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he Art of the Nap.” How I love this article on page 30, mostly because it allows me to schedule a nap like I would a business call. We all need down time, and in this go-go-go world, it’s nice knowing I have permission to just be one with me. Bring it! At my house, October kicks off the start of chaos. So many holidays in so little time—from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas, with both of our boys’ birthdays smack-dab in the mix. Lucky us! (Insert smirk emoji here.) School is in full gear now, and fortunately the number of papers coming home from school has started to lessen, a bit. The boys are fully immersed in their studies, and I’m trying to keep my cool with my freshman, who needs to understand that in high school, not handing in your homework means a big, fat F. I never know what’s going to greet me when the front door opens at the end of the school day, so I try to take a nap 30 minutes before the tornado blows in. I need to rest my mind so I can help clear theirs, feeling calm and ready to take on whatever they throw my way. Since fall is always here and gone before we know it, make sure you take the time to enjoy it this year. Give yourself a break: Walk through the crunchy leaves, smell the wood smoke in the cool air, pull out the crockpot, and sip some cider. And don’t forget to take a nap. When you’re rested, the world looks brighter, your blood pressure returns to normal, and when the door opens you have renewed energy to take on the rest of the day.
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Contents 14 MOUTH MATTERS
A Holistic Approach to Oral Health
16 RETHINKING OUR STUFF
Moving Toward a Circular Economy
18 JENNY ODELL ON
the Importance of Doing Nothing
20 SPINAL SOLUTIONS Chiropractic Care Yields Unexpected Results
22 SLOW FOOD
Global Movement on Fast Track
You Can Almost
24 THE HEALING POWER
OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
26 BACK PAIN
Structural or Emotional
28 THE HEALING POWER OF THE MIND
30 THE ART OF THE NAP
Unplugging From Life Without Apology
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Founder of Chelsea Tai Chi School to Lead Workshop in Berkshires
randmaster William C. C. Chen, founder of the William C. C. Chen Tai Chi Chuan School, in Chelsea, will teach an intensive, five-day Tai Chi Chuan Fall Retreat October 11 through 15 at Eastover Estate and Eco-Village, in the Berkshires. Anyone traveling a long distance to attend should arrive on October 10. Knowledge of the Yang-style short form is required for participation. The retreat will include Yang-Style Short Form, Form Refinement, Applications and Push-Hands. David Alexander will William C. C. Chen lead supplementary practice sessions at 7 p.m. October 12 through 14. Beyond providing additional practice time, the smaller group will allow detailed examination and implementation of the principles, movement and energy that inspire the practice of tai chi, he says. Regarded as one of the most influential traditional internal stylists of his generation, Chen has been a teacher since 1952 in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast. He established his school in Chelsea in 1965. Cost: $650, not including room and board. Location: 430 East St., Lenox, MA. For more information, email Events@Eastover.com, call 866-2645139 or visit Eastover.com. See ad on page 21.
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Irish Oats for Healthy Eating
acteria in the gut microbiome are believed to have an impact on everything from immunity to inflammation to the ability to burn fat. It’s important to feed the gut not only probiotics but also the prebiotics like beta glucan fiber, found naturally in oats, that feed these beneficial bacteria. Flahavan’s is pleased to offer gut-healthy recipes on its website such as turmeric kimchi steel cut oatmeal, which combine prebiotic and probiotic foods, along with old-time favorites enhanced by the naturally creamy texture resulting from a combination of the optimum Irish oat-growing climate and Flahavan’s unique slow-milling process. For over 230 years and seven generations, E. Flahavan & Sons Ltd., has been producing quality Irish oats at their familyowned mill in Kilmacthomas, beneath the Comeragh Mountains in County Waterford. Flahavan’s oats are sustainably grown and milled in Ireland, bringing wholesome, naturally creamy and nonGMO-verified oatmeal from farm to spoon since 1785. Available in Stop & Shop, Kings Foods Markets, ShopRite and Fairway and other fine grocery stores. For information, visit @FlahavansUSA or Flahavans.ie.. See ad page 23.
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he NewLife Expo, the nation’s long-running event focused on conscious living, will return to the Wyndham Hotel New Yorker October 18 through 20. “For 30 years, NewLife has been instrumental in opening up people’s minds to all possibilities by bringing experts from Mark Becker around the world in the fields of holistic health, spirituality, consciousness and human potential,” says its organizer, Mark Becker. This weekend event will once again showcase more than 80 innovative exhibitors and speakers. Among the keynotes are astrologer Susan Miller; energy healer Judy Satori; “the Practical Mystic,” Maureen St. Germain; medical intuitive Kimberly Meredith; veteran and naturopath Dr. Joel Wallach; radio host Kat James; spiritual author Tracey Ash; intuitive Tammy Adams; and psychic Jill Dahne. “NewLife Expo is unlike any other holistic conference you’ve ever experienced,” Becker says. “Others have tried to copy it, but none have ever succeeded. So whatever your flavor, come and open your mind to all possibilities and meet thousands of people who are into what you are into. At the very least, you might fall in love.” Expo hours are October 18, 4:30-9:45 p.m.; October 19, 10 a.m.8:45 p.m.; and October 20, 10 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Cost: $15 and up. Location: Hotel New Yorker, 481 8th Ave. at W. 34th St. (across from Penn Station). For more information, visit NewLifeExpo.com. To preregister for discounts, visit NewLifeExpo. com/ny-expo/ticket-pre-registration/. See ad on page 5.
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ChokBar to Lead Shamanic Circle at United Palace in Manhattan
he United Palace of Spiritual Arts (UPSA) will host a shamanic circle, led by Tuvan shamaness ChokBar, at 4 p.m. on November 2. ChokBar brings ancient wisdom into the modern world, says Rev. Heather Shea, UPSA’s spiritual director. “As the descendant of a long lineage of shamans, ChokBar doesn’t just carry on shamanic traditions, but dedicates her life to service as a powerful healer, an agent of change and a mediator between the physical and spirit worlds, and to keeping the balance between humans and nature.” Shamanism predates any form of organized religion but has been practiced globally in different cultures and societies for millennia. “A shaman, with the assistance of spirit guides, moves into altered states of consciousness to retrieve higher wisdom and facilitate life-changing transformation for people,” Shea says. “Shamanism is a passageway to otherwise hidden realities,” ChokBar explains. “In order to be able to see and benefit from those realities, one needs to learn how to expand ordinary state of consciousness and purify it from fears. Once an individual learns how to do that, the life of the individual becomes greatly enriched and transformed in understanding who he or she really is. One’s own divinity becomes practical knowledge, not a metaphorical one.” Attendees of the shamanic circle are encouraged to bring drums, rattles, power objects, flowers, ribbons and favorite fabrics, which are important tools in the experiential process, ChokBar says. Cost: $20. Early registration recommended. Location: 4140 Broadway, Manhattan. For information and registration, visit UPSpiritualArts.org. See ad on page 9.
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mong the most significant advances in natural health care is the use of hightech heat therapy to reinforce and enhance the effects of chiropractic treatment,” says Lindsay Griesbach, director of brand development and strategic partnerships for HealthyLine, which opened a Manhattan store last November. “While most of our walk-in customers are buying our far infrared heat therapy devices to unwind and recover from injury at home, our Inframat Pro Plus line is popular with practitioners who find that using heat while doing their chiropractic magic increases wellness overall and offers a cutting-edge approach to their practice,” Griesbach says. Unlike traditional heat therapy devices, HealthyLine products integrate “five-in-one” technologies: far-infrared heat, negative ions, hot stones, photon lights and pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF). “As a result, heat therapy sessions alone can aid recovery from joint injury and pain,” Griesbach says. “And when combined with chiropractic treatment, the effects are even more dramatic.” “Applying penetrating heat to the spine just five to 10 minutes prior to a chiropractic treatment will make the joints more flexible, like they’ve been oiled, making adjustments easy,” she says. “The pain factor is dramatically reduced due to the nature of the far infrared, and the heat also relaxes the patient’s body and mind. Ultimately by combining high-tech heat therapy with treatment, chiropractors help their patients recover faster.” “In addition to using HealthyLine mats for treatments on site, many chiropractors sell them to their patients for home use,” she says. Location: 41 W. 36th St. For more information, call 212-300-5092 or visit HealthyLine.com. See ad on page2.
Jean McClelland to Teach ‘Awakening Your True Voice’ at Open Center
veryone possesses a powerful, natural voice that reveals who he or she truly is,” says Jean McClelland, a faculty member with the graduate program in acting at Columbia University and a senior Alexander Technique teacher. “That voice is spontaneous and free, open and expressive. It’s a voice that we discover when we are completely at ease and comfortable in our surroundings,” she says. “But sometimes JeanMcClelland tension, past experiences and fears may restrict the natural ﬂow of breath and voice, resulting in a forced, unnatural sound and diminished vitality.” In Awakening Your True Voice, her upcoming class series at the New York Open Center, McClelland will teach tools to help uncover that true voice. The series will begin November 4, with a free introductory session on October 28. “People come to our class for many reasons,” she says. “Some people are dealing with vocal tension and respiratory problems; some people long to feel freer in their creative self-expression; some people have been told all their lives that they couldn’t sing or couldn’t carry a tune; while still others have lost their joy of singing and long to regain it. Whatever your reasons for contemplating our class, come to the October intro and experience why someone at last spring’s free intro said, ‘We sound so good!’ Miracles seem to happen in our class as we work together.” Location: 22 E. 30th St. For more information, visit JeanMcClellandVoice.com and click on the workshop box at the right of the home page. See ad on page 29.
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Icelanders unveiled a plaque in an official ceremony on August 18 in memory of Okjokull Glacier, or Ok Glacier, the first of its kind officially lost to climate change. The glacier lost its glacier status in 2014 after melting down to only 0.386 square miles, or 6.6 percent of its original 5.8 square miles, and was reclassified as dead ice. The plaque is inscribed with A Letter to the Future, which includes the words, “This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.” A 2018 documentary, Not Ok, details the glacier’s death and highlights the dire effects of climate change.
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n Thriving as an Empath, psychiatrist and empath Judith Orloff, MD, has created 365 days of informative insights that offer empaths and all sensitive people selfknowledge, self-assurance, and the resilience needed to live in health and harmony. Empathy is a blessing, yet unfortunately it can also feel like a curse. Compassionate empaths may experience exhaustion, anxiety, and depression if they don’t learn practical self-care to center and protect themselves. Dr. Orloff ’s book will help you stop absorbing other people’s stress and stay in your own power. It will inspire you to remove negative beliefs about yourself, while providing a path for empaths to take back control of their lives. The daily readings encourage sensitive people to pause for a few sacred moments every day to discover their true purpose, learn to connect more deeply with themselves and the creative force, while taking responsibility for their own self-care. This book is a daily companion to nurture your inherent sensitivity. Read it every day. It is a valuable resource that should be kept nearby and referred to again and again. Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., Cell biologist and author of the bestselling The Biology of Belief, Spontaneous Evolution (with Steve Bhaerman) and The Honeymoon Effect. See ad page 21.
ral thrush, also called oral candida, is an infection in which fungus accumulates in the mouth. It can lead to mouth sores and gum disease due to a lack of vitamins and healthy bacteria. That’s why the proper probiotics are needed to treat the infection. The biggest obstacle to quick, effective treatment for a medical condition like oral candida is going to a “specialist” specific to its most obvious symptom. A person might see an endocrinologist for hormone issues, a neurologist for problems involving the brain and nerves, or a gastroenterologist for troubles with the gut—but no one is treating the person as a whole. With oral candida, there is something else going on in the body; the symptoms just happen to be present in the mouth. Specialists often misdiagnose oral candida and mistreat the patients altogether. In fact, some doctors end up scaring their patients into doing more testing and treatment than necessary by claiming that oral thrush can indicate AIDS. This theory is completely false. The patients are left frustrated. If “specialists” can’t figure out their problem, how can anybody help? As a result, they self-diagnose and try to treat themselves. With the hundreds of opinions and endless amounts of natural supplements available, this process can be overwhelming and cause more harm than good. I’m a doctor of nutripathy, an expert in clinical nutrition, a recognized candida specialist and the author of The Candida Chronicles: A Manual for Candida/Yeast Infections. I run the proper tests and use proprietary software designed for NASA to analyze vitamin and nutrition deficiencies and treat the whole patient, not just the symptom. I’m currently offering a free consultation for those that purchase The Candida Chronicles. I will guide them through the book to the sections that will help them personally, and I’ll offer specific treatment advice. Michael Biamonte, CCN, is founder of the Biamonte Center for Clinical Nutrition, located at 2185 34th Ave., Suite 14D, Astoria, NY. For more information or to order The Candida Chronicles, visit NewYorkCityCandidaDoctor.com. See ad on page 17.
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he mouth is the doorway to the body,” so the saying goes, and today we know just how true that is. Years ago, the biannual trip to the dentist was typically a simple “drill-and-fill” operation, with other health concerns not given a second glance. Now, emerging research shows that when we neglect basic oral care—even that annoying task of nightly or post-meal flossing—we endanger our heart, lungs, kidneys and even our brains by allowing the buildup of pernicious bacteria in our gums. In April, University of Louisville School of Dentistry researchers reported that the bacteria P. gingivalis, which flourishes in gum disease, was found in brain samples of deceased Alzheimer’s patients—and that inflammation, swelling and bleeding in gums can transport the bacteria from the mouth into the bloodstream simply through chewing or teeth-brushing. The study also linked the bacteria to rheumatoid arthritis and aspiration pneumonia. Advanced gum disease also increases 14
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the risk of cancer by 24 percent, especially lung and colorectal cancers; quadruples the rate of kidney disease; and increases the risk of strokes, coronary artery disease, diabetes and pre-term births, other studies show. These findings have sobering implications for the nearly half of the American adults over age 30 and 70 percent of adults 65 and older with gum disease. “Science has proven that a healthy mouth is a healthy body,” says San Francisco holistic dentist Nammy Patel, author of Age With Style: Your Guide to a Youthful Smile & Healthy Living.
Body, Mind, Teeth
It’s part of the reason for the fresh interest in holistic dentistry, sometimes called biologic dentistry. “We look at the entire body, not just the mouth,” says Bernice Teplitsky, DDS, of Wrigleyville Dental, in Chicago, and president of the Holistic Dental Association (HDA), based in Coral Gables, Florida. Holistic dentists abstain from toxic materials, remove
amalgam fillings, may be wary of root canals and focus on minimally invasive procedures—some of which may be high-tech and cutting-edge, such as lasers to clean teeth and gums, ozone therapy to slow the growth of infections and air abrasion to “sandblast” away small areas of tooth decay. Holistic dentists work closely with a wide range of other complementary practitioners. “We look at the underlying causes for gum disease and cavities: Is it your diet, or hormonal changes or acid reflux?” Patel explains. That may mean prescribing a head massage, acupuncture session, meditation lessons or dietary counseling. They may run blood tests for biocompatibility of materials and incorporate approaches from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, herbology, homeopathy, iridology, craniosacral therapy and energy medicine. They will look for signs of sleep apnea and often treat it. However, with the added tests and consultations, they tend to be more expensive, with many procedures not covered
by dental insurance. Their numbers are small: Only 391 of 199,000 American dentists belong to the HDA, or about one in 500. Yet the natural health movement that drives holistic dentistry is having an effect on the profession at large. Many dentists nationwide, pressured by patients and aided by new technology, are abandoning toxic and invasive options for less harmful methods. Controversial mercury amalgam fillings are being edged out by less toxic options like resin composites that match teeth color; the amount of mercury sold in the U.S. for dental amalgams fell by half between 2001 and 2013. Conventional dental X-rays, which in a Yale study published in the American Cancer Association journal Cancer were linked to non-cancerous brain tumors, are yielding to computerized digital X-rays with a fifth of the radiation: As many as two out of three dentists have switched over. And aided by computer imaging software and 3-D printers, dentists are fabricating new crowns, implants, bridges and dentures right in the office, instead of using what Austin, Texas, dentist David Frank calls “intrusive analog [gooey impressions] that left patients feeling claustrophobic, highly anxious and consistently worried about gagging.”
Dialogue With Dentists
When visiting a dentist, whether holistic or not, it’s wise to be prepared with a natural health mindset. Some questions to ask are:
What are you filling the cavity with?
Just say no to amalgam, a mixture of heavy metals, of which about half is elemental mercury that slowly releases toxic vapors. Plus, “Heavy metals can leak into the enamel tubes of the teeth causing the teeth to appear gray or dark blue and making them brittle over time,” warns Los Angeles cosmetic dentist Rhonda Kalasho. Instead, ask for relatively nontoxic options such as porcelain or composite resins, which can be made of materials such as silica, ceramic, plastics and zirconium oxide. Some composite resins contain the endocrine disrupters Bis-GMA or BPA; for extra protection, ask for one that doesn’t, or ask the dentist to use a rubber dam to prevent swallowing it.
Should I have my amalgam fillings removed? Holistic dentists like Patel give a
strong yes. “The problem arises with mercury when you chew or brush your teeth. The
We look at the underlying causes for gum disease and cavities: Is it your diet, or hormonal changes or acid reflux? ~Nammy Patel abrasion creates heat and causes the mercury to off-gas. Those vapors get swallowed and go into your body, where they’re stored—and that creates significant health hazards—because we’re talking about a known poison,” she says. Other dentists disagree about removal, citing its risks: Holistic pioneer Dr. Andrew Weil, for example, writes that removing amalgam fillings is often unnecessary, costly and stressful, and recommends exchanging them for composite resin only when they break down.
Do I really need antibiotics? Oregon State University researchers found in a study this year of 90,000 patients that the antibiotics often prescribed by dentists as prevention against infection are unnecessary 81 percent of the time, and contribute to antibiotic resistance. Typically, patients didn’t have the precise cardiac conditions that warranted the extra caution. Is a root canal the best option? Some
holistic dentists counsel against root canals, citing the risk of long-term health problems caused by lingering bacteria, and advocate the use of herbs, laser therapy or extractions instead. “If root canals were done 20 to 30 years ago, it is definitely a problem, because there were not enough technological advances to clean out all the bacteria which could cause chronic health complications,” says Patel. “Nowadays, depending on the tooth root, canals can be 99.9 percent cleaned by lasers.”
Back to the Basics
Considering the stakes, preventive care is allimportant and there are many natural options to guarantee robust oral health. At the natural health store or drugstore, consider the following options:
Toothbrush: Electric toothbrushes reduced plaque 21 percent more and gingivitis 11 percent more after three months compared to manual toothbrushes, reported a review of
56 studies involving 5,068 participants. Those that rotate rather than brush back-and-forth clean slightly better.
Toothpaste: Study the labels and be wary of the following ingredients: fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan and sodium hydroxide. These ingredients are a plus: baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), green tea, Eucalyptol, menthol, tea tree oil and vitamin D. Flossing: Some smooth, slippery flosses are
coated with toxic, Teflon-like perfluorinated polymers linked to kidney and testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis and hormonal disruptions. A recent study found higher levels in women using those flosses. Instead, use the old-fashioned nylon kind or try out new flosses made of biodegradable silk or bamboo or those infused with antimicrobial tea tree oil. Or, consider a water flosser, which Canadian researchers found were 29 percent more effective at plaque removal than string floss.
Mouthwash: Mouthwashes containing alcohol significantly raise the risk of throat cancer, Australian researchers found. Instead, opt for super-healthy green tea as a mouthwash, as well as a drink. Studies show that it protects teeth from erosion and promotes healthy gums. Another simple option is warm salt water, using one cup of water and one-half teaspoon of salt. A 2017 study by the Cochrane medical study organization found it is virtually as effective as the prescription antiseptic mouthwash chlorhexidine in reducing dental plaque and microbes. Pulling: An ancient Ayurvedic remedy,
this involves swishing a spoonful of organic coconut oil around the mouth and through the teeth for 10 to 20 minutes. The oil’s lauric acid, a natural antibacterial, has been found in studies to reduce plaque formation and fungal infections, as well as the strains of bacteria linked to bad breath and irritated gums. Taking care of our teeth and gums is simply worth the daily time and trouble to facilitate long-term health. “Your oral care should be taken just as seriously as watching your diet,” advises Kalasho. Ronica A. O’Hara is a Denver-based natural health writer. Connect at OHaraRonica@gmail.com. October 2019
RETHINKING OUR STUFF Moving Toward a Circular Economy by Yvette Hammett
hen Yale researcher Reid Lifset began working on waste issues on a life cycle basis—from “cradle to grave”—it was mostly the world’s geeks and nerds that paid attention, he says. “Today, it’s called the ‘circular economy’ and it’s sexy. It wasn’t sexy back then.” While many still have never even heard the term, the “circular economy” is all about rethinking the way we make stuff—designing products that can be reused and powering it all with renewable energy. It’s an alternative to the “make-useand-dispose” mentality of the traditional linear economy. “You are the circular economy when you buy pre-owned, second-hand objects, or rent or share the use of objects, or have broken objects repaired instead of buying new ones,” says Walter Stahel, author of The Circular Economy: A User’s Guide and a member of the European Union’s Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. In other words, everyone that buys sustainable goods or services, takes public transport or gets a lawnmower fixed instead of buying a new one is a participant. 16
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There’s a global movement afoot to expand the circular economy in an effort to significantly cut the waste stream, reduce our carbon footprint and conserve resources. It began with the three R’s—reduce, recycle and reuse, says Lifset, a Research Scholar at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies who edits the Journal of Industrial Ecology, which focuses on the environmental consequences of production and consumption. The emphasis has always been on recycling, but as that becomes more difficult due to saturation levels, the emphasis is shifting to the more comprehensive goals of a circular economy—or should be, says Stahel, an engineering professor at the University of Surrey. Tinia Pina, a program leader at NY Cares, joined the movement after observing the poor food choices her Harlem, New York, students were making and the amount of waste attached to them. She founded Re-Nuble, a small manufacturing operation in New York City, to transform food waste into fertilizer pellets that can be used in hydroponic farming.
“There is a strong need to try to reduce the volume of waste,” Pina says. “There is also a strong need to produce sustainable—and, ideally, chemical-free— food and make it affordable for all.” She hopes to eventually replicate her process for creating fertilizer in other large cities across the country. Leasing is another classic example of how the circular economy might work, Lifset says. “If the entity that made [a product] ends up with it when it becomes waste, that company will handle it differently.” The company can instead design a product so that it remains in the economy instead of becoming part of the waste stream, he notes. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was established in the UK in 2010 to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. It offers numerous case studies, including a San Francisco effort called Cradle to Cradle Carpets for City Buildings. Last year, the city passed legislation requiring all departments to use carpeting containing no antimicrobials, fluorinated compounds or flame retardants. Both the carpet fibers and backing materials “must contain minimum amounts of recycled materials and ultimately be recyclable at end-of-use.” Most important: It must be Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver or better. The certification is a globally recognized standard for safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy. Meantime, the European Union has embraced the circular economy as a boon to job creation and a way to significantly address climate change. By shifting to a circular economy, the European growth rate can be increased by an additional 0.6 percent a year and carbon dioxide emissions reduced by 48 percent by 2030, according to a 2017 report by McKinsey & Company. Just how much of the world’s industries must participate to meet these goals is yet to be determined. “That,” Stahel says, “is the billiondollar question.” Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammett28@hotmail.com.
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Jenny Odell on the Importance of Doing Nothing by Julie Peterson
enny Odell, a visual artist and writer based in Oakland, California, is known for her creative use of second-hand imagery from Google Maps, YouTube, Craigslist and other online sources. Her work has been exhibited locally and internationally, and was featured in Time LightBox, WIRED, The Economist and The Atlantic. Odell, who has been teaching internet art and digital design at Stanford University since 2013, says she is compelled by the ways in which attention (or lack thereof) leads to consequential shifts in perception. Her new book, How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, proposes that we use our attention to rebel against the seductive pull of 24/7 availability and manipulation by algorithms. She tells us that redirecting our attention
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toward nature allows us to gradually remake our lives and forego the mentality that tells us that we must have a constant return on investment. True productivity, in the end, may very well be connected to our role in the environment and our understanding of happiness, and to make those connections, we must put our attention to doing nothing.
What is the “attention economy” and why do you believe it’s important to resist it?
The attention economy includes anything designed to capture and direct human attention. The entire history of advertising has been about exploiting attention. But the attention economy takes on new dimensions with something like social media, whose notifications, pop-ups and
design are aimed at keeping someone on a platform…[contributing] to a general feeling that one needs to be always on… participating… available. Someone who participates deeply in the attention economy is liable to be kept in a loop of anxiety, fear and shallow reaction. Ironically, this feeling drives them back toward the attention economy, creating an unhealthy spiral of attention that could be more meaningfully directed elsewhere.
What inspired you to rethink conventional wisdom about productivity, progress and the mentality that we must have a constant return on our investment—including how we spend our time and where we direct our attention? Right after the election, in late 2016, a warehouse fire in Oakland claimed the lives of many artists. I became aware of how difficult it was becoming to step away and process anything, not to mention mourn. I found that it was only by stepping away that I was able to
ask questions about what it was I really wanted and how I could act meaningfully. Both social media and the cult of productivity are seductive, and when we’re caught up in them, we don’t question them. Understanding anything requires perspective and standing outside of it; productivity is no different. Temporarily ascending to a broader, removed view, you might find that you’re struggling in all the wrong ways, or in the wrong direction.
needs of your mind and body at all.
It certainly shares some of the same goals. But whereas certain forms of meditation emphasize physical stillness, “doing nothing” for me includes things like wandering and observing.
What do you hope people will take away from the message of your book?
How is “doing nothing” different from meditation?
What is the relationship between our well-being and being unproductive for a part of each day?
When we’re caught up in the idea of productivity, we’re often not thinking about our own well-being. And yet, the “unproductive” part of one’s day is likely the one in which you remember to take care of yourself or even listen to the
How do we go about challenging the forces that are disconnecting us from nature and each other?
I think the first step is simply a movement of attention. Addictive as social media may be, it is not difficult for me to move my attention from that to what is happening in physical space. Sometimes this leads to meeting other people; I’ve had great conversations with strangers when we were both peering up at the same tree, looking at the same bird.
I hope it creates a space in which someone might begin to look at the ways they currently direct their attention and how they might want to change that. I also hope it helps people find each other. Rediscovering one’s bio-region or local history is a great way to meet others who might not exist within your social media bubble. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Reach her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.
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Chiropractic and Digestion
Spinal Solutions Chiropractic Care Yields Unexpected Results by Marlaina Donato
hiropractors are often perceived as back pain specialists, but optimal chiropractic care treats the whole person from the inside-out, starting with the nervous system. This means practitioners can address many conditions that transcend typical expectations. The human spinal column sports 31 pairs of nerves, some corresponding directly to digestive, reproductive and respiratory organs, which might explain why regular spinal adjustments and other chiropractic techniques can be helpful
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for seemingly unrelated conditions like asthma, chronic headaches, hormonal imbalances and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. A scientific review of 179 published papers focusing on various non-musculoskeletal conditions shows benefits of fullbody chiropractic treatment for asthma, infantile colic and cervical vertigo. Results are also promising for middle ear infections in children and pneumonia in seniors. Clinical evidence suggests the nervous system is a cohesive factor in achiev-
It’s worth noting that the nerves that innervate important digestive anatomy— from the salivary glands to the stomach down through the intestinal tract—branch off the spinal cord at various levels of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. “This means that chiropractic adjustments given to [the] neck, mid-back, lower back and sacrum are important to optimal digestive function,” says chiropractor Sean Cailteux, of Exodus Health, in Shawnee, Kansas. In his practice, Lauretti has observed better digestion as a positive side effect to regular adjustments. “I’ve had a few patients over the years who reported improvement in digestive problems after chiropractic treatment of the mid- and low back. In some of those cases, the improvement was serendipitous, because the patient didn’t discuss their digestive symptoms initially, only after they noticed the improvement.”
Hope for Headaches and TMJ Dysfunction Chronic tension headaches and migraines can become the norm for too many individuals, but chiropractic care—including spinal adjustments, nutrition advice and
ing overall wellness. “In chiropractic and holistic philosophy, the body is considered a self-healing organism,” explains chiropractic physician and applied kinesiologist Marc Terebelo, of the Chiropractic Wellness Center, in Southfield, Michigan. “The nervous system controls the body, so issues in the toes or fingers may be caused by spinal issues in the neck and low back. Likewise, bladder and menstrual cycle problems can be caused by injury to the low back or pelvic regions.” William J. Lauretti, a New York Chiropractic College professor in Seneca Falls, concurs with the benefits of holistic treatment. “Chiropractors view the body as an integrated unit, and problems in one area might affect a seemingly unrelated area,” he says. “Most chiropractors have a wide variety of treatment approaches to offer, including advice on nutrition, lifestyle, stress management and exercise.”
Chiropractors view the body as an integrated unit, and problems in one area might affect a seemingly unrelated area. ~William Lauretti addressing emotional causes such as stress and anxiety—can be key in reducing pain and getting to the root of the problem. “Technically, only headaches with a list of very particular characteristics can be properly diagnosed as migraines,” Lauretti explains. “The cause of many cases of chronic, long-term headaches is often from poor function of the muscles and joints in the neck.” These types of headaches often respond well to treatment focused on restoring normal function to the neck, he says. TMJ disorders can cause painful and sometimes debilitating symptoms, including facial and tooth pain and locking of the jaw. Chiropractic treatments often provide reliable relief. “The TMJ is a very important joint in the body, with thousands of neuroreceptors. TMJ involvements can cause headaches, particularly around the ear or side of the head, vertigo, tinnitus and other hearing issues,” says Terebelo. Cailteux notes that aside from experiencing jaw pain and headaches, someone suffering from TMJ disorder may have difficulty chewing, and may experience an audible clicking of the jaw with movement. “Chiropractic adjustments can be particularly helpful, especially when delivered to the TM joint and the neck. Gentle, softtissue manipulation of the muscles and tendons of the jaw, specifically the masseter, temporalis and pterygoid muscles, is also a highly effective treatment.” For a true holistic approach and lasting success, Lauretti offers this advice: “Look for a doctor who is willing to work as part of your healthcare team and who’s willing to refer you for specialty care when appropriate.”
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Slow Food Takes Root Global Movement on Fast Track by April Thompson
he global Slow Food movement is fast gaining momentum, uniting more than 100,000 people in 150 countries with a shared passion for delicious food and a moral conviction about the people and places that sustain it. It satisfies foodies’ hunger for a deeper appreciation and understanding of their meals’ origins, from farm to fork. “The key principles of Slow Food are good, clean and fair,” says Laura Luciano, a board member for Slow Food USA and Slow Food Governor for New York State. “It’s the opposite of fast food, where you are in and out with no idea where your food comes from or the stories behind it.” Fair, says Luciano, means fair to
farmers, and paying a fair wage to workers picking and growing food. “Fair also incorporates principles of equity, inclusion and justice. Good means good for the climate, the Earth and us as individuals. Clean means not using GMOs and pesticides in the food,” she explains. Slow Food has its roots in Italy, where food and wine journalist Carlo Petrini took up the cause in 1986 to halt the homogenous fast food chains encroaching on the country’s rich, diverse food culture. Slow Food USA has taken off since its founding in 2000 with 150 chapters boasting 6,000 members nationwide. Many convene annually at Slow Food Nations, a food festival for all in Denver, to swap stories, share strategies, celebrate
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victories and of course, break bread together. The backbone of the movement is its local chapters. “Food has a regional identity, connected to history, culture and family,” says Luciano, whose blog Out East Foodie shares the stories of her Long Island edibles. For Bob Quinn, an organic wheat farmer in Big Sandy, Montana, and the founder of the heirloom grain company Kamut International, the Slow Food movement has been a kind of welcome homecoming and acknowledgment of his company’s efforts to protect workers and nourish consumers. “To me, Slow Food is a return to the roots of agriculture and the soul of organic, because it focuses on the food—the end purpose of agriculture—rather than profits and yields that are the focus of the industrial food system,” says Quinn, author of
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Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food. “Slow food offers an appreciation for farmers’ efforts to improve the soil and the nutrition, flavor and aroma of the foods we grow.” The Slow Food movement also connects producers like Quinn with chefs like Steven Satterfield, author of Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons and board vice president of Slow Food’s Atlanta chapter. “As a chef, Slow Food to me means honoring your ingredients and going out of your way to get the freshest, most sustainable, seasonal ingredients,” says Satterfield, who came to Slow Food early in his career as a young line cook interested in the provenance of food and protecting its cultural heritage. At Miller Union, Satterfield’s awardwinning Atlanta restaurant, all dishes are made from scratch, mainly from farms in the region, to support seasonal eating and local growing. Satterfield’s dishes also feature traditional Southern varieties from Slow Food’s Ark of Taste, a catalog of more than 200 culturally significant foods in danger of extinction. One Miller Union favorite is a hummus made from sea island red pea and benne seeds, an ancient variety of sesame originally brought by slaves from Africa to the South Carolina coast and cultivated in hidden gardens as a staple food. Beyond engaging diners, chefs and producers, Slow Food also campaigns for big-picture policy changes, like farmto-school programs to introduce fresh produce and get kids excited about healthy eating, says Luciano. “Eating is a political act. The choices we make speak volumes about what we stand for,” says Luciano. “We talk about joy and justice. There is the joy in food and the justice and stories behind it. Slow Food tries to marry both of those worlds.”
THE HEALING POWER of Unconditional Love
â€œLove, love, love.â€Ś All you need is love.â€? â€”The Beatles, 1967
by Michael Mongno
grew up in a generation that was all about love. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, we can see how drastically times have changed. With politics across the world growing more divisive, itâ€™s becoming more and more necessary for us to give and receive love. This human need is ever present and can be made conscious if weâ€™re able to tune in to it, yet that can seem like an overwhelming task. Itâ€™s easy to give up and begin feeling like a victim of the world and everything around us. However, A Course in Miracles teaches, â€œI am not a victim of the world I see.â€? The only decision we ever have to make is whether to give in to fear or choose love. Fear is always related to the ego, which thrives on judgment and the narcissistic need for self-aggrandizement. Most of the drama we see stems from a deep need for power over others in order to maintain the illusion of our own specialness and separateness from them. We have
become too good at dehumanizing others (those of different genders, cultures, religions, politics) and thus turning them into objects. We fail to see that in doing so, we become objects to them. Compelled to defend ourselves against their judgments, we perpetuate the cycle of violence.
Breaking the Cycle of Violence
The only way out of this constant dilemma is to start loving. This may seem a bit naive at first, unless weâ€™re able to pause and start loving ourselvesâ€”totally and unconditionally, no matter what weâ€™ve been told or even tell ourselves. Loving ourselves can be difficult. It may go against how we were â€œwiredâ€? by our families or cultures at the early stages of our development. It takes real searching and openness to reflection from othersâ€”most poignantly from those closest to usâ€”to become aware of
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how we’re treating ourselves. Very often this disparaging, negative treatment is what gets projected outward to others, as an unconscious intention to ease our own pain. Loving ourselves unconditionally means having compassion and empathy for all that we are, including our deficits, defensiveness, low self-esteem and other areas that could use improvement. So we try, with real acceptance and loving kindness, to acknowledge that we’re usually doing the best we can. If we’re hurting, we can learn to take care of ourselves in the moment instead of projecting our hurt outward onto others. (Hurt people hurt other people.) Here we have the opportunity to interrupt the cycle of pain by accepting responsibility for how we feel and then taking ownership of whatever negativity we may be unconsciously putting out into the world.
Loving unconditionally means loving without judgment, even when we feel judged or criticized by others. It takes discipline and requires developing the skills to manage our emotions in the moment. It can also be seen as a spiritual practice, something Buddhists call “skillful speech and right action.” By staying conscious, we’re called to transcend whatever uncomfortable drama is being created in the moment for the sake of experiencing something bigger and better. This bigger, better something is peace— peace that indeed surpasses all understanding, as it’s greater than what the mind can imagine. It’s a feeling of contentment that can be felt in the center of our being, a joy that radiates out to others and can change the whole energy of a situation. As with meditation, when we practice peace, we transform ourselves from the inside out. With steady practice, we will model what Thich Nhat Hahn calls “peace in every step and love with every breath.” Michael Mongno, Ph.D., counsels individuals and couples. His office is located near Lincoln Center in Midtown Manhattan, at 100 W. 67th St., Ste. #2NE. For more information, call 212-799-0001 or visit PresentCenteredTherapies.com.
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BACK PAIN: Structural or Emotional? by Celeste DeCamps
et’s talk pain—back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, neck pain, migraines. I dealt with all these types of pain for years. Sometimes the pain would come on gradually; other times it would hit me like lightening. Every time I would try to figure out what I did to cause it. Did I sleep funny? Did I lift something too heavy? Was it all the dancing till 4 a.m. finally catching up with me? I went to doctors and chiropractors. I tried acupuncture, acupressure, reflexology and kinesiology. They all helped. But a few weeks later, something else would hurt. Then my brother, Zach, recommended that I read Healing Back Pain, by John Sarno, M.D. The book changed my life— and how I look at pain. Sarno was an attending physician at the Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, at the New York University Medical Center. In his clinical practice, he cured thousands of people without surgery or medication. After trying conventional means to heal patients’ joint pain and not getting 26
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the desired results, he decided to broaden his observations beyond the X-rays, which typically revealed no structural abnormalities in the places where people were experiencing pain. He noticed that many of these patients had a history of irritable bowl syndrome and other disorders that had been linked to tension. He believed that the muscle pain his patients were experiencing could be stress related. So he started asking his patients not just about their medical history, but also about their emotional history. He found that many of them had experienced emotional trauma, and he also started seeing a pattern of personality traits they all had in common. We’ve been led to believe that all pain is structural, but Sarno disagrees. In Healing Back Pain, he explains that the mind protects us from emotional overload by directing mild oxygen deprivation to the muscles. The resulting pain is real, he says, but it’s not lifethreatening. Of course, he also saw structural abnormalities in his patients, but they were generally regular wear and tear on the body. In his clinical work, Sarno noticed that many of his patients who’d had pain in one
area would return to his office a few months later complaining of pain somewhere else—a phenomenon he calls the Symptom Imperative. The mind doesn’t give up easily, he explains. Even when you’re aware of how your emotions affect your health, your mind still tries to distract you with pain. Now when my back, neck or knees start to hurt, I take the time to evaluate what I’m thinking and feeling. Practicing self-care is an ongoing process, but it has helped me live a more pain-free life. If you want to start managing your own pain, check out Healing Back Pain or Sarno’s other books on the mind-body connection. Celeste DeCamps is a motivational speaker. She shares her lifetime experience of stage-dance and movement through engaging stories and audience interaction, guiding people as they discover tools that will keep them feeling energized and confident moving forward. For more information, visit CelesteDeCamps.com. See ad on page 29.
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Can it Be Reversed? From the Desk of Dr. Howard Robins at The Healing Center, in New York City
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So what is Intravenous Ozone Therapy, how does it work and is it safe?
Medical ozone it is a highly reactive gas. It has to Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Rheumatoid Arthritis be made “fresh” at the time of its use in a machine (RA), Lupus Erythematosus (LE), and Sclerothat passes electric current through medical grade derma (S) are diseases that can all be partially oxygen in a special hand-blown glass tube. It can’t or completely reversed! This is a bold statement. be stored in a powder, tablet, capsule or liquid Conventional medicine has shown that it has no form like other medicines. answers for these life-taking, debilitating condiDr. Howard Robins When it enters the body it acts like “glue” to tions except to try and slow down the degeneraall viruses, bacteria, fungus, yeast, mold, toxins, toxic heavy tion or alleviate the symptoms. metals and parasites, destroying them without harming any These autoimmune diseases cause the immune system to healthy cells in our body. Unlike the above mention harmful orhyper (over) react and attack various organs or structures of ganisms, healthy cells have special enzymes that ward off ozone your body including joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, and protect themselves from destruction. and lungs as if they were enemies like viruses or harmful bac By ridding the body of all these harmful disease-causing teria. organisms intravenous ozone therapy has been able to reverse MS is an inflammatory disease in which the fatty myelin sheaths around the axons of the brain and spinal cord are dam- the diseases in question as well as a host of many other diseases and illnesses. While it is not known exactly which organisms are aged, leading to demyelination of the nerves and scarring as causing the diseases, medical ozone, by destroying all of them, well as a broad spectrum of signs and symptoms, most notably helps us win the war and, believe it or not, it’s safe! muscle weakness. While used in over 50 countries by over 45,000 physicians What they all have in common is that they can not only for over 70 years, the most famous study done on its safety was take your life but they usually work slowly, breaking down published in Germany in 1982. In Germany, medical ozone your body, causing many painful symptoms debilitating symptherapy is used pre and post-operatively to prevent infections toms making your life miserable. as well as to treat most health problems. Jacobs, et al., reported in his published study that close to 400,000 patients were given What has worked so far? over 5,500,000 treatments over a two-year period with an adConventional medicine has spent billions of dollars trying to verse reaction rate of .0007! find the cause and cure of these diseases. Most of the money and efforts, however, have been spent on finding pharmaceuticals that can relieve some of the symptoms. Natural medicine has had good results by Cleansing and Detoxifying the body. Many natural medicine methods have met with some success. If you have any questions or wish to set up a consultation, feel free Dietary changes, acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy to call my office, 212-581-0101, to discuss your problem and see if and meditation are just some of the methods employed that this wonderful treatment is right for you. See ad on page 3. have had some beneficial but inconsistent results
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Have you ever thought of your life as a workbook? Believe it or not, before we come into this world, we’ve chosen our parents, siblings and friends, what we’ll study in school and pursue as a career, the person we’ll marry, the illnesses we’ll experience, and so forth. We all plan our lives while still on the spiritual plane. Our souls might plan to experience extreme challenges because they know we’ll need these hardships in order to grow and evolve. Are those decisions easy to make on the spiritual plane? Yes, they are. Are they easy to live with here on earth? No, they’re not. Unfortunately, when we incarnate into human form and find ourselves dealing with a challenge like serious illness, we might feel that all hope is lost. But if we
can shift our perspective from a physical to a spiritual point of view and consciously remember that life is the workbook of the soul, we can also shift from hopelessness and victimization to empowerment.
Life as a Workbook
Workbooks are designed to make us learn. They present problems we must work to solve—and, happily, there are solutions to every problem. The problems may get harder as we progress though the workbook, but that’s the point. How else can we grow? As we solve each problem, we become more knowledgeable and even more grateful. This, in turn, brings us more joy and happiness. What a difference this spiritual perspective makes. Try it! For example, if you’re ill, instead of
feeling put upon and victimized, think about the illness as a problem you gave yourself before you were born. Then you can start thinking of ways to resolve it. Of course, getting proper medical attention is important, but it’s equally vital to contemplate your inner self and focus on the cause of your illness. If you planned this illness between lives, what was the purpose? Maybe you had also planned to be a hard worker completely focused on your career, and you knew that you would need a break at some point to get back in touch with your spiritual nature. Perhaps you chose your illness so that you might realize how powerful the mind is. Many people still believe that the mind is simply an operation of the brain, with no physical impact, but that’s not true. Our thoughts can both create and heal illness.
The Mind as Healer
Scientific studies have proven that thoughts evoking strong negative emotion, such as hatred, anger, jealousy and depression, have a harmful effect on the body, triggering the release of stress hormones and the creation of free radicals that damage cells and cause autoimmune diseases and dysfunction. Likewise, when our thoughts are sad, grief fills our heart and tears begin to flow, or when we unexpectedly recognize an old friend, our heart bursts with love and gratitude. These feelings are not logical reactions of the cerebrum, but rather the result of chemical reactions triggered by our thoughts, which are overseen by our deeper spiritual nature and intuition. The mind has very special and strong powers, and depending on your perspective, you can use them to help yourself and others. After all, if your mind, or consciousness, preordained the workbook of your life in this incarnation, it already knows the solutions to the problems it has put before you. Serina Aramaki is director of production and distribution in HS Productions, the award-winning media arm of the burgeoning Happy Science, a Japanese spiritual organization.
Immortal Hero Conveys the Mind’s Healing Power
nterested in the healing power of the mind? A new Japanese film coming to New York in October illustrates the power of the mind to heal illness. Immortal Hero is based on the true story of Ryuho Okawa, a best-selling author and the founder and CEO of the Japanese spiritual movement Happy Science. The film portrays Okawa as a Japanese publisher who suffers complete heart failure but literally comes back to life through the power of his own mind and the will to complete his earthly mission to help uplift humanity.
For theaters, showtimes and more information, visit Immortal-Hero.com. See ad on back cover.
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The Art of the Nap Unplugging From Life Without Apology by Marlaina Donato
hildren, four-legged family members, Thanksgiving overeaters and the occasional squirrel on a branch have mastered an art that eludes most of us, and they engage in it without a shred of guilt. Defying our cultural habit of constantly being on the go and embracing the respite can be an active meditation, an invitation to cultivate uncommon stillness. Answering the siren’s call of a nap might very well be one of the most beneficial acts of self-care we can give ourselves. Both body and psyche crave chill-out times for good reasons. Using study subjects ranging from NASA pilots to emergency room staff, curling up for a 20- to 30-minute siesta has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure, boost immunity, improve motor skills and enhance job performance 30
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and creativity. Power naps—the short-but-sweet kind—give us the opportunity to nourish the most neglected part of life, the inner life. Rest-fueled “me-time” can be a daily ritual punctuated with both practical and aesthetic inspiration. Choosing a spot drenched in inviting natural light or close-curtained tranquility and reserving a favored pillow, chair or luxurious coverlet can usher in blissful time-out. Adding the presence of aromatherapeutic essential oils like lavender, Roman chamomile or tangerine or a vase of simple fresh flowers can signal the ever-diligent sympathetic nervous system to cut back on overtime. Dropping down into unhurriedness like an anchor into port can prompt deeper and longer breaths and offer us the shameless chance to invest in quality daydreaming. Playing recorded sounds from
nature—ocean waves, soft rain or gentle wind in the trees—can set the stage for a satisfying nap. Inviting the resident cat or pooch for a sleep-spell can also effect release of beneficial endorphins. Scheduling a nap into the day like any other appointment not only ensures follow-through, but presents a succulent slice of something to look forward to. Putting the computer on sleep mode and turning off the phone signals the brain that it’s time to recharge. Social media interaction and phone chats can wait. The pursuit of wellbeing does not need explanation, apology or, most of all, guilt. Pleasant dreams. Marlaina Donato is the author of several books. She is also a composer of healing and inspiring music. Connect with her at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.
Why Go to Healers When There Are Doctors? by Simona Manenti
s an energy healer, a question I often hear is “Why go to healers when there are doctors?” My response is usually another question: “What does the healing? Is it a pill, a procedure or perhaps something else?” The answer to all these questions is personal, influenced by prior experiences and based on beliefs, systems and choice. Doctors serve an important purpose and play an essential role in our lives, but they often view patients through the narrow lens of a diagnosis. In fact, nowadays it’s challenging to get medical care without a diagnosis.
Yet, few of us try alternative healing methods that treat outside the boundaries of the physical body. Most of us prefer the familiarity of conventional medicine; there is comfort in knowing the etiology of an illness and how to cure it with tangible practices. Most alternative healing methods, on the other hand, address all aspects of the person, not just the biology of an illness. Energy healers look for the source of disease using a different set of clues than doctors use. Rather than limiting themselves to a person’s symptomatology, they follow the trail of crumbs left behind by the
lasting effects of that person’s early experiences, childhood traumas and neglect, past lives, and so much more. Going to a healer is about empowerment, trust and hope. It’s about being willing to see ourselves past the symptoms at hand. It takes courage to go to a healer, as the healer does not do the healing for us. Instead, he or she guides us to our inner, forgotten truth, empowering us to take charge of our own healing. Healing then becomes a choice. Healers help us navigate through the fears that hinder us from recognizing that we are much more than just a body. They help us reconnect to the other essential parts of us—the mind and the soul. Simona Manenti is available for healing sessions in person or on the phone, through Skype, Zoom and Facetime. For appointments, contact her at 215.360.6915 or Simonamanenti6@gmail.com. For more information, visit SimonaManenti.com.
Holistic Prevention Tips for Better Oral Health
reventive dentistry starts at home with healthy daily practices that help prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. Effective at-home oral care consisting of brushing is an essential component of healthy teeth and gums. A daily hygiene regimen should include brushing teeth twice or three times a day for the recommended two minutes in all the nooks and crannies—inner, outer and chewing sides of the teeth, and include the tongue. Follow up with thorough flossing daily, which helps remove plaque and food particles, keeping teeth and gums healthy and protecting against gingivitis (gum disease). When we take into account that oral health is linked to overall health, preventive dentistry makes healthy sense. Oral conditions can negatively impact eating, speaking, daily activities and self-esteem. In children, severe decay can even impair development growth. Preventive dentistry is likelier to result in less extensive and less costly treatment down the line for any type of dental conditions that may arise, as well as ensure that we keep our natural teeth for a lifetime. Dental professionals recommend begin32
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ning daily cleaning as soon as baby’s first tooth erupts. Visit a pediatric dentist then or no later than 1 year old to establish a comprehensive oral health prevention program. For gentle, effective, results, consider brushing with a toothpaste specially formulated for a baby’s needs. Natural, gluten-free formulations are always great options. Three to try: Children’s SprinJene Natural Vanilla Fluoride Free, Children’s SprinJene Natural Watermelon with Cavity Protection and Children’s SprinJene Natural Apple Mint with Cavity Protection.
Preventive Dental Strategies
The most important prevention technique is brushing and flossing at least twice a day or after every meal to remove dental plaque, a film-like coating on the teeth. If not removed, plaque can build up and produce dental tartar, a hardened, sticky substance with acidproducing bacteria that fosters tooth decay and leads to gum disease. To make brushing easier and more effective in removing plaque buildup, some dentists and health practitioners recommend using electric toothbrushes over manual toothbrushes. An electric toothbrush may
be a particularly good option for those with arthritis or similar conditions that impair mobility. The SprinJene ProTherapy Electric Toothbrush, which features high quality bristles, five cleaning modes, and is powered by twin engine with a levitation motor that delivers 31,000 brush strokes per minute. The swinging action of the brush moves fluid around gums and teeth, providing a deep, yet gentle clean. For best results, schedule regular dental check-ups every six months; more often if at higher risk for oral diseases. While there, also be sure to get checked for oral cancer. Smoking, vaping, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol can negatively impact oral health. In addition to dry mouth, tooth discoloration and plaque buildup, smoking and chewing tobacco causes gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancer. According to recent and emerging studies, apart from the damage to the lungs and heart, vaping appears to have a number of negative effects on oral health. Studies have linked it to gum inflammation, a condition that leads to a number of periodontal diseases, as well as irritating gums, mouth and throat. People that understand the drawbacks of poor dental health are likelier to practice preventive dentistry as part of a greater holistic lifestyle approach. Consequently, they tend to use oral healthcare products such as those from SprinJene, which are free from animal byproducts, saccharine, and artificial dyes and preservatives, and instead derive their effectiveness from a unique patented blend of natural ingredients, all of which are certified as vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal and cruelty-free. SprinJene products are available on Amazon.com. For more information, or for a full list of retailer, call 732-640-1830; email Inquiries@SprinJene.com or visit SprinJene.com. See ad on page 6.
They are often the most devoted pets because they know they’ve been rescued. ~Emily Bach
Paws to Consider Best Friends Waiting for Homes
by Julie Peterson
ade Breunig, of Buckeye, Arizona, had lost his marriage, his job and his house. To combat depression, he went to the local animal shelter to adopt the first cat that “talked” to him. As if on cue, a 2-year-old black cat yowled persistently. During the adoption, Breunig learned that “Bubba” had been scheduled to be euthanized. He was saving a life. Fourteen years later, Bubba died, and Breunig knew he would miss the mischievous, playful companion that loved car rides more than most dogs. Crying, but surrounded by his second wife and kids, he realized, “I didn’t save Bubba’s life. He saved mine.”
Devoted and Practical
The benefits of the human/animal bond are manifold, supported by an army of studies that speak to pets’ ability to reduce stress, improve mood and even reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Research into animal-assisted therapy compiled by the University of California, Los Angeles, details the positive mental, emotional and physical effects of this natural modality. Anyone looking to lower blood pressure, ease anxiety or secure companionship can find it all at their local shelter, where homeless dogs and cats are eager to oblige. Emily Bach, public
relations and event coordinator at Bishop Animal Shelter, in Bradenton, Florida, has many inspiring stories about adopted shelter animals. “They are often the most devoted pets because they know they’ve been rescued,” she says. The outdated myth that shelter pets are incorrigible, unlovable animals with behavioral issues no longer holds. Family circumstances—a change of job or residence, death, divorce or illness—can land a confused and well-loved dog or cat in a shelter. Others become accidental strays or are unceremoniously dumped by uncaring owners. Bishop, a no-kill shelter, places about 100 pets every month, showcasing them on social media, news outlets and at outreach events.
Shelters share success stories of animals that get a “forever home”. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands don’t and are euthanized. Best Friends Animal Society, in Kanab, Utah, is working to change this. By partnering with animal welfare organizations and shelters, Best Friends has a goal to “Save Them All” through an initiative to make all of the nation’s shelters “no-kill” by 2025—which means 90 percent of shelter animals might be saved. Euthanasia will be reserved for failed reha-
bilitation or when an animal has no chance of recovery from an illness or injury. In 1984, when Best Friends was founded, about 17 million animals died in U.S. shelters annually. As of August 2019, that number is down to 733,000, a nationwide save rate of 76.6 percent. Historically, no detailed data was kept on shelters. “For decades, we have worked in the dark to end shelter killing because we lacked accurate information about the problem we were trying to solve,” says Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends. The organization recently launched the community lifesaving dashboard (BestFriends.org/2025-goal), a database that anyone can access to help save shelter pets. “With a better understanding of where the trouble spots are and the profile of animals being killed in a community, we can better deploy our collective resources for the greatest lifesaving impact.” Part of the success of the no-kill movement involves increased awareness that kindness toward all species is important. Bach points out that shelter animals are also the lower-cost option for people that want pets; most are vaccinated and neutered before they are adopted out and are often already trained.
Getting Ready to Adopt
Before jumping in to help save them all by adopting, potential pet parents should research breeds, crunch numbers and think ahead. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests considering several issues:
Lifestyle: Dogs live 10 to 15 years, cats up to 20. Pets should fit the family now and in the future.
Money: Pets require training, food, toys,
equipment, medical exams and treatment.
Breeds: Not all dogs and cats will be a good match for every home. Personality is key.
Safety: Pet-proofing a home includes remov-
ing potential dangers and preventing accidental escape through windows, doors or fences. Not everyone can adopt, but anyone can help. Shelters accept donations and most have a wish list of items. Volunteers are a core need at shelters, and it’s work that can quench the thirst for spending time with animals without adopting any of them. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin. Contact her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com. October 2019
NATURAL AWAKENINGS NYC calendar of events
mark your calendar United Palace Historical Tour
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17 OCTOBER 2019 Book a Tarot Reader for Your Halloween Party – Time and location to be announced. Looking for a great addition to your Halloween Party? Well, a tarot reading will get the imagination rolling! Our experienced readers will give thoughtful attention to your guests. 212505-2665 or 212-260-2866. aumshantibookshop.com.
STARTING OCTOBER 2019 Ayurvedic Certification Course – This course is for a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor (CAHC) and is offered by The Institute for the Advancement of Ayurvedic Sciences under the auspices of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association. Dr Kaushik’s Ayurvedic & Naturopathic Clinic, 792 Route 35, Cross River, NY. 914-875-9088. 646-670-6725. firstname.lastname@example.org. drkaushik.com.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 Authentic Voice Workshop—How to be a B.R.A.T. – Breathe-Relax-and-Talk – 6pm. With Celeste DeCamps and Michele M. This fun and energizing workshop will help you develop proper breathing skills to project your voice. WeWork, 450 Lexington Ave, Manhattan. For information: meetup.com/Authentic-Voice/events/265047388/. “Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential”: Book Launch, Talk & Signing with Deepak Chopra – 6:15pm meet & greet, 6:45pm meet & greet with Deepak, 8pm discussion with Deepak, 9pm book signing. To be metahuman isn’t science fiction nor about being a superhero. It means to move past limitations constructed by the mind and enter a new state of awareness, liberating us from anxiety, tension and ego-driven demands. United Palace, 4140 Broadway at 175th St, Manhattan. 212-568-6700. email@example.com. UPSpiritualArts.org.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 Free Intro for Yoga Therapy for PTSD and Addiction Recovery Series – 6-7:45pm. Series Oct 10-Nov 7. With Gail Cristelli. If you are one of the many people who have lived through active addiction, felt your life spin out of control due to uncertainty or rage, survived cancer, or suffered violence, then you have experienced trauma. Yoga therapy addresses trapped feelings and effectively supports other treatment modalities. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th St, Manhattan. 212-219-2527. opencenter/org.
Let’s Talk About Sex (and Meditation) – 7pm. With Carlos Alberto, Cameron Glover, Maria Del Russo. In the age of dating apps and social media, there’s not a lot of direction on how to be authentic when it comes to sex and hooking up. Join us for a candid conversation on sex. MNDFL in the UES event room, 239 E 60th St, Manhattan. 212-477-0601. mndflmeditation.com/events.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 You Are What Your Grandparents Ate: What You Need to Know about Nutrition, Experience, Epigenetics and the Origins of Chronic Disease – 7pm. With Judith Finlayson. What your grandparents ate and how they lived their lives has a direct bearing on who you are today. Receive an update on the latest research and insights into steps we can take to mitigate our predispositions. 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, Manhattan. 212-415-5500. 92y.org. High Strung Free Dance Debut Movie Screening and Live Performances – 6:30pm door, 7:30pm event. The evening promises live performances by Juliet Doherty and Complexions Contemporary Ballet and a Q&A with the cast. It benefits the American Dance Movement and United Palace of Cultural Arts. United Palace, 4140 Broadway at 175th St, Manhattan. 212-568-6700. firstname.lastname@example.org. UPSpiritualArts.org.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 Re-Emerge Shamanic Healing Retreat – Oct 8-15. This all-inclusive shamanic healing retreat with plant medicines, breathwork, energetic healing and facilitated inquiry is a life-transforming journey to the center of your heart! Expand your consciousness, return to wholeness, expand your life in the beautiful lush, sacred lands of Armenia, Colombia. For more information, visit monica-maria.com/reemerge.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 2019 Five Day Fall Retreat – Oct 11-15. With William C C Chen. Join this acclaimed Grand Master for an intensive 5-day Tai Chi Chuan Fall Retreat. Knowledge of the Yang-style short form is a requirement to participate and will include this requirement as well as Form Refinement, Applications and Push-Hands. Email email@example.com for questions. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 1-866-264-5139. Eastover.com/ workshop/wcccc.html.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 A Course in Miracles Lecture – 1:30pm. With Jon Mundy, PhD. Jon was introduced to the Course by its scribe Dr Helen Schucman in 1975 and is the author of ten books based on the Course. The topic will be Advaita Vedanta (non-dualism) and the Course. The course states that Heaven is our Home and God’s Will for us is perfect happiness. Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 4th Ave, Manhattan. 212-677-8621. Crsny.org or MiraclesMagazine.org.
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Get up close and personal exploring this stunning 3,400-seat theater, its mezzanine, grand foyer, balcony, exterior, and possibly, you’ll get to go up on stage! Began in 1930, it is now a transformational venue that fuses culture, spirituality and entertainment. $15 United Palace 4140 Broadway at 175th St, Manhattan 212-568-6700 info@UnitedPalace.org UPSpiritualArts.org
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15 The Wild Unknown: Archetypes Deck Launch & Workshop – 7pm doors, 7:30-8:30pm talk and workshop. With Kim Krans. Kim is an author and artist and teaches events and workshops that activate the forces of creativity and radical transformation through creative practices, meditation and movement. The Archetype deck is included in ticket price. ABC Home, 888 Broadway (at E 19th St), Manhattan. abchome.com/about/deepak-homebase/.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16 Tai Chi for Health + Flying Phoenix Qigong – Oct 16-20. Expert Tai Chi instructor and Qigong Master Instructor Terry Dunn will be giving a total of three five-day intensive workshops. These workshops will prepare students for Grandmaster William C.C. Chen’s week-long Tai Chi intensive October 11-15. Beginners and advanced students have the option to obtain instruction from Grandmaster Chen or Terry Dunn or both. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 1-866-264-5139. Eastover.com. Authentic Voice Workshop – What is an Elevator Pitch and Why Do I Need One? – 6pm. With Celeste DeCamps and Michele M. An elevator pitch is your own unique sales introduction that you can recite in about 30 seconds or less. For information: meetup.com/Authentic-Voice/events/265069612/.
mark your calendar NEWLIFE Expo for Conscious Living Oct 18-20
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18 Join us forAmerica’s longest-running holistic enlightenment and conscious living event. Experience concerts, free lectures/panels/samples, healthy food and workshops. 100 exhibitors and 100 speakers. Panels include nutrition, UFO, strange universe and vibrational healing. Wyndham Hotel New Yorker 481 8th Ave (corner of W 34th St), Manhattan For schedule: www.NewLifeExpo.com
mark your calendar Free Intro Awakening Your True Voice 6pm
Monday, October 28 Series starts Nov 9-Dec 9. With Jean McClelland. Every person possesses a powerful natural voice that reveals who he or she truly is. Often tension, past experiences, and fears restrict the natural flow of breath and voice resulting in forced, unnatural sounds and blocked energy. Jean creates a supportive environment in which self-consciousness dissolves and your authentic voice emerges. New York Open Center 22 E 30th St, Manhattan 212-219-2527 OpenCenter.org
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23 New York Theosophical Society Members Meeting – 7pm. The Theosophical Society is a group dedicated to teaching about God and the world based on mystical insight. It originated in the United States in 1875 and chiefly follows Buddhist and Brahmanic theories. Quest Bookshop, 240 E 53rd St, Manhattan. 212-758-5521. questbookshop.com.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29 Free Intro to Native American Craniosacral Bodywork – 6pm. Series Nov 5-Dec 3. With Nita Renfrew and Reggie Ceaser. Enhance your energy and bodywork practice by learning basic craniosacral therapy, in a Native American way. Originated by indigenous people, it uses touch and manipulation with deep energy to restore function and flow to the fascia and musculoskeletal system, resets the nervous system, and heals you from trauma, physical injuries, and chronic pain. New York Open Center, 22 E 30th, Manhattan. 212--219-2527. opencenter/org.
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Awakening Your True Voice Nov 4-Dec 9, 6-7:30pm With Jean McClelland
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4 Jean is a renowned voice and Alexander Technique teacher and workshop leader and a noted musical theater performer. See workshop description above. New York Open Center 22 E 30th St (between Madison and 5th Aves), Manhattan 212-219-2527 opencenter/org jeanmcclellandvoice.com
plan ahead SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 Shamanic Circle – 4-6pm. With Tuvan Shamaness ChokBar. Since ancient times, indigenous cultures have understood the importance of living in balance and harmony with the earth and cosmos. This circle brings ancient wisdom, practices and rituals to the community, introducing you to spirit guides, ancestors and power animals to awaken and support your healing, transformation and life purpose. United Palace, 4140 Broadway, Manhattan. 212-568-6700, info@UnitedPalce.org. UPSpiritualArts.org.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8 Winter Retreat – Nov 8-10. With Shaolin Sifu Guolin Shi. Enjoy Winter with a positive practice that cultivates internal energy, balances circulation and enhances overall energy. Diminish illnesses and disorders naturally and improve posture. Great for all ages and all levels. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 1-866-264-5139. Eastover.com.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 How to Build a Successful Holistic Business, Practitioner Certification for Send Chi “Fa Chi” Healing, Eye Chi Gong, Private Sessions and Community Classes – Nov 15-18. With Master Teresa Yeung. Master Teresa’s philosophy is that a life of joy and abundance can be experienced when the emotional, psychological and physiological bodies are in balance. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 1-866-264-5139. Eastover.com.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Eye Qi Gong Workshop – 7-8:30pm. With Master Teresa Yeung. Eyes are the window of your health and its most treasurable. Learn directly from Master Yeung the Wu’s Eye Qi Gong® that has had 4,000 clinical research studies with over 90% success rate in China. Acquire gentle, easy-to-do eye movements to improve vision and many other health benefits. Testimonials at https://purelandqigong. com/eye-chi-gong-program/. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 1-866-264-5139. Eastover.com.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020 Re-Emerge: All Inclusive Shamanic Healing Retreat with Authentic Plant Medicine – Feb. 14-22, 2020. With Monica Maria Aparicio. This retreat is an immersive experience into rediscovering your purpose through profound healing, all in the sacred lands surrounded by the Andes Mountains. For details and early bird registration: http://bit.ly/ REEMERGENANYC.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2020 World Qigong Tai Chi Day 2020 Weekend Retreat – April 24-26. Bring your friends and family and dive into the wisdom of ancient Eastern healing traditions. This is a day of FREE presentations, demonstrations and mini classes offered by nationally recognized leaders of Tai Chi, Qigong, Chinese Medicine and Eastern philosophy. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 1-866-2645139. Eastover.com.
ongoing daily Relaxation Sessions in the Alcove – Call for times. Relaxation sessions are experienced lying down and include a selection of traditional techniques, including deep breath, deep rest and deep sound. Your body feels safe and nurtured and sends signals to slow down your breathing and heart rate in this experience. Inscape, 45 W 21st St, #1, Manhattan. 646-952-0706. firstname.lastname@example.org. inscape.life/meditation-studio.
sunday Introduction to Alexander Technique – 11am and 3pm. Small group instructions of 2-3 students. First class must be taken before other 7 classes, then choose others in any order. Learn about your internal built-in organization, move with more ease, balance and coordination. Improve posture, breathe more efficiently, avoid, reduce or eliminate back, shoulder and neck pain. $45 each 90-minute class. Think AT Studio, 200 Vesey St (AMEX Bldg 24th floor), Manhattan. Contact Mona Al-Kazemi, 646-632-5181 or email@example.com. Reiki Group Class – 2nd Sun, 3-9pm. With Jyogan, Reiki Shihan (master teacher). Namaste Bookshop, 2 W 14th St, Manhattan. 917-723-4342. Jyogan@TraditionalReikiCenter.com. TraditionalReikiCenter.com. Reiki Share – 4th Sun, 5:30-8pm. With Jyogan, Reiki Shihan (master teacher). Namaste Bookshop, 2 W 14th St, Manhattan. 917-723-4342. Jyogan@TraditionalReikiCenter.com. TraditionalReikiCenter.com.
tuesday Authentic Voices Meetup – 6-8pm, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays. Do you have a presentation to deliver? One of the biggest fears people deal with on a regular basis is public speaking. Celeste DeCamps and Michele Marshall can help you develop great communications skills, which are keys to financial and emotional wellbeing. CelesteDeCamps.com or Meetup.com/Authentic-Voices.
wednesday Jyogan Reiki Treatments – 5-8pm. Jyogan is a Reiki Shihan (master teacher). $25/15-minute sample sessions; $50/30-minutes (front of the body); $100/60-minutes (front/back of the body). Namaste Bookshop, 2 W 14th St, Manhattan. 212-645-1014. info@NamasteBookshop.com. NamasteBookshop.com.
saturday Introduction to Alexander Technique – 10am and 2pm. Learn about your internal, built-in organization that helps you move with more ease, balance and coordination. Improve posture, breathe more efficiently, avoid, reduce or eliminate back, shoulder and neck pain. $45 each 90-minute class. Think AT Studio, 200 Vesey St (AMEX Bldg 24th floor), Manhattan. Contact Mona Al-Kazemi, 646-632-5181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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230 E 14th St, NYC 212-260-2866 • AumShantiBookshop.com Aum Shanti Bookshop is a community-oriented spiritual gallery providing offerings that inspire clarity, guidance and inspiration on one’s journey. They offer high-vibration, 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 for tarot, psychic and astrology readings.
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The Barbara Brennan School of Healing 151 W 30th Street NYC 561-620-8767 Denise.Mollo@BarbaraBrennan.com A premier institute of hands-on healing and personal transformation opening NYC YEAR 1 program at the Balance Arts Center
NAMASTE BOOKSHOP & HEALING CENTER
2 W 14th St, NYC 212-645-0141 • NamasteBookshop.com Namaste Bookshop and Healing Center offers a unique and large selection of Eastern and Western philosophy books, tarot cards, crystals, pendulums, calendars, wind chimes, incense, greeting cards, yoga accessories, meditation cushions, instructional and music CDs and DVDs, salt lamps, and 20 sections of books – including Spanish. The event space above the bookshop holds classes, workshops and book signings, and provides rooms for regular readers and practitioners.
NEW YORK OPEN CENTER 22 E 30th St, NYC 212-219-2527 • OpenCenter.org
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.
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UNITED PALACE OF SPIRITUAL ARTS 4140 Broadway, NYC 212-568-6700 • UPSpiritualArts.org
As an inclusive spiritual community, the United Palace of Spiritual Arts seeks to cultivate compassion, wisdom, and peace through spiritual practices born of the great wisdom traditions, sacred service, and joyous connection to spirit through music, arts and entertainment. Join us for Sunday service at 12pm EST or on live stream.
Counseling & Mental Wellness MICHAEL MONGNO, MFT, PH.D, LP
Present Centered Therapies Upper West Side DrMongno@PresentCenteredTherapies.com 212-799-0001 • PresentCenteredTherapies.com Michael Mongno MFT, Ph.D LP is a licensed psychoanalyst, marriage and family therapist, and holistic counselor based in Manhattan. Committed to creating a real difference in the world, his “Real change in real time” describes the dynamic, effective synthesis of personal growth and spiritual transformation. His approach acknowledges our innate perfection and offers a powerful mindful path toward mental wholeness through the healing collaboration of body, mind, and spirit. You can read more at PresentCenteredTherapies.com.
Education MONICA MARIA INTERNATIONAL
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Getaways & Retreats EASTOVER ESTATE AND RETREAT 430 East St, Box 2282, Lenox, MA 866-264-5139 • Eastover.com
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.
Healing & Wellness MICHAEL BIAMONTE, CCN
The Biamonte Center for Clinical Nutrition 2185 34th Ave, Suite 14D Astoria, NY 11106 347-523-4703 â€“ NewYorkCityCandidaDoctor.com Michael Biamonte has been in practice for over 30 years, is the author of â€œThe Candida Chroniclesâ€? and is a World Recognized Candida elimination expert. His office has proprietary software developed for NASA that helps identify and treat all nutritional deficiencies. Offering both online and In-Person appointments.
SCOTT CLOVER INTUITIVE ENERGY HEALER
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Empowerment Through Movement 102-10 66th Road Apt. 17B Forest Hills, NY 11375 917-907-4424 â€˘ CelesteDeCamps@gmail.com Celeste DeCamps, a professional speaker who helps women find their empowerment through movement. Presentations are interactive and engaging. Learn how to change your attitude for the better in 2 minutes. Book Celeste DeCamps for your next event or workshop.
JEAN MCCLELLAND, MMUS., MAMSAT
JeanMcClellandVoice.com Private lessons and workshops: voice, breathing and Alexander Technique. Jean McClelland has more than 40 yearsâ€™ experience as a performer and teacher. She has helped thousands of students free their bodies, strengthen their breathing, and uncover the natural beauty of their voices.
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280 Madison Ave, Ste 702, NYC 718-482-7197 â€˘ WholisticFoodTherapy.com WholisticFoodTherapy@gmail.com Sarah Thacker specializes in working with women who struggle with emotional/stress eating, eating disorders bodyimage issues, PTSD and anxiety. Using an integrative approach including EMDR, mindfulness/meditation training, nutritional awareness and creativity development you will identify, work through and release the root cause of your struggles with food.
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646-675-8692 • TailsOfDog.com Tails of Dog provides force- free, customized, top-quality dog training and behavioral guidance for owners and their dogs. From puppyhood to the golden years, communicating with your dog involves more than just training; it’s a lifestyle. Tails of Dog invites you to continue your tale whether you are navigating through basic manner cues or a more serious behavioral issue.
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Dr. Lewis Gross has more than 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-of-the-art facility, offers among other things, laser dentistry, metal-free implants, non-invasive oral cancer screening, ozone and alternatives to surgery and root canal.
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