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uly’s issue includes information about active pursuits taking place in our area, such as farming, gardening, visiting beach towns, and even more adventurous endeavors like trapeze, surfing and CrossFit. Yet, some reading this may say, “Trapeze? Surfing? Just getting my half-naked body on a beach each summer is adventure enough!” I wonder why? When I was a kid I would have been the FIRST one on that trapeze or surfboard, and my bathing suit was simply a means to having summer fun. So, what stops us now? Forget trapeze and bikinis—what keeps us chatting with other adults by a pool in the sweltering heat when all we really want to do is yell “cannonball” and jump in? What causes “inaction”? Sometimes the answer is honest enough, on first glance—money, time, lack of interest. Okay, that’s fair, but is it the truth? I was asked to join a kickball league last year by my friend Liz. I said, “No, sorry, too busy.” Then I watched on Facebook as photos and posts were posted, not about the scores or who failed to make a catch but images of women bonding and having fun. When I was asked again this year, I explained I still didn’t have time, but if it were okay that I may miss a few games, then I was in. I had identified and overcome what had really stopped me last year: Fear of what I would look like on that field! I hadn’t kicked a kickball since 1979. Forget about kicked, how about catching one of those huge balls 35 years later. What if I looked stupid? What if I caused all the outs? Here I am an adult raising two children and running a business and a household yet I was scared what my friends and strangers would think if I caused outs in KICKBALL???? I am hoping this is just my issue, but I know in my heart it isn’t. You don’t have to look further than the Athleta swimsuit area to know that. Hearing women ask, “Does this make my butt look too big or boobs look too small?”—it’s evident most women care what people think. While this executive function of caring not to look like an ass in public can sometimes serve us well in our decision-making process, for the most part it is keeping us from a truly aware and experienced-filled adult life. Eleanor Roosevelt was a controversial first lady for her outspokenness, particularly her stance on racial issues. She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, and the civil rights of African Americans and Asian Americans. Roosevelt didn’t care what people thought about her, because she was acutely aware that people were seldom thinking about her. I will take it even one step further: If you are playing kickball, paddle boarding or, like me, are wearing a bathing suit even though it exposes more dimples than a Shirley Temple movie, then what people see is confidence—and that is hotter and more alluring and energetically drawing than tight abs and kickball skills. Besides, trust me (and Eleanor) when I say this, “You would not care what people thought about you if you realized how seldom they are thinking about you.” So, ask yourself this July, “What’s holding me back from experiencing new athletic and healthy adventures?” If you feel the honest answer is “What people might think,” then, rather than standing around the pool at a party in the oppressive summer heat gabbing, instead take a running start, leap into that glorious water, and yell at the top of your lungs, “CANNONBALL!”

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Yellow Umbrella Shannon Kincaid When Shannon Kincaid was 2, her mother noticed that she liked to draw on whatever was handy—Zwieback toast, rocks, concrete or even charcoal briquettes. She was presented with a box of Crayolas, which she called, “craylolas,” and has been creating art ever since. Kincaid, who is also an accomplished singer and recording artist, has painted commissioned portraits of luminaries throughout the country that include Tom Landry, Mickey Mantle, Mary Kay Ash, Byron Nelson and June Lockhart. She frequently works with interior designers and businesses to create custom mosaics, murals and finishes for residential and commercial spaces. Kincaid’s oils, pastels and watercolors, whether representational or impressionistic, are imbued with a sense of serenity and joy, reflecting her belief in the healing power of art. One of her favorite quotes is by the author Henry James [1843-1916]: “It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance. And I know of no substitute whatever for the force and beauty of its process.” View the artist’s portfolio at 8

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hose three words devastate lives. “My sister-in-law was robbed of her life at age 32 by Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” shares Kristine Blanche, founder and director of Integrative Health Solutions (IHS). “Then just two months later, my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer. I had to act.” Over the last six years, IHS has become an integrative health facility with a reputation for integrity, quality and excellence specializing in holistic and preventive health care. “Our mission lies in empowering the patient with knowledge and power to make educated choices in health care,” explains Blanche. “Our unique integrative care philosophy provides the tools, information and support to help heal the patient; and something remarkable happens—the patients heal themselves. As a part of Blanche’s M.D./Ph.D. degree at the USAT School of Medicine, she aims to publish research data that will help fortify the movement of preventative medicine throughout the country. This thesis is titled “Digital Infrared Imaging and Genetic Testing as a Tool to Stratify Risk for Breast Cancer, Implement and Monitor Impact of Breast Cancer Prevention Protocol, and Monitor Decrease in Fibrocystic Breast Disease as Well as Minimizing Neo-vascularity.” This research seeks to fortify the evidence that breast thermography can stratify women into high-, moderate- and low-risk groups for breast cancer. Thermography detects the heat pattern within a body part. “We believe that inflammation plays a significant role in all disease, specifically cancer,” says Blanche. “It is also known that angiogenesis is a major component to tumor development. With the thermogram, we can identify areas of ‘neo-vascularity’ (indicating new blood vessels leading to a given area) which will alert us to the fact an aggressive prevention protocol is needed.” Additionally, it is documented that the mutation of a gene known as MTHFR affects the methylation and thus detoxification pathways in the human body. Published literature has established a firm connection between toxins and breast cancer.  “Thus, our goal is to identify a connection between the MTHFR gene mutation and a higher risk for breast cancer,” adds Blanche. “From there, we hope to illustrate how the diagnostic exam can be utilized as a tool primarily for the detection and augmentation of risk factors, and to implement a nutritional protocol to reduce modifiable risks for having this gene mutation and potentially reduce the risks for breast cancer.” The hypothesis is that they will be able to demonstrate how reversing basic nutritional deficiencies and simple lifestyle changes in these high-risk women can reduce risk. The outcome of this research could spark a preventative revolution in medicine. 

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Treating the Cause, Not Just the Symptoms As I finish up my naturopathic doctorate curriculum, I reflect back on what I was taught in dental school and continue to read the same old thing in all the dental journals and dental courses. I have come to realize that conventional dentistry is not better than allopathic medicine in how it approaches disease.

Today, conventional Dr. Alex Shvartsman medicine is mainly a symptom-based 631-361-3577 healthcare approach: Drug, cut or burn. Dentistry has been a profession of tooth carpenters and tartar scrapers treating the consequences of oral disease. We have been taught to insist that our patients eat and drink fluoride to combat tooth decay as the main “preventative” measure. It seems tooth decay is a fluoride-deficiency disease! That’s right, yet another drug from Big Pharma that we simply can’t live without! And, of course, it’s the lack of flossing that is at the root of gum disease! We have become the floss police! So, where are we now? Well, tooth decay is on the rise worldwide, and 80 percent of the population has some stage of gum disease! Not so good. Meanwhile, all animals in the wild with teeth have no tooth decay or gum disease. And they don’t floss or drink gallons of fluoridated water. So, what’s going on? I think it’s time we look at addressing the cause of oral disease and not just dealing with the symptoms. But that requires a paradigm shift—a shift my profession is just too stubborn to make. So, it’s up to you to make the changes and help yourself by becoming your own healthcare advocate. I will arm you with the knowledge to do so. Read on!

What is the real cause of tooth decay and gum disease? Simply put, both are opportunistic infections of the mouth. We have created an environment in our mouth that leads to opportunistic bacterial and yeast overgrowth. What’s really interesting is that tooth decay, gum disease and crooked teeth were virtually nonexistent in our hunter-

gatherer ancestors; much like most diseases we suffer and die from today. And they did not brush or floss or consume fluoride either.

How do we reclaim our oral health? By eating the ancestral diet, which does not create the substrate for tooth decay and gum disease; eliminating diseasecausing bacteria; and re-introducing the natural symbiotic microflora back into our mouths; as well as help teeth heal cavities naturally. It’s actually not that hard to do! I will address tooth crowding, its cause, consequences and long-term stable treatment in my next article. The full tooth-decay elimination protocol and gum-disease adjunctive protocol can be found on my blog at SmithtownSmiles/ It’s time to address the cause of oral disease and not just try to focus on treating the symptoms. In this way, you can end the endless cycle of tooth, gum and bone damage and reclaim your natural oral health. Source: Alex Shvartsman, DDS, MAGD, AIAOMT, Long Island Center for Healthier Dentistry, 260 E. Main St., Ste., 109, Smithtown. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 631-361-3577 or visit See ad on this page.

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rossFit King of Island Park (KIP) has had its fair share of troubles from the start, so it is only natural to route for them. After initially opening in Long Beach and facing noise complaints, owners Mike and Molly Abgarian and Sean Pastuch decided to move to a location in Island Park. Around the time of the opening of the Island Park location, Hurricane Sandy devastated both towns and the owners’ home, but it could not destroy their spirit. Last year, CrossFit KIP was not to be stopped; it completed the year finishing third in the regionals and headed to California to compete in the CrossFit Games. “It was our first time at the games,” says two-time team member Kaitlyn Fitzgerald. “It was so awesome, but this year we are heading there more focused and stronger than ever.” This year, CrossFit KIP will head to regionals after placing second place in the Regional Games. The CrossFit Games will be broadcast live on ESPN and streaming on Tune in and route for your Island representatives, CrossFit KIP, at the CrossFit Games! Source: CrossFit King of Island Park. For more information, visit

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uring the month of April, Waldorf students in grades 4 through 12 took part in a “Practice-a-Thon.” Proceeds from this event benefited Winthrop University Hospital’s Cancer Center for Kids, the largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders in Nassau County. “It was such a pleasure to work with the children of the Waldorf School of Garden City,” says Ashley Carlo, development specialist at Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids. “Right out of the gate, they showed such enthusiasm for our program.” “My thanks to the Waldorf students who documented their daily practice as well as their sponsors who pledged donations for each minute the students practiced,” says Waldorf’s Orchestra Director Dr. Dale Stuckenbruck. When the results came in, a total of 6,000 minutes were practiced and more than $2,000 was raised. “Not only did our students practice for a good cause, but their music skills improved dramatically over the course of a month,” adds Stuckenbruck. Source: The Waldorf School, 225 Cambridge Ave., Garden City. For more information, call 516-742-3434, ext. 301, or visit See ad on page 25.

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e.Loved, the one-of-a-kind store on 22 Fire Island Avenue, immediately overwhelms you by both its beauty and uniqueness. Owned by Tracey Mann DeNapali, Re.Loved is filled with beautiful and affordable clothes that are either looking for a second home or were found at one of the many sample sales DiNapali has access to. Items include samples from various lines, including bathing suits that have never been worn, gently or never-used items that she has obtained over the years, and home furnishings that have been “reloved.” “My parents are in the business,” shares DeNapali. “I have spent all my life in clothing and retail, and opening this shop was a dream for me.” Yes, this store is not just clothing, within the four walls you will find some reloved furniture that artist Jamie Capolino, of Girl Gone Vintage, created specifically to sell at Re.Loved. From one-of-a-kind desk chairs, which are creatively hanging on the wall (where bathing suits for display hang off of the leg rails), to the window pain wall accents, everything in the store is for sale. DiNapali’s daughters, who also must have retail and fashion in their genes, are often found happily tying up purchases with brown string. The store is conveniently located and open six days a week. With new merchandise arriving daily, there is sure to be something for everyone at this cute shop in Babylon. Source: Re.Loved, located at 22 Fire Island Ave., Babylon. For more information, call 631-482-1460.


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hat do the country’s oldest integrative oncology center, a performance cycling studio, and a leading wellness center have in common? They all offer NanoVi sessions to promote repair and regeneration at the cellular level. Although NanoVi technology is new, it is based on the very old principle that it is better to support, rather than override, the body’s natural ability to repair. The NanoVi device is based on an approach called bio-identical signaling. The device produces a signal equivalent to the one the body naturally generates to initiate repair mechanisms in response to oxidative stress caused by excessive free radicals. One of the properties of this specific signal is that it transfers across humidity. This is how the signal gets from the device to the body. A session is as easy as relaxing and breathing the signal-enriched humid air from the device. A leading research university has verified that the NanoVi generates the precise signal required to stimulate the body’s response to oxidative stress. Still,

it can be hard to get your arms around how it works. A well-known example of bio-identical signaling may help. Sunshine initiates the body’s vitamin D production. Certain wavelengths from the sun initiate the biological process in the body. Lamps emitting the same part of the spectrum (260-310nm) are an effective way to trigger vitamin D production by augmenting the natural signals. In a similar way, NanoVi augments natural signaling, in this case triggering repair mechanisms rather than vitamin D production. The NanoVi technology gives a healthy person a boost, helps him or

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ssential oils show promise in preventing infections from the fungi Candida albicans and the bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), according to several recent studies. Romania’s Polytechnic University of Bucharest researchers found that topical application of the essential oils from Salvia officinalis (sage) and Anethum graveolens (dill) provided significant inhibition against the C. albicans fungi when compared with a standard antiseptic dressing. Scientists from England’s Manchester Metropolitan University compared the effects on three strains of MRSA in wound dressings containing the essential oils of patchouli, tea tree, geranium, lavender and grapefruit seed extract against a conventional antibacterial dressing of silver sulfadiazine cream. Each oil was applied independently and in combination with wound dressings. Grapefruit seed extract and geranium oil were found to most effectively inhibit the MRSA strains.

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have patients ranging in ages from in their preteens to their late 70s suffering from bowel disorders. Some learn to live with it; they know every restroom on their drive home from work, while others wish they had the need to find one. Their lives revolve around their digestion and how the day will go. Many ask me which foods might be causing it. Lately, it has been popular to focus on gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and other dietary changes. Often, new patients have already tried these diets before visiting my office, with little-to-no success. The truth is it is not the food that’s the problem. Well, let me say much of the food in this country is a problem. But why can others tolerate it, but many cannot? It is because the system’s function is lacking. For whatever reason, the digestive tract is not functioning as it should. Certainly, some foods may be more irritating than others, such as the Dr. David Pollack gluten and dairy. The severity of the reaction has more to do with how much “bad” food was consumed and how much stress the person was under, rather than a certain food itself, in most cases. Too much emphasis is placed on the food and anti-inflammatory treatment, rather than improving digestive function and finding the true source of inflammation. The inflammatory diseases are like a fire on a natural gas line. If you try to put the fire out directly, you will get nowhere. But if we figure out how to shut the main off, the fire will go out by itself. This premise can be applied to the human body just as well. We need to find the true source of inflammation and dysfunction, which often can be far from the symptoms. Some sources can be found in the lower portion of the digestive tract, but often the issue actually begins on the other side, which is what I call “primary digestion.” Primary digestion is the function of the stomach, gall bladder and pancreas on food in order to do the majority of breakdown and digestion required for food to move onward into the small intestines. Many with bowel disorders know they might have heartburn, reflux or GERD, but even more do not. If food is not sufficiently digested in this early step, then undigested and impure food will be delivered into the small and large intestines in a far more difficult and inflammatory state than it was supposed to. Others have hormone imbalances, such as thyroid disorders or adrenal deficiencies, which have massive effects on the function of the digestive tract. Those individuals may also have no idea these problems are happening. Some signs of hormone imbalance include fatigue, anxiety, depression, weight gain or loss, low libido, sleep disturbance, and many others. There are many areas of the body that are outside the digestive tract that can lead to IBS/IBD, Crohn’s and colitis. The key is to find the true cause in each individual case, as the source inflammation can be different. I have seen great success in so many cases of the terrible problems, and many get their lives back. Please use the advice of an experienced holistic digestive specialist when tackling these issues.


ope is an irreplaceable feeling to carry within you throughout life. It fuels us to keep striving forward in our health journey. It is critical to have hope, but you need to have an action plan accompanied with hope in order to reach your goals. To understand the relationship between hope and action with health, it’s important to know the two diseases that affect us the most. Currently, heart disease and cancer affect five out of six people. We have this on the top of our minds, but many of us cross our fingers and hope that we Dr. Ray Omid, DC don’t develop them. Hope is not a strategy, and we have to take initial steps in order for that not to happen. Therefore, you need to have “actions steps” along with hope to make sure that you are taking care of yourself. Staying healthy begins with making sure that the intelligence that created you from two cells into trillions is working correctly. Everything that keeps you alive is in your brain and needs to flow freely to your vital organs. Join Dr. Ray Omid as he hosts a complimentary dinner and health talk on July 28 for you and four guests. While dinner is being prepared, he will speak about the three components to a 100-year lifestyle. If you are looking to build your health, prevent disease, reduce and eliminate medication, or find the cause of your health concerns, then you definitely want to attend this event! Seats are limited, so call Bessi Dion at 917-747-2795 to reserve your spot!

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Vermont Demands GMO Labeling Vermont Senator David Zuckerman and Representative Carolyn Partridge spearheaded efforts for Vermont to pass the nation’s first unrestricted mandatory labeling bill for genetically modified organisms (GMO). The state legislature’s collective efforts, lasting more than a decade, led to an unprecedented, gamechanging new law signed by Governor Peter Shumlin on April 23. Anticipating the current lawsuit by Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, Vermont has set aside $10 million for legal fees. The Organic Manufacturers Association is working to expand funding behind Vermont’s defense because the outcome could affect all 50 states. Unless legally overturned, starting July 1, 2016, products sold in Vermont that contain more than 0.9 percent GMO content contamination will require a statement on the label indicating that genetic engineering was used. Products that contain GMOs and are labeled as such cannot also label their products as “natural”. The bill, however, does not apply to labels for milk, eggs and meat from animals fed GMOs. Donate to Vermont’s defense fund at 22

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Microbeads are tiny balls of hard plastic found in facial scrubs, shampoo and toothpaste that flow down drains and pass through wastewater treatment plants, ending up in waterways, where they enter the food chain. New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has proposed the first U.S. legislation banning plastic microbeads in commonly used cosmetics ( BeadLegislation). Finding microbead-free products isn’t easy; we must read ingredient lists and steer clear of products that contain polyethylene or polypropylene. Natural alternatives include ground almonds, oatmeal and pumice. Palm oil is a natural ingredient used in thousands of everyday products from snack foods to shampoo. But as tropical forests are cleared and carbon-rich peat swamps are drained and burned to make way for palm oil plantations, carbon is released into the atmosphere, driving global warming and shrinking habitat for endangered species. Tropical deforestation currently accounts for about 10 percent of the world’s heat-trapping emissions. Last March, General Mills and Colgate-Palmolive announced new palm oil policies. Concerned citizens can tell other major corporations that for the sake of our atmosphere, tropical forests, peat lands and endangered species, the time to act is now, and to use only deforestation-free and peatlands-free palm oil going forward. Take action at OilPetition.


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n 2003, Laurel Brandstetter traveled to Madagascar to build on a community development effort initiated by a relative. She met with dozens of artisan groups that had a vision of making their products available in the global marketplace. Collaborating with designer Elizabeth Randlett, Brandstetter and the Mar Y Sol team have built an accessories brand recognized for its unique designs, exquisite craftsmanship and creative use of sustainable materials. They maintain their commitment to this tradition by using organically tanned leathers and responsibly sourced raw materials. The sale of Mar Y Sol products enables families to gain economic independence, preserves traditional craft and promotes environmental conservation. One of the most popular designs is the Guadeloupe Tote, which features a bold flower and beautiful hand-carved wood handles. Made of 100 percent natural, hand-woven raffia; cotton lining, with inside pocket; and a snap closure, make this the perfect summer bag. Also popular is the Ellise Clutch, which is woven and embroidered by hand. It displays the skills and talent of Mar Y Sol’s artisan partners. The design is inspired by summer flower gardens. The Momona Gallery is located at 158 E. Park Ave. For more information, call 516-427-9548 or visit MomonaGallery. com. See ad on page 39 for a 10 percent discount.

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Arts in the Plaza—The music starts at noon each Saturday at the Kennedy Plaza, just steps from the train station. Arts in the Plaza hosts an eclectic group of artists, and craft and food vendors to provide a backdrop to the sounds of a different band each week. Be sure to bring your family Saturdays to Arts in the Plaza. There is also a kids’ crafts area. (Visit Shops and boutiques—Long Beach shops are open, and the people of Long Beach are still in need of your support. Shops to fit every need, with artisan and fair trade items found at Momona Gallery; organic body products found in the beautiful Karma’s Angel; and, of course, after you fall in love surfing, there are plenty of surf shops to help you fill your quiver with deals on boards both new and used. Long Beach International Film Fest (LBIFF) will be held July 30 through August 4. Seeking out the best in international cinema, the LBIFF will showcase the work of the world’s top filmmakers and fresh talent alike,

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The beach—Need we say more. Long Beach, located on the South Shore of Long Island, offers a beautiful, clean beach with lifeguards and public bathrooms. The beach can be used in various ways, with active pursuits, like volley ball, surfing, sand soccer, going on daily. If you want to just “chill,” bring your beach chair close to the water, grab a book, or just meditate while taking in the horizon and the scenery. Restaurants—If being by the ocean gives you a hankering for fish, there are tons of choices, including a few awesome restaurants. Like Sushi? Check out Nagahama on Long Beach Road. Thai? Try Chaba Thai on Park Avenue. Gerri’s offers scallops that are served over pureed sweet potatoes; and then there’s Sugo Restaurant, where the food is almost as awesome as the owner that walks the room every night to be sure your dining experience is second to none. Not in the mood for fish. Not to worry, there are plenty of great continental food establishments, including John Henry’s Pub and The Park Restaurant, which both offer a great place to grab a drink and a burger. Shmorgasboard—Want to end your day sandy and salty with no desire to sit in a restaurant but would love to head home and not think about dinner? The Shmorgasboard Food Trucks on Riverside Avenue allow you to do just that. The Shmorgasboard has food trucks that

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Lyme Disease: The Great Mimicker From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City…

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Michael came into the office taking short baby steps. His 19-year-old arms and hands were bent and twisted into a weird, spasmodic position. His head tilted to the side, eyes nearly closed, with his face in a strange grimace. He spoke in short three- or four-word sentences. He had been suffering since he was 13 years old, and his father was ready to institutionalize him for the rest of his life. Until he became ill, he was a normal boy and a computer whiz. One day, he developed what appeared to be the flu, except it was in the summer and not the flu season. Several courses of oral and intravenous antibiotics failed to work. His symptoms worsened over the years, and several Lyme experts later left him in the state in which he arrived into our office. He had late-stage Lyme disease.

The Answer

In many but not all cases, antibiotics may eliminate the infection and its symptoms, especially if the illness is treated early. Unfortunately, even when caught early, antibiotics don’t always work. Many people are allergic to the drugs needed or develop sensitivity reactions and have to stop them. Delayed or inadequate treatment (often treating for too short a period of time) can lead to the more serious symptoms, which can be disabling and even harder to treat—that is, unless medical ozone is used. Over the past 22 years, intravenous medical ozone has been safely and effectively used to destroy and eliminate Lyme disease, even in late-stage infections. Often when all hope is gone, even after years of suffering, medical ozone has proven successful. Usually in just a few weeks, symptoms begin to diminish, Dr. Howard Robins The disease is named after the towns of Lyme offering hope and finally giving relief. Intravenous medical and Old Lyme, Connecticut, where a large number of cases ozone when it enters the body attacks and kills all Lyme were identified in 1975. It is a worldwide pandemic. The disease-causing bacteria. It does it safely, virtually with no infection is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected adverse reactions. In addition, it destroys all unwanted viticks. The ticks are extremely small and often fall off the ruses, fungus, yeast, mold, harmful free radicles, and toxins, body after feeding, thus masking the fact that you’ve been thus cleansing your body and boosting your own natural bitten. immune system. And did I say it does it safely and with virtually no adverse reactions?

The Cause

The Symptoms and the Difficulty in Diagnosis

Early symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, depression and a characteristic circular skin rash, which has a “bulls-eye” (target-like) appearance. The “bulls-eye rash” is thought to occur in only about 80 percent of infected patients, adding to misdiagnosis. Patients often experience flu-like symptoms, such as headache, muscle soreness, fever, and malaise, which can also confuse early diagnosis. Lyme arthritis usually affects the knees and feet, and, in some patients, arthritis can occur in other joints, including the ankles, elbows, wrists, hips and shoulders. Pain is often mild or moderate, usually with swelling at the involved


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on Long Island’s East End July on Long Island offers perfect weather and a variety of activities for locals and visitors alike to enjoy, but nowhere is there so much for you to see and do than on the East End of Long Island. Here is a look at just some of the many possibilities.

Time in and Around the Water

As July is one of the hottest summer months on Long Island, it is only natural that those living or visiting the East End would want to enjoy long days in and around the water. Why not pack a cooler full of snacks and cold drinks and head to the beach. And if a crowded beach simply lacks the excitement and adventure you are looking for, then you can always go fishing on one of the many charter boats or visit the Splish Splash Water Park and enjoy the water slides and wave pools.

Commune with Nature

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around animals, there are several interesting things you can take part in. You can take the little ones and spend time at the petting zoo, feeding and watching some of the friendliest animals around. And if you want to escape the heat, you can always visit the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, where you can watch the sharks, seals and penguins and learn a little bit about them. There are also many nature preserves on the East End of Long Island. You can enjoy the floral and fauna at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge or the saltwater marshes at the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge. There are also some great state parks where you can pack a picnic lunch and go and spend an afternoon or even pack up and spend a night or two camping and sleeping under the stars, really getting close to nature.


Of course, there are plenty of rainyday activities for you to enjoy on Long Island’s East End as well. Besides shopping and some great places to eat, including a clam shack or two, there are some great museums, which are well worth a visit. The children will love exploring at the Children’s Museum of the East End, since many of the activities are actually hands on. Or take time to appreciate those that keep us safe by visiting the Sag Harbor Firemen’s Museum. And while there, why not spend an hour or two at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum?

Street Fairs and Festivals

If you are looking for a bit of local color and family fun, visiting one of the local street fairs and festivals that are held during the month of July on Long Island’s East End can provide some good old-fashioned fun for the entire family. There is so much to see and do on Long Island’s East End during July that the only real problem you may have is deciding what to do next.

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Best Carriers

Essential Oils for Summer

Healing Fragrances for Bites, Allergies and Sunburn by Kathleen Barnes

A breath of sweet lavender oil can quickly reduce stress. A whiff of lemon oil can energize us.


ssential oils are not magic or folklore. There is solid science behind them,” says Elizabeth Jones, founder of the College of Botanical Healing Arts, in Santa Cruz, California. Here’s what happens after inhaling lavender, the most popular of all essential oils: The cilia—microscopic cellular fibers in the nose—transport the aroma to the olfactory bulb at the bottom of the brain, from where it proceeds to the limbic brain and directly affects the nerves, delivering a soothing effect. “Or put it on your skin and other properties of essential oils are absorbed straight into the bloodstream,” advises Jones, author of Awaken to Healing Fragrance. Thai studies show that a whiff of lavender oil is calming and lowers blood pressure and heart rate, yet there are many more benefits attributed to the art and science of aromatherapy and essential oils. For those struggling with summer maladies, here

are several simple solutions essential oils can provide.

Minor Scrapes, Cuts and Blisters Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is tops, because it contains terpenes that kill staphylococcus and other nasty bacteria and works to prevent infection, according to a meta-analysis from the University of Western Australia. The researchers further suggest that tea tree oil may be used in some cases instead of antibiotics. Oregano and eucalyptus oils are likewise acknowledged for their natural abilities to eliminate infection-causing bacteria, fungi and viruses. “Blend all three for a synergistic effect,” says aromatherapy expert Robert Tisserand (, of Ojai, California. “They sort of leapfrog over each other to penetrate the skin and cell walls.”

Sunburn, Bug Bites and Poison Ivy A small amount of undiluted lavender oil will cool sunburn fast, advises Tisserand.

Almost all essential oils are so strong that they must be diluted before use to prevent skin irritation. Use coldpressed oils and mix 10 to 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier substance. Some of the best carriers are almond oil, aloe vera gel, apricot oil, cocoa butter, glycerin, jojoba oil and olive oil. Add a few drops to a dollop of cooling aloe vera gel for extra relief and moisture, suggests Jones. Undiluted lavender is also a great remedy for insect bites, says Tisserand. “You can stop the pain of a bee sting in 20 seconds with a few drops.” Chamomile, either the German or Roman variety, helps with rashes, according to Jones, especially when mixed with her summertime favorite, aloe vera gel. She recommends mugwort oil for poison oak or poison ivy,

Never-Fail Insect Repellant 2 Tbsp eucalyptus oil 1 tsp cedar wood oil 1 tsp citronella oil 1 tsp pennyroyal oil 1 tsp lemongrass oil Mix in warm water in a one-quart spray bottle. Shake and use liberally. Source: Kathleen Barnes


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a benefit affirmed by animal research from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine’s Herbal Medicine Formulation Research Group.

Allergy Relief During hay fever season, several aromatherapy oils from a diffuser can offer relief, counsels Tisserand. He recommends eucalyptus, geranium and lavender oils, all of which contain antihistamines. Use them separately or blended. When using a diffuser, it’s not necessary to put the oils into a diluting carrier oil or gel. He notes that a steam tent containing 10 drops of each of the three oils mixed with two cups of boiling water is highly effective.

Sprains, Strains and Joint Pain Lessen inflammation and the pain from tendon and muscle sprains and strains with rosemary or peppermint, adding a dash of ginger for additional benefit, says Tisserand. He recommends rubbing the oils (diluted in a carrier) directly on the sore spot. Rosemary is particularly effective for bringing blood flow to an injury site, and the menthol in peppermint is a great pain reliever, adds Jones. A Chinese study published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics confirms the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory abilities of peppermint oil. Researchers from Taiwan confirm that ginger is anti-inflammatory and can even reduce intense nerve pain. Jones believes that essential oils have a place in everyone’s medicine chest. “Sometimes I feel like David up against Goliath,� she remarks. “I encourage everyone to use natural healing products from plants instead of pharmaceutical drugs, the side effects of which actually diminish the body’s natural ability to heal.� Kathleen Barnes has authored numerous books on natural health, including Rx from the Garden: 101 Food Cures You Can Easily Grow. Connect at

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rom epidemic childhood obesity and rising rates of autism and food allergies to the growing risks of pesticides and climate change, we have many reasons to be concerned about the American food system. Fortunately, many heroes among us—family farmers, community gardeners, visionaries and activists—are striving to create a safer and healthier environment now that will benefit future generations. Recognizing and celebrating their stellar Earth stewardship in this 2014 International Year of Family Farm-


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ers, Natural Awakenings is spotlighting examples of the current crop of heroes providing inspiration and hope. They are changing America’s landscape and the way we think about the ability of good food to feed the future well. Doug Crabtree and Anna JonesCrabtree, of Vilicus Farms, in Havre, Montana, are reviving crop biodiversity and pollinator habitat on their organic farm in northern Montana. “We strive to farm in a manner that works in concert with nature,” Doug explains. The couple’s actions live up to their farm’s Latin name, which means “steward”. They grow 15 nourishing crops on 1,200 acres, including flax, buckwheat, sunflower, safflower, spelt, oats, barley and lentils, without pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. By imitating natural systems, planting diverse crops and avoiding damaging chemical inputs, they are attracting diverse native pollinators, he notes. Their approach to farming helps protect area groundwater, streams, rivers and even oceans for future generations.

Dick and Diana Dyer, of Dyer Family Organic Farm, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, finally realized their lifelong dream to farm in 2009, each at the age of 59. The couple grows more than 40 varieties of garlic on 15 acres; they also grow hops and care for honeybees. In addition, they provide hands-in-the-soil training to a new generation of dietetic interns across the country through their School to Farm program, in association with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Diana, a registered dietitian, teaches her students to take the, “We are what we eat” adage a step further. She believes, we are what we grow. “Like nearly everyone else, most dietetic students are disconnected from Mother Earth, the source of the food they eat. They don’t learn the vital connections between soil, food and health,” says Diana. During a stay on the Dyer farm, she explains, “The students begin to understand how their food and nutrition recommendations to others can help drive an entire agricultural system that promotes and protects our soil and water, natural resources and public health.” It all aligns with practicing their family farm motto: Shaping our future from the ground up. Mary Jo and Luverne Forbord, of Prairie Horizons Farm, in Starbuck, Minnesota, raise Black Angus cattle, grazed on certified organic, restored, native prairie pastures. Mary Jo, a registered dietitian, welcomes dietetic students to the 480-acre farm to learn where food comes from and

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cherry and plum trees, plus native aronia berries. It also injects fresh life into the community. Each spring, the Forbords celebrate their son’s birthday Luverne and Mary Jo Forbord by “waking up” his orchard. His mother explains: “People of all ages gather—an assortment of our friends, Joraan’s friends and their growing families, neighbors, relatives, co-workers, students and others—to keep his legacy growing. The incredible community support keeps us going.” photo by Dan Hemmelgarn

how to grow it without the pesticides that contribute to farmers’ higher risk for certain cancers. “We must know the true cost of cheap food,” she insists. Most recently, they planted an organic orchard in memory of their son, Joraan, who died of cancer in 2010 at the age of 23. Joraan’s orchard is home to thriving, healthsupporting apple, apricot,

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Tarrant Lanier, of the Center for Family and Community Development (CFCD) and Victory Teaching Farm, in Mobile, Alabama, wants all children to grow up in safe communities with access to plenty of wholesome food. After working for nearly two decades with some of South Alabama’s most vulnerable families, Lanier wanted to “provide more than a crutch.” In 2009, she established the nonprofit CFCD organization,

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“Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.” ~ Don Lareau dedicated to healthy living. Within five years, she had assembled a small, but hard-working staff that began building community and school gardens and creating collaborative partnerships. Recently, the group established the Victory Teaching Farm, the region’s first urban teaching farm and community resource center. “The farm will serve as an onsite experience for children to learn where their food comes from and the reasons fresh, organically grown food really matters to our health,” says Lanier. However, “This is just the tip of the iceberg for us. Ultimately, we’d like to be a chemical-free community through advocating for reduction and elimination of pesticide and chemical use in schools, hospitals, households and local parks and ball fields.” Lanier aims to help improve on

Alabama’s low national ranking in the health of its residents. “I love our little piece of the world, and I want future generations to enjoy it without fearing that it’s making us sick,” she says. “We are intent on having a school garden in every school, and we want to see area hospitals establish organic food gardens that support efforts to make people healthier without the use of heavy medications.” Lanier further explains: “We see our victory as reducing hunger and increasing health and wellness, environmental sustainability and repair, community development and beautification, economic development and access to locally grown food, by promoting and creating a local food system.” Don Lareau and Daphne Yannakakis, of Zephyros Farm and Garden, in Paonia, Colorado, grow exquisite organic flowers and vegetables for farmers’ markets and community supported agriculture members in Telluride and the Roaring Fork Valley. Recently, the couple decided to take fewer trips away from their children and homestead, and instead bring more people to their 35-acre family farm to learn from the land and develop a refreshed

Conscientious food producers are teachers, innovators, environmental stewards and changemakers creating a brighter future for us all. sense of community. From earthy farm dinners and elegant weddings to creative exploration camps for children and adults and an educational internship program, these family farmers are raising a new crop of consumers that value the land, their food and the people producing it. The couple hopes to help people learn how to grow and prepare their own food, plus gain a greater appreciation for organic farming. “The people that come here fall into a farming lifestyle in tune with the sun and moon, the seasons and their inner clock—something valuable that has been lost in modern lifestyles,” notes Lareau, who especially loves sharing the magic of their farm with children. “Kids are shocked when they learn that carrots grow underground and surprised that milk comes from an udder, not a store shelf.”

Residential “Farming” Tips from Next Door Gardens

By placing some wire enclosures around your squash, you can train it to grow more vertically and take up less room in the garden.

July is when your garlic scapes are present and ready for harvest. Whether chopped or minced, added to many favorite recipes, a garlicky-chive flavor is added. Not to mention, a fantastic garlic pesto can be made from scapes.

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Klaas and Mary-Howell Martens, of Lakeview Organic Grain, in Penn Yan, New York, grow a variety of grains, including wheat, spelt, barley, oats and triticale, plus peas, dark red kidney beans and edamame soybeans, along with raising livestock on about 1,400 acres. Their family farm philosophy entails looking at the world through a lens of abundance, rather than scarcity, and working in cooperation with their neighbors instead of in competition. The result has been a groundswell of thriving organic farmers and a renewed sense of community and economic strength throughout their region. The Martens switched to organic farming after Klaas experienced partial paralysis due to exposure to pesticides, compounded by concern for the health of their three children. Because the Martens work in alliance with nature, they’ve learned to ask a unique set of questions. For example, when Klaas sees a weed, he doesn’t ask, “What can we spray to kill it?” but, “What was the environment that allowed the weed to grow?” Anne Mosness, in Bellingham, Washington, began fishing for wild salmon with her father during one summer after college. The experience ignited a sense of adventure that led her back to Alaska for nearly three decades, as a crew member and then a captain in the Copper River and Bristol Bay fisher-



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What To Do


Fracking Versus Food

4 Support local, county and state bans on fracking operations and waste disposal.

America’s Family Farm Heritage and Health at Stake

4 Support local farmers and food producers.

by Harriet Shugarman


hat if farmers couldn’t confirm that what they grow and produce was devoid of toxins, cancer-causing chemicals, radioactive materials and other pollutants? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other federal and state agencies set standards and enforce regulations to ensure what we eat is safe and that production is secure. But hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and its accompanying infrastructure threaten this. Questions must be raised and answered before the safety of our food supply is permanently impacted.

Conditions that Demand Changes n No federal funding exists for researching the impacts of chemical contamination from oil and gas drilling and infrastructure on food and food production. n No public tests are required for what contaminants to look for because many of the 500-plus chemicals used in the fracking process are categorized as proprietary. n Minimal-to-no baseline analysis is being done on air, water and soil conditions before oil and gas companies come into a new area. n No commonly agreed distances are lawfully required between farms, farmlands, rivers, streams and water supplies in relation to oil and gas wells and their infrastructure.

Compounding Crises Harsh economic conditions, plus concerns over long-term climate changes, including extreme weather events, have pitted neighbors against one another as farmers consider leasing their lands to oil and gas companies. More, often the 40

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4 Learn about local farmers’ situations and make them aware of factors to consider. riches promised do not make their way to the farmers that need them the most as American policies continue to favor megalithic agribusinesses and push farming families into unsustainable choices. Standard drilling leases rarely provide broad protections for farmers and can even eliminate their input on where roads are created and fracking machinery is installed on their property, all of which can hamper normal farming. In Pennsylvania, where fracking is commonplace, thousands of diesel trucks drive by working farms daily, compounding problems already associated with 24/7 vibrations, noises, emissions and light pollution, stressing both humans and farm animals. In New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio, farmers that have or are near such leased land are finding it increasingly difficult to obtain mortgages, re-mortgage property and acquire or renew insurance policies. Caught up in a vicious cycle, some farmers feel forced to abandon their farms, thus opening up more land to oil and gas companies. “Fracking is turning many rural environments into industrial zones,” observes Jennifer Clark, owner of Eminence Road Farm Winery, in New York’s Delaware County. She notes that we often hear a lot about the jobs fracking might create, but we hear little about the agricultural jobs being lost or the destruction of a way of life that has been integral to America’s landscape for generations. Asha Canalos, an organic blueberry and heirloom vegetable farmer in Orange County, New York, is among the leaders in the David versus Goliath battle pitting farmers and community members against the Millennium Pipeline Company and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. On May 1, oral arguments were heard in the U.S. Court of Appeals. According to Canalos, “Our case could set a national precedent, with all the attending legal precedent, that will either empower other farmers and communities like ours and Minisink or will do the opposite.” In January 2013, more then 150 New York chefs and food professionals sent a letter to Governor Mario Cuomo calling for a ban on fracking in their state. As of December 2013, more then 250 chefs have signed on to the Chefs for the Marcellus campaign, which created the petition. In April 2014, Connecticut chefs entered the fray by launching their own petition to ban the acceptance of fracking waste in Connecticut. In California this past February, farmers and chefs banded together to present Governor Jerry Brown with a peti-

Information is Power Center for Environmental Health, Chefs for the Marcellus, The Endocrine Disruptor Exchange, Food Not Fracking, GRACE Communications Foundation, Love NY: Don’t Frack It Up, Minisink Matters, tion calling for a moratorium on fracking, stating that fracking wastes huge amounts of water. The previous month, California had declared a statewide drought emergency, and by April Brown had issued an executive order to strengthen the state’s ability to manage water. Ironically, existing California regulations don’t restrict water use by industrial processes, including fracking, which uses and permanently removes tremendous amounts of water from the water cycle. To date, fracking in California operates with little state regulation. It’s past due for a “time out” on oil and gas production and infrastructure development. Every citizen needs to think carefully and thoughtfully about what’s at stake as outside interests rush to use extreme forms of energy extraction to squeeze the last drops of fossil fuels from our Mother Earth. Activist Harriet Shugarman, a veteran economist and policy analyst and former representative for the International Monetary Fund at the United Nations, currently chairs regional environmental committees and works with national, state and local organizations seeking pro-environmental legislation.

Demonstration in Washington to Stop Fracked Gas Exports On Sunday, July 13, demonstrators will gather in Washington, D.C., to protest fracked gas exports at Cove Point, in Maryland, and other proposed sites across the nation. The event will feature such anti-fracking movement leaders as Tim DeChristopher and Sandra Steingraber, along with mothers fending off compressor stations, fathers fighting pipelines, and others demanding solutions to climate change. “This is the first-ever major action in D.C. on this issue,” says Ted Glick, National Campaign Coordinator for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “Thousands of us will be there to show the strength of the movement against shale gas drilling and fracking. We’re calling for a rapid transition away from coal, gas and oil energy sources and toward wind power, solar energy and efficiency investments, which create jobs and a stable climate.” A civil disobedience event is planned for the next day, July 14. To learn more and register for the demonstration, visit

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Summertime, and the Sippin’ is Easy

Quick and Cool Vegan Smoothies by Judith Fertig


moothies offer big nutrition in a small package. Based on a vegan source of lean protein like coconut milk or yogurt, soy, chia seeds or a vegan protein powder made from dried beans or hemp, they can energize us for a full day of summer activities. Other ingredients follow the peak of summer crops. Berries, greens, melon, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, celery, carrots and stone fruits like peaches and mangoes add antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. A tablespoon or two of milled flax seeds, hemp or nut butter adds richness to the flavor, while providing omega-3 fatty acids necessary for complete nutrition. For the finale, add a touch of sweetness from fruits, maple syrup, agave nectar or stevia.


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The best way to mix a smoothie is to start with either a liquid or an ingredient with a thicker consistency, like yogurt, placed in a standard or high-speed performance blender. Next, add the desired fruits or vegetables and flavorings, followed by ice. Start on a slower speed, holding down the lid tightly, before increasing the speed to achieve a velvety texture. If the smoothie is too thin, add more frozen fruit or ice. Freezing the fruits first and then blending them into a smoothie can substitute for ice. Peeling bananas before freezing them makes smoothie-making easier. Freezing the fruits in recipe-size portions also simplifies the process. Smooth-fleshed fruits like mangoes, papayas, bananas, ripe peaches and nectarines blend more easily to

a silky finish than do fresh berries. Tender, baby greens such as spinach, kale or chard virtually disappear within a smoothie; if using mature, rather than baby greens, cut out the stems unless the blender is extremely powerful. Blending enough ingredients for two smoothies can yield a leftover serving to store in a reusable glass jar in the refrigerator. To reactivate the full taste later, just turn over the jar and give it a good shake to re-blend the ingredients. Spirulina (made from a microsaltwater plant) and wheatgrass juice and powder are some popular smoothie additions. Milled flax seeds add healthy fat, but their water-soluble fiber also adds a little bulk; although the texture difference isn’t noticeable if the smoothie is enjoyed right away, it will be apparent if it sits for 20 minutes or more. With the whir of a blender—and no cooking—summer’s tastiest bounty transforms into at-home or on-the-go beverages to revive, replenish and renew us so we’re ready for our next adventure. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

Sunny-Day Sippers Black Cherry Raspberry Yields 2 servings ¼ cup cranberry juice 1 cup pitted sweet black cherries ½ cup raspberries 1 /3 cup plain soy or coconut yogurt 4 ice cubes Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

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Mango Lassi Yields 2 servings ¾ cup vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk ¼ cup vanilla soy, almond or coconut milk yogurt ¾ tsp vanilla extract 1½ cups chopped fresh mango, frozen ½ tsp ground cardamom Agave nectar to taste Ground pistachios for garnish Combine the milk, yogurt, vanilla extract, mango and cardamom and blend using low to high speeds until smooth. Add agave nectar to taste and blend again. Sprinkle ground pistachios over each serving.

Peachy Watermelon Yields 2 servings 2-3 cups watermelon, seeded 1 cup low-fat vegan vanilla yogurt 1 cup frozen organic strawberries 1 cup frozen organic sliced peaches

Seasonal Suppers Summer Salad Smoothie Yields 2 servings ½ cup apple juice 2 cups stemmed and chopped baby spinach, Swiss chard or kale 1 apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped ½ avocado, peeled and chopped ½ cup cilantro leaves 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice 1 Tbsp matcha (fine green tea powder) 1 Tbsp milled flax seeds ¼ cup vegan protein powder Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Tomato Smoothie Yields 2 servings 2 cups tomatoes, chopped ½ cup tomato juice ¼ cup apple juice ½ cup carrots ¼ cup celery, chopped Tabasco or other hot sauce to taste 2 cups ice Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Cool as a Cucumber Smoothie Yields 2 servings 1 cup apple juice 1 cup sliced sweet apple ¼ cup applesauce ½ cup sliced carrots ½ cup cucumber, peeled and sliced 2 cups ice Dash of nutmeg or cinnamon (optional) Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

Combine all ingredients and blend from low to high speed until smooth.

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Forsaking ‘Angry Birds’ for Bird Songs



by Avery Mack

hether urban or rural, children in our state average 4.5 minutes outdoors and four hours in front of a screen every day,” says Barbara Erickson, president of The Trustees of Reservations conservation nonprofit, in Sharon, Massachusetts. One way to disconnect kids from electronics is to go camping. Such educational, fresh air exercise is inclusive and inexpensive. David Finch, superintendent of the Dunes Edge Campground, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, suggests borrowed gear for the first outing. A backyard campout can be a rewarding trial run; each child can ask a friend to stay over and a parent and the family dog can participate. Once kids have the hang of sleeping somewhere outside their own bedroom, consider an overnight program at a local or regional zoo. Kids get a kick out of watching the animals and learning about their behaviors, diets and habitats. The Toledo Zoo, in Ohio, offers Snooze at the Zoo, including a pizza dinner, breakfast and admission the next day.


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Children sleep near one of the exhibits or in a safari tent. The program teaches animal adaptations, food chains and ecosystems and meets requirements for scout badges in a fun setting. The Irvine Nature Center, in Owings Mills, Maryland, near Baltimore, offers a rich outdoor experience. Organizers provide food, activities and camping equipment. Children first attend a fire safety class, and then help cook a meal and make s’mores. At night, participants learn how to mimic owl hoots and practice their new skills, often receiving hoots in return. Night walks sometimes include sightings of deer, bats or flying squirrels, while morning walks showcase groundhogs and birds. Jean Gazis, with the women’s and girls’ rights nonprofit Legal Momentum, in Brooklyn, New York, observes, “It’s easier to camp with small, even tiny, children, than with older kids. Babies are portable.” She recalls taking her 7-weekold infant along and nostalgically comments, “Now that the kids are 11 and 14, they don’t have as much free time.”

Drive-up camping in a state park that offers facilities and planned activities sets up a good time. Gazis feels that a destination four hours away is the limit for car trips with small children. She advises giving everyone duties. “My young son once had a great time digging a ditch around the tent when it began to rain,” she recalls. “He kept the sleeping bags dry and got to play in the mud.” Jeff Alt, of Cincinnati, Ohio, author of Get Your Kids Hiking, suggests, “Start them young and keep it fun. Get the kids involved in the planning. My kids have gone along since they were born. We stayed at a lodge when they were small because little trekkers have a lot of gear. During the day we were out in the park exploring, always keeping in mind that kids tire out fast.” His mandatory equipment includes good walking shoes, sunscreen and bug spray. Adhering to such rules as never leave the trail or wander off and don’t pick flowers or touch animals is non-negotiable. Stephanie Wear, a biologist for The Nature Conservancy, working in Beaufort, South Carolina, has found that it’s easy to make the experience lively. “We like to do observational scavenger hunts—find the flower, the mushroom or the tree that looks like a picture and make a list of what you see. Getting out in nature sharpens observation skills,

“It’s not how fast and how far you go, it’s what you see, smell, touch and listen to along the way. You might move only five feet in 15 minutes, but what you see and discuss will help children grow into respectful explorers and lifelong campers. Take photos and bring a journal; a child’s adventures are the best keepsakes.” ~ Stephanie Rach, founder of the Let’s Go Chipper play-based learning program, in Corte Madera, CA

boosts creativity and improves physical and mental health,” she says. Wear notes that her kids have listed 70 forms of life in the family’s backyard alone. Visit a local park or to take part in more activities and explore different locations. “Nature presents a great parenting tool,” she remarks. Summertime camping helps every member of the family unplug, unwind and wander along new paths. Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

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Good Clean Fun Water Sports Saying No to a Wave of Trash by Avery Mack


Be a hero, kids to share in what I’ve expehe ocean is my bliss. My job lets me do exclaims Neal, part take pollution rienced,” what I love and call of the global scientific comdown to zero. munity redefining clean water it work,” says Andrea Neal, Ph.D., founder and CEO habitats as an investment. ~ National Park of Blue Ocean Sciences, a Semiannual walking Service scientific collaboration seekbeach cleanups, an Oregon ing healthy water solutions, tradition for 30 years, have in Ojai, California. “When I surf, I’m removed 2.8 million pounds of trash, in sync with water and air at the same largely comprising cigarette butts, fishtime.” One time during a Scandinavian ing ropes and plastic bottles. Unusual snowfall, she donned a wet suit to ride items include telephone poles and a eight-foot waves; after splashdown, she 200-pound Styrofoam block. In the 2014 emerged with ice-tipped eyelashes and spring campaign, 4,800 volunteers that a huge grin. “I’ve never been so cold, treasure coastal recreational activities but it was glorious!” removed an estimated 24 tons of litter Neal likens scuba diving to enterand marine debris ( What West ing another world, revealing nature’s Coasters see can also show up in Japan undersea glories. “Crabs sneak a peek and vice versa, so coordinated cleanup and you’re face-to-face with fish. Sea efforts benefit outdoor enthusiasts in lions want to play,” she says. “I’ve also both countries. had great white sharks cruise by and Lake Tahoe, on the California/ give me an intimidating nudge.” Nevada border, beckons paddleboard, It’s not just sharks and extreme raft, canoe and kayak aficionados. Last weather that swimmers, divers and water- year, volunteers for the Great Sierra craft enthusiasts worry about these days— River Cleanup, a Sierra Nevada Conit’s trash, too. The most basic requirement servancy project, finessed the condition for safe water sports is clean water. Plasof this recreational site by picking up a tics, paper and other debris, ranging from ton of trash in and near the water and microscopic toxins to everyday garbage, were able to recycle 600 pounds of it pose life-threatening hazards to human ( and marine life. “I want my kids and their Desert winds, combined with flat


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landscapes, blow Las Vegas debris into Nevada’s Lake Mead. Operation Zero – Citizens Removing and Eliminating Waste, ferries volunteers to a cove accessible only by boat to clean and enjoy the area ( The improved natural environment attracts visitors to the lake to try new sports like wakesurfing, riding the water behind a wave-producing boat by dropping the tow line once waves form. The more adventurous go wakeboarding, which combines water skiing, snowboarding and surfing skills as the rider becomes airborne between waves. The more advanced sport of waterskating requires more stylish skateboarder moves. Further inland, Adopt-a-Beach volunteers help keep the Great Lakes clean. More than a beach sweep, volunteers regularly monitor litter throughout the year and perform a complete beach health assessment on each visit. The eight Great Lakes border states—Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—benefit from teams of volunteers continually working to improve beach health ( Moving south, Project AWARE cleans up Iowa’s waterways, “one stretch of river, one piece of trash at a time” ( Stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing are popular river activities. Paddlers collect litter en route and leave it in designated bins at access points. In Missouri, the Big River beckons. Jeff Briggs, an insurance adjustor in

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High Ridge, tubes the mile-plus stretch between dams at Rockford Beach Park and Byrnes Mill. “When we’re tubing, it’s just for enjoyment,” he says. “For a longer float, we take the jon boat so there’s space to stow trash.” Table Rock Lake, in southern Missouri, draws fishermen and water sports enthusiasts. Their WK Lewis Shoreline Cleanup has removed 179 tons of trash in 10 years. In 2013, 670 volunteers filled 11 dumpsters (Tinyurl. com/WK-Lewis-Cleanup). “It takes love and commitment, patience and persistence to keep cleaning up habitats,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., co-founder of four grassroots water advocacy groups. “Clean water is important though, to sustain fit life on the planet.”

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How Trash Impacts Marine Life by Avery Mack “No matter where you live, trash can travel from your hands to storm drains to streams and on to the sea. The problem of ocean trash is entirely preventable, and you can make a difference,” advises the Ocean Conservancy. The Ocean Trash Index provides information by state and country on how much and what kind of trash enters our waterways. Each fall, data is collected during the organization’s International Coastal Cleanup oneday campaign both on land and under water. About 10 million pounds of trash was collected worldwide in 2013; of that total, 3.5 million pounds, or nearly 35 percent, originated in the U.S. The most common offenses include discarded cigarette butts and filters, food wrappers, plastic bottles and bags, beverage caps and lids, cups, plates, utensils, straws and stirrers, glass bottles, aluminum cans and paper bags. All of it could have been recycled, including the cigarettes (see

Trash enters the water from illegal or thoughtless dumping, extreme weather events, a crashed plane, sunken boat, lost fishing traps, nets or lines, movie props or windblown litter. For example, a plastic bag blows out of the trash can or truck, enters a storm drain or creek and moves into rivers and the ocean, where it endangers marine life, swimmers and watercraft. Water boards in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area recognize that voluntary measures aren’t enough to solve the problem. Some cities in the Los Angeles area have implemented fullcapture systems designed to trap debris greater than five millimeters in size. Prevention is obviously the least expensive, safest and easiest way to keep water clean. To protect local, regional and global waters, follow the familiar refrain of recycle, reuse, repair and repurpose. Be thoughtful about what’s in the trash can and keep it securely closed. Move the car on street

sweeping days—along with dust, dirt and leaves, a street sweeper picks up animal waste and oil from cars. Ask for and advocate less packaging on commonly used products, stiffer fines for polluters and increased funding for enforcement and research. Knowing what comprises most trash helps consumers demand product redesigns and new policies that address the most problematic items and materials, explains Nicholas Mallos, a marine debris specialist with the Ocean Conservancy. Rippl is a free mobile application that can help users practice what they preach in making simple, sustainable choices by delivering weekly green living tips, available at OceanConservancy. org/do-your-part/rippl.html. A safe, fun day near, on, in or under the water starts with green practices at home. For details visit CoastalCleanupReport. natural awakenings

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Renowned herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy pioneered the use of coconut in natural diets for companion animals. Raw coconut contains medium-chain, saturated fats that transform into energy and can decrease bacterial growth, irritation and inflammation, according to naturopathic physician Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist, doctor of naturopathy and author of The Coconut Oil Miracle.


POOCH 10 Foods to Make a Dog’s Coat Glow


by Suzi Beber


o keep our dog’s skin and coat healthy, supplements may first come to mind, especially oils and powders. However, whole foods deserve a closer look for naturally elegant results.


Chia seeds contain more healthy omega-3 fats and fiber than flax or other grain seeds and are a good source of protein and antioxidants, notes Patrick Skerrett, executive editor of Harvard Health Publications. They are abundant in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plantbased form of omega-3, which combats skin inflammation and improves the skin’s texture and softness, says holistic nutritionist Melissa Diane Smith, of Tucson, Arizona.


Eggs are nutritional powerhouses containing the most bioavailable protein for dogs. Eggs have vitamin A, which promotes cell turnover. Their zinc further supports protein synthesis and cell division, necessary for wound healing, the formation of connective tissue and skin health, according to the National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Egg yolks provide a valuable source of biotin, effective in 48

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treating dry skin, seborrhea and itching associated with skin allergies, reports, a website of veterinarians Dr. Race Foster and Dr. Marty Smith, owners of Foster and Smith, Inc. Avoid raw eggs, as they contain avidin, which interferes with the metabolism of biotin, fats, glucose and amino acids, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Almonds contain the entire vitamin E family of tocopherols and tocotrienols. “Deficiency of vitamin E has been implicated in the development of certain dermatological disorders in dogs,” counsels Lee Russell McDowell, Ph.D., in Vitamins in Animal and Human Nutrition. Almonds are also an excellent source of B vitamins, copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc and bioflavonoids, with a trace of omega-3. While safe in small quantities for larger dogs, whole almonds are not easily digested and can upset the stomach and create intestinal distress. Almonds are easily ground into a powder using a blender, and almond meal is also available at many grocery stores.

Carob, the fruit of the Ceratonia siliqua tree, is rich in natural sugars, vitamins and minerals. Free of the stimulants caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate, it’s safe for dogs and its vitamin E supports skin health. Recent research published in the Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal shows that carob also has natural antibacterial properties.


A fortifying cereal low in starch and high in mineral content, especially potassium and phosphorus, oats also harbor calcium, magnesium, B vitamins and iron. The grain’s primary benefit to skin and coat is its soluble fiber content, which also helps a dog’s gastrointestinal system to remove toxins.


Liver from grass-fed animals enhances healthy skin. Nutrients include calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, vitamins A, C, D, E and eight B vitamins, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid and biotin.

Wild Salmon

Cooked wild salmon is ripe with omega-3 fatty acids, which along with benefiting the skin and coat, appear to boost the immune system, and may assist dogs with allergies, according to the article “10 ‘People’ Foods for Dogs,” by Elizabeth Pask and Laura Scott.


Cranberries contain a variety of bioactive components, including proanthocyanidins and anthocyanin antioxidants, plus the phytochemical ellagic acid. “Animal experiments show that supplementation with anthocyanins effectively prevents inflammation and subsequent blood vessel damage,” explains Northern California Registered Dietitian Marilyn Sterling, who also points to myriad studies of the antioxidant power of proanthocyanidins. According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, ellagic acid can prevent skin cancers. The 16th-century herbalist Henry Lyte documented their use in treating skin wounds and eczema.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be considered a skin superfood, because they hold a high level of betacarotene (a precursor form of vitamin A) and are a good source of vitamin E. Their vitamin C content, which increases with cooking, facilitates collagen production, contributes to photoprotection, decreases photodamage and supports wound healing, according to a report by Alexander J. Michels, Ph.D., of the Oregon State University Linus Pauling Institute. Suzi Beber is the founder of The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund via Canada’s University of Guelph Veterinary College and Teaching Hospital Pet Trust. She also contributes to Animal Wellness magazine, from which this article was adapted and used with permission.

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petbrief Exercises and Therapy for

Pets with Joint Pain


lder pets and those with joint pain due to arthritis have a hard time with the desire to get up and move. Without exercise, the pain can lead to a loss of muscle tone, which prevents the dog or cat from having the ability to support their weight. The additional stress placed on joints will further the pain, instead of relieving it. There are exercises and therapy you can provide for your pet to help him or her cope with joint pain due to arthritis or otherwise. These exercises can help prevent broken bones, falls, sprains and other serious injuries. In addition to short walks, you want to work on your pet’s flexibility, balance and strength. The following are a few treatments and therapies that you can try.

Passive Range of Motion

Passive range of motion exercises are done while the animal is laying on his or her side comfortably. You will flex and extend each limb slowly and gently. Hold the position for 10 seconds and make sure you do not apply pressure. This type of therapy is great for hip and shoulder joint pain.

Spatial Orientation and Movement

Spatial orientation and movement exercises are done while your pet is standing. The idea is to have your pet reach for a cookie (or other treat) while taking a step. When the position is achieved, the treat is rewarded. As your pet becomes better at achieving the position,

Dr. Michel Selmer, DVM

have him or her hold it for a few seconds before offering the reward. These exercises are ideal for spinal pain.

Targeted Exercises

With aging pets, it is common for them to require targeted exercises that will work muscles in groups. These will help with walking, running and standing. Some of the exercises include walking up an incline, walking back down an incline, and practicing going from a sitting position to a standing position. In addition to these exercises, massages are great in relieving joint pain. There are a variety of massage techniques for both dogs and cats. They alternate between stretching, stroking, massaging and tapping. Regardless of the technique you select, you want to make sure your pet is comfortable and you go slowly. Let your pet’s body work and learn to use the muscles without your help. Please check with your veterinarian before beginning any exercise program for your pet. Please check back with us in the next issue of Natural Awakenings to learn more about pain and treating pain naturally. Source: Dr. Michel Selmer, of Advanced Animal Care Center, located at 260 Evergreen Ave., South Huntington. For more information, call 631-FOR-PETS (631-367-7387) or visit See ad on page 2. natural awakenings

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Chow Down Try to use organic ingredients whenever possible for all of these recipes.

Letter of the Month Oh, how I enjoyed the publisher’s letter. What a wonderful tribute to your dad (and mom.) The magazine is great. I also took great pleasure in the article about telling stories. I am truly blessed to have a loving close-knit (and close-by) family. Stories have always been a big part of the Brostek tradition. When I lost my sweetheart of 60+ years, I decided to create a «memory book» for the entire family. It took quite a while, but I finished it in time to give out this past Easter. Carol’s book is 275 pages—with more than 400 photos from infant to grandmother and everything in between. It includes man, many stories and many questions designed to trigger phone calls, emails and lots of discussion and laughs! “Who is that infant on page 67?” “Where was that vacation on page 186?” The book is certainly serving its purpose.

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Combine ingredients in a mediumsized bowl; let sit for 10 miutes. Lightly coat a pan with olive oil, add bowl contents and then scramble like regular eggs. Cool before serving as a topping to a dog’s regular meal.  

Raw Liver Paté

Chia Coconut Crunch

1½ cups rolled oats 1 tsp baking powder ½ cup coconut flour 1½ Tbsp chia seeds ¼ cup coconut oil 1 cup almond butter 2 whole eggs 1 tsp pure vanilla ¼ cup carob chips Preheat oven to 350 F. Cover a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Combine all ingredients except carob chips. After ingredients are well incorporated, add carob chips. Form small balls of dough with hands, place on cookie sheet and lightly flatten each ball with the back of a fork. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely before serving. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or bag.  

Oats ‘n Egg Scramble 2 eggs, whisked ½ cup rolled oats ¼ cup goat’s milk Olive oil

½ lb liver (chicken or bison) 2 eggs 1 tsp sea salt or kelp 1 Tbsp olive oil Whirl all ingredients together in a food processor or blender until smooth. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use as a topper for regular meals.

Cooked Liver Paté

Same ingredients as liver paté. Hard boil the eggs and set aside. Lightly sauté liver in a pan with the olive oil, sea salt and kelp. Cook until pink is gone. Cool and then combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Serve and store as indicated above. Source: Recipes courtesy of Suzi Beber.

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merous and illegal raids on health food stores, supplement makers and practitioners. In an infamous barbaric raid on the clinic of integrative physician Dr. Jonathan Wright, in Tahoma, Washington, in 1992, agents and deputized officers converged with guns drawn, terrorizing patients and staff because Wright was giving his patients legal L-tryptophan supplements to help with sleep and mood. It was dubbed the “vitamin Bbust”. A federal grand jury declined to indict Wright on the charges stemming from the raid.

Why the Natural Health Movement Must Protect Itself by Kathleen Barnes


ames Gormley, a leader of the natural health movement in the U.S. and an award-winning health journalist, is a passionate advocate for natural health. For more than 20 years, he’s been at the forefront in the fight against government restriction of dietary supplements and for transparency in the food industry, and has twice participated in America’s trade delegation to the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Commission, advocating for health freedom. Gormley’s editorial positions have included editor-in-chief of Better Nutrition and editorial director for the Vitamin Retailer Magazine Group. He now serves as both vice president and senior policy advisor for Citizens for Health and as a scientific advisory board member with the Natural Health Research Institute. His latest book, Health at Gunpoint: The FDA’s Silent War Against Health Freedom, poses a strong stance against government interference in our rights to information about and access to healthy food and supplements.

Why do you believe that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are tainted by special interests, particularly big companies in the pharmaceutical and food industries? The FDA was created to address issues of food and drug contamination and adulteration. Dr. Harvey Wiley, the courageous first leader of its predecessor, the Bureau of Chemistry, expressed his disgust with the unintended consequences in his 1929 book, The History of a Crime

Against the Food Law: The Amazing Story of the National Food and Drugs Law Intended to Protect the Health of the People, Perverted to Protect Adulteration of Foods and Drugs. The FDA has been beholden to drug companies for decades. Making the situation worse, a 2012 law loosened conflict of interest restrictions for FDA advisory panels. That has further weakened the agency’s review system and likely allowed more drugs with safety problems to gain marketing approval, according to an analysis published in the journal Science in 2013. In addition, 40 percent of the FDA’s last budget increase came from user fees on prescription drugs paid by the pharmaceutical giants. The USDA has the potential to do much good, but is bogged down with politics and mandates to push questionable biotechnology.

With regard to the controversy over genetically modified organisms (GMO), are certain companies being given undue influence in national policy making? Yes. A perfect example was the ability of Monsanto to block initiatives requiring labeling of food products that contain GMOs in California and Washington state. Monsanto and the food industry continue to leverage their considerable influence in the U.S. Congress to block such legislation on a national level, despite the massive outcry from consumers demanding to know the identity and origin of the food we eat.

Current European Union and international codex policies maintain that most necessary nutrients can and should be obtained from foods, so they have dramatically limited the availability of many supplements. Do you expect such a policy to become part of U.S. law? These European policies fly in the face of reality and every major food study conducted since World War II. The super-refined, overly processed Western diet does not and cannot fully supply optimal levels of daily nutrients. The U.S. has made minor efforts to tread this dangerous path and been met with tremendous consumer outrage. Potential related laws and policies would have to make it past an avalanche of public comments.

What is the current status of the fight for health freedom, and what is your prognosis for the future? Substantial threats to our health freedom still exist, but I am optimistic. Three highly credible nonprofit organizations are leading the way: the Alliance for Natural Health, Citizens for Health and the National Health Federation. If consumers remain vigilant and stay informed on the issues identified by these advocates, we will be able to tackle and defeat threats to Americans’ health freedoms as they emerge. Kathleen Barnes has authored many natural health books. Connect at natural awakenings

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Fitness Class of the Month


n June, Natural Awakenings Long Island (NALI) began its search for the best fitness classes on Long Island. A new class will be featured in the magazine each month. NALI staff writer and Publisher Kelly Martinsen headed to Woodmere to take a Pilates class at Healing Hands Pilates and Wellness, and was thrilled she did. As a working mom with limited time, Martinsen needs to spend her time wisely. “I have to feel like I am working out,” she shares. “I need to feel stronger, have some muscle pain, and need to sweat. Honestly, if I’m giving it an hour, I need to feel like I got a great workout.” The studio is intimate, with instructor Agnieszka Kurek, aka “Aggie,” greeting each participant at the door. The class consisted of four “regulars” that were all in great shape and that credit Nicole Leone, the owner of Healing Hands Pilates, and Kurek for keeping them in great shape. With a small class size, individual correction and adjustments were given to each participant. Kurek, who trained in Boulder, Colorado, in classical Pilates, offered corrections of each person’s form, which allowed for deeper strengthening of the core muscles. The next day, Martinsen felt exactly how she wanted to feel: “sore.” She is hoping to get back there soon. Classes at Healing Hands Pilates are intimate, relaxed and take place in a warm and friendly environment, making it ideal for the novice to the experienced to come and try out. Location: 970 Railroad Ave., Woodmere. For more information, call 516-792-0868 or visit See ad on page 53.

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Don’t Die With Your Music Still in You

An Exclusive Interview with Serena Dyer


erena Dyer is the sixth of Wayne and Marcelene Dyer’s eight children. An alumnus of the University of Miami and a South Florida resident, she’s authored a brand new book depicting her experiences growing up with spiritual parents. In Don’t Die With Your Music Still in You, set to be released this month, Serena imparts her experiences with all 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace her dad wrote about. Wayne, in turn, contributes his own perspective, making her debut book a perfect father’s day gift and must read for everyone. Natural Awakenings asked Serena a few questions in this exclusive interview.

You wrote the book based on one of the original principal in your father’s book “10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace.” You explained that, Don’t Die With The Music Still In You, deeply inspired you. What was the second? The second most inspiring secret or principal, if you will, was the notion that we cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it. When we encounter a problem or issue in our life, we cannot resolve that issue by using the same thinking or behavior that got us there in the first place. It’s like the idea of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Actually, I believe that is the definition 54

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of insanity! I realized that in order to solve any of the issues or annoyances that existed in my life, I first needed to change the way I was thinking. As Lao Tzu wrote, “If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.”

We all have a moment in life where our direction takes a sudden turn. What was the most significant and pivotal advise you got from your parents? Honestly, the greatest advice I have ever received from my parents was “don’t die with your music still in you.” I titled my book this because it truly has been the single greatest piece of advice I have ever received. We all came here with music to play, with something that excites our soul and calls to us. I didn’t want to get to the end of my life and look back on it all and know that I lived a lie, or that I followed someone else’s dreams. I was at a point in my life where I felt that I was not honoring the music I came here to play, and I made the decision right then and there that I couldn’t allow myself ignore what I felt I came here to do.

Spirituality: Living and practicing it. Did you find it difficult to relate to friends or others your age as you were growing up? I have never found it difficult to relate to my friends or other people my age as I was growing up. I grew up in a very spiritual household with very progressive parents. I learned transcendental

meditation at the age of 5, I had monks who were friends who taught my brothers and sisters to chant, and my parents talked about things like past lives, time travel, spirit guides and yoga before anyone else I knew talked about these things. But that being said, my friends always thought my parents were cool! I didn’t grow up around people who judged others or criticized different ways of being. My parents raised my brothers and sisters and myself to be open to new ideas and new people, to be willing to try new things, and to leave the judging to someone else. I believe I always had an easy time making friends because my peers knew I wouldn’t judge them for who they were.

You spend time working to combat child trafficking through several organization. What kind of involvement or support would you recommend to your blog followers and readers in the fight against it? The greatest weapon in the fight against child trafficking is awareness. The more people that are aware of what is going on, not just in America, but globally, the more likely we are to see effective change implemented. One of my favorite quotes is “there is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” Putting an end to child trafficking’s time has come. Every person that tweets about it, blogs about it, supports local and global initiatives is helping put an end to it. I am involved in Kristi House, a Miami organization that provides services to sexually abused and trafficked children, and I suggest taking a minute to go on their website and see how you can help too.

What’s Next? I am getting married in July so that is the next big step for me! After that, I plan to continue blogging, speaking, and remaining open to whatever comes next! Besides her work with local organizations to combat child trafficking, Serena spends her time traveling, reading, and blogging. For more information visit

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MONDAY, JULY 28 Free Holistic Dinner and Health Talk – 6:309pm. Dr. Ray Omid cordially invites you and up to 4 guests to come and dine with him for a complimentary health dinner talk. Learn the key essentials to living a healthy and more vibrant life naturally. Umberto’s Italian Restaurant, 633 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park. RSVP, Bessi: 917-747-2795.



Myofascial and Deep Tissue release and Stretching Techniques of Psoas, Iliacus and Core Muscles – 9am-6pm. With Gerald Basile, LMT, BCSI. 8 CE credits. $175. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223.

New York College Open House – 10:30am12:30pm. Meet admissions staff, students and faculty, and learn about accredited degree programs in Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Now enrolling for Fall term. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223.

Life Tools for Emotional Clarity – 8:15-9:45pm. Discover tools to resolve past and present stressful experiences in your life. Learn to develop selfsufficiency and emotional resilience. Dr. Fred will take you through the primary tools that he has found to be easiest to learn and most effective when you are emotionally aggravated, stressed out or stuck. New members welcome with family and friends. $15. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.



Dinner Talk: Live Free of Pain and Stress – 6:309:30pm. With Dr. Michael Berlin & Dr. Fred Blum of The Family Wellness Center. Many people suffer from the physical and mental effects of chronic stress overload, but don’t know what to do about it. Learn how to resolve stress, lower healthcare costs, and live a more authentic and empowered life. Free. La Famiglia Restaurant, 641 Old Country Rd, Plainview. RSVP: 516-822-8499.

New York College Open House – 6:30-8:30pm. Meet admissions staff, students and faculty, and learn about accredited degree programs in Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Now enrolling for Fall term. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223.

Movie Night: The Wisdom of Menopause – 7-8:30pm. Dr. Christiane Northrup’s bestseller, The Wisdom of Menopause, focuses on four key areas uppermost in the minds of women 50+: heart health, hormone therapy, diet and sexuality. With cuttingedge medical info and guidance, she invites midlife women to embrace their inner wisdom and transform the second half of their lives. Free. Pure and Simple Health, 128 N Long Beach Rd, Rockville Centre. Tracy Cleary: 516-203-7442.


THURSDAY, JULY 10 New York College Open House – 6:30-8:30pm. Meet admissions staff, students and faculty, and learn about accredited degree programs in Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Now enrolling for Fall term. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223.

SUNDAY, JULY 13 Clear Day – 9am-5pm. Build life-long strategies to resolve stress and pain. Advance your Network Care to the next level. A day-long, intensive experience. Receive: 3 Network chiropractic adjustments, Integrated SRI sessions, mind/body exercises, discussions and healthy lunch. $195. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499. Myofascial Release Fundamentals Workshop – 9am-6pm. With Jason Beickert, LMT. 8 CE credits. $160 by July 4; $185 thereafter. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223.

MONDAY, JULY 14 Life Tools for Emotional Clarity – July 14 & 28. 8:15-9:45pm. Discover tools to resolve past and present stressful experiences in your life. Learn to develop self-sufficiency and emotional resilience. Dr. Fred will take you through the primary tools that he has found to be easiest to learn and most effective when you are emotionally aggravated, stressed out or stuck. New members welcome with family and friends. $15. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 16 IBS/IBD, Crohn’s and Colitis Lecture – 7pm. With Dr. David Pollack. Does your life revolve around your digestion? There are many areas of the body that are outside the digestive tract that can lead to IBS, Crohn’s and Colitis. The key is to find the true cause of the inflammation. Learn how to improve your digestive function. Free. Strictly Gluten Free, 396A Larkfield Rd, East Northport. RSVP: 631-462-0801.

THURSDAY, JULY 24 Advanced NSA Workshop – 8:15-9:45pm. Learn more about the Four Sacred Seasons of Network Care are a way to understand your healing process and every aspect of your life from a Network perspective: thoughts, actions, prayers, decisions, your level of courage and confidence, focus, direction, action, relationships, healing, gratitude, compassion, love and more. With Dr. Fred Blum. Free. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

FRIDAY, JULY 25 Family Yoga Night Workshop – 7pm. Learn ways to interact with your children thru the practice of yoga. Will practice partner poses to help strengthen and stretch bodies, yoga games, breathing and relaxation exercises and more. All family members (even extended) welcome with kids ages 4 & up. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Registration required: 516-632-9626.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6 New York College Open House – 6:30-8:30pm. Meet admissions staff, students and faculty, and learn about accredited degree programs in Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Now enrolling for Fall term. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 10 Balancing the Pelvis, Hips & Sacrum with Myofascial Release – 9am-6pm. With Jason Beickert, LMT. 8 CE credits. $160 by Aug 1; $185 thereafter. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16 New York College Open House – 10:30am12:30pm. Meet admissions staff, students and faculty, and learn about accredited degree programs in Massage Therapy, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Now enrolling for Fall term. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223.

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classifieds HEALTH CARE/WELLNESS PROFESSIONALS Space available for rent on hourly basis in Rockville Centre. Holistic environment perfect for practitioners, massages, acupuncture, nutritional counseling or life coach. Front desk support included. Space for small classes. 516-203-7442

HELP WANTED Looking for work in a meaningful and holistic practitioner office? Dr. Richter is looking for front office staff full time/part time please call 516-282-0310 or email resume to Part-Time Advertising Sales Representatives with experience and who understand targeted marketing. Be part of our growing Natural Awakenings community. If you are a self-motivated, organized, computer savvy, go getter who has the desire to make money, like talking on the phone (and face to face time), enjoys working from your home and from the road, and have previous ad-sales experience with at least 10-15 flexible day-time hours per week to sell, we would love to talk to you. Please send your resume to Pay is commission, plus bonuses. Pilates studio and Wellness Center looking for Pilates Instructors and Yoga Instructors located in Woodmere, NY. Looking for someone who is trained in all Pilates apparatus. Yoga and Pilates instruction needs to have experience with all levels of fitness. Please Email: with information. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child through support groups, art therapy, a grief hotline and special workshops, needs volunteers to help with various projects. Karen Flyer, Executive Director: 484-4993 or

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

Space available Health Care-Wellness Professionals Network with complimentary doctors and therapists. Renovated quiet building, clean office, busy road, great parking. Ideal for second location, part timer, or new business Flexible terms. Space for small classes. Join Us! Info & Visit: 516-674-0609.


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Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077.


Classical Hatha Yoga – 5:15-6:30pm. With Jessica Saraswati. All levels welcomed and encouraged. $15. Break The Norms at A Jewel In The Lotus Yoga Shala, 560 Main St, Studio 3, Islip. Info: 516-938-9600.

20-Hr Clairvoyant Training Program: Learn to See – Tori Quisling, M.Ed, Clairvoyant Practitioner, offers a 20-hr weekly course in learning to use clairvoyance in your life. By the end of the course, you will be able to meditate “Find Your Space,” give readings and work with your own Healing Guide. Customized program, begin when ready. Discounts when you join with a friend. $1,575 (when paid in full). Center for Clairvoyance and Healing, 158 Main St, Port Washington. 516-423-1794. Tori@ 21-Day Detox – Lose weight, boost energy, de-stress, learn what you need to know for a life time of healthy cleansing. Includes: 21-day life botanica formula; pH strips; cleanse tool kit & recipes; 3 1-hr detox modules; 3 1-hr stress relief modules. RSVP: 516676-0200. Daily Meditation Classes – 7-8pm. Each day a different meditation, with something new to learn. Most meditations conducted with crystal Tibetan singing bowl. Learn about mantra, breathing practices, intention manifestation, activating the chakras and more. Beginners welcome. First session free. $10/class. Membership packages available. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. Jessica: 516-938-9600. Free Arthritis Aquatics Classes – Co-sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that provides information and support to all of those with arthritis. Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy, Garden City & Saf-T-Swim, Bellmore. For info & appt, Sherrie Glasser: 516-745-8050. Free Chiropractic Care for Returning Veterans – 9am-6pm. Dr. Gina Marino has extended an offer of care for one full year for any U.S. military veteran returning from overseas deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq, at no charge, with presentation of their service certificate. 2050 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh. 516-221-3500. Free Fall Prevention & Balance Testing – Are you at risk of falling? Program provides all seniors the opportunity to test their balance and see if they are at risk of falling. Falling is not a normal part of aging. Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy in Garden City, Great Neck, Roslyn, Bellmore, Kew Gardens & Rocky Point. For info & appt, Sherrie Glasser: 516-745-8050. Free Gym Membership – 11am-8pm. Come in and we will show you how you can get a gym membership absolutely free. Synergy Fitness Massapequa, 5300 Sunrise Hwy, Massapequa. For more info: 516-541-4400.

Free Silver Sneakers Exercise Classes – MonFri. For all levels: balance, agility, strengthening, endurance and osteoporosis for eligible seniors. Sponsored by the nonprofit, Medicare’s Healthways. Garden City, Kew Gardens, Port Washington & Roslyn Harbor. For details, including to see if eligible & class times, Sherrie Glasser: 516-745-8050. Kripalu Yoga/Stretch, Chair Yoga & Thai Yoga Bodywork – Super-therapeutic, energizing yet rejuvenating sessions. TYB: gentle stretching, palming, thumbing on back, belly, seated, side-lying. Beginners welcome. 15% off first session. Great Neck, Port Washington, Plainview. Carol Leitner: 516-242-8270 or Seeking Participants for an Independent Research Study Regarding Massage Therapy – Be a part of the growing data of research regarding massage therapy. Massage is offered to participants at a drastically reduced rate. Healing Hands Pilates and Wellness Studio, 970 Railroad Ave, Woodmere. 516-792-0868. Three Phases to Optimal Health – Dr. Danielle Roberts presents life-changing information to kick start your enlightened optimal lifestyle journey. Call for details. $100 for all three lectures. Bring a friend and get half off. Integrative Health Center & Spa, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. 516-676-0200.


Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 9am. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Baby & Me Yoga – 9:30am. Infant-crawlers. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Must register: 516-632-9626. Meditation – 10:30-11:30am. For beginners or those looking to deepen their practice. Gently guided meditation accompanied by the soothing sounds of our crystal Tibetan singing bowl, designed to awaken your Third Eye. 1st class free; monthly memberships available; $10. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600.


Ashtanga Yoga: Mysore – 6-9am, Mon-Thurs. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Ashtanga Yoga – 9:30-11am. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Shine Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. With Stacey Lynn. For all levels. Explore your breath, your inner voice, your physical body. You will radiate and shine like the sun. Integrative Healing Center, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. 516-676-0200. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 1:30-3pm. An ongoing group for women with metastatic breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social

Yoga with Angela – 6-7:30pm. Join Angela Strynkowski for an authentic yoga experience. All levels welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; $15. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Mon. An ongoing group for men with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 7-8:30pm. For young women with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. Big Kids Yoga – 7:15-8:145pm. Ages 11-14. Promotes physical health, self-confidence, awareness, and mental focus in a safe and lighthearted environment. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Meditation – 8:15-9:15pm. Join Jessica Saraswati for a peaceful meditation session, followed by an enlightening satsang. Beginners welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; $10. Break The Norms at A Jewel In The Lotus Yoga Shala, 560 Main St, Studio 3, Islip. Info: 516-938-9600.


Pilates Mat Class – 9:30am. Designed for the intermediate/advanced Pilates student. Challenging workout with stretching and lengthening of the whole body. $25 with discount. Healing Hands Pilates and Wellness, 970 Railroad Ave, Woodmere. 516-792-0868. Vinyasa Flow – 9:30am. Basics. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Yin Yoga – 9:30am. A practice in which asanas (poses) are held for extended periods to increase flexibility and juice up the joints and ligaments, releasing energetic blockages that may be holding you back in your yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Meditation – 9:30-10:30am. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Shine with Infrared Therapy – 10:30-11:45am. With Stacey Lynn. Class incorporates the principals of Shine Yoga with use of the Biomat which is an FDA approved, warm infrared, amethyst crystal mat. A deeply healing experience allowing you to shine from the inside out. Integrative Healing Center, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. 516-676-0200.

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Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 10:30am12pm. A morning group for women who have a genetic mutation for breast cancer (BRCA+). Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. Community-Open Level Yoga – 11:30am12:30pm. Donation. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Inspired & Empowered Living Radio Show – 6pm. Learn how you can be inspired and empowered in your daily life. Join Nanci Deutsch and her accomplished guests as they coach, educate and motivate you. On W4HC, Facebook: InspiredAndEmpoweredLivingRadioShow. Mother & Daughter Yoga – 6-7pm. Ages 9 and up. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Kundalini Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.  Weight Loss Seminar – 7:15pm. With Dr. Michael Berlin. Learn about a cutting-edge weight loss program that will specifically show you how to lose weight and keep it off for life. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

Wednesday Free Energy Healing For Chemo/Radiation Patients – By appt only. 2nd Wed. Kiyra Artisse, Master Energy Healer, offers free energy healing to cancer patients, currently going through chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Success & Harmony, Merrick. Space limited; for appt: 516-945-0919. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 10:30am12pm. For women with metastatic breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. Pre/Post Natal Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-9449642. Reiki Circle & Meditation – 12-1pm. $20/dropin. Healing Studio at Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. To register: 516-509-5630. Bodhi Meditation Class – 1-2:30pm. With Ni Nan Gilbert, acupuncturist and healer. Experience how this unique meditation can help you purify your body/mind and unleash the creative power within you. Increase self-awareness, emotional intelligence, mental clarity, focus and inspiration. Free. Freeport Recreation Center, 130 E Merrick Rd, Freeport. Nan: 516-442-7408.


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Kids Yoga – 5pm. Ages 5-8. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 5:30-7pm. An evening group for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. Pilates Mat Class – 6pm. Beginner/Intermediate Mat Class that will strengthen and lengthen your body. Change your body with the right kind of workout and feel great doing it. $25-$30. Healing Hands Pilates and Wellness, 970 Railroad Ave, Woodmere. To reserve a spot 516-792-0868 or Shine Healing/Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. No prior experience with yoga or meditation required. When the mind is full of noise, and needs to empty, you need not look further than yourself, stillness is within you, simply one breath at a time. NEED LOCATION! Clairvoyant Development Series, Level 1 – 6:308pm. Tori Quisling, M.Ed, graduate of the Berkeley Psychic Institute and featured expert in the New York Daily News, will train on using own psychic abilities (clairvoyance, clairaudience). By the end of 8 wks, students will meditate, have awareness of psychic abilities and perform a reading. Workbook/ CD. Customized programs also available. $125/ class; $975/8-wk course. 158 Main St, Port Washington. 516-423-1794. Holistic Moms Network: South Shore Long Island Chapter – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Wed. Like-minded community focusing on mindful parenting and natural health. Free. CSTL – Tanglewood, 1 Tanglewood Rd, Rockville Centre. 516-924-1168. Prenatal Yoga – 7:15pm. Designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-6329626. New & Potential Patient Workshop – 8-9:30pm. Learn all about Network Care’s extraordinarily gentle method that combines light-touch neurological and energy work to help to resolve all the stress, tension, distortions, and traumas from your spine and nerves. With Dr. Michael Berlin. Free. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


Healthy Happy Hour – 4th Thurs. We are raffling off a wellness party for you and your friends each month. Integrative Health Center & Spa, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. RSVP: 516-676-0200. Shine Yogaroma – 10:30-11:45am. For all levels. Each week a Young Living essential oil is chosen for exploration. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years to promote healing. Integrative Healing Center, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. 516-676-020

Yoga for the Soul – 11am-12:15pm. Yoga for the Soul is a meditation journey with some gentle yoga and movements and pranayama (breathwork) to prepare the body to sit for guided meditations. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Gluten-Free Lecture – 12-1pm. 3rd Thurs. Recommended donation $20. Integrative Healing Center & Spa, 403 Main St, Ste 1, Port Washington. 516-676-0200. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 1-2:30pm. A daytime group for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. YogArt – 4:30-5:30pm. Class allows kids to express themselves through the practice of yoga and creating art. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Yin Yoga – 6pm. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. AbsoluteYogaStudio. com. Meditation – 8:15-9:15pm. Join Jessica Saraswati for a peaceful meditation session, followed by an enlightening satsang. Beginners welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; $10. Break The Norms at A Jewel In The Lotus Yoga Shala, 560 Main St, Studio 3, Islip. Info: 516-938-9600.

Friday Cancer Support Group – 9-11am. Call for specific dates. 6-wk program designed to empower women with knowledge while on their journey to kicking cancer’s ass. $480. Drop-in complimentary class last week of each month 9-10am. Must reserve spot. Integrative Healing Center & Spa, 403 Main St, Ste 1, Port Washington. 516-676-0200. Divorce Seminar – 12:30pm. Last Fri. Free seminar for those individuals who are considering the possibility of divorcing. Get information about divorce mediation and litigation and answers to questions. 626 RXR Plaza, W Tower, 6th Fl, Uniondale. For info & to reserve a seat, Sheree Donath: 516-670-9332 or Employment Seminar – 1:30pm. Last Fri. Free seminar related to employee rights in the workplace. Find out what it means to be an “at will” employee and find out your employment rights. Will answer questions. 626 RXR Plaza, W Tower, 6th Fl, Uniondale. For info & to reserve a seat, Sheree Donath: 516-670-9332 or Community Yoga: Donation-Based – 4-5pm. A Vinyasa Flow class that will stretch the body and clear the mind. All donations collected each month go to supporting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation & Flying Frogs Yoga. Donate what you can. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

Develop Your Intuition Workshop – 7-8:30pm. 1st Fri. With Tori Quisling. An introductory meditation series based on her book: The Clairvoyant Practitioner: A Simple Guide to Developing Your Clairvoyant Abilities. An interactive series in developing your intuition using meditation and clairvoyant techniques to open up your ability to trust what you “see” and “know” about your life and relationships. Practice techniques you can use right away to create positive changes in your life. $35. Yoga Life, 939 Port Washington Blvd, Port Washington. 516-423-1794.


Pre-Natal Yoga – 9am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Yin Yoga – 9-10:15am. A practice in which asanas (poses) are held for extended periods to increase flexibility and juice up the joints and ligaments, releasing energetic blockages that may be holding you back in your yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Family Yoga – 10-10:45am. 1-9 yrs. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.  Bodhi Meditation – 10-11am. With Ni Nan Gilbert, acupuncturist and healer. Experience how this unique meditation can help you purify your body/ mind and unleash the creative power within you. Increase self-awareness, emotional intelligence, mental clarity, focus and inspiration. Ni Nan Healing Art Center, 2326 Merrick Rd, Merrick. 516-442-7408. Meditation – 10:30-11:30am. For beginners or those looking to deepen their practice. Gently guided meditation accompanied by the soothing sounds of our crystal Tibetan singing bowl, designed to awaken your Third Eye. 1st class free; monthly memberships available; $10. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600. Self Esteem Workshop – 11am-12pm. 4-session workshop to help people develop a healthier sense of self. Learn how to challenge your present thoughts and replace unhealthy ones with more positive ones. Workshop utilizes cognitive techniques to challenge thoughts and behaviors. Change your thinking to change your life. $25. Linda Rose, LCSW, 708 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Head. 516-671-7786. Women in Mid-Life Discussion & Support Group – 11:15am-12:15pm. Join other women to talk about this exciting but complex developmental stage in life. Support and discuss issues around menopause, life changes, relationships, sexuality in mid-life, finding a new passion and more. Group runs in 10 session segments. $20/class. Linda Rose, LCSW, 708 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Head. 516-671-7786. Yoga 101 Workshop – 1:30-3pm. Last Sat. Focuses on the foundational yoga poses, providing individualized, detailed instruction, designed to prepare you to make the most of any yoga class at Om Sweet Om. $20. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.

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acupuncture Ni Nan Healing Art Center 2326 Merrick Road, Merrick 516-442-7408

Personalized Accupuncture, Energy Healing, Chinese Herb and Bodhi Meditation are all available an d Ni Nan Healing Art Center in Merrick. Accupuncture for all needs including, stomach upset, Accupuncture facial, fertility, pain and more. See ad on page 29.


cleaning services All Clean Long Island Inc Michelle Spadafina Massapequa Park NY 11762 Nassau and Suffolk County 516-987-8388

All Clean Long Island provides cleaning services for your home and office. Using only a Holistic system of Organic, Pet and Human friendly products, we provide an efficient service for all your cleaning needs. Customizing every job for the specific needs of our customers is important to us in order to guarantee that every job is performed to your satisfaction. See ad on page 14.

colon hydrotherapy


Karen Flyer Office: 516-484-4993, Fax: 516-484-4885 COPE: is a grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child. COPE offers support groups for parents and siblings, alternative healing therapies, and a grief hotline. COPE also offers a free weekend bereavement camp for children ages 6-17 dealing with a major loss.  For more information, please contact Karen Flyer at


309 Madison St., Suite 4, Westbury 516-640-5322 • Private, safe, comfortable. Lose weight, gain energy, improve skin & sleep, and help reduce the risk of disease. Spa-like atmosphere. Feel completely relaxed. Pre-Post cleanse nutrients provided. See ad on page 23.


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 31.

Dr. Esther Jimenez, DC 180 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Center 516-868-8100 Brain Synergy integrates a holistic, drug-free, effective, non-invasive approach that evaluates and balances the many neurological and metabolic imbalances that either cause or worsen disorders including ADD/ADHD, autism, stress disorders, migraines, sleeping difficulties and more. See ad on page 39.

pollack wellness center FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER

641 B Old Country Rd, Plainview 516-822-8499 Our office helps people heal their bodies and their lives by doing light pressure points that blend advanced neurological, energy work, and life skills coaching to resolve all the stress, tension, distortions, and traumas from the body and mind naturally. See ad on page 15.

66 Commack Rd, Ste 204, Commack 631-462-0801 • Dr. Pollack specializes in the practice of physical rehabilitation, herbal and nutritional medicine, and stress and weight management including non-invasive liposuction. He has extensive experience in healing digestive disorders (reflux, bowel issues, colitis, loose stools, etc.), joint and muscle pain, headaches, and many other common health concerns. His goal is to help as many people as he can to reach optimal health and avoid the “sick-care” system. See ads on pages 21 & 31.

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healing RECONNECT LONG ISLAND Rob & Anessa Koenig Hurricane Chiropractic Office 1 Montauk Hwy, Westhampton 631-338-9400

Experience the transformative power of Reconnective Healing to achieve improved physical, emotional and mental health. Beyond any energy healing technique you have ever encountered, Reconnective Healing is a powerful, hands-off process that accesses a comprehensive spectrum of energy, light, and information credited with bringing about a state of restored balance and wellness. Reconnect Long Island was established by practitioners Rob & Anessa Koenig to bring this important work to the East End. Your time for healing is now, schedule your appointment today. See ad on page 33.

holistic dentistry GOLDEN DENTAL WELLNESS

444 Community Dr., Suite 204, Manhasset 516-627-8400 • A practice that cares for you like family. The philosophy of her dental wellness center is a wholebody approach working closely with your healthcare practitioners that you already have a relationship with. The practice incorporates the teaching of Huggins, IOAMT, and much more. See ad on page 15.

long island center for healthier dentistry

260 East Main St, Suite 109, Smithtown 631-361-3577 • Dr. Shvartsman provides State of the Art dental care with a commitment to patient comfort. He utilizes mercury-and heavy metal-free tooth conserving - minimally invasive restorative techniques as well as a Biomimetic Dental approach. Dentistry for holistic-minded patients is our focus. See ad on page 9.

NORTH SHORE COSMETIC & IMPLANT DENTISTRY Dr. Jonathan Richter 310 East 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 & Treatment,Treatment for Sleep Disorders, Invisalign & Orthodontics, Dental Implant, Sleep Apnea. Payment plans available. See ad on back cover.


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holistic health coach HEALTHY LIVING BY DENISE

516-241-7968 Certified health coach specializing in helping women reduce cravings, increase energy levels, improve sleep and more. Individual health coaching, group workshops and corporate wellness programs available. Together, we will explore your specific concerns and discover the solutions needed for a lifetime of balance.

holistic wellness center PURE AND SIMPLE HEALTH

128 N Long Beach Rd Rockville Centre 516-203-7442

“Wellness Made Easy” is our motto at Pure and Simple Health. The 3 reasons we lose our health are: we have too much of what our body doesn’t want (bacteria, yeast, etc.); we don’t have enough of what it needs (vitamins, minerals, etc.); and stress (physical, emotional or environmental). We help you detoxify and clean your system, nourish your body, and help you better adapt to stress, so you can experience gains in health that are dramatic and sustainable. See ad on page 11.

indoor environmental wellness HEALTHEHABITATS

1602 Lakeland Ave Bohemia, NY 11716 877-861-3662 Indoor Environmental Wellness™. We are the people that improve the air that you breathe, the water you drink, bathe, and cook with, and the surfaces you touch. See ad on page 19.

mediation CORY J. ROSENBAUM, P.C.

Cory Rosenbaum 1-855-491-Save

Cory Rosenbaum is an expert at all forms of mediation and legal affairs. After resolving his own divorce mediating, without any litigation, he was able to find peace for himself, his exwife and most importantly his child. Cory wants to help others struggling with divorce proceedings utilizing a mediation process based on his existing expansive knowledge of divorce law in New York State. See ad on page 27.

medical wellness center integrative healing center & spa 403 Main St. #1, Port Washington 516-676-0200

Specializing in detoxification and preventative health care. We are fully present in your visit so you feel safe, appreciated and heard All of our practitioners are I-ACT certified therapists. Only the best FDA-cleared Libby devices are utilized for our clients. The colon is the key to health. See ad on page 29.


Nassau & Suffolk Locations 866-239-5445 • Personalized care through pregnancy, water birth, natural birth, well-woman gynecology, family planning. Many insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 28.

naturopathic INNER SOURCE NATURAL HEALTH 11 Stewart Ave, Huntington 631-421-1848 •

Helping each patient realize their greatest health potential using the least disruptive recommendations possible to stimulate the innate ability of the body to heal itself. Inner Source Natural Health is staffed by the Naturopathic Doctors/Acupuncturists. As seen on the Dr. Oz show. See ad on page 4.

finker wellness

Bellmore 516-765-3272 • Utilizing Naturopathic Medicine to help her patients feel better naturally. Many illnesses can be treated by nutrition, botanicals, and nutraceuticals. Dr. Finker provides personalized health care solutions for her patients. See ad on page 41.

NON-surgical liposuction OPEN CIRCLE HOLISTIC WELLNESS 8 Davison Plaza East Rockaway/Lynbrook 516-406-3005

Holistic Wellness focusing on detoxification of body mind and spirit. Offers Cavi-Lipo (non-surgical liposuction) far infrared sauna, foot detox, meditation instruction and intuitive counseling.

pollack wellness center

66 Commack Rd, Ste 204, Commack 631-462-0801 • Dr. Pollack specializes in the practice of physical rehabilitation, herbal and nutritional medicine, and stress and weight management including non-invasive liposuction. He has extensive experience in healing digestive disorders (reflux, bowel issues, colitis, loose stools, etc.), joint and muscle pain, headaches, and many other common health concerns. His goal is to help as many people as he can to reach optimal health and avoid the “sick-care” system. See ads on pages 21 & 31.

ozone therapy DR. HOWARD ROBINS

The Healing Center 200 W 57th St, Ste 807 New York, NY 10019 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 – contact information above. See ad on page 63.


516-423-1794 • Tori Quisling, MEd, offers Clairvoyant Readings, Psychic Development classes. Over 20 years experience, training at the Berkeley Psychic Institute, Tori assists you in deep spiritual answers, past lives, relationships and energy balance. See ad on page 35.

MARLA FRIEDMAN, PH.D.,CN 1005 Glen Cove Avenue Glen Head, NY 11545 516-674-3388

Utilizing the power of nutrition and psychological well being to help create empowered self growth, lasting change, healthy aging, and optimal wellness: body, mind and spirit. See ad on page 23.


Williston Park/Glen Head Locations 516-671-7786 Individual, couple and group sessions. Services offered include; arousal difficulties,erectile dysfunction,low libido,orgasm difficulties,premature ejaculation and infidelity. See ad on page 47.

reiki/energy healing


Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist 585 Stewart Ave, Ste LL-50 Garden City, NY 11530 516-305-2581 Integrating psychoanalytic psychotherapy with spirituality, to empower by learning self-awareness, and addressing emotional, psychological and spiritual health.


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225 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City 516-742-3434 •

Nursery through grade-12 private school. An innovative and holistic approach to educate and nurture with compassion, to balance towards wholeness, to challenge toward excellence and achievement. Our methods of teaching reflect an understanding of the growing child and acknowledge the spiritual origins of humanity. See ad on page 25.


Michel A. Selmer, D.V.M. 260 Evergreen Avenue South Huntington 631-367-7387 See ad on inside front cover.

OPEN CIRCLE HOLISTIC WELLNESS 8 Davison Plaza East Rockaway/Lynbrook 516-406-3005

Intuitive counseling, Reiki/energetic healing, meditation instruction. Tina Martinez has a long history as a meditator and a healer (29 years). Each session is completely unique to the individual and is supported with the highest and purest intentions.

SUCCESSANDHARMONY.ORG 27 Merrick Ave, Merrick offers multiple transformation coaching and energy healing including Reiki energy classes and healing, and Transformation, Vortex healing and Karuna Reiki. See ad on page 12.

retreat centers psychotherapy



Cherry Grove, Fire Island 631-597-3080

Day or overnight retreats. Individuals or small groups welcome. Retreats can be directed by Patricia (Reiki Master, C.C Hypnotist, Post Graduate degrees, Spirituality) or can be self-guided retreats. Engage the heart, inspire the intellect and strengthen the soul. Call to find out more.

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

K-8 private school. Morning yoga, meditation, healthy and vegetarian eating. Individualized reading, writing, math. Volunteering and service; earning by doing. Rich in culture and diversity. Reasonable tuition. See ad on page 16.

yoga absolute yoga

1 Guilles Lane, 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 53.


361b Atlantic Ave, Freeport 516-632-9626 Family Yoga Studio specializing in Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal, Restorative, Kids Yoga, Mommy & Me, Private/Semi-Private, Kids Parties and Workshops. Special donation-based Community Yoga classes offered Fridays at 4pm. Open 7 days a week offering a full range of classes in two studios and private changing/nursing area. Come feel the Flow. See ad on page 53.

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

Be embraced by the warmth of community and be celebrated for who you truly are. Your home away from home,your refuge in a busy life. Here, your body is strengthened and soothed while your spirit is nurtured. See ad on page 52.

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