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Going Green, Being Conscious, Living Balanced and Awakened are so many terms that we hear over and over again nowadays. What I hope to bring you in this issue is that these terms are not radical changes or some bandwagon that you have to jump on but simply a mere thought to question each action that you take in daily life. How it affects you, others, and the world. Almost like the green holy trinity. In our May pages you will find education and awareness on conscious parenting, eating, healthcare, dental care, printing services, recycling services and a vast amount of local services that are considered green. You can also now find all our local healthy living, health planet services and our calendar of events in our interactive CityGuide that is on our website at There you can check out on a google map what is near you or what event you would like to go to to support your higher education and awareness. You can even click and add your event or business. We would love to be your host for a better New York and a better world. Speaking of a better world, I had the recent pleasure of speaking with artist and sculptor, George Sabra, who created the Plastic Caps Sculpture that was featured at the main entrance at Green Festival at the Javits Center in New York City in April. George explained that he was enamored by the fact that garbage and plastic can be used as inspirational artwork instead of going to waste. George shared that he will be creating a large scale environmental public sculpture for New York City. This is quite an honor if you see his other works in the nation featured at He wished for me to share with all New Yorkers to think about all the garbage that is strewn on the streets and why we are a part of this accepted way of life. What steps can we take to eliminate this trash from our scenery? I explained to George that this topic is near and dear to my heart since it appalls me how much trash I see on the streets as we deliver magazines each month. To share my inspiration with George I gave him the plastic straps from a bundle of magazines that I always make sure I pick up each time we are out on our runs. I refuse to be part of a wasteful careless society and I know that the only way we can heal our city is if we are all conscious of what we are doing every day. May you take your part too for the future of our city and our world.

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phatic drainage to weight loss, boosted metabolism and heavy metal detoxification. There are very few FIR Saunas out there, which have been recognized internationally, and we are proud to employ the saunas whose manufacturers adhere to the strictest standards of safety and hygiene. After the 30-minute session in FIR Sauna, the client proceeds to a 20-minute session of VelaShape cellulite reducing treatment. This state-of-the-art FDA cleared technology safely countours, shapes and slims the body, by reducing cellulite and firming problem areas. The areas include thighs, buttocks, tummy, love handles, and arms. InfraRed light energy, Bipolar Radiofrequency, Vacuum suction and Mechanical Lymphatic Drainage are the four modalities employed in one application which lasts for 20 minutes on a given problem area. I typically recommend no more than 2 problem areas done in one day, to avoid tissue overheating. The procedure is non-invasive and has been popularized recently all over TV by Oprah, Rachel Ray, Dr.Phil, and Kim Kardashian. It is great for young and old men and women, and especially for all the mommies who have stopped breastfeeding and want to get back in shape for the summer. There are very few contraindications to either FIR Sauna or VelaShape. They include cancers, bleeding disorders, pacemaker and metallic implants. There is no downtime and the clients often pop into the office during their lunch breaks, to have a session. Once we break down the fat cells, it important to aid our body to eliminate them by directing the debris towards the lymphatic channels, which in turn, drain into the venous bloodstream, which then passes the debris to the kidneys and to the digestive system for excretion. The way to help this process along manually is a deep tissue massage. Our licensed experienced massage therapists will meet with the clients for one full hour on the designated days, to help optimize the lymphatic drainage. Most of our clients work out on the regular basis and the deep tissue massage is a great way to stretch and relax the overworked muscle groups, and to aid in the treatment of sprains, strains, and muscle cramps.

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s spiritual beings having a human experience, our souls have plans for our lives – but then we’re born and it’s harder than we thought it would be. The Lightworkers Healing MethodTM (LHM) is a healing art and spiritual growth vehicle with the goal of aligning us with our with our soul’s life purpose. As we do so, we return to our natural vibrant state of joy and fulfillment, with loving relationships and healthy finances. Nothing is off limits. This summer LHM’s Founder and Teaching Channel, Lynn McGonagill, will lead workshops in Levels One and Two near Boston. This is the only time in 2013 that these prerequisites will be taught in the Northeast. If you are drawn to learn Angelically guided energy healingTM, now is the time to act. LHM is a teachable, learnable skill; not a gift. You can do this. Level One: The Foundation - August 24-25, 2013. Level Two: Letting Go of the Past - September 21-22, 2013. As taught at Kripalu and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. CE credits. Webinar and distance learning options are also available. Please visit for links to radio interviews, demonstration videos, freely shared online introductory class and chapters of Lynn’s first book, and to register today. Experience the joy!

Robins Speaks at American Academy of Ozonotherapy


r. Howard Robins, considered by many to be the foremost expert on the use of Medical Ozone therapy in North America, was a keynote speaker at the American Academy of Ozonotherapy annual meeting in Dallas, Texas in April. His lecture on Direct Intravenous Ozone therapy and anti-aging was well-received by several hundred doctors from around the world. Robins is currently in the process of beginning talks to introduce the first Department of Ozone Therapy in a medical school outside of Europe and Asia. He will also present a talk on the use of the therapy to rid the body of all types of infections at the N.A.V.E.L. For additional information, call Dr. Robins at 212-581-0101. See ad, page 3 natural awakenings

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Spinning Green Webs Together


ith the intention of creating a better world together, Natural Awakenings and Spin Green have partnered together in their mission of educating communities, children and adults, on how going green also applies to the recycling of textiles. "What most of the people fail to realize is that most of their clothes can and should be recycled! Clothes are not garbage!” states Yanna Begelmen, Director of Marketing for Spin Green, “SpinGreen gives clothes a second chance!” Spin Green ensures that nothing goes to waste. Clothes still in good condition can be worn by a child in need either in the US or in a developing country, or if the item is not salvageable, it can be recycled into a cool eco-friendly organic product, such as wall insulation, toy stuffing, car seats, or pillow stuffing. This community action can lessen the load of all landfills by a significant amount and help preserve our planet for generations to come. Spin Green is in the process of launching an app to help you find your nearest recycle bin in the palm of your hand. Recycle bins can be found throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City, Long Island and is now expanding into New Jersey. If you cannot locate a bin near you, and would like to request a bin for your building, workplace, business, school, gym, or other location please contact Spin Green today at 1-800-584-0460. Find your nearest Spin Green Recycle Bin pictured above at


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Moms’ to Rock Riverside Park!


n Sunday, May 19th moms will be rocking at the 10th Annual Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza! This event, sponsored by Natural Awakenings, celebrates mothers and the people who love them with music and an art-filled festival featuring family bands, kids activities, Gymboree play tent, crafts, ecoenvironmental information, food, vendors, interactive fun, and more! Attendance of 6,000-10,000 people is expected. Joy Rose, Mamapalooza Inc. Founder, and a dedicated team of event coordinators, artists, and volunteers have been creating events in New York City since the first Mamapalooza festival in 2002, sponsored by Parents and Child Magazine. In 2010, her festivals across America reached 100,000 people, and partner events have been hosted in England, Canada, and Australia. Every program that Mamapalooza produces puts women, mothers, and families at the center of activities. The purpose is to increase opportunities for women in business, celebrate mother art, and educate the public about the social issues facing families. Since starting Mamapalooza, Joy Rose has gone on to open the first and only Museum Of Motherhood (M.O.M.) in New York City. M.O.M. is an exhibition and education center dedicated to the exploration of family – past, present, and future. The mission of M.O.M. is to highlight the many roles of women throughout history and in contemporary culture. The museum is currently located at 401 East 84th St. and is sponsored by local GYMBOREE franchise owners Deb Whitefield and Barry Hanson. It has a community play-space open to the public, and it works with students from a variety of local universities. M.O.M. is currently looking for a larger permanent physical location to further expand its programming. Meet Joy Rose and celebrate mothers, fathers, families, and the people who love them at Mamapalooza, Sunday, May 19 from 11-5 pm at Riverside Park South Pier I at West 68th St. See ad on page 10.

Russill Paul Offers Transformative Yogic Spiritual Training


ationally renowned author, musician and spiritual teacher Russill Paul (aka Anirud Jaidev) has created an innovative online distance-learning program, the Yogic Mystery School, to explore deeper dimensions of the yogic experience. Designed for all levels of spiritual practitioners, it fosters spiritual transformation via chant, breath and meditation techniques that work synergistically to facilitate profound states of consciousness. Paul offers a free webinar and $1 introductory course on his website for individuals that wish to pursue the program. Yogic Mystery School practices do not require physical poses, instead drawing from deeper facets of authentic spiritual selfrealization and enlightenment—the deeper goals of yoga. Healers, therapists, educators, artists, yoga practitioners and business and technology professionals can all benefit from the program, which allows individuals to study according to the parameters of their schedule and budget. Paul has taught spirituality for more than two decades at the graduate and post-graduate level at prestigious learning institutions across America. He spent many years in India studying chanting in ancient temples and training as a monk, experiences that are reflected in his book, The Yoga of Sound: Tapping the Hidden Power of Music and Chant, and bestselling chant CDs. Paul will present a workshop in person from July 12 to July 14 at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Lennox, MA. Attendees will receive one month complementary online Yogic Mystery School. For more information, visit See ad, page 17.

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Stayin’ Alive

What holistic dentistry can tell you

Does the body give us clues about our general health long before we would normally sense those conditions?


uncommon to see your tongue having a yellowish-green coating since the canines are related to the liver gall bladder system. Most of what we consider diseases of the oral cavity may not be diseases but just symptoms of the body being out of balance. How many of you have gone to the dentist and gotten a cleanThe answer is yes! ing??? Most people when getting their teeth cleaned are told that It’s been said that the eyes are the windows to the soul; howthey need to brush better since they are developing plaque. Well ever, in many ways the mouth is the indicator of the health of your you can brush forever but the plaque will not go away because body. Why the mouth? Well, the mouth is the beginning of the diges- the plaque is just a symptom of the body being “out of balance”. tive system and is a very sensitive part of the body. The tongue has Everybody brushes but plaque still develops. It’s not the brushing been used in tongue diagnosis in Chinese medicine for over 5,000 that’s the problem but the acidity of the body that’s at fault. When years, yet is rarely done in this country. Ever get a cold, have the flu, the body is too acidic, the mouth gets too acidic. The bacterial or just go on a detox diet? What happens to your tongue?? It turns population changes so that the bad bacteria are able to grow and white because toxins are being released throughout your system. prosper while the good guys breed less. The acid causes miner Your tongue is the most visible internal organ of the body, als to precipitate from your saliva, attach to your teeth where the having a high metabolic rate. This high rate allows malnutrition bacteria hide and you have plaque. This is not going to change and pathological states to show up before they affect the rest of the until you get your body to become alkaline. In treating periodontal body. For example, lack of nutrients such as vitamin B, C, Iron or disease aside from using laser and ozone therapy nutrition plays a Zinc all cause oxidation or a change in the taste cells usually result- key role in restoring our patients back to health. ing in a metallic taste, meaning something is wrong. The tongue is highly vascularized so changes in the body will show up as a color Here an easy way to alkalize… change in the tongue. For example, if your tongue has a yellowish Lemons tend to remove toxins from your system and are very alkaor yellowish-green coating, you could have liver or gall bladder line in your body even though they are acidic in the mouth. They problems. If your tongue is gray or grayish brown, you could have should be mixed with a liter of warm water (size: average seltzer stomach or intestinal problems. If the tip of your tongue is red you bottle). On the first day use 1 lemon. Gradually increase this until could have either heart or thyroid problems. As mentioned earlier, you reach 5 lemons a day. Do this for a week. You can double the a white-coated tongue usually represents a toxic condition. The amount of lemons but 5 is sufficient. You do not have to drink the thickness of the coating is also important - the thicker the coating, lemon juice all at once. You can make it and keep some in the the more chronic the condition. refrigerator and drink some throughout the day After consuming Acupuncture meridians can also affect the teeth. The Acupunc- the lemon drink make sure you rinse your mouth with water every ture scheme is divided into body channels called meridians. Each time you drink this since lemons can affect your tooth enamel over meridian contains a primary organ and several secondary organs time. Once you have achieved your high goal start decreasing the and glands. These organs all share a finite amount of energy. Half lemons by ½ a day till you get to zero. of the meridians pass through the mouth in the very teeth themFor more questions or concerns, please call Dr. Zeines at his office selves. When a restoration is placed in a tooth, it may exert a toxic at 212-813-9461. Dr Zeines will be submitting more mouth health or allergenic reaction. In response to resisting this energy, the energy articles in the upcoming issues so keep reading! of the tooth drops. This drop in energy will cause the other organs in this system to send energy to the tooth to try to “heal” it but that Victor Zeines DDS., MS, FAGD cannot happen. All we can do is fix teeth rather them heal them so 57 West 57th Street, New York City, NY 10019 & the body’s energy is always diverted on some level. If you have had Shokan NY some sort of restoration placed on your canine tooth it would not be 212-813-9461 •

hat if there was a way to tell if you have a vitamin or mineral deficiency? If you have a compromised immune system? Does the body give us clues about our general health long before we would normally sense those conditions?


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You Can Get Rid of Herpes?!

Dr. Howard Robins


usan has been finding it hard to find a great guy. Now that she finally met one that seems like a man she could get involved with she has to tell him she has Herpes. She already knows that if she doesn’t tell him right away and he finds out later he might just disappear, leaving her alone and looking again. Justin has no problem attracting beautiful women but when he has a Herpes outbreak he knows it will be the deal breaker. Women are not likely to stay with a man who has it and he finally is looking to get married and start a family. Janet and her husband want to start their family. Her friend at work just gave birth and her baby was born blind in one eye do to a vaginal Herpes outbreak during birth. This scared her, thinking, what if this happens to our baby? All these scenarios are taking place every day. Herpes is probably infecting one out of three or four people, though government figures are about one in six, as most people are not tested or embarrassed to report it.

Getting infected is very easy! No full-blown lesions have to be present, just a small, unnoticed, pink bump on the tongue can transmit the virus. No kissing has to take place. The simple act of sharing a taste of your friend’s dinner could transfer the virus.

What exactly is Herpes? Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by both Herpes simplex virus Type 1 (HSV-1) and Type 2 (HSV-2). Oral herpes, the visible symptoms of which are often called cold sores or fever blisters, is an infection of the face or mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection. Genital herpes is the second most common form of herpes. However, both HSV-1 and HSV-2 can be found both orally and genitally. Herpes viruses cycle between periods of active disease with blisters containing infectious virus particles, which may last 2–21 days and be mildly to severely painful, followed by a period of remission. Genital herpes, however, is often asymptomatic and can be found inside and outside of the vagina as well as on the penis and around the anus. After the initial infection, the viruses are transported along sensory nerves, where they may reside lifelong—that is unless they are destroyed by medical ozone therapy! Herpes simplex is most easily transmitted by direct contact with a lesion or the body fluid of an infected individual. Oral herpes is easily diagnosed if the patient presents with visible sores or ulcers, though a small pink bump on the tongue may represent an outbreak as well. Genital Herpes may be harder to spot, as an outbreak may only be a small pink or brown bump with no other symptoms. Contrary to commercials on TV, we don’t believe you can transmit the infection without an outbreak. Little bumps are just not noticed.

Once infected, the virus will remain in the body for life unless you do Medical Ozone therapy to destroy it.

It can be eliminated! Treatments with antivirals can reduce outbreaks and may alleviate the severity of symptomatic episodes but will not get rid of the infection. Medical Ozone (a gas) is the only medicine known to destroy and rid the body of this horrible infection. Please don’t believe the commercials on television saying you can never get rid of it. Though it offers no promises or guarantees, Ozone has been used all over the world to treat infections that normally cannot be fixed, i.e. Herpes. Medical Ozone is a gas that when it enters the body intravenously acts like glue to all viruses, bacteria, fungus, yeast, mold, toxins and harmful free radicals. It destroys or inactivates them so the body can remove them completely. Most importantly, Medical Ozone does it without harmful adverse reactions or side effects so typical with pharmaceuticals. Of course “Big Pharma” doesn’t want us to know about it as it’s not a patentable medicine and they can’t make any money from it. However, in more than 50 countries, over 45,000 physicians have been using it worldwide for over 70 years to successfully and safely treat conditions and diseases such as Herpes. So don’t give up hope and don’t wait! It is absolutely possible to eliminate Herpes from your body. To learn more about Medical Ozone therapy go to or buy a copy of “Ozone Therapy: The Miracle Medicine” available at, which has testimonials on its benefits and effectiveness. If you have any specific questions about this amazing therapy you may contact Dr. Howard Robins at 212-581-0101, considered my many to be the foremost clinical expert on the use of medical ozone in North America.

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More Sleep Helps Shed Pounds


njoying more zzz’s is not usually associated with weight loss, but a growing number of epidemiological studies suggest that insufficient sleep may be linked to a greater risk of weight gain. The latest results from a study presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior points out that sleep behavior influences body weight by affecting not only how many calories we consume, but also how much energy we expend. When researchers at Tübingen and Lübeck universities, in Germany, and Uppsala University, in Sweden, investigated the effect of short-term sleep deprivation on hunger, physical activity and energy levels, they discovered that insufficient sleep increased the participants’ sensations of hunger by raising the level of the “hunger hormone”, ghrelin. The less sleep a person had, the hungrier they felt. After only one night of disrupted sleep, the volunteers moved around less and burned off fewer calories in their resting state than their counterparts that enjoyed a good night’s sleep.

Yoga Reduces Depression in Pregnant Women


regnancy hormones are known to cause myriad physical and emotional symptoms, including unexplainable mood swings. The fluctuations are more serious for one in five expectant moms because they also experience major depression. Now, a groundbreaking study by the University of Michigan offers new hope. Pregnant women identified as psychiatrically high-risk that participated in a 10-week mindfulness yoga intervention experienced significant reductions in their depressive symptoms. Mothers-to-be also reported stronger attachment to their babies in the womb.

Working Out Hot Flashes


ne of the most common and uncomfortable symptoms of menopause may respond positively to a simple, no-cost measure. Health researchers at Penn State report that menopausal women that exercise may experience fewer hot flashes in the 24 hours following physical activity. In this first-time study of objective versus subjective, or self-reported, hot flashes, the Pennsylvania researchers studied 92 menopausal women for 15 days.


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May is Asparagus Month


ometimes referred to as the aristocrat of vegetables, asparagus has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. It was prized by ancient Greeks and Romans for its taste and reputed medicinal qualities, and 19th-century French bridegrooms, believing it was an aphrodisiac, frequently ate several helpings on the eve of their nuptials. The crop reaches its peak during April and May. Packing a fiber-filled punch of vitamins A and C, this princely veggie also delivers significant helpings of folate and rutin, which help to strengthen blood vessels. Its delicate flavor is best preserved by stir-frying or light steaming. Source:

The Exercise Advantage


aking a brisk walk or bike ride may stave off cognitive decline better than reaching for the daily crossword puzzle, says a new study published in the journal Neurology. Researchers at Scotland’s University of Edinburgh reviewed the medical records of more than 600 Scots born in 1936 that were given MRI scans at age 73. “People in their 70s that participated in more physical exercise, including walking several times a week, had less brain shrinkage and other signs of aging in the brain than those that were less physically active,” says study author Alan J. Gow, Ph.D. Surprisingly, the study showed that participating in mentally and socially stimulating activities, such as visiting family and friends, reading or even learning a new language, did little to ward off the symptoms of an aging brain. Study participants will undergo a second MRI scan at age 76, and researchers plan to compare the two scans to see if the links between exercise and better brain health hold up.


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Honoring Veterans

Helping Troops Return Home to Meaningful Work Colin and Karen Archipley, owners of Archi’s Acres, in Escondido, California, daily honor contributions by America’s armed forces by helping combat vets return home to a fresh start doing meaningful work through their Veterans Sustainable Agriculture Training (VSAT) program. Established in 2007, they can now list 160 ongoing agribusinesses nationwide led by program graduates. “This instills confidence in the veterans as together, we tap into their abilities to adapt and overcome, to take on a challenge and to know themselves and seek improvement,” says Colin, who served with the Marine Corps. This year, the couple is expanding the program by launching 10 one-acre certified-organic hydroponic greenhouses as incubators sparking future VSAT-graduate businesses. For more information, call 800-933-5234, email or visit

Camp Revamped

Anti-Bullying Tenets Enhance Summer Fun Many summer camps have taken steps to prevent bullying, reflecting mainstream trends. Attendees at Camp Dark Waters, a Medford, New Jersey, residential camp for ages 7 through 16 founded on Quaker principles, are asked to abide by a list of Anti-Bullying Campers’ Rights: n I have the right to be happy and to be treated with kindness. No one will laugh at me, ignore me or hurt my feelings.

Veggie Power

Food Revolution Day is May 17 Food Revolution Day, a collaborative effort between the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation in the United States, the Better Food Foundation in the UK and The Good Foundation in Australia, aims to get people around the world talking about real food and food education. Last year, the global day of action encompassed more than 1,000 events and dinner parties among families and friends, school associates, work colleagues and community neighbors in 664 cities in 62 countries.

n I have the right to be myself. No one will treat me unfairly because I am fat or thin, fast or slow, strong or weak, a boy or girl. I am different because I am myself.

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n I have the right to hear and be heard. No one will yell, scream or shout and my opinions and desires will be considered in any plans we make.

Nearing Equality

Gender Pay Gap is Eroding Recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that women now earn 82 percent as much as men, up from 64 percent in 1980. This latest figure represents median annual earnings for full-time, year-round workers, including self-employed, but not seasonal workers. Progress has also been made in gender segregation within the labor market, with many previously maledominated fields including law, banking, medicine and civil service jobs such as bus drivers and mail carriers opening up to women. In 2012, President Obama cited his signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act as a second-term issue for addressing gender discrimination. 16

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Decisions, Decisions

Breaking Glass Ceilings Benefits the Bottom Line Women’s ability to make fair decisions amidst multiple and competing interests tend to make them better corporate leaders, researchers have found. A survey of more than 600 board directors showed that women are more likely to consider the rights of others and apply a cooperative approach to decision-making, which can result in better performance for their companies. The study, recently published in the International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics, was conducted by Chris Bart, Ph.D., a professor of strategic market leadership at Canada’s DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, and Gregory McQueen, senior associate dean at A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine, in Mesa, Arizona. Male directors, which made up 75 percent of survey participants, prefer to make decisions using rules, regulations and traditional ways of doing business or getting along. Meanwhile, female directors are less curtailed by these parameters and are more likely to try new and unconventional business methods. “We’ve known for some time that companies that have more women on their boards have better results,” explains Bart. “Our findings show that having women on the board is no longer just the right thing, but also the smart thing to do.” Yet women still only comprise approximately 9 percent of corporate board memberships worldwide.

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Antibiotic-Free Meats are on the Rise Although sales of antibiotic-free meat comprise a tiny fraction of the total market, retailers like Whole Foods, Costco and Trader Joe’s cannot get enough antibiotic-free meat to meet the demand, according to a New York Times report. In a Consumer Reports National Research Center telephone survey, more than 60 percent of respondents said they would be willing to pay at least five cents a pound more for meat raised without antibiotics. For three years, Scott Sechler, owner of Bell & Evans, an organic meat processing company near Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania, has been feeding his chickens a specially milled diet laced with oregano oil and a touch of cinnamon as a method to fight off bacterial diseases that plague meat and poultry producers without resorting to antibiotics, which some experts say can be detrimental to the humans that eat the meat. Noodles & Company, a fast-growing chain of more than 300 restaurants, has added antibiotic-free pork to the ingredients customers can add to their pastas. It ensured a year’s supply in advance by committing to receiving cuts of meat that were not in relatively high demand. Dan Fogarty, executive vice president, remarks, “We’re deliberately voting with our pocketbooks.”

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S PRING DETOX Gentle Natural Cleansing Works Best by Linda Sechrist


o secure optimum performance, maximize lifespan and maintain the warranty of vehicles, knowledgeable drivers follow the regular maintenance needs recommended in the owner’s manual. Similarly, many health practitioners, integrative physicians and chiropractors suggest that periodically cleansing the body’s inside works—flushing toxins and enabling the digestive process and organs like the liver and kidney to rest and reset—aids in maintaining, restoring and optimizing health. Whether seeking a dramatic cleanup and clearing out or a simple tune-up, a natural, detoxifying cleanse eliminates accumulations of unwanted substances. Doctor of Chiropractic and Nutritionist Linda Berry, of Albany, California, and Brenda Watson, ReNew Life founder and a certified nutritional consultant from Clearwater, Florida, are recognized authorities on the subject. Berry’s Internal Cleansing and


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Watson’s series of six books on digestive health that began with Renew Your Life stress that the process may be both a missing link in Western nutrition and a key to returning Americans to health. They both believe that specific medical concerns—including allergies, arthritis, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders and body pains—are directly related to toxicity, which responds well to gentle detoxification. Their suggestions for reducing the overload based on 60 years of combined experience include eliminating pro-inflammatory processed foods, alcohol, coffee, refined sugars and bad fats; increasing daily intake of healthy, organic, fiber-rich foods; and gently cleansing at least twice a year, using a natural approach.

How to Begin

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the onset of spring and fall

at least two daily bowel suggest appropriate times “Eighty percent movements. Add oat or for internal cleansing. of cancer cases rice bran, citrus pectin or Although strictly protein drink fasts are not encour- are caused by envi- other natural fibers as a bulk agent. aged, a minimum of 20 A natural, non-chlorigrams of high-quality pro- ronmental and food nated water enema using tein should be consumed carcinogens.” simple home apparatus daily. Read labels and available at local stores can pick a sugarless protein ~ National Cancer also be incorporated into powder. Institute and the National the regimen, as necessary, A simple one-day, Institute of Environmental “An enema [initially] affects weekend or seven-day Health Sciences only the intestine’s lower cleanse for experienced third, so hold in the roomor inexperienced individtemperature water for five uals begins every morning to 15 minutes, if possible,” with a total body dry skin suggests Berry. brushing prior to showering, and then drinking a minimum of 10, eight-ounce What to Avoid glasses of water throughout the day. Safe, over-the-counter solutions for coThis includes a tasty green juice drink, lon cleansing generally promote colon followed by an eight-ounce glass of health and can nicely supplement a water for breakfast, lunch and a healthy fast. Avoid products that contain senna afternoon snack. Watson’s favorite green leaf and cascara sagrada, which are cleansing recipe consists of liquefying potent laxatives. one-and-a-half cucumbers, two stalks Watson and Berry don’t recomof celery, half a Granny Smith apple, a mend rigid “crash and burn” cleanses, handful of spinach or any other type of such as those consisting solely of green vegetable, a few sprigs of parsley protein drinks or raw juices or lemon and a tiny piece of lemon. juice and water with maple syrup and Then, an hour after breakfast and cayenne pepper. “It’s better to cleanse lunch, sip a cup of herbal tea, take two gently with fresh green juices with or three capsules of spirulina and two capsules of omega-3. For dinner, liquefy meals consisting of brown rice and either raw, lightly steamed or roasted one teaspoon of red miso paste in eight vegetables,” counsels Watson. ounces of hot water and add five sprigs “Any detox program, if followed of wakame seaweed. by eating whatever you want, not only “To fight hunger during the day, doesn’t work, it has consequences,” drink more water with lemon or ginger, adds Berry, who strongly advises easing warm herbal tea or green juices,” adback into a sensible diet after a cleanse. vises Watson. She notes that one client became ill To increase fiber intake, Berry sugfrom breaking her detox with a meal of gests placing ingredients in a VitaMix barbeque ribs and beer. or the more affordable NutriBullet, which pulverizes everything added, Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer even whole flax seeds. Juicers, which for Natural Awakenings. She writes are harder to clean after using, sepaon why we are better together at rate the liquid from the fibrous pulp, which human intestines need to create

Umeboshi Tea Umeboshi plums, termed “the king of alkaline foods”, are a species of apricots from Japan. A pickled fruit, they have a sour and salty flavor. Drinking umeboshi tea alkalizes the blood and works to relieve fatigue, nausea and indigestion while restoring energy. Makes 1 cup. Drink one a day for one month. 1 umeboshi plum, rinse 1 cup purified water ½ tsp Japanese kuzu powder 2 or 3 drops tamari or gluten-free tamari 1. Remove seed from the plum. Cut remaining plum into small pieces or mash. 2. Place plum pieces, water and kuzu in a small sauce pan. Stir or whisk to dissolve the powder. It will look like milk with pink bumps. 3. Stir while heating at medium temperature for 3 to 5 minutes or until liquid turns clear and appears a little thicker. Turn off heat. 4. Add tamari drops and stir gently. Drink while hot. Source: Recipe courtesy of Brenda Watson.

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that teens are not capable of giving back equally because their minds have not yet fully matured. “That’s how teens learn to return to a calm place, by seeing our mom remain steady through our storms,” Eliza observes.


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Keeping the Mother-Daughter Bond Strong by Meredith Montgomery


or many, the “Actively engaging with my terone, may likewise strong motherproduce brain irritadaughter bond bility. “It’s no wonder mom has seems to suddenly girls are both cuddling unravel when adoleswith and screaming at enabled me to balance cence appears. “Paryou in the same day,” enting is exasperating my independence with a she points out. and wears you out,” Nurse Pracsighs Heather Thomas, titioner Sil Reynolds, dependable bond, which of Houston, Texas, who co-authored a mother of three, Mothering & Daughhelps me grow into my including 16-year-old tering with her Mary Meghan. true self. Plus, it allows my daughter Eliza, gently Mothers can gain reminds mothers, some comfort in the mom to know the real me.” “The mother-adobiological reasons for lescent daughter the onset of emotionrelationship is asym~ Eliza Reynolds ally charged argumetrical. Mothers are ments and repeated curfew violations. responsible for being the adult in the It begins with changes in the brain relationship as their daughters grow up. caused by an increase in the hormones Understanding this can be a relief to that stimulate girls’ ovaries, and by both of you.” age 10 or 11, the hormones become Part of the responsibility of being an elevated to levels comparable to those adult is to provide a safe psychological of postmenopausal women. and emotional environment for children Dr. Christiane Northrup, author of without taking things personally. The Mother-Daughter Wisdom, points out frontal cortex responsible for making that in addition to experiencing mood decisions is still developing in the adoswings and temperature changes similar lescent brain. Weathering mood swings to those of menopausal women, girls’ and reactive outbursts, mothers can rising estrogen, unbalanced by progeslearn to remain steady, understanding 20

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Northrup believes that a daughter’s peers play a large role in her successfully navigating the teen years, but emphasizes that, “A mother’s influence wins. Be consistent in your loving and clear about rules and boundaries, while encouraging a sense of their own worth and autonomy.” Teenagers are anxious to grow up and do their own thing, but until they have internalized safe and reasonable boundaries, they need someone else to establish them. Northrup reports how teen clients that were given too much freedom… “come in aching for boundaries and feel that their parents don’t care about them. It is the parents’ job to create healthy, though not rigid, boundaries.” What has worked for Heather is to casually join Mary Meghan in her room with an intention to be present and actively listen to her. “I say something simple like, ‘I have missed you,’ and then allow her to open up to me without being critical or judgmental,” she explains. “Sometimes we listen to music or look at outfits in magazines together.” “Girls know when you’re paying attention, and your tone and body language speak louder than words,” confirms Eliza. She also notes that, “How was your day?” doesn’t work as well as the more specific, “How did your test go?” As with any relationship, there are occasional conflicts and misunderstandings, but there’s always potential for repair. Eliza and Sil encourage mothers and daughters to reconnect through the repair process; with heartfelt restoration, the bond grows stronger.

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Everyone benefits from regularly scheduled quality time together. Sil advises, “For households with siblings, this can mean 10 one-on-one minutes a day for each kid. When both parents aren’t under the same roof, technology can help—face

time is better than texting, whether it’s through a screen or not.” Some mother-daughter teams enjoy taking dance classes together, having movie dates or pairing up as volunteers. At their weekend workshops, the Reynolds engage in projects and conversations about what it means to invite spirituality and a sense of sacredness into one’s life. Sil sees firsthand how many mothers and daughters are “hungry for spiritual depth.” Heather’s family makes dinners, school vacations and church activities a priority, including a youth program. She says, “Through our church, we are blessed to have caring, Christian adults we trust to help guide and raise our kids and help formulate their morals. It’s a place where it’s okay to question beliefs and share differing viewpoints.” Many moms seek better bonds with their daughters than what they experienced as teens. Heather notes, “I only see my mother a couple times a year, and when I do, I give her an extra hug and apologize [both jokingly and seriously] for my own teen years. Now, having teen girls of my own, I get how hard it is, and I tell her that every time I see her.” For more information and tools, visit Meredith Montgomery publishes Natural Awakenings of Mobile/Baldwin, AL (

Key Family Communication Tools Avoid the use of absolutes (never, always, everyone, forever) because they leave no room for differing opinions or shared responsibility for problems. For example, replace “always” with “often,” or “everyone” with “a lot of people.” Soften statements by turning heated oneliners into “I” statements. Say, “I feel like you don’t call when you say you will,” rather than, “You never call when you say you will.” Instead of open-ended questions, try a three-word check-in. Both mother and daughter share three words that describe their current emotional state honestly and authentically. Take turns sharing. There is no need to explain why these words were chosen, but it can give both parties a better glimpse into each other’s current state of heart and mind.

A Daughter’s Go-To Guidelines by Eliza Reynolds

Don’t give up. When you give up, you are asking your mom to give up on you. Instead of stating, “She’ll never get me or trust me and she’ll always embarrass me,” help her to meet the real you. Stay real. Be authentic and genuine (no BS). If you want to talk, try starting with a simple, “Hey, Mom, I’ve got something I want to talk to you about. Could just the two of us consult for a minute?” Yes, your mom may be eerily on point sometimes, but she can’t actually read your mind (Surprise!). Build the relationship you want and need. It’s the one where you get along. She listens when you’re talking and you want to listen, too. It’s normal for this to take work. When you choose to be half of this two-person team that’s key to your well-being, teenage life becomes easier. I call it the art of daughtering. Just imagine what life could be like if your mom was your greatest ally. Connect with Eliza Reynolds via

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Edible Hormones

The resemblance of the inner topography of a pomegranate to an ovary is more than poetic homage. Pre-Renaissance Western herbalists commonly held that a plant food’s visual similarity to a human organ indicated a positive health correlation. Research published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology on pomegranates by Japanese scientists revealed that the seeds and fleshy capsules within which they are suspended, called arils, contain estrogens structurally similar to those found in mammals. Preclinical results published in Phytochemistry may explain why extracts of these plant-derived bioidentical hormones mimicking estradiol, estriol and estrone are capable of replacing the function of an ovary. A Japanese study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology reported that female mice whose ovaries had been removed and were later fed pomegranate juice and pomegranate seed extract for two weeks showed reversals in bone loss, uterine weight loss and anxiety.


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n addition to relieving symptoms of menopause and andropause and helping maintain a normal, balanced hormone system, healthy eating can yield many other benefits. According to U.S. National Library of Medicine research reports, these include weight management, bone health and fertility and natural defenses against breast and prostate cancers and osteoarthritis symptoms. Despite drug-free approaches to hormone health that predate synthesized 20th-century hormone replacement therapy, the pharmaceutical industry has all but vanquished eating appropriately nutritious foods as a means to balancing hormones. Why do people embrace external sourcing when natural internal functioning is

the better, less costly and more permanent solution? Even the current bio-identical upgrade of hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) may lead to some biological dependency on these substances. Appropriate BHRT should include an analysis of how the individual uniquely metabolizes hormones and functional foods that can help. An edible approach to hormone health provides deep nourishment for glands, enabling increased production of what they lack due to changes associated with age or illness. Healthy eating likewise reduces the activity of excess hormones already in the body, beneficially mimicking their previous function without the unwanted side effects. Here are


Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, collard and mustard greens and the root vegetables kohlrabi and rutabaga contain glucosinolates, which help protect DNA from damage, according to a study published in Current Science. Also, ever-increas-



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ing preclinical and clinical evidence shows that consuming cruciferous vegetables reduces the risk of more than 100 health problems, including a wide range of cancers, like those affecting the bladder and breasts.


Unwelcome symptoms of perimenopause (which can last years before the completion of menopause) can be offset through daily ingestion of ground flax, which can be added to cereals, salads and other foods. Ground flaxseed mixed with dried berries is particularly palatable. As the ovarian reserve of naturally manufactured hormones exhausts itself and prompts an imbalance, flaxseed is particularly effective in rebalancing levels of desirable estrogen metabolites, such as breast-friendly 2-hydroxyestrone. It contains a fiber, lignan, that upon digestion produces two important phytoestrogens capable of stimulating the body’s natural estrogen receptors in cases of estrogen deficiency and blocking both synthetic and natural estrogen when there is excess (as with estrogen-dominant conditions from puberty to menopause). These properties have been confirmed in human clinical studies performed at the University of Toronto’s Department of Nutritional Sciences and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Thus, flaxseed may be considered a source of

plant “estrogen” capable of prompting regression of estrogen-sensitive cancers, including those of the breast and prostate. Extremely versatile in culinary applications, combining flaxseed with ground cumin provides a medicinally potent homemade seasoning supporting women’s hormonal health.


Cumin—actually a fruit disguised as a spice—has tremendous hormone-modulating properties recently confirmed by findings in Experimental Biology and Medicine. Japanese scientists demonstrated that cumin seeds can inhibit loss of bone density and strength as effectively as estrogen in a female rat model of age-associated osteoporosis. They further found that the cumin seeds did not have estrogen’s weight-promoting and possible carcinogenic effects on the uterus. Imagine the potent hormone-balancing properties of a dinner of steamed rutabaga dressed with ground flaxseeds and cumin with a side of mustard greens with olive oil and pomegranate dressing. It beats a serving of Premarin with a serving of unwanted side effects any day. Sayer Ji is the founder of and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. Tania Melkonian is a certified nutritionist and healthy culinary arts educator. Learn more at

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Adventures Abound at Frost Valley YMCA Service Trips

Frost Valley YMCA is dedicated to service and the idea that to live a meaningful and healthy life one should give back to their community. The service trips at Frost Valley YMCA are focused on making an impact on the community. Campers who participate in our service trips will receive a signed letter validating at least 35 hours of accredited service per trip.

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uring Frost Valley YMCA’s Adventure Programs, campers choose from action-based activities, service-oriented trips (like working with Habitat for Humanity), and rugged excursions to beautiful and challenging locations around the United States. These empowering experiences, led by highly trained counselors, teach leadership and survival skills. From these experiences, campers find confidence and strength to last a lifetime.

Adventure Village One Week Try-It (Grades 6-8) August 11-16 Adventure Village, our introductory program for the adventurous at heart, combines the best of traditional Overnight Camp and Adventure Trips. Campers choose from multiple adventure-based activities like climbing the tower, all-day hikes, orienteering, mountain boarding, zip-lining and honing outdoor survival skills. They also join main camp for traditional camp activities.

Adventure Trips

Advanced trips, the top tier of the adventure program, are monthlong journeys to the beautiful backcountry regions of the Northeast. Campers challenge themselves as they work together to set goals and build routes through the wilderness. Nothing is comparable to the life lessons and leadership skills that an Advanced trip can offer a young camper.

Adirondack Mountain Summit Multipitch (Grades 10-12) June 30-July 26 This is the most advanced wilderness trip. Campers summit stunning Adirondacks peaks and climb the east coast’s highest cliff-face. The trip provides orienteering and survival skills as well as hands-on learning for setting up gear, scouting and climbing safely, and learning to become responsible outdoor enthusiasts for life.

Campers work with Habitat for Humanity Catskills to gain community service hours, make new friends, acquire new skills, and “give back.” Helping to rebuild the Catskills from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irene, campers earn up to 35 volunteer service hours. They will also enjoy the beauty of the Catskill Mountains by climbing in the nearby Mohonk Preserve and biking in the esteemed Minnewaska State Park.

Maine Trail Builders (Grades 9-12) Available Session 2 Campers explore the beautiful area of Acadia, Maine, as they help maintain trails and complete service work with the National Park Service. Digging in the dirt, trimming trees and doing various other projects around the park, they will earn up to 35 hours of community service. On days off, they’ll climb cliffs above the ocean and bike the carriage roads.

Rocks and Ropes (Grades 6-8) June 30-July 5 Tired of people telling you to stop climbing on everything? You are just the person we’ve been looking for! Join us on a week-long climbing session that includes day climbs in the world-famous “Gunks” of New York. You will work on climbing techniques while having the time of your life with a group of friends who love climbing as much as you do.

White Mountain Kayak & Climb (Grades 9-12) Available Session 1& 3 Travel to the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire and learn technical kayaking skills with experienced instructors. We will also climb some of the best cliffs on the east coast at North Conway. This trip, outfitted with the well-known Eastern Mountain Sports Outdoor School, is for the budding outdoor enthusiast who wants to take their love of the outdoors to the next level.


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Seeking Soulmates Online Coach Evan Marc Katz’s Advice for Internet Dating by Kim Childs


atural Awakenings recently launched its own online dating site, which got us wondering… what does it take to find that ideal someone? We decided to call on dating coach Evan Marc Katz, author of I Can’t Believe I’m Buying This Book: A Commonsense Guide to Successful Internet Dating, for advice. Katz, who calls himself a personal trainer for love, coaches successful women in the art of successful dating. He says that while online dating simply makes sense in today’s world, it’s important to do it wisely.

Online dating is nearly the norm these days. What has changed? It’s a perfect marriage of technology and opportunity. There are about 100 million singles in the United States, and everyone has a personal computer and a phone, which allows us to connect immediately with people we’d never meet in the course of our day-to-day life. Think about a woman in her 40s that wants to date and lives in a suburb with kids, has a full-time job and whose friends are all married; it can be hard for someone like that to meet men. Online 26

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dating allows her to essentially create a love life from scratch. The problem is that most people think they can just go online and succeed, without realizing that there’s an actual skill to it. You can’t just shop for a partner the way you can order up other things on the Internet.

Can you share some tips for singles just starting out? I created an audio series called Finding the One Online, in which I share best practices and some key mistakes to avoid. For example, people sign up for online dating for a month and expect to fall in love in 30 days. That’s like being 50 pounds overweight, signing up for a one-month gym membership and quitting after only losing three pounds because you didn’t meet your goal. The process of finding a good match is more like training for a marathon—you can’t log on and manifest a partner right away by talking to everyone on the site in a month’s time. That’s completely unrealistic, and yet it’s the number one reason people fail, because they expect too much too soon and don’t stick around long enough to learn how to use the system.

What are some best practices once you commit to the process? Don’t write an online profile that’s full of adjectives, activities and clichés. Telling a story that illustrates who you are is much more enticing. Post a picture taken within the past year, have a clever user name and write initial emails that are funny and confident. I like the idea of flirting with a potentially special someone online, moving from email to the phone and making plans for a real-life date over the course of about a week. That’s a good, organic process. My preference is to meet for drinks on a Saturday night, but it doesn’t have to be cocktails if that’s not your scene. I just like the romantic atmosphere of meeting for drinks because dinner dates tend to be too static and coffee dates are too casual. The goal is not to meet tons of people as quickly as possible. The goal is to build up trust and rapport via email and phone communications, so that when you do go on a first date, it’s comfortable and actually feels like a second date. I encourage my clients to go on real dates, not interviews.

Many people make a list of qualities they desire in a partner. What do you think should top that list? The things that sustain a marriage are kindness, consistency, compromise, laughter, shared values and trust. Those should be at the top of your list, instead of height, weight, age or income. The problem is that such qualities may not appear in someone’s online profile or even on the first date. Too many couples make decisions based on chemistry, and that can be a terrible predictor of success for a lasting romantic relationship. Connect with a health conscious, environmentally aware, spiritually evolved friend and mate at NaturalAwakenings Reach Evan Marc Katz at Kim Childs is a writer and creativity coach in Boston. Visit


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View our entire calendar on our CityGuide online at WEDNESDAY, MAY 1



Candlelit Flow Yoga – 7:45pm. Set to music and lit only by candles, this is a soulful vinyasa class that builds heat, strength and flexibility while allowing the mind to achieve a deeper meditation, enhanced by the darkness.Attention is paid to the alignment of the physical form as well as to the subtle energy body. Danielle Tafeen. Sacred Sounds Yoga, 163 Bleecker St (between Sullivan and Thompson Sts), 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012. 212-533-YOGA, Info@ or

The Longevity Seekers: Science, Business and the Fountain of Youth – 12pm. Ted Anton has spent years working with scientists at the frontier of longevity science, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the state-of-the-art research and the impact it might have on global public health, society and even ourselves. 92Y Tribeca Lecture Hall, 200 Hudson St, New York, NY. 212-601-1000.

Tai Chi (Calum Douglas-Reid) – 12:00pm. The graceful movements in tai chi relax the mind and body, help digestion, quiet the nervous system, benefit the heart and blood circulation, strengthen the spine, organs and brain and improve the overall quality of life and health. Taught by Grandmaster William C.C. Chen. Sacred Sounds Yoga, 163 Bleecker St (between Sullivan and Thompson Sts), 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012. 212-533-9642, Info@ or

THURSDAY, MAY 2 Garden Crew Training Session – 4-6:30pm. Help maintain the Sherman Creek Gardens and join our Garden Crew on Thursday evenings this spring through fall. This training session will cover basic horticultural practices, pruning and weed identification. Swindler Cove Park, Dyckman St and 10th Ave, New York, NY. 917-291-6436, or

FRIDAY, MAY 3 Wild, Wiggly Worms – Learn all about our slimy friends and how they are hard at work in the garden in this handson gardening activity for families. Plants and imaginations grow at this garden, where kids are allowed—no, encouraged!—to play in the dirt. Activities to delight and inspire. Sift nutritious worm compost to take home for your garden. Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York, NY 10458. 718-817-8700 or

SATURDAY, MAY 4 Monthly Astrology with Rebecca Gordon – 3-4:30pm. Go on this journey into the heavens and clearly see all major planetary alignments and gain insight about what they will mean for you. Bring your planners, charts and questions. There will be distinct messages for each sign and certain birthdays as well as a focus on the greater lesson woven through. Beginners and advanced. Namaste Healing Center, 80 5th Ave Suite 1104, New York, NY 10011. 212-645-0141 or  SUNDAY,


A Course in Miracles – 1-4pm May 5, June 9, July 14, Sept 15, Oct 13, Nov 10 and Dec 8. Jon Mundy, Ph.D., author of the best-selling Living A Course in Miracles facilitates this study group. $20 donation suggested, no one turned away. Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 4th Ave (between 12th and 13th Sts), New York, NY. 212-866-3795. See sample copy of Miracles magazine and more info at

MONDAY, MAY 6 Dance Against Cancer – 7pm. Attend the 3rd Annual event with all proceeds benefitting research initiatives as well as all patient and family services programs that the American Cancer Society funds. General admission tickets include performance and post-event reception only. For VIP ticket information, visit AXA Center, 787 7th Ave, New York, NY.


New York City Edition

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8 Tour: Feeding the Future – 6:30-7:30pm. Originally built in 1934, the High Line played a critical role in carrying farm-fresh foods to the growing metropolis. During this walking tour, Sonya Kharas of the NYU Food Studies Program will reveal how food is at the center of the High Line’s history, and lead the group in an engaging discussion of the High Line’s changing role in the city’s food system. The High Line, New York, NY. 212-206-9922, or


TUESDAY, MAY 14 Central Park Circuit – 6:30-7:30pm. Get fit this summer with innovative exercises designed by top trainers to utilize the Park’s best natural features: rocks, trails, stairs, hills, and gorgeous open lawns. A variety of classes will help you to maximize your strength and agility, as well as increase flexibility and muscle tone. All fitness levels welcome. Space is limited to 20 participants per class on a first come, first served basis. Ages 18+. North Meadow Recreation Center in Central Park, New York, NY. 212-348-4867 or

Recalibrating Our Energetic Bodies with Kundalini Yoga – 2-3:30pm. Kundalini Yoga uses pranayama, yogic postures, chanting and meditation to help maintain a healthy spine as well as strengthen the nervous and glandular systems. In each class, become aware of much more than just the strength of the physical body and facilitate a change for the whole being. Nicole Smith (Dharambir Kaur). Virayoga, 580 Broadway, Suite 205 (between Prince and Houston), New York, NY 10012. 212-334-9960 or




The Power and Potential of Spiritual Breathing – 7-10pm. Dan Brule facilitates this powerful class. Maha Rose Center for Healing, 97 Green St #G3, Brooklyn, NY. Contact Peace Arnold at

The 1960s—ATurning Point for Central Park: Harlem Meer Social Hour – 6:30-8pm. Learn about the innovative experiments of the 1960s in Central Park, including avant-garde art performances, popular concerts, and new approaches to playgrounds. Hear how this unique interaction between art, design, and public space led to serious decline and influenced the Park’s eventual preservation and restoration with the establishment of the Conservancy.

SATURDAY, MAY 11 Feng Shui Your Home Into Your Sanctuary – 1-3pm. Everyone deserves a home environment that is supportive, providing just the right mix of relaxing and uplifting energy and filled with items that make one feel great at a soul level. Learn how your home can become your haven in this workshop facilitated by Julie Anna Alvarez. Experience an “environmental meditation” to get you ready to transform your living space! Namaste Healing Center, 80 5th Ave, Suite 1104, New York, NY 10011. 212-645-0141 or

SUNDAY, MAY 12 AClearing in the Forest: Flowers for Mother – 12-1pm. Celebrate Mother’s Day and all that blooms this season in the Park with a flowery tale told by renowned “Storyteller Supreme” Tammy Hall. Plant your own flower pots to bring home for Mom and watch them grow as the Park’s gardens flourish with colorful and fragrant delights. Peter Jay Sharp Children’s Glade in Central Park, New York, NY. 212-360-1461,

Dancing Into Spring! – 6-9pm. Come celebrate Dancing Into Spring with Reverend Nafisa Sharriff, master instructor. Bring the entire family and participate in a FREE West African dance class, eat lots of great food and mix and mingle with African Dance Class family. $10 love donation requested but not required. Countee Cullen PS 194, 242 W 144th St, NewYork, NY10030. 212-234-4500 or

markyourcalendar SUNDAY, MAY 19th Mamapalooza 11am-5pm The 10th Annual Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza celebrates mothers and the people who love them with music and an art-filled festival featuring family bands, kids activities, Gymboree play tent, crafts, eco-environmental information, food, vendors, interactive fun, and more! Attendance of 6,000-10,000 people is expected. Visit the Natural Awakenings booth!

Riverside Park South Pier I @ W. 68th St.

markyourcalendar MAY 19-24 Omega Say to to Stress Seminar Discover the natural solution to fortify empower and master stress by following the LifeReStyle process. A unique combination of 9 natural steps to survive, master stress and live well. See ad on page 24. 877-944-2002 Ages 18+. CharlesADana Discovery Center, Central Park, New York, NY. 212-360-1461, Hlook@CentralParkNYC. org or

FRIDAY, MAY 17 Mario Batali’s Kitchen Gardens – Kids can explore with Mario’s Menu Mystery Game, featuring favorite vegetables and herbs from nine of his restaurants’ kitchens, including Otto and Del Posto. Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York, NY 10458. 718-817-8700 or

MONDAY, MAY 20 Spring Birding Tour – 8-9am. Discover the varieties of birds that call Bryant Park home during the migratory season. It’s a great way to learn more about our feathered friends as well as getting some exercise! Presented in partnership with the New York City Audubon Society. Bryant Park, New York, NY. plan-your-visit/calendar.html?date=2013-05-19.

TUESDAY, MAY 21 Tuesday Tours: Weekly Guided Walking Tours – 6:30-7:30pm. Hear the story behind New York City’s park in the sky. Tuesday Tours are free, hourlong walking tours led by knowledgeable volunteer guides who offer an insider’s perspective on the park’s history, design and landscape. Tuesdays through September 24, weather permitting. Space is limited, arrive 15 minutes early. 14th Street Passage, The High Line, New York, NY. 212-206-9922, or

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 Tribeca Greenmarket – 8am-3pm. Shop at the Tribeca Greenmarket each Wednesday and Saturday year-round to get your fix of locally grown produce, sustainably raised meat, seafood, sheep’s milk cheese and yogurt, orchard fruit and berries, herbs, live plants and cut flowers. Cooking demonstrations, raffles, and educational activities make the market a hands-on experience for shoppers of all ages. Greenwich St between Chambers and Duane, New York, NY.

THURSDAY, MAY 23 Wild Medicine – Discover how cultures around the world rely on plants for everything—from food and medicine to cosmetics—through a stunning re-creation of Europe’s first botanical garden in Padua and surprising displays of healing plants researched by several botanical garden experts. Explore a fascinating collec-

tion of rare books and manuscripts known as herbals, as well as engaging science adventures for kids and much more! The Italian Renaissance Garden is featured. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York, NY 10458. 718-817-8700 or

THURSDAY, MAY 23-26 Alternative Education/HomeSchool Conference– The 10th conference of the Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) will be held in the NYC area for the first time, at Long Island University/ Post Campus in Brookville, NY. It will be from May 23-26 with 5 keynoters and 60 workshops including renowned educator//writer Alfie Kohn. Kohn speaks Thursday, May 23rd. Alternative educators and homeschoolers are coming from 25 states and 8 countries. See for more information, write to or call 516 621 2195.

FRIDAY, MAY 24 Family Veggie and Yoga Night – 6pm. Yoga is a great way for a family to bond, and it is also a great equalizer. Bring the entire family on 4th Fridays. Your children will love helping you work on poses that come easily and naturally to them! Delicious veggie snacks will be served. Charlotte’s Place, 107 Greenwich St (between Carlisle and Rector), New York, NY 10006. 212-602-0800 or

markyourcalendar MAY 25-27 Braco Gazing Sessions 10am-6pm Braco’s silent gaze brings a gift of life transformation to many! $8.00 per 35-minute session. Must be 18 years of age to attend. Pennsylvania Hotel, 401 7th Ave (at 33rd St), Penntop Ballroom, New York, NY.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 The Manhattan Home Circle – 7-9pm. Explore your clairaudience—the inner ability to use your hearing psychically—and discover the subtle differences between inner and outer hearing, states of vibration, mind-to-mind “texting,” inner-ear recall and other forms of auditory sensing. Beginners and advanced persons all welcome. Come prepared to learn, have fun and share in some “aha” experiences! Suggest donation $20. The Manhattan Home Circle, meet in lobby of Quest Bookshop, 240 E 53rd St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10022. 510-496-3496, or

FRIDAY, MAY 31 Yoga 4 Cancer – 4:15-5:30pm. A gentle class that includes meditation, breathing exercises and soothing yoga sequences for yogis during and after cancer treatment. All stages are welcome and prior yoga experience is not necessary. Erin Teufel. Sacred Sounds Yoga, 163 Bleecker St (between Sullivan and Thompson Sts), 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10012. 212-533-9642, Info@ or

markyourcalendar AUGUST 24-25, 2013

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

Level One: The Foundation prerequisite to the full series As taught at Kripalu and the Institute of Noetic Sciences

SUNDAY, MAY 26 Summer on the Hudson: Sweet Spot – 2-9pm. Musical Directions and legendary DJ Herbert Holler bring you a family-friendly gathering of community, cultures and music lovers of all ages. Soulful House music is the cornerstone of this public dance-party, blended with classic R&B, Disco, Funk, Soul, and Afro-Beat spun by a rotating collection of North America’s most renowned sound architects. Sponsored by Fairway Market. West Harlem Piers Park, West 125th St, New York, NY.

MONDAY, MAY 27 Isagenix Weight Loss – 8pm. This is a unique opportunity for you and your family to learn to live a healthier, wealthier and happier you. Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003.

TUESDAY, MAY 28 American Ballet Theatre: Don Quixote – 7:30pm. One of the most beloved tales of chivalry and devotion. The Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center, Broadway at 64th St, New York, NY 10023.

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

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

Creative Healing Goddess Judicci “Who-dÉÉ-chi”

“Poet of the Body” Park Slope Brooklyn NY 850-Jud-icci • Goddess Judicci offers a new form of intuitive spiritual body-coaching – an inspired mix of touch, talk, breath, vocalization, imagination, movement and percussion - a blissful way to transform body, mind and spirit. Experience Power of Breath, Expansiveness of Heart, Vastness of Spirit, Connection to Mother Earth and the Divine. No two sessions are alike. Come; immerse yourself in a spontaneous, deeply awakening, private, safe and pleasurable journey. Free short phone consultation. “Goddess Judicci, you purged me of everything negative and brought in divine healing light.”


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

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New York City Edition

healing movement JACK WIENER, LP, CDMT 98 Riverside Drive, Suite 1A New York, NY 10024 212-724-2044

For adults who want their body to clearly express what they feel. Creative Movement classes with exercises that continuously realigns your musculature. Improvisations that helps you dance, to any kind of music, and guide you to engage the physical resources that develop your individual movement voice. Personal attention: six per class. Please call or e-mail for mailer.


Body Therapist, Energy Healer, Enzyme Nutrition Therapist Eastside, NYC 212-369-1992 • For 22 years Madeline Michaels has offered therapeutic massage, bodywork and nutritional counseling with exceptional results. She uses scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as her intuitive creativity for the integration of powerful healing treatments. Madeline’s bodywork and healing methods are geared for women’s bodies with a nurturing focus on detox and beautifying of the skin.Visiting Madeline will uplift your spirits and guide you to a healthier, happier and lighter life. Visit us online for May Specials!

holistic Counseling Niloo Dardashti, PsyD, HHP

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

integrated medicine SVETLANA KOGAN, MD

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

Intuitive Guide Joan Carra, Psychic Medium Offices in NYC & Greenwich 203.531.6387 •

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

LIFE COACH Life Solutions Coaching

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


CERTIFIED LAW OF ATTRACTION LIFE COACH 973-444-7301 • Do you want to improve your life? As a Certified Law of Attraction Life Coach, I know how to coach you to attract what you want into your life. Whether you want to attract more money, your dream job, better relationships, etc., I can help you do just that. My clients find that they not only attract more of what they want into their lives, they are enjoying feeling more excited about life in general. I always offer the first session for free. Please also check out my new book “Vibratize Your Life!” on Amazon.

Natural Beauty Mauricio Hair Studio

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

Milla’s Treatment Boutique 18 East 41st Street Suite #1704 New York, NY 10017 212-213-5844

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


EssentialOxygen Brushing Rinse is a toothpaste-mouthwash for all oral issues including whitening, gum pockets and receding, tooth sensitivity, bad breath, tartar, canker sores and toxic morning mouth, and does so organically without objectionable ingredients. View video about the creators mission with dental health at


natural dental DR. VICTOR ZEINES

57 West 57th Street New York City, NY 10019 & Shokan NY 212-813-9461 • Holistic dentist & author, Dr. Zeines, takes into consideration the whole persons balance of physical, environmental, mental, emotional & spiritual needs so you receive a more complete dental health evaluation & treatment. Dr. Zeines is available for phone consultations.


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Naturopathic Doctor

Organizing PROS@ Amazing Being Consulting Professional Home Organizer Wardrobe Consultant 917-414-0970

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


Simplicity Health Associates Dr Ivy Branin, ND 230 West 13th Street, Suite 1-B New York, NY 10010 646-470-8458

Dr. Howard Robins

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

optimal health opportunities

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

Women’s Wellness

Rebecca Spath

Breathing Room Therapies & USANA Health Sciences New York City Teamnorthrup. com/why-usana/the-usana-opportunity 845-389-6991 • Breathing Room Therapies, founded 15 yrs ago by Rebecca Spath who’s been passionate about helping people her whole life, provides breathwork & body/mind centered therapeutic coaching. 3 years ago she joined Team Northrup, a group of conscious entrepreneurs who believe in optimal health & wellness while valuing time freedom. Partnering with USANA Health Sciences, one of the world’s leading companies in the field of health & nutrition, she provides clients with top health and healing. For those interested, she shows how to create residual income while helping others achieve optimal health. She welcomes meeting you to see how these tools, techniques & options may make a difference in your life!

Sierra Bender®

Empowering Women One at A Time 888-794-3330 Sierra Bender, a modern day Renaissance woman and leading pioneer in the Women’s Empowerment, leadership and entrepreneurship movement for over 25 years. She is the founder of the SBEM Core Institute, Sierra Bender Empowerment Method®(SBEM), Boot Camp for Goddesses® internationally renowned retreat, and author of Goddess to the Core (Llewellyn, 2010). Her charismatic appeal has been featured internationally, in media outlets including Oprah Radio, CBS and Univision TV, in USA Today and other newspapers and magazines throughout Australia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, U.K., Germany and the U.S., as well as in Marie Claire, Shape, Body & Soul, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga and Natural Awakenings Magazine.

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DISCOVER EXPERIENCE BECOME Teen Adventure Program FROST VALLEY YMCA Frost Valley YMCA adventure teens are both brazen and brave. They’re hard-working and generous of heart. Teen campers choose from trips of various levels of difficulty where activities include sailing, hiking, climbing, caving, and whitewater rafting, or they choose service-oriented trips, such as working with habitat for humanity.

• Habitat for Humanity - Catskills • Maine Trail Builders • Rocks & Ropes • Adirondack Rambler • White Mountain Kayak & Climb • Boots & Boats • Adirondack Mountain Summit Multipitch • West VA Whitewater • Vermont Voyager • Catskills Climb & Hike • Maine Coast • YMCA Europe Festival in Prague


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