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ave you seen the World’s Toughest Job Interview YouTube video? An ad agency posted a classified ad for a job dubbed “operations manager,” then conducted interviews via Skype and recorded the candidates’ reactions to some truly inane job requirements. Me and My Mom (my Maid of Honor) “If you had a life, we’d ask you to ... sort of give that life up,” the interviewer tells applicants. “No vacations. In fact, on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s—all holidays—the workload is going to go up, and we demand that.” The interviewer continues with a litany of requirements, including, “You are required to work standing up most or all of the time”; “24 hours a day, no breaks”; “It would be excellent if you held a degree in medicine, finance and culinary arts”; “May need to stay up with your client throughout the night”; “Oh, and No Pay!” Reaction from the interviewees is priceless: “Is that even legal?”; “That sounds twisted”; “Inhumane.” The end of the video reveals the job is really the job description for a the 21st century mother. The mother that sacrifices her own needs and desires (and in my own case, often my sanity)—juggling the demands of family in the role of mother. The mother that feels it is a badge of honor to give herself no breaks. The mother that, thanks to Google, knows the answers to all problems, including, but not limited to, treating lice, eating disorders, bullying and ear infections. We know everything; we give them everything; they are our everything; and perhaps subconsciously we want to be their everything. I was raised, along with four sisters, in the 1970s, and my own mother, whom I know loves me very much, NEVER sacrificed something of her own to prove her love for me. My friends reading this know I hit sleep away camp at age 6, and before that camp bus started its engine my parents were on a flight to an exotic locale. My mother knew I was safe and happy, and armed with that knowledge, she focused on the other roles in her life. My mother was content, and she taught me that my own happiness was my responsibility. That’s a very profound lesson to learn: That happiness is from within and not something a mother, father, sister or lover should have to (nor really can) create for you. So, then why do I feel irrational guilt when I leave my own kids? Why do I feel bad if I can’t buy them the same things that their friends have? And why am I often accused of being a “hover mother”? I am known to follow my children in the car, from an undetectable distance, of course, as they embark on their “solo” bike rides or “solo” walks to friends’ houses in another neighborhood. Natural Awakenings had the great honor to speak to Gabrielle Reece, former pro volleyball player, business owner, author, model and, yes, mother. Her approach to the role is refreshing. My mother and Reece both seem to promote being the kind of mother that is not leaned on by their children but one that makes leaning unnecessary. I am reminded while reading “Volleying Life” (see page 36) that I survived the parenting of the ‘70s. I daresay I thrived because of my mother’s parenting style. So, my gift to myself this Mother’s Day is to start making a better effort to parent the way I was parented—in a less sacrificial and less martyr-style manner. Hopefully, I will be successful; but in the event you see a woman in a gray minivan slowly trailing a cute 13-year-old boy on his bike or a darling 10-year-old girl and her dog, please, no need to call the cops … It’s just me, their 21st century mother.

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r. Howard Robins was a speaker at the Mondo Well Health Conference at the New York Hilton. He spoke about the unique ability of intravenous Dr. Howard Robins ozone therapy to completely eliminate herpes, Lyme disease, shingles, candidiasis and all other infections. He will be presenting at the N.A.V.E.L. Health Expo in the Huntington Hilton on Sunday, May 3, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is your chance to learn all about how this safe and amazing treatment can help you or someone you know. Source: Dr. Howard Robins. Robins is available to answer your questions at his Manhattan office by calling 212-581-0101. See ad on page 63.

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n May 4 at the N.A.V.E.L. Expo in Huntington, Living Clay Author Perry A~ will be speaking on living clay at 3 p.m. What if there were an all-natural, safe, gentle, side-effect-free product that would assist the body in accelerating the healing process in more than 101 ailments and pharmaceutical companies could not replicate it? “Eat clay? You’ve got to be kidding!” is the first sentence in Perry A~’s book Living Clay Nature’s Own Miracle Cure Calcium Bentonite Clay. The last sentence is “Now, go drink some clay.” Between the pages of the book, you, too, will be convinced it is time to go “eat some clay.” An ongoing student in the study of bentonite clay since the early 1990s, coupled with a B.S. degree and a background in chemistry, biology and veterinary science, has contributed greatly to her knowledge base for understanding the intricate workings of clay. Whenever Perry A~ appears on a radio talk show, she wows the audience. A humorous and motivational speaker for more than 20 years (visit Perry A~ is a master at interacting with callers and answering their questions with extensive knowledge and insight. Unlike experts that speak in dry, scientific terms that go over the heads of most listeners, Perry A~ talks about clays in down-to-earth, easily understood language, and she makes it fun! She’ll explain how calcium bentonite clay detoxifies the body, removing viruses, bacteria, fungi, heavy metals, impurities—and compare its actions to that of a Pac Man gobbling up the “baddies”. When Perry A~ is the guest, the phone lines are jammed. Source: Vanessa Galati, of Cleansing Concepts, will be in attendance with Perry A~ at the upcoming N.A.V.E.L. Expo. Bring copy of ad on page 27 for free admittance (normally $10).

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How Much Does Your Body Talk to You?


magine if every time you ate a Snickers bar, a siren went off in your body saying, “Be careful! This candy bar is NOT good for you! Consuming this is weakening your immune system.” Or, imagine if every time you sat hunched over on your cell phone, another siren went off saying that you are drastically accelerating degeneration in your spine. Your body is not designed to send warning signals all the time, even though I wish it were! If the body worked like that, you would probably think twice about many of the unhealthy choices that you make. Would you drink diet soda if you knew it was toxic to your nervous system? Would you take a baby aspirin every day if you knew it could cause gastrointestinal bleeding? You don’t wait for your check engine light to turn on to take care of your car and you shouldn’t wait until your body has symptoms to take care of it. You take care of your body so that it hopefully never develops symptoms of poor health. Join Dr. Ray Omid as he hosts a complimentary dinner Dr. Ray Omid, DC on May 5 and health talk for you and four guests. While dinner is being prepared, he will speak about the three components to a 100-year lifestyle, how to regain life and vitality, and how to have more energy and less stress. If you are looking to prevent disease and eliminate medication, you definitely want to attend this event! Seats are limited, so call Bessi Dion at 917-747-2795 to reserve your spot today! Source: Dr. Ray Omid. Omid is a chiropractor, known as “Dr. Ray,” who offers a weight-loss program called Lighten Up Jericho. See ad on page 3.

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John of God Crystal Light Therapy Bed at Cleansing Concepts


his is the first of its kind on Long Island. Cleansing Concepts is now offering a unique, non-invasive energy healing modality. Revitalize your body, mind and spirit with a John of God Quartz Crystal Light Healing Bed treatment. The Crystal Light Bed (CLB) was created by world-renowned conscious medium healer John of God in Abadiania, Brazil, to promote physical, mental and spiritual healing. CLB combines the powerful healing powers of quartz crystals and color therapy.   When our energy is unbalanced, it results in stress or illness. CLB promotes healing by moving energy blocks in the body and rebalancing chakras. CLB has seven clear quartz crystals with colored led lights. Each crystal was blessed by John of God. Each crystal is aligned and color coordinated above one of the seven chakras. As the color lights blink and are transmitted through the crystals onto the chakras, the chakras are opened, cleansed and balanced, which creates a deep relaxation. Each client may experience what is relevant to their needs.  “Some of the many benefits that my clients have shared with me are feelings of peace; a youthful glow to their faces; release of negative energies; and mind, body and spirit connection,” says Lisa Kenny, who uses CLB to heal herself as well as others. Kenny was plagued with a rare debilitating illness called mastocytosis, among other medical issues. “As my 23-year marriage was coming to an end, my emotional state was enhancing my physical symptoms,” says Kenny. “I knew I needed to heal physically and emotionally. That is when my spiritual journey began. I started meditating and experimenting with other forms of energy healing. I started to connect with my higher self. I received messages in my dreams that guided me to meet John of God in Brazil for my personal healing. I had the pleasure to experience nine CLB treatments during my stay in Brazil. I was amazed by the youthful glow on my face, migraines disappeared, chronic fatigue and brain fog lifted, and emotional issues from my past were releasing. I felt lighter! “During my CLB sessions, I received messages to bring back a CLB to continue my healing and to help others with their healing,” continues Kenny. “I’m truly blessed to have been given permission by John of God to bring back a CLB to Long Island. I use the CLB one hour daily for my personal healing. I strive in helping others with their healing or spiritual enlightenment.” Vanessa Galati, founder of Cleansing Concepts, has been meditating on what next to do to bring health and healing to her clients. She was led to Kenny and received treatments on the bed. “My experience was profound and I know we were meant to work together,” says Galati. “We can bring healing to the next level and look forward to doing so.” Sessions are Vanessa Galati one hour and cost $60. Packages are available. This therapy is offered Mondays and Thursdays at Cleansing Concepts of Smithtown. Source: Cleansing Concepts, located at 269 East Main St., Ste. F1, Smithtown. For more information or to schedule your healing session, call 631-656-6313 or visit See ad on page 27.

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o a packed house of parents, students, teachers and friends, the senior class of the Waldorf School of Garden City performed its version of the South African gumboot dance as part of its History of Africa seminar. Senior Axel Yannick Epie Nzima remarks: “As is customary every year, the senior class chooses an African dance to perform, and we chose the gumboot. Our performance starts off with a scene in which villagers are tending to their daily work when women from a nearby village enter and are greeted with open arms.” “The gumboot dance originated in the gold mines of South Africa under the migrant labor system during Apartheid,” says senior Jaclyn Proctor. “It had aspects of tribal dance incorporated with components of miners’ every day work, such as heavy, rubber safety boots, gumboots and constant bending due to confined work conditions. As the dance developed and became more popular, local mines held competitions to determine who had the best dance. Over time, the energetic gumboot dance became internationally known.” The History of Africa 12th grade main lesson course presents students with a broad, general survey of African history in the hope that students can see more clearly the role of Africa in the world today. Emphasis is placed on the different cultures that arose on the continent, from ancient times through the colonial period and up to the present—giving students a greater appreciation of the contributions and struggles of the African people. While lectures and reading packets serve as the basis of student learning, students also complete an artistic project inspired by current events in Africa. Source: The Waldorf School, 225 Cambridge Ave., Garden City. For more information, call 516-742-3434, ext. 301, or visit See ad on page 33.

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ow is the time for artists to register to exhibit their artwork in the Water Mill Museum’s Members Art Show, to be held May 22 through June 6. Artists must first pay $25 to join the museum, then they have free access to exhibit one piece in the show. Deadline for entry is May 5. Oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, graphics, photography and sculpture are accepted, but no crafts. This is a great opportunity for artists to show their art in a beautiful gallery, which has a full-time receptionist on duty. A terrific opening reception party is also planned. Location: 41 Old Mill Rd., Water Mill. For more information, visit

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here will be three fine art and craft shows at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church featuring fine art and artisans from the East End, including painting, photography, furniture, jewelry, wood carvings and other categories. Many of the artists are from the area, including painter Kristin Taliercio, of Water Mill; East Hampton photographer John Todaro; and woodcarver Matthew DiBernardo, of East Quogue. The dates are May 24, July 5 and September 27. Cost: Free. Location: Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, 2429 Montauk Hwy., Bridgehampton. For more information, call 631-726-0209, email or visit

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Quarter Horse Band, Bluegrass and More This May


n May 10, Quarter Horse— which can be described as an Americana band with elements of rock, folk, alternative, country and jazz all mixed together—will play in the pavilion of Martha Clara’s Vineyard. The band is known for three-part vocal harmonies, tandem lead guitar and improvisation. On May 3, there will be live bluegrass music in the pavilion, rain or shine. Wear your derby hat, because May 3 is the 140th Kentucky Derby! Location: 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead. For more information, visit

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t’s been a long winter! That’s why the folks at Mattituck Farm are excited about the upcoming season. They’ve been working hard behind the scenes to get the farm ready for spring, and the time has finally come. They will be opening May 9, so mark your calendars! Follow Mattituck Farm on Facebook to stay informed about all the new happenings around the farm. Also visit

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Reconnective Healing: Beyond Energy Healing


s increasing numbers of individuals seek out alternative methods to receive treatment for chronic physical and/or mental health issues, a growing awareness has emerged of the myriad of modalities that are available. For hundreds of years, these alternative healing methods, such as acupuncture, Reiki, qigong, johrei and others, have served the planet through the recognition that energy flow is central to our functioning. Now, as we stand in the infancy of a new millennium, mankind is on the forefront of a new breakthrough in healing, the cutting edge of what scientists are calling “information medicine.” Scientists are quantifying what is now internationally recognized as the “Reconnective Healing frequencies,” a comprehensive bandwidth of light, information and energy that are believed to be accessible on the planet for the very first time. Discovered by Dr. Eric Pearl, now an international leading authority on transforming healing globally, these frequencies are credited with bringing about a state of restored health by activating the body’s universal intelligence, which appears to innately “know” what needs to be done. As a result, we are returned to an optimal and appropriate state of balance merely by experiencing or interacting with this healing continuum. Stanford Professor Emeritus Dr. William Tiller says that when information carried through these frequencies is introduced, it creates coherence and order. The result: Dramatic reports of regeneration instead of degeneration and numerous accounts of seemingly unexplainable, often instantaneous and lifelong healings from disease, physical illness, and emotional trauma. Tiller is one of a growing number of prominent scientists around the world that are involved in studying the Reconnective Healing frequencies and their health benefits. Here are just some of

those findings: Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, out of Saint Petersburg, Russia, demonstrated significant improvement in Olympic athletes’ peak performance once exposed to the Reconnective Healing frequencies. Dr. Richard Hansbury, a brain researcher from the UK, discovered that when a person received Reconnective Healing during an EEG, brainwaves began to organize, harmonize and go into a coherent, peak performance state. In a recent study by Dr. Gary Schwartz and his research team at the University of Arizona, it was determined that a 10-minute Reconnective Healing session could increase the range of motion and arm elevation of people with medically diagnosed shoul-

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der restriction more than twice that of traditional physical therapy. Reconnective Healing has now been taught to more than 70,000 people around the world that are adapting it into their professional practices, using it to alleviate the suffering of their family members, improving their own physical and emotional well-being, and even applying it to help animals. Facilitated by a trained practitioner in as little as one to three sessions, Reconnective Healing is now easily accessible to all that seek a return to balance and their full human potential. For more information about Dr. Eric Pearl and upcoming Reconnective Healing events in the Northeast, visit or call Reconnect Long Island at 631-338-9400. Source: Rob and Anessa Koenig, Reconnective Healing practitioners and founders of Reconnect Long Island. Location: 1 Montauk Hwy., Westhampton. For more information, call 631-338-9400 or visit See ad on this page.

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Love and Health: What’s Love Got to Do With It? by Meredith Narissi, MS, RPP


hat’s love got to do with it?” Although the question sung by Tina Turner caught our attention, it is not so easily answered. Yet, I believe it has everything to do with it—everything to do with just about everything. Did you know that when you are in love, which has been said to take a fifth of a second, according to Syracuse University, your body chemistry changes, as if a veritable pharmacy were at your disposal? We get a euphoric high of dopamine, adrenaline, oxytocin and norepinephrine. We may blush, have sweaty palms and racing hearts—and, furthermore, we like it. Did you know that kissing gives women Meredith Narissi, MS, RPP a dose of testosterone from our manly lover? This can increase our sex drive. Besides being a mood elevator, hormones can actually help us to bond better. Love increases our lifespan, too. Being in love reduces the risk of cancer, high blood pressure, strokes and depression. Having sex once a week builds immunity and reduces colds. We even sleep better after having sex. When we have love on the brain, according to University College in London, even viewing pictures of loved ones increases our dopamine. Ever see grandparents flash their grandchildren’s photos from their iPhones? It can happen minutes after meeting them for the first time. Of course, we all know that love goes through many phases—sometimes obsessive, intrusive and all-consuming to the point that we can’t eat or sleep. We fear rejection and abandonment. Yet, if love lasts, we form new levels of attachment that involve more sophisticated means of interacting. Love is the great equalizing teacher of humility and ultimately spirituality. If God is love, then perhaps learning to love is a path to God. There are many provocative stories about love and many questions to ponder. Some popular questions often asked are: “Can you love someone without loving yourself first?” “Are we born knowing love?” “Can we love our neighbor as we love ourselves?” “What does it mean to truly love someone?” “What can we do when we are feeling unloved?” Many of my clients come with these challenges. They want to foster more intimacy in a safe way; not just with a significant other, but also with family, friends, co-workers and 20

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people they meet in general. We often hear about someone speaking intimately to a person seated next to him or her on a plane or bus; precisely because he or she doesn’t anticipate meeting that person again. We open up to strangers but hide our true needs and wants from the very people who may be able to grant them. Everyone wants to be loved. Everyone wants to give love. We forget this basic law, because we forget that the Universe is run by love. If we truly desire to open our hearts to love, we can use spiritual and compassionate guidance, meditation, prayer and practice. Therapy with a caring therapist allows us to learn about our true feelings. Meditation and prayer pave the way for being with fluctuations of the mind, as well fostering awareness of our soulful needs. These conscious awakenings lead to inner peace. Practicing what we have learned makes life more fulfilling and enjoyable. Learning about love can be a very enjoyable task as well. May you love and be loved. Meredith Narissi, MS, RPP, is a new practitioner at Pure & Simple Health who does polarity, reflexology and cranialsacral therapy. Pure & Simple Health is located at 128 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre. For more information, call 516-203-7442. See ad on page 11.

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Hormones and Digestion


Benefits of Infrared Heat


nfrared heat therapy uses the same far infrared technology heat that comes from our planet’s most abundant and natural source of heat, the Sun. Here’s an example of how infrared heat is different than other heat sources: Typically, when we heat our bodies, whether in a sauna, a hot yoga class (quite popular now), or even in our homes, we heat the air surrounding our bodies to increase our surface and ultimately our core temperatures. With infrared heat, it’s the exact opposite. The objects in line with infrared waves of heat are being warmed while the air temperature remains the same. For instance, if you have ever been out on a nice, warm, sunny, dry day and for a moment needed to cool down, you might go into a shaded area under a tree. If you stay there, you will cool down and once you want a little more warmth again you return to the sunny area. This is exactly how infrared heat works. Remember how the sun gives off these infrared waves of heat. Well, by stepping in and out of the sun’s waves, you are directly moving in and out of your exposure to its infrared spectrum. Meanwhile, the entire time the air temperature has remained the same. How infrared heat therapy works as an effective health modality is that it creates vasodilation in the body, the expansion of the blood capillaries. This has a beneficial effect on muscles, joints and soft tissue by helping to increase the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the body and help it eliminate carbon dioxide and metabolic waste. When the blood vessels widen, blood pressure decreases and our circulation increases! Dr. Mehmet Oz points toward the infrared sauna as a tremendous alternative health tool. He states: “It makes the same rays that come from the sun and filters out the UV radiation, so it only gives you the infrared radiation. That radiation that’s infrared goes a little bit into your skin so, without heating you up and the external environment too much, it heats the body up.” Infrared heat is now being used in modern yoga studios on Long Island and the New York area as an alternative heat source for hot yoga classes. Not to be mistaken for the heat generally used in most studios where the air is cranked up in combination with humidity to create extreme temperatures up to 120 degrees, infrared heat is a far more subtle, gentle and visionary approach to detoxifying in a hot yoga class. Source: Greg Fine, owner of Fuel the Soul yoga studio. Location: 188 Merrick Rd., Merrick. For more information, call 516-379-0810 or visit 22

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ormones are the chemical-signaling mechanism of the body. They control and proliferate the commands and intention of the nervous system; orchestrating the events of almost every function of the body. Unfortunately, many of the stresses of today’s world can breakdown the ability of the body to produce, balance and respond to these important messengers. Stress, toxicity, poor nutrition and physical injuries can weaken hormone production over time. These all require our hormone systems to constantly react and respond in order to bring the body back to homeostasis. It is a very demanding process that typically cannot keep up indefinitely. As our body changes each decade, a decline in function often comes along with it. Especially as we approach our 40s and then 50s, the stress, toxicity, poor nutrition, physical injuries and now changing biorhythms cause deleterious effects to our hormone production mechanisms, which begin to crash. It is more obvious for women than men, but both sexes have similar responses. Declining hormone production causes a wide range of symptoms and common disease complexes. From the symptoms of fatigue, sleep issues, anxiety, depression, brain fog, weight gain, sugar cravings, aches and pains, decrease libido, hot flashes, wrinkles, hair loss or changes, and memory issues, to name a few. More serious and related issues can develop as well, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, cancer, high blood pressure, urinary dysfunction and many more. These issues are all fundamenDr. David Pollack, DC tally caused by changes in hormone production, balance or interpretation, and can be both prevented and often significantly reversed if not eliminated. The key is to systematically access and treat hormone production from nutritional intake, digestion, absorption, production, processing, demand, recycling and elimination. Each step is as important as the next. Just applying a hormone cream or replacement often will not fix hormone imbalances as there are innumerable places that these problems can result from. Utilizing hormones in isolation or even in small mixtures will not adequately reproduce what the body would do if it were working normally. There are many ways to stimulate hormone production, but it is paramount to first repair as many aspects of the body as possible to ease the hormone-balancing process. Always use the aid of an experienced holistic practitioner when attempting to deal with hormone or digestive problems. Source: Dr. David Pollack. Location: Pollack Wellness Institute (formerly Creating Wellness Center) is located at 66 Commack Rd., Commack. For more information, call 631-462-0801 or visit See ads on pages 17 and 31.

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f you can get in the habit of practicing these quick tips, you’ll be on your way to excellent dental wellness. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush when brushing your teeth in order to protect your gum line. To further soften your bristles, run them under hot water before brushing. Hard bristles can do more harm than good, often causing micro-tears in Dr. Linda J. Golden, DDS the sensitive gum line. An electric toothbrush, such as the Oral B by Braun, can also be effective. Rinse your mouth with an antimicrobial agent. A good holistic dentist will have many of these agents available for you; Tooth Tonic is one of the agents we recommend. Floss daily. You hear it all the time, but do you realize why it is so important? Bacteria grows on the foods that can easily be trapped between teeth. Letting that bacteria sit there causes rapid decay. Scheduling a dental check-up at least every six months and having your teeth professionally cleaned is critical to maintaining good oral hygiene. See your dentist immediately if you have any of the warning signs of periodontal (gum-related) disease: • Gums that bleed when you brush • Gums that are red, swollen or tender • Gums that have pulled away (receded) from teeth • Pus between teeth and gums when gums are pressed • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth • Teeth that are loose or separating • Changes in the way your teeth fit when you bite • Changes in the fit of partial dentures The earlier that periodontal disease is detected, the better chance you have of saving your teeth. Source: Golden Dental Wellness. Location: 444 Community Dr., Ste. 204, Manhasset. For more information, call 516-627-8400, email or visit See ad on page 17.

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uided by the Hippocratic Oath, “first, do no harm,” Integrative Healing Center offers an all-in-one whole healthcare approach for woman and men on Long Island. The aim is to treat the whole person by focusing on all aspects of health and wellness, including nutrition, detox, bioidentical hormones, spa service, essential oil therapy, bodywork, and now yoga. This helps patients discover their optimal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual selves. Noninvasive procedures are used to diagnose, natural remedies are used to treat, suppression of symptoms is avoided, and each individual’s self-healing process and journey are respected. “The primary goal is to identify the underlying cause of an illness and to remove the obstacles to recovery,” explains director of Integrative Healing Center Kristine Blanche, RPAC. “We do not merely treat symptoms; we use these symptoms to understand what may be actually causing them.” In order to look at the whole patient, the first visit starts with the Integrative Health Check, a 25-page questionnaire on general health and lifestyle to be completed prior to the first visit. It is during that initial visit that a full medical examination is done, including weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and urine analysis. The exam goes one step further by also looking into the mind and spirit. A clinical evaluation of the whole person—body, mind and spirit. After careful assessment of all health checks, “we will customize a wellness plan that addresses your immediate health concerns, providing you with a roadmap on your journey toward optimal health,” says Blanche. Source: Integrative Healing Center of Port Washington. Located at 403 Main St., Ste. 1, Port Washington. For more information, call 516-676-0200 or visit GetIntegrativeHealth. com. Mention this article for $25 off initial consult. See ad on page 21.

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Cycling Gains Ground at Colleges and in Cities May is National Bike Month, and more universities continue to commit to bicycling as a sustainable, healthy and environmentally conscious transportation choice. Recently, Harvard University joined Princeton and Yale as an official Bicycle-Friendly University (BFU), and the League of American Bicyclists designated 14 new BFU members, expanding the program to 58 colleges in 30 states across the U.S. with more to come. When New York City opened registration for a public bike-sharing program, Citi Bike, more than 5,000 people signed up within 30 hours. Similar demand for more cycling options is happening across the nation where shared bicycle programs are taking root (see The popular Washington, D.C., Capital Bikeshare program began operating in September 2010, and is now the nation’s largest, with 200 locking docks able to accommodate more than 1,800 bright-red bicycles. As in many programs, people can sign up for a short-term stint or an annual membership using either a credit card online or at a station kiosk. Then they can unlock a bicycle and return it to any station within the system. All rides under 30 minutes are free, after which escalating fees kick in, encouraging people to make short trips and to keep more bikes available for other riders. For more information, visit

Solar Surge

Global Rise in Sun-Generated Power Last year, the U.S. joined Germany, Italy, China and Japan in producing more than 10 gigawatts of solar production nationwide. Now, other countries have awakened to the opportunity and are on their way to catching up. The popular Scandinavian retailer IKEA has sold $10,000 solar panels in 17 British outlets. Peru recently started a National Photovoltaic Household Electrification Program to connect 2 million of its poorest residents with solar power. In the first phase, 1,601 solar panels were installed to power 126 impoverished communities. The plan is to install about 12,500 photovoltaic systems for 500,000 households at an overall cost of $200 million. Earth Hour India is helping citizens to switch to solar energy in villages that previously had no electricity. Woodlands stores, in partnership with World Wildlife Foundation-India, has launched a collection drive across the country, inspiring individuals to donate to help light up more than 100 households in three villages in Madhya Pradesh with solar power. The residents had traditionally depended on forest resources for their energy needs. 26

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Forests Preserve Trees Rescue Urbanites from Dirty Air

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, poor air quality can irritate the respiratory system, reduce lung function, inflame and damage the cells that line the lungs, make lungs more susceptible to infection, aggravate asthma, aggravate other chronic lung diseases and cause permanent lung damage. U.S. Forest Service researchers have discovered that the urban forests in 10 cities across the country save on average one person a year from pollution-related death. In New York City alone, that number increases to eight people per year. The scientists recommend that people everywhere plant more trees. Source:

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Three Automakers Roll Out Hydrogen Models Toyota has announced that it will market a hydrogen-powered car beginning with the 2015 model year, and Hyundai has also committed to rolling out its fuel-cell Tucson model next year. Honda has already begun leasing its hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity to customers in California. Each of these vehicles can travel about 300 miles without a refill (three times the range of the hybrid Chevy Volt in battery mode), and reach a top speed of about 100 miles per hour. A refill takes just a few minutes, and because the hydrogen is used to produce electricity, the cars drive without the roar of an internal combustion engine. The cost of hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles is expected to continue to fall and eventually match that of conventional cars by 2023.


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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, under a new court agreement with the Natural Resources Defense Council, has agreed to issue a new rule governing the use of Triclosan, a controversial antimicrobial agent used widely in consumer products, by 2016. The action was first proposed in 1978. Triclosan, a possible endocrine-disrupting chemical, has been found in three-quarters of people from whom blood, urine or tissue has been analyzed as part of bio-monitoring studies; it is also found in the environment after having passed through sewage treatment plants. Source:

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Organic Food Labeling Causes Confusion A recent Harris Poll of 2,276 U.S. adults showed that concern for the environment is growing, but Americans may not be ready to spend more for organic food. More than half think that labeling food or other products as organic is just an excuse to charge more. Yet more than half of respondents also believe that organic foods are healthier than non-organic. At the same time, only 23 percent know what the term “dirty dozen” means in regard to organic food; it’s the Environmental Working Group’s annual list of foods consumers should always buy in organic form due to high pesticide levels in conventional farming.

Sinking Reptiles

World Turtle Day Sounds Alarm Since 2000, people around the globe have celebrated World Turtle Day, held this year on May 23, to increase respect for and knowledge of the world’s oldest creatures. Susan Tellem, co-founder with Marshall Thompson of American Turtle Rescue (ATR), states, “These gentle animals have been around for about 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of the exotic food industry, habitat destruction and the cruel pet trade.” They believe that turtles may be extinct within 50 years and suggest ways to increase their chances for survival for future generations: n Never buy a turtle or tortoise from a pet shop; it increases demand from the wild. n Never remove turtles or tortoises from the wild unless they are sick or injured. n If a tortoise is crossing a street, pick it up and gently place it on the other side

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Greening Garbage

Activist Turns City Food Waste into Rural Soil Jeremy Brosowsky had an epiphany at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, greenhouse a few years ago that set him on a more sustainable path: “What if we could take our garbage and grow food in it?” He was in the Midwest to learn about urban agriculture at Growing Power, the pioneering urban farm of McArthur Genius Fellow Will Allen, and was considering starting a rooftop agriculture business. Allen’s emphasis on the importance and elusiveness of fertile soil intrigued him. “If you don’t dramatically improve the soil, you cannot grow food in cities,” Brosowsky realized. His solution was to create Compost Cab (, a Washington, D.C.-based service that picks up and delivers urban food waste to local farms for composting. Nearly 100 cities already divert food waste from landfills, but Brosowsky emphasizes, “Composting is not just about waste reduction. It’s about food production, education, jobs and creating social benefits.” He hopes to roll out Compost Cabs in other cities.

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Whales Under Siege by Seismic Surveys The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is intensifying global efforts to safeguard whales and other marine species from the harm caused by powerful noises generated by seismic seafloor surveys by the oil and gas industry and others. In seismic surveys, air guns towed behind ships repeat powerful bursts of sound; sensors measure the return echo to reveal details of the sea floor and the underlying geologic structure to a depth of several kilometers. Whales rely on sound for communication, navigation and foraging. Exposure to loud noise from seismic surveys can result in stress and behavior changes, affect foraging and nursing or cause direct physical damage. In a study published in the journal Aquatic Mammals, the authors present the most thorough, robust and practical approach to minimizing and monitoring the risk of harm to vulnerable marine species when intense sounds are used. A step-by-step guide to reducing effects on whales and other marine species during seismic sea floor surveys is available from the IUCN Western Gray Whale Advisory Panel and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company (

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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 Medical ozone is a highly reactive gas. It has to be made erythematosus (LE) and scleroderma (S) are diseases that “fresh” at the time of its use in a machine that passes can all be partially or completely reversed! This is a bold electric current through medical-grade oxygen in a special statement. Conventional medicine has shown that it has hand-blown glass tube. It can’t be stored in a powder, tabno answers for these life-taking, debilitating let, capsule or liquid form like other medicines. conditions except to try and slow down the When it enters the body, it acts like “glue” degeneration or alleviate the symptoms. to all viruses, bacteria, fungus, yeast, mold, tox These autoimmune diseases cause the imins, toxic heavy metals and parasites, destroymune system to hyper (over) react and attack ing them without harming any healthy cells in various organs or structures of your body, inour body. Unlike the above-mentioned harmful cluding joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart organisms, healthy cells have special enzymes and lungs as if they were enemies, like viruses that ward off ozone and protect themselves or harmful bacteria. from destruction. MS is an inflammatory disease in which By ridding the body of all these harmful the fatty myelin sheaths around the axons of disease-causing organisms, intravenous ozone Dr. Howard Robins the brain and spinal cord are damaged, leadtherapy has been able to reverse the diseases in ing to demyelination of the nerves and scarring as well as question as well as a host of many other diseases and illa broad spectrum of signs and symptoms, most notably nesses. While it is not known exactly which organisms are muscle weakness. causing the diseases, medical ozone, by destroying all of What they all have in common is that they cannot only them, helps us win the war, and, believe it or not, it’s safe! take your life, but they usually work slowly, breaking down While used in more than 50 countries by over 45,000 your body, causing many painful and debilitating sympphysicians for over 70 years, the most famous study done toms, making your life miserable. on its safety was published in Germany in 1982. In Germany, medical ozone 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 Conventional medicine has spent billions of dollars trying close to 400,000 patients were given more than 5,500,000 to find the cause and cure of these diseases. Most of the treatments over a two-year period with an adverse reaction money and efforts, however, have been spent on finding rate of .0007! pharmaceuticals that can relieve some of the symptoms. Natural medicine has had good results by cleansing and For more information, call Dr. Howard Robins at 212-581detoxifying the body. Many natural medicine methods have 0101. Robins is considered the foremost clinical expert on met with some success. Dietary changes, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy and meditation are just some the use of medical ozone in North America, with more than of the methods employed that have had some beneficial but 22 years of clinical practice and 185,000 treatments performed. Bring in this article or the ad from inside back cover inconsistent results for a $50 discount off your initial consultation.

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Whoa! to Limitations Therapeutic Horseback Riding Strengthens Kids by Cyndee Woolley


ach “Zachman” Aldridge was born healthy, but at just 10 weeks, he was hospitalized at the hands of his birth father. Suffering from a brain aneurism, partial paralysis and multiple broken bones from shaken baby syndrome, Zach’s mother, Rebekah, was told that he might live for a year. Rebekah’s hope for a miracle was granted as her son’s life extended into weeks, months and years. Yet, at 4, the effects of the injury still prevented Zach from walking or talking like other children. “While some people are resigned to leave special children like Zach confined to a wheelchair, therapeutic horseback riding gives them more options and improves their quality of life,” advises Kim Minarich, executive director of Southwest Florida’s


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nonprofit Naples Equestrian Challenge therapeutic riding program. A medical examination ensures a child is qualified for safe participation. During his first lessons, riding instructors had to prop up Zach’s head using “boppy pillows”. However, after just a few months, the Aldridge family saw dramatic improvements as the boy began speaking and telling his horse to “trot on.” Next, Zach began walking, a surprise to all. His growing strength had worked to overcome the paralysis and the gentle rocking motion of his therapeutic riding sessions gently pushed his displaced hip back into place, ultimately enabling him to take steps on his own. Zach’s achievements are not unique. Life-changing milestones like this are common occurrences at the

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850 nationwide therapeutic riding centers registered with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. Now in its 21st year, Dream Catchers, at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, in Toano, Virginia, is one such center celebrating its many success stories. Kendall Lecker, a PATH International-certified advanced instructor, describes the rapid progress of a new 6-year-old student living with autism as illustration. In his first session, he slumped over in the saddle and struggled to hold himself up; by his third session, he was sitting up straight and confidently giving commands to his horse. “Often, our riders start with insufficient core strength and may not be able to hold themselves upright, something the average person takes for granted. But, in a relatively short time, most riders can see dramatic improvements,” says Lecker. Both Naples Equestrian Challenge and Dream Catchers have achieved premier accreditation by demonstrating the highest levels of training, safety standards and quality controls in the industry developed to protect the riders, staff and volunteers. Feedback from approximately 56,000 participants nationwide, including nearly 41,000 under the age of 18, show that therapeutic horseback riding helps participants in five key areas: Normalizes muscle tone. Riding a horse helps children of all abilities build core strength and exercise muscles that they may not be able to work from the confines of a wheelchair. Increases flexibility and relaxation. The natural rhythm of a horse’s gait provides a relaxing effect on tense muscles and can gently rock joints back into place. It’s a unique therapeutic benefit not easily achieved through traditional physical therapy. Improves coordination, balance and strength. Completing tasks like picking up an object, riding across the arena and placing it in a bucket helps riders develop hand/eye coordination. The movements also help improve balance and strength. Promotes spatial orientation and fine motor skills. Working side-byside with their assigned volunteers and

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“The riding center gave me a place to realize I wasn’t the only one with challenges. It was a place that I could go to and be normal for part of the week.� ~ Tiffany Billings, a college student with cerebral palsy horses and reaching for objects from a different perspective than usual helps youths develop their spatial sense and fine motor skills. Enhances self-esteem, self-confidence and self-control. Riders are encouraged to give verbal commands to their horse during sessions, which effects a command of vocabulary and boosts confidence while they bond with the horse. While the documented benefits are derived from personal testimonials rather than clinical studies, the positive results for children like Zach are indisputable. Meanwhile, therapeutic horseback riding is gaining increased acceptance in the medical community as more doctors are recommending this life-changing activity for their patients. PATH International spokesperson Cher Smith says, “Our mission is to help certified centers provide safe access for all individuals living with special needs.� For more information, visit Cyndee Woolley works as an advocate for therapeutic riding centers.

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With your busy schedule, how do you find time to work out and stay in shape?

by Christine MacDonald


abrielle Reece has been called one of the world’s most influential women in sports and one of its most beautiful athletes. In her 20s, she built a career as both a fiercely competitive pro volleyball player and a fashion model. Since then, she’s written books and become an expert on women’s peak fitness and overall well-being, all while raising three daughters with her husband, Hawaiian surfer Laird Hamilton. Plus, she volunteers for environmental organizations such as the National Resources Defense Council and RainCatcher, a nonprofit bringing safe drinking water to people in need.

How do you find time for and balance all the roles you play in life—athlete, spouse, parent, businesswoman and volunteer? Juggling life is hard for everyone. Living day-to-day, taking care of kids and paying bills is a challenge. There are ways to make it all more manageable, but for me, there is a level of discomfort, challenge and difficulty, as well as moments of joy. I think women are sometimes thrown off-balance by some difficulty, instead of saying, “OK, how am I going to strategize and make it all work for me and my family?” 36

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are all connected. I just approach them with different parts of my personality. My work is intellectual, while being a mom is instinctual. Being in a relationship is a whole other ball of wax that I approach with the same diligence. Taking care of myself is at the center because I wouldn’t be able to do anything successfully if I am not well myself.

We don’t give enough credit to having great girlfriends. I don’t mean people you go to lunch with—I mean real allies. People that give you good advice and are strong for you, that will take your kids and you’ll take theirs. I think that is an underutilized tool. I always encourage women to approach life with a strategy and use each other to help navigate it, because that makes it a little easier.

Which role is most important to you and where does selfcare fit in? At this time in my life, being a mother is the most important. When my girls are older and more independent, then their demands on my time will lessen. But I don’t think I’d ever blindly put one role over the other, because they

I think it’s been about momentum. I had the good fortune of training and eating well since I went off to play volleyball in college. That sort of steam made it easier as I added work, a partner and children. I think it’s more difficult for women that don’t have that experience. When they enter “the real world” and add a big career or long hours, a partner or family, it becomes difficult to establish that grounding in healthy practices. You have to create the environment in which you are going to succeed. That takes years. At some point, you have to be honest with yourself. For me, I know I won’t get exercise or anything else done if I stay home. There are some things I can go to a gym to do that I can also do at home but know I won’t, so it’s about creating an environment that activates good intentions.

How do you choose to expend your volunteer efforts? Laird and I are usually quick to be on board with anything that involves the environment and people. These causes are near and dear to everybody, but make special sense for us, given the amount of time we have lived and worked outside.

As a mother, do you feel a special concern for being a good environmental steward? I felt this way even before I had children because I had the luxury of playing beach volleyball. I grew up in the Caribbean and have always tried to be a benefactor of the beautiful outdoors.

I think any time people behave in a way that’s truly them, they’ll never fail. You get into trouble when you try to copy others. ~Gabrielle Reece It adds another layer of motivation when you start thinking about your kids and the opportunities they will or will not have in their future. In Hawaii, the Polynesians traditionally didn’t believe in ownership, but in being stewards of an area. That’s how I feel about the place where we live now. The ultimate for me would be to leave it better than I found it.

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Contraceptive Pill Chill Dangers Include Cancer, Strokes and Fatigue by Kathleen Barnes


or more than 50 years, women have appreciated the freedom that birth control pills offer. They simply take a little pill every day and rest easy, fairly assured that an unplanned pregnancy won’t occur. However, there’s actually a lot not to love about “The Pill”, especially its long-term side effects. “The sexual freedom that women have fought so hard to obtain has been won at a terrible price,” advises Naturopathic Doctor Sherrill Sellman, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, author of The Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know about Their Hormones. That price includes blood clots and even death from heart attacks and strokes in young women. As early as 1963, an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association linked The Pill to venous thrombosis, or blood clots. By 1968, at least one cancer journal, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, had linked cancer to the use of the steroid hormones contained in oral contraceptives. In 1973, Scandinavian researchers warned of the link between oral contraceptives and strokes. “In December 2002, the U.S. government published its biannual Report


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on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of known human carcinogens,” says Sellman, “The gravity of this finding cannot be overstated: All estrogens used in HRT [hormone replacement therapy] and oral contraceptives have now been proven unequivocally to cause cancer.” Yet, regardless of the many downsides, The Pill remains the most common method of birth control worldwide, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with usage by 16 percent of married American women. Elsewhere, users include 29 percent of British women and 40 percent of women in France and the Netherlands.

“Birth control pills are vitamin robbers, and this is the source of the health risks that accompany the use of The Pill,” says Ross Pelton, a registered pharmacist, certified clinical nutritionist and author of The Pill Problem. Oral contraceptives deplete more bodily nutrients than any other class of drugs, says Pelton, who blogs regularly at However, he adds, women taking The Pill even as long as 10 years may not notice any obvious health problems. “Maybe she’ll first notice a lack of energy, but doesn’t connect the dots and realize that magnesium, B12 and numerous other nutrients involved in energy production are depleted,” he explains. The nutrient-depleting effects of The Pill were recognized as early as 1975 in a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, but it carried no recommendations for replacing them. Some of these nutrients are essential for the production of brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, including mood-elevating dopamine. An affected woman can become

Nutrients Women on The Pill Need 4 BHRT* 4 Chrysin 4 Coenzyme Q10 4 DHEA 4 Folic acid 4 L-methlyfolate 4 Magnesium

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Dangerous Downsides Mount n Birth defects n Blood clots n Cancer (breast, uterine and colon) n Cardiovascular disease n Decreased sexual desire

n Depression n Fatigue, low energy and anemia n Fluid retention and weight gain n Heart attack n High blood pressure n Migraine

women’s health expert Holly Lucille, a naturopathic doctor and registered nurse in West Hollywood, California. She cautions against the potential risks of using estrogen patches, shots and vaginal rings, and recommends avoiding anything that contains estrogen. “Not using The Pill doesn’t mean you have to rely on withdrawal or the rhythm method, both of which are notoriously unreliable,” says Lucille, preferring what she terms “barrier methods”, like diaphragms, cervical caps and male and female condoms. She notes, “Cervical caps are just as effective as The Pill and you can put them in and leave them a little longer for a bit more spontaneity.” Female condoms are even more convenient, she explains: “They fit much like a diaphragm and they can be left in place as long as eight hours.” Instead of potentially toxic spermicides, Lucille recommends using lemon juice, which, she says, is equally effective.

n Osteoporosis n Sleep disorders n Stroke n Vaginal yeast infections n Weakened immune system

Sources: American Heart Association; University of Milan, Italy; Berlin Center for Epidemiology and Health Research, Germany; Women’s College Research Institute, Canada; Columbia University, NY; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; University of Parma, Italy; Wingate University, NC; Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, NJ; Institute of Health Sciences Research, Melbourne, Australia depressed, a condition closely linked to the use of The Pill, according to a German study published in 2013 in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The Pill’s steroidal hormones also reduce the body’s natural accumulations of disease-preventing antioxidants, increasing vulnerability to diseases of aging, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to Pelton. Women that decide to keep taking The Pill should add an array of specified supplements to counterbalance the nutrient loss, advises Pelton. Replac-

ing nutrients should, in the long term, neutralize the negative effects of The Pill, even cancer and blood clots, he assures. Better yet, say Sellman and Pelton, stop taking The Pill and switch to safer forms of contraception. It may take months or even years for the nutrient imbalances to be fully corrected, so start now.

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ou have a doctor to take care of your health, an accountant to handle your finances, a lawyer to take care of your legal matters, but who’s taking care of your spiritual health, cosmic wealth, and divine matters? In growing your awareness of mind-body-soul, a guru is no more a New Age thing or a centuries-old concept. It may have its roots in ancient traditions, but yet it has a smooth entrance in the modern world. Just like any other service available on the market, there are countless options for choosing the right Chandresh Bhardwaj guru as well. So, how do you know who’s the right pilot for of Break The Norms your journey?

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Am I really ready?

The age-old saying, “The teacher appears when the student is ready” is as true as ever. You don’t get what you want, but you get what you are. Your energy and vibrations bring certain people and circumstances into your life. The same law applies to finding your guru, too. Is your soul ready enough to attract just the right guide into your life? Before you join a gym for serious training, you do prepare yourself to a certain extent, either physically or mentally, right? Otherwise, you may stop going later. Similarly, certain preparation is recommended before you 40

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make yourself available for the guru. The preparation doesn’t include any heavy stuff—just add more forgiveness, unconditional love, and acceptance of yourself and others. Such practices will create humbleness and clear any blockages in you. The result is a clear energy ready to attract the clear guidance.

Are you the guru?

Ask someone if he’s sleeping. If he says “yes,” that means he’s not sleeping. The same technique can be applied in your search for a guru, too. Ask him or her, “Are you the guru?” If he or she says, “Hell yes!” (or just “yes!”), then you may have to pause and feel the moment again. A guru doesn’t have to beat the drum about his or her title. There are many gurus with titles that are nowhere

Guru is g-u-r-u (gee, you are you!). You become you once you meet the right guru. One sure thing that you must feel in a guru’s presence is your soul’s freedom. You should feel independent in your life’s journey. A fearless approach to life and clarity of mind are part of the package when you are with the right guru. You will no more feel drugged by society’s norms. You will no more feel the need to search for happiness outside yourself. The guru finally makes you realize that you are what you have been seeking.

How many gurus are needed?

The world doesn’t need a huge traffic of gurus. Even one will do. If that sounds too optimistic, let’s go with one in each country. That’s more than enough! What’s needed is more shishyas. A shishya is a student, or disciple, that has surrendered his or her ego in the guru’s presence. The term “shishya” comes from “sheesh,” which means head. If one is ready to put the head (symbolic ego) down, then there’s no need for countless gurus. You will learn from just one wherever he or she is. In the end, a guru doesn’t do any mystic magic. He or she just makes you realize that magic was in you all this while. All you needed was just a wake up call to claim it. Chandresh Bhardwaj is a spiritual guide who specializes in the Eastern sciences of healing and transformation. He is also the founder of Break the Norms, a center of self-discovery, personal growth and increased well-being, located in New York and California. Break The Norms offers weekly meditation and yoga classes, as well as Ayurveda workshops. Location of New York center: 47 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. For more information, call 516-938-9600 or visit BreakTheNorms. com. See ad on page 29.


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Teague, who intuited that life was prompting her to change careers so she could use her talents in a more meaningful way. The vision of her 94-year-old self lying on her deathbed and faced with the question, “What are you not saying yes to?” pushed Teague to take a leap of faith—close her psychotherapy practice and enroll in a filmmaking class. Teague recognizes that a deeper wisdom activated her response. She observes, “The individuals I was counseling about their restless desire for something better mirrored my own discontent, and my restlessness was an emotional response to what was emerging. “Today, I no longer concern myself with making the right decision. I trust that whatever the circumstances are, I need to listen, observe and reflect, because ‘now’ contains information for my next step,” she advises. Amanda Owen, counselor, coach and author of Born to Receive: 7 Powerful Steps Women Can Take Today to Reclaim Their Half of the Universe, has studied the state of receptivity that Teague references. Owen explains, “Receiving is a dynamic

Trust Your Intuition Listen to that Still, Small Voice and Let it Lead You by Linda Sechrist

What if you could consistently tap into answers to life’s problems when you need them, knowing deep down that you are on the right track and that the decisions and choices you are making are the correct ones?


ur body is a wellspring of priceless wisdom. Yet heeding our innate voice seems constantly tested as society distracts us with the busy acquisition of external knowledge and rewards more visible work. Those used to focusing outwardly over-stimulate their five senses and so tend to disconnect from their body’s deep innate intelligence—our sixth sense, also known as intuition. The resulting joylessness, discontent, isolation, depression and illness have sent millions in search of a real solution that discerning experts believe already exists within. Our ultimate guide to the fountain of personal health and happiness, they believe, could well be our own intuition.

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For years, Katie Teague, producer of the documentary film, Money & Life, lived with the consequence of sublimating her intuitive impulse. “I felt a restless itch in my soul,” relates 42

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and productive state. When the body is relaxed and the mind and nervous system are calm, we become receptive and can feel and intuit subtle information contained in the energy received from external and internal environments. “Our parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when we’re in this listening state. In contrast, rushing through the day engages our ‘fight-or-flight’ sympathetic nervous system. Busyness and mind chatter drowns out the valuable information that intuition provides,” Owen notes. An intuitive energy therapist, Marilyn Eppolite strongly relies on intuitive guidance in her southern New Jersey practice, believing it emanates from her body’s intelligence. “I listen and it’s always present,” she says. Eppolite shares an example of a time she received a clear image and perceived the bodily sensations of a grieving small child from a female client that a psychotherapist had referred. “When I described what I was sensing, her tears flowed and she also connected to the feeling,” she says. “It provided the needed breakthrough she needed to access her feelings and move forward in therapy.” Eppolite is keenly aware when roadblocks—busyness, willfulness and a fearful, restless mind—create interference. “These feed each other and can rarely be separated. I can’t hear or feel my intuition when my energy and attention are willfully directed outward,” she observes. Abandoning the drive for personal control and surrendering to stillness is how Eppolite signals her body’s intelligence that she’s ready for whispers of guidance. “I sense

that surrender as strength and trust that the information Georgia, read Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight, she was received is for my greatest good, even if I don’t fully undercertain a habit of listening to mental chatter interfered with stand it,” she remarks. “Discernment is necessary because feeling and interpreting her body’s helpful promptings. “Jill’s deep wisdom frequently comes in segments that I must experience of her body as energy and her mind as silent piece together and put into action before more of it bubbles when the left lobe of her brain shut down due to a stroke was up from within.” my ‘Aha!’ moment,” says Hall. For her, heeding inner guid The teachings of Yogeshwari Kamini Desai, Ph.D., ance took practice and a commitment to dismantling reactive combine Western psychology and Eastern philosophy. As thought patterns and habits, plus discerning between intuthe director of education and lead teacher of the Amrit ition and distracting chatter. Method of Yoga, at the facility in “Mind chatter generally creates Silver Springs, Florida, Desai instructs fear, negativity and pressure to do on listening to the voice of intuition something,” she explains. “Intuitive identified as prana in yogic tradition, guidance is gentle, expansive and which she characterizes as “the enundemanding.” Hall believes in the ergy that enlivens and carries out all Buddhist concept that mindfulness of balancing and life-giving processes in the body allows us to love fully. She nature. finds, “It brings healing, wisdom and “It speaks through the body as freedom.” sensations, impulses and urges,” She relates how she is led to direct she says. “This ‘inner divining rod’ a client’s attention to their own body’s informs us what feelings, thoughts intuition, which works best when she and actions are moving us into is following her instincts, rather than alignment with our source and what thinking. “After one session, my cliis moving us out of alignment.” ent, who had been silently experienc Quieting the mind and strengthening numerous feelings in her stomach, ing the directives of prana through mediasked me why I had touched her tation, yoga and being in nature moves abdomen. I was just intuitively led to us away from what we tell ourselves that part of her body.” and back to directly responding to its Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz, also a promptings. “Absorbed in the present Ph.D., medical intuitive and co-author moment and bodily sensations, we conof All is Well, notes that everyone has a Fearlessly following nect with inner guidance,” explains Deconnection to intuition. “We get a gut sai. “With practice, our mind becomes a feeling and sadness in our heart from our intuition frees us to servant to inner intelligence. It can both our inner intelligence that we don’t fully live an authentic direct our lives and make us sensitive to know what to do with. While some inearly symptoms suggesting oncoming dividuals consult a practitioner, others and satisfying life. illness,” she adds. listen to their body’s intuitive language “There is growing interest in energy medicine and and reflect on their insights and dreams—the language developing a deeper connection to the body’s intelligence of soul,” says Schulz. “Intuition can speak softly through through yoga and energy practices like qigong and tai chi symptoms,” she observes. “Eventually, when disregarded, it because people are tired of taking medications that don’t can become a full-blown illness.” heal the root cause of health problems,” comments Dr. Biochemist and author of Secrets of Our Cells: DiscoverSue Morter, founder of Morter Health Center, near Indiaing Your Body’s Inner Intelligence, Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., is napolis, Indiana, and the healing phenomenon she terms awed by the body’s cellular intelligence. “Our cells are invisEnergy Codes. ible, so we don’t think of ourselves as cellular beings. HowA regular practice of any one of these disciplines expands ever, a deeper understanding of our constitution and that sensory function to encompass internal recognition and our cells speak to each other and collaborate harmoniously referencing of subtle information. could inspire us to befriend our body’s intelligence for life,” Morter teaches how to awaken gut feelings, personal she says. “We might shift from wanting to fix an ache or pain power and self-love to restore wholeness left behind in purto understanding that our cells are warning us of something.” suit of external sources of happiness. “Participants learn to Sonia Choquette, a global consultant who recommends trust their gut more than the opinions of others, which turns we rely on our sixth sense as our first sense, has authored up the volume on the whispers of intuition,” she explains. several books on intuition. She finds, “With intuition, we After Pat Hall, a therapeutic bodyworker in Augusta, have a personal compass and an ally in discerning what is natural awakenings

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to the conclusion that clothing is your body’s most intimate environment and energetically influences your life in the same way that your home and business décors do. Body coloring and shape, style, personality, lifestyle, goals and clothing design can align perfectly with the colors, shapes, substances and energies of feng shui’s five elements. Because feng shui connects divine energy to physical form, I realized I could dress my client’s spirits, as well as their surfaces.” Fashion Feng Shui, Maggiore’s international corporate legacy, maintains that combining intention and the five elements with awareness of our personal style attracts what we desire. Holistic image and lifestyle consultant and lead trainer Andréa Dupont, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, states that the first step is discovering our “essence”, or primary element. “You can’t dress yourself until you know yourself. I ask clients, ‘If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?’ Once we establish an individual’s inner strengths and core element, the results can be life changing.”   


Dressing with Conscious Intention by Gail Condrick


aking up on the morning of a big presentation to secure city funding for a new park, you’re confident that you’ve done your homework: You’ve prepared handouts, memorized key points of an environmental impact study and lined up community supporters. Opening the closet presents a different kind of challenge: What’s the most effective way to dress?

Dressing Our Essence

Wardrobe consultants that apply the principles of feng shui to clothing believe the jacket we choose to wear carries as much impact as our words. Clothing pieces and accessories selected with conscious awareness and intention can bring us into harmony and balance, energize our life and transmit subconscious messages about our values. Feng shui clothing stylists believe the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—connect in an unending cycle of harmony that keeps the world in balance. Following an authentic and harmonious lifestyle connects us with this cycle and the environment in a more natural balance of human motion and planetary sustainability. As pioneering stylist Evana Maggiore observed in Fashion Feng Shui: The Power of Dressing with Intention, “I came 46

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Green Choices

For Denise Medved, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, owner of Feng Shui Style, wardrobe consciousness shows respect for our individuality and the environment. “When I choose to dress in natural fibers such as cottons, leathers, silks or wools, or their vegan complements in manmade fibers, it represents the life force of plants and animals and builds qi, or energy,” says Medved. She suggests assembling an outfit embracing three of the five elements. “A water/wood/fire triad might be black, woven, silk trousers; an organic, cotton, floral print shirt; and a red, recycled wool jacket. Personalizing this with the surprise of grandmother’s yellow stone pin on the lapel adds creative flair and earth and metal elements.” Nature’s jewelry energizes and circulates qi.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Practicing the three basic tenets of sustainability together with principles of feng shui keeps our wardrobe and closet resonating with life. Consultants agree that a wardrobe representing the five elements allows endless possibilities of creative combinations and reduces the need for having to keep up with new fashion trends. Shopping for such treasures at consignment and thrift stores, plus estate sales, allows us to reuse and repurpose clothing, energizing our budgets, closets and attitudes. Recycling items that pack closets and no longer suit our needs frees space and energy to create a wardrobe that is authentically ours. The Practical Encyclopedia of Feng Shui, by Gill Hale, also contains helpful advice for bringing out an intended inner message and making a statement. The color green conveys the wood element, or individuals that are public spirited and energetic. Red suggests fire, the color of inspiring leaders. Supportive and loyal earth personalities gravitate to khaki, while resolute, metal people may select grey. Natural communicators that view life holistically will be reflected in

The Five Elements


Wood: associated with greens and blues, plants and flower prints. Fire: represented by reds and products from living organisms like cottons, leather, silks or wools (or manmade substitutes) and animal prints.

LIVE YOUR SONG It Keeps Us in Tune with Ourself

Earth: reflected in yellows and earthtoned colors. Metal: plays out in grays, whites, pastels and metallic fabrics. Water: associated with black and dark colors and flowing lines. Source: Western School of Feng Shui, Encinitas, CA

the water element of black. A feng shui philosophy provides guidelines for living in harmony with the natural world and in conscious awareness of life. Each choice expresses a stylistic living intention that will be noticed by the world. Gail Condrick is an archetypal consultant and Nia Technique faculty member. Connect at

The essential conditions of everything you do must be choice, love, passion. ~Nadia Boulanger

by Jill Mattson


isten to a traditional West African Griot story: When a tribal woman knows she is pregnant, she goes into the wilderness with a few friends to pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child. They recognize that every soul has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose. When the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud. Then they return and teach it to everyone else. When children are born into the tribe, the village community gathers and sings their song, one unique melody for each unique child. Later, when children begin their education, the village again gathers to chant each child’s song. They sing upon the initiation of adulthood and at the time of their marriage. If at any time someone commits a crime or aberrant social act, the villagers will circle the individual and chant their song, recognizing that the proper correction is love and the remembrance of identity, because when you recognize your own song you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another. Finally, when the soul is about to pass from this world, family and friends gather at the bedside, as they did at birth, and sing the person to the next life. In any culture, a friend is one that knows our song and sings it to us when we have forgotten it. Those that love us are not fooled by the mistakes we’ve made or the dark images we hold about ourself. They remember our beauty when we feel ugly; our wholeness

when we are broken; our innocence when we feel guilty; and our purpose when we are confused. Life always reminds us when we are and when we’re not in tune with ourself. When we feel good, we are matching our song. We may feel a little wobbly at times, but so have all the great singers. If we just keep singing, we’ll find our way home. In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well. Modern pioneers in vibrational energy like Sharry Edwards (bioacoustic biology) and Donna Eden (energy medicine) have independently detected that each of us has a fundamental signature frequency that can be equated to our unique song that persists throughout life. We innately seek natural sounds that reinforce and strengthen our song such as the surf, wind or birds. Even the stars and heavens offer songs out of our hearing range that benefit cell-to-cell vibrations within that we intuitively feel as the magic of a midnight sky. At one with the universe, our song contributes its part in the infinite chorus of creation. Jill Mattson is an author, artist, musician and sound healing composer. Her books and CDs, based on 20 years of studying ancient civilizations, support healing and personal growth. Connect at The Griot story is based on an interpretation by Jane Maluka and Dan Millman. natural awakenings

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Funny Tummy? Probiotic Foods Can Fix a Troubled Gut by Kathleen Barnes

Gas, bloating, stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation—each of these digestive issues indicates an imbalance of “good” and “bad” intestinal bacteria.


hronic digestive discomfort is distressingly common. More than 60 million Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), notes Dr. Mark Pimentel, director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, in Los Angeles, and author of A New IBS Solution. Many are too embarrassed to mention it to their doctor, so they suffer silently and learn to live with it.

Multiple Culprits

While digestive distress can visit most of us occasionally, regular bouts have increased due to high-stress lifestyles and unhealthy diets, according to Dr. Dustin James, a St. Louis, Missouri, gastroenterologist and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Digestive Health. “Getting home late after a stressful day, eating a high-fat meal and then going to bed is a recipe for problems,” he says. James advises a food-free interlude of four to six hours before bedtime and notes that prescription and over-thecounter heartburn medications can actually worsen the problem over time. Pimentel, citing his own research, also suggests that even a minor case of food poisoning may unbalance digestive bacteria enough to cause problems for years. “We think food poisoning leads to bacterial overgrowth,” says Pimentel. In his clinical experience, James says about 10 percent of IBS cases can be connected to the food poisoning theory. Although such cases are typical48

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ly treated with an antibiotic, rifaximin, many experts ironically attribute bacterial overgrowth to the use of antibiotics. All antibiotics, taken for any reason, indiscriminately kill both good and bad intestinal bacteria, ultimately creating unbalanced bacteria colonies in the digestive tract, says James. “There can be bad long-term effects,” he advises. James’ antibiotics theory is affirmed by a major Australian review of current research on the links between antibiotics and intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Sugar is another culprit as are antibiotics in dairy products and meats, which can also aggravate digestive problems. Sugar feeds the growth of unfriendly bacteria and yeast and antibiotics kill friendly bacteria, contributing to imbalances. The U.S. obesity epidemic has even been linked to digestive problems. In a study published in the journal Frontiers of Public Health, researchers at the University of California-Berkeley warn against long-term exposure to antibiotics through their widespread use in the dairy and meat industries. One animal study from Washington University, in St. Louis, showed that intestinal bacteria tend to extract more nutrients—and more calories—from the same foods when eaten by obese animals than when ingested by thinner ones. This helps explain why obese people tend to stay obese without heroic measures.

Good Food Solutions

There is considerable agreement that probiotics—live bacteria such as those contained in fermented foods like quality yogurt—help rebalance beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and ease ailments that include IBS. Due to U.S. food regulations, yogurt is routinely pasteurized, which kills its probiotic benefits; conscientious suppliers then add active digestive microorganisms, like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus, back into their products. “Check yogurt labels for specific names of the species and a certification that it contains live cultures,” counsels Maria Marco, Ph.D., an assistant professor of food science at the University of California-Davis. Coconut yogurt may be preferred by those with dairy-free diets. Dairy is acidforming and can be difficult to digest. Many fermented foods can provide the same probiotics to ease digestive woes and restore a healthy balance of the right bacteria. Sauerkraut, rich in Lactobacillus and other strains of healthy bacteria, is at the top of the list. It’s easy to make super-healthy sauerkraut at home with shredded organic cabbage and salt. Other fermented foods to put high on a natural probiotic list include:

Simple Sauerkraut Recipe It’s easy to make a healthy batch of sauerkraut in a glass quart canning jar in as little as three days. Organic cabbage, finely shredded 1 Tbsp sea salt or other natural salt Mix salt and cabbage together in a large bowl, squeezing the salt into the cabbage. Cabbage will become limp and begin to release its juice. Tightly pack cabbage and juice into a clean glass canning jar. Keep the cabbage submerged in liquid; if necessary,

miso, kefir, tempeh, soft cheese, kimchi, sour pickles and sourdough bread. James recommends two daily servings of high-quality yogurt or other fermented foods to obtain the 2 to 5 billion live bacteria needed to restore gut health. “Every human is unique; try different products in search of what works,” he says. Probiotic supplements may be more effective for people with serious digestive distress that need higher bacterial counts and the product label may provide specifics of the bacteria and strains. “For example, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG is a strain that has been

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Safe Digestive Relief

use a smaller canning jar loaded with marbles or stones.

In addition to fermented foods, these foods offer digestive relief.

Cover jar with a clean cloth or piece of cheesecloth and keep it in a cool place.

Ginger: Safe enough to quell the nausea of early pregnancy, ginger can offer relief from nausea, gas and even colic in babies.

Jar contents will begin to bubble, signaling that fermentation is taking place (note that conventional cabbage additives may interrupt the fermentation process). It’s ready to eat in three days, but keeps well for several weeks in the refrigerator. Primary source:

proven to be effective against antibiotic-induced diarrhea,” Marco explains. High-quality probiotics usually require refrigeration to keep the bacteria alive. In addition, there are many nonfermented foods, including certain juices, candies and energy bars, with specific strains of bacteria added that have probiotic effects.

Peppermint Oil: A traditional remedy now validated by science, peppermint oil can relieve irritable bowels and heartburn. Consider enteric coated (acid resistant) capsules that can impact the small intestine, where relief is needed. Fennel: This mildly licorice-flavored seed hasn’t been extensively studied, but lovers of Indian cuisine have traditionally used it to promote smooth digestion after consuming curryladen meals. Sources: American Botanical Council; Mayo Clinic, MN; Baylor University, TX; University of Michigan; University of Rochester, NY

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Karate Classes

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few indoor dog parks and canine training places have popped up lately around Long Island, and while they offer heat in the winter and cool space in the summer, as well as trick and agility training, Martial ARFS is a completely different breed! Created by Jeris Pugh, Martial ARFS offers one-of-a kind activities for your most loyal companion. Pugh’s history as a trainer at Tiger Schulmann’s mixed martial arts schools for more than 12 years and his subsequent private dog training business, where he utilized principles from teaching martial arts and functional conditioning training along with conventional dog training methods, was the impetus to starting this unique dog training approach. With a little guidance from his wife, veterinarian Eve Pugh, Martial ARFS studio in Carle Place was formed. “We base everything we do on the fact that all dogs need physical activity to be happy and healthy,” says Jeris Pugh. Our roving Natural Awakenings Long Island (NALI) canine reporter, Gambino, went for a trip with his mom, NALI Publisher Kelly Martinsen, to see what sort of kicks he would get from this ex50

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perience. When asked the practicality of this concept of martial arts for canines, Pugh explains, utilizing children with attention and hyperactivity disorders as an example. “Getting a child with AD(H)D to stand still is extremely difficult, right? Getting a child with AD(H)D to stand still while on one leg learning to do a karate kick is easier because the challenge of standing on one leg forces them to engage both mentally and physically so they don’t fall over.” First step for all dogs entering Martial ARFS is an assessment. “This is very important,” states Pugh while taking a ball away from Gambino. “We need to

see how your dog reacts to certain actions, like my removing this from him. We need to see how he reacts being around other dogs,” adds Pugh during the same assessment while bringing his own dogs into the main training area. With the assessment complete, Gambino was ready for his first Karufte class—the beginner class that all dogs must go through. For the next 45 to 50 minutes, Gambino went through various activities in which he was both mentally and physically stimulated as he and I work together at the various exercises utilizing focus, reward and trust, as well as an enormous amount of muscle energy. The class had a wonderful mix of dogs, including Nash, a rescue from the Turks and Caicos (yes, some people bring shells home from the beach, but Joanne Genzone, from Bellmore, and her family took Nash home. Within weeks, they realized Nash was from a feral dog breed and needed tremendous behavioral and socialization modification. “On his first visit here,” Nash’s owner says with a laugh, “he bit Jeris.” Yet seven months later, Gambino was there to see Nash get his yellow belt, having passed the rigorous belt test. While Nash was on the FitPaws ball, Pugh explains, “Your job as their trainer is to help them struggle to maintain their balance for longer and longer periods of time. This also helps create a bond and trust, which is one of the things we have seen with Nash.” Another dog in the class, Indie, was wearing a green belt. He is a well-trained dog who also participates


Hot Tips to Keep Your Pets Cool Summer brings with it many dangers for your pets. Unlike humans, pets have a fur coat that helps keep them insulated. They have a harder time regulating their body temperature, and rely on panting to cool down. It is very easy for a dog or cat to become Dr. Michel Selmer, DVM overheated, which can have life-threatening consequences. Here are just a few ways that you can help keep your pet cool this summer. “Rover” Reporter Gambino Martinsen on the scene

in field trial competitive events. Perhaps you may have even seen him on Wantagh Parkway pulling his owner, Jen Schwartz, on a Diggler scooter roughly six miles. “Yet,” exclaims Schwartz, “after 40 minutes training at Martial ARFS, he is wiped!” The fourth dog in our group was a 3-year-old rescued mixed collie named Mel, along with his owner, Patricia Russo. Mel was there to learn, have physical and mental stimulation, and have fun. “You can see,” says Pugh, “When we incorporate physical activity with various behavior modification techniques and the principles of various martial arts, we are able to add fun and exciting mental challenges to behavior modification.” With 12 different Martial ARFS styles (classes), with great names like TaiPoochi and PoochItSu, there is something for all dogs, no matter whether puppy or senior, Great Dane or Chihuahua, canine athlete or sofa surfer, and no prior obedience training is necessary. For more information about what the Martial ARFS™ can do for you and your dog, call 516-280-8331 or visit The Martial ARFS is located at 251 Voice Rd., Carle Place.

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The shade is often at least 10 degrees cooler than the direct sun. Make sure your pet has plenty of shady places to remain cool. In the house, this is easy, but outside you will want to make sure you have a doghouse or trees to provide the shade.

Walk Early or Late

When you are taking your dog out for exercise, do so before the sun rises or after the sun sets. This way you can make sure they get a good workout in. Evenings are also a great time to play with your pet outside without having to worry about trying to get them to cool down.

With these few tips, you will be able to keep your companion cool and comfortable all summer long.

Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

Yin-yang theory: If something is hot, cool it. If something is cold, warm it. Supplementing the opposite restores balance. Foods have different physical and energetic qualities. So, if you’re hot, eat cold/cool foods. Here are some examples of common foods with cold/ cool energetics that may help keep your pet cool all summer long: banana, orange, apple, pear, blueberry, strawberry, mango, yoghurt, seaweed, watermelon, celery, spinach and zucchini.

Fresh, Cool Water

Make sure your pet has access to fresh, cool water at all times. If it is going to be really hot out, freeze ice blocks that you can put in the water that will melt. This will also give your pet something to play with. Many dogs love sprinklers in the yard, which can be another way to offer exercise while staying cool. Make sure you never take your pet somewhere he or she cannot go inside during the summer. You do not want to leave a pet in the car. Even with water and the windows cracked, the temperatures inside a vehicle can soar quickly.

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Body Ease

Fluid, Flexible Movement Can Be Ours by Sarah Todd


ad habits are hard to break—and it’s even harder to eliminate those we are unaware of. Many people experience pain from unconscious physical patterns such as hunching over a computer keyboard or holding a musical instrument at an uncomfortable angle, but don’t know how to identify and change limiting positions. This calls for body movement re-education.

Alexander Technique

“Let’s say you’re a runner and didn’t realize that you were running in a lopsided way,” explains Alexander Technique practitioner Beret Arcaya, who has taught the practice in New York City for almost 30 years. Students learn to retrain their thinking, movements and posture for better natural alignment. “It helps you understand how you’re making an argument between yourself and gravity,” she says. Invented by Australian thespian F. Matthias Alexander at the end of the 19th century as a means of improving his onstage presence, the Alexander Technique is highly regarded by actors and entertainers, yet anyone can benefit from it, according to Arcaya. In typical one-on-one sessions, Alexander movement practitioners use a light, gentle touch and verbal instruction to show students how to realign their head, neck and upper back while standing in front of a mirror, which helps the rest of the body attain a more natural position. Next, students learn to move through routine activities like sitting, walking and bending in ways that replace damaging habits with easier movements. The technique is easily modified to meet individual needs, Arcaya says, citing a former student that suffered from hemophilia. “He could hardly bend his 52

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knees, and he had little mobility in one elbow; he was terribly stiff,” she recalls. While the technique couldn’t treat the disease, “It allowed him to skillfully use his remaining uninjured tissue.” One day, when he returned from a three-mile walk with his young son, he was beaming. “‘I walked with a freedom and a lightness,’ he said, ‘I didn’t want to stop.’” A 2008 study in the medical journal BMJ found that patients with chronic back pain experienced long-term benefits from Alexander Technique exercises and lessons. People with Parkinson’s disease also improved their walking, speech, posture and balance through Alexander training, according to a 2002 study in Clinical Rehabilitation.

Feldenkrais Method

Others in need of movement reeducation use the method founded by physicist, electrical engineer and judo black belt holder Moshé Feldenkrais in the mid-20th century. Feldenkrais was familiar with the Alexander Technique, and the two methods share the same fundamental goal of helping students change harmful patterns through movement exploration, touch and dialogue. The Feldenkrais Method avoids concepts of “right” and “wrong”. Instead, the practitioner leads students through gentle, slow-movement sequences, mostly on the floor, while asking questions about subtle details as they experience options. This sharpens sensory awareness of how to perform each movement with maximum ease. In one-on-one sessions, the student is passive while the practitioner’s hands suggest various nonhabitual movements to widen his repertoire. It all increases flexibility, balance,

fine motor skills and overall physical self-awareness. Feldenkrais stated, “What I’m after isn’t flexible bodies but flexible brains; to restore each person to their human dignity.” Seniors that practiced the Feldenkrais Method enhanced their balance and mobility, according to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. It may also alleviate symptoms of nonclinical depression, according to a 2011 pilot study reported in the Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association.

Trager Approach

Another entry point to such a bodily reawakening is the Trager Approach, invented by Dr. Milton Trager, an athlete who suffered from a congenital spinal deformity. “The intention of the practitioner in a Trager session is to introduce the client to a series of playful and pleasurable sensations as the session unfolds,” says practitioner Martha Partridge, of New York City, who works primarily with people that have Parkinson’s disease. During tablework sessions, practitioners “bring awareness” of a specific movement by rocking, cradling and gently rotating a client’s body, Partridge explains. The feeling of effortless movement is further ingrained through a series of mental gymnastics, termed mentastics, that clients can do at home. The objective, says Partridge, is to help people have a sense of joy in everyday, common movement. All three bodywork techniques can help people banish bad habits for good. “Gradually, aches and pains will go away,” Arcaya says. “You can undo the imbalances that have done you wrong.” Then go forward, doing things right. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at



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Transcendental Meditation: One Woman’s 30-Day Experience by Catherine Driscoll

“The experience of happiness is a direct means of replenishing life energy and revitalizing the mind.” —Maharishi Mahesh Yogi


or Mother’s Day, Natural Awakenings Long Island Publisher Kelly Martinsen gave herself an early present. “More like I gave my family a present,” says Martinsen with a laugh. After years of listening to Howard Stern tout the benefits of transcendental meditation (TM)—brought to the U.S. in the mid-50s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi—she decided to sign up for a course to join the more than 6 million people worldwide that have learned this unique technique. The TM technique taught at the Transcendental Meditation Program of Long Island, in Garden City, is a simple, natural, effortless and extremely effective process practiced 15 to 20 minutes twice daily while sitting comfortably with eyes closed. “To be honest, I have done guided meditation after yoga and even on my own sporadically,” shares Martinsen, “but it’s hard to find a guide at a moment’s notice, and it’s also hard to be one with what the guide may be focused on at that time; meaning if the guide is picturing a rain forest and I just don’t have that vision while trying to meditate, I find myself having a lot of self-chatter and not really meditating. I need it to be less work and more available to me at home, and that is what appeals to me about TM.” The program, which is designed to be done in a specific order, consists primarily of group instruction, with one day of personal instruction and a lifetime of follow-up help. Harry Martinian, the director of the Transcendental Meditation Program of Long Island, who learned the TM technique in 1968 and has taught TM for more than 40 years, was extremely accommodating to Martinsen’s hectic schedule, ensuring she attended the classes in correct succession. That

flexibility allowed for Martinsen, a busy working mom, to complete the course and begin her journey. She made a commitment to herself that for the next 30 days she would practice TM twice daily. “Well, the Earth didn’t move and the skies didn’t open up,” says Martinsen, “and yet, the Earth didn’t move and the skies didn’t open up. What I mean is that I was imagining a life-altering experience overnight, instead what I clearly experienced was a calm or a pause in my daily life and an ability to see things a bit more in perspective.” Martinsen did manage to meditate every one of those 30 days, but did miss some of those second daily meditations. “On days when I went out of my way and made sure to meditate two times a day—in a car, on a train, literally locked in the only place my family will give me peace: my bathroom!—I was a bit more focused, a bit more calm, and that little bit translated to big things. Those days there was also less yelling in my house, less chaos.” During those 30 days, Martinsen shares that she made a large mistake that cost her company money. Yet, it was very simple for her to put it into perspective. She addressed the issue and moved forward, instead of ruminating on it like she would have in the past. “TM has a way of balancing me,” explains Martinsen, “and I imagine if I stick with it, the mistakes will be less, too, because there is a calming and clearing effect of some sort that I can’t explain and yet it is there.” Source: Transcendental Meditation Program of Long Island. Location: 66 New Hyde Park Rd., Garden City. Free introductory lectures are available. For more information, call 516-345-2634 or visit

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THURSDAY, MAY 1 Infant Massage Classes – 6-8pm. Learn massage techniques that are beneficial to improving bonding and attachment, sleep, colic, gas. Learn from a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and Massage Therapist for over 10 Years. Healing Hands Pilates and Wellness, 970 Railroad Ave, Woodmere. 516792-0868. HealingHandsPilatesAndWellness@

SATURDAY, MAY 3 Dr. Howard Robins Presentations – 11am & 4pm. Talk on the unique ability of intravenous ozone therapy to completely eliminate infections such as Herpes, Lyme Disease, Shingles, Candidiasis and all other infections. Learn all about how this safe and amazing treatment can help you or someone you know. N.A.V.E.L. Health Expo, Huntington Hilton. More info: 212-581-0101.

MONDAY, MAY 5 Introduction to the Physical Arts, Hatha Yoga 1-4, Advanced Yoga, Tai Chi Chuan 1-4, Advanced Tai Chi Chuan, and Qi Gong 1-4 – May 5-Aug 18. Various days & times, Mon-Saturday. Download the Spring-Summer Continuing Education catalog from website for schedule and costs. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223. Yoga and Tai Chi Instructor Certification Programs – Various days & times, Mon-Sat. Download the Spring-Summer Continuing Education catalog from website for schedule and costs. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223. Free Holistic Dinner and Heath Talk – 6:30-9pm. Dr. Ray Omid cordially invites you and up to 4 quests to come and dine with us for a complimentary health dinner talk. Learn the key essentials to living a healthy and more vibrant life naturally. Umberto’s Italian Restaurant, 633 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park. RSVP, Bessi: 917-747-2795. Bereavement Support Group – 7-9pm. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for parents on the South Shore. Parents and siblings new to COPE must speak to Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to their first meeting. Free. Merrick Jewish Center, 225 Fox Blvd. 516-484-4993.  Bereavement Support Group – 7:30-9:30pm. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings

for parents 2 Mondays/month for parents on the North Shore. Parents and siblings new to COPE must speak to Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to their first meeting. Elias Hicks Historical Home, 1740 Old Jericho Turnpike, Jericho. 516-484-4993. 

TUESDAY, MAY 6 Weight Loss Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. With Dr. Pollack of the Pollack Wellness Institute. Includes “The Science Behind Weight Loss” lecture by Dr. David Pollack, a Cavi-Lipo demonstration, “Acupuncture for Weight Loss” discussion and food tasting. All attendees receive a complimentary recipe booklet and various coupons. Bring a friend or family member. Free. The Creating Wellness Center of Commack, 66 Commack Rd, Ste 204, Commack. RSVP: 631-462-0801.

THURSDAY, MAY 8 Mother’s Day Free Carnations – May 8 & 10. To all Mothers. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. 516-822-8499.

SATURDAY, MAY 10 Chinese Conversational Mandarin Language – Saturdays, May 10-Aug 16. 8:30-10:30am. With Joseph Cheung, who holds a Master of Arts (East Asian Studies) and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from St. John’s University. $260/15 wks. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223. Chinese Medical Terminology – Saturdays, May 10-Aug 16. 11am-1pm. With Joseph Cheung, who holds a Master of Arts (East Asian Studies) and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from St. John’s University. $260/15 wks. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223. Mother & Daughter Yoga Workshop – 1:303:30pm. A great way to enhance the relationship while learning yoga tools that both mom and daughter can use throughout their lives. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Love and Health: What’s Love Got To Do With It – 7-8pm. With Meredith Narissi. Does your relationship to love effect your health? Are there ways to open your heart? Explore the physiological emotional and transformative aspects of love, in this fun and insightful workshop. All welcome. Free. Pure and Simple Health, 128 N Long Beach Rd, Rockville Centre. Space limited; RSVP: 516-203-7442

MONDAY, MAY 12 Bereavement Support Group – 7:30-9:30pm. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to

supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for parents 2 Mondays/month for parents on the North Shore. Parents and siblings new to COPE must speak to Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to their first meeting. Elias Hicks Historical Home, 1740 Old Jericho Turnpike, Jericho. 516-484-4993.  Life Tools for Emotional Clarity – May 12 & 19. 8pm. Discover tools to resolve past and present stressful experiences in your life. Learn to develop self-sufficiency and emotional resilience. Dr. Fred will take you through the primary tools that he has found to be easiest to learn and most effective when you are emotionally aggravated, stressed out or stuck. New members welcome with family and friends. $15. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 Bereavement Support Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Wed. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child. Parents and siblings new to COPE must speak to Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to their first meeting. Free. Chai Center, Dix Hills. 516-484-4993.

SATURDAY, MAY 17 Happy Healthy Yoga: An Exploration of Skeletal Anatomy & Joint Safety – 11:30am-6pm. With Jason Ray Brown. Meets May 17 (Lower Extremities), June 14 (Upper Extremities) & 28 (Axial Skeletal). Can attend all or some. Through lecture, discussion, partner exercises and experiential application explore the skeletal anatomy, soft-tissues and movements available joints and spinal column with a view toward increasing our conscious awareness of these structures, how they might get injured during yoga asana practice, and most importantly, how to keep them safe. 18 CEUs. Full Series: $350 before Apr 26, $425 after; $150/ single day. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Must register: 516-632-9626. Advanced Asana with Jenny Jared – 1-4pm. Workshop explores many aspects of Advanced Asana; from anatomical opening, to the required strength, to the energy that must be harnessed to fully embody the pose. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.

SUNDAY, MAY 18 Hot Stone Massage – 9am-5pm. With Amy Kolasky, LMT. $140 by May 2; $165 thereafter, awarding 7 CE credits. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-3640808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223. Somato Respiratory Integration Seminar – 10am2pm. SRI is a tool that you can use on your own to help you resolve stress in your daily life. A powerful way to deepen your healing process and connect with the basic rhythms that govern your life. Learn Stages 1-3 in detail with experiential exercises. Leave with a greater understanding of these Stages in your life and how to continue the work on your own. $95. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

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

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

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

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Wellness Garden Party & Workshops – 124pm. Join Cleansing Concepts at their Smithtown Sanctuary for an afternoon full of education and enlightenment. The party will be held in the Feng Shui Garden. Free workshops on acupuncture, meditation, essential oils, SRI breathing technique, John of God Crystal Light Therapy, detox, fitness, skin care and more. Healthy delicious snacks served, music, raffles, samples from vendors. $10 donation recommended &will be donated to the Gift of Life Foundation. Cleansing Concepts, 269 East Main St, F1, Smithtown. 631-656-6313.

MONDAY, MAY 19 Life Tools for Emotional Clarity – 8pm. See May 12 listing. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

MONDAY, MAY 26 Sibling Support Group – 7-9pm. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting families living with the loss of a child or sibling, holds monthly support groups meetings for adult siblings on the North Shore. Groups for siblings ages 5-10 and 11-17 also available. Parents and siblings new to COPE must speak to Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to their first meeting. Free. Elias Hicks Historical Home, 1740 Old Jericho Turnpike, Jericho. 516-484-4993.




Dinner Talk: Live Free of Pain and Stress – 6:30-9:30pm. Discover a life free of back and neck pain, herniated discs, sciatica and more. Learn why doctors, chiropractors and therapists recommend this all-natural Spinal Rejuvenation Therapy. Learn how this care helps resolve a variety of acute and chronic conditions. Lecture and demonstration by Dr. Michael Berlin of The Family Wellness Center. Free. La Famiglia Restaurant, 641 Old Country Rd, Plainview. RSVP: 516-822-8499.

Happy Healthy Yoga: An Exploration of Skeletal Anatomy & Joint Safety – 11:30am-6pm. With Jason Ray Brown. Meets May 17 (Lower Extremities), June 14 (Upper Extremities) & 28 (Axial Skeletal). Can attend all or some. Through lecture, discussion, partner exercises and experiential application explore the skeletal anatomy, soft-tissues and movements available joints and spinal column with a view toward increasing our conscious awareness of these structures, how they might get injured during yoga asana practice, and most importantly, how to keep them safe. $150/single day. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Must register: 516632-9626.

Bereavement Parent Support Group – 7:309:30pm. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for bereaved parents 1 Tuesday/ month. Parents and siblings new to COPE must speak to Executive Director Karen Flyer prior to their first meeting. Free. Temple Emanuel, 123 Merrick Ave, East Meadow. 516-484-4993.


SATURDAY, JUNE 28 Happy Healthy Yoga: An Exploration of Skeletal Anatomy & Joint Safety – 11:30am-6pm. With Jason Ray Brown. See June 14 listing. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Must register: 516-632-9626.

Breaking Free from your Genetic Bonds – 7-8:30pm. Join Dr. David Pollack, of the Pollack Wellness Institute, to learn how to break free from your genetic bonds and take control of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, aging and more. Strictly Gluten Free, 396A Larkfield Rd, East Northport. RSVP: 631-462-0801.


In a Fog: The Physical and Emotional Effects of Breast Cancer Chemotherapy – 7-8:30pm. A special forum for those who have undergone treatment for breast cancer. Doctors Nina D’Abreo and Michael Genovese will explore some issues associated with chemotherapy: neurological symptoms, cognitive changes, and emotional and sexual health. Free. Adelphi University, Alumni House, 154 Cambridge Ave, Garden City. Registration required: 516-877-4325.

Featuring alternatives such as Home Schooling, Educational Resource Centers, Alternative Schools, Democratic schools, Montessori, Waldorf. Charters. Keynote will include Summerhill School’s Zoe Neill Readhead and Brooklyn Free School; 60 amazing workshops. Group, student and home school rates starting at $100 for 4 days! Child care. Tesla will do limo service from the LIRR! Last year people came from 25 states and 10 countries.

THURSDAY, MAY 22 Advanced NSA – 8pm. Learn more about the Four Sacred Seasons of Network Care are a way to understand your healing process and every aspect of your life from a Network perspective: thoughts, actions, prayers, decisions, your level of courage and confidence, focus, direction, action, relationships, healing, gratitude, compassion, love and more. With Dr. Fred Blum. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.


“I attended my first AERO conference last year and it was the first time I felt such a profound sense of belonging to a community of educators.” Alex, Puerto Rico LIU/Post, Brookville 516-621-2195


Yoga with Angela – 6-7:30pm. Join Angela Strynkowski for an authentic yoga experience. All levels welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; $15. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600.

20-Hr Clairvoyant Training Program: Learn to See – Tori Quisling, M.Ed, Clairvoyant Practitioner, offers a 20-hr weekly course in learning to use clairvoyance in your life. By the end of the course, you will be able to meditate “Find Your Space,” give readings and work with your own Healing Guide. Customized program, begin when ready. Discounts when you join with a friend. $1,575 (when paid in full). Center for Clairvoyance and Healing, 158 Main St, Port Washington. 516-423-1794.


21-Day Detox – Lose weight, boost energy, de-stress, learn what you need to know for a life time of healthy cleansing. Includes: 21-day life botanica formula; pH strips; cleanse tool kit & recipes; 3 1-hr detox modules; 3 1-hr stress relief modules. RSVP: 516676-0200.

Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 7-8:30pm. For young women with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077.

Yoga – 9-10:15am. With Jessica Saraswati. All levels welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; $15. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600.

Meditation – 7:30-8:30pm. Join Angela Strynkowski for a peaceful and powerful meditation session. Beginners welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; monthly memberships available; $10. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600.

Free Arthritis Aquatics Classes – Co-sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that provides information and support to all of those with arthritis. Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy in Garden City and Rocky Point. Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy, 800 E Gate Blvd, Garden City. For info & appt, Sherrie Glasser: 516-745-8050. Free Chiropractic Care for Returning Veterans – 9am-6pm. Dr. Gina Marino has extended an offer of care for one full year for any U.S. military veteran returning from overseas deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq, at no charge, with presentation of their service certificate. 2050 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh. 516-221-3500. Free Fall Prevention & Balance Testing – Are you at risk of falling? Program provides all seniors the opportunity to test their balance and see if they are at risk of falling. Falling is not a normal part of aging. Metro Physical & Aquatic Therapy in Garden City, Great Neck, Roslyn, Bellmore, Kew Gardens & Rocky Point. For info & appt, Sherrie Glasser: 516-745-8050. Free Gym Membership – 11am-8pm. Come in and we will show you how you can get a gym membership absolutely free. Synergy Fitness Massapequa, 5300 Sunrise Hwy, Massapequa. For more info: 516-541-4400. Free Silver Sneakers Exercise Classes – Mon-Fri. For all levels: balance, agility, strengthening, endurance and osteoporosis for eligible seniors. Sponsored by the nonprofit, Medicare’s Healthways. Garden City, Kew Gardens, Port Washington & Roslyn. For details, including seeing if you are eligible & class times, Sherrie Glasser: 516-745-8050. Seeking Participants for an Independent Research Study Regarding Massage Therapy – Be a part of the growing data of research regarding massage therapy. Massage is offered to participants at a drastically reduced rate. Healing Hands Pilates and Wellness Studio, 970 Railroad Ave, Woodmere. 516-792-0868.

Three Phases to Optimal Health – Dr. Danielle Roberts presents life-changing information to kick start your enlightened optimal lifestyle journey. Call for details. $100 for all three lectures. Bring a friend and get half off. Integrative Health Center & Spa, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. 516-676-0200.

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

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


Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Mon. An ongoing group for men with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077.

Meditation – 8:15-9:15pm. Join Jessica Saraswati for a peaceful meditation session, followed by an enlightening satsang. Beginners welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; $10. Break The Norms at A Jewel In The Lotus Yoga Shala, 560 Main St, Studio 3, Islip. Info: 516-938-9600.


Baby & Me Yoga – 9:30am. Walkers-3yrs. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Must register: 516-632-9626.

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

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

Ashtanga Yoga – 9:30-11am. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.

YinYasa – 9:30am. Also Wed, 4:30pm & Sat, 9am. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

Shine Yoga – 10:30-11:45am. With Stacey Lynn. For all levels. Explore your breath, your inner voice, your physical body. You will radiate and shine like the sun. Integrative Healing Center, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. 516-676-0200. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 1:30-3pm. An ongoing group for women with metastatic breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Class 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. Classical Hatha Yoga – 5:15-6:30pm. With Jessica Saraswati. All levels welcomed and encouraged. $15. Break The Norms at A Jewel In The Lotus Yoga Shala, 560 Main St, Studio 3, Islip. Info: 516-938-9600.

Meditation – 9:30-10:30am. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Shine with Infrared Therapy – 10:30-11:45am. With Stacey Lynn. Class incorporates the principals of Shine Yoga with use of the Biomat which is an FDA approved, warm infrared, amethyst crystal mat. A deeply healing experience allowing you to shine from the inside out. Integrative Healing Center, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. 516-676-0200. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 10:30am12pm. A morning group for women who have a genetic mutation for breast cancer (BRCA+). Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. Community-Open Level Yoga  – 11:30am12:30pm. Donation. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.

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Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Class 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.

Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 5:30-7pm. An evening group for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077.

Yoga for the Soul – 11am-12:15pm. Yoga for the Soul is a meditation journey with some gentle yoga and movements and pranayama (breathwork) to prepare the body to sit for guided meditations. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

Inspired & Empowered Living Radio Show – 6pm. Learn how you can be inspired and empowered in your daily life. Join Nanci Deutsch and her accomplished guests as they coach, educate and motivate you. On W4HC, Facebook: InspiredAndEmpoweredLivingRadioShow.

Pilates Mat Class – 6pm. Beginner/Intermediate Mat Class that will strengthen and lengthen your body. Change your body with the right kind of workout and feel great doing it. $25$30. Healing Hands Pilates and Wellness, 970 Railroad Ave, Woodmere. To reserve a spot 516-792-0868 or

Gluten-Free Lecture – 12-1pm. 3rd Thurs. Recommended donation $20. Integrative Healing Center & Spa, 403 Main St, Ste 1, Port Washington. 516-6760200.

Mother & Daughter Yoga – 6-7pm. Ages 9 and up. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Kundalini Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm.  Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.  Weight Loss Seminar – 7:30pm. With Dr. Michael Berlin. Learn about a cutting-edge weight loss program that will specifically show you how to lose weight and keep it off for life. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

Wednesday Free Energy Healing For Chemo/Radiation Patients – By appt only. 2nd Wed. Kiyra Artisse, Master Energy Healer, offers free energy healing to cancer patients, currently going through chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Success & Harmony, Merrick. Space limited; for appt: 516-945-0919. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 10:30am12pm. For women with metastatic breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. Pre/Post Natal Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-9449642. Reiki Circle & Meditation – 12-1pm. $20/dropin. Healing Studio at Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. To register: 516-5095630. Bodhi Meditation Class – 1-2:30pm. With Ni Nan Gilbert, acupuncturist and healer. Experience how this unique meditation can help you purify your body/mind and unleash the creative power within you. Increase self-awareness, emotional intelligence, mental clarity, focus and inspiration. Free. Freeport Recreation Center, 130 E Merrick Rd, Freeport. Nan: 516-442-7408. YinYasa – 4:30pm. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Class 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. Kids Yoga – 5pm. Ages 5-8. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.


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Shine Healing/Meditation – 6:30-7:30pm. No prior experience with yoga or meditation required. When the mind is full of noise, and needs to empty, you need not look further than yourself, stillness is within you, simply one breath at a time. NEED LOCATION! Clairvoyant Development Series, Level 1 – 6:308pm. Tori Quisling, M.Ed, graduate of the Berkeley Psychic Institute and featured expert in the New York Daily News, will train on using own psychic abilities (clairvoyance, clairaudience). By the end of 8 wks, students will meditate, have awareness of psychic abilities and perform a reading. Workbook/ CD. Customized programs also available. $125/ class; $975/8-wk course. 158 Main St, Port Washington. 516-423-1794. Meditation – 7-8pm. For beginners or those looking to deepen their practice. Gently guided meditation accompanied by the soothing sounds of our crystal Tibetan singing bowl, designed to awaken your Third Eye. 1st class free; monthly memberships available; $10. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600. Holistic Moms Network: South Shore Long Island Chapter – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Wed. Like-minded community focusing on mindful parenting and natural health. Free. CSTL – Tanglewood, 1 Tanglewood Rd, Rockville Centre. 516-924-1168. New & Potential Patient Workshop – 8-9:30pm. Learn all about Network Care’s extraordinarily gentle method that combines light-touch neurological and energy work to help to resolve all the stress, tension, distortions, and traumas from your spine and nerves. With Dr. Michael Berlin. Free. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


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

Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 1-2:30pm. A daytime group for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314. Breast Cancer Hotline: 800-877-8077. YogArt – 4:30-5:30pm. Class allows kids to express themselves through the practice of yoga and creating art. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Yin Yoga – 6pm. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Meditation – 8:15-9:15pm. Join Jessica Saraswati for a peaceful meditation session, followed by an enlightening satsang. Beginners welcomed and encouraged. 1st class free; $10. Break The Norms at A Jewel In The Lotus Yoga Shala, 560 Main St, Studio 3, Islip. Info: 516-938-9600.


Cancer Support Group – 9-11am. Call for specific dates. 6-wk program designed to empower women with knowledge while on their journey to kicking cancer’s ass. $480. Drop-in complimentary class last week of each month 9-10am. Must reserve spot. Integrative Healing Center & Spa, 403 Main St, Ste 1, Port Washington. 516-676-0200. 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 & Operation Splash. Donate what you can. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Kimberly. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Develop Your Intuition Workshop – 7-8:30pm. 1st Fri. With Tori Quisling. An introductory meditation series based on her book: The Clairvoyant Practitioner: A Simple Guide to Developing Your Clairvoyant Abilities. An interactive series in developing your intuition using meditation and clairvoyant techniques to open up your ability to trust what you “see” and “know” about your life and relationships. Practice techniques you can use right away to create positive changes in your life. $35. Yoga Life, 939 Port Washington Blvd, Port Washington. 516-423-1794.


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

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

Personalized Accupuncture, Energy Healing, Chinese Herb and Bodhi Meditation are all available an d Ni Nan Healing Art Center in Merrick. Accupuncture for all needs including, stomach upset, Accupuncture facial, fertility, pain and more. See ad on page 23.


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

All Clean Long Island provides cleaning services for your home and office. Using only a Holistic system of Organic, Pet and Human friendly products, we provide an efficient service for all your cleaning needs. Customizing every job for the specific needs of our customers is important to us in order to guarantee that every job is performed to your satisfaction. See ad on page 23.

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


309 Madison St., Suite 4, Westbury 516-640-5322 • Private, safe, comfortable. Lose weight, gain energy, improve skin & sleep, and help reduce the risk of disease. Spa-like atmosphere. Feel completely relaxed. Pre-Post cleanse nutrients provided. See ad on page 27.


chiropractor CENTER For THE ALIGNMENT OF BODY, MIND & SPIRIT Dr. Gina Marino • Wantagh 516-221-3500 • Dr. Marino utilizes a combination of gentle Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments, Reiki and Bodywork to reduce pain, lessen the effects of stress on your system, restore flexibility and ensure optimum vitality. See ad on page 45.

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

pollack wellness center FAMILY WELLNESS CENTER

641 B Old Country Rd, Plainview 516-822-8499 Our office helps people heal their bodies and their lives by doing light pressure points that blend advanced neurological, energy work, and life skills coaching to resolve all the stress, tension, distortions, and traumas from the body and mind naturally. See ad on page 23.

66 Commack Road #101, Commack 631-462-0801 • Dr. Pollack specializes in the practice of physical rehabilitation, herbal and nutritional medicine, and stress and weight management including non-invasive liposuction. He has extensive experience in healing digestive disorders (reflux, bowel issues, colitis, loose stools, etc.), joint and muscle pain, headaches, and many other common health concerns. His goal is to help as many people as he can to reach optimal health and avoid the “sick-care” system. See ads on pages 17 & 31.

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

Experience the transformative power of Reconnective Healing to achieve improved physical, emotional and mental health. Beyond any energy healing technique you have ever encountered, Reconnective Healing is a powerful, hands-off process that accesses a comprehensive spectrum of energy, light, and information credited with bringing about a state of restored balance and wellness. Reconnect Long Island was established by practitioners Rob & Anessa Koenig to bring this important work to the East End. Your time for healing is now, schedule your appointment today. See ad on page 19.

holistic dentistry GOLDEN DENTAL WELLNESS

444 Community Dr., Suite 204, Manhasset 516-627-8400 • A practice that cares for you like family. The philosophy of her dental wellness center is a wholebody approach working closely with your healthcare practitioners that you already have a relationship with. The practice incorporates the teaching of Huggins, IOAMT, and much more. See ad on page 17.

long island center for healthier dentistry

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

NORTH SHORE COSMETIC & IMPLANT DENTISTRY Dr. Jonathan Richter 310 East Shore Rd., Great Neck 516-282-0310

We welcome you to come in for a comprehensive exam of teeth, gums, early detection, and oral health problems. We offer the following services: Holistic Dental Care, Mercury-Free Dentistry, TMJ Disorder & Treatment,Treatment for Sleep Disorders, Invisalign & Orthodontics, Dental Implant, Sleep Apnea. Payment plans available. See ad on back cover.


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holistic health coach HEALTHY LIVING BY DENISE

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

holistic wellness center PURE AND SIMPLE HEALTH

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

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

indoor environmental wellness HEALTHEHABITATS

1602 Lakeland Ave Bohemia, NY 11716 877-861-3662 Indoor Environmental Wellness™. We are the people that improve the air that you breathe, the water you drink, bathe, and cook with, and the surfaces you touch. See ad on page 15.

mediation CORY J. ROSENBAUM, P.C.

Cory Rosenbaum 1-855-491-Save

Cory Rosenbaum is an expert at all forms of mediation and legal affairs. After resolving his own divorce mediating, without any litigation, he was able to find peace for himself, his exwife and most importantly his child. Cory wants to help others struggling with divorce proceedings utilizing a mediation process based on his existing expansive knowledge of divorce law in New York State. See ad on page 25.

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

Specializing in detoxification and preventative health care. We are fully present in your visit so you feel safe, appreciated and heard All of our practitioners are I-ACT certified therapists. Only the best FDA-cleared Libby devices are utilized for our clients. The colon is the key to health. See ad on page 21.


Nassau & Suffolk Locations 866-239-5445 • Personalized care through pregnancy, water birth, natural birth, well-woman gynecology, family planning. Many insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 21.

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

Helping each patient realize their greatest health potential using the least disruptive recommendations possible to stimulate the innate ability of the body to heal itself. Inner Source Natural Health is staffed by the Naturopathic Doctors/Acupuncturists. As seen on the Dr. Oz show. See ad on page 27.

finker wellness

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

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

Holistic Wellness focusing on detoxification of body mind and spirit. Offers Cavi-Lipo (non-surgical liposuction) far infrared sauna, foot detox, meditation instruction and intuitive counseling. See ad on page 35.

pollack wellness center

66 Commack Road #101, Commack 631-462-0801 • Dr. Pollack specializes in the practice of physical rehabilitation, herbal and nutritional medicine, and stress and weight management including non-invasive liposuction. He has extensive experience in healing digestive disorders (reflux, bowel issues, colitis, loose stools, etc.), joint and muscle pain, headaches, and many other common health concerns. His goal is to help as many people as he can to reach optimal health and avoid the “sick-care” system. See ads on pages 17 & 31.

ozone therapy DR. HOWARD ROBINS

The Healing Center 200 W 57th St, Ste 807 New York, NY 10019 212-581-0101 If you have a disease or condition that you haven’t been able to get rid of, Ozone Therapy will most likely be the answer, even for people that have suffered for years and have lost all hope. If you are questioning if your condition can be treated, call or email Dr. Robins – contact information above. See ad on page 63.


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

psychotherapy CHERIE DORTCH, LCSW

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

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

Utilizing the power of nutrition and psychological well being to help create empowered self growth, lasting change, healthy aging, and optimal wellness: body, mind and spirit. See ad on page 27.


Williston Park/Glen Head Locations 516-671-7786 Individual, couple and group sessions. Services offered include; arousal difficulties,erectile dysfunction,low libido,orgasm difficulties,premature ejaculation and infidelity. See ad on page 45.

reiki/energy healing

THE WALDORF SCHOOL OF GARDEN CITY 225 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City 516-742-3434 •

Nursery through grade-12 private school. An innovative and holistic approach to educate and nurture with compassion, to balance towards wholeness, to challenge toward excellence and achievement. Our methods of teaching reflect an understanding of the growing child and acknowledge the spiritual origins of humanity. See ad on page 33.


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

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

Intuitive counseling, Reiki/energetic healing, meditation instruction. Tina Martinez has a long history as a meditator and a healer (29 years). Each session is completely unique to the individual and is supported with the highest and purest intentions. See ad on page 35.

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

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

K-8 private school. Morning yoga, meditation, healthy and vegetarian eating. Individualized reading, writing, math. Volunteering and service; earning by doing. Rich in culture and diversity. Reasonable tuition. See ad on page 37.

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yoga absolute yoga

1 Guilles Lane, Woodbury 516-682-YOGA Two beautiful peaceful studios provide the perfect environment for the union of body and soul. 50+ classes per week in a variety of yoga styles and levels from beginner to energetic, strengthening warm Vinyasa yoga. We also offer kids, pre and post-natal yoga (yogi baby), restorative yoga, yoga for fertility, pilates and barre. See ad on page 53.


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

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

Be embraced by the warmth of community and be celebrated for who you truly are. Your home away from home,your refuge in a busy life. Here, your body is strengthened and soothed while your spirit is nurtured. See ad on page 53.

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