice. Using yoga we will maintain strength and flexibility, along with dignity and grace. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Breathe, Flow and Meditate – 5pm. Also Wed. This open level class is the perfect blend of asana, pranayama and meditation. Be guided through a mini-yoga asana practice designed to provide the physical space needed to sit comfortably during guided meditation practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. Women who have had breast cancer will have the opportunity to meet in this group. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 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. 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: Tai Chi & Qigong – 7:50-8:50pm. Good for recovery from injury, physical limitation, mind and connection. Benefits of circulation, strengthen, balance and stress reduction. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko:  516-330-8998. YinYoga – 8:15-9:30pm. See Sun listing. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.

tuesday 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 Silver Sneakers Classes – 11:30am-12:30pm. Also Thurs & Fri. For eligible seniors. Sign-up required; space limited. Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy, 800 E Gate Blvd, Garden City. Register, Betsy: 516-745-8050. Free Aquatics Classes – 2-2:45pm. Also Thurs. Classes are easy to do, decrease weight bearing, and in our heated salt water pool. Sign-up required; space limited. Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy, 800 E Gate Blvd, Garden City. Register, Betsy: 516-745-8050.

Support for Caregivers of People with Breast Cancer – 6-7:30pm. Any person who is experiencing the stress and anxiety of caring for a loved one with breast cancer should attend this group. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077.

Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. 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.

Pilates for Beginners – 6:30-7:30pm. Also Tues, 9:15-10:15am. Come join the therapeutic-grade of Pilates class. Small group setting so you can get personal attention. A free trail by appt. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998.

Young Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group: Under 40 – 6-7:30pm. Support group focuses on the unique needs and concerns of women under 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077.

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Free All-Natural Permanent Weight Loss Seminar – 7:15pm. By Dr. Michael Berlin. Find out how to finally lose your weight and keep it off for good. This unique and holistic approach is like no other you’ll find on Long Island. Dr. Berlin goes after the cause of your weight and health problems and reverses it for life. Attend this seminar and get your $125 in-depth  Personalized Health Assessment for only $25. Plus get 1 free Fat Melting Body Wrap. Space limited, register: 844-Lose-123 or

wednesday Mom & Me Yoga Fit and Fun – Wed, Fri, Sat afternoon of choice. Starting April, register now. Integrated yoga and fitness with your little one from 8 months to 5 years. Moms and their little stars do yoga stretching and poses, singing, movements and exercise together. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998. Gentle Yoga for Healthy Aging – 10-11:15am. See Mon listing. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Knit and Chat: Breast Cancer Survivors – Last Wed. 11:30am-1pm. Spend time working on a project while chatting with other breast cancer survivors. Bring your knitting or crochet project or make a scarf to donate to someone currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Breathe, Flow and Meditate – 5pm. See Mon listing. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Kids Yoga – 5pm. Ages 5-8. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Pregnancy Yoga – 6-7:15pm. Also Tues, 7:158:30pm. Relax, strengthen and nurture yourself. Beneficial to maintain your health and wellbeing during the pregnancy time, prepare for the labor work, and bonding with inner baby. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998. 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. 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 Silver Sneakers Classes – 11:30am-12:30pm. See Tues listing. Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy, 800 E Gate Blvd, Garden City. Register, Betsy: 516-745-8050. Free Aquatics Classes – 2-2:45pm. See Tues listing. Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy, 800 E Gate Blvd, Garden City. Register, Betsy: 516-745-8050. Journey to Serenity – 5-6:15pm. With Arden Fekett. Merrick Business Center, 2369 Merrick Ave, Merrick. For more info: 516-655-0573. Yin Yoga – 6pm. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Teen Loss Support Group – 7pm. 2nd Thurs. With Jennifer Plunkett. For teens, ages 13-17, dealing with the loss of someone close to them. First time attendees must first speak with Jennifer prior to their first group. A social media component between monthly meetings will be part of the program. Free. COPE House, Field 6A, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. 516-484-4993. Support Group for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer Disease – 7-8pm. 1st & 3rd Thurs. Meet with other women who are surviving metastatic breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Theater for Life Group – 7:15-8:45pm. With Arden Fekett. Merrick Business Center, 2369 Merrick Ave, Merrick. For more info: 516-655-0573.


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 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. Meditation 101 – 7-8pm. Meditation helps to reduce your stress level and connecting disciplines of calm and harmony. We teach step by step to get into the meditation. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. By appt: 516-330-8998. 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.


Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Support Group – 10-11:30am. When a person first hears they are diagnosed with breast cancer they have a million questions, fears, and are looking for support. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Free Silver Sneakers Classes – 11:30am-12:30pm. See Tues listing. Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy, 800 E Gate Blvd, Garden City. Register, Betsy: 516-745-8050. Spring Buddhaful Baby & Me – Apr 1-22. 12-12:45pm. Ages 5 wks-crawling. $30/class, $110/4-wk series. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Register:

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

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. Family Yoga – 12pm. Family members and children do yoga together. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998. Creation Journaling and Vision Boards Class – 1-5pm. Unlock all of your thoughts and dreams by creating a visual depiction revealing everything you would like to accomplish and attain in the next year. $25. Lake Ronkonkoma. Catherine: 631-619-2040  or

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April 2016


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angel readings CATHERINE LAUB

631-619-2040 Angel readings with spiritual and healing support. If your spiritual or healing path is changing or confusing, a professionally trained and compassionate guide can help make sense of it all. I’m Catherine Laub, a Certified Angel Communication Master. Through my spiritual programs and readings, either one-on-one or group, clients have told me they’ve gained strength, confidence, clarity and reassurance. Would you like me to do that for you? See ad on page 51.

chef educator THE HEALTH CHEF

Kathryn Bari-Petritis 516-818-0643 Kathryn Petritis, from The Health Conscious Chef Company, is a culinary educator, chef and cooking coach for over twenty years. Her new book, Health Transforming Foods, Their Stories and Recipes, offers a soulful celebration of powerfully healthy recipes and inspiring new ways to prepare them. See ad on page 39.


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 29.


641 B Old Country Rd, Plainview 516-822-8499

colon hydrotherapy CLEANSING CONCEPTS

Locations in Smithtown and Garden City 516-640-5322 • Private, safe, comfortable. Lose weight, gain energy, improve skin and sleep, and help reduce the risk of disease. Spa-like atmosphere. Feel completely relaxed. Pre-Post cleanse nutrients provided. See ad on page 47.

divorce mediation DIVORCE MEDIATION PROFESSIONALS With offices in Nassau, Suffolk, NYC & Westchester 516-222-0101 • 631-231-0031

Our firm, founded over 30 years ago, is devoted exclusively to helping couples mediate all of the issues around their decision to legally separate or divorce. Our expert team—including four lawyers and a mental health professional—provides complete and comprehensive legal services, helping you to find the very best solutions for your whole family. See ad on page 47.


151 W Carver St, Huntington 631-897-2066

Joelle A. Perez, Esq. is an attorney and divorce mediator dedicated to helping couples resolve their conflicts in the most peaceful manner possible. She does this by gaining a full understanding of each persons’ wants, needs and concerns—keeping in mind the ultimate goal of reaching a resolution that is in the best interest of the couple and the family. Call us to set up a 30-minute, no-fee consultation to explore if mediation is right for you. See ad on page 35.

CORY J. ROSENBAUM, PC 1-844-3-Mediate

Through a blend of advanced neurology, energy work, and gentle chiropractic The Family Wellness Center, headed by Dr. Berlin, gently heals stress patterns from the body and mind. Noted as a gentle, intuitive and gifted healer, he brings to the community over 25 years of experience working in health care and mind-body healing. Dr. Berlin practices nutrition, weight loss, stress resolution, and holistic chiropractic in Plainview with Dr. Rabinowitz.

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 6.

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Steven M. Rachlin, MD, PC 927 Willis Ave, Albertson, NY 11507 (30 mins from Manhattan) 516-873-7773

Dr. Steven M. Rachlin is a recognized pioneer in alternative and integrative medicine and has been practicing in New York City and Long Island for over 30 years. In his state-of-the-art facility he offers the best of holistic and traditional medicine. He treats cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, hormone imbalances, low testosterone, diabetes, weight loss, hypertension, chronic fatigue, thyroid imbalances, fibromyalgia, food and inhalant allergies, celiac and heavy metal toxicity. Some of his treatments include, IV Vitamin Therapy, Chelation Therapy, complete blood work evaluations, immunotherapy and nutritional counseling. See ad on page 15.

pollack wellness center

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 13 & 53.

fitness hidden tiger tai chi

ShiFu Wei, Chief Instructor 631-902-1368 • 631-983-6198 Silent Fist Tai Chi is a tai chi school dedicated to providing the highest quality of training to individuals who are interested in benefiting from the art of tai chi. See ad on page 45.

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A Place for Dental Wellness Jonathan Richter DDS, FAGD Specializing in Periodontics and Implantology Periodontal Prosthesis and Fixed Prosthodontics 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.


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 19.

long island center for healthier dentistry

260 E Main St, Ste 109, Smithtown 631-361-3577 • 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 4.

medical wellness center 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. See ad on page 41.


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Nassau & Suffolk Locations 866-239-5445 • Personalized care through pregnancy, water birth, natural birth, well-woman gynecology, family planning. Many insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 29.

naturopathic finker wellness

Bellmore 516-765-3272 • Utilizing Naturopathic Medicine to help her patients feel better naturally. Many illnesses can be treated by nutrition, botanicals, and nutraceuticals. Dr. Finker provides personalized health care solutions for her patients. See ad on page 49.

NON-surgical liposuction pollack wellness center

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 13 & 53.

ozone therapy DR. HOWARD ROBINS

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

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516-423-1794 • Tori Quisling, MEd, offers Clairvoyant Readings, Psychic Development classes. Over 20 years experience, training at the Berkeley Psychic Institute, Tori assists you in deep spiritual answers, past lives, relationships and energy balance. See ad on page 49.

psychotherapy ARDEN FEKETT, MPS, LCAT 516-655-0573

Arden has extensive training and experience as a humanistic and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and is a licensed creative arts therapist.  She  works with individuals,  couples, and families; adults, children and teens. She offers various therapeutic group experiences including theater for life. All levels of psychiatric and life challenges, creativity development, relationship healing and enrichment. See ad on page 29.

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

K-8 private school. Morning yoga, meditation, healthy and vegetarian eating. Individualized reading, writing, math. Volunteering and service; earning by doing. Rich in culture and diversity. Reasonable tuition. See ad on page 31.

success coach PAMELA RICH, HHC

Long Island & Manhattan 516-624-2332 Chopra Certified Instructor, Licensed Heal Your Life® Workshop Leader. Workshops, Retreats, TeleClasses. Guiding you to an “enRICHed” life filled with Vibrant Health * Emotional Freedom * Abundant Living. See ad on page 9.

veterinary ADVANCED ANIMAL CARE CENTER Michel A. Selmer, DVM 260 Evergreen Ave South Huntington 631-367-7387

See ad on inside front cover.


641 B Old Country Rd, Plainview 844-LOSE-123 Unlike any other programs, this unique whole food, all-natural approach truly finds and heals the causes of people’s weight and health issues and reverses them for life. Plus, it incorporates all-natural, relaxing spa treatments that turbo-charge fat melting inch loss, tones skin and reduces stress. Dr. Michael Berlin is a holistic chiropractor, nutritionist, and has been a wellness coach for thousands of people. He is noted as a gentle, intuitive and gifted healer.

yoga absolute yoga

1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury 516-682-YOGA Two beautiful, peaceful studios provide the perfect environment for the union of body and soul. 50+ classes per week in a variety of yoga styles and levels from beginner to energetic, strengthening warm vinyasa yoga. We also offer kids, pre- and post-natal yoga (yogi baby), restorative yoga, yoga for fertility, Pilates and barre. See ad on page 21.


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 45.

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

Be embraced by the warmth of community and be celebrated for who you truly are. Your home away from home; your refuge in a busy life. Here your body is strengthened and soothed while your spirit is nurtured. See ad on page 53.

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Role of Nutrition on Oral Health

Were you aware that nutrition can play a major factor in the way we feel? Lack of certain nutrients can significantly impact many of the processes that our bodies utilize in order to fight off bacterial infections. Periodontal inflammatory disease is caused by uncontrolled infection that goes untreated, causing an immune response by the body. Lack of vitamin D for example, can constitute a higher risk of tooth attachment loss in patients with periodontal disease. Vitamin D has antimicrobial properties that can diminish the amount of bacteria in the mouth.Tooth loss associated with What can you do to help prevent inflammation? periodontal inflammatory disease can ultimately affect the Having good dental hygiene habits and consumming a well dietary quality and nutrient intake. Poor nutrient intake can balanced diet is best when trying to maintain a healthy mouth. increase the risk for systemic diseases. However, the best way to avoid inflammation on a cellular level is to have a diet containing foods that have Poor nutrition is also caused by dietary decisions we make. anti-inflammatory properties. High fiber content found in Unhealthy eating can lead to other oral problems such as dental fruits, legumes, vegetables, seeds provide the body with caries, which are also caused by bacterial infection. vitamin C and E, beta-carotene, and good digestive enzymes. Sugars are a primary factor involved in developing dental caries. Omega-3 fatty acids found in foods such as fish are essential Consumption of processed sugars allow for bacteria present in in combating their inflammatory counterpart omega -6 fatty the oral cavity to feed and produce and acid byproduct which acids. Antioxidants found in herbs and spices such as basil, lowers the pH. This acidic environment contributes to the mint,curry, cilantro and tumeric are believed to be as effective demineralization of the tooth enamel. This destructive effect is as hydrocortisone in fighting inflammation. caused by the comsupmtion of sodas, juices, energy drinks, and many other products loaded with unhealthy sugars.

Jonathan Richter D.D.S., F.A.G.D. is a noted dentist with dual dental degree in periodontics, prosthetics and dental implantology, who provides comprehensive holistic dentistry to preserve your natural teeth. He is one of the select few dual-specialists in the tri-state area. Dr. Richter places heavy emphasis on the prevention through wellness and holistic approaches. His main focus is the effects that preventative dentistry can have on the patient’s overall well being. His knowledge of the systemic medical and dental inter-relationships allows him to devise the best treatment plan for each individual patient.

Oral Systemic Holistic Dentistry where we match your health goals to that of your beautiful smile, as well as: •A personalized oral systemic and natural dental care for the entire family •A friendly staff dual trained to embrace each patient’s biochemical makeup •Mercury free fillings •Digital X-Rays •Custom preventative programs to coordinate with your medical and integrative doctor

310 East Shore Road Suite 101 Great Neck, NY 11023

(516) 282 0310



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