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recently had this thought about the word “Un-do”. We spend most of our lives trying to “Do”. Our minds are constantly thinking: What are we going to do? People ask us: What do you do? Social media shows us: Look at what you could do! I recently thought to myself, what if I worked on a big Un-do! Un-doing all the things our mind has become pre-occupied with doing in today’s day in our world. Would it bring me closer to the daily joy which we all seek? Meditation is surely at the top of the list in this goal! Heading back to stillness brings us to a great place to un-do what our recent days have done. So is it odd to do nothing? No, not really. Remember past decades. You did what was in front of you. The end! You gathered with those in your community and made memories together. There was no data or computers to take us away from our immediate world. I urge you to take a look at our article on creating community on page 18 in attempts to re-connect you with your world and those in it. I can remember my early years in the Bronx spending every day with our neighbors doing simple things like laughing and cooking together. Perhaps you want to create something based around food in your community by referring to our fermented foods revival piece on page 23. If you make a pact with yourself to “Un-do”, perhaps start with a transformative journey (refer to page 14) to help move you from a place of looking to seeing (refer to page 17). May you start to notice all the ways you can apply the act of “Un-doing” in your life after you read this letter, and feel free to share it with me at publisher@na-newyorkcity.com. My goal is to be your inspiration.

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Natural Awakenings is your guide to a healthier, more balanced life. In each issue readers find cutting-edge information on natural health, nutrition, fitness, personal growth, green living, creative expression and the products and services that support a healthy lifestyle.

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Outer Adventures, Inner Journeys by April Thompson

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17 NATURE PHOTOGRAPHER ROBERT LLEWELLYN ON Moving from Looking to Seeing by April Thompson

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COMMUNITY 15 Ways to Craft a Circle of Caring by Linda Buzzell

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BETTER BONES by Kathleen Barnes

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Rediscover Probiotic-Rich Foods by Judith Fertig

25 SOUL SHINE by Marianne Williamson

28 FELINE WORKFORCE Why a Job is the Cat’s Meow by Sandra Murphy

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newsbriefs Former Chinese National Coach Leads Eastover Classes

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aster Li Junfeng, former head coach of China’s National Martial Arts Team, will be a guest teacher at Eastover Estate and Retreat from November 10 to 15, offering Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong and Ba Gua Zhang. More than 100 children won gold medals in martial arts under Li’s guidance. He also has directed and acted in several martial arts films. Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong involves a series of movements designed to remove unwanted negative energy from the body and to collect instead the true and healing energy (qi) of the natural world, Li says. “The movements and contemplations offered with Sheng Zhen Gong help create the deep sense of inner peace akin to what many of us experienced as small children,” he notes. “Simplicity replaces complexity—the body softens, negative emotions are released, and one experiences a feeling of perfect harmony with the universe.” Along with Tai Chi and Xing Yi, Ba Gua Zhang is considered one of the three major “internal” Chinese martial arts. “Of the three, Ba Gua is the most powerful because it is the most flexible and dynamic,” Li says. “It is based on the theory of continuously changing in response to the situation.” Dong Haichuan is thought to have created Ba Gua Zhang in the early 19th century, after having learned it from Daoist masters in the mountains of rural China. Originally designed as a type of meditation, Dong later combined it with martial arts he had mastered in his youth. Eastover Estate and Retreat is located in Lenox, MA. For information, visit Eastover.com.

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atural Awakenings magazine is sporting a new look. After being unveiled in Florida’s Collier/Lee edition that serves Naples and Fort Myers—the first of a family of magazines that has grown to encompass 85 U.S. cities, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic—in July, the new logo and cover design will appear in all editions starting in October. Other design elements are expected to be refreshed in the near future to align with the evolution of the national content already underway. The plans were announced at the Natural Awakenings’ Publishers Conference in Orlando in May. “We’ve kept up with new, cutting-edge trends and developments in all areas of sustainable, healthy living through the years, so it’s only natural for our look to also evolve,” says Sharon Bruckman, CEO and founder of Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation. “The new cover format enables us to highlight more of the content offered inside the issue. The changes also reflect the success of our mission in supporting the presence and growth of the natural living movement to the point where it’s beneficially influencing mainstream media content.” Launched by Bruckman with a single magazine in 1994, Natural Awakenings is now one of the largest, free, local, healthy lifestyle publications worldwide, serving approximately 3.5 million readers. For more information, visit NaturalAwakeningsMag.com. 8

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NewLife Expo Comes to Hotel New Yorker October 27-29

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xhibitors from around the world are expected to participate in New York City’s next NewLife Expo, which returns to the newly renovated Hotel New Yorker (34th and 8th Avenues) October 27 through 29. They will be on hand with cutting-edge information, products and services designed to feed the mind, body and spirit, says expo founder and producer Mark Becker. “Crystal Tones will bring their crystal bowls, and Momentum98 will demonstrate their infrared saunas,” he says. “They will join at least a hundred other exhibitors in our marketplace of the future, and we’re adding new exhibitors every day.” Now in its 28th year, the NewLife Expo is America’s longest-running event focused on holistic enlightenment and rejuvenation, Becker says. “This year’s expo will feature predictions for the next four years and cutting-edge information on anti-aging and vegetarianism.” Featured speakers will include Drs. Jane Goldberg, Eric Kaplan, Paul Lnig Tai, Luke Cua and Ben Lane. Among the various panel topics will be Strange Universe, Nutrition and Vibrational Healing-Light Language. Judy Satori and Gail Thackray will also join this year’s presenters. “Come to the NewLife Expo, and for as little as $15 a day, you will meet thousands of people who want to feed their minds, enlighten their souls and purify and tonify their bodies,” Becker says. “You might even meet your soul mate.”   For more information, including times and exhibition opportunities, visit NewLifeExpo. com or email Mark@NewLifeMag.com.

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oshua Bloom, a quantum healer and host of “Emotionally Free TV,” will lead a workshop in his new healing modality, LifeForce AwakJoshua Bloom ening, October 7 and 8 in New York City. Bloom, who previously created the modality known as Quantum Energy Transformation, says this live workshop, Ignite Your Healing Powers, will offer tools for helping people who feel overwhelmed or emotionally raw. “This workshop is profoundly transformational,” he says. “You’ll leave in a calmer, more thoughtful and peaceful state that will have you feeling fully alive, elated and limitless.” Participants will discover how to heal themselves and others with life-force energy through the quantum and morphic fields as they heal the entire body all at once, he says. Those who complete the workshop will receive first-level certification in LifeForce Awakening. “The workshop is a great opportunity to network with like-minded people who want to be the first to experience this new model for healing,” Bloom says. “It’s a lifeshifting, life-lifting experience.” Former workshop participant Kelly Walker, of Oregon, says it transformed her relationship with herself. “It brought me more confidence, courange and opportunities,” she says. For Uland kay-Coleman of Canada, the benefits were more tangible. “My pain is gone,” she reports. “I went from bedridden to freedom.” Seating is limited, so early registration is recommended. For tickets, visit IgniteYourHealing.com.

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reate Your Own Destiny, a series of spontaneous talks by Sufi guide Musa Muhaiyaddeen. Join in at any time. Meetings are held at New York Musa New Church, 114 East 35th Street Muhaiyaddeen at 4:30-5:30pm followed by Zikr, a prayer recitation for those who would like to join in. “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 has the ability to take complex esoteric concepts and put them into easily understood language. Join Musa as he guides us deeper into ourselves through understanding our motives, consciousness, dignity, qualities, love and destiny. Musa’s talks inspire us to remove the layers covering up who we really are. Hundreds of Musa’s talks are available to listen to for free on his website, TheWitnessWithin.com. His books are available on Amazon. Please register with Sufi Study Center on Meetup.com for the next meeting on Saturday, October 21st.

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ravel is supposed to be fun and relaxing, but it can bring unexpected surprises—from tummy troubles to dehydration—that take away from the experience. The staff of Metro Integrative Pharmacy, at Lexington Avenue between 68th and 69th Streets, includes nutritionists, aestheticians, herbalists and naturopaths who can dispense free pre-travel advice to people seeking natural ways to feel and look great on the move. “The biggest challenge to wellness when traveling is probably stomach upset,” says Karen Wright, a doctor of traditional naturopathy. “The distress results from changes in diet and exposure to different types of bacteria in food and water. The most impactful way to counter these influences is to take probiotics, starting a month before your trip.”    For travelers prone to motion sickness, Wright suggests ginger in chewable or supplement form, taken at least 20 minutes before transit. To prevent dehydration, in addition to drinking lots of water, she recommends electrolyte powder packets, which are easy to carry and mix with water.   Dehydration, along with fatigue, is also a major beauty concern, according to licensed aesthetician Caroline Nuytten. Her advice, especially for plane travel, is to moisturize every two hours. “On the day of the trip, wear only moisturizer and keep reapplying it. If you simply can’t be without foundation, add a tinted moisturizer upon landing.”   She also recommends a facial mist such as Cellular Water from Esthederm, which replenishes water loss to help maintain skin’s vitality; eye contour patches to reduce puffiness; and a single-packet facemask, used upon arrival at the hotel, to clean and hydrate. All of metro’s credentialed holistic health practitioners offer complimentary consultations, either walk-in or by appointment, to help people look and feel their best whether at home or on the road. Metro also offers traditional pharmacy services, health information and natural, organic and sustainable product lines, including travel-sized products. For more information, visit MetroIntegrative.com.

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Resveratrol May Help Eye Health

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esearchers from the Creighton University School of Nursing, in Omaha, Nebraska, studied 2,303 healthy postmenopausal women to determine whether a link between vitamin D and cancer existed. The treatment group comprised 1,156 women receiving 2,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin D3 and 1,500 milligrams of calcium per day for four years. The 1,147 women in the control group received placebos for the same duration. Within the study timeframe, 64 women from the placebo group were diagnosed with some form of cancer, while only 49 subjects from the treatment group faced a cancer diagnosis. This represents a small, but significant reduction in the cancer rate for those taking vitamin D3. Further analyses of the levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the blood revealed that the women that developed cancer had substantially lower levels of this vitamin than the subjects that remained healthy. 12

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esveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heart-protective nature. Researchers believe it may also help promote eye health, including prevention of glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration, but not much is known about its presence in the eyes. Scientists from Tongji Medical College, in China, set out to measure the concentration of trans-resveratrol in the eyes after oral supplementation. Three daily doses of Longevinex, an oral trans-resveratrol-based capsule supplement, was administered to 35 adults prior to eye surgery on one of their eyes, and tissue samples of the conjunctiva, aqueous humor and vitreous humor were taken. Researchers measured the tissues for resveratrol concentration to determine how much of the supplement penetrated the eyes. Resveratrol metabolites were detected in the conjunctiva of 25 of the eyes, indicating that the beneficial substance does pass through the brain.

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esearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, studied the impact of music therapy on 60 patients that had undergone spinal fusion surgery. Half received a 30-minute music therapy session, along with standard postoperative care, within 72 hours of surgery. The other half received only standard care. The scientists used the visual analog scale to measure pain before and after music therapy in both groups concurrently. The patients receiving music therapy experienced average pain level reductions from 6.2 to 5.09, while the control group averaged slight increases in pain, from 5.2 to 5.87. “The degree of change in the music group is notable for having been achieved by non-pharmacologic means, with little chance of adverse effects,” explains Center Director and study co-author Joanne Loewy. “Pain is subjective and personal, and warrants an individualized approach to care. Certified, licensed music therapists can tailor treatment to each patient’s musical preferences and address their pain level.”

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pirulina platensis, a singlecelled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. A new study from Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, in Iran, tested the efficacy of spirulina supplementation on the body mass index (BMI), weight and cholesterol levels of 64 obese adults between the ages of 20 and 50. Subjects were divided into intervention and placebo groups. The intervention group took twice-daily supplements of Spirulina platensis for 12 weeks. BMI, fasting blood samples and lipid profiles were assessed at the beginning and end of the study, and food intake and appetite were reported daily. The scientists found more than double the reductions in both body weight and BMI in the spirulina group, compared to the control group. In addition, reductions in both total cholesterol and appetite were found in the intervention group.

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Wind turbines make cleaner energy, but are dangerous to birds and bats. According to a study in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, approximately 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed annually by wind turbines, which are providing increased wind power capacity nationwide. At one solar power plant in California, an estimated 3,500 birds died in just the plant’s first year of operation. What would help most is offshore turbines and knowledge about migration routes. The safest place for wind turbines is in the ocean, because songbirds and bats don’t migrate over such waters. On land, many songbirds fly at night and can’t see the wind turbines until it’s too late. Once they’ve discovered the unsafe area, they avoid it. Because migration routes are based on availability of food, water and resting areas, birds are forced to fly around the turbines, adding miles to their trip and the burning of more calories. Estimates of just how many bats are dying each year range from the tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands. Radar installations help to keep bats away from the deadly blades. Other remedies include slowing the blades at night to reduce collisions, which has proved to reduce overall wildlife deaths by 73 percent. In 2016 the American Wind Energy Association announced voluntary guidelines to halt turbines during low wind speeds, when bats are most active, to reduce bat fatalities by 30 percent. With two more industry changes, bat fatalities could drop 90 percent: feathering, or turning the blades parallel to the wind so the turbines don’t rotate; and higher cut-in speeds so they don’t rotate in light winds. Take action at NationOfChange.org/petitions/protect-bats-lethal-wind-turbines.

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A collaborative study published in the journal Pediatrics concludes that toddlers under the age of 2 are more likely to eat French fries than vegetables on any given day; one in four 6-to-11-month-olds and one in five 1-year-olds consumed no vegetables at all. This concerning downward trend began more than a decade ago. The percentage of babies and toddlers eating canned or frozen fruits and vegetables declined by 10 percent between 2005 and 2012, and the consumption of dark, leafy greens among those under 2 has halved since 2005. Dr. Annemarie Stroustrup, an associate professor with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in New York City, says, “You often have to offer a new food to a toddler up to 10 times before they will eat it.”

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An open-hearted journey can take unexpected paths. More travelers today are searching for deep and lasting changes in their view of themselves and the world.

Declare Your Intentions

Part of the intention setting is clarifying what we hope to accomplish through making a journey, suggests Nathaniel Boyle, creator of The Travelers podcast and the travel platform Holocene that facilitates community among transformation-seeking travelers. It might be climbing a mountain with our spouse to strengthen a marriage, or taking a cooking class in Italy or a basket weaving workshop in Indonesia to rekindle a sense of fresh input and creative expression.

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Cousineau suggests that travelers prepare to open their thinking by reading about the history, culture and geography of a place, and then continue to learn en route by talking to locals for insight rather than relying only on a guidebook. “Make yourself vulnerable. Ask questions and be humble. Talk to your waiter or cab driver about their lives and conditions in their country. Those that become most delighted and transformed by their experiences are the most curious,” observes Cousineau. Anna Pollock, of London, England, founder of Conscious Travel and a sustainable travel expert, elaborates on potential results. “Travelers may see the world and their part in it differently or feel greater clarity, peace, freedom or hope. For some, it’s about insights into their personal purpose. Others may return with a deeper sense of connectedness or feeling of mastery that comes from trying something completely new.” Jake Haupert, of Seattle, owner of Evergreen Escapes International, co-founded the Transformational Travel Council to help people embark on such life-altering journeys, and translate “Aha!” moments on the road into meaningful changes back home. He has witnessed individuals undergo radical shifts from changing careers to becoming parents. One couple was so moved by their experiences on an African safari that they adopted their first child from Kenya.

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Attention and intention are the main ingredients for transformative travel for Phil Cousineau, acclaimed author of The Art of Pilgrimage. “Ask yourself what is motivating the journey: Are you going just to check something off your bucket list because you read about it or are you going because your grandma told you how magical her visit there was in the 1920s? Are you going because you’re at a crossroads in your life, marriage or work?” queries Cousineau. Naming your intention helps open up the heart and psyche for transformation. Cousineau recommends sharing our choice beforehand with a friend or even a casual acquaintance. Writing it down can also unpack those yearnings and understand the pull to a place.

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phorically, travel can feel like torture at times, and some travelers feel unhappy, unprepared, bored or disappointed,” remarks Cousineau. “But the flip side is that travels can stretch us, just like a medieval rack.” If you have stretch goals, you can build them into an itinerary, advises Haupert, whether it’s getting up the courage to skydive or negotiating a purchase in a foreign street market.

Do Less, Experience More If we truly want to know the secret of soulful traveling, we need to believe there is something sacred waiting to be discovered in virtually every journey. ~Phil Cousineau

Move Beyond Comfort

“Travel can serve as a vehicle for expansive personal growth. Through it, we learn to explore the world and ourselves,” Boyle observes. “When you venture outside the controlled environment of prepackaged trips for tourists to face difficult decisions and confusing and chaotic situations that require problem solving, that’s where real change can occur,” says Haupert. “My 12,000-mile journey from Washington, D.C., to Antarctica was transformative in so many ways,” says journalist Andrew Evans, author of The Black Penguin memoir. “I’m a geographer by training and spent four years studying maps, but I never understood the true size of the world until I traveled across it on a Greyhound bus. I now see the world as much smaller and much more accessible. The trip made me a stronger, more confident person, and less afraid of what other people think of me; it also made me want to keep traveling.” “Travel comes from the word travail, to labor, and trip from tripalium, Latin for a medieval torture rack. Meta-

To heighten experiential awareness while traveling, build fewer to-dos into an itinerary, the experts recommend. “Immerse yourself in a place. Leave time for unplanned explorations, rather than bouncing between destinations without space for spontaneity and restful reflection,” says Haupert. “Also build in time for meditation, yoga, simple relaxation or other intentionally restorative moments in-between the high-intensity peak experiences.” Haupert suggests staging a ceremonial start to a journey, such as a special dinner or bike ride upon arrival. Similarly, Cousineau recommends starting a new journal on every journey, to ceremoniously start anew in one’s thinking. Engaging in ritual can also help awaken the traveler, says Cousineau. He suggests walking in silence as we approach a sacred site, or physically engaging with it, as pilgrims might do when they palm the feet of a Buddha statue or press their forehead to the Wailing Wall. Sacred sites are fertile ground for transformative experiences, says Lori Erickson, an Episcopal deacon, travel writer and author of Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God, a memoir of her trips to a dozen of the world’s holy sites. “So many people have prayed and opened their hearts in a holy place that you can feel the energy,” she says. Erickson suggests that travelers seek out hallowed ground from different traditions, which can help heal divides among people of divergent faiths. “The art and architecture of holy sites are beautiful manifestations of spiritual longing and human creativity. These places have the power to move you, regardless of your own spiritual background.”

Journey Jump-Offs Here’s a short list of resources to inspire transformative adventuring. n The blog at AyanaJourneys.com explores Cambodia’s sacred Buddhist sites.   n Evergreen Escapes at Evergreen EscapesIntl.com specializes in unforgettable locales tailored to the traveler’s inner calling.   n “The Travelers” podcast via Holocene.io/travelers features stories and advice from 200-plus changemakers on topics ranging from creativity, fear and gratitude to travel-related careers.   n Muddy Shoe Adventures at MuddyShoeAdventures.com offers small-group trips that challenge participants with combinations of physical activities and cultural experiences.   n OuterTravelsInnerJourneys.com connects people through shared spiritual adventures like mind-body healing and immersion in nature.   n Phil Cousineau (PhilCousineau.net) hosts writer’s retreats, literary tours and pilgrimages to historic sacred sites.   n Responsible Travel at Responsible Travel.com offers socially and environmentally conscious tours to all seven continents, including small-ship cruises to more authentic, lesserknown ports of call.   n Transformational Travel Council’s website Transformational.travel conveys uplifting stories, a travelers’ forum and other tools for changeseekers.                                                                                 n World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (wwoof.net) links volunteers with organic farmers to help build a sustainable global community.

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When you give while traveling, you often get back even more, says Cousineau. “A pilgrim never travels empty-handed. Bring gifts; even postcards from home can make a meaningful connection.” He recently brought baseball equipment along on a group tour he led to give to kids in baseball-crazed Cuba. Giving appreciation is as important as tangible mementos, he notes. “Gratitude makes transformation possible; that’s what modern people are longing for, to be touched.” Boyle suggests that finding ways to give back can unlock unique opportunities. Quinn Vanderberg and Jonathon Button, guests on Boyle’s podcast, left stable lives and jobs in California for Nicaragua in 2012 with only their travel bags and a shared dream. Brainstorming a vision for a new life together, the 25-year-old pair had realized, “We wanted life to be filled with travel, culture and people, and to make an impact along the way,” says Vanderburg. “We went knowing we wanted to create a social venture, but first wanted to see what was really needed by the community.” They went on to partner with local educational nonprofits and artisans to launch Life Out of the Box, a line of

clothing and accessories modeled after Toms’ “Buy one, give one” business model. For every product sold, the entrepreneurs donate school supplies to a child in need. Since 2012, the project has expanded to also support kids in Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico and Morocco.

Drive Home Transformation

Starting with a moment of reflection before departing a place, take advantage of a trip’s afterglow to recall insights learned, gel memories, share insights and move to make changes stick. Haupert sees this as a good time to develop an action plan to “express gratitude for the journey and create a framework for your homecoming.” Then, take a day to reflect upon returning home before jumping back into work or other obligations, internalizing your experience and integrating your “traveler self” back into normalcy. It might involve a trip to the spa, an afternoon of journaling or organizing trip photos, suggests Haupert. “Resist the urge to check emails the minute the plane touches down or start planning the next trip. Take time to remember the journey and see your home turf with fresh eyes,” adds Cousineau.

Close Encounters Eager for a transformative adventure without traveling afar? Here are some ideas for exploring cultures and connecting with others closer to home. 4 Attend festivals celebrating varied cultures in your local community. Every spring in Washington, D.C., embassies showcase the cuisine, art and history of 70 countries. Frackville, Pennsylvania’s 103-year-old Lithuanian Days is the oldest ethnic festival in the country. 4 Host a traveling cyclist and hear tales from the trails via WarmShowers.org, a hospitality exchange for 90,000 touring cyclists and hosts. 4 Take advantage of local, state and national parks, including 88 ocean and coastal parks within the National Park Service (nps.gov). Along with wilderness sites, the service also stewards important cultural heritage sites nationwide. 4 Find a spiritual retreat center at RetreatFinder.com. 4 Overnight on an organic farm. Visit FarmStayUS.com to sample what’s in season in the region. 4 Meet and host individual travelers via CouchSurfing.com, a network of 11 million globetrotters in 150,000 cities. 16

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Adventure travelers named transformation and an expanded worldview as top motives for their explorations. ~Adventure Travel Trade Association The returned pilgrim has a responsibility to memorialize the journey, an ancient tradition of Judeo-Christian and Islamic faiths, advises Cousineau. The San Francisco writer traveled with a group on foot from Louisville, Kentucky, to Thomas Merton’s Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, near Bardstown, Kentucky, to celebrate the legacy of Merton and Mahatma Gandhi. One of the women inked a footprint from each of 100-plus travelers, sewing them into a quilt to commemorate the pilgrimage. Chronicling the journey can be as simple as a dinner party with friends to share what we have learned, says Cousineau, but suggests that travelers engage attendees to also contribute their own stories and reflections. “We have a choice upon returning; do nothing and just let that experience fade or own it for ourselves,” concurs Boyle. “It’s incumbent to extract the meaning of our experiences and find a way to express them, whether through a photo series, article, painting or video. The traveler’s ‘third act’ of creativity after preparation and execution is how we process change.” Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.


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What makes some of your favorite trees so distinctive?

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or the past 40 years, Robert Llewellyn has photographed thousands of unique beauties—many of them trees, flowers, seeds and other landscape elements. “For a photographer, anything can be a good subject, even dirt,” he says. “My mission is to move people from merely looking at things to deeply seeing things as they are.” For Llewellyn’s first collaboration with garden writer Nancy Ross Hugo, Remarkable Trees of Virginia, published in 2008, the pair drove 20,000 miles in four years observing and capturing the complex lives of 100 notable trees. It was on this assignment that the Earlysville, Virginia, photographer developed his now-signature technique, subsequently used to illustrate one of their follow-up books, Seeing Trees. “I wanted to photograph small parts—leaves, fruit, bark and flowers—so I would cut off a bloom, twig or seed pod and put it on a light table and take hundreds of photos, which, strung together, were infinitely sharp, like a botanic drawing. I found I could zoom into my subject up to a pollen grain this way.” Llewellyn lives with his wife on a 60acre farm in tree-studded Albemarle County, enjoying 200-year-old oaks outside their

front door. His latest of nearly 40 books, The Living Forest, is due out in October.

Why are trees, to your eyes, so captivating? When I first started photographing trees, I thought of them as objects in the design of a photograph, rather than something that’s alive. When I began to look at a tree’s acorns, flowers and pollen, I realized that this tree is doing what we do: it’s born, grows, has offspring and dies; it seeks air, nutrients and light. Trees all have a fascinating master plan for survival and reproduction. Some trees can build an architectural structure that grows 150 feet high and can withstand 100-mile-an-hour winds.

How do you suggest that a newbie tree-watcher start learning how to see trees more intimately? Read a book like Seeing Trees, then get up, go out and observe trees in real time, at different times of the year and track what they do. Take pencil and paper and draw them, or take pictures. Start by exploring trees in your backyard or a nearby park. Share a quality magnifying glass to encourage youngsters to get closer to the trees, too. Challenge them to find flowers, fruit or

Red maples make an early entrance in spring, their flowers appearing before the leaves, and drop their “helicopter” seeds in spring to germinate before anything can eat them. In spring, an entire hill will turn red with these maples, but it’s not their leaves; it’s the trees’ flowers, getting ready to drop their showy red dresses on the ground before anything else is blooming. You can learn a lot about trees by seeing what’s on the ground through their life cycles. Sycamore, for example, has both male and female flowers. The female flowers develop into fruiting seedpods that dry out and hang on through winter until a spring wind blows them apart.

Rather than seeing trees as dead in winter, what can we look for? Trees are very much alive in winter. When leaves fall off, they leave behind little pointed leaf buds. You can cut them open and find tiny green leaves encapsulated which remain unfrozen, waiting to open up in the spring. Twigs in winter show leaf scars where the leaves dropped. We can also witness the diverse life in and on trees in all seasons. That includes bugs, plants, fungi and parasites, in addition to the animals that nest in them and eat their fruits and nuts. I once found a round ball on an oak tree that turned out to be a wasp gall for its offspring, its larvae hanging in the middle.

How are tree-viewing skills transferrable to other aspects of our lives? The skill of observation is vital: moving from looking to seeing. At a party, you can just mindlessly chatter with people or you can really see them—what their bodies, gestures and emotions are communicating. Labels and names get in the way of seeing things as they are. Stop labeling things or worrying about what they are called; as in meditation, just relax into observing, to embrace things as they are. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, in Washington, D.C., at AprilWrites.com.

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Build a campfire. Whether literal or metaphoric, create a clear, focused attraction that draws people into a circle.

Connect with nature and the seasons. Tying gatherings into what’s happening seasonally with all life forms is a traditionally effective way of fostering community.

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Welcome each person. Either designate greeters or go around the circle welcoming and acknowledging each participant before proceeding with the event’s main activity. People that feel seen and known are more likely to stay involved.

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Provide food and drink. Traditional societies have always taken hospitality seriously. Having people bring items to add to the collective feast is better than catering.

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n facing up to today’s often degrading environmental, economic, political, social and hyper-individualistic cultural conditions, we instinctively know

that survival requires coming together to effect constructive change. Here are proven approaches to community building that work.

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Ceremony, ritual and the sacred. Deep in our collective human memory lie countless spring and harvest festivals, ceremonial or religious events, meals and celebrations that included a strong sense of passage, initiation and the sacredness of all life. Use one as a springboard to add meaning to a contemporary gathering.

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Collective problem solving. People bond into a community when they participate in solving a real-world community problem, helping someone in need or addressing a situation that demands a community solution. Consider using Robert’s Rules of Order or other guidelines for discussions that maintain civility, discourage competitiveness and peacefully resolve conflicts in order to reach consensus.

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Storytelling. Humans learn best when seeing and hearing stories. Facts don’t arouse us as much as narratives and full-body experiences do. Bombarding people with facts won’t create desired change. We must be inspired to act on the knowledge.

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Elders. Shared history, respect and affection are vital to belonging. Adults coping with a high-stress, industrialized culture might tend to find elders’ stories slow-moving and boring, but they are a critical resource for our collective survival. Beware of the “star from afar” syndrome that posits outsiders as experts, rather than honoring and developing our own community resources, which won’t disappear at the end of an event.

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Gifts and sharing. As we focus on creating a sharing society versus a gimme culture, it’s nice to give small gifts such as a plant or garden flower, organic seeds or regifted items to event attendees. It’s a simple way to help everyone feel valued, appreciated and welcomed. The key is keeping events local, simple and created by the community for the community. Many hands make light work, and some of the best community events cost the host little, while everyone involved brings their own chair or blanket, serving ware and potluck dish.

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Beauty and music. Our eyes and ears are portals to the soul and spirit of the human psyche. Even a simple drum can bond individuals into a coherent group. Community singing can be powerful medicine, as places of worship ever demonstrate. A simple flower on the table or painting on the wall brings powerful archetypal energies to bear as we come together. An outdoor meeting brings nature’s magnificence to our senses, adding extraordinary power to events. The bottom line is that any community gathering, organization or event that engages body, mind and spirit has a far

Linda Buzzell is a psychotherapist, ecotherapist, blogger and co-editor of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind. She co-founded a local permaculture guild, and a voluntary simplicity circle which met for 10 years in her local community. Connect at EcotherapyHeals.com.

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Shopping. People have been bonding through meeting others in the marketplace since ancient times. Sales or silent auctions are popular when the money paid becomes a gift to the community.

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A little excitement. Raffles and door prizes add fun as long as any money raised goes into the common coffers as a gift to all. Child care. Children provide a necessary source of untamed energy and entertainment for any gathering. Multigenerational exchanges also help form and shape them through exposure to role models and life education, even if they might not feel engaged at the time.

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Transportation. Facilitating carpools and providing transportation for those without cars or unable to walk builds community even before the event starts.

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Success in the quest for stronger bones is possible at any age.

Start and Stay Young

“Peak bone strength is reached by the age of 30, so it’s vital for young people to engage in dynamic impact movement through their teen years and 20s,” says Sherri Betz, chair of the American Physical Therapy Association bone health group, a doctor of physical therapy and geriatric-certified specialist with a private practice in Santa Cruz, California. Engaging in sports during our youthful developing years helps build strong, wide and dense bones that will carry us well into old age, literally giving us a firmer base to stand on. It’s paramount to encourage children and young people to be physically active and for us all to continue with athletic activities throughout adulthood to preserve the bone health peak we reach at age 30.

Optimal Bone Exercises

“Adulthood is a perfectly good time to start building and improving bone fitness and health. The outcome is just a little bit less,” says Steven A. Hawkins, Ph.D., a professor of exercise science at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. “Bone responds to exercise much na-newyorkcity.com

like muscle,” explains Larry Tucker, Ph.D., professor of exercise sciences at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah. “Bone doesn’t grow, per se, but like muscle, it does get denser and stronger according to the stresses and strains put on it.” “The key is to put a heavy load on bones to stimulate them to grow,” Hawkins notes. Standing exercises are recommended, because the bones most likely to benefit from strengthening exercise are 30 targeted leg and hip bones, says Tucker. “Surprising the bone is your best bet,” points out Betz. “Don’t do the same things over and over again at the same time, either repetitive exercises like running or weight lifting or consistent combinations; even high-intensity exercise can diminish the effects.” The most highly recommended exercises involve those that require changing directions, bouncing and leaping—from basketball to lively dances, and even some intense yoga postures. Hopping and jumping are probably the best way to strengthen bones, but must be done in the proper way, according to Tucker and others. Research by Tucker’s team published in the American Journal of Health Promotion studied the effects of jumping on hip bone density in

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premenopausal women. It may seem counterintuitive, but Tucker reports that most benefits are gained from jumping as high as possible, resting 30 seconds and repeating up to 10 times twice a day in intervals at least eight hours apart. “If you jump continuously, the exercise loses effectiveness pretty quickly,” he says. Those that enjoy circuit training should do something else during the 30-second rests between repetitions, Tucker advises. Because it’s the jolt of jumping that stimulates bone strength, using a mini-trampoline or another cushioning device to lessen impact on the body won’t increase bone density. Betz cautions against starting a jumping program too quickly. “Proper alignment, balance and body awareness come first,” she says. “Do 20 to 25 heel raises in a row, a full squat with good alignment and a full lunge to ready the body for a jumping program.” Such strengthening safeguards against falling and injury.

Walking Isn’t It

Walking, running, weight training and other repetitive exercises don’t improve bone density, says Hawkins. “Walk and do other repetitive exercises for cardiovascular health and general fitness. While these might help maintain current bone strength, they won’t improve bone density.” Walking reduced the risk of hip fracture by 41 percent for postmenopausal women walking four hours a week, with fewer falls due to improved strength, balance and other factors per the Journal of the American Medical Association. Numerous studies confirm that exercise of any kind keeps us healthy, but for bone health, the answer is to start weightbearing exercises early and sustain the practice for a lifetime. Kathleen Barnes is a health writer and author of The Calcium Lie II: What Your Doctor Still Doesn’t Know, with Dr. Robert Thompson. Connect at KathleenBarnes.com.

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ers’ market every Saturday before spending Sunday prepping foods for the rest of the week. “Traditional foods like fermented vegetables, yogurt or kombucha don’t take long to prepare; they take time to culture, but it’s so rewarding,” she says.

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Colorful jars of fermented Korean kimchee, Indian chutney, German sauerkraut and bottles of kombucha line many grocery store shelves today. We’re in the midst of a fermented food revival.

Grassroots Groundswell

“I grew up in New York City as the grandson of immigrants from Belarus, and sauerkraut and pickles were common foods I always loved, but neither my grandparents nor anyone else I knew made them,” says Sandor Katz. This Woodbury, Tennessee, writer who travels the world giving related workshops is credited with bringing fermented foods back into the limelight. He explains, “I am self-taught and learned to ferment by experimentation. It was that first successful batch of sauerkraut that sparked my obsession. I also love eating cheese, beer, chocolate, coffee, yogurt and many other products of fermentation.” Kirsten and Christopher Shockey, the authors of Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64

Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes, homestead in Oregon’s Jackson Valley. “A fateful Christmas gift—a ceramic crock full of bubbling, fermenting cabbage under the tree, funky fermenty smell and all,” first piqued their interest, Kirsten recalls. “Eventually, we started our own small farmstead fermentation company.” Christopher explains that the combination of salt and shredded or chopped vegetables can launch the production of probiotic lactic acid bacteria that preserves the food and drives off “bad bacteria”. Jennifer McGruther, who lives in the Pacific Northwest, is the author of The Nourished Kitchen cookbook, an offshoot of her blog of the same name. Her first batch of fermented food was yogurt. Now she visits her local farm-

Natural Awakenings recommends using organic, non-GMO (genetically modified) and non-bromated ingredients whenever possible.

How Much Is Enough?

Fermented foods offer a variety of positive effects on health. “If you’re consuming a diet rich in fermented foods, you’re essentially bathing your GI tract in healthy, food-related organisms,” says food research scientist Robert Hutkins, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Fermented foods with live probiotics can also improve brain function, according to a study in the journal Gastroenterology. Fermented foods are meant to be eaten as condiments, not consumed in large quantities. Overdoing such intake might cause bloating, cramping and other digestion problems. Dr. Leonard Smith, a gastrointestinal and vascular surgeon and medical advisor for the University of Miami Department of Integrative Medicine, recommends “a half-cup of cultured vegetables or two ounces of your favorite probiotic liquid per day to start.” He says it’s possible to eventually work up to having a serving of cultured vegetables and probiotic liquids at every meal, or possibly as a between-meal snack. Christopher Shockey adds, “We don’t see these foods as a ‘medicine’ to be eaten daily because you have to force yourself; instead, we see it as a fun, delicious, easy, healthful addition to mealtime.” Judith Fertig writes cookbooks and foodie fiction from Overland Park, KS (JudithFertig.com).

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ermented foods are well known for building gut health. Now a growing body of research shows that they improve immunity, brain and heart functions,” says Michelle Schoffro Cook, Ph.D. The board-certified doctor of natural medicine, certified herbalist and author blogs from Vancouver, Canada. Get started with these simple, plant-based recipes from her latest book, The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your Life.

Salvadoran Salsa Yields: about 1 quart This gingery and spicy salsa, also known as curtido, is a traditional Salvadoran food. The twist here is added turmeric and green apple. Serve on its own, as a condiment with chips, on sausages or over salad. Maybe mix a couple of heaping spoonfuls with freshly mashed avocado for a fresh take on guacamole. ½ green cabbage 1 to 2 carrots 1 green apple, cored and quartered One 2-inch piece fresh ginger ½ cayenne chili ½ small purple or red onion One 2-inch piece fresh turmeric 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water Use a food processor with a coarse grating blade to shred the cabbage, carrots, apple, ginger, chili, onion and turmeric. (Consider wearing food-safe gloves to avoid touching the chili.)

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Transfer to a crock or a large glass or ceramic bowl, and mix well. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the saltwater over the salsa mixture until all ingredients are submerged, leaving a couple of inches at the top for expansion. Place a snug-fitting plate inside the crock or bowl over the salsa-water mixture; then weigh it down with food-safe weights or a bowl or jar of water, so the vegetables remain submerged under the brine as they ferment. Cover with a lid or a cloth, and allow it to ferment five to seven days, checking periodically to ensure the salsa is still submerged below the water line. If any mold forms on the surface, simply scoop it out. It won’t spoil the salsa unless it gets deeper inside the crock. (It may form where the mixture meets the air, but it rarely forms deeper.) After one week, put the salsa in jars or a bowl, cover and place in the fridge, where it usually lasts up to a year.

Vegan Kefir Yields: about 1 quart Traditional kefir is made with cow’s milk, but can be made with plant-based milks like cashew, almond, sunflower seed or coconut. The sweetener feeds the kefir microbes, leaving minimal sugar in the end product. The grains will grow over time; only about one tablespoon of kefir grains is needed to keep the kefir going; remove the extras to eat, give to friends or add to compost. 1 quart (or liter) filtered water ½ cup raw, unsalted cashews 1 tsp coconut sugar, pure maple syrup or agave nectar 1 Tbsp kefir grains (a natural starter, available at health food stores and online) Mandarin sections for garnish (optional) na-newyorkcity.com

Use a blender to blend the water, cashews and coconut sugar (or maple syrup or agave nectar) until it’s smooth and creamy. Pour the cashew milk into a 1½- to 2-quart glass jar, making sure it is less than two-thirds full. Add the kefir grains, stir and then place the cap on the jar. Leave the jar at room temperature for 24 to 48 hours, gently shaking it periodically. The cashew milk will become somewhat bubbly, then will begin to coagulate and separate; shake it to remix the kefir or scoop out the thicker curds and use them like soft cheese or sour cream. Refrigerate up to one week. When ready to serve, pour the kefir into a glass and garnish the rim with mandarin orange sections, if desired.

Fermented Chopped Salad Yields: about 6 cups Unlike other salads, this version stores for many months in the fridge. Serve on its own or toss it in vinaigrette and serve over brown rice for a quick and nutritious rice bowl dinner. 1 radish, finely chopped ½ small onion, finely chopped 1 turnip, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 carrot, chopped into ½-inch chunks


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3 small apples, chopped into ½-inch chunks Handful of green beans, cut into 1-inch lengths 1 rutabaga, chopped into ½-inch chunks 1 to 2 grape leaves, kale leaves or other large leafy greens (optional) 3 Tbsp unrefined fine or 6 Tbsp unrefined coarse sea salt 1 quart (or liter) filtered water In a medium bowl, mix the radish, onion, turnip, carrot, apples, green beans and rutabaga; then transfer to a small crock. Place the grape leaves or other leafy greens on top of the chopped ingredients to help hold them under the brine; then weigh the mix down with foodsafe weights or a jar or bowl of water. In a pitcher or large measuring cup, dissolve the salt in the water, stirring if necessary to dissolve the salt. Pour the brine over the salad, cover with a lid or cloth, and let ferment for one week. Remove the covering, weights and grape leaves or other leafy greens. Dish out into jars or a bowl, cover and refrigerate, where the salad should last six to 12 months.

SOUL SHINE by Marianne Williamson

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ur deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. From A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles by Marianne Williamson.

Recipes and photos are courtesy of Michelle Schoffro Cook and New World Library; visit DrMichelleCook.com.

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(WFPBD), but they also live in communities that support each other’s healthy habits. So sometimes without social support, eating a plant-based diet in an animal-eating culture can be isolating. That’s why I encourage new plant-eaters to find a community of people to start on this adventure together. I also recommend going to local WFPB events to find new sources of inspiration and support.

What do you tell people who are skeptical that heart disease can be reversed in most patients without drugs and surgery?

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ichael Greger, MD, is a licensed general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition, as well as an internationally recognized professional speaker on many public health issues, including nutrition, food safety, and public health. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger also serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at The Humane Society of the United States. In 2011, He launched NutritionFacts. org, a nonprofit, science-based public service that provides free daily videos and articles on the latest in nutrition research. An instant New York Times bestseller, his latest book How Not to Die (2015) examines the top 15 causes of premature death in America (such as heart disease and diabetes) and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches in helping us live longer, healthier lives.

Why is it so hard for people to change their eating habits, even when the science is there to support the change? Great question! Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said “It is easier to change a man’s religion than to change his diet.” (I presume she meant to include women in this statement, too.) Intellectually, we often know what the science says is best for us: healthy eating, exercise, getting adequate sleep, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol. However, food is more than an intellectual idea; how we eat is deeply dependent on our culture, and how our friends, family, and colleagues eat. If you look at the five areas on the globe (called the Blue Zones), where the longest-lived people in the world live, you will notice that they not only eat a predominantly whole food plant-based diet 26

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Inherent in being a good scientist is also a healthy sense of skepticism. So I certainly welcome skepticism in all forms. However, in the case of heart disease, the science is quite clear. A WFPBD is the only diet that’s ever been proven to prevent, arrest, and even reverse heart disease in the majority of patients. I’ve made several NutritionFacts.org videos about heart disease. All my videos include my primary sources, including Dr. Dean Ornish’s landmark heart trial published in The Lancet in 1990. This was the study that finally clobbered me over the head and made me realize that the hamburger I was holding in my hand probably wasn’t going to help me live a long healthy life. This study should have been front page news, but apparently the most solid science wasn’t sexy enough for the popular press.

How do you support and influence medical students in learning about the power of food? Well, I’ll answer this in two parts. First of all, I continue to speak at medical schools and medical conferences. There are even a number of medical conferences dedicated to whole food plant-based nutrition now. Two that I present at almost every year in the US are the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare conference. Additionally several medical schools and allied health programs have started including my evidencebased book about food as medicine (How Not to Die) in their curricula. The second part of my answer is that thanks to the advent of the internet and the democratization of readily available peer-reviewed evidence-based nutrition research, now patients are frequently teaching their doctors about the power of a WFPBD. In fact, many of the plant-based docs I meet these days tell me that it was a patient who reversed or improved a common disease, (such as Type 2 Diabetes by adopting a WFPBD) that helped the doc to see the power of food. So in that way, NutritionFacts.org offers a free resource that patients can share with their healthcare providers, to help update everyone on the latest in nutrition science. Greger is a presenter on this year’s Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise from Feb. 15–25, 2018. For more information, call 800.496.0989, email Info@HolisticHolidayAtSea.com or visit HolisticHolidayAtSea.com. Mention you saw the cruise information in Natural Awakenings NYC when booking your cruise.

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Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

The latest answer!

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

Do you have HPV infection? According the U. S. Center for Disease Control, genital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection. There are 40 or more types of HPV that can infect the genital areas of men and women as well as the throat and mouth! HPV may cause serious health problems, including genital warts and certain cancers. Most people who become infected with HPV don’t even know they have it!

So how do you get HPV? Anyone who is having or has ever had sex can get HPV. The CDC says that this is true even for people who only have sex with one person in their lifetime! HPV is passed on through genital contact, usually during vaginal and anal sex. What most people don’t know is that HPV may also be passed on during oral sex also. Most important to note is that a pregnant woman with genital HPV can pass the HPV on to her baby during delivery.

What are the risks from HPV? While some infections “may go away”, unfortunately, sometimes, HPV infections can and will persist and may cause a variety of very significant and serious health problems. Health problems that can be caused by HPV include: • pain • Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP), • Cervical cancer. • Other rare but serious cancers, including genital cancers, and a type of head and neck cancer called oropharyngeal cancer which is in the back of throat, and may extend to the base of the tongue and tonsils.

Is there a test for HPV and how is it treated? HPV tests are available to help screen women aged 30 years and older for cervical cancer. These HPV tests are not used to screen men, children, or women under the age of 30 years. There is no approved HPV test to detect HPV in the mouth or throat. • Genital warts can be removed with treatments applied by doctors using acid or liquid nitrogen. • Cervical cancer is most treatable when it is diagnosed and

treated early. Here surgical scraping or cryosurgery (freezing) is typically used also, unfortunately far to often with re-occurrence. • Recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP) can be treated with surgery or medicines. Curing RRP often requires many treatments or surgeries over a period of years.

What can be done if the normal treatment fails? There is a safe and proven effective treatment that has been used in Europe for many years and now available here, called Direct Intravenous Ozone Therapy (DIV). This treatment destroys the virus wherever it is living, genitally and orally outside or inside the body. Simply, it is the only treatment that does this and with no pain at all! What happens is, medical grade oxygen and ozone gas is safely and painlessly injected by trained professionals into a vein (you can’t get an embolus from oxygen, only from nitrogen gas found in air), the extra ”O” in the ozone molecule acts like a “glue” stealing an electron from anything in our body that it can latch onto. Healthy cells in our body contain natural anti-oxidants that protect them against damage or destruction. Only pathogens like HPV are destroyed anywhere they are living. In addition organic ozonized oils are used either externally and/or internally to safely and painlessly assist and speed up the eradication of this horrible infection. So please don’t wait any longer! It’s absolutely possible to completely eliminate HPV from your body. To learn more about Medical Ozone therapy go to www.ozoneuniversity.com or buy a copy of “Ozone Therapy: The Miracle Medicine” available at www.garynull.com, which has testimonials on it’s many benefits, uses and effectiveness. For more information, call Dr. Howard Robins at 212-581-0101 or visit OzoneUniversity. com.. Robins is considered the foremost clinical expert on the use of ozone in North America, with more than 24 years of clinical practice and 185,000 treatments performed.

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in Silt, Colorado. “Kids reading to her at the school library provided a solution that satisfied everyone.” In 2010, the public library in White Settlement, Texas, adopted Browser to remedy a rodent problem. Five years later, the city council cited pending renovations and a potential impact on allergies in backing a motion to oust Browser. Supporters, pointing out that the cat brought children through the doors, successfully petitioned to keep the four-legged employee.

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FELINE WORKFORCE Why a Job is the Cat’s Meow by Sandra Murphy

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ome cats started their careers in barns with minimal job opportunities. With updated skills, they now boost office morale, encourage reading, promote products and provide therapy. Community cats even work in private security.

In the Office Millennials, now comprising a third of this country’s stressed-out labor force, according to the Pew Research Center and American Psychological Association, are among those that can benefit from having a cat around. Lowered blood pressure is one result, according to research by psychologist Karen Allen, Ph.D., conducted at the University at Buffalo. Even when comfort breaks are hard to schedule, insistent cats cannot be ignored. “Pompous Albert, a rejected show cat, works at SafeWise, in Salt Lake City,” relates Sage Singleton, who handles Albert’s Instagram account. “He boosts morale, reduces stress and provides entertainment.” Carlos, a former rescue kitten, greets employees at PetNovations, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, each morning. He’s the star of the corporate Instagram account and blog, and promotes the company’s ecofriendly Cat Genie litterless cat box. Smith’s Ace Hardware and Housewares, in Princeton, New Jersey, has Dusty 28

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patrol its 18,000-square-foot facility, often escorting customers along the aisles. At St. Augustine Health Ministries, in Cleveland, the furry receptionist is Oreo. This black-and-white stray claimed the job by installing herself at the front desk to welcome guests and visit with residents that miss having their own pet.

Therapists At the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, Duke Ellington Morris visits with patients while nurses check vital signs; he’s part of an animal-assisted therapy program through the city’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. With the help of his humans, Jessica and Eric Hagan, of Pennsylvania’s Wolf Creek Township, Draven was certified through a local Love on a Leash chapter that qualifies pet-provided therapy animals. He showed My Cat From Hell host Jackson Galaxy his hospital routine for a segment called “My Cat From Heaven.” Draven regularly visits the Grove City Medical Center, in Pine Township, local nursing homes and service groups.

Literacy Aids “At 18, Cleo, my small, gray cat, retired from therapy visits and missed the attention,” says Michelle Cardosi, a retail clerk na-newyorkcity.com

Less socially developed feral felines can provide needed services. The Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats rescues such cats from Los Angeles shelters. Each is vetted, spayed/neutered and microchipped. “When they’re adopted out in threes, community cats are more likely to stay on the job,” notes founder and headmistress Shawn Simons. “In Southern California, working cats are employed as assistants to brewmasters at the Monkish Brewery to protect the grain and hops and at Saluti Cellars as vintner support in charge of gopher population control,” says Simons. “More traditionally, cats at the Portuguese Bend Riding Club barn discourage mice and make friends with horses and riders.” The school’s Working Cat Program partners with area recycling centers, golf courses, warehouses and industrial parks that could otherwise lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually due to vermin-related structural damage, including gnawed wiring and other potential fire hazards. “Businesses get an all-natural, safe and effective way to control pests and cats live life naturally,” says Simons. Working cats of many stripes are becoming increasingly common. For a business, it’s a money-saver; for a cat, it’s a lifesaver. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@ mindspring.com.

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SAT, OCT 7-SUN, OCT 8 LifeForceAwakening™ -- The Transformation Event of the Year – Feeling overwhelmed? Emotionally raw? You’ll find this live workshop profoundly transformational! You’ll leave in a calmer, more thoughtful and peaceful state that will have you feeling fully alive, elated and limitless. Discover healing secrets never offered before and learn how to heal yourself and others with life force energy through the Quantum and Morphic fields. Limited seating, tickets sell out quickly. Joshua Bloom, the trusted authority in Quantum Healing. 201-360-2059 or Igniteyourhealing.com.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 Wo r k s h o p w i t h d o n M i g u e l R u i z a n d Sons – 6-9pm. Don Miguel Ruiz was born into a family of healers and raised in rural Mexico by a curandera (healer) mother and a nagual (shaman) grandfather. It was expected he would embrace their legacy of healing and teaching to carry forward the esoteric Toltec knowledge. Instead, Miguel chose to attend medical school, become a surgeon and after a near-death experience, then devoted himself to the mastery of the ancient ancestral wisdom. He has dedicated his life to sharing his knowledge of the ancient Toltecs teachings. $99 or $165 VIP ticket (includes meet/greet/book signing with VIP seating). AumShanti Bookshop, 123 4th Ave (between 12th and 13th Sts), New York, NY. 212-260-2866 or aumshantibookshop.com/events.

THURS, OCT 12-SUN, OCT 15 Yang Style Taijiquan Teacher Training with Master Yang Fukui, Rick Barrett and Abdi Assadi – Taijiquan is usually taught from the outside in – you learn the choreography, practice for years, and gradually come to understand what’s going on inside. In this seminar, the three teachers/healers teach it from the inside out, showing not just how to feel the qi, but what to do with it. Their extensive knowledge and experience is shared in a loving and understandable way so you get the most out of your taijiquan practice, and how to teach it to others. Taijiquan is a martial art, a practice for health and healing, a moving meditation and a spiritual practice. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264-5139 or eastover.com/yangstyle-thai-chi.html.

FRI, OCT 13-MON, OCT 16 Art of Dying—Spiritual, Scientific and Practical Approaches to Living and Dying – This conference series speaks to the progressive awakening of our culture to a more conscious view of our own mortality. We will examine death and dying from a holistic and inclusive perspective with such essential questions as “how can we work more compassionately and intelligently with the dying? How can our own death and the death of loved ones be faced with courage? Does consciousness survive death, and if so, what can we expect? How can we become much

less frightened about death for ourselves and loved ones?” It brings together important innovators in this field and in palliative and hospice care, and we will explore a profound and heartfelt approach to the great matter of life and death. The New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave, New York, NY. 212-219-2527, 212-971-0101 or artofdying.org/art-dying-conference-6-overview/.

SAT, OCT 14-SUN, OCT 15 Your Secret Life: Making Your Unknown Known – 10am-4pm. Our purpose is bound up in the truth of who we are, and who we are runs like an underground stream through all our days. This writing weekend encourages you to drop your line down into that stream. It is a time to explore what you may never have fully given voice to. Roger Housden, author of twenty-three books on the use of poetry, art, and travel as doorways to the soul, facilitates this workshop. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY. 212-931-6840 or onespiritinterfaith.org.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21 Create Your Own Destiny – 4:30-5:30pm, followed by Zikr, a prayer recitation for those who would like to join in. This is a FREE lecture series open to all. Open your heart and connect to the vibration of the Creator. Join guide Musa Muhaiyaddeen on the Sufi Path and begin your own personal journey of self-discovery. New York New Church, 114 E 35th St, New York, NY. Register with Sufi Study Center on Meetup.com.

FRI, OCT 27-SUN, OCT 29 New Life Expo – 4:30-10pm Friday; 10am-9pm Saturday, 10am-7pm Sunday. Welcome to the New Life Expo, our 28th year, where we are back home at the Hotel New Yorker, 34th and 8th Aves, New York, NY. This may be our best expo ever! We have an awesome speaker lineup that includes Marianne Williamson, Dannion Brinkley, Sean Morton, Richard Doyle, Gail Thackray and many others. Learn about the latest in alternative healthcare and proper nutrition. newlifeexpo.com/ny-expo.

beings—was popularized by Dr King during his short but historical ministry. This was not his idealized utopia, but an achievable world attained when a critical mass of people join together to eliminate the forms of violence created by interrelated realities of poverty, racism, and militarism. Join Rev David Wallace as we read together selections gathered from Dr King’s prophetic works, listening closely to his urgent bequest to us as citizens of the world and creators of the world to come. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY. 212-931-6840 or onespiritinterfaith.org/ workshops-events/.

savethedate FRI, NOV 10-WED, NOV 15 Ba Gua Zhang and Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong – Formal China Wushu Head Coach Junfeng Li leads this workshop that teaches a method of self-healing that involves a series of movements specifically designed to remove unwanted negative energy from our bodies and to instead collect the true and healing energy (qi) of the natural world. The movements will help create a deep sense of inner peace akin to what many of us experienced as small children. Simplicity replaces complexity, the body softens, the negative emotions release and one experiences a feeling of perfect harmony with the Universe. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264-5139 or eastover.com.

FRI, NOV 17-SUN, NOV 19 Women’s Qi Cultivation – Susan Krieger, L.Ac, MS, PLLC will help you holistically create vitality, beauty, balance and nutritional health. Susan is internationally renowned for acupuncture, acupressure, women’s health and empowerment, facial and body rejuvenation, the energetics of food, healing visualizations, body-mind medicine and so much more. 13 NCCAOM credit approved for TCM practitioners. Eastover Estate and Retreat, 430 East St, Lenox, MA. 866-264-5139 or eastover.com/ susan-krieger.html.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29 Awake at the Bedside: Cultivating Intimacy and Care – 9:30am-5pm. Mindfulness practice allows our hearts to open so that we can enter caring relationships with more ease, joy, and dignity, whether that relationship takes place in a hospital, hospice, or the home. Through meditation, experiential learning, and dharma talks, we will dive in for a day of joyful learning, discovering how to integrate personal contemplative skills with contemplative leadership skills so we may express our caregiving roles with greater authenticity. Koshin Ellison and Chodo Campbell. Open to partners, children, neighbors, and clinicians. One Spirit Learning Alliance, 247 W 36th St, 6th Floor, New York, NY. 212-931-6840 or onespiritinterfaith.org.

TUES, OCT 31, NOV 7, 14 AND 21 MLK Beloved Community: The Writing and Sermons of Martin Luther King, Jr – 7-9pm. How are we to thrive and serve in a world threatened by injustice and hostility? The vision of The Beloved Community—a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human

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NAMASTE BOOKSHOP & HEALING CENTER

2 W 14th St., New York, NY 10011 212-645-0141 • NamasteBookshop.com 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.

NEW YORK OPEN CENTER

22 E. 30th St., New York, NY 10016 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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226 E 14th St., New York, NY 10003 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 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.

EDGAR CAYCE CENTER

153 West 27th St., NYC 10001 212-691-7690 • EdgarCayceNYC.org 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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247 West 36th Street, 6th Floor New York, NY 10018 212-931-6840 • onespiritinterfaith.org/NA One Spirit Learning Alliance, a leader in Interfaith and Interspiritual education for over 15 years, upholds that all authentic spiritual paths, at their mystical core, are committed to the common values of peace, compassionate service, and love for creation. We offer experiential interfaith and Interspiritual programs and public classes which support personal transformation to prepare spiritual leaders.

REFLECTIONS CENTER FOR CONSCIOUS LIVING

227 E 24th Street, NYC 10010 212-974-2288 • ReflectionsYoga.com 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.

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COUNSELING & MENTAL WELLNESS MICHAEL MONGNO MFT, PH.D

Present Centered Therapies Upper West Side drmongno@presentcenteredtherapies.com 212-799-0101 • PresentCenteredTherapies.com 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 drmongno@presentcenteredtherapies.com.

GETAWAYS & RETREATS EASTOVER ESTATE AND RETREAT 430 East St, Box 2282, Lenox, MA 01240 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 MEGAN HAGAR, MS, RD, CDN, CHHP Registered Dietitian/Holistic and Preventative Nutrition Midtown area, NYC, Virtual Appointments 845-325-6560 • NoDietNutrition.net

Are you stressed and suffer from symptoms like diarrhea, constipation and bloating? Or maybe you have acne, skin rashes or eczema? What if you could be completely free of these embarrassing and frustrating symptoms by the right nutrition and stress management? Megan Hagar can help you transform into the most confident, happiest, most vibrant version of yourself (and your skin and tummy too)!

THINK AT

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


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

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

INTUITIVE GUIDANCE JOAN CARRA

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

MASSAGE NICOLE LUCAS

Licensed Massage Therapist Infertility Massage • Bodhi Work 106 Apple Street Tinton Falls, NJ 07724 732-645-6726 • BodhiWorkStudio.com Bodhi Work is about intention, awareness and enlightenment. How your body is cared for, maintained and improved is vital to your everyday function and reproductive abilities. As a Certified Fertility Massage Therapist, Nicole focuses upon helping couples create an optimal reproductive environment. Also offering Relaxation, Rehabilitation and Non Invasive Beauty Solutions, Bodhi Work’s services are unique and the care you will receive is designed to nourish and maintain the miraculous system that is your “active self.”

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MAURICIO HAIR STUDIO

210 Fifth Ave. Suite 1102, New York, NY 10010 212-532-3030 • MauricioHair.com 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 ecofriendly 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.

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AUNT ALBERTA’S REMEDY

Homeopathic Pain Relief Cream 973-715-9097 • info@AlbertasPainRelief.com AlbertasPainRelief.com Try Aunt Alberta’s Remedy to ease jioint and muscular aches and pains from sciatica, gout arthritis, neuralgia, fibromyalgia and more. Great buy, a 4oz. jar for $15. All natural ingredients! Refer a friend and get 10% off your purchase. Read what people are saying about Aunt Alberta’s Remedy on our website and order some today.

HERBASWAY

800-672-7322 • Herbasway.com

TRIBECA CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE HOLISTIC DENTISTS

17 Park Place, NYC 10007 212 732 2200 • Holistic-dentists.com 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-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.

OZONE THERAPY DR. HOWARD ROBINS The Healing Center 200 W. 57th St., Suite 807, New York, NY 10019 212-581-0101 • DrHowardRobins@gmail.com 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.

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

SPIRITUALITY MUSA MUHAIYADDEEN

TheWitnessWithin.com Sufi Study Center on Meetup.com 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 ad on page 11 and calendar listing to lean more about him, his practice, and the FREE program he is offering in NYC beginning on September 23.

PARENT & RESILIENCY COACH REBUILD LIFE NOW

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

WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT SIERRA BENDER® 888-794-3330 • SierraBender.com 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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