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ur Climate Health Update issue, in honor of Earth Day, is chock-full of ways scientists, thought leaders and businesses are helping the planet we all love so much, along with many good suggestions of things we, too, can do. We also share some of the latest “eco-wonders” in our Global Briefs section, like waxworms that can eat and digest plastic, and transparent solar panels that resemble glass and can be used as window panels. There’s also some bad news found in this section, such as the brief titled “Chinese Chokepoint—U.S. Waste Paper Turned Away.” The takeaway is that since Americans routinely toss food waste and other garbage into their recycling carts, those cardboard boxes with the cute Amazon smile on them that wind up covered with food or slime are going to start being banned by China—the country that receives the bulk of these contaminated recyclables. Where will all this cardboard end up? Much like when I saw the movie Mother (seriously, see this movie!), I am left

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he Awaken Wellness Fair, which returns to Tarrytown April 22, has long been billed as “Westchester’s best-loved body-mind-spirit green expo.” There’s plenty to be learned at this event, but the vibe is highly social, as well educational, with lots of friendly interaction,” notes the fair’s founder Paula Caracappa, Since 2002, this wellness-focused, experiential event has attracted more than 100 exhibitors to locations throughout the tri-state area. While attendance has grown from 42 people at the first Awaken Wellness Fair to hundreds of people in recent years, the goal remains constant: introducing people to the variety of wellness services and products available in our area today. This spring’s fair in Tarrytown takes place April 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel at 455 South Broadway. Experience three rooms of expert speakers all day at no extra cost, plus gifted healers, unique vendors, and inspired readers. Discounted reader/healer appointments available online until April 21. For more information, including exhibitor lists and information for interested vendors/businesses, visit For questions, email See ad on page 3.

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Youth Event April 21 Is your teen looking for inspiration this spring? Bring them (or send them!) to TEDxWCMephamHigh. As big as the world is, we are living here in this moment, here on Long Island, here in New York, and America, and also here in 2018 in a world breaking boundaries and changing language; in a world where we can simultaneously stand on American soil and share a moment with people around the globe. At the TEDxWCMephamHigh event, geared toward teens, live speakers and TED Talk videos will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a single morning. Speakers include local artists, writers, motivators, poets and Long Island teens. Lunch, workshops and inspiration included in the ticket price. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. This event is called TEDxWCMephamHigh, where x equals independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxWCMephamHigh, are self-organized and are run as a day event. Tickets and a peek at last year’s event are available at


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here has never been a more crucial time to take care of your oral health. Periodontal disease affects half of the nation’s population and oral cancer kills one person per hour 365 days a year in the United States. Research by National Institutes of Health shows that oral diseases are also strongly associated with several systemic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and respiratory disease. Periodontal disease can even lead to cancer, with studies finding a 49% higher likelihood of kidney cancer, 54% of pancreatic cancer and 30% of blood cancers. Being proactive about oral health is paramount for whole body wellness. Routine visits to your dentist plus excellent oral hygiene is essential, but you can take it a step further with an extremely simple saline rinse test from OralDNA® Labs. The test is designed to detect oral pathogens associated with oral and systemic diseases and cancer. It also reveals if you were born with gene markers that can increase inflammation—a predisposition known to raise the severity of periodontal disease, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. One of the tests available, OraRisk® HPV, screens to identify the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV), one of the most common virus groups in the world. Twenty million people in the United States are affected by HPV, and the virus presents a significant risk factor in the development of oral cancer. Early oral HPV infections often do not cause symptoms, so early detection of oral HPV is important. Similar to a blood test, a saliva test can provide useful insight and predict your oral health. It reveals the exact type of bacteria present in your mouth that may increase the risk of periodontal disease. With the results from the test, your dentist can create not only a personalized treatment, but can assess your response to treatments. “Our offices were providing the service years ago,” says Linda Golden, DDS, of Golden Dental Wellness Center in Manhasset, “and now OralDNA® has improved their program and can provide even more key health information through saliva testing for our patients. This can lead to discovery of periodontal disease that could later contribute to systemic diseases.” The easy salivary diagnostic test is revolutionary in that it allows your dentist to individualize your dental care like never before. No two mouths are alike, but all mouths are a key to health for the body and mind. Clean teeth and fresh breath are but one piece of the puzzle—OralDNA® testing provides the additional pieces needed to attain optimal wellness. Dr. Golden provides the OralDNA® test right in her office. New and existing patients can simply call her office at 516-627-8400 to schedule an appointment and receive $50 off their OralDNA test. Golden Dental Wellness Center is located at 444 Community Dr., Ste. 204, Manhasset. To learn more, call 516-627-8400 or visit


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Recycling Bikes and Sewing Machines— Collection on April 28


eturned Peace Corps Volunteers of Long Island, in partnership with the Bellport Methodist Church, is collecting used bicycles and sewing machines on Saturday, April 28 (rain or shine), from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bellport Methodist Church, located at 165 South Country Road, Bellport. Items collected will be refurbished by the international project Pedals for Progress & Sewing Peace and sent to developing communities overseas. Anyone with an adult or child’s bicycle in repairable condition or a working portable sewing machine is urged to donate the item. The program does not accept “bikes for parts,” disassembled bikes or tricycles. It costs $40 to collect, process, ship, rebuild and distribute each bicycle. A donation toward shipping costs is necessary (minimum $10 per item). All cash and material donations are fully deductible and a receipt will be provided on-site. This is the 16th bike/sewing machine collection organized by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Long Island (RPCV of LI). RPCV of LI member Michael Bilecki arranged for the collection to be held at the church, where he is a trustee. Bilecki, who is manager of science and research for the National Park Service at Fire Island National Seashore, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile from 1978 to 1980, where he worked in economic development with local fishermen. “Bicycles would have been very useful to people, including me, to get to work at the docks every day, more than a mile away,” he says. Since beginning this collection, RPCV of LI has collected 1459 bicycles and 153 sewing machines. Pedals for Progress collects bicycles and sewing machines annually and transfers this material wealth to those more needy. To date, more than 150,000 bicycles and 3,700 sewing machines have been shipped to developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. In these countries, the bikes are reconditioned by partner agencies and distributed at low cost to poor working adults. These bikes provide reliable transportation for commuting to work, transporting product to market and accessing health care and other services. Sewing machine shipments help initiate educational programs and generate income opportunities that may otherwise remain out of reach for many people. Steady employment for adults is vital to the development and success of struggling communities. For more information, contact Kathy Williams-Ging at 631-549-4873 or, or Bette Bass at 516-606-1400 or

Forum on April 16— Environmental Impact on Breast Cancer


he Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program presents a forum, which is free and open to the public, on the environmental impact on breast cancer on Monday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Adelphi University’s Alumni House, located at 154 Cambridge Avenue, in Garden City.   Panelists will describe the latest research identifying environmental risk factors for breast cancer, with a specific focus on environmental chemicals. Those attending will learn how to identify toxic environmental exposures that have been linked with breast cancer and how to avoid them by using safer alternatives at home, work and school.   Speakers are Laura Vandenberg, Ph.D., assistant professor and graduate program director of University of Massachusetts-Amherst School of Public Health & Health Sciences; Laura Weinberg, president of Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition; and Karen Miller, president and co-founder of Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition. Those unable to attend can watch the forum live on Facebook. A video of the event will also be available on the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program YouTube channel.   To RSVP (reservations are required), call 516-877-4325, email or visit Breast-Cancer.

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Whole Grains Help Us Eat Less DeryaDraws /

When overweight adults exchange refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tend to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and experience a reduction in inflammation, the journal Gut reports. Researchers from Denmark’s National Food Institute and the University of Copenhagen studying 50 adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease found that test volunteers realized these benefits by eating whole grains, and rye in particular.

Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.

High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse A high-fat diet increases the risk of relapse of multiple sclerosis in children by as much as 56 percent, reports The Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry. A multi-university study of 219 children also found that each 10 percent increase in saturated fat as a share of total calories tripled the risk of relapse. Inversely, each additional cup of vegetables per week cut the risk of the disease by 50 percent.


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A Harvard study of 325 women undergoing fertility treatments found that those consuming the most produce high in pesticide residues, such as strawberries, spinach and grapes, were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth compared to women eating the least amount of pesticide-laden produce. Study co-author Dr. Jorge Chavarro suggests that women trying to conceive should eat organic produce or low-pesticide choices like avocados, onions and oranges. 12

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‘My Doctor Says My Blood Work Is Fine, but I Still Don’t Feel Great’ I hear this all the time. It actually makes me laugh at this point. Why? How many pages of blood work do you normally get, if they give you a copy at all? Most of my new patients show me one to barely two pages of laboratory work substantiating a supposedly clean bill of health. Many say, “Yeah, I had my thyroid checked; the doctor said it was fine.” On average when I run blood panels on a patient, the results cover eight to 12 pages for a basic analysis. When checking a thyroid, there are six to eight tests that I might run, minimum. Without being thorough, things will undoubtedly be missed. Out of all the people that tell me their thyroid is fine, probably 70 percent when we re-evaluate thoroughly are not fine, and the fourth or fifth test was what caught it. So many new patients tell me they didn’t even go over their blood work line item by line item and were just told everything was fine. However, their old blood work often isn’t fine; often multiple tests are out of range, but for some reason were not discussed, as if the tests and the patients were not important. If the doctors only ran a couple tests, why are they not evaluating what’s going on? Why run the test at all if you’re not going to care about the results? There are some really great tests out there to determine how great our health is. From the basics to complete thyroid evaluations, autoimmune markers, dozens of hormones, advanced cholesterol breakdowns, and much more. We might think our annual physical gave us a clean bill of health; however, I am sad to say this is most often not the case. Source: Dr. David Pollack, of Pollack Wellness Institute (66 Commack Rd., Ste. 204, Commack). For more information, call 631-462-0801 or visit Mention this article and get $100 off your consultation, bloodwork evaluation, or report of findings visit. See ad on inside front cover.


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Oral Cancer: Early Detection Is Key to High Chance of Survival When it comes to cancer, early detection and treatment often make a difference in terms of survival. In the U.S., oral cancer accounts for 3 percent of all cancers and nearly 2 percent of all cancer-related deaths. Early detection and treatment can dramatically increase the chances of Jonathan Richter, DDS survival in patients. Oral cancer is often ignored, and detection of oral lesions are often overlooked by the dental professionals and patients that do not frequent the dentist. More than 50 percent of all oral cancer detection is done at the later stages and thus the treatments become more aggressive. Chances of survival drop dramatically once the cancer has spread. Localized cancer detection accounts for an 83 percent chance of survival in contrast to a 38 percent chance once the cancer has spread. Research has shown that in the U.S. not enough emphasis is placed on early detection of oral cancer. Only a small number of Americans report being examined yearly for signs of oral lesions. Presently, early detection can be accomplished by requesting your dental professional for an oral cancer screening at least once a year. Using the VELscope Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System, dental professionals can incorporate an early detection of oral cancer into their oral examinations. This noninvasive device can aid in the early detection of oral lesions, which leads to early treatment and thus higher chances of survival. The tool highlights any abnormalities within the oral tissue that can be useful in the early discovery of a potential life-threatening condition. HOW TO ENSURE EARLY DETECTION: n Visit the dentist at least twice a year for regular cleanings and oral checkups. n Request an oral cancer screening at least once a year from your dental professional. Although there is no way to prevent the occurrence of oral cancer, you can avoid the primary risk factors of oral cancer (tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption) in order to minimize your risk. Source: Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, of Cariodontal (310 E. Shore Rd., Ste. 101, Great Neck). For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516-2820310 or visit See ad on back cover.

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Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk

People that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a new study published in Neurology. Following 321 people over age 60 for 12 years, Australian researchers found that those that developed dementia spent an average of 17 percent of their sleep time in REM sleep, compared to 20 percent for others. It also took them longer to get to that dream-generating stage.

Nature Videos Calm Prisoners

Maximum-security prison inmates in Oregon that spent an hour a day for a year watching nature videos were involved in 26 percent fewer violent acts compared with fellow inmates, and reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic. The University of Utah study, published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, states, “An estimated 5.3 million Americans live or work in nature-deprived venues. Such removal from nature can result in an ‘extinction of experience’ that can further lead to disinterest or disaffection toward natural settings, or even biophobia (fear of the natural environment). People that infrequently or never spend time in nature will be deprived of the numerous physical and emotional benefits that contact with nature affords.”

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Air Pollution Linked to Psychological Distress Air pollution takes a toll on mental health, University of Washington researchers have concluded. By linking health data for 6,000 people to census tracts, they found that people living in areas with the highest levels of airborne fine particulate matter scored 17 percent higher in measures of psychological distress, including sadness, nervousness and hopelessness. The higher the level of particulates—emitted by car engines, fireplaces and fossil fuel power plants—the greater the impact. April 2018


An Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System by Alicia Salazar

The endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a major regulatory system in the body, was discovered between 1988 and 1990. This system regulates the functioning of many processes in the human body: protection and adaptation of the brain, embryonic development, immunity, pain, carcinogenesis (cancer formation), sleep, memory, feeding and metabolism. This system can be influenced by both our genetics and our lifestyle choices, including the foods we eat and behaviors or practices we engage in. While genetics plays a role in how an individual’s ECS functions, we also have some control over this system in the same way we can turn the heat up or down with the thermostat in our house. One way we can “turn up the heat” or put this system into an imbalanced state is by eating inflammatory foods, such as unhealthy fats and refined sugars. It’s like having the heat in your house on all summer long. By eating healthy fats, such as hemp seeds and hemp oil, grass-fed products, or even fish oil, we fuel this system, promoting it to properly modulate processes in the body by regulating inflammation. The ECS is a system of receptors (CB1 and CB2), lipids (fats) and enzymes. The receptors, found throughout the brain and body, act like baseball players in the field with their gloves open waiting for the balls to come to them. Lipids are the balls—some come from our own body (endocannabinoids) and some come from what we consume (including phytocannabinoids from plants). Imagine its batting practice with four catchers in the field. Not every ball will make it into a glove. Let’s imagine half of those balls (or fats) are “healthy” and half are “unhealthy.” We have a 50-50 chance of catching a good one. Before it gets caught, an enzyme works to break down the lipid to fit into the receptor, but, unfortunately, the healthy and unhealthy lipids compete for the same enzyme. If we are eating a standard American diet, that ratio gets skewed. We have a 20:1 ratio, more or less, of unhealthy to healthy fats. More unhealthy fats will reach receptors, get the enzyme and crowd out the healthy ones.


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ECS Deficiency Dr. Ethan Russo introduced the concept of endocannabinoid deficiency as the root cause of many chronic illnesses. The concept that the body can heal itself is not something new to us; though for many, this concept appears far-fetched. The ECS supports the functioning of the immune system, but when the ECS is not in balance, it is unable to positively influence the immune system (and other systems). Three common diseases that Russo attributes to ECS deficiency are migraines, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. This deficiency can result from low levels of receptors or endocannabinoids, or a defect in signaling. Understanding Hemp: Plant, Seed, Oil Hemp has forever been used as an agricultural crop and medicinal plant. In fact, its uses have been documented in ancient Chinese and Egyptian civilizations. As a result of the psychoactive properties of one component known as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), hemp (cannabis) has been stigmatized and considered an illicit drug. THC is one of more than 100 compounds in this plant. In recent years, research has been conducted to discover what the other components are and what beneficial effects they have. Among these, CBD (cannabidiol) has received a lot of attention. CBD is a cannabinoid that has no psychoactive effects. In addition, there are many terpenes, or essential oils of the plant, that are known to have beneficial effects.  From this plant, we can consume hemp seeds and oil. Seeds and protein powder made from ground seeds contain less than 0.3 percent THC. These seeds are nutritional powerhouses, high in protein, fiber, minerals and the optimal ratio (1:2) of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Hemp oil should be consumed as an organic, fullspectrum oil with naturally occurring cannabinoids (including CBD) and terpenes, all of which work synergistically together to be more effective than any compound in isolation. Extraction methods do matter and a carbon dioxide cold extraction method without the use of harsh solvents is best. Also, make sure you can see lab results of the products you intend to consume. As a final note, be aware that there are trace amounts of THC in hemp oil, so if your job requires drug testing, be sure to discuss this with your practitioner. There are other options for you, as there are various ways to target the ECS system for wellness. Alicia Salazar, of Stay Balanced, is a health coach. For more information, email or visit See ad on page 39.

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A study published in the journal Science found that forests across Asia, Latin America and Africa release 468 tons of carbon per year, equivalent to nearly 10 percent of the annual U.S. carbon footprint. Thus, tropical forests may no longer be acting as carbon sinks and could be releasing more carbon than they store. Lead author Alessandro Baccini, with the Woods Hole Research Center, in Massachusetts, says, “These findings provide the world with a wake-up call on forests. If we’re to keep global temperatures from rising to dangerous levels, we need to drastically reduce emissions and greatly increase forests’ ability to absorb and store carbon.” Researchers think nearly 70 percent of this loss of carbon storage capacity is caused by small-scale degradation from logging, drought and wildfire. Researchers say that policies to curb deforestation, reduce degradation and restore the integrity of the land could turn forests back into carbon sinks.

Distributed Power Energy Users Control Own Supplies

Some municipalities spend between 20 and 40 percent of their annual budgets on the energy needed to operate wastewater treatment plants. The city of Thousand Oaks, California, has transformed their biggest energy user into an energy generator. Across the U.S., energy users of all sizes are taking control of their power supply and relieving stress from the grid. That’s the idea behind distributed energy. Atlantic Re:think and Siemens have partnered to explore this burgeoning energy revolution. View a video at TheThousandOaksSolution.


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Solar energy is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of countries, with record-setting solar farms being built worldwide. Researchers have been investigating ways to make transparent solar panels that resemble glass that could be used as window panels at the same time as converting the light that shines on them into electricity. “Highly transparent solar cells represent the wave of the future for new solar applications,” explains materials scientist Richard Lunt, Ph.D., from Michigan State University. “We analyzed their potential and show that by harvesting only invisible light, these devices have the potential of generating a similar amount of electricity as rooftop solar while providing additional functionality to enhance the efficiency of buildings, automobiles and mobile electronics.” As reported in Nature Energy, his team has developed a transparent, luminescent, solar concentrator that looks like clear glass, covered in small, organic molecules adept at capturing only ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths of light. The visible light that enables human vision isn’t obstructed, so we can see through the cell. If scaled up to cover the billions of square feet of glass surfaces throughout the U.S., it could potentially supply about 40 percent of our country’s energy needs.


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France Welcomes Beleaguered Climate Researchers

French President Emmanuel Macron awarded 18 climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere millions of euros in grants to relocate to his country for the rest of Donald Trump’s presidential term. Macron’s “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants are meant to counter Trump’s intent on the climate change front following his declaration to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord. One winner, Camille Parmesan, of the University of Texas at Austin, who is working at an experimental ecology station in the Pyrenees charting how human-made climate change is affecting wildlife, says that in the U.S., “You are having to hide what you do.”

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Transforming Plastics

U.S. Waste Paper Turned Away

Companies that recycle cardboard boxes were overwhelmed after record-breaking holiday shopping online. The U.S. Postal Service estimated it delivered 10 percent more packages in 2017 than the year before. Amazon, the leader in online shopping, said it shipped more than 5 billion items for Prime members in 2017. All of this cardboard is a huge recycling challenge. Americans routinely toss food waste and other garbage into their recycling carts, and China, the country that receives the bulk of these contaminated recyclables, says it has had enough. China, by far the world’s biggest importer and processor of recyclables, has put the U.S. on notice that it will begin turning away all but the most pristine used plastics and unsorted waste paper by this fall and early next year. The pronouncement has alarmed U.S. government and industry officials, especially on the West Coast, that face the challenge of either cleaning up the vast, never-ending stream of recyclables to meet China’s strict standards or finding other places to dump the messy items—perhaps in landfills. The uncertainty caused by China’s looming ban is beginning to slow down the entire West Coast system for sorting and shipping off recyclables. In Hong Kong, which ships its waste paper and cardboard to the Chinese mainland, mounds of the materials already are piling up at docks and in cargo ships being kept at sea.

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Caterpillars Offer Clues to Plastic Cleanup

Waxworms, a type of caterpillar, are vexing to beekeepers because they devour the wax that bees use to build honeycombs. It turns out that they can do the same to plastic. Ongoing worldwide research reveals several types of bacteria found in waxworms that digest some kinds of plastic at rates that vary from weeks to months. Scientist Federica Bertocchini, at the Spanish National Research Council, mashed up a quantity of the greater wax moth and applied the paste to polyethylene. After half a day, about 13 percent of the plastic had disappeared. She collaborated with biochemists at the University of Cambridge to analyze this chemical decomposition of the plastic. They discovered that some of the substance is converted into ethylene glycol, a sign that it was genuinely being degraded. The carbon-to-carbon bonds found in polyethylene are also present in the wax that the caterpillars eat. Susan Selke, director of the Michigan State University School of Packaging, remarks, “The hunt for organisms that can degrade plastics is on. Right now, we don’t have a good solution for dealing with the plastics that are piling up on our planet.”

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UK furniture and design company Pentatonic has invented the Trashpresso, a solar-powered, mini-recycling plant that transforms plastic waste into usable architectural tiles. Pentatonic doesn’t use raw goods that create excess waste because they are committed to using materials for their products that incorporate some element of recycling, says cofounder Johann Bodecker. They want their products to be reusable, too, so they don’t use glues, resins, paints or formaldehydes to create them, a philosophy that influences all company decisions. The Trashpresso can be used in off-the-grid places where traditional recycling plants would be impractical. It sorts, shreds and compresses trash into plastic fibers to create fully formed tiles. The invention has attracted the attention of companies that want to reduce their own contribution to plastic waste and ocean pollution. Starbucks UK, for example, has commissioned Pentatonic to turn their coffee shop waste into furniture, including bean bag chairs produced from plastic bottles and cups.


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Just 100 Companies Emit Most Global Emissions

In July 2017, historic new research from environmental nonprofit CDP, in collaboration with the Climate Accountability Institute, revealed in The Carbon Majors Report that 71 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced to just 100 fossil fuel producers. It’s the first in a series of planned publications to improve transparency and highlight the role companies and their investors could play in tackling climate change. Offenders ExxonMobil, Shell, BP and Chevron are among the highest-emitting investor-owned companies. If fossil fuels continue to be extracted at the same rate for the next 28 years as they were between 1988 and 2017, global average temperatures would be on course to rise by 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century, likely causing catastrophic consequences, including substantial species extinction and global food scarcity risks. Read the report at

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The Great Impersonator From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City… The Problem

They come in each day all with different health complaints and suffering in their own special way. No two are exactly the same. Most have been suffering for years and have tried everything, almost everything, that is, to get well. While many treatments and medicines have offered hope and have helped, at least for a while, they finally fail to stop the Dr. Howard Robins never-ending discomfort, pain and suffering. Each doctor has told them that they have this or that condition or disease. They show the entire range of classic symptoms of it, don’t they? Then why didn’t their treatments work? The answer is that the true underlying cause was missed or ignored. Ignored because it wasn’t recognized as the real “felon,” the real reason for their/your problem.

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believe that this one cause could be the problem. Believe it or not, this is just a partial list of symptoms that have been associated with this horrible illness (found on numerous anti-candidiasis webn Constant tiredness, excessive fatigue and exhaustion n Foggy brain/trouble concentrating/cognitive impairment n Anxiety/depression n Mood swings/irritability n Poor memory n Learning difficulties n Hyperactivity n Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) n Anger outbursts n Irritability n Headaches n Intense cravings for sugars, sweets and breads (carbohydrates in general) n Abdominal gas and bloating, stomach pain, digestive problems n Acid reflux

Since the first time you had even one dose of antibiotics as a child or eaten red meat or chicken that wasn’t organic (most contain traces or more of various antibiotics), your good, healthy bacteria (probiotics) in your intestine were killed along with the harmful bacteria that needed to be destroyed. This allowed yeast, the different types of candida (also known as monilia), to overgrow in your intestinal wall as well as bad bacteria to move in and inhabit your intestinal wall, continually secreting toxins into your system.

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The Answer

So, what real difference does this make? Well, after years of research, scientists have discovered that by allowing the yeast(s) to overgrow, your immune system and body becomes weakened. Weakened to different degrees and in different ways, as each of us is unique, causing a wide variety of symptoms often leading to a misdiagnosis. What’s worse is that while most doctors know the condition exists, they “don’t see the forest because there are too many trees in the way”! They either don’t believe or don’t recognize the relationship between your health problems and the yeast overgrowth. The symptoms, conditions and illnesses are so varied that it’s hard to


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n Skin problems (skin infections, eczema, psoriasis, acne, itchy skin) n Vaginitis n Rectal itching n Diarrhea/constipation n Sinus inflammation n Pre-menstrual syndrome n Hormonal problems n Low sex drive n Inability to become pregnant n Dizziness n Persistent cough n Muscle weakness n Sensitivity to fragrances and/or other chemicals n Thrush n Athlete’s foot/fungus nails n Sore throat n Chronic pain in muscles/ joint pain n Herpes outbreaks n Environmental allergies

It’s hard to believe that this one problem can cause all these different health issues. Regardless, do you suffer from one or more of these symptoms or know someone who does? Please don’t give up hope (though you may already have), read on. Finally, the answer to this persistent health dilemma consists of a necessary combination of three things: temporary dietary change (anti-candida diet); special probiotics (the kind that adhere to the intestinal wall); and most importantly, Intravenous Ozone Therapy. Without all three, failure to get well may be the result as it has with most people. For more information, call Dr. Howard Robins at 212-581-0101. Robins is considered the foremost clinical expert on the use of ozone in North America, with more than 27 years of clinical practice and 265,000 treatments performed. See ad on page 55.

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Arbor Day More Vital Now than Ever

The 147th annual Arbor Day on April 27 encourages tree planting worldwide to replenish lost tree cover including trees wiped out in the recent fires in California and hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. The Arbor Day Foundation (ADF) is committed to providing 5 million trees in these areas alone. More than 3,400 U.S. communities will participate as an ADF Tree City. Visit for a current list and criteria for new communities to apply. The ADF Alliance for Community Trees ( supports treegrowing programs for 200 nonprofit member groups nationwide via funding, information sharing and forging helpful connections. Trees are much more than aesthetics, says Program Manager Dana Karcher, who most recently welcomed Community Greening, in Delray Beach, Florida, and Outdoor Circle, in Hawaii, into the fold. “Trees clean the air, are a habitat for animals, retain storm water and more.” An affiliated nonprofit program online at encourages tree planting each October. Billings, Montana, earned the latest Arbor Day Celebration Award after 12 elementary schools there engaged in environmental education stations and 180 volunteers planted and pruned trees. Other recent biannual award winners included California’s ReLeaf program and the Atlanta Beltline Arboretum. The need was great even before the world’s forests lost 73.4 million acres of tree cover in 2016, a 51 percent increase over 2015, due to poor forest management, climate change-driven drought and fires, says Global Forest Watch. Hopeful global signs: The largest-ever tropical reforestation project in the Brazilian Amazon aims to plant 73 million trees in the next six years on 70,000 acres. A New Zealand participation goal for the Billion Trees Planting Programme targets planting 100 million trees annually for a decade. In July 2017, volunteers in Madhya Pradesh, India, planted 66,750,000 tree saplings in 12 hours, exceeding the previous record by Uttar Pradesh of 50 million in 24 hours, as part of India’s reforestation pledge of 2 billion new trees by 2030. A $10 annual ADF membership fee includes 10, six-inch-tall seedlings to plant or to donate to a national forest. Karcher’s paramount planting tip: “Dig the hole twice as wide and the same depth of the root ball. If it’s too deep, it’ll suffocate. Give roots space to grow.” 24

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Save Wild Horses Campaign Update

The Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget again calls on Congress to lift long-standing prohibitions on the destruction and slaughter of wild horses and burros. The budget seeks to cut approximately $14 million of the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse and Burro Program by selling as many as 90,000 federally protected American mustangs for slaughter to avoid management costs and supply foreign markets with horsemeat. So far, citizens have held the line in favor of America’s iconic equine heritage. As Congress discusses appropriations for 2019, we must continue to press our senators and representatives to stand with the 80 percent of Americans that demand protection for these animals. Make your voice heard today via the online form at SaveWildHorsesNow.

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There is a Silent Crisis among America’s children involving the following signs and symptoms:

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ADD/ADHD Lower IQ Bed Wetting Chronic Allergies Difficulty in School Crowded/Crooked Teeth Mouth Breathing/Snoring Dark Circles Under Eyes Restless Sleep Swollen Adenoids/Tonsils Delayed or Stunted Growth Aggressive Behavior Nightmares Daytime Drowsiness

“An Estimated 9 out of 10 Kids Suffer from ONE or MORE of These Symptoms”

Through extensive research it has been found that these signs and symptoms are the result of limited or no breastfeeding, resulting in weak tongue and orofacial muscles. The soft diet and processed foods that all of us eat starting from our infancy contribute to our weakened oral musculature and results in underdeveloped dental arches and jaws. This then leads to mouth breathing and snoring, swollen adenoids and tonsils, a low tongue position, a narrow palate, crooked and crowded teeth, and overbites and overjets. This vicious cascade of events then results in sleep disordered breathing in children and adults. The end product of not getting enough oxygen while sleeping can lead to debilitating symptoms such as nightmares and night terrors, ADD/ADHD, chronic allergies and others listed above.


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INDIGENOUS WISDOM Elders Urge Us to Reimagine Life


by Anita Sanchez

irst, 27 indigenous elders from 23 North American tribes, two African tribes, a Tibetan Buddhist and a Sami from Finland gathered at Turtle Mountain, in Dunseith, North Dakota, in 1994. Recently, 13 elders from 10 tribes from Russia, Columbia, South Africa and the U.S. gathered in Kauai, Hawaii. Other such gatherings, too, are participating in a shared prophecy supporting world salvation. They offer humanity four sacred gifts of wisdom rooted in their life experiences. This is our invitation to receive them.

Power of Healing

Power to Forgive the Unforgivable

Power of Hope

Forgiveness is releasing ourselves from the prison of pain, hurt or mistreatment. It takes courage and self-love to do this. The reward of this act is freedom to use our energy to create what is life-giving to our self and the lives of those we touch.

Power of Unity

This is a time for us all to become and remain united and steadfast, repairing the world from the misuse of power and greed. When we choose to stand in the circle of unity, there is strength. Each of us has an important part to play in the circle of life to sustain precious relationships among people, Earth and spirit for ourselves, our children and future generations.

Indigenous elders tailor their healing practices to the whole human being, using good medicine, defined as anything or anyone that brings into positive alignment the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels. Healing can take many forms, based on tradition, the healer, patient and nature, yet four basic elements or practices are consistent: listening, supportive relationships, unconditional love and committing to creative, positive action.

Hope springs from the choice to tap into an infinite energy source. It may not be understood by modern science, but indigenous wisdom keepers behold an inner certainty of something bigger than us all. When we open ourselves to hope, it is possible to release the pressure and desire to try to know something about everything, and instead free our imagination to create expansive possibilities. Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., is a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, coach and author of the new book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, from which this was adapted. For videos and a song, visit

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AN INTERVIEW WITH Author, Psychotherapist and Master Coach

Laurie Nadel, Ph.D. by Kelly Martinsen

You have spent much of your time counseling people through their own catastrophes, and then suddenly you faced your own back in 2012 with Hurricane Sandy; what was that like? The night of the storm was like the opening scene in a disaster movie that went on and on ... and from what I hear, is still going on for far too many people. In my first career in TV news, we always had to battle our way through rough weather to get to work. I must have written hundreds of storm stories in the newsroom, so I wasn’t fazed when the water burst through the back of my house. But when a surge caused my washing machine and couch to float into my living room, I knew this wasn’t just another storm. Fortunately, I was well trained in the art of staying calm during emergencies, so my partner and I were able to rescue our cat and supplies we would need later on. The town’s sewage treatment plant broke during the storm, and everything the flood had touched was contaminated with raw sewage. That forced me to become a FEMA refugee for a month. When I returned home, there were volunteers from all over the country helping people to clean out moldy debris. While I couldn’t strip sheetrock, I had many years’ experience doing heavy emotional lifting. This led to my starting the first of two long-term support programs for Sandy survivors who were traumatized.   

Many of the people you counsel have faced horrific tragedy in their lives; they are in pain every day. Is there one bit of advice that you recognize as being the key to moving forward from a horrific event? Trauma is a word that gets used a lot in everyday conversation. But trauma is not a bad hair day. It literally means that you have faced off with death and are shaken as a result. The most important thing to remember is that there is no magic shortcut through this barren psychological landscape. It can take three to five years to recover emotionally. When people start saying, “Why aren’t you over it by now?” it can be helpful to remember this and know that whatever you are feeling, you are a normal person having normal reactions to an abnormal situation.  

In your most recent book, The Five Gifts, you discuss five gifts that will help us through adversity. Would you please tell us about these gifts and why they are so important?   Did you find yourself losing faith or becoming despondent in the months following? The hardest part for me was dealing with unscrupulous vendors, lying bureaucrats, and hostile individuals who worked for the bank that held my mortgage. It was frustrating, but it led me to discover five gifts that helped me through the worst of it: humility, patience, empathy, forgiveness and growth. With humility, I could see that whatever was happening to me was happening to 1 million other people whose homes had been severely damaged by Sandy. I think that humility has turned out to be the most important gift.  

The five gifts are spiritual resources that are found in many cultures: humility, patience, empathy, forgiveness and growth. I call them “the five unbearable gifts” because we don’t want them until we absolutely need them. Humility releases us from asking “Why me?” With humility, we can realize that we are not the only ones in the world who have suffered severe loss. Patience helps us get through each day so that we can deal with not knowing how long it will take before the heartache goes away. Empathy connects us to others. Because we have suffered, we are better able to understand what others are going through and we are more likely to offer help. Since Hurricane Sandy, people in Long Beach, New York, have consistently and proactively donated

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supplies and offered support to other communities devastated by natural disaster. That’s a great example of community empathy in action. Forgiveness takes time. Not everyone gets there. But it can be even more important to forgive ourselves when disaster strikes. Growth is what happens when we no longer think about the disaster as soon as we wake up. It becomes something important that we lived through, but it no longer dominates every waking thought. When we experience growth, we can look back on that tragic event and say, “Even though I wish I hadn’t gone through that, and I would never wish anything like that on anyone, I can be grateful for what I’ve learned and who I have become because of what that disaster taught me.”  



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Touching the Earth The Healing Powers of Going Barefoot


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elanie Monteith, of San Diego, California, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 24 and plagued by symptoms for 14 years. Simple daily tasks became challenging. She relied on walking aids and walls to keep from falling. Eventually, she quit her job. Every day tested her survival skills. Then, in late 2017, Monteith tried grounding and it changed her life. Grounding, also called Earthing, refers to the discovery of major health benefits from sustained contact with the Earth’s natural and subtle electric charge. Recent research published in the Journal of Inflammation, Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, Neonatology and Health indicates that grounding stabilizes the physiology in many ways, drains the body of inflammation, pain and stress, and generates greater well-being.   Grounding can be as simple as going barefoot in nature, including the backyard, for 30 to 60 minutes once or twice a day on surfaces like grass, soil, gravel, stone and


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sand. If this isn’t practical, special grounding mats and pads are available online for convenient indoor use while sitting or sleeping; people with compromised health often benefit from more time being grounded. The activity restores a primordial electric connection with the Earth that has been lost with modern lifestyles. We wear shoes with insulating, synthetic soles and live and work elevated above the ground. These overlooked lifestyle factors may contribute to increasing global rates of chronic illnesses. Grounding revitalizes us, akin to charging a weak battery, because our bodies operate electrically and our movements and thoughts are based on electrical signals. We are bioelectric beings. Eighteen years of grounding research in a variety of indoor settings, plus grassroots feedback from around the world, clearly show that our bodies operate more effectively when grounded. We sleep better, have less pain, more energy and even look better. Here are some of the documented benefits.

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“Inflammation is intimately linked to most chronic and aging-related diseases,” says Gaétan Chevalier, Ph.D., a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego, who has conducted multiple grounding studies. “Grounding seems to be nature’s way to reduce inflammation.”

Enhanced blood flow Thick, sludgy blood is a common feature of diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. Several grounding studies have demonstrated a significant decrease in blood viscosity and enhanced blood flow. “Grounding represents a potent circulation booster; a simple, yet profound preventive and therapeutic strategy,” says integrative cardiologist Dr. Stephen T. Sinatra, of Manchester, Connecticut, co-author of the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever!

Decreased stress Tracy Latz, a medical doctor and integrative psychiatrist in Mooresville, North Carolina, has found, “Patients with anxiety issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and depression, often benefit from grounding.”

Improved vagus nerve function The vagus nerve connects with and regulates key organs, including the lungs, heart and intestines. In one study, doctors at the Penn State Children’s Hospital, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, grounded hospitalized premature infants and documented improved vagal function that could potentially boost resilience and reduce complications. “These babies have a lot of health challenges,” observes Dr. Charles Palmer, former chief of the center’s division of newborn medicine. “It seems that they are more relaxed when grounded.” More research is needed. Within a few months of grounding both day and night, Monteith’s disease symptoms receded dramatically. Her bal-

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5 Integrative ADVANTAGES of

Medicine by Lucy Gade, M.D.


ntegrative medicine” is not just another name for “alternative medicine.” There are 50 institutions around the country that have integrative in their name, at places like Harvard, Stanford, Duke and the Mayo Clinic. Most recently, Northwell Health has acquired its very own Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine, in Roslyn. Practitioners of integrative medicine and their patients often cite many advantages to this subspecialty practice. The five most common advantages of integrative medicine lie in its very definition and include:

with wellness, vitality and healing. It begins with the assumption that there is a physiologic balance that is disrupted and leads to the manifestations of illness and disease. Regaining the body’s natural state of equilibrium can restore this balance and promote health.


Integrative medicine is healing-oriented rather than disease-oriented. Starting around the turn of the 20th century, the concept of aseptic technique took off and antibiotics were discovered. For the first time, physicians were able to effectively treat infections that were previously taking human lives. Doctors learned how bacteria and viruses transmit illnesses. Out of this experience was born the concept of treating “acute” illnesses. As a result, the culture of the medical profession began to address acute illness and neglect the prevention side of health. Integrative medicine’s focus, like the ancient systems of Traditional Chinese Medicine and ayurveda, concerns itself 32

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ners for each of their problems. Integrative medicine puts the focus on how the various symptoms may be connected and searches for the root causes, rather than just treating the individual symptoms. The focus becomes restoring balance and taking into account the aspects of the patients’ life that may affect their ability to adhere to recommendations. For example, cultural barriers to dietary recommendations or inability to adhere to a particular exercise and movement program because of their work schedule, etc.


Integrative medicine places an even greater emphasis on the therapeutic relationship.

This focus on the practitioner-patient partnership is forcing the entire medical community to grapple with certain questions: How has the role of the clinician changed over the years? Are there better ways to treat the kinds of health problems that can usually only be managed, not cured? The integrative partnership is one where patients are guided and advised regarding their treatment options. Together the practitioner and patient decide on the “best” plan of action. In the management of the more chronic diseases, the attention is placed on meeting the patient where they are at the moment. By addressing obstacles to lifestyle changes and treatment adherence, there is a higher likelihood of success with the recommended therapy.


Integrative medicine places an importance on the acquisition of all of the available evidence for each individual’s unique condition.

Lucy Gade, M.D.


Integrative medicine focuses on the whole person (mind, body and spirit), as well as the community and environment a person lives in as important aspects of health.

Too often patients go to doctors with multiple symptoms affecting multiple organ systems and see different practitio-

The actual treatment recommendations may vary in integrative treatment plans according to each individual’s unique situation. In the process of tailoring treatment plans to each individual’s needs, practitioners are scrutinizing the literature, often using the scientific method to evaluate alternative therapies the same way as traditional therapies. As a result, many therapies that were once considered alternative, e.g., meditation (which has been shown to be associated with a 48 percent reduction in heart disease, stroke and sudden death)

have become mainstream recommendations. Integrative assessments are highly personalized with in-depth evaluations and unhurried consultations where patients are asked about everything from environmental exposures to personal relationships. All of these factors are considered important in determining whether or not a person stays healthy.


Integrative medicine makes use of all appropriate therapies.

By combining all the traditional allopathic treatment options along with mind-body therapies, such as yoga and meditation, a treatment plan is developed that utilizes the least invasive and most cost-effective therapies first. What ties integrative doctors together is that their focus is on attaining a sense of “well-being.” This is especially important in cases where “cure” is not always possible, as in the management of certain aggressive cancers. Most integrative providers prefer to prescribe treatments that are amenable to scientific investigation. However, patients are not dissuaded from using certain treatments as long as the proposed remedies have at least been proven to be safe. Medicine is a highly adaptable profession. New studies are constantly challenging conventional wisdom and the way medicine is practiced. Some of the most important changes in medicine, however, have been cultural ones that have challenged what clinicians consider their role as providers to be. Integrative medicine, with its emphasis on treating the patient’s “body, mind and spirit,” can prove to be one of these pivotal moments of self-reflection enforcing the concept that the best way to treat diseases that take many years to develop and are intimately tied to the way people think, feel and live their everyday lives is through the integrative approach. Lucy Gade, M.D., is the medical director of Northwell Health’s Center for Wellness and Integrative Medicine, in Roslyn. For more information, call 516-858-3095 or visit See ad on page this page.

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Why a Warming Planet is Harming Our Health by Lisa Marshall


amantha Ahdoot’s son Isaac was 9 years old when he collapsed from the heat while playing clarinet at band camp. It had been a record-hot summer following a mild winter and early spring, and Dr. Ahdoot, an Alexandria, Virginia, pediatrician, had already noticed a string of unusual cases: A toddler had contracted Lyme disease in the once tick-free region of Northern Maine. A teenager had suffered an asthma attack in February, a full month before she usually started taking allergy medicine. A displaced grade-schooler from out of town arrived traumatized after fleeing a hurricane-ravaged home with her family. But it wasn’t until she saw her son laying on a gurney in the emergency room with an IV in his arm that she fully connected the dots. 34

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“I was aware that the weather had changed a lot since I was kid. But it really didn’t hit home until that day that climate change could affect my health and the health of my children personally,” recalls Ahdoot. “I realized it would be a betrayal of my duty as a pediatrician to sit back and do nothing about it.”

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health issue today. In one recent survey of 1,200 allergists, 48 percent said climate change is already affecting their patients a “great deal” or a “moderate amount.” In another survey of lung specialists, 77 percent said they were seeing patient symptoms grow more severe due to worsening climate-related air quality. In a sweeping review published last October in The Lancet medical journal, a team of healthcare professionals proclaimed that the human symptoms of climate change are “unequivocal and potentially irreversible,” noting that since 2000, the number of people in the United States exposed to heat waves annually has risen by about 14.5 million, and the number of natural disasters annually has increased 46 percent. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also begun to weigh in with a Climate-Ready States and Cities Initiative to help local health departments brace for everything from the hazardous air quality associated with more forest fires to the spread of vector-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile as the range and season of mosquitoes and ticks expands. Meanwhile, groups like the newly formed and expansive Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, to which Ahdoot belongs, are being proactive. Its doctors are greening their offices, swapping cars for bikes, buses or carpooling, lobbying lawmakers and encouraging their patients to undertake measures to prevent the problem from worsening. In the process, they say, they might even improve their own health. “We want the public to understand that climate change is not just about polar bears or receding glaciers in the Arctic, but also about our children and our health here and now,” says Ahdoot.

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During the past century, average temperatures have increased between 1.3 and 1.9 degrees Fahrenheit, with annual increases accelerating in recent years as 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017 all set records for ambient heat. Such rising temperatures, combined with increased rain and record-high atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, can have a significant impact on plants— both those that irritate or nourish us, says Howard Frumkin, a medical doctor who co-authored the Lancet report and teaches environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Wild, allergy-inducing plants like ragweed and poison ivy are flourishing. Poison ivy is growing faster, larger and more toxic as excess carbon prompts it to produce more of its rash-inducing compound, urushiol. “We are seeing the season for ragweed productivity expanding, with pollen levels rising higher and earlier and lasting longer by several weeks,” advises Frumkin. In 2016, residents of Minneapolis, Minnesota, endured a ragweed season that was 21 days longer than in 1990. Other, desirable crops, like grains, do worse in hotter carbonrich climes, producing less protein and other nutrients, Frumkin notes. Meanwhile, bugs are thriving, with longer seasons and wider ranges in which to reproduce. Mosquitoes’ capacity to transmit dengue fever— the world’s fastest-growing mosquitoborne illness—has risen by 11 percent since 1950, more than half of that just since 1990, according to the Lancet report. Further, the tick that carries Lyme disease is now present in 46 percent of U.S. counties, up from 30 percent in 1998. “My physician colleagues used to treat two or three cases a month during tick season,” says Dr. Nitin Damle, a physician at South County Internal Medicine, in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

Five Steps to Take Today


Swap tailpipes for pedals: Bike or walk instead of driving, especially for distances of less than two miles, which comprise 40 percent of all car trips. A study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found that if everyone did this in just 11 cities in the Midwest, not only would carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fall, but it would extend 1,300 lives and save $8 billion in healthcare costs due to better air quality and less sedentary lifestyles.


Eat less red meat: Producing

red meat results in five times more climate-warming emissions per calorie than chicken, pork, dairy or eggs, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. It also creates 11 times more emissions than the production of potatoes, wheat or rice. Eating less red meat can also decrease an individual’s risk of certain cancers.


Encourage hospitals and doctors’ offices to go green:

The healthcare system is responsible

“Now each of us sees 40 to 50 new cases each season.”

Heat Pollution

Rising heat can also aggravate lung conditions because it promotes the production of ozone, a major lung irritant. With prolonged heat often come wildfires. When one burned for three months in North Carolina in a recent summer, researchers discovered that residents of counties affected by the smoke plume showed a 50 percent increase in emergency trips due to respiratory illness. Like Isaac, more kids are ending up in hospitals due to soaring temperatures, with U.S. emergency room visits for heat illnesses up by 133 percent between 1997 and 2006. Ahdoot recalls a young football player from Arkansas that showed signs of weakness and fatigue during practice, but wasn’t treated right away. He ended

for about 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study by researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in New Haven, Connecticut. Boston-area hospitals recently slashed their overall emissions by 29 percent in five years.


Plant more trees: As they grow, trees remove carbon dioxide from the air. Being around green space has also been shown to boost mental and cognitive health.


Show compassion: Americans,

per capita, emit six times more CO2 than the global average, according to research by Jonathan Patz, a medical doctor who directs the Global Health Institute at the University of WisconsinMadison. In a TED Talk, he observed that U.S. lower-income populations and those in developing countries are often hit hardest by gaseous emissions. “Those most vulnerable to the health impacts of climate change are often the least responsible,” he says. “Doing something about this is a matter of compassion.” up with heat stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary edema and ultimately required kidney dialysis. “Every summer now, I see the impacts of increasing temperatures and heat waves on kids,” she says. Climate change can also impact mental health, according to a recent review by the American Psychological Association. Exposure to natural disasters can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Plus, according to research institutions including the University of California, San Diego, and Iowa State University, chronic heat, especially at night, can interfere with sleep and even lead to aggressive behavior. Then there’s the worry about what to do about it, and whether it will be enough. “When you talk with people about what is affecting them, climate is definitely one of the things stressing them out,” says Thomas Doherty, Psy.D., a psychologist April 2018


in Portland, Oregon. “There’s a sense of mystery and powerlessness around it that weighs on people.”

Fresh Perspective, New Hope

Mona Sarfaty, a family physician who is now director of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate & Health, attests that 69 percent of Americans are aware that climate change is occurring, and more than half agree that human activities are at least partly to blame. Yet only a third believe it could ever harm them personally. “So much of the early focus was on the receding glaciers and the penguins,” she says. “People today still think it will affect ‘those other people over there,’ but not them.” She agrees with the recent focus on im-

minent health issues, and is encouraged that a growing number of healthcare professionals feel it’s their duty to inform their patients about climate change to mobilize action. “When you talk about climate change not only in terms of the health impact it has on individuals and families, but also in terms of the real-time benefits of taking action against it, people are a lot more interested in doing something,” says Sarfaty. For instance, shifting to clean energy sources like wind and solar instead of coal can effect better air quality and easier breathing now. Cycling or walking to work rather than driving can reduce carbon emissions, boost feel-good brain chemicals and keep weight in check. Writing letters to editors or attending rallies to

urge lawmakers to pass climate-friendly policies can not only fend off the anxiety and depression that comes with feeling helpless, but also effect real change. Ahdoot is taking these steps now. She has solar panels on her roof, is assisting the local hospital to reduce its carbon footprint, takes public transportation to work and encourages her kids to walk whenever possible. “I don’t feel powerless at all. I feel empowered and optimistic,” she says. “The more we know, the more we are moved to act. We can all do something small every day to protect our climate.” Lisa Marshall is a freelance health writer in Boulder, CO. Connect at

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Changing Our Diet to Cool the Climate

Good Food Choices Enable Global Health by Judith Fertig


hree years ago, the New York Times added a new word to the world’s food vocabulary: Climatarian (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste. Changing our food choices to support this model can have a ripple effect. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in a 2017 study published in the journal Climatic Change, looked at how diets impact personal health, the healthcare system and climate. They found that adopting a more plant-based diet reduces the relative risk of coronary heart disease, colorectal cancer and Type 2 diabetes by 20 to 40 percent. National annual health care costs could drop from $93 billion to $77 billion. Direct greenhouse gas emissions could annually drop 489 to 1,821 pounds per person. Such an approach involves considering the related water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint—the energy required to cultivate, harvest and 38

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transport food—plus processing associated food waste. Here are some top choices.  

Foods that Go Easy on Water Hydroponic greens are hands-down winners. The Shelton Family Farm, near Whittier, North Carolina, weekly produces 10,000 to 12,000 heads of hydroponically grown Bibb lettuce. The controlled environment and carefully engineered nutrient delivery systems maximize all resources. “It’s an enclosed system that runs 24/7, and it’s highly efficient from a waterusage standpoint because we recycle the water,” says William Shelton Jr., a fourthgeneration family farmer. “The only water that’s actually consumed is what’s taken up and transpired through the plants.” In a moderate climate, energy costs to recycle the water and keep the plants at an even temperature are moderate, as well. Dry-tilled heirloom tomatoes, okra, melons and quinoa are drought-tolerant and only use available rainfall.  

Foods that Go Easy on Greenhouse Gases

Plants beat meat. “Livestock farming produces from 20 to 50 percent of all manmade greenhouse gas emissions,”

says nutritionist and climate activist Jane Richards, of GreenEatz, in Mountain View, California. “You can reduce your footprint by a quarter by cutting down on red meats such as beef and lamb.” An exception is the vegetarian staple of rice. According to researchers at Project Drawdown, a climate solutions organization in Sausalito, California, rice cultivation is responsible for at least 10 percent of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and up to 19 percent of global methane emissions. New farming techniques, like mid-season draining of the rice paddies, could cut methane emissions by at least 35 percent. Richards notes, “Meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint; fruit, vegetables, beans and nuts, much lower. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is about half that of a meat-lover’s diet.”   Root crops such as carrots, radishes, potatoes and beets have a lower carbon footprint than above-ground plants due to less food waste. A beautiful beet is easier to grow than a bell pepper that blemishes more easily. Seasonal, regional fruit, vegetables, herbs and honey have a lighter carbon impact because they are transported shorter distances. Usually what grows best in a region and is consumed locally is also best for the climate. Foods naturally suited to their environment grow and taste better, and are packed with more nutrients, reports Sustainable Table, an educational nonprofit that builds healthy communities through sustainable eating habits (  

Hopeful Developments

New agricultural developments can also benefit our climate environment. According to Project Drawdown research, perennial grains and cereals could be pivotal in reaching soil, carbon and energy targets. The Land Institute, in Salina, Kansas, has been working with the Rodale Institute, in Berks County, Pennsylvania, to develop a perennial wheat that would not have to be planted from seed each year. This would save soil, carbon and both human and machine energy. Kernza, a new perennial grain proven to prosper in natural grasslands like the Great Plains, is not yet widely distributed. Maria Speck, author of Simply Ancient

Grains, advises, “With up to 15-foot-long roots, it can be harvested for five years and uses less fertilizer than conventional wheat. Kernza tastes almost like a cross between rice and wheat—sweet, grassy, mesmerizing.” Michael Pollan, author of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and creator of the film Food, Inc., suggests we keep it simple: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” Climatarians would add another guideline—eat as locally as possible.   Judith Fertig writes cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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3 cups rolled oats 1 Tblsp pumpkin pie spice 3 cups unsweetened applesauce


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From Our Friends at Indian-Spiced Veggie Burgers Yields: 4 servings Serve these delicious curry-flavored burgers with cilantro, mango salsa or sliced avocado. 1 cup peeled and diced potato (from an 8-ounce russet potato) ½ cup small cauliflower florets 1 ½ cup raw unsalted cashews ½ cup thawed frozen peas 2 green onions, chopped 2 tsp curry powder 1 ½ tsp onion granules ¼ tsp fine sea salt ¼ tsp ground black pepper


Cook potato in boiling water until very soft, about 15 minutes. Drain and cool slightly. Cook cauliflower in boiling water until very soft, about 6 minutes. Drain and cool slightly. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Place cashews in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. In a large bowl, combine potato, cauliflower, cashews and remaining ingredients. Use your hands to break up chunks of potato and cauliflower, and press the ingredients until they hold together. 40

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With damp hands, form into patties* about 4 inches in diameter and 3/4-inch thick. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, then flip burgers and continue to bake until lightly browned on the other side, about 15 minutes longer.

Evenly distribute oat mixture among 6 lidded jars (or other containers) and top each with 1/2 cup water. Cover the jars and place in the refrigerator overnight. (Oatmeal will keep up to 5 days.) When ready to serve, heat the prepared oatmeal or enjoy it cold.

*Forming neat veggie burgers:

Dampen the inside of a 1/2-cup measuring cup and pack it with the burger mixture, pressing down firmly. Turn the cup over and shake it gently to release the mixture into the palm of your hand, then press down with your other hand until the patty is about 3/4-inch thick.

Freezing veggie burgers:

Cool cooked burgers and wrap individually in plastic wrap and then foil, or place them in individual resealable plastic bags, and freeze up to 6 months. To reheat, unwrap the burgers, place on a parchment paperlined baking sheet and bake at 300° F until heated through, 20 to 25 minutes.

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INTO THE WOODS Nature Helps Kids Build Skills and Character by April Thompson


movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (, in Bastrop, Texas. They often go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.

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Youth engaged with organizations like this one enjoy gaining nature-oriented survival skills, such as making bows, baskets, shelters and fire. “By making a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type

of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and develop empathy for animals,” says Scott. “When you learn to trust rather than fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Elements Earth Education (, a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important. While infusing indigenous knowledge into their curriculum, wilderness programs emphasize universal principles such as deep understanding of local environments and life’s interconnectedness. “Fire making is for everybody. Shelter making is for everybody. We are all caretakers of the land,” says Berry. Physical and other challenges, such as walking blindfolded through the woods, heighten sensory perception while building confidence. “The landscape is a great teach-

er with its uneven ground and obstacles, posing an opportunity to learn agility, practice balance and ultimately, expand awareness,” says Simon Abramson, associate director of Wild Earth (, in High Falls, New York. Nature-immersion programs like Wild Earth’s further help kids sharpen their observation skills through activities like learning to identify birdsongs and trees. During a popular activity called “sit spot”, children learn to sit quietly, listen and observe from a specific location they may revisit over the course of a day or year to witness nature’s varied beauty. Another time, they may try “foxwalking”, creeping silently and slowly, or test their “owl vision”, using peripheral vision. For younger kids, instructors may incorporate such skills into a game like “coyote or rabbit,” where by staying still, they can avoid detection by a predator. Kids learn to listen both to nature and their own inner voice, which can be challenging in the midst of dominating peers and authority figures. “We build on the tradition of vision quest, in taking time to get quiet in nature and hear what the heart is saying,” says Berry. Activities may be patterned after natural cycles of the seasons, the four directions and diurnal rhythms. On a bright morning, emphasis is on high-energy, outward-facing activities; day’s end brings a pause to reflect, glean and share what participants have made and learned.

Lasting Life Lessons

Mother Nature’s lessons can be hardearned, but the outdoor trials that kids experience are often their most honored and memorable moments. Whether youths try out a wilderness program for a season or stay on for years, Earth-based learning can have an enduring impact. They help foster healthy relationships not only with the Earth, but with other people, according to Samuel Bowman, a program coordinator with the Wilderness Awareness School (Wilderness, in Duvall, Washington.

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Team-driven activities like building a communal shelter can help kids learn how to work through conflict, listen to others and appreciate differences. “The kids that have come through our programs prove to be creative problemsolvers prepared to handle just about anything. They have focus and commitment, and tend to be service oriented,” observes Abramson, noting that 60 percent of their instructors are alumni. “Thinking back on kids we’ve worked with, you can often see their wilderness journey reflected in their paths as adults, how they are making choices with their heart and pursuing their passions,” concludes Berry. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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hese resources will help parents and educators connect with quality, naturebased learning. Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature (CoyotesGuide. com) is an inspirational publication for teachers, mentors and parents based on ancient worldwide cultural wisdom, including mythic animal stories, nature-based ceremonies and survival tools. The Tracker School (, founded by wilderness expert Tom Brown in 1978, offers 75 classes on wilderness survival skills and a list of tracker clubs and affiliates across North America and beyond. Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature and Survival for Children is another respected resource.

Children & Nature Network (ChildrenAnd connects children, families and communities with nature through evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and grassroots leadership. This international initiative was co-founded by Richard Louv, renowned author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Earth Skills Alliance (EarthSkills is a collective of youth program leaders dedicated to Earth skills instruction. Its annual conference and other platforms share best practices and experiences.

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Gardening ASANAS Yoga Poses to Stay Pain-Free


by Marlaina Donato

ardening is good for body and soul, but long hours and repetitive movements can negatively impact even the fittest body. While stiffness and pain patterns might manifest in the lower back, shoulders, legs and hands, performing a few yoga poses can lessen pain, increase flexibility, boost stamina and prevent injury. “Every action needs a counter action for structural balance to be maintained. Repetitive movements can tighten fascia, restrict movement and compromise nerve impulses,” explains Asheville, North Carolina, yoga teacher and back care specialist Lillah Schwartz, author of Healing Our Backs with Yoga: An Essential Guide to Back Pain Relief. “What goes into spasm tends to remain in spasm,” observes Schwartz, who has helped many people overcome back pain and other chronic structural issues. Practicing yoga before, during or after spending time outside also promotes mind-body awareness which helps us tune into our body’s natural rhythms and prevent physical problems in the first place. Here are some basics to consider when working in the garden.

Great agility and strong muscles cannot compensate for being in one position too long, over-reaching or fatigue. “Listen to your body’s messages such as, ‘It’s time for a rest,’ or, ‘That’s too heavy,’” recommends Schwartz. Remember to take regular breaks to rest, stretch and drink water. Long Island Edition






Strike a Pose

Doing yoga regularly will condition the body, but incorporating asanas, or poses, while gardening can be both a fun and practical way to avoid overstressing certain muscle groups and keep the spine and hamstrings supple. Using props in the garden environment such as fences, a wall or a chair can provide convenient support. Feel free to perform all poses before or after gardening, and all except numbers one and five in the garden.

1. Downward Facing Dog pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana) with feet placed against a support

2. Warrior 1 pose (Virabhadrasana I) 3. Straddle Forward Fold pose (Prasarita Padottanasana) 4. Standing Scissor Twist (Parivrtta Hasta Padasana) standing close to and bracing against a wall or fence

5. Locust pose (Salabhasana) 6. Squat Pull Spinal Traction (Ardha Malasana in traction)

Take a Breath

“Conscious breathing involves both the body and the mind. Long, slow inhalations and exhalations help us tune into our body,” says Schwartz. “Using long breaths when stretching in the garden can help muscles find relief.” To reduce pain:

Be Aware



n Stop and breathe. Take slow, deep breaths with a pause (inhalation retention) between inhalation and exhalation. n Don’t resist the pain or allow self-judgment. n Wait for a release.

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Enjoy Being Outside

Bringing mindfulness to garden work not only helps prevent injury, but helps make it a more enjoyable experience. Here are a few more tips. n If rising early, begin time in the garden with a Warrior 1 pose while facing east. n Be mindful of feeling the breeze when it brushes the skin and pause to breathe deeply. n Notice the music of the birds or other pleasing sounds in the surrounding environment. n Stop to drink some water and take pleasure in the garden’s beauty and bounty. Marlaina Donato is a freelance writer, author and multimedia artist. Connect at

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New Absolute Beginner 8-Wk Series – 6pm. $160/ series. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

Grand Opening – 12pm. Please join Stay Balanced and the other wellness experts at Tranquility Within for their grand opening and a day of free wellness events. 64 W Main St, Patchogue. 631-730-6464. 

Oracle & Tarot Cards – 7-8:30pm. With Clairvoyant, Tori Quisling. Explore tarot cards, and oracle cards and how to incorporate them into our personal questions and assisting others. $40. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 Belly Cast Creating Workshop – Apr 6 & 13. 7-8:30pm. Join us for a memorable 2-part workshop, where we will create belly castings and paint them the following week. $55; all supplies included. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

SATURDAY, APRIL 7 Meditation, Essential Oils & the 4th Chakra: Open to Your Purpose & Abundance – 9-10:30am. With Tori Quisling. Gain insights into your spiritual abilities while learning intuitive aromatherapy. $40. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 New Absolute Beginner 8-Wk Series – 10:30am. $160/series. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Introduction to AcroYoga – 3-5pm. With Hannah Goodman. AcroYoga combines the practices of partner acrobatics, partner yoga, therapeutics, and Thai massage. $30/person, $50/couple. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10 Meditation for Daily Living – 7pm. With John Bednarik. Sayville Library, 88 Greene Ave, Sayville. 631-589-4440. Youthful Aging, Ageless Consciousness through Meditation – 7pm. With Dr. Matt Raider. Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Rd, Farmingdale. 516-249-9090.

SUNDAY, APRIL 15 The Magic of Michael Grandinetti – 7pm. Paramount, 370 New YorkAve, Huntington. 631-673-7300.

Awaken Wellness Fair – 10am-5pm. Awaken to your best self. New York’s best-loved holistic expo. It’s all about body, mind and spirit! Speakers, healers, vendors and readers. Over 120+ exhibitors, 1,000 guests. Exhibitor spots available. Double Tree Hotel, 455 S Broadway, Tarrytown.




Outsmart Aging: A Plan for Feeling Youthful – 7pm. With Dr. Matthew. Raider Lindenhurst Public Library, 1 Lee Ave, Lindenhurst. 631-957-7755.

THURSDAY, APRIL 19 Ministry – 7:30pm. With special guests: Chelsea Wolfe & The God Bombs. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 Chakra Balancing Restorative Aroma Yoga Workshop – 7-9pm. With Dawn Peer. $48. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Painting Night – 7:30-9:30pm. Marely Corniel will guide you step by step through a beautiful piece. All guests need to arrive with is an open mind and leave with a 16x20 framed masterpiece. $35. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.


Women’s Spring Self-Care – 2:30-5pm. With Susan Petschauer. Learn how to self-care and adjust your lifestyles to give your bodies what they need during the changing of the seasons. $55; save $5 register by Apr 13. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

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Communicate with Your Angels & Spirit Guides – 7-8:30pm. With Clairvoyant, Tori Quisling. Learn to communicate with your angels and spirit guides in a fun and playful way and get the support and guidance you seek. $40. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or

Meditation: The Art of Stress Reduction – 7pm. With John Bednarik. Hauppauge Public Library, 601 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Ste 100, Hauppauge. 631-979-1600.




Find Your Healing Path by Following Your Intuition – 6-9pm. An Interactive Workshop with Michelle Andrea Stewart, Healer. If your intuition is telling you to attend this workshop, you need to be there! Learn how to connect with that inner voice that knows what you need and how to find it! Your own body and wisdom can lead you on your path of emotional, physical, and spiritual health. Michelle will work with you using visualization, drawing and other intuitive exercises to help you access your intuitive gifts. Join us and learn how to listen to your own knowledge and wisdom in ways that can change your life! $40.00. 110 Hempstead Ave, Lynbrook, NY. 845-706-2152.


Guidance Using the Akashic Records – 7-8:30pm. With Clairvoyant, Tori Quisling. Learn to access your own Akashic Records through specific techniques to gain information and insights about yourself, your relationships, past lives and your future. $40. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or

A Very Intimate Acoustic Evening with Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo – 8pm. Paramount, 370 New York Ave, Huntington. 631-673-7300.

Yoga for Grief: Healing and Peace for All Bodies – 2:30-5:30pm. With Olga Lucia. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

Meditation, Essential Oils & the 5th Chakra: Inner Voice & Communication with Spirits – 9-10:30am. With Tori Quisling. Gain insights into your spiritual abilities while learning intuitive aromatherapy. $40. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or

Reducing Anxiety through Meditation – 7pm. With John Bednarik. South Country Library, 22 Station Rd, Bellport. 631-286-0818. Unlock the Psychic Abilities in Your Chakras – 7-8:30pm. With Clairvoyant, Tori Quisling. Each of the chakras in our body contain psychic abilities. Once you understand their power in your life, and how they work together, you can find balance and create more freely. $40. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 Bryan Kest Master Class – 6:30-9:30pm. Kest tis an internationally known yoga instructor. $70/advance, $75/at door. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Are your Omegas Balanced? – 7:30-8:15pm. Learn how healthy and unhealthy fats impact our body. Free. Tranqulity Within, 64 W Main St, Patchogue. RSVP: 631-730-6464 or  Mindfulness Meditation with Crystal Singing Bowls – 7:30-9pm. With Cathie Epstein. $27. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

THURSDAY, APRIL 26 Cleansing Concepts’ 10th Anniversary – 4-8pm. Help celebrate. Food, drinks and giveaways. 825 E Gate Blvd, Garden City. Info: The Healing Power of Meditation – 7pm. With Dr. Matthew Raider. Bay Shore Brightwaters Library, 1 S Country Rd, Brightwaters. 631-665-4350.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 Meditation, Essential Oils & the 6th Chakra: Opening the Third Eye – 9-10:30am. With Tori Quisling. Gain insights into your spiritual abilities while learning intuitive aromatherapy. $40. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or Living from the Heart of Love Mini-Retreat – 9:30am-2pm. Speaker: Andrew Vidich, PhD. As we learn to tap inside through meditation, we discover the oneness that all spiritual traditions uphold. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 79 County Line Rd, Amityville. To register: 631-822-7979, or Working with Crystals to Create Love and Abundance – 2-4pm. With Cathie Epstein from Jewels of the Lotus. $48. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Meditation Workshop – 2-4pm. With Margaret Jennings. $40. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

plan ahead Pendulums & Telepathic Communication – 7-8:30pm. With Clairvoyant, Tori Quisling. Explore using different types of pendulums and practice using the pendulum for enhancing our telepathic and intuitive skills. $40. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or

SATURDAY, MAY 5 Meditation, Essential Oils & the 7th Chakra: Opening up to Channeling & Mediumship – 9-10:30am. With Tori Quisling. Gain insights into your spiritual abilities while learning intuitive aromatherapy. $40. 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. Register: 516-423-1794 or


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HEALTH CARE/WELLNESS PROFESSIONALS SPACE AVAILABLE for rent on hourly basis in Rockville Centre. Holistic environment perfect for practitioners, massages, acupuncture, nutritional counseling or life coach. Front desk support included. Space for small classes. 516-203-7442. SPACE AVAILABLE For rent on hourly basis in North western Nassau. For holistic practitioners of all types. Space for small classes. 516-242-8270.

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SERVICES LEARN ABOUT YOUR OWN PSYCHIC ABILITIES – Tori Quisling, with over 20 years experience, can teach you to use your own intuitive abilities to heal yourself and communicate with others. By the end of the course, students can meditate, work with healing guides and perform a psychic reading. Group and custom classes offered. Please see or call 516-423-1794. TAROT AND PSYCHOTHERAPY SERVICES – Nicole L. Cromer, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Using Tarot as a therapeutic tool we can access the depths and activate your fullest potential. 631-438-1300. Instagram and Twitter: @DocTarot.


ROOM FOR RENT with kitchen and bath, in sunny apartment in Western Nassau. Great commute to NYC and bridges. Beautiful Pool Club. Kind, responsible, clean. Lynn 516-242-8270. SPACE AVAILABLE FOR RENT in busy upscale long-established Woodbury yoga studio for holistic health practitioners, such as massage, nutritionist, or personal trainer. Call 516-682-9642 or email

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

daily 300-Hr Advanced Yoga Teacher Training – An ongoing training allowing for open enrollment and flexibility in attaining 300-hr certification and continuing education credits all year long. Open to yoga teachers who have completed their 200hr teacher training at a Yoga Alliance Registered School. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Be Balanced All-Natural Hormone Balancing and Weight Loss Center Special – Thru Apr 30. $50 off their main package. Be Balanced is an all-natural program designed balance hormones and clients typically lose 15+ lbs in 28 days while minimizing symptoms of hormone imbalance. Info: 516-743-9930. Clairvoyant Development Classes – With Tori Quisling, Clairvoyant Practitioner. Learn powerful intuitive tools that completely change their life. Classes include personal training in small groups in meditation, healing and balancing the aura and chakras through work with a personal healing guide and readings. Also learn about dreams, the Akashic Records, mediumship, and an array of metaphysical topics. Classes ongoing. More info: 516-423-1794 or Prenatal Yoga Classes – Designed to offer expecting moms the tools needed to be mentally, spiritually and physically fit during their journeys to motherhood. Breathe N Flow Yoga: 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. 2882 Long Beach Rd, Oceanside. 516-544-2188. For schedule: Psychic Mediumship Development Course – Tori Quisling, M.Ed, Clairvoyant Practitioner, offers a weekly course in learning to use clairvoyance in your life. By the end of the course, you will be able to meditate “Find Your Space,” give readings and work with your own Healing Guide. Customized program, begin when ready. Discounts when you join with a friend. NY Center for Clairvoyant Development, 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. 516-423-1794. YogAnalysis on the Road – Bring our YogAnalysis workshop to your studio or teacher training. More info: or

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

sunday Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 9am. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. “Crawlers” (and Pre-Crawlers) – 3-3:45pm. $30/ class, $140/5-wk series. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Register: Yin Yoga – 5:30-6:45pm. Also Mon, 8:15-9:30pm. A series of floor poses held for a longer duration of time in order to lengthen the connective tissues of the body. This helps us maintain a healthy range of motion in our joints and allows for the flow of energy. This practice is a great counter to the more active practices especially for athletes or those working through injuries. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.

monday Gentle and Moderate Kripalu Yoga/Stretch/ Strengthening Classes – Mon-Sat. With or without Thai Yoga Assisted Stretching. Intro class $20 or $30 with assisted stretching. Plainview, Port Washington, Roslyn & Great Neck. Carol: 516-242-8270 or Ashtanga Yoga: Mysore – 6-9am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Theraputic Flow – 9:30-10:45am. With Rita Trieger This curative practice combines yoga therapy techniques with vinyasa flow and restorative poses to help ease stiff or strained muscles and encourage healing on both the physical and emotional plane. Specific attention is paid to easing low back, hips and hamstrings. All levels welcome. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Gentle Yoga for Healthy Aging – 10-11:15am. Also Wed. Stretch and breathe while learning about key muscles involved in the postures and how we can engage them to create a deeper and more stable practice. Using yoga we will maintain strength and flexibility, along with dignity and grace. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.

Baby and Me Yoga – 11am-12pm. With Joanna Asher. The perfect way to spend some peaceful bonding time with your little one and meet other like-minded caregivers as well. Yoga Nanda: Long Beach, 52 E Park Ave, Long Beach. Breathe, Flow and Meditate – 5pm. Also Wed. This open level class is the perfect blend of asana, pranayama and meditation. Be guided through a mini-yoga asana practice designed to provide the physical space needed to sit comfortably during guided meditation practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Breast Cancer Support Group – 6-7:30pm. Women who have had breast cancer will have the opportunity to meet in this group. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Support for Caregivers of People with Breast Cancer – 6-7:30pm. Any person who is experiencing the stress and anxiety of caring for a loved one with breast cancer should attend this group. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Pilates for Beginner – 6:30-7:30pm. Also Tues, 9:15am. A free trial by appointment. Come join the therapeutic-grade of Pilates class. Small group setting so you can get personal attention. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998. Big Kids Yoga – 7:15-8:15pm. Ages 11-14. Promotes physical health, self-confidence, awareness, and mental focus in a safe and lighthearted environment. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Free Teleclass: Essential Oils – 7:30pm. 1st Mon. Learn all about how essential oils can support the systems of the body. Different topic each month: athletics, adrenal fatigue, kids, pets, menopause. More info & registration: Tai Chi & Qigong – 7:50-8:50pm. Good for recovery from injury, physical limitation, mind-body connection. Benefits of circulation, strengthen, balance and stress reduction. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516330-8998. YinYoga – 8:15-9:30pm. See Sun listing. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.

tuesday Vinyasa Flow – 9:30am. Basics. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Yin Yoga – 9:30am. A practice in which asanas (poses) are held for extended periods to increase flexibility and juice up the joints and ligaments, releasing energetic blockages that may be holding you back in your yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. YogiBaby – 11am. For mom and baby (newborn to active crawler). Regain strength and tone while bonding with your baby. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.


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

wednesday Gentle Yoga for Healthy Aging – 10-11:15am. See Mon listing. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Knit and Chat: Breast Cancer Survivors – 11:30am-1pm. Last Wed. Spend time working on a project while chatting with other breast cancer survivors. Bring your knitting or crochet project or make a scarf to donate to someone currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Chair Yoga – 12pm. Adapts yoga positions through creative use of a chair. Most of the class is done seated in a chair or using it as support. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

Breathe, Flow and Meditate – 5pm. See Mon listing. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Theater for Life – 6pm, teens; 7:15pm, adults. A therapeutic group, an experience in dramatic storytelling in supportive community. For more info: 516-655-0573 or Prenatal Yoga – 7:15pm. Designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. org


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

Meditation/Restorative Yoga – 7:30pm. Guided meditation and restorative asana for all levels; various meditation techniques taught and reviewed. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Gentle Yoga & Meditation for Stress Relief – 7:308:45pm. Come to relax and relief your stress. Gentle stretch and yoga pose with flow the energy, peace and calm for meditation. Harmony Yoga & Dance, 3050 Merrick Rd, Wantagh. For more details, Mariko: 516-330-8998.

friday Gentle/Restorative Yoga – 9:30am. Gentle asana and restorative postures supported by props allow gravity and flow of breath to release the body and encourage deep relaxation. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Support Group – 10-11:30am. When a person first hears they are diagnosed with breast cancer they have a million questions, fears, and are looking for support. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. For info & to register, Erin Nau: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Spring Buddhaful Baby & Me – 12-12:45pm. Ages 5 wks-crawling. $30/class, $110/4-wk series. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Register: Community Yoga: Donation-Based – 4-5pm. A vinyasa flow class that will stretch the body and clear the mind. All donations collected each month go to supporting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation & Flying Frogs Yoga. Donate what you can. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Refuge Recovery – 8-9pm. With Chris Webel. These meetings are open to and appropriate for anyone in, or interested in, recovery from any forms of addictive behavior. Free. Yoga Nanda: Long Beach, 52 E Park Ave, Long Beach. 516-889-0808.

saturday Pre-Natal Yoga – 9am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Yin Yoga – 9-10:15am. A practice in which asanas (poses) are held for extended periods to increase flexibility and juice up the joints and ligaments, releasing energetic blockages that may be holding you back in your yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

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

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CHIROPRACTOR CENTER FOR THE ALIGNMENT OF BODY, MIND & SPIRIT Dr. Gina Marino • Wantagh 516-221-3500 • Dr. Marino utilizes a combination of gentle chiropractic spinal adjustments, Reiki and bodywork to reduce pain, lessen the effects of stress on your system, restore flexibility and ensure optimum vitality. See ad on page 23.


Locations in Smithtown and Garden City 516-640-5322 • Private, safe, comfortable. Lose weight, gain energy, improve skin and sleep, and help reduce the risk of disease. Spa-like atmosphere. Feel completely relaxed. Pre-Post cleanse nutrients provided. See ad on page 7.


Steven M. Rachlin, MD, PC 927 Willis Ave, Albertson, NY 11507 (30 mins from Manhattan) 516-873-7773

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

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

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


Essentially Powerful Worldwide 516-624-2332 Your wholesale and retail resource for Young Living Essential Oils. Free workshops, trainings, and support in use and application of pure therapeuticgrade EOs. Opportunity to grow your own distributorship if desired. Your guide to vibrant health, emotional freedom, abundant living. See ad on page 29.


516-817-8781 Feng Shui is a combination of knowledge, experience, and insight gathered over thousands of years to promote balance and prosperity. Anahid Naldjian is a certified practitioner and is available for residential or business consultations. Free 15-minute consultation with ad.

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


444 Community Dr, Ste 204, Manhasset 516-627-8400 • A practice that cares for you like family. The philosophy of our dental wellness center is a wholebody approach working closely with your healthcare practitioners that you already have a relationship with. The practice incorporates the teaching of Huggins, IOAMT, and much more. See ad on page 9.


Diane is an Ordained Interfaith Minister, Certified in Past Life Regression by Dr. Brian Weiss, MD and the Weiss Institute and is also a Certified Hypnotist.  Diane offers spiritually based work which combines a variety of healing modalities to offer personalized plans for healing, support, personal growth and transformation. Divine Directions’s mission is  to bless your body, mind & heart with deep peace, ease and comfort; to create safe spaces for you to heal and release stress and old patterns that keep you stuck in suffering; and to inspire you to embrace your full potential as a wondrous being of light and beauty. See ad on page 13.


Healer Long Beach, Lynbrook and NYC, NY call or textL 845-706-2152 Michelle has been blessed with the gift of healing. Experience transformative healing energy and insight for your personal well-being. Each session is unique to the needs of the individual. See ad on page 25.

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560 Northern Blvd, Ste 109, Great Neck 516-676-0200 Specializing in detoxification and preventative health care. We are fully present in your visit so you feel safe, appreciated and heard.


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 8.


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 29.



Arden has extensive training and experience as a humanistic and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and is a licensed creative arts therapist. She works with individuals, couples, and families; adults, children and teens. She offers various therapeutic group experiences including theater for life. All levels of psychiatric and life challenges, creativity development, relationship healing and enrichment.

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SCHOOLS PROGRESSIVE SCHOOL OF LONG ISLAND 1425 Merrick Ave, 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 43.



The Healing Center 200 W 57th St, Ste 807 New York 212-581-0101 If you have a disease or condition that you haven’t been able to get rid of, Ozone Therapy will most likely be the answer, even for people that have suffered for years and have lost all hope. If you are questioning if your condition can be treated, call or email Dr. Robins. See ad on page 55.

140 Cove Road, Oyster Bay 516-721-4216 Everveda’s mission is to restore and rejuvenate the lives of those who seek better health. Tucked away from the chaos of the outside world, our sacred grounds are home to many healing practices such as ayurvedic spa treatments, reiki, abhyanga, shirodhara, svedana, and facials to name a few. If you are looking for a community to heal and grow with, EverVeda is your home away from home! See ad on page 13.

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11 Stewart Ave, Huntington, NY 11743 631-547-4100 Come visit our relaxing medically supervised facility for a Vitamin Drip. Improve your energy levels, immune health, and enhance your overall appearance.



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


1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury 516-682-YOGA Two beautiful, peaceful studios provide the perfect environment for the union of body and soul. 50+ classes per week in a variety of yoga styles and levels from beginner to energetic, strengthening warm vinyasa yoga. We also offer kids, pre- and post-natal yoga (yogi baby), restorative yoga, yoga for fertility, Pilates and barre. See ad on page 21.


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 23.

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

Be embraced by the warmth of community and be celebrated for who you truly are. Your home away from home; your refuge in a busy life. Here your body is strengthened and soothed while your spirit is nurtured. See ad on page 41.

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Upcycle your extracted teeth

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

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

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