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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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18 FRESH LOOKS AT AUTISM

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The Voyage to Well-being: Vegan Caribbean Cruise Celebrates 15 Years of Sailing

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ince 2004, Holistic Holiday at Sea vegan cruise has welcomed more than 15,000 guests with opportunities that meet each person wherever they are on their journey to health. Often described as a life-changing conference, vacation, and wellness retreat all-in-one, Holistic Holiday at Sea combines classes from plant-based leaders; fitness and mindfulness workshops; exotic ports of call; and gourmet food—all centered on the topic of plant-based nutrition and lifestyle. The next voyage takes place February 15–25, 2018. Holistic Holiday at Sea president Sandy Pukel came up with the idea after four decades of conducting health educational programs in Miami, Florida. He stands by the idea that “no one minds learning when they’re having a good time.” In 2004, the first ship set sail from Port Everglades with 410 people. Next year, organizers expect to host more than 1,850 guests for the 15th anniversary cruise which will feature 40+ presenters and 150+ classes. Presenters include some of the world’s leading authorities in holistic health and animal advocacy, including Drs. T. Colin Campbell, Michael Greger, Neal Barnard, and Michael Klaper, as well as Rip Esselstyn, Ingrid Newkirk, and Gene Baur. For the 2018 cruise The MSC Divina will depart from Miami, Florida, and head to the following ports of call in the Eastern Bahamas: St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; Fort-de-France, Martinique; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Freeport, Bahamas. National Geographic Traveler has chosen Holistic Holiday at Sea as “one of the 100 best worldwide vacations to enrich your life.” From dance parties to ice cream socials, there is no shortage of opportunities to make new friends and enjoy all the onboard amenities. Book your spot today! Holistic Holiday at Sea is located at 434 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, FL. For information please call 1-800-496-0989 or visit www.holisticholidayatsea.com. Please mention you heard about the cruise through Natural Awakenings. See ad, page 2.  

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delia Shargian of Movement Bliss Studio will offer a weekly class, Shake Your Soul®: Dance for Your Health, Thursdays in August, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the New York Open Center. Shargian, a Shake Your Soul® (SYS) instructor and teacher trainer in NYC and Tenafly, New Jersey, says the technique is suitable for all fitness Odelia Shargian levels. Based in integrative dance, meditative movement and mindfulness, SYS is designed as both a health practice and a spiritual practice, she says. “This class helps people rediscover their instinct to move and dance with soul and passion,” she explains. “The movements release innate feelings of joy, power, freedom and grace, so the dancers experience a renewal of spirit and connection to their soul as their body guides them toward self-expression and aliveness. Shake Your Soul is a dynamic dance experience that transforms and heals.” SYS includes simple, easy-to-follow moves influenced by different movement forms and set to inspirational world music. As a result, it calms the nervous system, energizes the body and elevates the spirit, she says. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2sWkS1R and use the promo code NAPROMO. For more information, contact Odelia Shargian at 201-560-7872, or visit OpenCenter.org/shake-your-soul or Facebook.com/movementbliss.

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or some couples, the journey toward parenthood is stalled at conception. While many women conceive without difficulty, approximately one in every 10 couples has problems with infertility. A certified fertility massage therapist can offer an effective nonmedical approach to the problem, says Nicole Lucas, owner of BodhiWork in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. “Nurturing the Mother Fertility Massage helps couples create a fertile environment for new life,” Lucas says. “It’s a pain free and relaxing treatment, but it has a 60 percent success rate. It offers multiple benefits to couples who are attempting to conceive, including those who are doing IVF, have previously miscarried or are just starting on their journey to conception.” Pulling from a diverse array of natural therapies, this massage technique has demonstrated benefits for women with fibroids, adhesions and polycystic ovary syndrome, she says, adding, “Many couples who were previously told they would never become pregnant did indeed conceive within one to two cycles of using this massage. It is designed to benefit the reproductive systems of both women and men and is available to individuals or couples seeking a natural path to procreation.” For more information, call Nicole Lucas at 732-645-6726. BodhiWork is located near GSP exit 109 (Red Bank) at 106 Apple St., Tinton Falls. Hours are by appointment. For more information, visit www.BodhiWorkStudio.com.

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egetarian Vision, in conjunction with New Life Expo, will bring the nation’s largest vegetarian and health convention to New York September 9 and 10 at Penn Plaza Pavilion, located at 401 7th Avenue at 33rd Street (across from Penn Station). The event will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. An international vegetarian convention and health and food festival, Vegetarian Vision is “a full weekend of food, fun and awareness” featuring vegetarian, vegan and yoga celebrities as well as health and wellness experts and exhibitors. Among the many featured speakers at this year’s convention will be Dr. Brian Clement of the Hippocrates Health Institute; Gary Null; Dr. Joel Fuhrman; Dr. Caldwell Esselstein, a cardiologist at Cleveland Clinic; Dr. Robert Ostfeld, director of cardiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; and Dr. Perry Frankel, cardiologist at Northshore Hospital, who will be offering six noninvasive health tests all weekend at his booth. Advance admission is $15 for one day or $25 for the weekend. Visitors can preregister at VegetarianVision.org. To exhibit or for a free brochure, call 516-897-0900.

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astover, a holistic retreat center located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Lenox, Massachusetts, will host Flying Phoenix QiGong with Master Terry Dunn, August 29 through September 3. “Because of the great interest in qigong in the West, it is important to have bona fide teachings by bona fide teachers. Too often, students wind up learning a little bit of this form and a little bit of another, while never learning any complete system. This series is a good example of a serious and gifted instructor who offers a complete system of healing qigong to the serious student,” writes Solala Towler, editor of The Empty Vessel: Journal of Contemporary Taoism. Flying Phoenix QiGong is a three-day and five-day intensive workshop that teaches participants the essential core practice of Flying Phoenix Heavenly Healing Chi Meditations, a medical qigong system created more than 400 years ago by Taoist sage Feng The, in western China. “It is a complete Taoist monastic system of hygienics, comprised of standing and seated, stationary and moving meditations that has wide-ranging health benefits, including increased respiratory power, improved circulation and metabolism, well-regulated sleep and resulting higher energy levels, improved neuromuscular function and balance, strengthened immunity, increased bone strength and the allostatic reversal of many signs of aging,” Dunn says. “Besides its splendid health benefits, the training also integrates mind and body to a higher level of structural sensitivity.” For pricing and other information, visit Eastover.com. natural awakenings

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enowned medium Joan Carra will host two special events this month at the Edgar Cayce Center of New York, where she is now a practitioner: a panel discussion of the upcoming total solar eclipse and an interactive course in animal communications. In anticipation of the solar eclipse that will cast a shadow across the United States on August 21, Carra has invited a panel of top astrologers to the Cayce Center, located at 153 West 27th Street, on August 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. They will discuss “how a major vibrational influence will affect this country,” states Carra. On August 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., pet caregivers may join Carra at the Cayce Center as she listens to their pets and offers guidance in interspecies communications. She will present this animal communications workshop again August 24 at Lily Dale Assembly, the birthplace of American Spiritualism, in Cassadaga, NY. While in Cassadaga, on August 27, she will demonstrate her mediumship at Universal Unity of Spirit, located a mile from Lily Dale. This Victorian-era town, is “full of spirits and mediums,” To learn more, visit LilyDaleAssembly.com and UniversalUnityOfSpirit.org. Carra is available for private bookings in NYC and offers her services at a discount every Wednesday at Aum Shanti Bookshop (AumShantiBookshop.com). For more information, visit PsychicJoanCarra.net. 8

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esearchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy—typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans—can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24 weeks. The researchers measured pain, disability and quality of life at the beginning of the study, after 12 weeks and again after 24 weeks of massage therapy. Each patient was referred to a licensed massage therapist for 10 no-cost sessions in a real-world environment during the initial 12 weeks. More than half of the patients that completed the core study reported clinically meaningful improvements for physical and mental measures. For bodily pain, 40 percent were clinically improved. Older adults and Baby Boomers reported the highest percentage of changes. Plus, the study found that sufferers that avoided taking painkillers were twice as likely to experience reduced pain than those using opioids.

EATING FRUIT LOWERS CARDIAC RISK Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Chinese Medical Academy studied 500,000 healthy adults in China for seven years, tracking medical records of illnesses and deaths. They found that a 100-gram serving of fruit per day (primarily apples and oranges) reduces the risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by one-third. na-newyorkcity.com

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study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs of adult identical twins (genetic matches) with differing sleep habits. They found that the immune system was depressed in the twin that slept less. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are sleeping 1.5 to two hours less than they did 100 years ago, and more than 30 percent of working people average fewer than six hours a night. Dr. Nathanial Watson, lead author and co-director of the university’s Sleep Medicine Center at Harborview Medical Center, observes, “Seven or more hours of sleep is recommended for optimal health.”

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esearchers from Capital Medical University, in Beijing, China, tested the effectiveness of Cordyceps sinensis, a traditional Chinese medicine derived from fungi, on the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe asthma. They followed 120 subjects, divided into two groups of 60. One group received a capsule containing 1,200 milligrams of Cordyceps sinensis three times daily for three months. The control group was treated with conventional medications. Health-related quality of life was measured, along with the incidence of asthma exacerbation, pulmonary function and inflammation indicators in both groups. The Cordyceps sinesis group reported reduced asthma symptoms, improved lung function, a better inflammatory profile and an overall better quality of life when compared to the conventional treatment group.

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Sussex University researchers in the UK tested the brain activity of 17 healthy subjects as they listened to a series of soundscapes from either natural or artificial environments. Brain scans and questionnaires found that natural sounds led to relaxation and positive feedback, while artificial sounds activated stress and anxiety-related brain activity.

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Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation

Researchers from the University of Rhode Island have discovered that pure maple syrup contains inulin, a complex carbohydrate that serves as a prebiotic. It encourages growth of beneficial gut bacteria and extends the lengthy list of beneficial vitamins and minerals contained in this natural sweet. Consume it in moderation, limited to a few times a week.

cientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days at the same resort in California. Half participated in a meditation program that included yoga, self-reflection exercises and mantra meditation; the other half did not engage in onsite meditation. The researchers also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators already participating in the resort’s meditation program. Blood sample tests and surveys from all 94 women were conducted at intervals: once right before their stay, once right after, a third one month post-vacation and then 10 months after the trip. All the women displayed significant changes to their molecular network pattern after the six days, with the most substantial genetic changes related to immune function and stress response. One month after the resort experience, all groups continued to display improvements. However, the novice meditators showed fewer symptoms of depression and stress for a significantly longer period than the women not participating in the meditation exercise.

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News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Accepted Misfits

Due to customer requests and petitions, more stores are beginning to stock the one in five pieces of produce that never made the cut before due to quirky shapes or other blemishes. Often, these are displayed next to their better-looking, more expensive counterparts to give consumers an eco-friendly choice. The 133 billion pounds worth of misshapen or scarred fruits and vegetables annually plowed under, buried in a landfill or fed to livestock is sharply at odds with the reality that 48 million Americans face food insecurity. Whole Foods Market created a pilot program in some of its California stores, testing sales in April 2016 with Imperfect Produce (ImperfectProduce. com), a service that delivers to homes. Walmart brought weather-blemished apples to 300 of its Florida stores to kick off their imperfect role in the movement. Five Pittsburgh Giant Eagle stores call their program Produce with Personality, and focus on navel oranges, russet potatoes, peppers and apples. Fourteen Hannaford stores in Albany, New York, offer the Misfits line, while donating unsold produce to local nonprofits. Hy-Vee’s 242 stores, located in eight central states, rolled out the Misfits last December.

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Tuna Turnaround

Lower Mercury Levels Tied to Drop in Coal Emissions Levels of highly toxic mercury contamination in Atlantic bluefin tuna are rapidly declining, a trend that has been linked to reduced mercury emissions in North America, according to a new study published in Environmental Science & Technology. Average mercury concentrations dropped by more than 2 percent per year, for a total decline of 19 percent between 2004 and 2012. Scientists believe that most of that reduction has occurred because of a shift away from coal, the major source of mercury emissions, to natural gas and renewable fuels. Pollution control requirements imposed by the federal government have also cut mercury emissions, but these have been rolled back or eliminated by President Trump’s commitment to “bring back coal.” Source: Scientific American 10

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The California Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement Act, sponsored by Congressman Adam Schiff, is aimed to end the famous SeaWorld orca shows. “It means no more wild capture, no more breeding. We would essentially phase out the captive orcas that are currently in these water parks,” says Schiff. This means that SeaWorld must end their Shamu shows by the end of this year. However, the animals already at the San Diego park will continue to live there. Parks in Orlando and San Antonio will end their shows by 2019. Under pressure from activists and faced with declining ticket sales, SeaWorld is now moving to end its theatrical orca shows and breeding program. They announced the unveiling of a new attraction this summer, Orca Encounter, as an educational experience. Gabriela Cowperthwaite, director of the documentary film Blackfish, says that the new show is designed to make the audience feel better, not the animals. “The trainers aren’t safe, and the whales aren’t happy,” she states. “They’re still just doing manic circles around concrete swimming pools.” The company is developing its first SeaWorld park without orcas in the Middle-Eastern country of Abu Dhabi.


Buzzing RoboBees

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Harvard University researchers led by engineering professor Robert Wood have introduced the first RoboBees—bee-sized robots that can ascend and hover in midair while tethered to a power supply. The project is a breakthrough in the field of micro-aerial vehicles. It has previously been impossible to pack all the components onto such a tiny workable robot framework and keep it lightweight enough to fly. The researchers believe that within 10 years, RoboBees could artificially pollinate a field of crops, a critical development if the commercial pollination industry cannot recover from the severe bee losses of the past decade.

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Nature Rights

Waterways Granted Personhood This year, the Whanganui River, in New Zealand, became the first in the world to be granted the same legal rights as a person. Equally vital, a court in northern India has given the sacred Ganges and Yamuna rivers, as well as several glaciers, the legal status of “living human entities” to help in the preservation and conservation of the country’s highly polluted waterways, thus allowing polluters to be sued. These decisions are variants of “rights of nature” measures that date back to the 1970s. More than three dozen U.S. localities have ordinances ascribing varying types of rights to nature or to specific natural objects. In America, rights of nature activism usually takes the form of ballot initiatives that emerge to contest the power of corporations wherever local natural resources are seen as being threatened. The first such ordinance was passed in 2006, when Tamaqua Borough, in Pennsylvania, sought to protect the town’s drinking water from the nearby dumping of sewage sludge. More recently, an ordinance from the Boulder (Colorado) County Protectors, with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, asserting the “right to a healthy climate,” was recognized as a federal constitutional right by Judge Ann Aiken, of the U.S. District Court in Oregon. Source: BBC

Australian scientists have launched a project to bury tens of thousands of teabags in wetlands around the world to discover how efficient different kinds of wetlands are at capturing and storing carbon dioxide. Already, more than 500 citizen scientists are involved on every continent but Antarctica. The bags will be monitored over a three-year period, and then dug up and measured at intervals of three months, six months and each year after that. Wetlands are important for carbon capture and storage, a process known as carbon sequestration, holding up to 50 times as much carbon as a comparable area in a rainforest; some are better than others. There are hundreds of thousands of wetlands around the world, and a standardized technique for monitoring the carbon sink is needed for accurate comparison—but monitoring devices can be expensive to install. Faster decay of the tea inside the bag means more carbon is being released into the atmosphere, while a slower rate means the soil is holding the carbon. Once researchers can establish which wetlands are most effective at carbon sequestration, work can begin on protecting and restoring them, and ensuring they are not disrupted. Volunteers that contact BlueCarbonLab. org will receive a kit containing teabags and information on how to bury them.

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Urban Planning Goes Green Early American developers of Washington, D.C., and Savannah, Georgia, strived to recreate the plans of European cities that offered plenty of public squares and parks. Subsequent high-rise apartments in most other U.S. cities that followed lacked certain elements of neighborhood cohesion, as documented in Zane Miller’s book The Urbanization of Modern America. In Boston, Baltimore, New York City and elsewhere, waterfront revitalizations launched in the 1980s helped improve conditions, making use of nature-oriented ideas that are still trending upward. Urban Hub describes how regions like Silicon Valley, in California, and Boston’s Route 128 corridor continue to enjoy mutually beneficial relationships with Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. The concept promotes pedestrianization programs and incentives that increase bike-friendliness, multimodal public transportation such as people-mover sidewalks and car sharing, plus off-hour, no-driving and park-and-ride policies. Join the social media conversation at Urban-Hub.com. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released updated standards on how state agencies should measure mass transit, biking and walking volumes (EverybodyWalk.org). States will assess impacts on carbon emissions by tracking walkers, bikers and transit users instead of just comparing rush-hour travel times to free-flowing traffic conditions, which favors highway spending alone. The Big Jump Project at PeopleForBikes.org rates areas for bike friendliness and taps ideas aimed to increase biking networks. To date, they cover Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Fort Collins, Colorado; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tennessee; New Orleans; New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; Portland, Oregon; and Tucson. The nonprofit Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (sbnPhiladelphia.org), encompassing 400 businesses and organizations, is pioneering a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) retrofit program. The city water department is collaborating on Green City Clean Water’s plan to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean water regulations and foster rain gardens, green roofs and porous pavements. “We help engineer nature back into cities,” says Anna Shipp, interim executive director and GSI manager. “Socially responsible, replicable and environmentally conscious initiatives and policies catalyze local economies and benefit water, air, aesthetics and people’s emotions.”

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ene Baur, the cofounder and president of Farm Sanctuary, has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine. He was a pioneer in undercover investigations and instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws to ban inhumane factory farming practices. Since 1986, he has raised awareness about the abuses of animal agriculture and our cheap food system and encouraged people to live cruelty-free lifestyles. Gene is the author of Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food (March 2008) and Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day (April 2015). Farm Sanctuary currently operates in three locations in Watkins Glen, NY; Orland, CA; and Acton, CA, near Los Angeles. A fourth location in New Jersey is expected to open in 2018.

In what ways does Farm Sanctuary support compassion for all beings? We encourage people to eat plants instead of animals, and we care for cows, pigs, chickens and other farm animals as friends, not food, at our sanctuaries. We present and provide examples of more respectful and mutually beneficial relationships with animals who are commonly abused and denigrated in our society.

What are some recent or upcoming programs and projects that Farm Sanctuary is hosting to support its mission? Farm Sanctuary is conducting regular farm tours and other events at our sanctuaries, we’re hosting Plant Powered Runs in several cities across the U.S. to demonstrate that plant foods can fuel athletic activities, and this November, when millions of consumers will celebrate Thanksgiving with the body of a dead bird on the dinner table, Farm Sanctuary will host compassionate vegan Thanksgiving meals, where the turkeys’ lives, not deaths, are celebrated, and they are fed and not eaten.

How is veganism the solution to nutrition, health, and global warming? Animal agriculture is a greater contributor to global warming

than the entire transportation industry, according to the United Nations, and it also contributes to chronic, preventable human health problems like heart disease that kills millions of people prematurely every year. By eating plants instead of animals, we could lighten our environmental footprint, attain better health, and enjoy longer, happier lives.

In your experience, what are some of the best ways to convince people to adopt a plantbased diet? I believe that humans are social animals and that we tend to follow the examples of others, so one of the best ways for vegans to convince others to adopt a similar lifestyle is to be a positive role model. To me, being vegan is an aspiration to live as kindly as possibly, and a key part of that involves seeing other animals as someone, not something.

When it comes to legislation on the meat industry, any recent wins or changes? How does such cruelty continue to take place largely unchecked? I think the key changes that are occurring now are in the marketplace. When consumers vote with our dollars, businesses respond. It is very exciting that we are now seeing traditional animal-based food companies investing in plant-based alternatives.

What are some myths about meat that are largely believed? People tend to assume that eating meat is necessary and plays an important part in human nutrition. In fact, we can live well and obtain all the nutrients we need to be healthy with plant foods. If we can live well without causing unnecessary harm, why wouldn’t we? Baur is a presenter on this year’s Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise from Feb. 15–25, 2018 For more information, call 800.496.0989, email Info@HolisticHolidayAtSea.com or visit HolisticHolidayAtSea.com. See ad page 2. natural awakenings

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Addressing Autism at Any Age The goal is not to “cure” ASD, but rather to reverse it, so the patient recovers as much function as possible. “Sometimes we’re very successful, other times we’re moderately so— and sometimes not.

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t a time when autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 3.5 million Americans, Kenneth Bock, M.D. has two reassuring convictions about this modern epidemic: it’s never too late to treat ASD, and you may not need psychotropic drugs to do it. Known worldwide for his work with ASD, Bock uses an individualized, multifaceted approach with his patients, favoring a blend of nuanced, natural treatments like metabolic balancing, dietary modification, gastrointestinal restoration, immune system regulation and the elimination of environmental toxins. In his recent book, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies, he explains his biomedical approach and why it’s effective, even in teens and adults. “There is no question that the younger you work with someone in a biomedical type of approach, the more chance you have of a very, very significant improvement and even recovery,” he says. “But that being said, a child, adolescent, young adult or even adult is never too old to pursue types of medical approaches (and see improvement).” The oldest ASD patient Bock has worked with is 47, and even that patient regained some function, Bock says, adding, “You are never going to lose the diagnosis completely in an

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older adult, but that doesn’t mean you can’t significantly help them.”

Treating Underlying Problems

Bock has treated many older teens whose behavior significantly improved after he got them on the right medications, or off multiple medications, in order to address the underlying factors contributing to their autism symptoms. “I believe every teen and young adult deserves to be looked at from a biomedical approach to figure out what might be contributing, because it’s not just one thing,” he says. To that end, Bock’s treatment regimen always begins with a thorough physical assessment. “We look at each person as an individual and figure out what’s the proper diet for this person, what are the proper targeted nutrients, whether they have an issue with heavy metals and chemicals—many do—and whether they need to be detoxified,” he says. They may need nutrients to help with detoxification and metabolism, like glutathione or N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). Also promising are sulforaphanes, compounds found in cruciferous vegetables. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers na-newyorkcity.com

at Johns Hopkins found that sulforaphanes reduced the symptoms of ASD in people ages 13 to 27.

Autism Subtypes

In order to know which physiological areas to treat and in what order, Bock identifies each ASD patient by subtype: gut-brain axis issues; immune system issues (immune deficiencies, recurring infections and hyperimmune reactivity, including allergies and autoimmunity); inflammation (often in the gut and brain); nutritional deficiencies or imbalances; hormonal issues, including thyroid or adrenal imbalances; and metabolic imbalances (such as methylation issues). “Those are things you can do something about, rather than having these kids committed to long-term psychotropics without any other interventions. I think that really misses the boat,” Bock says. While psychotropic medications might serve a useful purpose early on and may be needed long term, he says, ultimately the practitioner needs to address the underlying problems contributing to the symptoms. “When you do that, it’s amazing. When you treat the infections, or treat the gut … some of these kids are hugely constipated, have abdominal pain or


diarrhea, and that’s going to cause behaviors that are said to be autistic. But if they have acid reflux and they’re in pain, and all you do is attribute the pain to them being autistic and acting out, it’s really a shame. Because if you give them medicine for reflux or give them a diet, give them some nutrients that can heal the lining of the upper GI tract, the behaviors can disappear without a psychotropic. I’ve seen that many times.” Bock’s practice in Red Hook, NY offers a variety of anti-inflammatory treatments, including a diet that eliminates gluten (found in many grains) and casein (found in dairy). “Sometimes removing those makes a huge difference,” he says. He also prescribes nutrients with anti-inflammatory properties, such as vitamin D, probiotics, curcumin and omega 3 fatty acids, as well as certain herbs.

Reversing ASD

The goal is not to “cure” ASD, but rather to reverse it, so the patient recovers as much function as possible. “Sometimes we’re very successful, other times we’re moderately so—and sometimes not,” Bock says. “But I’d say the vast majority of people we see show some type of improvement, and that extends to adults.” Early intervention is still best, he adds, and fortunately pediatricians now have tools enabling them to spot red flags for ASD in children as young as 6 months to a year old. He recommends starting biomedical evaluation and treatment in addition to behavioral therapies as soon as there are clues that a child might have an autismrelated issue.

Kenneth Bock, M.D. sees patients from around the world and consults with physicians, companies and institutions, as well as patients and their families. His practice, Bock Integrative Medicine, is located at 50 Old Farm Rd., Red Hook, NY. For more info, call 845.758.0001 or visit BockIntegrative.com.

Holistic Dentist Offers Benefits Beyond Traditional Treatment by Robert Ryan

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t was with some trepidation that I approached my initial visit with Dr. Lewis Gross, the director of the Tribeca Center for Holistic and Integrative Dentistry. It had been some time since I’d seen a dentist, and I was expecting the worst. An upper-right molar had cracked, and I hadn’t had a cleaning in a long time. For me, a visit to the dentist ranks up there with back taxes, so I was surprised when the cozy waiting room and the spa music made me immediately relax. After I was escorted into Dr. Gross’s operatory, his assistant took a set of lowradiation digital x-rays and they showed me my mouth in a video tour. OMG, what a mess I was! Years of dental procrastination were coming back to haunt me. Dr. Gross measured my salivary pH, something no dentist had ever done. It was extremely acidic—5 on a scale of 1 to 14—and he explained that alkaline saliva (above 7) can help the teeth remineralize and cure incipient decay. He then gave me a free sample of his natural whitening mouthwash, Alka-White, which contains coconut oil, is vegan and non-GMO, and has no caustic bleaching agents. (There is also a version with turmeric.) The mixture of essential oils and spices gently whitens teeth and cures sensitivity. After I received the best dental cleaning I’d ever had, Dr. Gross explained that he offers alternatives to root canal, such as an herbal filling that helps the nerve recover. If the teeth are already infected, he said, root canal locks the bacteria into your body, which can lead to chronic inflamma-

tion and systemic medical complications. Fortunately, he was able to restore my broken molar right then with a metal-free crown. The impression is digital (you don’t have to bite into a rubber tray), and in 15 minutes, a computer mills a perfectly fitted crown. Of course, being holistic, Dr. Gross is anti-mercury. When he saw that I still have one large amalgam in a wisdom tooth that I plan to have extracted, he explained that I should use a holistically trained dentist to do it, because traditional dentists don’t take any precautions and expose the patient to the mercury. Holistic white composites should also be BPA free. Fortunately I don’t need implants, but Dr. Gross’s office offers PRF stem cell, metal-free implants using the patient’s own blood. Most other surgeons use pig, cow or cadaver bone. I’m a vegan; I prefer my pigs in a pen and not in my mouth. It makes perfect sense that your own body parts are the safest and most reliable source for an implant. All in all, my visit to the Tribeca Center for Holistic and Integrative Dentistry was a positive, enlightening and healthy wellness choice. For anyone wishing to follow the purist pursuit of personal wellness, I recommend contacting the Holistic Dental Association for a referral nearby—and using AlkaWhite every day. Tribeca Center for Holistic and Integrative Dentistry is located at 17 Park Place, Tribeca, NY. For more information, contact Dr. Gross at 212.732.2200 or visit Holistic-dentists.com and mention Natural Awakenings.

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Get a Good Night’s Sleep Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea by Lloyd Jenkins

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n estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and can occur from just a few times to several hundred. The main cause is the throat muscles becoming too relaxed during sleep and constricting the airway. Two out of four people with the condition do not even realize they are sleep deprived due to apnea, and thus are at greater risk of suffering from both short-term ailments such as migraines or extreme fatigue, and long-term effects that include stroke and heart disease.

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Lose Weight via Diet and Exercise Most people find the problem clears up or is greatly improved when they lose weight. One of the easiest and healthiest ways is eating only fruit from morning until noon, and then eating healthy, nutritious meals for lunch and dinner. Avoid processed, sugar-laden and deep-fried foods. Exercise at least four times a week. Doing moderate exercise for just 40 minutes has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea (Sleep journal). Use a

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medicine ball to follow a trainer tutorial at Tinyurl.com/25-MinMedicineBallWorkout. A mini-trampoline also offers a safe and effective workout. A brisk 20-to-30-minute daily walk is a must for better sleep.

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Sleep on Either Side Lying on the back encourages throat muscles to close up and the tongue to fall toward the back of the throat. Shifting onto one side reduces this discomfort and potential apnea episodes. Using one pillow beneath the head allows the neck to rest at a more natural angle, rather than pushing the chin toward the chest, which restricts the airway.

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Vitamins D and C Almost everyone is deficient in vitamin D, even many in sunny regions, reports Dr. Joseph Mercola in his report, The Amazing Wonder Nutrient. Wisely managed sun exposure supplies vitamin D—no more than 20 minutes a day, 10 minutes on each side—without suntan lotion. Alternatively, a high-dose of a quality vitamin D supplement measuring 5,000 international units is adequate, but always take it along with vitamin K2, which helps the body process calcium properly to avoid overdose problems. na-newyorkcity.com

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Our body does not store vitamin C, so we need at least 2,000 milligrams daily to maintain good health. A study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine found that vitamin C can reduce damage caused by sleep apnea. High-content foods include bell peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas and papayas.

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Magnesium, the Master Mineral From 70 to 80 percent of mankind is deficient in magnesium, which has been connected with prevention of degenerative diseases and mental health and is often the missing mineral in an individual’s wellness equation, according to Enviromedica’s Ancient Minerals. It also regulates muscle function, including those in the upper throat involved with apnea. Organic foods and farmers’ market offerings may have higher levels of magnesium, especially those packed with green chlorophyll. Liquid chlorophyll is available in most health stores. Start by drinking one glass (250 milliliters) per day for a week, and then take two tablespoons daily. Spinach, chard, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, kefir, almonds, black beans, avocados, figs, bananas and dark chocolate (avoid brands with white sugar) are good sources.

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Helpful Natural Medicines n Just before bedtime, consume one teaspoon of olive oil (or organic honey) combined with three drops of lavender essential oil. n Supplement with serotonin precursor 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), which complements magnesium. n One of the best pure sources of omega-3—a top remedy for sleep apnea by protecting cells from stress—is krill oil (Alternative Medicine Review). Sleep apnea causes long-term oxidative stress and puts severe demands on the body, which is thought to deplete omega-3 levels. Lloyd Jenkins is a certified naturopath native to Canada and owner of the Budwig Cancer Clinic, in Malaga, Spain. He’s the author of seven books and many articles on treating common diseases using natural therapies.


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he right natural pillow is a key component to restful sleep. In fact, pillow comfort and support are as critical to good sleep as the proper mattress. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) (SleepFoundation.org), 91 percent of Americans say that a good pillow is key to their sleep quality. Investing in a high-quality, supportive pillow can be transformative, both personally and professionally. The RAND Corporation calculates that poor sleep among U.S. workers annually costs the U.S. economy some $411 billion. Replace old, worn-out pillows. Pillows can harbor dust mites and their excrement, dead skin cells and bacteria that can exacerbate allergy symptoms. If a pillow is clumping, losing support or yellowing, replace it, says Michelle Fishberg, co-founder of sleep wellness company Slumbr (Slumbr.com).

“Quality, properly sourced, down and feather pillows can be comfortable for those that like classic, soft pillows. Buckwheat and natural latex pillows each have unique qualities promoting better sleep. Buckwheat is therapeutic for back pain, all-natural and hypoallergenic, and reduces snoring for some,” advises Fishberg. Pillow care. The NSF suggests using pillow as well as mattress protectors; PureCare mattress (PureCare.com) is their official source including a range

of down pillows and its MiteTight protector. Organic cotton covers are kind to people and the planet. Slumbr.com likewise advises using a protective cover to extend pillow life. Don’t dry clean pillows, because chemicals and heat can do damage. A down pillow can be washed, but it’s best to have it professionally cleaned by a down specialist every three to four years. Or wash them at home no more than twice a year on the delicate cycle, alone in a large or commercial washing machine, to avoid breaking down the down’s natural oils and structure. Latex pillows can be occasionally hand-washed with mild detergent and air-dried flat. Don’t wash buckwheat pillows—if the hulls get wet, pour them into a fine mesh bag and air-dry them in the sun.

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new paradigm shift regarding autism spectrum disorder (ASD) centers on evolving beliefs about the possibilities for those living with autism, as well as the unimagined brilliance they possess and their need for supportive help. Everyone can benefit from the results of hands-on research and experience by parents and caregivers that are finding nontraditional ways to help special needs children deal with issues related to emotional and cognitive detachment and isolation. Momentum for this major shift in perspective is fueled by young adults that are telling their encouraging stories online and in books such as Carly Fleishman’s Carly’s Voice. Parents of the one in 45 children

diagnosed with ASD know that their lifetime commitment requires extraordinary courage, perseverance, patience, determination, emotional strength, outsidethe-box thinking and unconditional love. These parental characteristics are most cited by those that have mastered related developmental disorders, which they now regard as gifts, because they are thriving. Dr. Andrea Libutti, author of Awakened by Autism: Embracing Autism, Self, and Hope for a New World, offers her insights for understanding the multifaceted nature of autism and the need for a personalized plan for healing. Janice Vedrode, a special needs coach, consultant and child advocate in Saginaw, Michigan, founded Spectrum Speaks

and writes at JaniceVedrode.com/blog to inform parents about numerous issues regarding ASD. “Because I live in a town that didn’t have an existing support group for parents with ASD children, I took it upon myself to get the ball rolling and advise parents that they need to build a dream team—doctors, therapists, special needs teachers, spiritual community, friends and family—that will make sure their child succeeds and lives a happy and successful life,” says Vedrode. Wanting to help both their own two sons with developmental disabilities and others, Boaz and Minerva Santiago, residents of Pembroke Pines, Florida, became early trailblazers ushering in the self-employment movement for special needs individuals. Their Picasso Einstein online educational platform at SelfEmploy.org has launched the #JobCreators Bootcamp Training for parents and professionals and the #JobCreators Integration Program that collaborates with organizations, financial institutions and government agencies. “If you focus on pursuing a business for your child for the sake of their independence, you won’t get caught up in only the business and money aspects. Self-employment allows even greatly impaired individuals

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the maximum opportunity to experience independence, not just in the present, but for the rest of their lives,” explains Boaz. He cites an example of a young boy with an avid interest in folding clothing. His parents learned how to create a meaningful job for him by creating a simple small laundry business from the family garage. Although at the beginning he was only asked to fold clothing (which he already expressed interest in), his father now accompanies him around the neighborhood to pass out business cards and promote his service. Being in business has helped him grow as a person. “Begin by assuming your child is competent and make it possible for them to follow their passion and create a future they can be proud of,” advises Boaz. Shining lights are leading the way. With her father’s help, Carly Fleishman, diagnosed at the age of 2 with nonverbal severe autism, wrote a book by striking one computer key at a time that described living in a mind and body afflicted with this condition. Still nonverbal, she hosts a YouTube radio show on which she interviews celebrities via a device that turns keystrokes into verbal language. Kerry Magro, with Autism Speaks, a research and advocacy organization, answered the question, “What Happens to Children with Autism When They Become Adults?” in his TEDx talk, one of his many media ventures. Chris Varney, an “I can” advocate for children’s rights, won rave reviews for his TEDx talk, “My Unstoppable Mother Proved the Experts Wrong.” Such powerful stories specifically relate how parents, grandparents and helpful friends forged networks that freed them and their afflicted children of the inhibiting stigma of autism and enabled them to realize their fullest potential. A bedrock philosophy in supporting ASD and other special needs children is to assume they are competent and learn to see them through God’s lens, rather than the lens of the world. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com. natural awakenings

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

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patients from diseases like herpes 1, 2 and 6, ffective, widespread treatment of disease shingles, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, rheuis possible through toxin elimination, if matoid arthritis, hepatitis B and C, HPV, diabetic only more doctors would fill patients in ulcers and peripheral neuropathy, candidiasis, on the internationally renowned, results-driven fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, macumethod that’s capable of doing it. lar degeneration, glaucoma, and even AIDS. Oxygen’s reputation precedes it. The huRecently, through the targeted use of ozone man body is largely composed of it, most of therapy, Robins was successful in significantly our metabolic energy production comes from reducing two patients’ Reflex Sympathetic Dysit, and all our internal processes are regulated Dr. Howard Robins trophy (RSD), a painful condition (also known as by it. In fact, we can’t live without it. When CRPS) that only worsens over time to a tolerable every cell is properly oxygenated, the imlevel, which had never been done before. mune system can function and maintain itself relatively Despite such a stellar track record, ozone therapy is undisturbed. So, it’s clear that oxygen is an integral piece not usually the treatment of choice for those patients strugof the wellness puzzle, but what about ozone? Only one gling with disease. When they come to Robins for help, little molecule separates it from our beloved oxygen, yet it’s usually because every other doctor they have tried has the term is bound to leave many scratching their heads. The been unable to offer relief. Some other countries legally medical ozone we speak of is known for ridding the body mandate the use of ozone in all pre-and post-op instances of toxins, eradicating sickness, and giving hope to those to prevent infection; ours remains relatively in the dark, who otherwise would have spent their lives riddled with unaware of the benefits and impressive results of ozone. chronic disease. Together with oxygen, it just may be the Would you believe that in Germany if a patient is not disease-fighting superhero you never knew existed. given the choice between antibiotics and ozone treatment, “Ozone acts like a super antioxidant and is a super his or her doctor could be accused of medical negligence? detoxifier that selectively, like a claw or glue, attaches to As a founding member of the American Academy of and eliminates all viruses, fungus, yeast and mold, as well Ozonotherapy (AAO) and The International Association for as every form of bacteria, toxic metal and pathogen from Ozone in Healthcare and Dentistry (IAOHD), Robins has the body,” explains Dr. Howard Robins, considered the lectured around the world on medical ozone’s benefits. foremost clinical expert in North America on bio-oxidative Ozone therapy is remarkably safe when done correcttherapy, who has been administering ozone therapy to paly, but there are side effects—just not the kind you want tients for more than 22 years. Just like clutter in life leads to to avoid. “People fall asleep easier, sleep better, and have diminished performance, the motley build-up of unwanted more energy,” shares Robins. “Their nails and hair grow parasitic organisms in our bodies paves the way for disease longer, stronger and faster. Their complexion is healthier, or causes it directly. and their blood circulates better.” Since 1990, Robins has administered more than 185,000 safe direct IV ozone therapy and major autoheFor more information, call Dr. Howard Robins at 212-581motherapy treatments. By combining medical-grade O2 0101. Robins is considered the foremost clinical expert on the (oxygen) and O3 (ozone gas) and safely delivering it into use of ozone in North America, with more than 21 years of the body, over 45 thousand physicians in over 50 countries clinical practice and 185,000 treatments performed. across the world have successfully eliminated distressed

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LIVE CANCER-FREE Natural Ways to Prevent and Heal Cancer by Linda Sechrist

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ictorious warriors against cancer are speaking to other patients about their journeys of recovery and healing. Two who regularly speak to physicians, as well, are Glenn Sabin, author of n of 1: One Man’s Harvarddocumented Remission of Incurable Cancer Using Only Natural Methods, and Kathy Mydlach-Bero, author of EAT: An Unconventional Decade in the Life of a Cancer Patient. Their stories demonstrate the healing effectiveness of healthy lifestyle measures still widely categorized as prevention.

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Determined to become free of the chronic lymphocytic leukemia that had defined his life for 20 years, Sabin, who lives near Washington, D.C., appointed himself the subject of his own research experiment. He subsequently became a poster child for the remedial synergy of biological individuality, a whole systems approach to integrative oncology and self-induced healing through lifestyle and supplement interventions. Sabin now 22

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dedicates his business development firm, FON Consulting, to advancing integrative medicine as the new standard of care. His mission is to open minds to the idea that knowledge, empowerment and self-efficacy are our best allies against a life-limiting diagnosis, and we can do much to help the healing process. Writing to Joe Biden regarding the vice president’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, he candidly describes America’s present cancer-friendly environment. “The public has become conditioned to existing in a broken food chain that remains in disrepair due to misguided farming subsidies [and] untested or otherwise questionable chemicals (many of which are banned in other countries) that are present in the water we drink, the air we breathe, food we consume and products we use. Current therapies or those in the drug pipeline won’t improve the 50/50 odds of developing cancer. What will have the greatest impact are consumer education toward powerful lifestyle changes and access to the building blocks of basic health.” na-newyorkcity.com

combat harmful growth of new blood cells, and the benefits of growing and eating foods containing angiogenesisinhibiting compounds that oppose such growth and so work to prevent, improve and avert recurrences of chronic disease. “Cancer hijacks the angiogenesis process triggered by inflammation and keeps it permanently activated to ensure that cancerous cells receive a dedicated, uninterrupted blood supply,” explains Mydlach-Bero. For three years, she largely consumed only items from the list of angiogenesis-inhibiting foods now posted at KathyMydlachBero.com/food-research. These include green tea, strawberries, blackberries, red tart cherries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, grapefruit, lemons, tomatoes, cinnamon, purple potatoes, kale, grape seed oil and pomegranate. In 2008, she completely replaced both the drugs to combat the side effects of chemo and radiation and a long-term medication for preventing recurrence with healthful foods. Her physicians were admittedly uncomfortable with her decision to combine chemotherapy and radiation treatments with “food as medicine”,

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Mydlach-Bero made her remarkable recovery from rare and unrelated aggressive Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and a high-grade tumor in her head and neck. To tell her story, the resident of Delafield, Wisconsin, relied on her 18 journals as a surrogate memory to chronicle a 10-year journey of courageous exploration, self-evolution, self-advocacy and self-transformation that connected her with her healing potential. Then the mother of two young daughters, Mydlach-Bero rejected a 21-month prognosis in 2005, along with the notion that disease and medicine would determine her fate. Defying the odds, she applied what she learned from research regarding Avastin, a pharmaceutical created to


reiki, prayer, meditation, mindfulness and supplement intervention. But that didn’t deter her. To awaken others to the practicality of food as medicine, she founded NuGenesis Farm, in Pewaukee, a nonprofit modeled after her home practice.

Prevention is Paramount

Pioneering physicians and researchers agree with Sabin and Myldach-Bero that comprehensive prevention, the key to solving the cancer epidemic, is missing from conventional medicine. Leading voices include Dr. Andrew Weil, founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona (AzCIM), in Tucson; Dr. Carlos M. Garcia, founder of Utopia Wellness, near Tampa, Florida; advocate Susan Silberstein, Ph.D., founder of BeatCancer.org, in Richboro, Pennsylvania; and Ajay Goel, Ph.D., director of the Center for Epigenetics, Cancer Prevention and Cancer Genomics at Baylor University Medical Center’s Research Institute, in Dallas. Weil pioneered the earliest efforts to develop a comprehensive curriculum in evidence-based integrative medicine and the field of integrative oncology. “We’ve known for nearly 15 years that inflammation is the root cause of many chronic diseases. Since 2012 scientific evidence has proven that a healthy lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet can influence various cancers,” says Weil. His curriculum for health professionals and the general public was the first to cite the role of a nutrient-rich, anti-inflammatory diet in cancer prevention and treatment. “Health professionals graduate armed with a better understanding of the complex interactions between cancer, gut microbiome and nutrition,” advises Weil, whose paradigm inspires his chain of True Food Kitchen restaurants. It includes lots of fruits and vegetables, moderate amounts of whole or cracked grains, al dente pasta, healthy fats and plant-based proteins from legumes, nuts and seafood as well as poultry and lean, antibiotic-free grassfed meats, cheese and eggs. Plus, he likes white, green and oolong teas, fresh herbs and spices, up to two glasses of red wine a day (less for women;

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triggers cancer cell death and helps to prevent cancerous mutations to cells. It’s also been shown to improve the efficacy of conventional treatments including fewer adverse effects.” He recommends only taking turmeric products with BCM-95 percent active curcuminoids.

possibly none for those at high-risk for breast cancer), and dark chocolate for antioxidant polyphenols. Integrative Oncology, authored by Weil and Dr. Donald I. Abrams, an integrative oncologist, is mandatory reading for AzCIM students that learn to use complementary interventions in prevention and conventional cancer care. Subjects such as antioxidants, cannabinoids, energy medicine, mindbody medicine, music and expressive art therapies are covered, as well as naturopathic oncology, plus the roles that community and spirituality play in prevention and treatment. Goel’s 20-year career in cancer prevention research has produced a wealth of related articles. Among his findings, he advises, “Curcumin, a yellow compound extracted from turmeric, has become a gold standard for prevention and the natural treatment of many chronic health conditions, including colon cancer. It targets cancer stem cells, disrupts cancer cell communication,

Customized Protocols

Considering each individual’s biological individuality as a Petri dish, Garcia’s studies help achieve an anti-cancer life. He advises, “There is no ‘one size fits all’ medical protocol box for cancer treatment. Customized modifications to lifestyle and diet are required because food nutrients directly impact the mechanisms by which cancer cells grow and spread. The right nutrition can reverse a compromised immune system, which research shows is a major contributor to the development of cancer.” Whether for improvement or prevention, Garcia’s patient protocols always begin with a comprehensive evaluation appointment to learn about the individual he is treating. For cancer patients, his two-phase, eight-week program involves immune-enhancing therapies followed by immunotherapy aimed to de-cloak the camouflaged protein coating of wily cancer cells so the body’s immune system can identify and destroy them.

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To maintain good health, Judy Seeger, a doctor of naturopathy near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, recommends a regular detoxification regimen to cleanse environmental and product toxins and toxic emotions. Through experience, she has learned that individuals living with cancer need to substantially support their abnormally functioning elimination system to rid it of dead proteins from destroyed cancer cells and chemotherapy drugs that are overtaxing the immune system. “Clearing out toxic, stressful emotions that produce acid, weaken the immune system and create an environment for cancer to propagate is essential,” says Seeger. “Fulfilling the body’s requirement for an ongoing healthy nutritional plan that maintains a healing alkaline environment reduces both the risk of a cancer as well as recurrence.” She has observed that when an individual’s healing process has stalled despite their doing all the right things to improve their biochemistry, it’s frequently because they haven’t done an emotional detox

and lack feeling a spiritual connection to something larger than themselves. Silberstein categorizes cancer as epidemic. She speaks regularly regarding preventing cancer and its recurrence at medical and nursing schools, continuing oncology nursing education programs and universities. “What is needed more than new treatment research is public education regarding the true causes of cancer and continuing education credits in lifestyle training for medical professionals,” she says. Silberstein’s nonprofit organization provides online holistic cancer coach training for health professionals as well as research-based educa-

tion and counseling on how to prevent, cope with and beat cancer through immune-boosting holistic approaches. The list of books authored by cancer survivors continues to grow, offering helpful insight into how individuals are negotiating the challenges of their healing journey. Two recent books, Surviving the Storm: A Workbook for Telling Your Cancer Story, by Psychotherapist Cheryl Krauter, and Cancer Survivorship Coping Tools: We’ll Get You Through This, by Barbara Tako, are particularly helpful regarding the onslaught of toxic feelings and emotions that stress the mind and body—fear, anger, isolation, anxiety, depression and uncertainty, as well as loss and grief. Emphasizing the need for individuals diagnosed with cancer to tell their stories, the authors encourage keeping a journal. The act of getting thoughts and experiences out of the mind and onto paper supports emotional cleansing. “It’s important to share the real story of the emotional storm that is cancer, as well as the ravages of its treatments and invisible, but lingering

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side effects; to tell the tale of the cancer survivor who is moving from patient to person; and to explore and discover who you are after having faced down your mortality,” Krauter counsels.

Changed Paradigm

Results of the Human Genome Project, as well as the work of Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief, and other epigenetic researchers support the point that “environmental signals” that directly affect our DNA expression include our thoughts, emotions, belief system, exposure to sunlight, exercise and everything we put into our body. Such new science shatters the idea that we are victims of our genes and environment. It shines light on the fact that we have tremendous power to shape and direct our own physical health. Our entire lifestyle is pivotal. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at ItsAllAboutWe.com.

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failures are people that did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~Thomas A. Edison

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Set Out a Welcome Mat for a Soulmate by Arielle Ford

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ust as we need to create space in our daily schedule to nurture a new relationship, we must create space in our home to welcome in new love. It’s called “feathering the nest”. Think about the first time that our soulmate will walk into our home—what they will they see, smell and feel. Even an inviting, cozy environment may need an upgrade. The underlying vibration or feeling of a place reflects the home’s energy. Whatever has happened there since its beginning, including arguments, illnesses or times of loneliness, have all left an unseen layer of negative energy. You could say that the walls “talk”. To begin preparing our home to welcome a mate, first remove the clutter. Piles of magazines, stacks of unshelved books and excessive furnishings are blocking and keeping in old energy and preventing good, clean new energy from flowing. Be sure to remove all photographs and souvenirs that are reminders of past lovers; throw them away or put them in a box away from your home. These daily, unconscious memory triggers keep you stuck in the past. Clearing everything out is like putting out a cosmic welcome mat to the Universe that we are now ready, willing and available to receive new love. Next, it’s time to dispel the unseen energies. The fastest, easiest method is the Native American technique of smudging. The smoke will purify the space. Light a piece of white sage on a

small plate and when it is smoking (not flaming) run the smoke up, down and around every room, closet, door and window frame throughout the entire home. Alternatively, on a sunny day, open all the doors and windows and, applying a broom and imagination, sweep out the old energies. Just as nature abhors a vacuum and calls in matter to fill the empty space, so making space in our home assists in calling in love. Consciously create “space” by placing an empty nightstand on “their” side of the bed, plus have at least one empty dresser drawer waiting for them. Create inviting space in a closet and clear a shelf in a bathroom cabinet. If we have a two-car garage and have been parking in the middle, pick a side and begin only parking on “our side”. The most essential ingredient to “feathering the nest” is a strong intention to remove any old, outdated, limiting or negative energies that may be preventing love from finding its way to our door. Once free from unwanted clutter and obstructions, it becomes our sanctuary of vibrant, attractive energy. Arielle Ford is the author of 11 books, including Turn Your Mate Into Your Soulmate and The Soulmate Secret: Manifest The Love of Your Life With The Law of Attraction. Her latest, Inkspirations: Love By Design, is a transformational coloring book. She lives in La Jolla, CA. Learn more at SoulmateSecret.com.

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Dogs at Work Finding the Right Dog for the Job by Sandra Murphy

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very dog needs a meaningful job. Like us, some need help figuring out what they want to be when they grow up; others choose their own specialty. With imagination and experimentation, even a problem pooch can became an unexpected blessing.

Comforting Companions A 7-year-old hound and canine-style Houdini named Gumby was adopted seven times, surrendered to the shelter eight times and thrice became a stray. An unprecedented 11 return trips to the Charleston Animal Society, in South Carolina, convinced the staff he prefers shelter life. Now his self-appointed job is comforting and helping new arrivals adjust to their temporary home. Dentist April Patterson owns Dr. Patty’s Dental Boutique and Spa, in Fort Lauderdale. After attending a local Humane Society fashion show, she returned to her office with Oliver, a four-pound Pomeranian mix of undetermined age. This cutie’s job is to steady nervous patients. “It wasn’t planned,” says Patterson. “Oliver will bark nonstop when left alone, but being one of the staff makes him happy. Meeting Oliver is part of our hiring process.” Dory, a yellow Labrador certified therapy dog, is approved by the San Diego district attorney’s office to offer aid in court when a victim or witness testifies in front of the defendant. “Dory was the first court support dog in California and the city’s first of five dog and handler teams,” says Kathleen Lam, a retired attorney and dog handler. “The dogs

Deemed “too large to sell,” Bert, a chocolate Pomeranian, wound up in an Oklahoma shelter. Kathy Grayson, owner of The Hole, a New York City art gallery, saw his photo on Petfinder.com and fell in love. She immediately traveled to adopt him. Bert, whom she characterizes as quiet, refined and perfectly suited to the art world, loves being at the gallery and has attended art fairs in major U.S. cities. Follow Bert’s adventures via Instagram.com/bertiebertthepom. “Edie, a boxer mix puppy, started training as an assistance dog, but her personality proved better suited to the hospitality industry,” says Julie Abramovic Kunes, public relations manager for the Fairmont Hotel, in Berkeley, California. Kunes’ Edie was hired by the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel in 2011, before making the career move west with her in 2017. A former shelter dog, Edie greets visitors as a community ambassador.

Special Rescue Teams Mas, a water-loving Newfoundland, redefines “rescue dog”. The Scuola Italiana Cani Salvataggio, or Italian School of Rescue Dogs, is the largest national organization in Italy to train dogs and handlers for water rescue. Helicopters can often reach a swimmer in distress more quickly than a boat. The dog jumps out to circle the victim until they can grab her harness before swimming to shore or a human Dory, the first court support partner. Mas, the first certidog in California. fied water rescue operative recognized by Italy, France and Switzerland port authorities and coast guards, went on to train her successors. Bloodhounds are renowned for their super sniffers. Lou, a nine-year K9 veteran, on Pennsylvania’s West York Borough Police Department force, ultimately applied for retirement, passing the harness to Prince, a 3-month-old bloodhound. Prince was sworn in by District Judge Jennifer J.P. Clancy in her Spring Garden Township courtroom. The ceremony emphasizes a K9’s status in the community and within law enforcement. Paired with Officer Scott Musselman for eight months of training, the duo will work with the Missing Child Task Force. courtesy of Kathleen Lam

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SUN, JULY 30-SUN, AUGUST 5 Macrobiotic Annual Summer Conference – The 2017 conference will feature over 25 leading macrobiotic teachers, counselors and chefs, 50 Cooking Classes, Lectures and Exercise Classes. Presentations include macrobiotic cooking and philosophy, energy healing, visual diagnosis, environmental studies, Nine Star Ki, Shiatsu, Yoga, meditation and much more! Gourmet macrobiotic meals will be served daily. Come for the day, the week, or the Gala (a fundraising dinner for macrobiotic education). Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-2645139 or eastover.com/planetary-health.html

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16 Animal Communications – 7-9pm. Renowned medium Joan Carra hosts this interactive course in animal communications. Join Joan as she listens to your pets and teaches you interspecies communications. A.R.E. of New York Edgar Cayce Center, 153 W 27th St #702, New York, NY. Psychic-JoanCarra.net, 212-691-7690 or edgarcaycenyc.org.

FRI, AUGUST 25-SAT, AUGUST 26 The Akashic Records Practitioner Certification, with Kia Abilay – 6-9pm, Friday; 11am-6pm, Saturday. Become a Certified Akashic Records Practitioner through the Pathway Prayer Process© -- a responsible and reliable method for working in this remarkable, infinite, spiritual resource. Classes held at Anahata, 35 N Front St, 2nd Floor, Uptown Kingston, NY. Register at anahata.com or call 845-481-0519.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 Unlock the Secrets to Your Life – A Workshop and Private Consultation with bestselling author Alexander Dunlop – 6:30pm. $20. Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 4th Ave (between 12th and 13th Sts), New York, NY. 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com/events.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Workshop with don Miguel Ruiz and Sons – 6-9pm. Don Miguel Ruiz was born into a family of healers and raised in rural Mexico by a curandera (healer) mother and a nagual (shaman) grandfather. It was expected he would embrace their legacy of healing and teaching to carry forward the esoteric Toltec knowledge. Instead, Miguel chose to attend medical school, become a surgeon and after a near-death experience, then devoted himself to the mastery of the ancient ancestral wisdom. He has dedicated his life to sharing his knowledge of the ancient Toltecs teachings. $99 or $165 VIP ticket (includes meet/greet/book signing with VIP seating). AumShanti Bookshop, 123 4th Ave (between 12th and 13th Sts), New York, NY. 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com/events.

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Shake Your Soul®: Dance for Your Health at the New York Open Center – 6-7:30pm, Thursdays, four sessions. Rediscover your instinct to move and dance with soul and passion! Bring new inspiration and freedom to your body and mind with an integrative dance, meditative movement, and mindfulness-based practice. In this transforming and healing experience, you will discover dynamic movements to release innate feelings of joy, power, freedom and grace. Both a health and a spiritual practice, it is a renewal of spirit and connection to your soul as it transforms and heals. Calm your nervous system, energize your body, elevate your spirit! Suitable for all fitness levels. Odelia Shargian. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St, New York, NY. 212-219-2527. Register at opencenter. org/shake-your-soul with Promo Code NAPROMO.

TUES, AUGUST 29-SUN, SEPT 3 Flying Phoenix Qigong with Master Terry Dunn – This 3-day and 5-day 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 system created more than 400 years ago by Taoist sage Feng Teh. A wide range of salient health benefits includes increased respiratory power, improved circulation and metabolism, well-regulated sleep, higher energy levels, strengthened immunity, increased bone strength, allostatic reversal of many signs of aging and much more. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264-5139 or eastover.com/terence-dunn-3.html.

Yang Style Taijiquan Teacher Training with Master Yang Fukui, Rick Barrett and Abdi Assadi – Taijiquan is usually taught from the outside in – you learn the choreography, practice for years, and gradually come to understand what’s going on inside. In this seminar, the three teachers/healers teach it from the inside out, showing not just how to feel the qi, but what to do with it. Their extensive knowledge and experience is shared in a loving and understandable way so you get the most out of your taijiquan practice, and how to teach it to others. Taijiquan is a martial art, a practice for health and healing, a moving meditation and a spiritual practice. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264-5139 or eastover.com/yang-style-thai-chi.html.

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The Great American Solar Eclipse – How Will It Affect the United States? – 1-4pm. On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse crosses the U.S., casting a shadow across the country. Renowned medium Joan Carra will host a panel discussion of the upcoming total solar eclipse and has invited a panel of top astrologers to discuss their opinions on this major vibrational influence. A.R.E. of New York Edgar Cayce Center, 153 W 27th St #702, New York, NY. PsychicJoanCarra.net, 212-691-7690 or edgarcaycenyc.org.

WEDS, AUGUST 9-AUGUST 13 Sat Nam Fest East – Kundalini Yoga and Music Festival – Join us for an opportunity to immerse yourself in the joy, challenge and rejuvenation of Kundalini Yoga, sacred chant, healing, creativity, and a discovery and return to your Self and to your Heart. Magnificent musicians will carry you along on the sacred sound current and is shared with a depth of grace and devotion. Yoga teachers offer you an ocean of possibilities to expand into bliss, elevating your consciousness and opening your heart. You will be swept away! Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-2645139 or eastover.com/sat-nam-fest.html.

SAT, AUGUST 12-AUGUST 13 Become a Certified Life Coach or Executive Coach – Learn the language, structure and foundations of coaching in this Intensive 2-day Coach Certification.

Macrobiotic Wellness Retreat – This retreat will introduce you to macrobiotic principles, cooking and energy healing in a beautiful natural setting in the Berkshires. From dinner and the welcome lecture to the final cooking class and brunch, you will learn the basics of the macrobiotic diet and lifestyle from among the world’s top macrobiotic teachers, counselors and chefs to optimize your health and wellbeing and to realize your life’s dreams. Learn to prepare delicious, balanced meals, make simple, safe home remedies and minimize exposure to harmful chemicals and artificial electromagnetic radiation. Graceful morning exercises help you develop a vibrant, radiant glow! Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264-5139 or eastover. com/macrobiotic-wellness-retreat.html.

savethedate SAT, SEPT 9-SUN, SEPT 10 Vegetarian Vision – 10am-7pm. An international vegetarian convention, health and food festival, Vegetarian Vision is a “full weekend of food, fun and awareness” featuring vegetarian, vegan and yoga celebrities as well as health and wellness experts and exhibitors. Penn Plaza Pavilion, 401 7th Ave at 33rd St, New York, NY. 516-897-0900 or VegetarianVision.org.

Book Signing and Panel Discussion: Yoga for Diabetes – How to Manage Your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda – 2-4pm. Join author and renowned yoga teacher Rachel Zinman for the launch of her book “Yoga for Diabetes, How to Manage Your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda” and a discussion on how to flourish with diabetes through yoga, nutrition, mindfulness, creativity and peer support. She will be joined by esteemed authors Riva Greenberg, Daniele Hargenrader and Susan Weiner and the panel will be moderated by Diabetes Daily editor Allison Hirsch Caggia. They will be sharing how to go from surviving to thriving while living with a chronic condition. AumShanti Bookshop, 123 4th Ave (between 12th and 13th Sts), New York, NY. 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com/events.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Tarot Master Class and Q&A with Rachel Pollack, Robert Place and Sasha Graham – 1-4pm. This class is geared for all levels of Tarot experience. The panel and class will dispense knowledge that will be helpful to advanced and intermediate Tarot practitioners, as well as for beginning level Tarot practitioners, and those interested in expanding their knowledge of Tarot in a generalized way. Please join us for an illuminating and beneficial experience! Fee: $50. Aum Shanti Bookshop, 226 E 14th (between 2nd and 3rdAves), New York, NY. 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com/events.

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communitydirectory AKASHIC RECORDS KIA ABILAY

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CONSCIOUS CENTERS & SHOPS AUM SHANTI BOOKSHOP

226 E 14th St., New York, NY 10003 212-260-2866 • AumShantiBookshop.com Aum Shanti Bookshop 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.

EDGAR CAYCE CENTER

153 West 27th St., NYC 10001 212-691-7690 • EdgarCayceNYC.org 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.

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2 W 14th St., New York, NY 10011 212-645-0141 • NamasteBookshop.com 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.

NEW YORK OPEN CENTER

22 E. 30th St., New York, NY 10016 212-219-2527 • OpenCenter.org 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.

ONE SPIRIT LEARNING ALLIANCE

247 West 36th Street, 6th Floor New York, NY 10018 212-931-6840 • onespiritinterfaith.org/NA 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.

REFLECTIONS CENTER FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING

227 E 24th Street, NYC 10010 212-974-2288 • ReflectionsYoga.com 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.

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Present Centered Therapies Upper West Side 212-799-0101 • PresentCenteredTherapies.com 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.com

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.

HEALING & WELLNESS AtoZ HEALING SPACE AtoZHealingSpace.com

At AtoZ Healing Space we believe that many different healing modalities can guide us towards our greatest good. Join us for monthly workshops, Art Spirit Circles, Women’s Groups, Readings, and distance healings, all for less than $1/day (Special Charter Member Offer) - https://www.atozhealingspace.com/ membership/ Our events are led by a select group of world-renowned healers and teachers – join us!

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646-632-5181 • Think-AT.com 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

INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE DR. NEIL PAULVIN

All-In-One-Wellness 1317 Third Ave (btwn 74th & 75th) 370 Lexington Avenue (btwn 40th & 41st) 646-828-7844 • DoctorPaulvin.com Dr. Neil Paulvin has two offices in Manhattan. He practices Functional Medicine, Sports Medicine and Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Paulvin performs Dry Needling, Osteopathic Manipulation, Cupping, Craniosacral therapy, Bioidentical Hormones and Prolotherapy. Dr. Paulvin treats Fibromyalgia. Headaches, Joint Pain, Lyme Disease, Obesity, Chronic Fatigue and more. Sign up on his website or join his Facebook group page to receive his newsletter and get access to special webinars. Watch Dr. Paulvin speak about how he can help you directly on his website.

MASSAGE LEE NOONAN

Licensed Massage Therapist West 27th Street Chelsea Office 917-656-5523 • leenoonan5@yahoo.com BestNewYorkLicensedMassage.com New York Magazine called Ms. Noonan’s work “among the best the city has to offer.” 35+ years of private practice in Manhattan. SUMMER DISCOUNTS TO NEW CLIENTS!! Licensed therapist offering deep tissue, Swedish, energy balancing and craniosacral work. Visit website for more info. Stay young and get younger!

NICOLE LUCAS

Licensed Massage Therapist Infertility Massage • Bodhi Work 106 Apple Street Tinton Falls, NJ 07724 732-645-6726 • BodhiWorkStudio.com Bodhi Work is about intention, awareness and enlightenment. How your body is cared for, maintained and improved is vital to your everyday function and reproductive abilities. As a Certified Fertility Massage Therapist, Nicole focuses upon helping couples create an optimal reproductive environment. Also offering Relaxation, Rehabilitation and Non Invasive Beauty Solutions, Bodhi Work’s services are unique and the care you will receive is designed to nourish and maintain the miraculous system that is your “active self.”

PARENT & RESILIENCY COACH

NATURAL BEAUTY MAURICIO HAIR STUDIO

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

REBUILD LIFE NOW

Harriet Cabelly, LCSW Upper West Side, NY Manhasset, Long Island 516-214-4778 • harriet@rebuildlifenow.com RebuildLifeNow.com 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.

NATURAL DENTISTRY TRIBECA CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE HOLISTIC DENTISTS

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17 Park Place, NYC 10007 212 732 2200 • Holistic-dentists.com 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-of-the-art facility, offers among other things, Laser Dentistry, metal free implants, non-invasive oral cancer screening, ozone, and alternatives to surgery and root canal.

AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY

Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 • info@AlbertasPainRelief.com AlbertasPainRelief.com Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease jioint and muscular aches and pains from sciatica, gout arthritis, neuralgia, fibromyalgia and more. Great buy, a 4oz. jar for $15. All natural ingredients! Refer a friend and get 10% off your purchase. Read what people are saying about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy on our website and order some today.

HERBASWAY

800-672-7322 • Herbasway.com

OZONE THERAPY DR. HOWARD ROBINS The Healing Center 200 W. 57th St., Suite 807, New York, NY 10019 212-581-0101 • DrHowardRobins@gmail.com 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.

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.

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SIERRA BENDER® 888-794-3330 • SierraBender.com 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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