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Food, glorious food! This month's theme has to do with all the summer pleasures we enjoy: food, fun and personal glory! It is no wonder that when Lionel Bart wrote the opening song for the musical Oliver! he named it "Food, Glorious Food!" It is sung when the workhouse boys from the 1960s West End and Broadway musical and 1968 film adaptation are dreaming and fantasizing about food while going to collect their porridge from the staff of the workhouse. It goes to show you that all classes and generations often consider food as being a glorious experience. And why is that? Food is an experience of the senses. A "sensual" experience of taste, smell, and sometimes even touch, that allows us to journey and alter our being to another state. For me it's always a state of happiness (unless it's bad tasting or bad quality food). This month, we have others who share with you their own personal experience with glorious food, such as supermodel, Carol Alt (pg 18) and wellness activist, Kris Carr (pg 26). This fabulous time of year allows us to enjoy a greater variety of naturally produced foods from the north east region that you find at the many markets on the streets of New York. Another important piece dear to my heart that we address this issue is Letting Kids Just Be Kids and how they thrive on natural, unstructured fun (pg 24). It seems that everyone today is in a busy hurry and they get their children in that same routine. A much different stretch of time from when I was a kid and we can just find entertainment from those on our block instead of being scheduled into daily activities. Although I understand why at times schedules are important, you should allow yourself and your kids a block of time to be free and do what comes naturally. Last summer and this summer I vowed to have no activities planned for my son and to allow each day to be it's own personal local journey. We have so many relationships that we never have time to fully explore and this plan allowed us to catch up with all those we love since we were not stuck in schedules and vacation plans. The memories are all positive from that experience. While this month of July is unfolding, there is also a plethora of health, wellness, and spiritual events, all local, occurring within short miles of you. These personal and social experiences of summer allow us to thrive under the umbrella of the sun, while we soak up vitamin D and positive energy from the world around us. Have a wonderful summer! Feel Good, Live Simply, Laugh More,

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Edgar Cayce’s ARE Of New York Holistic Healing with the Edgar Cayce Remedies By Jack Rosen, Edgar Cayce Health Care Educator

“Know that all healing forces are within, not without. The applications from without are merely to create within a mental and spiritual force.” —Cayce Reading 1196-7 I have been using the Edgar Cayce Remedies for almost 50 years. My favorite treatments are muscular injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, sprains, tendon and ligament injuries and hairline fractures. Here is why: Healing my son’s hairline fracture. Like Edgar Cayce, who often helped his sons with remedies recommended in his psychic readings, I helped my own son with the treatment of a hairline fracture. When my son David was 16, he fractured his ankle. A removable fiberglass cast was put on his foot. The pain was so severe that he asked me if I could do something about it. The ankle looked like it had a grapefruit in it. I gently removed the cast, wrapped my son’s ankle with a tee shirt soaked in warm castor oil, and then placed a heating pad around it. After two hours I removed the pack. The swelling and the pain were gone. I then proceeded to rub his ankle with an Edgar Cayce formula called Egyptian Oil (its main ingredient is peanut oil). The second evening, I made a different Edgar Cayce pack using apple cider vinegar and wrapped it in a heating pad. I mixed apple cider vinegar in a saturated solution of salt. I did this treatment for five days in a row. We also applied Egyptian Oil every day. After five days, we took David back to the Orthopedist who reported that he couldn’t find the fracture on the X-ray he took. I had to show him the previous three X-rays that were taken before the treatments that clearly showed the hairline fracture. This Orthopedist had said in disbelief that the treatment I used could never have done what I said it did. My son, who was 16 at the time, innocently told him that that was exactly what I did. By the way, Castor Oil Packs and Egyptian Oil are also part of the Edgar Cayce treatment for Arthritis. Saving a friend’s foot from amputation. A friend of mine fell off of a 100-foot cliff while ice climbing. He was flown by helicopter to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.  When he arrived at the hospital, doctors wanted to amputate his severely injured foot to save his life. Besides two broken

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The Father of Holistic Medicine One of Histories Greatest Psychics (1877-1945) Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment of New York City Edgar Cayce who was known as the Sleeping Prophet, gave what was known as “Readings” on thousands of different subjects. He is the most recorded Psychic that ever lived. New York Times feature circa 1910

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The Latest Answer Did you have Chickenpox or a “cold sore”? Most everyone answers yes to this question. If you answered yes then you have a Herpes infection. Both types of viral infections are easily transferred by contact with someone who has a current outbreak. You likely may have both! Herpes zoster (HZ) commonly known as shingles is a viral disease characterized by a painful skin rash with blisters in a limited area on one side of the body often in a stripe. The initial infection causes the illness Chickenpox, which usually occurs in children and young adults. Once the Chickenpox is gone, the virus is not eliminated from the body but can go on to cause shingles. Herpes zoster is not the same disease as Herpes simplex 1 and 2, despite the similar name, though both Herpes zoster and Herpes simplex belong to the same viral family. Herpes zoster becomes dormant in some of our nerve cells without causing any symptoms. Many years after a Chickenpox infection, the virus may break out of nerve cells and cause a viral infection of the skin in the area around the nerve. The virus may spread from one nerve to another causing a painful rash. Although the rash usually heals within two to four weeks, most people experience nerve pain for months or years, a condition called “post herpetic neuralgia”. In the past outbreaks usually occurred in the elderly but now it is common for anyone at any age who is under great stress or has a compromised immune system. Herpes simplex 1 and 2 cause the oral or genital forms of what we commonly simply call “Herpes”. It also spreads in a way similar to the HZ virus, though it has a different reaction to our bodies and to our social life. Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by both Herpes simplex virus Type 1 and Type 2. Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are often called cold sores or fever blisters, is an infection of the face or mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form and Genital herpes is the second most common form of infection. However, both types can be found both orally and genitally! Recurrent outbreaks may occur from time to time, especially in times of stress, using alcohol, or when eating foods high in a protein called L-Arginine, found commonly in nuts and chocolate among other foods.

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ome favorite summer fruits, like peaches, plums and nectarines, may help ward off metabolic syndrome, a collection of conditions including high blood sugar levels and excess fat around the waist that can lead to serious health issues such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes. A study by Texas A&M AgriLife Research, presented at the American Chemical Society’s 2012 National Meeting & Exposition, reported that pitted fruits contain bioactive compounds that can potentially fight the syndrome. According to food scientist Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, Ph.D., “The phenolic compounds in the fruits have antiobesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties… and may also reduce the oxidation of the bad cholesterol, or LDL, which is associated with cardiovascular disease.”

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he U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new food pyramid, MyPlate (, is based on its 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, aimed at helping people make better food choices. Fruits and vegetables should comprise half our “plate”, and dark green veggies are the USDA’s top choice of nutrients. Kale leads the list of helpful leafy greens for many reasons. Like its cousins in the Brassica family—broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and collards—kale is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense powerhouse of antioxidants, including vitamins A and C. Per calorie, kale contains more iron than beef and more calcium than milk, and it is better absorbed by the body than most dairy products. A single serving (about one cup, chopped) provides 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber, plus two grams of protein. The versatile veggie—it is tasty steamed, braised or baked—is also a rich source of both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. Best of all, kale is a “green” green, high on the sustainability scale. Growing one pound of kale uses about 23 gallons of water; raising a pound of beef necessitates more than 2,400. Sources:;

Pre-Pregnancy Diet May Alter Genes


t’s common knowledge that a mother’s diet during pregnancy makes a measurable difference in the health of her child. Now, new research suggests that what a mom eats before becoming pregnant might be important, too. According to a study in the online edition of The FASEB Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, the foods eaten by a group of non-pregnant female mice chemically altered their DNA, and these changes were later passed on to their offspring. The DNA alterations, called “epigenetic” changes, due to an inadequate maternal diet dramatically reduced the animals’ ability to metabolize many essential fatty acids that are essential to health. 16

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electable strawberries serve up some sweet health benefits. Studying the effects of strawberries on cardiovascular health, heart disease and diabetes, scientists at the University of Warwick, UK, discovered that extracts from the fruit activate a protein called Nrf2, which increases antioxidant and other protective measures in the body and helps decrease blood lipids and cholesterol that can lead to cardiovascular problems. The scientists plan to continue their research in order to identify the most healthful varieties of strawberries, how they are best served or processed and the amount to eat for optimum benefits.

Healthy Metal


n the United States, healthcare-acquired infections (HAI) result in 100,000 deaths annually and add an estimated $45 billion to healthcare costs. Common HAI microbes that often contaminate items within hospital rooms include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycinresistant enterococcus (VRE). Few strategies have been clinically proven to reduce the spread of these infections, but copper’s antimicrobial properties are promising. According to a recent study published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, placement of bed rails, tables, IV poles and nurse’s call buttons in intensive care unit hospital rooms reduced the number of HAIs in patients by more than half.

Nature’s Own Sports Drink


f Mother Nature chose an ideal sports drink for light-to-medium exercise, it might be coconut water, the clear liquid found most abundantly inside young, green coconuts. That’s the conclusion reached by Indiana University Southeast lecturer Chhandashri Bhattacharya, Ph.D., in presenting his research to the American Chemical Society. “Coconut water is a natural drink that has everything your average sports drink has and more,” says Bhattacharya. “It has five times more potassium than Gatorade or Powerade. Whenever you get cramps in your muscles, potassium will help you get rid of them.” A 12-ounce serving of coconut water may also help balance the typical American diet, which is too low in potassium and too high in sodium derived from excess salt; individuals consuming such diets tend to have twice the risk of death from heart disease and a 50 percent higher risk of death from all disease-related causes. Coconut water is also high in healthful antioxidants.

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Relishing Raw Food Supermodel Carol Alt on How Eating Raw Keeps Her Vibrant by Beth Bader


the past year, she’s been overseeing the U.S. launch of her skin care line, Raw Essentials.

How has your relationship with food changed over the years, and what role has raw food played?

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arol Alt characterizes the latest stage of her 30-plus-year career as a “perfect storm of busy,” including the launch of her latest book, Easy Sexy Raw, and her roles in Woody Allen’s film, To Rome with Love, and the HBO documentary, About Face, exploring the relationship between physical appearance and the business of beauty. For


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I grew up like other kids on Long Island. Mom cooked spaghetti and macaroni and cheese. Dad would sometimes grill a piece of meat until it was dead a second time. On weekends, we ate pizza or Chinese takeout. I never realized broccoli was green, because overcooking turned it gray. One day, I got sent home from a job because they said I was not in “swimsuit condition.” A friend recommended a physician that specialized in raw food diets, which was the first I’d heard of it. So I tried a raw diet, cold turkey, and felt better immediately. Today I eat raw food as an anti-aging agent and natural medicine that makes me healthier; it’s also a filler that makes me less hungry. My holistic lifestyle no longer includes any over-thecounter drugs. These days, my system runs efficiently, like an electric golf cart. When I need to go, I go. When I need to stop and sleep, I sleep. The body can work phenomenally well if we just let it.

“Raw” seems like an easy diet to prepare, but some of the methods can take time and special equipment. What’s a simple starting point? Using a blender, you can make everything from soup to dessert. Start with things like guacamole, salsa and soups. You can also use a pot and hot water (up to 115 degrees) to warm kelp noodles to add to a blended soup. You can make a mousse from raw chocolate and avocado. Also begin to think of a dehydrator as a crock-pot that works while you’re away. It’s a simple option once you are in the habit of using it. Of course, you’ll want to make all kinds of fresh salads.

How do you maintain your raw food plan when you are eating out or in social settings? I look for foods that I know will be raw. If I have any doubts, I ask the chef. If there’s any question, I just don’t eat it. There’s a bit of discipline in this. You have to eat on a schedule and make sure you are getting the food you need. I may lunch even if I am not hungry, especially when I know I’ll be dining out later. It’s important to make sure you are not feeling deprived and hungry; otherwise you may find yourself craving things like the bread on the table.

Do you ever miss cooked foods and sometimes indulge? My diet is 75 to 95 percent raw. When you eat raw foods, you feel so much better that you don’t want to eat anything else. My one indulgence is munching on popcorn when my favorite sports team plays.

Do you have any final advice on exploring a raw diet? Relax and have fun trying different things. If you cheat, it’s okay. If you feel deprived in any way, go eat. Above all, enjoy the adventure. Beth Bader is the co-author of The Cleaner Plate Club and blogs at




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WHERE FAMILIES COME TOGETHER Summer Family Camp August 25-30, 2013

This week is a perennial favorite for many of our families who join us year after year to celebrate all that the season has to offer. This is the only time of year that families are able to swim together in Lake Cole. So, come and splash around or swim out to the rafts. Take a canoe or kayak for a ride. Or try other camp favorites: the ziplines, high ropes, giant swing, archery, horseback riding, sports and games, arts and crafts. There’s something for everyone! Join us, too, for our rodeo, world service auction, camp dance, and an afternoon camp-wide scavenger hunt!

Labor Day Family Weekend August 30-September 2, 2013

This is an excellent way to round out your summer and get excited about the coming fall. Frost Valley YMCA will have a wide variety of activities to keep the whole family entertained. Don’t want to miss that backyard BBQ? Come to ours! TEL 845-985-2291 EMAIL WEB

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Letting Kids Just Be Kids

They Thrive on Natural, Unstructured Fun by Madeline Levine

Well-meaning attempts to fill a child’s summer with enriching activities may do more harm than good. Why not let kids just be kids?


otions of summer as endless free Play, maintains, “Play is essential to positive human development.” Various time—to climb trees, chase firetypes teach new concepts and conflies, build a fort in the woods, tribute to skills, including helpful peer maybe set up a lemonade stand—have relations and ways to been supplanted in Thinking back to our deal with stress. many families by pricey Self-initiated and selfsummer camps or other highly structured activi- own best childhood memory, directed play means the child is calling ties. But unstructured it won’t be the shots and learning play isn’t wasted time; what comes naturally. it’s the work of childa class or lesson, but If a child strums a guihood, a vehicle for tar because he loves developing a basic set the time we were it, that’s play. When of life skills. Research being instructed, the published in Early allowed to just be. child may enjoy the Childhood Research & Practice shows that experience, but it’s not children that attend the same, because the play-based rather than academic premotivation is at least partly external. schools become better students. The American Academy of Pedi Child development expert David atrics recommends that children play Elkind, Ph.D., author of The Power of outside as much as possible—for at least


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60 minutes a day—yet almost half of America’s youth routinely aren’t getting any time outside, according to study findings reported in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Outdoor play helps combat childhood obesity, acquaints them with their larger environment and supports coping skills. Every child is different. But as Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg, a professor of pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania and a leading expert on resilience, remarks, “Every child needs free, unscheduled time to master his or her environment.” Play is valuable because it miniaturizes the world to a manageable size and primes kids for learning. Consider the complexities involved in a game of chase. Kids develop social skills in organizing and agreeing on rules, and then participate in the physical and creative actions of the actual activity while resolving conflicts or disagreements during its course—providing a foundation for excelling in school and even the business world. Solitary play also provides problem-solving practice. A young girl playing with her dolls may try out different ways of handling the situation if one of them “steals” a treat from the dollhouse cookie jar before tea is served. Because youth haven’t yet developed a capacity for abstract thinking, they learn and discover more about themselves mainly by doing. Developing small self-sufficiencies gives kids a sense of power in a world in which they are, in fact, small and powerless. This is why kids love to imagine dragon-slaying scenarios. Taking risks and being successful in independent play can increase confidence and prepare them to resist peer pressures and stand up to bullying. Given our global challenges, tomorrow’s adults will need the skills developed by such play—innovation, creativity, collaboration and ethical problem solving—more than any preceding generation. A major IBM study of more than 1,500 CEOs from 60 countries and 33 industries in 2010 found that the single most sought-after trait in a CEO is creativity.

Most experts agree that kids should have more unstructured free time than structured playtime. ~ Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg To survive and thrive, our sense of self must be shaped internally, not externally. We need to learn and focus on what we’re good at and like to do; that’s why it’s vital to have kids try lots of different activities, rather than immersing them full-time in parental preferences and dictated experiences. Leading experts in the field agree that considerable daily, unguided time not devoted to any structured activity facilitates their investment in the emotional energy required to develop their own identities. It is this sense of self that provides a home base—a place to retreat, throughout life. Ultimately, everyone must rely on their own resources and sense of self or they’ll always be looking for external direction and validation. Mental health workers say that produces kids that take unnecessary risks, have poor coping skills and are vulnerable to substance abuse. Business leaders say such a tendency produces workers that need too much time, resources and direction to be really valuable. In the end, learning who we are primarily takes place not in the act of doing, but in the quiet spaces between things, when we can reflect upon what we have done and who we are. The more of these quiet spaces families provide for kids, the better. Madeline Levine, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and educator in San Francisco, CA, is the author of New York Times bestsellers, Teach Your Children Well and The Price of Privilege. See

Outdoor Games Memorable Family Fun by Paul Tukey Given their prevalence today, it’s remarkable that video games have been in existence for just 40 years. What has evolved—children spending an average eight to nine sedentary hours per day in front of a video screen—was not part of the inventor’s plan. “It’s sad, in some regards,” says Ralph H. Baer, “the father of video games” who introduced the rudimentary game of Pong in 1972. “I thought we would be helping families bond together in the living room; the opposite has happened.” For those of us that pine for the era when our mothers would send us outside in the morning with a sandwich in a bag and a canteen full of water—with orders not to come inside until dinner time—it’s gratifying to know an old-fashioned childhood need not be committed to memory. Games, the real ones played outdoors, are alive and well. “One of the great things about the games we played is that most of them are free, or one-time, lifetime purchases,” says actress Victoria Rowell, co-author of a book that offers an antidote to the video game revolution, Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games. Families can easily find the makings for all sorts of outdoor family fun. Play tug-of-war with any sturdy rope, or take turns swinging two flexible ropes

for a spot of double Dutch, a game brought to New York City from Holland by early settlers. A large elastic band becomes a Chinese jump rope. Tree twigs or small branches work for stickball or double ball, a game played by native peoples on this continent hundreds of years before Jamestown or Plymouth Rock. Larger tree limbs can be cut into eightto-10-inch sections for use in mölkky, a popular Finnish tossing contest that is gaining favor here (move over corn hole). Several games only require a ball, and many more don’t require any apparatus at all. Think of the copycat games such as Follow-the-Leader or Red Light/ Green Light, or the Hide ’n Seek games, Fox and Hound, Ghost in the Graveyard and Capture the Flag. They offer as many variations on a theme as they do hours of exercise, communing with nature, conflict resolution and unstructured, untallied play. We’ll never get all the way back to the time when neighborhoods and the games we played were children’s only babysitters, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give it the old college try. Paul Tukey is co-author of Tag, Toss & Run and founder of, which includes outdoor games resources.

Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the Earth, the air and you. ~Langston Hughes

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illions of Americans are diagnosed every year with hypothyroidism, yet a significant number remain undiagnosed. The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland located in the neck, is the master gland of metabolism. When the thyroid doesn’t function, it can affect every aspect of health, particularly being overweight, feeling depressed, and having low energy levels. The endocrine system is a system of glands, each of which secretes hormones directly into the bloodstream to regulate physiology. The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland situated in the front of the neck just below the Adam’s apple. It is shaped like a shield, hence the name thyroid, derived from the Greek word “thyreos”, meaning shield. Not only does it look like a shield, but it also has some functional characteristics of protection and preservation by controlling the temperature and metabolism of the body.   The primary function of the thyroid gland is to make thyroid hormones. These hormones act on almost every cell in the body. They modulate basal metabolic rate, affect protein synthesis, assist in regulation of bone growth, promote nerve maturation and increase the body’s sensitivity to certain hormones such as progesterone and adrenal hormones. Thyroid hormones are vital to development of the body and differentiation of all the cells of the body by regulating protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism, as well as modulating vitamin utilization. A most well known function is heat generation, and those who suffer from hypothyroidism know the experience of feeling cold constantly.  


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Allopathic vs. Naturopathic Approach to Hypothyroidism Treatment of hypothyroidism from an allopathic viewpoint consists of replacing the thyroid hormone with either of the hormones T3 and T4, or both. Rarely is a naturopathic approach taken to assess the underlying causes. With a naturopathic approach, the multitude of causes can be modulated naturally with diet, herbs and nutritional supplementation. In some cases, medication with the T3 and T4 hormones can be reduced or completely eliminated.

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Health Rules Crazy, Sexy, Savvy, Yummy by Judith Fertig


n summer, when many fruits, herbs and vegetables are at their peak, it makes sense to harness their power for the family’s benefit. “Some people flock to plant-empowered living for better health, others because of their spiritual beliefs, to support animal welfare, respect the environment or best of all, because it tastes great,” says wellness activist Kris Carr, a documentary filmmaker, New York Times bestselling author and the educational force behind Carr joined the wellness revolution after being diagnosed with a rare disease. It proved to be the incentive she needed to change her eating habits and find renewed power and energy. Her new book, Crazy Sexy Kitchen, with recipes by Chef Chad Sarno, celebrates the colors, flavors and powers of plants that nourish us at the cellular level.   Her main tenets include a focus on:    Reducing inflammation. Inflammation is caused by what we eat, drink, smoke, think (stress), live in (environment), or don’t do well (lack of exercise). At the cellular level, it can lead to allergies, arthritis, asthma, heart disease, diabetes, digestive 26

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disorders and cancer, according to Victoria Drake, Ph.D., of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, who culled the latest research ( inflammation.html). Creating an acid/alkaline balance. “Tilting the pH scale in the alkaline direction is easy with a diet filled with mineral-rich plant foods,” says Carr. It also means minimizing meat, dairy, sugar, eggs, commercially processed foods, coffee and alcohol.    Drinking produce. Green juices and green smoothies are ideal. “They are the most important part of my personal daily practice, one that I will never abandon,” Carr notes. Carr and her husband, Brian Fassett, whom she met when he edited her documentary, Crazy Sexy Cancer, share the juice and smoothie making responsibilities. “We make enough to have two 12-ounce servings of green drinks a day. Our recipes are often guided by what’s available in the fridge,” she advises. The secret is a three-to-one ratio of three veggies for every piece of fruit. Kale reigns in their home. The dark leafy superfood is especially suited for smoothies, salads and sautés. They like kale’s generous helping of vitamin K for maintaining strong bones. Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kale Salad is dressed with vinaigrette that includes flax oil, which she notes is high in omega-3s to promote healthy brain function. It’s also a well-known antiinflammatory food. “Make sure to buy cold-pressed, organic flax oil in a dark bottle and store it in the fridge,” she advises, “because light and heat may turn the oil rancid. I like Barlean’s brand, but there are many other quality flax oils available. Since it is sensitive to heat, I use it mostly in salad dressings and smoothies.” Carr maintains that, “By decreasing the amount of acidic inflammatory foods while increasing the amount of healthy and alkaline plant foods, you flood your body with vitamins, minerals, cancer-fighting phytochemicals, antioxidants and fiber.” This supports the body in maintaining and repairing itself. She further points out, “Once your body repairs, it can renew. That’s big-healer medicine. You might as well get a business card that reads: self-care shaman.” Award-winning cookbook author Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood

Easy Summer Recipes “Many of my recipes have been influenced by cultural experiences, twists on favorite childhood meals or newly discovered ingredients,” says Chef Chad Sarno. “The strawberry smoothie is among Kris Carr’s favorites. Few dishes have proved to be as timeless and widely beloved as the kale salad.”

Strawberry Fields Smoothie

Enjoy the nostalgic tastiness of strawberry milk sans moo juice or powdered junk. Strawberries are phytonutrient factories, supplying the body with a bounty of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrients. Yields 2 servings 3 cups cashew or nondairy milk of choice 2 cups fresh strawberries 1 Tbsp lemon zest 1 small orange, peeled 1 banana 1½ cups loosely packed spinach Blend all ingredients until smooth in a high-speed blender.

Crazy Sexy Kale Salad

Kale is the king of leafy veggies and rules this prevention-rocks salad. Serve it solo with a favorite cooked grain, or wrapped in nori or a gluten-free tortilla. Crown this kale creation by adding chopped fresh herbs or favorite diced vegetables. To be fancy, serve the salad wrapped in a cucumber slice.

Wellness Activist Kris Carr

Yields 2 to 3 servings 1 bunch kale, any variety, shredded by hand 1 cup diced bell peppers, red, yellow or orange ¼ cup chopped parsley 1½ avocados with pit removed, chopped 2 Tbsp flax oil 1½ tsp lemon juice Sea salt, to taste Pinch of cayenne, to taste 1 cucumber Combine all ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Massage and mix using both hands to “wilt” the kale and cream the avocado (takes just a minute or two). Then serve. For a fun touch, cut a thin lengthwise slice of cucumber and create a circle to outline each serving of salad, stitching the ends of the cucumber slice together with a toothpick. Place the salad in the cucumber ring and then serve. Source: Adapted from Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution, by Kris Carr with Chef Chad Sarno. natural awakenings

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View our entire calendar on our CityGuide online at MONDAY, JULY 1 HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival – 5pm. The nation’s premier outdoor film festival brings classic films to the big screen for the 21st consecutive year! Lawn opens at 5pm, movie begins at sunset. Bryant Park Lawn, Bryant Park, Manhattan, New York, NY. 212-768-4242, bpc@ or

TUESDAY, JULY 2 Big Bang Boom Madison Square Kids Summer Concert Series – 10:30am. These concerts are a series of outdoor concerts especially for children and their families. Experience energetic beats and engaging lyrics. Come ready to get down and boogie! Madison Square Park, Manhattan, New York, NY. 212-325-2101 or

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 Greenmarket – 9am-3pm. The New York Botanical Garden’s Greenmarket provides affordable, locallygrown produce along with fresh and nutritious baked goods and other specialty items. Talk to the farmers to learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of gardening and eating locally. Hear “what’s fresh” at the market each week by calling 718-362-9561 and pressing 406# to find out what you can incorporate into your meals. Near the Mosholu Gate at New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY. 718-817-8779 or

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Omega Institute, NY Boot Camp For Goddesses Teens and Adults Ask yourself two questions: What does being feminine mean to me, and what truly is the definition of a Goddess to me? Once you can answer this deep within your soul, you can then embrace, embody, and own the power of your feminine essence. You will then know how to put your female spirit into action. The time has come to put your female spirit into action at Sierra Bender’s Boot Camp for Goddesses. Sierra demonstrates how a Goddess Warrior creates her own destiny, rather than allowing her environment to shape her. Her energy comes from a place of centeredness and balance. She is in touch with her intuition and brave enough to follow its guidance. This summer learn to become victorious and courageous, not victimized and compromised. 28

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Yoga Nidra Facilitator Training Nyack, NY Discover what ancient yogis have known for thousands of years. Taught by Kamini Desai, this training will get you started with one of the most effective meditation and mindfulness practices you'll ever come across, Yoga Nidra is truly for everyone. Give us seven days and we'll change your life forever. $2500 or $450 per weekend. Birchwood Center 85 S. Broadway, Nyack For more info contact Betsy Ceva, 845-267-4844 or

THURSDAY, JULY 4 Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks – 9pm. For this mother of all pyrotechnic displays, Macy’s will explode more than 40,000 fireworks choreographed to a 25-minute patriotic score. Stake out a nice spot along the Hudson to watch, and bring your own picnic basket with beverages to toast our country’s birthday! Manhattan, New York, NY.

FRIDAY, JULY 5 Union Square Greenmarket – 8am-6pm. The worldfamous Union Square Greenmarket began with just a few farmers in 1976 and has grown exponentially since then. In peak season, 140 regional farmers, fishermen and bakers descend upon Union Square to sell their products. As Greenmarket’s flagship market, the seasonal bounty is unparalleled! Union Square Park, north and west sides, Manhattan, New York.

SATURDAY, JULY 6 Yoga in Central Park – 9am. Have you noticed butterflies flying across your windshield? Birds darting in close and turtles walking along the gutters after a heavy rain? The full beauty of the gifts of summer are everywhere--every rock, tree and insect radiates vitality. Now is the time to go outside, align with the powerful energies that surround you, and participate in a yoga session in beautiful Central Park! Meet at 81st Street and Central Park West’s entrance, walk into the park together. If desired, bring a mat, water bottle and a towel.

SUNDAY, JULY 7 Reiki Master Certification Classes – 1-5pm. July 7, Level 1; July 21, Level 2. Level 3 Mastership in August. Reiki Master, Reconnective Healer and “Light

Guy” Peter Goldbeck facilitates. All levels include dynamic attunements to increase energy flow with many practice opportunities. Peter also offers Prophecy Celebrations, Healing Celebrations, Psychic Enhancement Circles and more. Contact him at 917-539-3001 for Reiki info, tuition and registration. Edgar Cayce Center, 241 W 30th St, New York, NY. 212-691-7690 or

TUESDAY, JULY 9 Ground Your Energy Using Crystals – 7-9pm. Our energy tends to get stuck in our heads, especially in NYC! Travis Ogden, crystal healer and teacher, will guide you in working with different stones to “ground” your energy. He will focus on abundance, creativity and empowerment of the lower chakras and lead a journey with quartz crystal singing bowls. Bring your crystal friends for cleansing, charging, identification. $35, members $30. Edgar Cayce Center, 241 W 30th St, New York, NY. 212-691-7690 or

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10 Shamanic Soul Retrieval and Journeying – 7-9pm. July 10, 17 and 24, 3-class series with Irma StarSpirit Woman. We travel our lives sometimes hiding in realms where we carry suffering. Now is the time to heal it. Working with shamanic journeying and storytelling, we will travel through the elemental, human and animal realms to lift that energy into Light and transform the Spirit. $80, $75 members; single class $30. Edgar Cayce Center, 241 W 30th St, New York, NY. 212-691-7690 or

FRIDAY, JULY 12 Explore Your Past Lives—and Beyond – 6:30-9pm. Hypnotic Group Journeys with Laurie Greenberg, Ph.D. “Meet Your Past-Life Self.” In this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to journey to and explore a past life, to separate from your past-life personality, to exchange gifts with him/her, and bring back some quality or awareness which can benefit you today. $30, members $25. Edgar Cayce Center, 241 W 30th St, New York, NY. 212-691-7690 or

SATURDAY, JULY 13 Arty Hours – 10am-12pm. Go on a scavenger hunt for High Line Art, then create your own masterpiece inspired by the city’s park in the sky. With colorful plant life, interesting cityscape views, and site-specific art works, the High Line offers plenty of inspiration for young creative minds. During this weekly drop-in program during the months of July and August, kids and their caregivers are invited to experiment with painting and drawing techniques, and build one-of-a-kind vehicles, forts, structures, machines and much more! The Lawn in The High Line, Manhattan, New York, NY. 212-206-9922, or

SUNDAY, JULY 14 Body and Soul Sundays – 6-7:30pm through August 25. Live DJs and Fluid Asana at the deep end of the dance floor! Set your body and soul free with Dana Flynn. Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, 59 W 19th St (between 5th and 6th), 3rd Floor, New York, NY. 212-414-2903, or

MONDAY, JULY 15 Psychic Development Course – 7-9pm. July 15,

22, 29 and Aug. 5. In this 4-week course, Psychic Medium and Certified Intuitive Consultant Calise Simone will teach you how to understand and develop your psychic abilities through a combination of group discussion and practical exercises. Learn how to use your psychic abilities to enhance everyday life. $185 registered by July 8, members $165; $195/$175 after; single class $55, members $50. Edgar Cayce Center, 241 W. 30th St., New York, NY. 212-691-7690 or

TUESDAY, JULY 16 American Girl® Downward DollYoga – 3:30-5pm. Bring your favorite American Girl doll along for this special yoga class! Help them into yoga poses on their very own mini yoga mat. Ages 7 and up. Karma Kids Yoga’s Magical Studio, 104 W 14th St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY. 646-638-1444, or

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. Annual Picnic in Central Park – 12-5pm. Celebrate summer with the A.R.E. of NYC community in Central Park! Bring family and friends, food and drinks to share. Psychic and Healing sessions with A.R.E. Practitioners and Friends available, donations welcome! Sign-ups start about 1:00 p.m. Enjoy free mini-workshops by Center Practitioners and Teachers, too. In Central Park, location TBD— check or call 212-691-7690. Edgar Cayce Remedies Workshop: The Use of Packs & Poultices – 7-9pm. From ancient times, people have used packs and poultices as natural healing aids. Edgar Cayce (known as “the Father of Holistic Medicine”) recommended many kinds of packs in his approximately 8,000 psychic readings on health. Learn to make and use castor oil packs (they really work!) and more. $25, members $20. With Jack Rosen, Cayce Health Care Educator. Read his article on page 2. Edgar Cayce Center, 241 W 30th St, New York, NY. 212-6917690 or

THURSDAY, JULY 18 Cocktail Evening and Summer Concert – 5-6pm pre-party. Sip a botanically-inspired cocktail and enjoy an evening viewing of Wild Medicine. Then enjoy a concert featuring festive music. Generous support for this series is provided by Vivian and Edward Merrin. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY. 718-817-8779 or

FRIDAY, JULY 19 SummerStage Kids Presents: Wildlife Theater from the Central Park Zoo—Butterfly Boogie – 10:3011:30am. Bugs aren’t gross—they’re great! Let our giant cockroach puppet teach your students why insects are the coolest creatures around. We then take off on a 3,000-mile adventure with our butterfly-themed show, “The Tale of Flutterby and Piggle.” Sara D Roosevelt Park, E Houston St to Canal St (between Chrystie and Forsyth Sts), Manhattan, New York, NY. or

SATURDAY, JULY 20 Creativity Workshop -- 12-4pm. Journeys to the Imaginal Realm for guidance, inspiration and healing with Dee Savoy. Creativity is our birthright as humans. We are each called upon to bring into manifestation our highest vision of our planet and ourselves. Through music, sound, journeying and movement, we will tap

into that universal well of creativity to actualize greater clarity, originality and fulfillment. $50, members $40. Edgar Cayce Center, 241 W 30th St, New York, NY. 212-691-7690 or

TUESDAY, JULY 23 Summer on the Hudson: Pilates - Mat Class – 6:307:30pm. This total body workout is a great way to develop superior core muscle power and tone, all with a beautiful view of the Hudson. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring your own mat. The Plaza at 66th St in Riverside Park South, Manhattan, New York, NY.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 Free Kids Yoga in the Park – 10-11am through August 28. Join us for kids yoga with the amazing teacher Caprice Abowitt amidst the sun and trees in the park! We’ll sing, dance and learn some fun yoga poses, too. Classes will take place near the entrance of the kids’ playground in Washington Square Park, northeast of the fountain. Limited mats provided. Weather permitting. 5th Ave, Waverly Pl, W 4th St and Macdougal St, Manhattan, New York, NY. 212-533-9642, Info@ or

THURSDAY, JULY 25 Broadway in Bryant Park – 12:30pm. This free lunchtime concert is presented by 106.7 Lite FM and features cast members from the Great White Way and beyond. Bryant Park, 6th Ave (between 40th and 42nd Sts), New York, NY. 212-768-4242 or

FRIDAY, JULY 26 Keys to Prosperity – 6-9pm. Come learn the keys to prosperity in this workshop facilitated by Maha Lakshmi Keyes. Namaste Healing Center, 80 5th Ave, Suite 1104, New York, NY. 212-645-0141 or

SATURDAY, JULY 27 Shape Up NYC: Yoga – 10-11am. Shape Up NYC offers more than 175 free fitness classes every week at locations across the five boroughs to help New Yorkers get and stay fit! Please bring your own mat. This class is held at City College Quad, 160 Convent Ave, Manhattan, New York, NY.

SUNDAY, JULY 28 Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. Annual Picnic in Central Park – 12-5pm. Celebrate summer with the A.R.E. of NYC community in Central Park! Bring family and friends, food and drinks to share. Psychic and healing sessions with A.R.E. practitioners and friends available, donations welcome! Sign-ups start about 1:00 pm. Enjoy free mini-workshops by center practitioners and teachers, too. In Central Park, location TBD—check or call 212-691-7690.

MONDAY, JULY 29 Hudson River Park Greenway and Central Park Bike Tour – 2pm. Join a fabulous New York City bike ride along the Hudson River Park Greenway and through Central Park. Enjoy spectacular views of the river and city skyline as you cycle at a leisurely pace through the city. Battery Park City to 59th St, Chelsea, New York, NY. or newyork/attractions/hudson-river-park-greenway-andcentral-park-bike-tour.

TUESDAY, JULY 30 Central Park Circuit – 6:30-7:30pm. Trade in your gym membership for a free workout in Manhattan’s shared backyard, thanks to the Central Park Conservancy. Trainers Rich Fortunat and Whitney Jacobs helped design this outdoor circuit that utilizes park facilities such as benches, stairs, hills and lawns in cardio and strength-building routines. Central Park Great Lawn at 81st St.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 31 Edgar Cayce Remedies Workshop: Psoriasis and Eczema – 7-9pm. While doctors may tell you there’s no cure for these conditions—only a possibility of symptomatic relief—many people have experienced complete cures using Cayce’s recommendations. Learn what the medical community is just beginning to put together—how “leaky gut syndrome,” eczema and psoriasis are related. $25, members $20. With Jack Rosen, Cayce health care educator. Read his article on page 2. Edgar Cayce Center, 241 W 30th St, New York, NY. 212-691-7690 or

markyourcalendar AUGUST 16-18 Fri 6pm–Sun 6pm

Ancient Wisdom Rising A weekend of teachings, stories, ceremony to enliven your connection with nature and spirit. Gather along the banks of a sacred river to honor and learn with indigenous elders from around the world: Oren Lyons (Onondaga), Rinpoche (Tibetan Bon), Tom Porter (Mohawk), Eda Zavala (Peru), Sobonfu Somé (West Africa), and Eliot Cowan (Huichol/Plant Spirit Medicine). Retreat to Blue Deer Center, Margaretville, NY. Camping, onsite lodging and meal plan available.

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Natick, MA or by webinar. Distance Learning Lightworkers Healing Method™ Angelically Guided Energy Healing™ BE Who Your Soul Wants You To Be. Experience the joy! Healing practitioners, serious spiritual seekers learn to align with soul purpose. Improve all aspects of life. It’s a skill, not a gift. Nothing is off limits.

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Located in the heart of Columbus Circle, Eastgate Acupuncture specializes in making alternative healthcare a great experience. With focus in Pain, Injury, Fertility, Chronic Disease and Facial Rejuvenation we have the practitioner that is right for you. Treatment may include any of the following therapies: Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Cupping, Kyo-Jung, and Herbal Recommendations. Eastgate Acupuncture accepts insurance and will be happy to help you determine if you have acupuncture benefits under your plan.

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Transformational Energy Healing Office mid-town NYC 845-417-8261 Priscilla Bright, MA is an international energy healer who is the past School Dean of the international Barbara Brennan School of Healing, and a presenter at Omega Institute and NY Open Center. Her profound and deep yet gentle energy work guides you to connect with your own powerful internal source of renewal and wisdom. Energy blocks soften, life-giving energy increases, and your intuition is more easily heard. Joy, relaxation, and emotional freedom increase, and stress and anxiety decrease. In-person or phone healing sessions. Free initial phone consultation.


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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.

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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.

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Dr. Niloo Dardashti has helped hundreds 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 (which entails the use of targeted amino acid therapy). 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. Call Dr. D today and mention Natural Awakenings and receive a FREE 10 minute phone consult!

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 ecofriendly hair studio and ‘inner beauty salon’ that seeks to unlock every guest’s beauty.

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Milla’s Treatment Boutique offers you a tranquil, organic chic environment where customized treatments are created to meet your skins specific needs. Utilizing Eminence Organics Skin Care in conjunction with Laser treatments, aesthetic problems are corrected and your skins radiance is maximized. Milla’s also offers a wide variety of additional services including Laser Hair Removal, Skin Tightening, Eyelash Extensions, Massage. At Milla’s we also specialize in Ethnic Skin Care. “I treat a womans skin as her key to confidence and ultimately, success in whatever her business may be. My clients are amazing people. They deserve to have clear, glowing, radiant, timeless-looking skin, reflective of their attitudes and approach to living.”

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An essential part of living the best life possible is having a home you love. Yet, clutter is taking over our space and eventually our lives, spilling into every day, making us feel defeated and powerless. Organizing PROS are on a mission to change all that - one closet and one home at the time. Armed with patience, compassion and positive attitude we help you sort thru/ organize everything and assist with donating no longer needed ‘stuff’ to charity. Let things from your past become a part of someone future. Go to for detailed information, before/after photos and client testimonials. Member of NAPO.

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Empowering Women One at A Time 888-794-3330 Sierra Bender, a modern day Renaissance woman and leading pioneer in the Women’s Empowerment, leadership and entrepreneurship 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 (Llewellyn, 2010). Her charismatic appeal has been featured internationally, in media outlets including Oprah Radio, CBS and Univision TV, in USA Today and other newspapers and magazines throughout Australia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, U.K., Germany and the U.S., as well as in Marie Claire, Shape, Body & Soul, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga and Natural Awakenings Magazine. View Sierra's Summer events on page 10.

OZONE THERAPY 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.

Simplicity Health Associates Dr Ivy Branin, ND 230 West 13th Street, Suite 1-B 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.

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