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What the Frack is going on?? This month, we are sharing our education on a hot topic in New York State and across America...Fracking. Short for “fracturing”, fracking fractures our bedrock along with the use of chemicals that can leak into our earths water supplies, causing much harm to our environment. The reason it is a hot topic for New York right now is because between 34,000 and 95,000 wells are envisioned for New York State alone, with 77,000 likely over the next 50 years. What can you do to take a stand and protect our earth and our children’s future? Find out more on pages 18-19. Starting off the New Year Healthy and right is always at the fore-front of our minds every January....a new start, a new year, a new game-plan. Packed in our pages, you will find liberating and new information to help you lead the healthiest life possible as a preventative measure for your overall well-being and longevity. We have top notch articles from New York’s leading integrative physicians who strive to make the course of your life better. See what they have to say and give them a call today to start a new you. Leave the incessant online-reading and mindclutter behind and trust being under the care of a holistic physician. After your healthy living check up at the physician, skip off to a body-moving and blood flowing activity to keep your parts oiled up and fluid, just like the mechanics on a car! Check out Chelsea’s new anti-gravity aeriel yoga studio (pg 10) or try a free private ballroom introductary lesson at New Yorker Social Dance Club (pg 5), for both individuals and couples. Speaking of couples, why not try a couples boxing class that puts your body and your communication to the test! (pg 9). Always fill your mind and your soul with things that make you feel enriched. Take time

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et’s talk about today’s environment and its effect on our health. We have all heard about pesticides in our produce, hormones in our meat and mercury in our fish. The assault that gets much less publicity than all other “environmental evils” is exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Yet, this culprit affects all of us in a major way. How? It’s a 360 degrees exposure every day of our lives. Some of the machines, which emit these dangerous waves, are cell phones, hand-held phones, computers, TVs, radios, and microwaves. Having said that, it may come as a surprise for most of you, that every living cell of every organ in your body has its own unique electromagnetic imprint. Yes, that’s right, your brain cells emit certain kind of frequency, your heart cells emit another kind, and your bone cells emit yet another kind. All of these physiological frequencies are very low. When a person is exposed to repetitive multiple sources of high frequency electromagnetic fields, their normal cellular processes are disrupted. What happens then? Well, for different folks different symptoms will start surfacing. Some may start suffering from a lack of energy. Some cannot fall or stay asleep. Some start suffering from a back pain or migraine. Some get depressed. Most educated people today don’t want a quick fix. They don’t want to take medication for the symptom. They want to treat the root of the problem. That’s great! But how do you treat exposure to an everyday ubiquitous electromagnetic radiation? How do you get detoxed from electromagnetic poisoning? It is unrealistic of me to ask you to drop your cell phones and not to watch your favorite TV shows. And to step away from your computers? Now, that’s sacred, Dr.Kogan. You are pushing the envelope here. Well, here is the great news. If your doctor is a savvy holistic practitioner, she or he can really help. One of the most effective 8

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detox treatments utilizes an Ondamed technology, a machine that combines pulsed low electromagnetic fields with biofeedback. For this painless non-invasive treatment, the patient sits or lies down comfortably, with a magnet applied to the neck area. The doctor “scans” the body with another magnetic applicator, while applying fields of different frequencies. Keeping a hand on your pulse, a skilled practitioner will be able to identify by the changes in your pulse, where the problem areas are, and what frequencies need to be applied there, to re-balance the distorted , ‘environmentally poisoned’, field. Think of it as a mandatory tune up for your body. Pianos and Cars need a tune up. You do too. But Ondamed treatments can be very effective in crisis as well. One of my patients was a 59 year old female pianist with a severe proximal humerus fracture (one of the worst kinds). She was reluctant to have surgery and was too depressed to even go for physical therapy. However, after 3 weeks of daily 45 minute Ondamed sessions, she was able to stop wearing her sling, and in another 4 weeks, she was playing piano again.  Another rewarding experience was a case of a 28 year old female patient who came to my office complaining of severe chronic fatigue and muscle pains. An extensive diagnostic testing did not reveal anything abnormal neither anatomically nor bloodwise. We have conducted 12 Ondamed sessions over the course of two months, after which she felt healthy enough to start her first year as a medical school student. Ondamed treatments are not a ‘cure it all panacea’. But they do represent a very sophisticated and effective solution for people suffering from environmental toxicity, which is really all of us, New Yorkers. So, don’t lose your heart – reach out for help. Please see our $50 coupon on the inside cover. For more information about her practice call 212-580-0900 or visit


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The Lightworkers Healing Method: BE Who Your Soul Wants You to Be by Lynn McGonagill   Stunning, heartfelt and completely honest, The Lightworkers Healing Method: BE Who Your Soul Wants You to Be by Lynn McGonagill is all about being human, becoming the person you were born on this Earth to be, and interacting with the Universe in the most efficient way possible.  It is possible to learn “little energy tricks” that will help you to live your life in a more harmonious way.  Lynn McGonagill joyfully takes us step-by-step through the process she has honed over the past 21 years of training with higher-dimension Avatars who carefully and meticulously taught her this process in the years after her brother’s early death. The Lightworkers Healing Method is a system of Angelically guided energy healing, devised to heal the healer as well as the client.  Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Emotional issues can all be healed, and you can learn to do this yourself through this inspired method. Do you want the key to joy and fulfillment? Not only love, health, and prosperity, but actual sustainable JOY? This remarkable guide carefully leads you down the path from basic energy sensing to clarity and understanding.  We can activate our ability to perceive.  We can all become vessels for Divine Healing to occur.  We can help others to heal and simultaneously be healed ourselves.  This is an amazing gift to the world at a time when we so desperately need it.

earn accountability, flexibility, mobility, balance, power, and strength in your relationship and in life with NYC Agape’s 5-week program designed for couples. Program founder, Mike Brown, created this program for couples seeking a healthy lifestyle plan with the added benefit of learning partnership communication. During the duration of the 5-week program you will have ten one-hour sessions at Work Gym in Soho, NY. Each workout motivates the individual person to compete with themselves and not the strengths and weakness of their spouse. The exercises are used for team building by setting individual goals and not being overwhelmed by what goals your spouse has set. The program fee is $2000 per couple and includes two nike+ fuel bands to track each partners personal progress and goals, two pairs of boxing gloves and a pre/post assessment as a couple by sports psychologist by Dr. Robert Price. Couples in the program will compete for healthy organic dinners out on town at the end of each week. Couples use NYC Agape as a tool to feel great inside and out and it will reflect in your relationship with your spouse. NYC Agape is offering a New York couple one free session in mid January. To enter, follow @nycagape on Twitter and hashtag #naturalagape before Jan 10th. For more information on the program or to signup directly, email info@

Lynn McGonagill is the Founder and Teaching Channel of LHM. Filled with personal anecdotes and insights that allow the reader to completely identify with her, she breaks down each of these lessons into manageable, digestible, learnable segments.  With each turn of the page, you can feel yourself growing toward mastery in this unique and powerful healing art. 

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olding Space, AntiGravity Aerial Yoga studio in Chelsea led by Co-Founder and Master Instructor Shelly Bomb, provides the highest level of instruction available in AntiGravity Yoga, AntiGravity Yoga: Restorative, and AntiGravity Pilates. AntiGravity Yoga Flying Fitness combines elements of yoga, calisthenics, and aerial arts together in a silk hammock, and features zero compression inversions for ultimate spinal bliss. AntiGravity Yoga: Restorative is the deep stretching, healing side of AntiGravity Yoga, featuring zero-compression inversions alongside gentle traction, guided meditation, and floating Savasana. AntiGravity Pilates features traditional Pilates moves from the Mat, and all apparatus, performed on the softness of the AntiGravity Hammock, taking core strengthening and muscle conditioning to new heights. Holding Space is located at Studio Anya, 49 West 24th Street, 8th Floor, NYC. Find out more at or by calling 212-604-9766.


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5 Biggest Misconceptions About Losing Weight


ach year, 1 in 3 people create some sort of a New Year’s resolution involving their health. 1 in 4 vow to lose weight each year, but over 50% of those people fail. Are you among those who have found it nearly impossible to get to your healthiest weight? My colleague, Dr. Marcia A. Harris and I are very passionate about healthy weight loss. We have both tried various methods – with our patients and on ourselves – and found what works and what doesn’t. Here are the 5 most common weight loss misconceptions that may be keeping you stuck in your overweight body - and how to overcome them. 1. It’s too complicated. That’s what people often say when they come into my office. It’s really not. When you work with a holistic physician who can help you run some tests, you’ll likely find that something’s out of balance, or maybe a choice that you were making that you thought was healthy isn’t helping as much as you thought. Once your body is balanced, with a healthy diet, an appropriate exercise plan and wellness lifestyle practices, you will notice the weight falling off much faster than you imagined. 2. I will have to starve myself. Dr. Harris explains, “Many people think that they have to give up all of their favorite foods for good. That’s just not true. In fact, starvation is counterproductive because the body reacts to starvation by holding on to what it has. People who incorporate their favorite foods in the right proportions in a health-supportive way CAN enjoy just about anything they like!”. 3. Gaining weight is an inevitable part of getting older. Women, and men both experience shifts in their hormones as they age. But that doesn’t mean that they have to gain weight. “Balancing your hormones, thyroid and adrenal system is a large part of having a healthy metabolism, which makes attaining and maintaining a healthy weight much easier,” assures Dr. Harris. 4. Even if I lose the weight, I’ll just gain it all back later. Working with a holistic medical doctor will give you the support you

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need so that, once you lose the weight, you will enjoy your new, healthy weight for as long as you keep focusing on your wellness lifestyle. “I keep my patients motivated and help them get back on the right track when they slip a little. That’s what I’m here for,” says Dr. Harris. “It’s all about resetting your body’s natural set point, which means reprogramming your body to recognize your new healthy weight as ‘normal’ for you.” 5. It’s too expensive to lose weight. How much have you spent this year on things that sabotage your health? How much have you spent buying fancy coffees, cakes, cookies, pies, chips, alcohol, sodas and fast food? But how valuable is it to you to lower your risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease? How valuable is it to you to see the children in your life graduate from high school or get married? How much would you pay to spend as many years as you can with loved ones? How valuable is it to you to wake up feeling filled with energy and able to physically do the things you truly love doing every day? “Attaining your healthy weight is an investment in your life and health. You will spend much more money in the long run if you DON’T find the time and money to lose the weight now,” encourages Dr. Harris. I couldn’t agree more. Are you ready to finally reach the healthiest weight for you? Partner with Dr. Marcia A. Harris, who specializes in hormonal balancing, HCG Diet and nutrition for both men and women. She can help you create a plan to get balanced, lose weight and support you in keeping it off for good, so you can enjoy a healthier, more energetic 2013 and well beyond. Mention this article to get $25 off your office visit with Dr. Marcia A. Harris or one of our other holistic medical doctors before January 31st, 2013. For more information about Patients Medical call 347-269-4762 or visit natural awakenings

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Lyme Disease

“The Great Mimicker”


re you suffering with symptoms of an illness that doesn’t seem to respond to any normal treatment? Maybe, just maybe, you are suffering from the “great mimicker”, Lyme disease. Even if you know you have it but believe you can’t get rid of it, don’t give up hope! Read on.

The Cause Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. Borrelia burgdorferi is the main cause of Lyme disease in North America, though up to five co-infections are often present. The infection is transmitted to humans by the bite of infected ticks. The ticks are extremely small and often fall off the body after feeding, thus masking the fact that you’ve been bitten.

The Symptoms and the Difficulty in Diagnosis Early symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, depression, and a characteristic circular skin rash, which has a “bulls-eye” (target-like), appearance. Patients often experience flu-like symptoms, such as headache, muscle soreness, fever, and malaise, which can also confuse early diagnosis. Unfortunately, left untreated, symptoms may involve the joints, heart, and central nervous system. The disease can affect multiple body systems at the same time and produce a wide range of symptoms. Not all patients with Lyme disease will have all symptoms, and many of the symptoms are not specific to Lyme disease, but can occur with other diseases as well, also making it difficult to diagnose. Also, blood testing frequently shows false negative testing or indeterminate results, causing doctors to delay diagnosis and treatment until it’s too late to easily kill the infections. Every part of the body can be affected. Various acute neurological problems including facial palsy, which is the loss of muscle tone on one or both sides of the face, as well as meningitis, which involves severe headaches, neck stiffness, and sensitivity to light are common in untreated cases. Nerve inflammation causes shooting pains that may interfere with sleep, as well as abnormal skin sensations. The late stage is where the infection has fully spread throughout the body. A polyneuropathy that involves shooting pains, numbness, and tingling in the hands or feet may develop. A neurologic syndrome called Lyme encephalopathy is associated with subtle cognitive problems, such as difficulties with concentration and short-term memory often accompanied by profound fatigue. In some cases Lyme disease kills. 12

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The Answer In many but not all cases, antibiotics may eliminate the infection and its symptoms, especially if the illness is treated early. Unfortunately, even when caught early, antibiotics don’t always work. Over the past 22 years intravenous medical ozone has been safely and effectively used to destroy and eliminate Lyme disease, even in late stage infections. Often when all hope is gone, even after years of suffering medical ozone has proven successful. Usually in just a few weeks symptoms begin to diminish offering hope and finally giving relief. Intravenous medical ozone when it enters the body attacks and kills all Lyme disease causing bacteria. It does it safely, virtually with no adverse reactions. In addition it destroys all unwanted viruses, fungus, yeast, mold, harmful free radicles and toxins, thus cleansing your body and boosting your own natural immune system. A You can learn more about intravenous medical ozone at as well as buying a copy of the award winning DVD “Ozone Therapy: The Miracle Medicine” by Dr. Gary Null at which contains testimonials from Lyme patients as too medical ozone’s effectiveness. Source: Dr. Howard Robins. For additional information, call 212-581-0101 or visit See ad, page 3.

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Red Meat Raises a Red Flag


teak is still one of America’s favorite meals, but regular consumption of red meat products comes at a high cost for health. In a recent large study, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found red meat to be causally associated with mortality, including from cardiovascular disease and cancer. Senior author Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at HSPH, and his team observed 37,698 men from the HSPH Health Professionals Follow-Up Study for up to 22 years and 83,644 women from the National Institutes of Health Nurses’ Health Study for up to 28 years, all of whom were free of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer at the beginning of the study. The researchers assessed diets via questionnaires every four years and documented a combined 23,926 deaths in the two studies, of which 5,910 were from CVD and 9,464 from cancer. Their evaluation revealed that one daily serving of unprocessed red meat (about the size of a deck of cards) was associated with a 13 percent increased risk of earlier mortality, and one daily serving of processed red meat (one hot dog or two slices of bacon) with a 20 percent increased risk. Red meat and related products contain heme (meat-based) iron, saturated fat, sodium and nitrites, as well as carcinogens formed during cooking. The researchers recommend turning to healthier protein sources instead, like fish, poultry, nuts, legumes and whole grains.

Black Pepper Fights Fat


simple, widely available spice and kitchen staple may help us trim our waistlines. New research published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry gives the nod to black pepper. The study provides evidence of a long-sought explanation for the beneficial, fat-fighting effects of the common seasoning. Piperine, the pungent-tasting substance that gives black pepper its characteristic taste, helps block the formation of new fat cells.

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imply drinking a glass of water can prompt better choices at the dinner table, concludes new research by T. Bettina Cornwell, Ph.D., of the University of Oregon, and Anna R. McAlister, Ph.D., of Michigan State University. In separate studies, young adults and children were tested according to their food and beverage choices. When the participants were served a soda, they selected foods that tended to be more salty and calorie-dense. However, when the provided beverage was water, participants ate more raw vegetables.


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A GMO-Free Grocery List


ccording to a recent article published in Green American magazine, 93 percent of Americans believe that genetically modified foods should be labeled. However, only USDA-certified organic products cannot intentionally contain genetically modified organisms (GMO), so identifying GMO foods and products in a typical U.S. grocery store is difficult. The following information can help. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirms that large percentages of the nation’s crops were genetically modified in 2011: 94 percent of conventional soy and soy products; 90 percent of cottonseed, a common ingredient in margarine, salad dressings and oils; and 88 percent of corn, contained in breakfast cereals, corn flour products such as chips and tortillas, high-fructose corn syrup, soups and condiments. More than 90 percent of the U.S. canola crop also is now genetically modified. The Independent, one of England’s leading newspapers, reported in 1999 that the artificial sweetener aspartame has been made with genetically modified bacteria since 1965. Aspartame, inconclusively linked with numerous health risks, is present in more than 6,000 products, including diet sodas. Two other ubiquitous artificial sweeteners, Nutrasweet and Equal, also contain aspartame. The USDA further lists 95 percent of the 2009 U.S. sugar beet crop, used to produce conventional sugar, as genetically modified. Non-GMO alternative sweeteners include pure cane sugar and honey from organic farms. Source:

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anhattan’s own Dr. Howard Robins will be a keynote speaker the wrong medium, such as sunflower oil, can present at this years “Physicians Roundtable conditions. a health risk. Researchers from the UniverMedical Conference” in Tampa, Florida sity of the Basque Country, in North Spain, on Thursday Jan 24, 2012. He will have discovered that organic aldehyde compounds become discuss and answer questions about Intoxic when heated. These chemicals, previously linked with d speak to Dr. Robins to find out more about this amazing treatment and/or go travenous Ozone Therapy and it’s abilsome types of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases such as ity to rid the body of all infections, thus Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, are generated by the degradation of fatty acids in eliminating chronic infectious diseases sunflower and other oils high in polyunsaturated fats, and some remain in food after as well as its anti-aging benefits. frying. Oils with higher concentrations of monounsaturated fats, such as olive, The conference is held each year peanut or coconut, are less worrisome if frying is the only cooking option. since 2008, for licensed doctors in all specialties as well as all alternative healers. It is required that all presenters use only evidenced based medicine in their presentations, which are done in a relaxed Gordon-like style besity, anxiety and developmental and reproductive problems have all been allowing questions and interaction linked to small quantities of a flame retardant frequently used in furniture with the presenters. and baby products, according to a recent, limited study on rats by researchers Dr Robins is considered by many at Duke University. Baby rats with mothers that ingested small amounts of the to be the foremost clinical expert in chemical Firemaster 550 gained more weight than those that weren’t exposed, North America on medical ozone therand exposed female offspring displayed more anxiety, reached puberty earlier apy and has performed over 180,000 and exhibited abnormal reproductive cycles. cutting edge treatments over the last 22 Study co-author Heather Stapleton, Ph.D., associate professor of environyears in his Manhattan office. mental chemistry at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, is a leading Medical ozone is all too often expert on flame retardants, particularly children’s exposure to the toxic chemicals one of the last treatments sought after they can release. She specifically notes that the new research assessed exposure all else has failed for an extremely to doses far lower than those of earlier studies. “This raises red flags wide array of diseases and conditions. about a widely used chemical that we know little about,” advises illnesses believed to have no 200 W. 57th St. • New These York, NY are 10019 Stapleton. “What we do know is that it’s common in house dust, medical cure such as multiple sclerosis, 7th Ave by Carnegie Hall) and people, especially kids, are being(corner exposed to it.” rheumatoid arthritis, ALS, reflex sym “Firemaster 550 was put on the market with almost no pathetic dystrophy (CRPS) and all forms study,” says Linda Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Herpes including Shingles to name just Environmental Health Sciences, which a few of medical ozone’s successes. funded the new research. She says the preliminary findings strongly suggest the Dr Robins is available to answer your quesneed for more studies. tions by calling his office at 212-581-0101.


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Government Steps In to Curb Greenwashing The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued updated green marketing guidelines intended to stop advertisers from making deceptive or unqualified claims about products being environmentally beneficial or eco-friendly, called “greenwashing”. The FTC said that few products deliver the far-reaching environmental benefits that consumers associate with such claims, and they are nearly impossible to substantiate. The revision is the first since 1998, when phrases like “carbon footprint” and “renewable energy” were relatively new. Using input from consumers and industry groups, new sections address the use of carbon offsets, “green” certifications and seals, and renewable energy and renewable materials claims. Marketers are warned not to make broad, unqualified assertions that their products are environmentally benign or eco-friendly. Arthur Weissman, president and CEO of Green Seal Inc., a nonprofit environmental certification organization based in Washington, D.C., says, “We hope that there will be enforcement to help rid the marketplace of the many less-than-credible seals and greenwashing that exist.” The new guidelines are not rules or regulations, but general principles that describe the types of environmental claims the FTC may find deceptive. They do not address use of the terms “sustainable”, “natural” and “organic”. Source: The Christian Science Monitor

People Power Modified Bicycles Recycle Electronic Waste Harvard graduate Rachel Field, 22, has invented the Bicyclean device, a contender for an international James Dyson Award recognizing the next generation of design engineers. The Bicyclean helps people in Third World countries separate valuable recyclable materials from the mountains of refrigerators, computers, cell phones and other electronic e-waste dumped in their “backyards” by richer nations. She aims to show that the needlessly harmful process can be made healthier, using simple bicycle technology that can be implemented virtually anywhere. Her solution is to stand up a bike in the normal position, but with the back wheel removed and replaced with an enclosed, pedal-powered, grinder-andseparation system. Pushing bits of circuit board down an attached chute onto a grinding mill of coarse cement ejects crushed e-waste fragments. Magnets collect the ferrous metals, and a battery-powered electromagnetic current pushes away non-ferrous metals. The device is more sustainable, plus it deposits and emits much less pollution into nearby waterways and air than other methods. 16

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Great Lakes Under Siege by Global Warming Don Scavia, director of the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute, stated in a regional leaders’ conference that climate change is aggravating the effects of devastating algae blooms in the Great Lakes by increasing the intensity of spring rains that wash phosphorus into the water. Rampant algae levels degrade water quality because as algae decompose, oxygen levels can drop low enough to kill fish. After the United States and Canada signed the initial Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 1972, many local governments banned detergents containing phosphorus and the algae problem faded, but it has returned in the past decade. Analysts note that while the practice of planting crops without plowing the ground may help prevent erosion, it leaves high concentrations of fertilizer phosphorus in the upper layers of soil, where it easily runs off into waterways. A task force of academic and government experts has recommended more than 50 helpful practices, including providing funding and technical assistance for phosphorus reduction projects; authorizing state regulators to require pollution reduction measures in stressed watersheds; and working with farmers and equipment manufacturers to develop fertilizer application methods that avoid runoff. Source:

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No Dust on the Mirror Reflections on a Life of Conscious Wholeness

Apple’s Water Supply New York City has opened the world’s largest water disinfection plant, using ultraviolet (UV) light as a sanitizing agent to eliminate cryptosporidium, giardia and other pathogenic microorganisms that can cause nausea, cramps, diarrhea and more serious ailments. Fifty-six massive UV units will neutralize waterborne pathogens in all drinking water derived from the city’s major sources. The Catskill and the Delaware water supply systems, completed in 1927 and 1967, respectively, provide about 90 percent of the city’s water. The facility will process up to 9 billion liters daily, adding a second layer of sanitation to the city’s traditional chlorine treatment. While cryptosporidium is highly resistant to chlorine, UV has proved effective at controlling the parasite. Adenovirus is resistant to UV disinfection, but can be killed using chlorine. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires that if unfiltered surface water treatment systems don’t filter drinking water, another barrier for microorganisms besides chlorine treatment needs to be installed. The alternative to UV would have been to build a much more expensive filtration facility that passes drinking water through a series of porous materials such as layers of sand, gravel and charcoal to remove chemicals, hazardous materials and toxins. Source: Scientific American

by Michael Bernard Beckwith


e spend a good deal of time gazing at ourselves in a mirror with the physical eye, as well as into the mirror of our mind with an analytical eye, endeavoring to size ourselves up in our own estimation, and also determining how others might evaluate us. Both of these mirrors are clouded with ego-related dust that distorts our vision. Only when we turn our gaze inward with the intuitive eye of awareness can we perceive our innate wholeness, for there is no dust on the mirror of the soul. Consider this: A consciousness of wholeness reunifies us with our authentic self, so that even during those times when we are unaware of it, our wholeness is intact and utterly dust-free—only our awareness of it is missing. When awareness returns, we live free from ego’s bondage and its ignorance-soaked history and habits. We are reunified with the reality of our being. Our daily practice is to be ever mindful—on the dot—the moment we lose sight of our true nature. Everyday experiences grace us with reminders by mentally tapping us on the shoulder and returning us to the qualities we wish to express in our interactions with our self, others and all of life. We are continually given the opportunity to reconnect with the high

vision we hold for ourselves in our mental, emotional, spiritual, physical, professional, relational and communal life structures. It serves us well to remember that we are here learning to mother our consciousness, just as the universe mothers us throughout our lifetime and beyond. Intelligence, wisdom, intuition, joy and creativity—these are the qualities we want to mother within ourselves in order to unveil our original face. As we set a conscious intention to evolve, we live as the master artists we are—creating, directing and producing our lives. The more time we set aside for meditation, contemplation and life visioning, the more we can have 20/20 vision in foresight, rather than hindsight. Through practice, we activate our intuition, clean off egoic dust and enter a more consistently clear-sighted state of mindful being. Thus we actualize our highest potential and realize our organic, enlightened consciousness. Michael Bernard Beckwith is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, in Los Angeles, California, author of Life Visioning: A Transformative Process for Activating Your Unique Gifts and Highest Potential (Sounds True, 2011/2013), and originator of the Life Visioning process.

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FRACKING WRECKS AMERICA’S BEDROCK Clear and Present Dangers by Sandra Steingraber

Current environmental policies must be realigned to safeguard our health, sustain planetary life-support systems and free us from dependence upon fossil fuels.


nder the misleading banner of clean and green, the global natural gas rush is on, and nowhere more so than in the United States. We are literally shattering America’s bedrock to bring methane out of the Earth and consuming enormous quantities of precious fresh water to do so, without any clear knowledge of the health or environmental consequences. Due to economies of scale and required infrastructure, fracking is an all-or-nothing proposition, and each state decides its own fate. The Marcellus Shale forms a 600-mile-long basement foundation for communities spanning New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. As the largest natural gas deposit in the country, it has become ground-zero for high-volume, slickwater hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Many more states are equally vulnerable (see In a two-to-200-foot-thick bedrock 18

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layer up to a mile below Earth’s surface, the shale and its captured methane, uranium, mercury, arsenic and lead have remained locked in place for millions of years. Above it lie drinking water aquifers. Prior to the 21st century, capturing methane gas bubbles dispersed within such a horizontal formation, instead of a vertical well, was deemed uneconomical and labeled unrecoverable. Now, modern drills can bore down steel piping, some portions encased in cement, and direct pressure-packed explosions of up to 10,000 pounds per square inch of water, sand and chemicals into the rock, fracturing it. Next, hundreds of chemicals are injected to reduce friction (thus the term slickwater) so that the fracking fluid can flow easily. The mixture includes acids, rust and scale inhibitors and pesticides to kill microbes, plus sometimes gelling agents, petroleum distillates, glycol ethers, form­aldehyde and toluene.

The result is that gas flows back up the borehole along with 30 to 60 percent of the injected cocktail of water and chemicals. The rest is left behind. Fracking a gas well once requires 2 to 8 million gallons of fresh water, 10,000 to 40,000 gallons of chemicals and at least 1,000 diesel truck trips. Wells can be fracked multiple times before they run dry. Between 34,000 and 95,000 wells are envisioned for New York State alone, according to Cornell University Engineering Professor, Anthony Ingraffea, with 77,000 likely over the next 50 years. While New York residents are watching the result of fracking in other states and have elected a temporary moratorium on fracking, Pennsylvania has issued thousands of permits since 2004. Continued unknowns stir debate. Meanwhile, scientists across leading institutions are certain of five universal impacts. First, fracking industrializes rural landscapes, clearing and fragmenting vital woodlands and wetlands. Second, fracking brings urban-style air pollution to the rural countryside. Third, accidents happen, necessitating the evacuation of surrounding communities. Fourth, fracking makes huge volumes of Earth’s limited fresh water disappear forever. Fifth, sooner or later, the gas will run out, while the environmental damage remains.

Known and Unknown Dangers

Beyond these certainties lie questions. Drilling proponents may claim that there have been no confirmed cases of drinking water contaminated by fracking. Yet in Pavillion, Wyoming, residents noticed a few years ago that their water was yellow, cloudy and oily, bubbled and smelled like chemicals. Some people felt sick. A joint investigation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found petrochemicals— including diesel fuel, benzene, cyclohexane, methane, propane and ethane, plus traces of arsenic and a microbe-inhibiting pesticide—in 20 water wells. The EPA recommended that residents not drink their water. Turning on a fan while showering to avoid possible methane explosions was also suggested.

Fracking enjoys special exemptions from many regulations—the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Superfund Act and National Environmental Policy Act—that govern other types of industrial activities. Fracking also gets a pass on federal right-toknow laws, because natural gas operations do not report their air and water emissions under the EPA Toxics Release Inventory. A special amendment to the 2005 Energy Policy Act grants fracking exclusion from the Safe Drinking Water Act, which authorizes the EPA to regulate all injection of toxic chemicals into the ground. Thus, a drilling company doesn’t have to disclose the formulation of its fracking fluids.

Eco-Horrors and Economics

Biologist Theo Colborn and her research team at The Endocrine Disruptor Exchange report that of the 353 chemicals tested as presumed ingredients of fracking fluid, 60 percent can harm the brain and nervous system, 40 percent are endocrine disrupters and one-third are both suspected carcinogens and developmental toxicants. What should we do with this lethal fluid—a million or more gallons with every wellhead? The trend, say gas industry service providers like Halliburton, is to recycle it, but flowback water gets more poisonous with every reuse. At some point, this highly concentrated toxic liquid still has to be disposed of via designated underground wells or municipal sewage-treatment plants or else it’s clandestinely dumped. Then there’s the lure of fracking’s economics. In many cases, a homeowner can receive $5,000 per acre, plus 12 to 20 percent royalties, from leasing land to a gas company. The Marcellus Shale may be worth a trillion dollars and possibly provide enough natural gas to supply the nation’s consumption for six years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s most recent estimates. (It’s unknown how much gas is recoverable or how often wells may need to be refracked to stimulate production.) No study of the cumulative impact of fracking on public health or agriculture, including its full lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions, has been conducted; it’s an economic gamble and a bona fide environmental crime.

A Community Speaks Out

In New York’s Tompkins County, 40 percent of the land acreage covering the Marcellus Shale is leased to gas drillers. Local feelings are mixed. Some people just wish the whole practice would go away. Some find fracking such a vile and preposterous idea that they don’t believe it will really happen. Others, seeking personal gain or believing that it’s inevitable, plan to “ride the tiger,” hoping for greater future oversight. At a recent community meeting, candidates for mayor and the village board declared their unified opposition to fracking. Soon afterward, at a packed town meeting on fracking at the village library, someone noted that a nearby community had successfully turned away frack waste trucked in from Pennsylvania that was headed to an old well for disposal. An elderly man declared passionately, “We have to be ready to lie down in front of the trucks.”

Take a stand at, FrackingMap and (scroll to petitions). Note: Find films at; and FilmPromisedLand. Biologist Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., is the acclaimed author of Living Downstream, now also a documentary film, and Having Faith, on the threat of environmental toxins to infant development. A visiting scholar at New York’s Ithaca College, she often testifies at hearings. She adapted this article from Raising Elijah: Protecting Our Children in an Age of Environmental Crisis, reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Press.

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easy way to use muscle testing at home is to bend forward, fingers stretching toward the toes. Set a baseline truth by saying out loud, “My name is _______,” and notice the length of the stretch. Then utter an untruth, like calling yourself by a different name. Most people will find their range of motion is noticeably limited in the event of an untruth or something else that is not helpful. A practical solution: Apply this technique in making any choice related to personal health.

Healthy Lifestyle Tweaks Surprisingly Simple Changes for Feeling Good

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by Kathleen Barnes


ll of us have heard the admonition: “Eat lots of veggies and exercise daily and you’ll live a long, healthy life.” There’s no question this advice is sound, but what about other helpfully healthy lifestyle adjustments we can make? Experts attest that doing easy things, such as going braless, walking barefoot or using a plug-in model instead of a cordless phone can all support wellness. Results range from stress relief to prevention of cancer, heart disease and other ailments often associated with aging. “Making some of the simplest changes can have far-reaching positive effects on your health,” contends Frank King, a doctor of chiropractic and naturopathic medicine, president of King Bio Natural Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina, and author of The Healing Revolution. “When


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we consider the huge negative effects shadowing the field of prescription drugs, it is just good sense to try things foundational to our health that are natural, inexpensive, effective and free of problematic side effects.”

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“The human body is an excellent lie detector. It is the world’s most sophisticated laboratory, with more wisdom than all medical professionals put together,” says King. His favorite technique is to tap into the body’s vast wisdom using applied kinesiology, or muscle testing. “The principal is simple. When you are telling a truth or when something is good for the body, whether you are conscious of it or not, your body loosens up. When you are telling a lie or the body is rejecting something, your body tightens.” Many holistic practitioners use applied kinesiology as a diagnostic tool. An

Turn away from using cordless phones and turn off the Wi-Fi. Keep cell phones out of pockets and purses. Move the TV out of the bedroom. These devices emit enormous amounts of radiation, disturbing our sleep patterns, thickening our blood and causing inflammation and a number of associated diseases, according to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, an integrative cardiologist and co-author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. Recent findings of Sinatra’s research team at the University of California-Irvine, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, confirm that physical contact with the Earth naturally thins blood. “Grounding appears to be one of the simplest and yet most profound interventions for helping reduce cardiovascular risk and cardiovascular events,” the researchers concluded. A recent study of animals by the Bioelectromagnetics Laboratory at Zhejiang University School of Medicine-Hangzhou, in China, shows that exposure to radio and electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) like those found in cell phones can alter some genes. An Indian study by the Bioelectromagnetic Laboratory at Jawaharlal Nehru University-New Delhi suggests that EMF exposure increases the production of free radicals in animal brains, which can lead to inflammation, cancer, heart disease and other serious diseases. Swiss research published in the journal Somnologie by University of Bern scientists shows a clear connection between radio frequencies (RF) and

sleep disturbances. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) admits a possible link between extensive cell phone use and exposure to RF waves and brain cancer. Sinatra calls Wi-Fi signals “the new coronary risk factor” and warns, “Be aware that if you are on a computer at home on Wi-Fi, that is toxic to your body.” A practical solution: Use an ethernet cable to connect computers rather than wireless; switch to an old-fashioned plug-in phone with a handset attached; and stay three feet away from cell phones—never wear them. Sinatra says his research shows that men that put a cell phone in a pocket experience a reduction in testosterone within four hours.

Change Footwear In addition to unplugging from potentially harmful devices, Sinatra recommends plugging into Earth’s healing energies. “Our ancestors walked barefoot and slept on the ground. They were connected to Earth’s electrical energies that kept them balanced and healthy,” explains the co-author of Earthing. New research from the University of California-Irvine published in the Journal of Environment and Public Health explains how modern lifestyles tend to separate us from the healing electrical energies of the Earth. Because we rarely walk barefoot or sleep on the ground and most people wear rubbersoled shoes that break the currents, few are benefitting from this wealth of easily accessed healing energies that benefit the heart, brain, muscles and nervous and immune systems. “Practically no one has the slightest notion of an electrical or energetic connection between his or her body and the Earth,” explains Sinatra. “The ground provides a subtle

Ditch Antiperspirant Along with the Bra Most commercial antiperspirant deodorants contain aluminum compounds, which have estrogen-like properties. Because estrogen imbalances can promote the growth of breast cancer tissue, aluminum may have the same effect when absorbed through the skin. Source: National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health electric signal that governs the intricate mechanisms that help maintain health and make our bodies work, just like plugging a light into a power socket.” Taken together, the research points to many health benefits gained by staying connected with our home planet, which Sinatra reports in Earthing, including reduced inflammation, relief from chronic pain muscle tension and headaches, lower blood pressure and tempered hormonal swings. As a practical solution, Sinatra prescribes taking a little “vitamin G” (for grounding) every day: Walk barefoot as much as possible. Sit or lie on the ground with as much skin as possible in contact with living things such as grass, trees, pine needles or earth. During the winter, touch grounded electrical outlets or metal plumbing pipes. Also, wear comfortable, leather-soled shoes without socks indoors and out, because leather is an excellent conductor of Earth’s energies.

Ditch the Bra “Breast cancer is caused by bras,” medical anthropologist Sydney Ross Singer states unequivocally. He is coauthor of Dressed to Kill, with Soma Grismaijer, and director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, in Pahoa, Hawaii. “Bras are designed to change the shape of a woman’s breasts to a culturally approved image,” remarks

Singer. “But bras also create a pressure band between the breast and the lymph nodes, causing inflammation and swelling, and causing lymph to back up, restricting the body’s natural detoxification system.” “Cancer-causing toxins are delivered to the breast tissue by the bloodstream and are kept there by the bra,” he explains, likening the toxins to bullets. “The bra holds them in place, pointed directly at the breasts.” Singer’s research, conducted in the early 1990s, showed that women that wore bras 24/7 had a breast cancer risk 125 times that of women that never wore bras. Yet Singer’s findings have been largely dismissed by the medical community, and bra manufacturers still offer few wire-free styles. A Harvard School of Public Health study, published in the European Journal of Cancer Care in 1991, also discovered that bra-free women had a lower rate of breast cancer. Because the results were not central to the focus of the university’s research at the time, there’s been no follow-up. A practical solution: Wear a bra as little as possible. If it is sometimes necessary, wear one without wires, and engage in regular breast massage. This can be enjoyable and is an ideal partner activity.

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Hum Often Another Singer assertion is that simply humming “mmmmmmmmm” a couple of minutes a day can stimulate the thyroid and increase the production of thyroid hormones of those with an underactive thyroid. The butterfly-shaped gland wraps around the larynx, or voice box, which Singer contends is part of nature’s elegant design, meant to be stimulated by sound. The Cleveland Clinic reports that 10 percent of the U.S. population age 65 and over suffers from hypothyroidism, with the rate in the general population between 1 and 2 percent. The condition is a special problem for women encountering perimenopause or menopause, when hormone levels can fluctuate wildly. “The medical community has considered the effect of the thyroid on the voice but not the vibratory effect

of vocalization on thyroid function,” says Singer. “It stands to reason that humming, singing or quietly talking is preferred to the overstimulation of shouting or yelling.”

Adopt a Pet “Animals are among our best teachers,” says Dr. Carol Roberts, the author of Good Medicine: A Return to Common Sense, who teaches holistic care at the University of South Florida’s Morsani College of Medicine. “Animal companions give us so much more than they ask for and live in a state of unconditional, open-hearted love.” Roberts notes numerous studies that show the simple presence of a loving animal can lower our blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A CDC heart study, for example, showed subjects that had owned a cat at any time were 40 percent less likely to die of a heart attack. Japanese researchers from Azabu University, in Kanagawa-ken, found that dog owners experienced a spike in oxytocin—a neurotransmitter that helps us cope with stress—by simply meeting their pet’s gaze. While people widely recognize that walking the dog is great exercise, other loving interactions with our pets support happiness and health, as well.

Exercise Artistic Skills Giving oneself artistic license is also

healthy, advises Roberts. “Just bring a little beauty into your life, whether it’s choosing which clothing and accessories to wear, arranging a vase of table flowers or dancing to favorite music. Just do something creative every day.” Energy therapists maintain that exposure to creative activities improves circulation to the brain and thyroid; on a psychological level, it also works to improve self-confidence and self-expression. A recent study at the University of Colorado published in the journal Palliative & Supportive Care confirmed that individual art therapy is useful in supporting cancer patients during chemotherapy. Fifty-one of the 54 participants said it helped them to relax, talk about their situation or explore and express emotions to their benefit. Roberts adds, “It’s even better if you join a group engaged in a creative activity. I think people in general do better when we come together to create something beautiful.” These experts’ prescriptions for such simple lifestyle changes have shown how commonsense adjustments in everyday living can have profound, health-altering results, with only good after effects. Kathleen Barnes is a natural health advocate, author and publisher. Among her many books is The Super Simple HCG Diet (Square One). Connect at


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says her son experienced similar bowel problems and she also saw a remarkable turnaround in his language abilities and social interactions as they adhered to a GFCF diet and eliminated sugar and yeast. Other parents from her online support group, Together in Autism, report similar success. “Some children have never talked, and now they are saying ‘Mom,’ ‘Dad,’ or ‘I love you,’ for the first time,” Layton says. A definitive gut-brain link with autism has yet to be identified. Some scientists suggest that kids with autism are more likely to have leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability), which allows peptides from gluten and casein to escape from the digestive tract, cross the intestinal membranes, enter the bloodstream and go to the brain, causing the neurobehavioral symptoms known as ASDs, according to the Ameriby Brita Belli can Academy of Pediatrics. While the AAP knows of no scientific proof that a GFCF improving social behaviors. arents of autistic children are encourdiet will bring benefits, they note that it’s Klein says scientists are still working aged when they witness improvements possible, especially in people suffering from to understand the interaction between the after eliminating gluten (wheat) and celiac disease. brain, gut and behaviors, but recent findings casein (dairy) from their kids’ diets. Now a Parents have also observed that parental study supports the correlation—for suggest that significant links exist. “One food dyes can exacerbate hyperactivity hypothesis is that by eliminating dietary some kids on the autism spectrum, the in children, a connection unconfirmed gluten- and casein-free (GFCF) diet appears triggers in the presence of food allergies by the federal government. In 2011, the or gastrointestinal distress, you’re reducing U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food to be connected with remarkable changes. Laura Cousino Klein, associate profes- inflammation or irritability of the immune Advisory Committee suggested further system, and that’s affecting the way the sor of biobehavioral health and human testing, while voting against additional brain is functioning,” she says. development at the Penn State College food labeling requirements for potentially of Medicine, helped lead research that problematic dyes. Dietary Turnaround surveyed 387 parents or caregivers with Meanwhile, some parents affirm that affected children. For those diagnosed with One Racine, Wisconsin, mom, Cindy eliminating such dyes has helped them combinations of autism and gastrointestinal Schultz, a tireless advocate for her autistic better manage their children’s attention issues or food sensitivities, the GFCF diet son, says, “As an infant, he either had consti- deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A brought marked improvements in their pation or diarrhea. There was never a happy 2011 study taking into account 35 years of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) behavmedium.” The GFCF diet has improved his research found that many ADHD children iors—reducing hyperactivity and tantrums; health and his ability to communicate. showed significant improvement after minimizing constipation and seizures; and Shauna Layton, in Clinton, Indiana, eliminating dyes from their diets; it also

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The Role of Vitamin D A 2012 study in the Journal of Neuroinflammation found that autistic children had significantly lower levels of vitamin D than control subjects. Vitamin D, the study notes, regulates immune function and thus autoimmunity; when the immune system is disrupted and the body attacks itself, it may play a role in the development of autism. Dr. John Cannell, founder of the nonprofit Vitamin D Council, remarks that fear of sun overexposure has led to the deficiencies. “Vitamin D is not a vitamin,” Cannell clarifies. “It’s a steroid hormone system that begins in the skin. If children aren’t getting any photons of UVB light, they’re not making any vitamin D.” He notes that the rise in autism rates during the last 25 years tracks with increases in 50-plus SPF sunscreen use, more time spent indoors and a rise in breastfeeding. Because breast milk contains low amounts of vitamin D, since 2003 the AAP has emphasized the importance of parents giving vitamin D supplement drops to breastfed infants. The same vitamin D study showed that the severity of autism correlated strongly with deficiencies of this vitamin and that the higher the level, the less severe the symptoms. Cannell has witnessed this phenomenon via a clinic hosted by the Vitamin D Council, recommending increases in vitamin D levels for autistic children to “high normal levels” and reducing vitamin A, which blocks the action of vitamin D. “We have children on 5,000 to 10,000 units of vitamin D a day,” Cannell reports. “We see improvements in terms of sleep, meltdowns, eye contact, cognitive capacity, fine motor skills, language and reading—across the spectrum.” Brita Belli is the author of The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates.

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Who Needs Supplements?

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SAVVY How to Choose Wisely for Optimal Health by James Occhiogrosso

According to the U.S. Office of Dietary Supplements, nearly half of us regularly use some kind of dietary supplement, including vitamins, minerals and botanical herbs.


hile mainstream media have recently targeted supplements with alarming coverage about their value and safety, James J. Gormley, former editor of Better Nutrition and author of User’s Guide to Brain-Boosting Supplements, helps set the record straight. In an open letter on the Citizens for Health website, at, he contends the worst part about misleading articles is that they can scare readers away from benefits that safe supplements might offer. He notes that although nothing in life is 100 percent risk-free, supplements are inherently benign, while pharmaceutical drugs frequently have unhealthy side effects. Controversy over supplements seems to arise primarily from misinformation. Following are some guidelines and resources to help ensure their wise use and maximum benefit.

Supplements Versus Pharmaceutical Drugs Natural health practitioners report that their clients tend to mentally group pharmaceuticals and supplements together. However, pharmaceutical drugs are typically synthetic, single-action chemicals that target one body system or organ, causing it to alter its function; they mask symptoms, but do not cure disease. On the other hand, the goal of vitamins, minerals and plant-derived supplements is to provide nutrients to help a troubled body system by supporting health and healing. Some confusion occurs because many pharmaceutical and supplement manufacturers take advantage of people’s desire for a one-bullet solution, which rarely exists in either source. Stephen Lawson, administrative officer of the Linus Pauling Institute, at Oregon State University, maintains that, “Lumping together items like vitamins, minerals and botanicals, each of which can have profoundly different physical profiles and effects on the body, is dangerous and misleading.” 26

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Everyone can benefit from taking the right supplements to address specific health needs. Numerous studies attest that many diseases, especially in older adults, are caused by a deficiency of certain vitamins or minerals. For example, pernicious anemia, common in adults over the age of 60, is due to a long-term deficiency of vitamin B12. The condition often proved fatal until researchers discovered that taking such supplements could effectively treat it. Another common nutritional deficiency disease among aging adults is osteoporosis, a loss of bone minerals that often leads to fractures. Its primary cause is chronic deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D levels. The latter is crucial for absorbing calcium—a primary mineral for building bone. According to the National Institutes of Health, older adults are likely to spend more time indoors, plus, even when they are exposed to the sun, their skin does not synthesize vitamin D as efficiently as when they were younger. Serious nutrient deficiencies rarely cause fatal outcomes, but deficiencies of certain vitamins and minerals can deter organs from optimal functioning. General medical tests do not always show minor shortfalls, and practice shows that supplementing with the appropriate vitamin or mineral can often both eliminate symptoms and resolve an underlying problem.

Choosing Helpful Supplements Determining which supplements can best meet individual needs requires sound information. First, determine if a perceived condition could be caused by a vitamin or mineral deficiency, and then identify the best dosage. It is also vital to know how a supplement might interact with any current medications. Most vitamin and mineral supplements are safe when used properly, but always consider asking an experienced professional for guidance; this is especially true for botanicals, because some manufacturers make unsupported claims

based only on their own research. Generally, nonprofit organizations such as the Linus Pauling Institute (lpi.Oregon that do not sell supplement products, present unbiased information.

Final Word Although conflicting information continues to circulate, abundant scientific evidence verifies that commonsense use of vitamin and mineral supplements is safe and usually helpful. The recommendation is to take enough, but not too much, of a deficiency-specific supplement, along with nutritious foods, in order to achieve a normal balance. A 2009 report by the U.S. National Poison Data System indicated that the number of serious adverse events that year from the use of vitamins, minerals, amino acids or herbal supplements was extremely low, with no related U.S. deaths. Many natural healthcare experts, including naturopaths, nutritionists and dieticians, conclude that supplements are useful and in some cases, necessary, especially when treating a significant nutrient or hormonal deficiency. It’s wise to consult a knowledgeable professional before buying the antioxidant du jour mentioned by a friend from the gym. James Occhiogrosso, a natural health practitioner and master herbalist, specializes in salivary hormone testing and natural hormone balancing for men and women. Find helpful articles at Connect at 239-498-1547 or DrJim@

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 1 The 30th Annual Wreath Interpretations Exhibition – 9am-5pm. Continue to celebrate the holiday season! Come see the 30th Annual Exhibition of unconventional wreaths, including a unique selection of 43 fine artists, horticulturalists, designers and other spirited contributors who enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Themes as diverse as Victoria hair wreaths to the recent impact of Hurricane Sandy will be on display in one of the most thoughtful, enjoyable experiences of the season. Arsenal, Central Park. Jennifer.Lantzas@ or 212-360-8163.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2 Study Group for A Course in Miracles – 7-9pm. This unique, universal, self-study spiritual thought system teaches that the way to love and inner peace is through forgiveness. $20 per class or $50 per month. Next door to the Quest Bookshop, 240 E 53rd St. 212-758-5521 or

by borrowing a North Woods Discovery Kit stocked with binoculars, a hand lens, and flora/fauna guides. Accompanying adult with valid ID required. Purchase an optional Discovery Journal for $2 for a one-of-a-kind woodland adventure that is recommended for ages 8-12 up. Charles A Dana Discovery Center, Central Park. 212-860-1370 or

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5 Health and Race Walking – 9:30-11am. The Central Park Conservancy offers weekly moderate to brisk walks led by the NY Walkers Club for people 18+ years of all abilities. This low-impact fitness program is perfect for those who want to get in shape, build muscle tone and strength, and increase cardiovascular health while enjoying the beautiful landscapes of Central Park. Free and no pre-registration required. North Meadow Recreation Center. 212-348-4867 or


Self-Healing with One Light Healing Touch –78:30pm. With this introductory class, you will experience a profound grounding exercise that will allow you to be more present. Learn more about how life force energy flows and begin to tap into your own innate healing ability, and more! Meta Center, 214 W 29th St, 16th Floor. 917-748-8463 or

Monthly Astrology with Rebecca Gordon – 4-5:30pm. On the first Saturday of each month, come participate in an astrology review for the month ahead. Bring your planners, charts and questions. There will be distinct messages for each sign and certain birthdays as well as a focus on the greater lesson woven throughout. Beginners and advanced welcome. Rebecca Gordon, owner of “My Path Astrology.” Namaste Healing Center, 80 5th Ave, Suite 1104. 212-645-0141.




Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park – 10am5pm. Start exploring the North Woods on your own

markyourcalendar Kripalu presents Lightworkers Healing Method: Angelically Guided Energy Healing Classes We invite you to learn the Lightworkers Healing Method (LHM), a healing art with the exceptional goal of aligning us with our soul›s life plan. LHM is both a healing system and a spiritual growth vehicle that can improve any aspect of life – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual – and return us to our natural state of joy and fulfillment, with loving relationships and healthy finances. Nothing is off limits. If you are a serious spiritual seeker or a healing practitioner wishing to expand, this workshop is for you.

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meditation focused on discovering and experiencing who we truly are - the One infinite eternal consciousness underlying identification with names, forms, roles and social conditioning. Free admission, small donations welcome. Next door to the Quest Bookshop, 242 E 53rd St (between 2nd and 3rd Aves). 347-724-3007.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 The Ritual of Coffee – 7pm. Coffee experts Jesse Kahn (Counter Culture Coffee) and Katie Carguilo (current US Barista Champion) host this discussion about the ancient ritual of coffee and all that goes along with our favorite beverage. From cherry to bean to cup, these coffee pros will discuss sourcing, brewing methods and coffee culture today and will feature a delicious meal created to enhance the flavor of coffee, wine, cocktails and of course, coffee tastings. 92Y Tribeca Lecture Hall, 200 Hudson St. 212-415-5500.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 Dusk Walk with Mike Feller – 4-6pm. Take an evening nature walk with naturalist Mike Feller. Bring the whole family for an exciting exploration of this 67-acre historic treasure. Last winter, walk participants heard owls on the prowl. What creatures will they see and hear on this winter night’s stroll? The walk is accessible; however, persons with mobility issues may encounter difficulty due to steep and rough paths. Margaret Corbin Circle, Fort Tryon Park.


Healing the Loss of a Love – Attracting a Healthy and Loving Relationship – 7-9pm. Join in every other Monday to gain valuable insights into the relationship world. $10 per class. Next door to the Quest Bookshop, 240 E 53rd St, 3rd Floor. 212-758-5521.

Reiki Circle – 1:15-2:45pm. Reiki is a gentle, balancing, transformational spiritual practice. It is generally experienced as deeply relaxing and refreshing. Reiki’s universal nature makes it suitable for all states of being and is practiced either through light touch or with the hands slightly off the body. Reiki has no known medical contraindications, and recipients are fully clothed and aware at all times. Open to all curious about Reiki, wanting to experience a mini Reiki session, and students and practitioners from all lineages. Louisa Graves. The Lavender Room, Integral Yoga Bookstore, 227 W 13th St. 212-929-0586.



Redefining Business as Usual Through Passion, Service and Success – 7-8pm. Perry Levenson and Rebecca Spath of Team Northrup and USANA Health Sciences show you how you can get started crafting a life you love and help other people do the same thing! This is a free health and freedom opportunity presentation. Ripley Grier Studios, 520 8th Ave (between 36th and 37th Sts), Studio 10F. RSVP to

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 Community Supported Agriculture and Community Gardens II – 5:30-7pm. Learn more about the ins and outs of setting up and running a CSA in your community. Learn how you can get connected with a farmer, how to set up flexible payment options for community members and how Just Food can help you get started. Hear from experienced CSA organizers about their partnership with their farms and the work they do to manage their CSAs. Pre-registration required. Just Food Office, 1155 6th Ave. 212-442-8961 or

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 Self Enquiry Café – 7pm. Participate in discussion and

Picturing Science – 10am-5:45pm. Whether museum scientists are studying parasites, people or planets in other solar systems, cutting-edge imaging technologies such as infrared photography, scanning electron microscopes and CT scanners now make it possible to examine details previously unobservable. The exhibition showcases a wide range of research as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park W. 212-769-5100.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 Elevate Your Elevator Speech Webinar Teleclass – 12-1pm EST. Remove the negative chatter in your head. Calm the butterflies in your stomach. Feel great about what you’re saying. Have your voice carry in the room. Register at or visit

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park’s Woodlands – 10am-5pm. Here’s a new interactive exhibit that celebrates and educates the public about the creation, restoration and maintenance of Central Park’s landscapes. Discover resources to encourage children to explore the landscapes with their families

as well as efforts to restore and maintain this unique and fragile environment. Charles A Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, 36 W 110th St. 212-860-1370.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17 Bone Power—Dispelling Myths, Creating Empowerment – 6:30-8:30pm. This solid overview of the kind of Yoga practice and the lifestyle habits that best support the health of our bones covers how to maximize calcium absorption through eating and exercise, including Yoga, understanding the various methods of defining bone density, and how to sort through all the often contradictory information in the media. Nadiya Nottingham, RYT. The Aqua Room, Integral Yoga Bookstore, 227 W 13th St. 212-929-0586 or

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 Born Out of Necessity – 10:30am-8pm. Showcasing objects that adhere to the traditional view of design as a tool for problem-solving, this exhibit offers close examination of the problems themselves, whether urgent, foreseen or imagined. It also addresses a host of complex cultural developments, such as the need to incorporate environmental responsibility in everyday life and the desire to anticipate and prevent technological and ecological quagmires. MoMA, 11 W53rd St. 212-708-9400.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19 Intentional Abundance—Heal Your Relationship with Money – 10:30am-1pm. This can be the first step of your journey toward understanding your lifelong unconscious patterns around money. Special attention is given to bridging spiritual concepts of abundance with the practical guidance of financial management. Learn how to organize your finances, the key to financial security; create a budget and see your money flow as a moving meditation; and release negative patterns, clearing your way to abundance. Explore how to make choices that will bring intentional abundance, peace, balance, and clear purpose. Claire Kinsella Holtie. The Rose Room, Integral Yoga Bookstore, 227 W 13th St. 212-929-0586.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20 A Day of Healing with One Light Healing Touch – 9:30am-5pm. In this full-day class, you will review 6 sacred practices for healing, and be given an acclaimed 9-point protocol to protect you and the person receiving the healing. Learn how to scan someone’s energy field and be taught radiant and distant healing techniques. Meta Center, 214 W 29th St, 16th Floor. 917-748-8463 or

MONDAY, JANUARY 21 Tropical Paradise – Take refuge from winter by retreating to this showcase which examines the difference between tropical and temperate plants. You’ll feel like you are on vacation without leaving New York. Tour the many surprises in the Victorian-style glasshouse where the harsh outdoor weather gives way to warm rainforest mists, soaring palm trees and bright desert landscapes. Enid A Haupt Conservatory, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx. 718-817-8700.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22 The First Four Notes: Beethoven’s Fifth and the Human Imagination – 12pm. The four-note opening of Beethoven’s Fifth has fascinated musicians, historians and philosophers for more than 200 years! 92Y Tribeca Lecture Hall, 200 Hudson St. 212-415-5500.



Meditation I Workshop – 6:30-8:30pm. This popular workshop, taught by certified Integral Yoga meditation instructors, provides a complete overview of the practice of meditation. You’ll receive instruction in and then the experience of various meditation techniques for beginners. The workshop will inspire you to make meditation a part of your daily life. No experience required. Nina Priya David, MA, E-RYT 500. The Rose Room, Integral Yoga Bookstore, 227 W 13th St. 212-929-0586.

A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion – 10am-5:45pm. This presentation, comprised of selected materials from the Guggenheim Museum Archives, pays homage to the first Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures in New York City. Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave. 212-423-3500.


Dance From the Heart – 6:30pm. Embarking on its 8th year, ‘Dance From the Heart’ returns to NYC’s Cedar Lake Theater for a 2-night, 4-performance benefit, produced by Dancers Responding to AIDS (a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS). The production draws a versatile lineup of talented companies and artists performing everything from Broadway to hip-hop to contemporary ballet and modern. Cedar Lake Theater, 547 W 26th St. 212244-0015 or

Water Taxi Statue by Night Cruise – 8:30pm. Let the glistening NY skyline set you at ease as you enjoy this fun tour with a complimentary champagne toast. Experience the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan with the calm of the setting and evening sky. A selection of beers, white wine and soft drinks are available on board. Pier 17, New York Water Taxi. 646-397-7660 or

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 El Anatsui, Broken Bridge – This monumental tapestry made of pressed tin and mirrors which will hang on an outdoor wall next to the park creates a stunning visual of wave-like patterns and folds that reflect the surrounding landscape. High Line Park (The Western Wall of the High Line, W 21st and W 22nd Sts.) 212-500-6035.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26 Integrative Strategies for Weight Fat Loss—Shed Those Holiday Pounds! – 3:15-5:15pm. Discover how to lose weight and keep it off for life. Finding the proper, healthy, functional amount of body fat for your dosha, (body type) involves several important factors. Learn how to use anti-inflammatory antioxidants, fiber, phytonutrients, and obesity-fighting supplements, as well as balancing hormones, and the biochemistry of appetite control. This class provides the safe and effective ways to develop a lifelong weight-control strategy that is easily practiced. Manu Dawson, CYN Th. The Aqua Room, Integral Yoga Bookstore, 227 W 13th St. 212-929-0586.

markyourcalendar The Mind Body Spirit Expo Largest Natural Health And Human Potential Expo In The Eastern Usa March 15-17 NJ Convention Center, Edison NJ. Speakers include: Energy Healer Eric Pearl, Coast to Coast’s George Noory, angel therapist Charles Virtue, life strategist Robert Ohotto. 125 exhibitors with a wide-ranging variety of booths, from astral photography to beautiful jewelry. Psychics and body workers available. Many free lectures. Discount specials include: Free admission to those who arrive before doors open. Seniors and students free admission on Friday, $5 discount Sat/Sun. Free parking. For tickets and more info visit or call 215-599-EXPO (3976).


TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 Astronomical Calendar – 6:30-8:30pm. Four simple shapes—a triangle, square, diamond and hexagon— can unlock the secrets to find seasonal constellations and view deep-sky treasures throughout the year. Follow Earth’s 584-million-mile journey about the Sun to find out what astronomical events will happen during the upcoming year and how to best observe them. American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park W. 212-769-5100 or Julia Kramer,

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 Information Industry Summit – 8am-9:30pm. This 12th Annual Summit, held by the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) brings together leaders from media, publishing and information services companies to help them identify next-generation opportunities for growth and innovation. Highlights include the Content CODIE Awards Dinner, honoring the year’s best products. Pier Sixty (Chelsea Piers and Sports Complex), 23rd St and West Side Hwy.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 13th Annual Winter Lecture Series – 10am-12pm. Leading expert Tom Stuart-Smith is at the forefront of horticulture, garden design and sustainable practices and begins the series with his approaches and wisdom on contemporary gardening. Register at NYB or call 800-322-6924. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx. 718-817-8700.

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FRI-MON, January 18-21 Martin Luther King Weekend - This holiday weekend, let Frost Valley host your family gathering! We’ll take care of the cooking and programming so you can focus on having fun together. Come enjoy a winter wonderland of activities: Snow Tubing, Cross Country Skiing, Snow Shoeing and more! Camp favorites will also be available: Climbing, Guided Nature Hikes, Arts & Crafts and Wreath Making—something for all ages. Call us and come enjoy a 2-3 night package in the beautiful Catskill Forest Preserve! Frost Valley YMCA,

Eastgate Acupuncture P.C. in Columbus Circle 1841 Broadway, Suite 907, NY, NY 646-719-1883

Eastgate Acupuncture specializes in making alternative healthcare a great experience. With specialists in Pain, Injury, Fertility, Chronic Disease and Facial Rejuvenation we have the practitioner that is right for you. In network with BCBS and Cigna.

Chiropractic Wellness Saturday, January 26 Introductory Session and Campus Tour at Blue Rock School – 10am. Come hear how our unique and creative hands-on approach can nurture your child’s educational journey. A great alternative for grades kindergarten through eighth. RSVP, 535-3353. Blue Rock School, 110 Demarest Mill Rd (off Germonds Rd.), West Nyack.

All winter weekends We’ve heard that it’s going to be a great year for snow here at Frost Valley! So book your weekend visit with us now and enjoy our snow tubing run, 25 miles of cross country ski trails (both groomed and back country), ice fishing, ice skating, and more! Of course, it wouldn’t be camp if there weren’t a wide array of arts & crafts, nature activities, and adventures to lure you in out of the cold. We’ll provide you with warm, tasty meals, comfortable lodging, and winter fun ‘til your heart’s content! Frost Valley YMCA,

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Wellness Advisor and Chiropractor 89 Fifth Ave Ste 604, New York, NY 10003 212.627.2660 • Dr. Elizabeth Greenberg has been practicing in Manhattan as a Wellness Advisor and Chiropractor since 1988. The office focuses on preventative as well as rehabilitative care. Short term pain relief programs are also available.


Reconnective Healing® Practitioner 347-879-3133 A Reconnective Healing® session tends to be a life-changing experience, introducing you to an astonishing ocean of energy, light and information, an opportunity to experience your divine nature. Healing beyond body, mind and spirit, including the evolution of your very essence. Contact Mark for details.

fit body New Yorker Social Dance Club 335 W. 35th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10001 212-216-9344 •

Learn the benefits and delights of social ballroom dancing and have an experience that is challenging but rewarding, productive but joyful and memorable. Each student is special and their needs unique. New Yorker Social Dance Club aims to thoroughly assess the interests, prior experience and future goals of each individual to be able to successfully address your specific needs and objectives to make Dance a Lifestyle choice you will never regret! See ad on page 5.


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Integrative Psychologist, Coach & Holistic Health Individual & Couples Services 646-789-5113 Dr. Niloo Dardashti has helped thousands of clients nationally in achieving their life goals and having better relationships. She is an expert at identifying the core issue, whether physiological or psychological (or both). Her approach is solution-oriented, integrating her training in cognitive behavioral therapy, couples therapy, eastern spirituality, and holistic mental wellness. She is consistently called upon by the media to comment on wellness issues. In addition to her doctorate in psychology, she is board certified as a holistic health practitioner. Her multi-faceted approach is innovative and highly effective.


Eastside, NYC 212-369-1992 • Madeline has studied and practiced holistic health care, energy medicine, and bodywork for over 20 years. She is a compassionate, talented and innovative practitioner and healer. Her ability to attune to what your body needs offers the kind of intuitive precision that is rarely found, always adjusting treatment to your comfort level. You will always be greeted with a smile and eased into a peaceful, nurturing environment. Madeline’s bodywork and healing methods will uplift your spirits and help you live a healthier, happier, and lighter life.

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Doctors at Trump Place Longevity Spa and MediSpa 194 Riverside Boulevard New York, NY 10069 212-580-0900 Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Kogan has been practicing Western and Eastern Medicine for over 10 years. She has been taking care of New Yorkers since 2001, combining traditional medicine and holistic healing. Her work has been featured in the press repeatedly and can be seen at See ad on page 2.

INTO THE FEELING BODY JACK WIENER, CDMT, LP 98 Riverside Drive, Suite 1 New York, NY 10024 212-724-2044

Adults 35-70. An approach to creative movement refined over 53 years of teaching 3-90 year olds. Incredibly grounded in realigning the musculature that Incrementally corrects physical habits, and through improvisation to music alters emotional patterns that distort moving freely and feelingly. Reclaiming the flow of feelings through the body in a uniquely personal way. Six per class.

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Sustainable Delivery to NYC 845-291-1936 • Local Hudson Valley artisans create hand crafted furniture out of reclaimed materials and sustainable design and finishing practices are utilized. Their collection includes: chests, candle holders, unusual musical instruments, coat racks, key hooks, and pedestals. Their creative team intently works on new designs, creating new exciting products that are continuously added to their collection. See ad on page 31.

Naturopathic Doctor Simplicity Health Associates Dr Ivy Branin, ND 928 Broadway, Suite 301 New York, NY 10010 646-470-8458

Dr Ivy Branin, ND, is a Naturopathic Doctor dedicated to making her patients feel great using natural therapies and methods. Although she sees a wide variety of conditions, her practice focuses on mood and sleep problems, autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal conditions, and women’s health.

Joan Carra, Psychic Medium

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Joan guides you on your path drawing on her intuitive powers. As a medium, she can bring to life, friends on the other side. She is in five books including The 100 Top Psychics in America. Also visit

LIFE COACH Life Solutions Coaching

Liz Carey, M.S. 845-225-5192 • Live the life you want. Live the life you DESERVE. Break old patterns of thinking and acting and open yourself to less stressful living, stronger and closer relationships, and a sense of meaning and purpose in your personal and work life. Liz has helped many people live a fulfilling life – let her help you too. Complimentary first session. Budget-friendly plans.

Dr. Howard Robins The Healing Center 200 W. 57th St., Suite 807 New York, NY 10019 212-581-0101 • If you have a disease or condition that you haven’t been able to get rid of, Ozone Therapy will most likely be the answer, even for people that have suffered for years and have lost all hope. If you are questioning if your condition can be treated, call or email Dr Robins contact information above. See ad on page 3.


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Deirdre Abrami is a 6th generation Intuitive Healer who is a nationally known spiritual advisor, teacher & former radio show host. After her near death experience in 2003 her passion became her purpose. Today she offers private phone intuitive readings, intuitive development courses & workshops. Her newest endeavor is her life-changing conference & event company See ad on page 9.

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

Would you like to be part of a group of like-minded people who believe in optimal health & wellness, value time freedom, and are creating a life of their dreams running a home-based business for themselves but not by themselves? Do you have a passion for helping people improve their lives? Does the idea of “residual income” appeal to you? Would you like to partner with a company Forbes Magazine & Warren Buffet consider one of the “Best Small Companies” and Business Week Magazine calls one of the top 3 “Hot Growth Companies?” Contact Rebecca Spath to learn more today!

Mauricio is a cross-cultural 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, 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 eco-friendly hair studio and ‘inner beauty salon’ that seeks to unlock every guest’s beauty.


Natural Beekeeping Classes Brooklyn and Hudson Valley • 646-522-7656 HoneybeeLives is a New York company working with bees in Brooklyn and the Hudson Valley. In their two-day winter workshops they provide the knowledge and inspiration to nurture honeybees with a Natural/ Biodynamic influence, encouraging love and respect for these gentle, hardworking creatures. Beekeeping is a wonderful experience that changes the way we see everything in the world around us. The 2013 Brooklyn winter class will be held Feb 2 & 3.

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