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find myself in a rut. Is it the season? As the rains of April ready my vegetable garden and, ultimately, push those first buds of spring alive, will I also come alive? We have seasons too: seasons of growth, seasons of stagnation, and seasons of transition. For me, it seems I cycle with the Earth here on Long Island. During the hard, cold, dark winters, you use mental fortitude to fight through the “winter blues,” and you meet the challenge of getting out to socialize when it’s -2 degrees or there is snow, slush and ice on the ground. Kelly Martinsen, In the summers, you rise early, drink your Publisher green smoothie, hit your hot yoga class or run on the boardwalk, and you head to work or to a day with your kids with an easy smile. Spring—April in particular—is always that transition month. It’s an “exiting” of the ferocious energy that you used to get out there and “get getting” in the winter but yet not quite an “entering” into the easy days of summer. How do you handle the times in your life that are like April? How are you handling transitioning from work to retirement, or from a home filled with kids (most of whom aren’t even yours) and an endlessly empty refrigerator to an empty nest with halls filled with silence (and rotting food in the fridge)? How about the life transition of health to illness (your own or a loved one’s)? It can be something simple, like an active husband or child that has been sidelined due to an injury. Or—and stay with me for a minute— how about the transition from illness to health? It would seem that would be easy, right? Yet I know so many people that have fought such long battles with cancer and other diseases that when they are finally victorious, they are for a time sad. They were “up” for the fight. They spent all their energy on the “win,” but then think, “It’s done; now what?” I think that’s the thing with April … it is a metaphor for life, an end to winter but not yet the start of summer. April, to me, is the epitome of “it’s done; now what?” So, how do you plan to spend this “April” (remember, April is a metaphor)? How do you plan to handle the transitions in your life—the periods when things aren’t quite over but haven’t quite begun? Usually, this is the space where I would write some suggestions or a plan for you the reader, but instead I’ve decided to change it up for this month and leave some blank rows for you to write down the goals, the dreams and the ideas that may make you happy. I am hoping that this little “exercise” helps demonstrate something that I learned just the other day: Dreams are fun, but without putting pen to paper (that’s old school; maybe fingers to keyboard?) you won’t have a plan. And for any successful transition, you NEED to have a plan. As for me, this April I need a plan for my garden, sure, but I need to plan the other transitions as well. I need a plan, and I think you may too! 6

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o you ever want to know more about a co-worker or family member? Do you want to see the “truth” in a relationship or situation at work? Do you want your sales meetings to go more smoothly? You can learn to develop your natural intuitive abilities to gain insights and manifest better relationships and business. Tori Quisling offers fun, interactive 90-minute workshops to open up your intuition and practice this skill in a group or online. In the workshops, Quisling guides participants in a meditation to “tune in” to their natural intuitive ability, ask a question, and then train to “see” the answer as a symbol and color. This exercises the “inner eye” or pineal gland. “Students get this right away, and it’s fun,” says Quisling. “Then participants practice this new awareness by tuning in to a symbol that another student has drawn or by holding an object, such as jewelry of another student, to gain amazing insights into each other. It happens instantly and everyone is amazed at their own abilities as well as the feeling of clarity that comes from exchanging a healing communication.” Quisling assists with the readings Tori Quisling and offers insights for each person as well. The object reading is called “psychometry,” while the symbols reading is clairvoyant or “picture” reading. Quisling teaches a variety of methods to practice intuitive reading. Cost: $40 per person. Location: 150 Bayview Ave., Port Washington. For more information, contact Tori Quisling at 800-528-4191 or 516-423-1794, or Also visit See ad on page 33.

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ome people may have wondered why it smells so strong in most hair salons. Some people’s scalps may have burned and their eyes may have teared up while their color was processing. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the Food and Drug Administration have all issued reports on the hazards of toxic substances used in hair services and products. Some side effects are ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) risk, nervous system complications, chest pain, shortness of breath, nose and throat irritation, cancer, increased risk of asthma and allergies, itchy or raw skin, and hair loss. Fos Living Organic Hair Salon is committed to using alternative methods to hair and scalp services that are safer for their clients and employees. They have banned Brazilian blowouts and Japanese straighteners from the salon because they contain formaldehyde, ammonia, carcinogens and other harmful ingredients. Fos Living’s color products are imported from companies around the world that firmly believe in the concept of clean beauty. These efforts to stay away from harmful chemicals will prevent long-term complications with health and hair. It’s Fos Living’s mission to provide a safe, clean air environment for everyone. Alternative approaches to beauty, your health, and eco-friendliness are the most important things to the salon. Whether you’re younger, older, male, female, sensitive or not, they will work with your hair and scalp in the safest ways possible. Making you happy, keeping you safe from harmful ingredients, and meeting great people along the way is what they’re all about! Location: 13 Nassau Blvd., Garden City. Mention this brief and receive 10 percent of your first service. For more information, call 516-481-5900 or text to 631-902-2118. See ad on page 41.

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ho is The Jazz Dentist is what many Natural Awakening readers may be asking. Dr. Peter Silver began his education by studying biology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook before enrolling in the New York University College of Dentistry. He graduated with his doctor of dental surgery degree in 1985, has decades of experience, and he hasn’t stopped learning about and honing his craft. Over the years, Silver has studied at some of the most prestigious education institutions in all of dentistry, including the Dawson Center, the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies, PAC-Live, and the Texas Institute of Advanced Dental Science. He’s also spent time with prominent professionals, such as Larry Rosenthal, and he’s currently a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, American Academy of Dr. Peter Silver Cosmetic Dentistry, and GenR8TNext, a lecture and seminar group dedicated to “making life better for the next generation” of dentists. He has also earned the Fellowship Award from the Academy of Comprehensive Esthetics, and is certified by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology in safe mercury removal. Away from the office, Silver leads a vibrant life as a professional trumpet player. He’s a long-time member of Musicians’ Union Local 802, leads his own jazz quintet, led a brass quintet for more than 25 years, and runs a 17-piece big band that regularly plays in both New Jersey and New York. He has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio) as the “Jazz Dentist of New York” and is a guest host on WBGO 88.3 FM. Patients love how they’re able to talk music with him. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and is looking forward to working as part of the team at Golden Dental Wellness. Golden Dental Wellness is located at 444 Community Dr., Ste. 204, Manhasset. For more information or to make an appointment, call 516-627-8400 or visit See ad on page 7.

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The heavy use of household cleaning disinfectants may contribute to changes in infant gut bacteria and weight gain, reports a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. University of Alberta researchers collected fecal samples and studied the gut health of 757 babies between the ages of 3 and 4 months; then restudied the children at 1 and 3 years old. They found that children in households that used disinfectants at least once a week had higher body mass index (BMI) scores and elevated levels of Lachnospiraceae, gut microbes linked in other studies to insulin resistance and metabolic disorders. Babies in households that used vinegar or other eco-friendly cleaners had lower BMI scores and much lower levels of a family of bacteria that includes E. coli.

By mixing food additives with human gut microbes in petri dishes, scientists at the Czech Republic’s Institute of Microbiology found that gut microbes with antiinflammatory properties were highly susceptible to being harmed by additives, while microbes with pro-inflammatory properties were mostly resistant. “We speculate that permanent exposure of human gut microbiota to even low levels of additives may modify the composition and function of gut microbiota, and thus influence the host’s immune system,” wrote the authors.

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Sperm counts have plunged by half in the last 40 years among American and European men, according to a recent review of scientific studies. In a new doubleblind study of 56 infertile men, researchers at Iran’s Qazvin University of Medical Sciences found that curcumin, an active ingredient in turmeric, can boost sperm counts. Each day for 10 weeks, half of the men took 80 milligrams of curcumin nanomicelle, in which curcumin is better absorbed; the other 28 were given a placebo. The researchers found that the curcumin significantly boosted sperm count and motility. 12

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Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) is a revolutionary leap forward in dental healing and grafting.

Simply put, blood is taken chair-side from your arm and in about 10 minutes, the blood is prepared and processed with absolutely NO CHEMICALS, and it is ready to use immediately to help you HEAL. The PRF plug that is created contains your own growth factors, growth proteins, healing platelet cytokines, and all the important regenerative stem cells. The PRF becomes your own dynamic super biomaterial to biologically stimulate bone and soft tissue repair and regeneration, and to aid and accelerate wound healing. This is one example of the exciting technology offered at Golan Family Dentistry. We strive to integrate traditional dentistry with modern equipment and techniques to enhance the biological experience of dentistry.

We focus on dentistry’s affects not only a specific tooth or area of the mouth but the body as a whole. Through the use of lasers, ozone and computerized dentistry, we hope to improve your dental visits and healing. Biomimetic dentistry is used to restore your teeth in a manner that tries to mimic the mechanical wonder that is a natural tooth. The doctors at Golan Family Dentistry look forward to addressing your dental needs while taking a systemic approach to devise the best customized comprehensive treatment plan to help you achieve dental wellness naturally. In the coming months we will be providing you with valuable information to educate and enhance your dental experience.

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by Elyse Tursi, DC Eczema, psoriasis, perioral dermatitis, acne and hives; although these skin conditions all appear to look different when they present topically on our skin, they have a strong common connection: a troubled liver. While you may be thinking, “I don’t drink! How in the world is it even possible that my liver would be affected?” The liver is an organ involved with all detoxification processes; think of it as dismantling foreign invaders, including but not limited to alcohol metabolism. The liver doesn’t only spend time detoxing last night’s glass of pinot noir. It also spends time detoxifying harmful pathogens, like unwanted bacteria and viruses; filtering out heavy metals, like mercury and copper; and screening Dr. Elyse Tursi what vitamins and minerals remain stored inside the body. When the liver becomes overburdened from constantly battling unwanted loads from harmful material (think pesticides, cosmetic chemicals, viruses like Epstein-Barr, synthetic drugs, etc.), it becomes sluggish and its detoxification function slows way down. Cue skin ailments now. The now overloaded liver tries to protect you and get stuff that shouldn’t be stored inside of you out of the body! The elimination systems include urinary excretion, stool excretion, sweat evaporation and integumentary clearing, which means elimination of waste through the skin. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; your body is attempting a different method to try and help. In this alternative process of excretion, the body produces inflammation in the subcutaneous layer of the dermis of the skin, manifesting as what we see as redness, bumps, flakiness, itching and papules/ papulovesicular eruptions, etc. Topical creams, sulfur washes, antihistamines and bacterial inhibitors do typically work in the short term, but the skin ailments often come back after treatment ends. It’s critical to treat from the inside out, as all skin issues are arising from an internal battle within the liver tissue. Source: Dr. Elyse Tursi, a doctor of chiropractic and nutritionist at Pollack Wellness Institute, located at 100 Manetto Hill Rd., Ste. 307, in Plainview. For more information, call 516-299-9313 or visit See ad on page 29. 14

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Drinking lots of sugar-sweetened sodas and juices significantly increases the risk of chronic kidney disease, reports a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Using health questionnaires for 3,003 African-American adults in Jackson, Mississippi, covering a 13-year period, the researchers found that the top third of subjects, those consuming the most sugar-sweetened drinks, were 61 percent more likely to develop kidney disease than those in the bottom third.


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Probiotics Ease Bipolar Disorder Research on 66 patients with bipolar disorder found that patients receiving probiotic supplements were three times less likely to be rehospitalized than those given a placebo. The study from the Sheppard Pratt Health System, in Baltimore, gave half of discharged patients a placebo and the other half a capsule containing two probiotics, Bifidobacterium lactis (BB-12) and Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG). Within 26 weeks, 24 of the 33 people that received the placebo returned to the hospital, but only eight of the 33 on probiotics were readmitted. The probiotic treatment was especially effective for those experiencing considerable inflammation, say researchers.

Stress May Be Worse in the Evening Acute, late-day stress may be harder on our bodies, say researchers at Japan’s Hokkaido University. They measured the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in 27 young, healthy volunteers, and then put them through 15 minutes of stressful events that included making a speech and doing mental math. Half of the volunteers were tested two hours after awakening, the other group 10 hours after awakening. The subjects’ levels of cortisol, which helps provide the body with energy in the face of a perceived need for fight or flight, rose strongly in the morning, but not in the evening, suggesting that the human body is more equipped to deal with stress early in the day and becomes more vulnerable later.


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April Is Alcohol Awareness Month by Lucy Brown Pugliese, MBA, RDN, CDN Alcohol Awareness Month is a public health program organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence to increase outreach to those with alcohol-related issues and to educate the public regarding the dangers of consuming excess alcohol. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 37.9 percent of students engage in binge drinking every year and 6,500 people aged 21 and under die from alcoholrelated accidents, some of whom were not even drinking themselves. Alcohol supplies seven calories per gram, whereas fat is nine calories per gram, and protein and carbohydrates supply four calories per gram. Alcohol is not a nutrient and most alcohol is not broken down through digestion. It moves to body cells quickly through the stomach lining and wall of the small intestine right into the bloodstream. With no food in the stomach to slow it down, absorption can be even faster, going to every cell in the body depressing cell activity. Moderation is essential. Up to two drinks for men and one drink for women per day is considered moderate drinking. One drink equates to 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces

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shorten recovery time. The key to an abbreviated recovery time is early intervention. If someone is experiencing symptoms of Bell’s palsy, it is recommended to seek medical attention immediately and begin acupuncture shortly after for best results. Acupuncturists take a different approach to treating disease, as they look for imbalances in the body. Many imbalances by Victoria A. Liotta, DAc, LAc, LMT are caused by the natural elements, such as wind, cold, damp or heat. Wind is a conduit for pathogens and often Bell’s palsy can be quite alarming to those that contract the condition due to its sudden, unexplained and unsightly combines with cold, as seen in the common cold and flu. Acupuncture describes this pattern as an invasion of windnature. It presents as a paralysis of one side of the face, cold. Bell’s palsy is a deeper manifestation of wind-cold characterized by the inability to close the eye and smile specific to the face. Wind makes its entrance into the body fully. The paralysis of the facial muscles causes asymmeat the posterior neck and base of the skull, try and “drooping” of the affected side. It is also which is why acupuncturists recommend wearcommon to have pain behind the ear before the ing a scarf during the cold, windy seasons. It is onset of visible symptoms. notable that in acupuncture and Chinese medi The nerve affected by Bell’s palsy is the cine, the base of the skull houses several areas facial nerve, aka “cranial nerve seven” (CNVII). with the word “feng,” meaning “wind,” in their There is no definitive diagnostic test for Bell’s title. Acupuncturists stimulate these areas, palsy; therefore, it is diagnosed by excluding known as points, in addition to the affected site other pathologies affecting CNVII. Although the to resolve Bell’s palsy. condition is mysterious in nature, its biomedical Early intervention is key. A 2015 systemorigins can be viral or due to being immunocomVictoria A. Liotta atic review and meta-analysis published by Li, promised. Conditions such as herpes simplex Qui & Qin found favorable results of acupuncvirus, herpes zoster (shingles), tumors, Lyme ture’s ability to resolve Bell’s palsy; however, the combinadisease and bone fractures can give rise to facial paralysis and should be ruled out. MRIs (magnetic resonance imag- tion of prescriptive medications with acupuncture is most ing tests) and CTs (computed tomography scans) may be recommended. used to test for tumors, fractures and stroke, while blood tests can rule out Lyme disease. Victoria A. Liotta, DAc, LAc, LMT, is a doctor of acupuncture Bell’s palsy is treated primarily with corticosteroids at Inner Source Health. As an acupuncturist and massage and/or antiviral medications prescribed by a physician. The therapist, she has experience treating headaches and body condition can resolve fully with or without treatment within pain. In addition, she frequently treats people with anxiety and six months, but corticosteroids, antiviral medications, depression. For more information, call 631-421-1848 or visit along with adjunct therapies, such as acupuncture, help See ad on page 27.

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Oral Cancer: Early Detection Is Key to High Chance of Survival When it comes to cancer, early detection and treatment often make a difference in terms of survival. In the U.S., oral cancer accounts for 3 percent of all cancers and nearly 2 percent of all cancer-related deaths. Early detection and treatment can dramatically increase the chances of survival in patients. Oral cancer is often ignored, and detection of oral lesions are often overlooked by the dental professionals and patients that do not frequent the dentist. More than 50 percent of all oral cancer detection is done at the later stages and thus the treatments become more aggressive. Chances of survival drop dramatically once the cancer has spread. Localized cancer detection accounts for an 83 percent chance of survival in contrast to a 38 Jonathan Richter, percent chance once the cancer has DDS, FAGD spread. Research has shown that in the U.S. not enough emphasis is placed on early detection of oral cancer. Only a small number of Americans report being examined yearly for signs of oral lesions. Presently, early detection can be accomplished by requesting your dental professional for an oral cancer screening at least once a year. Using the VELscope Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System, dental professionals can incorporate an early detection of oral cancer into their oral examinations. This noninvasive device can aid in the early detection of oral lesions,

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Under final rules released by the current administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national labeling standard for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) completely exempts foods made with highly processed ingredients grown with GMOs, including sugar made from sugar beets, high-fructose corn syrup and refined soybean and canola oils. The change will allow 78 percent of products containing GMOs to avoid disclosure, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association. Companies don’t have to comply until January 1, 2022, and the new labels will use the term “bioengineered” instead of more common identifiers like “genetically engineered” or “GMO”. Small businesses, to-go food prepared at grocery stores, and meat, eggs or dairy from animals that are fed GMOs, which involves virtually all livestock not certified organic, are exempt from the labeling requirements.


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Citrus Crops to Receive Human Antibiotics

Scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressed concern over a recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that opens the door to widespread use of the antibiotics streptomycin and oxytetracycline to spray commercial citrus crops. The antibiotics, which are often used on people, can kill insects that transmit a bacterium that causes citrus greening, which renders fruit small and bitter. But the EPA ultimately ruled that the economic benefits outweigh concerns about antibiotic resistance and potential harm to the environment, people and wildlife. The USDA says the amount of antibiotic exposure to people who eat fruit or juices still will be far less than what people are exposed to when prescribed antibiotics by their doctor. The antibiotics will have to be sprayed repeatedly over years just to keep the trees alive and producing fruit until they succumb to citrus greening. Public interest groups are protesting the action.


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Environmental risks are the top three concerns among the 1,000 global decision-makers surveyed in the latest Global Risks Perception Survey of the World Economic Forum (WEF). For the third straight year, “extreme weather” ranked first, followed by “failed climate change mitigation” and “natural disasters”. The survey was part of a WEF annual report produced in advance of the recent confab of global leaders in Davos, Switzerland. The World Bank has calculated that the real cost of natural disasters to the global economy is $520 billion per year.

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From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City… viruses are transported along sensory nerves, Susan has been finding it hard to find a great where they may reside lifelong—that is unless guy. Now that she finally met one that seems they are destroyed by medical ozone therapy! like a man she could get involved with, she Herpes simplex is most easily transmithas to tell him she has herpes. She already ted by direct contact with a lesion or the body knows that if she doesn’t tell him right away fluid of an infected individual. Oral herpes is and he finds out later, he might just disapeasily diagnosed if the patient presents with pear, leaving her alone and looking again. visible sores or ulcers, though a small pink Justin has no problem attracting beautibump on the tongue may represent an outful women, but when he has a herpes outbreak as well. Genital herpes may be harder to break, he knows it will be the deal breaker. Dr. Howard Robins spot, as an outbreak may only be a small pink Women are not likely to stay with a man that or brown bump with no other symptoms. has it, and he is finally looking to get married and start a family. Once infected, the virus will remain in the Janet and her husband want to start their family. Her friend at work just gave birth, and her baby was born body for life, unless you do medical ozone blind in one eye due to a vaginal herpes outbreak during therapy to destroy it. birth. This scared Janet and got her thinking, “What if It can be eliminated! this happens to our baby?” All these scenarios are taking place every day. Her- Treatments with antivirals can reduce outbreaks and pes is probably infecting one out of three or four people, may alleviate the severity of symptomatic episodes but though government figures are about one in six, as most will not get rid of the infection. Medical ozone (a gas) is the only medicine known to destroy and rid the body of people are not tested or embarrassed to report it. this horrible infection. Getting infected is very easy! Please don’t believe the commercials on TV saying No full-blown lesions have to be present, just a small, you can never get rid of it. Though it offers no promises unnoticed pink bump on the tongue can transmit the or guarantees, ozone has been used worldwide to treat virus. No kissing has to take place. The simple act of infections that normally cannot be fixed, i.e., herpes. sharing a taste of your friend’s dinner could transfer the Medical ozone is a gas that when it enters the body invirus. travenously acts like glue to all viruses, bacteria, fungus, yeast, mold, toxins and harmful free radicals. It destroys or What exactly is herpes? inactivates them so the body can remove them completely. Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by both herpes More than 45,000 physicians in over 50 countries simplex virus Type 1 (HSV-1) and Type 2 (HSV-2). Oral have been using ozone therapy for more than 70 years, herpes, the visible symptoms of which are often called and reportedly it can successfully and safely treat concold sores or fever blisters, is an infection of the face or ditions and diseases such as herpes. So, don’t give up mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infechope and don’t wait! It is absolutely possible to eliminate tion. Genital herpes is the second most common form of herpes from your body. herpes. However, both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found To learn more about medical ozone therapy, go to both orally and genitally. or buy a copy of Ozone Therapy: Herpes viruses cycle between periods of active disThe Miracle Medicine, available at, which ease with blisters containing infectious virus particles, has testimonials on its benefits and effectiveness. which may last two to 21 days and be mildly to severely If you have any questions or wish to set up a consultation, painful, followed by a period of remission. Genital feel free to call my office, 212-581-0101, to discuss your herpes, however, is often asymptomatic and can be problem and see if this wonderful treatment is right for you. found inside and outside of the vagina, as well as on the penis and around the anus. After the initial infection, the See ad on page 55. April 2019


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The Endangered Species Act seems to be working, with more than 75 percent of marine mammals and sea turtles protected by the act recovering, according to a new peer-reviewed study by scientists at the Center for Biological Diversity published in the academic journal PLOS ONE. North Atlantic green sea turtle nests on Florida beaches have increased by more than 2,000 percent and Hawaiian humpback whales more than 1,100 percent between 1979 and 2005.

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A new report issued by environmental watchdog Greenpeace details the growing global dangers of accumulating nuclear waste that will remain hazardous for hundreds of centuries. Several of the designated storage facilities in the seven countries surveyed are nearly filled to capacity now. Unresolved safety issues across the industry include fire risk, venting of radioactive gases, environmental contamination, failure of containers, terrorist attacks and escalating costs. More than 65 years after the start of the civil use of nuclear power, 250,000 tons of highly radioactive spent fuel exists in 14 countries, and underground storage, seemingly the most viable option, has encountered major obstacles.

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Support Citizen Action Against Plastics Chemicals used in dry cleaning clothes have long been linked to health concerns for both people and the environment. Perchloroethylene (“perc” for short) is most commonly used in this process. Federal regulatory agencies have documented myriad negative effects from exposure to the petroleum-based solvent. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration links it to dizziness, blurred vision, loss of coordination and other nervous system effects, including memory loss. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calls perc a likely human carcinogen “by all routes of exposure.” The EPA also warns that the chemical can leak into the ground, contaminating water supplies, and react in the air to form smog, which has been associated with respiratory effects. suggests there are safer alternatives through products and processes used by independent “green” dry cleaners nationwide. These include a biodegradable liquid silicone—essentially liquefied sand—which doesn’t chemically react with fabric fibers. It’s safe to use on delicate garments like beads, lace, silk and cashmere, and won’t cause 26

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shrinkage. includes a store locator function. Another good option is wet cleaning, whereby fabric is laundered in a computer-controlled washer and dryer that uses water—along with specialized soaps and conditioners instead of solvents—and spins its contents much more slowly than a typical home washing machine. Because wet cleaning is free of hazardous volatile organic compounds like those in perc, it eliminates health and safety risks, as well as environmental hazards associated with traditional dry cleaning, according to As an added benefit, the equipment and operating costs are lower. While the biggest disadvantage to wet cleaning is that it produces waste water, it’s still a highly energy-efficient method. Another method is liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) cleaning, in which some commercial cleaners use the pressurized gas in combination with other gentle cleaning agents to dissolve and remove dirt, fats and oils in clothing instead of using perc; or consider simply handwashing delicate clothes and fabrics in a mild, non-toxic detergent, and then hanging them outside to dry.

Every minute, the equivalent of an entire garbage truck of plastic gets dumped into our oceans, reports the World Economic Forum. Many of the materials are disposable, single-use plastic products like straws, bags and Styrofoam containers, which some cities and towns have banned. This type of citizen action is increasingly blocked by the Plastic Industry Association (PIA), which has spent big money to successfully ban plastic bag ordinances in 10 states where 70 million Americans live. This means local communities are prohibited from taking effective action that could reduce the plastics that litter our streets and pollute our waterways. The Sierra Club is calling on nine major corporations that are members of the PIA to withdraw from it with an online petition. So far, two have indicated they will not be renewing their memberships this year: Clorox (which owns companies like Burt’s Bees, Brita and Glad) and the Ascena Retail Group (which includes Ann Taylor and Loft). To participate, sign the online petition at Other action steps, including tweeting and involving friends, are also detailed.


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n Part 1, I discussed the typical bloodhave. The hallmark of Hashimoto’s is that work that most general practitioners it is an autoimmune disease, which means and internists test. Now I will review the immune system is attacking thyroidmuch of the more expanded bloodwork related compounds. Fundamentally, it is that virtually every blood lab not a problem arising from a performs and that all of your malfunction of the thyroid itself doctors learned in school but or its many feedback systems. for some reason do not test in There are two blood tests most cases. After helping people required for accurate diagnosis: for more than a decade, it is apthyroperoxidase antibodies parent that over 80 percent of all and thyroglobulin antibodies. laboratory work patients bring A person with Hashimoto’s from other doctors is grossly may have one or both of these lacking and incomplete. antibodies. These antibodies are Dr. David Pollack Thyroid tests are likely the important not only to diagnose most commonly under-tested set of evaluHashimoto’s but also to know how to treat ations. While many that know they have it. Those with lower antibody levels tend to a thyroid problem believe they have been have reasonable response to medical intertested appropriately, it is generally not so. vention, such as Synthroid or its generic, leThe most common thyroid problem sounds vothyroxine. Those with very high antibody exotic, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. This is by levels seem to have very poor response to far what most people with a thyroid issue prescription despite their TSH (thyroid28

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stimulating hormone) levels appearing normal. In fact, many have a worsening of symptoms and even the disease process by adding synthetic thyroid hormones in to a highly inflamed system. Those with varied symptoms, such as joint pains, stiffness, fatigue, brain fog and digestive discomfort, should have some very important testing. ANA, or anti-nuclear antibodies, is a general test for most autoimmune conditions. If it is positive, the lab will automatically perform a series of advanced tests to determine more information. Other inflammatory tests include: ESR, CRP, hsCRP, homocysteine, C3a, C4a, and anti-cardiolipin antibodies. Some measure general inflammation levels, while others are more specific to the heart or specific autoimmune processes, and should be potentially checked depending on the complete symptomology of the patient. Many patients actually have chronic viruses or other pathogens affecting them long term. For whatever reason, in the U.S. talking about parasites is taboo, but the rest of the world checks for and treats these issues more regularly. A few seemingly benign viruses actually can come back later in life with some serious effects. Many have heard of “mono,” or mononucleosis, a disease generally first experienced as a teenager. Just like chicken pox, also called herpes zoster, mono is a herpes-type virus called the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). And just like with chicken pox, it can come back later in life and be quite persistent, lasting months to even years. Chronic Epstein-Barr infections are implicated in autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s and lupus and even in lymphoma. Often these viral infections come with friends, such as HHV6, CMV and parvovirus, which all act like Epstein-Barr and can reactivate later in life. When testing for these viruses, using EBV as an example, one must test multiple antibodies and see how high the levels are. Many doctors ignore this, only paying attention to the acute type test for the initial infection of mono. Vitamin levels are quite important as well. There are so many tests available, from the various B-type vitamins to vitamins C, D, E and others. Vitamin D is likely the most interesting, as there are advanced tests showing the difference between vitamin D3

and D2 levels. The body only utilizes D3, so if you are on the prescription 50,000 IU of D2, it is important to know that it is being converted to D3. Many minerals and heavy metals can be analyzed as well, depending on the situation. Hormone testing is one of the most important and interesting of all the testing areas. Our hormones do not just include estrogen, testosterone and thyroid hormones. Knowing our cortisol levels, for example, might give us an idea of why we are gaining weight, having high sugar levels, healing slowly, and even not sleeping through the night. When it comes to females, there are actually three major estrogens and they all have different importance and tendencies to cause different issues when out of balance. Being that testosterone turns into estrogen in both men and women, both types of tests are required to have a better understanding of what the

body is doing. Even testosterone has a few forms, including DHT (dihydrotestosterone), which is many times more powerful than the standard testosterone and has a tendency to cause hair loss on the head but hair growth on the body and face—important to understand in both men and women, especially those with polycystic ovary syndrome. Many of the tests discussed are just a few of what I consider standard testing, while a few we only use in special occasions. We don’t do these tests necessarily repeatedly on a patient every few months or even years, but don’t you want to know where your base levels are? Source: Dr. David Pollack, of Pollack Wellness Institute, located at 66 Commack Rd., Ste. 204, in Commack. For more information, call 631-462-0801 or visit https://www. See ad on this page.

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It’s turned out to be one of the best investments we’ve ever made—financially and environmentally.

Power Switch Taking a Home Off the Grid by Jim Motavalli


esse Stafford and Alyssa Craft quit their jobs in 2015, bought five acres of remote land far away from utilities and began building their 36-foot-by-36-foot timber frame home from scratch. Next up was a septic system, then a clean water source and, of course, alternative energy. Their rooftop solar panels are backed up by a reliable Honda generator. They had some setbacks, which is to be expected. Now they’re blogging about it. “We didn’t want corporate jobs, we didn’t want to live in the city, commute to work or have a mortgage payment,” they write in their online homestead journey at Off-the-grid living has become downright fashionable, especially for the eco-conscious. But leaving the rat race isn’t easy, and it’s not for everyone. Yet, anyone that wants to become more energy-independent can succeed without moving to an isolated cabin; and there’s never been a better time, because prices keep coming down and technology keeps improving. Choosing the best option depends on several factors, including the specific residence, climatic zone, town and neighborhood. 30

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Preliminary Considerations Power source: Choose from among

solar ($12,000 to $50,000, depending on the system’s size), wind ($6,000 to $22,000, including installation) or geothermal ($20,000 to $25,000).

Ample resources: Find out if there’s

steady wind, plentiful sun, a place to install geothermal pipes and whether the home is properly oriented for solar without obstruction by trees or tall buildings.

Electricity needed: Get a quick average

by adding up the wattage of all appliances, and then add 50 percent. The American average is 10,000 kilowatt-hours annually, although frugal folks can make do with less. The local utility company can also estimate energy needs based on past usage. Realize that alternative energy doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing proposition. For instance, a solar system doesn’t have to power the whole house. A smaller and cheaper array with battery backup can be connected to essential services like the water heater, refrigerator and electric stove, with the grid handling heavier loads. Ad-

vantages are lower upfront cost and access to the grid when needed. Connecting to the grid makes sense for all alternative power sources, because wind and solar are intermittent, and don’t always provide power. Also, most states offer net metering, which requires the local utility to pay for the electricity a homeowner puts back into the grid.

Solar: Plunging Costs Solar panels for electricity, usually made of silicon, consist of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight into direct current (DC). Their cost has come down dramatically in recent years. In January, the average solar panel cost $3.14 a watt, a bottom line of roughly $18,000 with a six-kilowatt system big enough for most homes. The price fell 6.5 percent from January 2018, reports, a solar vendor pricing source. A federal tax credit covers 30 percent of the cost, so the out-of-pocket cost for a system would be approximately $13,000 if installed before year’s end, when the full residential tax credit is available. Partial tax credits will be available until they are phased out in 2022. Ron Blumenfeld, a retired doctor in Fairfield, Connecticut, serves on his town’s sustainability task force and “went live” with his rooftop installation six years ago. “It’s turned out to be one of the best investments we’ve ever made—financially and environmentally,” he says. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is working toward residential solar to generate power at just five cents per kilowatt-hour by 2030, which means it will be far cheaper than grid electricity. Consumers can either buy a system outright or—as a popular alternative—lease the system with no upfront costs. Leasing companies like SolarCity (now part of Tesla) pioneered this approach, in which consumers agree to buy electricity from the system installed on their roof.

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Whether to add the extra expense of battery backup is important. A pair of Tesla Powerwalls will cost about $14,000 installed and store enough electricity to power a home for seven days. It’s suitable for people looking to go off the grid because the sun doesn’t always shine, and power generated on sunny days can be stored and used when it’s overcast. Off-the-grid solar is not just for those living in sun-rich states. Installers can look at a property—often remotely, through applications like Google Earth—and determine if solar is appropriate. Sometimes a few trees will have to be sacrificed, but the benefits are manifold, and not just because there will be power during grid blackouts.

Wind: If the Resource is Right Wind power accounted for the largest share of renewable energy growth in 2017, reports the International Energy Agency, but it’s in its infancy for homeowners, partly due to an average cost of $48,000 to $65,000 per installed project. Residential turbines have been installed in all 50 states, but many parts of the U.S. have marginal resources. Check the Department of Energy wind resource guide for local data at WindExchange.Energy.Gov. The best-case scenario is strong winds plus few neighbors close to a large property (and lenient zoning laws). Wind may work for the 19.3 percent of the population that lives in rural areas and the 21 million American homes built on properties of an acre or more. However, it isn’t for everyone. James Weston, of Greene, Maine, installed his turbine 10 years ago, and considers his rooftop solar panels a better investment. “By the time you put up your 100-foot tower to get the tower above the tree line and optimize the wind resource, the return isn’t there,” he says, noting that his savings from the turbine amount to a few hundred dollars a year. Bergey WindPower, maker of the 10-kilowatt BWC Excel 10 turbine ($31,770), recommends that a property have at least a 10 mph average wind speed, coupled with high electricity prices of 10 cents per kilowatt-hour or more. Also consider the neighbors: The system’s turbine is typically installed on an 80-to-100-foot tower, and so-called “viewshed” objections

Residential wind power is in its infancy in the U.S. have taken down many projects (including Cape Wind, in Massachusetts). With annual maintenance, the DOE reports that small wind turbines should last about 20 years, the same basic lifespan as solar panels. The federal production tax credit for wind is available this year, but won’t be available afterwards. Some states offer incentives. A useful small wind guidebook can be found at WindExchange.

Geothermal: Available Anywhere

Some common misconceptions about home geothermal are that consumers need to live in one of the planet’s “hot spots” (think Iceland, California or Utah). But the truth is the Earth’s temperature just below the surface almost anywhere is a constant 45 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the Northeast and Midwest have the highest geothermal adoption rates. Geothermal doesn’t necessarily require a large piece of property. Local geology will be a factor in siting and sizing the system. Geothermal systems use underground pipes filled with refrigerant that absorbs warmth from the ground through a heat exchanger. In summer, that same underground temperature can be tapped to cool

a home, combining heating and air conditioning in one system. While it necessitates a relatively high upfront cost, low operating costs mean the systems can pay for themselves in less than 10 years. Most include a ground-source heat pump with a 50-year warranty. For a 2,500-square-foot home, an average offthe-electrical-grid system will cost $20,000 to $25,000 to install. Bill Martin, in Quincy, California, runs an efficient three-ton geothermal system installed in 2014. “It’s been a very good experience,” he says. “I’m ecstatically happy.” The same 30 percent federal tax credit that applies to solar also applies to geothermal for systems installed by 2020. States also provide incentives. A detailed guide on availability is available at GeothermalHeatPumpListing.

Special Considerations

Buildings, especially older structures, are usually sieves in terms of energy loss, so before investing in a system, check to see if the local utility provides free energy audits. Even if it’s not free, it’s worth finding out if the home needs new windows or strategically applied insulation. There are scammers in every field, and alternative energy is no exception. Ask providers for references to previous customers and check for online cautions from the Better Business Bureau, Yelp and others. Alternative energy in any form can save money and precious resources. Explore the options thoroughly and choose wisely before pulling the plug. Jim Motavalli, of Fairfield, CT, is an author, freelance journalist and speaker, specializing in alternative energy, clean automotive and other environmental topics. Connect at

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roperties with moving water have a fourth sustainable power source available to them: hydroelectric. If opting to harness the energy in a nearby flowing stream or river, 10-kilowatt microhydropower systems can power even large homes. They combine piping from the water source to a turbine, pump or waterwheel with an alternator or generator, regulator and wiring. According to Home Power magazine, a fully installed hydro system for the average use of a modern household might cost $20,000 to $100,000. April 2019


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Planting an Eco-Friendly Yard by Avery Mack


aintaining a grassy yard or ornamental shrubs can be time consuming and less than ecofriendly. That’s why conservation-minded gardeners are turning to lush, native landscaping as an aesthetically pleasing alternative to spartan, water-free xeriscaping. Native plants not only save water, they enhance local ecosystems by providing food and shelter for birds, bees, butterflies and wildlife. “Indigenous plants build healthy soil and retain and replenish ground water,” says Michael Fleischacker, chair of landscape architecture and environmental sciences at Delaware Valley University, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Accustomed to the climate and nutrients in their habitat, they don’t need the extra fertilizer required by exotic transplants. Natives are also better equipped to fend off harmful insects, reducing the need for pesticides. “When pests did show up, I used insecticidal soap and neem oil. Both are great ecofriendly remedies,” says Kimberly Button, an Orlando-based freelance journalist and author of The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home: All You Need to Protect Yourself and Your Family from Hidden Household Dangers. A genuine indigenous plant in the U.S. predates European settlement. These natives grew in the wildlands of the regions 32

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where they evolved and adapted over hundreds or thousands of years. However, what’s wild isn’t necessarily native. These days, the woods and forests are rife with alien species that escaped from non-native gardens or were planted to perform some specific purpose that went awry. Kudzu, for instance, was imported from Asia and installed along roadways to prevent soil erosion. The perennial vine, which can grow up to a foot per day, has become the plague of the South, rooting out native plants and toppling trees under the sheer weight of its smothering foliage. In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a report summarizing numerous studies that concluded that non-native plants disrupt the food web and present a growing problem for “organisms that depend on native plants for food, shelter and places to rear their young.”


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While the harm caused by many invasive plants that evolved in a foreign habitat is well-documented and profound, the ecological impact of plant variations derived from native species—known as cultivars or nativars—is sometimes more subtle. Cultivars have been developed to highlight specific traits, like larger blooms or longer bloom times. They may be bred for a stronger scent, or have the scent bred out of them in pursuit of another trait, making them less enticing to pollinators and wildlife. One drawback to cultivars is what those “improved” traits can affect. “The native serviceberry (Amelanchier) has small, bright red berries birds love to eat,” Fleischacker says. “Because they add color to a winter yard or are used for wreaths and décor, cultivars were bred to produce larger berries. Birds choke on the bigger berry, unable to swallow them.” A current, multi-year research project at the Mt. Cuba Center’s native botanical gardens in Hockessin, Delaware, is seeking to determine whether certain cultivars are as attractive to insects as their native counterparts. What’s certain, say the experts: A gardener can’t go wrong with indigenous plants. “Native varieties have longer growing seasons, a decades-long lifespan and tight plant groupings to prevent weed growth,” Fleischacker says. Despite the perception by some that natives are boring, they can be showier than their cultivar cousins and also thrive in their region’s unique conditions. “I keep my yard as natural as possible to co-exist with my neighbor, the Hiawatha National Forest, and its small animals and birds,” says Monica Cady, co-founder of the Herbal Lodge and a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa tribe in Hessel, Michigan.


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Native varieties have longer growing seasons, a decades-long lifespan and tight plant groupings to prevent weed growth. ~Michael Fleischacker

Going Native

Transitioning to native landscaping isn’t as daunting as it might seem. Small changes can make a difference, and local plant nurseries can assist. Some may have a staff horticulturalist to help distinguish the natives from the nativars and to steer gardeners clear of invasive, water-guzzling, nutrient-needy non-natives that will spread quickly and overwhelm the landscape. Going native isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition, says Fleischacker. “Consult a local nursery or landscaper about adding natives to the mix. There are plants that love shade or sun, dry areas or damp.” When planning, look past what’s trendy. “The ecosystem is set up to protect and promote beneficial insects and pollinators,” says Button. What was old can be new again. Connect with freelance writer Avery Mack at

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Into the Woods

Hiking for Health and Happiness by Marlaina Donato


Walking and hiking hours a week lowered any of us their risk of dying from equate fitness balance the body cancer and cardiovaswith going through natural move- cular and respiratory to the gym, but a good ment, oxygenation disease. It also shows that hike in a natural environjust two hours of walking of the cells and the ment can foster unique per week could signifibenefits for both body use of our muscles cantly improve health. and psyche. as they were designed “Walking and hiking Hiking or walking to be used. balance the body through outdoors not only pronatural movement, oxy~Dami Roelse motes heart health, helpgenation of the cells and ing to balance both blood the use of our muscles as sugar and blood pressure, it increases hip they were designed to be used,” says Dami bone density to help reduce fractures, Roelse, of Ashland, Oregon, author of according to research on postmenopausal Walking Gone Wild: How to Lose Your Age women from the ongoing Nurses’ Health on the Trail. “Walking is in our genes; DNA Study. Navigating uneven terrain also molecules need to be stimulated regularly necessitates lateral movement, which can to express themselves, and walking does strengthen core muscles and improve baljust that. It also improves mood and cogniance more significantly than working out tion.” on a treadmill or cycling. The beauty of hiking is that it offers Walk and Live Longer a tailored experience according to ability Any kind of walking can be a great boon and personal interests. Day hikes, whether to health. Recent research by the Ameriin the countryside or in urban botanical can Cancer Society involving 140,000 gardens or parks, are uplifting and ideal for older adults correlates a lower mortality any fitness level. rate with even short intervals of walking. Longer or overnight treks with a backIndividuals in the study that walked six pack of supplies offer healthy challenges and 34

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Exercise stimulates feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin, but getting a workout in a natural setting fortifies the whole nervous system. A 2015 study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science led by Stanford University researchers shows that walking in nature for 90 minutes decreases activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, the region of the brain most affected by depression. In contrast, individuals that walked in an urban environment did not reap the same results. Another 2015 study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology shows that nature walks improve memory and decrease anxiety in teens. The Japanese philosophy of shinrinyoku, or “forest bathing”, woven into Japanese Shinto and Buddhist traditions, has become an important part of science-based health care in Japan. A significant 2009 study by Japanese researchers published in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine shows that just 20 minutes of walking in the woods decreases stress hormones. Forest bathing has also been shown to speed postoperative healing, improve concentration in children with attentiondeficit/hyperactivity disorder and fortify immunity with an increased number of NK, or natural killer cells. Naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, in Washington, D.C., knows about Mother Nature’s therapeutic gifts firsthand. “I participated in some of the health research both in the field and the lab during a forest bathing trip to Japan,” says the author of The Joy of Forest Bathing: Reconnect with Wild Places & Rejuvenate Your Life. “My vital signs were checked before and after shinrin-yoku walks, and in the lab my brainwaves were measured while viewing urban and forest scenes. My blood pressure was lower after every walk, and my brainwaves calmed while viewing forest scenes.” Choukas-Bradley emphasizes that forest bathing doesn’t require a forest setting, noting, “You can

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opportunities for total immersion in nature. Bringing the kids on a hike offers family fitness time and a healthy way to unplug from technology and sneak in a fun learning experience about local flora and fauna.

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All kids like creating special places, going on adventures, befriending animals, following maps and paths, and so on. ~David Sobel

leaves, then ask them to draw them. Back home or at the library, kids can search in guidebooks or online to learn the critters’ names and traits.

Engage in real-life tweets. Show them how to listen carefully for bird songs and count how many different ones they hear. See if they can imitate the tweets or find words that describe them. Check out a bird-song beginner’s guide at Audubon. org/news/a-beginners-guide-common-birdsounds-and-what-they-mean. Create mud art. “Make a batch of mud and use it to create sculptures, paint a masterpiece or just use it to jump in and get messy with,” suggests MaryEllen Mateleska, director of education and conservation at the Mystic Aquarium, in Connecticut. Make dolls and critters. Kids can

LOVING NATURE Outdoor Adventures for Kids by Ronica A. O’Hara


etting kids off the couch and into the great outdoors can be a challenge when they tend to be better acquainted with the popular Angry Birds video game characters than with the real warbling ones. Unfortunately, studies show that digital devices, parental work overload and media-stoked fears of the outside world are currently making our kids nature-deprived. Yet, they have an instinctive love of the outdoors, experts agree. “When given free access to nature, children’s play follows the same patterns all around the world,” says prominent environmental educator David Sobel, author of Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors. “All kids like creating special places, going on adventures, befriending animals, following maps and paths, and so on.” The more we encourage them, the more likely they’ll discover the thrills of the natural world—and numerous studies show 36

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that they’ll then be calmer and less stressed, better able to concentrate and less likely to be obese. Kids also are more “responsive and connected” when they are talking outdoors with adults than talking indoors, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. Here are some simple ideas to get started:

Build fairy houses. In a park, forest or

backyard, ask the child to find a quiet spot, like the base of a tree or under a bush, and build a tiny house using only their imagination and natural materials such as sticks, bark, grass, pebbles, feathers and pinecones. “The fun is ageless and connects you to nature in magical and memorable ways,” says Tracy Kane of Maine, whose website,, offers ideas and books.

Befriend a bug. Help them look for

bugs and crawling things in the dirt and on

use hibiscus or hollyhock flowers and toothpicks to make dolls with flowing skirts. Or they can collect leaves of different shapes and sizes and glue them together to create leafy creatures. “You can take it an extra step by inventing a story and creating a one-of-a-kind storybook,” says Mateleska.

Grow a garden. Using a kid-sized plot

of land—it can even be a big pot of dirt— give them a trowel, a watering can and easy-to-grow seeds such as radishes and carrots. Not only will they get exercise, a Texas A&M University study shows gardening makes kids more likely to choose veggies for snacks.

Invent a cozy hideaway. Under the

limbs of a big tree, old blankets and pillows can be used by a child to build a “secret” hiding place, stocked with lemonade, apples and fun books.

Incorporate digital delights. Rather than competing with digital devices, integrate them into the nature experience. “A phone app like iNaturalist lets kids take a picture and will identify the creature or plant for them,” says science teacher Jemma Smith, of The Education Hotel, a UK-based tutoring service. “Or have them

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kids requires them to use their phones as a GPS to find tiny treasure boxes that have already been hidden all over the countryside. “Most boxes have small trinkets to swap and a tiny book to sign their name,” says Smith.

Time It. Simply set the timer for an hour, open the door into the back yard and let the kids “go at it,” as does writer Attiyya Atkins, a mother of four in Pompano Beach, Florida. “Mostly it’s self-play, but I come out sometimes and teach them about nature, or we do art projects with leaves, rocks or dirt. It’s always naturally fun, and they’re pretty tired afterwards!” Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@

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Breaking Bread, Building Community by April Thompson


mericans are eating alone more than ever, with adults going solo for nearly half of all meals, according to consumer research consultants at the Hartman Group. Yet, fellowship-minded foodies are bucking the trend by finding new and unique ways to bring strangers, colleagues and friends together for healthy, home-cooked meals. Meal sharing not only builds community and camaraderie; it can also save time and money and minimize food waste. Eating with others can also encourage mindful consumption, a boon to physical and mental health. A number of emerging ideas and platforms from around the block to across the globe are helping singles and families young and old connect over food.

Linking Diners Through Technology “I wanted to find a place to create more meaningful conversations and meet new people than bars where people often meet up, and thought home is that place. Who 38

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doesn’t like dinner parties or potlucks?” says Jared Gold, co-founder of MealTribes, in Washington, D.C. Within two years, MealTribes has grown to more than 200 members that can host or join potlucks via a private Facebook group open to area residents in their 20s and 30s. To encourage participants to be fully present, the group encourages guests to leave their phones in their bags. Instead of strict food do’s and don’ts, MealTribes encourages attendees to bring a contribution that makes them proud. However, guests are discouraged from bringing alcohol in lieu of a food dish to avoid it becoming the focus of the table. “Lasting friendships and business opportunities have come from our potlucks,” says Gold. “Even skeptics have come away from events feeling like they got the best-case scenario; nice people, homey environment, with good food and conversation.” Jay Savsani, co-founder of Meal Sharing, in Chicago, got the idea for the

“Airbnb of meals” after seeking out a home-cooked dinner while backpacking in Cambodia. He was invited to a farm feast in the countryside, connecting with local hosts over great conversation and delicious food. “I returned home wanting to find a way to use technology to recreate that serendipitous moment,” says Savsani. Today, the platform uses technology to connect curious diners with affordable, home-cooked meals in 150 countries. “The concept is open; we encourage hosts to make whatever they believe in,” says Savsani. “That can be a top chef serving nine-course meals or a simple spaghetti someone offers for a few bucks or even free.” Savsani says the meal becomes secondary to the deeper social interactions that can manifest through these gatherings. “We even got an inquiry from a local fire department interested in hosting meals to get to know people in the community better.”

Organically Grown Gatherings Lilia Fuquen, who directs the Food and Community project in Virginia, participates in several gatherings intended to nurture community through food. Fuquen’s project aims to bring people across the state together to document, celebrate and share traditional, contemporary and emerging foodways, initiating a deeper conversation about and the connections between food, place, culture and community. Last fall, the project convened more than 200 people around a feast celebrating indigenous foods, people and foodways in Virginia. The meal was prepared from locally farmed and foraged ingredients representative of the diverse native culinary traditions of the region, including greens,

Even skeptics have come away from events feeling like they got the best-case scenario: nice people, homey environment, with good food and conversation.

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We even got an inquiry from a local fire department interested in hosting meals to get to know people in the community better. ~Jay Savsani, co-founder of Meal Sharing mushrooms, wild rice and fish sourced from fields, forests and streams. On a more grassroots level, an intergenerational family potluck dinner

“helps create community and a sense of family among people who often live far from blood relatives,” says Fuquen, who lives on a small farm outside Charlottesville, Virginia. The workplace can also be a great place to break bread together, says Fuquen. Her office enjoys hosting the Souper Club, where co-workers each bring a key element like salad fixings, a loaf of bread or a pot of soup to enjoy together—away from their desks. Rebecca Shaloff, a fundraising consultant in Washington, D.C., has participated in work lunch swaps, which she says promote camaraderie, new food discoveries and healthy eating. She also takes part in a closely knit monthly supper club of four young families in her neighborhood. “We all value each other’s friendship and company, but there’s something about coming together for dinner that makes us feel more like family than friends,” Shaloff says.

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THE ART OF HEALING Creative Therapy Aids Recovery


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or decades, creative expression has been a valuable tool in healing, and expressive arts therapy—the integrated application of two or more art forms—is now considered a life-changing modality for veterans and anyone else struggling with anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also called creative arts therapy, this form of psychotherapy helps patients to process and express what is often beyond verbal language using music, art, dance, theater and writing as its primary modes of communication. “Individuals need no previous arts experience in order to benefit from working with a certified creative arts therapist,” explains Azizi Marshall, founder and CEO of the Center for Creative Arts Therapy, in Downers Grove, Illinois. The National Intrepid Center of Excellence—an outpatient clinic specializing in traumatic brain injuries at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland—ranks creative arts therapy among the top five most effective approaches in helping veterans. A study of combat veterans and creative arts therapy conducted at Concordia University, in Montreal, reported considerable progress, especially in areas of expressing emotions resulting from trauma and gaining understanding of symptoms such as depression, thoughts of suicide and insomnia.

Psychotherapist Cathy Malchiodi, Ph.D., has authored several books, including The Art Therapy Sourcebook, and uses expressive arts therapy in her Louisville practice. “I’ve worked with soldiers for the past 10 years, and find that much of their healing comes about through telling their stories on stage or participating as an actor within a play or improvisation.” Malchiodi also incorporates mindfulness practices, visual arts, music and some simple forms of yoga in her sessions.

Creative Arts Therapy for Multiple Diagnoses

Expressive arts therapy is also making a positive impact on those suffering from panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addictions, eating and attention disorders, dementia and chronic physical illness. “Creative arts therapy can be used across life challenges; for example, dance or movement therapy has supported women with breast cancer and eating disorders,” says Marshall, who has also witnessed the power of drama therapy to help reduce feelings of fear in clients diagnosed with anxiety and PTSD. A 2015 study at Butler University, in Indianapolis published in the Journal of Speech Pathology & Therapy shows the significant effects of theater arts on individuals with autism spectrum disorder. “Creative

arts therapy can be successful in supporting children with autism, especially ways to practice social skills,” says Marshall. “The drama therapist uses role play, improv and games in order to facilitate interpersonal communication.”

Dopamine and Creating Art

The multitasking neurotransmitter dopamine is one of the brain’s natural antidepressants and plays a key role in feeling pleasure and reinforcing habits. It reaches its highest levels during the initial stages of love, observing something of beauty or creating art. A recent Drexel University study published in The Arts in Psychotherapy shows the neurological effects of drawing, coloring and simple doodling. Increased circulation in the area of the brain correlating to pleasure and reward was evident, and this dopamine-dominant response is responsible for decreasing symptoms of anxiety and increasing feelings of joy and accomplishment. Psychotherapist Doreen Meister, in Oakland, California, encourages her clients to focus on the process of creating, rather than the result. “Expressive therapies are an extension of the selfdiscovery continuum. I often hear, ‘I draw like a 2-year-old.’ To this I say, ‘Great! Draw like a 2-year-old!’ I believe that somewhere, many of us are told that creative expression must be a certain way. Creativity is a natural state, a human quality that we are born with, and the product of creation is not as important as the process.” Creativity from a clinical perspective allows for new emotional vantage points, distance from situations and viewing experiences through a different lens. “Bringing in creativity offers a wider palette of tools or access points, and gives us another way to understand ourselves,” says Meister. “Creativity as a life force is accessible to all of us.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at

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Personal and Planetary Health by April Thompson


ood revolutionary Ocean Robbins has dedicated his life to inspiring others to rethink their food choices to transform both personal and planetary health. It’s a path forged in part by his father, John Robbins, who walked away from the family ice cream company, BaskinRobbins, to become an acclaimed health advocate and author. Together, father and son founded the 500,000-plus-member Food Revolution Network, an online education and advocacy platform that works for healthy, sustainable, humane and delicious food for all. Ocean launched Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) at age 16, and directed the organization for 20 years. Ocean’s new book, 31-Day Food Revolution: Heal Your Body, Feel Great, and Transform Your World, aims to help individuals revamp their diets, and in turn, themselves and their communities. It distills his lifetime of knowledge and wisdom on food, health and activism into an accessible how-to guide. Learn more at

What connections do you see between personal and planetary health?

In many situations in life, we have to compromise—but when it comes to food, the

choices that are best for us personally also happen to be best for the planet. Eating a plant-based diet, organically grown when possible, is not only linked to the best statistical outcomes for long-term health and well-being, it also helps ensure healthy topsoil, water and a stable climate for future generations.

In what ways have you seen members of the Food Revolution Network transform their communities?

We hear incredible stories from members all over the world who are seeing radical changes in their health—reversing heart disease, losing weight, gaining energy and mental clarity. And we also hear inspiring stories of people turning food deserts into wonderful oases of healthy living; for example, Ron Finley, in South Central Los Angeles, who is known for saying that drive-throughs kill more people than driveby shootings in his neighborhood. He planted vegetables for the community in the curbside dirt strip in front of his home—and got cited by the city for it. He ended up getting the laws changed, and has since started The Ron Finley Project to create an urban community food hub where the community can come together to plant, learn and nourish themselves.

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In many situations in life, we have to compromise—but when it comes to food, the choices that are best for us personally also happen to be best for the planet. ~Ocean Robbins

What are some ways busy people can connect with like-minded individuals to support healthy lifestyle and diet changes?

Start by finding out if you have loved ones who do share your food values, and nurture those relationships. Lean into those healthy relationships; you might be surprised how many people around you are also quietly trying to achieve similar goals. You can also ask friends and family to be a food ally; even if they are not a full participant in your health regimen, they might be a fan or friend. That can mean preparing particular foods if you come for dinner or simply checking in on how you are doing with your goals and commitments. You can widen your circle of healthy eating through meal swaps or other shared meal programs. It’s always easier to cook in larger quantities, and there is the added benefit of greater social connection with shared meals. If you are looking for new friends and allies, it helps to connect to organizations that are already promoting healthy food hubs. There are many listed in the back of 31-Day Food Revolution. So many people struggle with loneliness, and some are afraid they will feel even more isolated if they step out into a healthy eating regimen. On the contrary, you can become a magnet for people who care about their world and aren’t content with the status quo. These friendships can often become deeper and more valued than ever.


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Did you know that there is no Licensure for a Nutritionist in New York? New York is only one of a few states that do not require a license to dispense nutrition information and advice to the public. What this means is that anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist in NY state. Licensing dietitians and nutritionists assures the public that individuals disseminating nutrition advice have the appropriate education and experience. Licensure laws protect the public from unscrupulous and unqualified individuals who would portray themselves as nutrition experts. Seek a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) or Registered Dietitian (RD) for trusted, accurate, and evidence based nutrition information; RD’s/RDNs are the experts. RD’s/RDN's have the highest level of nutrition education and training established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. They hold a Bachelor’s degree and/ or Master’s Degree, completed 1,200 hours of supervised practice through a highly competitive dietetic internship program and passed a national examination.

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What has been one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced in living a lifestyle against the societal grain, and how have you overcome it? Impatience. I grew up eating all-natural food; my parents almost named me Kale, and I ate a lot of it growing up. At a certain point, I saw that I had become judgmental and dogmatic when encountering people whose choices did not align with my own, though as Martin Luther King Jr. said, we have no moral authority with those who can feel our underlying contempt. I have since developed a profound respect for each individual’s unique values, needs, experiences and priorities. I advocate for people’s right to make their own choices about what they need. My goal is to help facilitate people’s choices, and to do so with compassion.

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carpeted scratching surfaces, placed vertically and horizontally to meet all preferences. Keep the scratchers in areas where the kitten hangs out.


Train kitty to use the scratching post.

Initially, it might help to apply catnip or attach a feather toy to make the scratching area especially appealing. Discourage any feline from scratching on inappropriate surfaces by attaching double-sided tape or inflated balloons to rugs or furniture that are off limits.

BRINGING UP KITTY 9 Get Off on the Right Paw

Offer toys that bring out the feline hunter.

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here’s nothing as endearing as a bigeyed kitten hopping sideways across the floor or curled into a small ball of fluff on our lap. Getting a new kitten started off on the right foot will ensure they grow up to be a healthy and happy companion.


Prepare a sanctuary for the family’s new kitten.

When bringing a new kitten (or adult cat) into their new home, it’s best to separate the new addition in a little bed-andbreakfast-like setup of their own for at least a week. Put their litter box, bedding, food and toys in their space and keep noise, confusion and foot traffic to a minimum.


Provide warm, snuggly sleeping quarters.

Felines, especially tiny ones, like their environment warmer than what humans generally prefer. Look for bedding that hasn’t been treated with flame-retardant chemicals such as PBDE; Swedish scientists have linked the chemical, commonly found in foam, to hyperthyroidism in cats. The best choice is wool, which is naturally flame resistant.

3Consider crate training.

Most cats fight being put into a carrier because it only happens when someone’s about to take them to a place they don’t want to go to. That’s why it’s a good idea to set up a carrier for a kitten on their first day


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home. Entice them to enter on their own using food treats, toys and comfy bedding.


Go slow with family introductions.

Introduce other members of the household to the new kitty one at a time. Ideally, introductions occur in a neutral location, like the living room, when the kitten ventures out to investigate.


Offer this tiny carnivore the nutrition they were born to eat.

To provide the very best start in life, feed the little one either a homemade or commercially available, nutritionally balanced, fresh food diet (preferably raw) designed for cats at all stages of life.


Help the kitten learn to love their personal litter box.

Most kittens can use a litter box at about four weeks. Just make sure its walls are low enough that they can hop in and out on their own. If a kitten or cat is avoiding the box, there’s likely a reason: location, type of litter or failure to clean it often enough.


Provide appropriate climbing and scratching surfaces.

Climbing and scratching are natural feline behaviors. Try burlap, cardboard and

Think like a cat and buy or create toys that draw out their hunting instincts. A piece of string wrapped around the end of a stick dragged on the ground will bring out the stalker in almost any cat. So will ping-pong balls or small wads of paper flicked across the floor.


Indulge most kittens’ love of boxes.

When cats in the wild feel threatened, they head for trees, dens or caves for safety. Domestic kitties don’t have that option, so their obsession with hiding in boxes may be an adaptation. Providing “hidey holes” may also help a kitten acclimate faster to their new home and family.


Provide easy, safe access to the outdoors.

Indoor cats need time outside. Consider building or buying a safe, secure, outdoor enclosure (catio) for them to hang out in when the weather is nice.


Consider adopting two kittens at the same time.

One of the best ways to avoid many common behavioral problems is to adopt a pair of kittens. Because they crave stimulation and interaction, adopting two provides instant playmates to occupy each other’s time. Karen Becker is a proactive, integrative doctor of veterinary medicine who consults internationally and writes for Mercola Healthy Pets (


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TUESDAY, APRIL 2 Holistic and Biomimetic Dentistry – 11:1511:45am. Dr. Olga Isaeva of Nature’s Dental exclusive interview with Ellen Kamhi, The Natural Nurse. Listen live on Progressive Radio Network: Inner & Outer Peace through Meditation – Tuesdays, Apr 2-30. 7:30-9:30pm. Speaker: Rosanna Jimenez, CHHC. Discover how you can tap into your real power source and learn to become a beacon of change for yourself, your family, your community and the world. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 79 County Line Rd, Amityville. Register: 631-822-7979 or

THURSDAY, APRIL 4 Detox Your Mind, Body & Soul – 7pm. With Dr. Dawn. Soul-inspiring evening with daily detox tips you can start doing today. Free. Wild By Nature, 369 W Main St, Huntington. 631-4211848. RSVP:

FRIDAY, APRIL 5 Yoga 4 Cancer Series – Fridays, Apr 5-19. 12:30-2pm. With Terri Cohen-Lieberman. Series is excellent for students at all levels of yoga experience, including beginners (open to caregivers as well). $75. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188. Questions: P l a y - S h o p : Yo g a & A c r o Yo g a J a m – 7-8:30pm. With Hannah Goodman. Enjoy nopressure, open studio time with fellow yogis and teachers for informal, yoga play-time and exploration. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188.



Understanding Your Thoughts – 5pm. Relax and listen to Dr. Dawn while you reach a heightened understanding of your thoughts and actions. Montauk Salt Cave, 169 New York Ave, Huntington. Register: 631-923-3030.


Family Yoga Class – 10-11am. Explore a variety of yoga poses, partner poses, breathing exercises and mindfulness activities while incorporating games, songs, storytelling, imagination and fun. Kids ages 5-11. $20/1 adult & 1 child; $10 each additional child/adult. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

Kevin James – 8pm. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300.


FRIDAY, APRIL 12 Dream Catcher Workshop – 7-9pm. With Caitlin Holtslag. Learn to weave and create your own dreamcatcher. All of the materials provided but if you have any personal items (beads, feathers, etc) you’d like to add to your creation feel free. $40. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 Spring Self-Care Workshop – 1-3pm. With Susan Petschauer. Learn how to self-care and adjust your lifestyles to give your bodies what they need during the changing of the seasons. $45; save $5 register by Apr 5. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14 Embody Love Movement Workshop for Women – 1-4pm. With Cheryl Donnelly. $45/advance, $50/ at door. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

Holistic and Biomimetic Dentistry – 10-11am. Dr. Olga Isaeva of Nature’s Dental exclusive interview with Ellen Kamhi, The Natural Nurse. Listen live on Progressive Radio Network:


Crystals, Clairvoyance & Meditation – 11am1pm. With clairvoyant, Tori Quisling. We will tune in to the messages from crystals and use them to heal ourselves and gain insight into the future. We will make a powerful group mandala using the crystals. $40/in-person, online. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or


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BNFYoga Mama Circle – 7-8pm. A safe, supportive and welcoming environment for you to ask questions and share your experiences, resources and information with other mothers. $20/Mama (15% of cost donated to NPO that supports Maternal Wellness). Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Pre-registration required: 516-632-9626 or



Yoga for Grief – 1-4pm. Healing and peace for all bodies with Olga Lucia. $50. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.


Coming Home to your True Self – 1-6pm. Halfday healing and self-care retreat with Gisele Mogan. $108. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516682-9642.

The Beatles: Abbey Road – 8pm. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300.

The Well-Women’s Enlightenment through Laughter and Love: A Women’s Circle – Apr 7 & 28. 1-3pm. Can attend one or both. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa – 8pm. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631673-7300.

Awaken the Power of Love through Meditation – 9:30am-3pm. Meditation mini-retreat with Andrew Vidich, PhD. Explore the power of compassion and forgiveness at this retreat. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 79 County Line Rd, Amityville. Register: 631-822-7979 or

Nutrition Talk: Sugars – 7-8pm. What do we know about the impact of artificial sweeteners on health? Chrisa (Hrisanti) Arcan, PhD, RD, will be presenting the latest findings about artificial sweeteners and how they impact our health. Deer Park Library, 44 Lake Ave. 631-586-3000.


Detox Your Thoughts – 2pm. With Dr. Dawn. Let go of the unnecessary thoughts that don’t serve you. Deep breathing and meditation. Montauk Salt Cave, 169 New York Ave, Huntington. Register: 631-9233030.

DoTerra Oils Study Session – 6:45-7:45pm. With Leah Hartofelis. Discuss the benefits of using oils in our home or office to replace chemical and pharmaceutical products. Free. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Baby & Me Yoga Class – 12-1pm. With Jamie Henderson. Infants-crawlers. Mommies practice with their babies, as well as on their own, using yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques in a nurturing environment. $20/1 adult & 1 child. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

Calling in Your Baby: Clairvoyant Techniques to Manifest Your Pregnancy – 10am-12:30pm. With clairvoyant, Tori Quisling. Learn clairvoyant techniques to create this miracle in your life. Group readings included. $55/person; $95/couple. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or The Well-Women’s Enlightenment through Laughter and Love: A Women’s Circle –1-3pm. See Apr 7 listing. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. BNFYoga Book Club – 7-8pm. Have the opportunity to vote on the book selections through our Facebook group, and the winning selection will be announced in BNF’s monthly newsletter, as well as the group. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188.

plan ahead SATURDAY, JUNE 1 The Mysteries & Magic of Ancient Egypt – 9:30am-1pm. Take an “Instant Pilgrimage” to Ancient Egypt with psychic Tori Quisling. This is a powerful and transformative journey. $75/person (museum entrance fee included). Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York. 516-423-1794.

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ENERGY WELLNESS JEWELRY BEAUTIFUL, INTERCHANGEABLE JEWELRY to protect from harmful EMF radiation from wifi, cell phones, computers, etc. With very powerful Neodymium Magnets and Bio-energetic Elements: Negative Ion, Infrared and Germanium to boost energy, improve circulation, protect against EMF’s improve sleep, lift mood, etc. Necklaces, bracelets for men and women, pet tags, Essential Oil Diffusers! See Carol 516-242-8270 or

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


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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 300-Hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training – An ongoing training allowing for open enrollment and flexibility in attaining 300-hr certification and continuing education credits all year long. Open to yoga teachers who have completed their 200hr teacher training at a Yoga Alliance Registered School. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. 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 Hypnosis Sessions – With Diane Monks, Certified Hypnotist, Ordained Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Counselor & Educator as well as a Licensed Social Worker. Hypnosis is a powerful and effective tool to support individuals in making changes and ultimately, leading lives of fulfillment, purpose and balance. More info & to schedule: 516 826-5859 or Organic Color Bar – Offers O&M Men’s Q.color. Full grey coverage or natural blending in 10 mins or less. For appt: 646-864-4413 or Prenatal Yoga Classes – Designed to offer expecting moms the tools needed to be mentally, spiritually and physically fit during their journeys to motherhood. Breathe N Flow Yoga: 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188. For schedule: Psychic Mediumship Development Course – Tori Quisling, M.Ed, Clairvoyant Practitioner, offers a 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. NY Center for Clairvoyant Development, 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. 516-423-1794.

monthly Carol’s Holistic “Show and Tell” and Educational Networking Events – Monthly meetings both day and night in Westbury and Port Washington. Display your products, share your services. Learn how to grow a prosperous practice/business. Get and give referrals. For details, Carol Leitner: 516-242-8270 or Healthy Happy Hour – 4th Thurs. Integrative Doctor Kristine Blanche discuss important topics and holistic techniques to keep you and your family healthy. Check out our page on eventbrite to stay updated on topics. 

sunday Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 9am. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Beginner Yoga Series – 10:30am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

monday Gentle Stretch and Strengthening Class for Athletes, Dancers and All – Mon-Sat, am & pm. Also chair yoga and self-massage for all. Plainview, Port Washington, Manhasset & Great Neck. Carol: 516-242-8270 or Vinyasa Flow – 9:30am. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Therapeutics 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. 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. 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.

Pilates for Beginner – 6:30-7:30pm. Also Tues, 9:15am. A free trial by appointment. Come join the therapeutic-grade of Pilates class. Small group setting so you can get personal attention. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998. 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-body connection. Benefits of circulation, strengthen, balance and stress reduction. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998. Sound Healing – 8:30pm. Instruments such as the voice, singing bowls, tuning forks, and percussive instruments are used in sound healing sessions. The vibrations and sound waves from these instruments induce a deep meditative and peaceful state. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188.

tuesday 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. YogiBaby – 11am. For mom and baby (newborn to active crawler). Regain strength and tone while bonding with your baby. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. 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. 516-6329626. 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. Weekly Intuitive Development Class – 7pm. With Tori Quisling. In these “playful” workshops, learn all you ever wanted to know about your own “sixth sense.” We will use meditation to help spark your intuition and ground your energy. All levels. $40, $175/5 classes (Tori’s book, The Clairvoyant Practitioner, included when purchase a series). 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or More info: Prenatal Yoga – 7:30pm. Absolute Yoga, 1 G u i l l e s L n , Wo o d b u r y. 5 1 6 - 6 8 2 - 9 6 4 2 .

wednesday Gentle Stretch and Strengthening Class for All – 10, 11:30am, 7:30pm. Also Sat, 11:30am. Long Island Circle of Life Center, 164 Center Ln, Levittown. Carol: 516-242-8270 or Knit and Chat: Breast Cancer Survivors – 11:30am-1pm. Last Wed. 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.



Chair Yoga – 12pm. Adapts yoga positions through creative use of a chair. Most of the class is done seated in a chair or using it as support. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Breathe, Flow and Meditate – 5pm. See Mon listing. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Theater for Life – 6pm, teens; 7:15pm, adults. A therapeutic group, an experience in dramatic storytelling in supportive community. For more info: 516-655-0573 or Meditation & Reiki Circle – 7pm. Rest and restore with a reiki healing and guided meditation. Receive a Reiju (energetic blessing) from Reiki Master Donna Arigo. We incorporate crystals and essential oils into our healings, and end with oracle readings. All levels welcome. $25. Celebrations, 529 Bedford Ave, Bellmore. Text/call to RSVP, Donna Arigo: 516-721-1156. Lotus Flow – 7-8:15pm. With Kristen Petliski. A creative and energetic vinyasa class. Build strength, flexibility, and flow with grace in this crowd favorite at its new time. Yoga Nanda: Long Beach, 52 E Park Ave, Long Beach. 516-889-0808. Citizens for 5G Awareness Activist Group – Apr 17, May 15, June 19. 7-9pm. How to protect ourselves and families from the health dangers of 5G wireless technology. Long Island Hilton, Melville. The Real Truth about Health Plant-Based Support and Planning Group for Jan 2020 – Apr 10, May 1, June 5. 7-9pm. Free 10-Day Conference. Share your ideas on health issues affecting LI. Free vegan food. Long Island Hilton, Melville. Steve: 516-921-1417 or 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. Meditation & Reiki Circle – 7:30pm. Rest and restore with a reiki healing and guided meditation with Parita Shah and Donna Arigo. We incorporate crystals and essential oils into our healings, and end the night with oracle readings. All levels welcome. $25. Celebrations, 529 Bedford Ave, Bellmore. Text/call to RSVP, Parita: 516-522-0865.

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Hatha Yoga – 7:30-8:45pm. With Christina Diaz. This open level class will foster the body by offering creative variations in addition to breaking down asanas for a firm understanding of the pose and how it can be accessible for you. Yoga Nanda: Malverne, 30 Church St, Malverne. 516-284-6690.

Gentle Yoga & Meditation for Stress Relief – 7:30-8:45pm. Come to relax and relief your stress. Gentle stretch and yoga pose with flow the energy, peace and calm for meditation. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998.


Hatha, Yin and Restore – 7:30-8:45pm. With Susan Brotter. A peaceful balance to your more active yoga practice. Increase fluidity and flexibility through traditional yin postures and end with relaxing restorative poses. Yoga Nanda: Malverne, 30 Church St, Malverne. 516-284-6690.

MySore Style – 9:30am. Absolute Yoga, 1 G u i l l e s L n , Wo o d b u r y. 5 1 6 - 6 8 2 - 9 6 4 2 . Gentle Flow/Restorative Yoga – 11am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Sound Healing – 12:15pm. Instruments such as the voice, singing bowls, tuning forks, and percussive instruments are used in sound healing sessions. The vibrations and sound waves from these instruments induce a deep meditative and peaceful state. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

Reiki Circle – 7:45-8:45pm. Drop-in for a guided meditation and reiki healing with Parita Shah and Lisa Dooley. In this healing we will realign our chakras and discover our inner joy. Please bring a yoga mat. $22. North Shore Yoga, 24 Skillman St, Roslyn. Text/call to RSVP, Parita: 516-522-0865.


Vinyasa Flow – 6pm. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

Restorative Yoga – 9:30am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

Teen Grief 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.

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.

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. Holistic Moms Network – 7:30pm. 1st Thurs. Join us for our monthly meeting to connect on natural living and mindful parenting. Nassau County, LI North Shore Chapter. Oyster Bay Community Center. More info: 516-674-4114 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 United We Ohm. Donate what you can. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Asana Academy – 5-6pm. With Olivia Beaton. High school and college students receive a 25% discounted rate with student ID. Weave some yoga practice into your weekly study routine. Open to all. Yoga Nanda: Garden City, 55 Hilton Ave, Garden City. 516-307-9007.

YinYang Yoga Fusion – 5-6:15pm. Every 2nd Fri is Sound Healing instead of yoga. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998. 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. Candlelight Vinyasa Flow – 6pm. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

saturday Pre-Natal Yoga – 9am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Yin Yoga – 9-10:15am. A practice in which asanas (poses) are held for extended periods to increase flexibility and juice up the joints and ligaments, releasing energetic blockages that may be holding you back in your yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Soothe, Ground and Surrender: A Traditional Hatha Practice – 9:30-10:45am. With Gary Pleger. An open level class emphasizing the natural properties of grounding through connection to Mother Earth. Yoga Nanda: Malverne, 30 Church St, Malverne. 516-284-6690. Align and Flow – 11am-12:15pm. With Stephanie Anne Ervin. We will work towards a peak posture or target a specific body part to gain better understanding of ourselves through physical practice. Yoga Nanda: Malverne, 30 Church St, Malverne. 516-284-6690. Gentle Stretch and Strengthening Class for All – 11:30am. See Wed listing. Long Island Circle of Life Center, 164 Center Ln, Levittown. Carol: 516-242-8270 or Family Yoga – 1pm. Children and family members do yoga together. It is fun mind, body development, bonding together. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998.



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CHIROPRACTOR CENTER FOR THE ALIGNMENT OF BODY, MIND & SPIRIT Dr. Gina Marino • Wantagh 516-221-3500 • Dr. Marino utilizes a combination of gentle chiropractic spinal adjustments, Reiki and bodywork to reduce pain, lessen the effects of stress on your system, restore flexibility and ensure optimum vitality. See ad on page 25.


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 19.


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 INSTITUTE 66 Commack Rd, Commack NY 631-462-0801

Dr. David L Pollack specializes in functional nutrition which is the science of helping repair and restore the body naturally without the use of drugs and surgery. Many of his clients were frustrated with their past health care; conventional or holistic. Most seek help with their thyroid, weight loss, digestive disorders, hormone imbalances including infertility, menstrual & Low T. We accept those with or without diagnosis, complex and simple disorders. Most insurance policies accepted for many services. See ad on inside front 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 7.


50 Broadway, Greenlawn, NY 11740 631-316-1816 What is made by nature is always going to be better than what is artificially made. This is why at Nature’s Dental the conservation of your natural tooth structure—the Biomimetic approach to dentistry—is at the core of our minimally invasive practice philosophy. See ad on page 21.



Essentially Powerful Worldwide 516-624-2332 Your wholesale and retail resource for Young Living Essential Oils. Free workshops, trainings, and support in use and application of pure therapeuticgrade EOs. Opportunity to grow your own distributorship if desired. Your guide to vibrant health, emotional freedom, abundant living. See ad on page 33.


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.

Healer Long Beach, Lynbrook and NYC, NY call or textL 845-706-2152 Michelle has been blessed with the gift of healing. Experience transformative healing energy and insight for your personal well-being. Each session is unique to the needs of the individual. See ad on page 37.


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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 17.


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 33.

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66 Commack Rd, Ste 204, Commack 631-462-0801 Dr. David L Pollack specializes in functional nutrition which is the science of helping repair and restore the body naturally without the use of drugs and surgery. Many of his clients were frustrated with their past health care; conventional or holistic. Most seek help with their thyroid, weight loss, digestive disorders, hormone imbalances including infertility, menstrual & Low T. We accept those with or without diagnosis, complex and simple disorders. Most insurance policies accepted for many services. See ad on inside front cover.


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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 33.


1225 Franklin Ave, Suite 325 Garden City, NY 11530 (Available to work virtually with people regardless of their location) 866-321-2035 Ryan Whitcomb is a dietitian specializing in digestive issues, autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammation related to food sensitivities. Get back on track in as little as two weeks.

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140 Cove Road, Oyster Bay 516-721-4216 Everveda’s mission is to restore and rejuvenate the lives of those who seek better health. Tucked away from the chaos of the outside world, our sacred grounds are home to many healing practices such as ayurvedic spa treatments, reiki, abhyanga, shirodhara, svedana, and facials to name a few. If you are looking for a community to heal and grow with, EverVeda is your home away from home! See ad on page 39.


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 35.


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 25.


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A tooth extraction is one of the most performed procedure by dentists all over the world and throughout history. Currently, extracted teeth are considered to be a biological waste. But what if there is a way that we can upcycle extracted teeth by creating an autologous bone grafting material. This material can then be placed at the site of extraction in order to avoid the bone trauma that can be caused by extracting a tooth. Low bone density at the extraction site can have long lasting effects in the esthetic, phonetic and function of your teeth. Using the Smart Dentin Grinder from KometaBio we are able to utilize extracted teeth and convert them into bacteria-free autologous dentin material to be use for immediate bone grafting in about 15- 20 minutes. The extracted tooth goes through a process of cleaning, grinding, demineralization and sterilization in order to be an effective graft material which is biocompatible with the patient and has a low chance of rejection. Why does it work? Dentin is virtually identical to bone in composition and proven to be an ideal grafting material. Bone and dentin undergo a process of fusion (ankylosis) rather than resorption. This process creates stronger and longer lasting density at the extraction site.

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