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NEWLIFE EXPO Continues Its Trail of Success


he NEWLIFE EXPO is America’s longestrunning event focused on holistic enlightenment and rejuvenation, and its organizer, Mark Becker, says he’s grateful for the continued success and growth of what he started 28 years ago. “Last year I was happy not only to deliver an awesome NEWLIFE EXPO in Palm Beach Mark Becker and Fort Lauderdale and two in New York, but also to add the Vegetarian Vision Health and Wellness Expo in New York to help share the innate knowledge that we all know deep inside,” Becker says. “There’s an old saying that we are what we eat. Between GMOs infiltrating our fruits, vegetables and grains, chemtrail residue falling on them and pesticides and chemicals feeding them, we have to be more careful about when and where we shop. We also need to learn how to grow as much as we can at home—sprouts are the easiest to start with. Self-sustainability is the new norm.” The NEWLIFE EXPO is slated to return to New York City’s Hotel New Yorker March 16-18 with 100 exhibitors & speakers including Mas Sajady, Kimberly Meredith, Brenda Cobb, Mark Becker,Gail Thackray, Thomas John, Jill Dahne and Dr. Joel Wallach, Robert Young, Dr. Hal Blatman and Hanson Tse. For more information or to preregister for discounts, visit or email


espite decades of public health campaigns to improve Americans’ diet, most of us still aren’t eating enough fruits and veggies, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Only 12 percent of Americans get the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables—and only 9 percent when only veggie consumption is considered. “The study confirms years of data demonstrating that Americans do not eat their fruits and vegetables,” Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition and food studies at New York University, says. “Assuming this result is close to reality, it suggests the need for taking much stronger action to make it cheaper and easier to eat fruits and vegetables.” There are many reasons Americans aren’t getting enough fruits and veggies. Some people don’t like them, while others don’t have access to them. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 13.5 million people live in food deserts, where processed foods are cheaper and easier to find. The Union of Concerned Scientists has noted that only 2 percent of American farmland is devoted to these crops—and that number would have to double to accommodate the public need. Meanwhile, they say, the food industry is pushing processed foods.   Some of the above information was originally published in The Guardian on November 17, 2017. To read more, visit Massage for Health and Fitness online at New York City Edition


veryone can benefit from yoga, but many people can’t get to the floor due to age, handicap or inflexibility. This month the New York Open Center will host a teacher training in Chair Yoga, which accommodates students who can’t take a traditional yoga class for physical reasons. The three-and-a-half-day training will run from March 20 to 23, with a free introductory class offered March 8 at 6 p.m. “Chair yoga replaces the mat, and the chair becomes an extension of the body, allowing you to take full advantage of yoga’s health potential,” says Brenda Yarnold, the director of Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga (LVCY), who will lead the training. In this training, students will learn Sun and Moon Salutations, Warrior Series, Double Chair Yoga, Pair Chair Yoga and Weighted Chair Yoga. Additionally, the training will cover several Eastern disciplines and modalities, including Pa Tuan Chin; acupressure knee-strengthening exercises; various breathing techniques; seven chakras (their meanings, colors, sounds and affirmations); five yamas and five niyamas; and Do-In Chinese self-massage and foot reflexology. Participants must have at least 15 hours of yoga experience. They will earn 25 CEUs, receive a 175-page manual, gain access to the LVCY online teaching series and leave with the skill to confidently teach one-hour classes. To register, visit

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Westchester’s Biggest Body-MindSpirit-Green Expo


he Awaken Wellness Fair, which returns to Tarrytown April 22, has long been billed as “Westchester’s best-loved body-mind-spirit-green expo.” There’s plenty to be learned at this event, but the vibe is far more social than educational, notes Awaken Fairs founder Paula Caracappa, with lots of friendly interaction. Since 2002, this wellness-focused, experiential event has attracted more than 100 exhibitors to locations throughout the tri-state area, expanding from one annual event to multiple events in New York City, Tarrytown, Brooklyn, and Fort Lee, New Jersey. While attendance has grown from 42 people at the first Awaken Fair to hundreds of people in recent years, the goal remains constant: introducing people to the variety of wellness services and products available in our area today. This year’s fair in Tarrytown will take place April 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel at 455 South Broadway. Experience expert speakers, gifted healers, unique vendors, and inspired readers. Discounted reader/healer appointments available online until April 21. For more info, including exhibitor lists and information for interested vendors/businesses, visit For questions, email

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arth Science Tech Inc. is a public company that specializes in producing the finest full spectrum cannabinoids for the human body. Not only do they make a product with CBD but go a step further to enhance it with all the vital nutritional benefits that hemp oil can provide, including CBC, CBG, CBDV, CBDA and CBN. They put forth every effort to give to the world a true clinical value cannabinoid that people can be proud to use as they benefit from its natural healing effects within their bodies. Earth Science Tech explains they are always looking forward to seeing who can gain the most from the use of their products. They don’t only focus on humans but also the furrier friends that come with them as well. Their Pet CBD is ideal for cats, dogs and even horses, and honors in keeping with the commitment their company provides to you and the ones you love. For more information on ordering Earth Science Tech products or to locate a store near you that carries them, visit See ad page 25.

Happy Face Yoga Offers Natural Alternative to Surgery


eople who have sagging jowls or wrinkled foreheads, but not the desire or financial wherewithal to spend large sums on medical fixes, now have an affordable and natural alternative in facial yoga exercises. A recent study conducted by Northwestern University and published in JAMA Dermatology found that these exercises known as Happy Face Yoga bring a youthful vitality to the face. The study was taught by Gary Sikorski, who has offered his facial exercise program since 2006 and is now bringing his twohour Happy Face Yoga informational seminar to various locations throughout Manhattan. Happy Face Yoga uses proven techniques combining fundamental yoga practices of awareness training, relaxation and conscious breathing with dynamic facial muscle resistance exercises, Sikorski says. “Past participants have referred to it as non-surgical plastic surgery,” he adds. “Amazing changes occur in the face in three or four weeks.” During his Manhattan seminars, he will discuss the exercise program as well as facial muscles, vitamins and supplements, nutrition and other aspects of facial care. For more information about Happy Face Yoga classes and seminars, visit or contact Sikorski at

Turmeric Can Be Natural Dental Stain Remover


ost people think of turmeric as the notoriously powerful, bright-yellow spice that stains everything. Ironically, turmeric also can be a natural dental stain remover, says Dr. Lewis Gross, director of Holistic Dentists in Tribeca. “Several studies suggest that turmeric is highly beneficial for oral health,” he says. “When mixed with other ingredients, turmeric removes the built-up plaque that may be responsible for tooth decay; thus it’s useful for treating gum infections such as gingivitis. Turmeric has astringent properties, and it’s also abrasive, meaning that it can remove yellowing of the teeth. And because it’s antiinflammatory and antibacterial, it kills germs and other microorganisms that cause gum and tooth problems.” Gross and Sameer Atrash conducted a study, “The Effect of Alka-White Mint and Alka-White Turmeric on the Oral Cavity,” raising the question of whether turmeric alkalizes the oral cavity, whitens teeth and freshens breath. They studied 72 patients, 41 of whom used Alka-White Mint and 31 of whom used Alka-White Turmeric. They concluded that 29 of the patients who used AlkaWhite Turmeric noticed their teeth getting whiter. Furthermore, after one 30-second rinse, 93.55 percent of AlkaWhite Turmeric users had whiter teeth, compared to 92.68 percent of Alka-White Mint users. “This data is coming closer to proving that turmeric is actually more effective than traditional mint toothpaste,” Gross says. “Though 72 people is not a big group, the majority of people’s teeth showed that turmeric is a reliable, completely healthy teeth-whitening remedy.” For more information about Alka-White Turmeric, visit

Spirituality and Success in the World: The Wisdom of Sufism


oin Musa Muhaiyaddeen as he guides us towards achieving our goals. This free six part series covers: Accountability, Integrity, Intention, Qualities, Surrender and Conscience. “The steps taking us to success and wisdom Musa are steps of appropriate inner thought and Muhaiyaddeen appropriate outer action, without this combination we cannot move forward.” Musa takes us on an inner journey inspiring us to reflect and examine ourselves to find our inner strength and spirituality. These spontaneous talks are held the 3rd Saturday of every month at New York New Church, 114 East 35th Street, 4:30-5:30 pm, followed by Zikr, a prayer recitation in Arabic for those who would like to join in. Hundreds of Musa’s talks are available to listen to for free at: His books are available on Amazon. Please register with Sufi Study Center on If you would like to contact Musa you can email him at: March 2018


Mind over Matter

I Authentic Hummus from Middle East … New Jersey


s Americans have developed a growing taste for the international, hummus has become a staple in grocery stores from coast to coast. But to find truly authentic hummus, New Yorkers still look to the Middle East— middle eastern New Jersey, that is. Located in Long Branch, New Jersey, Abraham’s Natural Foods is a family company that hand-makes hummus and baba ghannouj in small batches, using fresh, highquality ingredients. Louis Fellman, the engine behind Abraham’s, had 10 years’ experience in the natural food industry when he launched his Middle Eastern food product line in 1987. Word spread quickly about the taste and quality of his hummus, and soon Abraham’s Middle Eastern Foods expanded. Its products can now be found in Fairway Market and Whole Foods, as well as many gourmet and natural food stores across the tri-state area. “We’re passionate about creating healthy foods,” Fellman says. “Our hummus has the industry’s lowest calories, fat and sodium, without a drop of artificial preservatives. We use raw apple cider vinegar in every batch to get that wonderful zingy taste and for all the incredible health benefits.” Unlike other companies, Abraham’s does not add any oils, such as canola or soy, to its hummus. “We only use healthy, nutritious tahini,” Fellman says. Abraham’s hummus comes in a variety of flavors, from traditional and salt-free to roasted red pepper, green olive and herbs, parsley and onion, and hot and spicy, among others. For more information, visit

Life’s short. Anything could happen, and it usually does, so there is no point in sitting around thinking about all the ifs, ands and buts. ~Amy Winehouse 8

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n situations that call for determination, we sometimes talk about “mind over matter.” It’s meant as a colloquialism, but channel Eve Fischer says there’s good reason to take the phrase literally. As cofounder and developer of a self-hypnosis tool called PULSE (Perception, Uniting, Life, Spiritual, Energy) Manifestation, she believes that the mind controls all of matter—the protons, neutrons and electrons that make up reality. “I grew up with a habit of questioning reality,” she says. “My keen interest in psychology, quantum physics and spirituEve Fischer ality led me to be invited to a conversation, which in turn led to the teaching of the amazing and easy-to-use method called PULSE Manifestation.” The conversation proposed that “mind” is a hyper-creative state that can be brought on by a bilateral movement, like a swinging pendulum, she says. “Hypnotism is nothing new, but what was new, to the participants, was the idea that it could be used on a deeper, psycho/physiological level and a grander, universal scale. PULSE made it possible to recreate memories that became individual roadblocks and to gather a collective consciousness to transform the world.” To learn more about PULSE Manifestation, visit To schedule an intensive session, contact Eve Fischer at or 914-262-7426.

Documentary Producers to Attend World Qigong Taichi Day


irector Bary Strugatz and cinematographer Ken Van Sickle will attend the World Qigong Taichi Day celebration on April 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Eastover Estate and Eco-Village, in Lenox, Massachusetts. Renowned in the film industry, Straugatz and Van Sickle have coproduced a documentary, The Professor: Tai Chi’s Journey West, which will be screened at the event. Both men studied under Cheng Man-Ching, who brought tai chi and Chinese culture to the West in the 1960s. Their film tells his story and features tai chi as a martial art and spiritual practice.  World Qigong Taichi Day will feature free presentations and lunch, demonstrations and mini-classes offered by nationally recognized leaders like Junfeng Li of tai chi, qigong, Chinese medicine and Eastern philosophy. Healthy food vendors and natural health providers will also be on hand. “Anyone interested in learning about qigong and tai chi can bring their friends and family and dive into the wisdom of ancient Eastern healing traditions,” says Eastover founder Yingxing Wang. “With our knowledgeable teachers, they can discuss and experience practical, modern applications of these healing practices.” Admission to World Qigong Taichi Day is free, but anyone planning to attend should register at Eastover is also hosting two spring workshops, The healing forces of Harmonic Sounds and Vibrations using Qigong practice with Jay Emmanuel, from June 7 to 10. Eastover’s Medical Qigong and Eastern Medicine Symposium will take place May 13-18. Participants of all experience levels can join leaders in Eastern philosophy and practice and explore Eastern ancient healing traditions. A pre-symposium weekend of events will include Sheng Zhen Meditation and Healing with Junfeng Li, Liz Ely and Arlin Hodinh, and Ba Gua Zhang with Rick Barrett and Fukui Yang.  For information and registration, visit

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Leafy Greens Lower Risk for Heart Disease Leafy greens, which are rich in vitamin K, have again been shown to provide outsized benefits for heart health. Researchers from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University found that a reduced intake of vitamin K1 leads to more than triple the risk of an enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, which reduces blood pumping volume, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Researchers followed diet records for 766 participants ages 14 to 18 and monitored their vascular structure and functionality. When compared to those with the highest intake of vitamin K1 from foods such as spinach, cabbage and other leafy, green vegetables, those with the lowest intake were more likely to experience vascular enlargement.

Gooseberries are Good for the Gut Researchers from Malaysia’s Islamic Science University tested 30 patients with gastrointestinal issues, dividing them into three groups. One received lactose, a placebo; another group was given omeprazole, an over-the-counter remedy; and the third Phyllanthus emblica Linn, an ayurvedic treatment for gastrointestinal issues also known as Indian gooseberry. The research found the herbal treatment resulted in less pain, vomiting, sleep loss and other issues. Participants’ intestinal walls also showed signs of significant healing. The researchers concluded, “Findings indicate that the ethanolic extract of P. emblica fruits has gastroprotective effects in humans that justify its traditional use.”

Saunas Lower Blood Pressure University of Eastern Finland research on 1,621 men found that four to seven saunas per week can cut high blood pressure risk in half. Their conclusion states, “Regular sauna bathing is associated with reduced risk of hypertension, which may be a mechanism underlying the decreased cardiovascular risk associated with sauna use.”

Toxic Effects of Lead on Reproductive Health In a new working paper from the West Virginia University Department of Economics, authors Daniel S. Grossman and David J.G. Slutsky found that during the leadtainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan, from 2014 to 2016, there was a 58 percent rise in fetal deaths, and 275 fewer births compared to adjacent areas near Detroit. March 2018


Fossilized Financing

Floating Farm Helps Power UK Needs

Hywind, the first floating wind farm in the UK, is located 15 miles offshore of Peterhead, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Its five turbines with a 30-megawatt capacity will provide clean energy to more than 20,000 homes to help meet the country’s ambitious climate change targets. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says, “The government’s commitment to the development of this technology, coupled with Statoil’s [lithium] battery storage project, Batwind, positions Scotland as a world center for energy innovation.” Hywind is operated by Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil ASA and Masdar Abu Dhabi Future Energy Co.

Grassroots Gumption

Sweet Potato Project Encourages Enterprise

The Sweet Potato Project, started by journalist Sylvester Brown, Jr., will work in partnership with St. Louis University and a small cadre of local nonprofits called the North City Food Hub to hold culinary, small business, horticulture, restaurant management, and land-ownership classes and business incubator opportunities this spring. The goal is to enable at-risk youths in North St. Louis to grow food and make money through food packaging and distribution. The project encourages people to become innovative, self-sufficient players in today’s expanding global economy. Brown says, “Success doesn’t always mean you’ve made a lot of money; it can also mean you’ve survived poverty or managed to create something.”

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The G20 nations, comprising the world’s biggest economies, provide four times more public financing to support fossil fuels than renewable energy, says a report from the environmental coalition Oil Change International ( This took place even though German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced climate change as the heart of the agenda at the Hamburg summit in July 2017. The public financing—in soft loans and guarantees from governments along with huge fossil fuel subsidies—makes coal, oil and natural gas cheaper to use in the short run because both the front-end and back-end costs are undisclosed.

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Marine Algae Could Nourish Growing World Population

According to the United Nations, more than 800 million people today are regularly undernourished. By 2050, a rise of another 3 billion in global population is expected to escalate pressure on food supplies. The challenge means providing not just sufficient calories, but also a balanced diet for good health. Fish present a viable solution, but most of the world’s inventory is already overharvested. Some scientists propose “cutting out the middle fish” via the commercial production of marine microalgae as a staple food. They produce fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, polymers and carbohydrates that humans need and that can be used to feed animals and farmed fish. Microalgae are found in both freshwater and marine aquatic systems. Only a handful of algal species are used commercially now, but hundreds of strains have similar potential. Meanwhile, innovators at Copenhagen’s future-living lab SPACE10 created the Algae Dome, a 13-foot-tall urban ecostructure powered by solar energy that pumps out oxygen and produces food in a closed-loop arrangement. This hyperlocal food system grows microalgae, which are among the world’s fastest-growing organisms and can thrive on sunshine and water almost anywhere.

Veggie Renaissance Brits Cutting Back on Meat Eating

In 2015, the World Health Organization labeled bacon, sausage, hot dogs and other processed meats with the same carcinogenic label as for cigarettes. According to the Mintel Meat-Free Foods 2017 Report (Tinyurl. com/MintelMeatReport), 28 percent of Britons have now drastically reduced their meat intake. Reasons vary. About 49 percent of those polled that have given up meat or are considering it say they feel prompted by health warnings. Other motivators include weight management (29 percent), worries about animal welfare (24 percent) and environmental concerns (24 percent).

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

What is Ozone?

What are some of these illnesses?

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a natural medicine that Herpes 1, 2 and 6; shingles; multiple sclerosis; AIDS; safely destroyed every bacteria, fungus yeast and mold hepatitis B and C; Lyme disease; chronic fatigue synwith virtually no adverse reactions? And what if it also drome; candidiasis; rheumatoid arthritis; lupus; acne; destroyed every toxin, harmful free radicle and parasite fungal infections, including fungal nail infection; diabetic in our body safely as well? If it existed you would probretinopathy; diabetic ulcers and gangrene; diabetic neuably have read about it or heard about it from someone ropathy; and macular degeneration are just some of the or somewhere by now. Wouldn’t you have? Well, guess many diseases and conditions it has been used to safely what!? It not only does exist, but it has been used in more and successfully treat worldwide! Dr. Howard Robins than 45 countries by thousands of physicians in hundreds If the medical problem you suffer from is not of hospitals and clinics for over 70 years! Not only that, but there are listed here, you should check to see if medical ozone has been used to hundreds of peer reviewed medical studies on its use. treat it, as the actual list is very, very long.

Why haven’t we heard about it?

So, why haven’t you heard about intravenous ozone therapy? If not for Ed McCabe’s book on Oxygen Therapies, in 1988 (followed almost 20 years later by his more complete and accurate book Flood Your Body with Oxygen, available at, we might still have not known of its use in Europe and its past historical medical use in the U.S. So, why haven’t you heard about ozone therapy? Follow the money trail! It may be hard to believe but the pharmaceutical industry, along with help from the FDA, has suppressed information about its benefits and its use here in the U.S. because of the money that would be lost if the use of antibiotics, antivirals and antifungal medicines were diminished due to its amazing benefits. Ozone is simply a non-patentable medicine. Since it is a highly reactive gas, it has to be made “fresh” at the time of its use in a machine that passes electric current through medical grade oxygen in a special hand-blown glass tube. It can’t be stored in a powder, tablet, capsule or liquid form like other medicines. There are many websites (one of the best is with great information along with dozens of translated studies (type in “search intravenous ozone therapy” on, our National Library of Medicine) available, which will inform you about many of its safe and effective uses. Recently, Gary Null, Ph.D., made a powerful documentary called Ozone Therapy: The Miracle Medicine (available at, which discusses the use, safety and medical benefits of it. Some 40 patients also appear giving testimonials demonstrating ozone’s ability to completely get rid of many diseases and conditions previously thought to be incurable. 12

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Is it safe?

What happens is that when medical grade oxygen and ozone gas is safely and painlessly injected by trained professionals into a vein (you can’t get an embolus from oxygen, only from nitrogen gas), the extra “O” in the ozone molecule acts like a glue stealing an electron from anything in our body that it can latch onto. Healthy cells in our body contain natural antioxidants that protect them against damage or destruction. Only pathogens are destroyed. The most famous study done on its safety was published in Germany in 1982. In Germany, medical ozone therapy is used preand post-operatively to prevent infections. 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! There is no pharmaceutical medicine that comes even close to that safety record. Easy to see why “Big Pharma” is not interested in letting the news out about ozone. So, if you have a disease or condition that you haven’t been able to get rid of, medical ozone therapy will most likely be the answer (it doesn’t get rid of genetic diseases) even for people that have suffered for years and have lost all hope. For more information, call Dr. Howard Robins at 212-5810101. Robins is considered the foremost clinical expert on the use of ozone in North America, with more than 24 years of clinical practice and 185,000 treatments performed. Mention Natural Awakenings and get $50 off initial consult.

The Healthy Food Gift Basket Feast By Levana Kirschenbaum


hen it comes to gift giving, I only have eyes for the homemade and natural, so I find gift baskets an unbeatable way to treat family and friends on special occasions, whether it’s a holiday like Christmas or Purim, or an opportunity to uplift someone with a get-well or care package. Plus I love putting together a personalized selection of fun and useful homemade goodies. (Yes, I said fun and useful—absolutely not an oxymoron.) Here are my suggestions for doing it right: Have you just found the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe? Or the perfect raspberry vinegar or chutney recipe? Share it with your friends in your gift baskets. Let them sample it, and include your recipe. Leave out the mystery. We often get stumped trying to find a name, let alone a use, for some of the mysterious confections we find in our gift baskets. In my opinion, you can always start with serious ingredients and end up with fun results!  

A few logistical guidelines … Don’t include anything that demands immediate refrigeration, such as a meat- or fish-based sauce, a chocolate truffle or a cheesecake. Also, avoid fragile treats, like lace cookies or fruit pie, unless you’re going to deliver the basket immediately and the goodies won’t suffer in transit.   I will leave the presentation entirely up to you I’ll just say that when you give something wonderful, you shouldn’t obsess about the packaging. Let all the promise be found in, not around, the gift. I guarantee you will never again have the heart to get the store-bought version.   Levana Kirschenbaum is the author of several cookbooks, including her latest, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen, which includes an extensive pantry chapter for recipes such as hot pepper jelly, raspberry vinegar, apple raisin chutney and dozens of other items perfect for a healthy gift basket. Go online for recipes

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Green Tea by Franklin St. John


t’s no longer a secret. It has become a wellestablished fact that green tea is good for your health. Twenty years ago, I went to China and obtained the rights to a traditional Chinese formula that was primarily green tea, but with other herbs to balance the yin and yang. This is very important—a balanced formula will help maintain the body’s yin/ yang balance. A balanced body is required for good health. The high level of antioxidants from the herbs in the formula may very well be what gives this formula its balance. It is only recently that the health care community began advertising on national television, stressing the importance of antioxidants. It’s great to realize that the message from the supplement industry about antioxidants is finally getting the exposure that the public needs. It’s frightening to see the problems that legal drugs can cause. Watch the next TV ad marketing drugs and you will hear of the myriad side effects which could wreak havoc if these drugs are introduced into our bodies. What I’m stressing is when you keep your body in proper balance, you may not need drugs in the attempt to regain your good health—it will not go out of balance in the first place. Let’s go back

to green tea. There has been so much written about what the components in green tea can do for your health. Most prevalent is the fact that free radicals are efficiently neutralized by these compounds, especially epigallocatechin gallate, which is much easier to remember as EGCG. It is the most studied polyphenol and perhaps the most powerful of all antioxidants. Comparison studies have shown that polyphenols are close to 40 times more effective than Vitamins C and E. Also of importance is that the polyphenols in green tea help maintain a strong immune system. Green tea may help prevent the oxidation of cholesterol and triglycerides. I believe that everyone understands this fact, and that controlling this buildup can help maintain good arterial health and a healthy cardiovascular system. How does green tea do this? Again, the polyphenols stop free radicals from accumulating in the arteries. I don’t understand why everyone waits until there is a serious problem before they start thinking about ways to improve their health. There are many supplements available to help maintain good health. Green tea is only one of them, but one I consider the most important and most helpful.

Another area that green tea can be beneficial is weight control. If you get in the habit of having green tea either immediately before or after your meal, you can get a handle on maintaining or even losing weight. How is this so? Again, the polyphenols in the green tea actually block the carbohydrates from converting to fat and allow them to pass through to the colon and ultimately out of the body. Just this simple change in your lifestyle can be a boon in the quest to control weight.We have established that it is important that you maintain a high level of antioxidants in your body. That’s why HerbaSway introduced HerbaGreen Tea more than 20 years ago. By the way, HerbaGreen Tea is a liquid concentrate and that is the most efficient way your body can assimilate this high level of antioxidants. 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, call 1-800-672-7322 or visit

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The World’s Healthiest Cuisines What Five Countries Can Teach Us about Good Eating by Judith Fertig


mericans love to explore ethnic cuisines and then put their own “more is better” spin on them, like a Chinese stir-fry turned into chop suey with fried rice or a pasta side dish supersized into a whole meal. “We’ve Americanized dishes to the extent that they don’t have their original health benefits,” says Dr. Daphne Miller, a family physician in the San Francisco Bay area and author of The Jungle Effect: The Healthiest Diets from Around the World—Why They Work and How to Make Them Work for You. Here are five popular—and healthy— world cuisines, known for their great dishes, star ingredients and health-enhancing practices.

Traditional Japanese

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Add dried seaweed to this list. Beyond sushi, it’s a delicious ingredient in brothy soups, where it reconstitutes to add a noodle-like quality, slightly smoky flavor and beneficial minerals, including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, vanadium and zinc. A study in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition linked the longevity of Okinawan residents to eating seaweed, a staple of macrobiotic diets. New York City culinary instructor and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo prefers dried wakame seaweed, readily available in the U.S. Practices. Shimbo grew up in Tokyo, Japan, where her mother helped her surgeon father’s patients by preparing foods that helped them recover quickly. Shimbo believes wholeheartedly in Ishoku-dogen, a Japanese concept often translated as, “Food is medicine.”

South Indian

Ingredients. South India—including the states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana—offers many plant-based dishes that feature coconut, rice and spices such as turmeric, known for decreasing inflammation, according to the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Varieties of dried split peas called dal [dal is singular and plural] are used in vegetable curries and ground to make the gluten-free savory crepes known as dosa or puffy white idlis for a snack or breakfast. South India native and current Minneapolis resident Raghavan Iyer, teacher, consultant and author of many cookbooks, including 660 Curries, says, “One technique that gives vegetable dishes a lift is dry-frying or toasting whole spices. It adds complexity and nuttiness.” Simply heat a cast iron skillet, add the whole spices and

Shimbo says, “I eat fairly well, treating food as blessings from nature that keep me healthy and energetic. I do not often indulge in expensive, rich foods.” She prefers eating foods in season and small portions, listening to what her body craves. When feeling the need for minerals and vitamins, she makes a brothy soup with just a little dried wakame, which reconstitutes to four times its dried volume. A second practice supporting healthy well-being is hara hachi bu, or “Eat until your stomach is 80 percent full.” It requires self-discipline to eat slowly and decline more food. But this restraint supports a widely accepted fact that “It takes about 20 minutes for the brain to receive the message that the stomach is full. If we eat slowly, we get the message at the right time, even if we want a few more bites. If we eat too quickly, by the time our brain sends the message, we have probably eaten too much,” says Shimbo. One Great Dish: Japanese soups offer nutrition and flavor in a bowl. Shimbo’s Eata-Lot Wakame Sea Vegetable Soup in her cookbook The Japanese Kitchen: 250 Recipes in a Traditional Spirit can be made with chicken or vegetable broth. Other healthy ingredients like sesame oil, fresh ginger, scallions and garlic boost its health benefits.


dry fry until spicy aromas arise; then add them to a dish. Practice. South Indian meals usually comprise many small, highly flavored, colorful, plant-based dishes served with rice. They yield a pleasant aroma and sensation of fullness without overdoing it, says Iyer. One Great Dish: A vegetable/legume curry such as tamata chana dal, or smoky yellow split peas is simple to make. Iyer cooks dried, yellow, split peas with potatoes and turmeric, then dry-fries dried chilis and spices, and purées them in a blender for a no-fat, vegan and glutenfree dish. In Iyer’s view, “The epitome of comfort food is a bowl of dal and rice.”

Garden-to-Table Italian

Ingredients. There’s American-Italian, as in pizza with pepperoni and double cheese, and then there’s real Italian dishes dating back to the Etruscans. Healthy Italian starts with the love of growing things. Whatever grows in the garden is best, served simply with extra virgin olive oil; a recent Temple University study found it preserves memory and wards off Alzheimer’s. Eugenia Giobbi Bone, co-author of Italian Family Dining: Recipes, Menus, and Memories of Meals with a Great American Food Family, says, “My palate was formed with the flavors of homegrown foods. Cooking in central Italy is all about bringing out the flavor of a few very fresh, well-grown ingredients. That means primarily seasonal eating, with lots of vegetables and little meat in summer, the opposite in winter. There isn’t a lot of fuss to the culinary style, which instead depends on interesting, but simple combinations of foods and techniques.” Practice. Italian families’ view of healthful garden-to-table includes the exercise attained from gardening. “We have a good work ethic in our family,” remarks Bone, who lives in New York City and Crawford, Colorado. “We are of the mentality that physical work is satisfying, even when it is hard.” From her father’s family, Bone has learned to break a meal into small courses and to eat heavier during the day and lighter at night because this helps maintain a healthy weight, according to many studies including one published in the UK journal Diabetologia.

One Great Dish: Dress up pasta with a seasonal vegetable sauce, such as caponata, an eggplant and tomato mixture, or include primavera via spring vegetables and basil, or arrabbiata, featuring tomatoes and red pepper flakes.


Ingredients. “So much about Lebanese cuisine is ‘on trend’ with our tart and sour flavors from lemon, sumac and pomegranate molasses, a wide array of vegetarian and vegan dishes, plus a tradition of pickling, called mouneh, and yogurt and cheesemaking,” says food blogger Maureen Abood, author of Rose Water & Orange Blossoms: Fresh and Classic Recipes from My Lebanese Kitchen. “Lebanese cuisine is extraordinarily healthy, fitting squarely into the Mediterranean diet.” Abood lives in East Lansing, Michigan, where she loves to use summer cherries and berries in her Lebanese-inspired dishes. According to Abood, another reason why Lebanese food is so popular is that Lebanese immigrants to the U.S. now outnumber the native population of their mother country. Practice. Gathering to share food is a hallmark of Lebanese hospitality. “The Lebanese style of eating includes maza; many small shared plates of remarkable variety,” says Abood. “Food as medicine” is also a Lebanese practice, according to a study in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. One Great Dish: “Many of my favorite Lebanese dishes are plant-based,” says Abood. “We love to stuff everything from cabbage to summer squash to grape leaves with vegetarian fillings, and cook them in a garlic or tomato broth. Every week, we make and eat mujaddara, a lentil and rice or bulgur pilaf with deeply caramelized onions.” Pair with any Lebanese salad, such as one she makes with sweet cherries and walnuts for “a perfectly healthy and crazy-delicious meal.”


Ingredients. Vietnamese cooking emphasizes fresh herbs and leafy greens, green papaya, seafood, rice and condiments. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that green or unripe papaya contains more healthy

carotenoids (lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene) than tomatoes or carrots. Practice. The preferred style of Vietnamese cooking is steaming or simmering, using less fat. It also encourages communal eating, with each diner dipping an ingredient into a cooking pot. Cooked foods are accompanied by fresh salad greens, including herbs served as whole leaves. One Great Dish: Vietnamese hot pot is a favorite of Andrea Nguyen, whose Vietnamese family emigrated to California. Nguyen, author of Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors, blogs about food at VietWorldKitchen. com and now lives near San Francisco, California. “This is a slow, cook-it-yourself kind of meal. Set it up, relax with some organic wine or beer and enjoy. Flavors develop and the hot pot transforms as you eat,” she says. “At the end, you’ll slurp up the remaining broth and noodles.” See French Bonus: While croissants and triple-crème brie might not seem part of an ideal diet, rediscover two healthy practices from the French: Eat less and eat together. Ongoing studies at Cornell University show that we eat less if offered less. When researcher Paul Rozin, Ph.D., a psychology professor with the University of Pennsylvania, compared portions in Paris, France, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philly portions were 25 percent larger. It’s also reflected in the two countries’ cookbook recipes. Rozin further found that French diners spent more time eating those smaller portions—perhaps explaining the French paradox: Most French eat rich foods and drink wine, yet don’t get fat. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS ( March 2018


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Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)

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pices add a punch of extra flavor to our favorite dishes, but they also possess proven health and wellness properties. From regulating blood sugar to reducing inflammation to helping control appetite, behold the magnificent six.

Garlic (Allium sativum)

“There’s a lot of evidence that suggests garlic supports heart health,” says Rosalee de la Forêt, a clinical herbalist and author of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies that Heal. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition tracked the blood pressure of 79 patients with uncontrolled hypertension and found that the mean systolic blood pressure of those consuming two 240-milligram capsules of aged garlic extract a day for 12 weeks significantly decreased compared to those taking one capsule or a placebo. 18

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“Garlic may also reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu when taken at the onset of symptoms and each day afterwards,” says de la Forêt, citing a study published in Clinical Nutrition. “I mince a clove and mix it with honey to make it easier to swallow.”

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Dr. Lipi Roy, a clinical assistant professor at the New York University School of Medicine and blogger at SpicesForLifemd. com, considers turmeric the golden spice of life. “In addition to its role in Indian and Asian cuisine, turmeric is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat common ailments like stomach upset, ulcers, flatulence, arthritis, sprains, wounds and skin and eye infections,” she says. A study published in Oncogene concluded that curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric) was a more potent anti-inflam-

Used in India for 4,000 years, black pepper may be the most popular spice of our era. “Black pepper can increase the amount of nutrients your body absorbs from other food and spices,” says de la Forêt. A study published in Plant Medica concluded that subjects consuming a small amount (20 milligrams) of an extract of black pepper showed an increase of retained curcumin in their bodies. For maximum benefits, grind whole peppercorns directly onto food at mealtime.

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum verum)

“One of cinnamon’s super powers is that it may help regulate blood glucose in patients with Type 2 diabetes,” Roy says. In a study published in Diabetic Medicine, subjects taking two grams of cinnamon daily for 12 weeks exhibited much better blood sugar control. Roy suggests sprinkling it on oatmeal, apples, pumpkin pie and brownies. Roast chicken flavored with cinnamon and other spices is another treat.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

“Ginger is a rhizome people have traditionally used medicinally to help with digestive issues, including upset stomachs and nausea,” says Karen Kennedy, of Concord, Ohio, a horticulturist and educator at the Herb Society of America. In a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, researchers concluded that gastric emptying and relief was more rapid after subjects with frequent or severe stomach upsets ingested 1.2 grams of ginger. Ginger is also linked to increased circulation and reduced inflammation. A study published in Phytotherapy Research


matory agent than aspirin or ibuprofen. Try adding a little turmeric and ground black pepper to soups, salads and sauces.

Herbs are not spices although the term spice is sometimes used to encompass them all. An herb is the leaf of a plant when used in cooking. Spices can be buds, bark, roots, berries, seeds or any other part of a plant, and are often dried. ~McCormick Science Institute noted that this spice also worked in alleviating migraines equal to the pharmaceutical sumatriptan (Imitrex). According to a study in the journal Arthritis, it’s an effective tool in the battle against rheumatoid arthritis. Ginger adds a zing of healthy flavor to hot teas and stir-fried veggies such as broccoli, green beans, carrots or mushrooms.

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Paprika (Capsicum annuum)

A common spice added to Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish and Indian cuisine, paprika is rich in natural carotenoids (the orangey pigment in many plants with antioxidant power) and capsaicin, both of which may decrease mortality from chronic illnesses. Another benefit of this capsaicincontaining spice is its ability to control appetite. In research published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, participants that consumed red pepper spice had a slightly higher core temperature and energy expenditure after a meal than the control group. The study further suggested that those that consumed capsaicin-containing spices like paprika ate fewer calories per day and had less interest in food. “Paprika is a great salt alternative, too,” says Roy. “Too often, people think they are craving salt, but they aren’t. They are craving flavor, and paprika gives a nice kick to chili, salad, grilled cheese and so many other foods.” Amber Lanier Nagle is a freelance writer in Northwest Georgia ( March 2018



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Sunshine on Our Shoulders

Makes Us Happy and Healthy by Kathleen Barnes


ver since skin cancer scares penetrated the national psyche in the mid-1980s, Americans have been conditioned to cover up and slather on sunscreen when we leave the house. Now experts say we haven’t been doing ourselves a favor, even when strictly using all-natural formulas. We’ve been blocking the sun’s life-giving rays, essential for the body’s production of vitamin D, and possibly prompting a host of health problems.

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“Ninety percent of the vitamin D we get comes from the sun, and exposing arms and legs for a few minutes a day is enough for most people with no risk of skin cancer,” says Registered Nurse Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Nursing at Chicago’s Loyola University. She’s the lead researcher for the Sunshine 2 Study, a clinical trial investigating the vitamin’s vital role in relieving depression. “Every tissue and cell of your body requires vitamin D to function properly,” says Michael Holick, Ph.D., a medical doc20

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tor who has pioneered vitamin D research at the Boston University Medical Center. A 40-year professor at the Boston University School of Medicine, he’s a fervent advocate of sensible sun exposure. “Vitamin D is actually a hormone, essential for bone and muscle health. It plays a significant role in reducing the risk of infectious diseases, including cardiovascular problems and certain cancers, contributes to brain function and memory, and elevates mood, all while reducing early mortality,” explains Holick, author of The Vitamin D Solution: A 3-Step Strategy to Cure Our Most Common Health Problem. Yet, he says, about half of all Americans are among the 1 billion people worldwide that are vitamin D deficient. Published vitamin D research in the U.S. National Library of Medicine turns up 74,486 studies and citations dating back to 1922, with nearly half done in the past 10 years; 478 of the total were authored or co-authored by Holick or cited his research. His work confirms that sensible sun exposure and supplementing with natural

At least 10 hours a week outdoors in sunshine is crucial for children under 6 for development of healthy eyes. Otherwise, the risk of myopia increases, which in turn lends risk for cataracts and glaucoma in adulthood. ~University of Sydney Adolescent and Eye Study of 2,000 children vitamin D3 brings vitamin D levels to the optimal 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). New research from the University of Surrey, in the UK, found D3 twice as effective in raising vitamin D levels as D2, which is often synthetically produced. While the human body manufactures vitamin D as a re sponse to sun exposure, eating certain foods like fatty fish, egg yolks and cheese can help. Fortifying foods with the vitamin is controversial. “It’s interesting that the right sun exposure will correct D deficiency rapidly, but won’t create an excess. Our bodies stop producing the hormone vitamin D once we have enough,” says Dr. Robert Thompson, an obstetrician, gynecologist and nutrition specialist in Anchorage, Alaska, and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know.

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Bare Minimum Holick, who differentiates between unhealthy tanning and healthy sun exposure, recommends exposing arms and legs to noonday sun for five to 10 minutes three times a week for most people. He adds, “Everyone needs 1,500 to 2,000 international units of vitamin D3 [supplements] a day year-round, and obese people need two to three times that much, because their ability to manufacture vitamin D is impaired.” Penckofer’s research confirms that fair-skinned people absorb the sun’s rays easily and quickly, while darker-skinned people have a natural sunblock, so they need much longer sun exposure to absorb the UVB rays that trigger the production of vitamin D. She remarks that inadequate vitamin D is a possible explanation for the greater risk of high blood pressure observed in African-Americans. Holick contends that anyone living north of Atlanta, Georgia, cannot get enough winter sun exposure to maintain optimal vitamin D levels. “While vitamin D can be stored in the body for up to two months, a winter-induced deficiency is a convincing explanation for the seasonal affective disorder that strikes many in northern states in January, just two months after the weather turns too cold to get sufficient sun exposure,” explains Penckofer. “In Alaska, we eat lots of fatty fish and take D supplements in winter. We know there’s no chance we’re getting the D we need from the sun, even when we’re sunbathing in negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures,” quips Thompson. Kathleen Barnes is the author of numerous books on natural health, including Food Is Medicine: 101Prescriptions from the Garden. Connect at

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Sprouts for Pets

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by Sandra Murphy

espite their small size, sprouts pack a nutritional wallop with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and protein. Dogs, birds, horses and even cats enjoy the crunch, as well as the health benefits.

weight is the rule of thumb,” says Osborne. She counsels against serving Fido onion, garlic, corn or mushroom sprouts. Peas, sunflowers, radishes, alfalfa and clover are suggested; they are all tasty and easy to grow.



Notorious for being picky eaters, cats might balk at sprouts being added to their regular diet. Rather than upsetting the status quo, grow sprouts like alfalfa or barley on a handy windowsill for grazing. “My cats prefer self-serve,” observes veterinarian Carol Osborne, owner of the Chagrin Falls Veterinary Center & Pet Clinic, in Ohio. “Now they leave my house plants alone.” Both cats and dogs may show improved gastric intestinal health as a result.

Dogs Dogs are more accepting of new content in their food bowl. “Add just a few sprouts so a dog gets used to the slightly bitter taste. Once acclimated, one-eighth to onequarter cup daily per 20 pounds of the pet’s 22

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“We encourage people to make their own sprouts. It’s easy to get quality seeds for legumes or grains from Whole Foods, BobsRedMill. com or Nuts. com,” says Ann Brooks, president of the all-volunteer Phoenix Landing Foundation, in Asheville, North Carolina. They provide educational activities and facilitate adoption of birds, from parakeets to macaws. Sprouts from the store can be risky, because of bacteria, she cautions. “If not growing your own, the only one I recommend is the organic crunchy mix from Be

When adding sprouts to a horse’s regular diet, it’s important to balance the intake. “A lot of barns feed forage three times a day. I know of a couple that feed one meal of sprouts and the other two of hay,” says Clair Thunes, Ph.D., a consulting equine nutritionist with Summit Equine Nutrition in Sacramento, California. “Several companies sell systems for large-scale growing.” The sprouts grow with matted roots in what is called a biscuit, weighing about 18 pounds. Difficult to mix with other feed, the biscuits are fed separately, roots and all. “Because of sporadic drought conditions, the idea of growing your own fodder became more popular, thinking it might make forage supply more dependable and possibly cheaper after initial startup costs,” Thunes explains. “Owners have a sense of control over what the horse eats, there’s less reliance on a supplier and the seeds are less expensive than hay. Due to moisture and nutritional differences, you can’t swap sprouts and hay pound for pound. It’s best to consult a veterinarian or nutritionist.” Sprouts contain a lot of moisture and have an inverted calcium phosphorus ratio that has to be accounted for she says. Horses enjoy barley, sunflower and flax sprouts for variety. The high moisture content may help reduce the risk of intestinal impaction and resulting colic.

Good for All “Sprouts are a healthy form of nutrition and a hip way for both pets and people to enjoy greens,” says Osborne. “They’re a great go-to powerhouse of nutrition, often more nutritious than the adult plant.” Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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sure to get the freshest date possible.” “One of my favorite sprouts is mung beans, because they appear in two days or less. Birds like the crunch,” says Brooks. “Sprouts are safe to leave in the cage all day because they are live foods.”

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Step One: Empathize with a Child’s Experience While the desired outcome is to help a child embrace a different point of view of their situation, the first goal is not to come on too strong with an agenda of change. Instead, start from where they are, based on an expressed emotion. Reflect this with words, a hug or a gesture. Thoroughly accepting how a child feels

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Step Two: Relabel Instead of being led down a thorny patch lined with terrible impossibilities and accusations, we might steel ourselves to remain calm, get some distance or take our thoughts with a grain of salt. Relabeling begins with noticing a familiar ring to a child’s thoughts and distress; like us, they can also learn to recognize when “Mr. Negative” appears. Then they’re better prepared for discussion. As parents, when we learn to predict, “Yep, I knew my negative thinking was going to jump to that conclusion,” we can decide to choose other interpretations.

Step Three: Specify What Went Wrong Don’t be tempted to try to solve the huge problem initially presented, such as, “I hate my life, everything is terrible, I can’t do anything right.” The goal is actually much smaller, so teach a child to shrink it by narrowing down from some global form to the specific offending thought or situation that needs to be addressed. With young children, frame this approach as doing detective work to locate the source of the problem; with older children, explain that it’s usually a triggering event that makes us feel really bad—the straw that broke the camel’s back. It’s key to helping them know what to do to feel better.


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doesn’t necessarily imply agreeing or sharing the same view, but it does release them from having to show how bad they feel. So when a child says, “I feel like I’m in jail,” resist the urge to say, “Are you crazy?” Rather than try to steer them off their course, go in the direction of their swerve to help direct them back to their best self. The key is to normalize the experience without minimizing it. Exhibiting too much good cheer means they have no choice but to be grumpy to get their point across. Introduce the idea of choice: “Your thoughts are making you feel really bad. I wonder if there is something different we could do.” Don’t oppressively correct them with the right answer; it makes a child feel bad for being wrong.

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Step Four: Optimize and Rewire When a child is thinking negatively, their thoughts stall, their strengths and resources lock up, and their energy, motivation and hopefulness are drained. Try different settings or perspectives on the specific problem the child has identified and choose the version or interpretation that works best for them, one that is the least damaging, most accurate and gets their system moving in a new direction.

Step Five: Mobilize to Be the Change When we can’t think our way out of a mood, we can move ourselves out of it. Like picking up the needle on a skipping record and putting it down elsewhere, doing something active helps the brain engage in something enjoyable until our nervous system recovers. Thoughts, like a windup toy with its wheels against a wall, can keep spinning fruitlessly in place until manually turned in a new direction. Redirecting differs from distracting ourself from negative thoughts. Distractions play hide-and-seek with negativity; eventually, it will find us again. The master plan in caring for a child calls for us to first dismantle the power of whatever perspective is bullying them, correctly value ideas and then focus on what matters most. Whether we’re accepting or dismissing thoughts that suggest themselves, either way, we’re the boss because thoughts have only the power we give them and we are equipped to let them float on by or to amend, correct or replace them. Psychologist Tamar Chansky, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety, in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Her many books include Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking. For more information, visit

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Fruit Snippets Stray grapes, a half-finished peach, overripe bananas, wrinkly berries and the core of a pineapple can all go in the freezer, and then into a smoothie.

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FRUGAL FOODIE Practical Uses for Aging Produce by Judith Fertig


hen Jacques Pépin was growing up in France during World War II, he watched his mother use every scrap of food to meet the family’s needs, and then send him to live with a farmer in summer so her growing son could eat fresh from the farm. Today, the internationally renowned PBS-TV chef and cookbook author carries these sensibilities forward at his home and studio in Madison, Connecticut. “In Europe, and certainly in France, healthy food is much more expensive,” he says. “In America, a chef may have the person that washes dishes also prepare salads. With lettuce, he’ll cut off the whole top, cut out the heart and throw out the rest.” U.S. restaurant kitchens mirror home kitchens, where the average family throws away a quarter of the food they buy, wasting an average of $2,200 a year. These scraps mean wasted food and money at home, plus misspent resources to grow and transport the food. According to a report by the National Resource Defense Council, “Getting food to our tables eats up 10 percent of the total U.S. energy budget, uses 50 percent of U.S. land and swallows 80 percent of the 26

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fresh water consumed in the United States.” To save money and also live better, here are just some of many easy ways to use up every bit of fresh produce we buy.

Asparagus Ends

Self-described “frugal foodie” Diana Johnson, of Auburn, Washington, never lets asparagus ends go to waste. With the help of a blender, she turns them into a creamy asparagus soup—minus the cream—that her family loves (

Broccoli, Swiss Chard and Spinach Stems

Thrifty cooks know the magic of quick pickles. Recycle the brine from pickles and pack thinly cut stems of broccoli, Swiss chard and mature spinach into the jar until covered with the brine, then seal and refrigerate. In a few days, these quick pickles will be ready for snacking and sandwiches.

Carrot and Beet Tops

Very fine carrot tops can be used like parsley. With a food processor or high-speed

Freeze what’s left in the bottle in ice cube trays, suggests Anisha Jhaveri, a film writer and wine lover in New York City. It can add flavor to soups and stews, sauces and desserts like wine-poached pears.

Lemon Peels The limonene in lemon peels is a natural cleaner and degreaser, says blogger Jill Nystul, of Salt Lake City, Utah. She makes her own Citrus Vinegar All-Purpose Cleanser by simply packing lemon peels in a jar and topping with vinegar. See how at

Vegetable Peels and Trimmings Instead of throwing out onion skins, carrot peels, celery leaves and tough leek stems, collect them in a freezer bag over time and store in the freezer. When enough has accumulated to fill a pot, make homemade vegetable stock, suggests Sonnet Lauberth, a certified holistic health coach, blogger and cookbook author in Seattle ( how-to-make-perfect-vegetable-stock-for). At home, Pépin makes “fridge soup” once a week. “Whatever is left in the fridge—carrots, lettuce, a piece of leftover meat or whatever else I made the other day—goes into the soup,” says Pépin. “We finish it with some vermicelli or polenta or good bread.” A delicious meal, shared with family and friends, makes frugality festive. Judith Fertig writes award-winning cookbooks plus foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (

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blender, transform them into a favorite pesto or salsa verde recipe, suggests Registered Dietitian and nutritionist Madeline Basler, of Long Island, New York. One of her go-to’s is her Earth Day Carrot Top Pesto (Tinyurl. com/CarrotTopPestoRecipe). Beet greens can be sautéed like spinach, in a little extra-virgin olive oil with garlic, as a veggie side.

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Nine Tips to Tackle Food Waste at Home



onathan Bloom, author of American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (And What We Can Do About It), suggests many ways to curb this habit at, Here are some suggestions from him and others:


Shop smart. Plan meals for the week with a detailed shopping list, suggests Madeline Basler, a certified dietitian nutritionist in Long Island, New York.


Save, transform and eat leftovers. “Eat down the fridge,” counsels Kim O’Donnell, a chef and cookbook author in Portland, Oregon. Turn leftovers into frittata, sandwich fillings, pasta sauces and soups. In this way, we’re not eating quite the same meal again.

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Store food in safe, sealable glass containers, so it’s easy to see. Avoid clutter in the refrigerator and freezer; if we can’t see it, we won’t eat it.

Treat expiration and sell-by dates as just guidelines. There is wiggle room in both, advises Bloom.


Donate extra pantry items to food banks and places that provide hot meals for those in need.


Preserve the bounty of the garden. Learn how to make quick pickles, pasta sauces and foods to freeze.


Join a food exchange. Emily Paster, cofounder of Chicago Food Swap, helps farmers, foragers, home cooks, gardeners, bakers and canners trade or barter their produce and products.


Go social. PDX Food Swap, in Portland, Oregon; BK Swappers, in Brooklyn, New York; and ATX Swappers, in Austin, Texas, combine food exchange events with a potluck.

Reclaim Your Magic Make Your World Wondrous Again


by Paige Leigh Reist

e are all born with magic, but somewhere along the way, life tends to stomp it out of us. When we are living in our magic, we become curious, passionate and energetic. We thrive. Here are five ways to begin to reclaim our own special vibrancy.


LIVE WITH EARTH’S CYCLES Our planet teaches by example how to live in harmony with the seasons. Rest in the winter, awake to new beginnings in spring and rejoice in summer’s bounty. Give extra thanks in autumn. Live by and with the land, and watch how goodness magically blooms into being.


EXERCISE INTUITION Trusting in our intuition is generally discouraged from a young age. We’re taught to ignore it in favor of logic, following social scripts and displaying expected behaviors. We’re told whom to look to for answers, definitions of right and wrong and true and false, and that grown-ups always know best. A powerful way to counteract this conditioning is to come to trust ourselves. Intuition is like a muscle—the more we use it, the more powerful it becomes. The spiritual “still small voice” won’t lead us astray.


COMMUNE Speaking our truth is transformative. To be heard, validated and supported is a

powerful catalyst of personal growth and supports self-worth. Whenever possible, make time to meet with kindred spirits and share personal stories, wisdom and struggles around the proverbial fire.


CELEBRATE Spend time thinking about what it is that comprises the essence of oneself and celebrate it—that is where magic lives. Often, the qualities that carry our magic may have been put down. Sensitivity can be considered weakness. Determination might be termed stubbornness. But if we unabashedly love and celebrate these qualities in ourself, we begin to re-conceptualize them as sources of strength and power, and magic seeps through.


STOP ACCEPTING THE MUNDANE Let go of anything that does more to limit rather than propel progress. Review media habits, relationships, jobs and character traits, and be ruthless in pruning what needs to go. Try to interact only with people, activities and things that produce glowing feelings of inspiration, fulfillment and buzzing vitality. Assess habits honestly and choose meaningful substance over comfort, ease and familiarity. Paige Leigh Reist is a writer from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, who blogs at March 2018


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Power of Dreaming Big by April Thompson


or 30 years, international bestselling author, teacher and speaker Ilona Selke has inspired thousands of people worldwide to create a more fulfilling life by discovering the power of their consciousness. She’s the author of six books, including Dream Big: The Universe is Listening and The Big Secret, co-authored with Jack Canfield. Her Living from Vision course, available in six languages including Chinese, teaches how to use the power of visualization to tap into our highest potential and deepest dreams in order to manifest miracles. Born in the Himalayas to German parents, Selke spent her first three years in Afghanistan speaking Persian and German, and then grew up in Germany. She moved to the U.S. at age 20 to study philosophy, where she met her husband and partner, Don Paris. The couple spent 25 years studying and communicating with dolphins in natural waters, experiences shared through her books Wisdom of the Dolphins and Dolphins, Love and Destiny. They split their time between a geodesic dome home on a Northwest Pacific island and the Shambala retreat center they founded in Bali.

What is key to manifesting our dreams and desires? It’s a four-step process. First, form a clear description in your mind, positively framed and based on your passion. No matter how big the dream, if you are behind it heart and soul, you will manifest miracles. Next, imagine the scenario as if it has already happened. The third and most vital step is to feel the feeling of your fulfilled wish as if it has already manifested. 28

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Fourth, create a metaphorical image that represents the feeling. By applying this method, our clients have manifested a desired pregnancy, funding for an overseas orphanage and redemption of a suicidal teen. In the latter case, the young man went on to focus on his dream of learning jazz piano well enough to play benefit concerts for children being treated for cancer.

Which universal principles are at work behind manifestation? We live in a conscious, interactive universe, and it is listening. Our Western scientific mindset may not support the idea, but thousands of years of mystical teachings, as well as new understanding via quantum physics, teach that the observer is an intri-

cate part of what appears to be solid matter. In practice, it means we can communicate intentionally with the universe. When we learn to do so, it responds to us.

How do our thoughts affect our reality? All our thoughts, subconscious as well as conscious, affect how things manifest around us. If we have contradictory beliefs, it is hard to manifest things. For example, if we say we want money, but somehow believe that money is dirty, evil or undeserved, then we are pushing and pulling against ourselves. It’s important to dive into our subconscious mind and heart, and deal with the negative feelings that dwell there, such as hurt, sadness and trauma. Make this a daily activity—cleaning your emotional being. Eventually, your subconscious and conscious mind as well as the superconscious will all point in one direction and you will see your desired results. We guide people to build their success, aspirations and dreams in alignment with their deepest values as well as their purpose in life. Uniting purpose and direction is tremendous fuel for moving in the direction of your dreams.

Why does choosing goals aligned with our purpose make them manifest more easily? Personal goals and inner purpose are not always aligned for everyone. However, when you take time to become aware of your deepest dreams, you may find that a part of your purpose is embedded in them. Be aware that many people confuse their larger life purpose with their talents. Our talents are what we love to do, what we are good at. Yet our deeper purpose actually is to shine more light and share more love. That is the common true root to our purpose. My suggestion is to read books that share success stories from those that are living on purpose and provide step-by-step instructions on how to get there. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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THURSDAY, MARCH 1 Full Moon Circle – 6-7:30pm. This month’s Full Moon Circle will help you peel away winter’s blues and invite the awakening force of spring. Shaman and Curandera, Olivia Olkowski utilizes shamanic ritual and tools, and in the sacred container of community, you’ll explore and renew your relationship with Source to seek the inspiration that will propel you into the revitalizing energy of the approaching season. Members free, Member Guests $10, Nonmembers $15. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St, New York, NY. 212-219-2527 or opencenter. org/full-moon-awakening-inspiration-2/. On Death and Dying - An Exploration of the End of Life Journey Toward Healing and Wholeness – Thursdays, 7pm. This course is especially recommended for hospice workers, caregivers, nurses, doctors and those who experience sudden loss, trauma or bereavement. You will explore the religious and psychological dimensions of death and various approaches to spiritual healing and wellness. Andrew Vidich, PhD, an awardwinning author, educator and transformational speaker facilitates. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA., 866-264-5139 or

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 The Emergence of Maitreya and the Masters – 2pm. In this divided, fearful world, this presentation intends to offer real hope. Join us for an exciting screening, a question and answer panel and the honoring of Blavatsky, Roerich, Bailey and most recently, Crème. Next door to Quest Bookshop, 240 E 53rd St, New York, NY. 212-758-5521 or

SUNDAY, MARCH 4 Tarot Reader Farrah Chamsenddine at Aum Shanti Bookshop – Sundays, 12-3pm. Farrah uses her empathic and intuitive gifts along with her personal experience with occult arts and divination tools to help you get clear on your path. With Farrah you can seek intuitive guidance, cultivate your intuition, clarify professional questions, help to dissolve perceived limitations, and clarify personal questions regarding love, money and other personal issues among many more. Aum Shanti Bookshop, 226 E 14th St (between 2nd and 3rd Aves), New York, NY. 212260-2866 or

THURSDAY, MARCH 8 Free Introductory Yoga Teacher Training Class – 6pm. There are those who would benefit from Yoga but cannot get to the floor due to age, handicap or inflexibility. This class will introduce you to Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™ that will replace the mat, allowing students and patients to take advantage of Yoga’s health potential. Info for the 3 ½ day training is listed under March 20-23. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St, New York, NY. 212-219-2527 or

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 Miracles in Manhattan – 1:30-4pm. Miracles in Manhattan is an ongoing monthly class based on the wisdom of A Course in Miracles taught by Jon Mundy, Ph.D. Introduced to the Course by its scribe Dr. Helen Schucman in 1975, Jon has been an active student/teacher ever since. Classes are “usually” the 2nd Sunday of every month, 1:30-4:00pm at the Center for Remembering

and Sharing, 123 4th Ave, New York, NY. Visit us at or call 845-496-9089.

FRI, MAR 16-SUN, MAR 18 New Life Expo – Friday, 4:30-10pm; Saturday, 10am9pm; Sunday, 10am-7pm. Welcome to the 28th year! We are back at the Wyndham Hotel New Yorker this year and continue to bring you the largest and longestrunning mind, body and spirit expo in New York City. Join thousands who want to feed their minds, enlighten their souls and purify and tonify their bodies. You are worth $15 per day or $38 for the weekend that will change your life forever! 38th and 8th Aves, New York, NY.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17 Musa Muhaiyaddeen Speaks on Spirituality and Success—4:30 pm. This is a new six-part series. All are welcome to join any time for these free spontaneous talks. Begin the journey of self-discovery, spirituality and the different ways to connect to the vibration of God. These talks are followed by Zikr, a prayer recitation in Arabic for those who would like to join in. Meetings are the 3rd Saturday of every month at New York New Church, 114 E 35th St, New York, NY. Please register with Sufi Study Center on If you have any questions you can email

MONDAY, MARCH 19 Cooking with Healing Foods – 6:30pm. You asked, we answered! So many foods have such great healing powers and you may not even know it! As part of the Cancer Awareness Program hosted by the JCC, we are excited to present Levana’s Cooking Demo. You will not only taste delicious and super nutritious dishes featuring Levana’s New Line—Levana’s Meal Replacement—you will also meet the doctors and health experts who will be present. $20 members, $25 non-members. Space limited, please register soon at JCC Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY.

TUES, MAR 20-FRI, MAR 23 Chair Yoga Teacher Training – Take your Yoga off the mat and onto the chair! Do you have students or patients that would benefit from Yoga but cannot get onto the floor due to age, handicap, or inflexibility? Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga™ replaces the mat, and the chair becomes an extension of the body, allowing you to take full advantage of Yoga’s health potential. Participants must have at least 15 hours of Yoga experience and will earn 25 hours of CEUs. Included is a 175-page manual, access to the LVCY online teaching series and the skill to confidently teach one-hour classes. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St, New York, NY. Register at 212-219-2527.

THUR, MAR 22-SUN MAR 25 Flying Phoenix Qigong – Master Terry Dunn facilitates this 3-day immersive workshop that teaches Flying Phoenix Heavenly Healing Chi Meditations, a rare and extraordinarily powerful medical Qigong system that was created more than 400 years ago. Learn this complete Taoist monastic system of hygienics that imparts a wide range of salient health benefits with remarkable swiftness: increased respiratory power, improved circulation and metabolism, higher energy levels, improved

neuromuscular function and balance, peak immunity, increased bone strength, and the allostatic reversal of many signs of aging. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA., 866-2645139, or

save the date FR, APRIL 6-SUN, APRIL 8 Women’s Qi Cultivation with Susan Krieger – 4pm check-in; 6:30pm dinner; 7:30-9pm introduction to workshop. Learn a holistic Qi practice to help you create balance, beauty, nutritional health and vitality in your life during this rejuvenating women’s weekend away. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA., 866-264-5139 or

SUNDAY, APRIL 22 Awaken Wellness Fair - 10am-5pm. Awaken to Your Best Self at New York’s best-loved holistic expo all about body, mind and spirit in Tarrytown! Speakers, healers, vendors and readers, 100+ exhibitors, and 1,000 guests. Exhibitor spots still available. See back cover for more details. Double Tree Hotel, Tarrytown, NY.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28 World Qigong Tai Chi Day – 10am-6pm. World Qigong Tai Chi Day will feature free presentations and lunch demonstrations and mini-classes offered by nationallyrecognized leaders like Junfeng Li of tai chi, qigong, Chinese medicine and Eastern philosophy. Healthy food vendors and natural health providers will also be on hand. Free admission, but registration is required. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA., 866-264-5139 or

SUN, MAY 13-FRI, MAY 18 Medical Qigong and Eastern Medicine Symposium – Participants of all experience levels can join leaders in Eastern philosophy and practice and explore Eastern ancient healing traditions. A pre-symposium weekend of events will include Sheng Zhen Meditation and Healing with Junfeng Li, Liz Ely and Arlin Hodinh, and Ba Gua Zhang with Rick Barrett and Fukui Yang. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA., 866-264-5139 or

THUR, JUNE 7-SUN, JUNE 10 Harmonic Sounds and Vibrations using Qigong practice with Jay Emmanuel – Magnetic Harmonic Vibrational Therapist Jay Emmanuel, A.K., N.S., V.M. shares powerful energy techniques that use the forces of the sounds produced by the human voice in combination with Alchemy Crystal Singing Bowls and The Himalayan Bowls in order to activate the natural self-healing response of the body. Jay believes every person possesses an infinite force or power that helps stimulate his or her own “Inner Natural Pharmacy.” Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA., 866-264-5139 or

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Lotus Huang L.Ac., MSTOM 20 Park Avenue, Sutie 1A New York, NY 10016 347-405-4558 or 646-578-6448 Do you have aches and pains? Are you stressed, anxious or depressed? Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you want to lose weight or feel better? At Lotus Heals we specialize in holistic treatments for both women and men that heal the body and spirit naturally. Call or visit us online to book an appointment and blossom like a lotus.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Present Centered Therapies Upper West Side 212-799-0101 • Awarded the “2015 Best Business of New York for Counseling and Mental Health”, Dr. Mongno is located on the Upper West Side of our great city. He has helped both couples and individuals communicate better, heal faster and achieve a better quality of life for over 20 years. Dr. Mongno’s practice originates from his own personal work over the course of his own life journey, along with the integration of the most effective therapeutic modalities. His clients report he is both compassionate and professional with an ability to create insightful and emotionally corrective experiences leading to lasting change. Dr. Mongno is available for appointments in person, on the phone and via Skype. Email him today at

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

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


PULSE Manifestation™ 914-262-7426 Eve Fischer, MAed and channel, is cofounder and co-developer of PULSE Manifestation™, a technique for creating whatever you want in your life, while releasing old patterns that block you. PULSE (Perception Uniting Life Spiritual Energy) works on a psychological and physiological level and is designed to become a daily practice and a lifetime tool. It’s fast, easy, enlightening and effective. PULSE is also used by large groups of people for the transformation of the World in a moving ceremonial meditation called “The Ultimate Manifestation”. While PULSE Manifestation is usually taught in a workshop format, Eve is currently offering individual (or partner, friend, family member) intensive sessions, a whole day or two day experience convenient to Manhattan, Bronx and lower Westchester. Virtual experiences are also available.

MEG HAGAR MS, RD, CDN, CHHP Registered Dietitian/Holistic Nutritionist 115 Broadway, Suite 1800, Virtual appts 347-395-2815

Specializing in helping stressed, busy women find relief from digestive and skin issues, Meg uses the right healing nutrition therapy and stress management to provide a well rounded and comprehensive regimen for healing. Visit the website to schedule your complimentary strategy session and find out how you can finally break free of troubling skin and tummy issues!


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

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INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE METRO INTEGRATIVE PHARMACY 931 Lexington Ave (btwn 68th &69th) New York, NY 10065 212-794-7200, Facebook: Metro Integrative Pharmacy

Metro Integrative Pharmacy is the first practitioner-led wellness pharmacy in NYC. Metro Drugs has expanded its premier pharmacy, fertility and specialty compounding offerings to serve as a complete holistic health resource. The store offers carefully-curated natural and organic health and beauty product lines with a staff of credentialed practitioners including naturopathic doctors, nutritionists, herbalists and estheticians who offer complimentary consultations on the floor or by appointment. Hours: M-F 8am-8pm, Sat 9am-7pm, Sun 9am-6pm


203-531-6387 Joan’s spiritual counseling is recognized in six books; including the first edition of The 100 Top Psychics in America and Psychic New York. In 2005, both AM New York and The Daily News published her prediction of terrible floods in NYC, which later resulted from Hurricane Sandy. She also predicted in 2000 on WPIX news that Hillary Clinton would not be the first woman president.  Joan reads cards, palms, numerology and is also an acclaimed medium and can connect you with passed loved ones. She is available for readings on the telephone or in person in NYC. If you are having a party then please consider hiring a talented psychic for your entertainment.


210 Fifth Ave. Suite 1102, New York, NY 10010 212-532-3030 • Mauricio is a hair artist who provides a holistic approach to the beauty industry—one that focuses not only on the physical but also on the overall well-being of his clients, through unique services, truly organic products, a tailored experience and Zen-like environment that all work together to support the mind, body and soul. Mauricio’s private hair studio mission is to be the first of its kind: an innovative eco-friendly hair studio and ‘inner beauty salon’ that seeks to unlock every guest’s beauty. Natural color services are available for both pregnant and everyday clients.


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

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.



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


Finally, an all-natural alternative to most worthless corn-syrup-waterchemicals meal replacements offered on the market! Levana™ Meal Replacement is Cookbook Author and Restauranteur Levana Kirschenbaum’s brainchild: an idea whose time has finally come! It is a curated blend of dehydrated and ground pure whole foods that form a complete meal, for people with special dietary needs and for people with limited time to prepare their meals from scratch. We offer both “sweet” and savory options that mix with liquid or combine with your favorite recipes. Levana™ Meal Replacement meets all compliance standards: It has No Added Sugar, and is Kosher, Vegan, Certified All-Natural, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free, Nut-Free and Non GMO.


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


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SPIRITUALITY MUSA MUHAIYADDEEN Sufi Study Center on Musa Muhaiyaddeen (Emanuel L. Levin) has been teaching Sufism around the world for many years and is a direct disciple of Sufi Master, M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen. Musa devotes his time serving others, inspiring everyone to clear out what blocks them from connecting to their inner spirituality and to understand their relationship with God. See his article on page 6 and calendar listing to lean more about him, his practice, and the FREE program he is offering in NYC.

March 2018



New York City Edition

Natural Awakenings NYC March 2018  

healthy living. healthy planet.

Natural Awakenings NYC March 2018  

healthy living. healthy planet.