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mainstream media. Sometimes I even find myself yelling at TV reporters and talking heads when I feel they’re not telling the whole story, well aware that profit and political agendas wrapped in ad dollars and media ratings often get in the way. Whether we seek information on how to heal ourselves from a disease that the traditional medical system has diagnosed as incurable or constructive perspectives beyond a local human interest story, we must look elsewhere for wellconsidered expertise and counsel. Independent media are vital in demonstrating a different way of viewing and moving forward in the world. I thank God that I came across Natural Awakenings eight years ago, excited to find a holistic publication offering reliable information

with no agenda beyond readers’ own best interests. Editorial provided is backed up by available science and fact checking with the goal of helping people become aware advocates of sustainable well-being for themselves and loved ones. I’m equally grateful for the availability of other good independent publications and news outlets. Together, this small but might force works to offset mainstream media’s tendency to give us just one side of the story, influencing how we live without concern for catalyzing independent thinking. Presuming that anyone has the right to do our thinking for us has to stop. We are in charge of our lives, including our safely sustaining our health and environment, and must make educated decisions based on the floodtide of often conflicting information. I believe this can be done by questioning so-called experts and asking for clarification until we are satisfied. Check out original research and resources, look for any conflict of interest leading to bias in published information. It’s our task as citizen consumers to separate fact from fiction, truth from propaganda. Controlling our family media diet helps. We record all of our family’s TV shows via DVR and mostly stick to Netflix and library DVDs. It’s vital to protect our children from unwanted manipulation by toy commercials, drug ads and political harangues. In our home, we regularly discuss the purpose of ads and how they’re used to influence us to buy things and to think what they want us to think. It makes for lively dinner table conversation. Being aware of what we are thinking and why we are thinking it, makes for better informed and beneficial choices. In this month’s feature article, “Real News That Matters,” Linda Sechrist delves into the value of independent media and how they help us think for ourselves. I hope you’ll read it with an open mind and live life asking questions while confidently taking charge of your decisions and your path. Onward!

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newsbriefs Rosen Method Bodywork Intro Workshop


nais Salibian, owner of Awareness Heals, is offering a two-day introductory workshop on Rosen Method Bodywork, a pathway to profound healing, August 26 through 28. This weekend workshop is designed for anyone who wants to deepen their connection to themselves for personal growth, get to the bottom of persistent pain, anxiety and other issues or those who want to augment their professional skills. “With Rosen Method Bodywork, listening is done not only with verbal interaction, but through touch,” explains Salibian. “What we pay attention to is what your body is saying below your level of conscious awareness. When the body’s messages come to the surface, you can free yourself of physical pain, emotional disturbance and even long-held patterns of unhelpful thoughts and behaviors. Clients have experienced relief from back pain, depression and past trauma, and have been supported through current life changes.” The prerequisite for the weekend workshop is to have previous experience with Rosen Method Bodywork. Those interested can either attend the free lecturedemonstration on August 11 or call to set up a free consultation/session prior to this workshop. CEUs are provided for massage therapists. Cost: $497. Register online two weeks prior to the workshop. Location: Awareness Heals, 640 Kreag Rd., Ste. 202, Pittsford. For more information, call 585-586-1590 or visit

Enjoy Deep Relaxation Through Vibrational Sound Massage


ealthy Alternatives Wellness Center will now be offering vibrational sound massage sessions with Carol Morissette. Vibrational sound massage (VSM) is a method of deep relaxation that can relieve stress and improve emotional well-being. It combines powerful vibration and tones, including therapeutic Zen Singing Bowls, to induce immediate relaxation. During VSM, a client remains fully clothed and physical contact is kept to a minimum. The body absorbs waves of vibration into its tissue, allowing the body to relax and repair itself instead of responding to outside concerns. Like meditation, VSM helps us to be internally aware, while being more present in the moment and more connected with our surroundings. It can be very beneficial for clients with fibromyalgia, arthritis, MS or those recovering from cancer. The only licensed massage therapist in Western New York to be certified in VSM, Morissette completed her certification in May through the Vibrational Sound Association at Union College, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Location: 458 Stone Rd., Rochester. For more information, call 585-663-6454, email or visit Register at


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O.N.E. Wellness Center Introduces Crystal Healing Bed


.N.E. Wellness Center, in Rochester, now offers sessions in its crystal healing bed, the creation of John of God, a world-renowned spiritual healer from Brazil. Sessions of 20, 30, 45 and 60 minutes are available. Seven crystals are suspended approximately 12 to 24 inches above the person lying on a massage table. Each clear and highly polished quartz crystal has been cut to a specific frequency and is aligned above one of seven chakras (human energy centers). Colored lights, selected to match the chakra colors, radiate light and energy through the crystals to each respective chakra. The lights shine on and off in certain rhythms to cleanse, balance and realign one’s chakra energies. “Each person’s experience is uniquely their own,” says Cathy Woodside, owner of O.N.E. Wellness Center. “It’s based on the individual and what he or she needs for transformation.” Location: 2349 Monroe Ave., 2nd floor, Rochester. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 585-6454221 or visit

Healing Through Resilience and Self-Care


sing a combination of energy medicine techniques and HeartMath Tools based on her clients’ individual needs, registered nurse Robin Marshall of Natural Stress Reduction Services, offers help to those dealing with health issues, anxiety and stress reduction, grief, trauma recovery and more. Marshall says there are many ways to increase self-care, which leads to more resilience and overall well-being. She suggests: getting quiet and recharging; replacing self-criticism with a new attitude; being mindful of our judgments; forgiving; not comparing ourselves to others; and scheduling private time. “The truth is, most of us need to take self-care more seriously, because we feel so much better when we are balanced both emotionally and energetically,” says Marshall. “Learn what is best for you to clear, balance and stabilize your energy system to promote healing on an emotional and energetic level.” Location: 7 W. Main St., Webster. For more information, call 201-220-2558, email Robin@NaturalStressReductionServices. com or visit

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newsbriefs Learn to Move and Feel Better at Back Health and Performance Workshop


red Onufryk, of Move Better to Feel Better Physical Therapy, and Dr. Jon Sealander, of Roc City Chiropractic, will present a back health and performance workshop, from 9 a.m. to noon, July 23, at Roc City Wellness. The clinic will provide the tools needed for a healthy, stable back. Benefits include solid core stability, strong and powerful movement and improved back and hip mobility. This workshop will be structured around powerful Awareness Through Movement lessons from the Feldenkrais Method, as well as cutting-edge Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) exercises from the Prague School of Rehabilitation. Onufryk and Sealander are the only two local practitioners who have studied with the Prague School. Onufryk is also a certified DNS Exercise Trainer. “Whether you are an athlete, weekend warrior or at-home parent, you want to be able to age and move with strength and power. Core stability is critical for pain-free quality movement. Effective breathing is a must for core stability,” says Onufryk, a physical therapist. “We will present material that has helped hundreds of my patients relieve pain and sleep better.” Cost: $50. Location: 1598 Penfield Rd., Rochester. For more information, call 585482-5060 or email To register, email DrSealander@


A Day of Fun for Kids and Adults at Annual Summer Bash


arenting Village, a local nonprofit organization that offers emotional support to parents in the Rochester area, will host its 4th Annual Summer Bash, from 2 to 6 p.m., July 31, at Rothfuss Park. Parents can expect to hear about all of the family-related businesses and services in the community, connect with other families while their children play and get a taste of what Parenting Village is all about. At the free festival, local businesses and organizations will host tables with fun and interesting activities for children and will offer information to parents about their services and products. The event includes food trucks, mini-classes, live entertainment, silent auction and more. Gold level media sponsors include Natural Awakenings of Rochester, Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent magazine and Parenting Village links parents in the community to one another and to local resources, and provides programming to unify and strengthen Rochester-area families. Through drop-in groups, parent-to-parent programs, workshops and community collaborations, they offer parents the support and connection that they need so that they may in turn give the best of themselves to their children. Location: 1648 Five Mile Line Rd., Penfield. For more information, call 585-2701832, email or visit

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Calcium Pills Don’t Build Bone Health


esearchers reporting in the British medical journal The Lancet, analyzed 44 studies on calcium supplementation or dietary calcium and bone fractures and concluded, “Dietary calcium intake is not associated with risk of fracture and there is no current evidence that increasing dietary calcium intake prevents fractures.” Qualifying studies included more than 44,000 people. A different meta-study from New Zealand’s University of Auckland, also published in The Lancet, reviewed 59 clinical and observational studies of calcium and bone density. The meta-analysis compared the effect of calcium doses of 500, 800 and 1,000 milligrams per day and found that bone density improvements ranged between 0.6 and 1.8 percent throughout the body during the first year of supplementation, but did not increase over time. They concluded that the improvements in bone mineral density from calcium supplements were small and that results mirrored the increases seen from dietary sources, suggesting that neither method significantly improves bone health.

Energy Drinks Harm the Heart


n addition to alertness, energy drinks may also trigger abnormal heart rhythms and increased blood pressure. Researchers from the School of Pharmacy at the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, tested 27 healthy adults. The volunteers were split into three groups—one drank two cans of an energy drink per day, another consumed the same amount of a drink with Panax ginseng and the third a similar-tasting placebo beverage. The subjects were given cardiovascular testing before and after the trial. After three weeks, the group imbibing the energy drinks had a significant increase in abnormal heart rhythms and higher blood pressure. The ginseng and placebo groups saw no change in their heart conditions. Sachin A. Shah, a doctor of pharmacy and professor at Pacific’s School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, says, “Our findings suggest that certain energy drinks may increase the risk of having an abnormal heart rhythm when consumed in high volumes. While we wait for more data, some consumers should exercise caution and not blindly follow the buzz.” The Center for Science in Public Interest, a consumer health advocacy group, has reported that as of June 2014, 34 deaths have been associated with energy drinks.

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Colorful Produce Slows Cell Aging


new study published in the European Journal of Nutrition finds that an increased intake of carotenoids, powerful antioxidants found in plantbased foods, is associated with slower aging. The research tested 3,660 U.S. adults and measured blood levels of five common carotenoids: alphacarotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, combined lutein/zeaxanthin and trans-lycopene. The researchers found that those with levels that were in the highest quarter had 5 percent to 8 percent longer telomeres compared to those with the lowest quartile of carotenoid levels. Telomeres are located at the ends of DNA chromosomes and get shorter as we age. Longer telomeres indicate greater longevity. Carotenoids are found in the yellow-to-red pigments in many yellow, red and orange foods. They are also contained in green foods where chlorophyll shields the yellow-red color. Alpha-carotenes are present in carrots, cantaloupes, mangoes, kale, spinach, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Beta-carotene is found in some of the same foods, and also tomatoes, apricots and watermelons. Beta-cryptoxanthin is found in papayas, apples and orange peels. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in some of the same foods, along with kiwifruit, grapes, oranges, zucchini and squash. Some of the highest levels are in corn. Lycopene is in tomatoes, watermelons, papayas, apricots and other redto-yellow foods.

ADHD Meds Weaken Kids’ Bones


Neurotoxins Identified in Everyday Items


esearch published in the British medical journal The Lancet has newly identified six neurotoxins: manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene or PERC) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE). Manganese exposure is found in welding and high-octane gas fumes, among other sources; fluoride is used in many municipal water supplies, glass etching and chrome cleaners. Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate contained in many pesticides, including Dursban and Lorsban. While DDT has been banned from insecticides within the U.S., it is still contained in other agents, including petroleum distillates. DDT is also still used in some areas to spray for mosquitoes. PERC has often been used in dry cleaning and for degreasing metals. PBDEs appear as flame retardants and to make electronics, household goods, building materials, polyurethane foams, plastics and more. The same researchers previously identified lead, methylmercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, arsenic and toluene as neurotoxins. The neurotoxin label means they affect the nervous system and can cause neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, attention deficit disorders, dyslexia and others.

new study announced at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can weaken bones in children during a time of critical growth. This study tested 5,315 kids between 8 and 17 years old and compared the results to a subgroup of 1,967. Each child was given a bone mineral density scan on the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. The children taking ADHD medications of Ritalin, Focalin, Dexedrine, Strattera and Vyvanese had lower bone mineral density in the femur, femoral neck and lumbar spine. At least 25 percent of the youngsters taking these medications were categorized as having osteopenia. According to a 2014 Express Scripts study, prescriptions of ADHD medications to children in the U.S. grew by 36 percent between 2008 and 2012.

Osteopathy Alleviates Low Back Pain


ore than 600,000 people undergo surgery for back pain every year, yet back surgery is often unsuccessful. Safer manual therapies provide a viable alternative, according to recent research. A study of 455 people with low back pain found that osteopathic manipulation therapy (OMT) helped with their symptoms. The research, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, gave each patient six osteopathic manual therapy sessions or a placebo treatment over a two-month period. Patients were tested before and a month afterward to assess the success of the treatments, using pain severity and mobility as the main criteria. The research showed that those that started with higher disability scores of 17 or more prior to therapy had significantly less pain and more mobility. Patients with scores of seven or greater also improved, but not to the same degree. Lead researcher and Osteopath Dr. John Licciardone says, “Subgrouping patients according to chronic low back pain intensity and function appears to be a simple strategy for identifying patients that can attain substantial improvement with OMT. From a cost and safety perspective, it should be considered before progressing to more costly or invasive interventions.”

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globalbriefs News and resources to inspire concerned citizens to work together in building a healthier, stronger society that benefits all.

Recycling Nutrients

Animal Droppings Help Forests Absorb CO2 A paper published in Forest Ecosystems concludes that frugivores, large, fruit-eating animals like toucans, tapirs, curassows and spider monkeys, help to keep the woods healthy by eating fruits and spreading seeds. As traps for carbon and an effective defense against global warming, forests collectively absorb up to 30 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions and store more than 1,600 gigatons of carbon in the soil. “You have a lot of large birds that play a fundamental role for large trees,” says study author Mauro Galetti. “They increase the likelihood that seeds will turn into actual photosynthesizing plants.” However, big, tropical birds are constantly under threat of hunting, poaching and habitat loss; the International Union of Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List notes that 14 of the world’s 16 toucan species, for instance, are decreasing in population. The study found that without the help of high-capacity frugivores, there would be no way for larger seeds to grow into the towering trees that store carbon best. Scientists now want to research individual species to calculate how much each animal’s services are worth in terms of battling climate change. Putting a dollar amount on a species, say Galetti, could be the only way to persuade governments to protect it. Find the study at

Low-Cost Largesse

Nonprofit Grocery Sells Good Food at Low Prices The biggest challenge to healthy eating in poor neighborhoods isn’t always access to healthy food; it’s whether people can afford to buy it. A year ago, Doug Rauch, former president of Trader Joe’s, opened Daily Table, a nonprofit grocery in Boston, to take action. It gathers nutritious food that would otherwise be wasted and then sells it at low prices. After learning about food insecurity in the U.S. and that approximately 40 percent of the food we grow is thrown out, Rauch decided to address both problems by offering this new option for people that don’t want handouts. The store now has 5,000 members and hundreds of daily customers, with plans to expand to new locations. “The challenge we have in America is that the food system is designed from the farm on up to create calories that are cheap and nutrients that are expensive,” he says. “People on the lowest economic rung get squeezed the hardest.” Rauch partners with vendors to get excess food, such as fruit just slightly too ripe to make it through the standard supermarket system, that chefs turn into readyto-eat meals like prepared salads and soups, or entrées that can cost less than $2. For more information, visit 10

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Fresh Veggies Come Direct to Offices Pioneering employers are now offering fresh vegetables to help employees improve their diet—and their health. Tech companies are even hiring professional chefs to prepare healthful lunches and snacks. In Texas, the Farm to Work program is making it easy and affordable for workers to pick up baskets of local produce at the office. Participants aren’t required to pay an initial lump sum or commit to buying every week. Instead, they can sign up to receive produce in any given week. Other groups around the country are also looking into workplace produce delivery programs, and while many use the traditional community supported agriculture (CSA) model, others are experimenting with different procedures. The Farm Fresh Program, in Bellingham, Washington, connects local farmers to employers interested in receiving weekly deliveries. Meanwhile, Farm2Work, in Arkansas, links local purveyors of produce, meat, eggs, dairy, pies, jams and jellies to area employers. New York’s Adirondack Harvest, a branch of the Cornell Cooperative Extension, started by helping a single farmer link to area employers. The next step, says Teresa Whalen, the group’s southern chapter representative, is working to persuade insurance companies to subsidize workplace CSAs in the same way they’re starting to subsidize gym memberships. Source:

GMO-Free Pioneer

New Grain Transport to be Contaminant-Free Large food companies that are switching to non-GMO (genetically modified) soy and corn products must still worry about their ingredients picking up GMO contamination through conventional supply chains. Now, Captain Drake LLC, a North Dakota grain plant, has acquired its own million-bushel terminal with dedicated rail cars used exclusively for GMO-free grains. President Mark Anderson maintains, “We’ll be able to obtain the best non-GMO commodities from three regions: North Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba, Canada.” In a 2015 Nielsen study of 30,000 consumers, 43 percent rank non-GMO as very important and 80 percent said they would pay more for foods that indicate a degree of healthfulness. Sales of non-GMO products exceeded $10 billion last year and are growing. Anderson explains, “The supply chain needs to be tightened up and moved domestically. We consider this to be another strategic asset for food and beverage clients seeking suppliers committed to guaranteeing the integrity and purity of non-GMO commodities.” Source:

Toxic Teflon

Scientists Increasingly Find It Dangerous According to a new metaanalysis of previous studies, Philippe Grandjean, of Harvard, and Richard Clapp, of the University of Massachusetts, concluded that DuPont Teflon, used for 50 years to make frictionless cookware, is much more dangerous than previously thought, causing cancer, birth defects and heart disease, and weakening the immune system. Even though Teflon’s harmful perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is no longer produced or used, the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found it in the blood of more than 99 percent of Americans studied, because it can be passed from mother to unborn child in the womb. The researchers say that the federal government’s recommended “safe” level, set in 2009, is as much as 1,000 times too high to fully protect people’s health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has yet to set a legal allowable limit for its presence in drinking water. Source:

Moth Misery Fish Fried

Bright Lights Drive Them to Extinction

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has been collecting reports for decades on how many fish are caught in the oceans annually. However, those numbers don’t take into account small-scale, recreational and illegal fishing or the bycatch that’s discarded before boats return to harbors. A study published in Nature Communications increases the actual total world catch from 1950 to 2010 by 50 percent. Daniel Pauly, author of the University of British Columbia study, states, “The world is withdrawing from a joint bank account of fish without knowing what has been withdrawn or the remaining balance. Better estimates for the amount we’re taking out can help ensure there’s enough fish to sustain us in the future.” Based on official counts, global catches peaked in 1996 and have declined modestly each year. The decline isn’t due to less fishing or restrictions on certain fish, though. “It’s due to the countries fishing too much and having exhausted one fish after the other,” says Pauly. The findings also emphasize the value of fisheries to low-income people in developing countries. The next steps will require well-informed action to preserve this critical resource for people and for the planet.

National Moth Week, held from July 23 to 31 (visit National for podcast), has prompted the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) to encourage cities to install motion-sensitive dimming streetlights and is working to designate dark-sky parks that could provide a refuge for nocturnal species. The giant silk moth and other insects pollinate 80 percent of our food crops. In turn, their bodies sustain innumerable birds, rodents and bats. Entire ecosystems rest on their delicate, powdery wings. Only two species of moths are protected under the Endangered Species Act, and three others have gone extinct in the past decade. Many populations are seeing declines of up to 99 percent. Between monoculture crops, pesticides, changing climate, urbanization and decreasing darkness due to artificial lighting, the future of night-flying moths is uncertain. Their only goal is to reproduce, guided to suitable nesting grounds by the shadow of the moon; many moth species do not even have mouths. However, cities now glow brighter than a full moon, and ambient light pollution radiating from urban areas draws moths to their deaths. IDA Program Manager John Barentine says, “Every time a person turns off and shields a porch light on their house, they’re helping.”


Source: Sierra Club

New Numbers Confirm Global Overfishing

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Rochester Acupuncturist Dedicated to Cultivating Greatness by Mary Wojciechowski


he best gift we can give each other is to be our very best self in the world,” says acupuncturist Diane Macchiavelli, whose life and work are living proof of this belief. As a practitioner of Classical Five Element Acupuncture (CFEA) and owner of Brighton Pathways to Health, a wellness center offering acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, shamanic healing and chiropractic, her work centers around helping people achieve their highest selves. The ideas of holistic healing and living from the highest self first occurred to Macchiavelli at age 19, when she became captivated by the eastern philosophies that were being introduced to the West, especially Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism. A beautifully illustrated copy of the Tao De Ching—the fundamental text for Taoism— came into her life, and it taught her the importance of being present and living with acceptance of what is. The book became her springboard into Eastern thought. With this newfound passion, she delved into Asian practices, including Traditional Chinese Medicine, tai chi and acupuncture. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a degree in three-dimensional design, Macchia-


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Diane Macchiavelli velli successfully worked as an exhibit designer for museums in Washington, D.C. When she moved to Rochester 25 years ago, she observed how there was little need for exhibit design, but a need for holistic medicine. “When I moved to Rochester and looked around the community,” says Macchiavelli, “I knew Rochesterians were ready to take a holistic approach to their health, healing and existence, and so I made a decision to go back to

school and to bring CFEA to Rochester.” Qi (pronounced “chee”) enlivens the body and runs along the body’s energy channels, or meridians. Acupuncture uses cat whisker-thin needles, inserted superficially at special acupuncture points along the meridians, to stimulate the qi and correct imbalances. CFEA, which is a more specific type of acupuncture using the harmonious balance of the five elements of nature—wood, fire, earth, metal and water—as a basis for understanding and healing the body, is what Macchiavelli studied at the Worsley Institute, with teacher J.R. Worsley. CFEA is unique among other forms of acupuncture, Macchiavelli explains, in its ability to treat on all levels: emotional, spiritual, mental and physical. Instead of simply relieving symptoms, CFEA seeks to improve how the individual is fairing in the world. “My acupuncture mentor, Dr. Worsley, would say that as acupuncturists we are gardeners of the body, mind and spirit, and we are tending this beautiful garden of the human being to help that garden thrive.” Eastern thought also fostered in Macchiavelli a devotion to Buddhist teachings, a sense of responsibility to the self, a love of giving to the commu-

We can create this possibility for ourselves, and my purpose is to cultivate it, just like a gardener. ~Diane Macchiavelli nity and a profound respect for holistic healing, all of which developed into lifelong practices. Today, she gives back by her proud involvement in the Junior League of Rochester, a long-standing volunteer-based group of women. In addition to helping others, she makes her own well-being a priority. “I meditate every single day,” Macchiavelli explains. “I take time for myself, I make it a point to spend time with my friends, I get out into nature and I go into retreat once a year.” One of her main teachers is the renowned Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhism’s spiritual leader. Macchiavelli maintains her Buddhist devotion through daily contemplation and frequent visits to the Dalai Lama’s monastery and Northern American seat, Namgyal Monastery, located in Ithaca. She is closely affiliated with Namgyal and shares her passion by organizing opportunities for the monks to visit Rochester twice a year to teach workshops and share their culture. Macchiavelli’s work has given her the opportunity to witness new levels of health, happiness and possibility in the lives of her students and patients. Her devotion to cultivating her highest self gives rise to the beneficial work she does in Rochester. Her holistic approach to life, based on the eastern philosophies she holds dear, is the catalyst for the wide-reaching good she does daily. “We can create this possibility for ourselves,” says Macchiavelli. “And my purpose is to cultivate it, just like a gardener.” Brighton Pathways to Health is located at 3200 Brighton Henrietta Trail Rd., Rochester. For more information, call 585-2429518 or visit Mary Wojciechowski is a Rochesterbased writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings. natural awakenings

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Move Better to Feel Better Gives Patients Their Lives Back by Sandra Yeyati


ast year, Fred Onufryk, owner of Move Better to Feel Better, ripped his quadriceps tendons in both legs. Extending from the thigh to the kneecap, these are the muscles that enable us to straighten our legs. He couldn’t stand or walk, much less go snowboarding—his favorite sport. As a physical therapist, certified Feldenkrais practitioner and certified Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) exercise trainer, Onufryk has been helping people recover from similar injuries for more than 30 years. Now he had to help himself. After undergoing extensive surgery to reattach the quadriceps to the kneecaps, he spent the next three months in the hospital. “For the first six weeks, I was not allowed to stand or put any weight on my legs,” he says. “I couldn’t bend my knees for 10 weeks.” When he finally came home, Onufryk set out to fully rehabilitate himself. He visited a physical therapist twice a week, but the real work happened at home. For six months, he worked on his legs two to three hours a day, seven days a week, taking only one day off every two weeks. He rode his bike, walked on the beach, hiked up hills and did weight training. Today, Onufryk is snowboarding again. “I’m riding better than ever, because my knees don’t hurt like they used to,” he says. Onufryk believes that his self-image and attitude were key elements of this successful result. “I saw myself as

Fred Onufryk an active person and an athlete. It was important for me to get back to that,” he explains, adding that the patients he treats that exhibit this level of self-motivation usually rehabilitate effectively and efficiently. Others have self-doubt and fear. They worry, and this is what often keeps them from pushing through, doing the hard work and regaining their abilities. “Part of my job is to promote that positive self-image and to foster the motivation in my clients to do what’s necessary,” he says. Onufryk offers a unique, oneon-one treatment strategy that incorporates DNS, which was developed

in Prague, in the Czech Republic, as well as Moshé Feldenkrais’ movement principles. “Many physical therapists approach things in a nonintegrated way,” he says. “If you have a knee problem, they exercise your leg muscles and that’s it. I look at people as integrated systems.” By observing how patients move their whole bodies and not just the affected area, he helps them become aware of their movement patterns, thereby empowering them to self-modify their movements and move in pain-free ways that support the body. Also important is core stability, which Onufryk differentiates from core strength, a term often heard in exercise classes and gyms. “Core stability is achieved with proper diaphragmatic breathing,” he explains. “The diaphragm is connected to the bottom of your rib cage and to your lumbar spine. Many people breathe by raising their diaphragm when inhaling, which raises their shoulders and rib cage. Learning to breathe from the diaphragm lowers it and expands the abdominal cavity down and out, automatically engaging the abdominal muscles and supporting the spine, shoulder girdle and hips.” Onufryk also trains people to align their bodies, which he casually calls “stacking up the skeleton,” but is technically termed “joint centration”. “The idea is to have maximal bony contact at a joint around an axis of rotation, allowing balanced use of muscles around

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the joint so that the movement can travel through the joint instead of getting stuck,” he says. Misalignment can develop when our bodies are attempting to compensate for an injury or pain. To help patients with pain issues, Onufryk employs Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) techniques, which he learned at the Neuro Orthopedic Institute, in Australia, with the people that developed them. “Let’s say you severely injured your hand and you had surgery. It hurts all the time and you don’t want to move or use it,” he says. “Pain is in your brain, and it’s trying to protect you. While that was appropriate in the initial stages of an injury, a year later it’s no longer appropriate. You’re debilitated.” GMI helps people push through that perception of pain through visualization techniques and motor skills. As Onufryk explains it, “First, you watch other people moving and using their hands; second, you imagine moving the hand; third, you actually start moving it in a mild way; and fourth, you put your injured hand behind a mirror and place the other hand on the table so that you can see the mirror image. As you move the hand, you’re looking at it in the mirror and amazingly, your brain starts to think that you’re moving the injured hand without pain. Before you know it, you’ve changed your self-image.” Onufryk is fascinated by movement and self-image, and is always striving to find the optimal way for people to function in the world. “Feldenkrais says, ‘Make the impossible possible, the possible easy and the easy elegant,’ which promotes the idea of moving effectively and efficiently, but also having a positive image of yourself as a fully functioning person in the world,” he notes. “The most satisfaction I get is when I see people able to do things and overcome problems—to be able to walk out, move better with less pain and get back to the activities they want to do—get back to the life they wanted to live.”

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Sustainable Ways to Enjoy Sand and Surf When eco-conscious families hit the beach this summer, there’s more to be aware of than just picking up trash like drink containers, wrappers and found litter. Here are some other ways we can enhance our beach and water experiences while upping fitness benefits. Rising water levels and severe weather events have damaged coastlines, so extra care is needed. When setting up a beach spot, stay away from sand dunes and pockets of beach grass that serve as natural defenses against beach erosion. Also watch out for marked-off turtle hatching spots; prime nesting season is May through October, according to the nonprofit Turtle Conservancy. Teach kids not to chase birds. Walk around shorebirds to cause minimal disturbance; it’s stressful dodging danger during meals and wastes precious energy stores. Walking on soft sand is like a weight-training workout, as detailed in Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee’s Barefoot Walking book. Polluting chemicals enter waterways via fertilizer and industry runoff and accidents like the BP Gulf oil spill; don’t contribute more by using sunscreen that contains oxybenzine, which reportedly alters hormone function. The Environmental Working Group ( maintains an online guide of safe sunscreens. The Huffington Post also suggests that we can make our own by mixing zinc oxide (a sunblocking agent), coconut oil (soothes and conditions skin), beeswax (for waterproofing) and tea tree oil (soothes and repairs skin and smells good). The same care applies to chemical hair dyes, shampoos, conditioners and straighteners. Patronize clean, green salons that use natural hair treatments free of synthetic chemicals, ammonia or para-phenylenediamine (PPD). Or search “nontoxic hair care” online. Plan a visit to coincide with a public volunteer beach cleanup event. Check with national organizations like Keep America Beautiful ( and local or countywide groups, as well as social media sites for group activities.

Move Better to Feel Better is located at Callan-Harris Physical Therapy, 1328 University Ave., in Rochester. For more information, call 585-482-5060 or visit Sandra Yeyati is a frequent contributor to Natural Awakenings magazine. natural awakenings

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Massage Therapist Discovers Her Path by Starting Over by Mary Wojciechowski


m I serving the right God?“ That is the question massage therapist Janet Shipman is finally able to answer. To Shipman, this means using her skills in a way that benefits all and detracts from none, especially herself. After 30 years of stress, work and raising a family, Shipman can finally answer that question with a resounding “Yes.” Shipman has been interested in natural healing ever since her first job as a graphic designer in the high-stress world of advertising. She looked at her boss, an overworked man with a wife, a child and an ulcer, and she decided there had to be a better way to live and work. Others around her also seemed to suffer from inevitable, incurable pain from stress, so Shipman sought natural healing as a solution. It eventually became clear that while she loved illustration and design, she was meant to serve in a different way. When her family moved to a new city, she gave up graphic design and worked in administration while pursuing her interest in holistic wellness. What excited her most about the then little-known field of natural healing was the idea that the body is an interconnected system of energy with the ability to heal itself. She became interested in learning massage therapy, but as a full-time mom caring for three small children, the time wasn’t right to step into a new career. In 2013, the right time finally came when her youngest daughter started college. Shipman had just left an administrative job and decided not pursue simi-

Janet Shipman lar work. “I was serving a good cause,” she explains, “but I was serving the wrong God.” Instead, Shipman took the time to evaluate her strengths using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a method of identifying one’s psychological type. When massage therapy appeared on a list of recommended careers for her type—introversion, intuition, feeling and perception—she knew she had found exactly how she was meant to serve. Shipman enrolled in the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (OSTM). By April 2015, she was a licensed massage therapist; a career that not only fulfilled her dream of working as a natural healer, but also introduced her to a skill she never

knew she had. During her hands-on work at the OSTM clinic, she began to feel strange sensations in her fingers and hands as she was working. “My fingers started to tingle,” explains Shipman. “That feeling told me I have a sensitivity to the body’s energy. It guides me. It’s not a spirit, it’s not a voice, but I feel it. I follow where the energy is leading.” Shipman discovered not only hidden talents but also a profound passion for her new career. “Massage therapy is often seen as pampering, but it’s so much more than that,” says Shipman. “A lot of people don’t realize the training and knowledge that massage therapists have. We have to know every muscle in the body and its function.” Shipman also deeply appreciates the emphasis on continued learning. She’s currently studying Chinese acupressure, which utilizes a system of access points along the body’s natural energy channels in order to rebalance the natural energy flow. “Each new technique or modality, as I learn it, will intuitively become part of my practice.” Becoming a massage therapist finally gave Shipman the chance to use her strengths to do fulfilling work. “What I love about massage therapy is that it’s science and an art at the same time. You’re using your hands. You’re using your mind. You’re using your heart. You’re using those three parts of you to help other people. It’s a really beautiful combination.” No longer does Shipman dread the ulcers and chronic stress she once feared were the inevitable result of a job. She feels drawn to helping those

What I love about massage therapy is that it’s science and an art at the same time. You’re using your hands. You’re using your mind. You’re using your heart. You’re using those three parts of you to help other people. It’s a really beautiful combination. ~Janet Shipman 16

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who do suffer from stressful jobs and offers occasional specials directed toward them, such as the discount she offered to tax professionals this winter. Starting over, for Shipman, was an exciting process. “I’ve learned that I can learn. I’ve learned that I can start over. I’ve learned about the body, and what I’m capable of. The pieces are falling into place now. I’m serving the right God now, and that’s the difference.” Janet Shipman Massage Therapy is located at 595 Blossom Rd., Ste. 307, Rochester. For more information, call 585-364-1820 or visit ShipmanMassage. Mary Wojciechowski is a freelance writer in Rochester.

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Signs That You’ve Found Your Calling by Lissa Rankin


ou may think you’ve identified your calling, questioned it, become disillusioned, left it and then come back to it in a different form. The following clues let you know you’re on the right track. You realize you’ve been training for this since birth. Even the gritty things, the disappointments, regrets and screwups have all been preparation. Major life disruptions and failures were all just teaching essential lessons so that you can become who you’re called to be. You sense ease. In the face of obstacles—such as doors of suspected opportunity that are shut tight or relentless struggles impeding a course you thought was right—it can be hard to tell if your commitment is just being tested or you’ve veered off course. Such hurdles can be part of the growth process cultivating your “inner hero” necessary for the journey. Trust the sense of movement towards ease, which likely will include supportive synchronicities. Your health may improve. Cravings for unhealthy foods will lessen and you’ll feel more energetic. Old aches and pains might disappear; even chronic illness can fade when you’re focused on your life purpose. You feel strangely peaceful, despite reasons to be anxious. Your soul longs to express what you’re on Earth to express, and when you finally rise into alignment with your calling, your soul does a happy dance. Even if everything else seems to be falling apart and others consider you crazy, you’ll be centered in peace, relieved that you finally know what you’re called to do.

The universe rolls out the red carpet. When called to do what is needed for the highest good of all beings, the universe bends over backwards to hand you whatever you need. No request is too small. Unexpected money flows in and other resources appear just as you’re ready to give up. You’ll know you’re on track, even if it is not quite clear what you’re on track to do. People find you. Few can fulfill a calling alone. Most of us need a tribe to lift us up as we do brave, scary, world-changing things. When you’re aligned with your life purpose, the right people, including magicwielding mentors, will find you at the right time, if only you’re courageous enough to be vulnerable about what you’re being called to do. Dr. Lissa Rankin, founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, is the author of Mind Over Medicine, The Fear Cure and The Anatomy of a Calling (


Make Time for Downtime

Chilling Out Revives Body and Soul by April Thompson


ere’s something to add to our to-do list: nothing. Americans today work more hours than ever before, foregoing hardearned vacation days and spending more time with electronic devices than with friends and family. The temptation and pressure to do more at the expense of needed rest are great, but failing to take time out to recharge our minds and bodies can have serious consequences, according to experts. Downtime is most acutely needed in the workplace. In a survey of nearly 20,000 workers, The Energy Project and Harvard Business Review found that 59 percent of them were physically exhausted, emotionally drained, distracted and lacking purpose. Headquartered in Yonkers, New York, with offices in Europe and Australia, The Energy Project has helped hun-

dreds of businesses, including Fortune 500 companies, create healthier, happier and higher-performing workplaces. The company takes its cues from elite athletes that carefully build rest and recovery periods into their training schedules. “Just as your body needs sleep and food to function optimally, so does your mind and spirit,” says Annie Perrin, an executive vice president with the project. There’s a mounting body of neurological research to buttress the analogy. Important assimilation of learning and “meaning making” occurs in the resting brain, according to Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., associate professor of education, psychology and neuroscience at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and author of Emotions, Learning, and the Brain. When our minds are allowed to wander, they engage a network of

Just as your body needs sleep and food to function optimally, so does your mind and spirit. ~Annie Perrin, an executive vice president, The Energy Project

interacting brain regions that together are thought to play a key role in building our ability for inward reflection and recollection, known as the default mode network. Immordino-Yang’s research suggests that such activation during restful moments is positively associated with the recalling of memories, envisioning the future and even developing a moral foundation. “This network seems to be more engaged when we aren’t actively gathering information or working on an external goal,” remarks Immordino-Yang. Zoning out on TV or video games doesn’t produce the same brain benefit because, “It’s about looking inward rather than outward,” she says. The default network does engage when introspection occurs during nurturing social interaction, such as while enjoying a reflective conversation with friends or family. She recommends banning technology and other distractions during periods spent in activities that bring joy and meaning so that we are present in a mindful way. The Energy Project ushers clients through a comprehensive energy audit, using exercises to expose specific personal habits that lead to diminishing returns in both work and play time. In one exercise, workers are asked to rank current incoming emails from one to five, with the highest number equating to, “I need to respond immediately.” Most rate nearly no fives, says Perrin, a realization that has helped many people change their email habits. While change can be hard, Perrin suggests creating new, healthy rituals through repetition, which taps into the brain’s desire for automaticity. For example, she advises workers to schedule “renewal breaks” every 90 minutes after completing a block of high-priority tasks. “If you’ve been sitting, move; if the mind has been active, do something to quiet it, like meditating or simply closing your eyes.” She also suggests finding workers to buddy up with and schedule mutual breaks to help support and hold each other accountable. Immordino-Yang suggests that another practice to maximize the value of downtime is to combine it with exercise. “A walk can be rejuvenating,” she says. “While the body is engaged, the mind is free to wander.” natural awakenings

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The Energy Project calls on managers to model these downtime activities for their employees. Some companies have instituted policies that limit sending email from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., as well as during weekends and vacations, so staffers don’t feel compelled to read and respond to keep up with work. Setting limits is even more crucial for young people with minds and habits that are especially malleable. “I see teenagers taking their phones into the bathroom or bed to text in the middle of the night. Parents need to put a stop to this,” counsels Immordino-Yang. “The brain needs uninterrupted rest to work at its best.” Learning that being a productive employee or an emotionally available parent requires giving ourselves a break and gives us permission to rest. We find that downtime is not just good for ourselves, but also for our families and workplaces. Connect with freelance writer April Thompson, of Washington, D.C., at


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Liza Huber on Healthy Meals and Happy Kids Start with Homemade, Organic Baby Food by Gerry Strauss


or many actresses, landing a role on the hit show Passions would be a career highlight. For Liza Huber, daughter of soap opera icon Susan Lucci, a successful acting career was one step en route to her calling as a mother, public speaker and entrepreneur. Her inspiration was to launch Sage Spoonfuls ( to make it easier for parents to make homemade, organic food for their little ones. It’s all about enabling parents to provide a legacy of health, all wrapped up in love.

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. ~Maya Angelou

How did becoming a parent boost your relationship with organic foods and health? I was raised on a diet of mostly fresh, homemade, food and knew it was something I wanted for my own children. At that point, I knew the basics;

that it was healthier and tasted better than store-bought baby food. The more I learned, the more I became fascinated by how switching to an organic diet positively affects our health.

Why is it vital to introduce organic food during a youngster’s early development? America’s food supply is loaded with more chemicals and GMOs [genetically modified organisms] than ever before. I believe, as many others do, that the rapid rise of food allergies in children is a direct result. Many chemical pesticides and artificial flavors and colors are known to contain carcinogens, suspected hormone disruptors and neurotoxins. It is widely believed that even small doses of these common pesticides can have lasting negative effects on a child’s health. I believe that teaching our kids

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about the importance of fresh, organic food and the potential dangers of a conventionally processed diet helps set the stage for a lifetime of healthy choices.

How do homemade organics and packaged organics differ? Store-bought baby food, organic or not, is processed to have a long shelf life of up to two years. So much of the nutrient content is lost during processing that most manufacturers artificially add it back in, but aren’t obligated to inform consumers. The added nutrients are synthetic and aren’t absorbed by the body the same way as naturally occurring nutrients. The taste, color and aroma of commercial baby food isn’t as appealing. By feeding your baby a steady tasty diet of fresh, homemade, organic baby food, you greatly reduce the risk they’ll grow into a picky eater. Plus, making your own baby food is three to five times less expensive than what is store-bought. Homemade food has a far smaller impact on the environment compared with commercial manufacturing, transportation and packaging. By the time a baby turns 1, they will have eaten from

nearly 700 jars or pouches of storebought baby food that generally end up in landfills, because little is recycled.

Which favorite foods do you love to make for your babies and why? I focus on whole foods. Great first foods include bananas, apples, butternut squash, pears, avocados, peas and sweet potatoes. Once a baby has successfully tried a couple of these, start mixing them together. Banana and avocado, apple and butternut squash, and peas and sweet potato are good combos. They’re loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, easy to make and yummy. Avocados’ healthy fat is also essential to brain development.

What key lessons learned from your mother have you carried forward with your young family? Two lessons really stick with me: “Stay open and leave room for life to surprise you,” and “You can have it all… just not all at the same time.” In my teens and

20s, I was a meticulous planner, disappointed if things didn’t go exactly as I wanted. Amazing things happened after taking Mom’s advice to leave myself open to wonder. Growing up, I saw my mom have an amazing career, yet also be a fantastic wife and mother. Her secret, and now mine, is to prioritize and focus on one thing at a time, whether it’s work, kids or my husband. This way, everything in your life gets 100 percent of your attention some of the time, rather than trying to do everything at the same time, which rarely works.

What’s the best gift a mother can give her child? There’s nothing more important to a child’s overall health and well-being than being raised in a loving, warm environment where they feel safe, loved and important. My deep love for my children guides every decision I make for them. A mother’s intuition is a superpower. Gerry Strauss is a freelance writer in Hamilton, NJ. Connect at

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REAL NEWS THAT MATTERS Independent Media Tell Us the Truth by Linda Sechrist


n virtually all aspects of life, we are influenced consciously or subconsciously by mainstream media messages. Today, six media giants—Comcast, The Walt Disney Company, Twenty-First Century Fox, Time Warner, Viacom and DirecTV—control the vast majority of what we watch on TV and in movies, listen to on the radio and read in books, newspapers and magazines. According to Ben Bagdikian, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The New Media Monopoly, this handful of conglomerates form a cartel that wields enough influence to affect U.S. politics and define social values. Thirty years ago, before many mergers and acquisitions, 50 corporations owned nearly all of American media. Today’s infotainment and rhetoric, misrepresented as news, is leading millions to conclude that these colossal powers do not exist to objectively report the truth.

Mainstream Media’s True Colors

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New York City holistic psychiatrist Dr. Kelly Brogan’s A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives. They were shocked when the book was boycotted. “The New York Times, Dr. Oz and Good Morning America refused to schedule author interviews or write book reviews. There wasn’t a whisper anywhere on mainstream media about my evidenced-based book on how women can holistically recover from depression without a single prescription. HarperCollins was baffled. I was their first credentialed author who spoke out against pharmaceuticals,” says Brogan. So Brogan turned to independent outlets, including print, online and social media, her own website, newsletter lists and word-of-mouth. Her work soon broke through into three of the top bestselling book lists: USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly and The New York Times. That example serves as clear proof of the importance and power of independent media to furnish the public helpful and in-depth information on wide-ranging topics that mainstream broadcast media typically only cover in 30- to 60-second blurbs or not at all.

Dr. Mark Hyman, chair of the Institute of Functional Medicine and director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, learned Brogan’s lesson early on. “Independent media have been crucial in disseminating my life’s work. Given the misinformation being spread by regular news and government channels about weight and health, we deserve to hear the truth about what’s in our food, toxins in our environment and how we can truly heal our bodies,” says Hyman, a nine-time bestselling author.

Independent Voices

Today’s independent media landscape shifts at warp speed. With 24/7 Internet access to websites, both groundbreaking journalism and grassroots perspectives appear in original articles and blogs. Outlets include independent online radio, TV shows, newspapers, filmmakers and “citizen journalists” armed with smart phones instantly transmitting images and updates via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. From a growing recognition that such media play a vital role in shaping a more informed and engaged citizenry, more attention is again being paid to the need for real news that matters. Breaking the reign of junk food news generators is the mission of, a media research program at California’s Sonoma State University. Billions of dollars are spent annually on webinars, podcasts and e-books exploring health and healing, self-help, spiritual enlightenment and creativity, indicating a reading audience with a hunger for deeper wisdom. Since 1973, New Dimensions Radio, co-founded and hosted by Justine Willis Toms, has featured many of the world’s most respected wisdom keepers. “Guests exclaim how refreshing it is to speak in-depth and at length. Mainstream, commercially based media consistently present sound bites on how things are breaking down and not working, without opening thought to constructive visions for a future that benefits all life and the planet,” says Toms. “Independent media have broken away from dependence on the moneyed interests holding tight reins on the news and information they publish. Because we’re listener-supported, public radio is

free to explore a wide range of timely and timeless topics,” he says. Leaning away from one-sided views gives independent media space to expand people’s perspectives and positive expectations for the future. The seven-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Christian Science Monitor international news organization was established in Boston over a century ago to till human thought and thereby improve human lives via an uplifted journalistic standard. “Its quiet insistence for human rights and against tyranny; for generosity and against selfishness; for intelligence, charity, courage, integrity and most of all, for progress and hope—surely that has helped,” remarks John Yemma, current columnist and former editor. “We work to uncover where progress is occurring, even though headlines proclaim the contrary. There are always two sides to a story,” says Susan Hackney, a senior director with the Monitor, which consistently resists the sensational in favor of the meaningful. Magazines such as Natural Awakenings, Mother Jones, The Optimist and Yes! are likewise stirring up conversations on meaningful issues via larger perspectives with a focus on tangible solutions. They address such areas as the damaging health and environmental effects of genetically engineered food, championed by Jeffrey Smith, founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology. “Europe could kick genetically modified ingredients (GMO) out of their food supply because their mainstream media covered the health dangers, while U.S. mainstream media ignored them and kept Americans in the dark. Independent media in the U.S. enable democracy and consumer-inspired transformations of all kinds. Knowledge has organizing power,” advises Smith.

Success Stories

With Fran Korten at its helm, the adfree, subscription-supported, nonprofit Yes! is helping to reframe our biggest issues. “Mainstream media, dependent upon advertisers that would have us believe that we can buy happiness, celebrate stories of the rich and powerful, leaving everyone else feeling small and powerless. Independents can help resist such ways of seeing the world, help people see a different path to suc-

We in America are the best entertained and least informed society in the world. ~Neil Postman, media theorist and educator cess and happiness and perceive themselves as change agents. Together, we share engaging stories of how people are carving out new ways of living that hold the hope of a world more in balance with the living Earth and where everyone’s inherent worth and dignity are recognized,” says Korten. Allan Savory, founder of the Savory Institute and originator of a holistic land management systems approach to recover and preserve sustainable resources, underscores the need for change leaders and independent thinkers. “As we ponder who they might be, we realize it’s not those that discover new, counterintuitive insights, but those that spread the knowledge. The groundbreakers are pioneers like writers, poets, artists, speakers and social networkers. After 50 years of trying to understand the intense institutional resistance to and ridiculing of my work of managing complexity in a simple manner, holistic management is now quickly spreading globally. This is only due to social networking, independent writers and my TED talk that went viral,” observes Savory. Laurie McCammon, change leader and author of Enough! How to Liberate Yourself and Remake the World with Just One Word, contracted with independent publisher Red Wheel Weiser to get her message out. “It’s been building awareness of forbidden knowledge—that we each have unrealized potential to affect reality by changing our thoughts. We can nurture a shift in global culture away from an existing way of life that has bred fear, lack and a belief in scarcity,” explains McCammon. She suggests that to preview a new vision of, “I am enough and have enough,” and, “We are enough and have enough,” we should look to the fertile fringes; small communities of intentional and conscious people actively reinvent-

ing society. “Look at what independent media are reporting on; as well as their unprecedented use of new terms such as organic, wellness, sustainability, permaculture, transition town, sharing economy, social responsibility, biomimicry and the butterfly effect,” says McCammon. The existing worldview, with all of its core assumptions and rules, aims to restrain awakening individual and collective consciousness. McCammon observes, “As long as the ‘old story’ was told repeatedly by mainstream media with conviction, it could command our attention and make us doubt our inner story. Trusting that the outer world had our own best interests in mind meant that there was no need to turn within. This is changing. Thanks to farseeing, courageous and strong enough independent media, there’s been an overturning to a more wholesome story of mind-body-spirit, abundance, innovation, collaboration and cooperation.” Mainstream and independent media coexist like two sides of a coin. Mainstream media’s talking heads tell us how to act and think while independent media invite us to engage, educate and think for ourselves, dig deeper and take action. Without independent media, we would know little about the benefits of the ever-evolving grassroots movement of holistic, alternative, complementary, integrative and functional medicine. Nor would we know the truth about climate change; the health advantages of plant-based diets and community gardens; food deserts and nutrition-related illnesses; the prevalence of environmental toxins; signs of spiritual progress; alternative education; and the benefits of eco-villages to people and the planet. Linda Sechrist is a senior staff writer for Natural Awakenings. Connect at natural awakenings

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n Farmers and processors must keep detailed records of practices. n Farmers are required to maintain a written organic management plan.

Certified Humane When we buy local cheese, poultry or meat at the farmers’ market, we sometimes see a certified humane notice. One such producer is Baetje Farms, outside St. Louis, Missouri. Their highly regarded goat cheeses offer traceability via a lot number, so buyers can know exactly which milking the cheese came from. In factory farming, which often involves penning or caging animals that never go outdoors, “certified humane” means that this producer meets Humane Farm Animal Care standards:

Locavore Lingo What All the Food Labels Really Mean by Judith Fertig


ocally grown foods are more likely to have been bred for flavor and nutrition than durability and a long shelf life, says Emily Akins, outreach director for the Kansas City Food Circle, a cooperative that links residents with farmers that grow and raise organic and free-range food. An added benefit is getting to know the farmer and being able to ask the questions—and receive the answers—that are important to us. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that local food sales totaled $12 billion in 2014, up from $5 billion in 2008. They continue to grow.

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Although a certified organic designation might be the preferred index of how foods are grown and raised, it is not always possible for certain foods in some climates. Sometimes there’s a tradeoff in buying organic foods in the carbon footprint of its transport to market. According to the Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, in Tampa, Florida, “Organic refers to a specific method of growing and processing foods, and is defined as produce grown, packaged and stored without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides or irradiation.” To be considered certified organic under the Code of Federal Regulations 7 CFR Part 205, products must meet these standards: n No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land for at least three years. n Farmers and processors are inspected annually by a certifying agency.

n Fed a nutritious diet without antibiotics or hormones. n Provided proper shelter with resting areas and sufficient space. n Animals have the ability to behave naturally. Veronica Baetje says her farm’s goats receive organic mineral supplements and locally grown alfalfa hay in addition to pasture grass every day. She adds, “They are free to choose what they prefer to do, whether skip and run up a hill, lie under the shade of a tree, soak up some sunshine or play with their herd mates.”

Wild Food At times, farmers’ markets will offer foraged foods from the wild or wild game. Sources are listed online at “Few of us will go back to foraging in the wild, but we can learn to forage in our supermarkets, farmers’ markets and from local farmers to select the most nutritious and delicious foods available,” says founder Jo Robinson, in Vashon, Washington. For example, Dave and Sue Whittlesey, at High Wire Ranch, in Hotchkiss, Colorado, raise bison (buffalo) and elk that they sell both through local stores and at the Aspen Saturday Market. The wild game is 100 percent pasture-fed, non-GMO (no genetically

modified feed), gluten-free and not given hormones or any antibiotics unless the animal is sick.

Trusted Sources The land, climate and growing season dictate the best natural farming practices for each area, often described along with their products on farm and farmers’ market websites. Wisconsin’s Dane County Farmers’ Market, in Madison, provides detailed descriptions of farm products and agricultural practices so customers can make informed choices. Sometimes, the type of farm makes a difference. “We are intentionally human scale,” says Virginia Goeke, of Sylvan Meadows Farm, in Viroqua, Wisconsin. “We choose to husband our land to promote harmony and synergy. We are creating a sustainable farm ecosystem where herbal meadows, prairies, heirloom gardens, orchards, woodlands, and rare breeds of livestock and wildlife flourish.” Sometimes, we’d just like someone else to do the food curating for us. The Kansas City Food Circle requires member farmers to take a pledge to follow certain agricultural practices. “When you buy food from our members, you can rely on the co-op’s pledge that it’s been certified naturally grown or that the farmer has USDA Organic certification,” says Akins. Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, the joint effort of 100 small-scale family farms providing fresh, organic, seasonal produce, in Leola, Pennsylvania, gives similar assurances. The USDA reports that 160,000 farmers nationwide are currently selling to their local markets via farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture organizations, restaurants, groceries and institutions, generating health, social, economic and environmental benefits for local communities. It keeps growing because we keep asking questions.

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Healthy Foods Lexicon Grass-fed—Beef or milk cows fed on grass. The benefit is leaner, betterflavored meat and more omega-3s, plus fuller flavors in milk, butter and other dairy products. Heirloom—Older, non-hybrid varieties of produce, including fruit trees, herbs and vegetables. Foraged—Native foods gathered from the wild, rather than cultivated. Examples: wild mushrooms, fiddlehead ferns, mulberries, native pecans, black walnuts and native persimmons.

Heritage breeds—Ancestral breeds of poultry and livestock that often take longer to reach market weight, but have more flavor.

Free range—Poultry raised outdoors where they are free to range over natural vegetation.

Local—Grown or raised within a threehour driving radius of the consumer’s purchase site.

Pastured—Livestock raised on pastures instead of factory farms. Traceability—Precise tracking by a farmer that informs the consumer of which chicken hatched a specific clutch of eggs, which farm grew a cantaloupe and which mill boiled down and bottled the sorghum syrup. Wild-caught—Fish that live and are caught in open lakes, streams or oceans. For more current agricultural, market and trade terms, visit natural awakenings

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the family’s eating habits and continues to play a significant role in our food choices, brands and how we cook, even influencing our ideas about health itself by their example.

Cooking Together

Mom’s Kitchen Counter Cooking School Kids That Learn to Cook Grow Up Eating Healthier by Jen Haugen


nvision walking the supermarket aisles and picking up a favorite pasta sauce and breakfast cereal, then adding favorite fruits and vegetables to the cart. When we think about the grocery brands we buy or our go-to recipes, they

tend to begin with one common thread— the influence of our mothers—our first teachers about food and cooking. In their Project EAT study, University of Minnesota researchers found that Mom has the biggest impact on

Most of us learn about cooking from our mothers, and one way moms have a tremendous impact on their children is by collaborating on recipes and cooking meals together. The idea of an at-home “kitchen counter cooking school” doesn’t focus on a hard and fast course on cooking; instead, it’s a place where family members gather around the counter and cook together. This almost guarantees that meals will be healthier and more fun, affording a sense of ongoing adventure where kids can explore ingredients from around the U.S. and even the world. Consider creating a “United States of My Plate” project by preparing a recipe from each state during the summer, and then rating the recipes based on taste and flavor (startup tools are at Our senses are engaged during food preparation activities. While chopping red peppers for a recipe, we are noting their appearance, feeling their texture, smelling their fragrance, hearing the sounds of preparation and likely tasting some on the spot. Involving more of our senses as we explore our food makes the whole activity more enticing. It helps to adopt Julia Child’s motto: “Learn how to cook, try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all, have fun.”

Gardening Together

The freshest ingredients come from our own gardens and produce the most delicious meals. Gardening as a family can change the way everyone looks at food through the simple act of planting, growing and harvesting. Knowing where everything on the plate comes from makes us more mindful of the energy it takes to grow food, and kids will naturally eat what they help grow. Moms can change the world— right in their own yard or patio—with the power of a traditional or urban garden. Just one square foot of organic gardening space can yield half a pound of fresh fruits and vegetables. 26

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Moms can change the world by teaching their kids healthy cooking lessons at home and planting an organic garden together. A 300-square-foot garden can produce 150 pounds each summer; plus it provides a good workout. In 2011, I started a teaching garden at our local supermarket as a means of showing kids how to grow their own food, with the hope that it would also inspire their families. The goal was to plant the seeds for healthier habits that would last a lifetime. During its first four years, 52 percent of the students’ parents noted a more positive attitude about fruits and vegetables exhibited by their own children. After participating in the program, one mother shared her young daughter’s noteworthy query, “Mom, could you go to the store and get me some Swiss chard?” By planting gardens and creating kitchen counter cooking schools at home throughout America, our country could become victorious in ensuring that families are healthier. They will be eating healthier foods, working out in the garden and learning about food in a whole new way, all while connecting in a family activity. Jen Haugen, a registered and licensed dietitian and certified master gardener, is the author of The Mom’s Guide to a Nourishing Garden. She blogs at

Voices of Experience Tips from Registered Dietitian Moms “It’s not going to be a Norman Rockwell-like experience. It’s going to be messy, and everything associated with it might take 10 times longer than anticipated. It’s not about the outcome, it’s about the journey. “Allow your children to participate in the cooking process by giving them age-appropriate duties in the kitchen. We’re talking about rinsing produce in the colander, ‘looking’ at cookbooks, stirring, scooping, squeezing and setting the table. As they grow older, give them more to do.” ~Robin Plotkin, Dallas “Every other Wednesday, each child had to cook dinner. I gave them a piece of paper with fill-in-the-blanks. Every Sunday, they had to turn in their menu so I could go grocery shopping. Now, both my kids cook really healthy meals.” ~Chere Bork, near Minneapolis-St. Paul “Have kids look through kid-friendly cookbooks and scroll through their favorite recipe app. My girls regularly pick out recipes they would like to try for our next meal.” ~Suzanne Farrell, Denver “Giving them choices makes them feel like they’re contributing, and lets them put their own twist on a recipe.” ~Naomi May, Charleston, South Carolina

“Teaching someone else solidifies your own knowledge; I knew if her brothers taught my 8-year-old daughter, it would boost their own confidence, too. I always start by teaching about some food they are excited to make on their own. Then I start asking them to help with meal prep. Pretty soon, they have an arsenal of skills and can prepare a meal by themselves.” ~Niki Strealy, Portland, Oregon “Let your kids experiment in the kitchen. My first couple dozen creations didn’t taste good, but I eventually developed a sense of what did and didn’t work. Giving this freedom nurtures a sense of creativity in the kitchen. It’s much easier when spatulas and rolling pins are childsize, like those at” ~Amy Gorin, near New York City “We watch videos together that demonstrate proper techniques. Everyone is designated an ‘official taste tester’.” ~ Jillian O’Neil, New York City Primary Source: Adapted from

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COOL CHOW Icy Treats for Hot Summer Days by Sandra Murphy


tasty ways. After removing strings, n 2015, manufacturers of commerfill celery logs with plain yogurt and cial dog and cat foods and treats freeze. To serve, cut into one-bite issued 28 recalls, some for multiple pieces appropriate for a dog’s size. products, due to the potential presAnother easy favorite is fillence of listeria or salmonella bacteria, ing an ice cube tray two-thirds full mold, dangerous levels of cumuwith Greek-style or traditional plain latively harmful propylene glycol, yogurt mixed with diced strawberries inadequate thiamine, elevated levels or whole blueberries of vitamin D, off odors Use the freshest and freeze overnight. or labeling problems ( ingredients, organic For cats, omit the fruit and instead add bits ManufacturerRecalls). and non-GMO (no of mercury-free waterIn response, homemade treats have grown in genetic modification) packed tuna or salmon as a special treat. Add popularity to ensure that pets enjoy safe and where possible; tuna fresh or dried catnip to healthy snacks. or salmon in a pouch catch Kitty’s attention. “Once when fixing “Most summer is safer than BPA- dinner, I dropped a fruits work naturally to piece of frozen yellow cool the body,” advises canned fish. squash and the dogs Cathy Alinovi, co-author dove for it,” says writer Livia J. Washof Dinner PAWsible: A Cookbook of burn, in Azle, Texas, of her ChihuaNutritious Homemade Meals for Cats huas. “Nicki waits for things to hit the and Dogs, in Pine Village, Indiana. floor; Nora showed her game face and “Healthful treats, made from the best won the Squash War.” ingredients, are a good way to take a “Obesity is the number one nubreak from summer heat.” tritional disease affecting our pets, so She suggests taking a refreshing summertime activities that avoid overlook at low-calorie fruits and veggies heating are vital for overall health,” says such as stuffed celery used in creative, 28

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Veterinarian Jeff Werber, a veterinary medical journalist with a Los Angeles practice. “Proper nutrition is critical— not only to the foods we feed, but to the treats we give.” Twelve years ago, Rick Woodford’s Belgian Malinois/Labrador mix, Jackson, was diagnosed with lymphoma. In order to keep him eating, Woodford shared his own food. Jackson lived an additional four years, in part due to improved nutrition. “Portion control is important,” he says. “What’s right for an 80-pound dog is way too much for a 30-pounder.” Woodford, the author of Feed Your Best Friend Better and Chow, lives near Portland, Oregon. Frosty Paws is a lower lactose version of ice cream for dogs and discriminating cats. Recipes for homemade versions can be found online. The basics are one ripe, mashed banana, 32 ounces of plain or vanilla yogurt and two tablespoons of honey, all mixed in a blender and frozen in small ice cube trays. Variations may substitute goat’s milk yogurt or add a quarter-cup of strawberries, cranberries or blueberries for antioxidants in lieu of the honey. Frozen vegetable broth, primed with added bits of cooked chopped spinach, broccoli, carrots or a small cheese cube, is a hit with dogs. Cats like theirs with tidbits of chicken, turkey or a few shreds of cheese. Using a bone-shaped ice cube tray lets humans know it’s the pet’s treat. “When I was developing frozen treat recipes, my husband came in from the yard one hot afternoon and went straight to the freezer,” says Paris Permenter about John Bigley, co-authors of The Healthy Hound Cookbook, in Cedar Park, Texas, who live with mixed breeds Irie and Tiki. “I watched him eat two helpings of the dog ice cream and then told him what it was. We often share our food with our dogs. It was nice for them to share their goodies with us!” The bottom line for the best summertime treats is to go healthy, be creative, use fresh ingredients, don’t overindulge and stay cool. Connect with freelance writer Sandra Murphy at StLouisFreelanceWriter@

Plum and Apple Coolers

photo courtesy of The Healthy Hound Cookbook

One batch makes enough cubes to treat both a large- and medium-size dog.

Frosty Treats for Furry Friends Cooling Recipes Fido’s Frozen Fruit Pupsicles 4 cups water 1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses (optional) 1 cup fresh fruit (no grapes or raisins), chopped Wash and core all fruit. Blueberries and strawberries are popular with most dogs, while others enjoy melons, peaches and apples. Chop fruit into bite-sized pieces. Mix fruit with water and molasses.

Transfer frozen cubes to a zip-top plastic bag; stores up to 2 months in the freezer. Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

Watermelon Slush Low-calorie watermelon is high in potassium and magnesium plus vitamins A and C; filled with fluid, it helps prevent dehydration. Blackstrap molasses has less sugar and more minerals than other sweeteners.

Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

2 cups cubed watermelon, seeds removed ½ cup strawberries 1 Tbsp. blackstrap molasses ½ cup coconut water 1 cup ice

Mango Sorbet

Combine all ingredients in a blender and mix.

Freeze the mix in ice cube trays, small tubs or Popsicle molds.

2 ripe mangos, peeled Juice of 1 orange Juice of 1 lime ½ cup unsweetened almond milk

Serve in a bowl as a slushie treat or pour into ice cube trays and freeze.

Add all ingredients to a blender and purée.

Or share a slice of fun. Many dogs love plain watermelon slices. Be sure the animal doesn’t eat the seeds or rind.

Pour mixture into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.

Source: The Healthy Hound Cookbook, by Paris Permenter and John Bigley

(10-lb dog: 1 to 2 cubes; 20-lb dog: 3 to 4 cubes; 40-lb dog: 4 to 5 cubes; 60-lb dog: 5 to 6 cubes; 80-lb dog: 6 to 7 cubes; 100-lb dog: 7 to 8 cubes) 6 plums, washed and pitted 1 Tbsp filtered water, to begin 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into ¼-inch cubes (no seeds) Purée the plums and water in a blender or food processor. Add another 1 or 2 tablespoons of water if needed. Spread the apples in the ice cube tray and spoon the plum purée on top. Don’t pack, or it will become a denser cube. Freeze for 4 hours. Serve the cubes one by one (outdoors may be best) or in a big bowl. Source: Chow, by Rick Woodford

Ingredients to Avoid Avoid peanut and other nut butters or any ingredient with xylitol, grapes and raisins, macadamia nuts, coffee and caffeine, onions, chives, garlic, nuts and salty snack foods. Chocolate is also on the no-go list; the darker the chocolate, the worse it is for pets; baking chocolate is the most dangerous. If a pet eats any of these, try to determine how much and contact the family veterinarian, a veterinary emergency clinic or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. For a full list of foods to avoid, visit natural awakenings

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Natural Ways to Soothe Pets During Storms and Fireworks

by Chris Taylor


ummer is filled with sounds that can make pets very anxious. The loud noise, flashes of light and vibrations of thunderstorms and fireworks can be terrifying for animals. They don’t understand what is happening. Many animals are lost during storms and fireworks because they run when they are scared. Be sure pets are inside or in a safe place. Be sure they are wearing ID and are micro chipped so they can find their way home if they do escape. The best bet is to be prepared. It’s much easier to keep an animal relaxed than to calm them after they are panicked. When expecting a storm or know-

ing there will be fireworks—get ready. Create an environment that minimizes the effect that thunderstorms or fireworks have on pets. Before the storm or fireworks events begin, bring the pet into a room. If a person can stay with them, that’s even better. Be sure that the windows are blocked so they can’t see flashes of light. Turn on the fan, TV or music to help drown out the sounds. Settle in and relax. Another variation is to prepare a place where the animal feels safe— where do they hide during a storm? For example, fix up their crate with a soft bed and cover the crate with a blanket that will block out light and dampen the sound. If they prefer to hide in the closet or behind furniture, make sure that space is available to them. Use essential oils or supplements about 30 to 60 minutes before the storm or fireworks so they take effect to keep the animal calm. The essential oils of lavender, cedarwood, patchouli, ylang ylang or a calming blend is very effective. Essential oils are highly con-

centrated. Only use a drop or two per every 20 pounds of the animal’s weight. Put the oil in your hand and pet your dog to apply. It is also effective to diffuse the oils near your pets. With cats, diffusing is recommended instead of direct application. Supplements work with animals very much the way they work with humans. There are many different blends available at pet stores with combinations of herbs and supplements. Lemon balm, chamomile, valerian and melatonin are commonly used. Some animals become panicked no matter how hard one tries to keep them calm, and they might require more help than owners can provide. There are medications like Xanax that are available from veterinarians. Talk to a veterinarian. Explain everything that has been done and what behaviors still exist. There are many medications available that can help. Several of these are the same or similar to human medications. Communicate openly with the veterinarian; it is very important that he or she is aware of all supplements, herbs and oils that the pet is taking. There can be drug interactions. Ask the veterinarian any questions before starting, especially if the pet is on prescription medication or has a chronic condition. Chris Taylor of Ki Animal Energy presents workshops and individual training, teaching people how to care for their animals naturally. To learn more, go to or kianimals.

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Greyhound Adoption of Greater Rochester, NY 877-211-1451 GAGR is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to finding homes for retired racing greyhounds. We feel every greyhound retired from racing deserves the chance for a real home and a loving family. Visit our website for available dogs and information on volunteering.


RUDY’S RESCUE Rochester Area

Rudy’s Rescue is a 100 percent volunteer, publicly funded organization that is dedicated to finding homes for dogs in need, focusing on Labrador Retrievers. Rudy’s volunteers rescue dogs of good temperament, foster and find new homes with suitable families. They also give referrals to other organizations and educate the public on best practices for finding companion animals.

The Colony Caregivers is dedicated to taking care of feral, stray and abandoned cats in Ontario County, NY. We facilitate the scheduling of clinics at a reduced price and provide education to the public. Volunteers assist with trapping and provide techniques on the proper way to do so. We assist individuals who care for a colony of cats or who have adopted an abandoned cat, but cannot afford to spay/ neuter. The organization is supported entirely by individual donations, fundraising events and the occasional grant. We do not remove cats or have a shelter.


BDBH is an allvolunteer rescue dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing large (pure or mixed) breed dogs and making them available for adoption to appropriate/approved homes. Most dogs come from local area shelters or owners looking for help re-homing their dog, however, dogs in kill shelters take precedence.


315-439-4034, talk or text Learn to care for your pets naturally through education, workshops—on topics like essential oils, energy work and living with a timid or fearful dog—and consult, including reiki, energy work, essential oils, behavior and supplements.

ROCHESTER ANIMAL SERVICES 184 Verona St, Rochester 585-428-7274

Rochester Animal Services is the municipal animal care and control agency for the city of R o c h e s t e r. We p r o v i d e temporary shelter for stray and unwanted animals. We are committed to reuniting missing pets with their owners; re-homing unclaimed and surrendered pets; promoting appropriate pet care and compliance with animal laws; and promoting pet sterilization to reduce unwanted litters, mitigate undesirable behaviors, encourage pet retention and increase pet longevity.

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ZEN GOLF Master the Mind to Master the Game by Aimee Hughes


remember the moment I had what I call my ‘golf game epiphany,’” recalls Steve Hughes, a passionate golfer from Richmond, Missouri. “I realized that my main obstacles were in my head, and from that day on, my golf game changed.” In any athletic or fitness endeavor, the pursuit of excellence unfolds an array of challenges. While golf presents some of the toughest hurdles to improvement, any links enthusiast can better their game by acquiring a champion’s mindset. Applying a few Zen techniques and disciplines adapted from the Buddhist tradition of mindful awareness—which teaches that the mind is everything—can work wonders. Zen Golf master and performance psychologist Joe Parent, Ph.D., of Ojai, California, advises: “The key is finding a way to let the ‘thinking’ mind do all the preliminaries to physical performance—selecting a target, judging the lie, gauging weather influences, etc.—and then letting our ‘intuitive’ mind take over, enabling our body to make a swing that’s free from second-guessing ourselves.” He calls the optimal playing mentality, “Not too tight, not too loose.” It’s the sweet spot that allows us to perform via our best self. Some key techniques 32

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prepare us to find and reside in this just-right Goldilocks place of being not too hot and not too cold. Developing mental fortitude takes us even further than we can imagine. Mastery is born from discipline, focused attention and a deep core desire to adopt habits and behaviors that will upgrade our mindset. Author of Zen Golf: Mastering the Mental Game, Parent teaches his students to enter a state that he calls “trusting versus trying.” He teaches a “one stroke at a time” approach, which emphasizes awareness of being in the present moment, as many contemplative spiritual traditions do. When the golfer is deeply engaged in the present moment with just the right level of emotional intensity, free of distractions and worries about future swings, they become integrated with what’s taking place on the course in the here and now to the point of total absorption. In yoga, pranayama, or breathing techniques, are employed to promote relaxation in the mind and body. The Zen approach to golf uses breath work to allow body and mind to make the most fluid and powerful golf swing possible for the player. “The single factor that sets apart the top performers

in any athletic discipline from the rest of us is their state of mind,” says Craig Perkins, a yoga master and founder of the Yandara Yoga Institute, in Baja California, Mexico. “From all my years of yogic study, there’s one teaching that always sticks with me: If we want to master our game, whether it’s golf, yoga or chess, we must first and foremost master our mind.” Practitioners maintain that, meditation can take our mental game to its optimal level and Perkins believes, “Meditation is the number one practice for cultivating self-trust.” Positive visualization, which can be supported by meditation, is another method champion golfers leverage to improve their performance levels. Parent teaches his students, “Establish a clear image in your mind’s eye, and the body will follow.” Repeating this technique with every shot helps the golfer cultivate the habit of positive visualization by seeing the results. Physical prowess is of little consequence if our mental game is off. Under the intense pressure of a golf match, execution suffers when performance anxiety isn’t kept under control. While many golfers have what it takes to succeed—the requisite native ability, experience, technique and talent—mental hang-ups can cause them to call it a day. Detrimental habits can undermine our self-confidence, as well as our score. The solution lies in pinpointing what’s behind them and applying pertinent Zen techniques to either gradually alleviate or winningly work with them. Hughes, who makes his home overlooking the greens of Shirkey Golf Course, says, “It’s about getting out of your own way. When you’re at one with the game as it presents itself, you know your game will be much better than when your mind is racing off to work issues, family dramas and all the other usual life stuff. When I learned how to establish myself in this present moment awareness, not only did my golf game change for the better, so did the rest of my life.” Aimee Hughes, a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO, is a doctor of naturopathy on the faculty of the Yandara Yoga Institute. Connect at ChezAimee@

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SOIL SISTERS Female Farmers Come of Age by Lisa Kivirist


ore women are becoming farmers, bringing with them a passion for producing organic and sustainably raised fare and transforming America’s food system. The U.S. Census of Agriculture reports that their numbers rose by more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2012, to 288,264.

Historic Roots

“Women have played an integral role in farming for centuries, but in the last 100 years they’ve started to self-organize and be recognized for their important work,” says University of California garden historian Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D., author of Sowing the Seeds of Victory: American Gardening Programs

of World War I and editor of the UC Food Observer. “During that war, the Women’s Land Army of America, a female-led initiative, recruited nearly 20,000 mostly middle-class urban and suburban women to enter the agricultural sector as wage laborers at farms, dairies and canneries, often in rural areas, where farmers urgently needed help while the male labor force was off fighting.” Women also helped feed Americans during the Victory Garden era of World War II. “It’s also estimated that more than 40 percent of fruits and vegetables consumed on the American home front then were grown in school, home, community and workplace gardens,” says Hayden-Smith, possibly resulting in America’s highest period of produce consumption ever. When the commercial organic industry launched in the 1990s, women organized to provide overlooked and undervalued perspectives. The wake-up call for Denise O’Brien, an organic vegetable farmer and owner of Rolling Hills Acres, near Atlantic, Iowa, came during the farm economic crisis of the preceding decade. Although still considered “just” farm wives, “It was the women on the farms that had foreseen where things were heading, because they often kept the accounting books, though nobody took their voices seriously,” O’Brien recalls. This launched O’Brien’s agriculture activism: balancing farming, raising children and serving as a national advocate and spokeswoman for women in agriculture in an ecological and just food system. In 1997, she launched the Women, Food and Ag Network to collectively advocate for a stronger voice. “Throughout history, women in agriculture have been relegated to providing assistance, rather than making decisions,” O’Brien explains. “It’s up to us as women to collaboratively support each other while challenging the system.”

Cultivating Change

For her 50th birthday, Paula Foreman gave her life a new chapter. She launched her midlife “second act” in 2007 with Encore Farm, a name that serves as a rallying mantra for her peers. “The name is a tribute declaring that fresh starts and new beginnings can happen at any age,” explains Foreman, now an urban 34

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farmer in St. Paul, Minnesota. Embodying this business moxie, she chose to specialize, producing one thing very well: organic dried beans. Relinda Walker, of Walker Organic Farms, outside Savannah, Georgia, represents a cadre of “boomerang” farmers; women that return to the land to continue a family farm with a commitment to organics. Like many farm kids, after college, Walker left to pursue a corporate career in the city. Then the 9/11 terror attack shifted her priorities. “All roads led me to coming back home and growing food,” she says. Launched in 2005, Walker’s farm was one of southern Georgia’s first organic operations, yielding specialty varieties like rainbow carrots in vivid shades of purple, orange and red.

Future Femme Power

Young women in their 20s and 30s are adding energy, diversity, vibrancy and fresh outlooks to the female farming movement. Lindsey Morris Carpenter runs Grassroots Farm, in Monroe, Wisconsin, a diversified operation of certified organic vegetables and pastured livestock, in partnership with her mother, Gail Carpenter. “A crucial key to farming happiness is being a good neighbor,” she shares. “I call around when I see livestock and pets outside of fences; maintain my fences; share my garlic and potato seed; and always invite neighbors to parties and events, even though they may not attend. Even if others’ personal lifestyle and farming philosophies are radical opposites, we still have our physical location and appreciation of nature in common, and that’s big.” “The women farmer movement is just a toddler,” sums up O’Brien. “We’ve come a long way, but we’re not there yet, especially with representation on the national leadership platform.” It’s easy to support female growers at local farmers’ markets. Cultivating change can be rewarding—and tasty. Lisa Kivirist is the author of the new book Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. Her family runs the energyindependent Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B, in southwestern Wisconsin.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 13 The Mind/Body Connection to Healthy Eating – 7-8:30pm. Discover ways to live in balance with your daily thoughts and dietary choices. Ann Treacy from Create Health will show how to stop negative self-talk, acquire mindfulness and achieve better health through your mind’s power. Must register online or by phone. Pittsford Community Library, 24 State St, Pittsford. 585-249-5481.


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Workshop: Social Media Safety – 9:3011:30am. Social media can be fun, but can also present a major security concern for internet users. At this workshop led by Michelle Arbore, learn: the different types of social media, Facebook’s privacy settings, being safe on social media and do’s and don’ts of social media. Register at workshops/register by July 13. $50. Roc City Wellness, 1598 Penfield Rd, Rochester. 585506-6291.

Back Health and Performance Workshop – 9amnoon. This clinic will help attendees discover the means to a healthy, stable back. Benefits include optimal core stability, strong and powerful movement, good back and hip mobility and being able to return to activities you thought were impossible. Providing the power of Feldenkrais movement lessons and cutting-edge exercises from Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization. Presented by Fred Onufryk, MS, PT, and Dr. Jon Sealander, DC. $50. Roc City Wellness, 1598 Penfield Rd, Rochester. 585-694-4373.

John of God Crystal Healing Bed – 11am-6pm, July 14 to 16. Experience chakra balancing, energy renewal and physical and personal peace. As the John of God Crystal healing bed suspends over you, the seven large vogel crystals balance and align your chakras and energy bodies. The crystals channel the healing energies from the spiritual entities John of God works with at his retreat in Brazil. Each session lasts 50 minutes. Must make reservations by phone or email. $65. Lightways Community, 31 Market St, Brockport. 585-484-8738. LightwaysJourney@aol. com.


THURSDAY, JULY 21 Reiki, Readings & Wellness at Healthy Alternatives – 6:30-9pm. Explore services available at Healthy Alternatives, including: intuitive readings for career, life and love; reiki treatment; individual sound healing; BioMat; chakra balancing; and ionic foot detox bath. Appointments recommended. Free admission; $1 per minute for services. Healthy Alternatives Wellness Center, 458 Stone Rd, Rochester. 585-663-6454. AngelHD1@hotmail. com.

FRIDAY, JULY 22 Sound and Guided Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Relax on a yoga mat or seated in a chair. Be guided with a meditation while listening to crystal Tibetan and kaliski bowls being played. Sound and music can be powerful tools in the healing process and help to quiet the mind. $10. RSVP required at Healthy Alternatives Wellness Center, 458 Stone Rd, Rochester. 585-663-6454.

SATURDAY, JULY 23 Writing to Heal – 9am-5pm, July 23-24. Certain kinds of writing have proven to be profoundly effective in promoting both physical and emotional health. This workshop teaches three kinds of writing that improve health and well-being. Attendees will leave with a toolkit of writing prompts they can use for the rest of their life to gain insight, process difficult events and restore a balanced nervous system. Register by July 9. $497. Awareness Heals, 640 Kreag Rd, Ste 202, Pittsford. 585-586-1590. Mom & Me Fairy Party – 10am-1pm. We will do fairy crafts and activities, spending time out in nature, learning about and connecting to the fairies. Some activities may include decorating a fairy house, building fairy rings, coloring, hearing a story about fairies, making fairy wings, taking pictures of fairies and more—depending on time and age of participants. Geared to all ages. RSVP by July 18. $30. Spirit & Crystal Connections, 714 University Ave, Rochester. 585-208-8707.

MONDAY, JULY 25 Learn How to Crochet – 6:30-8:30pm. Exercise your mind and learn to crochet with our resident master knitter and teacher Tina Turner. Please bring worsted weight (#4) yarn and size G or H crochet hook for learning to crochet. Must register online or by phone. Pittsford Community Library, 24 State St, Pittsford. 585-249-5481.

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savethedate THURSDAY, JULY 28 Workshop: Leveraging Your Website – 9:3011:30am. Learn how to evaluate your website and what to do to make it even better. We will discuss how to tailor your website to your audience needs. Learn about layout, content, SEO, user experience, backing up, load times and more. Register at workshops/register by July 27. $50. Roc City Wellness, 1598 Penfield Rd, Rochester. 585506-6291.

FRIDAY, JULY 29 Sound and Guided Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Relax on a yoga mat or seated in a chair. Be guided with a meditation while listening to crystal Tibetan and kaliski bowls being played. Sound and music can be powerful tools in the healing process and help to quiet the mind. $10. RSVP required at Rochester-Friends-Who-Meditate. Healthy Alternatives Wellness Center, 458 Stone Rd, Rochester. 585-663-6454.

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savethedate FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 Healing through Presence: Rosen Method Bodywork – Rosen Method Bodywork is a pathway to freedom from pain—both physical and emotional. This workshop will teach the basics of how touch, body-centered talk and awareness of breath can promote healing. Through discussion, demonstration, movement and practicum, experience the profound effects of awareness and connection. Come for personal growth or to enhance professional training. Must have attended intro lecture or a consultation prior to workshop. Register by August 19. $497. Awareness Heals, 640 Kreag Rd, Ste 202, Pittsford. 585-586-1590.






Window to the Past: Explore Past Life Thru Hypnosis – 1:30-5:30pm. Getting glimpses of a past life is fun and exciting, but we can also gain insight into our current life’s struggles and patterns. In this experiential workshop, we will discuss reincarnation and karma and then explore memories of two previous lifetimes, through guided journeys in a safe and comfortable group setting. There will also be plenty of time for questions and sharing experiences. Space limited; preregistration required via website. $45. A New Leaf Center, 94 North Ave, Webster. 585-748-9012.

Rosen Method Bodywork Free Intro – 7-9pm. This free lecture-demonstration on Rosen Method Bodywork will allow attendees to experience the profound change that can happen when deep listening happens through aware touch coupled with body-centered dialog. Rosen Method addresses both physical and emotional pain, especially if they are connected to each other. It helps people become more grounded, calm and joyful. Register online or by phone. Awareness Heals, 640 Kreag Rd, Ste 202, Pittsford. 585-586-1590.

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sunday Open Vinyasa Yoga – 9am With Tammy. Inspire Yoga, 1802 Penfield Rd, Penfield. 585-545-1451. Couple’s Floatation Therapy – 9:30am-7:30pm. Discover the healing power of zero-G in the only couple’s float tank in New York. Available every day of the week, except Mondays. Bodymind Float Center, 622 Park Ave, Rochester. 585-413-0616. Kid Yoga Mindful Respiration – 10:15-11am. Children will learn more than stretching, breath awareness and breath control to encourage relaxation and safely regulate their emotions. This encourages children to make healthy choices in their life. $25/4 classes or $8 drop-in. Grounded By Yoga Studios & Teacher Training Center LLC, 1 Wellness Way, Bloomfield. 585-703-4676. Adorn-Asana Yoga – 10:30am-noon. This deeply rooted and adorned practice with essential oils, rose petals and mantras is a true celebration of self and alignment with the natural rhythms of nature. $15. Yoga DrishTi, 159 Caroline St, Rochester. 585-2705927. Kids Yoga – 11am-noon. With Sarah. For kids ages 4 to 9. Molly’s Yoga Corner, 1000 Turk Hill, Ste 220, Fairport. 585-202-1347. Rochester Home Birth Circle – 2:30-4:30pm. Learn about and support home birth. Fourth Sunday of the month. Locations vary; contact for meeting location. Discussion Group – 6-7:30pm. Discussions on selected topics, facilitated by Tony Criscuolo. Readings vary on subjects to improve the quality of our lives. Call for more information and to have the week’s reading emailed to you beforehand. Free. Eight Limbs Studio, 904 Lake Rd, Webster. 585-787-4819.

monday Express Morning Yoga – 6-7am. Wake up easy and get moving in this express, all-levels flow class that will guarantee that you are ready to face the day with a smile. Breath and movement merge to stretch the body and awaken the mind in a perfect mix of light workout and deep stretch. Every student may take an organic, hot herbal tea and gluten-free, vegan granola bar to go. $10. Nu Movement, 716 University Ave, Rochester. 585-704-2889. Open Power Vinyasa Yoga – 9:15am. With Krista. Inspire Yoga, 1802 Penfield Rd, Penfield. 585-5451451. Yin Yoga – 9:30-11am. $15. Molly’s Yoga Corner, 595 Blossom Rd, Ste 315, Rochester. 585-202-1347. Mindful Weight Management – 10-10:45am.

melt away stress and tension and increase a sense of and peacefulness. $10. 716 University Ave, Rochester. 585-704-2889. Toasty Yoga – 7-8:15pm. A unique program that offers a slow rise in temperature with a moderately paced class for those students looking to introduce heat slowly to their practice. We start at 74 degrees and end close to 88. Ages 14 and up. $12; discount packages available. Grounded By Yoga Studios & Yoga Teacher Training Center, 1 Wellness Way, Bloomfield. 585-703-4676. GroundedByYoga@

tuesday Weekly group designed to strengthen and support participants’ individual plan to reach and maintain a healthy weight using guided meditation. The focus of the meditation will rotate weekly. There will be a time for sharing successes, challenges, encouragement and tips or recipes at the end of the session. Registration is recommended. $10. A New Leaf Center, 94 North Ave, Webster. 585-748-9012. FLYAROO Fitness for Ages 6-11 – 10:30-11:15am. Join us for a fun way to exercise and teach children about healthy habits through yoga, dance and imagination. This unique program keeps kids moving and learning simultaneously. $9. Stilla Dance, 30 Main St, Scottsville. 585-301-5224. FitSmartie@gmail. com. Kids Yoga with Stacey – 3:15-4:15pm. For children ages 6-9. Each class creates time to relax and have fun while encouraging development of strength, flexibility, balance, body awareness, focus and self-confidence. We balance both spontaneity and structure while we include songs, games and poses, allowing children to learn in a multi-sensory environment. $15. Flower City Yoga, 2851 Clover St Barn Bazaar, Pittsford. 585-264-1166. Nora@ Yin Yoga – 5:15-6:30pm. Postures are held passively for 5 to 15 minutes in order to access a safe and positive “stress” on the deep layers of connective tissue in the body. Energetically, this opens the body’s nadi channels, enhancing the body’s energetic flow and supporting emotional equilibrium. Guided by Wendy Stoddard. $13. Grounded By Yoga Studios & Yoga Teacher Training Center LLC, 1 Wellness Way, Bloomfield. 585-703-4676. Gentle Yoga – 6-7pm. This class is appropriate for all students seeking the benefits of a gentle and relaxing yoga practice. Gentle yoga poses improve range of motion and joint mobility, reduce pain and the effects of stress. $10. Qi Gong Institute of Rochester, 595 Blossom Rd, Ste 307, Rochester. 585-732-7012. Holistic Moms Network – 6:30-8:30pm. Second Mon of the month. Christ Episcopal Church, 36 S Main St, Pittsford. Candlelight Hatha Flow Yoga – 6:45-8pm. This gentle class is a soothing blend of deep, slow moving postures with supported restorative work, practiced in candlelight. It is designed to help ease and calm the body and mind, decompress from daily stressors,

Reiki for All – Enjoy the benefits of holistic health by aligning energy back to its nature with an individual Reiki session. Reiki can help reduce stress and anxieties and promote wellness. Call to schedule a session. Yoga DrishTi, 159 Caroline St, Rochester. 585-270-5927. Silent Meditation – 6-8am. The Assisi Institute, 1400 N Winton Rd, Rochester. 585-473-8731. Rochester Public Market – 6am-1pm. 280 N Union St, Rochester. 585-428-0907. Gentle Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Molly’s Yoga Corner, 1000 Turk Hill, Ste 220, Fairport. 585-202-1347. Course in Miracles Discussion – 11am-noon. Having difficulty reading the Course? Join us for a spiritual transformation and explore old beliefs and thought systems, putting new ones into practical, everyday use. $5. O.N.E. Wellness Center, 2349 Monroe Ave, 2nd floor, Rochester. 585-455-1953. Power Hour Yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Each practice begins with a warmup and sun salutations, before transitioning into our class sequences. These will center each student with breathing exercises, movement and dance-like flow. Playlists of traditional yoga music are paired with newer tunes. Essential oils will be used to enhance the practice. Each class ends with relaxation. $12. Nu Movement, 716 University Ave, Rochester. 585-704-2889. Essential Oils Class – 6-7pm. If you have ever been interested in using Essential Oils but don’t know where to start, this class is for you. Learn about the many benefits and uses for Young Living’s therapeutic grade oils. Third Tuesday of the month. Inner You Healing and Wellness Center, 590 Pre Emption Rd, Geneva. 585-202-5689. Face 2 Face – 6pm. A peer-to-peer friendship group, supporting each other when having faced a miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss. Second and fourth Tues of the month. The Legacy, 40 Willow Pond Way, Penfield. 585-454-9299. Slow Flow Yoga – 6pm. With Joan. Inspire Yoga, 1802 Penfield Rd, Penfield. 585-545-1451. Afro-Modern Mix – 6:30-7:30pm. This class combines the grace and elegance of ballet, the grounded earthy rhythmic flow of African Dance, the expressive freedom and pose of modern dance and the energetic syncopation of jazz. Ages 13 and up; should have previous dance experience. $14. Nu Movement, 716 University Ave, Rochester. 585-704-2889.

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learn about chiropractic. Discussions on selected topics. Open to anyone who is searching for a chiropractor or has questions/concerns before starting care. Email by Wednesday night if you would like to attend. Monroe County Chiropractic and Pregnancy, 2132 Five Mile Line Rd, Penfield. 585-383-0420.

Bradley Natural Childbirth Classes – 7pm. Every Tues. Fairport. Email for more info. Angel Card Practice Night – 7-9pm. Come practice your angel card readings with others of like mind. This is a judgement-free zone. Give and receive angel messages and practice different card spreads, meditate and learn about angels. $10. Spirit & Crystal Connections, 714 University Ave, Rochester. 585-461-2669.

Essential Oils 101 – 6-7pm. Those who are curious about Essential Oils but don’t know where to start will learn the basics such as what they are, how they are made and how to use them. Learn about several different oils and what they can be used for. Second Thursday. Please RSVP. Time to Heal, 427 S Main St, Canandaigua. 585202-5689.

Community Reiki Share – 7:15-9:30pm. Experience the peace and balance of positive healing energy. Free and open to all. Bring a friend. First and third Tuesdays. O.N.E. Wellness Center, 2349 Monroe Ave, Rochester. 585-645-4221.

wednesday Asana Over 50 – 9-10:30am. With Carl. Read more about class on website or call for more information. Molly’s Yoga Corner, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester. 585-202-1347. Empowering Lifestyle Workshops – 10-11am or 6:30-7:30pm. Find real solutions for real health concerns. Classes include fitness, doTERRA essential oils, green cleaning, 30-day detox/cleanse and more. Nurturing Hands Massage and Wellness Center, 640 Kreag Rd, Ste 202, Pittsford. 585-7974660. Meditation Group – 12-1pm. Bring your experiences and explore the many healing opportunities they will reveal through guided meditation. $10. O.N.E. Wellness Center, 2349 Monroe Ave, 2nd floor, Rochester. 585-455-1953. Lunch Hour Yoga with Molly – 12:15-1pm. Spend your lunch hour stretching, relaxing and energizing with yoga. Molly’s Yoga Corner, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester. 585-202-1347. University of Rochester Farmers’ Market – 3-6pm. Medical Center, Flaum Atrium, 601 Elmwood Ave, Rochester. Gary Jones, 585-273-3786. Awareness Yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. This class focuses on body alignment, breathing and increasing awareness of our deeper self through gentle movement. There is no rushing through the poses and yet there is a sense of flow throughout the whole class. Class ends with a guided relaxation. $14. Nu Movement, 716 University Ave, Rochester. 585-704-2889. Sacred Space Reiki and Meditation – 6:458:30pm. Founded in 2004, Sacred Space Spiritual Group is a reiki and meditation group. Rev. Kris leads guided journey to your Sacred Space, followed by silent meditation with seated reiki from volunteer practitioners. Second Wednesday of every month. Space is limited; RSVP online or by calling/texting. A New Leaf Center, 94 North Ave, Webster. 585802-0963. Hatha Yoga – 7-8:15pm. A gentle practice with Tatyana. All are welcome. $10. The Assisi Institute, 1400 N Winton Rd, Rochester. 585-473-8731. Introduction to Rosen Method – 7-9:30pm. If talk therapy or medical care alone have not addressed what is bothering you, perhaps you need a modality that treats you like a whole person. Learn how a gentle touch, coupled with body-based words, can reach you more deeply. Rosen Method Bodywork can help with physical symptoms as


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well as anxiety and depression. Free; registration required. Awareness Heals, 640 Kreag Rd, Ste 202, Pittsford. 585-586-1590. AnaisWorkshops@gmail. com. Adult Coloring – 7:15-8:30pm. Meditation, Music, and Mandalas. Come to relax, get centered and express yourself. Supplies will be provided during the first class or you can bring your own. Second and fourth Wednesdays. $5. O.N.E. Wellness Center, 2349 Monroe Ave, Rochester. 585-645-4221. Peace Meditation Circle – 7:15-8:30pm. The group practices various methods of meditation from every spiritual practice on the spectrum, which may include a vast array of guest facilitators, labyrinths, mandalas, sound, chant, guided visualizations and always includes group participation. Beyond Center for Yoga, 67 Main St, Brockport. 585-690-9714.

thursday Rochester Public Market – 6am-1pm. 280 N Union St, Rochester. 585-428-0907. Foundations Yoga – 7:30-8:30am or 5:45-7:15pm. Explore a common theme that can range across the mind, body and spirit spectrum. Alignment focus will be emphasized to sustain, build, cultivate and explore your foundation. $13. Yoga DrishTi, 159 Caroline St, Rochester. 585-270-5927. TOPS Weight Loss Meeting – 9-10am. Join us as we take off pounds sensibly. TOPS can help you reach weightloss goals by providing the tools, information, support and accountability you need to be successful. Both men and women are welcome. First meeting is free. Ely Fagen American Legion, 260 Middle Rd, Henrietta. 585-230-0910. Grassroots Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. $15. Molly’s Yoga Corner, 595 Blossom Rd, Ste 315, Rochester. 585-202-1347. Cesarean Birth Support Group – 11am-noon. Open to all women and their families, to give support, share stories and encourage growth. Led by birth doula Kim Guck. First Thurs of the month. Eastside Wellness Center, 625 Ayrault Rd, Fairport. 585-729-2278. Chair Yoga – 11am-12:30pm. Improve your flexibility and body tone from a stable seated position. Learn to bring inner peace with you wherever you go. $15, or $99 for 8 classes. Living Stress Free Wellness Center, 131 Gregory St, Rochester. 585754-0943. Chiropractic Open House – 5-6pm. Meet and greet with Dr. Justine O’Callahan and the opportunity to

Fluid Motion Exercise Class – 6-7pm. A movement class designed for people returning to exercise after surgery, cancer treatment or that want to get moving. Taught and created by physical therapists, the class includes warm-up, breathing, balance, range of motion and stretching, all set to upbeat music. $60/6 classes. Callan-Harris Physical Therapy, 1328 University Ave, Rochester. 585-482-5060. PiYo Live with Jenny – 6:30-7:30pm. PiYo Live combines Pilates, yoga and cardio to strengthen and tone essential muscles. Work on improving flexibility and balance while flowing through movements that put your core to the ultimate test. Leave class feeling stronger and more centered. $5. Nu Movement, 716 University Ave, Rochester. 585-704-2889. Restorative Yoga – 6:45-8pm. Molly’s Yoga Corner, 1000 Turk Hill, Ste 220, Fairport. 585-2021347. Nia with Netta – 7:45-9pm. Nia is about the joy of movement—a dance workout for body and soul. The routines blend basic choreography with creative free-form dance, all to a diverse and uplifting world music. We are barefoot, tuned in to our own sensations and experiences. It is a wonderful way to rediscover your fitness in a positive, supportive and loving environment. $8.50. Nu Movement, 716 University Ave, Rochester. 585-704-2889. TinyDancerDeuel@gmail. com.

friday Open Vinyasa Yoga – 4pm. With Kevin. Inspire Yoga, 1802 Penfield Rd, Penfield. 585-545-1451. Facial and Body Wraps – 5-7pm. Tighten, tone and decrease stretch marks with herbal wraps. Great for weddings and proms or just to look great. Every Friday. $25. Healthy Alternatives Wellness Center, 458 Stone Rd, Rochester. 585-663-6454. Healthy Happy Hour – 5-7pm. Network with other like-minded health and wellness practitioners. Bring networking materials—business cards, brochures, flyers—and meet and connect with others. Email to inquire about being a featured vendor. Second Fri of the month. $10. ROC City Wellness, 1598 Penfield Rd, Rochester. 585-210-2412. $5 Fitness Friday – 6-7:15pm. Classes will vary in style from yoga, Nia, Barre or even qigong. This is a great way to try a variety of class offerings at a very discounted price. Just drop in with a $5 bill and be part of this cycle of giving. Last Friday of every month. Nu

Movement Cooperative Studio, 716 University Ave, Rochester. 585-704-2889. GentleBody, GentleMind – 6:45-7:50pm. A unique experience of meditation-specific movements and pranic activity to provide for a more blissful absorption in the state of meditation. We provide your comfort: chair, bolsters, blankets, etc. $12. Grounded By Yoga Studios & Yoga Teacher Training Center, 1 Wellness Way, Bloomfield. 585-703-4676. GroundedByYoga. com. Every BODY Yoga – 7-8:30pm. Molly’s Yoga Corner, 1000 Turk Hill, Ste 220, Fairport. 585-2021347. Sound and Guided Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Relax on a yoga mat or seated in a chair. Be guided with a meditation while listening to Crystal Tibetan and kaliski bowls being played. Sound and music can be powerful tools in the healing process and help to quiet the mind. RSVP Required at Rochester-Friends-Who-Meditate. $10. Healthy Alternatives Wellness Center, 458 Stone Rd, Rochester. 585-663-6454.

saturday Rochester Public Market – 5am-1pm. 280 N Union St, Rochester. 585-428-6907. Power Vinyasa Yoga – 9am. With Joan. Inspire Yoga, 1802 Penfield Rd, Penfield. 585-545-1451. Chill Out Yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Molly’s Yoga Corner, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester. 585-202-1347. Morning Overall Fitness – 10-11:15am. An exercise class for all ages, combining physical fitness with mental focus and clarity. Deep relaxation follows exercises to quiet the mind and release tension and stress. Call to register. $15. Eight Limbs Studio, 904 Lake Rd, Webster. 585-787-4819. Grounded Kids Yoga: Ages 5-9 – 10:1511:05am. Let us help foster the gift of learning yoga with our yoga class. We will use picture books and incorporate yoga poses to go along with the book, and a variety of kid-friendly ways to teach mindfulness. Four-class series; start anytime. $8/drop-in; $25/4 classes. Grounded By Yoga Studios, 1 Wellness Way, Bloomfield. 585-703-4676. Ladies Tween and Teen Rock Your Self-Esteem Yoga – 11:45am-12:45pm. Molly’s Yoga Corner, 1000 Turk Hill, Ste 220, Fairport. 585-202-1347. Pre Yoga – 1-2pm. A class for absolute beginners, with Al. Molly’s Yoga Corner, 713 Monroe Ave, Rochester. 585-202-1347. Family Yoga – 1-2:30pm. Teaching of alignment will be brought through not only poses but philosophy, breathing and unique family activities. Taught by Melanie MacDonald, RYT, and Reiki master, along with her two daughters. First Sat of the month. $20/ pair, $5/each additional. Yoga DrishTi, 159 Caroline St, Rochester. 585-270-5927. Restorative/Gentle Yoga – 2:30-3:45pm. Settle in on Saturdays with a gentle yoga session that will provide a solid foundation and ease tensions. The class focuses on restorative poses combined with gentle asana movements. $13. Yoga DrishTi, 159 Caroline St, Rochester. 585-270-5927.

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Charles A. Sylvester, LAc, DiplAc, MSA 2349 Monroe Ave, 2nd floor, Rochester 585-764-4343 • AcuMediZen provides a modern approach to an ancient form of healing, using various therapeutic modalities, including acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, tuina and dietary/lifestyle recommendations, to ease the body, mind and spirit.


Diane Macchiavelli 3200 Brighton Henrietta Rd, Rochester 585-242-9518 • Brighton Pathways to Health is a group of licensed, skilled and compassionate practitioners. We recognize that the body, mind and spirit must be in harmony in order for the whole person to become well and stay well. We offer Classical Five-Element Acupuncture, Chiropractic care and ongoing yoga, tai chi, meditation and other weekly classes and weekend seminars. See ad, page 9.


Rochester Area Birth Network is a resource that advocates health, safety and informed options in childbearing. Rochester Area Birth Network supports the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative, a wellness model of maternity care issued by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services, a group of individuals and national organizations with concern for the care and well-being of mothers, babies and families.

CHIROPRACTIC MONROE COUNTY CHIROPRACTIC, PC Dr. Justine O’Callahan DC Dr. John Marini DC 2132 Five Mile Line Rd, 2nd Floor, Penfield 585-383-0420

At Monroe County Chiropractic, we value the health and well-being of our communities and its patrons. We offer a wide variety of healthcare services in a patient-centered environment. See ad, page 13.


Mindy MacLaren, Certified Aromatherapist

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Nationally certified Aromatherapist Mindy MacLaren offers her expertise of essential oils FREE of charge to those who want to use them effectively and safely with their clients. To expand your knowledge, contact Mindy today.


Dr. Arlene Messer and Dr. Anna Belous 2052 S Clinton Ave, Rochester 585-244-3337 At Contemporary Dentistry, we care about your total health, offering an individualized approach for cavity prevention, including saliva testing, biocompatible materials, safe mercury filling removal, laser and minimally invasive dentistry. See ad, page 7.



Lori Palmer 625 Ayrault Rd, Fairport 585-615-6427

Offering fun fitness classes designed to teach children about healthy habits through yoga, dance and imagination. This program gets kids moving and learning simultaneously. See ad, page 25.

Lori Palmer, a Master- Instructor of Integrated Energy Therapy, helps those seeking to release their emotional baggage of the past. Her transformation/empowerment programs assist with personal growth in unwanted patterned behavior, authenticity in the present and manifesting your desired reality. See ad, page 33.


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2349 Monroe Ave, 2nd floor, Rochester 585-317-4374 • Using Spiritual Response Therapy, Integrated Energy Therapy, Reiki and intuitive guidance to re-balance the body on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. Work supports and complements standard medical treatments.


Using fundamentals of functional medicine, Karin teaches how easy it is to drop excess weight, melt belly fat and reduce risk for chronic disease. Uncover the limiting beliefs keeping you stuck and empower yourself in a way that makes transformation inevitable. See ad, page 26.


Kimberly Kavanagh 890 Westfall Rd, Ste C, Rochester 585-690-3782 •

With more than 20 years’ experience, Kim helps patients by identifying and correcting nutrition deficiencies that have resulted in chronic health maladies. Specialties include depression, anxiety, arthritis, autoimmune conditions and many more. See ad, page 31.


3976 Buffalo St, Marion 590 Pre Emption Rd, Geneva 585-202-5689 • Reflect your beauty within using essential oil treatments, Reiki, customized facials, ear candling and more. Retreat into a space of wellness as Wendy Jo works with you to find harmony and inner peace. See ad, page 17.

HOMEOPATHY AMITY ENGLESON, CHOM 625 Ayrault Rd, Fairport 585-766-7893

Amity is a classically trained homeopath offering a natural form of healing that works with the body, restoring health and vitality while relieving physical, mental and emotional symptoms. See ad, page 12.


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A NEW LEAF CENTER Kris Miller Cathleen Brauen 94 North Ave, Webster 585-748-9012

Kris and Cathleen are two certified hypnotists that are available to meet your individual needs. Hypnosis may help you overcome fears, eliminate unhealthy habits, improve quality of life, maintain healthy weight, explore past lives and more. See ad, page 41.


Lori Palmer 625 Ayrault Rd, Fairport 585-615-6427.05 Lori Palmer, a Master-Instructor of Integrated Energy Therapy, helps those seeking to release their emotional baggage of the past. Her transformation/empowerment programs assist with personal growth in unwanted patterned behavior, authenticity in the present and manifesting your desired reality. See ad, page 33.


Mahipal Chaudhri, MD 890 Westfall Rd, Ste C, Rochester 585-690-3782 • Dr. Chaudhri is an integrative psychiatrist offering alternative treatments for mental health, including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. He uses supplements, nutrition and metabolic workups in addition to a traditional medicinal approach. See ad, page 33.

INTERNAL MEDICINE ROCHESTER HOLISTIC CENTER Shivender Thakur, MD 890 Westfall Rd, Ste C, Rochester 585-690-3782

Wi t h o v e r 3 0 y e a r s ’ experience in treating patients, using a combination of Western methods that include progressive and holistic protocols. He treats both acute and chronic conditions. See ad, page 33.


ONE Wellness Center 2349 Monroe Ave, 2nd floor, Rochester 585-329-8643 Specializing in lymph drainage therapy—detoxing waste and reducing chronic swelling. Also offering integrated bodywork using advanced modalities for relief of pain and restrictions.


458 Stone Rd, Rochester 585-663-6454 • Carol Morissette, a LMT, RMT, certified herbalist and aromatherapist, offers Thermo & Integrated Energy Therapy, and sound healing guided meditations. Sound relieves stress, anxiety, pain, inflammation, sinuses, lowers blood pressure and improves immune system.

JANET SHIPMAN MASSAGE THERAPY 595 Blossom Rd, Ste 307, Rochester 585-364-1820

Regular massage is preventative health care, promoting overall wellness and rejuvenation. Janet combines Swedish and deep tissue techniques to give each client personal, customized care. See ad, page 4.


2349 Monroe Ave, Rochester 585-851-8318 • Jacob Toczynski, LMT, and Jen Dietrich, LMT, focus on whole wellness—addressing mind, body and soul with massage therapy and spiritual growth/meditation classes. Specializing in treatment-focused massage and opening to greater spiritual/emotional well-being.


Evelyn Spruill 640 Kreag Rd, Ste 202, Pittsford 585-230-0910 • Offering the most thorough, relaxing, full-body massages. Specializing in Swedish, therapeutic, deep tissue, sports, pregnancy, newborn, infant and geriatric massage. doTERRA essential oils. $20 off first massage. See ad, page 12.

MASSAGE THERAPY JANET SHIPMAN MASSAGE THERAPY 595 Blossom Rd, Ste 307, Rochester 585-364-1820

Regular massage is preventive healthcare, promoting overall wellness and rejuvenation. Shipman combines Swedish and deep tissue techniques to give each client personal, customized care for abundant health. See ad, page 4.

METAPHYSICAL LIGHTWAYS COMMUNITY 31 Market St, Brockport 585-484-8738

Rochester’s westside metaphysical store, featuring a huge variety of stones and crystals, incense, smudge, candles, jewelry, books, CD’s. Featuring classes and workshops on meditation, and personal and spiritual growth. See ad, page 13.

MINDBODY BODYMIND FLOAT CENTER 622 Park Ave, Rochester 585-413-0616

Floating offers various ways to relieve many conditions— such as joint and muscle pain—reduces stress, soothes pregnancy discomfort, depression and sleep disorders, enhances creativity and much more. See ad, page 4.

CATHY WOODSIDE, LMT, CST, RM 2349 Monroe Ave, 2nd floor, Rochester 585-545-0327

Integrating the body, mind, and spirit through massage, craniosacral therapy, Reiki and various other modalities. Focusing on education and healing for better health. See ad, page 33.


Robin Marshall, RN, HN-BC 7 W Main St, Webster 201-220-3558 A variety of natural healing energy modalities to reduce stress and improve your health. Acupressure, Reiki, healing touch, raindrop, HeartMath Resilience Coaching, Zentangle art. See ad, page 21.

NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE NORTH SHORE NATUROPATHIC & ACUPUNCTURE Dr. Bonnie Cronin, ND, LAc 2349 Monroe Ave, Rochester 402 N Main St, Canandaigua 585-394-3490

Finding the cause to your health issues and using safe, effective, natural therapeutics, such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes, oils, botanicals, homeopathies and acupuncture. Visit for more information.


2425 Clover St, Rochester 10773 Poags Hole Rd, Dansville 607-661-5497 • Sleggs studied four years at a naturopathic college after pre-med. Knowledgeable in traditional and natural medicine, she focuses on treating the root cause of illness and promotes healing by using a combination of herbs, homeopathics, nutrition and counseling. See ad, page 17.

ORGANIC SALON PHARAOH’S HAIRUM SALON & SPA 400A Packetts Lndg, Fairport 585-223-5850 4112 West Henrietta Rd, Rochester 585-359-2249

Pharaoh’s is an award-winning salon and spa that provides excellent service and skills, and a safe environment for you and your family. Products used are free of harmful chemicals and contain organic, natural ingredients. See ad, page 21.

PARENTING HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK The mission of HMN is to generate national awareness, education and support for holistic parenting and green living by providing nurturing, open-minded and respectful local community networks that encourage families to share these ideals and learn from each other.


Bani Aello 585-957-6235 • Helping people enjoy the journey of life each step of the way. Teaching people the tools to have a happier, healthier life in spite of any circumstance through yoga, mindfulness, meditation, personal and professional growth. See ad, page 7.


2349 Monroe Ave, 2nd floor, Rochester 585-764-4325 • Providing services for serenity in body and mind through therapeutic massage, certified clinical hypnosis, Craniosacral Therapy and Reiki healing. Free selfhypnosis downloads at

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585-270-1832 Parenting Village offers meaningful connection and crucial support to people on their parenting journeys, so that they may in turn offer the best of themselves to their children. See ad, page 5.

REIKI REIKI TRAININGS WITH SUDHA 3415 Clover St, Pittsford 585-754-0943

Infuse your natural healing ability with reiki. Receive trainings in 1st, 2nd and Master’s level of the Usui Reiki System. Private healing sessions also available.


Sandra Shaffer Photography 82 Yellowstone Dr, West Henrietta 585-831-7615 Photographer offering: n e w b o r n , f a m i l y, engagement, wedding, e v e n t s , c h a r i t y, corporate, head shots.


Fred Onufryk, MS, PT 1328 University Ave, Rochester 585-482-5060 • Specializing in optimizing your health by moving, breathing and feeling better. Offering physical therapy and Feldenkrais to improve posture, relieve pain and restore your functional mobility. See ad, page 15.


Anais Salibian Awareness Heals 640 Kreag Rd, Ste 202, Pittsford 585-586-1590 • Private sessions and trainings in Rosen Method Bodywork, classes, workshops in Writing to Heal, Igniting Intimacy for Couples. Salibian’s work provides a safe place for people to reintegrate body and mind in order to heal both. All of her work creates a safe space and offers a process for people to come back home to themselves and take charge of their lives. See ad, page 7.

SOCIAL MEDIA Michelle Arbore Provides training and assistance to business owners on a variety of social media platforms for business growth. Remove your challenges and focus on your business, meet new clients and spend more time with loved ones. See ad, page 31.



Next Level Life Coaching teaches Positive Psychology tools to clients wanting to make a permanent change in their lives. Areas of focus: weight loss, parenting, relationships, personal growth and career. See ad, page 7.

Lisa Benesh East Side Wellness Center, 625 Ayrault Rd, Fairport • 585-350-8138 Next Level Life Coaching teaches Positive Psychology tools to clients wanting to make a permanent change in their lives. Areas of focus: weight loss, parenting, relationships, personal growth and career. See ad, page 7.

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3200 Brighton Henrietta Rd, Rochester 585-242-9518 Brighton Pathways to Health is a group of licensed, skilled and compassionate practitioners. We recognize that the body, mind and spirit must be in harmony in order for the whole person to become well and stay well. We offer Classical FiveElement Acupuncture, Chiropractic care and ongoing yoga, tai chi, meditation and other weekly classes and weekend seminars. See ad, page 9.


458 Stone Rd, Rochester 585-663-6454 Carol Morissette, LMT, RMT, certified herbalist and aromatherapist, offers Thermo Therapy amd Integrated Energy Therapy, sound healing, guided meditations and more. Sound relieves stress, anxiety, pain and inflammation, clears sinuses, lowers blood pressure and improves immune system.


POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Lisa Benesh East Side Wellness Center, 625 Ayrault Rd, Fairport 585-350-8138


YOGA MOLLY’S YOGA CORNER Molly Huff 585-202-1347

With two locations—in Fairport and at Healing Hands, Molly and her staff teach an array of yoga styles in a fun, relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere. See ad, page 6.


585-704-2889 We are an art gallery located in the NOTA that offers a variety of yoga classes, dance classes, PiYo, Zumba, booty barre and more.


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Causes of Iodine Deficiency


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Low-Sodium Diets

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Iodized Table Salt

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Iodine-Depleted Soil Poor farming techniques have led to declined levels of iodine in soil

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