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Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry


10 Foods Help Us Relax and Rest


Kids Love These Homemade Drinks



Strengthens Body, Mind and Family Spirit



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42 PETS WELCOME HERE Happy Places to Live and Travel Together



Streams and Rivers Are Life Links

DEPARTMENTS 8 news briefs 10 health briefs 22 global briefs 26 health spotlight 27 business spotlight 30 healing ways 32 conscious eating 4

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34 healthy kids 36 fit body 40 wise words 42 natural pet 44 green living 46 calendar 49 classifieds 51 resource guide

Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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inally, it’s starting to feel like spring here as I write my publisher letter on this first sunny, 70-degree day this season!! The weather this year has had me, my friends and my family, counting the days/years until we can one day retire and live out our days somewhere warm. Becoming a snowbird sounds ideal, right? But the truth is there is so much more to a community than the amount of sun. Sure, sun is important for vitamin D, and of course, we know sunshine can lift our mood. But, as the article on page 38 points out, there are many factors involved in finding the perfect community. Personally, I have been incredibly blessed to have moved from NYC to Long Beach when my husband and I got married. It has been the perfect fit—not just the marriage J but the community! Kelly Martinsen, And not just for me, but for my family as well (although GamPublisher bino, my rescue dog, is a little sad that he’s not allowed on the beach, even though he is very friendly, and his parents ALWAYS clean up after him!). But, other than Gambino’s limited beach access, this town has fit many of our needs. Good schools, check; good people, check; health-oriented, check! All in all, the town we chose to live in when we were in our 20s (originally because of its surfing community) has become an amazing community of good people striving for the best life has to offer, both personally and professionally. My family and I have been very fortunate because communities are not always an instant fit. In some cases, we may, as with most relationships, have to put some energy into our community before it is ideal. What do I mean by energy? I mean if you aren’t in love with your community, then try to create one you do love. There are a million ways to do this. Join a community Facebook group to find people you connect with; go to city hall and ask if you can turn some ugly, unwanted land into a community garden; or how about starting a business that you think the community needs? Lately, this is where my heart has been leading me. I find myself wondering what I can offer the people of this incredible community—just what is it that’s needed? (Stay tuned over the next few months to learn what I have decided to do.) Let’s face it, the thought of joining a group or speaking to someone at city hall is daunting, and it’s definitely scary to start a business; but with a good plan in place, you can do anything you set your mind to, especially if the goal is an altruistic one, like the betterment of your community. Another idea to create the community you desire is as simple as leading by example. Want your community to be more family based? It’s as simple as going to a park (or dog park) with your family; you will be surprised that small communities within your own community exist and are always looking for more “members.” Wishing your community had a focus on healthy families? Then how about taking the advice offered in our Fit Body section (see page 36) and begin taking family runs. Others will look out their windows and see you and your family running and you may inspire them to do the same. Take advantage of these beautiful, sunshiny days to discover what it is you love about the community you live in—is it the neighbors, the shops, the schools? Perhaps you feel no love toward your community? In that case, instead of planting yourself in front of the boob tube and bingeing on Netflix and ice cream, it might be a good idea to get out there and create a community you WILL love.


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If you’ve wondered why one kid who has poor oral hygiene never gets cavities, while your kid who brushes twice a day and sees the dentist biannually is plagued with cavity after cavity, the culprit is likely pH. A healthy pH for saliva is in the 5.6-7.9 range. If the pH falls to 5.5 or below, there is a high risk of tooth decay and cavities, because bacteria thrive in an acidic environment. What’s more is that acidic saliva can be detrimental not only to oral health, but overall health. A bacterial imbalance in the mouth can result in type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney and lung complications, obesity and more. Many people simply don’t know what they are doing wrong and become frustrated that they can’t get theirs or their kids’ oral health in check, and fear the long-term implications. Typically, a dentist will treat a cavity directly, but not the bacterial imbalance in the mouth. This is a reactive and short-sighted solution that allows the cycle of decay to continue. The CariFree assessment and elevated pH products directly address the decaycausing acids that are a feeding bed for bad bacteria. “The CariFree assessment is a salivary test that gives an idea of a patient’s oral environment by looking

at many different aspects of their biochemistry and DNA,” says Linda Golden, DDS. “We are then able to use the results to design a comprehensive oral protocol that can combat pH-related and other dental issues in a holistic way.” CariFree assessment and pH products are mostly geared toward children, but they can also prove beneficial for patients with dry mouth, acid reflux, depression, and other conditions. Non-abrasive and safe to use every day, CariFree elevated pH products are highly effective and scientifically proven to prevent cavities through remineralization. Dr. Golden describes that patients may use the products that fit their lifestyle, but some patients may prefer to opt for a more pure and natural approach. Being a holistic practitioner, she has extensive knowledge and expertise to design a customized program. “Dentists should be giving not only oral health guidelines, but nutritional and lifestyle as well,” Dr. Golden shares. Some alternatives to the products presented by CariFree that she suggests to her patients include alkaline LINDA J. GOLDEN, D.D.S. water, coconut oil pulling, xylitol, lemon water, ozone and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). She also advises a healthy diet MANHASSET 516 627-8400 444 Community Drive · Suite 204 of alkaline foods, like fruits, legumes MANHATTAN 212 973-9425 and vegetables; and 120 East 56th Street, 12th Floor reducing caffeine Se Habla Español! drinks, alcohol, sugar, Call for more info about our meat and processed services or visit our website foods, which are all GOLDENSMILE.COM highly acidic.

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The Yoga & Polarity Center Joins Yoga Nanda Studio Family


or nearly 24 years, the Yoga & Polarity Center sought to bring the community the best of what yoga offers the world. Opening their doors in 1995 with only 10 classes a week taught by Heather Principe, throughout their history—which includes 200- to 500-hour trainings, and yoga therapy and polarity therapy at the board certified level—they have dedicated their energy to building the awareness of yoga and all its principles. When Principe decided that this would be her final year as the founder/leader of the Yoga & Polarity Center community, she decided to realign with another like-minded Long Island studio. Months of observing and listening led her to the Yoga Nanda family of studios, headed by Cara Stone. In Principe’s own words: “The more I listened, the more I could hear a resonance of intention, a deep core like-mindedness of yoga. And so, I approached Cara to come in and make Yoga & Polarity Center part of the Yoga Nanda community. I am not leaving—we are just getting bigger and better. Continuing in service, I remain.” On June 1, Yoga & Polarity Center will become the third point of a new Nanda trilogy. There will be a celebration of this “perfect union” on Wednesday, June 13, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at the Yoga & Polarity Center, located at 32 Church Street, in Malverne. For more information, call 516-578-2898 or visit YogaPolarity.com. Information can also be found by calling Yoga Nanda: Garden City at 516-307-9007 or Yoga Nanda: Long Beach at 516-889-0808, or by visiting Yoga-Nanda.com. See ad on page 25.

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ave you ever looked up into the sky and questioned whether there is life on other planets, or wondered if extraterrestrial beings have visited Earth? You are not alone. There are approximately 121,000 UFO sightings per year in the United States. The Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) symposium, which runs from Friday, July 27, through Sunday, July 29, beginning at 7:30 a.m., will be held at the Crowne Plaza, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. This year’s theme is UFOS, Extraterrestrials, and the Future of Humanity, with a public educational outreach day on Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. MUFON invites the public to learn more about UFOs and extraterrestrial phenomenon through their dynamic lectures. Peter Robbins, the master of ceremonies, will welcome Dr. Lynne D. Kitei, a Phoenix physician who witnessed, photographed and videotaped “the Phoenix lights,” America’s most well-documented mass UFO sighting in 1997. Additionally, Travis Walton will speak about his experience as a logger who encountered a disc-shaped craft in 1975 and went missing for five days as result. A Q&A panel will follow. There will be film screenings, an art exhibit and a vendor room, which LONG is free and open to the public. Registered symposium attendees will have access to all 15 presenters. ISLAND The truth is out there, but you have to look for it!


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No Cell Phone Antennas Outside of Our Homes!


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I, Debbie, am a mother of two young children living in Huntington where a cell antenna has already been installed on a pole just 5 feet outside the backyard fence of our home.   We all have a very serious issue on our hands. In May of 2016, with no notification to residents, the town of Huntington approved a deal with Crown Castle on behalf of Verizon Wireless to add 160 “small cells” (a distributed antenna system) on new and existing utility poles. A similar deal was made in the town of Oyster Bay and possibly in other places across Long Island too. These cell antennas emit radiofrequency microwave radiation 24 hours a day, seven days a week.   Thousands of peer-reviewed studies from all over the world show clear evidence that wireless radiation causes biological damage. No safe level has been scientifically determined for children and pregnant women. With these new antennas, the radiation is forced inside the walls of our homes but is out of our control. We can never shut it down, not even when our children sleep. In addition, the equipment is an eyesore. Small cells are not small, and they are being added to neighborhoods every five to 10 houses. Studies clearly show property values drop when in close proximity of cell antennas. Would you buy the house with or without the cell antenna out front? For now, these antennas are 4G (fourth generation technology), which has already been proven unsafe, but the plan is to change them over to 5G very soon (promising better virtual reality, driverless cars, and faster downloading speeds—but at what cost to our health?). This new 5G uses much higher frequencies and millimeter waves that have never been tested for long-term safety. We are an experiment.  Please join us to put a stop to cell antennas near our homes and the coming of 5G. Join No Smart Meters or Small Cells LI on Facebook or call/text my colleague Carol Leitner at 516-242-8270. Come to our next monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, at the Huntington Hilton, located at 598 Broad Hollow Rd., in Melville. And please check out the website ehTrust.org for more information on all wireless radiation issues, including 5G, and the science behind our concerns.

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Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health More than half of teens and young adults that have slaked their thirst with energy drinks report consequently suffering negative health consequences, reports a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. Of 2,055 Canadian participants between ages 12 and 24, 55.4 percent said they had negative health events afterwards. Of these, 26.5 percent trembled and felt jittery, 24.7 percent had faster heartbeats and 22.5 percent noted “jolt and crash” episodes—a spell of alertness followed by a sudden drop in energy. Another 5.1 percent experienced nausea or diarrhea and 0.2 percent, seizures. Most respondents said they drank only one or two energy drinks at a time. 12

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In the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middleaged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks based on a standardized scale called the Merz-Carruthers Facial Aging Photoscales. By doing the exercises for 30 minutes each day or every other day, the fullness of both the upper and lower cheeks, in particular, of the women were significantly enhanced, report Northwestern University researchers. “The exercises enlarge and strengthen the facial muscles, so the face becomes firmer and more toned and shaped like a younger face,” says lead author Murad Alam, a medical doctor. Some of the study exercises can be found by searching the topic of Happy Face Yoga on YouTube.

Cardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of Illinois researchers report. In a study of 32 people, 30 to 60 minutes of exercise three times a week for six weeks boosted levels of healthy intestinal bacteria, especially for lean subjects, and less so for the obese. The healthy bacteria produced shortchain fatty acids that reduce the risk of colon cancer. “The bottom line is that there are clear differences in how the microbiome of somebody who is obese versus somebody who is lean responds to exercise,” says Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., a kinesiology professor at the university.

Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time When we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can put us into a more peaceful state, reports a University of Rochester study. Young adults, sitting in a comfortable chair away from their devices, were given something to read, told to think about something specific or not given any instruction. Some were asked to sit alone for 15 minutes a day for a week and keep a diary. In all cases, such solo time away from devices helped reduce intense emotions afterward.


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

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

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Preterm Births Down After Coal Plant Shutdown After a polluting coal-fired power plant in Pennsylvania was shut down in 2014 by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulatory action, the chances of women living 30 miles downwind having a preterm birth fell by about 28 percent, report Lehigh University researchers. While the plant was operating, women in affluent New Jersey communities downwind had a 17 percent greater risk of having babies of very low birth weights— less than 5.5 pounds—than did women in other similar affluent areas.

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Alcohol has been linked to seven types of cancer, including breast and bowel, and scientists at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, in Cambridge, UK, have tracked down a possible cause. In lab tests, they found that when the body processes alcohol, acetaldehyde is produced. Acetaldehyde alters and damages DNA within blood stem cells, leading to rearranged chromosomes and a greater likelihood of cancer.

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Mangoes contain potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties that may prove useful in treating gastrointestinal disease, cognitive decline and diabetes, report scientists at the University of Palermo, in Italy. Also, Texas A&M researchers have found that 300 people with Crohn’s disease that ate 200 to 400 grams of commercially available frozen mangoes daily for eight weeks had fewer digestive symptoms, improved inflammation biomarkers and less colon cancer-linked molecules in their digestive tracts.


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New Healthy Coffee Alternative Success by Health (SBH), a new, re-branded company in the healthy lifestyle industry with its Reishi Mushroom-infused coffee products, now offers two healthy coffee products—Café Noir and Café Latte—in the natural beverage niche market for sales affiliates. They are formulated with the Reishi (Ganoderma) Mushroom, to help eliminate unhealthy caffeine in coffee, and with it, the unpleasant metabolic crashes associated with conventional coffee products. They smooth out the traditional highs, lows, jitters and resulting negative pH levels in the body. SBH is the latest direct marketing company started by Jay Noland, a former professional baseball player well-known in the direct selling industry. His business model eliminates the retail middleman through individual, independent sales affiliates. Each affiliate purchases a packet of Café Noir, the standard black coffee, for 68 cents a cup, and asks others they know and meet, “Do you drink coffee?” It’s an easy way to initiate a dialogue about the latest in healthy coffee. SBH founding members and independent affiliates are Dr. James Marinakis, an internationally recognized alternative medicine practitioner, in Boca Raton, Florida, and Jo Dee Baer, an age-group record-setting triathlete and health coach in Central Florida. To join the SBH team as an affiliate and improve health while increasing wealth, call 800-681-4926 or email 68CentsACup@gmail.com.

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How Can an Aura Reading  Help You Live Your Life More Fully? It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: It would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.  – Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll Your aura is an “eggTori Quisling shaped” light surrounding your body. All of our thoughts, true or false, form energetic pictures that accumulate in the aura. We produce so many energetic pictures each day that can overwhelm and affect our emotions, creating stress. “I wish I were on a cruise”; “I hate this job”; “I would love to paint for a living, but I have to work this job instead”; “My brother is angry with me”; “I’m not good enough.” A skilled clairvoyant can read, organize and interpret the energetic pictures in your aura, so you can gain perspective on your daily concerns and begin to integrate deep truths and answers you just couldn’t access on your own. An aura reading can bring clarity and a feeling of lightness and hope for the future, so you can move forward with your relationships, career and health.  You can also learn more about the aura and other metaphysical topics in Tori Quisling’s workshops and clairvoyant development classes. She will have a Workshop on the Aura, June 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the NY Center for Clairvoyant Development, located at 150 Bayview Avenue, in Port Washington. The cost is $40. Source: Tori Quisling, a world-renowned clairvoyant and healer. For more information or to register, contact Quisling at Tori@ToriQuisling.com. See ad on page 47.

Can You Use Digestive Enzymes for Weight Loss? Your body runs on enzymes! Some of these enzymes are manufactured by your body naturally, and some of the foods you eat contain enzymes. Enzymes are proteins that act to support all chemical processes. They are essential to your existence, but as we get older, our enzyme production lowers. This decrease of enzymes greatly influences the effects of aging and is linked to many diseases. Digestive enzymes are only one category of enzymes produced by our bodies, but they are needed to help break down our food, thus making it available to our cells. Enzyme-deficient diets create chronic disease. If you consume a diet of lifeless processed foods for a lengthy period of time, you will eventually wear down your digestive tract as you deplete your system of necessary enzymes. You will begin to experience gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and reflux. These symptoms create low-grade stresses to the organs. Stress to the organs will result in further irritation and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. This inflammation will result in weight gain and lead to many nutrient/vitamin deficiencies, as you’re never really receiving all the nutrition your food contains. Vitamins and minerals are needed to properly eliminate toxins Dr. Elyse Tursi from the body, and to promote the health needs of your digestive system, cardiovascular system, metabolism and total body weight. Nutrient deficiency can also predispose you to autoimmune conditions. Frequently experienced signs of nutrient deficiency include chronic fatigue, cold hands and feet, and heavy menstrual periods. Ask your doctor how you can benefit from enzyme therapy. Source: Dr. Elyse Tursi, of One Integrative Wellness—a Pollack Wellness Center (100 Manetto Hill Rd., Ste. 307, Plainview). For more information, call 516-299-9313. See ad on page 41.

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Healthy Oils Improve Good Cholesterol A spate of recent worldwide studies reveal several cholesterol-healthy alternatives to olive oil. Ingesting 15 milliliters a day of virgin coconut oil for eight weeks increased high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “good cholesterol” levels in 32 young adults by an average of 5.72 milligrams/deciliter, researchers at Thailand’s Chiang Mai University found. Walnut oil slashed heart disease risk in 100 Type 2 diabetes patients that swallowed capsules containing a total of 15 milliliters of walnut oil a week—the amount of oil obtained from 4 to 5 servings of the nuts. They experienced significant drops in total cholesterol, low-density (LDL) “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides after 90 days, reported Iranian researchers at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Camelina oil from the Camelina sativa plant, also called false flax, lowered LDL levels in 79 men with prediabetic symptoms, whereas diets high in either high- or low-fatty fish did not, according to the University of Eastern Finland. The men consumed 30 milliliters of the oil for 90 days.

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I’ve always looked at baking soda as that simple, inexpensive product that has so many uses. We use it in baking; it’s great for cleaning teeth; it acts as a safe, chemical-free cleaner (move over Comet); it’s found in antacids; and it can even be used to raise the pH in pools. But now, based on a study from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) at Augusta University, a daily dose of baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, may help reduce the destructive inflammation of autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, and celiac disease. An autoimmune disease is a condition arising from an atypical immune response to a normal body part; essentially, the body is responding abnormally to something going on in the body—sometimes good and sometimes bad. There are at least 80 types of autoimmune diseases that we know of affecting approximately 24 million people in the United States (7 percent of the U.S. population). This research is some of the first evidence of how this cheap, over-the-counter antacid can encourage our spleen to promote an anti-inflammatory environment that could be therapeutic in the face of inflammatory disease. The MCG scientists report in the Journal of Immunology that when rats or healthy people drink a solution of baking soda, it becomes a trigger for the stomach to make more acid to digest the next meal, and for the little-studied mesothelial cells sitting on the spleen to communicate to the spleen that there is no need to mount a protective immune response. Mesothelial cells line body cavities, like the one that contains our digestive tract, and they also cover the Jonathan Richter, DDS exterior of our organs to quite literally

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keep them from rubbing together. About a decade ago, it was found that these cells also provide another level of protection. They have little fingers, called microvilli, which sense the environment and warn the organs they cover that there is an invader and an immune response is needed. Drinking baking soda, the MCG scientists think, tells the spleen—which is part of the immune system, acts like a big blood filter and is where some white blood cells, like macrophages, are stored—to go easy on the immune response. The conversation, which occurs with the help of the chemical messenger acetylcholine, appears to promote a landscape that shifts against inflammation, they report. You are not really turning anything off or on, you are just pushing it toward one side by giving an anti-inflammatory stimulus—in this case, away from harmful inflammation. It’s potentially a really safe way to treat inflammatory disease. Source: Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, of Cariodontal (310 E. Shore Rd., Ste. 101, Great Neck). For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516-282-0310 or visit Cariodontal.com. See ad on back cover.

People that Don’t Slight Sleep Eat Better Those that sleep more than seven hours a night are likely to eat better the following day, according to researchers from King’s College London. In the study, 21 people known to typically sleep fewer than seven hours increased their sleep time by 47 minutes after receiving tips on sleep hygiene such as drinking less caffeine and going to bed neither too hungry nor too full. The following day, they consumed almost 10 fewer grams of sugar in food and drinks on average and also consumed less fat and fewer carbohydrates than a control group.


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Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Scleroderma— Can They Be Reversed? From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City…

What are they and what do they have in common?

So, what is intravenous ozone therapy, how does it work, and is it safe?

Multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus erythe- Medical ozone is a highly reactive gas. It has to be made “fresh” at the time of its use in a machine that passes electric current matosus (LE) and scleroderma (S) are diseases that can all be through medical-grade oxygen in a special hand-blown glass partially or completely reversed! This is a bold statement. Contube. It can’t be stored in a powder, tablet, capsule or liquid form ventional medicine has shown that it has no answers for these like other medicines. life-taking, debilitating conditions except to try and slow down When it enters the body, it acts like “glue” to all viruses, the degeneration or alleviate the symptoms. bacteria, fungus, yeast, mold, toxins, toxic heavy metals These autoimmune diseases cause the and parasites, destroying them without harming any immune system to hyper (over) react and athealthy cells in our body. Unlike the above-mentioned tack various organs or structures of your body, harmful organisms, healthy cells have special enzymes including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart that ward off ozone and protect themselves from deand lungs as if they were enemies, like viruses or struction. harmful bacteria. By ridding the body of all these harmful disease MS is an inflammatory disease in which causing organisms, intravenous ozone therapy has the fatty myelin sheaths around the axons of the been able to reverse the diseases in question as well as brain and spinal cord are damaged, leading to Dr. Howard Robins a host of many other diseases and illnesses. While it is demyelination of the nerves and scarring as well not known exactly which organisms are causing the as a broad spectrum of signs and symptoms, most diseases, medical ozone, by destroying all of them, helps us win notably muscle weakness. the war, and, believe it or not, it’s safe! What they all have in common is that they cannot only While used in more than 50 countries by over 45,000 physitake your life, but they usually work slowly, breaking down your cians for over 70 years, the most famous study done on its safety body, causing many painful and debilitating symptoms, making was published in Germany in 1982. In Germany, medical ozone your life miserable. therapy is used pre- and post-operatively to prevent infections as well as to treat most health problems. Jacobs, et al., reported in his published study that close to 400,000 patients were given Conventional medicine has spent billions of dollars trying to find the cause and cure of these diseases. Most of the money and more than 5,500,000 treatments over a two-year period with an adverse reaction rate of .0007! efforts, however, have been spent on finding pharmaceuticals that can relieve some of the symptoms. Natural medicine has had good results by cleansing and detoxifying the body. Many For more information, call Dr. Howard Robins at 212-581-0101. Robins is considered the foremost clinical expert on the use of natural medicine methods have met with some success. Diozone in North America, with more than 27 years of clinical pracetary changes, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy and meditation are just some of the methods employed that have had tice and 265,000 treatments performed. See ad on page 55. some beneficial but inconsistent results

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Simple Eco-Houses on the Upswing

A new Ukrainian homebuilding startup called Passivdom uses a 3-D printing robot to produce parts for tiny houses. The machine can print the walls, roof and floor of the company’s 380-square-foot model in about eight hours. The windows, doors and self-contained plumbing, sewage and self-electrical systems are then added by a human worker. Solar energy is stored in a battery. Filtered water collects from humidity in the air. Prices start at $64,000 per house (Passivedom). M.A.DI., in Italy, produces prefabricated A-frame houses in five sizes that can be set up anywhere. The basic model is rated an energy class B, but can be upgraded with an option of adding solar panels to make the structures energy-independent. Homes made by Lifehaus blend low-cost, off-grid appeal with holistic living and luxurious details. The Lebanon company is pioneering energy-neutral dwellings made from locally sourced and recycled materials. Green home dwellers will also be able to generate electricity and grow their own food.

At the North American Climate Summit in Chicago last December, more than 50 mayors from around the globe signed the Chicago Climate Charter, intended to guide cities toward reaching greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals similar to the Paris climate accord. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says each mayor will pursue a customized plan, noting, “We’re all going to get to the same destination in our own way.” President Trump’s intended exit from the Paris agreement has sparked an uproar from leaders worldwide, especially mayors in cities long committed to reducing emissions. Dozens of cities are committed to 100 percent clean and renewable energy goals and pledged to promote clean transit through using zero-emissions buses. Emanuel believes, “Climate change can be solved by human action.” Cities’ actions now may well pay off in the long run.

Deadly Cargo Oil Spill Threatens Ocean Ecology

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severely impact important reefs, fishing grounds and protected marine areas in Japan. They are also concerned by the toxic nature of the ultra-light, highly flammable oil and unknown impacts. Simon Boxall, with the centre, notes, “It’s not like crude, which does break down under natural microbial action. This stuff actually kills the microbes that break the oil down.”


Cincinnati has contracted with the energy company Dynegy to purchase 100 percent renewable energy to operate most of its municipal facilities through at least 2021. The green energy will power police and fire stations, health clinics, recreation centers and most administrative buildings, including city hall. The city’s greenhouse gas emissions will be cut by more than 9 percent and its utility rates by more than $100,000 annually. The deal will bring the city closer to its goal of running on 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.

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Cleanup Cites Worst Plastic Polluters

A week-long beach cleanup and audit at Freedom Island in the Philippines last September exposed the companies most responsible for plastic pollution in the critical wetland habitat. The Greenpeace Philippines and #breakfreefromplastic movement audit, the first of its kind in the country, revealed that Nestlé, Unilever and the Indonesian company PT Torabika Mayora are the top three contributors of plastic waste discovered in the area, contributing to the more than 2 million tons of mismanaged plastic waste in the Philippines, the third-biggest source of plastic ocean pollution per year. See the whole list at Tinyurl.com/TopTenPolluters.

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Plastic Bags Get the Boot

Boston will join 59 other Massachusetts municipalities and hundreds of others across the nation, including Seattle, Washington, and Washington, D.C., in banning single-use plastic shopping bags by the end of this year. Instead, Boston shoppers must bring their own totes or pay store owners five cents or more for a thicker, compostable plastic bag or a larger paper bag with handles. “This new ordinance protects the health of our neighborhoods and environment, while at the same time easing the burden on taxpayers and saving local retailers millions,” says Kirstie Pecci, director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Zero Waste Project.

Green Team Seattle Mariners Win Eco-Award

CenturyLink Field and Safeco Field, homes of the National Football League Seahawks and Major League Baseball (MLB) Mariners, respectively, introduced a Strawless in Seattle campaign last September. More than 100 local businesses joined with the Lonely Whale Foundation to help eliminate plastic waste. Safeco Field is the most sustainable baseball facility today, recycling 96 percent of all waste generated last season. As a result, the Mariners earned MLB’s Green Glove Award for 2017. Every food service item is recyclable or compostable, and cleaning crews manually separate waste items from recyclables after every game. The Mariners have been playing under energy-efficient LED lights since 2014, the first MLB ball club to do so. The team also added a 450-square-foot urban garden before the 2016 season that provides fresh vegetables and herbs for the concession stands.

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health spotlight you are trying to achieve? Does the meal plan have a registered dietitian available to consult with you and help you build the plan that best meets your goals? Full House Organic, the only USDA certified organic restaurant in New York, now offers a customized meal plan. Made with only USDA certified organic ingredients, prepared meals are delivered fresh daily. The plans provide breakfast, lunch and dinner, and individual consultations with a dietitian. All plans can be tailored to specific dietary needs.

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s a registered dietitian, I have always touted the benefits of eating organically to my patients. In the infancy of my career, organic food was only found in specialty grocery stores, which were few and far between. Today, most large-chain grocery stores have entire aisles and produce sections dedicated to USDA certified organic foods. Another area of the food industry that has caught on to the organic movement is the meal plan delivery business. This delights me to no end! I have counseled patients from all walks of life—single moms, households with working parents, entrepreneurs, etc. One thing they all seem to have in common is the lack of time to fully implement many of the dietary changes I recommend. That’s what makes meal delivery plans a good option. But how do you choose the right one? Here are five things to consider:

Organic vs. Certified Organic

Many foods can be called organic. However, a food is certified organic only if it carries the USDA organic seal. This means

that it has gone through a stringent certification process overseen by The National Organic Program, a division of the USDA’s agricultural marketing service. Items that carry the seal must contain at least 95 percent certified organic agricultural ingredients. The remaining ingredients must meet non-GMO criteria and be on a national list of acceptable items. Food products stating they’re “made with” organic ingredients must contain a minimum of 70 percent certified organic ingredients, with the exception of salt and water.

Are All Components Certified Organic?

Some meal plans may contain only a few certified organic ingredients. For example, a website might display the USDA organic seal for produce, but the same standards aren’t in place for meats, poultry and diary. Be sure to look beyond the label.


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Does the meal plan support the diet you are following? Are there multiple individuals in your household to consider when ordering? Paleo, keto, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diets are just a few meal plan options. In addition, make sure they provide enough flexibility to meet your individual needs. One-day, three-day, five-day and seven-day plans are some available options. Melissa Callari, RD, CDN, has worked in private practice as a registered dietitian and as a consultant to medical practices. As the in-house dietician at Full House Organic, she works closely with the chef to develop healthy, customized organic meal plans for clients. For more information, visit FullHouseOrganic.com. See ad on page 16.

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Do you like to cook, or do you want your meals prepared for you? Prepared meals come either “ready to heat and eat” or frozen and “ready to thaw and eat.” Meal kits typically contain all the ingredients and a recipe card to prepare the dish. They still require cooking and cleanup but eliminate the need to go grocery shopping. Both are excellent options for eating organically.

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any of the products we use on our hair contain a laundry list of dangerous chemicals. At FOS Living organic salon, in Garden City, they take every step possible to ensure they are using the safest and most natural products available. “Our health and the health of our clients is the most important thing to us. In our clean air environment, we choose to leave out chemicals, such as ammonia, PPDs and resorcinol, among many others known to cause allergic reactions and sensitivities,” says employee Tanya Kovacevic. At FOS Living, they offer customers a more natural alternative. None of their products contains ammonia, and the companies they have chosen to work with have significantly reduced or eliminated most of the harsh chemicals you will find in an ordinary salon. Whether it be root color, highlights, styling products or skin oils, FOS Living offers high-quality, safe and natural products. When you enter FOS Living, they do everything they can to make you feel safe and comfortable. The employees like to share their knowledge of natural products, and how making the switch can positively impact your life. The FOS Living salon chooses to use products with as many organic ingredients, essential oils and plant-based nutrients as possible. Their goal is to not only make you feel fresh and beautiful, but to keep your hair and skin in the healthiest state possible. So, why not go holistic with your hair care at FOS Living? “It’s safer for your health, the environment and produces beautiful, healthy results,” says Kovacevic. For more information, call 516-481-5900 or visit FosLiving.com. See ad on this page.

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OolaLife by Kelly Martinsen


o-la (noun): That state of awesomeness. It is when your life is balanced and growing in the seven key areas of life—“the 7 F’s of Oola” (fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends and fun). Have you seen the bus of dreams— a 1970 Volkswagen surf bus covered in stickers where people have written their dreams? The bus is now 19 sticker layers deep and is traveling around the country with two men, fondly known as the OolaGuys, “Dr. Dave” Braun and “Dr. Troy” Amdahl, both doctors of chiropractic. They are on a mission to change the world with a word (#Oola) by collecting 1 million dreams in the form of handwritten stickers on the side of a vintage bus. The reason? Because they believe that the way people can achieve their dreams is to first find balance within the seven key areas of life, they refer to as the 7 F’s. The OolaGuys operate on the principle that all of us are “designed for greatness,” and as such, they have made it their mission to help people achieve balance in these seven areas so that they can attain an OolaLife. The OolaGuys are co-authors of the international bestselling Oola book series that started with Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. Dr. Dave (the OolaS28

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Oola (originating from the word “oo-la-la”)  is a lifestyle based on the international best-selling book,  Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. eeker) and Dr. Troy (the OolaGuru) are renowned experts in teaching a proper work-life balance, and are committed to changing the world with their simple yet life-changing message.  These gentlemen began this journey in 1997 when Dr. Troy was working at his clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two of them, along with some friends, met at a hotel to sit around and plan the areas of their life. For each area (each F), they asked, “Where are you, where do you want to go, and how do you want to get there?” The focus is on balance between these seven areas of your life. Once you lose balance—yup, you guessed it—you lose Oola. But not everyone is unbalanced; not


everyone is an OolaSeeker. There are some that are OolaGurus. Back in 1997, Dr. Troy seemed to have it all together while Dr. Dave found himself at his lowest point. He had a failed marriage and was living in a low rent motel, having lost most of his wealth. Dr. Dave reached out to Dr. Troy to see how two men who started out with the same ideas and ideals found themselves at such opposite ends of Oola. It didn’t take long for Dr. Dave to realize that what Dr. Troy, the OolaGuru, was sharing with him and their friends—balance and growth in the 7 F’s—at this 1997 get-together was a profound concept that could help the masses. OolaLife is what is attained when a person focuses on and puts forth the effort to have a balanced life, maybe even an inspired one. The OolaGuys believe that “we are all designed by God for greatness and purpose,” and that Oola is just discovering that purpose and utilizing these seven areas as a guide. While no “F” is more important than another, it is worth emphasizing the importance of family, field and finance, “given that 55 percent of marriages end in divorce, 53 percent of Americans hate their jobs, and 33 percent of the U.S. population has debt,” says Dr. Dave. “That means many of us are spending 12 hours a day at a job doing what we hate and coming home to an unhappy household. That has to change. That is not inspired living.” The men still say that all areas are equally important and that once one outof-balance area is identified and focused on, the other areas will be helped inadvertently. For instance, if you start with finance and pull yourself out of debt, you will find an improvement in your relationship with your significant other because you will be under less pressure. Or, if you focus on family and improve your relationships, you discover that family members can help you figure out how to balance other areas of your life, including rediscovering a cherished dream. Many of the people the OolaGuys meet on the road tell them, “I haven’t had a dream in 30 years.” It’s true that these “dreamless folks” have lost Oola, but it’s never too late to find it. Visit OolaLife.com and try their free OolaLife tools to discover where you stand

in each area. Are you an OolaGuru in the area of finance and field, but lacking in family and faith? Then those are the areas you need to pay more attention to. Are fitness and fun areas that are no longer strong as you age and become increasingly busy? Then take advice from the OolaGuys and make time for both, as they will power you through the aging process. In the end when it comes to dreams, the guys ask the question: “If you knew it would be a raging success what would you do?” That is the start. Ask yourself this question, take the online quiz to determine your balance, and then begin the process of attaining an OolaLife! Oola is a lifestyle brand, with a book series (HCI Books); a tour; a motivational event called OolaPalooza; a partnership with Young Living where they have developed Oola oils; and most recently, their attempt to share and give back with their own line of tea, which supports their newest mission to feed 1 million people (every bag of tea sold buys a meal for a child in need). For more information, visit OolaLife.com. To order Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World, visit amzn.to/2EC5Pfq; and to order Oola for Women, visit amzn.to/2qobnWB. Kelly Martinsen is publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island and author of A Year of Inspired Living (HCI Books), which is available at AYearOfInspiredLiving.com and Amazon.com. See ad on page 46.

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Health Concerns Revolutionize the Cosmetics Industry by Marlaina Donato


rom red carpets to Teen Vogue magazine, the natural beauty trend has taken the industry by storm. Consumer whims may have sparked its beginnings more than a decade ago, but demand is now spiking profits into the billions. “Consumer need is influencing retailers to offer cleaner formulas reflecting firm ecovalues,” says Karen Behnke, the pioneering entrepreneur who founded Juice Beauty, in San Rafael, California. Behnke aimed to create meaningful change in the industry when she assembled her dream team 13 years ago. The company now owns a trailblazing patent and sets the standard for clinical organics. “We’re excited that traditional department stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew are adding our products to their beauty departments,” says Behnke, who attributes Juice Beauty’s tremendous growth in recent years to a surge of interest in chemical-free, luxury alternatives.

Natural Replaces Toxic A recent Green Beauty Barometer online survey revealed that more than half of women want their skincare products to be 30

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all-natural, a result likely driven by the scientific information age (see KariGran.com/ pages/greenbeauty for details). Reputable scientific studies revealing parabens in breast cancer biopsies have demonstrated that everything applied to the skin also enters the bloodstream, hence the effectiveness of dermal nicotine and birth control patches. Thus, it can be alarming to realize that the average woman will unknowingly consume seven pounds of lipstick containing petroleum-based emollients, synthetic preservatives and artificial dyes during a lifetime, undoubtedly another reason consumers are switching to natural options. Katey Denno, a Los Angeles makeup artist to the stars, noticed cosmetic red flags early in her career. “The first time I turned over a palette that most makeup artists carry and saw specific colors that couldn’t be used on eyes or lips, I was confused; if something isn’t safe for lips or eyes, how can it be good for any part of us?” queries Denno, who switched from social work to makeup artistry 11 years ago. “The change in the industry has been substantial. Now green is mainstream, and


Women are fueling the natural beauty movement, yet more men than ever are also seeking healthy alternatives. Grooming products with unisex packaging and fragrances are among top sellers. Informed teen and 20-something buyers are inclined to choose people- and eco-friendly brands that are also cruelty-free. A wide selection of aluminum-free, natural, personal care products including underarm deodorants are showing up in supermarkets. Women are ditching toxic hair dyes and going silver to avoid thinning hair and allergies, and unwittingly, creating a new fashion statement. Plus, there’s growing interest in DIY cosmetics using everyday good-for-you ingredients found in the kitchen. Artisan perfumes are gaining popularity among women that want the mystery and allure of fragrance without the side effects of manmade, chemical-based brands. “Some new customers are frustrated by commercial products giving them headaches, while others say that they just don’t like perfume, when what they actually don’t like is synthetic fragrance chemicals,” says Ananda Wilson, a botanical perfumer and owner of Gather Perfume, in South Hadley, Massachusetts. “It’s inspiring when they smell real plant scents and see how their world lights up! The molecules in natural perfumes are active and interact with personal chemistry, so they unfold differently on each wearer, creating a unique signature and experience.” Wilson ventured into botanical blends when both awareness and supplies


most artists have included some green beauty brands in their kits.” Millennials continue to drive consumer demand for higher standards. “Retailers understand that the skincare/makeup landscape is changing,” advises Behnke. “Traditional brands are no longer attracting younger consumers that are demanding organic, clinically validated products.” Denno concurs, stating, “The spotlight on clean products comes from the growing acknowledgement that we can and must do all we can to lower our overall toxic load.”

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Find a guide to toxic personal care products at Tinyurl.com/CosmeticIngredientsGuide. ~Vibrant Wellness Journal of appropriate ingredients were scarce. “Perfume history is largely rooted in natural materials, but until recently, there was a mass blackout of this precious lineage. When I started, there was barely anything available, and only through a handful of aromatherapy companies,” she explains. Now, Wilson bases her products on botanical infusions from plants she’s grown or collected, including wild beach roses, clover and spring poplar buds. It only takes a whiff to dispel the myth that natural perfumes lack sophistication or tenacity. “Naturals have a breadth of possibilities—opulent white florals, fresh and clean, or dirty and smoky,” expounds Wilson. Eco-beauty is emerging from conscious lifestyle choices and creating the next era of cosmetics. “It’s fun to be called a pioneer in organic beauty,” muses Behnke. “Our products, employees and happy customers comprise an encouraging accomplishment.”

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by Judith Fertig

etting enough sleep—or not—has a trickle-down effect. A study in the Journal of Obesity shows that good quality shut-eye helps us reduce stress, lose weight and function better. Research also shows that most Americans would be healthier, happier and safer going about their daily activities if they slept 60 to 90 more minutes each night, according to the American Psychological Association. A consistent sleep routine helps enable a good night’s rest, with activities like going to bed at the same time whenever possible; shutting down the Internet, email and text messaging at least an hour before bedtime; and limiting intake of caffeine and alcohol. Another best practice is eating foods that help us relax, fall and stay asleep. Four primary sleep-promoting vitamins and minerals naturally found in foods are tryptophan, magnesium, calcium and vitamin B6. Some of these help the body produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating the body’s sleep/wake patterns called circadian rhythms. Others enhance serotonin, which carries nerve signals and relays messages in the brain related to mood and sleep. 32

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Some foods are naturally packed with these essential vitamins and minerals, and eating certain foods at certain times can help us tip the scale towards a successful night of restful sleep.


Kiwi. Full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate, kiwi can help us sleep longer. In a study at Taipei Medical University, in Taiwan, researchers had participants eat two kiwifruits one hour before bedtime for four weeks. Total sleep time improved by 13.4 percent.


Soy. In a Japanese study published in the Nutrition Journal, researchers surveyed 1,076 participants between 20 and 78 on how often they ate soy products, which are rich in sleep-enhancing isoflavones. Those that ate the most soy foods enjoyed deeper, more sustained sleep. Researchers concluded that soy’s isoflavones help regulate the sleep/wake cycle.



Fiber-rich foods. Choices such as chia seeds, nuts and whole grains help promote restorative “slow-wave” sleep, according to the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.


Calcium-fortified yogurt. According to Dr. William Sears, a pediatrician in Pasadena, California, and author of The Baby Sleep Book: The Complete Guide to a Good Night’s Rest for the Whole Family, “Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleepinducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are some of the top sleep-inducing foods.”


Bananas. Rich in potassium, magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B6, which are used to make melatonin, bananas help promote good sleep. A study in the Journal of Pineal Research found that men that ate two bananas at a time for a week had a rise in melatonin that reached a peak two hours later; pineapple juice and orange juice also raised those levels.


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Fish. Salmon, halibut, mackerel and tuna help boost the production of vitamin B6, which helps make melatonin. A recent study from the University of Pennsylvania published in Scientific Reports found that eating more fish led both to better sleep and improved cognitive function in children.

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Tart cherry juice. A study by the University of Rochester, in New York, found that older adults drinking two, eight-ounce servings of tart red cherry juice daily, one in the morning and one at night for two weeks, enjoyed moderate sleep improvement, comparable to taking the herb valerian and melatonin.

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Walnuts. Eating a handful of walnuts an hour before bedtime provides fiber- supporting, restorative, slow-wave sleep, concluded a study in the journal Nutrition. Plus, walnuts are a good source of tryptophan, which helps make serotonin and melatonin; University of Texas researchers also found that walnuts contain their own source of melatonin.


Dark leafy greens. Kale, spinach and collard greens are among the magnesium-rich greens that can help us de-stress and go to sleep, says Dr. Raj Dasgupta, a professor of pulmonary and sleep medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.


Almonds and dates. Nerina Ramlakhan, Ph.D., a London sleep therapist and author of Fast Asleep but Wide Wake: Discover the Secrets of Restorative Sleep and Vibrant Energy, counsels her clients to start at breakfast by eating eight almonds and two dates. These two fiber-rich foods are able to slowly help produce melatonin for later in the day. Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).



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t day camp or the pool, on the playing field or in the backyard, kids can get really thirsty, especially as temperatures climb. Although filtered water is always a good choice, sugary, carbonated, artificially colored and flavored beverages can be tempting. Having homemade options ready can entice kids to stay hydrated in a healthy way.

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Michele Olivier, the mother of daughters Elliette and Parker, views herself as both a lover of food and a control freak. The Denver, Colorado, recipe blogger started off making food for her baby and toddler. As her kids grew and their nutritional needs changed, she created new recipes, including healthy sports drinks that both balance electrolytes and hydrate. While Elliette loves water and has no trouble staying hydrated, Parker loves juice, so Mom had to “make something that looks like juice, but is healthy,” says Olivier. Four main ingredients are a little frozen fruit left over from breakfast smoothies, a bit of honey for sweetening, a dash of Himalayan sea salt and water, or herbal tea or coconut water. She might also add fresh mint, ginger or other natural flavorings (BabyFoode.com). Heather Dessinger, a mom of three and blogger of recipes and natural mothering tips from Santa Fe, Tennessee, makes a drink based on coconut water with lime juice, raw honey and sea salt for older kids that play soccer or other warm-weather sports. Dessinger describes herself as a researcher and healthy living DIY fan (Mommypotamus.com). With homemade drinks, we know exactly what is—and what isn’t—in them. They can be made in batches and kept in the refrigerator. Dessinger relates, “I’ve found that when I make a batch with honey, which is naturally antimicrobial, and store it in the coldest part of the fridge, my homemade sports drink lasts for at least a week.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).


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Blackberry + Lemon + Mint Electrolyte Drink Yields: 4 cups 4 blackberries, fresh or frozen ½ lemon, juiced 1 mint leaf 1 Tbsp honey ⅛ tsp Himalayan pink salt 4 cups water, herbal iced tea or coconut water Place all ingredients in a blender and set on high for 45 to 60 seconds or until fruit is completely puréed.

Add ice to a water bottle and pour electrolyte water on top to serve. Popsicle Option: Follow the same instructions, but add an additional tablespoon of honey, and then pour the electrolyte drink into popsicle molds and freeze overnight. Courtesy of Michele Olivier, Tinyurl.com/4SportsDrinks4Kids.

Coconut & Lime Sports Drink Yields: about 4½ cups of bolder taste for older kids 3 cups coconut water 1 cup water or more (based on preference in strength of flavor) ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice (lemon is also delicious)

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RUNNING WITH THE KIDS Strengthens Body, Mind and Family Spirit


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ombining regular exercise with quality family time can be an enjoyable and fun way to realize a healthier lifestyle. Running together in fresh air, preferably in natural settings, allows children as young as 5 to safely join in.

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Families and coaches agree that running benefits both body and psyche. “Running as a family is an incredibly bonding experience, putting aside some of the usual conflicts and perceived hierarchies and just coming together,” says William Pullen, a London, England, psychotherapist and author of Running with Mindfulness: Dynamic Running Therapy (DRT) to Improve Low-mood, Anxiety, Stress, and Depression. “Running also gives us a place where we can develop skills like building confidence and competency.” Marc Bloom, of Princeton, New Jersey, author of Young Runners: The Complete Guide to Healthy Running for Kids From 5 to 18 and The Runner’s Bible, concurs, stating, “Running as a family can give parents the opportunity to be good role models by instilling values of health, fitness and togetherness.” Experts emphasize the fun factor. Pullen encourages both parents and kids to get out of their heads and into their bodies. “Concentrating on breath, posture, sensation and location all help make running mindful,” he suggests. 36

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For beginners, experts recommend approaching running as a desirable pastime and adopting a slow, easy pace. “Always make running fun, not a chore,” encourages Bloom. “Frame it as being outside, playing and sharing with friends and family. Make a game of it as much as possible.” Whether a family chooses to run in the park or in a community race, experts stress the importance of not setting goals. “Make it pleasurable. Don’t worry about time and distance. Start with short distances, maybe a block or two for novice runners or very young children,” advises running coach Jeremy Sanders, from Winchester, Virginia. “Be patient. Some days, the kids will get cramps. They may whine or get moody. Other days, they will be happy and content. Don’t let one bad run ruin the opportunity to try again another time.” Running coaches and seasoned runners agree that it is wise to tailor runs according to age and fitness levels. “Kids can begin at school age, 5 or 6; but start them with a few minutes and then add more, up to 15 minutes to a half an hour or so a few days a week. Always mix in sprints for short attention spans. Keep it simple. No fancy running shoes are needed when starting, just regular sneakers,” advises Bloom. “For teens, 30 to 45 minutes at a time a few times a week is fine, provided that they have bona fide running shoes.”


Finding inspiration as a family can include running for worthy causes; most communities host charity runs. “This can become a focal point for getting in shape, raising money and running for the greater good, not just yourself,” says Bloom. Mindful running presents regular opportunities to explore new places, focus on details that often go unnoticed and make exercise an active meditation for all involved. “Show kids how to notice what is going on around them when they run,” suggests Pullen. “You can read up and educate yourselves on trees, geology or the change of seasons so they feel a powerful sense of connection and freedom.” Whether running as a family is motivated by a desire to stay fit, get someplace or simply share more quality time, being in the present moment is most important. “Life is not about striving all the time,” exhorts Pullen. “Take the kids out. Keep it fun and make it into an adventure.” Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at MarlainaDonato.com.


“The important thing is to show up. It’s about participation, not breaking personal bests,” Pullen continues. Kids can play a game while running, such as silently counting steps, trees or other runners.” Mindfulness can also include sharing how it feels to run and meeting challenges along the way. Bloom suggests tuning in to nature. “Being in beautiful surroundings or watching for animals can promote mindfulness,” he says. “It can be spiritual.”

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Homework Is Not Healthy for Elementary School Children


by Marianne Franzese, MA, MS

ong-term educational studies prove that homework actually has a negative impact on elementary school children. Harris Cooper, educational researcher and author of The Battle Over Homework: Common Ground for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents, concluded after 25 years of study, that homework is not healthy for elementary school children. Think about it. Children put in a full day of work at school, and they need to rest and replenish when they get home. For most families, homework is a source of stress. It gives a false sense of responsibility and robs children of the opportunity to play and explore their natural interests. At Spark Elementary, we are committed to the re-imagination of homework. Instead of assigning hours of academic homework, at Spark Elementary we simply assign reading and a personal development challenge. We ask our students to limit video game use and explore other areas of interest. Our students are responsible for making an entry in their Happiness Journal every night. They reflect on their day and report their proud and thankful moments. The next day at school, they discuss what they did instead of homework and begin to figure out what personally inspires them. The success of this initiative has energized us to develop homework that supports the care of a child’s mind, body and soul. We need to question the mindset that believes homework ensures academic success and personal achievement. It is time listen to what children have been telling us for years and promote the work of creating healthy home habits. Marianne Franzese, MA, MS, has been working in the field of child development for more than 35 years. As a creative arts therapist and teacher, Franzese is the co-founder of Kid Esteem Inc. and principal of Spark Elementary. Her book The Sacred Weave of Mothering (Aslan Publishing, 2002) continues to provide comfort and inspiration for mothers and caregivers. Connect with her at Info@SparkElementary.com. For more information, visit SparkElementary.com. See ad on this page.

Breathing While Running William Pullen: “Mindful breathing is simply making the observation of one’s breath being the priority over thoughts. Each time the mind interrupts, gently return to the breath. Learning how to do that gently is what it’s all about—it means letting go of forcing, wishing and striving—and just gently doing.” Marc Bloom: “I’m not a fan of instructing young kids how to breathe while running because thinking about a must-do task can spoil the fun, and also seem like homework. Runners breathe naturally through their mouths, with an occasional deep breath through the nose. You can get technical with this, but not for kids. Be aware if breathing gets labored. If kids feel out of breath they’re probably running too fast. Kids love to start off fast, often too fast. Also, normal breathing might feel ‘out of breath’ and wrong to them because they’re not accustomed to it. Explain this to newbies beforehand by telling them what to expect.” Jeremy Sanders: “Everyone is different. Your breathing changes with effort and the more you run, the more you learn what works for you. You can experiment by breathing through only your nose or only your mouth, or in combination, in through the nose and out through the mouth. You can also alter the number of steps between each breath to get a comfortable rhythm going.”

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Good for People and the Planet by John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist


any people define a livable city as one that is easy to get around in by foot, bike or public transportation. Many also prioritize ready access to fresh, local, organic food via farmers’ markets and community gardens. Others champion affordable housing and cost of living factors, safe neighborhoods with a diversity of people, careful stewardship of clean air and water, and plentiful amenities, including considerable open space and natural settings. Many work to preserve and enhance a sense of place suited to the locale. Partners for Livable Communities, a national nonprofit in Washington, D.C., that renews and restores communities, maintains, “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.” The American Association of Retired Persons considers livable communities as age-friendly for young and old alike. 38

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Along with economic opportunities, a leading stimulus in moving to urban centers is, “More people are looking for a sociable environment where they can walk out of their door to the shops or transit and be among others they recognize who also recognize them,” observes Suzanne Lennard, director of the International Making Cities Livable Conferences, LLC, in Portland, Oregon.  “People who have traveled abroad, especially to Europe, and tasted the quality of life possible in a truly livable, walkable, beautiful and sociable city, often want to find such a place to live themselves.”   Following are a few examples of America’s many livable cities. More are transitioning and evolving as city planners, government officials, businesses and nonprofit community organizations strive to make their hometowns both people- and planet-friendly, often through public and private partnerships.  

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In Pittsburgh, revitalization is transforming 10,000 parcels of vacant or abandoned land—some where steel mills formerly




operated—into greenspace, bike lanes and other enticing and productive public areas. “Biking and our food scene have exploded,” says Chris Sandvig, director of policy with the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group, which advocates for equitable urban revitalization through their Vacant Property Working Group, helping communities access blighted areas for pennies on the dollar. “We’re now one of the top 10 bicycling commuter cities in the country. People also come here as food tourists due to vibrant local agricultural activity.”   “A related ideal is to create compact, human-scale, mixed-use urban centers in the suburbs that are less expensive to construct— and thus remain more affordable—while placing shops, schools, parks, services, workplaces and public transit within walking and biking distance,” Lennard notes. “This ensures a healthy, affordable and high quality of life for all; suburban, as well as urban.”   Fast-growing Carmel, Indiana, just north of Indianapolis, is following suit. “After years of watching the suburbs sprawl into subdivisions with large lawns, privacy fences and cul-de-sacs, we created a vibrant central core with apartments, townhomes, condos and new options for smaller homes—all within walking distance or a short bike ride to new places to work, shop and dine,” explains Mayor James Brainard. The design efforts serve people instead of cars. “Carmel has spent the last 20-plus years building more than 900 miles of trails and multi-use pathways, enabling residents to commute by bicycle to work and enjoy easy access to a growing number of parks and recreational areas,” says Brainard. To facilitate traffic flow, some 100 roundabouts replaced stoplights and four-way stops. “Reducing traffic congestion has improved our air quality, and saved gasoline and lives.” A new, mixed-use downtown Arts and Design District includes a Center for the Performing Arts with a Center Green that hosts a farmers’ market in summer and an outdoor Christkindlmarkt and outdoor skating rink in winter.   “The old way of doing things in which cities and towns sat back and let the market dictate how a community should be grown must come to an end,” remarks Brainard, advocating the benefits of local governance.  

Smart City Advantages

Key elements of smart cities—sensors, cameras, data analytics and powerful networks that capture and relay vital information— help them become more energy-efficient or quicker to respond to environmental and residential issues. Such products highlighted the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas. Reducing traffic can also contribute to safer highways and shorter commutes with decreased greenhouse gas emissions. “Citizens are using apps to monitor issues and alert city managers, improving the livability of their communities,” explains Steve Koenig, senior director of market research with the Consumer Technology Association.   In Boston, the app BOS:311 allows residents to instantaneously notify government departments of pollution concerns, like blocked drains and other environmental or community needs, feeding the information directly into the city’s work order system via their mobile phone. This real-time collaboration results in a cleaner, safer and healthier city.   The Envision Charlotte project encompasses interactive kiosks in 64 businesses and government buildings citywide, gathering energy usage data for office buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. So far, energy consumption has dropped 19 percent, saving companies about $26 million. The program has strengthened economic competitiveness and environmental sustainability.  

Nature in the City

Some cities have focused on the natural environment for improving local livability while mitigating contributions to climate change. Forested open spaces, wetlands and protected watersheds improve air quality, protect drinking water and buffer intense storms. Such areas also connect more people with nature and engage them in communal and healthy outdoor recreation. Portland, Oregon, boasts more than 10,000 acres of parks, plus an innovative Biketown sharing program that has facilitated 160,000 bike trips since its launch in 2016. The city’s Bike Bill requires all new streets to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians by design. Portland also embraces urban gardens and allows residents to raise chickens, bees, goats or rabbits in their backyards.

No one wants to live where pollution runs unchecked or water is unsafe to drink. Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program works to keep stormwater out of sewers and reduce rainwater runoff through decentralized soil-based and plant-based systems, including pervious pavement, green roofs and rain gardens. Begun in 2011, its goal is to reduce rainwater runoff by 85 percent by 2036. Rainwater has become a valuable community resource. The program is just one of many ways that the City of Brotherly Love is transforming itself into one of the greenest in the United States. Overseen by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Greenworks Philadelphia devises long-term sustainability strategies that encompass eight facets, including clean and efficient energy, carbon-neutrality and zero waste. Preparations are already underway to cope with a hotter, wetter future.

Preserving a Sense of Place

Making communities livable goes beyond infrastructure. Actions usually involve preserving, protecting and enhancing what appeals to residents. Santa Fe, New Mexico, is one example of many where livability priorities are guided by the values of its residents and its sense of place. “From our historic public square and marketplaces to outdoor cafes, farmers’ markets and community festivals; from human-scale architecture and balanced transportation to pedestrian and bicycle networks, this place represents shared values,” says Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. “Santa Fe is also full of public art. The city is designed to be safe, creative and inspiring for young and old, families of all kinds and everyone else that comes to see us.”

Good Life as Kids See It

Ultimately, making cities move livable for children can make them highly livable for all. “Children need the same things from a city that we all need, but their needs are greater than ours,” says Lennard. “The environment a child grows up in shapes their health and their mental and social development for the rest of their lives. Our modern, unwalkable suburban environments are contributing to childhood obesity, which has been widely linked to

chronic diseases that in the past were only associated with old age.” She notes, “Children need the exercise of walking or biking to school. They need safe streets so they can become independent and explore their neighborhoods; sidewalks and other outdoor areas where they can play, meet friends and interact with adults in the community; easy access  to nature; beauty in their environment; and intriguing architecture, works of art and other places to stimulate their affection and imagination. As they become teenagers, they need access by foot or bike to a wide variety of resources to broaden their horizons. Don’t we all need these things?”   John D. Ivanko and Lisa Kivirist, co-authors of ECOpreneuring, operate the Inn Serendipity, wholly powered by renewable energy, in Browntown, WI.

LIVABLE COMMUNITIES TOOLBOX International Making Cities Livable hosts conferences in the U.S. and Europe. LivableCities.org Consumer Technology Association’s Smart Cities, an overview of the latest technology in making cities more smart and livable. Tinyurl.com/SmartCitiesTechnology AARP Livable Communities fact sheets, helpful for communities looking to become more livable. Tinyurl.com/LivableCommunityFacts AARP Livability Index, a livability rating of U.S. localities according to housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity. LivabilityIndex.aarp.org Toward Sustainable Communities: Solutions for Citizens and Their Governments, by Mark Roseland. The fourth edition offers a comprehensive guidebook for creating vibrant, healthy, equitable and economically viable places. June 2018


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Peter Gros on Preserving Wild Nature by Sandra Murphy


eter Gros, co-host of the original Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom TV show, wildlife expert and environmental conservationist, now educates groups of young people that spend more time on their handheld devices than they do outdoors. His message impresses upon the next generation the importance of wildlife and open spaces as they gift us with heartfelt awe and balance, and engage us with nature to offset manmade lives. His 30 years of field experiences include serving as a wildlife lecturer and licensed U.S. Department of Agriculture exhibitor. An active member of the American Zoo and Aquariums Association and the Zoological Association of America, Gros is also on the board of directors of the Suisun Marsh Natural History Association and a trustee for the Cheetah Conservation Fund. He lives in Seattle and spends time in national forests when not speaking to groups.

Which animals are most often displaced by development so that we now share space with them? Deer, raccoons, alligators and coyotes are common neighbors, depending on where you live. The deer population used to be controlled by natural predators like wolves; without wolves, deer can overpopulate. The best thing to remember is that animals go where there’s a food supply. Gardens attract deer; cat or dog food left out 40

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brings raccoons. Coyotes and alligators must lose their fear of humans in order to eat. Don’t feed, tease or interact with them. Take photos from a distance. Call your local government animal agency for help or referral to a licensed animal rehabber before “rescuing” an abandoned baby; mothers often spend periods of time away hunting for food.

Why are some animals in danger of being killed on sight? We react to snakes, wolves and bats from a place of unfounded fears: snakes don’t have facial expressions, are seen as cold or slimy and move quickly; wolves are dangerous; bats can tangle in your hair. These are all tall tales. Animals want to avoid us. We’ve reacted to our own fears with needless snake roundups, bounties on wolves and panic when a tiny bat swoops by. Historically, there have been no attacks on humans by wolves, and reintroducing them into Yellowstone National Park has restored a natural balance. Snakes keep disease-carrying rodents away. Bats use their radar to steer clear. We need to understand each animal’s purpose and place in nature. Feeding wildlife corrupts natural behaviors and removes their fear of humans. When we deem them a nuisance or inconvenient, we treat them like they’re disposable and have no value. It’s better for everyone to enjoy the fact that animals are there and keep our distance.


Who else is working to educate people about the importance of wildlife and habitat? Zoos used to be concrete-enclosed collections of animals. Now they are education centers, offering enrichment programs and improved natural habitats to keep the animals active and interested. Waterfalls, swimming pools, trees, puzzles and toys that prompt animals to mimic hunting behaviors help keep a resident animal’s mind and body active. Breeding programs help maintain endangered species. We’re able to study and learn about a species while caring for them. One breeding program I worked with focused on spotted and striped big cats: the leopards and tigers. In another, we used incubators to hatch eggs among a threatened ostrich population. In Big Sur, California, condors have been raised with puppets so they wouldn’t imprint on humans before being released. Nature and science centers across the country are also teaching people about the importance of animals.

What makes you hopeful for the future? Each of us can make a daily difference in preserving our natural world. I’ve been fortunate in being able to showcase wild animals, help endangered or protected species and share what I’ve learned in educational forums. Good news includes sighting of the black-footed ferret, once thought to be extinct. Mountain lions are recovering. We are learning from past mistakes. A big lesson is that what nature provides isn’t in endless supply, so we must be wise and frugal with all of our natural resources.

What are you most passionate about? No one should have a wild or exotic animal as a pet. The animals I show to audiences were bottle-raised or rescued. They can’t be released and so have become animal ambassadors. When people see them, they better understand the importance of nature and wildlife to people and the planet. I’m passionate about preserving wildlife and open spaces. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

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Pets Welcome Here Happy Places to Live and Travel Together by Sandra Murphy


s of last year, 90 million dogs lived in American homes. Including cats, birds, fish, small animals and reptiles, the grand total is 393 million, reports the American Pet Products Association. Pets are considered family members by 95 percent of their people. Accordingly, pets are a key consideration in choosing a friendly place to live or visit. The personal finance website WalletHub analyzed the most pet-friendly U.S. cities encompassing criteria inclusive of access to veterinarians and cost, pet insurance rates, pet-friendly restaurants, pet-centric businesses, dog parks and animal shelters. SmartAsset, a personal finance technology company, ranked cities by dog parks, pet-friendly restaurants and stores, walkability, weather and housing costs. Unsurprisingly, many high picks are in warmer climates.

What to Seek

“First, look for pet-friendly landlords. Space to play, socialize and exercise animals is next on my list, followed by breweries and restaurants that allow dogs on their patios,” 42

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says Alexandra Bassett, a professional dog trainer and owner of Dog Savvy Los Angeles. “I hike off-leash in Runyon Canyon and we visit the Pawbar at Pussy & Pooch, a pet lifestyle boutique, to mingle and sample treats. Food is the fastest way to make a dog comfortable in just about any setting.” Irvine and Carlsbad, California, and Portland, Maine, are among the first cities to ban use of toxic pesticides in public areas and homes, following pressure from local groups. Being closer to the ground and smaller in size, pets suffer adverse reactions faster than humans. Contact local environmental groups to help ban harmful insecticides and herbicides in public areas. In Pasco County, Florida, Epperson Community homes exemplify eco- and pet-friendly planning, with open spaces and solar power-lit trails for jogging and walking. Birdhouses throughout the property welcome wild feathered friends. A centerpiece lagoon enhances scenic walks and uses less water and energy than a traditional pool or golf course. Separate paths allocated for bikes and driverless cars keep dog walkers safe.


Colony Cove, in Find amenable lodging friendly pups can ride Ellenton, Florida, is along in a horse-drawn at PetsWelcome.com. a 55-plus retirement carriage from Doublecommunity that altree Carriage Comlows multiple pets, including some breeds pany, in Spring Valley. Dogs are welcome to banned elsewhere. It maintains a large dog watch or snooze through film showings at park, and at summer’s end, dogs are welthe Long Drive-In, in Long Prairie. come to take a dip in the pool. Further, the Birgit and Jim Walker, authors of Keep association offers mobile groomers, photos Your Paws on the Road: A Practical Guide to with Santa and costume contests. Traveling with Dogs, travel by RV in sum All species are welcome at Rose Villa mer with their three dogs to favorite stops Senior Living, in Portland, Oregon, where like Tombstone, Arizona. “Some tourist residents’ request for an off-leash dog areas don’t welcome dogs, but in Tombstone, park play area was granted. One resident dogs can go for stagecoach rides and down owns two dogs, two cats and an African into a mine with you,” she says. gray parrot. Kim Salerno, president and founder The largest-ever Canadian residential of TripsWithPets.com, in Wake Forest, project to earn Leadership in Energy and North Carolina, recommends Kimpton or Aloft hotels. “Kimpton accepts any pet, any Environmental Design platinum certificasize, weight, breed or species. Amenities tion, Calgary’s University District, embraces include a bed, treats, a water bowl and toys ecological conservation, habitat restoration with no additional pet fee,” she says. and long-term conservation management Salerno continues, “In Asheville, dogs principles. Designed for residents to age are allowed on the grounds of the Biltmore in place with their families, recreational Estate. The Ernest Hemingway House, in fitness amenities include on- and off-leash dog parks, a pet-friendly activity space and Key West, Florida, allows small, cat-friendly paths leading to parks. dogs. Boutiques, feed stores, wineries and art galleries may say yes to pets. Ask first Favorite Activities and make sure your pet is well-behaved.” Sara Nick, chief content officer at Side Whether at home or traveling, families walk Dog Media, in Minneapolis, suggests can enjoy many opportunities to share new experiencing unique adventures. Dog padexperiences with pets. Just be sure they dling takes on new meaning via stand-up mind their manners to have a good time. paddleboarding with a pooch at Minnesota’s Split Rock Lighthouse and Tettegouche Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy state parks. Whatever the weather, equineat StLouisFreelanceWriter@mindspring.com.

Toxins in the Grass D

ogs eat grass, roll in it and walk on it. Pesticides on feet and fur walk into the house. One of the top three pesticides sold in the U.S., known as 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or 2,4-D, is used for golf courses, landscaping and public areas. Popular products containing 2,4-D include: n Bayer Advanced All-in-One Lawn Weed and Crabgrass Killer n Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max n Scotts Liquid Turf Builder n Scotts Snap Pac Weed & Feed n Sta-Green Phosphorus-Free Weed & Feed Source: HealthyPets.Mercola.com

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San Francisco—dog parks, walkability and friendly restaurants Albuquerque—only 28 rainy days a year, plus affordable housing Tucson—50 welcoming restaurants and sunny weather San Diego—200 restaurants, plus a dogs-welcome beach Denver—posted solid scores in all categories Las Vegas—dog parks favored by dry, sunny weather New York City—high on walkability, especially in good weather Sacramento—affordable housing and lots of green space Phoenix—friendly restaurants and shops, plus sunny days Chicago—great walking; bundle up against lake breezes Top 10 list by SmartAsset.com. Find a different, 100 best list at Wallethub.com/edu/most-pet-friendly-cities/5562. June 2018


We Need Clean Waters Streams and Rivers Are Life Links by Avery Mack


reeks, streams and rivers flow into ponds, lakes and oceans, carrying pollution. Keeping large bodies of water clean starts with local waterways. As awareness of this need rises, some rivers in Africa, India, New Zealand and elsewhere are being protected and recognized as living entities, with rights, values and the legal status of people. While court cases brought by commercial interests are challenging such decisions, progress continues on many fronts.

Cleanup Success Stories

“The Fox River’s been our treasure since Native Americans paddled there,” says Barbara Smits, part-owner of Old Northwest Frontier Tours, provider of self-guided auto, bicycle and walking tours via eBook, in De Pere, Wisconsin. “To see people sail, boat, ice fish or sightsee here again is a joy.” The Fox River Cleanup Project, a multi-year effort covering 13 miles that began in 2009, reduces the health and environmental risks from polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in the sediment. Lake Winnebago, source of the lower Fox River, is currently stewarded under the 2000 Lake Sturgeon Management Plan. 44

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Recent meetings have sought citizen input for updates in managing sturgeon stock. In Athens County, Ohio, Michelle Shively, in Trimble, is Sunday Creek’s watershed coordinator. “Every minute, 850 to 1,000 gallons of polluted water from an underground mine pool flows into the creek, turning the water orange from iron waste. Once the iron is removed, you need to do something with it,” she says. Guy Riefler, Ph.D., an associate professor of civil engineering, and John Sabraw, professor of art and chair of a painting and drawing program, both with Ohio University, in Athens, found a way to wash, dry and pulverize recovered iron. It will be sold to Gamblin Artists Colors to make oil paints for artists in mustardy ochre, rusty red and violet tones. Not yet widely available, 500 sample tubes of Reclaimed Earth Violet were featured at an initial fundraiser. “Cleaning water is expensive, but now we’ve turned the problem into a method to fund more work,” says Shively. Throughout history, river dams have been built to provide power or irrigation, prevent flooding and provide municipal water needs. Of approximately 80,000


three-foot-tall or higher U.S. dams, only about 2,500 produce hydropower. Removal of old dams no longer serving their original function can restore entire watershed ecosystems, provide habitat for fish and wildlife, add jobs, improve water quality, reinstate natural sediment and nutrient flow, and save taxpayer dollars. Built in 1929 and abandoned after World War II, demolition of an Eklutna River dam, in Alaska, began in 2016. Curtis McQueen, an Eklutna tribal leader and CEO of Eklutna Inc., which now owns the dam, reported that 300,000 cubic yards of sediment had amassed there, along with junked cars, TVs and other trash. The tribe is the first in the nation to be involved in such a massive project, intended to restore its historic salmon population. In 2017, dams were removed in Alaska, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin. A map at Tinyurl.com/DamRemovals shows dams taken down since 1916. “The good news is that in meetings like the St. Louis River Summit, in Superior, Wisconsin, in March, clean water wasn’t viewed only in a strictly scientific sense, but added the human factor to produce more diverse solutions,” says Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D., the Monterey Bay, California, author of Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do. “The bad news is that most projects are funded, directly or indirectly, by the federal government. Cuts add challenges and stress to looking for solutions.” Cities like Pittsburgh, Superior and Duluth are among many that are protecting, restoring and rejuvenating riverfronts with increased public access, thus rekindling residents’ love for and recognition of the mental and physical benefits provided by their waterways. “We’re in a period of big ideas,” says Nichols. Two can be easily implemented. First, he explains, don’t build right on the water; instead, sit in the “second row”.

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Water is life, and clean water means health. ~Audrey Hepburn Second, gain perspective by experiencing changes in waterways. “One way to do this is to spend an hour a day, or even an hour a week, in, on or near the water. Take someone new with you each time,” suggests Nichols. “You’ll see how best to value, promote and defend our right to clean water.” Then teach the kids. Connect with the freelance writer via AveryMack@mindspring.com.

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calendar of events NOTE: All Calendar events must be received by the 12th of the month prior to publication and adhere to our guidelines.

FRIDAY, JUNE 1 Introduction to Essential Oils – 7-8pm. Learn what everyone is talking about and how Young Living essential oils can enhance your family’s well-being. Includes door prizes. Free. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516544-2188. BNFYoga.com.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Psychic & Holistic Health Expo – 10am-5pm. Enjoy a day of enlightenment and empowerment. Free admission. Psychic readings: $40/15 min (cash). Holistic health vendors. Radisson Hotel, 110 Motor Pkwy, Hauppauge. For more info, Diane: 516-639-6903.

Author and Natural Awakenings Long Island Publisher, Kelly Martinsen

A Year of Inspired Living

Introduction to AcroYoga – 3-5pm. AcroYoga combines the practices of partner acrobatics, partner yoga, therapeutics and Thai massage. Come solo or with a partner. $30/person, $50/couple. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516544-2188. BNFYoga.com.

will help you discover the life you want to lead, the person you want to be, and the impact you want to have on the world.


This delightful book is a compilation of essays ranging from the profound and poignant—love, faith, loss—to the heartwarming and hilarious—middle-age angst, motherhood mishaps, dog-poop scofflaws— and more. A Year of Inspired Living offers personal reflection questions and space for the reader to journal and help them create their most inspired year.


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Finding Inner Peace and Calmness through Meditation – 7pm. With Rosanna Jimenez, CHHC. Wild by Nature,  478 A Union Blvd, West Islip. 631-719-7200. Meditation for Health and Well-Being – 7pm. With John Bednarik.  Port Jefferson Library, 100 Thompson St, Port Jefferson. 631-473-0022. The Aura – 7-8:30pm. With Clairvoyant, Tori Quisling. Explore the energy that surrounds you in a playful interactive workshop including meditation, visualization and spiritual communication. $40. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-4231794 or Tori@ToriQuisling.com.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Yoga Nidra – 7-8pm. Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) is the practice of sleeping with awareness. The body is supported by blankets and a bolster, the mind stays awake and aware as you are guided through the practice. $20. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. BNFYoga.com.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10 Gin Blossoms – 7pm. With very special guests: Vertical Horizon & Tonic. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300. ParamountNY. com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12 Outsmart Aging: A Plan for Feeling Youthful – 7pm. With Dr. Matthew Raider. Longwood Public Library, 800 Middle Country Rd, Middle Island. 631-924-6400.

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Zumba – Tuesdays, June 12, 19, 26. 7-8pm. A fitness program specifically designed to take exciting Latin and International dance rhythms and bring them to the active, older adult, the beginner


participant, and other special populations that may need modifications for success. Deer Park Library, 44 Lake Ave. Register: 631-586-3000. Symbols in Clairvoyant Reading – 7-8:30pm. With Clairvoyant, Tori Quisling. Symbols are a fun and direct way for us to tune in to a person or situation. Explore various symbols and give each other readings. $40. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or Tori@ ToriQuisling.com.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13 An Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System – 7:30-8:30pm. With Alicia Salazar from Stay Balanced. Learn what the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is and how it impacts inflammation and chronic illness; there will also be a discussion of ways to target this system, not just with CBD, but also through a holistic lifestyle. Free. Vitality Center, 66 Austin Blvd, Commack. 631-864-2784. DrJasonPape.com.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 New Moon Reiki Circle – 7-8:15pm. In this month’s reiki circle we’ll combine this healing energy with energy of the New Moon to set intentions of what we want to manifest in our lives. Includes a guided meditation, sound healing, journaling and individual mini-reiki treatments. $25. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188. BNFYoga.com.

SATURDAY, JUNE 16 The Jim Breuer Residency: Comedy, Stories & More – 8pm. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300. ParamountNY.com.

MONDAY, JUNE 18 Finding Inner Peace and Calmness through Meditation – 7pm. With Rosanna Jimenez, CHHC. Wild by Nature,  478 A Union Blvd, West Islip. 631-719-7200.

TUESDAY, JUNE 19 Beyond Death, Medical Facts Mysticism and Meditation – 7pm. With Dr. Matthew Raider. Huntington Public Library 338 Main St, Huntington. 631-427-5165. Meditate on the Inner Light: Outdoors – 7pm. With John Bednarik. On the Patio, Islip Public Library, 71 Monell Ave, Islip. 631-581-5933. Oracle & Tarot Cards – 7-8:30pm. With Clairvoyant, Tori Quisling. Explore tarot cards and oracle cards, and how to incorporate them into our personal questions and assisting others. $40. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or Tori@ToriQuisling.com.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20 Home Care vs Home Health Care – 7-8:30pm. A representative from Shasia LLC, will present a seminar covering: what is home health care, can

For only $35 YOUR Calendar Listing can be seen by THOUSANDS! CALL for details! 516-578-6903 home care and home health care be combined, does insurance cover expenses, what is long-term care, and what is managed long-term care. Deer Park Library, 44 Lake Ave. Register: 631-586-3000.

MONDAY, JUNE 25 Find Your Healing Path by Following Your Intuition – 6:30-8:30pm. An interactive workshop with Michelle Andrea Stewart, Healer. She will work with you using visualization, drawing, and other intuitive exercises to help you access your intuitive gifts. $40. 110 Hempstead Ave, Lynbrook.  More info & to register: MichelleAndreaStewart.com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 The Healing Power of Meditation – 7pm. With Dr. Matthew Raider. Half Hollow Hills Community Library,  510 Sweet Hollow Rd, Melville. 631-421-4535.

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 Maximizing Your Social Security: Timing, Taxes & Health Care – 7-8pm. Join us as Rich Milella discusses the details and learn how you can keep more money in your pocket during retirement. Deer Park Library, 44 Lake Ave. Register: 631-586-3000.

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. ~Albert Einstein

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin – June 29 & 30. 8pm. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300. ParamountNY.com.

plan ahead THURSDAY, JULY 26 The Phoenix Lights – 6pm. With Dr. Lynne Kitei. This award-winning film documents America’s most famous mass UFO sighting  of March 13, 1997.  Free. Long Branch Free Public Library,  328 Broadway, Long Branch. For more details: UFOeventsNewJersey.com.

FRIDAY, JULY 27 Free Events at the MUFON National Symposium – July 27-29. July 27, 10am-12pm: Lynne D. Kitei, MD, Lecture: “Phoenix Lights,” Q&A panel follows lecture; 1-3pm: Travis Walton, One of 7 loggers who encounter a disc shaped craft in the Arizona forest, Travis goes missing for 5 days. Q&A panel follows lecture. July 28-29: film screenings, Phoenix Lights and Travis: The True Story of Travis Walton. Free vender room and art exhibits all weekend. Crowne Plaza Hotel,  2349 W Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill. MufonSymposium.com.

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full moon

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

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

monday Gentle Stretch and Strengthening Class for Athletes, Dancers and All – Mon-Sat, am & pm. Also chair yoga and self-massage for all. Plainview, Port Washington, Manhasset & Great Neck. Carol: 516-242-8270 or CarolLeitner1@gmail.com.


Ashtanga Yoga: Mysore – 6-9am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. AbsoluteYogaStudio.com.

300-Hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training – An ongoing training allowing for open enrollment and flexibility in attaining 300-hr certification and continuing education credits all year long. Open to yoga teachers who have completed their 200hr teacher training at a Yoga Alliance Registered School. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. BNFYoga.com.

Theraputic Flow – 9:30-10:45am. With Rita Trieger This curative practice combines yoga therapy techniques with vinyasa flow and restorative poses to help ease stiff or strained muscles and encourage healing on both the physical and emotional plane. Specific attention is paid to easing low back, hips and hamstrings. All levels welcome. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.BNFYoga.com.

Clairvoyant Development Classes – With Tori Quisling, Clairvoyant Practitioner. Learn powerful intuitive tools that completely change their life. Classes include personal training in small groups in meditation, healing and balancing the aura and chakras through work with a personal healing guide and readings. Also learn about dreams, the Akashic Records, mediumship, and an array of metaphysical topics. Classes ongoing. More info: 516-423-1794 or ToriQuisling.com.

Baby and Me Yoga – 11am-12pm. With Joanna Asher. The perfect way to spend some peaceful bonding time with your little one and meet other like-minded caregivers as well. Yoga Nanda: Long Beach, 52 E Park Ave, Long Beach. 516-889-0808.Yoga-Nanda.com.

Prenatal Yoga Classes – Designed to offer expecting moms the tools needed to be mentally, spiritually and physically fit during their journeys to motherhood. Breathe N Flow Yoga: 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188. For schedule: BNFYoga.com. Psychic Mediumship Development Course – Tori Quisling, M.Ed, Clairvoyant Practitioner, offers a weekly course in learning to use clairvoyance in your life. By the end of the course, you will be able to meditate “Find Your Space,” give readings and work with your own Healing Guide. Customized program, begin when ready. Discounts when you join with a friend. NY Center for Clairvoyant Development, 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. 516-423-1794. Tori@ToriQuisling.com. ToriQuisling.com.

Breathe, Flow and Meditate – 5pm. Also Wed. This open level class is the perfect blend of asana, pranayama and meditation. Be guided through a mini-yoga asana practice designed to provide the physical space needed to sit comfortably during guided meditation practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. BNFYoga.com. Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. Women who have had breast cancer will have the opportunity to meet in this group. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Support for Caregivers of People with Breast Cancer – 6-7:30pm. Any person who is experiencing the stress and anxiety of caring for a loved one with breast cancer should attend this group. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077.

YogAnalysis on the Road – Bring our YogAnalysis workshop to your studio or teacher training. More info: LoveServeGive@YogAnalysis.org or YogAnalysis.org.

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


Big Kids Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. Ages 11-14. Promotes physical health, self-confidence, awareness, and mental focus in a safe and lighthearted environment. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. BNFYoga.com.

Carol’s Holistic “Show and Tell” and Educational Networking Events – Monthly meetings both day and night in Westbury and Port Washington. Display your products, share your services. Learn how to grow a prosperous practice/business. Get and give referrals. For details, Carol Leitner: 516-242-8270 or CarolLeitner1@gmail.com.


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Free Teleclass: Essential Oils – 7:30pm. 1st Mon. Learn all about how essential oils can support the systems of the body. Different topic each month: athletics, adrenal fatigue, kids, pets, menopause. More info & registration: BestYouCanBeNow@ yahoo.com.


Tai Chi & Qigong – 7:50-8:50pm. Good for recovery from injury, physical limitation, mind-body connection. Benefits of circulation, strengthen, balance and stress reduction. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998. HarmonyYogaAndDance.com.

tuesday Vinyasa Flow – 9:30am. Basics. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. AbsoluteYogaStudio.com. 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.BNFYoga.com. YogiBaby – 11am. For mom and baby (newborn to active crawler). Regain strength and tone while bonding with your baby. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. AbsoluteYogaStudio.com. Baby & Me (Infants & Crawlers) – 11am-12pm. 6-wk series. Mommies and/or daddies practice with their babies, as well as on their own, using yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques in a nurturing environment. We explore being fully present with each and every moment. $108/series (1 make-up class per 6-wk series); $20/drop-in. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Registration required: 516-632-9626. BNFYoga.com. Journey to Serenity – 4:15pm. Music, art, writing, guided meditation and tea. For more info: 516-655-0573 or Arden@ArtTherapy.us. Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. BNFYoga.com. Young Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group: Under 40 – 6-7:30pm. Support group focuses on the unique needs and concerns of women under 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077.

wednesday Knit and Chat: Breast Cancer Survivors – 11:30am-1pm. Last Wed. Spend time working on a project while chatting with other breast cancer survivors. Bring your knitting or crochet project or make a scarf to donate to someone currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Chair Yoga – 12pm. Adapts yoga positions through creative use of a chair. Most of the class is done seated in a chair or using it as support. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. AbsoluteYogaStudio.com. Breathe, Flow and Meditate – 5pm. See Mon listing. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. BNFYoga.com.

Theater for Life – 6pm, teens; 7:15pm, adults. A therapeutic group, an experience in dramatic storytelling in supportive community. For more info: 516-655-0573 or Arden@ArtTherapy.us. Prenatal Yoga – 7:15pm. Designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. BNFYoga.com. org


Radiance Sutras Meditation – 7:15-7:45am. With Elyce Neuhauser. A meditation practice based on Lorin Roche’s The Radiance Sutras, a poetic translation of an ancient yogic text offering 112 living meditation practices. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. AbsoluteYogaStudio.com. Vinyasa Flow: Level 1/Basics – 6pm. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. AbsoluteYogaStudio.com. Teen Grief Support Group – 7pm. 2nd Thurs. With Jennifer Plunkett. For teens, ages 13-17, dealing with the loss of someone close to them. First time attendees must first speak with Jennifer prior to their first group. A social media component between monthly meetings will be part of the program. Free. COPE House, Field 6A, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. 516-484-4993. Support Group for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer Disease – 7-8pm. 1st & 3rd Thurs. Meet with other women who are surviving metastatic breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Holistic Moms Network – 7:30pm. 1st Thurs. Join us for our monthly meeting to connect on natural living and mindful parenting. Nassau County, LI North Shore Chapter. Oyster Bay Community Center. More info: 516-674-4114 or NorthShorelihmn@gmail.com. Meditation/Restorative Yoga – 7:30pm. Guided meditation and restorative asana for all levels; various meditation techniques taught and reviewed. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. AbsoluteYogaStudio.com. Gentle Yoga & Meditation for Stress Relief – 7:30-8:45pm. Come to relax and relief your stress. Gentle stretch and yoga pose with flow the energy, peace and calm for meditation. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko:  516-330-8998. HarmonyYogaAndDance.com.

friday Gentle/Restorative Yoga – 9:30am. Gentle asana and restorative postures supported by props allow gravity and flow of breath to release the body and encourage deep relaxation. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. AbsoluteYogaStudio.com. Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Support Group – 10-11:30am. When a person first hears they are diagnosed with breast cancer they have a million questions, fears, and are looking for support. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden

classifieds To place a Classified listing, submit your content online at NALIMag.com. BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY FREE WHOLE FOODS FOR 4 YEARS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS. Clinicallyproven, wonderful product and income opportunity. Free fruits, vegetables and berries in capsules or chewies for children and young adults for 4 years if adult orders product. Great way to supplement your income while keeping people optimally healthy! Carol Leitner, MBA, Health Care Admin. at CarolLeitner1@gmail.com or 516-242-8270. SPREAD YOUR WINGS - Add a Rejuvenation Studio to your EXISTING beauty, fitness, or health/ wellness business. Bring in new customers, gain revenue from several sources, and your customers will love it!  For more information, check out: CirculationNationStudios.com.

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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. SPACE AVAILABLE For rent on hourly basis in North western Nassau. For holistic practitioners of all types. Space for small classes. 516-242-8270.

City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. 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. BNFYoga.com. 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. BNFYoga.com. Refuge Recovery – 8-9pm.  With Chris Webel. These meetings are open to and appropriate for anyone in, or interested in, recovery from any forms of addictive behavior. Free. Yoga Nanda: Long Beach, 52 E Park Ave, Long Beach. 516-889-0808. Yoga-Nanda.com.

HELP WANTED ARE YOU A PROFESSIONAL looking for a career in natural health? NuSpecies is a natural health company. providing holistic services and high quality nutritional formulas. Please visit nuspecies. com/careers. SEEKING 2-3 INDIVIDUALS to join holistic minded team. Must be motivated, entrepreneurial spirit with good communication skills. Will train. Call for interview a Pamela 516-624-2332.

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

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 YourPsychicSelf.net or call 516-423-1794. TAROT AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES – Nicole L. Cromer, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Using Tarot as a therapeutic tool we can access the depths and activate your fullest potential. 631-438-1300. ComprehensiveFreedomPsychotherapy.com. Instagram and Twitter: @DocTarot.


SPACE AVAILABLE FOR RENT in busy upscale long-established Woodbury yoga studio for holistic health practitioners, such as massage, nutritionist, or personal trainer. Call 516-682-9642 or email info@absoluteyogastudio.com.

saturday Pre-Natal Yoga – 9am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Yin Yoga – 9-10:15am. A practice in which asanas (poses) are held for extended periods to increase flexibility and juice up the joints and ligaments, releasing energetic blockages that may be holding you back in your yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. BNFYoga.com. Family Yoga – 1pm. Children and family members do yoga together. It is fun mind, body development, bonding together. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998. HarmonyYogaAndDance.com.

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Dr. Steven M. Rachlin is a recognized pioneer in alternative and integrative medicine and has been practicing in New York City and Long Island for over 30 years. In his state-of-the-art facility he offers the best of holistic and traditional medicine. He treats cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, hormone imbalances, low testosterone, diabetes, weight loss, hypertension, chronic fatigue, thyroid imbalances, fibromyalgia, food and inhalant allergies, celiac and heavy metal toxicity. Some of his treatments include, IV Vitamin Therapy, Chelation Therapy, complete blood work evaluations, immunotherapy and nutritional counseling. See ad on page 5.

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


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A Place for Dental Wellness Jonathan Richter DDS, FAGD Specializing in Periodontics and Implantology Periodontal Prosthesis and Fixed Prosthodontics 310 E Shore Rd, Great Neck 516-282-0310 We welcome you to come in for a comprehensive exam of teeth, gums, early detection, and oral health problems. We offer the following services: holistic dental care, mercury-free dentistry, TMJ disorder and treatment, treatment for sleep disorders, Invisalign and orthodontics, dental implant, sleep apnea. Payment plans available. See ad on back cover.


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Diane is an Ordained Interfaith Minister, Certified in Past Life Regression by Dr. Brian Weiss, MD and the Weiss Institute and is also a Certified Hypnotist.  Diane offers spiritually based work which combines a variety of healing modalities to offer personalized plans for healing, support, personal growth and transformation. Divine Directions’s mission is  to bless your body, mind & heart with deep peace, ease and comfort; to create safe spaces for you to heal and release stress and old patterns that keep you stuck in suffering; and to inspire you to embrace your full potential as a wondrous being of light and beauty. See ad on page 27.


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

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

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