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co-living, one of our feature articles this month, really hits home for me. As years go on and I learn more and more from our fabulous team of editors about what it is to mean green, I realize that eco-living is not simply carrying a trendy recycled handbag or planting a potted garden, however it has more to do with how much energy we expend into this world and on to our earth. I have taken keen notice on what is important to me, and luckily have incorporated it in very local and minimal ways into my lifestyle. Great things do not have to be in far places and small quantities of what we like can significantly reduce our human footprint on this earth. Every concrete item from production to delivery and then disposal has a human footprint that is multiplied by billions (in overproduction) and then again multiplied by the billions of consumers that use them. That’s a lot of waste put into our land we call mother earth. It is our wish for you and anyone who picks up our magazine to truly be awakened by our content and apply that awakening into your own personal patterns of daily living. We welcome you to join us and and all of New York at America’s biggest sustainability and green living event, the Green Festival Expo on June 10-11 at the Javits Center. To thank you for being an eco-inspired member of our green team, we extend a 20% discount on tickets for the expo with promo code NANY17. See page 2 for more details and see you at Green Festival! Feel Good, Live Simply, Laugh More,
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any internationally renowned masters— including Mantak Chia, Junfeng Li and Aiping Cheng—will unite for the 2017 Eastover Medical Qigong and Eastern Medicine Symposium, which will be held June 23-30 at Eastover Estate and Retreat in the Berkshires. “Having 16 masters gather at one location in one week for people to connect with is really a treat,” says Eastover’s owner, Yingxing Wang. Chia’s mastery of ancient Chinese practices in several disciplines resulted in the creation of his Universal Healing Tao System, and he has published 57 books on Tao as a secret to longevity. Among his many teachings, he will be sharing Emotional Wisdom, an internal energy practice designed to transform imbalance (the presence of painful emotions) into balance, promoting harmony, clarity and joy. Li, founder of Sheng Zhen (Unconditional Love) Qigong and former head coach of China’s national wushu team, will teach practices like Heaven Nature Gong—10 movements designed to increase the spine’s flexibility while purifying the meridians and stimulating the sense of compassion. Cheng is a world authority in Chinese martial arts, with experience spanning more than 40 years. She was named one of the Top 100 Chinese Martial Artists in World by the World Culture Science Academy in Hong Kong. Other featured experts will be Lonny Jarrett, a leading scholar in the field of Chinese medicine, discussing the inner nature of many acupuncture points and their use in treating the mind and revealing the spirit; Roger Janhke, director of training and research at the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi, imparting the wisdom of his 40 years of experience in integrative and Chinese medicine and mind-body wellness; and Sifu Terence Dunn, PhD, who will teach two medical qigong systems with very different methodologies and histories.
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ood therapeutic massage is mostly detective work, says licensed massage therapist Lee Noonan. “The crucial lasting aspect of treatment is discovering the underlying cause of pain, whether acute or chronic.” She describes a recent client who said his lower back had been aching for three weeks, and then told her all about his new Lee Noonan car as she rubbed his sore lumbar muscles. “I asked him when he got the car, and he said three and a half weeks ago. Then I told him about a wealthy client of mine who owned seven cars, one for each day of the week. The man understood that each car’s seat placed unique stresses on his body. By changing cars daily, his body never got stuck in a chronic painful pattern.” Of course most people aren’t wealthy; Noonan suggested adjusting the car seat’s lumbar support. “He emailed two weeks later that his back had been perfect ever since,” she says. “The art of touch is extremely effective for many acute or chronic problems—just consult a physician first to determine your diagnosis and treatment options. Massage therapy can also help alleviate stresses before they cause problems.” For more information visit BestNewYorkLicensedMassage.com or email LeeNoonan5@yahoo.com. See offer in our Community Directory.
Green Festival Returns to New York in June
reen Festival, America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, will return to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center June 10 and 11 for its sixth year in New York City. The festival has become an annual celebration of green living for New Yorkers and the local green community, serving as the city’s most prominent yearly showcase for green brands and sustainable lifestyles. New to the expo is Farm Sanctuary’s Plant-Powered Run, an opportunity to go the distance for farm animals. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s Walk for Farm Animals events have brought thousands of people together to spread the word that “every farm animal is someone, not something,” and that individuals can take positive steps to help stop cruel farm practices by aligning their actions and choices with their values. Festival hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for children aged 16 and younger, and seniors, students and members of the military receive $5 off at the door. Visitors who purchase a weekend pass and spend at least $50 total at the show with its exhibitors will receive $10 cash back.
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um Shanti Bookshop will host a Tarot Master Class on Saturday, July 22 from 1-4pm. The panel features Rachel Pollack, Robert Place and Sasha Graham, and is geared for all levels of tarot experience. Rachel Pollack is considered one of the world’s foremost authorities on the modern interpretation of the Tarot. She has published 12 books on the Tarot, including 78 Degrees of Wisdom (Thorsons, 1998), considered a modern classic and the Bible of Tarot reading. Robert Place is designer of The Alchemical Tarot, The Alchemical Tarot Renewed, The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery, The Facsimile Italian Renaissance Woodcut Tarocchi, The Tarot of the Saints, The Buddha Tarot, The Vampire Tarot, The Angels Tarot, and the Marziano Tarot. He is the author of The Tarot: History, Symbolism, and Divination, Astrology and Divination, Magic and Alchemy, Shamanism and Alchemy and the Tarot. Sasha Graham has been featured on Sirius XM Radio, in The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News, Marie Claire and was the first tarot reader on the cover of Crain’s New York Business. Sasha’s been on WPIX Channel 11 Morning News, reading tarot on pop culture and celebrities.
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r. Lewis Gross, director of the Tribeca Center for Integrative and Holistic Dentistry, will speak on Preventing Tooth Decay without Fluoride, from 1 to 2 p.m., June 10, at the Green Festival at Javits Convention Center. His booth will Dr. Lewis Gross offer free saliva pH screenings, a tool he uses in his practice to guide patients toward better oral health. Gross has been a pioneer in mercury-free, BPA-free and fluoride-free dentistry for 35 years. He recommends natural prevention of tooth decay through good hygiene, a healthy diet and the creation of an alkaline salivary environment. “Fluoride is useful for children but does little for adults,” he says. “There is no benefit in swallowing fluoridated water, other than it passes the teeth.” He believes that the present concentration of fluoride in tap water is unnecessarily high and has contributed to the increase of fluorosis—mottled tooth enamel—from 37 to 57 percent in people aged 6 to 19. Oral saliva has a pH of 7, but in a more alkaline environment, teeth and bone remineralize, Gross says. He has developed a mouthwash, Alka-White, designed to reverse early decay and whiten the teeth without fluoride. For more information, contact Gross at 212.732.2200 or Reception@Holistic-dentists.com. natural awakenings
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he importance of calcium for bone health in women is widely known. Now a new study suggests that a diet of foods considered low-inflammatory, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, may help reduce bone loss and fracture risk. Researchers from Ohio State University calculated the dietary inflammatory index (DII) of 160,191 participants using data from the Women’s Health Initiative clinical trials’ baseline food frequency questionnaires. Comparative DII data were then recorded three and six years later among 10,290 study participants to determine any changes in their individual scores. Results were also compared with the number of hip fractures reported annually for the subjects, along with bone mineral density levels from the subgroup. Women with lower DII scores had less bone loss in their hips after six years.
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CALIFORNIA WINS CANCER LABEL CASE AGAINST MONSANTO’S ROUNDUP
Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan has ruled that the state of California will require Monsanto to place a cancer warning label on the company’s Roundup weed killer. The ruling is the first of its kind in the U.S. and comes after a branch of the World Health Organization labeled the product’s primary ingredient, glyphosate, as a “probable human carcinogen.” Glyphosate, an odorless and tasteless toxin, has been manufactured by Monsanto for more than 40 years and sold in more than 160 countries. Monsanto will have one year to affix the warning label to all relevant products.
Ginger Relieves Infected Root Canals
esearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of both in reducing root canal infections. The study tested infections associated with 50 teeth involved in root canals. They were divided into five groups. One was treated with a paste of extract of ginger, another of cinnamon, and another with both of them. The final two groups were divided into a positive control group treated with calcium hydroxide with iodoform paste, and a negative control group was left untreated. The researchers recorded the number of colony forming units (CFU) of bacteria—individual bacteria units capable of growing into a colony—before and after the treatments. The extract of ginger group showed the most effectiveness, with a reduction from 83 CFUs to 26.5, suggesting that ginger may help treat or prevent root canal infections. The cinnamon group saw their status reduced slightly, to 77.8 CFUs, and the combination caused a decrease to 49.7.
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Why Lyme Disease Ticks Thrive in the North
esearchers from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, have studied the rapid increase in Lyme disease in the northern U.S. Only 11 cases of the disease, which annually impacts about 300,000 Americans, were reported in 2015 in Alabama, a state of approximately 5 million residents. Meanwhile, there were 491 confirmed cases in Vermont, with a population of less than 700,000. The researchers studied the life cycle, metabolism and behavior of black-legged ticks, collecting larvae from several eastern areas. They discovered that ticks live longer in cooler temperatures with higher levels of humidity, making northeastern climates ideal, because longer lives mean increased chance of contact. Southern ticks stay hidden underfoot in layers of leaves to stay cool and damp, making them less likely to find a human host than their northern counterparts, which reside on leaves and trees. “There has been a lot of research aimed at finding out what makes blacklegged ticks more efficient hosts for Lyme disease in the north than in the south,” explains Roger LeBrun, an entomology professor at the University of Rhode Island and co-author of the study. “People have looked at everything from the effects of temperature on tick life cycles to the types of animals the ticks feed on. Probably all of these factors play roles, but our results suggest that evolutionary pressure to conserve moisture by staying under the leaf litter surface is a critical factor.”
Vitamin D Helps Babies Grow Strong Bones and Muscle
esearchers from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, have discovered a connection between vitamin D supplementation during infancy and a healthier ratio of muscle and fat in toddlers. “We were very intrigued by the higher lean mass and the possibility that vitamin D can help infants to grow both healthy skeletons and amounts of muscle, yet less fat,” says Hope Weiler, one of the study’s authors and director of the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit at the university. The original 2013 study, which followed 132 infants given one of four different dosages of vitamin D daily during their first years, confirmed the connection with strong bones. The 2016 study used the same data to explore the impact of vitamin D supplementation on the toddlers’ body fat levels. The researchers found that children given more than 400 international units per day during the first year of life had an average of 450 less grams of body fat at age 3. They also found a correlation between the supplementation and lean muscle mass in the youngsters during their first three years. Vitalinka/Shutterstock.com
High-Intensity Workouts May Keep People Coming Back
study from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, has found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) makes working out more enjoyable for individuals that struggle with regular exercise. Jennifer Heisz, lead author and assistant professor in the kinesiology department, observes, “Enjoyment during the first weeks of adopting a new exercise program may be especially important for preventing dropouts.” Researchers divided 40 sedentary, healthy adults into two groups. One participated in HIIT, which consists of short bursts of intense exercises, followed by lowerintensity recovery periods, for six weeks; the other group performed ongoing moderate exercises. The researchers discovered that while both groups started out with equal enjoyment levels, the HIIT group enjoyed their workouts more as they gained strength, while the moderate group reported unchanged or decreased enjoyment levels.
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Many Americans have been confused by the “Sell By” labels on groceries for 40 years. Now, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest industry trade groups, are adopting voluntary standardized regulations to clarify. Instead of using up to 10 different phrases to communicate safety, they have settled on just two: “Use By”, a safety designation to indicate when perishable foods are no longer good; and “Best if Used By”, an estimate of when the manufacturer thinks the product should be consumed for peak flavor. Studies show that consumers generally believe the current labels all signal whether a product is safe to eat, and that it will still be okay well after its so-called expiration date. At the same time, prematurely tossed groceries dominate landfills and produce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and a coalition of environmental groups have been urging the industry to clear this up. The change is scheduled to take hold in July 2018.
Prohibiting Plastic Banning Bags Is Making a Difference
Governments worldwide are taking control of a pollution problem with bans on different forms of plastic, including shopping bags. The Indian state of Karnataka has completely banned the use of plastic. No wholesale dealer, retailer or trader can now use or sell plastic carrier bags, plates, cups, spoons, cling film or even microbeads. San Francisco became the first U.S. city to ban plastic shopping bags in 2007, and in 2014 it banned plastic water bottles on city properties. Since then, they have included Styrofoam and thermocol (polystyrene). Hawaii introduced a ban on single-use plastic bags in 2015. Coles Bay, Tasmania, was the first town in Australia to ban disposable plastic bags in 2003, using 350,000 fewer than in 2002. Ethiopia, France and Morocco have followed suit. It’s all part of a global movement to protect the life of oceans and other bodies of water. Take the Greenpeace Plastic Pledge at Tinyurl.com/TakeThePlasticPledge.
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Vegetarian Protein Options on the Rise Last year, the United Nations International Year of Pulses recognized dry peas, lentils and chickpeas because they are affordable, nutritious and have a low eco-footprint. New, innovative, plant-based proteins will extend the options. The Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition reported that vegetarians can save at least $750 annually over meat eaters by reducing or replacing consumption of animal products and switching to sources that adhere to higher animal welfare standards. The Impossible Burger simulates the sizzle, the smell and the juicy first bite of the real thing to rave reviews. The similar Beyond Burger is a hit at Whole Foods Markets. Tyson Foods is investing in the protein alternative company, Beyond Meat, and launching a $150 million venture capital fund to support plant-based foods. Some large German meat producers are also seeking to diversify with plant-based versions of traditional meaty favorites.
Hyundai demonstrated its Ioniq autonomous, or driverless, hybrid car concept at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, demonstrating that such vehicles—equipped with sophisticated sensors, GPS and computers—could be for sale within five to seven years. Safety is paramount. Estimates for the U.S., based on a 2013 Eco Center for Transportation study, projected that if 90 percent of vehicles were autonomous, the number of drivingrelated deaths would plummet from an annual 32,400 to approximately 11,300. “Drivers are excited that driverless cars will offer 90 percent fewer U.S. traffic accidents, 40 percent lower insurance costs, the end of drunk driving accidents and newfound freedom for seniors and people with disabilities,” says Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association. Its 2016 report Self-Driving Vehicles: Consumer Sentiments found that nearly 75 percent of consumers surveyed like the proffered benefits. In Driverless, authors Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman highlight significant ecological benefits, including McKinsey research findings that driverless cars will yield up to 20 percent fuel savings, and a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. Their smoother driving also extends a vehicle’s life. Ford intends to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021, according to Mark Fields, Ford Motor Company president and CEO. Companies such as Uber and Lyft already are testing driverless vehicles in pilot cities.
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A majority of Americans feel pain on a daily basis.
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Such statistics expose the magnitude of the problem of chronic pain. “It’s daunting, but there are many natural ways to address it that are inexpensive, effective and with what I call side benefits rather than negative side effects,” says Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, of Kona, Hawaii, author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. Complementary, integrative or functional medicine, all names for a holistic approach to health care, offer a comforting wealth of gentle ways to address chronic pain, most of which the vast majority of conventional medical doctors are unaware, says Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., senior investigator emeritus with the Group Health Research Institute, at the University of Washington, in Seattle.
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ccording to the National Center for Health Statistics, 25 percent of Americans, or 76.2 million, are suffering from pain that lasts more than 24 hours at this very moment: Ouch! Lower back pain alone keeps Americans from going to work a total of 149 million days each year, costing the U.S. economy $100 to $200 billion, reports the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Other common types of chronic pain affect musculoskeletal tissues, knees, hips or the neck. Migraines and severe headaches plague 16.6 percent of adults over 18, per a National Health and Nutrition Survey. Neurological discomfort can reach as high as 12.4 percent, estimates a study from the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Even visceral or organ pain associated with heart disease, cancer and pelvic diseases occur in at least 20 percent of the global population, accord-
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Unfortunately, conventional medicine often has little to offer most pain patients. Even for something as pervasive as back pain, surgery and steroid injections are usually an unsatisfactory first line of defense, having mixed results at best, seconded by prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers. Dr. Nora D. Vokov, director of the National Institute of Drug Abuse, told the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control in 2014 that there were an estimated 2.1 million people in the U.S. suffering from substance abuse disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012. The problem is worsening. Every day, 1,000 people are na-newyorkcity.com
“Effective natural treatments include yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic, meditation, lifestyle changes and exercise,” notes Cherkin. “But since they’re not in most doctors’ medical training or learned repertoire for pain relief, patients aren’t offered the opportunity to try them.”
What Helps Relieve Pain
Here are just some of the many natural and affordable forms of pain relief.
Try the Yass method: Mitchell Yass, Ph.D., of St. John’s, Florida, author of The Pain Cure Rx, is busting the myth that musculoskeletal pain is often caused by osteoarthritis. “Arthritis or joint deterioration is rarely the cause of joint pain,” says Yass. He points out that 90 percent of people over 60 have herniated discs, but no associated pain. Yass treats patients based on his observation that in up to 98 percent of the cases he
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sees, weak muscles are the underlying cause of joint pain, and strengthening them provides relief. He says his prescribed exercises are usually effective in days or a few weeks. “Pain is an indication of tissue in distress. For example, pain in the shoulder area is often an impingement of the bicep,” he says. His prescription is strengthening exercises using hand weights for the trapezoid, tricep and serratus anterior muscles. His book suggests a detailed self-diagnosis program and the necessary exercises to strengthen muscles and relieve joint pain (more at Tinyurl.com/YassIntroInfo).
Address underlying trauma: Osteopath Maud Nerman, of Novato, California, author of Healing Pain and Injury, has broad experience in treating neurological problems and brain injuries and often focuses on physical and emotional trauma as an underlying cause of chronic pain. She explains that the autonomic nervous system that directs unconscious body functions like breathing, digestion and heartbeat is interrupted by such trauma. “Trauma literally shocks the nervous system,” she says. “The body cannot turn off the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction, causing a firestorm of inflammation that can lead to a variety of serious diseases, overwhelming the body’s ability to manage its own healing.” Her work has showed how readjusting the body, restoring breathing and reactivating the autonomic nervous system can provide relief in short order.
Consider lifestyle, diet and supplements: “Pain is like the ‘check oil’ light on a car’s dashboard. It signals that something needs attention,” says Teitelbaum, author of Pain Free 1-2-3. “If the oil light goes on, putting a Band-Aid over it or smashing it with a hammer won’t help.” Teitelbaum recommends an energy optimization approach he dubs SHINE that addresses underlying causes of chronic pain that has worked for 91 percent of the people he’s treated for fibromyalgia and muscle pain. Sleep—Eight to nine hours a night helps replenish energy and heal muscles.
Nutrition—In Teitelbaum’s studies,
optimizing nutritional support, especially B vitamins, vitamin D, ribose, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and magnesium, was helpful. A healthy, high protein, low sugar diet is effectively complemented by a variety of herbs and nutrients, primarily curcumin, boswellia, willow bark and fish oil, nutrients that widespread studies show stop pain better than pharmaceuticals. He’s also a strong proponent of eliminating sugar entirely because it causes inflammation.
Exercise—Daily exercise speeds the healing process and after 10 weeks following the first four SHINE steps, will increase the capacity to exercise. For migraines, Teitelbaum advocates vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Numerous studies support the effectiveness of dosages of 400 milligrams per day to prevent migraines. After just six weeks of use, a German study published in the European Journal of Neurology shows thats taking a daily riboflavin supplement cut the number of migraine days in half for participants and significantly reduced the amount of migraine medication needed.
Tap for Relief: Also known as the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut, says “Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala in the brain, turning off the fight or flight stress response and allowing the body to heal.” The physical tapping opens up the body’s energy meridians and allows them to relax so the natural healing process can take place, Ortner explains.
EFT combines tapping on specific body points while repeating appropriate affirmative statements such as: “Even though I have this [pain], I love, accept and forgive myself.” He recalls a woman that arrived at a seminar he led with a toothache that had lasted for years. Doctors had done X-rays, seen an infection and prescribed antibiotics to no good effect. He asked her if she recalled when the pain began; without hesitation, she answered, “When my mother passed away unexpectedly.” “So we started working together and the pain reduced significantly right away and eventually disappeared completely,” says Ortner. A follow-up with her dentist showed no sign of the former problem. Up to now, the EFT research is positive. One study from the Energy Medicine University, in Mill Valley, California, found it helped people with chronic pain (some coping with severe fatigue and fibromyalgia) feel physically and emotionally better in as little as a month; another from the Foundation for Epigenetic Medicine, in Santa Rosa, California, showed substantially reduced trauma in institutionalized abused teenagers after just one EFT session.
Meditation vs. Medication: Meditation may not resolve the underlying cause of chronic pain, but research from the University of Alabama demonstrates it can interrupt pain signals to the brain. It’s at least as effective as opioid painkillers in relieving chronic pain, according to a study led by Cherkin at the University of Washington.
Yogic Breathing Brings Relief
n ancient yogic breathing practice, or pranayama, is used to rebalance the autonomic nervous system. Dr. Maud Nerman strongly recommends alternate nostril breathing for those that experience chronic pain caused by physical or emotional trauma. Here’s a basic practice: n After folding the middle two fingers of the right hand down, press the right nostril closed. n Inhale to the count of four.
Hormones—Treat hormone imbalances
n Hold both nostrils closed for a count of eight.
even if lab tests are “normal”.
n Release the right nostril and exhale to a count of eight.
n Repeat on the other side.
systems and persistent infections can lead to chronic pain.
n Continue for at least three minutes, alternating sides throughout. natural awakenings
His team’s 342 subjects that had experienced back pain weekly for at least a year were offered either eight meditation and yoga classes, eight cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) sessions or just keeping up their own regular daily routines that did not include yoga and meditation. The results, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirm what numerous other studies have reported: 44 percent experienced a “meaningful reduction” in pain within six months of the meditation or CBT sessions, equal to results reported by people taking addictive opioid pharmaceuticals. More, the pain relief continued for up to two years, even if the subjects stopped doing actual sitting meditation. “Meditation changes the way people think about pain and how they develop skills to keep it from becoming a major focus in their lives,” observes Cherkin. Regardless of the mechanism, experts in a holistic approach to chronic pain relief agree that encouraging self-control, self-determination and self-empowerment makes a huge difference in patients’ abilities to control pain more naturally and effectively. Kathleen Barnes is author of numerous natural health books, including Our Toxic World: A Survivor’s Guide. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.
How to Tap Away Pain
apping, or Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), soothes the body by turning off the “fight or flight” stress response that can cause inflammation and worsen pain, according to Tapping Solutions founder Nick Ortner, of Newtown, Connecticut. Here’s how to do it:
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Identify the problem (e.g., pain in back of neck). Rate the intensity of feelings about the problem on a scale of one to 10.
Compose a statement about it (e.g., “Even though I have intense neck pain today, I deeply and completely accept myself”). Using one or two fingers on one hand, tap the “karate chop” area on the outer edge of the other hand while repeating the statement three times.
While repeating, e.g., “intense neck pain,” using firm, but gentle pressure, use either two or four fingers to tap these areas, on either side, five to seven times in sequences as follows:
* side of eyebrow * side of eye * under eye * under nose * chin * inner collarbone * under arm * top of head
Refocus on the original problem and rate its intensity. Restate what you’re feeling, as needed. Source: The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief, by Nick Ortner; instructional video at Tinyurl.com/JessicaOrtnerTapping.
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Blueberries Join the Fight against Free Radicals by Franklin St. John, Doctor of Chinese Medicine
ou’ve probably heard of the dangers of free radicals, and how important it is to combat them using antioxidants. You might also know that free radicals form as a result of your normal bodily functions, as well as from environmental considerations such as the air we breathe and even the water we drink. But you still might not know exactly what free radicals are. Free radicals are atoms or ions that are missing at least one electron from their outer shell. When they enter your body, they steal electrons from your healthy cells and turn them into free radicals too. That process continues until the damage is so severe that health issues occur. With this in mind, I’d like to discuss anthocyanins, a group of antioxidants that is particularly effective in fighting free radicals. Anthocyanins are what make blueberries so beneficial to your health (and, incidentally, what give them their blue color). The level of anthocyanins in blueberries is very high, and scientific literature has confirmed their effectiveness in fighting free radicals. But why are anthocyanins so effective in fighting free radical damage? Their chemical makeup is part of the answer. It just so happens that the electrons in the outer shell of free radicals—namely hydrogen, oxygen and carbon—are shared by the individual atoms that make up the anthocyanins. Because the electrons are shared, it is easy for the free radicals to latch on to them. But, unbeknownst to the evil free radicals, when they latch on to anthocyanins, they become neutralized before they can cause damage to your organs and DNA. Instead, they simply become debris, which travels through the liver and finally out of the body as waste. Neat!
Obviously you should have an abundance of free radical fighters in your system at all times—and one of the best ways to accomplish this would be to eat blueberries on a regular basis. But there’s one problem: you would have to eat a lot of blueberries in order to get maximum benefits. I know that when you eat too much of one food, you can get sick of it. (Personally, I love blueberries, and I would find it hard to get tired of them.) But even if you eat them regularly, you cannot maximize your intake of the anthocyanins. That’s why my company developed a liquid concentrate incorporating extracts of blueberry and bilberry, along with various other extracts, that is both effective and easy to take. There are two other factors that I found to be important in developing this concentrate. The first is taste. If a liquid
concentrate doesn’t taste good, it’ll be more like medicine than a pleasant drink. The second is calories. I believe you should not have to think about your waistline every time you drink something. There are two herbal extracts that are very sweet and have no calories: Lo han fruit extract and an extract of stevia. By properly combining the two, we got a wonderful taste in our blueberry concentrate. By the way, I use blueberry concentrate on cereal, in milk and even in water. By taking it three times a day, I feel that I am doing my best to fight those dangerous free radicals. Dr. Franklin St. John, founder of HerbaSway Laboratories, was taught traditional Chinese herbal medicine and qigong by a Taoist master from the mountains of China. For more information, visit HerbaSway.com or call 1.800.672.7322.
backyard charcoal-style approach, with toxin-free hardwood lump charcoal, or a barbecue gas grill. Grill grates can be plain or fancy, from a pizza stone to a high-heat pizza oven—all can bring out that charcoal earthiness.
Backyard Pizza Party Grill Scrumptious Pizzas and Flatbreads by Claire O’Neil
ummer is high season for grilling when just about anything sizzled over high heat tastes great. Grill masters Karen Adler and Judith Fertig recently put this theory to the test when they fired up their grills—gas and char-
coal—to cook bruschetta, panini, flatbreads and pizzas. The results tasted so good that they created a cookbook: Patio Pizzeria: Artisan Pizza and Flatbreads on the Grill. Here are a few pointers using a
Great Grilled Breads
“No patio pizzeria repertoire is complete without a signature grilled bread. It’s one of the easiest and most flavorful appetizers ever,” says Adler. This dish starts with good whole grain bread, liberally brushed with extra-virgin olive oil on both sides, and then grilled and topped with any number of vegetable mixtures, from fresh sliced tomatoes to sautéed bell peppers or broccoli rabe and garlic. “The bread slices should be big enough to manage on the grill grates with long-handled grill tongs,” she says. “Simply cook on each side until the bread has good grill marks, then add toppings.” For flatbread, Fertig suggests starting with a pound of fresh pizza dough— healthy grain, if preferred—cut into four pieces. Pat each piece into an oval on a floured surface. “The good thing about flatbread is that it can be just about any shape, so the pressure is off to make it perfectly round.” Brush each oval with olive
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oil before transferring it directly onto the hot grill grate. When the dough bubbles up like a pancake, turn it with grill tongs and cook the other side. Then top the grilled flatbread with mixtures like honey, pistachios and chive blossoms or freshly chopped herbs and grated pecorino cheese. “Grilled flatbread can go vegan, vegetarian or ‘omnivore-ean’,” she says.
Tiny Pizzas with Big Flavor
Another variation is to step up from flatbread to small, individual pizzas, or pizzettes. For this, use the same fresh pizza dough, but roll it into four perfect rounds. One by one, the rounds go on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brushed with olive oil. “Placing the dough on the oiled
parchment paper first and then flipping it upside-down on the grill grates helps keep the dough’s shape better than placing it directly on the grates by hand. This quick flip-and-peel motion is easy once you do it a time or two. Keeping the pizzas small also makes them easier to maneuver on the grill,” advises Adler. After each pizzette bubbles up like a pancake, it needs to be turned and moved to the indirect, or noheat, side of the grill. There, it gets pizza toppings and can sit for a while with the grill lid closed, so the toppings melt. Served with a fresh salad or summer fruit, a flatbread or pizzette makes for a perfect summer meal on the grill. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.
Broccoli Rabe and Garlic Bruschetta
Baby Arugula, Ricotta, Sea Salt and Olive Oil Pizzas Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Fresh baby arugula on top gives this pizza a fresh first bite, with creamy, tangy, salty and grill-icious to follow. 1 cup ricotta cheese ¼ tsp dried red pepper flakes 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ¼ tsp coarse sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 1 lb prepared pizza dough, garlic and herb-flavored, if possible; whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing ¼ cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese 4 cups baby arugula (about 6 oz)
Stir together the ricotta, red pepper flakes and olive oil in a small bowl and adjust the seasonings to taste. Set aside. Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other. Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inchdiameter circle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil. Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks. Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the ricotta and sprinkle with one-quarter of the Pecorino Romano. Cover and grill for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with 1 cup of arugula.
Yields: 8 servings Hearty greens such as broccoli rabe, kale, Swiss chard and spinach are interchangeable here. A quick sauté until greens are wilted keeps dark colors brilliant. Pile the greens, still dripping with olive oil, atop the toasted bread for an appetizer or delicious side with pasta or pizza. For the sautéed broccoli rabe: 8 oz broccoli rabe, chopped 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 /8 tsp kosher or sea salt Pinch of red pepper flakes (less than 1/8 tsp) For the bruschetta: 8 slices (½-inch-thick) of Italian country (or gluten-free) bread 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil For the sautéed broccoli rabe, in a large skillet on the stovetop, heat 2 tablespoons of water and add the broccoli rabe and garlic. Cook until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Drizzle with the olive oil and season with the red pepper flakes and salt. Adjust the seasonings to taste. For the bruschetta, prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Brush each slice with the olive oil and grill 1 to 2 minutes per side, or until it has good grill marks. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the wilted broccoli rabe on each bruschetta and serve warm.
Thai Shrimp Pizzettes with Coconut and Chiles Yields: 4 (6-to-8-inch) pizza servings Green curry paste, available in the Asian section of the grocery, contains green chiles, lemongrass and other tasty seasonings. Ingredients include enough shrimp for nibbling before scattering the bulk of them on the pizzettes. For the green curry coconut sauce: 1 cup fresh or canned coconut milk, well shaken 2 tsp green curry paste Juice of 1 lime (about 1 Tbsp) For the shrimp pizzettes: 1 lb large shrimp (31 to 35), peeled and deveined Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing 1 lb prepared pizza dough, whole wheat, natural grain or gluten-free if preferred Unbleached all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour for rolling out and dusting ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
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For the green curry coconut sauce, stir together the coconut milk, green curry paste and lime juice in small bowl. Set aside. For the shrimp pizzettes, soak 8 (12-inch) bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. Prepare an indirect medium-hot fire in the grill, with heat on one side and no heat on the other. Thread the shrimp onto the prepared skewers and brush with olive oil. Grill shrimp over direct heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until firm, opaque and pink.
Divide the dough into four portions. On a floured surface, pat or roll each portion into a 6-to-8-inch-diameter circle. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Brush olive oil into a circle that’s a little larger than a pizza, and then place a pizza on the oiled circle. Brush the top of the pizza with olive oil. Lift the pizza by holding the ends of the parchment paper. At a height of about 6 inches above the grill, flip the circle of dough onto the hot side of the grill grates. Quickly peel off the parchment and close the lid. Grill the pizza base for 2 to 3 minutes, or until it has good grill marks. Turn the pizza with tongs and move it to the indirect heat side. Spread the pizza with one-quarter of the green curry coconut sauce. Cover and grill for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until the topping has melted. Repeat the process with the other pizzas. To serve, top each pizza with grilled shrimp and cilantro. Source: Patio Pizzeria, by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig; adapted, with the permission of Running Press.
Molly Hagan on Eco-Living:
START SMALL AND STAY COMMITTED by April Thompson
orn and raised in the Midwest, actress Molly Hagan moved west in the 1980s to pursue her dream of an acting career. Her childhood home was located alongside farmland that ended up being sold and quarried for limestone. “They kept buying more acreage and infringing on our life and landscape. It was hideous, and led me to want to conserve and protect the land and its beauty,” says Hagan. Committed to realizing her professional goals, she’s also dedicated to living eco-consciously and furthering conservation causes. Hagan lives with her partner, archaeologist Richard Guttenberg, in an energy-efficient home below the San Gabriel mountains in Altadena, California. During her 30-plus-year acting career, Hagan has appeared in more than 30 films, including the classics Code of Silence, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sully and Election. Her many TV episode credits include Star Trek Deep Space Nine, Columbo, Friends, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, Grey’s Anatomy and Bones; she was a regular on the popular Herman’s Head and beloved Unfabulous.
With so many dimensions to sustainability, what issue most moves you to make green lifestyle choices? My chief concern is overpopulation. The most conscious environmental decision I ever made was not to have
children; my decision is in no way a judgment on those that do. But I believe the warming world is grossly overpopulated, causing resources to become precious, and we must make ever wiser choices.
What are some of the conservation steps you have taken in your home and garden? When I had the means, I bought bigticket items to conserve electricity, like a Sun Frost refrigerator. When money was tight, I focused more on little things, like energy-efficient light bulbs, composting and recycling. When we bought our small home in sunny Southern California three years ago, we tore out the lawn and irrigation system and planted mostly native plants that require little to no watering. We have an organic vegetable garden, which we hand water using rainwater captured in rain barrels. We also capture our shower water and use it to water plants in summer and flush toilets in winter. Our house had no heating or cooling system, so we invested in ductless split-system heat pumps that cool and heat very efficiently. We knew we needed to do more, so we met with a home energy consultant. We followed through with doable improvements like chimney balloons, painting our flat roof with a reflective coating and weatherproofing windows and doors, while we saved toward doing
more big things. Last year, we were able to take the plunge and installed recessed LED lighting, upgraded all our windows and doors and insulated our home’s ceilings and floors. We also repurposed material saved from my former yoga studio for the flooring. The insulation has reduced our air conditioning use by 70 percent; despite living in the scorching San Gabriel Valley with little shade cover, we rarely have to turn it on. Our winter electricity bill is down 40 percent, so we’re already seeing a return on our investments, in addition to reducing our carbon footprint. We know we can still do more. We dream of going solar and adding a water reuse system. Next, we want to get everyone involved in planting trees in our neighborhood.
Because living in a sprawling city or suburb can raise our everyday transportation footprint, how do you minimize your driving? It’s tough to have a small transportation footprint in Los Angeles. I took the bus a couple of times when I moved here, but it was difficult to make timesensitive shoots and auditions. Luckily, nearly everything I need is near our home, and I try not to travel far unless I’m auditioning. I’ve always bought small cars to save gas. I bought the first electric hybrid made by Honda, their futuristiclooking Insight. My last three cars have been a hybrid Toyota Prius.
Do you try to use your public profile to advocate for change? I’ve always focused on what I can do in my life to live simply and cleanly. The choices I’ve made come from my heart. I don’t carry statistics in my head, can’t quote experts and don’t consider myself an activist. I read up on eco-issues, get a visceral sense of what is right, and then try to lead by example. For example, after we tore out our water- and chemical-hungry lawn, our neighbors on both sides tore out theirs. It’s a simple, but powerful act. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and SclerodermaCan They Be Reversed? From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City
What are they and what do they have in common?
So, what is intravenous ozone therapy, how does it work, and is it safe?
Multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus erythematosus (LE) and Medical ozone is a highly reactive gas. It has scleroderma (S) are diseases that can all be to be made “fresh” at the time of its use in a partially or completely reversed! This is a machine that passes electric current through bold statement. Conventional medicine has medical-grade oxygen in a special hand-blown shown that it has no answers for these lifeglass tube. It can’t be stored in a powder, tablet, taking, debilitating conditions except to try capsule or liquid form like other medicines. Dr. Howard Robins and slow down the degeneration or alleviate When it enters the body, it acts like “glue” to the symptoms. all viruses, bacteria, fungus, yeast, mold, toxins, toxic heavy These autoimmune diseases cause the immune metals and parasites, destroying them without harming any system to hyper (over) react and attack various organs or healthy cells in our body. Unlike the above mentioned harmful structures of your body, including joints, skin, kidneys, organisms, healthy cells have special enzymes that ward off blood cells, heart and lungs as if they were enemies, like ozone and protect themselves from destruction. viruses or harmful bacteria. By ridding the body of all these harmful disease-causing MS is an inflammatory disease in which the fatty myorganisms, intravenous ozone therapy has been able to reverse elin sheaths around the axons of the brain and spinal cord the diseases in question as well as a host of many other diseasare damaged, leading to demyelination of the nerves and es and illnesses. While it is not known exactly which organisms scarring as well as a broad spectrum of signs and sympare causing the diseases, medical ozone, by destroying all of toms, most notably muscle weakness. them, helps us win the war, and, believe it or not, it’s safe! What they all have in common is that they can not While used in more than 50 countries by over 45,000 only take your life, but they usually work slowly, breaking physicians for over 70 years, the most famous study done on its down your body, causing many painful and debilitating safety was published in Germany in 1982. In Germany, medisymptoms, making your life miserable. cal ozone therapy is used pre- and post-operatively to prevent
What has worked so far?
Conventional medicine has spent billions of dollars trying to find the cause and cure of these diseases. Most of the money and efforts, however, have been spent on finding pharmaceuticals that can relieve some of the symptoms. Natural medicine has had good results by cleansing and detoxifying the body. Many natural medicine methods have met with some success. Dietary changes, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy and meditation are just some of the methods employed that have had some beneficial but inconsistent results
infections as well as to treat most health problems. Jacobs, et al., reported in his published study that close to 400,000 patients were given more than 5,500,000 treatments over a two-year period with an adverse reaction rate of .0007! For more information, call Dr. Howard Robins at 212-581-0101. Robins is considered the foremost clinical expert on the use of medical ozone in North America, with more than 22 years of clinical practice and 185,000 treatments performed. Bring in this article or the ad from page 3 for a $50 discount off your initial consultation.
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by April Thompson
inecraft. Pokemon. Snapchat. Digital media dominates childhood. That time youngsters used to spend playing with friends, being with family or sleeping has been zapped. According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8-to-10-year-olds are daily exposed to nearly eight hours of onscreen media and heavy media users are twice as likely to report poor grades. Conscientious and concerned parents are setting limits on screen time and reclaiming family time. Experts, too, are working to define a “new healthy” at a time when many activities, from homework to shopping, are moving online. “How can you begin to limit kids’ screen time when teachers are increasingly using media?” queries Pediatrician Corinn Cross, who practices in Los Angeles. “It’s hard. None of us grew up with this level of technology, and it’s moving faster than any advice can.”
Nip It Early
Cross co-authored the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) recently updated digital media guidelines, which na-newyorkcity.com
shifted from strict time limits to greater flexibility for and within different age groups. For children under 18 months, the recommendation is to avoid media altogether outside of video chats with loved ones. In the older age ranges, the guidelines are less prescriptive and more about setting individual limits that ensure getting enough sleep and physical activity along with achieving other developmental needs. Cross believes excessive screen time is particularly detrimental for younger kids that have fewer waking hours and more developing to do. “Toddlers don’t learn well from screens, so you will have limited return from using screens for education,” she observes. Kathy Marrocco, an Oakland Township, Michigan, blogger with YourOrganicChild.com, initially worried about her kids’ potential adverse exposure to radiation from cell phone use. Her concern soon turned to other big impacts of digital media encroaching on their lives. She cites a study of 3,000 parents of grade-school-aged kids, which found that nearly two-thirds of the children are using
their devices at night instead of sleeping, with a corresponding drop in concentration, memory and energy. Marrocco maintains firm boundaries with her daughter, 13, and son, 18, prohibiting the use of electronics at the kitchen table and in their rooms at night, in line with AAP recommendations. “They can only have devices in their room at night if they are in offline ‘airplane mode’ so they won’t be tempted to check or respond to incoming messages,” she says. Kids don’t sleep well next to their phones, agrees Cross, a mother of three, ages 4, 6 and 8. “They have trouble falling and staying asleep.” She also doesn’t let her children use e-readers instead of books.
Prevent Screen Addiction
Psychotherapist Nicholas Kardaras, Ph.D., an addiction expert and executive director of The Dunes, a rehab clinic in East Hampton, New York, is even firmer about screen time, having seen some kids go off the digital deep end. Delaying the onset of screen ex-
Media and screens are best used purposefully, to achieve a specified goal. ~Corinn Cross posure is the most critical step a parent can take, suggests Kardaras. “There’s no evidence to suggest media exposure is beneficial to child development. Most tech geniuses, including the founders of Google, Amazon and Apple, were not exposed to it until adolescence. “Treating digital addiction is challenging because you can’t be digitally abstinent in this society,” he continues. “Prevention is the key.” Digital media abuse can have lasting developmental impacts, according to Kardaras, author of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids and How to Break the Trance. DrKardaras.com cites numerous studies on the effects of such intensive use, from increased prevalence of attention deficit disorder to higher rates of depression. Brain imaging studies from institutions
such as the medical schools at Indiana University and University of Utah have shown how heavy exposure to digital media has effects on the brain similar to substance addiction, reports Kardaras, affecting areas of the brain linked with functions like impulse control, brain connectivity and processing speed. In his practice, red flags for potential digital addiction include strong reactions when devices are taken away, disinterest in “offline” activities, worsening of interpersonal relationships and dropping grades. Modeling good practices is as important as monitoring kids’ behavior, suggests Cross. In her household, all electronic tablets and cell phones are kept in a drawer when not in use. “If I have work to do or have to take a phone call, I’ll go to another room, then come back and be present with the kids,” she says. “Quality, face-toface time is important.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.
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tell them to put their devices away,” advises Pediatrician Corinn Cross. HealthyChildren.org/MediaUsePlan offers a free interactive online tool to create a personalized family media use plan. If kids don’t comply with rules, Kathy Marrocco suggests turning the Wi-Fi off at night or taking away devices altogether. But don’t leave a void, cautions Cross. Substitute fun, fulfilling activities.
eeping the family in sync about the amount of digital media use is challenging. Here are some expert tips on maintaining a healthy balance.
Decide the ground rules — “Determine rules that make sense for everyone, and it’ll be much easier to get your kids on board, as they won’t see it as arbitrary when you
Be wary of even “good” screen time — Test educational apps before approving them for kids to ensure their quality and so parents can help reinforce the learning, says Cross. She likes CommonSenseMedia. org for parental reviews and information to filter media of all kinds, from apps and games to TV shows. Consider advocating for limiting screen time in local schools. “I asked
my boys’ elementary school not to give them portable devices until they were 10,” says Nicholas Kardaras, the father of 9-year-old twins.
Watch out for rewards — Some screen time is more mesmerizing for kids than others, according to Kardaras, who treats such addictions. Most video games are designed on a variable reward schedule, similar to slot machines, which intentionally stimulates players to chase future rewards. Consider stricter limits on such media.
Play first in the real world — Because it reduces overall exercise, screen overuse can contribute to obesity. Cross recommends prioritizing exercising before daily allotted screen time; after being online, it’s more difficult to engage kids in physical activity.
Green Car Buying Tips Fuel Economy Plus Sales Incentives Equal Big Savings by Jim Motavalli
hile some carmakers are filling showrooms with ever-larger gasguzzling sport utility vehicles (SUV) thanks to lower gas prices, some car buyers want to do just the opposite and go greener with their wheels. Fortunately, more eco-friendly options exist than ever before—many of which come with surprising personal benefits in addition to a cleaner, greener planet. The green share of the U.S. auto market, combining battery electrics, hybrids and plugin hybrids, peaked at 3.8 percent in 2013, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Despite a record 59 models available now, the share was just 2.87 percent in 2016. As Millennials—the generation that could be buying 40 percent of all new vehicles by 2020—fully emerge into the marketplace, eco-car numbers could zoom, although some think it’s possible they’ll by shunning car purchases for car-sharing services. “The market has continued to shift to crossovers and big SUVs, and there aren’t many hybrid models available in those categories,” says Sam Abuelsamid, senior research analyst at Navigant Research. “We expect that to change in the next couple of years, when vehicles like the hybrid Ford Explorer reach the public.” Navigant projects only 3.4 percent annual compounded growth in hybrid sales by 2025, but a much more robust 31 percent rise in battery-run electrics. “Conventional hybrids without a plug no longer have the halo they once had,” says Bradley Berman, founder of HybridCars.com. “The cutting edge has moved to electric cars with 26
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ever-bigger battery packs and longer electric range. With gas prices at relatively low levels, the green car market remains a small niche.”
Getting a Green Bargain
Many of the greener choices are now a tremendous bargain for consumers. The federal government currently offers a tax credit of up to $4,500 for electrified vehicles, and many states kick in with added subsidies. Highlights include maximums available for electric vehicles (EV) with big batteries: California, $1,500 in rebates, plus single-occupant use of the high-occupancy vehicle lanes; Colorado, $5,000; Connecticut, $3,000; Delaware, $2,200; Maryland, $3,000; Massachusetts, $2,500; Michigan, $2,500; Pennsylvania, $2,000; Rhode Island, $2,500; Texas, $2,500; and Utah, $750. The Prius Prime is a prime example of the savings available. The acclaimed plug-in hybrid, with an electric range of 25 miles, starts at $27,100, before subsidies (starting prices are before destination costs). In California, it would be $21,100. This means this well-equipped plug-in hybrid is, for state purchasers, approximately $3,585 less than a base Prius liftback hybrid ($24,685). It’s a buyer’s market for green cars, as manufacturers incentivize them to meet federal and California fuel economy averages. Buyers are encouraged to act now before subsidies disappear. Hyundai is taking an interesting approach with its green Ioniq line, offering, beginning this year, affordable battery electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the na-newyorkcity.com
same midsized car platform. “This is about freedom for the customer—they can choose the level of electrification that fits them,” says Mike O’Brien, Hyundai vice president of corporate and product planning.
Great Green Choices
Here are some more good choices.
Battery electric: Chevrolet Bolt
With the Bolt—GM’s first battery electric since the EV1—the buyer can get from zero to 60 Chevrolet Bolt miles per hour (mph) in 6.5 seconds from its 200-horsepower motor plus attain 238 miles of range from its huge, 60-kilowatt-hour battery, winning it 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, Green Car Journal’s 2017 Green Car of the Year and 2017 North American Car of the Year from a jury of automotive journalists. Prices start at $36,620, but subsidies can top $10,000.
Plug-in hybrid: Audi A3 e-tron
The power (204 horsepower) and zero-to-60 mph time capability is Audi A3 e-tron similar to the Bolt, but the A3 offers a more sumptuous cabin and Audi’s celebrated driving dynamics. The electric range is a mere 16 miles, but 380 miles total using the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder gas engine. Prices start at $38,900, but it qualifies for a $4,500 federal tax credit and some state subsidies, too.
Hybrid car: Toyota Highlander
Mildly updated for 2017, the Highlander is the only three-row hybrid SUV currently available, Toyota Highlander making it worth considering. Good news includes a power increase in the 3.5-liter V-6 (to 306 horsepower), although there’s a small fuel-economy penalty. The hybrid is rated at 30 miles per gallon in the city, 28 highway and 29 combined. The bottom line cost starts at $36,270 without subsidies. Other worthy cars: The fuel cellpowered Honda Clarity, Toyota Mirai and Hyundai Tucson (for southern Californians); any of the Ioniqs; the versatile plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt; and the quick BMW i3 and i8 and Tesla Model S if the budget allows. Jim Motavalli is an author, freelance journalist and speaker specializing in clean automotive and other environmental topics. He lives in Fairfield, CT. Connect at JimMotavalli.com.
affected body part is touched, bumped or moved about, which may spur aggressive behavior, so show tender care and respect. Relief typically comes when the pet rests the affected part.
Homeopathy for Joint Injury and Pain by Shawn Messonnier
and finger joints by Dr. Vikas Sharma, of Chandigarh, India, may also be helpful for pets with joint injury and pain, according to The Arthritis Solution for Dogs & Cats (PetCareNaturally. com). Consult a holistic veterinarian for individual treatment options.
Arnica This is a mainstay of homeopathy, as noted in the New World Veterinary Repertory, and applies to anything related to bones and joints. It is useful for chronic arthritis, especially if the painful parts of the body seem to worsen when moved or touched.
Bryonia Alba It’s especially helpful for pets showing signs of stiffness and inflammation with pain made worse as the pet moves, especially when rising and lying down. Offset cold dry weather with warmth and humidification. Discomfort is aggravated when the
Kali carbonicum Pets with advanced arthritis showing joints that are thickened or deformed may benefit from kali. Stiffness and pain are typically worse in the morning from cold, damp weather, so that’s an ideal time for applying prescribed treatment.
Six Remedies for Relief
oint disease, specifically arthritis, is a common problem in dogs and cats, especially as they age. The causes are many and include obesity, inflammation, immune dysfunction and normal wear and tear in joints. Conventional therapies include steroids, non-steroidal medications, analgesic medications to control pain and surgery, when applicable. Clinical signs of arthritis include joint stiffness, pain, difficulty getting up and down, a pet’s decreased desire to walk or exercise and increased aggression due to pain. Keep in mind that other causes may be misdiagnosed as “arthritis”, but are related to another disease. Many natural therapies for joint disease include acupuncture, chiropractic, cold laser treatment, physical therapy, Chinese and Western herbal therapies, nutrition and diet, homotoxicology and homeopathy. Several key homeopathic remedies recommended for human relief in osteoarthritic knee, hip
This remedy may ease deeply aching arthritis, particularly if bony or fibrous tissue has formed around joints. Avoid cold and dampness. Signs alerting a veterinarian to the problem may include muscle weakness, fatigue from exertion and a feeling of chilliness or sluggishness (these pets may also be hypothyroid).
This is useful for many arthritic pets and especially those with rheumatoid arthritis, which is rare. The remedy is also beneficial for pets that start the day stiff and in pain, but improve with continued movement. Protect them from cold, wet weather conditions.
Ruta graveolens Another widely recognized arthritis remedy, ruta grav is for pets whose symptoms may be exacerbated by cold and damp and exertion. It may be prescribed for affected and damaged tendons and capsules of the joints, when arthritis may have developed from overuse, repeated wear and tear and associated chronic inflammation. The practice of functional medicine teaches combinations of complementary therapies suited to the individual pet’s needs. Homeopathics can be a beneficial element in treating animals suffering from a variety of joint disorders. Shawn Messonnier, a doctor of veterinary medicine practicing in Plano, TX, is the author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs & Cats and Unexpected Miracles: Hope and Holistic Healing for Pets.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 10 One Spirit Learning Alliance Class of 2017 Graduation – 2-4pm. One Spirit is thrilled to invite you to the commencement ceremony of our 2017 graduates. Please join us as we honor the hard work and growth of our graduates. For two years, these students have been on a powerful journey of transformation, and this ceremony marks a new chapter in service to our quickly changing world. We will also honor the Rev Dr Joyce Liechenstein, One Spirit Associate Director Emerita. Free admission, please consider a donation of $20 or more to the scholarship fund in honor of a graduate. The Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Dr, New York, NY. onespiritinterfaith. org/workshops-events/.
SAT, JUNE 10-SUN, JUNE 11 Green Festival – 10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday. Green Festival® is a vibrant, dynamic marketplace where companies and organizations come to showcase their green products and services, and where people go to learn how to live healthier, more sustainable lives. It is America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event! Green Festival offers something for everyone with the widest selection of products and services to work green, play green and live green from food, fashion and health to energy, construction and design. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th St, New York, NY. 212-216-2000 or greenfestivals.org. See page 2 for details.
SUNDAY, JUNE 11 The Practical Pendulum Workshop with Avril Brenig – 3-4:30pm. Avril is a Tarot consultant, Certified Séance Counselor and Reiki Master who also practices Dowsing, and is a Focusing Professional and Trainer. In this workshop, we will discuss how to do pendulum dowsing, becoming comfortable working with a pendulum, asking questions in the best way (using ethical guidelines) doing clearings before beginning dowsing and much more. $30 (includes a hand-made pendulum). The Center for Remembering and Sharing (CRS), 123 4th Ave (between 12th and 13th Sts), New York, NY. 212260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com/events.
WED, JUNE 21 & MON, JULY 17 One Spirit Seminary Information Session – 7-9pm. By enrolling in One Spirit’s Interfaith/Interspiritual Seminary program, you will learn how to use, and to support others to use, every experience in life as an opportunity for spiritual evolution. Our heartcentered program contains a deeper curriculum of evolving consciousness and spiritual maturity that will help you to expand your spiritual growth. Meet staff, students and alumni. Rev Kandace Simmons, Director of Admissions. Learning preference: attendance and live via Zoom Videoconference. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY. onespiritinterfaith.org/workshops-events/.
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The Many Ways Your Womb Speaks to You – 12noon-1:30pm. Do you find you get an upset stomach after eating certain foods, or feel tired when you’re around certain people? Do you have unnerving dreams? These are just a few of the ways your womb is trying to communicate with you. Are you paying attention? Lisa Marie Goodson will discuss the many ways your womb tries to get your attention, including how to listen, how to heal your womb for greater understanding and how to charge up your womb for clarity and abundance. Because of her own joyous healing journey, Lisa healed herself of all afflictions, and lives the life she always imagined, filled with love, joy and prosperity. atozhealingspace.com/the-circle-space/.
FRI, JUNE 23-FRI, JUNE 30 2017 Eastover Medical Qigong and Eastern Medicine Symposium – This event features 16 eastern internationally renowned masters, including Mantak Chia, Junfeng Li and Aiping Cheng. Chia’s mastery of ancient Chinese practices in several disciplines resulted in the creation of his Universal Healing Tao System and has published 57 books on Tao as a secret to longevity. Li is the founder of Sheng Zhen (Unconditional Love) Qigong and former head coach of China’s national wushu team. Cheng is a world authority in Chinese martial arts, with experience spanning more than 40 years. Other featured experts include Lonny Jarrett, Roger Janhke and Sifu Terence Dunn, PhD. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264- 5139 or Eastover.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 24 “The PSALM® Cards: And Messages from the Psalms by Rabbi Robert dos Santos Teixeira – 3:30-5pm. Journey through the world of the Psalms, a source of spiritual inspiration! Embedded in the ancient Psalm verses are rich images that form a symbolic language. Whether you are searching for answers, insights, or spiritual teachings, pull a card from the deck and allow the image to offer its compelling, succinct message. The companion guide offers a fuller explanation. Insights are from a variety of sources, including Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Jungian psychology and 12-Step Recovery. Find other useful tools, such as affirmations, breathing exercises, mantras, prayers, and visualizations. He always asks the same question, “What is the Light Within trying to tell you?” Free. The Center for Remembering and Sharing (CRS), 123 4th Ave (between 12th and 13th Sts), New York, NY. 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com/events.
MONDAY, JUNE 26 Understanding the Energy of Relationships – 3:30-5pm. Kamini Desai, the Education Director of the Amrit Yoga Institute, leads this workshop that asks the question “What Do Your Relationships Say About You?” Explore the energy principles of yoga, and how they create patterns in the way we relate to others. This fascinating set of teachings and exercises will help you with many of your past and present relationships and will give you concrete tools to experiment with as you relate to clients, colleagues, friends and family. You will end with a yoga nidra experience to fully absorb the insights you receive and set your intention as you move forward in the way you relate to others. Free to AtoZ members. atozhealingspace.com/the-circle-space/.
SATURDAY, JULY 22 Tarot Master Class and Q&A with Rachel Pollack, Robert Place and Sasha Graham – 1-4pm. This class is geared for all levels of Tarot experience. The panel and class will dispense knowledge that will be helpful to advanced and intermediate Tarot practitioners, as well as for beginning level Tarot practitioners, and those interested in expanding their knowledge of Tarot in a generalized way. Please join us for an illuminating and beneficial experience! Aum Shanti Bookshop, 226 E 14th (between 2nd and 3rd Aves), New York, NY. 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com/events.
SUNDAY, JULY 23 Pop-Up NYC Awaken Fair – 10am-5pm. The NYC Awaken Fair is the best-loved body, mind, spirit holistic expo! Compelling speakers, over 50 exhibitors, gifted healers, inspired readers, unique vendors and hundreds of guests. Awaken to your best self! Exhibitor spots available. Roger Smith Hotel, 501 Lexington Ave, New York, NY. awakenfair.com or 212-755-1400. Aum Shanti Psychic Fair – 1-6pm. Join us for our summer psychic fair at CRS. This afternoon fair is a great chance to meet our readers, learn and share. Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 4th Ave (between 12th and 13th Sts), New York, NY. 212260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com/events.
Coming Home to Self – Women’s Circle with Joni Advent Maher -- Second Tuesday of every month,12-1:30pm. At AtoZ Healing Space, we gather around the holy space in the center of the circle where we place our intentions, our dreams, and our willingness to listen. We hear our emerging collective wisdom, creating a sacred community together. Free to AtoZ Healing Space members. Join us! atozhealingspace.com/the-circle-space/. Through the Rabbit Hole – Art Spirit Circle with Kassi Gregory – Starts July 17th. 10-11:15am, third Monday of every month. This is a spiritual art practice that allows space to release past wounds, discover something new, and embrace all aspects of the self. Kassi Gregory facilitates through meditation and instruction as you explore the Animals’ Spirit World and navigate a spiritual journey through art. Free to AtoZ Healing Space members. atozhealingspace.com/membership.
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