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34 BEYOND CALCIUM Full-Spectrum Bone Health



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irst, thank you for last year! The 8-foot stand up paddle board was a great gift, and I loved hitting the ocean this summer and catching waves. I felt like a kid again … and it was AWESOME! Speaking of being a kid again, this time of year always reminds me of my childhood when I would eagerly write you a letter with a compilation of all the things that I truly felt I could not live without. Year after year, you came through; not with everything—I see now that would have been gluttonous—but with the important things. Thanks especially for Christmas 1978; you really hit the nail on the head when you brought me my Lite-Brite! Let’s not play games, Santa. We have done this countless times, Kelly Martinsen, albeit in my younger days, but we know the routine. I give you a Publisher list and you give me the stuff—or as I’ve learned, the most important stuff. Right? Nope, not this time around. This year, I am changing it up, Santa. This year, I say, “Keep your stuff.” That’s right, I said it. Keep. Your. STUFF! I am sick of it. My kids fight over it. It clutters my house, even my mind. So, this year, keep it! Wait, don’t move to the next “stuff-requesting letter” just yet. I do want to ask for something. Mind you, it’s not for me; it’s for humanity. You see, Santa, we witness a lot of horrible things each day, and the things we see have me worried. Truly worried. There’s disease, war, shootings, terrorism and more. Fear not, I am not requesting that you put an end to disease, hunger or housewives trampling each other to death buying things they think they “need,” exactly one day after giving thanks for all they had. No, I am realistic and know you can’t do that. I know you are just a magic man in a red suit from my childhood who perhaps has not yet taken the self-help steps needed to grab a hold of his own weight problem. The gift that I am putting on my list is a mighty powerful one. This gift will bring a person peace when suffering, courage when attempting, love when questioning, and hope when doubting. You see, Santa, I got this gift from my parents when I was a little girl; I kept this gift with me throughout my life. Initially, I didn’t take care of it—that happens with gifts when we are young. Truth be told, there were times when I forgot I even had it! Yet, when I found that I truly needed it, I was relieved to discover it still worked. During my darkest hours—when my husband was sick, during the tough period when I lost my job, Hurricane Sandy or just two years ago when my house burned down—I was very happy to find that it was right where I left it. Without much nurturing, it has lasted my lifetime and never seems to lose its power. I am talking about Faith. This year, all I want for Christmas is Faith. For those people that already have faith, make it stronger; for those that are struggling to relocate lost faith, make it visible; and here’s the tough one: For those folks that have absolutely no faith at all, let them discover it. That’s it. That’s all I want for Christmas. I know this whole letter thing is a quid pro quo arrangement, so, in return for granting humanity with the gift of faith—renewed, stronger or new—you will get one nice glass of organic milk; three homemade sugar-free, gluten-free Paleo cookies (I can’t promise they will taste good); and some kale for your reindeers. What do you think? Is it a deal? In Faith,

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Maintain a Healthy Diet and Weight to Lower Cataract Risk A recent study published in The Journal of Nutrition used adherence to dietary guidelines and total diet scores to assess the effects of diet on cataract risk. The researchers followed 2,173 older Australians for five and 10 years in two phases. They found that maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI) of less than 25, combined with a healthy diet, reduced the risk of developing cataracts.

Eat a Better Diet to Improve Gut Bacteria Researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center tested stool samples of 858 men and 877 women in Los Angeles and Hawaii with a mean age of 69—regarded as an ethnically diverse study population with varied food intakes. The study found that those with higher quality diets also had significantly better gut bacteria diversity, a factor linked to reduced risk for a variety of diseases. Diet quality and a reduced risk of developing chronic disease is strongly associated with fecal microbial diversity. 12

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New research offers potential paths for treatment for the nearly 20 percent of patients with high blood pressure that don’t respond well to medications. University of Florida College of Medicine researchers, testing 105 volunteers, found that the populations of gut bacteria differed between hypertensive individuals with depression and those without depression. A second study by Italian researchers found that patients with heart attacks had different bacteria in their guts than patients with stable angina.

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Charcoal Toothpaste —Friend or Foe? by Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD

of those unwelcome substances to be swept away when the charcoal is washed off. Even though activated charcoal toothpastes are a rebirth of ancient medicine techniques, researchers at the Creighton University School of Dentistry have concluded that charcoal toothpastes may do more harm than good. Although effective at getting rid of surface stains on the teeth initially, with continuous use it wears away the tooth enamel, and in time, causes significant loss of enamel, making its way inside to the dentin of the teeth, which is naturally yellow. With each use, surface stains are rubbed off, so is the white enamel of the teeth. As the white enamel is stripped away, it reveals more of the yellow dentin, which may leave them permanently yellow or gray.

There was a point in our not-so-distant past that when you heard the word charcoal, right away you thought about what you might be cooking next on your barbecue grill. Now it seems charcoal has grown in popularity—finding its way into everything from supplements to face/body masks and health drinks—thanks to the detoxifying powers that allegedly “grab” onto everything from internal toxins, dangerous chemicals, oil and dirt. While charcoal has been used since ancient times for poisonings (the first histori The bottom line is: Continuous use of charcoal cal record is from 8000 B.C. where the Native toothpastes has been proven to cause the very Americans combined charcoal powder with discoloration most people are hoping to ward off water to treat stomach ailments), activated when they first start using these products. charcoal has been used since the 1900s and currently sits on the World Health OrganizaIn other research, published in the Journal of the Jonathan Richter, tion’s List of Essential Medicines as the most American Dental Association, they found there is DDS, FAGD effective and safe medicines needed in a insufficient clinical and laboratory data to substanhealth system. So it’s hardly a surprise that tiate any of the safety and efficiency claims of the people have latched onto the idea of applying charcoal for 50 most common charcoal and charcoal-based toothpaste cleaner, brighter teeth—taking the original idea from an they studied. Their review found no scientific evidence to 1860s home encyclopedia where it described a homemade support any of the cosmetic (whitening) or health benefits toothpaste that used ground charcoal. But is it really all it’s (antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, reduced cavities or oral cracked up to be when it comes to maintaining your pearly detoxification), or safety claims of these 50 toothpastes. whites in their whitest glory? Activated charcoal is essentially a form of carbon Source: Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, of Cariodontal, located that’s been treated to make the surface of its particles at 310 E. Shore Rd., Ste. 101, in Great Neck. For more informaporous. All of those little nooks and crannies act like tion or to schedule an appointment, call 516-282-0310 or visit magnets for other particles, which it absorbs, allowing all See ad on back cover.

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Ketogenic products are turning up everywhere in today’s world—everything from pancake and waffle mix to cacao coconut cups. But how effective is the ketogenic (keto) diet in terms of fat loss, and will following the keto diet enhance one’s health or undermine it? There are several variations of the keto diet, but the basic regimen consists of high fat consumption, low to moderate protein consumption and low carbohydrate consumption. The rationale behind this is that our bodies will burn carbohydrates for energy initially. When all carbohydrate reserves are depleted, the body will switch to burning fat. Dr. Russell Morse Wilder, of the Mayo Clinic, coined the term “ketogenic diet” in the 1920s. He prescribed the diet to epilepsy patients and found significant reductions in the occurrence of seizures. According to an article Mindy B. Pensig on, the benand Anthony C. Mirro eficial side effects of following a keto diet include a significant drop in triglyceride levels, increased levels of “good” HDL cholesterol, decreased levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, reduced blood sugar and insulin levels, and possible lowering of blood pressure. However, Barry Sears, Ph.D., creator of the Zone Diet, states that the cons of pursuing the keto diet far outweigh the pros. According to Sears, blood glucose levels fall way too low for optimal brain function and the body is forced to break down muscle mass in order to maintain adequate glucose for the brain. Also, a lack of carbohydrates will cause a lack of fermentable fiber, which can lead to poor gut health. The keto diet, like any other diet plan, may produce beneficial results for some people, and not so beneficial results for others. Everyone’s dietary needs are slightly different, and that must be kept in mind before pursuing any type of weight-reduction plan. Certified Holistic Health Nutrition coaches Mindy B. Pensig and Anthony C. Mirro, who specialize in weight loss, believe a diet rich in good-quality fruits and vegetables and low in processed foods is our best bet for maintaining a healthy weight. For a free 15-minute consultation, call 516-935-0354 (office) or 516-513-4000 (mobile), or email See listing in calendar section. 16

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Wedlock tends to stave off dementia, according to a new Michigan State University study. Analyzing 14 years of data on 15,000 people older than 52, researchers found those in all unmarried groups—cohabiting, divorced, separated, widowed and never married—had significantly higher odds of developing dementia than their married counterparts. The differences were most acute for those divorced, separated or widowed—about twice as prone as married people to develop dementia, with the men faring worse cognitively than the women.


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Extreme Weather Events Affect Mental Well-Being People that experience storm and flood damage to their homes are about 50 percent more likely to experience depression and anxiety, British researchers report. Surveying more than 7,500 people after the 2013-2014 season of severe weather, they found that those with homes damaged by wind, rain, snow or floods had mental health risks similar to living in a disadvantaged area. This occurred even when the effects of the extreme weather were relatively minor and did not force people to leave their homes.

Eat Nuts to Reduce Odds of Death From Heart Disease Adults that ate nuts two or more times per week had a 17 percent lower risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke, reports an Iranian study that followed 5,432 adults for 12 years. The research was presented in August at the European Society of Cardiology. “Nuts are a good source of unsaturated fat and contain little saturated fat,” says study author Dr. Noushin Mohammadifard, of the Isfahan Cardiovascular Research Institute. “They also have protein, minerals, vitamins, fiber, phytosterols and polyphenols which benefit heart health.”


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Winter Worry by Dr. David Pollack The days are getting shorter, and the cheeriness of lightfilled summer days are all behind us. For many, the decreased light comes with depressed moods, and for others, anxiety. Combined with the unprecedented levels of political disagreements, our state of mind in general is in constant flux; many of my patients are complaining of anxiety over our country and its affairs. This is affecting our health as well. Anxiety is at a high. For so many, feelings of worry, a racing heart, dizziness, fatigue, shakiness, insomnia, and fears begin to creep in and can consume our day and night. Despite the individual reasons that these feelings arise, the actual internal causes are similar. There are only a few fundamental reasons our bodies create the feeling of anxiety from the viewpoint of our chemistry. First, and most commonly, is an imbalance of the adrenal glands. They are a small but massively important set of glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They release a wide variety of hormones that affect virtually all the body’s functions, and most can have a large impact on our mood. Some of these hormones affect our blood sugar, blood pressure, electrolyte balance, cholesterol level, and the balance of neurotransmitters, among many other functions.

Adrenal weakness or insufficiency is caused by many factors, from chronic low-level stress to huge stressful events, as well as physical traumas and chronic medical conditions. The use and need of certain medications can also weaken these glands. Second, chronic digestive problems cause anxiety. For many, the feeling of disconcerting discomfort in the chest creates anxiety. Deeper still, the majority of our body’s neurotransmitters are made in the gut (60 percent or more). Digestive problems will often cause a change in the balance and ability to manufacture these neurotransmitters, creating a change in mood. The gut is also home to the majority of the body’s immune system (70 percent or more). Evidence also shows that chronic inflammation of the gut causes overstimulation to our immune system. This creates a cascade of events that can alter our mood and cause anxiety. Lastly is inflammation itself. Inflammation in our body, be it in our muscles, spine, nerves, etc., causes Dr. David Pollack the release of inflammatory chemicals and an increase in cortisol levels. This chronic inflammation wears down our hormone systems, such as the adrenal glands, and causes mood changes and anxiety. Autoimmune conditions are ripe for this situation. Thyroid problems are most commonly (70 percent in the U.S.) autoimmune in nature, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Anxiety is most often the result of any one or more of these three issues, and it can be treated. Many of my new patients complain that years of medicating their anxiety, while helpful, never got rid of the problem, and robbed them of clarity and full enjoyment of life. It need not be that way. Source: Dr. David Pollack, of Pollack Wellness Institute (66 Commack Rd., Ste. 204, Commack). For more information, call 631-462-0801 or visit See ad on inside front cover.

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Five major food technology companies have converged to form the Alliance for Meat, Poultry and Seafood (AMPS) Innovation, which seeks to create real meat from animal cells without the need to slaughter animals. The founding members of the coalition are both cell-based seafood companies BlueNalu and Finless Foods and meat makers Fork & Goode, San Francisco-based JUST Inc., and Memphis Meats. AMPS Innovation ( intends to tackle obstacles presented in the cellular agriculture industry and bring products to the consumer faster with transparency and proper regulatory frameworks for cell-based products. Each member company has made significant strides in the development of these products with the hope they will soon be options in the everyday diets of individuals, as well as a nutrition source for a human population projected to grow to 10 billion by 2050.

A new study based on the National Land Cover Database of 3,086 of the 3,103 counties in the continental U.S. published in the journal Urban Forestry and Urban Greening found that increases in forest and shrub cover corresponded to decreases in Medicare health care spending, even when accounting for economic, geographic or other factors that might independently influence healthcare costs. Urban and rural counties with the lowest socioeconomic status appeared to benefit the most from increases in forests and shrubs. University of Illinois graduate student Douglas A. Becker, who led the new research with Matt Browning, a professor of recreation, sports and tourism, says, “It occurred to me that low-income communities are getting the biggest bang for their buck because they probably have the most to gain.” Other studies have shown that people in intensive care units recover more quickly and have fewer complications after surgery if their hospital rooms look out over trees rather than parking lots and that forest walks can influence potentially health-promoting hormone levels or anti-cancer immune cells in the blood.

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and contracts of oil and gas companies, he has completely transitioned away from offering petroleum and become the country’s first exclusively electric vehicle (EV) charging station. Because there has been a shortage of EV charging stations in the state, the station’s changeover was partially funded by the Baltimore-based

Electric Vehicle Institute and the Maryland Energy Administration. Its new 200-kilowatt electrical system will now be able to recharge up to four vehicles at a time while drivers wait inside. Doley says, “It’s not something that I expect to become rich overnight or something like that, but it’s a good cause [and] good for the environment.”


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Oh My Aching…My…is Killing Me

Is Prolo-Ozone Therapy the Answer? From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City… One of the major benefits of Prolo-Ozone You wake up one morning in pain. Your foot, leg, Therapy over Prolotherapy is that guided ultrasound knee, low back or shoulders are just killing you. is NOT needed to place the medicine on the exact Perhaps it was from your normal workout at the site of the problem! health club yesterday, or perhaps the tennis or golf matches the other day. Maybe you’re just getting The gas spreads out and stimulates old or who knows what! the healing process over the entire What difference does it make, you’re in pain injection site. You don’t need a U.S. and it’s not going away like it should! So you go to the chiropractor, orthopedic Marine sniper to hit the target! surgeon or osteopath and they do their best, but it Dr. Howard Robins So how does it work? doesn’t help enough to stop the pain or last for long. You may now be faced with surgery, and with no guarantees. We know that medical ozone acts as a temporary pain killer and anti-inflammatory. However, healing is promptly and Do you have to just live in pain for the rest amazingly stimulated, including reports of cartilage repair of your life or risk surgery? Is there another and replacement occurring in addition to pain often being permanently eliminated even when everything else has failed. answer? Research being performed currently in Europe indicates You bet there is! Our office provides an amazing treatment for pain and that the ozone gas stimulates “Natural Stem Cell” activity in injury in joints, cartilage, muscles, tendons and ligaments abundant amounts in the area of injury. This accounts for what called Prolo-Ozone Therapy. Hundreds of doctors are now we have seen and I call: “Repairing the Unrepairable and Fixing the Unfixable.” using this therapy around the world. It is said “Prolo” or “Proli” in Latin means to “rebuild” or On any single, once-a-week, injection “regenerate,” thus the word “proliferate.” Prolo-Ozone Therapy was derived from a treatment called complete recovery may be achieved! We found that by the third or fourth treatment noticeable Prolotherapy used successfully since the early 1900s. Prolotherapy is a treatment where a natural, safe liquid improvement has occurred. However, if no improvement at “irritant” is injected into the soft tissue of an injured muscle, all is felt, it may be that the problem is too late to help and cartilage, tendon or ligament, or into a joint. The irritant causes further treatments may not be worth continuing. It also may be necessary in some cases to return, promptly, periodically, if our body to begin a healing response. symptoms return for another injection or series. It’s never too It is not a surgical treatment. It has also been late to try and see if this treatment will work. described as a “regenerative joint injection” or non-surgical ligament, cartilage, muscle and tendon reconstruction.” Upon treatment, the body will start to strengthen and repair the damaged tissue. Unfortunately this treatment uses a “liquid” requiring guided ultrasound to ensure it is deposited on the EXACT site of injury, much like a U.S. Marine sniper shooting a target. Any distance away may lead to failure. In the late 1990s in Europe, a published study showed Prolotherapy using a safe mixture of oxygen and ozone gas instead of the safe liquid on degenerative spinal disks could help stop pain. This was repeated in Canada in the early 2000s with the same success. It was followed in Europe and here in the U.S. with its use on muscle, cartilage, tendon, ligament and joint pain and injuries with equal success.

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A 2016 study at the University of British Columbia revealed that air pollution is the fourthleading cause of death worldwide, with at least 5.5 million air pollution-related fatalities every year. A new cultivation system developed by researchers from Imperial College London collaborating with the startup Arborea have created the world’s first Biosolar Leaf technology to purify and improve the air in London. They hope it’ll boost environmental outcomes not only in the UK, but all over the world. The process works by purifying the air through photosynthesis of microscopic plants, which removes the greenhouse gases from the environment and generates breathable oxygen at the same time. The startup’s innovative cultivation system can facilitate the growth of microalgae, phytoplankton and diatoms on large, solar panel-like structures that can be installed on buildings and other infrastructure to improve the quality of the atmosphere. Arborea’s cultivation system also creates a sustainable source of organic biomass from which nutritious food additives can be extracted for plant-based food.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler has signed a directive reducing the animal testing that the agency has long required on such animals as dogs, birds, rats and fish to gauge the toxicity of chemicals before they can be bought, sold or used in the environment. The agency also authorized $4.25 million in funding for five universities to research the development and use of alternative test methods and strategies that reduce, refine or replace vertebrate animal testing. He says, “Today’s memo directs the agency to aggressively reduce animal testing, including reducing mammal study requests and funding 30 percent by 2025 and completely eliminating them by 2035.” Any mammal studies requested or funded by the EPA after 2035 will require administrator approval on a case-by-case basis. It directs leadership and staff in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and the Office of Research and Development to prioritize and direct existing resources toward measurable impacts in the reduction of animal testing while ensuring protection of human health and the environment.


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As a result of its partnership with Just Goods, Inc., the Norwegian Cruise Line will replace single-use plastic bottles across its fleet by January 1, 2020, beginning with the Norwegian Encore. The company’s ships will feature JUST, which is 100 percent spring water in a plant-based carton made of 82 percent renewable materials from trees grown in responsibly managed forests. The cap and shoulder are made from a sugarcane-based plastic. It’s refillable and recyclable. Just Goods, located in Glen Falls, New York, has a global presence with bottling facilities in New York, Northern Ireland and Australia, allowing the company to meet demand around the world without shipping water from a single production source. It plans to replace more than 6 million single-use plastic bottles every year. CEO Ira Laufer says, “The company is pushing the boundaries of what’s always been done because it knows we all need to do better.”

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Awakening to the Evolution of Community by Linda Sechrist


en master Thich Nhat Hanh’s suggestion that the next Buddha would likely not take form as an individual but rather as a sangha, a community practicing mindful living, led many people to ask, “Why a community?” The author of more than 100 books that explore the Buddha’s core teachings on mindfulness, kindness and compassion, Hanh clarified the meaning of sangha as a good community necessary for helping individuals learn how to encounter life in the present moment, resist the unwholesome ways of our time, go in the direction of peace and nourish seeds of enlightenment. Even the best intentions, he noted, can falter without such a group of trusted family, friends and co-practitioners experiencing mindfulness together.

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Although many groups form for marketing, political, civic or social purposes—allowing participants to share values and common interests—thousands more gather as online intentional communities associated with personal growth and spiritual awakening. Myriad individuals have been able to experience some aspect of community through international organizations such as MindValley, Hay House, the Shift Network and Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Jiyo, a wellness-focused mobile app intended to extend the reach of his ideas on health and social transformation from millions of people to more than 1 billion. In MeetUp, spiritual awakening groups recently comprised 1,113,972 members in 3,631 groups worldwide. Additionally, co-housing communities, spiritual residential communities and eco-villages continue to form around the intention of designing and implementing pathways to a regenerative future.

The Old Story Versus the New Story

The increased interest in intentional communities may hint at a possibility that the

human desire for community might be nature’s evolutionary nudge toward a collective leap that helps us to survive a changing climate and Earth’s potential sixth mass extinction. If so, this possibility needs a new supportive story that includes humans as part of nature, with its evolutionary impulse as a guide for body, mind and soul. With our modern scientific worldview, when people talk about nature, they typically mean animals, plants, geological features and natural processes, all happening independently of humans. A more suitable new story is cultural historian Thomas Berry’s moving and meaningful narrative in The Great Work: Our Way Into the Future, in which humans aren’t above nature by virtue of superior intellect, but instead are equal partners with all that exists in a materially and spiritually evolving universe. From Berry’s perspective, humans are the eyes, minds and hearts through which the cosmos is evolving so that it can come to know itself ever more perfectly through us. Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell shared Berry’s perspective. Traveling back to Earth after walking upon the lunar surface, Mitchell gazed out of the spacecraft



window, whereupon he was flooded with an ecstatic awareness. “I was a part of the universe I was observing, and I became aware that everything that exists is part of one intricately interconnected whole,” recounts Mitchell, who founded the groundbreaking Institute of Noetic Sciences to explore the nature of human consciousness.

A Guiding Light

Seijaku Roshi, the abbot and founder of the Pine Wind Zen Community, aptly named for its location in a pine forest in Shamong, New Jersey, advises, “People are searching and hungering for community, which is number one on my agenda. If we aren’t talking about community, we’re squandering the moment. Whether it’s an evolutionary nudge or not, it appears that our tragic world situation is pushing us towards an alternative vision for living a meaningful life that meets the needs of people, society and the environment. We are awakening to the fact we’re interconnected, interdependent and need community, which is the spirit and guiding light whereby people come together to fulfill a purpose, to help others fulfill their purpose and to take care of one another.”

Conscious Evolution

Craig Hamilton, the guiding force behind the movement known as Integral Enlightenment, is the founder of the telecourse training program Academy for Evolutionaries. His spiritual guidance and teachings reach a growing international online community spanning 50 countries. “Transforming ourselves in the deepest possible way is, in fact, an evolutionary imperative, and we need to be able to identify the indicators of emergent shifts and participate creatively with change as an evolutionary force. Evolution up to this point has been playing out unconsciously. We’re now waking up and realizing that we can collaborate and participate in an emerging future.” Hamilton’s experience is that where humans awake to the one that is expressed through the many, they also begin to engage together. “Practicing community isn’t as simple as it seems. In online communities, a lot less can go wrong. The stakes aren’t as high. People come and go, share and engage as they like.”

A Community of Sisterhood

Laurie McCammon, author of Enough! How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word, feels certain that humans are evolving. “We were last to the party with our big brains, and now we’re trying to intellectualize our way to an uncertain future without important feminine values such as feeling, intuiting, nurturing, interdependency and vulnerability,” says McCammon, who is deeply involved in the circle movement, in which women gather in small groups to empower each other. A regular participant in Gather the Women Global Matrix, a worldwide sisterhood that connects thousands of women sharing meaningful conversations and celebrating the divine feminine with the intention of bringing about personal and planetary transformation through cooperation and collaboration, McCammon says, “No one of us can bring about large-scale transformation alone. It’s time to tell the new story wherein our lives and actions demonstrate that together we are enough. Non-hierarchical circles that encourage authentic communication are part of this new story.” Citing other important circle communities such as Tree Sisters and The Millionth Circle, McCammon suggests that women tap into The Divine Feminine app, which allows them to find circle communities and events anywhere in the world.

Co-Creating With the Intelligence of Nature

Teacher and futurist Peter Russell writes books that are focused on consciousness and contemporary spirituality. His lectures help humans free themselves of limited beliefs and attitudes that belie many of humanity’s personal, social and global problems. The author of The Global Brain: The Awakening Earth in a New Century, Russell posits that the evolutionary process naturally draws humans together. “Humans are social creatures that need community, which I find very energizing,” says Russell, who cites the Findhorn Foundation eco-village, in Scotland, as a dynamic experiment in community. “Although residents went through hard times, they recognized the need for

honest communication so they could attune to one another in loving ways that would allow everyone to work through their difficulties. Today, life at Findhorn is guided by the inner voice of spirit, and residents work in co-creation with the intelligence of nature,” he says.

The Collective Wisdom of Community

An uncertain future is emerging, making it necessary for new and more intuitive methods and spiritual practices for developing collective wisdom, human potential and the skills for practicing community. “I’m in the process of finalizing 118 chapters from 90 different authors for a Collaborative Change Library: Transforming Organizations, Revitalizing Communities, Developing Human Potential,” says associate editor Carole Gorelick, who clarifies that spiritual practices are now playing a part in bringing about collaborative change. She notes that several chapters are updated versions of The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today’s Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems (2007 second edition), which included modalities such as World Café, Open Space Technology, Art of Hosting, Appreciative Inquiry and many others. A living handbook for developing human potential and the skills to practice community, Fred Eppsteiner has been teaching Buddhism for 23 years. A student of Hanh’s since the 1960s, he is the founder of the Florida Community of Mindfulness, in Tampa. Eppsteiner sums up why the next Buddha could be a community: “A better future will be created by people who are living the values they want for the world, not just abstractly using only the intellect. In community, we ask ourselves, ‘Can I be what I want to see in the world? Can I practice these things mindfully in community with love, acceptance, deep listening, compassion and kindness?’ These are values that every Buddha has lived for centuries, and certainly ones we need to evolve from a culture of, ‘It’s all about me’ to a culture of, ‘It’s all about we’.” Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at December 2019


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elebrating classic holiday traditions the same way we always have—and maybe the way our parents and grandparents did—is part of the rich family heritage we pass on to our children. These family rituals are binding, grounding, memorable and much more, says Saul Levine, M.D., professor emeritus in psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. A survey of 50 years of family research published in the American Psychological Association’s Journal of Family Psychology found that family holiday rituals, as well as everyday routines like family dinners and bedtime stories, build stronger family relationships, enhance children’s health and academic achievement, help teenagers’ sense of personal identity and even boost marital satisfaction. It’s also natural and perhaps inevitable that these traditions undergo changes over the years. “If people from only five or six generations ago could see our modern Christmas, they’d barely recognize it,” says Brian Earl, host of the popular Christmas Past podcast that chronicles holiday traditions. “New trends and customs become traditions in time; every generation has its opportunity to add new chapters to the narrative and continue the story.” For Elizabeth Newcamp, Christmas 26

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festivities took an eco-turn for her military family of five when they were living for a few years in the Netherlands, where “Sinterklaas” traditionally delivers gifts in reusable burlap bags. “In an effort to reduce wrapping paper, we now use the sacks on Christmas,” says Newcamp, who blogs about family travel at

created. “We had a blast; we didn’t stop laughing all night,” she says. “We saved hundreds of dollars and we had a lovely time.” Lighting red, green and black candles while focusing on principles like unity, selfdetermination or purpose are key in the seven-day Kwanzaa celebrations; but, “Instead of just lighting the candle amongst friends and family and discussing, I want my family to spend that day exemplifying the principle,” says Vanessa Davis, executive director of the nonprofit African Village International, in Jacksonville, Florida. Now her children meditate, journal and practice mindfulness to learn about self-determination; volunteer or pick up trash outdoors to learn about collective work and responsibilities; and buy something at a locally-owned store and discuss future finances for cooperative economics. “I was inspired to change because Kwanzaa isn’t really a religious holiday, but it is a darn good way to reflect on the past year and goal-set for the future,” she says. “Giving children more hands-on experiences for Hanukkah and taking the emphasis off of ‘What am I going to get?’ makes the holiday more meaningful for the kids,” concurs Pamela Morris, early childhood education director at the East Valley Jewish Community Center, in Chandler, Arizona. Each Hanukkah evening, her family of five lights a menorah and says

New trends and customs become traditions in time; every generation has its opportunity to add new chapters to the narrative and continue the story. ~Brian Earl She and her husband Jeff also ask for and give experiences as gifts whenever possible; their 7-year-old son asked if he could organize a little library for their Navarre, Florida, neighborhood. Anyone that wants to send gifts to their sons is asked to find them used. “I don’t think we’ve lessened any of the fun of the holidays, but hopefully we are eliminating some of the waste,” she says. For many years, Ginny Underwood’s family in Bluffton, South Carolina, would dress up and go to a restaurant on Christmas Eve, exchange gifts and then return home to watch a movie or play board games. Last year, they tried something new: staying home, putting on pajamas, eating cottage pie and playing handmade “Minute to Win It” games that Underwood, a professional organizer who blogs at,

traditional prayers while also volunteering to wrap food packages at a local Feed My Starving Children event, crafting personal menorahs at a pottery studio, going to see Phoenix ZooLights and gathering to make the traditional potato latkes or jelly donuts. “Each night is a focus on family time and welcoming friends to join us,” she says. By observing and evolving traditions, family bonds can strengthen through time, relates Earl: “By participating in holiday rituals, children are learning about who they are. And by passing them down, parents reaffirm what’s important to them and keep the connection to the past intact.” Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural-health writer. Connect at

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t’s that time of year again. The time of year when we are supposed to be filled with holiday cheer. Why is it then that so many people struggle with the holidays as being anything but “the happiest time of the year”? This time of year often brings a tremendous amount of stress, sadness and anxiety. Most think it’s the holidays themselves that are responsible for their stress and discontentment. This is actually not true. All the holidays do is serve to exacerbate what is already inside. What’s inside? Years upon years of unresolved grief from accumulated losses people have experienced and are not even aware they are carrying. There are losses where a person actu-

ally loses tangible items. They lose people (death, divorce, moving), houses, pets, money, jobs and health. They also lose intangible things, like trust, love, connection, security, hopes and dreams, specifically if they have grown up in a family where there was abuse, substance use or neglect. Grief is emotional, and with each loss there are feelings. People store them inside, instead of processing them, when their bodies were not designed to hold emotions in that way. Hear this: Nothing good comes from pent up emotions. We are just waiting to blow. So, now enter the holidays. Whose house will everyone be going to? Who will begin drinking (or over drinking) and start an argument? How about seeing empty

chairs of loved ones who have died? What about the financial stress of having to buy gifts? Don’t forget the crowds at the stores. Who has been divorced and is having to split their time with their kids and the ex? The thing is the stress of the holidays are only a fraction of why people feel so overwhelmed. All the holidays do is raise the temperature on the pent up emotions of losses already inside that have been brewing since they occurred. The truth is people can’t change the fact that holidays exist. They also can’t change the past and what losses they have experienced in their lives. They can, however, make the decision to take actions to change how they react to the events from their past. The process is not nearly as daunting as it may sound, and it doesn’t even have to take very long when the right tools are provided from a trained grief specialist. Seek the help and take the action. It would be interesting to see how the holidays (and life in general) could be when one finally begins to heal their heart. Gwen Russo-Uss, GC-C, of Hopeful Heart Solutions, is an Advanced Grief Recovery Method Specialist and life coach. For more information, call 631-872-0294 or visit

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he holidays may send too many sugar plums and frosted gingerbread figures dancing in the heads of people with dietary restrictions. Anyone that chooses to avoid highly processed flours or sugars, artificial ingredients and loads of butter will typically be presented with all of this and more at social gatherings this time of year. They arrive on visually appealing cookie platters that tempt with their cute shapes, vibrant colors and sparkle. Some, like the gingerbread and reindeer cutouts, will beckon with glazed eyes: “Just one,” they whisper. But one can turn into nine and make someone that may normally avoid sugar or gluten feel bodily regrets. Someone that is vegan or allergic may feel they can’t have treats. Making healthier choices about food is difficult for reasons many don’t understand. “People have relationships with food—involving family, comfort and traditions—and they don’t want to give that up,” says James Brandon, of Tampa, founder of Facebook’s Vegan and PlantBased Beginner’s Community. Brandon says that holiday treats are tough to resist, but staying true to health goals is most important in the long run. The best defense to avoid frustration at social food events is to bring a dish to

share that meets your dietary needs, says Megan Gilmore, the author of No Excuses Detox: 100 Recipes to Help You Eat Healthy Every Day and a blogger at Detoxinista. com. “That way, you can introduce something delicious to your friends, family or co-workers and be sure you’ll have something to eat!” A batch of simple, delectable, visually appealing and healthful cookies can be that plate to share, a gift to give or something to keep on hand for guests. Keep the focus on simple, advises Pamela Reed, who blogs at There are plenty of recipes that will satisfy the sweet tooth and decorate the holiday buffet (until they’re all eaten, that is). Don’t increase holiday stress by trying a new recipe at the last minute. “Stick with your favorite recipes that you know are going to be a success and are going to leave everyone’s taste buds happy,” she says. Transitioning to a more conscious way of eating isn’t about deprivation or leaving tradition behind. Bring on the new and healthful cookie recipes and name one after your grandma. Julie Peterson writes from her home in rural Wisconsin. Contact her at

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Prepare 2 cookie sheets with silicone baking sheets or spray with nonstick spray. Roll the dough into large balls, and then gently roll in sugar to cover them. Use a fork to gently press down on each cookie a little bit—not too much, or they will crumble.

Line a standard loaf pan with parchment paper and set it aside. In a medium bowl, stir together the chocolate crust ingredients until a moist dough is formed. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the lined loaf pan and place it in the freezer to set. Note: If you’d prefer to roll the balls in coconut sugar or shredded coconut, roll them in one of those options before freezing, so the coating will stick better. Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to two weeks for best texture. Source:

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Scoop the dough by rounded tablespoons and roll the dough between your hands, forming balls. Arrange the balls on a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then place them in the freezer to set, about 1 to 2 hours. For a “snowball” look, roll the balls in additional arrowroot or tapioca starch—just a light coating will do—since the starch will not enhance the flavor. It’s just for looks!


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To prepare the filling, you can use the same bowl to stir the peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut oil and salt. Depending on whether you’re using salted or unsalted peanut butter, consider adding more salt to taste. Store-bought peanut butter cups are quite salty, so I like to add a generous pinch of salt to mimic that flavor. Remove the crust from the freezer and pour the peanut butter filling over the top, using a spatula to spread it out evenly. Return the pan to the freezer to set. Rinse the mixing bowl and use it again to make the final layer. Combine the cocoa powder, melted coconut oil and maple syrup, whisking well to break up any clumps. Once the mixture has become a smooth chocolate sauce, pour it over the peanut butter layer, and return the pan to the freezer to set until firm, about an hour or two. Once the bars are firm, grab the edges of parchment paper to easily lift the solid bar from the pan, and use a sharp knife to slice the bars into your desired size. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to a month. (The bars become very firm if frozen for too long, so I prefer serving them from the fridge after the initial firming-up time.) Source: Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.



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he heaping platters that cheerfully mark the holidays have an unfortunate downside: Americans increase their waste by 25 percent between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The discarded food and packaging burden landfills with an additional 1 million tons of waste each week. That’s in addition to the 40 percent of food Americans typically waste each year— nearly half of all the food prepared at home or in restaurants. Monica McBride, senior manager of food loss and waste for the World Wildlife Fund, notes that squandered bounty is grown in areas that were converted from natural habitat into farm fields, so it’s also a waste of natural resources. “Once you start cooking, you realize the impact on the planet,” says chef and caterer Steven Laurence, owner of Vegan Commissary, in Philadelphia. “My grandmother was the kind of person who, if there was one pea left over, she put it in a container and someone ate it the next day. That kind of informs my cooking. The way I was trained, you didn’t waste anything. You used everything.” In individual households, small changes can have a big impact, especially during the holidays; all it takes is awareness

and a plan. Frugal cooks can make room for a holiday waste reduction strategy by taking inventory of the pantry and boxing up a load for the local soup kitchen or food bank. Then, design a menu with the environment in mind, using portion control to avoid food waste and whipping up dishes that can easily be upcycled into new creations that can be used as appetizers in the coming days or tucked in the freezer for future enjoyment. Start with the Guest-imator at, a great way to determine portions for a holiday party, says Cheryl Coleman, director of the EPA Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division in the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. The Guest-imator and Save the Food, a program of the Natural Resources Defense Council in conjunction with the Ad Council, tells cooks how much to make to keep guests happy and includes recipes for leftovers, such as Crispy Sheet Pan Hash, made with leftover roasted vegetables, and Ugly Vegetable Pasta, made with zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant. Spoilage is another way food finds its way into the garbage can, and that too, can be avoided, Laurence says, pointing out that most food goes bad because it’s not cooked

properly or is mishandled in storage. “Mix animal protein with starches and grains in a container and it goes bad because of two different sorts of enzymes. It is a fuel for bacteria.” He also recommends using as many organic ingredients as possible for longer-lasting leftovers. “We guarantee all of our dishes for two weeks,” he says. Encouraging visitors to take home leftovers is another effective food-saving strategy, says McBride. “Have Tupperware or to-go boxes you could provide to your guests.” Reilly Brock, content manager at Imperfect Produce, in New York City, agrees. “Just like repurposing excess product requires creative thinking, food waste around the holidays requires outof-the-box ideas to keep impact low,” says Brock, whose company delivers imperfect produce to customers’ doors for a cost savings. “Why end the fun when the meal ends? The best part about leftovers—and the holidays—is keeping the celebration going.” “Also, make sure you keep food safe,” McBride says. “The CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] has a really great overview of how to do that for parties. Standard guidance is not to leave food out for more than two hours. So, as a party planner, make sure you mentally note when you put food out.” Coleman recommends taking it a step beyond the holidays by joining a movement to cut food waste year-round. She suggests visiting to learn more. “Through that and additional outreach, we might be able to start to change,” says McBride. Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. Connect at

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What’s good for muscles is good for bones. ~Susie Hathaway

vitamin K2 is essential for getting that calcium to your bones and keeping it out of your arteries,” Kuzniar says. Magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and potassium are also allies in calcium metabolism. Vitamin C, too, is a key player in bone health, promoting collagen synthesis. Nutrient absorption relies on integrity of gut health, so opting for probiotics is a wise choice across the board.

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ur bones are the Osteoporosis can be naturopath. “It becomes more difficult after menofoundation that prevented, and I’ve pause and if the bone supports our seen many patients density is very low, but bodies and the quality of our lives. Unlike the brick reverse osteoporosis. we can always make some improvements in bone and mortar and bedrock ~Leat Kuzniar health. We need to assess of a building, the human diet, exercise, gastrointesskeletal system is living tinal health, hormones, medications, pH tissue that breaks down and rebuilds; and even stress levels.” this constant remodeling demands much more than just taking an obligatory calcium supplement. Synergy of Vitamins Compromised bone health is most and Minerals often associated with postmenopausal Walter Willett, M.D., chairman of the women, but it can also impact men and Department of Nutrition at the Harvard younger adults. Genetics, hormonal T.H. Chan School of Public Health, archanges and nutritional deficiencies can gues that the daily recommended 1,000all foster bone loss. The National Osto-1,200 milligrams of calcium is based teoporosis Foundation reports that 44 on inadequate studies, and advises half million Americans have low bone density that amount. and 10 million suffer from osteoporosis, Other minerals may play an equally facing a high risk of fracture from this critical role. The body robs calcium from the debilitating condition. bones when blood levels of this vital mineral Fortunately, it’s never too early or fall too low; but taking a calcium suppletoo late to do right by our bones. “Osment—especially without co-nutrients—can teoporosis can be prevented, and I’ve increase fracture risk. “Calcium supplemenseen many patients reverse osteoporosis,” tation is complex; more isn’t better. Vitamin says Leat Kuzniar, a Nutley, New Jersey, D is essential for calcium absorption, and 34

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Optimally, the quest for stronger bones begins with a nutrient-dense diet. “Plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein and some fats create a physiology in the body to support optimal bone health. Avoiding too much sodium and animal protein also helps,” says Mary Jane Detroyer, a New York City-based nutritionist and certified dietitian. She underscores the importance of mineral-packed kale, collards, mustard greens, bok choy and broccoli, but warns against oxalateladen spinach and chard, which inhibit calcium absorption. “Other calcium-rich foods like tofu, edamame, yogurt, kefir and cheese are also good, as well as milk substitutes fortified with calcium.” Omega-3-rich chia seeds, walnuts and other tree nuts are heavy hitters that boost both calcium absorption and collagen production essential for bone strength. A 2016 Brazilian study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that a diet with excessive sweets and caffeinated beverages negatively impacts bone mineral density in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Soda consumption also amps up the risk of fractures. An analysis of female subjects spanning 30 years published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2014 reveals a 14 percent increased risk for fractures with each daily serving of soda, including diet beverages.

Get Moving High-impact activities like jumping rope and jogging build strong bones in our youth, but as we age, low-impact exercise is easier on the joints. Mayo Clinic recommendations include walking, gardening, dancing, stair-climbing and elliptical training.


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Resistance also yields significant results. A 2018 Korean study published in the journal EnM reveals that exercise employing free weights, weight machines and elastic bands increases muscle and bone mass in both women and men. American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer Susie Hathaway, in Fairfield, Iowa, explains why. “What’s good for muscles is good for bones. When a muscle contracts, it gives a beneficial pull on the adjacent bones, stimulating the bone-building cells to be more active.” Hathaway highlights safety and the importance of bearing weight on the feet. “Gravity is important for bone health. Weightbearing aerobic exercise, such as brisk walking, provides a mild stimulus for your bones and helps slow down bone loss.” Kuzniar reminds us that with the right care, our bones can carry us through life. “Once we know what factors are at play in the patient, we can address the underlying causes.” Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at

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Many people have found that a regular breathing practice has helped them increase energy and decrease anxiety. ~Rachael Walter

Go-to Breathing Exercises From Rachael Walter: The Three-Breath Sigh Place one hand on your lower belly and the other on your chest. Breathing in through your nose, let your breath start in the belly and move up to the chest. Then exhale through your mouth while making an audible sighing sound. Repeat two more times. The Four-Eight Relaxing Breath


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ur first breath is instinctual and belly-deep, but as we grow into life, everyday stress and trauma can bring us into the shallows. Mindful breathing can help guide our breath back to its original, healthy rhythm. Both the brain and organs benefit from increased oxygen, and the vagus nerve that connects the two— prompted by changes in the body’s pH levels—releases acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for lowering heart rate. Breathwork can improve vagal tone, a major component in a wide range of conditions like depression, pain syndromes, sleep disturbances, anxiety disorders and chronic inflammation. A 2016 study by the Medical University of South Carolina published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows a lower number of proteins associated with inflammation in the saliva of participants that employed breathing exercises. A study that appeared in the journal Psychophysiology in 2015 found that 20 minutes of mindful breathing at bedtime fostered a good night’s rest for people with insomnia. 36

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From traditional rebirthing techniques using circular breathing to Middendorf Breath Work for somatic awareness, there are many styles of conscious breathing. The gentler approaches best suit everyday needs and taking a breathing break can actually provide more refreshment than one featuring coffee. “Many people have found that a regular breathing practice has helped them increase energy and decrease anxiety. It is a powerful tool to reset the nervous system when we’re overwhelmed and stressed,” says Somatic Breath Therapy (SBT) practitioner Rachael Walter, owner of Breathe-HereNow, in Keene, New Hampshire. Like many forms of breathwork, SBT bridges the chasm between mind and body. “Conscious breathing can also help people access and understand their emotions,” notes Walter. Pranayama, an ancient technique of yoga that focuses on breath control and employs alternate nostril breathing, can be performed while lying down, seated or

Place one hand on your lower belly and the other on your chest. Using a belly breath, inhale to the count of four and exhale to the count of eight, making your exhale twice as long as your inhale to facilitate relaxation. Feel free to play with how fast or slow you count to find a comfortable breathing pace. Repeat for six to 10 times as needed. Breath Walk This is an excellent exercise to do while at work, school or a public place to give your nervous system a break, even when the world is crazy-busy around you. Walk at a slightly slower pace than normal and breathe in for one step; breathe out for the next step, counting three or four for each breath/step. Continue as you walk, being mindful of your breath, counting and surroundings.

For further inquiry, Melissa Crowder recommends these Kundalini yoga breaths: Shabad Kriya for promoting deep restful sleep Sitali Pranayama for lowering a fever or cooling off a hot temper Breath of Fire for improved brain circulation, stimulating digestion and weight control Right nostril breathing for afternoon slumps Left nostril breathing to quiet mind chatter at bedtime

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Noteworthy Breathwork Styles Clarity Breathwork: Developed from the groundwork of Leonard Orr, with a focus on accessing the subconscious mind for self-awareness Holotropic Breathwork: Developed by psychiatrist Stanislav Grof, M.D., and his wife Christina and employs deep, rapid breathing to initiate an altered state of consciousness; training in the Grof method is required Integral Breath Therapy: Gentle technique for an altered state of consciousness that works with the body’s natural healing capacity Middendorf Breath Work: Named after German-born Ilse Middendorf, a gentle technique that does not include forcing the breath to promote healing Rebirthing Breathwork: Pioneering and well-known form of breathwork that was also developed by Orr with a focus on releasing unconscious energy blocks imprinted during the birth process Shamanic Breathwork: Uses specific breathing methods, chakras or energy centers, music and movement to overcome emotional blocks for deep-level healing Transformational Breath: Developed by Dr. Judith Kravitz using uninterrupted breathing, Kundalini yoga and other elements of physical and energetic healing; recommended by Dr. Christine Northrup and Dr. Deepak Chopra on the yoga mat. Kundalini yoga teacher Melissa Crowder, owner of 4 States Yoga, in Joplin, Missouri, advises students to start out slowly, three to six minutes a day, and then work up to a longer practice. “Alternate nostril breathing is a great practice for everyone. As little as six minutes of yogic breathing, as needed, can make a profound difference in decreasing pain and stress,” she says.

Belly Benefits The American Lung Association recommends a variety of exercises, including diaphragmatic (belly) breathing, for conditions

like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Engaging the diaphragm is key in breathing to fullest capacity. Walter explains, “An open, healthy breath is one in which we use the diaphragm to initiate the breath, followed by the belly expanding and the breath moving into the chest.” Most of us unconsciously fall into shallow and sometimes self-conscious breathing patterns at an early age. “During my training, I read that by age 6, we pick up on cues telling us to tuck in our tummies. This simple, bad habit begins a cascade of physiological responses. Upper chest

breathing can create anxiety symptoms and poor digestion,” explains Colleen Breeckner, owner of Colleen Lila Yoga, in New York City. “Diaphragmatic breathing causes the diaphragm to become flat and wide, and in turn, presses upon the stomach and helps to churn the gastric juices. For this reason, it can aid earlier stages of digestion.” When used in conjunction with other modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, diaphragmatic breathing might be beneficial for irritable bowel syndrome.

Breathing Into Feelings The depth and quality of the breath can help us to become aware of emotional states that include “holding patterns”. “Conscious breathing is a doorway into deep meditation, which can help alleviate anger and insecurities. It can also be helpful in dropping addictions,” says Crowder. “Linking pranayama with physical movement [asanas] helps to release tension and emotions that can be held in the body’s soft tissues.” Breeckner agrees, “Developing this awareness can help us to move unpleasant and stuck emotions through the body.” Well-being can be just a breath away, says Walter. “When we open up our breath, we open ourselves to a fuller experience of being human. It has the capacity to bring us into the present moment to access our joy and our life’s purpose.” Marlaina Donato is an author and a composer. Connect at

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Overcoming Stress Through Meditation – 7pm. With John Bednarik. Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Rd, Holbrook. 631-588-5024.

An Irish Christmas: Stories and Songs of Ireland – 2-3:30pm. An entertaining afternoon when Jim Hawkins presents a program combining poetry, story and song with Irish Christmas themes and topics. Deer Park Library, 44 Lake Ave. Register: 631-586-3000 or

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 Making Holiday Magic with Aromatherapy – 7-8:30pm. Learn how to use aromatherapy and essential oils to make the holiday season bright. Make a holiday solid perfume and a holiday stress relief spray to help you enjoy the season. $5. Deer Park Library, 44 Lake Ave. Register: 631-586-3000 or Clairvoyance and Healing – 7-9pm. With clairvoyant Tori Quisling. Learn techniques to keep ourselves and loved ones healthy. Learn to scan our own aura and chakras, and learn to create more flow and ease in our bodies and all areas in our lives. $40/person; online available. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: Connect to Your Bliss through Meditation – Tuesdays, Dec 3-17. 7-9pm. Speaker: Andrew Vidich. It is said that to find true happiness we have to connect with our core; that essence within ourselves that is true, eternal and filled with joy. Some call it soul, others spirit, but you can discover it yourself through a simple meditation practice. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 79 County Line Rd, Amityville. Register: 631-822-7979 or

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4 Satsang – 7:30-8:30pm. With Mindy Frenkel. Explore many yogic texts including the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali which is the foundational text of yoga and the road map to finding true happiness. $20. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. Registration requested: 516-544-2188 or

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 Inner Peace Through Meditation this Holiday Season – 6:30pm. With John Bednarik. Amityville Public Library, 19 John St, Amityville. 631-264-0567.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 BNFYoga Holiday Shopping Night – 7-9pm. A wide array of unique, all-natural, handmade, and yoga-inspired gifts for the whole family. Showcasing some of many talents and interests of our yoga teachers, students. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188.


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Yoga for Everyone – Dec 7-8. 12-6pm, Sat; 9am6pm, Sun. With Erica Mather. In this weekend’s training, we’ll talk about who is “everyone” and what kinds of special tools and skills you’ll need to provide support for your students. CEUs available. $249. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. Registration requested: 516-544-2188 or

Laurie Berkner with Susie Lampert – 3pm. A Live Holiday Concert. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 Inner Peace Through Meditation This Holiday Season – 7pm. With John Bednarik. Smithtown Building, 1 N Country Rd, Smithtown. 631-360-2480 x 232. Holiday Calligraphy Workshop – 7-8:30pm. Hands-on workshop where everyone learns about the art of beautiful handwriting. $5. Deer Park Library, 44 Lake Ave. Register: 631-586-3000 or

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10 Clairvoyance & Communicating with Angels – 7-9pm. With clairvoyant Tori Quisling. When we tune-in to our guides, we can receive positive messages and encouragement as we make choices and decisions every day. $40/person; online available. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register:

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 Inner Peace Through Meditation This Holiday Season – 7pm. With John Bednarik. Smithtown Library, Nesconset Building, 148 Smithtown Blvd, Nesconset. 631-360-2480.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13 Holiday Renewal – 7-9pm. A journey in movement, breath and meditation with Margaret Jennings. $40. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14 Baby & Me Yoga Class – 12-1pm. With Vita Snipp. 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. The Journey to Relaxation – 1:30-3:30pm. With Jamie Henderson. Before the madness of the holiday season, give yourself permission to relax. Learn how to unwind your body in this soothing restorative and yoga nidra workshop. $40. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.




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.

5RHYTHMS – 12:15-2:15pm. Dance and movement with Mark Bonder. $20. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl – 9pm. New Year’s Eve Bash Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17 Clairvoyance and the Future – 7-9pm. With clairvoyant, Tori Quisling. Learn a series of clairvoyant visioning exercises to see and remove the blocks from what you want to create, planting “seeds” for your goals to manifest. $40/person; online available. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register:

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19 Are You Called to Ancient Egypt? – 9:30am-1pm. Join Tori Quisling for a Spiritual Adventure in Ancient Egypt. Experience past lives, spirits and ancient objects that still hold stories and energy to transform and heal you. Private tours available. $75/ person, includes admission to the museum. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York. 516-423-1794.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 Radiance Sutras Meditation Workshop – 7-9pm. With Elyce Neuhauser. $48. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22 Winter Solstice Sound Healing Concert – 2-4pm. With Mirabai Moon and Shamanic Healer Alan Pratt. $40. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

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A Course in Miracles: 3-Part Journey – 1:303:30pm. Held Jan 5, Feb 22, Mar 28. With Joe Iadanza. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

Citizen Cope – 8pm. Paramount, 370 New Yo r k Av e , H u n t i n g t o n . 6 3 1 - 6 7 3 - 7 3 0 0 .

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28 Mommy & Me Yoga Class: Crawlers-Walkers – 12-1pm. Mommies practice with their child, 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. Registration required: 516-632-9626 or

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29 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.


SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Are You Called to Ancient Egypt? – 9:30am-1pm. Join Tori Quisling for a Spiritual Adventure in Ancient Egypt. Experience past lives, spirits and ancient objects that still hold stories and energy to transform and heal you. Private tours available. $75/ person, includes admission to the museum. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York. 516-423-1794.

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. ~Leo Tolstoy

December 2019


ongoing events Beginner Yoga Series – 10:30am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

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 Complimentary 15-Minute Consultation – Nanci Deutsch, NY’s Intuitive Spiritual Guide. The Intuitive Advantage Master Course; The Soul Adventures Work. 516-897-0649. Psychic Mediumship Development Course – Tori Quisling, MEd, 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 – Integrative Medicine Doctor Kristine Blanche discusses important topics and holistic techniques to keep you and your family healthy. Check out our event page to keep up to date on all of our fun & informative events:

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

Reiki Healing Circle – 3-4:30pm. Also Thurs, 11:30am-1pm. An evening of healing peace and renewal. Experience a reiki circle. Learn more about reiki. Share in a guided meditation and receive a mini-reiki session. All welcome. RSVP: 516-519-2458.

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 Yoga for Kids: Ages 5-12 – 6-7pm. Improves strength, flexibility and coordination while having fun. 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. 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 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. The Art of Inversions and Arm Balances – 6pm. Learn tools, techniques and the importance of alignment for beginning and maintaining an inversion and arm balance practice. All levels. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. The Inspired & Empowered Living Radio Show – 6pm. On W4HC, Health Café Live. Listen on iHeart podcasts: TheInspiredAndEmpoweredLivingRadioShow. Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.


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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 you 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 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. Opening up to Greater Abundance Workshop – 11:30am-1:30pm. Learn how to open yourself up to the limitless abundance that awaits you when you are open to receive. Be given a variety of spiritual tools that will realign you to your highest vibrational frequency. RSVP: 516-519-2458. 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. Chair Yoga and Self-Massage for All – 1-2pm. Gentle back bends, forward bends, spinal twists, side stretches, etc. On the chair and using the chair as a prop. Gentle massage of arms, legs and hands. Breathing techniques to calm and to energize. No experience needed. Plainview Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd. To register, Carol Leitner: 516-242-8270 or

thursday MySore Style – 9:30am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Gentle Flow/Restorative Yoga – 11am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Reiki Healing Circle – 11:30am-1pm. See Sun listing. RSVP: 516-519-2458. Vinyasa Flow – 6pm. All levels. 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. 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.

friday Restorative Yoga – 9:30am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. 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. 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. Gentle Stretch and Strengthening for Deep Stress Reduction – 10-11am. Includes stretches and strengtheners done on our bellies, backs, sides and seated. No experience needed. Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Ave. Carol Leitner: 516-2428270 or Chair Yoga and Self-Massage for Flexibility and Stress Reduction – 2-3pm. Class done seated and standing with the support of the chair. Lots of gentle stretching and strengthening. No experience needed. Oyster Bay/Each Norwich Public Library Carol Leitner: 516-242-8270 or Weight Loss Support Group – 2-3pm. 3rd Sat (date subject to change). Attain your ideal weight with the help of this interactive supportive group with Anthony C. Mirro and Mindy B. Pensig. Certified Holistic Health Nutrition Coaches specializing in weight loss additional help with EFT and reiki. Space limited; RSVP. $15; no one turned away. The Funky OM Yoga & Wellness, 400 W Jericho Tpke, Huntington. The Total Life Transformation Zone: 516-935-0354 (call); 516-513-4000 (text). FB: Wonderful Yoga and Meditation.

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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

FOR RENT SPACE AVAILABLE in a newly-renovated massage suite. Prime location: Commack, NY. Clean and calming atmosphere. Prefer a self-employed wellness worker such as Esthetician, lymphatic drainage, other specialty. Contact 631-600-1123.

STUDIO/OFFICE FOR RENT on Bellmore Ave Bellmore. 400 Square Feet. Private bathroom ground floor front of building. On site well lit parking lot. Move in ready. Includes taxes and utilities. 516-865-7419. SUBLET AVAILABLE for professional office space in Wantagh. Please call 516-650-1623 THREE ROOMS AVAILABLE - one large group room (perfect for seminars, meetings or group yoga) and two consultation rooms. Available Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Northport area. Call 516-676-0200 for pricing and terms.

HELP WANTED SEEKING 2-3 INDIVIDUALS to join holistic minded team. Must be motivated, entrepreneurial spirit with good communication skills. Will train. Call for interview a Pamela 516-624-2332.

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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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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 27.


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 15.


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 5.

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.


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.

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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 23.


Diane is an Ordained Interfaith Minister, Certified in Past Life Regression by Dr. Brian Weiss, MD and the Weiss Institute and is also a Certified Hypnotist. Diane offers spiritually based work which combines a variety of healing modalities to offer personalized plans for healing, support, personal growth and transformation. Divine Directions’s mission is to bless your body, mind & heart with deep peace, ease and comfort; to create safe spaces for you to heal and release stress and old patterns that keep you stuck in suffering; and to inspire you to embrace your full potential as a wondrous being of light and beauty.


Psychic Medium 203-531-6387 Joan’s reputation as a psychic and medium for over 20 years is supported by seven books that recommend her work. Her insights can help you release blocks in business and romance. As a gifted medium, Joan can contact loved ones in spirit and help heal your grief.


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.


220 Fort Salonga rd(25a) Northport, NY 11768 516-676-0200

Specializing in detoxification and preventative health care. We are fully present in your visit so you feel safe, appreciated and heard. See ad on page 13.


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 8.


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.




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.

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 page19.




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


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.




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 11.

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 31.

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Seven years without a cold?

had colds going round and round, but not me.” Some users say it also helps with sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperZap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops By Doug Cornell nighttime stuffiness if used just before cientists recently discovered time. He hasn’t had a single cold for 7 bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had a way to kill viruses and years since. in years.” bacteria. He asked relatives and friends to try Copper can also stop flu if used early Now thousands of people are using it it. They said it worked for them, too, so and for several days. Lab technicians to stop colds and flu. he patented CopperZap™ and put it on placed 25 million live flu viruses on a Colds start the market. CopperZap. No viruses were found alive when cold viruses Soon hundreds soon after. get in your nose. of people had Dr. Bill Keevil led one of the teams Viruses multiply tried it and given confirming the discovery. He placed fast. If you don’t feedback. Nearly millions of disease germs on copper. stop them early, 100% said the “They started to die literally as soon as they spread and copper stops colds they touched the surface,” he said. cause misery. if used within 3 People have even used copper on In hundreds hours after the first cold sores and say it can completely of studies, EPA sign. Even up to prevent outbreaks. New research: Copper stops colds if used early. and university 2 days, if they The handle is researchers have confirmed that viruses still get the cold it is milder than usual curved and finely and bacteria die almost instantly when and they feel better. textured to improve touched by copper. Users wrote things like, “It stopped contact. It kills germs That’s why ancient Greeks and my cold right away,” and “Is it picked up on fingers Egyptians used copper to purify water supposed to work that fast?” and hands to protect and heal wounds. They didn’t know “What a wonderful thing,” wrote you and your family. about microbes, but now we do. Physician’s Assistant Julie. “No more Copper even kills Dr. Bill Keevil: Copper quickly kills deadly germs that Scientists say the high conductance colds for me!” cold viruses. of copper disrupts the electrical balance Pat McAllister, 70, received one have become resistant in a microbe cell and destroys the cell in for Christmas and called it “one of the to antibiotics. If you are near sick seconds. best presents ever. This little jewel really people, a moment of handling it may Tests by the EPA (Environmental works.” keep serious infection away. It may even Protection Agency) show germs die Now thousands of users have simply save a life. fast on copper. So some hospitals tried stopped getting colds. The EPA says copper still works copper for touch surfaces like faucets People often use CopperZap even when tarnished. It kills hundreds of and doorknobs. This cut the spread of preventively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci different disease germs so it can prevent MRSA and other illnesses by over half, used to get colds after crowded flights. serious or even fatal illness. and saved lives. Though skeptical, she tried it several CopperZap is made in America of The strong scientific evidence gave times a day on travel days for 2 months. pure copper. It has a 90-day full money inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When “Sixteen flights and not a sniffle!” she back guarantee. It is $69.95. he felt a cold about to start he fashioned exclaimed. Get $10 off each CopperZap with a smooth copper probe and rubbed it Businesswoman Rosaleen says when code NATA15. Go to or call gently in his nose for 60 seconds. people are sick around her she uses “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold CopperZap morning and night. “It saved toll-free 1-888-411-6114. Buy once, use forever. never got going.” It worked again every me last holidays,” she said. “The kids ADVERTORIAL

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Upcycle your extracted teeth

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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Before Bone Graft using extracted tooth

After Graft w/ Zircomium implant

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

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