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NATURAL Healing NATURAL Wellness Dedicated to Your Well-Being

From the makers of the Topricin速 family of healing pain relief products


NATURAL Wellness


CONTENTS DailyOm: Elegant Blessing:


Living A Life of Grace Pg. 3

THE CHIRON FILES: Investigative

Feature on the History of Monsanto and Genetic Engineering of Food Pg. 5


HEALING SCENTS: Emotional Balance with Therapeutic Essential Oils Pg. 27


Fitness Gizmos...Man vs. Machine Pg. 7

Afoot Pg. 30


Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook THE NATURAL MEDICINE WOMAN: 9 Foods That Fight Fat Pg. 12


FEATURE Keeping Feet Happy and Healthy: Tips That Are Good for the Sole


on Radio Pg. 16


Food: The Natural Solution for Cancer-Protective Estrogen Management Pg. 22

Stagnation: What is it and What Can You Do about it? Pg. 19


PLANET WAVES: Season’s Horoscopes Pg. 48


Surprising Side Effects Pg. 40

ALEXANDRA’S INSIGHTS: How My Celebrity Friends Handle Their Cravings...and Their Lives Pg. 42


Keeping Up with The Vegetarians...The Vegans...The Fruitarians... Pg. 46

DETOX DIVA: “Green” Furniture Wax is a Natural Pg. 54

NUTRITIONAL BITES: Living off the Land Pg. 55

“Grateful”” Pg. 51



IN THE NEWS: The Grassroots

HOWLING WOLF FARM: President & Chief of Research: Lou Paradise Publisher: Aurora Paradise Managing Editor: Patricia Martin Art Director: Elizabeth Chen Graphic Artist: Elizabeth Paradise


Drink Yourself Skinny Pg. 52


Corner Pg. 59

Gala, Tour De Cure, Topricin: A Pharmacists Top Pick, “Where in the World is Topricin?” Pg. 60

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NATURAL Wellness


A Word From The Publisher I

t seems like only yesterday that we were waiting for summer to officially arrive—and now we’ve reached “High Summer” as we anticipate turning the calendar page to autumn…Hopefully with a nice stretch of “Indian Summer!”

CONTRIBUTORS: Joan Apter Annie B. Bond Quinn Asteak Debbie Burklund Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook Nicole Cutler Eric Francis Doug Grunther Laurel House Elyn Jacobs Alexandra Jamieson Patricia Martin Roufia Payman Madisyn Taylor

Laurie Towers Christina Towle “Mama Wolf” Robyn Youkilis

We’ve assembled some great articles to help you make the most of the rest of the season. Read all about shoes that are good for the sole; essential oils that help create emotional balance, and “living off the land” with fresh, wholesome foods (including two great recipes). Learn how celebrities handle cravings, why fitness gizmos are not necessary to get in shape, and what the side effects of fast food are. Our acupuncturist and our reflexologist share more of their insights, you’ll get inspired by DailyOm, and there’s also an opportunity to have your dreams heard on the radio. If you’ve ever felt like it’s difficult to keep up with food trends, you’ll find a kindred spirit with The Mindful Parent. Along with important information on the natural solution for cancer-protective estrogen management from Options for Life, and an investigative look at Monsanto and GMOs from Eric Francis, you’ll also be treated to Planet Wave’s revelation of what’s in the stars for you right now. I’m pleased to introduce you to our new columnists, the esteemed “Natural Medicine Woman” Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, and “MamaWolf” of Howling Wolf Farm. Plus, you’ll enjoy two great “water recipes” from our special guests, Healthy Cooking Camp’s Robyn Youkilis and Quinn Asteak. Are you going on vacation, or just exploring the local flea market? Wherever you go, bring your camera and some Topricin so you can enter our Third Annual “Where in the World is Topricin” photo contest—you could win a year’s supply of Topricin and a getaway to Cancun, Mexico! Read all the details inside to get inspired! Wishing you good health and joy,


Aurora Paradise, Chief Operations Officer and Publisher Aurora Paradise is Chief Operations Officer of Topical BioMedics. Besides publishing the newsletter, Aurora oversees the day-to-day operations of the company.



When we accept that we always exist in a state of grace, we are able to live our lives more graciously.


race exists inside of all of us and around us. It is our inner beauty that radiates outward,

touching everyone we meet. It is that unseen hand that comes from the divine, raising us up when we most need it. To be able to live in a state of grace is not based on worthiness, nor is it earned through good deeds, ritual, or sacrifice. Rather it is an unearned favor, freely bestowed and available to all, that is inherent to our birthright. All we must do is open our eyes to its presence and we will find and experience grace everywhere. continued on next page

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DailyOm Grace is in the rain bringing relief to drought-ridden farms, and the unexpected lead for the perfect job opportunity that comes from a stranger. Grace is what happens to someone when they miraculously escape injury; it is even the simple events that happen to us that we call “good luck,” like when we don’t get a parking ticket after are meter has expired. Grace resides in the love between two people, the gift or check that comes unexpectedly in the mail, the cozy comforts that make up a home, and in the acts of forgiveness we bestow upon others. It is grace that moves us to go out of our way to help a stranger. In music, a grace note is the pause between notes that is so important to the pacing of a song. Grace is the state we are in when we are doing nothing but just being who we are. When we accept that we always exist in a state of grace, we are able to live our lives more graciously. Knowing we are graced gives us hope, makes us more generous, and allows us to trust that we are taken care of even when we are going through difficult times. Grace is our benevolence of heart, and our generosity of spirit. Grace is unconditional love and the beauty that is our humanity. When we know that we are blessed with grace, we can’t help but want to live our lives in harmony. Reprinted from DailyOM- Inspirational thoughts for a happy, healthy and fulfilling day. Register for free at

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How did Monsanto

become so powerful? How is such a relatively small company so influential? These are among the questions asked in “In Through the Out Door: The Cosmic Signature of Monsanto and GMOs,” an investigative feature written by Eric Francis Coppolino, editor of Planet Waves.

You may request a copy of the article by emailing You’ll receive a reply with a PDF file.

Published in the August/September edition of The Mountain Astrologer (which appeared on stands July 1st), the article tracks the history of Monsanto from its founding in 1901 to the present, including the recent discovery of illegal GMO wheat in Oregon and the recent March Against Monsanto. Coppolino has covered Monsanto since 1991, publishing his work in Sierra magazine, The Las Vegas Sun and The Village Voice. The New York Times once said that Coppolino “has a hunger for government documents that rivals that of Seymour Hersh.” His astrology has appeared throughout the English-speaking world from the UK’s The Daily Mail to Australia’s Harper’s Bazaar.

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One of the world's best-known astrologers

Carol van Strum, author of A Bitter Fog, helped

covering politics and government, Coppolino

research and fact-check the article.

makes no predictions about what might happen to Monsanto or its GMO enterprise. Rather he uses astrology to analyze the company's history, influence and staying power, reviewing the charts of patent applications, legislation and the birth of the founder, John F. Queeny. Quoting documents obtained through the legal discovery process, the article documents Monsanto's history as a chemical firm in prior decades, including alleged manipulation of cancer research. It then tracks the many twists of Monsanto's rise as the leading purveyor of genetically modified crops, including the patents for the New Leaf Potato, Bovine Growth Hormone and Bt corn.

"This is an unusual perspective on Monsanto that's never been written before," said Tem Tarriktar, publisher of The Mountain Astrologer. "Due to his history covering the company and his track record as a news astrologer, Eric was the one writer to take on this story." "I've read thousands of pages of company memos, depositions and scientific reports," Coppolino said. "Studying Monsanto's chart has pulled together many pieces of a very complicated puzzle." He began covering Monsanto after PCB explosions contaminated four dormitories on a college campus in New Paltz, NY in 1991.

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he holidays are long past, but what remains

are the memories of empty boxes that once housed exercise

My business partner, Elite Ziegelman, and I find nothing more disturbing than the wasted money spent on


these gizmos, but

are symbolic

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of the vows

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keep. The fitness

always with any

industry knows this too, so you will find these carefully placed gizmos and gadgets dancing teasingly in front of us when the holidays come ‘round again this year, enticing the public to fall victim to the smoke screens and mirrors of their promises.

purchase goes the" caviat exceptor" ( let the buyer beware ) adage, but in some cases more than others. Here’s a listing of a few (out of so many!) that made our blood boil.... continued on next page

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GIZMO: Arm Shaker

(muscles target-

ed: biceps and triceps) What say our experts on this baby? A resounding “Nay.” With the equivalent effect of shaking a bottle of orange juice before consumption, this ditty vows the deliverance of firmer and more defined arms within days of its use. Really?!!

REAL DEAL: Bicep curls & dips. To properly work the arms you have to respect the balance of the muscles and work them both separately.

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Tricep Dips: this gem of a compound movement can be done anywhere you have a bench or chair. •

Position yourself first by sitting on a sturdy bench or chair with your legs stretched straight out.

Place your hands next to or under your hips.

Lift up on hands so that you are coming off the chair, and start lowering yourself to the floor.

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GIZMO: Waist trimming belts Nothing trims the excess off your waistline like a sensible diet and exercise. PERIOD. This is nothing but a glorified TENS unit the likes of which you would find in your physical therapists office. It brings circulation to the area and encourages that tingly itchy feeling that lulls you into the false illusion of it working. Put the credit card down--it doesn’t!

REAL DEAL: Any modification in

dietary intake of sugars, starches and carbs followed by 20 minutes or more of cardio a few times a week will have your clothes fitting better and the compliments coming.

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GIZMO: Ab Trainer

Since the abdominal wall needs to be trained from a few different planes, and this provides training it from just one, it gets the thumbs down from us.

REAL DEAL: Partial crunches where

your back is protected and feet are flat are the safest way of going about strengthening the abdominal wall. And you should know that abs are the one muscle group you can work everyday-- consistency plays a big part in visible results.

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Neck Trimmer

Oh yes, you know you've seen it. That little piece of plastic to place under your chin and proceed to make faces that would surely have got you thrown out of class when you were a kid. The purpose of this? To provide resistance and strengthen and tighten the muscles (which is necessary to do of course). But do you need the gadget to achieve this? NOPE!

REAL DEAL: Guess what ? For a couple of bucks or a poke through your closet, this exercise can be done with a tennis ball, so save yourself those shipping charges. Carefully place a tennis ball between your chin and chest and gradually start applying pressure by squeezing the ball and holding about 2 seconds before repeating again.

So here you have just some of the gizmos you can do without, and still slim your body while fattening up your bank account. If you have questions about the value of any others, please write to me at and we’ll discuss them in a future column.

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-By Michelle Schoffro Cook

Tired of that spare tire? Sick of your love handles? You can increase your body’s fat-burning power by eating more foods that help your liver (your body’s main fat-metabolizing organ) to burn fat better, resulting in a leaner body. There are many fabulous foods that fight fat, but the ones below are some of my favorites:

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Leafy Greens: Spinach, spring mix, mustard greens, and other dark leafy greens are good sources of fiber and powerhouses of nutrition. Research demonstrates that their high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants helps prevent hunger while protecting you from heart disease, cancer, cataracts, and memory loss.

Beans & Legumes: Legumes are the best source of fiber of any foods. They help to stabilize blood sugar while keeping you regular. They are also high in potassium, a critical mineral that reduces dehydration and the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. A legume, soy is particularly good for fat-burning. Isoflavones found in soy foods speed the breakdown of stored fat. In one study, those who consumed high amounts of soy products shed three times more superfluous weight than did their counterparts who ate no soy.

Garlic & Onions: This dynamic duo of foods contains phytochemicals that break down fatty deposits in the body, while also breaking down cholesterol; killing viruses, bacteria, and fungi; and protecting against heart disease. With a little help from garlic and onions, you can burn fat while warding off illness. continued on next page

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Cayenne: This hot spice lessens the risk of excess insulin in the body by speeding metabolism and lowering blood glucose (sugar) levels, before the excess insulin can result in fat

Green Tea: Study after study proves that drinking green tea dramatically reduces weight. It contains the phytonutrient epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG increases the rate at which fat is burned in your body. Research at Tufts University indicates that EGCG, like other catechins, activates fat-burning genes in the abdomen to speed weight loss by 77 percent. Most studies show that drinking at least 3 cups daily offers the best health benefits.

stores. Spice up your next meal with cayenne and lessen those love handles.

Turmeric: The popular spice used primarily in Indian cooking contains the highest known source of beta carotene, the antioxidant that helps protect the liver from free radical damage. Turmeric also helps strengthen your liver while helping your body metabolize fats by decreasing the fat storage rate in liver cells. Add a teaspoon of turmeric into your next curry dish to help your body fight fat. continued on next page

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Cinnamon: Researchers at the United States Department of Agriculture showed that a quarter to one teaspoon of cinnamon with food helps metabolize sugar up to twenty times better than food not eaten with cinnamon. Excess sugar in the blood can lead to fat storage. Before you sip that chai tea latte or eat your oatmeal, sprinkle on the cinnamon.

Flax Seeds & Flax Seed Oil: These seeds and oil attract oilsoluble toxins that become lodged in the fatty tissues of the body. Once attracted, they help to escort fat-soluble toxins out. That spells fewer fat stores and a trimmer you.

Adapted from the book, 60 Seconds to Slim (Rodale, 2013) by Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, ROHP. Page 15



have been the host of The Woodstock Roundtable for

over a decade. It's a Sunday morning talk program on Radio Woodstock, 100.1 FM and I've done a number of radio segments where listeners had the chance to call in with a dream and get into a lively conversation about its meaning. Now I've decided to do a listener call-in dream segment every week on the program from 8:30—8:50AM. Here's why. At night we are treated to some of the most entertaining, strange, enlightening, hysterical, and profound presentations. They are our sleeping dreams. I'll bet you've had a dream in the past as scary and shocking as Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. I'll bet you've had a dream in the past, which was just as creatively bizarre as the best David Lynch or Louis Bunuel film. And I'll bet you've had a dream just as erotic as Body Heat. You're not alone. We all have.

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I've discussed in previous dream columns that

Perhaps the most inspirational reason to create

our dreams also offer us a bigger picture of

a weekly radio dream segment has to do with

who we really are. Often they come to teach us

the Collective Unconscious.

something meaningful. Occasionally they come to warn us, always to engage us. They arrive as Zen Teachers, Marx Brothers characters, and mysterious characters worthy of Sherlock Holmes.

The great 20th century psychologist Carl Jung proposed that in addition to our immediate personal consciousness there exists a collective, universal field of symbols and meanings which is identical in all of us. He called this the Collective

One thing I know for certain, after 15 years

Unconscious. This is why a great narrative such

of practicing and teaching dream work, as

as Homer’s Odyssey, Shakespeare’s Romeo

my teacher Dr. Jeremy Taylor says, “All of our

and Juliet, Baum’s Wizard of Oz and Lucas’ Star

dreams come in the service of health and

Wars resonate so powerfully with millions of


people. The main characters, what they endure,

To truly recognize how our dreams come to help, we need to better understand their metaphoric language. We all have the ability to tap into their underlying meanings. As I've witnessed in dream groups, you can learn a lot about interpreting your dreams rather

and how they end up reveal the human quest we all share at a deep level—we inherit them just as we inherit genes. This fascinating truth was brilliantly revealed in the books Joseph Campbell wrote about myths which made him such a popular teacher, writer and speaker.

quickly simply by sharing your own dreams and listening to the dreams of others. And so I feel it's about time that dreams and dream work are regularly featured on the radio.

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When we share our dreams with others, whether formally in therapy or a dream group, or informally to a friend or loved one, we can, over time, connect our individual desires and fears to a much more universal field where deeper knowledge and wisdom reside and we get a clearer sense of where we as a culture

When we have a dream, it is unique—no one else

and as an intelligent species are headed.

could have had the exact same dream. And at the same time each of our dreams connects on a deeper level to the Collective Unconscious we all share. So when we talk about our dreams we get to tell amazingly creative and entertaining stories. And we get helpful insights into our personal lives and what is going on at the deeper, universal level of the human psyche. If you would like to call in a dream on the radio, email me, The program airs live on Sunday mornings over Radio Woodstock 100.1 FM, 7-9AM. The dream segment will be from 8:30—8:50AM. The show is also streamed live online and archived for the week.

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f you’ve ever seen or spoken with an acupuncturist before, you may have heard the term ‘liver

qi stagnation’. Even if the terminology is new to you, it is likely that at some point in your life it has or will affect you. Awareness of the general concept behind liver qi stagnation will help you recognize when you are most susceptible and take several simple steps to relieve this common imbalance. Whether considering the liver in Eastern or Western medicine, this organ has many functions. In Western medicine, the liver is responsible for cleansing toxins from the blood, storing energy, manufacturing many essential substances (cholesterol, hormones, proteins, enzymes and bloodclotting factors) and producing bile. In Eastern medicine, the liver is responsible for storing the blood, regulating energy (qi), harmonizing the emotions, assisting digestive functions and nourishing the body’s eyes, tendons and ligaments.

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LIVER QI STAGNATION When overworked, the liver tends to get clogged up and perform sluggishly.

• Western holistic health practitioners may refer to this as a congested liver. • Acupuncturists call it liver qi stagnation. • Allopathic physicians only diagnose a liver problem if blood tests, an ultrasound or biopsy

indicate liver damage.

Liver qi stagnation frequently exists far before any evidence of liver damage surfaces. However, liver qi stagnation that persists unabated for an extended period of time can cause a long list of serious health issues – including liver damage, endometriosis, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure and more. Liver qi stagnation is responsible for a wide range of vague, odd-sounding symptoms that can render someone more susceptible to serious illness. Unfortunately, a Western medical doctor cannot detect liver qi stagnation and will proclaim someone with this imbalance to be completely healthy. Liver qi stagnation refers to liver energy that fails to disperse normally and act freely. Acupuncturists refer to liver qi flowing free and easy throughout the body as a tenet of good health. Emotions are the primary factor impeding liver qi flow. As such, impairment of the liver qi is frequently a result of emotional upset, depression and rage. In addition to emotions being at the root, inactivity and excess toxins building up in the liver can cause liver qi stagnation. Toxins can be anything the body does not easily process, such as chemicals, drugs, alcohol, trans fats and sugar.


Pain or discomfort in the abdomen, flanks

(sides of the trunk) or breasts

Sensation of a lump in the throat or

difficulty swallowing

Frequent sighing

Bitter taste in the mouth

• Headache •

Depression or mood swings

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Alternating constipation and loose stool

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RELIEVING LIVER QI STAGNATION The good news is that liver qi stagnation is not permanent. There are many ways to ease liver congestion. Common strategies include limiting the amount of toxins entering your body (eating healthy foods), regular exercise (this helps circulate qi), finding ways to release stress and anxiety and working out any lingering anger issues.


Turmeric, mustard seed, orange peel and saffron

Garlic, onions and fennel

Apple cider vinegar, lemon and lime

Kumquats and cherries

Red and black dates

Mushroom, squash and sweet potato

If exercising regularly, avoiding toxins, eating healthy food, relieving stress, and managing anger do not seem to be easing liver qi stagnation, consult a licensed acupuncturist. These professionals have access to a variety of non-invasive therapies that help relieve liver congestion. Although working towards the free and easy flow of liver energy may not be your first priority, it is one of the greatest steps you can take towards assuring your own wellness; now and in the future. Page 21



strogen is thought to be the driving force behind

many breast cancers; however, estrogen is only one part of the cancer story. To protect ourselves against cancer, we must control the estrogen, cut off the pathways for cancer, detoxify the body, reduce inflammation, and protect our DNA and so much more. What magic bullet can do all that? Food. The compounds in everyday foods can likely manage estrogen as effectively as drugs, yet cause no side effects and come with a host of benefits. For example, quercetin, found in apples, red wine, red grape skins, tomatoes, onions, and green tea, has anti-estrogenic effects and may reduce the metastatic potential of cancer cells. It disrupts the process that turns healthy cells into malignant cancer cells and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties protect DNA from cancerfriendly mutations.

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Quercetin encourages cell death (apoptosis), and

actually promoting better cellular health in non-

cuts off cancer pathways. Apigenin, found in foods

cancerous cells. Curcumin inhibits the enzymes that

like parsley and celery, blocks estrogen, but also

cause inflammation in the body—the root of many

stops breast cancer tumor cells from multiplying

diseases, including cancer; it is the most powerful

and growing. Plant extracts such as turmeric

natural anti-inflammatory known. Curcumin also

(curcumin) have anti-estrogen benefits and can

blocks estrogen mimicking pesticides (such as DDT

target cancer on many levels; they hit many targets

and dioxin) from getting into cells.

and cut off pathways. In the case of curcumin, as many as nine pathways are affected.

Crucifers increase the detoxification of estrogen, reducing that hormone’s chance of enhancing

Research suggests that curcumin may prevent

cancer growth in those hormone-sensitive cells,

cancer, slow the spread of cancer, make some

but they also slow the development of cancer by

chemotherapies more effective, and protect

detoxifying carcinogenic substances. Crucifers

healthy cells from damage by radiation therapy.

help prevent pre-cancerous cells from developing

Curcumin inhibits angiogenesis, the growth of

into malignant tumors; they promote the suicide of

new blood vessels in the body. Antiangiogenic

cancer cells (apoptosis) and starve tumors of their

agents literally starve the tumor of its blood supply.

blood supply (angiogenesis).

Curcumin has the amazing ability to differentiate

Food is the natural solution for cancer-protective

cancer cells from normal cells and create

estrogen management.

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Tamoxifen competes with estrogens for binding to the estrogen receptors in the body. When estrogens bind to the receptors in the cells of the breast or uterus, for example, this activates cell growth and division. When Tamoxifen occupies the estrogen

as they hop on the estrogen and bind up these

receptor in place of an estrogen, it paralyzes the

hormones and carcinogens and remove them from

receptor, preventing it from triggering the events

the body. Good for managing estrogen and just

that result in cell division. It does not kill cancer

two or three tablespoons of freshly ground flaxseed

cells, but in some respect, puts them to sleep or

daily may reduce Ki67 levels by 30%. Ki-67 is a

disables them. Scientists call this a cytostatic drug;

protein expressed in rapidly diving cells-- high

the word cytotoxic means toxic to cells, or cell-

levels of Ki-67 indicate a more aggressive breast

killing. However, Tam does not kill the cancer cells,

tumor and indicate a higher risk of recurrence.

but rather only stops them from growing; therefore there is no offer for a cure, only a band-aid. When you remove the band-aid, the cells can then begin to divide again. And, Tamoxifen comes with side effects and resulting effects, not benefits.

Aromatase inhibitors, drugs such as Fermara, Aromasin and Arimidex, stop the production of estrogen in postmenopausal women. More specifically, they block the enzyme aromatase, the enzyme responsible for the biosynthesis and

In consideration of food, the lignans in flax are

balance of estrogens. But we don’t so much want

phytoestrogens, but they actually bind to estrogen

to block estrogens completely, but rather detoxify

receptors in the body and work a bit like Tamoxifen,

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Estrogen can be metabolized in two different

that drug, look to nature to provide solutions with

pathways in the liver, which results in two different

benefits, not negatives.

kinds of estrogen, “good” and “bad” estrogen. “Good” estrogen metabolites are released into the bloodstream where they cause many of the benefits estrogen provides, such as prevention of heart disease and strong, healthy bones. “Bad” estrogen, in large quantities, causes trouble. By inhibiting aromatase and blocking estrogen, less “bad” estrogen is available to stimulate the growth of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer cells. However, this also means that you have less of the protective “good”. So by blocking aromatase, we create imbalance and eliminate protective estrogen. Again, nature has a remedy, sans the side

Remember, estrogen is natural to our body; we need it. In fact, we had plenty of estrogen well before the dramatic increase in breast cancer; what we didn’t have was the toxic food, water and chemicals we have today. These chemicals add xenoestrogens (chemical estrogens) into the picture, chemicals that mimic estrogen. Xenoestrogens have been in the environment only in the last 70 years, which certainly helps explain the explosion of incidence. Eliminate as many as you can; use non-toxic home and beauty products and eat organic food. Eat to detox: detoxifying foods can help remove these chemicals from the body.

effects. Compounds in crucifers, for example, can improve the balance and help the body metabolize estrogen into more of the good and less of the bad. Button mushrooms are thought to contain natural aromatase inhibitors; other types of mushrooms-- portobello, crimini and shiitake mushrooms also inhibited aromatase activity and all inhibit tumor growth. Before you reach for

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Also to know is that it may not be that we have too

hormone-free meats, poultry and dairy which can

much estrogen, but rather too little progesterone;

disrupt hormonal balance.

as we age, our hormones become out of balance. Again, food can help. Turmeric, found in curry, is known to help increase the body's progesterone levels. Other herbs such as thyme and oregano are thought to have the same properties. Foods rich in vitamin B-6 including walnuts and whole grains can also help maintain estrogen-

Yes, food--it’s delicious, beautiful, and can balance estrogens and beat the socks off cancer. All fruits and vegetables have their own individual benefits, so include a wide, colorful variety to your day. Try to eat 10-15 servings daily and include at least 25 different varieties each week.

progesterone balance. Also, try to only eat

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eople have used aromatic plants to enhance the

human experience for over 5,000 years. Although the term "aromatherapy" is new to many, the practice of using aromatic essential oils for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual balance is an ancient art.

PRIMER: What Are Essential Oils? Essential oils are the subtle, aromatic and volatile lifeforce extracted from the flowers, seeds, leaves, stems, bark and roots of herbs, bushes, shrubs and trees, through steam distillation under low pressure and low temperature. Like human beings, they are alive, both chemically and electrically.They have a direct effect on the brain through the olfactory system and skin absorption. Serving the same function as human blood, essential oils are the regenerating, oxygenating and immune defense properties of the plant kingdom. Essential oils contain a frequency that is several times greater than the frequency of herbs and food. They enhance brain wave function, improve spiritual awareness, and bring a beautiful balance to the body. continued on next page

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How to Achieve Emotional Balance with Essential Oils Aromatherapy is the art and science of the use and application of therapeutic essential oils.

Essential oils contain molecules that pass directly to the emotional brain. They assist in the release of negative emotions, allowing you to manifest your highest potential. The following blends, found in The “Feelings Kit� from Young , Living, contain essential oils found to strengthen and stabilize emotions. They may be applied as a daily regimen, as you focus on your intention to release and let go.



An empowering combination

Promotes physical and emotional healing

of spruce, rosewood, blue

by balancing the energy centers of the body

tansy and frankincense.

(chakras). Helpful in reducing stress, it is uplifting

Balances energies and instills

and elevating. Contains lavender, geranium,

courage, confidence and

frankincense, sandalwood, orange, jasmine, rose

self-esteem. Apply to the feet.

and many more oils. Rub on the chakra points.

FORGIVENESS An uplifting combination of rose, melissa, helichrysum, angelica, geranium, frankincense, sandalwood, and many others. Forgiveness is essential for moving through physical, mental, emotional and spiritual imbalances. Apply around the navel. continued on next page

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RELEASE Helps to release anger and memory trauma from the liver, creating emotional wellbeing. Facilitates the release of negative emotions. Contains ylang ylang, lavandin, geranium, sandalwood and blue tansy. Apply over the liver.

PRESENT TIME Promotes feelings of living in the moment. Contains neroli, ylang ylang and spruce Apply to the wrists and behind the ears.

INNER CHILD Stimulates memory response and helps us to reconnect with the authentic self. Contains orange, tangerine, jasmine, lemongrass, neroli, sandalwood and spruce. Rub 1-2 drops under nose.

For more information or to purchase essential oils, contact Joan at (845) 679-0512, apteraromatherapy. com or Page 29

REFLEXOLOGY Questions Afoot

-By Debbie Burklund

"WHY DO YOU JUST DO FEET?" Rude question? Maybe. But the fact is that, even if my hands don't leave your feet, I am treating all of you -- your body's organs and systems -- by removing metabolic debris, which enables your cells to begin their job of self healing. I'm seeing all of you, much as an ophthalmologist does when looking into your eyes.

"BUT DON'T YOU GET SICK OF FEET? " Nope. Negatory. Nuh-uh. I love what I do. And no two pair of feet are the same.

"FEET??? EWW."

Actually, people who "get"


what reflexology is are pretty sophisticated, and

Ha! You will fall asleep in record time. Nope, I do

have a high level of self care. But, because I want

not get tired of feet....and I love to use TOPRICIN

you to be relaxed and not be self conscious, I begin

because it enhances my treatments and can be used

your appointment with moist, warm towels and

in conjunction with medications. It is also unscented,

essential oils.

which is important to me.

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-By Patricia Martin


tanding for hours, walking on hard

surfaces, wearing non-sensible shoes— that’s a day in the life of a foot. We demand a lot from our feet, yet often take them for granted…Until our “dogs” start to dog us with pain! Our feet are made up of 26 bones, 56 ligaments, and 38 muscles—which translates to roughly 25% of the bones and the muscles in our entire body. And every day, our feet absorb about 1,000 lbs. of force. By the time we’ve reached our 50th birthday, most of us will have walked more than 70,000 miles. No wonder foot pain is the 3rd most common medical complaint.

There’s a good chance that we’ll be one of the 80% of the U.S. population that will suffer from some kind of foot ailment at some point in our life. Here is some information and tips to help you stave off pain and stay foot loose and fancy free! continued on next page

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STEP INTO THE RIGHT SHOES If the shoe fits…wear it! Treat your feet right by protecting them with proper, foot-friendly shoes. Unfortunately, some of the most popular shoes are also the worst for feet. Here’s a rundown of the ones you should walk away from.

The Worst Offender: Flip Flops Fashionable thongs made of colorful rubber, sometimes glamorously bedecked with sparkling glitter or flower embellishments, flip flops remain one of the most beloved shoes of summer. They’re easy to slip on, easy to slip off, and—unfortunately—they also make feet more susceptible to pain and injuries. Here are some of the reasons flip flops should not be worn, or at least not worn for any length of time. (They’re fine for lounging by a pool or at the beach, but not out pounding the pavement.)

Flip flops offer no arch support. In fact, continuous walking in flat-

soled footwear may cause the calf muscle to stretch, resulting in the

Achilles tendon getting strained. Also, wearing shoes without support

on a regular basis can cause knee, hip and back problems.

Because flip flops are thin and flimsy, feet hit the ground with more

intensity/greater impact, which is more jarring to bones and joints.

Flip flops can aggravate foot deformities such as bunions and

hammertoes, and also contribute to such painful conditions as plantar

fasciitis. •

Flip flops leave feet totally exposed, making them vulnerable to cuts

and scrapes. In addition, their thin soles are easily punctured by

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Flip flops and other backless shoes cause toes to “over

grip” in order to keep them on your feet, which can throw your gait and balance off kilter, increasing the risk of tripping by as much as70%.

Not only are flip flops typically not made in an

environmentally conscious fashion, their rubber soles are porous, which makes them a breeding ground for funguses, bacteria, and other germs. This unhealthy environment can lead to athlete’s foot, warts, and other unpleasant conditions and infections.

The thin rubber thong between the toes causes

friction, which can result in irritation, blisters and abrasions between the toes that may become susceptible to infection. Diabetics should be particularly wary of wearing flip flops if they have disease-related neuropathy because they won’t be able to feel any irritation until there is a significant problem.

When it comes to easy and breezy summer shoes, sandals would be a better choice. But if you insist on flip flops, be sure to invest in a good, well-constructed, quality pair that offers support. The best: those with an orthotic foot bed (which, by the way, can be very cute and fashionable looking, too).

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OTHER OFFENDING FOOTWEAR BALLET FLATS: Those sweet little ballet flats seem to always be en vogue. They are cute, with a sole as flat as a pancake…Which means that they present the same problems as flip flops in terms of lack of support.

SNEAKERS SANS SOCKS: The right sneaker or athletic shoe offers great support and comfort. But don’t ditch socks or you’ll create an environment that’s friendly to breeding bacteria.

RUBBER/PLASTIC “CLOGS”: This style of shoe has become wildly popular for both adults and children, but is not meant for long-term, real-world wear. Unless you have purchased a name-brand expensive pair, your feet may be in for all kinds of bacteria/fungus issues. And be forewarned, there have been news reports over the past several years that individuals wearing soft-soled clogs—especially children— are getting their toes caught in escalators, and suffering from minor to major injuries as a result. continued on next page

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HIGH HEELS: Podiatrists say more than half of Americans regularly experience aching feet, and that that 80% of those who go for treatment are women. No doubt high heels have something to do with that! Compounding pain issues is the fact that women walk, on average, three miles farther than men each day. And, according to a survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) 65% of women spend more than four hours on their feet each day. High heels LOOK fabulous—but are brutal for feet. Wearing them can lead to Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, sprained and swollen ankles, forefoot pain, blisters, aching feet, hammertoes, corns and calluses, lower back pain, knee strain, as well as other painful conditions.

Despite the health hazards, women are not about to give up their stilettoes! Here are some tips for reducing the physical dangers of wearing high heels. •

Make sure the heels fit well. Studies show that 88% of American

women wear shoes that are too small. As we age, feet expand, so it’s

helpful to have them measured periodically.

Choose to try on shoes at the end of your day, as they swell throughout

the day when you stand and walk around.

Try on both pairs of shoes, as your feet may not be identical in size and

the shoes may not be identical in size as well.

Consider high heeled shoes with an “air bag” or very comfortable sole

that protects your feet from rubbing and provides shock absorption. If

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Spend less time perched on high heels. Limit your walking and standing when

wearing high heels, and whenever possible give your feet a break during the day

by switching to more comfy shoes, at least for a while.

Apply Topricin Foot Therapy Cream to feet before strutting out in heels as a

preventative, to reduce pain and injury, then again afterwards to help relieve any

burning, throbbing nerve pain in the feet. As an added plus, it also treats dry,

cracked skin of the feet and eliminate “ashy heel.”

WHEN SOMETHING’S AFOOT Here are other ways to keep your feet happy and healthy. •Swelling in the lower extremities may be a sign of poor protein assimilation. If you suffer from swollen feet and ankles, try switching from meat, poultry and fish to more bioavailable proteins like whey and legumes. continued on next page

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Elevate your legs for 15 or 20 minutes to reduce swelling.

This is especially important if you tend to cross your legs,

which hinders circulation and causes blood to “pool” in

your feet.

Diabetics often suffer from swelling feet, and have a

tendency to have more pressure inside their foot which

is said to be the cause of initial skin breakdown and

lesions. The best course of action they can take is to

see their primary care physician and podiatrist

on a regular basis and keep their blood sugar under

control. Elevating their feet and icing them are helpful,

followed by applying Topricin after the cold therapy.

Treat your feet to a massage. At the end of a long day, a

good foot rub feels great and does wonders for your

feet. Look for a foot roller that is specially designed to

massage the soles of the feet, or roll your bare feet over

a tennis ball or golf ball.

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Soak in relief. Treat your feet to a nice relaxing warm

bath with Epsom salts, which will help relax your muscles, reduce

pain, and sedate the nervous system as well as help drain

toxins and reduce swelling. Another technique that’s refreshing

and stimulating is to fill one basin with cold water and another

with hot. Start by placing your feet in cold water for five minutes,

then switch to the hot, and repeat. What happens is this “hydro

massage” alternately dilates then constricts the blood vessels in

your feet, which boosts circulation.

Work it out. Exercise can help relieve your feet’s aches and pains. Here are a few suggestions:

A simple exercise is to first point, then flex, your feet, which helps

stretch out the small muscles on the bottom of the foot.

Stand and raise both heels up so that you’re on the balls of your

feet, and hold for 10 seconds (repeat 10 times).

Try scattering some pens and pencils on the floor, and pick them

up with your toes, one at a time. •

Feet that have been cramped in shoes all day will benefit from this

exercise in resistance: wrap a thick rubber band around all the

toes (one foot at a time). Spread your toes open as far as

you can, and hold for five seconds. (Repeat this stretch & release

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Sweaty feet are not only uncomfortable, but can lead to health issues because it makes feet more

susceptible to infections. Most people do not hydrate sufficiently enough and their body temperatures will normally rise, depending upon their level of activity. Water also regulates your body’s natural internal temperature—which equals less sweating. In addition to drinking plenty of water, try using talc-free powders and natural deodorants, such as “crystal” deodorant, on your feet. You may also want to take your shoes off periodically throughout the day so your feet can “air out.” •

Maintain a balanced PH. Some simple, natural ways are to take the supplement acidophilus;

immerse feet in hot water with a combination of Epsom salts and natural apple cider vinegar. (Vinegar corrects PH on skin, helps reduce itching, and neutralizes fungus; Epson salts help draw out toxins and neutralize fungus as well. In addition, Epson is very soothing for muscle aches and joint pain. •

Avoid eating nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, white potatoes) and gluten

(especially wheat, barley and oats). Nightshades can aggravate inflammation and gluten ups the histamine response, which causes an allergic response to the gluten. •

Apply Topricin Foot Therapy Cream evenings and mornings, and

periodically during the day to maintain happy, healthy, pain-free feet. Topricin helps to reduce swelling because of its role in helping the body detoxify and remove excess fluid from the underlying supportive tissue. It targets ankles ankle and foot pain and contains eleven natural medicines that naturally support and assist the body by helping the subcutaneous skin layers of the feet to drain toxins and excess fluids from the tissues which increases blood flow and helps heal the damage that is causing the pain. In addition some the natural biomedicines in the formula have antifungal and antibacterial properties.

See your doctor or podiatrist immediately if you have concerns about

any foot issues.

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urns out processed foods can trigger migraines. Anyone who knows

how horrible those can be is probably dropping their jaw in horror at every time they ever went through a drive through. You’re just trying to get a quick meal, but what you don’t know is that that meal is loaded with things like nitrates, artificial sweeteners and monosodium glutamate (MSG). Nitrates are added to many fast foods in order to protect from certain bacteria and to give meat a cured taste and MSG enhances flavor, but along with the extra pressure on your belt buckle, these can lead to pressure in your brain.

Depression If you’re eating fast food, you’re probably not eating healthy food, too. Eating sugary and fatty foods regularly usually means you aren’t eating foods that give you nutrients that are essential for mental health, like antioxidants, folate and Omega-3’s. Without enough of these, you can experience symptoms of depression. continued on next page

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Decreased Sex Drive That’s right, if you’re going to indulge in one pleasure,

I’m not really in the mood...can we just cuddle?

you may have to pass up on another. Fatty foods can trigger biochemical changes that can cause libido, sperm count and ovulation to take a dive. I’ve always been against fast food restaurants as date spots, but this just confirms it.

Food Addiction Yup, it does exist. You may joke that you’re addicted to this or that, but be careful what you joke about. High levels of fat and sugar can cause blood sugar levels to spike and crash, leading you to need even more in order to just maintain normalcy. Imagine needing three cheeseburgers in order to even get out of bed!

A lot of people justify eating fast food because they had a lighter meal earlier or because they have a fast metabolism. But fast food has effects on one’s body aside from plain old weight gain and cholesterol increase. Consider these side effects next time you’re debating that fatty, fried, quick fix of a meal.

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love getting inspired by friends who aim higher!

These women inspire me. They’re my friends, guides and creative partners. When I first started hanging out with JJ Virgin, one of my crave catalysts profiled below, she told me “Hey! Rising tides lift all boats – let’s help each other!” These women are supportive, playful, powerful, and they have cravings. Cravings for food that they listen to and use to give themselves what they really need and want – at dinner and in life. I’ve listened to these women when they’ve shared their stories of overcoming health and body challenges with the best diet for their individual diet – in the moment. Some of them grew famous with one diet and one way of eating and cooking, and evolved as their bodies told them they needed something different. They inspire me because they didn’t beat themselves up for their cravings… They don’t make their bodies wrong… They know how to listen to their cravings and give themselves what they really need…the good stuff…in life and at lunch. continued on next page

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How did you first begin to handle your cravings in order to create the life and body you craved?

Cynthia Pasquella: Cookbook Author & TV Nutrition Expert “I got comfortable being uncomfortable – it’s when the bigger reasons behind my cravings started coming through that allowed me to finally heal my body and my relationship with food.”

Kate Northrup: Author & GlimpseTV Host “I learned about the glycemic index and I started eating a low-glycemic diet that didn’t spike my blood sugar. Then the cravings more or less went away because they were being caused by blood sugar spikes and lows.”

Jessica Ortner: Host & Producer, The Tapping Solution “I first began handling my cravings by letting go of the idea that I needed more “willpower”, instead I began looking closely and addressing the emotions I felt when I had the craving and my desire to turn to food for comfort.”

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Nitika Chopra: TV Host & Founder “” “I went straight to the science of my body. Sometimes all the praying, wishing and surrendering in the world isn’t going to make you not want to eat that insanely good piece of

Candice Kumai: Top Chef, Cookbook Author & TV Host “Cravings! Something I’ve been taught to squash since I was a child. Being raised with an incredibly empowering and health-conscious Japanese mother meant learning to create balance early in life. My Mother taught my sister and I to eat, only when you are hungry. Stop, when you are full. I know, this sounds like the obvious; but so many of us fall-short when it comes to just passing on that last course or just one more cocktail. In a world where “more is more,” let’s think about being a minimalist. Where “less is more.”

gluten free chocolate cake, but

Andrea Beaman: TV Host & Cookbook Author

when I got to understanding

“The first thing I did to handle my

what it does to my immune

cravings was to recognize that they

system to eat sugar (which

had nothing to do with physical

has always been my greatest

food. My cravings stemmed from

craving) it made the journey of

emotions that I wasn’t letting myself

releasing the hold that food had

feel. Caving into my food cravings,

on me so much less painful.”

specifically sugar and chocolate, was a way of suppressing my desire to love and be loved. Once I got clear on that, the cravings were still there, but I began feeding them properly. I would call a friend when I was lonely, or I would make a date and visit my nephews when I wanted to play. I was, and always will be, surrounded by love and the ability to love.” continued on next page

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What one thing would you recommend women do/create/ have (that worked/works for you) in order to cure their sabotaging food cravings? JJ Virgin: #1 New York Times Best Seller “The Virgin Diet” “Eat a protein rich breakfast. If you start the day with a high carb breakfast or worse yet, no breakfast, you set yourself up for a day full of cravings. Protein is very satiating and helps stabilize blood sugar, especially when combined with fiber and healthy fats. My top recommendation is to start the day with a healthy meal replacement shake – I use a high quality vegan protein blend, unsweetened coconut or almond milk, chia seeds, kale or spinach and berries.”

Nisha Moodley: Founder of “Fierce, Fabulous & Free“ “For most women, there’s something deeper that we’re really craving: connection. Make a gentle effort to cultivate sisterhood in your life — you’ll satisfy your strong cravings for connection, building a solid sisterhood of support to celebrate your life’s highs and soothe your life’s lows.”

Jenny Sansouci: Founder of “What works for me is to remember how certain foods make me feel. For instance, I know that sugar makes me feel depressed and too much coffee gives me anxiety, so in the interest of wanting to feel great, I tend to stay away from them. I don’t have time to feel crappy. I still give into cravings, I just try to do it in the nicest way possible – I find healthier alternatives. For instance, I’m a bit of a caffeine junkie, but I stick to yerba mate tea instead of coffee, which has some caffeine but lots of antioxidants, and doesn’t make me feel jittery. Instead of eating processed chocolate that’s full of milk and sugar, I go for raw chocolate.” These women are at the forefront of a healing, creative, supportive movement to help millions of people end their battle with their bodies, cure their sabotaging food cravings and get the life and body they truly crave. They’re doing them right. Giving themselves the authentic energy, real food and permission to be themselves every day, in every way. They’re building the lives and health they crave.

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s the hot new club the health-food store? Recently, I’ve felt the need to spruce up prior to entering the automatic doors of my local whole food store. Literally, I do a once-over to ensure that I’m green-carpet worthy. Recyclable bags--check! Proper yoga gear on--check! Eco-friendly water bottle--check! Now I’m good to walk the aisles as one with the environment. My son takes an apple off the shelf and it’s not organic. I’m sure that was a look I received from the woman near me. Should I grab the apple and lecture him on why we don’t eat conventional? My Pranayama course comes in handy--I decide to breathe deeply, and let it go. During my mini-meditative moment, I see the image of the New Yorker cartoon posted on my fridge. It pictures the evil witch handing Snow White the infamous apple. The caption reads:

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Interestingly, there is a long tradition of glorifying food production. Tom Standage writes in An Edible History of Humanity: “In pre-revolutionary France, Queen Marie-Antoinette had an idealized farm built on the grounds of the palace of Versailles, where she and her ladies-in-waiting would dress up as shepherdesses and milkmaids, and milk cows that had been painstakingly cleaned…” Not so different from a recent episode of a reality television show. A company arrives at a celebrity couple’s backyard and plants an organic garden with automatic watering system in less than an hour. The couple is quick to label themselves as organic farmers yet are free from dirt and labor. The essence of nutrition has changed because of its en vogue status. Don’t get me wrong, I am thrilled that more are aware of the severity of the obesity epidemic and that people are taking great measures to protect our children. I am thankful for the efforts of the American Heart Association, the William J. Clinton Foundation’s Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. It is crucial that we educate ourselves so we can make healthier choices for ourselves and our families. And this is my point. Health should not be a status symbol. It is not something we put on to appear more worthy. Do we really want to make health such a trend that we constantly feel like we have to overspend, making carrots akin to caviar? Just look at the data about publicized health foods in the last decade: Olive oil consumption has nearly tripled since 1991; walnut consumption reached a record high in 2004/05, of 0.54 pounds per person; and the acai berry has seen sales triple in just three years, from $3.8million in 2005 to $13.5 million in 2007. (Bittman ,Food Matters ).

Making health fun and attractive is not immoral. However, it’s more positive to direct our energies towards nourishing all with quality foods. CBS Sunday Morning’s “Fighting Hunger in a Land of Plenty” profiled the efforts of the California Food Bank. Recently, the association started the Farm to Family Program, in which volunteers gather fresh produce for food banks, so the hungry can eat healthy broccoli, portobello mushrooms, lovely potatoes and yams, carrots etc. Another program is The Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), established by Congress in 1992, that supplies local fruits and vegetables to women and their children. A hearty dream yes, to satisfy all who are hunger for health. But if we collectively shift away from thinking of health as an exclusive lifestyle and focus on providing good nourishment to all, our souls and stomachs will benefit. Let’s get rid of the VIP status and sit down at the same table.

Have you noticed the huge marketing campaigns for these foods? The commercials, the packaging, the infusion of “ingredients” into numerous other marketplace categories—even beauty products and clothing. It’s ironic that we spend so much time and energy making health pretty when the cleanest foods come from the dirt: Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

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-By Eric Francis

Aries (March 20-April 19) What do you offer in your sexual relationships and what do you get back? There may seem to be a situation wherein you do all the giving, and where someone else benefits. Have you found yourself in this situation before? You seem to be in the role of sexual healer. That's someone who engages in erotic experiences primarily for the benefit of others. Your role is to hold space for them, which is a high-consciousness experience. At the same time there's part of you that craves the experiences you want -- yet you will learn more and deepen your relationships by offering rare experiences to others, or to someone in particular. Reach for a deep understanding of what your partner or someone you care about needs and offer that to them as a conscious act of generosity and healing.

Taurus (April 19-May 20) When a house is designed with the kitchen at the center, it has a point of focus and feels more like home. This is an old tradition from when the hearth had to be at the center of a structure. The hearth provided warmth, energy for cooking, a gathering point and was a kind of utilitarian spiritual center of the home (a lot more interesting than most stoves). There is some experience that may benefit from using this as a metaphor. Something, someone or some experience needs to be kept at the center of your life, and everything else organized around it. This is likely to involve your physical home, who is welcome there and whether they feel comfortable -beginning with you. The message of the stars this month is to fully occupy your space and keep your home fires burning bright.

Gemini (May 20-June 21) You have been through an interesting tour of your feelings about yourself. You seem to have considered this from every possible point of view, and I think that's a beautiful (and necessary) thing for a conscious person. You're now at the point where it would be good to ask yourself what you've learned, because you will need to make decisions based on that mix of information and experience. You may encounter something that seems like a test of your self-worth. But once you get there, remember all that you've learned so recently. Remember that confidence comes from the heart and not the head; don't try to convince yourself of anything -- be courageous and look whoever in the eye and know that you can do not just what you need to do, but what you want to do.

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Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Leo (July 22-Aug. 23)

Be conscious of when you’re trying to enhance how you feel about yourself by altering externals -- your appearance, for example, or making sure that people know your accomplishments. There’s a place and time for those things, but at the moment, your astrology is about orienting from the inside out. Consider this: If you emphasize your appearance in some way, that’s taking consciousness from your interior reality. Experiment with this to see it in action. You’re not valued by others because your appearance is so good, or so acceptable, or because your flaws are hidden. You are accepted because you are who you are, the more so the bolder you are about it. Consider that focus on externals, no matter how shiny, dulls something about your interior, while focus on your inner fire is how you can shine.

You cannot be totally committed part of the time -- such is a bit of wisdom from A Course in Miracles. Obviously you cannot do everything all of the time, but commitment is, above all, a state of mind. It’s a relationship to existence. It’s where the concepts ‘devotion to yourself’, ‘devotion to others’, and ‘devotion to a cause’ merge into one idea -- because they are the same idea. Your inner alignment is the focal point of your relationship to existence. Your astrology is describing you as centered in that relationship, and if you observe yourself and focus your attention there, you can answer many of your own questions about who you are, what you want to be doing and why. It’s not even possible to pretend -- knowing that will make your life much simpler.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep. 22) Is there a secret that you're hiding from yourself? I don't mean something you're denying; I mean something you're concealing from your awareness. Rather than looking for that thing, I suggest you look for the motive you might have. For example, if you fully consider something, what decisions might that lead you to make? If you admit something to yourself, what would you have to say to others about it? There may be some tension between your inner reality and the outer effects if you allow that to come fully into your consciousness. I would propose that the result of allowing your inner reality to the surface would be a form of strength and power that you're not accustomed to, and that you might consider scary. But is it really? You will never know unless you allow it to happen.

Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 23) You still may not be fully in harmony with the extent to which you’re perceived as a leader. I don’t mean a boss, though that may be true. I mean someone in a position of moral authority, someone who is a reference point for right and wrong. As such, it’s essential that you question yourself, and that those questions lead somewhat directly to useful information. It’s clear that you’re doubting something about yourself, indeed, it’s likely that you’re obsessed with your doubts. But that’s not a direct path to knowledge -- it seems more like a diversion. If something doesn’t have an answer, it may not be a valid question. This one doubt may be covering your deeper faith in yourself. Set it aside for a few days and look at yourself from another point of view.

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Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 20)

I suggest you make a list of every mistake you've made more than three times. Stick to the big ones -- the ones involving your career, your family, your sense of purpose; mistakes involving authority figures, the government, and how you think of your place in society. My question for you is: can you spot any pattern that they all share? Is there some underlying energy, idea or belief that you're allowing to misguide you? Here's a more challenging question: what would you have to give up if you start making better decisions? Your chart says that you're being called to service in a big way. True, you might consider helping people match their shoes to their dress a form of service, but I would submit that may be better suited for your list of mistakes. You have a purpose, it is significant, and it's beautiful -- all you need to do is get out of your own way.

There seem to be two parallel worlds in your relationships. One looks like passion and chaos, complete with mixed signals flying in all directions, bright light, dark shadows, passion and repulsion. In a parallel world there is focus, devotion, purpose and clarity. There is the honoring of what is vital and what is real. There is a conscious relationship to tradition, with everyone doing their part to uphold something that's older than everyone involved. I would propose that your life would be easier if you were to choose one of these worlds rather than trying to live in both at the same time. I can understand wanting elements of both, but not making up your mind is denying you either of them. Here is a clue: they have a lot in common; but in one, the passion is in a more accessible, available form.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 22) There is an I Ching hexagram (number 41) called Decreasing. Really, it means concentrating. I think of the energy of this hexagram as being about cutting back on what is not necessary, trimming back your energy field and focusing on what is important -- with a view toward the long run. That is what your charts are about now. Tidy up any fires that are burning out of control; keep your flame concentrated and contained. Use your heat and energy consciously. While you're at it, organize the kitchen, clean out one cupboard, scrub the teakettle and toss out anything that doesn't belong in your refrigerator. Focus on doing what is necessary using less energy than you usually do, but using it more meaningfully. Your confidence will grow and in the process you will discover some unexpected form of success.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) There are times when your calling is undeniable. If you're not one of those people who feels this every day, get ready to experience it over the next five or six weeks. That said, if you're unaccustomed to the idea of a calling, you may need to get used to the challenge involved. I know there's plenty of modern mythology around 'do what you want and everything will work out', and I am aware that some people report that happening. More people say something like: 'had I known what would be involved, I might not have attempted it, but in retrospect I'm very glad that I did'. That more or less sums up your moment. You are being guided, if not by ease, than by meaning; you are being invited not into the familiar, tried and true, but into the authentic unknown.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) If there's one pitfall to the otherwise brilliant astrology that's blessing you right now, it involves making the choice to send clear signals. You have both Neptune and Chiron in your sign; you can express yourself as either of them or as a blend of both. Neptune is dreamy and is not exactly the deacon of firm commitment. Chiron is on mission, focused and alert, but can come off as having rough edges or something to prove. Healthy Neptune serves to cultivate a vision. Healthy Chiron focuses on healing, which is then conveyed into creativity and a sense of commitment that you want to express in real ways. I suggest you borrow the best elements of both planets, which work beautifully together. Use Chiron to focus your vision. Use Neptune to help you dream a little -- in truth so much is possible.

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s I lay wide awake in the middle of the night last night unable to fall back to sleep, I made a list in my head of many, many simple things I am so grateful for in my life right now. These are just a few.... :: The soft downy hair on the top of my sweet baby's head that I love to kiss until my lips tingle when I can't sleep at night. :: Two big kids who make me so proud every day of the people they are and are becoming as they grow and mature before my eyes. :: How lucky I am that my partner is willing to rub my achy feet at the end of a long day. :: My chickens are finally back into the springtime laying routine and farm fresh omelets really are the best breakfast ever (and lunch, and dinner). :: I'm so happy that the frogs are croaking in the pond again. :: The pasture and new garden project is so close to completion... just a few more tasks that need to be done. I can't wait to sow seed and watch it grow! :: My first few skeins of balanced and beautiful two ply yarn- soon to be knit into something cozy for a little guy I know and love. :: Our ever growing list of fruit trees, shrubs and ground covers from Burnt Ridge Nursery. :: Learning to ride horses again after 25 years out of the saddle. :: Occasional sunny days, and the crazy schizophrenic springtime weather of sunshine, sideways rain, hail, blustery winds and rainbows all in a matter of an hour. :: Fourteen and a half wonderful years with the most wonderful, amazing and loyal dog I could have ever asked for.

May your day (and night) be filled with much gratitude and love....

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hree words we rarely say: Too. Much. Food.

Thanksgiving is most definitely our favorite food holiday but after a day of indulging and subsequent servings of leftovers… we need a little break! Even though we both had a glorious long weekend with our families we came back to NYC feeling as stuffed as turkeys! We figured if we were feeling this way, you probably were too! So we wanted to share some of the best beverages for getting your belly back on track. If you ever find your digestion out of whack or need to give your metabolism a kick in a pants, just try one of these drinks. Depending on your preference we have a cold option and a hot option. Try them both and let us know what you think!

Slim Waist Water

Servings: about 8 Time: 5 minutes

- 2 liters water (about 8 ½ cups) - 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger - 1 medium cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced - 1 medium lemon, thinly sliced - Juice of 2 limes - ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper - Few drops of Stevia to taste

Directions Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and drink! Aim to have one pitcher every one to two days. continued on next page

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Tummy Taming Tonic

Servings: about 4 Time: 5 minutes

- 2 cups boiling water - 1 bag of ginger tea or 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger - Juice of ½ lemon - 1 teaspoon cinnamon, more to taste

Directions Combine all ingredients and enjoy! Aim to have 2-3 cups per day.



eauty insiders know that some products intended for other uses can become a "secret weapon" for looking great (who doesn't know the one that works on cellulite and under-eye puffiness?!). Likewise, Topricin for Children is also a musthave for your beauty regime as it performs wonderfully as an amazing, all-natural moisturizer and skin treatment. Topricin for Children contains highly purified water, plus coconut oil, which is a fabulous emollient for skin and provides natural, healthy moisture. The synergy of its 14 natural medicines all working together help to achieve overall health and vitality to the skin by naturally helping the body to detoxify and stimulate blood flow to increase and enhance oxygenation of the skin. The result? Soft, supple, smooth and radiant skin. Now that’s a beauty secret you can add to your repertoire!

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-By Annie B. Bond

ojoba wax is a natural liquid wax that never goes rancid. The wax comes from the jojoba tree, and it is antiseptic, a good lubricant, and an excellent substitute for the old formulas that called for sperm whale oil. It is also perfect to include in a formula for a DIY furniture polish because it doesn’t go rancid.

Most commercial furniture polish is mostly petroleum solvents with a bit of synthetic lemon fragrance, exposing yourself and your family to neurotoxicants, respiratory toxicants, and cardiovascular and blood toxicants, according to The neurotoxic exposure can make you feel depressed and anxious. Here is a solution that is natural, green, and non-toxic, yet it gets the job done. One source of jojoba oil is Desert Essence.

DIY Furniture Polish/Wax - 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar - 1/4 teaspoon jojoba liquid wax - a few drops natural essential oil of lemon (optional, although note that lemon oil is very uplifting, as opposed to the depression that petroleum distillates can cause)

Add the ingredients to a small glass jar, and shake to blend. Dip a soft rag into the mixture and work the polish into the wood, moving along the grain line. Recommendation: A similar concept, although without jojoba, is found with Natural Choices 100% Natural Shine Furniture Cleaner and Polish. Instead of vinegar the ingredient is real orange oil (d-limonene), squeezed from the peel, and instead of jojoba, soybean oil is used as a lubricant. A petroleum-free product, Natural Shine cleans the wood at the same time that it moisturizes and polishes.

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n apple a day keeps the doctor away…” And other fruits and veggies are just

as good for your health, too! Fresh produce contains vitamins, minerals, and many other nutrients that are essential to health and wellness, including phytochemicals, or antioxidants. Eating a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables can help ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure, and bolster your body’s immune system. It can also help you avoid diverticulitis (a painful intestinal ailment) and guard against cataract and macular degeneration (which are two common causes of vision loss). Moreover, luscious fruits and veggies can help the body cleanse itself of harmful toxins. Plus, they are just plain delicious! Our country’s basic diet falls woefully short of eating the proper amount of fruits and vegetables. Not counting potatoes—which should be considered a starch—the average American consumes just three servings of fruits and vegetables a day. This is much less than the nutritional guidelines that call for five to thirteen servings a day, which translates to roughly 2½ to 6½ cups, depending on an individual’s total daily caloric intake. Variety is the spice of life…And is also the key to health since no single fruit or vegetable can provide all of the nutrients we need. So, remember to eat a “rainbow” every day for optimum health! Here are some colorfully powerful fruits and vegetables that will add vitality and vibrancy to your nutritional profile. continued on next page

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SEEING RED: Pink grapefruit, red bell


peppers, tomatoes, watermelon. These

SPECTRUM. Carrots, sweet

contain lycopene, which shows promise

potato, butternut squash,

in helping to fight lung and prostate

apricots, mango, pumpkin,

cancers. Cooking your tomatoes (or

oranges. Rich with the

using tomato sauces and paste) makes

pigment beta-cryptoxanthin,

lycopene more available.

they contain Vitamin C and beta- carotene, which are particularly beneficial

GO GREEN. Spinach, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, collard greens, bok choy, and other greens.

THE COLOR PURPLE. Concord grapes, blueberries, prunes. The anthocyanins that give these fruits their deep colors may help ward off heart disease by preventing clot formation, and also may help lower the risk of cancer.

Dark green, leafy veggies

antioxidants and may help prevent cancer, reduce the risk of heart disease and improve immune function.

are often high in folate, a B vitamin that may help prevent heart diseases, along with Lutein, which also helps reduce the risk of stroke and

BASIC WHITE. Cauliflower,

guard against age-related

mushrooms, banana, onion.

macular degeneration. Also,

These bright whites contain

Sulforaphane, a photochemical

anthoxanthins and allicin,

found in cruciferous vegetables,

which can help lower blood

has been found to detoxify

pressure and may protect

cancer-causing chemicals

against stomach cancer.

before they do damage to the body. continued on next page

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OTHER COLORFUL CHARACTERS Here are some other colorful fruits and veggies that are super health boosters. Apples: High in pectin, a fiber that binds to cholesterol and heavy metals in the body to help eliminate toxic build up and cleanse the intestines.

Avocados: A powerhouse that can lower cholesterol and dilate blood vessels while blocking artery-destroying toxicity.

Beets: Uniquely able to purify the blood and cleanse the liver. Cabbage: Offers numerous anticancer and antioxidant compounds, cleanses the digestive tract, and strengthens the liver’s ability to detoxify.

Celery: a great blood cleanser and contains different compounds that help detoxify cancer cells.

Cranberries: Contain antibiotic and antiviral substances. Lemons: An excellent liver detoxifier providing a superior amount of vitamin C.

Watercress: Delicious in salads or on sandwiches, it increases detoxification enzymes and acts on cancer cells in the body. continued on next page

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HALF A PLATE FOR WHOLE HEALTH Are you hungry to start eating healthier? Then aim to fill ½ your plate with produce. Here are some easy ways to up your intake:


Have salad for lunch


Make super green or fruit smoothies,

and/or with dinner. Start with a variety

with coconut water or coconut, almond, rice milk or organic

of dark green leafy lettuces and toss in

skim milk as the base. Go easy on the fruit as it does

an ever-changing medley of veggies,

have sugar, and don’t mix fruit and veggies together (the

from artichoke hearts to zucchini! Top

exception are berries, green apples and lemon or lime,

with extra virgin olive oil and apple

which can be tossed in with veggies).

cider vinegar or lemon juice as a simple, healthful dressing. Season to taste with herbs and spices you like best.

UNDERCOVER AGENTS. Sneak fresh veggies into main dishes—they go with so much! Try adding mushrooms, peppers, spinach, zucchini, onions, or carrots to your pasta sauce, in casseroles, soups, stews, scrambled eggs, chili, or meatloaf. Or make veggies the main attraction on your homemade pizza—preferably using whole wheat dough--for a healthier version of everyone’s favorite comfort food.

With summer in full swing and farmers’ markets bursting with fresh produce, there couldn’t be a better time to live off the land!

GO ORGANIC Organic produce is good for the earth AND good for your body. It contains more antioxidants which not only protect your cells from aging but may also make you leaner. A recent University of Florida study found that people who consume more antioxidants had lower body mass indexes, smaller waistlines, and lower body fat percent than those with lower intakes, even though both groups consumed the same amount of daily calories. In addition, research shows that pesticide residue found on conventionally grown foods may be a contributing factor to the rising obesity rate. If you can’t go organic 100%, at least fill your shopping cart with the organic versions of “The Dirty Dozen™”—which are the fruits and vegetables found to contain the highest amount of pesticide residues— as well as the “Plus” crops, which do not meet traditional Dirty Dozen criteria but are commonly contaminated with pesticides exceptionally toxic to the nervous system. Here’s the full list of produce that are the most important to buy organic, compiled by the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce for 2013: Apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, imported nectarines, peaches, white potatoes, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, kale/collard greens, summer squash

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he idea of “cold soups” seems so foreign or strange to some people that they just can’t seem to bring themselves to try one. But on a hot summer day or evening, nothing beats the heat better than a nice chilled soup—perhaps with a simple green salad-- and a loaf of good, whole grain peasant bread. Gazpacho is one of my summertime favorites. Filled with all kinds of glorious fresh vegetables, it’s like a refreshing “liquid salad.” You can be creative and adjust the actual vegetables, adding more or less depending on what you find at the farmer’s market or store. If you like tomato, I think you will love this recipe!

GAZPACHO Ingredients: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

1 English cucumber or two small regular cucumbers halved and seeded 1 red bell peppers, cored and seeded 4 fresh tomatoes 1 red onion 2 ribs of celery 1 small zucchini 2 garlic cloves, minced 23 ounces organic tomato or vegetable juice (3 cups) 1/4 cup red wine vinegar 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil Two tablespoons of fresh lemon A handful of fresh herbs of your choice: parsley, cilantro, and/or chives are good; a pinch of oregano or basil too Optional: If you like heat, add 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped (use gloves); tabasco/hot sauce to taste Sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions: Roughly chop the vegetables, reserving some on the side and dicing into smaller pieces. Place bulk of veggies and herbs in a blender or food processor and pulse to desired consistency, then mix with tomato juice. OR you can also blend the vegetables with the tomato juice or use an “inversion blender.” Mix in the oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt & pepper (and hot sauce, if using) and stir well to combine. Add the reserve vegetables, taste and adjust the seasonings. Some people prefer a chunky gazpacho; I like to make mine relatively smooth, and use the diced reserved vegetables for some extra body. Chill before serving. The longer gazpacho sits, the more the flavors develop. continued on next page

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SIMPLE GREEN SALAD DRESSING Along with ripe garden tomatoes, farm fresh cucumbers are one of the season’s greatest treats. Here is a recipe for a simple yet exquisitely tasty salad dressing that is the essence of summer. (Please note that the amount of ingredients is approximate— adjust the oil and vinegar and herbs to please your own palate.)

Ingredients: • 1 fresh cucumber, peeled, seeded and roughly chopped • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil • ¼ (or more) cup apple cider vinegar (to taste) • 2 tablespoons of water • 1 or 2 cloves of garlic (to taste) • Handful of fresh herbs (parsley, basil, chives, tarragon, thyme, etc.) • Sea salt and pepper

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings.



e were proud to be a part of HealthCorp’s annual Grassroots Garden Gala, and 800 Topricin for Children kits were on hand at the festive benefit at Gotham Hall in New York City. HealthCorps was founded by heart surgeon and two-time Daytime Emmyaward winner daytime talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife, Lisa, to create a nationwide movement to combat the childhood obesity crisis and shape a new generation of healthy youngsters. This year’s Grassroots gala honorees included Harold Hamm, COO, Continental Resources, and actress, producer, and social activist Marlo Thomas. We commend HealthCorps for their important work in contributing to the health and wellness of our nation’s children, and look forward to next year’s gala! continued on next page

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TOUR de CURE STARTS A CHAIN REACTION Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling outing—it’s a life-changing event held annually. It’s also a day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. This year, Topricin was a proud sponsor of the Saratoga Tour de Cure, which was an inspiring, exciting, and successful event. Close to 2,500 cyclists gathered on June 2nd, riding in a variety of events and raising more than a whopping $1,000,00 for the American Diabetes Association. What a thrill for us to be a part of it!

TOPRICIN: A TOP PICK OF PHARMACISTS ACROSS THE NATION It’s official: Pharmacists trust Topricin! We are delighted to have been listed among nationally recommended over-the-counter health products 2012 – 2013 in an initiative conducted by U.S. News in collaboration with the trade journal Pharmacy Times. We are also gratified to have been the only homeopathic product on the recommended list for “Topical Analgesics” during the year. Thank you to pharmacists across the country for honoring Topricin and recommending it to their customers!

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e are excited to announce that it’s time for our Third Annual Where in the World is Topricin photo contest!

Where are you going in the next few months? On a cruise to Alaska? Scuba diving in Bermuda? Attending a BIG high school reunions? Hunting for bargains at antique shows and flea markets? Hiking in the Adirondacks? Or kicking back and enjoying a “stay-cation” at home with the family? No matter what you’re up to, take Topricin along, snap a photo of your adventures, and submit it—along with a clever caption—to qualify to win one of the fabulous prizes:

Grand Prize: A year’s supply of Topricin AND a five day/four night vacation getaway stay in

beautiful Cancun, Mexico*

Second Prize: A deluxe Topricin gift basket Third Prize: Five lucky entries will win a “Topricin Trio” set with tubes of all three formulas The photos can show Topricin in any setting, or people with their Topricin (any size or formula). You are encouraged to be creative as entries will be judged based on composition, originality, creativity, and the presence of Topricin. Here’s how to enter: Send photo and caption along with your name, address, phone number, and email address to: “Where in the World is Topricin,” Topical BioMedics, Incl, 6565 Springbrook Avenue PMB #207, Rhinebeck, NY 12572 or email to Entries must be postmarked no later than October 31, 2013, and one entry per household, please. *Vacation is for five days/four nights for two adults and two children under the age of 12 at one of two hotels in Cancun (The Laguna Suites Golf and Spa or the Ocean Spa Hotel). Prize is for room only and excludes registration fee, applicable taxes, and transportation.

For inspiration, videos with photos from the 2011 and 2012 “Where in the World is Topricin” contests can be seen at future_contest. Page Page 62


Lou Paradise

Lou is the President and CEO of Topical BioMedics and the inventor of Topricin. He frequently serves as an expert speaker on the use of natural medicines, and has participated in addressing compliance issues related to the regulation of natural medicines as a member of the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmaceuticals (AAHP). He is especially interested and active in issues regarding the care and treatment of the elderly, women and children, and his fellow veterans in VA medical centers around the country. Lou is a Marine Corps helicopter combat and rescue veteran who served two rotations in Vietnam. He is very modest about his combat service but his many decorations are for bravery in combat and the rescue of wounded solders, sailors, and fellow Marines and the humanitarian rescue of Vietnamese civilians.

Joan Apter

A sought-after public speaker, Joan Apter, licensed massage therapist, offers aromatherapy massage, Young Living Essential Oil products, health consultations and classes. Contact Joan at Visit and facebook. com/joanapter

Deborah Burklund

Deborah Burklund, certified reflexologist, has had a lifelong love of complementary alternative health care. She treats people who have a range of health issues, and her favorite word is “wow,” because she hears it often while giving a treatment. One of her tag lines is, “Your feet don’t lie.” www.

Annie B. Bond

Best-selling author Annie B. Bond has been called “The foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine. Honed by her own experience with chemical poisoning, Annie now offers others information on pursing a healthy way of life that is in harmony with the earth. Her books include Clean and Green, Better Basics for the Home, Home Enlightenment, and the most recent release True Food, published by National Geographic. For more information, visit and www. She is also Editor-in-Chief of The Wellness Wire, which is a site for day-to-day, handson inspiration and help for detox, relaxation, menus and recipes, spa remedies, personal care solutions, fitness and wellness-related articles from around the world, at

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Eric Francis

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM

Nicole Cutler, L.Ac., MTCM is a long time advocate of integrating perspectives on health. With a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester and a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches Institute, Nicole has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2000. She has gathered acupuncture licenses in the states of California and New York, is a certified specialist with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and has earned diplomat status with the National Commission of Chinese and Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. In addition to her acupuncture practice that focuses on stress and pain relief, digestion and immunity, Nicole contributes to the integration of healthcare by writing articles for professional massage therapists and people living with liver disease.

The founder and editor of Planet Waves, Eric is an astrologer and investigative journalist. He was working in his first job as a municipal newspaper reporter when he discovered that his editor also owned an astrology bookstore. This began a long relationship between astrology and journalism, which has taken Eric through the pages of many newspapers as a horoscope writer, including the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror plus numerous other venues. Today, Eric covers global turning point events through the lens of astrology. He is a specialist in newly-discovered planets. For more information visit and www.

Laurel House

Laurel is a healthy living expert, author, personal trainer, and journalist covering travel, relationships, healthy food and fitness in national print and online publications. She has a weekly Fitness and Healthy Food channel on Yahoo! Shine, a “Screwing the Rules” dating/relationships column on Giuliana Rancic’s, is a regular contributor to HealingLifestyles. com, a Dating Coach with, and a lifestyle contributor to E! News. Laurel has been featured on E! News, Weekend TODAY, The Daily Buzz, CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC Morning News, and other TV shows. Her most recent book, QuickieChick’s Cheat Sheet to Life, Love, Food, Fitness, Fashion and Finance on a Less than Fabulous Budget, was published by St. Martin’s in May 2012. She also doles out dating/relationship advice at www.ScrewingTheRules. com.

Doug Grunther

Doug is a certified dream work facilitator and regularly holds dream work study groups. He has been Woodstock, NY’s most noted radio talk show host for over 25 years. His popular program, “The Woodstock Roundtable,” can be heard over 100.1 WDST-FM and over the Internet at To contact Doug, email or go to continued on next page

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Roufia Payman

Roufia is the Director of Outpatient Nutritional Services at Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck, NY, where she directs the Bariatric Support Group, “New Leaf,” and “Get Real Weight Results” programs. For more information call 845-8713600 or visit org/ndh.

Alexandra Jamieson

Elyn Jacobs

is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. She is also on the peer review board of the Natural Standard Database. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. www.elynjacobs.; Twitter@survivelivewell; Facebook @Elyn Jacobs Consulting; LinkedIn @ Elyn Jacobs;

Author, chef, and certified health and nutritional counselor, Alexandra is an advocate of holistic nutrition and healthy living. She has been seen on Oprah, The Final Word, 30 Days and the National Health Test with Bryant Gumble, and was featured in the awardwinning documentary Super Size Me. In her books, Living Vegan for Dummies (Wiley, 2009) and The Great American Detox Diet (Rodale, 2005), Alex offers sensible and tasty advice on how to detox, live healthfully, and feel fantastic. For more information, visit www.

Patricia Martin

Patricia is the managing editor of Natural Healing, Natural Wellness and the director of marketing for Topical BioMedics, Inc. She is also an author, poet, copywriter, journalist, and lifestyle columnist who frequently co-hosts Doug Grunther’s Woodstock RoundTable radio talk show on WDST 100.1 fm, Woodstock, NY. continued on next page

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Laurie Towers

Founder and CEO of Physical Advantage, NY, NY, Laurie is a fitness expert, former professional bodybuilder, and now Manhattan’s main massage maven. Perennially listed in New York Magazine’s “Best Of” issue and featured on numerous television news shows and radio programs, Physical Advantage has established itself as the premier “serious” rehabilitative massage center in New York City, with a clientele that includes professional athletes, marathoners, dancers, actors, and singers. She is also the creator of the “Bridal Body Shop,” which helps brides-to-be get in shape with personal training sessions in their own home, and was recently named one of the top businesses primed for success in 2011 by Business News Daily. For more information visit

Christina Towle

Christina is Senior Editor of The Wellness Wire, which is a site for day-to-day, hands-on inspiration and help for detox, relaxation, menus and recipes, spa remedies, personal care solutions, fitness and wellness-related articles from around the world, at www. She received her B.A. from Princeton University. She has worked in production for Manhattan media companies including Wiley, Forbes Magazine, and ABC News. Her penchant towards news stories on health and wellness steered her towards obtaining her degree in Clinical Nutrition from the Natural Healing Institute of Naturopathy. In 2009, she left Manhattan to raise her son in the rural setting of Rhinebeck, NY. Prior to joining The Wellness Wire, Christina wrote for and handled public relations for Gigi Hudson Valley – a farm-to-fork food company.

WELCOME NEW COLUMNISTS Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, ROHP, DNM, is an

international best-selling and fifteen-time book author whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, The Ultimate pH Solution, and the upcoming book Weekend Wonder Detox. She is a doctor of natural medicine, holistic nutritionist, and the publisher of the free ezine World’s Healthiest News. Learn more about her work at: www., www., and

MamaWolf says:

“I am a mama of three and partner to one trying to cultivate a sweet and simple life with intention. We live on a small organic homestead - alongside rain forest, gardens, fruit trees, chickens, turkeys, honey bees, a Dexter cow and her calf, two cats and a dog. My goal is to live my dreams in each day and teach the same to my children....”

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HEALTHY COOKING CAMP’S Robyn Youkilis & Quinn Asteak

Robyn and Quinn were educated at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, the world’s leading nutrition school, where they became Certified Health Coaches and members of the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. In Spring of 2012, with summer camp in the air and cooking on their minds, Robyn and Quinn launched {Healthy} Cooking Camp: an online, interactive cooking show and program that takes people from totally confused to total connoisseur in their own kitchen, inspiring thousands of people from around the world to learn to cook and nourish themselves with real, whole foods.

Robyn Youkilis is a board certified Nutrition and Cooking Coach, founder of Your Healthiest You and {Healthy} Cooking Camp. She is the national health consultant and official health coach for, is a regular contributor and featured expert for, and and has been featured in Health Magazine, Nylon Magazine, Redbook, People Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Anderson Cooper, Fitness, Real Simple, Men’s Fitness, and more.

Quinn Asteak is a fashion-stylist turned board certified Health Coach and Healthy Cooking Expert. She’s the owner of

Health Coach Quinn and a founder of {Healthy} Cooking Camp. She wworks with people who are chronic dieters or have body image concerns and is dedicated to empowering them to take control in the kitchen in order to look and feel their best. She was featured in Daily Candy as one of the “top ways to look and feel better”, and has also been in NYLON magazine, Well + Good, Vital Juice, Your Tango, Your Bella Life and many more.

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