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Oprah has been quoted as saying, “I live in the space of thankfulness—and for that, I have been rewarded a million times over. I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased.” So, she has seen an increase in her bounty by living with gratitude; that is great! But I am thinking maybe she didn’t become rewarded with new bounty, but perhaps instead, by living a life of gratitude, she recognized her existing abundance.

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You know I went to review my will the other day, which is a daunting and sobering thing to do. Reviewing things like who will get your children and your assets and even your furry friend is all very overwhelming. It’s a lot of talk that I don’t normally subscribe to—talk about “getting”—who “gets” this and who “gets” that. I like to live in a space of gratitude because then I find I don’t worry so much about haves and have nots. But the will had to be written, and it left me contemplating what I am leaving my children—what they are GETTING from me. After much contemplation, my hope is that if I truly focus on a grateful perspective that will be what they get from me. Need a little help with the whole kids/gratitude thing as we enter this busy holiday season? We got you! In the article Kids With Gratitude: Making Thankfulness Second Nature (see page 38), Ronica O’Hara offers parental tips for instilling thankfulness—one of the most teachable, growable strengths—in our children. Emerging research shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kick-start happiness and well-being at any age. So that is it then, the thing that I want to leave my children should I meet an early demise is the gift of a grateful heart. And the REALLY good news is I don’t have to die to give it to them ; I simply need to own the gracious part of me and let it shine. And much to my lawyer’s surprise, I am putting this in my will: “To my two most amazing children, I will to you my gratitude. Take it with you through life; it will serve you more than any monetary gift, and when you use it remember me.”

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Eat Organic to Shed Insecticides Switching to organics has quick payoffs, reducing agrochemicals in the body by 94 percent within a month, Japanese researchers report. They tested the urine of study participants looking for six neonicotinoid insecticides and another substance generated as a result of their decomposition in the human body. “I think the research results are almost without precedent and are highly valuable in that they present actual measurement values showing that you can dramatically reduce the content levels of agrochemicals in your body simply by changing the way you select vegetable products,” commented Nobuhiko Hoshi, a professor of animal molecular morphology with the Kobe University. Another study from researchers at the University of California at Berkeley studied 16 children and showed that one week after switching to an organic diet, malathion pesticide urine levels were reduced by 95 percent; clothianidin pesticide levels by 83 percent; and chlorpyrifos pesticide levels by 60 percent.


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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is much more than a brilliant scarlet tropical flower: New laboratory research from Canada’s University of Windsor found that a hibiscus flower extract selectively kills off triple-negative breast cancer cells. This is one of the most difficult to treat types that affects 15 to 20 percent of breast cancer patients. Hibiscus is particularly effective when combined with chemotherapy, researchers say, and works as well with very low doses of the chemicals as with higher doses. The flower’s low toxicity and precise targeting of cancer cells also offers hope for long-term treatment. Previous studies have shown hibiscus to be effective on prostate cancer, leukemia, gastric cancer and human squamous cell carcinoma.

Caffeine has been the subject of controversy among the one in six adults worldwide that suffer from periodic migraines: Some say it triggers symptoms, while others report it wards them off. A new study from Harvard and two other teaching hospitals of 98 migraine sufferers used six weeks of daily journals to investigate the link and found that drinking up to two servings of caffeinated beverages a day had little effect, but three or more raised the odds of a headache that day or the next. Among people that rarely drank such beverages, even one or two servings increased the odds of having a headache that day. A serving was defined as eight ounces or one cup of caffeinated coffee, six ounces of tea, a 12-ounce can of soda or a twoounce can of an energy drink.


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Dance to Improve Quality of Life With Dementia Older people with dementia, often viewed as being passive and immobile, responded to simple dance movement lessons with visible humor and imagination and reported a higher quality of life after six sessions, say researchers from New Zealand’s University of Otago. The 22 participants between the ages of early 60s and mid-90s had dementia ranging from mild to advanced. They took 10 weekly classes in which the music was “reminiscent” and the movement routines were intuitively easy. “Positive responses such as memory recalling, spontaneous dancing and joking with each other were observed in every session,” reports lead author Ting Choo.


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Thyroid Meds: Not Feeling Quite as Good as You Thought You Would? Many people take thyroid medications, like levothyroxine, Synthroid, and sometimes supposedly natural bioidentical hormones, like Armour Thyroid and Nature-Throid. Despite taking these medications, which are marketed as normalizing thyroid levels and balancing metabolism, many still feel the same symptoms they did before starting the medication—fatigue, weight gain, brain fog, aches and pains, lack of motivation, and more. These people thought their symptoms would resolve with the medications their doctors advised them to take, so why didn’t the medications work? Most people that are informed they have a thyroid problem are just told their thyroid has slowed down for some reason. Few get more details than that; some maybe get a cursory mention of a high blood level of TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone), meaning a slow thyroid. The most common type of hypothyroid problem is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease that accounts for about 70 percent of all hypothyroid issues. Chances are this is the real diagnosis you have if you have hypothyroidism. The hallmark of Hashimoto’s is the autoimmune process, and not the slowing of the thyroid. In fact there is no slowing of the thyroid; if anything, it’s trying to speed up. I bet that sounds a bit different than what those with the condition thought was happening. I’ll explain. Your thyroid produces two hormones: thyroxine (T4) and the forgotten hormone, calcitonin. Guess what? Calcitonin manages calcium. Anyone have bone loss (osteoporosis), dental issues, or aches and pains? T4 is the weak, inactivated thyroid hormone; it must be converted into triiodothyronine (T3), the active form. To do that, our T4 thyroid hormone jumps on a thyroglobulin (TG) bus. The bus, which is made by the liver, brings the T4 back to the liver. In primarily the liver, the T4 is converted to T3 by TP, or thyroid peroxidase enzyme (also made in the liver). The T3 then gets to boost our metabolism, Dr. David Pollack

and life is good. In Hashimoto’s, however, either our TG bus or TP enzyme, or both, is/are destroyed by our body’s confused and hyperactive immune system. That’s the story. As you see, nowhere do I describe a slow thyroid or any other such myth. What would happen if your thyroid was pumping out T4 because your body is screaming that your metabolism is low, but there are no buses coming to transfer it to the liver? There would be excess T4 sitting in the thyroid but not the blood. What do you think happens if there was a pile of T4 in your thyroid? A vat of T4 would be called a nodule or a cyst. These are the realities of what Hashimoto’s does to the body. In order to truly help heal this situation, we must understand what is happening. For those interested in reversing and healing Hashimoto’s, a systematic approach of healing all the areas involved is necessary. Healing the gut, restoring and detoxifying the liver, unclogging the lymphatic system, balancing all the hormone systems of the body, and ridding the entire body of inflammation are some of the most important steps in healing Hashimoto’s. Appropriate treatments are necessary, such as acupuncture, dietary modification, and passive detox, to speed up and more deeply heal the body. There are really great and effective strategies to reversing Hashimoto’s and attaining high energy, losing weight naturally, and living life to its fullest. Source: Dr. David Pollack, of Pollack Wellness Institute (66 Commack Rd., Ste. 204, Commack). For more information, call 631-462-0801 or visit See ad on page 2.

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How to Help Fight Inflammation

Glutathione is a great anti-inflammatory. It can be taken orally or intravenously.

by Steven M. Rachlin, M.D. Inflammation can have both acute and chronic effects, but there are natural approaches to limiting its strength. Inflammation can make its presence felt in many different ways, whether it be pain, swelling or redness, but one can easily forget its prominence. Although combatting the ongoing threat known as inflammation may be intimidating, there are natural alternatives, which are backed by scientific studies, to help make that process a bit easier.

Common Inflammatory Issues Inflammation is a reaction that does not limit itself to one demographic—rather, it can impact an entire population. For men, one of the most common inflammation-related issues is, of course, inflammation of prostate. This leads to many uncomfortable side effects, including problems urinating, and, if left untreated, can develop into cancer. For women, researchers believe that inflammation caused by hormonal imbalance as they approach menopause may be the reason why women suffer 75% of all autoimmune disease. Inflammation is a major cause of pain. This includes things such as arthritis. Inflammation is also being shown to be a major player in cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes. It is also the key player in the rising epidemic of autoimmune disease. It’s also been shown to play a major role in depression, which is becoming increasingly problematic in both adults and children. It is also a major player in the rising epidemic of asthma in children. Luckily, there are multiple ways to help tackle the problem.

Natural Solutions and Delivery Methods Magnesium is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It provides a very quick and effective relief from pain and inflammation. A magnesium deficiency can actually weaken the immune system, making the body more vulnerable to not only inflammation but infection as well.

Alpha-lipoic acid has many potential benefits in addition to reducing inflammatory markers. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be beneficial not only for heart health but also for neurodegenerative diseases, depression and arthritis. Curcumin/turmeric has been around fighting inflammation effectively for thousands of years. Curcumin effects locally at the intestinal epithelium could modify systemic inflammation even if it isn’t absorbed.

Diet and Research

Combatting inflammation levels can be gone about in several different ways, but it is imperative for one’s diet to be considered. The best whole foods that are able fight inflammation and free-radical damage do not create blood sugar spikes, weight gain or heart disease. These include: • Cold-water fish • Healthy, non-cured meats and whole fats, like olive oil or butter (not hydrogenated fats, like margarine) • Fresh vegetables • Apples, grapes, blueberries • Green tea • Garlic • Almonds • Dark chocolate Steven M. Rachlin, M.D., of Rachlin Modern Wellness (927 Willis Ave., Albertson), has been practicing for more than 30 years. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516-873-7773 or visit Steven M. Rachlin, M.D. See ad on page 5.

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Platelet Rich Fibrin (PRF) is a revolutionary leap forward in dental healing and grafting.

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

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by Annetta Ferrante Over the past century, 30-plus years of life were added to our lifespan, thanks to progress on multiple fronts, especially advanced medicine and public health. Living longer should not mean surviving to an older age only. The goal is to live independently, be mobile, and remain cognitively sharp with an active social life—not bedridden with dementia. Living longer brings a chance to create new stories, new rituals and new goals. Here are a few general tips on healthy aging: n Eat foods that contain prebiotics to help your “gut buddies,” which in return keep us young: cruciferous veggies, nuts, chicory, mushrooms, avocados, berries, figs, coconut, olive oil, extra-dark chocolate and green tea. n Make sleep your number-one priority, because when you are tired, it is more difficult to keep healthy habits. n Exercise is always a great way to keep your body young; just 22 minutes a day may be enough! Try more social sports because of the positive impact of the social connections. n Practice meditation; this not only brings serenity but can protect from cognitive decline. n Socializing with friends and family is fundamental in healthy aging. n See your doctor regularly and get recommended screenings for your age group. n Try alternative medicine, like acupuncture, reiki or naturopathy, which can help you stay healthy and pain-free longer. Everybody is excited about the possibility to live longer, but with that excitement comes a series of questions about how to make it so the years ahead are great. There is a need to redefine about one third of life, to learn how to preserve physical and mental health and to plan for societal risks that a longer life presents.

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Chronic pain, affecting 10 to 25 percent of adults, disturbs sleep for two-thirds of them, increasing the risk of depression and aggravating pain symptoms. Chinese researchers analyzed nine studies of 944 chronic-pain patients and found that acupuncture treatments were significantly better than drugs at helping patients sleep. It also improved their quality of sleep as self-measured by the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and lowered their scores of perceived pain.


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Help Avoid Skin Cancer With Vitamin A Using the three-decade longitudinal health records of about 123,000 men and women from the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, researchers from Brown University found that people with diets rich in vitamin A had a significantly reduced risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) skin cancer, which occurs in 7 to 11 percent of the population. “We found that higher intake of total vitamin A, retinol and several individual carotenoids, including beta cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin, was associated with lower risk of SCC,” wrote the authors.

Pass Up Sugary Drinks for a Strong Liver Sugar-sweetened drinks, already linked to weight gain, diabetes and heart disease, carry another risk: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In a meta-review published in the European Journal of Nutrition, Iranian researchers analyzed six high-quality studies that included 6,326 men and women and 1,361 cases of NAFLD. They found those that drank the most sugary drinks had a 40 percent higher risk of developing the disease compared to those that consumed the least. Sugary drinks include soda, cola, tonic, fruit punch, lemonade, sweetened, powdered drinks, and sports and energy drinks.


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The Rise in Obesity Rates and the Possible Causes According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the years between 2007 and 2008 and 2015 and 2016, the rates of obesity and severe obesity rose significantly among American adults. Raymond Francis, co-author of the book Never Be Fat Again, emphasizes that we need to avoid white sugar, white flour, processed oils, dairy, commercially farmed meats and caffeine in our diets. These substances were virtually unknown to our Paleolithic ancestors. They subsisted on fruits and vegetables that grew naturally in their surroundings. They hunted and fished, and the animals they consumed were lean and not pumped with hormones and antibiotics, as is the common practice today. And the produce they ate was not sprayed with pesticides. Our bodies just don’t know how to handle our modern chemicalized diet! Another factor that has contributed to the obesity epidemic is the overconsumption of omega-6 fatty acids and the under-consumption of omega-3s. Omega-6s are found in oils such as corn, sunflower, peanut, soybean, cottonseed and safflower, as well as hydrogenated and processed vegetable oils. Omega-3s are present in cod liver and flax oils and high-quality extra virgin olive oil and avocado oil. When omega-6s are consumed in too large a quantity, they cause inflammation in our bodies, and inflammation causes our bodies to store fat. Certified Holistic Health Nutrition Coaches Anthony C. Mirro and Mindy B. Pensig, who specialize in weight loss, believe a diet rich in good-quality fruits and vegetables and low in processed foods is our best bet for maintaining a healthy weight. For a free 15-minute consultation, call 516-935-0354 (office) or 516-513-4000 (mobile), or email See Listing in the Calendar Section.


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

A Better Form of Preventive Dentistry

The formula called silver diammine fluoride (SDF) was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration last year for reducing sensitivities in teeth, but its so-called off-label use for stopping cavities is now its main use. One of those on the front lines of SDF research is Dr. Jeremy Horst, a pediatric dentist and a post-doc fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He and his colleagues are studying the structural and chemical changes in teeth before and after they have been treated with silver products. “We completed a short-term study,” says Horst,

Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD

“which blew our minds. It didn’t look like the bacteria changed very much at all. There were just dramatically less of them. So, it decreased the infection dramatically.” UCSF is teaching both pediatric and general dentistry students about SDF, but it’s not universally taught or practiced around the country yet. Later this year, the American Dental Association plans to release a clinical practice guideline on all nonsurgical approaches to cavities, including SDF. Source: Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, of Cariodontal (310 E. Shore Rd., Ste. 101, Great Neck). For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516282-0310 or visit See ad on back cover.

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The nonprofit (MAA) has launched its Moms Across America Gold Standard, a multi-tiered verification program for food, beverages and supplements that creates a simple, trustworthy resource for consumers while encouraging best practices by suppliers. It will be awarded to those brands that have achieved superior levels of organic practices and eco-friendly procedures, and is intended to make it simple for people to choose the healthiest products and use their wallets to take a stand against unhealthy alternatives and unethical business practices. The standard also provides a path for companies that know better and do better to prosper by shifting the buying power of millions of dedicated mothers behind their products.

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California Bans Fur Trapping

California has enacted a ban on fur trapping for animal pelts, making it the first state to outlaw a centuries-old livelihood that was intertwined with the rise of the Western frontier. The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 prohibits commercial and recreational trapping on both public and private lands. Legislators are considering proposals to ban the sale of all fur products, including fur coats, and to outlaw the use of animals in any circus in the state, with the exception of domesticated horses, dogs and cats. 22

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Methane Matters

Fracking Linked to Global Warming

As methane concentrations increase in the atmosphere, evidence points to shale oil and gas as the probable source, but the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps to stop regulating it. New Cornell University research published in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union, suggests that the methane released by high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has different characteristics than the methane from conventional natural gas and other fossil fuels such as coal. About two-thirds of all new gas production over the last decade has been shale gas produced in the U.S. and Canada, says the paper’s author, Robert Howarth, a professor of ecology and environmental biology: “If we can stop pouring methane into the atmosphere, it will dissipate. It goes away pretty quickly compared to carbon dioxide. It’s the low-hanging fruit to slow global warming.”

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In a northern India district, regulators require that applicants for gun licenses, in addition to normal background checks, must plant 10 trees and submit selfies as photographic evidence of having done so. To mark World Environment Day in June, Chander Gaind, the deputy commissioner of the district of Ferozepur in Punjab State, had an idea. “I thought about how much Punjabi people love guns,” he says. “We receive hundreds of applications for gun licenses from this district every year. Maybe I could get them to love caring for the environment, too.” India has more than 3.3 million active gun licenses. Tajinder Singh, 47, a farmer in the district, says he wants to protect himself from wild animals and bands of armed robbers.


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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Doctor Says You’re Not Sick,

“It’s Just in Your Head!” From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City… You’re so tired at night that you go to sleep early most every day. You sleep 8 to 12 or more hours and still wake up tired or even exhausted. This is not the way it always was, but it’s been this way for a while and has lasted for many months. It already has begun to affect your work or school and even you social activity. Something is really wrong. Dr. Howard Robins You may have even gone to the doctor, who did lots of tests, but they came back with nothing unusual to report. At least that’s what the doctor said. Clinical depression, eating disorders, drug abuse and side effects from medication were ruled out, along with diabetes, hypoglycemia, low thyroid, hormonal issues and just about everything else that might commonly cause it. But something is definitely not right. It’s just not normal to be this tired. Well, while almost everyone experiences fatigue from time to time, this is not like anything you’ve ever experienced before. You most likely have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). The CDC says that more than one million American women, men and children suffer from it, with the numbers constantly growing! This could be you or someone you know.

The diagnosis: Does this sound like you? Have you felt generally “unwell” for three months or longer? Can you still do most or all of the physical and mental activities you did before you began feeling unwell? Has your illness had a major impact on work, social and/ or educational activities, to the extent that you have had to make adjustments in your lifestyle in an effort to avoid relapsing or becoming more ill? Do you have at least four (4) of the following eight (8) symptoms? • Weakness and exhaustion, lasting more than 24 hours, following mental or physical activity • Un-refreshing sleep • Substantial impairment of short-term memory or concentration • Muscle pain • Pain in the joints, without swelling or redness • Headaches of a new type, pattern or severity • Tender or swollen armpit and/or neck lymph nodes • Sore throat


Did your feelings of un-wellness begin suddenly, within a period of hours, or a couple of days?

More about the symptoms Along with un-refreshing sleep, in addition to the aforementioned symptoms, the most common symptoms may be problems focusing or brain “cloudiness or fog”; generalized muscle pain (possibly diagnosed as fibromyalgia); and a feeling of malaise. Other common symptoms may include irritable bowel (diarrhea or constipation); depression or other psychological problems; chills and night sweats; visual problems; fainting; or new food, odor or chemical sensitivities.

What’s causing it? While the CDC and traditional doctors say the cause(s) are unknown, alternative physicians have directly linked it to the Epstein-Barr virus (mononucleosis), herpes 6 virus, candidiasis, Lyme disease and cytomegalovirus.

So, what’s the answer—how can I fix it? Well, please don’t give up hope! For those of you that are still suffering, the answer is Intravenous Medical Ozone Therapy. You may be surprised to know that this proven, safe, but unusual, medical treatment has been used worldwide in more than 50 countries for many years (70), by over 45,000 physicians and therapists to successfully treat this and many other diseases and illnesses. So, why haven’t you heard about it and why doesn’t your doctor know anything about it? Medical ozone is a gas that’s made by a medical ozone machine at the moment it’s needed (it can neither be stored, bottled nor put in capsules). So, it’s not patentable, so the drug companies can’t make money from it. They, along with the FDA, have successfully suppressed its use and have kept word of this treatment from spreading. More information about this amazing, safe and effective treatment is available at and on a fabulous DVD documentary with more than 40 patient testimonials called Ozone Therapy: The Miracle Medicine by Gary Null, Ph.D., available from Ed McCabe’s book Flood Your Body with Oxygen is also a good source of information about the history of medical ozone and its many uses, with 11 references on CFS. If you have any questions or wish to set up a consultation, feel free to call my office, 212-581-0101, to discuss your problem and see if this wonderful treatment is right for you. See ad on inside back cover. November 2019


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Abandoned Crops

Economics Drive Farm Food Losses

Farmer Cannon Michael left more than 100 acres of ripe cantaloupes unharvested last year because he couldn’t sell them for enough to cover the cost of labor, packing and shipping. According to a new study from Santa Clara University, in California, about one-third of edible produce remains unharvested in the fields, where it rots and gets plowed under. Most research on food loss and food waste has focused on post-harvest, retail and consumer levels. The new study offers a far more accurate look at on-farm food loss by relying on in-field measurements. ReFED, a coalition of nonprofits, businesses and government agencies that fight food loss and food waste, estimates that 21 percent of water, 18 percent of cropland and 19 percent of fertilizer in the U.S. are dedicated to food that is never eaten. 24

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Phoenix, which had 128 days at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit last year, is one of the hottest and fastestwarming cities in the U.S., and most American cities are expected to drastically heat up in the next decades with heat waves and triple-digit days. In the Valley of the Sun, work and play are shifting into the cooler hours. Neighborhoods are active at dawn and dusk when residents hike, jog and paddleboard. Last year, heat caused or contributed to the deaths of 182 people in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. Ariane Middel, a professor of urban climate at Arizona State University, says, “We are almost a living laboratory. We can test strategies and see different ways to keep adapting and mitigating. By the time it gets hot in other places, they can take what we have learned here.”

Polar Alert

Alaskan Sea Ice Melting Faster

Sea ice along northern Alaska disappeared far earlier than normal this spring, alarming coastal residents that rely on wildlife and fish. The ice melted as a result of exceptionally warm water temperatures extending far out into the ocean. The last five years have produced the warmest sea-surface temperatures on record in the region, contributing to record low sea ice levels.

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Health Care Sector Impacts Climate

A new study by the international nonprofit Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), in collaboration with Arup, a British multinational professional services firm, claims that if the global health care sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet. It provides, for the first time, an estimate of health care’s global climate footprint. Josh Karliner, HCWH international director of program and strategy and report co-author, says, “The health sector needs to transition to clean, renewable energy and deploy other primary prevention strategies to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.”


Phoenix Shifts to a Cooler Night Mode

The U.S. Department of the Interior is effecting significant changes that weaken how the Endangered Species Act is implemented, a move critics fear will allow for more oil and gas drilling on land that is currently habitat-protected, and will limit how much regulators consider the impacts of the climate crisis. The changes affect how the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration consider whether species qualify for protections, as well as how the agencies determine what habitats deserve special protections. It could make it more difficult to factor in the impact of climate change on species.

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through deep desire to bring peace between people, situations and organizations. To create positive energy in your life become mindful of focusing on positive aspects. Think of your attention as an electrical beam of light that flows from you into any condition your attention is on. As this happens also remember that energy sent out also flows back into your world with the same intensity and of the same qualities as was originally sent by you. This short meditation in the morning can save you and bring peace within you and around you. “I consciously stop, think, pause and choose right words and right response. I choose to bring forth the divine consciousness to be the driving force within me that could bring the right response, right spoken words as well as right thoughts. I do not permit discouragement and disillusionment, as they are the illusions of human limited consciousness.”



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The Impact of Wind Farms on Suicide Tendency by Alena Walters


nderstanding of health risks associated with wind-turbine power plants (wind farms) is crucial for making guidelines for siting. Comparing the rate of suicide after wind turbines became operational to the rate of suicide before they were installed, a researcher Eric Zou, of the University of Illinois, found suicide rates jumped by 2%. Translated into understandable language, after a wind turbine plant installation or expansion, per five million people, one more person took his own life than would have if the power plant installation or expansion had never been put into operation. The results were highly statistically significant. This means the likelihood it was just a fluke that extra suicides occurred when the power plant became operational is extraordinarily small—less than 20 to one. The effect of wind turbines on suicide was demonstrated highly significant within 15.5 miles of operating wind farm installations or expansions but also was discernable at longer distances. The researchers even accounted for gun availability and time-of-year effects on suicide rates, so that effects of these factors on suicide tendency wouldn’t be confounded with those of the wind turbines. Low-frequency sound (aka infrasound) from the spinning turbines doesn’t emit equally loud in all directions. It’s emitted more loudly from the face (downwind) and back (upwind) of the turbine and is relatively quieter off to the sides. A county being upwind or downwind of the wind farm raises residents’ exposure to low-frequency turbine noise and explained geographic variations in suicide effect. Striking additional evidence for the link between suicide and wind farm operation was that the suicide effects of being upwind or downwind of a wind farm were stronger when wind speed was higher and were more pronounced for areas near larger wind farms than near smaller ones. Inside each ear is a set of tiny hairs that, when activated, produces the conscious experience of hearing because these hairs are connected to our brain’s auditory processing centers. Humans can’t hear sound below a certain frequency threshold with these hairs, but there is a second set of hairs activated by these frequencies that cause cell bodies to vibrate, stimulating the cochlea. That is, even though this phenomenon isn’t consciously experienced by us as hearing, it may produce a feeling in us. Earthquakes and storm fronts (even before they become tornadoes) at a great distance all produce inaudibly low frequencies that—while unable to be heard—nevertheless activate this second set of hair cells and may elicit a feeling. This refutes those that assert low-frequency “noises” can’t have an effect if they’re below auditory threshold. Unpleasant or ominous feelings might result from our processing of these frequencies even though they are too low to trigger the conscious experience of sound. For more information on this article and Wind Farm effects, email JonesBeach.statepark@ The study can be found at Alena Walters is a graduate of Stony Brook University.


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Mediumship 101 by Joan Carra


ow do you have a session with a medium? First, find one through recommendations, psychic fairs, spiritualist churches or group circles. See who resonates with you. At your appointment do not be overanxious to talk about the person you want to contact. Don’t give it all away (I want to contact my husband, Fred. He died three years ago of throat cancer. Then father died suddenly in October of a heart attack. I really want to hear from them. Are they all right?). How can they prove they contacted your family members if you just gave all the details? Please let the medium do the work. They will describe physical characteristics, illnesses, occupations, hobbies, and sometimes a name or nickname. More than one spirit may come through. They are not alone; they are with family and friends. Have patience; the medium can get the person you want. Sometimes a more dominant personality comes through first. A good medium will get in touch with the person you desire. What are they doing on the other side? Often they say they are in school. No escaping that—plus there is no tuition! They review their life and feel the pain they have inflicted on others. Don’t worry; in spirit your loved one is not in pain no matter how traumatic their death was. Even in a horrific accident, a spirit has gone numb on impact. Often family members can’t deal with discarding the possessions of parents and grandparents. In spirit they are detached from it, so you should be too. You know the old saying, “You can’t take it with you.” They do not want you to go broke trying to save your grandparents’ home. 28

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Stop feeling guilty. It is common for people to feel that they did not do enough. If the doctors could not save them, then how were you supposed to? Also, if you were not there to witness their moment of passing, it does not make you less of a person in their eyes, so why does it in yours? Having an argument with your mother right before her death does not mean she died not loving you. You both had that same fight for decades. She loves you unconditionally since the day you were born and will continue to do so in her eternity. Stop the tears. She loves you; she still loves you. A session with a reputable medium can bring closure to these painful issues. The history of mediumship is quite fascinating. Connecting with ancestors is

an accepted cultural practice throughout the world. Candles and alters honoring them is common in many different traditions. Literature has also recognized spirit communication, such as Shakespeare’s Hamlet, whose dead father spoke to him to avenge his death. Every year, we celebrate Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, where Scrooge is visited by the ghost of Jacob Marley, his former business associate, who warns him of things to come if he does not open his heart to love instead of greed. The birth of American Spiritualism was in the 1850s in upstate New York. The teenage Fox sisters claimed to have spirit communication from knocking sounds emanating from their home. It was investigated and journalists and philosophers popularized it, thus becoming the Spiritualism movement. This was after the mass causalities of the Civil War when so many Americans were still grieving. What better healing of grief than to communicate with spirit and validate that there is life after death? Did you know that Susan B. Anthony wrote that Spiritualism was “the first religious sect to recognize women’s equality”? The trance mediums of the 1850s were the first women to be ordained as ministers. They also lectured and demonstrated their mediumship onstage by themselves. At that time, men had to accompany a woman onstage. Mediums were very popular and toured like rock stars. They led reforms in marriage, children’s rights and labor laws. These intuitive women that connected the dead with the living not only inspired the leaders of the women’s suffrage movement but were supported by them as well. Anthony, as well as other feminist leaders, spoke at the Lily Dale Assembly, the headquarters of Spiritualism, many times to huge crowds. The birth of Spiritualism was deeply intertwined with the women’s suffrage movement. This is well documented in the book Radical Spirits, by Ann Braude. The acceptance of connecting to spirit

comes in waves. A few decades ago, it was a taboo and unbelievable subject, with churches condemning the practice as evil. Now mediums are cultural icons with their own television shows. Is it your time to connect with spirit? Joan Carra is a medium for more than 20 years. She grew up in Long Island, NY, and is introducing her work there. She reads privately as well as in group sessions. Her work is recognized by seven books, magazines and newspapers. To connect with her, email For more information, visit

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In reality, going to bed is the best me-time we can have.

CHASING ZZZZZs How to Put Insomnia to Rest by Marlaina Donato


ossing and turning most of the night while obsessing about the need for sleep is a torture we all go through every now and then, but for the 40 percent of Americans dealing with current or chronic insomnia, it can be a regular nightmare. In fact, 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association. The causes are multi-faceted: stress, pharmaceutical side effects, hormonal imbalances, chronic pain, anxiety and too much caffeine all fuel the insomnia loop. Add to that the overstimulation from 24/7 technology, social pressures and unresolved emotional pain, and it’s easy to see why long, hard, sleepless nights have become a worldwide epidemic. The effects are profound. Compromised sleep not only leads to decreased quality of life, malnourished relationships, a heightened risk of accidents and inferior job performance, but also lowered immunity and chronic inflammation, raising the odds of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, weight gain and diabetes. About 90 percent of people diagnosed with depression also experience sleep deprivation, and many antidepressant medications can disrupt the ability to fall asleep and dream. However, a number of natural and holistic approaches can provide lasting 30

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results without undesirable side effects. Along with tried-and-true methods like acupuncture, therapeutic massage and changes in diet and exercise, the National Sleep Foundation recommends mindful breathing and meditation. New options are emerging to help foster quality sleep, including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), non-psychoactive CBD oil and lifestyle changes supporting a healthy circadian rhythm.

Body and Mind, a Tangled Web

Psychological, emotional and physical health all play a role in our ability—or inability—to get a good night’s rest. “Not sleeping well is a sign of a deeper imbalance that needs to be addressed. So, if we’re masking the problem with medication, the underlying cause remains unaddressed,” says Elina Winnel, a sleep coach who works online with clients at “Insomnia is a complex issue that has psychological components, but is also affected by deeper mechanisms, including an imbalance between the two main branches of the autonomic nervous system.” The intricate connection between emotion and sleep-robbing stress hormones explains why insomniacs are often caught in an undertow of racing thoughts and preoc-

cupations. Says Winnel, “Stress has become the norm, and most people don’t even realize they’re in that state. This produces stress hormones and can prevent the natural process of sleep from occurring.” Stress also depletes vitamin B and magnesium levels necessary for quality sleep, she adds. Cindy Davies, owner of the Holistic Sleep Center, in Ferndale, Michigan, has similar views on the role emotion plays in troubled sleep patterns. “We’re chronically suppressing our feelings throughout the day. Our inability to address these emotions culminates in a night spent in bed awake with fears and worries,” she says. “Pushing ourselves to the point of exhaustion can help defend ourselves against dealing with feelings or memories, but impairs our ability to sleep restfully or restoratively.”

Resetting Inherent Rhythms

Circadian rhythm, our biological clock, is a cellular marvel that is affected by light and internal changes in temperature. Stephanie Silberman, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, explains that it’s helpful to have a circadian rhythm aligned with societal norms so that we’re sleepy at bedtime and active during daylight hours. “When a person’s circadian rhythm is delayed, they will have trouble falling

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asleep at a regular bedtime, and when it’s advanced, experience sleepiness too early in the evening and then [have] early morning awakenings.” Circadian rhythm regulates digestion, cellular repair, hormones and many other functions. It also slows down the metabolism during night hours, helping us to stay asleep. “The circadian rhythm can be disrupted by many factors, including traveling to a different time zone, shift work and exposure to blue light late at night while binge-watching your favorite series,” says Winnel. Our natural hormonal rhythms are wired to release melatonin at certain times, allowing us to rest frequently during the day. Davies explains that an adult’s body is designed for periods of rest every 90 minutes. “Most people don’t have the opportunity to rest every 90 minutes, but if we were able to, we’d be going to bed in a state of rest, instead of exhaustion,” she says. Our bodies start producing melatonin around 9 p.m., when we should already be winding down, but too often we push ourselves to stay up to watch TV or have “me-time”, says Davies. “In reality, going to bed is the best me-time we can have.” Herbalist and licensed psychotherapist Jenn J. Allen, in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, adds, “People spend up to 10 hours a day on electronic devices, which directly impacts melatonin production and stimulates the fight-or-flight response system in the brain.”

Two Sides of Every Brain

Smartphones and social media have piled even more on our plate, even if we enjoy them. “We’re expected to be constantly ‘on’ and reachable 24/7,” observes Winnel. “This leads to an excessive reliance on our sympathetic nervous system and difficulty switching brainwave states from beta—associated with alertness—to theta and delta, which we experience during sleep. Through practice and specific exercises, it can become easier for us to reach the state of mind needed to nod off.” To support healthier sleep patterns, Winnel emphasizes the importance of using both hemispheres of the brain while awake. “Particularly in our professional lives, logical and rational processes

People spend up to 10 hours a day on electronic devices, which directly impacts melatonin production and stimulates the fight-or-flight response system in the brain. ~Jenn J. Allen are rewarded, while creativity is seen as optional. This can cause a chronic imbalance in the way we use the two hemispheres of our brain. Optimal sleep requires equalized functioning in the neurological structures that are unique to each hemisphere.” Mindful breathing and alternate-nostril yogic breathwork can also bring harmony to both hemispheres of the brain and promote deep relaxation.

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Chronic pain can also prevent sound sleep. Allen stresses, “It’s important to understand what is actually causing pain and what type of pain it is. Some chronic pain comes from postural issues or injuries, so massage, chiropractic or gentle movement like yoga can help to drastically reduce the intensity of pain.” Identifying nutritional deficiencies and supporting the nervous system is also key. “Plants work both physiologically and energetically. Gentle nervine herbs like oats or chamomile can help to soothe the nervous system, and are effective for children and teens. Adaptogenic plants are known historically for helping the body to resist physical, chemical or biological stresses. Tulsi and ashwagandha, when taken consistently, can be useful in helping adults to combat stress,” Allen says, reminding us to also check with a healthcare professional to avoid contraindications.

Going for that extra cup of coffee during the day or pouring a drink or two in the evening are habits that only exacerbate sleep issues. “Caffeine suppresses our body’s ability to feel tired, not by giving us energy, but by increasing the production of adrenaline and suppressing the production of melatonin. Alcohol, like some prescription medications, can interfere with our ability to fall asleep, sleep deeply and experience dreaming states,” cautions Davies. CBD oil derived from the cannabis plant is an effective pain-reducer and helps to regulate healthy sleep patterns. Cannabidiol (CBD), which does not contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical substance in marijuana responsible for inducing a high, is available as capsules, inhalers and tinctures.

Learning New Tricks

Many sleep-seeking people are reaping the benefits from cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). The American College of Physicians recommends it as the first-line therapy for insomnia ahead of medication, citing that it improves sleep and daytime functioning in 70 to 80 percent of treated persons, often without supplemental medication. A meta-analysis published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in 2015 shows that CBT-I can resolve insomnia for 35 percent of people with sleeplessness linked to existing medical and psychiatric conditions such as fibromyalgia or PTSD. CBT-I helps to change long-held patterns. “CBT includes keeping sleep logs, improving sleep hygiene, learning ways to decrease anxiety and how to associate the bed as a place where we sleep well, instead of the maladaptive thinking that it’s a place to toss and turn,” says Silberman. CBT can also be helpful for chronic pain and other physical problems when underlying issues are treated in conjunction. A good night’s rest is indeed possible. Davies says, “In order to really change our ability to sleep, we need a complete cultural mindset shift that prioritizes sleep and our need to rest.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at November 2019


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The Happy Thyroid Seven Ways to Keep It Humming by Ronica O’Hara


uch of our day-to-day wellbeing—how energetic we feel, how clear our thinking is and how our body processes food—is governed by the activity of the butterflyshaped, thumb-sized thyroid gland at the base of the throat. When it’s working as it should, life is good. However, about one in eight Americans suffers from a

malfunctioning thyroid, and women are five to eight times more likely than men to face the consequences. It’s a delicate balancing act. A thyroid that produces too few hormones makes us feel sluggish and constipated. We gain weight easily, have muscle cramps and experience heavy periods. Hypothyroidism, as it’s called, is linked to chronic

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fatigue syndrome, infertility and autism in newborns. A 2013 study published in Annals of Neurology found that pregnant women deficient in thyroid hormone are four times more likely than healthy women to produce a child with autism. If the thyroid produces too many hormones, we suffer from hyperthyroidism with a racing heart, irritability, light periods, unexplained weight loss and insomnia; it can lead to hardening of the arteries and heart failure later in life, according to a study in Circulation Research. The good news is that there are simple and effective strategies that can optimize thyroid function and avoid these potential health setbacks, say experts. Their recommendations:


Keep up mineral levels. The thyroid needs iodine to churn out hormones, and usually iodized salt or sea salt with natural iodine can supply most of our daily needs of 150 micrograms. Sardines, shrimp, seaweed, yogurt, eggs and capers are also rich in iodine. However, too much of a good thing can tip the balance in the other direction, so practice moderation with super-charged iodine foods like cranberries: A fourounce serving contains twice the daily requirement. In addition, our thyroids need selenium (one or two Brazil nuts a day will do it) and zinc (nuts, legumes and chocolate) to function optimally.


Eat fermented foods. About 20 percent of the conversion of inactive thyroid hormone (T4) into active hormone (T3) takes place in our gut, which makes “good” bacteria critically important. Andrea Beaman, a New York City health coach and author of Happy Healthy

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Filter drinking water. “Fluo-

ride and chlorine are elements that can block the absorption of iodine into the thyroid,” says Elizabeth Boham, M.D., a functional medicine doctor at the UltraWellness Center, in Lenox, Massachusetts. A reverse-osmosis filter or a high-end pitcher filter will remove chlorine, as well as fluoride, which British researchers have linked to a 30 percent higher rate of hypothyroidism.

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Do yoga asanas. “Poses such as

plow pose, fish pose, boat pose and cobra can improve blood circulation to the thyroid gland, which is imperative for its health,” says Stacy Thewis, a registered nurse, certified wellness coach and

gut-brain expert in Mellen, Wisconsin. In a study in the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 22 women with hypothyroidism that practiced yoga for six months needed significantly less thyroid medication. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural-health writer. Connect at


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cent of thyroid diseases involve an underactive thyroid, says Beaman, adding that it is often the body’s pushback against frenzied, stressful lifestyles: “The thyroid is literally slowing down—our body is saying, ‘Slow, slow, go slow.’” For a low-key start to the day, she suggests not using an alarm clock if possible, and then doing some long, slow stretching and deep breathing. “It takes just five minutes, and you’re starting the day not in fightor-flight mode, but in a fully relaxed and fully oxygenated body.”


ZENFUL EATING Mindful Meals in Quiet Gratitude by April Thompson


n Zen monasteries, the head cook (known as the tenzo) is one of the most important positions a monk can hold; Eihei Dogen, founder of Soto Zen, one of the longest-established sects of Buddhism, said this is “because the position requires wholehearted practice.” In the 13th-century volume Instructions for the Zen Cook, Dogen wrote, “In preparing food, it is essential to be sincere and to respect each ingredient, regardless of how coarse or fine.” Rituals around food are an important element of Buddhism, as with many spiritual traditions. But we don’t have to be a Buddhist or a practiced meditator to learn how to cook more mindfully, enjoy meals more fully and eat in better balance. “Cooking can be a meditation. We cook with all our senses: We taste, touch and listen to determine if the pan is hot enough. You just have to be mindful,” says Jean-Philippe Cyr, author of The Buddhist Chef: 100 Simple, Feel-Good Vegan Recipes. “Cooking is an act of love and generosity, so cooking should be done with care—taking the time to consider the ingredients and overall flavors of the meal, storing the vegetables properly, paying attention while you chop. These things are the foundation of a great meal,” says Gesshin Claire Greenwood, an ordained 34

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Zen priest in San Francisco. Greenwood trained in Buddhist monasteries in Japan for more than five years, experiences she draws from in her recent memoir and cookbook Just Enough: Vegan Recipes and Stories from Japan’s Buddhist Temples. While vegetarianism is encouraged in all schools of Buddhism and most monasteries abstain from meat, it is not a strict requirement. Cyr, a vegan and practicing Buddhist of 20 years, takes seriously the concept of ahimsa, or “do no harm”, as a chef. “Veganism and Buddhism share the common value of compassion—compassion towards animals, as well as the Earth. Climate change caused by meat consumption causes a lot of harm, too,” says Cyr, of rural Quebec, Canada. The “middle way” is an important Buddhist principle in the kitchen—striking the balance between indulgence and deprivation—the “just enough” in Greenwood’s cookbook title. “It’s important to use enough salt so that the food tastes good, but not so much that it’s overpowering. When we shop for food or eat a meal, we can also pay attention to when we’ve had enough,” she says.

Mind Over Mouth

Mindful eating can open up a beautiful

new relationship to food, says Jan Chozen Bays, a Zen Buddhist priest and co-abbot of Great Vow Zen Monastery, in Clatskanie, Oregon. “This country is in an epidemic of out-of-balance eating. People are stressed out and fearful about eating, but cooking and eating should be inherently pleasurable human activities,” says Bays, the author of Mindful Eating: A Guide to Rediscovering a Healthy and Joyful Relationship with Food. “In Zen practice, mindful rituals help us learn to be present and peaceful during meals.” Mindful eating is not about restrictions, but rather about curiosity and investigation—an adventure for the senses, says Bays. “Research shows that diets don’t work, as they rely on external sources rather than helping you to go inward and tap into the innate wisdom of your body.”

Tuning In at Mealtime Rushing through meals mindlessly, we’ve become deaf to our body’s own signals of satiety, says Bays. “Go to the supermarket when you’re hungry, and head to the perimeter where the real food is and stop and ask your body, ‘Would you like oranges? Would broccoli be good for us?’ Tune into your cellular hunger,” she says. At the Great Vow Zen Monastery, the first morning meal is conducted in silence, along “with a prayer to bring gratitude for the food and to all living beings whose life flows to us in our food,” says Bays, adding that research shows ceremonies and moments of reflection lead to more mindful, healthy eating. “Instead of talking on the phone, try cooking in silence. Drawing your awareness to details like the smell of basil, the color of tomato and the touch of the spoon brings so much richness to the act of cooking,” says Bays. Such a focus leads to a sense of appreciation for the ingredients of meals and life, says Myoju Erin Merk, a priest at the San Francisco Zen Center. “Making a meal is an active extension of our ‘sitting’ (meditation) practice.” Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at

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Click and Sweat Virtual Workouts Change the Game


by Julie Peterson

elcome to the digital age, where budding gym rats, former couch potatoes and schedule-challenged fitness freaks are finding new ways to get in shape. These days, virtually anyone with a smartphone or Wi-Fi connection can connect with a yoga video, a spin class or any number of personal exercise experiences. Some folks are wearing devices that calculate distance and monitor bodily functions—then post it all to social media. Private trainers are offering online workout routines with motivational emails and text messages, while some gyms include online training as an add-on to membership or leverage technology to provide classes to consumers globally. Virtual fitness is growing in leaps and bounds. The use of health and fitness apps has more than tripled since 2014, and three-quarters of active users open their apps at least twice a week, according to Flurry Analytics. Yet, it’s not for everyone. Erin Nitschke, Ed.D., of Cheyenne, Wyoming, the director of educational partnerships and programs at the National Federation of Professional Trainers, is monitoring the upsurge in virtual fitness and believes it will take time to perfect the options. “While virtual training may be a best practice for a certain population of users, it may be a barrier to others,” she says. 36

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Accessible, Flexible and Affordable The convenience and affordability of virtual training has some clients thriving on their ability to marry technological tools to fitness goals. They can log in anytime, anywhere, even while travelling; take a variety of classes from famous trainers for a fraction of the cost of in-person sessions and receive emails or texts that provide encouragement to reach the next level. For those new to exercising, virtual training eases self-consciousness. It’s an opportunity to learn the basics and begin the process of toning up at home before venturing into an unfamiliar environment where everyone seems to know what they’re doing. In this respect, virtual training can serve as a gateway to establishing a fitness routine that eventually leads to the local gym. “One of the most frequent reasons people cite for not maintaining a regular exercise habit is lack of time,” says American Council on Exercise President and Chief Science Officer Cedric Bryant, Ph.D., of Redmond, Washington. He points out that virtual tools and devices may help eliminate some of those time barriers, allowing people to get quality workouts.

connection more than the sweat. Nitschke says that social support can be a predictor of success, so it’s possible that virtual training can have a negative impact. Bryant agrees. “There are different fitness personality types, and some need the live and in-person experience.” Bryant points out that gyms and trainers often request health information and fitness goals beforehand to provide clients a more customized program. Inperson instruction also has the benefit of immediate feedback to ensure safe, effective and proper technique. Erika Hetzel, a Pilates instructor and personal trainer in Dane County, Wisconsin, believes that virtual workouts are fine for people that have attended classes enough to know the exercises and have good body awareness. “For beginners, hands-on cues and modifications are important, especially if there are any contraindications for exercise.” She carefully monitors her clients for form and doesn’t plan to offer virtual training because it’s impossible to give clients bodily adjustments. “It leaves trainees at risk of not getting full benefit or getting hurt,” Hetzel says. “An effective workout is about the quality of the movements.” Bryant says that instructor interaction is a plus; however, the best virtual workouts give detailed instruction and regression or progression of all moves, allowing participants to choose an appropriate intensity level.

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Logging in with a high-speed internet connection, gathering required equipment in advance and possessing self-motivation might prevent getting discouraged. However, overconfidence can lead to injury, so being fully aware of limitations is essential before taking a dive off the recliner directly into a series of lunges. For social butterflies, a real-live friend to login with may be necessary to make virtual training fun. Fitness training may be forever changed by technology, but Nitschke says it remains to be seen if fitness professionals can respond to individual learning styles to foster success and elevate the fitness client’s virtual experience.

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“When we wake up in the morning, the first words we say are those of gratitude that we have awakened and have the opportunity for a new day.” At dinner time, some families play “a rose, a thorn, a bud”—with each person saying what happened that day that they’re grateful for, what problems came up and what they’re looking forward to. As a bedtime ritual, Heidi McBain, a counselor and author in Flower Mound, Texas, follows a routine with her two children that includes “reading, checking in about their day—the good/bad/ugly—and at least one thing they are grateful for from their day. And I often share mine, as well!”

The good news about gratitude is that it is one of the more growable character strengths—and it’s never too late. ~Giacomo Bono

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his Thanksgiving, there’s something to be especially thankful for—gratitude itself. Emerging research shows gratitude to be one of the easiest, most effective ways to kickstart happiness and well-being. “The good news about gratitude is that it is one of the more growable character strengths—and it’s never too late,” says Giacomo Bono, Ph.D., an assistant professor at California State University, in Dominguez Hills, and co-author of Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character. It’s also never too early to “plant” it: Even toddlers love to parrot, “Thank you.” Research by Bono and others shows kids that are grateful are happier, more engaged and studious, and less envious, depressed, materialistic and prone to violence. It can be taught: After one week of daily 30-minute lessons on gratitude, 8- to 11-year-olds wrote thank-you notes for a PTA presentation that were 80 percent longer than notes by kids that didn’t have the lessons. To instill gratefulness in a child:


Be grateful and show it.

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it,” says Bono. “Being specific with your words helps, too, because it shows what behavior mattered to you and why.” Adds psychologist Mary Jo Podgurski, founder and president of the Academy for Adolescent Health, in Washington, Pennsylvania: “If we express our gratitude by making eye contact, with sincerity and by providing an example of how much we are appreciative, the words are empowered. Telling the grocery clerk, ‘I really like the way you packed my berries on top. Thanks for taking the time to be careful with my purchases,’ will light up the clerk’s face.” That can translate into a child not simply saying, “Thank you” to a grandparent for birthday money, but also explaining how excited they are about the game they plan to buy with it.


Enact a small daily ritual.

“It’s also good for families to come up with gratitude rituals,” says Bono. “Everyday conversations about the good things and people we have or encounter in life, and being specific with words, helps young children understand the connection between kindness and feeling grateful better.” For writer Judy Gruen’s family in Los Angeles, this means a morning prayer:

By getting creative, we can make kids’ expressions of gratitude even more enjoyable. Business coach Kristi Andrus, in Denver, says that her family toasts a lot at mealtime, raising their glasses and clinking them. “Our toasts are simple, ‘Today I’m grateful, thankful, or happy to share ________.’ [fill in the blank]. The kids love it and the parents always smile at what the kids bring up.” Charlene Hess, in Eagle Mountain, Utah, a blogger and homeschooling mom to seven kids, has set up a gratitude door with a sticky note added each day from each child. “This really helps the kids become more aware of all the good things in their lives, particularly as time goes on and they have to get more creative with their responses.” “A rampage of appreciation” is what Jeannette Paxia, a motivational speaker and children’s book author in Modesto, California, does with her five children: “We spend 10 minutes walking around and appreciating all we see. My children love it!” In the home of northern New Jersey therapist Shuli Sandler, when one family member shows gratitude to another, a coin is put in a jar. “When it is full, the whole family can go out and do something together, like grab ice cream or something fun—remembering of course to say thank you,” she says. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural-health writer. Connect at

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl – 8pm. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Reiki 2 Certification – 11am-5pm. With Dawn Peer. Reiki 2 certification (prerequisite Reiki 1) further enhances your connection to reiki healing energy. $275. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3 Meditation & Movement – 4:30-6:30pm. With Margaret Jennings. Join us for a special afternoon combining several meditation practices, deep therapeutic stretching and gentle yoga flow. $40. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 Blueprint for Spiritual Living – 7:30-9pm. Speaker: Rajin Rajkumar. Learn a step-by-step approach to discover inner spiritual riches, and strategies for successful living through the power of meditation. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 80-01 30th Ave, East Elmhurst. 347-924-2411.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 Meditation in Today’s Modern World – 7pm. With John Bednarik. Smithtown Library, Commack Branch, 3 Indian Head Rd, Commack. 631-360-2480.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Exploring the Play of Complex Asana Transitions – 7-9pm. With Jafar Alexander. This masterclass is an opportunity to apply a sense of lightness and play when it comes to exploring physically complex transitions in the asana practice. $35. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. Registration requested: 516-544-2188 or

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Baby & Me Yoga Class – 12-1pm. With Vita Snipp. Infants-crawlers. Mommies practice with their babies, as well as on their own, using yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques in a nurturing environment. $20/1 adult & 1 child. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

Science and Experience of Yoga Through the Lens of Anatomy – Nov 9-10. 12-6pm, Sat; 9am6pm, Sun. With Jafar Alexander. There will be discussion and experiential opportunities for tangible structures of the body, as well as the energetic integrity that ties them together. The idea of what “alignment” really implies in the realm of yoga, and its application in the everyday moments of life will be discussed. $249. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. Registration requested: 516-544-2188 or

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10 The Allman Betts Band – 7pm. With special guests: Joanne Shaw Taylor and Jackson Stokes. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Clairvoyance, Telepathy and the Pendulum – 7-9pm. With clairvoyant Tori Quisling. Explore using different types of pendulums and practice using the pendulum for enhancing our telepathic and intuitive skills. $40/person or online. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: Spiritual Wellness for Modern Living  – Tuesdays, Nov 12-Dec 3. 7-9pm. 4-part meditation workshop series. Speaker: Jerry Kelly. Discover the many benefits of meditation and how it can make a difference in your life. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 79 County Line Rd, Amityville. Register: 631-822-7979 or


5RHYTHMS – 12:15-2pm. With Mark Bonder. A dynamic movement practice rooted in the principle that if you put the psyche in motion it will heal itself. There’s no choreography, no steps to learn, only the freedom to move the way you feel. $20. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Weight-Loss Support Group – 2-3pm. 3rd Sat (date subject to change). Attain your ideal weight with the help of this interactive supportive group with Anthony C. Mirro and Mindy B. Pensig. Certified Holistic Health Nutrition Coaches specializing in weight loss; additional help with EFT and reiki. $15; no one turned away. The Funky OM Yoga & Wellness, 400 W Jericho Tpke, Huntington. The Total Life Transformation Zone: 516-935-0354 (call); 516-513-4000 (text). mbpensig@optonline. net. FB: Wonderful Yoga and Meditation.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17 Family Yoga Class – 10-11am. Explore a variety of yoga poses, partner poses, breathing exercises and mindfulness activities while incorporating games, songs, storytelling, imagination and fun. Kids ages 5-11. $20/1 adult & 1 child; $10 each additional child/adult. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Chakra Balance, Restore & Heal with Crystal Bowl Sound Healing and Restorative Yoga – 1:153pm. Join Susan in this workshop designed to bring balance to your mind, body and spirit by working to heal the imbalances of our energetic system. $40. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. Registration requested: 516-544-2188 or Satsang – 7:30-8:30pm. Join Mindy Frenkel in this once-a-month journey into the study of the self. Explore many yogic texts including the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, which is the foundational text of yoga and the road map to finding true happiness. $20. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. Registration requested: 516-544-2188 or

Inner Peace Through Meditation this Holiday Season – 7pm. With John Bednarik. Hauppauge Public Library, 1373 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Hauppauge. 631-979-1600.


Absolute Yoga Nidra Workshop – 7:309pm. With  Nancy  Rich. Learn techniques which will allow you to reach new states of conscious awareness with acute perception of both your physical and subtle body. All welcome. $30. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 DoTERRA Oils Study Session – 6:45-7:45pm. Explore nature’s remedies for health and wellness. Discuss the benefits of using oils in our home or office to replace chemical and pharmaceutical products. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

Inner Peace Through Meditation this Holiday Season – 7pm. With John Bednarik. Connetquot Library, 760 Ocean Ave, Bohemia. 631-567-5079.

Psychometry – 7-9pm. With clairvoyant Tori Quisling. Learn to do a reading for someone by holding an object in our non-dominant hand or by directing our hand chakras to an object at a distance. $40/ person or online. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register:

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 Meditation for Health and Wellness – 7pm. With John Bednarik. Bay Shore Brightwaters Library, 1 S Country Rd, Brightwaters. 631-665-4350.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Mommy & Me Yoga Class: Crawlers-Walkers – 12-1pm. Mommies practice with their child, as well as on their own, using yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques in a nurturing environment. $20/1 adult & 1 child. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Registration required: 516-632-9626 or

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 Symbols in Clairvoyant Reading – 7-9pm. With clairvoyant Tori Quisling. Explore various symbols and give each other readings. It’s fun and you will see how quickly you can read someone and give a healing communication. $40/person or online. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Dark Star Orchestra: Fall Tour 2019 – Nov 29 & 30. 8pm. Celebrating the Grateful Dead Experience. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300.


Clairvoyance and Healing – 7-9pm. With clairvoyant Tori Quisling. Learn techniques to keep ourselves and loved ones healthy. Learn to scan our own aura and chakras, and learn to create more flow and ease in our bodies and all areas in our lives. $40/person or online. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: Connect to Your Bliss through Meditation – Tuesdays, Dec 3-17. 7-9pm. Speaker: Andrew Vidich. It is said that to find true happiness we have to connect with our core; that essence within ourselves that is true, eternal and filled with joy. Some call it soul, others spirit, but you can discover it yourself through a simple meditation practice. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 79 County Line Rd, Amityville. Register: 631-822-7979 or

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 5RHYTHMS – 12:15-2pm. With Mark Bonder. A dynamic movement practice rooted in the principle that if you put the psyche in motion it will heal itself. There’s no choreography, no steps to learn, only the freedom to move the way you feel. $20. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

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300-Hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training – An ongoing training allowing for open enrollment and flexibility in attaining 300-hr certification and continuing education credits all year long. Open to yoga teachers who have completed their 200hr teacher training at a Yoga Alliance Registered School. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Clairvoyant Development Classes – With Tori Quisling, Clairvoyant Practitioner. Learn powerful intuitive tools that completely change your life. Classes include personal training in small groups in meditation, healing and balancing the aura and chakras through work with a personal healing guide and readings. Also learn about dreams, the Akashic Records, mediumship, and an array of metaphysical topics. Classes ongoing. More info: 516-423-1794 or Complimentary 15-Minute Consultation – Nanci Deutsch, NY’s Intuitive Spiritual Guide. The Intuitive Advantage Master Course; The Soul Adventures Work. 516-897-0649. Hypnosis Sessions – With Diane Monks, Certified Hypnotist, Ordained Interfaith Minister, Spiritual Counselor & Educator as well as a Licensed Social Worker. Hypnosis is a powerful and effective tool to support individuals in making changes and ultimately, leading lives of fulfillment, purpose and balance. More info & to schedule: 516-826-5859 or Psychic Mediumship Development Course – Tori Quisling, M.Ed, Clairvoyant Practitioner, offers a weekly course in learning to use clairvoyance in your life. By the end of the course, you will be able to meditate, “Find Your Space,” give readings and work with your own Healing Guide. Customized program, begin when ready. Discounts when you join with a friend. NY Center for Clairvoyant Development, 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. 516-423-1794.

monthly Carol’s Holistic “Show and Tell” and Educational Networking Events – Monthly meetings both day and night in Westbury and Port Washington. Display your products, share your services. Learn how to grow a prosperous practice/business. Get and give referrals. For details, Carol Leitner: 516242-8270 or Healthy Happy Hour – Integrative Medicine Doctor Kristine Blanche discusses important topics and holistic techniques to keep you and your family healthy. Check out our event page to keep up to date on all of our fun & informative events:


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Meditation and Chanting – 6-9am. Tea and breakfast follows. Body and Mind Wellness Center, 55W Old Country Rd, Hicksville. RSVP: 516-519-2458. Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 9am. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Beginner Yoga Series – 10:30am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Reiki Circle with Mini-Healing –12-30-2pm. Tea and snacks follows. Body and Mind Wellness Center, 55W Old Country Rd, Hicksville. RSVP: 516-519-2458. Meditation and Chanting – 5-6pm. Tea and snacks follows. Body and Mind Wellness Center, 55W Old Country Rd, Hicksville. RSVP: 516-519-2458.

monday Gentle Stretch and Strengthening Class for Athletes, Dancers and All – Mon-Sat, am & pm. Also chair yoga and self-massage for all. Plainview, Port Washington, Manhasset & Great Neck. Carol: 516-242-8270 or Yoga for Kids: Ages 5-12 – 6-7pm. Improves strength, flexibility and coordination while having fun. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. Women who have had breast cancer will have the opportunity to meet in this group. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Support for Caregivers of People with Breast Cancer – 6-7:30pm. Any person who is experiencing the stress and anxiety of caring for a loved one with breast cancer should attend this group. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Pilates for Beginner – 6:30-7:30pm. Also Tues, 9:15am. A free trial by appointment. Come join the therapeutic-grade of Pilates class. Small group setting so you can get personal attention. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko:  516-330-8998. Tai Chi & Qigong – 7:50-8:50pm. Good for recovery from injury, physical limitation, mind-body connection. Benefits of circulation, strengthen, balance and stress reduction. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko:  516-330-8998. Sound Healing – 8:30pm. Instruments such as the voice, singing bowls, tuning forks, and percussive instruments are used in sound healing sessions. The vibrations and sound waves from these instruments induce a deep meditative and peaceful state. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188.

YogiBaby – 11am. For mom and baby (newborn to active crawler). Regain strength and tone while bonding with your baby. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. The Inspired & Empowered Living Radio Show – 6pm. On W4HC, Health Café Live. Listen on iHeart podcasts: TheInspiredAndEmpoweredLivingRadioShow. Prenatal Yoga – 6pm. Designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. The Art of Inversions and Arm Balances – 6pm. Learn tools, techniques and the importance of alignment for beginning and maintaining an inversion and arm balance practice. All levels. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Young Women’s Breast Cancer Support Group: Under 40 – 6-7:30pm. Support group focuses on the unique needs and concerns of women under 40 who are diagnosed with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Weekly  Intuitive Development Class  – 7pm. With Tori Quisling. In these “playful” workshops, learn all you ever wanted to know about your own “sixth sense.” We will use meditation to help spark  your intuition and ground your energy. All levels. $40, $175/5 classes (Tori’s book, The Clairvoyant Practitioner, included when purchase a series). 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or More info: Prenatal Yoga – 7:30pm. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

wednesday Knit and Chat: Breast Cancer Survivors – 11:30am-1pm. Last Wed. Spend time working on a project while chatting with other breast cancer survivors. Bring your knitting or crochet project or make a scarf to donate to someone currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Chair Yoga – 12pm. Adapts yoga positions through creative use of a chair. Most of the class is done seated in a chair or using it as support. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Chair Yoga and Self-Massage for All – 1-2pm. Gentle back bends, forward bends, spinal twists, side stretches, etc. On the chair and using the chair as a prop. Gentle massage of arms, legs and hands. Breathing techniques to calm and to energize. No experience needed. Plainview Public Library, 999 Old Country Rd. To register, Carol Leitner: 516-242-8270 or

thursday MySore Style – 9:30am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Gentle Flow/Restorative Yoga – 11am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Vinyasa Flow – 6pm. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Teen Grief Support Group – 7pm. 2nd Thurs. With Jennifer Plunkett. For teens, ages 13-17, dealing with the loss of someone close to them. First time attendees must first speak with Jennifer prior to their first group. A social media component between monthly meetings will be part of the program. Free. COPE House, Field 6A, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. 516-484-4993. Support Group for Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer Disease – 7-8pm. 1st & 3rd Thurs. Meet with other women who are surviving metastatic breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Holistic Moms Network – 7:30pm. 1st Thurs. Join us for our monthly meeting to connect on natural living and mindful parenting.  Nassau County, LI North Shore Chapter. Oyster Bay Community Center. More info: 516-674-4114 or Gentle Yoga & Meditation for Stress Relief – 7:30-8:45pm. Come to relax and relief your stress. Gentle stretch and yoga pose with flow the energy, peace and calm for meditation. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko:  516-330-8998.

friday Mudras and Reiki 1 and 2 Attunements – Fri & Sat. Body and Mind Wellness Center, 55W Old Country Rd, Hicksville. RSVP: 516-519-2458. Restorative Yoga – 9:30am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Support Group – 10-11:30am. When a person first hears they are diagnosed with breast cancer they have a million questions, fears, and are looking for support. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. YinYang Yoga Fusion – 5-6:15pm. Every 2nd Fri is Sound Healing instead of yoga. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998. Candlelight Vinyasa Flow – 6pm. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

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THREE ROOMS AVAILABLE - one large group room (perfect for seminars, meetings or group yoga) and two consultation rooms. Available Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Northport area. Call 516-676-0200 for pricing and terms.

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


Meditation with Mudras – 11am-12pm. Lunch follows. Sunshine Healing Academy, 55W Old Country Rd, Hicksville. RSVP: 516-519-2458.

Meditation and Chanting – 6-7am. Tea and breakfast follows. Body and Mind Wellness Center, 55W Old Country Rd, Hicksville. RSVP: 516-519-2458. Pre-Natal Yoga – 9am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

Family Yoga – 1pm. Children and family members do yoga together. It is fun mind, body development, bonding together. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998.

Gentle Stretch and Strengthening Class, plus Breath Work – 10-11am. For those who cannot, or prefer to not make it up and down from the mat. Includes stretches and strengtheners done on our bellies, backs, sides and seated. No experience needed. Manhasset Public Library, 30 Onderdonk Ave. Carol Leitner: 516-242-8270 or

Chair Yoga and Self-Massage for Flexibility and Stress Reduction – Begins Nov 16. 2-3pm. Class done seated and standing with the support of the chair. Lots of gentle stretching and strengthening. No experience needed. Oyster Bay/Each Norwich Public Library Carol Leitner: 516-242-8270 or

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Connecting you to the leaders in natural healthcare and green living in our commmunity. To find out how you can be included in the Community Resource Guide, visit for guidelines and to submit entries (under “advertise” tab.}

CHIROPRACTOR CENTER FOR THE ALIGNMENT OF BODY, MIND & SPIRIT Dr. Gina Marino Wantagh 516-221-3500 Dr. Marino utilizes a combination of gentle chiropractic spinal adjustments, Reiki and bodywork to reduce pain, lessen the effects of stress on your system, restore flexibility and ensure optimum vitality. See ad on page 27.


Locations in Smithtown and Garden City 516-640-5322 • Private, safe, comfortable. Lose weight, gain energy, improve skin and sleep, and help reduce the risk of disease. Spa-like atmosphere. Feel completely relaxed. Pre-Post cleanse nutrients provided. See ad on page 21.


Steven M. Rachlin, MD, PC 927 Willis Ave, Albertson, NY 11507 (30 mins from Manhattan) 516-873-7773 Dr. Steven M. Rachlin is a recognized pioneer in alternative and integrative medicine and has been practicing in New York City and Long Island for over 30 years. In his state-of-the-art facility he offers the best of holistic and traditional medicine. He treats cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders, hormone imbalances, low testosterone, diabetes, weight loss, hypertension, chronic fatigue, thyroid imbalances, fibromyalgia, food and inhalant allergies, celiac and heavy metal toxicity. Some of his treatments include, IV Vitamin Therapy, Chelation Therapy, complete blood work evaluations, immunotherapy and nutritional counseling. See ad on page 5.


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POLLACK WELLNESS INSTITUTE 66 Commack Rd, Commack NY 631-462-0801

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


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

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~William Arthur Ward

444 Community Dr, Ste 204, Manhasset 516-627-8400 • A practice that cares for you like family. The philosophy of our dental wellness center is a wholebody approach working closely with your healthcare practitioners that you already have a relationship with. The practice incorporates the teaching of Huggins, IOAMT, and much more. See ad on page 7.


50 Broadway, Greenlawn, NY 11740 631-316-1816 What is made by nature is always going to be better than what is artificially made. This is why at Nature’s Dental the conservation of your natural tooth structure—the  Biomimetic approach to dentistry—is at the core of our minimally invasive practice philosophy. See ad on page 15.


Diane is an Ordained Interfaith Minister, Certified in Past Life Regression by Dr. Brian Weiss, MD and the Weiss Institute and is also a Certified Hypnotist.  Diane offers spiritually based work which combines a variety of healing modalities to offer personalized plans for healing, support, personal growth and transformation. Divine Directions’s mission is  to bless your body, mind & heart with deep peace, ease and comfort; to create safe spaces for you to heal and release stress and old patterns that keep you stuck in suffering; and to inspire you to embrace your full potential as a wondrous being of light and beauty. See ad on page 19.


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


Healer Long Beach, Lynbrook and NYC, NY call or textL 845-706-2152 Michelle has been blessed with the gift of healing. Experience transformative healing energy and insight for your personal well-being. Each session is unique to the needs of the individual. See ad on page 27.


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

Specializing in detoxification and preventative health care. We are fully present in your visit so you feel safe, appreciated and heard. See ad on page 9.


Utilizing Naturopathic Medicine to help her patients feel better naturally. Many illnesses can be treated by nutrition, botanicals, and nutraceuticals. Dr. Finker provides personalized health care solutions for her patients. See ad on page 8.


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




1225 Franklin Ave, Suite 325 Garden City, NY 11530 (Available to work virtually with people regardless of their location) 866-321-2035 Ryan Whitcomb is a dietitian specializing in digestive issues, autoimmune diseases and chronic inflammation related to food sensitivities. Get back on track in as little as two weeks.

140 Cove Road, Oyster Bay 516-721-4216 Everveda’s mission is to restore and rejuvenate the lives of those who seek better health. Tucked away from the chaos of the outside world, our sacred grounds are home to many healing practices such as ayurvedic spa treatments, reiki, abhyanga, shirodhara, svedana, and facials to name a few. If you are looking for a community to heal and grow with, EverVeda is your home away from home! See ad on page 35.




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


1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury 516-682-YOGA Two beautiful, peaceful studios provide the perfect environment for the union of body and soul. 50+ classes per week in a variety of yoga styles and levels from beginner to energetic, strengthening warm vinyasa yoga. We also offer kids, pre- and post-natal yoga (yogi baby), restorative yoga, yoga for fertility, Pilates and barre. See ad on page 4.




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 29.

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 21.

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Upcycle your extracted teeth

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

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

310 East Shore Road Suite 101 Great Neck, NY 11023

Before Bone Graft using extracted tooth

After Graft w/ Zircomium implant

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

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