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newsbriefs Eastover “Walks the Talk” with Water Reclamation Plant fter four years in the design and permitting process and a year of construction, Eastover Estate and Retreat in Lenox, Massachusetts, is ready to unveil its state-of-the-art water reclamation system. Owner Yingxing Wang says Eastover’s investment in this eco-friendly technology—designed to minimize the center’s impact on its environmentally sensitive locale, the Berkshires—shows that it “walks its own talk.” “It’s a facility that can add great value to our educational tours, planting the seeds of taking responsibility not only for our own health, but also for the planet’s health,” she says. Eastover welcomes visits from community and school groups. The technology does not use any chemicals. Instead, the key treatment components are natural enzymes made from kitchen scraps and tropical plants growing on small gravel beds in a large greenhouse. “Their eight-foot-deep roots do all the work of purifying the water,” Wang says. “There are no CO2 emissions, zero chemical use and very limited energy consumption. The reclaimed water, which is drinking-water quality, feeds back to the 600-acre forest, beaver ponds and wetlands that are within walking distance from the human habilitation area, which is relatively small compared to the large forest under its stewardship.” Eastover is not affiliated with any specific spiritual tradition, but hosts a broad array of groups and teachers with a common aim: “to support the continuing emergence of holistic and ecological ideas capable of renewing our culture and leading the way to a sustainable planet.” Eastover Estate and Retreat, located in Lenox, MA, minutes from Tanglewood Music Center and Kriplau Yoga Center. Find out more at



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rains, legumes, nuts and seeds are good for our health, but not necessarily good for our teeth, says Anamaria Pontes, registered nutritionist at Tribeca Center for Integrative Holistic Dentistry. These plant-derived foods contain varying amounts of phytic acid, which fights free radicals and may protect against kidney stones, but also can reduce the effectiveness of certain nutrients in our diet. “In humans lacking the digestive enzyme phytase, it impairs absorption of important nutrients, like calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron,” Pontes says. “Phytic acid’s snowflake-like molecule easily binds to important minerals, making them unavailable for absorption, thus leading to mineral deficiencies. And these minerals deficiencies can lead to tooth decay.” She recommends soaking, sprouting or fermenting foods high in phytic acid, or buying sprouted or fermented products. “The process naturally creates organic acids that promote phytic acid breakdown. You can soak grains and legumes overnight or for few hours prior to cooking them. Make sure you discard the water they were soaked in and cook them in fresh water.” When eating foods with a high phytic acid content, it also helps to eat foods rich in vitamin C, such as vegetables. “Vitamin C can minimize phytic acid’s effects,” Pontes explains. For more information, call 212-732-2200 or visit


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he Barbara Brennan School of Healing (BBSH) will present a one-day experiential workshop April 22 and again April 23 based on Barbara Brennan’s book Light Emerging: The Journey of Personal Healing. Both sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 34 West 28th Street, 3rd Floor. Lisa Van Ostrand, BBSH faculty member and editor of Brennan’s new book, Core Light Healing, will facilitate. The cost is $125. “In this workshop, we will look at the imbalances in each level of the energy field that may contribute to the disease process,” Ostrand says. “Each level has needs that must be met for us to live a healthy, fulfilled life. Through an objective evaluation of each level, as well as understanding our personal dynamics at each level—which may be operating unconsciously—participants will have a greater understanding of the energy field and its role in the disease process.” Using Brennan’s model of the four dimensions of the energy field and examples of real-life cases, participants will learn where they are energetically blocked, and healing tools, exercises and meditations to augment traditional therapies, enabling them to have an active role in their own healing process, Ostrand says.

The Call of the Day Taps into Our Authentic Self


odi Hershey’s new book The Call of the Day focuses on what is taking place today spiritually and how we are called to tap into our authentic self to individually and collectively do our part in, what she asserts is, humanity “moving from our familiar Third-Dimensional ego self into a Fourth Dimension soul self, with the ability to reach higher levels of awareness and consciousness.” “Now more than ever, we are called upon to qualify our lives,” says Hershey. “It is a time when we are asked to find our true soul self, which is our home, our connection to the universal life force. We are asked to open our hearts so that we are able to see all that was intended to be. This is ‘the call of the day’.” Hershey is a graduate from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education. She is a trained hypnotherapist in basic, advanced and past-life regression. For more than 15 years, she has provided support as a hypnotherapist, psychic/ intuitive reader and spiritual counselor. For more information, email or visit

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ith more than 20 years of experience, Bell Lifestyle Products Inc., in South Haven, Michigan, is expanding its line of products, most recently launching a new, all-in-one bladder and urinary tract support formulation and a new line of sports supplements. It has also updated its ecommerce website to allow visitors to more easily shop online or find their local Bell Lifestyle retailer. The Bell Lifestyle website also provides considerable health and wellness resources including the Bell Wellness Center, containing hundreds of recipes, infographics and articles on physical, mental, social and nutritional wellness from selected category experts. New articles are posted weekly, providing helpful information on dealing with many ailments for people of all ages. Bell Lifestyle Products offers a full money-back guarantee on more than 60 natural health products—in new, color-coded packaging to assist in product selection—across 13 health categories that are available in more than 7,000 health food stores and pharmacies worldwide. For more information, call 800-333-7995, email or visit or

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he NAVEL Expo—named for its focus on nutrition, aesthetics, vitality, efficacy and life—will come to the Sheraton Times Square May 6 and 7. Since January 2005, the Health Media Group has produced 28 NAVEL Expo events, attracting thousands of people from around the nation and the world who are interested in cutting-edge information, technology and products in the arena of prevention, wellness and results-based medicine. Speakers and presenters explore the boundaries of human potential for optimal wellbeing, ageless beauty, superb cognitive function, fitness and longevity. The NAVEL expo brings together integrative, holistic, wellness-oriented and prevention-minded physicians, authors and celebrities, introducing them and their message to those who “understand the importance of laying the foundations for extreme wellness as the best cure for most of life’s ills.” The keynote speaker at this year’s expo is New York Times bestselling author Jeffry Life, MD, PhD, creator of the Life Plan. Other speaking authors include Tara Allmen, MD on menopause, Sylvie Beljanski on cancer, Jana Klauer, MD on how the rich get thin. Local speakers include DO; Sergey Kalitenko, MD; Sylvie Beljanski; Douglas Wyatt; Garry D’Brant, DC; Larisa Likver, MD; and Dr. Howard Robins. The Sheraton Times Square is located at 811 7th Ave. at 53rd Street. For more info and the full speaker line-up, visit See more on back cover. ADVERTISE HERE Contact us for special one-time ad rates.






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nconditional love coach” Judith Costa will present a free lecture on Friday April 28, entitled Loving Yourself Is The Solution from 6:30 to 7:30pm at QuestBookshop, 240 East 53rd Street in NYC. On Saturday April 29, Costa follows with a revolutionary workshop, Fall in Love With Yourself from 10am to 6pm. Costa says the workshop will focus on “the most important relationship you will ever have in your life: your relationship with yourself.” Participants will learn what self-love is; how to know, understand and accept themselves; why they must love themselves before they can love others; how to face their inner critics and be their own best friends; and how to use tools and techniques to love themselves no matter what. A speaker, writer and seminar leader with master’s degrees in psychology and psychotherapy, Costa lives in the United States and organizes workshops and retreats around the world. Using various techniques including coaching, past-life regression, the Akashic Records, astrology and dream interpretation, she works with groups and individuals, both online and in person, to help them to overcome their inner blocks to love and know themselves better. “My work involves teachings about what true love is, how to improve your self-love, and how to manifest the relationship you want and deserve,” she says. For more information, contact Judith Costa at 646-204-4535 or, or visit

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arefoot running has become a popular activity for athletes, and with the right training, can be a helpful tool for many runners. A recent study from the University of Jaén, in Spain, confirms the benefits of barefoot running. Researchers set out to determine what types of changes a 12-week program of barefoot running would produce in foot strike patterns, inversion, eversion and foot rotation. Thirty-nine recreational athletes with no experience in barefoot running participated. Twenty formed the experimental group, with 19 serving as a control group. Researchers determined each runner’s low, high and comfortable running speed and conducted pre- and post-running tests using cameras to document foot strike patterns. The experimental group’s training consisted of a progressive increase in the duration and frequency of barefoot running, while those in the control group performed the same progressive running program with their shoes on. The experimental group showed significant changes in foot strike pattern, with a tendency toward a mid-foot strike at all speeds. They also displayed changes in foot rotation and inversion toward a more centered strike at the lower speed, supporting the notion that progressive barefoot training can help athletes trying to change their foot pattern to a mid- or front-foot strike.




uopeng An, Ph.D., a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studied the hydration and dietary habits of more than 18,300 American adults and found that drinking more water each day can impact the overall calories and nutritional value of food consumed. Reviewing data from four parts of the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, in which participants were asked to recall their food and drink intake during two non-consecutive days, An determined the percentage of plain water drunk by each person. He found an association between a 1 percent increase in the subjects’ daily intake of plain water and an 8.6-calorie reduction in food intake. An also discovered a slight reduction in foods high in fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol with the change. Participants that increased their plain water consumption by one to three cups reduced their calorie intake by 68 to 205 calories per day. The same increase in water correlated with a daily reduction in sodium intake by 78 to 235 milligrams, five to 18 grams less sugar and seven to 21 milligrams less cholesterol.


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esearchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, concluded in a 2016 review of research that chelation therapy using agents such as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular events. The review highlighted research showing that heavy metals such as cadmium have been linked with increased cardiovascular disease risk, and chelation therapy has been shown to effectively remove heavy metals from the body. Of particular interest was a study that specifically tested the effectiveness of chelation therapy on reducing cardiovascular events. The randomized, doubleblind study involved 1,708 patients ages 50 and up that had experienced a heart attack at least six weeks prior. Half were given 40 infusions of a 500 milliliter chelation solution with EDTA. The other half received a placebo. Researchers measured deaths, heart attacks and strokes, along with other heart conditions and subsequent hospitalization for an average period of 55 months. They found that the chelation therapy reduced heart attacks and strokes by 23 percent and reduced hospitalization for heart attacks by 28 percent.

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2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly sage. Cognition includes processes associated with attention, memory, judgment, evaluation, reasoning, problem solving and decision making. Researchers discussed the theory that an accumulation of amyloid-ß peptide (Aß) in the body is responsible for some cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimer’s patients. Studies have shown that sage can protect mice against Aß-induced neurotoxicity, thus helping to preserve cognition. The researchers also highlighted acetylcholine (ACh), a neurotransmitter believed to play an important role in attention, learning, memory and motivation. ACh enzyme inhibitors help prevent alterations in ACh, preserving these functions. In vitro and animal studies show that some species of salvia are effective ACh enzyme inhibitors. In addition, animal studies have shown that sage extracts can reduce depression and anxiety. Both of these conditions can contribute to a decrease in cognitive function. Further research is needed to determine the extent of the effect and safe dosage.

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Insects Assault America’s Forests In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, the tiny hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life sucking sap and eventually killing the tree. The bug is one example of an expanding horde of insects draining the life out of forests from New England to the West Coast. Aided by global trade, a warming climate and droughtweakened terrain, this invasion represents one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the U.S. Scientists say they are already driving some tree species toward extinction and causing billions of dollars a year in damage, with the situation expected to worsen. Today’s connected world enables foreign invaders to cross oceans in packing materials or on garden plants, and then reach American forests to rapidly expand their ranges. According to a new study in Ecological Applications, scientists say several species of hemlock and 20 species of ash could become nearly extinct in coming decades. Such destruction would eliminate a critical sponge to capture greenhouse gas emissions, a natural shelter for birds and native insects and a reliable food supply for bears and other animals. Dead forests also increase the danger of wildfires.

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Toxin-Free Farmlands Rise to 4.1 Million Acres

Teen Finds Drought Solution in South Africa Kiara Nirghin, a South African teenage girl and recent winner of the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa, is pioneering a new technology to fight drought. The Holy Web, her super-absorbent polymer, can store reserves of water hundreds of times its own weight. Drought remains one of South Africa’s main challenges, with at least eight provinces requiring regular food relief. The project is designed to help farmers in dry areas build large water reservoirs for an adequate and regular supply of water for irrigation. “I wanted to minimize the effect that drought has on the community, and the main thing it affects is the crops. That was the springboard for the idea,” says Nirghin. Her invention uses recycled and biodegradable waste products such as avocado skins and orange peels to make the polymer sustainable, affordable and environmentally friendly.


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According to data service Mercaris, the U.S. had a record 4.1 million acres of organic farmland in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2014. As of June 2016, the number of certified organic farms reached 14,979, including 1,000 startups. The top states in organic cropland after California, with 688,000 acres, are Montana, Wisconsin, New York and North Dakota. Montana hosted a 30 percent increase to 417,000 acres in 2016, adding 100,000 acres since 2014 and 50 new organic farms. In assessing the positive trend, Scott Shander, a Mercaris economist, says, “With today’s lower commodity grain prices, farmers are looking to add value and meet consumer demands. The global market is dictating U.S. prices. Demand for organic corn and soybeans is still growing strongly, but production is not growing as fast, so more of the production will be international.” Source:

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Many grocery store foods are wrapped in plastic packaging that creates non-recyclable, nonbiodegradable waste, even though thin, plastic films are not efficient at preventing spoilage. Some plastics are also suspected of leaching harmful compounds into food. Researcher Peggy Tomasula, D.Sc., is leading a U.S. Department of Agriculture team developing an environmentally friendly film made of the milk protein casein that addresses these issues. She states, “The protein-based films are powerful oxygen blockers that help prevent food spoilage. When used in packaging, they could prevent food waste during distribution along the food chain.” Plastic six-pack rings are renowned for their negative impact on wildlife and the environment. Now the Saltwater Brewery, in Delray Beach, Florida, is making edible six-pack rings for beer cans that are 100 percent biodegradable. Constructed of barley and wheat ribbons from the brewing process, they can be safely eaten by animals that come into contact with the refuse. Company President Chris Gove notes, “We hope to influence the big guys and inspire them to get on board.”

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he federal Every Student Succeeds Act, passed in December 2015 to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year, is the first law in U.S. history to include language that supports environmental education. Plans call for it to be integrated with current state standards, graduation requirements, teacher development and assessment, funding sources and policy action steps. offers lesson plan ideas for students. For example, students from third grade through high school might collect their household junk mail and explore ways to reduce it. Those in kindergarten through eighth grade may create a binder of information on endangered species that includes maps, animal facts and threats to their survival, exploring causal interconnections throughout the planet. Students can also build a cafeteria compost pile or find ways to improve their school’s recycling program. Kathleen Rogers, president of the nonprofit Earth Day Network, on, says, “We need to promote environmental consciousness into our children’s curricula so they are able to

analyze problems, think critically, balance needs and take informed action.” Earth Day isn’t just one day. Aware citizens can take a rewarding action every day. Help New York City celebrate and forward its progress toward sustainability at these local Earth Day 2017 events. Earth Day New York 2017 Tuesday, April 18, 2017 12:00-7:00pm Union Square Earth Day 5K Green Tour 2017 Friday, April 21, 2017 10:00am-1:00pm New York, NY Planet Heart’s 10th Anniversary “AnnualWorld Peace Earth Day Celebration” Saturday, April 22, 2017 6:30-9:30pm Church of St Paul & St Andrew 263 W. 86th St. @ West End Ave. natural awakenings

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DONT LET GUM DISEASE KILL YOU! Recently, there have been no shortage of studies proving a direct link between the bacteria in gum disease causing heart disease, as well as diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, respiratory disease and chronic inflammation. It is now believed that maintaining good health of your gums, doesn’t just save your teeth, but actually extends your life span.


trangely enough, most of the symptoms of gum disease are not painful and you may not know you have it until you have lost a considerable amount of bone around your teeth.

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Periodontal disease is all about bacteria living under the gum line around the roots of your teeth. The bacteria eats the food that you eat and sends waste products around the gum and destroys first the gum attachment to the teeth, creating deeper pockets around the teeth. A normal space between the gum and the teeth is 3 mm. A pocket with gum disease can be 4,5,6 or 10 mm deep. Eventually the bacteria attacks the bone and the teeth start to get loose. Traditional treatment of gum disease ranges from deep cleaning to periodontal surgery. The surgery involves cutting and repositioning the gum tissue to eliminate the deep pockets. What follows is a long and uncomfortable healing process. Fortunately, for many people there are non surgical options available. It is almost impossible for anyone to keep a deep pocket clean of bacteria. Multiple studies have validated the successful use of ozone to destroy the bacteria deep in the pocket, first as a gas then in

the form of ozonated oil placed gently under the gums to remain to continue wiping out bacteria and speed up healing. With repeated applications and some fine tuned home care, it is possible to help you shrink those pockets. So, not only do you get rid of the bacteria, but actually change the architecture of your gums so that they don’t shelter bacteria. Sadly, this treatment is not yet widespread and there are fewer than 100 ozone dentists in the entire country. And of those, only a percentage practice Minimally Invasive Ozone Dentistry (MIOD) where extra measures are taken to preserve healthy gum and tooth structure.

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t was standing inside I learned early Nothing. I was held in a Timpanogos Cave (a darkness so deep that my on we live by eyes seemed shut even national monument) as an 8-year-old child that marked wild mercy. though they were open. All me. Hiking to the entrance I could hear was the sound of the cave with our church group, we of water dripping and the beating heart were ushered in by a park ranger. Imof the mountain. mediately, the cool air locked inside the I don’t know how long I stood inside mountain enveloped us and we wore Timpanogos Cave before our church it as loose clothing. Immense stalacleader realized I was missing, but it was tites and stalagmites hung down from long enough to have experienced how the ceiling and rose up from the floor, fear moves out of panic toward wonder. declaring themselves teeth. We were Inside the cave, I knew I would be found. inside the gaping mouth of an animal What I didn’t know was what would find and we were careful not to disturb the me—the spirit of Timpanogos. beast, traversing the cave on a narrow To this day, my spiritual life is found constructed walkway above the floor so inside the heart of the wild. I do not fear as not to disturb its fragility. But it was it, I court it. When I am away, I anticipate the Great Heart of Timpanogos Cave my return, needing to touch stone, rock, that captured my attention. water, the trunks of trees, the sway of When everyone else left the chargrasses, the barbs of a feather, the fur left ismatic form, I stayed. I needed more behind by a shedding bison. time to be closer to it, to watch its red Wallace Stegner, a mentor of mine, orange aura pulsating in the cavernous wrote: “If we preserved as parks only space of shadows. I wanted to touch those places that have no economic the heart, run the palms of my hands on possibilities, we would have no parks. its side, believing that if I did, I could And in the decades to come, it will not better understand my own heart, which be only the buffalo and the trumpeter was invisible to me. I was only inches swan that need sanctuaries. Our own away, wondering whether it would be species is going to need them, too. It cold or hot to the touch. It looked like needs them now.” ice, but it registered as fire. Suddenly, I heard the heavy door Excerpts from The Hour of Land: A slam and darkness clamp down. The Personal Topography of America’s group left without me. I was forgotNational Parks by Terry Tempest Williams, ten—alone—locked inside the cave. reprinted with permission. Learn more I waved my hand in front of my face. at

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RUN FUN Races Beckon Beginners by Aimee Hughes


’ve run in cities, rural areas and suburbs. I’ve run while deployed to military bases in the Middle East, in cities on four continents, in blazing heat and winter snowstorms,” says Maria Cicio, a licensed professional counselor candidate and marathoner in Grove, Oklahoma. “I’ve been running regularly for 25 years, mostly injury-free, and have found what works best for me.” For beginners, Cicio recommends starting with a 5K race. “There are a hundred reasons why a full marathon would not be fun for a beginner, but trail running, charity races and 5K road races are perfect,” she says. Cicio attests the physical health benefits come from the training and preparation more than from the race itself. “You can run for many years before deciding to run an official race, in which case you’ll probably have already experienced increased cardiovascular health, improved muscle tone and strength. “Running your first race can focus your running and turn it into training. You might increase your daily or weekly mileage, depending on the planned length of the race, or add some speed work to your regular running routine. When I’m training for a race, I’m more in tune with what my body needs; I also sleep better,” she says. The mental benefits are what keep many people running, even after the physical ones seem to plateau, advises Cicio. “Running means regular exercise, so it can improve our general mood. While numerous studies show this to be true, the best evidence comes from runners themselves.” Almost everyone has heard of a runner’s high, even if we haven’t experienced it ourselves. It’s long been accepted that endorphins released during exercise create a feeling of euphoria after a satisfying workout. Recent research on mice 18

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by the Central Institute of Mental Health at the University of Heidelberg Medical School, in Germany, suggests that it might be natural endocannabinoids that lighten our mood and contribute to the high. Meditation master Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, in Halifax, Canada, teaches an online course, The Art of Mindful Running. He points out that running, or doing any physical activity, in a meditative state can deepen, train and enhance the mind. “Within 20 to 30 minutes, you have an opportunity to work with your mind. Instead of just spacing out or trying to get exercise, you can actually say, ‘I am going to be present, I am going to relate to my breathing and my movement a little bit,’” says Mipham. “This is healthy both for the mind and the body.” Those looking for an alternative to running on concrete and asphalt find that trail running ups the fun factor while nature nurtures us. “While I’d always loved running races, the roads rarely changed. Even the same trail tends to change daily, with a new puddle or a log to jump or crawl over, or a new offshoot. The natural running landscape is full of surprises,” says Nikki Partridge, an avid trail runner, American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and Stott Pilates instructor in Auburn, California. “Trail running healed me,” says Partridge. “I always had some injury from running: tendonitis, sprained ankles, runner’s knee, pulled hamstrings, illiotibial band syndrome, shin splints or plantar fasciitis. I became a walking encyclopedia on injury and recovery. But the trails saved me. I no longer pronated when I ran, I had no more tendonitis from running on canting sidewalks—even my knee pain disappeared—my balance improved and my body was happy.” When winding down after a race, carve out ample time for recovery and reflection. “I always ask myself what I liked about how it was organized, course conditions, support staff and the after-party, and then look for another race that fits my preferences,” says Cicio. “Consider taking a vacation around a particular race that interests you or find a local road race the next time you travel. For a modest fee, you get to run a race and typically luck into a T-shirt, food and party camaraderie.” The running world can open our eyes to new places, good people and greater self-awareness, along with physical fitness. Spring is a good time to lace up our shoes and begin the expansive journey. Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy and senior staff writer for LongevityTimes online. Connect at


The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People, by Judith Orloff, M.D. A Book Review by Caroline Myss


eing an empath is the new normal. The Empath’s Survival Guide is a perfect guide book. Now people will know how to cope with being highly sensitive and empathic in their everyday lives without developing exhaustion, compassion fatigue or burning out. This book is fabulous and so timely. Everyone needs this book! Empaths are sponges that absorb other people’s emotions and symptoms. Dr. Judith Orloff offers a wealth of practical strategies to stop absorbing other people’s stress while keeping your sensitivities open and alive. She addresses the special needs of empaths in areas such as health, work, relationships and love, parenting and raising empathic children, and combating narcissists and other energy vampires. Also empaths can develop heightened intuition, which they must learn to cope with in a grounded way.  Dr. Orloff discusses plant, earth, relationship, telepathic and precognitive, and food empaths plus more! The secret to a happy life for everyone that wants to nurture their empathic abilities in an often overwhelming world is to practice the self-protection strategies in this book. Judith’s book validates that empaths experience the world around them primarily through their energetic or intuitive senses. Such knowledge is vital to understanding and caring for your own awakening sensitivities.  Judith Orloff, M.D., is a UCLA psychiatrist, N.Y. Times bestselling author, and an empath herself. For more information about her Empath Support Newsletter and book, visit natural awakenings

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Eggs-pert Advice How to Buy Good Eggs from Happy Hens by Judith Fertig


anice Cole, the author of Chicken and Egg: A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes, knows how delicious a really fresh egg tastes. She keeps three chickens she calls “the girls” in the backyard of her suburban Minneapolis home. “Jasmine, a white Silkie, lays small, beige-colored eggs; Keiko a black and white Ameraucana and Silver Wyandotte cross, green eggs; and Peanut, a brown, feathery Cochin mix, brown eggs,” relates Cole. Cole has learned a lot about the natural lives of chickens. They need 14 hours of sunlight to produce eggs and lay about one per day. Chickens must be protected from predators, locked up at night in their coop for optimal well-being and let out in the morning to roam. Here are some tips for buying the freshest, most delicious and humanely raised chicken eggs.

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Deciphering the language on an egg carton is a first step. Diet affects flavor. “Eggs from pasture-raised chickens allowed to roam—eating grass, worms and bugs in the backyard or a pasture—will look and taste better than eggs from chickens limited to an inside space eating chicken feed,” says Cole. “Pasture-raised eggs will have a fresh herbaceous, or grassy, flavor 20

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with an ‘egg-ier’ essence.” “Look for the terms organic, free range or ideally, pastured or pastureraised,” advises Adele Douglass, in Herndon, Virginia, executive director of Humane Farm Animal Care ( “USDA Organic” is a U.S. Department of Agriculture label confirming that the food the chicken ate was certified organic. “Non-GMO” indicates a diet free of genetically modified ingredients. “Free-range”, another USDA label, means the chicken had continuing access to the outdoors. “Pasture-raised” assures that the chicken roamed outdoors daily, eating what they wanted; the ideal scenario. “Cage-free” is a USDA-regulated designation ensuring that the chickens were allowed to roam freely about within their building to get food and water. “Natural” has no real meaning says Douglass; the term invokes no USDA regulation and nothing about actual farming practices. “Certified Humane” or “Animal Welfare Approved” means that each free-range hen has at least two square feet of outdoor space; it’s the most desirable designation, says Douglass.   When farmers want to raise egglaying chickens, they need to provide physical conditions similar to those Cole

affords, but on a larger and more efficient scale, usually without the love. In regions where 14 hours of daylight are not a given, farmers use artificial lighting. When snow is too deep for the birds to venture out and it’s too cold for bug life, farmers supply indoor coops and feed. How well and humanely they do this is up to consumers to find out.

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Eating one egg a day, or moderate consumption, will not raise cholesterol levels in healthy adults, concludes a 2012 review in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care. While egg yolks contain cholesterol, they also possess nutrients that help lower the risk for heart disease, including protein, vitamins B12 and D, riboflavin and folate, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. A study by Kansas State University researchers published in the 2001 Journal of Nutrition also found that phosphatidylcholine, another substance in eggs, can decrease the amount of cholesterol the body absorbs from them. Plus, eggs are great sources of micronutrients and antioxidants, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered and licensed dietitian and wellness manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, in Ohio. “I’ve always been a huge proponent for eggs. As lean sources of protein, they help us stay full, are easy to prepare and can be part of a healthy eating regime because they’re packed with free-radicaland inflammation-fighting antioxidants.” Kirkpatrick adds, “Eggs also help protect eyes. Their nutrient-rich yolks, like leafy green vegetables, are high in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that studies have repeatedly shown help protect against macular degeneration.”   Ideally, all chickens would be treated like Cole’s “girls.” For now, the best most of us can do is choose “Pasture-Raised,” “Organic” and “Certified Humane”. Getting to know more about the farmers that produce our eggs is even better.    Judith Fertig writes food health articles and cookbooks from Overland Park, KS (

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CANDIDIASIS The “Great Impersonator” Dr. Howard Robins

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

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

different ways, as each of us is unique, causing a wide variety of symptoms often leading to a misdiagnosis. What’s worse is that while most doctors know the condition exists, they “don’t see the forest because there are too many trees in the way”! They either don’t believe or don’t recognize the relationship between your health problems and the yeast overgrowth. The symptoms, conditions and illnesses are so varied that it’s hard to believe that this one cause could be the problem. Believe it or not, this is just a partial list of symptoms that have been associated with this horrible illness (found on numerous anti-candidiasis websites):

Constant tiredness, excessive fatigue and exhaustion Foggy brain/trouble concentrating/cogThe Cause nitive impairment Since the first time you had even one Anxiety/depression dose of antibiotics as a child or eaten Mood swings/irritability red meat or chicken that wasn’t organic Poor memory (most contain traces or more of various Learning difficulties antibiotics), your good, healthy bacteria Hyperactivity (probiotics) in your intestine were killed Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) along with the harmful bacteria that Anger outbursts needed to be destroyed. This allowed Irritability yeast, the different types of candida Headaches (also known as monilia), to overgrow Intense cravings for sugars, sweets and in your intestinal wall as well as bad breads (carbohydrates in general) bacteria to move in and inhabit your Abdominal gas and bloating, stomach intestinal wall, continually secreting pain, digestive problems toxins into your system. Acid reflux Headaches/migraines The Results Cravings for alcohol So, what real difference does this make? Skin problems (skin infections, eczema, Well, after years of research, scientists psoriasis, acne, itchy skin) have discovered that by allowing the Vaginitis yeast(s) to overgrow, your immune Rectal itching system and body becomes weakened. Diarrhea/constipation Weakened to different degrees and in Sinus inflammation

Pre-menstrual syndrome Hormonal problems Low sex drive Inability to become pregnant Dizziness Persistent cough Muscle weakness Sensitivity to fragrances and/or other chemicals Thrush Athlete’s foot/fungus nails Sore throat Chronic pain in muscles/joint pain Herpes outbreaks Environmental allergies It’s hard to believe that this one problem can cause all these different health issues. Regardless, do you suffer from one or more of these symptoms or know someone who does? Please don’t give up hope (though you may already have), read on.

The Answer Finally, the answer to this persistent health dilemma consists of a necessary combination of three things: temporary dietary change (anti-candida diet); special probiotics (the kind that adhere to the intestinal wall); and most importantly, Intravenous Ozone Therapy. Without all three, failure to get well may be the result as it has with most people. 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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Each year, traditional funerals use and bury: n Hardwoods for caskets (30 million board feet) n Steel for caskets (90,272 tons, plus 14,000 tons for vaults) n Copper and bronze for caskets (2,700 tons) n Reinforced concrete for vaults (1.636 million tons) n Embalming fluids (827,060 gallons)

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Earth-friendly methods: n Cost about half as much as a traditional funeral. n Use non-toxic embalming fluids. n Offer biodegradable caskets. n Replace quarried headstones with natural stone or greenery. n Restore native plant areas, reducing invasive species, mowing and herbicides. n Contribute to peace of mind with a green legacy. Source: Casket and Funeral Supply Association of America

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atural burials allow those that lived their principles of an environmentally sound life to complete their days in a planet-friendly, personalized way. “The number of U.S. cemeteries allowing natural burials has increased by 30 in the last year,” says Elizabeth Fournier, owner of Cornerstone Funeral Services, in Boring, Oregon. “More than 150 cemeteries allow them now. We encourage replacing cut flowers with plants. A multipurpose wooden casket can serve as a bookshelf until needed, or a casket can be made of natural wicker, paper or grass.” Formaldehyde-free embalming fluids made of non-toxic and biodegradable essential oils allow for a synthetic chemical-free burial. “Green burials tend to be unique and can last from one to four hours,” says Brian Flowers, green burial coordinator for Moles Farewell Tributes, in Bellingham, Washington. “One funeral had 50 Civil War re-enactors in blue and gray outfits, along with a 21-musket and two-cannon salute. Another was led by a shaman. Natural burial isn’t just for the Birkenstock/patchouli crowd. Our area is farm-rich, so a green burial fits with the idea of living close to the land.” The Moles’ four-and-one-half-acre meadow for natural burial will expand in the next two years to eight acres. Flowers explains, “It’s an ecological restoration site. We manage invasive

species and plant three native plants for each burial.” In Houston, Terry Ward, president and CEO of Country Communities, notes how fast-paced lifestyles can prevent intimate connections among siblings. “At Indigo Fields, we’re able to implant an app-accessible microchip into an urn or stone. The information can include photos, details of the person’s life and stories that might otherwise become lost. It can be updated at any time and serves as a gift for anyone researching the family tree. It helps the living heal and talk about their fears, too.”

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Cremation has always been an alternative to burial, but is energy intensive; recycling medical parts helps green up this option. Many choices are available for the cremains, the ashes that remain after a cremation. Many states outlaw burying pet remains in a human cemetery, so Lisa Brambilla, of Yorba Linda, California, invented 100 percent biodegradable Bio Urns. “Before, pet lovers had few choices when it came time to say goodbye. Laying a cremated pet to rest this way makes a loss easier because it’s a

physical manifestation of a pet in plant form. It hurts a little less,” she says. Each urn comes with a seed for a tree or shrub and the proper soil to help it grow. “Maka, a keeshond, was the dog my son’s heart bonded with; he was 6 when she died,” Brambilla relates. “After she grew into a tree, he could smile when he talked about her. It teaches kids to create a new life and to treat the planet well. Death is nothing but a word. The only thing real is life.” Bio Urn expanded to include human clients after Brambilla’s father-in-law requested to be remembered via a redwood tree and her mother, a Christmas tree. Eternal reefs are made of ashes mixed with cement placed in the ocean in a military-style ceremony to help support marine life for at least 500 years. Family members retain the reef’s GPS coordinates and can boat or dive to visit it. Music lovers can choose to have their ashes compressed into a vinyl record. A live recording of goodbyes, a last will and testament or compilation of favorite songs can be prerecorded. Ashes can also be compressed into colorful memorial gemstones ready to be set into jewelry to keep a loved one close. Resomation, or bio-cremation, liquefies the body in a heated alkaline bath, using far less energy than traditional cremation and without environmentally harmful chemical emissions; afterward, the bones are ground, resembling cremains, and are returned to the family. Promession is a way to freeze-dry the body by immersion in liquid nitrogen at -321° F. When it becomes brittle, vibrations shake the corpse into small pieces, water is evaporated and the dust that remains can be used as compost. Invented by Swedish biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, she feels it’s the utmost Earth-friendly way to return a body to the soil. As people opt to avoid the higher costs of a traditional funeral and elect practical, eco-friendly ways to exit the human scene, natural burials can become more accepted ways to achieve Biblical dust-to-dust while doing no harm. Connect with the freelance writer via

Your NYC Guide to Green Burials Earth-Friendly Funerals and Eco-Friendly Cemeteries by Amy Cunningham


ome people think cremation is “green” because it generally requires no cemetery space. But when it comes to one of the green conservation cemeteries within two hours of New York City, or farther upstate, people actually protect rural property by being buried in it. Cemetery laws prohibit highways or shopping malls from encroaching on land where people are buried. So green cemeteries help keep gorgeously wooded, rural properties safe from development. Bodies can also be buried in a shroud—that is, without a casket—in a green cemetery, something most conventional cemeteries don’t yet allow. And the setting of a registered green burial ground stays much as it was found: wild, natural, and frequented by birds, squirrels and deer. Folks who bury a family member in a green cemetery are sadden by the death but elated by an end-of-life ritual that signals a return to the simpler burial practices of 170 years ago. First, they’re skipping the embalming (which isn’t legally required). Second, they’re skipping the burial vault (the box around the casket). Third, the grave prep is more natural and aesthetically pleasing—no AstroTurf—and evergreen boughs are available to help decorate or fill. Cemetery workers at Greensprings and Steelmantown let family members lower the casket into the grave, and all green cemeteries allow families to shovel soil back into the grave to fill it, if that is their desire. People often say, “Oh God, just cremate me.” But for those who love nature, history and old-fashioned ritual, and those whose custom has always been simple and green—Jews and Muslims, among others—it’s a no-brainer: green burial in a natural burial ground is a gracious, gorgeous, uplifting way to “go.” To find a green cemetery, visit Amy Cunningham is a licensed funeral director who specializes in green burials. Contact her at 718-338-8080. natural awakenings

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NEW WAVE Kids Organize to Save Our Oceans by April Thompson


arth’s oceans shelter more than a million species, employ millions of people and feed billions more. Their complex ecosystems increasingly face critical challenges, including acidification, overfishing and pollution. Inspiring us all, youths nationwide are stepping up with bold, creative actions benefiting present and future generations to show us how we too, can do our part. Sean Russell, 24, of Englewood, Florida, was exposed to ocean wonders in junior marine conservation summer camps and 4-H programs. Volunteering with Mote Marine Laboratory’s dolphin research program, in Sarasota, Russell was struck by how improperly discarded fishing line entangled and killed dolphins and other wildlife. At 16, he launched the Stow It—Don’t Throw It Project to promote portable receptacles made from repurposed tennis ball containers for anglers to stash used fishing line for later safe disposal on shore. More than 21,000 containers have been distributed nationwide to date. While earning a bachelor’s degree in biology, Russell launched the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to harness youth enthusiasm for related issues. Six summits have convened hundreds of concerned young change-makers and adult professionals. “Young people learn about current threats to marine life and become inspired by peers sharing ideas and successes,”


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says Russell. Planning and skill-building sessions fuel action, often assisted by microgrants to help kick-start community projects. Russell is also involved with the nonprofit EarthEcho International, which activates young leaders through peer-topeer networks. One recent campaign, 3T4E, encouraged youth worldwide to pick up three pieces of trash on November 1 and document their efforts. Nearly 2 million social media impressions later, they’ve reached youth in 24 states, in 19 countries and on six continents, according to Executive Director Mia DeMezza. Founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau, the Washington, D.C., EarthEcho shares service learning stories that record steps young people are taking to mitigate local waterway issues. In a virtual classroom field trip series, they can explore issues such as oceanic dead zones and acidification through dynamic multimedia presentations. “These young people are going to inherit the problems we’ve created, and deserve a seat at the table,” says DeMezza. Given the opportunity, youth can play a key role in conservation, research and policy making for Earth’s oceans. “I look at youth not as leaders of the future, but leaders of today,” says Russell. Daniela Fernandez, 23, is one of the youth leaders working to bridge the

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generational divide on ocean conservation issues. An undergraduate at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., she was invited to a 2013 United Nations (UN) meeting to address the state of the world’s oceans. When she inquired if they had social media outlets to share their discussions, she discovered they did not. The 2016 Christopher Benchley Ocean Award winner relates, “I returned to campus with a sense of urgency about the issues I learned about, which led me to start a nonprofit to connect Millennials with the oceans.” The resulting Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA) has since hosted three global ocean summits with participants from more than 30 colleges and universities, learning directly from leaders in government, science, business and policy. Summit-watch parties at embassies around the world enabled Millennials to submit questions and comments online. Consequently, Secretary of State John Kerry’s office partnered with SOA to incorporate a youth component in the state department’s 2016 Our Ocean Conference. The SOA, recognized by the United Nations as a game-changing initiative, has catalyzed 30 chapters on U.S. campuses, with plans to expand to Britain, Chile and Spain. Actionable steps include advocating for college curricula on ocean health. Already, the alliance has helped sway global policy, gathering 30,000 signatures petitioning that ocean conservation be included in UN sustainable development goals. It also mobilized youth advocating for the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, America’s first marine monument (measuring a bit larger than Yellowstone National Park), off of Cape Cod, created by former President Obama in 2016. Russell and Fernandez agree that rallying around solutions is key to engaging youths and adults alike. “You can talk about the problems all day long, but it’s solutions that inspire people to take action,” says Russell. Fernandez adds, “Often, people feel helpless in the face of big issues, but if you give them a simple way to help, they will get behind it.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

Sea Change Youth worldwide are engaging in innovative ways to activate their communities and combat ocean pollution. Pédrisson and Emmanuelson Bernard, of Carrefour, Haiti, won the 2016 Millennium Oceans Prize for a win-win solution to urban waste, ocean pollution and unemployment. During Haiti’s rainy season, the city’s streets carry trash to the sea. The brothers developed a waste management system and mobilized community youth to help keep the streets clean, in turn protecting the waters upon which the island community depends. Students from Borrisoleigh, Ireland, won the EurOcean Foundation’s European Mário Ruivo Prize for a marine trash-fighting solution called Bags with Tags, in December. Laura Hutchinson and Antoinette Atik designed stylish totes to curb the use of plastic bags, including magnetic tags for easier retrieval from waterways; they worked with local stores to distribute them at points of sale. In another 2016 Professor Mário Ruivo Prize finalist effort, students from the island of Malta developed a way to keep waste from falling out of the usually open trash bins serving local ferries that transport 4 million passengers annually by collaborating with town officials to place three marine-friendly containers near the ferry departure point. Such student initiatives demonstrate how simple solutions, driven by passionate advocates, can improve our troubled waters.

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s a busy mom, I have learned the hard way that “self-care is not selfish.” To protect ourselves, we must establish and maintain healthy habits and commit to them, even during busy times. Investing in our health pays great dividends. Life throws up its challenges, but with a healthy body and mind, we are more likely to breeze through them. To that end, I love learning about natural ways to stay strong and be as healthy as possible without chemicals. Natural remedies, when used regularly, may help prepare us for the unexpected or just help our lives run more smoothly. Nature provides a medicine cabinet full of extraordinary herbs and flowers that form the basis for many modern medicines. Organic companies like Neal’s Yard Remedies create products from natural ingredients with proven therapeutic properties to help ease stress, boost health, improve skin conditions and benefit the body, mind and mood. With more companies like these, we have more opportunities to choose to be green and support ethical, sustainable, organic and fair-trade programs that can be an investment in our bodies and our environment alike.

This month, celebrate Earth Day by adopting these green habits: Choose organic. Organic farming reduces environmental pollution, produces less carbon dioxide and bans polluting synthetic pesticides. Say no to GMO. Organic farming bans genetically modified ingredients. Also, make sure you check your health and beauty products for GMOs, parabens and synthetic fragrances and colors. Reduce your carbon footprint. Carbon offsetting—reducing your emissions of carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases in order to compensate for emissions elsewhere—and carbon footprint reductions should be done in tandem. Offsetting the amount of your carbon pollution can be your contribution to climate change. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Buy products with the minimum product packaging, and reuse containers. Some companies use only recycled plastic, cards and papers that are also recyclable. The planet is the only place we have to call home. Be passionate about protecting it for generations to come. Catherine Manning is an independent consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies. Contact her at 908-400-8961 or, or visit

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Bookshop and Crystal Gallery 226 East 14th St. (between 2nd & 3rd ave. NY, NY 10003 • 212-260-2866 Saturday, April 1st 4-5:30pm, Free Book signing and talk: “Love Magic: Over 250 Spells and Potions for Getting it, Keeping it, and Making it Last”with author Lilith Dorsey Saturday, April 8th 4-6pm, $50 per person Tarot Lab with J. Sol Note: bring your own Tarot deck

Thursday, April 13th 7-9pm Satsang and book signing: “Wake up and Roar” with Papaji: with Eli Jackson Bear Workshop Series: Date TBD Starting in April, $30

Intro to The Orishas Workshop Part 1: The Knowledge of the Orishas” with Tracy Williams & Angel Silva. This will be a three part series on the knowledge of the Afro Cuban deities called The Orishas.

Thursday, April 27th* 7-9 PM, Free event Book signing and talk: “Let There Be Light” with Andrew Vidich at CRS 123 Fourth Ave *note updated date Sunday, April 30th 3-4:30pm, $30 Crystal Wire Wrap Workshop with Martha Vallejo

Monday, May 1st 7-9 pm Book Signing and Talk: “Awakening the Chakras: Deepening Emotional Insights With Chakra Tarot Spreads” with Kooch & Victor Daniels Friday, May 5th, 7-9pm, $25 - at the door $35 Evening with Fantuzzi Concert “Mystic Latin, Reggae, Afro-Funk” - infused with the energies and rhythms of AfroCaribbean Nyabinghi, Latin Salsa, Merengue, African drums, Devotional Kirtan, giving voice to unique chants, soul-rich songs and electrifying sensual dance.

Monday, May 22nd 8-10 pm, $30 - at the door $35 Enchanted Soul Journey Concert Event with David Young, A Portal Between Heaven and Earth. Saturday, June 17th 2-4pm Free Event Book Signing and Talk: “Grassroots Zen: Community and Practice in the Twenty-First Century” by Perle Besserman & Manfred Steger Thursday, October 12th 6-9 pm, $99 ticket don Miguel Ruiz and Sons Event $165 VIP ticket which includes meet and greet and book signing with VIP seating Friday, Oct. 21st, 7-9pm Book Signing and Talk: “Yoga for Diabetes” by Rachel Zinman. Highly motivating and personalized, complete with easy to follow yoga sequences, a questionnaire and beautiful photography.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 4 Understanding Mediumship: Free A to Z Healing Space Workshop with Teri Miller –8:30pm. What is a medium? How do they communicate with spirit? Who can do this? Bring an open mind and pen and paper for notes. We’ll have time for a few readings in this 2-hour workshop. New events happening all the time! Get registration information here:

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 Emotional Intelligence: The Soul’s Expression of Self – 9:30am-5pm. Rev Don Ajene Wilcoxson is an ordained interfaith and Progressive Christian Minister, a Full Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship and an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner and Assessor. Through contemplation, reflection and discussions, this class will help you gain a new perspective on emotions, one designed to help you foster personal and spiritual growth. Learning preference: attending, videoconference or recording. Public Price $95. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY.

SAT, APRIL 8-SUN, APRIL 9 Intelligent Body Workshop – 10am-4pm.Psychologist Kyle Davies, creator of the Energy-Flow Coaching model designed to free people from chronic symptoms and help them achieve optimal health without expensive supplements or medication hosts this workshop. Learn principles and practices to regain harmony in your lives and bodies, whether you suffer from chronic fatigue, pain, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome or any other chronic illness. He will explain how you can heal yourselves from the inside out, embracing the full importance of the mind-body connection and tapping natural self-healing abilities. Open Center, 22 E 30th St. To learn more and reserve a spot, visit

SAT, APRIL 15-SUN, APRIL 16 The Transforming Power of Grace – 9:30am-5pm. This weekend retreat offers an invitation to open into direct experience of the Divine through holistic inquiry, depth psychology, meditation, and contemplation of Moses, Jesus, and the Divine Feminine. We will explore Grace, cultivate virtues, enter into receptivity, address fear and surrender to mystery. Rev. Miranda MacPherson teaches an integrated and feminine approach to non-dual realization. Learning preference: Attending, Videoconference or Recording. Public Price $190. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6thFloor, New York, NY.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20 Lecture on “The Future of the Funeral” – 5-7pm. Funerals are old as mankind, but they have continually evolved to meet the needs/demands of a changing world. Join Amy to explore home funeral options, simple cremation services, green and environmentally-friendly burials, alkaline hydrolysis and Promession (freeze drying). She answers common questions like “what if my partner is of a different

faith or cultural background? What direction can I give to florists, musicians and celebrants? Is it possible to host my own funeral before I go? Can I really become a tree?” You’ll get a glimmer of future funerals and leave with comforting ideas and inspiration for yourself or someone you love. Green-Wood Cemetery’s crematory chapel, 500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY. 718-768-7300 or

highly experiential monthly circle, where you will work with ancient shamanic practices for healing, empowerment and the betterment of your lives. This rich work will involve journeys into yourself, your past and your future. Learning Preference: Attending Only. Price, $20 suggest donation. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY.



Medical QiGong: A Comprehensive and Accessible 3 Level Workshop and Training – Do you seek healing, want to maximize wellbeing or to widen and deepen your existing practice? With 40 years as a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Dr Roger Jahnke, OMD, has discovered that any QiGong can be tailored to become Medical QiGong, and that you can learn the essence of Medical QiGong in a brief training. Once trained, you can use the principles with any form of QiGong for the rest of your life. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264-5139 or

Navel Expo Manhattan – This two-day event showcases products like wellness, lasting beauty, fabulous fitness, vivacious longevity and the reversal of chronic conditions as naturally as possible in the Wellness, Health and Fitness industry. Sheraton New York, Times Square, New York, NY.

SAT, APRIL 22 OR SUN, APRIL 23 The Journey of Personal Healing through the Human Energy Field – This one-day workshop is based on Barbara Ann Brennan’s book “Light Emerging.” Join us in exploring the imbalances/blocks that exist in the seven levels of the human energy field and its role in the--health, and create your own individualized healing plan. Presented by Lisa VanOstrand and BBSH Senior Faculty, Balance Arts Center, 34 W 28th St, New York, NY. Cost $125. To register, call 561-620-8767 or visit

FRIDAY, APRIL 28 Fall in Love with Yourself Workshop – 6:30-7:30pm. The most important relationship you have in your life is the relationship with yourself. In this workshop, discover how to love yourself unconditionally! Here’s what you will learn: what self-love is; you can only love others if you love yourself first; to know yourself, to understand who you are and to accept yourself; to face your inner critic and be your best friend; and… the tools and techniques to love yourself no matter what. Judith Costa, Unconditional Love Coach. Quest Bookshop, 240 E 53rd St, New York, NY. 646-2044535, or fall-in-love-with-yourself-workshop.html.

SAT, APRIL 29-SUN, APRIL 30 Leverage Your Genius: Creating Experiential Workshops that Work – 9am-5pm. This workshop is based on group dynamics and theories of group development. Bestselling author, Rev Susyn Reeve will guide you through individual processes of self-inquiry and transformation to offer you concrete skills to identify your niche and create workshop experiences that minister to an increasingly diverse group of spiritual seekers. Learning Preference: Attending, Videoconference or Recording. Public Price $190. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY.

savethedate MONDAY, MAY 1 Open Shamanic Circle – 7-9pm. Rev Jonathan Hammond, One Spirit Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counselor, is an energy healer and certified Shamanic Reiki practitioner. He leads this

THURSDAY, MAY 18 Cremation: History and Modern Process – 5-7pm. What is cremation? How long have we been doing it, and how does it work? Amy leads this tour of cremation’s history (from its origins 32 thousand years ago in Australia) and its impact on the present and future of funerals. This journey will also explore how to choose an end-of-life mode of disposition that expresses your own beliefs and values. Green-Wood Cemetery Crematory Chapel, 500 25th St, Brooklyn, NY. 718-768-7300 or

FRI, MAY26-MON, MAY 29 Flying Phoenix Qigong Part 1 (Part 2, July 2730; Part 3, August 29-September 3). This intensive Qigong workshop teaches participants the essential core practice of Flying Phoenix Heavenly Healing Chi Meditations (Fei Feng San Gung), a rare and extraordinarily powerful medical Qigong systemcreated more than 400 years ago. Terence Dunn, PhD. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264- 5139 or

FRI, JUNE 23-SUN, JUNE 25 Reiki I, II, Masters and/or Teacher’s Classes – Here is a rare opportunity to learn Reiki with Lisa Guyman, Reiki Master and Chopra Meditation Instructor in New York City! Lisa has been leading Reiki workshops nationwide for 19 years and meditation for 12 years. Manhattan Reiki Classes location: 51 W 14th St, New York, NY. Class sells out! Register soon at or call 720-683-0444.

FRI, JUNE 23-FRI, JUNE 30 2017 Eastover Medical Qigong and Eastern Medicine Symposium – This event features 16 eastern internationally renowned masters, including Mantak Chia, Junfeng Li and Aiping Cheng. Chia’s mastery of ancient Chinese practices in several disciplines resulted in the creation of his Universal Healing Tao System and has published 57 books on Tao as a secret to longevity. Li is the founder of Sheng Zhen (Unconditional Love) Qigong and former head coach of China’s national wushu team. Cheng is a world authority in Chinese martial arts, with experience spanning more than 40 years. Other featured experts include Lonny Jarrett, Roger Janhke and Sifu Terence Dunn, PhD. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264- 5139 or

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226 E 14th St., New York, NY 10003 212-260-2866 • Aum Namaste Book and Crystal Gallery is a community oriented spiritual gallery providing offerings that inspire clarity, guidance, and inspiration on one’s journey. They offers “HighVibration”, “Reiki-Charged” and “Spiritually Energized” items such as a semi-precious gems and tumbled stones, one of a kind rare crystal specimens and clusters, beautifully hand crafted jewelry made with Love and empowering energy. Join us for tarot, psychic and astrology readings.


153 West 27th St., NYC 10001 212-691-7690 • Holistic health and personal growth resource in midtown Manhattan since 1997. This non-profit Center offers: NYC’s largest selection of Cayce remedies & books, with affordable instruction on using them to bring body, mind and spirit back to a natural state of health.


2 W 14th St., New York, NY 10011 212-645-0141 • Namaste Bookshop and Healing Center offers a unique and large selection of Eastern & Western philosophy books, tarot cards, crystals, pendulums, calendars, wind chimes, incense, greeting cards, yoga accessories, meditation cushions, instructional & music CD’S & DVD’s, salt lamps, and 20 sections of books- including Spanish.. The event space,  in the same building above the bookshop, holds classes, workshops, and book signings as well as provides rooms for regular readers and practitioners.


22 E. 30th St., New York, NY 10016 212-219-2527 • The Open Center presents programs of exceptional depth and integrity, concentrating in five major areas: Contemplative and Spiritual Traditions; Health and Wellness; Psychology; Society and Ecology; and Creativity and the Arts. Programs and teachers focused on understanding health and mind-body healing, depth psychology, mystical and esoteric traditions, compassionate dying, socially responsible investing, humanity's impact on the earth and renewable energy, untapped sources for creativity in the arts and what we can learn from world cultures.


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247 West 36th Street, 6th Floor New York, NY 10018 212-931-6840 • One Spirit Learning Alliance, a leader in Interfaith and Interspiritual education for over 15 years, upholds that all authentic spiritual paths, at their mystical core, are committed to the common values of peace, compassionate service, and love for creation. We offer experiential interfaith and Interspiritual programs and public classes which support personal transformation to prepare spiritual leaders.


227 E 24th Street, NYC 10010 212-974-2288 • Reflections Center for Conscious Living and Yoga is an East Side urban oasis in Murray Hill/Gramercy, near Gramercy Park’s well-walked paths. We invite you to transcend the tensions of city life and join us for a “just right” yoga class with some of the best and most skilled teachers in NYC, an illuminating talk, or a super cool dance party. Come to Reflections and celebrate all of who you are! We are located steps from the 6 or N/R trains to 23rd St., at 227 E. 24th St. between 2nd & 3rd aves.

CONSCIOUS FUNERAL AMY CUNNINGHAM FITTING TRIBUTE FUNERAL SERVICES, LLC 1283 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 718-338-8080 • FITTING TRIBUTE FUNERAL SERVICES, LLC, is a progressive, family-owned, eco-friendly funeral home helping New York City residents of all creeds and faiths plan green burials, cremation services at Green-Wood, home funerals, and other memorial events. Respectful, non-invasive care of the body is paramount. In-home arrangements, creativity and compassion are part of the formula too. Founder Amy Cunningham was profiled by The New York Times for generating greater interest in the back-to-basics New York funeral, and listed among the “Nine Most Innovative Funeral Professionals” in the country by FuneralOne, a leading voice for change in the funeral industry.


Present Centered Therapies Upper West Side 212-799-0101 • Dr. Mongno’s practice originates from his own work over the course of his life journey. The synthesis of this life work along with his extensive training in multiple therapeutic modalities allows him to create insightful and emotionally corrective experiences with his clients. This results in greater cognitive understanding and emotional self awareness. It profoundly develops an enhanced ability to live more freely out of a larger and more vital frame of existence—thus a greater quality of life.

GETAWAYS & RETREATS EASTOVER ESTATE AND RETREAT 430 East St, Box 2282, Lenox, MA 01240 866-264-5139 •

Eastover is a 600-Acre sanctuary and residential holistic retreat center in Berkshire Lenox, MA, A dedicated facilitator of Holistic events and retreats. Minutes to Stockbridge and Great Barrington, next to October Mountain with views of Mt. Greylock.


Just as an ancient proverb stated that all roads led to Rome, through the many and diverse workshops and activities at AtoZ Healing Space, we are on a path to freedom and love. There is so much to explore. We welcome you with a sweet sampling from our distinguished healers - join us!


Certified Law Of Attraction Life Coach Certified Consulting Hypnotist 973-444-7301 • As an experienced and certified Law of Attraction life coach I can teach you how to use the Law of Attraction so you can start attracting what you want in all areas of your life! As a Consulting Hypnotist I can help you achieve the results you want when it comes to weight loss, reducing stress, sleep issues, etc. Feel free to contact me to discuss if coaching or hypnosis is right for you.



Your Highest Radiant Light-Filled Self is warmly invited to learn High Vibrational Healing Artsʼ Solutions and tools for your “highest path and healing.” I help clear obstacles for all aspects of life by opening stronger groundings to your Light. Letʼs transform life's stressors and trauma through wholistic subconscious healing with compassion. Simple self-empowerment techniques are taught, supporting your BEST BRIGHTEST WELLNESS. Mentoring opportunity to master communing with your innate light guidance for realization, purpose, and clarity. Wishing You A Happy & Healthy Life!

Mauricio is a hair artist who provides a holistic approach to the beauty industry—one that focuses not only on the physical but also on the overall well-being of his clients, through unique services, truly organic products, a tailored experience and Zen-like environment that all work together to support the mind, body and soul. Mauricio’s private hair studio mission is to be the first of its kind: an innovative ecofriendly hair studio and ‘inner beauty salon’ that seeks to unlock every guest’s beauty. Natural color services are available for both pregnant and everyday clients.

NYS • HI Licensed Healthcare Practitioner 808-264-5309 •


210 Fifth Ave. Suite 1102, New York, NY 10010 212-532-3030 •



646-632-5181 • Think AT is a new small Think AT business located in Battery Park city, dedicated to teaching Alexander Technique, mainly through individual lessons. The name is inspired by the focus of Alexander Technique on "thinking," which affects the way we live, including how we move whether with patterns of tension or ease. Teachers at Think AT have expertise with more than 12 years of training. Alexander Technique


Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic 908-400-8961 Catherine is an independent consultant for Neal’s Yard remedies. She believes that choosing organic is best for both people and our planet. When it comes to the ingredients in their products Neal’s Yard prides itself in honesty, integrity and transparency. They are committed to making products with the maximum organic, natural and wild ingredients. Neal’s Yard has over 30 years of being considered one of the top family owned, ethical, organic companies in the United Kingdom. Neal’s Yard organic essential oils are the fundamental ingredient in our products because of their therapeutic, calming, and revitalizing benefits. Catherine is on a mission to share these products to transform peoples lives by encouraging a more natural and holistic way of life.

919 2nd Ave, 2nd Flr 212-924-6890 • Located in an easily accessible area by Union Square, Dr. Peter Silver practices Minimally Invasive Ozone Dentistry. Ozone is used to kill bacteria in cavities and gum disease, while speeding up the healing of your tissue. Dr. Silver also practices Guilt-Free dentistry, where you are never made to feel uncomfortable about the condition of your mouth. If you are anxious about visiting the dentist, Dr. Silver uses laughing gas and does sedation dentistry as well.


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.



The Healing Center 200 W. 57th St., Suite 807, New York, NY 10019 212-581-0101 •

17 Park Place, NYC 10007 212 732 2200 • Dr. Lewis Gross has over 31 years’ experience providing holistic dentistry to adults and children with his staff of dental specialists and integrative practitioners. Offering less invasive and more natural solutions for patients with difficult dental issues and those who seek just a good family dentist. Our recently renovated, state-ofthe-art facility, offers among other things, Laser Dentistry, metal free implants, non-invasive oral cancer screening, ozone, and alternatives to surgery and root canal.

Harriet Cabelly, LCSW Upper West Side, NY Manhasset, Long Island 516-214-4778 • Harriet Cabelly is a social worker and positive psychology coach. She specializes in working with people in critical life situations and counsels them through their grief and growth. Having worked in the New York City school system for many years, she continues with her love of working with parents to educate and improve the lives of parents and children.


800-672-7322 • Founded in 1996, HerbaSway Laboratories is located in Wallingford, CT.  Our formulas are based on traditional herbal combinations that have been used for thousands of years.  Using only the purest ingredients and wild-crafted herbs, in combination with the latest Western scientific research, HerbaSway’s formulas are synergistically blended to produce optimal balance in your body.


120 E. 56 street Suite 740, NY, NY 10022 212-652-2240 • Dr. Susan Cucchiara is a Naturopathic Doctor whom is trained as a primary care physician and is an expert in natural and holistic health. Dr. Cucchiara sees everyone from pediatrics to geriatrics and treats everything from the common cold up and through chronic diseases. She develops a personalized treatment plan to address your health concerns utilizing single homeopathic remedies, biotherapeutic drainage remedies, herbs, supplementation, nutrition and athome remedies.

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SIERRA BENDER® 888-794-3330 • Sierra Bender, a modern day Renaissance woman and leading pioneer in the Women’s Empowerment, leadership movement for over 25 years. She is the founder of the SBEM Core Institute, Sierra Bender Empowerment Method®(SBEM), Boot Camp for Goddesses® internationally renowned retreat, and author of Goddess to the Core. She’s been featured on Oprah Radio, CBS, Univision TV, USA Today, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga and other media outlets in Australia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, U.K., Germany and the U.S.

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