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Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure”

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Garth Davis, M.D.

Dr. David Katz

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Brian Clement, Ph.D., L.N.

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Dr. Alan Goldhamer

Jeffrey M. Smith

“The Plant-Based Solution: America's Healthy Heart Doc's Plan to Power Your Health"

"The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health & Happiness”

"Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods”

Ocean Robbins

Devra Davis, Ph.D.,M.P.H.

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Will Tuttle, Ph.D. "The World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony"

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Feeding the Immune System





Teachers Prep Kids for the Future



Why Less Is Sometimes More


Dealing With Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

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hen I was working for a biotech company, we had a marketing procedure we used to evaluate a product called SWOT analysis, which is an assessment of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. The first two relate DIRECTLY to you or the product. The latter two relate to outside factors. We would run a SWOT on any of our products or programs that we were launching. I also ran a SWOT prior to opening my local fitness business, Core 95°, and I even ran one nine years ago before taking over as publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island magazine. I thought perhaps it might be a fun personal exercise to do for ourselves as it relates to our goals for the new year (even though, Kelly Martinsen, yes, I am opposed to New Year’s resolutions, by nature!). So, for Publisher example, if you desire to shed unhealthy weight that surrounds your organs and adds burden to your heart, how will you do it? What are the strengths that you have? Your first strength toward this goal is your starting weight! Yup, that is a strength. YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO LOSE IT IF IT IS TOO HIGH FOR YOU!! For me, my strength toward this goal would be knowledge. I know that the slice of pecan pie I had last night, which may or may not have been topped with ice cream, was unhealthy … fattening even. I know some fat-free yogurt with some fiber and a drizzle of honey would have been a better choice. So, my strength is that I know better. Another strength I have is my schedule; I can carve out time each week to shop healthy. My third strength toward this goal is I BELIEVE I can do it. As for weaknesses, willpower is one; I feel I don’t have much. Another would be the ideas I have trained myself to believe, like rewarding great jobs with food, etc. And the last weakness is that I can be a bit down at times and food often comforts that low or depressed feeling. Okay, outside factors that can trip me up or help me: INSTAGRAM!!! Seriously, it is BOTH an opportunity and a threat. As an opportunity, I can go to social media for support with my photo of my kale smoothie or my three hard-boiled eggs for breakfast and get tons of heart emojis. The threat? All those amazing posts of holiday cakes, pies and goodies that are posted daily on social media telling me I am hungry even when I am not. Saying to me: “You deserve this three-layer cake that you see on Joan’s Facebook too. I mean you are as nice as Joan; go ahead reward yourself.” The social media threat to our health and our self-esteem is REAL folks! Is losing weight not your goal? How about being more mindful? That can be assessed using a SWOT analysis too. How about career decisions? I have yet to make one without first creating a SWOT. We need to know as we launch a project or a better version of ourselves, what our strengths and weaknesses are going into these goals, and then we also need to know outside factors that could trip us up because when we know these things are out there looking to thwart our plans we can work around them, or, at the very least, be prepared for them. I always say, “Fail to plan, plan to fail!” So, this new year whatever your goals are, run a SWOT analysis right before heading into your goal and be prepared for nothing but SUCCESS! Malama Pono!

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he world’s largest live health conference is coming to Long Island on January 24 to February 2 at the Hilton Hotel, in Melville. For 10 straight days, from 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m., 32 of the top doctors, authors and scientists will present live on stage the most important information on the most important topics in the fields of health, nutrition, the food system, the medical system, and the environment. Every day, free vegan breakfast, vegan lunch, vegan dinner, and vegan ice cream will be served to all in attendance. There is no time to waste when it comes to getting informed about health. Learn what these experts have learned from their research on what creates health and what creates disease. Hear how diet and lifestyle can give you tremendous protection against the most serious health issues of our times. We are living in a period very different than that of our grandparents. Obesity rates are close to 40% nationally and diabetes has skyrocketed to around 10%. On top of this, sperm counts are down more than 50% in the last 50 years and autism is now one in 40. This is all happening at the same time that we are warming the planet; acidifying the oceans; and destroying the forests, coral reefs, and soil. We are also destroying the world’s biodiversity and causing the extinction rates of all living things to their highest levels ever. It is clearly time to take a step back and understand how our food and lifestyle choices are hurting us, the planet and the future. A lot of the information you should be hearing on these topics is not reaching you because the news media is very biased toward the industries that fund them. In other words, the media doesn’t want to do deep investigations against their own advertisers. The same goes for politicians, government agencies, scientific studies, universities, and anyone else that is getting money from the big industries. In other words, the information that you are getting from so-called trusted sources has been hijacked. So-called reputable sources continue to see things through the eyes of their financial sponsors. There is little money promoting sunshine, fresh air, organic healthy foods, exercise, love, emotional therapy, gardening, herbs, and other natural things. The big industries and their supporters are convincing everyone to buy the foods, medicines and chemicals that they are selling. Big industries and the people they give money to are not looking out for your best interest. They are not concerned about how their products affect your health or the planet. They are only looking to sell more products regardless of what the ramifications are to you, the environment, and the future. Join this conference for 10 days and finally hear accurate, unbiased information from authors that care about you and don’t have anything to sell you. The time has come for you to take control of your life and stop listening to so-called authority figures that are giving you information about health and the environment that benefits the big industries over you. For more information or to register to attend for free, call 516-921-1417, email or visit See ad on page 3.

FOS Living Organic Salon—Long Island’s First Clean-Air Salon


hen we walk around in the world we don’t often have control over the substances or chemicals that we breathe in. Ultrafine particles from motor vehicle combustion, refineries, industrial plants, and even cooking are easily inhaled and absorbed into the blood, and have been linked to heart attacks, strokes, asthma and cancer. At FOS Living Organic Salon, they want to ensure that when their guests step into their space they can be sure that they are breathing the cleanest air possible. The organic, cruelty-free hair color products that they use are ammonia-free, so you will never breathe the harsh chemical smells often found in other salons.

They recently invested in IQ Air’s GC Series air filtration system, which is proven and certified to filter at least 95% of all particles down to .003 microns—the smallest particles that exist. At the heart of IQ Air’s system is the most powerful fan ever used in a commercial standalone air purifier. Headquartered and manufactured in Switzerland, IQ Air is the exclusive educational partner of the American Lung Association and has received top honors from Consumers Digest magazine since 2004 as the best option for those with serious allergies or asthma. Anytime you step into FOS, IQ Air will be running to ensure their status as Long Island’s first clean-air salon remains true and accurate. Location: 13 Nassau Blvd., Garden City. To make an appointment or for more information, call 516-481-5900 or visit See ad on page 31.

The longer I go about living, I see it’s the relationship that is most meaningful. ~William Shatner 8

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Breast Cancer Hotline Volunteers Sought;


he Adelphi N.Y. Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program seeks breast cancer survivors of all ages, races and ethnicities—men as well as women—to become volunteers. The program seeks a diverse group of volunteers to reflect the diversity of the people that are calling the hotline. The three-day training program will take place on consecutive Tuesdays—January 14, 21 and 28—from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Adelphi University, in Garden City. This in-depth training includes presentations by nurse navigators and social workers on basic breast cancer education, active listening skills, and tips on engaging the community. “It is so important for people who call our hotline to speak with someone who has been there,’” says social worker Alida Rubenstein, volunteer and hotline coordinator. To arrange an interview, contact Rubenstein at 516-877-4315 or ARubenstein@adelphi. edu. To reach the Adelphi N.Y. Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline, call 800-877-8077.




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CORRECTION: In the November issue, Tanya Kovacevic was incorrectly listed as the owner of FOS Living Organic Salon.


While she is not the owner, Jeanie Verdis, who is the owner, appreciates her so much and wants to be sure that readers are aware that “she is one of our senior stylists and also an important part of our management team.” We apologize for the error.

January 2020


health briefs

Is There Really Such a Thing as a Thyroid Virus? by Elyse Tursi, DC Whether you’ve been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s or Grave’s disease, there is a likely suspect lingering in the background of all these thyroid illnesses. This so-called suspect is a virus that loves to steal your cells’ energy and leave your body feeling chronically fatigued. The nature of this virus may result in immune system dysregulation later in life. The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) falls into the human herpesvirus 4. It is estimated that approximately 95 percent of the human population has been exposed to this virus. An initial EBV infection occurs in early adolescent years and manifests itself mainly as fatigue, swollen glands and a lowgrade fever. Normally, the virus remains in the body in a dormant state, causing no health concerns, as it is “sleeping” during this time. Problems arise when the virus reactivates and starts to modify the Dr. Elyse Tursi body’s immune system. EBV is notorious for its immunomodulatory effects, meaning it changes your immune cells—namely the T cells, B cells and cytokines. Some Epstein-Barr-infected patients will create what is known as EBV autoreactive B cells that travel into the thyroid tissue. This is where the chaos begins because you now have EBV cells that have entered into the thyroid tissue and an immune system that’s watching this take place. Impaired virus control by the immune system creates symptoms such as fatigue, joint pain, swollen glands in the neck and swelling over the thyroid. A classic characteristic of all autoimmune disease is an increased CD4/CD8 ratio, which occurs from impaired viral load control occurring in the thyroid. An easier way to say this is the virus has attached itself onto an immune cell that has traveled to the thyroid and the body enters attack mode to kill the virus, thereby destroying some thyroid tissue in the process. Any time tissue changes at the cellular level, the job of that organ now becomes compromised, and in this case it’s the thyroid. How do we know if EBV is the culprit behind a newly diagnosed or chronic thyroid issue? Check your blood chemistry for a full Epstein-Barr panel. Source: Dr. Elyse Tursi, a doctor of chiropractic and nutritionist at Pollack Wellness Institute, located at 100 Manetto Hill Rd., Ste. 307, in Plainview. For more information, call 516-299-9313 or visit See ad on page 17. 10

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Intermittent Fasting: Merits and Misconceptions Intermittent fasting has been widely discussed and written about as a means to lose weight. The emphasis is on the timing of meal consumption, rather than on specifically what foods one should and should not eat. There are several variations, but the basic regimen consists of approximately an eight-hour eating period, followed by a 16-hour fasting period each day. Our Paleo hunter-gatherer ancestors were not always able to find food in their surroundings and often went for long periods of time with nothing to eat. Convenience stores and food courts were unknown to them. As a result, human beings have evolved with the ability to function without food for great amounts of time. According to Joel Fuhrman, M.D., author of Fasting and Eating for Health and several other books, it is best for the eating period to be completed at least three hours before bedtime. Mindy B. Pensig and Anthony C. Mirro During sleep, if one’s body isn’t burdened with digesting food, it can heal and repair one’s cells. As a result, insulin levels will be reduced and that will allow the stored sugar in the fat cells to be released and used as energy, and weight loss will likely occur. Other positive side effects include reduced inflammation and improved immune function. However, there is quite a bit of misinformation circulating concerning the correct way to follow the plan. There is literature that states that people have carte blanche to eat whatever they want, just as long as they keep their eating within that eight-hour window. One article gives a suggested eating window from 1 to 9 p.m. For many people, this is too late in the evening to meet that three hour before bedtime deadline. Certified Holistic Health Nutrition Coaches Mindy B. Pensig and Anthony C. Mirro, who specialize in healthy lifestyles and the attainment of ideal weight, believe a diet rich in good-quality fruits and vegetables and low in processed foods is our best bet for maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle. For a free 15-minute consultation, call 516-935-0354 (office) or 516-513-4000 (mobile), or email See listing in calendar section.


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Preparing for the Worst Flu Season Ever! by Dr. Kristine Blanche I cannot stop telling everyone about the importance of vitamin D! Scientific literature proves it protects us from colds, the flu, breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer. Over the last three years, I have been observing a downward trend in vitamin D levels in my patients. What is even more interesting is that this trend appears to not be linked to the amount of sun exposure. This goes against all we have been taught and seen in clinical practice. If you saw me as a patient three-plus years ago, you probably remember me supplementing you with 2,000 to 3,000 IU (international units) of vitamin D and telling you to get some sun in the summer and go south a few times a year. I began changing this advice three years ago when I noticed vitamin D blood levels dropping and the need for much higher levels of vitamin D overall regardless of sun exposure. My patients are needing upwards of 7,000 to 15,000 IU to get their blood levels up to the therapeutic range of vitamin D 25 OH 80100 ng/dl. The biggest question is why? Why am I seeing the lowest levels of vitamin D in August after a very sunny summer? My theory is pollution. The pollution on the East Coast is changing the ozone layer, thus changing the ability of ultraviolet B (UVB) rays to penetrate our skin. This is not just in the tri-state area; I am seeing this in my patients all the way down to the Florida Keys! Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, so it is important to continuously check your levels. I check my patients’ levels at least two times per year. I know for a fact that this downward trend in vitamin D levels is having a direct effect on the longer flu season and the more severe flu seasons. So, I strongly encourage my patients and their entire family to get their vitamin D level checked and adjust the vitamin D dosage accordingly! Now, what to do if you get the flu? My own son came home from college with the flu the day before Thanksgiving. Surprise, surprise, a 21-year-old young man did not take his annoying mom’s advice, and he woke up the Wednesday before Thanksgiving with full-blown flu! A fever of 102, body aches, headache, runny nose—the works. Within 12 hours, I treated him with a vitamin drip, liter of intravenous hydration, 25,000 vitamin D3 supplementation, elderberry, oscillococcinum, zinc nasal spray, raindrop treatment with essential oils, and thieves throat 12

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spray. After one night’s rest, he woke up ready for turkey Thanksgiving morning feeling 90% better! I doubled my family’s vitamin D dose for three days, and we were completely fine! My famous quote: “If your vitamin D level is therapeutic, a flu patient could cough in your face and you should not get the flu!” This was a prime example of this theory. Please get your vitamin D levels checked by your doctor. This is a crucial piece of data to determine your needed therapeutic vitamin D dosage. Below you will find my instructions on what to do if flu symptoms happen. The sooner you treat your symptoms, the quicker you will heal! I have had more than a dozen patients respond just like my son when treated within 24 hours of symptom onset. Vitamin drips will be available to non-medical patients this year because of the demand in resolving flu symptoms fast. Dr. Blanche’s Flu-Fighting Kit! Prevention: n Vitamin D – 10,000 IU/day for adults; kids based on age and weight. n Zinc – 1/day n Elderberry – 1 tsp/day n Thieves oil – 1-2 drops on bottom of feet. Gargle after brushing with 1-2 drops in water. n Immunokinoko – 750mg 2/day Treat if sick: n Vitamin D – 20,000/day x 3 days. n Elderberry – 1 tsp 3x/day. n Oscillococcinum – as directed on the package. n Viracid – 1-2 capsules/hour 1st 6 hours, then 2 caps/day x 3 days. n Thieves oil – 1-2 drops on bottom of feet. Gargle with 1-2 drops in water 3-4x/day. n Immunokinoko – 750mg 2/pills 2x/day. Acute care in an integrative medical office: n Super immune drip n Hydration bolus n Raindrop oil treatment Dr. Kristine Blanche is the owner and operator of Integrative Healing Center & Spa, with offices in Northport, Belmore, Mineola and New York City. For more information about Dr. Kristine Blanche or the Integrative Healing Center, call 516676-0200, email or visit See ad on page 13.

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Chiropractic and Reducing Stress We certainly live in stressful times. It’s not easy to assess whether our era is the most stressful, but we do have plenty of daily stress. The job, the home, the kids, the relatives, and the economy—all these stresses add up and yet we wonder why we have so many aches and pains. So many ailments are stress-related. Americans are notoriously overweight. Overeating is a stress-coping mechanism. Headaches and backaches are often associated with increased stress. There’s a strong correlation between high blood pressure and stress, ulcers and stress, and even cancer and stress. What can we do? The external stresses in our lives aren’t going away. Our activity-filled lives are busy and complex—there’s always going to be stress. The key is to help avoid or ease the physical effects of stress. Interestingly, chiropractic treatment can be of great assistance in reducing the effects of stress on the body. Gina Marino, DC In general, stress causes muscles to tighten. This is an unconscious reaction. Tight muscles cause a cascade of further muscle tightening, shortening of muscles and ligaments, and a resulting decrease of mobility in joints, particularly shoulder joints, hip joints, and joints of the spine. This overall mechanical effect of stress has a number of additional consequences. All the extra unconscious muscle activity wastes precious nutritional resources and uses up energy needed for critical body functions. Lactic acid accumulates, irritating nerve endings and further increasing muscular tightness. And, importantly, the losses in spinal joint mobility lead directly to increased levels of pain. This, of course, leads to more stress. This vicious circle of stress, muscular tightness, and

pain can be relieved and reduced by chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic therapy is specially designed to improve joint mobility of the spine and pelvis. This gentle, effective treatment gradually restores maximal spinal motion. Muscle tightness is alleviated, metabolic processes begin to return to normal, and nutrients become more available to help maintain healthy functioning. Levels of pain are reduced, and we become better able to withstand the physical effects of stress. Your chiropractor will explain the many benefits of treatment, and will provide instruction in stretching techniques and specific exercises that help maintain the positive results of therapy. There will always be stress. We can learn how to reduce the physical effects of stress, and become stronger, healthier and happier in the process. Take a break! Here are a few quick tips: n Get up out of your chair or leave your workbench and walk over to an open window. Change your point of view. Breathe some fresh air. n Go for a five-minute walk, either in the corridors of your building or outdoors. n Call a friend and chat for five minutes. n Close your eyes, clear your mind, and take an imaginary vacation—relaxing on a warm beach, deep-sea fishing on a beautiful yacht, or skiing down a gorgeous mountain. n Call us for an appointment to de-stress, relax and unwind your spine and nervous system! These short, focused breaks will help reduce muscular tightness and physical stress, and also help your brain recharge so you can be more creative and productive! Source: Center for the Alignment of Body, Mind and Spirit, chiropractor in Wantagh. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516-221-3500 or visit See ad on page 27.

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ciencies. Very common to us all but even more so for women is magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is required by our nerves, muscles and many of the body’s processes. It tends to have a calming effect. ObviWe have been taught many less-than-accuous signs of magnesium deficiency rate things about our body and the way things are muscle pain or twitching, conwork in general. Many of these ideas result in stipation, headaches and difficulty feelings of hopelessness and helplessness, sleeping. Magnesium deficiency is often creating a situation where either sufvery prevalent, as it is primarily found fering or reliance on never-ending usage of in green vegetables. Some might say, medication is necessary. Many complain of the “I eat plenty of vegetables.” But the side effects, which can at best be numbing and question is, “Do you actually digest can actually make our mood much worse. In them?” The most common symptom practice, I find more than 90 percent of mood of poor vegetable digestion is bloatimbalances, including anxiety, arise from functional issues below our noggins. ing or loose stools. It would certainly seem to make sense that our thoughts are Another common created in our mind, but that might not be as straightforward as it deficiency is any of the B appears. Mood and well-being involve a very complex orchestravitamins. Vitamin B1, B6, B9 tion of many of our body’s intricate systems. Take neurotransmitters, and B12 are the most asfor example. Different neurotransmitters and their levels have been sociated with mood imbalshown to have significant impact on what mood state we are in. In fact, ances. B12 in particular is most mood-stabilizing medications are toying with the imbalances pervasively deficient for a of these neurotransmitters, most notably serotonin. But where do our few important and sinister neurotransmitters come from? Most are not made in our nerves or reasons. First, vegetarians Dr. David Pollack brain. The majority are produced by the digestive tract, particularly in and vegans in general have the small intestines. B12 deficiency, as it is not Perhaps it’s gut dysfunction and not nervous disorders that has to do with very present in their food. Those over how we feel. The obvious symptoms of gut disorders are heartburn, reflux, 55 years old, tend to have difficulty GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), indigestion, bloating, gas, loose or absorbing B12 due to changes in hard stools, in/frequency or urgency. Bloating is particularly important betheir digestive tracts and something cause it is often overlooked. Sometimes a chronic cough, sinus congestion, called pernicious anemia, a common lump in the throat or post nasal drip are signs of digestive problems. At times, auto-immune issue that prevents anxiety itself is the only outward sign of a gut issue. people from absorbing B12. Besides Also contained in our gut is the far majority of our immune system. Immaking us feel anxious, B12 defimunity has a huge impact on our mood and especially anxiety. What is that ciency causes wide-ranging issues, connection many ask? There are a few different mechanisms. First, immune including low energy and a type of response involves inflammation. Inflammation can be obvious, such as back, anemia. neck or joint pain, or subtle, such as background chronic inflammation from The last and “sinister” reason an unknown source. Obviously, it’s pretty difficult to feel happy when we are for B12 and even B9 deficiency is a hurting, but imagine that a subtle discomfort and mild swelling were pervasive common genetic disorder affecting throughout our body (this is chronic or systemic inflammation, and it is very 40 to 60 percent of the U.S. popucommon). How would we feel? Uneasy, aggravated and anxious. lation. The gene involved is called Our immune response is closely related to another response from a difMTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate ferent system. When we have inflammation, our body increases the hormone reductase). The problem is it affects a cortisol to help control and reverse it. Cortisol is related to the medication corprocess called methylation. Most aftisone or prednisone. Many feel very uncomfortable and have mood imbalancfected by the methylation issue is B12 es when on these medications. That feeling can be had and compounded with and B9. This gene can be tested for in long-term high cortisol levels. Cortisol is also commonly known as a stress blood work and requires supplemenhormone because it increases with stress; this just adds to our discomfort. tation of methylated B vitamins. Another common and subtle reason for anxiety is chronic nutrient defi Lastly and just as common is so-

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called “vitamin D” deficiency. I hate the name vitamin D. We have all been taught it is a vitamin made in our body by the sun. And while some sunlight .is required, more than 90 percent of the U.S. population is deficient in vitamin D. Many of those people work in the sun for a living or reside in sunsoaked states, like Florida, California and Texas. A vitamin by its original definition is a substance required for life that is not made either partially or entirely within the body. Vitamin D is entirely made in the body with just the tiniest pinch of sunlight. Vitamin D is not a vitamin, it is a hormone. There, I said it. And that’s why it has so many powerful effects and functions. Medical deficiency of vitamin D is often considered below 30. The normal range is often expressed as 30 to 100! That’s a huge range. Do you think if your level is 31, you will feel the same as if it were 70-plus? Most functional medicine practitioners believe a minimum vitamin D level is 50, with optimal ranges exceeding 70. There are many real organic reasons for us to have anxiety, which is completely reversible and not all in our head. It just takes a little work to find out what is out of balance and how to create an appropriate comprehensive strategy to take control of our health. 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 page 2.


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Silver Nitrate, the Next and More Effective Treatment for Tooth Decay A new method of treating tooth decay using silver nitrate may make the pain and expense of traditional treatments obsolete. There’s long been a big push to promote better dental health through fluoridation and telling people to eat less Jonathan Richter, DDS sugary foods. Despite those efforts, tooth decay remains a major public health issue. In fact, it’s the most common chronic childhood disease, and 90 percent of all adults have cavities! As many of us know, traditional treatments can often be painful, but a new pain-free, low-cost dental treatment could help. According to a PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) investigative report, the use of silver nitrate—a liquid antimicrobial medical treatment—has led to some big changes in the way some tooth decay is being treated. Dr. Frank Mendoza, a pediatric dentist on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Central Oregon, began using silver nitrate in 2013. “In 35 years,” he says, “I have not seen anything that works as well.” Silver has been recorded in history for its medicinal use for millennia. Herodotus, the Father of History, accounts that no Persian king, including Cirrus, would drink water that was not transported in silver containers, which kept the water fresh for years. The silver kills bacteria and stops new bacteria from growing. The fluoride re-mineralizes, or hardens, what’s left. That hardened material can then be used to bond or stick to that filling. The treatment is for cavities that haven’t reached the pulp of the tooth. The silver treatment when used before deep decay has helped stop further aggressive decay. In many instances, this keeps patients from having to undergo more invasive dental and surgical procedures.

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The formula called silver diammine fluoride (SDF) was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration last year for reducing sensitivities in teeth, but its so-called off-label use for stopping cavities is now its main use. One of those on the front lines of SDF research is Dr. Jeremy Horst, a pediatric dentist and a post-doc fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He and his colleagues are studying the structural and chemical changes in teeth before and after they have been treated with silver products. “We completed a short-term study,” says Horst, “which blew our minds. It didn’t look like the bacteria changed very much at all. There were just dramatically less of them. So, it decreased the infection dramatically.” UCSF is teaching both pediatric and general dentistry students about SDF, but it’s not universally taught or practiced around the country yet. Later this year, the American Dental Association plans to release a clinical practice guideline on all nonsurgical approaches to cavities, including SDF.


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According to researchers, each airline passenger produces about three pounds of trash per flight, from disposable headphones and plastic cutlery to food scraps and toilet waste. To increase mindfulness about the trash, British design firm PriestmanGoode has refashioned the economy meal tray, replacing plastic with renewable materials such as coffee grounds, banana leaves and coconut wood. Associate Strategy Director Jo Rowan says, “Onboard waste is a big issue. Knowing that you have 4 billion passengers per year, it all adds up very quickly.” The redesigned items are featured in an exhibit, “Get Onboard: Reduce.Reuse.Rethink.” at the Design Museum, in London. The biggest environmental issue with air travel is carbon emissions, which are growing at a faster rate than previously projected. But as air travel becomes increasingly accessible and more people fly, airlines have been making public pledges to curb their environmental footprint, including the plastic forks and leftovers their passengers leave behind.

A collection of 18 papers published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco indicates that climate risks may cause home values to fall significantly; banks to stop lending to flood-prone communities; and towns to lose tax money needed to build seawalls and other protections. One recommendation is for regulators to penalize banks that lend money in areas that have been hit by disasters, yet have not taken steps to protect themselves against similar future disasters. Banks could also be rewarded by regulators for financing projects that leave communities less vulnerable to flooding or other hazards. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell wrote that the Fed takes “severe weather events” into account in its role as a financial supervisor. The San Francisco branch of the Federal Reserve, responsible for banking oversight across a major swath of the American West, wrote in March that volatility related to climate change has become “increasingly relevant” as a consideration for the central bank.

Uncowed by a Hurricane Cattle Survive Churning Sea

Three cows turned up at Cape Lookout National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina months after being swept out to sea by Hurricane Dorian. Local resident Paula D. O’Mally wrote on social media, “The cows are wild and have survived for decades without human intervention. They’re pretty tough that way.” A massive wave swept away nearly all 20 of the cows and 28 wild horses that were on private land on Cedar Island. The cows’ caretaker has identified them, and a group is formulating a plan to get the cattle back home. The rest, and all of the horses, are believed to have perished in the storm. 20

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Is Prolo-Ozone Therapy the Answer? From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City… Do you have HPV infection? According the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are 40 or more types of HPV that can infect the genital areas of men and women, as well as the throat and mouth! HPV may cause serious health problems, including genital warts and certain cancers. Most people that become infected with HPV don’t even know they have it!

• Genital warts can be removed by doctors using acid or liquid nitrogen. • Cervical cancer is most treatable when it is diagnosed and treated early. Here surgical scraping or cryosurgery (freezing) is typically used, unfortunately far too often with re-occurrence.

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So how do you get HPV? Anyone that is having or has ever had sex can get HPV. The CDC says that this is true even for people who only have sex with one person in their lifetime! HPV is passed on through genital contact, usually during vaginal and anal sex. What most people don’t know is that HPV may also be passed on during oral sex. Most important to note is that a pregnant woman with genital HPV can pass the HPV on to her baby during delivery.

What are the risks from HPV? While some infections “may go away,” unfortunately, sometimes, HPV infections can and will persist and may cause a variety of very significant and serious health problems. Health problems that can be caused by HPV include: • Pain • Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) • Cervical cancer • Other rare but serious cancers, including genital cancers and a type of head and neck cancer called oropharyngeal cancer, which is in the back of the throat and may extend to the base of the tongue and tonsils.

Is there a test for HPV, and how is it treated? HPV tests are available to help screen women age 30 years and older for cervical cancer. These HPV tests are not used to screen men, children or women less than age 30. There is no approved HPV test to detect HPV in the mouth or throat.

• RRP can be treated with surgery or medicines. Curing RRP often requires many treatments or surgeries over a period of years.

What can be done if the normal treatment fails? There is a safe and proven effective treatment that has been used in Europe for many years and now available here called direct intravenous ozone therapy. This treatment destroys the virus wherever it is living, genitally and/or orally, outside and/or inside the body. Simply, it is the only treatment that does this and with no pain at all! What happens is medical-grade oxygen and ozone gas is safely and painlessly injected by trained professionals into a vein (you can’t get an embolus from oxygen, only from nitrogen gas found in air). The extra “O” in the ozone molecule acts like a “glue,” stealing an electron from anything in our body that it can latch onto. Healthy cells in our body contain natural antioxidants that protect them against damage or destruction. Only pathogens, like HPV, are destroyed anywhere they are living. In addition, organic ozonized oils are used either externally and/or internally to safely and painlessly assist and speed up the eradication of this horrible infection. So, please don’t wait any longer! It’s absolutely possible to completely eliminate HPV from your body. To learn more about medical ozone therapy, visit OzoneUniversity. com or buy a copy of Ozone Therapy: The Miracle Medicine, available at, which has testimonials on its benefits and effectiveness. If you have any questions or wish to set up a consultation, feel free to call my office, 212-581-0101, to discuss your problem and see if this wonderful treatment is right for you. See ad on inside back cover.


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The International Energy Agency predicts that renewable energy will surpass coal as the world’s leading source of electricity by 2030. Its 810-page annual World Energy Outlook also notes that even though offshore wind farms, solar installations and battery-powered cars keep getting cheaper, they aren’t progressing fast enough to slash global greenhouse gas emissions and bring global warming under control because the world’s appetite for energy keeps surging. Bright spots include large, offshore European turbines that can harvest the stronger and steadier winds over the ocean; electric car factories in China; and new building codes and fuel economy standards. Africa currently poses about 40 percent of the world’s potential for solar energy, but has less than 1 percent of the world’s solar panels.

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Microplastics Found in Brand-New Sand

A Hawaiian beach that was formed by lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano in 2018 is already littered with invisible pieces of tiny plastic. The black sand beach named Pohoiki, which stretches for 1,000 feet on Hawaii’s Big Island, was created from shards of hot lava coming in contact with seawater, and looks pristine. Nic Vanderzyl, a University of Hawaii at Hilo student, saw the new beach as an opportunity to study sediment that was perhaps untouched by human influence, and discovered 21 bits of microplastics per 50 grams of sand on average. The microplastics were smaller than five millimeters and rarely larger than a grain of sand. Most of them, he says, were microfibers, the hair-thin threads shed from common synthetic textiles like polyester and nylon. This invisible plastic has washed ashore on some of the world’s most remote beaches, uninhabited by humans. It’s still unclear how it will affect marine ecosystems, but scientists think it may have dangerous consequences for wildlife and human health. 22

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Rethinking Rice

Farmers Respond to Climate Change

Growing up in Gambia, Nfamara Badjie’s parents taught him it’s much healthier to eat food they grew rather than food bought in a store. Badjie, a well-known drummer who moved to the U.S. in 2005, bought a plot of marshy land in Ulster Park, New York, two hours north of New York City, and is learning how to adapt the rice-growing practices of his West African ethnic group, the Jola, to East Coast climates. Agronomists hope the innovative operation, Ever-Growing Family Farm, can provide a blueprint for other area farmers to introduce new crops due to the threat of climate change. Erika Styger, an agronomist from nearby Cornell University, says, “We can reinvent agriculture even today, and if we have that mindset, there is a lot that can be done. We shouldn’t get stuck in how we have done things, and we need to adapt to climate change.”


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Scientists warn that as the Earth gets hotter, sea turtle hatchlings worldwide are expected to trend dangerously female. The West African island of Cape Verde is home to a sixth of the planet’s total nesting loggerheads, and 84 percent of youngsters are now female, researchers from Britain’s University of Exeter stated in a July report. “Males here could vanish in two or three decades,” says Adolfo Marco, a Spanish researcher. “There will be no reproduction.” Sea turtle eggs that incubate in sand below 81.86 degrees Fahrenheit produce males, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, while nests in the mid-80s create a gender mix. Temperatures higher than 87.8 degrees effect 100 percent females. In Cape Verde, the sand temperature has risen about 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1964. Populations in Florida and Australia are also showing dramatic sex imbalances, casting the shadow of extinction over the ancient species. Sea turtles can live for 100 years and lay more than 1,000 eggs. They are polyamorous, and one male can fertilize dozens of females.

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The Bottom Line on Eco-Friendly Baby Care Taking care of newborn babies in an eco-friendly way can have a significant impact on both our environment and the little ones’ health. reports that disposable diapers, made from a blend of plastic and wood pulp and often encased in additional plastic, remain for an estimated 200 to 500 years. A baby uses between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers before being potty-trained, generating 18 billion diapers annually in the U.S. alone. Further, a recent study by the French agency in charge of food, environmental and occupational health and safety says disposable diapers have been linked to allergic skin reactions and difficulties with potty-training because kids can’t detect as easily when they’re wet. It’s also cheaper to go cloth instead of the disposable route. Consumer Reports estimates parents spend $1,500 to $2,000 for disposable diapers before their child no longer needs them. attests that the most affordable cloth option—prefolds plus covers—can cost as little as $243 over 2.5 years, which includes washing and drying expenses.

Tips for washing cloth diapers at AllAboutClothDiapers. com include using a prerinse/wash that “agitates, spins and drains” (and to do a longer wash cycle if they aren’t getting clean), using the longest available hot wash cycle and an appropriate amount of water for the load size because “too much water, they are just ‘going for a swim’; too little water and they won’t be able to move, and therefore won’t get clean.” The Beginner’s Guide section of provides advice on choosing from different types of new cloth diapers and covers, which are better for overnight use, what to do about leaks and how many diapers new parents might need to get started. It includes a chart comparing the pros and cons, average cost and some of the most popular, current brands, covering pre-fold, fitted cloth, snap-in/ all-in-two/pop-in, pocket and all-in-one cloth diapers. The nonprofit Real Diapers Association (RealDiapers. org) organizes local advocates and activists for cloth diapers via a member-supported resource center that plans campaigns, trains organizers, distributes educational information and supports local groups. Local Real Diaper Circles involve users with knowledge and tips to make cloth diapering more accessible and acceptable to parents.

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We know caloric restriction extends life. But no one wants to do it, because it’s no fun. ~Lori Taylor

In their search for secrets to longevity, investigators often look for lifestyle clues provided by long-lived populations. Those residing in what National Geographic Fellow and bestselling author Dan Buettner calls “Blue Zones”, for example, are more likely to celebrate their 100th birthday and escape chronic maladies such as heart disease and cancer—the two biggest killers in the U.S. Buettner has identified the “Power 9” lifestyle habits commonly practiced by centenarians living in the five designated Blue Zones—Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; and the Seventh Day Adventist community in Loma Linda, California.

LIVING LONG & WELL Age-Defying Habits and the Fountain of Youth by Melinda Hemmelgarn


t age 29, Betty Holston Smith, of Rockville, Maryland, weighed more than 200 pounds, smoked cigarettes and ate processed junk food. Now, almost 79 years young, she is a vegan ultra-marathon runner and an inspiration to anyone wanting to age well. Smith’s story underscores the findings of researchers that have long pursued the keys to a long and healthy life. Some of these factors—heredity, for instance—are beyond our control. However, the most critical ingredient seems to be our daily habits. Although we’ve all likely heard or read about someone that lived into their 90s, ate bacon, drank whiskey and smoked a pack a day, these individuals are outliers: In truth, longevity is determined by a combination of genes, environment, lifestyle choices and luck. 24

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For example, some individuals may be born with genes that confer longevity, but be unlucky due to where they live. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that life expectancy varies by zip code. That’s because where we live influences how we live, predicting access to healthful food, clean air and water, safe neighborhoods and stress-relieving green spaces such as parks and gardens. Genes are important, but our social and physical environments play a greater role in predicting our “healthspan” —the essence of a long and healthy life. According to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, even our first environment—the womb—can spawn diseases later in life if pregnant women are exposed to air pollutants, pesticides and the toxic stress of poverty.

Regardless of genetics, the following behaviors can help anyone slow the aging process and improve quality of life: n Eat a plant-based diet. n Stop eating when 80 percent full. n Practice stress reduction techniques. n Find a sense of purpose. n Engage in physical activity throughout the day. n Consume moderate amounts of alcohol with food and friends. n Join a faith community, regardless of denomination. n Belong to a social network that engages in healthy behaviors. n Share love and time with children, parents and partners.

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Tom LaFontaine, Ph.D., a clinical exercise physiologist based in Columbia, Missouri, says, “Mounting evidence shows that engaging in regular aerobic and strength exercise offers robust defenses against life-threatening diseases such as heart disease and several cancers.” One important marker of longterm health, particularly among women, notes LaFontaine, is bone mineral density (BMD). After menopause, BMD decreases in women and can lead to osteopenia—low BMD—and osteoporosis—pathological loss of BMD. “Women with osteoporosis are particularly at risk for fractures, especially of the hip, which can lead to a reduced lifespan.” LaFontaine recommends weightbearing exercises such as walking, jogging and high-intensity weight training to significantly improve BMD; and he’s proven that it works. “In 2012, we started a program called Older Women on Weights (OWOW), in which 40 post-menopausal women with an average age in the low 60s train with heavy weights. Some even participate in weightlifting competitions.” “We have observed women in this group move from osteopenia to normal BMD and from osteoporosis to osteopenia based on pre- and post-bone density

Finding Inspiration

Studies in centenarians have suggested that people who live long and in good health have a regular lifestyle. They spend time in community, eat meals and go to bed at regular times, in sync with circadian rhythms. ~Eve Van Cauter DXA scans,” he says. What’s more, the women in LaFontaine’s program have formed new friendships, benefitting from a strong network of social support.

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Smith, the septuagenarian marathoner, was inspired to make a change nearly 50 years ago when her 3-year-old daughter teased, “You can’t catch me!” during an innocent game of tag. She knew she had to make a change. She tried diet pills, fad diets and other quick fixes, but realized they were worthless. However, each evening Smith tuned in to Gabe Mirkin, a physician who hosted a national radio program about health and fitness. Following his advice, Smith began eating a diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and says today she doesn’t want to put anything in her body that interferes with her lifestyle. She outlines the steps to her transformation in the book, Lifestyle by Nature: One Woman’s Break from the Unhealthy Herd to Roam Forever Healthy in Nature’s Lifestyle Change Herd. The first step—finding internal strength—is the most important, she says. “Most people have something in their lives they can point to for strength.” In addition to running 60 to 100 miles each week, Smith practices tai chi, meditates and enjoys camaraderie with her running mates. She also has an upbeat attitude, believing in the importance of passion, perseverance and “taking negative experiences and making them positive.” According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network, this spirit of optimism is protective against heart disease and other causes of death.

Eating Well, but Not Too Much

Food is a major contributor to both quality of life and life extension. Global and national recommendations to eat more fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and omega-3 fatty acids, while decreasing added sugars and sodium, all help reduce our risk for life-shortening diseases. The plant-based Mediterranean diet consistently rises to the top for its health-fortifying benefits. However, in contrast to our Western culture’s practice of eating until belt-busting full, Blue Zone Okinawans practice hara hachi bu—eating until one is no longer hungry, but stopping before feeling full. “We know caloric restriction extends January 2020


diet, with its abundance of protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as vitamins C and E, polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids, help prevent age-associated telomere shortening.

The Sleep Connection

Michael Grandner, Ph.D., director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, says Americans tend to see sleep as unproductive time, but it’s a “biological requirement for life.” In fact, it is one of the three pillars of health, along with good nutrition and

exercise, says Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D., former director of the Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center at the University of Chicago. “Studies in centenarians have suggested that people who live long and in good health have a regular lifestyle. They spend time in community, eat meals and go to bed at regular times, in sync with circadian rhythms.” No matter how long we live, we want to make the most of our time on Earth. Beyond diet and exercise, finding our personal passion, reducing stress and spending time in nature and with those we love can add years to our lives. Despite our virtual social networks, real human connection is vital for physical and mental health. According to a report in the journal Heart, loneliness is as dangerous as smoking for heart disease and stroke risk. So volunteer, join a club, sign up for a community garden plot, yoga or dance class, or host regular potlucks or game nights—these just might be among the best prescriptions for staying young. Melinda Hemmelgarn, the “Food Sleuth,” is an award-winning registered dietitian, writer and nationally syndicated radio show host based in Columbia, MO. Reach her at

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educing stress, sleeping enough, exercising and getting sunlight are all known strategies for improving the body’s ability to protect itself from harm. However, the most important factor in building a rock-star immune system is nutrition. Here is a guide to the care and feeding of the inner fortifications that fight off disease, supporting long-term wellness.

Ground Zero: The Gut

About 70 percent of the immune system resides in the gastrointestinal tract—home to a microbiome that contains trillions of bacteria. It works as a complex ecosystem in which the good bacteria prevent the bad bacteria from taking hold and causing illness or disease. Eating plants promotes the robust growth of that good bacteria. “The GI microbiome evolved closely with our immune systems and under the influence of the plants our ancestors ingested,” says Holly Poole-Kavana, who practices herbal medicine in Washington, D.C. Yet about 90 percent of Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The consequent weakening of the microbiome is a double-edged sword, because the processed foods Americans commonly consume promote the growth of harmful microbes. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans indicates that added sugars, saturated fats and sodium eaten by most Americans are far above recommended amounts. This tipping of the scales causes weight gain, toxin buildup and immune system dysfunction.

What Not to Eat

Plants and grains on grocery shelves today are typically processed into bread, cereal, pasta, desserts and snacks, abundant in added sugars, salt, detrimental fats and chemical additives. These altered foods slam the gut’s immune protection and increase the risk of chronic disease. A Czech Republic study on food additives found that gut microbes 28

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that fought inflammation were harmed by additives. According to the research, “Permanent exposure of human gut microbiota to even low levels of additives may modify the composition and function of gut microbiota, and thus influence the host’s immune system.” And of course, be wary of sugars. Anything that turns into sugar in the system—think carbs like refined bread products and pasta, not just sweets—is an immune-depressing culprit, says Heather Tynan, a naturopathic doctor at Evergreen Naturopathic, in San Diego. “The level of germ-fighting activity your immune system is able to maintain after a sugary meal decreases for a number of hours.” Saturated fats also alter immune cells, disrupting their functions and triggering inflammation. Getting away from processed food cravings can be a challenge, because the foods provide a temporary energy boost. Dorothy Calimeris, of Oakland, California, a certified health coach and author of three anti-inflammatory cookbooks, suggests that cravings mean the body needs something, but it may be rest or water. “By focusing on eating higher-quality nutrients, we can limit and eventually eliminate the cravings.”

Eat the Rainbow

Fruits and vegetables get their colors from phytochemicals, which provide the human microbiome with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that keep the gut healthy and help the immune system combat cellular damage. National guidelines suggest Americans eat 10 servings of plants a day, ideally two each from the green, red, white, purple/blue and orange/yellow categories. But data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys show that eight out of 10 people in the U.S. don’t get enough of any color category. “A good strategy is to add one new vegetable a week to your grocery cart,” suggests Canadian nutritionist Lisa Richards, founder of “Blending fruits and vegetables into shakes or smoothies is also an effective way to eat the rainbow for those who are busy.” Whatever goes into the grocery cart should be certified organic, the only sure way to avoid ubiquitous genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food chain, which animal studies have linked to immune system damage. Herbs are also helpful to boost the body’s inherent ability to protect itself. Poole-Kavana points to medicinal herbs like astragalus and reishi mushroom, which support immunity and balance gut bacteria; antimicrobial herbs like garlic, thyme and oregano; and elderberry, an anti-inflammatory fruit that boosts the body’s ability to identify and eliminate viruses and bacteria. “The single greatest thing anyone can do for their health is to eat whole foods, including organic vegetables, fruits, high-quality proteins, whole grains and healthy fats,” says Calimeris. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin and can be reached at


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Add the cauliflower, garlic, ginger, turmeric, salt, pepper and cumin, and sauté to lightly toast the spices, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil.

In a Dutch oven, heat the oil over high heat.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes.

Add the carrots, Brussels sprouts, turnip and garlic, and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.

Using an immersion blender, purée the soup in the pot until smooth.

Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes.

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Stir in the coconut milk and cilantro, heat through, and serve. Total cooking time is about 15 minutes. Excerpted from the book The Complete Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Beginners: A No-Stress Meal Plan with Easy Recipes to Heal the Immune System, by Dorothy Calimeris and Lulu Cook.

Lentil Stew Creamy Turmeric Cauliflower Soup Turmeric is the darling of the anti-inflammatory spices. For best absorption, it should be combined with pepper. This soup gets its creamy texture from coconut milk, but other nondairy milk can be used instead.

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Yields: 4 servings 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil 1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced 3 cups cauliflower florets 1 garlic clove, peeled 1¼-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 1½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ tsp ground cumin 3 cups vegetable broth 1 cup full-fat coconut milk ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro In a large pot, heat the oil over high heat. Add the leek, and sauté until it just begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.

Most stews take hours to cook, but this restorative dish, perfect for dinner or lunch, cooks up in a hurry. The plant-based recipe takes advantage of canned lentils and is loaded with nutritious, anti-inflammatory power foods. Yields: 4 to 6 servings 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, chopped 3 carrots, peeled and sliced 8 Brussels sprouts, halved 1 large turnip, peeled, quartered and sliced 1 garlic clove, sliced 6 cups vegetable broth 1 (15-oz) can lentils, drained and rinsed 1 cup frozen corn 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes.

Add the lentils, corn, salt, pepper and parsley, and cook for an additional minute to heat the lentils and corn. Total cooking time is about 15 minutes. Serve hot. Another tip: This soup is as versatile as it is simple. Feel free to use any kinds of beans or vegetables you have—it’s a great way to use up leftover vegetables at the end of the week. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for a week, or in the freezer for longer. Nutritional information per serving (4 portions): calories: 240; total fat: 4g; total carbohydrates: 42g; sugar: 11g; fiber: 12g; protein: 10g; sodium: 870mg Excerpted from the book The Anti-Inflammatory Diet One-Pot Cookbook: 100 Easy All-in-One Meals, by Dorothy Calimeris and Ana Reisdorf. Also visit

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’m a volunteer trail supervisor for the New York–New Jersey Trail Conference. Now in its 99th year, the Trail Conference has more than 2,000 volunteers and maintains over 2,150 miles of public trails in the New York–New Jersey metropolitan area. When I became a supervisor two years ago, one of the first things I noticed was that I was among the youngest people in our regional meetings. I was 61 at the time. Another thing I noticed was how quickly I made new friends there. I began hiking with other people more frequently. These new friends and I shared many qualities: a love of nature and the outdoors; the need to give back; and the endurance to go out on a trail maintenance hike carrying, in addition to the usual knapsack and water, tools like saws, pruners, clippers, crowbars and hammers. As the volunteer engagement manager for the Trail Conference, Kendra Baumer attends multiple meetings per month with numerous trail supervisors, and she can at32

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test to the unique energy of this community. “I’ve been at several volunteer meetings where I’ve heard it said, ‘Hiking and working on trails must be the elixir of life— just look around the room!’” she told me. Kendra also reminded me about Robert Ward, who received the Trail Conference’s dedicated service award last spring, at the age of 91. Robert served the Trail Conference since 1950 in a variety of roles, including trail supervisor and Queens Trails Council chair. He retired in November, after 69 years of service.

Some Members of the Over-80 Club

My first call after deciding to write this article was to Roland Breault, a volunteer from my territory. Roland is 87 and attributes his health and happiness to his time spent hiking and in nature. “I started hiking in my early 60s, when I retired,” he said. “I currently hike three days a week for about three hours a day and still

do some unofficial trail maintenance. The trails and nature are my savior and spirituality. I feel the presence of God when I’m out in the mountains. I don’t take medication, and I know that all the oxygen and movement keeps me young and active. Plus I am sustained by the people I run into on the trails.” Bob Ross joined the Trail Conference more than 50 years ago, when he stumbled across its office on Madison Avenue. Lots of hiking followed. When his wife, Janet, developed an inoperable brain tumor, Bob became her sole caregiver—a commitment he kept for the next 34 years. He offers three bits of advice for anyone in the trenches like he was: Take care of yourself first, get a dog to break the tension, and maintain a trail. His choice was the Orange Trail, part of the High Mountain system in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, which was only 2 miles from his home. This way he could get back if Janet needed him. After Janet died, Bob discovered the joys of fundraising at the Trail Conference and elsewhere, and he expanded his trail maintenance to include the Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve. At 83, Bob reports that he feels fantastic—he walks 5 to 10 miles a day, now primarily on New York City streets. After 25 years of annual checkups, his doctor continues to give him a clean bill of health, with less than a 2% risk of death from heart disease over the next five years. In concluding, I should add that after I put out the request for stories about hiking and longevity, I received replies from a number of people in their early to late 70s offering their stories. “I’m sorry,” I had to tell them, “but I can’t include you in this article. You’re simply too young.” Happy trails! Roger Dubin is marketing director for Natural Awakenings. Contact him at or on Instagram @MrNaturalNYC. To learn more about the New York–New Jersey Trail Conference, visit

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Today’s educators believe hands-on learning will prepare Generation Z and those that follow to look for solutions and even seek active roles to implement them. Aaron Baker, a Sussex, New Jersey, advanced placement environmental science instructor and a two-time winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Presidential Innovation Award, says the key to getting through to the next generation is showing them a problem that’s close to home that they can touch and feel, and then relating it to a global issue. “A major part of my philosophy for environmental education is to try to engage students in environmental issues in our own community,” Baker says. “We collaborate with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to restore riparian areas and increase biological diversity.” The high school students have planted more than 750 trees in the last three years along the creek that runs right below their school. “This type of hands-on work not only has a direct relationship to their lives here in Sussex County, but is also relevant to similar issues on a global scale.”

The 30-year-old National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) no longer sends speakers to schools. Instead, it encourages teachers to get the students outside working with partners like the National Park Service or the U.S. Forest Service to learn about real world problems near their homes, says Robert Sendrey, program director of environmental education. Motivation and inspiration are key, he says. “We were created to help make the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant and more connected to the average American’s life.” Rather than focusing on the negative aspects of climate change and the challenges ahead, NEEF promotes a healthy lifestyle and emphasizes the need for clean air and water. “We emphasize the well-being of people, which is directly related to the health of the environment,” Sendrey says. Success starts with a change in attitude and awareness, and ultimately needs to culminate with action, he says. For example, NEEF teamed up with zoos and aquariums for the Skip the Straw

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Mansour works with a naturopath that analyzes her clients’ cortisol and other hormone levels. “One of the first things we focus on is helping the body move into the parasympathetic nervous system and out of the fight-or-flight stress response. One way we do this is by shifting into more relaxed workouts—gentle yoga, beginners’ Pilates class, light cardio or light strength training.” Fitness expert Beth Shaw chose a zealous approach in her own exercise regimen until high cortisol levels unraveled her health. The founder of YogaFit, a yoga teacher training program headquartered in Toronto, she emphasizes moderation. “The key is to not overtrain and to do just enough to adequately stimulate the system.” She recommends 30-to 45-minute cardio sessions and no longer than 45 minutes for weights. “Endorphin release from these two types of exercises should offset any release in cortisol.” When we exercise may be as important to achieving weight loss and enhancing overall energy as the type of workout we choose, a factor based on circadian rhythm—the body’s biological clock. There are some schools of thought that cortisol is higher in the morning, and therefore this is the best time to exercise, says Mansour, while others believe we should target the mid-afternoon slump. “I advise my clients to pick a time that simply feels good to them.”

xercise is a proven component in losing weight and Mixing It Up preventing cardiovascular disease and The key is to not Hopping on a bike, going for a brisk walk or catchdiabetes, but not all exercise regimens overtrain and to ing the waves on a surfboard can provide a great yield the same results for everyone, especially low-intensity, steady-state (LISS) cardiovascular when daily stress is a factor. While workouts are do just enough to often intended to reduce the body’s physiologiadequately stimulate workout, which aims for a low level of exertion for a long, continuous period. Repetitive motion for 30 to cal response to mental and emotional stress, the system. 45 minutes not only helps to balance cortisol levels, exercise itself can serve as a physical stressor that but according to a 2014 Australian study published exacerbates the problem. This delicate balance ~Beth Shaw in the Journal of Obesity, it evens out fat distribution revolves around the stress hormone cortisol. in overweight individuals. LISS also nudges the body to use fat as fuel, While cortisol is needed to kickstart metabolism and burn rather than taking valuable glycogen from the muscles. fat, too much of it can increase the body’s fat stores. Stephanie Yoga and Pilates classes, though distinctly different, offer Mansour, host of Step It Up With Steph, a weekly TV fitness valuable benefits. “If cortisol backlash is an issue, you definitely program in Chicago, sees this correlation in her private practice want to work with someone who knows the anatomy and physiolfor women. “Aggressive workouts definitely perpetuate stress, ogy of breathing,” says Tori Brown, owner of The Pilates Room and aren’t always necessary for weight loss. If one of my clients & Antigravity Studio, in Ithaca, New York. “By learning proper is stressed-out, sleep-deprived, overworked and doing intense breathing techniques, practitioners are able to downregulate the workouts but not seeing weight-loss results, that’s a signal that nervous system into a more parasympathetic state, which leads cortisol is potentially too high and needs to be addressed.” to better focus, lower heart rate, better digestion, more optimal Fat-burning, high-intensity interval training (HIIT)—bursts cortisol levels and improved sleep patterns. All of this leads to of exercise with minimal periods of rest in between—raises levels more focused workouts that build muscle while creating less stress of cortisol. These tend to decrease after a workout, but can remain on the nervous system.” on overdrive if HIIT is not balanced with low-intensity move Mansour suggests simple walking for stress-busting alternament. Add jam-packed schedules to the mix, and the side effects of chronically elevated cortisol result not only in longer recovery time, tive cardio. “Brisk walking three times a week for 20 to 30 minutes is great to help reduce stress.” but insomnia, fatigue, low immunity and failure to lose weight, especially around the midsection—a phenomenon that has earned Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at cortisol the nickname “the belly fat hormone”. Balancing HIIT with yoga, Pilates, elliptical training, swim36

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s dogs and cats get older, they may slow down or have other physical issues. Some experience cognitive decline which resembles Alzheimer’s disease in humans. It presents differently in every pet and can include numerous symptoms that begin gradually, sometimes just seeming like quirky behavior instead of a disease. Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) can affect dogs or cats, and there is currently no known cause or prevention. Progress has been made on Alzheimer’s research in humans, with neurologists discovering that plaque buildup in the brain does not cause the disease: That is the immune system’s response to the disease. Necropsies on dogs with CDS have shown similar plaque buildup in the brain. “Unfortunately, little research has been done regarding this condition, so we can only hope to use human studies to gather information that will help our affected pets,” says Dennis W. Thomas, DVM, a holistic veterinarian in Spokane, Washington, and author of Whole-Pet Healing: A Heart-to-Heart Guide to Connecting with and Caring for Your Animal Companion.

With no test available for CDS, pets are diagnosed by excluding medical and behavioral problems that can resemble having the ailment.

Signs to Watch For

Issues that could point to CDS include: n Confusion or disorientation: standing in a corner, difficulty walking through doorways, walking in circles or trouble following familiar routes n Decreased activity: sleeping excessively, seeming withdrawn, lack of grooming, loss of interest in toys, people or food n Restlessness, anxiety or compulsiveness: waking often at night, whining or yowling, new fears, pacing or constantly licking n Attention seeking: wanting to be near humans and showing high distress when left alone n Incontinence: soiling the house after previously being house-trained n Irritability or aggression: growling/ hissing or biting without cause These troubles could also be indicative of a treatable condition, such as a

urinary tract infection or an injury, so it’s essential to have the pet examined.

Caring for the Patient While CDS will continue to alter brain and nerve function, there is some hope for pet lovers faced with the diagnosis in the early stages. Thomas recommends a natural approach that includes diet modification, filtered water, vitamin and herbal supplements, and eliminating stress. Diffusing calming essential oils can be helpful for dogs (and humans), but is not recommended for cats. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM, a veterinarian at Metro Paws Animal Hospital, in Dallas, also recommends dietary changes to her patients. “Recent studies have shown that medium-chain triglycerides may be helpful, and they are in some senior pet foods. Supplementation of melatonin may help with sleep-wake cycles.” Anxiety often becomes part of the animal’s new normal, but pet parents can help cats and dogs with this by keeping them as active as possible, introducing new toys and interacting. “Keep your dog’s mind active by providing games and opportunities for play.

Keep your dog’s mind active by providing games and opportunities for play. Daily walks provide not only exercise, but also mental stimulation. ~Lisa Lunghofer Daily walks provide not only exercise, but also mental stimulation,” says Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D., executive director of The Grey Muzzle Organization, in Washington, D.C. Pets with anxiety or pain may benefit from cannabidiol (CBD) products. Clarissa Valdes, a homemaker in Homestead, Florida, has a 15-year-old cat with CDS. Minini would wander around in the house, looking lost. Then, the all-night howling sessions began. “We started to worry that she was in pain,” says Valdes. However, a veterinarian diagnosed CDS. “The vet suggested medication, but I wanted to go in a natural direction,” says Valdes, who started Minini on CBD oil. The cat finally slept through the night. A month in, Minini is doing better overall.

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With time, CDS patients may lose hearing or sight in addition to experiencing a progression of symptoms. “Make sure your home is predictable and safe,” says Lunghofer. Use gates to close off stairs or move furniture or other items that could be hazardous.

Prevention on the Horizon

Because inflammation caused by an inappropriate diet is the underlying problem of most chronic diseases in pets, Thomas believes that prevention for CDS is possible. “Feeding a non-inflammatory, speciesspecific, balanced diet that is fresh and not heat-processed is critical,” he says. In addition, he advises his patients get probiotics, digestive enzymes, omega3s and antioxidant nutrients. Vaccinations, when necessary, should not contain heavy metal preservatives. “The goal is to keep the gut and immune systems healthy, avoid toxins that affect the nervous system and minimize environmental stress.” Julie Peterson writes from her home in rural Wisconsin. Contact her at



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Vision Board Workshop 1-3pm. Create your vision for the new decade. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.



Postnatal Yoga Series Saturdays, Jan 4-18. 9-10:15am. With Jennifer Sbrocchi. Learn essential poses for the postpartum period, strengthen over-stretched muscles, regain tone in the pelvic floor and abdomen, and focus on upper-body stretches to relieve tightness in your neck and shoulders. $60. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

Yoga: Good for the Bones Series Fridays, Jan 10-24. 5:30-6:45pm. With Ellen Davis. An introductory information series for anyone interested in learning about basic bone health, dis-ease, and yoga practices that may improve or maintain bone health, and potentially increase bone density. $75. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188.

Ayurveda and Raja Yoga 5-7:15pm. With Marely Corniel. Learn about your dosha, and how to keep ourselves balanced throughout the seasons. Will also study the ashtanga 8-limb path of yoga. Beginners and non-experienced practitioners welcome. $40, $30 by Jan 11. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

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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.

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.

Take 5 Mixer: BNFYoga Open House 12:30-4pm. With Leah Hartofelis. Experience 5 different class styles (30-min each); stay for all or some. This event is open to the public and existing BNFYoga community, friends and relatives. Also enjoy music, beverages and more. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188. Details:

5 Rhythms Dance Movement 12:15-2:15pm. With Mark Bonder. $20. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.


New Beginner 8-Wk Series 10:30am. Also begins Jan 7, 6pm. $160/8-wk session. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

Winter Self-Care Mini-Retreat 1:30-3:30pm. With Susan Petschauer. Workshop designed to be both deeply restorative, as well as informative. Learn how to self-care during these winter months. $45; save $5 register by Jan 6. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.




Motion City Soundtrack 8pm. With special guests, The Sidekicks & Pronoun. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300.

The Disco Nights 8pm. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 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

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

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SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 Yoga Nidra Experience Class 2-3pm. With Kat Fowler. Yoga nidra or “yogic sleep” is a state of consciousness between the waking and sleep state, where the practitioner is led through guided breath work and a body scan, and relaxes into the deepest, slowest brain-wave state possible while remaining aware and conscious. $20. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188. Yoga Nidra and Sound Healing Training 2-6pm. With Kat Fowler. Learn how to practice this ancient yogic technique and teach it proficiently to your classes and your community. $75. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 Restorative Workshop 7-9pm. With Dawn Peer. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

SAVE THE DATE FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 The Real Truth About Health: Free 10-Day Conference 9am-9:30pm daily. The largest live health and environmental conference in the world, featuring 32 world-renowned speakers. Free vegan breakfast, lunch, dinner and ice cream served daily. Register free to attend in person. Hilton Hotel, 598 Broad Hollow Rd., Melville, NY.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 A Course in Miracles: 3-Part Journey 1:30-3:30pm. Held Jan 25, Feb 22, Mar 28. Teachings in the way to universal love and peace. 3-part series with Joe Iadanza. $100/advance, $110/day of, $40/drop-in. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 The Who - Who’s Next 8pm. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300.

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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.

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 your 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, M.Ed, Clairvoyant Practitioner, offers a weekly course in learning to use clairvoyance in your life. By the end of the course, you will be able to meditate, “Find Your Space,” give readings and work with your own Healing Guide. Customized program, begin when ready. Discounts when you join with a friend. NY Center for Clairvoyant Development, 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. 516-423-1794.

MONTHLY Carol’s Holistic “Show and Tell” and Educational Networking Events Monthly meetings both day and night in Westbury and Port Washington. Display your products, share your services. Learn how to grow a prosperous practice/business. Get and give referrals. For details, Carol Leitner: 516-242-8270 or

MONDAY Gentle Stretch and Strengthening for All Mon-Sat, am & pm. Also chair yoga and selfmassage 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.

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:

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.

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


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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.

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. Clairvoyant & Psychic Exploration Classes 7-9pm. With Tori Quisling. Are you curious about your psychic abilities? Join Tori and like-minded seekers in a playful environment, open to all levels, for exploration and practice. Each workshop features meditation, readings and techniques you can use in your life right away. $40, $175/5 classes; in person or online. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: Prenatal Yoga 7:30pm. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

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. 516682-9642. 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 Prenatal 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: 516-242-8270 or

classifieds 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.

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SUBLET AVAILABLE for professional office space in Wantagh. Please call 516-650-1623

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FREE WHOLE FOODS FOR 4 YEARS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS. Clinicallyproven, wonderful product and income opportunity. Free fruits, vegetables and berries in capsules or chewies for children and young adults for 4 years if adult orders product. Great way to supplement your income while keeping people optimally healthy! Carol Leitner, MBA, Health Care Admin. at or 516-242-8270.

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.

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.

OPPORTUNITY ARE YOU INTO HEALTHY LIVING? How would you like to take this passion, make it your purpose & create a path to prosperity? Learn more

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.

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 Your Healthy Lifestyle Support Group 2-3pm. 3rd Sat. Attain the healthy lifestyle you desire here with Anthony C. Mirro & Mindy B. Pensig, Certified Holistic Health Nutrition Coaches. Additional help with EFT, reiki and meditation. All welcome. Donation. The Funky OM Yoga & Wellness, 400 W Jericho Tpke, Huntington. The Total Life Transformation Zone: 516-935-0354 (call); 516-513-4000 (text). FB: The Total Life Transformation Zone.

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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 19.

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.


927 Willis Ave, Albertson, NY 11507 (30 mins from Manhattan) 516-873-7773 Recognized pioneers in alternative and integrative medicine. In their state-of-the-art facility they offer the best of holistic and traditional medicine. Treating 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 treatments include, IV Vitamin Therapy, Chelation Therapy, complete blood work evaluations, immunotherapy and nutritional counseling. See ad on page 11.


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 whole-body 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 31.


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.


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Specializing in detoxification and preventative health care. We are fully present in your visit so you feel safe, appreciated and heard. See ad on page 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 23.

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


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.


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.




140 Cove Road, Oyster Bay 516-721-4216 Everveda’s mission is to restore and rejuvenate the lives of those who seek better health. Tucked away from the chaos of the outside world, our sacred grounds are home to many healing practices such as ayurvedic spa treatments, reiki, abhyanga, shirodhara, svedana, and facials to name a few. If you are looking for a community to heal and grow with, EverVeda is your home away from home! See ad on page 11.

Cardiovascular Health Plus: Regenerative Medicine


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 33.


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 33.

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When all else has failed,

DIV OZONE THERAPY may be your only hope and the answer!

Dr. Howard Robins has been helping people using Ozone Therapy for over 27 years and is considered by many to be the foremost clinical expert in North America on Bio-oxidative Therapies for the SAFE treatment of diseases and illness with over 265,000 treatments performed. DIV Ozone Therapy has successfully treated Herpes I and II, HIV, all forms of Hepatitis, Diabetic ulcers/neuropathy, Allergies, Chronic Fatigue, Candidiasis, MS, RA, Lyme Disease, Arthritis, Shingles, Acne, Psoriasis, HPV and now RSD/CRPS just to name a few diseases and conditions.

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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.

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

310 East Shore Road Suite 101 Great Neck, NY 11023

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.

Have an emergency? We have a dentist on call 24/7

(516) 282 0310

(516) 331 1989

WWW.CARIODONTAL.COM North Shore Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry, P.C.

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