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I was speaking with my daughter’s friend the other day. This little girl has gone through a lot: the loss of her father to a horrifying disease; Hurricane Sandy, which uprooted her family; and some personal health issues. I mention her background simply because it’s important to understand what I’m going to share next. We were talking about life (as us moms sometimes do with these 10-year-olds), when she mentioned in no uncertain terms, “I am an atheist.” She went on to say: “I believe in science! You know, you seem really smart. I’m actually surprised that you believe in something like that.” Hmmmm, I thought to myself. Something like what? What does she think I believe, simply because I believe in God? “You know, honey,” I responded. “I faced a time when my son was very ill, and the doctors and science couldn’t figure it out. At the exact same time, my husband began undergoing tests to diagnosis a rare liver disease that would later turn into an even rarer form of cancer. Science solved both these problems. So, I can certainly see why you believe in science. I do, too. The cure for my husband’s condition though—the science—well, it nearly killed him at least four times over a five-year period. It took a very long time for science to come through. “Faith is not what helped the illnesses,” I went on to say. “No way. That was pure and simply skilled surgeons, physicians and medicine—science. Faith was what helped ME. “Funny thing is, I get it. When people said to me during those turbulent times, ‘God doesn’t give us more than we can handle,’ I wanted to vomit or scream. Really? So, there’s a guy up there looking through a book saying, ‘Well, Kelly is of tough Irish and German stock. Let’s give her BOTH a sick son AND husband because, well, the lady around the block wouldn’t be able to handle it’? Likewise, it’s hard for people to believe in a God that performs selective miracles. Honestly, if there’s a God, then how the heck did those goons take down our Twin Towers???? Again, I get it. I, too, have doubts—daily, sometimes hourly. Yet, reflecting on my own experience, I know it was a MIRACLE that I didn’t just curl up in the fetal position and have a nervous breakdown. I had no answers, other than the occasional bottle of white wine (that part I didn’t share with her ). The only thing I had was my faith; the one thing I could call on during my darkest hours. “So, honey, that is why I’m sad. Not because you don’t believe in God, but because you have no one to yell at, pray to, blame and thank. And nothing to call on for strength. For some, faith is a ‘maybe’; for some it’s an ‘absolute’; for some it’s a ‘revolution’ or a ‘cause’; for others, it’s a ‘less-than-one-percent chance.’ Yet, for all that have faith, it is there when they need it.” That conversation impacted me tremendously. So has December’s Awakening Humanity issue, which has some amazing articles regarding the existence of something other than ourselves, including “Near-Death Experiences” and a powerful piece by Eckhart Tolle, who is referred to as one of the world’s most spiritually influential people. I like to think that December’s issue is a gift, a gift of faith. I hope you enjoy the spirit of the season—and I hope you like my gift. Kelly Martinsen, Publisher

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elebrate the grand opening of the holistic wellness center Pure & Simple Health December 9 through 12 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The week-long free event will include an introduction to the Pure & Simple Health team, free Zyto biofeedback assessments, healthy snacks, free chair massages, raffles for several complementary services and 20 percent off excipient- and preservative-free nutritional supplements. Pure & Simple Health offers a comfortable healing environment that educates and inspires the mind, body and spirit. Event location: 128 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre. For more information, call 516-203-7442. See ad on page 11.

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arol Leitner, MBA, certified kripalu yoga instructor and Thai yoga bodyworker, has enjoyed marketing and supporting the holistic health practitioner community for more than 15 years via her numerous organizations, the most recent one being The Wellness and Entrepreneurs’ Exchange. Her mission is to educate the community on how to keep body, mind and spirit optimally healthy, as well as refer the public to the very talented local holistic doctor/practitioner community.   To that end, Leitner is hosting another health fair, the Holistic Health Expo, on Sunday, December 8, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton Plainview. Expo attendees will find excellent holistic doctors, practitioners and advanced energy healers (i.e., holistic dentistry, chiropractic, spinal rejuvenation, BrainCore Therapy, ayurvedic medicine, Reiki and massage). Also available will be healthy weight-loss, nutritional and organic skin-care products, essential oils and sacred jewelry. Learn about local yoga, Thai yoga bodywork, Pilates, qigong classes and trainings. Speak to Brittany Winter at Blu Chip Marketing about how to best market your practice via social media, etc., or to Naini Nakagawa about her spiritual singles organization and holistic workshops in Queens and New York City. Get a massage or an intuitive, chakra, channeled or psychic reading. Bring your insurance card and have cardiologist Dr. Perry Frankel and staff do free preventive cardiac testing on you. Join us at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and hear Nancy Deutsch, LCSW and CHT, host of the Inspired & Empowered Living radio show, speak on the amazing power of intuition. And shop for healthy holiday gifts! Cost: $7. Location: 333 S. Service Rd., Plainview. For more information or to RSVP, call Carol Leitner at 516-242-8270 or email her at Limited vendor tables available.

How to Avoid Root Canals


ne of the most dreaded statements a dentist can make is “You need a root canal.” Root Canal Therapy (RCT) more than any other procedure is associated in the minds of the public with agonizing pain and suffering. Most people have heard of at least one horror story of suffering before, during or after RCT. Some have even experienced this Dr. Alex Shvartsman for themselves. So, avoiding RCT should be on everyone’s top 10 631-361-3577 list, especially if you are already nervous about going to the dentist. PREVENTION: Every large filling, crown, root canal or extraction, with the exception of trauma or wisdom teeth, had its beginnings as a tiny cavity. Avoidance of diagnosis (regular exams by a dentist or X-rays); delaying of treatment; or your dentist’s lack of available modern technology, such as decay-detecting lasers and lights, can result in a cavity getting so big that RCT becomes necessary. PULP CAPS: Placing liners or bases in deep cavities to protect and soothe the nerve is nothing new. However, advances in modern dental materials has made it possible to perform “pulp caps” in a much more predictable way. New materials such as resin-modified calcium silicates and mineral tioxide aggregate have made pulp caps a highly predictable procedure. These materials release the building block of tooth structure into the nerve and soften tooth to help rebuild the tooth’s integrity and allow the nerve to heal in a nontoxic environment. In fact, Dr. Jeffrey Etess of Smithtown, New York, developed a technique that predictably helps save children’s adult teeth from needing root canals even when the cavity reaches the nerve. In fact, he is one of the few dentists in the country that comfortably treats children. BIOMIMETIC DENTISRY: It is the most modern approach to tooth reconstruction based on the latest science and techniques. Its primary tenet is to rebuild teeth to mimic nature’s design. Tooth conservation and nerve protection is at the heart of this dental approach. There are currently a little more than 250 biomimetic dentists trained at the Alleman-Deliperi Center for Biomimetic Dentistry and three of them practice in Smithtown. Biomimetic dentistry’s

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Sixth-Grade Geologists Perform Using Ringing Rocks


t’s not easy to get 11- and 12-yearold sixth graders excited about rocks. But that’s not the case at the Waldorf School of Garden City. The sixth grade has been studying the Earth’s core, learning Earth science models of plate tectonics and discovering the geologic records of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks. To top off the experience, the class visited Ringing Rocks State Park in Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania. “This isn’t your usual geology field trip,” says teacher Claudia Hart. “Ringing Rocks is a very unique geologic site.” What makes Ringing Rocks so unique is that when the rocks are struck with a hammer, they sound as if they are metal and hollow and ring with a sound similar to a metal pipe being struck. Joining the class for this geologic field trip was Dr. Dale Stuckenbruck, Waldorf’s orchestra director. After exploring and studying the features of the site, the student-geologists—with hammers in-hand—performed a few songs. Source: The Waldorf School, 225 Cambridge Ave., Garden City. For more information, call 516-742-3434 Ext. 301, or visit See ad on page 33.

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ovanta, a world leader in sustainable waste management and renewable energy, announced this summer a new 20-year agreement with New York City Department of Sanitation to transport and sustainably dispose of municipal solid waste (MSW) delivered to a pair of marine transfer stations located in Queens and Manhattan. Covanta is the largest owner and operator of Energy-from-Waste (EfW) facilities in North America and plans to utilize capacity at existing facilities to convert the city’s MSW into clean energy. It is anticipated New York City will deliver approximately 800,000 tons of MSW per year, which reflects the city’s continued efforts to reduce waste generation and increase recycling. Source:

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ost people fail in their ability to quit smoking due to lack of support and access to the tools and nutrients needed to quit. Inner Source Health can provide support and get you ready for your 2014 commitment. On December 12 at 7 p.m. at Inner Source Health, located in Huntington, Dr. Siobhan Hanlon, ND, will discuss the Dr. Siobhan Hanlon, ND use of naturopathic remedies to help support your system during this transitional time. Donna Nesteruk, LAc, will discuss the NADA (National Acupuncture Detox Association) protocol, which is recognized worldwide for the use of all types of addictive and emotional disorders. Hanlon is devoted to helping people through her holistic approach. She continues to make huge strides at Inner Source Health, unifying science with natural complementary methodologies. Nesteruk is a licensed acupuncturist and is nationally board certified by the NCCAOM (the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Nesteruk is one of very few practitioners that have experience in using acutonics and vibrational therapy. She has been expertly trained by NADA for smoking cessation and other addictive behaviors. Cost: Free. Event location: 11 Stewart Ave., Huntington. Seats are limited. RSVP by calling 631-421-1848.


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Hot Stone Massage Workshop with Amy Kolasky, LMT


ot stone massage incorporates the use of smooth, heated stones used as an extension of the therapists’ own hands or by placing them on the body during massage. The heat is deeply relaxing and will help warm up tight muscles allowing the therapist to work into the deeper muscle layers while reducing wear and tear on their hands. In this one-day workshop, to be held December 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Syosset Campus of the New York College of Health Professions, participants will learn how to provide a safe and effective full-body hot stone massage through a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice. Knowledge of this specialty treatment is a must for working in a spa or wellness center environment and will allow therapists to maximize earning potential in their private practice.  Please bring a set of stones (min. of 10), electric roaster or skillet, two small white or light-colored towels (dish towel size), one medium bath towel, woodenslatted spoon, small bowl, two sheets (at least one flat), bolster, face cradle, and massage oil or gel to class. This course is 7 CE credits. Cost: $150 if registered by Dec. 2, $175 after. Location: 6801 Jericho Tpke, Syosset. For more information and to register, call 1-800-922-7337 or visit

John Hinrichsen Launches “My Personal Motivator”


ohn Hinrichsen, creator and owner of Tao Cycle, Image Cycling and JCH Interactive Coaching, is concerned that when it comes to exercise, most of us just dabble. There is something that holds us back from fully committing. Likewise, it often may be hard to get out to the Vanderbilt Planetarium, in Centerport, where he holds his Image Cycling classes most Thursday evenings. These are some reasons he created “My Personal Motivator,” or MPM. “My Personal Motivator is a way for you to bring John Hinrichsen the inspiration of the Image Cycling rides into your world whenever you feel the need,” explains Hinrichsen. It is not only for those people familiar with the Image Cycling class; the My Personal Motivator is a unique form of coaching that pairs goal coaching with exercise. Creating your own MPM is simple to do, and starts with a 30-minute discovery session phone call with Hinrichsen that allows the two of you to create your own personal audio program. Hinrichsen dives into what your goals/dreams and obstacles are by asking such questions as: “What moves you and what holds you back? What inspiration are you looking for?” Once you complete your coaching session, Hinrichsen creates a unique and motivational audio recording for you to listen to while exercising or when you’re in need of an inspirational boost. My Personal Motivator takes one week to complete after the 30-minute discovery session takes place. “Energy drinks only lasts a few hours, My Personal Motivator lasts a lifetime,” adds Hinrichsen. For more information, visit See ad on page 19.


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ori Quisling, clairvoyant practitioner and author of The Clairvoyant Practitioner: A Simple Guide to Developing Your Clairvoyant Abilities, has been a clairvoyant teacher and intuitive aromatherapist for more than 25 years. She is also the founder of the NY Center for Clairvoyant Development. Quisling will be offering a new Intuitive Aromatherapy Blending Course Sunday, December 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Port Washington. Tori Quisling Essential oils are a natural way to open you up to your clairvoyant abilities. Learn to make your own blend for yourself or as a holiday gift. Quisling offers a small group hands-on workshop to learn about your intuitive and healing abilities. She offers training in psychic abilities as well as essential oils. Event cost: $125 ($100 when registered by Dec. 1). Location: 150 Bayview Ave., Port Washington. For more information, call 516-423-1794, email or visit


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ater is one of nature’s most important gifts to mankind. Water is essential for life and controls virtually every aspect of our health. Our body is more than 70 percent water. It is recommended that you drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of pure, fresh water each day. If you weigh 150 pounds, this means that you need to drink at least 75 ounces of water. If you drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages, you will need to drink significantly more, as these products cause you to lose water from your body.

Here are the benefits of water: • Necessary for the digestion and absorption of food • Helps maintain proper muscle tone • Lubricates joints • Supplies oxygen and nutrients to the cells • Lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver by flushing out waste products • Serves as a natural air conditioning system There is a connection between quality of water and healthful longevity. Research supports that ionized alkaline water is the most superior drinking water available. Alkaline ionized water has been electrically enhanced by running it over positive and negative electrodes and is separated into alkaline and acidic water. There are three distinct benefits of this type of water. Alkaline ionized water has a pH well above 7.0 to neutralize the excess acidity in our body. Acidity is brought on by poor diet and stress. Acidity is a major contributor to illness and disease. The second benefit of alkaline ionized water is that it has a high oxidative reduction potential, which means it serves as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are important in quenching free radicals that cause accelerated aging and disease. Alkaline ionized water also has very small microclusters of water which allow the water to absorb into the cells of our body four times faster than other waters. Nutrients in food cooked with ionized water are more absorbable, increasing nutritional value. Nutritional supplements taken with ionized water are more easily absorbed as well. Recovery time from exercise is decreased due to rapid rehydration. If you already feel that you drink a lot of water, but it runs right through you, try alkaline ionized water. Ionized water is the fastest way to keep you hydrated at a cellular level. For optimal health, you need to stay hydrated. Be proactive about drinking water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Some studies have shown that people confuse hunger with dehydration. Instead of going for the unnecessary junk food, grab a glass of alkaline ionized water and see how you feel. Source: Dr. Ruben Rafaelov, of Pure & Simple Health, located at 128 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre. For more information, call 516-203-7442. See ad on page 11.

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Eating Right and Still Gaining Weight? It’s Not the Food


ave you been struggling eating the right diet, be it gluten-free, macrobiotic, rawvegan or otherwise, and not feeling the way you should or losing the weight you’d expect? At this point, it’s not the food—it’s your body’s function. This is a problem I see with many of my patients. It is frustrating and can sometimes cause people to throw in the towel. I believe understanding the true issue at hand can be empowering. To begin, calories-in, calories-out is not a direct equation. The efficiency of food energy use is far more important. Those with a so-called “slow metabolism” will not efficiently utilize energy and get rid of waste. A slow metabolism can have a variety of causes, but most can be summed into three basic functions of the body. Digestion, hormone balance and inflammation control. These three functions impact how the body will use your food and to what means and ends. Digestion is how our body takes the food we eat, breaks it down, absorbs it, transports nutrients to their target tissues, utilizes and then excretes waste. Any interruption in those steps is a breakdown in the digestive process. Over time, digestive problems will cause hormonal changes due to developing nutritional deficiencies and response to growing inflammation as a result of undigested food particles being attacked by the immune response both in the small intestines as well as the blood. The so-called “leaky-gut syndrome.” As you can see, a digestive problem all on its own can cause hormone and immune changes. Digestive problems will also cause “malDr. David Pollack, DC nutrition,” a state that will cause constant hunger and often a craving for carbohydrates, the food most easily digested.  Hormone imbalances run the show when it comes to weight any many other health concerns. We are not just talking about reproductive hormones. Thyroid, cortisol, leptins, and the entire HPA-G axis (hypothalamus pituitary adrenal gonadal). These hormones tell your body what to do. If they are not sending the message due to imbalance, or even deficiency, you are not losing weight almost no matter what you do. It’s important to try to rebuild the body’s ability to manufacture and balance all the body’s hormones. Usually one hormone out of range is a sign of a multitude that likely have not even been tested. Inflammation is a powerful process that not only directly causes swelling, but also causes major shifts in hormone balance, primarily causing the over release of cortisol. Cortisol controls the inflammatory process, but also blood sugar and likely has the strongest influence on weight of any hormone. Even a chronic shoulder, headache or low back pain can contribute to the body’s inflammatory load and effect cortisol levels. Over time, breakdowns of the digestive tract, difficulty managing and manufacturing hormones, and mitigating inflammation will cause the body to gain weight, but not lose it. There are multiple ways to determine if you have issues in any of these areas, especially because sometimes there are little to no direct symptoms letting you know you have a problem. I recommend a competent and experienced holistic wellness practitioner to help find and solve these incredibly important health issues to unlock the potential to lose weight and keep it off. Source: Dr. David Pollack. Location: Pollack Wellness Institute (formerly Creating Wellness Center) is located at 66 Commack Rd., Commack. For more information, call 631-462-0801 or visit See ads on pages 21 and 35.


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Cranberries Support Healthy Circulation


egularly drinking cranberry juice may help control blood pressure, according to new findings presented at the American Heart Association’s High Blood Pressure Research 2012 Scientific Sessions. Cranberry juice, the researchers note, is rich in antioxidants—naturally occurring molecules that have been associated with the blood pressure-lowering benefit. U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers discovered a moderate systolic pressure reduction—about three points—for people that drank two eight-ounce glasses of cranberry juice every day for eight weeks. Because of the sugar calories in juice, consider the alternative of a whole-food cranberry supplement.

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il pulling is based on the thought process that there are toxins in your body that can be safely drawn out by your gums through the act of swishing oil in your mouth for 10 minutes or longer. There seems to be a lot of people on the Internet trying various oils and various techniques. “I can’t say much about which oil you should or shouldn’t use other than if you are going to try it, you might as well go with what the experts say, sesame or sunflower oil,” says Dr. Linda Golden, of the Golden Dental Wellness Center. How to do it? Golden recommends begin first thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth, eating or drinking. Take 1 Tbsp of either sesame or sunflower oil in your mouth, tilt your chin up and slowly swish, suck, chomp and pull through the teeth. Do this for at least 10 minutes. Fifteen to 20 minutes is better. You want the oil to become a thin, white foam when you finally spit it out. If it’s still yellow, you haven’t done it long enough. Dr. Linda J. Golden, DDS DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL. Again, the idea being that the toxins are drawn out of your body and into the oil. So don’t swallow the oil! “Spit it out in the toilet when your mouth is full and rinse your mouth out well,” advises Golden. “DO NOT GARGLE IN THE THROAT. THE OIL IS MEANT TO BE SWISHED IN THE MOUTH ONLY. I know Deepak Chopra said gargle, but according to everything I have read that’s not safe, so stick to swishing.” DO IT SLOWLY. “You can do this two more times during the day if you want to detox faster,” adds Golden. “Make sure you do it on an empty stomach.” It is recommended if you are going to do it more than once per day to make sure that you have not eaten in the last four hours. “Let me say it one more time, DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL,” says Golden. “It may now contains parasites and bacteria! At least according to the theory. But I wouldn’t swallow it anyway; I would suspect your stomach would not like it.” Source: Dr. Linda Golden, DDS, of Golden Dental Wellness Center. Location: 444 Community Dr., Suite 204, Manhasset, 516-627-8400, See ad on page 13.

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n a daily basis, you are exposed to toxins that inhibit your body’s ability to function optimally. These toxins are absorbed through the air, food and water you ingest and the hygiene products slathered on your body. “In a study spearheaded by the Environmental Working Group ( in collaboration with Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. Tests revealed a total of 287 chemicals in the group. The umbilical cord blood of these 10 children, collected by Red Cross after the cord was cut, harbored pesticides, consumer product ingredients, and wastes from burning coal, gasoline, and garbage.”(1) If these chemicals are being found in pregnant women, imagine what accumulates in your body day after day. With this significant burden of chemicals, it is the liver that has the strenuous job of trying to eliminate these toxins from the body. As these toxins accumulate in the body, various symptoms slowly begin to appear. As toxic molecules circulate throughout the blood, they enter your brain and wreak havoc on your memory and concentration. Your joints fill with inflammation, leading to aches and pains. The skin tries to push these toxins out, resulting in blemishes, acne and body odor. Overall, as toxins take hold in the body, organs and glands struggle to keep up with their job and disease begins. Most people don’t realize that more than 75 percent of the immune system is in your digestive tract. So to compound the body burden our immune system gets placed on high alert with poor food choices. This leads to inflammation in our gut, causing weight gain, gas, bloating and bowel problems. Longterm bowel problems affect our hormones and neurotransmitters (molecules that help our mood stay balanced), which will cause depression, anxiety and weight gain. A naturopathically designed detoxification program begins by evaluating your health and tailoring a detox to safely meet your individual needs. It will provide you with the tools needed to package up and excrete your toxic load, which will relax and strengthen your immune system. 1. Environmental Working Group. Body Burden: The Pollution in Newborns. July 14, 2005. Source: Dr. Siobhan Hanlon, ND, of Inner Source Health. Devoted to helping people through her holistic approach, she continues to make huge strides at Inner Source Health, unifying science with natural complementary methodologies. Inner Source Health has offices in Huntington and New York City. For more information, call 631-421-1848 or visit See ad on page 15.


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What Is Periodontal Disease?


eriodontal disease is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and bones. It has been linked to heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and other systemic diseases. Periodontic specialists are dentists that specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are experts in the treatment of oral inflammation. Periodontists often treat more problematic periodontal cases, such as severe gum disease or complex medical history. Some patients’ periodontal Dr. Jonathan Richter needs can easily be managed by a general dentist. What is DDS, FAGD striking is there is more and more research that suggests a relationship between periodontal disease and other chronic diseases of aging. Due to this link, there are times when patients with complex cases are being managed by both a dentist and a periodontist. Source: Dr. Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, of Cardiodontal. Offices in Great Neck and Manhattan. For more information, call 516-282-0310 or visit Cardiodontal. com. See ad on back page.

Acupuncture and Weight Loss on Long Island


eight gain has been attributed to many factors, including change in digestive abilities or environment, hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, poor nutrition choices, and lack of physical exercise. Recently, there has been an increase in the utilization of acupuncture as part of a comprehensive weight-loss strategy. The rationale for using acupuncture for weight control is based on the premise that weight gain could be the result of disturbed energy flow to and from the regulating center of the brain, called the hypothalamus. Recently, there is great interest in the ability of acupuncture to influence obesity hormones, affect digestion, and increase metabolism and energy. Specific research has further shown that acupuncture has been clinically proven to decrease leptin, which is the hormone that regulates fat storage. The guiding truth in oriental medicine is that acupuncture can power up other weight-loss regulating meridians by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used by the body. Source: Ni Nan Healing Art Center located at 2326 Merrick Rd., Merrick. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 516-442-7408 or visit See ad on page 5.


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Meditation Helps Heal Traumatized Veterans


ranscendental Meditation (TM) has a dramatic healing effect on people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can also result in lower blood pressure, according to two new studies. TM—a technique to avoid distracting thoughts, decrease stress and promote a state of relaxed awareness— reduced PTSD symptoms in combat veterans by as much as 50 percent in just eight weeks, according to a study from Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., published in the journal Military Medicine. The veterans also reported decreased depression and improved quality of life, with a greater ability to come back to their civilian lives after returning from duty. Vietnam War vets randomly assigned to TM sessions at a Denver Veterans Center also experienced greater reductions in alcohol usage, insomnia and depression than those in conventional counseling. At the conclusion of a landmark three-month study, 70 percent of the meditating veterans felt they no longer required the services of the center. A separate American Heart Association report on the general U.S. population showed that the practice of TM generally reduced systolic blood pressure in subjects by five points and diastolic by three points, enough to put many of them into normal range. Previous clinical trials have shown that lower blood pressure through TM practice is associated with significantly lower rates of death, heart attack and stroke. TM is usually practiced for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day by sitting comfortably and focusing on an individually selected word or series of words.

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


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

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

Oxygen’s reputation precedes it. The human body is largely composed of it, most of our metabolic energy production comes from it, and all our internal processes are regulated by it. In fact, we can’t live without it. When every cell is properly oxygenated, the immune system can function and maintain itself relatively undis Despite such a stellar track record, ozone turbed. So, it’s clear that oxygen is an integral therapy is not usually the treatment of choice piece of the wellness puzzle, but what about for those patients struggling with disease. ozone? Only one little molecule separates When they come to Robins for help, it’s usually it from our beloved oxygen, yet the term is because every other doctor they have tried has bound to leave many scratching their heads. been unable to offer relief. Some other counDr. Howard Robins The medical ozone we speak of is known for tries legally mandate the use of ozone in all ridding the body of toxins, eradicating sickness, and giving pre-and post-op instances to prevent infection; ours remains hope to those who otherwise would have spent their lives relatively in the dark, unaware of the benefits and impresriddled with chronic disease. Together with oxygen, it just sive results of ozone. Would you believe that in Germany may be the disease-fighting superhero you never knew if a patient is not given the choice between antibiotics and existed. ozone treatment, his or her doctor could be accused of medical negligence? As a founding member of the Ameri “Ozone acts like a super antioxidant and is a super can Academy of Ozonotherapy (AAO) and The Internadetoxifier that selectively, like a claw or glue, attaches to tional Association for Ozone in Healthcare and Dentistry and eliminates all viruses, fungus, yeast and mold, as well (IAOHD), Robins has lectured around the world on medical as every form of bacteria, toxic metal and pathogen from ozone’s benefits. the body,” explains Dr. Howard Robins, considered the foremost clinical expert in North America on bio-oxidative Ozone therapy is remarkably safe when done cortherapy, who has been administering ozone therapy to parectly, but there are side effects—just not the kind you want tients for more than 22 years. Just like clutter in life leads to to avoid. “People fall asleep easier, sleep better, and have diminished performance, the motley build-up of unwanted more energy,” shares Robins. “Their nails and hair grow parasitic organisms in our bodies paves the way for disease longer, stronger and faster. Their complexion is healthier, or causes it directly. and their blood circulates better.” Since 1990, Robins has administered more than 185,000 safe direct IV ozone therapy and major autohemotherapy treatments. By combining medical-grade O2 (oxygen) and O3 (ozone gas) and safely delivering it into the body, over 45 thousand physicians in over 50 countries across the world have successfully eliminated distressed patients from diseases like herpes 1, 2 and 6, shingles, mul-


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imone Antonio Natural Fragrances were developed by Simone Tate after a lifelong passion for fashion design and creating natural soaps from essential oils. Simone studied with some of the foremost perfumers in the world, including Alec Lawless, in London, Charna Ethier and Mandy Aftel. Tate identified the need for these fragrances while studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology and noticing that while she enjoyed scents on her skin, synthetic perfumes and colognes left her with a reaction. Tate believed that there was a need for acetone-free fragrances and fragrances made with pure-grade essential oils, and uses only a base of natural grain alcohol. Her signature scents—two perfumes and one cologne—have a patchouli base. Tate sees herself growing the company by adding more scents to her fragrance line and moving into soaps, lotions and natural clothing. These three scents can be purchased at the Healthy Garden in Ronkonkoma and at My Wellness Studio in Glenn Cove or online at For more information, visit See ad on page 19.


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id you know we are nonprofit?” asks Barbara Carver, director of admissions at New York College of Health Professions, in Syossett. “That means that all the tuition money that we receive goes right back into our school.” Yet this is not all that is different about this school. New York College has been a pioneer in holistic health and wellness for 30 years. In addition to the Syossett-based main campus, there are three locations in New York City. The college is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and Commissioner of Education. This means that all credits from the degree programs are transferable to other colleges and universities within New York State as well as to schools in other states. The Master of Science in Acupuncture and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), which is the recognized accrediting agency for programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. Aside from the accredited acupuncture and Oriental medicine degree programs, New York College offers certificate programs in various holistic disciplines, including massage and holistic nursing. With a survey of reported career placement of more than 90 percent in their field, the alumni are happy as well. New York College is equipped with its own clinic at both the Syosset location and the New York City locations. The Syosset location boasts the largest clinic of its kind, offering massage and Oriental medicine at nominal fees. This allows the student to get clinical practice under the watchful eye of a teacher and at the same time serves the mission of the school, which includes giving back to the community. Student-performed oneand-a-half hour acupuncture sessions cost $30 ($20 for seniors) and 50-minute massages cost $35 ($20 for seniors). Because New York College believes in a strong scientific background, students are well versed in both Western and Eastern medicine. This allows them the ability to have an informed and well-rounded approach. New York College has many plans for the New Year, including classes open to the public in areas such as women’s self-defense and ayurvedic nutrition.

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historic healthcare event, hosted by some of the world’s top health and nutrition experts, will be held January 10 to 12, in New York City, at the Hudson Theatre. When bestselling author and health and wellness adviser Brian Clement, Ph.D., was asked to diagnose the impetus for the seminar, his response was simple: “On the West Coast, people are often given opportunities to attend spectacular educational conferences, but no one does it on the East Coast. So, this will be the first.” Clement, a naturopathic medical doctor who spearheads the international progressive health movement, notes that Steven Shore, founder of The Real Truth About Health, helped hand-pick a panel of speakers known for being ethical, moral and open truth-tellers. When the people, companies, organizations and institutions that we and our parents before us have trusted our whole lives are not always looking out for us, we need to take back our power. For too many such entities, meeting their own personal or organizational financial goals may be more important than clients’ health. How do we take back that power? Knowledge. In addition to Clement—who has directed the renowned Hippocrates Health Institute for more than three decades—speakers include Jeffrey Smith; Dr. Richard Oppenlander; Dr. Michael Greger; Devra Davis, Ph.D.; Cherie Soria and Dan Ladermann; Dr. Hans Diehl; Steve “Sproutman” Meyerowitz; Joseph Keon; Elizabeth Grossman; and Anna Marie Clement, Ph.D. Topics include the raw food diet, GMO (genetically modified) food labeling, detoxification and myriad harmful environmental and lifestyle impacts related to the immune system, contributing to diabetes, cancer, rheumatologic and gastrointestinal diseases. The initiation of a healthy lifestyle is often met with firm opposition from mainstream America, Clement explains. There is a belief that when one begins to live a healthy lifestyle, it is an “extreme” or “unnatural” approach to living. Clement quotes internationally renowned cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr.: “The culture of society has convinced us that it is extreme to live in a healthy way.” Reactions to healthy initiatives often prompt excuses such as, “It’s a genetic predisposition for me to be obese or have heart disease.” Clement’s response to this is emphatic: “For 62 years at Hippocrates, we have worked at changing the course of disease. We can’t change genes; we aren’t God. What we change is lifestyle, and when we do, we are successful.” He states, “Every major disease will be addressed at the seminar, and you will be introduced to solutions. The curriculum for this event will be useful throughout one’s lifetime.” Cost: Register at (go to seminar tab). For more information, call 516-921-1417 or visit See ad on page 3. 26

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Tagging Toxins

Online Database Identifies Safe Products offers a new clearinghouse of information gathered by advocates investigating toxic chemicals in food, baby products, toys, furniture, construction materials and other consumer goods. Families, municipalities, builders and businesses can use it to identify potentially harmful products and find safer alternatives. Hosted by the Workgroup for Safe Markets (WSM), it’s a one-stop shop to provide information for consumers, retailers and manufacturers that are demanding safer products, says Beverley Thorpe, a WSM co-leader and consulting co-director for Clean Production Action. Mia Davis, vice president of health and safety at Beautycounter, who is expecting her first child, sees it as a resource for parents to find a full complement of safe products for their families. “More than ever,” she says, “people understand how important it is to shop with companies they trust and to support businesses working to create truly safe products.”

Intuitive Generosity Spontaneity Sparks Altruism

What makes people put “we” ahead of “me”? To find out, a group of Harvard University researchers enrolled thousands of people to play a “public good” game in which subjects were divided into small groups, given some money and the choice to keep it or contribute it to a common pool that would grow and benefit the entire group. Researchers discovered that those that made their decisions quickly were more likely to contribute to the common good. Taking it a step further, the researchers applied time pressure to the decision-making process. They then found that those faced with making a quick decision most often chose the “we” option, while those that spent more time deliberating ended up giving less money to the group kitty. The Massachusetts research team, which tested thousands of online worldwide participants, concluded that spontaneity and intuition guide people into rapid acts of kindness.

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globalbriefs Genuinely Greenwashed Six Ploys to Avoid in Eco-Purchases

A report by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing exposes these six “greenwashing” marketing ploys to watch out for when shopping: 1. Hidden Trade Off: A refurbished plasma TV might reduce the need of buying new at first, but new or not, such TVs are energy hogs. 2. No Proof: Can a third party verify claims such as “organic” or “allnatural”? 3. Vagueness: Beware of products claiming to be “chemical-free” or “no hormones added”. 4. Irrelevance: Claims that have no relationship to the product or might be made with any other product in the same category, such as [chlorofluorocarbon] CFC-free shaving gel. 5. Fibbing: A falsehood that can’t be backed up, such as “certified organic” for products for which no such certification exists. 6. Lesser of Two Evils: An attempt to put a green twist on a product that’s inherently harmful to humans and the environment, such as organic cigarettes.

Escalating Thirst

Endangered Western Tree Habitats A team of scientists at the University of Grenoble, in France, have isolated ultrasonic pops 100 times faster than what a human can hear in slivers of dead pine wood bathed in a hydrogel to simulate the conditions of a living tree. They exposed the gel to an artificially dry environment and listened for the noises that occurred as air bubbles built up, blocking water uptake, similar to what occurs to trees during drought. As leaves on a tree collect carbon dioxide, they open their pores, a process that leaves them particularly vulnerable to water loss. Douglas firs and pine trees can repair this damage as frequently as every hour, says Katherine McCulloh, a plant ecophysiologist at Oregon State University. However, the bubbles are deadly for other species. Today, the typical forest in the often thirsty American West contains an unnaturally high density of 112 to 172 trees per acre. Besides intercepting rain and snow that would otherwise enter the groundwater supply, such an overabundance threatens native species. “Deprived of [the effect of] low-intensity, naturally occurring fires, aspen, lupine, sequoia and fireweed can’t reproduce,” notes Jamie Workman, of the Environmental Defense Fund. “Deer lose edge habitat. Threatened owls and raptors can’t navigate through increasingly dense thickets.” Workman argues that thinning out small trees is the answer. Contributing source: 28

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Power Walking

Shoe Insert Generates Electricity Two Carnegie Mellon graduates, Matt Stanton and Hahna Alexander, are the founders of SolePower, a company making a shoe insert that stores the power generated by walking and running into a battery that can be instantly accessed via a USB port. Beta testing on the prototype has begun, with release expected next summer. The insert can be paired with any shoe type and feels like a regular, cushy insole, according to Stanton. The battery attaches to the ankle or the top of the shoe, and is charged after 2.5 miles of footsteps with enough power to run an iPhone. Runners needing to power heat-producing mittens in the winter could also benefit. Another application is emergency charging of cell phones and radios during power outages. People in developing nations likewise will have a reliable power source for mobile phones and other essential small electronics. Source:

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New Sustainable Currency Geared to Stabilize World Economy The Terra, an Internet-based trade reference currency (TRC), has been launched as a global complementary form of money to provide an inflation-resistant international value standard, stabilize the worldwide business cycle and realign stockholders’ interests with long-term sustainability. From a legal viewpoint, the Terra is standardized “countertrade� (international barter), which is routinely used for more than $1 trillion worth of transactions each year. Countertrade legislation already exists in about 200 countries, including all the major trading nations, so introducing the Terra does not require new intergovernmental agreements. Financial and currency expert Bernard Lietaer, one of the key architects of the European Currency Unit, the convergence mechanism that led to the Euro, posits the Terra as the first time since gold standard days that such a robust, inflationresistant international base value has been available. He says, “This supranational complementary currency is uniquely designed, unlike national currencies, to provide a stable international mechanism for contractual and payment purposes worldwide. This mechanism would automatically work to reverse the boom and busts of the business cycle and stabilize the economy by providing more cash during downturns and cooling off inflationary pressures in the peak of an upturn.� Perhaps most importantly, it is positioned to resolve the current conflict between short-term financial interest and long-term sustainability. The Terra works in parallel with national currencies. Source:

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I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. Every male patient that I nursed felt they had missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. They deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence. Women also spoke of this regret, but because most were from an older generation, many had not been breadwinners. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never

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he advice that the White Queen gave to young Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Through the LookingGlass might be some of the best to offer non-believers and skeptics that question the credibility of near-death experiences (NDE). When Alice protests, “One can’t believe impossible things,” the White Queen famously retorts, “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

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The majority of physicians and clinical researchers in the medical community continue to consider NDEs as impossible and merely pure fantasies generated by a surge of electrical activity as a dying brain runs out of oxygen. However, according to a Gallup poll, the 8 million Americans whose transcendental NDEs freed their consciousness to leave the body and enter into a wondrous reality that exists completely free of physicality, believe them to be real, meaningful and lifechanging experiences. 34

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I was overwhelmed by the realization that God isn’t a being, but a state of being… and I am that state of being… pure consciousness. ~ Anita Moorjani Recently, the renowned NDE narratives of Anita Moorjani, author of Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer to Near Death, to True Healing, and Dr. Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife, have sparked fresh public interest in NDEs, a word coined by Raymond Moody, Ph.D., in his 1975 classic, Life After Life. Moody, a psychiatrist and professor of philosophy who has spent nearly 50 years investigating what happens when people die, has interviewed thousands of individuals that have personally experienced an NDE. “Over the past 20 years there have been enormous strides in resuscitation technology. Defibrillators and public access defibrillation programs, as well

as cardiopulmonary resuscitation, are major factors that allow modern medicine to bring people back from a state that 100 years ago would have been labeled death,” observes Moody. Through his research, he has identified numerous common elements that occur in NDEs—an out-of-body experience, the sensation of traveling through a tunnel, encountering a bright light (usually interpreted as God, Jesus or an angel), communicating with deceased relatives, feeling emotions such as profound peace, well-being and love, plus a flood of knowledge about life and the nature of the universe. Perhaps the most significant element he reports is the supremely conscious and superbly blissful state that exists beyond both limitations of the senses and intellect and the confines of space and time— the pure conscious form of each one’s truly real Self.

Life as Love

Rushed to the hospital in a coma, Moorjani, whose body had been devoured for four years by cancer of the lymphatic system, describes the real self that she discovered during her NDE. “There I was, without my body or any physical traits, yet my pure essence continued to exist. It was not a reduced element of my whole self; in fact, it felt far greater and more intense and expansive than my physical being. “I felt eternal, as if I’d always existed and always would, without a beginning or end. I was filled with the knowledge that I was simply magnificent,” explains Moorjani, whose cancer completely disappeared within five weeks after her release from the hospital. “Not only did I come back with a clean slate, I brought back one of my biggest lessons—to love myself and be an instrument of love. I also returned to life here with a sense of purpose—to fearlessly be as authentically me as I can be. This means,” she clarifies, “that in whatever I do, I am acting from my sense of passion and the sheer joy of doing it.” During Alexander’s seven-day coma in a hospital, brought about by antibiotic-resistant E. coli meningitis

that attacked his brain, he left his mortal identity behind. “My brain wasn’t working at all,” he relates. “My entire neocortex, the part that makes us human, was entirely shut down. I had no language, emotions, logic or memories of who I was. Such an empty slate granted me full access to the true cosmic being that I am, that we all are,” says Alexander. He further recalls that as his NDE unfolded, it occurred to him that he was being granted a grand overview of the invisible side of existence. He also had a lovely ethereal companion that floated along on a butterfly wing, telepathically teaching him to accept the universal truth that, “You are eternally loved and cherished, you have nothing to fear, and there is nothing you can do wrong.” “If I had to boil the whole message down to just one word, it would be Love—the incomprehensibly glorious truth of truths that lives and breathes at the core of everything that exists or will ever exist. No remotely accurate understanding of who we are and what we are can be achieved by

“We need to accept—at least hypothetically—that the brain itself doesn’t produce consciousness.” ~ Dr. Eben Alexander anyone who does not know it and embody it in all their actions,” Alexander now understands. Prior to his life-threatening illness, this neurosurgeon’s sophisticated medical training had led him to dismiss the possibility of NDEs. Today, he works at returning to his NDE state of oneness and unconditional love by using meditation and sacred acoustics, as well as quantum mechanics, to explore the nature of consciousness and higher brain function. Like Moody, Alexander studies the ancient Greek philosophers Parmenides, Pythagoras and Plato, who took the notion of an afterlife seriously and questioned “what” survives bodily death. Alexander’s consequent

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“In touch with our wholeness, illness can’t remain—in ourselves, others or the planet.” ~Anita Moorjani As described in her book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, she became the witness to her stroke, which initially left her unable to talk, walk, read, write or remember anything prior to that occurrence. As her left brain shut down, Taylor lost her ability to process all language; with her mind suspended in newfound silence, she experienced an unprecedented sense of deep peace. She also experienced an inability to visually distinguish edges and boundaries between herself and the outer world. Absent conventional orientation, “I could actually see that my skin was not my physical boundary. “As a result of such a glorious state of blissful realization that I am—as we all are—connected to everything and everyone around us, I no longer see myself as a single, solid entity, separate from other human beings,” advises Taylor. “Although my left mind still thinks of me as a fragile individual, capable of losing my life, my right mind realizes the essence of my being as eternal life.” She now understands that she is part of the cosmic flow of energy, which she characterizes as a tranquil sea of euphoria.

Present Possibility

In The Hidden Face of God: Science Reveals the Ultimate Truth, author Gerald L. Schroeder, Ph.D., suggests that each of us is a part of the universe seeking and finding itself. Could it be that without the mental filter and self-limiting beliefs, we are free to consciously know our higher state of wholeness and the truth of our magnificence? Upwards of 8 million people that have experienced their own NDE are trending the world toward a tipping point into the comforting awareness that anything is possible. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for the recorded interviews. 36

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sked why she “I’ve become focused just my own enthought she ergy manifesting on seeing the perfection as cancer, because had cancer, Anita Moorjani, of life in this moment.” my fears weren’t author of Dying to allowing me to exBe Me, sums up press myself as the her answer in one word: Fear. “I was magnificent force I was meant to be,” killing myself, and cancer saved me,” advises Moorjani. says Moorjani, whose book documents She hopes that her presentaher near-death experience (NDE) and tions to medical professionals and the higher realm she encountered public speaking will influence how when her body shut down. Allowed the health profession views cancer to identify with her true magnificence, and other diseases and illnesses. undistorted by the fear generated “Treatment needs to be about more by her own lifelong self-judgment, than medicine, because so much of self-criticism, worry and lack of selfdisease has to do with our emotions,” forgiveness, she returned with a vital, she imparts, “especially the ones we heartfelt message. direct toward ourselves.” “Everyone is an amazing, mag Through this life-enhancing expenificent being, with great capacity for rience, Moorjani came to understand health, happiness and joy. Although why she owes it to herself, everyone we’ve been conditioned to believe that she meets and life itself to always exwe need to pursue success and learn press her own unique essence. “Trying to improve ourselves to be happy, such to be anything or anyone else doesn’t steps are unnecessary, because we make me better—it just deprives me already are all we are trying to attain,” of my true self and keeps me from she says. interacting authentically with others,” “I’d spent a lifetime feeling she explains. inadequate, beating myself up for Moorjani now knows that all life not meeting my own expectations,” in the universe is one and our core she continues. Through the clarity is love. “I was overwhelmed by the of dwelling in the NDE realm, she realization that God isn’t a being, but understood that the cancer wasn’t a state of being… and I am that state a punishment for anything. “It was of being… pure consciousness.”

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Peace on Our Plates Mindful Eating for a More Peaceful World by Judith Fertig


s Earth’s population grows to a projected 9 billion people by 2050, can our global community keep eating flesh like we’ve been doing for centuries? No, according to a 2010 report by the United Nations Environment Programme, an international panel of sustainable resource management experts. Examining the food demands of a growing population and associated environmental and sustainability issues, Assessing the Environmental Impacts of Consumption and Production recommends “substantial worldwide diet change away from animal products.” Making the case for a holistic view, Will Tuttle, Ph.D., suggests in World Peace Diet: Eating for Spiritual Health and Social Harmony that we start to see the connections between our food choices and the health and well-being of ourselves, our families, communities and the world.

Web of Understanding

At the center of the web of life is the food we all share to sustain our bodies. Tuttle insists that we celebrate this and regard each meal as a feast. “Food preparation is the only art that allows us 38

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to literally incorporate what we create. It is also the only art that fully involves all five senses,” he says. We honor this wonderful activity most by sharing our cooking efforts with others, blessing the food and eating mindfully. The problem at the center of life, maintains Tuttle, is that we involve animals in our food chain, an act that “introduces suffering, whether physical, mental or emotional.” This is a truth we try to hide from, what he calls the ”cultural shadow”. “The worst examples include factory farming, but even the best methods ultimately involve killing other animals for food,” he says. One of Tuttle’s more controversial claims is that the herding culture—raising, dominating, selling, killing and owning animals—sets up a harmful physical, emotional and cultural dynamic, extolling domineering and aggressive behavior. “The herding culture requires male dominance and a mentality that might makes right,” observes Tuttle. “It also sees females as primarily breeders, not beings.” Based on contemporary research in anthropology, sociology and psychopathology, he maintains that the actions required to both dominate animals and eat their

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meat can lead to more aggressive and violent behavior. One recent study seems to support his claim. Dr. Neil Barnard, in his book, Foods That Fight Pain, remarks that, “Plant-based diets also help tame testosterone’s activity.” Barnard cites a Massachusetts male aging study of 1,552 men ages 40 to 70, which indicated that men eating more fruits and vegetables than meat were less domineering and aggressive, because the increased sex hormone-binding globulin produced by plants helps keep testosterone in check. “If we continue the meat-centric way of eating, we’re going to continue to have the problems that come with it,” says Tuttle. “The way forward is plant-based agriculture.”

Practicing a World Peace Diet The Tuttles shop for fresh, organic and non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods and favor what they call “blueprint recipes”, that vary from day to day. Each outlines the makings of a dish and encourages cooks to be intuitive in how they fill in the details. For a typical breakfast, for example, Tuttle and his wife, Madeleine, will make a green smoothie that includes kale, banana, apple, grapes, ground flax, chia seeds, cinnamon and fresh ginger. “It’s a flexible drink,” says Tuttle. “We will swap out whatever organic fruits and vegetables we have so that we vary the flavor from time to time.” For example, they might use parsley, spinach, or chard leaves in place of kale, or citrus in place of grapes. Lunch is usually a wrap-type sandwich, sometimes using fresh leaf lettuce or a whole-wheat tortilla. One recent example of such a wrap combined tomatoes, peppers, sprouts, walnuts, tempeh and avocado. A dinnertime blueprint recipe involves a base of cooked rice, quinoa, pasta, mashed potatoes or polenta, topped with a vegetable ragout, cooked or raw. “You could live the rest of your

Tip: Cook whole-grain or spinach pasta, potatoes, rice or another recommended grain in a large quantity to store in the refrigerator for use in stirfries, salads and other meals later in the week. life mixing and matching these ingredients and never have the same meal twice,” notes Tuttle. “We have been doing it for 30 years. If we all choose to eat like this, the world could feed everybody on a fraction of the land now consumed by agriculture.” Learn more at Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood from Overland Park, KS.

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Healthy World Shopping List by Madeleine W. Tuttle Allow an hour to explore and buy the following basics to stock the pantry, always choosing organic and foods that have no genetically modified (GM or GMO) ingredients. In certain Asian traditions, only the most enlightened members of a monks’ community are allowed to cook food for their fellows, with good reason. The more love that goes into meal preparation, the better the outcome will be.


Grains: rice, millet, whole-grain spaghetti or angel hair noodles, couscous, quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, cornmeal Veggies: (in season) pumpkin/squash, leek, onions, garlic, kale, cabbage, ginger, horseradish, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, carrots, lettuce/greens, sprouts, edamame, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, avocado, cilantro, peas (fresh or frozen), yams, potatoes

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Peace Blueprint Recipes When sitting down to eat, look at what’s been created to nourish all those gathered. Enjoy the colors, smells, tastes and love that blesses the food. May the principle of Oneness govern all beings.

Whole Wheat and Vegetable Wrap

For lunch, a simple wrap can provide a daily change-up mixing in different fresh ingredients plus a plant-based flavoring like dried herbs, spices or garlic stirred into the Vegenaise or homemade eggless mayonnaise. Yields two servings 2 10-inch whole-wheat tortillas 2 Tbsp Vegenaise 1 tsp prepared horseradish, or to taste 1 cup fresh lettuce, torn into pieces ½ cup sprouts ½ cup chopped fresh tomatoes ½ cup shredded fresh carrots ½ cup diced fresh cucumber 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced ¼ cup toasted walnuts

Green Smoothie

To start the day, use a high-powered Vitamix-type blender to reduce whole fruits and vegetables to a smooth juice. If using a regular blender, cut the fruits and vegetables into small pieces and strain the purée after blending. Yields two servings 1 banana, sliced 1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped ½ cup seedless green grapes 1 cup chopped kale leaves 1 cup baby spinach leaves 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds ¼ cup ground chia seeds ¼ tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves 1 cup purified water Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Strain, if necessary, to remove larger pieces; pour into two glasses and serve. 40

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Toast walnuts by placing them on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes. Cool, and then chop. Place the tortillas on a flat surface. In a small bowl, mix the Vegenaise and horseradish together. Spread the mixture on the tortillas. Top each tortilla with half the lettuce, sprouts, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, avocado and walnuts. Roll each tortilla into a wrap and serve.

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Raw Vegetable Ragout with Brown Rice Start dinner with a base of cooked rice, potatoes, quinoa or polenta and top it with a vegetable medley. Yields two servings Rice: 1 cup brown rice 2¼ cups water Raw Vegetable Ragout: 1 cup red bell pepper, cut into strips ½ cup finely chopped celery ½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped ¼ cup finely chopped Italian parsley ¼ cup toasted, chopped walnuts 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp coarse kosher or sea salt Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Stir in the rice, reduce the heat and simmer covered until tender, about 40 minutes. While the rice is cooking, combine the red bell pepper, celery, Kalamata olives, Italian parsley and walnuts in a medium-sized bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt. Pour the dressing over the vegetables, stir until well blended, and then let rest until the rice is done. To serve, spoon the cooked rice onto each plate and top with the raw vegetable ragout. Source: Adapted from Intuitive Cooking, by Madeleine Tuttle (

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or California acupuncturist Daniela Freda, counseling patients that grapple with low energy during winter is routine. “They’re often concerned something is wrong, since our society expects us to feel the same way year-round,” says Freda, who maintains a private practice in San Francisco. “But in fact,” she adds, “everything is right.” According to a study published in Psychiatry Research, only 4 to 6 percent of Americans suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), characterized by a predictable seasonal pattern of major depressive or bipolar disorder. For the vast majority of the population, a slight seasonal variance in mood and behavior is normal, confirms Kathryn Roecklein, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and prominent SAD researcher at Pennsylvania’s University of Pittsburg. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), like Freda, view decreased energy in nature’s wintertime as a reflection of the season’s energy. In this philosophy, rising (yang) and falling (yin) energies cycle as the seasons turn. Winter is governed by quiet, slow, introspective and creative yin energy. As winter yields to spring, the bright, fast, expansive and extroverted yang energy gains momentum to peak in summer.


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“Nature expresses universal energies in a big way,” says research psychologist and mind-body medicine expert Joseph Cardillo, Ph.D., author of The Five Seasons. Who can ignore a blossoming spring or an abundant autumn? “Those same energetic cycles,” says Cardillo, “are mirrored in the microcosmic human body and human experience.”

Chill Out

Although the December 21 winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, temperatures in most of the U.S. continue to fall through February. Cardillo advises embracing winter’s chill because it diverts our attention from daily activities so that we pause to consider what’s important. “The effect is similar to splashing cold water on our face,” he remarks. As the cold draws animals into hibernation and plants into dormancy, it also beckons us to enjoy extra sleep, notes Freda, as we follow the sun’s path: Earlier to bed; later to rise. She encourages her clients to incorporate restorative activities into daily routines. “Intentionally set aside time to connect with the breath and quiet the mind,” she counsels. Try gentle yoga or t’ai chi, listen to relaxing music, curl up with a cozy book or take nature walks, flush

Spring is a time for new beginnings, summer a time for growth, autumn for gathering abundance and winter for introspection. ~Joseph Cardillo with fresh sensory experiences. Cardillo explains that slowing down naturally creates space for the contemplative and creative qualities of yin energy to rise. Meditating, visualizing and journaling promote access to one’s inner wisdom. “Winter is a perfect time to examine the myriad ideas you’ve dreamt up and assemble them into a new you,” says Cardillo. “Now you are prepared to use the robust energy of spring to scatter those ideas abroad.”

Reflect on Water

In TCM, the element of water, symbolizing focus and purity, is closely associated with winter. Highly adaptable, water can be solid, liquid or formless vapor; it can flow over, under, around or through obstacles with ease; and it can be still and contained. Contemplating the power of water in any of its forms can help synchronize one’s consciousness with the season’s gifts. “When your mind is unstuck and flowing like water, your dreams start becoming real to you, simply because you’re in the flow, the present moment,” observes Cardillo, who also authored Be Like Water. He suggests looking to water for guidance in creating solutions, sharpening focus or moving effortlessly on to the next step.

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Freda points out that within the strong yin energy of winter, “There are yang moments, celebratory moments, to keep us going.” An imbalance can occur when the slowness of winter is completely counteracted by too much high-energy socializing, working or rushing through the day. “An excess of yang during the winter,” counsels Freda, “rather than a glimpse of it, can deplete us,” contributing to stress,

fatigue and depression. Conversely, for those with an already predominantly yin personality (quiet, introverted, low energy) that overindulge in the yin energy of winter, an attempt at restoration and quietude can lead to lethargy and isolation. “I see this clinically,” says Freda. “Instead of embracing a little extra rest and relaxation, some people become exhausted and lose their motivation altogether. They become stuck in the yin.” Cardillo recommends that such individuals engage in mood-brightening outdoor activities to help restore balance. Roecklein agrees, noting that SAD sufferers undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy (which emphasizes positive thinking and beneficial behaviors) likewise are encouraged to participate in physical and social activities that bring joy and meaning.

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match settings of plates, glasses, linens and cutlery. “Use the real thing,” Eisenberg recommends, “and recruit guests to help wash up afterwards.” She recalls that while growing up, her mother supplemented her silverware with grandmother’s for large holiday dinners. Save your own energy (and sanity) by asking family and friends to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert. The hostess can assign a dish and corresponding recipe or use a potluck approach, says Eisenberg. Leftovers go home in non-plastic, reusable containers.

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hroughout the year, Santa’s good girls and boys of all ages make every effort to buy only what’s needed, plus recycle, reuse and repurpose. Then the holidays hit and discipline often gives way to indulgences. The season seems consumed by uptempo decorating, feasting, shopping, gift-giving and merrymaking at any cost. Yet, creative green living experts show us how easy it is to tweak timehonored family traditions to align with the green way we wish to live and feel even more satisfied with festivities.

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For Danny Seo, author of Upcycling Celebrations: A Use-What-You-Have Guide to Decorating, Gift-Giving & Entertaining, “Upcycling is basically a form of recycling that elevates something to a better level than before.” Based in New York City and Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Seo always has an eye out for green possibilities. “Opt for vintage pieces and re-imagine them in new and interesting ways,” he advises. For example, he likes to upcycle a vintage glass cake stand with a collection of bright ornaments for a unique holiday focal point. Michele Johansen, a lifestyle writer in Bellevue, Washington, suggests bringing in the outdoors. Instead of decorating the tree with tinsel and the home with plastic faux greenery, she suggests stringing popcorn and cranberries on the tree and decking the halls with fresh wreaths and garlands 44

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accented with boughs of holly. “Local nurseries are good sources for holiday décor that you can later mulch or put in yard waste bins,” she says. “The smells are much more authentic and festive.” Save energy by using LED lights whenever possible, suggests Sheryl Eisenberg, a writer for the National Resources Defense Council. Plug lights and electronics into a power strip, and then unplug it when not in use to save “ghost” energy pulled by electronics that are plugged in, but not activated. Buy a live tree to later plant or recycle, Seo suggests. This supports regional Christmas tree farmers while retaining the integrity of local forests. Many communities offer recycling of holiday trees to provide mulch or habitat for aquatic life in local lakes.

Keeping the Feast

Organize a cookie exchange to get together and save time and energy on holiday baking, suggests Sara Novak, a food policy and health writer at, from Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Generally, a hostess asks guests to bring several dozen of their favorite cookies. Once gathered, attendees share the treats and recipes, taking home several of each variety. To “green it up”, Novak recommends emailing the recipes rather than printing them, encouraging invitees to use fresh and local ingredients and bring favorite reusable containers from home, like a colorful, time-honored cookie tin. For the holiday table, mix and

Many families enjoy giving traditional gifts to children at certain ages, like dollhouses or train sets. Re-imagine these and, when possible, buy local to save energy and support area businesses, suggests Eisenberg. Cintia Gonzalez, an Australian mom, crafted a dollhouse from an old suitcase, inventively using black chalkboard paint for the exterior, wooden shelves as floors and fast food ketchup cups as lampshades ( UpcycleDollhouse). Another mom transformed a discarded coffee table into a painted train table for her boys. Upcycle paint chip cards into colorful gift tags, suggests Seo. Plus, use gift wraps that become part of the gift itself, such as placemats swaddling a bottle of wine, fabric to encase quilting supplies or sheet music enveloping concert tickets. As a general rule, “Give experiences, not gifts,” counsels Eisenberg. “Giving loved ones experiences reduces wrapping paper, ribbon and packaging and is an easy way to be a bit more personal over the holidays. Your teenage niece may love a spa day, complete with hair styling, while your favorite aunt and uncle may be thrilled to attend a local wine tasting. If you think a young child can tolerate a few less presents in exchange for a pass to an ice show or dance class, go for it.” “It’s the holiday experience that counts,” counsels Seo. “It’s what makes memories.” Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer from Kansas City, MO.

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Humanity’s Eternal Quest Eckhart Tolle on the Kingdom of Heaven Within

Spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical.

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there is only the present moment, with no more future to escape into mentally. The result is a lot less suffering. “That is the real spiritual awakening, when something emerges from within you that is deeper than who you thought you were,” says Tolle. “So, the person is still there, but one could almost say that something more powerful shines through the person.” The good news, according to Tolle, is that in order to experience this awakening, “You don’t have to wait for the diagnosis by the doctor or to be put in prison… nor do you have to do 30,000 hours of meditation or live in an ashram for 20 years. Once you get a glimpse of it, you can invite it into your daily life.” For a growing number of people, it’s this understanding of the always present “spiritual you” shining through that has led to significant improvements in their lives, not the least of which is better health. This would seem to indicate that these kinds of spiritual insights aren’t the least bit ethereal or elusive, but decidedly practical. “Spirituality and religion belong in the healing paradigm,” writes Airdre Grant, Ph.D., of Australia’s Southern Cross University, in a study published in the Journal of the Australian TraditionalMedicine Society. “They are determinants of health and they are factors in photo by David Ellingsen


o listen to Eckhart Tolle is to be reminded that anything is possible—for anyone. We’re not talking about living a life of leisure, filled with expensive cars, beach homes and extravagant vacations, but an experience brimming with the kind of spiritual insights that make this life not only worth living, but decidedly more fulfilling. The problem is that when people hear the words “spiritual insight”, there’s often an assumption that it’s about something too ethereal to be practical or too elusive to be achieved in this lifetime. This is exactly the point that Tolle, one of the world’s most well-known spiritual teachers and authors, rebuffed during a talk earlier this year at California’s Stanford University. “Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching,” he said. “They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffering anymore.” He went on to cite examples of those that have either been told they have a short time to live or have been given an exceptionally long prison sentence. In both cases, any thought of a future has been effectively dashed, forcing these individuals into what Tolle describes as an intense awareness that

recovery, well-being and longevity.” So where do these insights come from? Is it simply a matter of wishful thinking? Or is it perhaps something more reliable, more effective than that? “Jesus said, ‘The kingdom of heaven is within you,’” observes Tolle, implying that this health-inducing understanding may be a lot closer than we thought. “I think if he lived nowadays, instead of ‘kingdom’, he would have said, ‘dimension’. And ‘heaven’ refers to a sense of vastness or spaciousness. So if we retranslate the words of Jesus into modern terms, [it would be] ‘the dimension of spaciousness is within you.’” “And then Jesus said—when they asked him, ‘Where is the kingdom of heaven and when is it going to come?’— he said, ‘The kingdom of heaven does not come with signs to be perceived. You cannot say, ah, it’s over there or look, it’s over there, for I tell you the kingdom of heaven is within you.’” How comforting it is to be reminded that the proverbial “kingdom of heaven” we’ve been hearing about for at least two millennia—this “dimension of spaciousness”, or what might be characterized as the understanding of our true spiritual identity—is “within you.” It’s within us all, here and now. All that remains is the willingness— and the humility—to put this insight into practice. Eric Nelson is a Christian Science healing practitioner from Los Altos, CA, whose articles on the link between spiritual consciousness and health appear regularly in national online publications. Connect at

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Eco games galore: From determining our family’s carbon footprint to making ethical decisions as a business leader or learning how to help child populations vulnerable to pneumonia, is a gateway to enriching experiences. More than 20 entertaining websites employ informative, eco-related calculations, games and quizzes. Assist African farmers: Heighten awareness and empathy by experiencing on a virtual basis the immense challenges of life on an African farm, including dealing with disease, drought, a lack of resources and war, at Free trials are available, plus links to international nonprofit organizations and relief groups. Become a citizen scientist: At, players travel back in time to investigate how a lake became polluted and what can be done today to protect our waterways. Developed by the National Science Foundation, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin, it illustrates business, lifestyle and social factors that can harm the environment. Learn and feed: allows players to automatically help feed hungry people with rice donations through the United Nations World Food Program. Players select from specific subjects: art, chemistry, geography, English, other languages and math. Each correct answer donates 10 grains of rice as participants watch the contents of a virtual bowl gradually fill. Tabletop games: Bioviva (, Destruct 3 (, ReThink: The Eco Design Game (, Xeko ( and Endango (search are all new takes on the traditional pastime of board games. Some are made of recycled materials, to boot.

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Pet First-Aid Kits All-Natural Home Health Care by Sandra Murphy


irst-aid is the first thing you can do to help an injured animal if you are prepared,” says Dr. Jason Nicholas, owner of The Preventive Vet, in Portland, Oregon. Attention in cases of injury or sudden illness can help a dog or cat stay more comfortable, stop bleeding and provide temporary relief. A pet first-aid kit can resemble a pantry more than a medicine cabinet. Natural components include: Cool water. Purified water kept in a spray bottle can cool overheated pets. For the fastest results, spray near the pulse points, the “armpits” and where fur is the thinnest. Further, a vet will assess if clinical hydration is needed beyond the water bowl. Saline solution. Versatile saline is available at the vet’s office or any pharmacy, and also easy and inexpensive to make at home. Use it to flush debris from eyes, clean wounds and promote healing from incisions. Two teaspoons of non-iodized salt in four cups of boiled water mimics body fluids. The Ohio State University Medical Center website provides a recipe for normal saline solution at Vinegar. It acts as a drying agent, especially for floppyeared dogs taking a dip in a pool or natural waterway, which can leave the inner ear moist. “Don’t use vinegar if the skin is red or broken because it will be painful,” says Dr. Jules Benson, vice president of veterinary


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services at Petplan Pet Insurance, in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Never use it more than twice a week. Honey. Apply this sweet unguent to gums to help counteract low blood sugar and shock, particularly when a diabetic pet’s insulin levels are off. Maple syrup is a good substitute. Sugar. Although not recommended in a regular pet diet, sugar can be a topical antibacterial for the short term. Sugar draws water from the wound and dehydrates bacteria, supporting growth of new tissue. Plain yogurt. Adding this healthy refrigerated topping to dry food will activate a sluggish appetite and supply needed cultures to help balance the digestive system. Cornstarch. This non-toxic remedy helps stop minor bleeding from cuts, scrapes and pedicure accidents. Calendula. Also known as pot marigold, calendula cream may be used as an anti-inflammatory. Bug bites, scrapes, sunburn and itching from allergies also benefit from its application. Aloe. Easily grown in a garden or pot and available in gel form, aloe sooths burns, prevents blisters and speeds healing. It also serves as canine Chapstick. “Older dogs often have cracked skin on their noses,” notes Benson. “Aloe helps to heal the skin and keeps the dog comfortable.” Rescue Remedy. Illness or injury brings stress, and one common solution is Rescue Remedy. To relieve fear or anxiety, rub it onto a paw, nose or ears or add the recommended number of drops to water, a treat or food. It helps dogs, cats, horses, birds,

fish and even iguanas. Dosage relies on the extent of stress rather than weight or species. Clean cloths. For bee stings or insect bites on the body, cool compresses can reduce swelling and itching. Wet a washcloth with cold water or for larger welts, wrap an ice pack in a towel and apply for a few minutes at a time. For stings on the face or mouth, it’s best to go to the vet’s office immediately, so that airways don’t swell up and hinder breathing. Miscellaneous supplies. Keep on hand gauze, tape, small scissors, tweezers (for removing objects from the roof of the mouth or splinters), a small flashlight, clean socks to cover a bandage and disposable gloves to keep human germs out of open wounds. A dog in pain may bite without realizing it. Nicholas recommends a basket muzzle, so the dog can easily breathe and pant. When a pet eats or drinks non-food items or foods they shouldn’t, such as chocolate, grapes or onions, head to the local vet. Veterinarian Jeff Levy, in New York City, who is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist, counsels, “Always keep contact information for your vet, an emergency hospital and animal poison control center handy.” Also, find out where emergency services are located when traveling. Pets can go into shock just like humans. To prevent or reduce the impact, keep the animal warm and provide a deep massage of the ears, at the base, where ears meet the head. A couple of drops of lavender oil on a collar or bandana will help everyone relax. Do not put essential oils directly on the pet, especially cats, as it can be toxic. Just like children, pets may have accidents or get sick after office hours. Stay calm, head for the natural pet pantry and then call the family’s holistic veterinarian. Sandra Murphy is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at

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here is a tremendous amount of clinical and anecdotal evidence that shows various spices, Dr. Michel Selmer, DVM herbs and supplements have anti-cancer properties, as well as a myriad of other benefits, including increasing joint mobility and settling stomach distress in both humans and animals. Last month, the discussion was on nutritional alternatives—specifically homemade diets—for animals with cancer. This month’s article is geared toward animals with or without cancer. In part 2 of our three-part series, we delve deeper and examine spices, herbs and supplements that are being utilized in many alternative veterinarian practices around the country, as well as in my own practice. Turmeric: This spice is known as an antioxidant, and has been said to also have anti-inflammatory properties that can benefit animals as well as humans. One of the most talked about antioxidants in health circles today, turmeric can sweep the body of potentially damaging free radicals. Vitamins C and E and selenium: These are powerful antioxidants and help boost the immune system. As supplements in the antioxidant class, they are often used for the prevention of joint injury and join disease as well. Parsley: This herb is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which help fight cancer and enhance the functioning of all organs. Due to the high fiber content, it is also credited with helping the body excrete toxins. Another wonderful side effect of parsley is that it fights bad breath. Fresh parsley is best, but you can also use dry parsley. Omega-3 fatty acids: These essential fats come from a variety of sources. Those obtained from marine sources seem to be best for pets, as they represent the most naturally occurring form and are genetically appropriate. Omega 3s have been clinically proven to have antineoplastic effects and cancer-prevention properties due to their systemic anti-inflammatory effect. Ginger: This spice is a great natural remedy for the stomach upset and nausea that cancer-stricken animals being treated with chemotherapy often experience. It has also been said to help increase blood circulation. Fresh ginger root is best. The-above mentioned herbs, spices and supplements are just some of the natural items we can reach for when treating ill animals and as maintenance of a healthy pet. Before starting anything new with your pet, you should always consult a veterinarian. Source: Dr. Michel Selmer of Advanced Animal Care, located at 260 Evergreen Ave., South Huntington. For more information, call 631-FOR-PETS (631-367-7387) or visit See ad on page 2. In the October issue on Veterinary Acupuncture, we mistakenly credited the article/quotes to Dr. Michel Selmer. These should have been credited to Dr. Nina Malik (Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist) of Long Island Veterinary Acupuncture. More information can be found on

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iven family hopes and often unrealistic expectations that everything will go perfectly, holiday gatherings can sometimes be a recipe for untoward stress. One of the best ways to keep potential ’tis-the-season tensions under control is to carve out some time for exercise, a move supported by research findings at Princeton University. Other experts suggest that from practicing a favorite Eastern modality to taking a natural spin around the neighborhood, we all have instant access to foolproof tactics for staying relaxed, healthy and more even-keeled among kin this winter. To mend nerves frayed by debates at the dinner table, slip into a nearby bedroom for a calming yoga workout. Yoga’s emphasis on controlled breathing makes it ideal for treating family dynamics straight out of Silver Linings Playbook. The Mayo Clinic reports that deep breathing increases the flow of oxygen into the bloodstream, easing headaches, muscular tension and chest tightness. Yogic breathing patterns also are shown to lower resting heart rates, which helps practitioners stay composed in the face of any


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intra-family disagreements or other stressors. For a quick, relaxing yoga routine, begin with a few breathing exercises before moving into a sun salutation—a sequence of full-body poses, or asanas, performed in a smooth, continuous flow. Begin standing, palms pressed together in the tadasana, or mountain, pose. Then move through a series of motions that sweep the arms over the head, expanding the chest, before dipping into downward dog and plank poses, which help increase flexibility and strength. End lying down in the shavasana, or resting, pose with eyes closed and let the quiet settle in. Resistance-training exercises are another option. Release pent up tension by pushing against a wall. Stand about three feet away, lean in and push. Position feet at an angle so that a straight body line forms the hypotenuse of a triangle with the wall and floor. This activity drains the limbs of tightness and stretches out hamstrings and calf muscles, enabling us to walk away feeling light and limber.

While some people can happily greet and maintain cheerfulness throughout holiday family times, others may feel a bit anxious. For a sure-fire endorphin boost, try a cardiovascular workout like running, which German researchers published in Cerebral Cortex confirm produces a flood of euphoria on cue. A quick jog or spirited walk outside helps elevate mood while strengthening the immune system, helping to keep feelings of melancholy at bay. Before heading for the door, those stretching their legs outside in colder climates need to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer than the thermometer reads. This helps prevent the body from overheating, especially after being sedentary for an extended period. To get the blood flowing beforehand, do some simple stretching or take a few trips up and down the stairs. Exercisers that prefer to stay sheltered from wintry weather entirely have a solid alternative; an indoor cardiovascular workout can mimic jogging’s mood-lifting effects. Try alternating 12 reps of jumping jacks, lunges, squats and crunches to get the heart pumping. Consider a second series for a higher intensity workout. All of it will give muscles that often go slack during holiday loafing a chance to flex. Because these moves don’t require any equipment, such electives are as portable as a travel hair dryer during holiday visits anywhere. After one or more of these solo workouts, many revelers may be ready to up the ante on family togetherness. For a healthy dose of quality time, round up the gang and enlist them in a high-energy outdoor activity like hiking, sledding or even Ultimate Frisbee. Participating in friendly family competition is healthy fun and gives everyone something else to talk about later. Sarah Todd is a freelance writer in Brooklyn, NY. Connect at

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Bereavement Support Group – 7-9pm. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for parents on the South Shore. Free. Merrick Jewish Center, 225 Fox Blvd. If new to COPE must speak to the Clinical Director Laraine Gordon prior to 1st meeting: 631-259-2018.


New Patient Seminar – Dec 4, 11 & 18. 8-9:30pm. Learn all about Network Care’s extraordinarily gentle method that combines light-touch neurological and energy work to help to resolve all the stress, tension, distortions, and traumas from your spine and nerves. Learn how this care helps resolve a variety of acute and chronic conditions and live with more peace, passion, authenticity, and well-being. Lecture, demonstration and free gift given by Dr. Michael Berlin. Free. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


Nutrition Seminar – 8:30-10pm. For current Family Wellness Center patients. $10. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


Holiday Season Restorative & Thai Yoga Workshop – 1:30-3:30pm. Has the holiday season left you in a bit of a whirlwind? Join us as we realign ourselves mentally and physically. Enjoy 2 hrs of Restorative Yoga & Thai Yoga. With  Leah Hartofelis. $40/advance, $50/day of. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626.

Somato-Respiratory Integration Seminar – 2-6pm. SRI is a tool that you can use on your own to help you resolve stress in your daily life. In this class learn Stages 1-3 in detail with experiential exercises. Leave with a greater understanding of these Stages in your life and how to continue the work on your own. $95. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


Hot Stone Massage Workshop – 9am-5pm. With Amy Kolasky, LMT. In this 1-day workshop, learn how to provide a safe and effective full-body hot stone massage through a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice. Knowledge of this specialty treatment is a must for working in a spa or wellness center environment and will allow therapists to maximize earning potential in their private practice. 7 CE credits.  $150 by Dec 2; $175 after. New York College Of Health Professions, 6801 Jericho Turnpike, Syosset. Info: 800-922-7337 or Carol’s Holistic Health Expo – 11am-6pm. Experience expert holistic doctors, practitioners, and advanced energy workers. Get free Preventive Cardiac Testing by Cardiologist Dr. Perry Frankel and team (bring insurance card). Have an Intuitive, Chakra, Channeled, or Psychic Reading, receive Reiki, and a massage. Join Nanci Deutsch, LCSW, CHT, host of Inspired and Empowered Radio Show at 1:30pm & 4pm, for a presentation on The Amazing Power of Intuition. Shop healthy gifts and services for the holidays. $7 admission for a full day of holistic education, fun and connection with community. Four Points by Sheraton, Plainview. Carol Leitner, MBA, Yoga Instructor and Thai Yoga Bodyworker: 516-242-8270 or

business opportunity Gorgeous Integrative Medical Center Space. Share Great visibility and parking North Shore Long Island $35/ hour Chance to integrate your care with a team of like minded professionals. 516-676-0200.

for rent WORKSHOP SPACE for rent at Karma’s Angel, a beautiful boutique. The cafe and lounge accommodates an intimate group for workshops,girls nights,spa parties. Packages available include cocktails and goodie bags. 68 W. Park Ave, Long Beach. 516-710-9223 or

for SALE Spacious and bright two-bedroom top floor co-op with view of private pool and courtyard. Hardwood floors and air conditioning and ceiling fans in all rooms. View of private parking lot as well. Laundry room and garbage disposal on every floor and the best building super. Extra storage and bikeroom available. Located in Freeport just north of the Nautical Mile.  Maintenance includes all but electric. Freeport electric - lowest rates. Asking $175K.

HELP WANTED Full Time Acupuncture position - A holistic health practice is looking for a New York State licensed acupuncturist. Office locations in Nassau County and Queens. Must be fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu, Pashto and Punjabi. Compensation dependent on experience. Please fax resumes to 718-224-3282. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child through support groups, art therapy, a grief hotline and special workshops, needs volunteers to help with various projects. Karen Flyer, Executive Director: 484-4993 or


Peace on Earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day. ~Helen Steiner Rice

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

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

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Grand Opening of Pure & Simple Health – Dec 9-12. 10am-4pm. Celebrate the Grand Opening of our Holistic Wellness Center. The week-long event will include an introduction to the Pure & Simple Health team, free Zyto biofeedback assessments, healthy snacks, free chair massages, raffles for several complimentary services and 20% off our Excipient- & Preservative-Free Nutritional Supplements. Pure & Simple Health offers a comfortable healing environment that educates and inspires the mind, body and spirit. Free. Pure and Simple Health, 128 N Long Beach Rd, Rockville Centre. 516-203-7442. Bereavement Support Group – 7:30-9:30pm, Elias Hicks Historical Home. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for parents on the North Shore. Free. Elias Hicks Historical Home, 1740 Old Jericho Tpk, Jericho. If new to COPE must speak to the Clinical Director Laraine Gordon prior to 1st meeting: 631-259-2018. Life Tools for Emotional Clarity – Dec 9 & 23. 8:30-10pm. Evolving set of simple tools that you can use to resolve physical, chemical and emotional stress in your life with Dr. Mike and Dr. Fred. Discussing Byron Katie’s “Loving What Is,” Emotional Freedom Technique and Somato-Respiratory Integration Stage One. $15. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


Quality Water and Healthful Longevity – 7-8pm. Water is essential for life. Research supports the connection between quality of water and healthful longevity. Learn the fastest way to keep you hydrated at a cellular level, how to neutralize the excess acidity in our body and support detoxification. Free. Pure and Simple Health, 128 N Long Beach Rd, Rockville Centre. Tracy Cleary: 516-203-7442. Suicide Survivors Support Group – 7:30-9:30pm. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for parents and siblings who have lost a child or sibling to suicide. Free. Elias Hicks Historical Home, 1740 Old Jericho Tpk, Jericho. If new to COPE must speak to the Clinical Director Laraine Gordon prior to 1st meeting: 631-259-2018.


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Eating Right and Still Gaining Weight? It’s not the Food – Have you been struggling eating the right diet, be it Gluten-Free, Macrobiotic, Raw-Vegan or otherwise, and not feeling the way you should or losing the weight you’d expect? At this point, it’s not the food, it’s your body’s function. Join us for this exciting lecture and learn how to revive your metabolism and feel the energy you should. With Dr. David Pollack of the Pollack Wellness Institute, held at Strictly Gluten Free, East Northport. RSVP required: 631-462-0801.

New Patient Seminar – 8-9:30pm. See Dec 4 listing. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


Intuitive Aromatherapy & the Art of Intuitive Blending – 11am-2pm. In this interactive, small group workshop learn to connect with the essence or spirit of the plant to heal yourself and others on many levels. Learn the art of blending the essential oils to make synergies. Learn to “read” the notes of the oils and how they blend together. “Play” with 80 different essential oils to create your own unique blend to take home for yourself or a holiday gift. Tori Quisling, Clairvoyant Practitioner, 150 Bayview Ave, Port Washington. 516-423-1794.


Bereavement Parent Support Group – 7:309:30pm. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for bereaved parents one Tues per month. Free. Temple Emanuel, 123 Merrick Ave, East Meadow. If new to COPE must speak to the Clinical Director Laraine Gordon prior to 1st meeting: 631-259-2018.


New Patient Seminar – 8-9:30pm. See Dec 4 listing. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


Bereavement Support Group – 7:30-9:30pm, Elias Hicks Historical Home. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child, holds monthly support groups meetings for parents on the North Shore. Free. Elias Hicks Historical Home, 1740 Old Jericho Tpk, Jericho. If new to COPE must speak to the Clinical Director Laraine Gordon prior to 1st meeting: 631-259-2018. Life Tools for Emotional Clarity – 8:30-10pm. See Dec 9 description. $15. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


Sibling Support Group – 7:30-9:30pm. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting families living with the loss of a child or sibling, holds monthly support groups meetings for adult siblings. Groups for siblings ages 5-10 and 11-17 also available. Free. Elias Hicks Historical Home, 1740 Old Jericho Tpk, Jericho. If new to COPE must speak to the Clinical Director Laraine Gordon prior to 1st meeting: 631-259-2018.

ongoingevents 20-Hr Clairvoyant Training Program: Learn to See – Tori Quisling, M.Ed, Clairvoyant Practitioner, offers a 20-hr weekly course in learning to use clairvoyance in your life. By the end of the course, you will be able to meditate “Find Your Space,” give readings and work with your own Healing Guide. Customized program, begin when ready. Discounts when you join with a friend. $1,575 (when paid in full). Center for Clairvoyance and Healing, 158 Main St, Port Washington. 516-423-1794. 21-Day Detox – Lose weight, boost energy, de-stress, learn what you need to know for a life time of healthy cleansing. Includes: 21-day life botanica formula; pH strips; cleanse tool kit & recipes; 3 1-hr detox modules; 3 1-hr stress relief modules. RSVP: 516676-0200. Free Chiropractic Care for Returning Veterans – 9am-6pm. Dr. Gina Marino has extended an offer of care for one full year for any U.S. military veteran returning from overseas deployment in Afghanistan and Iraq, at no charge, with presentation of their service certificate. 2050 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh. 516-221-3500. Seeking Participants for an Independent Research Study Regarding Massage Therapy – Be a part of the growing data of research regarding massage therapy. Massage is offered to participants at a drastically reduced rate. Healing Hands Pilates and Wellness Studio, 970 Railroad Ave, Woodmere. 516-792-0868. Three Phases to Optimal Health – Dr. Danielle Roberts presents life-changing information to kick start your enlightened optimal lifestyle journey. Call for details. $100 for all three lectures. Bring a friend and get half off. Integrative Health Center & Spa, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. 516-676-0200.


Vinyasa Flow Yoga – 9am. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Baby & Me Yoga – 9:30am. Infant-crawlers. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Must register: 516-632-9626. Searching for Your Life’s Purpose? – 10:30am. We provide tools to transform your personal life & help make the world a better place. Center for Spiritual Living Long Island, 17 Maple Pl, Hicksville. 516-822-9314.

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

Girlfriends Brunch Knitting Fun – 12-1:30pm, Sun & Thurs. Needle Felting onto Fabulous Felted Natural Soap while mingling and catching up with friends in a beautiful and relaxing space. $20 includes 2 bars of pre-felted soaps, colored fiber to decorate each bar, felting needles, bagels, fruit, coffee, tea or BYOB. Karma’s Angel Natural Beauty Boutique & Lounge, 68 W Park Ave, Long Beach. RSVP required; 8 person limit: 516-208-8850.


Ashtanga Yoga: Mysore – 6-9am, Mon-Thurs. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Ashtanga Yoga – 9:30-11am. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 1:30-3pm. An ongoing group for women with metastatic breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Mon. An ongoing group for men with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077. Free Breast Cancer Support Group – 7-8:30pm. An ongoing group for young women with breast cancer. Free. Adelphi University School of Social Work, Garden City. Pre-registration required, Sandi Kafenbaum, LCSW: 516-877-4314 or the Breast Cancer Hotline, 800-877-8077.


Baby & Me Yoga – 9:30am. Walkers-3yrs. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. Must register: 516-632-9626. Vinyasa Flow – 9:30am. Basics. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642.

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Meditation – 9:30-10:30am. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Community-Open Level Yoga  – 11:30am12:30pm. Donation. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Mother & Daughter Yoga – 6-7pm. Ages 9 and up. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Kundalini Yoga – 6:45-8:15pm.  Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.  Tap into your Intuition: Meditation Classes – 8pm. 3rd Tues. Not your typical meditation class. An interactive, instructional and healing mediation class. Focus on an issue or area of healing that would be beneficial to you and others in the class, discuss ways to address it in your life. $15/session. Life Chiropractic Spa and Wellness Center, 180 N Long Beach Rd, Rockville Centre. Reservations required; seats limited: 516-868-8100.


Free Energy Healing For Chemo/Radiation Patients – By appt only. 2nd Wed. Kiyra Artisse, Master Energy Healer, offers free energy healing to cancer patients, currently going through chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Success & Harmony, Merrick. Space limited; for appt: 516-945-0919. Pre/Post Natal Yoga – 11am-12:15pm. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642. Reiki Circle & Meditation – 12-1pm. $20 drop in. Healing Studio at Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. To register: 516-509-5630. Dining Out For a Cause – 12-9pm. Join West East Bistro as we donate 20% of our proceeds each Wednesday to the Nassau Hurricane Recovery Fund to help local Sandy victims. Paid a la carte. West East Bistro, 758 S Broadway, Hicksville. Jay: 516-939-6618. Meditation Class for Seniors – 1-2:30pm. Learn simple, powerful meditation techniques created by Grand Master Jin Bodhi. Also experience healing within the group and individually, in a relaxed atmosphere. Hosted by: The American Bodhi Meditation Society. Freeport Recreation Center, Room 101, 130 E Merrick Rd, Freeport. Nan: 516-442-7408,

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YinYasa – 4:30pm. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Kids Yoga – 5pm. Ages 5-8. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Clairvoyant Development Series, Level 1 – 6:308pm. Tori Quisling, M.Ed, graduate of the Berkeley Psychic Institute and featured expert in the New York Daily News, will train on using own psychic abilities (clairvoyance, clairaudience). By the end of 8 wks, students will meditate, have awareness of psychic abilities and perform a reading. Workbook/CD. Customized programs also available. $125/class; $975 for 8-wk course. 158 Main St, Port Washington. 516-423-1794. Holistic Moms Network: South Shore Long Island Chapter – 7-8:30pm. 2nd Wed. Likeminded community focusing on mindful parenting and natural health. Free. CSTL – Tanglewood, 1 Tanglewood Rd, Rockville Centre. 516-924-1168. Bereavement Support Group – 7-9pm. 2nd Wed. COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child. Free. Chai Center, Dix Hills. If new to COPE must speak to the Clinical Director Laraine Gordon prior to 1st meeting: 631-259-2018.


Healthy Happy Hour – 4th Thurs. We are raffling off a wellness party for you and your friends each month. Integrative Health Center & Spa, 403-1 Main St, Port Washington. RSVP: 516-676-0200. Gluten-Free Lecture – 12-1pm. 3rd Thurs. Recommended donation $20. Integrative Healing Center & Spa, 403 Main St, Ste 1, Port Washington. 516-676-0200.

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Girlfriends Brunch Knitting Fun – 12-1:30pm. See Sun listing. Karma’s Angel Natural Beauty Boutique & Lounge, 68 W Park Ave, Long Beach. RSVP required; 8 person limit: 516-208-8850. YogArt – 4:30-5:30pm. Class allows kids to express themselves through the practice of yoga and creating art. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Bodhi Meditation – 5-6pm. With Ni Nan Gilbert, acupuncturist and healer. Experience how this unique meditation can help you purify your body/ mind and unleash the creative power within you. Increase self-awareness, emotional intelligence, mental clarity, focus and inspiration. Ni Nan Healing Art Center, 2326 Merrick Rd, Merrick. 516-442-7408. Yin Yoga – 6pm. All levels. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Meditation – 7pm. With Jessica Taylor, a Samadhi meditation teacher. Meditation with Tibetan singing bowl. Topics change each week. All month access: $125/member; 1 meditation/wk: $45/member; 2 meditations/wk: $75/member; Walk-in: $15/session. Break The Norms Center, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600.


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

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Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Kimberly. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Being Peace Group – 7:30-8:30pm. 2nd Fri. Join us for affirmative prayer and meditation. Facilitated by Rev. Kathy Caputo, Rev. Karen Gigante and Barbara Griminger, R.Sc.P. Free admission, everyone is welcome, bring a friend. Center for Spiritual Living Long Island, 17 Maple Pl, Hicksville. Rev. Michael Sternlieb: 516-822-9314.


Pre-Natal Yoga – 9am. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. YinYasa – 9am. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Yin Yoga – 9-10:15am. A practice in which asanas (poses) are held for extended periods to increase flexibility and juice up the joints and ligaments, releasing energetic blockages that may be holding you back in your yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Yoga – 9-10:15am. This class takes place before our Sat meditation class (10:30am). Join this group to learn and build up your yoga and meditation practice. Yoga and meditation, together, creates a powerhouse of positive energy, allowing you to connect with your Higher Self. $15/yoga class, $45/ monthly yoga membership, $75/monthly 1 meditation class & 1 yoga class/week. Break The Norms, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. RSVP: 516-938-9600 or Family Yoga – 10-10:45am. 1-9 yrs. Om Sweet Om Yoga, 12 Irma Ave, Port Washington. 516-944-9642.  Bodhi Meditation – 10-11am. With Ni Nan Gilbert, acupuncturist and healer. Experience how this unique meditation can help you purify your body/ mind and unleash the creative power within you. Increase self-awareness, emotional intelligence, mental clarity, focus and inspiration. Ni Nan Healing Art Center, 2326 Merrick Rd, Merrick. 516-442-7408. Saturday Morning Spiritual Discussion – 10am12pm. 1st Sat. Finding one’s life purpose is a journey of discovery and is always easier when undertaken with the fellowship of other like-minded people. An informal, free-flowing spiritual discussion. Love offering. Center for Spiritual Living Long Island, 17 Maple Pl, Hicksville. 516-822-9314. Meditation – 10:30am. With Jessica Taylor, a Samadhi meditation teacher. Meditation with Tibetan singing bowl. Topics change each week. All month access: $125/member; 1 meditation/ wk: $45/member; 2 meditations/wk: $75/member; Walk-in: $15/session. Break The Norms Center, 47 W Nicholai St, Hicksville. 516-938-9600.

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

Personalized Accupuncture, Energy Healing, Chinese Herb and Bodhi Meditation are all available an d Ni Nan Healing Art Center in Merrick. Accupuncture for all needs including, stomach upset, Accupuncture facial, fertility, pain and more. See ad on page 5.

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59 Sea Cliff Ave, Glen Cove 516-759-2094 Sweet Peet® is the premium organic mulch for flower and vegetable gardens. Sweet Peet® goes through a thermal stage where weeds and weed seeds are destroyed, preventing contamination in your garden. Sweet Peet® enriches the soil, improves tilth, encourages beneficial earthworms and replenishes beneficial microbes that are often destroyed by harsh chemicals and acid rain. See ad on page 15.

bereavement COPE

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


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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 43.


641 B Old Country Rd, Plainview 516-822-8499 Our office helps people heal their bodies and their lives by doing light pressure points that blend advanced neurological, energy work, and life skills coaching to resolve all the stress, tension, distortions, and traumas from the body and mind naturally. See ad on page 37.

DETOXIFICATION The Center for Ionic Detox 2324 Merrick Rd Merrick, NY 11566

Look and feel great, you deserve it! The Center for Ionic Detox provides detoxification and cleansing using the power of water. By blending new technology and ancient healing arts, the ionic foot detox helps restore the body’s vitality against environmental toxins by eliminating the chemicals you take in from drugs, environmental pollution, and foods, particularly processed foods and meats. Take charge of your life for a healthier beautiful you and make an appointment today! See ad on page 31.


Dr. Esther Jimenez, DC 180 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Center 516-868-8100 Brain Synergy integrates a holistic, drug-free, effective, non-invasive approach that evaluates and balances the many neurological and metabolic imbalances that either cause or worsen disorders including ADD/ADHD, autism, stress disorders, migraines, sleeping difficulties and more. See ad on page 17.

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66 Commack Road #101, Commack 631-462-0801 •

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

All Clean Long Island provides cleaning services for your home and office. Using only a Holistic system of Organic, Pet and Human friendly products, we provide an efficient service for all your cleaning needs. Customizing every job for the specific needs of our customers is important to us in order to guarantee that every job is performed to your satisfaction. See ad on page 49.

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309 Madison St., Suite 4, Westbury 516-640-5322 • Private, safe, comfortable. Lose weight, gain energy, improve skin & sleep, and help reduce the risk of disease. Spa-like atmosphere. Feel completely relaxed. Pre-Post cleanse nutrients provided. See ad on page 17.

Dr. Pollack specializes in the practice of physical rehabilitation, herbal and nutritional medicine, and stress and weight management including non-invasive liposuction. He has extensive experience in healing digestive disorders (reflux, bowel issues, colitis, loose stools, etc.), joint and muscle pain, headaches, and many other common health concerns. His goal is to help as many people as he can to reach optimal health and avoid the “sick-care” system. See ads on pages 21 & 35.


John Hinrichsen 631-742-9441 Become a Tao Cycling Facility Master Class and Instructor Training. The flow of a Tao Cycling class is important. Discover how you gym/cycling studio can bring this to them. Each new Facility will receive TC coach training by John. Training consists of a one-day workshop and 2.5 hours of work study. A workbook is provided to all TC Trained instructors so they have a guideline and sample classes. ed. See ad on page 19.

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geothermal Sherman industry

1-855-4-THE-GEO (1-855-484-3436) Geothermal Installation by the best! Tom Hancock has been doing Geothermal instullations for over 25 years. He understands it and wants his customers to as well. Tom often urges his customers to engage in as much research as possible to and educate his customers so that they are 100% comfortable with geothermal as a heating & cooling system and prove to themselves that Sherman Industry, Inc. is the right company for the job. Thomas’s customers will tell you that he has a passion for perfection, is informative, patient, and respectful. Thomas Hancock, conducts all estimates himself and will be happy to assist you with your geothermal heating and cooling questions. See ad on page 45.

holistic dentistry GOLDEN DENTAL WELLNESS

444 Community Dr., Suite 204, Manhasset 516-627-8400 • A practice that cares for you like family. The philosophy of her dental wellness center is a wholebody approach working closely with your healthcare practitioners that you already have a relationship with. The practice incorporates the teaching of Huggins, IOAMT, and much more. See ad on page 13.

long island center for healthier dentistry

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

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

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


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holistic health coach DISCOVER YOUR HEALING PATH

516-449-5287 Discover your healing path-Health and Nutritional Coaching-busy, overweight, stressed Jeanette Tiompkin of Discover your healing path offers health and nutritional coaching as well as Cleansing services. See ad on page 43.

holistic wellness center PURE AND SIMPLE HEALTH

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

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

mediation CORY J. ROSENBAUM, P.C.

Cory Rosenbaum 1-855-491-Save

Cory Rosenbaum is an expert at all forms of mediation and legal affairs. After resolving his own divorce mediating, without any litigation, he was able to find peace for himself, his exwife and most importantly his child. Cory wants to help others struggling with divorce proceedings utilizing a mediation process based on his existing expansive knowledge of divorce law in New York State. See ad on page 19.

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

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


Nassau & Suffolk Locations 866-239-5445 • Personalized care through pregnancy, water birth, natural birth, well-woman gynecology, family planning. Many insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 29.

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

Helping each patient realize their greatest health potential using the least disruptive recommendations possible to stimulate the innate ability of the body to heal itself. Inner Source Natural Health is staffed by the Naturopathic Doctors/Acupuncturists. As seen on the Dr. Oz show. See ad on page 15.

finker wellness Bellmore 516-765-3272

Utilizing Naturopathic Medicine to help her patients feel better naturally. Many illnesses can be treated by nutrition, botanicals, and nutraceuticals. Dr. Finker provides personalized health care solutions for her patients. See ad on page 47.

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

Holistic Wellness focusing on detoxification of body mind and spirit. Offers CaviLipo (non-surgical liposuction) far infrared sauna, foot detox, meditation instruction and intuitive counseling. See ad on page 41.

pollack wellness center

66 Commack Road #101, Commack 631-462-0801 • Dr. Pollack specializes in the practice of physical rehabilitation, herbal and nutritional medicine, and stress and weight management including non-invasive liposuction. He has extensive experience in healing digestive disorders (reflux, bowel issues, colitis, loose stools, etc.), joint and muscle pain, headaches, and many other common health concerns. His goal is to help as many people as he can to reach optimal health and avoid the “sick-care” system. See ads on pages 21 & 35.

ozone therapy DR. HOWARD ROBINS

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


516-423-1794 • Tori Quisling, MEd, offers Clairvoyant Readings, Psychic Development classes. Over 20 years experience, training at the Berkeley Psychic Institute, Tori assists you in deep spiritual answers, past lives, relationships and energy balance. See ad on page 29.

psychotherapy CHERIE DORTCH, LCSW

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


1005 Glen Cove Avenue Glen Head, NY 11545 516-674-3388 Utilizing the power of nutrition and psychological well being to help create empowered self growth, lasting change, healthy aging, and optimal wellness: body, mind and spirit. See ad on page 13.


Williston Park/Glen Head Locations 516-671-7786 Individual, couple and group sessions. Services offered include; arousal difficulties,erectile dysfunction,low libido,orgasm difficulties,premature ejaculation and infidelity. See ad on page 31.



8 Davison Plaza East Rockaway/Lynbrook 516-406-3005

Intuitive counseling, Reiki/energetic healing, meditation instruction. Tina Martinez has a long history as a meditator and a healer (29 years). Each session is completely unique to the individual and is supported with the highest and purest intentions. See ad on page 41.

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

yoga absolute yoga

1 Guilles Lane, Woodbury 516-682-YOGA

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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spirituality CENTER FOR SPIRITUAL LIVING 17 Maple Place, Hicksville 516-822-9314 •

Providing spiritual tools to transform your personal life and help make the world a better place. Your life’s purpose is already within you. Let’s awaken it together. Sunday services at 10:30am. Children’s Activity (ages 4-12) 10:30-11:30am. See ad on page 17.


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