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I never used to like the show The Apprentice. Somehow, it felt weird and intrusive watching someone’s work be evaluated in a boardroom full of people, with the culminating event being a firing. I felt as if the show sent us (humanity) back to the Dark Ages, where public hangings, based on no evidence, were the name of the game. You see, I have this horrible affliction: I genuinely like people, and I care whether they like me back. In my last position as a district manager, my role was to manage multiple sales representatives. My affliction made it especially hard for me to fire anyone. I could tell you I was a loved manager, and I could also say I had a team that would go to the ends of the Earth for me because they saw my loyalty. But did MY manager think I was as effective as I could be? Probably not. In truth, there were people that I should have let go. For their benefit, for my benefit, and, ultimately, for the benefit of the company I worked for. In life, there are simply some ideas and people you need to let go of to make room for someone or something else. This month was a first for me. As the publisher of Natural Awakenings Long Island (NALI), I actually had to make a decision to “fire” an advertiser. Yes, my advertisers are EVERYTHING to me. I want their services to be utilized because I am passionate about wellness on Long Island; I am passionate about small businesses that offer wellness solutions through nutrition, fitness or even business coaching (see page 32). Because of this passion to link NALI advertisers with NALI readers, I work hard to please both groups of people. In this instance, there was no pleasing this advertiser, and, looking back, I had probably tried too hard for too long. So, two weeks ago, I let the client know that February would be their last contract month, basically saying, “You’re fired!” As a business owner, I lost money. Yet, as a human being, I gained something more important: peace. So, what about you? Is there someone or something you should fire so that you can make room for the new? A friend whose friendship has become one sided, even toxic? A doctor who never “hears” you? Perhaps you need to fire your local chain grocery store to make room for an organic delivery service (see article on page 44)? Or, as in my case, you may need to fire a business associate. I needed to recognize that not only would I never be able to please them, but their energy wasn’t good for me or, frankly, the NALI readership. Sometimes it can even be a bad memory that you must release. As renowned spiritual healer Chandresh Bhardawaj says in the local Wise Words section: “You have had your experience with the person or situation, but now it’s time to let go. Be it an ex lover or a beloved who has passed away, release them all from your memory bank.” So, make room for new friends, new customers, new experiences, new loves by “firing” some of the less-than-positive elements in your life. The March issue is filled with new ideas for fitness, conscious eating, and local sustainable events. Try it. You don’t need a comb over for it to be effective. Look at the person, place or thing that you are done with and, in your best Donald Trump voice, say, “You’re fired!” Trust me you will be glad you did. Malama Pono! Kelly Martinsen, Publisher

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newsbriefs A New Restorative Yoga Workshop—Designed to Be Practiced on the Go

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he workshop will be held March 23, from 4 to 6 p.m., at OM Sweet Om Yoga, a yoga studio and wellness center in Port Washington. It will allow anyone to get the benefits of restorative yoga with nothing more than their favorite blanket and pillow. This workshop is designed to allow practitioners to be able to take a restorative yoga practice anywhere and get all the benefits of restorative yoga, the relaxation and the healing serenity, without the need for bolsters, blocks and props. Restorative yoga provides practitioners with deep relaxation, which opens the heart and mind, while relieving stress and anxiety. “I love restorative yoga, and I love to be able to use it anytime I need a moment to relax and decompress,” says Gail Grossman, who is leading this soothing workshop. “I’m so happy to have developed a flow that anyone can do, with nothing more than their favorite pillow and blanket.” Grossman, who is the owner of Om Sweet Om, which is celebrating its 10th year in business, is currently working on a book about restorative yoga. Grossman guides the group through a gentle, slow-moving sequence, with restorative postures designed to calm your mind, open your heart and relieve your stress, all while relaxing in perfect comfort. All you need is a pillow and blanket, but please dress in layers if you are easily cold. Cost: $30. Location: 12 Irma Ave., Port Washington. For more information, call 516-944-9642 (YOGA) or visit See ad on page 50.

pring represents renewal, rebirth and rejuvenation. Success and Harmony Center will hold its annual Spring Sensation on April 19. This will be a day of workshops, informational sessions and new beginnings for your life, career or relationships. The sessions allow you to explore new avenues of building “Better Body, Better Health, a Better You.” If you are not sure if life coaching is for you, come in and have a conversation about how coaching works and learn some vital tips to deal with situations in your life. Alternatively, you can join one of our workshops across various coaching topics. You learn some of the same techniques we provide in our full-day seminars and training sessions. Want to learn more about goal setting and career direction? Come on in and talk to us about some quick tips you can use to help advance your career. If you’re interested in energy healing, discover the possibilities with free workshops on just a few of the energy modalities. And if you’re not feeling well, or need an extra pick me up, we will be offering free Reiki healing sessions throughout the day. Learn how Reiki is used in major U.S. hospitals to help cancer patients, and allow yourself to connect with a more universal source of healing. Stressful environments inhibit our minds and can lower our ability to fight infection. We will be holding informational seminars on meditation, so come learn how meditation can help you and how you can transform your life by changing your thinking. We regularly hold meditation sessions twice a week; feel free to come join us. For more information or to register, call 516-945-0919 or visit See ad on page 25.

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Are Dental Biomaterials Harming Your Health?


ike it or not, for now the only dental materials available to restore teeth are synthetic. Today more and more people are becoming sensitive to the environment. The very same unnatural environment humans have created for our comfort and convenience, to the detriment of our health. While Dr. Alex Shvartsman has eliminated most common toxic materials used in dentistry, such as Dr. Alex Shvartsman mercury, BPA, nickel, gluteraldehyde, cadmium and formocresol, 631-361-3577 some patients may be individually sensitive to some dental materials. Patients that are concerned what they put in their body may want to know that the dental products used in your mouth have been screened for their use. This is why Shvartsman offers Individual Dental Materials Biocompatibility Testing (IDBT). Like fingerprints, biochemistries are individual, and the effect of exposure to modern bio-materials (and their reactive byproducts) varies from person to person. Exposure that proves benign to one individual may prove to be extremely harmful or toxic to another. Negative effects have been known to range from mild irritations to extreme reactions, such as long-term illness, dysfunction or physical damage. As new and complex materials and alloys are continually developed, the impact that these materials present upon individual body chemistry should be considered. IDBT, or reactivity testing, is intended as a screening system to differentiate potentially unsafe materials (those containing components for which the patient has existing systemic sensitivity) from more desirable materials, which show no evidence of any current sensitivity issues. However, it is not to be considered as means of specific diagnosis or prognosis of any disease or condition. Only clinical testing and analysis of a patient’s unique immunological record can reveal the chemical compounds

against which antibodies have been formed. This, in turn, allows offending materials to be identified and reaction forecasts to be made. The process begins with the blood serum sample being screened to analyze the patient’s unique antibody record. This is done by screening the blood sample against all of the office’s dental materials as well as a database of all commonly used dental products and materials. Long Island Center for Healthier Dentistry, in Smithtown, offers a comprehensive blood test that screens for individual systemic sensitivity to biomaterials through antibody detection. If you are concerned about the safety of the dental materials used in your mouth, IDBT may be a useful tool to achieve peace of mind and a possible lower risk of illness.

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r. Sabaa Mundia and Vanesa Cardarelli will present information on lymphedema for those who have had breast cancer, including early identification and the potential for developing lymphedema when recovering from breast cancer surgery. This free informative session will be held on Thursday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Adelphi University’s Alumni House, in Garden City. Mundia, BSc, PT, DPT, is a doctor of physical therapy specializing in lymphedema and breast cancer therapy. She has worked at Mount Sinai Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, in Manhattan, and is currently the director at South Nassau Physical Therapy, in Garden City. Mundia is a volunteer at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program and writes a weekly posting, “Saturdays with Sabaa—Breast Cancer and Lymphedema Education and Tips,” on the Breast Cancer Program’s Facebook page. Cardarelli was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2009. She had a bilateral mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction. She developed lymphedema four months after her surgery and started treatment for it after she completed her chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The mother of two young children, Cardarelli is a new volunteer at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program. Attendees will also learn techniques for skin care, selfcare and risk reduction. The presentation will include a practical demonstration of exercises that you can do at home and interventions, including manual lymph drainage, wrapping, compression garments and sleeve covers. The 2014 Educational Forum Series is sponsored by a grant from the Junior Coalition of the Manhasset Women’s Coalition Against Breast Cancer. Cost: Free. Location: 154 Cambridge Ave., Garden City. Registration is required. To register, call 516-877-4325.

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n any given night, insomnia plagues more than onequarter of the U.S. population, with 10 percent experiencing chronic insomnia.(1) Tossing and turning all night not only depletes your energy, mood and quality of life, it is also a major contributor to chronic health issues.  Research has shown that one week of disturbed sleep can lead to changes in the expression of hundreds of genes.(2) Among the genes affected were those known to be involved with circadian rhythms, stress, how the body regulates itself while it sleeps, and metabolism.(2) Common problems and diseases that may arise from insomnia include diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, poor immune function, anxiety and obesity.(2) This research may provide insight into the development, treatment and prevention of chronic disease.  Naturopathic medicine prides itself on six guiding principles. One of these being “identify and treat the cause.” Sleep disturbance can be caused by several factors, the most common being stress, alcohol, caffeine, medication, sedentary lifestyle, overactive thyroid, reflux and electrolyte imbalance. Once the cause of insomnia is identified, the naturopathic doctor can develop a treatment plan to restore restful sleep.

Naturopathic tips for better sleep: n Limit caffeine to before 2 p.m. n Stay hydrated throughout the day n Avoid stimulating TV or games prior to bed n Reserve your bed for sleep and sex only  n Sleep in a room that is completely dark and set to a comfortable temperature n Write down any reoccurring thoughts that keep you up n Exercise regularly, but not before bedtime n Practice meditation Getting good quality sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health.  Source: Inner Source Health via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lopatto, E. “Sleep Loss Alters Genes, Raises Disease Risk. Bloomberg News, 2013. For more information, call Inner Source Health, in Huntington, at 631-421-1848 or visit See ad on page 17.

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olon cancer is the third leading cancer killer in the United States. Although numbers from colon cancer have been dropping, there is still so much we as a community can do together to educate and bring awareness to this dreadful disease. Please join the Cleansing Concepts team to run a 5k with the Colon Cancer Challenge taking place March 23 at Citi Field, in Queens. There are many activities pre- and post-run to enjoy. To help raise even more money and awareness for the cause, Vanessa Galati, owner of Cleansing Concepts, will Vanessa Galati be offering $150 colon hydrotherapy sessions at both of her locations, giving 10 percent of profits from all colon hydrotherapy sessions to the cause. This is Cleansing Concepts third year participating. If you would like to donate or join the team, visit and search for Team Cleansing Concepts. Help the team reach its fundraising goal; help bring awareness; and educate yourself on ways to prevent colon cancer. Galati joined the Colon Cancer Challenge on the Katie Couric Show (Couric’s husband died of colon cancer) to promote the race and discuss many topics surrounding colon cancer. Please look out for times and date for airing. Cleansing Concepts has two locations: 309 Madison St., Ste. 4, Westbury (516640-5322) and 269 East Main St., Ste. F1, Smithtown (631-656-6313). For more information, visit See ad on this page.


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ack in July, while many of their peers were enjoying summer vacation, the students were invited by Waldorf’s gardening teacher Jeannine Davis to the Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s, in Malverne. There, the students harvested rye (a cereal grain similar to wheat) that had been planted last spring. “After we harvested the rye, it was dried over the summer in the farm’s greenhouse,” says Davis. “When we returned to school in the fall, we continued the farming lesson by studying the many tasks that happen on a farm during all the seasons of the year.” In class, the students learned about the entire farming process: from plowing the soil, sowing the seeds, and harvesting the grain to threshing the grain, winnowing the kernels, and bringing the grain to the mill where it is then made into flour. Applying the lesson to their real-world projects, the entire process started in the summer came to its conclusion last week. The students took the grain (the same grain they harvested back in July), threshed it, and then milled it into flour using hand mills. Finally, after seven months of careful and patient work, they baked the bread into individual loaves and brought them home to share with their families. Source: The Waldorf School, 225 Cambridge Ave., Garden City. For more information, call 516-742-3434, ext. 301, or visit See ad on page 45.

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our skin is your largest organ. While it is a protective covering for the body, it is also a means for substances to enter the body and get into the systemic circulation. All kinds of chemicals have the ability to enter the body by means of skin absorption. There are even chemicals that increase the skin’s ability to be permeable. We place too much trust in the products we use on our skin when many of the chemicals in skincare products are potentially harmful. Some can be harmful pretty quickly, while others are harmful with long-term exposure. On Sunday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Center for the Alignment of Body, Mind and Spirit, there will be a presentation with intentions to shed some light on some of the chemicals in skin-care products that are potentially harmful and should be avoided. There are thousands of products to choose from and by gaining some knowledge and getting into the habit of reading labels, you can make better choices with regard to the products you are rubbing on your skin. We’ll also focus on the benefits that various essential oils can have on the skin and types of carrier oils that you can use. You’ll learn how to make some simple and easy “do-it-yourself” skin-care products and have the opportunity to make your own essential oil-infused products that you can take home and enjoy right away. Instructional handouts will be provided so that you can continue to make and enjoy these products. Space for this presentation is limited and requires registration. Cost: $15. Location: 2050 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh. For more information, call 516-221-3500 or visit See ad on page 25.


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newsbriefs New Monthly Intuition Workshop Sustainable Movie Series on with Tori Quisling Thursdays in Garden City Develop your intuition with Tori Quisling, clairvoyant practitioner, in her new introductory monthly workshop series starting Friday, March 7, based on her book The Clairvoyant Practitioner: A Simple Guide to Developing Your Clairvoyant Abilities. It is an interactive series in developing your intuition using meditation and playful techniques to open up your ability to trust what you “see” and “know” about your life and relationships. In the series, which is held the first Friday of the month at Yoga Life, in Port Washington, you will practice techniques you can use right away to: n create joy rather than struggle, n release relationships that no longer serve you for relationships that do, n move into work or business more perfect for you, n experience greater prosperity and health, n become a more deliberate creator in your life, and n access guidance from practical to philosophical requests Recently featured on the Today Show, in the New York Daily News and numerous radio and TV programs, Quisling has given readings and taught classes to hundreds of people over the last 25 years and is the founder of the New York Center for Clairvoyant Development. She specializes in transformative readings and classes, especially in the manifestation of pregnancy. Her offices are located in Port Washington and New York City. With amusement and deep insight, Quisling can guide you in simple and fun ways to begin using your clairvoyance right away to improve your relationships, career, health and creativity in your life. According to Quisling: “We all possess a limitless power of clairvoyance; the ability to see and know truths in life. You can learn to tune-in to the area of ‘visioning,’ or clairvoyance, and begin to see the people and situations in your life more clearly and create intentional healing and positive change.” Cost: $35/class. Location: 939 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington. For more information, call clairvoyant practitioner Tori Quisling at 516-423-1794 or visit See ad on page 19. 14

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he Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island and Locally Long Island are co-hosting a Dinner and Movie Series on sustainability issues, which began Thursday, February 13, and will be held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. through April 17 at the Ethical Humanist Society, in Garden City. Each movie is preceded by a vegan soup supper provided by Sweet to Lick, a vegan bakery in Williston Park. The movies address environmental and philosophical problems and what we can do to make positive changes that will help save our ailing world from destruction. Each movie will be hosted by an expert in the film topic, so that your questions and concerns can be discussed. This is an opportunity to network with friends and colleagues in the sustainability movement in Long Island. A terrific line-up of movies is scheduled, followed by an impressive list of speakers—a who’s who list of Long Island’s most dedicated change agents. These include Melissa Boo, of Locally Long Island; Amy Peters, of Sustainable Sea Cliff Coop; Chris Carter, of the Hempstead Lake State Park Alliance; Jeannine Davis, of the Waldorf School; Jon Stepanian, of Long Island Food Not Bombs; Larry Foglia, of the LI Community Action Network; Eric Alexander, of Vision Long Island; Eric Weltman, of Food and Water Watch; Dr. Arthur Dobrin, of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island; Hofstra University; and Jeanne Brunsen, of the Climate Reality Project. The full dates of movie listings and speakers can be found on, or in the ad on page 33 of this issue. Networking and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 7 p.m., and discussion following. Ticket prices are $15 ($12 students or 55+) and include the soup dinner. Multi-night ticket pricing is available. Tickets are available at the door or by calling 516-741-7304. Full movie series listings can be found at Come see a movie, meet like-minded people and work toward the goal of a sustainable Long Island and sustainable world.


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Fix Your Gallbladder, if You Have One or Not


ost of us have only heard of the gallbladder in the context of an attack and then its subsequent surgical removal. Very few, particularly those that have had it removed, ever get much explanation as to why the gallbladder started having issues or what the problems will be when lacking this seemingly unimportant organ. Before the attack, usually blamed on the presence of gallstones, there was often bile sludge. A thickened bile (bile should be like soapy water). Many of my newer patients now without their gallbladders were told by their surgeons to just avoid eating fat and all will be okay. Most continue to have digestive disorders that did not improve despite its removal. I Dr. David Pollack, DC would suggest digestion could only get worse. Not only that, but most will have considerable weight gain within the first five years following a gallbladder removal and a snow balling set of symptoms as time goes on. But many of us with gallbladder troubles do not even know it. Some people will never have an attack, which is quite painful, but only distant subtle symptoms related to the poor digestion of fat and its subsequent system-wide deficiencies. The gallbladder is really just a pouch. And that pouch was never the problem. It just stores the bile that was actually manufactured by the liver. The gallbladder’s job is to eject the bile into the small intestines when fat is present. Bile is the digestive juice used to help in the digestion of fat made by the liver. So, was the gallbladder or the liver the true problem in making junky, sludgy bile?  Many of my patients that had their gallbladders removed prior to our meeting were told by their surgeon that their gallbladder was in fact just full of sludge, not stones. Fortunately, most of us with gallbladder problems will never experience gallbladder pain, attacks or subsequent surgery. You might have one of a myriad distant symptoms of trouble with fat

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digestion and metabolism. Fats (more specifically good fats, like those from wild fish, nuts and avocados, to name a few) are essential to many systems of the body. Fat is used as a backbone for hormones, which control your weight, blood pressure, mood, sugar levels, reproductive potential and cholesterol levels. Problems with fat digestion will cause shifts in these hormone systems, causing problems with any of these hormone-related events. Fats constitute the majority of the mass of the brain. Its deficiency could be seen in any number of neurological conditions, most commonly brain fog, weak memory, balance and coordination issues, as well as neuropathies (shooting pain or numbness like sciatica), the so-called carpal tunnel syndrome, and even the electrical systems of the heart (palpitations/arrhythmias). Our skin is also comprised mostly of fat cells. No wonder we slather moisturizers on daily; they are made of fats primarily. Fat is also the fuel our body needs to provide long-term energy. When I say fat and long term in this context, I’m not talking about that spare tire on our waist or energy for next winter. Long term on this scale means hours to days and is in the form of triglycerides indirectly evidenced by high “good” cholesterol (HDL) in the blood. Just like in your car, good quality fat/oil will burn clean and long with little destructive impact, while poor fat/ oil will burn dirty, cause system-wide issues and have deleterious effects. So, there are actually two important initial factors to this whole gallbladder mediated fat digestive process and its sequelae: good quality fuel/fat and high-efficiency processing of that fat to supply and nourish the many systems requiring constant source of quality fuel. With or without a gallbladder, many of these events could be playing out inside your body, perhaps worse without. With or without a gallbladder, there is work that could be done to improve the body’s function, efficiency and vitality. In those that still have their gallbladder, there is great hope even with attacks occurring that it can be remedied and brought back to useful pain-free function. For those without it, we can still reverse much of the damage done, clean the bile still contained in the liver, and use certain enzymes and dietary combinations to create the effect similar to bile. The body can always improve and function at a higher level. I highly recommend everyone find out if they have clinical or subclinical issues of their gallbladder by an experienced holistic practitioner with specialty in the digestive system. Source: Dr. David Pollack. Location: Pollack Wellness Institute (formerly Creating Wellness Center) is located at 66 Commack Rd., Commack. For more information, call 631-462-0801 or visit See ads on pages 15 and 29.

Vitamin E Hope for Cancer Care


lusive anti-cancer elements of vitamin E, natural tocopherols, have been identified by researchers at Ohio State University as being able to deactivate an enzyme essential for cancer cell survival. Although both alpha and gamma forms of natural tocopherols worked, the gamma was the most potent in shutting down the troublesome enzyme. Through manipulating the structure of the gamma molecule, the scientists were able to create an agent 20 times more effective than the original vitamin. In mice, this agent reduced the size of prostate cancer tumors. Over-the-counter vitamin E supplements are limited because many use synthetic forms that do not contain the natural gamma tocopherols. The study’s authors, led by Ching-Shih Chen, Ph.D., note that the human body cannot absorb the high dosages of natural vitamin E required to achieve the anticancer effect; their goal is to develop a safe pill that could be taken daily for cancer prevention.

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he British Journal of Sports Medicine reports that a generally active daily life that includes do-it-yourself activities and projects like gardening and car maintenance can cut the risks of heart attacks and strokes by as much as 30 percent and prolong life among adults 60 and over. These routine activities may be as beneficial as exercising for older adults because they decrease total sedentary time, the researchers say. Scientists in Stockholm, Sweden, tracked more than 4,000 men and women for an average of 12.5 years, starting at age 60. At the start of the study, regardless of exercise habits, high levels of other physical activity were associated with smaller waists and lower levels of potentially harmful blood fats in both sexes, and lower levels of glucose, insulin and clotting factor levels in men. Those with higher levels of other physical activity were also significantly less likely to experience metabolic syndrome, a first cardiovascular disease event, and early mortality from any cause. The same was true for individuals that undertook high levels of formal exercise, even if it wasn’t routine. Participants that both exercised regularly and were often physically active in their daily life had the lowest risk profile of all.

Coconut Oil Manages Cholesterol, Shrinks Waistlines


educed physical activity and increased consumption of carbohydrates and saturated fats fuel increased rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and insulin resistance, plus abnormal lipid content in the blood. Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, its chemical composition appears to prevent it from generating negative effects on lipid profiles, according to a growing body of research. In an earlier study published in Lipids, women that exhibited abdominal obesity consumed supplements of either coconut oil or soybean oil. Throughout the 12-week trial, both groups followed the same weight-loss diet. At the end, the coconut oil group presented a higher level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or protective cholesterol, and smaller waistlines, while the soybean oil group showed lower HDL levels and an increase in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) plus a less desirable LDL-to-HDL ratio. In a later study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consumption of coconut oil was again associated with a beneficial lipid profile in pre-menopausal women. Researchers that conducted a concurrent pilot study with male and female subjects found that men also experienced shrinking waistlines when supplementing with coconut oil. They explain that coconut oil contains mainly medium-chain fatty acids, which rapidly convert into energy, thereby circumventing the cycle that makes cholesterol and stores fat (Pharmacology).


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ith more than two thirds of Americans being overweight and one third being considered obese, our society is rapidly getting sicker and fatter. And it is not because most people are not trying to keep their weight down. It is because most people don’t understand why we get fat and stay fat. The three top reasons that we cannot lose weight and keep it off no matter what we do is that we are chronically stressed and tired, malnourished and toxic. Essentially, it is because our toxic, fast-paced lives keep us malnourished and destroy our digestive system and hormone balance. We then try to make up the energy with more empty calories. We are out of balance, and we are starving for vitamins and minerals that keep us healthy and strong. At the Family Wellness Center, we have extraordinary weight-loss programs. They are part of a complete system that teaches people how to eat with step-by-step daily instruction, round the clock personal help, recipes and high-quality, natural supplements that you can use for life. This is not a pre-planned, canned or pre-packaged program where you buy foods or supplements and count calories. These are real, back-to-basics food programs that are tailored to each person’s specific needs. These all-natural programs help people to resolve stress, nourish the body, heal the digestive system, rebalance hormones, detoxify the body, and permanently shrink and eliminate fat cells. The Family Wellness Center is located at 641-B Old Country Rd., Plainview. For more information, call 516-822-8499 or visit See ad on page 15.

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Essential Oil Basics


romatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses essential oils for therapeutic purposes. It is believed to have very positive effects on a person’s health and emotions. Aromatherapy should be considered complementary to standard medical treatment and never a replacement. The practice of using plants to treat people has been a part of life for thousands of years. Our largest and oldest pharmaceutical corporations built their foundations with plants as their starting point. The well-known pharmaceutical giant Merck began as a small apothecary in Germany in 1668. The active ingredient in willow bark, which uses date back to 400 B.C. with Hippocrates, is what eventually led to the creation of aspirin. In addition, a great number of pharmaceutical products used today are plant derived, which clearly illustrates the healing properties of plants. One of the first steps for anyone that is interested in aromatherapy is to make sure he or she is purchasing highquality essential oils. There are many companies with misleading and outright false claims regarding the purity of their oils. Therefore, do your homework. Go with a company that deals strictly in therapeutic-grade essential oils. Make sure the company provides full disclosure and participates in third-party testing to ensure the ingredients are what they claim. Find a company that works directly with their growers. Information such as country of origin, growing methods, the distillation method used, and Latin names should all be freely available from the company or retailer. When you’ve decided on a brand you like and trust, Gina Caruso, a massage therapist at Pure & Simple Health, in Rockville Centre, Long Island, recommends purchasing a good book on the subject and to start with the basics. “I am not an aromatherapist; however, my experience as a massage therapist and the frequent use of essential oils in my practice has taken me on a journey to learn as much as I can on this subject,” says Caruso. “When I started using essential oils in my treatments, I immediately noticed a high level of interest from my clients. They seemed fascinated by the oils. Even the kids that I work with love them. Then the questions started coming on how they could use the oils themselves.”


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There are three main ways essential oils are used: Inhalation – Our powerful sense of smell carries the scent to the olfactory system, which sends it to the limbic system of the brain. This system houses our emotions and retrieves memories. You may begin to feel relaxed or invigorated depending on the oil used. This can be done using a diffuser (made specifically for essential oils); by putting a few drops on a tissue or cotton ball and placing it nearby; in a bath or massage; or directly from the bottle.

Topical – Essential oils can be absorbed through the skin. Never use directly on the skin. The oils must be diluted with carrier oil. The carrier oils should be a “cold pressed” plantbased vegetable, nut or seed oil. Application during a massage will also provide the therapeutic benefit of the massage and of inhalation. You can apply to the bottoms of the feet, wrists and behind the ears. Internally – Essential oils should NEVER be taken internally unless prescribed by an individual with the proper qualifications to do so. The wellness revolution that is occurring worldwide displays a great desire to tap into the mind/body connection. There appears to be an ancient wisdom rising within us on the interconnectedness of all life. The potential healing properties of plants and their components within essential oils are finally being looked at by researchers in a more serious light. Scientific studies are on the rise. This points to the value of the knowledge that our ancestors possessed. They demonstrated the ability to create a more harmonious balance and existence with the natural world. This seems to be a connection we are striving for in our modern society. Essential oils are one very pleasant, effective and enjoyable way to tap into this experience of the shared and interactive life forces between humans and the Earth. To learn more about essential oils, join Caruso at Pure & Simple Health for a talk on March 11 at 7 p.m. Pure & Simple Health is located at 128 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre. For more information, call 516-203-7442. See ad on page 3.

Heart Health and Saunas


ar infrared saunas have been in the news lately for their ability to help fight disease, ease pain, reduce stress and reduce toxins. This month, Natural Awakenings Long Island wanted to focus on utilization of a sauna as an adjunct to eating and exercising based on clinical studies performed over the last decade. Infrared saunas have been mainstream for decades in Japan as a tool in combating heart disease. Back in 2001, Kagoshima University published a study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that followed at-risk men undergoing daily sauna sessions for two weeks. Doctors observed a 68 percent increase in the blood flow of the men’s brachial arteries, as well as “significant” drops in their blood pressures. The doctors concluded that “repeated sauna treatment improves impaired vascular endothelial function… suggesting a therapeutic role for sauna treatment in patients with risk factors for atherosclerosis.” In 2005, a University of Missouri trial looked at infrared saunas and their effect on blood pressure. Test subjects sat in a Sunlighten-infrared sauna three times weekly for six weeks and experienced an average drop of systolic blood pressure from 130.5 to 124. Wondering how you may access sauna treatment locally? Cleansing Concepts, in Smithtown and Westbury, currently has the “mPulse” line of saunas that track calories burned, heart rate, and body mass index changes, as well as let users select the exact type of infrared rays—near, mid or far—they wish to receive. Looking for a different experience, energy healer Tina Martinez—owner of Open Circle Wellness, in Lynbrook— utilizes her infrared dome as stand-alone therapy or while performing energy work at the crown chakra, allowing her clients to detox at the same time they receive energy work. Source:

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any men and women have health issues related to hormonal imbalances. Various symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, PMS, anxiety and depression can be caused by an underlying hormonal issue. These health problems may be related to thyroid issues, adrenal gland issues, and/or male/female hormonal issues. A sluggish thyroid could cause weight gain, hair loss, brain fog and fatigue. If you have any of these symptoms, make sure your doctor checks TSH, Free T4, Free T3 and thyroid antibody levels to make sure the thyroid is functioning properly. Avoiding processed soy in the food supply and utilizing a chlorine filter in the shower can protect the thyroid from becoming unbalanced. Also, ingesting a glandular thyroid and selenium supplement when appropriate can Dr. Jillian Finker help the thyroid to heal. Adrenal glands dysfunction can contribute to anxiety or depression. It’s important that cortisol levels are tested in blood work along with a urine or salivary adrenal panel. Make sure to eat protein with each meal to balance blood sugar levels in order to support the adrenal glands. Taking adrenal glandulars along with other nutrients such as pantothenic acid, biotin and vitamin C can help to normalize the adrenal glands. Abnormal estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone levels in men and women can contribute to fatigue, general malaise, weight gain, mood changes, etc. Avoiding plastic, pesticides, toxic chemical cleaners, hormone-injected red meat, and processed soy can help to balance these hormones. Using bioidentical hormones when appropriate can cure these problems. It is important that you consult with your doctor before taking any supplements or bioidentical hormones. Source: Jillian Finker, ND, of Healing with Understanding, located at 2308 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516-765-3272 or visit See ad on page 39.

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ost people know the obvious regarding oral health. Eat right, brush, floss and/or use your Waterpik after each meal. But do you understand why? When you drink and eat starchy or sugary foods, you’re not only feeding yourself and feeding an inflammatory cycle throughout your entire body; you are also directly feeding the plaque that can cause havoc in your mouth. Sugars or starches in your food and then left in your mouth make contact with the plaque that is already there. The combination of the plaque and the sugars create an acid that can attack teeth for a half hour or more. The continuation of this cycle leads to multiple attacks each day on your teeth that can break down the enamel on the surface of teeth, leading to tooth decay. Plaque also produces toxins that attack the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Brushing, flossing and Waterpiking after each meal is essential to both oral hygiene and supporting the structure of your jaw. Dr. Linda J. Golden, DDS It is important for your teeth and your entire body that you try and cut down on sugar. A bacterium in your mouth relies on sugar to produce more plaque. I especially remind my patients to avoid any food that combines sugar and stickiness. Such foods like gummy bears that remain on your teeth utilizing their stickiness to adhere longer than normal sugar and starches. Did you know there are functional foods specific for oral health as well? As a holistic dentist, I am always educating my patients on the foods that provide a natural way to protect and nurture your teeth and gums. For this article, I offer two suggestions regarding foods that provide protection and support to a healthy oral cavity. Tea – Some studies show that tea, especially black tea, fights the bacteria that causes halitosis, or bad breath. Xylitol – Xylitol is a natural sweetener derived from the fibrous parts of plants. It does not break down like sugar and can help keep a neutral pH level in the mouth. Xylitol also prevents bacteria from sticking to the teeth. This is how it protects the teeth from tooth decay. With the dental benefits of xylitol, the acid attack that would otherwise last for more than a half an hour is stopped. There are numerous xylitolcontaining products, including mints and sugarless chewing gum. Chewing gum boosts saliva secretion, which itself helps clear away some bacteria. Source: Golden Dental Wellness. Location: 444 Community Dr., Ste. 204, Manhasset. For more information, call 516-627-8400, email or visit See ad on page 17.

Chemicals Harm Pets, Too


he nationwide health epidemic of chronic diseases afflicting the human population is also showing up among companion animals. According to a report by the Environmental Working Group, pets, like a canary in a coal mine, may be the environmental sentinels that are now signaling a clear connection between disease and manmade chemicals. In a study that analyzed blood samples of dogs and cats, 48 of 70 industrial chemicals and pollutants were traced, many recording levels that were substantially higher than previously reported in national studies of humans. Dogs displayed double the concentration of perfluorochemicals (used in stain-proof and grease-proof coatings); cats evidenced 23 times the concentration of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) fire retardants and 5.4 times the amount of mercury. PBDE levels in hyperthyroid cats have been linked to eating canned cat food and to the increased use of PBDEs in consumer products during the past 30 years. In humans, high levels of flameretardant chemicals are implicated in endocrine disruption, Type 2 diabetes and thyroid disease. Suggestions for minimizing exposure include avoiding chemicalladen household cleaners, furnishings and carpet; drinking carbon-filtered water; steering clear of food and beverage containers made from or lined with plastic (including cans); and eating organic produce and free-range meat.

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America’s Best Community Garden Cities We don’t have to live in a rural area or even the suburbs to be a farmer these days. According to the Trust for Public Land, the 10 best cities for homegrown veggies from urban gardens are Seattle, Washington (a P-Patch program provides 68 gardens for residents throughout the city); Portland, Oregon (its Produce for People program donates fresh produce to local hunger agencies); Long Beach, California (growing anything from sugar cane and lemongrass to sunflowers and tomatoes); St. Paul, Minnesota (17 community gardens—half run by nonprofits and half open to rent); Honolulu, Hawaii (1,254 plots for public use); San Jose, California (19 community gardens on 35 acres); Baltimore, Maryland (community gardens cover 11 acres throughout the city); Washington, D.C. (a Master Peace Farm program tends area gardens and mentors budding veggie growers at an adjoining middle school); Anchorage, Alaska (a city goal is enabling residents to work together in harmony); and Louisville, Kentucky (Brightside’s community garden program, established 19 years ago, currently manages 10 of Louisville’s 16 gardens). These gardens not only extol the virtues of fresh, local and often organic foods, they also bring communities together. Some produce food for those in need, others have youth programs and some have even been credited with reducing local crime rates. Many community gardens accept new members in the fall; visit to find one nearby and reserve a space. Source:

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Creative Paths for Local Food Sourcing Entrepreneurs are creating novel ways to circumvent the commercial food system that ships food, in or out of season, for hundreds or thousands of miles at the cost of quality and too often, accountability. Re:farm Denver, in Colorado, for example, supplies families with everything they need for backyard gardens, from irrigation systems to seeds. In 2013, 200 families participated. Cottage food laws allow artisans to sell breads, jams, candy and other foods made in home kitchens. While specific restrictions vary, 42 states have some type of cottage law. Beth-Ann Betz, who bakes sweets in her New Hampshire kitchen, says, “It gives me the option to be independent and self-employed at 66.” At the Community Thanksgiving Potluck, in Laguna Beach, California, dinner is shared, not served. For 25 years, those with homes and without, single people, families, city council members and the jobless have gathered to share food and community for the holiday. “It’s a wonderful chaos,” says Dawn Price, executive director of the nonprofit Friendship Shelter. At Bottles Liquor, in West Oakland, California, a banner reads “Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Available Here.” Bottles is a member of the Healthy Neighborhood Store Alliance, an effort of the nonprofit Mandela Marketplace to bring pesticidefree produce to corner stores throughout the neighborhood. Source: Yes magazine

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FDA Wakens to Local Needs Small farms, farmers’ markets, local food processors and community food banks have been given a reprieve, because on December 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to take a second look at proposed new laws that would have put many of them out of business. The new rules, proposed under the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), came under fire from consumers, farmers and others with voices that were heard. The FDA said its “thinking has evolved,” and “…significant changes will be needed in key provisions of the two proposed rules affecting small and large farmers. These provisions include water quality standards and testing, standards for using raw manure and compost, certain provisions affecting mixed-use facilities and procedures for withdrawing the qualified exemption for certain farms.” Source:


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Illegal Hunting Continues to Decimate Species Whales are still being killed, despite an international ban on commercial whaling. According to Greenpeace, many whale species are down to around 1 percent of their estimated former abundance before the days of commercial whaling. Fourteen whaling nations came together in 1946 to form the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to manage whale stocks and recommend hunting limits where appropriate, but the continuing decline of populations forced the IWC to call for an outright ban on all commercial whaling in 1986. Yet Japan, Norway and Iceland continue to defy the ban, each harvesting hundreds of whales every year. Several green groups, including the Natural Resources Development Council (NRDC), recently petitioned the U.S. government to take action against Iceland under the Pelly Amendment to the Fisherman’s Protective Act. “The Amendment allows the president to impose trade sanctions against a country that is ‘diminishing the effectiveness’ of a conservation agreement—in Iceland’s case, the whaling moratorium and another international treaty that prohibits trade in endangered species,” writes the NRDC. The petition names several Icelandic firms—including major seafood companies with ties to the country’s whaling industry—as potential targets for trade sanctions. To learn more, visit, and

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Mercury Mystery

City Voters Reject Fluoridation Again

How Sinking Organic Matter Plagues Fish

Portland, Oregon, residents have rejected a plan to fluoridate city water for the fourth time since 1956, making it the largest city (pop. 900,000) in the United States without fluoride in its water supply. In the 1950s, cities throughout the U.S. championed water fluoridation as a way of fighting tooth decay, but the effort backfired when a condition called fluorosis emerged, which ironically is characterized by tooth enamel discoloration and erosion. Anti-fluoride forces say that water treatment is not the key to better dental health for children. Fluoride Action Network Executive Director Paul Connett, Ph.D., has a better idea. “We urge the legalization of dental therapists in Oregon who will treat the low-income children dentists refuse to treat.”

University of Michigan and University of Hawaii researchers claim to have solved a long-standing scientific mystery of how mercury gets into openwater fish. Based on their study findings, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, they also project that mercury levels in Pacific fish will rise in the coming years. The researchers discovered that up to 80 percent of the toxic form of mercury, methylmercury, is generated deep in the ocean, most likely by bacteria attached to sinking pieces of organic matter. Mercury found in Pacific fish near Hawaii likely traveled thousands of miles through the air before being deposited in the ocean, the team concludes, blaming industrial nations such as China and India that rely on coal-burning power plants. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration notes that large fish have the highest levels of methylmercury because they live longer and have more time to accumulate it.

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INSPECT YOUR AIR DUCTS To tell if your air ducts need cleaned, remove a floor, ceiling or wall register. Look inside or take a picture of the interior ductwork. If there is visible dust, dirt or debris, the ducts should be cleaned. After the initial cleaning, inspect and maintain your heating/cooling system about every three to five years thereafter. Clean more frequently if you have pets, allergies, water damage or smokers in the house. HOW DOES THIS WORK?

All register covers are removed and hand cleaned. Powerful, HEPA-filtered vacuums and brushes are put through the ducts to “contact clean” the interior of all supply, return and main trunk lines. A complete inspection of the entire duct system, dryer exhaust vent, attic/basement, and instant mold test are included with each project.


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Divorce Costs


atching how divorce is played out through the courts is eye opening. Below are some events that I have witnessed when two people choose the path of divorce over mediation. If you and your child’s other parent cannot work things out and go to court, the court often appoints a lawyer to express your kid’s wishes. In a case in Brooklyn, Mary E. v. Usher E., the fees that the parents had to pay for someone else to tell them what their kids wanted was $40,000. This case was, from my view, terribly different than most cases. The lawyer for the kids must have been compelled to perform an enormous amount of work. If the parents had worked things out, that $40,000 could likely have gone to better use. A very prominent Long Island law firm, one that is high on the Google search, sued its client for $52,700 for fees, collection costs and interest. The client was told that the divorce would cost about $5,000. If the couple had worked things out themselves, with or without a mediator, there never would have been a bill, nor any lawsuit, for tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. I would appreciate comments to this article. If you are willing to share your experiences or comments, please email them to me for publication at While as a lawyer, I earn more money when people litigate than I do when people reach resolutions, as a human being…yes, lawyers are human beings, too, my values and my efforts to help people lead me to the following conclusion: Reach a settlement. Source: Cory J. Rosenbaum, P.C., a professional corporation for the practice of injury, employment and matrimonial law. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 212-732-7922 (NYC office) or 516-670-9332 (Uniondale office), or visit, and


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atrina Greene has been helping individuals and businesses fulfill their dreams with life coaching since 1987. In addition to holding a master’s degree in social work, Greene is a life coach, business coach, career coach, relationship coach, and executive coach with more than 20 years’ experience assisting others create meaningful change in their lives When speaking with Greene, there is a smile that permeates her voice and a touch of humor that must immediately put her clients at ease. “The mission of a life coach is to help individuals, couples and families of all ages realize their potential and goals—achieving them by following a clearly defined plan of Katrina Greene action,” says Greene. “In this way, clients create a healthy, balanced, successful life, career and/or business.” Lately Greene’s focus has been on career. Not her own career, but on her clients’ careers. Greene finds that while business coaching she sees the interconnectedness of life, and notes that when working with a client on areas of his/her business, she often finds improvement in other parts of her client’s life, including, home, family and dating. From small businesses to 100K businesses to multi-million dollar ones, Greene says: “I help people achieve and surpass the current goals in work and life, and I do it because I love seeing people happy, with more money, getting better, removing financial blocks, heal relationships.” If a client calls and wants to discuss a dying business, after a bit of evaluation, Greene may recognize that a person’s advertising is not targeted or that perhaps his or her website is not optimized to capture local traffic. Greene will make recommendations of things that can be done as well as resources that may help fulfill the need. As a business coach, Greene starts with a free consultation, during which she asks probing questions to determine strengths and weaknesses, including such things as staff, marketing, personal, absenteeism and advertising. Greene also utilizes the questionnaire to help illustrate the opportunities and threats in the specific marketplace and the individual’s business goals. “Often,” notes Greene, “after the first conversation, they have a better idea of what they really want.” From that call, Greene explains how she thinks she can help the client best. It sounds obvious, but, says Greene, with a smile, “Sometimes they think they want something, but they realize they want something else.”

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Make Peace by Chandresh Bhardwaj

with Love

Love: As much joy that this word promises, it also comes with its share of pain, too. Love isn’t created to give any sort of troubles, but our attitude toward love is what has created a lot of havoc. Here are my seven norm-breaking tips on making peace with love.

1. Don’t categorize love.

You have been taught to shower a different kind of love on different people in your life. Your spouse gets a certain kind of love, your children get another, and friends and colleagues are reserved for other varieties. Who taught you to categorize love? Society! The custodians of society will always come up with reasons to categorize love, just like they have categorized religion. Don’t use any filter in your love. Let it be equal, transparent and pure.

2. Learn to let go.

The day must end to give night its way. The rain must fall to let the clouds have their way. The child must come out of the womb, grow up, and set on an independent journey. Letting go is the necessity in life. You cannot hold on to something in the name of love. You have had your experience with the person or situation, but now its time to let go. Be it an ex lover or a beloved who has passed away, release them all from your memory bank. 34

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3. Express yourself.

Learn to express yourself. When love is expressed in its entirety, life is no longer a pursuit of happiness; it becomes happiness. Be it the person that you admire on Facebook or at your workplace or your loved one. Take time to compliment the best thing in him or her. A well-intentioned compliment always finds its way into the other person’s heart.

4. Liberate your love.

It could be possible that you were insanely in love when you met your “soul mate,” but now it’s also possible that you both have evolved (or devolved) to a significant extent. It is perfectly normal to bid a happy goodbye to each other when it’s time to part ways. Liberate your love from day one. Your loved one isn’t a prized possession. In liberating your love, you will find your truest self.

5. Love isn’t about others.

Your health is about your health. It’s not about others. But if you are healthy, you can help others to be healthy also. In the same fashion, love isn’t about loving others. We do that to fulfill our insecurities and loneliness. Love is about being loving. Love shouldn’t be what you are doing. Love should be what you are.

If you are in a state of deep love, you can have others in love, too. The whole idea of loving others is a sham, as it’s created to satisfy the innate needs of feeling fulfilled mentally and physically. The authentic love travels far and wide beyond such shallow needs.

6. Love is not attachment.

In fact, love is the complete opposite of attachment. Most of us are attached to the people in our lives and continue to call it love. Hence, the problems begin! In attachment, you would yearn for approval and seek happiness from others. In love, you don’t seek any approvals because you have accepted yourself the way you are. The extraction of happiness from others doesn’t happen in love. Do yourself a favor and see if you are in love or attachment with others.

7. Love, the express train.

The perfect metaphor to describe love in today’s times is that of an express train. We get on and off of the love train very often. The moment the other person doesn’t fulfill our needs, we get out of it. The moment someone starts to make us happy (even if it’s momentarily), we get on the love express train. It is tragic, to put it in one word. You have used love to channel the happiness in life, but how long does it last? You know the answer.  My job is to question your answers. If these seven tips question any of your answers, then I feel accomplished.  Chandresh Bhardwaj is a spiritual guide who specializes in the Eastern sciences of healing and transformation. He is also the founder of Break the Norms, a center of self-discovery, personal growth and increased well-being, located in New York and California. Break the Norms offers weekly meditation and yoga classes, as well as Ayurveda workshops. Location of New York center: 47 W. Nicholai St., Hicksville. For more information, call 516-938-9600 or visit See ad on page 23.


Ozone: “The Miracle Medicine” From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City…


ffective, widespread treatment of disease is possible through toxin elimination, if only more doctors would fill patients in on the internationally renowned, resultsdriven method that’s capable of doing it.

patients from diseases like herpes 1, 2 and 6, shingles, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis B and C, HPV, diabetic ulcers and peripheral neuropathy, candidiasis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and even AIDS. Recently, through the targeted use of ozone therapy, Robins was successful in significantly reducing two patients’ Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), a painful condition (also known as CRPS) that only worsens over time to a tolerable level, which had never been done before.

Oxygen’s reputation precedes it. The human body is largely composed of it, most of our metabolic energy production comes from it, and all our internal processes are regulated by it. In fact, we can’t live without it. When every cell is properly oxygenated, the immune system can function and maintain itself relatively undisturbed. So, it’s clear that oxygen is an integral piece of the wellness puzzle, but Despite such a stellar track record, ozone what about ozone? Only one little molecule therapy is not usually the treatment of choice Dr. Howard Robins separates it from our beloved oxygen, yet the for those patients struggling with disease. When term is bound to leave many scratching their heads. The they come to Robins for help, it’s usually because every medical ozone we speak of is known for ridding the body other doctor they have tried has been unable to offer relief. of toxins, eradicating sickness, and giving hope to those Some other countries legally mandate the use of ozone who otherwise would have spent their lives riddled with in all pre-and post-op instances to prevent infection; ours chronic disease. Together with oxygen, it just may be the remains relatively in the dark, unaware of the benefits disease-fighting superhero you never knew existed. and impressive results of ozone. Would you believe that in Germany if a patient is not given the choice between “Ozone acts like a super antioxidant and is a super antibiotics and ozone treatment, his or her doctor could detoxifier that selectively, like a claw or glue, attaches to be accused of medical negligence? As a founding member and eliminates all viruses, fungus, yeast and mold, as well of the American Academy of Ozonotherapy (AAO) and as every form of bacteria, toxic metal and pathogen from The International Association for Ozone in Healthcare and the body,” explains Dr. Howard Robins, considered the Dentistry (IAOHD), Robins has lectured around the world foremost clinical expert in North America on bio-oxidative on medical ozone’s benefits. therapy, who has been administering ozone therapy to pa Ozone therapy is remarkably safe when done cortients for more than 22 years. Just like clutter in life leads to rectly, but there are side effects—just not the kind you want diminished performance, the motley build-up of unwanted to avoid. “People fall asleep easier, sleep better, and have parasitic organisms in our bodies paves the way for disease more energy,” shares Robins. “Their nails and hair grow or causes it directly. longer, stronger and faster. Their complexion is healthier, Since 1990, Robins has administered more than and their blood circulates better.” 185,000 safe direct IV ozone therapy and major autohemotherapy treatments. By combining medical-grade O2 For more information, call Dr. Howard Robins at 212-581(oxygen) and O3 (ozone gas) and safely delivering it into 0101. Robins is considered the foremost clinical expert on the body, over 45 thousand physicians in over 50 countries the use of ozone in North America, with more than 21 years across the world have successfully eliminated distressed of clinical practice and 185,000 treatments performed.

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Superherbs Four Plants That Fight Off Disease by Kathleen Barnes

Mother Nature’s most potent healing herbs are already on most spice racks or growing nearby, often right outside the door.


erbs, respected for their healing properties for millennia, have been widely used by traditional healers with great success. Now clinical science supports their medicinal qualities. Pharmaceutical companies routinely extract active ingredients from herbs for common medications, including the potent pain reliever codeine, derived from Papaver somniferum; the head-clearing antihistamines ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, from Ephedra sinica; and taxol, the chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat several types of cancer, including breast cancer, from Taxus brevifolia. These are among the findings according to Leslie Taylor, a naturopath and herbalist headquartered in Milam County, Texas, and author of The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs. Even among an abundance of healing herbs, some stand out as nature’s “superherbs” that provide an


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array of medical properties, according to Rosemary Gladstar, of Barre, Vermont, the renowned author of Herbal Remedies for Vibrant Health and related works. Two of these, she notes, are widely considered nuisance weeds. Plantain (Plantago major): Commonly used externally for poultices, open wounds, blood poisoning and bee stings, it also helps relieve a wider variety of skin irritations. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, this common “weed” fortifies the liver and reduces inflammation, which may reduce the risk for many kinds of chronic diseases. At least one study, published in the journal Planta Medica, suggests that plantain can enhance the immune system to help fight cancer and infectious diseases. “Plantain is considered a survival herb because of its high nutritional value,” advises Gladstar, who founded the

California School of Herbal Studies, in Sonoma County, in 1978. A new study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry confirms it’s an excellent source of alpha-tocopherol, a natural form of vitamin E and beta carotene that can be used in salads for those that don’t mind its bitter taste. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): Like plantain, dandelion is one of the most powerful medicinal herbs on the planet. “Dandelion is revered wherever you travel, except in the United States, where it is considered noxious,” observes Gladstar. Americans should reconsider their obsession with eradication. Dandelion root is an effective treatment against several types of cancer, including oftenfatal pancreatic and colorectal cancers and melanoma, even those that have proven resistant to chemotherapy and other conventional treatments, according to several studies from the University of Windsor, in England. Traditionally part of a detoxification diet, it’s also used to treat digestive ailments, reduce swelling and inflammation and stop internal and external bleeding. Turmeric (Curcuma longa): Turmeric gives curry powder its vibrant yellow color. “Curcumin, turmeric’s most important active ingredient, is a wealth of health, backed by substantial scientific evidence that upholds its benefits,” says Jan McBarron, a medical and naturopathic doctor in Columbus, Georgia, author of Curcumin: The 21st Century Cure and co-host of the Duke and the Doctor radio show. Several human and animal studies have shown that curcumin can be an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, both in prevention and to slow or even stop its progress. One Australian study showed that curcumin helps rid the body of heavy metals that may be an underlying cause of the memory-robbing disease. Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that curcumin helped dissolve the plaques and tangles of brain material characteristic to Alzheimer’s. Curcumin is also known to be effective in lessening depression and

preventing heart disease, some types of cancer and diabetes, says McBarron. Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Primarily used for its considerable antiinflammatory properties, ginger makes a delicious and healing tea and an enticing spice in a variety of dishes. This herbal powerhouse has at least 477 active ingredients, according to Beyond Aspirin, by Thomas M. Newmark and Paul Schulick. Considerable research confirms ginger’s effectiveness against a variety of digestive problems, including nausea from both morning sickness and chemotherapy. Research from Florida’s University of Miami also confirms its usefulness in reducing knee pain. “Ginger is a good-tasting herb to treat any type of bacterial, fungal or viral infection,” says Linda Mix, a retired registered nurse in Rogersville, Tennesse, and author of Herbs for Life! The health benefits of these four vital herbs are easily accessed by growing them in a home garden or pot or via extracted supplements.

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Action Plan for Parents

Seven Signs of Food Sensitivities by Pamela Bond


n recent years, Pediatrician William Sears has seen many more cases of asthma and eczema in his San Clemente, California, office. Dairy and wheat remain the biggest culprits, but experts believe new factors may be contributing to the rise in food sensitivities, including synthetic additives like partially hydrogenated oils, artificial colors and flavors and sweeteners, plus genetically modified ingredients. Often undiagnosed and untreated, food intolerances can cause long-term tissue damage, warns Sears, author of The NDD Book, which addresses what he calls nutrient deficit disorder without resorting to drugs. Increasingly, kids are developing formerly adultonset diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, cardiovascular disease and acid reflux, he says. If it seems that a child is having a dietary reaction, first look for clues. “A lot of parents already suspect the answer,” says Kelly Dorfman, a licensed nutritionist dietitian and author of What’s Eating Your Child? Become a “nutrition detective”, she suggests. Here’s how to assess conditions and find solutions.

Spitting Up

Suspects: Intolerance to casein—a protein prevalent in dairy cow milk different from its form in breast milk that can get into mothers’ milk or formula— tends to irritate an infant’s gut lining, causing gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and then chronic ear infections or constipation, says Dorfman. 38

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Action: Remove dairy from the baby’s and nursing mom’s diet for at least a week. For formula feeding, choose a brand made with predigested casein or whey. To heal baby’s damaged intestinal lining, give 10 billion CFU (colony forming units) daily of probiotic bacteria, mixed in a bottle or sprinkled on food.

Chronic Diarrhea

Suspects: Intolerance to gluten (a protein in wheat and other grains) or lactose (dairy sugar). Diarrhea, the gastrointestinal tract’s way of eliminating problematic substances, plus gas and bloating, often accompany these intolerances. Lactose intolerance is usually a root cause and is present in nearly everyone that’s gluten intolerant, Dorfman says. Action: Get a blood test to check for celiac disease, then eliminate gluten for at least a month. Although the diarrhea could end within a week, “You need a few weeks to see a trend,” counsels Dorfman. Consume fermented dairy products like cheese and yogurt, which have low lactose levels; cream dairy products may also test OK.

Chronic Ear Infections

Suspects: Dairy intolerance and for many, soy sensitivity. Some research has shown that 90 percent of kids with

recurring ear infections or ear fluid have food reactions, corroborated by Dorfman’s patients. Action: Quit dairy and soy for several months to verify a correlation. Dorfman recommends eliminating soy milk, soy yogurt and tofu, adding that ultrasensitive individuals may need to avoid processed foods that contain soy byproducts.

Itchy Skin

Suspects: Reaction to gluten, casein (in dairy products) and eggs plus oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons, strawberries and pineapple. Action: Because itchiness can suggest a histamine response, ask an allergist for an IgE radioallergosorbent (RAST) blood test to detect food sensitivities.


Suspects: Sensitivity to artificial colors or sugar. According to Sears, children’s underdeveloped blood-brain barrier increases vulnerability to the neurotoxic effects of chemical food additives, including artificial colors and monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Action: When possible, buy organic foods certified to contain no artificial colors. Otherwise, scrutinize food labels for the nine petroleum-based synthetic dyes in U.S. foods: Blue 1 and 2, Citrus Red 2, Green 3, Orange B, Red 3 and 40, Yellow 5 and 6. Avoid ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, glucose, fructose, cane sugar and syrup—all added sugars.


Suspects: Gluten sensitivity is traditionally associated exclusively with digestive disturbances, but some recent studies have linked it to neurological symptoms, from moodiness and chronic headaches to ADHD and coordination loss.

relationship with growth hormones, helps the body develop. If levels are too low, growth will be abnormally stunted. In such cases, a child may rarely be hungry, be a picky eater or complain that food smells or tastes funny, Dorfman says. Action: Eliminate gluten consumption for a month. A blood test by a pediatrician can determine serum zinc levels, or buy a zinc sulfate taste test online. After

sipping a zinc sulfate solution, the child will report either tasting nothing (indicating deficiency) or a bad flavor (no deficiency). Zinc-rich foods include beef, chicken, beans, pumpkin seeds, cashews and chickpeas. To counter a deficiency, ask a family healthcare provider for an age-appropriate supplement dose. Pamela Bond is the managing editor of Natural Foods Merchandiser.

Action: Eliminate gluten for a month to assess a potential connection between mood and food, possibly signaled by excessive eating of a certain food.

Stunted Growth

Suspects: Gluten sensitivity or zinc deficiency. Because gluten intolerance interferes with nutrient absorption, suffering kids often fail to thrive. “Small size— height or weight—is a classic symptom of celiac disease,” Dorfman advises. Zinc could be another factor; it normalizes appetite and through its

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Food Revolution in a Tank Aquaponics Offers Year-Round Homegrown Fish and Veggies by Avery Mack


icture a salad of mixed lettuces or romaine accented with microgreens and ripe, red tomatoes alongside an entrée of tilapia, complemented by a dessert of fresh strawberries—all organic, eco-friendly and freshly harvested, even in the middle of winter. The ingredients for this meal don’t have to travel many miles to reach the table—they can be found just several feet away, thanks to aquaponics. “Aquaculture is fish farming, hydroponics is soilless gardening,” explains Becca Self, executive director of educational nonprofit FoodChain, in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. “Aquaponics is a mutually beneficial blend of the two. Our indoor aquaponics system produces about 150 pounds of fresh tilapia every month, plus nearly 200 pounds of lettuces, herbs and microgreens.” FoodChain, which shares production space in a former bread factory with Smithtown Seafood and West Sixth Brewing, hosted 2,000 guests and was the destination for 54 field trips last


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year by farmers, church groups, Rotary clubs and students of all grade levels. The seafood restaurant’s website notes, “We can step outside our back door into the farm for our superfood salad greens, herbs and tilapia.” FoodChain is also finding a way to use waste grain from the microbrewery as fish food. According to brewmaster Robin Sither, the grain is free of genetic engineering, but not organic. He notes that it’s rare for a brewery to use organic grain. The general hydroponics concept dates back to ancient practices in Chinese rice fields, Egyptian bottomlands flooded by the Nile River and Aztec floating gardens perched on low rafts layered with rich bottom muck. By the early 20th century, chemists had identified solutions of 13 specific nutrients which, added to water, could entirely substitute for fertile soil. That’s when William F. Gericke, Ph.D., of the University of CaliforniaBerkeley, took the science of hydroponics into commercial production.

“In today’s space-efficient, closed, recirculating aquaponic systems that combine fish tanks and plant troughs, fish waste provides fertilizer for the plants, while the plants clean the water for fish,” says Gina Cavaliero, owner of Green Acre Aquaponics, in Brooksville, Florida. The 2013 Aquaponics Association Conference, in Tucson, Arizona, reported that aquaponic plants grow faster and offer higher yields, plus the sustainable technology recycles 90 percent of the water. In Denver, JD Sawyer, president of Colorado Aquaponics, operates a 3,000-square-foot farm in a food desert neighborhood (without easy access to fresh, healthy, affordable food). Koi, tilapia and hybrid striped bass fertilize romaine, bib lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, chives and strawberries. Other crops include tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash and root vegetables like beets and carrots. Tilapia and bass sell to the community and restaurants; koi are used in livestock ponds. Sawyer remarks, “An aquaponics system can be indoors or out, depending on the climate, for commercial use or in the home. The basement, garage or a spare room is ideal for growing your own food.” Home garden sizes range from a 20-gallon aquarium to a 10-by-20-foot area. Avery Ellis, an ecological designer and permaculture specialist in Boulder, Colorado, builds dynamic, living, nonconventional systems. “The temperature in most homes is near 70 degrees, an ideal temperature for a tropical fish like tilapia,” he says. “A 50-gallon fish tank, a 50-gallon storage bin and a timer to feed the fish automatically and supply light can be a self-sustaining system.” Outdoors, a greenhouse or geodesic dome can house the system. “A harmonious balance maintains itself, and we enjoy maximum yields from little labor,” says Ellis. He reflects that the solutions for feeding the world exist if we just open our eyes to what needs to be done. For those that don’t care to harvest and clean fish, decorative koi species work well.

Erik Oberholtzer, founder and owner of Tender Greens restaurants, which sources from nearby southern California farms and is exploring ways to install an aquaponics system in each of its restaurants, explains, “The world is suffering from a loss of growing habitat, genetically modified seeds and global warming. Aquaponics enables growers to stay ahead of climate change, making it the future of sustainable farming. It’s an ethical way to make quality food healthy, affordable and profitable.” Aquaponics methods deliver fish free of mercury and genetically modified fish food, plus the freshest vegetables possible, all without the worry of weeds, rabbits, insects, suspect fertilizers, toxic herbicides and pesticides. A home aquaponics system can be one of the best green investments to make in 2014. According to Oberholtzer, “Eating this way should not be a luxury.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect via AveryMack@

Aquaponics Advantages 4 Enthusiasts can start small 4 No soil is needed 4 No fertilizer is needed (provided by the fish) 4 No toxic pesticides 4 Uses 90 percent less water than conventional methods 4 Plants help filter indoor air 4 Pests and diseases are easier to spot for treatment 4 Growing basil helps repel pests 4 Operator controls nutrition levels at less cost and waste 4 No nutrients pollute the larger environment 4 Stable, high yields of organic produce and safe-fed fish 4 Year-round production from indoor systems 4 Easy to harvest; fish harvesting is optional 4 Aesthetic enjoyment



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Fresh Food Trends Natural Trailblazers in Sustainable Eating by Melinda Hemmelgarn

Food experts have listed local, regional and sustainable foods among the top food trends for 2014. Consumers’ heightened environmental awareness and their love for fresh flavors are responsible.


here’s even a new term, “hyperlocal”, to describe produce harvested fresh from onsite gardens at restaurants, schools, supermarkets and hospitals—all designed for sourcing tasty, nutrient-rich foods minus the fuelguzzling transportation costs. Adding emphasis to the need to preserve vital local food sources, the United Nations has designated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming. Here are four thriving food trends resulting from shifts in Americans’ thinking and our growing love for all things local.


What could be more entertaining and economical than searching for and gathering wild foods in their natural habitat? From paw paws and persimmons in Missouri to palmetto berries in Florida and 42

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seaweed in California, Mother Nature provides a feast at her children’s feet. Commonly foraged foods include nuts, mushrooms, greens, herbs, fruits and even shellfish. To learn how to identify regional native wild foods and cash in on some “free” nutritious meals, foragers need to know where and when to harvest their bounty. Conservation departments and state and national parks often offer helpful field guides and recipes. Jill Nussinow, also known as The Veggie Queen, a registered dietitian and cookbook author in Santa Rosa, California, characterizes foraging as “nature’s treasure hunt.” Nussinow says she forages for the thrill of it and because, “It puts you very much in touch with the seasons.” On her typical foraging excursions through forests and on beaches, Nussinow notes, “You never know what you

might find: mushrooms, berries, miner’s lettuce, mustard pods or sea vegetables. It’s free food, there for the picking.” However, she warns, “You have to know what you are doing. Some wild foods can be harmful.” For example, Nussinow advises getting to know about mushrooms before venturing forth to pick them. She recommends the book Mushrooms Demystified, by David Arora, as a learning tool, and checking with local mycological associations for safe mushroom identification. She also likes the advice of “Wildman” Steve Brill, of New York City, who publishes educational articles at Wildman “He knows more about wild foods than anyone I know,” she says. Vermont wildcrafter Nova Kim teaches her students not only how to identify wild edibles, but also how to harvest them sustainably. It’s critical to make sure wild foods will be available for future generations.


Kefir, kimchi, kombucha and sauerkraut all owe their unique flavors to fermentation. Sandor Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes From Around the World, is a self-described “fermentation revivalist”. He explains how microorganisms, such as lactic acid bacteria that are universally present on raw vegetables and in milk, transform fresh food into preserved sustenance. Katz recalls how his boyhood love for sour pickles grew to an “obsession with all things fermented.” An abundant garden crop of cabbage left him wondering, “What are we going to do with all that cabbage?” The answer came naturally: “Let’s make sauerkraut.” Subsequently, Katz has become an international expert on the art and science of fermentation from wine to brine and beyond, collecting recipes and wisdom from past generations (WildFermentation. com). He observes, “Every single culture enjoys fermented foods.” Increasing respect and reverence for fermented foods and related communities of beneficial microorganisms is a new frontier in nutrition and medical

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10 Farm/estate-branded items Source: sciences. For example, several researchers at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual meeting last fall in Houston, Texas, described the connections between the trillions of bacteria living in the human gut, known as the “microbiota”, and mental and physical health. Kelly Tappenden, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology with the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, explained that gut bacteria play a variety of roles, including assisting in the digestion and absorption of nutrients; influencing gene expression; supporting the immune system; and affecting body weight and susceptibility to chronic disease.

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The popular adage, “We are what we eat,” applies to animals, as well. New research from Washington State University shows that organic whole milk from pasture-fed cows contains 62 percent higher levels of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids compared to conventional, or non-organic, whole milk. The striking difference is accounted for by the fact that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s national organic program legally re-

quires that organic cows have access to pasture throughout the grazing season. The more time cows spend on highquality pasture, which includes grass, legumes and hay, the more beneficial the fats will be in their milk. On the other hand, when ruminant animals, designed to graze on pasture, are fed a steady diet of corn and soy, both their milk and meat contain less beneficial fat. According to Captain Joseph Hibbeln, a lipid biochemist and physician at the National Institutes of Health, American diets have become deficient in omega-3 fatty acids over the past 100 years, largely because of industrial agriculture. Hibbeln believes that consuming more omega-3s may be one of the most important dietary changes Americans can make to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve mental health and enhance children’s brain and eye development, including boosting their IQs. Coldwater fish such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardines provide excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Plus, dairy and meat from animals raised on pasture can improve our intake, as well.


How might eating with the “creation” in mind influence food and agriculture trends? Barbara Ross, director of social services for Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri, believes, “People’s common denominator is that we are all part of and integral to the creation.” She considers how “Food, agriculture, environment and economy are bound together in a way that requires we think, plan and act for the dignity of each person and the common good of the human family.” Ross explains that the choices we make in these vital areas affect the richness of our soils, the purity of our air and water and the health of all living things. Marie George, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at St. John’s University, in Queens, New York, agrees, “The serious ecological crises we see today stem from the way we think,” and “reveal an urgent moral need for a new solidarity” to be better stewards of the Earth and its

creatures. For example, George sees it as contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer; that’s why she opposes gestation crates and the push for cheap food that exploits animals and the environment in the process. Kelly Moltzen, a registered dietitian in Bronx, New York, shares a passion for addressing food justice and sustainability from her faith-based perspective of Franciscan spirituality. She believes that, “When we connect our spirituality with the daily act of eating, we can eat in a way that leads to a right relationship with our Creator.” By bridging spirituality with nutrition and the food system, Moltzen hopes to raise awareness of how people can care for their body as a temple and live in right relationship with the Earth, which she perceives as “the larger house of God.” Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith. His book takes the reader on a journey to four different faith communities— Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal and Jewish—to explore connections between spiritual nourishment and the cultivation of food. Bahnson speaks about sacred soil and the communities of mystical microorganisms that lie within and create the foundation for sustenance. He also describes the special power of communal gardens, which welcome all and provide nourishing food, yet come to satisfy more than physical hunger. Regardless of religious denomination, Amanda Archibald, a registered dietitian in Boulder, Colorado, believes, “We are in a new era of food—one that embraces and honors food producers and food systems that respect soil, environment and humanity itself.” Melinda Hemmelgarn, aka the “food sleuth”, is a registered dietitian and award-winning writer and radio host at, in Columbia, MO ( She advocates for organic farmers at natural awakenings

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Local, Organic and Amazing

Produce Door-to-Door by Catherine Driscoll


t’s Saturday morning. My work week is done. My family is asleep. I have a cup of organic coffee in my hand and have just been notified via email that this week Manchego cheese— raw sheep’s milk cheese—washed with organic extra virgin olive oil can be delivered to my house with just a click of a button for just $6. Nice! But that’s not all; I am also ordering a cooler filled with organic, LOCAL fruits and vegetables. I am delighted to have discovered Rustic Roots Delivery. Rustic Roots is the answer to both the CSA and the farm share produce models. This small, local company is owned by Jeff Moore and his beautiful wife, Emer Llyod Moore. The Moores work with farms throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and discover the best each farm has to offer. “It’s A-list; it is like having a personal produce chef go out and shop and bring you the most amazing produce,” says one client. Their mission is simple and unique. A family-run, customer-based business that hand delivers the finest organic products from the best local farms to your home or office. “At Rustic Roots Delivery,” says Jeff, “our mornings begin hours before 44

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the sun even rises. The air is still and quiet, yet energizing. We go to our different farms and select the best fruits and veggies, just picked from the fields, eggs, cheese, milk, meats and more.” They bring the farm and market to you, while providing the selection and diversity of products to ensure you and your family can eat the best, healthiest local foods available. There are many farms that Jeff and Emer work with, and each farm has a unique niche. One example is Thera Farms, in Ronkonkoma, a family-run farm operated by Teddy Bolkas. Thera Farms specializes in hydroponic farming, growing some of the most beautiful leafy greens during the cold months. Bolkas is dedicated to the production of safe, nutrient-rich, fresh vegetables that have been grown in a sustainable way, and fully supports the idea of organically grown foods. Jens Hens Turtleback Farm, in

Cutchogue, is where the Moores head to collect eggs from chickens that are raised on pasture from one week old and fed a diet of certified organic feed. Rustic Roots ties it all together for the consumer. Obtaining produce, eggs, dairy and even beef from local organic farm sources, Rustic Roots Delivery makes sure customers receive only the best that local organic farming has to offer. While local and organic is the name of the game for Jeff and Emer, often fruit must be obtained from sources farther south. “We want your food to be at its highest nutrition when it gets to you,” explains Jeff. “Your food will be delivered to you within 24 to 48 hours from the moment it was picked by the farmer. We do this by collecting our food from the farm the same day it was picked and delivering it right to you.” The business model of Rustic Roots allows for a person to have a seasonal share, where every week he or she automatically receives his or her produce on a set day, or the customer can order individually each week. When speaking to Jeff and Emer about their business, you can tell it is a labor of love. “Our love for good, healthy food led us to creating a Web store connecting you to the freshest and most nutritious food from local farms,” says Jeff. “We strongly believe in supporting local New York farms with the most sustainable farming practices. Our goal is to deliver delicious, tasty food that nourishes your body. Knowing the source of your food puts you in touch with what you’re really eating,” adds Jeff, with a smile. For more information, visit Natural Awakening Long Island readers can enter code “NALIMAG” for a $5 discount on one of the fruit and veggie baskets through the end of April.

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lthough following a diet without gluten has become easier due to increased availability and labeling of gluten-free foods, we still need to know how to make sure which foods strictly qualify. We always have more control in our own kitchen, yet we’re not always eating at home. Natural Awakenings asked experts to comment on reasons for the demand and offer practical tips and tactics for healthy eating on the go. According to the Center for Celiac Research & Treatment, 18 million Americans are now gluten sensitive, 3 million more suffer from celiac disease, and the numbers continue to skyrocket, says Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist and author of Grain Brain. Gluten, a naturally occurring protein in wheat, barley and rye, is prevalent in the modern American diet. Perlmutter points to new wheat hybrids and increasing amounts of gluten in processed foods as exacerbating the problem. He particularly cites today’s overuse of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications as contributors to “inappropriate and excessive reactions to what might otherwise have represented a non-threatening protein like gluten.”

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Jules Shepard, a mother of two in Washington, D.C., and author of Free for All Cooking: 150 Easy Gluten-Free,

Friendly Recipes the Whole Family Can Enjoy who also shares recipes at Blog., remembers when going out for a gluten-free lunch was difficult. “The friendly lunch spots my coworkers and I used to enjoy on a weekly and sometimes even daily basis were no longer friendly for me,” she says. “There was nothing on the menu I could eat, and it seemed better for everyone if I simply stayed in the office. But it isolated me socially from my colleagues and deprived me of a muchneeded midday break that had been such an enjoyable part of my routine.” Attending catered breakfasts or lunches for office meetings also presented difficulties. Shepard learned that it’s best to be prepared and pack something, even if it’s only a snack. “Some of my favorites in-

You Can Take It with You by Judith Fertig Our experts suggest delicious, nutritious choices for gluten-free eating at work, play or anywhere we wander. For food safety, keep foods that need to be kept hot and cold in separate thermal containers. 4 Asian stir-fry with rice 4 Baked egg frittata or baked egg “muffins” 4 Baked falafel 4 Baked polenta “fries” 4 Baked sweet potato chips 4 Certified gluten-free instant oatmeal, unsweetened 4 Cheese on rice crackers with olive tapenade (purée) 4 Corn tortillas with fresh fillings

clude fresh fruit, like apples or bananas with peanut or almond butter, washed berries, applesauce, coconut yogurt, hummus and red peppers, trail mix, dry cereals like granola, and nutrition bars. I keep a variety of these bars in my purse and car year-round, so I’m never bored with my choices.” “Gluten-free instant oatmeal is a staple in my life,” advises Shepard. She never leaves home without it, regardless of the length of the trip. “All you need is a cup or a bowl and some boiling water. Be sure to buy certified glutenfree oats, because regular oats can be contaminated with gluten grains.” Shepard also recommends avoiding pre-sweetened varieties. Kate Chan, a teacher and mother of two in suburban Seattle, Washington, who has been following a gluten-free diet since 2000, has solved the problem of eating healthy at work another way: The family cooks extra the night before. “While cleaning up the kitchen, I just pack the leftovers for lunch. I like to vary the side dishes a bit if I pack side dishes at all, and toss in fruit and more vegetables,” she says. Chan likes to use a bento-style lunch box with several compartments, plus thermal containers, so she can enjoy a variety of gluten-free lunch options.

On the Road In Los Angeles, California, Kristine Kidd, former food editor at Bon Appétit, has recently returned to gluten-free eating. On her menu-planning and recipe blog,, and in her cookbook, Weeknight Gluten Free, she recommends whole, fresh foods from farmers’ markets that are naturally gluten-free. When she and her husband hike the Sierra Mountains, she carries homemade, high-fiber, gluten-free cookies to eat on the way up and packs gluten-free soups such as butternut squash and black bean, corn tortillas with fresh fillings, and fruit for a delicious lunch upon reaching the peak. Some gluten-free snacks can contain as many empty calories as other types of junk food, notes Registered Dietitian Katharine Tallmadge. “Many ‘gluten-free’ products are made with refined, unenriched grains and starches, which contain plenty of calories, but few vitamins or minerals.” She agrees with Kidd and others that choosing whole, natural, fresh foods, which are naturally gluten-free, makes for healthy eating wherever we go. Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFoodAnd from Overland Park, KS.

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umans are inherently social creatures. Most of us enjoy the company of others and spend much of our waking time engaging in social interactions with colleagues, friends and family. People that spend a lot of time together often adopt one another’s eating and exercise habits—sometimes for the better, but often for the worse. At least one positive side to wishing to conform socially is unexpected. Finding the right circle of friends—our own personal support group—can make sticking to an exercise schedule or diet easier. It’s a key factor in the popularity of organized weight-loss groups and exercise classes. Studies published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Obesity demonstrate that just having a weight-loss or fitness support system in place results in better adherence to diet and exercise with more pounds shed and kept off over the long term. Researchers believe that in addition to the motivation and

ability supporters provide, benefits are also enhanced by learning through observing; changing our behavior through watching the actions and outcomes of others’ behavior. If we don’t have physical access to a local support group, we can access one online or create our own, using one of the following social media platforms.


The leading social networking website includes thousands of community and group pages devoted to weight loss, exercise and healthy living. Its search function helps find one that fits our needs. Make an introduction and join the discussion. Participating in a special challenge helps everyone stay motivated.


This micro-blogging site is informal and fast-paced, providing nearly instantaneous feedback. Use Twitter to identify friends with similar health and fitness goals. Follow links to motivational

photos, low-calorie recipes and athome workouts. Tweeting when feeling the urge to eat virtually guarantees that we’ll receive a helpful response in a minute or two. Twitter chats are also a fabulous way to connect with an established and helpful healthy living tribe.


A visual smorgasbord of clean-eating recipes, at-home workouts and inspirational photos keeps spirits up. Pinterest accesses photos throughout the Internet that we can grab and “pin” to a personal online vision board. It’s also possible to create a visual cookbook, pinning recipes to, for example, clean eating, Paleo, pumpkin and oatmeal themed boards. It’s fun to connect with our favorite healthy living peeps and start following their boards for continuous injections of inspiration and motivation.


Love to take photos using a smartphone? Instagram provides a platform for sharing snippets of our day via pictures. Fitness fans regularly “Instagram” their meals and workouts, in part to remain accountable to their online followers, but also to help motivate themselves and others to make healthy choices each day.


Our go-to resource for music videos is also home to hundreds of healthy living “channels”. Want to follow someone’s 100-pound weight-loss journey, learn how to cook quinoa or follow along with free, at-home workout videos? This is the place. Watch, share and comment on a favorite YouTube video to become part of its online community. The key to using social media to improve our health and fitness is inherent in the name. It’s a friendly way to interact, participate and engage with others. Tamara Grand, Ph.D., is a certified personal trainer and a group fitness and indoor cycling instructor in Port Moody, British Columbia, in Canada. Her new book is Ultimate Booty Workouts. She contributes to and blogs at

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Dog Troops Also Earn Badges and Go to Camp by Sandra Murphy

Scouts, badges, troops and summer camp—they’re not just for kids anymore. Dog Scouts of America is a new twist on tradition that is fun for all ages.


ogs, their owners and the larger community all benefit when a pet earns the basic Dog Scout certification badge. Any dog can participate, as long as he’s well-behaved. To qualify for the initial badge, he must be able to heel without pulling, greet a person calmly, meet another animal without overreacting and to see food and leave it alone. The test criteria are similar to that used for the Canine Good Citizen certificate from the American Kennel Club. Tests can be videotaped if there’s no organization evaluator in the area. Once the dog’s earned the basic Dog Scout badge, the rest of the badges are optional, depending on how involved human-canine pairs wish to get. Instead of pursuing a particular sport or activity, scouting allows the dog to dabble and find what he likes best. Distinctive badges can be earned in separate ability levels including obedience, community service, trail work, nose work, water


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sports, pulling, herding and lure coursing (a performance sport first developed for purebred sighthound breeds). Handlers can also earn badges in canine care, first-aid and sign language. All training is based on positive behavior and reinforcement on everyone’s part. “We don’t want dogs to be an accessory or a lawn ornament; they are part of the family, and a lot of fun, besides,” explains Dog Scouts president Chris Puls, of Brookville, Indiana. “As trainers, we have to figure out how to communicate with another species.” Most members engage in scout activities with more than one dog. Requirements for operating a troop are flexible, but holding four meetings a year is recommended. Meetings don’t have to be formal—a group hike in the woods counts. Other activities may include backpacking, biking, camping and treasure hunts like letterboxing and geocaching.

If Sparky would like to try flyball, (timed relay races with balls) or treibball (urban herding of Pilates balls), but has no opportunity for these pursuits on his home turf, summer camp is a good forum to investigate lots of options. Weekend camps are held in Maryland in July and Texas in November. Weeklong camps are held in Michigan in June and July. “Many people bring more than one dog to camp,” says Allison Holloway, who works in financial account services for the U.S. Department of Defense, in Columbus, Ohio. “I take six dogs with me and each has his or her favorite activity, which I like, because it’s too much for one dog to go from early morning until late at night. New members often say they come to camp just for the fun and camaraderie, but they usually end up collecting badges like the rest of us. It’s a great reminder of what you and your dog did at camp together.” One of Holloway’s dog scouts has special needs. Lottie Moon is a double merle, all-white, Australian shepherd that doesn’t let being deaf or blind slow her down. Last year she surprised her owner by earning an agility badge at camp. “I think she sees shadows and movements. I place a dowel rod in front of the jump and she knows that when she touches it, it’s time to go airborne,” says Holloway. “Lottie inspires and motivates me.”

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Holloway received the Dog Scout’s 2013 Excellence in Writing Award for her blog at Many Dog Scout troops serve their communities to show how dogs can and should be integrated into daily life. In Wyoming Valley, near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Phyllis Sinavage, office

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manager for a wholesale distributor, reports on recent activities conducted by Troop 221. “We’ve donated oxygen masks for pets to local fire departments and emergency services. We raise funds to buy them and also have oxygen mask angels that donate the price of a mask in memory of a pet. One third grade class raised enough money to purchase two masks after we visited and did a bite prevention class.” The Dog Scouts of America Hike-a-Thon, in May, is the nonprofit organization’s annual fundraiser, open to everyone willing to ask friends and family members to pledge funds for distances walked. It’s a good way to partner with the dog for quality out-

door time, spread the word about Dog Scouts and enjoy the spring weather. Learn more and join with others for a troop experience at Connect with Sandra Murphy at

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asey is a 1-and-a-half-year-old neutered mixed breed with a seizure disorder: fly biting seizures. He snaps at the air as if he were trying to catch flies. Casey experiences uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain, which produces an unintended physical movement or convulsion. Seizure disorders are a common ailment in dogs and may be precipitated by anything that may alter normal brain function and cause inflammation. Even with all the remarkable advancements with Western diagnosis, a definitive cause of the seizures may not be easily determined, which makes it difficult to find a treatment designed to address the root cause and not just the symptom, the seizure. If a definitive diagnosis cannot be made, treatments such as phenobarbital are used to help control the seizures. These medications can have toxic side effects, and with prolonged use can cause sedation and changes in personality. A definitive diagnosis could not be

Dr. Michel Selmer, DVM

made for Casey. According to Western medicine, Casey is said to have idiopathic (cause unknown) epilepsy. Integrative veterinarians, like myself, look for ways to treat the seizures from a different perspective. Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) allows me to treat the illness based on a Chinese pattern diagnosis and the pet’s constitution, instead of just palliative treatments. My TCVM diagnosis for Casey is a kidney jing deficiency, with “internal wind.” Jing is stored in the kidneys and defines our basic constitution. It is intimately connected to growth and maturation. Jing is differentiated into prenatal jing, which we are born with, and postnatal jing, which we acquire during life. Jing is consumed continuously in life. I believe that Casey was not born with enough prenatal jing. Many herbal formulas are used to treat seizure disorders. I chose to use a

Chinese herbal formula called Di Tan Tang, which is designed to address kidney jing deficiencies. In addition to the herbal formula, I also used acupuncture to treat Casey.

Using Chinese herbs in combination with acupuncture is a very effective way to treat seizure disorders. We gave 20 to 30 minutes of acupuncture weekly for four to six weeks. During this time, we saw a dramatic reduction in the seizures Casey was experiencing. We are very happy with our success in treating Casey and continue his acupuncture and herbal treatments with the hope of completely eliminating seizures from his life. Source: Dr. Michel Selmer of Advanced Animal Care, located at 260 Evergreen Ave., South Huntington. For more information, call 631-FOR-PETS (631-3677387) or visit See ad on page 2. natural awakenings March 2014 53

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ardening is not about having or taking; it’s about giving,” says Connecticut psychotherapist Gunilla Norris, author of A Mystic Garden: Working with Soil, Attending to Soul. “And in giving, the garden gives back to you.” She deems the art of practicing gratitude in the garden as an intentional path for cultivating spirituality.“Every day, go out and thank the ground. Life is burgeoning all around us, all the time,” she continues. “If we can just appreciate that, it’s a big deal.” It’s hard not to be humbled and awed by the miracle of life when we see a seedling push its tiny green head above ground, lean toward the sun and unfurl its first set of leaves. Each bit of plant life is simply fulfilling its mission to grow and be. “Gardening enhances our relationship to the Earth. Through gardening, we are helping to heal the planet, which is part of the work we are all called to do,” remarks Al Fritsch, a Jesuit priest in Ravenna, Kentucky, and author of the e-book, Spiritual Growth Through Domestic Gardening (free at Over his lifetime, Fritsch has helped turn a parking lot, a section of church lawn, and overgrown bottomland all into thriving gardens. In his view, “It gives us a sense of home, roots us in place.”

We can even discover our personal calling through cultivating a garden while gleaning endless spiritual lessons: Here dwells patience and an appreciation for the natural order of things; no fertilizer can force a flower to bloom before its time. Here resides mindfulness as we learn to notice changes in the plants under our care and discern what they need to thrive. Here abides interdependence; we wouldn’t have carrots, corn or cherries without the bats, birds, and bees playing in the pollen. In a garden, we naturally accept the cycle of life, death and rebirth as we bid adieu to the joy of seasonal colors and let flowerbeds rest in peace, anticipating their budding and blooming again. Just as the fruits of growing a garden exceed the doing—the weeding and seeding and countless other tasks—so do the riches of tending a spiritual life surpass the striving. We do well to rejoice in the sacred space created, cherishing every spiritual quality nurtured within and reflected in the Divine handiwork. Breathing in the floral perfume carried by the breeze and reveling in the multi-hued textures of living artistry, we celebrate the fact that we too, are playing our part of the natural miracle of life. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson at

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A growing trend is the ringing of a doorbell heralding the arrival of healthy food. In addition to the convenience and time savings, having a grocery delivery van make roundtrips to and from multiple customers’ doorsteps generates far less emissions than traditional shopping. Home deliveries of local and organic fresh fruits and vegetables have customers clamoring for more. After serving most of the New York metro area for more than a decade, online grocer FreshDirect ( began delivering in the Philadelphia metro area in October 2012 and expanded to other parts of Pennsylvania, plus New Jersey and Delaware, last fall. “Our hyper-local, farm-to-fork food systems result in healthy relationships between consumers, food and farmers,” says David McInerney, co-founder of FreshDirect. The company also supports hunger organizations and provides nutritional counseling.  Planet Organics ( serves the San Francisco Bay area. Beginning last fall, Instacart partnered with Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Costco to begin delivering food to homes in 13 neighborhoods in Chicago. Beginning in Colorado, where it’s based, Door to Door Organics ( now provides its service in Michigan, plus metro areas of Kansas City, Chicago and New York. Green BEAN Delivery (, based in Indianapolis, now also delivers organic and sustainable foods in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; and most recently, St. Louis, Missouri.   Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks ( taps into 100plus farmers within a day’s drive of its Niles, Illinois, center, to serve the Chicago and Milwaukee metro areas. “We’re able to concentrate on reaching people of all incomes and get deep into the communities,” says co-owner Shelly Herman. The eight-year-old company also partners with community groups, food pantries and schools. On Long Island, Rustic Roots Delivery and Good Egg are two of a number of companies offering this type of service. Going a step further, other companies are delivering prepared healthy meals. In one example, Power Supply ( recently partnered with Mindful Chef to foster this connection with 50 yoga and other fitness facilities, as well as other businesses in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

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Reiki and Restorative Yoga Workshop – 2-4pm. Restorative yoga postures help relieve the effects of chronic stress. With the support of props the body relaxes and opens releasing tension. While in these restorative poses, Reiki will be given and enhanced with the use of aromatherapy. Dress in comfortable clothing; bring an eye pillow if have one. No experience necessary. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. Pre-registration required: 516-682-9642.

Mala Making Workshop – 1-4pm. Create a beautiful Mala prayer bead necklace with jewelry designer, Debra Menard. Make this gorgeous, personalized mala for yourself or give it as a heart-warming gift. Also learn the proper use of the mala for meditation. No experience needed. $100 includes workshop, 108 gem stone beads, pendant, spacer beads, thread, and needle. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

SUNDAY, MARCH 2 The Muscles of the Neck and Cranium: Myofascial and Deep Tissue Release – 9am-6pm. With Gerald Basile, LMT, Board Certified Structural Integrator. 8 CE credits. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223. Open House: New York College – 1-3pm. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223. Simple and Seasonal Ayurvedic Cooking Class – 3-6pm. With cook Lisa Weinreb and ayurvedic practitioner Jill Talve. Learn how to cook consciously and eat mindfully. Get simple and satisfying recipes that won’t leave you feeling deprived. Hands-on cooking class in a cook’s kitchen located in Oyster Bay. For more info: 516-624-3210 or 516-987-8801.

TUESDAY, MARCH 4 Take Control of Crohn’s and Colitis Naturally – 6:30pm. These debilitating diagnoses have one thing in common, inflammation. Learn what is really happening in colitis and some sources of inflammation you may not be realizing are contributing to this life altering condition and how to improve them and take control, naturally. Free. Pollack Wellness Institute, Commack. RSVP required: 631-462-0801.

FRIDAY, MARCH 7 Develop Your Intuition Workshop – 7-8:30pm. We all possess a limitless power of clairvoyance, the ability to see and know truths in life. New monthly workshop series based on Tori Quisling’s book: The Clairvoyant Practitioner: A Simple Guide to Developing Your Clairvoyant Abilities. An interactive series in developing your intuition using meditation and playful techniques to open up your ability to trust what you “see” and “know” about your life and relationships. Yoga Life, 939 Port Washington Blvd, Port Washington. 800-528-4191.


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SUNDAY, MARCH 9 Balancing the Pelvis, Hips & Sacrum – 9am-6pm. With Jason Beickert, LMT & Certified Rolfer. 8 CE credits. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223. Mala Meditation Workshop – 3-5pm. In this workshop, Jenny will share a brief overview of the history of the Mala and then guide you through three sessions of Mala meditation, with gentle asana and instruction in between. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Can Your Skin Care Products Be Potentially Harming You? – 7:30pm. Learn about some of the chemicals in skin care products that are potentially harmful and should be avoided. Also learn how to make some simple and easy “do it yourself” skin care products and have the opportunity to make own essential oil-infused products to take home. $15 materials fee. Center for the Alignment of Body Mind and Spirit, 2050 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh. Space limited; register, Maria Antonopoulos: 516-395-0966.

MONDAY, MARCH 10 Free Dinner and Holistic Health Talk – 6:308:30pm. Dr Ray Omid cordially invites you and up to 4 quests to come and dine with us for a complimentary health dinner talk. Learn the key essentials to living a healthy and more vibrant life naturally. Adults only. Umberto’s Restaurant, 633 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park. RSVP by Mar 7, Bessi: 917-747-2795, Life Tools for Emotional Clarity – Mar 10 & 24. 8:15-9:45pm. Discover tools to resolve past and present stressful experiences in your life. Learn to develop self-sufficiency and emotional resilience. Dr. Fred will take you through the primary tools that he has found to be easiest to learn and most effective when you are emotionally aggravated, stressed out or stuck. New members welcome with family and friends. $15. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

TUESDAY, MARCH 11 Essential Oil Basics – 7-8pm. Learn the fundamentals of choosing the purest essential oils, the characteristics of some of the different oils, their therapeutic and energetic properties, and an easy to understand explanation of how essential oils affect our minds and emotions on a physiological level. Will discuss everyday uses and safety guidelines. Seating limited. Free. Pure and Simple Health, 128 N Long Beach Rd, Rockville Centre. RSVP: 516 203-7442.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 Fix That Gall Bladder: If You Have It or Not – 7-8:30pm. The gall bladder is a fundamental organ of digestion. But this “curious” organ has a huge impact on your weight, energy, hormones, skin and more. Dr. David Pollack, of the Creating Wellness Center of Commack, discusses how pervasive the effects of poor gall bladder function are and how to repair and restore it. Free. Strictly Gluten Free, 396A Larkfield Rd, East Northport. RSVP required: 631-462-0801.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13 Nutrition Class – 8:15-9:45pm. Despite advances in healthcare, chronic diseases remain the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. This is not because we don’t know what to do, it is because we don’t know how to do it so that it’s effective and achievable. In this seminar learn the principles necessary to get your diet and nutrition to be positive and healthy. Free. New members welcome with family and friends. $10. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 Clinical Orthopedic Manual Therapy Techniques for the Neck – Mar 15-16. 9am-5pm. With Joseph Muscolino, DC. 16 CE credits. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223.

SUNDAY, MARCH 16 Somato Respiratory Integration Seminar – 2-6pm. SRI is a tool that you can use on your own to help you resolve stress in your daily life. A powerful way to deepen your healing process and connect with the basic rhythms that govern your life. Learn Stages 1-3 in detail with experiential exercises. Leave with a greater understanding of these Stages in your life and how to continue the work on your own. $95. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

TUESDAY, MARCH 18 Open House: New York College – 6:30-8:30pm. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223.

MONDAY, MARCH 24 Life Tools for Emotional Clarity – 8:15-9:45pm. See Mar 10 description. $15. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 Advanced NSA – 8:15-9:45pm. Learn more about the Four Sacred Seasons of Network Care are a way to understand your healing process and every aspect of your life from a Network perspective: thoughts, actions, prayers, decisions, your level of courage and confidence, focus, direction, action, relationships, healing, gratitude, compassion, love and more. With Dr. Fred Blum. Free. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register: 516-822-8499.

SATURDAY, MARCH 29 Open House: New York College – 11am-1pm. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223.

SUNDAY, MARCH 30 Changing the Chi in Your Life – 10am-5pm. Learn life-changing tips to improve your energy and life in this 1-day workshop with internationally acclaimed author of Feng Shui Made Easy and master, William Spear. Luminous Spaces Master Series. BTE Center for Conscious Living at Nassau Hall, by Syosett. For cost info & to register: 631-513-0059,

planahead SATURDAY, APRIL 5 The Digital Dilemma – 8:30am-5pm. Meeting ourselves in the mirror of technology. Keynote address by author/educator Lowell Monke. Workshops led by master storyteller Nancy Mellon. Rediscover your imagination and personal voice as a wholesome balance for mouse clicks and media screens. Lunch, workshops and discussion to follow. Winkler Center for Adult Learning at Waldorf School of Garden City, 225 Cambridge Ave, Garden City. 516-7417167.

SUNDAY, APRIL 6 Myofascial and Deep Tissue Release Techniques of the Scapula and Glenohumeral Joint – 9am-6pm. With Gerald Basile, LMT, Board Certified Structural Integrator. 8 CE credits. New York College of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. 516-364-0808 x 223 or 800-922-7337 x 223.

ongoingevents 20-Hr Clairvoyant Training Program: Learn to See – Tori Quisling, M.Ed, Clairvoyant Practitioner, offers a 20-hr weekly course in learning to use clairvoyance in your life. By the end of the course, you will be able to meditate “Find Your Space,” give readings and work with your own Healing Guide. Customized program, begin when ready. Discounts when you join with a friend. $1,575 (when paid in full). Center for Clairvoyance and Healing, 158 Main St, Port Washington. 516-423-1794. 21-Day Detox – Lose weight, boost energy, destress, learn what you need to know for a life time of healthy cleansing. Includes: 21-day life botanica formula; pH strips; cleanse tool kit & recipes; 3 1-hr detox modules; 3 1-hr stress relief modules. RSVP: 516-676-0200. Info@IntegrativeHealthManhasset. com. Free Chiropractic Care for Returning Veterans – 9am-6pm. Dr. Gina Marino has extended an offer of care for one full year for any U.S. military veteran returning from overseas deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq, at no charge, with presentation of their service certificate. 2050 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh. 516-221-3500. Free Silver Sneakers Exercise Classes – Mon-Sat. For all levels: balance, agility, strengthening, endurance and osteoporosis for eligible seniors. Garden City & Roslyn. For more details, including seeing if you are eligible & class times: 516-745-8050. Seeking Participants for an Independent Research Study Regarding Massage Therapy – Be a part of the growing data of research regarding massage therapy. Massage is offered to participants at a drastically reduced rate. Healing Hands Pilates and Wellness Studio, 970 Railroad Ave, Woodmere. 516-792-0868. Three Phases to Optimal Health – Dr. Danielle Roberts presents life-changing information to kick start your enlightened optimal lifestyle journey. Call for details. $100 for all three lectures. Bring a friend and get half off. Integrative Health Center & Spa, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. 516-676-0200.


Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 9am. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Baby & Me Yoga – 9:30am. Infant-crawlers. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Must register: 516-632-9626.


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

Ashtanga Yoga – 9:30-11am. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 1:30-3pm. An ongoing group for women with metastatic breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Mon. An ongoing group for men with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 7-8:30pm. An ongoing group for young women with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077.


Baby & Me Yoga – 9:30am. Walkers-3yrs. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Must register: 516-632-9626. Vinyasa Flow – 9:30am. Basics. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. YinYasa – 9:30am. Also Wed, 4:30pm & Sat, 9am. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Meditation – 9:30-10:30am. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Community-Open Level Yoga – 11:30am12:30pm. Donation. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Mother & Daughter Yoga – 6-7pm. Ages 9 and up. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Kundalini Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. 

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Wednesday Free Energy Healing For Chemo/Radiation Patients – By appt only. 2nd Wed. Kiyra Artisse, Master Energy Healer, offers free energy healing to cancer patients, currently going through chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Success & Harmony, Merrick. Space limited; for appt: 516-945-0919. Pre/Post Natal Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Reiki Circle & Meditation – 12-1pm. $20/dropin. Healing Studio at Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. To register: 516-509-5630. Meditation Class for Seniors – 1-2:30pm. Learn simple, powerful meditation techniques created by Grand Master Jin Bodhi. Also experience healing within the group and individually, in a relaxed atmosphere. Hosted by: The American Bodhi Meditation Society. Freeport Recreation Center, Room 101, 130 E Merrick Rd, Freeport. Nan: 516-442-7408, YinYasa – 4:30pm. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Kids Yoga – 5pm. Ages 5-8. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Clairvoyant Development Series, Level 1 – 6:308pm. Tori Quisling, M.Ed, graduate of the Berkeley Psychic Institute and featured expert in the New York Daily News, will train on using own psychic abilities (clairvoyance, clairaudience). By the end of 8 wks, students will meditate, have awareness of psychic abilities and perform a reading. Workbook/ CD. Customized programs also available. $125/ class; $975/8-wk course. 158 Main St, Port Washington. 516-423-1794. Holistic Moms Network: South Shore Long Island Chapter – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Wed. Like-minded community focusing on mindful parenting and natural health. Free. CSTL – Tanglewood, 1 Tanglewood Rd, Rockville Centre. 516-924-1168. Bereavement Support Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Wed. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child. Free. Chai Center, Dix Hills. If new to COPE must speak to the Clinical Director Laraine Gordon prior to 1st meeting: 631-259-2018.


Healthy Happy Hour – 4th Thurs. We are raffling off a wellness party for you and your friends each month. Integrative Health Center & Spa, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. RSVP: 516-676-0200.


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May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, And the rain fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. —Irish Blessings Yoga for the Soul – 11am-12:15pm. Yoga for the Soul is a meditation journey with some gentle yoga and movements and pranayama (breathwork) to prepare the body to sit for guided meditations. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Gluten-Free Lecture – 12-1pm. 3rd Thurs. Recommended donation $20. Integrative Healing Center & Spa, 403 Main St, Ste 1, Port Washington. 516-676-0200. YogArt – 4:30-5:30pm. Class allows kids to express themselves through the practice of yoga and creating art. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Bodhi Meditation – 5-6pm. With Ni Nan Gilbert, acupuncturist and healer. Experience how this unique meditation can help you purify your body/ mind and unleash the creative power within you. Increase self-awareness, emotional intelligence, mental clarity, focus and inspiration. Ni Nan Healing Art Center, 2326 Merrick Rd, Merrick. 516-442-7408. Yin Yoga – 6pm. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Meditation – 7pm. With Jessica Taylor, a Samadhi meditation teacher. Meditation with Tibetan singing bowl. Topics change each week. All month access: $125/member; 1 meditation/wk: $45/member; 2 meditations/wk: $75/member; Walk-in: $15/session. Break The Norms Center, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600.


Cancer Support Group – 9-11am. Call for specific dates. 6-wk program designed to empower women with knowledge while on their journey to kicking cancer’s ass. $480. Drop-in complimentary class last week of each month 9-10am. Must reserve spot. Integrative Healing Center & Spa, 403 Main St, Ste 1, Port Washington. 516-676-0200. Community Yoga: Donation-Based – 4-5pm. A Vinyasa Flow class that will stretch the body and clear the mind. All donations collected each month go to supporting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation & Operation Splash. Donate what you can. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Kimberly. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.


Pre-Natal Yoga – 9am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. YinYasa – 9am. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Yin Yoga – 9-10:15am. A practice in which asanas (poses) are held for extended periods to increase flexibility and juice up the joints and ligaments, releasing energetic blockages that may be holding you back in your yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Yoga – 9-10:15am. Class takes place before our Sat meditation class (10:30am). Learn and build up your yoga and meditation practice. Yoga and meditation, together, creates a powerhouse of positive energy, allowing you to connect with your Higher Self. $15/yoga class, $45/monthly yoga membership, $75/monthly 1 meditation class & 1 yoga class/week. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. RSVP: 516-938-9600 or Family Yoga – 10-10:45am. 1-9 yrs. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.  Bodhi Meditation – 10-11am. With Ni Nan Gilbert, acupuncturist and healer. Experience how this unique meditation can help you purify your body/ mind and unleash the creative power within you. Increase self-awareness, emotional intelligence, mental clarity, focus and inspiration. Ni Nan Healing Art Center, 2326 Merrick Rd, Merrick. 516-442-7408. Meditation – 10:30am. With Jessica Taylor, a Samadhi meditation teacher. Meditation with Tibetan singing bowl. Topics change each week. All month access: $125/member; 1 meditation/ wk: $45/member; 2 meditations/wk: $75/member; Walk-in: $15/session. Break The Norms Center, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600. Self Esteem Workshop – 11am-12pm. 4-session workshop to help people develop a healthier sense of self. Learn how to challenge your present thoughts and replace unhealthy ones with more positive ones. Workshop utilizes cognitive techniques to challenge thoughts and behaviors. Change your thinking to change your life. $25. Linda Rose, LCSW, 708 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Head. 516-671-7786. Women in Mid-Life Discussion & Support Group – 7:15-8:15pm. Join other women to talk about this exciting but complex developmental stage in life. Support and discuss issues around menopause, life changes, relationships, sexuality in mid-life, finding a new passion and more. Group runs in 10 session segments. $20/class. Linda Rose, LCSW, 708 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Head. 516-671-7786.

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

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

communityresourcedirectory 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.}

acupuncture 2326 Merrick Road, Merrick 516-442-7408

Personalized Accupuncture, Energy Healing, Chinese Herb and Bodhi Meditation are all available an d Ni Nan Healing Art Center in Merrick. Accupuncture for all needs including, stomach upset, Accupuncture facial, fertility, pain and more. See ad on page 13.

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

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

bereavement COPE

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


colon hydrotherapy 309 Madison St., Suite 4, Westbury 516-640-5322 •

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 25.

is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.

All Clean Long Island provides cleaning services for your home and office. Using only a Holistic system of Organic, Pet and Human friendly products, we provide an efficient service for all your cleaning needs. Customizing every job for the specific needs of our customers is important to us in order to guarantee that every job is performed to your satisfaction. See ad on page 53.



When you dance, your purpose ~Wayne Dyer

641 B Old Country Rd, Plainview 516-822-8499

Ni Nan Healing Art Center

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


Private, safe, comfortable. Lose weight, gain energy, improve skin & sleep, and help reduce the risk of disease. Spa-like atmosphere. Feel completely relaxed. Pre-Post cleanse nutrients provided. See ad on page 11.


Dr. Esther Jimenez, DC 180 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Center 516-868-8100 Brain Synergy integrates a holistic, drug-free, effective, non-invasive approach that evaluates and balances the many neurological and metabolic imbalances that either cause or worsen disorders including ADD/ADHD, autism, stress disorders, migraines, sleeping difficulties and more. See ad on page 20.

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pollack wellness center

66 Commack Road #101, Commack 631-462-0801 • Dr. Pollack specializes in the practice of physical rehabilitation, herbal and nutritional medicine, and stress and weight management including non-invasive liposuction. He has extensive experience in healing digestive disorders (reflux, bowel issues, colitis, loose stools, etc.), joint and muscle pain, headaches, and many other common health concerns. His goal is to help as many people as he can to reach optimal health and avoid the “sick-care” system. See ads on pages 15 & 29.

geothermal Sherman industry

1-855-4-THE-GEO (1-855-484-3436) Geothermal Installation by the best! Tom Hancock has been doing Geothermal instullations for over 25 years. He understands it and wants his customers to as well. Tom often urges his customers to engage in as much research as possible to and educate his customers so that they are 100% comfortable with geothermal as a heating & cooling system and prove to themselves that Sherman Industry, Inc. is the right company for the job. Thomas’s customers will tell you that he has a passion for perfection, is informative, patient, and respectful. Thomas Hancock, conducts all estimates himself and will be happy to assist you with your geothermal heating and cooling questions. See ad on page 21.

holistic dentistry GOLDEN DENTAL WELLNESS

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

long island center for healthier dentistry

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


Long Island Edition

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

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

holistic health coach DISCOVER YOUR HEALING PATH

516-449-5287 Discover your healing path-Health and Nutritional Coaching-busy, overweight, stressed Jeanette Tiompkin of Discover your healing path offers health and nutritional coaching as well as Cleansing services.

holistic wellness center PURE AND SIMPLE HEALTH

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

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

mediation CORY J. ROSENBAUM, P.C.

Cory Rosenbaum 1-855-491-Save

Cory Rosenbaum is an expert at all forms of mediation and legal affairs. After resolving his own divorce mediating, without any litigation, he was able to find peace for himself, his exwife and most importantly his child. Cory wants to help others struggling with divorce proceedings utilizing a mediation process based on his existing expansive knowledge of divorce law in New York State. See ad on page 31.

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

Specializing in detoxification and preventative health care. We are fully present in your visit so you feel safe, appreciated and heard All of our practitioners are I-ACT certified therapists. Only the best FDA-cleared Libby devices are utilized for our clients. The colon is the key to health. See ad on page 27.


Nassau & Suffolk Locations 866-239-5445 • Personalized care through pregnancy, water birth, natural birth, well-woman gynecology, family planning. Many insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 15.

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

Helping each patient realize their greatest health potential using the least disruptive recommendations possible to stimulate the innate ability of the body to heal itself. Inner Source Natural Health is staffed by the Naturopathic Doctors/Acupuncturists. As seen on the Dr. Oz show. See ad on page 17.

finker wellness Bellmore 516-765-3272

Utilizing Naturopathic Medicine to help her patients feel better naturally. Many illnesses can be treated by nutrition, botanicals, and nutraceuticals. Dr. Finker provides personalized health care solutions for her patients. See ad on page 39.


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

Holistic Wellness focusing on detoxification of body mind and spirit. Offers CaviLipo (non-surgical liposuction) far infrared sauna, foot detox, meditation instruction and intuitive counseling. See ad on page 19.

pollack wellness center

66 Commack Road #101, Commack 631-462-0801 • Dr. Pollack specializes in the practice of physical rehabilitation, herbal and nutritional medicine, and stress and weight management including non-invasive liposuction. He has extensive experience in healing digestive disorders (reflux, bowel issues, colitis, loose stools, etc.), joint and muscle pain, headaches, and many other common health concerns. His goal is to help as many people as he can to reach optimal health and avoid the “sick-care” system. See ads on pages 15 & 29.

ozone therapy DR. HOWARD ROBINS

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


516-423-1794 • Tori Quisling, MEd, offers Clairvoyant Readings, Psychic Development classes. Over 20 years experience, training at the Berkeley Psychic Institute, Tori assists you in deep spiritual answers, past lives, relationships and energy balance. See ad on page 19.


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

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

Nursery through grade-12 private school. An innovative and holistic approach to educate and nurture with compassion, to balance towards wholeness, to challenge toward excellence and achievement. Our methods of teaching reflect an understanding of the growing child and acknowledge the spiritual origins of humanity. See ad on page 45.


1005 Glen Cove Avenue Glen Head, NY 11545 516-674-3388


Utilizing the power of nutrition and psychological well being to help create empowered self growth, lasting change, healthy aging, and optimal wellness: body, mind and spirit. See ad on page 13.

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


Williston Park/Glen Head Locations 516-671-7786


Individual, couple and group sessions. Services offered include; arousal difficulties,erectile dysfunction,low libido,orgasm difficulties,premature ejaculation and infidelity. See ad on page 27.

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

Intuitive counseling, Reiki/energetic healing, meditation instruction. Tina Martinez has a long history as a meditator and a healer (29 years). Each session is completely unique to the individual and is supported with the highest and purest intentions. See ad on page 19.

SUCCESSANDHARMONY.ORG 27 Merrick Ave, Merrick offers multiple transformation coaching and energy healing including Reiki energy classes and healing, and Transformation, Vortex healing and Karuna Reiki. See ad on page 25.

absolute yoga

1 Guilles Lane, Woodbury 516-682-YOGA Two beautiful peaceful studios provide the perfect environment for the union of body and soul. 50+ classes per week in a variety of yoga styles and levels from beginner to energetic, strengthening warm Vinyasa yoga. We also offer kids, pre and post-natal yoga (yogi baby), restorative yoga, yoga for fertility, pilates and barre. See ad on page 51.


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 51.



12 Irma Avenue, Port Washington 516-944-9642

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

K-8 private school. Morning yoga, meditation, healthy and vegetarian eating. Individualized reading, writing, math. Volunteering and service; earning by doing. Rich in culture and diversity. Reasonable tuition. See ad on page 39.

Be embraced by the warmth of community and be celebrated for who you truly are. Your home away from home,your refuge in a busy life. Here, your body is strengthened and soothed while your spirit is nurtured. See ad on page 50.

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