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have a confession (don’t I always?). I started the free 21-day meditation recordings with Oprah and Deepak Chopra, and it was awesome—life-changing even. I lasted seven of those 21 days. New year! If you are like me, you start January with a bang. You are juicing your green smoothie in the morning, heading to the gym after work, and scheduling a calendar full of time with friends, family and even date nights. If you are also like me, by the 15th of January, you find yourself discouraged by the winter produce and begin exchanging green drinks for café lattes. By the 21st, you deem it entirely too cold outside and exchange outings with friends for the DVR and a solitary bowl of ice cream (I know it’s cold out; that one doesn’t even make sense, yet we do it). Sadly, by the beginning of February, your favorite class instructor has left your gym or yoga studio and the replacement actually makes you physically angry because she doesn’t do enough sit ups or insists on far too many planks. This frustration allows you to believe that it is in both of your best interests that you forgo the class after work. Yet, is this the real reason we quit our resolutions so early? My belief is it is the fear of failure that truly holds us back. This year, my only resolution is to be resolute! If I take something on—like the idea in our Wise Words section of scheduling a space each month to organize— then I will stick with it. Being a “resolution failure” in past years, how do I plan on achieving this resoluteness? For me, it truly comes down to smaller goals. As good as a year membership at a gym looks, I know myself; I get bored or things change. I have recently taken up purchasing class cards versus memberships. Yes, they are more expensive, but it allows me to try things first, feel the vibe of the studio/gym and then choose my poison. Take a look at our Fit Body article this month. It is teeming with creative and fun ideas to make your workout diverse. Why commit to just one? Variety is the spice of life! What about the “diet/eating healthy” resolution? Most of my Januarys have been spent tossing everything white (sugar, flour, etc.) into the garbage. February, I am back in the grocery store purchasing….you got it, sugar, flour, etc. Margie King offers the brilliant advice of eating a diet that is 70 percent “whole food,” or food that is as close to its original state as possible. That seems manageable because it leaves 30 percent wiggle room for reality (reality, also known as sugar, flour, etc.). We have our own prisons. Our history, our genetics, our money problems, our inability to feel satisfied, and, most importantly, our fears that we will fail, our fears that people will judge our healthy attempts, and our fears that perhaps when all is said and done we just don’t deserve the health and happiness we seek. I say with small goals we make failure less imminent. So, risk it. You deserve it all— healthy body, mind and spirit. Face your fears and conquer them. Happy New Year and new you! Kelly Martinsen, Publisher

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etting New Year’s resolutions is a widely popular cultural phenomenon. And, although these commitments are made with the best of intentions, we may feel dejected if our resolve alone isn’t enough to create lasting transformation. In Sanskrit, samskaras are the deeply rooted patterns of being and thinking that can be shifted through illumination and practice. This Vinyasa-flow based workshop is designed to help the practitioner understand the patterns, habits and cultural forces that may hinder growth and change both on and off the mat. We will examine and practice some of the more popular asana and transitions found in Vinyasa classes, with an emphasis on shifting the physical and mental habits that lead to injury and stagnation. In the flow, we will work on new alignment patterns and expanding consciousness to give us a safer, stronger and more satisfying practice for true self-transformation. Location: 1 Guilles Ln., Woodbury. For more information, call 516-682-9642 or visit See ad on page 51.



ew Year’s brings a feeling of contemplation to most. Contemplating on the past and the future simultaneously can be somewhat daunting. Many look back on their lives and say, “I wish I had done this or that.” Some look forward without the clarity of what they can be. This year, Linda Rose, LCSW, wants to help you address that with her 10-week group session for women in their 40s to 60s, Midlife—OPPORTUNITY, not CRISIS. The group will be small and will offer a space to talk about midlife as an opportunity, a second adulthood. “Adolescence is a time of growth and change,” explains Rose. “This second adulthood should be the Linda Rose same.” The group is designed to foster this experience, with the first week focused on what your own thoughts about midlife are. Some of the weekly topics include health, sex, passion, goals, friendships and career. During the last few weeks, a plan for the midlife is created. “It’s about taking this journey together; seeing others’ past and future plans, and then doing what’s right for you.” The goal for this group is to help you view this time in your life as a tremendous opportunity, create friends and plan for your “second act.” Source: Linda Rose, LCSW, has more than 25 years’ experience as both an individual and group counselor. To join this group, call 516-671-7786 or visit LindaRose. org. See ad on page 35.

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’ve struggled with my weight my entire life,” admits Dr. Raymond Omid. He recalls spending four or five days at the gym each week, during which time he would spend 30 to 40 minutes on either the treadmill or the elliptical machine. It was time for a new approach. “Because of my dramatic results, my patients began to say, ‘Hey, doc, whatever you’re doing, I want to do it, too,” says Omid. To accommodate, he became one of only 12 doctors in the world to offer the Lighten Up Fat Loss System. According to Omid, the doctor-supervised system involves no hunger, no cravings, no necessary exercise, no drugs, and no prepackaged foods to buy, all while allowing participants to lose 20 to 40 pounds in 40 days. Omid explains that the system’s effectiveness lies in the fact that each program is customized for the individual. “This system [helps] balance fat-burning hormones,” he explains. “All weight gain has a hormonal component, and everyone has different hormonal imbalances.” He adds that most weight-loss programs are not individualized, which is one reason that they do not work for everyone. Lighten Up Fat Loss System, on the other hand, creates a personalized program for each participant. “No two programs are identical,” he states. The best part is that we no longer need to guess what’s causing weight-loss resistance. We have advanced computerized technology called CERF that tests 5,000 variables, including toxins, minerals and hormones, to determine what’s out of balance and how to bring it back into balance. Source: Dr. Raymond Omid. He is offering a complete pre-evaluation, including body composition analysis and metabolic age assessment, for only $27 (normally $147) till the end of January. Call 516-742-8885 to schedule your preevaluation and see how he can help you. Visit

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his spring, Fuel the Soul Yoga invites you to take a journey with other inspirational yogis looking to embark on the path of yoga. A 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Training, you will first learn the foundations and history of yoga, its roots, origins and meanings, the eight-fold path and how to infuse these into your practice and teaching. Students will learn to identify and read their own students’ bodies in motion. Participants will gain an understanding of anatomy and body mechanics to become an effective teacher both in group and private settings. Together, students will practice and learn the art of deep breathing (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana). Training will touch upon restorative, kids’ and yoga therapy as inspiration for furthering one’s studies in these specialty fields as well. Fuel the Soul Yoga will welcome specialty expert guest teachers covering topics from anatomy and physiology to cranial sacral therapy to Iyengar yoga to yoga philosophy, and will feature the opportunity of learning different styles, including Sivenanda, Ashtanga, restorative and Vinyasa yoga. Students will have the unique opportunity to go through the process of teaching as they learn and develop their confidence and knowledge as not only students, but as actual teachers of this beautiful and timeless practice. During your studies, you are invited to all specialty workshops to further enhance your learning experience. Fuel the Soul Yoga is a warm, engaging, non-intimidating atmosphere where you can open up and learn to use your unique voice to transmit yoga in an artful and meaningful way. Here’s what some of the students of the program have had to say: “I know more about my body and mind now and how it all connects than I have ever known. This 200-hour course will change your practice, open new opportunities to teach, but most importantly change your life.”—Christina B. “The Teacher Training at Fuel the Soul was inspiring and motivating.........Greg helped me get my confidence back and helped me teach with true connection and deep understanding. Thanks Greg and Fuel the Soul!!!!”— Wendy C. Location: 188 Merrick Rd. For more information, call 516379-0810 or visit Use online promo code “early bird” for a $200 discount if purchased by Jan.18. See ad on page 50.

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hedding some pounds is a common New Year’s resolution. However, many people experience challenges in managing their weight. Some give up too easily. Some people are overwhelmed by cravings. Some people feel they are doing all the “right” things and yet they just can’t get past a plateau. Some people “lose” the weight and quickly gain it back. It can all be so frustrating, and you are often left feeling that this is something with which you will never have much success. Acupuncture can be a great therapy that can support your weight-management strategies. Acupuncture helps the weight-management challenge on so many levels. It helps to improve digestion so that absorption of food improves, thereby helping you feel more satisfied because your body is getting the nutrition it needs. Acupuncture can help with food cravings, because stimulation of acupuncture points releases the feel-good endorphin hormones. Because acupuncture can be a great stress reliever, it helps to keep down the stress hormone cortisol, a hormone that alters your metabolism if levels stay high. Continuous high levels of cortisol often results in weight gain and difficulty in losing weight. The treatment involves inserting very small sterilized needles in specific points on the ears, the hands and legs that support digestion and detoxification, reduce cravings and appetite, and help relieve stress. Center for the Alignment of Body, Mind and Spirit will be offering an acupuncture weight-off clinic on Thursday, January 23, from 3 to 7 p.m. Fee: $35. Acupuncture will be performed by licensed acupuncturist Maria Antonopoulos. Call 516-395-0966 for more details and to make your appointment. Location: 2050 Wantagh, Ave. Wantagh. For more information, call 516-221-3500 or visit See ad on page 31.

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inging on sweets and soda in an effort to bone up for exams or presentations probably has the opposite effect, according to a new animal study from the University of California, Los Angeles. Researchers found that eating or quaffing too much fructose, like that found in cane sugar and the highfructose corn syrups permeating many processed foods, can cause unclear thinking, poor learning and impaired memory. Scientists have long known that high-fructose diets increase the risk for diabetes, obesity and fatty liver. Now the UCLA team has discovered that only six weeks of a highfructose diet slowed the animals’ brains. The good news is that eating omega-3 fatty acids like those found in cold water fish appear to counteract the negative effects of fructose, enabling the animals to think more clearly.

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hermography is the utilization of thermograms to measure heat distribution and identify cellular “hot spots” within the body. Why? Cancers start as a single cell. To grow, they need to continually recruit blood and nutrients, often creating their own blood supply through a process known as neogenesis. Utilizing yearly thermography can aid in early detection, as your thermograph is like a map and changes in this map might signal a need for a more in-depth look. The procedure is both comfortable and safe and utilizes no radiation. As more evidence mounts about the amounts of radiation in the MRI technology used for mammography, often people believe this to be a replacement. “It is not a replacement,” says Kristine Blanchard, director of Integrative Healing Center, in Port Washington. “It is what we call adjunct therapy or in addition to.” When used as part of a multimodal approach (clinical examination + mammography + thermography), 95 percent of early-stage cancers will be detected. Thermography and its heat-detecting ability is said to detect cancerous cells up to eight years earlier. In patients without cancer, the examination results are used to indicate the level of possible future cancer risk. Consequently, in the absence of other positive tests, an abnormal infrared image gives a woman an early warning. By maintaining close monitoring of her breast health with serial infrared imaging, self-breast exams, clinical examinations, and other tests, a woman has a much better chance of detecting cancer at its earliest stage and preventing invasive tumor growth. As a practitioner, Blanchard doesn’t want patients taking a passive role. So, not only does she utilize the thermography for screening and watching, Blanchard utilizes it to create a proactive and preventative plan. “If we see that a young woman has a spider pattern on their thermography report indicating a fibrocystic breast or something signaling a potential problem in years to come, then in addition to watching them more carefully, we also immediately put them on our breast program.” For many, this program is as easy and as inexpensive as utilizing a prescribed amount of topical iodine and a prescribed amount of essential oils. Source: and Kristine Blanchard, director of Integrative Healing Center, in Port Washington. For more information, call 516-676-0200 or visit See ad on page 41. Mention this brief for $20 off of your first thermography.

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Hormone Imbalance— It’s Running the Show


any of us experience fatigue, weight gain, pain, poor sleep, brain fog, depression/anxiety and many other symptoms. These seemingly unrelated events often have a common theme. Hormones control many of these events that occur in our bodies. Blood pressure, blood sugar, the reproductive system, stress, mood, sleep... These functions are all managed by different hormones produced in a variety of areas in our bodies. The major glands involved are the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, adrenals and gonads. Dr. David Pollack, DC These glands located throughout the body perform a careful balancing act to manage most systems of the body. I feel these systems are often overlooked or interpreted incorrectly. For example, many of my patients bring their blood work to my office from various healthcare providers, including internists, endocrinologists, cardiologists and even other holistic practitioners. Upon discussion, if I have suspicions, I might ask about the state of a patient’s thyroid. The most common response is, “Yeah, they checked it and said it was fine.” Upon examination, I often find that not only is it NOT fine (misinterpreted), but 90 percent or even higher of the time the blood work was not a sufficient analysis to determine anything—often not even a direct analysis of the organ in question. The most common test factor of the thyroid is TSH, which is a hormone made in the pituitary gland. So, it’s not even the thyroid being checked. For those a bit luckier, a hormone of the thyroid called T4 is checked. In reality, T4 is what is considered the “inactive” thyroid hormone. The activated version is called T3. Guess where that is made? Actually, it is manufactured in the liver. Not only that, but it is common knowledge that greater than 60 percent of all thyroid problems in America are a disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune typically hypothyroid condition. If we pay attention, we notice the word “autoimmune,” which means the immune system is attacking certain thyroid-related compounds, slowing the conversion of T3 to T4. For some reason, this disease is most often treated by adding more synthetic T4, the inactive hormone. Do you think this will fix the problem or make it worse? I like using examples to help us realize that often we are not paying attention to the causes of our problems, even in things that we know and understand. Typically, I find these thyroid problems do not exist in isolation, but also involve changes to the output of the adrenal and reproductive systems. This is due to the body’s never-ending attempt to find balance, or homeostasis. For most with issues like Hashimoto’s disease, I attempt to address the cause—a constellation of issues ranging from chronic systemic inflammation, hormone production imbalances, and liver function issues. These problems can be caused by a variety of issues, and each individual’s causes can be fundamentally different and require completely different treatments for the same named disease. The question to ask is WHY? Why are these events taking place in the first place? That will reveal HOW to fix them. If you or someone you know struggles with issues that may be the result of hormone imbalance, please have an experienced and qualified holistic healthcare practitioner help you to find the CAUSE, not just treat the symptoms. 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 13 and 39. 18

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Periodontal Disease Linked to Overall Wellness


or a long time, it was thought that bacteria was the factor that linked periodontal disease to other infections in the body; however, more recent research demonstrates that inflammation may link periodontal disease to other chronic conditions. Research has shown, and experts agree, that there is an association between periodontal diseases and other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, treatDr. Jonathan Richter ing inflammation DDS, FAGD may not only help manage periodontal diseases, but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions. So, what is periodontal disease? Periodontal diseases are chronic bacterial infections that release toxins that cause redness and inflammation. This inflammation damages the gums and bone supporting the teeth, and if left untreated can lead to tooth loss. Furthermore, this infection can travel throughout the body. Source: Dr. Jonathan Richter, DDS, FAGD, of Cardiodontal. Offices in Great Neck and Manhattan. For more information, call 516-282-0310 or visit See ad on back cover.


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n Check Vitamin D Status—Low vitamin D has been linked to decreased immune function, increased risk of heart disease, cancer and depression. n Stay Hydrated—Dehydration leads to dry and cracked mucus membranes, which are our first line of defense against bacteria entering our body. Chronic dehydration leads to degenerative disease and low mood. n Get to Bed Before Midnight—Tossing and turning all night not only depletes your energy, mood and quality of life, it is also a major contributor to chronic illness. Melatonin, the hormone produced during sleep, can protect against cancer, depression and other mood disorders. n Exercise—This is probably one of the single-most effective antidepressants available. Get up and get moving. This will decrease depression and anxiety, balance blood sugar and help the body detoxify. n Take a Multivitamin—Taking a daily vitamin is a simple way to be sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs to function properly. 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 or to schedule a free 10-minute consult, call 631-421-1848 or visit See ad on page 27.


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Produce Banishes the Blues


ew research from New Zealand’s University of Otago shows that consuming more whole fruits and vegetables increases peacefulness, happiness and energy in one’s daily life. Scientists discovered the strong relationship to be particularly apparent in countering winter blues. A total of 281 college-age students filled out an online food diary and mood survey for 21 consecutive days. Results showed that eating fruits and vegetables one day led to improvements in positive mood the next day, regardless of other key factors, such as body mass index. Other types of food did not produce the same uplifting effect. “After further analysis, we demonstrated that young people would need to consume approximately seven to eight total servings of fruits and vegetables per day to notice a meaningful positive change,” says Tamlin Conner, Ph.D., with the university’s department of psychology. “One serving of fruit or vegetables is approximately the size that could fit in our palm, or half a cup.” Study co-author Bonnie White suggests that this can be accomplished by having vegetables comprise half of the plate at each meal and snacking on whole fruit like apples. The American Psychiatric Association acknowledges that seasonal affective disorder (SAD) affects, at least mildly, as many as 20 percent of Americans.


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The Toxic Side of Tylenol


s the evidence of the harmful effects of Tylenol increases, there is a growing call for it to be removed from the market. Its active ingredient, acetaminophen, once thought to be an effective and safe pain reliever for adults and children, turns out to have dangerous effects. A related study by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers leads with the fact that each year, acetaminophen causes more than 100,000 calls to poison control centers, 50,000 emergency room visits, 26,000 hospitalizations and more than 450 deaths from liver failure. The U.S. Acute Liver Failure Study implicates acetaminophen poisoning in nearly half of all cases of acute liver failure in this country. When taken with alcohol or without food, the effects on the liver are multiplied. Doctor of Naturopathy Michael Murray, of Phoenix, Arizona, reports in that regular use of acetaminophen is linked to a higher likelihood of asthma, infertility and hearing loss, especially in men under 50. Last summer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning linking acetaminophen use to three rare and sometimes fatal skin conditions. “Can you imagine if the side effects and risks associated with acetaminophen were associated with a dietary supplement?” opines Murray. “It would be yanked from the market immediately.”

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ar infrared sauna therapy duplicates the healthy frequencies of our own cells. Resonant absorption is said to occur when the frequency of the far infrared matches the frequency of the water in our cells. This causes toxins from our cells to be put out into the blood stream and excreted in sweat, feces and urine. Far infrared saunas are utilized at temperatures of 100-130 degrees F. This is much lower than the much-higher temperatures utilized by traditional saunas. Far infrared is claimed to penetrate the body’s tissues deeper than traditional sauna, and this along with sweating is responsible for healing effects. Some benefits of far infrared sauna include detoxification, help with mild depression, reduction of chronic pain, improvement in chronic illness, a decrease in stress, weight control, skin cleansing/ rejuvenation, and an increase in metabolic rate. Far infrared is NOT for everyone. You should always let a medical professional know when you embark on a new health approach. Source:

Brief Bouts of Yoga Bolster the Brain


ust 20 minutes of yoga postures, breathing and meditation are valuable tools for bolstering mental functioning. A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reports that a single, 20-minute hatha yoga session significantly improved participants’ speed and accuracy on tests of working memory, focus, retention and ability to absorb and use new information. Study participants didn’t get the same positive brain buzz from 20 minutes of aerobics. The study appeared in the Journal of Physical Activity & Health.

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White Resorts Go Even Greener As skiers flock to snow-covered trails this winter, more ski resorts are going greener to save energy and support the environment. Arapahoe Basin, in Colorado, recently received a National Ski Areas Association Sustainable Slopes grant for retrofitting its base area lighting that will annually slice off an estimated 53,000-plus kilowatt hours of usage. A-Basin, Vail Resorts and others in the area provide their restaurants’ used vegetable oil to outside companies for recycling into biofuels. Aspen, Vail, Copper Mountain and other Colorado resorts installed more photovoltaic solar arrays on buildings prior to the current season. Stratton Mountain Ski Resort, in Vermont, installed a 1,500-horsepower electric snowmaking air compressor last summer, replacing a diesel model. Purchased in consultation with the statewide energy utility Efficiency Vermont, it delivers more cubic feet of air per minute using less, and cleaner, energy. Since 2009, the state’s Bolton Valley ski area, plus Jiminy Peak and Berkshire East, both in Massachusetts, have all installed wind turbines to generate energy. Sarah Wojcik, director of public affairs at the Vermont Ski Areas Association, attests that resorts are doing their part to keep mountains green.

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The Center for Food Safety (CFS), a national nonprofit advocating in the public interest, works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. It confirms that actions such as signing petitions really do make a difference. For instance, the CFS cites a hard-fought campaign that pushed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to respond to a lawsuit and remove arsenic from chicken feed. They credit the thousands of consumers that joined the effort, saying, “Together, we forced the FDA to remove arsenic ingredients in animal feed used for our nation’s chickens, turkeys and hogs, and 98 of the 101 drug approvals for arsenic-based animal drugs will be withdrawn.” More recently, CFS reports that half a million citizen phone calls and emails had a significant effect in killing an extension of the so-called “Monsanto protection act” in the Senate. Formally named the Farmer Assurance Provision, the measure undermined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s authority to ban genetically modified crops, even if court rulings found they posed risks to human and environmental health. Source:

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Environmentalists are mounting an effort to stop the coal industry from exporting millions of tons of coal to China and keep the coal in the ground by halting the construction of huge new coal export terminals at ports in Oregon and Washington. The nation’s two largest coal companies want to strip-mine vast reserves in Wyoming and Montana’s Powder River Basin, and then ship the coal by rail to the ports. “Based on our back-of-the-envelope calculation, the burning of this exported coal could have a larger climate impact than all of the oil pumped through the Keystone pipeline,” says Kimberly Larson, a spokesperson for the Power Past Coal campaign, a coalition of more than 100 environmental and community groups that oppose the coal terminals. Many U.S. coal-fired power plants still operate, but they’re being squeezed out of business by new federal standards for mercury, arsenic and other toxins that take effect in 2016. Also, the price of natural gas in America has fallen below that of coal. China already accounts for almost half of the world’s coal consumption, and demand continues to skyrocket for cheap, coal-fired electricity to power its growing industrial parks and mega-cities.

The United Nations (UN) has created a new scientific advisory board under the aegis of UNESCO, mandated to advise UN executives, participating countries and other stakeholders on the use of science, technology and innovation in achieving sustainable development. The 26 international experts appointed to the board span a broad spectrum of disciplines including: basic sciences; engineering and technology; social sciences and humanities; ethics; health; and economic, behavioral and agricultural sciences, as well as the environmental sciences more commonly associated with sustainability. The board’s inaugural meeting in December focused on outcomes of the 2013 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and from other large-scale interdisciplinary processes, such as the 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference, held in London, and the Future Earth 10-year international research initiative.

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Evidence Mounts of GMO Dangers The nonprofit Non-GMO Project, committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO (genetically modified organism) products and educating consumers on such verified choices, is focusing on Bt corn and Bt soy, which make up 90 percent of America’s total crop. Its scientists explain, “These crops have genes from a bacteria called bacillus thuringiensis spliced into their natural genetic code. This causes the plant to produce Bt-toxin—a pesticide that bursts the stomach of insects that eat it, killing them.” Monsanto and Syngenta, which manufacture genetically engineered seeds, claim that genetically modified (GE, GM or GMO) crops are safe for humans because the Bt-toxin is completely destroyed in the human digestive system and doesn’t have any impact on animals and humans. But Norwegian scientists’ decade-long study of rats, mice, pigs and salmon raised on GE feed published in 2012 found that due to alterations in their digestive tracts, the animals ate more, got fatter and were less able to digest proteins; they also suffered from diminished immune systems. There is also mounting evidence that the spread of such crops is responsible for the dramatic decline of the monarch butterfly, the near annihilation of bats and the spread of honeybee colony collapse syndrome.

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Deep Conversation Accompanies Good Food The pursuit of combining good food and conversation is taking on new, more fulfilling formats. Instead of idle chit-chat or gossip over high-calorie feasts, many people are showing an appetite to fill their lives with more meaningful discussions while dining on healthy meals. The international Green Drinks phenomenon was among the first to successfully mix eco-conscious conversation with healthy beverages; now, thought-provoking initiatives are mixing regular banter with bites in ways that are both lively and nurturing. Those seeking the exotic may indulge in The Philosopher’s Table: How to Start Your Philosophy Dinner Club— Monthly Conversation, Music and Recipes, by Marietta McCarty, following guidelines to immerse guests in the tastes and cultures of 12 different cities and countries. Suggested themes include saluting the present-day benefits of the work of women’s rights pioneer Jane Addams while sipping multibean soup (Chicago) or consuming uplifting perspectives of ancient philosopher Lao Tzu over shrimp dumplings with dipping sauce (China). Recommended discussion topics at ConversationCafe. org include self-identity and self-reflection, current events and appreciating the arts. A search function for finding a local chapter complements advice on launching a new one. provides links to groups nationwide that forge connections with fellow enthusiasts, share dishes and network. It also provides information, recipes and other helpful resources. Touring experts in the preparation and benefits of raw food and vegan, plant-based diets show up everywhere from natural food restaurants and retailers to health expos and foodie Meetup events. Speakers include Brian Clement, Brenda Cobb, Paul Nison, Jenna Norwood, Karen Ranzi and David Wolfe.


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he holidays are over, the New Year has begun. For many, it is a time of change. For some that change is the ending of a marriage, which is by far one of the most difficult and painful things you do in your life. Yet, like ripping a bandage off, when it is done, you create room for new journeys, new loves—a new life. Like with taking off a bandage, there are different ways to go about it. There is the slow, painful way. I am referring to contested divorce. As a lawyer, I can handle both contested divorce and mediation. If I am being honest, as with all lawyers, I make more in legal fees if you hire me for a contested divorce. However, unlike most lawyers, I am recommending mediation.


The main reason is that I truly believe after having mediated my own divorce that it is the least toxic to yourself and your family. Together, you will come up with a fair distribution of assets and family time without the opinion of a judge and without the fiery fuel of the lawyers. Lawyers are trained to fight for their clients. There are times when a fight is needed. The decision to end a marriage should also signal the end of the fights, not the beginning of bigger ones. Yes, you may be angry and even feel entitled, but your very first obligation if you have children is to shield them from that anger, and to end this for them as quickly as possibly so that they can begin to “see” what tomorrow and life with divorced parents will look like. By engaging in a long, drawn-out battle, your children are placed in limbo, which is a very scary place to be. Another reason to mediate is because in the end you are adults. As adults, you don’t want to put your future in the hands of a judge that knows nothing about you and the needs of your family. The last reason is cost. I have seen divorce mediation save people thousands of dollars in legal fees. Source: Cory J. Rosenbaum, P.C., a professional corporation for the practice of injury, employment and matrimonial law. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 212-732-7922 (NYC office) or 516-670-9332 (Uniondale office), or visit, and


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he primary goal of Tracy Cleary’s new venture, Pure & Simple Health, in Rockville Centre, is “to take the guess work out of wellness. So many people feel overwhelmed by the thought of wellness,” says Cleary, “that our goal was to make it simple and manageable, so that the wellness goals are attainable.” For some people, it may be as simple as changing the water they drink. Cleary is a proponent of alkaline water and often holds educational classes on the benefits. “If that is all they can handle, then that may be their first step.” For others, it starts in Pure & Simple’s excipient- and preservative-free retail vitamin shop. This is not like any other vitamin store, because it starts with a free basic Zyto scan to determine what your biologic preferences and nutritional needs are. Currently, Pure & Simple is offering this Zyto scan free in the retail section. Clients can stop in for a reading and determine what nutritional support their specific body is in need of. Yet, Pure & Simple is much more than a retail vitamin store; it offers ionic detox foot baths, bioidentical oxygen, Earthing products, alkaline water, massage, a place for wellness lectures and workshops, and a truly unique form of counseling called Zyto EVOX. On EVOX, Cleary states: “Often the reason people can’t obtain wellness is because we are keeping ourselves from it. I have met with many patients utilizing EVOX, and I find that there is often an underlying self-sabotage that they are not even aware of. Where the client doesn’t believe they are worthy of health. EVOX is how we get to the root of some emotional or mental roadblocks that stand in our way. It has been said that one EVOX session can be equal to 10 therapy sessions.” EVOX has been used for all forms of treatments, including ADD, ADHD, weight loss, goal setting, and more. Often people look to blame genetics on the reason they aren’t “well.” While genetics may be a factor, there are more than enough epigenetics studies to show us that by healthy living we can change our genetic predisposition to numerous diseases. “At Pure & Simple, we like to say we change your DNA,” explains Cleary. “D is for detox. We look at numerous ways to detox your cells, be it through a cleanse or foot bath, bioidentical oxygen, etc. N stands for nutrition. At Pure & Simple, we utilize Zyto to determine the right nutritional supplements to support your specific health and then provide you with preservative- and excipient-free vitamins to meet those needs. A is for adaption. You can’t rid yourself of bad memories or experiences, but you can address and adapt to them.” Pure & Simple addresses the stresses in your life, some of which you many not even be consciously aware of, through EVOX. Those are the goals at Pure & Simple Health, and as a retail location with space for lectures and seminars, it hopes to be a place for the masses to use for assistance with any or all of their “DNA” needs. Location: 128 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre. For more information, call 516-203-7442. See ad on page 3. 26

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Dr. Linda Golden— One Patient’s Experience


olistic dentistry is not something everyone has experienced, and it varies a great deal from traditional dentist offices. Instead of dread and anxiety, holistic dentistry patients look forward to their trips. Here, one patient—we’ll call her Sally—discusses her experience with Dr. Linda Golden at the Golden Dental Wellness Center. “Dr. Golden’s waiting room is very spa-like,” explains Sally. “There were very few people in the waiting room, and the receptionist, who sits at a desk with a very large fish tank, greets all clients by name.” It was not long before Sally Dr. Linda J. Golden, DDS was called back to her room. She sank into the comfortable chair while warm boots were placed on her feet and moisturizer was massaged into her hands. Golden’s staff gave her the option of choosing a TV show or movie on Netflix, and she was provided with state-of-the-art viewing glasses and earphones to enjoy her movie while the doctor went to work removing her mercury filling. “When the drilling started, they massaged my feet,” says Sally. “I was so distracted by the movie I was watching and the foot massage that I barely noticed what was going on in my mouth.” The work that Sally was having done was, in fact, an important procedure. She had started preparing for it one week prior as she did a mercury detox program given to her by Golden. The state-of-the-art technology does not end with the viewing glasses. In addition to X-rays, Golden takes photos with a small camera the size of a pen throughout each that line produce aisles procedure Those so thatcolorful she canitems document andthe explain, in detail, of our local grocery store can go a exactly what takes place. Sally says: “It was an educational long way to improve our current experience. She took the time to really talk to me and listen and preventThen, futurewhen disease, to my needs before decidinghealth how to proceed. the including protecting thehapprocedure was finished, she explained exactly what had skin. A diet rich in fresh pened. There is no rush with Dr. Golden. fruits vegetables “Unlike a traditional dentist, a trip to and Golden Dental from five color Wellness Center is more like going to all a spa,” adds groups Sally. “Itcan thetoskin is a very calm experience, with a great help deal to of protect care paid againstand the the on- staneach individual patient. Her staff is exceptional, dard of care is topnotch. I would recommend it to anyone.” slaught of damaging free radicals Golden Dental Wellness Center is located at 444 that weCommunity encounter Dr., 204, Manhasset. For more information, call on aSte. constant basis from metabolism, sunlight, environmental 516-627-8400, emailsmoke or visit pollution, cigarette and infection. The antioxidants See ad on page 15. protect our cells and encourage cell growth that may aid in creating healthier skin and less lines and wrinkles. Government recommendations and the latest research suggest that adults should eat between 9 – 13 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables a day. If potatoes are removed from the mix, most Americans average about three servings or less a day, which represents a significant gap. There are some simple, creative steps that can help


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

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


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More about the symptoms

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

What’s causing it?

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

So, what’s the answer—how can I fix it?

Well, please don’t give up hope! For those of you that are still suffering, the answer is Intravenous Medical Ozone Therapy. You may be surprised to know that this proven, safe, but unusual, medical treatment has been used worldwide in more than 50 countries for many years (70), by over 45,000 physicians and therapists to successfully treat this and many other diseases and illnesses. So, why haven’t you heard about it and why doesn’t your doctor know anything about it? Medical ozone is a gas that’s made by a medical ozone machine at the moment it’s needed (it can neither be stored, bottled nor put in capsules). So, it’s not patentable, so the drug companies can’t make money from it. They, along with the FDA, have successfully suppressed its use and have kept word of this treatment from spreading. More information about this amazing, safe and effective treatment is available at and on a fabulous DVD documentary with more than 40 patient testimonials called Ozone Therapy: The Miracle Medicine by Gary Null, Ph.D., available from Ed McCabe’s book Flood Your Body with Oxygen is also a good source of information about the history of medical ozone and its many uses, with 11 references on CFS. Dr. Howard Robins, with more than 22 years of clinical experience using medical ozone therapy and over 185,000 treatments performed, is considered by many to be one of the world’s foremost clinical experts on its use. He is also available and willing to answer your questions about it. He can be reached at his Manhattan office by calling 212-581-0101.


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any of us have our relationship to success inside-out. We busy ourselves so much with do-or-die goals we “should” achieve that we drown out the crucial signals life is sending our way—both from our own instincts and from others that can objectively see what we truly need. According to Danielle LaPorte, author of The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul, knowing how we want to feel inside yields the most potent clarity in identifying what’s critical to us. “We need to have soulcentered goals, and if we get clear on defining our core desired feelings—the way we most want to feel—then all of our goals are a means to create those feelings,” she says. “It’s that simple.” The external things we want to have and experience are secondary goals, provided they contribute to the first. LaPorte’s Desire Map process is a holistic life planning tool that helps spur our thinking about our core desired feelings and how to use them to start creating some goals with soul. At heart, it involves the following four highly personalized steps. How do you want to feel? Engage in a stream of consciousness, allowing each query to lead to the next and letting your desired feelings flow. Do you

want to, for example, feel continuously energized, connected or prosperous? Consider areas such as livelihood and lifestyle (career, money, home, travel), health and wellness (healing, fitness, leisure, mental health) and relationships and community (romance, friendship, family). Recognize patterns. Look for patterns in the desired feelings in order to distill your list to determine key, repeating words. Individuals tend to reach for the same feeling states across all areas of their lives. If you want to feel “vitality” within livelihood, then you likely wish to feel the same way in the context of wellness and relationships. Declare your core desired feelings. Now zero in on three to five core feelings that resonate most strongly inside. Ask yourself what’s beneath each feeling. For you, perhaps “success” is really about freedom, creativity or excellence. Look up the definitions of words—every word is its own world. Which feelings do you find to be the most uplifting, positive, satisfying and compelling?

Ask yourself: “What do I want to do, have or experience to create my core desired feelings?” Thus, you begin setting goals with soul. You see and make connections between how you want to feel and what will actually help you feel that way. This is where you turn your ambitions truly inside-out and right-side-up to hitch your intentions to deeper and more nurturing meaning. This is the revolutionary beginning of realizing the ongoing success of a lifetime. Source: Danielle LaPorte is an entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, social media presence and bestselling author of The Fire Starter Sessions; her latest release is The Desire Map. She is a former news commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and director of a Washington, D.C., think tank. Visit

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Label Literacy Five Tips Help Kids Choose Healthy Foods by Elisa Bosley

Families have three key weapons in combating America’s childhood obesity epidemic: keeping them active, reducing their soda and junk food intake and teaching youngsters how to read food labels.


ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, obesity more than doubled in children ages 6 to 11 and tripled in adolescents ages 12 to 19 between 1980 and 2010. Nearly one in five youths in both age groups, plus one in eight preschoolers, are now considered obese and at increased risk for consequent health problems. By 2013, the Centers for Disease Control finally showed signs of hope, with some states reporting small reversals in the trend. Positive developments might continue if parents and teachers gently coach kids to better evaluate what’s going into their mouths and bodies by understanding food labels. Despite the intimidation factor (even for adults), “Once children know how to read, they are ready to start learning how to read food labels,” advises Jolly Backer, CEO of Fresh Healthy Vending, a forwardthinking company actively increasing the presence of healthy-food vending machines in schools nationwide. He says, “The more kids know about what they’re eating, the more empowered they’ll be about making healthier food choices.” Here are five basic tips to increase knowing what food labels really say


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that will benefit a youngster’s health for a lifetime. Visualize serving sizes. Assemble two or three packaged food items— preferably those that the child regularly eats, like cereal, oatmeal and applesauce—plus a measuring cup. Point out the serving-size number on the package label, and let the child measure out a single serving. This visually reinforces serving sizes, the first number anyone needs to consider on a food label. Try it with a single soda or juice bottle, too, which often says, “two servings.” Important note: Most nutrition label serving sizes are based on a 2,000-calorie adult diet. For kids ages 4 to 8, portion sizes are about two-thirds of an adult portion; for preteens, portions run 80 to 90 percent of the adult amount, says Registered Dietitian Tara Dellolacono-Thies, food coach for CLIF Kid nutrient-rich organic energy snacks. Evaluate numbers. Next, discuss the numbers noted for calories, fat, sugar, fiber and cholesterol. When evaluating a packaged food for an elementary school child, Dellolacono-Thies suggests aiming for 175 calories or less per serving; one gram or less saturated fat; no trans fats;

no more than 13 grams of added sugars; no more than 210 milligrams sodium content; and at least two grams of fiber. She notes that cholesterol alone is less of a health risk factor for kids than saturated fats and sugars unless a child is on a specialized diet. Added bonuses: Look for high-percent daily values (shown as DV percentage) for nutrients such as calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin D, which experts generally agree most kids’ diets lack in sufficient quantities. Compare and contrast. Armed with these basic guidelines, compare, for example, the grams of sugar in a can of soda with a serving of cooked rolled oats, or the amount of calcium in a carton of milk versus a juice box. One-to-one evaluations will begin to give a child a sense of what numbers constitute “high” or “low” amounts. Check the fine print. “Artificial colors and flavors, artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated anything signal that the food is likely of lower nutritional quality,” counsels Dellolacono-Thies. Make a game of sounding out items in the ingredient list. “It’s a classic teaching moment: Unpronounceable ingredients often mean it’s a lab-created, fake, food-like item,” she says. Next, ask the youngster to read the label on an apple. Surprise! No food label means it’s a whole, real food—the best, most nutritious kind. Translate knowledge into choices. Once a child has gotten the hang of it, let him or her compare different food labels and choose which one is the healthier option. Plan a little extra time to also do it during grocery shopping. With time and practice, an educated youngster will begin to incorporate the power of reading food labels before choosing foods. “Even when children walk up to a vending machine, where they can’t read labels, you want them to know which is the healthier option,” says Backer. “With label-reading practice, they’ll become savvy shoppers who’ll readily recognize healthy food options when they see them.” Elisa Bosley is senior food editor at Delicious Living magazine.




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Money Myths

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atie Teague’s inspiring documentary, Money and Life (, provocatively asks: Rather than disastrous, can we view economic crises as brimming with opportunities to shift our thoughts about money and thereby improve models of economic exchange?

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Why did you produce a documentary on the subject of money? As an in-depth psychotherapist familiar with observing humanity, I felt that I could use the simple lens of storytelling to chronicle the complexity of money and economics. Because I had no experience in economics or filmmaking, I was often brought to my knees in the crucible of all I was learning, a virtual crash Ph.D. course. In interviewing David Korten, economist, author and former professor at the Harvard Business School, he soothed my worries by pointing out that because I hadn’t been indoctrinated into the world of economics and its jargon, my language of metaphors and analogies would help lay people better recognize and understand convoluted economic concepts. As a therapist, I repeatedly see how disconnections due to eroding relationships with ourselves, our natural world and each other are wreaking havoc on people and the planet. I routinely see that money isn’t a root cause of a person’s issues, just the container for them. Most frequently the issues I hear about result from setting dreams aside “for later” and squelching the sparks of individual genius, usually because of a 34

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consultants, but are now realizing that we don’t need them. One clear example is that more individuals are having a direct experience of the divine. Also, entire communities are investing their time, energy and money in their local economies, where they have established relationships and can see the results. I believe that the technologies supporting our emerging new economy reflect our own consciousness coming online.

perceived scarcity of money. I became curious about what role our relationship to money plays in such disconnections.

What are the effects of awaking to what money is and isn’t in our lives? In considering this from the perspective of healing and tending the soul, asking, “Where are we most wounded in our modern world?” I had my own quantum awakening to the fact that I’m not separate from the subject matter I’m exploring: What is my own story with money? Have I given up healthy selfgovernment to the money god? What are my opportunities to reclaim my own power? I discovered that the core principle of the economy, money and currency is relationship itself, and that we’ve unwittingly disempowered ourselves by entrusting too much power to middlemen like central banks and financial

I did not know that the U.S. and global economies are based on debt and scarcity nor understand beforehand that our perceptions of scarcity and separation from one another are only illusions. While the majority of economists say that money is an exchange, Bernard Lietaer, author of The Future of Money, states, that is what money does but not what it is. Fundamentally, money is a human agreement—a form of currency via an artifact designed, engineered and built by humans. This is something we have forgotten and it’s hurting us.

How did you approach the universally sensitive subject of money? The film is purely a starting place and a tool that individuals can use to educate themselves and spark conversations. I kept the tone of the film as non-polarizing as possible so that conservative family members could cull compelling concepts that inspire further exploration, rather than walk away feeling a need to defend their beliefs. Awareness and knowledge breeds empowerment and innovative perspectives so that we all can better participate in whatever is emerging.

Will a new economy replace or parallel the existing one? A new economy is emerging and operating in parallel. Beyond being based on gifting, alternative money, barter or other buzzwords, it’s com-

ing online from a previously unknown place. This is one of the reasons I term the film emergent-oriented, rather than solution-oriented. A quote by Richard Buckminster Fuller, systems theorist, architect and inventor, eloquently applies: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.� The fact is that the old economy, based on debt and scarcity, is designed to collapse. The more innovative we can be in participating in the emerging economy, the more conscious awareness we can bring to bear, improving the chances for increasingly positive impacts. Linda Sechrist is a Natural Awakenings senior staff writer. Visit ItsAllAboutWe. com for recorded interviews.

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Our environment is a reflection of ourselves. Seems obvious, right? We know that when our homes and offices are cluttered and disorganized, we feel stressed out. Yet, often the task of organizing seems too big and too time consuming. Rather than make time for it, we avoid it or, worse, we start the process, become overwhelmed and leave it, only for our space to become cluttered again.



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Remove everything from that space. The first thing you should do

with any space, whether it’s a living room or a linen closet, is to take EVERYTHING out!

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eryl Starr, personal organizer and owner of Let’s Get Organized, has been in business since 1993 and has done more than her fair share of tidying up—from humble apartments to the homes of celebrities. Her diverse roster of clients ranges from Hollywood executives to leaders in finance, real estate, entertainment and fashion. Seen on Bravo and HGTV, she is the author of many books, including Home Organizing Workbook and Personal Organizing Workbook. Starr offers Natural Awakenings Long Island readers a roadmap to uncluttering our environment, which has the added benefit of freeing our internal self. To begin, Starr says, “Promise yourself going in that you will be patient and kind and will give yourself the time you need.”

not start a project that will take three hours when you only have one hour. “It is like making a manicure appointment,” explains Starr. “When you make that appointment, you know you are scheduling something for yourself and committing to it. This project should have that same level of commitment.”

Ten Steps to Getting Organized Choose your first space.

The very first thing you need to do is assess your environment. Look around and choose one space. “It will be entirely too overwhelming if you say to yourself, ‘I am going to organize everything’; that is not realistic,” advises Starr. The best way to start is to pick a small space or an easy space.

Schedule your time and commit. Let’s say you have decided to start with the linen closet, schedule the right time for you. Do

Assess your space. Before you think about putting things back, look at your space and determine if it can be used more efficiently. If it is a closet, can you add hooks or maybe a shelf? If so, do that now. Fix the space so that it works well for you. Be creative and look for solutions. Create three piles. Divide your belongings into three categories: throw outs, maybes and definites. Pull out your maybes and put them in a separate container for just four weeks. If you haven’t used them or haven’t missed them by then, maybe it’s time that you can let these items go. Maybe you want to wait three months. It’s up to you how long you want to wait and what you want to throw out. Don’t force yourself to get rid of things if they fit into the space. It is only when the space becomes overwhelming that you must narrow down to just the favorites. Return items to the space.

When returning items, you want to think about “visibility, accessibility and flexibility”. Is it visible so that you see and know where each item is? Are the things you need easily reachable? Can you place the items you use less frequently up higher? And is it adaptable? As your life changes, your storage needs change. When putting everything back, do so neatly. Refold

clothing and/or linens and consider color coding from light to dark. Make it beautiful for you.

Bask in the glory. You are done with that space! “It should feel really good to you,” says Starr. “Step back and enjoy it.” Acknowledge and congratulate yourself.

Schedule your next space immediately. You are not done until you go to your calendar and schedule the next space. Create a long-term plan. Perhaps pick one space a

month or one space a week, depending on your specific needs. As you become more efficient at the process and begin to build stamina, schedule larger spaces for yourself.

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Build Your Own Wellness Dream Team

Take Your Health to the Next Level by Kathleen Barnes


onventional doctors too often dispense vague, boilerplate health advice, urging their patients to eat a healthy diet, exercise and take helpful supplements. Some are lucky enough to also be directed to detoxify their body and manage stress. That’s typically the best most people can expect in terms of practical advice. It is rare to receive specific, individualized answers to such burning questions as:

Complementary natural healing modalities can address all of these queries and more. Finding the right mix of treatment and preventive measures requires some creativity and self-knowledge. The experts Natural Awakenings consulted maintain that it is both desirable and possible to assemble an affordable and effective personal health care team that focuses on optimum wellness.

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“We need to understand the value of an integrative approach because no single modality treats everything,” says Dr. Jingduan Yang, the Philadelphiabased founder and medical director of the Tao Integrative Medicine. By way of example, he maintains credentials as a physician, a board-certified psychiatrist and an internationally recognized

pert on classic forms of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. Integrative practitioners see the human body on three levels, Yang explains: structural; biochemical; and bioenergetic, a form of psychotherapy. Ideally, he says, conventional and integrative medicine, plus complementary practitioners, work together to provide the total care an individual patient needs. “Any problem on one level affects all levels, so we assess patients on all three with whatever tools we have,” he says. While conventional medicine may be able to treat structural problems well and biochemical problems to a certain extent, it falls short on the energetic level. That’s when it’s time to expand the team, counsels Yang. “‘Know yourself’ is the watchword. Get to know what to use and when to use it. It’s the practitioner’s job to educate patients in this way.” Dr. Andrew Weil, renowned as the father of the integrative medicine movement in the U.S., has remarked, “If I’m in a car accident, don’t take me to an herbalist. If I have bacterial pneumonia, give me antibiotics. But when it comes to maximizing the body’s natural healing potential, a mix of conventional and alternative procedures seems like the only answer.” Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, founding director and president of the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America, turns to the integrative realm of ayurvedic medicine for healing and wellness. The 5,000-year-old Indian healing tradition incorporates lifestyle changes, yoga and meditation, detoxification, herbs, massage and various other individually targeted healing modalities, depending on the patient’s diagnosis and recommended treatment plan.

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“Wellness is a team effort,” advises integrative medicine specialist Dr. Vijay Jain, medical director at Amrit Ayurveda for Total Wellbeing, in Salt Springs, Florida. It’s not only a matter of knowing what needs the practitioners will address at specific times, it’s also

Health insurance may not cover the services we want, and high deductibles may pose a financial challenge in maintaining comprehensive health care, so we need a personal wellness plan. knowing who can help when the going gets tough. “Modern medicine has the edge for early detection of disease,” Jain notes. “However, Ayurveda is excellent in determining the earliest imbalances in the mind and body that eventually lead to disease.” Most experts consulted agree that a personal wellness program should include a practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a care plan to meet individual needs. Jain recommends that the foundation of the team be a licensed medical professional such as an integrative physician (MD), osteopathic doctor (DO) or chiropractor (DC). In most states, any of these professionals can function as a primary care doctor, authorized to order and read laboratory tests, prescribe drugs and access hospital services. In some states, a naturopathic

physician (ND) can perform the functions of a primary care doctor in ordering and reading laboratory tests. As part of a personal wellness team, consider a functional medicine or integrative physician, chiropractor, osteopath, doctor of naturopathy, ayurvedic practitioner, nutritionist, Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor/ acupuncturist, herbalist, craniosacral therapist, massage therapist and energy practitioner (such as in Reiki, medical qigong or polarity therapy). It’s not necessary to see all of them, sources say. Sometimes, one practitioner will be skilled in practicing several modalities, a bonus for patients. Other complementary practitioners may form a supporting team that works with the primary care team, depending on the challenges a patient faces. They will be

identified as treatment unfolds and the team evolves over time.

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An ayurvedic practitioner likely will begin by helping to define healthful lifestyle changes, depending on one’s dosha, or energetic temperament. Yoga and meditation would be a likely recommendation, plus specific herbs and perhaps detoxification, says Annambhotla. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture often go handin hand with Ayurveda in accordance with the view that illness and disease are caused by imbalances in the body’s energetic flow. Diagnostic techniques employ intuition and pulses to assess and smooth blocks in energy circulation. Craniosacral therapy is another way to unlock energetic blockages caused by lifestyle stress and other factors that restrict and congest the body’s innate ability to self-correct and remain healthy, says Joyce Harader, a registered craniosacral therapist in Cave Creek, Arizona, and secretary of the board of

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A personal wellness program should include a lead practitioner that acts as a gatekeeper and coordinates a plan of care that meets the individual’s needs. the Biodynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy Association of North America. She relied on a whole team to realize a natural way back to health after being diagnosed with lupus in 1992. “Members of my health team fluctuate, depending on what is going on in my life and where I am focusing,” comments Harader. She points out, for example, that nutrition education and general deep-tissue massage can both be helpful as part of a foundational plan toward obtaining and maintaining optimal health. In fact, many of our experts recommend both a monthly chiropractic adjustment and/or massage, as well as daily yoga and an ongoing meditation practice for wellness and total well-being. Naturopathic practitioners operating in states where they are licensed can be good sources of nutrition counsel and often recommend herbal remedies for relief. “For chronic illness, you need a chiropractor or drug-free physician like a naturopath on your team. Conventional medicine is generally poor at dealing with chronic illness,” observes Naturopath and Chiropractor Michael Loquasto, Ph.D., who practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Loquasto should know. He has

practiced integrated modalities for 50 years, employing the knowledge gained through his practice and triple doctorates, which include one in nutrition. Also a master herbalist, he strongly advocates that people start by working with a good integrative or functional medicine medical doctor. “In some states, like Pennsylvania, chiropractors and osteopaths can perform routine diagnostic work, but in many states they cannot,” he notes. “I recommend undergoing a physical every six months and regular bone density tests, plus colonoscopies.” Loquasto is not in favor of mammograms because of the radiation exposure associated with them, but supports routine breast screening using ultrasound or thermography.


Intuitive listening and observant selfknowledge are crucial parts of any wellness plan. Most people are aware when something doesn’t feel right in their body. “Libido is a great barometer of health,” suggests Dr. Diana Hoppe, an obstetrician, gynecologist and hormone specialist in San Diego, California. “If you’re not interested in sex, it’s probably a sign that you need to do some

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investigating.” Reasons for such a decline of interest are wide-ranging says Hoppe. “For men and women, it might be due to hormonal changes, lack of self-esteem, medications, stress, relationship issues, job, family life or lack of sleep. It means that somewhere, things are out of balance,” she says.

Funding a Plan

A personal multifaceted wellness program can be expensive, but there are ways to minimize the cost. “In the new world of high insurance deductibles, people get more for their money from an alternative doctor, especially one knowledgeable in a variety of healing therapies, than a conventional one,” Loquasto advises. Costs for tests may also be lower; plus patients are not expected to pay $150 or more just to walk in the door. A current trend has medical doctors and chiropractors participating in “umbrella” practices and wellness centers, where several types of practitioners collaborate in one facility. They find that sometimes insurance will pay for certain complementary services, including massage and nutrition education, when doctors or chiropractors prescribe them. Maintaining wellness in an environment filled with chemical, biological and mental toxins is a substantial, yet worthy, investment. It’s far better than the costly alternative of dealing with regular bouts of sickness or escalating disease. In that light, maintenance looks affordable: an ayurvedic diagnostic session starts at around $100, a consultation with a licensed naturopath at $75 and acupuncture at $100; a massage typically costs about $80 an hour. While insurance is unlikely to pay for treatments outside the realm of conventional medicine and sometimes, chiropractic, “The cost of these preventive therapies will be much less than the cost of treatment for a serious disease,” advises Loquasto. “You’re worth it.” Kathleen Barnes is author of more than a dozen natural health books. Her latest is The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at

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ew Year resolutions can be a distant memory by mid-January, due to unrealistic expectations, slow results and distractions that sideline good intentions. Yet we may still reap the rewards of a greener, healthier lifestyle by progressively adopting small, doable changes.

Nifty Switches

January white sales present a prime opportunity to change to organic cotton sheets and dry-fast towels to reduce energy usage. Local animal shelters welcome old towels and blankets. Homeless shelters also accept gently used clean linens and outgrown coldweather gear. Replace family toothbrushes with eco-friendly models made from renewable castor oil plants instead of petroleum. The Naturally Clean Toothbrush is BPA-free and recyclable ( Each day, Americans use 500 million disposable straws, reports Milo Cress, founder of the Be Straw Free Campaign ( Discarded plastic straws and stirrers are on the Ocean Conservancy’s top 10 list of debris littering beaches. Cindy Schiff Slansky, CEO of GreenPaxx, in New York City, 42

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suggests using a reusable silicone straw. “The bright colors help keep track of each person’s drink. They’re in my purse for when I eat out with my kids,” she says. “We always say no to disposable straws.” Also consider paper straws that compost within 45 to 60 days. Plug electronics into power-saving energy strips that can be turned off when machines aren’t in use. Completely shutting down computers saves more energy than using sleep mode. When it’s time for a more energyefficient fridge or freezer, call the electric company. The Appliance Recycling Centers of America work with utilities to pick up and recycle working appliances. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers are accepted with a qualifying fridge or freezer. Alternatively, call a local recycling company for a curb pickup of broken appliances; even easier, confirm that the company delivering a new appliance will take away and recycle the old one. Upgrade to a greener model when the need arises to change cars. California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont have pledged to speed the construction of charging stations in their states and project collectively having 3.3

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estern science is obsessed with deconstructing food, researching and analyzing its component parts, isolating the active ingredients, repackaging them in pills or powders and prescribing them in daily doses. But according to Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D., author of Food and Healing, this chemistry-based theory of nutrition is upside-down. Colbin, founder and CEO of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, in New York City, has crafted her own nutrition theory based on more than 30 years of nutrition practice, teaching from a foundation that a whole food, like the complex human being consuming it, is greater than the sum of its parts. She defines whole foods as “those that nature provides and all the edible parts.” She limits them to those comprising one ingredient, such as plants, whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.

Animal foods are more challenging to categorize. Eggs are a whole food, but steaks are not, because they are one part of the entire animal. She includes small fish if we eat the head and bones, and small birds like quail. Whole milk is included, but not low-fat dairy. Colbin maintains that our bodies know the difference between a whole food and an aggregation of isolated nutrients. We have evolved over thousands of years to eat the food that nature presents to us, and if that food has been fragmented, the body realizes it and seeks what’s missing. For example, if we eat fragmented wheat like white bread, in which the bran and germ of the whole grain have been removed, the body will still be hungry and seek the missing part of the food, something with fiber or crunch. Likewise, health enthusiasts that devour wheat germ or wheat bran in isolation will also feel something is

missing and may find themselves craving refined flour in the form of cake or other baked goods. Table sugar is another example, a fragment of sugar cane. Colbin calculates that it takes 17 feet of sugar cane to make one cup of sugar. What’s missing is mostly the cane’s water content and the result, she says, is that sugar makes you thirsty. It’s a big reason why when we drink a soda, ingesting an average equivalent of 12 teaspoons of sugar, we’re thirsty afterward and drink even more, creating a vicious cycle. Fruit juices are, by definition, a fragmented food. When we drink orange or grapefruit juice, all or most of the fiber from the raw fruit is obviously missing. Craving something to chew, we may reach for chips or something crunchy. Vegetable juices may yield the same result. Colbin cautions that while vitamin and mineral supplements can be helpful in treating specific conditions or deficiencies, they nevertheless comprise fragments of food at best. She notes that the body may have difficulty processing these isolated nutrients outside of the whole food. Supportive studies include Kentucky’s University of Louisville School of Medicine comparison of the effects of the spice turmeric with those of its active ingredient, curcumin. Adding the whole food turmeric to the diet of rats reduced inflammation significantly, while curcumin alone was ineffective. Results suggested the difference may be explained by turmeric’s higher bioavailability. A Pennsylvania State University research review determined that although population studies consistently report that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables protects against cardiovascular and other

chronic diseases, studies of antioxidant supplements did not show the same benefits. The difference may be that a whole foods diet naturally contains not only antioxidants, but a wide range of nutrients and compounds that may act synergistically to protect against diseases. Colbin goes further, suggesting that supplements may even make us less likely to want to eat vegetables and set us up for junk food cravings to balance out too many vitamins or minerals. Her advice is to use vitamins and supplements if medically required, but not every day and not for a lifetime.

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Caring, Steering, Cheering

A Health Coach Helps Us Change for Good by Lauressa Nelson

A health or wellness coach integrated into a personal healthcare team can be critical to catalyzing sustainable change. Many people understand they need to modify their self-care, yet fail to take the optimal steps to make such a transformation happen.


hat we’ve discovered is that people don’t routinely change behavior due to education alone or out of fear. They change through partnership,” explains Linda Smith, a physician’s assistant and director of professional and public programs at Duke Integrative Medicine, in Durham, North Carolina. Coaching partnerships supply a supportive bridge between provider recommendations and patient implementations, she says, “significantly increasing the client’s ability to make changes successfully.” “Health coaching was absolutely essential to my health,” says Roberta Cutbill, a 72-yearold retired registered nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina, who considered her lifestyle relatively healthy when in her late 60s she experienced autoimmune and cardiac problems. “I have an excellent primary care doctor who, when these issues came up, told me that I needed to change my diet, thoughtfully downloaded a list of recommendations and sent me on my way. I still needed


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“In my health coaching practice I consider all aspects of a person’s life, their distinctive physical and emotional states, lifestyle and goals and aspirations. This process is customized especially for you.” —Jeanette Tiomkin Holistic Health Counsler See ad on page 45. help with many things in order to make the changes,” recalls Cutbill, which is why she turned to a health coach at Duke Integrative Medicine. Margaret Moore, founder and CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, in Belmont, Massachusetts, identifies two primary forces that enable behavioral change: autonomous motivation (people want to do something for their own reasons, not because

someone tells them to) and confidence (they believe they can do it). “The most powerful motivating forces of all are what you treasure most in life, your life purpose and contribution,” she remarks. Both Smith and Moore emphasize that the priorities in any health coaching relationship are client driven, based on the client’s chosen goals and personal intrinsic motivators. Confidence in attaining ultimate success is built through positively framed experiments and experiences. “A health coach is trained to help clients break up their goals into manageable steps, focus on strengths, track progress and identify and overcome personal roadblocks,” explains Dr. Karen Lawson, an integrative physician and director of integrative health coaching at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, in Minneapolis. A helpful approach sets goals that can be met and exceeded, not insurmountable ones. “The key is always keeping a positive lens, helping clients see the progress they achieve,” continues Lawson. This involves speaking in terms of growth through trial and error, in which outcomes are explored without judgment and clients feel empowered to modify. This is vital, explains Moore, because experiencing at least a threeto-one ratio of positive to negative emotions creates the conditions for the brain to learn, change and thrive, making people feel more capable of taking care of their health. Mindful awareness is another essential tool; being self-aware and reflecting on what we are doing while it

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“As an intuitive coach, I use my intuition to help you uncover and clear the subconscious patterns that keep you from creating a life you love. Then I coach you to achieve your goals and joyfully support you to become inspired and empowered.” —Nanci Deutch See ad on page 29. is happening. Unlike thinking, analyzing and planning, mindfulness involves observing while experiencing. During sessions, coaches use it to give their full attention in a non-judgmental way, modeling how clients can bring such compassion to themselves. A mindful state calms mental noise and puts reflective distance between individuals and their beliefs, emotions and behaviors. It improves their ability to handle negative emotions and to make a conscious choice to respond with a different attitude or new behavior, according to Moore. For Cutbill, maintaining a personal relationship with her coach over time has been the most significant factor in the improvement of her health. “The relationship was healing, because my coach regularly pointed out my progress with profound encouragement and validation. I wish all primary care doctors had health coaches on staff to help them and their patients attain the success they both are aiming for.” Lauressa Nelson is an editor and contributing writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

Hallmarks of a Good Health Coach by Margaret Moore In the past 10 years, approximately 10,000 health professionals have become coaches through dedicated training schools and university programs focused on life, corporate or health and wellness coaching. The selection of the right partner to help in the quest for lifelong wellness entails assessing the following qualifications. Credentials and training: A reputable health and wellness coach training program typically requires six months to two years of education, skills training and practice with clients, followed by a certification process that tests for knowledge and core competencies. Employment background: Additional desirable credentials in the medical, physical or mental health fields will likely include exercise physiology, physical therapy, psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, nursing or medicine. Structured relationship: A coach should be able to explain how coaching works and why successful results are more likely with a coach. Coach-

ing sessions are typically conducted by phone and last between 30 and 60 minutes. Coaching services are generally not covered by insurance. Personal character: Effective health coaches are good listeners, interested in clients’ unique stories. They foster self-acceptance and self-respect, pointing out personal strengths, values and desires. Coaches engage, energize and challenge clients through a positive, non-judgmental focus, while at the same time asking courageous questions. As skilled partners, they help clients become clear about personal motivations and an overall vision for life, so that they can help design a detailed, attainable plan that successfully moves them toward fulfilling their goals. Margaret Moore is CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation and holds a master’s degree in business administration. Email her at Margaret@ or visit or

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The Latest, Hottest Trends by Christine MacDonald

This year, many Americans are set to rock the charts by turning over a new leaf and morphing from more conventional workout modes to fresh takes on fitness.

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Activities high on people’s lists these days reflect a perceived scarcity of time and money. The top picks, according to the Indianapolis-based American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014, will be high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and body weight training. Both pursuits have been contenders in recent years, but are cresting the survey for the first time. A HIIT session, typically involving rapid bursts of activity interspersed with brief rest periods, usually takes less than 30 minutes. Body weight training’s appeal stems from its effectiveness and minimal need for fancy equipment or special gear. The survey—involving hundreds of personal trainers, gym owners and other fitness insiders—further notes an increasing diversity in fitness offerings, plus some contradictory trends. Not everyone, for instance, is cost-conscious; fitness professionals anticipate the continued rise of boutiques specializing

in niche activities. Those with momentum range from ballet-inspired barre workouts to Pound and Drums Alive sessions, in which people “rock out” while they work out. Grace DeSimone, an ACSM spokesperson, equates specialized offerings to an à la carte menu, with individuals choosing tasty workout modes. “It’s like a buffet,” she says. While a single class can cost up to $25, there seldom are membership fees. Muscles are treated to varied workouts, even if only once a week in a “boutique” treatment. “It’s good for your body to crosstrain; if you do the same thing over and over again, your body adapts,” DeSimone advises. Unless a competitive athlete is looking to improve performances in a given sport, repeating the same exercise daily can lead to injury and lessen the desired positive impact, she says. “Your body likes change.” Spinning spin-offs like Soulcycle, Flywheel and Kinetic Cycling represent

an evolution of indoor classes and old-school outdoor cycling. Meanwhile, fitness instructors and wellness consultants note that Zumba has set the stage for dance-oriented workouts, diverging from Latin rhythms into hip-hop and other music genres. If workouts are increasingly encroaching on “social” activities like dancing, it’s because the nation—or at least the expanding population trying to live healthier lifestyles—is undergoing a broader lifestyle transformation, says Jim White, of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The registered dietitian, awardwinning fitness pro and national spokesman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics observes, “There’s a shift in culture.” He says, “People are sick of ‘yo-yo-ing’ with fad diets and exercise routines, and they are looking for effective new approaches, whether for dieting, social life, accountability or competition.” He sees this new mindset fueling the proliferation of websites and phone apps that facilitate everything from counting calories and steps walked daily to on-the-go workouts.

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Interval Training: Both high- and low-intensity variations can resemble a fountain of youth for older adults, says DeSimone. These can range from integrating a few five-minute sprints to enhance a half-hour walk to engaging in formalized Asian-influenced Tabata classes and boot camps. High-intensity workouts aren’t for everyone. “HIIT is best delivered when it does not use the one-size-fits-all approach,” says Tony Ordas, a kinesiology lecturer at California State University, San Marcos. “Participants need to have an established level of cardiovascular endurance before increasing intensity.” Body Weight Training: The natural, timeless exercise approach of using our own body weight instead of equipment can, if done right, hone muscles and build core strength, often in creative ways. Personal Training, Small-Group Training and Wellness Coaching: Rising demand by individuals for support in achieving their desired results is propelling growing numbers of trainers and coaches to obtain health and fitness college degrees and postgraduate certifications. Specialized Fitness Programs: Programs geared to the needs of particular groups such as pregnant women, older adults, dog owners and those interested in losing weight remain popular. Activities vary in approach and intensity, but often emphasize “functional fitness”, focusing on building strength and balance useful in everyday life, rather than more athletic or competitive training. Yoga: This ancient mind-body workout continues to extend from East to West, building on a host of classical forms such as hatha, ashtanga, kripalu, kundalini and Vinyasa. Relatively new forms also are extensive, from power yoga, Bikram and Yogalates to emerging hybrids like the yoga/surfing combination of Yoga Board. Christine MacDonald is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C., whose specialties include health and science. Visit

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LONG-LIVED PETS Anti-Aging Care Aids Youthful Vigor by Dr. Shawn Messonnier


n human health care, naturopathic doctors offer a specialty called anti-aging medicine. The goal is to restore optimal health to those at midlife and older that seek to prevent or reduce the incidence of diseases often associated with aging. But when it comes to aging pets, most veterinary doctors fail to focus on the necessary specialized care. In fact, some traditional vets may decline to treat older pets at all. Often, these animals are suffering from chronic diseases and when they are treated, prescriptions may include numerous drugs. As many know, drugs can entail serious, even debilitating side effects, further deteriorating the prospects for sustained health. Owners may thus find themselves spending a lot of money maintaining their pets in a chronic state of ill health with little hope for improvement. Animals that might benefit from surgery for problems ranging from dental disease to tumors may not receive ameliorating care when the family vet simply considers them “too old” to invest in or pull through surgery.


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For an enlightened holistic vet, no pet is too old to warrant and benefit from proper health care. By instituting the correct care and focusing on anti-aging efforts, health can be improved and often restored, with the added advantages of reducing unnecessary medications and increasing their lifespan. As an example, most doctors expect larger breeds of dogs to live 10 to 12 years, but with informed care, these same dogs can typically live 15 to 16 years. Smaller dogs and cats typically have a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years; using an anti-aging approach, such pets routinely live 18 to 20 years or longer, in good health and with a good quality of life.

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Here’s how the team at Paws & Claws Animal Hospital, in Plano, Texas, successfully approaches anti-aging medicine. Beginning at 5 years of age, all pets—including dogs, cats, other small mammals, birds and reptiles—are

screened via a physical examination and special blood and urine tests twice a year, with a focus on bionutritional analysis of results. Abnormal results indicating some risk, even slight ones, often ignored by mainstream medicine, are treated using vet-specified natural medicines that help return biometric values to normal and slow down the progression of problems that could, if untreated, turn into serious diseases. Dietary evaluation, including a bionutritional analysis, ensures that the pet is eating what’s most appropriate for its age, breed and health status. Potential dental and other oral issues are treated aggressively and early, because they are the most common source of infection and inflammation contributing to poor bodily health, including diabetes and diseases of the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs. A review of prior medications confirms or adjusts proper use. In most cases, some of these medications can be eliminated or replaced as needed with natural therapies that have the same clinical effect, but without the possible side effects associated with chronic use of medical therapies. Natural supplements, which can benefit all pets, also are reviewed and/ or prescribed. Most older pets benefit from supplementation with phosphatidylcholine, vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, glucosamine and other elements to support thyroid and adrenal functions. Paws & Claws also favors the herbal remedy Healthy Qi to support the immune system of any ill or older pet; astragalus, green tea, gotu kola and ginseng ingredients give an extra boost toward achieving homeostasis and improved quality of life. Like human senior citizens, pets in their golden years deserve dignified specialized care that allows them to live more happily and peacefully. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the award-winning author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets. For more information, visit


Holistic Pet CASE REPORT by Dr. Michel Selmer

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Madison is an 8-year-old spayed female Jack Russell Terrier that came to me for excessively licking her left forearm, which led to an open wound that is not healing, a lick granuloma.


et me give you a little background. Madison had been treated by her previous veterinarian with traditional Western medications. Prednisone, a steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and antibiotics were used in an attempt to address the wound. Unfortunately, there was no success. Her mom came to me looking for an alternative approach to address lick granuloma. In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), Madison is classified as a “wood-type” personality. Wood-type pets are usually outgoing, assertive, confident, fearless, athletic, decisive, competitive, and have a type A personality. When confronted, they can respond with anger. Madison fit the wood-type personality perfectly. You should also know that the element wood in TCVM is associated with the liver and that the liver controls the feet. Her tongue appeared lavender upon examination, which indicates stagnation of qi, stagnation of blood and pain. Her pulses were normal. Since she was experiencing anger upon examination, had a lavender tongue, and a condition affecting her lower front leg, I concluded her TCVM pattern diagnosis was damp heat with liver qi stagnation (from the lavender tongue and lesion associated with the

wood element and the liver, with damp heat [because of the lick granuloma]). We decided to use acupuncture as follows: “Circle the dragon” on the granuloma; BL-18/19, LIV-2/3, GB-34 to soothe the liver; LI-4/11, GV-14 to clear heat; ST-40, BL-22, SP-6 to clear damp. We also gave the following herbal formulas: Liver Happy for the liver qi stagnation, Four Paws Damp Heat for damp heat, and Coptis powder as a topical application directly on the wound. After two treatments of acupuncture one-week apart and administering the herbal formulas, the owner noticed Madison calming down. Her lavender tongue was becoming more pink and the non-healing wound was beginning to show signs of healing; hair was starting to grow back. I was thrilled with the response and recommended we continue the acupuncture treatments as well as the herbal formulas. In the picture provided of Madison, you can see how we “circle the dragon”! 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.

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Family Yoga – Sundays, Jan 5-26. 4-5pm. Class is for families with children from 5 yrs old & older. Family yoga classes are structured like kids yoga classes with emphasis on interactive and partner poses for kids and adults to do together. Will do age-appropriate yoga poses, breathing, movement games, and relaxation. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-6829642.


Yoga Tune Up 5-Week Series – 7:30-9pm. A therapeutic approach to your practice and suitable for all fitness levels. This accessible practice incorporates movements from classical yoga, calisthenics, and body therapy that explores every region of your body’s anatomy. Learn a series of exercises that will strengthen and stretch the body from the inside out. Each week we will bring awareness to different areas of the body. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. New & Potential Patient Workshop – Jan 8, 15, 22 & 29. 8-9:30pm. Learn all about Network Care’s extraordinarily gentle method that combines lighttouch 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 Class – 8:15-9:45pm. Learn all about the 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. New members welcome with family and friends. $10. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


Yoga/Fitness – Jan 11 & 25. 10:30-11:30am. Come and work out with John Cahillm, RYT 200, utilizing yoga, flow, core, fitness and Pilates. Strengthen tone and reduce weight in this demanding but fun class. From beginner to advanced, all are welcome. $15. Winter Brook Psychic Medium, 171 Main St, North Port. 631-261-9300.


Somato-Respiratory Integration Seminar – 10am2pm. SRI is a tool that you can use on your own to help you resolve stress in your daily life. A powerful way to deepen your healing process and connect with the basic rhythms that govern your life. Learn Stages 1-3 in detail with experiential exercises. Leave with a greater understanding of these Stages in your life and how to continue the work on your own. $95. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


Dinner with the Doc – 6:30pm. Dr. Ray Omid invites you and up to 4 guests to come dine with us and enjoy an informative complimentary health talk about the three components to a 100-year lifestyle, how to regain health and vitality, how to have more energy and less stress and how to prevent medical debt and protect your #1 asset. A 3-course dinner will be served and dinner talk starts at 7pm sharp (no one allowed in after 7:10pm). Free. Umberto’s Restaurant Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park. RSVP by Jan 3: 917-747-2795 or

Life Tools for Emotional Clarity – Jan 13 & 27. 8:15-9:45pm. Discover tools to resolve past and present stressful experiences in your life. Learn to develop self-sufficiency and emotional resilience. Dr. Fred will take you through the primary tools that he has found to be easiest to learn and most effective when you are emotionally aggravated, stressed out or stuck. New members welcome with family and friends. $15. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


Nidra Meditation – Jan 14 & 28. 7-8pm. Join John Cahill, RYG 200 and 50-Hr Meditation teacher during this 1-hr class featuring stretching, yoga, warm ups, basic qigong, breath work mantras and mudras. Come relax and de-stress in this unique lying down practice. $20/class. Winter Brook Psychic Medium, 171 Main St, North Port. 631-261-9300. Hormone Imbalance, It’s Running the Show – 7-8:30pm. Our hormones run almost all events in our body not just reproduction. They signal and activate our systems to control things as far reaching as blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure and even mood. Join Dr. Pollack of the Creating Wellness Center of Commack and learn how to improve your body’s hormone balance and get back to feeling great. Held at Strictly Gluten Free, 396A Larkfield Rd, East Northport. Creating Wellness Center of Commack: 631-462-0801, Free Intuition Call – 7:30pm. Your guide to an inspired and empowered life. Learn how to access your intuition and take action on it to transform your personal and professional life. To register: 516-897-0649 or


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classifieds 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. Looking for work in a meaningful and holistic practitioner office? Dr. Richter is looking for front office staff full time/part time please call 516282-0310 or email resume to VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – COPE, a grief and healing organization dedicated to supporting parents and families living with the loss of a child through support groups, art therapy, a grief hotline and special workshops, needs volunteers to help with various projects. Karen Flyer, Executive Director: 484-4993 or

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

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.





New & Potential Patient Workshop – 8-9:30pm. See Jan 8 listing. The Family Wellness Center, 641B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499. Free Geothermal Seminar – 6-8pm. Learn from Sherman Industry, Inc., New York’s Premier Geothermal Company how you can heat, cool, get hot water, and lower your electric bill for your home or building without the need for fuel oil, natural gas, or high electric bill. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City. RSVP: 516-612-2454. 855-484-3436.


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


Acupuncture Weight-Off Clinic – 3-7pm. Get support for your weight management efforts with acupuncture. Acupuncture will help control appetite and cravings, improve digestion, reduce stress. Center for the Alignment of Body Mind and Spirit, 2050 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh. For details: 516-3950966. Gina Marino: 516 221-3500. Advanced NSA – 8:15-9:45pm. Learn more about the Four Sacred Seasons of Network Care are a way to understand your healing process and every aspect of your life from a Network perspective: thoughts, actions, prayers, decisions, your level of courage and confidence, focus, direction, action, relationships, healing, gratitude, compassion, love and more. With Dr. Fred Blum. Free. The Family Wellness Center, 641-B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.

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Yoga/Fitness – 10:30-11:30am. See Jan 11 listing. $15. Winter Brook Psychic Medium, 171 Main St, North Port. 631-261-9300.

Life Tools for Emotional Clarity – 8:15-9:45pm. See Jan 13 listing. The Family Wellness Center, 641B Old Country Rd, Plainview. Register in advance: 516-822-8499.


Nidra Meditation – 7-8pm. See Jan 14 listing. $20/ class. Winter Brook Psychic Medium, 171 Main St, North Port. 631-261-9300.


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

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Journey to Ireland’s Magic – Apr 10-18. Experience the charm and hospitality in family owned guesthouses, and the wonder of a castle. Step outside your daily life to find your majesty, power, magic and connection to yourself and the mystery. For more details & to reserve your space in this limited group contact Janna: 631- 656-0563 or

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. HealingHandsPilatesAndWellness@ 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.


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, MonThurs. 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. Women in Mid-Life Discussion/Support Group – 8-9pm. Create your second adulthood. Are you an empty nester? Changing careers? Retiring? Seeking something new? Wondering what you want to be when you grow up? $20/class. Linda Rose, LCSW, 101 Hillside Ave, Ste D, Williston Park. 516-671-7786.

Land really is the best art. ~Andy Warhol

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

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Meditation Class for Seniors – 1-2:30pm. Learn simple, powerful meditation techniques created by Grand Master Jin Bodhi. Also experience healing within the group and individually, in a relaxed atmosphere. Hosted by: The American Bodhi Meditation Society. Freeport Recreation Center, Room 101, 130 E Merrick Rd, Freeport. Nan: 516-442-7408, YinYasa – 4:30pm. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Prenatal Yoga – 4:30-5:30pm. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Kids Yoga – 5pm. Ages 5-8. Absolute Yoga, 1 Guilles Ln, Woodbury. 516-682-9642. Clairvoyant Development Series, Level 1 – 6:308pm. Tori Quisling, M.Ed, graduate of the Berkeley Psychic Institute and featured expert in the New York Daily News, will train on using own psychic abilities (clairvoyance, clairaudience). By the end of 8 wks, students will meditate, have awareness of psychic abilities and perform a reading. Workbook/CD. Customized programs also available. $125/class; $975 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. Women in Mid-Life – 12-1pm. Define your second adulthood; pursue/renew your passions; explore relationships and sexuality; plan work life: Retire? Career change? Take charge of physical changes; stay healthy and active. $20/session. Linda Rose, LCSW, 708 Glen Cove Ave, Glen Head. 516-671-7786. 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.


Long Island Edition

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


Cancer Support Group – 9-11am. Call for specific dates. 6-wk program designed to empower women with knowledge while on their journey to kicking cancer’s ass. $480. Drop-in complimentary class last week of each month 9-10am. Must reserve spot. Integrative Healing Center & Spa, 403 Main St, Ste 1, Port Washington. 516-676-0200. Community Yoga: Donation-Based – 4-5pm. A Vinyasa Flow class that will stretch the body and clear the mind. All donations collected each month go to supporting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation & Operation Splash. Donate what you can. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. Prenatal Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. With Kimberly. Class designed to bring together a community of expecting mothers to share in the benefits of a specialized yoga practice. Breathe N Flow Yoga, 361B Atlantic Ave, Freeport. 516-632-9626. 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 RSVP@ 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.

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking. ~George S. Patton



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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 21.


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 13.

cleaning services All Clean Long Island Inc

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

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 53.

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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 31.

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 19.

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


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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 11.

Dr. Esther Jimenez, DC 180 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Center 516-868-8100 Brain Synergy integrates a holistic, drug-free, effective, non-invasive approach that evaluates and balances the many neurological and metabolic imbalances that either cause or worsen disorders including ADD/ADHD, autism, stress disorders, migraines, sleeping difficulties and more. See ad on page 15.

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 13 & 39.


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 49.

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 43.

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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 15.

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.

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 45.


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Nassau & Suffolk Locations 866-239-5445 •

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

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

mediation CORY J. ROSENBAUM, P.C.

Cory Rosenbaum 1-855-491-Save

Cory Rosenbaum is an expert at all forms of mediation and legal affairs. After resolving his own divorce mediating, without any litigation, he was able to find peace for himself, his exwife and most importantly his child. Cory wants to help others struggling with divorce proceedings utilizing a mediation process based on his existing expansive knowledge of divorce law in New York State. See ad on page 25.

medical wellness center

Personalized care through pregnancy, water birth, natural birth, well-woman gynecology, family planning. Many insurance plans accepted. See ad on page 41.

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 27.

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 11.

NON-surgical liposuction

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 41.

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 17.

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pollack wellness center


66 Commack Road #101, Commack 631-462-0801 • Dr. Pollack specializes in the practice of physical rehabilitation, herbal and nutritional medicine, and stress and weight management including non-invasive liposuction. He has extensive experience in healing digestive disorders (reflux, bowel issues, colitis, loose stools, etc.), joint and muscle pain, headaches, and many other common health concerns. His goal is to help as many people as he can to reach optimal health and avoid the “sick-care” system. See ads on pages 13 & 39.


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

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

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 27.


Williston Park/Glen Head Locations 516-671-7786

ozone therapy The Healing Center 200 W 57th St, Ste 807 New York, NY 10019 212-581-0101


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 35.


Integrating psychoanalytic psychotherapy with spirituality, to empower by learning self-awareness, and addressing emotional, psychological and spiritual health.


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

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

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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 17.


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

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


Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist 585 Stewart Ave, Ste LL-50 Garden City, NY 11530 516-305-2581


Individual, couple and group sessions. Services offered include; arousal difficulties,erectile dysfunction,low libido,orgasm difficulties,premature ejaculation and infidelity. See ad on page 35.


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.

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.

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 43.

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced. ~Soren Kierkegaard


361b Atlantic Ave, Freeport 516-632-9626 Family Yoga Studio specializing in Vinyasa Yoga, Prenatal, Restorative, Kids Yoga, Mommy & Me, Private/Semi-Private, Kids Parties and Workshops. Special donation-based Community Yoga classes offered Fridays at 4pm. Open 7 days a week offering a full range of classes in two studios and private changing/nursing area. Come feel the Flow. See ad on page 51.

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 50.

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