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May 2018


news briefs

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 anti-inflammatory 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 Alka-White Turmeric noticed their teeth getting whiter. Furthermore, after one 30-second rinse, 93.55 percent of Alka-White 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 offers Free saliva pH testing and samples of Alka-White Mouthwash to all new patients.

You Too Can Be An Interfaith Minister At All Faiths Seminary International


he face of religion is changing. One hears more today of spirituality and a religion of one’s own rather than traditional organized religions. Inter-spirituality is widely accepted as a path to truth, peace, brotherhood and sisterhood - The world is really one big family! At All Faiths Seminary International (AFSI), you will be taught that there are many paths to God, the Light, the Divine, or if you will, the Source. As a licensed Interfaith Minister/Spiritual Leader, you will be qualified to spiritually serve individuals from various faiths, creating a sense of “Oneness” in our divisive world. You can perform: private weddings, commitment ceremonies, funerals, baby namings/ welcomings, memorial services, vow renewals, handfastings, adoption ceremonies, family unions, ship christenings, business and home blessings animal funerals and blessings. You may also participate in international interfaith associations, religious conferences, the World Parliament of Religions, Interfaith Seminaries, Ashrams, Retreat houses, Holistic Institutes, and the United Nations. You can work in hospitals or assist other pastors/ministers in their churches/ temples and maybe even start your own church! You can also create podcasts or webinars on current interfaith topics or write articles, books, and blogs on various Inter-spiritual and Interfaith topics. One thing is for sure, becoming a licensed Interfaith Minister, through AFSI, assures that you will be part of changing the world for good – One heart at a time! AFSI offers training in Comparative religions, A Course in Miracles, Judaic studies, and Spiritual Counseling studies. We are located in the heart of Manhattan in a lovely eastside five-story brownstone. Our faculty and staff are dedicated trained professionals in the Interfaith Movement. For more information on how to attend our programs in the fall, contact All Faiths Seminary International at 212-866-3795 or email:


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Eastover: Healing in the Heart of the Berkshires


astover Estate & Eco-Village, a holistic retreat venue in the Berkshires, has become a home for renowned teachers and healers to share their practices to help those suffering from the effects of stress, pain and depression. Located in Lenox, Massachusetts, minutes from Tanglewood, Eastover is a 600-acre oasis of nature, music, art and fine food, as well as expert-led classes in tai chi, yoga and qigong. This month Eastover is taking the wisdom to New York, as Maser Li Junfeng offers his Sheng Zhen Meditation and Healing Workshops throughout the city. Dates and locations include May 4, 7 to 9 p.m., at Tibet House, 22 West 15th Street, 2nd Floor; May 5, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church, 8407 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY; May 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Sitan Taichi & Martial Arts, 227 Michael Drive, Syosset, NY; and May 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Barefoot Living Arts, 85 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield, CT. He will return to Eastover to teach a Sheng Zhen Meditation and Advanced Healing Practice, “the sacred truth of unconditional love and the key to opening the heart,” May 9-13. Traditional Chinese Medicine continuing education units apply. Other upcoming programs at Eastover include Bar Gua Zhang, with Fukui Yang and Rick Barrett, May 11-13; The Healing Forces of Harmonic Sounds and Vibrations Using Qigong, with Jay Emmanuel, June 7-10; Universal Healing Tao with Master Mantak Chia (weeklong retreats on well-being, spirituality, longevity and sexual cultivation) June 12-28; and Consciousness Unbound, a book salon with Michael Grosso, June 22-24. To register for these or other events, or for more information, visit or call 631-680-7573.

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oin Musa as he takes us on an inner journey inspiring us to reflect and examine ourselves to find our inner strength and spirituality. During his spontaneous talks he covers many different topics, some of which are: consciousness, dignity, qualities, love and destiny. From Musa’s upcoming book Sufi Illuminations, “If we want to change our destiny, if we want to change who we are on the inside we have to change our consciousness.” Musa has the ability to take complex Musa esoteric concepts and put them into easily Muhaiyaddeen understood language. Musa says, “This world is a difficult place where we have so many trials, so many problems, yet it is here we are looking for the liberation of our soul.” Musa guides us on the Sufi Path and examines the different ways we can connect to the vibration of God. These spontaneous talks are followed by Zikr, a prayer recitation in Arabic for those who would like to join in. The next meeting will be May 19th at 4:30 pm at New York New Church, 114 E. 35th Street, NYC. Musa’s talks are available to listen to for free on and his books are available on Amazon.

aCrema Botanicals, which has been making high-quality CBD products since 2014, will have a booth at NYC’s Cannabis Congress and World Business Expo, which takes place May 30 through June 2 at the Jacob Javits Center. Founded on the principle of providing safe and effective alternatives to pharmaceuticals,DaCrema creates products that are natural, organic, non-GMO and free of pesticides and contaminants. Its products have become a leading choice of doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists and healing practitioners across the country. The cornerstones of the DaCrema product line are the sublingual drops and healing salves.The drops are designed to regulate the central nervous system, enhancing mood, relieving stress and improving sleep. They are super concentrated, containing 2 mg of CBD per drop, and they come in two sizes: 6 ml and 12 ml bottles. The healing salves offer topical relief to muscles, joints and nerves. CBD is blended with essential oils to deliver healing CBD to deep tissue, as well as soothe irritated or damaged skin. The salves come in a 1.3-ounce tin, at 120 mg or 180 mg strength.

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Fifth-Generation Psychic Based in Brooklyn

Functional Medicine Seeks the Root of Common Symptoms


or Natalie Davis, psychic ability isn’t just a gift—it’s a family calling. A fifth-generation psychic, she first started helping people through intuitive readings at the age of 7. Forty-five years later, she still dispenses answers Natalie Davis and advice from her second-floor space in a Brooklyn brownstone. Nearly five decades of experience give Davis and her clients alike confidence in her inner wisdom. “I can answer all their questions—tell them about love, business, work, marriage, health and family,” she says. “I can also provide the names and descriptions of meaningful people through their lives. My specialty is reuniting loved ones, and I can advise people on finding their soul mate. My intention is to bring love, peace and light to all.” Davis offers in-person palm, tarot and aura readings, as well as readings by phone, to answer questions about people’s past, present and future. “The answers I provide help my clients feel more at ease making their most important life decisions,” she says. Natalie Davis is located at 8514 5th Ave., 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY. For more information, call 718-688-2959 or visit

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atients’ health problems are too often overlooked by conventional testing methods that ignore common symptoms, says Jennifer Clemente, a clinically trained, board-certified nutritionist who specializes in a whole-body approach to health and wellness. Bloating, fatigue, skin conditions, digestive issues, weight gain or loss, brain fog, mood swings, sleep disturbance, pain, sugar imbalances and hormonal issues are among the many symptoms that can indicate an underlying problem, she says. In her practice, Body Bliss Nutrition, Clemente uses cuttingedge testing to help uncover the deeper layers and root of her patients’ health concerns. Those tests include, but aren’t limited to, hydrogen/methane breath analysis for small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), food intolerance testing, stool analysis and genetic nutritional evaluation. “I will assess prior testing from a functional perspective, utilizing a much more stringent set of guidelines that often reveal problems where conventional lab analysis overlooks them,” she says. “If you’ve been to several doctors only to be told there’s nothing wrong, a functional evaluation may be for you.” Clemente says her approach offers a unique alternative by combining natural therapies with nutritional plans tailored specifically for the patient’s needs. “The right plan will remove triggers of inflammation, optimize nutrients and magnify health by supporting the body’s immune, metabolic and detoxification pathways. All conditions may be improved by supporting the function of the body.” Body Bliss Nutrition is located at 90 Broad St., Ste. 215, NYC. For a free 15-minute consultation, call 646-665-3394. For more information, visit

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he East Coast is the next frontier in the development and growth of the medical and legalized cannabis industry. The 5th Annual Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCBExpo), May 30 – June 2, at the Javits Center in New York, is the premier event for entrepreneurial, educational and expansion opportunities. All under one roof, in the financial and media capital of the world, attendees will gain unprecedented knowledge, discover essential products and services and establish solid business contacts to grow their existing business or enter this emerging market. Providing top information for healthcare professionals, dispensary owners and wellness advocates is a hallmark of the CWCBExpo NY. Sessions not to be missed include:

As ambitious folks undertake spring cleaning, questions arise about what is and isn’t recyclable, as well as how to do the right thing on an ongoing basis. The world can benefit from our efforts: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that every ton of recycled paper saves the energy equivalent of 322 gallons of gasoline, while a ton of aluminum cans saves 21 barrels of oil. Putting the wrong items into a recycle bin demands extra time and effort at local facilities. We can test our knowledge by taking this short true or false quiz. Please note that local standards may vary, so check for specifics. 1. Both paper and plastic bags are recyclable. 2. All paper in the form of phone books, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, office paper and paperboard, is recyclable. 3. Cardboard pizza boxes can be recycled despite absorption of grease and food residue. 4. Aluminum, steel and tin-plated cans can all go in the recycling bin. 5. Some of these items are recyclable: Styrofoam food containers and cups, used paint cans, sewing needles, non-empty aerosol cans, garden hoses and clothing. 6. Recycling broken glass is the same as intact glass. 7. It’s easy to recycle a broken or outmoded cell phone or laptop computer. 8. It’s vital to recycle office and other paper.

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Answers: 1. False; generally, only paper bags are recyclable unless a grocer or big-box retailer has its own program for plastic bags.

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2. True 3. False 5. False; generally, none are recyclable. Notable exceptions for foam are detailed at; shipping storefronts may accept foam packing peanuts. 6. False; put broken light bulbs and other shattered glass in the trash; bring all fluorescent bulbs to a local building supply store. 7. True; many consumer electronics retailers and manufacturers, states and charities offer options to recycle or donate devices. Visit RecyclingForCharities. com,, or 8. True; 30 percent of landfill trash generated annually is paper, outweighed only by plastic and food waste. May 2018


health briefs

New guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have high blood pressure. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have redefined the condition as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, a change considered by critics as overly beneficial to pharmaceutical companies. This criteria includes 80 percent of people over 65, triples the diagnosis for men under 45 and doubles it for women younger than 45. The revised guidelines encourage adopting lifestyle strategies in early stages of rising blood pressure like exercise, diet, weight loss and smoking cessation. Evidence-based alternative methods noted in a Canadian study include coenzyme Q10, dark chocolate, qigong, slow breathing, Transcendental Meditation and vitamin D. 10

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In a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine researchers discovered. The most common choice was herbal teas, followed by women’s vitamins, flaxseed, glucosamine and soy supplements. Only 34 percent of the non-Hispanic white women and 14 percent of the Hispanic women discussed it with their doctors.


New Guidelines Lower the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure

U.S. Midlife Women Choosing Natural Health Care

Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to a new study from Canada’s University of Waterloo. The ability to extract oxygen from the blood is an important fitness marker, which the researchers tested by having 18 young men and women exercise on treadmills. The women’s superior results indicate they are naturally less prone to muscle fatigue and poor performance. “The findings are contrary to the popular assumption that men’s bodies are more naturally athletic,” observes lead author Thomas Beltrame, Ph.D. Previous research had found that older men and male children tend to have faster oxygen uptake than women.

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When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes a Cambridge University study of 36 infants. This coordinating supports the baby’s early learning and communication skills, according to the researchers. The effect, which researchers measured via electroencephalogram (EEG)-wired skullcaps, was strongest with eye-to-eye contact and weaker when the adult’s head was turned away. The more vocalizations—little sounds—the baby made, the greater their brainwaves synchronized with the adult.

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Eye Contact Syncs Baby and Adult Brainwaves


Herbs Ease Polycystic Ovary Symptoms Ingesting a combination of five herbs while making healthy lifestyle changes significantly reduced symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome in a recent Australian study of 122 women published in Phytotherapy Research. The herbs were Cinnamomum verum (cinnamon), Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort), Paeonia lactiflora (peony) and Tribulus terrestris (tribulus). Menstrual cycles returned to normal duration for 55 percent of the women, and significant improvements occurred in body mass index, pregnancy rates, hormones, insulin sensitivity and blood pressure. Subjects also exhibited less depression, anxiety and stress.


Acetaminophen Linked to Delayed Language Skills Girls born to 754 Swedish mothers that used acetaminophen during pregnancy showed less ability in acquiring early language skills at 30 months of age, report Mount Sinai Health System study researchers. If the mothers took acetaminophen more than six times in early pregnancy, their daughters (but not their sons) were nearly six times more likely to have language delays than girls born to mothers that didn’t take the drug. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 65 percent of pregnant women in this country use acetaminophen, which is marketed for pain and fever relief in Tylenol and Excedrin, and included in many over-the-counter formulations such as NyQuil and Robitussin.

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Yoga Soothes the Blues Taking a 90-minute hatha yoga class twice a week for eight weeks steadily lowered symptoms of depression in all 20 men and women with mild to moderate forms of clinical depression that participated in a recent University of California, San Francisco, study. Another 18 depressed adults attending an attention control class for the same period of time, afterwards had somewhat lower depression scores overall, but less than half the improvement, plus they showed greater mood fluctuation.


A New Healthy Coffee Alternative Success by Health (SBH), a new, re-branded company in the healthy lifestyle industry with its Reishi Mushroom-infused coffee products, now offers two healthy coffee products—Café Noir and Café Latte—in the natural beverage niche market for sales affiliates. They are formulated with the Reishi (Ganoderma) Mushroom, to help eliminate unhealthy caffeine in coffee, and with it, the unpleasant metabolic crashes associated with conventional coffee products. They smooth out the traditional highs, lows, jitters and resulting negative pH levels in the body. SBH is the latest direct marketing company started by Jay Noland, a former professional baseball player well-known in the direct selling industry. His business model eliminates the retail middleman through individual, independent sales affiliates. Each affiliate purchases a packet of Café Noir, the standard black coffee, for 68 cents a cup, and asks others they know and meet, “Do you drink coffee?” It’s an easy way to initiate a dialogue about the latest in healthy coffee. SBH founding members and independent affiliates are Dr. James Marinakis, an internationally recognized alternative medicine practitioner, in Boca Raton, Florida, and Jo Dee Baer, an age-group recordsetting triathlete and health coach in Central Florida. To join the SBH team as an affiliate and improve health while increasing wealth, call 800-681-4926 or email May 2018


A new study published in the journal Ecosphere confirms that in urban streams, persistent pharmaceutical pollution can cause aquatic microbial communities to become resistant to drugs. Researchers evaluated the presence of pharmaceuticals, including painkillers, stimulants, antihistamines and antibiotics, in four streams in Baltimore, Maryland. Then they measured the microbial response to drug exposure. Selected study sites represented a gradient of development from suburban to urban. Emma Rosi, an aquatic ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and lead author on the study, explains, “Wastewater treatment facilities are not equipped to remove many pharmaceutical compounds. We were interested in how stream microorganisms, which perform key ecosystem services like removing nutrients and breaking down leaf litter, respond to pharmaceutical pollution. When we expose streams to pharmaceutical pollution, we are unwittingly altering their microbial communities, yet little is known about what this means for ecological function and water quality.”

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Meds in Urban Streams Drive Microbial Resistance

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Recycled Plastic Transforms into Prosthetics The emerging technology of three-dimensional (3-D) printing can benefit the world in many ways. Re:Purpose for Good, in Australia, creates robotically 3-D printed prosthetic devices from recycled plastic and e-waste. It’s difficult to customize prosthetics, so more invasive surgery is often needed to make standard sizes fit the patient. Other companies produce 3-D printed prosthetic hands and arms, but Re:Purpose for Good customizes both hands and feet at a much lower cost. The company’s robotics and prosthetics engineer Gerardo Montoya, who had been working on 3-D printing prosthetics for children in Mexico, merged the idea with a desire to do something about the 8 million tons of plastic entering the oceans. Along with plastic waste, they also use e-waste such as discarded smartphones that have all the circuitry and microprocessors needed for advanced features. The company even plans to teach their prosthetic-making process to children as part of their science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum, so they can learn 3-D printing skills. They’re making it open source so more people can get involved without patent restrictions.


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global briefs

All That Glitters Sparkly Microbeads Face Ban

Scientists have called for glitter to be prohibited due to the threat it poses to wildlife. The glistening, decorative, plastic microbead powder may seem harmless, but environmental researchers report it’s a dangerous pollutant, particularly in oceans. Trisia Farrelly, Ph.D., of New Zealand’s Massey University, notes, “Their diminutive size and sparkling appearance make them appealing to animals, which will eat them.” Seven U.S. states now restrict the use and sale of products with microbeads; California was the first in 2015. The British government will ban rinse-off microbeads—plastics of less than one millimeter in length—found in exfoliating scrubs, shower gels, toothpaste and even on greeting cards. Plastics are found in a third of all fish caught in Great Britain, according to a study by Richard Thompson, Ph.D., professor of marine biology at Plymouth University. He says of shower gel with glitter particles, “That stuff is going to escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment.”

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Africans Unite to Save Rhinos

The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit aims not only to protect rhinoceroses in South Africa by patrolling the Balule Nature Reserve, in Greater Kruger National Park, but to also be a role model in their communities. It’s the first majorityfemale, anti-poaching unit in the country. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule, the Black Mambas were invited within a year to expand into other regions, and now protect all boundaries of the reserve. These 32 young women and two men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, as they address the local social and moral decay that results from poaching. Their concern is also for their children’s sake because the sham economy has corrupted morals and brought narcotics into their communities. To make a donation, visit

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Crying Tears of Teal Book Review


rom the author of Reconstruction, Pieces of Life Volume 1 comes a compelling poetry collection that travels the paths of those battling Ovarian Cancer and other gynecological cancers, their caregivers, their grieving families and those who survived! Crying Tears of Teal poetically chronicles the travails of diagnosis, prognosis, the battle, the love, the healing, grief and the victory of those who survive. It is dedicated to the warriors, their families and loved ones. You will smile, cry, meditate, and pray as you read this poetic novel. Written from the bedside perspective of a caregiver, as Serena lovingly tended to her mother who battled ovarian cancer. This book will help raise awareness of ovarian cancer and other gynecological cancers.

About the Author Serena Wills is a native New Yorker and currently resides in the Washington, DC area. Her previous publications include her first poetry book titled, “Reconstruction, Pieces of Life, Volume 1”. She’s also published in numerous anthologies and is a contributing writer/ health and wellness blogger for online magazines and websites. For more information on how to purchase Crying Tears of Teal and other publications please visit or Also available on Amazon.

May 2018


HEALING THE HARD STUFF Natural Approaches Resolve Major Illnesses by Linda Sechrist


lthough natural health enthusiasts may recognize alternative healing modalities as a preferred approach to treatment, in the face of major health issues, even they tend to join the crowd that’s turning first to conventional medicine. Thus, many gentler modalities described in The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, co-authored by doctors of naturopathy Michael T. Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, remain largely untapped resources. Ignored because they are unsupported by traditional sciencebased medicine, holistic measures such as acupuncture, energy medicine, essential oils, herbs, detoxification, health-promoting diets, homeopathy, prayer and meditation, supplementation, yoga, massage and naturopathy are sacrificed in favor of often painful medical procedures and prescription drugs which can’t claim to permanently cure anything and can have many harmful side effects. 14

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Lack of Awareness

“A patient that dabbles in holistic medicine for minor health issues such as indigestion, headache or insomnia often turns to conventional methods after receiving a serious diagnosis such as diabetes, heart disease or cancer because they are scared,” observes holistic physician Dr. Wendy Warner, medical director of Medicine in Balance, in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The co-author of Boosting Your Immunity for Dummies suggests that relatively few people turn to natural solutions for both preventive and therapeutic measures because they’re unaware they exist. Integrative oncologists and endocrinologists that are aware of the benefits of natural complementary methods are scarce. Relatively few conventional doctors are educated in functional medicine. “Yet complementary modalities such as acupuncture, massage and some essential oils can support the immune system and help an individual deal with stress experienced from coping with their illness,” says Warner.

Rob Wergin, an experienced energy medicine practitioner, speaks from experience regarding clients that consult him for lifethreatening diagnoses. “When I see them, they’re desperate and have exhausted all conventional methods. I’m their lastditch effort,” remarks Wergin. The most frequent reason he hears is, “My family, friends and doctor told me not to waste my money on charlatans.” “People find it challenging to put faith in natural methods and are nervous about going against a doctor’s advice until they feel or see positive results; even these may not provide sufficient motivation to continue with alternative treatments,” he says. “I believe this is the result of the influence of pharmaceutical ads promising results, the medical community’s belief in proof solely through clinical trials, websites like Quackwatch. com and well-meaning friends insisting that the conventional route is the only way to go. It’s sad to see the gravity of these influences pulling clients back into solely believing in the Western model of medicine,” says Wergin. Ann Lee, a doctor of naturopathy, acupuncturist and founder of the Health for Life Clinic, Inc., in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, notes, “This mindset continues to get reinforced by insurance companies that do not cover alternatives. Paying out of pocket for medical expenses also influences a patient’s choices.” Kelly Noonan-Gores and Adam Schomer, director and producer, respectively, of the documentary film HEAL, suggest that unconscious conditioning plays the biggest role in an individual’s choices. “We are deeply conditioned to view medical specialists and prestigious medical institutions as the ones with all the answers. Sometimes they do and sometimes they


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don’t,” says Noonan-Gores, who intends to have her film awaken viewers to the possibilities of alternative paths of healing. As just one other example noted in the film, thousands have used the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), tapping on their body to help release the trauma and stress often associated with illness.

“Before, I wasn’t familiar with EFT, which I continue to use and benefit from. However, despite everything I’ve learned, I can’t give up on all Western medicine, put my faith in alternatives and let my intuition and faith guide me to healing. It’s easier to be skeptical than to have faith,” Lee says.

website that reaches hundreds of individuals worldwide. She advises, “Reach out to people that you see are having positive results with a different healing system than yours. Ask them to show, help and teach you. I’ve seen many people restored to health by using methods that science is only beginning to understand.”

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Quiet Role Models

Sheila Tucker, a resident of Navarre, Florida, has been a registered nurse for 20 years, practicing in hospital settings such as critical care, emergency and administration. “I know and understand doctors, surgeries and pharmaceutical treatments and hospitals,” says Tucker, who recalls that throughout her life she was taught to believe in a system that suddenly stopped working for her. “In 2014, I was dying from a rare autoimmune condition, requiring fulltime care, and planning my funeral. Doctors had tried everything, yet my health continued to decline. When I saw a friend’s Facebook posts about her use of essential oils, I was curious, but reluctant to reach out, and didn’t want anyone to know that I called her for advice,” recalls Tucker. “Shortly after my friend arrived with her oils, my husband came home with our daughter, who had strep throat and a fever. She made us promise to use selected oils through the night and prayed with us.” Tucker attributes the miracle of her daughter’s turnaround the next morning to shifting her paradigm and opening her up to believing in the healing power of essential oils. Thanks to her friend and role model, Tucker learned how to use therapeuticgrade oils, supplements and a healthy diet to cleanse her body of the heavy toxic load accumulated from several years of expensive drug treatments. Today, she is a healthy and enthusiastic advocate, and her personal results opened the eyes of her physician to the point where she also shifted her own philosophy of healing. Tucker now offers educational classes in her office and online through her

“Outside of any dominant paradigm, it’s easier to cast suspicion than to make curious inquiry and, over time, working within a dominant worldview creates polarity, the antithesis of ‘wholism’. An inclusive approach integrates all medical and complementary approaches, as well as interaction with the natural world,” says Patrick Hanaway, a family physician and founder of Family to Family Medicine, in Asheville, North Carolina. Hanaway, the former director of medical education for the Institute for Functional Medicine and the first medical director at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, explains, “Doctors have a rigorous job filled with responsibility. Change is difficult and investigating vastly different ways of practicing medicine requires a degree of curiosity and openness. I am heartened by thought leaders and heads of top medical schools who are presently opening up to functional medicine, natural medicine and complementary approaches.” “The paradigm shift we are ushering in has been 50 years in the making,” assesses Hanaway. “Some medical professionals are immersed in a polar view of right and wrong, offering personal attacks and disparaging comments to maintain control of the dialogue. This is not appreciated by patients who look to the doctor as a teacher—the Latin docere means to teach. “The movement to change medicine and the cultural paradigm of healing is a marathon, not a sprint, and those of us involved are prepared to stay the course.”

“The conventional medical community wants to maintain the model in which they have heavily invested centuries of time, energy and money. Patients that investigate integrative and complementary medicine may resist hearing that in order to get well, they might need to change their worldview and lifestyle, take a leave of absence from their job, develop a spiritual practice, exercise or maybe even leave a toxic relationship,” says Schomer. “Conventional medicine says take this pill and keep living your life the same way,” says Schomer. “We are not demonizing doctors, pharmaceuticals or the medical system. We simply believe that individuals are more empowered to heal when they take control of their health.” Eva Lee, a resident of Los Angeles featured in the documentary, suffers from a rare and unpredictable form of blistering skin inflammation. “I’ve tested negative for faulty genes and all sorts of rare viruses and bacteria, which helped point me towards holistic methods. So far, following the directives of Dr. Mark Emerson, a chiropractor specializing in nutrition, in Maui, Hawaii, who I met while filming, has helped my body become healthier and deal with inflammation levels that rapidly reduced as soon as I detoxed and eliminated meat and dairy from my diet,” says Lee. Still, it’s hard for her to accept that her condition could be due to the type of stress and suppressed emotions that Anthony William explores in his book Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.

It’s a Marathon

Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at May 2018


Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus and Scleroderma

Can They Be Reversed? From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center in New York City

What are they and what do they have in common?

So, what is intravenous ozone therapy, how does it work, and is it safe?

Medical ozone is a highly reactive gas. It has to be Multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), made “fresh” at the time of its use in a machine lupus erythematosus (LE) and scleroderma (S) that passes electric current through medical-grade are diseases that can all be partially or completely oxygen in a special hand-blown glass tube. It can’t be reversed! This is a bold statement. Conventional stored in a powder, tablet, capsule or liquid form like medicine has shown that it has no answers for other medicines. When it enters the body, it acts like these life-taking, debilitating conditions except to “glue” to all viruses, bacteria, fungus, yeast, mold, try and slow down the degeneration or alleviate the toxins, toxic heavy metals and parasites, destroying symptoms. them without harming any healthy cells in our body. These autoimmune diseases cause the imDr. Howard Robins Unlike the above mentioned harmful organisms, mune system to hyper (over) react and attack healthy cells have special enzymes that ward off various organs or structures of your body, includozone and protect themselves from destruction. ing joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart and lungs as if they were By ridding the body of all these harmful disease-causing organenemies, like viruses or harmful bacteria. isms, intravenous ozone therapy has been able to reverse the diseases MS is an inflammatory disease in which the fatty myelin sheaths in question as well as a host of many other diseases and illnesses. around the axons of the brain and spinal cord are damaged, leading to While it is not known exactly which organisms are causing the disdemyelination of the nerves and scarring as well as a broad spectrum eases, medical ozone, by destroying all of them, helps us win the war, of signs and symptoms, most notably muscle weakness. and, believe it or not, it’s safe! What they all have in common is that they can not only take While used in more than 50 countries by over 45,000 physiyour life, but they usually work slowly, breaking down your body, cians for over 70 years, the most famous study done on its safety was causing many painful and debilitating symptoms, making your life published in Germany in 1982. In Germany, medical ozone therapy is miserable. used pre- and post-operatively to prevent infections as well as to treat most health problems. Jacobs, et al., reported in his published study What has worked so far? that close to 400,000 patients were given more than 5,500,000 treatConventional medicine has spent billions of dollars trying to find ments over a two-year period with an adverse reaction rate of .0007! the cause and cure of these diseases. Most of the money and efforts, however, have been spent on finding pharmaceuticals that can reFor more information, call Dr. Howard Robins at 212-581lieve some of the symptoms. Natural medicine has had good results 0101. Robins is considered the foremost clinical expert on the by cleansing and detoxifying the body. Many natural medicine use of medical ozone in North America, with more than 22 methods have met with some success. Dietary changes, acupuncyears of clinical practice and 185,000 treatments performed. ture, herbal medicine, homeopathy and meditation are just some of Bring in this article or the ad from page 3 for a $50 discount off the methods employed that have had some beneficial but inconsisyour initial consultation. tent results


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Pillow Self-Talk Three Questions to Ponder Before Sleeping by Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui


sking ourself three purposeful questions before retiring each night can help us rest content knowing that although we may not have lived our day perfectly, we did live it well.


What are three things I am grateful for?

It’s possible to live with eyes and heart wide open to the amazing beauty of each day, to receive it as a gift, rather than a guarantee. By looking, we can find gifts even amid uncertainty, struggle, pain or loss. In those times when we find ourselves fighting for gratitude, know that the grace found in thankfulness for even tiny blessings sustains us and builds resilience to walk through the storm and emerge intact. Reading One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp, or A Simple Act of Gratitude, by John Kralik, may help inspire us to get started. With practice, expressing gratitude will come easily, like breathing or laughing with children.


What are two things I did well today?

Speaking words of life about ourselves, noticing what we do well and where we shine, may meet internal resistance. It seems second nature, especially for women, to see our own struggles or shortcomings, but not our beauty or all the ways we show up to serve others and use our strengths.

Deepening the roots of self-awareness and self-compassion that permit us to accept that we are good enough enables us to step out in calm confidence.


What is one thing I would do differently?

Some nights we may find that given the chance, we wouldn’t have done one thing differently that day. More often we can identify something: a word spoken in impatience, spending too much time on the phone, being distracted from what’s important to us, procrastinating out of fear, or even forgetting to properly nourish ourselves. Instead of criticizing, the goal is to notice how we could better live fully aligned to our bigger goals and established values. Moment by moment, we can choose a growth mindset. We can learn to be as gentle with ourselves, as compassionate and forgiving, as we are with our children or spouse. We become aware that we get to choose who and how we want to be and that tomorrow is a new gift, a brand-new opportunity to more fully be our best self. Asking and answering these three purposeful questions may take five to 20 minutes. If we’re tempted to rush through it, remember that the resulting clarity and peace is worth the time invested. Krista O’Reilly Davi-Digui is a holistic nutrition and joyful living educator. She writes at, from which this was adapted.

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fter Los Angeles native Kelly Noonan-Gores spent 20 years in front of the camera as an actress, she turned her talents to producing awardwinning films like Tooken, Beneath and Take a Seat. She considers her latest, the documentary HEAL (, to be her ultimate achievement. “I included as many inspiring stories of healing change as possible to expand viewers’ beliefs in what’s possible, to alter the narrative around mystery illnesses being incurable or cancer equaling death,” says Noonan-Gores. When she was prescribed Prilosec

for acid reflux at age 28, Noonan-Gores decided she was too young and otherwise healthy to become dependent on it. By taking an integrative nutrition course, she realized the possibilities of alternative healing methods, catalyzing an ongoing exploration into optimizing life and health through the powers of mind, body and spirit. “We are not the passive victims of faulty genes; our lifestyle choices, thoughts, and beliefs shape our health,” says Noonan-Gores, a longtime practitioner of yoga and meditation. HEAL features uplifting interviews with the scientists, visionaries and healers

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that inspired her, including Deepak Chopra, Bruce Lipton, Marianne Williamson and patients diagnosed with diverse ailments that sought different healing modalities to take their health into their own hands.

What are some common elements in the stories of patients featured in HEAL? One common thread revolves around our subconscious programming. From the time we’re born, we are downloading “programs” or belief systems from society, parents, teachers and whoever and whatever else is in our environment. Many have learned through their own healing journeys of negative belief systems running their lives; each one had to become aware of these beliefs in order to change. Another is that when events are too painful, we consciously suppress or unconsciously repress them, and that trauma stays in our cells and might manifest in disease. To move that stuck energy, we must heal that emotional trauma to allow physical ailments to transform. A third theme is understanding how stress affects our lives and immune systems, and doing things to manage or mitigate it through tools like meditation or breath work. Some of the patients worked with spiritual psychologists using Emotional Freedom Techniques to release past stress held in their body, shifting beliefs to a trusting, non-victim place. Dietary shifts also made a difference. In acute healing, we realize the effect of different foods which can reduce or exacerbate inflammation.

Which messages in how the body and mind collaborate to promote healing are audiences keying in on? Visualization is a powerful and widespread tool in healing; we can use imagination to reframe and tell a different story. Research has shown that visualizations can affect brain chemistry and lessen side effects. The mind is conditioned to go to the worst-case scenario; we can instead retrain

it to focus on the best-case scenario, and what we want to happen, increasing the likelihood it will occur.

What role do faith and belief systems play in the healing journey? It all comes down to what we believe. If you believe in and expect an effect, like what we see with a placebo, the brain will create and release natural chemicals that might be prompted by a targeted drug. Believing you are a victim of genes and circumstance induces stress, whereas having faith in a loving universe produces greater ease.

How do emotions influence health and healing? Gregg Braden and Joe Dispenza, interviewed in HEAL, discuss how rage, jealousy, trauma and fear put the body in a stress response and create inflammation and other detrimental effects. But love, kindness, joy, gratitude and compassion release healing hormones and neurochemicals like oxytocin, serotonin and

dopamine. It’s empowering to know that when negative emotions arise, you can become aware of and release them, then pivot to focus on gratitude or do something that cultivates joy. It’s a moment-bymoment choice.

Healthy people require a healthy planet; how can we apply these same principles to bring our world back into balance?

The more conscious we become, the more we treat ourselves, others and our Earth with compassion. As more people awaken and demand a different response, the paradigm will shift. Health care will have to change as we apply the power in our hearts and minds. Our bodies are a microcosm of the universe; the planet can heal itself and thrive as we remove the toxins and become fully aware of what we are putting in the air, water and soil. Connect with April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at

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Functional Medicine Leads the Way by Linda Sechrist

Historical Overview During the last 25 years, a less drug-based grassroots model for dealing with chronic illnesses in the U.S. has emerged. First labeled holistic, the movement gained momentum as alternative approaches morphed into being considered complementary to conventional medicine, warranting studies by the National Institutes of Health. Responding to public interest, an integrative model of care that focuses on the whole person has taken root in medical institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic, in Ohio. The latest evolution to a systemsoriented, patient-focused clinical model of functional medicine, which seeks to address causes of illness, rather than simply treat symptoms, has been garnering increasing interest by the public and 20

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pioneering medical professionals. It’s now maturing into personalized functional medicine.

New Standard of Care One of the best-prepared, traditionally trained medical professionals in explaining this approach is Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D., recognized as the father of functional medicine, and author of The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer and Happier Life. He co-founded, with his wife, Susan, the Institute for Functional Medicine, in Washington, which provides a system geared to understanding the complexity of chronic illness and design individualized programs for more effective healing. “Medical science didn’t have the

advanced technology 25 years ago to perform the research that now helps us better understand the complexity of chronic illness, as well as our present ecological view of the body. Today we’re examining how all the networks of our biology intersect in a dynamic process that creates health when in balance or disease when out of balance,” attests Bland, whose career has focused on searching for a unifying principle behind all healing that can be used to discern the best possible therapy for specific individuals. Incorporating what he learned from Linus Pauling, Ph.D., two-time Nobel Prize laureate, and Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., as well as systems biology and practicing lifestyle medicine, Bland founded the nonprofit Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute ( in 2012. Seeking to transform the entire medical approach to chronic illness, the Seattle-based organization is a virtual and onsite hub for health professionals, researchers, educators and the public to share ideas and converse about how personalized functional medicine can be delivered to everyone as an improved standard of care.

Role of Genetics The National Human Genome Research Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, maintains that an evolved approach to medicine starts with using an individual’s genetic profile to determine the best path to preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases. By 2003, scientists had delivered the first essentially complete sequence and map of all the genes in the human body. Three decades ago, the medical fraternity had few reliable explanations for the origins of chronic health issues. Today, accepted factors include predispositions for a specific disease related to an individual’s genome, along with contemporary epigenetic influences such as nutrition, environment and lifestyle. None of these elements, however, necessarily define our destiny. “This genomic personalized medicine approach is creating friends among all healing arts practitioners because it facilitates our using information to design a less-toxic environment, lifestyle, diet and treatment to meet an individual’s specific

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needs and particular circumstances that led to a disease,” says Bland. “Diseases are only names assigned to a collection of symptoms,” says Bland. “They don’t indicate how the individual became afflicted. If 10 patients with Type 2 diabetes each had epigenetic variations that triggered getting the condition, it would be unwise to treat them all the same; it’s far better to treat those factors that specifically led to the disease.” Addressing the concern that genetic test results might be used to deny someone health insurance, Bland notes, “This is a significant misunderstanding about genetic testing. Our genes don’t tell us how we are going to die. They tell us how we should live. Understanding how our genes can help us live to 100 is a model of enlightenment. Those that practice this systems biology approach are counting on functional personalized medicine becoming the updated standard of care.” Physicians often offer genetic testing services. At-home DNA testing can be done using a saliva collection kit mailed to a laboratory, offering both ancestry and health information that must be interpreted by an informed professional. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at

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sugar, agave nectar, coconut nectar/syrup, brown rice syrup, cane juice and cane crystals, vinegar, “spices” that is likely code for MSG, water and refined salt. All of this makes ketchup addicting,” she says. “While you could pay for pricey organic ketchup and condiments that come without added sugars, you can save money by spending five minutes in the kitchen to make your own.” Find a recipe at Tinyurl. com/HealthyKetchupRecipe.


DIY Versions Add Zest and Nutrients by Judith Fertig


hile not essential to every dish or meal, condiments provide extra flavoring, final flourishes and added enjoyment to any dish. Such meal accompaniments range from vinegars to spreads and sauces, finishing spice mixtures and natural salts. America’s previous king of condiments was ketchup. Today, according to a 2017 poll from, it stands behind mayonnaise and mustard with soy and hot sauce rounding out the top five (generic product ranking at Top20Condiments). We often take familiar condiments for granted, yet a look at their ingredients can be startling. Many prominently include processed corn syrup and other sugars, sodium, gluten, monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and unpronounceable preservatives, according to Dana Angelo White, a registered dietitian in Fairfield, Connecticut. Homemade versions of condiments provide a happy alternative. They not

only taste great, but can be good for us. “Certain condiments add more to your meals than flavor—some actually improve your health,” says White. The potassium in homemade mustard is good for the digestive system through stimulating the flow of saliva, suggests a study in the Indian Journal of Medical Research. Homemade ketchup made with small cooked tomatoes is rich in lycopene, a nutrient that protects heart health, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. White’s fresh-made “THE Green Sauce,” full of vitamin-rich avocado and cilantro, is replete with antioxidants (

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Heather McClees, a plant-based nutritionist in South Carolina who blogs at One Green Planet, once loved commercial ketchup; then she read the labels. “Most ketchup is made of tomato concentrates, sugars, including high-fructose corn syrup, cane

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Serious Eats food writer Joshua Bousel uses only six ingredients to make a deliciously easy Grainy Mustard: yellow and brown mustard seeds, dry white wine, white wine vinegar, kosher salt and an optional pinch of brown sugar. Learn how at WholeGrainDijonRecipe.

Mayonnaise and Ranch Dressing

Eschewing eggs, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt, of San Mateo, California, uses aquafaba, the starchy liquid in a can of chickpeas, for a plant-based twist on emulsified mayonnaise. Find it at In her Mebane, North Carolina, kitchen, Kim Campbell, author of The PlantPure Kitchen, makes a plant-based ranch dressing with tofu for body and nutritional yeast, herbs and lemon juice to achieve the characteristic flavor. Find it at HealthyRanchDressing.

More Exotic Condiments Pomegranate Molasses

Sweet and tart pomegranate molasses can be used like vinegar in salad dressings, as a marinade ingredient or as syrup over pancakes and waffles. Angela Buchanan, aka Angela Cooks, a professor at the University of Colorado, in Boulder, who blogs at SeasonalAnd, follows the Whole30 program, which bars sugar. Because she also likes Middle-Eastern food, Buchanan experimented and created her recipe for Pomegranate Molasses without added sugar (


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Green popcorn is fun. With a spirulina powder, garlic powder, sea salt and cayenne pepper spice mix, even a movie snack can be healthy. “Spirulina is one of the most potent of all superfoods. Available in a powder form, it’s a blue-green algae that provides protein, B vitamins and iron. It’s used as a natural energizer, digestive aid and detoxifier,” says Tara Milhern, a holistic health coach in New York City. She also likes it sprinkled on baked potatoes or vegetables as a finishing flavor. See Without preservatives, homemade healthy condiments don’t last as long as commercial versions. McClees advises, “I store mine in a glass mason jar for one week in the fridge. I choose a half-pint-size jar, since the less empty space there is at the top of the jar, the longer it keeps.”

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DIY Condiment Recipes THE Green Sauce

“This sauce is a salad dressing, dipping sauce or sandwich spread,” says nutrition expert Dana Angelo White. “After tasting it, you’ll be putting it on everything.” Yields: about 2 cups

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Plant-Based Ranch Dressing “Ranch dressing can be dairy-free and made with tofu, making it plant-based and oil-free,” says Kim Campbell. Yields: about 2 cups 2 lb tofu, about 2 (14-oz) packages 1½ Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped ¾ cup onion, finely chopped 2 cloves garlic 3 Tbsp distilled white vinegar 2 Tbsp agave syrup 1 Tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp nutritional yeast 1 tsp dry mustard ¼ tsp paprika ½ tsp celery seeds 1 Tbsp dried chives ¾ cup filtered water Blend all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Courtesy of Kim Campbell, from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at

1 avocado, peeled and seeded Juice of 2 limes 2 cups fresh cilantro (leaves and stems) 1 jalapeno pepper 2 Tbsp white vinegar 1 Tbsp honey 1 tsp kosher salt ¼ white onion 1 cup filtered water Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. If mixture appears too thick, add a little more water. Courtesy of Registered Dietitian Dana Angelo White

Pomegranate Molasses

It takes about an hour to cook down, but homemade unsweetened pomegranate molasses is worth the time, advises Angela Cooks. Yields: 1 cup 32 oz unsweetened organic pomegranate juice Fill a saucepan with the juice and bring it to a low boil. Reduce the heat so the liquid will stay at a low boil, and let the juice cook down to a scant cup of thick, syrupy liquid. This takes about an hour; note that it will thicken more once it is cooled. Once arriving at a desired thickness while cooking, let it cool completely. Transfer the pomegranate molasses to a glass jar to store in the refrigerator where it will keep well for a few months. Courtesy of Angela Cooks, who blogs at May 2018


Five Reasons to Love a Cat

They Bring Health and Happiness Home by Sandra Murphy

I have lived with several Zen masters—all of them cats. ~Eckhart Tolle Ph.D., now associate professor at Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, discovered watching cat videos isn’t just fun, but a way to feel more energetic and positive. With some 94 million YouTube tales of cat adventures online, there’s no lack of available mood boosters.

Exercise Some cats enjoy leashed walks, presenting opportunities to mindfully enjoy nature and make friends. At home, a cat’s hunting skill and human creativity can be tapped using do-it-yourself treat dispensers and toys or inventive games.


s beloved and compatible pets, indoor cats provide emotional, mental and physical benefits.

Time spent with cats is never wasted.

changed and be brushed,” says Lisa Bahar, a therapist and clinical counselor at Lisa ~Sigmund Freud Bahar Marriage and Family Therapy, in Newport Beach, California. “Being comforted by a cat helps Companionship with depression and isolation.” Loneliness is never a problem with a cat While at Indiana University Bloomaround. “Cats need to be fed, have litter ington Media School, Jessica Gall Myrick, 24

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Improved Health Talking to kitty can make a bad day better. A lap cat prompts enforced timeouts and excuses to nap. Petting reduces tension and stress. Aimee Gilbreath, executive director of the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, in Los Angeles, points to a study from Life Sciences Research Institute, in Pretoria, South Africa, showing, “Simply petting a cat can reduce stress-related cortisol, while increasing serotonin and oxytocin.” The Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up concluded that having a cat lowers risk of myocardial infarction (heart attack) and cardiovascular disease including strokes, making cats a novel path to a healthier heart. When researchers reporting in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America measured the purring sound of domestic cat purrs, they discovered these resonate at 25 and 50 Hertz (Hz), the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth and fracture healing. Purrs also have a strong harmonic near 100 Hz, a level some orthopedic doctors and physical therapists use for ultrasound therapy.


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A child under a year old living with a cat is only half as likely to develop allergies to pets, ragweed, grass and dust mites, much as inoculations guard against disease and boost immune systems. The study, published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, followed children from infancy to age 18. French researchers discovered autistic children age 5 and older that had a cat were more willing to share, offer comfort to others and show empathy. Sharing cat responsibilities tightened family bonds. Cats like routine, especially for meals, making them good pets for Alzheimer’s patients that may lose track of time. Many people like the added warmth of a nearby sleeping cat at night. Fifteen

minutes of exercise, followed by a snack, will put kitty on the owner’s sleep schedule.

Cats are Low-Maintenance Overall, cats are self-sufficient animals, requiring only love, food and a spotless litter box. Self-cleaning, most cats don’t require regular trips to the groomer for haircuts and a bath. Scratching posts keep nails short. A snack, playtime or welcoming puddle of sunshine persuades kitty that it’s naptime. “In rescue, we say dogs are toddlers and cats are teenagers. Cats live without constant oversight,” says jme Thomas, co-founder of

Motley Zoo Animal Rescue, in Redmond, Washington. “They’re good pets for busy people. Adopt two at the same time so they bond and aren’t lonely.”

Cats are Eco-Friendly A New Zealand study reports that cats have a lower carbon footprint than dogs, comparing dogs to a Hummer and cats to a Volkswagen Golf. Dogs eat more beef, incurring red meat’s huge footprint. “Because cats eat less than most dogs overall, it saves money, too,” says Gilbreath. Everyone needs someone to care for and love. With about 77 million cats living in U.S. households and more in shelters or rescues, there’s plenty of people- and planetfriendly love to be found. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at

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Walking Mountains Science Center, Avon, Colorado

Eco-Upgrades for America’s Landmarks Monuments and Parks Adopt Sustainable Practices by Avery Mack


ore U.S. landmarks are now highlighting eco-friendly practices, demonstrating that history can be preserved while incorporating sustainability.

Space Needle, Seattle Built in 1962, the Space Needle is undergoing a $100 million makeover. The observation deck will soon feature improved views through glass instead of cage-like barriers. Restaurant patrons will enjoy a first-of-its-kind rotating glass floor. Other eco-updates and upgrades include improved accessibility, internal systems, materials, elevators, paint, and seismic protection along its legs. Because the flame at the needle’s top consumed enough gas to heat 125 homes, it was replaced in 2000 with a flagpole mast, a beacon for aviators. When the rehab is completed in June, the structure will qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification. 26

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Alcatraz Island, California A pioneer in hybrid ferries, Alcatraz Cruises combines solar, wind and diesel power to transport visitors. Captured rain freshens park gardens and salt water flushes toilets. In 2013, solar energy produced what would have otherwise necessitated 31,900 gallons of fossil fuel and 325 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

Iolani Palace, Honolulu Updated lighting units with a life expectancy of 25 years enhance the Iolani Palace facade and provide a 77 percent energy savings, partly through an “instant on” feature instead of power-up lights.

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona New buildings are LEED certified and shuttle buses are fueled by compressed

Using both passive and active solar energy, ground-source heat pumps, vegetated roofs and sustainable building materials, Walking Mountains is the first science center in Colorado to achieve LEED Platinum Certification, exceeding requirements. Collectively, three of its buildings use half the energy of an average school building. Straw bale construction in some building walls provides sound-deadening insulation suited to a dry climate.

Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis St. Louis’ CityArchRiver initiative raised a mile-long waterfront by 30 inches to reduce flood days by 67 percent without causing flooding downstream. “Spent grain donated by the neighboring AnheuserBusch Brewery fertilizes our 4,200 trees,” says Eric Moraczewski, executive director of the Gateway Arch National Park Foundation. In another innovation, “To aerate the soil without damaging historic relics, radishes were planted throughout the park, allowing rainwater to seep deeper,” he explains. “As radishes decay, nutrients are added to the soil.”

Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, and Ground Zero Museum, New York City “The area housing the Liberty Bell is limited. We installed our ActivePure technology that reduces 99 percent of surface microorganisms and 90 percent of airborne microorganisms,” says Kevin Hickey, president of Aerus, LLC, in Dallas. “It keeps germs from spreading in crowded situations.” ActivePure is also in place at the Ground Zero Museum. “The nature of the artifacts


natural gas. In 2010, a Climate Action Plan introduced green office practices, conversion to solar water heaters in National Park Service residences and increased composting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from internal operations by 30 percent by 2020. The park is unique in its composting program for mule waste.

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their limits. “Establish limits and boundaries when children are young,” says Cooley-Keith. “They will be more accepting of rules if you establish them earlier, rather than later. Most often, boundaries provide security for kids.”

KID TALK How to Communicate with a Child D

by Amber Lanier Nagle

udley Evenson didn’t set out to devise a strategy to foster constructive, nurturing communications between parents and their offspring. Yet as she and her husband, Dean, raised their three children decades ago, timeless guiding principles emerged. “We were like other parents—learning and growing along with our children,” says Evenson, a certified professional life coach, musician and co-founder of the instrumental recording label Soundings of the Planet (, in Bellingham, Washington. “Then, in the early 1980s, I met Joshua Halpern, who wanted to include our perspectives and techniques in his book, Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family.” So she shared her way of cultivating kind, caring and empathetic youngsters that has worked for two generations of her family: “Our role is not to impose our beliefs on children and grandchildren, but to guide and help them develop their dreams, visions, paths and passions.” Other experts agree.

Stay Clear. Evenson contends that children

are often mirrors of the surrounding moods and attitudes, so our example is paramount. “Children absorb our feelings and emotions,” says Melanie Hogin, a social worker who counsels foster families in greater Nashville.“‘Transference’ is its textbook term. Stay calm and clear when


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you are around children, and keep the lines of communication open.”

Be Consistent. Evenson maintains, “Mom and Dad or the primary parental figures should try to establish a unified, mutually supportive program.” “Consistency is one of the cornerstones of effective parenting,” says Dana CooleyKeith, with 20 years of experience working with families in crisis in Northwest Georgia. “Even if it’s hard, it’s particularly important for divorced parents to be consistent and on the same page. Otherwise, it creates stress for the entire family, adding more confusion to a child’s life when the noncustodial parent allows something the custodial parent doesn’t.” Be positive, honest, flexible, reasonable and understanding. “It is

key to explain things to children and to listen to them,” says Evenson’s daughter, Cristen Olsen, of Seattle, who raised her daughter using her family’s guiding principles, and now uses them as a nanny. “It helps them learn how to process situations and find their own resolutions to difficult problems.” Olsen says she becomes a mediator when the siblings she cares for don’t agree. “We solve the problem together by hearing all sides, talking through the issues and reaching

Accept their point of view. Evenson always encouraged her children to voice their opinions. “This is a great point,” says Hogin. “For children to learn to have opinions and speak out, we must value what they say. We don’t have to agree with everything they say, but should listen and encourage them to find their voice and use their words.” Trust children. “Believe in them,” affirms Evenson. “Be on their side. Let them feel your support and love.” Don’t nag. “We all want children to develop their own sense of responsibility,” Olsen says. “I find making strong eye contact reinforces my words, so I don’t have to nag or repeat myself often.” Be available, rather than putting kids on the spot in public. “If you cor-

rect or redirect a child in front of others, they will probably be focused on being embarrassed and fail to understand the lesson or reasoning a parent is trying to project,” says Hogin. “Taking a step back and working out an issue one-on-one is usually more appropriate and effective.”

Maintain good habits. Evenson em-

phasizes the character strength that comes from observing and practicing good habits and healthy lifestyles that avoids gossip and incorporates creative exploration of life. This includes “Doing everything in love,” she notes. Such all-encompassing love balances love for our own children with love for all children and respect for all life.

Be patient with yourself. “No one is perfect,” Evenson remarks. “Just do your best. Guide, console and discipline while keeping a sense of humor.” Connect with the freelance writer at

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Healing in the Heart of the Berkshires – These Sheng Zhen meditation and healing workshops with Master Li Junfeng are presented by filmmakers Barry Strugatz and Ken Van Sickle. Eastover Estate and Retreat takes the timeless wisdom that guides us to the way (dao) of life as follows: May 4, 7-9pm, Tibet House, 22 W 15th St, 2nd Floor, New York, NY; May 5, 9am-5:30pm, St James Episcopal Church, 8407 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY; May 6, 10am-5pm, Sitan Taichi and Martial Arts, 227 Michael Dr, Syosset, NY; May 7, evening private session at The Assemblage, NY; May 8, noon private session, New York, NY; May 8, 6:30-8:30pm, Barefoot Living Arts, 85 Mill Plain Rd, Fairfield, CT. 866-264-5139 or

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

FRI, MAY 11-SUN, MAY 13 Introduction to Ba Gua Zhang with Fukui Yang and Rick Barrett – Ba Gua Zhang is an exquisitely beautiful, powerfully effective Chinese internal martial art. It emphasizes spiral movements, graceful footwork, and whole-body energetic connection. Regular practice develops agility, flexibility, grace, and internal power while also cultivating a calm, focused mind, even while engaged in vigorous body mechanics to energy cultivation to moving meditation. Open to all levels, provides a good foundation for continued study as well as solo practice. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-2645139 or

FRI, MAY 11-SAT, MAY 19 Sheng Zhen Meditation & Healing with Junfeng Li – Not just a Qigong practice, this timeless wisdom, delivered in the most original, basic form, guides the way of life. It is the sacred truth of unconditional love, the key to open one’s heart and the path to feeling free and liberated. It helps cultivate and merge our consciousness with the Universe. The simple moving and non-moving parts of Sheng Zhen exercises help relax the body, calm thoughts, empty the mind and quiet the heart so that inspiration and creativity become the norm. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264-5139 or

FRI, MAY 18-SUN, MAY 20 Rise Gatherings – Arrival and check-in, 1pm. A Weekend to Unite and Empower Women, Pocono Mountains, PA Women’s Circles. Yoga. Dance. Body Confidence. Mindful Parenting. Acupuncture. Creative Arts. Entrepreneurship. Rehab Workout. Emotional Mastery. Plant-Based Nutrition. Ecstatic Dance. Live Music. Kayaking. Bonfire. Much MORE! Promo Code: RISE, for $50 off. For info or register, visit

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Sufi Study Center Presents—Musa Muhaiyaddeen – Musa is offering free lectures that take us on 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. The meetings are the 3rd Saturday of every month at 4:30 pm 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

SAT, MAY 19-SUN, MAY 20 NYC Vegetarian Food Festival – For the 8th amazing year, this fest is for foodies, locavores, vegetarians, vegans, flexitarians and those who simply want to find out more about living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Experience cutting-edge plant-based foods and products from vegetarian food companies, restaurants and health and wellness vendors to celebrate the delight of vegetarian food and cruelty-free living. Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, New York, NY.

A Course in Miracles – 1:30–4pm. Lecture discussion with Jon Mundy, Ph.D. Ongoing monthly class, the 2nd Sunday of each month except May. Introduced to the Course by its scribe Dr. Helen Schucman in 1975, Jon has been an active student-teacher/author ever since. Help us celebrate our move to our new location, The Society of Jewish Science, 109 E. 39th St (3 blocks south of Grand Central Station off Park Ave), New York, NY. Visit or call 845-496-9089. $20 suggested donation. No one turned away who cannot pay.

WED, MAY 30-SAT, JUNE 2 Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition – CWCBExpo NY is the top trade show and conference on the East Coast for the medical and legalized marijuana and hemp industries, covering the most important topics and business objectives needed to succeed in this rapidly changing and growing industry. Connect on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn: @cwcbexpo. Visit exhibits from the industry businesses, attend panels and seminars hosted by experts and meet and network with like-minded cannabis advocates. Save 20%! Register Now with Promo code NAT20 at:™ Jacob K Javits, Center, 655 W 34th St, New York, NY.

save the date 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

SAT, SEPT 2018-SAT, JUNE 2019 AFSI - For the Training of Interfaith Ministers – All Faiths Seminary International (AFSI) is currently accepting applications now until August 15th for the fall of 2018 for our Interfaith programs. Monthly classes start the 2nd Saturday of September 2018 and end the 2nd Saturday in June 2019. Visit our website at, call 212-866-3795 or email for more information, application and/or pricing.

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Lotus Huang L.Ac., MSTOM 20 Park Avenue, Suite 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.


212-866-3795 • Classes held at CRS (Center for Remembering and Sharing) 123 4th Ave (Between 12th and 13th Street) New York, NY All Faiths Seminary International is dedicated and committed to foster respect and honor to the integrity of the individual and the individual’s own spiritual search and path. We welcome students from all faiths and all spiritual traditions including those who do not practice or follow a particular religious traditions.


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.


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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.


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 mind-body 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.


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 15 years of training.

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8514 5th Ave. 2nd Floor Brooklyn, NY 718-688-2959 • Gifted intuitive, Natalie Davis, has been helping people with intuitive readings for over 45 years, since the age of 7. She is a 5th generation psychic and provides guidance on your past, present, and future. She can answer all your questions, tell you about love, soulmates, business, work, marriage, health and family. She can also provide names and descriptions of meaningful people through your life. Her specialty is reuniting loved ones and she can advise you on finding your soulmate. Her intention is to bring love, peace, and light to all.


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.


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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.


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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.

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SIERRA BENDER® 888-794-3330 • Sierra Bender, a modern day Renaissance woman and leading pioneer in the Women’s Empowerment, leadership 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. She’s been featured on Oprah Radio, CBS, Univision TV, USA Today, Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga and other media outlets in Australia, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, U.K., Germany and the U.S.

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