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publisher’s letter “Come TOGETHER Right Now Over Me …” As we entered the month of March, there was fear. I mean we were closing the country; this must be bad, right? Yes, it was bad. I am optimistic that our leaders made the right decision; they came up against an unknown pathogen, and TOGETHER we closed our front doors and agreed to wait. That very first day or two of “NY on Pause,” my husband (an immune-suppressed but otherwise insanely healthy 50-year-old) got a call from the person he was last with—a good friend of his—who asked, “Are you feeling sick?” It wasn’t Kelly Martinsen, long before he was, and a swab up his nose confirmed that, Publisher yes, my husband, just like his friend, had COVID-19. The next 14 days were much scarier for his friend, who had a very bad case, and perhaps even worse for his wife, who nursed her husband around the clock, down to monitoring his pulse oxygen as he slept. She was a real superstar! We were constantly texting each other about our husbands’ symptoms as well as our own—yup, we both contracted it too. While the other couple seemed worse, we all agreed it was nice to be going through it TOGETHER. The phone has been ringing (and ringing): “Kelly, Joe Brostek died—coronavirus”; “Mr. Connolly passed—coronavirus,” etc. It seemed the list went on to constantly remind us that while, yes, my husband and I were sick, others, like my husband’s friend, were much sicker, and still others were dying. During the time I was sick, I did breathing exercises and forced myself to move, and I watched both the clock (nighttime sucked) and the calendar (“just get me through my 14 days”). I haven’t smelled or tasted anything in almost a month, but other than that, my husband and I, and the other couple, are now all well! In fact, my husband and I are better than well; we have confirmed COVID-19 antibodies, and with those antibodies we have HOPE—hope that we are immune and hope that we can help others as plasma donors. That was my health story. As far as my business/financial story goes, well, it’s still “very sick and hasn’t hit the peak.” My hot barre/Pilates studio, Core 95, remains closed, and my Natural Awakenings magazine has my “mom and pop” advertisers pausing their ads at this time. When we went to battle against this virus, we were told, “TOGETHER we can flatten the curve.” My hope is that the curve is flat, to a sustainable degree. Beware, though, of the next war—the economic one; she’s here, and she is equally (if not more) brutal, and she is spiking UP! How do we win the economic war? I think, the same way: together. How? First, we must not hold onto our money fearfully (hard to do, right?!). We must put money into our economy (if at all possible). We must shop and eat locally, and take “cheap money” (business loans are at an all-time low) and start a business or support the business we have. We must stop accusing and shaming on Facebook (yeah, we really must!). We must realize we are stronger when we are together! The virus, the bad times, the darkness—they want us divided, whereas the light, the goodness, the optimism in the world, it knows we are better TOGETHER!


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Fewer than seven hours of sleep for a child is not only linked to anxiety, depression, impulsiveness and cognitive difficulties, but also impacts a child’s brain structure, suggests new research from the UK’s Warwick University published in Molecular Psychiatry. Researchers used data that included MRI scans of more than 11,000 children ages 9 to 11 from 21 centers in the U.S. Parents also provided information about their child’s sleep duration and mental health conditions, and children performed a battery of cognitive tests. Researchers found that compared to children that slept between the recommended nine and 11 hours, those receiving less than seven hours had 53 percent more behavioral problems and scored 7.8 percent lower on cognitive tests. In children that slept less, volumes were smaller in five brain regions. Children that slept longer showed less depression and higher cognitive scores, and felt safer and more secure in their homes and neighborhoods.

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Henry Schein Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) announced on March 26 the availability of an antibody rapid blood test, known as Standard Q COVID-19 IgM/IgG Rapid Test, intended to be administered at the point of care. The test delivers results within 15 minutes from a pinprick with no instrumentation required. Healthcare professionals can use the results of the test, along with a patient’s medical history, symptoms, and results of other relevant testing, to make informed decisions about patient treatment and care. Henry Schein is working through multiple channels to distribute the tests in the United States as quickly as possible in response to the urgent need for rapid, accurate testing. The Standard Q COVID-19 test is a rapid immunochromatography test designed for the qualitative presumptive detection of specific IgM and IgG antibodies associated with the 2019 novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in blood drawn with a pinprick. Because serology tests measure antibodies, they can help assess the likelihood of past as well as present infection, and are meant to be used as an aid to healthcare professionals in diagnosing the mid- to later stages of the viral infection. Along with other information, such as the presence of symptoms, the tests may help healthcare professionals assess whether individuals (including healthcare workers) have recovered from the virus. Follow-up testing with a molecular diagnostic should be considered to confirm or rule out infection. The Standard Q COVID-19 IgM/IgG Rapid Test is being made available under emergency guidance issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “Henry Schein is committed to providing healthcare professionals with quality products they can rely on to care for patients,” says Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Henry Schein. “Henry Schein has played a key role in providing point-of-care testing to healthcare professionals, and is

now responding to the urgent need for wide availability of rapid point-of-care testing for COVID-19. This pandemic is an unprecedented situation, and making rapid diagnostic tools available to healthcare professionals is critical for detecting and mitigating the spread of the coronavirus.” As the world’s largest distributor of healthcare solutions to office-based dental and medical professionals, Henry Schein is uniquely positioned to distribute the Standard Q COVID-19 test efficiently. Henry Schein plans to make the Standard Q COVID-19 test available for use by physician offices, hospitals, and other relevant healthcare institutions. The distribution of the kit is part of Henry Schein’s continued efforts to address pandemic preparedness and response. Among other efforts, Henry Schein is in direct contact with the World Health Organization and other multilateral and domestic organizations as part of Henry Schein’s role as the private-sector lead of the Pandemic Supply Chain Network, a public-private partnership created in 2015 to improve the efficiency of the supply chain for personal protective equipment. The Standard Q COVID-19 test is manufactured by SD Biosensor, Inc., a global bio-diagnostic company. SD BioSensor is represented by VelocityDX in the United States. Henry Schein intends to add other tests from VelocityDX and other suppliers specific to COVID-19, with the goal of offering a wide array of point-of-care tests for healthcare professionals. Source: Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, of Cariodontal (310 E. Shore Rd., Ste. 101, Great Neck). For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516-282-0310 or visit Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD See ad on back cover.

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Eat Less Sulfur Amino Acids to Reduce Heart Disease Risk A plant-based diet low in such sulfur amino acid foods as meat, dairy, nuts and soy may be key to lowering the risk of heart disease, concludes a study from the Penn State University College of Medicine. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins; a subcategory called sulfur amino acids plays integral roles in metabolism. Researchers correlated diets and blood biomarkers of more than 11,000 participants from a national study and found people that ate foods containing fewer sulfur amino acids tended to have a decreased risk for cardiometabolic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. They also found that the average American consumes almost two-and-a-half times more sulfur amino acids than the estimated average requirement. “People who eat lots of plant-based products like fruits and vegetables will consume lower amounts of sulfur amino acids,” says lead author Zhen Dong, a doctor of public health. Confirming this, a Northwestern Medicine and Cornell University study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that every two servings of red meat, processed meat or poultry per week increased cardiovascular disease risk by 3 to 7 percent. For every two servings of red meat or processed meat per week, the risk of death from any cause was increased by 3 percent. The findings, based on an analysis of six studies involving 29,682 people, contradict a controversial study published last year that recommended people not reduce the amount of red meat and processed meat they eat. “Everyone interpreted that it was okay to eat red meat, but I don’t think that is what the science supports,” says senior study author Norrina Allen, a professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern.


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Since the middle of March when the number of COVID-19 cases in our area began to skyrocket, the lifestyle that we are accustomed to has been dramatically altered. Terms such as “social distancing,” “essential businesses” and “toilet paper hoarding” have now become part of our lexicon. Most people feel anxious when they are forced to radically change their daily routines. Human beings tend to be creatures of habit, and we generally find comfort in clinging to patterns that are familiar to us. The history of viruses on planet Earth probably goes back to a time when members of our species were still walking on all fours. But nobody is really certain just when viruses originated. In a 2016 article in Science Daily, Boston College biology professor Welkin Johnson is quoted as saying: “Viruses have been with us for billions of years and exist everywhere life is found. They, therefore, have a significant impact on the ecology and evolution of all organisms, from bacteria to humans. Unfortunately, viruses do not leave fossils behind, meaning we know very little about how they originate and evolve.” During this uncertain, topsy-turvy time, we can find solace by centering and grounding ourselves with the practice of any spiritual or religious path that resonates with us. It is advantageous to take some time every day to sit in silent meditation, with eyes either open or closed. Beginning the meditation with a few deep breaths helps to quiet the mind and calm the body, and visualizing a blue light of protection all around you is extremely soothing. It goes without saying at this time that it behooves us to boost our immune systems by eating foods that are packed with nutrients. Consumption of foods containing refined carbohydrates, such as sugar and white flour, suppresses the immune system. Therefore, we need to limit our intake, or simply eliminate such foods from our diets. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds and nuts are excellent choices. Certified Holistic Health Nutrition Coaches Mindy B. Pensig and Anthony C. Mirro offer an Ongoing Monthly Online Guided Meditation Class, using Zoom conferencing service and highly suggest you join them. Donations are appreciated. For a free 15-minute consultation, call 631-239-5496 (office) or 516513-4000 (mobile), or email See listing in the calendar section.

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Pre-existing Conditions ... the REAL Health Crisis by Dr. David Pollack The human body is an amazing thing. It grows from the combination of two tiny cells into a galaxy of trillions of them in complex arrangements to form these miraculous beings we are. All the instructions to build it are contained in our DNA. These are the same instructions that maintain and even repair it. So why do we suffer health problems, or as insurance companies like to call them, preexisting conditions? Over our lifetime, beginning even in utero, we are subject to a variety of stresses. Stress is not just the negative emotional feeling, it is any influence one must adapt to. Major stresses may be physical, chemical or emotional, and may be positive or negative. While poor posture or a physical injury are examples of negative physical stresses, yoga, exercise and stretching are examples of positive ones. Eating junk food and exposure to toxins are negative chemical stresses; drinking clean filtered water, good nutrition, and taking appropriate supplements are positive ones. And lastly, feeling chronic anxiety and depression are negative emotional stresses, while meditation, qigong and affirmation are positive ones. From the time of conception, we are actually under these stresses. Did mom eat well or poorly? Did she have a virus during that time? Was she in a loving household or under constant tension and stress? Our toddler years are said to have more than 10,000 small to medium physical traumas. Bumps, falls, scrapes and more. Our teenage years, well ... we know how that often goes. The 20s are a blur of figuring out who we are and how we fit into this world. And, not too uncommonly, as we hit our 30s or 40s, all of a sudden a health issue appears. We try to deal with it using conventional approaches, but it really doesn’t want to resolve completely. As we hit our 50s and 60s, more health issues join the first, and the treatments themselves (negative chemical stresses) cause yet more symptoms. This is overwhelming to think about. Or is it a guide to action?

What if we interrupted those negative stresses with some positive ones now and all along for our children? Looking at our kids, with those thousands of traumas, maybe some therapies to ensure good posture and gait could be helpful, along with ensuring the spine and joints are healthy and aligned appropriately. Finding a great mentor for our teenagers that they feel comfortable talking with or a healthy outlet could help reduce some of the social stress that comes with those years. And so on. For ourselves, the first step is focusing on reversing our health issues. From heartburn and bloating, to thyroid and hormone imbalance, even autoimmune disorders, our body has all the instructions to operate properly in our DNA. It’s about changing the environmental factors surrounding that DNA. Drink more clean water. Get outside and move more. Be conscious of your thoughts and actions, as well as the way you interact with others. We often get to choose the life we live; this is the power of intention. We will dive deeper into intention in my next article. Our health is the single most powerful and changeable gift we have. Just as a chronic issue in our house’s plumbing requires a professional to fix, to deeply and massively improve our health requires some help as well—from choosing the correct and thorough laboratory and blood tests, to diagnosing the problems as they truly are, and assessing and discovering WHY they are there. Devising and implementing a comprehensive plan that works on the physical, chemical and emotional as they relate to the cause and continuation of our health challenges is paramount in eliminating them. There are many great holistic healthcare practitioners the world round; perhaps it is time to take the first step to achieving health freedom. Dr. David Pollack is the owner and director of clinical services for the Pollack Wellness Institute, located at 66 Commack Rd., Ste. 204, in Commack. For more information, call 631-462-0801 or visit See ad on pages 2 and 27.

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From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City… Susan has been finding it hard to find a they may reside lifelong—that is unless they great guy. Now that she finally met one that are destroyed by medical ozone therapy! seems like a man she could get involved Herpes simplex is most easily transmitwith, she has to tell him she has herpes. ted by direct contact with a lesion or the She already knows that if she doesn’t tell body fluid of an infected individual. Oral him right away and he finds out later, he herpes is easily diagnosed if the patient might just disappear, leaving her alone and presents with visible sores or ulcers, though looking again. a small pink bump on the tongue may repre Justin has no problem attracting sent an outbreak as well. Genital herpes may beautiful women, but when he has a herpes be harder to spot, as an outbreak may only outbreak, he knows it will be the deal be a small pink or brown bump with no other breaker. Women are not likely to stay with symptoms. a man that has it, and he is finally looking Dr. Howard Robins to get married and start a family. Once infected, the virus will Janet and her husband want to start their family. Her friend remain in the body for life, unless you do at work just gave birth, and her baby was born blind in one eye medical ozone therapy to destroy it. due to a vaginal herpes outbreak during birth. This scared Janet and got her thinking, “What if this happens to our baby?” It can be eliminated! All these scenarios are taking place every day. Herpes Treatments with antivirals can reduce outbreaks and may alleis probably infecting one out of three or four people, though viate the severity of symptomatic episodes but will not get rid of government figures are about one in six, as most people are not the infection. Medical ozone (a gas) is the only medicine known tested or embarrassed to report it. to destroy and rid the body of this horrible infection. Please don’t believe the commercials on TV saying you Getting infected is very easy! can never get rid of it. Though it offers no promises or guaranNo full-blown lesions have to be present, just a small, unnotees, ozone has been used worldwide to treat infections that ticed pink bump on the tongue can transmit the virus. No kissing normally cannot be fixed, i.e., herpes. Medical ozone is a gas has to take place. The simple act of sharing a taste of your that when it enters the body intravenously acts like glue to all friend’s dinner could transfer the virus. viruses, bacteria, fungus, yeast, mold, toxins and harmful free radicals. It destroys or inactivates them so the body can remove them completely. What exactly is herpes? More than 45,000 physicians in over 50 countries have Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by both herpes simplex been using ozone therapy for more than 70 years, and reportedly virus Type 1 (HSV-1) and Type 2 (HSV-2). Oral herpes, the it can successfully and safely treat conditions and diseases such visible symptoms of which are often called cold sores or fever as herpes. So, don’t give up hope and don’t wait! It is absolutely blisters, is an infection of the face or mouth. Oral herpes is the possible to eliminate herpes from your body. most common form of infection. Genital herpes is the second To learn more about medical ozone therapy, go to Ozomost common form of herpes. However, both HSV-1 and HSV-2 or buy a copy of Ozone Therapy: The Miracle can be found both orally and genitally. Medicine, available at, which has testimonials on Herpes viruses cycle between periods of active disease its benefits and effectiveness. with blisters containing infectious virus particles, which may last two to 21 days and be mildly to severely painful, followed by a period of remission. Genital herpes, however, is often asymptomatic and can be found inside and outside of the vagina, as well as on the penis and around the anus. After the initial infection, the viruses are transported along sensory nerves, where

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Seaweed Lowers Cows’ Methane Emissions If Australia can grow enough of the puffy, pink Asparagopsis taxiformis seaweed for every cow in Australia, the country could cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent. That’s the conclusion the University of the Sunshine Coast (Australia) seaweed research group leader Associate Professor Nick Paul. The cows burp out methane, but, “When added to cow feed at less than two percent of the dry matter, this particular seaweed completely knocks out methane production. It contains chemicals that reduce the microbes in the cows’ stomachs that cause them to burp when they eat grass,” he says. Cows are known to eat seaweed. “This seaweed has caused a lot of global interest, and people around the world are working to make sure the cows are healthy, the beef and the milk are good quality,” Paul notes. “But the one missing step, the big thing that is going to make sure this works at a global scale, is to make sure we can produce the seaweed sustainably.”

Bee Swarms Form Giant Brains New research from the University of Sheffield in the UK published in Scientific Reports suggests that individual members of a bee swarm behave like neurons in a human brain. The scientists applied a theoretical model commonly used to study human psychology to the behavior of bee colonies, and they believe that studying “bee speak” could inform us about how our own minds make decisions. In the field of psychophysics, Weber’s law describes a relationship b e - tween the size of a stimulus and noticeable increases in its magnitude. This general rule about stimulus and perception has been observed in birds, fish and even the collective behavior of simpler organisms, but not in whole clusters of tiny brains such as an insect hive. To investigate its role in the decision-making processes of the European honey bee (Apis mellifera), the researchers watched hives split apart and hunt for new homes. Among bees, the process of choosing a hive comes down to the interactions of scout bees communicating their discoveries through a visual display of body wiggles. “The study also supports the view of bee colonies as being similar to complete organisms,” says computer scientist and lead author Andreagiovanni Reina.

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Although thousands of species have been identified and finding new taxa like birds, is rare, a study published in the journal Science describes five new songbird species and five new subspecies found on a single small island near Sulawesi, Indonesia, during a six-week expedition. Scientists targeted the area because of its geological history and complexity, and the historical notes of other explorers. Two factors that contributed to the description of the large number of species in a small geographic area included knowledge of geographical land connections that helped pinpoint isolated islands likely to harbor substantial endemism and accounts of historic collectors such as British naturalist Alfred Wallace. The findings suggest that human understanding of biogeographically complex regions remains incomplete.


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New Batteries From Fruit Waste Carbon aerogels that exhibit high specific surface areas, high proportions of mesopores and significant levels of nitrogen doping have been developed for the first time using waste from durian fruit and jackfruit scraps using a chemical-free, green synthesis procedure. According to the Journal of Energy Storage, the electrodes also displayed long-term cycling stability and rapid charge–discharge processes. Both electrodes are attractive candidates for the next generation, high-performance, yet low-cost supercapacitors for energy storage devices derived from biowastes.

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A tax on carbon dioxide emissions in Great Britain has led to the proportion of electricity generated from coal falling from 40 percent to 3 percent over six years, according to research led by University College London (UCL) and the University of Cambridge. In a report entitled The Value of International Electricity Trading, researchers showed the British Carbon Price Support tax caused electricity generated from coal to fall from 13.1 terawatt hours (TWh) in 2013 to 0.97 TWh in September 2019, and that coal was replaced by other less emission-heavy forms of generation such as gas. The decline in coal generation accelerated substantially after the tax was increased in 2015. The tax is one part of the Total Carbon Price, which also includes the price of EU Emissions Trading System permits. Project leader Dr. Giorgio Castagneto Gissey, of the Bartlett Institute for Sustainable Resources, says, “Should EU countries also adopt a high carbon tax, we would likely see huge carbon emission reductions throughout the continent as we’ve seen in Great Britain over the last few years.”

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King of Bhutan Requests Selfless Gift The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, turned 40 years old on February 21. Rather than ask for gifts, he asked his people to either plant a tree, adopt a stray animal or clean up their neighborhood in his honor. The Himalayan nation is consistently ranked one of the most eco-friendly countries in the world. In May 2016, Wangchuck and his wife celebrated the birth of their firstborn son by asking each of the nation’s households to plant a sapling, resulting in more than 108,000 trees planted.


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Wildness a Big Factor in Urban Parks A new study led by the University of Washington (UW) has found that not all forms of nature are created equal when considering benefits to people’s well-being. Experiencing wildness is particularly important for physical and mental health, according to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Sustainable Cities. This is the first study to show that wildness in urban areas is profoundly important for human well-being. “The wilder areas in an urban park seem to be affording more benefits to people, and their most meaningful interactions depended on those relatively wild features,” says lead author Elizabeth Lev, a graduate student in the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences. Senior author Peter Kahn, a UW professor of environmental and forest sciences and psychology, says, “Everywhere, development is chipping away at wild areas. Humanity has caused so much destruction and there’s no stopping it—unless we stop. We’re trying to show that if you’re going to develop an area, you at least need to understand the human costs.” The researchers hope studies like this can be used as part of the decision-making process for development proposals in parks and urban natural areas. They compiled their analysis methods into a handbook that can be used in other cities around the world.

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Essential Oils for Challenging Times In these coronavirus days, an essential oil mixture with legendary origins in the Bubonic Plague offers soothing scents for the homebound and might add some viral protection. The mixture of five oils: eucalyptus, clove, cinnamon, lemon and rosemary, is known as Thieves. As the story goes, in the 1500s, as the Black Death decimated Europe, when four unemployed spice merchants that turned to robbing the bodies and homes of the dead were captured and threatened with being burned alive, they confessed to the judge their secret to avoiding infection—the spice blend that they rubbed on their hands, ears, feet and temples. They were all hanged, but their formula survives as Thieves, and is today one of the most popular essential oil blends in the market, sold under that name and also as Five Guards, Health Shield and Fighting Five. Although shown to sharply reduce three kinds of airborne bacteria in 10 minutes, its antiviral properties have not been extensively studied. Its components, however, have proven antimicrobial, antiseptic and antiviral properties: n Eucalyptus, long used for respiratory infections, has been proven effective against a number of viruses, particularly the swine flu and herpes type 1 viruses. n Clove has exhibited strong antiviral activity against such viruses as the adenovirus type 3 respiratory virus, poliovirus and coxsackievirus. n Cinnamon leaf shows antiviral activity and can prevent pneumonia due to influenza.

n Rosemary eases stress and has antiviral, antimicrobial and antidepressant qualities. Thieves can be purchased in natural health stores or online. For a homemade blend, Jennifer Lane, an aromatherapist, registered nurse and founder of LovingEssential, recommends combining these essential oils: 4 35 drops lemon 4 20 drops cinnamon leaf 4 15 drops clove bud 4 15 drops eucalyptus 4 10 drops rosemary Adding five drops of the blend, along with water in a diffuser, can waft the scent throughout a room and diminish airborne odors and germs. For respiratory support, put a few drops into a cup of steaming, but not boiling, water, drape a towel around the cup and face, and breathe in the fumes. Add it to a carrier oil like jojoba oil or coconut oil at a 1:30 ratio (such as one-half ounce Thieves to 15 ounces jojoba) and rub it on pulse points in the wrist and neck. But do not ingest the blend. If a child under 10 is in the house, don’t diffuse it or use it topically on them, because rosemary and eucalyptus can be unsafe for a child, advises Christina Anthis, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Essential Oils: Everything You Need to Know to Get Started.

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Health Coaching Is on the Rise by Annetta Ferrante There is an unforeseen crisis going on in our country and around the world, and more and more people are taking this moment of deceleration as an opportunity for reflection and assessment of their wellness and well-being. It is a personal journey that many feel they need to embrace, not only for themselves but for their families, communities and the planet. Health coaches can help create this new vision; they provide assistance, along with customized solutions to the already existing problems like obesity, addiction and chronic diseases. Health coaches are people trained to inspire and motivate people to make behavioral changes through acceptance and partnership. Its origin is found in positive psychology, therapy and sport. Research suggests that behavioral and lifestyle factors are a big part of what contributes to chronic disease. Medical professional learn a lot about the body and how to treat disease, but little about how to motivate a patient to change old habits or to stick with a plan.

n Guidance through dietary changes, health goals, stress management and counseling, fitness goals and exercises, as well as lifestyle behavioral changes. Health coaches are able to address many of the needs across the board and tailor every person’s experience to their individual needs. They help sort through the enormous amount of contradictory information coming from many sources. They help develop strategies to create sustainable day-to-day health habit changes. Annetta Ferrante is the founder of YOU Wellness and Well-Being. She is a certified health coach, who graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She offers health coaching sessions only through video/ phone calls at the moment. Call 516-4230628 to schedule a 20-minute complimentary consultation. For more information, visit See ad on page 5.

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Healing the Immune System Autoimmune Breakthroughs Offer New Hope Some 23 million Americans suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases—a category comprised of more than 80 conditions, including fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and Type 1 diabetes. These pernicious disorders are notoriously difficult to diagnose, even harder to treat and can be debilitating, diminishing the quality of life for sufferers. Another commonality is the increased prevalence of autoimmune disease in women versus men; in the case of lupus, for example, a nine-fold difference. Some early indicators are that this may be related to a “gene dosage effect”, as men with XXY chromosomes have the same risk of developing lupus as other women, and women with XXX chromosomes (known in medical parlance as “superwomen”)


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have an even higher risk of autoimmune disease, according to Judith James, chair of the Arthritis & Clinical Immunology Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, in Oklahoma City. Yet there is hope on the horizon, as scientific discoveries unlock important insights about the manifestation and progression of autoimmune diseases leading to new treatments and prevention tips. Evidence is also mounting around the role of diet and lifestyle in autoimmune conditions, giving patients new avenues for taking charge of their health instead of simply waiting for a cure. Autoimmune diseases are chronic and can affect almost any part of the body, including the heart, brain, muscles, skin, eyes, joints, lungs, kidneys, glands, digestive tract and blood vessels.


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Each disease carries its own set of symptoms, but inflammation is nearly always present, and are all connected by how the immune system attacks the body’s healthy tissues. “Those shared characteristics hold the potential for shared treatments, and ultimately potentially common cures,” says Jane Buckner, president of the Benaroya Research Institute (BRI), at Virginia Mason, in Seattle, which works to advance the prediction, prevention, reversal and cure of immune system diseases. “I’m excited about our progress toward prevention. We are working to understand those tipping points in transitioning into disease that help us understand who is at highest risk, and helps give very directed therapies,” says James.

SELF-HEALING FROM AUTOIMMUNITY By her early 20s, Mickey Trescott, of Willamette Valley, Oregon, was bedridden and had lost her job to autoimmune disease. At one point, doctors thought it was multiple sclerosis (MS); she was dizzy, numb, falling over and slurring her speech. Eventually, she was diagnosed with both Hashimoto’s and celiac diseases, affecting the thyroid and small intestine, respectively. Trescott, a nutritionist, chef and author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, had been vegan for 10 years, but had a feeling that her body needed something different. She found an early version of what would become known as the autoimmune protocol (AIP), and in following its guidelines, began to find relief. Trescott connected with other women and started a private Facebook group to share information on what was improving their condition from which the AIP community sprung. AIP, an elimination diet that seeks to reset the immune system by cutting out inflammation-causing foods and treating leaky gut, has much in common with the paleo diet and promotes vitamin- and nutrient-rich foods. However, every individual comes out of the AIP process with a customized diet. For Trescott, “Gluten is a forever-no, and I am also allergic to dairy and sensitive to a lot of nightshade vegetables, like tomatoes and peppers.” It took three years to recover most of her functioning, and although she had been a personal chef, it was still challenging to determine a new approach to eating that didn’t include the grains and legumes that had been staples of her diet. Trescott is still on medications, including the same thyroid support she’s relied on from the start. “There is a misconception that the AIP is an alternative to conventional medicine. We really pride ourselves on using all the tools in our toolbox, including surgery, medication and lifestyle changes,” she says. Anecdotal successes like Trescott’s have led researchers to pursue funding to test the AIP’s efficacy. In a pilot study of 18 individuals with an average sick time of 19 years that didn’t respond to traditional medication, 73 percent were in clinical remission at the end of the trial, having followed the AIP. “It was a small sample size, but the results are promising,” says Trescott.

PHYSICIAN, HEALED THYSELF Like many physicians, Terry Wahls focused on treating her patients with drugs or surgical procedures—until the Iowa City doctor was diagnosed with MS in 2000. Within three years, despite conventional medical treatments, her back and stomach muscles had weakened to the point where she needed a tilt-recline wheelchair, and by the summer of 2007, she could no longer sit up. Though Wahls had been a vegetarian on a low-fat diet for 20 years, she went back to eating meat and gave up all dairy, wheat and grains, but still wasn’t improving. Delving back into the science of her condition, Wahls realized that mitochondrial support was key, and the speed of her decline slowed while taking a cocktail of vitamins to support its functioning. It wasn’t until she took a comprehensive approach to optimize everything she could take in through her food rather than relying on supplements that she saw radical results: Her brain fog, fatigue and pain went away and she biked around the block for the first time in six years. “Taking in nutrients in the form of food rather than supplements, you get related compounds and thousands of others in biologically anticipated ratios,” explains Wahls. “I still do take some supplements, but the magic is the food.” Those key ingredients, says Wahls, include magnesium, zinc, selenium, sulfur, amino acids, cholesterol, omega-6 and omega3s, fats, carnitine and creatine. Her rule of thumb for daily intake is three cups of leafy green vegetables; three cups of sulfuric vegetables like cabbage, mushrooms and onions; and three cups of deeply pigmented vegetables, plus sources of protein for meat eaters and vegetarians. While her work was initially not accepted, today she has funding from the National MS Society and her research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. “Basic science is now showing that the microbiome has a huge impact on the immune system activity and the brain; the food we eat can turn gene expression on and off,” says Wahls, who hasn’t taken any drugs

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COMMON LINKS SERVE AS RESEARCH CLUES There are some clear links between autoimmune diseases, such as the genetic predisposition that runs in families. “Someone with rheumatoid arthritis may have a sister with celiac disease, for example, and one individual may suffer from multiple autoimmune conditions. We can learn from these common genetic links,” says

Buckner. These common links can serve as important clues. For example, Buckner says they are able to demonstrate changes in T cells in diabetes and MS that are the same, which might lead to common treatments for the two conditions. While the process from basic scientific discovery to development of effective treatment can be slow, there are some concrete breakthroughs autoimmune researchers are excited about, having demonstrated ability to both prevent and delay disease. Citing a recent clinical trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, “They have demonstrated in kids at high risk for developing Type 1 diabetes the ability to delay onset for at least two years. It’s an incredibly exciting finding,” says Buckner. Mackay is hopeful about advances in basic science addressing specific immune system abnormalities linked to inflammatory problems. “Lupus is very challenging to diagnose and treat because it can affect every system in the body,” says Mackay, whose research team has focused on lupus for decades. “The only forms of treatment have been very immune-suppressive medications that shut down the immune response. None of these medications are specific, so in shutting down the immune response to treat lupus, they in turn interfere with the body’s ability to fight off infection and cancer.” Researchers are now honing in on single cells from biopsies that indicate which proteins are abnormal, thereby helping develop more selective therapies, she says. Seeing progress in the lab is one thing; seeing it in the waiting room is another, and that’s where autoimmune scientists and clinicians are really beginning to note a difference. “I’ve seen patients for 25 years, and when we started, we had very few options in my clinic, which was full of wheelchairs,” says Buckner. “In the last 20 years, we have seen an explosion in research and available treatments. I don’t have wheelchairs in my office anymore.” Connect with Washington, D.C. freelance writer April Thompson at

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for her autoimmune condition since 2008. Buckner cautions against patients trying to manage disease with lifestyle changes alone, without giving available allopathic treatments a fair try. “People do better if they are treated early and aggressively. They are reliant on fewer medications down the road and don’t have permanent damage if they seek treatment early.” However, even researchers focused on pharmaceutical approaches acknowledge the importance of diet and lifestyle. Meggan Mackay, professor of Molecular Medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, at Northwell Health, in Manhasset, New York, believes this can play a critical role in disease management. She cites numerous studies showing exercise as a stress-buster positively influencing disease outcomes, as well as a more specific study looking at the benefits of adding fish oil and vitamin D to the diets of lupus patients. “The rise in obesity, which is linked to increased inflammation in the U.S., may be one of reasons we are seeing more autoimmune disease than ever,” says Mackay. At-risk individuals should be aware of factors under their control, adds James. “If someone is worried about autoimmune disease running in their family, monitoring and maintaining adequate vitamin D levels and avoiding smoking and other high-risk behaviors can help improve their chances.” Even sleep patterns can play a role in disease manifestation, says the researcher. In one study, individuals at high risk for autoimmune disease that slept less than seven hours per day were more likely to develop an autoimmune condition, according to James.

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Soul Nourishment The Kitchen As Sacred Space In our busy lives, grabbing food on the run or eating while standing at the kitchen counter is often the norm. Designating the kitchen as a practical sanctuary and seeing the sacredness of food not only makes it more conducive to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but also gives our spirits much-needed satiety. “If we don’t touch the transcendent—emotionally and spiritually—physical nourishment won’t fill us up,” says Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D., former psychological consultant to Weight Watchers International and the author of The Zen of Eating: Ancient Answers to Modern Weight Problems. “Seeing the kitchen as sacred is something that represents gratitude, beauty and blessings.” Delia Baron, co-author of Better Together Kitchen: Beautiful Recipes to Share With People You Love and the host of seasonal food workshops with partner Ronnit Hoppe in Melbourne, Australia, concurs, “The kitchen is often the heartbeat of the home and the best place to gather, feast, chat and create beautiful memories and rituals. The kitchen is also a place to connect to our food source.” 28

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FUN AND FELICITY Preparing meals the old-fashioned way can slow us down and foster mindfulness, but Kabatznick emphasizes that cooking is irrelevant. “Look at the kitchen in terms of possibilities: ‘What can I create in this space?’ You don’t have to turn into Julia Child,” she says, adding, “You could be eating Chinese takeout or a prune; it’s all about mindset and simple rituals like saying a blessing, appreciating what we eat as a great gift.” Kabatznick encourages everyone to eat with dignity, and this includes using the good dishes, putting fresh flowers on the table and eating with awareness. Seeing the kitchen as the inspired nucleus of the home, it’s natural to add favorite items like art prints, colorful jars, sentimental treasures, dried flowers and other seasonal delights to nourish daily contentment. Conjuring an element of joy adorns the mundane. “Put on some music to put you in either a peaceful or joyful mood,” says Molly Larkin, author, healing practitioner and blogger at Ancient Wisdom for Balanced Living (MollyLarkin. com), in Corrales, New Mexico. “Turn off the TV and give every-

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one in the family a job. Laugh throughout the meal preparation. Dance as you cook. Do the same thing if you live alone.” Preparing food, whether a healthy smoothie or a gourmet weekend dinner for two, is a way to express love for ourselves and others. Baron loves the presence of plants, lovely ceramics and interesting platters and dishes, and notes, “Families can definitely shop, chop, cook and meal-plan together to make the kitchen a fun place to be. Doing these things together is very bonding and sends the message that looking after yourself is important.”

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PRACTICAL MAGIC Meal prep can be enjoyable and even relaxing in a calm environment. For Baron, organization is key. She advises, “Having all the ingredients you need and working in a clean space also helps make the experience rewarding.” The smallest of kitchens can be abundant and organized with the help of a little innovation. A simple bookcase can offer additional shelf space for dry goods, bowls of produce or favorite cups. A small end table can hold a favorite tea pot and a jar of gourmet dark chocolate. A beautiful basket can hold go-to spice jars, and a pretty pitcher near the stove can accommodate a multitude of cooking utensils. “If you can’t fit it all out of sight in a cabinet, get some glass jars, fill them with grains, flours and legumes and line them up on the countertop. It will be neat, and you can see what you have,” suggests Larkin. In the end, a well-nourished body and spirit fosters a beautiful life and inspires the same in others. An advocate for supporting the hungry in all communities, Kabatznick underscores local efforts and seeing the big picture of our relationship with food: “Taking out the garbage and cleaning up is also a sacred act if we bring that attitude into it. Food connects us to the Earth, the moon and the stars. From the seed to the truck driver—everything and everyone involved—the process of food is miraculous.” Marlaina Donato is the author of several books and a composer. Connect at

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Moroccan-Spiced Red Lentil Soup Yields: 4 servings 4 cups water 1½ cup red lentils 1 tsp sea salt 1 medium-size organic carrot, chopped in bite-size pieces 2 soft, dried apricots, chopped, or 1 Tbsp golden raisins or 2 dates, chopped ¼ tsp ground cloves ¼ tsp ground turmeric ¼ tsp ground coriander seeds or ½ tsp crushed coriander seeds ½ tsp cinnamon ½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp crushed or ground cumin seeds 2 tsp extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil

Juice from one fresh tangerine 1 part organic apple cider vinegar to 2 parts avocado oil Dash of sea salt Add avocado oil, apple cider vinegar and salt into a large bowl, swirl around twice. Tear (don’t chop) lettuce and add to the preliminary dressing. Squeeze tangerine juice over lettuce and toss lightly until well-dressed. Place strawberry slices over salad. Sprinkle (don’t toss) flowers on top or artfully place where desired. Serve immediately.

Bring water, carrots, apricots and all spices and seasonings to boil. Add red lentils, stir once and set heat to low. Cover pot with lid. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes, remove from heat. Add olive oil and allow to sit for five minutes before serving. Optional toppings for each bowl: finely chopped red onion, red pepper flakes, fresh cilantro and/or a sprinkle of turmeric. Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

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

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